Gerald (Jerry) Zezas

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Ignore the left-wing nut jobs too

If we accept the word of every left-wing ideologue, conspiracy theorist, and self-appointed pundit, we do nothing but lower ourselves to the level of the Sharia law nut jobs during Obama’s administration. We can only maintain our legitimacy by maintaining our willingness to check the “facts” before we sign on to them.

The left is the bastion of nerds, geeks, educators and lovers of truth and freedom. We flex our brains, not our biceps. We shoot off our mouths, not our guns. And if we’re as smart as we think we are, we will have the balls to call out those who would diminish us by asking us to believe the unsubstantiated bile that secretes from the soft-white underbelly of society, even when it is delivered by one of our own.

Send back your tired, your poor…

Anyone following what the reptile in the White House is doing probably wouldn’t be surprised if France considered asking that we return the Statue of Liberty.new_colossus

We are now turning back Syrian refugees, as of last night.

I’ve never been able to look at the attached picture for more than a few seconds. I am too much of a coward to deal with the tragedy which it depicts, and I certainly don’t want to exploit that family’s pain. download

With the impending ban on Syrian refugees finally taking shape, I find myself at a crossroads. I really don’t want to be identified with the America that America has become, but I still have allegiance to what it once was. I’m also not sure if other countries might begin to retaliate against us by banning Americans from moving there. I’m feeling quite stuck.

I may start referring to myself as an American In Moral Exile, or AIME, rather than an American citizen. I’m not sure if I want to suffer the tacit humiliation which is now associated with the latter appellation. I welcome your ideas or comments.

Why is White Trash referred to as “White”?

I’m reading White Trash by Nancy Isenberg and I can’t help but wonder where that expression came from. I’ve heard it my entire life and certainly know to whom it refers, but why was the word “white” included in the expression as we all know it?

It appears that this expression, although mainly used to denigrate whites, implies that a more common form of trash, that form which did not require the prefix “white”, was the assumptive type, and so did not need to be distinguished by color, whereas the white version did.

Upon reflexion, the necessitation of the word white appears to be tacitly racist not toward whites, but toward blacks.

The Unintended Consequences of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

When machines begin to do more of our jobs, the production centers of the world will move to whichever country has the most of those machines. This could mean that the United States, a global leader in robotics and AI technology, could, once again, become a manufacturing center.

The irony is that we will become a manufacturing center again, but that manufacturing will require fewer jobs than ever before. So “jobs” will no longer be going to China and India. They will be coming back to the US.

But the jobs will be for robots, not people.

Thoughts?

Men and Women on Not the Same

I have been a business student for my entire life. I have studied companies, CEOs, industries and markets for as long as I can remember, yet never have I heard as good an idea as I just heard during an interview with Pepsico CEO, Indra Nooyi on Bloomberg.
This woman realized that, as a grown woman, she still reveres her parents and wants them to feel proud of her. So she started writing to the parents of her managers. We’re talking about executives, some of whom are in their 40s, 50s, or 60s, some of them making 7 figure salaries. She makes it a habit to write to each of them, over 400 parents, every year, to tell them what their children are doing in the company, and how proud they should be of them. (she never writes anything bad).

The reaction from these high-powered executives, some of whom have thousands of people working for them, has been displays of emotion that she says she has never seen before. Grown men and woman come to her office in tears, thanking her for helping to make their parents proud.
I have always believed in equality between the sexes but never in some politically correct expression of similarity. It took a woman to have sufficient compassion and understanding of families to come up with an idea like that. I’ve never heard of any business idea which was more brilliant while being so compassionate.

The thought of it made me cry. This is what women bring to the executive table. Women and men are not the same. They should be equal, but never assumed to be similar. Those of us who do not recognize what women can bring to traditionally male roles do so to our own detriment.

The next time I’m in a position to do so, I will steal her idea. When I get my Doctorate (hopefully this year!) and start teaching college, I will use this episode as a case study.

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