Friday, November 26, 2010
Everyone's an Irish expert, and everyone thinks they have solutions to the economic crises that confront "us" in so many places. To understand what is really happeneing requires a level of understanding and intelligence that I do not think we can muster. The alternative is to accept the world as we find it to be.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
This is like The New York Times Co. being acquired by a Swiss investment fund.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
When was the last time anyone recalls reading of a newspaper's initiatives to help customers make these kinds of better-informed choices while shopping in the newspaper's market?
I sometimes reflect on why things are different between here and there, with there most often being France. Why is it that the standard letter size here is just a little bit wider and a little bit shorter than the printing paper in France - regular letter size? Why do we call it letter size and they call it "A4"? Why do I have to use different numbers to buy a pair of shoes here and there? Occasionally, I just write it off to being a reminder that here is not there and vice versa. And I suppose that the loss of the French franc and the Italian lira made those two heres and theres a little more alike.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
The United States needs to make the right decision in this case, free of any pressure from Israel or its supporters. That proper choice is to forge ahead with a result that either forces Israel to become a multi-religious country covering a large area or forces it into the small space it merits and let it continue to be a Jewish state, whatever that is. But the world should not allow us to be Israeli lapdogs any longer, accepting actions and policies that we would loathe if they happened in our own land.
I am still in France. On one of tonight's national news programs, there was a disheartening story - very well presented - about how many "marginal" people in France are facing personal ruin. That's ruin not limited to financial terms. It's ruin in terms of what they can afford to buy to eat, what health care they can access and quite simply how they can live their lives. We have many of these same sorts of real people in the US. How anyone from South Carolina, or from any other place in the US can argue for war against Iran is well beyond my ability to comprehend. Whether in France or in the US, our first obligation is to help our fellow people live respectable lives; it's not to bomb others because one small country supported by influential and wealthy groups in the US feels threatened.
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Saturday, November 06, 2010
The answer to the headline's question is I don't know. We tend so often to assume what can be done is what people will choose to use. Maybe they will this time, too. But I also can imagine this resulting in a blizzard of useless information and offers cluttering up lives that already cannot make room for anything else.
It was inevitable. And I can imagine just the people who will rush out to get one.
Friday, November 05, 2010
Thursday, November 04, 2010
The worst offenders, I think, just don't care!
Talking heads live overseas as well as in the US, but this is an issue on the minds of some people.
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
I'll let others declare victory on this one. This is the way newspapers should have operated from the beginning of the digital world, but I am not sure if there is still time to make it right.