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Art, Persistence, Failure, and Success

Sisyphus PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC  Friday’s Tail    Deep in our evolutionary functions are the traits of tenacity and the call to personal duty. We see these traits among our heroes, and importantly, in all of our activities, where … Continue reading

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Art Argues for the Importance of History

    History is not bunk, Henry Ford PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS FRIDAY’S TAIL The study of history bears witness to the trends of human behavior. It is not always accurate in its detail, but the overall picture gives us … Continue reading

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Never Waste a Perfectly Good Crises

PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC FRIDAY’S TAIL As we witness in this blog, history supports the notion that the Machiavellian personality is found disproportionately in the swirling circumstances of events, either to lead with wit and sword or collapse with … Continue reading

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Are Our Best Leaders Close to Madness?

FRIDAY’S TAIL PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC S. Nassir Ghaemi, MD and Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University, writing in his recent book A First Rate Madness (Penguin, 2011), takes the unusual position that the best leaders in troubled times … Continue reading

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The Grand Prix Circuit and Visions of Death

Sensation seeking is this world’s import and export commodity. If it weren’t so weird why do sensation seekers wear masks, tell lies, hide behind stories, and joust with other daredevils? PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC  FRIDAY’S TAIL Let us have … Continue reading

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How to Live Forever

        Friday Tail PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Almost nothing is pure fiction anymore. That’s certainly true for our search for eternal life, and my story The Devil’s Song. So, while I am writing fiction, fiction and truth walk hand … Continue reading

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Paintings, Psychopaths, and Propaganda

PAINTINGS, PSYCHOPATHS, AND PROPAGANDA   FRIDAY’S TAIL PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC PERSPECTIVE IS EVERYTHING John Wayne once played Genghis Khan in the 1956 movie, Conqueror, but no one knows what Genghis Khan (~1162-1227) actually looked like. No one painted … Continue reading

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Art and the Expression of Empathy

Friday’s Cat Tail PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC   The visual arts have changed radically over the past 500 years as artists reach for intuitive understanding of human qualities. Expressionism is one of these movements that promise a better understanding … Continue reading

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Can Parasites Living in the Human Body Induce Psychopathic Behaviors?

Author’s interpretation FRIDAY’S TAIL PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC       E coli bacteria: common in humans. Photo from Wikipedia THE THIRD PRINCIPLE OF PSYCHOPATHY: PARASITISM Genes and the environment, the first two factors of reproduction, clearly impact psychopathic … Continue reading

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General George Patton Completes His Destiny

  PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC   War as I Knew It, provides the intimate profile of General Patton, his own comments taken from his diaries, letters, and military reports. Most think of him as a great military genius with a … Continue reading

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The Face that Launched A Thousand Confrontations

Helen from Wikipedia, 2014 Che Guevara             PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC               Helen of Troy had nothing on Che Guevara. Helen was born in Sparta of the god of gods Zeus. She was … Continue reading

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Looking for Mr. Good Under Mental Rubbish

Looking for Mr. Good Under Mental Rubbish              PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC       We ordinarily consider narcissism as a quaint and mild form of egocentricity, but when strong and lasting it can have disastrous consequences. … Continue reading

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Death is the Glue that Holds Adaptations Together

PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Natural selection tends to group individual traits into large adaptive systems of behavior. Two major systems include mating strategies that often appear in psychopaths (opportunistic short-term mating) or nonpsychopaths (selective long-term mating).   The short-term … Continue reading

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Why Evolution Treats Peace Unkindly

EDITED FOR AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Yukio Mishima: By day, writer on peace; By night, Samuari for war     War is hell, but it is also power in action. War is the base on which empires are built and how … Continue reading

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Bad News Travels Fast and Far; Good News is No News

  Published by Agave Publishers LLC      Rui Fan and his colleagues at Beihang University in China have found that tweets expressing anger spread through social networks faster and more widely than those that express more positive emotions, such … Continue reading

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Violence is Linked to Testosterone and High Male Sex Rato

    Testosterone molecule Published by Agave Publishers LLC Published by Agave Publishers LLC Marshall Burke at the University of Berkeley and his colleagues recently surveyed 60 studies of international male violence and report that the most common trait associated … Continue reading

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Genghis Khan, the Backbone of New Ideas in Politics

WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE ABOUT GENGHIS KAHN? LOOK. HE COULD BE AS NICE AS YOUR UNCLE BOB   UNCLE BOB   If existing artistic renditions of Genghis Khan are sequenced one finds an interesting change. The aggressive features of Genghis … Continue reading

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Testosterone, Emasculation and Vanishing Sperm

AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC    If you are male what can go wrong and how can we change that? Dopamine production may be lowered by long term marijuana use, thus decreasing male motivation and transforming males into Austin Slackers. The evidence is … Continue reading

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“I could have been somebody.” Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront

AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Anniversary: One hundred weekly blogs. Happy Independence Day, Del             On June 11, 2007, a story in the Austin American Statesman about 46-year old Randall “Randy” Zandatra caught my eye. Zandatra was finally jailed in December, … Continue reading

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Who Lost the Continent of Atlantis?

Course of Empires: Thomas Cole paints After the Fall, Desolation (1833-1836) Trireme Warship of ancient maritime cvilizations of the Mediterranean Sea powered by sails and three banks of oarsmen THE RULING CLASS           The ancient Mediterranean bloc of countries was … Continue reading

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Even Machiavellian T.E. Lawrence had the Blues

  T.E. Lawrence began his love affair with the desert here at Jordan’s Wadi Rum. The 1962 epic film Lawrence of Arabia was filmed in large measure here by Freddie Young and directed by David Lean. Yes, there really was … Continue reading

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An Insider’s View of the Machiavellian Mind

      Profile by AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC   I will take you on a shorthand discussion in successive blogs of the Machiavellian personality T.E. Lawrence, which shows that Lawrence introduced important insurgency strategies to disrupt the military strength of … Continue reading

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Psychopathy, The Genetic Lamp of Survival

       AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC THE UNIVERSAL MESSAGE           Again, I stress that we are an evolved species with traits that permitted life and reproduction among the string of ancestors leading us to coffee and scones at Starbuck’s. The strong and … Continue reading

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Synchronicity May Be A Leader’s Mental Instability

This unexpected union of the photon minds described last week, where the behavioral manipulation of one photon results in instantaneous duplication of its behavior by its twin, regardless of the distance from each other, is similar to synchronicity described by … Continue reading

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Synchronicity Meets Particle Physics

      AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Carl Jung explains synchronicity Can we create our own universe? Why is faith stronger than reality even when we have scientific explanations? Consider this story that a friend told me. Marjory cast her fishing … Continue reading

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Garden of Eden: Temple of Göbekli Tepe

                        AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Temple of Gobekli Tepe, Southern Turkey: Natl. Geo., June, 2013 Built 11,600 years ago. Photo: V.J. Musi Klaus Schmidt, a researcher at the German Archeological Institute has spent 17 years excavating an archeological site called the … Continue reading

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Narcissism Spread Widely

Dionysus First Recorded Psychopath                                             AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC N.S. Gill, About.com.             The driving force of a Machiavellian personality is a self-delusional grandiose image of oneself. Israeli Psychologist Dr. Sam Vaknin and the author of the definitive book on narcissism, … Continue reading

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Is History’s Magic Number 76?

Clocks are Built to Restrict Relative Impressions                                 AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Historian Niall Ferguson of Harvard University details the fall and the rise of empires, showing clearly that older empires lasted longer than later empires. But they all fell, only to … Continue reading

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There is No One Left Standing: 2

                Yukio Mishima: Martial Artist                                                       AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Kimitake Hiraoka – pen name Yukio Mishima – was born January 4, 1925 into an aristocratic family, with clear genealogical threads reaching back to the … Continue reading

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There is No One Left Standing: 1

Yukio Mishima, Writer, Patriot                                                                        AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC   Persona: A Biography of Yukio Mishima (Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press, 2012), written by Neoki Inose with Hiroki Sato, is a superb addition to our understanding of Japan’s most renown prose writer, poet, … Continue reading

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The Sword & the Shield Describe Commanding Leaders

The Sword and the Shield                                                     AGAVE PUBLISHERS   THE POLITICS OF THE SWORD We are not just here to manage capitalism but to change society and define its finer values.                     Tony Benn                     British Labor Leader THE POLITICS OF … Continue reading

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The Deep Sea of Machiavellian Leaders

                Che and Fidel Riding High into History                                         AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC   Two distinct groups of political commanding leaders at the highest levels appear in the historical record, exemplified by Napoleon and other … Continue reading

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Our Many Mental Worlds

                                                                         Agave Publishers LLC Matisse’s Other World SYNCHRONICITY EXPLAINS FEELINGS OF DESTINY (stories I’ve collected)           Marjory cast her fishing line into the water from her boat and watched in horror as her wedding ring slipped from her finger and … Continue reading

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