Marc Evan Aupiais
The idea of fiat currency, of money not being backed by anything is a misnomer. Fiat currency is backed by the fact taxpayers are taxed in that currency and therefore have to accumulate it in order to pay taxes on their land, labour and capital. The gold standard was specifically backed by land, in the form of gold. Of course, when an economy is doing badly, it's currency becomes worthless, as its money is backed not by say so or fiat but by the economy as a whole and what can be purchased by that. By taxation or money printing, the government can adjust the value of the currency.
A media habit of treating all responses to Covid-19 as inevitable, and ignoring that many nations have taken very different approaches to the virus, is dangerous. It leaves us with politicians governed by an aristocracy of varying media and university elites, under the guise of a voice of science, where science is nothing but a method, and the ideology of scientists is ever changing and cannot be heard as the only one voice, when they disagree even among themselves and really should where they don't, given science is a method, not an intelligence.
Whether the bible, tradition or the church, all are imperfect if looked at with merely human eyes, and yet God uses the imperfect to do his will, and we need to rely on all God gives us, taken together, and not rely too heavily on just one of his gifts to the exclusion of the others or of grace.
Be not harmless, not that lie you tell others. In your heart is darkness, anchored within the depths of hell, you are human, all are. In your soul, shining bright, like terrible death, is a blade, burnt in hellfire. Wield it, but keep it always well sheathed. Shining yellow and red, its flamed obliterative heat.
Be dangerous, a hazard capable of inflicting great and terrible harm, a stumbling block, and ambush for the enemies of you and of mankind, within your soul and outside of it. Capability, have within, for anything, and to any necessary puzzle, be prepared to answer.
Be wild, untamed, incorporate within you, your shadow, the darkness you pretend isn't there, and bring the demons within your mind and soul under your own well chosen control.
Be not harmless, be capable of great harm, but, be a warrior, firm, and disciplined, aware of the monster that stares calculatingly back from your abyss, train him by the destructive light of truth, subject yourself to what is right, enslave yourself to the prompts of good. For no human being is harmless, the everyday man is deceptive, but like good soldiers, they can firmly and consistently endeavour and choose to only do good.
What people say they want and what they actually want is usually quite different. Governance of a people wisely involves looking at their choices and actions, and adjusting governance to that. Boris Johnson has lost public buy in for his lockdown and needs to regain that buy in. Condemning people won't regain that. An adjustment in strategy will.
Most billionaires are Schrödinger's billionaire, able to use a combination of cheap bank loans and clever investing and reinvestment of profits in order to live the lifestyle of a cash flush billionaire, while still keeping their money invested for growth and profits. The New York Times report on Donald Trumps taxes, if accurate, give a reason to believe that this is the method Donald Trump has used to secure his wealth and lower his tax liability.
Nothing in this video should be relied upon as any sort of financial advice. For that, see your financial advisor.
The latest of the nine to suffer some complication, would be Chief Justice John Roberts, a head injury this June, to wit. Whenever one of these American monarchs suffer some ill health, their ability to rule and succession are first to be discussed. As it should be, where, abandoning the scope of congress's original intent, the select judiciary are now a monarchy and aristocracy, their diktat changing the status and rights of Americans like the word of the ancient kings of Babylon, unfettered by any restraints, but length of rule, the need for a majority among the royal nine, and linguistic imagination in magicking out ever new interpretations, never intended by America's supposedly sovereign parliament.
-Marc Evan Aupiais
If you are to the left, politically, know that you will be cancelled. It's a guarantee. You've entered death spirals, as ants sometimes do. You are death marching, the end of which is you being cancelled by rabid wolves you cancelled with. You eat your own. Your own will eat you.
Ireland and China.
Lots of people accused Ireland of being cowardly, not wanting to upset the apple cart.
Irish government minister criticised China heavily for Hong Kong, and Ireland at the UN has done the same.
Ireland is not a cowardly state. It has stood up for Hong Kong.
My loyalty in life is to Western Civilisation. We can't simply recreate it on its loss. Beyond that I have loyalty to my family and to Ireland. But without Western Civilisation, our children's descendants will face a dark world, one without light or salt of the Earth to hold it.
There is a great difference between tragedy, which we rightly call acts of God, because God wrote them into creation, and malevolence, which is wilful evil. Tragedy is from God, and teaches us to bear the crosses he gives us. Malevolence is from the devil, for he is the king of lies and the creator of sin. That does not do away with the responsibility of humans who enslave their minds to the dictates of sin, nor those who do not prepare for tragedy and who do not seek to prevent it when they should.
Do you have to hate your 'father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters' to be a Christian? What the verse means ...
I recently quoted Jesus in the gospel, where he says: 'If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters--yes, even their own life--such a person cannot be my disciple.' (Luke 14 v 26).
I explained that he did not mean that we should hate our parents and everyone important (after all, the 4th commandment is honour thy father and thy mother), but that what Jesus meant by that was that to follow the Christian way of life is to choose to be moral should the heavens fall, i.e. even if it comes at great cost in this world to the Christian and to all the people they love. It was a difficult verse of the bible I was explaining. I was not meaning people should hate their families, but that Jesus meant that morality should be pursued even at the ultimate cost of one's own life, and of everything that matters in life.
Friday, November 22, 2019
Give it your best shot, rather than fearing loss.
by Marc Evan Aupiais
Among the worst things many lawyers learn while still interns is that all that matters is winning, or achieving certain objectives within a very limited time period. It sets them up for both massive stress and for overriding their client's wishes, if they cannot escape this dangerous sort of thinking.
An intern is told to write three summonses in a single day. They obey, but the summonses are substandard, and every time they do so, remain substandard, because they have been taught to work for an object instead of to work as best they can. Give an intern instead one summons to write over three days, and the next he will write in two, and the next in a few hours, and he soon surpasses the intern who consistently writes three in a day, not the least in an ability to write without serious error. Speed is something which should not be there out of the hat, it should come with experience and rightly earned confidence.
I don't tell myself I will get this, this and this done today. If I do, I know I am in danger of doing shoddy work in all. Instead, I tell myself, I am setting aside this much time today, for this, this much time for this other thing, and this much time for that. The result is that I do better work, and achieve my goal. As a sole practitioner, I also find that I am far better motivated to get my work done timeously, by setting aside time for it, than by setting set specific goals. Goals can be useful and deadlines do need to be met, but if the focus is on the goal, work quality is likely to suffer.
What governs an attorney, whether in the office or at court, should be procedural, not substantive. At court, I will do all I am able to do to protect my client's rights, both in offence and defence. But, should I instead decide that I shall win, I add enough stress to my job to hinder myself somewhat, which is why I don't focus on that. Such an approach, of win at all costs, also makes us fearful of attempting some matter well within our wheelhouse but which may be difficult, or which may see us lose.
Good sportsmanship, we are told, is always giving your all on the field, while respecting the rules and your opponents. Be down a few points and if your only goal is to win, then you have lost the morale for it. But, if your goal is to simply always give your best, you might well come back from your early losses and still have victory.
A lawyer wanting to win may make all the strategic decisions for their client, and be surprised when sued for negligence by a disappointed patron.
A lawyer whose concern is procedure, not substance i.e. one which focuses on doing their job the best they are able, rather than on winning, however, has the added advantage of being a creature of instruction. The decision to take a risk for a client can send a man to the madhouse from stress. However, informing your client of all the risks of various decisions but letting them decide not only lengthens a lawyer's life due to a reduction in stress but also gives their client ownership of the decision.
Having a win-lose mindset instantly puts the lawyer's ego into a matter. With each case he feels he is fighting for his own life and reputation. But, his client might not have told him everything.
Having instead a procedural mindset, of: whatever I am to do today, I will give it my best shot, regardless of whether I succeed or not, however, makes a legal career bearable and puts the client back in the driver's seat. The lawyer is operating without ego, because his pride is not tied in to victory, but into giving the best possible service to his client, in the circumstances.
Studying Law in Miniature.
It was a little book with a red cover. It was an English translation published in India. I drove to the centre of town, into inner Johannesburg, to buy it. During break time at school and whenever I had time, I read it cover to cover. I studied it.
I had been considering going into law, and knew that this little book of rules was based on the same Roman Law from which we get our legal system. I was determined to learn it for its basic concepts, to improve my legal mind before varsity. I even joined discussion forums on that mini legal system, and discussed it and advised people online about it. I followed blogs on it and its application.
Everyone hears about systems like Sharia Law, not many know of the Code of Canon Law of the Roman Catholic Church, which has a legal tradition spanning back further than Sharia law, and which has even, in parts, been incorporated into our own law.
The idea that one must have an evil mind to be guilty: intention or negligence, and so much else, is stolen from early canon law and the morality system surrounding it.
Legal concepts like common purpose or automatic operation of law were much easier to grasp in university law classes, because I had studied another offshoot of Roman law.
If you want to improve your understanding of South African law, studying Canon Law goes a long way. Studying law in miniature teaches you the concepts you need. It sets your mind to the right default settings.
A viral tweet is claiming that Dutch police arrested a bird for robbery.
However, if you follow the link to the article the Twitter user shares as proof, the embedded police release on Instagram, however, shows the actual story.
The police in the Netherlands arrested a suspected shoplifter. The suspect had a bird on their shoulder. Police did not have a cage to house the bird in, and thus, consulting with the suspect, allowed them to keep the bird in the cell with them while making sure it was well cared for.
Sending out your Curriculum Vitae
A lot of people have given their advice after reading CVs. I am not offering any jobs right now, but I still receive plenty of CVs in my inbox and have discussed this sort of thing with other business owners in the past. So, here it goes.
Some CV advice:
1) Use personal pronouns, commas and full stops. Anyone who is annoyed by them is a) not a lawyer and not in a profession where good written communication is essential and b) is probably able to speed read in any case.
2) Ditch the precedent. List the information about your past experience and jobs that you'd list on LinkedIn. Don't follow some precedent that everyone hands around. Show you know how to construct a formal document.
3) Use a list/table format to supply what is sometimes considered 'superfluous' information, such as your citizenship, sex, phone number, email, website, driver's licence and car ownership status.
4) People want to know you are a complete human person. They want to know your interests, hobbies and what makes you tick. Just, don't list social justice warrior stuff on your CV. People know it is fake or problematic and you will be put on the no pile for that.
5) Don't play the victim card, or the rose from obscurity to greatness card. People want to know you are persevering, but they want someone who strives to better themselves, not someone who blames the world and holds onto past traumas. Get a job by impressing, not by trying to get sympathy.
6) Have a standard letter of motivation. Like everything in your CV it must show a perfect command of English vocabulary, spelling and grammar. Use simpler and smaller words, unless a larger word is ideal. Using a big word when unnecessary is bad communication.
7) Use concise sentences: short but not so short so as to lose the effect.
8) Market yourself. Make sure they want to hire you.
9) List past work experience, even if not in the field. Don't say you were fired or retrenched from a job, which is something I..
A CV isn't an afterthought. It is the thrust of your attempt at employment.
Lawyers are document specialists. If your curriculum vitae is not perfect, you will struggle to get a job at a law firm. A CV isn't an afterthought. It is the thrust of your attempt at employment.
When I was looking for my first job as a candidate attorney, I spent two or three months perfecting my CV, carefully looking for any spelling error, or weakness in the flow or content of my writing, and the formatting of the document. A CV to a law firm should display mastery of written English wording, effective communication, and perfect grammar. Those are your primary tools as an attorney.
I then got out a copy of Horters, and carefully emailed the directors of many firms in my area. Secretaries in law firms often throw the CVs of candidates for jobs, who walk in, in the bin, and delete those sent to them via email. Sending your CV to a secretary is thus usually a bad idea.
Your letter of motivation is likely your most important part of your CV as a new law graduate. You should make a firm want to scoop you up as an asset to them, though by showing, not telling. Listing your subjects later in your CV, (but without your marks,) can also show them you are worthwhile. Unless they are asked for, don't attach transcripts or scans of your ID and degrees. Say they are available on request.
My email had a heading stating what job I was looking for, the email explained a bit about me and my desire for a job at their firm, and then referred to the attached PDF with my letter of motivation, CV and two letters of recommendation inside of it.
I asked that if theirs was not the desk that dealt with human resources that the email be forwarded to that desk. I sent to about a dozen firms a day, until I got interviews at a few firms. Don't CC a hundred firms in your emails, send to each individually. Also, send from a professional email address.
I still got replies to my CV to be a candidate attorney..
Poem by Marc Evan Aupiais
Tick Tock. The clock did stop.
Cause. Effect. Until the start.
A big bang, or a tiny grain of sand.
It matters not.
Go far enough back, there must always be a cause.
Something, a start, to continue to, dominoes, cause and effect.
But take infinity, call it X.
What happened before X.
What was the first cause of effect.
For something must have caused it too,
But nothing can have, there must be a first,
And this is it.
What is logic? Cause and effect.
To be logical, the foundation must be firm, it must be sound,
And that foundation must cause an effect, the specific effect, it must follow.
And yet, the entire universe is a non sequitur. It does not follow.
And neither science: cause and effect, can explain an effect without a cause,
And nor can magic: for magic is mechanical in its thinking, the precursor to science, it believed that one act, whether ritual or effective, certainly would cause another.
And whether a big bang, steady state, multiverse, or ever repeating loop, something must have brought it into being. A first knock upon the movement, the cause and effect we call time, for without energy, entropy would break the clock, even one in a circular loop. Without some outside cause for its effect, some source, all movement would stop.
What else is left? For time is cause and effect?
But then something not bound by time, must have had an effect. For, what caused X, what caused the first slight or great movement of time? The clock stops, for by its logic we know not its cause, the cause of logic, or time, of before and after, of cause and effect.
Either that, or logic, the patterns we observe as absolute, is neither universal, nor much but a precursor, like magic.
For the very first cause, logically, could not be an effect.
I find the criticism of both Jordan B Peterson and Slavoj Zizek to be unwarranted.
They had a good and enlightening discussion that benefitted everyone. I suspect the alleged former fans didn't know much of either before losing their appreciation of either figure.
Peterson has deep and systematic understanding of communism.
Communism is also not limited to the communist manifesto, which he had read before, and read again in detail before debating Zizek.
Marx wrote a lot more than it, and most of what he wrote, Peterson has a good grasp of.
Zizek prefers works of Marx other than the communist manifesto. Even when I studied him in University, he was not a true communist. He likes some of Marx, and those parts he discusses are actually parts Jordan Peterson has a grasp of, while disagreeing.
I am very impressed with Jordan Peterson's performance in the debate with Slavoj Zizek, and think those who are now attacking him or Zizek over the debate need to re-evaluate their thinking and their fickleness. Displaying fickleness isn't attractive as a trait.
Like those who recently felt the need to disown Stefan Molyneux and claimed his positions had changed (untrue), the rush of new former Jordan B Peterson fans leave me with the impression they had never read a word he has written, nor watched his lectures at all. Virtue signalling.
I am seeing posts from people who are upset billionaires are donating to restore the incalculable treasure that is Notre Dame. It shows both a complete ignorance of the laws of economics and of there being more to life than food, drink and shelter.
Firstly, this is not money the billionaires were going to donate to charity, they are likely giving up a jet or superyacht to donate. Many of the said billionaires and the like do also donate to charity.
But as study after study has found, throwing money at the poor doesn't solve their poverty, and the same goes for poor nations. Visit a lottery winner five years down the line, and they are as poor as the day they bought the ticket. Visit a hobo who was given 100 000 dollars as part of a documentary experiment, and he has spent it all and is on the street again.
What a lot of legal professionals might not yet understand is that tertiary industries like ours rely heavily on the primary and secondary sectors of the economy to survive. The primary sector is on life support and every day more likely to collapse. The secondary sector of the economy relies upon the primary sector of the economy to survive. The tertiary sector relies on both.
Over the last few years, running a law firm has become more expensive, and, as an industry, our services have often become more of a grudge purchase for clients, a necessary luxury fewer can afford. Many lawyers don't increase their fees with inflation anymore, knowing their clients just can't afford to pay more. But the collapse of each sector becomes more likely as each month fades into the next.
Published on 15 Dec 2018
South African Attorney, Marc Evan Aupiais, guides you through some of the basic contact and status information that attorneys like to gain from their clients, as well as why the various details matter and some of what can affect the outcome of a legal matter. Nothing in this video should be relied upon as legal advice, for that consult your attorney at their offices, revealing all the nuances of your matter to them.
Published on 6 Feb 2019
South African attorney, Marc Evan Aupiais, discusses prescription of debts, and the effect this can have on legal matters, as well as things an attorney needs to bear in mind during interview in relation to prescription. Nothing in this video should be relied upon as legal advice, for that consult your attorney at their offices, revealing all the nuances of your matter to them.
Published on 1 Jan 2019
South African attorney, Marc Evan Aupiais, details some practical aspects of legal strategy, and the attorney-client relationship. Nothing in this video should be relied upon as legal advice, for that consult your attorney at their offices, revealing all the nuances of your matter to them.
Published on 27 Dec 2018
This video, depending on response, will be the first in a series of videos discussing what will be going through an attorney's mind during a client consultation, such as the sort of topics and questions an attorney possibly looks at in order to effectively do their job. Nothing in this video should be relied upon as legal advice, for that consult your attorney at their offices, revealing all the nuances of your matter to them. - Marc Evan Aupiais.
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