Submit Your Questions For The Debates




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This is a major positive development. I got a question I will be submitting.

Hi. This is Paramendra from New York City. Iraq will be the number one issue in the Democratic primaries as well as in the general election. The Al Qaeda is stronger than ever before. I agree with the neocons that the War On Terror is the same magnitude as the Cold War. I believe the only way to win it is by ensuring a total spread of democracy across the Arab world. That is to drain the swamp. But you don't do it like in Iraq which has been a half trillion dollar mistake. You do it like in Nepal, which also has 27 million people. You spread democracy the progressive way. The message from Nepal is you shut the country down completely for three weeks, and you will have democracy. Would you agree with this basic prescription? And do you think progressives in America should get behind the nobel cause of spreading democracy? Could we achieve a total spread of democracy by 2020?

This is cool. I hope they make the entire debate available on YouTube, in full as well as in parts, so bloggers have the option to embed them on their sites. The conversation should never stop.

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The CEO Mayor BusinessWeek places pragmatism before politics ..... forthright and prosaic 65-year-old billionaire just may have the right combination of managerial, risk-taking, and political skills to create a new model for public service ..... from two decades building his eponymous financial-information and media empire, the mayor is using technology, marketing, data analysis, and results-driven incentives to manage what is often seen as an unmanageable city of 8 million. ........ Bloomberg sees New York City as a corporation, its citizens as customers, its sanitation workers, police officers, clerks, and deputy commissioners as talent. He is the chief executive. ...... His failed attempt to build a football stadium in Manhattan gobbled up time and energy for much of his first term. ....... his checklist-obsessed operating style ..... effectively managing something so large and complex ..... Where most politicians would have seen only a fiscal solution to the budget gap, he spotted a marketing opportunity. He was protecting the New York City "brand." Bloomberg saw a low crime rate, good public transportation, and clean streets as indispensable to selling New York. Cutting back on services, he felt, would send the wrong message to the business community and the outside world. ........... metric junkie ..... Since 2003, New York says it has added 151,100 new private sector jobs, boosting the economy and fueling a construction boom. ...... 44 million visitors .... the average value of a single family home surged by 55% .... establishing 24-hour call lines, collecting data to help develop new products, and sending his executives out into the field to solicit feedback directly from clients. "Good companies listen to their customers, No.1," he says. "Then they try to satisfy their needs, No.2. But don't let [them] drive the internal decisions of the company." ........ 311 would give the mayor unprecedented access to what was on his constituents' minds. Bloomberg sees the weekly reports and gets a sense of the citizenry's angst ....... startup cost of $25 million, 311 has received 49 million calls. The service employs 370 round-the-clock call takers ...... The average wait time for an appointment with a building inspector has dropped from 40 days to less than a week. Two years after 311 launched, inspections for excessive noise were up 94%; rodent exterminations, 36%. ....... All meeting rooms had glass windows, so you could look inside. His desk and those of his staff were clustered in a room without walls to facilitate better and faster communication. ....... has tried to make the government and its agencies more open ..... His hope is that, by explaining the forces shaping the city's economy, a better understanding of his tax and spending priorities will emerge. The approach has not only helped him in budget negotiations ........ semiannual mayor's management report ...... the report—which reviews the delivery of city services—is 186 pages, available online, and includes many more features than before, including neighborhood data and five-year trends that allow New Yorkers to compare past and present. ..... the city plans and budget, once convoluted fiscal documents with only summaries available online, are now fully accessible on the city's Web site ....... recruited his lieutenants based on their ability to set targets and hit them. ...... to Oliver's astonishment the agency had only one computer. Most staff were tapping away on electric typewriters. ...... a dedicated team of 33 police officers to ease shoots in the city ...... A major part of the CEO's responsibilities is to be the ultimate risk-taker and decision-maker. ..... The mayor has embraced risk with an almost reckless disregard for political repercussions. ..... "In business, you reward people for taking risks. When it doesn't work out, you promote them because they were willing to try new things. If people come back and tell me they skied all day and never fell down, I tell them to try a different mountain." ...... "The real world, whether in business or government, requires that you don't jump to the endgame [or] to success right away," he says. "You do it piece by piece. Some people get immobilized when they come to a roadblock. My answer is, 'you know, it's a shame it's there, but now where else can we go? Let's just do it.'"
Plus: Bloomberg on Bloomberg America's largest city ..... To see if it is possible to run Gotham like a company. ..... have the ideas you want come from [your team]. But when it comes time, you have to make the decision. I have never had a problem making a decision. ...... Innovation is a lot easier in the private sector because what innovation is really about is not knowing who is going to use it; you don't know what it's going to look like; you don't know how it's going to work; you don't know what it's going to cost; you don't know whether anybody is going to buy it, but you just sort of have this feeling that this might work, and if we don't try, we'll never know. ...... the horse trading and the necessity to give due deference to those people you want to come along ....... Our operations method is to try things and to see whether they work. Research will never tell you that. ..... you make luck by increasing the number of times you flip the coin. ..... The biggest impediment to going into government for people in the private sector is the loss of privacy. ..... I have had friends who have said they would like to volunteer or do something in government but they had to pass because you have to fill out these forms. ...... I'm not terribly interesting to write about. I live with an age-appropriate woman. We don't do coke. We don't go to crazy places. ........ The press didn't know—what does a billionaire do? Do they put on their pants one leg at a time, or not? Do they eat with their fingers, or a knife and fork? ....... And then when I said I wasn't going to tell where I was going on some weekends, The New York Times went ballistic. But after three or four weeks they went on to the next subject. ....... It took a year, but Monica eventually disappeared. ...... I would like to leave a culture of responsibility, accountability, excellence, and honesty. Me and the 300,000 people I work with
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Dude, You're Getting a Dell_at Wal-Mart low-cost Asian manufacturers. ...... The majority of Dell's sales are from PCs (61%) ..... Services make up 10% of the total, and servers, the machines that run Web sites and corporate networks, account for 9%.

Gates: Don't count us out in the ad biz CNet News Television, newspapers and all forms of publishing are being fundamentally changed by a shift to digital media ..... "Yellow Page(s) usage among people below 50 will drop to near zero in the next five years" ....... While Microsoft is working to catch up to Google in areas such as search, it is also looking to technology to provide new types of Internet content and advertising that it hopes will change the rules of the game. ...... an "infinite zoom ad" ...... now what is an advertisement can actually have as much information as a product catalog ...... pay per zoom or pay per attention ...... another Microsoft photo technology, PhotoSynth, which creates 3D images out of collections of digital photos of the same space. In the past, Microsoft has demoed the software to allow people to move around tourist spots and landmarks. But, Flake said, the technology could also be used to replicate storefronts.
Can Motorola regain its footing? Motorola, the second-largest handset maker in the world, behind Nokia, is struggling to regain its footing in an increasingly competitive market. For the first quarter of 2007, the company reported a net loss as it resisted matching its competitors' price cuts.
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What Buffett Might Buy BusinessWeek Buffett is famously frugal in his personal life and in his corporate purchases. ...... Buffett has long invested almost all his money in the U.S., but he's now searching more actively on foreign shores. .... he might buy a handful of large, well-run international companies ....... Caterpillar's (CAT) market capitalization is $47 billion with annual revenues of $42 billion. It has a nice $6 billion cash flow. What Buffett might not like is the $27 billion debt load. ...... Valero ..... has a no-layoff policy ...... Oracle of Omaha is no fan of astronomical pay packages, the kind of thing handed out like candy on Wall Street ....... he certainly understands the finance business. He had a long-term investment in Salomon Brothers, and even took over as interim chairman in 1991 for 10 months to help turn around the beleaguered investment bank. ....... One thing is clear: Buffett is anxious to put his cash to use.
Toyota: A Turbocharged Profit Machine In what's expected to be the best-ever profit results of any Japanese company in history, Toyota is anticipated to announce operating profits of about $18.4 billion for its fiscal year that ended in March. ..... Sales, meanwhile, are expected to grow 10% to $193 billon. ...... a 10% operating profit margin, an aspiration ...... even now, Toyota retains a sense of caution that dates back to financial woes in the early 1950s. "Toyota's strength is their balance between the short term and long term," Yoshida says. "They do everything to minimize risk." ....... Toyota's U.S. market share was 15.7%, compared to Ford's 16.3% and GM's 23.2%. ....... the U.S., which generates about 60% of Toyota's profits
Another Deal for Arcelor Mittal? may be looking to bolster its U.S. presence ...... The Mittals have cobbled together a global behemoth with $59 billion in annual sales, first by taking over fading steel mills that no one else wanted, and then moving up the value chain to snag higher-quality, more-efficient mills. The crowning touch was the company's $38 billion takeover of European giant Arcelor in June, 2006. The Mittals may also be seeking other prizes, with speculation swirling around Vallourec, a big French maker of pipes for the oil industry. ...... If the Mittals are indeed in the hunt for AK Steel, expect a tenacious pursuit.
Mittal And Son 31-year-old Aditya Mittal, the baby-faced chief financial officer ...... Despite Aditya's tender years, he has worked with his father for a decade and is his closest confidant. ..... The pair is today the most powerful father-son duo on the global business stage. Together, the Mittals have come to dominate one of the oldest, most elemental businesses on earth. In the process, they've helped revive a flagging industry—and created staggering wealth. The Mittals' 45% stake in Arcelor Mittal is worth $33 billion, ranking them among the world's richest families. ..... Where the 56-year-old Lakshmi is the steel industry visionary, Aditya is the financial dealmaker. ..... The smooth, Wharton-educated son pushed for the $38 billion takeover of Arcelor, the giant European steel company, then helped hammer out every aspect of the deal that closed last June. ...... The son of a traveling salesman, Lakshmi lived in a poor and remote Indian village without running water until the age of five. His father later started a small steel mill, giving young Lakshmi a taste for the business. Lakshmi, in turn, went on to found his own steel company, developing the instincts of a from-the-gut manager. ....... Lakshmi is comfortable chatting up line workers and still knows how to operate the electric arc furnaces used to turn scrap into molten metal. ...... Aditya feels more at home with a Wall Street crowd, enjoys scuba diving and skiing, and has become a master dealmaker. ....... They're also free of many of the social and cultural constraints that so often hamstring business in both Europe and India. ...... Lakshmi built his business first from Indonesia and then from London and is seen as something of an outsider in his homeland. As a result, he has become a kind of world citizen without roots. ...... cunning, tenacious, and tough—if not downright ruthless—pushing aside anyone in their way ...... They are legendary for their long meetings, fueled by little more than green tea and sandwiches. The Mittals have cajoled, sweet-talked, or outwitted legions of steel executives from every corner of the planet. ......... negotiated through three years of shifting political winds before winning a steel plant in Romania. ....... Over the decades, the Mittal strategy has been nothing if not consistent. ..... In the long run Lakshmi's vision is an industry dominated by a handful of powerful companies, strong enough to cut output rather than prices in a downturn. ...... While his father zips around the globe in his Gulfstream G550, dining with presidents and potentates, Aditya bears down on the nitty-gritty details. ........ the plant, where he loved to watch the furnace swallow scrap metal with a roar like rolling thunder. "I used to spend Saturday nights at the melt shop," a cavernous space with giant ladles full of molten steel .......... his father's love of the industry and his acute sense of strategy and timing ....... Wharton in 1993 ..... There, he met his future bride, Megha, who for months refused to give Aditya the time of day. ....... He left to help his father create a public company called Ispat International from many of the steel assets Mittal had been buying. "I always believed [a stock offering] would open up more opportunities," Aditya says. ........ A brutal steel slump that led to a wave of bankruptcies had sent Ispat's shares plummeting from an IPO price of 27 in 1997 to just 1.50 in late 2001, and the company's $2 billion Mexican operation was teetering on the edge of default. But the Mittals turned the crisis to their advantage. They snatched up plants in Eastern Europe and Algeria at rock-bottom prices. Capitalizing on the desire of many governments to shed money-losing assets, and backed by favorable financing from the World Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development, the Mittals doubled their annual production capacity to 30 million tons over just two years. "Everywhere there was something for sale," says Aditya....... When Aditya first hit on the notion of going after Arcelor, his father was less than enthusiastic. ...... after a three-hour meal, Dollé shrugged off any suggestions of a deal. ........ After Dollé ducked further meetings, Aditya took the gloves off. An investment banker hastily summoned to work on the bid said the deal was classic Mittal. ....... "We were all struggling to find a crack in the Arcelor defense," says Shahriar Tadjbakhsh, an investment banker from Goldman Sachs ....... He tells of touring, like a conqueror, the city of Luxembourg, taking in the opera house and other landmarks. His guide: None other than the Prime Minister. ....... the Mittals are surprisingly down-to-earth ...... they are intensely private, focusing what little downtime they have on the family's inner circle. ..... While the two companies were roughly the same size, Arcelor annually spent more than 10 times what Mittal did on research and development. The best Arcelor plants outperform Mittal mills in efficiency, reliability, and quality of steel. ........ Arcelor, which is not as sharp commercially as it is on technology ..... Most give the Mittal father-son act at least another decade. It's when fathers hit their 70s and sons their 40s that such unions start to unravel, as the younger generation itches to take control ..... "The father is an entrepreneurial icon, one of the great business leaders of the 21st century.
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WiMax Nation: Sprint, Intel And Motorola May Be Right 24/7 Wall St. WiMax will reach 150 million potential customers by 2008. By 2010, that number will hit 650 million with 1.3 billion being the figure by 2012. Just five short years. ....... the biggest winner may be Sprint (S), which is betting almost its entire future on building a US WiMax network that will reach 100 million potential customers by the end of 2008.
Paris Hilton breaks down Melbourne Herald Sun Hilton showed up 20 minutes late for the 1.30pm hearing, powdering her nose on the way in. On the way out, she donned dark sunglasses to hide her tear-streaked eyes and runny makeup. ...... During the hearing, Hilton blamed misinformation from her "advisers" for her two forays behind the wheel while her licence was suspended for an alcohol-related reckless driving conviction late last year. ..... When a prosecutor asked if she had read the licence suspension notice mailed to her from the Department of Motor Vehicles, she replied: "I have people do that for me." ..... Hilton said she didn't read her plea agreement either. ..... "I just sign what people tell me to sign," she said. ...... on February 27, she was stopped and cited when she drove her Bentley again -- this time with the headlights off even though it was 11pm. ...... Hilton's lawyer, Howard Weitzman, vowed to appeal and said the sentence bordered on the ludicrous.
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MSNBC Google's agenda is clear. As a provider of a host of Internet services, including search, e-mail, and online video through YouTube (NWS), Google wants to ensure its content can flow unimpeded and untaxed over the world's broadband networks. One way to do that is by making sure there's plenty of competition in the market for high-speed Internet access--in particular, from providers other than behemoths like AT&T (T) and Comcast (CMCSA). "Google's key interest here is in seeing fourth and fifth [broadband access] pipes to the home to compete with cable and telecom companies," says Whitt. ...... wants the FCC to offer wide swaths of spectrum, allowing for superfast wireless services. ...... "The leading technology companies--Google, Intel, Skype, Yahoo, along with DirecTV, and EchoStar--are the only parties that have promised to try to provide a national, wireless broadband alternative." ......... Google itself may bid in the 700 Mhz auction
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Globe and Mail its developers and visionaries entrenched their attitudes to their products. This is not surprising — it’s something every company much guard against. ....... Adobe, which has become the second-largest software company (after Microsoft) after it purchased Macromedia, whose Flash technology has become the standard for Web-based animation ......... Microsoft’s Silverlight is designed to create the kind of interactive Web applications usually made with Flash — and obviously Microsoft wants to push Flash really hard, offering video in much better quality and better controls. It’s supposed to support as much as 720p video, which translates to a resolution of 1280 by 720, which Flash can’t match without a major upgrade. Moreover, unlike Flash, Silverlight does not need back-end servers to operate, cutting end-user costs tremendously. ...... Silverlight has done something a Microsoft product has never done before: it can be used on all major Web browsers, including Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, Mozilla’s Firefox, and even Apple’s Safari.
Ozzie takes Microsoft beyond Windows ZDNet UK Microsoft is creating an offering for customers such as small web companies that may have no interest in its largest product lines, Office and Windows. ........ "In some respects, you could argue that Microsoft has been assimilated into the internet culture." ...... Microsoft also introduced Silverlight Streaming, a service, now in alpha testing, through which the company will host and deliver up to 4GB of video in Silverlight format to web pages for free. ....... data storage and network authentication, as well as access to online data, such as contact information for its Windows Live Spaces users, for building mashup applications.
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Yahoo Unveils Instant Messaging Inside Web Browser FOX News In India, 46 percent of consumer Web users log on from Internet cafes. ...... "The Internet is evolving from a static experience where a Web page is just a Web page to where Web pages behave more like traditional desktop computer applications," Garlinghouse said. ...... Another feature likely to impress heavy users is the ability to manage 10 or more simultaneous conversations in just one IM window. ...... blurring the distinctions that existed in the first decade of the Web between e-mail, instant-messaging and phone-calling. ..... Web services are fast becoming available not just on computers but also mobile phones, televisions and game consoles.
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Dell memo hints at layoffs, acquisitions Computerworld Malaysia the direct sales model that moved his company from a Texas start-up in 1984 to the world's largest PC vendor in 2006 ... hiring a new slate of managers, many from outside the company. .... a long-term plan to build new products for the world's fastest-growing markets and regions .... improve its industrial design, expand its IT services and boost sales in developing countries by building factories there. ..... offer corporate customers a set of products that will "radically simplify IT." ..... Dell may have to acquire some new technologies or even companies .... "We won't hesitate to use our company's assets to build or buy the capabilities and technologies we need to deliver on our initiatives," Michael Dell said. ..... merely a "cheerleader memo," designed to be leaked to the press in order to soothe nervous investors."This gives Dell time -- time to see who the memo makes nervous, time to see who reaches out to him with ideas and tactics to actually help Michael deliver on his vision," said Richard Doherty, research director at The Envisioneering Group. "It is a shake-up-the-box approach to management, see who scurries and see who has good ideas."
Digg users show who's the boss in Web 2.0 world Macworld In short, that code is now everywhere. It’s quite possibly the most quickly spread piece of information to ever appear on the Internet. ...... the cat was not just out of the bag but well on its way to Mexico





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