Missing Dear Leader raised questions

It has been relatively quiet on the eastern front. The North Korean dictatorship hasn’t been rattling its sword with persistent missile launches, refusing international inspection of its nuclear capability or having border issues with the South. This was typical of the regime headed by Kim Jong Un since he took the reins in 2011.

October 16, 2014

How to measure return on service

Return on Investment (ROI) in business is predicated on the ability of the company to deliver as promised in product, profit and its accompanying service.

October 15, 2014

The Centers for everything but Disease Control

So now the federal health bureaucrats in charge of controlling diseases and pandemics want more money to do their jobs. Hmph. Maybe if they hadn't been so busy squandering their massive government subsidies on everything but their core mission, we taxpayers might actually feel a twinge of sympathy.

October 15, 2014

Let’s wait and see about minimum-wage hike

When ardent supporters of an idea, issue or measure seem to win the day, opponents holler foul. It is as inevitable as a politician breaking a promise.

October 14, 2014

The big reason water bond will pass: It should

The outcome is rarely certain when state government asks voter permission to spend $7.5 billion of the taxpayers’ money, but it’s also unusual for a ballot proposition to win as wide a range of support as Proposition 1 already had more than a month before the Nov. 4 Election Day.

October 14, 2014

The mystery of the ‘recycled’ iPhones

Ever wonder what happens to the used iPhones being bought by companies such as Gazelle or San Diego’s EcoATM? When I met with the CEO of EcoATM in June, she was reluctant to answer the question, saying it was confidential.

October 13, 2014

Halloween aside, October isn't a scary month

Here we are in October and the market is up and down. It feels kind of scary, a little scarier than Halloween.

October 10, 2014

Leadership and negative emotions

Psychology accelerates its advances in understanding human behavior through new methods of nondestructively measuring mental processes. With each new finding, the inescapable conclusion is that the mind, body and environment are an interactive system that cannot be understood in parts.

October 10, 2014

Why Democrats will keep a lock on California

It was lawbreaking, both proven and alleged, that ended the Democrats’ supermajority in the state Senate. Republicans and their efforts had nothing to do with it.

October 10, 2014
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