Monthly Archives: January 2007

Why Voting Machine Paper Trails Aren't Enough

The always-thought-provoking Washington Spectator has a very good article in the January 15 issue, explaining exactly why it’s not enough to provide paper-based audit trails to electronic voting machines–that instead we need actual paper ballots. Among the reasons: If the

Posted in Ethics in Government, General Commentary, Uncategorized

Can We Trust Book Blurbs?

Perhaps it hasn’t occurred to them that ultimately, it’s *their* reputation at stake as well as the author’s. To endorse a book you don’t actually believe in is asking for trouble on both moral and practical grounds.

And when I request a blurb from someone else, I want that person to give me something based in honesty and a true appreciation of the content of the book. The blurbs I get, as a result, have enough substance that they actually do sway a sale.

Posted in Business Ethics, Media Ethics, Shel's Personal Life, Uncategorized

Happy MLKing Day–Much-Celebrated in Memphis

I’m just back from the National Conference on media Reform in Memphis, where much honor was deservedly poured on Martin Luther King, Jr., assassinated in that city just a few blocks from the conference (now the site of the National

Posted in Events, Media Ethics, Uncategorized

Green Business Stories, Including a Good Initiative from Wal-Mart

I’m a frequent reader of Chris MacDonald’s Business Ethics Blog, and through Chris, I found Joel Makower’s list of Top Green Business Stories of 2006. This is must reading for those interested in sustainability and how the business world addresses

Posted in Energy & Sustainability, Marketing Trends/News, Uncategorized

Some Observations on Business in Mexico

I’m writing this from Guanajuato, Mexico; we’ve been traveling and studying Spanish since December 26. My wife and I were also here 22 years ago for an extended trip, and I notice differences in the business world since then. The

Posted in Abundance and Prosperity, General Commentary, Uncategorized

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