Good Bye LinkedIn, Issue 72

Good Bye LinkedIn! This will be my shortest ever newsletter.

I have terminated my LinkedIn membership. This morning I saw a post that quoted True North as an unbiased and reliable news source. Really? And the I lost respect for those who gave the post a thumbs up. True North is just another rabbit hole and echo chamber for angry people. What is next? Links to QAnon? Videos of Tucker Carlson? War in the Ukraine? Why not get commentary from RT News. And on the left – Commondreams.org and Alternet.org! Before reciting a media source, check its bias and then think again before reciting!

This decision cannot come as a surprise to anyone. I recently wrote a whole newsletter on this dilemma and my decision to stick with LinkedIn. But no more!

So I am gone! No great loss for LinkedIn, I am sure. I will continue on with my web site because I like to write. I know that my opinions may offend readers from time to time but it is my blog! And, I do try do to be even handed and put things in context. I probably fail more often than I would like.

So now, no social media at all. I have found extra time for doing things that won’t depress me. Good bye LinkedIn!

The Co-working Concept, Issue 80

January 22, 2024

Co-working space came to mean the notorious We Work model. When I had been asked to opine on co-working I tried to steer the conversation away from the Adam Neumann / Softbank  flimflam growth model. Instead, I suggested that property owners look at usage and users. While I doubted We Work’s ability to survive I […]

The Affordable Housing Conundrum

October 3, 2023

Before I fall completely into the trap of opposition politics, I have decided to take a break from never-ending criticism and to start suggesting solutions to the affordable housing conundrum. Do I have a plan? No, more a collection of ideas To start with, I think there are three key issues: Home ownership is not […]

We Should Know Better

August 26, 2023

I know! I am going to sound like a grumpy old man. Maybe that is because I am. I have been scratching my head in wonderment at the Taylor Swift phenomena. Is she an Incredible song writer, composer, and performer? I really don’t know! A discussion for another time? But probably not. At my age […]

Not in My Back Yard

August 4, 2023

Don’t build it! At least, Not In My Back Yard ! I acted as an advisor  in the sale of a beautifully natural, 14-acre urban waterfront estate. Existing zoning allowed for the development of 30 to 35 single-family homes, which after road dedication would leave very little green space. I did not think that was […]

Glasgow – That Dear Green Place

July 31, 2023

We were visiting Glasgow (literally that Dear Green Place in Gaelic) to see where my father was born, grew up, and went to University. Fortunately for me, my cousin John from Australia had just visited and had met with historians, Bruce Downie  and Norry Wilson.  So,  we too arranged to meet them in the Govanhill […]

Vienna on Top Again

June 25, 2023

Vienna on top again. This week both Monocle Magazine and The Economist unveiled their quality of life / most liveable city indexes. There are differences in the way each publication sets its index. So it is even more impressive that once again, Vienna tops both lists. I am a bit lazy today so rather than […]