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Jan. 31, 2015 4:28 am
The following comparison might be controversial but it is valid and most painfully revealing about the British national character. Should we be surprised that the same kind of British "establishment" culture, propped-up by gumption-deficient sheep-like toadies, that chemically castrated the war hero Alan Turing for his sexuality in the 1950's - thereby driving him to suicide - sits silently...  Read More
Jan. 30, 2015 2:46 pm
In a most important literary contribution to the Darwinist Treasury of Science Miracles. St Wallace fails to recount in one book- what he explained elsewhere - as essentially the only recorded event of malarial fever cognitive enhancement. This was a most remarkable, though un-witnessed, malarial miracle, which enabled Wallace to have a eureka moment that facilitated his miraculously...  Read More
Jan. 30, 2015 11:07 am
Public Domain Mental Flexibility Improvement 89% increase in participants ability to accept new information and successfully incorporate new information into an existing paradigm. Physical Perception- Gate Difference between the number of steps participants estimate it will take to cover a specified distance versus the actual number of steps it takes decreased by 1.3 steps which indictaes a...  Read More
Jan. 30, 2015 10:35 am
Hello again! I hope some of you who followed along last time are with me again, as well as some new curious minds. It’s been over a year since I ended the first blog and since then I’ve been teaching, learning and discovering what works and what does not. I’ve got some positive results to share and some new exercises. October 26th will be the first post for 2014 and will start posting lessons...  Read More
Jan. 28, 2015 1:42 pm
You can’t do it all alone. In order to succeed, it’s essential to build exactly the kind of staff you want. But building your staff doesn’t end at the hiring process. You’ve got to be able to foresee the challenges ahead. And when it comes to creating an amazing team, you can count on the fact that employee retention will be a challenge. Everyone wants to hire the best. How can you ensure that...  Read More
Jan. 28, 2015 3:58 am
RationalWiki is an interesting place to explore. It is not exactly an encyclopedia like Wikipedia, because it allows us to publish rational essays. Last week they published my short essay on why it is irrational and unjust not to award full priority to Patrick Matthew - over Darwin and Wallace - for his prior publication of the full hypothesis of natural selection; Here What is particularly...  Read More
Jan. 27, 2015 3:02 pm
The right-wing billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David, and their ultra-conservative fundraising network, plan to spend nearly $900 million in the 2016 campaign. Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you. That’s nearly a billion dollars. They’re planning to spend as much as the Democratic and Republican parties in an effort to bend the country to their will. Essentially, we’re talking about...  Read More
Jan. 27, 2015 8:36 am
A KPMG study indicates that 83% of merger deals did not boost shareholder returns. Robert Sher suggests this is because of mismanagement of risk, price, strategy, cultures, or management capacity. Don’t do that. Instead, reduce your risk of failure and accelerate results by managing mergers and acquisitions at both enterprise and personal levels with a 100-Day value acceleration plan, working...  Read More
Jan. 26, 2015 11:00 pm
Everyone's a little famous, so breason out up to a 10 breasoning B to unfriendliness (until they retort). This carries the advantage of the student not having to also complete the lecturer’s H1 to put the H1 through.  Read More
Jan. 26, 2015 10:55 pm
Breason out 10 breasonings, don't tell anyone. This counts as H1, or A (meaning a maximum of 74% unless 80 breasonings are breasoned out).  Read More
Jan. 26, 2015 5:41 pm
Last week, a pipeline in North Dakota ruptured, sending 3 million gallons of saltwater into creeks that flow to the Missouri River. This saltwater is a byproduct of oil and natural gas production and, in addition to being saltier than seawater, may contain petroleum residue from hydraulic fracturing. Spills such as this have been just part of the price North Dakota has paid for booming oil and...  Read More
Jan. 26, 2015 4:45 pm
Victorian Sensation: The Extraordinary Publication, Reception, and Secret Authorship of Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation by James A. Secord James Secord is without a doubt the leading expert of all time on Robert Chambers's"The Vestiges of Creation" Secord tells us why Chambers' book was so successful, why it was criticized and why its author remained anonymous until after his...  Read More
Jan. 26, 2015 1:03 pm
Most Americans, I would venture, could hum a few bars of Carley Rae Jepsen’s huge 2012 hit, “Call Me Maybe.” Yet only 36% can name the three branches of government . What’s that worth to an advertiser or filmmaker fifteen years from now? It’s worth a lot to have your idea still planted in millions of people’s consciousness five, ten or even twenty years after it was initially produced. Herein...  Read More
Jan. 26, 2015 12:36 pm
Cranky curmudgeons make me, well – cranky. “Telling it like it is” is all too often a cloak for saying really unpleasant things usually from a high horse of age or perceived experience. And while I respect the right of everyone to say what’s right for them to say, truly I do, I’ll call out the hypocrites every time. In this digital writing biz, there are a couple of constant and contrary...  Read More
Jan. 26, 2015 9:02 am
Monetary Politics: The Biggest Money Player In Politics Is The Fed By Ralph Benko Washington finally shows signs of coming to grips with the importance of money to politics. This is not about mere campaign finance. Recently there was a breakthrough in bringing the money policy issue out of the shadows and to center stage … where it belongs. The real issue of money in politics is about the...  Read More
Jan. 26, 2015 1:44 am
There’s a saying that even a broken clock is right twice a day. But the crazy cuckoo clock named Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz, the Republican junior senator from Texas, is an exception to that rule. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever heard Ted Cruz open his mouth and have something that’s right come out. Right wing, yes, but never right. Cruz was at it again Saturday, stirring up the animals at Rep....  Read More
Jan. 24, 2015 2:16 pm
The Newly Discovered Likelihood of Matthewian Knowledge Contamination is the Skeleton at Darwin's and Wallace's Feast of their Independent Discovery of Natural Selection Although I am of the opinion that the combined weight of the New Evidence presented in my book, Nullius in Verba: Darwin's greatest secre t , is enough to conclude that it is more likely than not Darwin and Wallace...  Read More
Jan. 24, 2015 6:34 am
Having published my book with ThinkerMedia, had the unique discoveries in it highlighted in a science feature article in the national press, presented the findings at several venues , and then published them in a peer reviewed academic journal , I remain dedicated to trumpeting from the rooftops my unique discoveries about the story of Patrick Matthew, Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace. ...  Read More
Jan. 23, 2015 11:24 am
When Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial fifty-two years ago and spoke to a great people about their greater future, he didn’t say, “I have a plan.” Instead, he shared a dream that provided a vision of equality and hope for a struggling nation. His dream was not to get elected and not to become rich; it was a dream that was to and for everyone—one meant to elevate...  Read More
Jan. 21, 2015 8:05 am
The good news about the technology revolution is that now people can work wherever and whenever they want. The bad news is that that has led to the dispersion of teams across geographies and time zones. Dispersion inevitably leads to communication and emotional disconnects. This article suggests ways to leverage different senses to bridge those gaps. Live beats visual beats audio beats written....  Read More
Jan. 20, 2015 3:13 pm
Jonathan Hoenig, Capitalistpig Hedge Fund LLC Let’s define our terms. A stock is ownership in a company. Buying a stock, even one share, means you literally own a small piece of the company’s assets. You’re entitled to vote at the annual meeting and receive dividends if there are any. A bond is a loan made over a specific period of time. Often called “fixed income,” when you buy a bond,...  Read More
Jan. 20, 2015 4:50 am
What follows is a published open letter to the Royal Society asking for an official response to my question: "Have you unofficially changed the rules of priority for scientific discovery?" Foreword If you are unfamiliar with my research on the history of the discovery of natural slection, and the official rules of priority in scientific discovery, my open letter to the Royal Society...  Read More
Jan. 20, 2015 1:30 am
Mitt Romney told donors recently that he’s thinking about a third presidential run. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a potential rival, recently slammed the 2012 GOP presidential candidate, saying, “When you do the same thing and expect a different result, it’s sort of what Einstein said, that the definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result." With...  Read More
Jan. 19, 2015 6:41 pm
The Hygiene Inspection By Sanford L. Hill One of the many bizarre rituals residents at the KHAKO homeless shelter must endure, and pay for, is the “Hygiene Inspection”. This routine is a good example of a program that was developed by good intentioned people to solve what they considered a problem: Some homeless residents of KHAKO were very messy people who did not keep their old,...  Read More
Jan. 19, 2015 5:55 pm
On Friday evening, Dec. 12, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took to the well of the Senate to make an incandescent speech denouncing a provision of the omnibus spending bill that weakens a key part of Dodd-Frank. The provision, literally written by Citigroup lobbyists, was slipped into the bill at the last minute purely for the benefit of Wall Street — to the detriment of taxpayers. Warren quoted...  Read More
Jan. 19, 2015 2:21 pm
I have occasion to come into contact with a number of not for profit organizations on a regular basis ranging from very large organizations like education and health care providers to local service providers with a much narrower focus. I use the term not for profit as opposed to non- profit very deliberately. The point that I try to make with these organizations is that profit at its most...  Read More
Jan. 19, 2015 12:11 pm
On Wednesday, Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgenson completed their grueling 19-day climb to the top of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. And I was mesmerized. But why? Photo via PDPhoto.org I’m as uninterested in summiting sheer granite cliffs as in having another root canal. Yet why was I so engaged, cheering the news that these two men had against all odds become the first to...  Read More
Jan. 19, 2015 11:17 am
Watch out when you cut yourself. According to an otherwise very professional medical website, you might get a ‘staff’ infection. Somebody wrote that - really? Yes, really. I went on a recent late night hunt for information about preventing infection and there on quite a spiffy medical site was that little gem: one risk if wounds aren’t cleaned properly is a staff infection. I clicked out and...  Read More
 
 
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