About david

Straightspeak’s purpose is to be a catalyst for conversations that make a difference, conversations that foster and elevate thinking. Conversations that change perspective. "Amid the noise and haste” straightspeak is a colloquium for thoughts and knowledge that stimulate the mind. Enjoy! And share.

America got it right … well, a quarter of America got it half right

By | November 10th, 2016|Categories: politics, social, trumpwatch, trumpwatchhome|Tags: , , , , , , |

 24% got it right and voted for change but is it the right change or Russian roulette?   Four things you might not know Only 24% of Americans elected Donald Trump as President of the United States. The other 76% didn't want him or didn't bother to vote. Half the people not voting is a problem. But maybe it's Read more...

Empires decay from within, from the grassroots …

By | November 2nd, 2016|Categories: business, communitywatch, politics, social, trumpwatch, trumpwatchhome|Tags: , , , , , |

and small towns are a window onto the state of the nation   Three things you might not know By 2050, 70 percent of the world’s population will be urban. Urbanites are hyper-susceptible to stress and living in cities they can experience anxiety and mood disorders at much higher rates than non-city dwellers. Walmart destroyed 269 small towns when they Read more...

I give up. Trump wins

By | October 20th, 2016|Categories: politics, social, trumpwatch, trumpwatchhome|Tags: , , , |

Trump has exhausted every adverb, adjective, rebuttal,  rational analysis and the essence of deductive reasoning (1 minute read) A syllogism destroyed Since the time of Aristotle (384-322 BCE), the syllogism has been a cornerstone of deductive reasoning and logic. Aristotle defined the syllogism as an argument consisting of three propositions, two as premises and one as conclusion, and this deductive Read more...

Stand, kneel, sit, jump, run, pass … what difference does nationalism make?

By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: politics, social, trumpwatch, trumpwatchhome, uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Are national anthems really about respect? Or repression?   Four things you might not know Patriotism has been recognized since the earliest civilizations but nationalism is a relatively new concept with its origins in the 18th and 19th centuries. Nationalism is a "false consciousness" and nothing more than a well-branded veneer for economic, social and class leverage. Supreme Court Justice Read more...

Are Stumpf and Trump biologically connected?

By | October 13th, 2016|Categories: business, politics, social, trumpwatch, trumpwatchhome|Tags: , , , , , , |

Egregious behavior by hollow, narcissistic leaders like Stumpf and Trump is, unfortunately, in the DNA of homo sapiens Four things you might not know The root cause of the behavior of bankers and corporate leaders is directly linked to the scientific findings by Charles Darwin in The Descent of Man and reinforced today by Edward O. Wilson in The Social Conquest Read more...

Read this book BEFORE November 8th

By | October 3rd, 2016|Categories: trumpwatch, trumpwatchhome|

An evidence-based exposé of Trump's mob connections and his history of psychopathic behavior Three things you might not know The public record is clear. For forty years Donald Trump has had personal and business connections with top mobsters, corrupt union leaders, labor fixers, con-artists and a convicted drug trafficker. Trump has been friends with the New York's most notorious fixer, Read more...

Comments Off on Read this book BEFORE November 8th

“What caused Donald Trump?” Surprise! It’s not what you think

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: trumpwatch, trumpwatchhome|Tags: , , |

New data disproves the mainstream chatter and assumptions Gallup interviewed 87,428 Americans and were able to fine tune where support for Trump is coming from (who and where). It's the driving cause behind his rise and will remain long after he has faded into the sunset over one of his golf courses. Watch this five minute video as Ezra Klein Read more...

Ten leadership books most leaders probably haven’t read, but should

By | September 30th, 2016|Categories: trumpwatch, trumpwatchhome|Tags: , , , , , , , |

A plethora of lessons, a dearth of leadership   Six things you might not know: More than 11,000 business books are published annually.[1] Surprise, the top-ten books listed below are seldom on anybody's top-10 or even the top-100 list. Will Durant, the great historian (1900-1981), selected his top-ten thinkers from leadership geniuses across history. On Durant's list, only one author Read more...

Comments Off on Ten leadership books most leaders probably haven’t read, but should

Presidential debate features a Hedgehog and Chicken Little, not a fox

By | September 27th, 2016|Categories: politics, social, trumpwatch, trumpwatchhome|

Hillary was the Hedgehog, Donald was Chicken Little The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing. – Archilochus (680-645 BCE)   Four things you might remember: Isaiah Berlin's famous essay, The Hedgehog and the Fox (1953) is a much used metaphor for profiling two types of thinking and it is based on the Ancient Greek writings Read more...

Picking a winner in the first Presidential debate will be easy – try this

By | September 25th, 2016|Categories: trumpwatch, trumpwatchhome|Tags: , , , , , |

The only three things you need to observe in comparing candidates Mental capability (as defined by Jaques & Cason) Emotional intelligence (as defined by Daniel Goleman) Knowledge (as defined by you or any objective person) In case you didn't mark the calendar, the first US Presidential debate is Monday, September 26th, 9pm (EDT) (4 minute read) The post-debate media coverage Read more...

Load More Posts
Subscribe to straightspeak today!
Don't miss a point, or post. Subscribe to straightspeak's email service, we'll send you our best posts each week. Unsubscribe anytime.
We respect your privacy.