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  • So Many Problems to Solve (VA)...Trump Should Immediately Engage Some Management Consulting Firms

    11/11/2016 3:41:48 PM PST · by Stayfree · 28 replies
    Self | November 11, 2016 | Stayfree
    Trump has so many problems to resolve that he should address very quickly, I think he should contact all of the major management consulting firms and tell them to draft proposals to evaluate each of them individually. For instance, have 3 of them draft a proposal to evaluate and make recommendations as to how to improve the VA. Have economists and the major tax accounting firms draft proposals on tax policy. Find management consulting firms who are qualified to draft proposals on immigration control and reform. You get the point...stop relying upon political strategists to determine policy (which is fraught...
  • FOX News Starting to Change?

    07/29/2016 1:29:34 AM PDT · by EliRoom8 · 101 replies
    July 29, 2016 | Vanity
    Now that FOX News is under a new, more liberal management, has it begun to show signs of a drift in reporting. For the second consecutive day, Carl Cameron has been far too critical of Donald Trump. DT said on one occasion that he didn't really know Putin. On another occasion DT said they met briefly in the 60 minutes green room. Cameron makes this a near scandal saying that it's a discrepancy that the Trump team simply must clarify. This is such a petty thing; I expect more from FOX News.
  • Hillary Clinton Will Do It Again

    06/28/2016 11:21:15 AM PDT · by blueunicorn6 · 17 replies
    blueunicorn6 | 6/28/2016 | blueunicorn6
    Hillary Clinton will behave in the future like she behaved handling the attack at Benghazi. I have taught Leadership and Management to college students and Soldiers. I am aware of almost all theories and "laws" concerning Leadership and Management. I have found that there are two theories or "laws" that hold up every time in the real world. 1. The best predictor of future behavior from someone is their past behavior. 2. The Law Of Effect - You will generally receive more of the behavior that is rewarded and less of the behavior that is punished. Take a look at...
  • Rep. Jason Chaffetz has introduced a Bill that would take away the law capacity of the BLM.

    03/25/2016 10:39:56 AM PDT · by alexmark1917 · 13 replies
    Representative Jason Chaffetz, the Republican from Utah, has introduced a Bill that would take the law enforcement capacity on public lands from the Bureau of Land Management and the US Forest Service. This is a major win for US citizens if it does in fact pass. Many have been harassed and even lost their land to the Federal Government in land grabs and other abuses enforced by the BLM.
  • Trump Promises 'Great Management' -- No, We Need Limited Government

    01/23/2016 7:26:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 146 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/23/2016 | Yuval Levin
    Donald Trump is no conservative. Now, That's not a crime, it's just a reason to vote against him. Many fine people are not conservatives. But the reason Trump's candidacy should worry conservatives runs much deeper than that: He poses a direct challenge to conservatism, because he embodies the empty promise of managerial leadership outside of politics. Trump's diagnoses of our key problems -- first and foremost, that America's elites are weak and unwilling to put the interests of Americans first -- have gained him a hearing from many on the right. But when he gestures toward prescriptions, Trump reveals that...
  • The Insiders: The Democrats’ doctrine of ‘government is the solution’ is in tatters

    07/15/2015 5:03:52 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 14 replies
    WaPo ^ | 7-14-2015 | Ed Rogers
    The Obama administration is a case study in mismanagement. Republican presidential candidates should remind voters that management matters. And it isn’t just about government process. People have lost faith in our politics and government. The next president needs to work tirelessly to restore voters’ faith in our government’s ability to function. What part of the federal government is working better than it did six years ago? The Democratic Party’s fundamental doctrine that “government is the solution” is in tatters. The failure to produce “shovel-ready” projects, the IRS targeting malfeasance, the calamity of the Obamacare roll-out, the bungling of the Fast...
  • Devastating photos of California show how bad the drought really is

    05/10/2015 7:41:02 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 111 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 5-7-15 | Erin Brodwin
    California just entered its fourth year in drought. Experts say it's the worst the state has seen in 1,200 years. Dwindling reservoirs, shrinking lakes, and dried-up farm fields are everywhere — and the drought shows no sign of stopping. The state's snowpack, which typically provides about a third of the water for its farms and residents, remains at its lowest level in history.
  • Man-made disaster': Critics say California drought caused by misguided environment policies

    04/16/2015 11:14:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-16-15 | Malia Zimmerman
    The blistering drought that has Californians timing their showers, driving dirty cars and staring at brown lawns and empty swimming pools is a “man-made disaster,” according to critics, who say the Golden State’s misguided environmental policies allow much-needed freshwater to flow straight into the Pacific. In an average year, California gets enough snow and rain to put 200 million acres under a foot of water, but environmental opposition to dams over the last several decades has allowed the majority of the freshwater to flow into the ocean, even as the state’s population exploded to nearly 40 million people. ~snip~ “This...
  • Employees sue company claiming they were forced to say “I love you”(it gets wielder)

    06/13/2014 12:12:41 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 32 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/12/2014 | Yahoo
    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit on behalf of three former employees, against a Syosset, New York company claiming that workers were forced to participate in religious activities at work and fired if they refused. As reported by Reuters, United Health Programs of America and its parent company, Cost Containment Group, made employees pray, thank God for their jobs, and tell managers and colleagues, “I love you.” The practice followed a belief system called “Onionhead,” which was a doctrine created by the aunt of the company’s owner. The EEOC press release says other activities “…included...
  • Bosses Should Allow Workers to Take Naps, Proposes Sleep Expert

    06/06/2014 5:50:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 60 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Friday, June 06, 2014
    A brain professor is taking the concept of flexible work hours to an absolutely new level. Vincent Walsh, professor of human brain research at University College London, has said that employees should be permitted to take short naps at work in order to boost their productivity, reports Daily Mail. Sleeping is vital for memory and learning, adds Professor Hugh Piggins, of Manchester University’s circadian neurobiology lab. The sleep experts revealed in their study that it is only after the Industrial Revolution that people have been obsessed with squeezing all their sleep requirement into one slot. However, they claim that afternoon...
  • Incompetence

    12/18/2013 9:41:48 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 59 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-17-13 | Peggy Noonan
    Everyone is doing thoughtful year-end pieces on President Obama. Writers and reporters agree he’s had his worst year ever. I infer from most of their essays an unstated but broadly held sense of foreboding: There’s no particular reason to believe next year will be better, and in fact signs and indications point to continued trouble. I would add that in recent weeks I have begun to worry about the basic competency of the administration, its ability to perform the most fundamental duties of executive management. One reason I worry is that I frequently speak with people who interact with the...
  • Detroit vs. Houston: Laboratories for Liberalism, Conservatism

    07/29/2013 3:00:52 PM PDT · by xzins · 12 replies
    CFIF ^ | July 25 2013 | Timothy H. Lee
    Liberals incessantly claim fealty to “science,” while falsely caricaturing libertarians and conservatives as the ones stubbornly ideological and averse to real-world facts. Scientific method, however, involves objective observation and testing beliefs against results. In that vein, it is liberals who prove habitually impervious to facts and the disastrous real-world results of their philosophies. Take gun control as one recurring example. Liberals persist in their anti-Second Amendment crusade despite irrefutable data that America’s murder rate has been cut in half over the past three decades even while gun possession has reached record highs and firearms restrictions have drastically receded across America....
  • Manufacturers turn to 12-hour shifts, nontraditional scheduling

    07/05/2013 7:08:46 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7-5-13 | Rick Barrett
    John Schoch has no regrets about dumping the five-day workweek in exchange for three 12-hour shifts, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and getting the equivalent of 40 hours of pay. Schoch, an employee of Milwaukee-based Oldenburg Group, spent 40 years on rotating shifts — days, afternoons, nights — at a paper mill before he found his sweet spot of working 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. That gives him four days off a week to go fishing, ride his motorcycle or tinker in the 20-by-58-foot garage he made from an old church building. "I can't find any downside to it,...
  • Aerial gunners kill 14 wolves in North Idaho

    02/23/2012 1:47:17 PM PST · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | February 23, 2012 | Eric Barker
    Federal wildlife agents shot and killed 14 wolves from helicopters in Idaho’s remote Lolo Zone earlier this month. The three-day operation, aimed at reducing the number of wolves roaming the backcountry area where elk herds are struggling, was carried out in a partnership between the federal Wildlife Services agency and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Wildlife managers hope a sustained reduction in wolf numbers will allow the Lolo elk herd, which has been severely depressed since the mid 1990s, to rebound. “We’d like to see one of Idaho’s premier elk populations recover as much as possible,” said Jim...
  • Jury awards LAPD detectives $2.5 million

    10/29/2011 2:31:13 AM PDT · by Respond Code Three · 9 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10-6-11 | Joel Rubin
    A jury has awarded three veteran Los Angeles police detectives $2.5 million in a gender discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against their supervisors. The verdict, delivered Friday after only a few hours of deliberation, is the latest in a long string of costly lawsuits brought by LAPD officers against fellow cops and supervisors for retaliation, harassment and other workplace abuses.
  • SolarCity latest to see loan loss post Solyndra

    09/23/2011 5:16:06 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sep 23, 2011 | Nichola Groom and Timothy Gardner
    Solar panel installer SolarCity said on Friday it was the second company in as many days that will not get finalization of U.S. government loan aid by a September 30 deadline. The Department of Energy informed SolarCity of its inability to close the loan 48 hours ago, blaming increased paperwork resulting from a Congressional investigation into the Department of Energy's $535 million loan guarantee awarded to bankrupt solar company Solyndra, SolarCity said in a letter to the Republican lawmakers heading the probe.The DOE loan guarantee program, which is under fire for missing signs its first recipient of loan aid, Solyndra,...
  • (Vanity) Educators and Management by Exception (with a nod to Niels Bohr)

    09/11/2011 10:42:03 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 9 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 9-12-2011 | grey_whiskers
    There has been a good deal of hand-wringing over the state of our nation's schools -- whether at the elementary, the secondary, or the University level. And instead of a circular firing squad so beloved of the Republican Party, those closest to the situation are involved in an almost unfathomable degree of both psychological projection and transferrence, coupled with a goodly measure of 1984-style groupthink, in which they chant in unison, "You can't blame us!" In a limited sense, this is true: in the cloud-cuckoo land of government largesse and union employment, punching the clock, obeying the party line, and...
  • Happy Labor Day (sorta)

    09/02/2011 6:03:51 AM PDT · by cap10mike ^ | Michael Dorstewitz
    Labor Day is a celebration of the American worker, who helps turn management’s vision into reality. In that spirit, I wish everyone a happy Labor Day. Well, almost everyone. Let me explain. For as long as I can remember, my father owned a small manufacturing company in southwest Michigan. He didn’t pay the highest wages in the area, but he treated each employee with respect, and these workers in turn gave Dad an honest day’s work. That mutual respect, combined with a unique bonus program that all his employees participated in, made for a steady workforce.
  • Why Amazon Can't Make A Kindle In the USA

    08/24/2011 10:45:19 AM PDT · by Dick Holmes · 74 replies
    Forbes ^ | 8/17/2011 | Steve Denning
    How whole industries disappear Take the story of Dell Computer [DELL] and its Taiwanese electronics manufacturer. The story is told in the brilliant book by Clayton Christensen, Jerome Grossman and Jason Hwang, The Innovator’s Prescription : ASUSTeK started out making the simple circuit boards within a Dell computer. Then ASUSTeK came to Dell with an interesting value proposition: “We’ve been doing a good job making these little boards. Why don’t you let us make the motherboard for you? Circuit manufacturing isn’t your core competence anyway and we could do it for 20% less.” Dell accepted the proposal because from a...
  • Driven off the Road by M.B.A.s

    07/10/2011 10:22:48 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 35 replies
    Time ^ | 7/10/11 | Rana Foroohar
    Bob Lutz, the former Vice Chairman of General Motors, is the most famous also-ran in the auto business. In the course of his 47-year rampage through the industry, he's been within swiping range of the brass ring at Ford, BMW, Chrysler and, most recently, GM, but he's never landed the top gig. It's because he "made the cars too well," he says. It might also have something to do with the fact that Maximum Bob, who could double as a character on Mad Men, is less an éminence grise than a pithy self-promoter who has a tendency to go off...
  • Binmen sent on 'happiness' course ["...airy fairy, out-of-date and discredited management speak..."]

    01/20/2011 12:47:02 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | Jan 20, 2011 | Caroline Gammell
    The employees – including binmen and street cleaners – are being asked to move pebbles around a table to indicate who they do and don’t get on with at work. They are also asked to rate their colleagues at West Oxfordshire District Council by writing words on large placards, such as “professional” and “supportive”. Last November, the prime minister defended plans to measure the nation’s happiness as part of an Office for National Statistics’ survey later this year. The council course is compulsory for all 316 staff and they must attend the one hour sessions each month and keep a...
  • Does anyone know how to treat "mega esophagous" in a dog?

    12/17/2010 1:41:58 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 55 replies · 1+ views
    VANITY | 12-17-10 | VANITY
    My daughter's 11 month old Red Standard Poodle has been diagnosed with "mega esophagous" which means that his esophagous is nearly twice as large as it ought to be, and the food has a hard time making into the stomach and just sits in the esophagous. He regurgitates much of his dinner daily. This is a worrisome, messy, smelly condition, but not fatal. Her vet says she should learn to manage it by keeping him calm & upright for a half hour after he eats and offering smaller meals. Obviously he's getting some nutrition because he's 49 lbs, although he's...
  • Idaho No Longer Managing Gray Wolves

    10/19/2010 2:07:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies ^ | October 19, 2010 | Staff
    Boise, Idaho -- We are no longer managing your wolves. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter told the Federal Government that Idaho will no longer be a designated agent in wolf management under the Endangered Species Act. It's a decision that's being met with approval and disappointment. "This has been after months and months and months of frustration," said Otter. Frustration over a federal court's decision to put the gray wolf back on the Endangered Species List. It was de-listed in May 2008 and then put back on it this past August. Otter says that hinders the state's sovereign right to manage...
  • Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks seeks several changes for 2010 wolf hunting season

    05/11/2010 12:42:01 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 275+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 11, 2010 | Kelly Burgess
    The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks department has released its proposal for this year's gray wolf hunting season. It includes numerous changes, including an increased quota, a longer open season and a possible archery-hunting season.FWP wildlife managers are seeking to increase the statewide quota to either 186 or 216 wolves, up from the 2009 quota of 75 animals. They would also like to create 14 wolf hunting units in three zones, and allow subquotas in some areas during the early season backcountry hunt, including the area directly north of Yellowstone National Park."In a word, it’s all about balance," said Ken...
  • System under stress at Toyota

    02/26/2010 4:19:10 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 26 replies · 711+ views
    Japan Times ^ | 09/13/08 | YURI KAGEYAMA
    Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008 System under stress at Toyota Criticism is surfacing about the potential social costs of the carmaker's labor practices By YURI KAGEYAMA The Associated Press TOYOTA, Aichi Pref. (AP) Toyota Motor Corp. has long boasted a stellar reputation for super-efficient production that has become the lore of countless business success books. Past and present: Hiroko Uchino, the widow of Toyota Motor Corp. employee Kenichi Uchino, who died of overwork, is seen with a family photo at her house in Anjo, Aichi Prefecture, in July. AP PHOTO But recently, criticism is starting to surface in Japan about the...
  • Wolves creating more headaches (Realistic article on wolf reintroduction)

    02/12/2010 12:30:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies · 666+ views
    The Jamestown Sun ^ | February 12, 2010 | Bernie Kuntz
    Nothing the National Park Service (NPS) proposes ever surprises me, and neither did this latest article published in the February issue of BioScience magazine, which NPS researchers foster reintroducing wolves at many sites across the country. Dan Licht, NPS biologist for the Northern Plains Region led a team of five researchers who authored the paper published in BioScience. He is quoted by the Associated Press as saying, “If there’s lots of food, they’re happy … an intensively managed dozen, ten (wolves) — we think that is doable with today’s technology.” Licht predicts that wolves could become “stewards” in keeping game...
  • America's monumental failure of management (Many Harvard MBA Grads are failures as Executives)

    02/03/2010 9:56:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies · 826+ views
    VMHN.ORG via Globe and Mail ^ | 03/2009 | HENRY MINTZBERG
    EXCERPTS ONLY ... CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR COMPLETE ARTICLE ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ If you always do as you always did, you will always get what you always got." So goes an old saying. And so goes the American economy. The problem has become the solution. Americans are now getting from their government what they got from their corporations. The automobile companies are collapsing because of their short-term perspectives and so the government has provided one bailout projected to last a few weeks, and here comes another. We call this a financial crisis or an economic one, but, at the core, it is...
  • Man arrested at B.C. border with 'terrorist resources'

    11/13/2009 10:27:37 PM PST · by Cindy · 39 replies · 2,180+ views - THE CANADIAN PRESS ^ | Updated: Wed Nov. 11 2009 05:51:51 | n/a
    The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — SNIPPET: "Khaled Nawaya, a flight instructor, was arrested by Canada Border Services agents when they found $800,000 in gold coins and other currency in his car and pockets on Oct. 6, as he crossed into Surrey, B.C., near Vancouver." SNIPPET: "He'd been living in the U.S. since he was 17 and had gained approval for permanent residency in Canada. Besides the gold, Canadian agents found a ring bearing the insignia of Hezbollah, which has been listed as a terrorist organization by the Canadian government since 2002. They also seized 9/11 conspiracy theory-themed DVDs and a...
  • Wolves Will Thrive Despite Recent Hunts (Good piece on govt understating wolf numbers)

    11/10/2009 8:07:11 PM PST · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 450+ views
    New American ^ | November 10, 2009 | William F. Jasper
    In 1995 the federal government began transplanting Canadian gray wolves into Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. That program touched off a fierce range war that continues to rage, pitting farmers, ranchers, hunters, conservationists, outdoor recreationists, and rural folk against the major environmentalist lobbying organizations, government bureaucrats, the big-city media, and urban politicians. After being protected for 14 years, limited hunting seasons have finally been allowed for wolves this fall, and around 150 wolves have been taken thus far. Wolf advocates are howling that the permitted hunts are "barbaric" and that those who kill wolves are "murderers." A coalition of radical environmental...
  • Tight Lines: The truth about lion attacks (CA)

    08/14/2009 10:37:15 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies · 937+ views
    Sun Post ^ | August 13, 2009 | Don Moyer
    There have been 14 serious mountain lion attacks in California, three of which ended in death, in the past 23 years. The three people killed were Barbara Schoener, 40, a wife and mother of two children; Iris Kenna, 56, a high school counselor; and Mark Reynolds, 35, a bicycling enthusiast. Among the injured were a 5-year-old girl who lost an eye and was partially paralyzed; Anne Hjelle, 30, a former U.S. Marine and physical fitness instructor; and Jim Hamm, 70, a retiree living in Humboldt County. It’s amazing how folks can distort figures. In researching this column, I went to...
  • managerial situation: what did I do wrong?

    08/12/2009 6:18:37 PM PDT · by franksolich · 29 replies · 1,074+ views
    conservativecave ^ | August 12, 2009 | franksolich
    A friend from a long time ago--just before the turn of the century--came up here to the Sandhills of Nebraska today, and we spent a long time reminiscencing about the Good Old Days of Reagan, Bush, Gingrich, and Bush, and speculating about when the 0bamareich's going to come crashing down. He reminded me of something I long ago had forgotten, and having been reminded of it, an old question recrudesces to the surface. Where did I go wrong? Back then, just before the turn of the century, I was records supervisor for a private contractor to Immigration & Naturalization, in...
  • Wolf-control program challenged in Congress (AK)

    08/10/2009 12:24:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 58 replies · 1,727+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | August 9, 2009 | Erika Bolstad
    AIRBORNE: Hunts allowed with airplanes only when it's a biological emergencyWASHINGTON -- Alaska's predator control program to kill wolves, which drew renewed national scrutiny during former Gov. Sarah Palin's bid for vice president, is under attack in Congress. Two California Democrats have introduced legislation that would all but ban the practice of shooting wolves from airplanes to control their numbers. The legislation, introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. George Miller, would force Alaska game officials to declare a biological emergency that shows the imminent collapse of a species without the program. Even if the state could demonstrate such an...
  • Bogus Theories, Bad for Business The follies of ‘management science’...

    08/06/2009 8:24:39 AM PDT · by AreaMan · 9 replies · 569+ views
    WSJ ^ | 05 August 2009 | PHILIP DELVES BROUGHTON
    Bogus Theories, Bad for Business The follies of ‘management science’ and the consulting that promotes it. By PHILIP DELVES BROUGHTON Three years ago, Matthew Stewart published a ­provocative article in The Atlantic magazine blasting modern management theory and ­education. His advice to anyone considering an MBA was “don’t go to business school, study philosophy.”The ­secrets of business, he said, were to be found in ­history, literature and the classic ruminations on life and existence, not in the half-baked ramblings of ­business academics, consultants and “gurus.” In “The ­Management Myth,” he expands the Atlantic article into a devastating bombardment of managerial...
  • CA: Forest Service sees management plans struck down in court (SoCal plan in limbo)

    07/04/2009 9:16:48 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 477+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 7/4/09 | Ben Goad
    Southern California's forest plan is in limbo following a recent court order declaring that it violates federal law, a finding that could impact measures being taken to manage the region's vast forestland and reduce the perennial danger of catastrophic fire. Last month, federal court Judge Marilyn Hall Patel in San Francisco said the plan governing operations and recreation on the San Bernardino, Cleveland, Angeles and Los Padres national forests lacks specifics about how activities such as off-road vehicle use and brush clearing might impact endangered plants and animals. The case remains open and the government is working to craft a...
  • The Jack Welch MBA Coming to Web

    06/22/2009 7:54:49 AM PDT · by conservatism_IS_compassion · 22 replies · 542+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 22, 2009 | PAUL GLADER
    Former General Electric Co. Chief Executive Jack Welch is putting his name and money behind a little-known educational entrepreneur, injecting some star power into the budding industry of online education. Mr. Welch is paying more than $2 million for a 12% stake in Chancellor University System LLC, which is converting formerly bankrupt Myers University in Cleveland into Chancellor University. It plans to offer most courses online. Chancellor will name its Master of Business Administration program The Jack Welch Institute. Chancellor's leading investor is Michael Clifford, an entrepreneur who has launched two publicly traded companies in the past year: Grand Canyon...
  • CA: State policies work against good fiscal management

    05/23/2009 10:21:34 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 564+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/23/09 | Evan Halper
    Reporting from Sacramento -- In this economy, every state is hurting. Unemployment is in double digits, tax receipts are taking a dive and deficits are piling up. But, once again, California seems to be in a class of its own when it comes to financial dysfunction. The problems here eclipse those elsewhere. California has the distinction of being the only state that is constantly running out of cash. California is the only one pleading with the federal government to backstop an emergency borrowing plan. California is the only state that never completely closed its deficit from the last economic downturn...
  • Will Real Estate Appraisal Management Companies (AMC's) Be More Ethical? Not Likely

    02/24/2009 8:22:20 AM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 1 replies · 701+ views
    Pasadena Sub Rosa ^ | February 23, 2009 | Charles B. Warren
    Now that we are in the middle of a real estate disaster there is a great hue and cry for regulatory reform. We were here before in the early 1990's. The answer on that occasion was real estate appraisal licensing. Now the thrust is on Appraisal Management Companies (AMC's). Licensing did and does have some potential to address the proper evaluation of collateral for loan purposes. In the intervening years, however, it was subject to what is known in political science as "regulatory capture*". The emphasis in the New York State Attorney General Andres M. Cuomo proposal on Home Valuation...
  • Alert – Stop Congress From Restricting Your Property Rights.

    02/10/2009 10:32:31 PM PST · by nateriver · 22 replies · 3,139+ views
    ATR ^ | Grover Norquist
    While everyone is distracted with the Pelosi Reid Obama artery–choking, cardiac arrest, Pork Barrel Spending Bill, congress is sneaking-ly trying to pass the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009. Left-wing environmentalists are behind this bill to purposely undercut current progress toward affordable domestic energy. Essentially they will be stealing 300 million barrels of proven oil and 8.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas from any future use.
  • 10 Cars That [really,really] Damaged GM's Reputation (With Video)

    11/26/2008 7:02:07 AM PST · by yankeedame · 237 replies · 5,535+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | November 25, 2008 | John Pearley Huffman
    10 Cars That Damaged GM's Reputation (With Video) GM's current precarious situation didn't come about overnight. There are arguments to be made that various government regulations led to the disaster and that management can't escape much of the blame, and there are plenty who contend it was a series of disastrous union labor contracts that have put the company at risk. But there's one thing everyone agrees on: Over the past few decades GM put some truly terrible products out on the market. Unreliable, uninteresting and flat ugly, these were cars that simply destroyed GM's reputation.... 1. 1971-1977 Chevrolet Vega...
  • The Decline and Fall of General Motors

    11/24/2008 6:24:36 AM PST · by Invisigoth · 3 replies · 489+ views
    North Star Writers Group ^ | November 24, 2008 | Llewellyn King
    The seeds of decline are sewn when great corporations are at their zenith. It is then that they become bureaucratic and wasteful, and start promoting management based on committee approval rather than creative dynamics. At their peak, corporations are dismissive of creativity. Team players are valued over inventive mavericks. Consultants and systems are revered because they absolve managers of making hard decisions. The conditions for failure are thus assured. Sometimes corporations disappear like the once dominant Pan American Airways, or they struggle on in diminished state like Western Union. Creative people leave companies when they suspect that the arteries are...
  • No UAW Bailout (Bailing out the UNIONS)

    11/17/2008 6:57:58 AM PST · by yoe · 14 replies · 912+ views
    Power Line ^ | November 17, 2008 | John Hinderaker
    Jim Manzi has done some of the best analysis of the proposed bailout of GM, Ford and Chrysler--or, one should more properly say, bailout of the United Auto Workers, otherwise slated for extinction. Here, he addresses the theory that the Big Three are in the midst of a turnaround, and if we only keep them afloat a while longer, they'll be profitable again. This chart pretty much says it all:[go to site for chart] AutoSales713.gif Bob Cunningham, meanwhile, does some basic arithmetic: As of the close of business on Friday the market cap for General Motors was about $1.9 billion,...
  • It's the Catholic Church, Not Corporation

    10/30/2008 9:07:09 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 2 replies · 197+ views ^ | October 27, 2008 | Thomas A. Szyszkiewicz
    It's the Catholic Church, Not Corporation Approaching the Church with a business-school mindset ignores that the priesthood is a calling and not a career, says BW reader Thomas Szyszkiewicz By Thomas A. Szyszkiewicz Catholic bishops are having a hard time finding candidates who can manage as well as they preach, but they're also finding it hard to find ones who can preach, period. The preaching is primary, and management way down on their list of priorities. After all, Jesus didn't say, "Go out to all the world and manage well." That's not to say the Catholic Church should ignore sound...
  • Anger management for women (Sob story about losing Hillary - hold your lunch...)

    07/12/2008 2:00:45 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies · 121+ views
    Guardian ^ | 7/11/08 | Clare Longrigg
    Anger management for womenWe regard irritability in men as a sign of status. But in women, we see it as a sign of incompetence Clare Longrigg, Friday July 11, 2008 Hillary Clinton's occasional irritable outbursts on the campaign trail were accompanied by a sound of tut-tutting from observers: she can't hack it; she's not in control. Had she been a man, these outbursts of anger would have been interpreted as assertiveness, intolerance of fools, a sign of status. A Yale psychologist who worked in Clinton's office has produced a report demonstrating that while people accept anger in men, in...
  • Key Characteristics of Great Leaders - Part II

    06/25/2008 11:27:53 AM PDT · by ezfindit · 2 replies · 67+ views ^ | 6/25/2008 | Chris Banescu
    Here are some additional qualities that embody superior leadership. Great leaders surround themselves with greatness. They actively seek out the best possible people and hire them to fill all key positions within their organizations. Great leaders know that surrounding themselves with excellence is a direct reflection on their own character, abilities, and effectiveness as leaders. They understand that their own success and the success of their organizations depend mostly on hiring and promoting the best qualified, ethical, skilled, responsible, mature, and productive people and giving them the proper resources, authority, and freedom to do what’s needed for the long-term benefit...
  • The Rise of American Incompetence

    03/24/2008 5:32:41 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 43 replies · 1,152+ views
    Slate ^ | March 15, 2008 | Daniel Gross
    We used to be the world's most skillful entrepreneurs and managers. Now we're laughingstocks. What happened? The dollar plunged to new lows against foreign currencies this week. There are plenty of reasons for its plunge, but at the most basic level, the dollar's weakness reflects the world's collective, two-thumbs-down verdict about the ability of the United States—businesses, individuals, the government, the Federal Reserve—to manage the global financial system and the world's largest economy. Countries that outsourced their monetary policy by pegging domestic currencies to the dollar are having second thoughts. Kuwait last year detached the dinar from the dollar, and...
  • Is cougar hunting breeding chaos? (Bogus study?)

    03/16/2008 12:28:55 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies · 814+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | March 16, 2007 | Sandi Doughton
    Now, the predator powerful enough to take down a bull elk is lying helpless under a tent of fir trees while Maletzke replaces the batteries in her radio collar, checks her teeth and measures her girth. Jane is part of a healthy cougar population that lives in relative harmony with its human neighbors in the rapidly growing communities just east of Snoqualmie Pass. In the past six years, Jane has killed deer less than 50 paces from homes — yet residents don't even realize she's there. She has never harmed pets or livestock, nor have any of her offspring. The...
  • Swedish tax collectors organized by apes

    07/23/2007 11:40:39 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 26 replies · 920+ views ^ | 07/23/2007 | TT/The Local
    A reorganization of workers at the Swedish Tax Authority is partly shaped on studies of apes, according to a leaked internal report. Employees are not flattered by the comparison. The tax authority is currently undergoing its largest reorganization for many years. One of the foundations of the restructuring plan is a report which says that studies of apes show that people work best in groups of 150. The reorganization was announced earlier in the summer. Work is being moved from small towns to larger towns and cities. Around 1,350 people are affected by the move. Economies of scale are a...
  • Belabor the Point

    07/16/2007 9:34:51 PM PDT · by gpapa · 3 replies · 486+ views ^ | July 17, 2007 | John Fund
    The new Democratic Congress has finally found a government agency whose budget It wants to cut: an obscure Labor Department office that monitors the compliance of unions with federal law. In the past six years, the Office of Labor Management Standards, or OLMS, has helped secure the convictions of 775 corrupt union officials and court-ordered restitution to union members of over $70 million in dues. The House is set to vote Thursday on a proposal to chop 20% from the OLMS budget. Every other Labor Department enforcement agency is due for a budget increase, and overall the Congress has added...
  • Most loyal in Europe (work ethics is making Scandinavia rich)

    05/27/2007 3:21:00 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 63 replies · 1,637+ views ^ | 05/25/2007 |
    Norwegians have the highest job loyalty in Europe, and all of the Nordic countries are happy at work. The European Employee Index (EEI) survey carried out by Danish consultancy Ennova, covered 20 European nations. The EEI showed that besides being loyal, in terms of job enjoyment Norwegians were second only to Danes. "We are part of a Nordic tradition of cooperative relations in the work place that is completely unique in an international context," said *Even Bolstad, head of HR Norway, Ennova's cooperative partner in the survey. "The five Nordic nations are all in the top ten in all categories...
  • At Universities, Plum Post at Top Is Now Shaky

    01/09/2007 6:43:06 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 3 replies · 334+ views
    New York Times ^ | 9 January 2007 | Karen Arenson
    ...The most celebrated case involved Lawrence H. Summers, the former Treasury secretary who resigned the Harvard University presidency last February after a stormy five-year tenure, which included a no-confidence vote by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the prospect of another. But top officials have also departed after no-confidence votes at a range of other campuses, large and small, public and private, including Gallaudet University, the nation’s premier institution for the deaf; Case Western Reserve, a major research university in Ohio; Baylor University, a Baptist institution in Texas; and the small University of Maine at Presque Isle. The Explanation...