Predictive Analytics World – Government

by TheWriter on September 15, 2014

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Quite honored and excited to attend and speak at Predictive Analytics World – Government today and tomorrow. My discussion is from the perspective of a data non-scientist considering the use of predictive analytics and how decision makers view the science. The Role of the Interpreter is considering how we identify individuals who have technical skills and the soft skills to translate between organizational vision leaders and the technical experts.

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Dad the Buffoon ala Father’s Day Cards

by TheWriter on June 16, 2014

Did you receive a humorous Father’s Day Card poking fun at your incessant laziness, belligerent attitude, farting, or anything else? While humor is good, and Dad’s tend to be the “funny” parent, do we deserve the non-stop maltreatment on TV shows and advertisements AND a card on our one day per year that pokes fun at our less-than-perfectness?

I would rather have a card that simply says “Thank You!” Dads do not need to be patted on the back all the time. We do not need to be told how great we are every time we do our job… Taking responsibility for our families…

But… We do not deserve to always be portrayed on TV as idiots, as clueless, as abusers, as absentee, as something less than our XX counterparts.

Did you receive a Father’s Day card that you graciously accepted, maybe even chuckled a bit to protect your children from knowing the little dagger in the back that you felt?

Write a quick note about your thoughts and email the card it to me: gary@thegoodworld.net

Or snail mail it to:

The Good World
1405 S. Fern St., #177
Arlington, VA 22202

PS the Washington Post reached out to the card makers, and their excuse? Funny sells… Sentimental does not.

More here: Washington Post

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Military LGBT Support – A Divergent Path

by TheWriter on June 6, 2014

Tomorrow, the United States Military District of Washington will provide a color guard to lead the “Capital Pride” parade in Washington, DC. An anticipated 150,000 people will watch an 8 person team of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines lead a parade of individuals pridefully demonstrating their support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Americans.

Wait… What did I write? The military is pridefully showing the nation’s colors and colors (i.e. Flags) of the military services in support of the LGBT parade, or the prideful LGBT parade is proud to have the colors carried by military personnel?

I could interpret that either way… And that is part of the point…

Ronald Reagan said that he became a Republican when the Democrats diverged from their path, and he could not follow.

What is the military doing in this parade? Is it taking a divergent path that some, or many, in its ranks cannot follow? What about those not in its ranks that will not enter its ranks because of this support?

In the military, we follow lawful orders. Just this week, a baker in Colorado was ordered to bake cakes for LGBT weddings against its owners’ religious beliefs. So, it must be a legal order to carry the red, white, and blue in front of an LGBT parade, right?

What if one’s beliefs do not concur with supporting an LGBT active lifestyle? How will his/her career be impacted if he/she refuses to obey an order to carry the red, white, and blue?

Or, what if an individual is privately having an LGBT life, but he/she is unwilling to divulge that to his/her professional (in this case military) life? Now, Michael/Michelle is carrying our nation’s colors at the front of the parade and his/her outside life calls-out his/her name from the LGBT parade viewers. Is that fair to him/her? Shouldn’t he/she have the decision to choose when to expose his/her life? No… He/she is following an order.

While each of us can make a variety of choices in all aspects of our lives, military servicemembers do not always have that same luxury. We follow orders. As Jack Nicholson said in A Few Good Men, “We follow orders or people die.” We do so until such orders are illegal even including facing capital punishment if we obey an order that violates natural law… As demonstrated in the Nuremberg Trials.

What of this order? It is easy for those not in the military to deem it lawful… The courts are demonstrating that we have no religious choice, no religious “excuse”, with respect to what business we conduct, so what is next?

My guess is that what is next is a further reduction of those able to serve in the military. We know that the percentage of youth able to serve in the military has grown steadily smaller until estimates today are less than 2% of American youth can serve today. This violation of natural law, affirmed by military leadership, will reduce that number even further.

It is one thing to accept those of all sexual orientations… It is fully another thing to order any and or all of us to demonstrate support of those orientations with the full pride of a parade.

While I am an Army officer, my opinions and words are my own and are not those of the Army, the United States Department of Defense, or any other individual in the United States Department of Defense.

I found out about this from an article in a newspaper on the Metro.

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Remembering the Grand Strategist – Ronald Reagan

5 June 2014

Ronald Reagan became President of the United States when I was just 8 years old. Many of us might struggle to remember things like that from their youth, but I remember Ronald Reagan’s leadership and direction because my beloved country was in a terrible malaise heading into his presidency. Why? The USA was being led […]

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VA Hospitals are subset of National Healthcare

16 May 2014

I am wondering … how long will the left be outraged about the VA hospital situation once they realize that VA hospitals ARE national healthcare / single-payer healthcare? The Veterans Administration healthcare system provides medical care to retired military service members and veterans who have service related medical conditions. They do not take care of […]

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Firing Firefox

4 April 2014

As of today, I am firing Firefox. Firefox, the purveyor of open source web browsing and other fan favorite software programs, has forced-out its CEO, Brandon Eich, because he donated money to a cause he believed in — the protection of the centuries old definition of marriage. I have not seen why he supported Prop […]

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I am an animal — I act like one too!

1 April 2014

I have a question …. Are we animals? I mean, are we able to take control of our actions, or are we unable to control ourselves? On an almost daily basis, I am amazed about the duplicitous arguments made by people regarding their ability, or lack thereof, to control themselves and their actions. We blame […]

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