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    Political entertainment

    September 28th, 2011

    It has all become entertainment. In the 21st century, politics is just another branch of the entertainment industry. Journalist Joe McGinniss, author of The Rogue: Searching for The Real Read the rest of this entry »

    Just skimping by

    September 28th, 2011

    I can live on $80 million. At least, I think I can. Conrad Black (1944- ), Canadian former media mogul, on his diminished wealth, after serving 29 months of a 42-month term in a U.S. prison for fraud and obstruction of justice. Vanity Fair, October 2011.

    Love after death

    September 27th, 2011

    I wonder if David’s refusal to let go of Gillian [his deceased wife in the 1996 film, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday] might be sanity as opposed to insanity. The paradox is that we’re raised with the idea that true love is rare. We teach our teenagers to abstain from physical love until they find the partner who matches them emotionally. We send all these messages that love should be a union of souls and intellect. And on the other Read the rest of this entry »

    Are men necessary?

    September 25th, 2011

    Recklessness, violence and stupidity are among the reasons men don’t live as long as women, according to a lead editorial in the British Medical Journal. And men, it is argued, are in danger Read the rest of this entry »

    Are men finished?

    September 24th, 2011

    When men are finished, they immediately roll over and go to sleep.
         David Zinczenko, editor of Men’s Health magazine, in a debate at New York University, on the motion that “Men are Finished,” arguing “Men can’t possibly be finished,” because “men are not rolling over.” Also Read the rest of this entry »

    Vision loss is not a barrier

    September 21st, 2011

    “For those of us who want to work, vision loss is not a barrier.” Read the rest of this entry »

    To achieve, first imagine

    September 19th, 2011

    Two-time pentathlete Marilyn King said, “If you can’t imagine it, you can’t ever do it. Read the rest of this entry »

    Service with a smile

    September 17th, 2011

    Shania Twain, country singer who grew up in Timmins, Ontario, in a family so poor Read the rest of this entry »

    Designed obsolescence

    September 16th, 2011

    Henry Ford, the patron saint of manufacturing efficiency, Read the rest of this entry »

    You will make mistakes

    September 16th, 2011

    Robert Galvin at the age of 33 had failed twice in business. Read the rest of this entry »

    To get better, start now

    September 14th, 2011

    “If you want the future to be better than the present, you have to start working on it immediately,” Read the rest of this entry »

    A blind man of multi talents

    September 13th, 2011

    As a blind person, I don’t consider myself extraordinary. Read the rest of this entry »

    The God delusion

    September 11th, 2011

    A nice Christian girl brings home her fiancée to meet her parents. Read the rest of this entry »

    The prodigy who spent his life studying streetcar transfers

    September 11th, 2011

    At the turn of the century, the name William Sidis was synonymous in the United States with “child prodigy.”

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    Excellent habit

    September 10th, 2011

    Excellence is not a gift from the gods. Read the rest of this entry »

    Never take friends for granted

    September 8th, 2011

    [Tip] O’Neill [U.S. representative and former speaker of the House of Representatives] enjoyed telling the story of the only election he ever lost. Read the rest of this entry »

    Cuddle up to stop conflict and violence

    September 7th, 2011

    People don’t cuddle any more and that’s the reason why there are so many conflicts. Read the rest of this entry »

    Fear: the great enemy of creativity

    September 5th, 2011

    The great enemy of creativity is fear. Read the rest of this entry »

    Copy culture

    September 4th, 2011

    We have become a culture of the copy, rather than a culture of the masterpiece. Read the rest of this entry »

    The triumph of success over failure

    September 3rd, 2011

    The secret of business success is the combination of imagination and enterprise, Read the rest of this entry »