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Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

A blog by Leon Oudejans


The notion of freedom

In 2016, an "octopus at New Zealand's National Aquarium made a break for freedom by slipping out of its tank, slithering down a drainpipe and escaping into the ocean earlier this year" (Nat Geo). Recently, "workers at a crocodile farm in Thailand have been searching for crocodiles which escaped after floods in the area." (BBC) Human escapes from captivity...

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Second hand news

One of the reasons for starting this blog is that I became fed up with journalism. Many newspaper articles are opinions that are presented as facts. Journalism once stood for 'objective truths', a term coined by the Austrian-British philosopher Karl Popper (1902-1994) to separate facts from opinions (my blogs). Today's journalism is about 'subjective truths' or...

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Decoupling (8): Shell climate verdict

Recently, Royal Dutch a.k.a. Shell Oil was ordered by a Dutch judge to accelerate its climate targets (eg, Axios, FT, WSJ). The judge argued that climate rights are a part of universal human rights. My blog will not discuss those arguments. It is, however, another example of a decoupling (my blogs) between Business (ie, the belief system Money) and Politics (as a...

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Media face hard questions on Trump, Wuhan lab (the Hill)

The Hill title: Media face hard questions on Trump, Wuhan labBy: NIALL STANAGEDate: 25 May 2021 "The media face hard questions amid a growing acceptance that it is possible COVID-19 originated in a Chinese laboratory. The idea was disparaged as a conspiracy theory by multiple outlets last year — almost surely because its loudest promoter was then-President Trump....

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Controlling the Data-Information narrative

Since 1996, internet platforms (eg, Facebook) have been protected by Section 230, which provides immunity for website platforms from third-party content. The Trump Administration aimed to weaken these protections. Remarkably, the Section 230 debate had led Big Tech to intervene in its "third-party content" (eg, blocking Donald Trump on Facebook and Twitter). Early...

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The road to loss is paved with averages

The title of my blog implies that averages hide the truth. This saying is viewed as accountants' wisdom (Twitter). The first time that I heard this saying, was indeed in a business school in the late 1970s. It's also a paraphrase of a proverb: the road to hell is paved with good intentions. An example is in the Covid discussion: the cumulative average Covid...

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