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‘Twas The Night Before Christmas … at Trump Tower

By | December 21st, 2016|Categories: business, politics, social, trumpwatchhome|Tags: , , |

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the land, Not a leader was stirring, no promises planned. The stocks were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes that dividends soon would be there.   Our leader was nestled all snug in his bed, No vision of poor people danced in his head. And profits were high, his Read more...

Fool us once, shame on you; fool us twice, shame on us

By | December 14th, 2016|Categories: business, politics, trumpwatch, trumpwatchhome|Tags: , , , , , , |

America you've be duped, again Three things you might not know  Richard M. Nixon said, "When the President does it that means it is not illegal." Donald Trump will be in violation of the Constitution on the day he is sworn in. Regardless of Trump's efforts to dodge the conflict of interest issue, he can't dodge the US Constitution. Read more...

Men should go to Mars, women should lead Earth

By | December 6th, 2016|Categories: business, community, politics, social|Tags: , , , , , , |

It's time for leadership to move to a higher purpose Seven things you might not know One in four Americans think there is a greater likelihood that humans will colonize Mars rather than achieve gender parity in the C-suite of Fortune 500 companies.[3] Only 21 of the Fortune 500 companies have women at the helm.[3] Men are 85% Read more...

Leadership and the power of emulation …

By | November 25th, 2016|Categories: business, community, communitywatch, politics, social, trumpwatch, trumpwatchhome|Tags: , , , , , , |

 Could Trump's brand of leadership become a problem across  generations of leaders?   Four things you might not know, and one you do We all know Trump is "yuugh" on branding and basks in his monarchy-impersonation of leadership. What we don't know is how four years of it will impact leadership practices everywhere. Research over the last half-century confirms that Read more...

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...

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