DAILY FOOD FOR BRAINS – QUOTE #8

“When a corporate executive uses the company jet for personal flights, he does not pay anything. Instead, the value of the trip is treated as a taxable fringe benefit, just like the personal use of a company car.

Taxpayers pick up one-third of the real cost because buying and operating a corporate jet is a tax-deductible business expense. Shareholders of publicly traded companies pick up the other two-thirds. That means that ordinary folks who have put their retirement money into companies are dinged twice for this executive perk, once as taxpayers and a second time as investors.”

Free Lunch by David Cay Johnston

Mr. Johnston is a New York Times reporter who won the Pulitzer Prize as an investigative journalist.

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When I read this book I was struck by the fact that every American who does not participate in Network Marketing has willfully given up his right to the same tax advantages enjoyed by the greedy hogs running major companies. For two decades I’ve enjoyed the tax advantages of owning my own home business. Maybe we can’t fly for free on company jets, but the least we can do is deduct our car mileage and home office expenses. Those who refuse to benefit from their own legal rights have no business criticizing wealthy people for corporate perks. Either get involved in MLM or stop whining!

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If you’re new to this blog on Food for Brains, please be advised of my mission.
As an avid reader, author and concerned critical thinker, my goal is to provide daily food for the brain, not steroids for the heart. If it’s positive thinking you crave, please look elsewhere. My objective is to encourage self-reflection, not self-absorption.
- Mark Yarnell

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DAILY FOOD FOR BRAINS – QUOTE #7

“The corporate world is doing everything it can to wiggle through the defenses parents erect around their children. Whether they sell unhealthy music or unhealthy food, they pose the greatest challenge to parents who wish to build moral meaning for their children.

The message of capitalism is that what matters most is the satisfaction of immediate desire. If America is to remain a civilized nation in the twenty-first century, it must begin by civilizing its children, teaching them about the necessary balance between instinct and desire on the one hand, and doing what is morally required, on the other.

In the online world, our kids spend their days and nights metaphorically surrounded by anonymous people who will gleefully support them and assure them that their most unlikely fantasies are perfectly desirable and realistic. In fact, they can now ignore the outside world altogether.

If teaching children what is right goes forward, it must begin with the family. And never forget one important fact: family is not something people are but something people do.”

Civility by Stephen L. Carter

Dr. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale and author of several critically acclaimed books.

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As I read this book, I realized that each of us is a member of one human family. The responsibility for change rests squarely in the laps of each of us and I, for one, intend to do my part to call attention to cultural dead ends and unchallenged stupidity.

In the Jewish tradition, many scholars have argued that correcting the errors of others is an obligation. In my own religion the young founder preached love of others, but still criticized people – often quite harshly – for their transgressions or irrational behavior. It’s never an example of productive tolerance when we avoid ethical or moral debate. Although tolerance has become a very popular ideal in our society, we cannot afford to tolerate stupid, counterproductive, harmful behavior. Especially, we must teach young people to escape the virtual world daily and learn from real live people and well known authors.

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Statement of Purpose
If you’re new to this blog on Food for Brains, please be advised of my mission.
As an avid reader, author and concerned critical thinker, my goal is to provide daily food for the brain, not steroids for the heart. If it’s positive thinking you crave, please look elsewhere. My objective is to encourage self-reflection, not self-absorption. Mark Yarnell

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DAILY FOOD FOR BRAINS – QUOTE #6

Washington DC “They came by Audi. They came by BMW. They came by limousine and by private helicopter. On a damp, drizzly fall day, tens of thousands of men and women from across the country converged on the mall in Washington DC for the first Million Millionaire’s March. The theme was sharing with others the struggle of being a millionaire in 21st Century America.

‘I know there are times when it’s hard,’ said Reverend Bertram Potter of Christ Church in Gross Pointe, Michigan. Some days you want to say the heck with NASDAQ and the museum benefits and the kidnapping insurance. But you’ve got to reach deep down inside yourself and find the strength to go on making money.’

The millionaires overcame many hardships to attend the march. Some had to actually pass up long-anticipated wine tastings. Others had to fly on commercial airlines.

The rally brought together a diverse group of millionaires from across the country some of whom had made their millions on Wall Street, others in technology and many in lobbying.

E. Bradley Hargrove, a millionaire from Sedona, Arizona attended with his ten-year old son Bradley Jr. who is also a millionaire.

‘I wanted to show my son what a tax bracket is all about. It’s not just about the Austin-Healey in the driveway and the second house with heated bathroom tiles. It’s about caring.’

As Tom Mannerling at New Canaan, Connecticut explained, ‘We have to support each other. We have to face the truth: You’re a millionaire. This is the hand life has dealt you. What you do with it is up to you.’”

The Million Millionaires March by Michael Rubinar

Michael Rubinar is a noted author who has written extensively for The New Yorker, GQ, New York Times and Rolling Stone. He has also written and produced a number of television shows.

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As promised, I’ll sometimes share parodies with you, especially those which I find exceptionally humorous. This quote is from a series of essays found in a book of great contemporary humor entitled, “Mirth of a Nation,”edited by Michael J. Rosen. I found the notion of a millionaire support group particularly funny, especially given the huge number of millionaires in America. But underscoring the humor is a very sobering reality. Money is not always the best adult report card. It’s important to keep that in mind once you enter the field of Network Marketing because of the potential for such radical wealth. Enjoy the process because the destination will be far less exciting than you anticipate.

Statement of Purpose
If you’re new to this blog on Food for Brains, please be advised of my mission.
As an avid reader, author and concerned critical thinker, my goal is to provide daily food for the brain, not steroids for the heart. If it’s positive thinking you crave, please look elsewhere. My objective is to encourage self-reflection, not self-absorption. Mark Yarnell

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DAILY FOOD FOR BRAINS – QUOTE #5

“There are as many as 700 billion documents on the Internet and that is growing at the rate of 7.3 million pages per day.

Anyone who has spent even half an hour searching the Internet has learned that to find a tiny precious nugget of gold one must wade through a mountain of garbage.

The more we multitask, the less efficient we become at performing any one task.

Our culture is retreating into an increasingly narrow comfort zone, avoiding risk and cutting itself off from the renewing lifeblood of ideas.

Critical thinking is a prerequisite for the continued prosperity of America. This country needs a new generation of citizens trained in the art of critical engagement, debate and argumentation.

Video games are digitally generated special effects created for emotionally arrested males of all ages.”

Think by Michael R. LeGault

Michael LeGault, a consultant to major US companies on health, safety, environmental and quality issues is an award-winning editor and former columnist for the Washington Times.

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This book made me feel both enraged and thankful. Enraged enough to begin sharing these quotes with anyone who will listen about the obvious social challenges we face. Blessed by the fact that I was raised in the 50s and 60s by two loving, educated parents who demanded that I learn the value of reading, debate, critical thinking and focus.

Somehow, we adults over 50 are going to have to figure out how to pull younger people out of their virtual worlds before it’s too late.

I have trouble finding anyone under 40 with the focus to work just one year in order to create radical wealth. But I will not give up until I’ve made a small impact. You can help me by getting these quotes to people under 40. Thanks.

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Statement of Purpose
If you’re new to this blog on Food for Brains, please be advised of my mission.
As an avid reader, author and concerned critical thinker, my goal is to provide daily food for the brain, not steroids for the heart. If it’s positive thinking you crave, please look elsewhere. My objective is to encourage self-reflection, not self-absorption. Mark Yarnell

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DAILY FOOD FOR BRAINS – QUOTE #4

“Recycling is part of a larger theme of stuff white people like: saving the earth without having to do that much. It’s fantastic. You can still buy organic ice tea, beer, wine and bottled water and when you’re done, just put it in different colored bags or plastic bins. And Boom! Environment saved!

Everyone feels great! Global warming is slowed way down! There’s no chance the bottles will last forever in a landfill, trapping small animals and that makes us all green!”

This behavior is important because we all feel guilty about producing waste, but nothing will stop us from doing it. By putting our crud in different colored bags we get to feel just like the Native Americans who used every part of the product or beast they consumed.”

Stuff White People Like by Christian Lander

Lander is the creator of the website “Stuff White People Like”. A former PhD candidate, Lander was the 2006 public speaking instructor of the year at Indiana University.

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When I first discovered this book of humor, I actually had to stop reading every four or five pages because of migraine-inducing laughter. I especially love anything that forces me to laugh at myself as did this brief essay on recycling. I thought my wife and I were changing the planet by putting our plastic bottles, papers and old magazines in special blue hefty bags. Whatever. –Mark Yarnell

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Statement of Purpose
If you’re new to this blog on Food for Brains, please be advised of my mission.
As an avid reader, author and concerned critical thinker, my goal is to provide daily food for the brain, not steroids for the heart. If it’s positive thinking you crave, please look elsewhere. My objective is to encourage self-reflection, not self-absorption. Mark Yarnell

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DAILY FOOD FOR BRAINS – QUOTE #3

“Any handicap can be overcome by honesty, industry, thrift and concentration on one’s job.

If you will concentrate on one thing and know more about that one thing than anyone else in your vicinity, you at once become independent, irrespective of color, sex, health, poverty or any handicap.

This certainly is my belief, and I say so from experience.

The old saying, “There is plenty of room at the top” is truer today than any time in history.

Plenty of people have money and influence; college graduates are more common than bricklayers and plasterers; but the man or woman who knows one thing better than anyone else always wins in the end.”

Actions and Reactions by Roger W. Babson

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One of the luckiest days of my life was the day that I discovered Roger Babson’s work.

Babson was personal friends with seven US Presidents, founded twelve companies and authored some forty books before leaving this world and taking his place among other geniuses relegated to the obscurity of historical footnotes.

The book from which I quote was copyrighted in 1935 and it was very difficult to find. Valerie gave it to me as a birthday present and his ideas continue to inspire me.

Two of his dear friends, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, considered him a man of immense intellect and character and I agree.

You’ll be hearing more from Mr. Babson as we continue these blogs on Daily Food for Brains. –Mark Yarnell

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Statement of Purpose
If you’re new to this blog on Food for Brains, please be advised of my mission.
As an avid reader, author and concerned critical thinker, my goal is to provide daily food for the brain, not steroids for the heart. If it’s positive thinking you crave, please look elsewhere. My objective is to encourage self-reflection, not self-absorption. Mark Yarnell

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