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Question: Is that all you think about is money?
Answer: Yes. But it's a plenty-big topic, since it covers everything from buying lunch today to
Question: How Long has this site been around?
Answer: Since 1995. It started as my MBA capstone project. I didn't get 'papered' until late in life. Found the importance of degrees to be over-rated, but necessary if you plan to work in the field of higher education as I have.
Question: What's the charge for this site?
Answer: Zip, nadda...This whole thing is free unless you subscribe to my weekly premium content offering at www.peoplenomics.com for $40/year. Most folks tell me that it's the best newsletter value on the internet. The revenue from subscriptions is what keeps the UrbanSurvival.com site and the mirror site www.independencejournal.com going.
Subscriptions to Peoplenomics also help to offset costs for projects like the www.nationaldreamcenter.com site.
Question: Why do you have a 'mirror site'?
Answer: there are some corporations (as well as government offices) that have installed server blocks which prevent people from accessing the UrbanSurvival.com site. Most of these users can access via the www.independencejournal.com site, as it's got a raw news look and some scrolling headlines from Google.
Question: Are there other ways to get to UrbanSurvival from behind a firewalled office computer?
Answer: One thing to try is accessing via our http://www2.urbansurvival.com or if that doesn't work (although it usually does) try the http://www3.urbansurvival.com layer. Most 'police snoop' packages don't include the www2 and www3 prefixes - just the plain www. and http:// named servers.
Question: How many people read UrbanSurvival - or am I the only nutjob out there?
Answer: No, you're not alone. Apparently, there are lots of us nutters about because most weekdays we serve up over 60,000 page views.
Just to give you an idea how many 'fellow' thinkers are out there, in 2009 UrbanSurvival served up 15.7-million pages to more than 701-thousand visitors chewing up 228 GB of bandwidth along the way.
Question: What if I send you email...will you read it?
Answer: I usually read everything - eventually. However, I often won't send an individual reply if it is something of general interest - that's where column ideas come from. My email address is no secret: firstname.lastname@example.org gets here.
Emails are answered in the following priority:
Question: Can I come and visit you at your ranch sometime?
Answer: Hell no. We're physically very private - keep to ourselves folks. Virtually interesting on the web, we hope. But you'd have a warmer reception trying to visit the White House than our ranch. Except for what's on the site here, we hold privacy to be a fundamental and holy right. If we wanted people around, we'd move back to Boca Raton or Burbank. You don't see any moving vans, right?
Question: So you & your wife are what...hermits?
Answer: No. Most hermits don't write economic sites and are more sensible. Eccentric recluse and reclusette might b e closer.
Question: So why should I believe anything on your site?
Answer: Frankly, I don't care whether you do, or don't. I'd wager my take on things is better than what you'll find in the MainStreamMedia by 50% or more, though.
Question: Is this a government disinformation site?
Answer: Nope. But if anyone wants to buy the site, $10-million and I'm out. I'd keep Peoplenomics and writing for subscribers. Everyone has their price, right? Strangely, no offers yet...darn it.
Question: You get up every morning at 5 AM to do this for nothing?
Answer: No. I do it because it really has been quite rewarding (helps me be a better writer) and there are enough Peoplenomics subscribers that I feel like I owe it to them. At some point, I may post only for subscribers...but that won't happen until the real crackdown on dissent starts up. I expect at some point, those who question the paradigm will become targets during the last gasps of paradigm defending by the old order.
Web Bot Questions
Question: How does the web bot project work...really.
Answer: www.urbansurvival.com/simplebots.htm gives an overview. Otherwise think of it as software that does PFM - pure frigging magic.
Question: Has anyone in the government ever tried to get you guys to work for them?
Answer: No. This is purely a garage effort - and besides once something like this got into the government's hands (or worse: slimy corporate hands) the value would be perverted and turned against regular humans, as happens so often with new technology. See gun powder or atomic energy for examples.
Question: What do you guys mean 'time monks' - I see that all the time on your site.
Answer: If one can see the future coming with a little more clarity than most, you can a) step out of the path of oncoming trucks that might try to run you over or b) lose money at a slower rate than others in the market. But seriously (whatever that is) the future belongs to the people and we're not into exploiting people...so we do very little interference and try for a monk-like detachment from the 'sparklies' that most people lust after.
Question: What's George's role in all this?
Answer: Cliff's the genius. I'm kinda like Watson. You choice of Watson's, too - either the Alexander Bell lab companion, or the Sherlock Holmes's 221-B Baker Watson. At some point, this Watson helps with strategy and press contacts, but Cliff comes up with the inventions.
Question: Is the world going to end in 2012?
Answer: Not exactly. Go over to Cliff's site and read the updates when they come out - they're only $10 or so at www.halfpasthuman.com/
Long Wave Economics Questions
Question: You make frequent mention of the Kondratieff Wave or Kondratiev Cycle. Where can I read more?
Answer: Besides here you mean? You could pop $24 to Amazon and get Michael Alexander
s The Kondratiev Cycle: A generational interpretation as a good start. Or visit Trader Jim Goulding's web site and download the .PDF of his book "Winter is coming" which takes it from a Fourth Turning perspective after Strauss & Howe and you'll get the big picture.
Then pick up Michael Panzner's When Giants Fall: An Economic Roadmap for the End of the American Era to see how the road looks just as we drive off the cliff ahead...
Questions About George
Question: You do consulting?
Answer: Yes. http://urbansurvival.com/consult.htm I like to stay very busy. Knock on wood, I'm very busy most of the time.
Question: How can I make my computer run better?
Answer: Assuming you have stripped all unnecessary files from your start-up folder, try a good anti-virus program like www.antivir.com and then download the latest version of Maxa-Tools Maxa Cookie Manager.
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