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ENDNOTE: Don’t let your story or wisdom go unpublished


Posted by: By Tom Woods | October 12, 2016

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Even though nonfiction titles sell fewer copies than you may have thought, they are not for that reason a waste of time, particularly if you derive intellectual pleasure, as I do, from the challenge that comes with writing them. Writing a book can open major print, radio, and television outlets to you and your ideas, thereby giving you a chance to spread your message to a wider audience than just the reading public. Authors receive speaking invitations that give them the opportunity to reach a broader audience still, while adding to their (erratic) income. And so on.

If you want to write a book, then, just be sure to go into it with your eyes open: you probably won’t retire on the royalties.

But there are other reasons to write a book, even financial ones. A book can yield income indirectly. For one thing, rightly or wrongly, being an author gives you automatic credibility with lots of people. As I noted above, a book can open doors for you on the speaking circuit and in the media. It can promote your business, service, or product, though you need to be subtle about this.

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I think there is another more significant reason to self-publish — to capture and memorialize for all time some of your dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom), your memes and paradigms, or your feelings.
I’ve done a little of each —
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2009 Collected Short Stories

Sharp elbow; warm heart — The journey of a girl born into poverty, From a tenement walk up … to … a quiet passing into heaven … with frequent stops: to help people, and love all the children along the way. The Evlynn Marie Mahoney Reinke story

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Reinke Faces Life in 2006 

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Maybe someday in someway, this might be useful to someone.

I was at my Uncle Big John’s wake, and his younger brother approached me about him writing a book. Of course, I encouraged him.

After we talked, I wonder how much of Big John’s stories and tales went with him. And it made me sadder.

Don’t let yours die with you. Get them on paper for whatever reason.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: Corzine skips on a missing 1B$


Corzine Agrees to Futures Industry Ban in CFTC Settlement
Bob Van Voris
Jan 06, 2017 10:55 pm ET

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(Bloomberg) — Jon Corzine has agreed to a lifetime ban from the futures industry to settle a U.S. lawsuit that he failed to properly oversee MF Global Holdings Ltd. as the brokerage spiraled toward failure in 2011.
Corzine, an ex-governor and U.S. senator from New Jersey and the former co-chairman of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., also agreed to pay a $5 million penalty from his own pocket to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, under a consent order approved by a federal judge in New York Thursday. The agency had been seeking the industry ban since at least October.

“I am pleased to have reached this settlement to resolve the CFTC’s claims,” Corzine, 70, said in a statement. “As the CEO of MF Global in 2011, I have accepted responsibility for its failure, and I deeply regret the impact it had on customers, employees, shareholders and others.”

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A missing 1B$! And he gets a slap on the wrist.


Where did the money go?

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ENDNOTE: Unethical; does it come back to bite you in the


The Ugly Unethical Underside of Silicon Valley
By Erin GriffithIllustration by Alconic for Fortune
December 28, 2016, 6:30 AM EST 

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Breaking the rules makes you a Silicon Valley hero. That’s great if you’re breaking a dumb rule, not so much if you’re breaking an important one. Startup mythology is packed with stories of That Time Steve Jobs the Genius Did Whatever It Took to Win, and That Time in the 1990s that Larry Ellison the Badass Calculated Revenue the Way He Damn Well Pleased. Today’s founders cite Airbnb’s famous “farming” strategy (it spammed people advertising rentals on Craigslist to lure them to Airbnb). They speak breathlessly about how “T.K.”—Uber cofounder Travis Kalanick—has repeatedly ignored legal roadblocks. Admirers see an aggressive attitude and a $70 billion valuation, ignoring Uber’s careful, behind-the-scenes negotiations with regulators in many cities, notes Bradley Tusk, a political consultant for Uber.

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Is it enough to “win” by any means possible?

“One man cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole” ― Mahatma Gandhi


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ENDNOTE: She ‘Begged’ The Courts; now she’s dead


She ‘Begged’ The Courts: But No One Saved N.J. Mom Before Husband Killed Her, Friends Say
By Tom Davis (Patch Staff) – December 20, 2016 4:06 pm

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Tara O’Shea-Watson begged everybody — especially the courts — for help, to let her move out of state and get away from her abusive husband, friends said.

But they shared children. Even as Jeremiah Monell haunted her, she had to stay in her New Jersey home.

As of Tuesday, her children were safe. Tara was dead. And her estranged husband remained on the loose, the target of a nationwide search.

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Other friends told Action News that the family lived a life full of terror. “You don’t know how many times she came to my house beat up,” the victim’s friend Penny Morey told the station.

She was a battered mother, they told 6abc, and she and her two children were constantly fleeing from her abusive husband.

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Here’s a CLASSIC example of the worthlessness of restraining orders and the futility of seeking protection from the Gooferment at any level.

I rant on this often. 

Orders Of Protection should come with an AUTOMATIC concealed carry permit, a loaner from the Sheriff, and some range time with a qualified instructor. I’d also have the abuser arrested, brought before a Judge, and instructed that he was now officially a “target” who’s job was to never get with in effective shooting distance of his victim.

Governor Christie should do something to reform Family Court and Pepuls Republic of Nu Jerzee’s draconian gun laws. 


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ENDNOTE: Merry Christmas?


Anger in France as locals are forced to take down a statue of the Virgin Mary that stands over their town because of a ban on displaying religious images 

  • The statue of the Virgin Mary was erected in 2011 despite the national ban 
  • An order to have it removed was made in January 2015 but was ignored 
  • Now a judge has threatened Publier with a daily fine if they do not comply 
  • Publier’s mayor said it will be moved to private land within three months 

By Paddy Dinham For Mainline
PUBLISHED: 12:06 EST, 4 December 2016 | UPDATED: 12:12 EST, 4 December 2016

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A town in France has been ordered to tear down a statue of the Virgin Mary to comply with a national ban on religious symbols in public.

A judge warned the town council of Publier – on the shores of Lake Geneva –  that it will be fined €100 a day if the marble effigy is not removed within three months.

The statue is owned by a Roman Catholic association and was installed in a park overlooking the lake in 2011.

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Merry Christmas.

Anyone remember when France was “Catholic”?

And, tell me that Catholics, Christianity, religion isn’t under attack?

So sad.

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ENDNOTE: “… … within myself to the choices that are my own.”


How would the Stoics cope today?
The ancient philosophy of Stoicism offers many insights into coping with our troubling times
Ryan Holiday
Sunday 11 December 2016 01.00 EST 

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Stoicism is a school of philosophy which was founded in Athens in the early 3rd century and then progressed to Rome, where it became a pragmatic way of addressing life’s problems. The central message is, we don’t control what happens to us; we control how we respond.

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This kind of philosophy is not an idle pursuit but a crucial tool. As Seneca said, “Where then do I look for good and evil? Not to uncontrollable externals, but within myself to the choices that are my own.” 

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“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” — Cassius in Julius Caesar (I, ii, 140-141)

Pain is certain, suffering is optional. – Buddha

At this time of year, I hope we are all alert to those fellow humans who are suffering.

Keep these numbers handy:

  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255
  • Veterans Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255
  • Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233

And, I hope no one EVER needs them.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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ENDNOTE: Women’s MMA is abhorrent to me


American football could fall like the gladiators of ancient Rome
By Mary Pilon
December 3, 2016 | 3:11pm 

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After Christianity killed off gladiatorial combat, Roman fans switched to chariot racing, “which flourished massively as a result,” Heather said. The ascent of the blood-soaked culture of the UFC demonstrates that Americans’ thirst for violence has far from disappeared, but rather migrated to a new Coliseum next door.

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Personally, I can “tolerate” American football. The athletes are well compensated for the risks they take. I can’t “tolerate” the fans who think that they are “participating”. “Our” team doesn’t win; the owners, networks, and to a certain extent the players “win”. I can’t get too upset when my beloved Jints play badly. Or too elated when they play well. I am just the couch potatoe watching from the peanut gallery.

I understand that boxing has morphed into MMA. And ever women are getting in the act.

To me, that’s revolting.

Two men or women beating the <synonym for excrement> out of each other is NOT my idea of entertainment.

I do object to the wussification of men, and to a certain extent women, in today’s society. Colleges with their “safe zones” and political correctness are a symptom of what’s wrong.

I saw it on Facebook in a nut shell:

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Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944: College-aged Americans leaving their “safe space”

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Dona Nobis Pacem

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