We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know!

Perhaps you don’t remember the prediction by AGW Guru (and Nobel Prize Winning), Al Gore, who, just five years ago predicted that there was a 75% chance that the entire Polar region could be “”ice-free” by summer 2013.

Well, it is 2013, and how is Gore doing?

The BBC reports:

“Data from Europe’s Cryosat spacecraft suggests there were almost 9,000 cu km of ice at the end of this year’s melt season.

This is close to 50% more than in the corresponding period in 2012.”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25383373

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Cell Phones on Planes?

Big debate these days about the use of cell-phones on planes. The general feeling is that they should simply be banned.

Alternately, airlines could use the scheme a Houston, Texas bar used decades ago: Their Jukebox played continuous rock and roll, but a quarter brought three minutes of silence!

It’s a toss up if people would pay more for talking, or silence — I suppose it depends on the demographics. I would pay for silence…come to think of it, a Silent Compartment would also escape the bane of all Airline passengers: Crying children.

Minimum Wage? I Have to Tell This Story!

Continuing calls for raising the “Minimum Wage” is always done by those who have absolutely no concept of how the world works.

I just have to tell this story,

Long after my entrepreneurial and corporate careers, I taught computers and business at a local university. One subject I taught was a course in Business Plans — it incorporated both my computer and business backgrounds.

I had a Marine in class who said he was going to write a plan to start a  limo company because he moonlighted on weekends as a driver, he complained he only made minimum wage and he would employ Marines and pay much better — I said, “Go for it.”

Each week he reported his research: ” did you know that I have to sign a five-year lease on office space,at $4,000 a month? That’s about a $250,000 obligation whether I make it or not!”

Ahhh….”yes, I know that.”

Next week it was, “Those limos cost $60,000 each, and I was going to get three new ones  but I’ll have to settle for one, used, and do you have ANY idea what insurance is for a Limo service…”

“Yes, I know that also.”

The bottom line was that at the end of the course he would have to have a single, used limo, run it from his home and, yes, pay the drivers MINIMUM WAGE,

Writing a business plan for ANYTHING is the best dose of reality in the world. I strongly recommend it.