Relocation and Kryptonite

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Unlike most mortals, I have a super power. Yes, it’s true. I drive with a New Jersey License plate. Able to flip off lane changers in a single bound. Faster than a speeding Uber. Angrier than a kid driving behind the old man in a hat. But I have a flaw. My Kryptonite is…Potholes. In […]

Confessions of a French Major

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Well, Kentucky’s Republican Governor, Matt Bevin, has decided that the state will support the education of  accountants but wants to limit the downside risk on French majors.  Understandable, I suppose, but as one of those who specialized in French, I can say with some pride that I have never had a day of unemployment in […]

Nepotism Rules!

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If you own or run a company, you probably have been tempted by the siren song of nepotism. Nepotism refers to the high art and common practice of hiring your relatives. Interestingly, if you search for the terms “nepotism” and “rules” you are likely to get a number of documents that purport to limit the […]

Humanities for Fun and Profit!

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The unemployment statistics are daunting:  for those with high school degrees, it is 7.5%. For those with college, it is 3.8%.  Except for graduates with BA degrees in the Humanities.  For them, there is basically no hope. At least, that is what the newspapers would have you believe.  Articles abound on the sorry parents who […]

How YOU Doin’?

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I used to see Goldman Sachs alumni everywhere. It was weird – as if they were running things. But today I see a different influence. Now New Jersey and its crazy citizens are everywhere.  In the old days, New Jersey was a small state with no major cities, and its function was simply to keep Philadelphia the […]

Actors’ Advice

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I picked up a free newspaper in a coffee shop once, and found what I consider the best career advice I ever heard. It followed an article on how hard it was to find acting gigs. The article consisted of a simple sidebar with five simple questions aimed at aspiring actors. It went like this: […]

The Inflation 5cast

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 Years ago, the musician and comedian Victor Borge gave a monologue on inflation. He said, “Anything that has to do with money goes up … except the language. See, we have hidden numbers in the words like ‘wonderful,’ ‘before,’ ‘create,’ ‘tenderly.’ All these numbers can be inflated and meet the economy, you know, by rising […]

Surveillance: An Appreciation

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If you have Sirius XM radio and have surfed the talk radio channels, you’ve come across Bloomberg Surveillance and Bloomberg on the Economy, two long-format talk shows hosted by Tom Keene.  They are newish offshoots of the galloping Bloomberg Media empire. Michael Bloomberg — now known as Mayor Bloomberg, as in New York — started the […]

Male Infidelity Explained, With Graphs

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I can explain Tiger Woods’ behavior in business terms. Or, more properly stated, in behavioral economic terms. Call it Freakynomics, the study of Homo Sapiens Super Res, or Man Away on Business. This explains why so many girls seem to be, excuse the expression, coming out of the Woods. It is not just because Tiger […]