The “Secret Investment” No One Talks About

January 23, 2013 — “…psst…wanna make north of 20% with low risk?”   Back to our ‘core” this morning…getting rich.  The economy – more or less –  sucks here lately.  And although there are occasional ways to make something  other than bank rates of interest, most of those come with a fair amount of  risk.  Still, there are a few ‘sneakers’ left – and IF we don’t get a global  coastal event, once Elaine and I get back from summer travels this year (with  Panama Bates taking point at Uretopia in our absence) we will likely wade into  this investment ourselves.  As usual, more on  the sport of  “making money” – a  topic that never goes out of style – after we turn over a few headlines and look  to see what’s under them.

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Director 153’s “Incoming Executive” Briefing

January 12, 2013 — Reality is funny stuff.  It’s how a person  chooses from a wide assortment of sensory inputs, to assemble a rational  framework to deal with their surroundings.  As in the case of gun (or civil)  rights, much of what is held as core belief set may, upon inspection, be found  to have its roots in parental upbringing and message frequency in media…all of  which is played as a fine harp by those expert in persuasion block principles.   So in order to construct a little different ‘reality’ this morning, I thought it  would be instructive to revisit our fictional Directorate 153 Project, which like the (allegedly fictional) Report From Iron Mountain we can use to sort out conflicting viewpoints on things like Newtown and guns  (among other points) and thus get a little closer to the heart of what’s going  on in America, and indeed the world, today.  But first – as ever – some  headlines to speedy the workings upstairs and dust off the mental cobwebs which  seem to accumulate from Friday nights…

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Is the Joke On Women?

January 19, 2013 — As you may recall, since I’ve mentioned it a few times, that I’m in  the process of writing my next book (concurrently with finishing the update to  “How to Live on $10,000 a year, or less” [4th edition].  The new book is “Cradle  to Grave: Everything’s a Business Model” and it is an unabashed rethink of what  the sheep have been taught…things like the history of the Women’s Movement.   This week I’ll give you a short chapter first draft on exactly this poiont and  present statistics that show the main beneficiaries of the women’s moment may  have been…MEN  and corporations.  Whether this was a good thing (furtherance  of human rights) or just a business model (more jobs competition) designed to  hold down labor costs and wreck the nuclear family, we can debate all day.   Which we can after first delving into a few warmer-upper headlines to get the  old blood pressure up.  With some help from that hardest working woman of all…Mrs.  Olson.

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