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Diamonds and the Global Contract

While looking for information on Global Compact, I found an interesting article corporate responsibility (via). It discusses corporate cupability, and the costs of maintaining responsible business interests inthe developing world. It’s a pretty balanced perspective, all-in-all, emphasizing the need and necessity for business to take responsibility for its own actions, while admitting the difficulties inherent in doing just that. What’s interesting is that the article talks about DeBeers, a company...

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Mercenary wam BAM

Human Rights Watch just published a report on West African Behavior. The majority of these regional warriors began their fighting careers after being forcibly recruited by either the NPFL or the RUF, usually when they were still children. After fighting in their first war, however, nearly all willingly crossed borders to fight in other wars or ‘missions,’ a term these fighters used for war. At the time of recruitment into...

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productivity pr0n.

I’m somewhat a fan of Getting Things Done, by David Allen, but I haven’t yet found an implementation I’m 100% a fan of. I tried wikiPad, and really liked it. Too bad I migrate between computers at work, school, home, and everywhere else at least twice a day. A desktop implementation just wasn’t going to work. Paper was fine for a short short while, but the sheer number of seperate...

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Round-up

Vanity Fair features the Peace Corps (transcript). Alaskan legislatures approve Permenant Fund dividends while serving. PC wiki. The Martha Stewert of Gabon. Interesting Essay. Busy week in the app process, but isn’t it always?продвижение

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Today, kottke posted about how he’s been blogging for six or seven years, and how lovely it is that he has such a strong and loyal readership that he’s now able to support himself off of blogging, and do it full time. Goddammit, I’ve been doing this for at least seven or eight years now, in various forms, and I have no such loyal readership. Projects go along nicely for...

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I love my car.

Seriously, the poor thing just seems to take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’. Wednesday went sort of like this: Get in car, turn on lights, drive to Baltimore, park. Get out of car, walk to work. Leave work early, walk to car, open car door, realize OMFG I LEFT THE LIGHTS ON. Fail at starting the car. Flag down help. Am told to sit in my car to work...

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I wouldn’t hit that.

Another quake shakes S.E. Asia. Friends have pointed out that the last one was the day after Xmas, and this one was the day after Easter. My favorite analysis of this is here.раскрутки сайтов

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Forms-a-Go-Go

Got my medical packet on Friday! After some reassurance from the PC LJ Community, I’m not freaking out about it. There are some good recommendations in there, like, oh I don’t know, quitting smoking. For those of you who don’t know, during the interview, the recruiter asks if there’s anyone in your life who isn’t supportive of serving. My recruiter was somewhat suprised when I said no. I mean, there...

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Sex, Sex, and more Sex

A Texas lawmaker wants to end ribald cheerleading at high school football games and in compeititons. Now call me a product of my times, but, um, what’s the point? Girls with bare midriffs and short skirts are going to inspire lust in their pubescent (and older) counterparts no matter what. How is asking the girls not to get their groove on going to make any sort of difference? (via NDC)...