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Mad @ Mgmt

with Walter Simson

March 2011

The C'mon Academy

03/29/11

The C'mon Academy

As it happens, just as the recent magnitude 9 earthquake and tsunami hit the northeast coast of Japan, I was finishing Confucius Lives Next Door, T.R. Reid's account of social harmony, clean schools, and no crime while living in Japan and traveling to the rest of east Asia. He finds that the Japanese characteristics of respect and group unity spring directly from the teachings of Confucius, the Chinese sage whose teachings made him famous in his lifetime.

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The business with two brains

03/08/11

The business with two brains

In the 1984 comedy All of Me, Steve Martin plays a go-go lawyer whose body has been taken over – not completely successfully – by the spirit of a fussy old lady, played by Lily Tomlin. Rather than achieving female immortality, as she had hoped for, Tomlin achieves an eternal struggle for control over a man's body.

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