Monthly Archives: November 2009

Archive of posts published in the specified Month

9/11 Aftermath

In the three months after 9/11 there were 1,000 extra traffic deaths in the U.S. We would surmise that the threat of flying caused more people to drive and that driving is much more dangerous than flying.  But the additional…

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A One Term President

Obama won by a 7  point spread, a change of a little more than 3.5% would turn the vote against him.  If a third of the votes were independent, and he got most of their support, the loss of those…

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Unemployment Hits Double Digits

For the first time in my working career I laid of three people in one day. Over the last year we have laid off about 20% of our whole work force.  We have ceased matching the workers 401k plans for…

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The Night Of Broken Glass

November 9 and 10  is the anniversary of  Kristallnacht (literally “Crystal night”) or the “Night of Broken Glass”.  In 1938 “99 Jews were murdered and 25,000 to 30,000 were arrested and placed in concentration camps.  267 synagogues were destroyed and thousands…

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Was the Obama Election a Fluke?

Among the many comments on last Tuesday’s race was Charles Krauthammer’s noted in  the Washington Post.  Read it here. An excerpt: “The ’08 election was a historical anomaly. A uniquely charismatic candidate was running at a time of deep war…

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How to Become a Commodity

It seems that the more I read about customer service the worse it is. We have progressed from getting accustomed to pumping our own gas, to being our own checkout clerk at the grocery store, to accepting 20 minute waits…

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Shoah Semantics

In a footnote in his new book “Saving Israel” author Daniel Gordis notes why he uses the word “Shoah” as opposed to the more common “Holocaust.” In Hebrew “Shoah” means “calamity”. “Holocaust” is an English word that means “burnt offering”…

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Top Ten Tweets

1.      Not every short term crisis requires a long term solution. 2.      Our most oppressive laws are often the ones designed to protect us from our own stupidity. 3.      18 of the last thirty medical Nobel Prize winners were American-…

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The Independents and the Populists

I sense that many independents that voted for Obama are having buyer’s remorse. The danger of being independent is not having to define your position or governing philosophy beyond being ‘independent.’ For better or worse the parties do state a…

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