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  1. Joel...that is interesting. I taught a logic course to a group of 8th grade students back in the late 90's/early 00's. It didn't go nearly as well. It could have been the age of the kids, but more likely my own ineptitude. It was focused on informal logic (or syllogisms as Vern describes it...which is more accurate) and the different fallacies that we see on a daily basis. I have no idea if the kids were able to get anything out of it. I did though....a decision towards grad school and a different line of work
  2. https://projectauditors.com/Papers/SAM_Registration_scam_when_scammers_call.php
  3. Late coming on this discussion but it was an intriguing post. I have taken such exams in similar scenarios (what you describe is like qualifying exams and orals for a doctorate program). My immediate thought was what would I write on this subject and how would I approach it? If the topic was Fundamental Concepts and Principles of Contracting for Long-Term Professional Support Services what would I draw upon to answer this question, and could I defend the approach taken (or after thought, decide the approach wasn't correct and why)? In 6 hours I would spend the first 20-30 minutes t
  4. Blockchain in government is a bunch of hooey at this point in time. It is half a bitcoin and nothing more. People are enamored with doing something new hoping that it will solve problems without necessarily understanding exactly what the problem is or the limitations for the proposed solution. It is fun to toss around "if" concepts of how it can be applied, but by definition it requires certain aspects to work: consistent, immutable, ownable, replicable, available, canonical, and decentralized. I ask you....does the FAR itself have any of these characteristics? Here is a good a
  5. Colleagues - For some reason I am having a hard time finding if either FAR 52.242-17 or 52.243-1 are incorporated into the GSA Schedules Contracts. I looked through the IT70 solicitation (Solicitation and Regulations Incorporated by Reference) as well as the Professional Services 00CORP agreements and don't seem to see them in either. I have seen them there in the past but don't appear to see them now. 1) Are the still there and I am just daft? 2). Have they been removed? (I realize they could be removed and I could still be daft) If the latter does anyone have an indication as to why?
  6. This conversation relates to this article as well: http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2018/3/6/new-undersecretary-vows-to-shake-up-pentagons-acquisition-system I can't say I am terribly optimistic about these prospects (trying to be less cynical but it gets more difficult by the day), but maybe the structural change (having nobody to overrule his interaction with Mattis and Shannahan based on an org chart) will help with these prospects. The problem that he will run into is the path dependent nature of federal contracting personnel. The cadres of COs (as well as manage
  7. Strategic Sourcing is not a vehicle. It is a behavior. It is what you do and how you do it...not the vehicle in and of itself. From the private sector point of view, strategic sourcing is an activity geared towards driving down costs (not prices per say.....but costs) to maintain a competitive advantage in the marketplace (Lacity, M. C., & Willcocks, L. P. (1998). Strategic sourcing of information systems: perspectives and practices. John Wiley & Sons, Inc..). The best definition I can find identifies strategic sourcing as initiatives that include: Supply Based Rationali
  8. An article by one of my favorite modern day thinkers: Nassim Taleb "The Facts are True, the News is Fake: How to Disagree With Yourself" https://medium.com/incerto/the-facts-are-true-the-news-is-fake-5bf98104cea2 ~ JJ
  9. So based on what has transpired during the course of this thread, what is to be made of the current situation related to the SOTU speech given last night, WaPo's choice of headlines, and the state of our media? What are the facts associated with the speech? Was the speech factually represented, or is this an article on the"reaction" to the speech? How did WaPo originally present that from a headline perspective? What was the reaction to the headline? How did the paper respond to the reaction? Why? What can we conclude from this?
  10. So according to the article there was a credibility problem associated with news during the following decades: 1880-1890, 1920-1930, 1960-1970, and 2000-2010. That means that a credibility problem was perceived as often as a non-credibility problem. 8 decades where credibility of the media was in question, and 6 (1900-1910, 1940-1950, 1980-1990) where perceived credibility of the media was less of a problem. Maybe RAND is asking the wrong question. Maybe they should be looking at what factors lead to a perceived increase of credibility with journalistic institutions. So media/journalism
  11. Vern...as usual thanks for the reference. I like de Botton's work and did not know about this one. Looking forward to getting it.
  12. Jamaal...I would love to get a pre-read of your article (feel free to message me for my email if needed). Aside from Kahneman, Herbert Simon coined the term "satisfycing" when it comes to decision making where no optimal solutions are evident. Also look into his work on "bounded rationality" (decision making with partial information due to lack of time and bandwidth). Each of these pieces influenced Kahneman.
  13. Pepe, interesting that you bring up Nassim Taleb "Intellectual yet idiot". RAND considers the push back on GMO to be an ignorance of the facts, however Taleb believes that the industry is utterly shortsighted on the long term, immeasurable effects of GMO. https://medium.com/incerto/the-logic-of-risk-taking-107bf41029d3 Vern...thank you for anchoring this in the classics. I had forgotten about Socrates who made a living (ok...a meager one, but he lived till he died) poking those who considered themselves "experts" and calls for the banishment of the poets (or rhetoricians) (Apology
  14. Just started reading this RAND report and am finding it interesting enough to share. Makes me also wonder about "Truth Decay" in federal contracting but will finish reading it before pulling on that thread. Sharing in case others find this topic interesting as well: https://www.rand.org/research/projects/truth-decay.html
  15. Khuggart...please feel free to contact me offline. Jon.johnson@gsa.gov. I am familiar with this and can advise.
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