Money can buy you love

Here's a puzzle: how much money would you need to raise to elect a US president who's serious about campaign finance reform?I don't have the answer, but it seems an increasingly important question, as the New York Times reports. President Bush is anticipated to raise more in two weeks than all of the Democrat contenders put together have raised in the last three months. Scary.Read more.

Posted by Paul Joseph on 16 Jun 2003
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Going Digital

I went along yesterday to the BBC launch of some new figures suggesting Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is taking off in the UK. I have to admit that I can't really see how the new digital world of television radically changes us from being a nation of couch potato goggle box watching billy no-mates.... but that might just be me.

Posted by Paul Miller on 10 Jun 2003
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Ten dollars for every word you write

In case you haven't noticed, the boys and girls over the road are sponsoring another essay prize in conjunction with The Economist. This year the title is 'Do we need nature?' - 2,000 words are due by the 22nd August and you stand to pocket $20,000 if you win.In our youfs a few of us have won this kind of thing (although none of us have won that much!). It got me wondereing whether maybe we should run one? Pros and cons in the comments box please.Click here for more about the She...

Posted by Paul Miller on 05 Jun 2003
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Leadership is alive and well and living in Alabama

"I said in the campaign we'd never transform the culture in Alabama until we had an entire administration for whom re-election wasn't the pre-eminent thing," says the new Republican governor of that bastion of progressive, right-on thinking...err...Alabama.And it seems like Bob Riley means it. As Republicans in the White House and Congress push through a trillion dollar tax cut, Mr Riley has called for Alabama's largest tax increase ever: $1.3 billion, or 22 percent of t...

Posted by Paul Joseph on 04 Jun 2003
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stones and glass houses

John Reid on the Today programme criticised those who pay too much attention to 'rogue elements' in the security services. "Their position is not known. They have uncorroborated evidence. They were very small in number."And the sources on which we based the foreign policy of the government?

Posted by John Craig on 04 Jun 2003
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The Third Way to Nowhere

Check out Professor Paul Cammack's scathing attack on 'Tony Blair's favourite guru', Anthony Giddens and his book The Third Way.My favourite line is defininitely:"The John Selwyn Gummer of the risk society, he would compel us to bite into the beefburger of market forces."

Posted by Paul Joseph on 03 Jun 2003
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New word for the day

I've just learned a new word - heterarchies. Apparently, "Heterarchies are new forms of organization featuring collaborative structures, distributed authority, and asset ambiguity. This organizational innovation is a creative response to the ever-accelerating pace of technological change and the redefinition of markets and polities at regional and global scales. Heterarchies are characterized by the organization of diversity: an active rivalry of coexisting principles of evaluation a...

Posted by Paul Miller on 02 Jun 2003
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Cigarette paper or grand canyon?

How big is the rift between the State Department and the Pentagon? And is there anything wrong with a bit of lively feuding? With Henry Kissinger reporting that Secretary of State Colin Powell is thought of abroad as "a small country that occasionally does business with the United States", Steven Weisman analyses the evidence.

Posted by Paul Joseph on 02 Jun 2003
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Demos is not particularly easy today

You have to try out Googlism. Basically you type in a name and it searches links to that word from the sites listed on Google and gives you the sentence where the referral comes from. Try typing in Demos and you get some surprising results. As well as being the standard "greenhouse for new ideas which can improve the quality of our lives" we are also apparently "very very slow" as well as "disabled in one way or another" and my my particular favourite for this ti...

Posted by Paul Miller on 30 May 2003
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U R FIRED :(

With the announcement that personal injury claims firm The Accident Group has gone into administration comes this extra tidbit: according to BBC News Online, 2500 staff have been sacked by text message. Not exactly exemplary use of technology to improve communication...

Posted by on 30 May 2003
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