More from Egypt

again from Aishah:CORRECTION…not on laptop of a Russian…lol…I had mistakenly presumed so because he was using Russian language keyboard. lolz

SubhanÁllah the nice EGYPTIAN man who let me jump on his laptop is now watching the MWA Al-Jazeera documentary via my iPhone. Al-hamdulillah also for Al-Jazeera – who also did a FANTASTIC job of covering the revolution up until two days ago when the state closed their offices and yanked away license to broadcast! We must also protest this!!!OH AND LET ME BLOW OFF SOME STEAM ABOUT OUR FREAKING OFFER OF ‘SAFE HAVEN’!!! What the heck!!! U.S. citizens have to reimburse their government to be dumped in Greece or Istanbul?!?! Give me a freaking break! I could just spit nickels!! Not that I would leave Egypt anyway! Viva Egypt!!!

Aishah, take care. I appreciate the first hand report but fear for your safety. Carol

Live from Egypt

from Aishah Schwartz,  journalist friend ” I am SURE you can ALL imagine that to cut Aishah off from the internet is like cutting off her AIR!!! OMG you cannot imagine these days here!!!! The atmosphere is unbelievable!!! Wallahi, you have to all be supporting the Egyptians in this time, inshaÁllah!!!” “I am in a coffee shop that just happened to have a signal and a nice Russian has let me jump on his laptop, so I am on literally ‘borrowed’ time! I am okkkkkk – safe here in Hurghada…no sms/text and no banking, but ok! Al-hamdulillah!!” CORRECTION…not on laptop of a Russian…lol…I had mistakenly presumed so because he was using Russian language keyboard. lolz

SubhanÁllah the nice EGYPTIAN man who let me jump on his laptop is now watching the MWA Al-Jazeera documentary via my iPhone. Al-hamdulillah also for Al-Jazeera – who also did a FANTASTIC job of covering the revolution up until two days ago when the state closed their offices and yanked away license to broadcast! We must also protest this!!!CORRECTION…not on laptop of a Russian…lol…I had mistakenly presumed so because he was using Russian language keyboard. lolz

SubhanÁllah the nice EGYPTIAN man who let me jump on his laptop is now watching the MWA Al-Jazeera documentary via my iPhone. Al-hamdulillah also for Al-Jazeera – who also did a FANTASTIC job of covering the revolution up until two days ago when the state closed their offices and yanked away license to broadcast! We must also protest this!!!”I am in Hurghada, Egypt. In this moment there JUST HAPPENS to be a signal in random coffee shop I have just passed into, the first signal I am aware of in four days!! I’m short on mobile credit and cash because there has been no banking access or even Western Union which will also continue into tomorrow, as I have heard. The spirit of the people is strong and they will not be defeated, insha’Allah!!! Viva Egypt!!!!!

 

Minnesota News Council

Thanks to Kent Laugen for this link. The Minnesota news Council has been a great place for the public to bring disagreements about writing in a newspaper, especially when the people thought it was unfair. Now people have many more ways such as blogs, but local newspapers are wise if they involve the public in this fashion. Good newspapers help to build good government.

another site worth pursuing

Betsy Buckheit ins a Northfield, Minnesota commissioner. She has a good post here. http://betseybuckheit.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/yet-another-economic-development-idea-economic-gardening/

planning city government

This weekend city council is holding its workshop/planning for 2011. In discussing finances, encumbrances are not always for work already ordered. Sometimes it is for work anticipated.  While work can be anticipated at one time, circumstances may change the priority of doing that work.  Therefore encumbrances should always be reviewed in full.

Watch for attempts to make city decisions without the input of its citizens.  Watch also for decisions being made where you have no idea of the reasoning for the decision by each council member. Sometimes this can be done in closed session; sometimes just by lack of a full discussion of the decision making process.

Policies: Government staff can be helpful when considering new policies. However beware of policies pre-written by city staff as drafts for your consideration. The new policy should only be written after you give your input and then discussed by you after it is written before you give your approval.

Good decision making is critical this year. I wish the city council well.

http://www.mn2020.org/issues-that-matter/economic-development/uncovering-small-towns-assets

That person sitting next to you may have a great idea. Or maybe it is you with a great idea. Encourage and inspire those around you.