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The case of Michael Flynn is shocking if you know the truth!

December 2, 2017

Here are the facts: Michael had a high IQ as a child and was the most ambitious kid out of 8! He came from a poor Catholic family and realized early that the US army gave smart kids opportunities to rise in the world. He joined the ROTC, earned a BS in Intelligence services and became a second lieutenant. He rose in the ranks by being obedient and accumulated many medals for being smart, even an honorary doctorate. President Obama gave Michael his third Star and appointed him chief of intelligence. He fired him in 2014 when he realized that Michael has changed with power – he became disobedient! He was influenced in the army by his superior – General Stanley McChrystal. Michael became – a rebel, opportunist, different, maverick, outspoken, following in the footsteps of General Stanley McChrystal, an admirable independent American General that politicians hated to promote!  In 2016 Obama warned the incoming president Trump against making Michael chief of intelligence because Michael stopped listening to Obama bad ideas in 2014. Trump hired Michael to chief of staff of the White House in 2017 and fired him after 3 weeks! Why?

Obama wanted to be president until January 20, 2017. Trump was elected president om November 8, 2016. These 2 men are so different, like night and day. The UN scheduled a key vote against Israel for that period with the hope that president Obama and president-elect Trump will fight to death in the US over Israel rights in Judea and Samaria (The West Bank), the place that one day will trigger WWIII! Obama won twice. Israel lost in the UN and Michael Flynn was kicked out (He fought hard for Israel and Obama didn’t like it). Why Trump who fought the UN lose? 5 reasons, 1) He was only a president-elect in December 2016 without legal power to veto the UN resolution against Israel, 2) Obama refused to use his presidential veto in the UN to support Israel, 3) The US Supreme Court concurred with Obama, 4) Israel herself and American Jews were ambivalent about supporting the veto in the UN, 5) Michael was getting in political trouble because as a General he didn’t understand his role in politics, and 6) Trump, as a business man, didn’t understand how to use his personal power as president-elect against the legal powers of Obama as president for another month.

Let me add as a psychologist that, 1) The US Constitution framers didn’t understand that left thinking presidents and right thinking presidents are different like night and day, and 2) The transition period between November 8, 2016 and January 20, 2017 need to be rewritten in a new Amendment to the US Constitution, minimizing the powers of the leaving president and maximizing the powers of the in-coming president!

 

 

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Why do men harass women in congress, workplace, church, mall or home, and what to do about it?

November 27, 2017

First verify! if he is a congressman or a senator and one woman complain about his behaviour 20 years ago – forget it! If he is a congressman or a senator and 5 or more women complain about his behaviour this year or last year – call the district attorney in his congressional district or the attorney general office in the state he is a senator from and register a complaint.

Let’s say the law or the voters brought these individuals to justice. How does society prevent these unacceptable sexual behaviours from happening in the future? Two way; the short way and the long way:

  1. The short way: Punish the individual offenders and publicize it; Fine him, fire him, jail him, ostracize him, don’t cover it up for the sake of the family or company, don’t be politically correct about what he did, make his life uncomfortable that at least 20% of other men who thought of doing what he did will change their mind.
  2. The long way: Vote congress out and replace it with democratic and republican candidates who campaigned to triple the national budget for K-12 schools: Increase the federal allocation of funds to K-12 school districts on the condition that they accepted and implemented an educational program called, “Educating for a basic standard ethical and moral behaviour.” The educational program will be developed by a commission authorized by and paid for by congress. The commission will be composed of 2 elected representatives, a man and a woman, from the educational department of each of the top ten Universities in the United States. These 20 experts will have a congressional approved budget and guidelines how to come up with the right program within a year!
  3. This suggestion comes from Dr. Elior Kinarthy, and educational psychologist (USC, 1975). The long way is the only way to ensure a 95% success rate in eradicating sexual harassment in American society by the next generation. Implementing both the short-term and long-term ways is ideal. This issue is not debatable on any blog because the sanctity and dignity of our mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, female employees, girlfriends and women in the street is sacred!

 

Warren Buffett said, “The more you learn, the more you earn.” True or not?

November 26, 2017

It is true, only if you learn the stuff that Warren teaches as is, it is not true if you learn the stuff that many self-appointed “experts” teach while you think it “sounds” as good as the stuff that Warren teaches. Many times it does it looks as good – but it doesn’t work as good nine times out of ten times. So, the answer to wealth accumulation is, “Learn how to make decisions that work.” It is not “rain or shine,” that simple. It’s confusing!

How do you make decisions that work? You start by making a decision to learn how to make decisions that work by reading only one book: Dr. Daniel Kahneman’s book Thinking: Fast and Slow. Read the book only ones but take notes about S1 and S2. Read all the sections on System 1 and System 2 five to ten times. Repeat reading these parts only until you have convinced yourself that if Daniel asked you to describe them in a conference you could do it to his satisfaction. You see, learning how to make decisions that work is not an ordinary learning. It is not a PhD learning. It is learning how to understand System 1 in order to be able to – ignore it in favour of implementing System 2!

By now, you should be able to probably understand that if I thought you guys a workshop on how to make decisions that work, most participants would drop out frustrated. Why? Because you’d find it difficult to delete Logic from the process of making decisions that work. The thing is that to make ten decisions that work ten time out of ten is not even desirable (never look for a coin with only one side). It’s impossible in most system but in Kahneman’s system you don’t even try it, your goal is to make ten decisions that work nine out of ten times. The king of the variance formula is Relativity and most investors are Newtonian! Sad.

My friend, if you really understand my posting above and could explain it well to a group of PhD’s –  people who are usually not smart about extraordinary ideas –  you are ready to invest and succeed nine out of ten tries!

You gain weight and lose weight with the same food!

November 23, 2017

I am retired now but check me out when I used to work with people to lose weight. I am a behavioural psychologist. Watch any 2 individuals in your society, one loses weight and one gains weight. Have them discuss it. They talk and come to a conclusion that is often logical but not true. “Our metabolism is drastically different” they say. Yes, to some extent but the real reason in not metabolism or eating very different food. The main reason is harder to accept, “How much of the “bad” food did you eat as compared to the other person? Bingo! Is this behaviour conscious? No. You may eat the same food, piece by piece, but check out the calories; one takes in 3000 calories and the other only 2000! Do an experiment, watch the difference in eating yellow cheese between the one who lose weight and the one who doesn’t. Estimate or measure weight, wow, it’s unbelievable! Mary and Jane ate the same pastries, those pastries, Mary ate 10 and thought she was eating 6, her friend ate 5 and thought she was eating 3. In reality it is all a question of how many calories Mary took in this year and how many calories Jane burnt with exercise. On the average when people are asked to estimate how many calories they consumed, it turned out to be 33% less than what they – consumed! When they were asked to measure how many calories they ate – they ate 33% more calories per day than they estimated. The moral of the story is simple: Don’t estimate, buy a scale!

Where is your coffee without a heartburn?

November 23, 2017

It’s right here. Read. I go back home to Tel Aviv every winter. The temperature hovers around 15 Celsius. I drink “Mud Coffee” every morning. The coffee is not acidic and I don’t get heartburn. I love living in Canada the rest of the year. I drink regular coffee drink coffee occasionally. The coffee is acidic and I get heartburn. I start thinking. I notice that I don’t have a heartburn when I drink Turkish coffee in Canada, the drink Israelis drink in Tel Aviv. It is not acidic. I do get heartburn when I drink American or Canadian coffee. It’s acidic.  Time to do an experiment. I love doing experiment because I have a PhD – a research degree.

I bought a pack of Turkish coffee in Tel Aviv before I flew back home to Canada in March. I found out that I could buy the same Elite Turkish coffee in Canada. So, the only thing left to do is make the “Mud Coffee.”  “‘ Bots” is the coffee that doesn’t give me a heartburn but stimulates my energy level very well.

Instructions: Open a  Turkish coffee pouch, smell the aroma. Put a spoonful of fine Turkish coffee powder in a warmed empty cup. Pour in hot water right after the water had boiled. Cover. Wait a minutes. add warm milk to taste. Mix. Wait another minute for the coffee powder to sink and form “bots.” The word means “mud” in Hebrew. Drink your “Mud Coffee” (Cafe’ Bots) with an English scone to your heart’s delight. What a wonderful way to start a Jewish day with Turkish energy in a Canadian Kitchen. It tastes Global if you are not Jewish.

President Trump, hire a psychologist and learn about decision making (Dr. Kahneman’s System 2).

November 20, 2017

If you weren’t president I as a psychologist wouldn’t suggest that you read about System 2 decision-making. But, you are good for my country but must get better. you will be reelected in 2020 if you reward only good behaviors!. So, here is the cardinal rule that you violated in China: You rewarded 2 American UCLA basketball players for stealing! Please don’t minimize your wrong behavior like the 3 players did their wrong behaviour. The price you paid for your mistake is their poor reaction to your generosity of saving them from 12 years in a Chinese jail! They have no idea the harm it would have done to their future yet they didn’t appreciate what you did for them. Mr. President, don’t be a leftist. save all future good deeds that you could do for people as your “Ace Card” to use as a reward for good behaviour. Don’t use you power as president to reward someone’s bad behaviour ever again!!! Period!!! No excuses!!! Hire a psychologist if you don’t get it !!!! You can learn from your mistake, I know it!!! I hope!!!!  The proof may be in your withholding moving the American Embassy to Jerusalem until Netanyahu’s behaviour  deserve a reward! Be careful, don’t let your mind, Mr. president, trick you. Read about Thorndike’s Law of Effect. Any bad behaviour on this planet today happens because a “significant other” rewarded it. Good luck, Donald, I still believe in your work to make American great, but to succeed you must reward only good behaviours from now on!!!!, go with your psychological knowledge, not your heart!

Who is a Jew?

November 17, 2017

You have read my last posting Who is an Israeli? you are ready to find out Who is a Jew? (my version);

Aristotle, one of the thee founders of “language meaning” said that you can look at every definition with an analog mind (most people), comparing something to something similar already established, or you can start from ‘ground zero” what he called “original principles.’ Let’s find out what a Jew (or a Jewish State for that matter): Is Jewish a religion? Yes. You have to practice some Jewish holidays to be a Jew. Do you have to believe in a Hebrew God to be a Jew? Yes, some divine entity.  Do you have to be a Zionist to be a Jew? Yes, you have to believe in the Jewish Holy land to be a Jew. Circumcision? Yes, you must a circumcised to be a Jew. you must have a Jewish culture of some sort? Yes, including Hebrew language, music, art, rituals, folklore. Keeping Kosher? Yes, to some extent. Live in Israel? No, but keep in touch in some personal ways. a Jew is a person who feels Jewish and identify himself as a Jew and behave in some Jewish ways.