Written by Cyril Northcote Parkinson, Parkinson’s law is a book that originally aimed to demonstrate the adage that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. Its origin can be exemplified in these corollaries cited on Wikipedia:
Self-made millionaire Gregory Sancoff has spent a decade and $19 million building a highly unusual stealth boat. Called Ghost, it’s designed to be faster, more stable, and more fuel-efficient than anything currently in the U.S. Navy’s fleet, he says. “It’s such a smooth ride, you can sit there and drink your coffee going through six-foot swells,” he proudly told Bloomberg Businessweek in 2014.
But there’s a problem: The Pentagon doesn’t want Sancoff’s boat—and also won’t let him sell it abroad.
Source: The Feds Won’t Buy this $19 Million Stealth Boat – Or Let It Be Sold Abroad | Bloomberg
A little background is necessary here – Gregory Sancoff is a self-made millionaire who spent some of his own fortune building a stealth boat for the U.S. Navy. The Navy has chosen not to purchase Sancoff’s “Ghost” boat. That is fine… except, the Navy has deemed the technology too classified to allow him to sell it anywhere else. How does this make any sense, if he developed the boat all on his own, without any government funding or assistance?
The mainstream media cannot ignore the obvious spike in violent crime in Philadelphia; criminals there are getting increasingly more brazen in their disregard for authority by the day. What the mainstream media is ignoring, however, is the cause of the spike in violent crime – increasingly youthful perpetrators, and a police force that is unable to combat the new crime wave striking the city. While youth crime in the past few years has been limited to flash mobs and random attacks, a new wave of violent crime is showing that teenagers aren’t limited with casual violence or late hours anymore, and are getting increasingly brazen with their own criminal behavior.
Someone close to me, who is voting for Hillary, sent me this article recently, thinking it did a great job of characterizing Trump voters as real people. And I was so mortified and incensed reading it, that I felt it necessary to respond with my own thoughts on this election, and who I will be voting for.
The article is a perfect example of virtue signaling as it relates to this election. Nowhere in the article does John Biggs, the author, indicate that he has actually spoken with any Trump voter who actually has anything positive to say about Trump himself or his proposed policies. Instead, the quotes are merely meant to symbolize angry conservatives who are voting against Hillary moreso than they are voting for Trump. It seems this Ohio native turned Brooklyn hipster has taken but one glance at the odds and surmised that since he believes Hillary is going to win, and since he has such a large following, it is his duty to begin reaching out to Trump voters to bridge the partisan divide. It seems as if he wants to unite everyone under a nation of corruption and crime for the leaders, but not for the general population. Seeing as how I regularly communicate with Trump voters, I felt it my duty to respond, and will preserve the anonymity of my contributors by speaking through my own voice.
Cooper is hoping that other companies can learn from Goldman’s example and open up a dialogue with employees, even if it isn’t easy: “We all have to get comfortable being uncomfortable.”
Source: Goldman Sachs’ Edith Cooper says its time to start talking about race in the workplace. Here’s how she’s doing that. | LinkedIn
Now the rest of the LinkedIn team has gotten in on the act, trumping up Edith Cooper’s race discussion at Goldman Sachs. If you remember from my prior article, Edith Cooper is the “global head of human capital management” at Goldman. She is seen above having a discussion in a conference room with several other Goldman employees, notably CEO Lloyd Blankfein, at the far left of the panel in the photo. Blankfein has been a Hillary supporter for years, and has been donating heavily to her campaign since she first ran against Obama in 2008. It would take a search of OpenSecrets.org to see exactly how much has been donated by Blankfein, but no such distinctions are made for DNC or other PAC donations by Blankfein, so it is much more difficult to know how much he has personally contributed to her cause. However, notably absent from this discussion is anything regarding Donald Trump, or how all Goldman employees, not just partners, risk termination if found to have contributed to his campaign.
The internet is making it easier than ever for residents to find out about, and apply for, affordable housing. A recent study by DNAinfo showed there were approximately 843 applications per unit (and some 3,400 units in the lotteries) last year. In total, that’s nearly 3 million applications.
Be super-clear about the guidelines for any unit you apply for. Know your combined household income, and be sure you can provide proof of your salary, as well as a credit report, birth certificate, identification, tax returns, proof of address, and more fun paperwork. You’ll have to present this all at an interview… if you’re randomly selected and survive the initial vetting process, which can take two to 10 months.
Source: Everything You Need To Know About Affordable Housing In New York City | Thrillist
Someone asked me to read this, having read my prior article on the scam that is NYC rent stabilization. Yes, it is true, and I’m unsurprised by it. Media is actually pushing a rent stabilization lottery as the only realistic way to get a stabilized apartment in NYC. Though, with a 1 in 843 chance of getting called in, not even counting a housing board that could find any number of reasons to exclude you from stabilized housing, the chances are beyond slim. In fact, if you look on Betfair right now at the US Presidential election odds, you have a better chance of seeing Mike Pence, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden, Paul Ryan, or Evan McMullin winning the election than you do of getting selected for one of these units.
Seeing a lack of competition in many of the health law’s online insurance marketplaces, Hillary Clinton, President Obama and much of the Democratic Party are calling for more government, not less.
Mr. Obama’s signature domestic achievement will almost certainly have to change to survive. The two parties agree that for too many people, health plans in the individual insurance market are still too expensive and inaccessible.
Source: Ailing Obama Health Care Act May Have to Change to Survive | NY Times
The hits just keep on coming for Obamacare. It is increasingly difficult to find people in support of the healthcare reform law as it currently exists. Though, the NY Times is truthfully just calling for more Obamacare, specifically a “public option”, which will be bankrolled by the taxpayer. Once again, ZeroHedge said it best:
Note: This is a firearm retailer saferoom, NOT a private collection!
- An estimated 55 million Americans own guns.
- The percentage of the U.S. population who own guns decreased slightly from 25% in 1994 to 22% last year.
- Between 300,000 and 600,000 guns are stolen each year.
- Gun owners tend to be white, male, conservative, and live in rural areas.
- 25% of gun owners in America are white or multi-racial, compared with 16% of Hispanics and 14% of African Americans.
- There are an estimated 111 million handguns nationwide, a 71% increase from the 65 million handguns in 1994.
I’ve been meaning to cover this for some time now, but all the election and odds coverage has pushed this one back. Also, it took hardly a passing glance at this “study” to prove its illegitimacy, and wasn’t even sure it deserved to even be recognized. However, given the astounding number of people that I have seen cite it as justification to further restrict gun rights, a dissection of the study in its own post is warranted.
After the first debate, most of us, myself included, were largely underwhelmed by Trump’s performance. The brash candidate who was nominated by the Republican party, largely due to his anti-establishment credentials and willingness to call out politicians on their duplicitous actions and statements, was almost entirely absent. Trump seemed not only unprepared, he seemed unwilling to call out Hillary on her many flaws, and the move in the odds reflected that. Even worse for Trump’s odds, all of Wikileaks’ transcripts from Hillary’s paid speeches were almost entirely muted by Trump’s video leak, which caused his odds to fall drastically. Despite the sharp fall in the odds for Trump, I stated the following:
I think perhaps the only shot Trump has to win is to totally pull out the stops in the next two debates and get Hillary in a “gotcha” moment that he can play on repeat in commercials until election day. He will need to be the reckless, brash candidate that won him the Republican nomination in the first place, and not be afraid to mention the Clinton Foundation and the many Hillary scandals. It will be tougher to do so in the second debate, with known Trump hater and MSM employee Anderson Cooper moderating, but he might have an easier time in debate three with Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday moderating. He also needs to be prepared to deflect the coming criticism of the video release with the actions of Bill Clinton, and possibly even quote some things he has said to Trump.