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The People Of The Abyss

Go look. Just go look. There are no words I can add.

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Why Occupy Wall Street Was Crushed

The “secret” after the break.

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Addiction Runs The World

Coincidentally, I was thinking about how the goal of every business is not to have customers, but addicts.

And then I realized that as far as Western Civilization is concerned, commerce has really been about nothing but addiction.

Some day I might develop this thought further. But not right now.

Besides, someone else must have realized this and already written an entire book about it. (If you know such a book, point to it in Comments.)


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The Most Powerful Tool In The World

This is something I’m certain Napoleon Hill would have added to his “Magic Ladder” had he paid a bit more attention to the actual anatomy of industry.

It’s a tool to ensure the completion of any project, whether for work or for life. But it’s hardly ever used and whenever it’s suggested or revealed, it’s usually dismissed or ridiculed.

It’s a very simple tool that is possibly the most powerful thing on earth.

It’s a checklist.

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There have been some stunning images via Twitter of the Presidential Palace captured by victorious Ukrainian protesters.

This image …


… exemplifies everything that is wrong with those who currently — and temporarily — hold power.

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Family urges flu shots after virus claims News 10 advertising executive

These were Nancy Pinnella’s last days: On Jan. 21, she felt sick, leaving work early. On Jan. 22, she went to a doctor, hardly able to speak or breathe. By 6 p.m. that day, she was in intensive care at Sutter General Hospital in Sacramento. Her kidneys were failing, her lung capacity severely reduced. Doctors sedated her, induced paralysis and put her on a ventilator and dialysis. Then, as quick as that night, doctors told her family she was in very, very bad shape.

The H1N1 influenza was winning the battle.

On Friday, a bright spot: her kidneys and vital signs got better. Then, between midnight and 6 a.m. Saturday, Pinnella suffered three severe strokes in three different parts of her brain. On Sunday, the family said goodbye and took the 46-year-old advertising executive at KXTV News10 off life support.

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Because My Head Is Thick

I keep referring to the Buying Advice! page.

But as I’ve tooled around the Net, I keep seeing tablet bargains that continue to tempt me.

So I’ve had to create a new thing to refer to:

If I buy a cheap tablet, I’ll wonder what a faster tablet is like.

Meanwhile, I’ll have spent money that could’ve gone to a faster tablet.

And I’d have to spend more money for a faster tablet.

If I have the fastest tablet, I won’t wonder what a slower tablet is like.

And I’ll have the fastest tablet and no need to spend more money.

It’s not like I have the money to spend right now anyway. But still.


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The Fourth Level

Two scenes from the movie The Trial of Billy Jack have stuck with me throughout the years.

Recently this movie ran on cable and I was again impressed by these scenes.

Not being able to find anything about them on the Net — including video clips — I decided to do my own post.

Since I’m not confident YouTube will defend my Fair Use, aside from the video clips I’ve taken the precaution of doing a virtual storyboard of the scenes that can never be DMCAed away. There are over one hundred snaps and two video clips after the break.

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Today’s Must-Read

The Logic of Stupid Poor People

You have no idea what you would do if you were poor until you are poor. And not intermittently poor or formerly not-poor, but born poor, expected to be poor and treated by bureaucracies, gatekeepers and well-meaning respectability authorities as inherently poor.

This was brutal:

When she left my VP turned to me and said, “did you see that tank top she had on under her blouse?! OMG, you wear a silk shell, not a tank top!”

A minor error of not knowing can keep you down.

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