Wisdom and Speech: Excellent Speech Leads to An Excellent life

Here is a subject almost no one today even considers: rehearsed speech.  I mean to suggest the unthinkable idea that many people would be much better off today, if they took the time to craft out (in about one paragraph or so) selected speech units that they then memorize and adapt strategically into their lives, for use at occasions and situations for which they were created and easily adapt.

Is there a problem with spontaneous speech?  Well, consider the differences between this option and that of the crafted speech units — the first is promotes what is unknown in advance (might get you in trouble or embarrass you if it comes out badly), the other is known to you, and this provides both a measure of predictability, and a measure of CONTROL over your lips.   It also gives you control over just how you appear to others — more control over your reputation. “A good name is better than great riches; and to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”  Yet, “reckless words pierce like a sword; but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Have you ever wondered, if you have read the Gospels, just how Jesus could preach with such apparently great wisdom — both smoothness and profundity? His sermons were crafted from memorized and prepackaged “rabbinical” wisdom units, and adapted this way, or now that, depending on the circumstances.

This explains why many of his sayings so closely match one another between the Gospels, though not always exactly.  His wisdom-sayings units, including his famous parables, were likely carefully crafted in advance, probably over a period of years.  These were NOT spontaneous, and they probably got edited a number of times before he committed them to memory.  Most scholars assume the editing was done AFTER the speech was put into writing (“redaction criticism” prefers this view), and this is certainly possible.  But the other option, that he himself carefully edited them beforehand  (this assumption is native to what is called “rhetorical criticism”) is also quite plausible — notice that I am here recommending just this practice to my own readers (that they edit their speech-units in advance).

This is why the wisdom of the Jesus of the Gospels was said so to have impressed people, both then and now.  But anyone else could the same (or similarly).  We all could.

Put bluntly, the collective advice implied by the many speech-wisdom Proverbs amounts to the order to devise and implement a speech-management program to tame the unruly tongue.   Rehearsed speech can surely enable this.  Here is what you could do to begin your own collection of memorized sayings units, usable for your “lip-management” future of greater wisdom.

First, sit down and begin collecting sayings and, or quotes from various sources that you admire. Keep and ongoing list, perhaps on the desktop of your computer.  There are entire volumes of “quotable quotes,” ranging from the academic and profound, to the funny and witty one-liners (e.g. “change is inevitable, except from vending machines”).

I would suggest keeping several different (ongoing) lists, each with its own topic heading “funny stuff,” “intelligent stuff — physics,” intelligent stuff — life,” “witty stuff,” etc   Some should take the form of questions.  Others should propose brief lessons with a punchline.  These should each have a distinct purpose — to motivate people to do good works, to profit other people, to alert them as to something profoundly important they may not be aware of, to make others think more “long-term” about life, to promote good causes, or else healing the psychological wounds, or to promote the physical health of others, or sometimes, simply to make others laugh (e.g. “I have a cousin. He’s ADD-HDTV.” He almost never pays attention; but when he does, it’s crystal clear”).

Here are some things to consider in crafting your new speech life.  First, you should be excited that this can greatly improve your life.  Second, think of all the wise sayings you know of, and consider using some of these as templates.  Get out a thesaurus, and change some of the words over to a synonym of the quote, so that you are not simply repeating the old.  Try rearranging the sentence now this way, now that.  Adjust it many times, until it fits a style all your own.  You get to define who you are by making these wise sayings your own, and using them to shape the way you think and live over time.  Here are a few examples I like.

“He who rules his spirit rules the world” — ancient oriental proverb.  It says a great deal in few words. I recommend also studying the poets of various cultures for like profound addages that are anything but cheesy.  Biblical sayings are fine, so long as you mold and shape them to fit your own way of seeing things. Templates are fine, but don’t be a clone.  Show that you have invested real thought.  No one respects mere “quoters of clichés badly comprised.”  These do not really help and they won’t sound like “you,” but rather like “you trying to be something you are not.”  If you want to use Proverbs, employ synonymy, not quoting exactly the botched English (This is a translation anyway, from a biblical tongue, and is often amiss).

Next, think about the package, the way your units are formed.  Short parallels (or symmetry) usually make the point last in the minds of hearer most effectively.  Recall JFK’s famous saying, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”  Note the symmetry here.  This has the same form as the biblical “If a man shed’s man’s blood, by man’s hand shall his blood be shed.”

Suppose you are a Christian, and someone at a public event volunteers you to pray out loud.  You should have a wise prayer crafted at the ready — or perhaps 5 of them.  This gives you confidence and control (poise) under pressure. Questions are also extremely important.  You should have at the ready about 20 questions designed to take or maintain control of a conversation.  People who wish to bully others often do so by aggressive questioning.  Answering with a wise question will often diffuse the whole attempt.

Or even better, just leave and say nothing (you can say something funny under your breath after the fact just for fun [e.g. Let me guess, you killed you hamster with an ax yesterday and blamed it on society]).

Conclusion: wise speech is like good writing.  It has to go through many drafts before it is excellent.  Excellent speech is waxes profitable, healing, funny, skilled, witty, promotes the good, resists evil, teaches briefly, and says much in few words.  If you raise the quality of your speech, you raise the quality of your life.  Rehearsed and neatly crystallized, “occasion-oriented” speech-scripts enable this, and work surprisingly well once you have crafted and employed many of them.  Eventually, your entire life could be run by a growing treasure-trove of them.  This is ideal, but takes time, effort and practice.  But it ensures all and only wise speech will radiate from your lips. It will in the estimate of all greatly raise your I.Q. as well. “The tongue of the righteous is choice silver.”  As the value of your speech goes up, your net worth will follow over time. “Lips that speak knowledge are a rare jewel.”

The only other way to improve your speech significantly is to increase your vocabulary.  You should work on this also.  A wide ranging vocabulary bespeaks a very intelligent mind.  Reading broadly will also tend to cause this naturally over time.  Otherwise, one could best manage this by systematically (10 words each day) memorizing and using your new words in sentences.  You could select these words either either from your own readings, or lift them from an SAT preparation guide, and put them on 3 x 5 cards.

Do not forget to memorize at least 20 funny sayings you could have at the ready and adapt on the spur of the moment to an apparently spontaneous situation.  If one uses this advice skillfully, he or she could quickly find that his life could improve markedly and rapidly, by little more than the abundant and skillful use of 3 x 5 cards.  Memorization is, I believe, one of the most life-enhancing and lost skills in the modern era.  It is an absolutely essential ingredient to a godly, wisdom culture.  In a wisdom culture, as with Solomon’s proverbs, people often share a really good insight, perhaps a new saying they are working on, with others so that each can improve the quality of the pool of speech sayings (s) he might be working on.

Again, this practice instills confidence and gives a sense of security about the future and otherwise unruly situations that might arise.  Memorizing is many ways the lost key to greater understanding, better education, and skill in life to handle almost any rhetorical or social situation that might arise.  The only other two key points here are these: know simply when to say “No,” and when to say nothing at all.  If you determine that the person who addresses you is a true fool, say as little as possible or nothing at all.  And leave as soon as is reasonable.

The final caveat worth noting for those following my wisdom-hunt journey (and this is a bit awkward) is that the transcendent (original) tongue that God has given us and implicitly commanded us to use is probably early Aramaic (something like spoken Aramaic that earliest used the Proto-Sinatic script for its written form).  For now, the closest we can probably manage is the Aramaic of Jesus’ day (or slightly later).  To go back earlier, we would need to match this Aramaic vocabulary to the language of the Greek Septuagint and the Alexandrian Greek we find in similar writings of that timeframe.  This is just what I propose, but the project make take some time.  It is in effect a new language — Alexandrian-Hellenistic Aramaic.

I believe this language will change the world when it (historically) arises.

He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers injury — King Solomon

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Money (By the Carloads) for the United States and Other Nations

Todays topic in profit-accretive studies concerns the regulatory relationship that nations often establish which set the terms badly for the promotion of new businesses. In many ways, new business is the lifeblood of future economic development.  This means that nations should make sure to incentivize the rise and thriving of new business as much as is possible. Consider the older statistical point that most new businesses that do fail do so within the “3 to 5” year death zone.  Forbes now has it that “According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months.”  http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericwagner/2013/09/12/five-reasons-8-out-of-10-businesses-fail/

And this accounts for very many new businesses, which I wish here to argue are unnecessarily thrown upon the trash heap, when, with a little altering of the way we manage them, they could thrive to become powerhouse economic engines in the national and international economy.

First, I shall propose a straightforward statement of the problem: government tax-greed, or inappropriate taxation that is deadly to new arrivals.  What I mean to suggest is this: by taxing a small business from its first year — governments should instead defer their desire to collect tax from new businesses 10 to 20 years — the powers that be do the following:

1. Impose a huge burden on a business when it can least afford it.  It can least afford early taxation because it is still learning everything about its business environment and how things actually operate and interact in the real world (the learning curve factor), and because it needs the money taken away from it as tax, which would otherwise be used for re-investment — a very important element of success in business — when the business MOST needs this money.

2.  the combined effect of these two handicaps added to toddler businesses causes the risk factor for opening a new business to soar, resulting in far fewer start-ups, since without this capital early on, businesses are far more likely to fail.

3. What is the potential cost of tax-deferment to hungry governments?  The surprising answer is “zero.”  In fact, it actually pays huge (later) dividends to the governments wise enough to realize that without tax deferment, there is not going to be much new business to tax at all.  This has a long-term deleterious effect on taxable income revenues for the government, just the opposite of what it wants.

The solution? Wait 20 years before imposing any tax whatever on a new business, while denying the ability of any other business to “grandfather in.”  This is precisely the way we treat our children.  We do not demand at age 10 that they “get out there in the marketplace and make it happen, sink or swim.”  We protect them and grow their understanding (learning curve) and pay for their expenses (no taxation without preparation) until we feel they are fully capable to enter the market and succeed.  We should do precisely the same for nascent and adolescent businesses.

This would cause the following:

A sharp upsurge in new businesses, and a much longer learning curve allowed (reducing the stress load on new managers and owners).  It would weigh in heavily against the 3-5 year death zone stats, causing far more businesses to succeed and then grow sizable.  This means that when they do in fact begin paying taxes, they power up and increase significantly the tax pool, reducing the burdens of the middle class and other businesses (Potentially lowering taxes for all, but again, only if we do it right).  The bottom line IS the bottom line, and nothing succeeds like success.  Re-investment is a highly successful business strategy, and this means that this approach causes much more success all around — from business startup and survival rates, to the total tax collected by Uncle Sam, and a lower tax rate (potentially) in the long of it, while easing the general tax burden.  I always loved the Spring motto: “Power Up.”

Here this meaneth brethren: Tax less. Earn more.

What can corporations and larger businesses do to help?

They could create a general fund (invested in the markets to produce award money for small business that could and should be saved from the failure heap.  These business are chosen by the fund managers’ best assessment, according to an Alan Greenspan-like objective criteriometry, one designed to eliminate irrational exuberance in an age of turbulence), and appoint a committee to manage its disbursement.  Small businesses that struggle with great potential could apply for these funds.  Then, the SBA should give the money back to the taxpayers.  We do not need people in the government trying to do FREE market capitalism with compulsory, socialist money.  We need voluntary support from corporate world.  What’s in it for them?  Think M and A brethren.  To prevent conflicts of interest, they could simply pass a rule that says once a decision is made to support some company A by the general fund, no investment by any body contributing to the fund can be made for, say, six months or so thereafter.  This would also prevent start-up flipping, which causes volatility rather than the more desirable predictability and stability in the economic environment upon which business thrives.

“I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success though honest dealing, and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those who deal with you should gain as well” — Alan Greenspan

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Caribou Biosciences, Inc: Changing the Face of Future Biotechnology Forever

Caribou Biosciences, Inc of Berkeley, CA is doing the impossible.  They have invented CRISPR-Cas, a new editing system. It edits the specific DNA sequences of any genome. This looks to do for biotech what quantum computing promises to do for the world of cyber-technology. One of its introductory webpages reads: “Engineering Any Genome, at any site, in any way.”

Their website is located at http://cariboubio.com/

Their brief article there cited indicates the beginning of change for our future in these words:

The CRISPR-Cas system is spreading like wildfire among researchers across the globe who are searching for new ways to manipulate genes. Barrangou says that the paper’s findings will allow researchers to increase the specificity and efficiency in targeting DNA, setting the stage for more precise genetic modifications.

The work by Barrangou and Beisel holds promise in manipulating relevant bacteria for use in food — think of safer and more effective probiotics for your yogurt, for example — and in model organisms used in agriculture, including gene editing in crops to make them less susceptible to disease.

The NY Times reported on this in March. One of the most important lines in the article indicates the potential this editing system has for altering diseases (like the ebola virus or any other invader we might wish to undo):

“The real frenzy, however, started in 2012, when a team led by Emmanuelle Charpentier, then at Umea University in Sweden, and Jennifer A. Doudna of the University of California, Berkeley, demonstrated a way for researchers to use CRISPR to slice up any DNA sequence they choose.Scientists must synthesize a strand of DNA’s chemical cousin RNA, part of which matches the DNA sequence to be sliced. This “guide RNA” is attached to a bacterial enzyme called Cas9. When the guide RNA binds to the corresponding DNA sequence, Cas9 cuts the DNA at that site.

The cell tries to repair the cut but often does so imperfectly, which is enough to disable, or knock out a gene. To change a gene, scientists usually insert a patch — a bit of DNA similar to where the break occurred but containing the desired change. That patch is sometimes incorporated into the DNA when the cell repairs the break.

Would this work in organisms besides bacteria?”

Food For Africa, And Profit For All

Hadera, Israel operates a desalinization plant that yields daily about 25 million gallons of fresh water. It is being expanded to manage about 35 million gallons/ day.   A series of these could be built offshore from the western African coastal nations. Using an aqueduct network (California already transports a large body of water daily this way), with solar pumps, we could transport millions of gallons daily to water these coastal nations, rendering their water and food supplies entirely weatherproof.  This could cause a new agricultural revolution on the coastal nations of Africa, with enough food to be flown out by C-130 cargo aircraft to any location in need of supplies.  This would effectively end the food crises that often arise in Africa.  Not only would Africa never import another grain of rice, they could become significant exporters of goods to the global commodities markets. I recognize that it is plausible that this plan may also require a “soil transplant run” or two by supertankers, running between the Amazon forests and the West Coast of Africa to fetch the greenery needed to replenish the African topsoil.  But this is to my mind “doable.”

Desal plants are not cheap, and neither are aqueducts.  But mass funerals are more expensive than both.  We in the West have both the money and the present technology to end the African famine problem.

So why is this not happening?

Defeating Chicago’s “Impossible Dream:”  How Nations Can Run A 0% Inflation Rate in A Growing Economy

Traditionally, gold-bugs chant a theme often rejected as superfluous and redundant. But there is a better way to accomplish what they intend.  We could collateralize national economies — that is, their money supplies — using equity securities. The well-diversified portfolio, with 20% in gold and silver (and platinum and palladium?) and BHP Billiton (the new iron man), and 80% in best of breed purchases of choice stocks (and REIT’s? mutual funds?) applied as collateral at the national level would yield about a 10% return each year.  This would give nations the ability to declare a formal “annual collateralization” precisely matching the rate of inflation.  This would neutralize the rate of inflation, even while the money supply was expanding — and fully collateralized.

This is the fascinating fact about currency, which loses value over time — its complement, equity securities, habitually move hard the other direction — appreciation of value.  Since the rate of appreciation of securities outruns the depreciating value of cash — adjusted for inflation (LOL) — it only makes sense to equalize the one against the other — with change to spare. The influx of additional money into the markets for nations choosing to do this would, of course, buoy up the markets a bit.

And remember, this proposition does not need to be “All or Nothing,” but can (and probably should) be managed by matter of degree.  A nation, could, for instance, collateralize its currency at 10% or 20% using superior stock selections, and then weigh the results.  If the currency grows too strong, rendering exports a bit pricey, one could simply move ahead more slowly with the collateralizing project — the Fed does this with interest rates — and then extend a bit of credit to preferred customers in the meantime to buffer the change in exchange rates.

Remember, “the lack of money is the root of all evil” — Wall Street

Big Cash for Inc. World: How Corporations Can Obtain Improved Marketshare

As I have walked and traveled across the U.S., I have noticed a good deal of the topographical layout of corporate distribution.  That is to say, I have made mental notes of where you find the corporate presence, and where you do not.  Here are some strategies I have developed for corporations and mid-sized businesses that could greatly improve their bottom line.

1.  The college and high school campuses are nearly completely untapped markets.  Food courts exists at some of the larger college campuses, and some have a starbucks, a panda express, etc.   Almost none have a Walmart, a large grocer (Winn-Dixie, Martin’s, Food Lion, Etc).  The high schools have none of these.  It seems to me that with superintendent permission and whatever other rubber stamping might be necessary, that high schools and smaller colleges are a gold mine waiting to happen.

Second, when building new locations, corporations should consider the clustering model of opening new stores.  By this method, you buy less acreage to keep the overhead down, and build upward — say three stories or more.  You rent out the upper stories to other businesses (they get a brightly lit logo high in the air visible for many miles from the nearby freeways), and your company pays down its overhead with the rent money.  Theoretically, if you have enough companies renting, they could pay for everything, leaving you with a net zero overhead, and profit margins galore.  Make the space you buy in real estate return fourfold on the money you pay per square foot.

I have noticed (as you have) that many stores open with other small stores inside — say a Walmart might have a subway inside.  But almost no one seems to have to have approached Lowe’s or Home Depot with this idea, even though their foot traffic is quite substantial.  Another “Craig” insight:  Small electronics might be a nice adjunct to some of the very fancy gadgeted-up appliances they now sell in or near the washing machinces and steam-dryers section. Ace Hardware and its competitors might also be interested in having an adjunct store or two.  WalMart should have its own food-court at the center of it all, if you ask me.  People could take time out from shopping to eat lunch, and then get back in the ring, after munching Panera Bread goodies.

Beaches.  They exist in many states on both coasts and in the south.  Thousands of people tan themselves (nearly year-round in FL) every day and no one brings a Schwan’s-like truck around to service their needs. A fleet of such vehicles could probably yield fantastic returns.  Pizza, ice cream and Ice-cold energy drinks would sell like, well, hot pizza slices at the beach.

Home Delivery.  Dominos Pizza has capitalized fantastically on this market, while most have left it untouched.  New technology in online security has now made online purchasing 100% secure, though many remain unaware of this since they do not read Popular Science.  As more customers become aware of this innovation, they will be buying online more often.  This will make home delivery markets come alive and turn green. My advice?  Get in early.  A credit-card enabled website is one phone call to Bank of America away from your new online market power.  Your new fleet of delivery vehicles is probably easily obtainable from Hetrz-Avis or some other “well-maintained vehicle” rental company.  Buy 2 to 3 years out, and your fleet has already done most of the significant depreciating it will do in new car value.

Virtual Shopping Online.  Some Real Estate companies already use this to enable walk-throughs of houses at a distance for customers.  Create a video-taped walk-through, and then digitize it, and place it on your website, so shoppers can shop 24-7, can handle any product they want (with a one paragraph descriptor appearing), and then to any aisle they want to continue buying. Then enable either delivery to the home for these products, or arrange (using order pickers) for them to come pick up their goodies at a specified time and place — nearby store location of their choice.

Temporary Markets. Every year county fairs run a predictable circuit through the U.S. and other countries.  These feature large numbers of foot traffic spenders.  They show up expecting to pay top dollar for everything that they buy, and they expect to buy plenty.  In order to take advantage of this market, companies need to prepare a kind of “prefabricated,” but classy, booth that can display and sell their products — with fast set-up and break-down times.   And just as important, they should work to get their name-recognition numbers up.  Their logo should be on everything they hand out, and the stores should be listed on the literature they get into the hands of customers.  Always give away something for free — a sample, a small device, something tasty or profitable.

Other important temporary markets with really high numbers include business conventions, rock concerts, sporting events, cultural events (e.g. Oktoberfest, jazz festivals, holiday outings, farmer’s markets).  I would not hestitate to set up the booths at these events either.  These overlooked markets could bring home the cash.

The Full-Service Vending Machine.  Some companies have — or could have — a full array of products placed in vending machines with a snarky logo on the front or side, set in locations of high foot traffic.  International airports provide such a location in addition to those named above.  And do not forget the shopping mall.  These machines should only process debit or credit cards (no loose change to collect), leaving only visits needed to replenish the line of goods on the recurrent services “things to do” list.

Build Out Your Menu.  Stores or restaurants with food sales should work on a regular basis to increase their offerings listed on menus.  The new flavors can be gathered froma variety of sources.  Top ten (or fifty) lists on the internet provide excellent guides as to what you should add.  Consider typing in “top 50 gourmet  ______’s” and using the items from this list you do not have on your menu as a starting point.  For new flavors of items look at extensive ones already in existence.  For instance, Baskin Robbins should take a look at the list of flavors used by Jelly Belly, and consider this or that new combination of such flavors for their delicious ice cream offerings.

The Earnings Power of Traffic Jams and The Up-ramp Shopping Mall.  Often times cars sit in the midst of traffic idling. CNN has estimated that in the US alone, cars burn about 2.9 billion gallons per year in idle mode on domestic asphalt.  Some of this time is spent infuriatingly in hot or rather cold, and always boring (time-wasting), transportation drudgery.  The profitable solution?  Have several corporations combine their disposable income to pay for a second tier of freeway, say, 5 miles long, that sits twice as wide as the freeway below, and is easily accessed from the lower tier.  What’s at the top — 5 miles of asphalt relief, where those tired of time wasting can log on (at say Starbucks) and drink a cold Frappucino, shop at WalMart, buy some onion rings at Wendy’s, and, well — shop til they drop, or get some real work done waiting for (and helping) traffic to dissipate.  After the 3-hour working-sipping break, they go down the other side of the ramp, merging back onto a free-flowing highway for a zip straight home.

Benefits?  Corporations could find millions of commuters in the Southern California area alone waiting to rush their stores AND get off the miserable, stalled freeway system.  How many such up-ramp malls could be serviced in SoCal alone? Mebbe 20? I dunno.  What I do know is this: these “desperate to evacuate the freeways” drivers exist in LA, Chicago, Sao Paulo, Moscow, Beijing, Tokyo, Mexico City, etc — and the sales tax alone generated for nearby cities, states, and nations should have profit-loving mouths watering.  The profits for the corporate bottom line are inestimable, given the number of large cities with traffic jam glory.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad advice 101:  Always turn liabilities — like traffic jams — into assets, like extra-large (that’s a Trenta folks) earnings numbers.  Remember the three E’s of Wallstreet.

The Power of “Inventory Complementarity” and Inside Sales. Why not let your inventory arrangement sell millions of products for you?  Arrange the inventory of your store so that all items on one side of the aisle match all those just across from it, so that customers who buy the one, look to buy the other as well.  Turn every one sale into two.  Create a simple pairing tactic, like matching colored dots on a tag to show “at a glance” which ones go with the others by store recommendation.  Announce the new schedule to your customers by making it so that every 10th complementary (matching dot) purchases yields the eleventh for free.  This will keep them studying the paired-dots to learn your new system.  It pays to learn.  Chocolate can sell wine or coffee.  Wine can sell baked goods (e.g. French bread or cheese).  Amazon already uses this method indicating something like “the customers who bought these also bought the following books ….” = “these GO WITH those” = complementarity.  In this AMZN is brilliant. Stores can do the same.

Need More Profits? Stay Tuned for Next Post’s Tactic, “Capture the Paycheck,” and “The Clustering Model” tactic for powerful entry into emerging markets. And remember, they’re ALL emerging markets.

Play Capture the Paycheck.  If your retail outlet can afford to spend a little money to invest in two services — an in-house mailbox rental service (like the US Postal Service) and an in-house bank (or better, a credit union, for customers) then you could rent a mailbox to your customers quite cheaply (cheap mailboxes are in surprisingly high demand nationwide) and give them a place to have their paychecks sent, and then cashed in the indoor credit union next door.  This captures THEIR PAYCHECK INSIDE YOUR STORE and CONVERTS IT TO CASH.  Cash spends.  It buys a whole lot of your goodies.  Otherwise, they have direct deposit sent to their account INSIDE YOUR STORE.  Either way, your store wins when you capture and convert the paycheck inside your store.

Do not let that paycheck outside your store.  This means that you offer incentivizing discounts — just for credit union or indoor postal customers — on the goodies in your store.  Give them an additional discount upon a supersized purchase.  Let the power-shopping begin.

How to Win With Emerging Market Entry Tactics.  The clustering model indicates that one of the best ways to enter an emerging market is to do it with “best of breed” corporate friends, that is, with partners who open a store together with you.  These would be high brand-name recognition stores that do not compete with yours.  If you take the lead, then you purchase a good deal of real estate at the edge of a fairly large city, where real estate prices are still reasonable, but the location is close enough to a central location to yet be profitable, and you “over-purchase the territory” where you wish to set up shop, and then sell a lot to the companies of your choice by invitation to create, in effect, a handpicked shopping mall.  Buy low.  Sell high.  Because your real estate lot sits on the cusp of a population growth area with the right purchasing demographics, as the consumer population expands, you real estate value soars.

Another way of clustering to win upon entering emerging markets so as best to insure your success, you might want to build more than one floor or level into the building out of which you conduct business.  You can then lease out space on the upper levels to other stores, and then use the rental money to pay down your overhead, and drop your falling prices even more, while increasing your profit margins and cash flow simultaneously.  But this tactic is only for geniuses. Remember our genius quote, “talent hits a target that no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see.”  When you think about emerging markets, think strategy.  Think about advertising nearby for your new store at very busy international airports, bus stops, hotels, and perhaps even within other stores by mutual agreement for advertisement swapping.

How Nations Can Inherit Billions of Dollars At Near Zero Price

This is neither a joke nor a get rich quick plan for national economies. And it does work.  The core concept can be summed up in the phrase, “Hire everyone; do not hire someone.”  The attempt here is to leverage both free market capitalism and the best brain power (educational system) together in a single format for creating extraordinarily large sums of money by the production of intellectual capital useful to nations for creating both 1. Streams of savings (cost-cutting) and 2. New streams of income  3. Both kinds of streams should be placed into an irrevocable trust, which invested in the global markets (best of breed purchases only, 20% in gold/ silver, well diversified).  This money is then used, when it matures significantly, to pay down the tax base for taxpayers.  If you taxes get lower over time, you draw foreign investment, and your total tax dollar volume goes up.

How do you create the streams of savings/ earnings?  The governmental body in question [Nation, state, city, or municipality] posts on its website a form to be sent to a specified address, where the proposal created by the “proposee” is reviewed by a committee for feasibility.  The website offers to pay 10% to the party responsible for a successful (accepted and deployed) proposal, for creating a stream of income and/or savings.

Example.  Several years ago, I read in a newspaper that the SF bay area passenger train system (B.A.R.T.) carried 400k passengers daily, and that they had a rule “No food or drink on the trains.”  They earned 180 million USD each year from ticket sales from their 35 stations.  This was their only source of income.  My proposal, emailed to the BART board of directors was this:

Change your food and drink rule to, “No food or drink allowed on trains except coffee cups with a lid.”  Then farm out your 35 stations to a coffee company of your choice, which sets up shop at each one, selling a two dollar cup (once in the morning and once in the evening), and an occasional muffin wrapped in cellophane or a 4 dollar white mocha.  This would earn an estimated 1.2 – 1.5 million per day, given the World Coffee Council’s 54% listing for the number of Americans that drink coffee. And it’s higher in metro areas like SF.

All BART had to do was hire one person (a comptroller) and send him around to drink free coffee and eat free muffins all day, merely making sure no one was — as we say — cooking the books.  This names “irregular accounting” in the world of Elliot Spitzer (a very expensive practice).  This would earn BART some .8 million per day, which could then be used to pay down their tickets prices, say, 50%, driving an enormous number of people off the streets and onto the trains (esp. with high gas prices) — to drink yet more coffee.  It’s a vicious cycle without all the vice.  Flush with new cash, BART would then be free to build more stations, and sell more coffee.

This kind of proposal simply notices opportunity cost, how we lose money by not doing something profitable.  Here, it turns unused foot-traffic into a wildly profitable stream of income.  Now suppose a government (let us say, France) gets very enlightened and offers a 10% commission on any such proposal turned into to its “proposal review committee,” and finds one person’s proposal to generate over the next ten years 10 billion dollars by helping it maximize some of its resources.  It then pays out 1 billion to the propose.  This creates the “lottery mentality.”

Think of the results.  Retired scientists gather together to form research groups, and promote brilliant new ideas.  People from all over the world do likewise.  France is flooded with new money.  New students rush to take an economics degree at universities. Instead of spending their thesis efforts on theoretical empty-space, they use it to promote new streams of income and savings for several nations — and retire once paid.

Hire everyone, not “someone.”  The cost is only “cost of legislation,” and “proposal review.”  That’s it.  The opportunity cost of not doing this runs in the trillions of dollars worldwide. We have some 250 nations now. The US budget alone is trillions of dollars now.

How the US can solve the social security Apocalypse crisis.  1. Do a cost-benefit analysis to find those agencies or bureaus that cost the most and yield the least ROI over the past 40 years.  Make a list of the top ten most expensive, and sell them to the public in an IPO (initial public offering) and if the market declines it, simply abolish it.  Take the money from the IPO’s and the cut budgets and use them to overfund the SS system by 20%.  Then pay out 120% to the ones who have paid in the longest (the golden handshake) and boot them from the system.  Do the same for the remainder of payees, down to those just entered, and cease the obsolete system — with everyone happy for it, and no implosion scheduled for 2033 will ever get the entire congress fired — the present Social Security (apocalyptic) option.

How to create Billions more for your country.  Stake the Vampires.  Replace both the capital gains tax and the income tax with an alternative form of taxation — the national sales tax.  This renders taxation voluntary, since you only pay when you spend (All 50 U.S. states do this right now).  Then systematically replace all other forms of taxations with the national sales tax. This abolishes the IRS and uses a system of taxation already in place.  It simply replaces the many state tax rates with a uniform tax rate, and the many involunatary kinds of taxation with a voluntary one.  The rich pay more b/c they have more to spend. The poor could be issued a card which revokes their tax when swiped at the store terminal.

This evenly layers the payment of tax throughout the year instead of creating the April 15 bottleneck. Under the present tax nightmare, some 45% of the people choose to pay no income tax, assuming the IRS has bigger fish to fry.  The cost of acquiring these lost taxes “taxes” the IRS — is expensive.  The 45% would all pay their voluntary tax load under the new approach, increasing the total tax revenues, with no cost of chasing cheaters. It also greatly simplifies the tax code, since you pay everything you owe at the time you spend your money.

This means you keep every dollar you earn at work and every dollar you make investing in the market.  And you pay no recurring tax for owning real estate (just a one-time sales tax).  Two words: BOO YAH.

Two Ways To Ramp Up the Global Economy

1. have the G 20 nations meet and agree each one to invest 10% of the money it collects annually in taxes in the global market, with 20% in gold, silver and platinum.  They could stagger their entries to reduce volatility, with 1% per month each invested.  This would collapse the unemployment market, and create a global economic boom.  The rest of the nations would follow golden suit.  This would cause far more people to pay their taxes, since their April 15th contributions would then cause their 401k’s to prosper significantly.  Here, it pays to pay your taxes, thus turning a grievous liability (April 15) into a significant asset (Roth IRA value accretion) — see Rich Dad, Poor Dad, 101.

2. Have the South American gov’ts appoint a committee to meet with potential investors (corporations et al) to fund and build an inter-continental railway system (Southern Trans-American Railway System = STARS).  It should connect all the major economic centers and cities of SA and then connect to the North American railway system through central America and Mexico.  It should also have cargo airports, that fly the goods and services from SA to the rest of the world, say, C-130’s or some other large cargo birds. It might even create a new NYMEX to draw funds for trading the railway’s goods and services.

Corporations could build entire cities, by buying up the land dirt cheap in advance, where the railway system is scheduled to run.  These could be the jewel cities of South America, since corporations do everything with excellence, and governmental interference should be limited, so that it won’t be able to wreak havoc with the project (in traditional fashion).

The US connected east and west by a railway system in 1871 (golden spike, Promontory Point, UT), the results of which created the largest economic powerhouse in the history of the world to that point — the US industrial economy.  We could do the same thing again with South America, which is some 5+ times bigger than the US.

These should create trillions of dollars annually for the global economy when fully operational, given the trade synergy involved, and the global economic boom likely to result.

The Source and Errors of Theopneusticity: Is Your Bible Inspired By God?

I wish here to offer several challenges to the idea of theopneusticity, a procedure to take place without my screaming “I have the ebola virus. You’re all SCREWED!“, as with certain airline passengers of late.  First, the doctrine promotes a certain dependency and the acquiring of knowledge apart from any direct contact with the material world in a rationalistic-like fashion, apart from the natural order itself.  In fact, in the early middle ages, it became sometime fashionable to think of the sciences as somewhat dangerous to the concerns of salvation and the proper care of one’s soul. This age rather shunned empirical studies as “worldly.”  It was just this impulse that the writings of the Bacons — Roger and Francis — needed to help overcome.

Second, theopneusticity was not from the beginning.  When Jesus taught that what was from the beginning is normative for all mankind, and that “the Sabbath was made for man” (not for Israelites only), he was implying that God’s original plan for mankind would always be normative, a point rather easily derived from the doctrines of the omniscience, omnipotence, sovereignty, and omni-competence of God.  He has no “plan B” because He does not need one. Since plan A is the only one He offers, it always binds us to its ethical implicates and stipulations.  Now, please recall that theopneusticity did not obtain for information here, but only the light of nature.  This does not mean it is unlawful to write down what nature testifies, but only that it is unlawful to say that “God is responsible for this writing by immediate inspiration of the text,” or “God wrote this.”

God did in fact convey the semantic content of the light of nature, and if one pens this information down in ink, all is well.  But only a man (traditionally) [or else several persons] is responsible.  God did not need inspired written Scripture from the outset.

Third, theopneusticity falsely then presupposes that the creation is fallen.  The sole early testimony to this claim is the talking snake chapter, 3, of Genesis, which I have systematically demonstrated is bogus, that is, it was not part of the original work, nor does it make much sense.  It contains several conceptual and scientific errors, and a few contradictions (see my post for this at this blog).

Theopneusticity also falsely requires us to believe that the testimony of creation is no longer clear, but has been besmirched with a mighty spray-painting, and overmuch scribbled upon, by the evil deeds of men (and sometime chatty serpents). This would have for many thousands of years stultified God’s original plan, which needs a clear testimony of nature. Instead, the Proverbs would remind us that:  “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan, that can succeed against the Lord.”

Fifth, theopneusticity presupposes the doctrine of the Trinity, with its third Person in charge of the sacred writing assignment. I have already shown the doctrine of the Trinity as a belated arrival to the Christian era of the early Church. And the Bible of the early Church (the LXX) did not know the concept, nor have a word for it, in 250 – 100 B.C. whence it came into existence.  That is, theopneusticity promotes polytheism.

Finally, Theopneusticity teaches that God has two different, though overlapping, revelations — one General and one special. This implies two different messages or “Words” to the wise. Since, in the Bible, God is represented by His Word, this implies two different Gods.

These reasons, and others more which might yet be listed, should give us pause in thinking that God ever needed nor wanted inspired Bible in the first place.  Theopneusticity does in fact, on this view, represent a form of idolatry, forbidden (ironically) by the second commandment, supposedly written by the finger of God (whether his index or middle finger I do not know). He seems portrayed here as giving idols the middle one.

None of this forbids the careful study of the light of nature, with its contents written down for all to read. But we must maintain a careful fence between nature’s infallible light (its Author is infallible) with our best record of its contents — which is fallible, as we are fallible.

The source of theopneusticity (perhaps the original idolatry) is found in Genesis 1.27, “man as divine image.”  Recall that the Egyptian glyphic imprint (the library of hieroglyphs from Egypt) which stands behind the idioms of the Bible, the idiomatic bricks around which the narrative accounts (stories) of the Bible transpire, seems to center on different parts of the human anatomy — the “open hand” or “good eye,” etc.  If we consider that man is to be construed as divine imagery, then so also those part which construct it.  This would man that divine parts construct the focus points around which the biblical narrative revolves.  Thus, the writing by man’s hand is — by lex talionis — the writing of the divine hand.  And the glyphic body-mind-human imagery only reinforces this “stamped divinity.”

The idolatrous interplay between the human and the divine from Genesis 1.26-27 stands behind the development of the idea of Theopneusticity.

The Idolatry of Worship Versus the Glory of Prosperity

God relates to his creatures by a kind of mutual, reciprocal judgement in kind, historically labelled “lex talionis.” This is taught by the light of nature in the obvious fact that humans are inherently symmetrical.  Draw a line down the middle of a man or woman and the right side mirrors the left identically, but in reverse.  We are structurally chiastic.  So are all mammals, and the fishes.  This shows that God judges his creation subject to this principal law or rule of wisdom.  God loves us this way and opposes the wicked this way — by their own standards and deeds.

This has the important implicate that we are not to worship God, since there is no possible way that God can reciprocate if we do this. It is inherently frenzied and overdriven — a bit like the super-needy spouse who nearly worships the other.  Consider that the metaphor of comparing Christ and the Church to husband and wife entails.  A wife must NEVER worship her husband.  That is extreme idolatry.

In other words, that guttural suspicion of the Atheists, that something seems almost inherently wrong and wrong-headed about religion is in fact correct; yet it is not what they suppose.  We are (by the light of nature) to Love the Lord our God will all the heart and mind, and our neighbor as ourselves.  But worship wrecks the spirit of men and causes and kind of warped condition that eventuates in the end in the broken mind and heart — the proverbial “religious crackpot” syndrome.

Prayer is merely fellowship with God and is perfectly fine. But worship is quite excessive and is to be shunned since God can no way respond to this, and it probably seems to Him quite syrupy, and not exactly manly (overdependent and too clingy).  The Lord wants we all fathers want for their children — not worship — but he wants his children to be independent, tough-minded, competent, ready to thrive — to be fruitful, multiply, prosper, fill the earth and subdue it.  He wants us to “handle it,” with humility, kindness, finesse and verve.  He does not want groveling, but skilled problem-solving on behalf of the weak and needy; help that heals them, trains them and turns them loose to thrive and build their legacy.

In other words: get out there and win.  John Madden famously said, “Winning isn’t everything; but I’d rather dress like a ballerina than come in second.”   Amen, and Amen.

Reviewing the Biblical Idea of Transcendence: The Light of Nature Versus Theopneusticity

Readers of this blog will by now be aware that in showing that there is no Trinity, in which I maintain the redundancy of the accretive (legendary-growth based) concept of the Holy Spirit (an appropriate title for the Lord, but not a Person separate or distinct from the One God), has an extraordinary effect on the idea of the source of the transcendent value of the biblical writings. In other words, the Proverbs are not transcendent because “the Holy Spirit wrote this,” but because these indicate the teachings of the light of nature in semantic and (poetic but) propositional form.

Nature’s lights teaches us in non-verbal ways, showing us, rather than telling us, of God’s wisdom.  Is God linguistic? Yes. How do I know?  Three words: D – N – A. How does one determine just what the content of nature’s light specifies? By observation, induction, deduction, analysis, synthesis and experimentation.

The book of Proverbs shows us by its content and form that these hail from observation, induction, deduction, comparative studies, analysis and synthesis. This makes the wisdom teachings of the Bible uniquely transcendent; and this may be true for many of the other parts of the Bible that specify truths taken from redemptive history or careful observation, or both. Jesus seems to have had the ability to draw keen insights from everyday (observable) matters — e.g. wine and wineskins, lilies and kings, birds and food — and often employed rabbinical reasoning forms (“a fortiori,” etc) to make a rational point about what we can know from the world about us.

This is the proper source for the understanding of transcendence that gives real import to the texts of what many take to be “holy Scripture.”

This has two important logical effects:  it makes what many would call an observational-critical “scientific methodology” central to the work of real theology (utterly denying the separation of faith and science); it also distinguishes theoretical scientific methods from their more “Alexandrian” counterpart, preferring the empirical and observational to the more speculative and less well-grounded “sciences” that land one in quantum indeterminist land.  That is, we favor Einstein against Bohr in the determinist-indeterminist debate.

In the world of theology, it means we cannot include in our book, probably called the Sayings of the Wise rather than “the Word of God,” those parts of the current Bible that indicate God speaking to prophets.  Our account of transcendence indicates that people who obey the Lord experience the progressive loss of the noetic (mind-darkening) effect of sin and become especially enlightened people, whose writings and teaching much more accurately reflect the light of nature than those of others.  But this status is not miraculous, but providential; and it is available to all or any who choose to obey the Lord. Its effect compound like interest does over time, so that those who pursue wisdom prayerfully and carefully will over time progressively seem more and more profoundly enabled.  This is not the stuff of prophets, but merely of obedient and wise persons — sages, not prophets.  The rabbi Jesus was a brilliant sage, not a prophet or miracle worker.

“The secret of the Lord is with the righteous…” “Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find …”

This means that it is well worth while to study the NT teachings of Jesus (and his disciples), to find those that represent genuine logical articulations of the wisdom-literature’s paradigmatic frame of reference, since this frame cogently unpacks the semantic content of nature’s light more often than not. The one caveat here remains the needed restoring of the Book of Proverbs itself, and perhaps the early chapters of Genesis and those of the more universal Psalms.

Added to this study should be our ongoing study of the prelogical categories and conditions (often dubbed “transcendentals” in philosophy — see Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason) and their necessary implicates as a basis for comparing with the results of our more literary counterpart to this study.  This enables us to check our homework. My own research so far indicates that a wisdom-oriented version of set theory would probably work best to begin this task — Spanish barbers not included, and by the way, has anyone seen ockham’s razor?