Monday, February 15, 2010

Seven New Readers Journal Essays

A President's Day cornucopia of stimulating opinion: 7 new Readers Journal essays.

Occasionally a reader will ask what "of two minds" means. The answer: it takes two minds to assemble this weblog: yours and mine. If anything sets this modest outpost on the World Wide Web apart from the millions of other blogs, it's the high degree of reader participation on many levels.

Readers suggest new topics, critique the entries, offer new resources and books, provide financial and emotional support, submit recipes and share their own essays and stories.

In the crush of trying to finish Survival+ last Fall and to assemble Survival+ The Primerthis January, I fell terribly behind in maintaining Readers Journal and What's for Dinner at Your House. I still have three great new recipes to post, and I have finally updated Readers Journal with seven provocative, stimulating essays.

I have several more which await formatting (thank you, writers, for your patience), but let's start with these seven:

Recognizing and Avoiding Mind Control (Doug K.)

On Energy and Optimism (Maclean)

The Untapped Energy Riches of Uzbekistan (John C.K. Daly)

Western Educational Systems (Gene M.)

Illusions and Delusions (two lists) (Gary C.)

Leaving the USA: A Brief Guide to Emigrating (Michael Reps)

An Attempt to Summarize a Few Things (Jim S.)

While I cannot guarantee any specific number of readers to those who share their essays, this site and its RSS feed received well over 2 million visits last year and over 5.5 million pages were viewed. That is a small but worthy forum for your work.

I am pleased to announce that the energy professionals at have kindly offered to share their articles with us; the first is The Untapped Energy Riches of Uzbekistan by journalist John C.K. Daly.

I hope you enjoy the amazing diversity of views presented in these seven essays.

Special offer: receive signed copies of both Survival+ ($19.95) and Chris Sullins' strategic action thriller Operation SERF ($14.99) for a donation of $33.33 to this site via PayPal. Perhaps it is mere fantasy or wishful thinking, but I thought a few readers might like signed copies of both books. At my request, Chris signed 10 copies of his novel and sent them to me, so a maximum of 10 readers can avail themselves of this offer.

Since ordering the books costs $34.94 on amazon, and since I have some small affection for the days of vinyl albums, the price has been arbitrarily set at $33.33, shipping included.

Will signed copies have any value? That is unknown, but I can guarantee that Survival+will eventually be issued in a 3rd edition at a higher price, so this 2nd edition is a limited run. I have signed about 60 copies as a token of my appreciation for those contributors and subscribers who have been outrageously generous ($40 or more). As it stands, that's the only way to get a signed copy, other than this little special offer.

In other news: Luke, the proprietor of the always provocative blog suburbanempire.comrecently interrogated me at length--the results are posted on his blog. Thank you, Luke, for the opportunity to spout off even more absurdly than I do here....

If you haven't visited the forum, here's a place to start. Click on the link below and then select "new posts." You'll get to see what other readers and contributors are discussing/sharing. is now open for aggregating our collective intelligence.

Order Survival+: Structuring Prosperity for Yourself and the Nation and/or Survival+ The Primer from your local bookseller or from or in ebook and Kindle formats.A 20% discount is available from the publisher.

Of Two Minds is now available via Kindle: Of Two Minds blog-Kindle

Thank you, John Y. ($10), for your much-appreciated generous contribution to this site for a copy of "Halfway Human". I am greatly honored by your support and readership. Thank you, Carl G. ($20), for your very generous contribution to this site (and for sharing your fascinating experiences). I am greatly honored by your support and readership.

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