Documentation of July 2018

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This post is not only a copy-paste of July’s reads, but also some additional mentions worthy of note. Again, I post it here to harness better SEO and tagging abilities, verses the info solely sitting as a static page under my Books category in the heading menu. I have two really exceptional podcasts to add: Waking Up with Sam Harris conversation with Ian Bremmer #133 Ian Bremmer is an ‘American political scientist specializing in U.S. foreign policy and global political risk.’ Joe Rogan conversation with Peter Schiff #1145 Peter Schiff is probably one of the most well known stock brokers and financial gurus. Maybe a coincidence, but for me, listening to each in close proximity to the other felt like good synchronicity. A … Read More

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A Seasonal Briefing

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  When the heat beats and our stride slows to the frequency of the sun’s waves When the blessed of us go from one air conditioning unit to the coolness of another -as we only know the interim, we don’t labor in it We water our plants in the evening after the sun sets, so we aren’t wasting water on a scorched earth. Seasons do change us. I’m creeping up on another birthday and closing in on another work anniversary Both are conspiring and pushing against old ideals for myself; and pardon if I haven’t gotten a grip yet -hence my silence and absence The ego is the enemy. I’m generally trying to not be so hard on myself… a … Read More

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Documentation of April 2018

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A linear trip through the books I consumed. Consuming still. In the middle of…at the end of… Current status as of this posting is incomplete At the beginning of the month, I was giving Six Four, the 2017 global bestseller, a third chance. Honestly. Third times a charm. It was difficult getting a grasp on the many similarly sounding Japanese names-characters. It’s a griping crime novel but even more insight into Japanese business culture and behavioral norms. The worthy NY Times write-up. Still a third to go before complete. I own it, so I’m in no rush. I sat the book down again after Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan landed in my audible library loan queue. I have to give … Read More

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In All Seriousness

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There’s a lot to take in regarding the current war zone of despair racking Ukraine. Let’s recap, out of Quartz Yanukovych’s days were numbered.  That is when opposition protesters poured into Independence Square in loud defiance of a law pushed through by Yanukovych that effectively outlawed public dissent. An axiom of such situations is that strongmen are in trouble when protesters stop fearing bullets, and so it was for Yanukovych on Jan. 28—shots were fired, but his opponents stayed put and stubbornly demanded his resignation. To defuse the situation, he had parliament reverse itself, and he pushed out his prime minister. But events already were set in motion. Yesterday, Yanukovych agreed to accelerate elections that were scheduled for next February. And … Read More

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