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Experts' Corner Posts

Guest posts from thought leaders

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Why You Should Never Hit Your Dog

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about 1 year ago

This post originally appeared in the Newton blog on RealClearScience. You can read the original here "Bad dog! Bad dog!" Even if you're not a dog owner, I'd wager you've heard that aplenty. The firm admonishment is occasionally accompanied by the choking yank of a leash or the stinging whack ...

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Canada: Land of the Free

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about 1 year ago

“It’s so clean and bland – I’m home!” –Marge Simpson, on arriving in Canada This post originally appeared in The Daily Caller. With its mild manners and measured expectations, Canada has long served as North America’s straight man.  From Michael Moore’s Canadian Bacon to The Simpsons to ...

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Why Being Selfless is Good for Business

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about 1 year ago

The current worldwide economic crisis is often blamed on the greed, selfishness, and unethical excesses of unbridled free-market capitalism. To a large extent, I agree with this analysis, even though as a businessman and entrepreneur, I love our free-market system. Most of us assume, however, that ...

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The Power of Trust

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about 1 year ago

Sooner or later every executive realizes that 99 percent of the people she depends on for success don't report to her. The success of every CEO depends far more on vendors, stockholders, board members, regulators, politicians, strategic partners, the financial community, the media, and customers ...

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Understanding Data - Context

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about 1 year ago

Look up at the night sky, and the stars look like dots on a flat surface. The lack of visual depth makes the translation from sky to paper fairly straightforward, which makes it easier to imagine constellations. Just connect the dots. However, although you perceive stars to be the same distance ...

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Don't Politicize the IRS, End it

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about 1 year ago

This post originally appeared in The Daily Caller. You can read the original here. According to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Danny Werfel, the agency’s internal investigation of recent scandals has, “not found evidence of intentional wrongdoing by IRS personnel, or involvement in ...

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Too Fat to Fornicate?

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about 1 year ago

This post original appeared in the Newton blog on RealClearScience. You can read the original here. Obesity rates are rapidly rising in the United States, so that also means larger pant sizes, wider seats, and more and more overweight people having sex. There's a scene in the 1999 comedy,  ...

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A Woman's Worth

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about 1 year ago

by Suzanne Ehlers, for Population Action International A walk to her local clinic may take several hours. She may have to wait in line. She may have to go back several times before she can get the method she needs. She may even get pushback from others in her family, in her neighborhood. But she ...