Tag: Don Shaughnessy

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”

More On Educating Children


In the September archive there is a piece entitled “Should Teachers Teach.” This one will add to it. If we assume that children must learn and teachers are the facilitators not the authors of that, then as parents, we are required to locate and… Continue Reading “More On Educating Children”

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”

Be Positive or B+


Suppose you are coaching a baseball team.  Suppose it is the last inning and the other team has the bases loaded with two out.  You are one run ahead. You head to the mound with the idea of clarifying everything for the pitcher and… Continue Reading “Be Positive or B+”

Template To Avoid Professional Liability Problems


Notice To     ________________________________________  Adviser From:           ________________________________________  Person ________________________________________  Corporation Further to your advice of  _______________________________________ Regarding  ___________________________________________________ I advise you that:  (initial each)    ____    I have listened / read and understood the matters you have communicated to me/us    ____    I… Continue Reading “Template To Avoid Professional Liability Problems”

Go Ahead, Ask


When someone behaves irrationally, there is usually something that person knows that you do not and that information explains the apparent insanity.  Smart people ask. A black hat gunslinger appears in an old west salon and proceeds to down several bourbons.  Being a black… Continue Reading “Go Ahead, Ask”

What Is The Best Question?


I understand that this can lead to paradoxical answers.  Setting that aside, I think that one of the best questions is, “What Happens Then?” The point to “What Happens Then?” is to make people notice that decisions and their results are not fully self-contained. … Continue Reading “What Is The Best Question?”

Some Important Laws


Life is easier if we understand the limits and operating requirements The Law of Conservation of Problem Financial problems are neither created nor destroyed.  They merely change their form. You cannot receive a large amount of money and remove your financial problems.  The problems… Continue Reading “Some Important Laws”

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.”

The Swiss Army Knife


In 1891, Carl Elsener, a master cutler in the Swiss village of Ibach, invented a most innovative object – The “SWISS ARMY KNIFE”. You would be hard pressed to find someone who does not know about these.   The New York Museum of Modern… Continue Reading “The Swiss Army Knife”

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