Energy expert Lester Brown and ‘The Great Transition’

Lester Brown leads the Earth Policy Institute (EPI). Its publications may be found at For decades Brown has examined the world’s energy and resource landscape using the rules of mathematics and science as altered by intervening human nature, agencies and actions. His views are well worth the time to carefully consider.

April 16, 2015

Here's why you can't find the buyer

Jeffrey: I have some sales situations I can’t get past, and maybe you can help. I’m an insurance agent. I read your stuff — OK, I’m a fan. I’ve been getting blown off or stalled from accounts and managers who don’t make the final decision.

April 15, 2015

Gwyneth Paltrow's poverty voyeurism

Gwynnie P is down with the struggle, comrades.

April 15, 2015

The drought — and legal dispute — continue

The drought continues, as does the legal dispute between the Metropolitan Water District and the San Diego County Water Authority. The current dry spell is about three years old. The lawsuit is five years of age. Each continues and there is at least some question as to which will end first.

April 14, 2015

State business climate is pretty good, stock market says

The drumbeat from Republican politicians, governors from Texas and Florida and from independent relocation consultants seems constant: California’s business climate stinks; high taxes and heavy regulation are driving businesses and jobs out of this state.

April 14, 2015

Microsoft Outlook for iOS surprisingly effective

Who would have thought that one of the best email programs for your iPhone and Android phone would come from Microsoft?

April 13, 2015

The serious game of Geeks vs. Geezers

To accept what follows, it is helpful to agree with two premises as incontrovertible fact: The first is that no one understands the entirety of all the tax laws affecting all the citizens of this country; the other is that many people do not understand computers and believe they are magic.

April 13, 2015

Company had warning signs before ’60 Minutes’

I'm always looking for companies that have a lot of value but have had a problem that has brought the stock to normal levels from levels that were not sustainable.

April 10, 2015

For all you middle-aged pros out there

For those of you who are in your 40s, this column is for you. I want to share what you’re going to experience in about 20 years hence. If you plan ahead, it won’t be unpleasant at all; it will be really fun.

April 10, 2015

Smell of fear as utilities commission lawyers up

The strong odor this spring surrounding California’s most powerful regulatory commission stems not only from corrupt-seeming decisions, but also from fear. Fear that past and present members or top staffers of the state Public Utilities Commission might do jail time. Fear they could see personal fortunes decimated by legal fees while fending off state and federal criminal investigations.

April 10, 2015
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