We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Ten years ago, the European Union with great fanfare unveiled the “Lisbon Agenda”, a ten-year action plan to make the EU “the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion”.
It flopped. Europe is less of a factor today than it was ten years ago in the high-tech world. Even before the crash the EU lagged behind China, India and the United States when it came to economic growth. It is emerging from the recession more slowly than the others and there are no signs that Europe has overcome the problems that have slowed its growth. As for ‘greater social cohesion’, look at the trade union riots in Greece. Look at the tensions with immigrants; look at the rise of extreme right-wing parties.
Ok, I understand about not putting anything in writing you would not want to see somewhere in public . . .
But, what about "copy/paste". It is so very easy to take your email put it in a word program and "re-state" your comments: add, subtract, paste in from somewhere else. . .that is what is terrifying about email. Students do it all the time take one sentence from a professor's lecture type it in on their computer (which is open and on in class). Yes, internet and computers in the classroom have created a whole new world out there folks!
the...plan to make the EU “the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world capable of sustainable economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion”.
But, did it? Vast fortunes have transferred to the top of the rent-seeking food chain --the very authors of the plan.
Feeblemind ... You ask "What does that say about personal ethics?" It reminds you that your personal ethics often don't coincide with those of others. And that caution is sometimes the better part of frankness. Long ago, my Dad, a very ethical man, told me, "Don't put into writing anything you don't want to see in print." And this was in the 1930s/1940s, long before the days of email. When you put something in email, it goes out into the great wide electron world before it reaches the intended recipient. And it can be resurrected years later after you have forgotten you wrote it.