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Prospecting Day

Here is a business idea that is perfect for a young entrepreneur  in Phoenix. It is seasonal, has low start-up costs and will be easy to test. [click to continue…]

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History

“History repeats itself not as a drama but as a farce.”

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Trumpian Thoughts

Trump’s promises aren’t worth the pixels they’re tweeted with. [click to continue…]

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The Iron Law of Oligarchy

“Every organization requires some small group of people to make important decisions. They may use their special knowledge and power to help people, but it’s also a sure bet that they will use it to help themselves as well.” [click to continue…]

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The ELF Diet

Perhaps the only truly effective diet plan is astonishingly easy to follow and even more astonishingly difficult to maintain. The Elf diet will be a surefire success if you can do it.

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Weekly Maxim October 30, 2017

“Restoring confidence in our tax system means restoring and respecting the principle of fairness for all.”

Ronald Reagan

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Where Have All the Tailors Gone

I’m reading a book called Sons and Soldiers by Bruce Henderson. It’s about the young German Jewish men who escaped the Nazi in the 1930’s and then enlisted in the US Army and were assigned to the intelligence division. It tells a worthwhile story in a less than compelling way. But that’s not what I want to talk about I want to talk about tailors. [click to continue…]

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A Planned Decline

“Now that I am retired, what is my goal?”

Some people play golf, some watch TV, some volunteer and try to “give back.” It probably doesn’t matter much what you do because in the scope of things what you do really doesn’t effect the outcome in the world. But I’d like to propose that increasing net happiness in the world is a sensible objective. Here is the beginning of a list of things you can do starting today to increase happiness.

  • Smile, laugh and beam.
  • Say “thank you” often and with the slightest provocation.
  • Be generous with your money and stuff. You can’t take it with you.
  • Dress up. Wear your good clothes often.
  • Avoid euphemisms (see photo above).
  • Stop complaining.
  • Have a joke or a happy phrase ready at all times.
  • Spend more time in groups and less time alone.
  • Be kind, especially to strangers.

 

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Reality Check

The dirty little secret of American politics is that the government’s power to improve your life is pretty limited.

Jim Geraghty National Review

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Apple Pay Takes on the Banks

Excuse the imperfect illustration. I’m in a bit of a hurry today after my whirlwind trip to Ohio. More on that later. This week I want to give Apple Inc. some advice. Not that they need it. [click to continue…]

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