Thursday, June 30, 2022

U.S. GDP Declines 1.6% in Q1-2022: What Gives?

 The economy took a little dip. Its not expected to be long based on some of the projections by investment firms. We seem to have run into some issues of contraction (See below). I'm not sure what the big problems are nor what all of the solutions might be. What I can say is that I think we need to do more to attract investors in our communities. Foreign and domestic investment can make a difference. If we want to be on top of the world market we have to make our spot on the global supply chain the most lucrative. We also need to be an export oriented and innovative nation. 

Reuters has a pretty good synopsis of how we are doing economically in the Q1-2022 US Economy Contracts Q12022

Things like less disposable income, lower exports (I hate this!!!! I just don't know why we struggle with bring back investment and exporting more. 😀), lower consumer sales, lower profits and a total of 9 out of 22 industries contract (Its not to be long term but its a crystal ball issue.). How the heck is petroleum and coal going down during an energy crisis?

 (I must be not understanding something. I love clean energy and prefer it and think we should move there. A good plug and play energy system would allow us to beef up difference until the other industries fully develop. You see Europe starting up some of its coal factories again. While we should be exporting our oil and oil shale I believe that we could also more quickly develop our eco friendly renewable energies better while improving battery systems. Having a cost effective low carbon energy system will push all the other industries to capitalize on emerging technologies.🀷)

What is next? 

No idea. I think the digital economy has grown substantially since COVID and I also think that 2023 will be an interesting year with potential growth periods for GDP and Digital GDP (Assuming we have the right growth policies and we settle our political differences). See Short Lived Shock 2020 and Not Out of Woods, You can gain some information from the Conference Board and Digital Transformation. (From a frustration all the Digital GDP numbers appear old. I wonder why no one seems to be tracking in real time like GDP.)

The information below is quoted from BEA Website There is also a full version at GDP First Quarter 2022

"Real gross domestic product (GDP) decreased at an annual rate of 1.6 percent in the first quarter of 2022, following an increase of 6.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2021. The decrease was revised down 0.1 percentage point from the "second" estimate released in May. In the first quarter, there was a resurgence of COVID-19 cases from the Omicron variant and decreases in government pandemic assistance payments.

Profits decreased 2.2 percent (revised) in the first quarter, after increasing 0.7 percent at a quarterly rate in the fourth quarter.

Private goods-producing industries decreased 6.9 percent, private services-producing industries decreased 0.8 percent, and government increased 2.0 percent. Overall, 9 of 22 industry groups contributed to the first-quarter decline in real GDP."

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

January 6th Riot Updates July 28, 2022

This are getting interesting to say the least. I'm kind of busy today so I'm not going to say much. It looks like momentum has shifted. In any situation like this it is important to understand. To prosecute or not prosecute is still an open question with pit falls either way. The biggest issue is what happened and how can we avoid it again? I still kind of think there is a pot stirrer in there somewhere. Depending on how much someone digs they may find a patterned system with the hats, members, coordination, etc... Its not enough to say it may be that way, one must actually connect and create valid the dots. That requires researchers, interviews, and panels. Not an easy task to decipher mistake form intention.

Before you get all excited about what I believe. I just am watching to understand. I think there is possibility for more issues in the depth but that doesn't mean it is. I always focus on the maintaining our institutions (a older conservative idea that may have been forgotten. These institutions developed over 100's of years and can be applied universally cross culture.) from generation to generation. Sometimes institutions need to change/adjust to resolve generational problems but we should do so through the proper methods. 

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Why I Believe Our Nation Should Strengthen its Values and Create Better Opportunities

The world is not an easy place. Some are born with golden opportunities and others are locked out of those opportunities. Democracy provides people a chance at self governance and capitalism provides people an opportunity to rise on their own merit. Yet there is a divide in society and that will likely be the next big challenged after our current bout of extremism 

(National success is a series of doors and challenges. Just like in personal development, societal development requires us to collectively master each challenge.)

To overcome the next challenge means we must strengthen certain values that are an essential part of the deal. We must act with integrity at all times and places. The higher one's station and position in life the more they should hold strong values. Those values should tell us that we need a unified society focused on the same positive outcomes for everyone (based on merit and not class). 

The connected class should be well aware that the essential purpose of their existence is to foster democracy, capitalism and our way of life. All societies will have a connected class and its not unique to the U.S.. Those who are allowed and gain access to those opportunities will have chances that the rest of society won't ever likely get. (If you have money, power, and influence you have duties or otherwise we risk a correction at some point in the future. It is the same with ours as it is with others.)

I'm not sure if that in and of itself is wrong but just the way our species, and other species, are designed (not sure). What I can say is that the doors must always be open to advancement as a people no matter what station, religion, or background one comes from. With such positive upward oriented values we can say that people will trust that America is the land of opportunity because there are multiple pathways (It may not be easy but they are there and the most diligent can make it.)

As we move through the sacking of the capital, extremism and different forms of corruption we will have to keep in mind why we exist on this planet and the risks of internal default. People should feel government represents the people and not a tool for manipulation. Likewise, they should feel if they put in the effort they have a chance to succeed. We are sometimes wishy washy on those democratic and capitalistic values. 

Values should be part of our society. We should think beyond ourselves to something greater. Our responsibility not to hurt ourselves is paramount. Its not something anyone can walk from whether or not they were given the wood, pewter, stainless steel, silver or gold spoon at birth (With the right effort they should be able to trade it up and in some cases down.). 

There are real people in this great nation of ours fighting for what is right but getting the wrong end of the stick. I think we may need to rethink some things. 

We are likely moving into an era of serious competitive national need. We can either move forward into something new and advance with our principles (i.e. the Digital Era) or we can stay stagnant and slow but surely be bested by other nations and ideologies. We will need our best and brightest to lead the charge. The whole system depends on maximizing our competitive opportunities through human capital development. The choice is ours! In many cases walk the talk is needed. Just saying. In one ear and out the other....

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Can Ukraine Still Win the War? Maybe under the right circumstances.

Most analysts would at this point say no way Ukrain can win and push the Russians out! I say it is possible but it won't be today or tomorrow unless.... You can read Russia Winning War in Ukraine.  With the right supplies, sanctions, and a few unexpected Russian mishaps based on existing weaknesses (the things Russia doesn't show the public) occur, then the tide could turn (i.e. defaulting on debt, economic woes, lack of ability to muster resources and a few battlefield losses). 

We were a little slow in our response and in many ways hoped to give Ukraine the ability to fight without creating a decisive victory. Troop levels are depleted on both sides but Ukrainians have more international support. With a change in strategy, better equipment, and back up support by well trained/seasoned mercenaries Ukraine could possibly turn the Russian assault into a route. 

Russia is running thin on multiple fronts and I suspect in many ways hiding that through false strength puffery (Putin's demand to surrender). Their ability to maintain forward momentum without serious national engagement is unlikely. More likely Putin has a geographic line he wants to reach and then bulk up some defenses to annex that area. 

Not letting him get to that line and dig in would mean the possibility of putting him on the defensive without a strong defense structure in place (i.e. a defense structure would slow his troops and give chances for Ukraine to counter. This may be why he is constantly pushing the battle line.). The timing needs to be just right and the equipment would need to be in place (This is why large kill zones can be helpful in softening advances and creating tactical retreats.)

Putin is an advanced forward chess player. He zeitgeist his opponents and creates chaos through fear and superior numbers. Just like getting bogged down cost Russia so would a few mistakes and reverse momentums that exploit temporary pauses (Risk being not having enough Ukrainian troops to push back hard.). 

The questions might be 1.) Do Ukrainians have the ability to detect the holes, 2.) Do they have the right equipment to pierce those holes, 3.) Do they have the troop supplies to capitalize on Russian mishaps? If in such a situation where an attack turns into a significant full route expect tactical nukes or bio weapons (Its not definitive but a hypothesis).

While anything can happen and such large openings would be rare, the support difficult to garnish in real time, the other option might be keeping up the costs of Russian ground presence in Ukraine until Putin passes away and the next leadership group feels the costs are not worth it. No idea. What do you think? So many possibilities. Time answers all questions. 

Feds Double Great Lake Research to $53 Million

In the path to sustainability in our environment and our economy we will need to invest in research. You can read about UoM Great Lakes Research and their partnership with LSSU in the UP with the Coast Guard under the Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research.

What does the cooperative do?

"Hosted by the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan, CIGLR consists of a Research Institute and a Regional Consortium that is a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), universities, non-governmental organizations, and businesses. Together, we work to achieve environmental, economic, and social sustainability in the Great Lakes."

What are they going to look at?

...."climate change, extreme weather events, invasive species, harmful algal blooms and ecosystem protection".

Here is the thing. If we want to maximize our natural fish as a future protein source and fishing industry as well as further develop clean manufacturing in the Great Lakes region, we will want to research impact and solutions.

Research of this kind isn't about restricting development but about coexistence. Business should donate, partner with, and enhance such research so as to grow their manufacturing possibilities as well as enhance the Great Lakes ecosystem.

When businesses have created a level of homeostasis with their environment they will have more opportunities to enhance the natural benefits of the Great Lakes. Research and business should go hand in hand and when they contribute to something like an independent research entity they can better chart their own course. See Perpetual Sustainability Systems.

Agreeableness and Teamwork: How traits influence team performance

One of the nasty little tid bits to team performance that business executives, coaches, and team leads struggle with is deciphering the right types of personalities that are most likely to help in creating strong teams. If you are like most people in a position to hire others, you want to find hard charging people who seek to focus on the tasks at hand. What you don't want is them to be so self oriented that they create dysfunction and conflict. 

Teamwork is a process of recruiting the right mix of people through their skills and personality to build a strong performing team. Agreeableness seems to be one of the traits you can look for in a potential candidate.

Let me give you an example. Agreeableness was found to have significant impact on about 93% of other traits. It was a bridge between multiple traits and in many ways seemed to influence them as a general outlook. You can read about that that study in 'Agreeableness a helpful trait for general success in life, study finds'

Whether you are recruiting for a team sport or you are creating your next business team  you will want to ensure that you look for people with a level of agreeableness. 

While such traits don't guarantee success they do foster the right team characteristics. Having both star performances mixed with the right team players can make a difference in overall outcomes as they are the supporters of the group. 

Long term success is in the development of the right team with the right personalities. A single player may be able to hit the ball or create a new venture from time to time but it is the total team that can produce results over and over in a way that leads to long term success. 

The next time you do some recruiting think about the softer side of people with a level of agreeableness as an untapped source of team formation.

Michael P. Wilmot, Deniz S. Ones. Agreeableness and Its Consequences: A Quantitative Review of Meta-Analytic Findings. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 2022; 108886832110730 DOI: 10.1177/10888683211073007

Escanaba Marina: Northern Get Away!

I recently took this picture of Escanaba Marina. I'm unsure of whether to include or not in the gallery. Sometimes I initially include something and then take it out or other times I might ignore a picture and later find it interesting.  It isn't a science as some like some things and some don't like others. 

Since I'm completely on the fence I figured I would just include it. If you haven't been to Escanaba Marina or have a boat and are coming into the area I would stop, walk around the park, and go out to eat in the nearby downtown. 

There a few restaurants within 5 blocks. There are a couple of new ones being developed within a few blocks. If your an investor you might want to check out this underdeveloped little northern destination. Plenty of downtown space and an administration that is easy to work with. 

Escanaba Marina

Escanaba Marina: Northern Get Away

Monday, June 27, 2022

Tips to Creating Adaptive Organizations Through Curiosity

Curiosity is one of those terms that is association with exploration, trying new things, openness to experience, and pondering the possibilities. Organizations often look for workers but have a more difficult time fostering curiosity. The typical organization is highly rigid and often based more in fulfilling one's immediate workload with little to no time for curiosity. 

Not putting time aside for curiosity may not be the best long term choice from an adaptive standpoint. Consider organizations that need to keep innovating and developing to compete with other companies. Curiosity and the willingness to ask questions makes a big difference in long term development. 

While it isn't always a 1X1 equation it is an additive process. Some will waste exploration time and some will put more more into the process. Small changes discovered through many curious hands can provide a cutting edge advantages to companies. One big discovery/adjustment could revolutionize both the company and an industry (Why I believe that curiosity mixed with the right innovative environment can speed growth not only in one company but also many other companies within a cluster.)

You may want to read an article in the Harvard Business Review The Business Case for Curiosity
by Francesca Gino

There are many things that can improve, tweak and adjust curiosity but here are three that I think are broad and helpful to think about.

1.) Incentivize/Normalize Cultural Curiosity: Make curiosity a regular part of creative positions. Ensure they have the the time to create new things and are rewarded when something beneficial is found. The more creativity it is part of the culture, the more it will be a natural outcome of daily work life. 

2.) Match Ideas with ROI Resources: New ideas can be vetted to help ensure that they will be beneficial for the company. Those that have the greatest merit could be further developed and scaled for maximum benefit through further exploration and proper use of ROI resources. Those that are not immediately beneficial can be tabled for when they may be more helpful. 

3.) Maximize Stakeholder Benefit: Companies work within a business environment. There will be suppliers, partners, and industry associates that can benefit from new ideas. When plausible encourage stakeholders to maximize associated benefits to create environments where companies are growing and supporting each other's development. 

Can Ukraine Resist and Reemerge from Lost Ground?

Ukraine has lost some ground as of recent because they did not have the correct tools for the fight. The essential question is Can Ukraine Resist and Reemerge from Lost Ground? They will need to hold ground and eventually regain ground and that won't happen unless they are protected from relentless shelling.

Under the right circumstances they can come back. Russia is using its large arsenal of semi-modern old equipment, large troops ranks, and superior artillery in the fight. They are overwhelming the smaller but more functional Ukrainian forces.

They can spend all day softening their targets and keep Ukrainian troop movements hunkered down and at a minimum (A strategy that would likely work against Russia with the right equipment). Supplies often have to trickle in and with shortages it is apparent Ukraine is in a tough spot.

Three interesting things are going on.....

Interesting #1 It appears that the Russian nation is defaulting for the first time since the Bolshevik Revolution. There is some dispute on the form of payment (i.e. rubles) and presence of the capital. For now it appears to be a default.  Russia Defaults on Debt

Interesting #2 NATO increased rapid reaction force from 40,000 to 300,000 in response to heightened attention. There is a general increase in defense measures as Russia and China carve up spheres of influence. NATO Increases Forces.

Interesting #3: G7 will provide more support for Ukraine in terms of NASAMS (surface to air), counter-battery radars, and artillery. G-7 Military Support

This is what I would expect. With new artillery on the way, the ability to detect Russian artillery (and hopefully strike those positions), and more ammo they will be able to at least neutralize Russia's immediate advantage. That may require a change in tactics and more troop involvement by Russia.   

Additional Russian troop involvement means more casualties and hard to gain advantages of which Ukrainian army still has the defense advantage. They will need to regain ground but that isn't the argument at this moment. Likewise, they will need to replenish their troop supplies somehow and some of that is likely to come from mercenaries (Maybe more Ukrainians or outside help.). 

The default on debt is an important one. One risk Russia could face is that they cannot finance their war. The bloodier it gets, the more it looses, the more resources grinded out, etc... the higher the toll. We will have to wait to see what actually happens. Putin is a little of a KGB fox so he likely thinks a couple of moves ahead in the global chess game. Let us wait and see.

Marina Life: Boats, Palm Trees and Blue Skys (Picture)

I do some photography and painting as a hobby and try when I can to donate to charitable causes. I like the colors as bright and tropical feeling. If you like see below and where you can purchase the picture. I have a lot so I will add when I can.

Marina Life: Boats, Palm Trees and Blue Skys

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When Large Groups Blindly Support Hate: The Lack of Conscious

I can tell you stories horrendous that would make the most hardened criminal ponder their internal value systems. When people do bad things the worst thing others can do is line up to support that hate. When we engaged in intentional destructiveness we do so because of our social networks. It may also be an indication that some of the supporters harbor deeper feelings of racism and bigotry. We are defined by our choices and actions and no one can take that away from them (I doubt they have the insight to know the root of their behavior.)

This large group of hate supporters can't say me or my children have done anything to them, were rude to them, or have harmed them in any way. What they can say is that after extremely aggressive behaviors toward myself and my children and the discovery of potentially fraudulent behaviors certain boundaries were created. That group felt they were better than the targets and jumped in to try harm my family (Some see themselves as supporters of their local sports culture and the targets as less than human. It looks more like an aggressive cult/clan than a mediocre group of ex sports play friends.).

That didn't mean that the perpetrators respected those boundaries just because I set them. I believe very much that they knew they have done some inappropriate things and the first idea they could think of was spreading rumors to protect their outward image (Likely they were protecting their own internal image from conscious awareness....but that is psychobabble.). It appears they have a history of doing this to people they don't like and when the stakes are this high chances are they had no limits.

The second thing they thought of doing was using their close law enforcement friends to begin following, threatening and intimidating the targets. I cannot tell you under what distorted circumstances these things have become acceptable in our society. Likely, they made quick heuristic judgements based on their close associates and the perceived "evilness" of Muslims and Blacks and went after it with the perception they were doing something "good" (It just one possible explanation and there are likely others. I don't mean religious good or bad but moral good and bad; although they are associated).

It wasn't just bad moved beyond that into highly coordinated activities. They were/are so sure they won't be held to account that they laughed and smirked about it while they were doing it. Something you would see sociopaths do in movies. They were bragging to their friends who were all too willing to contribute with their own hate rhetoric (Remember I don't know most of them and my interactions have been positive prior to these hate events. How quickly people turn when its popular. Even people who know you and had positive experiences with you. Shame!)

Furthermore, I believe they were telling people that if anyone stayed in contact with "those" people they would be rejected (Perhaps even a target themselves.). Of course like the flying monkeys many in our human species have become, they complied without even thinking about what they were doing (As a side note, I find it surprising that people go to church and talk about their values but when push comes to shove they have few. Its just useless self soothing talk!)

That is where weaker people who hold their own racists and bigoted values fell into line to support the hate mob. That included not only rejection as a candidate for an adjunct position I was more than qualified for but also other opportunities as an aspect of circumventing laws. Retracting job opportunities, not providing legal support, willful misconduct, all the creepy stuff no group should do. You get the picture and if true you cannot get more coordinated in criminality then that (Since when is being unsophisticated, under developed, and a racist the "cool" thing to do? Seriously, check your values. It opens the question as to how many other people has this group gone after? Maybe my family is the only one but I doubt it. Perhaps my perceived religion and kids race help rally the hate much more than in other cases but the pre-existing behaviors and values of group coordination were already learned at a different time and place. Just saying.). 

I suspect if you are a minority you get what I'm saying and you have experienced this on a lower level one time or another. I have read about people acting so boldly and without personal checks and balances only in a few instances (Tulsa Massacre comes to mind.). If you are a bigot you likely reject what I have to say completely (Without even knowing anything). That is the great divide in our society. Our failure to truly listen to each other has created gaps in our conscious (Truth and falsehood become distorted.).

This is where investigations and objective law enforcement come into play (Those corrupted officers should have no right to be involved or even be in law enforcement. They lost their legitimacy when they wanted to "help" their friends even though the facts didn't line up.). Free passes are not free and they begin to split our nation in half (I have more rights to protect myself and family than they do to be perpetrators. At least in a healthy society!). Take a look at the hyper politics and growing extremism on both sides and you can see how quickly people judge (There are obvious legitimacies and shared experiences on the other half of society. Doesn't matter which half you live in.

People might ask "Why stay when there is a large group of bigots that hate you?" I think it is more than just avoiding future harm. There are deeply held American values, traditions and principles at stake. If a group of bigots and their supporters can mob attack people in a way that creates "cleansing" like situations we have seen in third world nations we have big problems. It isn't about me, its about our possible futures as a single people. 

That doesn't neglect the fact that my genetic background predates most of the people in the area and that I have lots of awesome friends as well. While someone is likely to cross those boundaries, and I believe that has a fairly high chance of happening at some point, I have no plans of leaving permanently (I have other places to go but that is my home regardless of whether the mob of bigots says so or not.). It becomes a here I am, you have failed to silence me, threaten me, intimidate, or anything else. You have done the opposite (maybe). At this moment I don't feel I should back down to bullies and bigots no matter how many people line up to hate. You will see me around and I will be polite and smile at you. You can say hi, offer an apology, or do something else. Its your choice. What is your next step?

What I can logically ask for is that 1.) the perpetrators obtain mental health help (They do deserve jail time but I'm not advocating for that. That will need to be someone else's decision. I do not want regrets in my life but if they own it and its warranted, those were their choices. They had plenty of chances to change course.); 2.), an audit of all monies past and present (to highlight some of the behavior incentives. Maybe something or maybe makes no difference); 3.) Investigations into officers connected closely to that group (ensuring they don't have a history of these behaviors. There are some unsubstantiated complaints out there.); 4.), those local institutions such as the college that retracted their offer once they found out I was the "dirty Muslim" their friends hated need to be held to account (They shouldn't be allowed to use tax payer money for their social group or their racial/religious misperceptions. They should be hiring the most qualified candidates.

Do I expect that level of justice to happen? Nope! I once believed it was possible but have learned over the years that much of what we do is subjective. There is still hope that moral conscious and law will become fused together but it sometimes is highly subjective based on what we know, what we can discover, and the resources available. To be honest, I do believe our justice system tries (except in some cases on local levels where social networks take precedence) and that there are very good people who do the best they can with the tools they have. Sometimes it does well and sometimes it comes up short (i.e. always a need for improvement, innovation and development.). 

People may ask, "Are you not afraid to talk so bluntly about it knowing that the "mob"  and their supporters are out there?" I say, "I'm afraid we someday stop talking and accept the unacceptable." I live by a motto and have pulled it out more than once in my life.... "its better to die for something than live for nothing." Before you read too much into it, it just means we all have purpose in this life and there will be those who strive for a better society and there are othere consumed by what they are having for lunch....and that is all they care about. 

What's next? I'm not sure. For the most part its not up to me. I plan on being engaging, honest, open to rectification, and won't sugar coat what happened. Whether the bell of justice and liberty rings for all of us or just some of us isn't completely in my hands. It is a national decision to choose where we as a people will go and what we plan on leaving to the next generation. Right now I have concerns about that as well......we will let time flip a page to the next chapter in life and our future as a nation........

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Why Justice Isn't a Joke! One true path forward and many backwards!

There are people who feel justice is a joke. Some will be given free passes and others will become responsible for all of society's ills (In most societies one group or another is picked.). It makes no difference what position one is in or their perceived value to society (I have a Muslim name and told my family was targeted for that reason. At present it appears corruption is given a free pass. Time will answer that definitely. I expected that but I have been wrong on a number of occasions. I don't even really care that much any more. Free passes should be embarrassing in the modern century. It is a devaluing of life.). Justice isn't a joke and when we give a free pass to behaviors that are obviously wrong we make a mockery of the rule of law.

Punishment isn't necessary but accountability is a must! That should come with moral conscious and wisdom. It makes no difference if someone is the president or the lowest ditch digger (I respect the later more than most in the "connected" class. I'm not against the connected class but I'm against their subjective entitlement to irresponsibly put our democracy at risk. Our country isn't a game and people should not be manipulated for political gains. There is much more at stake then winning the elections or which party takes the lead. I say that as a light right RINO republican. RINO=Republican In National Opportunities. I think I might have that wrong because those who seem to use the word  {Republican in Name Only} often don't have truly conservatives values. Conservatism is based in time honored values of multiple religions, historical societal connection and institutional respect for helpful traditions. It has little to do with sacking capitals.  πŸ€”)

If your sacking our capital or torching pro life buildings you should be held to account as that is the nature of justice. Likewise on a local level if your stealing money, spreading false stories or getting your bigoted friends involved it is moral bankruptcy in my mind (Who asked any of them to get involved and if they did ask why did they willing choose to be involved? The manipulation of others and elder seems to be ongoing process. ). 

For example one could conclude at the end of all the prior protests that whether one is a police officer or protestor they should fall under the same laws (...with the former having a greater responsibility not to engage in corrupt acts. I support good officers 100% and civil rights 100%). We shouldn't give more or less value to people in society based on current political interests. There should be no such thing as immunity (Immunity for legitimate mistakes is perfectly acceptable but immunity for corruption and criminal intent is not.)

Until we begin to universalize our laws and use moral conscious to apply them properly we will always be dealing with distorted justifications and manipulation of our cherished values. We have responsibilities to maintain democracy from one generation to the next without ripping at the seams in the wanton ability to get or gain something. That requires the three legs of democracy to work a the best state they can.

Judge, President or Pauper there should be no excuses! What am going to do (I'm not a particularly important or powerful person but I do understand the necessity of finding solutions to problems.)? Stand up for our American principles, be open to rectification (i.e. accepting apologies and positive reengagement). What I'm not going to do is pretend it's ok, sweep it under the carpet, or sugar coat obviously corrupt behaviors. It's up to everyone else, including our politicians/leaders to determine who they are and whether they are going to move toward positive self reflection or further projection!

Society is indeed a contract.…[But, a]s the ends of such a partnership cannot be obtained in many generations, it becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born….Changing the state as often as there are floating fancies,…no one generation could link with the other. Men would be little better than the flies of a summer. Edmund Burke

 I encourage others to have some type of value system they can claim independent of their parties and social networks. Our futures relies on our choices today. Whether targeted again by the ex mediocre sports group, corrupt officer(s) in their social network, or their easily manipulated supporters I will walk where I want because our country, towns, and opportunities are worth not giving hate the last word (At least until our system chooses a higher form of existence or commits our democracy into history books as a failed experiment. Failure on local levels is a data point to failures on a national level. You will need some systems thinking to see how they may be associated if those experiences are exhibited by others.)

Who am I? Known to some as "The bitch!"(the name yelled out to my kids) to others "The dirty Muslim" (I actually see myself more as a Muslim, Catholic, Jew. I see the value in each). In my ancient/young adult past a few have called me "The All American Boy". I'm not sure any of that is 100% accurate as how you define me is more about how you define yourself (Ceci n'est pas une pipe). If I was to define myself for myself I would lean more to the description of cogito ergo sum (...and I bet you thought my childhood endeavor of philosophy and reading was useless. Maybe it was.....). 

Keep it civil America! You don't know what you got till you loose it! Kind of the reason why we need our "know it all" politicians to start focusing on the big picture...or we need to work within the system to replace the most ignorant of the bunch for the sake of everyone else; including the next generation! Don't be selfish in your choices and dutiesThink beyond your careers (Freedom of speech comes with some responsibility to use it for the betterment of society.).

P.S. if you feel offended by what I say you might need to do some soul searching because you are the one who determines if it relates to you. Disturbance of your psyche should tell you something about yourself. 🀷 Just saying. πŸ’

In order to seek truth, it is necessary once in the course of our life, to doubt, as far as possible, of all things.”
– Descartes, RenΓ©, Principles of Philosophy (1644)

Powell Testifies to Congress: A Discussion on Inflation and Next Steps

 Federal Chair Jerome Powell discusses some changes on inflation. You can read an overview in Powell's Warning. I'm not going into super depth about what he is saying but I would agree that there are larger environmental factors involved outside the U.S. (i.e. war, supply chains, etc...) We want to see wages rise without necessarily raising price (That will require rebalancing our labor market to raise value, wages, and functionality. It means we do more with our current labor and increase their market inputs. None of that means that companies should not think about the growing differences between executive pay and labor pay. A level of narrowing that gap can be helpful.). Interest rates are likely to rise to slow the economy down. Part of me thinks there is some advantages to putting ourselves at the center of the highest value leg of the global supply chain and leak off to our allies lesser activities to raise the value of our labor. Not 100% sure how to do that.

Too bad we couldn't make a push to return manufacturing and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) back to the U.S. to ride the wave! (Lots of people are likely looking for alternatives to invest in manufacturing from China. See G7 Gives China the Belt. 😏. They will need to do more than that but at least they are talking about it. China and "The West" can find their own niches but it is time "The West" find look for new competitive strategies. That is why I think we should look at Rapid Innovation Systems. An unfinished national innovative cluster theory.)

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Ukraine Loses Ground in War: Exposed to Artillary

 Ukraine is stuck in a difficult spot. It must not only defend itself but also push back against Russian forces. If you read 'Ukrainian city of Severodonetsk now ‘completely under Russian occupation’ after months of fighting' you will get a pretty good sense of their dire situation. 

We have heard over the past few weeks a few things the Ukrainians may be suffering from that include 1.) lack of ammo, 2.) slowing Western support, 3.) lack of artillery and air protection and 4.) lack of troop replenishment. 

To win this war Ukraine may need to change some of its strategies but it will also need to garner faster and more forceful support. With Belarus appearing to enter the war and threats made against other western nations we should have some concerns. 

Coordinated effort to get the Ukrainians the things they need and provide advanced tactical support may be helpful. At present this is their war but tomorrow it may be other nations. A protective buffer becomes diminished and we may soon hear the grinding of steel on steel with all of the sparks. 

Going Back to Moral Conscious and Law: Unchecked Rage

In my mind law and moral conscious should be connected.  We have experienced a lot of extremism over the past few years as a nation. We don't really have a strong understanding of what it is and how to resolve it. I believe the makings of such extremism existed for a long time but we neither had the theoretical lens to see it nor the foresight to tackle such issues early. 

Let us talk about domestic extremism for a moment. If you were a minority of some time (Muslim, Arab, Jew, Black, Asian, White, etc... The race and religion isn't important as it is based in who has power and who can be scape goated.) you may have experienced extremism at one time or another. Now that has moved onto different forms and beliefs.

While people may have experienced unchecked hate against those seen as "untouchables" in society it wasn't coordinated on a large group level. Some people moved from individual rage to group rage and shared sense of hate purpose. When given a level of political cover (Republican or Democrat) it begins to justify the unjustifiable. (Politics is no longer a always a discussion/debate but sometimes an act of physical force.) 

Once we had a sacking of the capital we saw domestic extremism clear eyed in a way that could not be ignored. The smaller risks of individual targets now moved to group support. It was always there one way or another but it was acceptable in smaller doses against "those" people (Whomever seemed most prudent  based on the circumstances of the times.). Now we have politicized and accepted such behaviors on different levels across our socio-political-bio existence.

We have chances to universalize our values, universalize our application of law, and connect moral conscious with legal jurisprudence. When people do extremist things like lie, coordinate others in hate, spread false rumors, ostracize, misuse their positions, intimidate, use violence, threaten, etc... we should not put our eyes to the ground and keep walking. 

In my experience, poor actions in one place often leads to poorer outcomes in other places. Its a little like ignoring a disease when you first find it and then discover years later it has spread. Preventing before getting a disease and in turn tackling the sickness as soon as it is realized is important (i.e. early mental health intervention.). Extremism is like a disease such as cancer on society and seeks to create divisions and distort institutions to bend to their will (not party specific). 

I believe there are a few things to consider:

1.) Universalize our values and laws.

2.) Use critical thinking and evidence based decision making. 

3.) Look beyond the obvious so as to not be blinded by false constructs (i.e. all people who look or worship like this are no better or worse when compared to those who look and worship another way.). 

4.) Intent and motivation is important in assessing behaviors. 

5.) Mental health help is important so as to avoid bigger situations later (Extremism is catalyzed by outward focused distorted personalities.). 

6.) Remove those who either misuse their positions and/or manipulate our institutions. Violations of law should be enforced when they are based in hate and rage.

7.) Encourage different groups of people to stand together against those who accept, support, or encourage extremism (Meaning we all have a stake in the success of our nation and it shouldn't be one group or another that damages that at the detriment for the rest of us.). 

8.) Be open to requisitioning your own personal values for the best possible outcomes. 

In the past few years we have become much more aware of the nature of these behaviors on a local and on a national level. We all have a stake in encouraging critical thinking, moral conscious in legal application, and the development of understanding of how these things work. We must now begin to figure out what our next steps as a nation, people, and individuals should be (For me its positive engagement and encouraging accountability....even if that accountability helps the perpetrators live healthier and happy lives where rage isn't part of their personality nor justifiable among their friends. There are bigger principles at stake.) 

Which is more important.....The law or moral conscious? Perhaps they should be one in the same. It looks like in these situations where far right (justification of rage) or far left (justification of rage) and or local social networks (unable to think for self) we must find a path through to reasonable compromise. I'm not sure anyone has the solution but we can hope for peace, understanding, and empathy. We must become again a single people. There are breadcrumbs of paths that lead to shared futures but we must find them.

Painting of Lilacs and Mountains: Does painting have a place in business?

Is art beneficial to business? It's a simple question of whether painting has a place in modern business. We often think it is for the flighty and non serious. Obviously it has benefits for the advertising arenas but how about visualization and decision making?You may want to read a little something on business creativity and how creativity leads to better overall decision making and business Intelligence. Creativity in Business. The National Endowment for the Arts has a working paper specifically on Artists and Business. While my art may not be the greatest not everything I do is useless. Its a learning process utilizing as many senses and experiences as possible. It becomes increasingly possible to see the possibilities of "out of box". Support your local arts for long term competitiveness. 

Painting of lilacs and mountains. Purchase in Etsy Shop. Some of profits go to various charities. Slowly growing. 

Friday, June 24, 2022

Bipartisan gun control bill passes through Senate: Is there fear that small compromises will lead to bigger compromise?

If you really want to understand what is being passed with the gun compromise act you should read the The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act in full. There are things like mental health help, background checks, red flag, funding, etc.. Thus, there was an effort of our leaders to address an issue and put forward a solution. We will have to see if The House will pass it as it is seen as less supported in this arena. 

Just to clear out my own bias I have no problem with people having hunting guns, target practice guns, antique guns, self defense oriented guns and in some cases more powerful guns. I am just not sure when higher military grade guns are needed by the average person in society (I am also not an expert in all the different uses for guns but am descent at absorbing different perspectives. This is just a post to help myself and others think through some options. ). 

I do understand the fear of some gun owners who feel that things they view as sacred are being taken away. Some may feel that if they compromise a little then people are going to compromise more and that will erode their rights. Perhaps in their perspective once the door is open it will lead to a flood of changes. This is where trust needs to come into play. Trust is something that seems to be on decline at an institutional, political and/or person level in society. 

You would be hard pressed to make an argument that everyone regardless of criminal background, mental health, reasoning ability, etc... needs high powered aggressive oriented guns under any and all circumstances. On the flip side, you would be equally frustrated in making the argument that no one needs a gun ever under any circumstance or purpose! (Notice I'm really putting it out there! Its meant to be bold for illustration purposes of solutions being in the middle.)

Even most people that are gun advocates are likely to sort of agree with the above paragraph that not everyone needs a gun but fear that any compromise will lead to many compromises. This is where we need people to respect the intent and purpose of the 2nd Amendment (Not play childish games with controversial and potentially dicey issues that range from gun rights to abortion. We need politicians that get the big picture and don't just trample others arguments simply because their party expects them to do so. We need critical thinkers in leadership positions.). 

Leaders/politicians (That is making the assumption they are they same of which some are and some are not.) should only consider that which will truly have an impact on helping protect lives and will drop the non-practical aspects of any ideological push (Meaning its not about winning arguments but about realized gains to lives. We should explore the solution options. ) We would then seek to tweak laws to find the right balance between gun ownership and gun responsibility; also called value homeostasis.

What we (as a general generic term) would want is only those restrictions that would have a positive impact be considered. That both sides should respect the 2nd Amendment and do their best to keep it as in tact as possible. From free of constraint as possible. These rights carried us forward in some difficult times and we should avoid letting people who shouldn't have guns use them inappropriately and in turn reflect negatively on law abiding gun owners (Its always the bad apples that damage it for everyone. The laws are designed to protect against the unreasonable in people's behavior and choices.).

(This isn't really an argument for or against gun or gun control, it is an argument of a type of logic where we know there are exceptions but don't trust another {the other} party enough to be reasonable in action/thought. Trust comes from experience. Highlighting how extreme views can be destructive to decision making through polar thinking and that can damage future opportunities. What seems reasonable is sometimes misused by others to win political arguments instead of saving lives {the purpose of a bi-partisan approach anyway}. Thus, if our politicians orient their focus past the politics of present to the central essence of human needs {feeling of safety} then we can make better decisions and in turn sew more trust We build trust be taking into consideration the different stakeholder's of society's need. Compromise becomes easier when you trust that the people on the other side are "reasonable" and respect your opinions and values {Instead of focusing on winning arguments.}. In other words, rigidity of political polarization impacts the ability to compromise. Failure to compromise we get stuck in the lower {versus higher} modes of thinking. Everything is all this or all that and rationality is lessened! Maybe not? 🀷)

Let us see what happens. Notice I am not leaning in one direction or the other because I want to understand how the legislative process is influenced by personality and emotional attachment to certain topics (Gun control is a big thing just like abortion. People will go into a rage when they hear these terms and that has even deeper causes. Its not what the answer people have that is important but the process they used to get to that answer that counts. )There is going to be a lot of debate in The House over this issue. Everything will work out as it should but we should be polite and thoughtful in our discussions on thorny issues.

Gun control....

Kayaking the Au train River: History and New Tourism

If your looking for an outdoor kayaking adventure you may want to do go down the Au train River. Au train MI. is located about an hour north of Escanaba and there are about 3-4 kayak renal places within close vicinity. It takes about 3-5 hours to go down the river with lots of places to stop on the banks. A few bathrooms in the state forest as well. 

I suggest you pick up your cans and garbage. It was very clean and clear but there were a few cans that people recently left. Its not your trash dump. I believe the kayak companies go down and look for them but I think people should be a little more mindful that we have pristine beauty in the U.P. and we don't want to mess with that.

I like the outdoors so I look with disdain when people leave junk. Other than a few small exceptions it was beautiful.

Bring your sunscreen, cooler, food and other stuff! Bring drinking water as the sun can get hot. We had a large group of 30 people.

Memories of Au train.
Mining Journal

You can gain some sense of history as Au train started in 1856 as a hunting and trapping area, lumber, iron making and a tourist destination. Hometown Chronicles

The Irrationality of Group Rage

Group rage starts with loyalty to individuals who rage. Why people rage run from all different justifications but most rage is usually unwarranted. People who critical think typically don't rage against others. They may be upset, they may disagree, but they don't have the psychological benefits to rage. Rage is a deeper emotion that does sometimes have value for self defense but is often used as offence to harm others. 

In situations where hate is mixed rage is often marked by the desire to maintain a cover on one's internal feelings (Sometimes other incentives such as money and embarrassment but these are associated with deeper issues). An early childhood loss, feelings of inadequacy, etc.. and to keep at bay those overwhelming feelings so they project them onto a target. 

Typically these targets are people they are jealous of, who disagree with them, frustrate them, or are better then them in some way or form. They may or may not be better but they are perceived that way. In the perpetrators mind the best way to stop those feelings is to put that person down and devalue their lives. 

That devaluing comes from making up stories, lying, dehumanizing and other distorted sense of projections. When it is one's feelings alone it has no legitimacy (i.e. angry person) but when they can get a group involved it is seen as legitimate (It may all be a distorted subconscious lie but its about sharing that rage with others and finding supporters in hate.)

The weaker the personalities they surround themselves, the lower the boundaries (i.e. cultish/clannish groups), the more likely they are going find adherents to their cause. The group becomes a tool to get the target even though the target didn't do anything wrong and/or had every right to protect themselves and their family (Irrationality of the group lost in the legitimacy of numbers.)

What makes these situations dangerous is that the group becomes not only the tool but also the enablers of hate. They become unable to choose their own value systems and must hate the target even though the target has always been nice to them and they have no valid reason to do so. 

This becomes increasingly more distorted in groups where each persons value is highly structured and they are told what to believe, who their friends can be, what values they hold, etc... In this case we are talking about a ex mediocre sports group from 25+ years ago that has not grown up or created healthy sense of self. 

Because of this limited thinking and cultish adherents such groups become dangerous. They are not able to be derailed because the internal dialogue is distorted and their false perception becomes put on the target (Let us pretend that the target has done nothing wrong.) They become Steven King creepy in the sense that they will not deter themselves from their object or pick a healthier path forward. Throw in there a couple of cops whose social life is owed to the group members and you have a big problem (Using legitimate authority for illegal and illegitimate things. Extremism cuts across our societies.) Our tomorrow is defined by our actions today.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Team Democracy: Anchoring our American Values and Responsibilities

Cicero Denounces Catiline 1889
We have certain universal values that should be supported and encourage in society. We must pull the fringes back to the center through shared commitment to our institutions. Americans first and parties second. We have a responsibility to be honest and protect each generation from the selfishness of the few. Democracy is like a sacred torch that must fed with positive thoughts and positive actions to maintain its hard won benefits. Each generation will adjust its meaning ever so slightly expanding the practical adaptability of Democracy. We are limping in our obligations because some in society feel entitled that they should have their way at all costs (A faulty ethical system that can lead down a logical path that can justify political extremism and critical thinking deficits.)

I agree with the danger of outside influence impacting our elections and in turn trying to create internal dissention. Some are unwittingly just blindly ( mental slaves of forms-Plato) who don't question or think about the alternatives. They solidify their distorted deep seated beliefs through emotional encoding and every time they think about the topic they become enraged again. They can't short cut the process unless you reach them early before their emotions are attached or create an inclusive environment where thoughts and beliefs are shared openly in the spirit of learning. (Which may have nothing to do with the topic but only one's perception of the topic. Much of our beliefs and values are subjective but carry similar strains cross culture and cross society.) Add group validity to internal distorted beliefs (i.e. mental health. Why we need mental health and tracking strategies) and you have group justification for rage (feelings of powerlessness).  Give them a target (s) (the scape goat) and you got yourself shared extremism based on the ways in which they communicate, the terms/sayings they use, symbols they create, internal rage, their leaders values, etc....(Some more interesting reading not necessarily in order....Blind Leading Blind, Vervet MonkeysEmbedded Groups,  Interconnected, Economic Influence SocialSocial CognitionSocial Cap TheorySocial Capital. Systems ThinkingOptimism, Socialization Process, Human Perception, Hyper Politics

This is the Safe Pledge the military guys were talking about. It is a pledge to protect democracy through non-violence in the U.S.  We must always be open to truth which means we must first be open to being wrong (A Lot!). I support it even if it is just a reminder on what we should already know (i.e. our oaths and Plead of Allegiance. You can lean more about that in History of Oath). I encourage you to send it to your politicians (Doesn't matter the party.) and ask them to pledge support or you won't have their vote (Seems like much of the problem comes from that arena anyway. They did make a pledge and say it everyday but to many it hasn't sunk in what oath they have given.  Maybe not? πŸ€· Time will tell.....)

This quote below is interesting because it highlights that we must always be aware that we know little to nothing about our world (Meaning as we innovate and develop new tools in the Digital Era we will learn more about our environment from reaching further out into space and further inward into molecular biology/DNA) and/or "the truth" shifts because of new understandings (...even its subjective nature. There is always another layer of truth. Dang.....Philosophy!  πŸ€“πŸ˜‚)

No human being will ever know the Truth, for even if they happen to say it by chance, they would not even know they had done so.” Xenophanes

Catching Pike in the Escanaba Harbor (Underwater Pics)

One of my friends caught a great pike in the Escanaba harbor. I didn't measure it but likely 30+ inches. I think he is going to let him go. I was encouraging to cut it up and give me some for supper but because of its size I am going to text him and tell him to let move on in its life. According to a Michigan Document  

"Delta County Chicago Lake, Carr Lake, Hamilton (McDonald) Lake, Lyman Lake, Escanaba River upstream from first dam at US-2, Round Lake (T40N, R20W, S1): no size limit on Northern Pike and up to five (5) Northern Pike may be retained in the daily possession limit with only one (1) greater than 24 inches.

We initially went there to dive and pick up a drill he lost and help the marina grab a bubbler that fell into the water. I did get to try out my used Coleman outdoor/underwater camera I bought on Ebay for like $15. Is ok but want to take it into deeper water. was a good catch!

You might be interested in reading....

Pike Stats Rules and Guidelines

Field & Stream Pike Beginner Tips Bait

Great Lakes Fishery Commission

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

January 6th Committee Members Receive Threats: We aren't adapting fast enough

We just sort of have to keep watching how threats are being used to create a level of fear to control outcomes. This is how extremist movements gain power through the use of numbers and threatening and/or actualization of violence. We have turned a blind eye to these behaviors for too long and now they are coming back to bite us (We should have dealt with them earlier but we may not have understood or seen it.). This is why people (Republican, Democrat and Rationalists) must work together to thwart and stop extremism from fermenting in the first place. 

Jean-Antoine-Theodore Girous 1788

A few ideas on how to limit radicalization may include...I believe there is a place prior to a full radical catalyst where intervention would likely have positive change and encourage critical thinking just before mental solidification. For example, inserting correct information when a group is beginning to debate and come to radical conclusions can go a long way. Once distortion of thought and heightened emotions catalyzes, people construct a social reality that leads to habituation that is very hard to break from the outside.

Thus insertion of correct information, breaking up of extremist groups, and mental health can help thwart future radicalization pre catalyst that solidifies a group's conclusion. For example, let us say that people are beginning to act on false information and you intercede with more accurate information as a group is becoming radicalized in turn saving a group from itself (i.e. For example, In smaller situations one might use a video they can't ignore and then follow up information that is more accurate.) I also think reflecting back a more accurate version of the distortion of behaviors from an anchor outside the group can lead to better understanding of some. It will likely lead to some becoming more enraged (emotional irrationality) at what they see as counter to their opinions and some start to think about their behaviors more (i.e. critical thinking) based on an internal compass.

Trust me....I have learned....that some groups can't and won't change as long as they are connected to a central personality(ies) that tells them what to think, how to feel, and who/whom is to blame for their problems. 

The use of threat and intimidation is a tool designed to control, manipulate and silence opposition. The best way to fight against manipulation is to challenge it directly and let them know it won't deter you (committee, minorities, politics, fellow Republicans, etc..) in any way (This is why we need our politicians to vote and lead by conscious and not blindly follow each other.). The moment you show fear and do not act to hold such people accountable is the moment they will further feed off of the power (..and gain adherents that want to feel powerful.). Do you see how fear is starting to turn toward a type of third world use of violence to get one's way (i.e. Nazi, Rwanda Genocide, etc..)? Our politicians have little idea how bad this can get if not directly challenged and held to account in its early formation stages (Its not too late but we are behind the curve.

It makes no difference if at the capital or in our hometowns. Ignoring and showing fear feeds the darkness of this power. We should be following up on each of these threats, collect all the data, and then chase it down to see if there are patterns and pasts that would influence choices. We may be surprised to find in many ways that these are not as organic as we think. There appears to be coordination. 

Personally I think if the committee (and other officials) dig long enough they could find that this isn't exactly all homegrown extremism but possibly a more serious foreign influence to stoke up internal dissention (Maybe not but there is some indication. I just can't put my finger on it. Perhaps why violence is being used to try and intimidate anyone who looks into these situations or won't act in a certain way. Its a protective maneuver. Let us wait and see who in hindsight will have supported these behaviors and who has grasped for the next run. Time answers all questions as it turns future into history.) (Russian Election Interference, Russia Exploiting Elections,  Soft Side, Upload Documents, Digital Era Warfare, Hate Groups Social Media

You may want to read 'Hang Them All

Don't listen to me...I have a Muslim sounding name (There is a point why I keep saying it and it will come out eventually.) 🀷

The Qualities of Business Students and the Quality of Business Hiring

There is an association between the quality of the business student and the quality of a quality business hire. While we often think in terms of grades one should move beyond such limited understanding to include such things as creativity, communication, leadership, systems thinking, personality, ethical values, time management and persistence in fulfilling responsibilities. 

There are few to no excuses for not doing your work (i.e. homework) in business. Businesses want deliverables every time and on time; variations need justification. 

Creativity: The new need for uniqueness in a technological transforming society shifting into the Digital Age.

Communication: The ability to use different forms of communication to share ideas and draw resources. 

Leadership: The ability to chart one's own course and lead from genuinely from within without overly high external validation. 

Systems Thinking: The ability to look at a larger system and find ways to improve on those systems. 

Personality: The type of personality that helps one get along with others (EQ).

Ethical Values: The ability to differentiate between right and wrong and protect a brand. 

Time Management: The ability to manage one's time and work independently by getting projects done.

Persistence: The ability to show up every day, get focused on one's work, and stay at it until the job's done.

Using Polo Mallet Business to Teach About Start Up Business

(A few comments about the article below. The idea is to develop a start-up and support learning development of other entrepreneurs. 30%+ of profits go to charity.)

Success in business comes from trying out new ideas. Escanaba Polo Mallet Co. has been playing around with different pricing strategies as it develops its mallet model. Having a level of flexibility helps to determine what the mallet will fetch in the market and ensure a reasonable return rate (Much of our profits go to charity so profit is necessary for our general mission.)

According to the US Chamber of commerce, "If you’ve already launched your business, you can experiment with these strategies until you determine what works best for your business. You can also vary strategies between products depending on the market for each good or service.". 

You may want to read the full article '7 Smart Pricing Strategies to Attract Customers'. It discusses price skimming, market penetration, premium pricing, economy pricing, bundle pricing, value pricing and dynamic pricing. They will help to determine the right strategy for you and your business.

For example, Escanaba Polo Mallet Co. is looking at using something like the $99 mallet as market penetration price but we would eventually want to offer custom mallets in the $250+ range (Prices are always subject to change. We are still working on the right price.). They are similar but one has a higher quality and custom focus for individual players. 

Check on the Specs and price at 52" Michigan Made Polo Mallet With Free Shipping.

Part of the mission is to help others learn how to develop their own business as we work toward developing a start up. That includes important information and ideas. Much of our profits go to help support charities. Please share. :)

Gladstone MI Beach: Lots of Sun and Vacation Feel

I'm still thinking of our area as a vacation destination.  It would be nice to see a food vendor a few days a week. A fresh juice stand might also be cool. They would be responsible to ensure of area. Someone mentioned they also wanted more of these permanent shade umbrellas.