In a world where Borg are the Vampires of Thinking Machines.
Click on the image of the SAR commander, to read the Complete First Season [All 13 Episodes + Season 2, Episode 1] of Kill Command, Book 01 of Gee Whiz! … Enjoy … 🙂
In a world where Borg are the Vampires of Thinking Machines.
Click on the image of the SAR commander, to read the Complete First Season [All 13 Episodes + Season 2, Episode 1] of Kill Command, Book 01 of Gee Whiz! … Enjoy … 🙂
Click on either image of fighter Gina Carano, to read the Season One episodes of Becky is Better from The Endless Night Collection … Enjoy … 🙂
Click on the image of June Wilkinson, to read Book 04 of The Endless Night Collection … Enjoy … 🙂
Click on the image of Sunglasses After Dark, to read Book 03 of The Endless Night Collection … Enjoy … 🙂
Click on any of the images of boxer Natalya Ragozina, to read Book 00 of The Endless Night Collection … Enjoy … 🙂
Considered Manhattan’s most exclusive building, the Dakota is a co-op built in 1884 on the corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West on the Upper West Side. John Lennon was murdered outside in 1980, and his widow, Yoko Ono, still lives in their apartment. The building was also the setting for Roman Polanski’s classic 1968 creeper, “Rosemary’s Baby.”
The perfect setting for an old-fashioned, “dead body in a locked room” whodunit.
Click on the image of Jenny Miller, Mondo’s BFF, to read the pages … Enjoy … 🙂
A few years ago, Bobby McFerrin’s song, Don’t Worry, Be Happy became a worldwide hit. In fact, it became the first a cappella song to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy. Not bad advice, but how can you pull that off … when things at work are challenging … or … your relationships have more tension than you would like … or … Mother Nature wreaks havoc on your life?
We had to deal with those exact questions as Hurricane Irma hit us in Florida last week. In fact, if you were on my Thursday webinar that discussed my Extraordinary Success 2.0 Master Class, you may not know that we had to rush miles and miles north to find a hotel that wasn’t flooded, had running water, had working electricity, and a functional internet connection.
But we pulled it off and had more than 900 webinar registrants. Thanks to all of you for your patience and support.
(If you missed the webinar and would like to see a replay, just click here.)
You see, it’s easy to have an indomitable attitude if everything is going super well in your life. But that’s not when you need it. You need an indomitable attitude for plain old everyday life as well as all of it’s more challenging times.
Here are some things you can to do get that kind of attitude:
Ask yourself how you are programmed. Positively or negatively?
Research tells us that 85% of people are programmed negatively.
The way you check that out is to look at your first reaction to any bit of news you get. If, for example, you get an e-mail from your boss that says, “See me immediately,” what is your first reaction? Is your first reaction, “Great, the raise is coming early this year?” Or is your first reaction, “What did I do wrong this time?” 85% expect the negative … and therefore … are programmed negatively.
What about you? Would you count yourself among the 15% that have a persistently positive attitude? Or would you count yourself among the 85% who see more of the negative side of things?
In a funny kind of way, which of the two following hunters would you be?
The first hunter goes out to buy the best hunting dog he can find. He just didn’t realize how good of a dog he found until he took the dog out to the lake. Within minutes, the hunter shot a duck and sent the dog after it. The dog headed out, walked on the water across the lake, got the duck and brought it back.
Naturally, the hunter couldn’t believe his eyes. A little later he shot another duck. And again the dog walked on the water across the lake and got that duck. He was absolutely astonished.
About that time a second hunter came by to watch what was going on. He watched as the first hunter shot another duck and he watched the dog walk across the water to get it.
Finally after a few moments of silence, the first hunter asked the second one, “Did you notice anything funny about that dog?”
The second hunter replied, “Yeah, I noticed something funny. That dog can’t swim!”
Despite the miracle right in front of his face, that hunter, like so many people, see the negative in everything. And that’s dangerous. As James Allen warned us years ago, “Bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results.”
That’s why my on-site program, UP Your Attitude: 6 Secrets of Personal Peak Performance, continues to be booked over and over again in hundreds of organizations. Companies are finally realizing that no engagement/teamwork strategy ever works if the people themselves are less than positive.
Yes, FEED. After all, you would never think of putting yourself on an all-candy diet if you were training for a marathon. You know that the fuel you put in your body … to a great extent … will determine your performance. So you would feed your body the best foods you could find.
And yet, when it comes to feeding the mind, most people disregard this basic piece of wisdom. They unconsciously let negative garbage into their minds and they consciously do little or nothing to FEED their mind the proper thoughts it needs.
How sad! Because, what enters your mind will eventually occupy, shape, and control it. And in the end, whatever enters your mind … over and over again … will express itself in what you do and who you become. That’s the law of exposure. And it’s as sure as the law of gravity.
Your mind will absorb and reflect whatever it’s exposed to. The events you attend, the materials you read or don’t read, the classes you take or don’t take, the music you listen to, the images you expose yourself to, the conversations you hold, the thoughts you entertain, are all shaping your mind and attitude … and eventually your character and destiny.
I challenge you to FEED your mind good, positive, uplifting, encouraging, motivational material every day. Follow the old Biblical principle of “sowing and reaping.” Put the right stuff in so you get the right stuff out.
It changed my life and will change yours.
After all, you do not CATCH a depressed spirit or a demoralized outlook. It’s the result of the thoughts you let into your mind.
So you must consciously, aggressively stop the negatives from getting into your mind.
In particular, you’ve got to block out “The 4 Most Common, Self-Defeating Beliefs.” Perhaps you’re guilty of thinking some of these things.
The more you think these thoughts, the more deeply entrenched your negative attitude becomes. They’re destructive, dangerous thoughts that must be blocked.
The process is quite simple. First you act-as-if you have a positive attitude and THEN you will get one. As I tell the people in my Master Class, “Act enthusiastic … and then you’ll be enthusiastic.”
William James, the father of American psychology, once observed that “You do not sing because you are happy. You are happy because you sing.” In other words, action precedes feeling. First, you sing, then you’re happy. First, you act enthusiastic, then you feel enthusiastic.
The Bible said essentially the same thing. In Psalm 118:24, the author says, “This is the day which the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” It says FIRST you rejoice, and THENyou are glad.
Unfortunately, so many people get this backwards and, as a result, they are deficient in energy and enthusiasm. They say, “When I’m glad … happy … or feel like it, then I’ll rejoice.”
Of course, these people end up wasting their lives away. They wait until all their problems are gone … which is never going to happen. Or they wait until they FEEL a certain way before they do anything … which could be a long, long time.
So act enthusiastically, even if you don’t feel enthusiastic. And when you think about it, you know how this works. Remember when you were a kid and played “pretend.” You were pretending to be a pirate or a space warrior, a cowboy or a bandit, or a mommy or daddy. You “acted as if” you had the characteristics of your make-believe person and you felt as though you were that person.
The same is true when learning to become more enthusiastic. Act as if you’re enthusiastic. Jump. Smile. Put an extra skip into your step. Add a lilt to your laugh. Just fake it until you make it.
The important point to remember is that action precedes feeling. So act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.
Action: List two ways you will FEED your mind positive inputs at breakfast, lunch, and dinner time. And then do those things every day for 21 days until they become habits.
Dr. Zimmerman’s Tuesday Tip, Issue 901 – 4 Steps to an Indomitable Attitude
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The Air Force has approved Magpul Industries Corps.’s GEN M3 PMAG, a polymer-based ammunition magazine, for use with small arms and light weapons, becoming the second U.S. military branch to adopt the highly popular accessory this year, Soldier Systems reported on Aug. 29.
“We are certainly pleased that another major service component has taken their own look at the test data and come to the same conclusion as the Marine Corps and [U.S. Special Operations Command],” Magpul told Soldier Systems in a statement.
The Air Force formalized approval of the PMAG in July in a document entitled “USAF Authorized Small Arms and Light Weapons (SA/LW) Accessories (as of 28 July 17).” According to that document, the PMAG is now authorized in both black and tan for use with the M4/M4A1 Carbine, GUU-5P Carbine, and the M249 Automatic Rifle.
The PMAG will replace the magazine currently used by the Air Force — the Enhanced Performance Magazine — through “attrition”: broken or defective magazines will neither be fixed nor swapped out for new ones, but rather discarded as the PMAG is phased in.
The PMAG has been the magazine of choice for many within the Special Operations community since it first rolled off the assembly line in 2007. And for good reason: rugged and dependable, the PMAG has proven to be one of the best — if not the best — magazines for the AR15/M4 platforms.
But the military has been slow to warm up to the idea of standard-issued PMAGs. In 2012, both the Army and the Marine Corps banned their troops from using anything but the government-issued aluminum magazines as more and more PMAGs began surfacing on the battlefield. Despite the obvious superiority of the PMAG, the services cited performance concerns as the reason for the ban, according to Military Times.
In January 2017, following years of testing at various government facilities, the Marine Corps finally adopted the PMAG as its official standard magazine. “The [PMAG] was the only magazine to perform to acceptable levels across all combinations of Marine Corps 5.56mm rifles and ammunition during testing,” Marine Corps Systems Command told Military Times at the time.
The Army has not yet signaled that it will follow suit, even though the PMAG is standard-issue for the Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment, which technically falls under SOCOM, and the branch has periodically fielded the mag to troops serving in Afghanistan. But Magpul remains hopeful that the Army will eventually see the light.
“Given the body of existing data, the extensive fielding history since 2013, and the current experiences of the USMC after their adoption, we hope that Army leadership can put aside their concerns over the viability of their on magazine program and give soldiers the reliability advantage that is enjoyed by the USMS, USSOCOM, and now, the USAF, with the GEN M3 PMAG,” Magpul told Soldier Systems.
Adam Linehan is a senior staff writer for Task & Purpose. Between 2006-2012, he served as a combat medic in the U.S. Army, and is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan. Follow Adam Linehan on Twitter @adam_linehan.
“That was quick.”
“Your text looked intriguing, to say the least.”
It’s Mondo and Red in his office, beneath his club. Red, Red Armstrong, is an Elf who runs a lot of shady stuff on Mars. He’s not Mob, of course, but he has some pretty deep Mob connections.
“Like I texted, they’re all reagent junkies. Some brunettes, a few redheads, but mostly big-tit blondes like yourself.” He openly leers at her as he say that.
“Junkies who pay for their habit with prostitution?”
“Yep. The lowest dredges. The last one was a really good customer of mine. A regular at my shooting gallery on Phillips Street off of Haven Avenue. It’s a reagent den, most of the junkies use reanimation reagent.”
“And while she was high on the green glowing stuff, you used her, I presume?”
Red flashes a broad toothy grin.
“Yes, I did indeed.”
“What was her name?”
“Cathy Long. She used to be a high-end stock broker before she got hooked on glow. I got her stuff over here.”
Mondo follows Red over to a locker in the corner. Inside of the locker is a dead diseased Kaye and a filthy perl necklace. A battered cigarette purse. A junkie’s dirty DIY kit to shoot-up reagent. No underwear or shoes. Nothing else. She doesn’t bother asking him how he got hold of the dead whore’s personal effects.
“How long has it been feeding?”
“Like clockwork for almost two months in the rundown Penn Station area. Sometimes, what’s left of a missing girl shows up in an alley there.”
“Where in the alleys?”
“Always near a manhole for the sewers. The bodies show up late at night, and all of the girls were abducted late at night.”
“Probably feral. Hunts at night. In the dark, given the casual inspection a junkie whore high on glow would give it, it would look human enough to pass when wearing clothes.”
“That’s what I figured also.”
“Anything else that you know would interest me?”
“Well, from the looks of the girl’s faces and from the autopsy results of their brains … whatever it uses to subjugate the girls … ravages their face and brains.”
Mondo cums to this revelation.
“I knew you’d crave that last tidbit. Also …”
“All of the girls have so far have been human. None of them have lasted more than two days. It’s about time for it to feed again.”
Mondo hands Red a fat envelope of money.
“Whatever it is, Red. It’s not just feeding. It’s horny and looking for a suitable mate.”
Red doesn’t bother to chitchat with her about this last deduction of hers. He’s too busy stuffing her cash payment to him into the office safe after he has happily counted it.
When he turns around, a very different looking Mondo faces him. She is filthy and infested—head ice, fleas, and crabs. Geriatric krazed. Klaw. Wearing Cathy’s necklace and Kaye and cigarette purse, looks-ruining rind makeup, and nothing else. The torn left sleeve of the Kaye exposes an arm covered in needle marks, some old and some fresh—nefarious marks that weren’t there a minute ago. Her teeth are so filthy they look rotten. Long dirty finger and toe nails. A sour body odor and equally foul smelling breath. Her white skin is so dirty in places that it is black. It’s her baglady “gimmick”. She’s placed her own personal effects in the locker.
Upon seeing her, Red gets hard. Before he can ask, she gives him her permission. They are second cousins [once removed]—related by Embrace, not birth, so it’s not incest.
“Before I leave I’ll get high on what’s left in Cathy’s kit to really look the part of a completely-spent drunken junkie whore. You have my permission to use me to your heart content after I get stoned out of my mind.”
“Thanks, you’re a real sweet Georgia peach.”
An hour later, an inebriated Mondo exits Red’s club via the back alley door and heads for the Penn Station area. Once she arrives on the scene, she doesn’t have to wait long. While working a corner along with the other working girls, she notices that she’s being watched from an alley by a figure cloaked in darkness.
“Who’s that?” Mondo asks one of the prostitutes as she points at the mysterious figure.
“That’s the real creepy bitch. But. She pays well.”
“What’s her type?”
“She prefers blondes, when she can get one. She’d love you.”
Mondo steps off the corner and walks over to the woman in the alley.
“Need a date, sweetie?”
The “woman” says nothing. It shows the girl its money and gestures for them to go deeper into the alley, away from any prying eyes. Mondo complies. The thing is wearing a dead diseased Kaye, is filthy and smelly, and has a hideous parody of a woman’s face. They stop next to an open manhole, the cover has been shoved aside.
Money is exchanged. Mondo shoves the money into the cigarette purse clipped to the waistband of her tattered skirt. Then they kiss. The thing is a good kisser. It’s some variety of Parasite, but, unlike Mrs. Peel, it’s completely base and feral. Only passing for a person when hunting.
Simultaneously, its tongue goes killer and begins feeding voraciously, and its eyes glow blue. It drags Mondo’s limp body down the open manhole, never ceasing to feed upon the girl during her abduction.
Can things get any worse than Hurricane Harvey? After watching hours of TV on the destruction, I wanted to say, “No. That’s as bad as it gets.”
Then came Hurricane Irma. Living in Florida, in the eye of the storm, I was once again tempted to say, “No, that’s as bad as it gets.” Destruction everywhere.
And then I got jerked back to reality by listening to the different responses people gave to the Hurricanes. One person said, “We lost everything. We have nothing left. Life as we know it is over. What’s the point of going on?”
But another person who had just gone through the same amount of loss said, “We have everything that matters. We have our family. And we’re so grateful.”
Two people reacted very differently to their challenges and tragedies. That’s why I tell the members of my Extraordinary Success 2.0 Master Class, “If your perspective stinks, you’re going to sink.”
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But back to the power of perspective and how to make it work for you.
As evidenced by the hundreds of thousands of people who experienced and survived Hurricane Harvey and Irma, there’s ALWAYS more than one way to see something. And the perspective you choose will make all the difference in your professional success or personal happiness.
Let me explain a few basic truths you need to adopt.
One man illustrated that very well. He asked God how long a million years was to Him. God replied, “A million years to me is just like a single second in your time.”
Then the young man asked God what a million dollars was to Him. God replied, “A million dollars to me is just like a single penny to you.”
Then the young man got his courage up and asked: “God, could I have one of your pennies?”God smiled and replied, “Certainly, just a second.”
On the serious side, you see different perspectives taken on the same job situation. Salesperson A constantly complains about the fact his company’s prices are too high; his brochures aren’t up to date; he doesn’t have the latest software on his computer; his territory is too small; there are too few good prospects, and his support staff is inadequate.
But salesperson B has the same set of challenges. Instead of whining about it, he concludes he’d better spend more time than ever making face-to-face contact with his prospects and customers. He knows the success of his sales will depend … to a large degree … upon the quality of the relationships he builds.
Given those two perspectives, guess who has the better track record in sales? Salesperson B, of course!
Or contrast two managers. Manager C focuses on all the red tape and outdated procedures in her organization. She’s always telling you why something can’t be done. But manager D knows it’s always easier to beg forgiveness than seek permission. So she just goes ahead and does what needs to be done … whenever possible.
Guess which manager gets more accomplished? Manager D, almost always.
You must remember there’s ALWAYS more than one way to see the same thing.
Does your perspective help you accomplish more? And feel better? If not, it’s time to change your perspective. After all, as Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, the father of positive thinking said, “Any fact facing us, however difficult, even seemingly hopeless, is not so important as our attitude toward the fact.”
Gail Berman, president of Paramount Pictures, said she learned that lesson from Dolly Parton years ago when they were filming Steel Magnolias. Parts of the film were shot on location in Natchitoches, LA, and the heat and the humidity lived up to the area’s reputation. Parton, however, seemed to deal with the discomfort better than most members of the crew. One of them commented to Parton, “Hey, some of the other people are cranky in the heat, but you’re always so nice and lovely.” Her reply was succinct: “Honey, I could be digging ditches in this heat.”
Dolly found a perspective that served her better than the one taken by all her griping team mates. What about you? Does your perspective give you lift and motivation? Or does it drag you down and hold you back? If your perspective is NOT serving you … or is NOTmaking your life better … then you need to change it.
You need to…
No matter what your situation, I would contend there’s always a way to look at it more positively. And please note … I am not advocating denial or unrealistic, irrational, Pollyannaish viewpoints. I’m simply saying there’s always a way to take a perspective that is both healthy and positive.
Michael Scott Karpovich talks about that. After speaking at an assembly at Meridian Middle School, he was asked to visit individual classrooms. One class was specifically designated for “learning disabled” children — where there was a prevailing attitude of pride. Many of the students were wearing a cap or shirt with the Greek letters “Lambda Delta” printed on them. It was explained that this class was the “Lambda Deltas” because they were proudly “Learning Disabled!” They showed him photos of Tom Cruise and Whoopie Goldberg who were also proud “Lambda Deltas!” Being learning disabled himself, the students presented him with a “Lambda Delta” shirt and inducted him into their proud fraternity.
The teacher of this classroom had effectively turned a basically negative label into something to be proud of. As Michael says, “This is how we all should treat our most painful situations — reinterpret the standard definition and give it an empowering meaning.”
He’s right. When you’re in a tough situation, when you’re tempted to give your situation a negative, demoralizing, self-defeating label, consciously choose to put a more positive label on the situation. Instead of saying you have an “impossible boss,” you could talk about the fact you’ve learned to get your positive feedback from other sources. Instead of talking about your financial struggle, talk about the creative ways you’ve learned to simplify your lifestyle.
At the very least, if you’re struggling in your efforts to get a more positive perspective, try to find the humor in your situation. Lighten up. Make a joke about it. Bob Hope was a master of that.
For example, Hope said, on turning 70, “You still chase women, but only downhill.” On turning 80, “That’s the time of your life when even your birthday suit needs pressing.” On turning 90, “You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.” And on turning 100, “I don’t feel old. In fact I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap.”
Action: Take an inventory. Ask yourself how well your perspective is serving you. If you don’t like your answer, get to work on creating a new and more positive perspective.
Dr. Zimmerman’s Tuesday Tip, Issue 900 – The Motivational Power of Perspective
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New Gotham’s Undercover Superhero Batman has disappeared leaving behind a daughter from his long-time love Catwoman. Her name is Helena the mysterious superhero known as “The Huntress”. She has teamed up with the paralyzed hero “Batgirl” together they meet up with their next teammate Dinah Lance. Dinah is a telepath and psychic who had terrifying dreams about Batgirl’s brutal accident. They must learn how to work together and become not only a team of superheroes but also a family.
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“All of this fuss over an overdue book.”
“What did you just say?”
“You heard me the first time.”
Mondo is back to standard Sarah Palin mode. But, her long hair is different, when worn down. And it’s down, now. A decidedly 1960’s hair style with a 1950’s twist. It is no longer long. It stops just above her shoulders, threatening to but never sweeping her shoulders. In the fifties the pageboy generally stopped above the shoulders, just like this. As such, her hair looks like a cross between a Brynhildr and a pageboy, a so-called pagegirl. Her hair looks just as severe as it would if it were yanked back up into a sternka.
The pagegirl is short-lived, though. Because as she talks to her lesbian god Ms. Rohm. Her hair lengthens back into a Brynhildr. And still, her hair looks just as severe as it would if it were yanked back up into a sternka.
Her Madeleine Elster readers are hanging comfortably around her neck from her eyeglass chain, resting upon her ample bosom. The Perl eyeglass chain is Miles Kimball, a favorite brand of Sarah Palin—Palin wears the pearl version.
Elster readers with Miles Kimball eyeglass chain, i.e., elster-miles. Careys. Perls. Koo. Bra—Olivia Bra L6080—and panties—plain flesh-colored rubber panties. Prudz. Non-geriatric yellow blonde hair. Bolshoi that is subtly-applied, beguiling, and most becoming—the no makeup barely-there makeup look—i.e., bolshoi-bare. Holster, phone, and purse are discreetly clipped to the waistband of her skirt.
Of note. Her panties are not bikini panties. They are vintage rubber panty briefs—tummy control briefs featuring a high waist—riding just below the navel—for a smooth fit. Hidden easily by the high waist of her skirt.
This smooth 1950’s era brief, provides firm control to smooth her already-flat tummy and slim hips, and shapes her tight, flat rear. With a second-skin fit, its breathable latex lays flat for a sleeker, smoother silhouette—i.e., even if her clothes weren’t concealed carry, the panty briefs wouldn’t show under her clothes. The panty is cut higher on the leg so she can move freely, and has full rear coverage designed to prevent ride-up as it shapes and smooths.
Of special note. Koos and Kayes have skirts with a high waist, riding just below the navel. In the style made popular in the 1950’s.
This is the most current iteration of her standard Girl Friday mode—i.e., her standard Sarah Palin, version whatever. A tight-assed, sexually-repressed shrew. Expressed as prim and proper. Expressed as the sexpot accountant. Expressed as the librarian provocateur. Expressed as straight-laced, stiff-backed. Haughty and aloof, and seemingly unattainable. A spinster. Eveready to fuck, to be fucked, to be coveted, and to be worshipped.
Ms. Rohm is dressed in her usual frumpy outfit that screams “lesbian librarian”. Sternns, dykish moe, and strictured Kaye, complemented by thick black stockings. Pointed, projectile breasts thanks to a Bosom Envy bra. Perls. Prudz. Cigarette purse clipped to the waistband of her skirt. Victorian Splendor 130 footwear. Still wearing bolshoi-bare. Plain white cotton panties with a high waist that have been starched to within an inch of their life.
“My. My. My. Obviously, last night’s punishment wasn’t enough for you. I’m going to have to righteously discipline you again.”
Mondo sits down at the table of the private reading room. Ms. Rohm sits down across from her.
“Houdini wasn’t your scapegoat. He was a ‘fixer’. You were his handler. He was a Forever Person—i.e., human, but incredibly long lived, almost immortal in lifespan.”
“A fixer for whom, or should I ask what?”
Mondo shrugs her shoulders. “It doesn’t really matter, considering my personal feelings about you. But. Since a book is the common denominator, I would imagine that he was a fixer for The Guild, probably working freelance.”
Ms. Rohm smiles at the girl’s response. She makes a seemingly innocuous gesture with her right index finger.
Mondo notices the gesture and mimics it with her left index finger.
Their “wordless” exchange assures that there is no misunderstanding. Both women are crystal clear on what’s up. Plausible deniability, be damned. Now, the conversation can continue in earnest, no matter who might be eavesdropping. Now, it’s for the record.
“Shall we dish the delatt?”
“Age before beauty. You first.”
“That was so very White of you. Coco brags about how you’re such a smart girl, and rightfully so I see, so smart in fact that you know when it’s prudent to be dumb.” Ms. Rohm pauses, briefly. Licks her lips in a lurid fashion. Then, she continues. “Being a freelancer and Forever People to boot, Houdini was always a risk, a bomb waiting to go off. But. He had such a talent for bag jobs. Nevertheless, it’s always better if such matters are kept in-house and in Race, so to speak.”
“But. Being freelance and food, meant Houdini would be easy to dispose of when he outlived his usefulness and became a liability. Which is what happened?”
“But. That’s not what happened.”
“I confessed, yet you have failed to turn me in. Instead you have allowed me to use you for your and my own pleasure.”
“Your confession is bullshit. You didn’t kill Houdini.”
“And you would know this how?”
Mondo deftly sidesteps the question.
“You no more killed Houdini than I or my proxy Mrs. Peel did.”
“My. My. My. You are feeling your wild oats, today. Reveling in disobedience. I’m not accustomed to be called a liar to my face by a subordinate.”
Punishment implied—Ms. Rohm inflicted upon Miss Kane, later.
“I placed your missing book in the lost-n-found—no need to thank me—unread, still wrapped in brown parchment tied with twine. It should be discovered during the routine evening survey and be returned to its rightful place in the library no later than tomorrow morning.
Ms. Rohm makes another seemingly innocuous gesture, this time with her left index finger.
“You’ll be returning to Coco, I imagine, then.”
“You imagine correctly. But. If you’re ever in need of my services from time-to-time and you need to borrow me, I’m sure that Coco will acquiesce to your demands graciously.”
Again … Punishment implied—Ms. Rohm inflicted upon Miss Kane, later.
“That’s very White of you. Sounds like a plan.”
“Do you need for me to dispose of Mr. Houdini?” Miss Kane’s question is rhetorical, of course.
“He’s yet to outlive his usefulness. And. He remains a valuable resource.”
Both severe women sit stiff-backed in the stiff-backed wooden chairs the entire length of the conversation. Periodically and luridly licking their lips in anticipation of the carnality and corporal punishment that will follow later on.
“Referring to Mr. Houdini in the present tense. Looks like I was right, and you were lying. He is alive, you’ve admitted as much.”
Ms. Rohm reaches across the table slaps the girl hard across the face. The girl cums in response to her dyke boss’ vicious slap.
“Murder number one? Carole ‘Penny’ Marshall?”
“She’s the one who checked out the book in the first place, and never returned it because she carelessly lost it on one of her Martian binges? The murder that really wasn’t a murder, per say?”
Again. Ms. Rohm reaches across the table slaps the girl hard across the face. Again. The girl cums in response to her dyke boss’ vicious slap.
“I’m going to really enjoy beating you to death, later on this evening.”
“Houdini shadowed her on her benders, hoping that he could sniff out a clue as to the book’s whereabouts. Bad news: All he ended up doing was watching her self-destruct. Good news: At least someone who was so easily compromised was no longer part of the Ladies Council.”
“Murder number two? The Roosevelts?”
“Somehow the book fell into their hands. Somehow you found out that they had it. And. Unfortunately … for them. They proved to be too unscrupulous and untrustworthy for their own well-being. They were going to sell it to the highest bidder. You sent Houdini to get it from them before they could make the sale, and neutralize them—i.e., more house cleaning, so to speak. Getting into their apartment was easy. It used to be his. Getting into the Dakota was even easier. Bad news: they had already sold the book. Good news: under torture they revealed who had bought the book from them.”
“And. He had bribed someone in security to destroy any evidence of him being there, including editing him out of any CCTV footage?”
“Exactly. Do you want to know who?”
“I already know who it was. And. They have been dealt with professionally. Considering who likes to take her summer residence there, we can’t afford to have anyone in security who is so easily compromised … Now … onto … Murder number three? Bernadette ‘Bernie’ Caulfield?”
“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.”
“She proved an unfortunate inconvenience once Debra Gill became Pope. Debra dealt with the situation badly, falling completely apart when her former lover was found dead.”
“And that was the intent of Bernie’s suicide. Bernie knew what Debra’s reaction would be, and it wouldn’t be the reaction you’ll wanted to see from the horse that you were backing to the hilt. You and your cronies have invested too much in her to kick her to the curb, but you no longer see her as a long-term solution and are actively looking for another suitable female candidate who is human.”
“Ummm … Never saw that one coming. We won’t be paying Houdini for that one. She’s the one who bought the book. Houdini never found it. Do you want to know what the book is?”
“It’s a honeypot. A way for you to ferret out and eliminate chinks in your armor. As such, any book will do.”
“A very smart girl indeed.”
Everyone wants to be healthy. That’s a given.
And it’s also a given that there are six major ingredients that ensure your vibrant health:
Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that the sixth one is the most important. If you manage the first five ingredients well, but the sixth element stinks, you’re going to be in trouble. As I will tell the members of my upcoming Extraordinary Success 2.0 Master Class, “What you feed your body is NOTHING compared to what you feed your mind.”
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As I said above, attitude is the most vital ingredient to success and health. To get you moving in that direction, start with these three foundational steps.
Psychiatrist Dr. Joyce Brothers said, “Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.”
Do you think of yourself as a success? Right now? Even though you may have a lot of work to do in your life, career, or relationship.
Do you have a B.A. or an M.A.? In other words, do you already have a Beneficial Attitude or a Motivational Attitude? Or do you still need to work on getting those attitudes. Every winner I’ve ever met has one or both attitudes … a B.A. and an M.A.
Or at the very least, highly successful people have an M.B.A. … a Mop-Bucket Attitude. When Ghulan Bombaywala, CEO of Watermarc Food Management Company, hires someone, he wants to know if they have an M.B.A. He wants his managers to recognize that “no one, including me, is above picking up a mop and bucket to make the restaurants look the best they can be.” He says it is impossible to overstate the importance of his leaders’ attitudes … the attitudes they take towards their work and the people they lead.
If your attitude assessment tells you that you have some work to do in creating and keeping the best possible attitude, then go on to point #2.
One of my students made a poster years ago and I still have it. It simply reads, “An impossibility is nothing more than a big idea striking a small mind.”
How true! In fact, the business books and the sports pages are filled with stories of people who did the “impossible” … because they forgot about the “impossible.” They didn’t believe in such a thing.
Perhaps you’re in sales and you may think it’s “impossible” to have a good year when the economy is so bad. Well, tell that to salesman Bill Porter. Mr. Porter was born with cerebral palsy that affected his ability to speak and walk.
Despite being rejected for numerous jobs and finally told by his employment agency to go home and collect welfare, he persevered and became a door-to-door salesman for the Watkins Company. As he says, “They gave me the worst territory and I worked strictly on commission.”
But, he made the most of it and after a year Porter was winning sales awards. His formula was, and continues to be, a positive attitude and the belief that “the next customer will say yes.”
Although an accident forced him to give up door-to-door sales, he continued to make daily calls to his 500 regular customers for reorders. Watkins President, Mark Jacobs says, “He just never takes rejection personally. He’s relentless. He’s irresistible.” And yet, despite all the acclaim over what he’s achieved, he simply states, “It never entered my mind that I couldn’t.”
And don’t let it enter YOUR mind that you “can’t.” Refuse to let those “impossible” thoughts get in.
But if they do, firmly rebuke the thought by saying “Cancel! Cancel!”
You may have found certain subjects difficult to master over the years. And you may have told yourself that you can’t figure out that new software program … or you can’t spell … or you’re no good at math. Then you need to take a lesson from George Dantzig.
As a college student, George studied very hard and always late into the night. So late that he overslept one morning, arriving 20 minutes late for class. He quickly copied the two math problems on the board, assuming they were the homework assignment. It took him several days to work through the two problems, but finally he had a breakthrough and dropped the homework on the professor’s desk the next day.
Later, on a Sunday morning, George was awakened at 6 a.m. by his excited professor. Since George was late for class, he hadn’t heard the professor announce that the two unsolvable equations on the board were mathematical mind teasers that even Einstein hadn’t been able to answer. But George Dantzig, working without any thoughts of the impossible, had solved not one, but two problems that had stumped mathematicians for thousands of years.
Simply put, George solved the problems because he didn’t know he couldn’t. He never entertained the thought that the problems might be “impossible.”
You may consider certain physical challenges to be impossible. Well, of course, we all have limitations, but I suspect you are capable of doing a lot more than you give yourself credit for.
Take Cliff Young, for example, who lived in the backwoods of Australia. When he signed up for the multi-day, Sydney to Melbourne marathon, he had no idea that it was “impossible”to run more than 18 hours a day without 6 hours of rest. As a result, he won the marathon. Even more amazing, he broke the previous record by 1 and 1/2 days.
To a great extent, limits only exist in your mind. Just like age. It’s mostly a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.
So one of the critical skills you’ve got to practice … and you’ve got to master … if you’re going to have an undefeatable positive attitude … is to forget the word “impossible.”
As novelist Anna Quindlen writes, “A positive thinker does not refuse to recognize the negative; he refuses to dwell on it.” How true.
We all have problems and we’re all going to have problems. That’s life. But the difference between the winners and the losers is the fact that the losers keep on ruminating over their problems. They think about their problems and they talk about their problems … over and over and over again.
That’s dangerous. Even the first book of Corinthians warns us about that. It says if you grumble or whine, you release a demonic spirit that will destroy you. Now that’s pretty graphic.
If you’re a whiner, complainer, or griper, I advise you to catch yourself BEFORE you verbalize it. Verbalizing a negative empowers the negative.
But if you accidentally … or habitually … find yourself uttering a whining comment, tell yourself once again, “Cancel! Cancel!” Wipe it out.
Or add an amendment to your whining. For example, if you find yourself whining about your customers, saying something like, “The customers expect too much,” amend your comment by adding, “The good news is we’ve got customers.”
As a reminder to cut out the whining, you might re-read Og Mandino‘s poem entitled, “God forgive me when I whine.” A few of the verses go like this:
“Today, upon a bus, I saw a girl with golden hair.
I looked at her and sighed and wished I was as fair.
When suddenly she rose to leave,
I saw her hobble down the aisle.
She had one leg and used a crutch.
But as she passed, she passed a smile.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.
I have two legs, the world is mine.”
And finally if you’re around whiners, confront them. It will help you and the other person break this horrendous, debilitating habit. You might try Tracey Medves’ approach. She’s one of my Tuesday Tip subscribers. She says, “When people tell me how bad their day was, I tell them, ‘If that is the worst thing that happened today, it must have been a pretty good day!’ Amazing how that makes people stop and think.”
Action – If you can’t go 24 hours without uttering one single negative comment, you’re addicted to the negative. If that sounds like you, get in the habit of telling yourself “Cancel! Cancel!” every time a negative thought is about to pass your lips.
Dr. Zimmerman’s Tuesday Tip, Issue 899 – How to Get an M.B.A. (Mop-Bucket Attitude) in 3 Easy Steps
“I saw her when I went to E3 for work in 2011. She was being such a prima donna bitch it was hilarious seeing her act like she thought she was the shit.”
“I think she still is the shit and she can act any way she wants, I still like her.”
A rather startling op-ed appeared in the South China Morning Post on Sunday suggesting that the entire Chinese economy is just one giant Ponzi scheme that will inevitably collapse. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but–as Humphrey Bogart might once have said–soon, although not before the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, slated for October sometime. , but Jake Van Der Kamp’s is among the harshest, freighted as it is with inevitability and having the appearance of almost mathematical elegance and simplicity.
The only thing keeping the Chinese economy going, apparently, is the determination to keep the Chinese economy going. Every new steel mill creates more demand for steel, to expand port facilities and build ships to carry iron ore to make more steel for steel mills, ports and ships. And more steel, obviously. The updrafts of hot credit needed to pay for all this expanding, self-replicating economic activity have created the most enormous economic storm clouds just waiting to unleash an unprecedented correction on an unsuspecting population.
On the other hand…
The other version of events is altogether different. China has weathered a slight downturn, overcome an enormous case of capital flight and, although the capital market is in lockdown, nevertheless has cash to burn for all sorts of politically ambitious–for which read economically outlandish–projects. The new high-speed rail in Laos for example, has commenced construction estimated at around $6 billion or half Laotian GDP. The Belt and Road initiative is all many can talk about internationally despite being little more than a well-organized aspiration, some maps and a lot of big round numbers.
Overseas acquisitions have been squeezed a bit, but where strategic interests are paramount, there appears to be an open cheque book. Bhutan was reportedly offered $10 billion just to tone down its criticism of China’s Doklam incursion, which is curious given that China claims it as undisputed Chinese territory. Whatever view you take on the merits of their case however, $10 billion is not a small amount of money. Particularly for a country that ought to be, and indeed claims to be, deleveraging.
Most commentators so far seem content to stick to their guns, while investors are doubling down, Crispin Odey and Kyle Bass being the biggest and most consistent China bears. The real difficulty most face though is that the evidence supports both cases to some extent. Bulls focus on growth and political stability, suggesting that whatever you think, the government has many levers, and still healthy forex reserves with which to cushion any instability. Bears tend to focus on the obvious problems that keep building up, the lack of any meaningful progress towards reform, the enormous and extraordinarily rapid build up in overall debt, and the increasing divergence between what the government say they need to do, and what they actually then do.
For example, in 2013 I noticed a tendency to group mid term reform and macroeconomic objectives into two categories; “about five years” and “between ten and fifteen years,” referring to the approximate timescale in which they would likely be achieved. The exchange rate, it was commonly believed, would be liberalised and float free in “about five years.” Capital markets would open up in “about five years” but be fully open in “between ten and fifteen years.” The reason why these rather vague timescales would be bandied about is simply that everyone at the time believed these objectives would be reached at some point, but that it was hard to pin down the exact steps by which they would be achieved.
Since that time, while people still talk about the future in rather general, aspirational terms, the currency is much further away from liberalization than it seemed in 2013, and capital markets are firmly shut. But instead of analysts raising some general doubts, it is quite common to encounter rather weary defences of what the Chinese government have done. Stability is now lauded as a great advantage China has over other economies. They were right, it is argued, to close down capital outflows, and the success of their strategy on the exchange rate shows the underlying strength of China’s model, as if preventing the exchange rate from falling has suddenly become as important as permitting real price discovery.
Similarly, it has been a standard refrain for decades that China would eventually open up, that their habit of controlling the internet would slowly wither, and in any case, Chinese people had access to all the information they really wanted and the government didn’t care about a few foreigners using VPNs. Well, it appears that they do after all.
Also on Forbes: What Does China’s VPN Ban Really Mean?
So while Jake Van Der Kamp repeats his long held view that China’s economy has gone badly wrong, and others rehearse the same old arguments about whether China’s never ending growth will keep humiliating the unbelievers, it is worth remembering that for a Ponzi scheme to work, a key ingredient is a population willing always to reassure itself that everything will work out in the end, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. How many times, for example, should a China watcher suggest that some reform or other should take place, before the absence of it actually taking place brings about a hesitation of overall expectation? Quite a few, it would seem, as we read rumors of another billionaire prevented from leaving the country, and yet another story about vast, hidden debts.
Sitting through Typhoon Hato last week reminded me how peaceful the eye of a storm could be.