Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"A Pork Cookbook in Israel? Not Kosher" - NYTimes.com

I support Israelis exactly to the same extent as I support Palestinians, other Muslims, Christians, Hindus, and all the rest who practice a religion and those who don't.

The United States is seen as the patron saint of Israel and of no other country in the world.

It's stories like these that make me wonder out loud about what kind of a freedom-loving place receives so much money from us every year? Yes, I wonder the same thing about Egypt and many other countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, but somehow we don't see as a country to be bothered by the actions Israel takes, or may take, that demonstrate only that it wants forever to be a religiously monobelief territory that does NOT embrace our fundamental commitment to separation of church and state. Yes, I realize the growing number of people in Israel who are Muslims, but I also believe that Israelis really don't want them there and I rarely here any Israeli talk about the benefits from living in a country made up of Muslims and Jews.

Why else would the "settlements" be an issue?

Sunday, September 26, 2010

"Press Release: Number of Consumers Who Multitask While Using Media on the Rise"

"Readable on a Smartphone, Bar Codes Come to TV" - NYTimes.com

Spammers and scammers on Saturday and Sunday?

It's remarkable to me that spammer and scammers even take the weekend off. I get so much less of this garbage on the weekends than I do during the week. Maybe there is hope for civility after all!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

"Told to Eat Its Vegetables, America Orders Fries" - NYTimes.com

There are no links in this story to more information. Why does the NYTimes make us all "change channels" in order to learn more?

Friday, September 24, 2010

Alan RUSBRIDGER advice

Alan RUSBRIDGER of the Guardian spoke at a conference in Jaipur, India, a week ago and had some very interesting comments to make, winding up with these ten points for newspapers, roughly reported here:
1 - Encourage participation
2 - No longer "us" to "them" publishing
3 - Involve others pre-publication and seek their ideas
4 - Help communities of interest form
5 - Be open to the web and be part of it
6 - Aggregate and curate the work of others
7 - Recognize that journalists are not the only experts
8 - Promote diversity and shared values
9 - Publishing is the beginning of the journalistic process rather than the end
10- Be transparent and open challenge, correction and addition

"Under a Tax-Exempt Cloak, Dollars Flow to Political Causes" - NYTimes.com

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Customer surveys

I wonder if my perception is correct that we are being given more customer surveys to complete than in the past. Last week, I took a tour with a guide in India and after a 4 hour session, I got handed a clipboard with "satisfaction" questions. One of the airlines I traveled gave me a similar kind of survey, but I cannot recall which one. And now I seem to get a survey every time I order something online.

What happens to all these results?

Is service better as a result?

Is anybody listening?

Most seem quite artificial and contrived and allow no flexibility to note exactly what went exceptionally well or what went seriously wrong.  If I were designing the questionaire, I'd ask just those two questions!

"In Europe, a Mood of Austerity and Anxiety" - NYTimes.com

"Debt Rising in Europe - Map" - NYTimes.com

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

North Carolina exports

Where are the stories and statistics about exported services and products from North Carolina? If we are going to continue digging ourselves out of this economic hole, we ought to be looking very hard on what resources, capabilties and products we have in NC that the rest of the world and the rest of the country want or could use?

I cannot recall a comprehensive story about this anywhere.

The items to be addressed range from exported sweet potatoes to exported expertise from an organization like RTI for example, and includes online education and LED lightbulbs from Cree.

"Anonymous Donors Play Big Role in Midterms" - NYTimes.com

I choose not to support any organization whose contributors are not disclosed. Money talks, and I want to know who is speaking.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

"Delusions Of Recovery" - NYTimes.com

This is a cause of considerable concern.