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Hiccup Businesses

Posted on April 12, 2008 by Robert Ringer

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I’ve often referred to the airlines as “hiccup businesses.”  Meaning that if an airline has a cash-flow dip (read, “hiccup”) for one or two months, it’s in serious trouble.  And if it’s a big hiccup and drags on for three or four months, the airline may find itself in bankruptcy. What makes a company qualify […]

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Disasters Really Do Happen

Posted on March 1, 2008 by Robert Ringer

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If I’ve learned anything at all about life, it’s that disasters really do happen.  I’ve always been amazed at how most people live their lives on the assumption that worst-case scenarios haven’t yet been invented.  Students of human behavior refer to this mind-set as “normalcy bias.” The recent rash of tornadoes are perfect examples of […]

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Beware the PC Police

Posted on September 21, 2007 by Robert Ringer

If being a contrarian is conducive to success, you can learn something valuable from the Politically Correct Dark Ages that has all but swallowed the remnants of Western civilization.  It used to be that everyone knew there were just a handful of subjects that you simply avoided and opinions that were best kept to yourself. […]

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Beware of False Perceptions

Posted on July 30, 2007 by Robert Ringer

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Recovered memory syndrome (RMS) is a phenomenon whereby a questioner “helps” someone remember events that may be fictional by asking leading questions.  The reason such questioning works — in bogus molestation cases, for example — is because the mind is very susceptible to suggestion. But RMS is just one aspect of a much broader problem […]

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Playing to Win

Posted on July 18, 2007 by Robert Ringer

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I have often said that a football game is a microcosm of life.  There’s an ebb and flow to every game, with each team experiencing its share of adversity.  These adversities include such things as fumbles, interceptions, injuries, and bad calls by the officials. In the National Football League, the teams are so evenly matched […]

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Learning from Everyone

Posted on July 6, 2007 by Robert Ringer

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I recently received a nasty e-mail from someone who implied he had read my book Action! Nothing Happens Until Something Moves.  He lashed out at me with a vengeance and resorted to some pretty nasty name-calling. What was he so ticked off about?  Would you believe it was because, in the first chapter of the […]

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It’s What We Call the News, Part II

Posted on May 5, 2007 by Robert Ringer

Yesterday, in Part I of this article, I shared a dream I recently had about being visited by an alien (“Proxi”) from the nearest star to our solar system, Proxima Centauri.  As (I hope) you will recall, after watching the late night news on my living room TV set, Proxi asked me, “What did you […]

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It’s What We Call the News, Part I

Posted on May 4, 2007 by Robert Ringer

I recently had a dream that I got up in the middle of the night to get a glass of water and, lo and behold, an alien from Proxima Centauri — the nearest star to our solar system — was sitting in my living room, watching the late night news. Through his otherworldly powers, he […]

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Whatever Are We to Do About “Profiteering?”

Posted on May 3, 2007 by Robert Ringer

Just when you find yourself agreeing with Bill O’Reilly on a few issues, he blows it by getting on his populist soapbox and sounding like he’s addressing a protest rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial.  When he starts ranting about oil companies being guilty of “price gouging,” “profiteering,” and “windfall profits,” he comes across […]

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The Subjectivity of Humor

Posted on April 18, 2007 by Robert Ringer

As everyone this side of the Milky Way Galaxy now knows, Don Imus got torched last week for referring to the Rutgers women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hos.”  I’m sorry to have to break this to you, but I’m so out of it that I didn’t even know what that meant.  My wife had to […]

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