Category Archives: Complexity

A Pesky Matter of Perspective

The trick is to figure out how the other guy thinks. That’s how you get things done – coaches know that – some players you scold and embarrass, and they perform well to prove you’re wrong and a total jerk, … Continue reading

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The Bailout as Seen from Boston, Paris, Atlanta and Los Angeles

The fallout continues from Sarah Palin claiming she opposed that famous bridge to nowhere, and that new McCain-Palin ad – the Original Mavericks – where the claim is that “she stopped the bridge to nowhere.” She did, all by herself, … Continue reading

Posted in Amtrak, Blaming the Press, Charlie Black, Complexity, Economic Issues, Economic Meltdown, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, Home Ownership, Journalism, McCain's Palin Gamble, Palin Lies, Palin Under Wraps, Palin Unqualified, Qualifications to be President, The Bridge to Nowhere | 2 Comments

The Joy of Not Knowing Things When No One Else Does Either

If politicians know one thing, they know this. Explaining things that you yourself don’t understand can get you in trouble – explaining economics, for example.   People listen politely, then someone in the back, sensing that they’re hearing nonsense, smiles. … Continue reading

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Be Wary of Simple, Playful Metaphors

Saturday, May 3, and the Kentucky Derby. To some of us it might as well be just a British hat, but it seems to be famous horse race. And Big Brown won. Of course it was, this year, a horse … Continue reading

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Short Attention Span Nation

If you glance over at the right-hand column, the boilerplate stuff, you’ll see why this is a low-traffic site, a hundred or so hits a day. Oh, now and then CNN or Crooks and Liars or Andrew Sullivan links to … Continue reading

Posted in Bill Clinton, Chris Matthews, Complexity, Elitism, Hillary and Bill, Hillary Clinton, Jeremiah Wright, McCain, Obama, Political Posturing, Populist Politics, Press Notes | 1 Comment

Fighting the Noble Battle against the Inevitable Stupid

Tuesday, April 29, didn’t seem like a good day for throwing anyone under the bus. The bus probably wasn’t moving. The Washington Post explains why:    In every state, the average price of diesel fuel was more than $4 a … Continue reading

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Management Matters

It’s odd to find yourself in management, assigning tasks, keeping an eye on the work of others, work you can probably no longer do, and judging them – scolding the careless, encouraging the hapless (even if that seldom makes them … Continue reading

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