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    Ghostwriting project with original research.
"Crashproof Prosperity" by Kip Herriage
This was a challenging assignment for the editor and publisher of a national investment newsletter. The project was to take six years of newsletter back issues and blog posts on a variety of investment topics, sort them into chapters, then create connecting material in his voice. Repetitive passages had to be weeded out and a substantial amount of outside research was required to define terms that would have been familiar to his long-term subscribers, but not to his new readers for the book. The paperback is being successfully sold internationally and is now in a second printing.

Here are a couple sample passages I created to connect blocks of his original material:

Because I Said So

     How far did you get protesting that one with your folks? About as far as you’ll get with the Federal Reserve, I’m afraid, when you ask them why you should treat the fiat currency they print by the boxcar load as if it were real money. In oversimplified terms, “because I said so” is pretty much what the word “fiat” boils down to. No, I’m not talking about the car. Most dictionary definitions of fiat go something like this; 1. A command or act of will that creates something without or as if without further effort. 2. An authoritative determination. 3. An authoritative or arbitrary order. The word comes down to us from the Latin expression for “let it be done.” Our modern concepts of decrees, edicts, directives, rulings and even the authoritative Vatican documents called “Papal Bulls” can all be traced back to the same idea. By extension, the very next dictionary entry defines fiat money as money (paper currency) not convertible into coin or specie of equivalent value."

Magical Misdirection

     By now, after reading about all the financial engineering experiments gone wrong in our government and financial institutions, you might be asking yourself how all these things could be allowed to happen. We might have been a lot easier to fool back in 1913, but how could anyone get something like that past us today under the public scrutiny of radio, television, the internet, a booming independent film community and the all-seeing eye of C-SPAN on cable? Actually, there are at least two ways to do it. The first way is to figure out how to control the media through interlocking board memberships and financial leverage. Did you know that the vast majority of news and information you and I consume is controlled by only six mega-corporations, and that media is just one of several global cartels built to keep power in the hands of the elite? The second way is through a technique called misdirection.

     Psychologists and marketing experts know that human perception is highly selective. Without this important filtering ability we’d freeze up and daily information overload would make it impossible for us to think or act. We voluntarily participate in misdirection all the time in pop culture. In fact, one Madison Avenue king is rumored to have said that “advertising is the art of arresting human intelligence long enough to get money from it.” Entertainers like David Blaine, rock concert effects designers and famous filmmakers all know how to exploit our selective perception by drawing our attention to one place while the action they don’t want us to notice is happening somewhere else. It was masterful use of misdirection that made the stunning plot twist (and six Oscar nominations) possible at the end of M. Night Shyamalan’s film The Sixth Sense. Watch it a second time and you’ll see a completely different movie. The clues were there in plain sight the whole time – we just didn’t notice them because the director drew our eyes away from them with movement, lighting and camera techniques. Big money has been using exactly the same tricks since the Rothschild dynasty began in the 18th century, again, often with interlocking board memberships and borderless holding companies that make ownership and the true sources of influence virtually untraceable."