Featured Book: THINGS A LITTLE BIRD TOLD ME, Confessions of a Creative Mind by Biz Stone

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Until a week ago, I knew nothing about the back story of Twitter or the people who created it -- not even their names.   I just used the service like millions of other people worldwide and never gave it much thought. Sure, I had fun using the 140 characters to entertain and be entertained, meet interesting people, stay in touch with friends, and follow news worthy events, but I'm far from … [Read more...]

Was Mary Barra Set Up to Take the Fall at GM?

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Last week, newly minted GM CEO Mary Barra withstood a battering from a Congressional committee over GM’s recent recall of 2.6 million vehicles. Per Allan Stamm of Deadline Detroit, they demanded to know why “GM didn’t react to signs dating back to 2001 that Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions and similar vehicles had faulty ignitions” since “13 deaths and 32 crashes have been linked to the defect.”  As … [Read more...]

Joblessness, Debt & Obama

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On The Jerry Doyle Show, Jerry and I discuss the plight of Millennials and my latest post Millennials Abandoning Obama: Fickle Youth or Something Deeper. Pundits are trying desperately to justify the independent streak of Millennials (Gen Yers) who don’t seem as enamored of the President’s policies, particularly the Affordable Care Act, as the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank and his brethren … [Read more...]

Millennials Abandoning Obama: Fickle Youth or Something Deeper?

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In his latest column, Washington Post’s Dana Milbank lamented that the youth vote, 15 million strong, who swept Obama into office have “abandoned him in his hour of need.”  With ‘his presidency on the line,’ Millennials seem to be turning their collective backs on the President’s health care plan: “The administration announced last week that only 1.08 million people ages 18 to 34 had signed up … [Read more...]

Stepping Into The MOOC World

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It started like any other sunday morning.  I was sitting at the breakfast bar, with my laptop and coffee in front of me, leisurely reading articles and following links over hills and down dales, roaming the web super highway. I went from browsing recipes to trying to decipher an article about SEO coding.  From there, I innocently followed a link to the 5 best online web coding classes.  … [Read more...]

Should CVS Dump Junk Food And Alcohol Next?

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When CVS announced its plan to stop selling all tobacco products at it’s 7,600 stores by October 1, 2014 and walk away from 2 billion in tobacco related business, the media immediately began to speculate whether other major drug store chains would follow suit.  The more interesting question to me is whether tobacco is the only product line that will be removed from “drug store” shelves. Since … [Read more...]

Is Political and Media Sexism Stuck in Repeat?

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~ Listen to an excerpt of The Jerry Doyle Show as radio talk show host Jerry Doyle and his guest, Anita Finlay, engage in a lively battle of the sexes while discussing -- SIRI humor, auto correct's "gome," "Lady Mayor" qualifiers, Hillary's big heels, who is or isn't a "shill" and more … Just click on the audio bars below to listen to both segments. ~ * Then check out a related … [Read more...]

Words To Live By: “…There Is No Effort Without Error Or Shortcoming…”

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The Man in the Arena “It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error … [Read more...]

Could Appointing Women CEOs Be A Win?

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~ Listen to an excerpt of The Jerry Doyle Show as radio talk show host Jerry Doyle and his guest Anita Finlay engage in a lively battle of the sexes while discussing -- Mary Barra, the stats to back women CEOs, The Ellen Show, inclusion and solutions vs shopping confirmation bias, women drivers and more ... ~ Just click below to listen. … [Read more...]

Words To Live By: An Unquenchable Spirit of Adventure…

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“There is no experience from which you can’t learn something. When you stop learning you stop living in any vital and meaningful sense. And the purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. … You can do that only if you have curiosity, an unquenchable spirit of adventure…” ~ ~ … [Read more...]

BTSN Features: A GAME OF PROOF by Tim Vicary

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"Gripping moral dilemmas in a top-notch crime/legal thriller." Whether British or American, we like to think of our laws and our legal system as the bright moral lines in the sand of our respective communities.  Those clear points where we've collectively agreed thou shalt not cross.  Sure we know no institution is perfect, nor the people within them.  Still we hold firm to our blind conviction … [Read more...]

A Day of Honor and Resentment

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Memorial Day is a national holiday of picnics and parades. It is also a deeply personal day in remembrance of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. I am honored and humbled that those who serve feel their country and fellow Americans are worthy of their sacrifices.  Yet wars are not benign affairs. So I find myself conflicted... Honoring those who … [Read more...]

Featured Book: DIRTY WORDS ON CLEAN SKIN by Anita Finlay

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The media dubbed 2008 the year of the woman because of Hillary Clinton's and Sarah Palin's historic runs for political office, but it really was the year millions of ordinary women from both parties were "rudely awakened" from their political complacency and found their voice. The backlash we received in response showed us the ugly underbelly of politics and our society at large in a way only … [Read more...]

Featured Book: BAD LUCK CADET by Suzie Ivy

Bad Luck Cadet by Suzie Ivy

We women are routinely underestimated and overlooked by both ourselves and the other half of the human species when it comes to our mental and physical capabilities.  In our youth we strap on our resiliency and bravado to help us face down the prejudices.  By the time we reach middle age, that resiliency and bravado has usually worn pretty thin. And yet the power and strength of middle-aged women … [Read more...]