Seriously?

I’m as pro-capitalism and American Dream as you can get. I believe in ensuring equal starts and level playing fields as a societal obligation. But I also believe that you reward talent, not merely participation. And you expect talent to conform to ethical standards and legal requirements at the very least. Having said that, the question as to whether Les Moonves is entitled to $120 million in severance is beyond my comprehension. First, the money is hard to even imagine, …


Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 12/17/18

Alan's Monday Morning Memo

When I was an undergraduate at Rutgers, we were required as freshmen to take a course called Western Civilization. I’m not sure that would even be allowed today, and I’m uncertain as to whether “freshmen” may be a micro-aggression (freshpersons?). Western Civ was taught by a non-tenured professor—after all, it required actually interacting with students a couple of times every week—and it was a large class, perhaps 30 of us. Mine was taught by a Swiss professor with a considerable …


The Dog Star: Efficiency

(The Dog Star is a symbol of power, will, and steadfastness of purpose, and exemplifies the One who has succeeded in bridging the lower and higher consciousness. –Astrological Definition) Bentley barks at every single vehicle that comes up the driveway, barks every time the bridge alarm goes off. He’ll even do this with friends and family and cars he knows. He doesn’t take any chances about missing anyone and only calms down when he recognizes the person or the UPS …


How Many Bulbs Are Lighted?

Two hallway ceiling lights both went dark, and at first I thought we had a fuse problem. But  when I took them apart, I found that all three bulbs in each fixture were burned out. I then deduced that the three had not gone out simultaneously, but one by one without my noticing the diminishing light. Once I replaced them all, the hallway was brighter than it had been in some time. A car can operate with a piston not …


Hey, Isn’t That Joe Over There Behind Curtain Two?

I had a routine, scheduled medical procedure last week as an outpatient. The medical staff is fixated on privacy, supposedly, due to “HIPAA” laws here. Yet in the prep area I could readily see other patients and hear the conversations among them and nurses and doctors. The privacy focus seems more symbolic than actual, not unlike TSA in the airports.