Consumer Issues and Life in General

  • Keeping Calm

    April 9, 2015Richbar News Articles

    “I think all right thinking people in this country are sick and tired of being told that ordinary, decent people are fed up in this country with being sick and tired.   I’m certainly not! And I’m sick and tired of being told that I am.”  Graham Chapman, Monty Python,  “Right Thinking People” 1973.    You know what I’m getting sick and tired of being told to do?  I’m fed up with being told to “KEEP CALM and CARRY ON.”  Surely you’ve seen that slogan everywhere lately — mugs, t-shirts, posters, beach towels, iPhone cases, pillows, defibrillators and farming implem ...

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  • The Way We Debate.

    September 28, 2014Richbar News Articles

    Q: “What is your position on the role of government in supporting innovation in the field of biotechnology?" A:  “Recent research has shown the empirical evidence for globalization of corporate innovation is very limited. And as a corollary, the market for technologies is shrinking.  As a world leader, it is important for America to provide systematic research grants for our scientists. I believe there will always be a need for us to have a well-articulated innovation policy with emphasis on human resource development. Thank you.”   (To audience): “Now THAT’s the way you debate! ...

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  • Unsustainable

    August 9, 2014Richbar News Articles

    Back when I was a law student, I got a lot of advice from older lawyers.  Some of it I even asked for.  But some not.  Like the time I enrolled in USC’s mentoring program. I was  assigned an older lawyer from a big firm in Columbia (which no longer exists).  My first official act as Mentoree was to miss my appointment with my Mentor.  Three days later, I received my first “Nasty Lawyer Letter” in which I was informed how my massive breach in etiquette reflected my basic lack of worth as a person (and even lower value as a prospective member of the Bar).  Somehow it took three pag ...

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