Measuring the Disenfranchised

There are still some things I don’t know how to Google. For example, I’d like to know which political groups are getting the LEAST of what they are demanding.

Obviously poor people get screwed under every scenario. But what about Latinos, African-Americans, LGBT folks, seniors, white males, and women? How are each of those groups doing in terms of getting what their majority wants in the political realm?

Can you fill in the blanks? All I need are the issues that a majority of any American demographic group favors but has so far been denied by the larger majority of voters or law-makers.… READ MORE

Three Reasons Why I Love Hadoop, and You Should Too!

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The elephants are coming! They will soon change your supply chain. In time, you will come to love them. I think that they will be a game changer. What do I mean? Let’s start with a story.

Designed in the 1960s when a Megabyte (MB) of disk storage cost the same as a Terabyte (TB) does today, relational databases form the basis of today’s supply chain systems and IT architectures. The limitations of these early computing systems shaped the first and second generation of supply chain solutions.… READ MORE

How Trump Can Solve Immigration

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Donald Trump is in hot water lately for treating a writer with a joint disease the same way he treats everyone else. Most people, including me, felt Trump’s behavior was appalling. If Trump shakes off that controversy and goes on to win the presidency, he has some big campaign promises to keep about immigration. 

Let’s talk about that.

Is it possible to deport 11 million people, build a wall, and make Mexico pay for it? It might be. Regular readers of this blog know that I often suggest what I call the “bad version” of an idea to see if you can fix it.… READ MORE

Trump Trouble Report

According to the press, Donald Trump had a bad week. If the game we are playing is two-dimensional politics, they are 100% right.

But what if the game is three-dimensional politics? The third dimension is emotion and persuasion, not reason. Let’s see how Trump did in the third dimension.

Here I pause to remind new readers that I am reporting on Trump’s skills as a Master Persuader. I am not endorsing him, or anyone else. I am not smart enough to know who would be the best president.… READ MORE

The Emergence of eCommerce in India

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By Nipun Mundoor and Dinesh Natarajan.

With Thanksgiving around the corner and shopping frenzy reaching fever pitch, targeted ads for slashed prices are a ubiquitous online presence. US markets are gearing up for the start of the busiest shopping season of the year. Online shopping continues to gain share of the total discretionary retail in China, the US and other countries. Capitalizing on these trends Amazon, the largest online retailer in the country posted an anomalous annual profit. More recently Alibaba netted in a staggering $14.3 billion on singles day in the largest online retail promotion in the world.… READ MORE

Is the United States a Patriarchy or a Matriarchy? (Part 2)

Read Part 1, a prior post, before reading this.

The claim we explored yesterday is that there are substantially more women voters than men, and therefore women have more political power – in that limited sense – than men. (We’ll discuss the other forms of power later.)

Many of you had objections to the preliminary verdict. I will address your objections here and render an updated verdict. (All verdicts in the Rationality Engine are subject to change. Keep that in mind.)

I will address your objections individually in the form of claims.… READ MORE

Is the United States a Patriarchy or a Matriarchy? (Part 1)

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Today we start the Rationality Engine (invented in this blog) to see if the process can settle for us the question of whether the United States is a patriarchy or a matriarchy. 

Here we stipulate that the country has been a patriarchy from its founding until modern times. The claim we are testing is that the country has recently transformed from a patriarchy to a matriarchy.


Patriarchy: Men have the most power in society

Matriarchy: Women have the most power in society

We all agree that women had a bad deal throughout history.… READ MORE

Now that I have your attention…

As expected, I got all the bottom-feeder traffic from Gawker and the rest of the Outragist sewer system streaming over to this blog today. So I think we’re ready for tomorrow’s topic, which will be the start of the Rationality Engine process to explore whether the United States is still a patriarchy or whether it has morphed into a matriarchy that pretends to be a patriarchy.

I’ve been asked to explain my views. And so I will, with your help.

And you thought Thanksgiving would be boring.… READ MORE

How to Beat ISIS with a Hoax

How do you kill the ideas that motivate ISIS?

You can’t do it with reason. You can’t do it with force alone. But you might be able to do it with a hoax. I’ll explain.

In a prior post I explained why ridiculous rumors travel faster than truth, and the more ridiculous, the better. The simple explanation is that truth is usually boring. If you want people to be interested, you need a big lie. You need something so wrong that people think it must be right.… READ MORE

Supply Chain Challenges in Space Exploration

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By Haresh Gopalan, Nipun Mundoor and Dinesh Natarajan.

The idea to write about supply chain for space exploration came about while watching the recent release of the movie The Martian. The premise of the movie is quite simple – an astronaut, Mark Watney, is stranded on Mars and the entire human race comes together, while pouring billions of dollars into the resources, in an effort to bring him back home.

In short, this involves mobilizing the largest supply chain known to mankind.… READ MORE

Seven Thoughts to Build a Customer-Centric Supply Chain Organization

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‘Chin Music’ Definition: Idle Chatter, Idle Talk or Vague Explanations

Urban Dictionary

In my work as a supply chain analyst, and Founder of Supply Chain Insights, I attend many supply chain conferences. On a day like today, when I am struggling with jet lag and recovering from sleep deprivation, I tell my friends that I attend more conferences than I would like to attend. However, when I am well-rested and in a better state of mind, I remind myself that supply chain conferences are a great way to connect with people in a meaningful way.… READ MORE