Saturday, July 28, 2007
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"THE DIVINE MS. ALTHOUSE." – TERRY TEACHOUT
"FORMIDABLE LAW BLOGGER ANN ALTHOUSE." – SLATE
Against Hillary Clinton
KEEP CORRUPT AND DISHONEST HILLARY CLINTON OUT OF THE WHITEHOUSE
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Social justice and a living wage, trashing of corporate whores and the occasional drinking binge.
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Friday, July 27, 2007
Resolved: new film about the world of high school debate
The subject of RESOLVED is the world of high school debate, and when I initially heard this I figured that it would fit the popular mold of such competition-based docs as SPELLBOUND and MAD HOT BALLROOM. To the filmmakers credit they successfully ignore those patterns and weave a story that involves you with more than simplistic questions of who will win and who will lose.
Like any good film, documentary or otherwise, RESOLVED takes you into another world. The world of high school debate has grown considerably more complex than when I was on my high school speech team, and the film artfully explains all the history, rules, and customs of this tiny sub-culture through the use of some amazing graphics and animation by Sean Donnelly. Just as NEW YORK DOLL gave the layman a crash course in punk rock history in order to tell its story, RESOLVED gets you up to speed right away. Credit must also be given to the editors, Greg Whiteley himself, Tom Runquist, and Brad Barber.
The story centers on two debate teams. Matt and Sam are a pair of nationally ranked debaters from a powerhouse Texas high school that seem to have all the advantages necessary to contend to win the superbowl of high school debate, the Tournament of Champions. The other team, Louis and Richard, are two African-American students who attend underfunded Jordan High School in Long Beach, California. The fate of these two teams unfolds in unexpected ways, but what truly makes the film take off and fly is the choice Louis and Richard make to ignore the agreed upon resolution and instead debate the very system of how high school debate functions in America.
Inspired by Brazillian philosopher Paolo Friere and fueled by personal experience, Louis and Richard set out to establish that the current system is inherently exclusionary. Documentaries are typically more heady than most genres, but what makes this film special is that it doesn't shy away from big and challenging ideas, nor does it doubt its audience's capability to understand them. As a result it's profoundly thought-provoking and by the end it becomes much more than a film about debate, and becomes more of a film about the risks and rewards involved when the disadvantaged attack and critique the very system they are part of.
Cliff Schecter on politics
Giuliani, You´re The Best!
Say NO to the NWO (No WOMEN Officials) Vote HILLARY!
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r.luke dubois: Academy
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences began hosting awards ceremonies (the "Oscars") in 1927. The award for Best Picture evolved over the first three years into an annual distinction unparalleled in the film industry. Academy allows us to explore the temporal, formal, and aesthetic progression of the first seventy-five years of the Academy awards by taking each film and compressing, sound and picture, into a single minute. In addition, the piece attempts to interrogate issues of film canon by presenting the Best Picture winners in chronological order in a massively condensed time frame. Using frame averaging and time-lapse photography, the entirety of the film is present in this highly abbreviated snapshot. Repeat viewing of the entire piece allows the viewer not only to see cinematic history unfolding, but also to see formal tropes in cinematography, editing, and music direction exposed through the massive acceleration of temporal scale employed by the piece.
Bookhunter. A cartoon police procedural by Jason Shiga.
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Canneslions Live 2007
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Thursday, July 26, 2007
Ellen Roseman: Canadian personal finance and consumer issues
Ellen is a personal finance and consumer affairs columnist with the Toronto Star's business section. Her columns appear Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. She was the Star's business editor before moving to full-time columnist in 1999. She previously spent two decades at the Globe and Mail as a columnist on consumer affairs, personal finance and mutual funds, and associate managing editor of the Report on Business.
Million Dollar Journey
Alright, so a little about me. I am a married Canadian who was born (1979), raised and currently resides in Eastern Canada. I began investing in mutual funds when I was 16 years old and the passion for finance grew from there. When I graduated from University (I was 23), I started getting more serious about the stock market and real estate investing. Since I started young, I have built an equity portfolio that has been growing gradually over the years. I hope to grow my net worth to at least $1 million by the time i'm 35. Is the goal too high? Am I naive? I don't think so but only time will tell and this blog will be here to keep track along the way.
I plan to post educational articles regarding personal finance and investing. Along with that, I will be posting about the strategies that have helped me get to where I am today. My goal for this blog is to not only keep dibs on my financial progress but to educate those who are interested in personal finance and investing.
Canadian Capitalist — A Personal Finance Weblog
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tracking Insider Trading Real-time
Insider behavior matters because research based on real-time signals has shown that a properly modeled picture of insider actions can provide the most accurate reflection of the prospects for the company, industry, economic sector, or even the stock market in general, going forward.
This makes perfect sense from an intuitive perspective. Corporate insiders possess all the necessary skills and characteristics that one could use to describe the "successful" investor. These include: A deep knowledge and understanding of the company and/or industry; A demonstrated ability to produce success; The training necessary to understand risk and to control it; The wherewithal (capital) to take advantage of opportunity when it presents itself and finally; A tendency to go against the crowd.
In general, insider buys are more useful. Since insiders have exclusive information on the company performance, if they are risking their own money on the stock, usually they should have good reasons, especially when several insiders buy the stock at the same time.