Daniel Butler grew up in Rockville Centre, New York, and Seattle, Washington, the fifth of six children. After graduating with a BA in Political Science he went to New York to work in commodities trading in the late World Trade Center. From New York he went to Australia for seven years, became a citizen (now dual US and Australian) and in 1996 moved to Eastern Europe. Daniel has traded various financial securities in New York, Sydney, Prague, Kiev, Athens, Belgrade and Vienna. Now he works in Carbon Trading out of Prague and blogs at Dan Travels.
What has been your worst blogging experience? > Probably the dog video that is up there now.
What are you reading at the moment? > Dogs Never Lie About Love by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson.
What is the best novel you've ever read? > Usually the last one (Redemption Falls by Joseph O'Connor).
What is your favourite movie? > Babes in Toyland (1934 - Laurel and Hardy).
What is your favourite song? > 'Danny Boy', because my father would sing it for me.
Can you name a major moral, political or intellectual issue on which you've ever changed your mind? > The belief in a stable, cohesive family being the brick that is part of the building of society.
Can you name a work of non-fiction which has had a major and lasting influence on how you think about the world? > George Modelski, 'Long Cycles of World Leadership' in William Thompson, Contending Approaches to World System Analysis (1983).
Who are your political heroes? > Ronald Reagan.
What is your favourite piece of political wisdom? > 'Speak softly and carry a big stick.'
If you could effect one major policy change in the governing of your country, what would it be? > Cleaning up the media's control of the national agenda, only because it is clearly controlled and dictated by the left.
If you could choose anyone, from any walk of life, to be President, who would you choose? > Kinky Friedman.
What do you consider to be the main threat to the future peace and security of the world? > Naïve attempts to practise a kumbaya foreign policy without considering realities or Realpolitik.
Do you think the world (human civilization) has already passed its best point, or is that yet to come? > Past it and now it's on the way to some science fiction movie.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life? > Even with great interpersonal skills (eye contact, a strong handshake, sincerity and humour), you will still suffer a hell of a lot; but the regeneration of more and more friendships will help you through the suffering.
What do you consider the most important personal quality? > Pragmatism, with kindness.
What personal fault do you most dislike? > Arrogance, narcissism, and the cultivation of sycophants.
In what circumstances would you be willing to lie? > To save a life.
What commonly enjoyed activities do you regard as a waste of time? > Watching sport on TV rather than attending it (for the social input) or, better, playing it.
What, if anything, do you worry about? > My wife's health.
If you were to relive your life to this point, is there anything you'd do differently? > I would travel earlier in my life.
Where would you most like to live (other than where you do)? > Australia or New Zealand.
What would your ideal holiday be? > Working to help children (selfless) in a warm climate (selfish).
What do you like doing in your spare time? > Travelling.
What is your most treasured possession? > My dogs (although, more accurately, they possess me).
What talent would you most like to have? > The ability to fly (sans machines).
What would be your ideal choice of alternative profession or job? > Talk-show host.
Who is your favourite comedian or humorist? > Groucho Marx.
If you could have one (more or less realistic) wish come true, what would you wish for? > More success in business life to support my efforts to do charity and achieve a more personal level of success.
How, if at all, would you change your life were you suddenly to win or inherit an enormously large sum of money? > (My wife and) I would devote my (our) time to helping children.
If you could have any three guests, past or present, to dinner who would they be? > Ian Fleming, Groucho Marx and Benjamin Franklin.
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