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About georgebeam

George Beam is an educator and author. The perspectives that inform his interpretations of the topics of this blog–-as well as his other writings and university courses -–are system analysis, behaviorism, and Internet effects. Specific interests include quality management, methodology, and politics. He is Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science; and, previously, Head, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago

Internet Effects On The Poor

The Internet is affecting almost everything, including programs for assisting the world’s poorest people.  Check out this Wall Street Journal article. So, if you want to assist poor people in the best possible way, do it via the Internet.  You … Continue reading

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Hypocrisy In Christianity

There is much hypocrisy in Christianity. Consider the Vatican: “The Vatican alone is estimated to be worth $10 billion to $15 billion, not counting the value of its art or land.  Dedication to poverty is apparently a good business.” Ronald … Continue reading

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Government Is Not A Service

Government is not a service and government officials are not servants, public or otherwise. Governments are influential organizations that acquire money from individuals and organizations (e.g., businesses), fund and implement some programs and not others (thereby benefiting some, others to … Continue reading

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Efforts To Make Answers Reliable Fail

Survey researchers/askers are always trying to make their always-unreliable answers reliable and always fail to do so.  Answers are always unreliable because answers are always affected/skewed by questions (e.g., wording), askers (e.g., gender affects answers), respondents (e.g., their memory), and … Continue reading

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Internet+ Effects: Making Money Online

One of the effects of Internet+ is the increasing the ability of people  to making money online.  In a Chicago Tribune article, it’s pointed out that many ways of making money–e.g., marketing–can be digitalized. And there are many virtual positions in … Continue reading

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Survey Researchers Find Use For Data From Non-Asking Sources

Some survey researchers find use for data from non-asking sources.  This is a positive development!  Three cheers for survey researchers! Reliance on survey research is weakening and this erosion of confidence in the asking method will  lead them to accept … Continue reading

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Survey Researchers Recognize The Value of Data From Non-Asking Sources

Some survey researchers recognized the value of data from non-asking sources.  They are to be commended!  The only way to know if self-reports are correct or incorrect is to check or verify them with data from non-asking sources.  Newsletter No. … Continue reading

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