Friday, September 30, 2011

"Central Falls, R.I., Library Fights to Stay Open" -

I wonder why newspapers have not succeeded in creating similar loyalty. Think about it.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

"Killing the Recovery" -

I still don't understand why spending by everyone is not important. Is government the only entity that should spend more? Should everyone else only save or spend just what's necessary? I don't see how a yes to that question advances any economic ball very much. What are the workers expected to do who might be hired by government anywhere - spend the money they earn or save it? Why does no one address this? I fear it is because there is no good answer.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Print and apps

It sure is tough and overwhelming. See this.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"For University of Wisconsin, New Facebook Fans Pay Off" -

I saw a local grocery story today that seems to have no website but has a Facebook "like" option. And then this.

Who has time to look at all this stuff? There must be a lot of people out there - really? - who have gobs of time on their hands and an intense need to read this kind of material that I find most often of no interest or value whatsoever.

"Palestinian Statehood: Mixed Views, Low Visibility" - Pew Research Center

The 42% who favor US support for a Palestinian state are right.

Monday, September 19, 2011

"U.S. Judge Considers Making Jurors....." -

I stil find myself valuing the way juries worked when we started the Ameircan experiment. Peers meant people you knew and people who knew the accused. There was not an effort to erase knowledge or to prevent exposure to other sources of information and viewpoints. I still think that's a better system than what we have today.

"Citizens United Case Yields an Unexpected Result" -

I firmly believe that disclosure is the best response to Citizens United.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Do they sell overseas?

"The American Jobs Act — President Barack Obama's Jobs Plan"

Where is the opportunity to measure the "impact on you" here? I do not see it. Or "impact on my community" or "my state"? As supportive as I am of the President, I want to understand something before supporting it, and part of that understanding involves me, my community and my state.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

"At St. Mark’s Bookshop, Killer Rent and a Petition" -

What if we could somehow introduce a preferential rent scheme for shops like this? I don't know if that's possible, but it is surely worth considering. Maybe in public buildings?

"Borderline Ridiculous" -

Sorry, but I still cannot get over the core point that people who are here illegally are just that - here illegally, in violation of the law. If we are to re-emerge as a country of laws and not of men (and women), we need either to enforce the law, change it in a way that would make someone from Libya who comes here as illegally stand in the same spot as someone here illegally from Mexico, or suffer through the unimaginable future of the status quo.

Get teh law right and fair and enforce it. The rest will largely solve itself. But we cannot wave wands and make law violations go away unless we treat everyone the same, those who have respected the law and those who have not.

The only way out that I continue to see is to do a better job of insuring that everyone in the US is here legally, and if they are not, then they should be subject to what the current law requires, including deportation.

"For Jobs, It’s War" -

This makes a lot of sense.

That said, I worry that we wind up losing a sense of the Globe in the process - if someone in the US gets a job and someone in India does not, I am not sure that's a "win" I'd like to record. A good job in India and a good job in the US is much better, and we ought not lose sight of it being better.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Raleigh Denim

They said on the State of Things that they sell overseas in fact, "sold across the world". Where and with what success?

Statesville Brick Company

I wonder if a company like this sells its bricks overseas and if not, why not? If they do, how good a business is this for them?
It would be helpful to know all of the products and services from NC that are available for sale overseas, and how they are doing. What is it that we make or offer here that people overseas don't get a chance to purchase?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"A Small-Business Owner Discusses the Merits of the Obama Jobs Proposal" -

We need to read more about what intended beneficiaries of various proposals think will happen.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

"The 9/11 Decade - Civil Liberties, Before and After" -

Read and weep. At least I do.

"The World Remembers 9/11, With a Touch of Weariness" -

Once again, we are reminded of how much more was lost in the years since the attacks. The US has become such a mixed bag in the eyes of far too many, and it so surely did not have to be this way.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Florida Forces Cities to Pull Local Laws Restricting Guns -

Get rid of the guns first, and worry about the legal niceties of the situation second. Where's the leadership?

Friday, September 09, 2011

In the Real World, Will the Jobs Plan Make a Difference? -

There really is a very small amount that government can do. But the President can be a better cheerleader all around than he has been.

Remember | StoryCorps

Construction takes toll on business | The Carrboro Citizen

It's really a shame that no newspaper or other news organzaiton - or individual - has come up with a way to make individual and largely isolated new stories like this one fit into a larger picture(s). The story of this construction project involves a huge number of people interested in it, and affected by it. It's not a one-off matter, but rather a story of evolution and some irritation and inconvenience and potentially loss along the way.

We have not yet developed a way of retelling the story from any selected perspective on an ongoing and real time manner.

I'd sure like to pursue the solution with anyone interested in working with me!

Monday, September 05, 2011

For a Town on a Flood Plain, Doubts About Rebuilding -

I think we do need to rethink the idea of the rest of us supporting transportation and other utilities - and general welfare - for people who choose to live or work in risky places. The burden of that risk should shift significantly in their direction, I believe. The rest of us should not be responsible for the risk takers. That's their responsibility.

All-American, Floor to Roof? Not So Simple -

Imagine how imposssible this would be, buy unnecessarily so, to do this with all "Made in North Carolina" materials?

"Two dead, homes burned in Texas wildfires" - Reuters

Why isn't Texas Governor Rick PERRY a) in Texas addressing this horrific problem in person, b) devoting so much time to something other that what he was elected to do there, and c) not diverting money he raises for his campaign to addressing, right now, the fires and drought of Texas?

He must have been listening, I might add! However, "monitor" was not what I had in mind.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Rowboat Nostalgia - Rentals at Central Park and Clove Lakes -

Aix-en-Provence | Une société aixoise aurait équipé les espions de Kadhafi | La Provence

I hear some people say that newspapers can never hope to remain in the "news" business. Then I read something like the piece that sparked this one - from the Wall Street Journal to La Provence in the South of France. And I think to myself and write here - it's very hard - impossible, in face - to imagine that a volunteer "correspondent" is going to be able to do this kind of professional reporting. It just cannot happen regularly, day in, day out. There is no way. And yet by not supporting news organizations and paying for the work they do, we are moving inevitably toward that unsatisfactory future.