November 2010

It’s time for an elected ethics officer in the county

[UPDATED WITH CLARIFICATIONS – 1 DEC] We elect a coroner, an auditor, a clerk of courts, an engineer and a sheriff. But, when it comes to the people who oversee those elections- they are appointed by the political parties- people we don’t elect. And- for every position, the taxpayers get to pay two people- one Read More

Gary Staiger has left the building

I just returned from the services for Gary Staiger- the long-time proprietor of Omega Music in the Santa Clara district on North Main- and as of a few weeks ago, in the Oregon District. Gary was a community activist- an evangelist for equal rights- and an optimist, and as of Thanksgiving day, he became another Read More

The doors open to the back room of international politics

A sea change is coming to international relations- and social media will be the engine driving the movement. The latest release from Wikileaks is a fascinating look at the good ‘ole boy/country club that’s making decisions on how the world turns: A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the Read More

Holiday gift list suggestions from me.

Those who know me well, know I like my technology. And when it comes to computers- the Mac Plus sitting on the front desk was my third computer- the first being an Osborne 1, then a 512K Fat Mac- there’s a reason my company is called “The Next Wave” and not the Esrati Agency- we’ve Read More

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