Something that came to mind today….
Based on mutliple observations, Washington figures tend to pull no punches when it comes to them writing their autobiographies/memoirs, the most recent example being George Tenet
In this case, as in many others, the attacked/accused are currently serving officials. Is it fair to pass judgment then on these people before they get to pull a few punches of their own–in their memoirs?
NYT: Manhattan: Councilman Seeks Ban on Unwanted Menus
A Brooklyn councilman has proposed legislation that would make it illegal to distribute menus, fliers and other circulars to homes and apartment buildings that display a sign indicating promotional material is unwanted
Therein lies part of the problem–most of the deliverymen don’t speak enough (if any) English, so how would they understand the signs?
On a tangent, from the NY Press: The dish on delivery guys
Is this a modern embodyment of the Black knight?
An armless, one-legged leadfoot originally from Queens has had his driving license revoked or suspended a staggering 18 times in Florida…–NY Post
(For those of you who aren’t Monty Python fans–some background)
And this one is a good one…
Babes and Bikinis: Israel Plans to Revamp Its Image
More goodness from Google-Hebrew image search
The Boss won’t sell the Yankees to the Dolans
Though who will succeed the boss and inherit the team?
The umps screwed up big time in last night’s O’s-Indians game.
How does an umpire magically award a run three innings later?
The Browns first pick of Joe Thomas was very smart–as the Browns O-Line was non-existant last year. Very smart pick.
Then trading with Dallas for a second first round pick–the wisdom of which will be born out in the future–to get a potential franchise QB in Quinn–another good pick. (And an Ohio native at that!)
God Hates Cleveland Sports is pretty excited about the picks.
(Waiting for tomorrow issue of the Plain Dealer to come online to see the Sports columnists reactions)
Last wednesday night, the Democrats held a “Presidential Debate” which was broadcast on MSNBC.
(The Republicans are holding one this week)
First off, it’s over nine months until the first primary is to be held. Most people aren’t paying any attention.
Second, it was on MSNBC–the lowest rated cable news network.
Third, there are the absurd rules that MSNBC is dictating regarding “re-broadcasting” on the web
With all these things factored in–was holding the debate even worth it?
Back home, the “new”/latest Northeast Ohio marketing campaign has been unveiled.
The result: “Cleveland+”
BFD, Have Coffee Will Write, RealNEO for all
Briefly: If this is a “regional” marketing approach–why the central focus on Cleveland?
Second, if this is a regional marketing campaign, why the Cleveland-centricity?
Third, what kind of name is “Cleveland+” (or anything “+”)
Fourth, most (NEO) locals could probably care less about this campaign and/or don’t know anything about it…right?
Scientist: If we could make diet soda taste better, it would be a big step in fighting the obesity epidemic
Many a diet soda taste good as they are now. Especially Diet Pepsi and Diet Dr. Pepper.
Some of ’em do need work, but the manufacturers are getting there…
Granted, drinking water is still the best thing to do, but Diet Sodas are much better than their “regular” alternatives.
Then again, this comes from a person who grew up in a house where Diet Pepsi is consumed almost as much, if not more often than water. (Thanks mom and dad!)
Here in the US, and parts of Europe, dog shows are held
(think Westminister Dog Show)
Over in Saudi Arabia, they have camel pageants
Howard Dean actually has a good idea:
Barring media from meetings between people and politicians, in an effort to stop “sound bite” politics.
The idea has merit, but there’s really just one catch.
Without the media–how will those who were not in attendance at the meeting–hear anything about what the politician(s) said/did?
It’s a good idea…in theory at least.
(Via Q and O)
The WSJ today has an article about how some employees (mainly upper managers) feign incompetence when it comes to every day office tasks.
From my experiences–more of the strategic claims of “not knowing” doesn’t come from managers, but rather lazy workers.
To the contrary–in a somewhat amusing way–the higher ups are often unfamiliar with some of the newer technology at the office. Be it the copier/scanner/printers, their PCs etc.
Probably the most disturbing example of this that I’ve encountered is seeing the little some physicians know about these things. The worst one had to be, when I had to teach some doctors how to use a coffee maker….
Wikipedia on CD-Rom
Part of the novelty/attraction to Wikipedia is that it’s a wiki, Static versus dynamic.
Plus the CD only has ~2000 articles for the price. How much does a Encyclopedia Britania CD go for these days?