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May 31, 2006 at 3:18 pm

Henry Paulson links

Was made nominated (I keep forgetting these government things take time and hearings) Treasury Secretary yesterday. Links: The Economist, Jane Galt, USA Today interview from 2004, NPR speech and bio, Political Donations, a PAC he contributes too, source watch for TomPac(very little to report), Greg Mankiw's brief note, conservative blogger Daniel Drezner who predicted that Bush couldn't find an A-List Wall Street job for the type announces the news, and a news article from FT on it.

Basically, Paulson was the CEO of Goldman Sachs currently the most profitable and riskiest investment company in the world. Subject of a recent economist front page story on the culture of risk. He's pretty straight line republican, did give money to the Idaho democracts, Bill Bradley (along with Woody Allen too apparently) and a few scatter shot democrats, but primarily republicans… but what do you expect? Paulson also worked for Nixon's administration, graduted with a B.A. in English, and shows all the signs of a goodly liberterian leaning republican. Jane Galt remarks he doubts he will get the time to make much of an influence unless a major event occurs soon, but seems like a good pick. He also marks the second Goldman Sachs CEO to venture into politics, the last one is now in the Senate. Henry's tenure might be influential after all, if he can be confirmed

p.s. wikpedia on what the treasury secetary guy actually does. He has no direct powers except when it comes to issueing money, in other words he advises the president and is dependent on the president to introduce his legislation and endorse it.

Paulson is also a conservationist and pro-Kyoto.  

May 30, 2006 at 7:08 pm

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May 27, 2006 at 3:19 pm

Something that sucks about Last.fm

Today I seached for middle eastern music by country name.

putting in Iraq gives you a steady stream of truly awful political let’s take some clips from Bush and make some awful techno stuff. I was really hoping for some actual music from the region or even Iranian oh god, now I’m on Egypt which sounds like a metal meets the residents type of thing this is arguably not as bad Cradle of Faith Lovecraft and Witchcraft? Maybe I sould just put in GWAR? Ok and then track 2 is more political techno music, aww man… this next track is truly awful. I mean there’s bad and then there’s… this. Pakistan and Iran come with with not enough for a station. Saudia Arabia same thing, maybe Turkey nope nothing… Syria.. nothing… Oman… nothing. When I search for Arab i get a bunch of awful techno again, but at the very least it might be awful Arabic techno-pop not sure. Yeah this Yahir thing sounds… spanish or french? India percussions and then techno… and then Susheela Raman  who here actually sounds a little Brazilian, this is rather good, but I beleive Indian. And then some actual casio keyboards with ouds middle eastern music. Now here is what’s annoying. Last.fm has obviously put in a lot of work to build up a decent catalog, but I mean you still can only explore so far… I might add a lot of their world stuff sucks. The Cheb Mami Dylan cover is kinda weird. Cosi Celeste
. Anouar Brahem sounds like the middle eastern Kenny G the sooth oud only goes so far. It’s title is in French no less. The same goes for African music which is primarily not seperated by country, and has the usual hey let’s throw in a downtempo british track for no apparent reason. Baaba Maal’s Urban Africa Now has a nice intro as did some russian composer that came up.

May 26, 2006 at 5:27 pm

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