Scott Pruitt’s sycophantic and godly resignation letter

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EPA head Scott Pruitt resigned yesterday in the wake of a dozen corruption accusations. His resignation letter is puffed up and implies that God backs both Trump and Pruitt, who did nothing wrong. Hmm . . . If you want to know the complete list of what Scott Pruitt did wrong, from spending $43,000 of … Continued

10 ways you can help when your client is smarter than you are

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If you are a consultant, you’re supposed to be providing a service your client can’t get on her own. The usual dynamic is “I know about my area of expertise; I can help you with that.” But what happens when your client is more of an expert than you are? Your ability to contribute to an … Continued

The Dershowitz conundrum

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Famous lawyer Alan Dershowitz is all over cable TV defending Trump and talking about why special counsels like Robert Mueller are a bad idea. Now his pals on Martha’s Vineyard won’t invite him to their cocktail parties — and his defense of himself is ripe for ridicule. Who’s behaving badly here? Here’s some of what … Continued

The digital clutter tax: how taxing marketing impressions would improve everything

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We tax things that are bad for society, like tobacco, alcohol, and gambling. Unfettered, undifferentiated internet advertising and marketing impressions are bad for our souls. Let’s tax them, too. Spam. Clutter. Noise. There is just too much of it. Raise your hand if your inbox is full of stupid, pointless, and undifferentiated offers. Say “aye” … Continued

Revisiting my Donald Trump predictions

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On the day after Donald Trump was elected president, I made a set of predictions. Today I’ll revisit those predictions and grade what I got right and wrong. The true analyst is always looking forward. Most of my friends were in despair on November 9, 2016. But I knew that Trump was a nontraditional candidate, … Continued

Harlan Ellison was a God damned pain in the ass. I’ll miss him.

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The writer Harlan Ellison died yesterday. He was a brilliant, irritating, iconoclastic, inflexible force of nature. I cannot imagine him being 84 years old, and death is exactly the sort of inconvenience he’d never put up with. Harlan (everyone just called him “Harlan”) began his writing career by joining a street gang, undercover, and then … Continued

How to write Chapter 1 of the book that will make your reputation

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You want to write a book that will make everyone take notice of the insights you’ve gained — insights that no one has thought of before. But how to start? I’m going to assume you have a powerful idea and you’ve researched it. (If you haven’t, nail those down before writing.) If you have a … Continued