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Let’s face it: not all of us are cut out to write those popular 200-comment posts. We can’t all engage in the comments in elevated discussions of philosophical tracts and how they relate to pre-Hegelian ethics.  Some of us are only able to drop a comment every now and then – worse, those comments are […]

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Hello everyone. This past Sunday I attended the Town and Gown event in LA as a “newbie” and immediately joined Ricochet Monday morning. To date I have never posted, do not “tweet” nor “facebook” as old habits are hard to break so to say. (I guess deep down inside I’m still a bit old-school, so […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Conference Call Blues

 

In Silicon Valley, we routinely work across time zones as members of an always-connected global village. Awake before dawn to get a jump on critical developments from the East Coast; connecting with European partners on the drive to work; meetings throughout the day with colleagues across North America; teleconferences in the afternoon with vendors in Asia; finally wrapping up from home with Indian suppliers on the opposite side of the globe, thirteen-and-a-half hours ahead of California. In very real ways, the workday never ends. And while the economy has adjusted to globalism, the human circadian rhythm has not.

 Nor has communication technology. The conference call, the backbone of the modern collaborative economy, is mind-bendingly awful; a soul-crushing “user experience.”

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I don’t have a proper introduction to this post (or obviously, a good title), so allow me to get around that by simply saying that I recognize that a consequence of our growing membership and format makes it hard to read every post and engage in discussion of each topic. Good material falls off the […]

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In today’s NRO Andrew Johnson identifies Democrats running for reelection who don’t want to be seen with President Obama. What could possibly account for this other than racism? How long before the MSM investigates this brewing scandal? More

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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…  Ecclesiastes 3:1 More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Obama, the Pop Culture President

 

President Obama’s pedestrian State of the Union address had only one memorable moment: his suggestion that “It is time to do away with policies that belong in a Mad Men episode.” In Forbes today, I argue that the reference was not a throw away line, but part of our TV-loving president’s very conscious strategy to use popular culture to his advantage.

He does this in a number of ways. First, he uses pop culture to connect with his audiences. His popularity is low, and interest in the State of the Union is declining, but his Mad Men reference generated 34,000 tweets.

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I rented a comedy from Netflix this week, called “Over Her Dead Body.” Despite the title, it’s a light-hearted rom-com, and was pretty funny. It should be noted that the topic of the movie is completely apolitical — it’s not as if the story involved a politician or took place in Washington. At the 1:04 […]

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On last night’s AMU Nightcap, we were discussing potential presidential candidates. The consensus is that there is no consensus. No one candidate satisfies enough of us to build a consensus. Like the 2012 election, we need an amalgam of the available candidates stitched together to make the perfect Frankenstein’s Republican monster. Here are the bits […]

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On a philosophical level, my perception of reality is very important to me, so conceptually hallucinogens, or anything else that would interfere with that, specifically hallucinogens, terrify me. When I was a kid, I remember my mother (who, for the record, once smelled marijuana at a party and no that’s not a euphemism) talked about people, […]

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I need some assistance. Today on Facebook a friend posted this (via “Democrats for Victory”): http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/01/29/3900697/jim-morin-13013.html More

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The title is (slightly) hyperbolic. Over the last decade or so, I had gone from someone who cared very deeply about music, to someone who had pretty much stopped listening to it altogether. Pop music had become a denuded wasteland of stripperfied bubble gum lyrics, hip hop had followed, country seemed more interested in looks […]

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Ayn Rand wrote that the “only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.”

President Obama is doing the exact opposite. With his “I have a pen” promise (aka despotism), he is pushing businesses to sign a White House pledge not to “discriminate” against hiring the long-term unemployed.

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 Rob LongThe Ricochet Podcast: Episode 199 Minute 2:35 “Humor always marches forward and people don’t laugh at the same things people laughed at in 1903.” More

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Roger L. Simon has a Swiftian proposal: “Illegal immigrants, assuming they have lived here for a decent period of time and have not committed a felony, can have amnesty, but they can NEVER be allowed to vote. They can do anything else that is legal, but if they want to vote — or run for […]

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I say, “our party,” because let’s face it, if you are a conservative or a small-government libertarian, the Republicans are all you’ve got. So behold, Pittsburgh News Station Broadcasts Workers’ Live Reactions to Changes to Their Insurance Policies Under Obamacare: More

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In the next AMU Nightcap we’ll try using a chat screen via http://www.freeconferencecall.com/meeting/199-851-607 More

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In the wake of a noxious MSNBC Tweet that declared “the right wing” would be offended by a Cheerios ad that depicted a biracial family, RNC Chair Reince Priebus urged a Republican boycott of the network and said that RNC staffers were forbidden from appearing on any MSNBC show. Priebus sent a letter to MSNBC […]

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I don’t understand our cultural fascination with the concept of “sexual orientation.” I have never been with a woman sexually, nor do I ever plan to. But it seems to me that pleasure is pleasure, regardless of the source. Our outward focus on the source of the pleasure, which is what “sexual orientation” is, strikes […]

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