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Those who know me know that I get about a bit. I get to mix with some of the most fascinating people and some of the more insane; you know the type, the sort of people who moan about Starbucks’ position on tax – whilst they’re sitting in a Starbucks, drinking Starbucks coffee.
I was sat in a park in Leeds with a former member of a Latvian all-girl rock group when she told me that the most important things in life aren’t things. You are singing to the choir when you share such wisdom with me. I know that it’s not rocket science but it is profound. To you and I it may be obvious but for those who need a gentle nudge look no further than the latest research commissioned for the release of Life of Pi on DVD and Blu-ray in the UK. The message from the top 50 responses is crystal clear – concentrate on what you do have, rather than what you don’t.
- Stop worrying about money
Stop worrying about what other people think
Take two holidays a year
Enjoy the little comforts
Experience different cultures
Work to live rather than live to work
Pay off all debts
Be true to yourself
Concentrate on what you have instead of what you don’t have
Use Money for fun rather than for a rainy day
Make time for family and friends
Try all types of food
Find true love
Travel to a least 25 foreign countries
Go outside more
Learn a new language
Be well thought of by family and friends
Help your family when they’re in need
Lose 6 kg in weight
Treat each day like it’s your last
Visit all Britain’s historical landmarks
Book an impulsive last-minute holiday
Volunteer for a charity
Take up a challenge
Go on Safari
Blow money shopping
Learn a new instrument
- Been married for longer than 20 years
- Save money for your grandchildren to enjoy
- Start a family
- Earn more than your age
- Have a pet
- Drive a really fast car
- Travel alone
- Keep children on the straight and narrow
- Meet strangers
- Move away from home to an unfamiliar place
- Have a one night stand
- Pass your driving test
- Get a degree
- Rescue someone so you’re a hero for a while
- Date someone exciting but completely wrong
- Get a promotion
- Reach your career peak by 40
- Have an all night drinking session
- Perform something on stage in front of others
- Snog a stranger
- Plan a surprise party
Embark on adrenaline packed activities such as bungee jumping
Keep young by spending time with children
The Metro reports that the average person is able to tick off just eight of the fifty and that fewer than a quarter of us believe that we are living life to the full. So snogging a stranger, having a one night stand and dating someone exciting but completely wrong may not be your thing but I for one was able to combine all three.
There is perhaps nothing new in the research; some of us realized a while ago that we are experience rather than stuff junkies but for those who wish to delve furtherand explore the ideas raised in the film the Damaris Trust offers an excellent Resource
Aristotle pointed out that it is logically impossible for two contradictory beliefs both to be true at the same time but if we suspend logic momentarily we offer ourselves tremendous opportunities for self-discovery. We are no longer inhibited by the labels which we and others apply to ourselves.
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On a philosophical point, I have issues with left-right spectrums because they are one-dimensional. They can be seen to either represent a purely economic scale (state planning v free enterprise) or a measure of individual freedom, though of course the far left and the far right are equally totalitarian, with only Camp Anarchy (not to be mistaken with GTMO) inbetween as the spectrum bends into a rainbow shape and then a circle. Moving to two-dimensions with an ‘x’ axis that measures economic intervention (central planning on the left, free market on the right) and a ‘y’ axis that measures personal liberty (totalitarianism at the top, naked policemen running around smoking pot at the bottom) I am slap bang in the middle, three quarters of the way down. A position I share with Gandhi apparently, my humour has been observed to be as dry as his flip flops (more on flip flops later). All of the current main stream parties presently sit in the upper right quadrant which does go some way to explaining my feelings of isolation.
I found studying political philosophy at university very unsettling. One week I would be studying Hegel and the dialectic of materialism and nodding my head in agreement. The following week Hobbes’ Leviathan would get my vote. Edmund Burke made sense, as did Rousseau, equally so. Utilitarians and Levellers seemed appealing. Curling up with a naked fresher, reading from Camus’ L’Etranger, with a Gitanes on the go even more so. I have at times prostituted myself to each of the three main parties and on a glorious weekend in May 1997 while the country celebrated a Blair victory, a Eurovision win and Bank Holiday during which the sun shone I had new found wealth. I had seconded the Referendum Party candidate in the Hertford and Stortford constituency, much to the horror of my employers, who on being met by my name in the voting booth, gave me a pay rise, making my post politically restricted and supposedly ending any illusions of greatness.
I like to think that my politics haven’t flip-flopped but that the mainstream parties have taken various changing orbits around me. “I haven’t changed, the parties have”, of course not Mr Hutchinson and your money is safe in the bank, yes as safe as Mr Papadopoulos’ in Cyprus is. It was while dining in a Paris restaurant that I had my Eureka moment. I am not sure about French cuisine, they play about with it too much for my liking and if you ask for vegetables they treat you like one. I like a shank of lamb, a rich gravy, mashed potatoes and peas. I like chicken, roast potatoes, carrots and cabbage. I like egg and chips (beans or peas optional). I like shepherd’s pie. “What do you want for your tea?” my mother used to ask. I’d ponder, lamb, chicken, egg ‘n chips, shepherd’s pie. All good, all different, all with something to offer. And that is how it was with politics but you know what? I realised I like bloody potatoes, potatoes were the constant in every dish. In fact give me a baked potato on its own and I’m happy. Yes potatoes, baked, roasted, chipped or mashed. A bit like people, I like them in all of their varieties too. And that is when it struck me. It is the part of each of those political philosophies which deals with the individual which appeals to me. The parts that deal with the hopes, the dreams, the aspirations, the needs, the wants of the individual and the rights and responsibilities that they bear in return. Yes the individual is at the heart of my thinking. Not the state, not even the community. In fact I would go so far as to say that what is good for the individual is not necessarily good for the state and that what is good for the state is rarely good for the individual.
Each of us has our own unique journey. Each of us faces our own unique challenges. We cannot walk a step, let alone a mile in another’s shoes. Striver or shirker, pacifist or militarist, libertarian or socialist, atheist or convert, commentator or psychiatrist, each story a different individual, a different journey. Workers, soldiers, drones, queens, whether we’re talking about ants, bees or humans we each have a role to play. Mine as criticalfriend, as agent provocateur. Yes politicians and economists may be the subject of my scrutiny and the butt of my jokes but if he’s just a man whose intentions are good, please Lord don’t let him be misunderstood. And hats off to Larry for I have never had the responsibility of power fall upon my shoulders and never had those difficult choices to make.
The problem for me is that both socialism and capitalism are forms of collectivism. I am an individualist who travels light (not to be confused with an internationalist who has a lot of the baggage of the left) and a member of the new precariat, though often mistaken for a member of the elite, who finds himself much happier in the presence of a punk rocker than a banker. Bohemian Anarchist? Well maybe. I value friends, family and community but I am not a fan of the nation state. I tolerate it as it has the potential to protect against corporatism and globalisation with its steady march to neo-serfdom and a new world order but that’s about it. I go along with the monarchy, I don’t loathe it, I don’t cheer it. I’m certainly not apathetic to it though for I realise that I’d no longer be able to take the moral high ground and lampoon America as the prospect of a President Blair, a President Boris or President Branson makes me blush. It certainly wouldn’t be a beauty contest. There is a reason why politics is 18 rated.
After a recent presentation on post-war American foreign policy I was asked if I was anti-America. In short, no but let me shed more light by defining my own version of GAP analysis. I always think of a country as a stool (no pun intended) with three legs: Its Government; Its Aesthetic; and Its People.
So when I am asked, “Do you not like America?” I am happy to point to the GAP:
- Its aesthetic, its landscape and its contribution to culture, I admire;
- Its people, I respect
- Its Government, I suspect
The same holds true of my own country and any other. We come into the world alone and we leave it alone. It is the voyage of self-discovery that gives our lives meaning as we slay dragons and tilt at windmills. I’m just not a fan of my slaying and tilting being caught on CCTV. Left and right, will someone please tell our politicians that George Orwell’s 1984 is a novel, not a user manual.
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A fascinating fact has just arrived in my inbox from HARO, one of the leading platforms used by independent journalists, researchers and media professionals. Do you know what two thirds of North American journalists do once a week? Abusive responses, ignored. They use press releases. Don’t be too shocked, even in the age of tweets, pins and likes, press releases are as relevant and vital as ever.
You can learn all that you need to know about maximizing this important vehicle with the mononews e-Guide to the Press Release. It features everything from best practices in preparation, format and content to how to construct sharable releases for the social web. This thirty-five page document is no less than the ultimate resource for a new generation of press releases. And it comes from a reliable source since mononews is the leading lifestyle news distribution service in Canada. It is a must-read guide for all communications professionals and those wanting to learn about the industry.
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Occasionally I get asked to advise those embarking on a career in management. Well it certainly isn’t my style to be straight laced but I’ve never ceased to be amazed by those who take themselves a little too seriously. You had to be there to witness the look of horror on a certain recruiter’s face when I shared a few gems of wisdom garnered over twenty years in management. I considered the presentation to be such a success that it now forms the basis of one of my stand-up routines.
1 Never walk without a document in your hands
People with documents in their hands look like hard-working employees heading for important meetings. People with nothing in the hands look like they’re heading to the canteen. People with a newspaper in their hand look like they’re heading to the toilet. Above all make sure you carry loads of stuff home with you at night, thus generating the false impression that you work longer hours than you do.
2 Use computers to look busy
Any time you use a computer it looks like work to the casual observer. You can send and receive personal email, chat and generally have a blast without doing anything remotely related to work. These aren’t exactly the societal benefits that the proponents of the computer revolution would like to talk about but they’re not bad either. When you get caught by the boss and you will get caught your best defence is to claim that you’re teaching yourself to use new software to save valuable training expenses.
3 Messy desk
Top management can get away with a clean desk. For the rest of us it looks like we’re not working hard enough. Build huge piles of documents around your workspace. To the observer last year’s work looks the same as today’s work; it’s volume that counts. Pile them high and wide. If you know somebody is coming to your desk bury the document you will need half way down in an existing stack and rummage great when he or she arrives.
4 Voice mail
Never answer your phone if you have voicemail. People don’t call you just because they want to give you something for nothing, they call because they want you to do work for them. That’s no way to live. Screen all of your calls to voicemail. If somebody leaves a voice mail message for you and it sounds like impending work, respond during lunch hour when you know that they’re not there, it looks like you’re hard-working and conscientious even though you’re being a devious weasel. Which do you think came first, the telephone or the telephone-answering machine? Exactly. You are being a luddite if you answer the telephone, holding back progress and showing tremendous disrespect to the inventor of the answering machine.
5 Looking impatient and annoyed
Always try to look impatient and annoyed to give your bosses the impression that you are always busy.
6 Leave the office late
Always leave the office late, especially when the boss is still around. You could read magazines and storybooks that you always wanted to read but had no chance as a child – I missed out on Tin Tin. Make sure you walk past the boss’ room on your way out. Send important emails at unearthly hours and during bank holidays.
7 Creative sighing for effect
Sigh loudly when there are people around, giving the impression that you are under extreme pressure.
8 Stacking strategy
It is not enough to pile lots of documents on the table. Put lots of books on the floor etc (thick computer manuals are the best).
9 Building vocabulary
Read up on some computer and technical magazines and pick out all of the jargon and new products. Use the phrases freely when in conversation with bosses. Remember: they don’t have to understand what you say, but you will sound impressive.
10 Have two jackets
If you work in a big open plan office, always leave the spare jacket draped over the back of your seat. This gives the impression that you are still on the premises. The second jacket should be worn whilst wandering around elsewhere. When it is not being worn hang it in the cleaners’ cupboard. Get the cleaners’ permission and strike up a friendship with the cleaners – remember they are the ones who know what is going on.
11 Most important
Make sure your boss isn’t looking over your shoulder while you’re reading this.
Hang on a minute
Or more importantly instead of getting ‘all corporate’ and throwing a fit at the sight of such subversive advice, if you are an aspiring middle manager take pleasure in the fact that you have been warned about the antics of others. Of course if you are a leader in waiting you might want to reflect on the fact that all of the strategies outlined are a response to a management style which values control and draws its strength from a macho culture – a culture which sadly still prevails in too many organisations.
I am fortunate in that I get to travel a lot and mix with people from all walks of life. After some prompting I’ve decided to start sharing brief snapshots of some of the cities I’ve visited, so that others, as business travellers or tourists with only a limited time available may benefit.
You’re only going to get a real feel for the place on foot but different parts of Paris have a totally different feel so you’ll probably want to take full advantage of the Metro system too. You’re best deal is to buy a ‘Carnet’, that’s ten individual Metro tickets costing around £12. Tickets are valid for a single journey. You can buy your tickets from the kiosk or the automated machines with English instructions. Metro lines are numbered. RER lines have letters. You can also use a normal Metro ticket on the RER trains in the central two zones, the Metro runs until between 1230am and 1am. Like I have said before, different parts, different feels. You’ll know where you want to go but after you’ve done the obvious Louvre, Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame you’ll find yourself near one or more of the areas below:
- Rough n Ready – Around Gare Du Nord and walking to the west to Place Pigale near the Moulin Rouge (northern edges of the 9e and 10e).
- Village Charm – Montmartre (18e), more fun to work your way up from Place Blanche and gradually walk uphill to Sacre Couer. You can walk down through the gardens and take your photos looking back.
- Marais (3e), you’ll get lost but just weave through the streets. I recommend a brief visit to one of the few free museums ‘Hotel Carnavalet’, 23 Rue de Sevigne (10am to 6pm except Monday) and then heading to Place des Vognes, an open square a few hundred yards away. Lots of galleries and shops but head for ‘Carette Salon de The’ at 25 Place des Vosges, sit outside and enjoy a hot chocolate served from a silver pot into your porcelain cup.
- Designer and Class – Get off the Metro at St. Germain des Pres on the south bank. Opposite the church you’ll see Deux Magots, great for a coffee, the former haunt of Satre, Camus and Hemmingway (don’t worry it’s not a dodgy French dish, a Magot is a grotesque Chinese figurine). Just around the corner on Bld St Germain de Pres at 173 you’ll find Le Flore, another classy but reasonable place. From there you can head south to the Luxembourg Gardens, meander up to the Pantheon and Rue Descartes and call in the ‘Mayflower Pub’ for a Belgian beer.
- Big Buildings – If you’re not fussed about traipsing around the museums but want to see the sights you could head from Bld St Germain to the 7e to the National Assembly, Hotel Des Invalides (where Napoleon is buried), take in the Eiffel Tower, the Arc De Triomphe and walk down the Champs Elysees to the Concorde and the Louvre.
There is much to do but remember that museums are closed on Monday, not a bad thing when every museum will cost you around £10-£15 each. I hate organised stuff but sometimes you can find out so much by tagging along and you can be spotting places that you want to return to. If the Paris Catacombs take your fancy the entrance is at Denfert Rouchereau Metro station. Though it’s too much for a short visit the medieval village of Senlis, 45 minutes north east of Paris near Chantilly, is the birthplace of the French monarchy with gothic cathedrals, half timbered houses and cobbled streets (recommended to me but I haven’t made it yet).
Generally you’re talking about £7 for a pint and £4 for a coffee. The cheap places are crap and nearly as expensive, while the classy places aren’t always a lot more expensive. Beware of the tourist rip-off places though, €22 for a coke is the record I’ve found, don’t worry I didn’t pay it!
The French – generally they are far from ignorant. They really don’t understand you unless your pronunciation is spot on and I usually get in trouble. English and German use concept words whereas with French it is the whole sentence and its context which brings meaning. I’m told that I pronounce Monsieur, like Mon Chien (my dog); Excusez moi, like excuse mes nois (excuse my nuts). Biere a la Peche, is beer with peach syrup but when I pronounce it I ask for goldfish in a glass, Biere avec Pesce. It’s hardly fun living in an attic but I thought that I was being sophisticated describing how I lived in a Pommes de Terre. Pied e Terre, is a small flat used by folk who only need a small base midweek which translates as a foot on the ground. I on the otherhand was telling everyone that I lived in a potato. Now you can see why it’s never boring when I’m away.
And the French, well they have an unusual take on me too. One client told his colleagues, “We like the way he speaks his mind. He can express himself in a way that is shall we say… virile. That’s rare these days, and it’s good to see.” Well flattery is always welcome so thank you to a certain member of France Télévisions too who said, “Who cares if he’s English! You’re our oldest enemies and we like the way he talks! In many ways Andrew fulfils the expectations in France of what an Englishman ought to be like. He’s seen as stylish, slightly eccentric, gentlemanly, outspoken, and humorous.”
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As a consultant, a blogger, an article writer, or simply in looking for new material for my presentations and stand-up sets, I get to interview a lot of people. In this brief article I’m going to share some of my tips with you.
- Don’t over schedule – 3 x 1 hour interviews are a full day’s worth of work;
- Save the big cheese to the last – when you’re more informed;
- Find a comfy nest – pleasant, casual and neutral, with a few armchairs, a whiteboard, coffee-machine and no telephone;
- Prepare – several pages of questions;
- Don’t tire of asking, “Please give me an example?”
Remember that the main purpose of an interview is to gather stories and illustrations, so:
- Measure your effectiveness by the number of sagas produced;
- Don’t stop digging until you understand.;
- Ask stupid questions, you’ll feel stupid afterwards if you didn’t ask the obvious;
- Think small – get the details!
Particularly in a work setting:
- You want practical illustrations of things which work, or don’t;
- Discover “the way we do things around here”, get the interviewee to jot down 10 statements which characterise the culture OR bring your best culture statements and ask interviewee to score on a 10 point scale from agree to disagree;
- Picture” a day in the life”;
- How, exactly, did you spend your time yesterday?
And no matter what the setting, who you are interviewing or why you are carrying out the interview:
- Don’t let your notes age;
- After each interview write down 6 impressions and fill in the gaps in the notes;
- Practice and observe other great interviewers;
- Watch the processes others use and reflect on own;
- What did you miss or fail to follow up on?
Good luck, feel free to let me know how you get on.
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In his book The Inspirational Leader: How to Motivate, Encourage and Achieve Success Adair (2003) poses the simple question of why one person seems to emerge in a group and be accepted as a leader over anyone else. His response is structured around four themes: what you are; what you know; what you do; and what you believe. As simplistic as this approach at first appears it draws you in.
- The first theme of what you are appears to be a combination of personal qualities and traits, addressing issues such as warmth, humility, courage, integrity and enthusiasm.
- The second theme of what you know proposes that it is knowledge that gives leaders their authority. This knowledge though is not just technical, it is about being able to motivate and enthuse others.
- The third theme of what you do is about how you respond to the needs of the task, the team, and the individual and most importantly how these interact and the context in which they do so. Some situations need managers and others need leaders. The key ingredient for Adair is change, as he believes that change creates a need for leaders and only leaders can deliver change.
- The fourth theme is what you believe. Adair takes this beyond the idea of vision and explores the impact of values, suggesting that there may be a higher spirit inspiring and guiding us. He says that leaders ask ‘why‘ in a way that convinces the intellect and engages the spirit. Adair introduces the term strategic hopefulness‘.
Much of what Adair is saying revolves around a variation of his Three Circles Model (Adair, 1988) but his introduction of values starts to strike parallels with other emerging inspirational themes. For Nicholls (1994) the inspirational message can occur anywhere and without coercion because it is about creating a compelling vision that changes people‘s paradigms. This is the ‘heart‘ that he refers to in his essay Heart, Head and Hands’ of Transforming Leadership. The notion of strategic hopefulness or inner focus emphasising the need for balance between a person‘s work and their personal life is a major tenet of Kyle‘s (1998) work in which he identifies the four powers of leadership as: cultivating presence, intention, wisdom and compassion.
Adair‘s (2003) work is appealing but for radicalism and a real insight into inspirational leadership Greenleaf‘s (1977) concept that the common characteristic of a great leader is that he is first a servant and that the desire to lead comes from the desire to serve is profound. Servant leaders articulate a vision and a dream which excites the imagination of followers but the key is that it is the trust in which they are held that is the source of their authority used to overcome the challenges.
Does this mean that we are now searching for a new kind of leadership to emboldening us to face the challenges of the twenty first century or simply looking for more ways of trying to package a concept that we still fail to fully understand?
ADAIR,J. (1988) Effective Leadership, London: Pan
ADAIR, J. (2003) The Inspirational Leader: How to Motivate, Encourage and Achieve Success, London: Kogan Page
GREENLEAF, R. K. (1977) Servant Leadership, New York: Paulist Press
KYLE, D. T. (1998), Four Powers of Leadership: Cultivating Presence, Intention, Wisdom and Compassion, FL: Health Communications
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There is a right way and a wrong way to run a brainstorm or ideation meeting. A little preparation pays dividends. It is very important to separate the two phases of the meeting. The first part of the meeting is Idea Generation when you use divergent thinking. The second part is Idea Selection when you use convergent thinking. Here are my top tips for a meeting that will produce great ideas:
Before the Meeting:
1. Choose a diverse group. Six to ten people is ideal. If at all possible bring in some provocative outsiders to challenge the conventional thinking in your team.
2. Appoint a facilitator. Ideally the facilitator should be external to the group. They can use different techniques to manage the process. The manager is often a poor choice for this role as they cannot stop themselves shaping the content.
3. Meet offsite. Getting away from the office somehow helps to break conventional thinking. Unusual locations are good. I have run ideation meetings in a zoo, a museum, an art gallery and a castle.
Idea Generation Using Divergent Thinking
4. Suspend judgment. No-one is allowed to criticise or even discuss an idea. As ideas are expressed they are simply recorded. This can be done on post-its, lap-tops or flip charts but no fault-finding or comments are allowed to slow the process of idea flow.
5. Go for quantity. Quantity leads to quality in brainstorms so don’t stop until you have a large number of ideas – typically 60 to 100 or more.
6. Go beyond reason. Wild ideas are useful because they challenge boundaries and provoke other fresh ideas. It is easier to tame a wild idea than to inject something radical into a bland one.
7. Ride on other people’s Ideas. When one person suggests a creative concept others should chip in with extensions, developments and specific ways to make it happen. Piggyback on each other’s notions.
8. Displace people out of routine thinking. There are many good techniques to do this – one of my favorites is SCAMPER.
Idea Selection Using Convergent Thinking
9. Set criteria. Make an initial sift of the ideas using some broad criteria agreed with the group. For example we want ideas that will please customers, increase awareness and can be implemented in the next 12 months.
10. Discuss the short list. When you are down to say 10 or 12 good ideas then discuss them constructively. Sometimes there is a clear consensus as to which are the best. Sometimes you might want to vote to see which are the most popular. Whittle the list down to a handful of really good ideas.
11. Assign actions. Start the ball rolling by assigning follow-up actions for the best ideas. Add them to your to do list and make sure they are expedited. The brainstorm is worthwhile only if it delivers actions.
You should run regular brainstorm meetings with your team. They should be fun and motivational for people. They can deliver the ideas and innovations you need to transform your organization.
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Dharmesh Shah, Founder and CTO at HubSpot and Blogger at OnStartups.com has ruffled a few feathers with his post on How To Get Press: Don’t Pitch Your Product on LinkedIn. He tells us all that most pitches fall flat and are likely to be completely ignored. He tells us that when we offer to help people we should solve problems and help them to learn from our mistakes. By doing this he suggests that bloggers and writers will be a lot more interested. You know I think that he makes a very good point. While you may think the “5 steps to” or “4 ways to” approach is overdone, keep in mind readers love them… and even if I decide not to frame the story that way, developing mental bullet points ahead of time is a great way to organise your information.
Well my accumulated wisdom boils down to a very simple set of rules:
It really is that simple. So whatever you do, wherever you are, see if they make a difference for you and let me know how you get on.
Those looking for an informative and refreshingly honest take on the recent assault on the price of gold could do a lot worse than check out this article by Hugo Salinas Price, entitled 4-12 PSYOPS.
He believes that the purpose of the 4-12 Psyops was to instill fear in the minds of the “target audience” – investors in gold. If you shoot a crow, and hang it up in your field, the crows – your “target audience” – will avoid the field. The same principle applies to investors in gold. Of course the identity of the target audience of the Psyops War on Gold is clearly revealed in the front-page article of the “Financial Times”, American edition, on Tuesday April 16, 2013. Under the main headline, “Investors in rush to dump gold” is a graph of the performance of the gold price from January 3, 2011 to date, showing essentially no gain at all. Notice the wording: Investors - rush - dump gold”. Of course this is nothing new, lest we forget,
“Through the use of terror, man can be reduced to a childlike and submissive state, in which his powers of reason are clouded, and in which his emotional response to various situations and stimuli can become predictable” L. Wolfe, “Brainwashing: How The British Use The Media for Mass Psychological Warfare”. The American Almanac, May 5, 1997
To paraphrase Churchill, most men stumble over the truth from time to time but most manage to pick themselves up, dust themselves down and manage to carry on as if nothing happened. It is amazing (or not) that most of us have managed to stumble upon the truth when our entire educational system is against us. To quote one wiser than me:
“The whole educational and professional training system is a very elaborate filter, which just weeds out people who are too independent, and who think for themselves, and who don’t know how to be submissive, and so on –because they’re dysfunctional to the institutions.” Noam Chomsky
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