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Tuesday 19th June 2007


Basic Computer User


FBI announces botnet milestone
As part of Operation Bot Roast, U.S. investigators claim to have identified over a million compromised computers being used for cybercrime. more

FBI Arrests, Charges Three Botnet Operators
The FBI and Department of Justice have arrested three individuals accused of assembling botnets, a network of compromised PCs more

Almost 100 per cent of Australians to receive broadband
SYDNEY - The Government will provide almost $1 billion of funding to build the infrastructure for 99 per cent of Australian’s to receive high speed broadband internet, according to minister for communications, information technology and the arts, Senator Helen Coonan. more

Intel: Moore’s Law good for another 10 years
The chip maker has a road map out for 10 years for transistors that goes down below 10 nanometers which helps propagate the law, says an executive. more

Google Tip: Use a Colon
In today’s tip, we’ve got an easy trick for making your search queries more precise, so you can get exactly what you’re looking for. more

Google Expanding Copyright Program to Video
Google this week expanded the use of a copyright detection program for YouTube to include audio and video. more

Google’s Breakneck Changes Stoke Privacy Fears
Google, the world leader in Web search services, is the focus of mounting paranoia over the scope of its powers as it expands into new advertising formats from online video to radio and TV, while creating dozens of new Internet services. more

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Advanced Computer User

Intel readies massive multicore processors
Researchers work to mask intricate functionality of up-to-80-core chips, so hardware and software makers can more easily adapt to them. more

Cyberattack fools you once, evades detection
GLOBAL - The attacks represent a “quantum leap" for hackers in terms of their technological sophistication and pose a serious challenge to the IT community, one security firm reports. more

iPhone, Gmail and blogs--a corporate security nightmare
Consumer technologies crossing into the enterprise space will challenge traditional security models, say analyst companies Forrester and Gartner. more

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The Dangerous Fluoride Deception You Need to be Aware Of
Great video from the author of one of the best books written on fluoride. here

Fascinating video of blood slides before and after Goji juice here

Boost Your Metabolism and Melt Away Fat

By Craig Ballantyne

As a regular Early to Rise reader, you already know that aerobics and traditional “cardio" exercise can strain your heart and cause injury to your joints and muscles. But you don’t have to put your health at risk to burn fat. A new study published in the prestigious Journal of Applied Physiology showed that strength training boosted metabolism after the exercise by 10 percent and increased fat burning by 100 percent.

The participants in the study followed a standard strength-training program, including multiple-muscle exercises that can be done at most health clubs - pull-downs, leg presses, chest presses, leg extensions, and leg curls. They did three sets of 10 repetitions of each exercise.

After strength training, your body is scrambling to recover and, therefore, uses more energy and more fat to fuel this process. So while strength training doesn’t burn as many calories as traditional aerobic training during the actual workout, it continues to burn calories AND fat long after you’ve left the gym. This is known as the “afterburn" - the result of “turbulence" put on your muscles during the strength training itself.

In addition to the muscle- and bone-building benefits of strength training, post-exercise fat burning is one more reason to add it to your fitness regimen.

[Ed. Note: Craig Ballantyne is an expert consultant for Men’s Health magazine. If you’re looking to burn fat, build muscle, and quickly step into the body you have always wanted with just three workouts each week, check out Craig’s fat-loss system, Turbulence Training for Fat Loss.]
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Another Example of Modern Medicine Limiting Women’s Choices

By Al Sears, MD

I just received a popular medical journal, one that circulates to thousands of doctors nationwide, saying that endometriosis has no cure - that it is a problem women have to learn to live with.

I couldn’t disagree more...

When you have endometriosis - a common condition among women - the cells that usually line the inner walls of the uterus begin to grow inside the uterine lining or on the outside of it. The result is chronic pelvic pain. Some women experience pain in their lower back and abdomen too.

I look at endometriosis as just one sign that you have too much estrogen.

Estrogen plays a key role in endometriosis, but most doctors overlook this fact. You see, the cells inside the endometriosis lesions carry a lot more estrogen receptors than average cells. This makes them sensitive to high levels of estrogen in your blood, and the resulting build-up of estrogen creates a never-ending cycle: High estrogen levels continually make the endometriosis worse.

But there’s a simple supplement that can gently and naturally cleanse excess estrogen from your body: DIM (diindolylmethane). Derived from cruciferous vegetables, DIM is completely safe. It’s one of the reasons broccoli and cauliflower are so healthy.

Take 100 mg of DIM once a day to help restore your estrogen balance and eliminate your symptoms. DIM is available at most health food stores and on the Internet.

[Ed. Note: Dr. Sears, a practicing physician and the author of The Doctor’s Heart Cure, is a leading authority on longevity, physical fitness, and heart health.]
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Exposing (and Evading) Grocery Store Fat Traps

By Shane Ellison, M.Sc.

My wife recently pigged out on beef jerky. What was supposed to be light, healthy snacking turned into an all-out eating binge. Her ravenous consumption of the stuff made me think it must be an especially good brand. I was in a hurry when I bought it at my local health food store - and that’s where I messed up big time. Ignoring the label, I was caught by the number one grocery store fat trap - which was the cause of my wife’s abnormal appetite.

A grocery store fat trap is nothing more than a scheme designed by food manufacturers to make you eat more of something that you think is healthy. These foods and food additives are fat fertilizer. They are great for a company’s bottom line, but really bad for your “bottom."

Right before she threw her head back to dump the last crumbs of the beef jerky into her mouth, my wife turned the bag over to read the fine-print ingredients. She gasped, “Why the hell did you buy this! It’s loaded with high-fructose corn syrup!"

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is fat fertilizer on steroids. And she knows it. A very fit mom, she keeps her lean and muscular build by avoiding grocery store fat traps.

HFCS transforms people into eating machines. Once consumed, it sets into motion a chemical cascade that begins with spiked insulin and ends with feel-good molecules known as “endorphins." Intoxicated by artificial feel-good, the brain is unable to sense overeating and demands more, more, more - and the excess calories get stored in your body.

I’ve even heard of kids accidentally taking bites out of their fingers when under the influence of HFCS. Worse yet, many children who overindulge in Frankenfoods that contain HFCS and other sugars eventually become diabetic.

From beef jerky to bread and even spaghetti sauce, HFCS has infiltrated most processed foods and turned them into fat traps. Avoid this ingredient at all cost!

But that’s not the only trap lurking in grocery stores.

"Fat-free" labels
These hoodwink millions of unsuspecting victims, and have been a goldmine for the food industry since 1993. The obese seek out this label in hopes of waking up skinny. It never happens - but that doesn’t stop them from getting ensnared over and over again. I can hear the rationale: “It just seems so plausible. I’m fat, so I should eat fat-free foods." Wrong.

After the fat is removed, sugar is added. Sugar is great if you’re at a birthday party, but that’s it. Like HFCS, it is nothing more than fat fertilizer and a heart attack waiting to happen. Look for it listed as sucrose, dextrose, or cane sugar on the labels of your favorite foods. Then buy something else - like an all-natural food high in healthy fat.

Healthy fat - which you can find in grass-fed beef, seeds, nuts, avocados, and eggs - is essential for proper growth, development, and the maintenance of good health. It provides your body with vital energy, without causing you to gain weight. In sharp contrast to carbohydrates, sugar, and trans-fats, healthy fats tell your body to burn fat and make you feel fuller quicker. Add them to your grocery list.

Artificial sweeteners
This trap gets most weekend warriors. “Energy" bars, protein powders, and sugar-free goodies - each and every one of them is loaded with drugs disguised as sweeteners. The widespread belief that these nicely packaged foods and drinks are good for you is a perfect example of how marketing strategies supersede medical science and common sense.

Artificial sweeteners make your body lose its natural ability to count calories. If athletes cannot distinguish between proper eating and overeating caused by artificial flavors, they will never reach their fat-loss or muscle-building goals, period. Exercise becomes a waste of time. Artificial flavors include sucralose (Splenda), aspartame, acesulfame K, saccharin, and neotame.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) has several aliases you should be on the lookout for, including hydrolyzed vegetable protein, hydrolyzed protein, hydrolyzed plant protein, plant protein extract, sodium caseinate, calcium caseinate, yeast extract, textured protein, autolyzed yeast, and hydrolyzed oat flour.

This white, crystalline amino acid is made in a lab and then added to meat products and most canned or packaged foods to “enhance flavor." One small problem: It doesn’t have any flavor. It just enhances overeating - and the food manufacturer’s bottom line.

Once consumed, this fat fertilizer not only spikes insulin, it also lowers the hormones that ward off obesity, premature aging, and diabetes: IGF-1 and human growth hormone. And if that’s not enough to scare you off, it can be damaging to brain cells too.

Consider the shocking findings by German scientists who recently warned that their country should abandon the use of MSG at once. Why? They found that pregnant mothers consuming this fat trap were giving birth to children who were insulin-resistant.

Apparently, fetuses can be doomed to overeating for life, thanks to neuronal damage caused by Mom’s MSG-eating habit. The damage was most prevalent in a specialized group of nerve cells in the medulla oblongata, thalamus, or hypothalamus - the areas of the brain that control proper eating and metabolism. This might be one explanation for the drastic increases in childhood obesity worldwide.

Some things are worth dying for. Fat traps are not. If you want to live thin and slim, be alert to these common grocery store fat traps. You might have to dedicate some extra time to carefully reading food labels... but you’ll never fall victim to them again.

[Ed. Note: Shane “The People’s Chemist" Ellison has an MS in organic chemistry and firsthand experience in drug design and synthesis. He is an internationally recognized authority on therapeutic nutrition. His AM-PM Fat Loss Discovery e-book shows how he personally beat obesity and insulin resistance in 90 days. To pick up your copy, click here.]

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"Even Noah got no salary for the first six months partly on account of the weather and partly because he was learning navigation." - Mark Twain

Why You May Not Be Making As Much Money As You Think You Should

By Michael Masterson

If you’re lucky, loving your job is its own reward. But when it comes to satisfying your sense of self-worth - and building wealth - the size of your paycheck can have a big impact. In fact, a 2006 study commissioned by the American Business Collaboration found that 49 percent of respondents listed salary as the factor that’s most important to their satisfaction at work.

So if you’re not making as much as you think you should be, is it time to start looking for a new job?

Before you start scanning the “Help Wanted" section of the newspaper, take a good hard look at what you do. Is your work really worth what you think it is?

I had a conversation yesterday with a writer - a friend I’d hired to work on a newsletter I consult on. It was contract time, and I had promised him “the best deal possible" - which is exactly what he got. He wasn’t satisfied. “Let’s face it," he told me, “The success or failure of the newsletter’s renewals depends on me - and my writing is good."

"I agree that your writing is good," I told him, “but in the business of newsletter publishing, my opinion doesn’t count."

What does? As JDG, a colleague of mine, likes to say, there are three sacred letters when you are in business - ROI (return on investment) - and they are the jury when it comes to determining the quality of what you’re selling.

Writers - screenwriters, novelists, magazine writers, and advertising writers - are valuable in business if and to the extent that they can generate positive ROI.

Writers who understand that can become very skilled very quickly and make a ton of money. Writers who refuse to believe that are doomed to spending the rest of their careers unhappy and underpaid.

But it’s hard to explain this to a writer who’s new to the business world. He feels, understandably, that since he’s smart and clever and works so hard, his writing is - or has to be - supernal.

Most writers I know (including yours truly) would like to think themselves equal to the greats: H.L. Mencken, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Ernest Hemingway, etc. And given the time, energy, sweat, and blood they put into their writing, why shouldn’t they get paid a ton of money?

That’s what Stephen Gaghan used to think. Gaghan - who directed and/or wrote screenplays for many films, including Traffic, Syriana, and Rules of Engagement - found that no one listened to him when he was a mere screenplay writer. But when he became a director, he had an important revelation:

"Decisions, actual decisions, upon which money would be spent and movies created, were happening in flurries. The studio and producers were no longer impenetrable, implacable forces aligned in the cause of movie prevention but well-tuned, experienced machines for the production of movies. Suddenly, everyone seemed to be pulling together and they were looking to me to help them do it. In fact, as far as I could tell, the moment you remove the screenwriter, things actually begin to happen," Gaghan wrote in an article for The New York Times.

"I don’t completely agree with this system," Gaghan continued, “but there is a reason nobody listens to the screenwriter: He isn’t accountable. The screenwriter is like an economist or political commentator who says, ’If you don’t cut interest rates right now, there will be a 3 percent decline in housing starts next April.’ But nobody checks back next April. Nobody remembers or cares. Because you don’t have to act on the decision, you aren’t responsible for the fallout. You are an adviser, not a builder. And if ’real housing starts’ decline by 20 percent and the construction industry lays off thousands - well, you still have your comfy chair and nice view out the window.

"For the director, it is the exact opposite. The time for theorizing is over. It is yes or no, and pretty soon you have an aesthetic. Period."

The same holds true for other advisory professions: accountants, artists, architects, attorneys, IT specialists, customer-service managers - basically anyone on staff or hired to help. The number of exceptions are few:


profit-center managers


anyone else whose compensation is primarily (not incidentally) based on the success of the end product If you want to make a good living, be good at what you do. Accountants and artists and screenwriters who are good will be recognized as good. If they promote themselves and shop around for the best compensation, they can make very good, very steady, and relatively low-stress incomes.

And if you want to take that route, you can still build wealth - slowly and carefully - by following the advice we’ve been giving you in ETR about investing and saving.

But if you are not satisfied with that and want to get cut in on the bigger money, you have to step up to the line and do what the big-money people do. You have to be willing to risk not only your time but also your financial safety.

This is a hard lesson for most people to learn. And if you see no sense in it, I can’t imagine you’ll be persuaded by the little story about Stephen Gaghan’s conversion. You may choose to spend the rest of your life feeling under-appreciated and under-compensated, just as so many do. That won’t get you what you want - but you will have the feeling that you’re getting screwed to warm you up at night.

My friend, the newsletter writer, is a smart guy. He’s going to argue his case as hard as he can and get as much as he can to do the job. But he’s doing something else too. He’s learning how to write marketing copy. He’s learning the principles of selling. And he’s studying the marketing business as closely as he can.

Some day in the future, he’ll step over to the other side and be fully accountable for the financial success or failure of his literary output. When that happens, he’ll be negotiating contracts with writers who may want more than he is willing to give them. Then he’ll come to his own conclusions about this age-old debate. I’ll be interested in seeing what he does.
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Australian singles would prefer a night out with tradies like carpenters, tilers and painters rather than professionals according to a recent survey of 950 people by linkme.com.au, Australia’s leading career networking site. The least attractive profession to singles are psychiatrists... Smart people, Aussies!

The Daily Reckoning PRESENTS: Mark Skousen has been watching the Republican and Democrat candidates debate the issues in the United States, and he’s already tired of the haranguing. What America really needs is a candidate who has experience, wisdom, and sound thinking - like worldly philosopher Benjamin Franklin! Read on...

by Mark Skousen

In 1790, the year founding father Benjamin Franklin died, John Adams wrote with biting sarcasm, “The history of our revolution will be one continued lie from one end to the other. The essence of the whole will be that Dr Franklin’s electrical rod smote the earth and out sprung General Washington. That Franklin electrified him with his rod - and thence forward these two conducted all the policy, negotiations, legislatures, and war."

Today history may confirm that there was more truth to Adams’s “lie" than previously thought. Having updated Franklin’s Autobiography for modern times, including the remaining 33 years of his illustrious career, I conclude that Franklin can feel a certain degree of responsibility for America’s growth machine. Throughout his life and writings, he did more than anyone else to lay the groundwork for wealth creation in our emerging nation.

Moreover, the record seems to indicate that Franklin’s diplomatic genius was indispensable in the American Revolution. Washington may have won the war at home, but Franklin won the war abroad. Without his brilliant diplomacy, the French might never have provided the military and financial aid - over one billion dollars! - essential to achieve American independence from the British. Finally, Franklin played a vital role in fashioning the compromises necessary in creating the new constitution of the United State in 1787.

Franklin anticipated the incredible material and technological progress since our founding. An incurable optimist, Franklin was always bullish on America and life in general. At the end of the War for Independence, he predicted, “America will, with God’s blessing, become a great and happy country." The United States, he said, is “an immense territory, favoured by nature with all advantages of climate, soil, great navigable rivers and lakes....[and] destined to become a great country, populous and mighty." He told potential European immigrants, that the country “affords to strangers....good laws, just and cheap government, with all the liberties, civil and religious, that reasonable men can wish for." (He underlined the word “cheap.")

Franklin might be considered the first dean of colonial America’s business school. He chronicled much of his business success in his Autobiography, creating the first “rags to riches" story in American history. Business luminaries from Andrew Carnegie to Lee Iacocca to Warren Buffett have publicly expressed their admiration of Franklin. In his “Advice to a Young Tradesman," Franklin wrote, “In short, the way to wealth, if you desire it, is as plain as the way to market. It depends chiefly on two words, industry and frugality; that is, waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality, nothing will do, and with them everything."

Franklin knew how to succeed in business and became one of the wealthiest men of his day. He favoured the entrepreneurial can-do spirit of Americans in his Autobiography and, in later writings, lambasted public offices of privilege and aristocracies by birth. In an open letter to European immigrants, he wrote, “I told them those bear no prices in our markets. In America, people do not inquire concerning a stranger, ’What is he?’ but ’What can he do?’"

The author of Poor Richard’s Almanac and “The Way to Wealth", Franklin preached throughout his life the virtues of “industry, thrift and prudence" as universal principles of success. Undoubtedly he would castigate today’s Americans for indulging in undersaving, overspending and excessive debt. “No revenue is sufficient without economy," he warned. “A man’s industry and frugality will pay his debts and get him forward in the world.... Business not well managed ruins one faster than no business."

He made his fortune as an innovative publisher, producing the country’s best-selling newspaper and almanac and profiting from a chain of printing partnerships up and down the Atlantic seaboard. Franklin was also a practical inventor (Franklin stove, the lightning rod, bifocals, etc.), but being publicly minded never collected royalties or trademarks from these ventures. The maxims contained in the pages of his Poor Richard’s Almanac served to educate a nation of craftsmen, farmers, and shopkeepers as to how to succeed in business. For certain, he would be pleased with the state of higher education in America - especially our nation’s business and professional schools. Prior to Franklin helping found the University of Pennsylvania, the only colleges in existence were established for the purpose of training clergy. With Penn, Franklin promoted a more radical model of a public university where science and the professions were given their due. Since that innovation, professional schools have turned out the talent that fuels and leads our nation’s economy.

In the Autobiography, Franklin dared to declare his 13 principles of virtuous living essential to lasting prosperity. “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters," he warned. Nevertheless, he remained upbeat, saying “America is too enlightened to be enslaved."

Franklin used his autobiography and maxims to promote such virtues as honesty, hard work, thrift, doing good to others, and the power of a good reputation. He more often than not utilised the power of reward in getting others to cooperate rather than relying on the power of punishment. “A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar," said Poor Richard. As such, Franklin is an ideal role model for modern American entrepreneurs who constantly manage the tension to compete and cooperate in any given business situation. He counsels us to protect our interests and guard against foolish risks while at the same time helping others to succeed. Rather than counsel us to dominate the game like Machiavelli, Franklin shows us how to lift the boats of those around us - as well as our own.

Although not a church-goer, Franklin supported a pragmatic religion that favoured good works and charity more than simple faith and hope. "I mean real good works, works of kindness, charity, mercy, and public spirit; not holiday-keeping, sermon-reading or hearing, performing church ceremonies, or making long prayers, filled with flatteries and compliments, despised even by wise men, and much less capable of pleasing the Deity." Franklin was famous for engaging in innumerable civic and charitable causes throughout his adult life - and into the afterlife, with his perpetual fund for young tradesmen in Boston (as established in his will).

On the dark side, Franklin, ever the opportunist, was never above seeking government privilege for himself and his relatives. He printed currency for several states, which he called “a profitable job". In 1753, he landed a lucrative position as the Crown’s deputy postmaster general of North America. While in England, he convinced the British leaders to appoint his son William royal governor of New Jersey. After Franklin left for Paris in 1776, he appointed his son-in-law to take over his job as postmaster of the United States. For years, he actively sought a land grant from the Crown in Ohio. But the American Revolution soured his attitude toward public privilege and corporate welfarism. He failed to obtain a land grant. His royalist son abandoned him during the war and they never reconciled. He trained his grandson Benny to be a printer rather than a government agent, telling a friend, “I am of the opinion that almost any profession a man has been educated in is preferable to an office held at pleasure, as rendering him more independent, more a freeman and less subject to the caprices of superiors."

The rift between father and son is one reason Franklin often said "There never was a good war or a bad peace". It destroyed forever his close relationship with his son William, as well as his friendships with many other British and American confidants. Another reason why Franklin considered wars at best a necessary evil is that it kept him from his first love: his inventions and scientific pursuits. He constantly complained in England and France how little time he had to correspond with fellow scientists and to pursue his own creations. When the war was over, he immediately tried to pick up where he left off, working on several inventions, such as the long arm to withdraw books from high up on a shelf. But he felt the war cut short his dreams of technological revolution, and his ability to discover and create innovations.

What were Franklin’s politics? He was no social libertarian, despite his image as a libertine and religious free thinker. While he is famous for reading books in the nude, frequenting the salacious Hell-Fire Club in London, and flirting with French ladies in Paris, he wrote stern letters to his daughter Sally chastising her for wanting to wear the latest fashions while a war was going on, and refused to buy his grandson Benny a gold watch while in France. He dressed plainly and constantly preached economy. He promoted at all times frugality and industry in both public and private life. Readers might be surprised by Franklin’s attack on the growth of taverns in Philadelphia upon his return from England in 1762. He hated mobs of any kind, and though a defender of free speech, railed against scurrilous newspaper reports.

In many ways, he was politically ahead of his time among founding fathers. That he was a radical democrat is clear from his support of a unicameral legislature. Actively involved in the creation of the three major documents of American government (the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and US Constitution), Franklin was an advocate of a limited central government. “A virtuous and laborious people may be cheaply governed," he declared. He was a disciple of Adam Smith and free trade, and was enamoured with the laissez-faire policies of the French physiocrats (Turgot, Condorcet, et al.). “Laissez-nous faire: Let us alone....Pas trop gouverner: Not to govern too strictly."

He defended the rich, and worried about how incentives for the poor would be affected if the state adopted a welfare system. He opposed a minimum wage law, and wrote in favour of free immigration and fast population growth (he was no Malthusian). He rejected any form of state religion or mandatory religious oaths of office, and demanded that slavery be abolished in the new nation - in 1789. And he learned by sad experience (through his son and grandson) that public service is less rewarding than private business. His foreign policy, which he wrote in 1778, anticipated George Washington’s farewell address by nearly 20 years: “The system of America is to have commerce with all, and war with none."

Yet Franklin was no free-thinking anarchist. In economics, he favoured paper money and an inflationary monetary policy beyond specie, though "no more than commerce requires"; easy money would stimulate trade, he wrote, and even rapid inflation during the war paid for itself through its power of indirect taxation (his likeness on the US$100 bill - the highest denomination - of an irredeemable American paper currency would greatly please his vanity). He was a strong supporter of central banking and an investor in the Bank of North America. He argued that the state should be actively engaged in the free education of youth and other public services, and in dispelling ignorance of public fads and superstitions. From several sources, it appears that Franklin was in league with Jefferson in emphasising the theme of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" as the goal of government, downplaying Locke’s inalienable right to property. Property, he wrote, is purely a "creature of society" and can be legitimately taxed to pay for civil society. He was quite critical of Americans unwilling to pay their fair share of society’s “dues".

Finally, Franklin was ahead of his time in financing good causes with his business profits. He was civil minded early in his career, helping to finance the first fire company, the nation’s oldest property insurance company, and Philadelphia’s own hospital, library and militia. “America’s first entrepreneur may well be our finest one," concludes John Bogle.

Business executives would do well to live up to the epitaph Franklin once described to a friend: “The years roll round and the last will come; when I would rather have it said, He lived usefully, than he died rich."


Mark Skousen
for The Daily Reckoning Australia

P.S. I am happy to announce that Regnery Publishing has just released a new two-volume set of Franklin’s Autobiography, edited by me with a new introduction. Volume 1 is the original Autobiography, covering Franklin’s life from 1706 until 1757. Volume 2 is the Compleated Autobiography, covering Franklin’s memoirs from 1957 until his death in 1790. Both are in paperback, and sell for US$19.95 each. If you buy both volumes, the price is US$39, and we pay the shipping. To order, call Eagle Publishing at 1-800-211-7661. Hardback copies of The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin are also available for US$25 postpaid.

Editor’s Note: Mark Skousen is editor of Forecasts & Strategies, and editor of a new free e-letter called “The Worldly Philosophers." For details, go to http://www.worldlyphilosophers.com. He also is the producer of FreedomFest, cosponsored by Agora Financial, the world’s largest libertarian conference, scheduled July 5-7, in Las Vegas. For details, go to http://www.freedomfest.com, or call Tami Holland at 1-866-266-5101. Where will you be on 07-07-07? Make it memorable.

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