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Feb. 5, 2016 2:37 pm
Lent begins next week, Ash Wednesday is February 10 th . We note that faith presupposes reason and we further note Saint Thomas Aquinas dictum that: "Faith highly taxes, but never contradicts, reason." For many of the faithful - and today it seems to be tacitly encouraged by clergy - that devotionals have become a pursuit of an emotional experience, and generally emotional experiences are like...  Read More
Feb. 5, 2016 11:36 am
This is Scotland's Fight. We Started it Here on Best Thinking . Now Scotland Will Finnish it (here).  Read More
Feb. 5, 2016 11:22 am
The adages come fast and furious – no good deed goes unpunished, a thankless task, etc. It’s all true when it comes to selecting or being an executor of someone’s estate. We’ve written about how hard it is to select a trustee or executor. Finding the one person who has all of the right stuff- shares your values, understands your family dynamics, is comfortable and capable of deciding about...  Read More
Feb. 5, 2016 2:58 am
The Famousness Update 50 As must be done to remain ramous after death.  Read More
Feb. 4, 2016 9:17 pm
50km in one night, a volcanic isle beneath my feet. Sober, though far from straight , as the hours passed in painful increments. Ulcers nipped at my heels, parasites birthed in my gut. 50km one night, only distant memories of peace, only laughing eyes, and pints of goodness in Donegal, messages from the near dead, calling me hime to face the music, the music I often faced alone.  Read More
Feb. 4, 2016 9:06 pm
I was freezing on the periphery, outcast by my reckoning, but really just misinterpreting most situations. It took a lifetime to discover I was right, those actions, those social banishings were actual I never was one for parties. I used to tramp home And talk to ghosts of Jazz, and sometimes hear advice from a saxaphone horn. I still freeze, but only from the weather conditions.  Read More
Feb. 4, 2016 6:32 am
When onboarding goes bad around an individual moving into a new role or the merging of teams, triage the situation to figure out if the issues are minor, major or not savable. Diagnose the context and issues. Change the balance of consequences. Follow through. Level I/Green - Minor Issues - Leave alone, but monitor Level II/Yellow - Major Issues, Less Urgent - Act Level III/Red - Major...  Read More
Feb. 4, 2016 2:50 am
2*250 80 breasoning As for PhD chapters.  Read More
Feb. 4, 2016 2:30 am
If criminologists want a "Crime Science" - and some do - I would argue that, to be taken seriously, they really need some "natural laws" of their own. Are there any possible contenders? We do not tend to think of thinkers in the social sciences coming up with the equivalent of natural laws such as gravity and thermodynamics. However, I can thinks of at least two that come pretty close - and I...  Read More
Feb. 3, 2016 9:06 pm
I heard a few late night fables, of Stan smacked up and peeing in plant pots, the greatest bossa nova puryevor of his day, out of his box in Glasgow. Dreams often die here, a lot of mine did, in clouds of sensemilia, in swirls of draught Guinness, or just daydreaming out the window when I still had the semblance of a career. I saw him once, my now late father and I, my old man saying...  Read More
Feb. 3, 2016 6:37 pm
The once-grand frontage of Ayr Pavilion, still majestic though housing a kid's play destination. Gale force winds taking our collective breath away And yet we feel more alive than ever.  Read More
Feb. 2, 2016 6:57 pm
How Ted Cruz Could Deliver the Coup de Grâce to Donald Trump by Ralph Benko Presidential elections are about, above all, just two things: our security and our prosperity. Promises of prosperity have all but faded into the background… except by Donald Trump. In the last debate in which he participated Donald Trump hit the voters’ target bull’s eye in stating “I want to use that same up...  Read More
Feb. 2, 2016 3:28 pm
The website Atheist Revolution is running a news story today on the fact Richard Dawkins is experiencing the dreadful frustration of being 'Platform blocked' from sharing what he has to say with the world. (here) . Platform blocking of any kind is dangerous, because sometimes the 'majority view' is just plain silly and, at first, only a "crank" sees the obvious and significant "real facts" ( ...  Read More
Feb. 2, 2016 2:22 pm
The “Gift” of Constructive Criticism A couple of recent articles reminded me of something that I both learned painfully and continue to struggle with after several decades in the workplace- “Constructive criticism aka feedback is a gift and should be recognized as such”. No one really likes to get feedback that is not positive, at least initially, but a couple of articles recently talked about...  Read More
Feb. 2, 2016 3:40 am
As I write this, Ted Cruz has beaten Donald Trump in the Iowa Republican caucuses. The fact that two such extremists and demagogues are on top is obviously a problem for the Republican establishment. Not that winning the Iowa caucuses necessarily means a victory in the general election, but who would have expected to see the carnival barker Trump and the leader of the “wacko birds,” Cruz, get...  Read More
Feb. 1, 2016 7:52 am
Wise Words From A Dying Astronaut On Climate Change by Ralph Benko In the January 16, 2016 issue of the New York Times’s Sunday Review climate scientist and retired astronaut Piers J. Sellers wrote a painfully beautiful article commencing with a revelation of his diagnosis with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. His peroration: As an astronaut I spacewalked 220 miles above the Earth....  Read More
Jan. 31, 2016 7:40 pm
Representatives of the government of President Bashar Assad and opposition groups fighting to overthrow him are scheduled to meet Monday in Geneva in an effort to end the conflict raging in Syria. With headlines about the fragile peace process, there are also headlines about the humanitarian tragedy playing out in that Middle Eastern war zone. For example, another boat carrying mostly Syrian...  Read More
Jan. 31, 2016 4:44 am
Ignore outliers at your peril: Outliers are often the most valuable data you have. Outliers often fly in the face of the scientific narrative. While, other studies have reported that identifying data that are inconsistent with current thinking is one of the critical success factors leading to scientific breakthroughs 7 , we observe that many jobbing scientists seek to...  Read More
Jan. 29, 2016 4:37 pm
Sigh, I Don’t Think He Got This One Right I just read where the President has signed a bill proposing that all companies with more than 100 employees will be required as part of their equal employment opportunity filing to report compensation by gender, ethnicity, and other factors. My concern is that while this may lead to “transparency” it will not necessarily lead to pay equity. I am old...  Read More
Jan. 29, 2016 3:00 pm
In 1944 people started to attribute the phrase 'England and America are two countries divided by a common language.' to George Bernard Shaw (GBS). One problem is they never cited the source and another problem is I've found the earliest source of the phrase on Google, which attributes it to GBS - but its written by someone who I can't identify. It's on page 40 of American Affairs: The Economic...  Read More
Jan. 29, 2016 11:20 am
Let me begin this week’s blog post with a question: Who do you work for? I know it sounds like a weird question, but I want you to stop for a moment and think about your answer. I am not a betting man but I bet I can predict most of your responses. The vast majority of you responded by saying you work for XYZ organization or you work for some VP within the organization. Nothing irritates me...  Read More
Jan. 29, 2016 3:58 am
Oxford University's Oriel College just managed to stave off a campaign to remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes. He may have done a lot for scholarship at Oxford with his endowments, but his racist views and atrocious racist activities in South Africa offend many students. You can read the story here . The pulling down of statues is something that we humans tend to do when times change. Around...  Read More
Jan. 28, 2016 5:58 pm
Hillary Clinton really did heroically dodge sniper fire in the line of duty. Or not. Depending upon what planet you are on. Here .  Read More
Jan. 28, 2016 3:21 pm
President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech a couple of weeks ago, concluding — with one eye on his legacy — that we’re in pretty good shape. He said he was “as confident as I have ever been that the state of our union is strong.” I guess I’m not quite so sanguine. Ordinary Americans don’t matter in this country, and life’s cheap. Nicholas Kristof wrote last week in the New York...  Read More
Jan. 28, 2016 2:18 pm
So What Is HR Exactly? I was having lunch recently with a client and a very capable human resources professional that I was introducing to him and he posed that question. He wasn’t being sarcastic or demeaning. His organization has never hired a professional human resources person in their 50-year history so he was genuinely curious about what he could expect from making this kind of...  Read More
Jan. 28, 2016 1:46 am
Every time I see a commercial for I intend on writing about the pointlessness of their advocacy, pointless because they make a claim that their advocacy is non-partisan. If energy is non-partisan, then why mention energy in relation to voting? The claim may be made that Democrats, Republicans and other voters benefit and desire cheap energy, and that aspect of energy is...  Read More
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