Author Archives: Ray

My Latest Book: 101 Things to do Instead of College

A preview of my latest book:   _________   It’s Not How Smart or Talented You ARE It’s How Smart or Talented You WANT to Be   _________   The most successful people in life aren’t particularly gifted or talented. They become successful, rather, by wanting to be successful. Genetic giftedness is a figment. There…

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Montana by Morgan

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Fifteen Hours Into the Rising Sun

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The Godless Constitution

There is, among rightwingers predominantly, though not exclusively, a rather persistent misconception that the United States is at its roots a religious nation. This is demonstrably false, and rather easy to verify, as we shall see in a moment, but first let us note that the subject is significant (and becoming more so) not because…

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The Great Electrifier: Nuclear Energy & the Myth of Nuclear Waste

There is no such thing as nuclear waste — and that’s just one of the many beautiful things about nuclear energy. A nuclear reactor is refueled by its waste. Quoting Dr. Pierre Guelfe, chief engineer of France’s main nuclear facility, in an interview he gave with William Tucker, author of an excellent book called Terrestrial…

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Wind Power: Sustainability is Unsustainable

Ladies and gentlemen, the Great Electrifier. Electrify me.

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The Dirty Secret of Renewable Energy

Something about solar you should know, if you don’t already. Brought to you by the Great Electrifier:

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Valedictorian Speech That Will Change Your Life: To the Graduating Class of 2017

Young women and men of the graduating class of 2017: You are the magic. You are the one. You are the magic and the fun. You are meant to be happy. You are meant to enjoy your life, before it’s done. So please, for goodness sake, have fun. You are a tightly packed pod of…

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Pencils Are Unsustainable?

What goes into the making of a single pencil? In 1958, Leonard E. Read asked himself that very question — and wrote an elegant explication: I, Pencil, simple though I appear to be, have a profound lesson to teach. And I can teach this lesson better than can an automobile or an airplane or a…

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The Art of Being Interesting

The first installment of Whiskey Wisdom is ready at last — and at no cost! It’s brief but penetrating, and so download it now: PDF, ePub, or Kindle.

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Are You Fascinating?

Well, are you, punk? Or are you boring as hell? How, furthermore, can you tell? How can you tell if you’re an inveterate bore, or if you’re just in a kind of long-term funk? Much of what we hear about commanding attention and the power to fascinate is theoretical and abstract, a sort of psychological…

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The Most Interesting Dog in the World

His bite is louder than his bark, which is saying a lot …

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Whiskey Wisdom: 5 Bullshit Notions That Will Suffocate Your Wild Potential And Kill the Living Beast Within You

The following are five bullshit notions bartenders often hear that would kill the living beast in anyone: 1. You’re not smart enough Then educate yourself. As you know, it’s never been easier. Remember your ABC’s? A. Always B. Be C. Cogitating Always be cogitating. The truth is, it’s always, in principle, been simple to educate…

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Whiskey Wisdom and the Secret Key to the Lock of Life

For you, the secret of life was never a secret, quite, because for you it always seemed natural — not necessarily easy, of course, but obvious, and obviously right. It never mystified you, perhaps because you learned long ago that your body is a ship, your brain the pilot at the tip. Which is why…

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Whiskey Wisdom: Five Things Strong-Minded People Never Do (Even When They’re Drunk On Whiskey)

  Strong-minded people don’t necessarily avoid whiskey. They just know how to handle it. Like intelligence, this is an acquired skill. Scope out these characteristics of the suave, the sophisticated, and the strong-minded: 1. They never lose sight of their living potential Do you still possess, as you did when you were a child, that…

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