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The Next Turn

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Anarchy followed closely by authoritarian rule follows a familiar pattern in history and throughout the nations. To anticipate what’s next, always keep an eye on the country’s military. Once upon a time, America’s political parties formed civil governments, which debated methods to build solutions for shared problems. Dialogue has dissolved in…

This Will Not End Well

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. False prophets are a dime a dozen. Temperamentally, I am a Puddleglum —that is, someone who is prone to believe that we might all end up “knifing one another, I shouldn’t wonder, before all’s done.” Fortunately, I am cared for mostly by optimists. Meanwhile, when I gaze at the deconstructed mess…

Boost Productivity. Break the Virtual Bad Habits

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. In this post-Covid “hang-over” period, companies are leaking productivity badly. The most immediate choices that leaders can make to boost productivity is to reset how we use our time and talents, use virtual meetings properly, and make fewer meetings more accountable. Everyone likes to say that the thing they hate the…

Off the Leash and Done with Facebook

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. After months of solitary confinement, I finally escaped. Along with teaching journalism in Lithuania, I wrote about media censorship and I posted Covid-19 research in partnership with Canadian viral epidemiologist and statistician Dr. Kevin Craib. The result? I joined millions of others who were suddenly banned permanently from Facebook for our…

When Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others

Michael Patrick, Ph.D. In keeping with powerful leaders who prefer one-party rule, the opposition is smeared and silenced in media as extremists, followers arrested for protests, their speech is banned for spreading lies and false narratives, and its populist leader is criminalized despite millions of followers. Meanwhile in Russia, Vladimir Putin did much same thing…

China’s Rise: Will Other Global Digital Currencies Follow?

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Bù yí nuò sī dí yà sīIn other words, Good morning! No surprise, China is holding the lead in the world’s great digital currency races. Next Monday, June 14th, keep your eye on China. During the colorful Dragon Boat Festival, China will sprint forward in the worldwide effort to convert to…

Mark Zuckerberg and Donald Trump

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. There’s something fundamentally wrong with this story about Facebook and Trump, linked below. Facebook evidently believes that it is a big-fanny privilege to be part of their business. They’d like to persuade us that giving their company all of our personal and professional information and too much of our time, while…

Is it Safe to visit America?

By Michael Patrick, Ph.D. Armed robber and convicted felon violates parole and pulls gun, shot dead. Reaction? Minneapolis residents muster to take it out on local businesses, looting and burning. Evidentally, for many Minnesotans, this is what passes for a Memorial Day Sale.When Europeans ask me if it’s safe to visit the United States now…

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