300 to 1?

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So, Hilary told us last week that CEOs of US companies are making 300 times what their workers make.  Of course, that sent certain folks screaming that it was inaccurate.

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The Rate of Change- Moore or Less…

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Moore’s Law.   50 years old.  It’s showing its age.

Sure, Murphy’s Law is the law better known to the younger (and older) set today.  (That law states that anything that can go wrong will go wrong.)

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Captive Insurance (2)

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Yesterday, I explained how captive insurance companies are supposed to work.  They serve as a means to minimize the risk, but don’t leave policyholders without any recourse- or, in the case of our firms, any potentially harmed folks without any chance to recover damages.  Today, I will explain how this process is being subverted- these captives are being formed to rip off the public.

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Captive Insurance (1)

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Captive insurance company.  Sounds pretty cool.   And, back in the 80’s, it was a critical juncture for us.  We were a small provider of medical products.  And, our product liability insurance was running 3% of sales- and growing fast.

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Tax Falsehoods

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Oh, the fictions our politicians weave.  And, they hope- no, they expect- we, the citizenry will fall under their spell and believe them.

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IRS Follies

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I’ve written how the partisan attacks on the IRS have devastated the service.  Now, when a taxpayer calls the IRS, s/he can expect to be on hold for 75 minutes- and hope that when someone finally comes on the phone, they are not (un)intentionally disconnected- or told that the representative can’t help the caller.

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Who’s putting whom at risk?

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You have to love the pundits.  They sit on the sidelines and pontificate.  Most have little expertise in what they proffer to the public.  But, they are paid- some way too much.

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Qua[li]/[nti]ty- More?

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Yesterday, we talked about parental involvement with children of adolescent age (and a little younger). That study used time diaries (Panel Study of Income Dynamics, Child Development Supplement) kept by parents on a 24 hour basis.

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Qua[li]/[nti]ty

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Quality versus quantity? That’s been the argument forever about raising kids. Which became even louder as moms began trading their jobs at home for jobs in the office or factory. Couple that with the desire to give our kids everything we never had (violin lessons, soccer camp, ballet, scouting) and we have a recipe for overload.

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The Ides of April (give or take)

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This year provides an unusual confluence of events.

150 years ago, this past Thursday, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses P. Grant.  Which meant that the Civil War, the war between the North and the South, the war between factions in America was “officially” over.  But, like our Battle for Independence, the war went on for at least a few more months.  There wasn’t instant communication back then- but. more importantly, to my mind, the war is still ongoing.

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