Where Do You Fall on the Political Spectrum? Here’s My Result…

I came across this interesting web site that is meant to help you see where you fall on the political spectrum. All you have to do is answer 11 questions that were part of a national survey conducted by the Pew Research Center. The quiz takes less than 10 minutes, and in my case, seemed … Continue reading Where Do You Fall on the Political Spectrum? Here’s My Result…

The Dissent Channel and Red Teams

I was reading Annie Duke's wonderful book, "Thinking in Bets", and at one point she was discussing the power of having a diverse set of viewpoints within a group. Such diversity, she argues, leads to better decisions. Duke then mentioned the Dissent Channel, and when I first heard the phrase I thought it was a … Continue reading The Dissent Channel and Red Teams

What’s Our Natural State? Working or Relaxing?

How are we meant to go through life? To be working and hustling, with periodic breaks for relaxation? Or is it more natural to be doing nothing, to be strolling along a beach, with periodic interruptions for work? I think, in the U.S. at least, the answer is pretty clear. We value the hustler, the person who is … Continue reading What’s Our Natural State? Working or Relaxing?

Kudos to Pinterest

I've never been a fan of censorship, but... But sometimes, the real issue is bigger than censorship. And that is the case with Pinterest and anti-vaccination propaganda. According to an article in today's Wall Street Journal: Pinterest has stopped returning results for searches related to vaccinations, a drastic step the social-media company said is aimed … Continue reading Kudos to Pinterest

Maybe We Won’t Have to Move South After All When We Retire

My wife and I have talked about moving to Florida in a few years, after we both retire. The primary reason is that we are both tired of the cold weather and would prefer to have warmer weather year-round. Well now it looks like maybe we won't have to move at all, if we can … Continue reading Maybe We Won’t Have to Move South After All When We Retire

Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire

An EasyJet flight taking off in France had to be diverted last week because of a fake bomb threat. Flight EZY4319 from Lyon to Rennes was in the air when authorities received an anonymous call that suggested a bomb could be on the plane. The pilots returned to Lyon, but no bomb was found. Investigators said the … Continue reading Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire

Music Monday: Martin Luther King’s Favorite Music

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, here is a compilation of some of his favorite songs. Those who knew him say hymns, spirituals, and other religious songs helped carry him through troubled times. While I found several songs mentioned as among his favorites, a few seemed to be mentioned repeatedly. First among these is … Continue reading Music Monday: Martin Luther King’s Favorite Music

“I teach them not to piss on their hands.”

That's one of the memorable lines from the book, Educated, which I just finished reading. Here's a brief summary of the book from the author's (Tara Westover) website: Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of … Continue reading “I teach them not to piss on their hands.”

American Attitudes, Then and Now

For more than 80 years, pollsters have been asking Americans from all walks of life to share their opinions and experiences on pretty much every imaginable topic. Thousands of those surveys are archived by the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University. As the end of 2018, HuffPost wanted to see how things have ― and … Continue reading American Attitudes, Then and Now

Call It What You Want – Seems Like Ageism to Me

Ageism: prejudice or discrimination on the basis of a person's age. For 50 years, it has been illegal under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act, or ADEA, for employers to treat older workers differently than younger ones with only a few exceptions, such as when a job requires great stamina or quick reflexes. But … Continue reading Call It What You Want – Seems Like Ageism to Me