Monday, June 26, 2017

Good Reads

We have to risk failing

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May 27 Road to success uncomfortable When we think about the “anti-bully” and “anti-haze” and “anti-everything” being difficult or uncomfortable we should remember “our God-given Right to Fail.” The Wright brothers, the founders of Microsoft and Apple, and every football player chosen in the last draft faced failure. They faced discouragement. They faced humiliation and fear and . . . many, ... Read More »

What kills you – and your investments

". . . they are obsessed with hate . . .can see only conspiracy . . ."

May 23 The Risk isn’t lions or terrorists Barry Ritholtz, writing for Bloomberg, said: An endless procession of mortal threats are trying to end your particular genomic variation, forcing your brain to respond first and think later. Your existence is threatened by hungry predators, roving bands of Neanderthals, poison mushrooms and all manner of germs. What’s that you say? You don’t ... Read More »

Feel good or do good

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May 15 Overtime hours making public slums We’ve noticed that advocates who favor having government do things they don’t know how do themselves are passionate, outspoken and uninformed. This article is about “the worst run” housing project known to the feds. It’s in Richmond, California. It started as a way to ensure that everyone who needed housing got it. It ... Read More »

Make ’em do what I think is right

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May 16 More unintended — and stupid — results We force shoppers to collect bacteria, especially “e-coli” and “Salmonella” species in their shopping bags, and then to wash their bags to protect themselves and their families from foodborne illness. So, the law of unintended consequences applies – more water and perhaps more fuel to heat the water are used, more ... Read More »

Priorities are very wrong

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May 14 High ideals, poor results We want to avoid blindly driving species of animals to extinction. Apparently, we are fine with blindly driving Central Valley farmers and their employees to extinction, though. Per the Flash Report: “Knowing full well we are facing a devastating drought and that our dwindling water supply will be desperately needed by our people this ... Read More »

It’s only bigotry if if comes from them

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May 12 It’s not really rape “If someone doesn’t want to have sexual intercourse, the body shuts down. . . . The body will not permit that to happen unless a lot of damage is inflicted, and we heard nothing about that in this case. That tells me that the victim in this case, although she wasn’t necessarily willing, she didn’t put up a fight.” (Judge Remarks) That ... Read More »

From the 0.45%

May 11 Worth a thought “Some people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they made a difference in the world. But the U.S. ARMED FORCES don’t have that problem.” R. Reagan There are still homes and communities that inspire — and offer — their best so that the rest of us are undisturbed by those who would destroy us. The ... Read More »

Nature or nurture revisited

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May 6 Haters come from Nature or Nurture Does “chronic hate syndrome” (a coined, not a diagnostic term) depend on brain structure? Do haters’ brains look different from their “pre-hate brains?” Can chronic haters become normal? We’ve found that losing the ability to hear modifies the brain’s structure and chemistry. And, we have learned that the language learned modifies brain ... Read More »

Easy solutions aren’t either

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April 30 Bullets and (pill) bottles What if we served a medicated Kool Aid to children to keep them from running about, demonstrating emotional outbursts, and generally acting like kids? Then let’s pretend that we discovered that the kids drinking the medicated Kool Aid had a propensity for violence, and were involved in school shootings and stabbings. What would we ... Read More »

All citizens must learn accounting

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April 27 Knowing what numbers mean Basic accounting was considered essential knowledge for all citizens during the Italian Renaissance. And, starting in the 1500’s, “Every level of Dutch society practiced double-entry accounting — from prostitutes to scholars, merchants and even the Stadholder, Maurice of Nassau, Prince of Orange.” But how much do Americans even understand about finance? Few of us ... Read More »