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August 10, 2002

Corporate cyber-vigilantes, take note "American

Corporate cyber-vigilantes, take note

"American movie, recording and software executives could be prohibited from entering Australia or extradited to face criminal charges if a copyright protection bill before the US Congress passes into law." http://theage.com.au/articles/2002/08/03/1028157861719.html

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Harsh but worthy: Top 10

Harsh but worthy: Top 10 conservative idiots, v78

David Stephenson says "glad to know that Dubya announced his "furity" last week! I can't imagine how much time it must have taken to narrow the list of idiots down to 10!"

http://www.democraticunderground.com/top10/index.html

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Evan Willams has a business

Evan Willams has a business model I believe in: " ...and I have determined that we definitely want to focus on tools and services developed for and paid for by end users. It's the most fun, least frustrating, most scalable way to do cool stuff when you're company as tiny like ours (that doesn't always want to be quite so tiny). " [Adam Curry: Adam Curry's Weblog]
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Wired.  Hilarious story about the

Wired.  Hilarious story about the guy who took control of Al-Qaida's official website.  This isn't so funny:

>>>When Messner took control of alneda.com, he immediately contacted federal authorities. "The frustrating part was that it took me five days to actually talk to someone (in the FBI) who had a working knowledge of the Internet, and by that time the opportunity was gone. <<< [John Robb's Radio Weblog]
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New Scientist.  First prion related

New Scientist.  First prion related death in North America confirmed.  Several disturbing things about this report.  First, a prion infection can't be confirmed until the death of the patient.  Second, equipment used on the infected person can't be sterilized (we should really think about the use of more disposable equipment for use in medicine, or at least equipment with a disposable coating).

>>>After the preliminary diagnosis in April, an endocscope which had been used on the man was taken out of service. Confirmation of vCJD (prion related illness), which cannot be made until after death, came on Monday, officials said. They say they have now warned 71 people in Saskatchewan that they may have been cross-infected.<<<


This is like a Hollywood script.  At the dawn of nanotechnology, a nanodisease barges onto the scene.  It's a virtually undetectable non-biological nano-particle that merely folds proteins, terminator style in a self-replication sequence that increases exponentially until it turns the brains of its victims into gray goo.  There is no immunilogical response.  There is no cure.  There is no sterilization possible.  The vectors of its transmission are changing in unknown ways. 


My suggestion:  take some sane precautions now or face hysteria later. [John Robb's Radio Weblog]
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August 11, 2002

Michael Kleeman reminds us: THERE

Michael Kleeman reminds us:

THERE ARE TWO RULES FOR ULTIMATE SUCCESS:

1)NEVER TELL EVERYTHING YOU KNOW

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August 12, 2002

More late night bloggin... Lisa's

More late night bloggin...

Lisa's favorite quote of the day:

Beware the leader who bangs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, for patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood, just as it narrows the mind. And when the drums of war have reached a fever pitch and the blood boils with hate and the mind has closed, the leader will have no need in seizing the rights of the citizenry. Rather, the citizenry, infused
with fear and blinded by patriotism, will offer up all of their rights unto the leader and gladly so. How do I know? For this is what I have done. And I am Caesar.

-- Julius Caesar

And for a completely different perspective on 20,000 years of human history, try The Food Timeline:
http://www.gti.net/mocolib1/kid/food.html
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August 13, 2002

'Heat Island' Tokyo's response to

'Heat Island' Tokyo's response to Global Warming? Green roofs!

"If a roof is rated to take people, which most are, it can easily take a roof garden," Takaharu Yoshioka, environmental director of Greenich Garden, a landscape design company, said stepping onto the emerald lawn. "Last year we did only 50 roof gardens. So far this year we have already had 200 orders."
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/13/international/asia/13TOKY.html

(Shades of my early days at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, growing melons in the sky down the road from the White House...)
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Some web sites work better

Some web sites work better with Internet Explorer. Some work better with Netscape 4.7x, some work better with Netscape 6.2. Some don't work at all with browsers they don't like. Some sites crash various browsers. So much for standards and interoperability. I guess I'll just keep 3 browers open all the time...

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Cousin Dan suggests solving the

Cousin Dan suggests solving the "one nation, under God" controversy by simply substituting "one nation, under Canada."

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"Using Weblogging software for what

"Using Weblogging software for what might be called 'strategic noodling' "

Network World asks: "Are Weblogs a legitimate business tool, or merely theInternet's latest vehicle for personal indulgence?"

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August 14, 2002

"I want my company to

"I want my company to be..." focuses on software companies, but applies to many:

http://radio.weblogs.com/0107789/stories/2002/07/04/iWantMyCompanyToBe.html
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Shades of Project X Molto

Shades of Project X

Molto coolo search engine: http:www.kartoo.com
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Dave Stephenson says: "The only

Dave Stephenson says:
"The only car company I've never considered is GM: always thought they were absolutely clueless. This new platform, however, is a total re-invention of the car as we know it. Hopeful sign for the future!"
http://www.nytimes.com/2002/08/14/business/14FUEL.html?tntemail0

NY Times says:
"G.M. and other automakers say such vehicles could start appearing by the end of the decade.... GM plans to demonstrate a working prototype next month."

NB:
"Honda would likely be the first automaker to get a fuel-cell-powered passenger car to market anywhere, although most of the world's leading automakers, including General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler AG, have massive fuel-cell development programs."
http://www.auto.com/industry/honda2_20020302.htm
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FBI: USING PUBLIC WIRELESS NETWORKS

FBI: USING PUBLIC WIRELESS NETWORKS ARE A FELONY--MAYBE.
(This from http://www.drive-thru.org/2002_08_01_archive.html#85345265; some good old jokes too.)

"FBI releases advisory about 802.11-spotting 'wardriving'" The FBI claims that using an open wireless access point without explicit permission of the owner may be a federal crime, covered under theft-of-services law. In other words: You're in a corporate lobby waiting for an appointment. You open your laptop computer to check something, and you find that there's a Wi-Fi signal present (this actually happens quite a bit). So you check e-mail and browse the web. Congratulations, you're a felon - give my regards to Bubba in prison!

Next: Explicit permission may be needed to drink from a public water fountain.

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August 15, 2002

Critical Statistics (Tnx to David

Critical Statistics (Tnx to David K)

a. The number of physicians in the US is 700,000.
b. Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year is 120,000.
c. Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171. (US Dept.of Health & Human Services)

THEN think about this:
a. The number of gun owners in the US is 80,000,000.
b. The number of accidental gun deaths per year (all age groups) is 1,500.
c. The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is 0.0000188. Statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.

FACT: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR.

Please alert your friends to this alarming threat. We must ban doctors before this gets out of hand. As a public health measure

I have withheld the statistics on LAWYERS for fear that the shock could cause people to seek medical attention !!!!

[OTOH: Doctors don't kill people. Patients kill people.]


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"The bunk stops here" multiple

"The bunk stops here"

multiple source urban legend fact checker debunker site
http://www.purportal.com/


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August 16, 2002

Christian Crumlish suggests that perhaps

Christian Crumlish suggests that perhaps the Berman-Coble bill could be useful in some ways, given that many of us hold copyrights that may be misused by the music industry. I wonder if anyone at the RIAA has a copy of Scripting News on their hard drive? Hmmm. If the law passes, I could write a virus and find out. Neat-o. [Scripting News]
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The Road Map to Repair

The Road Map to Repair (Part 1). Bill Mann tells companies how to rebuild the trust of American shareholders. [The Motley Fool]
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August 18, 2002

A snippet from CFO magazine

A snippet from CFO magazine (thanks Omar).  This is definitely something that K-Logs could solve:


U.S. researcher IDC estimates the cost of "knowledge deficit" ? defined as costs and inefficiencies that result from intellectual rework, substandard performance, and inability to find knowledge resources ? at Fortune 500 companies is about $5,000 per knowledge worker per year, and rising.

[John Robb's Radio Weblog]
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"To cast away environmental education

"To cast away environmental education is more than a tragedy, it is a form of theft."

Common Dreams: In a released 2003 White House budget, environmental education (EE) has been labeled, "ineffective." The budget calls for a reorganization of EPA, with EE funds being allocated to the National Science Foundation....

Forty years ago we called "advocacy" in schools "civics," now we prefer a numb, materialistic generation fluent in standardized tests that basically revel in semantics and put critical thinking, problem solving and citizen participation on the endangered species list.

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Elvis, Schmelvis "Schmelvis: Searching for

Elvis, Schmelvis

"Schmelvis: Searching for the King's Jewish Roots" follows ultra-orthodox Jewish Elvis impersonator Dan Hartal, from Montreal, as he travels trying to convince those he meets that Elvis was Jewish.
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Trees in the desert After

Trees in the desert

After years of surviving solely on food aid, hundreds of thousands of people living in the horn of Africa now have the opportunity to become self-sufficient.

How will we do all that? By planting trees in the desert, by harvesting the seeds of these trees and planting them - and by growing huge quantities of biomass to feed domestic livestock. Our plan: to plant 1000 million trees over the next 100 years.

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SUPREME COURT RULES EARNINGS SHOULD

SUPREME COURT RULES EARNINGS SHOULD BE PROTECTED AS "ART"

Washington, D.C. (SatireWire.com)
In a surprise decision that exonerates dozens of major companies, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that corporate earnings statements should be protected as works of art, as they "create something from nothing."

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Francis Fukuyama: Has History Restarted

Francis Fukuyama: Has History Restarted Since Septermber 11?

Topics covered:
--What he means by the End of History
--The nature of the rift between American and its allies
--Is the rift genuine
--Why do these differences exist?
--Are we at the end of history?
--Democracy's future

[Thanks to John Steiner]
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Bush's Waco economic forum "was

Bush's Waco economic forum "was a 'forum'... in the sense that the Politburo was a 'legislature'."

Frank Rich: "There are new headlines the administration wants us to forget. At the F.B.I.... the prehistoric computer system remains in disarray even as the agency's top executives are either pushed out or flee for private employment (as the counterterrorism chief abruptly did on Thursday). ... when the federal government issued a terrorist warning to shopping centers four months ago, the Mall of America learned about it only by watching CNN. Not only are our airlines collapsing but... so is the undercover air marshal program that was supposed to be strengthened after Sept. 11. One marshal called it 'a laughingstock'."

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August 20, 2002

"Next week's earth summit will

"Next week's earth summit will not only fail to tackle the ecological crisis. It will make it worse," says George Monbiot in The Guardian (UK).

"The environment is a long-term issue which has always suffered from the short-term imperatives of the political cycle. It has been treated, by governments all over the world, as a problem which can be endlessly deferred to the next administration. Now the problem is catching up with the politicians, but most of them have yet to notice. The fourth earth summit, which begins at the end of this week, looks certain to be a disaster.

"It's not just that the summit will fail to resolve the earth's problems. Its decisions are likely to become a major cause of environmental destruction in their own right. The solution to the slow collapse of the earth's capacity to support human life, both the UN and most of the governments of the rich world have decided, is more of the problem."
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One major thing Bush could

One major thing Bush could do to get the economy rolling again is to stop all this nonsense talk about invading Iraq.  War means risk.  Risk depletes expectations of future economic growth.  It also radically reduces the willingness of people to make long-term investments necassary for productivity improvements, innovation, and wealth creation.  Talk of war, particularly one with a slippery time line, is pure poison for an economy.  Iraq isn't worth spending the next three years in the economic toilet. [John Robb's Radio Weblog]
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Albert Einstein. "If the facts

Albert Einstein. "If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts." [Adam Curry: Adam Curry's Weblog]
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Abu Nidal's ambitiously mercenary terror

Abu Nidal's ambitiously mercenary terror industry, and its termination by host Saddam Hussein: "Abu Nidal's Assassination in Baghdad Is Saddam's Warning to Arafat Not to Betray Him Or Collaborate with Washington"

Mainstream press continues to imply suicide: "Yes, he committed suicide," the Iraqi deputy prime minister, Tariq Aziz, said in Baghdad.

NY Times on wry: "None of the details could be immediately confirmed. But in contrast to several previous reports of Abu Nidal's death over past years, the fact that he was dead seemed certain."

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August 21, 2002

Case studies on the misapplication

Case studies on the misapplication of technology should be standard fare at business schools.  Look, a bad implementation of an ERP (1) system (or even a CRM system) can kill a company.  Unfortunately, the b-schools mainly focus on financial management (some smart ones are slowly adding some instruction on technology).  Before a CEO signs off on a CIO's bold plan to install a massive system, they should at least have some knowledge of what could go wrong...  In the meantime, the press should be picking up the slack, but will they publish articles on the disasters? [John Robb's Radio Weblog]
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Here is an example of

Here is an example of bad reporting and why customers ARE taking control:  Agilent reports that problems with its enterprise-wide ERP system caused a $105 m drop in revenue this quarter.  The WSJ reports the story but assiduously fails to name the vendor of the ERP system.  4 seconds later, I am on Google and I find that Oracle is the vendor. 



"During the quarter, Agilent 'went live' with our new company-wide ERP system, which covers over 50% of Agilent's volume and virtually all of our financial processes," Agilent President and Chief Executive Officer Ned Barnholt said in a press release. "The disruptions associated with that new system have been more extensive than we expected. 

[John Robb's Radio Weblog]
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Global warming = Ice Age?

Global warming = Ice Age? Could be...

The scientists at Woods Hole have some interesting info on their website.  It is about the chance that global warming will likely unleash a mini Ice Age within the next 10 years.  They (I wish these guys had a "mini Ice Age weblog" we could read in real time as they update things) predict the shift could happen extremely quickly once unleashed.

The mechanism for this is simple.  The north pole's ice cap is melting quickly due to global warming.  This has created an extremely large pool of fresh water near the ice cap.  That pool of water will eventually drift southward.  When it does, it will disrupt the gulf stream due a change in the density of the water.  Without the gulf stream, the northeast US and Europe will quickly experience a 10 degree drop in temperatures. 


This mini Ice Age would be similar to the one we experienced between 1300 and 1850.  Remember that picture of Washington crossing the Delaware river?  See the ice?  That doesn't happen anymore.  According to the Wood's Hole scientists, it will again.  There is also an outside chance that disruption of the gulf stream could disrupt the entire ocean conveyor system which would impact the rest of the world.


  

[John Robb's Radio Weblog]
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It seems to be John

It seems to be John Robb Day over here today...

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Ford -- bad report?


Ford -- bad report?


Reuters:

In an annual report released on Tuesday, the world's No. 2 automaker highlights various initiatives it has undertaken to fight global warming, which it calls "the most pressing environmental issue facing our industry and our company."

But in the so-called "Corporate Citizenship" report, Ford concedes that the average fuel economy of the vehicles it sells in the United States has remained essentially flat since 2000....instead of decreasing in line with its commitments as an environmentally-aware "green" company.

"This report takes a giant step in the wrong direction for Ford Motor Co., for American consumers, and for the environment," Carl Pope, executive director of the Sierra Club, said in a statement.

The issue is not Ford's reporting -- which is notable for being willing to address Ford's share of global emissions, among other things. The issue is their actions. It may be that Carl was misquoted...
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It turns out Pope wasn't

It turns out Pope wasn't misquoted, just partially quoted. The full quote:
"This report takes a giant step in the wrong direction for Ford Motor
Company, for American consumers, and for the environment. It moves the ball backwards by refusing to set firm goals for the future, and raises troubling questions about Ford's commitment to improving its environmental performance."

Which is more on target. Good on Sierra Club, bad on Reuters.

It seems that all too many companies are afraid to set specific, aggressive performance goals, while a few others are both willing to and drive innovation by doing so. (ST MicroElectronics, Novo Nordisk and Honda come to mind, among many others.) Let's face it: the Apollo Mission wouldn't have happened without someone being willing to publicly declare "stretch" goals -- and to risk public failure.

Click here for the entire
Sierra Club press release
.

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August 22, 2002

House Whip DeLay Calls Republican

House Whip DeLay Calls Republican Critics 'Apologists'
Washington Post, 8/21/02, p A13: House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) will issue a muscular defense Wednesday of President Bush's proposal to oust Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, criticizing prominent Republicans who have counseled restraint.

Wow! Now even Dick Armey's an 'apologist'?!?
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FINDINGS CHALLENGE BIOLOGICAL TENET Newsday

FINDINGS CHALLENGE BIOLOGICAL TENET

Newsday

In a discovery that upsets one of the central dogmas of biology, scientists in Denmark have determined that a 28-year-old man inherited a disease from his father that until now was believed transmissible only through women....

The finding zeros in on the components of cells called the mitochondria, the main sources of the body's energy. These tiny bean-shaped constituents, found in each cell, carry their own DNA, apart from the body's nuclear genes inherited from both parents. Mitochondrial DNA has been believed passed from one generation to the next only along a maternal line of inheritance. Fathers, scientists long believed, did not transmit them....

Making the genetic engineering / gene therapy 'magic bullet' just a wee bit more complicated than folks might have assumed.
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Secret Court Rebuffs Ashcroft Justice

Secret Court Rebuffs Ashcroft

Justice Dept. Rebuked on Misinformation

Washington Post, 8/23/02 Pg A01: The secretive federal court that approves spying on terror suspects in the United States has refused to give the Justice Department broad new powers, saying the government had misused the law and misled the court dozens of times, according to an extraordinary legal ruling released yesterday....


The opinion itself -- and the court's unprecedented decision to release it -- suggest that relations between the court and officials at the Justice Department and the FBI have frayed badly.

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August 23, 2002

Forest policy Friday Bush, Citing

Forest policy Friday

Bush, Citing Fires, Will Seek to Ease Laws on Logging
"The procedural requirements of our environmental laws are not supposed to wreak environmental havoc, and that's what some of them are doing," said James L. Connaughton, the chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality.

The proposal was denounced today by Democratic Congressional leaders and the Sierra Club, as well as other environmental groups, which described it as a backdoor means to provide the timber industry access to national forestland.


Environment Groups See Threat to Green Rules
``Given Bush's track record on everything from global warming to forest protection to energy policy, their record says that they are listening to the special interests at the expense of the environment,'' said Tiernan Sittenfeld, spokeswoman for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

Bush Defends Logging Initiative as a Better Means of Management Against Forest Fires
Mr. Bush would give loggers greater leeway to cut larger, more commercially valuable trees as well as worthless brush, and would deny environmentalists legal tools they have used to block such logging.

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Often missed in the policy

Often missed in the policy debate: a growing body of forest management strategies that are both profitable and environmentally sound -- and that are profitable because they're environmentally sound. F'rinstance: New Bottom Line: Less is more in Swedish forest

Meanwhile...
Amazon Forest Still Burning Despite the Good Intentions In spite of heightened efforts in recent years to limit deforestation and encourage "sustainable development," the assault on its resources continues, with Brazil in the lead.
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Time Magazine's Green Century "special

Time Magazine's Green Century "special report on the state of the planet and how to save it."

For starters, let's be clear about what we mean by "saving the earth." The globe doesn't need to be saved by us, and we couldn't kill it if we tried. What we do need to saveÒand what we have done a fair job of bollixing up so farÒis the earth as we like it, with its climate, air, water and biomass all in that destructible balance that best supports life as we have come to know it. Muck that up, and the planet will simply shake us off, as it's shaken off countless species before us. In the end, then, it's us we're trying to saveÒand while the job is doable, it won't be easy.

Nice to see someone clarify that, for once. The planet's not going anywhere. The question, as always, is where are we going?
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New World Wildlife Fund report,

New World Wildlife Fund report, Sustainability at the Speed of Light, underlines how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) - defined as any product or system that communicates, stores, and process information - could play a positive role in achieving sustainable development.

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MS discloses 'critical' flaws in

MS discloses 'critical' flaws in Office [The Macintosh News Network]
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Writing in Business 2.0, Dylan

Writing in Business 2.0, Dylan Tweney says a weblog is a "quick-and-dirty, easy-to-use knowledge management system." [Scripting News]
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Stafford Beer, a legend of

Stafford Beer, a legend of management cybernetics and democratic technology, penetrating insights and great joie de vivre, passed away quietly today in Toronto, surrounded by family and friends.
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August 25, 2002

Live from Jo'berg Instant news

Live from Jo'berg

Instant news and comment from the World Summit on Sustainable Development, presented by Riverpath Associates, a "world class knowledge consultancy." (Thanks Dave Winer.)

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HP VP Debra Dunn, on

HP VP Debra Dunn, on her way to the Summit, on "why it's worth taking the heat:"

"You can either hide from criticism or engage in dialogue that will move things forward."
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August 26, 2002

Paper or plastic? Or perhaps

Paper or plastic? Or perhaps a nice little tax?

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/green/story/0,9061,777732,00.html

British plans to introduce an environmental tax on plastic shopping bags received a boost today, when the Irish government reported that a similar levy they introduced earlier this year had been a success: the provision of plastic bags by the 3,000 retailers affected by the new law had been cut by 90% on the pre-March total.

Also at The Guardian: A compendium on "Green Politics" -- a/k/a reports on various major environmental issues
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European floods. From global warming?

European floods. From global warming? or "greedy mayors"? Maybe both.

According to New Scientist:
it is the widespread building that has taken place on river flood plains across central Europe in recent years that is to blame for why the intense rainfall had such a catastrophic effect....

There is growing evidence that policies over recent years have, if anything, made matters worse.

Engineers have channelled all the major rivers that flooded this month - draining wetlands, straightening meanders and cutting them off from their flood plains with high banks.

The aim was to protect surrounding land from floods and send the water down to the sea as fast as possible. But instead it has tended to create massive and comparatively sudden surges of water down the rivers, where in the past the water would have been delayed for days or even weeks as it meandered across the river's natural flood plain.

"Flood peaks are higher and more damaging in places where wetlands and flood plains have been cut off from rivers, channelling more water into an unnaturally small space," says G Lutschinger, a flood-plain ecologist and chief executive of the environment group WWF Austria.

Analyses by Bruce Hannon, in the wake of the Mississippi floods of a few years ago, documented the phenomenon in painful detail: US Army Corps of Engineers' flood prevention efforts actually make floods worse.
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"It's worse than it appears"

"It's worse than it appears" (to quote Mr. Winer)

Air conditioners make cities hotter, too.
:-)

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The state of "debate" today.

The state of "debate" today.

George Mokray reports:
I'm working on my computer with the TV on PBS McNeil when a segment on the first day of the J-burg UN Sustainability Conference comes on. Two folks from Africa, a Dutch UN official and a Ghanan ngo rep. The two people in the studio are Gregg Easterbrook from Brookings Institute and Myron Ebell from Competitive Enterprise Institute, such a WIDE range of environmental views that I have to laugh. Jocelyn Dow, a black woman (as is the interviewer, all the rest are white men) lights into the CEI guy but she is way outnumbered.

Such is the state of "debate" today.
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Heavy environmental polluters 'should pay

Heavy environmental polluters 'should pay less'?!?

Harsher penalties seem only to encourage corruption and bribery, and ultimately more environmental damage, argues Richard Damania at the University of Adelaide in The New Scientist.... Damania says his version would work better in the developing world, where corruption and pollution are rife...."Thailand has some of the most stringent regulations on pollution. But Bangkok is one of the most polluted places on Earth," he points out.

Fortunately, this seems (I haven't read his actual paper) to be more of an anti-corruption than an economic utility argument. But how long do you think before it gets cited by the current US government as prooftext for the next unravelling?

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"Ideas are capital; everything else

"Ideas are capital; everything else is just money"
[Deutsche Bank advert]

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August 27, 2002

K-Logs.  The next generation desktop. 

K-LogsThe next generation desktop.  [John Robb's Radio Weblog]
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[John Robb's Radio Weblog]: Here

[John Robb's Radio Weblog]: Here is an interesting development.  Recently, I have had business meetings with people that have weblogs.  Usually, when you have a business meeting, there is a period of formality.  There are introductions.   You exchange business cards and personal histories.   Basically, you spend the first 15 minutes trying to synch up.

The difference with people that have weblogs is:


1) We don't have to exchange business cards....


2) By reading the weblog of the person I am about to meet with, I already know a lot about that person....


3) I can write up the results of the meeting on my weblog and share it with a wider audience....


I really didn't expect weblogs to change the way I met with people.  This was a surprise.
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"Is architecture 'art'?" Charlie Rose

"Is architecture 'art'?"

Charlie Rose interviewing architects Renzo Piano and Santiago Calatravo. A rebroadcast, so you'll have to hit his web site to order, but pretty way cool. (I loved the wings slowly flapping on Calatravo's Milwaukee museum.)

Piano, when asked "is architecture 'art'?" (a question Rose says almost got him punched out by some other architect), says:

"Yes, architecture is art. It is the most contaminated art. Also the most imposing. If you're a bad writer, people won't read your book. If you're a bad musician, they will ignore your music. If you're a bad architect, the city has to live with your work for a very long time." [words to that effect - quote approximate]
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CNN URGES U.S. NOT TO

CNN URGES U.S. NOT TO INVADE IRAQ UNTIL SWEEPS

Pre-sweeps regime change would be 'disastrous,' TV News giant says.

Funny! I almost believed it -- THAT'S a helluva testament to what's "realistic" these days -- til I got to the end:

In other cable news news, Special Operations forces conducting mop-up missions in Afghanistan scoured the area near Tora Bora looking for any remnants of Geraldo Rivera's career.

While they have found no signs of the pistol-packing newsman's career as of yet, they warned that their mission is far from over.

"Remember, we thought Phil Donahue's career had been eliminated, and there are still shreds of that hanging around," said a Special Ops spokesman.

Let's be careful out there!

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Greenpeace reports from Johannesberg let

Greenpeace reports from Johannesberg

let us not be shy in recognising those who are in the front line of this work . . . in fact let us actively help each other out wherever possible
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This is something I posted

This is something I posted last November on K-Logs:  "Consultants and K-Logs" [John Robb's Radio Weblog]
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Cuckoo in Carolina. The ruckus

Cuckoo in Carolina. The ruckus being raised by conservative Christians over the University of North Carolina's decision to ask incoming students to read a book about the Koran exhibits such profound lack of understanding of what America is about. By Thomas L. Friedman. [New York Times: Opinion]

What would Osama do? Read on.
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August 28, 2002

I'm With Dick! Let's Make

I'm With Dick! Let's Make War!. Let's do "regime change" in a kingdom that gives medieval a bad name. By Maureen Dowd. [New York Times: Opinion]
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BTW:  If you are looking

BTW:  If you are looking for developers you can hire to reinvent your Intranet with Manila and Radio (a very wise move that many companies are opting to do), here is a list. [John Robb's Radio Weblog]
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Matt Mower is thinking about

Matt Mower is thinking about all the knowledge that he has "lost" over the last six years.  He is also having some success building a K-Logs business in the UK.  If you need someone to build your K-Log network in the UK, please drop him a note.   [John Robb's Radio Weblog]
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K-Logs post from early this

K-Logs post from early this summer.  K-Logs vs. Discussion groups [John Robb's Radio Weblog]
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Ray Ozzie: "Publishing is dead.

Ray Ozzie: "Publishing is dead. Gone, a relic of the past, dead as a doornail, breathless, buried." [Scripting News]

Don Park: "Publishing is not dead." [Scripting News]
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Dennis Prager with a rather

Dennis
Prager
with a rather different take on the NC University 'understanding islam' flap than Tom Friedman's.

So, the intent of the University of North Carolina assigned summer reading is not at all what it purports to be. It was not chosen to help students understand 9-11; it was chosen to help students not to understand 9-11 by deflecting their attention from the contemporary Arab Islamic reality and onto selected ancient Islamic texts that bear no connection to that reality.
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Some Cell Phones Pose Risk

Some Cell Phones Pose Risk of Tumors

STOCKHOLM (August 27, 2002) -- Users of first generation cell phones face a much greater risk of developing brain tumors than those who didnêt use the phones, according to a study released by the European Journal of Cancer Prevention. The study of 1,617 Swedish cancer patients found that the users of the Nordic Modile Telephone (NMT) had a 30 percent greater chance of developing brain tumors. The risk was 80 percent greater for people who used the phones for more than ten years.

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August 29, 2002

Susan Burns reports from Johannesburg:

Susan Burns reports from Johannesburg:

Thabo Mbeki, the President of South Africa and the architect of the African Union. He has a strong message: "Our common and decisive victory against domestic apartheid (in South Africa) confirms that you, the peoples of the world, have both the responsibility and the possibility to achieve a decisive victory against global apartheid. Out of Johannesburg and out of Africa, must emerge something new that takes the world forward away from the entrenchment of global apartheid, to the realization of the goals of sustainable development."
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NY Times: The allies are

NY Times: The allies are battling over the question of targets and time frames

The European Union says these talks must produce a strong plan with firm deadlines so the world's leaders can be held accountable for their actions. The United States opposes targets and deadlines, saying it would rather finance specific projects than support goals that might ultimately prove meaningless....

The United States has been repeatedly, and sharply, criticized for refusing to commit to concrete obligations....

"You can't say that the Europeans are dashing around reducing emissions furiously," said Gordon Shepherd, the director of international policy at the World Wildlife Fund. "But they have acknowledged that they have to. They've sent a message that things must change."

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A post to K-Logs last

A post to K-Logs last December:  Knowledge Streams

(BTW, here is a Yahoo tip that usually works for me, if you see an add in a Yahoo Groups page, hit refresh and it usually goes away). [John Robb's Radio Weblog]
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August 30, 2002

The Curse of Factory Farms.

The Curse of Factory Farms. The federal government should never use taxpayer money to encourage a method of farming that works against the public's desire for open space, biodiversity and clean, nonmalodorous air. [New York Times: Opinion]
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