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Mar. 26, 2017 2:56 pm
In the essay/blog: "Is it Heresy?" it was noted that "heresy 1 " ranges beyond doctrines of theistic religions, and that the non-theistic faiths e.g., atheism, agnosticism, humanism, social-positivism (the faith from whence the science of sociology descends), anthropocentrism (the faith progenitor of the science of anthropology), syncreticism etc. would have an interest in how the advance of...  Read More
Mar. 26, 2017 5:54 am
Heads up everyone. The following 'dodge' is wrong. When analyzing data, a standard 'dodge' is to turn a continuous measurement into a binary, all-or-nothing variable. For example, we can define a cut-off point for cholesterol levels where values above the cut-off are defined as 'high' and values below may be defined as 'normal'. At first glance, it appears sensible. We have clearly defined...  Read More
Mar. 25, 2017 5:48 am
Despite research, there is currently not a shred of scientific evidence for any causal relationship between infant vaccinations and autism. Any notion that such a thing might exist originated in an article in the Lancet in 1998. That article, written by Andrew Wakefield and several colleagues, was later retracted for science fraud. Here .. Robert De Niro who has a son with autism once went on...  Read More
Mar. 24, 2017 10:12 pm
This blog post does not refer to the former government policy regarding sexual orientation in the military. Rather this refers to a vital part of the TLS Continuum and the voice of the customer. We can’t improve our processes without the input from our customers. However it does no good for you to ask the customer what keeps them up at night if you are not going to follow through on resolving...  Read More
Mar. 24, 2017 9:09 am
Thoughts of home, That mythical place that never existed, that place that never nurtured, though soured me. And now, here, three hundred and fifty miles, And the right amount of distance between me And those crushing memories, Those daemons haunting from afar, Are now free-flying elsewhere. Home is notional at best, A place to rest, A place to sleep off the doubt.  Read More
Mar. 24, 2017 7:25 am
It's a secular temple; The pub. I've spent many an hour worshipping there, In the company of familiar strangers, Men and women of similar stripes, Righting wrongs over several drinks. I never tire of those places, Especially in days like these, Where one needs a drink, Just to stay human.  Read More
Mar. 23, 2017 5:45 am
Given the recent use of ordinary motor vehicles to multiple-murder 84 citizens in France and others in Germany and, only yesterday, more in England what can we do to deal with this new maniacal menace modus operandi? Surely the inevitable future world of driverless vehicles needs bringing forward in time . Governments of Western industrialised nations need to start pump-priming...  Read More
Mar. 22, 2017 6:28 pm
No one wins in war, Whether domestic or international, No one wins. The lone figure, insane, atomised, Striking at the capital, Never wins as he cuts down innocents And is himself cut down. Today was a reminder, That security is a myth, That the war on terror is a myth, And we are caught in so many conflicts, That the very idea of right is often flawed. Often conflated with might. ...  Read More
Mar. 21, 2017 12:57 pm
Why bother with any pretence? The sour face, the lack of a handshake, The teenager in aspic scowl, The full spectrum of studied indifference, Hiding a blatant regard of self and ego. Must be great being you; Hating most for the sake of an image, A self-serving, Which must be hard to propel. It would wear me out. Farewell and enjoy the spite ahead, For it will germinate and spread.  Read More
Mar. 21, 2017 8:48 am
The cringe, When one knows that they are on the bottom rung, And plying a trade that goes unnoticed. I am not defined by my role, Though the public often peer down, From their umpire's view. I serve, And swerve the pigeonholing That has dogged me from the start.  Read More
Mar. 21, 2017 2:16 am
We have a liar in the oval office. James Comey, the FBI director, essentially said as much when he testified that there is “no information that supports” our so-called president Donald Trump’s claim that Barack Obama wiretapped the phones at Trump Tower. Comey also revealed that the FBI is engaged in an active and ongoing investigation of possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign....  Read More
Mar. 20, 2017 7:39 pm
Umm, The Bus is Moving! I am going to go out on a limb and state that if you ask most people to name the ten best books on leadership that every emerging and current leader should read, Jim Collin’s Good to Great is going to be on that list. One of the great lines that everybody can quote from that book is “getting the right people on the bus”. Great thought, my issue with it is the bus...  Read More
Mar. 20, 2017 5:20 am
While thoughts of work, Exit from Europe, And the fall-out from that, Rally in the mind, Jasper, pushes his tail towards me, In his own territorial battle, Though of the very much benign version. He merely wants some positive strokes, As we all do on a daily basis, Pity we seldom get them.  Read More
Mar. 20, 2017 2:01 am
On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its first confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Gorsuch would replace Justice Antonin Scalia, a fellow conservative, who died at age 79 on Feb. 13, 2016 — more than a year ago. You might say, “Wait a minute, that was back during President Obama’s term. Why didn’t Obama get to pick a...  Read More
Mar. 19, 2017 8:49 am
Shared humour, shared food, We laughed and ate And all was well. A simple Saturday. Fortunate to be alive, Despite all that festers outside. I don't feel just as alone as I did last year, Nor as hopeless. That is more than a.small mercy.  Read More
Mar. 18, 2017 3:50 pm
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Mar. 18, 2017 3:36 am
I was at a one-day meeting on "The Development Pathway for New Medical Technologies" hosted by the NIHR Diagnostic Evaluation Co-operative at Newcastle University . One of the exercises was to map "Real-World" experiences to the development pathway. And, once again, the group traced the root cause of failures in the development life cycle for new medical devices to misconceptions at the...  Read More
Mar. 17, 2017 9:39 am
I see glimpses of humanity, In among the drunken lurches, Misogyny writ large. Not someone I often return too. I'm no paragon of virtue, But I avoid the reminders of that, In between Old Chuck's lines. He was often wrong, And so am I.  Read More
Mar. 17, 2017 8:37 am
You know the type; Too much tartan and sabre rattling patter, Flag-waving Olympics of victimhood, Too much stout cried into, Not enough solidarity with the brothers and sisters of another race, Rivers of green, Misty-eyed Brigadoon images of a past, A past that was created for commerce. The folk songs that remain unsung, The ones that never get an airing, Are often the vessels of truth,...  Read More
Mar. 15, 2017 2:59 pm
Hiring, Employee Engagement, and Other Epic Failures Some days you just wonder. I will soon be “celebrating” almost my fourth decade as a human resources practitioner, executive and management consultant and when I watch what is happening I continue to be a bit frustrated and disappointed. Employers still whine about candidates and employees. The current target seems to be the Millennial...  Read More
Mar. 14, 2017 4:22 pm
The bus was empty as we talked; Me dead, him alive. He was on good form, Good shape, As we headed for Oxford. It was OK death, Not quite the nullity I expected, Or others predicted, It was pretty much a continuation, Nietzsche's eternal recurrance, With Big Joe for company, To the next life. I woke up, Headington next. Big Joe was gone. Only an echo of him in my tired ears, Only a...  Read More
Mar. 14, 2017 4:05 pm
The green lizard stare, The wet fish handshake, And the stench of insincerity. The hallmarks of the urban cad de jour. And still I persist, Conversation leaning towards his bank balance. Until the social cavalry arrives, Bearing hard stares, Laconic patter. And yer man exits, Leaving me with the wraith of the bar, Whispering baritone warnings, Gasping between gulps of scotch, And...  Read More
Mar. 14, 2017 12:00 am
When House Speaker Paul D. Ryan hauled out his Powerpoint presentation last week and began to hawk Trumpcare as a Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act, he was trying to appear with the mantle of the policy wonk. After all, Mitt Romney had declared Ryan the “intellectual leader of the GOP” back in 2012. But to me Ryan came off more as a late-night television pitch man — hurry! offer...  Read More
Mar. 13, 2017 4:11 am
In one of his moments of better humor, Richard M. Nixon said, “Politics would be a Helluva good business if it weren’t for the goddamned people.” While he likely didn’t realize just how amusing this remark was at the time, even less likely is it that anyone in the room opted to point this out. Regardless, the point is quite valid in spite of the overkill profanity. While it’s much more valid to...  Read More
Mar. 13, 2017 4:05 am
The Internet Journal of Criminology, of which I am co-founder and Chief Editor is an excellent place to publish your peer reviewed articles. However, in this blog post I write about other papers you can publish in the primary research papers section of that journal. What better way to lead than by example. And so, back in 2010, I published a paper on spinach, iron and a decimal point error story....  Read More
Mar. 12, 2017 7:46 pm
I never did like Tolkien much, Found his prose ludicrously prolix, And dull. I found the Golden Age posited More than a little worrying, Summoning up an authoritarianism At odds with my own notion of freedom And community. I avoided the classics, With their own fearful gravitas, Preferring the margins, Where I continue to dwell, Mopping up the regal overspill, Lees from...  Read More
Mar. 12, 2017 2:23 pm
I walked on Hoe Street's molten tarmac Trying to take the cultural temperature Instead I met Mickey In his cups Some, most of us can't afford to be existentialists We rail and carp And it's back to work or the dole queue On a grey Monday. Mickey. berated me For not quite living the dream That he perceived I was projecting The truth is I was tired Of his half-cut assumptions And the...  Read More
Mar. 12, 2017 12:19 am
Despite the apparent relative ease with which Sweden and Switzerland, as well as a handful of other territories in Europe, walked the tightrope of neutrality during the Second World War this must have been an exceptionally difficult balancing act to manage. On the one hand both were hemmed in by nations committed either to the righteous cause or that of the aggressors. On the other, the neutral...  Read More
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