— The Three Essential Things You Must Be … Not Think … BE! Greetings from the 15th Floor of the luxury Sky Residences on Pratumnak Hill, overlooking Pattaya Bay, Thailand. Now home. There’s a video tour of the place if you missed it (plus a bonus discussion of side effects and fixes on HGH). The……...Read More
— A super-productivity hack to end all others “Take back your control, reject the lies you tell yourself and start living in line with your true human nature. This article is a wake-up call for those ready to reject societal indoctrination and embark on a journey of self-realization and autonomy. Learn how to redefine your……...Read More
— Our Exploitable Self-Sabotaging Nature “Exploring the human tendency towards laziness and self-deception, this piece delves into how these traits can be exploited by clever marketing techniques, urging individuals to break free from these patterns and make conscious efforts towards personal growth.” It makes sense, which perhaps softens the blow in coming to grips that……...Read More
— Keeping it Shipshape Young future leaders and masters, tread carefully while choosing and assembling your crew. The contemporary, disintegrating Western World is drowning in mediocrity; it’s corroding from within due to the self-inflicted damage from insanities such as unbridled and uncurated diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism, and all the other destructive elements that are being introduced……...Read More
— Business Thinking Reins and Tames Feelings “Explore the importance of critical thinking, avoiding bias and embracing truth in achieving success. This article delves into the 114-No-Pill Lessons that challenge us to take control of our minds, reject wishful thinking, and embrace rationality. Navigate the path to true freedom and prosperity through intellectual courage and……...Read More
— Imagine It Anyway An open letter to myself. The problem with you is that you always arrive late on the scene of opportunity, and this lateness is primarily rooted in your lack of imagination. You consistently fail to visualize possibilities, obstructing your own path to success. Not once, but twice you missed that one……...Read More
— To Get Done [Warning: This post was drafted 44+ hours fasted.] “Discover how to enhance your productivity and focus by transitioning from task-based to project-based work. Understand the significance of artificial intelligence in modern life and its impact on your career. Learn about the process of creating compelling images for content using AI, thus……...Read More
— The Source of Earth’s Greatest Cultures? “Hey there, Richard here! Buckle up, because we’re about to dive into a whirlwind of thoughts that popped up in my circuits at the ungodly hour of 03:43. We’re talking about the source of Earth’s greatest cultures, and spoiler alert: it’s not about race. It’s about climate, survival,……...Read More
— Mass Effect: The Imperative of Criticality “Critical mass is the point at which a movement or idea gains enough momentum to become unstoppable. In his article, he explores the concept of critical mass and how it applies to various aspects of society, from politics to techno-totalitarianism. “Nikoley argues that critical mass can be reached……...Read More
— A 4th of July Personal-Independence Day Message Do you know why Covid and everything associated with it went down as it did, especially in the Western world? Weakness. One word. Again: Weakness. What caused the weakness? Dishonesty and laziness. How? Having it far too easy far too long. Easy breeds dishonesty. When life is……...Read More
— Money is worthless in a shitty life. First time doing this; rather than search far and wide—sometimes taking upwards of 30 minutes to look for and find a headline image for a post—I just typed “fantasy representation of using money to buy the most expensive things” into a field right here in my WordPress……...Read More
— To prevent a far deeper and far worse circumstance and outcome… Nobody gets out alive. That’s life. Better to make the best of it, then? That’s certainly what I think. In a retrospective of my own life, looking back from an age—62…when average life expectancy was 36 in the 1700s and only 48 by……...Read More
— You know how it’s done Ever since I came up with the sort of slogan “Prosper Anyway” in the midst of the Covidiocy and began a series along those lines, I’ve yet to be hyper-satisfied with it. Too mundane…banal. … Too…uh, Mr. Spok. “Live long and prosper.” Thanks; yea, no shit. You too. Recently—as……...Read More
— Contrived Global Crisis is the New Terrain Du Jour. Become Adept at Weathering All Storms This post was originally published as “Permanent Crisis Is The New Normal — Prosper Anyway.” There was also a separate series, “International Living By Geoarbitrage.” The latter is being incorporated into the former and now redirects here. This whole……...Read More
The other day, I read a piece from Dr. Robert Malone, the guy who not only initially invented the tech for mRNA with about 18 patents, but turns out to be an accomplished writer on many things philosophical and political. Go figure. Smart dudes are difficult to corral, while fakers are too easy. Fakers are……...Read More
This should probably be another in my paid-member series Permanent Crisis is the New Normal — Prosper Anyway. Since my heightened purpose these days is to absolutely make my fundraiser for the Thai family deliver, I’m putting everything out there publicly for a while. I’ve included a handy linked-image in the sidebar. I’ve written an……...Read More
It was the second piece I'd read this morning from Matt Welch, a sort of hyper-religious guy who often puts me off because of it—the couching in so much personal moralism. On the other hand, he often has great arguments and insights (that do not require his religious beliefs).
The shit Hamish says in response to the questions Matt asked really resonated with me completely. I was a long time debater on the Internets going back to 1992 with Compuserve, Prodigy, and America Online accounts. In about 1994 I graduated to USENET, the real Wild West that will likely never be seen again. Fun fact: USENET was run pretty much entirely on the network of university computer department servers worldwide. Access to archives is spotty, but if you could see them, it would make all the woke universities today go apoplectic.
IT HAD EVERYTHING...including illegal activities and porn. But, it was damn well self-organized, so it was easy to stay on topic. You never had any of that stuff in your face. You had to seek it out.
In about 1998 I dropped most online social-debate activity to focus on business. That would persist for about 5 years until one day in 2003, I got wind of this blogging thing. It appealed to me. Within hours, I had my first blog and first post, November 2, 2003.
Well, It’s a start. For several years I have wanted to create a website to serve as the primary outlet for my ideas and commentary. So this is it, a weblog.
Will anything really become of it? Don’t know.
I’m not setting any goals or making any promises. I’d like to think I will spend some constructive time at this, but I guess we’ll see. I may also archive some of the other stuff I’ve written over the years.
Purpose. Well, it’s my outlet, and as such, I don’t think I’ll be opening up any of my posts to comments. I will be frank, as always. I’ll probably use some “naughty words” here and there, too. Good thing I have no plans on running for political office.
That’s good in another respect too. One of the things this blog will serve is a way to compile and organize my unconventional philosophic, religious, and political ideas.
Now, it’s time to go forth and look around for something to get all worked up about…
I put up 12 posts that month and sitting here today, early 2022, 19 years later, it's about 5,000 posts total. I'm satisfied with that.
In those early days, it was just a move from those other online outlets into reading various bloggers. Their takes. There was no means of really monetizing it for the 99% but it was quite a different thing. Mine got momentum in late December, 2009, when I published this post on foregoing soap and shampoo—water only showers. It got picked up by a couple of buzz sites and took down my ISPs servers on New Year's eve. My normal traffic increased 100s of times-fold in a single day. Some of those readers are still with me today, 12 years later.Read More
- The introduction
- Printing presses, mimeographs, and owners
- People who DRS — who Don't Read Shit
- The annual flu shot LOL fraud decades in the running
- ...So nothing is new
- My point about the bright side
- Cake icing conclusion
There's no serious dispute that global life in general has been a disappointment for over a couple of years. Liars abound who assert it hasn't affected them, or they did even better...as though the only time they're really well off is when everyone else is shackled. Good for them, right?
And what's the message, there? Your life was totally wrecked while, 'I got better and prospered, what's wrong with you?'
'Uh, lost my job, wife did too but flipped burgers for takeout while I watched the two babies and tried to find something on the internet. Then we defaulted on the mortgage and one of our cars got repossessed. But props, man...'
Even though the last two years have cost me over $200,000 so far, the far deeper cost has been to my general psychology. No, I'm not really talking about the fact that for 20 years I did the Go-USA domestic thing and settled down; then in late age-50s, got out of that gig, set off in early 2020 to nomad the world, and then Covid—totally dashing every aspiration down to electron microscope levels.
Crazy strike of bad luck for me but as we say here in Rawai, "We live in Rawai!" Thailand may not be the best place in the world to endure, but all in all, it was tolerable and generally, I could still get anything I wanted 24/7—just with a bit more effort and enginuity, at times. And even though most cuties are masked, most aren't fat, either...
I managed to make the best of that and still am. ...Just had a 20-minute fun and funny vid-chat with my girl. Her and her sister (double and triple jabbed) are holed up in a room in Surin, about 5th day of Covid. Bad cold symptoms, so far as I've seen. Can't get a cold anymore. National and international news, now. It's recorded in a data center. Very bad. Just so.
But what of everything else?
I recall as though it was yesterday, 1989. I was a 28-year old Navy officer who'd just returned from living in Japan for five years where during that time, I rented beach houses and travelled all over Asia. Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, et al. As a young man, my chief pursuit when off the job was Asian women.
So it's no surprise that when I returned to Thailand as a single man once again at the age of 59, Asian women were a substantial part of that calculation. It's the one large area of the world where women see men far differently than most anywhere else I can think of. It's just so, and we like it.
A 20-year old girl in this culture thinks nothing of bedding down with a 60-year old, if he can manage to make her a bit curious or horny.
To know how to do that is easy. You simply have to understand that they have zero Jesus baggage and act accordingly. They have deep cultural and familial norms and traditions. Just, zero Jesus—don't know him from Adam. Makes a profound difference.
...OK, at 555 words, that's it for the intro. The numbers are 8,000 newsletter subscribers, 1,000 free members, and 200 paid members.
The remainder of the post is for the 200. It's the next in the Prosper Anyway series.Read More
That's an email I received early morning my time today, from Mark.
It was in reply to the final thing. This is where I have completed all arrangements on my end and forward the necessary documents. He asked if that was it, I replied.
Grand Solmar Land's End Resort & Spa is a very special place. Go ahead. Click the link and be fucking amazed. I own a piece of that. I have a modest page here on the blog specific to my listings.
...Beatrice, my wife in 2012, thought we ought to go to Baja for a week on New Years, 2013. She arranged a 2-night stay in another timeshare we owned, Worldmark, Cabo San Lucas, and then a stay in La Paz in a private villa thing her sister had been to, and recommended.
The serendipitous thing is that the flight from Tijuana to Cabo (yea, we walked across the border and flew domestic), was a late-night arrival and we got suckered into a free ride, so long as we would attend a presentation the next morning—but along with the promise of an excellent, sea-front buffet breakfast. We were tired and I was in a whatever mode.
I always do what I say I'll do—the most essential man-standard there is and the biggest difference in genders—so was out there at 7am and the transportation was on time. The setting for the breakfast was fucking impressively unbelievable. I've done this sort of thing before. This was the difference between staying in a Motel 6 and The Four Seasons (did that latter once too, Las Vegas, met George Foreman, and yes, his intoxicating smile is genuine).
Scott was there to greet and welcome us and this guy is a fucking great salesman. A friend to this day. He led us, but let the greatness of the property speak for itself. So.Read More
Introductory Post and Table of Contents (Public Access)
I'm not fond of the concepts of skeptic, critic, curmudgeon, et all. The best I can do is misanthropy. It used to be focussed and targeted. Since Covid, and now, Rukrane, my misanthropy is blurry and generalized. It's now truly blunt; transformed into an instrument of war.
Don't you find that if you think about it, that possessing some purpose as some skeptic qua skeptic of things is kind of puerile...hubristic in an arrogant way? It's like proclaiming that since you didn't come up with the idea, it just must be shit. Well, some ideas are better than others for some things, that's clear enough. But, purposeful skepticism, criticism, and curmudgeonry for its own sake just shits, at least for me. There has to be an essential point to it or it's just a temper tantrum. It doesn't plant and harvest food, nor nourish the body or the soul; nor the mind. It's more akin to manure. Just manure. It's a wank.
Its aim is to kill all aspiration while offering zero as alternatives. It's nihilistic in body and soul. It's the difference between a film critic and an astute reviewer with helpful hints for next time and for other writers and producers working on current projects.
It's a lazy, parasitical path—where one elevates himself above anything created, nurtured, and fostered through tough work, contemplation, risk taking, organization, management, and face-to-customer...by the mere easy act of poking holes in anything and everything. It's a wank.
Curmudgeons, critics, and skeptics are the quintessential IT'S NOT PERFECT!!! lazy "geniuses."
They're scam artists. They're wankers. There are zero exceptions.
Sure, I got sucked into this many years ago. Because, I could no longer bring myself to believe the bible as so many do, literally. So I sought out similar mind-created delusions in an effort to understand this proclivity of humans to believe the most unlikely of things...because they have peers who believe it. Publications like Michael Shermer's Skeptical Inquirer is crack for young people, as was I—late 20's, early 30s—just discovering that you've been raised in parallel with Muslims and Jews. The same, only different.
We live in a natural world all of our lives. But people—the people we encounter from the moment of our birth—seem to be so unsatisfied with it. They're compelled to concoct and dwell within unnatural and supernatural realms at most times rather than make best use and purpose of the cornucopia of stuff we all have have before our actual eyes—with 4 other senses to boot. That's how powerful the clamoring for illusion is. Its chief manipulative mechanism is to entice you to waste the very time of your life in subservience to their illusions over and above the plain evidence of your five senses.
A slim analysis will offer the clue that dealing with reality requires discipline, thought, and control. Fantasy is mind-created, so it's easy. The hard-working human path is in body and we've all observed it a million times. The farmer. The grocer. The repairman. The nurse. The cook. The homemaker. The home provider. The mind is not absent in any of these.
It's just compartmentalized.
Where minds are laser-sharp for everything that entails all of the foregoing—because it's based upon the clear evidence of 5 senses and their reasoned integration—get out of that defined realm where they competently shine, and they're praying, foaming at the mouth, beating their children to submission, saying "amen preach it!," speaking in tongues, and indulging in all manner of lazy-&-stupid-mind bullshit. I can't emphasize that enough. Give me a hard-working, dutiful, restless God & Country type, and I'll show you someone with a great homestead on the viewable surface; but underneath, abject mush for brains when it comes to anything beyond the concrete tasks of surviving as a human animal on planet earth.
...And yet, millions worldwide make not only livings, not only prosperity, but downright fuck you money by promoting fantasy, illusion, falsehood, narrative. Some of these morons buy themselves private jets so they can evangelize moronity at other people's expense.
They do it so effectively and easily because almost everyone is stupid.
...And don't get me wrong. You can prosper very handsomely and to wildest dreams by exploiting the fucking stupid who possess a penchant for faith, blind trust, and a giddy sense of belonging. There's probably more characteristic markers for all that, but I'm no expert.
It's crazy ironic to me that the Siren Song to encapsulate a general view of human advancement is that of the Age of Enlightenment.Read More