Category: What The Martian Saw

Blything’s law


There are always more people looking for a job than there are people looking for work. Don Shaughnessy is a retired partner in an international accounting firm and is presently with The Protectors Group, a large personal insurance, employee benefits and investment agency in… Continue Reading “Blything’s law”

Am I Paranoid Enough?


“The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” Alexis de Tocqueville It appears that this discovery has been made. The only question left is “How will the American Republic cease to endure?”… Continue Reading “Am I Paranoid Enough?”

The Laffer Curve


Who knew that Arthur Laffer’s description of how tax revenue changes with rate applies to golf, exams, public speaking, and music recitals?  It does and it’s obvious once you see it. Arthur Laffer was an adviser to Ronald Reagan on tax policy.  He pointed… Continue Reading “The Laffer Curve”

Economies Change


Pure capitalism is the natural state. Giving and getting value works. When “well-meaning??” people try to restrict the natural, they show several non-virtues. Impatience. I can’t wait, even though I know the market fixes itself over the intermediate to long term. Arrogance. I know… Continue Reading “Economies Change”

Global Warming And The Balance of Nature


Have you heard of the Oregon Petition? 31,478 prominent scientists have petitioned the US government to reject any policy related to concerns over global warming. Over 9,000 of them hold a PhD in their field. Truly persuasive! Not so much. Consider that 2,169 of… Continue Reading “Global Warming And The Balance of Nature”

Statistics Matter


Sometimes statistics will be compelling enough to make decisions.  But not always.  Most people are not intuitive about statistics and what they mean and some have no clue at all.  For example. Headline says, “Smelling Roses Increases Probability of Horrible Disease #7 by 100%.”… Continue Reading “Statistics Matter”

Try It. You’ll Like It.


I have been watching the American election process with some interest.  If a Martian appears, I think he will wonder what it is all about.  Since he knows everything about democracies and elections, he would be incredulous. From his viewing point, elections are to… Continue Reading “Try It. You’ll Like It.”

Memory Can Be A Problem


Life is a process. NOW is all in.  NOW represents your history and your hopes, fears, and expectations for the future.  Ideally, we use the past constructively to influence future outcomes.  Moving on up. Here in the real world, it does not happen so… Continue Reading “Memory Can Be A Problem”

It’s Hard To Learn From Others


People have trouble accepting advice, learning from another’s experience, or being taught.  Why?  People value their own thoughts more highly than they value the thoughts of others. If a Martian watched us objectively he would notice that, if I want to know what you… Continue Reading “It’s Hard To Learn From Others”

Incentive Traps


There are two kinds of traps. One relies on stealth – like pits covered by vines and branches.  Another involves some kind of bait, like a mousetrap.  No matter the type, we generally believe a trap is a bad thing. I think we can… Continue Reading “Incentive Traps”

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