Stop the Recurring Charges Steal

Stop the Recurring Charges Steal begins by describing the different ways that individuals can become a victim of recurring charges. Then, the chapters deal with these topics:

  • Cancelling a service or subscription you no longer use,
  • Disputing a charge, including my own experience in doing this,
  • Avoiding the free trial or low-cost-special trap,
  • How to file a dispute,
  • How to avoid recurring charges in the future,
  • Avoiding a recurring charge scam and what to do if you’re a victim.

The Great Big Facebook Hack begins with my story of being hacked and losing my Facebook account & groups and describes the stories of other victims.

It describes the extent of the problem and why and how the hackers do it, how hackers get your email and what you can do to recover your account. It discusses how to protect your account in the future. 

Featuring these topics:

  • Hacked! How I and Others Lost our Facebook Accounts
  • Why the Hackers Do It: What Do They Want?
  • How the Hackers Do It
  • Recovering Your Account
  • Protecting Your Account in the Future
  • What Facebook Says for Help with a Hacked Account

A comprehensive look at the relationships of women with men in prison, and the differences between women who meet and fall in love with prisoners, and wives & girlfriends who stick by their men after they go to prison.

The chapters deal with these topics:

  • Continuing relationships with a partner outside of prison
  • Dealing with a partner in prison
  • The power of prayer in strengthening a relationship
  • How men in prison can keep the love alive
  • Enjoying a family and conjugal visit
  • Enhancing the relationship
  • From pen pal to prison partner
  • Dating a prisoner
  • Falling in love as a volunteer or correctional officer
  • Is it real love or not?
  • Why do women fall in love or stay with men in prison?

Why are there so many divisions America? What can we do to fix these divisions?

FRACTURED AMERICA discusses these many divisions and how to fix them. It begins by looking at the first racial divides going back to Civil War times, then fast forwards to discuss present conflicts, such as the controversy over the killings of blacks by cops and the Black Lives Matter movement.

The book points out divides based on:

  • Geography and politics, including nationality and language divides caused by undocumented immigrants
  • The North-South divide,
  • The division between the Coasts and Middle America,
  • Rural and urban American differences,
  • Conflicts between different ethnic groups,
  • Lifestyles of younger and older generations.
  • The widening income inequality between the rich and poor,

Why is there so much uncertainty about how to reduce crime and fix what’s wrong with the criminal justice system?  How can we make these fixes and lower the high costs of incarceration?

UNCERTAIN JUSTICE discusses recent problems and suggests some fixes.

  • Improving citizen-police relationships
  • Promoting prison reform and better prison sentencing
  • Healing the divisions in American society
  • Dealing with illegal immigration
  • Coping with the opioid crisis
  • Portraying the criminal justice crisis in popular culture
  • Using a social media and video campaign 

Today, these fixes are needed more than ever, given the spiraling costs of crime and imprisoning too many prisoners for much longer than necessary.



The Big Con is about the accidental discovery of a scam and its victims.

The scammers created an elaborate fraud, in which authors were duped into believing a company could pitch their projects to executives at top film companies.

As a result, the victims would pay more and more to write the material needed to make a pitch. But the company used impostor executives at real companies, so their pitches went nowhere.

The book describes the investigation that revealed the scam and introduces ten victims and discusses the many scams targeting writers and self-publishers today.


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THE COSTLY U.S. PRISON SYSTEM: TOO COSTLY IN TERMS OF DOLLARS, NATIONAL PRESTIGE AND LIVES  provides a careful, close-up look from a conservative perspective of what’s wrong with the prison system and how to fix it. The key topics covered include these:

  • a recent history of incarceration in the U.S.
  • facts about our prisons and correctional system
  • the high rate of recidivism after prisoners are released
  •  how other countries deal with prisons and recidivism
  • how one U.S. state and one U.S. city have dealt with prisons and recidivism
  • ways to reduce recidivism and incarceration and cut costs

The book is available in two versions:

  • with full color photos and graphs
  • with black and white photos and graphs

COPS AREN’T SUCH BAD GUYS features a series of chapters about cops and fatal shootings. As discussed, most of these killings are justified, due to the use of force guidelines which cops follow in the face of a deadly threat, despite the widespread anger and protests against the cops.

But this reaction is fueled by misinformation and sensational media coverage, while the cops involved in these shootings have their lives upended by extensive hearings and huge financial expenses.

This book describes the truth behind the headline stories that demonize cops.

THE PRICE OF JUSTICE IN AMERICA  looks at a series of problems in the criminal justice system and how they might be fixed.

The topics discussed include rising racial tensions, especially between the police and black community, problems in the prison and correctional system, differences in the homicide rate in different groups, the relationship between homicide rate and drugs, and the media’s role in sensationalizing crime and contributing to problems in the criminal justice system.


CRIME IN AMERICA features selections from a series of six books by Paul Brakke, who writes on what’s wrong with the criminal justice system and how to fix it.

These books deal with the police, courts, and prisons, and consider of some of the crises now facing American society due to illegal immigration, the opioid crisis, and the growing divide between racial, ethnic, rural-urban, and income groups. This book summarizes the critical insights of these other books in order to reach the widest possible audience, because one of Brakke’s reasons for writing this book is to inspire real change.

The book is organized into five sections. Part I deals with crime, who commits it, and the police as our first line of defense. Part II deals with punishment and its consequences, including the swamped criminal justice system, the positive and negative results of incarceration, and the collateral damage to the families of those incarcerated.

Suggested remedies are scattered throughout these first two sections. Then, Part III concentrates on specific solutions, emphasizing reducing the return of ex-cons to prison and the length of prison sentences. Part IV concentrates on our drug plague, and Part V deals with divisions in the nation, some raised in previous sections, that must be healed to make America great again.

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THE GREAT NATIONAL DIVIDES  discusses the many divisions in the United States and how to fix them to reunite this great country.

These divisions include divides based on race, ethnicity, politics, geography, and the great schisms between North and South, rural and urban American, and income inequality between the rich and poor which is getting wider.

The book concludes with some ways to reform the system, a fix that is especially critical today.


AI Jokes about Crime and Politics features exactly that – jokes generated by AI in response to a series of prompts about cops, robbers, burglars, and politicians.

The jokes are designed just to be lighthearted, fun, and not offend anyone.

The jokes about the criminal justice system features jokes about these main topics:

  • Police, Prosecutors, and Judges
  • Lawyers and Investigators
  • Robbers, Burglars, and Thieves
  • Prisoners and Prisons
  • Other Criminals and Bad Actors

The jokes about politicians and politics include jokes about politicians generally and about U.S. Senators and Congress Representatives.

Scam Story features my scary experience when a scammer tried to scam me by posing as a PayPal rep.

As the book describes, since I thought he was really working for PayPal and trying to give me a refund for a mistaken charge, I followed his instructions.

The result was the scammer gained access to my bank accounts, before I managed to outwit him by going to my bank rather than getting gift cards and stopping the scam.

Then, another scammer attempted to scam me by claiming he could help me get back my money, though I hadn’t lost anything, and I discovered his ruse.

Besides describing my story, the book provides a guide to help others avoid being scammed and what to do if they are scammed or want to report an attempted scam.



  • The scam begins
  • The run for the money
  • The big bank escape
  • Reporting and discovering similar scams
  • Meeting a scammer who tries to scam the scammed
  • Reporting an international scammer
  • What to watch for if someone tries to scam you
  • A final word on scams by AI

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Author Paul Brakke is a scientist based in Central Arkansas.  He became interested in studying the criminal justice system when his life was turned upside down after his wife was falsely accused of aggravated assault

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