Esdena: Social Marketplace
Monday, September 25, 2006
  Bill Clinton on FOX bashing Chris Wallace
If you have not already saw this on TV, you need to see it. Whether you like Clinton as a president/husband or not, you have to admire his analytical skill and his courage to admit mistakes and address important issues. Enjoy!

Part I

Part II

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006
  Northwestern, Evanston, and Chicago
Hey welcome back NU students! Hope y'all had a great summer either chilling at home with friends and homies, filling up your resume with internships or volunteering stuff, or travel abroad to do some touristy/not so touristy stuff.

When I was Evanston at May earlier this year to visit my sister, NU gave me 3 impressions:

1. Cold
2. Cold
3. Cold

For real, it was May and it was maybe 40-50. I was freezing even with my long sleeves and jackets on. What do you guys do in the winter!?

Anyhow, welcome back guys, and if you want to steer away from getting ripped off by Norris, come check out our site at where you can buy/sell directly from/to other NU students!

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Saturday, September 16, 2006
  Social bookmarking, Social Marketplace
Social book marking has gotten more and more popular in the internet world, companies like technorati,, Digg are the pioneers of this movement and others like Google, Tagworld, MySpace are jumping quickly on the bandwagon.

As more and more users engage in social bookmarking and internet marketers make their websites "social bookmarking friendly", many speculated that social bookmarking sites are going to take over search engines as the dominant place where web users find their websites.

The question is, will they?

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006
  Welcome back MIT! and Why Do People Hate Corporations
First of all, welcome back MIT students! Good luck with your 1st day of class and all that!

Anyhow, I don't know about elsewhere, but at least here at Rice, people HATE corporations. Businesses and extreprenuers are seen as mercenary, greedy pigs that care only about money.

These people just never seem to remember their own parents probably will not have a job if it werent for these businesses, the very school that they go to is probably funded by an entreprenuer, and the TV, A/C, car... that you "can't live without" are probably invented, materialized, and promoted by corporations.

There are several questions I want to ask:
Did Greenpeace invented Hybrid cars? Or did Toyota?
Did Friends of the Earth revolutionized the energy industry by introducing more efficient fuels? Or did BP?

My point here is, I believe for-profit corporations are more effective than non-profits organizations in achieving social means.

Why? Because of tax breaks provided to companies when they make donations.

What? Yes, because of the tax breaks, very often, a company almost HAVE to donate some money. I mean, financially, they will have to pay anyway, they might as well build a good rep by donating those money they would otherwise in paying in form of tax. Therefore businesses will always donate to non-profits which fit the following criteria:

1. Have close connections with the corporations
2. Throw a good (by good, I mean luxurious most of the time) charity event
3. Able to create good PR for the business

Ok, so NONE of these 3 says anything about the non-profits ability to achieve their social goals. My point is, because non-profits are removed from direct force of the market, they are NOT as efficient as for-profits to benefit the society.

Because lets face it, you will only buy a coke for $1 if you think it worth more than $1 to you. What is a better prove of contribution to the society than that?

You can disagree with me, but this is what I think.

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