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Scotland Rejects Independence From United Kingdom

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The outcome headed off the political, economic and military imponderables that would have accompanied a divorce from the United Kingdom.
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New Direction For Focused Prosperity

  [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"] Public Speakers Association[/caption] There's a good reason why it has been a while since I published a post here. The site is being redesigned to reflect the new direction I have been mov...
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Should You Worry About an Ebola Outbreak in the US?

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The current Ebola outbreak involves Zaire ebolavirus, which produces symptoms within six to 16 days of infection.
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Supply, Demand & On-line business.

  [caption id="attachment_3681" align="alignleft" width="151"] Public Speakers Association[/caption] On Wednesday, I spent the day at the Summer Networking Bash in Toronto to help man the Public Speakers Association table. It was an adv...
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Re-Marketing and The Internet Curiosity Gap

This will be another shorter post as despite several visits from technicians, my internet and phone services are still intermittent. [caption id="attachment_3070" align="alignleft" width="198"] Incongrous ad placement[/caption] A big thank you ...
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Which has more impact, luck or our choices?

[caption id="attachment_3044" align="alignleft" width="300"] Choices[/caption] One of the newsletters I have subscribed to for a few years is published by Bob Bly, a highly successful copywriter and a prolific publisher of books and articles on wr...
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Getting started, all in or gradual?

A two-part post for you today, a few more thoughts on getting started and some feedback on an enjoyable, positive event that I was fortunate to attend.   [caption id="attachment_1098" align="alignleft" width="300"] No Retreat[/caption] ...
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Independent thinking and creativity.

The last post ended with questions about creativity. [caption id="attachment_1003" align="alignleft" width="200"] Media and public opinion[/caption] Lets start with more questions that at first glance do not appear related but in reality have a...
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Unconstrained Creativity - 3 steers in a Honda Civic

[caption id="attachment_1826" align="alignleft" width="180"] Thinking[/caption] "Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it."  - Henry Ford That quotation sums up why many of us struggle with c...
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Why Contrarian Thinking and Cognitive Dissonance Create Opportunity.

The previous two posts loosely followed Canada Day and the 4th of July Independence day themes to suggest that real individual, personal, independence is internal, not dependent on the way our countries came to be independent nations. [caption id=...
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A new Canadian’s reflections on Canada Day.

In honour of Canada Day, a short post on a new Canadian s reflections of this country.
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Supreme Court Rejects Contraceptives Mandate for Some Corporations

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The Supreme Court ruled, 5 to 4, that closely held corporations cannot be required under the Affordable Care Act to pay for insurance coverage for contraception.
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Rebekah Brooks Found Not Guilty in Phone Hacking Case

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Ms. Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper holdings in Britain, was cleared of all charges, but her deputy Andy Coulson was found guilty on at least one count.
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Constant Connection Addiction - cause or effect?

  [caption id="attachment_3743" align="alignleft" width="240"] Connection Addiction[/caption] Tomorrow I have to make an early start so this will be another short post. The cardiologist and other doctors who treated me after my heart at...
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Resilience versus Comfort

  As a baby boomer it is too easy to fall into the "when I was young...." trap and condemn anything I don't like as a sign of the impending end of civilization as we know it or even the end of the human race. It is like walking a tightrope...
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How to stay positive in a world in turmoil.

  [caption id="attachment_2066" align="alignleft" width="300"] World in turmoil[/caption] There is more than enough bad news to go around as we approach the end of a Northern Hemisphere summer. The relentless attacks on Israel, conflict...
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Technology, the Internet, hackable cars, all targets for cyber-warfare

  [caption id="attachment_1688" align="alignleft" width="300"] Are systems too integrated?[/caption] Thanks to a Bell technician fixing a problem on a cable on Saturday, we now have consistent telephone and Internet service. It seems it wa...
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Obama Weighs Airstrikes or Aid to Help Trapped Iraqis, Officials Say

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President Obama is considering airstrikes or airdrops of food and medicine to address a humanitarian crisis among religious minorities in Iraq who have been dying of heat and thirst, officials said.
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Sunshine, skin cancer, attitude and showing up.

My internet connection and home telephone service have been intermittent for the last three days. It is a real shock to realise how much we depend on these two services. [caption id="attachment_3650" align="alignleft" width="200"] Phone and Intern...
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The Quicksand of The Getting Started Trap

It's been an interesting week I have met many new and interesting people. I have also been noticing how many people are stuck in the preparing to get started or getting started mode. It seems that every second person I met this week was an advisor, c...
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Unconstrained Creativity – 3 steers in a Honda Civic

Thinking Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.  - Henry Ford That quotation sums up why many of us struggle with creativity. We find it hard to concentrate our minds on the type of thinking we need to do. We think of the process instead of the outcome we are trying to create. That creates a wall, it stops the flow of creative juices as effectively as the Kariba dam does the Zambezi river. We try to stimulate our minds to create something entirely new, forgetting that some of the most dazzling creations or successful inventions like the post it note are innovations or extensions of something already in existence or even the result of a failed experiment in a different field. We lost the art of imagination when we turned 10 years old. Here are a few ideas to stimulate creativity. Association - If we associated two different ideas, could we create something better than the sum of either? Extension if we made something longer, bigg
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Why designing your own website is a Creative Distraction.

When is it likely that your desire to express your creativity might not be in your best interests? I can think of several possibilities with creative accounting right at the top of the list, however the one that gets many entrepreneurs, business o...
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Why 4th July is not the most important Independence Day.

Wishing all American readers a happy, safe and relaxing 4th of July. [caption id="attachment_2942" align="alignleft" width="400"] Independence Day[/caption]           What does Independence mean to you? ...
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A new Canadian's reflections on Canada Day.

In honour of Canada Day, a short post on a new Canadian's reflections of this country.   [caption id="attachment_3581" align="alignleft" width="300"] Canada Day[/caption]             After...
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Reinforcing the concrete of habitual commitment.

The previous post  explored the concept of making action steps become habits as a way to stay on track of keeping our commitments to achieve goals and get things done. This post looks at ways of reinforcing those habits and the benefits that com...
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