Monthly Archives: February 2009

Graph your Facebook friends

Bernie Hogan is my new hero.  He has written  a lovely little app that allows you to extract your Facebook network in a format that you can use in GUESS or UCINET.

My Online Network.

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Filed under Social Network Sites, Social Networks, technology

What is wrong here

X-posted at my class blog.

“Retention bonuses” would seem to be bonuses by any other name.  Obviously, public and political scrutiny is at super high levels as we reel from the financial crisis.

This little nugget caught my eye about a joint venture between Citigroup and Morgan Stanley:

According to the newspaper [The WSJ], not all of the joint venture’s 20,000 brokers would get retention payments. It said a broker who brought in $1 million in revenue last year might expect to get $500,000 to $1 million, depending on how much he continues to produce.

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Filed under Banking, corporate governance, corruption, economics, Government, Political Economy

Headlines turning my world upside down

This is headline at Huffingtonpost.com

SENIOR REPUBLICANS: NATIONALIZATION OF BANKS MUST BE AN OPTION


What?  Why are Republicans in favor of nationalization?  Is this the path to Fascism?  Do they mean more of the same.. i.e. Socialized risk and privatized benefit?

My head is spinning.  I suppose I should read the article.

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Filed under Political Economy, Politics, Power, Activism

Useful Graphic of Stimulus Bill

This is a useful graphic of the elements of the stimulus bill.

To see better, make your view larger by hitting ctrl + in Firefox.  Or, click on link above.

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Filed under Government, policy, Politics, Power, Activism

$819 Billion to show us that transparency is not enough — Authentic Organizations

$819 Billion to show us that transparency is not enough — Authentic Organizations
Rachel asserts that “accounting is really an exercise about setting our priorities and ensuring that we are acting on and accounting for those priorities. ” Thus, Rachel recommends that organizations be more transparent about their accounting (and distribution of resources), so that they can make their organizational values “crystal clear”.

Yes, I thought. The more data, the better we can see where an organization is focusing its resources. Then, we can draw conclusions about whether the organization is doing what it says it values.

Thanks CV.  Need to read this more carefully and x-post to Org theory blog for class.

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Filed under economics, Government