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Speak Up, Lady!

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 28, 2012 in Uncategorized |

Even after decades of support groups, civil rights laws and women’s literature, too many women devalue themselves at work when they speak. “Women need to make a conscious decision to hear what they are saying and the effect it has, on others and themselves,” says career coach Caroline Dowd-Higgins. For example, a woman undercuts her […]

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This Word Tastes Oakish with a Hint of Cherry: 1612 was a Great Year

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 27, 2012 in Uncategorized |

The right name actually makes wine taste better.  And that name is hard to pronounce, reports wine researcher Antonia Mantonakis, Brock University in Ontario. “Participants not only reported liking the taste of the wine better if it was associated with a difficult to pronounce winery name.  But they also reported about a $2 increase in […]

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Health Care or Careless?

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 26, 2012 in Uncategorized |

More re-enforcement of what seems to be than break through news, a recent study shows conservatives criticize the health care reform law better than the administration promotes it. Most coverage in the news media was opinion about the politics of the thing rather than news about how it actually works, according to the Pew Research […]

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Bush wacky

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 24, 2012 in Uncategorized |

We are talking about the “Bush tax cuts” now because the law that created them expires at the end of the year.  While a long and complicated law, it generally decreases taxes on wealthier people in certain circumstances. The law we are operating under is called the “Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation […]

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The Worthless Crap We Sell is Special

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 23, 2012 in Uncategorized |

A major national grocery chain is offering us a special treat, “Artisan Boston Cream Cakes.”  Associated with the city that produced three presidents, provides us a major university and is generally equated with class, these cakes must be more than just the next conglomeration of sugar passed off as nutrition. But wait, there’s more! They […]

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Modern Babel

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 23, 2012 in Uncategorized |

Interesting blog that overlaps some of our concerns here.  It’s www.ThebabelTimes.com .  Check out the video on President Obama’s speech writers:  http://thebabeltimes.com/en/en/backstage-look-state-union

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Bond Age

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 22, 2012 in Uncategorized |

          World macro-economics, apparently, is now easy to understand.  You either favor “growth” or “austerity.”  As with almost all official economic concepts, these terms do not refer to actual activities.  So let us be clear.           “Austerity,” finding its roots in monastic and religious behavior, means cutting government spending and reducing debt.  Austerity leads to less […]

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No Permit Required

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 21, 2012 in Uncategorized |

          It’s “Fighting Season” again in Afghanistan.  Or so I now hear from official commentators and others.  Hostilities cease during the harsh weather of this mountainous country only to resume again when the snow melts and the winds die down.           We’ve adapted the four seasons system to apply to many human endeavors including sports […]

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Fundamental Things Apply …

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 20, 2012 in Uncategorized |

… As Time Goes By With the publication of a satirical little book about the 1983 road trip Mitt Romney took with the family dog on the roof, many wonder about why this meaningless old tale just doesn’t go away.  Latest is Marlo Thomas, sitcom icon, who finds no comedic precedent for its sway over […]

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Congress: Keep Up the Good Work

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 19, 2012 in Uncategorized |

            A recent survey shows our beloved US Congress is now easier to understand and is reaching out to more people than ever before.  Most people, however, won’t understand it that way.           Somebody called the Sunlight Foundation has found that since 2005, Congress has reduced the “grade level” of its speeches from 11.5 on […]

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