Showing posts from September 16, 2014

The Marshmallow Test for Grownups

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[Use Ron's News to help you to maintain a healthy information diet! :-) *RON*]
by Ed Batista, Harvard Business Review Blogs, 15 September 2014

Originally conducted by psychologist Walter Mischel in the late 1960s, the Stanford marshmallow test has become a touchstone of developmental psychology. Children at Stanford’s Bing Nursery School, aged four to six, were placed in a room furnished only with a table and chair. A single treat, selected by the child, was placed on the table. (In addition to marshmallows, the researchers also offered Oreo cookies and pretzel sticks.) Each child was told if they waited for 15 minutes before eating the treat, they would be given a second treat. Then they were left alone in the room.

Follow-up studies with the children later in adolescence showed a correlation between an ability to wait long enough to obtain a second treat and various forms of life success, such as higher SAT scores. And a 2011 fMRI study cond…

US Corporate Executives to Workers: Drop Dead

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[Our society is constantly playing the win-win game of the economy as if it was actually a win-lose game... That only leads to one place: lose-lose. *RON*]
by Yves Smith, Naked Capitalism, September 16, 2014

The Washington Post has a story that blandly supports the continued strip mining of the American economy. Of course, in the Versailles that the nation’s capitol has become, this lobbyist-and-big-ticket-political-donor supporting point of view no doubt seems entirely logical.

The guts of the article:
Three years ago, Harvard Business School asked thousands of its graduates, many of whom are leaders of America’s top companies, where their firms had decided to locate jobs in the previous year. The responses led the researchers to declare a “competitiveness problem” at home: HBS Alumni reported 56 separate instances where they moved 1,000 or more U.S. jobs to foreign countries, zero cases of moving that many jobs in one block to America from abroad…

Do B.C. Parents Have To Buy Toilet Paper Soon As Part Of School Supplies?

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[She's right on all counts. A well-written, heart-felt plea from a parent. Families first, indeed, Ms. Clark (who can afford to keep her son in a private school). *RON*]
Carolyn Moeller, Mother, Community Volunteer, Bookkeeper, Huffington Post, 15 September 2014

I am a mother of three children in the B.C. public school system and I am very worried about the state it is in. One of my biggest concerns is the fact that our public schools are consistently receiving less funding, resulting in them relying on the parents and PACs (Parent Advisory Committees) to make up the difference.

Recently I found out that my son's elementary school PAC raised $35,000 last year to fund things like school camps, guest teachers (art, science, music), a reading incentive program, classroom funds, breakfast/lunch program, field trips and classroom technology. Without all these things my children would only have the "bare bones" of education. Some of thi…

Senate to spend $150K learning to communicate better

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[I will consult to them, completely gratis, that this kind of story doesn't help. *RON*]

By Jordan Press, Ottawa Citizen, 15 September 2014

The Senate is spending $150,000 for an outside consulting firm to review how it communicates with the news media and public.

“My colleagues and I recognize the need for the Senate to have an efficient communications directorate, equipped with cutting edge platforms, in order to effectively communicate to Canadians and all stakeholders,” Conservative Sen. Leo Housakos, who heads the committee overseeing the review, said in a statement.

Dealing with reporters has become increasingly problematic for the upper chamber; media requests have risen in numbers in the wake of the Senate spending scandal. The heightened scrutiny has led to a closer grip, at times, on information about senators’ spending, which the Senate says, under its rules, it doesn’t have to give out.

The information that does get made public u…

Wealth gap: How income inequality affects U.S. state government revenues

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[I'm out of town most of this week, so things will be a bit spotty! The rich have tax shelters and spend proportionately less of their overall income compared with he poor, so they shell out less on sales tax. The result is that, as income shifts upward, government coffers are drained, with an overall loss of social justice. *RON*]
Josh Boak, The Associated Press,, 15 September 2014

WASHINGTON -- Income inequality is taking a toll on U.S. state governments.

The widening gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else has been matched by a slowdown in state tax revenue, according to a report being released Monday by Standard & Poor's.

Even as income for the affluent has accelerated, it's barely kept pace with inflation for most other people. That trend can cause two problems for states: The wealthy often manage to shield much of their income from taxes. And they tend to spend less of it than others do, thereby limiti…