Category: What The Martian Saw

Why Is Green Meat Bad For You?


In January of each year people try out exercise as a resolution.  Most don’t go far with it.  Apparently the reason for exercise is that it makes your body stronger, more flexible, and it causes important systems to function better.  I wonder if it… Continue Reading “Why Is Green Meat Bad For You?”

Words And Meaning


I enjoy National Post writer, George Jonas.  He is a purveyor of common sense.  For example on Saturday the 21st of December he wrote about how we are losing privacy.  One of the ways he knows is because the various governments have established Privacy… Continue Reading “Words And Meaning”

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up


Will Rogers used to say that it was easy to be a humorist.  He had the whole congress writing material for him.  Not too different today.  Certainly Jon Stewart has no trouble finding worthy material. Here is another. On Tuesday, December 17 a huge… Continue Reading “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up”

Another Shopping Alternative


“Support Your Local Sheriff” is a 1969 comedy starring James Garner.  It grossed $5,000,000, which strangely was enough to justify a 1971 sequel, “Support Your Local Gunfighter.”  Perhaps the “Support Your Local ______ ” is a theme that resonates, or maybe better, used to… Continue Reading “Another Shopping Alternative”

A Bubble For Fun


I have noticed that my grandchildren love bubbles.  The bigger the better.  I have also noticed that bubbles are not very durable and the bigger they are the less durable they are. Same durability thing with financial bubbles. Forty-five years ago my karate sensei… Continue Reading “A Bubble For Fun”

Should Rob Ford Be Mayor?


Mayor Rob Ford of Toronto is likely the most well known politician in Canada. Conceivably the most well known ever.  Everyone, everywhere has heard someone make fun of Rob Ford. It is easy to do because he creates the material.   Probably not on purpose.… Continue Reading “Should Rob Ford Be Mayor?”

What Is Wrong With This Picture?


There are many ways to use information to make a misleading point.  Statistics are one but graphs are another.  Graphs are more insidious because our natural skepticism for numbers is not present. This graph came my way yesterday and it is interesting.  The message… Continue Reading “What Is Wrong With This Picture?”

The Swiss Franc and US Dollar and Gold


I have always liked the Swiss Franc.  Even in high school I knew about the Swiss and their inherently future oriented and conservative society.  For many people now the Swiss economic standards are the ideal. It is interesting to go back 60 years or… Continue Reading “The Swiss Franc and US Dollar and Gold”

Outcomes Rely On Circumstances


Some time ago I wrote about statistical tricks that can influence your thinking.  In my vehicle’s owner manual I found one that I had mentioned earlier. Three out of four accidents occur within 25 miles of home.  The idea in the manual  being that… Continue Reading “Outcomes Rely On Circumstances”

Seeking Critics


Everyone likes praise and nearly no one likes criticism. If you have a business, pay attention to this allocation because the weighting of “like” is exactly backwards. Learn to love the criticism. For a business, there is a reason to acquire this love. A… Continue Reading “Seeking Critics”

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