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Oct. 8, 2015 3:38 pm
I am probably dating myself a bit by borrowing that line from the classic Peter Seeger tune, but I find myself asking that question over and over again. The they I am referring to are the leaders and managers who still don’t seem to get it. As most anyone who has read any of my stuff knows I have committed my career to building and reinforcing new models of how organizations and people work...  Read More
Oct. 8, 2015 3:17 pm
Media companies are in a panic over ad-blocking , as an existential threat, now that Apple has enabled it for mobile -- but this may just force the end of an era of consumer abuse deservedly left behind, and the beginning of a new era of win-win value propositions. Advertising strategies have become increasingly consumer-hostile, and that has caused consumers to say "I'm as mad as hell and I'm...  Read More
Oct. 8, 2015 6:40 am
It’s frightening how many organizations say they care about customer satisfaction and how many of them are measuring the wrong thing the wrong way and then doing the wrong things with the information anyway. The fix is measuring satisfaction on an actionable dimension across a scientifically representative sample and then helping your front line managers use that data to effect change. If you...  Read More
Oct. 8, 2015 1:13 am
President Obama's ultra-emasculated (or is the correct term: ultra-effeminate?) leadership - in dealing with Vladimir Putin and Russia vis-à-vis the Ukraine and Syria - is reminiscent of Commodore Stocker in the Star trek episode: "The Deadly Years;" in the episode Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Scotty, Doctor McCoy and ensign Chekhov beam down to planet Gamma Hydra IV and are exposed to a particular...  Read More
Oct. 7, 2015 10:37 pm
" 15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted together how they might trap Him in what He said. 16 And they sent their disciples to Him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that You are truthful and teach the way of God in truth, and defer to no one; for You are not partial to any. 17 “Tell us then, what do You think? Is it lawful to give a poll-tax to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus...  Read More
Oct. 7, 2015 3:31 pm
The animals have taken over the zoo. The crazies, the fringe, the anarchists, the so-called “tea party” extremists — the rogue elephants — are rampaging through their party and politics, leaving behind huge piles of smelly stuff that will be hard to clean up in time for the general election. In the primary election campaign, we have Donald Trump. Not even Ted Cruz seems to be able to out-crazy...  Read More
Oct. 7, 2015 1:28 pm
By sheer definition, the word “impossible” connotes something that simply cannot be done. But we all know the impossible isn’t completely out of our reach; for centuries, humans have been achieving the so-called “impossible” by developing conceptual understanding and making visible that which we’ve been previously unable to see and conceive of. When we develop this sort of understanding,...  Read More
Oct. 7, 2015 10:35 am
As mentioned before, I'm a member of a Catholic Men's Fellowship group; we meet twice a month, correspond regarding sundry topics which intersect matters of religion. Prior to Pope Francis's visit, Brian Kilmeade of Fox News was interviewed - I believe by Chris Wallace; Kilmeade asserted Pope Francis should contend with Radical Islam and avoid American politics; the segment was captured and...  Read More
Oct. 6, 2015 7:48 am
The old chestnut of diagnostic testing came up again last week. I find the following two graphs help make sense of the problem with test accuracy. In medical diagnosis, test sensitivity is the ability of a test to correctly identify those with the disease (true positive rate), whereas test specificity is the ability of the test to correctly identify those without the disease (true negative...  Read More
Oct. 6, 2015 2:15 am
A few days ago, on Oct. 1, a troubled 26-year-old student named Christopher Harper-Mercer walked into Classroom 15 on the campus of Umpqua Community College near Roseburg, Oregon, and opened fire. When the smoke cleared, nine innocent people were dead and nine others were wounded. The gunman killed himself after engaging police in a gun battle on campus. Harper-Mercer was armed with six guns,...  Read More
Oct. 5, 2015 6:07 am
John Boehner Exits Congress's 'Fall From Hell' by Ralph Benko House Speaker John Boehner, under constant sniping from his far right flank, finally hit the ejection button. This leaves the House in search of a new Speaker, presumptively but not assuredly Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, as Congress enters what Politico predicted would be the “fall from hell.” Politico: In fact,...  Read More
Oct. 5, 2015 1:28 am
What are the limits to globalization? Does it apply to the university systems of the world, or is one university system just about the same as every other? My experience is that at least for sociology, it is not “always just the same. I have taught abroad in Tanzania and Germany, and in each place, I ran up against different cultural expectations about what a university education involves....  Read More
Oct. 4, 2015 5:19 am
“It doesn't matter how beautiful the theory of natural selection is. It doesn't matter how smart Charles Darwin, attributed with its independent discovery was. It doesn't matter how famous Darwin is. It doesn't matter what the majority view is. If it doesn't agree with the independently verifiable facts, the Darwinist story of Darwin's independent discovery of Patrick Matthew's full...  Read More
Oct. 4, 2015 5:15 am
The first time a scientist is called upon to present a piece of scientific data can be rather daunting. You might hope that lab meetings provide a caring and supportive environments for the new scientist. It doesn't always work out like that. It can be a crucible. Anyone and everyone seems to hold strong views about your data. And everyone appears to be competing to tear your research apart....  Read More
Oct. 3, 2015 11:06 pm
Silently repeat, "I have deleted them (the big ideas)" before each line, breason out the first letter of the line (0.01, 0.015, 0.0001 m) and dot the line on (0.01, 0.01, 0.005m) to be successful in an audition.  Read More
Oct. 2, 2015 11:10 pm
At the beginning of Kazuo Ishiguro's 1995 masterpiece The Unconsoled , Ryder, our English hero, arrives in an unnamed city in Continental Europe. He is a renowned concert pianist due to perform at the local civic hall in a few days time. He has worked uncompromisingly at his calling since he began pursuing the life as a youngster. People await him with great anticipation wherever he ventures,...  Read More
Oct. 2, 2015 1:48 pm
Everybody has them. Every organization has them. As the global workplace we call them by many names. But when we refine them to their roots they are all quotas. Salesmen are told they have to sell so many units. The rank and file are told they must produce so many units per work shift. Customer service is told they must handle so many customer calls per hour. These are quotas. If it looks like a...  Read More
Oct. 2, 2015 6:12 am
Was Voltaire right? Could believing in the absurd Darwinist creation story of Darwin's and Wallace's (1858) dual immaculate conceptions of Matthew's (1831) complex prior published theory of the ' natural process of selection ' and Matthew's unique explanatory examples and the same four words he uniquely used to name it, four-word-shuffled by Darwin in 1859 to ' process of natural selection ',...  Read More
Oct. 1, 2015 4:31 pm
"The Future of Journalism: 'Why Should I Pay for Quality Content?' is the theme of this MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC Think Tank Session VI in our very popular series on "The Future of X" (10/27, 5:30-8:30pm). If you have an interest in a lively exploration of this theme with industry insiders and other bright innovators who can cross-fertilize with them, check it out! Is journalism doomed to...  Read More
Oct. 1, 2015 11:16 am
The Pope just told us we can (and should) manage business in a way that produces wealth and improves the world at the same time. “Business is a noble vocation, directed to producing wealth and improving the world. It can be a fruitful source of prosperity for the area in which it operates, especially if it sees the creation of jobs as an essential part of its service to the common good. –...  Read More
Sep. 30, 2015 1:36 pm
The Parable of the Lost Son 11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a...  Read More
Sep. 30, 2015 12:37 pm
In today’s world of technology-driven transformation, leaders need to embrace a new leadership principle if they want their organization to be relevant today and in the future. In recent years, leaders have added agility — being able to change quickly based on external circumstances— as an organizational competency . But digital disruption from the outside-in has been coming at an...  Read More
Sep. 30, 2015 11:01 am
We note that this essay/blog, like the essay regarding Obama's ostensible Christianity, were prompted by a question Donald Trump fielded at a Town Hall meeting, the day following the CNN Republican Primary debate.. In writing "Is Obama a Christian" I closed the missive with this remark: "...We address whether Barak Obama is a Muslim, but - given the different nature of such demonstration (i.e.,...  Read More
Sep. 29, 2015 3:42 pm
The Democrats' Next Debate Controversy, Over Larry Lessig, Could Be A Doozy by Ralph Benko The Republicans have finished up their first two rounds of presidential debate. Next up, the Democrats’ first presidential debate on October 13th. The fireworks have started. The Democrats’ debate process is proving controversial. Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schulz...  Read More
Sep. 29, 2015 7:48 am
Do the idea of generating 50 As using Electronic A Producer , transcend the 50 As by taking the electron out of the holder, find the average of 3 set of random numbers to find the melody (which can be made more human-like using other algorithms) and find the average of 50 sets of random numbers to find each line of lyrics (which can be rewritten using algorithms of the spice of life).  Read More
Sep. 29, 2015 7:35 am
I've not been blogging for a while and someone asked what was going on! Well, the thing is, I made an amazing discovery. So amazing, that it has consumed me for the last six months. How is it amazing? I discovered a way of doing something that I thought impossible. In fact, only last year, I foolishly wrote a paper stating that this thing was 'unknown and unknowable'. Don't get me wrong; I...  Read More
Sep. 29, 2015 7:13 am
Simulate sex by placing an electron blessed by Krishna in a holder, and thinking of the 10-sub-breasonings and their breasoning, and their breasonings.  Read More
Sep. 29, 2015 7:07 am
Detect 50 As by B'ing the page loading without them, then detecting the page loading, hence Google suggestions, which when successful, causes an increase in house prices.  Read More
Sep. 29, 2015 6:06 am
Already it’s been a busy week. I was reminded again of the 90-90 Rule of project management. The first 90% of the task takes 10% of the time, and the last 10% takes the other 90%.  Read More
Sep. 28, 2015 11:06 pm
Scientists at NASA today confirmed that there is flowing water on the surface of Mars. We’re not talking about indications that water once flowed there; this is definitive evidence that briny water flows there in the present tense, raising more speculation about life on the Red Planet. Browsing through the news reports this afternoon, that story was juxtaposed with stories saying that oil...  Read More
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