We ended the Cold War by lying to Russia. They remember.

Relive the cold war

Summary: As our leads start the second Cold War (for their own purposes), let's remember America's betrayal at the end of the first Cold War. It soured the peace and prevented any lasting rapprochement between our nations. See the results below this report. Let's learn from this shameful history. Russia certainly has. "NATO Expansion: What … Continue reading We ended the Cold War by lying to Russia. They remember.

Lessons learned from the lead poisoning of America

Children's blood lead levels

Summary: The story of lead in America is one of both good and bad news. Lead using industries poisoned us for profit longer after the danger was known. But eventually scientists got the news out and regulations reduced lead exposures (although they are still too high for too many). Let's learn from this history and … Continue reading Lessons learned from the lead poisoning of America

See the mystery of US GDP, and understand ourselves better

Evolution of estimates of US GDP for Q1 2015

Summary: It's the simple things that provide a mirror in which we can see ourselves, and the roots of America's problems. Such as this graph showing estimates of US GDP for Q1 2015 -- getting more accurate with each revision. This graph shows estimates of GDP for Q1 2015 made by the Bureau of Economic … Continue reading See the mystery of US GDP, and understand ourselves better

New Year’s resolutions for your firm’s success in 2018

Resolutions for the New Year

Summary: We interrupt our regular programming for something different. I am a marketing consultant. Here is a small example of what I do. Companies live and die by the same laws as individuals. Such as Liebig’s Law of the Minimum (Wikipedia). Growth is limited by the scarcest of its necessary inputs. In our world raw materials … Continue reading New Year’s resolutions for your firm’s success in 2018

Is climate change the culprit causing California’s wildfires?

Wildfire Earth

Summary: We're told that climate change caused or intensified California's wildfires -- and that such fires are getting worse. As usual for such scary stories, these claims are only weakly supported by science -- except for the ones that are outright fabrications. See what scientists say and decide for yourself. “If we keep fighting a … Continue reading Is climate change the culprit causing California’s wildfires?