“We have to become an industrial powerhouse again but you don’t do this when government and entrepreneurs are not in synch”—
Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric
I just want to know one thing. Jeff’s dad worked at GE. He’s worked at GE since he was 26. He’s worked his way up through the giant’s hierarchy. From Wikipedia: “An entrepreneur is a person who has possession of a new enterprise, venture or idea and assumes significant accountability for the inherent risks and the outcome.”
G.E. is not a new enterprise, venture, or idea. It is 120 years old. What, then, does Jeff Immelt know about entrepreneurship? And how, exactly, does he know that the government’s current policies run counter to entrepreneurs needs?
“The networks aren’t blocking Google TV because it’s Google. They are blocking Google TV because it is putting a web TV show, with web TV show economics, on a TV, which would be incredibly disruptive to their business”—
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The men were passing through New Orleans for a night on a road trip, but they ended up spending almost six weeks in jail. The men claim they were falsely arrested by New Orleans police for public intoxication in the French Quarter at 5a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005, two days before Hurricane Katrina struck. Teacher Paul Kunkel and volleyball official Robie Waganfeald expected to be booked and released by the Sheriff’s Office, but they were caught in a bureaucratic maelstrom spawned by the storm. Kunkel was locked in a cell with four other men for three and a half days without food, water or a functioning bathroom from Sunday night, Aug. 28, until Wednesday morning, Aug. 31.
“Eventually, when no guards showed up, we thought they’d left, and we were there and if nothing happened, we were going to die there,” Kunkel said in court today. There was no air conditioning and no flushing toilet. “You had five men living in temperatures well over 100 degrees, there was sewage water rising up from the first floor, the toilet was, I couldn’t even describe the smell, it was putrid, horrible,” Kunkel said.
Woman on President Obama's Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues:What makes you think that science will ever be able to say that forcing women to wear burqas is wrong?
Sam Harris:Because I think that right and wrong are a matter of increasing or decreasing well-being -- and it is very obvious that forcing half the population to live in cloth bags, and beating or killing them if they refuse, is not a good strategy for maximizing human well-being.
WPOCSBI:But that's only your opinion.
Sam Harris:Okay... Let's make it even simpler. What if we found a culture that ritually blinded every third child by literally plucking out his or her eyes at birth? Would you then agree that we had found a culture that was needlessly diminishing human well-being?
WPOCSBI:It would depend on why they were doing it.
Sam Harris:Let's say they were doing it on the basis of religious superstition. In their scripture, God says, "Every third must walk in darkness."
WPOCSBI:Then you could never say that they were wrong.
“After asking what topics I was personally interested in, they asked what question I’d want to ask President Obama if I were in a room with him. I gave a sample question to give them a sense of where I’d go, but not anything specific (something about the role that federal policy plays in preventing bullying in light of the recent attention to suicide). The next question was: What lighter question would I ask the President — something related to pop culture perhaps. I hadn’t given any thought to this because, really, what moron blows this opportunity by asking the President “Mac or PC?” I gave them some light question and it was the one note that was made during the interview. I was not invited to attend.”—
A writer for the gay advocacy blog AMERICAblog Gay says that when he applied to be a participant at Thursday afternoon’s MTV/BET town hall with President Obama, MTV representatives asked him for a “lighter question.”
“The fork’s adoption in northern Europe was slower. Its use was first described in English by Thomas Coryat in a volume of writings on his Italian travels (1611), but for many years it was viewed as an unmanly Italian affectation. Some writers of the Roman Catholic Church expressly disapproved of its use, seeing it as “excessive delicacy”: “God in his wisdom has provided man with natural forks — his fingers. Therefore it is an insult to Him to substitute artificial metallic forks for them when eating.”—Wikipedia