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Marketing Chinese

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 18, 2012 in Uncategorized |

  Lately in the news, there’s a new group responsible for a lot of activities. Why are gas and steel prices up?  “The Chinese.” Computer hacking at the Pentagon?  “The Chinese.” Gold prices changing?  “The Chinese.” US Treasury bonds going up or down?  “The Chinese.” Increased construction in the Caribbean? “The Chinese.” Reminds me of […]

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The Game that Gave Us “Nil Nil”

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 17, 2012 in Uncategorized |

          Recently a local newspaper, in analyzing a scoreless Major League Soccer game played by the home town heroes, referred to the team’s “shutout.”           Wait a minute here.  I guess that is technically correct: the defense allowed no scoring.  But “shutout” implies more than that.  If three children play in the sand for a […]

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And the Little Ones Too

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 16, 2012 in Uncategorized |

         American Roman Catholic bishops have sashayed past the money lenders in the temple to focus on the country’s real problem: the Girl Scouts. Associated Press reports the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent the scouts a letter to open an “official inquiry” about unspecified issues.  The bishops said “important questions still remain and need to be […]

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Betting Our Hedges

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 15, 2012 in Uncategorized |

JP Morgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon has garnered great phrase for what many financial commentators are calling a forthright admission of $2 billion in trading losses over a 6-week period.           What too many gloss over is that his sudden announcement does not actually tell us what happened and what the numbers are.  It appears the […]

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Be Bodacious, not Loquacious

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 14, 2012 in Uncategorized |

         In the search for language and power, all roads lead to Rome.  After a rough couple decades, the masters of mind control are back.  It’s no coincidence the Catholic Church first re-engineered the language of the mass before cracking down on mouthy American nuns.  The overlords waited a decent interval so memory would not […]

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The Magical Land Where the Problem Disappears

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 11, 2012 in Uncategorized |

           “Wall Street” is not worried.  Despite years of criticism from occupiers, moccupiers, politicians, “main street,” the Tea Party, and innumerable others, the bankers, salespersons, investors, and speculators covered by this expression remain confident of their position.           Since the beginning of their post Civil War rise to power, the “malefactors of great wealth” (search […]

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Afghan Grammar, Anyone?

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 10, 2012 in Uncategorized |

          A smart guy said, “The official vocabulary of African affairs is, as we might suspect, purely axiomatic. Which is to say that it has no value as communication, but only as intimidation.  It therefore constitutes as writing, a language intended to bring about a coincidence between norms and facts, and to give a cynical […]

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Doctor of Humor

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 9, 2012 in Uncategorized |

The doctorate Shaquille O’Neal earns this month from Barry University is earned, not honorary.  The 15-time NBA all-star studied Organizational Learning and Leadership.  His thesis is “How Leaders Utilize Humor or Seriousness in Leadership Styles.”     O’Neal said he discovered most successful leaders use humor more than seriousness to win over employees, according to an account […]

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“White Hispanic.” So Not Me, right?

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 8, 2012 in Uncategorized |

  A couple of weeks into the news coverage of the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, many news outlets started calling neighborhood watch activist a George Zimmerman a “White Hispanic.”  The label immediately breaks us from the tiresome black v. white dilemma that might cause the audience to tune out.  It also takes almost […]

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Listening for Lyrics

Posted by Michael Dolan on June 7, 2012 in Uncategorized |

A new Theory to test while listening to music:           Lyrics to American popular songs – rock, pop, jazz, hip hop, country, big band, everything — fall into 4 categories.  The first two categories are stages of not having sex. Category 1 (stage 1):  We are not having sex but we should have sex.  Do […]

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