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?

Stratfor describes Russia and China allying against America

Summary: The world's nations are forming new alliances. Last month we looked at the Saudi-Israel alliance. Here Stratfor looks at major nations allying against America (other powers always organize against a hegemon), starting with Russia and China. How this plays out will shape the 21st century. "The Rise of a Not-So-New World Order" By Sarang Shidore, Senior … Continue reading Stratfor describes Russia and China allying against America