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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
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Obamacare may create a new wave -- maybe millions -- of criminals consisting of the poor and the poorly-educated. This analysis I have published through the Financial Policy Council explains more.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Martin claims that bullying by a Dolphins teammate has forced him to retire from the game of professional football. The counterclaim is that the teammate (and others) were just trying to toughen up Martin for the occupation he chose -- and for which there are undoubtedly thousands of other men who would be willing to endure abject public humiliation for the opportunity to replace Martin and at a fraction of the salary Martin was receiving.
However, the current controversy has drawn in a lot of attention. That indicates there are much larger issues than that of football players not getting along. The Martin controversy is just one scene in a much bigger drama which attempts to undermine and destroy the results-oriented, achievement-driven nature of all competition, of capitalism itself, and ultimately to attack and subjugate the men who are considered evil for creating that construct.
I will predict that the so-calling bullying by the villainous, horrible man is nothing more than a teammate trying to improve the productivity of another teammate not quite pulling his weight. The object here is to win, to achieve, and for heavens' sake we cannot have that, hence the attacks on Incognito for being a terrible bully. To be clear, the object being to win, to improve production, and bullying is counterproductive in that it clearly reduces performance. But bullying is also not about performance enhancement; it is about control, domination and causing the suffering of its victim. None of those objectives appear to be at work here. Instead, this seems to be a contrived claim by an underperformer who needed an escape hatch and is now seeking to capitalize on victim status.
Whatever Martin is claiming Incognito said or did, the object was about producing winning and it seems Jonathan Martin was at least perceived as not being anywhere near close to tough enough to survive in an environment where men are paid six-figure and seven-figure salaries to go to near-literal war each weekend -- and where all of this is funded by fans who are not paying thousands of dollars for season tickets to watch the politically correct hold hands, eat Quinoa burgers and sing "Kumbaya." Whether the politically correct police like it or not, mental toughness and, yes, the ability to withstand verbal abuse from opponents on the battlefield (er, the football field), are not desirable attributes; they are necessary qualities to survive in the occupation of professional football. The trash-talking in professional sports is not incidental; it is often a critical feature of the contest. Players seek to annoy their opponents to gain a mental advantage. Anything to win. And someone with a known weakness for a thin skin will become a huge target for abuse, not because of cruelty but because the stakes are very high.
Achievement and results are paramount. What Martin is trying to do is, indirectly, to attack and destroy the results-oriented end game of all of capitalism, of all competition. His claim to victim status also rests on flawed logic which, if accepted, would wreak havoc on our society as we know it.
First, it implies that all competitors (indeed, everyone) is entitled to perform in the field of their choosing. Simply stated, this means anyone who wants to run onto the field at the Super Bowl has a right to do so! Ergo, the objects of my desire, my fantasies, become my rights. That is fine for the utopians, who ignore the true nature of a right as something inalienable and not infringing on the rights of another. Instead, the "Martin rights" require others to bear the burden of his self-declared right. If Johnny wants his victory lap, by golly, we are obliged to give it to him. (Cue up Lady Gaga's "Applause.")
By this tortured and defective logic, what protection would our laws afford the object of obsessive desire? Would our laws allow, or mandate, that the poor sap who finds himself the target of desire of a Genevieve Sabourin (just sentenced to prison for stalking Alec Baldwin) must submit to her? What would be the limit? Would there even be limits?
What is missing here, folks? It is the simple concept that achievement is earned. You want that promotion, you have to work for it. You want to win the Super Bowl? You have to work really hard -- and work in tandem with your teammates -- to even get close to it.
The audacity of Jonathan Martin is the demand, not spoken necessarily but implied, to revise the rules and requirements of the occupation to suit his eggshell-skull sensitivities. It is narcissism gone mad on the sports field. I want to be a winner, therefore I am a winner, and how dare you question me otherwise! But Martin has no right to receive special treatment; no one does. No one has the right to a desired outcome, not in a free society. Jonathan Martin is not the Pharaoh. Jonathan Martin is not, ahem, special.
In an environment where winning is paramount, pressure is high and individual financial rewards are also high, Jonathan Martin's presence is now likely to undermine group harmony and the teamwork necessary for high achievement in pressure-packed situations. Martin is simply a man not likely to help a team win.
From here on out, Martin should get from the sports world the reaction which he has earned.
Eric Dixon is a New York City-based attorney and consultant who handles matters in New York and New Jersey.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Friday, November 1, 2013
UPDATE: For current National Weather Service forecasts for New York City, click here. NWS now predicts gusts upwards of 20 miles per hour, mainly from the north, lasting throughout the morning and early afternoon -- right during the Marathon.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
If recent crime statistics are an indication (and they are), New York City may be returning to the ugly, pre-Giuliani years of rampant violent crime, when Gotham was less Sex and the City and more The Warriors. Many Manhattan neighborhoods are seeing alarming spikes in crime, but my reporting will tell you that quality of life crimes or degradations are on an upswing, stats or no stats.
Anecdotal evidence of this retrograde transformation (or deformation) is widespread throughout "good" neighborhoods, in Central Park, City Hall Park, virtually every subway line and every transportation terminal (the exception is the new PATH station downtown). Belligerent street people -- smelly or evidently deranged (or acting that way on purpose to effect the "pay me to go away" shakedown) -- have returned with a vengeance. However, this trend has been developing for several years. For example, the midtown Port Authority bus terminal has had a permanent homeless class since at least 2009 but which has steadily worsened over the last six to nine months.
Friday, October 25, 2013
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Monday, October 14, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Monday, September 30, 2013
In July 2012 I predicted that strategic divorce would be at least one option that couples who each owned businesses might encounter. Apparently that option is now foreseeable for a greater number of couples.
Ironically, there were polls in July 2012 which showed that the single woman demographic supported the re-election of President Barack Obama by a nearly 2-to-1 margin over eventual loser Mitt Romney. (Notably, married women preferred Romney.) This demographic is now facing an unanticipated outcome of their electoral support: an inability to get married.
The following sentence may fill expectant caring fathers with dread as to how to explain to their perennial bridesmaid daughters -- or sisters, nieces or aunts -- the following:
ObamaCare: It's why you're single.
Friday, September 27, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Late Wednesday, it appeared the defendants would produce the requested documents. Of course, only after a lawsuit was filed. Promises, promises.
On Thursday, National Review's reporter Eliana Johnson did get some documents. But not a critical document incorporated by reference into one of the documents which is curiously absent. Read her latest account in a stream of stories that is showing how a straightforward, plain vanilla public document request has become an awfully tortured process.
Readers are advised to check back straight to the source -- here, National Review Online -- for further updates.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Genuineness has many advantages. It conveys that you can be trusted, that you mean what you say, that your actions and deeds carry more weight than your words and that you are perfectly happy to be judged on your record.
Contrast that approach with the people who demand that you trust them. These are the people who implore you: "Trust me." I'm not talking about the ones with decades of experience who really are saying, "Look at what I've done the last 20 years." That is not asking someone to trust you; it is asking someone to look at what you've done! I'm talking about the people who try to make you feel obligated to trust them.
Trust is not health care; it is not an entitlement. (I didn't really just write that, did I?). Business -- or any successful relationship, for that matter -- is not about one party sacrificing. A successful relationship is symbiotic, featuring a mutual benefit, a willingness to act for that mutual benefit, and an act of trade.
What is the opposite? The act of taking. Someone who demands your respect, your trust, your business, without having demonstrated his character or credentials, has not only not earned your business, but is demanding something FROM you. The code word is trust. The stated meaning is "trust me." The real meaning, the scary but true meaning, is "Give me." It's no different from the stickup man who points a (presumably) loaded gun at you and demands, "Give me all your money!"
This act is not respectful. It is not symbiotic. Rather, it is what biologists call parasitic behavior. And in nature, successful animals -- survivors -- run like hell.
Learn to trust your instincts, or what some people have called, "peasant wisdom." The world is full of stupid people -- after all, that is why the average IQ is 100 and for all you smart bankers and white-collar professionals out there, that means there's someone who's as far below average intelligence as you are above average intelligence.
This means the world is full, chock full, teeming in fact, with some really stupid, dull and boring people.
This is why the lexicon of the upper classes of England -- a declined former superpower from whose aristocracy we can learn much -- includes the word "common" as a pejorative. As in, "that is so common."
But the common people have a nose for who can be trusted. Unlike those of us who are overeducated -- and some who are overmedicated, overtherapied and overindulged -- the commoners have not learned to ignore instincts to indulge an egotistic need to prove their intelligence or affirm their educational, professional or socioeconomic status (the latter really being a form of narcissistic approval-seeking).
This listening to instinct, the survival instinct, explains why many lower-intelligence people survive (a form of success, if survival comes from self-sufficiency instead of dependency) and some lower-intelligence people are far more successful in business than many far more highly-intelligent people. Don't get me wrong; there are many pure frauds and phonies who are in positions of apparent success. But that image of success is transitory and unlikely to be sustainable. Remember, almost all frauds unravel or get discovered, and all frauds have a common core of a person who is a pure fraud at his or her core.
Genuineness, at its core, requires honesty with oneself.
The absence of this trait from your life may explain why you are not successful, why you aren't retaining clients, why you are still stuck in a cubicle, and probably why you're still single (and very likely to remain that way) despite your good looks and superficially charming personality.
The presence of this trait shows why some people will be happy and successful, sometimes despite facing incredible adversity.
In future articles I will expand on this theme to explain how to determine why you aren't successful, and how to change that.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Friday, August 2, 2013
Other interesting factoids:
Here's one to make you question the data. Black unemployment is down 1.1 percent from June to July 2013. That's a huge move. What explains that? Oh, by the way, Asian unemployment is UP 0.7 percent and Hispanic unemployment is UP 0.3 percent month to month. Remember, these are estimates from a small sample size.
The number of discouraged workers is estimated to be 15% higher in July 2013 than in July 2012.
So what will you believe? The data? Or your lying eyes?