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“We are tired of politics as usual,” they complained.

On January 6th, 2021, hoodlums, thugs, and insurgents broke in to the US Capitol in Washington, DC. They ransacked and looted offices. They carried the Confederate battle flag down the halls of American power. They replaced an American flag with a campaign flag of a political candidate. They disgraced America.

They were not “bad apples”, “people who went a little too far”, or any other messaging used to mitigate their heinous actions. They were extremists with intent to disrupt the business of national politics.

Their display of reckless revolt was the culmination of four years of extremist messaging by a candidate who fed on 20 years of grievance politics. They were tired of sharing power in America with a growing minority population. They were fearful they would somehow be second class in a nation where they have always been on top of the social ladder. They took America’s diminishing global clout not as a challenge, but as an attack on their culture. …


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This is way late, but these are the articles I found interesting in October 2020:

Preparing the Cyber Battlefield: Assessing a Novel Escalation Risk in a Sino-American Crisis — Ben Buchanan, Fiona S. Cunningham, Texas National Security Review, Fall 2020

This is a long but fantastic theoretical examination of US and Chinese approaches to Cyber Operations, specifically in regards to Operational Preparation of the Environment — how units (in this case, hackers) understand and prepare the environment for a possible attack or action. These major powers look at penetrating networks differently, and these online actions could cause cyber conflict to become physical conflict for one or the other. …


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(Repost.)

According to reports, an unidentified flying object (UFO) was seen crashing into a Kazakhstan lake on Saturday, January 5th. One eyewitnesses, a local chief of a police, saw a “shining flying object” plunging into the Belaya River in the May district in the Pavlodar region. The police chief then reported it to “higher authorities”.

Unfortunately for Christmas fans around the world, the jolly gentleman known as St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus, may have been killed in the crash. With talk around the world that Santa Claus would better served if he moved his operations to Kazakhstan and the morning of January 6th being the 12th day of Christmas, it is only logical that Santa was in the area and that his sleigh made the hole in the ice. Of course, if this is true the Kazakhstan government would be and is possibly already in full denial mode. After spending countless dollars on festivals and naming a mountain after Mr. Claus, the last thing the Kazakhs would want is for Santa to be tragically killed in their country. …


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All great media needs a great trailer. A video that gets the audience pumped, gets them so excited they will line up around the block to buy tickets.

This is definitely true for books. A good book trailer makes watchers into readers. It makes people want to find the book and voraciously read page after page. A good trailer is a hook that brings the reader into the boat, sits them down, makes them comfortable, brews them some nice tea, and puts the book in their hands.

Of course my new novel Curveball at the Crossroads needed a good trailer. So I recruited my friends Patro Mabili of WMNF 88.5 Tampa and sports radio personality Steve Carney to put some of the book to sound. Then my friend Bill McCardle of Xtra Medium Productions put the the video together. …


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According to many reports, President-Elect Joe Biden is considering a certain amount of debt forgiveness for college loans. College loan debt in America is a huge problem, with Americans owing over $1.6 trillion dollars in loans. This debt has stifled home ownership and prevented many former students from growing their wealth and advancing in society.

I get it.

But I am also opposed to college debt forgiveness. I think it is a horrible idea. As a Gen Xer who paid off my college loans, then paid for grad school out of pocket, then paid for adult education certificates that cost as much as a year of college, I have invested at least $50,000 in my education. …


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In 2014, I wrote an article entitled “Math Anxiety and the Quest for an MBA”. In this article, I chronicled my struggles with mathematics. I was taking graduate-level business finance and was way over my head. I didn’t understand any of the mathematics. I was struggling badly.

“After three weeks in class I was petrified. The word problems the teacher handed out were in the English language, and the words were familiar, but I had no idea how to find the solutions. There was math I had to do, I knew that. I also knew I couldn’t skip the math and rely on my strengths in writing to get me through. …


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BUY CURVEBALL AT THE CROSSROADS HERE.

I am super excited to announce that my first novel is now available for purchase. Entitled Curveball at the Crossroads, it is the story of a baseball player who makes a deal with the Devil after a career-ending injury. As he rises in success, he realizes eventually all deals come with a price. His deal with the Devil could cost him everything he cares about.

I worked on this book for over eight years. In 2012 and 2013, I wrote Weekly Book Updates. It is interesting to go back and read my thoughts on the book from back then.

From March…


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Super late with this, but here are the September 2020 articles I found most interesting:

This class will help you bring humor into the workplace — Fast Company, Lauren Steele, 9/20/2020

This article summarizes a new course by edx.org that teaches workplace humor. The course covers why humor and play is important in the workplace as well as how to foster it. The three pillars of the course are legends, rituals, and offers of humor. I have taken edx.org classes before to much success, and may have to sign up for this as well.

I Built My Side Hustle During a Layoff (and You Can Too) — Natasha D’Souza, Harvard Business Review…


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A few months ago, UltimateClassicRock.com wrote an article about the tale of Lewis Peter Morgan, a man who impersonated Eagles bassist Randy Meisner for years. There doesn’t seem to be any new news about Morgan or Meisner, so I am not sure why UltimateClassicRock decided to post the tale.

But other websites have also written about Morgan’s attempt to impersonate Meisner. According to SFGate.com, Morgan was arrested in 1998 for being a Meisner imposter.

In 2006, Morgan was seen at a poker tournament according to Gambling911. In 2014, Nolan Dalla also wrote about meeting the imposter.

Between 1998 and 2006, I also met someone who claimed to be Randy Meisner in a bar in Tallahassee, Florida. It might have been Lewis Peter Morgan. I wrote about meeting this man in a college paper I wrote in 2001. …


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I don’t know how true this is, but I am sticking to it.

Way back in the early days of the social internet, probably in 1996 or 1997, I would spend time surfing the web in whatever chat rooms I could find. This was the days before organized chat rooms, before AOL or Yahoo chatrooms, and way before any social media platforms.

In these web chat rooms, you didn’t need to sign in, you didn’t need an account, and you could be whoever you wanted to be. It was total chaos, but it was beautiful. …

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Michael Lortz

Writer. Analyst. Instructor. Sometimes serious. Sometimes creative. Just a simple man trying to make his way in the universe.

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