Monday, June 27, 2022

Quips or Quibbles or Politics

We've heard them all.
The best government money can buy.
We get the government we deserve.

And as far as the news goes, there are just as many people
who complain about Fox News as there are people who
complain about CNN as there are people who complain about, well, you get the idea.

And, as in life, 

"Some people ask questions seeking information. Other people as questions so they can interrupt, contradict, argue, & pretend they're right." Slim Fairview

Some ask a question five times longer than the anticipated answer.
Repeat the question, 
explain the question, answer the question, then argue with their own answers. If the guest gets to say anything, they interrupt the guest & argue with what the guest didn't say whether or not the guest was going to say it.

On panels, people offer up the facts, but not all the facts, in support of their position.  

And all this so they can jack up their ratings so they can charge more money to advertisers who sell diet books and clown food.

"And the reasons why people want you to talk about anything is so they can 
convince you to do what they want you to do; convince you to do what you don't want to do; or to delay or prevent you from doing anything at all."  Slim Fairview

Best wishes, 

Sincerest regards,


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Pen Argyl, PA 18072
Etats- Unis

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Monday, April 18, 2022

Haves & Have Nots & the Failures of Government

I. The Literal

There are three ways for government to increase revenue.
1. Increase taxes--not popular
2. Increase the number of taxpayers*
3. Increase the amount of money each taxpayer earns.
* Number 2 has the advantage of reducing government
spending when people receiving benefits begin earning
a living.

II. The Metaphor

The Haves are increasing arithmetically
The Have nots are increasing geometrically
The Challenge is not the difference between
the number of dollars between the haves and
the have nots. The challenge is the difference
between the number of people between the
haves and the have nots. This is not a sustainable

1. The haves can defend & protect what they have
2. The haves can share what they have
3. The haves can help the have nots get their own.



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Friday, July 2, 2021

Will Technology Make Us Dumber?

Smarter and dumber are overly broad.

There is an old adage (outside the carwash)

Rain will not clean a dirty car.

Rain will not dirty a clean car.

The same applies to Television

heretofore called, the Boob Tube.

Turning the TV on will not make you dumber

Turning the TV off will not make you smarter

Technology, for the user, simply involves less brain

application. The Brain may atrophy.

However, we as a society, have chosen to redefine

intelligence on other matters related to same

Musical intelligence

Athletic intelligence

Artistic intelligence.

As the definition of the word genius, once applied

to meeting a certain criteria in a specific area, has

been expanded beyond recognition, intelligence has

gone through the same metamorphosis.

Evolution--or devolution depending on your philosophical

bent or what you have to sell.

Technology is a tool. Just like a shovel.

Using a shovel may make me stronger if I am digging

ditches, but operating a backhoe to achieve the same

result will only get the job done more efficiently.

It won't make me stronger, only atrophy my muscles

Best wishes,

Sincerest regards,


Robert Asken

Box 33

Pen Argyl, PA


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Thursday, November 12, 2020

The Toxic Workplace: Why?

 "Did you ever notice how some people, when confronted with a problem, will coagulate like white corpuscles to defend the body against the medication intended to heal the illness?" Slim Fairview

The Quotations of Slim Fairview © 2020 Robert Asken The toxic workplace exists for many reasons: 1. Management truly does have a vested interest in protecting the company's Public Image. 2. The Consumer doesn't care. 3. The toxic individual is extremely good at his job & or works for less than others will, & management will put up with that. 4. It is very difficult to criticise those who tells you to your face what a great person & valuable employee you are in front of everyone 5. Toxic people are good liars 6. Toxic people have allies among those who are afraid of the toxic person. Especially if they are only marginal performers 7. Toxic people have allies among their bosses who are also toxic & want to protect their own hegemony from retribution 8. Toxic people using Machiavellian principles bring in people who are loyal to them 9. Toxic people are publicly ingratiating & will put on grand displays to curry favour with many who are not in their department. Quotations of Slim Fairview © 2020 Robert Asken Regards, Slim.

Robert Asken
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Sunday, October 4, 2020

Believing in Our Expectations

When you see what you expect to see, you can be easily mislead by your own expectations. 

A simple card trick I saw as a youngster proves it.

The Children's Show host, Claude Kirchner, performed a card trick. Then explained it.

Here is the explanation:

Mr. Kirchner started with a large playing card; but instead of hearts or diamonds, he had spots.

On one side, there were 2 of the 3 spots you would have on a three. On the other side, there were 5 of the 6 spots you would see on a six. One of the spots on the side was missing.

He held up the card, fingers over the top spot of the "3" card  and said, One. 

Then, turned the card over, fingers over the spot on the side of the "6" card and said, four. 

Turned the card over, fingers over the blank space and said three. Turned the card over, fingers over the blank space and said six.

One, four, three, six.

With each turn of the card, Mr. Kirchner relied on our expectation.

We believed he was telling us what was in reality only what  we expected to see.

We see this in many aspects of life.

In Medieval Times, people believed that a Solar Eclipse was in reality a dragon eating the Sun.  They would run to the town square to beat on pots and pans and drums to frighten the dragon away.  When the Solar Eclipse ended, they believed that they chased the dragon away.  However, they also validated their theory that as Solar Eclipse was really a dragon eating the Sun.  For those who watch The Big Bang Theory will know this as Post hoc ergo propter hoc.  A fallacy in logic.

Caveat. Beware!

Sincerest regards,


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Robert Asken
Box 33
Pen Argyl, PA 18072

Data? Think about this

Data! Think about this.

It's Saturday. 

You and your wife are having her two sisters over for lunch.
You try to decide whether to eat inside or outside on the picnic table.

Your wife says, let's wait til they get here as ask them how they feel.

Jane arrives. You ask her about eating outside or inside.

She replies, "It's such a beautiful day I had to go back to put on shorts and a short sleeve blouse. Let's eat outside."

A few minutes later Sue arrives. You tell her about the plans to eat outside.

She replies, "It's too cold to eat outside. I had to go back to put on slacks and a sweater."

You check the thermometer, The Data reads 72 Degrees (f)

To Jane, it's warm.
To Sue, it's too cold.
The Data says 72.

Data has its limits. That is where thinking begins.



"There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labour of thinking." Sir Joshua Reynolds.

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Robert Asken

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Pen Argyl PA