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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

To Read or Not to Read

To Read or Not to Read

To not read is not an option for many, though one wishes it was not an option for all. I personally prefer non-fiction works, especially historical and biographical, similar to these recent reads I have pictured here.

One can partake in unimaginable journeys through a plethora of historic time periods and never leave their chair.
Books provide vacations of a minimal cost and travels filled with the maximum of adventures, and one book generally leads to many more.

If one is into 'classics', many can be found at Amazon for your Kindle . . . for free.

A few ‘reading’ quote to ponder:

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves... self-discipline with all of them came first.”
Harry S Truman

“You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
Ray Bradbury

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
— Stephen King

“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.”
— Anne Frank

“It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.”
— Isaac Asimov

“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”
— Maya Angelou

“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly — they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
— Aldous Huxley

“I'm very shy really. I spend a lot of time in my room alone reading or writing or watching television.”
Johnny Cash

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

CBT & FACTA - Overview for USA Expats

A great overview for USA Expats:

Think You Can Leave the US? Think Again!
(Or, the United States as a Fiscal Prison)
Blog Post by Laura Snyder / 19 February 2018


- FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act - Obama Administration 2010) -

- Citizenship-based taxation (CBT) –

- Renouncing US citizenship –

- Unfavorable treatment of INDIVIDUALS and notably of individuals who reside outside the US –

- The United States is often referred to as an “empire” –

- USA is becoming an important tax haven –

- Meghan Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry -


More Info and Links Galore HERE

For those USA Expat Crypto-currency traders - an article HERE

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Psychopathy / Antisocial, Narcissistic & Histrionic Personality Disorders

For fiction writers, crime fiction in particular, knowing the personality traits behind the characters you create is vital, as well as adding  one or more 'notable' inconsistencies that are necessary to keep the character(s) unpredictability alive and vibrant.

The following may help you with some foundational information... at least the questions can be used to develop the trait(s) necessary to portray the character the way you wish.

Even among professionals, there is confusion about the meanings and differences between psychopathy, sociopathy, antisocial and histrionic personality disorder, and much more so amongst persons who sense problems in their relation to others but need orientation on where these problems might derive from. This test tries to assist in checking for traits of each of these disorders separately and then giving separate results for each of them.

A test checking for traits of the following personality disorders can be found online:
     Psychopathy / Antisocial Personality Disorder
     Narcissistic Personality Disorder
     Histrionic Personality Disorder

Take the test yourself HERE

More info HERE - and HERE

Note for those with professional backgrounds (legal system, corrections, criminology, police, etc.),
I've coined a two-sided lucky Sixpence concept to help differentiate between the 'normal' and the 'professional' applications resulting from this test:

   1. Selective Psychopathy
   2. Situational Psychopathy

The two are inclusive and reflect a dependency upon one another (a two-sided coin).

If... your profession requires contact with individuals and circumstances 'forcing' a Situational Psychopathic approach, then your professionalism requires a Selective Psychopathic applicatory response to each of those situations.

So, in short (for writers), you can use many of the Psychopathy test's attributes to portray your 'good' characters performing their duties as police, lawyers, judges, politicians, etc.