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Yet despite such similarities, the terror-fighting approaches of New York and L.A., like the cities themselves, reflect very different traditions, styles, and, above all, resources. New York, which knows the price of failure and thus has a heightened “threat perception,” sets the gold standard for counterterrorism—and has the funding and manpower to do it. Kelly, 65, views his highest priority as ensuring that al-Qaida doesn’t hit the city again. “When your city has been attacked, the threat is always with you,” he tells me. Deploying its own informants, undercover terror-busters, and a small army of analysts, New York tries to locate and neutralize pockets of militancy even before potentially violent individuals can form radical cells—a “preventive” approach, as Kelly calls it, that is the most effective way that police departments, small or large, can help fight terror.
In L.A., a city that has never been attacked, terrorism is a less pressing concern than gang violence and other crime. Lacking the political incentive, and hence the resources, to wage his own war on terror, Bratton, 59, has instead pooled scarce funds, manpower, and information with federal and other agencies—an approach that federal officials hold up as a model for police departments that can’t afford New York’s investment.
It sounds like a Sherlock Holmes mystery that wound up in court:
Christine Gibson looks at William Faulkner's struggle for greatness. An excerpt:
Professor Arthur C. Brooks explores the happiness of religious versus nonreligious people. An excerpt:
Always worth checking out: On the Moneyed Midways at Political Calculations.
Check out the new Rolls-Royce Phantom.
Why do the caterpillar and the ant have to be enemies? One eats leaves and the other eats caterpillars. Oh, I see now.
Imagine an 11-year window of time when you lose 57 – repeat 57 – friends and colleagues, often watching them die in horrific circumstances doing exactly what you do, weekend after weekend.
An interesting man talking about his work:
Perhaps that physical wasn't thorough: five commonly misdiagnosed diseases.
Bravo! Oren Harari reviews an old - but very good - set of guidelines on completed staff work.
The best approaches for preserving trust are 1(a); 2(b); 3(a); 4(a); 5(a).
These may seem obvious and yet in the course of a busy workweek it can be extremely easy for otherwise trustworthy people to slip into some of the less admirable choices. While trust can be lost rapidly via a major breach, it can also be eroded through smaller actions.
Seth Lipsky lists his top five books about "newspapering."
A great stride forward in ethnic footwear:
Nike designers and researchers looked at the feet of more than 200 people from more than 70 tribes nationwide and found that in general, American Indians have a much wider and taller foot than the average shoe accommodates. The average shoe width of men and women measured was three width sizes larger than the standard Nike shoe.
As a result, the Air Native is wider with a larger toe box. The shoe has fewer seams for irritation and a thicker sock liner for comfort.
Will Google offer a free, ad-based, phone service?
The HR Capitalist has released its HR Blog Power rankings.
Michael at 2Blowhards examines the growing relationship between traditional publishers and publishing on demand.
Labels: slow work
I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.
Wired has an interview with Ridley Scott on his polishing of a new version of Blade Runner:
Trizoko on "Why you ain't happy."
Want to reduce the chances of successful implementation?
Perhaps rather than claiming selections are based on merit, we should state that "The criterion for all selections is the good of the organization."
That may be vague but at least it is far more honest.
When a supporter of William Jennings Bryan bragged that his candidate made 19 speeches in a single day, an opponent asked, "When does he think?"
Writing in The New Yorker, David Remnick looks at Garry Kasparov, the chess wizard and much more. An excerpt:
I spent this morning in a city council chamber talking to a team of managers about communication.
Do not get into a fight if you can possibly avoid it. If you get in it, see it through. Don't hit if it is honorably possible to avoid hitting, but never hit soft. Don't hit at all if you can avoid it; but if you do hit him, put him to sleep.
Peter Huber provides some gentle criticism of Microsoft.
It's amazing how many cares disappear when you decide not to be something, but to be someone.
After working as a divorce lawyer for 12 years, Lisa Angel needed a change from the rigors and emotions of the job. So when her firm announced a paid sabbatical for employees who had been there five years or more, she was the first to raise her hand.
"It was the perfect time to take a break and reassess," says Ms. Angel of Raleigh, N.C. "I walked away from my life for a while." That decision led to a three-month sabbatical, biking alone in China and Southeast Asia. She even studied meditation in a Buddhist monastery in Thailand. "I wouldn't have been able to do that on a normal vacation," she says.
In light of the Columbia University talk, it might be good to review Michael Ledeen's article on talking with Iran.
Rowan Manahan has a thought-provoking post on the use of bizarre case examples in employment interviewing.
An update on the effort to get laptops to poor countries:
Poorly placed visual aids. All should be within easy reach of the speaker.
Extreme temperatures. For some reason, freeze or bake is a frequent problem with conference rooms. If possible, the cooling/heating system should be fixed or another room should be used.
Failure to provide frequent breaks. In general, there should be a short break every hour. Even the most comfortable chairs start to pinch after an hour.
Labels: workshop mistakes
Seth Godin has the picture.
Oren Harari on the value of wearing customer glasses. An excerpt:
Trevor Butterworth talks with Louis Auchincloss. An excerpt:
The celebrities assembled last week by the Postal Service to launch a new stamp in honor of jury duty had one thing in common: none had ever served on a jury. “I’ve been down here, but I was never picked,” Bernadette Peters said, as she waited for the ceremony to begin, in the rotunda of the New York County Courthouse building downtown. Ditto Cindy Adams, the Post gossip columnist. Paulina Porizkova, the model, recalled, “When I was called, I was pregnant, and I wasn’t hormonally ready for a jury.” The actor Richard Thomas is in the middle of a national run as Juror No. 8 in the stage version of “Twelve Angry Men.” “According to the rules of show business, that entitles me to speak as an expert,” he said.
Q: Do you turn out a great product?
This proliferation of religion in the workplace is creating new challenges for employers. They increasingly are being inundated with requests for religious accommodations and progressively confronted with unexpected and awkward faith-related situations (i.e., proposals to form affinity groups and prayer breakfasts, employee e-mail sign-offs that quote Scripture, and proselytizing).
The number of religious accommodation requests and religious discrimination charges filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have risen sharply during the last decade, underscoring the growing pressure companies face to accommodate their employees' diverse religious views, practices, and expressions.
In fact, religious discrimination claims currently are the third-fastest growing discrimination claims behind disability-based claims and sexual harassment claims.
Read the rest of Lisa J. Teich's New York Employment Law Letter article on religion on the workplace.
WaiterRant gives his opinion on tip jars.
Ruth R. Wisse gives her top five list of books about Judaism.
Little by little we were taught all these things. We grew into them.
Which luxury car was preferred most by women in 2007?
Noonan on Greenspan:
Robert D. Kaplan on what's been happening in Asia:
Then there is China, whose production and acquisition of submarines is now five times that of America’s. Many military analysts feel it is mounting a quantitative advantage in naval technology that could erode our qualitative one. Yet the Chinese have been buying smart rather than across the board.
In addition to submarines, Beijing has focused on naval mines, ballistic missiles that can hit moving objects at sea, and technology that blocks G.P.S. satellites. The goal is “sea denial”: dissuading American carrier strike groups from closing in on the Asian mainland wherever and whenever we like. Such dissuasion is the subtle, high-tech end of military asymmetry, as opposed to the crude, low-tech end that we’ve seen with homemade bombs in Iraq. Whether or not China ever has a motive to challenge America, it will increasingly have the capacity to do so.
Joseph Epstein on novelists, poetry, and the changing world of the literary intellectuals:
No one could say that Susan Sontag didn’t take ideas seriously. Ideas, one might say, were all she knew; it was only reality of which she was ignorant. (Always a tricky business for intellectuals, this matter of reality.) The problem for Susan Sontag was that, in the fullness of time, she changed so many of her ideas: Communism turned out not to be such a hot idea after all, she concluded as late as the 1980s, it was only “fascism with a friendly face” (why “friendly” I have never quite understood; it was grim and monstrous from the git-go). In the end she was no longer even “against interpretation”—the title of the book of essays that launched her career—but came out in favor of the damned thing, interpretation, that is (art apparently needed a hermeneutics, after all, and not, as she originally stipulated, an “erotics”). Nor, she decided upon further reflection, was “the white race … the cancer of human history.” She was even coming around to decide, after her initial pronunciamento to the contrary, that the United States did not bring the Arab terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 on itself. Extreme opinions were her stock in trade, but weakly held.
Political Calculations looks at the cancer survival rates of the United States versus Europe.
The humor site Scrappleface notes that right-wing bloggers are questioning the authenticity of Dan Rather's lawsuit.
Labels: irational behavior
An Arizona story of interest to anyone interested in notable failures. An excerpt:
This article from Popular Mechanics on surveillance in the workplace reminds me of a Chinese proverb: If you suspect a man, don't employ him, and if you employ him, don't suspect him.
Mark Steyn takes on multiculturalism.
All of men's miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.
Remember the case of the loon who sued the dry cleaners because they lost his pants?
If you are tired of longing for the usual hot cars, check out this gallery of the Pagani Zonda F Roadster and other extraordinary vehicles.
Loreena McKennitt singing The Lady of Shallot.
Psychiatrist and death camp survivor Viktor Frankl in a 1995 interview . An excerpt:
SoxFirst reminds us of a hard truth: When it comes to IT threats, sometimes we're watching outside the castle when we should be looking elsewhere.
Slow Leadership looks at the real content of the bottom line. An excerpt:
Evil HR Lady is hosting the Carnival of HR and has - 10 points for creativity - put it in the form of a staff meeting.
If those criteria are not addressed, then the odds of persuasion are remote. After all, things are bad enough.
Labels: crisis prevention
From what we get, we can make a living. What we give, however, makes a life.
Jimmy Breslin writes a tribute to New York City. An excerpt:
Labels: time management
Learn to say no. It will be of more use to you than to be able to read Latin.
Check out BookTV's program on Michael Ledeen's new book, The Iranian Time Bomb.
One of the last things Lisa Hammond remembers about being prepped for a rotator-cuff procedure last year was the medical personnel prying a BlackBerry out of her hands.
Hammond, the chief executive of Femail Creations, a Las Vegas-based shopping-catalog company, was on a deadline: She had a date to repair her torn shoulder, but she needed to email approvals for her firm's latest catalog. Hammond says she managed to do both as she was being wheeled on a gurney into the operating room.Click here for more on executives who disobey doctor's orders.
One of the most interesting thinkers out there: Robert Kagan writing on the state of world affairs. An excerpt:
Anthony Kronman on colleges, universities, and the meaning of life. An excerpt:
Labels: committee work
Is Robert Nardelli building a dream team at Chrysler? An excerpt from Business Week:
Remember that the world's greatest leader washed the feet of His associates.
Need some entrepreneurial spirit?
Much of the above can be encapsulated in a simple standard: It is more important to do right than be right. HR departments need the guts and insight to maintain that standard even if doing so means being willing to walk away from the job. An HR director who will do anything to hang onto a position has started to walk down a smooth and grassy path that leads to a very unpleasant place.
Labels: HR effectiveness
Ninety years old and his first novel is coming out.