Just a Quick Thought #9: An Assembly Line Metaphor

Ford_assembly_line_-_1913An assembly line worker in a factory noticed that production units were arriving at his station missing many of their standardized components. The plant manager was notified of the situation.  The message was then relayed to the company’s executives.  After much expert deliberation, the assembly line worker was directed to provide advanced production in order to ensure that each unit would have all of its required parts before arriving at the next assembly station at its scheduled time.

Just a Quick Thought #6: A Chevy Celebrity Metaphor

Originally published by AMERICANSCAPEGOAT.COM

October 21, 2015

Image of 1986 Chevy Celebrity courtesy of: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Mr.choppers

I once owned a 1988 Chevy Celebrity.  It started to develop problems after a while.  The problems could always be fixed by spending more money on the car.  If I had been able to increase my funding to a level sufficient for continuing to repair each new problem, I could still be driving a 1988 Chevy Celebrity today.





Just a Quick Thought #1: Illiteracy Rates

Originally published by AMERICANSCAPEGOAT.COM

October 8, 2015

According to the CIA, the United States ranked 45th in the world in adult literacy in 2003.  (That sounds alarming.)  At the same time, 99% of American adults were deemed literate by the same intelligence experts.  (That sounds reassuring.)

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 14% of American adults were below basic readers (that’s a euphemism for illiterate) in 2003. (That sounds alarming, and it’s also confusing because it seems to contradict the CIA’s figures.)  To make matters worse, the National Center for Education Statistics claims that only 13% of American adults were/are (gosh, it’s old data) proficient readers.  That means that 87% of American adults do not have strong reading skills.  Those numbers would be scary if American adults preferred reading books to watching  movies about superheroes or their childhood toys.

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