Dec 21 2011

What Budget Problem?

Category: Economics | Politics | SnarkJeff @ 17:25
FEDERAL BUDGET

* US Tax Revenue:		$  2,170,000,000,000
* Federal Budget:		$  3,820,000,000,000
* New Debt:			$  1,650,000,000,000
* National Debt:		$ 14,271,000,000,000
* Recent Budget cuts:		$     38,500,000,000
* Entitlement Liabilities:	$106,400,000,000,000

FAMILY BUDGET

* Annual Family Income:		$             21,700
* Money Spent:			$             38,200
* New Credit Card Debt:		$             16,500
* Credit Card Prev. Balance:	$            142,710
* Family Budget Cuts:		$              3,850
* Home and Auto Loans:		$          1,064,000

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Dec 16 2011

Indefinite Detention

Category: PoliticsJeff @ 07:42

 

From what I can gather in my research, with the signing of this bill, due process and the bill of rights are ended.  The US media won't report on it, you have to go offshore to hear the truth.  Indefinite detention of American Citizens without probable cause, formal charges, or trial by jury will be the law of the land. 

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2011/12/2011121643213177164.html

God help us.

 

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Dec 13 2011

Non-Intervention does not equal Isolationism

Category: Economics | PoliticsJeff @ 12:00

A good explanation at Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-interventionism

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Dec 12 2011

Is This Email Necessary?

If you do a search for the phrase “is this meeting necessary” you will find a pile of links that give helpful questions to ask when calling a meeting. I believe we should be asking similar questions before sending email messages. In that spirit, I present to you the following...

Is This Email Necessary?

Team members often send emails with the desire for quick and simple communication. However, many email messages actually create inefficiency due to interruptions, context switching for the recipient, and a lack of clearly defined expectations. Sometimes deciding not to send an email may be the best use of everyone’s valuable time. Here are some things to consider for every email message - before either writing and sending, or discarding.

  • Is there a clear purpose for the email? Does this message provide enough information for the recipient to take a specific action? Or will they be left with either nothing to do in response, or confusion about what is expected of them?
  • Should I send this email now? Is it worth the other person’s valuable time to be interrupted with this information at this moment? Is the information in the message urgent to them, or only to me?
  • Is there a better alternative? Do we have another system in place for tracking/storing this information and helping us make decisions? Is email really the correct tool for communicating this information?
  • Am I sending this message to the right person? If sending to multiple people, are they the right audience? Can the recipient(s) take appropriate action? Will I potentially be causing a needless interruption?
  • What will happen if the email is not sent? What will be accomplished in sending this message? If the recipient would say “nothing would be missed” then you have your answer, which should lead you to either discard the message, find another way to communicate/store the information in it, or postpone it until you have clarity regarding the previous questions.

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