Drivers Versus Conductors About 33% of preventative healthcare is concerned with physical activity with the other 66% being food consumption mixed with other choices and genetic predispositions. Workers in most jobs appear to spend most of their time sitting down. Back in the mid-20th century, doctors would say to patients […]
Great Book, Inspiring Author Elizabeth Warren highlights some incredibly important points relating to economic inequality, poverty and beyond. I really love Elizabeth Warren’s passion against poverty and this book centres around that topic extensively. Better than “Nickled and Dimed” which is a 90s classic, This Fight is Our Fight is […]
What if you were given a stipend from the government in order to live comfortably and chase that dream of becoming an ice sculptor or writing the next best seller? Would you sit toiling away at your desk? Or why not watch Jeopardy? Is it possible that different people react […]
The Scientific Method in Political Science These notes are a combination of notes from Matt A and Estelle H. Enjoy. Topic One: What is the scientific method? Overview Science as a body of knowledge versus science as a method of obtaining knowledge The defining characteristics of the scientific method The […]
Al Franken is Funny: I read his Big Fat Lies and the Liars Who Tell Them after stumbling on it at a retirement community library in South West Florida. Sometimes the jokes fall flat. He’s not hilariously funny. But he’s funny. Knows how to construct a setup and punchline appropriately. […]
It’s the most important work on American democracy and the US in the 1830s. Democracy in America is a very long book 1000 pages though. The truth is that every American and every Political Scientist should read it. Two ways to look at it: It’s a historical artifact: it’s historical. […]
These Welsh Police officers showed real courage, professionalism and calm under true duress. In this video, the assailant refused to put his knives down, after so many requests to obey law enforcement. Follow the law, obey police officers (if you live in an advanced western democracy). The guy didn’t […]
Showdown: Iraq, this is pretty interesting…..a very effective walk through documentary. You can read my detailed analysis from undergrad here: the History of the Ba’ath Party.
Communism, Post-communism & Nationalism The following are in depth research notes on Communism, Nationalism and Russia from the perspective of both Eastern and Western academic thinkers. Politics, history, psychology are complicated. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the territorial maps were redrawn. Many Russian nationals become minority citizens of new countries […]
This is an analysis based on Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson and other sources of research. Enjoy. Location Really Does Matter For Entrepreneurs: You need to be in the right place at the right time. Being exposed to many ideas, variables, and potential inputs for accidental discoveries is better than […]
Dollarama: Looking at their Industry leadership competing on price cost leadership retailer May 2014 is the first quarter of their 2015 financial year. They changed the useful life of the fixed assets from 10 years to 15 years. The rate of depreciation is spread over a longer life time. Assets […]
[Disclaimer this is a non-partisan publication] And I am no Facebook apologist, but I thought it was worth raising awareness about the following: [Transcript] Hey, I had to talk about this because I noticed, this morning, something really interesting, and I mean, more interesting than your standard cat video while […]
[David Frum is an ardent ideologue, historian and political scientist. Frum is a Bush era Republican from Canada. The following is in no way supportive of the current US President. Any statement to contrary is intellectually deficient.] Trump’s Business Partnerships: Disassociation between Trump and his commercial interests has not […]
Local Government is non-ideological, because it is result oriented. Local government is the solution to the federal and provincial governments in the sense that leadership from that level of government aren’t bound by ideological restrictions. This is the first killer point from Newsom’s book Citizenville; How can we connect to […]
Accrual Accounting versus Cash Accounting Accrual basis = immediate recognition. Cash basis = when the case is received. Before we dive into earnings management as a subtopic within business analysis and valuation, it is helpful to understand the difference between Accrual and Cash Accounting. The cash basis is only available […]
Notice: These notes are sometimes verbatim even when not in quotation. All text is therefore George Grant’s; George Grant is the Guest Blogger in this post! Therefore, I don’t agree or disagree, it is what it is. Lament for a Nation: George Grant Chapter 1: LAMENT FOR A NATION • […]
Preface This presentation style would be invaluable for communicating to the public what is going on with their country, province or town. Imagine if all town’s had to present their annual report in the form of a power point. It would be game changing democratically speaking. Mary Meekers say the […]
A Defiant Defence of Diefenbaker: The Defense Crisis and Its Implications One of the most tumultuous periods in Canada-U.S. Relations was the Defense Crisis of 1962 and 1963. In order to examine the American presence in Canada during that period, this article will accomplish four objectives. First, it will explain […]
Environmental Policy | New Economics The idea that the economy and environmentalism are a zero sum game is false. Macron argues that the example of fighting macro-trends in Europe as jobs eroded during the manufacturing sector is similar to climate change policy. You have to protect people NOT jobs. You […]
The Misguided Conservative Ideal: R.B. Bennett and the Western Canadian Reaction between 1930-1935. A fair amount of a party’s political success relies on good fortune. Steve Martin the comedian famously that ti……ming….is everything. If this is the case, R.B. Bennett was the most unfortunate Prime Minister in Canadian history. This […]
Accounting Is About Perception: example, MLB calculation of profits and limiting tax liabilities. In this case study, a baseball team, the Montreal Expos has a dispute between players, and the owner about how profitable the club is in actual terms. The argument for the players is that the owners are […]
About Management Consulting: conventional wisdom states that if you start working at a consulting firm as a single person, you will stay single, if you arrived married you will risk ending-up getting divorced. People with families get fired first at a consulting firm. Other consultants talk about the unending meetings, the […]
Risk and Reward/Predicting Cash-Flow: Investors think as much about risk as they do reward. Most people tie their investments to resources, expecting them to grow, and with it, their own rewards. Where rewards are expressed in percentage growth, risks are harder to characterize. Guessing a company’s future cash-flow involves looking […]
Beta Measures: describes the risk of a stock. A beta of 1 implies that the stock, on average, tracks the market perfectly. If the market goes up 5% so does the stock. Beta 1.5 would mean the stock goes up 7.5% or if the market goes down, the stock goes […]
Leadership and Corporate Accountability Class: Leadership & Corporate Accountability Classes teach MBAs to avoid chasing money down sewers. Ethical moments do not come with labels. M x F = D which means that a court decision (D) is the product of a legal model (M) and the facts (F). Is bluffing […]
What Frank Zappa said about music resonates in other verticals: Imagine public policy is set in a similar manner to musical tastes in the 1960s. The artist in this case is the sponsor/formulator of the policy and the music executive is the facilitator who oversees the process of implementing, distributing […]
Preamble: laws work for the most part. The idea that a law shouldn’t be passed because a highly motivated criminal will break it anyway is totally the wrong way to think about laws. A law creates FRICTION, reducing the likelihood of certain behaviour. Laws are there to increase the barrier […]
Agent Orange: Dow AgroSciences as a Partner in the Vietnam War Matt A. Uday A. Juliana C. Devon W. Leah. X Part I: The Facts The spraying of Agent Orange (“AO”), code name Operation Ranch Hand, took place during the Vietnam War from 1962 to 1971. The aim of the […]
Healthcare in Canada: Jeffrey Simpson says it’s never easy to change a complex institution because there are: a) strong interest groups, b) change is hard and costly, c) there are no dominant decision-making force/fragmented decision making, d) Incremental changes are needed. They can’t really make significant changes in one go, […]
“Hilary Clinton is an Institutionalist” according to NYTimes columnist David Brooks. And the importance of being an institutionalist is a thoughtful point raised. It speaks to the idea that effective politicians have to build coalitions; lead people, engage stakeholders, gain buy-in, adhere to the rules laid out by institutions. Should […]
• People Will Gather Around Their Leader: Once you have attained high office, you are given tremendous power over society. You have control over the institutions of legal authority. You have control over the public policy of your country. Your cabinet colleagues are all indebted to you for the graft […]
• Don’t Follow the Rules: Limits to State Autonomy in Federalism: By the time Lincoln was officially president, the Confederacy was a fact. His inauguration in 1860 spoke of the United States Constitution being designed to “form a more perfect union”. Lincoln tried to appeal to the border slave states […]
What’s The Deal With Mecca | Everything Your Wanted To Know About This Holy City But Were Afraid To Ask
Why I Wrote This Article I think it’s important to learn about different cultures, religions and cities because learning has the effect (I believe) of enlightening and strengthening the mind. Understanding the perspectives of others helps you understand who you yourself actually are. Intellectually closed-minded people are quite powerful in society (occum’s razor […]
When you have someone who is not confident about what they are doing, the last thing he wants is someone else that is backing him who does know what he is doing. That’s because he will think “if the next person is too effective, I will be replaced by him.” […]
What Is Strategy? Michael Porter’s five forces have shaped business strategy since his theory was published in 1980. Five Aspects of Business Strategy: 1) barriers to entry, 2) supplier powers; 3) customer power; 4) substitutes, 5) rivalry. An example of the application of this model would be a London kebab […]
Fred Rogers advocated for a national public broadcaster in May of 1969. Looks like it was yesterday….Imagine television funded by people like you and me without the drive for commercial revenue…..TV that wasn’t solely about advertising, that could take risks and create content that would ask the audience to think […]
Easily the best film adaption of the historical events that led up to and followed the Red Terror. Beautifully produced, impeccable acting, visually stunning. These two films Part 1 and Part 2 are the ulitmate Coles Notes, Sparks Notes for the French Revolution. The best scene is when Robespierre delivers […]
You need an iframes capable browser to view this content. How large is the US National Debt? Seymour Durst created the physical clock on Sixth Avenue in New York city in order to visually articulate the US governments gross national debt. In the chart below, I have laid out how […]
I daydream, regardless of partisanship, how might the RNC 2016 convention have been saved? In US politics, the core objective of a major party convention is to create four days of propaganda for the nominee. The Republicans were light on policy in 2012 and heavy on the boring with the exception of […]
MBA = Taking Control: Business school is about gaining control of your financial future. HBS believes that their experience training can also be applied to other spheres- politics, education, health care, the arts. Business culture is pervasive so learn it from within. Case Studies Are A Learning Device: The entire HBS curriculum is built on […]
MBAs Inter-Semester Travel: Go to Brazil, India, China, or Russia, which is now the standard inter-semester trip for MBA students. MBAs have an arrogance to them. Do not go to these places with hand sanitizer in your wallet or purse. These trips are liable to be dominated by booze, clubs, […]
Mergers and Acquisitions: Company A announces a merger with Company B, it offers a price x, for Company B which is about Company B’s current stock market valuation. The arbitrageur asks himself, is the likelihood that this deal will actually go through? Will the shareholders of Company B accept it? […]
Lessons from a Masters In Business Administration: With Money Comes Freedom, Entrepreneurs and When Pitching To A VC
With Money Comes Freedom: Business and government can work together. You can come from business, and move into government ie. Mitt Romney, or work in government and transition into business ie. Japanese civil servant system. In order to be successful in business/government ventures, David Rubenstein believes that you should be: a) […]
Juicing Up The Returns: Imagine 2 companies, each has assets worth $1,000,000. The first has funded its assets with $800,000 in borrowed money and $200,000 in equity from investors. The interest rate is 10% on borrowed money and the tax is 50%. Each year the $1,000,000 worth of assets leads […]
Negotiations 101: the fundamentals begin with discussing ethics followed by the basic analytical tools of negotiations. The negotiator often tries to misled his opponent but the risk of unethical negotiations is a bad reputation. Bluffing is fine in negotiations. The sophistication of the parties is also relevant. Selling a complicated […]
Lessons from a Masters In Business Administration: Walmart / Proctor and Gamble’s Competitive Advantage
Walmart’s Success: The goal of sustainable competitive advantage is to develop and integrate a consistent set of mutually reinforcing activities. You want to build up a business that cannot fail over time because of the momentum moving in support of it. Walmart is not successful because of its low costs […]
Issues of Scope: What can our business do? What can it own? Where can it operate? General Electric’s approach is to say that its separate businesses should be ranked one or two in whatever sector they operate. If that business isn’t near the top, then GE sells it because they […]
Strategy Is Not Operational Efficiency: You can run the best kebab shop in London, UK but if you are doing something that many people can copy, you are not going to make any money. You need a great strategy, but the first step is picking the right industry. Anyone can become […]
Re-branding and Marketing Matters: Example, Black & Decker Case Study: the power tools division is declining. The problem is possibly because a) B&D started making toasters and kettles that diminished the brand, and do not have large margins, or b) low-cost competitors in Japan. One solution is to create a new […]
Cash-Flow Management: Butler Lumber is a small business with a problem. It is mismanaging its cash. In order to grow, BL was buying more wood from its suppliers, and then storing it in a warehouse, and then giving customers 30 days to pay for it. Meanwhile BL had to pay […]
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: is based on Carl Jung’s psychological theory, and looks at possible psychological types, and consequences. People’s minds are always perceiving, taking in information, judging, and processing information. There are two different ways of perceiving: Sensation, and Intuition. Sensing is practical, intuition is imaginative, and Judging is about thinking, […]
Leadership & Organizational Behaviour: you will have to learn about this subject. Example, you might have a CEO who has a misogynistic head engineer, or staff who are envious of the salaries of others. When shareholders visit, the CEO might screw up by allowing those visitors to roam around the company […]
Ranking Industries: in your MBA program, you might be expected to look at a list of twelve industries, from a basic chemical company and a grocery chain to an airline and a retail bank, and then compare it with a list of unlabeled balance sheet percentages and ratios. The assignments then […]
How the war was lost & won. Although, he lumps the colonies with Britain & leads with his local audience, this presentation is quite impressive. It’s is obvious that this form of visualisation is powerful, useful and likely to scale as more designers become familiar with the technology.
Origins of Multiculturalism: An Analysis of the Historical Emergence of the Canadian Multiculturalism Policy of 1971. Official multiculturalism was a watershed in Canadian identity that originated as a consequence of the changes of the 1960s. In order to appreciate the historic shift towards multiculturalism policy, this article will achieve the following […]
Here’s some preliminary advice about Exam preparation for UK Universities: Written exams are tough because they are timed, and force students to organise their answers in a clear, and concise fashion. You might notice that the prompts used for the weekly modules are frequently used in the actual past exams, […]
I’m trying to include you in the discussion: the uptalk is very common in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Certain Londonders frequently uptalk. Watch the video above to learn more about this interesting speech pattern.
Checkout a detailed history of the Troubles below:
An excellent short film that is the inspiration for 24’s multi-dynamic image screening. The film was commissioned for the ’67 Expo’s Ontario pavilion.This isn’t the city in California but the province in Canada.
Aside from some biased views about cultures etc, this video does give a healthy overview of the European Debt crisis. It’s a good refresher at least. Explained by the guy who did this: Fiscal Crisis Explained. At this rate, we can expect another one of these visualisations in 2017.
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At issue in the taped conversation discussion below is a “stolen” confidential U.S. memo Kennedy left in a waste basket in during his 1961 visit to Ottawa. In the memo were scribbled notes that could be seen as condescending toward Canadian foreign policy positions. The degree to which Diefenbaker hyperbolised […]
If you want to be successful in business, you cannot have any self-doubts. If you are weak kneed then you could not hack it at Chrysler in the early 1980s. Like a political campaign where the candidate has mean problems, you cannot be disloyal by questioning him, you had to […]
Federal Vote Choice in Quebec It’s Sovereignty Stupid! by M.Arnot, M.Campbell, E.Hjertaas, D.Moore & B.Nolan Agential Factors: The short-term determinants of choice Having established what structures determine the existence of a relevant choice, we are now able to address what factors influence how this choice is actually made during an election. This […]
Federal Vote Choice in Quebec It’s Sovereignty Stupid! by M.Arnot, M.Campbell, E.Hjertaas, D.Moore & B.Nolan Cleavages Persuasive evidence for the impact of these three structural determinants can be found in the nature of Quebec’s cleavages in voting. After these cleavages are introduced, the structural determinants will be employed to account for […]
Federal Vote Choice in Quebec It’s Sovereignty Stupid! by M.Arnot, M.Campbell, E.Hjertaas, D.Moore & B.Nolan Introduction What determines vote choice in federal elections in Quebec? What structural factors define the nature of this choice, and what agential factors influence how it is made in the election itself? Any answer to such questions […]
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Never Expect to Be Loved In High Office: Approval ratings don’t matter to historians. Truman had a 32% approval rating. 43% of Americans believed the Korean War was a mistake. Economic growth was massive but Truman was losing support. The standard of living had gained to an unparalleled level in […]
By evaluating the theoretical implications of Aristotle’s The Politics, this essay will accomplish four objectives. First, it will show the structure and definition of the constitutional regimes discussed. Second, this essay will demonstrate the correlation and dynamics between aristocracy and the polity. Third, it will argue that the polity is […]
Fortune Favours The Brave: MacArthur was certain that China and Russia would not intervene in Korea. He wanted to win the war with one bold stroke but Truman feared that this proxy war could explode into WWIII. MacArthur eyed invading North Korea and to continue beyond. MscArthur began to intervene […]
On the Urban Riots of 1981 Ethnic minorities – who were upset about racial profiling, the strains of immigration, relocation of housing into state controlled residential zones and cultural clashing – rioted through the summer of 1981. Thatcher resolved to protect the police at all costs. Her concern was centrally […]
Fortune Favours The Brave: MacArthur was certain that China and Russia would not intervene in Korea. He wanted to win the war with one bold stroke but Truman feared that this proxy war could explode into WWIII. MacArthur eyed invading North Korea and to continue beyond. MacArthur began to intervene […]
Always Confront Your Friends and Enemies Directly: this allows you to understand their position more than any letter or email could possibly allow. Truman went to see MacArthur, some press believed he wanted to cash in on the successes of the war so far. The two met alone for 2 […]
Defend Your Allies Vigorously: North Korea attacked South Korea in 1949. Kim Il Sung wanted to crush the south. The republic of South Korea at the 38th parallel was chiefly agricultural while North Korea was purely industrial. Korea is an extremely small country. The NKPA (North Korean People’s Army) was […]
Don’t Irrationally Fear Your Philosophical Enemy: Truman feared the specter of Communism only slightly. The Cold War events were an expression of the philosophical war that ensued. China becomes a communist country under Mao in 1949. The USSR had detonated an atomic bomb. The hydrogen (super bomb) would be an […]
Never Believe You Are Beaten (Even If The Media Prints It!): (Presidential Race 1948) Israel is born, the bikini is unveiled, the jet breaks the sound barrier but Truman was going to lose according to Life Magazine to Dewey. Henry Wallace had split from the Democrats. Truman didn’t implement a […]
Lead With Big & Helpful Ideas: Truman helped create the United Nations. Also, the Truman Doctrine was assigned to George Marshal to shape the plan to provide help for Greece in February of 1947. The concern was the Soviet invasion of Eastern Europe. Money for Greece and Turkey was only […]
Don’t Get Demoralized: there is reason to be optimistic. The US had virtually full employment, national income at its highest ever. Truman strengthened the Anti-Trust laws, national health insurance program, and fair level of return for farmers, aid to soldiers, home construction and new progress for human rights. He advocated […]
On Her Resignation Thatcher came to lead the Conservative Party in 1975 by defeating Ted Heath in a no confidence motion. Heseltine threatened Thatcher ever since he left cabinet over the Westland affair. Britain had high inflation in 1989. Thatcher was contested by Sir Anthony Meyer but was resoundingly vindicated. […]
Force Your Enemies Hand: Truman bombed Nagasaki. 70,000 died. The bombardier had missed the city by two miles. Truman knew about the tragic destructive consequences. Truman knew that it would be the most powerful deterrent known to man. Truman “found the bomb” and used it against civilians. Truman demanded Japanese […]
On German Reunification/Soviet Collapse The strategy to defeat communism was working. Its defeat would mean changes to Britain’s foreign relations and NATO’s defenses would arise. George Bush attempted to distance himself from Reagan by turning to Germany as his key ally in Europe. The welcome revolutions in Eastern Europe brought […]
On the European Community Relations 1987 – 1990 Thatcher was beginning to see the harmful features of the European community in her second term. Thatcher feared the re-emergence of the Franco-German axis, inclinations towards bureaucratic solutions, and the EU’s ambition for power, a protectionist agenda and covert federalism. The German […]
On the Community Charge As part of the 1987 manifest, Thatcher implemented a tremendous unpopular tax on the people of Britain. It was known as the poll tax. It provided a single flat rate of tax on every working adult set by the local authority. It was abolished a few […]
I like the infographics. Stating that you are “non-partisan” is hard to believe. She really means that she will take a centrist or independent position as opposed to the extreme partisanship that characterizes US politics? Everyone has a set of experiences that informs their understanding. Mary Meeker, a Venture Capitalist, […]
Use Drastic Measures to Defeat Your Enemy: Hiroshima was bombed on August 5th. Truman learned of the complete success of the bombing. Truman was very happy and had a broad smile upon the news of mass destruction. A quick end to the war with the equivalent of 20,000 tons of […]
Unhealthy Competition Within A Company Can Be Corrosive: Entrepreneurs do not always transition into effective managers. Steve Jobs had a pirate flag waving over his Macintosh office at Apple. The Lisa team was jealous of this renegade team, and stole their Macintosh pirate flag as a prank. The Macintosh members […]
On Reforms Thatcher wanted to see improvements in the quality of education. Grammar and spelling were major problems for the British student. She believed a strong national curriculum would help. She also wanted to reward teachers who were graded positively and punish poorly graded teachers. Thatcher believed in measurement targets […]
With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: The Manhattan Project: Truman was curious about having this weapon tested. In June of 1945, the bomb was indeed tested and had worked. George Marshall claimed that a million American’s could be killed in an invasion of Japan, so anything in the arsenal of […]
On The General Election of 1987 Thatcher had suffered from the Westland affair and the attack on Libya but Britain was healing economically. The Westland affair was used to show Thatcher as intransigent and a poor listener. Thatcher agrees that she will talk over timid or inarticulate arguments. Thatcher has to […]
On Hong Kong, Israel, South Africa Hong Kong was set to be returned to China in 1997. Thatcher accepted this but wanted to entrench strong democratic values and economic strength to influence China’s communist government into liberalizing elsewhere. She wanted to change China when Hong Kong became part of that […]
Expect Resistance When In the Shadows Of Greatness: Truman had a nightmare during the campaign in 1944 that he would be president. It came true…but it wasn’t a nightmare per say. On April 12th, 1945, Truman ran to the White House after hearing that Roosevelt had died. Truman was in […]
The Believe In A Closed System & Product Control: The architectural structure and software had to be tightly linked according to Jobs. Functionality would be sacrificed if one were to allow for multiple software producers. While Microsoft could be used on any hardware, Jobs refused to have Apple computers fragmented […]
Thatcher saw the two groups of Sovietologists: 1) stressing the Gorbachev reforms, 2) limiting as many changes as possible in the USSR. Gorbachev’s intentions were limited but the consequences that his reforms would have across the USSR would cause erosion of discipline. Gorbachev had liberalized the election process for candidates […]
Attach Yourself to a Meaningful Objective: Truman was interested in efficiency and saving lives during the dire war years. This behaviour drew the attention of FDR. FDR was very difficult to read as a leader but he called for the Senate to allow the creation of a Committee to investigate […]
Thatcher supported the Strategic Defence Initiative (SDI) program which stipulated an aggressive weaponization of space. Reagan’s objective was to rid the world of nuclear weapons, according to Thatcher. Thatcher, however, disagreed (nuclear weapons are a deterrent to war in Thatcher’s estimation) but she knew that she must always remain a […]
• The Costs of Being Leader Can Sometimes Overwhelm: Lincoln’s health was severely impacted by the war. The stress of the office, the most labour intensive job in the world, had severally inspired him but also severely tired him out. The success of the war was a massive relief on […]
LET’S SAY THAT BUSINESS IS RATHER LIKE GOVERNMENT. In the case of the USSR’s space industry, the government was in the business of captivating the imagination of a nation, to inspire young children to study science, and to make the USSR a interplanetary power. Okay, that’s a bit extreme. Great […]
Try To Get Lucky: Fortunately for Truman, Roosevelt let things slide with Henry Wallace who was the presumptive VP nominee in 1944. FDR was very ill and the VP would likely be the next president. Roosevelt didn’t pursue handling the question of his vice presidential issue. Democrats in the party […]
Your Opponent’s Chief Advantage Is Surprise: Truman didn’t restrict Roosevelt’s power and Harry supported the new deal. However, FDR did not openly support Harry Truman or his competition named Stark in the 1940 challenge for the Missouri Senate Democratic nomination. Stark decided to run for the VP position at the […]
On the USSR There are two schools of Sovietology: 1) who plays down the differences between Soviet and Western systems and who generally drawn from political analysis and systems analysis. These people looked at the Soviet Union in terms understood only by liberal democracies. These academics were optimists: confident of […]
• Always Claim that Appointments are based on Merit Not Loyalty: Lincoln claimed to reward positions to people who have the merit to achieve public service ends. He did not believe in distributing graft to his friends and supporters to a great extent. He did have a lot of graft […]
On the Westland Affair This is really about Michael Heseltine’s conflict with Thatcher. Heseltine’s personal ambitions were distorting his priorities. The small helicopter company became the core of this conflict. Westland’s central concern was over whether private sector shareholders and directors almost wholly dependent on government contracts should be free […]
Remember Friends & Good Deeds: When Truman was moving to Washington as a Senator, he received help from people. Harry did not have much respect in the Senate. Truman had an uncanny ability to recall the good deeds of others and to reward those who were worthy of his trust. […]
• Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold: Mr. Chase challenged Lincoln for the Republican nomination in 1864. Then, Chase pretended that he had accidentally promoted himself in a small magazine during the Civil War. In the magazine article, Chase made politically damaging criticisms – although mild and subtle compared […]
Align Yourself With Successful Political Bosses: Harry met the Pendegast Family through the army since Tom’s nephew was under Harry’s command. Harry’s business failed so he ran for East Judge in Jackson County. Tom Pendegast was a corrupt political boss but Truman was only able to rise through Pendegast’s help. […]
• Winning is Everything: National crisis must be defeated. Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address states that the Copperheads would have made that battle meaningless, that those soldiers would have died for nothing. If the war fails then their campaign is meaningless. Lincoln thought that those dead soldiers would have wanted the Union […]
The hunger strikes of Republican prisoners inside Maze Prison were another issue that Thatcher stood firmly against. The Fianna Fail Party’s leader Charles Haughey had been previously accused of giving arms to the IRA. The IRA prisoners were referred to as a ‘special category’, which Thatcher philosophically disapproved of because […]
On the Ireland Republican Army October 12, 1984: the Brighton Bomb was the closest to home for Thatcher. Preparing for a speech for the Conservative Party conference in the Grand Hotel, Thatcher was fortunate to be in her hotel room’s bathroom at the time of explosion. She escaped unscathed. Two […]
Expect To Be A Lonely Leader: Truman had few close friends. He was cheerful but he always kept his distance from other people. During committees in the Senate he listened closely but rarely spoke. Harry was hoping to make a reputation as a senator but he would not sell influence […]
Union negotiations had the disadvantage of naturally discouraging a return to work: few would risk going back if a settlement seemed to be in the offing. Pit closures were assessed to see if it was possible to not close ‘any based on being beneficially developed’. Such a scenario would be […]
• The Truth is Rarely Appealing: People don’t want to know that their livelihood is not worth saving, that they are ugly, or their town stinks. Some people are completely screwed and cannot be helped out of their false consciousness even if you tell them the truth. To complicate this point […]
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The following is a quicknote on The Lean Startup… Eric Ries is a Harvard Business School lecturer on entrepreneurship. The great man story is the dominant view of entrepreneurs. These great men do not explain how they did it, however. But Reiss says there is a methodology to success as […]
(V) The Linchpin Is More Emotional, Gift-Giving, Visionary, and Mature. Artists Ship! You should click send on your blog, you should ship your creativity, do not delay because the lizard brain will stop you. You should resist the thought that you should not create art. What slows us down is […]
(V) The Linchpin Is More Emotional, Gift-Giving, Visionary, and Mature. “I don’t care to belong to any club that would have me as a member.” – Groucho Marx Be Passionate/Stand Out/Emotional Labour & Anticipate What Is Next/Have Vision Figure out what to do next before your boss does. That’s what […]
Achieve Something Tremendous in Your Early and Mid-Twenties: Truman was the captain of a battalion of 195 soldiers in Civil War. A Military Career Trains You For Leadership: Truman joined the National Guard in 1905. Truman was “21 years old and could do as [Harry] pleased”. Harry was well known […]
On Mr. Scargill’s Insurrection: Miner’s Strike 1984-85 The Labour Party’s local government and trade union would change. They accepted change. Mr. Scargill was publicly claiming that he did not recognize the Tory government as legitimate. He was prepared to lead those who might harm anyone who got in the way […]
Blueseed: visa-free startup platform on a ship 30 minutes from Silicon Valley View more presentations from Blueseed The foreign tourist visas will allow the non-US entrepreneurs to access Silicon Valley while not requiring a US visa. If anything this is a Modest Proposal designed to parody the difficulty of nationalism […]
On A Visit To Canada Trudeau’s government was extremely unpopular in 1983. Trudeau argued that the Korean Airliner incident with the USSR demonstrated the dangers when politicians were not in command. He felt that the responsibility was on local military commanders not the leadership. Thatcher responded that there was endemic […]
This is a crazy Zombie Apocalypse idea from an entrepreneur in Detroit. It actually isn’t that bad. They need to prove that they have a winning team that it committed to making the business work. Hopefully they have someone who has managed DisneyWorld or a theme park on their board. […]
(IV) The Zero Sum Game within the Economy Is A Lie. New wealth can be created by reinventing a business model. Godin believes that the pie (economy) is not limited, and does not delinate how large the pie could be. The example is Kim Berry of the Programmers Guild, a […]
Love Writing & If You Want Someone/Something Be Persistent: Truman wrote to his love Bessie endlessly while he was working on his farm. He clearly loved her, sending romantic verbose letters of adulation frequently. His letters revealed his belief in Jeffersonian democracy based on independent farmers: “Farmers make better citizens. […]
A video of the now infamous McDonald’s queue in Moscow circa 1990. It was a common practice to queue for products in a command economy at that time, and McDonald’s was a highly anticipated new restaurant chain. There was a McDonald’s in every small town in the US, Canada and […]
• Moral Imperatives Should be Spun for Their Short-Term Benefits: The Emancipation Proclaimation was surpising for Lincoln’s cabinet but he was able to sell it successfully. Emancipating the slaves would have several foreseeable consequences on the war. A) Confederacy would fight more zealously to protect their sovereignty because slavery rights […]
(II) Conformity = Dispensability (continued) How to get things done by Bre Pettis: There are three states of being. Not knowing, action, and completion; Accept that everything is draft, ie not perfect; There is no editing stage; Fake it until you make it; Procrastination must be crushed; Get it done, […]
On the 1983 General Election: The party platform in Canada is different from Party Manifestos in Britain: policy is explicitly outlined in the manifesto. The Labour Party process of policy development is ineffective and bungled. Thatcher created policy groups that involved the whole party in development and also allowed for fresh […]
The assumption being that growth will continue in China at 7.5%. Change it, above!
Although this “analysis” is biased, (towards an obviously frustrated competitor site called Foundem.co.uk) there are some interesting points being made about the manipulation of the search engine results in order to place Google’s interests ahead of their competitors.
On Economic Recovery Economic growth was noticeable by mid-1982. There was marked success against inflation during this period. Thatcher does not believe that the level of unemployment was related to the extent of trade union powers. The unions had priced many of their members out of jobs by demanding excessive […]
The mouse should be our eyes when we are using computers. Instead of touching the screen, the relationships should be managed by the retina’s location on the screen. This seems to be a sensible move since marketers are constantly trying to find out which part of a website is most […]
The man who taught me the meaning of books has passed away. He will ‘live forever.’
The idea of virtual reality through programs like Second Life has been around for sometime. The merging of the virtual, and the real will be increasingly important in the mid-21st century. Business meetings could be conducted in a virtual setting. The ONLY problem with these ideas are not whether it […]
The ridiculous advertising of British Caledonian. The Airline industry is a tough tough place. There are few competitor but suppliers (pilots, crew, bagage) and buyers (customers) have strong bargaining power.
• Don’t Deal with Racism Directly: even if it’s all everyone is talking about: indirect discussions of the slavery issue were at the centre of the dispute between north and south. Racism is an unpleasant and complicated fact of the 1860s and 2000s. Slavery was a legally entrenched manifestation of […]
Study People, Piano & History: Truman would watch people to find out what they wanted and enjoyed. he would try to cater himself to the interests of others. He could always be a friend with everyone. Most people liked Truman in school. He would smile his way along in the […]
The re-sequencing of genes, where do we come from?
• Practice Writing Speeches, Speaking and Rhetoric: Lincoln redefined republicanism; he defined the issues of the war for the nation, the world and posterity. He was wrong to claim that “the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here” at Gettysburg. His philosophy was based on the […]
Christopher Hitchens’ The Atheist Talking Head
(II) Conformity = Dispensability “With the race to bottom, we are trained to believe that being functionaries is advantageous.” Resistance To Change In Our Thinking Is Problematic The education system has brainwashed children into believing that jobs are static. Children, and adults are trained to believe that following instructions is […]
Facebook Explains Why It Is Going Public
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
(II) Conformity = Dispensability (continued) The ABC (attendance-base compensation) that we received in school or in work is misleading. In the work world, the average subsidize the mediocre, and the above average get screwed over. The classic Marxist theory is espoused by Godin, the exceptional workers in the factor realise […]
The Idea that Never Dies: An Analysis of the Relationship between Nationalism and Politics. Sociological ideas of communities are a source of political power. To explain the relationship between politics and the idea of the nation, this article must achieve five objectives. First, it will address the debate concerning political […]
Guy Kawasaki has outlined the key to the sales pitch. There are three core ideas that matter for being a charismatic thinker. At the end of the day, it’s about politics.
It could be much more interesting than this but whatever.
On the Polish Crisis Britain’s defence effort was contingent on NATO credibility, strength and unity. American public opinion had to remain committed to Western Europe but not to the extent that the US could pursue its interests regardless of the opinion of their European allies. General Jaruzelski’s Government imposed martial […]
Never Complain & Work Hard: Truman’s ancestors were stubborn Scot/Irish folk. Truman’s grandmother was such a true grit that during an Indian raid, she pretended she was dead and made no sound or movement while an Indian scalped her alive. Trumans traditionally never complains about anything publicly. Even if you […]
2029: The human brain has been mapped. Computers can pass the Turing Test. It will now be impossible to disengage the human-machine society. Cyborgs: Computer implants have been made for the eyes and ears…implants help the mentally disabled and create super-geniuses. Human Factor: The ethical, social implications are massive. What kind […]
Slow motion cameras capture what the naked eye cannot see!
On the Generals, Commissars & Mandarins Thatcher disagrees with the view that peace is more certain with the slowing of progress on defensive technology. History has repeatedly demonstrated that deterrents are better means to that end. The atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki for example. Aggressors do not start wars […]
(I) The Race To The Bottom (continued) You need to avoid the race to the bottom. Wikipedia is massive, popular, and built for free thereby destroying the Encyclopedia Britannica. No single person could have created Wikipedia. A team of hundreds of thousands have created it, in fact. But by breaking […]
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Building a Better Afghanistan: An Analysis of Various Views On State Building in 2006 Democratization is not something that can occur overnight. It must be cultivated by changes in the sociological underpinnings of the society in question. Afghanistan is the subject of a NATO mission designed to establish a liberal […]
Pranking People Requires Creative Thinking: Steve Jobs and Wozniak produced a banner with a hug hand flipping the middle finger to all the seniors as the graduating classes marched past during a High School pep rally. This got Steve Jobs suspended. Steve Jobs was interested in pranking his classmates, and even […]
• Never Trust a Lazy Ditherer: Lincoln wanted to help with war strategy but McClellan misled Lincoln for most of the early part of the Civil War. McClellan had the opportunity to crush Robert E. Lee’s army at several early stages of the war but hesitated using the excuses that […]
Looking at a social challenge, and coming up with a new solution or another solution that is distributed in a new way. Kiva (microfinance). Entrepreneurs are now working in new areas in technology.
Watch Japan’s Killer Quake on PBS. See more from NOVA.
Scrap Thoughts from Warren Buffett’s Management Secrets How To Handle Employees Who Break The Law: You will risk a lot by breaking the law. You need to make sure that you mind the store, if you do not contact the authorities immediately, then you are an accessory to the crime. […]
How many hours did it take this Aussie to create this video? All of the footage compiling, splitcing, and timing. Then the lyrics for humour. I guess have could have gone through transcripts to spot keywords. All the clips he used are available via YouTube. Basically, it would have taken […]
Facebook’s ability to replicate language barriers is admirable. We meet people we can understand. The future will be for people to connect with eachother without having met, and without speaking the same language, and through their connection they will create valuable exchange. What this diagram shows is that the nation-state […]
Robert the Bruce is depicted as an elegant, and honest man in the film Braveheart. In reality, rulers of nations in the 13th and 14th century were absolute through violent cruelty, and through false religious constructs designed to legitimize their authority.
2 years ago I predicted that Facebook would have a translation button on the walls of people who wrote in other languages. Now that it’s happened, we have to ask whether it is accurate, whether Bing automates these translations, and if so whether Bing misses the inside-jokes wordplay of specific […]
Clay Shirky makes a valuable point about the emerging power of the crowd, and collaborative work. The idea of collaboration being coordinated absent of institutions is an inaccurate premise. Flickr or Facebook are institutions, as are any mechanisms that exist on the internet that facilitate coordination. So the absence of […]
• Don’t Follow the Rules: Limits to State Autonomy in Federalism: By the time Lincoln was officially president, the Confederacy was a fact. His inauguration in 1860 spoke of the United States Constitution being designed to “form a more perfect union”. Lincoln tried to appeal to the border slave state […]
There are five segments to Warren Buffett’s Management Principles: Pick the right business: own, manage, or work for the right business, you need to work for the one with the best economics. Delegate authority: learn how to give up control safely. Find a manager with the right qualities: integrity, intelligent, […]
The Sweater by Sheldon Cohen, National Film Board of Canada
On the Falklands War: Military Victory The Argentineans were claiming to have destroyed a British Harrier but a BBC journalist famously disputed those facts ‘I counted them all out and I counted them all back’. The press however was revealing information that the Argentineans could use. The Belgrano’s destruction was […]
BIBLIOGRAPHY TOTAL Archer, Keith, “Voting Theory and Its Applicability in Canada” in Joanna Everitt and Brenda O’Neill (eds.), Citizen Politics: Research and Theory in Canadian Political Behaviour. Agincourt: Methuen, 1985, 29-46. Blais, André, Elisabeth Gidengil, Richard Nadeau, Neil Nevitte. Anatomy of a Liberal Victory: Making Sense of the Vote in the […]
On Jimmy Carter Profited from Watergate not his candidacy’s appeal to the American public. Carter lacked the understanding of economics. Believed in what Thatcher thinks were ineffectual price controls on gas during the OPEC crisis. Believed that Communism was an exaggerated threat, as did his Democratic Party. Consequently, Carter was […]
• If A Mistake Is Made, Save Face: Cameron was going to be in Lincoln’s cabinet but Lincoln received a massive backlash. He resolved to make it known that the appointment had been made but tell Cameron that he should not accept it thus saving face. This worked perfectly. • […]
[This is synopsis of Thatcher’s The Downing Street Years Biography] On the Falklands War: Diplomatic Solution According to Thatcher, 140 years after British rule began; Argentina committed an internationally ‘abhorrent’ invasion of the Falkland Islands on April 2nd, 1982. This act of aggression by Argentinean President Galtriates was committed by […]
There is blood in the water in Australia. A coup was executed by Gillard, and her handlers in 2010 against then PM Kevin Rudd. Now in February 2012, Rudd has successfully tricked Gillard into thinking that Rudd would appear on a Four Corners documentary about the coup but backed out […]
America seems to be a unique market to conduct attack ads against their competition. It’s used in US politics to a harsh degree.
Coca-Cola has a new advertisement that expresses the spirit of the games with their highly profitable sugar water business.
On Public Expenditure in 1981: “You turn [u-turn] if you want to; the Lady’s not for turning” is her most famous line from the early 1980s. Thatcher did not believe that increased government spending would prevent further economic recession. Some of her cabinet colleges (the wets) revolted and she had a […]
• Bring Those You have Defeated On Side (Sooth Their Egos): Lincoln was able to create a Team of Rivals by drawing the self-interest of other politicians Seward, Bates, Stanton, Chase into his new cabinet. They all wanted his job and believed they could easily do the job better than […]
This is a documentary that details the rise of Mao, and modern China.
Thoughts on Harry Truman Introduction. Harry S. Truman is one of the great figures of the 20th century. His life was complex, exciting and can impress upon readers valuable lessons to live by. A son of a rural past, he had to control the most powerful, progressive nation in the world. […]
Learning How to Effectively Use Praise and Criticism is the Primary Task of a Manager: We need praise, because it inspires us to do better. You do not want to criticize for something you did or didn’t do. We often do not like criticism. No one wins friends without praise. Using […]
Rational Choice Theorists believe that bureaucrats and politicians are self-interested, seeking to feather their own nests. The private interests of bureaucrats and politicians is actually at the heart of government, not the people they claim to serve. This is what we call public choice economics.
This is a video based on the Dr. Seuss book, complemented by Air France posters from the 1950s. C’est magnifique!
Never say more than is necessary: Lincoln did not campaign by discussing issues that might create gaffes in 1860. He had other Republicans campaign on his platform & Lincoln’s life story: boyhood poverty, pioneer background, native genius and his rise from obscurity. Free labour was the undercurrent: any young boy […]
There are five segments to Warren Buffett’s Management Principles: Pick The Right Business: own, manage, or work for the right business, you need to work for the one with the best economics. Delegate Authority: learn how to give up control safely. Find A Manager With The Right Qualities: integrity, intelligent, […]
Art Spielgelman’s satire of the Holocaust has been a best-seller, because it conveys emotionally, and effectively what other writers have not about the jewish experience during, and post World War II. Used in an academic context, Maus has framed the debate on power, and struggle during that period. It uses a head-fake approach to […]
On the Origin’s of Her Philosophy: Her father was a grocery store owner. She was a scientist who had a keen eye for the small business owner’s capacity to deal with the tides of demand and supply. Individuals should be free to maximize their own ingenuity. The free market is […]
Imagine a reality tv show where all the participants are unaware that they are on television. Imagine that it is a constructed crisis. So they are all trapped in an elevator. How do they react if they are from different countries? What if they are trapped?
[The following is a point-form note series on Local Government Politics aggregated from an academic course on that subject.] Beth Moore Milroy: – Author of “Toronto’s Legal Challenge to Amalgamation” Asks the question, what rights to citizens have to shape their city, this in the face of the Toronto Amalgamation; […]
• Never Admit Your Worst Fears: Honest Lincoln was able to win because he convinced people that the South would not secede under his leadership but would have to accept the implications of his nomination. Namely, Lincoln had called for the end to the expansion of slavery into western US […]
OBESSION: you should be dreaming about the business, obsession is the price of perfection. Moody’s Stock Manual was memorized by Warren Buffett. How obsessed are you about what you do? Top managers are obsessive people. You can tell how successful someone will be, if they had an early interest in […]
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2064543/Computerised-contact-lens-date-news-texts.html I told you so+ Politicians will be able to outline their policies with seeming effortlessness once technology combines the teleprompter with the contact lens. Allowing for projected content in the distance of the speech deliverer.
The Industrial Revolution changed society in the 19th century, shifting the lifestyles of hundreds of thousands from a dying feudalistic system to a new and untested capitalist society. Focusing on Great Britain, critics of industrialization noted the horrors of urbanization, the conditions of the working-class and other social problems and […]
Understanding Chinese culture will be essential for future development around the world. China’s Yang Lang is a game-changing public figure. In China, transparency is becoming increasingly influential. Microblog is growing in China with millions and millions of bloggers. Recent graduates of universities in China are extremely underpriced, and should consider living […]
Google Maps just got more fun. What other games could be developed using maps? How about the following games as well…………. OR
Warren Buffett’s Management Secrets 3: Find the Right Manager for the Job: You should hire the right manager, and that means you have found the right characteristics of a manager. Where can you find the right manager? It is time consuming, and management changes are expensive. First, you need to ask […]
Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy by Thomas Sowell (conservative/laissez-faire/libertarian) Sowell constantly tries to show the virtues of the free market. He doesn’t claim that it has a social conscious but he does claim that it has positive consequences that could be seen as an invisible social […]