A Revolution of Words

The article I read does not make what I would call a profound statement about blogging (profound being if someone said, “Blogging will replace books completely” — as idiotic as that may sound).  However, it was written in 2002 and appeared in Wired.  The Blogging Revolution , by Andrew Sullivan, is ahead of its time, only having been written 2 years after the idea of “Web 2.0” emerged for the first time.  I think it was a very important insight into what blogging would become and how it would affect our lives on a daily basis.  The author makes an analogy between Napster for music and blogging being the future of words and information — and I couldn’t agree more.  For I always have much more respect for someone if they make a claim that isn’t readily accepted because it is ahead of its time. Continue reading

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There’s a New Form in Town

The M-form (a.k.a. multi-divisional) type of corporate governance began to replace the U-form post WWI. (Scott & Davis) The old U-form, which was found in companies like railroads and large industrial firms, was becoming outdated. Thus, firms like du Pont, GM, Sears, and Standard Oil decided to create a new form. It consists of a general office HQ and several regional divisions, each of which performed different functions. The form was found to perform well in diverse markets. The M-form describes a type of organizational structure consisting of a relatively large number of relatively small units, which are controlled mainly by the setting of goals from a corporate headquarters. By the late 1970s, nearly 9 out of 10 companies utilized the M-form concept to divide the company into divisions based on the output produced. (Scott & Davis) Continue reading

Legalizing America’s Number One Cash Crop

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DISCLAIMER: I apologize for how long this is… I have written at length in the past about this topic and am passionate about it.  And, no, I am not a pothead — I simply do not believe in governmental inanity, and this is one of the greatest misrepresentation of American laws in the history of our country.

One of every two Americans has smoked marijuana at least once in their life. Moreover, it is estimated more than 20 million Americans have at least once within the last year.  The overwhelming majority of these users did not go on to become regular marijuana users, try other illicit drugs, or suffer any harmful effects to their health. So who cares? Well, it is a growing issue in both Congress and in society. Should the entire United States, much like some areas of many individual states already have, decriminalize the possession and regulated use of marijuana?

Much to the dismay of anti-marijuana advocates and misinformed high school health teachers, there is a wealth of scientific, as well as social, evidence pointing in the direction of the substance’s decriminalization having a positive outcome.  If marijuana is decriminalized, there is a broad list of social and scientific benefits borne by its legality. Obviously, strict policy restraining a completely unregulated use of marijuana would be necessary, including an age limit. In the most ideal sense, marijuana would be sold much in the same way as alcohol is currently distributed. Marijuana would only be legal for those ages 21 or over, and it would be illegal for minors to produce, purchase, transport, furnish, or use. Secondly, it would only be sold in “state” stores in small amounts, and it would be illegal to produce or sell without proper licensing.  Being psychedelically enhanced in public or driving while under the influence would also still be illegal. Continue reading

Finding Fact Through an Aggregate of Opinion

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As I wrote about last week, my interest in the Great Recession lies in exactly what caused the events leading up to the crash.  Now, I believe that most of my information will be derived from subjective feeds such as interview transcripts, court proceedings, and blogs about the crash.  The reason I believe this type of information is just as useful (if not more) than objective data because it incorporates a humanist perspective into the equation.  And really, if it weren’t for the inherent human flaws in the system, the Recession may have never of happened (plug for Adam Smith there). Continue reading

Whose Fault Was It? Reagan? Greenspan? Someone Else? Everyone?

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I really like that Jordi posted that first quote regarding history and those who do not know it are doomed to repeat it.  In fact, when it comes to the Great Recession as a whole, I’m not really concerned all that much about learning exactly what happened during the crash.  I think everyone is pretty well aware, having lived through it, what happened.  Moreover, as we fix everything over the next half a decade, people will be paying attention to what regulations are set in place and what other measures are taken to “prevent” this from happening again — or at least try to.  Continue reading

From Armani Suits to an Orange Jumper: How’s Old Jeff Doing?

Well it has been almost 7 years since the Enron debacle and about 4 years since Jeffery Skilling was sentenced to over 24 years in prison (late in 2006).  So I figured I would write my blog post on a sort of “catch up with Jeff” inquiry.  He was originally sentenced to a high-level security prison FCI Waseca (located in southern Minnesota), but has since been moved to a low-security prison (in Littelton, CO) since his previous home was being converted to an all women prison.  Continue reading

Dot Thompson (and the rest) for Best People of the Week

Even though I had to meet with her on at least 2 other occasions for other classes, they were always in large groups and I mostly never paid any attention.  I am glad I went to see her by myself fairly recently to learn more about the opportunities that we students have at our disposal.  I went to the library not really knowing how to go about finding Dot, let alone any information that I needed.  After searching around and asking other people for a while, I finally found her, where we subsequently descended into the bowels of the library.  I didn’t make an appointment, but she wasn’t very busy and was more than happy to give me a hand.

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