Leadership on the Line

March 12, 2011

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I’ve been reading Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading by Ronald A. Heifetz and Marty Linsky. It’s a very interesting book and well worth reading, but so far, I’m not sure that I agree with much of it or if I would implement it in the manner described. The basic […]

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Egypt

February 10, 2011

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Hosni Mubarak is clueless! By not stepping down, he’s almost guaranteed violence and a difficult transition in Egypt. I also don’t see how Omar Suleiman can be part of a new government. Suleiman has been the head of Egypt’s secret police, the main perpetrator of “extraordinary renditions” under the Bush administration and an accused torturer. […]

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The Case for Startups

February 9, 2011

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Where do jobs come from? In these times of high unemployment, this question is of particular relevance.  A recent study by the Kauffman Foundation, titled “The Importance of Startups in Job Creation and Destruction“, answers this question clearly: jobs come from startups, defined as firms less than 1 year old. As the graph below so […]

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Passive House Construction

November 20, 2010

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I’ve been trying to understand some of the differences between the various “branded” approaches to reducing the energy footprint of a house: LEED-certified, Zero Net Energy house and Passive House.  LEED certification goes beyond energy consumption to also look at other impacts on the environment (water use, indoor air quality, material usage, construction practices, etc), […]

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Getting LEED Certified

November 19, 2010

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OK, this is a change from the political nature of this blog, but my interests have always been wide ranging, and rather than create a new blog for new interests, I’ve decided to use this same blog for all my interests. I’ve recently been looking in to what it would take to get LEED certified.  […]

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Thomas Woods and the Depression of 1920-21

March 25, 2010

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My Stepson Luke sent me a link to an article by Thomas Woods.  It’s an interesting read, as it challenges conventional orthodoxy what the government should do to deal with a depression.  Unfortunately, I think the article is full of holes, cherry-picking of data and unreasonable prescriptions that simply won’t work.  Here was my answer […]

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Sunlight Foundation

February 10, 2010

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Ever since the Supreme Court overturned 100 years of precedent to declare that the wealthy can buy as many politicians . . . oops, I mean, they can buy free speech (if it’s free, why do they have to buy it?), I’ve been worried about the impact this is going to have on our already […]

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