By DON NEEPERFormerly of Los AlamosSociety is a complex system. What’s a complex system? Many actors (decision makers) interacting by rules wherein results are not proportional to causes. Coherent behaviors emerge in all complex systems. Schooling emerges among fish who have rules about swimming in a certain relation to other fish.In the complex system that is society, the actors are the people and institutions, with diverse interactions that include facial expressions, TV news, and intrusive internet advertising. We learn the social rules at home, in the schools, from the media, and from experiences within the community. Ignore a rule, receive a rejection. Institutions, especially corporations, can be more successful than persons at ignoring the rules because institutions are insensitive to castigation. How can you male General Motors feel rejected?The social mores, expectations, and written laws form the rules of interaction, rules that specify fixed prices for groceries, bargaining for cars, and the proper setting of tableware with the fork on the left. Among the emergent behaviors in society are the economy, the political polarization, and the disparities of income, medical care, race, neighborhood, and education.I suggest that all of these disparities stem from an underlying disparity in opportunity.Opportunity is the possibility that an individual’s expressed desires might have some measure of desired effect. The American myth is that “freedom” implies absence of rules, an absence that supposedly generates equal opportunity for persons. It doesn’t.The rules aren’t absent. There are rules for almost every human activity, and living in a society means obeying the rules or suffering rejection, castigation, denial of opportunity.Opportunity requires the knowledge, judgment, ability to communicate, and access to the objective. Opportunity also requires that a person follow the rules, even if unwritten rules limit that access—as in racism.How to reduce disparities? Increase the equality of opportunity.An emergent symptom in any complex system—whether the stock market or society—can be changed either by a forced repression or by altering the rules of interaction. For example, communism tried to enforce equality. How might we alter social rules to encourage equal opportunity without becoming a dictatorship? Through a broadened sense of public education.Partly funded by property tax, public schools in poor neighborhoods are often poor schools. Disparity in income encourages disparity in education, which in turn reduces opportunity for the next generation. We have to—somehow—give children more equal schools and more experiences of mixing with children of other backgrounds. Continuous busing of students was a crude support for racial equality, but a class might occasionally trade schools, generating mixing across neighborhood boundaries. We need to stimulate mixing for adults, too, inducing voluntary mixing of persons of different experience, including persons of all ages. Consider vacation camps, internships, opportunities for senior involvement in care and aid of children.Yes, social programs cost. So do the social subsidies that don’t cure an underlying condition. Welfare hasn’t cured poverty.“College for everyone” is presumed to generate equality. However, more high-level free schools would generate only limited opportunities because college is academic. Not all persons want academic skills. Trade schools, community events, and travel can generate mixing, social skills, and opportunities. Opportunity is not only what you know, it is also “who you know.” That is increased by exposure to a wider variety of conversations. Opportunity depends on the ability to listen, understand, and communicate.The disparity of opportunity must be relieved, but it can’t be altered by a single method or slogan. We must learn to do welcoming across boundaries. The U.S. is more like a continent than a single country, having different local cultures with different local rules.
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DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – Kumho Tire U.S.A. has hired Ron Gilbert as its new director of commercial tire sales. Gilbert will head up the tire manufacturer’s truck and bus radial sector. He takes on this new role with more than 30 years of experience in the tire industry at a number of other major manufacturers. “We are excited and happy to have Ron Gilbert on the Kumho Tires management team as his knowledge of the industry and more specifically, the trucking and fleet industries, is extremely extensive,” said Armand Allaire, vice president of sales for Kumho Tire U.S.A. “Ron is a breath of fresh air and with his vast experience, we know more positive things are ahead for our truck and bus radial division.” Kumho Tires is currently launching an all-new advertising campaign in print publications to promote its growing presence in the truck tire sector. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
THE AL FRESCO DININGCeleb Spot Nick & Toni’sStarting its fourth decade in 2020, this restaurant is the East Hampton hub for classic, seasonally inspired dining in its Tuscan farmhouse style location. Reserve an outdoor table and engage all five senses from the sights and sounds to the delicious taste of the cuisine or alternatively order its cuisine to enjoy at home. www.nickandtonis.comIndependent/Southampton Social ClubSouthampton Social ClubSouthampton Social Club, created by Ian Duke and David Hilty, offers great dining, this year designed to ensure it is socially responsible as well as having one of the few cabaret licenses in the Hamptons. This enables the club to combine social-distance with the energy of people in its extensive outdoor gardens. Dining indoors and out will have a host of measures in place to maximize the safe enjoyment of the food, drinks, and music. www.southamptonsocialclub.comIndependent/Southampton InnClaude’s RestaurantClaude’s Restaurant at The Southampton Inn has been transformed to The Great American Picnic Place, open from 7 AM to 7 PM daily. Menus consist of all of your favorite breakfasts as well as sandwiches, salads, soups, and freshly baked sweets. You can take your picnic basket (with rosé or champagne, fruit smoothies, or home-made iced tea) to your favorite table: in the beautifully planted courtyard, on the pool patio, the lawns, to your guest room, or Agawam Park. There is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy your old-fashioned picnic. www.southamptoninn.com/restaurant/Independent/T-BarT-Bar SouthamptonNow in its second season, T-Bar Southampton follows in the footsteps of its Upper East Side sister restaurant by putting a new spin on the classic upscale steak house. Conveniently located down the block from the Southampton train station, T-Bar Southampton offers guests innovative contemporary American cuisine amid a large outdoor terrace and garden, with outdoor dining spaced sensibly apart to make it the quintessential location for evening cocktails on those warm summer evenings. 631-283-0202SUMMER READING‘The Adventures Of Spike’The new book by Bill Boggs, “The Adventures of Spike The Wonder Dog,” is the tale of Spike, an English Bull Terrier with a keen comedic eye for human foibles. He rockets to TV and internet fame after appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” along with his master Bud, who hosts a local morning show in High Point, NC. Spike and Bud soon hit the fast track to bigger stardom when Bud signs on for a talk show in New York City. www.orderspike.com‘Gatecrasher’Ben Widdicombe is also the only writer to have worked for the New York Post, TMZ, and The New York Times — an unusual Triple Crown that allowed him personal access to the full gamut of Hollywood and high society’s rich and famous, from billionaires like Rupert Murdoch, Donald Trump, and the Koch brothers, to pop culture icons Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton. Now, in “Gatecrasher,” New York’s premiere gossip-turned-society writer spills the sensational stories that never made it to print. www.simonandschuster.com‘The Chiffon Trenches’André Leon Talley was the indomitable creative director at Vogue during the magazine’s rising dominance as the world’s fashion bible. Over the past five decades, his byline has also appeared in Vanity Fair, HG, Interview, and Women’s Wear Daily. This engaging memoir tells with raw honesty the story of how Talley not only survived the brutal style landscape but thrived — despite racism, illicit rumors, and all the other challenges of this notoriously cutthroat industry — to become one of the most renowned voices and faces in fashion. www.penguinrandomhouse.com‘How I Changed My Life In A Year!’Straight-talking, honest and with touches of humor, Shelley Wilson shares her journey as she sets out to prove that being a 40-something, single mom with back fat and gray hairs isn’t the end of life as we know it. From fighting flab to writing a 50,000-word novel in 30 days, Wilson covers a wide variety of themes as she tackles 12 challenges in 12 months. www.shelleywilsonauthor.comVIRTUAL HAMPTONSXavier Cruz. Independent/BarbaXavier Cruz, Barba MGBWith over 30 years in the beauty industry, it’s no secret Xavier Cruz has established himself as one of the best in the business, as owner and master stylist of New York City’s upscale men’s grooming boutique Barba. Many men need a haircut badly due not being able to get one due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cruz introduced Quarancuts Virtual Hair School. It’s a complimentary one-on-one video session with Cruz. He will walk you and/or your quarantine partner through whatever trim, cut, or buzz. Grab your scissors and friend or family member and get started! www.barbamgb.comNicole YoungNicole Young, The Beautiful BodyNicole Young is a respected journalist who created TheBeautifulBody.com — a digital resource offering tips and insider tricks to living your healthiest, most flavorful and stylish existence. A healthy lifestyle advocate with a background in dance and fitness instruction, Young believes in “treating our bodies to nothing but the best.” Young has shared her expertise on television via“E! News,” “ABC World News Now,” The MSG network,and “The PIX11 Morning News” to name a few. www.thebeautifulbody.com Share
A Houston native, Lord (pictured below) has more than 30 years of experience within the marine salvage industry, most recently serving as vice president and operations manager for Smit Americas in Houston.”We are very happy to welcome Raymond Lord to Donjon-Smit,” said John Witte, Jr., director, Donjon-Smit.
The shipping line has a longstanding relationship with SSL, having acted as Höegh’s agent in Sweden and Norway for several years. SSL will now open a branch office in Helsinki and has appointed Petri Kalkkinen as general manager. “This new office will enable us to strengthen our organisation and business in the Finnish market,” says SSL managing director Joachim Lagerstedt. “This is another step in our strategy to develop the Scandinavian Shipping & Logistics services by being closer to the customers and markets.” www.hoeghautoliners.com www.scandinavianshipping.se
A Grade 4 girl receiving the HPV vaccination at school. Provincial Department of Health teams will visit public schools from this week to administer the second round of vaccinations for Grade 4 girls against the Human Papilloma virus (HPV), which is a viral infection that can cause cervical cancer. In the first round of HPV vaccinations during March, a total of 41 531 girls in Grade 4 were vaccinated. The second round of HPV vaccinations commenced on August 6 and continue until September 20. The vaccination that will be used is called Ceravix®. It is a preventative precaution that needs to be administered twice with a six-month interval between dosages. Girls must receive both dosages to ensure effectiveness. The vaccine is most effective if administered at 9 years of age. It is administered by a qualified professional nurse by injection to the upper arm and besides a little bit of tenderness at the site of the injection, there are no other side effects.Cervical cancer is the second most prevalent cancer in South Africa and the leading cause of death among women. More than 3 000 women in South Africa die from cervical cancer every year. HPV is 100% responsible for cervical cancer – the most virulent strains of HPV are Types 16 and 18, which accounts for 70% of all cervical cancers.The HPV vaccine has been tested and is presently being used in more than 130 countries worldwide. More than 200 million doses of the HPV bivalent vaccine have been administered worldwide.“It is a World Health Organization recommended vaccine and the Medicines Control Council of South Africa has confirmed that the vaccine is safe for use.Parents and caregivers are reminded to sign the consent form and send it back to school. Vaccinations can only be done with the parents’/guardians’ signed permission. For more information, visit www.westerncape.gov.za/news/frequently-asked-questions-about-human-papillomavirushpv-vaccination
Some residents have objected to a proposed development at the St Francis Childrens Home, which involves the building of 62 flats. With Realistic Child and Youth Care Centre taking over the running of what used to be known as St Francis Children’s Home in Crawford, it finds itself in the middle of some controversy.The new management of the home wants to develop a relationship with the surrounding community, as it, just like the former 100-year-old St Francis Children’s Home, is dependent on the community’s support.On Wednesday September 11, the Athlone News reported on the community’s objection of a proposed development of 60 flats on its premises (“Residents against Crawford development”).Site manager of Realistic, Jimmy Moribame, said the Department of Social Development asked their organisation to step in, to help keep the doors of this children’s home open.“At the time we took over the running of the centre, the former was 90% non-compliant. The Department of Social Development asked us to intervene, or else the centre would have closed down” he said.Mr Moribame explained that the founder of Realistic Child and Youth Care Centre, Solomon Madikane, served on the board of St Francis Children’s Home for many years, and because he was known for his clean audits with Realistic, the department approached him to intervene.“Realistic is based in Gugulethu, Khayelitsha and Queenstown in the Eastern Cape, and was initially started as a reintegration programme for former prisoners. As time passed, a diversion programme was introduced, as well as a six-month outpatient programme for young substance abusers. We also have early intervention programmes,” Mr Maribame said.Mr Moribame made it clear that his organisation does not hold any power over the proposed development of the flats, as the former board members of St Francis made that decision as the owners of the property. “We cannot intervene as Realistic, as it is beyond our control. The agreement we have is to use the facility and its resources, and in a short space of time, we got the compliance up to 76%, from a 10% compliance. We support the community’s objection to the proposed development, but we can’t do anything,” he said.
ELECTRO-MOTIVE Diesel Inc announced on August 27 that it had acquired ITS Rail Services three days before.ITS supplies technical services, training and publications for the rail industry worldwide, and as part of EMD will concentrate on providing training, consultancy and supporting overseas locomotive remanufacturing projects.’ITS’s experience in managing locomotive life extensions, combined with their training expertise, will be very helpful to instructing customers how to best operate, maintain and improve upon their EMD locomotives’, said Albert Enste, EMD’s Vice-President and General Manager of International Sales & Service. ‘EMD will increase its training centres worldwide based on the proven training concepts of ITS.’Last month negotiations were underway between EMD and Transnet for the supply of 212 diesel locomotives as part of a US$10·8bn investment programme to revitalise the South African railway’s general freight business. Transnet officials said the initial tranche of locos would be assigned to the Sishen — Saldanha iron ore line.
MEXICO: On January 28 Secretary of Communications & Transport Gerardo Ruiz signed an agreement with José Calzada, Governor of the state of Querétaro, setting out how the federal and state governments are to co-operate on the project to build a new line for passenger services between Mexico City and the city of Querétaro.Depending on the technology and route chosen, the line would be around 200 km long and services would operate at up to between 160 km/h and 180 km/h to link the two cities in under 2 h. Ruiz said that feasibility studies were now underway to consider technical, economic, financial, legal and environmental aspects of the project, announced by President Enrique Peña Nieto when he took office on December 1.The federal government has also signed a co-operation agreement with the state of Yucatán, covering the project to build a new line for passenger and freight traffic from Mérida to Puerto Venado in the neighbouring state of Quintana Roo. Incorporating existing infrastructure between Mérida and Valladolid which is to be upgraded, the 278 km route across the Yucatán Peninsula would also be engineered for passenger trains operating at up to between 160 km/h and 180 km/h. Ruiz said that spending of 30m pesos on the project in 2013 had already been approved, including environmental studies and the preparation of a business plan, which should enable tenders for civil works to be called ‘as soon as possible’.