Food For Thought

by | Jan 4, 2022 | Archives

How do we live safely in a hostile world?

Markets and social order can collapse at any time.

Supply chains are disrupted.

It’s almost impossible to plan ahead with any certainty.

Schools are not safe from shooters on the rampage.

Streets are in danger of terrorists ramming their cars into riders on bikes.

We are no longer safe… in shopping centers, at festivals, even in the church.

Politics and governments alike are becoming increasingly dangerous.

Plus a huge danger to our food supply grows and the struggle to stop it is taking place, right now.


How can we protect our food?

Governments have been increasing their money supplies and creating an inflationary trend since the bust in 2000.  This trend has been tamped down by boosts in productivity created by added efficiency gained by the use of the internet, cell phones and other technology.  This has helped keep costs down… until now.

As is usually the case governments have squandered the productivity benefits and created even more debt and impossible spending trends.

These shifts have made life more productive, but not better.  Society is more stressed strained and the fabric of global order is coming apart.

The massive government spending has backfired in health, medicine, administration, social norms, cohesion and business and the problem is growing.

Upcoming technology, especially artificial intelligence and increased use of robots, will agitate us even more.  As requirements for skilled labor diminish, 90% of the population will lose wealth.  The remaining 10% will increase their wealth.

Even worse, thus 10% will increase their ability to control our lives.

Let’s look at food as an example.

If the current trends in food production grow, what’s left of our privacy, the safety of our food supply, the control over our health, the safety of our money and even the sanctity of our opinions and thoughts could be lost.

You can read about tiny parts of this conflict daily in the news.   Most of the clash however is hidden from view.  There are horrible consequences hidden beneath the visible spin created by big pharma and big ag companies.

There is an association forming that is taking over food production in a way that can ruin our health care, nutrition and the environment.  A group that can control our food, plus what you read on the internet, see over cell phones, watch on TV and even decide what trends in social media.

Everything you write or say about food and health can recorded and be used  to control what you hear and read.

The warning shot, above the surface, started with the merger between two huge companies Bayer and Monsanto.  That union was horrible enough, yet it’s only the tip of the iceberg.

At least seven companies are involved in a more sinister plot to totally dominate of food supply and everything we see, hear and even think about food and health.

The momentum of this dangerous alliance has picked up faster than anticipated.

In 2016 I began researching and preparing a report “Learn Anywhere, Earn Everywhere” to deal with the almost invisible take-over of our food and medical services as well as the internet, cell phones and TV.

I was truly concerned and shocked because my research discovered that the consolidation of forces is the most dangerous by far.

I miscalculated how much time we have.  I went to work on the report right away, taking my time to delve deeply, but even before I have finished the report, events have begun to heat up.   The pace of this hidden unification has increased.  Merger after merger have been taking place, far more destructive and the growing alliance has an incredible lobby program and spin experts working to make sure that each deal goes through.

This deadly seven point affiliation is likely to snake into almost every part of our livelihood.

One part of the cartel will increase our dependence on modified food that can purposely increase our needs for pharmaceuticals manufactured and sold at outrageous prices by another arm of the group.

The organizations will know more about us than any other group in existence.  They will (in fact they already are) act as spies for the government.  This amalgamation will control what ads we see, the products we buy, listen into our phone calls and even monitor and influence what we see on TV.

Sadly most of the public will not even know that this fusion has taken place.  Life will appear to go on as normal.  They won’t even see the change as what’s left of their good life which could be drained away by corporate malfeasance.

This is why I am rushing a report to you so you can be one of the few who avoid the ruin of this alliance and gain rather than lose from the shift.

The report “How to Lead a Life of Freedom and Adventure in Good Times & Bad” contains seven steps we can take to gain benefits and protection from this cartel.

Here is some background.

The word dreibund means triple alliance… a word we can again dread. 

I explain one of the roots of this concept “Triple Alliance” in my report “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere”.  Here’s an excerpt  that explains how IG Farben, the foundation of a German dreibund was closed but has bounced back.

The report says: After WWII Bayer’s parent company IG Farben was considered to be too morally corrupt to be allowed to continue to exist and was split into its original constituent companies.

Today the companies that spun off remain.  Agfa, BASF and Bayer remain active and in business, in a huge way.  Bayer merged woth Monsanto which  creates GMO seed. Bayer creates insecticides. The merger of Monsanto and Bayer creates a new approach to a monopoly where one division (Monsanto) can produce a product that creates disease (for the environment and human health). The other division (Bayer) can profit from selling another product that manages the disease.  Monsanto chemicals, insecticides and such can create health issues that require Bayer products to resolve.

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The image above from the website “The Significance of IG Farben for Chemistry, Literature and Jews” (1), shows that the roots of the modern alliance are anything but warm, fuzzy or fun. 

Despite its background of horror, the Bayer spin team makes their business look warm and fuzzy.  Spin is a way of creating a truth that relies on creative presentation of the facts.  Spin is often deceptive and manipulative. Spin has become the most used form of communication between establishments and the public. Too much of this spin has been based on deceit and hidden agendas.

The danger has grown because AT&T is also part of a modern dreibund with Bayer and Monsanto.

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AT&T Park makes their services look warm and fuzzy… and fun.

The problem is that AT&T has joined a triple alliance with  Bayer and Monsanto that can control our food, ruin our health and rob us of our privacy.

Here’s more excerpts from “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere”: An Even Bigger Problem.  The warm and fuzzy spin Bayer and Monsanto have put on their merger might not feed the world after all.  Yet there is an even bigger problem because the merger between Bayer and Monsanto is only a small part of even bigger, more serious merger. A third participant also a super sized, predatory business, adds extra concerns that a new American Driebund that could control almost every important aspect of our lives.

This new triple alliance contains Bayer and Monsanto who have partnered with AT&T. This cartel is a big worry. Fortunately, one cause of concern also creates a loophole that can help us become free. This report examines the concerns but will focus more on how to use the loophole to mitigate the problems that this alliance creates.

To understand the seriousness of this triad (Bayer, Monsanto and AT&T), let’s get a grasp of AT&T’s monopolistic roots that date back nearly a century, just like Bayer’s. Bayer’s history has been filled with attempts to create cartels that dominate the chemical world. AT&T has a similar past, but in communication.

AT&T mergers have dramatically increased AT&Ts control in internet and mobile advertising. The data they gain and integrate on their customers and their customer’s habits (such as where they are, what they like to watch and what they like to purchase) creates a goldmine for advertisers. This domination lets AT&T see what we are seeing on the internet, watching on TV and contacting via wireless technology. Even worse, this domination also gives AT&T control over what we see on the internet and on our phone and where.

Here is the problem of the triple alliance of Monsanto, Bayer and AT&T.  Their collusion may be bigger than most people will see.  AT&T can use their expanded connections, the broadband, the media, the connections that watch and record your web browsing to keep records and create algorithms that analyze the websites accessed, frequency of visits and time spent on them.

Then they can direct what links you see about food, health and wealth to Bayer and Monsanto.  AT&T can profile your and my internet and phone use and gain leverage by targeting us with specific advertising content. The company will be in a privileged position due to the potential of controlling virtually all network activities we use. AT&T also plans to analyze data like search terms to reveal the user’s interests in specific topics, such as medical information.

This analysis can even infer medical conditions.

Think about this problem.  You have symptoms of some disease. You research this on the internet. Perhaps you call an MD and make an appointment. From that moment, the Monsanto, Bayer and AT&T algorithms take over and integrate your internet search history with the destinations of your phone calls.Your further research, especially for pharmaceutical questions, is distorted as it will be routed to what this cartel wants you to see and know. In addition, this information is now for sale, not only to purveyors of medical information, equipment and services but to anyone who might want to know about your health, potential insurers or employers for example. AT&T’s system will be national and seamless and is spreading.

A recent ruling on water by a U.S. federal agency may give Bayer (Monsanto) further control over your food.

A Wall Street Journal provides a clue about the potential for some nasty business that could cause food costs to soar even more.


The Wall Street Journal article is “Drought Forces First-Ever Colorado River Water Cutback to Southwest States” (2).

Then comes the The Climate Corporation.

The Climate Corporation is a digital agriculture company that examines weather, soil and field data to help farmers determine potential yield-limiting factors in their fields.

In June 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency authorized the Climate Corporation to administer federal crop insurance policies for the 2014 crop year.

In October, 2013 Monsanto acquired the company, Climate Corporation.

The Climate Corporation then announced the launch of the new FieldView Drive a device that provides seamless data connectivity for farmers by easily transferring field data from their equipment into their Climate FieldView account. The FieldView Drive connects to a tractor or combine controller area network (CAN) diagnostic port and uses Bluetooth technology to wirelessly map a farmer’s data onto an iPad.

This technology was developed by guess who? AT&T!


Monsanto Seeds, Bayer fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides, all influenced by AT&T systems

With AT&T this triad has vertical integration in control of food production, food shipping, consumer communication, data and individual consumer health.

AT&T can profile your and my internet and phone use and gain leverage by targeting us with specific advertising content. The company will be in a privileged position due to the potential of controlling virtually all network activities we use. AT&T also plans to analyze data like search terms to reveal the user’s interests in specific topics, such as medical information.

This analysis can even infer medical conditions. Think about this problem. You have symptoms of some disease. You research this on the internet. Perhaps you call an MD and make an appointment. From that moment, the Monsanto, Bayer and AT&T algorithms take over and integrate your internet search history with the destinations of your phone calls.

Your further research, especially for pharmaceutical questions, is distorted as it will be routed to what this cartel wants you to see and know. In addition, this information is now for sale, not only to purveyors of medical information, equipment and services but to anyone who might want to know about your health, potential insurers or employers for example.

Few AT&T customers notice that AT&T is doing deep packet inspections and integrating everything from their customer’s cell phones, computers and television viewing. The targeted ads that AT&T customers receive shouldn’t appear any differently or to be any different from regular ads.

AT&T will be after more than knowing our viewing and entertainment.  They will direct it and try to addict us to what they want us to see.

LAEE says: We’ll see why when we examine the connections between AT&T, Bayer and Monsanto in a moment, plus look at the integration of social games developer, Zynga, and social networking. AT&T has entered into a partnership with Zynga to build on the growing popularity of mobile social games. This provides entry into social networking because twenty percent of the U.S. population has played a social networking game in 2016. AT&T reached an agreement with Zynga, designed to bring the very latest in mobile social gaming to AT&T’s millions of wireless customers. This allows AT&T to customize content available within online and mobile social games as well as all the other types of ad control they possess.

These links start relating to our food and medicine. Monsanto is linked into AT&T with AT&T’s Cargo View product, a sensor technology that AT&T developed to help companies monitor Monsanto shipments around the world. Using AT&T, Monsanto can track every shipment, look at quality and change routing logistics based on distance. AT&T looking into our food supply does not end there.


Advertisers and others may know more about your health though your TV, computer and cell phone than your MD

The alliance can control and direct ads about food they want us to eat, know when and where it is being shipped, seeing what health imbalances it creates and control ads to Bayer’s disease management products. They can direct advertising of Bayer chemicals to farmers and then direct consumers to Bayer medicine to manage disease created by the Monsanto/Bayer foods.

Even social networking can be spun using social gaming tactics created by Zynga.

We can see how Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) and AT&T have linked closer than it would seem on the surface.

The Climate Control Corporation is owned by Monsanto and appears to be about food control.

Yet look at the chief executives of this firm. The CEO of Climate Control Michael Stern is a VP at Monsanto. That makes sense. The Chief Scientist, Michael Eathington, formerly led Monsanto’s Global Plant Breeding Program, the largest most integrated plant genetics programs in the world. This, though frightening, also makes some sense.

The Vice President of Marketing, Anthony Osborne, was with Monsanto for 25 years in a variety of commercial and business roles. Senior Vice President, Global Commercial, John Raines was the U.S. Customer Advocacy Lead, championing the development of Monsanto’s farmer advocacy campaigns and ag youth outreach.


Bayer and AT&T wield enormous influence  over government agencies that rule our food supply

Look at Climate Control’s Zynga connection.

Climate Control’s Chief People Person, Meg Makelou, was formerly Vice President of Human Resources at Zynga. During her time at Zynga, she led HR Business Partnerships, Compensation, Benefits, Learning and Development and Recruiting.

Climate Control’s Vice President of Data and Analytics, Daniel MacCaffery, was a General Manager at Zynga for 5 years leading the analytics and platform engineering teams.

Chief Technology Officer Mark Young was the Chief Technology Officer of Mobile Technology at Zynga, and the Founder and Chief Technology Officer at HipLogic.

Five of Climate Control’s leadership team of eleven are Monsanto people. Fair enough. Three are from Zynga and we have to ask the question: “What does social networking and games have to do with food?”

Remember, it is AT&T, not Monsanto that has the Zynga connection and Monsanto owns Climate Control.


Bayer, Monsanto and AT&T can make their products addictive with computer gaming skills.

Finally the water!

This long winded introduction brings us to the Wall Street Journal article “Drought Forces First-Ever Colorado River Water Cutback to Southwest States” (3).

The article says: Move likely to hit farmers hardest, reducing access to region’s economic lifeblood amid protracted drought.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation made the declaration Monday after forecasting that Nevada’s Lake Mead, the river’s biggest reservoir, would remain below 1,075 feet above sea level—the mark previously set to trigger mandatory cutbacks—through at least early next year. As of Monday, Lake Mead measured 1,068 feet, the lowest since the reservoir was created by construction of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s. The bureau estimates the level will dip further to 1,066 by Jan. 1 next year.

The cuts, set to take effect in 2022, will primarily affect Arizona, which stands to lose 512,000 acre-feet, or 18% of its annual allocation—enough water to meet the annual household needs of a city the size of Phoenix. An acre-foot is roughly the amount of water a family of four uses for one year.

As  you might imagine from due to what I learned writing the 2017 LAEE report, I am continually monitoring anything US government bureaus do that regulate food production.

When I read this article, I looked for a link to Monsanto and The federal US Reclamation Bureau.

It did not take much research to find Monsanto-US Reclamation Bureau connection.

I looked up the Bureau of Reclamation organizational chart.


Then I started googling the top people at the bureau.  I started the research with David Palumbo, one of two deputy commissioners.

When I looked at his bio and saw this: “In addition to his work for Reclamation in the Southwest, Palumbo worked in the private sector for Kerr-McGee Corporation for ten years”.

I googled “Kerr-McKee-Monsanto”.

The first hit was  a New York Times article, “Florida mining plan perils way of life of woodsmen” (2) that connected Kerr-McGee and Monsanto.

The article said: Monsanto Corporation, the Kerr‐McGee Corporation, the Pittsburgh and Midway Company and the Global Exploration and Development Corporation, the four companies that want to strip the phosphate from under the forest and convert it to fertilizer for the purpose, they say, of heading off a worldwide food shortage.

Phosphate mining is a part of the fertilizer business and it’s hard on the environment.

According to (4): phosphate mining scrapes off Florida’s surface land to get down to the bones of ancient sea creatures, which contain phosphate. The mining leaves behind a moonscape with scars that are visible from space. The phosphate from these ancient sea sediments is then chemically processed into phosphoric acid used in fertilizer and sold around the world. The process leaves behind massive mountains of radioactive, acidic waste that can tower 50 to 70 feet high. Some two dozen of these mounds are scattered around South-Central Florida, posing a huge environmental risk.


A phosphate mine tailing pile in Florida

As bad as phosphate mining is for Florida, an article at (5) “Historic $5.15 Billion Environmental and Tort Settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Goes into Effect” (5) shows that Kerr McKee has despoiled the environment in many places.

Here’s excerpts from the article: A historic settlement reached with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Kerr McGee has gone into effect, allowing funds to be disbursed for cleanups across the country, announced Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York, and Assistant Administrator Cynthia Giles of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Today, pursuant to the settlement agreement, the defendants paid $5.15 billion, plus interest, to the trust.  The trust is expected to distribute more than $4.4 billion to fund environmental clean-up and for environmental claims.  The settlement constitutes the largest payment for the clean-up of environmental contamination ever obtained in a lawsuit brought by the Department of Justice.

“This recovery will lead to cleanups across the country that will undo lasting damage to the environment, including contamination of tribal lands, by Kerr-McGee’s businesses and those who try to foist their responsibility for cleanup on the American taxpayer.”

“The Kerr-McGee Corporation spent decades despoiling our nation’s natural resources, leaving a toxic legacy for communities across the nation, from Sidney, New York, to the Navajo nation, then, ried to escape the consequences of its misdeeds by transferring its most valuable assets to affiliates, leaving an insolvent shell behind, unable to pay its environmental liabilities.

One of the top people at the US Reclamation Bureau that is shutting of a lot of water to Arizona farmers has a Monsanto and not-so-nice environmental connection.

This may be a coincidence.  I’m not much on conspiracy theories.  The world is too complicated for a few people to hold much sway over the world for very long.

However we do have to worry about big business having too much influence over government.  History suggests that the pendulum swings and in the case of food production, chemical companies have had an increasing impact on government.

Bayer began in 1863 and beginning in the 20th century created a profit sharing cartel from three firms BASF, Bayer and Agfa and IG Farben AG was born and became the largest company in Europe, the 4th largest anywhere and the largest chemical company in the world.

After WWII IG Farben was considered to be too morally corrupt to be allowed to continue to exist and was split into its original constituent companies.

Today Agfa, BASF, Sanofi and Bayer remain and as we have seen above, Bayer has once again become a multi tentacled organization that controls not only chemicals, but food.

Whether there is a conspiracy or not, we currently see inflation in the cost of food and three companies (Bayer, Monsanto and AT&T) can profit from higher food prices.

These three firms have connections  with a US federal bureau that is about to take action that will cause food prices to rise.

The next step in this danger is that John Deere has joined, AT&T,  Bayer (Monsanto) along with a couple of other big companies to take increasing control of our food supply.

This is important because there is growing potential for some nasty business that could cause food costs to soar even more than they already have.

An article  “The Tractor War”, page 92 in the October 2021 Reader’s Digest, shows how far the pernicious effect of big business’s control over our food goes.

The article explains the battle to restore a fundamental right that most Americans don’t even know they have lost-the right to repair their own farm equipment.

Here’s a summary of excerpts the article: Big Tractor (John Deere and other major farm equipment manufacturers) says farmers have no right to access the software that controls every facet of today’s equipment or even repair their machines, that it’s the exclusive domain of authorized dealerships.

Anything a farmer does on a modern tractor, beginning with opening a door, generates a message captured by its main onboard computer.  This uploads the signal to the Cloud via a cellular transmitter.

The company says the world needs digitized to feed the ten billion people expected to be on earth by 2050. There’s also the more obvious motive, money. For Deere and its dealerships, parts and services are three to six more times more profitable than sale of original equipment.

The real disconnect is about “who owns it.  If it’s mine I should be able to fix it”.  Not according to John Deere.

As things stand Deere has the ability to shut down a farmer’s machine remotely.  This creates worries that this control over vehicle software makes the America’s food supply vulnerable to sabotage.  In fact in 2016 the FBI issued a warning that U.S. agriculture is becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks.

In the future tractor manufacturers could demand that only authorized chemicals, fertilizers and such (made by Bayer Monsanto for example) be used in the tractors.

I can see the argument now that the chemicals were designed to work with the tractor’s software and that grey market chemicals would harm the machine.

The tractor dealerships would be able to know through the Fieldview Drive (owned by Bayer and connected via AT&T) if unauthorized non Bayer products were loaded into the tractor and could shut the tractor down.


My John Deere is safe I can repair it because it was built before 2010, but I sure won’t buy a new one.

There is always a fine line between how much power belongs to government, to big business and the consumer.

The direct control of our food supply, top to bottom, by John Deere (and other such companies) via AT&T communications with  Bayer-Monsanto’s connections seems to me that the pendulum has swung too far toward control by big business.

The fact is most of us cannot do much about it. Our purchases do not matter much. Our complaints do not really get processed. Our comments to regulators are virtually ignored. Even our votes do not seem to count.

To help gain protection and prosperity through change, I have written a new report published this year, The Neapolitan Effect”.

We can take advantage of the inadvertent results of the triple alliance. AT&T’s move into Smalltown USA will change real estate values in areas where living is still good and where access to better food is still

The three most important features in real estate are, “location, location and location”. The change AT&T brings will alter location value in certain places identified in the “Neapolitan Effect” report.

To make the report even more effective, I am offering my 2017 report “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere”,which remains completely relevant, and is FREE, a savings of $39.99 when you order “Neapolitan Effect”.  Details are below.

There are many countries, such as Panama, that are also totally connected to the but also have enough farmers to feed the country.


Panama food market.

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Big Opportunity in Small Towns

Here’s why there’s big opportunity in small towns,

In 2017, my report “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” made several outrageous predictions about investing and living in Smalltown USA.  Readers of that report, who used this information, are cashing in with big profits now, four years after the fact.

It’s not too late!

Three recent Wall Street Journal front page stories show how profits have been made from predictions in my 2017 report “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” .

That report predicted the upcoming inflation and suggested investments that would survive change and combat the loss of the dollar’s purchasing power.

One Wall Street Journal confirms the inflationary problem in its article “Higher Prices Leave Consumers Feeling the Pinch” (1).

The article points out how Janet Yellen was trying to walk back her comments admitting inflation.  The government will do just about anything to stop interest rates from rising and to hold back panic over the purchasing power of the US dollar.

This front page article sums up the situation succinctly:

Price tags on consumer goods from processed meat to dishwashing products have risen by double-digit percentages from a year ago, according to NielsenIQ.

Whirlpool Corp. WHR -2.01% freezers and dishwashers and Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. SMG -0.56% lawn and garden products are also getting costlier, the companies say. Some consumers are feeling stretched.

Kaitlyn Vinson, a program manager in Denver, said her recent $275 bill at a Costco Wholesale Corp. COST -1.16% store, which included razors and cotton pads on top of her typical grocery list, was more expensive than usual. Ms. Vinson said she switched from buying fresh to frozen fruit and vegetables because they are less expensive and last longer.

The 2017 report also looked at the danger to pipelines in the US and explained how to protect against a failing US infrastructure.

The second Wall Street Journal article headline “U.S. Pipeline Shutdown Exposes Cyber Threat to Energy Sector” (2).


That article starts: For years, security officials and experts have warned about the energy infrastructure’s susceptibility to cybercrime.

Why we cannot depend on governments.

“Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere”  warned (in 2017) to avoid total dependence on our national infrastructure.

In that report, I shared an experience we suffered at our North Carolina mountain home when a couple of workers digging a ditch with a backhoe accidentally breached a small pipeline.

That one small error shut down delivery of gasoline to a huge part of the state of North Carolina.  Gas stations had to limit the number of gallons we could buy or shut down totally.

Just one pipe… shut a huge section of the state… down.

Now we see how ransomware has affected the supply of gas on much of America’s East coast.

The third, Wall Street Journal headline was, “The Breakout Cities on the Forefront of America’s Economic Recovery”. (3)


That third article says: Rising stars such as Greenville, S.C., Des Moines, Iowa, and Provo, Utah, built out vibrant economies even before the pandemic; now, they are drawing new workers and businesses.

One key feature in “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” is the potential of Smalltown USA.  Those who read the report and acted in 2017, 2018 and 2019 are seeing huge gains now.

So what do we do about this?

I explain how to protect purchasing power and beat inflation in my report  “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere”.  The report, published in 2017, predicted how the world would react to the pandemic and showed how to economically prepare for it.

I recently completed a followup report to “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” called “The Neapolitan Effect” that explains how to to take advantage of the explosive growth that continues in two small towns in Ashe county North Carolina and Lake County Florida.

The “Neapolitan Effect” digs into the demographic, geographic, economic and social fundamentals that create small town opportunity so you can spot the same profit potential in small towns beyond just these two counties.

Before I put “The Neapolitan Effect” into our catalogue at $39.99, I would like to offer both the report “Live Anywhere-Earn Everywhere” (normally $39.99) and “The Neapolitan effect”  both for the price of one.

You can order both reports here for $39.99. 

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