And what to do about it

It is ironic that the U.S.A., one of the most technically-advanced nations in the world, cannot figure out a way to have citizens vote electronically with no risk of fraud.

Instead: paper-and-pencil voting, manual calculations and surveillance, opportunities for misrepresentation, incorrect counts, delayed results and recounts, mail bottlenecks, different state rules for procedures and eligibilities, lawsuits, and potential civil unrest are likely consequences in the 2020 election. These deficiencies are augmented by the waste of single-use paper, the destruction of thousands of trees and the pollution caused in paper manufacturing. You have to wonder “Why?”

There is a solution. We could employ the enhanced methods used in the billions of e-commerce transactions that occur daily. These involve 2-factor authentication, biological ids, not-a-robot tests, use of certified 3rd-party authorization, instant encumbrances of accounts and more. These techniques could all apply to voting procedures but cannot eliminate hacking and manipulation of voter-relevant data in the government databases containing the source data needed for validation. …


A Simple Solution

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Parents are faced with the question “How much should each child get when we die?” Simple answers include: “each child gets nothing”, “one child gets everything”, or “every child gets the same amount”. Poor choices can result in dysfunctional families, lifetime sibling animosities, and even murders when the distribution of inherited assets is deemed unfair by one or more inheritors. There is no perfect solution — you can’t please all the people all the time.

This article describes a simple method for partitioning funds among children that assumes:

  • parents want to be fair
  • the children will understand (but maybe not agree with) the parents’ definition of…

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Systemic Racism has received extensive coverage in the public media. This article explains the fundamental cause of racism and describes how it can be eliminated or, at least, controlled. The assumptions supporting the thesis are:

  • Humans are innately tribal; tribalism satisfies a basic need of our species
  • Prejudice toward other tribes is a natural consequence of tribalism
  • Racial prejudice is just one kind of tribal prejudice
  • Racism is the practice of anti-social behavior resulting from racial prejudice
  • Advances in bio-engineering could allow racism to be eliminated

Definitions

Tribalism. Maslow defined a five-level hierarchy of human needs.

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The two lowest levels encompass our physical needs for sustenance, shelter and security. If our physical needs are met we attempt to satisfy psychological needs that include belongingness, intimacy and friendships. The need to belong is an essential attribute of tribalism. The two highest levels in Maslow’s hierarchy define our needs for prestige, accomplishment and self-fulfillment. …


Tricks and Techniques Used By The Master

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Methods used by the President of the United States to deceive and dupe the public.

Introduction

According to the Washington Post , President Trump made 16,241 false or misleading claims in his first three years of office. Details can be found here. His lies and exaggerations in 2020 are documented here. In particular, an excellent summary of his fake news concerning his administration’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic can be found here.

If anybody can be considered an expert of lying to the public, it is President Trump.

It is not the purpose of this article to chastise Mr. Trump for lying. That continues to be done by many others. However, because Trump is an expert in prevarication sine qua non, we can learn from him. This article explains why Trump is such an effective liar. Persons wanting to lie can benefit from this information and people listening to others can apply this knowledge to separate the truth from the lies. …


The True Meaning of the Corona Virus Financial Stimulus

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Author: John B. Moore, Professor Emeritus, Management Sciences,
University of Waterloo

Where Did The Money Go?

Did the Corona Virus cause money to disappear? No. So, if there is the same amount of money available, why is it necessary to create and distribute zillions more dollars to individuals and businesses?

The answer is simple. The first sentence in preceding paragraph does not include the phrase “in circulation”.

People that stay home don’t spend money on restaurant meals or travel or haircuts or at bookstores. Individuals that are laid off have reduced incomes and have to limit their spending to necessities like shelter and food. Businesses that shutter their doors see their revenues disappear while many of their expenses continue. …


The Highest Paid Job in the World
by John B. Moore

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What’s The Pay Rate?

Suppose you had a job that pays you $10,000 each time you performed the same task. Suppose it takes one-fifth of a second to perform the task. That means your pay rate is $50,000 per second. You are being paid $3,000,000 per minute. Your hourly rate is 60 times that or 180 million dollars an hour.

Who Has a Job Like That?

Top Major League Baseball pitchers play about 30 games a year and throw about 100 pitches in each game. That’s 3000 pitches in a season. Each pitch takes about a fifth of a second to reach the plate. The salary for a top pitcher is in the neighborhood of $30 million. This means they are being paid $10,000 a pitch (30 million divided by 3000). …


John B. Moore

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Do you believe in pay equity? Arguments for “Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value” and “Equal Pay for Equal Work” share the idea that gender should not be a factor in determining a person’s pay. In this article the term “pay equity” is used to include both definitions. Because there is a significant gender-based pay gap in our economy, there are large numbers of people who would benefit financially by enforcing pay equity. Furthermore, the existence of pay equity appeals to our sense of fair, impartial and non-discriminatory practices. …


John B. Moore

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A Question

Are you more moral than your neighbor?; more moral than your best friend? , your boss?, the President? Why are these questions tough to answer? The reason is that it difficult to define morality let alone measure it. A definition: Morality is the collection of the criteria, rules, beliefs and principles used to judge right from wrong, good from evil, fair from not fair. Your morality is revealed by your answers to questions such as: Is capital punishment right or wrong; Is war justified? Should water-boarding be used? Should we give to charity? Do animals have rights? …


John B. Moore

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What do you think about the high salaries being paid to elite athletes in all major sports? Major League Baseball (MLB) recently announced that Mike Trout, centerfielder for the Los Angeles Angels has signed a contract extension that will pay him $436 million over the next 12 years. Numerous National Football League players will have 2019 salaries over $20 million. Several National Basketball League players’ salaries will exceed $30 million in the 2019–2020 season. The Argentinian soccer player Lionel Messi took home $84 million in salary and winnings last year.

Are These Athletes Paid Too Much?

The debate centers around three different perspectives — the moral issue, the free-market issue and the logical issue. …


Accounting 001 Part 2: Bookkeeping in 7 Minutes

John B. Moore

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Bookkeeping is the process of recording financial data using a well-defined set of rules. Bookkeeping is a mystery to most people.The rules are unknown, and/or not understood and/or confusing to the untrained. This article uses plain English to explain the rules and procedures for capturing and summarizing information about an organization’s financial activities and events. The dominant methodology is called double-entry bookkeeping. The article has three helpful tips for remembering the most important ideas.

You can find hundreds of books and online courses on double-entry bookkeeping. Links in the article refer to the website Investopdia.com

About

J.B.Moore, Ph.D

John B. Moore is a professional writer and speaker and Professor Emeritus at the University of Waterloo.

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