Fraud Alert

Note that the World Patent & Trademark Service (WPTS) and the International Trademarks and Patents Organization (IPTO) are both frauds, both out of Czech Republic, probably run  by the same crooks. They offer zero additional protection for your trademarks. They get your name off trademark lists that are published by law. You might as well throw your money into a bonfire, although that, at least, will keep you warm.


Hypocrisy Unleashed

There’s a squeaky wheel talk show host in Providence by the name of John DePetro. He went to Boston for a while, but was fired when he called female protestors “fat lesbians” on his talk show. In Rhode Island, he was excoriated for calling patrons at a local bar, who are not disruptive or disrespectful, “white trash,” and called for the bar’s closing. I believe he felt they were too close to his car. On the show this morning he took …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 5/11/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: Conspiracy theories are based on the blind belief that a covert yet powerful plan is in place to cause harm. They usually fly against fact, scientific method, rationality, and consensus opinion. For example, one claim is that the government has been covering up aliens that crash landed in the US 60 years ago, yet the government can’t even keep its own data secret from hackers! Some people want to believe that we never landed on the …


Does CVS Read My Blog?

Recently I published here (http://www.contrarianconsulting.com/dasm-cvs-and-baltimore/) my recommendations for CVS in the wake of the Baltimore riots. A few days later, they announced (as reported in the Wall Street Journal) virtually identical steps being taken. Reader Tim Wilson suggests that it was no coincidence and they accepted the free consulting advice.


Flapping Your Wings

I’m watching the Pacific on my balcony at Laguna Beach when three pelicans fly by, not one flapping a wing at any time. They are riding thermals, sometimes 50 feet in the air, sometimes barely over the breakers. They are exerting no energy and moving quite rapidly, in complete control. Consultants tend to “flap their wings” too much. They introduce methodologies, are verbose about analysis, do more than they’re asked to do, try too hard to be liked. They flap …




Stupidest Thing On Facebook Today

“Can ANYONE explain to me, in logical and reasonable terms, why we MUST disclose a political party preference on our voter registration application or we may not be able to vote for some parties’ candidates at a primary election for U.S. President or party committee? Should we not be able to vote on / for the person we think is least corrupt, no matter what party they belong (sic) or we prefer?” (In fact, it’s to prevent one party from …


Alan’s Monday Morning Memo – 5/4/15

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

This week’s focus point: Upwards of 90% of the standing ovations I see aren’t deserved. A good but not great performance was overly rewarded by an audience that wanted to convince itself that the $400 expenditure and four hour investment for the evening was a wise decision. It’s staggering to think of the money raised for the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight Saturday night. But the “two greatest fighters of their generation” put on a pretty boring show, Pacquiao, though a great guy, …