Minstrel’s Alley Author, Gordon Basichis Suggests Erratic Policy Caused the United States to Minimize the Threat of Chinese Military and Economic Dominance

Minstrel’s Alley author, Gordon Basichis, is contemplating writing a non-fiction book in support of his earlier novel, The Guys Who Spied for China. The new book would outline how the economic and security strategy that was formulated for China was both erratic and costly. The Guys Who Spied for China, is a roman a clef based on the early Chinese espionage program that took place in the eighties and nineties.

“Today, there is sudden concern that we did too little to stem Chinese military and economic ambitions in its region and globally,” said Basichis. “We were in it for the quick money and it seems from one administration to another we neglected the larger picture. As such, China has made some remarkable advances in its military, in technology, and has expanded its economic footprint so that it threatens to dominate ours.

“When I first wrote The Guys Who Spied for China, I thought it as an intimate spy novel, but one with plenty of its warnings,” said Basichis. “For over thirty years Chinese espionage efforts enabled it to steal some of our more advanced technology in weaponry and the industrial space. It has cost the American corporate concerns billions of dollars and has closed the technological edge the United States may have established in the past decades.”

Basichis pointed out that FBI Director Christopher Wray issued recently a dire warning about China’s growing influence. The article was published in the Business Insider, and Wray expressed concerns about the variety of ways China was implementing elaborate strategies to replace the U.S. as the dominant power. He noted much of Wray had to say has been stated many times, but we have so far failed to implement a coherent, long term policy through which to defend ourselves.

“When I was writing The Guys Who Spied for China, more than a few were aware China was involved in a comprehensive espionage and information gathering system,” said Basichis. “But, like many things, the threat was not as obvious as it is today. China’s advanced cyber threats were largely in the developmental stages and much of the weaponry, much of which was based on the theft of American technology, was yet to be created. Responsible parties thought they had plenty of time to counter China’s attempts at global dominance. Well, now here we are. Time is up.”

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Minstrel’s Alley Author, Gordon Basichis, to Write Non-Fiction book as a Follow Up to His Novel, The Guys Who Spied for China

The Guys Who Spied for ChinaMinstrel’s Alley author, Gordon Basichis, is writing a non-fiction follow up to his earlier novel, The Guys Who Spied for China. The novel was a Quarter Finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Fiction Awards, and is a roman a clef based on Basichis’ true experiences, detailing how Chinese Espionage Networks were first discovered in the United States during the early and middle 1980’s. Basichis intends for the new book to describe the progress and failures in thwarting Chinese espionage attempts in recent years.

“I’m not the first one to say the United States policy toward China is inconsistent and often erratic,” said Basichis. “It is understandable, considering we are in a co-dependent relationship with neither side wanting to ever stretch tensions to the breaking point. At the same time, it has cost this country dearly in stolen technology and real and potential advantages in both the global economy and military superiority.

“The most recent mess is where the New York Times and other media outlets published how cyber breaches and possible Chinese moles all but destroyed American espionage efforts against China. It is a total debacle. It is just devastating. As I can only speculate on how such a breach may have occurred, I also think there is a pressing need for both the President and Congress to reassess its current policy with China and for the Intelligence Community to restructure its operation so that can assure the American public that moving forward oversight is such that it reduces the chance of calamity. And if a breach is discovered, it is quickly remedied.”

Basichis indicated that the book he is considering will be non-fiction and will help address the need for a more coherent policy toward China. He noted how the recent Chinese military buildup is based on both homegrown technology and advanced technology stolen from the American Defense Industry.

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When We Lock Ourselves Into the Cages of Our Own Constraints


Here is what I find disturbing about this election campaign. It is less about the candidates than the people supporting them. It is less about the short term and the longer term and the fate of the nation. I have long held the mantra that I will survive any asshole who gets the job, so the hysteria of what one will do as opposed to the other leaves me if not sanguine at least skeptical about their ultimate potency. In short, not much changes.

But we have turned a new corner with their supporters. The supporters are so intent on stopping one candidate or the other they have given their direct or tacit approval to the manipulation of certain realities so that they will overlook even the most obvious displays of corruption and duplicity. In their alleged quest for the GREATER GOOD, it is now okay for the media to be openly partial, to fudge the facts, or, worse, to bury seriously damaging information that would adversely effect their candidate. It has now become okay to lie, cheat, obfuscate and conceal. All again for the GREATER GOOD.

Well, this is why it is often said the path to hell is paved with good intentions. The quest to stop one candidate or the other at ANY PRICE relinquishes the power and control over the news and informational venues and grants them the same kind of access that Pravda used to share in the old Soviet Union. Events are no longer merely matters of interpretation. They are instead instruments of propaganda. This is a Bad Precedent. This is Dangerous. This is how the path to good intentions turns at the fork onto a proto-fascist thoroughfare where the news agencies and the information sources are firmly controlled by the corporate instruments.

Historically, this is how people lock themselves in the cages of their own creation, and then spend years wondering how and why. You are in essence giving them the license. So in an attempt to stop a candidate at any cost you are paying a far greater price than you may realize.

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Minstrel’s Alley Sees Sales Double on Gordon Basichis’ Biographical Novel, Beautiful Bad Girl, The Vicki Morgan Story

Minstrel’s Alley, has seen recent sales double on its bestselling, Beautiful Bad Girl, the Vicki Morgan Story. The non-fiction book describes in first person the scandalous self-destructive relationship between department store scion and Ronald Reagan Kitchen Cabinet Member, Alfred Bloomingdale, and Vicki Morgan, his mistress of some thirteen years. The book is told through author, Gordon Basichis’ point of view, as he knew Morgan and got swept up in her murder trial, serving as a witness for the prosecution.

“Beautiful Bad Girl was absolutely scandalous when it was first published back in the eighties, by Santa Barbara Press,” said Minstrel’s Alley Publisher, M.J. Hammond. “People were much more morally constrained and less accepting of the wild bad girl and her years as Bloomindale’s mistress. It is an amazing story, a wild ride depicting how a high school dropout off the streets of suburban Los Angeles found notoriety and fortune hobnobbing with some of the richest and most powerful people in the world. Vicki Morgan, of course, came to her tragic end.”

Hammond noted that the increase in book sales is a result of a brisker marketing campaign and that the author, Gordon Basichis, has been interviewed for an upcoming documentary film about the luminaries of the eighties and the social mores of the time. She added that Basichis has been interviewed before on a number of occasions, including the Vicki Morgan segment on Investigation Discovery.

“The sex scandal made international headlines,” said Hammond. “Several books, seemingly countless feature articles, and different television segments have been made about this incredible story. But the book’s author,Gordon Basichis, was the only one who knew Morgan. She had chosen him to write her book.

“It is one crazy love story,” said Hammond. “The book is timeless. It makes most stories about obsessive romance, sado-masochism and exotic sex play among the rich and power seem like The Runaway Bunny. Years later, the more people get to hear the story, the more they want to know. Doesn’t matter if they are fiction or true stories, Beautiful Bad Girl is the gold standard.

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Logos of the Luxury Brands. From Status Symbol to Class War Target.

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I’ve never been a fan of branding logos. Says to me, besides the obvious, you have no taste, no understanding of quality or composition, and you have a problem defining yourself through discretionary consumption. So you buy this fucking logo-centric whatever it is so your peers won’t piss on your Jimmy Choo Shoes. That is, until that particular brand falls out of favor and gets summarily dumped on the Costco table or some off brand store where Clarence of Fruit of the Loom buys it for a fraction of the price so he can flaunt it while clubbing in Azuza. Oh where are you now Von Dutch or Ed Hardy, to name but a few?

But, hey, in a world where subtlety is anything but subtle, the logo found its place among the luxury consumer goods. Clothing, linens, towels, even furniture, there was the logo saying to the world, yes, I am this obvious.

But now logos are out of favor among the affluent. No logos accepted here to tart up those $15 thousand handbags and $3 thousand dollar scarves. Many claim just say no to logos because they want to go it lower key. The years of logo love has yielded to the siren call of the understatement. Bad taste is so this morning.

Or… is it really the sudden recognition that if you are dumb enough to go flaunting the fact that you have money to burn, those with barely any money to eat may decide to barbecue your ass over your Kalamazoo Hybrid Fire Grill. So now comes that sudden recognition, much of it in the guise of changing tastes, and with that many of the luxury brands who once promoted the precious logo are falling out of favor, losing market share. Wondering what the hell to do when the rich don’t want to look wealthy anymore. Can K-Mart be far behind?