The Peripatetic School

I am a college teacher. In 2012 gave up a tenured endowed professorship to move home to Arizona and simply be a teacher again. My blood pressure dropped by 30 pts within two months of the change. I teach people how to communicate--male-female, conflict mediation, in organizations, rhetoric, propaganda, public speaking and nonverbal.

I encourage and teach my students to embrace ethical behavior from both a religious perspective (see the Bible) and a utilitarian perspective (see Jeremy Bentham). I encourage the acceptance of all people and views. As both John Milton and John Stuart Mill both taught, the only chance we have at finding the truth is to listen to everyone, analyze, and evaluate. Yet as both philosophers also argued, some groups are too dangerous to let have free reign with the privilege of public discourse. free speech must be earned and respected.

I try not to criticize any person, only point out the errors in their logic and the ramifications of their choices.

I an neither democrat or republican, but an active member of the community who cares deeply about how our communities, counties, state and nation are functioning.

I am not anti-government, just anti oppression. I pay taxes because I like nice roads and schools, but my family business takes full advantage of a myriad of legal tax loopholes via my accountant's good advice. Everyone should start a business.

I hope my humble musings, rants, speech analysis and occasional investment comments will be helpful to all. I occasionally post the results of my investing forays, but only so that you might not duplicate my folly.

Off the Deep End

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 9:30am

In late October of 2016, I foolishly posted my reasons for voting for Trump on Facebook for all my friends & family to read. They did. And they proceeded to beat the hell out of me, or stand by and watch. No doubt most thought, “Don’t know what’s wrong with that boy.” “He’s gone off the deep end”

Don't look at us. Gold did it!

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 9:22am

“What did gold do last night?” what is gold gonna do today? Will gold move higher, lower, or run flat? My best friend calls me each week and asks, "Where is gold heading?"

How mysterious it all is… when gold rises or falls. No wonder you have to be a “wizard” to understand the markets.

Politics and economics--Sorry, they cannot be separated

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 10:49am

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The other night, I could not sleep, and as usual I went downstairs, stoked up the fire, and began to let my mind wander, digging out my subconscious concerns so I could face them. And as usual, my 22 year old daughter, who is a night owl, wandered downstairs and said, “Hi Dad. Can’t sleep? What’s on your mind?” She plopped down on the couch next to me and we started talking.

An alternative to prepping

Monday, January 2, 2017 - 8:11am

In 2007, my wife and I owned 8 rental properties and a home in the Midwest. We were up to our ears in debt, but the budget worked due to incoming rents. The recession punched our rental business in the nose. All of our equity was wiped out in a few months. Every property was “under water.” Even our home was under water. As the housing market slowly recovered from 2009 to 2016, we were able to finally sell all the property and move back West closer to family, but we still booked a loss on every single one. Four years ago we left behind our 5 acre paradise and moved into a condo in a college town. Now I am ready for a different kind of life.

A short-term bear

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 7:13am

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I recall back in the wild days leading up to May of 2011 that a number of regulars on the old blogspot site began to warn of a downturn in silver. They were nearly shouted off the discussion boards with some blunt words. This place was a bullish as it gets and I watched the AG price rise up through the 40s with greed and glee. But the bears were right, and those who took the warning seriously and hedged their stacks did not regret it.

Boating accidents

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 11:06am

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Only a fool boasts about their stack to friends. Yet, we want to encourage friends & family to stack. But if I tell a good friend, and he casually mentions it down at the pub after a few beers, I better be prepared.

Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t.

Monday, September 5, 2016 - 8:34pm

When the muse visits, one must start writing.

Here are some late afternoon musings I hope will make this 3-day weekend pass more thoughtfully. And maybe, Craig will feel less pressure to crank out a post in the early morning to explain what is going on.

It is always good to slow down and analyze.

Evidence-Based Policy

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 6:44am

A funny coincidence occurred recently—yet another week when the Fed is hinting, signaling, screaming (but probably lying) that they will raise interest rates. A colleague asked me if I would review an article she has written for an encyclopedia on research methods. Her article explains “Evidence-Bassed Policy.” So I’d like to muse about the FED’s decision-making methods here in this short essay, and contrast them with the theory behind their stated rationale.

Sunday reading... How to get out of trouble.

Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 12:44pm

Traditionally, when one's character is impugned, one must defend themselves publicly. Traditionally this is done either through a duel or a speech. As much as some of us might love to see a duel, we’ll have to settle for talk. Traditionally, the impugned person would deliver that speech (advised by a PR team), but today it usually an underling as advised by that same PR team. So what are the Democrats doing to save face and recover their honor after revelations that they have colluded with the media to rig their Primary Election process?

Hint: It's certainly not the right thing .

On Forests and Trees

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 8:25am

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About 20 years ago I was working at an Intel Plant in Albuquerque NM on a construction crew. At lunchtime each day, many of us would leave the plant and drive a mile to one of the fast food places up the road. Often we would be a few minutes late coming back. You know what happened next. A general contractor superintendent got pissed off, counting minutes and multiplying by hourly wages. They “reacted.” They made a new rule: Anyone who comes back from lunch late will be fired.