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    The Strive For Wisdom – The Psycology Podcast – Kaufman and Jonathan Haidt

    Thanks to The Psychology Podcast by Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman (interviewing Jonathan Haidt) for this definition of WISDOM Dierdra Kramer; The most influential factor in the development of wisdom appears to be an openness to experience and different modes of representing experience. Wisdom appears to stem from a capacity to reflect on and grapple with...
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    Demographics Of Japan – They Have A Problem.

    My twelve arguments on the Decline of America. Demographics is destiny Japan style. According to the UN’s most recent projections, the share of the Japanese population that was age 65 and older in 2015 was 26 percent. That compares to 14.6 percent in the U.S., 18.9 percent in France, 21.1 percent in Germany, and 22.4 percent in...
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    Greed and Money – Documentary (7 Deadly Sins Theory)

    Do things make us happy? This documentary looks at our human desire for more and how it makes sense in today’s world. Greed.        ...
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    A Worldwide Debt Default Is A Real Possibility – Forbes, John Mauldin

    I’m a John Mauldin reader. His analysis is always deep, grounded in facts/data and he’s been in the financial world long enough to add a historical perspective to modern events. His series on the Great Reset (link below) is long but worth a read. His recent article in Forbes explains where I think we are...
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    Frum vs Bannon in Toronto Munk Debates

    This is a bit long, but it’s a good debate between the Republican Establishment and the Republican-Populist movement.  The sides have ratcheted up and this is a debate within just one side of the two party system. Similar debates are happening in the Democratic party between the Bernie Sanders wing and the Hilary Clinton wing of...
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    The Purpose of Education?

    Interesting read on the purpose of education. Wisdom to understand the parts and know how they come together Wisdom to know when to pull out the cards and what response to use at what times Ability to get across your ideas How are we doing as a society achieving these lofty goals? Should education be...
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    The Best 2 Hours You’ll Spend – Dr. Oz

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    Difference Between A Recession and Depression

    The difference between a depression and a recession; Depressions happen in real markets with honest currencies. Prices deflate relative to the currency which causes a downward spiral of unemployment and asset devaluation. The currency remains stable, so the depreciation of other assets is more obvious. Recessions are depressions in floating fiat sy...
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    Tough To Outrun The Math

    The Federal deficit (what we put on the credit card) was $1.1 Trillion (HERE) The INTEREST payment on the debt we already have ($21 trillion) was $316 billion. We collected, in the form of taxes and fees, $3.7 trillion. So about 10% of what we collect goes to debt service....
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    Change and Fear

    C.S Lewis Explains the Best Way to Handle Change Veronica Baugh | October 1, 2018 It is this change that English author C.S. Lewis so beautifully explains in his short story, The Great Divorce. In the story, the hero explores heaven, purgatory, and hell, and meets a few of their respective occupants. During these wanderings, the hero...
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    A Sad Day For America

    See if you can identify the pattern…. First 1987     Then 1991 (HERE and HERE     and Now ‘When you see Sotomeyer and Kagan tell them Lindsay said hello, because I voted for them…. this is the most unethical sham I’ve ever gone through.’      ...
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    What Does The Smartest Man On Earth Think About?

    HERE   https://youtu.be/gkBmxkDp2BY    ...
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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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    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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    Next Financial Crisis – DAVOS Panel Discussion

    YouTube – HERE This forum, hosted by Bloomberg, is from the World Economic Forum at Davos. This forum is the GLOBALIST crowd which is in contrast to Trumps, Make America Great Again movement. 4:37 – What did we learn from the 2008 crash? 6:42 – We don’t have even a Plan A? 8:44 – Monetary Policy...
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    Pride and Lust – Story from the News – 7 Deadly Sins – Bill Cosby

    I grew up with Bill Cosby. I remember listening to his Wonderfulness album over and over. I knew each of the skits.  He came into our houses adn Dr. Huckstable on the super hit sitcom, The Cosby Show. After more women come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assault, TV Land pulls its “Cosby Show” reruns. This is not the...
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    Pride and Wrath – Story In The News That Makes My 7 Deadly Sins Theory.

    So my theory on the 7 Deadly Sins and how they creep into peoples lives is an ongoing set of ideas and examples that make my case.  Today’s installment that sharing ks a person of authority displaying one or more of the 7 Deadly Sins in their full glory.  Here’s a former Clinton Ethics official...
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    I Have To Be Creating!

    There is a part of me that I haven’t quite realized until just recently,  that part of me that needs to create.  A friend referenced a trait among people with dyslexia that involves the person overcompensating because of having to adapt their learning to assimilate. That overcompensation caused by dyslexia, allows a different part of the brai...
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    Stoicism and Marcus Aurelius – To Step Away And See The World Without An Emotional Lense

    The Art of Improvement Published on Jan 21, 2018 At 17, Marcus Aurelius was adopted. It made him heir to the throne of Rome. Born into a wealthy family, Aurelius was primarily raised in the household of his grandfather. Both his parents passed away relatively early in his life. From the start, his defining characteristic...
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    What’s Your Purpose? Find It…Hold It…Never Compromise

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    Jordan Peterson and Bill Maher On Source of Political Correctness

    Where’s the source of all this political correctness?  (Language warning)...
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    Are We Living In Showtime’s Hit Series – Homeland?

    Sent from a friend…..if you’re watching Homeland on Showtime, the storyline is strangely familiar. Two or more sides disagree on who runs the country. And they can’t settle the question through elections because they don’t even agree that elections are how you decide who’s in charge. That’s the basic issue here. Who decides who runs...
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    A Boy Needs A Father – Mike Rowe

    (From Mike Rowe’s Facebook) Returning the Favor A couple years ago, when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt were getting divorced, Jolie was quoted as saying, “It never even crossed my mind that my son would need a father.” I was struck by her comment, and I remember wondering how many other Americans might share her...
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    Barbara Bush 1990 Commencement Speech – Family Success Is The Priority

    “You have a first class education from a first class school. And so you need not, probably cannot, live a ‘paint-by-numbers’ life. Decisions are not irrevocable. Choices do come back. And as you set off from Wellesley, I hope that many of you will consider making three very special choices. The first is to believe...
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    Crisis of Meaning and Mental Health

    John Miltimore from Intellectual Takeout It has been more than a decade since Pope John Paul II observed that “[o]ne of the most significant aspects of our current situation . . . is the ‘crisis of meaning.’” Some mental health professionals have linked this crisis to the surge of mental illness in our society. Health professionals say it’s quite c...
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    Social Media Commentary Video

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    The Power of Community and Relationships – Hope and Meaning

    I’m reading Victor Frankl’s famous book, Man’s Search for Meaning.  If you haven’t read it, you’re missing out. Frankl was a Jew that was deported to the worst of the worst Nazi concentration camps from 1942 to 1945.  In his professional life, Frankl was a physician/psychiatrist.  His detailed account of the stages of ...
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    The Mark of a Great Father and a Great Leader

    This was sent from a good friend of mine. The question to me, from him, was; What is our (mine and his, we work together) legacy? What do we stand for? How will we be remembered? How do we choose to spend our time? What is our investment in our families? What will people say...
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    Great Series – This Emotional Life – PBS (Amazon Prime)

    I highly recommend you watch the three-part series on Happiness and Emotion from PBS. The human experience from the level of the nueron to the level of the neighborhood.  The series interviews celebrities, doctors and tells some great stories. Check out the full series on PBS or on Amazon Prime.   Money quote ‘I used to...
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    From Individual To Society – Where We Are At

    I’ve written a number of time about the 7 Deadly Sins and how they appear in all of us.  When a society starts to honor these sins instead of the virtues that created the society in the first place, bad things happen. The fall of Rome was accredited to a series of Barbarian invasions but...
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    Amazon 1999

    Grit and tenacity are probably the two best attributes for an entrepreneur.  Always forward…Always dreaming….Always Executing.  ...
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    Streams In The Desert – Lettie Cowman

    I’m reading  Streams In The Desert, a daily devotional written back in 1923. When I read the story of the author,  Lettie Cowman, became clear how each daily devotional was created. Most days show her struggle with the slow death of her husband. Certain days are bright and the message is uplifting and other days...
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    Jesuit Way of Life – Fr. Martin

    I stumbled on an interview with Fr. Martin and one of my favorite podcasts, The Art of Manliness.  I continue to be drawn to the Stoics and ideas put forth in this book. I’ll be buying and reading it.  The messages are typically the same; simplify, serve and realize there will be set backs. While...
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    Play Nice or Speak The Truth. David Quinn Irish Catholic Magazine

    I’ve shared some of the highlights from Jordan Peterson on this site before.  He’s blunt and able to hold his arguments about the role of men and women, the power of story, the battle in our minds for chaos and order and his thoughts on what is right and wrong with society. From Irish Catholic:...
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    The 7 Deadly Sins – We All Got Them, Control Them….Or Else

    My journey from entrepreneur to politics to education has helped me see the world from many different angles.  The journey from success to failure has made me do some soul searching and the humbling experiences have caused me to pause and ask, what’s the meaning of life?.  I’ve blogged and detailed where I think we...
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    Deep Thoughts On The ‘WHY’s’ Of The Human Condition

    As I journey through life, I find I’m spending more and more time digging into the big “Why” of humanity.  This post is a smattering of the best of the best ideas, thought leaders and communicators that may help answer the big  questions; Why do we continue to wage wars? Why do some societies rise while...
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    Power Of Ideas Throughout History – Deep Thoughts on the ‘WHY?’ of the Human Condition

    The Power Of Ideas Over the course of history, great thought leaders have taken a moment to lay out their ideas. Ideas have changed the world.  From Adam Smith and the birth of capitalism to Lenin and the birth of communism, the power of ideas has improved societies and or plunged millions of lives into...
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    The Future – Deep Thoughts on the ‘WHY?’ of the Human Condition

    The Future Battery Technology Major breakthroughs in battery technology will change the world as we know it. From electric cars to your cell phone, the limits of lithium-ion batteries have stalled out the ability to truly move away from the combustible engine. I’m watching closely for a major breakthrough in battery technology. This may be th...
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    Health and Lifestyle – Deep Thoughts on the ‘WHY?’ of the Human Condition

    Work Life Balance I grew up on a farm and in a small town in Wisconsin. The life was simple, creative and the work was hard. There is something about working with my back instead of my brain that I miss and that I enjoy.  Lately, I’ve been called back to that life. I’m working...
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    Business – Deep Thoughts on the ‘WHY?’ of the Human Condition

    Business Principals Every business I go into happens after hundreds of hours of research and on the ground discussions of people already in the business. What I do is the epitome of high risk. Business start-ups are the hardest of the hard. Many people may have a good idea but I’ve been able to build a...
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    History – Deep Thoughts on the ‘WHY?’ of the Human Condition

    History Does history repeat itself?  Kitty Werthmann has an amazing story about her early life in Nazi Germany. I’ve been really keying in on the Revolutionary War in America. The characters, the stories and the events that lead up to the Declaration of Independence are fascinating to study.  The balance of power, the upper and...
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    Economics – Deep Thoughts on the ‘WHY?’ of the Human Condition

     Economics I love economics and how economic theories have advanced and declined over the generations. Perhaps one of my favorite communicators on an economic theory I subscribe to is Milton Friedman.  Friedman’s 10 part series that that played a few decades ago.  In the series, he weaves stories and is faced by a panel of...
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    Faith and Spirituality – Deep Thoughts on the ‘WHY?’ of the Human Condition

    Faith and Spirituality First, an amazing podcast series from Krista Tippett, On Being: Click Here – Living in Deep Time Men of all ages say Richard Rohr has given them a new way into spiritual depth and religious thought — through his writing and retreats. This conversation with the Franciscan spiritual teacher delves into the expansive scope...
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    Political Thought – Deep Thoughts on the ‘WHY?’ of the Human Condition

    Political Thought Nixon, My Second LEAST Favorite President Blind ambition, narcissism, a man grabbed and consumed by power, you name it, Nixon suffered from it.  From early in 1968 where he was behind extending the Vietnam war to make Johnson look bad; There was no doubt, said Johnson, that Nixon’s campaign team was trying to...
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    Education – Deep Thoughts on the ‘WHY?’ of the Human Condition

    Education Education and How To Fix America; 1990 Teacher of The Year Acceptance Speech Check out John Taylor Gato’s speech in 1990 as he was accepting the New York State Teacher of the Year Award. Almost 30 years ago Gato was bringing out the role of parenting and critical thinking in American education. Some of...
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    Society – Deep Thoughts on the ‘WHY?’ of the Human Condition

    How Society is Evolving Abundance leads to apathy. This documentary breaks down the philosophy that Strauss and Howe coined and studied a theory known as the 4th Turning. In a nutshell the 4th Turning is a study of how generations rise and fall in an 80-year cycle. The pair studied history and put forth a...
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    One Lexington

    1 E Lexington Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012 Unit 403 Parking Enter the Parking Garage on 1st Place or on the EAST side parking garage entrance. If you enter on the NORTH side off of Lexington you’ll need a coin to get out. The EAST entrance is for residence and you’ll need the KEY FOB to get the rolling gate...
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    Decline of America – 12 Chapter Book In Process By Joe Higgins

    Decline of America – 12 Arguments That America Is In Decline The decline of a great society doesn’t happen overnight. There are certain stages and warning signs that are hard to miss. As you go about your day you may be like me and you come across a story or, a fact or, a chart that...
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    Protected: States Rights – A Great Idea Gone By – Book Notes ‘Decline of America in 12 Chapters’ J Higgins

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    Protected: US Military – The Police Force For The World – Book Notes – ‘Decline of America in 12 Chapters’ J Higgins

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    Protected: Flight To Cities – Pension Crisis and Election Consequences – Book Notes ‘Decline of America In 12 Chapters’ – J Higgins

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    Protected: Banking And Debt – The Big Tsunami Is Coming Book Notes ‘Deline of America – J Higgins’

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    Protected: Family Unit Decline – As The Family Goes, So Does America – Book Notes ‘Decline of America – J Higgins’

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