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August 27, 2005

An explanation of the convoluted mess that will likely become World War 3

I'm going to go out on a little limb here and offer an explanation for world war three. I know it might seem a bit premature, but 12 year economic theory dictates that the United States must be involved in another major global conflict, no later than 2013.

So here's a theory for how it begins. Remember, it's just a theory, and I really hope I'm wrong. But as you go through it, think about it… If you hated America, wouldn't this be a good way you would (and could) try to bring about its demise?

My work in the field of Identity Theft has led me to believe that because Americans' information is so readily available and easily hacked, and is used for so many things in our lives, that it is the best and most vulnerable place for a large-scale attack from a small group of like-minded individuals looking to change the world.

Sometime around late 2010, or early 2011, using the "shock and awe" method, a network of hackers from all over the world will use the Chinese, Iranian, or North Korean computer network infrastructure to attack not only the Department of Defense, but also financial institutions (i.e. your bank), the Medical Information Bureau, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Homeland Security, other private and governmental systems, and even the Social Security System.

This will create headaches in the American way of doing things that we can't even begin to imagine. People will receive the wrong medications in hospital stays, driver's licenses will be revoked, or become non-existent, bank accounts will temporarily cease to exist (i.e. your money), etc. etc. etc.

We will, as a nation, recover relatively quickly, as we did after September 11. Hopefully most Americans will have woken up to the idea that they really do need a Plan for Identity Theft Protection.

We will recover relatively quickly as a nation, but individual horror stories will abound. Many people will lose money in ways they hadn't even though they could (as on September 11), some will lose their lives (due to mix-ups and confusion), and some will take their own lives over the financial obligations, responsibilities, outstanding debts, etc. etc. (not probably dramatically, but people will tell it later that it was dramatic). We will recover, because that's who we are.

But, the masses of the American public will watch their televisions for clues as to what's going on, and will hear bits and pieces of sensationalized information.

Reporter: "Late Breaking news from so-and-so technology expert shows that there was an extreme spike in the Internet traffic coming from computers originating in China… In house, we have Mr. John Doe Technology, to tell us about what this could mean."

Mr. John Doe Technology: "Well, because of my background, and blah, blah, blah, I think that it is quite possible that the Chinese government could have created this attack as a way of trying to assert their… blah, blah, blah…"

Reporter: "But isn't your background in technology?"

Mr. John Doe Technology: "Well, yes, it technically is, but while I am here, I think I will expand my level of knowledge to include military strategy… because… well… it makes me sound more important, y'know, and it makes me more credible, and makes it more relevant that you chose me for this segment of the news."

Americans will hear conflicting theories on why their money disappeared from their bank accounts for two weeks, and why Grandma, who was known to be allergic to Penicillin, was treated with Penicillinduring her last visit to the hospital and nearly died, because her medical records were confused with someone else's.

Bottom line, Americans will demand action.

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November 9, 2005

Thoughts on and from Jim Rohn

It's amazing to me.

I can't imagine anyone going through life, an entire lifetime, and not hearing Jim Rohn. I've linked to his site above, but I got this audio series from a business associate last night, and I am just so totally blown away by it. It's called "Take Charge of Your Life - The Winner's Seminar" (which, admittedly, is a less-than-adequate title for what is a great series. Saying that gives it a VERY Stuart Smalley feel).

I can not imagine not getting this training.

Now Mr. Rohn has no idea I exist, but his words have already impacted my life in a huge amazing way, and that was before I started listening to this audio series.

Just totally amazing.

Here's some excerpts from the first two CD's...

Everything you need is within reach.

Now's the time to fix the next ten years.

Are you reading the books that are going to get you where you want to be in the next 5 years?

You can't succeed by yourself.

Make rest a necessity, not an objective.

The goal of life:
Make measurable Progress in Reasonable time.

Lifestyle is figuring ways to live uniquely.

Happiness is not an accident, it's an art.

Being successful is not doing extraordinary things. It's doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.

When what you say is the tip of the iceberg of what you know, that's when communication becomes powerful


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November 12, 2005

More Jim Rohn

Okay, so I've finished the audio series and will definitely be listening again.


Here are some of my favorite excerpts.

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January 15, 2006

Once in a lifetime - busting the myth

I'm not an Eminem fan. In fact, I really don't have any opinion on Eminem, because I have never met him. But, he has a song that I have heard frequently... and I like the song, but I got to thinking about the lyrics, and I don't think I agree with the message at all.

It goes like this: "You better lose yourself in the music, the moment, you better never let it go. You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow, this opportunity comes once in a lifetime."

And Eminem is, of course, not the only one promoting this kind of a philosophy. Our entire American society is based around the idea that you have to pay attention, because you may miss the opportunity of a lifetime.

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January 23, 2006

Life, as a series of gifts

This morning, right before I woke up with the alarm for a Monday morning mastermind meeting, I was having a dream.

In my dream, my alarm went off. So I shut off the alarm, got up, and went into the office, which is across the hall from my bedroom (which was pretty accurate in my dream). As I walked into the office, I noticed that there were presents all around me. It was so amazing!

There were presents of of all shapes and sizes, most of them being in gift bags of all colors and sizes. I realized that my office was larger (than it actually is), and the entire room was actually filled with presents.

As I turned to go back into the bedroom to tell Carrie, I realized that there were presents all around me. Everywhere I looked, there were presents.

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January 25, 2006

Life, as a series of gifts (2)

I thought it quite interesting that two days after I wrote the posting about the dream (unwrapping presents) I'm fighting voices, which are telling me not to unwrap presents...

February 7, 2006

Getting Stoned Once Again

This past weekend, we had the SuperBowl. And it was interesting. Two teams no one expected to be there, duking it out, finding out who was the team with more ability to show Mettle on one of America's two national holidays made up exclusively for marketers (the other coming up on February 14th).

At halftime, the Rolling Stones performed. And while the performance, in my book, was about a 6 of 10, as far as Superbowl halftime shows goes, there was an interesting conversation at the Superbowl Party I was at. It went something like:

"I wonder how many times he has sung this song and how sick he must be of singing this song."
the response:
"I don't know, I think with all the money he's getting paid, he can't really be sick of it, can he?"
A response:
"I think he should just hang it up."
A response:
"I think it's great that they're still able to get out there and do it! That's awesome!"
"Yah, but even an attractive hooker has a day when she's just not attractive anymore and should put away her boots."

So the conversation was rather amusing...

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August 25, 2006

What is opportunity?

What is opportunity to you?

For visitors to my blog, I have a question for you. What do you believe opportunity is?

Mark Joyner has posted this comic on his blog today, and I absolutely love it... It says so much about how philosophies create the people who build the kind of world in which we live.

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October 11, 2006

The Crutch

You can use a crutch as a weakness or strength.

Here's a man, Bill Shannon, who decided that he wasn't going to let his circumstances dictate what he was capable of.

His crutch became the very thing that will propel him to be an incredible inspiration to the thousands who will see his video.

He dictated what he was capable of, and his circumstances conformed to his desires.

Can we all learn to do the same in our lives?

Make the decision today. Find what works for you - Kevin Fanter says it this way.

"I am the voice. I will lead, not follow."

Make a choice today.

Force your circumstances to conform to your desires!

Be a Bill Shannon to the people who will see your example. Live a powerful life, be strong in your convictions, and you will help others to move their lives to new places because of who you are for them.

Turn the crutch into your greatest reason.

November 13, 2006

The Free Hugs Campaign

The Free Hugs Campaign is really inspiring! Have you given out your free hugs today?

February 7, 2007

This is an Awesome Video (and Talk) on Web 2.0

Impressed would be an understatement. This video has a lot to say from a lot of different perspectives. I really like that the professor who produced this video has taken a philosophical approach to web 2.0

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February 11, 2007

What the Bleep Do We Know

I love this movie.

I have seen it several times, and it really summarizes what I have generally accepted in my life to be true.

Take a look and watch it for yourself.

Please feel free to leave your comments below.

What The Bleep Do We Know

March 15, 2007

Muslims are "Walking Time Bombs"?

Someone I know and had a fair level of respect for sent me an email which is below. The email included a video (also below), and I felt that I had to respond to her.

I'm really amazed that an educated person (who again, I thought of as a rational and kind individual), would send out what she sent to me.

So I've posted my response here and would love anyone's thoughts on it.


While the video is scary, the comments that came with are scarier.

I'm not talking about the director's comments either.

The thinking which leads educated individuals to categorize an entire group of people as a certain way ("Walking time-bombs" and mentally unstable) is what always has (and always will) lead to global warfare. In this case, it's "Muslims". In Vietnam it was the "Gooks", in the 1950's it was the "Commies", in 1945 it was the "Japs", in 1938 it was the "Krauters"(Germans).)

If you look at what people said about each of these groups during the time periods leading up to major wars, you will find your comments match, almost word for word, what people said, in gross generalization, about each of those groups.

It takes about 60-65 years to heal the damage that is done by the kind of thinking which says "ALL people from "X" group are "X"."

Today, our world view is that Germans are friendly and that the Japanese are hard working people. In another 5-10 years (we're already starting to see it), we will welcome of China (and Chinese Communist ideals) as necessary and even helpful, after that (and after the U.S. become involved in some kind of war with the northern part) a reuniting of Korea, and in about 20-25 years, Vietnam will become a major tourist location. People will come back to America saying what a nice place Vietnam was because of the hospitable nature of the Vietnamese.

While the video was scary (I saw it the first time about two years ago), what is more scary is that an entire culture of highly educated people are slipping back into a pattern of categorizing and mentally convicting an entire culture, based on nothing more than some limited experience and lots of news coverage.


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April 4, 2007

Specialization is for Insects

I saw this on OneMan'sBlog today, and thought I would re-post it, as it gave me a lot of confidence and encouragement for all the various things I do...

In short, this quote let me know that it's okay that I do so many things.

That's comforting in a funny sort of way, and definitely good to have reinforced.

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September 13, 2007

Joel Comm's Thoughts on MLM (Multi-Level-Marketing)

Joel Comm made a post on his blog about MLM (Multi-Level Marketing), and I responded to his post with the comments below by talking about my own experiences in MLM with Pre-Paid Legaland offering some advice to people (for whatever it's worth).

I hope you find it beneficial!

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November 6, 2007

A great article on Sleep and taking Steps Towards Dreams

I have always been facinated by sleep, and this article from Parade Magazine provides for some interesting reading and gives a few good tips on the subject. If you are really interested in learning more about recognizing your dreams, you might look up lucid dreaming.

Here's an open secret: Dreaming isn't really about sleeping; it's about waking up. Dreams wake us up to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. They can tell us what we need to know and alert us to actions we need to take.

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November 23, 2007

God Bless America

I don't know if this is accurate or embellished rhetoric, but in any case, I thought it had a good message, so I'm re-posting it here.

When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of 'empire building' by George Bush.

He answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return."

It became very quiet in the room.

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February 16, 2009

You and I are SO Rich!

Maybe it's been prompted by the news I've heard lately that we're in some sort of global economic crisis, but I've been thinking a lot about how much wealth the average person has.

And not just in America or in the Western world, but all around the world, we have so much wealth.

If you don't believe me, try this one on for size.

Assuming you are a sighted person...

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July 8, 2009

Social Proof: Random Dude Starts A Dance Party

If you can get a few random people to join your mission, and do so with passion, that's all it takes to change the (mental, emotional, and physical) landscape of an event.

If you can change the landscape of an event, you can change the landscape of a culture.

If you can change the landscape of a culture, you can change the landscape of a city.

If you can change the landscape of a city, you can change the landscape of a region, a state, and a country.

Social proof reigns supreme.

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July 29, 2009

Should News Be Free? Weird Question.

I'll turn 30 this year.

All things being equal, I haven't been on the planet that long.

But I've seen a lot of changes in a very short amount of time.

One big fascination for me has been to watch "old" media's response to "new" media.

Examples of it abound, but a couple of prominent examples include

  • The Recording Industry Association vs. Napster (and music on the Internet in general)
  • The decline of major newspapers around the world (particularly in the US)

The "old" guard wants to sue to make things right, and get back what's "rightfully theirs".


It was never really yours.

You built an amazing centralized system which allowed all of us to find out about music and movies and news, and etc. etc. etc.

Here's a great post that explains a lot about why old media is having such a hard time with things.

Newspapers are a great example of "old" media which is dying out/changing form because of disruptive technology.

Reading the above led me to this post, asking the question "Should news be free?"

Should news be free?

I think it's beside the point.

Maybe it's because I went through the first part of my life with no Internet, and have had the opportunity to watch and participate in it's growth through my teens and twenties.

But the question itself kind of baffles me.

News, by it's very nature, is free. It always has been.

People have paid for the distribution and the quality of the writing, but news is free.

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July 19, 2010

Life: The Guide You Should Have Been Given - On Happiness

Humans are the most intelligent, most active, most influential, and some of the longest lived creatures we've discovered so far.

Despite this, human life is short.

80-150 years is not a long time to live.

For a human with only 80-150 years, the greatest possible outcome at the end is joy; true happiness.

So what makes you happy?

Happiness is the total of how much you want something (desire), multiplied by how satisfied you are once you have it (satisfaction).

Put another way, happiness equals satisfaction divided by desires.

If happiness equals total satisfaction divided by total desires, then the goal has to be - to be more satisfied or to desire less.

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September 12, 2010

The Shortsidedness of Working for Someone Else

My friend of 15 years (N) lives here in New Zealand.

Her son (C) is 20 months old.

Because of the cost and time involved in getting to/from New Zealand, N's parents have only seen their grandson (C) when he was first born (in the US).

They have never actually met her significant other (M).

So they have been pretty excited to come and visit their grandson N, meet her partner M (for the first time), and see their daughter C. They planned to come for 10 days around Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is in about a month and a half. They have had their tickets purchased for months.

However, about 2 months ago, N's dad was made redundant/ outsourced/downsized, etc.

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October 20, 2010

Thoughts On Specialization

The specialization and segmentation of job roles within companies (in most people's lives?) is absolutely fascinating. Some people literally just won't do something themselves if it falls even the slightest bit outside of their job role. Is that because the more you show you know, the more you are requested (and used) to do things (and the more that is expected of you,) often without a corresponding increase in pay (or even acknowledgment)?

That was my experience when I worked in the job world.

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October 30, 2010

It's Not Your Company

I refer to Theirs as They, you refer to theirs as my.

I was talking to someone who was fired from a company (or, to use the PC term, was made redundant).

But this individual still talked about the company like they were part of it.

"Well, when I worked there, we found that our customers would talk to us if we... "

It made me want to grab this person and go:

Hey? Hello? Are you paying attention to the world around you?

It's not your company.

Is your name on the building? Then it's not your company.

Didn't they fire you?

Isn't that why you don't work there anymore?

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Employees? You Are Expendable

You are expendable.

Listen to the word: Ex - spend - able. You are able to (and likely to) become an ex source of spending for the company you currently work for.

When times get tough, they will drop you. Most companies attempt to be caring about it, but many let employees go at the drop of a hat. Because when it comes down to it, as an employee (in most cases), you are not a profit center. Instead, you are an expense.

Ask yourself these questions:
- Am I actively recruiting new sources of revenue for the company I work for every day?
- Am I actively inventing new products or services (not just supporting them by creating graphics or campaigns, but actually inventing them) every day?

If you can't answer either of those questions with a yes, then you are an expense, and you are expendable.

I avoid the words always and never, but it's hard to imagine a time or situation that it won't always be that way.

Job security? Nope. Probably never again in westernized countries.

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November 13, 2010

Bring Value: A Conversation With a New Marketer

When people email me out of the blue, sometimes the conversation gets longer and I end up sharing some content that I think is good and helpful for others.

So, this is an email conversation between myself and Stojaco, someone I've just met through I don't know how he came to that site, but I hope you find some helpful advice in the conversation as well.

Hi, Here are my "comments"...unfortunately I did not receive(read) the report because "the pc, doesn't have" aproproate program and can not translate thetext (the report)!,I am asking,do you have a videos(maybe this is idea for better marketing-marketing tool, ha-ha), or some fresh and quickest way to make money,($1000 montly will be good),(no offense,,,for the report,because I haven't saw-read it).Thank you. I am expecting your reply,as you said you ...will.

ps:I am not flatering you but I noticed that you are a good(Honest) guy,(which is very very rare when it comes to a "internet marketer") and I wish to tell you that I am a complete beginer to online merketing but I've noticed while I was looking for a way to make money online that with this one like you are doing (waiting for reply) you are making the same time (something-kind) like research and that is a sign to a honest in depth marketer,waitig for reply and maybe future cooperation.thank you.

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January 17, 2011

Overcome: March 23, 1994

This is a poem I wrote in 1994, when I was 14. I woke up with it on my mind this morning (for obvious reasons), and wanted to share it here.

- - - - - - - - -
If people would quit complaining about being in the minority, we would all be in the majority of human people fighting to become something much greater.
- - - - - - - - -
To Martin Luther King
-Let us keep the dream alive-

We shall overcome
without violence, without hate.
We shall overcome,
and not use others as the bait.
Where'd the spirit go?
a different cause, yes,
but we've laid down on the job,
and forgotten about the rest.
The violence which surrounds us now,
hurts us even more.
In the end, it will kill us all,
and hurt us more than the worst war.

Those who died, was it in vain?
Don't we get the message?
If we don't stop violence, it will stop us,
and leave us behind in the wreckage.

Their cries for help are being ignored,
by those of us still here.
Why don't we try to stop the violence?
Is it simply out of fear?

Or maybe it's just easier,
to turn away and not see,
the headlines in the paper,
and the pictures on TV
The violence on the streets,
so easy to ignore.
When you're not involved in it,
but what happens when knocks at your front door?
The others will have turned their heads away,
just as you did too.
So when you see violence heading your way,
don't expect anyone to save you.
But what if you stop it,
before it closes in?
What if we can stop it?
The all the world will win.
When violence is stopped for all of us here,
the world will work towards peace.
We'll all be able to join hands and fly,
in a V for victory, just like geese.
Time to stop turning the head,
It is time to work together.
It's time for us to live out our creed,
and keep the peace forever
We shall overcome,
without violence, without hate.
We shall overcome,
and our world will be great.

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