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Freedom Hit by Gag Order

A Fortune.com article presents one of the greatest challenges that freedom has seen.  We are seeing a huge shift in the freedom of the press.


What’s happening to freedom of the press?  What can we do about it?   These are two of the most important questions we might ever ask.  Ease of publication and the human trait to read what we want to see, have helped create an era of divisiveness in what is published.  A growth of alternative facts is deteriorating the power of the press.

There is a battle between the media and the US Executive branch as they struggle against one another.

This is what is disturbing about the www.fortune article linked below when  it says:  Employees at several federal agencies including the Department of Agriculture have been barred by the Trump administration from making any statements, or providing any documents to the public or journalists, according to published reports.

The Environmental Protection Agency, allegedly told the agency to remove a climate change page from its website, and informed both it and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to stop discussing research with the public and media.

Staff at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service also got a memo on Monday telling them not to provide any documents to the public, including press releases and social-media content, according to BuzzFeed News. The email told employees, including about 2,000 staff scientists, that “starting immediately and until further notice,” they were not to release any documents or post anything to social media.

In short, there is easier access to more information that we can trust less and less.

What can we do to spot the truth and filter out the noise?  One powerful method of determining truth is highlighted in the book “Power vs. Force” by David Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.  This book makes the huge promise that it will give a totally effective way to determine if we are being misled.  The book delivers on this pledge.  We can use what this book offers to help us learn when someone is trying to control our thoughts, opinions and freedom.

The book shows how to spot fiction from fact because fact is supported by real power.  Here are several key points in this book:

#1: Power arises from meaning and does not move.  Power is a field (like gravity) and has to do with motive and supports all life.  Force,  on the other hand, moves and automatically creates a counter force.

#2: Power is complete and requires nothing from outside.  Force is incomplete and must continually be fed outside force.

#3: Power consumes nothing and energizes, gives forth, supplies and supports.  Force has an insatiable appetite and constantly consumes.

When we look at this, we can see that George Lucas really made a mistake in Star Wars.  His Jedi Knights should have said “May the Power be with You” instead of “May the Force be with You”.  We can also begin to see the fallacy of the comment that the President of the United States is the most powerful man on earth.  He may be a very forceful person, but events have shown that his actions have created plenty of counter force.

Force is applied to symptoms.  Power works on the most serious underlying problem.

Here is how to use the power of power to ignorance from truth.  Power Versus Force explains the idea of high and low energy patterns.  This information gives us a technique we can use to measure anything we read, see or hear.  We can compare and judge information by asking how it reflects on these seven high and matching low energy patterns.

High Energy   –  Low Energy

Abundant               Excessive
Attractive               Seductive
Civil                        Formal
Defending              Attacking
Educating               Persuading
Honest                    Legal
Patriotic                 Nationalistic

When you see or hear a news bite, ask, “Does it educate or persuade?”  “Is it defending or attacking?” and most of all “Is it honest or just legal?”

When we shine the light of these questions, the daily information that can fool us or set us free, we’ll come closer to seeing reality.  Then we can respond and adapt to how life really is, not what the hidden (or not so hidden) agendas of others who want us to believe.

Protecting the freedom of the press is not just the responsibility of media.  This independence can only be restricted if we are poor readers and let ourselves be fooled and deceived.

Making data we review,  prove its power lights up truth and reality.  I recommend reading Power Vs. Force and making the media prove itself in this highest, most honest of ways.

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You can order Power Vs. Force at Amazon.com by clicking here.


(1) www.fortune.com: Trump gag order

Another way to gain real power is to be part of the media and use writing to sell the truth.

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Power of Small in Business

Technology, combined with our basic rights, gives an edge to the Power of Small.

I can work anywhere, like sitting under this tree with my hound, yet earn everywhere because of the power that technology adds to  small.

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However, Big Business and Big Government have increasingly put pressure on small business.

One recent example is new legislation that makes tea tree oil a drug.   Now small businesses have to get FDA approval before making soaps that contain tea tree oil.

This is a blow to those of us who use tea tree to help maintain natural health plus it hurts many small businesses.

Small companies cannot afford the legal teams and time required to weave through the maze of bureaucratic red tape.  Small businesses that manufacture natural health products already struggle to compete with big cosmetic and soap companies.  The new regulations make it all but impossible for small local businesses to comply with these new regulations.

This is poor thinking on the government’s part.  The US economy is built on a foundation of small firms.  Around 50% of America’s workforce either own or are employed by businesses with less than 500 employees.  These companies generate almost half the private economic output of the US.

Yet who ever accused the government of intelligent long term strategic thinking?

Fortunately small businesses can adapt.  Where there is a will, there is a way.  For example one company I know plans to create a recipe for tea tree oil soap and sell the basic ingredients rather than the soap.  Then the consumers can mix their own healthier soap.

Another friend of many years used to produce colloidal silver.  Then legislation made it impractical to produce and offer this valuable  antiseptic.  He offered a Micro-Particle Colloidal Silver Generator and manual on how to make colloidal silver instead. (1).

This is a great benefit of having a self publishing business.  The first amendment in the Bill of Rights protects us.  Big Business and Big Government can tie up commerce in red tape under the “guise of protection”, but they have a hard time working around this.

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble, or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.

Technology increased the power of small when it opened many possibilities for a sharing economy.  Small home owners can compete with big hotel chains.  Small car owners can compete with big taxi companies.  Individual writers can compete with big publishers.

The era when “Bigger is Better” is dying.  Being big has helped many nations become great.  Now we can enjoy the benefits of  this bigness by having a micro business that is small.


(1)  www.thesilveredge.com

Seven P Secrets of Self Publishing

When you write, you can work anywhere. 


Here I am working poolside in the winter, at our Florida farm.

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Here I am with our hound Ma, working during the summer at our North Carolina farm.

Learn how to earn everywhere, while living anywhere you choose.  I have been able to earn by writing in Hong Kong, England, the Isle of Man, Dominican Republic and Ecuador to name a few of the place I have lived.  Everywhere I have been… too numerous to share here, I have been able to work.

All I need is my laptop.

That’s all you need too… a laptop to be free!

Before computers, a pencil and pad did the job.

Freedom is just one benefit you can gain from writing.

Another benefit is income.   Writing has brought me both our farms, free and clear… plus a lot more.

Another good example of earning potential is my friend Hugh Howey.   He was working for $10 an hour in a book store when he self published his novel Wool, typing in a storage room during his lunch breaks.

Soon he was earning over $100,000 a month on Amazon.com.  This helped secure a six-figure book deal from Simon & Schuster, and an option for film by Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Alien.

That’s what he’s doing now.

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Sometimes Hugh and I get together at my  farm and play chess (he beats me badly).

Writers like High are great inspirations.

A couple of years ago Hugh  left Florida, and moved to South Africa.  He had a sailing catamaran built for him and now can sail the world while he continues to write.

Hugh explained it like this: And that’s the miracle of working as a writer: I can do it from anywhere and everywhere. The past few years, I’ve done a lot of writing from airplanes and airports while on business trips abroad.  SAND was entirely written overseas while traveling through seven different countries; I think it’s a better story because of those inspirations.  In upcoming years, I may be writing near your home port.

Hugh’s a super star writer and his success could not happen to a more deserving and talented person.  He pours enormous energy into being worthy of his readership.  But you do not have to be a million dollar a year earner or a traveler to benefit from writing.

The good news is… you do not need a huge success to have a rich and fulfilled lifestyle.  Self Publishing can bring you a life that most people only dream of, as a journeyman writer, instead of a super star.

May I hastily add that the path to stardom begins as a journeyman… so the journeyman’s path brings success without stardom… but can also lead to stardom.

What most success stories like Hugh’s rarely explain is the many hours of writing that was devoted before their self published book sales soared.   Hugh, like most writers were journeymen first.  Stardom came later.

Here are sevens secrets that can help you become a journeyman writer. 

The secrets are a writer’s armory of tools that allows almost anyone to create successful publications for income, freedom and fulfillment.

Take Merri’s and my publishing business as an example.  

Merri and I are not writing stars.  We are journeymen who have for more than 40 years, year in and year out, earned solid income writing and self publishing dozens of publications about multiple subjects.

Some years that income has been more than solid… over a million dollars.  Yet in terms of stardom, we are hardly known.

In a moment you’ll see why that’s fine for us and probably will be for you too.

First some history.

Merri became involved in self publishing over 40 years ago… first helping a veterinarian publish a book on a very specific market… animal acupuncture. Then she showed a needle point artist how to sell more books to an even more specific audience… “needle point enthusiasts”  about her needle point work to an audience larger than the population of the city she lived in.  This led Merri to eventually become Executive Editor of an award winning magazine in Florida.

My story allowed Merri and me to work and live from Hong Kong to London to Europe to Eastern Europe, then the Caribbean and then Ecuador… making millions in the process of following our adventures… having fun… while helping a large readership adapt to a rapidly changing world.

That’s what self publishing can bring, profit, adventure and fulfillment, a great feeling of worth and wonder.

Self Publishing has created exactly the lifestyle we desire allowing us to span the world and work with meaning and purpose.

Self Publishing has become a new business art form. 

The seven secrets can help you start your own self publishing business now.

Everything in publishing is new and exciting and changing.  Publishing is being recreated by the wonderful power of destructive technology.

Everything is new… except the seven secrets. 

Change in the publishing industry is disturbing many.   We love this evolution due to these seven secrets we call the 7Ps.  The 7 Ps are so fundamental to writing and publishing that new technology enhances rather than reduces their power.

The First P is Passion.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it AND create income with self publishing.  This can be your direct ticket to the kind of fulfillment you’ve always wanted.

Whether you want to travel the world or live as a recluse, work 12 hours a day or not work much at all,  you can set your schedule to succeed, if you’re willing to learn these seven secrets.

You can start part-time with any dream, passion, and budget.  Once you’ve created a product, you’ll enjoy the “multiple effect” of producing profits over and over again.

So the question is… What do you love to do?

What’s Your Passion:  An example is that thirty years ago, a client of Merri’s had a passion to help people who were in pain?  He published a series of pamphlets explaining various chiropractic disorders in very simple terms.  For example: “What Is Whiplash?”

The pamphlets contained solid information, but were simple 5″ x 7″ brochures with drawings and explanations. He sold them with a rack to chiropractors, who put them in their offices for patients to read.  These little self-published items sold year in and year out for decades.

There are thousands of ideas of this sort that can lead to big business.  It’s just a matter of defining and then acting on your passion.

Although I can work when I please and go where I wish, for me the most important reason for being a publisher is the satisfaction it brings. 

I love the projects I take on, so work doesn’t feel like, well… work.

What do you love?  If you love golf, then you can write and sell publications about golf.  Love travel, fishing, dogs, dolls, or art?  Write and sell publications in these fields.

Are you concerned about crime, war, poverty or environmental issues?  You can publish information products that help reduce these concerns.

Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place?  Publish a newsletter, write a book (or hire someone to write it for you), record a tape… publish something that enlightens people.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it and earn income by publishing for ereaders, print on demand, CDs, lists, bound books, or any format you choose.

Be immersed in your passion and get paid well for it. 

This is why stardom is not the main goal for most writers and self publishers.  Extra income, more freedom and fulfillment are usually more than enough enough.

The seven Ps are:

#1: Passion

#2: Problem

#3: Person

#4: Profitably Priced Product

#5: Prospecting Pathway

#6: Promise

#7: Presentation

The first time I exposed others to the secrets in Self Publishing was in a weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.  We offered the camp for $1,500. 80 delegates enrolled.  People from all walks of life attended—chiropractors, businessmen, investors, doctors, realtors, inventors, airline pilots, engineers, and housewives.

Merri and I were so overwhelmed by the response, we decided to make it available to a larger audience.  We created a written course based on our current self publishing activity called “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher.”  Then we recorded the weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.

Thousands have used the course as it has evolved over the decades.

You can receive both the written course and the recorded weekend seminar, in an MP3 file, in a special “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program I am making available to you.  The normal fee is $299 for the written course and $299 for the recorded workshop.   I’ll send you both the course and the recorded workshop and my course “International Business Made EZ (also $299) all for $299.  You save $598.

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund .

These courses are not theoretical.  They describe, step-by-step, how Merri and I built a million-dollar international business and how we are running this self publishing business right now.   We use the 7Ps today just as we did four decades ago to create a strong annual income.

This correspondence course is for those who would like their own international self publishing micro business for fun and profit. If you want fun, freedom, extra income and fulfillment with your own full or part time writing or want to build your existing business, by writing to sell you can profit from this course.  The course can help who want their own business or who want to have a business together or a family business.  This is the perfect course for those who can no longer find employment, who are looking for ways to earn abroad and who wish to retire and supplement their income.

Whether you are retired, an investor, chiropractor, doctor, dentist, professional or already own your own business, this offers another way to make money, to turn your passion into profit. We guarantee that we have shared all we know to help you start and run your own international business.  Enjoy and live a life of following your Passion to Profit… through writing.

Here is a special offer. 

We provide two emailed courses  “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell and be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ”.

We include the “Self Fulfilled Writing and Self Publishing Course” because there are two reasons to write, when you have something to say or when you have something to sell.  In this day and age many of us want to do both, make a statement that makes the world a better place and earn something extra in the process. 

Whatever your passion, however you do business, chances are you’ll be writing either to create a product or to sell a product. 

You save more than $598 because you also receive a recorded webinar conducted by our webmaster David Cross (at no extra cost).

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David Cross

David has been our webmaster since our website began in the 1990s.  He is Merri’s and my business partner. We could not run our business as we do without him.

Learn the tactics we use in our web business that condenses 27 years of practical experience about search engine optimization, and writing for search engines.

For the last 27 years David has worked with companies large and small – IBM, Agora Publishing, AstraZeneca and many small business owners.  He has worked in 22 countries, and lived in six of them.

David’s clients span the globe and represent companies and charities both large and small.  From corporate giants to small, one-woman businesses and everything from finance, healthcare, publishing, technology, real estate, veterinarians, alternative health centers and everything in between.

David is an essential part of our web based business.

Myles Norin, CEO of Agora, Inc.  wrote:  “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry.  Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”

As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, he worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and – over a 7-year period – helped to propel Agora’s online revenues from around $20 million to well over $300 million.

David’s webinar will help you gain benefits in your micro business that large internet marketing companies use.  In this practical recorded workshop you will learn valuable skills to help your micro business.

There has never been a time when the opportunity for small businesses abroad has been so outstanding.  Expand your borders now!  Increase your economic security freedom, independence and success.

If you are not fully satisfied that this offers you enormous value simply email us for a full refund within 60 days.  You can keep all three courses as our thanks for giving our courses a try.

You also receive a report  “How to use Relaxed Concentration to Brainstorm Business Ideas” and a recorded workshop “How to Become and Remain Rich With Relaxed Concentration” at no additional cost.

Plus you get more in the program.

You receive regular writing and self publishing updates for a year.  Businesses usually need to evolve.  Merri and I continue to publish and have our independent businesses.  Some basics have remained for decades, but new strategies occur all the time throughout the year.  We’ll be sending along updates that share our most recent experiences as we learn and continue to grow our international micro business from Smalltown USA.

My special offer to you in this “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”, is that you receive:

  • “International Business Made EZ” course
  • “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell” course
  • Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross,
  • The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3,
  • MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”
  • Any updates to any of the courses, workshops, reports or recordings for a year.

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within the first three months for a full refund . 

Order “Self Fulfilled – How to Publish to Sell” and a quarter of update lessons $79.   Click Here.

Order “Self Fulfilled – How to Publish to Sell” and a full year of update lessons $299.  Click Here.      

See success stories from Self Publishers and a few who have attended the “Writer’s Camp” that you will receive on MP3.