Breakthrough Discoveries You Must See Before The Upcoming Election

Dear Readers,

After years of research and exhaustive investigation, I have published my first book, revealing discoveries that cannot be found anywhere else. With your support, this great venture will make a difference for our communities in America. The discoveries in Economic Sovereignty: Prosperity in a Free Society, are normally sold to private corporate clients in the form of special reports and whitepapers, at the cost of over $500 each. Because I believe in empowering you, I instead chose to present the discoveries in an affordable book that is easy to read. It comes just in time for the upcoming election of our new President, and no matter who you currently favor, this knowledge is critical to your informed consent when you cast your final vote. Taxation, wealth, poverty, jobs, economics, and inequality is grossly misrepresented by many of our leaders. When you discover the truth, you will be astounded.

It is up to us to require our leaders to pursue optimal policies on our behalf. I am greatly concerned that you might walk into the polls on election day fed with the misinformation spread through network TV broadcasts and misconceived political speeches. If you do, we will repeat recent history. In 2008, thirty years of housing and banking interventions culminated in the most severe economic collapse in a generation. Even though Nobel-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz suggested that the banks should fail, and our greatest economists argued against the bailouts and stimulus debts, our leaders insulted our intelligence by preaching oversimplified falsehoods like “Wall Street greed.” Nary a public official gave honest explanations of the collapse that legendary economist Thomas Sowell presented in The Housing Boom and Bust. Our leaders kicked the can down the road back then, and the day of reckoning now approaches, with the median estimate of economists in a recent Bloomberg survey predicting recession in 2018.

But historic events of national proportion are not the only items of concern. On a daily basis we see economic erosion when college graduates live with their parents while trying to hang on to irregular jobs. We see the economic erosion when people cannot afford health insurance, new houses, college payments, or retirement savings. We see the economic erosion when the only way that low-income Americans can afford children is to game the welfare system by having kids out of wedlock. We see the economic erosion when our elderly cannot afford to leave their children anything of significant value when they pass on. As free people, we are responsible for understanding wealth and taxation in simple terms so that we can make the best decisions for our loved ones and family, during challenging times.

With this groundbreaking book, you and I have mutual needs. I need your support to recover some of the great financial losses I sustained to make these discoveries, and to continue future investigations. You need the discoveries to understand the economic environment that you and your family have been trying to navigate. Your simple support and generosity will set you apart from the great masses of our neighbors who continue to unwittingly feed our economic perdition. With the knowledge you gain, you can help them to see the light. This $500 value is yours for only $9.99 to $34.99, depending on what you prefer:

  1. The Kindle version is $9.99. It features color charts and photos when viewed on color devices.
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Discover Social Facts: U.S. Racial History Estimate

Each of the one-hundred charts published in Economic Sovereignty was curated with meticulous precision. The question emerged: how do U.S. demographics compare to the demographics of the world? Race is just one of many factors. I received a challenge from a local political science enthusiast when I showed him the chart. He suspected that American whites were overrepresented in statistics, but he wanted to see how I figured out that the most accurate estimate of whites in America was 55%:

This conflicts with most major publications. Why? The truth is contained in what we consider to be the definition of race.

When you think of what “white” race looks like in America, do you think of The Simpsons? The Brady Bunch? Hillary and Bill Clinton? Bernie Sanders? Donald and Ivanka Trump? Family Guy? Bing Crosby? Margaret Thatcher? If the answer is “yes,” then only 55% of America is white. Would you consider people who speak Spanish, identify with Latin American culture, and watch Telemundo to be white or Hispanic?

The problem comes from the definition of race in the regulations that have governed statistical collection in the United States. Officially, “Hispanic” is not a race, but an ethnicity, and about half of U.S. Hispanics are “white Hispanics.” Can a person be “racist” against Jews or Muslims? How? Are Judaism and Islam races or religions? Do Jews forbid blacks and Dravidians from converting to their religion? Would they say that they were not really Jews if they did, because of their genetics? Officially, North African and Middle Easterners are considered “white” by the U.S. statistical categories. If that’s the case, then it would be impossible for a “white” person to be “racist” against a Middle Easterner – since the government claims that they are also white.

In technical terms, it would be possible to be “bigoted” or “prejudiced” against an ethnicity, such as Hispanics, Jews, and various Muslims. Racism is a very specific form of prejudice against a person because of their visible genetic manifestations – such as morphology and skin color. People offer prejudice against ethnicities, cultural and political groups much more frequently. Due to intra-Islamic rivalries, there are Muslims who are prejudiced against other ethnicities of Muslims.

I once knew a Sufi Muslim who scowled upon hearing of another Islamist terror attack. He uttered, “Disgusting Wahhabis.” At the time, nobody knew if the killers were Shia. It was as if Hezbollah and Houthis did not exist to him. Yet out of the other side of his mouth, he would say, “do not refer to radical Islamic terror.” He wanted people to join his prejudice against Sunni Muslims instead. Using the term “racist” is not only inaccurate, it leads to glaring contradictions, and obscures visceral prejudice against other identity groups such as black conservatives or rural whites.

To reconcile these contradictions, we consider race in terms of ethnoracial identity, and that is what my chart accurately represents. It makes absolutely no sense to present ethnicities such as Middle Easterners, Jews, and Hispanics as white people occasionally in crime reports, housing data, national demographic data, or other analyses, and then single them out as minorities in other inquiries.

The categories black, white, Hispanic, and other encompass America’s general perception of ethnoracial identity. My data analysis includes greater precision, but it’s lost in a small chart, so Asians, Pacific Islanders, Dravidians, Sinhalese (and other Indians), Native Americans, North Africans, Middle Easterners, etc. are included in the “other” category. The Hispanic category represents all Hispanics.

I believe that this ethnoracial identity ontology more accurately depicts common public perceptions of race. You could reproduce my chart using these assumptions, and the citations for the source data (there are numerous sources required for the estimate). The citations are published within Economic Sovereignty. Instead, you could just cite the chart from my book, but I’d be very interested in any cross-validation of my result with other researchers who have used the same set of assumptions.

World Population, Depopulation, Immigration, and the Cliffs of Saipan – Part One, World Population & The Saipan Analogy

Last night I successfully derived the most accurate population estimate for practical use in analytics that exists today. It is incredibly alarming; this is one “hockey-stick” curve that is accurate, with dire consequences. The blue line shows global population, from 10,000 BC to 2014 AD. The orange line shows annual growth of human population for the same time range.

The Population Situation

The global population is sustainable for now; however, there are billions of lives that hang on invisible stuntmen wires, and the only thing that keeps them from plummeting to their deaths is a crew of devoted workers who they cannot see and do not appreciate. If one crew member gets sick, and takes a day off, the fanciful actor will fall, and his entire illusion will come crashing down with him – millions will die. To understand how fragile our global population is, we should look to the things that balanced it in the past.

Prior to the Age of Science & Materialism

There were only five population declines, caused by war, disease, and natural disaster, and they all occurred prior to the advent of Sir Francis Bacon’s Scientific Method. As with most things in nature, human population growth was cyclical and nearly flat. Culling the population from ancient to medieval times was done by famine, maternal death, serfdom, slavery, constant warfare, disease, and cultural injustices posing as social justice. A disordered society could not maintain the balance needed to keep food production sufficient. As a consequence, social misfits were subjected to executions, torture, honor duels, human sacrifice, gladiatorial combat, and instant justice – no matter how misconstrued their offenses were.

Brutal Native American Indians like the Iroquois and Sandwich Islanders resorted to cannibalism, widespread infanticide, and torture of derelicts and enemies. The Incans, Mayans, and Aztecs of Latin America perpetrated human sacrifice and hellish forms of slavery that made the U.S. cotton fields feel like purgatory. Building ziggurats and breathing in pulverized limestone were not tasks that a free man would choose. Across the globe, China’s first emperor would also put his slaves to task on brutal construction jobs. In Africa, the Dahomey Kingdom, which supplied many African slaves to Asia, Europe, and the Americas, slaughtered the wives of the king when he died, along with thousands of prisoners. Dahomey soldiers had decapitation quotas when they went on raids. If they returned without enough grotesque skulls, their own head would be taken to make up the difference. In Asia and Europe, centuries of brutality were colored by wars of religion, oppressive serfdom, and control of resources. European and Asian witch hunts, vendettas, and honor culture supplanted their old human sacrifice, gladiatorial combat, ancient, and barbarian carnage that was similar to more recent African, Latin American, and Native American brutality.

Across the entire globe, there was always a reason to kill, and always a reason to put transgressors, opponents, and misfits in their place. When human beings are competing against hard limits for survival, culture develops systematic ways to rationalize adaptation – even when it involves slavery, killing, stealing and rationing resources. Religion, government, and family tradition were the vehicles for these rationalizations (excuse-making), prior to the age of science.

The flat-line of human growth was held in check by nature, and brutal culture kept mankind in check as it competed at the limits of its own sustenance.

During the Scientific Revolution

The following chart shows a higher resolution sample of the last five-hundred years of population growth:

The natural and manmade limits that kept the human population under one billion for 11,800 years suddenly began to change with the advent of the scientific method. American and European discovery shifted the growth curve for the first time in millennia. Europe and America then spread these scientific discoveries by means of colonialism, trade, war, and agreements. Since recorded history, technological and scientific discovery has been motivated by security, so military application is usually the first venture. In the civilian realm, the fruits of the scientific method were first applied for basic civilian medical developments, food, and shelter production, which enabled families to support more children. You can see the incremental growth on the orange line above, from the 17th century, through 1900 AD.

The most profound changes came afterwards, including motor oil, canneries, cars, railroads, mechanized agriculture, vaccines, antibiotics, and most importantly, the complete mitigation of infant mortality and maternal death. As it turns out, the men who solved these problems for the women and children they loved, would inadvertently turn population growth onto an exponential trend. Not even the bloodbath of imperial and socialist war and democide of the 20th century could slow the victory of science over premature human death.

In short, science and engineering are responsible for this exponential population growth, and now our entire population is dependent upon the stability of energy, food, and trade, in order to stay alive. We are once again approaching limits that will contain the population, except a disruption in these times means death-in-the-millions, instead of death-in-the-thousands. Along with these new limits, we are facing cultural tricks and rationalizations; only this time, it is not religion and family tradition that is coercing compliance – it is secular journalism, government, education, and entertainment.

Banzai Cliff & Culturally Coerced Compliance

The 20th century showed us how culturally coerced compliance was transitioning from religion and family tradition to the other cultural industries. Hirohito, Japanese god-in-the-flesh, demonstrates this transformation. So we begin by thinking of this chart in terms of Banzai Cliff in Saipan, rather than a “hockey-stick.” The implications of the world population explosion are in fact national suicide – not a fun hockey game. On July 1st, 1944, Japanese Emperor Hirohito’s suicide order reached his civilians of Saipan. He was worried that Japanese defection would demonstrate the civility of Americans, encourage more defection, reduce the will to fight, and thus decrease Japanese victory prospects. Hirohito promised civilians who committed suicide equal spiritual status in the afterlife to that of soldiers killed in combat. This was accompanied by disinformation about the American forces, claiming that they were redheaded, sadistic, hairy monsters who will rape, torture, and murder every man, woman, and child. Considering that the Japanese soldiers were doing that to Chinese and Indian victims, this quasi psychological projection must not have been difficult for the inhabitants of Saipan to believe.

The U.S. Marines used loudspeakers to tell Saipan’s civilians to come out, surrender, and that they would have safety, shelter, food, and water. Only some obeyed the U.S. Marines – most of them obeyed their Japanese government. Over 8,000 Japanese civilians committed mass suicide. Many jumped from two-hundred foot cliffs, plummeting to agonizing deaths on the jagged rock formations below. Determined fathers slit the throats of their children before tossing them off the cliffs in an Abrahamic rampage. Despairing and terrified mothers leapt from the cliffs with their babies in their arms. Others engaged in suicide ceremonies in which families clustered together and then pulled the pins of grenades that they held to their chests.

In modern terms, this single Japanese democide event, perpetrated with their own disinformation and intelligence operations, is close to three 9/11 terror attacks in its death toll. As I look at the world population cliff on my chart, and I think of all the population dynamics I have observed in my study of history and modern cultural institutions, I see that the modern Hirohito is dispersed throughout mass media and social media rather than concentrated in one man. The modern Hirohito has thousands of voices, operating on TV, in schools, newsrooms, government offices, nonprofits, music, and movie studios. Modern covert influence (CI), groupthink, and propaganda is decentralized.

These modern Hirohito voices speak of “sustainability,” “climate change,” “immigration,” “refugees,” “family planning,” “abortion,” “depopulation,” “economic redistribution,” “social justice,” “equality,” and all things related to manipulating sex and population dynamics. They use fear, ignorance, and the psychological drives (Fight, Flight, Feed, Fornicate) to coerce the sociological results that they desire. The army of voices does not even need to be cognizant of the total system of influence – there is no conspiracy required. They are useful fools (polezniye duraki) who operate on unjustified visions, propaganda, misinformation, or disinformation. They think they are heroes of humanity. Those who make the charts like I do, know better.

For those chart-makers, who feed the intelligentsia with half-truth straw men, their social and economic agenda will be affected with culturally coerced compliance. They are unlikely to debate people who will prove them wrong in a matter of moments. We have already seen the complete blackout of intelligent analysis of sustainability, family issues, population growth, depopulation, and immigration. This series is another spark in the darkness, with information that has never been presented elsewhere. Even the unprecedented global population estimate that I produced with sophisticated Transact-SQL code, synthesizes the thirteen major estimates that exist today. I am now confident that all of my per-capita historical calculations are more accurate than any other researcher in the world.

The continuation of this research will explain how Japanese, Russians, Americans, Europeans, and Canadians have depopulated themselves. You will be astounded by the way that the numbers contradict the popular narrative.  They will be presented in the second book of the Alvarism series.

The Alvarism Database

What it is

Of interest to government, politicians, policy makers, think tanks, university analysts and researchers who need authoritative historical information on criminal justice, national security, medical industry, business, economics, culture, and society. It is an Enterprise Relational Database, using the latest features of SQL Server 2012 and prior. Well-designed with my expertise in enterprise and data architecture, business intelligence, reporting, and software programming.

Why it was done

Microsoft Excel is fairly primitive but very efficient and convenient for research. It handled all of my needs through nearly 700 pages of manuscript for two separate books on culture and economics. In late summer of 2015, as my final analyses came to a close, I began the most ambitious analysis of my research to date – American Security (and its relation to our economy), which includes National Security and Criminal Justice topics. I even got away with using some VBA code to do some tricky operations on the data, reminding me of how much I loathe the brute characteristics of the VB programming language.

One night it all crashed. Excel started locking up. It corrupted the files. I barely salvaged the data, and even after that, the program continuously locked up. A simple copy-paste of one cell would leave Excel spinning for an hour. My American Security files had too much data, too many formulas, and too much of…whatever Microsoft deemed out of the use cases of their program (wisely, as my voracious demands are very unique). I can attest that this has nothing to do with my incredible machine, which is powerful enough to run three servers at a time, a software development environment, office applications, and even a game, simultaneously.

The decision to move all of the research into a formal data design architecture and an enterprise database, was costly. I knew it would take a few extra weeks of labor, but it had to be done to finish the research. I have been planning for such a powerful solution for a long time, but was holding off until funding was acquired. Alvarism research is unique and valuable, and should be delivered in a robust, expandable, and easily updated system that can be used by multiple contributors and thousands of consumers.

As an engineer, business owner, and entrepreneur, I am apt to pursue maximum pragmatism. It’s a part of my nature by now. It would’ve been foolish to start with a Ferrari when a Prius could get me to where I was going sufficiently. Sometimes we can’t predict extraordinary circumstances. But just as easily as the road block smashed my Excel Prius to hubcaps and chassis (Flintstone style), I was knee deep in the next solution. I couldn’t imagine the nightmare this would have been if I didn’t have database administration (DBA), data design, and enterprise database programmability skills. If I was a liberal arts professor, I’d have needed to solicit other professors from the computer science and engineering departments to even move forward. While the setback was frustrating, I was very grateful that the delay was only temporary.

Thus the Alvarism Database was born in fire, like so many great, annealed technology gambits.

Current features

  1. General
    1. Geocoding of location point data for key areas – centroids of national boundaries, statistical and administrative divisions for most of the world, regions, and expandability for any geographic analysis need. Easy export to GIS software like Quantum GIS for maps, visualization, and animation. Postal code regular expressions, capital, and ISO codes for countries and administrative divisions.
    2. Code to handle the storage and transformation of BC/AD dates. At best, built-in data types can handle years 1 AD through 9999 AD. Using the Date data type, a BC Offset, and some excellent code, BC dates can be transformed to work with other AD-era dates in any analysis. The storage mechanism offsets the BC dates, and transformations keep the time distance between AD date ranges, while the displayed readable dates are tracked in parallel. The correct BC/AD date is displayed, and a serial offset date counter is assigned to maintain correct relation of all dates returned from the query. The absence of Zero AD is also handled by the code.
    3. Various demographic lists such as gender, race, religion
    4. Incorporation dates of administrative divisions (such as States in the United States). This is helpful to fix some faulty analyses I’ve read. An example is the claim that east coast and southern states have more executions than other states. The claimants did not normalize the data for how many years the states have been incorporated, so they are not comparing apples-to-apples. Comparing any entity to another that was statistically invisible for over the half of the same time range, is a gross form of error, leading to completely wrong conclusions.
    5. Inflation conversion factors
    6. US GDP from 1790 to present day
  2. Criminal Justice
    1. Crime rates back to 1900, acquired through my special projections (since prior to classifications in the 1960s, the only reliable crime statistic was homicide). As it turns out there are ways to model other categories of crime, using the homicide rate.
    2. Executions back to 1608, synthesized from the Espy File and separate government sources. Name, crime, method, date, gender, race for each executed prisoner. Victim demographics for most criminals. Synthesis of records from multiple sources disambiguated and de-duplicated with data transformation code.
    3. Criminal offenses, categories, and execution methods and categories
    4. Criminal Justice government spending back to the 18th century
    5. Prisoner statistics
    6. Lynching vs. Civil Authority executions back to the 19th century. Useful for a look at Honor Culture now and then.
    7. Hate Crime statistics
  3. National Security & Politics
    1. Democide architecture derived from Professor Rummel’s excellent work at the University of Hawaii. Using his life’s crown achievement, a design was produced to handle the complexity of his data, and expand its usefulness. Improved with best point estimate math, and other innovations.
    2. Ability to handle multiple state actors in a Democide event, according to their roles
    3. Ability to record regimes across nations over time, based on the best match for a modern predecessor. Expandable for geographic areas to cover multiple modern predecessors.
    4. Political ideology and authority demographics for regimes (based on Hans-Slomp)
    5. Ability to record cultural demographics of regimes over time
    6. Integration of the Global Terrorism Database
    7. Weapons lists
    8. Attack types and target types
    9. A history of American conflicts – from full scale wars to Low-Intensity-Conflicts (LICs). Casualties, dates, war type, missing soldiers, locations of the conflict, enemies killed, and victory outcomes
    10. An estimate of the global history of war casualties (excluding democide and terrorism) from 3000 BC to present day, per century (as noted by professor Rummel)
    11. Border change events from the 19th century until today, from war or hostile statecraft. Expandable to receive more historical border changes, and geographic data objects to precisely describe the exact land that was gained or lost, and the regime that won or lost the land.
    12. Military spending

Future features

These features represent data that has already been used in Excel to produce analytical results for the two Alvarism book manuscripts, but should be moved into the Alvarism database in the future, when the project receives institutional finance.

  1. Government Spending and Taxation Data
  2. Culture Industrial Complex economic data (the entire analysis for the Alvarism Part 2 manuscript, dealing with all cultural industries). Includes Education (DoEd), Religion, Civics (nonprofits, government, political spending), Journalism, and Entertainment.
  3. American Time Use Analysis data (complemented by other published academic research to cover age ranges that are outside of the scope of the ATUS).
  4. Census data syntheses
  5. BEA data syntheses
  6. World Bank Development Indicator syntheses
  7. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data syntheses

Collaboration, Grants, and Financing

If you have an interest in the Alvarism Database, any of its features, or techniques I used to implement it, please contact me here.

How to Use the News in The Information Age

“He who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.” – Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Norvell, Jun. 11, 1807

We’re supposed to use the news to understand the world beyond our direct experience. That simple purpose is often neglected, as people unconsciously take stories for granted. I’m often asked by my audience where I find the time to discover such great information. My secret has nothing to do with spending more time than them. It has to do with leveraging self-awareness, analytical thinking, memory enhancement, simple technologies, wise friends, and valuable sources. Increasing cognitive skills, and developing a beneficial social network will take patience and devotion. Developing technology skills and finding better news sources can be achieved in one weekend. The following practices comprise my formula for success.

Self-Awareness & Analytical Thinking

We must be aware of our own bias, and then seek out sources that support and oppose it. The reason we are spending time on the news is to gain an accurate understanding of the world beyond our direct experience. We need diversity in our news diet. Feeding from one kind of source will leave our minds malnourished and increase our bias. If we approach the news to serve our feelings, ego, and entertainment then we will not get much out of the experience. We’ll become our own worst enemies, and our understanding will be less accurate.

We have to divorce our identity from the stories we hear. If we mingle our own ego with the events in the world around us, we will feel as if conflicting information is a personal attack. When that happens, we have no chance of being reasonable and fair. Our prospects of accurately understanding the situation can go to zero very quickly without self-control. It is a great challenge to regulate our feelings and distance ourselves from the story, but we must always do our best.

We need to know ourselves. We need to identify our dispositions on politics, religion, culture, and class. What political parties do we vote for most of the time? What news sources do we typically access? What are our familial and cultural backgrounds? What are our religions, philosophies, morals, and worldviews? What kind of financial and class backgrounds do we have? Once we know our leanings, we can select a diverse array of sources for news. For instance, it would be benefit an atheist to follow a Christian news source and try to see things from their perspective.

We must be rational when we consume news. If there is information that makes us uncomfortable or angry, we must be patient and logical. It helps to discern the reasons for our anger before we get trapped in an irrational conflict. Consider the source. How was the information obtained? Is it hard evidence, or just hearsay? Is it a video that has been truncated? Be wary of incomplete information, as it could be an indicator of half-truth propaganda. The smallest omission can change an entire story. One way that a news organization can produce false perception is to simply not report important facts. This is why it is wise to check more than one source on stories we wish to deeply understand.

We must study common fallacies and propaganda techniques so that we can identify them in practice. In my experience, every ten minutes of news presents at least a few fallacies or propaganda tactics. A journalist does not have to deliberately make those mistakes. The sensational nature of commercial news encourages a certain level of fallacy and propaganda. Rivalries and conflicts drive ratings and revenues.

Finally, we must put case studies and personal interest stories in their proper place. We often listen to stories about people, incidents, and special events, and then make generalizations based on the dramatized narratives. For instance, we may hear a dozen stories about murders in our metropolis and come to a false conclusion that we live in a very dangerous place. Yet the murder rate is very low, and we are not likely to be in a scenario that would even expose us to such dangers. If we hold generalized beliefs, they must be justified with generalized evidence. An array of stories can toy with our emotions and beliefs, and create unjustified stereotypes in our minds. At the same time, generalized evidence like statistics can be erroneously constructed. When reviewing statistics, we have to question how they were made.

Simple Technologies

Centralize Your News with News Aggregators

You can spend a lot of time waiting for web pages to load, or fishing through printed pages. If you’re not using a News Aggregator you’re spending too much time on the news. These apps go to the websites that you want to read and extract the content from them for you to browse. Not only are they faster than browsing the web, they also collect the latest articles from all of your websites in one location.

If you have Microsoft Outlook, then you already have one of the best News Aggregators. It will download your articles automatically if you tell it to. Your database can be enormous, and you will be able to search through articles in the same way you search through emails. If you load feeds from multiple websites, you can read the same stories from different sources to help eliminate spin and bias. Learning how to use this feature of Microsoft Outlook is very easy.

If you do not have Microsoft Outlook, there are many free News Aggregators for any device. Some software like FeedReader allows you to set up SmartFeeds that automatically pull articles from your sources with keywords. If you are following a certain story, they can do the leg work for you.

Create Your Own Digital Archive

The web can be fickle. Valuable information can disappear overnight, even from major sources like CNN. If you hope to recall notable articles later, especially for research, you’ll need to make copies of the articles on your local computer or personal cloud. The best technology for this is Microsoft OneNote. It allows you to copy and paste text and images from web pages, and it will automatically insert the original link. It will also give you the ability to take screen clippings for content that is harder to extract.

Once you have your own digital archive, you’ll be able to organize it, search through it, and access your sources with ease and confidence. Think of it as a huge filing cabinet filled with organized notebooks, and compacted to a small spot on your personal computer.

Social Networks

You can follow people that you trust on Twitter. Facebook allows for a more personalized interaction between trusted friends. Choose your sources wisely. Social networks are not substitutions for publications. Academic, government, think tank, and news organizations spend a lot of time and money to deliver information. The social network only acts as a filter and lead generator amongst your trusted friends. If you know that a certain friend is tracking particular issues, be sure to share related content with them. They will appreciate it and return the favor. If you’ve already created your own digital archive as previously described, you can even search for older gems related to your friends’ interests, and help them out by pointing them to older items of value.

Always Write Digitally

Always keep a local copy of your own writings, and create them digitally. When they are digital, they are searchable, easy to share and edit, and you can back them up for security.

Wise Friends

Develop a network of friends who have different political, religious, cultural, and economic experiences. People from different walks of life can be very helpful to you. Don’t dismiss a friend’s opinion because they disagree with you. You should however, keep news-friends who think critically and are rational, intellectually honest, and fair. Everyone suffers from fallacies, and propagandistic thinking from time to time. Help your friends to avoid these mistakes by advising them when you see flawed thinking. Be willing to tolerate different ideas and agree to disagree. If you grow comfortable with your own flawed thinking habits, then you will only attract people who agree with you. You could find yourself in a hollow echo chamber. The value we seek is information exchange. If your end of the exchange is not logical, accurate, deep, and mature, it will not be valuable to people who differ from you.

Lastly, don’t be intimidated by deceptive and dysfunctional people who might wander into your circle. There are many bad actors who will spoil the pot, attack you personally, and try to discourage you. It’s unlikely that you’ll change them, so never forget that you’re exchanging information – not recruiting tribal members. The only thing you can directly control is your pattern of thoughts and actions. Confront bad actors with dignity, conviction, zeal, and honesty.

Valuable Sources

Not all sources are equal in value or purpose. You should follow more than just raw news sources like Reuters, CNN, Fox News, or the New York Times. Add some collegiate journals, think tanks, government sources, and trusted public figures to your News Aggregator. Be open minded to new sources and test them out. You never know what value you might find. The feeds listed at the end of this post will get you started.

Memory Enhancement & Happy Discovering!

In the 20th century, false beliefs about memory were popularized by D. G. Treichler, Edgar Dale, Paul John Phillips, and many professors. They claimed that people remember 10% of what they read, 20% of what they hear, 30% of what they see, 50% of what they see and hear, 70% of what they collaborate upon, 80% of what they do, and 90% of what they teach. There is no empirical evidence to support these ideas. Empirical evidence has shown that stress is correlated with memory. That means the more pressure that you put upon yourself, or that others put upon you, the more likely you are to remember something. If you are apathetic, you won’t remember very well. If you are enthused about a topic, you’ll do better.

Because pressure aids memorization, stress can lock horrible experiences in your memory. Ironically, extreme stress and trauma has a tendency to make your memories less accurate but more vivid. Eustress (positive stress) can act as a poison as well. If you’re listening to a comedy news show, and receiving shallow, inaccurate messages, the positive stress is going to do a better job at locking the falsehoods into your head.

Remember that the purpose of spending your time on the news isn’t to entertain yourself, gratify your feelings, or to get a comedic experience. Those motivations will dumb-down your news and decrease the accuracy of your understanding. If you want to be entertained, spending your time on a stand-up comedian or watching a movie will do a better job. Investing time in news consumption should pay off by giving you an accurate understanding of the world that is beyond your direct reach. Anything that decreases accuracy is going to hamper your understanding – including fallacy, propaganda, distractions, entertainment, or your own biased interpretations. Take Thomas Jefferson’s advice and concern yourself with truth and accuracy. Happy discovering!

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