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Do Nothing?

Posted: July 20, 2018 in Thought for the Day
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“Nothing will work unless you do.” -Maya Angelou

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“You’re never going to master something unless you understand this… the brain learns much better when we’re emotionally engaged, when we want to learn, when we’re motivated.” -Robert Greene

Time Obsessed

Posted: July 19, 2018 in Thought for the Day
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“Whatever you’re obsessive about, whatever means more to you than anything else is where you will put your time.” -Sasha Cohen

“In the same year that the Declaration of Independence was adopted, Edward Gibbon published the first volume of his masterpiece, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

The Founding Fathers were well aware of the transition – natural, and perhaps inevitable – from republic to empire. They had studied it in the Roman example. They had seen how it drew power into a few hands… and corrupted them.

They tried to prevent it from happening in the New World, putting in place limits… circuit breakers… and checks and balances… to keep the government from becoming too big, too ambitious, or too powerful.

Even then, they were doubtful that it would stick. ‘We give you a republic…’ Franklin wrote to posterity, ‘if you can keep it.’….

Time and scale have changed the nature, not just the age and the size, of the United States of America. It has become something the Founding Fathers had tried to avoid… and almost certainly wouldn’t like….

Citizens still have the right to life, liberty, and property – but only to the extent that the feds allow.

They can keep their firearms, for example, but the feds can label them terrorists… and kill American citizens.

They still have the right to express themselves under the protection of the First Amendment, unless their opinions are considered ‘hate speech,’ or the feds – or their agents at Facebook and Google – just don’t like what they say.

Your property is still safe, too; but under the doctrine of civil forfeiture, the police can take your money, your cars, and your house… with no due process of law….

Empires are very different from republics. They are no longer by, for, and of the people. They’re too big… too complex… with too many fingers in too many pies for the people or their elected representatives to keep up with.

So power migrates to the center. There, where the CIA, NSA, Pentagon, NIH, FBI, IRS, and dozens of other agencies… along with the corporate headquarters of hundreds of big industries… and thousands of pressure groups, lobbyists, factotums, hacks, think tanks, NGOs, powerful families, and apparatchiks reside, is where the real power flows.

There, too, in Rome as in Washington, the power congeals.”

-Bill Bonner

Every Decision

Posted: July 15, 2018 in Thought for the Day
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“For every decision you make: MAKE SURE IT’S A GROWTH DECISION AND NOT A FEAR DECISION.” -James Altucher

Worry Waste

Posted: July 14, 2018 in Thought for the Day
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“Worry never accomplishes anything. It just wastes time.” -James Altucher

Think About It

Posted: July 13, 2018 in Thought for the Day
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“How do you go from thinking about it to actually doing it?… ‘what’s next’ is a decision.” -Amy Morin