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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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The Good, the Better, the Beautiful: Corporate Benefits

  Evil and Good PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC       Friday’s Tail  Dispite the Enrons, MF Globals, Madoffs, and corruption embedded in layers of government, the psychopaths do not always win; they are, indeed, in the minority. THE … 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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Sociological Psychopathy: Caught in the Social Whirl of the Unexpected

The Force of the Collective Unconscious: Carl Jung PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Friday’s Tail Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect, can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political … 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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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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Patton Claimed his Success in Battle was Divinely Willed

  Picture from Wikipedia, 2014 PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC With courage and faith unmeasurable, General George S. Patton asked his Chaplin to pray for good weather so that his troops could fight the enemy without slogging in the mud. … Continue reading

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General George C. Patton, Machiavellian Warrior 1

PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC George S. Patton was an American patriot hell-bent on breaking the backs of the German grip on Europe: which he did twice, once in World War I and again in World War II. Machiavellian in … Continue reading

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A Warrior Then and a Forgotten Seer Now: It’s Time for the Apocalypse. Second in a Series

  “I have returned.” PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS     Bernard K. Duffy and Ronald H. Carpenter in their perceptive book, Douglas MacArthur: Warrior as Wordsmith, reflect on the classical tones and rhythms of MacArthur’s speeches, describing the same vibes … 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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Che Guevara’s Revolution in Three Easy Lessons: Lesson Two

      PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC        Che Guevara’s Revolution in Three Easy Lessons: Lesson Two During the early part of the Cuban revolution it is said that the experience of battle in an instant transformed … 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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Poetry Within the Psychopath

      PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC   The architecture of mental deviations is sometimes best conveyed by the blush of emotion and the rush of dopamine. Rationality has little to do with it. Consider the delicate nature of … Continue reading

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Does Violence Spread and Die Like a Disease?

Gary Slutkin, M.D., Epidemiologist PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC My usual pessimism was punctured when I watched Gary Slutkin M.D. on TED (www.ted.com/speakers) discuss new strategies for stopping gun attacks on the streets of America.  Slutkin believes that we have … 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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Genghis Khan Lost in a Maze of Capitalism

          PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC   Life after Genghis Khan has taken a twist of fate, letting us know again that nothing is permanent and images change in rude ways. Yes, but The Great Khan … Continue reading

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Gengis Khan Looking For Love In All The Right Places

    PUBLISHED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC     With great success comes mating opportunities. Social dominance, be it in Mallard ducks or British dons, translates into higher than average numbers of offspring, especially for males. Evolutionary psychologists believe that … 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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The Lost Continent of Atlantis, Rediscovered Fiction or Substantiation?

    AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC Excavation of Akrotiri on the Isle of Crete: Part of the remains of the Lost Continent of Atlantis. From Wikipedia, 2013           The continent of Atlantis, at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, was ruled … 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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T.E. Lawrence’s Small War Strategies in the Arabian Desert

  PERCEPTION OF GREATNESS BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS                                                          T.E. Lawrence leads his army of 50 Arabs across “inaccessible” deserts in capture of Akaba from the Turks. “… the wood, tents and trucks in the station were burning, and the smoke … Continue reading

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T.E. Lawrence Learns Insurgency in Arabia and Moves the World Toward a Revolution in Military Strategy

PORTRAITURE BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC U.S. Army-Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual (Field Manual 3=-24,COIN) Authored by General David Patraeus, 2006. Unexpectedly for many of us, a revolution in warfare is occurring in the United States, led by technological advances in … Continue reading

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Lawrence of Arabia and the Rebirth of Insurgent Wars

            PROFILED BY AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC General David  Petraeus and his biographer Paula Broadwell in July, 2011. Photo from Wikipedia, May, 2013 Listen little Elia: draw your chair up close to the edge of the precipice and I’ll … 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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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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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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Psychopaths Rising: Unholy Links to Civilization and Destruction

                  Thomas Cole: Destruction: The end of the Apocalypse                                                                                                                                   AGAVE PUBLISHERS LLC This forthcoming book is dedicated to the strivers and achievers for individual responsibility and a just life. A general … Continue reading

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