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Nine Cool Sites
February 18, 2008, 11:25
Filed under: Links that rock

Click here to see the links to 9 cool sites.  I ripped this off digg but wanted to save it on my blog in case I ever need the sites.

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Link to “Digging Dirt on Obama”
February 15, 2008, 11:25
Filed under: Links that rock, Politics, Un-Wordy, Uncategorized | Tags: , ,

This Celestina person writes well and came to some very strong conclusions regarding Barack Obama. I couldn’t have said it better myself.



Yes We Can
February 15, 2008, 11:25
Filed under: Links that rock, Politics, Wordy | Tags: , , , , , ,

I’ve been slowly writing a blog about The Glass Ceiling in developing countries. A Glass Ceiling of opportunity, where educated members of the middle class armed with college degrees are forced to work in low-skilled jobs because their countries lack economic opportunities. Their countries lack jobs. Their countries lack hope.

I explore two possible solutions that may help break this Glass Ceiling: Moral Incentives and Economic Incentives. I preface my argument in favor of Moral Incentives by saying that the United States has achieved change via this route thanks to inspiring leaders that maneuver the general population through change.

Barack Obama’s “Yes We Can” concession speech after the New Hampshire primaries is the epitome of the type of leadership that is necessary to create a magnitude of momentum capable of shattering the Glass Ceiling.

Below are the words Mr. Obama said to the crowds and here is a musical interpretation of the speech. The portions of the speech included in the music video are in bold.

Barack Obama’s Concession Speech

A few weeks ago, no one imagined that we’d have accomplished what we did here tonight. For most of this campaign, we were far behind, and we always knew our climb would be steep.

But in record numbers, you came out and spoke up for change. And with your voices and your votes, you made it clear that at this moment – in this election – there is something happening in America.

There is something happening when men and women in Des Moines and Davenport; in Lebanon and Concord come out in the snows of January to wait in lines that stretch block after block because they believe in what this country can be.

There is something happening when Americans who are young in age and in spirit – who have never before participated in politics – turn out in numbers we’ve never seen because they know in their hearts that this time must be different.

There is something happening when people vote not just for the party they belong to but the hopes they hold in common – that whether we are rich or poor; black or white; Latino or Asian; whether we hail from Iowa or New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina, we are ready to take this country in a fundamentally new direction. That is what’s happening in America right now. Change is what’s happening in America.

You can be the new majority who can lead this nation out of a long political darkness – Democrats, Independents and Republicans who are tired of the division and distraction that has clouded Washington; who know that we can disagree without being disagreeable; who understand that if we mobilize our voices to challenge the money and influence that’s stood in our way and challenge ourselves to reach for something better, there’s no problem we can’t solve – no destiny we cannot fulfill.

Our new American majority can end the outrage of unaffordable, unavailable health care in our time. We can bring doctors and patients; workers and businesses, Democrats and Republicans together; and we can tell the drug and insurance industry that while they’ll get a seat at the table, they don’t get to buy every chair. Not this time. Not now.

Our new majority can end the tax breaks for corporations that ship our jobs overseas and put a middle-class tax cut into the pockets of the working Americans who deserve it.

We can stop sending our children to schools with corridors of shame and start putting them on a pathway to success. We can stop talking about how great teachers are and start rewarding them for their greatness. We can do this with our new majority.

We can harness the ingenuity of farmers and scientists; citizens and entrepreneurs to free this nation from the tyranny of oil and save our planet from a point of no return.

And when I am President, we will end this war in Iraq and bring our troops home; we will finish the job against al Qaeda in Afghanistan; we will care for our veterans; we will restore our moral standing in the world; and we will never use 9/11 as a way to scare up votes, because it is not a tactic to win an election, it is a challenge that should unite America and the world against the common threats of the twenty-first century: terrorism and nuclear weapons; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease.

All of the candidates in this race share these goals. All have good ideas. And all are patriots who serve this country honorably.

But the reason our campaign has always been different is because it’s not just about what I will do as President, it’s also about what you, the people who love this country, can do to change it.

That’s why tonight belongs to you. It belongs to the organizers and the volunteers and the staff who believed in our improbable journey and rallied so many others to join.

We know the battle ahead will be long, but always remember that no matter what obstacles stand in our way, nothing can withstand the power of millions of voices calling for change.

We have been told we cannot do this by a chorus of cynics who will only grow louder and more dissonant in the weeks to come. We’ve been asked to pause for a reality check. We’ve been warned against offering the people of this nation false hope.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we’ve been told that we’re not ready, or that we shouldn’t try, or that we can’t, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people.

Yes we can.

It was a creed written into the founding documents that declared the destiny of a nation.

Yes we can.

It was whispered by slaves and abolitionists as they blazed a trail toward freedom through the darkest of nights.

Yes we can.

It was sung by immigrants as they struck out from distant shores and pioneers who pushed westward against an unforgiving wilderness.

Yes we can.

It was the call of workers who organized; women who reached for the ballot; a President who chose the moon as our new frontier; and a King who took us to the mountaintop and pointed the way to the Promised Land.

Yes we can to justice and equality. Yes we can to opportunity and prosperity. Yes we can heal this nation. Yes we can repair this world. Yes we can.

And so tomorrow, as we take this campaign South and West; as we learn that the struggles of the textile worker in Spartanburg are not so different than the plight of the dishwasher in Las Vegas; that the hopes of the little girl who goes to a crumbling school in Dillon are the same as the dreams of the boy who learns on the streets of LA; we will remember that there is something happening in America; that we are not as divided as our politics suggests; that we are one people; we are one nation; and together, we will begin the next great chapter in America’s story with three words that will ring from coast to coast; from sea to shining sea – Yes. We. Can.



Lipstick Jungle
February 13, 2008, 11:25
Filed under: Gender Fights, tv

I just finished watching the first episode of Lipstick Jungle. It is a lot better than Cashmere Mafia. Here are my three main reasons:

  1. Friend Chemistry: The “friendship” moments between the three main characters in Lipstick Jungle (LJ) were more realistic, more heartfelt than the moments in Cashmere Mafia (CM). Not once during the four episodes of CM that I watched did I look at the screen (I watch TV on my computer. http://www.hulu.com) and say “Gee, that could be me and my friends” or “Gee, I wish that was me and my friends.”
  2. Boy Chemistry: There are affairs in both shows. Extra-marital affairs, girl-on-girl affairs, boy-on-girl affairs, etc. Neither show is quite at the level of Big and Carrie but I think LJ gets closer to that sentiment than CM. Take the Rich Guy from LJ. He seems like a tool, talks on the phone a whole lot, then rescues the Fashion Designer on his jet and kisses her on the tarmac. Wow. Seriously, that’s sexy. Unrealistic, but sexy. I don’t get that vibe from any of the love stories on CM.
  3. Plot: The underlying premise of both shows is that working women make great sacrifices in order to succeed in their careers. The theme of balancing family and work is strong on both shows, but I felt that LJ did a better job at depicting just how costly the sacrifices were.
  • Case in point 1: Brook Shields character is the breadwinner of her family. She has children and is involved in their lives (i.e. morning rituals, getting them into the right school). This is true of both the red-head and the banker on CM. The difference is that her husband vocalizes his discontent and is vague as to whether or not they can work it out. There is no happily ever after here, only the gnawing sense that things may or may not work. I’m not in her situation, but I know how that feels. The M&A Banker on CM faces a similar problem, but the show ties her issues up into neat little packets. I don’t feel the “stress,” I don’t see the value of her sacrifice.
  • Case in Point 2: The topic of infidelity is touched upon in both shows. In CM, the red-head’s husband does the cheating versus JM where the Magazine Woman cheats on her husband because (evidently) she isn’t getting much attention at home. CM does a terrible job of explaining why the husband cheats. Does he feel threatened? He shouldn’t, he manages a hedge fund. No clue. I guess that’s just how it he rolls. JM, on the other hand, discretely tells you that the Magazine Lady is in an unhappy marriage. He is professor who is happy with his career. She is happy (?) with her career. They have grown apart. They are roommates, not lovers, not partners, etc. She strays, and she feels torn and guilty about it. The red-head in CM cries when her husband cheats on her (again), but then she resolves the issue by trying to start her own affair. That’s stupid. No one resolves issues that way. JM shows the ambiguity of the situation, the mix of guilt and pleasure. Life is complicated and so the show should be complicated too.


Ross Interview
February 11, 2008, 11:25
Filed under: MBA | Tags: , , ,

I just received an interview invitation for Ross. YEAY ME!!!!!

I have the option of interviewing via phone or in person. I can’t really do in-person because I’m short on cash now that I’m unemployed and all. I hope the phone interview doesn’t hurt me that much.

Ross is probably a better school than Stern, but the location makes a difference not just in experience but in terms of recruiting as well. My goal is to park my brain somewhere for two years, get comfortable with concepts in finance and marketing, have a blast, expand my network of ultra-bright and competent friends, and then get a better job than the one that I had before.

I actually think that Stern’s curriculum is inferior to Ross, but the Stern alumni base will be more useful to me when it comes to find a job. However, I already had the whole “small town” experience at UVA. New York is vibrant. I want to stay here.  Build a network here.

With that said, I would be thrilled to go to Ross should I get in and have no other options.



No matter your stance.
February 11, 2008, 11:25
Filed under: Links that rock, Politics | Tags:

I am still not 100% sure if I would vote for Barack Obama, but, this video is more than a little inspiring. It is amazing.

http://www.dipdive.com/

Okay, my friend just sent me this link. It is a write-up on Obama’s speech write . http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/20/fashion/20speechwriter.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

I am a huge fan of the West Wing. If you watch that show then you know that the President has a communications director that is in charge of carving the President’s public statements.

Obviously, presidents don’t have time to write all of their speeches. Obviously, speech writers have to generate public statements that capture the speaker’s pathos.  For example, Bush could never deliver a speech that as written for Obama. It wouldn’t fly.

Great oratory sometimes has a bells and whistles effect—In other words, I will admit that Obama and his speech writers create great speeches. I hope there is substance. I’m going to check glassbooth.org out and read more about Obama’s positions.



www.glassbooth.com
February 8, 2008, 11:25
Filed under: Links that rock, Politics

Go to glassbooth.com for real, factual coverage on both Democrat and Republican presidential candidates.

The website has 14 categories ranging from Iraq and Foreign Policy, to The Economy, to Gun Control and Abortion. It then defines the candidates’ stance on each of the issues by posting speech excerpts, videos, and voting records in support/opposition of said issue.

It’s really interesting, completely objective, and 100% informative.