Sunday, January 25, 2009

Hourly Wage @ Walmart

According to an NY Times article, Walmart's average hourly rate for full-time employees is $10.83. Most people seem to believe that Walmart pays only minimum wage but apparently thats not true.


Thursday, January 22, 2009

An Auspicious Start

Barack Obama starting his first day in office by increasing government transparency and erecting barriers to lobbyists was a great move. The more secrecy and the more lobbyists the more distorted the politics becomes. Now this could lead to real change.


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Best & Worst of Obama's Inauguration Speech

Barack Obama is unquestionably a fabulous speaker and while his election night speech was much better, his inauguration speech didn't disappoint. The best line from his speech was:
"Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age."
And the worst:
"Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms."
...not only super cheesy but don't gathering clouds happen before raging storms rather than at the same time?

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Obama & the Status Quo

Barack Obama's inauguration represents "change" in several important ways. However, it is equally important to recognize several key ways in which his election victory also represents the status quo:
  1. The candidate that raised the most money won
  2. Charisma was exponentially more important than policy
  3. Change was a key campaign promise of non-incumbents


Sunday, January 11, 2009

An Intro to Ubuntu for Non-Techies

The NY Times has a good intro article on Ubunutu for any non-geek that's interested in learning what all the fuss is about.


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