Obligatory Bio

Holas!  This is Tom Luongo and for those that remember, in the before-time, I used to be pretty good at this blooging thing.  I did so between 2003 and 2008 across two blogs which are now no longer with us[1] for a variety of reasons, but mainly because I lost interest in talking in public. [2]

I’ve returned to this gig for the simple reason that sometimes I have something to say that’s longer than a tweet and because Facebook is absolutely for nothing more than puppy videos and Unicorns riding rainbows.  Blogs are just a better tool.

After another ridiculously long hiatus I think it’s time I take the advice of people I read regularly and work comma dammit.

As for the bio, well, let’s try this one.

I am a Former Chemist, Amateur Dairy Goat Farmer, Anarcho-Libertarian and Obstreperous Austrian Economist who now contributes to a variety of publications with Newsmax Media.

I have a fantastic wife of 25 years and a young daughter, both of whom humble me with affection and respect I mostly feel is wholly undeserved.

Professionally, I’ve spent a lot of my waking hours inside of various analytic laboratories testing your water and soil for contaminants, or in University Research assessing how you process arsenic, where it is found and how to get rid of it.  I’ve watched an industry be created by government fiat and destroyed in the same manner.

I ran for Florida House once and got 2.7% of the vote on Guy Fawlkes Day. I’ve since grown up a lot.

Then I spent 5+ years solving the puzzle of an electroless Nickel-Boron coating [3] that has intriguing wear-resistance properties.  Too bad the coating was better than the company’s business model.

After that imploded, I spent a couple of years as someone else ghost writing more opinions on stocks and markets than any one person should have in a handful of lifetimes.  The pay sucked, so quantity, folks, was key.

But that eventually led to the present, which I will get back to presenting in the glory of simple text.  Because, on the internet, you are what you type.

Today, I am the Senior Editor of the Resolute Wealth Letter for Newsmax in which I attempt to connect the false narratives of geopolitics to viable long-term investment theses.

I don’t believe the man-made global warming story is worth the electrons the peer-reviewed literature is disseminated on.  Those are data sets so dirty I wouldn’t feed to my dogs.

As for politics, my position is well-known through my past writings at Lewrockwell.com, Seeking Alpha and the aforementioned erstwhile blogs. To sum up:

Individuals are the only people with enough knowledge about their own lives to have a hope of making the right decisions for themselves and no amount of guidance or central planning can help that process along.

All interactions between people should be peaceful and voluntary, free from the coercive power of the state in all its guises.

I built the house I live in.

As for religion, well, I was raised Catholic (what person of Italian descent wasn’t) but have no current practicing religion, except maybe Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle.  What I know is that I’m smart enough to realize that I don’t know enough about the things I think I know to have any opinion about that which I truly have no clue about.

I raise some goats and milk them.

On certain special Saturdays you’ll find me at a local farmer’s market trying to convince people that my goat cheese is worth exchanging for federal reserve notes. I make a mean Greek Yogurt.

In short, I’m a libertarian who distrusts all human organizations larger than a two-handed game of poker. [4]

I love hockey[5], my family, the art of drumming, board games of all kinds, a logically consistent argument, and the beauty of spontaneous order…. not necessarily in that order.

I own a few guns.

Ta,

[1] – Being Thomas Luongo (palmereldritch.blogspot.com) and Sabre Rattling (archives gone due to Hard Drive failure, but it used to be hosted by The Sabres Report)

[2] – That especially includes writing to make other people money, cf. http://www.fanhouse.com/staff/tom-luongo/

[3] – and potential derivatives.

[4] – thanks to Dr. Butler Shaffer for that lil’ ditty,  I use it daily.

[5] – Especially the Buffalo Sabres.

3 comments

  1. Hi Tom.

    Found my way over here from TF’s place, and am an avid Lew Rockwell follower.

    Coincindentally, I grew up in greater metropolitan Gainesville Florida, and in my early career was a rocket scientist at the Kennedy Space Center. I left the program because I simply couldn’t stand another minute in a Government operation. All the red tape, risk aversion, and lack of indivudual thinking got to be too much. It was like doing your taxes for 8 hours a day – yikes.

    Anyway, I live in the midwest now, and have been reading up on backyard chickens (not up to goats yet), and appear to be a couple of years behind you in the self-sufficiency evolution.

    Regards, and enjoy north FL – it’ll always be home to me (I even have a drawl to prove it!).

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  2. Tom,

    We need a contest to rename Glacier National Park. The glaciers are all gone in 3 years, 5 maybe. How about, “Old Baldy .N.P”, or “Black Rocks N.P.” What do you suggest?

    It’s amazing that the robins around here are smarter than university professors. Mr. Robin stays here in Boston
    year-round now. Hey, why fly all the way to the Carolinas when you can tough out a few really cold days and save a lot of energy.

    Dick Terry

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    1. No question the planet has warmed, but the question is why? I don’t buy the CO2 argument. Cui bono, baby?

      The climate changes. So does the sun. We are silly and hubristic to believe it is all our doing.

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