Category Archives: Human Behavior

Honesty, Competence, and Leadership

I did not vote for President Obama in 2008 or in 2012. Most of my friends and family members know this.  Some did vote for him, we’re still friends, and I still love those family members.  In the earlier election, … Continue reading

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The Crazies of Politics

Each political party has their Crazies, those who possess worldviews wholly unconstrained by reality.  Crazies surface within all political parties and persuasions, and I’ve observed numerous examples.  I feel a strong urge to describe them, and I will do this in a non-partisan … Continue reading

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If I Want Your Opinion . . .

I’ll give it to you! There was a time when I thought this was funny.  Now I realize it’s actually a dangerous and all too common attitude. George Orwell described a dystopian society in his novel, 1984, in which there were … Continue reading

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An Eternal Problem: The Gender Wage Gap

It may be true that women earn 77 cents on every dollar earned by men.  At least that is what the U.S. Census Bureau and the President of the United States tell us.  It is a fact which is not in much dispute, … Continue reading

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The Untrammeled Right of Free Speech

Is the United States of America an exceptional nation?  I believe so for a number of critically important reasons.  When I heard a recent immigrant from England asked this question, I listened with curious anticipation for his answer.  After an extended … Continue reading

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On Being Human and Biased

Last I checked, all newspaper, radio, Internet, and television reporters are human.  The same holds true for commentators, bloggers, editors, publishers, photographers, videographers, and the guy or gal that delivers your paper.  Being human, they have world views, attitudes, passions, slants, frustrations, … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Deceived

We can be so easily fooled by an illusion or by what someone tells us.  It happens all the time.  in the photograph at the right, it appears that I’m leaning on a large cactus, which would not be wise in most circumstances.  … Continue reading

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Red Herrings, Aunt Sallys, and CAGW

Herrings are not red and Aunt Sally is a straw man.  On the other hand, if you cure herring in a strong brine solution, it will turn red and become quite pungent.  If you wish to distract a hound from chasing … Continue reading

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Complexity, Simplicity, and Belief

There exists a profound tension between the incomprehensible complexity of our universe and our inclination to simplify what we observe in order to afford us a practical understanding.  The consequence of this tension is belief.  Our lives as individuals, the continuing prosperity of … Continue reading

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Abilities

“I can’t say there is anything that I can’t do . . . just things that I haven’t done yet.” This profound statement reflects Richie Parker’s belief in himself.  Born without arms to parents who loved him unconditionally, this successful 30 year old … Continue reading

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