Off to LIFT…

The Scoble family is traveling to Switzerland again this week. This time to go to Geneva (where the Web was invented) to attend the LIFT conference. Why do I go every year? They have the coolest T-shirts. :-)

I’ll bring you the European reaction about all the election stuff (Tuesday is probably going to decide who the nominees are).

You can use flight tracking software to watch us. We’ll be on the 2:10 p.m. United Airlines flight #0900 from SFO to FRA (Frankfurt). Then on the Lufthansa/United Flight 9018 which leaves Frankfurt at 11:45 a.m. tomorrow and arrives at 12:50 a.m. See ya on the other side!

71 thoughts on “Off to LIFT…

  1. Hi Robert,

    unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to LIFT, but are you going to visit Zürich? Just drop me a line if you are in the mood for a beer.

    Martin

  2. Hi Robert,

    unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to LIFT, but are you going to visit Zürich? Just drop me a line if you are in the mood for a beer.

    Martin

  3. @33, If we do away with insurance companies and have the government or government-appointed agency handle healthcare, we ALL pay for it, so we ALL benefit. It’s not a matter of just YOU paying for it. If everyone chips in to helpe everyone else, we all win. A rising tide lifts all boats.

    A popular vote is the fairest method for voting overall. The current US system is fairly rigged to support only two parties. We need a valid third party, such as Libertarian. A polular vote alows the people to choose directly who THEY want. After all, it’s “we the people”…

  4. @33, If we do away with insurance companies and have the government or government-appointed agency handle healthcare, we ALL pay for it, so we ALL benefit. It’s not a matter of just YOU paying for it. If everyone chips in to helpe everyone else, we all win. A rising tide lifts all boats.

    A popular vote is the fairest method for voting overall. The current US system is fairly rigged to support only two parties. We need a valid third party, such as Libertarian. A polular vote alows the people to choose directly who THEY want. After all, it’s “we the people”…

  5. On healtcare and education you didn’t answer my questions. I didn’t ask why you needed those things; I asked why I should pay for yours? Cuz if you aint paying for it,someone else is. What right do you have to their money.

    As for the popular vote, just because other countries may do it is not a reason to change. We arent talking about other counties. We are talking about the US. So, why should the US do popular vote?

  6. On healtcare and education you didn’t answer my questions. I didn’t ask why you needed those things; I asked why I should pay for yours? Cuz if you aint paying for it,someone else is. What right do you have to their money.

    As for the popular vote, just because other countries may do it is not a reason to change. We arent talking about other counties. We are talking about the US. So, why should the US do popular vote?

  7. @30,

    Healthcare is a basic human right, not a privlege. Everyone should be covered. The problem with healthcare is that it’s a for-profit industry. An insurance company should NEVER be in between a doctor and a patient. There should be no middleman to deny things I truly need, or because something is experimental.

    A popular vote is the way it’s done almost everywhere in the world.

    Almost every EU nation pays for people to get secondary education through the BA/BS level. On average, Europeans are better educated that their American counterparts. There are exceptions, but they are few. I know. I’ve spent a great many years in the EU. I’m always amazed that American kids are consistently behind their EU counterparts in math, sciences, language skills. Most Americans speak English poorly, and most cannot even use punctuation correctly. It’s disheartening.

    Universities in the US charge far too much. Even McGill in Canada, one of their finest instittions charges a fraction of what the least expensive public US university does. Not fair. A young person should never have to enter into the world already behind the power curve of debt.

    The US could easily ditch insurance companies despite their evil lobbying powers, and offer single payer insurance that is not for profit.

    Insrance companies are scams to a large degree. Only a doctor should be able to determine what you need, with your consent, of course. Not an insurance company that potentially holds your life in the balance.

    The greater good is always more important than profit. That is one reason the EU does so well in matters relating to medicine and education. England has a nasty healthcare system, but Scandinavia and most of the EU does just fine.

    I recall a couple of years ago I was in the EU for pleasure. I forgot to bring my allergy medicine. No worries. I walked into a pharmacy and bought what, in the US, was over $30 with insurance and prescription only. In the EU I paid less than 3 euros with no prescription. Prescriptions are stupid. In the EU, one can buy all manner of medicines without prescriptions — the way it should be. The US is too draconian when it comes to matters concerning people’s ability to obtain what they need. In the US, it’s all about profit. That sucks.

  8. @30,

    Healthcare is a basic human right, not a privlege. Everyone should be covered. The problem with healthcare is that it’s a for-profit industry. An insurance company should NEVER be in between a doctor and a patient. There should be no middleman to deny things I truly need, or because something is experimental.

    A popular vote is the way it’s done almost everywhere in the world.

    Almost every EU nation pays for people to get secondary education through the BA/BS level. On average, Europeans are better educated that their American counterparts. There are exceptions, but they are few. I know. I’ve spent a great many years in the EU. I’m always amazed that American kids are consistently behind their EU counterparts in math, sciences, language skills. Most Americans speak English poorly, and most cannot even use punctuation correctly. It’s disheartening.

    Universities in the US charge far too much. Even McGill in Canada, one of their finest instittions charges a fraction of what the least expensive public US university does. Not fair. A young person should never have to enter into the world already behind the power curve of debt.

    The US could easily ditch insurance companies despite their evil lobbying powers, and offer single payer insurance that is not for profit.

    Insrance companies are scams to a large degree. Only a doctor should be able to determine what you need, with your consent, of course. Not an insurance company that potentially holds your life in the balance.

    The greater good is always more important than profit. That is one reason the EU does so well in matters relating to medicine and education. England has a nasty healthcare system, but Scandinavia and most of the EU does just fine.

    I recall a couple of years ago I was in the EU for pleasure. I forgot to bring my allergy medicine. No worries. I walked into a pharmacy and bought what, in the US, was over $30 with insurance and prescription only. In the EU I paid less than 3 euros with no prescription. Prescriptions are stupid. In the EU, one can buy all manner of medicines without prescriptions — the way it should be. The US is too draconian when it comes to matters concerning people’s ability to obtain what they need. In the US, it’s all about profit. That sucks.

  9. @17

    1. B Hussein Obama will never give you a flat tax. He will give you a higher taxes
    2. Why should I pay for your healthcare?
    3. You do not want a popular vote. That means the east coast and California elect the president.
    6. Why should I pay for your secondary education?

  10. @17

    1. B Hussein Obama will never give you a flat tax. He will give you a higher taxes
    2. Why should I pay for your healthcare?
    3. You do not want a popular vote. That means the east coast and California elect the president.
    6. Why should I pay for your secondary education?

  11. ugugu: the head of PR for the World Economic Forum is at LIFT so you can ask yourself. Only a handful of bloggers were at Davos that I know about, so most of the countries in the world weren’t rewarded this way, if that’s what really matters anyway.

  12. ugugu: the head of PR for the World Economic Forum is at LIFT so you can ask yourself. Only a handful of bloggers were at Davos that I know about, so most of the countries in the world weren’t rewarded this way, if that’s what really matters anyway.

  13. Hi Robert.

    I would have picked you up from the airport as well if I had gotten to your post earlier (thanks to shareslide.net) If ever you need anything while in Geneva, seeing you are the admin here, send me an email and Ill get back to you!

    David

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