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Connectioning Three Seemingly Disparate Pieces of Data

Dr. Amy Reed, an anesthesiologist from Boston, has advanced cancer, possibly spread by a device called a morcellator. According to highly –esteemed analyst Stephanie Pomboy of Macro Mavens, as quoted in Barron’s July 12th 2014 edition, there are three million four hundred thousand (3,400,000) fewer fulltime workers now than before the Great Recession. The FDA is proposing regulation of cigar manufacturers and a stunning tax on cigars.
How are these three things connected?
Before we get into that, let us thank Dr. Amy Reed, who is battling Stage Four cancer, for raising the issue of the risks that may be associated with using the morbidly named “morcellator” in association with hysterectomies.More on that here.Dr. Reed is doing all women a big favor.And thanks should also go to USA Today, and more particularly to America’s sole remaining conservative newspaper The Wall St. Journal for raising awareness sufficiently that the FDA had to look into it. This is the basis of the connections, i.e…

You Are 52 And Worried About Keeping Your/Looking for a Job

I was re-reading a business book that was published in 1991.It had success stories of companies that had installed new management techniques.(The author, of course, was an expert on those techniques.)Many of those companies no longer exist. Not because of following the writer’s recommendations – those are actually pretty good even today. But because of the earth-shattering changes that have swept U.S. and the world- of industry.
You – our model worker- just recently celebrated your fifty –second birthday. You were part of a wave of baby –boomer women who swept into colleges and universities in the seventies and eighties and graduated in 1984. Or perhaps it is you – the man who completed military service at that same time.You entered the work force in 1984.
Think about just how much things have changed since then.Tools you learned to use only to discard and replace them with something newer and better.When you started working, PCs and Macs were just becoming deployed in the workplace on …
Today Forbes announced its list of the thirty most important people under thirty.Fortune did the same thing recently.Are you tired of reading lists of “Thirty Leaders Under Thirty”?Here is a list of the sixty most influential, annoying, important or just folks over sixty.Here then, sorted by age, is The Sixty Most Important People Over Sixty. Henry Kissinger.Still the U.S. best thinker on foreign policy and diplomacy.Jimmy Carter.Better as an ex-President than President.His work for Habitat for Humanity is a lesson for all of us.T. Boone Pickens.Oilman, energy expert.Creator of The Pickens Plan for energy independence.Frank Gehry.Showing the world what new materials and CAD design can do to architecture.Warren Bufett. Best investor in history.Becoming one of the best philanthropists in history.Alan Simpson.Former Senator who, along with Bowles (below) is trying to get U.S. to fiscal sanity.Diane Feinstein.Influential Sr. Senator from CA.Carl Icahn.Activist investor.Anthony Kennedy.Supr…