Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Q1

90 days, 13 weeks, 3 months, 1 quarter...
Common in companies with shareholders, less at blogs, let's reflect on the results of the first quarter of 2010, you're invited to share your news facts of the last three month period.

Is it Obama and his Public Health Assurance Act? Is it the shameful history of the Catholic Church which was revealed internationally, including claims that the old guy in the Vatican was involved, which led to some strange clerical reactions.

Is it the mad winter in Holland as well as in Istanbul with a long period of snow? Or a natural disaster of a totally different league: the earthquake Haiti?

Is it Canada winning most medals at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, including the prestigious hockey gold medal? Or the blunder of the Dutch speed skating coach that messed up the golden race for his protege Sven Kramer at the 10k race?

And before you think "Hey, where's the most important and entertaining thing in this world? Politics", is the most important news coming from Kopenhagen, The Hague or Paris? Environmental failure, political tragedy or the loss of credibility of Sarkozy?

I could go on and on, but I'll leave it to you all.
Personal opinions are welcome.

The Dutch variant of Big Brother

"Toilet camera surveillance is taking things too far", was the heading of a Dutch newspaper and asks a number of academics what they think of the news that Dutch Railways and Amsterdam's public transport service have been using security cameras to monitor behaviour in their toilets. Dutch Railways has installed cameras to find ways of improving toilet hygiene, while in Amsterdam, cameras have been used to track down a public transport worker who was writing death threats on the walls of the staff toilet. Professors at Tilburg University slam the measures as "the most far-reaching form of camera surveillance imaginable", "unacceptably naive" and "out of all proportion". They muster some sympathy for the use of cameras to catch the malicious vandal in Amsterdam, but even then they warn the case would not hold up “if it went to the European Court of Human Rights".
All’s well that ends well. In the end, the public transport service has now removed its surveillance. It seems the cameras were causing greater unrest among the personnel than the death threats...understandable?:)!

Day Opening - March 31

Forgotten Jobs of Turkey: the Copper Master