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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 3/10/18 edition

March 10, 2018

Can we all agree, the only person who shed a tear for Martin Shkreli, when he was sentenced to 7 years in jail, was martin Shkreli?

Can we all agree, we’re all happy President Obama will get a Netflix show, but worried it will just be a series of dry legal lectures, that only a law professor could love?

Can we all agree, isolation may be one way to deal with the 2016 election, but there are many more Americans, like Democrats in Texas, who  have chosen resistance?

Can we all agree, when Governor Rick Scott signed gun control legislation,  he might have been the first GOP politician to figure out the people of Florida have more votes than the NRA?

Can we all agree, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a long time supporter of state’s rights, revealed himself as they ultimate hypocrite when he sued California for enacting  sanctuary laws that conflict with federal law?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s decision to meet with the President of North Korea was designed by the President for one thing: to keep the spotlight on him?

Can we all agree, no one would be surprised if former basketball star Dennis Rodman was chosen to mediate the talks? After all he’s one of only two people who has met both men.

Can we all agree, the new chief of the Department of Health and Human Services shocked everyone by rejecting Idaho’s attempts to undermine the Affordable Care Act?

Can we all agree, Democrats have already won this coming Tuesday’s the special election in Pennsylvania by forcing the GOP to spend $16 million on what should have been an easy GOP win?

Can we all agree, the biggest losers in the power struggle at the Veteran’s Administration will be veterans, who cannot get the care they have been promised?

Can we all agree, the administration’s meeting with video game manufacturers, was designed to get the public spotlight off guns and congressional inaction?

Can we all agree, Republicans may not get behind the call for more mental hospitals, since they know it was Ronald Reagan who was largely responsible for closing many of the facilities?

Can we all agree, the creation 0f 313,000 new jobs, with little increase in wages, is the continuation of a trend that began 8 years ago?

Can we all agree, the world wants to see Stormy Daniels get her day in court?

Can we all agree, Trump’s tariffs will have foreign governments lined up to ask for exemptions while Americans pay more for everything?

Can we all agree, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin seems to realize the United States has given China a HUGE present by refusing to sign the Trans Pacific Partnership?

Can we all agree, after 10 years of economic turmoil, it’s great to see the Greek economy reviving?

Can we all agree, it’s a bit redundant to say the Italian elections have created turmoil? Since WWII, Italian politics is the definition of turmoil.

Can we all agree, we need Angela Merkel to lead Europe, as a steadying force against Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, Jared Kushner was exactly the wrong person to send to Mexico, to make peace with that country’s president, who just cancelled a trip to Washington because of his treatment by Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, it’s about time we put to rest all this stories about the fate of Amelia Earhart?

Can we all agree, the Texas Senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke will easily be the most entertaining contest in this election cycle?

Can we all agree, only Donald Trump would dare to claim the record turnover in his administration was simply an attempt to get ‘the most qualified people’ to serve in his administration?

Can we all agree, we really didn’t need a survey to tell us ‘fake news’ travels faster than real news?

Can we all agree, everyone believes the Russian KGB was behind the poisoning of a former Russian spy and his daughter in London?

Can we all agree, President Trump needs to be held accountable for reversing his decision, and allowing Americans to hunt elephants and lions? I guess his sons really want trophy heads or their man caves.

Can we all agree, every new revelation about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, makes it clear he is building a conspiracy case against the President and his family?

Can we all agree, many more Americans appear transfixed by the latest episode of ‘The Bachelor’ than the latest episode of  ‘The President and the Porn Star?’

Can we all agree, the real tragedy of the opioid crises is that it was totally unnecessary since the drugs don’t work any better than other treatments?

Can we all agree, Republicans will regret ignoring the  improper activities of the Trump White House, when they try to press charges against Democrats in future administrations?

Can we all agree, Sam Nunberg didn’t deserve his 15 minutes of drunken fame?

Can we all agree, drivers will continue to voice their opposition to driverless cars, by targeting the vehicles?

Can we all agree, Michelle Obama might be the only First Lady to  dance with a two-year-old who admired her portrait?

Can we all agree,  Jerry Brown’s dream of the nation’s first bullet train, is dying a slow and agonizing death, in California’s Central Valley?

and finally:

Conservative Washington Post Columnist Jennifer Rubin has figured out the Democrat’s non-impeachment strategy.

And, where were you when you heard the news that Roger Bannister ran a sub-four-minute mile?

 

 

 

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Our Population Future

July 8, 2017

My good friend Joe Aaron is an economic futurist – someone who gets paid to explain trends and what the future will hold.

I asked him about the recent report that the United States fertility rate had hit a new low, since it features prominently in his  conclusion that the country is headed for real trouble if we, as a nation of immigrants, don’t change our policies.immigrants

I asked if the news changed his opinion. This is his response:

The short answer is no. It does not change my thinking on demographics here in the U.S. If you read between the lines, the article describes a part of our population, the Millennials, who are putting off having children and marriage. 

“The number one reason child birth is dropping in the civilized world today is economic. Young people can’t afford children anymore or are unwilling to make the financial sacrifices. It cost half a million to raise a kid and send them to college. That explains why 20% of our population decides to stay childless.

“The more educated you are, the less likely you are to have an unwanted pregnancy. Women can now get birth control with ease.

Finally, a woman with a good education can have a career and financial independence. If she decides she wants to have a baby she can. She no longer needs a man.

Where demographics are changing in the in the U.S. is at the state level. For example, Maine’s population is actually shrinking each year. Vermont is flat. New Hampshire’s population is flat. But they will both join Maine in the dying category this decade.

These three states have a medium age of 42, the highest in the country. The medium age for the U.S. is 37. This means they are an ageing society. This means their citizens are aging out of the work force. If this trend continues, and I have no doubt it will, in 15 years this will impact the state gov’t’s credit rating.

These three states have an unemployment rates below 3%. This is too low. It puts upward pressure on wages. This in turn puts pressure on a business to consider leaving the state.

If you are a technology company, where are you going to find employees with technology skills? Imagine a recession caused by a lack of workers. It is possible there.

The glass is half empty for small towns and rural area. The kids are all leaving for the bigger cities. It is a brain drain. Manufacturing plants will have jobs that go unfilled. Schools will close.

I find little to be happy about when it comes to our nation’s demographics. We better embrace immigration while people still want to come here.”

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 3/11/17 edition

March 11, 2017

Can we all agree Speaker Paul Ryan’s replacement for the Affordable Care Act  is DOA unless he agrees to some changes?

Can we all agree the future of health care in the United States has more to do with politics and tax cuts for the wealthy, than with actually getting people medical care?

Can we all agree, that despite attempts to malign the credibility of the Congressional Budget Office, their estimate of the cost of the new health care program may seal its fate?

Can we all agree most uninsured Americans wish their health care was as easy to purchase as an iPhone?

Wall Street's newest statue: The Fearless Girl

Wall Street’s newest statue: The Fearless Girl

Can we all agree the ‘Fearless Girl’ statue on Wall Street should become permanent?

Can we all agree job growth numbers suddenly don’t look so phony  when you’re in the White House?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump is not going to stop making unsupported accusations about Mr. Obama or anyone else, until he is forced to pay a price, like an impeachment investigation?

Can we all agree Donald Trump deserves criticism for taking credit for  economic improvements that really happened during the Obama administration?

Can we all agree, Marines would not have been able to post nude photos of female comrades without the tacit approval of their commanding officers?

Can we all agree the major news of the week might be the GOP’s proposed restrictions on class action lawsuits?

Can we all agree no-one is really surprised that the National Football League forces its players to abuse drugs?

Can we all agree many Republicans show how little they understand the insurance business, when they question why men should pay for pre-natal coverage?

Can we all agree the North Koreans are trying to take advantage of Mr. Trump and the impeachment of the South Korean President?

Can we all agree the Wikileaks revelations about CIA espionage really have no impact on most Americans? No, they are not watching you through your TV: Others might be, but not the CIA.

Can we all agree the new head of the EPA may not believe in climate change but a lawsuit filed by 1o-year-olds may force him to change his attitude?

Can we all agree, the thought of  additional US troops on the ground in Syria is exactly what the American public does not want?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s new immigration policy still looks like a ban on Muslims?

Can we all agree separating families when they cross the US border is just mean spirited?

Can we all agree trading the Coast Guard and TSA for a wall on the Mexican border does not make the country safer?

Can we all agree the more Attorney General Jeff Sessions tries too explain away his lies to Congress, the worse he looks?

Can we all agree Ben Carson has no business running a federal department that many minorities count on? Maybe his budget deserves to be cut 14%.

Can we all agree the satirical columns of Andy Borowitz would not be mistaken for real news, if members of the administration did not make such outrageous comments?

Can we all agree the thought of a campaign official being paid by a foreign government would be outrageous for any politician except Donald Trump?

Can we all agree, speaking of fake news, could the GOP media mouthpieces get any more outrageous in their attempts to explain away the Russian connection to the Trump campaign?

Can we all agree the Trump administration’s reaction to the plea by all 100 senators for action on the threats made to Jewish Centers across the country, was deafening in its silence?

Can we all agree it is no longer entertaining to laugh at White House aides trying to defend  Mr. Trump’s tweets to TV talk show hosts, or his weekend temper tantrums?

Can we all agree , whether its the Chinese government or the US candy industry, Mr. Trump’s conflicts of interest will keep piling up until someone files a lawsuit and the courts force some action?

And finally this week’s good reads:

The tragic story of two 97-year-old sisters who lost their lives on a cold night in New England.

Plus:

The California drought is over, but anyone who has visited our state and taken the breathtaking drive along Route 1 through Big Sur, should pause to see what the winter storms have done to that area.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 12/3/16 edition

December 3, 2016

Can we all agree the 178,000 jobs created last month proves, once again, that the economy created by Mr. Obama is the strongest in the world?

Can we all agree, most Americans have been too preoccupied to notice the troubles brewing in France and Italy?

World chess champion, Magnus Carlsen (Getty Images)

World chess champion, Magnus Carlsen (Getty Images)

Can we all agree it’s great to have a rock-star chess champion?

Can we all agree Vladimir Putin is already trying to take advantage of the change in US leadership?

Can we all agree we hope Howard Schultz made a better choice for his replacement this time, than he did when he retired from his post at Starbucks a few years ago?

Can we all agree the Colombian government did the right thing in quickly approving a new peace agreement with FARC rebels?

Can we all agree OPEC will have to cut production a lot more than 4% if they really want to impact oil prices? The fact that they got Russia to agree to cut output is significant.

Can we all agree the re-election of Rep. Nancy Pelosi to her role as House Minority leader is a win for  Democratic Party unity, but also a win for the GOP?

Can we all agree The Princess Cruise Lines and their parent, Carnival, deserve more than a fine for polluting the oceans they travel and then lying about it?

Can we all agree, that despite the cost ($108Billion), tying student loan repayment to income is the right way to help graduates manage their loans?

Can we all agree Mr. Obama’s strategy of trying to finalize as many rules as possible before he leaves office might help slow the reversals everyone knows are coming?

Can we all agree James Deligatti should be saluted for his contribution to McDonald’s bottom line, but nutritionists everywhere hold him at least partially responsible for the world’s obesity epidemic? Second place might go to the inventor of General Tso’s chicken.

Can we all agree the Dakota pipeline protest does not look like it will end well for the protestors?

Can we all agree Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might have been a bit off base in his rosy assessment of Fidel Castro’s contributions to Cuban education and health care?

OK, now on to Mr. Trump:

Can we all agree Donald Trump gets more credit for saving 700 jobs (at a cost of $7 million) than Mr. Obama does for creating 178,000?

Can we all agree that, based on his phone calls to the leaders in Pakistan and now Taiwan, Donald Trump has no idea what diplomacy is all about?imrs-php

Can we all agree the list of possible conflicts of interest with the Trump presidency, in both real estate and stocks, are almost too long to list?

Can we all agree the silence from the GOP leaders on the obvious conflicts is deafening?

Can we all agree we will have a cabinet of Goldman Sachs, by Goldman Sachs and for Goldman Sachs?

Can we all agree it’s mind boggling that a man who was unfit to be a federal judge will now be attorney general?

Can we all agree it’s still an open question on whether the deal with Carrier actually saved any jobs, although it’s clear the company made $7 million?

Can we all agree, nominating someone who is legally unable to take the post of defense secretary is the definition of hubris?

Can we all agree the clash between the Clinton and Trump campaigns is a microcosm of conversations going on across the nation? Well, maybe a bit more heated…

Can we all agree that a cabinet with 4 billionaires, 3 millionaires and the wife of the Senate majority leader, doesn’t sound like a blue-collar administration that will ‘drain the swamp’?

Can we all agree everyone is trying to figure out which campaign promises Trump will actually keep?

Can we all agree, it’s a bit mystifying that Trump would try to stop the recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin?

Can we all agree a twitter Presidency is one thing, a lying President is another, but a lying-tweeting President is an entirely new animal?

Can we all agree, at least all of us in California, are proud that our state university system has stepped up to oppose Trump and help protect students who may face deportation?

Can we ll agree, given the  backlog in immigration courts, adding an additional 3 million cases could delay any deporations until 2020 anyway?

and finally:

Take a look at the secret life of bees.

and ultimately, a story of hope, from the Boston Globe.

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 10/8/16 edition

October 8, 2016

Can we all agree we’re not really that surprised by the latest tape revealing Donald Trump’s attitude toward women?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s non-apology, apology will  become a classic in future public relations manuals?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s comments will easily bury the leaked details of Hillary Clinton’s paid speeches to Wall Street?

Can we all agree, the fact that the speech transcripts were taken from hacked emails, hurts their credibility, but adds to  the US contention that Russia is trying to influence the election?toles6-16-16-0001

Can we all agree Sunday night’s debate is really Mr. Trump’s last, slim chance to show non-supporters that he has anything approaching a presidential temperament?

Can we all agree the latest revelations might derail Mr. Trump’s already derailed new focus on policy?

Can we all agree there was no shortage of outrageous statements this week even before the latest revelations?

Can we all agree that by the end of the week we didn’t even remember fundraising activities by Mr. Trump’s foundation were closed down by the New York Attorney General?

Can we all agree the makers of the Epipen may think their $465 settlement with Medicare is not a guilty finding, but given their previous actions, most folks know they are guilty of something?

Can we all agree 156,000 new jobs may be tepid growth, but at least it’s still growth?

Can we all agree no one really understands the sudden ‘scary clown’ epidemic but school administratrors all over they country have been forced to assure parents that the situation is under control?

Can we all agree it’s good news to see that the Paris climate accord will take effect, despite what the US Congress thinks about global warming?30

Can we all agree it seems Vladimir Putin’s plan to take over Syria while we are occupied with our election seems to be succeeding and the people of Aleppo are paying the price?

Can we all agree it’s hard for the rest of the world to understand how a country can vote against peace, but the Colombian president still deserves the Nobel Peace Prize?

Can we all agree even The NSA seems a little confused about whether they have arrested a spy or just someone who likes to hoard information?

Can we all agree, at this point, no-one even cares what happened at the vice presidential debate earlier this week?

Can we all agree, Yahoo seems to be trying to commit business suicide but agreeing to scan its users’ emails for the government?

Can we all agree, just when you think the President of the Philippines has insulted every world leader, he finds a new way to prove he has no business leading a Democratic country?

Can we all agree we have a few of our own unqualified elected officials?

Can we all agree there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of enthusiasm for Google’s newly announced smart phone?

Can we all agree Fox News’s attempt at humor by stereotyping Asian Americans was disturbing – mainly because no one at the network realized how insulting it was?

and finally, two feel-good stories:

One about a 113 year-old man having his bar mitzvah and another of heart felt appreciation during the most unimaginable tragedy.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 9/3/16 edition

September 3, 2016

Can we all agree that, with stops in California and now China, President Obama is making sure his environmental legacy lives on long after he leaves office?

Can we all agree this week’s biggest loser was Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto?

Gene Wilder: He will be missed (Photo by Steve Wood)

Gene Wilder: He will be missed (Photo by Steve Wood)

Can we all agree the only folks who expected a pivot on Mr. Trump’s immigration stand were wishful thinking Republicans?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s visit to an African-American church in Detroit will have to be an Academy Award performance if it’s going to make any difference in the campaign?

Can we all agree the release of FBI files on Hillary Clinton the Friday before Labor Day weekend, guarantees that only the politicians will be paying attention?

Can we all agree that while polls seem to show the presidential race tightening, it’s only a matter of time before Trump implodes again and the margin widens?

Can we all agree the leaders of Venezuela seem incapable to doing anything to provide even basic services or food to their citizens?

Can we all agree the impeachment vote in Brazil was a foregone conclusion?

Can we all agree that when ‘only 151,000 new jobs’ are created in a month it’s time to stop worrying about the economy?

Can we all agree that anyone who thinks the North Carolina voter laws were designed to stop voter fraud are just fooling themselves?

Can we all agree the states should be more worried about foreign hackers than they are about local voter fraud?

Can we all agree that launching a new generic version of the EpiPen which is still 10 times more expensive than it was a few years ago, is still outrageous?

Can we all agree we’re having second thoughts about this whole privatization of space travel, now that another rocket has exploded on a Cape Canaveral launch pad?

Can we all agree the United States should be embarrassed that we’ve ‘reached our goal’ of accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees?

Can we all agree the situation in Syria is so bad the sides can’t even agree on whose bomb killed an ISIS leader?

Can we all agree that the European Union’s aggressive stand against the tax policies of its own countries, is just discouraging business?

Can we all agree, it does seem a bit odd that Wikileaks never seems to say anything bad about Russia or its leader Vladimir Putin?

Can we all agree we should be just as outraged that homes were allowed to be built on contaminated land in Indiana, as we were about the water in Flint. MI?

Can we all agree that American’s reaction to even minor incidents just shows we have have a collective case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?

Can we all agree Anthony Weiner has some serious issues to deal with if he ever wants to return to a public life? Chris Brown might want to retire too.

Quarterback Colin Kapernick kneels during the national anthem next to former Green Beret Nate Boyer, (CAP photo)

Quarterback Colin Kapernick kneels during the national anthem next to former Green Beret Nate Boyer. (AP photo)

Can we all agree that San Francisco Forty-Niners quarterback Colin Kapernick has every right to stage a protest, but the whole scene seemed a bit odd, since he had never even mentioned anything about human rights since he got to the NFL?

Can we all agree that when Americans read about the death of the Uzbekistan president, they had no idea how to find the country on a map?

Can we all agree that when your flagship product has to be recalled because the batteries overheat and explode, you have a serious quality control issue?

Can we all agree its nice to know that living organisms were on the planet a few billion years sooner than we first thought?

Can we all agree every dog owner knows that their pet understands every word they say?

and finally:

Can we all agree that Gene Wilder will be missed?

And, in case you are worried about cheating on your taxes, at least one expert has some good news.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 8/6/16 edition

August 6, 2016

Can we all agree the opening ceremony at the Rio Olympics was pretty mesmerizing at times and quite the fashion show? The US has already won a gold medal.

Can we all agree NBC has made it easy to watch the Olympics almost any time of the day or night?

Part of the opening ceremonies in Rio (LA Times photo)

Part of the opening ceremonies in Rio (LA Times photo)

Can we all agree that it’s tough to complain about the economy when 255,000 jobs were added last month and the stock market hit a new high?

Can we all agree, we’re a bit conflicted about about possible stem cell research on animals with human genes?

Can we all agree that Miami tourism will take a hit now that the CDC has warned about traveling to the area because of the Zika virus?

Can we all agree we’ll keep flossing despite reports that it is not as effective as our dentists say it is?

Can we all agree it’s hard to figure out what changed between Monday and Friday that pushed Donald Trump to change his mind about endorsing Paul Ryan and John McCain and other GOP candidates?

Can we all agree  he was sending a message by making the announcement late on Friday when no one will notice?

Can we all agree it is indeed a strange day when Mr. Trump admits he was wrong?

Can we all agree that despite what President Obama and John Kerry say, perception is reality, when it comes to the $400 million sent to Iran as hostages were released?

Can we all agree that Khizr Khan’s may have delivered the least watched speech of the Democratic convention, but it is now the most well known? Mr. Trump’s Viet Nam deferments don’t help his cause.

Can we all agree that if you are running a campaign trying to appeal to the ‘average American’ it might be better if you didn’t have 11 billionaires on your economic team?

Can we all agree it’s good to have a scorecard to keep track of which Republicans are still backing Mr. Trump and which have had enough?

Can we all agree most Republicans will pay little attention to Mr. Obama’s suggestion that they abandon Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree that if you can believe the polls Hillary Clinton is already picking her transition team? She also won the endorsement of the former head of the CIA.

Can we all agree that Mr. Obama had the perfect comeback to Mr. Trump’s claim that the elections are rigged when he noted, “But they elected me?”

Can we all agree that Mr. Trump’s fundraising in July was pretty impressive, but the real test will be his August and September totals?

Can we all agree the GOP is in big trouble when a stronghold such as Orange County in California begins titling toward the Democrats?

Can we all agree that politics, combined with social media, encourages people to do some strange things?

Can we all agree the African National Congress probably deserved to lose the South African election this week?

Can we all agree the state sponsored drug violence in The Philippines is a stark contrast to President Obama’s commutations of 214 sentences?

Can we all agree that ISIS may be facing defeat on the battlefield but their terror network continues to make America very nervous?

Can we all agree the North Koreans must be feeling neglected again: they’ve decided to target Japan with a missile?

Can we all agree Pope Francis is, once again, making headlines for the right reasons by agreeing to study whether women can become deacons in the Catholic church?

Can we all agree, we’ve all heard enough evidence to know that the fraud trial against Trump University should go ahead?

Can we all agree the biggest non-story of the week might be Melania Trump’s immigration to the US?

Can we all agree the best story of the week may be the human chain formed by rescuers in Maryland after flooding trapped motorists?

Can we all agree it has taken the administration too long to take action in Lybia?

Can we all agree there is no chance any of us will jump out of an airplane without a parachute?

Can we all agree that it will be great to have Jon Stewart to watch, sort of, during the election season?

And finally:

Can we all agree it sometimes takes a real outsider to explain us to ourselves?

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 7/9/16 edition

July 9, 2016

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Can we all agree that the rest of the week’s news pales in comparison to the gun violence, but it should be noted?

Can we all agree that Serena Williams deserves her spot atop the list of best athletes of this generation?

Can we all agree, no-one on this side of the Atlantic really understands what’s going on in Britain?

Can we all agree that we are all sure that the woman the British choose to lead them, will need the fortitude of Margret Thatcher to lead them out of their mess?

Can we all agree that FBI chief James Comey, apparently wanted to clear Hillary Clinton of any criminal wrongdoing regarding her email server, but felt he had to be severely critical to placate the GOP?

Can we all agree the Republican hearings the day after the FBI announcement were a waste of time?

Can we all agree Donald Trump wasted a great opportunity to attack Hillary, by choosing instead to extoll the virtues of Saddam Hussein?

Can we all agree that Donald Trump has no knowledge of the US constitution?

Can we all agree Trump’s bid to unify the GOP in Washington behind him, was pretty much a failure?

Can we all agree Bernie Sanders didn’t have much luck either when he addressed his Democratic colleagues?

Can we all agree that Republican comparisons between the Clinton case and convicted general David Petraeus are absurd on their face?

Can we all agree that an economy that creates almost 300,000 jobs in a month is doing pretty well?

Can we all agree the British report criticizing the actions of former Prime Minister Tony Blair over the Iraq invasion, is really an indictment of George Bush?

Can we all agree the West has become desensitized to the violence, suicide bombers and murder in the Mid-East?

Can we all agree President Obama’s decision to leave 8500 troops in Afghanistan was really no big surprise?

Can we all agree that we want to believe the sexual harassment charges against Fox News president Roger Ailes?

Can we all agree that Americans take NASA’s remarkable achievements, like sending a satellite to orbit Jupiter, for granted?

Can we all agree Elie Wiesel deserves a permanent memorial for making sure ‘we never forget?’

Can we all agree who have no idea why the openly gay CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, would want to hold a fund raiser for House Speaker Paul Ryan?

Can we all agree that it’s a bit disheartening to know it took the state of California a month to count the ballots from last month’s primary? In case you missed it, Hillary won.

Can we all agree that Kevin Durant has now made the Warriors the most unloved team in the NBA?

and finally:

Can we all agree there is probably an easy way to find out why an unremarkable English village has sudden;y become a must-see stop for Chinese tourists? Just ask them…

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Testing for Emotional Intelligence – Again

May 10, 2016

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I’ve written several posts on emotional intelligence, but many people are still confused by the concepts of self-awareness, self-efficacy, and  emotional recognition.

A recent client brought the issues into sharp focus. She is a young woman, who graduated from college four years ago and has had a number of short stints (a year or so) at just-above entry-level positions at Bay Area firms.

Her most recent, was a one-year contract job which concluded four months ago.

She had asked me for help in reviewing her resume and standard cover letter to figure out why she had not been able to find a new job.

She had been offered jobs, but felt they would not provide the salary she needed. She had recently concluded that, “The market has changed. If you’re not an engineer they just feel the supply of people for administrative positions, or social marketing is just so large they don’t have to pay anything.”

She insisted that she was not looking to make a fortune but just enough to support herself and maintain the apartment she rented after she was in her contract job for a few months.

She may be right about the job market, but having lived in the Bay Area for 20 years, I don’t think so.

The job of a good coach and career counselor is to help clients see things from a different perspective.

Could it be that my client was so emotionally unaware that she could not step back and look at the facts from a different point of view. This is the key to one aspect of emotional intelligence: understanding your own strengths and weaknesses.

I suggested she ask herself the following questions:

Why was she able to find positions, but unable to find long-term success?

Was she mistaken that she had a chance at a long-term position at the company when she rented a San Francisco apartment?

With unemployment in the Bay Area and in the nation, continuing to be very low why would there be a sudden flood of folks for the positions she sought?

Was it possible that firms offering her positions really didn’t want her to accept the jobs?

Would it be worth taking a lower salaried position in the hopes that, after a while, you could prove your worth and earn a raise?

These were not comfortable concepts for her to consider. Suggesting that maybe the problem was on her end and that she needed to make some  changes  was not an option.

Emotional intelligence is, in part, the ability to question your beliefs and consider that there is something you might need to change. Perhaps you are not the perfect employee, perhaps its not ‘office politics’ that stalled your career, perhaps there’s a good reason that contract position didn’t turn into a full-time job?

Whether you answer the questions honestly is a true test of your emotional intelligence.

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree – 5/7/16 edition

May 7, 2016

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Can we all agree it would be interesting to see if Donald Trump would bar the new Muslim  mayor of London from entering the United Staters?

Can we all agree this week’s turn of events in the GOP is  just stunning? Trump wins Indiana, Cruz and Kasich drop out and the party establishment goes nuts.

Can we all agree that Trump’s chances in the general election depend on how many party loyalists vote for Hillary, or just don’t vote at all?

Fort McMurray Fire approaches a Canadian highway (Canada Press Photo)

Fort McMurray Fire approaches a Canadian highway (Canada Press Photo)

Can we all agree that, once again, the media listened to too many ‘experts,’ and were never able to provide an accurate picture of what was going on with GOP voters? But then people blame the media every four years, anyway.

Can we all agree the parade of GOP leaders who will not support Trump, combined with talk of a third party movement shows how desperate the party has become?

Can we all agree that the Democrat’s biggest worry may be overconfidence?

Can we all agree that it has taken President Obama way too long to visit the disaster that is the Flint, MI water crises?

Can we all agree that it is hard to comprehend the number of Canadiens who have been forced to evacuate because of the Fort McMurray wild fire?

Can we all agree we are surprised but not shocked that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the US?

Can we all agree that the FDA needed to do something to regulate e-cigarettes before states such as California created a patchwork of regulations like we already have on cigarette sales?

Can we all agree as North Carolina and the Federal Government battle over the state’s so called, bathroom law, the real losers will be the citizens of the state?

Can we all agree the announcement on new national monuments to the gay-rights movement seemed timed to counter to rising tide of anti-gay sentiment in the US?

Can we all agree that the San Diego judge handling the class action lawsuit against Trump University must have been  counting on a Trump loss in the presidential election when he scheduled the trial for November 28?

Can we all agree this video taken from a camera attached to a rocket launched into space is just mesmerizing?

Can we all agree that 160,000 new jobs may not be what economists expected, but it’s better than a loss of jobs or declining wages?

Can we all agree the best we can say about the first Communist Party Congress in North Korea in 35 years is “who cares.?”

Can we all agree the same could be said for the Sport Illustrated plan to feature a nude photo of Kaitlin Jenner on its cover?

Can we all agree it will be great to see Jon Stewart back on TV around the election, even if it’s just short videos?

Can we all agree cease-fire agreements in Syria seem almost meaningless?

Can we all agree California will join the list of states which have legalized marijuana after the votes are counted in November?Unknown

Can we all agree comedian Larry Wilmore crossed a line with his remarks at last Saturday’s Correspondent’s Dinner? But the President was very funny.

Can we all agree, now that Malia Obama has decided to take a year off before attending Harvard, everyone will follow suit?

And finally:

Can we all agree they best story of the week was the Leicester City soccer club winning the English Premier League title?  One commentator likened it to a Triple-A baseball team  winning the World Series.

 

 

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