Politics

Every person in America should learn business fundamentals

You know we're in the middle of a battle over funding the federal government for the remainder of the year:

Hundreds of national parks and museums were closed. Federal bankruptcy cases and customs clearances ground to a halt. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers were furloughed. Passports and visas went unprocessed. Veterans benefits were suspended.

What you might not know is that some programs are continuing:

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To the Senators from Wisconsin: "Run away!" is not leadership

When I think of positive examples of leadership, Sir Robin from Monty Python and the Holy Grail doesn't make the list. But his de-facto strategy, "Run away!" was employed by the 14 Democratic Senators in Wisconsin yesterday as their tactic to avoid having to actually solve the labor issues the state is debating:

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Your reputation is no longer under your control

It used to be that you could establish a reputation entirely based on your interactions and conversations with the people you needed to connect with. At most, they could follow up with references you provided to validate some or all of what you told them. Since you had control of which references they were made aware of, you could carefully craft a background to server your needs.

Not any more.

How to get airport security right

In this talk (sorry, can't embed the video), Bruce Schneier summarizes airport security to date and lays out what's effective and what's a waste of time, energy, and money. He also discusses profiling and securing against past, specific threats rather than generalized security based on probabilities and trends. He also talks about the importance of leadership-based politics rather than fear-based politics, and why it's hard but also necessary if we want to eliminate terrorism.

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