A Best in Class Boss or a Toxic Boss

 

December 26, 2018

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First one and then the other

What makes a ‘Best in Class Boss’?

Talentsmart an organization that claims that 75% of Fortune 500 companies use its test on Emotional Intelligence (EQ) has conducted research with more than a million people.

They found that the best bosses have characteristics in common.

Dr. Travis Bradbury is the President of Talent Smart and writes articles that appear frequently in LinkedIn.

Before retirement, I always tried to be a ‘good’ boss. Those things that make a good boss are difficult to keep at the top of the mind awareness,

In the heat of a moment, or confronted with a seemly intractable problem or even in a serious discussion managers/bosses tend to make an inevitable mistake.

I think the goal should be: keep your good intentions at the forefront of your mind, practice the correct reactions so that they become a habit, and don’t let the ‘bad’ actions get a foothold in your psyche.

Brush off the ‘bad behavior’ and reset your mind to the tenants of Emotional Intelligence. The newsletter of Emotional Intelligence, Talentsmart is located here.

I have been reading an article about the traits that the ‘best’ bosses seem to possess.

The number one ‘skill’ that “90% of them have in common is the skill at managing their emotions in order to stay focused, calm and productive.”

I have known several men that possess this trait and I have always admired it immensely.

However, I have not been able to shadow that skill. I wonder what the rest of these characteristics are and what they tale they will tell about me.

“Composed”

The premise here is that the ‘best’ bosses constantly monitor their emotions so that they can use this knowledge to react to challenging situations with self-control.

Another ‘not me’ vote. Two strikes.

Once in a while, I was prepared for when the situation went downhill and I managed, at least in my mind, that I handled it with aplomb.

But I have never been able to take the ‘long’ view of events and reacted mainly with short-term actions.

Sometimes when I reflected on the damage that I had already done, I could see a better way.

“Graceful”

A much-admired trait. A combination of strong and gentle. Hmm… I tried to not resort to intimidation, or manipulation because I didn’t enjoy those mind games be played on me.

But to say I was gentle, no I don’t think that was ever said about me.

The people with this trait are “approachable, likable, and easy to get along with.” I guess I have to circle ‘no’ here also.

“Knowledgeable”

The “best” bosses are always trying to increase their ‘self-awareness’. I’m not sure what that means in this context.

How does that apply to spend the time to learn, to have a passion for opportunities to improve and learn new things?

This I did try to do. Maybe not as often as I should have.

“Honest”

Another one that I really tried to follow.

If you lose your honesty and people stopped trusting you, what do you have left to offer?

If you don’t possess and show people your integrity they have nothing else to look for in you.

In addition, Notre Dame did a study that showed that people who lie often experience more mental health problems. But perhaps a better way to explain the phenomenon is to look at the positive side.

People normally lie 1.6 times in 24 hours.

When people learn to lie less (in a 10-week study) they reported feeling better mentally and physically.

“Speak with Certainty”

Another one lost on me a good share of the time.

I tried not to “um”, “I’m not sure” and, “I think”. But I was not as assertive in speaking as the “best bosses” I knew.

“Positive Body Language”

You could often catch me unfolding my arms as I consciously became aware that they were folded across my chest.

I knew this was a defensive action and I would watch out for it.

The same principle applies to eye contact. I watched for that in other people while they spoke to me. Even leaning in a little towards the listener I was aware of but not sure I remembered to use that one either.

“Super successful people ‘ draw others in’. “How you say something can be more important than what you say.”

“Confident”

‘Successful leaders compete for your attention.” How you say something can be more important than what you say.

I was not aware of this one, especially when it is recommended for those times when the efforts would only yield a small victory.

The victory, however small still builds new androgen receptors in the brain. “They are responsible for reward and motivation.

The increase in androgen receptors increases the influence of testosterone, which further increases confidence and eagerness to tackle future challenges.

“Fearless”

“Fear is nothing more than a lingering emotion that’s fueled by your imagination.” Danger, however, is real.

But fear is not danger. This is interesting “Fear is a choice.” I have never heard that before.

“Grateful”

This I recognize as a trait that I always tried to emulate.

I have always done the tasks that I later end up supervising. I recognize the hard work and ingenuity that is required.

I would much rather celebrate subordinates glory than my own.

I have felt that they need a standing ovation so they can be recognized by higher echelon bosses.

These traits should be self-explanatory to anyone that has toiled in a subordinate position.

I originally wrote this to put out for people to read, discuss and even chuckle over. I am sure former employees will have a great time.

However, I ran into another great article

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The first article I have had written for years and I haven’t been able to find the exact place where I found it.

The next part I found just before Christmas 2018 and it is a great counterpoint to the above article.

This article was in INC.com written by Marcel Schwantes titled “7 Signs of a Toxic manager that should be stopped immediately.” 

Mr. Schwantes, the Principal, and Founder of “Leadership from the Core” begins his article “I’ve been part of many conversations with executive clients who are quick to blame their employees for bickering and lackluster performance. They get their information, of course, from management teams bickering and complaining about their employees.”

He continues,  “While there’s no quick-fix solution, I tell them, usually the reasons managers aren’t getting the best from smart, creative, and talented employees have to do with job dissatisfaction – common human reactions to unfulfilled work expectations and/or stressful environments – and managers, not employees, are primarily to blame.”

“A Gallup study of 7,272 U.S. adults found that 50 percent of employees left their jobs “to get away from their manager to improve their overall life at some point in their career.”

I don’t know if that is a reflection on the training that these managers received or if they were just too absorbed in thinking that they were the best gift to the manager corps.

A sign that a person is a good manager is that he or she regularly asks for feedback from their employees in a formal setting such as a performance review or informally while gathering around the water cooler.

If you inspect managers closely and if they prove to be a poor manager, you will find certain negative practices and untrustworthy behaviors that are consistent with the above research findings.

“Seven of the most toxic management behaviors that stifle the human spirit and such the soul out of an organization” are:

1. People are Treated as Objects, not as Human Beings

2. Employees Compete Against Each Other

3. Passive Aggressiveness

4. A Focus on the Negative

5. Stealing the Spotlight

6. Missing in Action

7. Gossiping

While these findings are pretty much self-explanatory I think Mr. Schwantes summarizes each topic succinctly.

  1. “Because compassion and empathy are virtually non-existent, they are treated as an object or expense rather than assets and there is little concern for their happiness or well-being. You will encounter high levels of stress, turnover, absenteeism, and burnout.
  2. Management probably enforces a performance assessment system that focuses on individual performance than team performance. This leads to ‘every employee for himself or herself.
  3. The book “Toxic Workplace” showed that most toxic personalities are passive aggressive. This means that they distrust others and are very territorial and seek to remain in control. This can be seen in employees that never take a vacation for fear others will learn their job and displace them. “They don’t see themselves as the problem.”
  4. Management only looks at the negative actions. They may never give positive feedback and reinforcement for “things that are going right.”
  5. The manager takes all the credit for the work. He or she does not praise the team and offers no celebration of everyone’s success.
  6. When a big problem comes up in a project the manager is nowhere to be found. They take shelter in all day meetings. They are insecure or fear conflict.
  7. The most toxic trait is gossip. It hurts teams because the atmosphere becomes filled with suspicion and distrust. When a boss spreads rumors it is the opposite of what a true human leader would do.

How to solve the problem?

Warren Buffet always looks to character and integrity. He has called ‘integrity the most important trait in hiring, above intelligence.”

A recent study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology states that to stop the toxic boss crisis simply promote people with the virtues of moral integrity and goodness into leadership roles.

Bob Sutton, Professor of Organizational Studies at Stanford says that to find out if you are in a toxic workplace:

  1. Are you losing sleep, productivity, and fulfillment of physical and mental health issues?
  2. Are people around you jerks, and that everyone’s performance is suffering?
  3. Are you becoming a jerk and taking out your issues on other people?

I highly recommend signing up for the free newsletters at Inc.com

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Thanks for stopping.

Craig

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Trump and the Heist

Trump and the Heist

dated 12.22.2017
reprinted from a blog post on my Facebook account and Hubpages

The Greatest Robbery in History is taking place at this very Moment

I don’t know what to think. The greatest robbery in the world history is taking place and nobody is going to stop it!
Last week the crooks a.k.a. ‘The Republican Congress’ unveiled their ‘TAX REFORM and Job Package’ for 2018 and beyond. Not surprisingly, it is not a new proposal. Ronald Reagan did much the same back in his term from 1981 to 1989. George W Bush did it on a smaller scale in his term 2001-2009.

The Middle Class marching down the Road to Economic Oblivion

Not surprisingly, the Middle Class of America has not recovered since those days of Ronald Reagan. The Middle-Class income in 1945 was around $45,000 per year. Last week the Republicans defined the Middle-Class income as being $450,000 to $750,000 per year. Obviously, they have no conception of what is going on in real life. They used this definition for the purpose defining the merely rich from the filthy rich I’m sure. But the point is still made: The Middle Class of America has almost disappeared due primarily to these exorbitant gifts to the already rich. Ronald Reagan may not have invented: take from the poor and give to the rich’ but his party has sharpened its pencils at his pencil sharpener and are excelling at being exceedingly greedy and mean-spirited. Teachers will no longer be able to deduct $250 for the expenses they incur for supplies they purchase for their classrooms. It is really a shame though that 80% deduction for purchasing college athletic tickets is now laying in the trash heap.
An example of mean-spirited. Lower-middle-income couples ($24,000 income bracket) used to be able to claim personal exemptions for non-child dependents. Now the same couple in the same situation will have to get by with the replacement, a $500 flat rate deduction. Or in the case of a baby in the womb. The parents can start taking deductions for a college education. But who, at the $24,000 income level will be able to take advantage of that deduction? Those in the ‘middle-class bracket’ of $450,000 I assume.

Flim-Flam is still Swindle

In addition to all the flim-flam, the Republicans are not allowing this proposal to be vetted. Usually, the Tax Foundation or some office lays out the whole tax code with accompanying tables for all to see. This year the House plan is to be done by Thanksgiving. That is in three weeks. Did anyone say “Duck”?!
There seems to be no depth to which these cowards will not sink. They rape the country and rake it over the coals because a Black Man was president of the United States for eight years.
They are so twitching to grab every morsel possible out of our coffers because the White House, The Senate, and the House of Representatives all being Republican that they cannot call it quits. Their plan is to cut hundreds of billions out of the Medicaid and Medicare budgets to fund a tax relief package for the coal industry. Coal Industry? Yes indeed. Maybe the resurgence in the use of coal is imminent or was that China? No, China is developing green energy. I wonder then, who is going to be the beneficiary of the $10 billion earmarked for the coal industry?

The Mushroom Effect

I assumed some of these people have families. No, I guess not. The House voted to replace the Affordable Care Act without blinking an eye. Some representatives were even hard pressed to understand why they received such unruly welcomes from their constituents when they went home for recess.
I have not studied the ins and outs of this abomination because I suspect there may be some changes. Hopefully, their constituents will scream loud enough that most of the changes won’t be approved.
It is not just the tax code that is taking a beating these days. Our school systems are being hammered at breakneck speed by the behavior of the students.
The actions, displayed by Trump and the other never-do-wells regarding throwing temper tantrums, abusive speech and abusive actions are being played out in our children, in our schools, in our neighborhoods.

Reform by any other name is still Theft

My point is that all through the swiss cheese of this ‘reform’ package the Republicans led by House Speaker Paul Ryan take away and then give back sort of. The end result is not to simplify that tax code, although that is what they keep saying over and over again. It’s purpose is to make sure the wealthy donors of the Republican causes get another windfall income boost. They then can continue their lavish donations to the Republican candidates which in reality is the gift from the American taxpayer. Think about that for a minute. The American taxpayer is, in effect, giving the Republican donors the money to keep electing Republicans! Huh? An example of the way the larder is stocked, Donald J Trump and all his nepotism appointees stand to increase their income by several billion dollars.
The NFL will lose some bucks and on top of the current downturn in viewership maybe able to apply for a hardship tax break in the next year or so. (Just kidding, I have to take a smile swipe at this stuff once in awhile. The nature of it is so sickening. If only these atrocities were just on paper.)

How can so Few do this to so Many

How do these people justify their existence? Do they boast about their ‘hard work’ to their friends? Who would be a friend? Oh, that’s right! I have read that we are not to presuppose anything. But can’t I just ask? Who would have these people for friends? Or even drinking buddies? I would hate to go deer hunting with them for fear that I would get a round in the back that was meant for one of them!

The New Normal

Maybe this acrimony is the new normal. Maybe when I cross a person on my Facebook Friends list, I am modeling the new normal. Instead of facing the person and asking what in the heck is wrong, I just surreptitiously hit the ‘delete’ key. This must be the future. The brick and mortar businesses I grew up with, the JC Penneys, the Sears, the Kmarts are about gone. Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame cashed in $1.1 billion of Amazon shares the other day. It was in the paper, er, the smartphone news.
I think my Dad was right. At 91 (and even earlier) he didn’t see a need to learn how to use a computer, or a smartphone or even a cell phone. He probably was right. I probably won’t have a need for one either shortly. If you are not home to hear the phone ring, does it ring? It does if you are carrying it in your pocket!

Consequences

I believe that we are on the cusp of something. My hair on the back of my neck stands up like a Rhodesian Ridgeback on alert when I get bad vibes. But the vibes are not bad, they are horrific! What is happening to our country? I do not see a way to the future without taking a cleaver to the present and hosing away the other half with the fish guts. I am teetering toward the precipice with my nerves jangling. Not for me. I will be gone soon. But my children and grandchildren. We were taught to leave the world in a better way than we found it. I don’t think that is possible anymore. The learning curve to return to its former place is too steep. The changes just too intractable. I feel sad, no, empty. I feel like I ran in place for over forty years and accomplished nothing. Nothing of value to leave my children. Certainly, the world is not a better place.
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Hopefully the resting place of the coin stolen from the American taxpayer
“Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in the face of certain defeat.”
 
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

Today is the Beginning of the End aka The Waste of $1.5 Trillion

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So many excellent examples to choose? to choose?
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Which is Your Favorite?

Today is the Beginning of the End

We took a loss today.
The people of the United States of America.
A big loss.
The Republicans are swooning in delight, chortling in vengeance accomplished.
Don’t get me wrong. Somehow they pulled out a big win and then topped it off by
Trump claiming the Affordable Care Act is repealed.
I caution that they are not done.
I would expect that on Monday, December  4th they will begin planning on repealing
Medicare and Medicaid. Shortly thereafter planning how to dismantle Social
Security.
Why?
Because it is what Republicans do.
Just as Steve Bannon and Donald Trump proclaimed that they would destroy the
administration of this country, the Republicans, are following in those footsteps.
For years the Republicans have been targeting the ‘Entitlement Programs’ for repeal.
When they passed the Tax Reform and Jobs Act they proclaimed that they would be able to balance the budget just in the growth of the GDP and thereby increased tax
revenue.
The dirty lie as they pronounced was that the plan, all along, had been to balance the
budget by going after the entitlement programs.
In their giddy, backslapping mode I believe that they have gone a inch too far.
They did not listen when even their own constituents clamored to not repeal the
ACA.
That is a signal to me that those same constituents will not want to lose their
Medicare and Social Security.
I believe that the majority of the Republican base will also have the heart to continue
with the Medicaid and CHIPs program and DACA. Although those are a little riskier
to bet on.
Why is that?
I have been uncomfortable for months trying to decipher Trumps supporters and run of the mill Republicans.
I hope that they are two different classes of people but more and more I am beginning to doubt it.
My reasoning in a minute.
The ‘base’ supporters will love Trump no matter what he does. I think I have figured out why.
It has always been a huge puzzle to me as to how they can look at the same numbers (budgets, costs, projections, etc) and I do and come up with completely, and sometimes off-the-wall answers.
I have determined that on the evidence only and no scientific lobotomies having been performed that they have a screw loose.
That’s right!
In the deep recesses of their brain, they are missing a very important piece of machinery that they need to reach a logical answer to logical questions.
Their abject answers to questions do not make sense, even if I allow for ‘the fake news’ that they so dearly love.
Responsible businessmen will respond to a ‘huh’? what?’ with a mealy mouth answer like, ‘that’s right’ that is what he is going to do’.
All available evidence to the contrary such as ‘I won’t take away your healthcare’, ‘I won’t take away your Social Security’, ‘I will get your jobs back’.
Even one of these lies would be enough to give a normal person pause before they swallowed another lie.
But they keep swallowing them.
A few are realizing that they made a mistake to believe him and vote for him.
But by and large, unless they are actually starving like the coal miners in the Appalachians, they don’t see the real situation.
How else would you explain it?
It can’t be that the numbers lie.
Well, the ones that Trump uses do but he only uses numbers that he dreams up.
The number crunchers that have the real jobs do fudge much I don’t believe.
Well, that is enough of belittling the supporters of Trump. I have a little present for the Republicans in a later post.
I was always, and I mean always under the impression that Republicans were cost conscious and frugal when it came to spending government money.
Well, I propose that they are just as spendthrift as the Democrats except that Democrats, by and large, don’t pocket the money themselves.
What the $1.5 trillion gift to the Republican donors is, in reality, the down payment for continuing to fund the Republican candidates for the next decade.
The American Taxpayer, is the one that will be funding the campaigns of the Republicans, whether they are Democrat or not, for the next DECADE!

Let that sink in.

Chew that around. I really haven’t heard any Democrats spouting that as a campaign slogan yet.
But I do believe that the Democrats are so messed up that this gift given to them by the Republicans will be wasted.
That is correct.
I believe that the Republicans, who have just let Trump, and McConnell, and Ryan destroy the Grand Old Party.
Lincoln is spinning in his grave.
More on that coming up also.
Actually, the last two Democratic presidents have brought the economy that Reagan and George W Bush shredded with their giveaways to the rich, back from the precipice.

Ah, shut up!

Look at the real numbers.
Unless you are willing to engage in a REAL conversation, with REAL numbers I am not going to waste my time with you.
I have made that my new policy.
If a Republican, I know that no supporter is going to promise to use REAL numbers so I won’t even think of wasting my time with them, wants to pull out the empirical numbers and compare apples to apples I will engage in a discussion because I agree that I have been wrong on occasion.
That brings up another point that is really sticking in my craw.
This is the gift-giving season, isn’t it? I am giving you as gifts, all the things I don’t want to put up with anymore!
I have had people ask me “What is it to you?”
What do you mean ‘What is it to me? ‘
“Yeah what has Trump done anything to you” or a Republican done anything to you personally?’
Do you know the question that they really want an answer to?
‘If he hasn’t done anything to you personally what are you so upset about’.
Well, I am going to tell you a secret!
They are not going to be on my Christmas card list anymore.
That question implies, no it doesn’t imply, it comes out and slaps you in the face! Do not worry about something that does not affect you.
Well, I was brought up and I hope I brought my sons up with a conscience that says what you do to one of these you do to all my children.
Understand? We are our brother’s keepers.
Why?
Well if you don’t believe in THE GOLDEN RULE (not the golden rule that says whoever has the gold rules) but THE GOLDEN RULE – I am responsible for what happens to my brother.
At the very least, at the very least, if the government can get away with abusing a person, the next one they abuse may very well be you.
Understand now?
We are at the juncture of the second week in January 2018.
If Congresspeople didn’t get beat up by their constituents, and I don’t think they did, at least not hard enough, their first order of business will be …
No, hold on. It won’t be to pass DACA.
Trump originally said that Congress had until March 1 to pass the legislation on the subject.
Yesterday, I think it was, I heard him say no, I have to have my wall before I will approve DACA.
Hell, Congress just gave him about $20 billion more for defense than he asked!
So as much as Senator Susan Collins believed that if she voted for the Tax Reform and Jobs Act they would make sure to pass DACA before year end.
Well?
Well?
Don’t believe those two, three liars, liars.
Bob Corker may have been bought also since he protested loudly against the huge deficit but then tucked his tail between his legs and shut up.
The only one that I saw that stuck to his integrity was Jeff Flake.
There is a man Arizona should vote to be the next governor.
I will never know how Senator McCain would have voted because he had to have chemo treatment for his brain cancer and then went home.
It really is too bad that Senators and Representatives don’t have to declare all the black money they throw around.
My BELIEF is those people fall further and further each year.
Expect as soon after the first of January as they possibly can to vote to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security by as much as the $1.5 trillion as they spent on the gift.
If I were to have to make a prediction I think that they will try to decrease the entitlements even more so that have some ‘walking around money’.
Remember, most Republicans have a ‘lock’ on reelection in 2018 due to extreme gerrymandering that they accomplished prior to 2016.
Another devil on the horizon for re-election is that Steve Bannon has been raising the specter of ultra-conservatives running against the ‘weak’ conservatives that have been giving Trump a hard time.
I was going to leave the rest of my thoughts for another day, but in doing some research for a different piece I ran into some really scary stuff.
Stuff like what caused the economic crashes in 1929, 2000 and 2007?
That’s right it has only been 10 years since GREED robbed the markets, the economy and the souls of the people.
My first question, in response to the vote on the Tax Reform, is anyone going to watch the stock market for the next weeks to see if anything fishy does turn up?
So on with my own down and dirty research for this evening.

The Waste of $1.5 TRILLION

Did you know that there are 400 people and then there are the rest of us?
400 people own as much wealth as the nation’s entire African-American population PLUS more than 1/3 of the Latino population – COMBINED!
Just two of these people are African-Americans Oprah Winfrey and Robert Smith.
The wealthiest 186 members of the Forbes 400 own as much wealth as the entire Latino population.
Just five members of the Forbes 400 are Latino.
The combined worth of the Forbes 400 is $2.34 trillion and is more than the bottom 61% of the country combined! – 194 million people.
400 have greater wealth than 194 MILLION – did you know that?
The median American family has a net worth of $81,000.
The Forbes 400 own more wealth than 36 million of these ‘typical’ American families.
TWENTY PEOPLE now own as much WEALTH as HALF OF ALL AMERICANS. 20! TWENTY!
And this is before the $1.5 TRILLION windfall!
BY THE WAY, did you know that Trump has just made hundreds of millions of dollars due to the tax gift?
The 100 richest households own more assets than the ENTIRE African-American population.
The author of the study, Chuck Collins, director of the IPS (Institutes for Policy Studies) Program on Inequality and the Common Good states that the study likely UNDERESTIMATES the scope of the problem.
“So much wealth of the uber-rich is hidden, in tax havens offshore or loophole trusts (where money is shuffled around among family members and then just disappears from taxation”.
So there is a huge amount of escaped wealth that isn’t even factored into these statistics.”
THERE ARE THREE – 3 – PEOPLE IN THE US that own as much wealth as the bottom half of the nation’s population. 
Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos and the runt of the bunch Bill Gates.
They own as much wealth as 160 MILLION OF the rest of us.
Pardon me for getting a little cranky reading this.
Oh?
You want more?
Sure thing!
“We can either have a democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have it both ways.”
A very distinguished lawyer once said that. Justice Brandeis, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. 
A side note on Justice Brandeis.
He was a fighter for the common man. The ‘Right to Privacy’ and ‘Freedom of Speech’ have been left to us for our safekeeping by this man.
When President Woodrow Wilson nominated him to the Supreme Court, a member of the court bitterly contested the nomination.
“Brandeis was a militant crusader for social justice whoever his opponent may be. He was dangerous not only because of his brilliance, his arithmetic, his courage. He was dangerous because “he was incorruptible… [and] the fears of the Establishment were greater because Brandeis was the first Jew to be named to the Court.”
Justice William O Douglas wrote those words of evaluation.
When the global meltdown of 2008 bailed out the rich Wall Street financial people the ‘unwashed’ were left to fend for themselves.
Do you remember those days?
Occupy Wall Street shown light on the still unresolved predicament of the normal person in 2011.
In 2016 a tempestuous person made a huge tempest about the still remaining inequality.
Any guesses?
TRUMP!
I will leave that judgment to your personal evaluation.
My opinion, this may be the biggest lie that he has told that may finally tip his supporters against him.
Maybe they never will connect the dots but one would think that if 8 years without any increase in their personal position they will realize how badly he led them astray.
Thanks for your time
Craig
12/30/17
Graphic of Trump, McConnell and Ryan Google Images

 

 

The First End of the Year for this Blog

INTRODUCTION to My End of the Year Blog 2017

Dated 12/9/2017

Notes

I must discuss all the changes that have occurred in the space. Did space change? Not more than usual I don’t think. This blog why such a moronic title? It’s the end of the year and all writers thrown everything that didn’t get printed during the year into one big garbage dump at year end. Or maybe not? Hmm

 

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HELIX NEBULA
Helix Nebula

One thing that struck me as a bit unusual that occurred this year is the new or potentially new findings of life on other worlds. More on that in a minute.

Introducing the Dark “Hole” in the Sun

DARK HOLE ON THE SUN

 

This image of the sun is rendered in Ultra Violet by NASA’s  Solar Dynamics Observatory. This particular dark hole appeared because the star has an always-on magnetic field so it can get kinks and bends which can then cause sunspots and solar flares. They can also open the corona of the sun, the plasma that surrounds all-stars. These holes allow solar winds to rush into space. This may be an ordinary occurrence but it sure is spectacular. On the other hand, they can cause disturbances to satellite and power grids. They also supercharge the planets auroras, the northern and southern lights. Last month the Northern Aurora Borealis was seen as far south as Nebraska.

As it moves to its minimum of the 11-year cycle in 2019 the holes will become longer lasting and longer lasting. These holes can last several sunny days which is about 27 earth days.

Thanks to LiveScience for the image and information.

Hubble is Going Away

Did you know it is being replaced? In the spring of 2019, the James Webb Space Telescope will lift off. It will do so much more than Hubble did. I don’t know how that is going to be possible. From day 1 when the images were less than stellar (pun intended), I have blown away. I wish I could spend every day, all day long going thru images or roses and space. They are both magically enthralling.

The James Webb Space Telescope, JWST for short, will support thousands of scientists around the world with its new technologies. It is a collaboration of NASA, ESA (the European Space Agency), and CSA (the Canadian Space Agency. It will be managed by the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland just as Hubble is. The industrial partner is Northrup Grumman.  I was caught in a moment of introspection when this article said that the name JWST was arrived at in 2003. Imagine that this has been in the works for more than fourteen years.

Introducing the First Alien Moon

During the week of July 28, 2017, astronomers were teased by a discovery of great magnitude. They or actually the Kepler Space Telescope, found what may be the first exomoon. An exomoon is a name given to objects that revolve around exoplanets. Now isn’t that helpful? ‘Exo’ means that the objects from outside of our solar system.

This is a huge moon, named Kepler 1625b since it revolves around planet Kepler 1625. This pair is 4,000 light years from earth.  A lightyear if I remember correctly from grade school (yes since was around back then!) is the time that light traveling in a vacuum to travel can travel in one Julian year, about 365.25 days. The actual computation is about 5.9 trillion miles!

kepler space telescope renditon by an artist
An artists rendition of how the Kepler Space telescope may look today.

The Wonder of Kepler

Kepler hunts for planets by looking for a telltale dip in a star’s brightness as another object passes in front of it. To find a moon is the same process but much more difficult. I looked for more current information but it is not yet available. The Hubble Space Telescope had been booked for examining and confirming the existence of this moon during the month of October that just passed.

This moon is BIG. Much bigger than Ganymede that revolves our Jupiter. The really big deal of this discovery (fingers crossed) is that it will be the first moon detected in orbit around an alien planet. This marks a new chapter in the astronomer’s study of the cosmos. I would have loved to hear Carl Sagan narrate this story. He had such a great way of transferring his excitement of these incomparable discovery’s that are so far away seem, not really intimate, but close to home, I guess. He maintained his awe in spite of the drab scientific jargon.

These quests are not just to find objects, these massively smart space telescopes look back into time when the universe was just beginning. Kepler has been a massively successful telescope. In June astronomers used data gathered by Kepler, to identify 219 alien candidates that may be habitable by scientific standards like earth. How do we earthlings get off thinking that we are superior beings? I am utterly humbled by these discoveries. I understand we are heading back to the moon.

I assume that the age-old arguments regarding what path to take still continues. Werhner von Braun, the German scientist turned American Citizen had his path squarely in mind. First a shuttle, then a space station and then the moon and then Mars. Obviously, we didn’t take that path. I guess I can understand how reaching the moon would have more PR power than building a shuttle. What amazes me, is that von Braun was so clear-minded about the future. He died at 65 years of age four years before the first shuttle flew. What a remarkable man.

The Cassini Space Telescope just complete its 13 years of examining Saturn and the neighborhood. It took Cassini 7 years to reach Saturn.

Galileo Space Telescope was the first of Earth's close-up looks of Jupiter
Galileo Space Telescope that was the first Earth closeup look at Jupiter. It crashed in 2003
Juno, the newest telescope to study Jupiter in 2016
Juno, the newest space telescope to study Jupiter 2016 Image by NASA/JPL/Cal-tech.
Jupiter's Blues caught by Juno Space Telescope in 2016
Jupiter’s Blues caught by the Juno Space Telescope captured at 11,747 miles. Its mission will end in 2018.

The other hand of wonder must be an assessment. Maybe it is just that time. Cassini flew from the earth in 1997 and ended this year. Maybe I am just gauging success by how many things are left flying by the time I fall to earth. Doesn’t make much sense does it.? But there has to be an answer in there somewhere…

The CEO of Boeing and Elan Musk are getting competitive. Denis Muilenberg is probably betting on the fact that Mr.Musk and his Space X rockets is always a bit overoptimistic.

What thoughts bend your brain waves? Are you an explorer or a scientific man. One item that seems to augur well for the scientific man is the photo that an astronaut took on his last day in Space, as he departed the Space Station.

last day on International Space Station NASA astronaut caputured this view of the sun over the earth. June 11, 2015
NASA astronaut Terry Verts captured this view of the sun over the earth on his last day at the International Space Station. June 11, 2015

Introducing The Last Space Piece for the Year 2017

It seems scientists, specifically astronomer’s can’t get enough of Kepler. The artist’s illustration of how Kepler might look today is courtesy of Reuters.

In June 2017 astronomers confirmed that Kepler has found 10 new Earth-size planets.That brings the total to 50 is what impressive? Wait there’s more: Kepler has already discovered 4,034 potential exoplanets of which 2,335 have been confirmed by other telescopes as actual planets. Now, which students are not going into astronomy or astrophysics, or evening someday composing a hit song like “Stardust”.

“And now the purple dusk of twilight time

Steals across the meadows of my heart

High up in the sky little stars climb

Always reminding me that we’re apart

You wander down the lane and far away

Leaving me a song that will not die

Love is now the stardust of yesterday

The music of the years gone by.

Sometimes I wonder, how I spend

The lonely nights

Dreaming of a song

The melody

Haunts my reverie

And I am once again with you.

When our love was new

And each kiss an inspiration

But that was long ago

And now my consolation is in the stardust of a song

Beside the garden wall, when stars are bright

You are in my arms

The nightingales

Tells his fairy tale

Of paradise, where roses grow

Though I dream in vain

In my heart it will remain

My stardust melody

The memory of love’s refrain.

1927 Hoagy Carmichael, Stardust Lyrics 1929 by Mitchell Parish

Hit song by Nat King Cole and by Natalie Cole, Willie Nelson and many more

Thank you for the past year

Craig

 

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