Editor's Note » Apr/May 12

It's always an intriguing dynamic when we see the political leaders of this country, Canada and Mexico sit down together as part of a tight-knit North American alliance-building session in hopes of enhancing the economic fortunes of all three countries.

The recent gathering of The Three Amigos – President Barack Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mexican President Felipe Calderon – shed further light on how these three close allies still have their fundamental and philosophical differences and by extension aren't one bit afraid to air much of their dirty laundry in public, not unlike a family squabble. That said, it's certainly not on the same abhorrent level of the Kardashians or the Osbournes, but there was an astonishing degree of candidness sprouting from all sides of the triumvirate when the two-hour meeting in Washington centered on such topics as energy, trade and drug cartels.

A feature in our last issue of The American Business Journal focused on government regulation with respect to online piracy matters that have now become mainstream concerns and the many millions of dollars that are lost each year because of it. Such legislation being bandied about has included: Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), Protect IP Act (PIPA) and Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade Act (OPEN). It's still a work in progress and likely will be for some time as titans from both sides plead their cases to the government both publicly and privately.

Taking another page from the online community complaints' department we have consumer privacy that has made its way to center stage. Online companies claim they need to collect data on users in order to provide a more efficient and seamless Web surfing experience. Consumers, in growing numbers, say they are uneasy about the amount of private information being stored when it comes to their surfing habits. It's yet another gray area that is going to take a great deal of mediation to sort out.

Finally, a tribute to the late Mike Wallace, who is best remembered for being one of the original reporters on 60 Minutes, which debuted in 1968. What many people may not know is that he started out as an actor and a game-show host prior to turning his attention to hard news in a media career that spanned almost 70 years. He was a hard-nosed journalist who made crooked businessmen, thieves and hardened criminals quake in their boots when they saw him approaching. More often than not, it likely wasn't going to be your best day if Mike Wallace wanted an interview.

Angus Gillespie