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OUR CHANGING TASTES

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 23, 2016

BRYCE ON FOOD

– Explaining why family restaurants are in decline.

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I have a friend who owns a family style restaurant offering basic comfort food. It’s not cheap, nor is it expensive either; just a family-run restaurant offering some home cooking. I’m sure you know of such a restaurant in your neighborhood.

Periodically, I help my friend update his menu. In the course of doing this I’ve asked him why he no longer offers certain items on his menu; things like lamb shanks, beef stroganoff, beef tips on noodles, Chicken a la King, Salisbury Steak, stuffed peppers, Sausage and peppers, pot roast, casseroles and the like. These were items I remember well from my youth but are disappearing from menus across the country. The only rationale my friend could offer was that people’s tastes were changing, and such items were more identified with the older generation than the new. The younger people seem to relate more to burgers, chicken tenders and pizza; items normally associated with fast food franchises as opposed to anything else. Consequently, the idea of a home cooked meal is becoming more of a nebulous concept to them.

Bread is another commodity changing as well. Instead of white, rye, and whole wheat, people now want shibata, muffala, and panini. I remember a time when sourdough was considered the epitome of exotic bread, now it is generally regarded as nothing special. The new breads are nice, but somehow the idea of a PB&J on panini doesn’t sound right.

Our cuts of beef and chicken haven’t really changed, but fish has. At one time, your only choices were cod, haddock, swordfish, flounder, and maybe some tuna (in a can). Now we ask for tilapia, grouper, mahi-mahi, ahi tuna, and orange roughy. As an aside, years ago grouper was considered a “garbage fish” fisherman routinely discarded, but somehow we developed a taste for it.

Soft drinks have also changed as well. Whereas we used to live on colas, lemon/lime drinks, root beer, ginger ale, ice tea, fruit juices, and Kool-Aid, now we have power/sports drinks in a variety of colors and tastes to hydrate us, and others loaded with caffeine and sugar to shock our system. Orange juice was orange juice. Period. Now we have varieties with pulp, without pulp, with added vitamins, lower acid, and of course the blends with other fruit juices. Ice tea is no different; now we have a wide variety of flavors to suit different tastes. Coffee has also changed, instead of a basic black cup of coffee in the morning, we now add all kinds of ingredients to make it look like a hot fudge sundae or some other dessert.

Speaking of desserts, cakes and pies are still around, but are a little harder to find. Then of course there are items like tapioca pudding, rice pudding, and other flavored puddings, most of which the kids turn their noses up when they are served. Ice cream is still a favorite, but we’ve come a long way since basic vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. The competition in the ice cream world is fierce and consequently many new varieties have been introduced with strange names (and higher prices). I have to admit though, I am a sucker for Graeter’s Black Raspberry Chip or their Pumpkin Pie which comes out around October.

For breakfast there was oatmeal, Farina, Maypo, Cream of Weat, Malt-O-Meal, Pancakes, Waffles, and, of course, bacon and eggs. These have all been replaced by such things as Pop Tarts, Granola Bars, breakfast drinks, and other instant snacks. Heck, basic cereals are even struggling as people are rushing out the door in the morning.

I’m not suggesting our tastes are any better or worse today than yesteryear; I’m just noting the change. However, I wonder how much of this push to multiple varieties and instant meals is a result of our changing tastes as opposed to creating a higher profit margin for the vendors; I suspect the latter. More than anything, I believe our tastes change because of vendor competition and the need to make a buck. No matter how you slice it though, there is nothing better than “mom’s home cooking.” The only problem though is that a lot of people today think baking and cooking are two towns in China.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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LAST TIME:  THE GOP CULTURAL REVOLUTION  – Understanding Republican Deserters.

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THE GOP CULTURAL REVOLUTION

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 21, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Understanding Republican Deserters.

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If you listen to the Washington Post, they would have you believe there is a mass exodus within the Republican party due to the party’s candidate, Donald J. Trump. They announce with glee…

* 50 Former National Security Officials Say Trump ‘Not Qualified to Be President’

* GOP senator Susan Collins: Why I cannot support Trump

* ‘Ashamed’ of Trump, Harvard Republican Club won’t endorse top GOP nominee for first time since 1888

There have also been reports from the Post regarding how Ohio Governor John Kasich deliberately ignored the GOP convention in his home state with the intention of embarrassing Trump.

First, we have to remember this is the Washington Post, the same newspaper who assembled a SWAT team not long ago designed to take Trump down. So, they are leading the main street media, in terms of scraping the bottom of the barrel for any tidbit of information or any hiccup in Trump’s speech that can be used against him.

There are many other Republicans who have voiced their displeasure with Mr. Trump, such as Florida Cong. David Jolly who is running for re-election and openly rebuffs Mr. Trump. This will cost him dearly as Pinellas County is a Trump stronghold. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is another who steadfastly opposes Trump, primarily due to an acute case of sour grapes. Interestingly, Bush’s son, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, is telling Republicans the GOP primaries are over and it is time to support the man who beat his father.

Then there are the “Never Trump” Republicans such as Mitt Romney, the Koch Brothers, and their puppet candidate Evan McMullin who is making an independent bid. There are also the conservative political commentators who intensely dislike Trump, such as the Fox Network’s Charles Krauthammer, George Will, and Karl Rove.

What these “turncoats” do not seem to understand is the people have lost faith in the party and desperately want to clean house, preferably an outsider not imbued with Washington politics. No, this is no longer your grandfather’s GOP, not even your father’s for that matter. Mr. Trump, who is a political outsider, goes against all forms of traditional political etiquette and tactics, and in the process, has won the party’s nomination. Think about that for a moment. And it galls Republican insiders greatly who like the way things were. The populace, however, have had enough and want change.

Aside from Trump and his supporters, nobody seems to realize the GOP is undergoing a cultural revolution, something long overdue. The same is needed in the Democratic party, but the Democrats appear to be content for the time being with traditional insider politics. This will inevitably change if Mrs. Clinton loses.

Bottom-line, the resistance to Trump is not so much about the candidate as it is about a change to the party, something insiders simply will not accept. It is natural to resist such change as it represents a fear of the unknown and loss of control. As Machiavelli said in, “The Prince” (1513)…

“It must be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to plan, more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to manage than the creation of a new system. For the initiator has the enmity of all who would profit by the preservation of the old institution and merely lukewarm defenders in those who would gain by the new ones.”

This is not about Mr. Trump’s gaffs in speaking; it’s about cultural change, change initiated by a disgusted populace. The traditionalists need to realize it is simply a new day. They either adapt or face early retirement as the people desperately want something different, particularly after eight years of Obama.

In order for Trump to win in November, and implement the changes needed, the public will have to step up its support for him and gain momentum. Trump’s detractors, the Republican deserters and the main street media will fight him every step of the way. More than anything, Trump supporters need to weed out the weaklings, take the press to task, and keep moving forward.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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NEXT UP:  OUR CHANGING TASTES – Explaining why family restaurants are in decline.

LAST TIME:  WHAT’S BEHIND POLITICAL BRANDING?  – The legacy of Joseph Goebbels.

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WHAT’S BEHIND POLITICAL BRANDING?

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 19, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– The legacy of Joseph Goebbels.

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The father of American political branding was Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda for the Nazis during World War II. Perhaps his best known quote regarding propaganda was, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

Goebbels understood the power of communications and went to great lengths to choreograph the speeches of Adolph Hitler, including the venue, music, surrounding visual symbols, and the use of radio. He was a pioneer, and we are still feeling his influence years later in the midst of the 21st century.

As both the Democrats and Republicans know, elections are no longer about positions or policies, it’s about branding of the candidates to create indelible impressions in the minds of the people. Like Goebbels, American politicians have learned people can be conditioned to react to words and images much like Pavlov’s dog.

The intent of both parties is to assassinate the character of their opponent. For example, in the 2016 presidential election:

The Democrats have branded Mr. Trump a racist, sexist, xenophobic, demagogue who does not possess the temperament to be president. Ask any loyal Democrat to describe Trump and these adjectives will flow from their mouth instantly, even if they do not understand their meaning. Most do not know Trump’s policies, positions, or what he accomplished in his lifetime, only what they are told to parrot.

Likewise, the Republicans brand Mrs. Clinton as corrupt, incompetent, unaccomplished, the third term of the Obama administration, and someone who cannot be trusted. I would like to believe Republicans are more knowledgeable about her record than the Democrats are about Mr. Trump’s, but many here echo what they are taught as well, whether it is true or not.

Both sides demonize the other and, unfortunately, their tactics work too easily. To begin with, you have to understand the weaknesses of your audience. In the United States, it is threefold.

1. Most Americans lack the fundamental understanding of how our government truly works.

2. Most lack a grasp of American history and suffer from a short attention span. Some cannot remember what happened just last week.

3. Most do not take the time to research the background of the candidates, and rely on the media to give them their talking points.

It is this last item which illustrates the power of the press. You have to remember, the main street media is in business to make money, not necessarily to report accurate and unbiased news. They can be bought and sold, and will spin the news in accordance with the highest bidder. Consider this, the Media Industrial Complex will earn over $200 billion this election year, and such income is not as a result of fair and balanced reporting. This means the main street media has mercenary motives and are immoral in the handling of the news.

As Goebbels correctly observed, “Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”

This political branding wouldn’t be possible if the citizens were more responsible and better informed. The truth is, they are not, and many are simply unqualified to vote. For example, in the early days of this country, only land owners were allowed to vote in elections because they were considered responsible citizens, not shiftless rabble. Obviously, this changed over the years so any Tom, Dick, or Mary can vote regardless how “responsible” they are as citizens. As American history and civics disappear from our classrooms, the media and their masters will tighten their control over the American public.

The next time you are asked about your opinion regarding a candidate, before you answer, try to remember this quote from Joseph Goebbels, “Propaganda works best when those who are being manipulated are confident they are acting on their own free will.”

So who is pulling your strings?

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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NEXT UP:  THE GOP CULTURAL REVOLUTION – Understanding Republican Deserters.

LAST TIME:  DRUG WARNINGS  – What in the world do they say?

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DRUG WARNINGS

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 16, 2016

BRYCE ON CONSUMER WARNINGS

– What in the world do they say?

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Whenever I want to find out the latest in the world of medicine I just tune into the evening news. I think there is now an FCC ruling whereby only drug ads can be shown by the news media. Everything else has to wait until prime time. I suppose the reason for this is because only people over 40 years of age watch the news anymore, and this is the market the drug manufacturers are after.

The drug ads are aimed at treating everything from heartburn, to cancer, to cholesterol, to erectile disorders, and everything in-between. We probably have a pill for just about everything which we inevitably see during the evening news. Interestingly, all of the drug ads seem to be the same (and I suspect only one ad agency produces them). The first half is spent painting a rosy picture of how their product can solve our problems, but the last half is spent with warnings required by the FDA of the possible side effects. Unlike the first half where the narrator cheerfully articulates the product, the warnings are reviewed at a fast clip, kind of like a car salesman on the radio. The dialog by the announcer goes so fast that we only grasp a couple of words clearly, such as “possible side effects include…” and “consult your doctor before taking…”

It bothers me that I cannot fully grasp all of the warnings, so, as a public service, I’ve done some research and compiled the warnings into a single statement for your use:

“Do not take while awake or asleep. Should be taken one hour before or after either eating or vomiting. Possible side effects include a six hour erection, dizziness, memory loss, acute depression, shortness of pants, lack of appetite, a compulsion to shop at WalMart, nausea, er, ah…did I mention memory loss? Consult your doctor before taking. He isn’t doing anything right now and doesn’t mind innocuous telephone calls in the middle of the night. His number is 800-325-3535. Go ahead, call and wake him up right now; it’s only 3:00am. If you cannot sleep, why should he?”

Now play that warning back at twice the speed and you get an idea what we, the consumers, comprehend. Here’s a better idea; why not just tell the public to read the instructions before using the drug? And write the instructions in terms John Q. Public can understand, and not just the attorneys for the drug companies?

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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NEXT UP:  WHAT’S BEHIND POLITICAL BRANDING? – The legacy of Joseph Goebbels.

LAST TIME:  WASTING A VOTE  – So you’re thinking of voting independent are you?

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WASTING A VOTE

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 14, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– So you’re thinking of voting independent are you?

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The Presidential election of 2016 has finally come down to a two horse race: Mrs. Hillary Clinton representing the Democrats and Mr. Donald Trump representing the Republicans. Frankly, there are a lot of people who are not happy with either candidate and are threatening to vote for a third party instead. Although one can understand the people’s dissatisfaction with the two party system, that the Democrats and Republicans possess too much power and no longer produce strong candidates, the reality is we live in a two party system and supporting a third party candidate has never proven effective in the last one hundred years. To illustrate…

In 1992, millionaire Ross Perot from Texas ran as an independent in the presidential election where he helped defeat incumbent George H.W. Bush and hand Bill Clinton the election. More than anyone else, Perot turned the country over to Clinton.

In 1980, Republican Congressman John Anderson from Illinois ran as an independent where he helped defeat incumbent Jimmy Carter and elect Ronald Reagan. Reagan would have narrowly won without Anderson, but the independent sealed Carter’s doom and helped the Republicans retake the Senate for the first time in 25 years.

In the 1912 election, two term President Theodore Roosevelt failed to gain the Republican candidacy (going to incumbent William Howard Taft instead) and, consequently, created a third party known as the Progressive Party (aka the “Bull Moose Party”). As an aside, the Progressive Party back then bears no similarities to the Progressive Party of today. This split in the GOP allowed Democrat Woodrow Wilson to win the election.

There are of course other political parties, such as the Libertarian and Green Parties, as well as other smaller organizations. Cumulatively, they represent a minuscule proportion of the voting population and, as such, do not pose a viable challenge to the two party system.

Then as now, splitting either party in this presidential year will prove disastrous for the Democrats as well as the GOP. The Democrats are concerned with keeping the supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Republican opponents to Donald Trump are threatening to desert the party.

As we all know, this will be a tough campaign which will likely go down to the wire. Every vote will be important. The harsh reality is anyone casting a vote for an independent will be wasting it. Such a vote is not a vote of protest, it is a vote for the party you do not want to see elected. The wrong candidate will inevitably win. So, if you cast your ballot for an independent, you might as well use it as toilet paper as it will have a better effect than placing it in the ballot box.

If you are serious about building an independent party, now is the time to start building it for the 2020 election, not for 2016, and do not be surprised if you are not successful during that election cycle.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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NEXT UP:  DRUG WARNINGS – What in the world do they say?

LAST TIME:  WHY THE PRESS NITPICKS TRUMP  – Ever watch a good Coon Dog in action? They’re unmerciful.

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WHY THE PRESS NITPICKS TRUMP

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 12, 2016

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Ever watch a good Coon Dog in action? They’re unmerciful.

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It is interesting how Donald Trump seems to be embroiled in the pettiest of subjects. He swats at them like they’re gnats. Actually, it is time to get some bug spray and clear the air.

Mrs. Clinton has unleashed her media dogs who are chasing Trump like a Coon Dog tries to tree a racoon. Why are they so aggressively doing so? Simple, to create a diversion from the frailties and indiscretions of Mrs. Clinton. Somehow I am reminded of the scene where the massive head in the “Wizard of Oz” admonishes Dorothy & Company, “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”

The main street media is the last line of defense between the public and the truth. They want you to believe there is still infighting in the GOP while, in reality, the Democratic Party is melting down as their e-mail scandal is forcing the top officers to resign. The public doesn’t realize this though, as the press only reports on alleged rifts between Trump and Sen. McCain and Speaker Paul Ryan. Welcome to Fantasyland.

They also do not want you to dwell on Mrs. Clinton’s many indiscretions over the years, her lack of accomplishments, and lack of trustworthiness. It doesn’t matter she openly lies to the American people, as she did in her interview with Fox’s Chris Wallace last Sunday. Nor are they concerned about the Clinton Foundation, her changing positions, and that she hasn’t held a press conference in nearly a year. All of this doesn’t matter to the press; taking Trump down is their main objective, and the American people are terrified to challenge them.

The media’s intent is to attack Trump’s character, not his positions which they know are popular with the American public. If they can depict Trump as unfit to command, they believe Mrs. Clinton can win the White House. They are not so much concerned about his policies, which they seldom report, but with his politically incorrect comments, and by doing so they are trying to box him in and chase him up a tree where he can do less damage to Mrs. Clinton. By isolating Trump from the public, it changes the focus away from Hillary who will be free to say and do anything without fear of being checked by the press.

During the upcoming presidential debates, if the moderators begin by asking Mr. Trump why he said this or that, and if Mrs. Clinton isn’t asked about the Clinton Foundation and only given simple questions to answer, you’ll know the fix is in.

So, Mr. and Mrs. Voter, be wary of the Clinton News Network (CNN), the Clinton Broadcasting System (CBS), the Nation Beholding to Clinton (NBC), and Always Boost Clinton (ABC), not to mention the New York Crimes, the Worthlessness Post, and the Huffingandpuffing Pest. It is time to take the Main Street Media down.

“Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” – Dorothy

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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NEXT UP:  WASTING A VOTE – So you’re thinking of voting independent are you?

LAST TIME:  MARKING TIME  – A little trick to remember birthdays.

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MARKING TIME

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 9, 2016

BRYCE ON LIFE

– A little trick to remember birthdays.

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Years ago, comedian Jay Leno made the observation the main difference between men and women was the 3 Stooges, the legendary comedy team. Leno contended men loved the 3 Stooges, but women hated them. He said even Albert Einstein would crack up when Curley would say, “Oh, a wise guy eh?” or “Nyuck, Nyuck, Nyuck.” Women instead would simply dismiss them as jerks.

Although I agree with Leno’s assessment, I recently came across another distinguishing characteristic separating men from women, and that is how we mark the passage of time. Whereas women tend to remember the dates when family members were born, men tend to remember the genealogy of the family’s automobiles. I recently tested this theory on several friends and found it to be surprisingly true. The women had total recall when it came to the birthdays of family members, but couldn’t remember what they were driving just a couple of years ago. They could remember the dates of not only their own offspring, but their nieces and nephews as well. In contrast, men had trouble remembering birthdays but could accurately list the make and model of every car the family ever owned in chronological sequence. I even had a friend who added up a total of 43 cars in the family, but couldn’t quite remember his kids’ birthdays. Whereas women found this rather disturbing, men thought it was a fascinating account of the automotive history.

Understanding this distinction between men and women, I think I’ve hit upon a compromise to get both sexes in synch, and that is to simply buy a car when a child is born. It doesn’t even have to be a new car, it could be used; regardless, men will forever remember the date thereafter. So that women will remember the automobile, the answer is rather obvious, name the child after the automobile. I can see it now, instead of naming kids after the latest generation of entertainers like Britney, Lindsay, or Ashley, they would bear proud names like Mercedes, Pontiac, Camry, Kia, etc. However, I guess we should be grateful we don’t have Edsels, Terraplanes, DeLoreans, DeSotos or Studebakers anymore; it just wouldn’t sound right.

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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NEXT UP:  WHY THE PRESS NITPICKS TRUMP – Ever watch a good Coon Dog in action? They’re unmerciful.

LAST TIME:  PERSONAL INTRODUCTIONS  – My, how they have changed.

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PERSONAL INTRODUCTIONS

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 7, 2016

BRYCE ON LIFE

– My, how they have changed.

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When you visit companies in Japan you are often struck by the formality of business introductions. First, meetings have to be carefully “arranged” so that the right people meet, at the right time, and in the right setting. Impromptu meetings are typically avoided but when the occasion arises they can also turn rather formal. Normally, a third person is charged with making the introductions and his or her words are chosen carefully to denote superior/subordinate relationships. Business cards are not just carelessly exchanged but rather formally presented in a certain manner. It is also quite common to exchange small gifts to commemorate the event. There is also, of course, a lot of bowing as well as firm handshakes.

The Japanese consider introductions to be a very important part of establishing business relations and takes it all very seriously. In contrast, Americans tend to be much more cavalier in their approach to personal introductions. It wasn’t always like this. In fact, at one time it was almost as formal as the Japanese, but this has changed radically over the years.

In terms of handshakes, we still have the “glad hander” which is typically used by politicians as they work the crowd. The idea is to try and shake as many hands as possible, as fast as possible. The “glad hander” approach is not very sincere as the person rarely looks the other in the eye. Instead, he or she is just going through the mechanics of the handshake.

Of course, we still have people who offer a “vice grip” handshake as a form of intimidation, as well as the “milquetoast” shake representing the weakling. Both of these still leave a lot to be desired. Most Americans just want a simple and sincere handshake when meeting a person along with some eye contact to convey sincerity.

Recently, I experienced a new type of handshake which I like to call the “Cool Dude.” This was from a young person who I judged to be in his early to mid 20’s. The introduction came at an industry association meeting held after work at a hotel. As I was introduced to the young person by my host, the young man swung his right arm way back before extending his hand to offer a rather quick and superficial handshake. I also observed he avoided eye contact as I presumed he considered himself to be “too cool” to do so. Instead of a good “How do you do?” I was treated to a “Wassup?” Frankly, I was taken aback by the “Cool Dude” as it struck me as something I might see on Comedy Central, but not in a business setting.

This all made me wonder what kind of message the young man thought he was conveying. Was he too cool for a proper introduction or was this representative of the way young people introduce themselves these days? Whatever it was, it certainly put me off and the young man immediately lost all credibility with me.

I guess I’m “old school” as I believe in the value of introductions; maybe not to the level of formality as practiced in Japan, but I appreciate the necessity of them. The intent is to set people off on the same level and to develop a rapport. However, if the “Cool Dude” is the shape of things to come, I see some real social problems emerging in the years ahead. I guess the next thing will be no more handshakes whatsoever and we’ll just touch mechanical devices together (like smart phones) in order to exchange introductory data. Oy!

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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REMEMBERING BRIEFCASES

Posted by Tim Bryce on September 2, 2016

BRYCE ON LIFE

Love to own one, but difficult to find anymore.

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I recently had to buy a new briefcase. My old one served me well for over twenty years, but the locks finally broke off, and I was forced to replace it. This made me feel truly bad, as it had become an extension of me as I carry all of my business belongings in it, such as my business papers, legal documents, photos of the family, stamps, computer accessories, and other pertinent items. Having to throw the briefcase out was a lot like putting down a horse, and I was reluctant to pull the trigger, but it was time. It was a classic brown Samsonite “box” with twin latches which was basically the style of such bags for many years. It was like the one used by James Bond in “From Russia with Love,” except without the hidden dagger, gold sovereigns, and tear gas booby trap. When I went to purchase a replacement though, I was surprised with what I found.

I went to one of the office mega stores to look for a replacement. For years, I used to love visiting small luggage shops to look over briefcases, which I think is a guy thing. Most were covered in leather which offered a pleasant smell. You could have any color you wanted, as long as it was black, brown, or gray. At the time, Samsonite and American Tourister were the big guns in the business. Come to think of it, I think they were the only guns in the business. When I went to the mega store, I was startled by the variety of carrying cases now available. I discovered things had radically changed over the last twenty years.

Thanks to the laptop and the grunge look of the business world these days, I saw nothing that looked like my old “box.” First, I discovered they aren’t even called “briefcases” anymore, preferring the term “murse” to represent a hip new man’s purse. Most, if not all, were soft bags made of either canvas, leather, or some sort of artificial composite material (I really don’t know). There were also a couple of hard plastic offerings, but these were on wheels and had a retractable handle so you can drag it behind you in airports. Most had long straps so the bag would hang over your shoulder, but there were also backpacks for those who still see themselves as students or plan on hiking in the great outdoors. I’ve got to admit, there were many imaginative designs and in a wide variety of colors. They either looked like a PC carrying case, a shopping bag, a tote for wine, or something to carry onboard the S.S. Enterprise, none of which I could visualize myself sporting around town with.

Not seeing what I wanted, I asked the store clerk, “Don’t you have a basic briefcase anymore?” He looked at me oddly, I can only suppose he had never met anyone from the 20th century before. After thinking about it for awhile, he rustled through his inventory and lo and behold produced a black leather Samsonite box with twin latches (the last one of its kind in the store). “Aha!” I exclaimed, “There is a God!” and I snatched it away from him. I opened it to find all of the organized compartments I was familiar with. I honestly think my mouth was watering by this time, and I bought it on the spot. Frankly, I think the sales clerk was puzzled why I wanted the fossil, but I didn’t care.

When I got it home I cleaned out my old briefcase and transferred the contents to the new one. Finally, I closed the lid on my old briefcase for the last time and bid it adieu. It was all rather sad.

I am very pleased with my new briefcase, but I think this will be my last one as they have become an endangered species. Consequently, I think I’ll take better care of this one. To safeguard it, I have added a special security feature to it, a hidden dagger. James Bond would certainly understand.

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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THE MEDIA INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX (MIC)

Posted by Tim Bryce on August 31, 2016

BRYCE ON THE MEDIA

– The press is more powerful than you realize.

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In 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower coined the expression “The Military Industrial Complex” during his farewell address to the nation. In essence, it was used to warn of the alliance between the military and the massive defense industry supporting it. It is a recognition that war makes for good business, and such a cozy relationship encourages unending military conflicts to support the American economy.

As big as the military industrial complex is, a Media Industrial Complex (MIC) has also emerged which has a powerful influence on the direction of this country.

Without American politics, the news media would be a mere shadow of itself. Yet, over in the United Kingdom, the Queen just replaced one Prime Minister (David Cameron) with another (Theresa May) at no commercial expense. Formal elections will be called following the dissolution of Parliament and will take less than a month and a half to perform. Canada’s campaign season lasts approximately ten weeks. Mexican campaigns run just 90 days, and Japan is less than two weeks.

American political campaigns can also be costly. For example, according to estimates, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign alone will likely cost a whopping $2 billion. In the United Kingdom, political parties can only spend $30 million in the year before an election, which is peanuts by comparison. Elsewhere there are limits on political ads.

So, the MIC is fueled by enormous campaign finances. Without it, they would evaporate and wouldn’t have the clout they currently enjoy.

Some people naively believe the press represents the voice of the people. Not true. Prior to and including America’s Revolutionary War, newspapers were always an organ of one political party or another. Like any corporation, news organizations are more in the business of making money as opposed to disseminating accurate and unbiased information.

They are an integral member of the “Washington Triad,” which includes politicians, lobbyists, and the media. All three scratch each other’s backs. It’s not about what is best for the country, but how each party can profit from the others. This is what caused radio commentator Laura Ingraham at the recent Republican convention to admonish the main street media, “America is on to you.”

In the media’s case, their responsibility is two-fold: control the public by spinning the news, thereby framing elections, and protect selective politicians from scandal and wrongdoing, particularly those who support the Triad. Outsiders who present a threat to the Triad, such as Donald Trump, are viciously attacked.

Although the presidential electoral cycle generates the most money during its two year cycle, even the off-years, involving congressional and local races, generate substantial money for the media. We are not just talking about millions of dollars, but literally billions of dollars.

According to the Pew Research Center on Journalism & Media, “Digital News Revenue: Fact Sheet” (June 15, 2016) –

“In 2015, $59.6 billion was spent on any digital advertising, including on search engines, social media, news or any other kind of website. This is up 20% from 2014, according to estimates by eMarketer. This growth rate is slightly higher than in the previous three years, when annual growth hovered around 15-17%.”

“Digital now accounts for one-third (33%) of all ad spending ($183 billion) on any platform. That represents a slightly greater share for digital than in 2014, when it accounted for 28% of the $175 billion in total ad spending.”

Remember, this does not include print, television, or any other forms of advertising. Although the military industrial complex leads in terms of spending, 2015 was $598.5 billion, the media industrial complex is quickly gaining ground, thanks in large part to political advertising.

So, why don’t we reduce the American electoral cycle? Simple, the Media Industrial Complex will not allow it to happen. By the end of 2016, ad spending will likely exceed $200 billion. Can’t we use this money for better things?

Also published with News Talk Florida.

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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