A fourth journalist gunned down without any government reaction to the slaughter

first_img Organisation News Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Honorio Herrera Villanueva and David Bravo Jerónimo supposedly planned the journalist’s murder because he drove down a one-way street and refused to back up to let their vehicle pass. Incensed, the two men allegedly paid a taxi driver to kill the journalist, according to the authorities.“It was a chance, casual occurrence,” according to the ministry. The family of Jorge Ochoa has said that a link between the killing and his work as a journalist should not be ruled out, although this has apparently been ignored by the investigation. In the second case, Jorge Rábago Valdez, a staffer on Radio-Rey and Reporteros en la Red, died in unexplained circumstances in Reynosa on 2 March 2010. According to the justice ministry for the state of Tamaulipas, he suffered a “fainting fit” and went into a “diabetic coma”. However his colleagues say he was “abducted” and was “tortured”, before he died.______01.02.2010 – Another journalist shot dead amid a wave of threats against media personnelA newspaper editor’s murder has brought the total of journalists killed in Mexico in the space of a month to three. Jorge Ochoa Martínez, the editor of the local daily El sol de la Costa and the weekly El Oportuno, was shot dead in Ayutla de los Libres, in the southern state of Guerrero, on 29 January. He was 55.According to the police, Ochoa was shot several times with 38 calibre firearm. The authorities have not so far suggested any motive but his family told Reporters Without Borders they did not rule out the possibility that he was killed in connection with his work. The press freedom organisation therefore urges the authority to actively explore this hypothesis.The family said it received several calls on the night of 29 January, including one from the police, saying Ochoa had been shot. One his sons told Reporters Without Borders: “I could not believe it. I thought it was a joke. I called my father several times but he did not pick up. Then I went to Ayutla and found his body.”Although Ochoa’s death confirms that Mexico continues to be the hemisphere’s most dangerous country for the media, the authorities are failing to respond adequately to a wave of threats against media personnel by presumed drug traffickers and, in some cases, by local officials.Juan Aparicio, the editor of El Observador, a magazine based in the southern state of Chiapas, was threatened by a member of the state’s border police, Pedro León Toro Peña, on 20 January while covering a raid on a house where a kidnapping had taken place.Armando Suárez, a reporter for Puerto Viejo, a magazine based in La Paz, in the northwestern state of Baja California, was threatened by Loreto mayor Yuan Yee Cunningham and was hit by local officials on 21 January.The torching of a car outside the studios of a radio station in Los Mochis, in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, on 27 January was accompanied by a message that read: “This will happen to journalists. They are going to be burned. With best wishes, La Mochomera.” A total of 61 journalists have been murdered since 2000 and nine others have gone missing since 2003 in Mexico, which was ranked 137th out of 175 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. RSF_en Evaristo Pacheco Solís, a 33-year-old reporter employed by the weekly Visión Informativa, has become the fourth journalist – or possibly the fifth – to be murdered in Mexico since the start of the year.Solis’s body was found beside a road near Chilpancingo, the capital of the southern state of Guerrero, on 12 March. He had been shot several times with a 25 calibre firearm. Jorge Ochoa Martínez, the editor of the daily El Sol de la Costa, was shot dead in a similar fashion in Guerrero six weeks ago.The Special Federal Attorney’s Office for Combating Violence against the Media (FEADP) has not obtained any significant result since its creation in February 2006 and the federal offensive against drug trafficking launched by President Felipe Calderón the following December has made the situation even more untenable for the media.Gustavo Salas Chávez, the prosecutor who recently took over at the head of the FEADP, has not responded to Reporters Without Borders’ questions about the way it works and the resources at its disposal. March 15, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A fourth journalist gunned down without any government reaction to the slaughter May 5, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information MexicoAmericas Receive email alertscenter_img Reports MexicoAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out more May 13, 2021 Find out more News News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Follow the news on Mexico NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say ________12.03.2010 – Two suspects arrested for journalist’s murder for unlikely reasonsBizarre explanations given by the Mexican justice system over the recent deaths of two journalists have done nothing to lift fears over impunity or remove the pressing need for protection for the press which is under very serious threat, Reporters Without Borders said.The Justice Ministry for the state of Guerrero yesterday publicly produced the two men suspected of ordering the murder of Jorge Ochoa Martínez, publisher and editor of the daily El Sol de la Costa and founder of the weekly El Oportuno, who was shot dead in Ayutla de los Libres, on 29 January 2010.last_img read more

US lawmakers accuse Big Tech of crushing rivals to boost profits

first_imgThe Big Tech hearing triggered scorn from viewers over its own tech issues. Bezos escaped questioning for about an hour in what may have been a tech issue and was caught on screen reaching for what appeared to be a snack.Poor audio, flat-screen televisions switching off, and chief executives appearing together as thumbnails on a large screen led to mockery of the virtual set-up on Twitter.Lawmakers descended into shouting at each other at points, with a pandemic twist. One yelled: “Put your mask on!”Theft, copying, content moderationCicilline set the tone for the hearing when he began by accusing Google of theft. “Why does Google steal content from honest businesses?” he asked. He alleged Google stole reviews from Yelp Inc and threatened to delist Yelp from search results if it objected.Pichai responded mildly that he would want to know the specifics of the accusation. “We conduct ourselves to the highest standards,” he added, disagreeing with the characterization.Facebook’s Zuckerberg took a series of questions about the company’s purchase of Instagram in 2012 and whether it was acquired because it was a threat, as he dubbed it in an email obtained by the committee.Zuckerberg responded that Instagram at the time was a tiny photo-sharing app rather than a social-media phenomenon.In one of the more notable exchanges, Representative Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat, pushed Zuckerberg on whether Facebook had ever copied its competitors. “We’ve certainly adapted features that others have led in,” he said.“How many companies did Facebook end up copying?” she asked. “Is it less than five? Less than 50?”“Congresswoman, I don’t know,” Zuckerberg said.Jayapal pressed Amazon’s Bezos on whether the company used data from third-party sellers in making sales decisions. An Amazon executive previously had denied the practice under oath and was contradicted by a news report.Bezos answered cautiously that the company had a policy against such actions. “If we found that somebody violated it, we would take action against them,” he said.On the Republican side, Representative Jim Jordan accused the companies of hampering conservatives from reaching their supporters. Jordan pressed Pichai on whether Google would help former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, win in November.“We support both campaigns. We approach our work in a nonpartisan fashion,” Pichai responded.Representative Matt Gaetz asked Facebook’s Zuckerberg whether content moderators disadvantaged conservative content. Zuckerberg said they were trained to be neutral.”Street fight”Apple’s Cook rejected the notion there is nothing to stop his company from raising the commissions it charges in the App Store.“I disagree strongly with that,” he said. “The competition for developers – they can write their apps for Android or Windows or Xbox or PlayStation. We have fierce competition at the developer side and the customer side, which is essentially so competitive I would describe it as a street fight.”A detailed report with antitrust allegations against the four tech platforms and recommendations on how to tame their market power could be released by late summer or early fall by the committee, senior committee aides said.Topics : Facebook Inc’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon.com Inc’s Jeff Bezos, Google owner Alphabet Inc’s Sundar Pichai and Apple Inc’s Tim Cook – whose companies have a combined market value of about US$5 trillion – parried a range of accusations that they crippled smaller rivals in their quest for market share.The videoconference hearing was the first time the four CEOs have appeared together before lawmakers.Though it was Bezos’ first congressional testimony, he appeared the least fazed. Cook drew fewer barbed questions than Bezos and handled them efficiently. Zuckerberg suffered the most damage, stumbling at times when confronted with internal emails.Pichai, CEO of both Alphabet and Google, took the most heat from conservatives on the panel and looked the worse for it, as he repeatedly told lawmakers he would be happy to look into various situations and get back to them. Google and Facebook took particularly sharp jabs for alleged abuse of their market power from Democrats and Republicans on Wednesday in a much-anticipated congressional hearing that put four of America’s most prominent tech CEOs in the hot seat.The chairman of the US House of Representatives antitrust panel holding the hearing said afterwards that the four CEOs had acknowledged concerning behavior.“What we heard from witnesses at the hearing confirmed the evidence that we have collected over the last year,” Representative David Cicilline, a Democrat, told Reuters.last_img read more

Study: Slower Steaming Could Cut Emissions by a Third

first_imgGreenhouse gas emissions from three ship types – containerships, bulkers and tankers – could be reduced by a third, on average, by reducing their speed, according to a new study that will be presented to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) next week. The cumulative savings from reducing the speed of these ships alone could, by 2030, be as much as 12% of shipping’s total remaining carbon budget if the world is to stay under the 1.5ºC global temperature rise, the CE Delft study for NGOs Seas At Risk and Transport & Environment, founding members of the Clean Shipping Coalition (CSC), found.Reducing operational speed would also provide a boost to jobs and growth in shipbuilding nations, where the study concludes production would have to grow by over 30% in order to maintain transport capacity for global trade. The study also finds that the additional costs of slow steaming on exports such as oilcake and beef from Latin America would be marginal, and this without accounting for lower transport fuel costs.“A new regulation to reduce ship speed will be key to the success of the IMO GHG strategy. Only reduced speed can give the fast, deep short-term emissions reductions that are needed for shipping to meet its Paris Agreement obligations. Significant early emissions savings are essential for the long-term decarbonisation of the sector as they preserve shipping’s carbon budget and buy the industry time to develop longer-term decarbonisation solutions. Recent suggestions by industry that no new short-term measures are needed is misguided and reckless, and threatens to undermine the IMO strategy right from the start,” John Maggs of Seas At Risk and President of Clean Shipping Coalition, said. The analysed ship types cumulatively account for around 52% of global shipping’s carbon footprint. Substantial additional savings will be made when the speed of the remainder of the fleet is also reduced, the NGOs said.As informed, the findings will be discussed by the IMO next week when it meets for the second time to develop its initial 2018 greenhouse gas reduction strategy. The UN discussions in London will concentrate on a global emissions reduction target and potential measures for the sector.“Regulating ship speed is one of the short-term measures on the table that can be implemented immediately. The IMO is under huge pressure to deliver an effective and adequate response to the Paris agreement and global climate efforts,” Seas At Risk said.“Shipping is the only international sector that has yet to commit to a global emissions reduction target or measures. Talks at the IMO are expected to be challenging as the industry body, ICS, is on record as opposing every reduction measure so far put forward – including binding reduction targets, the need to tighten design standards or have operational efficiency measures. But industry itself showed clearly that slow steaming works. It proved effective in weathering the economic crisis, so the IMO should now agree mandatory speed measures to achieve substantial emissions reductions needed to start decarbonisation,” Bill Hemmings of T&E said.last_img read more

Olympia Assistant Fire Chief Pat Dale Retires

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City of OlympiaOlympia Assistant Fire Chief Pat Dale has announced his retirement beginning January 31, 2015.Olympia Assistant Fire Chief Pat Dale has announced his retirement beginning January 31, 2015, after 33 years of fire service including 16 years of service to the citizens of Olympia and Thurston County at the Olympia Fire Department.  Chief Dale intends to pursue fire service teaching and other fun adventures during his retirement. Chief Dale has the opportunity of a lifetime, teaching Fire Ground Command and firefighting techniques, nationally and internationally, with an established training company based in Phoenix Arizona.  Prior to coming to Olympia, Chief Dale worked through the ranks to Battalion Chief at the Kent Fire Department. A life-long area resident, Chief Dale began his fire service career as a volunteer at the Tumwater Fire Department after graduating from Tumwater High School.Chief Dale contributed more to the firefighters at Olympia and in Thurston County than can be listed here.  A few of his many accomplishments include: developing the Olympia command training center for fire officer training –  purchase and deployment of Olympia’s first articulated aerial ladder truck – development of a working and training relationship with Bates Technical College in Tacoma – initiated and managed a joint fire training program for Olympia, Lacey Fire District 3 and City of Tumwater – brought to Olympia, International Association of Fire Fighters, Firefighter Survival training class, this is the only such approved course and teaching location in the State of Washington –  and earned a number of personal medals for mountain biking at the World Police and Fire Games.Chief Dale was especially invested in firefighter safety.  Along with all of the training programs he developed to Olympia, he worked with one very special safety program that has been seen locally, regionally nationally and internationally by fire service members.  Chief Dale was instrumental in producing the Mark Noble safety video for firefighters.   Mark Noble, was the first line of duty death in the history of the Olympia Fire Department.  Before Noble died of brain cancer from diesel exhaust in fire stations, he sat for a moving video interview in which he talked openly about his cancer, warned firefighters about the risks of firefighting and highlighted measures to assure respiratory safety.  Without Chief Dale’s support and subsequent distribution of the video, this incredibly important message might never have been shared.People may remember the big fires in Olympia over the past 16 years but what is more important in Chief Dale’s career are the many house fires that were contained to just one room and the fire extinguishments at Georgia Pacific in 2007 that averted a major catastrophe.  The knowledge, vision, training and energy that Chief Dale brought to his job translated to positive outcomes for Olympia.Chief Dale’s extensive knowledge of firefighting and his ability to share that information with new officers and firefighters will be greatly missed in Olympia and Thurston County.last_img read more

The Blizzard That Fizzled

first_imgBy John BurtonThe snowstorm that threatened to be a “historic blizzard” didn’t pack the kind of wallop that was initially feared but that was all right with many who were preparing for the worst.With forecasters calling for two or more feet of snow, Monday was a time for preparation and planning, ensuring that Monmouth County and local government, as well as private businesses were ready to respond and life would return to normal as quickly as possible.David Robinson, the state climatologist, at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, said on Monday the storm certainly had the potential to be a full-blown blizzard with high winds and steady, heavy snowfall, and being the most severe winter storm since December 2010.But Mother Nature played a fast one on New Jersey, giving the coastal area a mere 8 to 10 inches instead of the original forecast.“It went great!” Monmouth County Freeholder Thomas Arnone maintained unequivocally about how workers addressed the storm warning and its aftermath.Arnone, who oversees the county public works and engineering, said on Wednesday, workers had pre-treated the approximately 1,000 miles of county roadway with a brine mixture to melt ice and snow. “And that was a really big benefit post storm,” Arnone said. “As you can see most of our roads are down to the payment” cleared of snow and ice.When the storm warning was first announced, it was all hands on deck for Public Works, with other employees from departments like Division of Shade Tree and elsewhere jumping to the ready, according to Arnone.The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department increased patrols Monday night to ensure public safety in inclement weather and to enforce the travel ban enacted by Gov. Chris Christie earlier that day, according to Cynthia Scott, the department’s public information officer.Having the roads largely vacant helped county snowplows to move more effectively, Arnone said.“In general, we’ve heard no complaints,” Arnone said, and operations ran “like a machine.”“I think everybody is very pleased,” he said.Certainly Fair Haven Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli seemed pleased with response, preparation and the thankfully less ferocious storm.“By and large we were ready,” Lucarelli said. “If the 3 feet had come, we were ready and the fact that it didn’t come meant the guys had less work and we spent less overtime.”Public Works employees, using some additional part-time licensed workers had been able to keep the plows running during the storm, keeping the roads clear. Like their county counterparts, Lucarelli said, borough workers had pre-treated the roadways with a brine solution to melt ice and snow.In addition, volunteer firefighters and First Aid Squad members were on call, staying at their River Road headquarters throughout the night, in case they were needed. But there were no emergency calls, he said.“We were pretty lucky,” he contended.Red Bank officials had taken a number of steps just in case, said Mayor Pasquale Menna. They included shutting down Broad Street to vehicle traffic as of 1 a.m. Tuesday; closing municipal parking lots by 10 p.m., Monday; and notifying residents who had previously signed up by text and email about moving vehicles off of roadways to allow for snowplowing; and had employees from Red Bank Recycling available to assist Public Works if the storm warranted, Menna said.“We had everything under control. Everybody seemed to cooperate,” he observed.Menna had asked restaurants and bars to voluntarily close by 10 p.m. in hopes of getting parked cars out of the way for plows. Some of those businesses balked about the prospect of losing the night’s business, which usually happens when this occurs, Menna said. “People were upset, thinking they were going to make hundreds of thousands of dollars on a storm night,” he countered.For Sea Bright, “From the perspective of having a storm it was excellent,” offered C. Read Murphy, Sea Bright’s Office of Emergency Management manager.There were fears of coastal flooding with this storm. But Murphy said there was the usual amount, what Murphy called “minor,” on side streets for such weather.The only major disruption was having to move fire and emergency equipment to Long Branch for Monday night, in case of flooding, Murphy said.Residents adhered to the no travel ban as well as moved their vehicles off of the narrow side streets allowing the plow trucks to access the road, he said.“The 10 inches of whatever we had, we got rid of it real quick,” Murphy said, calling the storm “another non-event for Sea Bright.”SeaSteak commuter ferry, which operates terminals out of Highlands and Atlantic Highlands, starting on Monday “took a cautious approach,” ending service on Monday earlier than usual, said Brett Chamberlain, director of marketing.Ridership was down on Monday, given that some probably stayed home at the prospect of their children’s early school dismissal, he said.Service was canceled on Tuesday. “We were immediately up and back to our regular schedule Wednesday morning with no problems,” he said.Also back on the job by Wednesday morning were Comcast cable television workers. One technician said linemen have the toughest of jobs. “They’re outside and climbing to the tops of poles in this kind of weather,” he noted. “If there are ice buildups or weight on the cables they’re the ones who have to get it done.”Speaking of the weather, “Hopefully, that’ll be the end of it,” for this winter, Menna wished.Muriel Smith, correspondent, contributed to this report.John Burton can be reached at [email protected]last_img read more

DD LIFESTYLE: THE RIGHT SPORTS BRA – LESS BOUNCE MORE SUPPORT

first_imgFIT is the most important element of a sports bra. It is important to buy for function and not fashion.It might be a lovely colour and match your trainers but if it’s not giving you the support you need then it might be doing more harm than good.Not only does a lack of support feel uncomfortable, it can cause long-term problems as there are no muscles in the breasts so the ligaments absorbing most of the shock can be permanently stretched and cause breast damage. The average breast size of Irish women is a D cup (55% of Irish women).One study has shown that some women don’t exercise specifically because of the problems of supporting their bust.What are the key features to look for in a sports bra?There are three types of fit.*Compression bras are the old fashioned sort, with the breasts pushed against the chest wall using Lycra.Smaller-breasted women may feel they are given enough support from these.*Encapsulation bras are similar to traditional ones – lifting and separating.*Combination bras do a mixture of the two. Larger-breasted women should select one of these. 1.Look for sports bras that encapsulate each breast in a separate chamber; they reduce bounce and support better than simple shelf bras.2.Find a sports bra that comes in a cup and band size rather than just small, medium, or large; they usually fit more precisely.3.Look for high-performance fabrics that wick away sweat to minimize chafing.4.Before buying, jump, swing your arms, and move around. If a bra pokes, rubs, slips, jiggles, constricts your breathing, or bulges, put it back.  It should fit on the first hook; as it loses elasticity over time, you need room to tighten it. A woman’s breast size can change throughout the month, especially if you lose or gain weight, so it’s important to have the ability to slightly alter the bra’s size.5.The sports bra should be comfortable around the back and on the shoulders. If you are able to pull the back of the bra by more than a couple of centimetres, you either have a bra that is too big or one that is too over stretched. 6.Your sports bra should never have a birthday.DD LIFESTYLE: THE RIGHT SPORTS BRA – LESS BOUNCE MORE SUPPORT was last modified: April 25th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:AdviceDonegal Daily Lifestylesports bralast_img read more

Sobol, McKinleyville one step closer to winning another league title

first_imgFortuna >> With three meets left in the Humboldt-Del Norte League girls golf season the question as to who will win the team and individual league titles is all but a forgone conclusion.St. Bernard’s Allison Sobol and the McKinleyville girls golf team took first place on the individual and team scoreboard, respectively, at Monday’s Humboldt-Del Norte League No. 4 meet at the Redwood Empire Golf & Country Club in Fortuna — bringing both one step closer to another H-DN league crown.“The greens …last_img read more

MIT Cosmologists Take Our Advice

first_imgAfter getting a snubbing in our 02/21/2005 commentary, which advocated he and his MIT colleague Alan Guth take up truck driving, David Kaiser, took our advice – with a thinly veiled smirk:Well, at least someone is still reading Science with a passion.  As for the rest of us in the cosmic-evolution business, we’ll just have to keep on truckin’.This was the ending of an article by Kaiser in the November-December issue of American Scientist (not to be confused with Scientific American), a publication of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.1    In his article, Kaiser undertook to explain why creation groups, long targeting the biologists and geologists, have “only lately taken on physicists and cosmologists” after a long period of what he considers peaceful co-existence (e.g., Einstein, Lemaitre).  His two-fold conclusion was that (1) recent “bans on teaching the big bang” (only one ineffective and unrepresentative example given) have brought the abstruse issues of cosmology into the public awareness, and (2) the prestige of physics has plummeted since its pinnacle after World War II, in part due to funding cuts but also “physicists’ internal divisions and the obviously speculative nature of recent work” — thus a new “concerted attack” by critics who have “learned to leverage the power of the internet.”  That’s where CEH comes in:I stumbled onto this thriving, wired network two years ago, after my colleague Alan H. Guth and I published a review of recent cosmological research in Science.  About a week after our article appeared, Guth received an e-mail message directing him to a rebuttal of our piece, posted on a creationist Web site.  That response included dozens of hyperlinks to like-minded “refutations’ of the big bang, inflationary cosmology, string theory and the rest.  These sites boasted high production values and good graphics.Noting all the hyperlinks to creationist and intelligent design resources here, Kaiser seemed to have demonstrated a vast lightweight conspiracy to attack the hallowed halls of the cosmologists.  All that seemed necessary to demonstrate the point was to mention the advice about truck driving.1.  David Kaiser, “The Other Evolution Wars,” American Scientist Vol 95, No 6), November-December 2007, pp. 518-525.It was nice to get some compliments from Dr. Kaiser for the graphics and high production values, but of course he was not about to concede any point of substance to creationists.  That would be anathema inside The Guild, even a minor blush to the suggestion that a little shame might be in order.    A little investigation by an unbiased observer, however, should reveal that modern cosmologists do not need any creationist help looking silly: viz., 07/27/2004, 03/11/2004, 06/20/2003, 06/18/2003, 05/02/2003, 08/16/2005, 07/23/2007, 04/13/2007, etc.  If they are worried about possible nonsense that might come from creationists, why not rein in the secularist popularizers, who are truckin’ all over the sidewalk? (11/01/2007, 03/08/2007).    Anyone familiar with the history and philosophy of science would surely realize that there is no way under God’s starry heaven to scientifically justify many of the things being claimed by modern cosmologists today.  To be off by 120 orders of magnitude, to require a universe composed of 96% imponderable substances and occult forces, and to seriously consider we each have clones in countless parallel universes is to invite scrutiny if not ridicule.  Much of that comes from within the ranks of The Guild already.  But then to posit a Cosmic Lottery with 101000 universes (none of which is observable even in theory) should turn the heads of any philosopher or logician.  It looks like a dodge from a clear inference of design, tantamount to escaping falsification with magic.  What would Popper think?    It would have been nice to see a little humility, therefore, just a hint of a possibility that cosmologists might be on the wrong track and maybe should consider non-materialist alternatives seriously, like intelligent design.  If listening to creationists is beneath their dignity, how about listening to Paul Davies or Robert Jastrow who, both appearing in The Privileged Planet, acknowledged the design inference and the inability of materialism to account for it?    Similarly, Astronomy columnist Bob Berman applied his own down-to-earth, common-sense analysis to the current situation.  Without creationist input as far we know, it was clear to him that cosmology needs a serious “time out” because “cosmologists are starting to resemble naked emperors parading before the mass media.”  He scorned how “each pronouncement is delivered with pomp and flair” when in fact it is a shameful display of arrogance and ignorance.  Instead of scientific rigor, imagination rules: “Throw the math this way, that way, tweak the equations, set fire to the physics building, nothing matters,” he exclaimed.  “It’s Alice in Wonderland meets Stephen Hawking.”  That was in 2004, but he just recently let the cosmologists have it between the eyes again (09/29/2007), indicating that nothing has improved: “It would be nice, however, if cosmologists would put a lid on their arrogant ghetto-talk about their latest theory of everything and admit – just once in a while – that their knowledge is a single snowflake in the blizzard of the unknown.”    That’s why we didn’t need to say much in the 2005 entry but to quote the wizards at length and let them air their own arrogance and fall on their own folly.  We hope the suggestion to take up truck driving was an act of mercy.    Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes cartoon strip is sometimes the perfect parody of adult misbehavior.  One story appeared in the collection There’s Treasure Everywhere (pp. 50-52) that seemed apropos.  (Note: The names might need swapping, because the materialist was Thomas Hobbes and the theist was John Calvin, but subsitute whatever living characters you think fit.)    In this episode, Calvin has an assignment to write a paper that debates some issue.  He asks Hobbes for ideas.Hobbes: What do you care about?Calvin: I don’t care about issues!  I’ve got better things to do than argue with every wrong-headed crackpot with an ignorant opinion!  I’m a busy man!  I say, agree with me or go take a hike!  I’m right, period!  End of discussion.Hobbes: Umm… right.Calvin: There, see?  Everybody’s happy!Still, the homework deadline looms.  Calvin has an idea – a Thinking Cap!  He finds a metal collander in the kitchen and sets to work.Calvin: Next we’ll need to attach those 1 and 0 strings and a grounding string.Hobbes: Why a grounding string?Calvin: It’s like a lightning rod for brainstorms.  I want to keep my ideas grounded in reality.Hobbes: I think you’re too late….Work all completed, Calvin puts on the Thinking Cap and has Hobbes turn it on.  Click.  Brzap.  Nothing apparent happens, except Calvin claims he feels smarter already, and Hobbes perceives that Calvin’s head has grown larger.  The knowledge begins to flow:Calvin: My powerful brain is unraveling the mysteries of the universe!  It’s amazing!  All natural laws can be reduced to one simple, unifying equation!Hobbes: Really, what is it?Calvin: Already my powerful brain is bored with such simple problems and is now working on why girls are so obnoxious.Substitute creationists for girls and some remarkable parallels emerge in the local universe.(Visited 68 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Enterprise 2.0: Awareness is Easier Than Execution, Says Nielsen

first_imgsteven walling Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Trends In a new report studying social networking on intranets, Web usability guru Jakob Nielsen asserts that despite broad awareness, real execution of Web 2.0 in the enterprise is still rare at this point.We’ve noted Nielsen’s skepticism when it comes to Web 2.0 in the past, but it’s not outlandish to acknowledge that the enterprise moves slowly to adopt new technology. By doing so, the entire industry receives a sobering reminder of just what it takes to make change happen in business.“Talk To Us Next Year”Neilsen’s 168-page report includes case studies from 14 companies in 6 countries, including Sprint, Sun, Intel, IBM, and Johnson & Johnson. Several times throughout the summary, he points out that when he asked these companies about their enterprise 2.0 strategy, they told him to come back in a year. With all the buzz about social software in the enterprise, this sounds like an anomaly to some degree… until you read that it’s not an awareness issue; just about everyone is thinking about social software to some degree. But thinking and doing are two very different things. It makes perfect sense that the huge organizations he focuses on in the case studies would take 3 to 5 years to roll out a new intranet.Breaking Down BarriersPart of what led Nielsen to the conclusions he makes is the perspective he takes on enterprise 2.0. The man is clearly in the camp that says it’s a difficult transformation where organizations must “cede power” in the quest to break down communication barriers. The opposite take would be the kind of analyst or vendor who stresses how new technologies enhance existing hierarchies of communication and do little to disrupt business as usual. In the end, Nielsen’s report stresses an important reality in business technology: pilot projects and trials might be quick to create, but real change takes time. Photo: Dplanetcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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