Author Archives: ironyng

Why I like RT

Hint: I am not a Russophile.  Ironically, foreign coverage of domestic events is less susceptible to bias. North-american commercial news broadcasts have become largely infotainment portals: entertainment dressed up to look like news. Local commercial and political influences have neutered … Continue reading

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Venality: a word whose time has come (again)

Venality: a word whose time has come (again).

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Book Review: The Wisdom of Psychopaths

At the bookstore, I flipped through the new book by Kevin Dutton, “The Wisdom of Psychopaths” (ISBN 9780385677202). Fascinating. I was particularly struck by the table on page 162. It enumerates the top ten career choices for psychopaths, as inferred … Continue reading

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A Peace Plan

A radical idea for world peace: reinstate the draft in USA. Think about it.  No enemy nation has threatened American soil for hundreds of years (since the civil war). There has been no draft in USA since Vietnam.  If they … Continue reading

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Law enforcement expansionism

There can be a temptation to “empire buliding” for law enforcement. This is especially pernicious due to their special legal powers, and thier role of protecting the lawmakers. Continue reading

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Tools of Law Enforcement

At bottom, law enforcement agencies, including the military, accomplish their goals using the tools they have been given and are trained to use.  Force, violence, fear, uncertainty, and doubt are the tools of their trade.  Law enforcement accomplishes its goals … Continue reading

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Privacy Bomb

So, here’s what I don’t understand.  The whole world knows that anything they send on the Internet will be read by America’s spies.  Ergo, anyone who has serious secrets to keep will avoid the Internet like the plague. A careful … Continue reading

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ManuaLife: Masters of Compliance

An acquaintance related this story.  It gives me a newfound respect for the management style that has made ManuaLife the efficient and profitable company that it is today.  Allow me to tell the story from my friend’s observations, though I … Continue reading

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On Condominium Governance: bylaws, declarations and sales agreements

I get disappointed about the thought process when I read, from managers and condo boards, that a policy is a certain way because of ” bylaws, declarations and sales agreement schedules which dictate” what the residents – the owners – … Continue reading

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Study: At-Risk Teenagers Interested in Online Health Record Access

Study: At-Risk Teenagers Interested in Online Health Record Access Interesting review of original research that suggests teenagers are a frequently overlooked community in terms of their interest in their own health care. Related article at FierceIT: http://www.fiercehealthit.com/story/study-high-risk-teens-open-online-health-records/2012-10-22 Original research: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/10/15/peds.2012-1653.abstract?sid=4a341515-ae0c-4137-94e4-f6aa6f403f72 

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