Case Analysis

Morality and Behavior
June 23, 2017

Decision Making Systems

Brilliant economist Daniel Kahneman, in one of my favorite books, Thinking, Fast And Slow, states his foundation for thinking using two systems: _______ SYSTEM ONE V. SYSTEM TWO We all utilize two systems when we strive to make a decision. AUTOMATIC SYSTEM ONE                                  REFLECTIVE SYSTEM TWO Uncontrolled    …
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The USA's Bad Politics of Energy in 2017
June 10, 2017

The USA’s Bad Politics Of Energy In 2017

President Trump has handed over world leadership to China. His ignorance regarding energy sources, production and distribution hurts the USA. China is the world leader in energy and soon will be in transportation infrastructure, a major source of pollution. US businesses already are ignoring Trump's blunders. The energy industries will…
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Democracy
May 14, 2017

Science Makes America Great

Science Makes America Great Letter by Michael Shermer to Pres. Trump   Dear President Trump: Fifty-five years ago this week President John F. Kennedy hosted a dinner honoring Nobel Prize laureate scientists, remarking: I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been…
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Manufacturing USA
April 17, 2017

Manufacturing In The USA, Or Not

Current President Trump is out of touch regarding business in the USA. Unfortunately, voters believed him. The good news is that he seems to be listening to people smarter than he pretends to be. One example is coal. Trump's words on coal, as well as any politician who says the…
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Maybe Law
April 12, 2017

Morality Did Not Originate Through God

Morality did not originate through God. Nor did it originate during the several thousand years before Jesus was born. Likely, morality originated through the social constructs of pre-Homo Sapien critters and the evolutions of behavior therefrom. Religion has been a source, along with many other sources, of both morality and immorality.…
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Healthcare by Government
March 20, 2017

Reform Health Care ?? For Whose Benefit ??

A well-educated constituent asks a US Congressman questions about the proposed new American Health Care Act ("ACHA"; "Trumpcare"). The thoughtful questions were published in the Steamboat Springs, Colorado, newspaper, Steamboat Today. __________________________ I write in response to U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton’s commentary in the March 12 issue. Tipton indicated that…
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The Office of US President 2017
February 13, 2017

How To Build An Autocracy

The Atlantic Magazine published an extraordinary essay on subtle and unsubtle undoings of democracy. The checks and balances of the United States' three branches of government and the Constitution are metaphor, not mechanisms. We, the People, exercise the necessary mechanisms. We must be broadly educated on whom we elect to…
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Voluntary Surveillance In The Home
January 5, 2017

The Willing Suspension of ….

    By Shelly Palmer The “willing suspension of disbelief” is the idea that we (the audience, readers, viewers, content consumers) are willing to suspend judgment about the implausibility of the narrative for the quality of our own enjoyment. We do it all the time. Two-dimensional video on our screens…
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Knee-jerk Reactionaries
December 30, 2016

KNEE-JERK REACTIONARIES DO NOT CONTRIBUTE MUCH

  People are knee-jerk reactionary, not contemplative. TV especially promotes this cultural behavior. Most conversations anymore, at home, on the street, at school or work, are a series of comebacks, quips, repartee, each statement as conclusion, one-up, a straight line or the rejoinder. Few people have the intellectual patience to…
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