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A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James B. Comey

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and LeadershipA Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership by James B. Comey

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Confirmation biases have a few peculiarities (more than being biases, that is…) They work best when we don’t know we have them… “See! I saw on the News Channel something and I just knew I was right about that conspiracy!” But even if we know some of our biases, and consciously work to set them aside, we will still find ourselves attracted to data that support what I think we want to hear. And I wanted to hear…read…this book, which I was sure would confirm what I had been thinking for two years plus. I’d read Wolff’s creative nonfiction and dismissed it as drivel with kernels of truth. This, feels of more than kernels. And I knew that I would set aside my other readings when it came in. Which is what I did. Continue reading

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Damnatio ad bestias

In the late first century, Roman Emperor Titus had a slew of problems to compound his first year… Vesuvius erupted, plague, fires in Rome. He decided to distract everyone with a celebration to commemorate the completion of his newest resort, the Flavian Amphitheater.

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Bigger is better…until it isn’t

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.(대우조선해양) of South Korea is the fourth largest shipbuilding company in the world – two others of the top three are also South Korean, in case you were wondering. Daewoo is the manufacturer of the TI line of supertankers – the largest currently in service in the world.TI_Europe

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Call Her Madame…

 

In late 2015, Fernande Grudet, also known as Madame Claude, died at the quite respectable age of 92.

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