Monday, September 29, 2014

Politics, Fund Raising, New Normal

Why so many Americans hate politics - The Washington Post: "...Everyone knows that candidates spend far more time raising money than talking with voters. A leaked campaign planning document written late last year for Michelle Nunn, a Democrat who is running for the Senate in Georgia, offered a breakdown of how she should spend her time. The memo was first published by National Review Online. Nunn’s advisers recommended that she spend 80 percent of her time on fundraising in the first quarter of this year, 75 percent in the second quarter and 70 percent in the current three months. The memo recommended that she still should devote half her time to raising money in the final month of the campaign. That’s the new normal for most candidates...." read more at link above

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Gradually, Then Suddenly, A New Normal

This is how it usually happens--

Last Call — Medium: "As Dick Tofel of ProPublica often points out, newspaper revenue has been shrinking since 2006, but the American economy has been growing since 2009. Between 1970 and now, the US has averaged only six years between recessions; the current period of growth crossed the six year mark this spring. We are statistically much closer to the next recession than to the last one, and in a recession, ad dollars are the first to go. Many papers will go bankrupt the way Hemingway’s Mike Campbell did: Gradually, and then suddenly." read more at link above

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Status Quo, New Normal, Broken Model of How the World Works

It's Not Just Politics That's Broken--The Status Quo's Model of "How the World Works" Is Broken Washington's Blog: "....11. An ever-rising dependence on generating the appearance of stability, transparency, competence and expertise as a substitute for actual stability, transparency, competence and expertise. In other words, an expanding reliance on gaming dysfunctional systems rather than actually repairing dysfunctional systems. 12. An increasing reliance on zero-interest rates, debt and free money for financiers as the “fix” for every economic ill. The Status Quo is dysfunctional because its model of how the world works is broken. It won’t matter if gridlock remains in place or one of the parties gets to impose its “brand” of policy-tweaks; since no one on the political spectrum has any concept that the current model described in these 12 points is broken, fixing the political dysfunction won’t fix the systemic dysfunction...." read more at link above

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Monday, September 8, 2014

New Normal, Slow Growth, Continuous Change

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Slow growth doesn't have to be the new normal
Slow growth doesn't have to be the new normal. Boosting the potential growth rate and helping lower-income Canadians should be the top priorities ...

Business 2 Community

Sales Productivity – The Era of the Absence of Change is Over
Business 2 Community
Instead the new normal is more likely to be continuous change – not the absence of change. What does this all means for sales leadership? As any ...

What is the new normal?
Rob Nixon
Now that Uber have turned up in many major cities is free water, mints & cheaper fares the new normal? As far as I can see Amazon invented 'one ...

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Global Chaos, the New Normal

Is global chaos the new normal? - LA Times: "It's a chaotic world out there. But we'd better get used to it; this may be the new normal. The Middle East is in flames, not only Gaza but Syria, Iraq and Libya as well. Russia is massing troops on the border of Ukraine. Central Africa is a mess, as are Afghanistan and Pakistan. Parts of Mexico and Central America are ruled by criminal gangs and drug cartels. And those are merely the crises big enough to command front-page attention. "This is historically unprecedented," former national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski told Foreign Policy magazine recently. "Huge swaths of global territory are dominated by populist unrest, anger and effective loss of state control." The world is becoming more unstable, because power is fragmenting. -   Brzezinski's point wasn't merely that disorder is loose in the world; that's happened in earlier periods of war and revolution (think of Europe in the aftermath of World War I, for example). His point was that chaos is breaking out simultaneously in many regions, and that governments are less capable of meeting those challenges than before."

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New Normal - Google News