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In 2010, I became one of the world’s first, full-time, independent, blockchain/cryptocurrency journalists. This afforded me early exposure to this the immense potential of this exciting yet nascent space.

Over the years, I’ve witnessed the tipsy-turvy rise and fall of cryptocurrency prices. I’ve experimented with its practical use by converting bitcoin into digital gift cards at Starbucks, Nordstrom, Cheesecake Factory, and Whole Foods among many others.

I’ve watched neophytes jump into the deep ocean of crypto seeking to boost their personal fortunes, only to lose their log-in credentials, get scammed, or even forget that they even had a wallet. (One friend of mine who invested $100.00 …

What His Son Did Next With This Surprising Discovery

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Joseph (Joe) Tachovsky knew his Dad was a Marine. But it wasn’t until his funeral that he discovered that Lieutenant Frank Tachovsky (‘Ski”) was the commanding officer of a group of elite scout-sniper squad known as the “Forty Thieves”, men chosen for their willingness to defy rules and beat all comers.

40 Thieves on Saipan: The Elite Marine Scout Snipers In One of WWII’s Bloodiest Battles is the untold story of an especially valor-filled and daredevil gang of Marines. …

Why Controlling Diabetic Stressors Is Imperative

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For diabetics, experiencing an uncontrolled uptick in blood sugar is a dangerous proposition. And it is a well-known fact that stress — regardless of whether it’s mental or physical — can lead to unwanted changes in blood sugar levels.

As the pandemic continues to create massive public health disruptions, there is growing evidence that COVID-19 places diabetics at higher risk for severe illness. This fact underscores the importance of keeping stress and diabetes well managed during these unprecedented times.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, after cardiovascular disease, diabetes is the second most common background condition tied to severe outcomes in COVID-19 patients. In fact, diabetics are six-times more likely to be hospitalized and 12 times more likely to die than those without these sorts of underlying conditions. …

New Book Chronicles One Author’s Journey To Stay Woke During Tumultuous Times

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Unsplash Photo Credit: Joel Staveley

“The Rona Diaries. One World. Two Pandemics” a new book by award-winning author and Pushcart Prize nominee Jeffrey Kass was recently released on October 24, 2020. Chronicling his personal reflections on the two colliding forces of Covid-19 and racism, he engages readers with daily musings, humor, and deep insights during this unprecedented time in our global history.

Says acclaimed political activist and Harvard University professor Dr. Cornel West about the book:

This wise and witty book reminds us of the intimate connection between genuine humor and real solidarity in our struggles against evils like racism and for the good such as justice and joy! …

Are You Protecting Yourself Against Deception During This Age of Distraction?

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20 million people fall victim to identity and fraud every year. Nefarious predictors are lurking everywhere — relentlessly attacking us from every direction — web, email, phone, even in person. And in a year filled with rampant distractions tied to the pandemic, social unrest, the election, and our finances, we are all particularly vulnerable to the next big scam.

This according to asset protection attorney Garrett Sutton, author of the newly released book Scam-Proof Your Assets: Guarding Against Widespread Deception.(October 27, 2020, RDA Press). Based on relevant case examples along with insights gleaned from the infamous fraudster, con man and now security consultant Frank Abagnale Jr. (“Catch Me If You Can” film), readers will learn new ways to protect themselves from the nefarious ways of scam artists. …

Feature Interview With Nina Barrett, Owner of the Evanston, Illinois Based Bookends and Beginnings

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In the summer of 1985, I spent three months in Evanston, Illinois for my healthcare administrative residency. Located on Chicago’s North Shore lakefront, this tight-knit community of racial and cultural richness is home to Northwestern University, one of the top academic institutions in the nation.

Off of Sherman Avenue, the main arterial flowing through downtown Evanston is a small alleyway housing an eclectic bookstore known as Bookends and Beginnings. …

Feature Interview With Author Rob Salafia

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While captivating crowds doing street performances in Boston back in the 80s and 90s, Rob Salafia discovered the importance of presence. Walking a tightrope across a wire on stage allowed him to overcome his fear and create a greater sense of equilibrium in life.

Whether acting, tap-dancing, or offering stories to his audiences, he was setting the foundation for his present work in supporting others in discovering their own voice and rhythm in life.

Today, Salafia is an emerging global authority in leadership development and education, working as a lecturer and executive coach at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also the author of the book “Leading From Your Best Self: Develop Executive Poise, Presence, and Influence to Maximize Your Potential” (McGraw-Hill). This book provides leaders with an up-close look at how his life translates into proven ideas, concepts, strategies, and stories for bringing their best selves to the table while encouraging the same with others. …

Rogue Perspectives From Economist and Author John C. Edmunds

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On the heels of the meteoric rise of cryptocurrency and the digital money economy there have been scores of controversies and inaccurate beliefs about how it works and why users turn to it. These conversations often morph into a growing tidal wave of concerns about issues such as money laundering, tax evasion, and human trafficking.

For many, the prevailing view is that scores of illegal or criminal activities are somehow tied to this esoteric world of money. But the crypto digital space also has many legitimate, positive applications that show great promise in accelerating global economic freedom.

These realities are explored in a new book called Rogue Money and the Underground Economy: An Encyclopedia of Alternative and Cryptocurrencies.

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Saturday 22, 2020 was the kickoff of my global quest to visit 2020 bookstores by the year 2030. And the day certainly didn’t disappoint.

For the inaugural stop on my 10-year journey, I chose Boulder Bookstore located in Boulder, Colorado, just northwest of Denver. Despite having not visited this store in several years, I was immediately reminded upon walking through the doors why it remains among my all-time favorites.

But first about Boulder, the city where the store is nestled in. Home of the University of Colorado-Boulder, this college town of 107,000 residents has, to me, always had a rather odd feel to it.

In one sense the town smacks of privileged neo-liberalism with its surprisingly high cost of living and real estate growth restrictions. At the same time, a free-spirited vibe permeates throughout, bolstered by a young, rebellious activism minded…

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