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Jon Messenger is now a member of S.W.A.G

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - June 27, 2016 - 3:03pm
Jon Messenger is now a member of S.W.A.G
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S.W.A.G now has videos

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - June 27, 2016 - 3:01pm
S.W.A.G now has videos
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CT Hutt posted photos

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - June 24, 2016 - 12:01am
CT Hutt posted photos
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CT Hutt is now a member of S.W.A.G

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - June 21, 2016 - 1:15pm
CT Hutt is now a member of S.W.A.G
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A Diesel Era Spirit

Dieselpunk - June 18, 2016 - 8:08pm
According to a recent blog post by Danette Wilson, “The Celts, the Norse and the Slavs believed that there were three ‘spirit nights’ in the year when magic ran amok and the Otherworld was near”.  Spirits such as pixies, phookas, willow the wisps, Jenny Greenteeth and more would roam the earth looking to snare an unsuspecting victim. She goes on to mention that the Midsummer Eve, or Summer Solstice, was one of those spirit nights.

The end of the Diesel Era saw a wonderful re-imagining of one of these spirits in the movie Harvey. Starring James Stewart, Josephine Hull and Peggy Dow, Harvey may be one of James Stewart’s best movies. IMDb gives the following summary of the plot:

Due to his insistence that he has an invisible six foot-tall rabbit for a best friend, a whimsical middle-aged man is thought by his family to be insane - but he may be wiser than anyone knows.
So on this Midsummer’s Eve celebrate our own mischievous spirit and bring home a copy of Harvey.


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America First … Again

Dieselpunk - June 5, 2016 - 6:00pm
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” - George Santayana

“Those of us who remember the past are condemned to watch others repeat it.” – Dieselpunk Axiom

Back in April, Donald Trump, the presumptive Presidential nominee for US Republican Party, made the following statement during a speech,
"My foreign policy will always put the interests of the American people, and American security, above all else. That will be the foundation of every decision that I will make. America First will be the major and overriding theme of my administration."Donald TrumpDonald Trump’s use of the phrase ‘America First ‘ sent shock waves around the world. Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO with the Anti-Defamation League, issued a statement,
“... for many Americans, the term ‘America First’ will always be associated with and tainted by this history. In a political season that already has prompted a national conversation about civility and tolerance, choosing a call to action historically associated with incivility and intolerance seems ill-advised,"
German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told Reuters concerning Trump’s statement,

"I can only hope that the election campaign in the U.S.A. does not lack the perception of reality.”
What was it about a seemingly innocuous phase such as “America First” that rattled so many? To understand we need to go back to the Diesel Era.

America First was first coined by Woodrow Wilson as a label for his isolationist policy. In his policy, America would stay out of the Great War until Europe finally carried things “so far” and then the US would step in.

The legendary newspaper owner William Hearst was strongly pro-German and vehemently opposed America being involved in the Great War or even sending aid to the Allies. When America did enter the war he adopted Wilson's slogan for his newspaper and used it as part of a policy in which he advocated that while fighting Germany, America should still not give aid to the Allied countries.

William HearstIn the 1932 election the question wasn't whether Herbert Hoover would be elected. Even though Hoover was running for reelection the Great Depression had destroyed any hopes of winning. As a result, it was known that whoever won the Democratic Party nomination would automatically be president.

Hearst hated FDR and through his support behind Congressman John Nance Garner from Texas. In his support for Garner, Hearst said that he preferred “a man … whose guiding motto is ‘America First,’”.

Hearst then set about reinventing Garner with a mythological log-cabin birth along with the characteristics that Hearst thought would help him win. Garner was not only a strong free-trader he also shared Hearst paranoia that the greatest danger to America was its “increasing tendency toward socialism and communism.”

Hearst’s paranoia about socialism and communism isn’t as disturbing as his admiration for Adolf Hitler. By 1932, Hearst was publishing articles written by Hitler. Hearst praised Hitler, saying in his paper that he saved Germany from “the beckoning arms of Bolshevism.” Hearst also liked Hitler’s emphasis on nationalism meaning that he put Germany first by attacking, literally, those on the Left. Something that Hearst wanted to see happen in the US as well.

Hearst could not stop the Roosevelt steamroller at the Democratic convention in 1932. However, he did have sufficient pull to be able to ensure that FDR chose Garner as his running mate. With Garner as FDRs running mate Hearst and the president-elect buried the hatchet. FDR eventually replaced Garner with Henry A. Wallace as his VP in his 1940 reelection .

However, peace between Hearst and FDR didn’t last long. By the end of 1933 Hearst was describing the New Deal as “more communistic than the communists” and as being, “un-American to the core.”

During the 1930s, Hearst paper with “AMERICA FIRST” on its masthead with a stylized eagle clutching a ribbon reading, “AN AMERICAN PAPER FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE,” praised and promoted Nazism. Hearst, through his paper, said that fascism was a “great achievement”. His paranoia grew every year. Communists, according the Hearst, could be found from the FDR administration to college professors to unions.

Hearst paranoia translated, like it so often does, into violence. When mobs attacked the homes of strikers in San Francisco in July of 1934 Hearst’s New York Times reported, “Thank God the patriotic citizens of California have shown us the way.”

Representatives with the Trump campaign have denied that there’s any connection between his use of the phrase.
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Stephanie Kato posted a discussion

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - June 3, 2016 - 4:12am
Stephanie Kato posted a discussion
New to S.W.A.GHi everybody. I joined The Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild today. It's great to meet fellow steampunk enthusiasts and writers. I'm a steampunk author from Southern California. My book series is The Post-Apocalyptic Society and I released the first installment this year. For now, it's only available on Amazon.com and Kindle. It started out as a writing experiment and then I completely fell in love with the genre. I'm definitely open minded to new friendships and networking. This looks like a professional website, so I'm sure it's going to be a good experience. Have a good evening and I'll be in touch.
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Stephanie Kato posted a status

Steampunk Writers and Artists Guild - June 3, 2016 - 1:13am
Stephanie Kato posted a status
"Hi guys! I'm a new member to S.W.A.G. and looking forward to some very cool and interesting experiences."
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My Last Steampunk Mod – The Steampunk Roadster

Steampunk Workshop - June 1, 2016 - 11:48pm
As of 6/1/2016 this car is for sale! Asking price is $6000 but I’m willing to haggle. I had considered listing it on eBay but I’d rather offer it to the Steampunk and Burner community first. Contact jake@vonslatt.com if you are interested. I would be particularly excited if someone doing a film or TV project, or […]
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Rare chance at a Steampunk Strat pick guard!

Steampunk Workshop - June 1, 2016 - 12:00am
Rare chance at a Steampunk Strat pick guard! http://con-or-bust.org/author/186/
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The best animated airship in steampunkdom

Steampunk Workshop - May 29, 2016 - 7:18pm
I recently received a rather cryptic email containing a link to this video. I don’t know much about it, but this is probably the best animated airship in all of steampunk.
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Black City Saint by Richard A. Knaak

Dieselpunk - May 22, 2016 - 11:43pm
New dieselpunk fiction. Black City Saint by Richard A. Knaak.


According to Amazon.com,

“For more than sixteen hundred years, Nick Medea has followed and guarded the Gate that keeps the mortal realm and that of Feirie separate, seeking in vain absolution for the fatal errors he made when he slew the dragon. All that while, he has tried and failed to keep the woman he loves from dying over and over.

Yet in the fifty years since the Night the Dragon Breathed over the city of Chicago, the Gate has not only remained fixed, but open to the trespasses of the Wyld, the darkest of the Feiriefolk. Not only does that mean an evil resurrected from Nick’s own past, but the reincarnation of his lost Cleolinda, a reincarnation destined once more to die.

Nick must turn inward to that which he distrusts the most: the Dragon, the beast he slew when he was still only Saint George. He must turn to the monster residing in him, now a part of him...but ever seeking escape.

The gang war brewing between Prohibition bootleggers may be the least of his concerns. If Nick cannot prevent an old evil from opening the way between realms...then not only might Chicago face a fate worse than the Great Fire, but so will the rest of the mortal realm.”
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