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Friday, June 22, 2018

Reading: Ammunition for the Battle of Life

Ammunition for the Battle of Life

But there is no such thing as a hundred books that are best for all men, or for the majority of men, or for one man at all times; and there is no such thing as a five-foot library which will satisfy the needs of even one particular man on different occasions extending over a number of years.

Milton is best for one mood and Pope for another. Because a man likes Whitman or Browning or Lowell he should not feel himself debarred from Tennyson or Kipling or Korner or Heine or the Bard of the Dimbovitza. Tolstoy's novels are good at one time and those of Sienkiewicz at another; and he is fortunate who can relish "Salammbo" and "Tom Brown" and the "Two Admirals" and "Quentin Durward" and "Artemus Ward" and the "Ingoldsby Legends" and "Pickwick" and "Vanity Fair."

Why, there are hundreds of books like these, each one of which, if really read, really assimilated, by the person to whom it happens to appeal, will enable that person quite unconsciously to furnish himself with much ammunition which he will find of use in the battle of life.

-Theodore Roosevelt

 Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography by Theodore Roosevelt
Free at Project Gutenberg: HERE

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