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Sunday Morning Political Link Love

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Yesterday was a great "very little computer" day that resulted in me reading three books (one great, one 50% great, and one poor that turned into a skimmer.)  More on these later.

I read two things in FeedDemon this morning that spun my head around better than the Sunday morning TV political talk shows could.

First was another post from Jared Polis chronicling his trip to Iraq.  This was was titled Inside a Private Mercenary Compound in Iraq and is better and more authentic than virtually everything you see in the NY Times about life in Iraq.

The second – from a Boulder entrepreneur that I’ve gotten to know named Jenn Ross – is titled Foreign Entrepreneurs and US VisasI’m a huge believer that our current Visa system is completely broken and stories like Jenn’s make me crazy.  There is no rational reason that someone like Jenn – a Canadian no less – should ever have to think or deal with this stuff.

I love the web.  I’d never have the chance to read stuff like this and get stirred up before Amy wakes up if it didn’t exist.

  • Damon

    Unfortunately much of Jared's post is insinuation and assumption with a sprinkling of fact. One day in Iraq cannot lead to any conclusions. Take the renaming of the roads for example; this is for military purposes and so that it is easier to remember the names of roads. If you have ever been to Atlanta you will realize that 30% of the roads have the word Peachtree included in the name somewhere…the same idea has been applied in Baghdad. The Iraqis still call the roads whatever there original names are. In fact, they aren't supposed to know the military names as a matter of security. I also think the use of buzzwords like corporatization serve no good. Insinuating that there will be a mutiny serves no good. It is like me saying there could be an earthquake soon because we haven't had one in a while. Assuming that the owners of the homes being leased not getting market rates is nothing more than conjecture. I like Jared, but I think he should be a bit more open-minded when it comes to Iraq instead of only looking for things to reaffirm his pre-existing beliefs. Just an opinion.

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      I think Jared would be the first person to acknowledge that what he is posting is his opinion and point of view. He's also over there for more than one day – he's been there since Thanksgiving and has been writing long pieces on his experiences and views there.

      I believe everyone gets to have their own opinion on this. Observations like Jared's are just observations – you (and everyone else) gets to process them however they want.) I've known Jared for a long time – he has strong points of view, but they are ones that are developed by his experiences, research, and beliefs. He also doesn't try to impose them on anyone else, but he is willing to let it all hang out there so you know what he's thinking. I wish more people running for office were this transparent about their thoughts, views, and ideas.

  • Blake

    Er… By running for office, isn't Jared trying to impose his ideas on others (citizens – mainly those who disagree with him)?

  • John Worrell

    Brad,
    Where's the RSS link on Jared's site? I want to read about his activities and opinions, but I consume all of my news via RSS. I saw the option of signing up for updates. I don't need anymore email. Is it an odd election law issue or a marketing issue?

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      John – I don't know. I just sent Jared a note asking about the RSS feed.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    I think Jared would be the first person to acknowledge that what he is posting is his opinion and point of view. He's also over there for more than one day – he's been there since Thanksgiving and has been writing long pieces on his experiences and views there.

    I believe everyone gets to have their own opinion on this. Observations like Jared's are just observations – you (and everyone else) gets to process them however they want.) I've known Jared for a long time – he has strong points of view, but they are ones that are developed by his experiences, research, and beliefs. He also doesn't try to impose them on anyone else, but he is willing to let it all hang out there so you know what he's thinking. I wish more people running for office were this transparent about their thoughts, views, and ideas.

  • Blake

    Er… By running for office, isn't Jared trying to impose his ideas on others (citizens – mainly those who disagree with him)?

  • Damon

    Unfortunately much of Jared's post is insinuation and assumption with a sprinkling of fact. One day in Iraq cannot lead to any conclusions. Take the renaming of the roads for example; this is for military purposes and so that it is easier to remember the names of roads. If you have ever been to Atlanta you will realize that 30% of the roads have the word Peachtree included in the name somewhere…the same idea has been applied in Baghdad. The Iraqis still call the roads whatever there original names are. In fact, they aren't supposed to know the military names as a matter of security. I also think the use of buzzwords like corporatization serve no good. Insinuating that there will be a mutiny serves no good. It is like me saying there could be an earthquake soon because we haven't had one in a while. Assuming that the owners of the homes being leased not getting market rates is nothing more than conjecture. I like Jared, but I think he should be a bit more open-minded when it comes to Iraq instead of only looking for things to reaffirm his pre-existing beliefs. Just an opinion.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    John – I don't know. I just sent Jared a note asking about the RSS feed.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/john_worrel2755 john_worrel2755

    Brad,
    Where's the RSS link on Jared's site? I want to read about his activities and opinions, but I consume all of my news via RSS. I saw the option of signing up for updates. I don't need anymore email. Is it an odd election law issue or a marketing issue?

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