The Best Investment Option For 2022 to 2122

— Enough to cover anyone's lifetime

Just over a week ago I was asked a question about investing in today's climate, so I did a video and intended to write a more detailed post in the next day or so, then procrastinated until last Wednesday, and then I was off on another pack-the-backpack spontaneous travel thing, as documented in my last newsletter (free by email).

If all things work together for good, then this delay surely worked out because I now have a whole new laugh to mock, involving a 30-year-old losing people's billions of dollars.

Yes, it's a laughing matter.

Sorry not sorry. How many times is shit like this going to happen before people stop chasing just another turn on playing the lottery? I can't count the times over the last few years I've been told about various too-good-to-be-true-or-lasting deals, where you supposedly get a lot of free money. "Money," I should say.

You know, just because something has better maths doesn't mean it's good maths. Lots of stuff is better than shit and that's not saying much. I'll speak to crypto and its latest lost-billions fiasco down below. The quote I use in the headline image will tie into that, primarily.

...Everyone is an investor. The difference amounts to what's the nature of the investment. When people say they invest in stocks, bonds, funds, real estate, startups, et al, they're just using common lingo to make distinctions, which is fine. But, there are many things to invest in and what I intend to do here is draw the most critical and wide-scope integral distinction you'll ever consider.

You might be left wondering why you never looked at it like that.

Topics

  • The Financial Markets
  • Tax Sheltering

    • Story: How My Company Was Penalized For Giving Away Too Much Money

  • Real Estate

    • Vacation Rentals: The Sure Big Bucks in R/E!
    • Potential Investment in R/E With Vacation Rental Level Income

  • Crypto

    • FTX Fiasco (LOL)

  • Entrepreneurship and Geoarbitrage for Max Gains

Since the video is already public, here it is, to be viewed as a scant introduction to this post. If it's only appetite wetting, feel free to get more. It doesn't cover much on vacation rentals and almost nothing on crypto, for example. It sets a tone, though.

https://youtu.be/yP0V5P01OhQ

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FTA NEWS — Thursday, November 10, 2022 — RED DROPLETS

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  • Greetings from Koh Phi Phi

    • No reservations
    • Snagging a “room” anyway
    • Late night Phi Phi
    • Later night writing

  • Red Droplets and a Newborn Mouse

    • The mountain rumbled
    • 1000-words
    • Fear, money, and status
    • Red Waves of the past vs. Red Trickles now
    • A fix, again?

  • Some Admin Stuff

    • Newsletter
    • Blog membership

  • 3 Months No Booze Update
  • Hit & Run

    • Modesty for women at the Buddhist temple
    • Thanks, covid
    • Firing half of everybody yet doing better
    • CIA disinformation eagerly promulgated by US media
    • How essential is sexy sex with a sexy woman?
    • Ungentlemanliness
    • America’s diminishing cachet (two topics)

Greetings From Koh Phi Phi

These Thai speed ferries carry about 40 people and cruise at 65 kph

Phi Phi is the island where that silly DiCaprio film, The Beach, was partially shot. Details are way off throughout the whole thing but whatever. I didn’t intend to be here and I like it just as little as when I was here a year and a half ago during peak covidiocy, and the only tourists were Thai families (the saving grace).

The geology and oceanography is breathtaking but in terms of having an enjoyable time otherwise, not really my thing. Last time it was totally quiet but now, has resumed its rap as a party place…which means the young crowd and you know what that means.

Basically Spring Break shit, though with “adults.” Or something.

Anyway, I’m here on an overnight because in my 40-year penchant for no-reservations travel I suddenly told myself to go to Koh Lanta, packed the backpack, and headed out on the cafe racer to catch the 12.30 ferry at Rassada Pier, 35 minutes away. But the boats to Lanta were booked. Best option was to take the 1 hr speedboat ferry to Phi Phi, stay the night, and check out the famed “party” island post-covidiocy. Then, catch the 30 minutes over to Lanta the next morning, which is happening.

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MY EASY WAY To Stop Drinking: Nothing To Be Proud Of

— Rather, It's About Time...

This occured to me as I was making my list of what to cover in Todoist, a fantastic new app I'm using to keep track of almost literally everything. More on that later.

So this was a rather hefty milestone...to make it 3 months with zero booze, not even a whiff or sniff. And as I have emphasized over and over: it has been effortlessly easy and I mean Effortlessly. Easy. I shit you not and my cachet here over many years is that I don't fucking lie to you.

Read the damn testimonials, some by folks who've been readers for over 10 years.

This affirmation I make is not the typical hyperbolic, lying bullshit that's 99% of marketing on the internet these days. I don't blame you for being skeptical...jaded, even. I really get head-shaking fucking tired of it myself and even more, that it apparently still works, why so many marketers operate like that.

Can nobody just do a straight-up, take-it-or-leave-it, no-hard-feelings offer and deal, anymore?

So, Ok...

The more I contemplated and considered how I would present this 3 months in the can—both here in writing and in the video below—I became increasingly uncomfortable with being in any way proud, triumphant, exemplary, et al.

Instead, I had feelings of thankfulness that I'd apparently stumbled into a "method" of my own dumb-luck design...only to gain awareness of it in retrospect.

Perhaps that's why the location to do the video popped into my head and I immediately knew that yes, that's the only place to do it. Then as icing, I got cooperative weather (though I got soaked and chilled to the bone on the drive back).

No, this isn't about any virtue-signaling religious or spiritual experience as I explain in the video. Rather, it's simply a place that symbolizes socially-shared values so deep and ingrained that appreciation for the fortune of having them rather than not transcends many differences between us.

The List of Topics

  • Set yourself up right
  • Get calmer and cool
  • Dump go-nowhere shit
  • Started cooking again, a LOT
  • Organizing out the ass - Todoist
  • Nothing to be proud of

...OK, if you're a regular here or at least pop in from time-to-time, you know the drill. The real meat that follows is for the paying peeps.

Perhaps it's frustrating or annoying to be foiled once again, especially if this particular post is one of the ones you'd like to read. You do know how to solve that, to have unfettered access going forward, so there's no need for me to explain it. I get the reluctance. There's a lot of options out there and only you can judge the value to you.

What I will say is that over these last 3 months my attention has intensified and my vision is clear. I'm pretty confident in saying there can't possibly be very many 1-man-shows in the world who put out the varied content so voluminously, consistently, and for such a long track record, as I do and I have. I've always operated on the notion that any given reader is going to love some, hate some, not care one way or the other about some.

So, the modus operandi for me is to put out enough variety in enough styles—from reverent to censurious to vulgar—that everyone has enough here to love...and those who hate or are indifferent to everything have no business here anyway.

It's up to you, of course.


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FTA NEWS — Sunday, November 6, 2022 — WHAT’S COOKING?!

— Cool stuff at FTA; Social Media engagements; Revampments; Things that are actually news, with commentary; and maybe more…like..COOKING!

Cool Stuff At FreeTheAnimal.com

Good morning FTA peeps. Welcome to the Sunday morning addition where it’s morning for me and Saturday afternoon or early evening for most…those in USA.

…Word is, y’all northern hemisphere agrarians are going to gain an hour in your sleep tonight. Probably, some of you need it. Enjoy. Here in Thailand, they work their asses off in the fields—or in whatever other micro-thing they do like prepare food and sell it from one of millions of food carts—from sunup until sundown anyway and being at 7 degrees N Latitude, day and night is pretty close to 12/12 throughout the year.

The clocks are fine as they are.

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Ironically, The Inuit Show That The Keto Diet is Bullsh*t — They Genetically Adapted Against It

As most readers know, some months back, a collaborator came to me with some interesting findings in terms of research he’d discovered concerning what’s commonly called “animal fiber” (bits of animals that can feed the microbiome). This led to more digging and the understanding that when animals are eaten fresh, raw or frozen, many contain…

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Prosper Through Crisis: Overcoming The Current Thing With Entrepreneurship and Geoarbitrage

— Contrived Global Crisis is the New Terrain Du Jour. Become Adept at Weathering All Storms. [This post was originally published as “Permanent Crisis Is The New Normal — Prosper Anyway.” There was also a separate series, “International Living By Geoarbitrage.” The latter is being incorporated into the former and now redirects here. This whole…

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The Failed Rekindling Try With The Thai Girl

— I sincerely tried. Hopeless. Here's why.

[This is the 13th installment to the newly-published revamp of the "40% Testosterone Increase" series, which I've re-dubbed Asian Women: The Everyman's Definitive Guide. Hugely expanded and a far wider context for a lot more times and places, since 1982. Now I have endless Asian chick stories to write about...from Japan to Korea to Okinawa to Philippines to Hong Kong to Indonesia to Malaysia to Thailand...going back 40 years—if you're interested in that sort of thing and if not, no worries. Plenty of other stuff.]

...We were waiting for our order at a seriously good burger joint in Patong Beach, just off the famed Bangla Rd. "Walking Street."

I've been recently seeking out Google reviews of good burgers on the island and FAT MAMMA Burger Patong was my latest find. I even had a little fun on my Telegram feed with it.

Thankfully, five months later and such reenactment crap still isn't on the menu. It's a really damn fine all-beef burger though, just like the reviews said.

One hallmark of a good burger is that it's confident enough to not hide behind a bunch of produce, cheese, bacon, and whatever other non-burger stuff people are adding to them these days. My favorite burger in the world to date, still, is the near 1-lb charcoal grilled on about 1/3 of a bâtard (une baguette, but wider; what Americans call "French Bread."). That's it! No mayo, mustard, ketchup, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, cheese, bacon, or watercress. No sesame seeds. You'll find it at Original Joe's in San Jose, CA.

Bread. Meat.

Scraped off Google reviews. Great Big Burger

Anyway, I was so impressed that I decided to take Yui to FAT MAMMA's...and...

...One of my members, Jacqueline, has this to say, in part:

"I am that rare thing a paying female member. Why? I enjoy getting the honest male point of view with all the rawness and crudity that sometimes entails. Yes, sometimes it’s a bit rough to take in, sometimes I disagree or I’m shouting back ‘well, I don’t think that!’ or ‘it’s not all women’! But that’s the point – you do not have to agree with everything someone says – and it’s a great stimulus to be challenged by a different point of view. It’s a great thing to be offended sometimes and to realise that it does not matter, you can still like the guy and value his contribution." [More...]

She's not the only one but they are fewer than the dudes for sure. The ones who do stick around over years and years remind me of the older women in my life growing up, grandmothers and the like. Stong, determined, unflappable.

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Asian Women: The Everyman’s Definitive Guide

— Know The Terrain; Don’t Fool Yourself; Never Complain; Never Get Angry; Tally Up Information [Formerly titled “What Caused My 40% Testosterone Increase?” and originally published in November of 2021. I found the subject matter too limited and too easy for someone to take as a sales pitch for some collection of male-enhancement product(s). So,…

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Empires Come And Go But Pax Is Lasting (For As Long As It Lasts)

— "Whatever happens will be for the worse; therefore, it is our interest that as little should happen as possible." — Lord Salisbury

That was uttered by the statesman Lord Salisbury whilst the inevitability of British decline as an empire was too apparent to dismiss as the world entered into the 20th Century.

I find it a rather humorous thing to say in regard to matters of such import; but, alas, I find myself in a similar vein watching in horror delight—can't decide—as American decline is manifest as a trip to hell—either by handbasket or rocket sled depending upon which day it is.

I'll begin with a basic question most everyone has an unthinking, automatic answer reaction to:

Was the government of the US ever a good government?

I don't know that there's a definitive answer to that question that would even begin to satisfy the most skeptical, critical, and objective thinkers amongst us even if able to set aside our biases.

Surely, one of the first questions to the question would be, what's the standard of "good?" a legitimate and fair query. So, that's where claims must be staked first and reaching agreement on a single standard or set of non-contradictory standards will be next to impossible and much of that hinges and pivots upon an individual's views on complex, unsettled matters such as free will, natural rights, spiritualism, materialism, et al.

But we can cut to the chase a little bit, so let's just do that.

[In essence, THE CURRENT THING! is fast becoming how the Left is having a bad day, week, month, and year...getting face-fucked from all directions at once.

May it continue and heighten. We don't have enough prison space but we're going to have to manage.

Justice this time around is essential, no matter who, or from which party. Most of the political establishment should be serving long sentences for any number of actions that have harmed people in America and abroad. For instance, when it becomes apparent and is proven that the US blew up Nord Stream and plunged everyday Europeans into financial ruin and the cold, how many republicans should do 25 To Life for that?]

The remaining 3400 word are to be found below the "paywall."

There's no way around the reality that I've managed to take this near 20-year-old blog to a membership direct-pay, viable proposition. With each new subscriber—usually several per day—combined with my geoarbitrage advantage, the thought of doing "free" content financed by affiliate deals, advertising, and corporate sponsorships that I pester you with incessantly, fades. Fast. This should become apparent to anyone pretty quick who tries to access anything beyond excerpts and introductions.

Inevitably, some are going to get weary of being locked out of stuff and join up so that access is unfettered, or they'll just cease popping in. Inevitable. I'm fine with either. I think it's silly to try to persuade someone to buy an ongoing subscription to something that's not of some genuine importance to them.

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Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Food.

— All Things Work Together For Good... (Romans 8:28)

Only at FreeTheAnimal do you get such a bizarre juxtaposition of title, sub-title, and banner image. A total WTF.

It's Sunday morning my time and I've been a busy beaver. Lots to report but for today, I'm popping up 2 relatively short videos of the 3 vids I cut on Patong Beach in Phuket, Thailand yesterday. The third is about Russia-Ukraine-Nord Stream that accompanies a huge and substantial post that's been in draft for days: Empires Come And Go But Pax Is Lasting (For As Long As It Lasts). Stay tuned for that after this diversional post.

Why am I in Patong Beach, Phuket and where do I go from here?

Yesterday was such a beautiful sunny day on the heels of Friday's monsoon deluge that resulted in flooding right here on the streets. Big yawn for the Thais, though. The water? Off a duck's back. Do enough monsoon seasons here and you'll get caught many times riding your motorcycle in such a blustery downpour.

What do you do? You slow down, forget about getting soaked (it can't be helped), squint, and soldier on. What happens?

You get passed by cute, 20-sumthin', 40ish-kilo Thai chicks for whom this is commonplace every year and it never gets in the way of anything.

That's what happens.

In answer to the question, I'm changing things up. Summary of the video for those who dislike my videos. Plus, this will all come out piecemeal in writing soon enough.

  • I'm soon to become a perpetual SE Asia traveler; doing my standard blogging (writing), just in the backdrop of being in new and exotic places most of the time.
  • My home base in Rawai will be maintained. $90 per month, total cost. Less than most people's monthly parking space.
  • Travel will be on the cheap, taking maximum advantage of geoarbitrage. My upcoming Social-Security partial-principal-payback begins in February—in an amount that is more than double my monthly living expenses!
  • There's the potential for surprise in the form of an amazingly sexy 20-something partner and this travel being via automobile for Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. I'll know more about that possibility in the days to come, as she's arriving here in 4 hours' time.

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The Arrow by Dr. Michael Eades

My history and friendship with Mike Eades goes back…ah…about a dozen years, I’d guess. I was a frequent reader of his blog, Protein Power, for at least a few years previous, had linked up a number of his posts here, and had read a book or two by himself and his doc-wife, Mary Dan. I…

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The Real Anthony Fauci The Movie (It’s Free)

— Its purposes are neither to confirm nor deny your biases Preliminaries I’ll put the URL out there in the clear because attacks on the domain have already started. You may have to try multiple times. I seem to be able to get in with no issue and I watched the movie without issue. Then…

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Last 2 Weeks Today Roundup

Just basically a roundup of a bunch of shit I did or liked over the last couple of weeks. Probably some stuff I hate, too. I don't know. I haven't written it yet. Free Member access. Public too, but oh well.

The last entry was on October 5th, 2 weeks ago.

- Got Badass New Tires

"Pre-Addendum"

[Below is a post-publication insertion that was at the end of it when it went out about 26 hours ago as Free Member and Public access. Now it's not. If you like my stuff, don't want to mess with when it's free and when it's not, just pay for my work. That simple. Join the other 200+ paying subscribers; or, the 4 new Annual subscribers, the 1 Annual renewal, the 1 new Monthly subscriber, and the 1 Monthly renewal who have come in over the last 24 hours since I ended with this, below.]

The foregoing is just the last two weeks, the highlights. I'm making it a free post for a day or two because we're in the last day of a promotion. I don't do hardly any free stuff anymore, so this is a rare exception. Plus, I write in-depth about all of the sorts of things, above. It's truly variety.

To the point, the subscription page is here. Or, you can just click the appropriate button and check out right here. Check the testimonials or excerpts if you can't decide. There's no mistaking that endorsement. There just isn't. Everyone gets to do as they wish but as for me, it's 98-99% of all content for paying members here. If you're cool with 1-2% because it's free, I've no argument or complaint.

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My Easy Way To Stop Drinking: Relationships — The Good and the Bad — 2 Months In

I seem to be undergoing a transition of sorts from where initially, alcohol cessation was all about the ways and means of getting it done—arriving at that point of no return—to now, increasingly, towards a more observant and deliberative consideration.

Preface

Kind of like: the chicken or the egg; what comes first? Do you get plastered because life sucks and it's an effective acute-pain reliever for that; or, is it that you typically drink for a multitude of reasons (or excuses), it eventually gets out of hand, and then proceeds to 'suck' up your life to the point that alcohol becomes a veritable coping requirement?

"Oh, boy...I could really use a drink."

...Or is it both, since the real answer to the question about chickens and eggs is that there's not the one, without the other. They're inexorably integrated, inseparable.

But still...I can wax philosophically or psychologically all I want, but it all has to meet a single criterion for me:

Does this nugget or tidbit or realization or actualization or idea or aha moment...bring someone to the Easy Place? Because let's face it: you're probably not going to brute force this thing to success. If it sucks, then it's likely going to get suckier and the suckier it gets, the more likely you are to fail.

...But fear ye not!

...That failure can be "magically transformed" into success, see? All you have to do on the back-end of failure is float the notion that it was just a test to show that you actually can abstain and now the test is over.

See? "I can quit anytime I want!"

...Though I've surprisingly not faced this [what would be] understandable criticism anywhere, it nonetheless nags at me a little. What am I doing, essentially creating what purports to be an authoritative gospel for kicking the bottle when I've been at it such a short time?

It smacks of unbridled exuberance—like when you're a kid and had your first beer. Or, you've discovered a hammer and so now, everything is a nail.

But that's just me and has always been me. Once I really get into something I take it up with a very rapid gusto so I can master the essentials, which is a process of shit-canning most of what's out there, leaving only the valid stuff. That's why most stuff is easier than it looks—or is purported to be by those seeking your money. They want you to think it's hard. Not to worry. They're here to help.

Those with the most just and valid reasons to ask you for compensation are those who are constantly simplifying, clarifying, and deconstructing for ease of implementation and better chances of success. Others continually complicate, obfuscate, qualify, manufacture exceptions, and issue rules that are self-serving, requiring endless guidance and management.

C'mon, look how simple I make shit: don't [eat, drink, or do X] too much, too often. What's amazing is how damn difficult it is to get out a simple message like that, undercutting all the abject bullshit. It's because it's perceived to be obvious, so of little value. Ironic, that, isn't it?

In most things being touted and marketed, "simple steps to..." are never simple. Rather, they are intentionally near to impossible. But all that will be laid out in the next release, at a good price...and so on.

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Which Diet Dogma is the Least Dogmatic?

I stumbled across something today, read it, dropped a comment about it some other place, and then left it alone.

Until I couldn't.

I sat there eating my first food in 19 hours—courtesy of an almost daily fast—time restricted feeding, eating window, whatever— and looked down at my 159 baht ($4.15) plate of grilled pork and chicken, with mushroom sauce, green peppercorn sauce, mashed potatoes, smoked pork sausage, and grilled vegetables...then realized I'm eating something that many a diet zealot loves, and that another hates.

...What I'd seen was a head-shaking post by Amber O'Hearn recalling an experience with potatoes she hadn't touched so much as a bite of in over 2 decades. I seem to recognize the name, perhaps from the Paleo Daze—and apparently, she switched trains at the station at some point, in favor of a high-fat, low-protein keto/carnivore dogma approach.

Yep, I'm perpetually straddling dietary salvation and condemnation both, in nearly every meal—all of them falling short of either someone's dietary prescriptions or someone else's proscriptions. And on deeper sociological examination, isn't that part of of the point of different diets as such, and in the first place?

It starts with chocolate and vanilla...but oops, both are proscribed by some dietary catechisms, allowed only in moderation in others. And unless there's an Ice Cream DietTM, I don't know that either are prescribed anywhere...unless perhaps the chocolate is 70% or greater organic cacao and then it might fall under the grudgingly allowable for some. I digress.

I'll go into detail over Ms. O'Hearn's post, below.

So what constitutes the ideal inspiration for a jump-to-the-front blog post more than that? I mean, just look.

Diet Dogma Love & Hate on the Same Plate!

This was at my favorite place in Rawai, JeePhueng Phochana and Steak House, a hole-in-the-wall owned and operated by a trained-chef hubby & wife team who met while working in a fancy hotel restaurant on the island, pre-Covid. Unique in the world, a "Thai" restaurant that serves only Farang food, but at Thai-normal prices. It's less than 2km from my place, I've walked over and back a number of times. Every time I go I end up meeting Thai folks who've become Farang-food fans, as well as the astute Farangs, and the regulars, like myself.

My friend Jackie, for instance—a former 2nd-baseman for the Phillies way, way on back—eats there every day for lunch. Everyone says the same thing: 'love the prices but we come here because everything is so good!'

And then I thought about the dinners I cooked at home the last two nights and it's the same thing. Love & hate on the same plate, depending upon which dogmatic dietary perspective one pays homage to adheres to...practices. There. I fixed it.

Wait until you see those marvelous, mouth-watering photos. But first, the setup.

Two days ago I was in Lotus Fresh, a Seven Eleven-sized offshoot of the Tesco Lotus chain and I walked past the most beautiful pork filet I have ever seen in my life. And that's the truth. A good inch and 1/2 thick, perfectly marbled, with a thin strip of fat that would turn singed and succulent over a grill flame. I had to have it, though it would set me back 69 baht ($1.80). I pared it with a boiled potato and bathed the entire shebang in a tarragon chicken-stock reduction sauce, dusted with black pepper and cayenne for a wee bit of kick and a Lagasse BANG!

Then down the aisle, an equally attractive, thick chicken breast with its skin called to me at only half the price of the pork. So I got that too, for last night, and that lower-carbohydrate meal was paired with mixed stir-fried vegetables and garlic, tossed in unsalted butter. I did the same thing with tarragon and chicken stock, but added a smidgen of milk for a southern flair.

I trust you'll be able to tell which is which.

The current membership deal, good thru next Friday, 21 October, 2022, is 2 months free for the monthly subscription, $10 off the first year for the annual, and $25 off the Lifetime Membership. Here's the announcement post with the applicable Discount Codes. But take great care. The post is littered with irrefusable hypnotic suggestions and the chances that you make it thru unscathed are slim. The other tidbit is that the price for Membership doubles on January 1st, 2023. Those who join prior to then are grandfathered, of course, and so the current discount-code offer is even more attractive to all with even an inkling of perhaps maybe someday.


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How To Overcome and Outplay Sales and Marketing Hype For Fun

— But Can't You Just Escape It? The Short Answer Is No.

The Basics

The problem is that for better or worse, marketing qua marketing is essential. And the other problem is that if there's sound marketing then there's hyped, bullshit marketing. ...Bad with the good, or tolerable. There's a straightforward chain of requirements for a decent life that culminate in the essential of marketing.

  1. Life requires a lot of values just to survive, and lot more to prosper and live comfortably and happily.
  2. It's near impossible for an individual to acquire or produce all that's needed for bare survival, let alone prosperity.
  3. So we're social beings, endowed with a certain natural division of labor based upon gender (and at the un-woke extreme of that...only one gender can get pregnant), age, stature, physical prowess, intelligence, creativity, imagination, fortitude, talents, etc.
  4. In the families and small tribes of old, there was no need for marketing because...everyone knew what everyone else produced.

In the barest sense, marketing is merely getting word out to those who need it but don't know about it. It is the creation and facilitation of markets (i.e., trade) that otherwise doesn't exist.

So that's good and there's a lot of good in it. And there's even more good. It's the sort of marketing where a legitimate need is identified but products don't exist; so marketing becomes a dual role of outright creation—or sourcing and integrating—then fulfillment to customers. The greatest marketing good is that which envisions the unimagined but possible, creating the products or services, and then making—not filling—the [nonexistent] market for that product or service.

Marketing is the mother of invention. It's the quintessential question that asks: 'what if there was...?'

...But, alas, humans wouldn't be human if the race didn't include the lazy legions among us who take shortcuts...producing a mountain of shit...then writing ad copy to urgently sell—BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!!—its sweet aroma downwind.

And so long as people keep buying, they'll keep producing [the crap], marketing, and selling it. We've all fallen victim, succumbed...too heavy on unbridled exuberance, hopes, and fantasy while being too light on discipline, thought, and self-control.

Anti Marketing

That phenomena—and no need to describe it further because we're all intimately familiar, being inundated with it all the time—gives rise to a method dubbed anti-marketing.

That's the headline at this page for an ad agency owner. The copy following it continues in the same vein. I got wind of that because I sent a link to this post of mine mocking standard sales copywriting while using it myself tongue-in-cheek. (It's a post kicking off the 10-day paid-membership promotion we're in. So, you probably won't want to take a look.) Anyway, I sent it to Kelvin Parker, a marketer and copywriter I've known forever, and he shot me back that link.

I then proceeded to improve upon it.

WARNING: You’re Now On The Cusp of a Sales Funnel. This is Your Last Chance to ESCAPE! Once in the Funnel, There IS NO ESCAPE. You Will Be Motivated to Buy a Small Thing and Then We Exhaust Every Last Gram of Your Resolve With Upsell Offers AFTER You Have Paid, But BEFORE Your Order is Confirmed. And EVEN IF You Manage to Weather That Onslaught, Rest Assured That We Have Your Email Address and You’ll Be Hearing From Us (A LOT).

So, I suppose the bottom line in all of this is that you can always be real in your various marketing efforts to make a living and if universes collide, become prosperous.

You can even use all the bullshit copy stuff to your advantage through mockery.

All The Rest

This is an ironic sort of post; in that, the rest of it covers other basics loosely referred to as microeconomics and because of my affirmations and protestations therein, I'm going to have to cut it off here for the free members and public. Paid membership details, here. Hurry, before it's too late!

This is a fairly tight presentation where I discuss the microeconomics of the firm:

  1. Willingness to pay
  2. Some will never pay no matter what
  3. Free stuff
  4. Nothing is free
  5. Piracy
  6. Free marketing
  7. Ads
  8. Loss Leaders
  9. Etc.

And I have a remarkably tight video I shot on a whim a while back, sorta forgot about it but one thing to another and I gave it a looksee and I liked it. Yea, get this...I watched my own video and far from wincing, it held my interest.

I damn near popped corn in coconut oil, taking the time as well to clarify butter.

Maybe it'll doya too.

So, Free Members and Members of the Public. The current membership deal, good thru next Friday, 21 October, 2022, is 2 months free for the monthly subscription, $10 off the first year for the annual, and $25 off the Lifetime Membership. Here's the announcement post with the applicable Discount Codes. But take great care. The post is littered with irrefusable hypnotic suggestions and the chances that you make it thru unscathed are slim. The other tidbit is that the price for Membership doubles on January 1st, 2023. Those who join prior to then are grandfathered, of course, and so the current discount-code offer is even more attractive to all with even an inkling of perhaps maybe someday.


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