caduceus pairs

Is a shuffling of the responsibilities of the players the way to turn America’s struggling healthcare world around? New York State is betting many billions of dollars that it is. The state is open to proposals. It’s asking some of the layers to come up with plausible scenarios for their parts in a rapidly changing universe, and it’s providing the ones whose proposals they like with financial encouragement.

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HVTECH

It’s ironic that late last Wednesday afternoon one of Kingston’s newest techie residents was wearing on his tee shirt the image of an obsolete New York City subway token, now replaced in city turnstiles by a Metro card. Aaron Quint was until very recently chief technical officer in a rapidly growing Manhattan Internet greeting-card company whose stated goal is “to become the new protocol for valued social communication, regardless of the medium you choose.” On August 19 the 31-year-old Quint announced, via tweet, of course, that he was stepping down to become Paperless Post’s chief scientist, now resident in Kingston, instead.

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tourism without tears

“Cultural tourism is concerned with a country or region’s culture, specifically the lifestyle of the people in those geographical areas, the history of those people, their art, architecture, religion(s), and other elements that helped shape their way of life.” – Adapted from Wikipedia

Because the impacts of tourism are intertwined with so many different aspects of a society, economists find it notoriously difficult to deal with, particularly for the purpose of differentiating good tourism from bad. The studies economists generate should be looked on with great skepticism, especially if they are paid for by those with a vested interest in the outcomes. Since tourism is the fastest-growing major industrial sector in the world economy, however, there’s no excuse for ignoring it.

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"IBM parking lot 2013" Illustration by Frances Halsband

“IBM parking lot 2013″ Illustration by Frances Halsband

‘It’s a mesmerizing occupation, this assembling and reassembling of ghosts. I never tire of it. You can preserve a parking lot in its magical/sinister era (when it required a “gold coin” to get out!) from its future incarnation when grass from the old farmland days will once again burst through its cracked and empty acreage. You can bring back the dead, hear their voices, reassess their place in your overall design, and even find new jobs for them.’

— Gail Godwin, “Ulster County Ghosts,”
from Kingston: The IBM Years, 2014.

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It’s not easy being independent.

It’s been three years since I said goodbye to a steady paycheck and joined the nervous but optimistic ranks of the self-employed.

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ibmfade

This isn’t your father’s IBM. Your father’s IBM used to make calculating machines and computers, mostly in New York State, and export them all over the world. This generation’s IBM describes itself as a $100-billion worldwide business that seeks to structure big data for the world, to teach customers about cloud computing, and to connect effectively to social business through peripheral devices.

Buying components from other manufacturers, the new IBM makes fewer and fewer machines itself. Instead, IBM provides business services for a digital world.

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industriesdiverse

Paul Harrington, the director for the Center of Labor Markets and Policy at Drexel University, was the keynote speaker at a discussion on the state of the Hudson Valley economy last Tuesday at the SUNY New Paltz Student Union. He provided a thorough analysis of the ups and downs of the regional labor market during the recent harsh recession and slow recovery.

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