I was doing some house-cleaning Thursday and found a column that I’d never gotten around to posting.  Since I’ll be on CoastToCoast next week, which usually brings a younger crowd wandering through, seemed like a good time to post it. I should have tossed into my earlier book, The Millennial’s Missing Manual: What School Didn’t Teach and What Old People Didn’t Explain, too.

Fast is:  “You become what you think about most,”  is the way one great Positive Motivation expert (Earl Nightingale) put it.

If you are a Millennial and have not listened to a classic Earl Nightingale audio motivation series, consider his six CD set “Lead The Field”  (used, Amazon, around $35 – about the same on eBay).  Taken young, it’s a life-changer. Later?  A dandy repair kit.

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Obviously, if you put lots of focus on success in your head, there is bound to be something good come out of it, sooner or later.  Thoughts are things.  Which is why the Miracle Money Technique works so well, too.

You and I are the same this way:  We “is what we does.”  A thoughtful subscriber asked me recently:  “What are the books on George Ure’s reading list?” Whoa boy!  This will be a long list.

First there is my “platform” of data.  This was described in Peoplenomics a while back under the heading of how to “Build a Personal Intelligence Platform.”  An hour, or so, settle up Google News searches to be emailed to you as they happen and then setting up some rules in your email router.

Essentially, you figure out those life-supporting systems – which I call the Seven Major Life System – [food, shelter, communications, transportation, energy, environment, and finance]  and from set-up forward, you can have a constantly updated, low-commercial load, distilled data feed to support your activities.

As news items come in from  Google, my email router drops it into various folders.  When I want a quick scan of what matters, I can look at key aspects of the world in less than 15-minutes per day.

The second step in “What Goes In” is found in an assortment of news websites.   But there is honestly so much junk and crap out there, that I built the www.computational future.com platform in order to avoid spending precious time loading bullsh*t ad and tracker content.  I use www.urbansurvival.com/links.htm as my home page.

Use and enjoy www.ghostery.com to block trackers, popups and such.  Even though that kind of advice does cost Ures truly some revenue, lol.

My next stop is an assortment of academic sites.  This includes the deep-thinking Federal Reserve Working Papers and such.  www.firstmonday.org is worth a read for netly things.

Then there’s the numerical side of trading, which is how the Peoplenomics Aggregate Markets approach to trading evolved.  A look at my level-2 platform does fine on that score.


A real answer to our reader question!

What books has the Ure Household consumed recently?

Fine question.

Let’s see…this is a hard one to answer.  Not because we don’t read around here, but because we read too much.

  •  Learn and Master Drums by Dan Sherrill  DVD course with book
  • Moving through Parallel Worlds to Achieve Your Dreams, by Kevin Michel.
  • Reality Unveiled: the Hidden Keys of Existence That Will Transform Your Life by Ziad Masri.
  • The books of Enoch: a complete volume containing one Enoch to Enoch and three Enoch by Joseph Lumpkin
  • An Experiment with Time by JW Dunne
  • A Serial Universe, a sequel to an experiment with time by JW Dunne
  •  Procrastination: a Rhythmic Approach by Lloyd Glauberman.
  • Personal Ecology: the Complete Self Esteem Program by Lloyd Glauberman
  • Manifesting: the Secret behind the Law of Attraction by Alexander Janzer.
  • Inner Vegas: Creating Miracles, Abundance and Health by Joe Gallenberger.
  • It Works: the Famous Little Red Book That Makes Your Dreams Come True (Reprint from a 1930s Book).
  • Make Your House Do the Housework by Don Aslett.
  • The Geographical Pivot of History by Sir Halford J. Mackinder and B. McCahill (This Book Was Recommended by One of Our Well Informed Sources on the Peripheral of America’s Military Future – If That’s Not Obscure Enough).
  • Sight Unseen: Science, UFO, Invisibility, and Trans Genetic Beings by Carol Rainey and Budd Hopkins.
  • The Allegory of the Cave by Plato (I Reread This Every 10 Years or so).
  • Illusions: the Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach (This Book Was a Gift for Someone We Know)
  • Homo Deus:  A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Harari
  • Sapiens: a Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Harari
  • The Penitent Man: A collection of Christian Poetry by Kent Rosenberger.
  • How to Be a Beginner and Manage Your Time like a Pro by Ramona Brown.
  • Truth of the Stock Tape, with an Introduction to Financial Astrology by W. D. Gann. (2nd reading)
  • How to Make Money in  Stocks: Rules for Investment Success by Sir John Templeton. (2nd reading)
  •  The Templeton Plan: 21 Steps to Personal Success and Real Happiness by Sir John Templeton
  • Knowledge Stew: the Guide to the Most Interesting Facts in the World Volume 1 by Daniel Ganninger.
  • The 36 Strategies of Ancient China by Stefan Verstappen
  • The Slump: Britain in the Great Depression by John Stevenson and Chris Cook.
  • 100 Deadly Skills: the Seal Operatives Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation by Clint Emerson.
  • Cutthroat (and Isaac Bell Adventure) by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott.
  • Name Dropping: Tales from My Barbary Coast Saloon by Barnaby Conrad and Herb Caen
  • Best of Herb Caen: 1960 to 1975 by (Who Else?) Herb Caen
  • Herb Caen’s  San Francisco: 1976 to 1991 by Herb Caen
  •  The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World’s Most Dynamic Region by Michael Austin.
  • The Absent Superpower: the Shale Revolution and a World without America by Peter Zeihan.
  • History of Advertising in the United States by Claire Rarick.
  • The Science of Making Things Happen: Turn Any Possibility into a Reality by Kim Romainer
  • Hydrogen Peroxide: Secrets to Optimum Health, Quick Healing, Illness Prevention and Natural Beauty by Jessica Jacobs.
  • Chess: the Complete Guide to Chess Master Chess Tactics Chess Openings and Chess Strategies by Logan Donovan.
  • Grand Illusion: a Synthesis of Science and Spirituality Book One by Brendan Murphy
  • Florida Land Boom of the 1920s by Greg Turner.
  • The Time Travel Invasion by Rob Shelsky
  • Blood Ritual Monarch: Tales of Demon, Conjuring, Mind Control and Madness, by Louise Monach
  • Montauk Project: Experiments in Time by Preston Nichols
  • Ref Desk (Hardcover) by Thomas J Glover (Replaces)
  • The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz.
  • Llewellyn’s 2017 Moon Sign Book: Conscious Living by the Cycles of the Moon by Riske Riske and Kris Brandt.
  • Odessa Sea  by Clive Cussler.
  • Shock Wave by Clive Cussler.
  • The Real Crash: America’s Coming Bankruptcy and How to Save Yourself and Your Country by Peter D. Schiff
  • Anti-Demographic Cliff: How the US Executive Branch Took over Control of Stock Markets to Cover up a Second Great Depression by Joe Blessings.
  • Destruction of the Sabbath: Tracking the History of Deception by Chris Tyreman and Brad Vornholt
  • Wild Diet: Top 35 Approved and Delicious Recipes Prepared in 15 Minutes or Less by Alexis McArthur.
  • Oatmeal Diet by Philip Green.
  • Defeating Your Adversary in the Court of Heaven by Lydia Blain
  • Basic Principles of the Science of Mind 12 Lesson Homestudy Course by Frederick Bailes.
  • Lucid Dreaming, Plain and Simple Tips and Techniques for Insight, Creativity and Personal Growth by Robert Waggoner and Caroline McCready
  • Disneyland Secrets a Grand Tour of Disneyland’s Hidden Details by Gavin Doyle and Bob McLain
  • Calcium Factor: the Scientific Secret of Health and Youth by Robert Barefoot and Carl Reich, MD
  • Flow: the Psychology of Optimal Experience byMihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Cellular Awakening: How Your Body Holds and Creates Light by Barbara Wren
  •  Crystal Grids: How and Why They Work – a Science-based yet Practical Guide by Hibiscus Moon.
  • Chicago Manual of Style Is Essential’s by Little Green Apples Publishing LLC.  (Judging by recent columns, care to guess how far I got in this one?)
  • Scorched Earth: Restoring the Country after Obama by Michael Savage.
  • Weld It like a Pro: Beginning to Advanced Welding Techniques by Jerry Uttrachi
  • Automotive Bodywork and Rust Repair by Matt Joseph.
  • Evidence of the Afterlife: the Science of Near-Death Experiences by Jeffrey Long and Paul Perry.
  • Practitioners Game: Using the Logic of Brazen Self-Interest to See and Shape the Future by Bruce Bueno De Mesquita
  • Magicians of the Gods: the Forgotten Wisdom of Earth’s Lost Civilization by Graham Hancock
  • Why Science Is Wrong… About Almost Everything by Alex Tsakiris.
  • The Energy Cure by William Bankston, PhD and Sylvia Frazier.
  • Between Death and Life – conversations with a spirit: an internationally acclaimed hypnotherapists guide to past lives, Guardian Angels, and the death experience by Dolores Cannon
  • Earth: the theater of the universe by Clarence Benson.
  • Children of Now: Krista Lean Children, Indigo Children, Star Kids, Angels on Earth, and the Phenomenon of Transitional Children by Meg Losey.
  • The Lightning Stones by Jack Du Brul

There  you have it! One year of reading material, some of which has been completed and some not.  A good portion recommended by readers.

You can find all of these books at Amazon.

I suppose the two that I found most interesting from this pile were (in fiction) The Lightning Stones: A Novel by Jack Du Brul.

As a reader I have really enjoyed the exploits of Clive Cussler’s two current leading characters: Dirk Pitt and Isaac Bell. But there is something very familiar, almost like putting on a comfortable pair of slippers when reading the Jack Du Brul novels featuring geologist Philip Mercer. That and his 80-something year-old friend who manages to drink his booze and watches his place when he’s off adventuring.  Ugly bulldog in the mix, too, if I recall.

The nonfiction side is a little harder to judge:  I would call it a tie between: The Anti-Demographic Cliff: How the U.S. Executive Branch took covert control of stock markets to cover-up a second Great Depression and The Geographical Pivot of History.

The anti-demographic premise is particularly appealing to me because I have written in the past, a fair bit on the Peoplenomics side – and a bit here on Urban – about how one of the economic solutions to countries coming up against the top of resource depletion and peak everything  is to bring in lots of immigrants. This is something the Angela Merkel government has been doing in Germany, but in the long term will it really payoff for them?  Or us?

The Geographic Pivot of History is a bit dated in that the author’s view was shaped by contemporary events more than a century ago.  Back when Earth was ruled by production and agricultural paradigms. Not that it is any less readable for students of coming conflict; Russia, China and the United States (through our proxies in Europe) will still have to duke it out over the so-called heartland of the world.

The view is dated by the revolution in telecommunications. That was not even underway, except a very experimental level by geniuses like Marconi and Tesla at the time the Geo Pivot concept was presented in 1904. Since that time the major production of the world has been less agricultural and mechanistic/industrial in nature and more intellectual and communications based.

The informed reader looks at the concept, though, and begins to wonder, “Is there an informational pivot around which the world could be moved in similar ways?”

We note that it was little more than a decade after Mackinder’s book that WW I broke out and it was centered, largely, in his heartland area of Eastern Europe.  Will it again?

I’m sorry if this is a little bit of a long read, but as you can see, at least in our case, as we move along toward the end of our product lifecycle (LOL) our emphasis changes from making money hand over fist to getting ready for the big dive off the swimming pool board into that Hereafter.

In order to postpone that leap, readings related to nutritional, diet, and exercise books comes right up to the top of our current list.  So did the purchase of the weight machine.

I would offer that if you are a Millennial, your reading list would probably weight 90% to skills-based and nonfiction reading in order to lay a foundation for future wealth and success.  This while limiting your intake of soft books – like the religious, spiritual, big picture stuff – to about 10% of intake.

Sounds almost like a diet doesn’t it?

Well, it is, of course!

No arguing with Earl Nightingale on his point that “You are what you think about most.”  By reading books, not flash, you expand your outlook which is more than what most other forms of infotainment offer today’s world.

When you look at a story like the Weinstein et al sex scandals?  Who cares who the next one is?

At one level, it sells papers.  At another, we already knew there was slime around.  But since I’m running lower of “days to the Big Sleep” than you, I prefer filling my head with useful.

Reading the “rush of the news” – often as not – is like going shopping for broken tools.

In the end, they don’t do you much good.  Better to read book – which does some tool-sharpening…

Gotta be something on my list someone could benefit from come Christmas…

A Note on Reader Comments

A couple of people were worried that we had somehow been hacked or were no longer posting reader comments.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

However, when a comment is submitted, while we generally don’t censor anything, we do manually approve each one.

Yesterday, Elaine had a doctor’s appointment (her first in a year or so), I went with her.  And, since like a good hubby I took her out to dinner while in town, I didn’t get around to approving comments instantly (or within an hour or three) as is often the case.

Don’t go off paranoid on me, though:  Urban hasn’t been “hacked.”  Life sometimes just occasionally tosses in a “delay of game” now and then.  Which, when comes down to it, is one of the variables that makes lilving such fine sport….

Write when you get rich, comment when you get motivated.