Thinking About Ebola

October 20, 2014

At this stage in what may be a series of events of worldwide importance, I think it’s appropriate to consider a few alternative scenarios dispassionately. Before I begin it might be helpful to define a few terms: epidemic, endemic, and pandemic. If you know Greek, their meanings are obvious but classical educations have become rare. […]

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The Council Has Spoken!

October 20, 2014

The Watcher’s Council has announced its winners for last week. Council Winners *First place with 2 1/3 votes!– The Noisy Room – The Brookings Institution and Qatar – The Money, Power and Influence Behind Global Terror Second place *t* with 2 votes –VA Right! – 2014 US Senate Race – Analyzing the Polls in Close […]

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Images of the Past

October 19, 2014

Have you ever wondered about how a French aristocrat lived 70 years ago? Voici! The auctioneer who walked into that was one lucky chap.

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There Are Other Choices Than Black or White

October 18, 2014

While I’m on the subject, can someone please explain to me why the only alternatives being presented are complete freedom of movement from West African countries and completely banning all travel between the United States and West African countries? I mean other than it’s a lot easier to beat a straw man than have a […]

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The Puzzle

October 18, 2014

If there’s one thing that baffles me about the present discourse on Ebola, it’s the effort to paint it as a partisan issue. Democrats are complaining that Republicans are turning Ebola into a partisan political issue even as they mendaciously claim that were it not for Republicans we’d be in a much better position for […]

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Matrix Management

October 18, 2014

Matrix management is an organizational structure in which many of the workers have more than one direct manager. For example, if all engineers report to a director of engineering but also report to a project manager who does not report to the director of engineering, it’s an example of matrix management. If all accountants within […]

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The Sweeney

October 17, 2014

By the way how practical does the president’s plan for Ebola sweeneys (Cockney rhyming slang: “flying squad” = “Sweeney Todd”, shortened to sweeney) to deal with the cases that will occur here in the United States sound to you? To me it sounds as though he’s been advised of the time and expense of training […]

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Who’s Panicking?

October 17, 2014

I agree with just about every word of Eugene Robinson’s column about the need for candor from medical officials, especially the conclusion: The thing is, Americans are anxious about Ebola but not panicked. This will change, however, unless experts speak more honestly about the nature of the threat. That should include being frank about the […]

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Slouching Towards a Correction

October 16, 2014

In stock market parlance a “correction” is a decrease in the price of a stock or group of stocks of 10% or more. This week the Dow has been flirting with a correction so I think it might be a good time to consider Steve Forbes’s “five basic reasons stocks are falling”. They are The […]

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Snakes on a Plane

October 16, 2014

By the way, over the years I have been sneezed on, slobbered on, thrown up on, sweated on, and even bled on by fellow passengers on commercial airline flights. I have never personally had sexual relations with anyone on a commercial airline flight but I know people who have. Explain to me again how safe […]

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