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Systems Savvy

Ruminations on Systems, Decision Intelligence, and Knowledge Management, as well as Thoughts on Life, the Universe, and Everything (Maybe Even Some Golf)

Last Build Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2018 10:18:51 +0000


The Irony is as Thick as the KarmarickladdVenceremos Brigade-FBI

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:32:22 +0000

When I returned from a two-month working journey to Cuba in 1973, the FBI showed up at my door with questions about my trip. I had been a member of the sixth contingent of the Venceremos Brigade, and a small part of my education for the trip was the admonition to politely refuse to speak […]

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The Nothingburger Memo And DisappointmentrickladdNothingBurgerThe Memo

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 19:31:13 +0000

After a couple weeks of breathless anticipation, endlessly hyped by Trump TV . . . er . . . Fox News, the ballyhooed Nunes memo was finally released, creating a giant thud as it fell flat on its face. After all the buildup and breathless hyperbolating over it being set to expose the worst scandal […]

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Cheetolini Hard at WorkrickladdCheetolini at Work

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 22:22:08 +0000

As I believe I’ve mentioned before, I’m teaching myself Photoshop. As far as I can tell, one of the most important things to understand and use is layers. This is one of my first creations where I was beginning to understand how to use layers to change pictures in both large and small ways. May […]

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They’re Finally Catching Up To Merickladd

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:02:49 +0000

The last few years I was employed at Rocketdyne, my job – which I essentially created – was to research social media for the purpose of bringing it inside the firewall for internal communication and collaboration. As a result, I became both well educated in the use of numerous apps and platforms, and excited about […]

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America The Not So BeautifulrickladdDissent is Patriotism

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 21:01:32 +0000

I believe I wrote this (see below) during the administration of George W. Bush who, at the time, I thought was the worst President I had lived through. Harry S. Truman was POTUS when I was born (1947) but the first I remember is Ike (Dwight D. Eisenhower). With the election of Donald J. Trump, […]

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How Have You Disrespected The Flag?rickladdInappropriate Use of Flag

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 20:57:07 +0000

I just wrote about my feelings regarding what I consider to be a truly overzealous display of the American flag I encounter practically everywhere I go. I received a comment mentioning how disconcerting it is to see so many people wear the flag, or disrespect it in some way, contrary to correct flag etiquette. I’m […]

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Triple Blast From The Past!rickladdNambian Covpepe

Sat, 30 Dec 2017 20:08:14 +0000

I have been learning Photoshop for a while now and, although I’m not doing much of anything constructive with it, I do like to play around and give a little substance to some of my thoughts and ideas. Most of what I’ve done has been shared on Facebook, which has been my primary conduit to […]

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Free Access to “A People’s History”rickladdA People's History

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 18:11:39 +0000

Most historians in the U.S., as far as I can tell, tend to believe in the “Great Man” theory of history; the belief that history can be largely explained by the impact of great men, or heroes; highly influential individuals who, due to either their personal charisma, intelligence, wisdom, or political skill used their power […]

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Jingo Bells. Jingo All The WayrickladdJingoism

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 23:36:17 +0000

How could I know what country I’m in if there weren’t so many flags flying all over the place? The Urban Dictionary defines “Jingo” as “Someone who is extremely and overly patriotic. Differs from regular patriotism in that jingoism is usually more aggressive.” Call me crazy, but I find it puzzling and borderline offensive to […]

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Republican Party = Enemies of the PeoplerickladdRevolution - Upraised Fist

Tue, 19 Dec 2017 22:59:00 +0000

The Republican Party has essentially dropped all pretenses of being representatives of the people. They are, with this execrable tax bill, thumbing their long and growing noses at us, all while opening up the nation’s coffers to serve as a feeding trough for themselves and their sponsors/lobbyists/donors. Let’s be perfectly clear. They are always in […]

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