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Trumps Brand
By definition, a "brand' is what customers think about a product, service, or person. A "brand promise" is what you WANT your customers to believe.  So what is Donald Trump's political brand and how much value does it have? Before entering the political are...
By definition, a "brand' is what customers think about a product, service, or person. A "brand promise" is what you WANT your customers to believe. So what is Donald Trump's political brand and how much value does it have? B...
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Legitimacy vs. Credibility
I'm worried more about credibility than legitimacy , when it comes the presidency of Donald Trump. What do I mean by that? 
I'm worried more about credibility than legitimacy, when it comes the presidency of Donald Trump. What do I mean by that? Years ago, for my Facebook profile, I wrote that I am a registered independent and tend to favor the ca...
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Rejecting Ideas we Don't Like
When we receive information that conflicts with our pre-conceived notions (as happens all the time in politics), we often struggle to avoid admitting that we may have been wrong. But how does that work, exactly, and how can we overcome this resistance in ot...
When we receive information that conflicts with our pre-conceived notions (as happens all the time in politics), we often struggle to avoid admitting that we may have been wrong. But how does that work, exactly, and how can w...
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Pricing Fossil Fuels Out of the Market
That article presents long-anticipated news from  Bloomberg Technology  that particularly in emerging markets, unsubsidized solar is less expensive than wind or fossil fuels. Visionaries have realized for years that we need to get off coal and petroleum as ...
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I hardly ever get comment from anyone at Wayne State College about my scholarly work.

But for the record, my latest scholarly publication about "Educational Engineering" has been released by the English Teachers’ Association, Republic of China. It is out in hard copy and CD. Not sure if or when they may reference it on their website.

You can read more about it and find a link to a pre-press version at the link below
My latest scholarly publication is Chapter 14 of monograph published for the 25th anniversary of the English Teachers’ Association in the Republic of China (ETA-ROC), in November. Educational Engineering for CALL and MALL, is...
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Surprising Realities of Oil Imports and Exports
Why does American export oil at the same time it imports huge quantities? The economics of oil crude exports and imports are strange.  U.S. Oil Exports are Skyrocketing , while at the same time we import 7.3 million barrels of oil a day. Why? Much of the do...
Why does American export oil at the same time it imports huge quantities? The economics of oil crude exports and imports are strange. U.S. Oil Exports are Skyrocketing, while at the same time we import 7.3 million barrels of ...
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Ice Storm Photos
Today was the aftermath of a big ice storm in much of the Great Plains. This guy was perched in a tree near the road as I drove home, camera and 300 mm zoom lens always ready. It was the first nice weather in about three days, so no doubt he was keeping his...
Today was the aftermath of a big ice storm in much of the Great Plains. This guy was perched in a tree near the road as I drove home, camera and 300 mm zoom lens always ready. It was the first nice weather in about three days...
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What's REALLY going on with Trump's Tweets?
As bizarre as many of them seem, there is an astute political strategy behind the tweets of the president elect - deflecting the narrative. OK, so some of them may REALLY be stream-of-consciousnesses rants..... But some are carefully constructed and timed t...
As bizarre as many of them seem, there is an astute political strategy behind the tweets of the president elect - deflecting the narrative. OK, so some of them may REALLY be stream-of-consciousnesses rants..... But some are c...
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Managers versus Leaders
What do you do when someone is making bad decisions that affect you?  It is a particularly tough question, particularly when it happens in the workplace. I have exactly this situation right now in one particular part of my life (which I am deliberately keep...
What do you do when someone is making bad decisions that affect you? It is a particularly tough question, particularly when it happens in the workplace. I have exactly this situation right now in one particular part of my li...
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Reframing the Message on Climate Change
This  Scientific American  article takes a while to get to the point made by its headline, but has a great call to action for liberals to shape their message to appeal to the American mainstream. I have previously made the point  that liberal activists need...
This Scientific American article takes a while to get to the point made by its headline, but has a great call to action for liberals to shape their message to appeal to the American mainstream. I have previously made the poi...
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Geese and ClimateChange
The geese used to migrate in late October and early November.  Now they are migrating in December. They have apparently bought in to the global conspiracy of thousands of scientists created by Mainland China to take money out of the pockets of hardworking b...
The geese used to migrate in late October and early November. Now they are migrating in December. They have apparently bought in to the global conspiracy of thousands of scientists created by Mainland China to take money out...
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Research Milestones
13,000 manuscript reads for my peer-reviewed journal articles and other publications. 2,500 profile views. A couple of nice milestones this week for my ResearchGate presence.
13,000 manuscript reads for my peer-reviewed journal articles and other publications. 2,500 profile views. A couple of nice milestones this week for my ResearchGate presence.
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Teacher, strategic planner, researcher.
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Teacher, strategic planner, researcher, peer-reviewed author, photographer, instructional designer, and science fiction fan. Experienced intercultural communicator and traveler. And then there's the stuff nobody knows about.
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Tenured Full Professor
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Strategic planning and systems orientation; Intercultural communication; Distance collaboration; Management promoting positive teamwork environment; Able to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds; Experienced writer, able to put technical concepts in layman's terms; World Wide Web management and relationship-building via the Internet (Web 2.0); Integrated Marketing Communications and Branding; Education and nonprofit organization fund raising; Media management, production, electronic news gathering, and content development; Relational database stewardship and utilization for relationship marketing; Capable public speaker in lecture and discussion formats; Photography and photojournalism; Experienced with a wide range of media-related computer systems and software, including multiple WWW content management and shopping cart systems, Microsoft Office, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, and various specialty software packages.
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