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Money

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Time, space and money. I was going to follow up my discussion of time with a discussion of space, and I still may write urlabout space in a future blog.  But I thought money, especially at this time of year, was a better topic. Space is a strange topic and not easy to write about, especially from the perspective of deep reality in which there is the high probability that space, like time, is actually an illusion. Money, although also an illusion, is easier to understand.

I recently met with Gary Renard the author of the Disappearance of the Universe and other bestselling titles that challenge our concept of time and space. In addition to being a wonderful author, workshop leader, and speaker, Gary is also a stock market day trader. He has done extremely well day trading lately, as have others with stock investments over the last year. 2013 in fact was the year in which the stock market reached new highs on almost a daily basis.  Gary seems to have the money issue figured out, at least for the present. (more…)

Follow the Money

Monday, October 14th, 2013

It’s been said that money makes the world go round.  There is no doubt that to a great degree this is true.  We live in a day 61938659_9468d076c0_oand age where money rules our lives. It occurs to me that money has been ruling the world for quite some time. But today is different. Let me explain.

An Associated Press article just reported that 110 individuals control thirty-five percent of the entire Russian economy.  Each one of these individuals is likely a multi-billionaire. The skewed distribution of wealth in other developing countries, especially Mexico and much of South America and Africa, is likely similar.  And although the distribution of wealth and control in Europe, Asia, and the United States is less skewed, the reality is that a very small percentage of human beings are controlling the majority of wealth in the world.

I exaggerate the situation in my novel, The Power of Twelve, suggesting that 319 families control ninety percent of the wealth on Earth 769. Though as a novelist I exaggerate the situation for dramatic impact, the reality here on our earth in 2013 is not much better. Several estimates suggest that at most 30,000 families control at least fifty percent of the economic resources on our planet. Why does this matter? (more…)

Coast to Coast

Friday, October 4th, 2013

This coming Monday from 11:00 pm to 2:00 am I will be on the national radio show Coast to Coast with host George 3748933808_59916827f7_oNoory 600 am in San Diego.  Coast to Coast has the largest audience of any late night talk show. Part of the reason for this is that George is not afraid to have controversial guests on the show. George also is an astute interviewer and has a sense of the larger purpose of the show, which is not just to entertain but to take on serious topics and allow his listeners to voice their opinions with call in questions that range from the absurd to the absurdly astute. I am looking forward to our three hours together and hope the late night owls among you will stay up and see what George has in store for us. Those of you on the east coast who are not likely to be up from 2:00 to 5:00 a.m. might think about listening to the broadcast on your own schedule by going to the Coast to Coast web site where all the shows are archived.

With the publication of my novel The Power of Twelve this week I have been doing lots of radio shows. This morning was New Orleans, last night Cleveland, the day before Florida. I am enjoying the radio shows and most of the hosts are asking me to come back. Although the primary topic is The Power of Twelve, the specific topics and questions are far ranging.   A caller from Cleveland wanted to know what I thought about the French structural anthropologist Claude Levi Strauss. The host wanted to know what it was like working with Rod Serling.  Other callers were interested in learning what I knew about George W. Bush and his relationship to Yale’s secret society of Skull and Bones. I have opinions and knowledge on all of these topics and it is fun to have such a diverse range of questions.  Either directly or indirectly, all of these topics are actually related to the novel. (more…)

Dynamic Change

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

In my role as an author, media consultant and literary agent I am often perceived as a catalyst for change. I have explorationinnovationchampioned many authors and ideas that were unknown or unexplored and that other agents and business professionals preferred to ignore. I have always been a bit of a risk taker in business; more importantly however, I thrive on the stimulation from exploring the unknown and taking on early-stage ideas and helping them to manifest.

There is some irony in that in my personal life I am change adverse. I like my routines and am content with following a set schedule for combining regular tennis, beach walks, golf and dining experiences with a basic core group of friends. When I find a restaurant I like I go there often, eschewing opportunities to try new dining experiences. I am even that way with golf courses, preferring my regular courses rather than going far afield.  Even the food I prepare at home is quite predictable, only differing based on seasonality or daily and monthly specials from my wonderful Deli at Seaside Market. Yes, in my personal life I am somewhat predictable. (more…)