Saturday, September 8, 2018

How To Control Thought and Exercise the Power of Self-Faith Over Others
Written by Orison Swett Marden in 1906
A Book Review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, September 7, 2018
Note:  Anything appearing in BLUE or RED is a link to a reference on the subject

DISCLAIMER:  I discovered Orison Swett Marden (1850 – 1924) a couple of years ago and have been reading his books ever since.  None of his writings have disappointed me; they are all great!  What surprised me was that they were all written in the late 1890s-1915.  The lessons contained in his writings are truly priceless.

Every Man A King has to be read with the date it was published kept in mind, 1906.  King refers to the top and not just a man as do his reference to "man", "men", etc.  The lessons apply to both men and women of all ages.

It would be fruitless of me to think I could write an adequate review of this book.  Every chapter, every paragraph, every sentence packs powerful messages that can literally lead someone from the darkness of uncertainty to the light of success.  The lessons apply to everyone.  It is hard to read this book and not be affected in a very positive way.  You can purchase the book as a Kindle read on Amazon for just 99 cents. Maybe the best $1.00 you will ever spend.

Here is an excerpt from this wonderful book:

“Your thought will carry only the force of your conviction, the weight of your decision, the power of your confidence. If these are weak, your thought will be weak and your work futile. Some people are incapable of strong, deep conviction; they are all surface, and liable to be changed by the opinions of everybody else. If they resolve upon a certain course, their resolution is so superficial that the first obstacle they strike deflects them. They are always at the mercy of the opposition, or of people who do not agree with them. Such people are shifty and unreliable; they lack strength of decision, positiveness of resolution. What is a man good for if he hasn’t strength of resolution? If his convictions are on the surface, he stands for nothing; nobody has confidence in him. He may be a good man, personally, but he does not inspire confidence. No one would think of calling upon him when anything of importance was at stake. Unless conviction takes hold of one’s very being, there will be very little achievement in life. It is the man whose conviction is rooted deep and takes hold of his very life-blood, the man who is strong and persistent in his determination, that can be depended upon. He is the man of influence, who carries weight; he is above the influence of any man who happens to have a different opinion.”

“If young people only knew the power of affirmation, of the habit of holding in the mind persistently and affirming that they are what they wish to be, that they can do what they have attempted, it would revolutionize their whole lives, it would exempt them from most of their ills and troubles, and carry them to heights of which they scarcely dream.”

Who should read it?  Everyone from the age of 8 on up but especially teenagers!  How the world would be different if Marden's wisdom was actually taught in our schools.  As time goes by ageless wisdoms like his books will become lost in time and therein IS the pity!

Would I read it again?  Absolutely
Would I buy it as a gift?  Absolutely

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

By Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, September 4, 2018

DISCLAIMER:  I do not know who wrote this but I almost agree with everything written.  I have included my own thought at the very end.  To whomever wrote it; thank you!  Given that Nike has just contracted with Colin Kaepernick to run an ad campaign is even more fuel for this firestorm the National Football League and Commissioner Goodell has created and allowed to vester

You graduated high school in 2011.  Your teenage years were a struggle.  You grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.  Your mother was the leader of the family and worked tirelessly to keep a roof over your head and food on your plate.  Academics were a struggle for you and your grades were mediocre at best. The only thing that made you stand out is you weighed 225 lbs and could run 40 yards in 4.2 seconds while carrying a football.  

Your best friend was just like you, except he didn’t play football.  Instead of going to football practice after school, he went to work at McDonalds for minimum wage.  You were recruited by all the big colleges and spent every weekend of your senior year making visits to universities where coaches and boosters tried to convince you their school was best.  They laid out the red carpet for you. Your best friend worked double shifts at Mickey D’s.  College was not an option for him. 

On the day you signed with Big State University, your best friend signed paperwork with his Army recruiter.  You went to summer workouts.  He went to basic training.

You spent the next four years living in the athletic dorm, eating at the training table. You spent your Saturdays on the football field, cheered on by adoring fans.  Tutors attended to your every academic need.  You attended class when you felt like it. Sure, you worked hard.  You lifted weights, ran sprints, studied plays, and soon became one of the top football players in the country. 

Your best friend was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. While you were in college, he deployed to Iraq once and Afghanistan twice.  He became a Sergeant and led a squad of 19 year old soldiers who grew up just like he did.  He shed his blood in Afghanistan and watched young American's give their lives, limbs, and innocence for the USA.

You went to the NFL combine and scored off the charts.  You hired an agent and waited for draft day.  You were drafted in the first round and your agent immediately went to work, ensuring that you received the most money possible. You signed for $16 million although you had never played a single down of professional football.  Your best friend re-enlisted in the Army for four more years. As a combat tested sergeant, he will be paid $32,000 per year.

You will drive a Ferrari on the streets of South Beach.  He will ride in the back of a Blackhawk helicopter with 10 other combat loaded soldiers.  You will sleep at the Ritz.  He will dig a hole in the ground and try to sleep.  You will “make it rain” in the club.  He will pray for rain as the temperature reaches 120 degrees.

On Sunday, you will run into a stadium as tens of thousands of fans cheer and yell your name.  For your best friend, there is little difference between Sunday and any other day of the week.  There are no adoring fans.  There are only people trying to kill him and his soldiers. Every now and then, he and his soldiers leave the front lines and “go to the rear” to rest.  He might be lucky enough to catch an NFL game on TV.  When the National Anthem plays and you take a knee, he will jump to his feet and salute the television.  While you protest the unfairness of life in the United States, he will give thanks to God that he has the honor of defending his great country.

To the players of the NFL:  We are the people who buy your tickets, watch you on TV, and wear your jerseys.  We anxiously wait for Sundays so we can cheer for you and marvel at your athleticism. Although we love to watch you play, we care little about your opinions until you offend us. You have the absolute right to express yourselves, but we have the absolute right to boycott you.  We have tolerated your drug use and DUIs, your domestic violence, and your vulgar displays of wealth.  We should be ashamed for putting our admiration of your physical skills before what is morally right.  But now you have gone too far. You have insulted our flag, our country, our soldiers, our police officers, and our veterans. You are living the American dream, yet you disparage our great country.  I encourage all like minded Americans to boycott the NFL.

The National boycott of the NFL is set for Sunday November 12th, Veterans Day Weekend. Boycott all football telecast, all fans, all ticket holders, stay away from attending any games, let them play to empty stadiums. Pass this post along to all your friends and family. Honor our military, some of whom come home with the American Flag draped over their coffin.

Personal Note:  I am not boycotting any individual NFL player.  I am boycotting the NFL in its entirety because of dysfunctional coaches, owners and the Commissioner himself for allowing the disrespect of our country, flag and history to continue without taking any action to stop it.  More importantly it was Commissioner Roger Goodell who refused to allow the Dallas Cowboys from wearing decals on their helmets immediately following the massacre of police officers in Dallas and then permitted Colin Kaepernick to not only kneel during the National Anthem but said nothing about his socks he wore depicting police as pigs.  This is ALL ON YOU MR. GOODELL.  It is shocking to think that he is being paid by the 32 NFL owners over 40 million dollars and then have him disregard the problem as if it were going to just go away on its own.  I am not urging anyone to boycott the NFL.  I am doing so because I personally have had enough of their turning the other cheek to league problems.  I don’t need the NFL, never have.  Their inactions just gave me a wakeup call that ignoring the NFL was the right thing for me and I have not looked back since.  That was two years ago.  Followed the NFL since the early 1950s to put this decision into its proper perspective.

Jim Brown

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Written by Ryan Holiday
A book review By Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, August 30, 2018
(Note, everything in underlined is a link to a related Internet site)


I purchased the Summary by mistake; that is what I actually read.  You can easily read it in an hour or less but the lessons could and should last you a lifetime!

It would be impossible to write a review of the book/summary as every page contains words, phrases, quotes, entire paragraphs, and entire chapters worthy of highlighting and mentioning.  Suffice it to say that if you want a better and more successful life, and who doesn't, this book will help you to achieve it. Some who may read the book will say “they knew all this before,” but did they?  Over one’s lifetime you acquire knowledge a lot of which is contained in this book but that takes years to learn when you can read it in a short period of time. If you apply the lessons of this book, you will learn to put obstacles in their proper place and work through them or around them to reach your desired result.  It is a wonderful “how to” book to help you to succeed.

I spent more than 33 years in the real estate business and can only imagine what my career would have looked like had I had material like this book to guide me along the way.  Sadly books like Holiday’s book are readily available and it has been said that fewer than 5% of people in sales ever read a book, not even one book on sales.  Holiday’s book provides a path that is easy to follow that would empower the reader to change little things in the way he or she approaches life and life’s obstacles (problems).  A quote from the book explains it all: 

“Choose not to be harmed – and you won’t feel harmed.
Don’t feel harmed – and you haven’t been.”
Marcus Aurelius

The real test lies in these questions that I ask myself whenever I finish reading a book:

Will I read it again?  ABSOLUTELY!
Will I give it as a gift?  ABSOLUTELY and in fact I am already looking into ordering quite a few copies for this coming Christmas
Who should read it?  EVERYONE, bar none!  But especially if you are self-employed, an independent contractor or involved in sales in any form.  What I wouldn't have given to have this book in my hands the DAY BEFORE I started my real estate career more than 40 years ago.

Friday, August 24, 2018


By Dinesh D’Souza
A book review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown August 24, 2018

Perspective:  I am 73 years old, went to public schools in the 50’s and 60’s and like most kids of that era we took classes on history and civics.  My history classes consisted mostly of American history, in fact I do not remember ever taking any courses on World History.  Our civics classes dealt mostly with government organization as it was in the 50’s and 60’s, not how it grew to the massive government we now live with.  With that being the case, I can assure you that nowhere in my recollection of my training in history was I ever exposed to some of the details contained in D’Souza’s book(s).  For me it was an eye-opener!  The following paragraphs in quotes are taken directly from the book.  I thought that a direct quote referring to something you the reader may or may not know would be the best example of the facts contained in the book.  The following six paragraphs are as they appear in the book in the order they were presented.  Fact check them if you don’t believe them.

“The magnificent scope of Republican Reconstruction can be seen in three landmark constitutional amendments: the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery; the Fourteenth Amendment extending equal rights under the law to all citizens; and the Fifteenth Amendment granting blacks the right to vote. These amendments went beyond unbinding the slave and making him a freeman; they also made him a U.S. citizen with the right to cast his ballot and to the full and equal protection of the laws.

These amendments represented the most important moment for American constitutionalism since the Constitution was first drafted and ratified. The entire civil rights movement of the 1960s would be impossible without them.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 relied heavily on the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 on the Fifteenth Amendment.

Yet progressive (those left of the political center) historical accounts as well as progressive textbooks say very little about the debate over the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments. The reason becomes obvious when we break down the partisan vote on those amendments. One might have thought that after the Civil War, the Thirteenth Amendment would be a fait accompli. One might expect that every Democrat—at least every Northern Democrat represented in Congress—would now vote for it. In fact, only sixteen of eighty Democrats did.

 Let’s pause to digest that for a minute. Even in the aftermath of the Civil War, so strong was their attachment to the plantation that an overwhelming majority of Northern Democrats refused to vote to permanently end slavery. Again, we are speaking of Northern Democrats; Southern Democrats who may have been expected to vote against the amendment were not permitted to vote at all. And when the Thirteenth Amendment went to the states for ratification, only Republican states carried by Lincoln voted for it; Democratic states that went for McClellan all voted no.

On the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments, the Democratic Party’s performance was even more disgraceful. Not a single Democrat, either in the House or the Senate, voted for either amendment. To repeat, these were not Southern Democrats who were excluded from voting; these were Northern Democrats so averse to extending equal rights under law or voting rights to blacks that not a single one of them could bring himself to vote for either measure. So the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments can be considered exclusively Republican achievements, since no Democrats contributed to making them part of the Constitution.”

The book is filled with such FACTS that anyone can fact check.  The Death of a Nation is a history book that I doubt a great many Americans such as me have ever heard before.  I remember the Civil War taking up a short section in our text books and it basically read that there was a war where a lot of people were killed and it involved the North fighting the South and visa versa over the subject of slavery and that the North won the war.   Before you say I am wrong on the brevity of that statement, ask yourself about how much YOU know about the Civil War as it was taught in schools not what you might have later read in books or watched in a documentary?

This is a tremendous read!  It is also a disheartening read.  It shows America as it was as it was being built and molded.  What you read about on almost every page will turn your stomach. 

If you consider yourself left of center you probably will NOT read the book or watch the movie and therein is the problem.  Those who make that decision will continue with a belief system that may be based on flawed and misleading information.  Those to the right of center will read and/or watch the movie and they may be surprised as I was as to how bad American history was “back in the day.”   After all these years, a lot has not gotten much better as D’Souza points out.

I have read many Twitter posts of people who criticize the book/movie claiming that the facts contained in each are lies told by D’Souza.  But in all of their posts, no one has ever given even one example of such a lie contained in the book/movie.  They assume he is lying but provide no proof and that is the worst kind of criticism.  People do not seem to understand that he pendulum swings in both directions.  What people on the Left of Center believe to be permissible behavior by those Left of Center could very easily be on the receiving end of such treatment when the pendulum evenutally swings in the other direction.

Who should read the book?  Every American from the 5th grade and above and especially those who call themselves Democrats.  I grew up in a Democratic city in Ohio.  I actually liked what I saw in JFK but the Democratic Party depicted in this book is NOT the party of JFK but instead has become an extension of Woodrow Wilson, FDR and more recently LBJ and Obama.  If you fact check the book you will understand why that particular legacy is not a good thing.  Would I read the book again?  Probably not; don’t need to read it twice to understand it. I will go see the movie.  Would I give the book as a gift?  That is a great question because someone buying it as a gift may be just wasting their money if the recipient makes no attempt to read it.  Again, anyone left of the political center will most likely choose NOT to read it and some will even criticize it; both definitely their loss.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Most OF What I Now Know, I Did NOT Learn In Schools!

By Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, August 12, 2018

It was over THIRTY years ago and I remember it as if it were yesterday.  The lesson learned has been so vividly etched in my mind I doubt I will forget it nor will I ever tire of passing the message along to anyone who will listen; hopefully you.

I retired from the U. S. Coast Guard in 1985 after twenty years service.  Most of my Coast Guard duties in my two specialties Personnel Administration and Merchant Marine Safety required a great deal of reading of government prepared instructions and manuals.  I would then teach others the contents of those instructions and manuals.  If you have never been involved with the Federal Government you have no idea how boring and tiresome reading that type of material and language can be. It’s like reading materials written by attorneys.  You have to understand legalize before you can understand what they have written or attempting to convey to the non-legal reader.

I was first licensed as a Real Estate Salesperson in May, 1980 about five years BEFORE I retired from the Coast Guard.  It was clear, at least to me, that if I applied myself to real estate sales, there was no upper limit to my potential income provided I knew what to do and when to do it.  But keep in mind I was a teacher in the Coast Guard; I enjoyed teaching others.  Almost from the first day of becoming licensed, I created a life’s mission statement.  I think it was Sales Trainer Roger Butcher who suggested having one.  Mine was and remains:

To help others do what they do to do it better!

Then I took a page from Joe Tye who created the Direction-Deflection-Question (DDQ) principle and I put my life’s mission statement to practical use.  I would constantly ask myself the question.  “Is what I am about to say or do consistent with my desire to help others do what they do to do it better?”  If the answer was YES, I would say or do it.  If the answer was NO, I wouldn’t.  It really is that simple.  I have written about this process many times in the past; it never gets old because it never fails to work.

Now the year is 1986.  I was selling real estate for a small independent real estate company in Slidell, Louisiana.  The phone rang.  It was a miracle.  I had set a goal but told no one.  The goal was to manage a full service real estate office where I could put my management skills (from the Coast Guard) and my teaching skills (also from the Coast Guard) to good use by teaching agents new to the real estate business how to list and sell real estate.  Keep in mind, I told no one of this goal.  Yet here was a call from the Vice President of a large franchise real estate company in the New Orleans area asking if I would be interested in managing their office about 25 miles from where I lived and worked.

I jumped at the opportunity.  Gave my current real estate broker a thirty day notice and then sat back and began to think about what I had just accepted.  The new office had about 25 agents and was located in a great residential area in Louisiana where sales were good as were the incomes generated through real estate sales.  Then as I am sure happens to just about everyone, you begin to doubt your own talents as I began to doubt mine.  That is when the second unsolicited miracle happened.

I was thumbing through a magazine while I waited to get the oil changed in my car.  I say “thumbed” through because I rarely if ever actually read anything anymore because that is all I had done for twenty years in the Coast Guard.  I had no desire or intention of reading much of anything.  Yet there it was, an advertisement for a Cassette Tape Instruction entitled Creating Teamwork by Lee Shelton.  And yes you can still get the tapes by clicking on the blue link above.  I don’t remember how much the tapes were but given that I was about to embark on a new position where creating teamwork seemed to be the order of the day, price was not a consideration; I purchased the tapes.

I listened to those tapes over and over and then over again before I started my new management position and it was unquestionably the BEST thing I could have ever done.  The tapes helped me to understand the importance of several tasks required of me to be a successful manager no matter what the line of business.  I can trace all the good things that happened in my real estate sales/management career back to those tapes. Over the years I became a friend of Lee Shelton.  He would often joke to his audiences that I had listened to the tapes so much I could give the presentation to them without notes.  He was close to the truth.  Therefore my advice to you and to anyone who would listen would be to: 


It is impossible to read and/or listen enough or more than you thought you could.  Read smf listen to everything but especially those books, tapes and articles that enable you to do whatever it is you do to do it better each and every day for the rest of your life!  Shelton suggested that everyone should start by FIRST reading I’m Okay; You’re Okay written by Dr. Thomas A. Harris every six months until you fully understand it.  That was the first book I had actually read since graduating high school in 1963.  That is NOT something I am very proud of but given all the mundane and boring federal publications I had read every workday, I was just not interested in reading so I didn’t.  Bad decision!  I can honestly say that most of what I know today I learned AFTER the age of 42 and therefore NOT in schools; more importantly AFTER I read I’m Okay; You’re Okay!  Since then, I have read well over 1200 books; I’m now 73.  That averages over 35 books a year.  I’m not telling you this to brag, I’m telling you this to emphasize that IF you want to be the BEST at whatever it is you do, IT WILL NOT HAPPEN ON ITS OWN VOLITION.   YOU must create a SELF-EDUCATION PLAN because no one will do it for you no matter how good or well intentioned your employer may be.

After you become a constant reader, you will eventually be faced with an issue or a problem in your life or career as I have often been.  Then suddenly I would recall something I had read or listened to yesterday or 35 years ago.  Our brains never forget; mine certainly didn’t.  We unconsciously forget things, I know, I always do.  But when faced with that problem or issue, BINGO!  There’s the answer or the place to get the answer that suddenly appears in your thoughts.  Had you NOT read or listened to anything, this cannot and will not happen for you.

Here is a lesson from one of my favorite authors/speakers, Jeffrey Gitomer:

“To get everything you want in life, just help someone else get what they want – FIRST!”

As Gitomer points out, many, many people have said similar things over hundreds of years and just about everyone has taken credit for it.  The difference between what Gitomer said and most if not all of the others is he added the one word FIRST to it.  Therefore, if YOU become the best YOU can be, you can’t help but help others become the best THEY can be.  Then YOU pay it forward and ask them to do the same!

How do you become the best you can be?  Create your Self-Education Plan and then work your plan and let no one or anything stop you – PERIOD!  “If it’s to be, it’s up to me!”  William H. Johnson.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Where Do YOu Stand; or Not?

Where Do You Stand; or Not?
By Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, August 5, 2018
NOTE:  Anything in BLUE and underlined is a searchable link

Many years ago I coined a phrase based on a famous quote.  Who knew that 25 years later it would reflect the political environment in America?  What’s the phrase?

You either lead, or you follow;
or you stand on the side of the road and throw stones at those leading.

Can’t you see it?  This is where I believe we are as a society at this very moment in time in America.  Consider this excerpt from an article I discovered on the Internet:

Most countries that fall apart, however, do so not with a bang but with a whimper. They fail not in an explosion of war and violence but by being utterly unable to take advantage of their society’s huge potential for growth, condemning their citizens to a lifetime of poverty. This type of slow, grinding failure leaves many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, and Latin America with living standards far, far below those in the West.

America IS falling apart and it is NOT from an attack by a foreign enemy. I understood fear as a child. In the 1950’s we were taught as students in elementary school to take cover from a nuclear attack by hiding beneath our desks as if that would actually protect us.  In case you do not believe me:

Today it appears America is under attack from undisclosed “elites.”  What do I mean by “elites?” Simply put, “elites” by my definition are those people who have come to believe that they and only they know what is good for everyone else not just in America but also in the World. Are you familiar with the term, “The Talented Tenth?”  I had never heard of the term until I read Burgess Owens book Liberalism or How to Turn Good Men into Whiners, Weenies and Wimps.  It is a great read!

Owens’ referred to the term “The Talented Tenth” a term advanced by author W.E.B. DuBois in which he described how the top ten percent of people in the Black Race considered themselves as being better educated and had more knowledge than the remaining 90 percent of the Black Race and therefore they self-determined that they are in fact the “leaders” of the entire Black Race.  You can observe this happening within America today by just observing how the Black Politicians use their position of power to first enhance their own personal financial lives and then by passing laws that keep the 90 percent in their “place.”   There are numerous non-politicians like the Jesse Jackson’s, and Al Sharpton’s of the world who also consider that they are better than everyone else.  Only they know what is best for everyone else and therefore they and only they can effectively lead the rest of us.

The Talented Tenth does not apply ONLY to Blacks!  When YOU (someone within the Talented Tenth) can get OTHERS (those in the remaining 90 percent) to follow and support you unconditionally, you have effectively marginalized the 90 percent and therefore of little consequence to the “big picture” except at election time.  In effect the 90 percent have become “useful idiots” for the 10 percenters. 

What is a “useful idiot” you might be asking.  Here is a great definition:

A propagandist for a cause of whose goals they ARE NOT FULLY AWARE and who is USED CYNICALLY by the LEADERS OF THE CAUSE.

“A propagandist” would be one of the people within the 90 percent.  “The Leaders” would be a member of the 10 percent.”  But key words in the definition become “ARE NOT FULLY AWARE.”  That is the secret as to how it works.  People basically do not like doing the dirty work so they do everything within their power to get someone else to do it for them.  They also recognize that as the number of people who become “useful idiots” increase, the easier it becomes to achieve the goals of “The Leader(s).” 

Consider the excerpt above as to why countries fail and then apply it to 2018 America.  Can’t you see it?  The 10 percent are pulling the strings and in many cases paving the way for such groups as ANTIFA.  The 10 percent have covertly encouraged violence to achieve their goals.  We are no longer a Democratic Republic where elections are held and then everyone simply goes about their lives.  Today it seems like the results of a great many elections are challenged through protests, through violence and through the courts.  I seriously doubt our Founding Fathers, as intelligent as they were, ever imagined our America in 2018.

Both as a disclaimer and as an example I cite my own life.  I believed I properly vetted then Senator Barrack Obama and discovered that there were so many very questionable concerns in his background I could never vote or support him as a future President.  What did I discover?  Both of his parents were devout Communists.  He was not only mentored by devout Communist mentors and teachers, he sought them out.  His presidential campaign was initiated with help of members of the American Domestic Terrorist group, The Weather Underground.  These concerned me deeply.  But in America we had an election and not only did Obama win, he also won a re-election.  Did I like the election results?  Absolutely not but in America the winner of the election takes office and in the recent past Americans simply got on with their lives. 

Enter President Trump.  I have never particularly liked Donald Trump as I knew him to be.  But I disliked like what Bill and Hillary Clinton had done TO America and for THEMSELVES far more than a superficial dislike of Trump.  I voted for what I then considered the “lesser of two evils” but I voted; I did not sit out the election as I first intended.  In 2016 like in years past, I considered the election as being over.  History has shown that was simply not the case as we now learn of all the covert actions by some within our own government that have set their sights on removing Trump from office – legally or illegally!  Not because he has done anything illegal; no it is far worse than that.

We seem to be in a war between two sides.  Not Democrat vs. Republican.  Not Progressive/Liberal vs. Conservative.  It is a lot more serious than that – those competitions have existed for hundreds of years.  Today we are in a war between those in America that want to become a government based on Socialism and those who want to remain a government based on Capitalism.  It would not be much of a war PROVIDED the combatants knew exactly what Socialism meant but I fear they do not.  Is history being taught in our schools any longer?  Do the youth of America know who fought in WWII and why they fought?  Do those in support of Socialism know that NAZI means National SOCIALIST Workers Party of Germany?  Do those in support of Socialism know that USSR means Union of Soviet SOCIALST Republics?  The key word being SOCIALISM!   Is that the type of controlling government you want or that you want for your children and their children?  Just look to Venezuela in 2018 – it is falling apart under Socialism.  A once great country with abundant energy resources is now bankrupt and the Venezuelan people are suffering terribly.  Even knowing this, there is a movement within America to turn America from Capitalism to Socialism.  Many within the Democratic Party now refer to themselves as Democratic Socialists, whatever that means. Why?

The answer is far too involved to include in this Nugget but I direct you the reader to several terms you can research on the Internet.  The Bilderberg Group, Agenda 21 and Agenda 30.  All three represent the 10 percenters throughout the world who believe that they and only they know what is best for the rest of the world.  They can only get to that point when the larger governments of the world fail and then a new world government steps in to explain to the 90 percent that they know how to fix the world’s problems.  When governments fail, the citizens of those countries would then welcome any outside party that would provide a resolution even if that means giving up their freedom, their liberty and their money.  That would mean a New One World Government would be given total control of the world.  It is nothing more than a global power and money grab. 

I have always been taught and believed that it was best not to get involved in politics or politicians or worry about what is happening both around the world and in America because there was so little that I could actually do to change anything so why worry about it.  To some degree that remains a valid argument until you realize that we are now engaged in a war of survival for Capitalism or surrendering to Socialism.  And less you do not understand Socialism as evidenced throughout the world for centuries, eventually leads to Communism and that eventually leads to Nazism/Fascism – or total control by just one man or woman or small group of men and women over EVERYONE ELSE including you and me!   In 1958 The Communist Party USA created 45 very specific objectives to overthrow our U. S. Government.  Read them, memorize them, most if not all have already been achieved, especially #15.  You can read them all at:  IF you read them, and if you apply today’s events to them, you will realize they are much closer than you could have ever imagined.

I served in the U. S. Coast Guard for twenty years.  Every day Coast Guard Men and Women put THEIR lives at risk to save the lives of people they have never met and they have done so since 1790.  America has become the U. S. Coast Guard for the world where people from all parts of the world risk THEIR lives to come to the freedoms, liberties and opportunities that America has offered since 1776. 

If Socialism is the choice of my children, their children etc, then so be it.  For me, I choose Capitalism and the Freedoms and Liberties that it has afforded Americans including my children and their children since America was first founded.  Now those who come to America to escape the horrors of THEIR country want to change America into a replica of THEIR country by any means possible.  I can no longer just sit by and watch my country be torn apart by the “useful idiots” on behalf of the 10 Percenters.  Or in the words of Patrick Henry over 200 years ago:

Patrick Henry could just as easily have said:

Either way, the end result is the same!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Can The World Absorb A World Changing
Scientific Discovery?
By Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, July 24, 2018
NOTE:  Anything in BLUE and underlined is a searchable link

What do you think would happen if someone in their backyard garage created an alternative to the gasoline combustion engine?  The very engine that powers almost all of the vehicles we see on our roadways?  What do you think would happen to that invention?

Before you answer, keep in mind the thousands upon thousands if not millions of people who currently work in building the gasoline engine and supporting companies.  Think about the millions of people around the world exploring for oil and gas products to power them. Think about the mechanics that service them. Think about the thousands of lobbiests in places like Washington DC whose jobs were created to protect the industries that support the mainstay of the automobile world – the gasoline engine.  Do you still think that such an invention would ever see the light of day until such time as gas and oil saw a very significant shortage and no longer readily available?

Money drives almost everything.  If someone WERE to invent an alternative to the gasoline engine, the first thing that would happen is that the “powers to be” would be trying to purchase the idea to make certain it is buried before anyone became aware of it.  The second thing that would happen should the first not work would be to physically threaten the inventor of such a world changing discovery.  Failing these two steps, people have disappeared for much less when you consider the amount of money involved in maintaining the gasoline engine.

I don’t know if someone has invented an alternative to the internal combustion engine or not; we may never know.  But I do know that someone has invented an alternative to coal fired and gas fired energy plants and nuclear reactors all of which provide our current energy needs.  Shockingly this technology has been around since 1965 or earlier.  It is called The Thorium Reactor.

Before you understand why this is a very important discovery you first need to know about Thorium and why it is critical to understanding the “rest of the story” as Paul Harvey would say at the end of each radio broadcast.

Thorium is one of the many elements that we find on Earth and on other planets and asteroids but especially our moon.  That is the extent of my knowledge of Thorium.  I would not be able to identify it if it were sitting next to me on my desk and who knows, maybe it is.

But I can read and I can watch videos and because of these two things, I know that if any country were to plan and build a Lunar Manned Space Station on OUR moon or possibly on Mars, the need for a reliable energy source would be the number one concern.  If what I have read and watched is true and there is no reason for it not to be true, such a Lunar Space Station would be powered by a Thorium Reactor.  Why?  Because the element Thorium is readily available on the Moon as it is on Earth and most likely on Mars as well, it is safe and it has very valuable side benefits.  In fact, Thorium is probably in your back yard as I write this.

Consider this.  It would take a very small amount of Thorium to power the city of San Antonio Texas for an entire year.  Some of the links below will demonstrate how the use of a Thorium Reactor provides clean drinking water and medical isotopes.  What is a medical isotope?  This from the Internet:  medical isotope is a safe radioactive substance used primarily to diagnose illness. The energy emitted by the isotope when inside a patient is detected by special cameras while the patient is being scanned. ... The branch of medicine and medical imaging that uses these isotopes is known as nuclear medicine.

Safe energy, abundant supply of Thorium, clean drinking water that provides medical isotopes all at the same time, can it get any better than this?

This technology was developed in 1965 as stated above.  Why has it been sitting on a U. S. Government shelf somewhere deep within the bowels of our government?  One explanation is that the Cold War with the Soviet Union was front and center in the mid 1960s and the building of Nuclear Weapons was paramount to the thinking of the government.  Nuclear Weapons could NOT be built using Thorium therefore Uranium Nuclear Reactors and Energy was the energy of choice and the Thorium Reactor was shelved and forgotten.  But was it really forgotten or was it shelved in favor of existing energy sources so entrenched in our commercial world?  The introduction of a Thorium Reactor would significantly upset that balance by putting a lot of people out of work. 

That is my opinion, not the opinion of anyone else that I am aware of but it certainly makes sense at least to me.  Want an example?  We know that cigarette smoking causes all types of cancers and serious if not terminal medical issues. Still, no government that I am aware of will ever ban the use of cigarettes; just look at America.  Yes people have been gradually weaned from tobacco products but they have not been banned EVEN when everyone knows how dangerous and deadly they are.  Instead there is now a movement to ban plastic straws.  More people die from tobacco related products than from murders cause by weapons (or plastic straws) yet millions of people will march in support of more gun controls; why not the elimination of tobacco products?  The answer is JOBS!

The reason for this Nugget is simple.  The more people that become aware of the possibility of Thorium Reactors and how safe they are, how abundant Thorium is and the related by-products, the less likely it will be that our government will continue to bury this technology.  Here are several links.  Watch them, read them, and/or listen to them.  Then you decide if the technology would be worth further development and world changing. Think about third-world countries (hate that term) where they rely upon cow dung to heat their homes and cook their food.  If you agree, write to your members of Congress.  They may or may not even be aware of this technology.  My guess is that most if not all are unaware except for my members of Congress who I have written to about the subject.  So far no response other than a canned thank you letter.

If you want to read a fascinating book about Thorium Reactors and a Lunar Space Station (that we all know will eventually happen), read Dennis Lusk’s book, A New Paradigm for Humanity.  You can learn more about the book by clicking on the title of the book in blue. 

DISCLAIMER:  I am not a scientist and a lot of what I read is completely over my head.  But I understand the basic principle of the Thorium Reactor; just don’t ask me any really technical questions.