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.

Another entertaining Podcast

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 5:52pm

Image cannot be displayed Well, why not another podcast. Its sure easier than writing a whole article with footnotes and everything.

And I just don't understand why Bo won't return my calls. I thought we really had something going there a couple of days ago.

Disclaimer: My trading advice is not intended to advise you. I just cannot keep my mouth shut.

Somebody say Podcast?

Friday, July 17, 2015 - 7:44pm

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Well, I am no Turd, and my market views should be carefully examined and questioned, possibly ridiculed, and not traded. But since friday's are just not the same without a podcast...

I sort of tried to arrange an interview with Bo Polny, but couldn't find his name in the phone book.

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Let me tell you a story...

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 12:41pm

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Some years ago, when my kids were young and bouncy, we took a drive with another family in a big van to another town, with their three kids and ours. The five kids (8, 9, 11, 12 & 13) were restless. So I tried an experiment. I began telling them a story. They all tuned in immediately.

We love stories. We believe stories. We construct our world on the stories we hear. We connect the dots, put the puzzle together... and it becomes truth for us.


Monday, March 23, 2015 - 8:50am

Bill held the stick by the branches of the Y pinched between his thumbs and palms (at the end of his lifelines), palms up, wrapped his fingers around next, and then curled his wrists upwards causing the stem of the Y to point upwards, and started walking slowly across the sandy field, chanting an ancient rhyme with his eyes closed. ( Actually, I am kidding about the chant and closed eyes ) Then it happened!

The stick went “zoink,” twisting downward in his hands with the stem purportedly pointing at the water underground.

“I didn’t do that.” Bill said.

Buying Bug-out Bunkers 101

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 12:07pm

My wife and I will be completing a sale on our new bug-out property in a couple of weeks. We are getting a smoking deal. I know that many of you are interested in a similar deal, but perhaps do not know all the tricks of the trade to get the kind of deal you deserve . Not that I know them all either, but we have had some experience buying properties on the cheap and I simply wanted to share what we have learned and open a conversation that invites the expertise of several real estate pros that I know haunt these forums.

What if we are wrong?

Sunday, January 25, 2015 - 10:27am

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In the spirit of considering both sides of a question, why not take a thought trip and explore a future where all of our relatives and friends who have rolled their eyes at us turn out to be right? What if we have been deluded all along…

The other 1%—Ready, Relaxed and Right

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 12:25pm

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I suspect a quick scan of the headlines each morning as the markets open, and reading a bit in the afternoon to catch up is all that is needed. With that much attention, we can stay on our toes. All y’all here will keep us apprised of significant stories that indicate what may come and when. But getting stressed out about it--that is for the birds.

Why didn’t someone tell me?

Thursday, January 1, 2015 - 12:59pm

Well, the new year is here, 2015, and may are predicting dire happenings. Perhaps I am just preaching to the choir today, but maybe a line or two here will strike a chord, or can be passed along to others. I wish someone would have told me about metals much sooner. I don't mind that I finally got on the train at a bad time. I am on and not getting off. I know it is not about investing any longer, but perhaps investing is a good angle from which to bring up the topic these days--people understand that. What they do not get is the FED, CFR, IMF, Bilderberger, globalist, Wall Street, corrupt, criminal, fiat-manipulating conspiracy.

"Save us, Oh FED"

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 12:22pm

Image cannot be displayed Turd deserves a day off!

And we must have something new to read!

I was on an anniversary vacation (27 years) in lovely Sedona Arizona yesterday when I noticed the headline on the USA Today weekend edition praising the FED for saving the stock markets. I had to stop and read ... It just burns me to see news manipulation in action while I am trying to relax.

Weekend Reading & Soul Searching

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 1:05pm

Keeping our perspective in weeks like this helps all of us to keep our cool and act rationally in our own personal best interests. After I stopped screaming Friday afternoon, I was struck with the necessity of a healthy perspective. Come on in to re-read (or read for the 1st time) several "Epic Posts" by members here that may just help us keep our heads. The heart of hte matter seems to be our commitment to hold on to our story of Keynesian failure, rather than giving into the MSM story of Keynesian success, selling our metals, writing off our losses, and re-joining the larger society. It seems to be a choice that many readers here have to revisit every couple of weeks. Are we fooling ourselves in massive cognitive dissonance, or are we right? ( image by Pining )