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Aug. 17, 2017 5:36 am
Last week in London, I seriously offended my hosts by insisting that the pink beef burger they served my daughter from their BBQ was quite possibly not safe for her or anyone else to eat. The juicy fat and perfectly charred burger was made from the finest ground steak from their local trusted butcher, and so they insisted it was perfectly safe to eat. Safe, because it is safe to eat a rare steak....  Read More
Aug. 16, 2017 5:15 pm
Journalism and many other digital content services face an existential threat to sustainability, and are rightly looking to membership models as a possible solution. Consumers are questioning their value propositions, and advertising and sponsorship models are highly problematic for quality journalism as well as many other kinds of creative content. This post looks at the membership puzzle...  Read More
Aug. 16, 2017 1:28 pm
I am currently experiencing the thrills of having a 16-month old grandson running around the house. This is an experience, which I have not had to deal with in over thirty years since my sons were born. But the events of this past weekend make me stop and wonder what type of organizations or society are we leaving for him, as he grows older? In working with clients I advocate that in order for...  Read More
Aug. 16, 2017 1:01 am
Our discussions regarding dogmas are actually precipitated by the manner in which dogmas have been recently characterized as purely a pejorative by writer’s professor Allen Shoaf and Bob Butler (Founder and Administrator @ bestthinking.com) at bestthinking.com. The characterizations in question not only claim that dogmas precipitate violence, but actually claim dogmas actually murder people. The...  Read More
Aug. 15, 2017 1:24 am
After our so-called president’s cowardly failure to call out the white supremacists and Nazis behind Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, Va., he finally made an insincere-sounding statement today. It was a mechanically delivered statement that was obviously written for him. This was not his voice and the words didn’t seem to come from his heart. After two full days of equivocating, he...  Read More
Aug. 14, 2017 9:50 am
My incredibly simple BigData IDD method that has bust so many academic myths in recent years - including " Charles Darwin's Slyly Coined Patrick Matthew Myth " - is once again cited in a scholarly peer reviewed academic journal article. In this latest case, my Best Thinking article, which blew the myth that Stan Cohen coined the term and most basic concept of moral panic is here .. It is...  Read More
Aug. 11, 2017 8:33 pm
To begin the discussion of dogmas, we ought to provide its original definition/meaning, viz: "a philosophical tenet." Now we can then go on to define "philosophical" as: a meaning related to "philosophy" which would require then to define "philosophy" as "the love of wisdom" which would lead to a definition of "wisdom" as “a discernment of limits” and also define the term: "love" and...  Read More
Aug. 10, 2017 2:59 am
Buen provecho! That is, enjoy your meal. Or, more literally, take good advantage of it. So goes the pre-chowing down salutation in Guatemala. Additionally, more often than not, when a person finishes at the table he gathers his utensils and while rising utters muchas gracias to no one in particular. But those still partaking of the meal, if they are on cue, respond with the aforementioned ...  Read More
Aug. 9, 2017 6:45 pm
It’s not often in this foul year of our Lord, two-thousand seventeen, that any verbose armchair scribe lacks for subject matter worthy of dissecting. Yet with my ongoing pursuit of an economics degree from Penn State and attempting to not lapse or permit a collapse in governing ModState , I’ve struggled mightily with the balance of mutually-agreeable means. This has been to further numerous ends...  Read More
Aug. 9, 2017 3:35 am
Our so-called president used rhetoric evoking the horrors of nuclear war Tuesday to show the world that he is every bit the equal of Kim Jong-un when it comes to utter and complete insanity. Mr. Trump told reporters that, “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” A minor misstep could lead to a nuclear...  Read More
Aug. 7, 2017 3:37 pm
As President Trump begins his first week of vacation and Washington slows a bit for the dog days of August, it’s worth taking stock of where we are. Part of the reason Trump is away from Washington is that the West Wing is being renovated. Trump, of course, criticized President Obama for taking time off, away from the White House, and it’s too tempting to call him out for his hypocrisy. Trump’s...  Read More
Aug. 5, 2017 12:41 pm
In addition to singing (Bach, Mozart, Schubert, and others), I grow roses for pleasure. Today is cloudy and overcast in north central Florida, but some of my shrubs are nevertheless showing in glory. I'm going to try to add some photos here. I hope they load and that you enjoy them.  Read More
Aug. 3, 2017 4:47 pm
My nephew (Ian) had asked for clarification on a point made in the blog-post written on a topic related to the Iceman (Richard Kuklinski), but the response did not address his question, but a related matter, and thus another response was generated to address the question asked; this is that response (removed are any personal comments). His question: " Anyways, am I correct in assuming that it...  Read More
Aug. 3, 2017 3:19 pm
My nephew (Ian) asked me a number of questions (via e-mail) regarding both the blog-posts: "Iceman - Richard Kuklinski - and the inimicality of the social-sciences" and "Morality and Disputations." I initially misunderstood his question, as he made the point to me that he took me as a "virtue-ethicist," as he mentioned a number of innocuous actions asking about those as well. Thinking he wanted...  Read More
Aug. 2, 2017 12:20 pm
Been meaning to write about this for quite awhile… We rented and watched the Spotlight movie – 4 times, each time intending to write about the topics addressed within the movie, but have allowed ourselves to be distracted by other things... Note that this writer is a Roman Catholic, no agenda. Jesus Christ says: “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves...  Read More
Aug. 1, 2017 5:43 am
Dan Reynolds, Imagine Dragons - Imagined Professional Music Tips Note: 80, etc. in the following refer to the number of breasonings (see Lucian’s Pedagogy ). 80 - {song, sales, music video, each extra, marketing }*2 incl seen-as version, 50 times (what we write down is the area of study side, not the seen-as version/cut off infinite side) 10 - lyric line of song, except riff ...  Read More
Aug. 1, 2017 5:39 am
Breasonings come back, like returning to the pictured desert island in: - Having children - School and university assignments - the form of 2*80 breasonings at Masters level, when combined with recordings (Implicit pedagogy) - Applying for and keeping jobs - Selling - Meditation - Including political sides - Fame, in particular stage and screen and broadcast and print media See also...  Read More
Aug. 1, 2017 3:04 am
Tonight we’re learning from the Washington Post that President Trump personally dictated a misleading statement in response to revelations that Donald Trump Jr. had met with a Russian lawyer. On June 9, 2016, Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya after opposition research on Hillary Clinton was promised. The initial...  Read More
Jul. 31, 2017 4:11 pm
The Illusive Nature of Loyalty As anyone who has ever read anything I have written or had to sit through one of my trainings or presentations knows I am an advocate of employee engagement or commitment over compliance. The concept of loyalty is one of my personal pillars of an engaged relationship, but I think I might just define it differently from the traditional sense. Under the old ...  Read More
Jul. 31, 2017 4:10 pm
After seven years of promises to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, the Republicans have failed ignominiously. They tried to ram a bill through the Senate that they had negotiated in secret, in a process hidden from both constituents and fellow members, because it was so awful, so shameful. The leader of this process in the U.S. Senate was Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican who...  Read More
Jul. 28, 2017 7:25 am
A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age Jimmy Soni, Rob Goodman New York: Simon & Schuster, 2017 ISBN-10: 1476766681 ISBN-13: 978-1476766683 Curiosity: A Remedy for Dogmatism Every digital device in use today bears the stamp of Claude Shannon's genius. From cell phones to GPS to computers and many other devices, we can experience the contribution that this...  Read More
Jul. 26, 2017 12:07 pm
President Donald Trump has made it clear (via Twitter, of course) that he is disappointed with Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.  Read More
Jul. 26, 2017 2:19 am
We observe that as a guy, most of the time Fox News can be appreciated muted, but moral responsibility requires that one be somewhat informed about what goes on in the Nation. Given that one has a finite amount of time available to pursue knowledge regarding the notable events of the day, one couldn't select a better source for quasi-objective (Fox News, is left-of-center, but strives to be...  Read More
Jul. 25, 2017 2:20 am
Donald Trump won in the Electoral College and became president even though he got about 3 million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. He still hasn’t accepted that. Shortly after the inauguration, Trump claimed that 3 to 5 million “illegals” had voted — and they all voted for Hillary — causing him to fall short in the popular vote. He tweeted the need for a “major investigation into VOTER FRAUD”...  Read More
Jul. 24, 2017 1:52 am
via GIPHY (Cartoon copyright 2017 by Paul Duginski) As fever builds for the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21, when the moon will block the sun and cast its shadow along a 70-mile-wide, 2,800-mile-long arc across America, the nation is worried about a decidedly less celestial event. That event may occur if our so-called president, Donald Trump, decides to moon the nation, casting...  Read More
Jul. 21, 2017 11:45 am
At work a couple of colleagues were talking about the Iceman, Richard Kuklinski; this writer had never heard of the murderer – for hire… What prompted their discussion was a report that found a new victim of John Wayne Gacy… As these gentlemen spoke we asked a number of questions, and the individuals related that they had listened to interviews of Kuklinski by a number of members of the...  Read More
Jul. 20, 2017 5:42 am
THE MOST SENSATIONAL DISCOVERY OF INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIABLE PROOF OF HISTORIC SCIENCE FRAUD SINCE PILTDOWN MAN Taking advantage of new print-to-order technology, I have published the second edition of Nullius in Verba: Darwin's greatest secret as a paperback only publication. This second edition is a 200 page abridged and updated book. The paperback book, including its cover, is a product of...  Read More
 
 
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