Could You Survive a Flood?

Slow and steady water flow created the Grand Canyon and other spectacular sights around the globe. Millions of years of slow and steady water flow along a path might be called “creative destruction.” When that same water is fast, and especially unexpected, the result is just plain old destruction. Being prepared for a flood is …

A Brave New World

If this is the Brave New World, count me a coward. I’m glad I won’t be around to see the destruction of Western society, if only the coming deluge holds out long enough. There aren’t enough of us with the courage to stand up and say some things are simply wrong. The Social Justice Warriors …

A Prayer for Owen Meany

Living in an area with too many people and cars, I spend a lot of time in mine. I can’t stand commercials and useless traffic reports, and I’m too cheap to pay for a subscription service. Fortunately, I’m alive at the most wonderful time in human history! I have Audible.com. I listened to A Prayer …

An Elegy to American Culture

Here are a couple of paragraphs from my book, Where the Roads Lead (link below), a memoir of my pilgrimage to Rome, walking from Barcelona. Toward the end of the book, it seemed appropriate to include some thoughts about what the experience meant to me. The lessons are still in their formative stages and slow in coming, …

Mr. Lincoln

In a previous post I made reference to mass murders—not the John Wayne Gacys and Charles Whitmans of the world, but the truly great among mass murderers: Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, et al. I assume not a few readers might have stumbled when they read Abraham Lincoln’s name included among those luminaries. Gacy killed …

A Few Thoughts on Anarchy

I took a risk by posting this article on anarchy. Few people, hardly any in fact, have any idea what capitalism is, much less anarchism. But as Dylan Thomas wrote, “Do not go gentle into that good night.” I never have. So, for anyone who’s interested, here are a few words about anarchism. I’ll save …

How the Fed Creates Money From Nothing

Let’s set the scene with The Private Business Method Acme Widget Corp. wants to increase its manufacturing capacity but doesn’t want to use its available cash reserves (money) or sell more shares of the company (i.e., dilute its ownership). The only other option? Borrow. When a business wants to borrow money it can go to …

Affiliate Marketing and Pay per Click

It’s possible, not probable but possible, that you already make all the money you want or need. That would make me ask the question, what the hell are you doing here? For the rest of us, earning more cash would be welcome and affiliate marketing is one of the paths to financial independence. Even if …

Intro to Affiliate Marketing

Today I’m beginning a new series, an introduction to all things related to Affiliate Marketing. As subscribers know, I promote affiliate marketing programs that I find to be useful, well designed, and produced by reputable developers and designers. But it seems that some don’t know what Affiliate Marketing is. Thus this series. Over the next …

What the H*ll is Money, Anyway? Part 2

Let’s back up a little from last week’s article and get back to the definition and history of money. The most basic definition of money is a medium of exchange and a store of value. Before money was barter: You have something I want; I have something you want, and so we exchange. But the …