Opinion

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The 5 Second Rule

Just watched a very good Ted talk by Mel Robbins and am sharing it with you at the link below.  Some practical things to do to make your life better and more fulfilling.  Some things to do are simple:

  • when your alarm goes off, GET UP!
  • if you have an urge to dance, DANCE!
  • if you have an urge to say something, SAY IT!… Continue reading

View on recent integrated company names

It seems a fairly uniform response from my friends that the recent new company names: IQVIA (Quintiles – IMS’ new name) and Syneos (INC – Inventiv’s new name) aren’t being received well.  They come across awkwardly and while I’ve not heard the rationale for Syneos (i imagine something to do with synergy), the IQVIA rationale has been explained.  Unfortunately, while most people understand the… Continue reading

History does teach us

At the recommendation of Jack Minster (or maybe he actually ordered it for me), I read a book called Jerusalem by Simon Sebag Montefiore.  What an amazing history that town has seen.  The book covers the history of the town from roughly 2000 BC to current day.  I highly recommend it for any person who likes World history.

One thing stood out to… Continue reading

Political Correctness Madness

it hit me today while talking to members of my family – just how crazily hypersensitive the world, or at least America is becoming over potential slights masquerading as extreme assaults.

While reviewing some to-do lists with my family, I said, “well thank goodness I’m here serving as task master – OOPS!! – I don’t think the word ‘master’ can be used any more because… Continue reading

Media and Mueller

So blatant, it’s almost comical.  Maybe I am wrong but isn’t the biggest part of the story the indictment of Manafort – severity of the crimes, his name recognition, etc.  However CNN chose to open with an unheard of guy who plead guilty to lying to the FBI.  They finally get to Manafort in paragraph 3 starting with “in addition”.

Below are the… Continue reading

Chuck Schumer Opposed to Illegal Immigration

Chuck Schumer on the record being opposed to illegal immigration.  He stated in 2009:

During a speech at the Immigration Law & Policy Conference at Georgetown Law, Schumer repeatedly argued that immigration reform should focus on encouraging legal immigration and should make clear that “illegal immigration is wrong.”

“The American people are fundamentally pro-legal immigration and anti-illegal immigration,” Schumer explained at the conference. “We will… Continue reading

Wait! What? Men and women are different?

The thought police are here.  Witness this article by John Stossel.

A rather crazy exchange he had with Gloria Steinem years ago:

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem said gender differences shouldn’t even be researched. She told me it’s “anti-American, crazy thinking.”

“Aren’t women, in general, better nurturers?” I asked.

“No,” answered Steinem. “Next question.”

At the time, fire departments had just dropped strength tests to help… Continue reading

Funny Political Cartoon

Saw this in the Wilmington Encore newspaper and it made me laugh.  It’s so true of either party – the blind followers of their party.  With the reports that 87% of media personnel self-identify as Democrat/liberal/progressive, it was rare, if at all, to have seen a cartoon like this about Obama despite the quantity of examples.  Such as: “if you like your doctor… Continue reading

Motivating Quotes

A few good quotes I recently read: The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them – make them. – George Bernard Shaw   A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. – Walter Gagehot   Each time you are honest and conduct… Continue reading

Early Economic Results of $15 per hour wage

Now that we’ve seen the hourly wage increases in Seattle and San Diego, there are indications that it’s negatively affecting job growth in the restaurant sector.  From an article in Forbes:

in San Diego:

Rather than inch upward from $10 per hour to $10.25 per hour in January 2016, as the rest of the state was doing, San Diego jumped its minimum wage to… Continue reading