Why Your Negotiations Are Doomed (And How to Rescue Them)

  by Dr. Gleb Tsipursky     Negotiators, even professional ones, make surprisingly many wrong decisions that doom negotiations that should have succeeded. Many of these mistakes relate to overestimating how well they can read the feelings and thoughts of other parties in the negotiation, as well as the extent to which the other party can read their feelings and thoughts. For instance, research shows that negotiators who sought to conceal their desires did a better job than they thought they did.  In turn, those who tried to convey information…

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Open Carry Denied – The Retail Dominoes Fall; First Walmart, Now Publix And 7 More

  by Richard Cameron   National Compass recently published a comprehensive and wide ranging report on the issue of open carry in the United States; an issue that has become a prime facet of the debate over gun violence and the high visibility sub set of gun deaths – mass shootings. In that report, “Open Carry – The Legality, The Ethics And The Risk To Public Safety” we covered specifics of laws applying to open carry, both at the federal level and its status in the various states. We also…

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Are U.S. Farmers Done With Trump Yet? Rumblings Of A Pushback Against His Trade Wars

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by Richard Cameron   It’s clear that the most prominent aspect of Donald Trump’s high stakes casino game – known to us as his trade war with China, is the economic impact it is having and continues to have on American farmers. We know that Trump’s history with casinos was a colossal failure, so Trump’s gambit on trade, not only looks like a bad bet, but he might also be gambling his presidency on it.  To illustrate the reality of the “successful Trade battle” Trump refers to in the tweet,…

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Open Carry – The Legality, The Ethics And The Risk To Public Safety

photo of protesters at Campbell, Ohio open carry firearms rally

  by Richard Cameron   Once again, mass shootings – of which there have been a deluge in recent weeks, are at the forefront of the national conversation. The killings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and Gilroy, California are the impetus to another round of policy debates on solutions. The only low hanging fruit among them are Universal Background Checks. And even that is more than likely going to require immense public pressure, teeth pulling and horse trading to move Congress – at least on the GOP Senate side,…

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Farmers Battle For Survival Against Natural Disasters, Government Policy

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  By Lynda Bryant Work   Most Americans remember the bomb cyclone that hit and affected the central United States from Minnesota to Texas, with the hardest hit suffering from fierce wind, heavy snow, ice and rain. The destruction was unprecedented, bringing catastrophic flooding to many areas leaving people stranded, farmland wrecked and livestock dead. Roads were destroyed, bridges damaged, and levies breached and collapsed. Flooding also threatened the safety of millions of private water wells in 10 states due to bacteria and industrial contamination. More than a million acres…

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Farmers Face Bleak Future Due To Trade War, Weak Commodities And Labor Shortages

By Lynda Bryant Work   “Farming is a profession of hope.” Brian Brett   Farmers live on hope from year to year, but it doesn’t pay the bills. And money is getting scarce. Despite claims from the White House that the economy is doing great, many Farm Belt states would disagree. The U.S. farm economy is challenged this year like at no other time in recent history, due to trade concerns, depressed commodity prices and a lack of immigrant labor. Farm Belt states are great for business. Iowa, Illinois and Indiana,…

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The Irrational Exuberance Of Consumer Confidence Indexes As Economic Indicators

chart tracking volatility of consumer confidence surveys from November 2018 to April 2019

by Richard Cameron   The Consumer Confidence Board released survey numbers for May, which showed an increase in the index from April’s 129.2 to 134.1.  What are these surveys asking, who is being asked and should anyone rely on them for an indication of the economy’s performance in the near term or beyond? The two main surveys that investors follow are the Consumer Confidence Board – actually conducted by the same people (Nielsen) that estimate TV ratings and the University of Michigan. There are some other surveys that troll these two,…

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If There is a Recession Coming, How Can We See it Before it Happens?

by Tony Wyman June will mark the 10th anniversary of the end of the Great Recession, the longest and deepest economic downturn this country had seen since World War II.  Unemployment doubled, housing values dropped 30%, the S&P 500 declined 57% and U.S. households lost $14 trillion of wealth, more than 20%, during the nearly 19-month decline. SInce then, the country has enjoyed one the longest periods of expansion in the nation’s history, thanks to the aggressive and unprecedented responses by fiscal and monetary policy makers in the Bush and…

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The USMCA Isn’t A Great Deal, It Is A Protectionist Tax On Consumers

graphic of US, Mexico and Canadian flags with image of Donald Trump and NAFTA motif

by Tony Wyman If what you were hoping for after President Trump threw out the North American Free Trade Agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico was a real step forward towards freeing business from government intrusion, you will be sorely disappointed. What we got, instead, is what we always get from big government politicians who believe more regulation is better regulation.  Instead of being “the most important trade deal we’ve ever made, by far,“ as President Trump bombastically claimed after Canada signed the new deal, what we really…

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U.S. Growers, Ag Industry In Crosshairs Of Trump Trade War

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By Lynda Bryant-Work “As we learned after President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley tariff at the outset of the Great Depression, vibrant international trade is a key component to economic recovery; hindering trade is a recipe for disaster.” Asa Hutchinson   Farmers across the United States expect to lose billions of dollars this year if the Trump trade war with China and other countries continues to escalate. The trade war comes at a tough time for farmers when prices for soybeans and corn have been stubbornly low. A February USDA report…

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