LAURA VANDERKAM ~ GRINDHOPPING ~ 2007

~ TTTWEUTWAAAATHLUOOTDG-IJLTOFUH-STWW-EP-ATT ~ The Technology That Would Enable Us To Work At Any Place At Any Time Hasn’t Lifted Us Out Of The Daily Grind – It’s Just Let The Office Follow Us Home – So That We Work – Every Place – All The Time

~ WIWAK-WDIWTBWIGU?-WDILSMTIDIFF?-HCIGPTPMTCTV? ~ When I Was A Kid – What Did I Want To Be When I Grew Up? – What Do I Love So Much That I’d Do It For Free? – How Can I Get People To Pay Me To Create That Vision?

~ DAT-TTYL-TTYDFFAAK-CBTIAVB ~ Don’t Assume That – The Thing You Love – The Thing You Did For Fun As A Kid – Can’t Be Turned Into A Viable Business

~ MTCRR-WNOWWILTDADW?-WDTNI?-WAL-CWICSOITTAGPQ?~ Making The Cash Register Ring – Who Needs Or Wants What I Love To Do And Do Well? – Why Do They Need It? – What’s A Low-Cost Way I Could Start Offering It To Them And Get Paid Quickly?

~ AIG-BSIC ~ Autonomy Is Great – But So Is Cash

~ U-YWBATBTRCIYHTW69HAWFSEJTCYLC-TWTMIPGNS-DIITP ~ Ultimately – You Won’t Be Able To Build That Rewarding Career If You Have To Work 60 Hours A Week For Someone Else Just To Cover Your Lifestyle Costs – That’s Why The Most Important Place Grindhoppers Need Self-Discipline Is In Their Pocketbooks

~ MDBYLOH-IBYF-SMOEITBIYTTLO-TG ~ Money Doesn’t Buy You Love Or Happiness – It Buys You Freedom – Six Months Of Expenses In The Bank Is Your Ticket To Life Outside – The Grind

~ O-‘N’-ETFTSOIC ~ Our – “Needs” – Expand To Fill The Space Our Incomes Create

~ S-DIT-LA-T-ICBL-AIBDTIGITHOKPTY ~ Self-Discipline Is Tough – Like Anything – Though – It Can Be Learned – All It Boils Down To Is Getting In The Habit Of Keeping Promises To Yourself

~ YTYNTQJBQIEATNBSTYC-YYOBN-A-YTMDB-B-TB-YEH ~ You’ll Teach Yourself Not To Quit Just Because Quitting Is Easier And There’s No Boss Saying That You Can’t – You’re Your Own Boss Now – And – You’re The Most Demanding Boss – But – The Best – You’ll Ever Have

~ GFOWTNTBFFTST-TTFOHTWGTTP ~ Grindhoppers Figure Out Where They Need To Be For Fortune To Spot Them – Then They Figure Out How They Will Get To That Place

~ L-S-D-“KWYG”-IASTCBL ~ Like – Self-Discipline – “Knowing Where You’re Going” – Is A Skill That Can Be Learned

~ TAWYWYCAYLTLL-BB-BC-BDSTS-ITTGWYAGIYDLYIWTPMB ~ Think About What You Want Your Career And Your Life To Look Like – Be Bold – Be Crazy – But Don’t Skip This Step – It’s Tough To Get Where You Are Going If You Don’t Let Yourself Imagine Where That Place Might Be

~ B-G-DA-TA-ITGMCTWIWTB?-TKTADBTTSRAGS ~ Before – Grindhoppers – Do Anything – They Ask – Is This Getting Me Closer To Where I Want To Be? – They Know There’s A Difference Between Taking The Scenic Route And Getting Sidetracked

~ F-IYWANC-ASPYGTHTLTW-TRASDOUR ~ Fundamentally – If You Want A Nonconventional Career – At Some Point You’re Going To Have To Leave The Well-Travelled Route And Start Driving On Unmarked Roads

~ ITPCTMH?-DIRTPIBWW-ATTTHMBIAH?-WTPHMITLR? ~ Is This Project Close To My Heart? – Do I Respect The People I’ll Be Working With – And Trust That They Have My Best Interests At Heart? – Will This Project Help Me In The Long Run?

~ WOPTYCAKYFBO-WWPYRKYFBIIPTWEYL-TATF-TLR-IWGDB ~ Working On Projects That You Care About Keeps You From Burning Out – Working With People You Respect Keeps You From Becoming Involved In Projects That Will Embarrass You Later – Thinking About The Future – The Long Run – Is What Grindhoppers Do Best

~ HYCIYC:PWI-E;DALOI-GB;SHOPADI-NC-BI;LFCOI-SYWTPWYRAWWBBH ~ How You Can Improve Your Craft: Play With It – Experiment; Do A Lot Of It – Get Better; See How Other People Are Doing It – Never Copy – Be Influenced; Learn From Criticism Of It – Show Your Work To People Whom You Respect And Who Will Be Brutally Honest

~ BAN-AIMFL-ANCOPWOAEYHRTT-A-WYMLTHTAPOTS-BACOTGRMLOPWAWTHY ~ Building A Network – At Its Most Fundamental Level – A Network Consists Of People Whose Opinions And Expertise You Have Reason To Trust – And – Whom You’re More Likely To Help Than A Person Off The Street – Building A Career Outside The Grind Requires Meeting Lots Of People Who Are Willing To Help You

A DIFFERENT SET OF CAREER RULES

~ ABYOB ~ Always Be Your Own Boss

~ KWYAG ~ Know Where You Are Going

~ RR ~ Recalculate Risk

~ T-P-N-J ~ Think – Projects – Not – Jobs

~ STBJOR-ADT ~ Seek To Be Judged On Results – And Deliver Them

~ EIN ~ Everything Is Negotiable

~ CANAANM ~ Cultivate A Network And A Nimble Mind

PHENOMENAL SELF-DISCIPLINE

~ DCTMAER ~ Don’t Care Too Much About External Rewards

~ WH-EINON ~ Work Hard – Even If No One Notices

~ DROAORS ~ Don’t Rely On Any One Revenue Stream

~ FTAF ~ Frugal To A Fault

PEACE PILGRIM ~ STEPS TOWARD INNER PEACE ~ 1981

FOUR PREPARATIONS

~ ARATL-STPTLSBY-AYWFTSTCTYIG-HTSCPCATYG-ATPSNBA ~ Assume Right Attitudes Toward Life – Solve The Problems That Life Sets Before You – And You Will Find That Solving Them Contributes To Your Inner Growth – Helping To Solve Collective Problems Contributes Also To Your Growth – And These Problems Should Never Be Avoided

~ LGB-TLGHCAARATLOG-OTTLPUTH-SMOTLAACB-YCBBPIPATGTYB-NLCBIHUBAPAIH ~ Live Good Beliefs – The Laws Governing Human Conduct Apply As Rigidly As The Law Of Gravity – Obedience To These Laws Pushes Us Toward Harmony – Since Many Of These Laws Are Already Common Belief – You Can Begin By Putting Into Practice All The Good Things You Believe – No Life Can Be In Harmony Unless Belief And Practice Are In Harmony

~ FYPITLP-YHAPITSOT-WTPIYCKOFWY-YCSIIRS-YCBTLIAWIBDATGTYAMTAGTTPIYLOATSTTCOHL ~ Find Your Place In The Life Pattern – You Have A Part In The Scheme Of Things – What That Part Is You Can Know Only From Within Yourself – You Can Seek It In Receptive Silence – You Can Begin To Live In Accordance With It By Doing All The Good Things You Are Motivate Toward And Giving These Things Priority In Your Life Over All The Superficial Things That Customarily Occupy Human Lives

~ SLTBIAOW-BIH ~ Simply Life To Bring Inner And Outer Well-Being Into Harmony

FOUR PURIFICATIONS

~ POTBT ~ Purification Of The Bodily Temple

~ POTT-IINETDRTASRT-YMATRT-PTCBPIFG-NTCMYPI-BSTINUSBYAAOHB-FOWYHCTHUTCYAIH ~ Purification Of The Thoughts – It Is Not Enough To Do Right Things And Say Right Things – You Must Also Think Right Things. – Positive Thoughts Can Be Powerful Influences For Good – Negative Thoughts Can Make You Physically Ill – Be Sure There Is No Unpeaceful Situation Between Yourself And Any Other Human Being – For Only When You Have Ceased To Harbor Unkind Thoughts Can You Attain Inner Harmony

~ POTD ~ Purification Of The Desires

~ POM-TBOSTYFHMBYMBYLCCIH ~ Purification Of Motives – To Be Of Service To Your Fellow Humans Must Be Your Motive Before Your Life Can Come Into Harmony

FOUR RELINQUISHMENTS

~ ROS-W ~ Relinquishment Of Self-Will

~ ROTFOS ~ Relinquishment Of The Feeling Of Separateness

~ ROA-OWYHRAACYBRF-MTAHFU-A-AYCRWIHOIUPY-YCOLIHWYFHIYHNFTYPT-A-TDNTTRTL ~ Relinquishment Of Attachments – Only When You Have Relinquished All Attachments Can You Be Really Free – Material Things Are Here For Use – And – Anything You Cannot Relinquish When It Has Outlived Its Usefulness Possesses You – You Can Only Live In Harmony With Your Fellow Humans If You Have No Feeling That You Possess Them – And – Therefore Do Not Try To Run Their Lives

~ ROANF ~ Relinquishment Of All Negative Feelings

PEACE PILGRIM ~ STEPS TOWARD INNER PEACE ~ 1953-1981 [PILGRIMAGE]

~ TITWAP:O-EWG-FWT-A-HWL ~ This Is The Way Of Peace: Overcome – Evil With Good – Falsehood With Truth – And – Hatred With Love

~ AOUCWFP-WCWRWWA-RWO-B-TMPWHWOOL-TMWCRITOS

~ All Of Us Can Work For Peace – We Can Work Right Where We Are – Right Within Ourselves – Because – The More Peace We Have Within Our Own Lives – The More We Can Reflect Into The Outer Situation

~ PWO-AST-PIOW ~ Peace Within Ourselves – A Step Toward – Peace In Our World

~ UPAJUB-ABN-TTBB ~ Unnecessary Possessions Are Just Unnecessary Burdens – Anything Beyond Need – Tends To Become Burdensome

~ MTMBPITPP-ATYCRWIHOIUPY-A-ITMA-AGMOUAPBOP-WANF ~ Material Things Must Be Put Into Their Proper Place – Anything That You Cannot Relinquish When It Has Outlived Its Usefulness Possesses You – And – In This Materialistic Age – A Great Many Of Us Are Possessed By Our Possessions – We Are Not Free

~ WIAUMOOTWCC-SDYWATPM;IUAR ~ Worry Is A Useless Mulling Over Of Things We Cannot Change – Seldom Do You Worry About The Present Moment; It’s Usually All Right

~ WTTSOTPT-STITOMOCL-IYDLIYNRGATLAA-IYDLTPM-YTNTW ~ We Tend To Skim Over The Present Time – Since This Is The Only Moment That One Can Live – If You Don’t Live It You Never Really Get Around To Living At All – If You Do Live This Present Moment – You Tend Not To Worry

~ EMIANOTBOS ~ Every Moment Is A New Opportunity To Be Of Service

~ TINNAT ~ There Is Nothing New About This

~ ETYCIAS-TOSG ~ Every Time You Come Into A Situation – Think Of Some Good

~ TIACBWYCJWTTYATATTYADARFY-TCI-HTBYIP?-ITHN-TISWWT-SKT ~ There Is A Criterion By Which You Can Judge Whether The Thoughts You Are Thinking And The Things You Are Doing Are Right For You – That Criterion Is – Have They Brought You Inner Peace? – If They Have Not – There Is Something Wrong With Them – So Keep Trying

~ WMBATUTWWNTATRTWRWTHOTU ~ We Must Be Able To Use Things When We Need Them And Then Relinquish Them Without Regret When They Have Outlived Their Usefulness

~ ATYSTHCWHYC-A-IYDFYMGF ~ Anything That You Strive To Hold Captive Will Hold You Captive – And – If You Desire Freedom You Must Give Freedom

~ TWAOTHMBAPFG-IINITOBNA-RSNBSOD-KTERTYD-EGWYS-EPTYT-HGE ~ Those Who Act On Their Highest Motivations Become A Power For Good – It Is Not Important That Others Be Noticeably Affected – Results Should Never Be Sought Or Desired – Know That Every Right Thing You Do – Every Good Word You Say – Every Positive Thought You Think – Has Good Effect

~ APCBPW ~ All People Can Be Peace Workers

~ WYBHIAUS-YCTTTPP ~ Whenever You Bring Harmony Into Any Unpeaceful Situation – You Contribute To The Total Peace Picture

~ IAYHPIYL-YRIIYSAIYW ~ Insofar As You Have Peace In Your Life – You Reflect It Into Your Surroundings And Into Your World

~ IYWTTP-YOO-YMSWTA-ATLOU-IYSTTAABYLOU0LTTY ~ If You Want To Teach People – Young Or Old – You Must Start Where They Are – At Their Level Of Understanding – If You See That They Are Already Beyond Your Level Of Understanding – Let Them Teach You

~ SSTSAATISVO-MOUCTOA ~ Since Steps Toward Spiritual Advancement Are Taken In Such Varied Order – Most Of Us Can Teach One Another

~ OOPCBHTL-TWTIPITL ~ Only Outer Peace Can Be Had Through Law – The Way To Inner Peace Is Through Love

~ COGSTYMOYTR ~ Concentrate On Giving So That You May Open Yourself To Receiving

~ JOWAYNAIYS-OIYCIOTJTWAWHBA ~ Judging Others Will Avail You Nothing And Injure You Spiritually – Only If You Can Inspire Others To Judge Themselves Will Anything Worthwhile Have Been Accomplished

~ YCCAEY-AYHBAE-YCIOTCT ~ You Cannot Change Anyone Except Yourself – After You Have Become An Example – You Can Inspire Others To Change Themselves

~ IACSYMBTOASWIFTAC-IOASWIOATY-OASWIFTACCBWITLR ~ In A Conflict Situation You Must Be Thinking Of A Solution Which Is Fair To All Concerned – Instead Of A Solution Which Is Of Advantage To You – Only A Solution Which Is Fair To All Concerned Can Be Workable In The Long Run

~ TPA-IOS-TBTWIAA-IS-TGTWIAF ~ The Positive Approach – Instead Of Stressing – The Bad Things Which I Am Against – I Stress – The Good Things Which I Am For

~ TWCTNA-DOWIW-RTJAC-A-SETN-C ~ Those Who Choose The Negative Approach – Dwell On What Is Wrong – Resorting To Judgement And Criticism – And – Sometimes Even To Name-Calling

~ WEIA-IM-AIMHBWAUB-A-TTAGIVAS-WTINABIGIABTBUTS-NODTETTFA-BTE-DTTBT ~ When Evil Is Attacked – It Mobilizes – Although It May Have Been Weak And Unorganized Before – And – Therefore The Attack Gives It Validity And Strength – When There Is No Attack But Instead Good Influences Are Brought To Bear Upon The Situation – Not Only Does The Evil Tend To Fade Away – But The Evil-Doer Tends To Be Transformed

~ WYMPATAIAWTLI-OVAI ~ When You Make People Angry They Act In Accordance With Their Lesser Instincts – Often Violently And Irrationally

~ WYIPTAIAWTHI-SAR ~ When You Inspire People They Act In Accordance With Their Higher Instincts – Sensibly And Rationally

~ AIT-W-ISHALE ~ Anger Is Transient – Whereas – Inspiration Sometimes Has A Lifelong Effect

~ WFP:AFRDPCOTIEOMO-O-O-HP-SWWWFPMNF-WMCTSFPATLTWOP-TIO-WMCTTOPATKIIP ~ Working For Peace: A Few Really Dedicated People Can Offset The Ill Effects Of Masses Of Out-Of-Harmony People – So We Who Work For Peace Must Not Falter – We Must Continue To Speak For Peace And To Live The Way Of Peace – To Inspire Others – We Must Continue To Think Of Peace And To Know It Is Possible

~ TFOS ~ The Freedom Of Simplicity

~ AMFFRC:HAYO-TROTC-N-TGOA ~ A Magic Formula For Resolving Conflicts: Have As Your Objective – The Resolving Of The Conflict – Not – The Gaining Of Advantage

~ AMFFAC:BCT-YDNO-N-TYANO ~ A Magic Formula For Avoiding Conflicts: Be Concerned That – You Do Not Offend – Not – That You Are Not Offended

~ WPRSFI-I-Y-OIAOLROI-B-AWMWWEBLASUBI-IACBTTTSMOUWTA-WTIO ~ What People Really Suffer From Is Immaturity – Yes – Our Institutions And Our Leaders Reflect Our Immaturity – But – As We Mature We Will Elect Better Leaders And Set Up Better Institutions – It Always Comes Back To The Thing So Many Of Us Wish To Avoid – Working To Improve Ourselves!

20-08-2019

~ TITWOP:O-EWG-FWT-A-HWL ~ This Is The Way Of Peace: Overcome – Evil With Good – Falsehood With Truth – And – Hatred With Love ~ Peace Pilgrim ~ Steps Toward Inner Peace ~ 1981

~ TEPITWTPOPPIDTTPOEPOW-WTNOPBLOS-TI-O ~ The Essential Point Is That Where The Possession Of Political Power Is Due To The Possession Of Economic Power Or Wealth – Whether The Number Of Persons Be Large Or Small – That Is – Oligarchy ~ Aristole ~ 3?? BCE

~ EIS ~ Endless Inegalitarian Spiral ~ Thomas Piketty ~ Capital In The Twenty-First Century ~ 2014

~ TMQCUTINRA-CIT21C-IIA-DIT21C ~ The Main Question Confronting Us Today Is Not Really About – Capitalism In The 21st Century – It Is About – Democracy In The 21st Century ~ Joseph Stiglitz ~ The Great Divide ~ 2015

~ STEWTBWITBCYAR ~ Sometimes The Easiest Way To Be Wrong Is To Be Certain You Are Right ~ Steven Johnson ~ Farsighted ~ 2018

~ LIASWTEOAJASSV-WHTRTSED-IRAPOIAWDT ~ Law Is A Story We Tell Each Other About Justice And Shared Social Values – We Have To Retell This Story Every Day – It Replicates And Persists Only Insofar As We Do That ~ David Johnson ~ The Life Of The Law Online ~ 2007

~ T-BQFH-I-‘WITMOL?’-B-R-“HDWSS?’-TRTITWIS ~ The – Big Question Facing Humans – Isn’t – “What Is The Meaning Of Life?” – But – Rather – “How Do We Stop Suffering?” – The Realest Thing In The World Is Suffering ~ Yuval Noah Harari ~ 21 Lessons For The 21st Century ~ 2018

~ FTPOELAOPWBITCBYABTS ~ For The Power Of Enclosing Land And Owning Property Was Brought Into The Creation By Your Ancestors By The Sword ~ Gerrard Winstanley ~ 1659

~ ACD ~ Anthropogenic Climate Disruption

~ MMS-FEI ~ Mystical Market Solutions – For Every Ill

~ RI ~ Regressive Incrementalism

~ SBAWG-AGBSG-EEIC ~ Selfishness Beats Altruism Within Groups – Altruistic Groups Beat Selfish Groups – Everything Else Is Commentary ~ Edward Wilson + David Sloan Wilson ~ Rethinking The Theoretical Foundation of Sociobiology ~ 2006

~ FAE ~ Fundamental Attribution Error ~ Lee Ross ~ The Intuitive Psychologist And His Shortcomings ~ 1977

~ ALWTIE-AAG-LICFO ~ At Least Where There Is Enough – And As Good – Left In Common For Others ~ John Locke ~ Second Treatise Of Civil Government ~ 1689

~ WITIO-D-IAIMG-THU-D-AAS-WOLSB ~ We Invented The Institution Of – Democracy – In All Its Many Guises – To Help Us – Decide – As A Society – What Our Laws Should Be ~ Steven Johnson ~ Farsighted ~ 2018

~ CCLUTATP-ODTTWSEP ~ Cancer Can Lead Us To A Transformative Path – One Difficult To Travel Without Such Extreme Prodding ~ M Laura Nasi ~ Cancer As A Wake-Up Call ~ 2018

~ DTNOLSOBHPWAWANTTR? ~ Do The Names Of Local Streets Or Buildings Honor People Whose Acts We Are Now Trying To Rectify? ~ James Lowen ~ Lies My Teacher Told Me ~ The New Press ~ 1995

~ DNTTSYVBTAGMT-APC-IIETOP;DNOT ~ Do Not Try To Satisfy Your Vanity By Teaching A Great Many Things – Awaken People’s Curiosity – It Is Enough To Open Minds; Do Not Overload Them ~ Anatole France ~ Freeman Tilden ~ Interpreting Our Heritage ~ 1967

~ WATHFODE ~ Warnings Appear To Have Fallen On Deaf Ears ~ Charles Calomiris + Stephen Haber ~ Fragile By Design ~ 2014

~ TBWTFOWWRNITGROWWD ~ The Best Way To Find Out What We Really Need Is To Get Rid Of What We Don’t ~ Marie Kondo ~ The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up ~ 2014

~ WITOVAAPLF-AA-Y-TOTTAUTSTITOAALDACSFT ~ We Insist That Our Values Are A Precious Legacy From – Ancient Ancestors – Yet – The Only Thing That Allows Us To Say This Is That Our Ancestors Are Long Dead And Cannot Speak For Themselves ~ Yuval Noah Harari ~ 21 Lessons For The 21st Century ~ 2018

~ BWIDGWOOC ~ Bad Writing Is Driving Good Writing Out Of Circulation ~ Naomi Baron ~ Always On ~ 2008

~ TEOA ~ The End Of Anticipation ~ Naomi Baron ~ Always On ~ 2008

~ WL ~ Web Log ~ Jorn Barger ~ 1997

~ C-MC ~ Computer-Mediated Communication ~ 198?

~ AYSODCAWBUAYIATA-TP ~ Anything You Say Or Do Can And Will Be Used Against You In A Targeted Advertisement – Think Privacy ~ Seoul Media Art Biennale ~ 06-09-2018

~ OYHLHTAQ-RAAAS-Q-YHLHTL-A-NOCKYFLWYWONTK ~ Once You Have Learned How To Ask Questions – Relevant And Appropriate And Substantial – Questions – You Have Learned How To Learn – And – No Once Can Keep You From Learning Whatever You Want Or Need To Know ~ Neil Postman + Charles Weingartner ~ Teaching As A Subversive Activity ~ 1969

~ IIEFUTACIWHANFWIH-IOW-IWITCWM ~ It Is Easier For Us To Accept Change If We Have A Narrative For Why It’s Happening – In Other Words – If We Invest The Change With Meaning ~ Amanda Lang ~ The Beauty Of Discomfort ~ 2017

~ WY-PTP-OTP ~ When Ye – Proffer The Pigge – Open The Poke ~ Richard Hill ~ Common-Place Book ~ 1530

~ RIAPOMH ~ Reality Is A Plague On Many Houses ~ Charles Calomiris + Stephen Haber ~ Fragile By Design ~ 2014

CHARLES SEIFE ~ VIRTUAL UNREALITY ~ 2014

~ VU ~ Virtual Unreality

~ DIID ~ Digital Information Is Different

~ WWLTTAOOII-BAB-WUAENCUTW-OWP-AD-WODU ~ When We Learned To Turn All Of Our Information Into – Bits And Bytes – We Unleashed An Entirely New Creature Upon The World – One Whose Powers – And Dangers – We Only Dimly Understand

~ TDRHDCNJHWGIATWBAHWCTWTITOAG ~ The Digital Revolution Has Dramatically Changed Not Just How We Gather Information About The World But Also How We Can Tamper With The Information That Others Are Gathering

~ WAOBTOABOTIOTOW-WHADSA-A-TOWIRHWMAMSB ~ We’re Altering Our Behavior Toward One Another Because Of The Influence Of The Online World – We Humans Are Deeply Social Animals – And – The Online World Is Reshaping How We Make And Maintain Social Bonds

~ BIIADTAAOU ~ Bad Information Is A Disease That Affects All Of Us

~ Y-KIIA-D-IE-INSTTWOTM-MLTTWOTM ~ Yet – Knowledge Is Inherently Anti-Democratic – It’s Elitist – It’s Not Subject To The Will Of The Majority – Much Less To The Whims Of The Mob

~ FANLTITU-A-IOTFTTMRTATATMI ~ Facts Are No Less True If They’re Unpopular – And – It’s Often The Facts That The Majority Refuse To Accept That Are The Most Important

~ WAF-K-TCT-ID-TPIHAPEOOPOTW ~ We Are Forcing – Knowledge – To Conform To – Internet Democracy – This Process Is Having A Profound Effect On Our Perception Of The World

~ P-T-HLTIMETCOIB-AWOAW-TB-TTAPOIOW ~ Politicians – Too – Have Learned That It’s Much Easier To Craft One’s Image By – Altering Words On A Webpage – Than By – Trying To Affect Public Opinion In Other Ways

~ TIHPITPO-M-O-A-WBTFUTPI-R ~ The Internet Has Put Immense Time Pressure On – Media – Outlets – And – What’s Beginning To Fail Under The Pressure Is – Reporting

~ PAPVTFWTLFRI ~ People Are Particularly Vulnerable To Fakes When They’re Looking For Romantic Involvement

~ TLOTI ~ The Loneliness Of The Interconnected

~ TMIWFFOUFI-OP-ANOTF-WAWTBWY-ITAO-FTB-YCFSFTBROD ~ The Most Important Weapon For Fighting Off Uncomfortable Facts Is – Other People – A Network Of The Faithful – Who Are Willing To Believe With You – In The Arms Of – Fellow True Believers – You Can Find Solace From The Brutal Reality Of Disconfirmation

~ TCTI-NETCIAUBAFMCAF-CAR-BABOFT ~ Then Came The Internet – Now Even The Craziest Ideas Are Usually But A Few Mouse Clicks Away From – Confirmation And Reinforcement – By A Band Of Fellow Travelers

~ WNADTITTOP-WDOOTI-WWUWIOOFI-RBAUBTM-TNICTBAWUTW;IIBAMTAUTGOUOOB ~ With News And Data That Is Tailored To Our Prejudices – We Deprive Ourselves Of True Information – We Wind Up Wallowing In Our Own False Ideas – Reflected Back At Us By The Media – The News Is Ceasing To Be A Window Unto The World; It Is Becoming A Mirror That Allows Us To Gaze Only Upon Our Own Beliefs

~ IGAPOA-‘P-S’-W-A-WAGIS-IHTGPTPAMFI ~ Informational Goods Are Part Of A – “Post-Scarcity” World – And – When A Good Isn’t Scarce – It’s Hard To Get People To Pay Any Money For It

~ ‘IWTBF’-I-TCCOTIG-B-INFTC-TLTR ~ “Information Wants To Be Free” – Is – The Clarion Call Of The Internet Generation – But – It’s Not Free To Create – Therein Lies The Rub

~ I-1980-IWHBABITMFLATEOAPSJWBE-N-FSJAE ~ In 1980 – It Would Have Been All But Impossible To Masquerade For Long As The Editor Of A Phoney Scientific Journal Without Being Exposed – Nowadays – Fake Scientific Journals Are Everywhere

~ HPP ~ Hollow Potemkin Publications

~ IAVSS-BIH-I-TTFANSINR-AH-B-AA-SR ~ It’s A Very Subtle Shift – But It’s Happening – Increasingly – The Target For A News Story Is Not Really – A Human – But – An Algorithm – Search Rankings

~ RAETW ~ Rankings Are Easily Tinkered With

~ AU ~ Artificial Unintelligence

~ J18WAB ~ Jennifer18 Was A Bimbot

~ AWT-SOITUIFTPIMF-STITTTHSWI ~ As With All Technology – Step One Is To Use It For The Purpose It’s Meant For – Step Two Is To Try To Have Sex With It

~ BS ~ Bacon Specialist

~ MMF ~ Make Money Fast

~ IWT-‘J’-S-W-FS-W-BI ~ Information Warfare Technique – “Jamming” – Swamping – With – False Signals – With – Bogus Information

~ DIGPTTP-B-IGEMTTWPUU ~ Digital Information Gives Power To The People – But – It Gives Even More To Those Who Prey Upon Us

~ IMWWETMT-ROP-WHTCOBIHOGMA-MI-MIR-TAOCUTS ~ In Many Ways We’re Easier To Manipulate Than – Rats Or Pigeons – We’re Happy To Change Our Behavior In Hopes Of Getting More Abstract – More Insubstantial – More Infrequent Rewards – Than Any Other Creature Under The Sun

~ PAMTIAVF ~ Performing A Mindless Task In A Virtual Fishbowl

~ SPCCPT-AATBJ-DTM-AE-MF ~ Social Pressure Can Cause People To – Act Against Their Better Judgement – Discard Their Morals – And Even – Misperceive Facts

~ GU-V-T-M-O-I-IRFLONAA ~ Giving Up – Valuable – Time – Money – Or – Information – In Return For Little Or Nothing At All

~ IIV-A-TGIUTITAAYOI ~ Information Is Valuable – And – To Give It Up Thoughtlessly Is To Act Against Your Own Interest

~ YMWDTYMHBSYOS-I-IAIW-TBACE-A-IITS-ATWCOATCOOOB-DTPTATTUUFTOP ~ You Might Well Discover That You Might Have Been Sacrificing Your Own Self-Interest – In Almost Imperceptible Ways – To Benefit A Commercial Enterprise – And – It Is Through Self-Awareness That We Can Once Again Take Control Of Our Own Brains – Despite The Parasites That Are Trying To Use Us For Their Own Purposes

~ IWWTBATTWRAWN-WMLTSTTHOVUTSAU ~ If We Want To Be Able To Tell What’s Real And What’s Not – We Must Learn To See Through The Haze Of Virtual Unreality That’s Settling Around Us

~ A-OIS-TTTOP-TMETCTROEBASOOTCU ~ As – Our Information Sources – Tailor Themselves To Our Prejudices – This Means Eschewing The Chatter That Reinforces Our Preexisting Beliefs And Seeking Out Ones That Challenge Us

CHARLES CALOMIRIS + STEPHEN HABER ~ FRAGILE BY DESIGN ~ 2014

~ TGOBB ~ The Game Of Bank Bargains

~ NBWS-A-NSWB ~ No Banks Without States – And – No States Without Banks

~ I-SAEB-A-SAGI-WATSR? ~ If – Stable And Efficient Banks – Are – Such A Good Idea – Why Are They So Rare?

~ TN-RDOBC ~ The Non-Random Distribution Of Banking Crises

~ TCBNBSWTPPOTS ~ There Can Be No Banking Systems Without The Police Power Of The State

~ TITBSCEOASOGRISALFT ~ The Idea That Banking Systems Can Exist Outside A System Of Government Regulation Is Simply A Libertarian Fairy Tale

~ TINE–TGOBB-PAIIBR ~ There Is No Escaping – The Game Of Bank Bargains – Politics Always Intrudes Into Bank Regulation

~ A-B-I-B-D-APUE-TIA-B-TNFOB-DOTSOPRTOGCP-BNPG ~ A – Bank – Is – By – Design – A Potentially Unstable Enterprise – This Instability Arises – Because – The Normal Functioning Of Banks – Depends On Three Sets Of Property Rights That Only Government Can Provide – Banks Need Powerful Governments

~ B-AAAP-A-AHB ~ Banking – Is All About Politics – And – Always Has Been

~ ABCSDT-ISHLLOOLP-O-TG-COT-IDSB-GP-T-BC-A-ETI-C ~ A Bank Cannot Simply Declare That – Its Shareholders Have Limited Liability Or Other Legal Protections – Only – The Government – Can Offer These – It Does So By – Granting Privileges – Through – Bank Charters – And – Enforcing Them In – Courts

~ TRT-TAOLHTBFBOIB-IS-TPWAATRTG-RTALS-DNHTOTAA ~ The Reason That – Taxpayers Are Often Left Holding The Bag For Bailing Out Insolvent Banks – Is That – The People Who Are Arranging The Rules That Govern – Risk Taking And Loss Sharing – Do Not Have To Obtain Taxpayers’ Active Agreement

~ TITE-CR-AETCAM ~ The Institutions That Enforce – Contract Rights – Are Expensive To Create And Maintain

~ TIA-SER-C-WROL(CGBA)-IL-A-SCG ~ There Is A – Strong Empirical Relationship – Connecting – Weak Rule Of Law (Countries Governed By Autocrats) – Insider Lending – And – Slow Credit Growth

~ T-AASO-RE-F-TBS-OWTI-DI-O-GBOB ~ Taxpayers – Are A Source Of – Rent Extraction – From – The Banking System – Only When There Is – Deposit Insurance – Or – Government Bailouts Of Banks

~ ENHSFOG-CB-CBAN-SEAOFATST-RTPS-1600-TTICBBHTATIOTTGCTTCOAVS:R-M-A-F ~ Every Nation-State Has Some Form Of Government-Chartered Bank – Chartered Banks And Nation-States Emerged As Organizational Forms At The Same Time – Roughly The Period Since – 1600 – The Two Institutions Coevolved Because Banks Helped To Align The Incentives Of The Three Groups Crucial To The Creation Of A Viable State: Rulers – Merchants – And – Financiers

~ MCBEASE:MISAE-CENTTFTAW-A-MAADNTTHSTPO ~ Modern Chartered Banks Evolved As States Evolved: Monarchs In Seventeenth- And Eighteenth-Century Europe Needed Them To Finance Trade And War – And – Modern Autocracies And Democracies Need Them To Help Sustain The Political Order

~ TCBWNIO:IWTOOALSO-IE-I-TIONKOC-SA-DAABOE-A-TCONFO-PO-SA-TJ-SC ~ The Chartered Bank Was Not Invented Overnight: It Was The Outcome Of A Long Series Of – Institutional Experiments – Including – The Invention Of New Kinds Of Contacts – Such As – Debt Annuities And Bills Of Exchange – And – The Creation Of New Forms Of – Property Ownership – Such As – The Joint-Stock Company

~ RWAIGFBTWDWAUCOL ~ Rulers Would Act In Good Faith Because They Were Dealing With A Untied Coalition Of Lenders

~ J-SCAACFTR: BEIC(1600)-DEIC(1602)-DWIC(1621)-HBC(1670)-MC(1684) ~ Joint-Stock Companies And A Charter From The Ruler: British East India Company (1600) – Dutch East India Company (1602) – Dutch West India Company (1621) – Hudson Bay Company (1670) – Mississippi Company (1684)

~ ORHUTIO-T-C-J-SC-AAWTFTCOAOE-TRTTCS-MC-FABROOAOS-TC-IE-CTBOSI-SF-EOWW-G-PVP ~ Once Rulers Hit Upon The Idea Of – The – Chartered – Joint-Stock Company – As A Way To Finance The Creation Of An Overseas Empire – They Realized That They Could Sell – Monopoly Charters – For A Broad Range Of Other Activities Of State – They Could – In Effect – Carve The Business Of State Into – Separate Franchises – Each Of Which Was – Given – Particular Valuable Privileges

~ TDOTCBWDBTEN:TFTOILD-A-TFWTWIBAL ~ The Development Of The Chartered Bank Was Driven By Two Essential Needs: To Finance Trade Over Increasingly Long Distances – And – To Finance Wars That Were Increasingly Bloody And Long

~ TCOTCBAAFIOTMSSGRTAFI:F(P)M ~ The Creation Of The Chartered Bank As A Fundamental Institution Of The Modern State Soon Gave Rise To Another Fundamental Innovation: Fiat (Paper) Money

~ CBCTPMGRIESATCOTIGSDTGD-GIVTATEIAMPIOT-PEAMSP-RTPPTMPCWMAFIVOTC ~ Central Banks Came To Play Much Greater Roles In Economic Stabilization After The Collapse Of The Intentional Gold Standard During The Great Depression – Governments Increasingly Valued The Ability To Engage In Activist Monetary Policy In Order To – Promote Employment And Maintain Social Peace – Rather Than Passively Pursue The Monetary Policy Consistent With Maintaining A Fixed International Value Of Their Currency

~ SMBABMS ~ States Made Banks And Banks Made States

~ T-IR-HISO-TRIPF-NBOI ~ The – Industrial Revolution – Happened In Spite Of – The Revolution In Public Finance – Not Because Of It

~ IIGBBE-T-ACBTEAMOTCOFC-A-ICWVISIPOMO-WFTOB-WIINAC-AAPEWTMOSR ~ It Is Generally Believed By Economists – That – A Central Bank That Enjoys A Monopoly Over The Creation Of Fiat Currency – And – Is Charged With Varying Its Supply In Pursuit Of Macroeconomic Objectives – Will Fulfill Those Obligations Better – When It Is Not Also Charge – As A Private Entity With The Maximization Of Shareholder Returns

~ BCDJH-BSASTCWTCAMIC:B-TOSRITLAOI-A-HICOTBSTATLAWTRLAI ~ Banking Crises Don’t Just Happen – Banking Systems Are Susceptible To Collapse When Two Conditions Are Met In Combination: Banks – Take On Sufficient Risk In Their Loans And Other Investments – And – Have Inadequate Capital On Their Balance Sheets To Absorb The Losses Associated With Those Risky Loans And Investments

~ TPOAPC-IPTPT-GAPOTGAWST-[S]H-K-INITL-RPI-B-III-[H]H-OS-TI ~ The Power Of A Political Coalition – Is Precisely The Power To – Get A Public Official To Go Along With Something That – [S/]He – Knows – Is Not In The Long-Run Public Interest – Because – It Is In – His[/Her] – Own Short-Term Interest

~ B-PBIAETIIUBITTP:IDUITTOPACBTMFOOPRTFOHOPIESCC ~ Blame – Placing Blame Is An Enterprise That Is Inherently Unproductive Because It Trivializes The Problem: It Distracts Us Into Thinking That Our Problems Are Caused By The Moral Flaws Of Other People Rather Than Focusing On How Our Political Institutions Encourage Socially Costly Coalitions

~ TROTM-T-B-T-F-P-BAIS-TS-EBLB

~ The Rise Of The Megabanks – Too-Big-Too-Fail – Protection – Became An Increasingly Significant – Taxpayer Subsidy – Enjoyed By Large Banks

~ WATHFODE ~ Warnings Appear To Have Fallen On Deaf Ears

~ T-TOMDTB-TSC-RFAF-TWOLTMMRMTTHMB ~ The – Tsunami Of Mortgage Defaults That Became – The Subprime Crisis – Reflected First And Foremost – The Willingness Of Lenders To Make Much Riskier Mortgages Than They Had Made Before

~ RF-TPWNALOR-JPAPOIR ~ Regulatory Failure – The Problem Was Not A Lack Of Regulation – Just Piles And Piles Of Ineffectual Regulation

~ WGTTMTRNCWYACTTGIGTBYO? ~ Why Go To The Markets To Raise New Capital When You Are Confident That The Government Is Going To Bail You Out?

~ RAAOTPEIWTO ~ Regulators Are Aware Of The Political Environment In Which They Operate

~ BFAC:TCTTMMTO-FW-BSOH-QLAOFOATMTLORTWTTAACC-O-TCTWRBEAWREAAGGSN ~ Bankers Faced A Choice: They Could Try To Make Money The Old-Fashioned Way – By Seeking Out High-Quality Lending And Other Financial Opportunities And Then Matching The Level Of Risk They Were Taking To An Appropriate Capital Cushion – Or – They Could Take Wild Risks By Exploiting A Weak Regulatory Environment And A Generous Government Safety Net

~ T-T-B-T-F-P-P:I-IHNBC ~ The – Too-Big-To-Fail – Problem – Persists: Indeed – It Has Now Be Codified

~ RIAPOMH ~ Reality Is A Plague On Many Houses