Author Archives: Brad Michaelson



What Make America Great Again Really Means
in Donald Trump, News, Politics

Last Night Wasn’t About James Comey

It Was Much Bigger Than The Firing of An FBI Director President Trump fired James Comey his FBI Director last night. He did it because his new Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein wrote a note that said Comey had botched the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The same investigation that the President applauded and that likely led to Trump’s victory.  President Trump then wrote a termination...

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10 May 2017
Is Trumptime Over?
in Donald Trump, News, Politics

Is The Donald Done Already?

If Not, How Will We Know? After only 26 days it appears that people are tired of this new President.  Donald Trump’s supporters are tired of defending him and don’t understand the people who don’t want to live in the country he’s promised.  His detractors can’t believe that this country was somehow turned over to him.  I get it.  Facebook is overrun with vitriol and...

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14 Feb 2017
Donald Trump has created a new form of government.
in Change, News, Politics

Fourteen Principles of a Trumpocracy

The Pillars of Trump’s New Government Governments come in different types. The list is long and varied and it includes: monarchy, confederacy, oligarchy, theocracy, plutocracy, kleptocracy and meritocracy. Governments range from the legitimate and benevolent to the illegitimate and evil. Some strive to be open and transparent while others closed and duplicitous. Some give a voice to everyone while others give a voice to only one...

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06 Feb 2017
ALL-STAR CELEBRITY APPRENTICE -- Live Finale -- Pictured: Donald Trump -- (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
in Business, Politics, Real Life

Trump Presidency Is All Business

And He’s Staging a Hostile Takeover of USA, Inc. As I watched the experts debate Trump’s “Monday Night Massacre”, I was struck by their efforts to describe the events of the previous 48 hours.  In just his eighth day in office the new president had set a record with thirty Executive Orders.  Directives that were to intended to obliterate Barack Obama’s eight years in office. ...

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31 Jan 2017
Donald Trump launches the new Parker Brothers board game, Trump the Game, during a news conference at Trump Tower in New York on Wednesday, Aug.18, 2004. The object of the game, from Hasbro, is to live like Trump and make the most money by acquiring Trump Cards that are used to strike deals and buy big-ticket items, such as resorts and office buildings. (AP Photo/Newscast, Jim Sulley)
in Change, News, Politics, Real Life

Trump Seals His Biggest Deal

Can The New President Service What He Sold? It’s Monday morning and like many of us, our 45th President is at work.  You can march, break windows, start fires and topple all the cars you want but that fact will not change.  Even the marches, while impressive and important  won’t compel the man to alter behavior that defies the laws of physics.  In his world,...

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23 Jan 2017
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 08:  Attendees try a prototype 3M Touch Systems 46-inch, projected capacitive display during a press event at The Venetian for the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) January 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The display utilizing technology from T1 Visions features a six-millisecond response to touch time, handles up to 20 finger touches at once and rejects accidental palm touches. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs from January 10-13 and is expected to feature 2,700 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 140,000 attendees.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
in AI, Change, Popped Culture, Technology

BCM at CES 2017

That Place Between Tech Heaven and Tech Hell Friday I drove up to Las Vegas to spend a day at the techie’s Love-in-cum-Cluster-fck known as the Consumer Electronic Show (CES). It is the biggest show in Las Vegas; a place known for big shows. It attracts people from eighty-one percent of the countries in the world. There were 1,700 more reporters and media people at...

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09 Jan 2017
my daughter grows up
in Change, Real Life, Stories, Uncategorized

Our Christmas of Remarkable Distance

As My Daughter Grows Up Her Orbit Expands Holidays at our house have always been happy.  That’s because we’re a small unit without a lot of moving parts and because we live hundreds of miles from our nearest relative.  For Christmas and New Year it’s usually just me, my wife, my daughter and one or two pets.   We spend our days opening presents and...

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28 Dec 2016
We are not who we thought we were
in Change, Politics, Real Life, Uncategorized

Seven Reveals from Election 2016

We Were Not Who We Thought We Were The election revealed more about America and Americans than most of us expected.  Before this election we felt we knew ourselves pretty well.  Turns out that we didn’t; and we still don’t.  In the aftermath of an unprecedented and unexpected Trump victory, we need to deal with some new ideas about who we are and how we...

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30 Nov 2016
Politics 2016 .  This is the way the sausage gets made.
in Change, Politics, Popped Culture, Uncategorized

This Election Changes Everything. Duh.

Voters Repelled by Seeing How the Sausage Gets Made What do Las Vegas, Christmas lights and dive bars have in common? They look much better at night. Under the harsh light of day, each appears to be tawdry, exposed and disheveled; much like American politics in 2016. This year’s election has revealed things most rational voters have always known but have never wanted to acknowledge....

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07 Nov 2016
Are you Older and Wiser.  Do you fear or embrace change.
in Baby Boomer, Change, Popped Culture, Science, Technology

Older and Wiser?

Or Too Old And Too Wise to Change? (The final post in my Baby Boomer/Change set.   And I still believe the terms are NOT mutually exclusive.) A former boss of mine sent me the article below.  We worked together in the eighties; he was in his mid-thirties then and I was in my mid-twenties.  He seemed a lot wiser than I was but that...

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28 Oct 2016
Facebook Needs a Handle
in Change, Popped Culture, Technology, Uncategorized

Facebook Needs a Handle

If I’m Mark Zuckerberg – I’m Pissed They used to call what we do advertising. Then people started to double-down on the fancy terms to make it sound like more than it is. We’re really just professional communicators. We use words and pictures to try and change the way people think and behave. But it’s complicated. Depending on the client you ask, we’re either good at...

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05 Oct 2016
Copier is holding me hostage
in AI, Change, Science, Technology

My Printer is Holding Me Hostage

HP is Using AI to Keep My Ink Filled and It’s Creepy   The email was innocent enough; in fact it was so innocuous that I almost deleted it without reading. It was from Hewlett-Packard and it looked like all their other pleas for me to buy a printer or ink or paper or cloud storage.  The things I get from other companies that have...

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19 Sep 2016
Baby Boomers Need a New Brand
in Change, Popped Culture, Real Life

Baby Boomers Need a New Brand

It’s Time to Retire A Really Stupid Term (The first of three posts about Baby Boomers and Change: two things that I believe aren’t mutually exclusive.) Flatulent infants. That’s what comes to my mind when someone says Baby Boomers. And not the kind of flatulence that makes cute little bubbles in a tub. More like the huge explosions that come from High School jocks after...

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15 Sep 2016
Candidates Keep Their Lies on the Prize
in Change, News, Politics, Popped Culture, Real Life

Candidates Keep Their Lies on the Prize

Too Much Money and Too Little Truth in the 2016 Election The 2016 Presidential Election has been outrageous for the last several months; this week it jumped the shark.  It is now must-watch TV and better than anything that Netflix or HBO could script. Both candidates seem to be trying to out-WTF each other and the pundit play-by-play is far more exciting than anything ESPN...

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04 Aug 2016
My Dog Is Dying
in Real Life

My Dog Is Dying

And She’s Handling It Far Better Than I Am Today we found out that our dog Willow has a broken heart.  No, it’s really broken and it can’t be fixed; they say she might live another six months – if we’re lucky.  I know that in the grand scheme of things her congestive heart failure is not a big a deal.  Compared to the tragedies in...

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30 Jul 2016
The Toilet Seat Conundrum
in Business, My Business, Real Life

The Toilet Seat Conundrum

Up or down?  What will they think? Most of my meetings these days happen in Starbucks.  That’s good because I like Starbucks.  The employees are friendly, their coffee is decent, the stores are clean, there’s a buzz of business in the air and as an office goes – it’s cheap.  Rent is about three bucks a day for a “Venti Pike with room”.  Far less than...

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25 Mar 2015
A Food Critic Walks Into McDonald’s….
in Business, Popped Culture, Real Life, Uncategorized

A Food Critic Walks Into McDonald’s….

The fries are good but the story…is another story. Ronald McDonald has been getting pummeled lately. The quarterly reports are softer than a half day old Quarter Pounder. Investors are getting restless and they’re shuffling execs around in the ivory tower faster than fry-cooks are flipping burgers. Things just aren’t as happy in the land of Happy Meals as they once were. The PR folks...

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10 Feb 2015
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