13
Sep

Syria, The Art of War, and the Petrodollar

Syria, The Art of War, and the Petrodollar

It’s that time again ladies and gentlemen. It’s time to start a new war. So let’s review our two thousand year old military treatise, Sun Tsu’s,  The Art of War, so we can follow along with the sociopaths in Washington as they begin another misbegotten far-flung militaristic adventure.   How to Start a War In order to start a war, Washington needs to identify the enemy and establish an imminent threat to […]

30
Oct

The Reason I Do Not Vote

The Reason I Do Not Vote

  They ask every four years: Who are you going to vote for? My answer: I don’t vote. I won’t vote. In America, it is considered downright unpatriotic to admit that you don’t vote. Much like a confession to kicking puppies, it’s a response that is met with almost universal contempt. So before you call me a “blasphemer” for saying that I don’t vote and won’t vote, let me explain […]

2
Dec

The End of America is Nigh?

The End of America is Nigh?

  I consider myself to be a dispositional optimist, meaning the majority of the time I take a hopeful view which usually leads me to expect the best possible outcome from any given situation. In a world that is overwhelmingly negative, pessimistic, and dominated with “if it bleeds it leads” news stories, being an optimist is about as ‘contrarian’ as anyone can get. The physical and emotional health benefits of […]

4
Apr

The Paradigm Problem: Everything You Know is Wrong

The Paradigm Problem: Everything You Know is Wrong

We all march to the beat of our own paradigm. A paradigm (as it is used here in a non-scientific context) refers to the framework or pattern of thought we use to determine our perception of events. Our paradigms are infused with prejudices, assumptions, expectations, and beliefs, and from that flow our values, ethics, and rules. Our paradigm determines how we interpret the world around us and how we interact […]

24
Jan

The Power of Accepting Responsibility

The Power of Accepting Responsibility

I was talking with a friend of mine the other night. We were trading war stories, as guys are apt to do. He was telling me about a problem he was having at work. The circumstances are not relevant, but the fact that he was having the same problem again is. What occurred to me mid-story was that I’ve heard this tale of woe before, as a matter of fact, […]

14
Jan

The (Un)Happiness Project

The (Un)Happiness Project

One of the best decisions you can make is to ignore most of the advice you receive of how to be happy. It’s up to you to decide if you want to ignore mine as well. It’s not easy to turn a deaf-ear because we are deloused with personal development experts propagating the latest happiness research and tactics on how to be happy. There are as many strategies on how […]

6
Jan

Blogging is Dead: When the Bubble Bursts

Blogging is Dead: When the Bubble Bursts

Mark Twain said, “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect”. Oscar Wilde proclaimed, “Everything popular is wrong”. My grandma, who is 87 years old, just launched her brand new blog. Obviously that got me thinking … is blogging dead? Are blogs doomed? Is the blogosphere a bubble ready to blow up? Years ago my dad taught me something about stocks […]

23
Dec

Debunking Sentimental Hogwash and Demystifying the Great Marriage Myth

Debunking Sentimental Hogwash and Demystifying the Great Marriage Myth

We’ve all heard the statistics  – 50% of all marriages end in divorce. I’m not sure if this figure is accurate, or if it is just one of those things “they” say, after all, 97.3% of all statistics are made up . It was Mark Twain who said, “Most people use statistics the way a drunk uses a lamp post – more for support than illumination.” What I do know […]

15
Dec

Do You Have Approval Neurosis?

Do You Have Approval Neurosis?

“A man cannot be uncomfortable without his own approval.” ~ Mark Twain We all enjoy compliments, praise, and applause. It feels good when we are on the receiving end of someone’s adulation. Being congratulated or complimented is a wonderfully pleasurable feeling, and enjoying the feelings that come from other people’s endorsement is perfectly normal. There is nothing unhealthy about desiring and appreciating approval from others, however when other people’s approval […]

9
Dec

How to Get Out of a Box

How to Get Out of a Box

In Africa and parts of India the natives use a unique technique to catch monkeys. They hollow out one end of a coconut and tie a long line to it. Then they put peanuts inside the coconut and hide it in the bush.  When a monkey discovers the coconut filled with nuts, he works his hand through the small hole in one end of coconut to grab a fist full […]