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    Lust and Bill Clinton – 7 Deadly Sins

    I hope you’ve stumbled upon the podcast series – Slow Burn.  It’s a series put out from Slate that digs deeply into historic events in a 7 0r 8 part long-form interview. The production and research value is impeccable. The first series was on Nixon and Watergate and the latest series is on Bill Clinton...
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    Rural America Dissapears – That’s A Sad Ending

    Farming is in my blood.  I grew up in a farming community in Wisconsin just outside of Minneapolis.  My grandparents ran a beef farm and butcher shop about 3 miles outside of town. Back in the days before the mega grocery store, it was customary to travel to your local butcher shop to stock up...
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    Indisputable Proof Of The 7 Deadly Sins? Catholic Bishops In Fighting That May Roll Up To The Pope.

    An American Cardinal rises through the ranks of the clergy, admits to visiting seminaries for homosexual sex, gets removed from all powers by Pope Benedict, ends up in good favor under Pope Francis and gets his power restored.  An American Bishop Vigano writes a manifesto that names high ranking bishops involved in the conspiracy publicly...
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    Healthcare – Hospitals are Learning What Doctors, HMO’s and Insurance Companies Already Figured Out. You Lose!

    I spent 7 years in the medical industry and according to the Malcolm Gladwell, 10,000 Hour Theory, that makes me someone who can weigh in on the complexity and politics of the healthcare industry.  As an entrepreneur, I entered the industry looking for edges, opportunities, and ways to make money in one of America’s largest...
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    What Visionaries, Entrepreneurs, CEOs And All The Rest Of Us Need To Learn From Elon Musk (Forbes)

    I saw this one coming when Elon Musk tried to grab the world’s attention during the cave rescue in Thailand.  I remember watching the twitter war with one of the rescue teams and thinking, ‘why doesn’t this guy just focus on delivering his cars?’.  Forbes nails the core of the Musk and Tesla issue. As...
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    The State of Foreign Policy In A Trump World

    Give a listen to George Friedman founder and president of Geopolitical Futures a private intelligence service. He breaks down Turkey, Iran, Russia, and China. Things may not be as bleak as we are hearing.  ...
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    Empty Churches Awaiting A Revival?

    One of the chapters on my 12 Arguments For The Decline of America, is the decline of religion.  In the work, I put forth a dozen arguments that point to a disappointing trend in America. I started working on the thesis in 2012 after five years of the daily analysis from my perch as a...
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    Econ 101 – Technology Is The Great Disrupter – and Equalizer

    Just when you think everything is figured out, a technological breakthrough has the ability to disrupt everything. From KMart to Amazon, to energy generation and storage (which I cover a lot in this blog), the impact of technological breakthroughs on our daily lives is constant. Being able to read trends and adapt to the changes is what...
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    Liquid Batteries Made from Nano-Molecules …. Think Of How This Will Change The World

    Liquid battery could lead to flexible energy storage – Phys.org August 14, 2018, University of Glasgow In a new paper published today in the journal Nature Chemistry, chemists from the University of Glasgow discuss how they developed a flow battery system using a nano-molecule that can store electric power or hydrogen gas giving a new type of...
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    Enjoy The Moments

    Former Massachusetts prosecutor, 63, dies after a crowbar crashes through his windshield and strikes him in the head John F. Madaio, a 63-year-old attorney from Paxton, died at Harrington Hospital after the piercing object ‘was kicked up or fell from another vehicle’ on Route 9    As I run across these types of stories it’s...
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    The Old American Western – As Values Changed So Did Movies

    Take a trip down memory lane of America and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) cinema. Clearly, times have changed and along the way, our storytelling has evolved, sometimes for the better, sometimes not.  Dave Kehr taps into something about our culture.     Toy Story tapped into this shift in culture with the move from...
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    Instilling Purpose In Your Company – HBR Ideacast

    Instilling purpose in my organization has been the game changer in our success. This interview with Gerry Anderson puts the power of purpose into focus.  Follow this up with a repeat of an interview with Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi on vision and culture being the drivers for big companies too and you will start getting...
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    The Fall From The Top Is A Long One. What Was LEARNED Makes The Journey Worth It. Lance Armstrong

    I found this interview with Lance Armstrong fascinating. Freakonomics did a great job of telling his story, his aftermath and what he learned.  In the end, the Lance Armstrong story is about redemption. I found his story of tenacity and grit appealing but his ‘everyone is doing it’ excuse was a bit disheartening.  Clearly, he lied,...
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    Where Are You Living? The Physical Realm, Mental Realm or Spiritual Realm?

    What realm are you playing in?  We slide from time to time but be aware of what motivates you and how you are responding. This ties in with my 7 Deadly Sins Theory perfectly.  Thanks to the blog Swiss-Miss, one of my favorites for this one....
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    Energy Of The Future – A Banana Peel?

    I’ve weighed in before on game-changing technologies that can change the global economic and social fabric.  Battery storage is one area, power generation is another. Here’s an update from Forbes about Lockheed Martin’s secret Skunk Works lab. Try to get your mind around the potential changes that technology has brought to the wor...
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    Purpose and Vision For Leading My Organization

    The further I get in my business life, the more clear it is to me that the biggest part of my job is to grow others and develop people.  Hat tip to one of our Principals (Jason Edwards – Parker Colorado) for this theory which I’ve adopted;   Basically, all areas of your life demand...
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    Be Very Afraid Of A Government Big Enough To Do This….

    A new rinkle from my prior posts…Fusion GPS and DOJ…husband and wife connection.   Boston Globe –  FISA Documents Reveal FBI Collusion In other words, the FBI used oppo research paid for by the Democrats as justification for government spying on a political opponent and other Americans. But there’s more. In another incredible...
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    Having A Bad Day? Spend 5 Minutes With Art Williams…REPEAT

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    Carl Jung And Figuring Out Our Motivations

    There are so many areas of Carl Jung’s work that I’m drawn to. You’ve heard the name but I encourage you to dig into the man and his work.  His life’s work was about the inner psyche of each of us and how it shows up, what happens when it’s broken and towards the end...
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    Dig In To My Second Least Favorite President

    If you thought you know about Watergate, I can’t recommend enough the Slate podcast series about Watergate, Slow Burn.  Neyfakh goes into deep rabbit holes around the Watergate story. This seven-part retelling helps those of us that didn’t understand the nuances of the story to fully immerse ourselves into the blow by blow of probably o...
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    I Love This Stoic – Marcus Aurelius (On Manhood)

    Art of Manliness  1. Every Man Has a Primary Battle “Life is warfare . . . Then what can guide us? Only philosophy.” As David Brooks noted in his fantastic podcast with Brett, every man has a primary battle or two in life. Dwight Eisenhower could be viciously angry, but found ways to deal with it. Jack...
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    Recession Ahead – What To Expect and How To Weather The Storm

    John Mauldin is one of the economist/traders I follow. His analysis is well researched and his experience in the markets lends credibility to his predictions.  I find his ability to explain difficult subjects in common terms. His recent series on Train Crash Preview, details how we’ve moved from business cycles of expansion and contraction (r...
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    The Power of Truth – When In Fear…Speak The Truth

    On a 10 hour trip back from vacation, I dug into deep and obscure Jordan Peterson interviews.  This one sums up his 5 main points of his books and message. Jump past the analysis of his Channel 4 Interview and you’ll hear the interviewer summarize Peterson’s 5 repeated theories. Here’s an 8-minute clip of the 2-hour...
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    AARP Worried About Student Debt? WTF

    Baby Boomers have wrecked politics, society and left massive financial destruction in its wake.  Individually, the Grandparent Generation will do anything for their grandkids.  Collectively, once their financial decisions are covered by the layers of government programs like Social Security and Medicare the Baby Boomer generation has broken America...
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    Slay The Dragon and Be The Hero!

    The archetypal story about the fight for good through order an chaos shows up in stories throughout history. Jonah and Jobe in the Bible to Star Wars, Game of Thrones and Harry Potter are all stories with an arch about mothers/fathers and good/evil and order/chaos.  Smooth sailing life doesn’t always happen, when the first roadblock...
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    Rules For A Long and Happy Life – By Robert Hall

    May 28, 2018 The Rules for a Long and Happy Life By Robert A. Hall The most important ingredient of a long, happy, and successful life is self-discipline. You also need to develop resilience and tenacity Discipline yourself to maintain a normal weight.  Obesity is the second largest cause of premature death. Discipline yourself to get regular...
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    Jordan Peterson – Chaos and Order and Hero Archetype

    Worth a listen. I particularly enjoy the chaos and order discussions found at:   20-minute mark and at the 50-minute mark.   Love his book list; – HERE Literature/Philosophy Ernest Hemingway: The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway: A Farewell To Arms Ernest Hemingway: For Whom the Bell Tolls Stendhal: The Red and the Black...
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    It’s Primal – Warrior Energy – The Haka Dance

    I first saw the Huka done by the University of Arizona Wildcats Football team. The UofA has always had a number of Samoan players and the tradition started. In 2015, based on some sort of complaint the program stopped doing the haka, only to have it come back in 2016. For me, it’s primal. It’s...
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    Low Birth Rates – One Of My 12 Arguments On The Decline of America

    One of my arguments of the 12 Reasons America is in decline is that Demographics is Destiny.  A recent report is showing that the American birth rate is at a 30 year low. This trend has some long term consequences that won’t be pretty.  Europe is racing the US to the bottom (Forbes). The American economy...
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    Billy Graham 1969 – I’ve Really Come To Appreciate His Life’s Work

    Who doesn’t know Billy Graham? I, of course, have heard of him but didn’t really know his impact until watching the Netflix series The Crown.  In the series, there is one episode that features Billy Graham and his interaction with the young Queen Elizabeth.  The Queen is the head of the Church of England and a...
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