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“Christmas in Edmonton 1950’s, Christmas in LA 1975. Same Guy, Different Friends”

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Russian President Vladimir Putin recently did an interview on TASS News Agency in which he discussed the issues in Crimea, The Ukraine. During his speech he told the audience how he goes about making a decision. It is clear from what he stated the art of making decisions is based on a clear path. It is not my place to ascertain whether what he is doing is correct or not, but their is something to learn from his message about the decision making process.

“I have developed a certain style over the years. I never make arbitrary decisions — the ones whose outcomes I cannot see,” Putin said. “It’s like when you’re [driving] on the road: if you’re not sure, don’t pass [the car next to you]… You have to be absolutely clear that there’s no upcoming traffic — that you’re truly in control of the situation.” – Putin

Can you imagine how your life would be different each day using a method such as this. You are clearly in control of situations when you do not make arbitrary decisions by which an outcome cannot be seen.

He shows how to compare the decision making process to driving a car. If you know you are right with your decision, you also know you are on the right side of the road. Others competing against you are on the wrong side, so it stands you can go forward knowing you are right.

If we all decide to make decisions based on a strong frame of reference it clearly shows you inherently stand inside a stronger placement within yourself. You can then know your plan of action clearly.

“Those who are trying to compete with us, are on the wrong side of the road. We’re on the right side of the road, and we’re on cruise control,” Putin stated about the current situation. – Putin

“We’re stronger,” he said, “because we’re right. When the Russian feels that he’s right, he’s unstoppable. I’m saying this sincerely, not just to pontificate,” -Puting

Why don’t we all make a strong decision to go into the new year with this thinking process. Can you imagine the changes your next year will reveal from such a determined, focused, centered, and balanced mind? Is it not a little ironic that a decision such as this is a decision of it’s own?

I am choosing to stand on this approach to decision making from this day forward. How about you?

Until the next WebLog,

GG

The interview can be read HERE

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Catskinner Keen by Donald Brittain, National Film Board of Canada

What I learned from Bob Keen…

This video is produced by The National Film Board of Canada. It is a short bio and profile of Canadian Entrepreneur Bob Keen of Keen Construction of Fort Nelson, BC., Canada.

This is very special to me because I flew up with Bob Keen in 1970 in the same Beech Baron (CF-POI) profiled in this video to work my summer holidays at Fort Simpson for the then owner of Arctic Air who was Pete Cowie. I was 14 years old at the time! Bob subsequently purchased Arctic Air and established a main base with hanger at Fort Nelson. The three of us departed Edmonton Municipal Airport to overnight in Dawson Creek at Bob’s home(to go to the rodeo), then fly the next day to Fort Nelson for meetings, and on to Fort Simpson. There I stayed my summer with Pete Cowie and his wife working on the dock and cleaning the hanger(at the old town strip). Arctic air had a Cessna 180 and 185 on floats at the time. Also the first PC-6 Pilatus Porter ever in Canada(CF-ZIZ) was brought in for a short period to try out at Simpson. I was very fortunate to fly on more than one occasion in the Porter!

Years later I once again met Bob at Fort Nelson while I was flying fuel to a logging camp at Beaver River(north of Fort Nelson) with a Super DC-3. Bob and I had a chat in the lobby of his motel(where I stayed for the duration). He offered to clean the snow off his airstrip at his ranch west of town if I would fly out with the Super 3 for a visit, which I gladly accepted but due to unforeseen circumstances didn’t happen. What a missed opportunity! Such is life. People like Bob Keen and Pete Cowie greatly influenced me and the mentoring I received(maybe unknown by them) was immense and profound.

UPDATE: I have included the obituary profiling a little about Bob Keen and his past, written in the Fort Nelson News. You can read it HERE

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We know planet Saturn, the zodiac of Libra, but what is Zubenelgenubi? This is a word to include into my knowledge bank and vocabulary!

Early on Saturday morning, Feb. 22nd., providing the skies are clear, we have an opportunity to catch sight of the last quarter moon pairing off with another planet, the ringed wonder of the solar system, Saturn.

Start looking low toward the east-southeast horizon shortly after 1:00AM local time on Friday night/Saturday morning. Soon after the moon emerges from beyond the horizon, we need to put our attention to a bright, non-twinkling yellow-white “star” shining sedately well above and to its right.

Eureka…that will be Saturn!

Baring any obstructions such as buildings or trees in that direction that might block the view, an observer might have to wait awhile as the celestial pair slowly climbs higher in the sky.

The duo will be at its highest, appearing roughly one-third of the way from the horizon to the point directly overhead (called the zenith), at around 5:30 a.m. local time. By that time, Saturn will appear about 7 degrees to the right of the moon. (A clenched fist held at arm’s length measures about 10 degrees).

If you look a similar distance to Saturn’s right, you may note the third-magnitude star with the fascinating name of Zubenelgenubi (pronounced “zoo-BEN-el-je-NEW-bee”) in the constellation of Libra, the Scales. If you have binoculars, train them on Zubenelgenubi; you’ll see that it’s a wide double.

With the use of a good pair of binoculars to peer at Zubenelgenubi – otherwise known as Alpha Librae – it reveals itself to be a double star. Astronomers have studied the motions of Zubenelgenubi’s two stars, thinking that it’s probably a binary – two physically related stars orbiting a common center of mass. However, the rather wide separation between these two stars must mean a long orbital period of perhaps 200,000 years. That suggests these two stars may not be bound by gravity!

Zubenelgenubi is a touch fainter than its fellow Libra star, Zubeneschamali. Nonetheless, Zubenelgenubi enjoys the alpha designation in the constellation Libra the Scales, probably because of its proximity to the ecliptic – the path of the sun, moon and planets in our sky. Zubenelgenubi is more intrinsically luminous than our sun. It resides some 77 light-years away.

Being I am was born in the sign of Libra (October), I believe we are very much influenced by the sun, moon, stars and constellations, I find this weekend’s alignment to be a fascinating experience which I intend to view, subject to weather conditions of course!

Cheers to a Cosmic Night, February 21st into the 22nd!

GG

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Today in Yahoo News was a blog article about Rob Ford, the Mayor of Toronto, showing up at a Board of Trade dinner. It seems as no surprise to anyone. The art of showing up even with a ‘kind-of invitation’ would be a signal to a serious individual using discretion that you are not really invited at all. A leader with integrity knows how to discern the difference and would not seek out situations that would distract from taking their duties seriously. So what would propel a person to do exactly that? When a look behind the curtains of the ‘event’ are pulled back, one can see there is much to gain by the person doing it. Media attention and strategic planning to keep always in the limelight and center of attention, no matter what. In the mind of the person, whether it is good or bad doesn’t matter, every opportunity is always good, in some cases, great. Especially when they are focused on their own agenda. With that being the case, it becomes easy to reveal perhaps what the real motives behind the action of someone doing exactly that. We all know he simply wants to be the Mayor of Toronto again in the upcoming fall elections. He believes that the votes will swing his way as long as he keeps everyone focused on him through a street tactic of ‘saving the taxpayer’s money’, regardless of the behaviors that have been displayed over the past year.

“He is the mayor, but he has undermined the foundation he needs to be a successful city leader. The idea that an event featuring the city’s brightest economic minds would not invite him is dismissed as a clerical error.
The serious people dedicated to doing serious jobs, like running governments or building businesses or improving the economy, don’t have the time to wait for a mayor to decide whether he’ll take his duties seriously.
Even if he decides to take his duties seriously this week, we know that next week could be another story.” – Excerpt from the Yahoo news blog

Being there are nine more months to go before the election, it will be a sure bet we will see a constant barrage of media attention to keep the photos ops rolling in and stories churning out to do exactly what he wants, constant attention…until after the election.

The entire Blog is HERE

Until the next WebLog,
GG

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The following comment written by a user called ‘Becky B.’ from a recent article in the Huffington Post regarding an interview with Mark Cuban brought up what I believe to be an important acute awareness to discern the difference between what your perceptions tell you vs. how things may actually be, behind the curtains of the actual event.

This user wrote;

‘The SEC charged Mark Cuban for his divesture of Mamma.com(now known as Copernic.com), after receiving non-public information. Cuban had bought 600,000 shares of Mamma.com.
The CEO of Mamma.com informed Cuban about a plan to raise more funds through a PIPE (Private Investment in Public Entity). Cuban was enraged, ‘Well now I’m screwed. I can’t sell’. After receiving insider information, trading was now illegal.
But Cuban decided to skirt the law. He called his broker and sold his entire stake in advance of the public offering, a violation of insider trading rules.
Our court system is only as good as its Juries. In cases like the Cuban trial, the Judge, who had already demonstrated prejudice when he initially dismissed the case (a decision which was overturned by a higher court), decided on a pool of seven hundred prospective jurors to be empaneled, for an end panel of six.
Jury consultant experts advise trial lawyers to choose the least opinionated juror, those who don’t think for themselves, for the perfect juror. The larger the jury pool to end jury ratio, the more effectively that model can be implemented.
When the lowest 1% of society is chosen for a jury, the lawyers, and their slick presentations rule.
“Legal 500 US” ranked Dewey & LeBoeuf as one of the leading firms in sixteen practice or sector categories, Since the Big and Prestigious Cuban win, the firm’s service are in high demand, with industry leading fees.’ – Becky B.

I have read, studied and followed various leaders, wealthy individuals and influential people over the years, including Mark Cuban. It is quite an awareness to learn the end result of a situation vs. how a event can be micro-managed which could alter public perception of the event. Just as cream rises to the top or a drained swamp reveals a crocodile, the true nature of ratiocination can show the flow of a series of actions to reveal an altered appearance of an end result. In this case, comment poster Beck B. had done a little background research on the circumstances surrounding a share sale to reveal a very important discrepancy between the event and the eventual outcome. It speaks for itself.
This brings up a thought that just as there are ratios used in finance such as P/E ratio’s(price to earnings), why don’t we create a new ratio and name it the P/C ratio, the Pick to Choice ratio? It could be advantageous to understand, just as the above example of a jury selection choice revealed, but in many other areas such as strategic employment appointments in corporations, both private and public, governments of all levels or part of your own personal criteria for basing your actions and decision making. Whether it is high or low this ratio might aid to perhaps understand more of the mechanisms at work behind the scenes to the ensuing result. Just as multiple ratios are used to come up with a healthy assessment of a company, one such ratio could be used to aid as a healthy objective assessment of an opportunity, an offer, an individual, etc.
Let’s take an example; you are interviewed for employment of which you are told that of the 35 that applied, 7 applicants have been short-listed, including yourself, for 1 opening. In this case you are ‘told’ the pick/choice ratio is 7/1. Further research about the company and the position to be filled reveals a truth that the real ratio is 3/1 as 4 of the short-listed that applied are not equal in skill and experience as yourself in the top 3. You learn that 2 candidates have much less experience, 1 has a questionable track record, 2 are currently working(but on the hunt for another position), and another has much more experience than yourself. If you believe you are really completing with 6 others for the position, as told to you by management, you might act weak in the interview and accept compromised terms to employment, including pay. If you go into the interview with your researched true p/c ratio of 3/1, you then only need to prove yourself better suited than 2 other ‘real’ competitors for the job.
What do you think? Does it make sense?

Until the next WebLog,
GG

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