“But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. (Applause.) I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.”—
Barack Obama during his State of the Union speech
And people still claim he doesn’t want to be king.
The best customer service I’ve had in recent memory was delivered by the parking lot guy on New Year’s Eve. We pulled in through the main lot on the off chance, knowing we’d probably end up in the adjacent public transit lot, and the guy was cordial, dare I say professional, delivered the…
I have found that hospitals, particularly but not exclusively ERs, vary greatly in terms of service culture. It’s why we need to fight any legislated constraints on patient/customer choice. Quality is nothing more or less than performance to standard. Too few hospitals have set high standards for customer service, and even fewer have trained and rewarded supervisors and staff for meeting those standards. So you get self-important assholes, insensitive and mean, throwing their weight around in a situation where the customer/patient usually has to take whatever crap they dish out. It’s a lousy situation. But some places do a really great job consistently. The Mayo Clinic here in Phoenix is just outstanding. Unfortunately, I’ve sampled their service (my wife), ER and in-patient, several times in the past year, and it opened my eyes to what’s possible in health care. Genuine excellence. I hope there’s a decent hospital somewhere in your area. It’s worth driving further to find one. May the new year bless you with no such need.
The acquisition gives Al Jazeera, which is funded by the Qatar government, the opportunity to establish a footprint in the United States, where it already has an English-language version of its Qatar service — called Al Jazeera English — but only limited reach.
I’m guessing it’s reach already exceeds that of Current TV.