Kicked in the butt

The CIO of my company called me today to ask how things were going. I said they were going much better now. We discussed some of the recent events in our division. He went on to thank me for ‘kicking him in the butt’ on Saturday,  February 17th. I was taken a bit aback, but he insisted that he was grateful.

I guess somebody has to say what’s on their mind to the top of the management chain, to make things better.

Some Common Misconceptions

Here in the United States in the year 2018, there are a number of common, widespread misconceptions that seem to prevail with masses of the public. These misconceptions do not seem to be based on any particular evidence, but are rather cultural beliefs. I’m going to start by simply listing what I see as the major misconceptions, later I will discuss the evidence to back up these statements, and list relevant references.

  1. The United States is, will soon be, or could easily become, energy independent.
    1. Here is a good starting article: GOP Tax Law Bails Out Fracking Companies Buried in Debt
  2. All issues and problems of our time, not matter how large or small, have a technological fix.
  3. The stock market is like going to the casino, and only those ‘in the know’ can make money.