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Dan Goodman's prediction and politics journal.

Monday, July 21, 2003

Saturday, 19 July 2003. Morning: to the Time Dollar Store at Pillsbury House, to get some household stuff with Time Dollars.

To Uptown: Walker Library and Rainbow Foods. (There's no such direction as Uptown in Minneapolis. Uptown and Downtown are places).

Mnstf meeting at Dean Gahlon and Laura Krentz's. The listing of special conditions and such in Einblatt! said "Cats, piano rolls, no smoking indoors, Hawaiian Shaved Ice, BYOM to grill, Hawaiian shirts requested, no guns please."[1]

The meeting was smaller and quieter than most, I think. Good food; some provided by the hosts, some brought by others. Good conversations.

Read on the bus: _Control Your Destiny, or Someone Else Will_. Tells how Jack Welch changed GE into a profitable company in which employees were empowered -- whether they wanted to be, or not. There's a lot about the difficulties of changing a large, old company. After a while, I found myself thinking: Why bother? Do it the easy way; set up a new organization.

The book was first published in 1994. It reads a bit differently, now that the latest financial boom is over. And Jack Welch is no longer running GE. And there've been such news stories as:

"The divorce papers filed by Jane Welch detail her husband's use of an $80,000 per month Manhattan apartment owned by the company, court-side seats to the New York Knicks and U.S. Open, seating at Wimbledon, box seats at Red Sox and Yankees baseball games, country club fees, security services and restaurant bills, according to the Times."
http://money.cnn.com/2002/09/06/news/companies/welch_ge/

Read at the meeting: Bits of a couple of fantasy novels by Sean Russell. Decided I didn't care for his work. Nothing much wrong with it; it just doesn't interest me.

I suspect that if Russell had been forced to cut each book's wordage by about half, I would find them more interesting. In today's fantasy market, that's not likely to happen soon.

[1]Some Mnstfers are allergic to cats. Dean and Laura have a player piano, and an extensive collection of rolls. Some Mnstfers smoke, and appreciate knowing what the host's smoking rules are.

No guns -- In Minnesota, handgun permits used to be granted at the discretion of local law authorities. In some rural counties, anyone who hadn't tried to shoot the sheriff lately and didn't have an extensive police record could get a permit. In Minneapolis, permits were very difficult to get.

The laws were changed, and the process and criteria are now uniform across the state. I consider this a good thing. The ability of local governments, colleges, and private landowners to bar guns from their property was sharply reduced. I consider this a bad thing, and wonder why some conservatives who usually defend property rights don't seem to be bothered by it.



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