NYC, Obama, Structure, Me
- Not long after high school, I was a Vice General Secretary of a party in Nepal that had two MPs.
- Six months into landing as an international student, I got myself elected student body president at Berea College in Kentucky, the number one liberal arts school in the South.
- I am the only Nepali in America to have worked full time for two years for Nepal's magical April Revolution 2006, and Madhesi Movement 2007. We invented nonviolent militancy.
I am not "just a blogger." I am a leader. I am not a journalist, not that there is anything wrong with those who are, but rather a digital democrat. I pride myself in my political acumen and skills. Who else in the ranks has toppled a Third World dictator working almost completely in a Web 2.0 environment?
I want to clarify for my NYC comrades as to the kind of involvement I expect to have in the course of Obama 2008.
- I am not interested in any organizational title at all. If that means I miss some key strategy sessions, so be it.
- I have no desire to sit on any committee.
- The only organizational structure I am interested in is The Matrix. If I can convince people to build it, fine, I will be part of it, at the highest levels. If not, I will stay outside the traditional organizational structures, and do out of the box thinking instead.
- I give a few hours to Obama on a daily basis. This blog is my primary contribution. I fancy myself nothing less than Obama 2008's national Shadow Campaign Manager.
- I have a young tech, startup. I want the option to "disappear" for months if I have to to do right by my company. That is an additional reason I don't want to sit on any committee, acquire any kind of an official title.
- My goal is to attend as many Obama events as I can, and get to personally know as many Obama volunteers as I can. And I hope to videoblog the Obama operation in NYC extensively.
- I am not going anywhere outside the city boundaries. That is final.
In The News
Obama Holds Smaller Leads in US Race Angus Reid Global Monitor Democrat Barack Obama is the most popular presidential contender in the early stages of the 2008 electoral campaign in the United States, according to a poll by Zogby International. At least 45 per cent of respondents would vote for the Illinois senator in head-to-head contests against four prospective Republican nominees. Obama holds a three-point edge over Arizona senator John McCain, a four-point lead over former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, a 14-point advantage over former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, and an eight-point edge over actor and former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson. ........ "If that’s the criteria by which we are making decisions on the deployment of U.S. forces, then by that argument you would have 300,000 troops in the Congo right now—where millions have been slaughtered as a consequence of ethnic strife—which we haven’t done,. We would be deploying unilaterally and occupying the Sudan, which we haven’t done. Those of us who care about Darfur don’t think it would be a good idea."
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Restoring the Draft: No Panacea Right now, there are only two real ways to extend or even increase the surge: call up more reservists — always tough to do in an election year — or extend active-duty combat tours from the current morale-wrecking 15 months to an even more painful 18 months. ..... the third, most controversial option — is it time to reinstitute the draft? ..... drafting people could make it easier for the Army to reach its 2012 goal of 547,000 soldiers. ..... 91% of last year's recruits were high school graduates ..... minorities are over-represented in the all-volunteer military because they have fewer options in the civilian world ..... African Americans accounted for 13% of active-duty recruits in 2005 ..... minorities are not being killed [in Iraq and Afghanistan] at greater rates than their representation in the force
Who Dies in Harry Potter? God Rowling has three fancy houses and more money than the Queen ..... By selling 325 million books in 66 languages, she has almost single-handedly made the case that the novel can still be a global mass medium. ..... If you want to know who dies in Harry Potter, the answer is easy: God. ..... Harry's power comes from love. This charming notion represents a cultural sea change. In the new millennium, magic comes not from God or nature or anything grander or more mystical than a mere human emotion. .... psychology and technology have superseded the sacred.
Harry Potter's Last Adventure he's supposed to become a man, and get the girl ..... excited, curious, burning to get to the bottom of a mystery ..... the richness and sheer high-resolution of Rowling's fictional world .... Must Rowling insist on making evil people short, fat or ugly, or all three? ...... fans have already worked through all the possible endings on the Internet with such massive rigor. If we'd spent all that energy on particle physics instead, we would have found the Higgs boson by now. ..... Rowling's abiding thematic concern: the overwhelming importance of continuing to love in the face of death ...... Harry, though also an orphan, has found the courage to love. "Do not pity the dead, Harry," a wise man tells Harry in Deathly Hallows. "Pity the living, and, above all, those who live without love." ..... the cosmology of the Potterverse: there are no higher powers in residence there .....The attic and the basement are empty. .... turning the last page of Deathly Hallows made me look forward to rereading the first book.
The Plight of the Antiwar Democrat pro-life, pro-gun but antiwar .... Pelosi announced her plan to hold a series of votes on Iraq this month--one each week throughout July ..... 62% of Americans, including 84% of Democrats and 66% of independents, now believe it was a mistake to send troops to Iraq in the first place .... a pro-gun fiscal conservative whose sandy hair, hazel eyes and freckles make him look far younger than his 39 years.
The Future of Facebook a 23-year-old CEO in Silicon Valley. ..... more than 150,000 new users signing up daily, it is growing three times as fast as rival MySpace ..... it's actually been growing and doubling about once every six months for quite a while. ...... we're not trying to build a community — we're not trying to make new connections. ..... a "social utility" rather than a "social network?" ...... rebuffed Yahoo's offer to buy Facebook for nearly $1 billion .... we're very focused on what we're building and not as focused on the exit ..... more than half of our users use the product every day — it's a more efficient way for them to communicate with their friends and get information about the people around them than anything else they can do. ...... your investors who put a total of $38 million into the company ..... we took our venture round from Accel Partners just about two years ago ..... we grant options to all of our employees. At this point we have more than 250 ....... the launch of Facebook Platform. ...... There are whole companies that are forming whose only product is a Facebook Platform application. .... 30 million active users on Facebook. ....... more ways for advertisers to reach people and communicate in a very natural way, just like users communicate with each other...... Facebook's exclusive advertising deal with Microsoft, which gives the software giant the right to sell ads on the site ...... With more than 40 billion page views every month, Facebook is the sixth most trafficked site in the U.S., and the top photo-sharing site. ..... We have more than 10% or 15% of the population of Canada on the site. ..... We haven't translated the site yet, but that's something we're working on and it should be done soon. What we're doing is pretty broadly applicable to people in all different age groups and demographics and places around the world. ..... I work, meet with people, and discuss things all day ..... a hyper-fast paced, high-profile technology company? ...... 'In order to be doing something like this, you have to really, really like what you're doing, because otherwise it just doesn't make sense.' ..... a team of really smart people who come from different backgrounds and have different experiences and think in different ways .... We're just focused on building things.
Chameleon Nature of Maoist Strategy In Nepal Global Politician the real and quite inflexible Maoist strategic objective of securing total and unequivocal power...... Ample & consistent evidence of ability to get their way through blackmail and pressure tactics - so why not make the most out of the situation? .... Apparently unhappy by the fact that UNMIN did not give a clean chit to all their underage combatants and perhaps more than a little embarrassed that some 19 percent of initially registered combatants are no longer present in the camps, the Maoists now demand that the verification process be halted until those verified at Chula Chuli are immediately integrated into the Nepalese Army....... in Nepal, negotiations simply mean the incremental subjugation of the government/SPA position in favor of the Maoist position. Initially the government / SPA may agree to only 10 percent of the Maoist demands. However, slowly but surely, they invariably give in inch by inch until the Maoists have it their way. The SPA then declares, what has been at best a delay of an unmitigated disaster, a 'victory for peace in Nepal' and we move on to another round of 'negotiations'.
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