December 24, 2004

Where are Chinese business leaders ?

Now there is this list of expected movers and shakers of the year 2005 and there is this China fear factor eating every sector's lunch.

Dont they know any Chinese businessmen names to put in that list ?  I am sure they are as smart as they get in any other part of the world.

That is probably the reason why I have more interest in this tiny Berkeley aggregator site than the high and mighty WSJ. 

Something wrong in the way they are thinking about the world.

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December 04, 2004

Factcheck for investors

In India the financial investment market is still fraught with insider trading  and general company malpractices. Unlike US there werent many sites or information outlets where you can go and fact-check the companies. Now Indians too have an option (specially NRIs who most of the time have no clue about the Dalal street). Watchoutinvestors.com site provides lot of fact check services for the investors.

Their objective: -

Arms investors with a self-defense tool to protect themselves from entities and, wherever available persons associated with such entities, who have been indicted by a regulator for an economic default and/or for non-compliance of laws/guidelines and/or who are no longer in the specified activity.

They should add RSS support and community forum as well. Transparency and trust expedites transactions. Good initiaitve.

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October 21, 2004

Importance of skepticism

Asahi Times on the failure of US media during run-up to the Iraq war -

Why was coverage contrary to the facts allowed to drag on for so long? Noted media researcher Michael Massing blames the following: ``A failure to manifest skepticism and independent spirit-the core work values of journalists.''

We have entered an uncertain era in which there is great concern about the direction in which our nation is moving. It is precisely at times like these that the media must redouble its efforts to temper and refine its spirit of skepticism and independence.

I doubt there will be any far reaching changes except some piecemeal efforts from the big media empires. They need to go through a period of irrelevancy before this problem gets fixed.

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October 13, 2004

Punditry ..

Another proof of the slow and sure death of punditry.

No wonders predictors get it wrong most of the time.

Here is my previous rant on this.

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October 09, 2004

Punditry RIP

Fun part of the white house politics in the age of web2.0 is that you can clearly see who is spinning and how.
Check this subtle spin by Mike Mcnamee (deputy editor chief at BusinessWeek) :

Scorned for his scowls and irritability in the first debate on Sept. 30, President George W. Bush made the most of a friendly format in the second. He changed his attitude, went on the offensive, and squeezed out a victory over Senator John F. Kerry at Washington University in St. Louis on the evening of Oct. 8.

Victory ? Maybe I need to check my dictionary for the right meaning of that word. Are we seeing the final phase in the eventual rotting of the punditry business ?

Trust is a big deal here. Factcheck.org is getting increasingly popular because it provides trust in the world full of spin doctors.

Factcheck should not go away after this election, there should be one for the corporate as well. Where CFO's spin can be cross-checked with the marketing guru's whispers to the street guys. Major cleanup possibilities there.

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August 29, 2004

Hyper-linked Olympics

Out of curiosity I went ahead and tried to read Athens Olympics TOC for hyperlinking their site. Check this -

For your protection and ours we have established a procedure for parties wishing to introduce a link to the ATHENS 2004 website on their site

We all know that few commercial entities exploit this kind of thing but how hard it is to come up with a free linking policy for non-commercial purpose ? Some sort of creative commons. After all Olympics were supposed to be for the commons and by the commons. ( Maybe not if you are part of the IOC and NBC camp )


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August 10, 2004

welcome Kashmir

Quite refreshing to see the news piece related to Kashmir which doesn't have the routine violence coverage. Good economics beats bad politics any day.

Beginning of the long journey , lets welcome the start.

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July 28, 2004

New Politics ?

Watched Democratic Convention speeches with lot of interest. All the rhetoric and populism aside, for me two events from the last two day's activity gave lot of hope and optimism.

Big discovery was Barak Obama. American success story. This guy could be America's first black president. Great speech.

Speeches make a big difference, though not his usual charming self but Edwards did a great job delivering optimism and hope. His slogan of "Hope is on the way" was very catchy if not totally original.

Given a choice 9 out of 10 times I will go with the party latching onto hope and optimism. Even if that party's act is just superficial.

Optimism matters to me. Optimism is a force multiplier and represents true moral courage. Hope rejuvenates and it creates more options for better politics.

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July 21, 2004

Disinfopedia

If only Noam Chomsky had access to this Wiki tool when he was writing Manufacturing Consent his job would have been much easier.

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July 20, 2004

Making voting cool

Puff Diddy doing what celebrities should have done long time back. To use their star power for common good. Way to go P. Diddy.

This should act as a hint to celebrities all over the world that Citizen Change is a good idea and they can help move it forward. Like everything else nowadays big movements too start with a website (and should I say blog ?). Diddy start a blog !

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