What next – Whole Foods with Amazon…

So, there’s been a lot of hoopla ever since Amazon announced they were gonna buy Whole Foods. My first thought was – who cares, they bought Zappos and nothing changed in either of the companies. It’s just an acquisition.

But now I’m thinking… what if – my Amazon Prime membership could get me unlimited access to food at the supermarket?

Not the great stuff that just got released, but the old stodgy stuff that nobody really cares about anymore. You know, like solid white tuna. And white bread.

What if…

 

After all the hoopla about the gaggle vs. briefing yesterday, and the bickering about whether excluding certain newspapers from briefings is unusual… here’s a piece from The Washington Examiner – which was one of the papers that got to goto the party:

According to the piece, Press Secretary Spicer complained that newspapers were publishing stories with serious allegations but did not provide named sources.

But what he seems to be missing is that often the most important stories – reported by competent journalists – do not initially have named sources. Often there is a lot of digging needed before the story is developed enough to be the sort of well-documented named source news that Mr. Spicer wants to hear.

I’m pretty sure most investigative journalism works this way. And we trust professional journalists to use proper judgement to know where the boundaries are.

Perhaps Mr. Spicer would like to help the process by opening up his team to more transparently speak with the press? 🙂

Or, he can just patiently wait-out the normal course of investigative reporting…

 

Gaggle vs. Briefing

I thought it would be a no-brainer to say that all the established press should have the same access to the presidency. But then I see folks bringing up wonky distinctions between “gaggles” and “briefings” – and pointing out that past presidents have also done selective press briefings at times.

So that’s where I bow out of the politics and leave the wonky discussions to folks like Ari Fleischer:

There is, to me, an unusually divisive war being launched by the White House against the journalists who I believe are doing the important job of public scrutiny. And that, to me, is a bad thing.

But maybe the upside is that by bringing into the light the words and ideas of the newspapers that support President Trump, this will help to bring public scrutiny to these newspapers and more critical discussions of a wider range of ideas – some of which are currently being sidelined from our attention even as they are holding root in the hearts and minds of many people.

While some of those ideas may seem objectionable to some (many) of us – if they are truly bad ideas they will not survive for long under public scrutiny.

And if the seemingly fringe ideas do survive, then… maybe that gives us all a lot to think about! 🙂

Information wants to be free. And when we all commit to that idea then good things happen.

Trump continued his unprecedented, full-force assault on freedom of the press by barring CNN, Politico, and the New York Times from Sean Spicer’s press briefing. This is the behavior of a fascist. The media should respond by boycotting his briefings until all credentialed media are welcome. They should stop covering the clown until he respects […]

via Trump Bars CNN, New York Times, and Politico from Press Briefing! — Diane Ravitch’s blog

An Open Letter to Women Who Voted for Trump

Jessica N. PabĂłn

Dear women who voted for Trump and have nothing good to say about yesterday’s marches across the world,
I hope you take the time to read this because just two days ago I didn’t have the energy to write it. I was completely spent from years of educating others as a queer Latina feminist scholar and activist, not wanting to build bridges between women who voted against themselves, tired of speaking with those who willfully refuse to listen. But then yesterday morning, I marched. Then I got home and watched millions of people march in bright pink pussyhats and went to bed energized and ready to keep doing the work.
When I woke up this morning, I read some comments on various social media platforms that left me with one question for you: What do you get out of tearing down other women? Pause on that for a second.
Men…

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Register Now for CoderDojo Metuchen’s January 21, 2017 Session

CoderDojo Metuchen

Registration for the January 21, 2017 session is now live. Register Now!

Date: Saturday, January 21, 2017
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Location: Metuchen Borough Library

Join CoderDojo Metuchen for another great afternoon of programming, learning, and sharing great coding projects for kids from 7 to 17 years old!

Registration is required in advance for all events. Children under 13 years must be accompanied by a parent. A limited number of loaner laptops may be available – if your child has a laptop to bring, please do!

Registration is limited to 20 participants, so be sure to sign up early.

Our Dojo is open to all kids 7 to 17, however, as with other events hosted at the Metuchen Public Library, priority is given to residents of Metuchen. If you are not a Metuchen resident, you may register and add yourself to the wait list. You will be contacted if space…

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Simple solutions to complex problems

It used to be when I’d listen to the politicians and governors discussing all the obstacles to progress, I’d think to myself – “Wow, it’s really not that complicated.”

I was wrong – many problems are complex. No fair calling a problem simple if it’s not.

But there’s always a simple solution.

And as a bonus that simple solution is both easy to do and easy to sell to the rest of the folks.

Go simple – you’ll be glad later.

 

Travel time…

It always amazes me how “travel time” moves so much more slowly than ordinary home time.

A friend once told me this is because of all the different things that happen when you are on an adventure. Each new thing seems like a new day.

But when home, each day is the same…

… or is it? 🙂

Well, yeah – they mostly are. But that’d be a good thing to change, no?

Every day is travel day! And a river runs through it.