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In Debt We Trust
The monkey on your back is NOT a pet. Many fear Canada is going the way of Europe. Stuck behind a grow or die model compelling endless pivots away from meaningful purpose.

The Rise And Fall Of Richard Stallman
The free software movement inspired a generation of revolutionary minds toward technological progress instead of violence. While the romantic hacker elite stole hearts they also reminded the powers that be that no one is beyond accountability.

Academy of Minion Parts and Seines
Message The Top Evil! with [Request Class ??] in the title where ?? is the class title. If your choices please the Top Evil! and Madam Fate (Roll of the dice) then you'll get a much needed update in the character roster. You can do them in any order.

Polishing A Golden Turd
Did you know that hard work is not the same as Production. One can work very hard, almost endlessly wasting resources and time while accomplishing nothing.

Thinkspot Is Where Ideas Live
Imagine a world where the print shop tells you what you can and can't write on the paper you bought from their store.

Social Merit
I often hear people discuss governing concerns as though they are the extended interests of specific ideas dominant in one school of politics or the other. As though there are only two ways to look at it.

From Model T To Rusty America
The automobile certainly changed the world. In 1913 Henry Ford organizes the first major U.S. assembly line for car production.

JFK - Risking Everything For…What?
The assassination of popular American President John F. Kennedy in Dallas summer of 1963 revealed the vulnerability of modern political leaders. The deep state has and will do anything to achieve its purpose. Even kill for it.

Indians Are Canada’s Only Visible Minority
So I told him he is NOT a visible minority. I'm having dinner with my East Indian immigrant friend, Navel, and the topic of visible minorities comes up.

How To Kill The Patriarchy
Specific ideas have optimal outcomes and general ideas produce approximations with higher overhead. Less specific is less relevant and thus less valuable.

News Of The World
Verboten publishes a sensational tabloid with buzz gathered from all around the world then twisted into nonsense. Nobody knows why. We do other stuff, too.

To The Powers That Be
As recommended during our earlier discussions here is my request in writing for the Town Council regarding tax relief measures for non-essential businesses.

Who Will End The War On Drugs?
Think about every serious issue in the news today. Crime, race, poverty. America's full potential forever beyond reach because so many issues remain unresolved.

Teachers Are The Forgotten Heroes
More than doctors, which extend life and quality. More than lawyers that seek justice, more than authors or artists or scientists or clergy who seek conciliation and progress.

Capitalism Is A Glorious Force Of Nature
What's it take to remain competitive in today's globalized economy? Is it really the trade deals with enemies?

Working On A Drilling Rig
A dear friend who has spent years working the fields brought this back with him. Thinking he should put it out there, but he didn't know how.

Cult Of Numbers
Even as far back as Pythagoras, there's been a tendency to manipulate the perceived value of numbers and measurements.

Saskatchewan Experience Flavour of the Week
We see them in the occasional news feed. That "other" company that kind of does what we do...succeeding! How dare they! I mean shouldn't they... They couldn't have... and there it is. The moment.

Nature Is A Studio
All production comes from capitalizing on, not exploiting, that which is natural and free.

Four Pillars Of Prosperity
To prosper one requires certain knowledge of the fundamentals of making stuff. There are many approaches.

Save The Bees And We Save The World
What if bees sang like song birds? Would we treat them like we treat them now? Maybe we shouldn't take labour for granted.

Curated By Medium
Verboten articles curated by Medium's team of professional curators for broader distribution.

We Carry The Dead
We are the passage of time. Notes played by the wind upon our bones. The parade of death draws us toward the future and yet we are unable to see the way. Will you throw your burden down to join the procession? Or will you carry on. Endure.

How To Play Verbotenous
Verbotenous is a game built into Verboten Studio's website where Villains plot to take over the world and Minions do their Evil bidding. Anything that happens in Verbotenous has effects on the Verboten Legacy DLC.

Amazing People Aren't Always So Amazing
We meet them at the trade shows and shake hands like old friends. The lips smile but the eyes remain still. You are exactly who they need you to be.

Slaying An Ouroboros To Find A Philosopher’s Stone
Myths and legends are the Alchemical elements of a place so weird only the dead can understand it. I present the world serpent, Jormungandr. Child of Loki. Intimidating would be heroes with a coiled mass filling every ocean.

Programming Our Digital Dreams
After more than 20 years professional experience these are some of Anthony Mountjoy's thoughts on programming.

Resisting Market Mood Swings
When you own your property and control the private means of production you'll find income less important. The term living hand to mouth no longer applies to you.

Ithliam Is Many Things In Many Worlds
Henry is a mysterious man with a dark history who hunts unusual things. He's been alive a long time.

Monsters Are People, Too
Friend or foe is a matter of perspective. Maybe you're the kind of deal making Villain that can play with the biggies...or are you a Minion tasked with maneuvering around a mysterious force?

Perpetual Motion Machines Aren’t Real
Artificial Intelligence is a solution without a problem. A fantasy of automatic production in a world where only automatic manufacturing is possible.

When You’re Colourless
Politics is personal when you're colorless. [Colourless in Canada.] In a colourless world you deserve it because you earn it; it's your name on the pay cheque.

How Canada Poisoned Its Own Well With Propaganda
Through political overreach the distribution of film in Canada was heavily regulated in favour of American interests.

Diabolical Research
Goblins claim there are three levels to the Universe that we interact with directly and need to consider when playing Verbotenous.

Kendrick Lamar Gives Fantastic Financial Advice
Publicly traded companies are bound by law to only doing what looks good on paper(to protect stockholders). This drives them into trading known commodities over producing new capital. Defacto Marxism and all the negative consequences of it.

How To Appreciate A Lifetime By Not Giving Up On Your Parents
Someone told me the other day their friend in his early twenties won't talk to his parents because they aren't relevant enough to his life. Not relevant enough. The hollow boy couldn't think of a single reason to call his mother.

Lexicon Of Verboten Capitalism
A quick primer of the basic economic concepts that often get referenced in Verboten's Capitalism series. Profit comes from choice and that requires critical thinking.

Reactive Chemistry Is Not Alchemy
It's very easy to confuse chemistry for alchemy. The difference is as subtle as a memory compared to a dream.

Zombie Debt Is Eating Away Your Capital Gains
When we little people carry debt we all agree we should pay that back on appropriate terms, but what about for a business that is asked to take extraordinary risks.

Tonight My Friend Had A Heart Attack
And he wouldn't pay the $3400.00 for the ambulance. True story.

What Would You Do If…
There are so many strange moments in the life of an entrepreneur. Endless seemingly unavoidable obstacles abound where choices spin opportunity and one way or the other the show must go on.

The Spectre of Separatism Places Canada at the Devil’s Crossroads
A country is like a book. Once written you can't just take away chapters. It's like burning a book and in a similar fashion separation is burning a country.

Providence Has A Child Prodigy
This is capital production in real time. An unplanned, organic exchange effecting both and all around them. Moments like this are high risk because they can point a potent force in a destructive direction if not handled with care.

How To Sleep Like A Baby
Another sleepless night. So many thoughts, important thoughts, problems that have to be solved. Responsibilities. Payroll, supplies, the conflict brewing between Lumber and Paint. Sometimes sleep seems like the only thing we can't pay attention to.

Evil Plans For Begging Villains
Message The Top Evil! with [Request Evil Plan ??] in the title where ?? is the plan number. If your choices please the Top Evil! and Maddam Fate (Roll of the dice) then you'll get a much needed upgrade to your file in the SLIMY CATACOMBS OF LEGAL STATUS.

Slimy Catacombs Of Legal Status
Deep in the bowels of filthy files; past stone, bone, and frayed wire is a box. Within this box is another smaller box. Within this smaller box is a tiny box...and within this tiny box is a...

Why We Do What We Do
When we wake up each day, I am certain many of us forget the priorities of the day before. We all have our little mental tricks; the internal clock; nature's alarm.

This Is My Production Formula
The future is fundamentally unpredictable because new ideas are constantly introduced rendering economies unprogrammable. The only thing that always works is being part of the cycle of producing new ideas.

Return Of The Greatest Generation
If you're like me, you can sense something stirring... just beneath the surface of things. Something that reminds you of the great ones who came before us.

Producers Becoming A New Slave Minority
What are the first few things that come to mind when we think about describing a slave? Forced to work. Does technology really free us?

Cognitive Capture Of The Machina Arcana
Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and explore your mind in true 3D surrounded by family and friends. Devices that capture and reflect all the senses establish a digital mindscape.

Bitcoin Isn’t Like Baseball
The fallacy that drives so many people to invest in bitcoin once drove millions into pyramid schemes. They believe they are enlightened. That they know something others don't.

The Not So Secret Society
I think it's time that people fall in love with the mystery again. Some people like secrets and many don't. I remember being taught as a child that I wasn't to keep them at all.

Understanding The Supply Chain
Capitalism is a powerful process, but for all its wonders it doesn't do everything and can't solve every problem. Its purpose is to generate wealth by capitalizing on opportunity.

A Real Programmer Waves Politely From The Wilderness
Ask yourself. As the commercial internet reaches maturity has your bottom line grown with it? Did you find that illusive genie in the digital bottle?

Canadiana
Articles and stories related to the uniquely Canadian experience.

Personalized Money Is A Sticky Word
Don't be so anxious for a "cashless" society. They sacrificed the economy to save friendly markets and all we got was another hand me down t-shirt with a defunct UBI logo.

Archewell Takes A Page From Verboten Playbook
Archewell, like Verboten, is a website about sharing education and training materials via films, podcasts, and books. Self-publishing articles, magazines, music, podcasts, media shows, and computer software.

What Do You Want A Website To Do For You?
Do you know what the world wide web is good at? After all these years what kinds of services and features have really taken off.

A Study In Extraordinary People
There are many extraordinary people worth studying. Here are some of the more interesting related to our Verboten content.

What’s A Failing School Look Like?
A business can often adapt, a builder can move their project, but a teacher has only one option when administrators won't or can't fix a failing school.

The Narcissism of Small Differences
The Liberals and Liberalism is once again in danger of being consumed to feed a socialist machine. Corporate greed and identity politics. A deadly combination.

Globalism In A Nutshell
For years the elites have made an extraordinary claim. That they can run the world on the behalf of regular people in such a way that benefits everyone.

The 23rd Minute
The average Canadian is held beyond the levers of power usually afforded free citizens in a democracy. But we aren't average citizens are we?

Censoriousness Promotes A Comfortable Silence
Given all progress requires both opportunity and capacity there are two places to expect attack from those focused on ruining your quality of life.

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