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American Management In Brief
Best interpretation of today's corporate world. From LinkedIn

Inspiring Teacher Story
Teachers do make a difference. From LinkedIn via Michael Dortch

Funny Because It’s True
Don’t Jump To Conclusions. Also from LinkedIn

Of-ten or Off-en
Now matter how often I hear it, when people pronounce the “t” in often, it drives me crazy. The dictionary says both are correct. The dictionary is wrong. Rain down your Pet Peeves on this subject.

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From a friend: This is one of the best videos I've seen on Narcissism... funny too.

Sad Newspaper Commentary
Over The Hedge offers a sad commentary on newspaper readership, which, as Homer Simpson says, is “Funny because it’s true.”

What’s Happy?
Many interesting answers to many interesting questions in Harvard’s 85-year-old study of its alums.

Occam’s Razor
I assumed everyone knew of this principle. After a recent dinner with a pair of humanities majors, I discovered that while it is well-known in my crowd, it isn’t general knowledge. If there are two explanations, pick the simpler one.

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Abused Elephants Forced To Listen
I won’t dignify it with a link, but pianist Paul Barton claims to have traded Yorkshire concert halls for Thailand, where he plays piano for handicapped elephants. Dig deeper on Google; it’s a fraud in the service of elephant abuse.
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 This XKCD comic 

 Ben Gibbard, has a really great line in this podcast about trying to finish an ultramarathon when your body isn’t quite right vs. trying to finish an ultramarathon when your head isn’t quite right
“Free throws but they get increasingly more hilarious”

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Worst Wayfinding Ever
When you get an appointment at Kaiser Martinez they give you a building name All the directional signs show only building numbers. Kaiser won’t tell you, but:  KAISER MARTINEZ CAMPUS BUILDING NAME / NUMBER TRANSLATION. See you at building 6. Hacienda. Whatever.

Sustainable Development
 Wangechi Kuria posted on Linked In: This man is irrigating his paddy farm using locally available materials without any pollution, with minimal biodiversity damage/loss.
Fake Texts
From Semi-Rad: A  deep, deep dive into the world of the fake text message screenshots Apple uses every time it rolls out a new iOS
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1st Impeachment Hearing
Charlie Sykes of The Bulwark wrote: “The charitable view is that the first hearing was a dumpster fire inside a clown car wrapped in a fiasco. To put it mildly, the GOP did not bring their best.”

Graceful Exits
There are about 900 memes on the Internet quoting Ellen Goodman on the subject of graceful exits. To the best of my knowledge, I am the only person who has posted the full October 1976 column in which she coined the phrase. It arrived on a day when my live was in chaos. I appreciated it then; I appreciate it now.

Future of News
There may be a future for professionally reported and edited local news; just not ad-supported dead-tree news. Thank you Reid Ashe, for finding Leonard Downie’s op-ed in the Washington Post (or Editor& Publisher). Surely you can get past either the paywall or the begging wall.

Dead Horses
I recently posted, “When your horse is dead, dismount.” Well, Brendan Leonard offers an anecdote which begins, “Many of us have never beaten a dead horse,” following which he stopped beating the… well you know.

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Semi-Rad Link Rolling
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Top Five Sort Of

The Top 5 List now does sloppy seconds; More Signs Your Relationship May Be Over: “Great to See You” kisses among friends don’t usually involve tongue.

Big Pharma Lies
If you’ve always been a suspicious of Big Pharma lies about the relationship between R&D and drug costs, you’ll enjoy this congressional grilling. Kind of like Big 3 automaker management: “We can’t afford raises… except for us.”