Showing posts from August, 2005

DFNYC Research And Advocacy Group

I look forward to our meeting on the 31st. This kind of activism speaks to me. I am not "just a writer," or "just a thinker." I have been at the very forefront of electoral politics at times in the past. But for now all my political energies go to the movement for democracy in Nepal. And my personal career focus is on entrepreneurial stuff. But there is no curing a political animal. And even to entrepreneurship what I take to the table is vision and group dynamics. And the process of crafting legislation is of major corporate interests to me. As you can see, there is a lot of inter-connectedness. And DFNYC has been homebase of sorts to me in this chosen city of mine. The city's social progressive thrust speaks to me very personally. And DFNYC sits atop it.

"Where there is no vision, the people shall perish."

I am really interested in "the vision thing," as Bush 41 puts it. I think there are two aspects to it: the vision, the tools.

Vision is of…

Simplifying Social Security Debate

I am no expert on the topic, and do not so pretend, but the outlines are quite plain, I think.

The Republican Party is no longer a small government party. They have been spending, and spending, and spending some more. That is what happens when you give all three branches of government to one party.

Deficits and debts are not good things. They can be temporarily incurred, but not forever. I don't know for sure why the Roman Empire collapsed, but America looks set to lose its number one position by overspending and overborrowing. The party is not going to end with a bang, but a whimper. You can't swipe a credit card forever.

On Social Security, instead of debating if the money thus collected should at least partly go to private accounts, why not encourage the rich (and famous) to save part of their earnings towards the same end? The stock market can always use some more money. That is how stocks go up, when people pump in more money into the stock markets. The demand and supply som…

Some Suggestions To The Cesnik Campaign

I just got an email from Eric to "grab some beer" later on to talk more about "Dean as Goldwater." I spent a major part of today mulling over his campaign. And now I get to write it up.

Hillary once said her class at Yale Law School was full of people who were going to change the world, but "Bill" was the only one who actually went ahead and ran for public office.

I think Eric has potential. The mere fact that he is running for public office is a big step. I laud him for that. Over time I will get more of a hang over city politics, if only for entrepreneurial reasons - municipality provided citywide wireless broadband is a vision to which the City Hall will be key - and I might as well prepare some ground now.

Education came across as a major personal passion for Eric in my talk last night. And that is something with ramifications much larger than his particular district. Local is global. To run for City Council in a city that is the capital of the world is …

Eric Cesnik For City Council

Today I went to my first DFNYC Mixer. It is like this social event. MeetUps are to get the work done. And then you have this Mixer once a month. It is supposed to be more like a party. But I also saw a lot of work done.

There was this great vibe. Lots of introductions.

I met Eric.

Eric is one cool dude.

He was a top notch student at Dartmouth and at Harvard Law School. He was at some midtown law firm. And then he showed up for a MeetUp. This was one of the earliest ones. One where Howard Dean discovered Howard Dean. Next thing you know he moved to Vermont to become a full timer with the Dean campaign. He is one of those inspired people I read about when Dean was glowing hot, like people who biked across the country for Dean.

He is from Madison, Wisnconsin, a sister town to Bloomington, Indiana. A progressive island. I have been to Madison a few times. There's this really cool Nepali restaurant close to downtown.

And now he is running for City Council.

We talked about Dean. I said he migh…


I just got this wonderful forward in my inbox.

Letter to Red states from California Dear Red States,

We're ticked off at the way you've treated California, and we've decided we're leaving. We intend to form our own country, and we're taking the other Blue States with us. In case you aren't aware, that includes Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and all the Northeast. We believe this split will be beneficial to the nation, and especially to the people of the new country of New California. We get stem cell research and the best beaches. We get Elliot Spitzer. You get Ken Lay.

We get the Statue of Liberty. You get OpryLand. We get Intel, Mac and Microsoft. You get WorldCom. We get Harvard. You get Ole' Miss. We get 85 percent of America's venture capital and entrepreneurs. You get Alabama. We get two-thirds of the tax revenue, you get to make the red states pay their fair share. Since our aggregate divorce rate …

Dumb And Dumberer: Creationist Bush

Nothing puts me off like this easy litmus test. I have zero room for creationists. It is like someone said to a creationist arguing evolution is but a theory, so is gravity, so why don't you fly away!

Of course evolution is but a theory, that is the beauty of it. It is a sound theory that has so far stood the test of time, and is always open to the possibility it might get toppled by some better theory down the line, but that "theory" is not never going to be creationism, because creationism is not a theory, it is religious dogma.

So if God created the world in six days, is it six days or is it seven days? The Muslims say it is seven days, I think. So which is it?

The creationism Bush subscribes to is a religious concept propounded by one specific (of many equally valid) religions, or more accurately a sect within that religion, for many within that same religion do not let their minds get befuddled by the nonsense debate.

Evolution is a scientific theory. And so only anothe…

Tracey Denton Of DFNYC

When I moved to NYC a few months ago, primarily looking for a "hometown," but also to reengineer my career path and go back to dreaming big, I made a point to give myself a fresh start socially. And guess what I turned to first: MeetUps.

The Dean surge got me to MeetUps. And I stayed on. I "landed" in Indianapolis early last year hoping to dig into the MeetUp phenomenon, but the city was not my size. It was a little too small for me. And so I "took off" again a few months later.

NYC is a different story. And the Dean connection landed me at the DFA MeetUps. I looked for the one with the most members - East Village - and just plain showed up, is all it takes. Last night was my second show-up.

And at DFNYC you have people like Tracey Denton. Getting on a first name basis with her has been another Hollywood moment for me. It is like meeting Scott, the CEO of MeetUp.

Tracey is razor sharp, and she is on a first name basis with the man himself, Howard Dean. I stil…