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Sunlight is the best disinfectant — Justice Louis Brandeis

Central to President Biden’s campaign promise was his pledge to bring us together, not the least of which would be causing Republicans and Democrats to cooperate in the service of the American people.

With that in mind, what follows is a suggested Declaration of Cooperation that President Biden could announce publicly addressing Congress that could help bridge the partisan divide.

“As your President, I am the leader and Commander in Chief of all Americans. That means all races, genders, cultures, generations and political parties.

I am speaking to all of America…


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The challenge for America is that President Trump has become the Pied Piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and the people he has separated from their common sense, are not showing any signs of turning around.

It’s not exactly that he got rid of rats and retaliated against the town for not being paid by mesmerizing their children and taking them away that the fable talked about.

Rather, it’s that he gave masses of very frustrated people an outlet for pent up feeling by fanning the flames of their discontent and enabling those people to turn frustration into anger and then…


It Really is Like Taking Candy Away from a Baby

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And the candy they love and use to get the better of you and others is baiting you because you almost always take the bait.

If you’re like most people who value civility and mutual respect, sorry to inform you, but you have a Shadow in your personality of dark, destructive and vitriolic thoughts, feelings and impulses that you will do anything to keep out of your awareness and consciousness.

A Shadow is a term coined by psychologist Carl Jung to designate some parts of your personality that you often want to deny exist, because they are so repugnant to…


The Chance to Go from Human Doings to Human Beings

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You know the story of the boiling frog? If you don’t, it describes that when a frog is in pot of water and you raise the temperature of the water until it’s boiling, the frog will stay in it, until it dies.

For decades not just America, but the world has been in a pot of boiling water where humanity has been seduced away from thoughtfulness, reflectiveness, contemplation, emotional intimacy by the Sirens’ call of conspicuous consumption and gratuitous escapism. …


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Where persuasion is, let empathy be

You know the saying, you can drag a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. In the case of millennials, you can’t even drag them to the voting polls.

If you want to get a millennial to do anything, especially if you’re over the age of 50, much less over the age of 70, don’t try to convince or persuade them.

Why?

Because it’s not going to work.

Why?

Because they have good reasons to be suspicious, skeptical and cynical and don’t want to take another chance in believing something or believing


“He Still Doesn’t Get It” — What lies beneath?

That was the general reaction to President Trump’s recent meeting with the pandemic task force.

To be honest, that was a polite way of saying what nobody wanted to say out loud, which was: “He’s just not into it.”

Evidence for that was his, “It is what it is” response in another interview, that just made a bad situation worse when it comes to having a President to lead us through the pandemic.

Oh, of course he’s been using that pronouncement regularly as well.

What could possibly explain the way his…


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That was the general reaction to President Trump’s recent meeting with the pandemic task force.

To be honest, that was a polite way of saying what nobody wanted to say out loud because it was too appalling, which was: “He’s just not that into it.”

Evidence for that was his, “It is what it is” response in another interview, that just made a bad situation worse when it comes to having a President to lead us through the pandemic.

Oh, of course he’s been using that pronouncement regularly as well.

What could possibly explain the way his mind works?

Hear…


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If you can’t get another person to understand how you feel, get them to feel how you feel

Systemic racism doesn’t merely exist between law enforcement and the communities they serve. It exists within the police force between black and white police officers.

Many white police officers may not be aware of it — possibly because the “white privilege” that exists in many departments makes white officers as oblivious to that privilege as white civilians are — but my black police officer friends are very aware of it.

What follows is a process and half day implicit bias training program that will begin to break through the implicit bias that exists in police, sheriff’s and even some fire…


How to Teach Facebook a Lesson and Make a Nice Litte Profit

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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing

- Edmund Burke

The only thing necessary for evil to continue is for greedy people to obfuscate and greedy companies to remain oblivious

- Edmund Burke 2.0

What do these companies have in common?

Proctor & Gamble, HBO, Sprint, SiriusXM Radio, Home Depot, AT&T and Purple Innovation.


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Dr. Fauci what you are telling the American public not only deserves to be listened to, it deserves to be acted upon and with people wearing masks at the very least. But it’s not happening to the degree it needs to.

One reason for that is that talking about “what the data or what the science shows” is informative, but it is not very compelling at least to non-scientists.

You need to be compelling to open people’s minds to what you’re saying and then considering it and hopefully then taking action based on it. …

Mark Goulston

Dr. Goulston is the inventor of Surgical Empathy, a speaker, executive coach & the author of "Just Listen" which became the top book on listening in the world.

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