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    Carl Jung

    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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    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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    My Favorite Stoic – Marcus Aurelius (One 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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    Pride – Power Corrupting The Highest Levels of American Government

    8 signs pointing to a counterintelligence operation deployed against Trump’s campaign BY SHARYL ATTKISSON, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR — 05/23/18  It may be true that President Trump illegally conspired with Russia and was so good at covering it up he’s managed to outwit our best intel and media minds who’ve searched for irrefutable evidence fo...
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    Greed – Britain Loses One Empire and Builds Another – Off Shore Banking

    Worth a watch. Website here – or watch it with your Amazon Prime membership. As the British Empire declined post WW2, London moved to create secrecy laws in 7 of it’s remaining colony remnant regions.  With banking secrecy laws in place, a series of trust, shell companies and other offshore entities, there are hundreds of unreported...
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    Historic Decline of Civilizations – A 5000 Year Story That Seems To Have A Repeating Plot

    How long can an empire last? What brings down once mighty civilizations? The idea has intrigued me for years because by studying the historic decline of great civilizations, perhaps we can see patterns in our current world that may or may not exist.  I have been working on the Decline of America in 12 arguments...
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    Lust Takes Down Another Politico – Gov. Greitens of Missouri

    Young, good-looking, small kids, Navy Seal, out of the blue Governor of a solid midwestern state….what’s not to love about Eric Greitens?  I learned about Greitens from a podcast I listen to, The Art of Manliness.  Episode #355, Leadership and Public Service with Gov. Eric Greitens had me hooked.  Greitens was Classically educated, stud...
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    Lust – Institutional Decay -Michigan State takes a $500m Hit

    USA Today  – May 16, 2018 Michigan State University has settled hundreds of lawsuits filed against it by the survivors of Larry Nassar’s sexual assaults, according to multiple sources with knowledge. The settlement will cost the school at least $500 million. Attorney Jamie White, who represented dozens of women who sued the university, ...
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    The Loud Voice Of The Fringes – Arthur Brooks Leaves AEI

    ‘Americans are Being Held Hostage and Terrorized by the Fringes’ An exit interview with the American Enterprise Institute’s Arthur Brooks. By TIM ALBERTA 05/13/2018 07:00 AM EDT Politico ……PM: But isn’t the problem more that the fringe used to be called “the fringe” for a reason—and today the fringe represents a broader chunk of both po...
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    The Trump Campaign Tapping Is Getting Closer To The Ex President

    What did he know and when did he know it? Real Clear Investigations In a March 5, 2018, letter to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, Adm. Rogers informed the committee that a two-page summary of the dossier — described as “the Christopher Steele information” — was “added” as an “appendix to the ICA draft,”...
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    The Truth Will Not Make Us Rich, But It Will Make Us Free

    “To be a philosopher,” said Thoreau, “is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live, according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.” “Seek ye first the good things of the mind,” Bacon admonishes us, “and the rest w...
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    Lust – Denny Hastert Speaker of the House – Teacher – Child Predator

    With regards to the 7 Deadly Sins and my ongoing series of identifying the manifestation of the sins in the news, nothing is more intriguing to me (for the moment) than the Denny Hastert story. Hastert started out as a high school teacher and wrestling coach and rose to become one of the longest serving speakers of...
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    Greed – Government for Sale – Russians Buy Our Government

    Government for sale. Trading power and influence for money is one a sign of a rotting system.  It’s commonplace. It’s happening on both sides of the aisle and we aren’t better off because of it.   Forbes – The media’s focus on Trump’s Russian connections ignores the much more extensive and lucrative business relationshi...
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    WSJ – Trump Wiretaps And Government Overreach

    I covered this story as it rolled out while I was on the air.  I remember drawing parallels to the Watergate scandal that took down the Nixon Presidency. Here were the parallels I drew: Nixon hired ex-government ‘plumbers’ to spy on his Democratic opponent – The FBI/NSA tapped into Trump headquarters communications prior to the...
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    Suicide of the West – EconoTalk and the Decay of the Family

    Worth A Listen EconoTalk by Russ Roberts is one of my go-to podcasts. In this interview with Jonah Goldberg, the two cover Goldberg’s new book, Suicide of the West.  Goldberg’s arguments put forth in the book discuss the slide of politics from policy to entertainment, the tribalism that is inherent in human beings and the...
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    Go Bill Go! Nukes That Work

    I’m keeping an eye on nuclear power and stumbled on a story from Scientific America about Bill Gates efforts to solve energy demand with nuclear technology. What’s not to like about Bill Gates, he’s uber rich, he’s using his wealth to better mankind and he’s a big thinker.  I’ve watched his work in the charter...
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    A Sad State Of Our Country….Trust In Government

    The FBI Is in Crisis. It’s Worse Than You Think Time Magazine The Justice Department’s Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, will soon release a much-anticipated assessment of Democratic and Republican charges that officials at the FBI interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign. That year-long probe, sources familiar with it tell TIME, is ex...
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    Nuclear Energy Is The Most Efficient

    Nuclear power is the energy source that we should be looking at to power our homes and our electric vehicles.  I’ve blogged about this before, and highly recommend you watch the documentary, Pandoras Promise.  I’ve written about Thorium nuclear reactors as a technology that is coming back into favor. Other countries have successfully im...
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    Human Nature – Philosophy – Responsibility

    Aeon – Put that way, it would seem that biology does indeed do away with any idea of human nature: whatever characteristics our species possesses are the result of a continuous process of evolutionary differentiation from other species of primates, and there is no reason to believe that such process is over, or will be any...
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    We Can Not Control The Actions of Others….But We Can Control Our Reaction (Shawshank Redemption)

    “Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present” – Marcus Aurelius “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realise this, and you will find strength.” – Marcus Aurelius “No wandering. In every impulse, give what...
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    American Medical Care – Complicated and Expensive…On Purpose.

    I spent a lot of years in the healthcare sector. I ran a high complexity lab, a small medical practice that I helped grow to a mid-size group with 14 providers. I drafted and lobbied legislation dealing with Direct Medical Care.  I started up a couple offshoot businesses that could be added to a medical...
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