Proportion

I don’t know about you, but I find it trivializing when a two-minute report on Matt Lauer’s unbelievable, gross, illegal, sociopathic behavior is then followed immediately by a “happy talk” weather report or a piece on a truck fire, as if it’s equal to a cold front or a traffic jam. Maybe it’s just me….


DASM: Not All Rides Are the Same

I am not making this up. I arranged through the concierge of the W Times Square Hotel to have a car pick me up at Penn Station and take me on some errands and then to the hotel. The driver was from India. His accent was so thick that he was unintelligible. I couldn’t find him outside the train station because he seemed to say he was in mid-block when he was at the end of the block. I’d tell …


If I Only Had A Brain….

The New York Giants football team, in a horrible slump, has benched Eli Manning, the quarterback, who has previously won two Super Bowls. The Cleveland Browns, who are zero for the 21st Century, keep juggling their lineups and coaches. Does it occur to anyone that long-term problems are the result of poor decisions made by the general management and owners? GE recently forced out their CEO before his tenure would have been up because they were unhappy with performance. They …


The Burden of History

There is some kind of ignorant movement out there to remove Gone With the Wind, book and movie, from circulation, because they portray racist attitudes of the past. Indeed they do, which is why they are valuable as both art and history. We can’t recreate the past in our present-day preferences, nor can we ignore the stains and blemishes of our history. Richard Wagner was a virulent, notorious anti-Semite. Yet his music is still played globally today. There have been debates in …


Podcast – The Uncomfortable Truth – Episode 21: Believing

“Wherein Alan discusses that we all believe in something, and we’re not random biological mechanisms.“ Transcript: Welcome to The Uncomfortable Truth. My subject today is believing. Yes, believing. You know, the Greeks thought of gods as occupying the earth with mortals. It was almost a conversational quality, bar talk, some folks just discussing things. There was said to be interaction between mortals and gods. The Romans were largely observant, but also quite skeptical. They didn’t want to hedge their bets, so they had their own gods, but they tolerated the gods of other religions …



Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 11/27/17

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

There have been several articles lately about homeless people who have helped a driver hurt in a car accident or returned money that they found to the rightful owner. In response, money has poured in to provide housing and food, and job offers have resulted. When these people turn out to be veterans, the avalanche of goodwill intensifies. This response to a good deed performed by someone in unfortunate circumstances is admirable, but: Why do people in dire straits who …


Replace This

A few times a year I actually receive requests from people who have lost one of my books, or lost the links to programs they purchased long ago, or whose computers have crashed, asking me to replace the lost items. I ask them if they request replacements from Amazon, or iTunes when they lose items purchased in those places. None of them makes an offer to even partially pay for the replacement when they contact me. I’ve stopped doing it. …


RIO: Rhode Island Oddities

Rhode Island is more a state of mind than a state of the union. There are about 66 school districts in Rhode Island. There are about 74 in Florida. Rhode Island has about one million people, Florida has about 20 million people. The same ratios apply to libraries, police departments, fire departments, and so forth. Rhode Island could operate like Singapore—a city/state. There would be vast economies of scale and far more efficiencies in a small state where there isn’t …