Monday, September 26, 2011

Elders Better at Strategy

USA: Elders better at strategy, shows study
LONDON, England / Daily Mail / News / September 23, 2011

Why you really SHOULD listen to your elders:
Study shows old people really do have more wisdom

By Daniel Bates

It is what people of a certain age will say they have always known.

Experience makes us wise, research shows. Men and women of at least 60 years old are better at making decisions which will reward them in the long term.

Those in their 20s and 30s, however, are interested only in instant gratification and cannot see the benefits of planning.

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Scientific Article

Well, maybe there is still hope for me.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Leaders and Non Zero-sum Logic

"Leaders who can harness non-zero-sum logic to draw people into cooperative effort prevail in competition for status and other social resources, inviting future leaders to do the same on a larger scale." Robert Wright

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Reality, TX

What they are talking about here is the result of the erratic behavior of a complex system.

Reality, TX from The Butler Bros on Vimeo.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Creating Jobs

It’s very frustrating listening to all the political talk, commingled with chest thumping, about creating jobs. As it reflects our society, it’s all about increasing, decreasing or allocating taxes and regulations. We’ve created a financial industry based on the same concept – manipulation of money and regulation – that brought us to our knees when the house of cards collapsed, and we’re still in the same position.

The way to create jobs is through innovation that creates wealth and improves the common weal. This requires the ennobling, enabling, empowering and encouraging of the people.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Corporations are very profitable and are sitting on a pile of cash. Invest that money by hiring Americans to work on innovations that create value throughout the world. (Are they sitting on that cash and not investing it because they want an even more laissez faire government?)
  • Invest in innovations that enable American workers to create value through innovation
  • Reduce the inequity in wealth and income in America so that Americans can buy houses, consume goods and invest in the future
  • Stop being a tool of business and start using business as a tool
  • Establish the ethos that a corporation is a form granted by and for the people
  • Hold business responsible for taking the easy way of reducing costs by out sourcing and off shoring. Have them innovate to reduce costs and invest in the people to produce new value through innovation.
  • Just like American citizens have to renounce all other citizenship, American business should be required to pledge allegiance to America.
The first part of this post was published 9/8/11. The following was posted on 9/23/11.

Listen to this interview of Michigan's former Governor Jennifer Granholm. She is the first person I've heard that speaks clearly about the problem of creating jobs and makes sound suggestions about how to accomplish that objective.

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And, then here's some comments from Elizabeth Warren, former Special Advisor for the United States Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Clarity: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Car

Any comments on the chemistry, physics or ecology of this car?