Morning in Arizona

Arizona: Open for Business

America’s Soft Power We Don’t Even Realize We Have

A while back I took at Teaching Company course on Victorian Great Britain.  The professor said something about the Victorians that really stuck with me — he said that the British never understood the soft power they had in the world.   The world wanted to dress British and emulate British manners.  They read British authors.  [...]

Share

Thank God for Proxy Servers

Apparently, despite the fact that I spend a high monthly fee to HBO to be able to stream all their content, I cannot get the content I paid for when in France.  I have an account with Express VPN and it has always served me well.  I was able to log in via this VPN [...]

Share

Two Words You Might Not Know Were Acronyms

I am on the road but trying to stay in the blogging habit so this is a bit of a throwaway.  But anyway… You probably know words like SCUBA, SNAFU, laser, lidar,  and sonar are all acronyms.  But here are two you might not know about: The first word is “posh,” which generally means a [...]

Share

Kudos to Kim Kardashian

I have spent pretty much zero minutes paying attention to the Kardashian women (I think I saw them more in the “People vs. OJ Simpson” than I have in all other media combined).  But I have great respect for how Kim Kardashian is spending her celebrity credit.  She seems to be doing real work that [...]

Share

The New Totalitarianism: Will It Escape Campuses Into the Broader World?

In an authoritarian regime, those in power demand obedience but not necessarily agreement from their subjects.  Even if many of their subjects might oppose the regime, the rulers are largely content as long as everyone obeys, no matter how grudgingly. Totalitarians are different.  They demand not only obedience but lockstep belief.  In some sense they [...]

Share

If True, This Will Be Another Enormous Waste of My Time Feeding the Government

I got this in the mail from the US EEOC: EEO-1 filers should begin preparing to submit Component 2 data for calendar year 2017, in addition to data for calendar year 2018, by September 30, 2019, in light of the court’s recent decision in National Women’s Law Center, et al., v. Office of Management and Budget, [...]

Share

Tesla Story Gets Even Weirder as $TSLA Completely Changes Its Business Strategy (Full Article, Previous Partial Article Published Accidently)

A prior version of this article was published accidentally before it was complete. I know I swore not to write about Tesla here and to confine myself to talking about Tesla on Twitter, but I can’t help myself.  This is the company that is going to spawn a thousand business school case studies.  It is [...]

Share

Tesla Story Gets Even Weirder as $TSLA Completely Changes Its Business Strategy

I know I swore not to write about Tesla here, and just confine myself to talking about Tesla on Twitter, but I can’t help myself.  This is the company that is going to spawn a thousand business school case studies.  It is Enron but in the Internet Age with more transparency (or at least less [...]

Share

Yes, Urbanization Does Put an Upward Bias on the Surface Temperature Record

This is one of those issues that really should surprise no one, but encroaching urbanization on surface temperature measurement stations can impose an upward bias to recorded temperatures, creating a false trend.  The increase in measured temperatures due to urbanization is easy to demonstrate — my son and I did it as a junior high [...]

Share

A Modest Proposal For US Slavery Reparations

Since most of the Democratic Presidential aspirants have come out in favor of at least studying reparations for slavery, I wanted to offer a common sense proposal.  I propose that slavery reparation be paid for by the single organization that had the most to do with the existence and protection of slavery in this country:  [...]

Share
keep looking »