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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Crazy by Marc Charles

7:12 AM

"Are you freaking crazy?" ....... a friend asked me.

"No. It'll be fun"....I replied.

I hitchhiked across the country from New York to Los Angeles with $50 in my pocket. No phone, credit cards, prepaid cards...nothin.

It was a great adventure! I was 19 years old.

We need to inspire kids again. Public schools and college typicality do not inspire anyone.

I know....I know.....you need a good education BS.

But man.....you'll NEVER learn if you're not inspired, including going to college.

And if you or your kids are really concerned about getting a blessed degree from the "right" school...then go.

But the greatest, life changing adventures are not found in public schools or universities.

And don't worry...my wife has advanced degrees from the purest Ivy League schools, and even she agrees with me.

The one thing kids could do right now if they want to learn is receive, retain and release. In other words READ, comprehend what you've READ by testing yourself, and then teach others without any notes.

My daughter ask if I would would like her to hitchhike across the country alone.

No I wouldn't.

But I would help her drive across the country with a friend because it would be an inspiring adventure. I would also teach her how to use a handgun and mace.





Marc Charles
http://www.marccharles.com

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

How the Matrix Deals with Power by Jon Rappoport

6:32 AM

Hi Gang:

I'm resending this article by Jon Rappoport.

I received dozens of emails and messages about it when I ran it last time, and when I talked about it on podcasts.

I hope you like it.

I really like Jon's work.

Marc Charles
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How the Matrix Deals with Power

by Jon Rappoport

I've been asked to reprint this piece.

Here it is a with a new brief introduction.

Most people use memory to explain why they're living the lives they have. They arrange memories as if they're symbols, and the sum is: this is the life I have; no other.

If you could somehow take away all those memories and insert a whole new synthetic raft, people would arrange those to come to the same conclusion. And the same life.

So it is with the world. People look out at it and decide, on some subterranean level, that the world dictates what degree of choice and power they possess.

Put them in a different home, a different city, on a different planet, and they would eventually settle on the same assessment of their power: small.

In that sense (and many others), memory and the world are constructs the individual ingests, arranges, and builds to suit and fortify his conception of his "geometry": the shape of his life.

In previous articles, I've been making clear how THE VOICE narrates the story of our times through television anchorage.

The elite anchor is groomed to be able to induce a seamless hypnotic trance in viewers and make HIS voice THEIR voice.

There is power in a voice.

A voice can change reality.

Your voice is the voice that destroys the narrative that has been sculpted for us. Your voice is the voice that rolls over the voice of the elite anchor and the other elite leaders who speak for us.

When your voice become your VOICE, you connect with something oceanic that rips away false separations and false systems and false ideas and deserts of sand on which our fake reality is built.

We pretend to be small. We pretend to be whispers. We pretend to be confused. We pretend to be creatures living inside the space of this deluded society. We pretend to be clueless. We pretend to have such limited power.

We pretend.

We pretend that some overriding system or structure SUPERSEDES OUR OWN VOICE. We bow down to that system, and then we see what that does to our own power. It diminishes it. It makes our voice small. It makes our voice thin. It makes us into weaklings.

It makes us walled off from each other, from THE REAL EACH OTHER. The real each other is each one of us with power, with A VOICE.

The word "rant" is interesting to analyze. It originally referred to someone speaking in a completely unhinged way. Its recent online meaning was invented by tech heads, who adopt a "cool" attitude toward problems and answers. These cerebral types consider any outward display of passion or outrage to be a rant. For them, the "ranting voice" is suspect.

Try this experiment. Find a piece of writing you love that expresses great passion and poetry. Read it out loud while you're alone. Read it out loud 50 times over the course of a few days. Inject your own passion into the words. If you're not already lying in a coffin, something unexpected will happen to you. You'll find yourself coming alive in a larger way. You'll experience glimpses of your VOICE.

This has to do with BEING ALIVE.

You'll experience the absence of little structures and systems.

Keep reading that passage over and over. Put everything you have into it. Don't stint. Put more and more feeling into it.

Then, watch the evening network news. Listen to the tone of the anchor. Pay attention to how he establishes a continuity. No matter how absurd you thought the evening news was, you'll now comprehend that absurdity from an entirely new perspective.

As you expand your own VOICE, and as you EXPRESS WHAT YOU TRULY WANT TO EXPRESS----YOUR OWN THOUGHTS, YOUR OWN IDEAS, YOUR OWN FEELINGS, YOUR OWN INVENTIONS---you are cutting away layers of stagnant consciousness. Each one of those layers says: "reality is THIS." Each layer has a different restrictive portrait of reality, and as it disintegrates and tumbles away into space, you become freer.

The VOICE.

A path to greater power, greater aliveness, greater empathy, greater engagement, greater self, greater community, greater wholeness.

Your voice, not the anchor's voice. The anchor's voice operates on behalf of the established corrupt order, as a mesmerizing tool. Your VOICE liberates you and others.

Many years ago, I was teaching a small class in a school in New York. The kids were all retreads from other schools, where they didn't make it for a variety of reasons.

They were in a constant state of distraction. Unteachable.

So I picked a short passage from a poem by Dylan Thomas. A few lines. A few great lines. I had each student read the passage out loud. Then we all read it together. Then we went around and around with each child reading it again---I urged more feeling, more expression.

It was like trying to break through an iron ceiling. Each kid read the lines in a monotone. It was eerie, as if they were all in a trance. But I kept going anyway.

Nothing doing. Nothing happening.

Then I said, "I'm going to read these lines like a newscaster would read them." I gave a pretty good impression of an anchor.

The kids cracked up. They thought it was very funny. They immediately grasped how ridiculous the anchor's voice sounded trying to give feeling to poetry.

The kids began reading those lines as if they were news anchors. They had a great time with it. That's what broke the ice.

"Now," I said, "stop conning me. Read the lines with your own feeling. Come on. Put something into it."

And they did.

Around and around we went. Each kid must have read those lines a dozen more times. They got into it. They shed their embarrassment.

The VOICES that emerged that day in class convinced me that everyone has a VOICE, and it cuts through layers of conditioning like a knife through butter, once it's unleashed.

These kids were titanic.

When we were done (I was reading the lines too), we all sat there and looked at each other in amazement. We knew. We knew we had cracked the egg. The spell of "flat reality" had been broken. We were all alive in a new way.

The famous lines we read?

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage, against the dying of the light.
Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night...

Although the overall sentiment of that poem might appear to be a kind of futility, when we read the lines over and over, WE came to a different place. A place where we knew that our words COULD fork lightning.

And then we read, from Fern Hill:

Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs
About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green,
The night above the dingle starry,
Time let me hail and climb
Golden in the heydays of his eyes,
And honoured among wagons I was prince of the apple towns
And once below a time I lordly had the trees and leaves
Trail with daises and barley
Down the rivers of the windfall light...
the calves
Sang to my horn, the
Foxes on the hills barked clear and cold,
And the Sabbath rang slowly
In the pebbles of the holy streams.

To be astonished by something you see on a screen is one thing. To be astonished by what your VOICE can establish is light years beyond that.

VOICE is relentless life.

Jon Rappoport
The author of two explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED and EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at  NoMoreFakeNews.com.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Most Schools Are Lame by Marc Charles

6:22 AM

Hi Gang:

One of the reasons government schools do not work is because they are so lame.

Kids are bored stiff.

The programs are lame, and so are most teachers, principles and coaches.

Now.....you may have LOVED your public school. But I did not. I was thrown out of school more than two dozen times.

Yes......I was a trouble maker. But mainly I was bored stiff. And believe it or not girls love troublemakers.

I've been toying with the idea (with a dozen other entrepreneurs and business owners) of building a program for kids to REALLY CHALLENGE them.

It won't be lame.

A few of the challenges we came up with last month include:

Hitchhiking across the country with only $50 (no credit cards or secret funds)
Drive from the US to South America
Ride on a river boat "city" for the entire length of the Amazon River (thanks to Jim Rogers)
Sail from England to the US
Live in caves in the Grand Canyon for 10 days
Space travel (with a Kickstarter drive)

And by the way.....if we taught kids to read 300 books over eight years (middle school, high school, two years college) they wouldn't need college or advanced degrees.

Reading with retention and the ability to teach what you've learned is the key.

Just sayin...........

Marc Charles

Saturday, November 16, 2013

CEOs Never Call Into the Company by Marc Charles

8:02 AM

Hi Gang:

I wonder if founder's or CEO's ever call into his or her own company to see how customer service is handled.

My guess its below them. Probably less than 2% is my estimate.

The same holds true for placing an order for something online. How often does senior management or even the President of a one-person company actually place an honest to goodness order online? Again....2% is pretty accurate.

For some reason this has been my main focus with three companies with whom I consult.....as well as my own ISP on the coast of Maine.

I'll stick with Maine so I don't offend my clients (who secretly read my FB posts and blog).

Speaking of my blog....here it is: You should subscribe:  http://askmarccharles.blogspot.com/                    

It's free, except for a $250 surcharge (just kidding). It's packed with hundreds of fun, relevant, and timely articles from THE MAN.

The customer service with my ISP has been shockingly poor.

When you're placed on hold the music is so loud is almost blows your ears off. But the static is even worse.

Then....I'm handed off from one idiot to the next.......or excuse me "Customer Contact Professional". What makes them professional is my question?

Then.....when someone finally responds to my stupid call they ask the same questions over and over and over. Can you say database? PUT YOUR CUSTOMER INFORMATION, CALLS and CONVERSATIONS INTO A STUPID DATABASE. I thought you were a "tech company". It's more like an analog telephone company from 1984.

Anyway.....the problem is still not resolved.

Oh BUT the "Technical Contact Professional" will be calling me shortly. That was 6 hours ago.


Marc Charles

Thursday, November 7, 2013

There's Nothing New Under the Sun by Marc Charles

6:22 AM

Hi Gang:

There's nothing new under the sun.

Do you believe this?

The iPhone appeared to be new when it first hit the streets. But the "essence" of the concept or idea was not new.

The concept of hydrogen powered cars is not new. The "essence" of the concept or idea has been around for a long, long time.

I don't have the time to write about this in a book now...but I will.

The concept of something being "new" appeals to most novice entrepreneurs. But having something "new" does not always mean it's good, needed or that it'll be profitable.

For example.......I've heard this more than a thousand times in my business career:

"There's nothing like this anywhere. There's NO competition"

No competition is great if you control the universe like drug, oil and transportation companies.

But for startup entrepreneurs no competition is bad, not good.

Whenever you have healthy, vibrant competition you have lots of MONEY sloshing around.

Whenever you enter a market with no competition, it usually means no market, demand or interest.

Granted, sometimes something that "appears" to be new hits the market and people buy into in droves. But believe me......this is rare....less than 1%.

My advice to entrepreneurs with no money or very little startup capital is to focus on markets with vibrant competition. You'll increase the probability of becoming successful and profitable.






Marc Charles
http://www.marccharles.com

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Eve Genome ebook



Hi Gang:

My friend's new book.....check it out...

 The Eve Genome ebook

Marc Charles


Get Your Act Together BEFORE You Entertain People by Marc Charles

Get Your Act Together BEFORE You Entertain People

7:02 AM

Greetings:

One of the downsides of living on the beautiful coast of Maine is music......or the lack thereof.

Granted, you'll find music in bars, coffeehouses and smaller venues, but not typically professional quality.

I went to a show recently and was disgusted by the musician. First of all he wasn't very good, but he was billed as someone special.

Second, he talked about all of the problems in his life. I love to help people. But I don't go out to hear someone tell me all their problems. I'm there to take my mind off of problems for a few minutes!

Third.....learn how to sing in key! My gawd. I'm not a judge on The Voice. But I know when someone sings every song off key.

If you're a musician take this to heart. Play your next show as if your life literally depends on blessing your audience.

And would it hurt to wear something nice? You don't need a coat and tie, but wash your stupid clothes, buy some new sneakers and brush your hair.

Geez.








Marc Charles
http://www.marccharles.com