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Social Media Government Intrusion


Here’s how governments use social media to reduce our privacy.

The sun always shines somewhere.  Over the past 50 years, our publications in print, and later at this site, how new technology offers a global lifestyle that takes advantage of the light.

The darker side of this perspective is that governments have used the same evolving science to reduce our privacy and freedom.

Social media is the new tool that governments are using to track you down.

The New York Times article “On Disability and on Facebook? Uncle Sam Wants to Watch What You Post” (1) says:

In its budget request to Congress last year, Social Security said it would study whether to expand the use of social media networks in disability determinations, partly to help identify fraud.

“There is a little bitty chance that Social Security may be snooping on your Facebook or your Twitter account,” Robert A. Crowe, a lawyer from St. Louis who has represented Social Security disability claimants for more than 40 years, said he cautioned new clients. “You don’t want anything on there that shows you out playing Frisbee.”

As with all government restrictions, the erosion in our freedom begins under the guise of something good. 

In this case, the government is proposing to use social media, like Facebook and Twitter, to help identify people who claim Social Security disability benefits when they are not truly disabled.

Sounds pretty good… catching false disability claims. Right?

The problem is, once the government gets a tool like this in place… it will likely be used in increasingly destructive ways.

Take income tax as an example. The 16th Amendment in 1913 allows Congress to tax income without basing it on population or dividing it up among the states.

When the amendment was passed the tax rate was only  1 percent, after credits and a personal exemption of $3,000 were deducted.  Most people were not taxed and did not care.

We all care about tax rates now!

This chart from Wikipedia shows how income tax grew once the government was able to use it.

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This expansion of government interference in our personal lives is one reason why the number of Americans who definitely plan to become expats nearly doubled in the last decade.

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If you relocate to Ecuador’s coast, our  friend and Ecuador beach attorney, Floridalva Zambrano, who has helped us buy and sell over a dozen real estate units on the Ecuador beach, has merged her law firm ZAMBRANO & ASOCIADOS.

We trust her completely.

She is one of the few Ecuadorian attorneys who can help issue US title insurance on Ecuador property.

Now Flori’s practice is expanding.

She sent this note:  ZAMBRANO & ASOCIADOS is pleased to announce that, as of March 1, 2019, we have the valuable cooperation of Suquilanda Law Firm (THE LEGAL BRAND CIA. LTDA.), a law firm with offices in Quito and Manta, with more than 17 years in the local market, that provides legal counsel and comprehensive legal representation and consulting services to individuals and companies at the national and international level. Immigration, public contracts and defense in tax issues, as well as judicial and extrajudicial cases in civil, commercial and labor matters are also part of their field of services.

Here is one of our Ecuador real estate tours meeting with Floridalva Zambrano.  We have referred hundreds of expats to Flori without a complaint.

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Flori is one of the few attorneys with such experience that when she conveys a property, a US title insurance company will provide US title insurance.

Anyone interested in Ecuador beach property can feel confident in using Flori.
Gary

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Learn Spanish in Three Days ONLINE

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The “Learn Spanish in Three Day Course” is now available online.

Read below to see why we are offering our Super Spanish course online for the first time.

Speaking Spanish is a huge benefit on its own.  You can become one of the rare North Americans who can get along in Spanish speaking countries.  You can be one of the special people who can communicate with 10 million non-English speakers in the USA.  Spanish is the second most used language in the USA.  There are more Spanish speakers than speakers of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Hawaiian, and the Native American languages combined.  According to the Census Bureau, Spanish is the primary language of nearly 50 million people in the US.  This is the largest Spanish-speaking community outside of Mexico. Only half of these speakers also speak English “very well,” and 19% do not speak Spanish at all.

You can tap into all this potential when you speak Spanish.  Yet there are more benefits.

An article in England’s leading newspaper, the Telegraph, entitled “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism” (1) sum up the biggest benefit of learning a second language and increased intelligence.  The article says: “Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for traveling.  It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English.  Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process.  The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.”

The article then explains studies that show seven cognitive advantages gained from learning a foreign language.

#1:  You become smarter
#2:  You build multitasking skills
#3:  You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia
#4:  Your memory improves
#5:  You become more perceptive
#6:  Your decision-making skills improve
#7:  You improve your English

Does it sound impossible to learn Spanish in three days?  Yes, it is impossible when you try to learn Spanish in the old, traditional way.

Though you may choose to take more time using this course to learn Spanish, thousands of our readers have learned at our Spanish courses.

There is a scientific method of learning… proven and described in numerous best selling books that create educational jumps by making education natural, easy and fun.   This course works because it is education without stress!

This method was created and refined by the Bulgarian educational master, Georgi Lozanov, who transformed the entire Soviet educational system to such a degree that this third world country beat the USA into space.

Merri was lucky to be one of a handful of students outside of Bulgaria who were allowed to be taught this system in the early 70s.  She practiced this unique and remarkable form of education for  four decades. It was a delight!

Merri and I began integrating these techniques with other shamanic and educational tactics we had gained in our global travels and then applied them to teach Spanish in three days.

The course has been proven again and again by the thousands who have used this system.  You can read a few of the many raves we have received from delegates who have learned from the Super Thinking Spanish course we created.

Here are a few quotes from delegates of the course.

One delegate from St. Louis wrote:  Hi Gary,  Just ended forty-five years in dentistry last week, and I’m on to a new career.  What is my new career?  Still formulating, but the eye -opening,mind expanding Super-Spanish course last weekend in St. Louis surely shows me the opportunity exists to expand my horizons.

Besides having a lot of nice people to learn our new language; the methods Merri and you developed proved to be just what you said they would be.  We all and I in particular relaxed our way to new learning.  I feel so very comfortable with the basis of my new language skills that I know I will be spitting out great Spanish sentences by the time I reach Ecuador in October.  Last year I spent six weeks in Ecuador and now I plan on conversing with the people.

Today’s excerpt of your newsletter really hit home. You do what you say you will. There are no surprises or hidden sales tricks. The only tricks are beneficial to our learning.  Thank you for a wonderful experience that I was quite unable to grasp how you would pull it off.  You did, however, and I look forward to other courses that you offer, and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.  Best regards, Denis Molloy.

Another wrote about the Super Spanish course:   Buenos Dias, here is a testimonial for Super Thinking-Super Spanish.  Please feel free to use all or part in promotions for the course.  In addition, you may give my email address to any prospect “on the fence” about enrolling.  Yesterday, in Cotacachi, Ecuador, I finished Super Spanish.  I had high expectations for the course and they were exceeded.

After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!

Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Spanish.  And learning some Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.

Prior to leaving the USA, I had felt for some time that the pace of life there was unhealthy for me (and for most people) and I did nothing about it.

I’ve thought about the pace issue during the course.  One of the key elements Merri Scott designed into Super Spanish is placing the student in the optimal state for learning.  In class, the past three days, I’ve been re-introduced to guided journeys and introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music (www.sundaybaroque.org).  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make one or both a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi.  Cotacachi, Ecuador

Another attendee from a course wrote:   “I took this incredible class a few weeks ago, and I would like to tell anyone that is interested, that it is an amazing three days of learning with lots of laughs included. You leave everyday wanting to learn more and are so excited to do so.

“Other Spanish classes and tutoring made us feel like it would take forever to get to the point where we could put it into practice, but this method gave us a more fluent use for everyday life almost immediately AND the confidence to use it.  It is a fantastic way to show people how much they know and give confidence to learn and use Spanish creating a momentum.

“They made learning Spanish easy and fun in a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.  I would definitely recommend this course.  Even if you know some Spanish, this helps make it easier because of the less stress that no verb conjugations gives you.  This gives you more confidence in yourself to try and speak it more.

 “The stress free atmosphere and tons of interaction and participation were very conducive to learning.  The relaxation techniques alone are worth the price.  The fact that I can now feel more comfortable conversing in Spanish with my new friends and neighbors is priceless.  Muchas, muchas gracias.”

“I loved the relaxed environment.  I picked up quite a lot of new vocabulary.  I found this course very informative about how the language works, how I can make sentences and understand others better!  Muchas Gracias!  I had a call from Telcel (the local phone company) after our second class and I was able to speak and understand them for the first time. Despacio (meaning slowly) … a great word!  Everyone should take this course before they pick up bad habits.”

“I liked how simply the course was organized and the positive attitude about learning.  Thank you so much for helping me to learn Spanish!”

“I liked the laid back yet professional approach.  I highly recommend this new, relaxing method of learning Spanish,  I feel a lot more confident in the delivery of my words and sentences. It was taught in an excellent and very professional way.

“It was a very enjoyable class.”

How The Course Works

The first tactic is to use Baroque music in the learning process.  At least three best selling books, “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000” have revealed insights about how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  Merri Scott was among just a few who learned directly from Lozanov.

The second tactic uses 17 unique lessons to provide Spanish fluency in a short time.   Let me prove to you how this tactic works by teaching you hundreds of Spanish words in less than 30 seconds.

Here is the proof.

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

There you have it.  How long did it take you to read the sentence?  You now know hundreds of Spanish words that you will never forget.

See examples of the words you already know below.

How long would have taken you to memorize all those words?  How soon would you have forgotten them?

This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons in the course.

The next lesson teaches how to pronounce each of the nouns.

Then, the third lesson teaches almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.

The fourth lesson shows how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds).  This simple lesson leaves a person sounding like a Spanish professor without ever conjugating a verb.

Lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything desired in Spanish.

Lesson six gives valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples the Spanish capacity with three words for “yesterday,” “now” and “tomorrow”.

By the end of three days you feel comfortable speaking Spanish.

Plus the system is Impro-Dynamic.  This means your Spanish keeps getting better even though you do not seem to be studying… practicing… or speaking Spanish.

I was amazed by this as I traveled back and forth from the USA to Ecuador.  The longer I was away from Ecuador… the better my Spanish became.  My second language was automatically improving The self improving feature comes because you learn to create Spanish sentences rather than remember them.  The portion of the brain that creates is more powerful than the portion that recalls.  When your mind creates something… it owns it!  You do not have to remember .

During the course you learn 4005 Spanish words that you already know .  

You then learn how to create Spanish sentences from these words.

Throughout the course you learn how to pronounce the sentences you create.

When the course ends… the mind keeps working… and creating… so next time you begin to speak Spanish you’ll be surprised .  You improve even though you have not actively worked on your lingual skill.

Due to the difficulty of getting groups together to learn this valuable technique, we created an online program for subscribers to use the Super Spanish course at home.  Normally $149, this is available at the highly reduced price of $79. Simply use coupon code SPANISH110 at checkout.

I’ll be in touch personally via email with each person who signs up for this course to see how it works or what is required to make it better.  Once this test is complete, we plan to offer the program on a larger scale and at a much higher price.

The ONLINE course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee.  Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund.

Learn Spanish online $79 – using coupon code SPANISH110 at checkout to immediately save $110 off the regular price of $149

Here are more testimonials from previous Super Spanish Courses.

Maggie wrote: It didn’t really seem possible that we would be speaking and understanding Spanish in only 3 days but the course made it happen in a very supportive learning environment.  I would highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to learn “practical Spanish”.  The teaching methods, use of relaxation, the use of native Spanish speakers for pronunciation and the teachers themselves who were approachable and helpful and always positive made this a very valuable class.

This course improved my self confidence in my ability to learn and retain a language.  It was presented with genuine enthusiasm, great energy and the style of learning is very effective. Gracias!  It was a great experience.

Nadine wrote: “Just spent the last 3 days in the most wonderful learning environment learning Spanish.  What an amazing learning experience!!  First day out of class and I could not stop thinking in Spanish WOW!!  I am amazed by how much I learned, retained and how much more is showing up now that I am out of class.  And the best part is THERE WAS NO STUDYING!! Indeed this is Super Thinking!!!  I would highly recommend this to anyone that has ever had a desire to learn another language or learn anything in record time.

And a few days after that ….  As I went through my day, just hanging out with my son, I could see myself starting to think in Spanish.  At first I thought it was amusing but as it continued and increased I thought “My goodness this is really remarkable amazing” It was really an effortless unfolding.  I wasn’t at any point “trying” to think in Spanish, just words I knew would fly across the screen in my mind.  And then this afternoon, my son cuddled up on the couch to watch some cartoons on his ipad and was watching Peppa Pig in Spanish…hmm coincidence?  I think not, I’m radiating Spanish so much that my son is being influenced!  Thanks a million again.  This weekend the best learning experience of my life!!

If you have ever had a desire to learn Spanish this is the way to do it!  By the end of the first day I had more confidence and more practical ability than I had from any previous courses I had taken.  It was fun and relaxed and full of laughter.  You will leave this class excited to use what you have learned.  Rather than leaving overwhelmed with how much you have yet to learn and master, you are equipped with the knowledge and know how to go out and communicate as well as the excitement to do it!”

Gary noted:  “The whole approach is positive and conducive to learning at a level that benefits ALL participants.  It is not intimidating and does not set up a pass/fail atmosphere.  The presenters are terrific and the results unbelievable.  It was relaxed, informal, friendly and effective.”

Twila said:  “This class provided a very refreshing and relaxed way of learning.  The atmosphere felt very safe to say the words you were practicing.  I learned a lot in a way that will make it easy to apply.  Starting with conversation is way more fun.  How quickly you can learn!  It was a great group, great instructors and great stories.

The atmosphere in the classroom was so relaxed that learning Spanish felt like a breeze and not like a painful task.  The relaxation exercises are really conducive to language learning.  We learned A LOT in a short time and it was fun and the environment was non-threatening.”

Brigitte sent this:  “Buenos Dias, Suzanne. su clase de espanol es excelente! Muchas Gracias!  
I have already done what you suggested and went into the program listening to the music and going over the lessons.  I know: Repetition……reinforcement…..thinking in the new language….it’s all part of it.  I loved your course and will certainly recommend it to friends.  Who knows….I might feel the urge and have the opportunity to repeat it at your beautiful place in Puerto Aventuras…..Quien sabe? Hasta otro dia y saludos a su familia.”

Marie wrote:  “I would highly recommend this course.  The amount covered in 3 days is amazing!  All with no stress.  The correlation lessons and pronunciation practice has greatly reduced my anxiety to go out and use my Spanish.  I really enjoyed the whole process and thank you for the take away tools.”

Learn Spanish online $79 – using coupon code SPANISH110 at checkout to immediately save $110 off the regular price of $149

Gary

Here is the English translation of a few of the many Spanish words you now know and will never forget.  How long would it have taken you to memorize them?  How soon would you forget?

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example, action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

Some more of these words:  Combination, Attrition, Education, Vacation, Petition, Lotion, Motion, Construction, Abduction, Pronunciation, Concentration and a ton of others!

Learn Spanish online $79 – using coupon code SPANISH110 at checkout to immediately save $110 off the regular price of $149

(1) www.telegraph.co.uk Benefits-of-bilingualism.html

(1) www.nytimes.com: Social security disability Facebook

 

Opportunities in Change


We don’t have to make America great again because it really is a great place to be.   We don’t have to face a 2010 decade with a 1960s mindset either.  The United States was a big winner in WWII.   The resultant educational system left many not knowing how rich they are even when they felt really poor.

I was lucky, moving abroad (to Hong Kong) and working in many Asian countries at an early age.  This immersed me in what it meant to be really underprivileged, ripped off by the old boys’ network, and poor.  That’s why my first book, “Passport to International Profit” recommended being a citizen of the world.

Baby Boomers were born in a sweet spot.  We were offered the world.  This has changed.  The change has upset many.  Yet change can be good.  Change can open up new avenues of  opportunity.  Yet change can frighten without a global perspective and flexible mindset.

The book, Skygods, written by my friend, Bob Gandt, describes the 1960’s American Dream and inflexible thinking that could lead to ruin.

Bob’s book says: “It began, a ship sailing into the void of space.  On the sound track you heard Strauss’s Blue Danube.  Stars glittered in the background like jewels on black velvet… The ship’s most distinguishing feature was the emblem emblazoned on the hull.  The distinctive round, blue logo made this vehicle instantly recognizable.  You could see that it was a Clipper ship—a commercial space going vessel of Pan American World Airways.

“Every new hire Pan Am pilot went to see the movie.  2001: A Space Odyssey was a fantasy created by writer Arthur C. Clarke and director Stanley Kubrick.  In 1968 no one had yet flown to the moon, nor was anyone seriously thinking about commercial lunar flight.  But it was assumed, even in science fiction, that if anyone were to fly a scheduled lunar service, it would be, of course, Pan Am.”

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Everyone expected opportunity in America to continue to expand to the moon. Even the plastic model making company, Aurora, made models of the Pan Am Clipper that was expected to go into space.

Then like so many American dreams… Pan Am faded and collapsed.

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The world is changing quickly.

By the 1980s Pan Am was on a downhill slant and I began my seminars with the idea of a six point command posture, “Live in one country, bank in a second country, earn in a third country with a company formed in a fourth country, with an office in a fifth country  and investments in a sixth and more countries”.

In the 1990s Pan Am, as we knew it was gone.  My wife, Merri, and I led a huge movement of Americans who migrated to Ecuador.

Then in the 2010s Ecuador opportunity had peaked and huge opportunities returned to Smalltown, USA.

Skygods is an interesting book but more… it  is a mirror reflecting the rise and fall of a generational wave.

We can use these mirrors to see crests and troughs as the natural rhythm of things.

Understanding these up and down paths can help us better understand how to be in the right place at exactly the right time.

This is why Merri’s and my business has evolved again and again and now serves increasing numbers of Gen Xrs and Millennials.

Skygods is a great book. An autographed copy sits in my library.   Yet, “Skygods” is much more than a book.

From Skygods: A low pass.  Absolutely. So that’s what he did.  Low.  He brought Clipper Goodwill right down the center line of runway 12, low enough for the folks on the ground to count the rivits.

The line above from “Skygods” describes Flight 219 New York JFK International to Bridgetown, Barbados, on its return… flown by Captain Mark Pyle… Pan Am’s last flight and the end of an era.

I recommend you read Skygods, the fall of Pan Am here

“Skygods” tells the story of a special time and situation that I know especially well… having lived through a big part of it.  This reflection is a more like a partial recording of my life and 60 million others who gained from that special golden era.

I also recommend that you read “Mastery, A Mission Plan for Reclaiming a Life of Purpose, Fitness and Achievement” that I wrote with Bob Gandt.

Mastery shows what to do now with the current American Dream, how to live anywhere including the USA and yet earn everywhere.

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Learn how to gain from change with Mastery.

Order Mastery at Amazon.com and check out the audiobook edition at Audible.com or on the Amazon page.  How to download the audiobook FREE.

As Merri’s and my lives have adjusted to the changes technology has brought to economic and social opportunities everywhere, we spotted a special shift that makes Smalltown, USA a special good value.

This is why I have begun working with Independence Monthly.

I recommend you learn more about special values and opportunity created by change with Independence Monthly.  Click here for Independence Monthly details

Gary

 

 

 

Skygods: A Mirror to The Rise & Fall of…


Skygods is an interesting book but more… it  is a mirror reflecting the rise and fall of a generational wave.

We can use these mirrors to see crests and troughs as the natural rhythm of things.   Understanding these up and down paths can help us better understand how to be in the right place at exactly the right time.

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Read about Skygods the fall of Pan Am here

Skygods is a great book. Am autographed copy sits in my library.   Yet,  “Skygods” is much more than a book.

A low pass.  Absolutely. So that’s what he did.  Low.  He brought Clipper Goodwill right down the center line of runway 12, low enough for the folks on the ground to count the rivits.

The line above from “Skygods” describes Flight 219 New York JFK International to Bridgetown, Barbados, on its return… flown by Captain Mark Pyle… Pan Am’s last flight and the end of an era.

“Skygods” tells the story of a special time and situation that I know especially well… having lived through a big part of it.   This reflection is a more like a partial recording of my life and 60 million others who gained from that special golden era.

We can profit in numerous ways by analyzing the rise and fall of Pan Am from three views.

View #1  is a reflection on government intervention.

Skygods is the tale of the rise and fall of Pan American Airways… from its beginnings… until its end. Pan Am was founded through the rigmarole of government intervention.

Here is an excerpt from page 14 and 15 of “Skygods” which tells how Juan Trippe was involved in forming an airline called Aviation Corporation of America.  He intended to bid on a proposed airmail route between Key West and Havana.  The book says:   Pan American was the dream child of Major Henry “Hap” Arnold of the Army Air Corp. In 1927 he incorporated Pan American Airways and filed its application for the Key West-Havana airmail route. 

Meanwhile yet another consortium headed by a financier named Richard F. Hoyt, Chairman of Wright Aeronautical Corporation applied for the Havana route. 

That made three applicants competing for the Key West-Havana route including Trippe’s Aviation Corporation of America.  At the urging of Assistant Postmaster General W. Irving Glover, the three groups were persuaded to merge. On July 19, 1927 the U.S. Post Office awarded FAM 4, the foreign airmail route from Key West to Havana to Pan American World Airways. After much backroom finagling and manipulation of stock Hoyt emerged as Chairman of the Board.  Twenty-eight-year-old Juan Trippe became president and general manager.

Government intervention had a lot to do with Pan Am’s start… its rise and its fall.  Pan Am’s story begins on the upside of a bell curve called the Jet Age… when transoceanic flying was glamorous… exciting and something new.  Pan Am had a huge head start with government blessed route protection as the only US overseas airline.  Gandt tells how government intervention began to build clear back in the 1930s when Joseph P.  Kennedy headed the Maritime Commission.   Kennedy was opposed to Pan Am’s monopoly in international commerce but Trippe used all his political clout to effect passage of the 1938 Civil Aeronautics Act, thus snatching control of the airlines from Kennedy’s commission and to a separate agency.

Government intervention is a double edge sword. Kennedy became Trippe’s implacable enemy and this spilled into the 1960s when JFK became President of the United States.  Trippe rubbed further salt into this wound by ordering six French Concordes after JFK has asked him to postpone any action until JFK’s decision about the US Super Sonic Transport.   JFK and LBJ were both on the phone furious and saying they were double crossed.  JFK’s parting words on the matter were “Tell Mr. Trippe we will not forget this.”

“Skygods” explains: Times had changed. What used to work back in the pre jet days didn’t work anymore.  The era when Trippe could pickup a phone and influence a route decision was not only over, it had left a lasting resentment against Pan Am.

Domestic airlines were allowed overseas routes, but Pan Am was not allowed domestic routes and this was a big part of its decline.  Support did not get better in the Nixon era.  In the 1970s Pan Am and TWA, which had similar problems, tried to merge.  The Nixon administration did not want such a large airline that could once again would raise the old bugaboo about monopoly and unfair competition so it stonewalled the merger.   Pan Am had not been a contributor to Nixon’s reelection campaign so the merger and a later  request for subsidies by Pan Am to the government were also ignored.

The Carter administration did not help either.  Stimulating competition meant giving away more overseas routes that hurt Pan Am.  Carter’s appointee to the Civil Aeronautic Board, Alfred E. Kahn, summed up his feelings one day when after hearing about Pan Am’s problems he told the press… “Pan Am can go to hell.”

Government intervention helped launch Pan Am and turn it into a behemoth. Then the same forces thwarted the airline when in trouble again and again.   Government intervention did not do it all… or cause the rise or fall.

The lesson is that Pan Am was a dinosaur… the perfect survival machine  in its time.  Then as the climate changed, the company became a lumbering mess.

The lesson is that government intervention can do this to any of us.  When we get used to feeding at someone else’s trough it is hard to relearn how to feed ourselves if that trough is removed.

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I flew millions of miles on 707s mostly on Pan Am.

If you are running an airline it’s pretty hard… perhaps impossible to not be politically inclined.  We with micro businesses can often enjoy pretty good profits and not have to mess with… but can take advantage of  the politicos.

This is especially true if the micro business is in writing… or speaking… because we as writers are guaranteed freedom of the press.

Here is an excerpt from a forthcoming lesson about “Skygods” in our online course, Self Publishing 202:

View #2 “Skygods” is as a story. Sensing where society is at any particular time is vital for writers.  We all have a story to tell. We all want to enhance change and somehow make the world better through our words.  These are vital traits in a writer but capturing and keeping a reader’s attention is important as well… perhaps more important that the rest.

This is where writing and quantum science come together.   Perfect words, not read, remain scalar energy… just potential.   The conversion of potential into vector energy manifestation comes from the reading.  This recalls an age old question…” if a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, is there sound?”   This leads us to ask… if a book is written… and no one reads it… is there a book?

We can be sure at the much grosser material level is that if no one reads it there will be no profit… except for perhaps the satisfaction of getting the words out!

Since our courses are about how to write to sell we describe writing as more than words.  Our definition of a publication is “writing and a paying audience”.

If thoughts are too far out of phase with current thinking… the words will not be read… or if read not understood or even worse misunderstood.

Current thinking includes language… time… and personification.

To communicate well, we have to be in tune with the language of the paying audience.

For a growing segment of the population the sentence… 4COL,  2moro, Ill B ther 4 U.  B4N would be easily understood.  In text talk this means “for crying out loud, tomorrow, I’ll be there for you. Bye for now”.

However who would understand what this means?  “Woulds’t thou be prithee to an answer? Verily, verily I say unto thee,  go thither and yon and test ye site”.

Writing in Old English is fine for an extremely small group in really tightly governed circumstances (scholars, aficionados or medieval recreators such as www.medieval-faire.com/speak.html)… but most of us will pass on this.

The fast pace of our times forces most people to focus their greatest transformative energy through their Beta brain waves… the logical linear part of thinking that looks after what is exactly in front of us.

In today’s time most successful writing begins by aligning with and capturing that energy. Then the words shift and aim at the more emotional brain waves… the ones that rule intuition, hope… dreams and the heart.

Notice how many books today start with an event… something bad or good happens and the event ends with a mystery… something the logic cannot handle.  The event is often very evil…a death… an accident… a conspiracy… bad… attention… grabbing stuff.

The next chapter brings on the personification… a hero… a sympathetic character striving for a worthwhile goal… the man, woman, animal or group who is a caricature of goodness who will win the heart… not the brain.

Once the mind and the heart are captured, the writer cannot let either escape.  The words must contain human, emotional elements that move the story along.

This is what Gandt does so well in “Skygods”… as well as his other non fiction books such as the “Twilight Warriors”.  He takes what could be dry history and weaves in the human touch.

For example the first sentence in “Skygods” humanizes the history. Here it is:

“The image would remain fixed in Rob Martinside’s memory for the next twenty five years: brushed aluminum fuselages, sleek tails slanting skyward, blue-on-white paint schemes gleaming in the morning sun.”

The story becomes more than the history of Pan Am.  This is the tale of the impact of Pan Am’s rise and fall on Rob Martinside and others as well.  Clear through the story we read about how Pan Am affects him. At the end of the book, Gandt tells how Delta took on many of the Pan Am pilots… and the fate of those it did not accept.

He writes on page 300, “Rob Martinside was one of the lucky ones. He was among the seven hundred, roughly a third of the Pan Am pilots, who made the list. With his fellow inductees, Martinside stepped off the shuttle bus one October morning at the Delta headquarters complex. And then he stopped with his mouth opened.”

Skygods keeps you reading because the history…  a reflection of the rise and fall of the first aero industry era is seen and felt through people.  From beginning to end the reader is caught up in Rob Martinside’s story.

Gandt tells the story of the battle of Okinawa… 95 days of the most ferocious history seen through the eyes of Roy Erickson who is introduced on page one and is last heard from on page 348 of this 348 page book.

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I flew on Pan Am's first San Francisco London 747 flight. What a change... and a mess getting baggage at Heathrow. Now that's as story to tell.

The third view of Skygods is of its form… a book in great color and paper that a day before was just a digital form.

Gandt autographed my copy of  “Skygods”:   For Gary and Merri- An example of the new era of publishing – My best wishes, Bob Gandt.

Gandt owns the copyright of his book and though it was first published in print by William Morrow, Gandt now offers it himself in digital form for Kindle and Print on Demand.  There is no inventory and when an order arrives the book can be printed in just a day.

This ability to avoid the printing and distribution costs creates a huge benefit for new writers and self publishers.

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There is one other lesson we can gain from Gandt’s books. One of the reviews at Amazon.com says: I am a pilot for American airlines and think this is a must read for anyone in the airline industry. If you think your company couldn’t fold, you need to read what happened to Pan Am. It’s also an entertaining read. I highly recommend this book.

My comment is:  If any of us think our idea…our business…our company… our government… our way of life cannot fold… beware.  This is dinosaur thinking… a logic that grows increasingly dangerous as global change increases its pace.

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The world is changing quickly. My children were booked on and flew on Pan Am 103 the day after this terrorist attack so I have a very visceral understanding of what global change can mean.

Gary

Seven P Secrets of Self Publishing

When you write, you can work anywhere. 

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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 places I have lived.   Anywhere I am,  I am  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 a laptop business.

Another benefit is income.   Writing has brought me both our farms in Florida and North carolina, 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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Hugh and I playing chess (he beats me badly).

Writers like Hugh 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 on how to expand the profits of what you write called “Eventful Business” (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. 

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:

  • “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”
  • The business course “Eventful Business”
  • 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 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.

 

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Bob Gandt

Amazon.com says: Aviation journalist and pilot Gandt interweaves the complex and interesting story of Pan Am’s rise under founder and visionary Juan Trippe with American business and politics. Trippe molded Pan Am from the glory days of flying boats and the opening of Pacific routes to new piston-driven airliners and the transition to jets. In 1965 Pan Am was the world’s preeminent airline, boasting 40,000 employees, 143 airliners, and over $1 billion in revenues; it was also the torchbearer for new aircraft designs. How Trippe achieved this and influenced Presidents Kennedy and Johnson reveal the workings of American business and politics. In 1968 foreign carriers increased, revenues declined, and Trippe resigned. In the Seventies a series of catastrophic accidents, increasing competition, rising fuel costs, and a strike started the downward spiral exacerbated by the 1988 Lockerbie tragedy and Chapter 11 proceedings. A fascinating commentary on aviation and American business.

Order Skygods at Amazon.com here

 

Learn more about Bob Gandt’s Twilight Warrior here

The Power of Communication – Government Intrusion VIII


There is incredible power in communication.  Government Intrusion VIII.

This series on government intrusion began from the process of taking a photograph.   I realized my camera was tracking me and communicating with others where I was!

Never mind the tracking.  Photography in itself is a pretty amazing form of communication… that we take for granted… like electricity. We push a button or flip a switch.  It works. The lights come on… or we have a picture.

Wow!

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I captured the super moon last night with the push of a button and can communicate this information with you with just one more click.   We have these incredible abilities today. We can put a man on the moon.  We can do the near impossible. Yet we  cannot overcome inconvenience.

How does it work?  Most of us can’t really explain it.  I cannot tear my camera apart and change it.  You certainly will not find me sticking any screwdrivers in electrical sockets either.

We just depend on these technologies… caught in their alluring web.

We are pretty much forced to adapt and accept new technologies if we want to keep up. This is what makes us vulnerable to government intrusion and as you’ll see in this article, we AIN’T  SEEN NOTHING YET.

We as social animals are stuck with the human network. Our increasing efficiency in communication is both good and bad news.

The efficiency of human communication has expanded enormously in the last two decades and yet the big quantum expansion via the quantum computer is only in its infancy.

The potential of this scientific advance caught my attention clear back in the 1990s.   One of the first articles at this site over a decade ago told about the quantum computer and the communicating power of the qubit.    You can see articles at our site about quantum computers posted in the 1990s.

Two keys that will alter the way we communicate forever are pointed out in these articles.

The first key is superposition.

Computers, no matter how sophisticated, work on a simple zero or one concept, created by the presence or absence of an electric current.   The simple on or off binary formula builds all calculations.

Quantum computers work on thee same principle because atoms have a spin either up or down and create the  binary potential.  Up is on, down is off.

There is a weird aspect however.  Until an atom is observed… it is in a state where it is both up and down at the same time.  That’s impossible in our Newtonian workload… but possible in our expanded quantum reality. This is called a  superposition.

Scientists call this ability of an atom to be in two separate states simultaneously scalar energy.   Another way of describing this is as potential.  The atom is waiting for a consciousness to observe it and cause it to convert from potential to physical.

Then it chooses either to be up or down.  This reality that our senses can identify is called vector energy.

In a way this means that we really do create our own reality. This expands upon the age old question “If a trees falls in a forest where there is no one to hear it, is there a sound?”  The question now is “If there is no one to observe the forest… is there a forest?”

The second key is entanglement.

When two atoms are observed together they become entangled.   Once entangled, if one entangled atom changes from scalar to vector energy  so does the other simultaneously. There is no gap in time for this reaction even though there may be huge distances between these two atoms.  The concepts of time and space… of E = MC2 fall apart.  The atoms communicate in a way we do not yet understand… but show that there is something beyond the speed of light.

Entanglement is the ultimate form of communication and since we are composed of atoms we can put this power to work if we understand it. 

Let’s hold this thought.

First, let me add that since we began writing these articles about quantum computing almost a decade and a half ago… there have been many advanced in quantum computing.

For example, the Ames Laboratory, has developed a new technique for solid-state quantum information processing using diamonds.   Ames is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory operated by Iowa State University. The Ames Laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions. This lab is  run by the DOE’s Office of Science, the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States.

NASA is in this act as well.  Understanding the science is way beyond my pay grade.

Take for example “NASA’s article Quantum Adiabatic Evolution Algorithms for NP-Hard Problems and Quantum Spin Glasses” Here is a short excerpt:  Phase transitions and Computational Complexity.

One of the central open questions in the field of quantum computing is that of an existence of an efficient quantum algorithms for solving classically intractable instances of an optimization problem. Our project is devoted to the theoretical analysis of performance of quantum adiabatic evolution algorithm (QAA) proposed by Farhi and coworkers for NP-hard optimization problems. The algorithm is similar to simulated annealing but instead of thermal cooling the system at zero temperature is subjected to external magnetic field of slowly decreasing magnitude. Adiabatic theorem predicts that the system will remain in its ground state as the magnetic field is changed provided that the rate of change is sufficiently smallI do not have a clue what this means… but logic can show us how to use entanglement now.

Entanglement is the ultimate form of communication. Since we are composed of atoms, we can put this power to work if we understand it.   We are composed of atoms and these atoms are entangled so the atoms that compose us are communicating with trillions of other atoms.

At some level we can tap into this information. We just need to know how to get traction.  Quantum information cannot be converted into linguistics.  Our logic is not powerful enough to figure it out.  We can however let all this data stack up and send us pictures… or feelings or knowledge that we call “intuition”.    This is what the Super Thinking portion of our courses are all about… getting into a state where we allow this quantum communication to transmit information and how to interpret this data.  Super Thinking takes place where scalar energy (potential) and vector energy (manifestation) merge… often called THE ZONE.

Quantum computing will change government intervention forever in ways we cannot yet begin to imagine.   These changes will come in ways we can do nothing about.  Since this series is about what we can do…let’s look at Super Thinking because  we can use the quantum reality  to embrace and benefit from change.  We can turn our quantum reality to our favor… even now… decades ahead of the machine.

An article at Superhuman feats Howstuffworks.com entitled “How can adrenaline help you lift a 3,500-pound car?” by Josh Clark touches on this:   In 2006 in Tucson, Ariz., Tim Boyle watched as a Chevrolet Camaro hit 18-year-old Kyle Holtrust. The car pinned Holtrust, still alive, underneath. Boyle ran to the scene of the accident and lifted the Camaro off the teenager, while the driver of the car pulled him to safety.

In 1982, in Lawrenceville, Ga., Angela Cavallo lifted a 1964 Chevrolet Impala from her son, Tony, after it fell off the jacks that had held it up while he worked underneath the car. Mrs. Cavallo lifted the car high enough and long enough for two neighbors to replace the jacks and pull Tony from beneath the car.

Marie “Bootsy” Payton was cutting her lawn in High Island, Texas, when her riding mower got away from her. Payton’s young granddaughter, Evie, tried to stop the mower, but was knocked underneath the still-running machine. Payton reached the mower and easily tossed it off her granddaughter, limiting Evie’s injuries to four severed toes. Curious, Payton later tried to lift the mower again and found she couldn’t move it.

What accounts for feats of superhuman strength like these?

­­Although well-documented when they do occur,  feats of hysterical strength — unnatural and amazing strength tapped during high-stress situations — are not recognized by medical science.

The establishment cannot act beyond the bounds of vector energy… the stuff our day to day senses work with.  As soon as miracles and/or unrepeatable events take place, science as we describe it has to shut down until we move below vector to scalar energy.

Statistical Laws

This interface between the scalar and vector aspects of our reality were explained to me once by Dr. John Hagelin.

John was running for the US Presidency for the Natural Law Party and stayed in our guest host during his stay in our community so we had a chance to sit round the dining room table and listen to his theories.

John received his PhD  from Harvard University, and worked at the European Centre for Particle Research (CERN) in Geneva, as well as the Stanford Linear Accelerator in California. He worked closely with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for many years, examining the relationship between the most fundamental aspect of human consciousness… this place where quantum science and mysticism meet.

He explained how Yogic Flying works.  I have practiced this form of meditation for many decades so from experience know there is something there.  Simply thinking the correct words in the correct way can affect the physical nature of the body.

Of that there is no doubt but can it violate the laws of gravity?

Hagelin pointed out first of all that gravity is very 17th century thinking!

Like the speed of light, quantum science shows that time and space and gravity are not basic laws of nature.

The concepts of gravity, like so many classical laws we absolutely believe are not absolute laws. They are statistical laws. They are the result of the likely happenings of many microscopic events.

He used flipping a coin a hundred times as an example. Chances are the coin will land fifty times heads and fifty tails plus or minus 10%.  But there is no actual law.

Every flip the odds are equal that the coin will land heads or tails.  Innumerable microscopic factors  – air currents, the surface the coin lands on, force of the flip and such all affect each flip.

Gravity as a statistical event means that an impulse, a thought… or emotion can alter the outcome and shift the statistical laws of averaging enough to change the outcome.

Instead of falling down, which is the normal outcome, an item can fall up, or to the left or to the right.

This would explain the examples above of Superhuman strength.  The body may not have become stronger physically as we would expect but rather the emotional impulse weakened or altered the specifics of gravity.  The miracle is not a miracle at all if we leave Newtonian physics and become a quantum thinker.

Shape Shifters – Sub Atomic

These same concepts are used in the Andes where many shamans and yatchaks practice these concepts to shape shift… cure… bring on rain, etc.

Our Super Thinking courses rely on these principles as well… to get into a relaxed state where brain wave integration allows us to interface with our deepest levels of existence which  must be at the quantum level.  Then we use a number of techniques to help our linear logic interface with the non linear knowing so we can take correct action in this physical world.

This may at least in part how Steve Kelly was able to report after attending our Super Thinking Plus Spanish Course:  Almost Miraculous results??! Well…you be the judge?!

Look at the 2 blood tests (lipids,sugars etc etc) i had done recently, just 2 months apart!

My Cholesterol was 330 then, 169 now!
My triglycerides were 1350 then, 199 now!

Both incredibly, dangerously high, if fact doctor said he never saw or even heard of Tri’s so high. (I checked on the internet, others do have them that high).

My (FBS) Blood sugar was 150,  now 129 !

Hemaglobin count up appreciably (red blood cells), which is real good too!

And Blood Pressure at the time was 130/80, a bit high, now 107/70= Perfect said the doc!

Man I feel a whole lot better too!

How did I do it?

Perhaps in part because the relaxation techniques helped him alter the amount of intelligence his body could muster and use.

Expect More Government Intrusion

Quantum computers will change everything and leaders in this science like like Ames Labs are government led.  Their advances are likely to increase government intrusion.   Man’s change has always come in thrust and counter thrust so just like radar has been used to catch speeding cars… quantum knowledge will offer benefits and protection from intrusion as well.  Count on it.

In the meantime we can apply what we already know about quantum reality to turn change to our favor with Super Thinking tactics for learning that wise men for millennia have known.

Our Super thinking + Spanish courses are working really well!

One delegate who completed the course in Cotacachi last week wrote:

From: Rob Christie
Date: May 2, 2012 8:35:13 AM EDT
To: gary scott

Buenos Dias, Gary y Glenn,

Below is a testimonial for Super Thinking Super Spanish. Please feel free to use all or part in promotions for the course. In addition, you may give my email address to any prospect “on the fence” about enrolling.

Yesterday, in Cotacachi, Ecuador, I finished Super Spanish Super Learning.

I had high expectations for the course and they were exceeded.

The course was taught in English by Glenn Sterling, a witty, engaging, retiree and Alberto, his Ecuadorian side kick, who made sure we learned to pronounce everything correctly.

After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!

Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.

The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Thinking Super Spanish. And learning some Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.

Prior to leaving the USA, I had felt for some time that the pace of life there was unhealthy for me (and for most people) and I did nothing about it.

I’ve thought about the pace issue during the course.

One of the key elements Merri Scott designed into Super Learning is placing the student in the optimal state for learning.

During the course of the day and night, humans experience four types of brain waves: alpha, beta, delta, and theta. It turns out we learn best in alpha state. Research has shown that alpha state can be induced by meditation, listening to Baroque music (or any music that has about 60 beats per minute) and by taking a theanine (the active ingredient in green tea) supplement.

Getting into alpha involves slowing down and relaxing. So, class includes baroque music and guided journeys to support relaxation. Imagine learning while relaxing and having fun. That’s not how I remember school!

I practiced yoga from 1980–1988 and was taught to meditate. Unfortunately, I let go of the practice and have not meditated consistently for years. When I was meditating, I was spending some time relaxing every day.

The brutal truth: In recent years, I’ve rarely relaxed (No wonder I have high blood pressure!) and, suddenly, I’m aware of it. Why?

1. Since early April, I’ve been living in a small town in a country with a slower pace of life and I’ve been affected by it. Positively, I’d say.

2. In class, the past three days, I’ve been re-introduced to guided journeys and introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music (www.sundaybaroque.org). What a blessing! I’m inclined to make one or both a daily part of my life.

Meditation is not part of the class. I mention it here as I have prior experience with it, and its relaxing effects.

Rob Christie
Cotacachi, Ecuador

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New courses are scheduled for St. Louis, Sarasota Fl and Washington DC.

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Speaking Spanish is a huge benefit on its own.  You can become one of the rare North Americans who can get along in Spanish speaking countries.  You can be one of the special people who can communicate with 10 million non-English speakers in the USA.  Spanish is the second most used language in the USA.  There are more Spanish speakers than speakers of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Hawaiian, and the Native American languages combined.  According to the Census Bureau, Spanish is the primary language of nearly 50 million people in the US.  This is the largest Spanish-speaking community outside of Mexico. Only half of these speakers also speak English “very well,” and 19% do not speak Spanish at all.

You can tap into all this potential when you speak Spanish.  Yet there are more benefits.

An article in England’s leading newspaper, the Telegraph, entitled “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism” (1) sum up the biggest benefit of learning a second language and increased intelligence.  The article says: “Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for traveling.  It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English.  Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process.  The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.”

The article then explains studies that show seven cognitive advantages gained from learning a foreign language.

#1:  You become smarter
#2:  You build multitasking skills
#3:  You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia
#4:  Your memory improves
#5:  You become more perceptive
#6:  Your decision-making skills improve
#7:  You improve your English

Does it sound impossible to learn Spanish in three days?  Yes, it is impossible when you try to learn Spanish in the old, traditional way.

Though you may choose to take more time using this course to learn Spanish, thousands of our readers have learned at our Spanish courses.

There is a scientific method of learning… proven and described in numerous best selling books that create educational jumps by making education natural, easy and fun.   This course works because it is education without stress!

This method was created and refined by the Bulgarian educational master, Georgi Lozanov, who transformed the entire Soviet educational system to such a degree that this third world country beat the USA into space.

Merri was lucky to be one of a handful of students outside of Bulgaria who were allowed to be taught this system in the early 70s.  She practiced this unique and remarkable form of education for  four decades. It was a delight!

Merri and I began integrating these techniques with other shamanic and educational tactics we had gained in our global travels and then applied them to teach Spanish in three days.

The course has been proven again and again by the thousands who have used this system.  You can read a few of the many raves we have received from delegates who have learned from the Super Thinking Spanish course we created.

Here are a few quotes from delegates of the course.

One delegate from St. Louis wrote:  Hi Gary,  Just ended forty-five years in dentistry last week, and I’m on to a new career.  What is my new career?  Still formulating, but the eye -opening,mind expanding Super-Spanish course last weekend in St. Louis surely shows me the opportunity exists to expand my horizons.

Besides having a lot of nice people to learn our new language; the methods Merri and you developed proved to be just what you said they would be.  We all and I in particular relaxed our way to new learning.  I feel so very comfortable with the basis of my new language skills that I know I will be spitting out great Spanish sentences by the time I reach Ecuador in October.  Last year I spent six weeks in Ecuador and now I plan on conversing with the people.

Today’s excerpt of your newsletter really hit home. You do what you say you will. There are no surprises or hidden sales tricks. The only tricks are beneficial to our learning.  Thank you for a wonderful experience that I was quite unable to grasp how you would pull it off.  You did, however, and I look forward to other courses that you offer, and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.  Best regards, Denis Molloy.

Another wrote about the Super Spanish course:   Buenos Dias, here is a testimonial for Super Thinking-Super Spanish.  Please feel free to use all or part in promotions for the course.  In addition, you may give my email address to any prospect “on the fence” about enrolling.  Yesterday, in Cotacachi, Ecuador, I finished Super Spanish.  I had high expectations for the course and they were exceeded.

After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!

Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Spanish.  And learning some Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.

Prior to leaving the USA, I had felt for some time that the pace of life there was unhealthy for me (and for most people) and I did nothing about it.

I’ve thought about the pace issue during the course.  One of the key elements Merri Scott designed into Super Spanish is placing the student in the optimal state for learning.  In class, the past three days, I’ve been re-introduced to guided journeys and introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music (www.sundaybaroque.org).  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make one or both a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi.  Cotacachi, Ecuador

Another attendee from a course wrote:   “I took this incredible class a few weeks ago, and I would like to tell anyone that is interested, that it is an amazing three days of learning with lots of laughs included. You leave everyday wanting to learn more and are so excited to do so.

“Other Spanish classes and tutoring made us feel like it would take forever to get to the point where we could put it into practice, but this method gave us a more fluent use for everyday life almost immediately AND the confidence to use it.  It is a fantastic way to show people how much they know and give confidence to learn and use Spanish creating a momentum.

“They made learning Spanish easy and fun in a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.  I would definitely recommend this course.  Even if you know some Spanish, this helps make it easier because of the less stress that no verb conjugations gives you.  This gives you more confidence in yourself to try and speak it more.

 “The stress free atmosphere and tons of interaction and participation were very conducive to learning.  The relaxation techniques alone are worth the price.  The fact that I can now feel more comfortable conversing in Spanish with my new friends and neighbors is priceless.  Muchas, muchas gracias.”

“I loved the relaxed environment.  I picked up quite a lot of new vocabulary.  I found this course very informative about how the language works, how I can make sentences and understand others better!  Muchas Gracias!  I had a call from Telcel (the local phone company) after our second class and I was able to speak and understand them for the first time. Despacio (meaning slowly) … a great word!  Everyone should take this course before they pick up bad habits.”

“I liked how simply the course was organized and the positive attitude about learning.  Thank you so much for helping me to learn Spanish!”

“I liked the laid back yet professional approach.  I highly recommend this new, relaxing method of learning Spanish,  I feel a lot more confident in the delivery of my words and sentences. It was taught in an excellent and very professional way.

“It was a very enjoyable class.”

How The Course Works

The first tactic is to use Baroque music in the learning process.  At least three best selling books, “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000” have revealed insights about how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  Merri Scott was among just a few who learned directly from Lozanov.

The second tactic uses 17 unique lessons to provide Spanish fluency in a short time.   Let me prove to you how this tactic works by teaching you hundreds of Spanish words in less than 30 seconds.

Here is the proof.

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

There you have it.  How long did it take you to read the sentence?  You now know hundreds of Spanish words that you will never forget.

See examples of the words you already know below.

How long would have taken you to memorize all those words?  How soon would you have forgotten them?

This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons in the course.

The next lesson teaches how to pronounce each of the nouns.

Then, the third lesson teaches almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.

The fourth lesson shows how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds).  This simple lesson leaves a person sounding like a Spanish professor without ever conjugating a verb.

Lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything desired in Spanish.

Lesson six gives valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples the Spanish capacity with three words for “yesterday,” “now” and “tomorrow”.

By the end of three days you feel comfortable speaking Spanish.

Plus the system is Impro-Dynamic.  This means your Spanish keeps getting better even though you do not seem to be studying… practicing… or speaking Spanish.

I was amazed by this as I traveled back and forth from the USA to Ecuador.  The longer I was away from Ecuador… the better my Spanish became.  My second language was automatically improving The self improving feature comes because you learn to create Spanish sentences rather than remember them.  The portion of the brain that creates is more powerful than the portion that recalls.  When your mind creates something… it owns it!  You do not have to remember .

During the course you learn 4005 Spanish words that you already know .  

You then learn how to create Spanish sentences from these words.

Throughout the course you learn how to pronounce the sentences you create.

When the course ends… the mind keeps working… and creating… so next time you begin to speak Spanish you’ll be surprised .  You improve even though you have not actively worked on your lingual skill.

Due to the difficulty of getting groups together to learn this valuable technique, we created an online program for subscribers to use the Super Spanish course at home.  Normally $149, this is available at the highly reduced price of $79. Simply use coupon code SPANISH110 at checkout.

I’ll be in touch personally via email with each person who signs up for this course to see how it works or what is required to make it better.  Once this test is complete, we plan to offer the program on a larger scale and at a much higher price.

The ONLINE course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee.  Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund.

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Here are more testimonials from previous Super Spanish Courses.

Maggie wrote: It didn’t really seem possible that we would be speaking and understanding Spanish in only 3 days but the course made it happen in a very supportive learning environment.  I would highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to learn “practical Spanish”.  The teaching methods, use of relaxation, the use of native Spanish speakers for pronunciation and the teachers themselves who were approachable and helpful and always positive made this a very valuable class.

This course improved my self confidence in my ability to learn and retain a language.  It was presented with genuine enthusiasm, great energy and the style of learning is very effective. Gracias!  It was a great experience.

Nadine wrote: “Just spent the last 3 days in the most wonderful learning environment learning Spanish.  What an amazing learning experience!!  First day out of class and I could not stop thinking in Spanish WOW!!  I am amazed by how much I learned, retained and how much more is showing up now that I am out of class.  And the best part is THERE WAS NO STUDYING!! Indeed this is Super Thinking!!!  I would highly recommend this to anyone that has ever had a desire to learn another language or learn anything in record time.

And a few days after that ….  As I went through my day, just hanging out with my son, I could see myself starting to think in Spanish.  At first I thought it was amusing but as it continued and increased I thought “My goodness this is really remarkable amazing” It was really an effortless unfolding.  I wasn’t at any point “trying” to think in Spanish, just words I knew would fly across the screen in my mind.  And then this afternoon, my son cuddled up on the couch to watch some cartoons on his ipad and was watching Peppa Pig in Spanish…hmm coincidence?  I think not, I’m radiating Spanish so much that my son is being influenced!  Thanks a million again.  This weekend the best learning experience of my life!!

If you have ever had a desire to learn Spanish this is the way to do it!  By the end of the first day I had more confidence and more practical ability than I had from any previous courses I had taken.  It was fun and relaxed and full of laughter.  You will leave this class excited to use what you have learned.  Rather than leaving overwhelmed with how much you have yet to learn and master, you are equipped with the knowledge and know how to go out and communicate as well as the excitement to do it!”

Gary noted:  “The whole approach is positive and conducive to learning at a level that benefits ALL participants.  It is not intimidating and does not set up a pass/fail atmosphere.  The presenters are terrific and the results unbelievable.  It was relaxed, informal, friendly and effective.”

Twila said:  “This class provided a very refreshing and relaxed way of learning.  The atmosphere felt very safe to say the words you were practicing.  I learned a lot in a way that will make it easy to apply.  Starting with conversation is way more fun.  How quickly you can learn!  It was a great group, great instructors and great stories.

The atmosphere in the classroom was so relaxed that learning Spanish felt like a breeze and not like a painful task.  The relaxation exercises are really conducive to language learning.  We learned A LOT in a short time and it was fun and the environment was non-threatening.”

Brigitte sent this:  “Buenos Dias, Suzanne. su clase de espanol es excelente! Muchas Gracias!  
I have already done what you suggested and went into the program listening to the music and going over the lessons.  I know: Repetition……reinforcement…..thinking in the new language….it’s all part of it.  I loved your course and will certainly recommend it to friends.  Who knows….I might feel the urge and have the opportunity to repeat it at your beautiful place in Puerto Aventuras…..Quien sabe? Hasta otro dia y saludos a su familia.”

Marie wrote:  “I would highly recommend this course.  The amount covered in 3 days is amazing!  All with no stress.  The correlation lessons and pronunciation practice has greatly reduced my anxiety to go out and use my Spanish.  I really enjoyed the whole process and thank you for the take away tools.”

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Gary

Here is the English translation of a few of the many Spanish words you now know and will never forget.  How long would it have taken you to memorize them?  How soon would you forget?

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example, action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

Some more of these words:  Combination, Attrition, Education, Vacation, Petition, Lotion, Motion, Construction, Abduction, Pronunciation, Concentration and a ton of others!

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(1) www.telegraph.co.uk Benefits-of-bilingualism.html

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Government Intrusion VII


Government Intrusion VIIWhat can we do about government intrusion?

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Swamp near Lake Dora.

This series on government intrusion began when I took our daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter to Lake Dora for a boat ride through a cypress swamp.   While photographing the trip my camera began giving me location sensitive advertisements… a feature I did not know existed.   I realized I was being tracked through my own camera!  That’s to me too much intrusion meaning it is time to adapt.

While on the trip we saw some of the ways nature intrudes on swamp life… like the alligator above.

That is the cycle of nature in the swamp… each type of life intruding on the next… in a struggle to survive and adapt.  I guess we should not be surprised when there is intrusion in the human swamp as well.

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Some of cypress in the swamp are estimated to be 2,000 years old.  I bet they think our concerns about intrusion are quite comical.

That’s when I realized that dealing with intrusion is like hiking through a swamp.  These trees have been smart enough to realize that there are dangers but that swamps can be very supportive to life as well.

When we wrote about the problem of government intrusion in the 1970s and early 1980s the answer was simple… bank abroad and be a multi currency investor.

In the late 1980s and 1990s owning real estate abroad became appealing and we conducted real estate tours in Switzerland, Isle of Man, London and Dominican Republic as well as Ecuador.  Those areas have seen phenomenal appreciation versus the US dollar.

Now we have to do more as we adapt.

Many readers are liking the ideas we are sharing on how to adapt.

One wrote: Thank you. : When people speak out, and raise awareness, I feel extraordinarily grateful, for the times we live in, it’s all the more precious.  :)

Another sent this email: Nice one man, keep waking people up.

This suggestion to “adapt” has not pleased all readers though.

One reader wrote: I think you are sending the WRONG message, “adapt” – which is what the Germans did prior to Hitler taking over.  Maybe, it is true that you are CIA.  Stop sending me your propaganda. A,

I think this reader misunderstands the meaning of the word “adapt”…  I did not say “submit”… “bury head in the sand” nor did I say “subvert”.

I am not sure where the CIA thought came from but somehow I do not think that CIA stood for Charming… Intelligent and Appealing in the reader’s mind.  Fortunately Merri disagrees!

This particular reader has a Chinese name so perhaps she came from China which makes her especially sensitive to Government Intrusion.  According to an article in the Economist magazine on US defense spending, China spends more on internal security than defense… so the government intrusion there must be extraordinary.

The lesson from that note is that we should not let our anger at our perception of change nor our fear cause us to stop looking for the silver lining in change.  “Adapt” to me means to turn reality to our favor… or get more in tune with reality.

If we close our minds, we miss the fact that this growing intrusion in our lives is mainly created by the power of convenience.

We all open ourselves to intrusion because our virtual electronic world is so convenient.  There is a saying “Man can achieve the impossible… travel through space… even go to the moon and beyond… yet he can never overcome the inconvenient”.

We choose to use our electronic banks, our cell phones, our computers, our GPS. These choices make us easy targets  big business intruders and others.

What are our options?

Another reader asked about these… options and wrote:  Gary, This is not an original thought, but here goes.  We’re dealing with 2 separate intrusive governments: One is our security- and control-obsessed multi-level police state, which is tracking us on the local, state and federal level. The other is a supra-national state of global businesses whose dimensions are not yet clearly seen because we imagine that it’s “just” national industries tracking us.

I guess you should be happy that you were just being tracked for camera purchases rather than dissident political activity (as in China, Syria, etc. etc.), although really the only difference is between one tracking entity chasing your money and the other your life.

Incidentally, don’t miss the front page article in yesterday’s NYT about how Apple evades taxes. Leaving aside the whole tax fairness discussion, consider the army of experts hired to disperse individual units to best advantage. And while you’re at it, consider the report that G.E.’s tax division has 1000 lawyers and accountants. Not surprising that the company is able to pay less taxes than you.

Are we approaching the point where our only escape is either to go totally off the grid or to develop an independent network of hackers?

My reply. This is a good question.

Going off the grid is an option for eliminating intrusion.  I can do this. One of my residences is a really remote farm with gravity fed water and potential for hydro power.  We have a super insulted house… tons of fuel (wood) and wood burning stoves.

For a modest investment right now I can electrify… grow my own food and live off the land and already have a wood fired hot tub so I can lean back, enjoy a soak (heat provided by wood) and watch the world go by.

But what about the grand kids and the children and my mom and friends and all of you?  The 30,000 plus people I communicate with every single day?

Or I can move to Europe and live there.  Plus I have a thriving business in Ecuador so I could go there.

Yet we do not give up our phones, computers, credit cards, GPS and other electronic stuff because they are so darn convenient.

We also did not buy our farm nor get our European residence nor live in Ecuador for 15 years to escape intrusion.  We  went to these places because we liked them.  Then we figured out how to gain the maximum options for adaptation as reality unfolds.  Our farm just happens to provide a nice anti intrusive element.

Using the system to beat the system is another way to beat intrusion.  Take the reader’s comments above about Apple and General Electric reducing tax.  This exemplifies another aspect of adaptation.

Both companies are huge because they were leaders in adapting… GE in an earlier era became a leader in using electricity.  Apple became a leader in using computers and later cell phones and other mobile devices.

Without electricity and computers… we would have a lot less intrusion in our lives… but I think that both GE and Apple prefer reality the way it has evolved.  Plus I do not see many of us turning out the lights either.

One way to adapt is to learn from successes such as Apple and GE.   They use “reality created by rules” to get ahead. 

They gain favor by being big, but the little guy can also gain favor by being small.  Small businesses can “profit from the very same algorithms that create intrusion”. For example, if  income is below $250,000 and if we file electronically… no person looks at our tax return.  Chances of being audited are less than 1%.

If we understand how to file correctly and understand the algorithms, we can do something like Apple.

A recent Economist article entitled “Guides through the swamp” says about tax:  Paying tax always hurts. But America’s tax code seems designed to make it hurt as much as possible. It contains 3.8m words, and was changed 579 times in 2010 alone. Taxpayers must wade through a swamp of gobbledygook: tax compliance consumes 6.1 billion man-hours annually, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). That’s the equivalent of 3m people working full-time, year-round—more than the entire federal workforce. Each year,  Joe Taxpayer must sign a thick return that he cannot plausibly understand. And woe betide him if any of its contents should turn out to be inaccurate.

This overwhelming tax code is about as intrusive as it gets… yet we can turn this reality to our favor by learning how to file correctly and by having a good tax preparer.

The government by the way is intruding on tax preparers as well.

The same Economist article tells how two government regulatory changes threaten to crush small, local tax preparers.

The article says:  The first change is the decline in “refund anticipation loans”. Many poorer workers have too much tax deducted from their paycheques over the course of the year. So they tend to file almost as soon as the next calendar year begins, anticipating a refund from the IRS. For years, tax preparers (both H&R Block and the mom-and-pop shops) offered loans against this money, earning themselves a tidy revenue stream. But increased federal scrutiny of such loans has caused several banks to quit their partnerships with the tax preparers. The loss is a modest one for Block. For many of the little guys, it may be enough to cause them to look for more profitable work elsewhere, says Thomas Allen of Morgan Stanley, an investment bank.

The second regulatory change is even more likely to push mom and pop into another line of work. Last year, the IRS issued a rule requiring most tax preparers (those who are not certified public accountants, lawyers or otherwise exempted) to take a test certifying their skills, and thereafter, 15 hours of “continuing education” annually.

Of course the big tax prepares (H&R Block and Turbo Tax) stand to gain from this and according to the Economist article say: Protecting you from mom and pop. The big boys say the new rule will protect taxpayers from incompetence. 

The Institute for Justice argues that the real problem is not small tax preparers but complex code and that big preparers also err.  Plus we know that the IRS is often wrong.  This suggests that once again bug business and government could be working hand in hand to intrude.

How do we see the Silver Lining?

Still despite such changes we can gain. We can adapt. We can prosper.

One way to adapt is to have your own micro business.  The same technology that allows intrusion also makes it really easy to operate your own business!

Combine this fact with these thoughts from the New York Times Magazine article: (linked below – bolds are mine) that says:   If economists ran the tax system, there would be virtually no exemptions or loopholes. But economists don’t run the tax system! Instead, businesses, rich people, Congressmen and attorneys spend a shockingly large amount of time lobbying for tax breaks or exploiting the ones that exist. When the modern income tax was created in 1913, the code was 27 pages long. Last year, it was 5,296 pages. What in the world does it say? After surveying 20 accountants, tax lawyers and policy wonks, we’ve boiled down their arcane knowledge to this short list of things you might want to know.

So what’s the easiest way?  Run your own company.

More specifically, as Greg Kyte, a Utah C.P.A., puts it, be the sole proprietor of a Schedule C business. Then you can buy stuff for yourself and probably write it off as a business expense. “You can look through your receipts for the year and say, ‘Here’s some stuff I bought at Home Depot,’ ” says Kyte (who, for the record, says he never does this). “The I.R.S. would have no idea if I bought that for my house or for my business.”

There were more than 20 million Schedule C returns filed in 2009, with receipts of more than $1.2 trillion.

Upstanding Schedule C filers have options, too. They can legally write off payment for office work done by family members, even if they’re in middle school. “I’ve seen people with infant children claiming that their kids are doing work,” says Howard Rosen, a St. Louis-based C.P.A. “I’m talking about a 3-year-old doing filing,” Rosen says. “He didn’t even know the alphabet.”

That article gives some other clues on how to put the algorithms to work:  “There’s an old saying in the I.R.S.,” says David Lifson, a C.P.A. in New York. “Look at T. and E. and get out by 3.” Because people are aggressive about writing off travel and entertainment expenses — and because regulations for deducting T. and E. expenses are Byzantine — this is low-hanging fruit for auditors.

Another thing that makes people more likely to be audited: being rich. Those with income of at least $1 million are 11 times as likely to be audited as the average taxpayer; those with incomes of $200,000 or more are 4 times as likely.

Having had our own Chapter C micro business for over 25 years I can attest to enormous tax benefits.

The tax breaks are so great that there is never a  need to cheat on taxes.

There are many many tax benefits in a micro business.  A Chapter C corporation provides innumerable ways to reduce tax.

Always Look for the Silver Lining

I am already taking advantage of some of the changes mention above about tax preparers and micro business tax benefits.  I am always looking at how change can benefit readers.  For example we have been working with a tax preparer who understands the new dreaded form 8938 and can help US readers living abroad correctly prepare their tax returns.

Ecuador Living and Multi Currency readers can contact this specialized tax preparer now.

For contact with this tax preparer club.garyascott subscribers click here.

For contact Ecuador Living Club members click here.

 A second great benefit I see for those of you interested in having an events business is the opportunity to create continuing education courses for tax preparers!
Learn about our course on how to have a seminar and course micro business here.

Third, we have expanded our micro business of teaching Super Thinking + Spanish Teachers. See how to become  a teacher here.

See the Spanish teacher’s scheduled courses here.

We have tripled the number of our new Writer’s Camps.

Plus we have expanded our Self Fulfilled  – How to be  Self Publisher course so more of our readers can have their own Chapter C micro business in writing and publishing.

Here is an excerpt from the latest lesson of “Self Fulfilled- How to be A Self Publisher 202 Tidbits on Kindle”.

Self Publishing 202 Tidbits on Kindle – Lesson Nine – Using the Algorithms at Amazon.com

This lesson looks at some of the negative issues of an algorithmic business.

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Algorithms at Amazon.com have selected these books as best sellers which then sells even more of them.

Algorithms Rule!   Algorithms are the new front of the store, end of the row bookshelf when it comes to marketing.   When it comes to moving books to readers, every writer and every publisher used to always work first and foremost to get their books displayed at the entrance of the bookstore or second on the ends of shelves where most readers pass.

Nowadays writers and publishers want their titles to appear in or akin to the best selling lists at Amazon.com Kindle Books section.   Every book selling system has some Algorithm designed to get the books that readers will buy most on this list.   Ruling the Algorithms from this point of view is good!

However Algorithms can also create obstacles and delays from writers and publishers at the least… disaster at the worst.

I recently received this note from Amazon.com

Subject: Information Needed About Your KDP Book(s)

Hello,

During a review of your catalog, we found that several of your titles contain content that is freely available on the web.  Copyright is important to us – we want to make sure that no author or other copyright holder has their work claimed and sold by anyone else.

If, in fact, you have the sole publishing rights for the books listed above, please provide the URLs for all websites where you have previously published this or any other Kindle content. Please respond within five business days with the requested URLs so we can verify you have the sole publishing rights, or the books will be removed from sale in the Kindle Store. If the book(s) are in the public domain, please confirm this and include the information you used to make this determination.

We ask that you unpublish any other book that closely matches content that is freely available on the web for which you do not hold the sole publishing rights, or which is not in the public domain.  If we discover any other titles you have submitted fail to comply with these conditions or do not meet our Content Guidelines in any other way, your account may be terminated.

Instructions on how to unpublish your books can be found here:

Regards,
Amazon KDP

The writing style at my website is to back up a lot of my thinking with excerpts from mainstream media articles. I am extremely careful to give credit and link each the articles I quote…. probably more than required by the Fair Use Doctrine.

The Fair Use Doctrine is described at Wikipedia:  Fair use is a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. In United States copyright law, fair use is a doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders. Examples of fair use include commentary, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching, library archiving and scholarship. It provides for the legal, unlicensed citation or incorporation of copyrighted material in another author’s work under a four-factor balancing test.

      1)   the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
      2)  the nature of the copyrighted work;
      3)  the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
      4)  the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

There has never been a single problem with this in almost 15 years of running our website until now.  This style evidently does not sit well with Amazon’s algorithms as you can see from the message above they sent.

I had several reports posted at Amazon.com compiled from my website.  These reports are also available at my website and were only sold at Amazon.com for readers who prefer to read on Kindle rather than on their computer.  They had not sold much so it was far easier for me to pull them off Amazon.com rather than go through a laborious process proving to Amazon.com that they were correct.

The cutting edge here is that some geek at Amazon who prepared this algorithm does not recognize the fair use doctrine… a legitimate right for writers.  Their legal eagles also probably were concerned over liability issues and since they do not generate enough revenue to have a human examine the manuscripts so writers become guilty until they prove themselves innocent.

That’s not a problem for my novels or for anyone who does not use quotes.  This is  a warning that like everything else algorithms are a double edged sword.   We can gain a lot from the algorithms but just like anything else we should not place all our eggs in just the Amazon or a similar basket.

Amazon is no longer an 800-lb. gorilla.  This company is more like 1500 lbs–with the same gorilla mindset.   A friend of mine who is a very successful writer has had several algorithm run-ins, mostly over “permission” to sell his out-of-print books for which he owns the copyrights.  The good news so far is that he’s always been able to straighten out the matter with a live human on the phone.  However be wary… if you fall in the algorithm’s sites… they are inhumane and can treated you unfairly… incorrectly and be one of the most intrusive mediums of all.

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Algorithms and the electronic world can be like many other life… ever changing… necessary… not very fair at times…  and they can be destructive… just like big business and governments.  Yet we want them… use them and probably couldn’t get along without them.  Observe… learn and understand the good parts and the bad.  Avoid the dangers and take advantage of the blessings each brings so each change brings favor to you.

Gary

Guides through the swamp

What’s the easiest way to cheat on your taxes

Wikipedia Fair Use  Explanation

Government Intrusion VI


Government Intrusion VI – Intrusion is here and it is local.

Chapter One explained how this series started when taking a picture of my granddaughter and my camera started flashing local ads on my image screen. My camera was being tracked. What implications! If algorithms could spot where I was, could they also reverse the process and even know what photos I was taking?

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Photo from an April 23, 2012 wired.com article “Mobile Carriers Lobby Against Cellphone Location Privacy Bill by David Kravets that says:  Cellphone companies are objecting to proposed California legislation that would force them to publicly report the number of times they turn over cellphone location information to police and federal agents, arguing that it’s too burdensome, and would take time away from the important work of sharing customer data with cops “day and night.”

In a way we are seeing a race between governments and big business over who intrudes most in our lives.  In some cases its even worse…. big business and the government are working together to intrude.

For example, excerpts from the April 2012 article “U.S. Escalates Google Case by Hiring Noted Outside Lawyer” by David Streitfeild says: Federal regulators escalated their antitrust investigation of Google on Thursday by hiring a prominent litigator, sending a strong signal that they are prepared to take the Internet giant to court.

The Federal Trade Commission is examining Google’s immensely powerful and lucrative search technology, which directs users to hundreds of millions of online and offline destinations every day. The case has the potential to be the biggest showdown between regulators and Silicon Valley since the government took on Microsoft 14 years ago.

Then as now, the core question is whether power was abused. The agency’s inquiry has focused on whether Google has manipulated its search results, making it less likely that competing companies or products appear at the top of a results page.

The Microsoft case in the late 1990s transformed the tech industry, reining in its most powerful company and allowing for the rise of new companies like Google. Now Google wields the same sort of power that Microsoft once did, and is under the same sort of scrutiny.

It has been involved in one privacy controversy after another over the last year. Indeed, the announcement of the hiring of Ms. Wilkinson — made by the Federal Trade Commission’s chairman, Jon Leibowitz, at a meeting in San Francisco with reporters — eclipsed Google’s formal response earlier Thursday to a fine by the Federal Communications Commission for obstructing a separate investigation.

Google’s Privacy Changes

An CNN article by Doug Gross that appeared in February 2012 before Google’s new privacy policy kicked in was entitled “How to prepare for Google’s privacy changes” said  Under Google’s new privacy policy, a single profile of users will be created across various products.

To say that the change has stirred concern on the Web would be an understatement. Public officials and Web watchdogs in the United States and elsewhere have expressed fears that it will mean less privacy for users of the Web giant’s multitude of products, from search to Gmail to YouTube to Google Maps to smartphones powered by the Android operating system.

The major change is that, instead of profiling users separately on each of its sites and products, Google will now pull all of that information together into one single profile, similar to what’s found on Google’s dashboard page.

The result encapsulates perhaps the most basic conundrum of the modern Web. More information means better service (and potentially, more targeted advertisements). But that service (in this case more accurate search results, more interesting ads and new features that work across multiple sites) requires you to give up some of your privacy in return.

Here is the crunch… If one stops using Google, they lose a lot.  If one wants to turn off the data collecting process, it is very complicated. Most of us like ignoring the fine print at the bottom of the page, and just go along with the status quo.

Then there is the Government.

Better still we should say “There Are The Governments”…  Federal, State, County, City.

Even local governments can intrude now.

This excerpt from a  March 31, 2012 New York Times article entitled Police Are Using Phone Tracking as a Routine Tool by Eric Lichtblau shows intrusion at local government levels and says: Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small, often using it aggressively with little or no court oversight, documents show.

The practice has become big business for cellphone companies, too, with a handful of carriers marketing a catalog of “surveillance fees” to police departments to determine a suspect’s location, trace phone calls and texts or provide other services. Some departments log dozens of traces a month for both emergencies and routine investigations.

With cellphones ubiquitous, the police call phone tracing a valuable weapon in emergencies like child abductions and suicide calls and investigations in drug cases and murders. One police training manual describes cellphones as “the virtual biographer of our daily activities,” providing a hunting ground for learning contacts and travels.

But civil liberties advocates say the wider use of cell tracking raises legal and constitutional questions, particularly when the police act without judicial orders.

The internal documents, which were provided to The New York Times, open a window into a cloak-and-dagger practice that police officials are wary about discussing publicly. While cell tracking by local police departments has received some limited public attention in the last few years, the A.C.L.U. documents show that the practice is in much wider use — with far looser safeguards — than officials have previously acknowledged.

In cities in Nevada, North Carolina and other states, police departments have gotten wireless carriers to track cellphone signals back to cell towers as part of nonemergency investigations to identify all the callers using a particular tower, records show.

Intrusion in our cell phones are not close to the intrusion that is taking place.  We’ll see more of this in upcoming chapters of the Government Intrusion report, but in this chapter we no want to look at the silver lining.

Our reports have been looking at government intrusion since the 1970s and the problem is not the intrusion but a lack of knowing how to gain from it.

A wonderful story on NPR tells how a Chinese community dealt with government intrusion there.

An excerpt from the article says: In 1978, the farmers in a small Chinese village called Xiaogang gathered in a mud hut to sign a secret contract. They thought it might get them executed. Instead, it wound up transforming China’s economy in ways that are still reverberating today.

The contract was so risky — and such a big deal — because it was created at the height of communism in China. Everyone worked on the village’s collective farm; there was no personal property.

In theory, the government would take what the collective grew, and would also distribute food to each family. There was no incentive to work hard — to go out to the fields early, to put in extra effort, Yen Jingchang says.

“Work hard, don’t work hard — everyone gets the same,” he says. “So people don’t want to work.”

In Xiaogang there was never enough food, and the farmers often had to go to other villages to beg.

So, in the winter of 1978, after another terrible harvest, they came up with an idea: Rather than farm as a collective, each family would get to farm its own plot of land. If a family grew a lot of food, that family could keep some of the harvest.

This is an old idea, of course. But in communist China of 1978, it was so dangerous that the farmers had to gather in secret to discuss it.

The farmers tried to keep the contract secret — Yen Hongchang hid it inside a piece of bamboo in the roof of his house — but when they returned to the fields, everything was different.

At the end of the season, they had an enormous harvest: more, Yen Hongchang says, than in the previous five years combined.

That huge harvest gave them away. Local officials figured out that the farmers had divided up the land, and word of what had happened in Xiaogang made its way up the Communist Party chain of command.

Within a few years, farms all over China adopted the principles in that secret document.  Since 1978, something like 500 million people have risen out of poverty in China.

Today, the Chinese government is clearly proud of what happened in Xiaogang. That contract is now in a museum.

We’ll try to identify and formulate ideas in this report that you can use to help overcome intrusion.

One idea for example is to earn as a writer and self publisher. The US government cannot interfere much due to Freedom of the Press provided by the First Amendment to the Constitution.  Second, this is a mobile business that one can take anywhere. Third, as government intrusion makes life more complicated… writers can make life simpler. Fourth, they can fill the demand for more and more information.  Fifth, government intrusion demolishes  faith in the institutions.  This creates a need for rallying points so people can still belong to areas of focus that they believe.  This is a growing role filled by writers.

We have a course on how to be a writer and publisher and are wrapping up our recent year of updates.   Here is an excerpt from one of the lessons.

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Lesson 8:  Focusing on Fun & Profit to Overcome “Writer’s Block” and “Writer’s Agitation”.

This lesson looks at how to make writing and publishing fun and fulfilling.  When we enjoy the process, our chances of success rise.  More importantly we can use fun as one of nature’s most powerful forces to overcome writer’s block.

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One way I avoid writer’s block is by moving around. Here I am writing by the pool. Other times I’m in the lanai… sometimes on the couch… other times I write sitting under a tree. Once in awhile I even  use my office.

We all have a story to tell.  The most basic fundamental for success in writing and publishing is a good story that suits your specific reader.  When we live and tell the stories we are meant to share, we get in the zone.  Vice versa, when we are in the zone, the stories we tell are the ones we are meant to share.

When in the zone something wonderful happens. Words just flow… time stands still and stories write themselves.

Then there are the dreaded times when nothing flows… everything seems forced…  you can’t sit still.  Or even worse… writer’s block arrives and nothing comes out.

This s a very long lesson, compiled from many reports I have written about Super Thinking AKA “being in the zone”.

But most of this lesson is just scientific and case study back up.  Let’s share how to overcome writer’s block.

I have been writing for so many years and have such a clear vision of what my readers desire that my “stuff” comes out quite easily.  In fact often too many ideas come out and I picture being like my hound dog chasing our flock of chickens… running from one chicken to the next… in fits and starts… not sure which chicken’s tail feathers to grab.

I call this mental state “Writer’s Agitation.”

Either form of mental imbalance… too little… or too much can be equally disruptive to the writing process.  In either case… the most active… least creative of our brain waves…. the in the box, logical, linear, restrictive beta waves are dominating.

When in the zone, all the brain waves are integrating and pulling together.

Merri and I have a three part routine that helps us get into and stay in a whole brain state for writing.

Routine and writing everyday is important… even if what you write does not seem correct.  Do not fear having to throw away a day’s worth of writing.  If you do the effort was not wasted but is part of getting you into the zone.   This is no different than exercise… some days it is effortless…other days is does not come easy.

Routine overcomes this so make a routine to write every day… ideally around the same time.

First, before we write, Merri and I meditate or relax.    Then we walk in the woods or somewhere in nature… or something mundane and repetitive that we love doings… planting flowers… crops…. harvesting. 

This for us is not work, it’s fun and does not require logical thought.  We use TM… a form of meditation to start the day… but any relaxation or meditation tactic you choose… that works for you… is great.  There are many great ways to relax and or meditate.

Then we usually go for a 45 to 60 minute walk… all before breakfast.

Second, we listen to Baroque music to modulate the frequencies of our mind. We experience the power of sound… every day… listening to 60 cycle Baroque music.   The power of music (frequencies in tune with the flow of nature) creates order out of chaotic days.

Here is a portion of the 60 cycle music list we use.

Bach, J.S.: Largo from Concerto in G Minor for Flute and Strings. Bach and Telemann Flute Concerts and Aria to The Goldberg Variations.
Corelli, A.: Sarabanda (largo) from Concerto #7 in D Minor.
Corelli: 12 Concerti Grossi op.5.
Handel, G.F.: Largo from Concerto #1 in F. Music from the Royal Fireworks.
Telemann, G.: Largo from Double Fantasia in G Major for Harpsichord.
6 Fantasias for Harpsichord Vivaldi, A.: Largo from Winter. The Four Seasons.

Remaining relaxed in stressful circumstances can be as simple as listening to relaxing Baroque music such as Handel’s Water Music. A few other compositions at this cycle include Corelli’s Concerti Grossi, Op. 6, Violin and Orchestra in No. 2, 8, 5, 9. or J.S. Bach’s Fantasy in C Minor and Trio in D minor or Vivaldi’s Five Concertos for Flute and Chamber Orchestra and of course Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

Third, we take the food supplement, Theanine, (chemical name: r-glutamylethylamide) an amino acid that helps the mind slip into the zone as well.

Theanine is one of the chemicals found in green tea. Theanine is used to reduce stress and anxiety without the tranquilizing effects found in many other calming agents. Scientific evidence shows that Theanine stimulates the brain’s production of alpha waves, making the user feel relaxed but alert and not drowsy. It also helps the body produce other calming amino acids, such as dopamine, GABA, and tryptophan. As might be expected from a calming supplement, Theanine may be able to lower elevated blood pressure as well.

We use the “Source Naturals” brand called Theanine Serene.

This is pretty much a daily routine as we write almost every day.

Idea Freshening Secret

This routine works pretty well for us.

However our problem is that we often have a lot to write… often on demand.   I suggest that most writers write each day for at least 30 minutes, but sometimes our business requires that I write for eight hours… for a week or more at a time!

When I feel stale… when the writing becomes work rather than fun then  have another tactic that helps me return to the higher forms of intelligence that we cannot access in normal lingual form.

I practice this technique in writing and business and we teach it in our Frequency Modulation Workshop during our Writer’s Camps.

Here are the three steps in this mind freshening technique:

Step #1: Write by hand for five or ten minutes everything you can about the idea your are writing on.  This connects the the mind/body functions and helps integrate the brain waves.

Step #2: Take a ten minute meditation or sit quietly for 10 minutes listening to Baroque largo music.  Relax and let your mind wander… use innocence… no expectation.

Step #3: At the end of ten minutes write down whatever is on your mind at that time. Write as much about it as you can even if it does not seem to fit into what you have been writing… just let it flow.

In the thoughts… in the visions that you have at the end of the ten minute meditation or in the quiet listening, there will be an out of the box idea to dwell on… often in graphic form… a picture rather than words.  Dwell easily on this in context of your publication.

This tactic was taught to us by a Buddhist Monk and what it does is let the fresh parts of the brain take over the creative process.

I learned about brain fatigue many years ago when I as being treated for visual problems caused from a blow to my head (I walked into the swing of a baseball bat).   If there is swelling on the optic nerves, the message that gets to the brain can be scrambled and this requires mental capacity to unscramble the message coming through.  The brain learn how to function in a different, less efficient way.  One way to deal with this is to shut down peripheral vision. Imbalances can also eliminate depth perception.

Later when the swelling goes down, the brain has to go through a relearning process to regain efficiency.  In my case my depth perception was gone and the physician was having a hard time to retrain the brain to see varied dimensions.

One routine he used on my was to have me listen to a tape for 20 minutes and keep track of how many words I would hear. The tape started with Table… later it shifted to Mable… then Fable and then Cable… on and on all able words.

I proudly kept count and when I provided my tally the doctor smiled and said “do you know how many words you really heard”?  “One.”  “Table.”

What happened is that the part of the brain that was stimulated when it heard the frequency that it interprets as “Table” was stimulated too many times, it became fatigued so it passed on the job to a nearby area of the brain that was stimulated when when it heard the frequency that it interprets as “Mable”. When that part of the brain was fatigued  it passed it on again and so forth.  I really thought I heard many Able words because my brain was fatigued.

A synonym for fatigue of the brain is boredom so if your mind becomes bored with what you are writing… you stop having fun.

This three step idea freshening technique taps you into larger… more interesting fields of intelligence so your brain and mind body connection can continue to create.

We are all connected…we are all a part of infinite intelligence… that is overwhelming in relation to our ability to think… especially in terms as restrictive as language.  The universe terra, terra infinite, bytes of data.  Our logic in comparison as a processor… not even 64K.  So at the least we cannot expect to tap into the universe in English.   Symbols perhaps.  These symbols that come in a dreamlike state will lead us where we as writers will have fun.

That’s it… how to overcome “Writer’s Block” or “Writer’s Agitation”.

If you jog, you legs muscles with grow… your cardiovascular system with expand.  You do not have to know why.

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Intrusion is here from both big business and government. We choose to accept it because the tools we use that allow this intrusion work so well.   This intrusion is growing at local as well as national and global levels.  Intrusion brings change. Change can bring problems. Problems can however create opportunity.

We look forward to finding and sharing that opportunity with you.

Gary

Read New York Times U.S. Escalates Google Case by Hiring Noted Outside Lawyer

New York Times Police Are Using Phone Tracking as a Routine Tool

NPR Secret Documents

Wired’s article Mobile Carriers Lobby Against Cellphone Location Privacy Bill

Government Intrusion II


This is Chapter II of our report on Government Intrusion.  See Government Intrusion I.

New technology comes with a double edge sword.   We gain but usually at the loss of something.   Life changes.  Society evolves and if we are not careful we can see this process as all bad.

Really overall though… technological advances over the past 100 years have brought a lot more good than harm.

When governments are bad… new technology can be used badly… but dwelling just on the negatives obscures many wonderful new opportunities.

Up in the Blue Ridge, where we live in the summer for example, cars meant that police could catch moonshiners faster during the stupidity of prohibition.   That created Thunder Road and NASCAR.  But let’s look at what good cars have brought mankind!

Then radios meant no one could outrun the police.  Yet most aspects of radio are good.

Radar brought a much greater intrusion in our lives especially if we like to drive fast.   However radar also does an awful lot of good.

Government intrusion is always a concern, and every free man and women has the responsibility to make sure its government uses new facilities for the people.

We as individuals are also smart to understand what governments can do and to look for ways that we can also use the same technology to make our lives and the lives of those around us better.

This is why our reports have been looking at ways to gain from new potentially intrusive technology since the 1970s.

This report is being created to examine how we can profit and improve our lives from the ways that governments can intrude in our lives.

This chapter looks at the potential for government intrusion in our lives using drones.

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Photo from defensetech.org article “Police Drones Are Already Here.”  This is the Seattle Police Department’s Draganflyer UAV.

Our first government intrusion reports were written decades ago in my 1970s book “Passport to International Profit”.   Then the basic idea was to avoid government domination by being a multi national.

I realized that these ideas needed a serious update when I discovered last week that my new camera was tracking me.  I began getting location related advertisements scrolling across my view finder compliments of the GPS in the camera.

Talk about peeping directly into the window of the soul!  What can be more intimate than a photographer’s eye and its relationship with the image in the viewfinder as we capture that brief moment of time?

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Image from Guarding ground zero at www.digitaltrends.com

What’s to stop a reverse process?  Could someone see from my retina from my camera and know what I am taking a picture of?  That’s a truly scary thought. This report will touch on retinal scans later but first drones and the way they can intrude locally and globally.

Just as the US used the muscle of the US dollar to force banks globally into abandoning bank privacy, it is using its muscle to take over air space globally.

A March 2012 New York Times article entitled “U.S. Drones Fight Mexican Drug Trade” by Ginger Thompson and Mark Mazzetti gives us a clue how the Feds are doing this when it says:  Stepping up its involvement in Mexico’s drug war, the Obama administration has begun sending drones deep into Mexican territory to gather intelligence that helps locate major traffickers and follow their networks, according to American and Mexican officials.

The Pentagon began flying high-altitude, unarmed drones over Mexican skies last month, American military officials said, in hopes of collecting information to turn over to Mexican law enforcement agencies. Other administration officials said a Homeland Security drone helped Mexican authorities find several suspects linked to the Feb. 15 killing of Jaime Zapata, a United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Immigration agent.

President Obama and his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderón, formally agreed to continue the surveillance flights during a White House meeting on March 3. The American assistance has been kept secret because of legal restrictions in Mexico and the heated political sensitivities there about sovereignty, the officials said.

In recent years, the United States has steadily stepped up its role in fighting Mexican drug trafficking, though officials offer few details of the cooperation. The greatest growth involves intelligence gathering, with Homeland Security and the American military flying manned aircraft and drones along the United States’ southern border — and now over Mexican territory — that are capable of peering deep into Mexico and tracking criminals’ communications and movements, officials said.

“It wasn’t that long ago when there was no way the D.E.A. could conduct the kinds of activities they are doing now,” said Mike Vigil, a retired chief of international operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration. “And the only way they’re going to be able to keep doing them is by allowing Mexico to have plausible deniability.”

The leaders emphasized “the value of information sharing,” a senior Mexican official said, adding that they recognized “the responsibilities shared by both governments in the fight against criminal organizations on both sides of the border.”

Still, much of the cooperation is shrouded in secrecy. Mexican and American authorities, for example, initially denied that the first fusion center, established over a year ago in Mexico City, shared and analyzed intelligence. Some officials now say that Mexican and American law enforcement agencies work together around the clock, while others characterize it more as an operational outpost staffed almost entirely by Americans.

Mexican and American officials say Mexico turns a blind eye to American wiretapping of the telephone lines of drug-trafficking suspects, and similarly to American law enforcement officials carrying weapons in violation of longstanding Mexican restrictions.

One American military official said the Pentagon had flown a number of flights over the past month using the Global Hawk drones — a spy plane that can fly higher than 60,000 feet and survey about 40,000 square miles of territory in a day. They cannot be readily seen by drug traffickers — or ordinary Mexicans — on the ground.

But no one would say exactly how many drone flights had been conducted by the United States, or how many were anticipated under the new agreement. The officials cited the secrecy of drug investigations, and concerns that airing such details might endanger American and Mexican officials on the ground.

“I think most Mexicans, especially in areas of conflict, would be fine about how much the United States is involved in the drug war, because things have gotten so scary they just want to see the bad guys get caught,” said Mr. Selee of the Wilson Center. “But the Mexican government is afraid of the more nationalistic elements in the political elite, so they tend to hide it.”

Expect the spread of US drones in other countries because the drones are powerful tools.  This means that one can no longer eliminate the eye of the government by simply crossing a border.   The drone can see and the information garnered is most likely going to be shared.

Billions in Information Sharing

The drones are the seeing eye and the information shared is the biometric IDs.

An article at terrorism.about.com says:  Biometric identification was given a legislative green light. The Patriot (Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) Act of 2001, renewed in 2006, mandated that standards for biometric identification be established.  The imperative to create standards and new technologies paved the way for a massive infusion of government funding. Evan Ratliff at Wired, Inc. noted spending projections of $10 billion, in 2005, and that US-VISIT (an immigration data and biometrics system) alone had had $10 billion poured into it.

The combination of drones, biometric ID and information sharing can create a terrible intrusion.

BiomterictrendsGrowth.com sows that bio metrics have been with us for quite some time when it says: More and more private and government organizations turn to facial recognition biometric (just think DMVs), but privacy concerns slow broader adoption.

After a driver sits for a photo at the Illinois Secretary of State office to renew a license, officials use facial-recognition technology to give the resulting image a close look. First, state officials verify that the face matches the images portrayed on previous licenses issued under the driver’s name. The second, more extensive run-through determines if the same face appears on other Illinois driver’s licenses with different names. Washington Technology’s Alice Lipowicz writes that since starting the program in 1999, the state has uncovered more than 5,000 cases of multiple identity fraud, according to Beth Langen, policy and program division administrator at the Illinois Secretary of State office. The state pays Digimarc Corp. about 25 cents per license for the service, she said. “We are very pleased. It is a fraud for which we have no other tool” to combat, Langen said.

About 40 percent of the nation’s drivers will undergo such facial-recognition database checks when they renew their licenses in twenty states.

Several other projects and developments are driving growth in facial recognition:

* The State Department uses it for its database of foreign visa applicants’ facial images, which it has been building since 2004 under a contract with L-1 Identity Solutions. The system was developed at State to reduce visa-related identity fraud.

* The FBI’s $1 billion Next Generation Identification system is being built to add face and palm print biometrics databases to the crime-fighting arsenal. It also will make it easier to share data from the existing fingerprint system. The FBI chose Lockheed Martin Corp. Feb. 12 as the prime contractor.

* DHS’s U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program is experimenting with multimodal biometrics, including facial recognition, said Director Robert Mocny. US-VISIT collects fingerprints from visa applicants and shares that information with other agencies.

New technologies for 3-D facial recognition and new algorithms for greater accuracy are being developed. For now, Lipowicz writes, we should expect to see more motor vehicle offices adopting the technology, industry experts said. More sharing with law enforcement and with other states might come later if privacy can be protected. “Facial recognition is getting to a point where it really has a high degree of potential acceptance. But it is not yet capable in covert and face in- the-crowd applications,” said Walter Hamilton, chairman of the International Biometric Industry Association. “In my view, facial recognition at state motor vehicle departments is one of the most logical applications. It works the best,” said Jeremy Grant, senior vice president at Stanford Group. investment research firm.

Cameras in drones may not yet be able to pick put people in a crowd, but they can alert authorities to unusual activity.

The article “Guarding ground zero” at  www.digitaltrends.com explains how:  While the WTC security system will employ technology from a wide array of companies, including Diebold and SightLogix, the bulk of the system is being outfitted by Houston, Texas-based Behavioral Recognitions Systems, or BRS Labs. BRS Labs makes a product called AiSight (“eye sight”), which uses artificial neuro network (ANN) technology, allowing it to “autonomously identify abnormal behavior within the field of view of a surveillance camera in real time,” according to the BRS Labs website. Anytime something unusual happens within view of an AiSight-powered camera system, an alert is sent to the appropriate authorities.

Why AI is better

Like other artificial intelligence systems, AiSight uses computer learning to build “memories,” or “Hypocepts,” as BRS Labs calls them, based on what it “sees” through the cameras to which it’s connected. These memories become more and more refined over time, as the AiSight system gathers and analyzes more and more information about the environments it watches.

Effectiveness

The benefits of AiSight are not simply that it learns on its own, but that it could prove more effective at actually preventing crime. Standard surveillance systems have been shown to do little to actually stop people from breaking the law. According to a 2005 study from the University of Leicester in the UK (home to the world’s largest public surveillance network, CCTV), the presence of a surveillance cameras did not actually reduce crime. Yes, the footage can be used by law enforcement as evidence after a crime is committed. But that’s hardly acceptable at a site as vulnerable to catastrophic terrorist attacks as the WTC.

Because AiSight automatically detects suspicious behavior, like a car parked in a strange location, a person wandering around in circles, or someone snooping where they shouldn’t, and immediate contacts the authorities, it’s possible for AiSight-powered systems to stop terrorism or other dangerous crime before it actually happens. Combine this with the WTC’s facial recognition and iris scanners (which can identify if someone is in the federal database), and the chances of another disaster occuring there become greatly lessened.

Why this is terrifying

You may have notice that, so far, I’ve spoken positively about BRS Labs and AiSight; from my research, it seems like a vast improvement over previous surveillance software systems. But that’s just the tech geek side of me talking. The suspicious, civil liberties advocate side is thinking, “Creeping Jesus! This is the beginning of a terrifying Orwellian police state!” Which very well may be true. Not that much can be done to stop it — nor would most people would want to, anyway.

Modern “search and seizure” laws under the Fourth Amendment are defined by the 1967 US Supreme Court case, Katz vs. United States 389 US 347. In its decision, the Court declared that, “What a person knowingly exposes to the public, even in his own home or office, is not a subject of Fourth Amendment protection, but what he seeks to preserve as private, even in an area accessible to the public, may be constitutionally protected. Generally, a person walking along a public sidewalk or standing in a public park cannot reasonably expect that his activity will be immune from the public eye or from observation by the police.”

Beyond Big Brother

There are some other concerns… such as private use of drones.

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The AR Drone in your Smartphone.  The accessibility of  drones and ease to consumers will lead to use in the private sector. Already the Parrot AR drone allows a smartphone user to easily control a remote controlled flying camera using a smartphone.  It’s easy to setup and easy to fly.

The River of Blood

A number of January 2012 news article showed how a  private Drone Enthusiast discovered a “River of Blood” using a drone. He was using the drone to survey the course of a local river when he photographed an environmental hazard coming from a Texas slaughterhouse.

Drones and Water

The applications here for law enforcement and of course the media are obvious.  Where else might this be applicable?  I always wondered how governments could enforce water restriction laws.  Drones can easily pick up those who are watering when they should not!

The day is not coming when police will have drones. The day is already here.

An article “Look to the skies” at arstechnica.com says:  The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (and elsewhere) have driven the rapid development over the past decade of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)—robotic planes flown by some combination of remote “pilot” operators, software, and GPS navigation. Ranging in size from that of a flying model kit to full-sized aircraft, UAVs, also referred to as unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), have done everything from spotting roadside bombs to bombing alleged Al-Qaeda hideouts—and now they’re ready for civilian jobs. As war efforts wind down, the military is preparing to bring home the over 7,500 UAVs deployed overseas—and the companies that build them are looking to create a domestic market for the technology.

Federal Aviation Administration rules have so far tightly limited the use of UAVs to the same sets of rules applied to hobbyists flying radio-controlled model aircraft. But all that is set to change, thanks to legislation slipped into the FAA’s 2012 funding bill, signed on February 14. The law is pushing the FAA to stop worrying and love the drone by setting deadlines for starting UAVs’ “integration into the national airspace.” The FAA is now soliciting public input on locations for six test sites where it will look at ways to integrate UAVs into the same airspace as human-piloted aircraft.

In addition to fast-tracking the use of small UAVs by law enforcement and emergency responders by as early as May, the law also sets deadlines that could allow the first wave of certified “safe” drones to take to the skies as early as August. By September of 2015, the law dictates that the FAA will have rules set for the licensing of commercial and civil UAVs, and that they will be fully integrated into the “national airspace.”

That could have a potentially huge impact on society and culture—in both a positive and negative sense. “There’s a stunning amount of innovation going on in the drone world,” and a long list of potential applications, said John Villasenor, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and professor of electrical engineering at UCLA, at a panel discussion on drones at Brookings on April 4. He called drones the equivalent of the space program in terms of their potential impact on technological change.

“What the military has shown abroad is there’s a tremendous amount of stuff you can do with this, if the regulatory environment permits—not just surveillance,” said Benjamin Wittes, a senior Brookings fellow, also at the April 4 event. Based on the advances in self-guidance and self-landing technology, he said, “there is no good reason anymore for there to be pilots in the domestic airspace. The main barrier is psychological, not technical.”

The applications for unmanned aircraft—both for government and business—range from the mundane to the insane, covering everything from the monitoring of highway traffic and land use to airborne wireless Internet gateways. The military has already begun work on adopting autonomous helicopters based on the Kaman K-MAX to deliver cargo on the battlefield; airfreight companies could be among those lined up to bring that technology to the commercial world.

In Texas, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office acquired a Shadowhawk helicopter UAV from Vanguard Defense Industries last September with some funding help from the Department of Homeland Security to support the department’s SWAT team; the Shadowhawk costs $40 an hour to operate, compared to the $500-per-hour cost of a full-sized helicopter. There are downsides—last month, a Shadowhawk prototype crashed into a SWAT armored vehicle during a photo op when it lost contact with the controller and shut down.

There are some in law enforcement who are interested in doing more than just watching with UAVs—some have expressed interest in arming UAVs with nonlethal weapons. Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Randy McDaniel told The Daily in March that the office was “open to the idea” of adding weapons to their Shadowhawk, which could include flares, smoke grenades, tear gas, tasers, or rubber bullets for crowd control—allowing police to disperse protestors or angry mobs without even being on the scene. The Shadowhawk could also be equipped with a beanbag “force baton” to be used to subdue a suspect “from altitude.”

The idea of armed flying police robots seems, to some, a really bad idea. Security technologist Bruce Schneier responded to the news of Montgomery County’s purchase of the Shadowhawk with the question, “Why does anyone think this is a good idea?” American Civil Liberties Union staff attorney Catherine Crump expressed her incredulity over the concept as well at the Brookings event. “The potential weaponization of drones and the way the debate has developed, I found startling,” she said—the potential for inappropriate use of force against individuals by police could be huge if actions were based solely on what could be seen through an UAV’s cameras.

That’s a scary thought… the police with weapons in drones and using biometric technology.

Think of the mistakes that could be made.  The computerized profiling… making decisions out of context from afar.  Plus there are the mundane risks.  One wonders how long it will be before some jet taking off or landing somewhere sucks a drone into its engine or when one will crash through a house or into a car.

According to an article at  defensetech.org, a Shadowhawk drone-chopper belonging to the Montgomery County,Texas, Sheriff’s Office has already crashed… into a SWAT truck belonging to the Sheriff’s office.

Drones are here to stay having reached us as products of war.  Most new technology that moves from military to domestic use brings jobs, increased productivity and numerous social benefits.  I expect drones will as well.

Drones in Ecuador

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According to the Daytona news Journal:  Unmanned planes, dubbed Piquero, the Spanish word for a native bird in the Galapagos Islands, weighs 55 pounds and has a 12-foot wingspan They will cost $5,000 to $10,000 each.  (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University students and professors have designed a drone that will help keep poachers from killing sharks and whales near Ecuador.

The unmanned aerial vehicle will be used to prevent poaching in the Pacific Ocean around the Galapagos Islands, an area rich in marine life.

The goal is eventually to have a fleet of about 30 such aircraft in a few years to monitor that area, according to Charlie Reinholtz, Embry-Riddle professor/chairman of the department of mechanical engineering and faculty project leader.

Embry-Riddle has been working for the past year and half on the project, collaborating with a group of faculty and students at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ) in Ecuador, which has a research station in the Galapagos.

So drones can bring a lot of progress and good.

However they will also bring more intrusion into an increasingly public world.

 What to Do?

The ways new technology and greater government intrusion will change life is hard to say.  How to adapt to such complexities…or even harder to project.

This is why we have been focusing on simple solutions. Simplicity is a key to combating complexity.

One simple fact is that as there is more government intrusion, as there are larger populations and greater isolation… people will want to meet and unite with like minded souls.

Our writer’s camps and self publishing courses show how to monetize publications with events and how to use special interest groups to market events and publications.

Here is an excerpt from a lesson of our online self publishing course.

Special Interest Groups Can Create Excellent Prospecting Paths

Special interest groups can be excellent prospecting paths for overseas events.

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Merri greeting and meeting in Cotacachi, Ecuador.

Expats have been meeting lately at the Inn Land of the Sun Fridays and Saturdays for homemade pizza, special dishes and quinoa.

Here is a case study of how one of our Super Thinking + Spanish teachers launched his  events marketing efforts with success.

This study can help you see one way to build an events business based around travel.

This teacher planned to travel to several Spanish countries where he had never been.
Due to time restrictions he only had three and a half weeks to market his first course when he arrived in Uruguay… thousands of miles from his home in this country for the first time.

He had no contacts to kick start his first event.

Yet he garnered 12 delegates for his first course with over $4,000 of income.  We consider this a very good start.

He began by finding out about expat meetings… looking for expat forums and visiting language exchange meetings.

Expat forums.  The expat meetings provided access to people who were writing blogs for the expats in Uruguay.

These expat groups can be large and active.

Let’s take Peru as a quick example.   A quick Google search for expat blogs in Peru reveal www.expatperu.com.

Just this one site invites expats to an St. Patrick’s Day event at the Irish consulate and…

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has a schedule of events.

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The EXPAT EVENT CALENDAR shows…

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special and regular events including get togethers and Spanish courses.  Both are great places to meet prospects for a Spanish course.

Expat meetings.  Merri and I have never been good at meetings like this.  We are introverts… so are not great in social groups, plus we have always tended to mingle, live, work and socialize (in a limited way) with family rather than expats.

In spite of this, such groups are great prospecting paths.

Referals.  The teacher in Uruguay took one more step that worked well for him.  One of the expat bloggers had lived for some time in Uruguay but needed to speak Spanish better.

The teacher offered him a free attendance if he could bring three delegates.  This idea accounted for a fourth of this courses initial turn out.

Language exchange meetings.  These are meetings where expats meet residents and trade language. The locals speak Spanish (or whatever the language might be)… the gringos speak English.  They are typically fun social events with dozens… even 100 or more in attendance.

The ideas above offer excellent, fun and fulfilling ways to create new friends as you develop prospecting paths to market and conduct events as you travel or go to a new place.

Learn how to earn from two hot trends as a Super Thinking + Spanish teacher.

Learn about our online writer’s and publisher’s course.

Gary

U.S. Drones Fight Mexican Drug Trade

Guarding Ground Zero

Biometric ID article

Look to the skies Is it time to stop worrying and love the drone

Police Drones Are Already Here

Drones in Ecuador

Government Intrusion I


This is the beginning of a report on government intrusion in the affairs of mankind.

To begin let me introduce one of my less known personas.  If you have known me for long… I am Gary Scott but in a tighter knit community I am “Papa Socks”.  Our granddaughter, Sequoia, coined the name when she was just beginning to speak. “Papa Scott” ascended to “Papa Socks”. Either it was easier to say or she knew socks better than scots and the name stuck.  It is in my roll as papa socks that these thoughts on government intrusion began.

Having a global view is wonderful… filled with personal growth, fulfilling experiences and expanded horizons. The downside is that this can be hard on the unity of the family. In my case our children are spread around the world at times on three continents separated by vast time zones. At times we  have had to go years without being together.

So these last couple of months have been an extra delight for Merri and me.

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We began an extended family time with our daughter,  Cinda, and her husband David Cross.   Then

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our son, Jake and daughter Cheri and grandson, Garren, came to be with us at our Florida home.

As they departed our daughter, Francesca, arrived from London with her husband, Sam, and our newest grand baby, Leo.

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Then my sister Sandra (left), and mom arrived. Here we are Sandra, mom, Merri, Leo, Fran and Papa Socks.

Finally our daughter, Eleanor, and her husband, Ben, arrived from London with our new grandaughter, Matilda.

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This is when the government intrusion first hit.  Mom is about to turn 90 and on her 80th she decided to quit traveling.  Nothing has been able to coax her out of Oregon until two new great grandchildren brought new temptation which I played to its fullest.  On her departure from Portland International, though we had been informed the rules had changed… TSA made her leave her wheel chair and gave her a thorough body search.  I thought this was a bit intrusive.

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Well done TSA… I am so glad you kept the world safe from my mom. She looks pretty risky.

Let me be clear. I am all for good airport safety.  Our three youngest children, lived with their British mum and went to school in England.  We always flew them back and forth on Pan Am.   They were scheduled on Pan Am flight 103 December 22, 1988 one day after the Lockerbie disaster.   That taught me such a lesson about fate and the abundance we enjoy.  Had I battled to have one more day with the kids.  Had the mom wanted to have a tea party or attend some event one day sooner… had their school let them out one day early… how life would have changed… as it did for so many.  What blessings we have and how hard it is to understand and determine why. Sometimes I get survival guilt just thinking about this.  So when it comes to good airport and airplane safety, I am all for it.

There is a great book about this by the way entitled SKYGODS. More on SKYGODS in a later chapter of this report.  I recommend you read it.

Yet where does common sense come in and where does efficiency start?  TSA agents busily frisking an 89 year old might miss something somewhere else of importance.

Where does government intrusion stop being a good thing and when does it outweigh the benefits?

Yet I have not reached the point that determined me to wrote this report.  That point came from my new camera a V-Lux 30.

Let me hasten to add that I am not a good photographer by inclination.  I take a lot of photos and have learned a little  but before this website began… cameras and me… oil and water.  I’ll skip the story about taking all the photos for a wedding once and when no photos turned out.

I stared clicking away (I have tens of thousands of photos at my Flickr account) with a little battered after time Sony point & shoot until I learned when floating down the Oklawaha River in a kayak it is best to keep your camera in a water tight bag.

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Photo of my grandson Garren I took with the Sony before I tipped my kayak. Fortunately the memory card was not water soluble.

This incident led me to a Canon point and shoot… a bit better than the Sony but still at the bottom of the rung as far as cameras go.  My cameras by the way have to be small because a photo from a not so great camera is better than no photo at all and I would never lug a big camera around.

Merri knew I needed something better and told Santa who left my Leica under the Christmas Tree.   The Leica V-Lux 30 is a bit larger than the Sony or Canon I had but still small enough to stuff in my pocket and it has three advantages I have figured out use, a better lens… the ability to shoot multiple shots quickly and has a 21X telephoto lens great for getting a full moon or being sneaky with a shot.

There is one feature I had not figured out which finally leads me to the intrusion story.

While the children and grand kids were here one of our trips was to the Lakeside Inn and the Lake Dora boat cruise. This is a wonderful trip into a beautiful part of the world.

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Lake Dora at Lakeside Inn.

I was busily snapping photos of Granddaughter, Matilda.

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Idyllic warm sun… cool shadows… gentle breeze, surrounded by four generations… perfect… nothing could intrude… until advertisements for the Mt. Dora Trolly started appearing on the screen of my camera!

The Leica has a GPS and in fiddling with the dials I must have turned it on.  Someone (via a variety of programs and algorithms) had figured out who I was and where I was and was sending me commercial advertisements though my camera!

That incident really set me thinking.  Of course I could turn the GPS off.  Of course this was commercial intrusion and not government.   This was a small incident but huge in the realization how far we have become dependent on technology that eradicates our privacy and allows intrusion in our lives.

Since the 1970s, my books and reports have looked at how to become independent… global and how to protect assets.  Yet all this is changing.

Here is why.

The basis of  independence in the 1970s was being multi nations… to live in one country… bank in a second with a corporation in a third and an office in a fourth.

This would still be effective approach except governments have now learned a new tactic.  They do not regulate the person… they regulate the medium.

Because governments  did not like bank privacy, they did not create anti bank privacy laws that regulated the public. Instead they created “know your customer” and reporting laws on the banks.

Governments globally took control of the banking system so their intrusion could even go to national levels.

A March 2012 Reuters.com article entitled “Payments system SWIFT to expel Iranian banks Saturday” shows how this works when it says:   BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The world’s biggest electronic payment system on Saturday will cut off Iranian banks blacklisted by the European Union in an attempt to further strangle Tehran’s ability to finance a nuclear program.

Belgium-based SWIFT, which facilitates the bulk of global cross-border payments, said it would disconnect designated Iranian financial firms from its messaging system on Saturday at 1600 GMT after European regulators ordered the company to do so.

“The EU decision forces SWIFT to take action,” SWIFT Chief Executive Lazaro Campos said in a statement on Thursday. “Disconnecting banks is an extraordinary and unprecedented step for SWIFT. It is a direct result of international and multilateral action to intensify financial sanctions against Iran.”

SWIFT, or Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, has been described as the glue of the global banking system, handling daily payments estimated at more than $6 trillion.

Expelling the designated Iranian banks from SWIFT will shut down a major avenue through which Tehran does business with the rest of the world. The West hopes that will pressure Iran into curbing its nuclear program.

“The joint action of the U.S. and EU sends a strong message to Iran that we are serious about imposing punishing sanctions,” said U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat who pushed to make the expulsion of banks from SWIFT part of pending U.S. sanctions legislation.

In this case the government’s intrusion has the ability to deadlock an entire nation.  Please note by the way that this is NOT the US bank clearing system. This problem has long gone beyond just the USA and is global.

The way these events sneak up on us is that their first time around… they seem very logical.  Had TSA body-searched my 89 year old mom in a wheel chair after an airplane bombing… this would seem to really make sense.  To use the monetary clearing system to stifle Iran’s nuclear ambitions… we can understand.

Once the intrusion has been accepted in this big way… the insidious nature begins… petty… frustrating at its least, even dangerous and malevolent.

For example after I created the Pension Protection Workshop I received this letter from one of our bankers abroad.

Hi Gary,  Yesterday the largest Danish Sunday paper ran a front page about how the US since 9-11 has tightened the net when it comes to money transfers.

A Dane has for years had a small company selling brandies from around the world and cigars from The Dominique Republic and Cuba. His cigar supplier closed down and he established a new relationship with a German importer of Cuban cigars. In October he bought Cigars totaling USD 24,000 from the supplier. He wire transferred the dollars to the seller but the transfer was intercepted in the US by the US bank. The US finance ministry has since then confiscated the funds and told the buyer of the cigars that his funds are confiscated. The reason is that the US has a trade embargo against Cuba and even though the trade did not involve the US or any US persons the funds were confiscated.

This may just be one of many incidents but it made it to the front page yesterday and all involved parties are naturally stunned that the US can impose its Cuba trade embargo on Sovereign states not having such an embargo and confiscate funds in a deal between a Danish and German company.

FATCA, supervision of money transfers, trade embargos, confiscation of funds not involving US entities or persons just wonder what will be next!  Kind regards

This petty intrusion seems so wrong as to be unimaginable. This is so wasteful… create such ill will and leads to three questions:

Question #1: Why would the US government grab a German’s money… sent to a Dane over an embargo (Cuba) that is nearly through?

A recent New York Times article said:  ALWAYS wanted to visit Cuba? Well now you can — legally.

Thanks to policy changes by President Obama earlier this year designed to encourage more contact between Americans and citizens of the Communist-ruled island, the Treasury Department is once again granting so-called “people-to-people” licenses, which greatly expand travel opportunities for Cuba-bound visitors.

An ABC News article wrote:  To visit Havana. Nowadays, you can fly there by charter — that is, if you have close relatives there; if you agree to visit only once every three years; and if you cap your spending at $50 a day. Yes, the Cold War against Cuba continues.

But wait. Congress is working on a thaw — and has voted to ease restrictions for families. Some believe that’ll eventually mean the rest of us will be able to fly into José Marti International as tourists — maybe even later this year. Rep. Bill Delahunt, D-Mass., described the four-decades-old policy of isolating the communist nation as “such a failed policy [that] it deserves a burial.”

The loss of goodwill in Europe for the average American is huge and the bureaucratic fallout will far outweigh $24,000. In other words, you and I as tax payers are forced to finance a process that hurts us.

That’s terrible but is the least of the worst because the only logical conclusion I can reach is that this seizure was just a test to see how effective the Fed’s control over money really is!  However, it could be that this action was political and taken due to the upcoming Presidential election in the USA.

The Cuban exiles still have a powerful political machine.  Could this terrible precedent be created just to pander to that group?

Or the US government could be testing its ability to lock down the wealth of money belonging to anyone… anywhere…. anytime… in our pensions… in our bank accounts… wherever in the world.

If so this is wild.  This use of the international interbank system against nationals of other nations will have angered the other growing and important economies Japan, Germany, Brazil, Russia, India, and China.  They have been looking at alternative currencies and how  to get around using the U.S. dollar already. This will accelerate this process and hurt the greenback in the processs.

There are more questions.

Question #2: How do they know that the money was intended for Cuban cigars?

The sad answer is that US has tracked payments through the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Transactions (SWIFT) since 9-11.  In 2010 the US did a deal with the EU where the EU allowed the US to track all SWIFT payments through the European Police entity, Europol.  Whenever anyone transfers money by wire they now have to explain the purpose of the transaction and this gives big brother the opportunity to watch everything. This seizure shows that the government really is watching to have out of millions of daily transfers to have picked up on this one deal.

How petty can they get?  Could they for example track photos from my camera or yours and decide if they should be shared or not?  That’s pretty petty but I think so and who knows what technocrat might think that you or my photos are more offensive (or politically incorrect) than Cuban cigars?

Question #3: What can we do about these intrusions?

Since the 1970s our business has focused on how to earn globally and be a multi national investor. Our Mantra has been to have a Six Point Command Posture.

Live in One Country
Bank in a Second Country
Hold Asset in a Third Country
Use an Office in a Fourth Country
With a Company in a Fifth Country
Earn in a Sixth Country

We have helped tens of thousands of our readers gain freedom and to escape the tyranny of the establishment through international investing and business and invite you to learn more about how we can help you gain such freedom in the process of doing what you love as well.

As mentioned… this is no longer enough so we have added three ways to assist you further:

#1: Our report on multi currency investing.

#2: Our online courses on how to live and earn globally as a self publisher.

#3: Our writer’s camp on how to live and earn globally.

To help you get a better feel of what we offer, I am attaching an MP3 recording of the the first session of our February 2012 International Investing & Business seminar conducted in Mt. Dora, Florida and want to make this special offer. (The file is large – to save the file you may right-click and save to your computer or if on a Mac, Ctrl-click)

The entire seminar is normally available on MP3 for $299.  I want to give it to you free.

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Order our pension protection workshop ($49) here.

Gary

Our July 2012 writers camp is filled. See two new dates for June and September.

Read  New York Times article on Ceasing on travel to Cuba

ABC News article on visiting Cuba

Reuters article Payments system SWIFT to expel Iranian banks Saturday