Slop: The Wild Boar Nation

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Uprisings continue across the globe. Is an "American Spring" next? Set in the stunning Palo Duro Canyon outside Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle, a radical faction of wild boars punished by lingering drought and dwindling lands begin killing and devouring humans in their quest for equality. The wild hogs personify how easily an extreme and intolerant fringe can sway a disenfranchised middle-class and plunge a nation into anarchy. "I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals." ~ Sir Winston Churchill Using fictional and real characters, Bishop sparks debate and potential uproar in dialogue and scenes that will shock the reader. A number of social, economic, religious and geo-political issues come to light in the wildly entertaining and informative novel that is sure to challenge readers every storyline along the way. SLOP confronts racism, bigotry, and social and religious intolerance / extremism head on. Chapter one begins in the Dustbowl era, vividly describing the devastating aftereffects of drought and climate change. Fast forwarding to the spring and then fall of 2012, the story takes root. First, the intimidation of a gay couple and its unintended consequences serve notice. Then, heart-warming characters provide a gut-wrenching tale how U.S. drug policies destroy societies on both sides of the U.S. - Mexican border: where unprecedented violence forces waves of illegal immigrants and refugees to flee Mexico while laws that benefit a few constituencies in the U.S. incarcerate historical numbers of minorities and the poor; proving the ultimate class-warfare. Another storyline chronicles the corruption between business and law enforcement; allowing the exploitation of lax rules and regulations; be damned the safety of the consumer overseas. Hedge fund traders Jimmy and Mark bicker relentlessly regarding the role of government in society and what political party best serves American interests. Their arguments reveal how an irrational, uneven playing field between the 1% and the rest of society has destroyed our competitive spirits; causing the disenfranchised to become hopeless and ineffective while the upper class turns arrogant and complacent. Yet, SLOP counters we are not all equals that want or expect equal outcomes; that the 80-20 rule exists for a reason. Later, the story steps outside the American comfort zone of Christianity and details how Jews and Muslims lived in peace less than 100 years ago while Europe burned during two world wars; how for nearly five centuries the Muslim faith led the world in science, education, medicine, and philosophy. SLOP suggests the only true solution to the Israel/Palestine conflict is a one-state solution; where peace is achieved the old fashion way, money; where shared incentives promoting non-violence improves the economics of the region for everyone, compared to the current model that leaves the Palestinians trapped like rats; dependent on aid. SLOP argues that for the world’s vast majority, it’s about economic opportunity, not religion; that in the real world Sunnis marry Shia, Christians marry Jews, races mix, and same sex marriages exist whether recognized or not. In the end, SLOP demonstrates how a radical fringe hell-bent on suppressing changes and imposing their doctrines on the majority use a strategy of “no compromise” and aggression to force members of society to choose sides, refuting there are shades of gray. Remaining fervent, the upstarts are able to sway enough of a disenfranchised middle-class to their ideals, regardless of the potential consequences, and The Wild Boar Nation plunges into anarchy. It's not "Jaws." It's . . . "Tusks on Land," as wild boars begin killing to impose equality - with man. www.slopthebook.com

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Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, Keith graduated from Centerville High School before earning his BBA at the University of Cincinnati in 1983 with majors in finance and management. Upon graduation, Mr. Bishop moved to Chicago and acquired the science of trading options under the tutelage of one of Chicago’s largest derivatives traders at that time and currently one of the most renowned card players in Las Vegas. Later, Mr. Bishop had the honor of forging a trading partnership with one of Chicago’s most prominent privately held derivative firms. Years later, the firm was sold to Goldman Sachs before the founder came within days of winning the 2004 Democratic nomination of Illinois for the U.S. Senate. It was this election that propelled a relatively unknown, Barack Hussein Obama, to win the senate seat. Four years later, he was elected President of the United States. Mr. Bishop moved to London in 1994 and collaborated with another key partner in a London trading operation before returning to the U.S., where he entered the energy trading business. After working on the energy trading desks for two major firms, Mr. Bishop joined a large software company. Seven years later he resigned to write SLOP - The Wild Boar Nation. It was his three contemporaries, though, all different but with one thing in common—utilizing mathematics to quantify anything and everything—that encouraged Mr. Bishop to think beyond the first derivative. Without their mentorships over twenty years ago, SLOP would never have been written. A proud father of three daughters and a son, Mr. Bishop seeks to obliterate the remaining political barriers to realize a true democracy, a democracy following the will of an educated and tolerant majority, not an intense and fervent minority. Mr. Bishop’s heroes are his deceased parents, Ralph T. Bishop and Rosemary Bishop, who not only encouraged individuality but also the responsibility of family, community, state, nation, and the world.

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