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I have had dreams where I could fly. Not the supersonic or hypersonic way Superman did, but effortless travel in all directions including vertical. During them I was always amazed that the only thing holding me back had been my inability to believe I could.

And that turned out to be how they ended as well. Even knowing I had just flown, I could not get off the ground because the belief was no longer strong enough.

In the waking world I have had a large number, more a continuous stream, of similar situations. Knowing I could do something, or get something done, got it done.

I have worked alongside many powerful men. Gym-strong guys who could […]

Does The United States Still Exist?

– Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

Does The United States Still Exist? An address delivered to the Libertarian Party of Florida on March 23, 2016 in Destin, Florida

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

To answer the question that is the title, we have to know of what the US consists. Is it an ethnic group, a collection of buildings and resources, a land mass with boundaries, or is it the Constitution. Clearly what differentiates the US from other countries is the US Constitution. The Constitution defines us as a people. Without the Constitution we would be a different country. Therefore, to lose the Constitution is to lose the country.

Does the Constitution still exist? Let us examine the document […]

the demise of the headline

What Happened When I Tried to Take $1500 Cash Out of Bank of America-Bank Holiday is Near

She Adopted A Dog Nobody Wanted, Then An Amazing Thing Happened

This Magic Valley Town Named One Of Idaho’s Top 10 Tiny Towns

Microsoft released a simulacrum of a teenager into the digital wild. Guess what happened next!

Real headlines tell you what the story is about. Interest in the story entices you to further reading. That is called journalism. Tell them what you are going to tell them. Then tell them. Then summarize what you told them. That is how it was taught. That is how it was, and in professional circles, still is done.

There is a popular Internet and social […]

rise above minimum wage

How to Escape the Purgatory of Minimum Wage/Part-Time Jobs

In the age of automation, what’s scarce are problem-solving skills.

Readers responded positively to my recent essay on the emerging economy and jobs:A Teachable Moment: to the Young Person Who Complained About Her Job/Pay at Yelp and Was Promptly Fired. Many young people are stuck in the purgatory of minimum wage and/or part-time jobs: that raises the question: how do you get out of minimum-wage purgatory?

The conventional answer is, “get another college degree.” Perhaps this once had some value, but this now yields rapidly diminishing returns due to supply and demand: everyone else seeking an escape from low-wage/part-time purgatory is pursuing the same strategy, so there is […]

because they can

Twice a year the intrusive government effortlessly pokes me with a sharp stick.

If someone wants to get up earlier in the morning, then please do. If you want to go to work earlier in the day, for goodness sakes, go to work earlier. Don’t drag me into your wishes.

Time zones make sense. If we all used sundials where high noon is high noon, we couldn’t synchronize clock-based events from east to west. Until 1883, that is how it was. Localities each had their own time standard based on the sun. Sunrise, sunset and daylight were set by the sun.

It was a scheduling nightmare for the railroads, however. So they divided North America into four time zones that […]

h e double-toothpicks

Profanity is a weak vocabulary trying to express itself forcefully – Ted Dunlap My wife started to watch the movie “Wolf Of Wall Street” within earshot of me. ICK! After less than five minutes in the incessant cesspool of profanity, she turned it off.

Hollywood has led our society away from “complicated” language into a simple world where a handful of swear words are used to mean anything and nothing; where forming articulate sentences is a thing of the past.

Foul language that used to be the mark of the lowest classes in male-only menial-labor pools has crept into all social strata.

This brings me to my daily liberty quote from C. S. Lewis that was in […]

conundrums

Free people are not equal. Equal people are not free.

A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don’t have one, you’ll probably never need one again.

America is capitalist and greedy – yet half of the population is subsidized.

Half of the population is subsidized – yet they think they are victims.

They think they are victims – yet their representatives run the government.

Their representatives run the government – yet the poor keep getting poorer.

The poor keep getting poorer – yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

They have things that people in other countries only dream about – yet they want America to be more like those […]

selected quotations

You may have noticed in the right sidebar a rotating series of quotes. I uploaded a large collection of those I have found to be particularly significant. Most have come to my e-mail box via my signing up at liberty Tree for a daily trio.

While they aren’t all striking, many are. Those I save and share here.

The set below are most effective together. They came days apart, but relate to each other … and to us.

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“A family member asked my wife, “Aren’t you concerned about his (our son’s) socialization with other kids?” My wife gave this response: “Go to your local middle school, junior high, or high school, walk down the hallways, and tell […]