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Huffington Post: POTUS Seeking SCOTUS, Must Love Dogs and Legal Analysis

The Supreme Court is important. Washington insiders and journalists refer to it as SCOTUS, which stands for Supreme Court of the US. This importance is clear to anyone who reads the newspapers or the political blogs or listens to the … Continue reading

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Huffington Post: Advice for Geezer Skiers

I am part of an informal group of skiing enthusiasts. We meet once a year for four days, all at US venues in the west with challenging terrain for the serious skiers and nice hotels for the less dedicated. We … Continue reading

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Too Hot for Huffington Post: Sean Penn—Dead Man Walking, for Real This Time

(Author’s Note: This article was published January 28 on Huffington Post but was later inexplicably removed.) Suppose that you are a ruthless drug lord, even a diminutive one, running a completely illegal billion dollar a year commercial operation that sources drugs … Continue reading

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Huffington Post: 6 Things Your California Water Utility Should Do Right Now, The Heck with El Niño

It seems a bit strange, I will admit, to sit here writing about water shortages and droughts and rationing while my roof is leaking in two places, into a carefully positioned large blue bucket and a smaller yellow one. And … Continue reading

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Huffington Post: Dear ‘Wall Street Journal’: Bill Gates Is Not an Idiot

I love the Wall Street Journal, I really do. I read it every day, all the sections. It’s really the only “national” newspaper we have that isn’t a joke. The New York Times is still too local and doesn’t have … Continue reading

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Huffington Post: Here’s What Retirement REALLY Looks Like

Let’s first make two simplifying assumptions: first, you have, through personal responsibility or choosing the right work situation or just darn good luck, accumulated sufficient financial resources to continue to do the things and live in the style that you … Continue reading

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Huffington Post: Mommas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Play Football

When I was in high school in Alexandria, Virginia, the football players were gods. It didn’t matter that the football team was terrible. It didn’t matter that we had the stupidest name for a football team ever. The school was … Continue reading

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Huffington Post: The Flaw in Malcom Gladwell’s ‘Ten Thousand Hour’ Rule

Not everything works that you try, in business, in love, in sports. Here’s an example: Malcolm Gladwell, in his excellent book called Outliers, expounds an interesting doctrine which most people now call the “ten thousand hour” rule. With apologies for short … Continue reading

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Huffington Post: Why California’s Drought Policies Are Wrong-headed and Won’t Work

Much has been written, a good deal of it on the front page of the San Diego Union Tribune and some even in the review section of the New York Times about California’s four-year drought, the shortages it will cause, and what … Continue reading

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Huffington Post: 5 International Business Tips for Entrepreneurs and Other Brave Souls

International business is a hot topic today. After an unsuccessful attempt six year ago, Coke is even making another stab at an acquisition in China, this time a maker of juices with interesting flavors like walnut, red bean, and oats. … Continue reading

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