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If you saw “60 Minutes” last night …

Posted on April 1, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (3)

If you saw “60 Minutes” last night, you know that Elon Musk is a billionaire entrepreneur who, as head of Tesla Motors, has built an electric car that goes from zero to sixty mph in four seconds. He is also the cofounder of Space X, which builds launch vehicle rockets and spacecraft. And these are […]

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When someone tries to twist your words …

Posted on March 30, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (1)

When someone tries to twist your words, change your meanings, or restate your intentions, it can be very confusing to you if you know your hands are clean. Why would someone want to slander you? Who knows? He may envy you because of your accomplishments; he may be frustrated over his own failures; or he […]

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A friend of mine, one of the …

Posted on March 29, 2014 by Robert Ringer No Comments

A friend of mine, one of the most honest people I know, was recently lamenting the fact that so many liars are held in high esteem by others. And he was right. As we have all witnessed, liars are often among the most popular people in society (e.g., many politicians), which is both nauseating and […]

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In George Orwell’s “1984” …

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Robert Ringer No Comments

In George Orwell’s “1984”, Big Brother’s slogan was: War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength. Orwell’s point was that people can be made to believe just about anything if they hear it often enough. […]

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In our instant-gratification society …

Posted on March 23, 2014 by Robert Ringer No Comments

In our instant-gratification society, I am concerned that young people do not understand that consistently making decisions geared toward long-term happiness does not preclude them from being happy in the short term as well. What it does mean is that if they constantly opt for instant gratification without regard to the long-term consequences of their […]

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A Malaysian airliner disappears …

Posted on March 22, 2014 by Robert Ringer No Comments

A Malaysian airliner disappears into thin air … the Supreme Court rules it’s legal for the government to force people to buy a product … 9/11 kills 3,000 civilians … the U.S. fights two wars that are both longer than World War II … cell phones do things that computers could not do fifteen years […]

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Freedom is not about …

Posted on March 21, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (1)

Freedom is not about government-enforced security and equality. On the contrary, freedom is about insecurity and inequality. The price of freedom is not only eternal vigilance, but also self-responsibility. And an integral part of self-responsibility is that no one has a right to anything other than what others are willing to pay him, without government […]

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Rather than banning the word …

Posted on March 17, 2014 by Robert Ringer No Comments

Rather than banning the word “bossy,” why don’t we just ban people who actually are bossy, starting with those who want to tell others how they should live their lives. It’s the height of arrogance to tell others what is right and wrong for them, yet politicians and self-anointed moralists are obsessed with doing just […]

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Beware of overconfidence …

Posted on March 14, 2014 by Robert Ringer No Comments

Beware of overconfidence. Always keep in mind that fate sits on the other side of the table of life plotting future problems and obstacles for you. It’s not a question of whether you will experience adversity (You will!), but how you handle it when it makes its appearance — as well as what you learn […]

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In offering their opinions …

Posted on March 12, 2014 by Robert Ringer No Comments

In offering their opinions on just about every issue imaginable, all media pundits — repeat, ALL — totally ignore the F Factor: FORCE. Mao had it right about the underlying source of all political power — the barrel of a gun — but the normalcy bias lulls naïve Americans into believing it could never happen […]

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