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26 Aug 2011 13:23


World: As expected, Naoto Kan quits as Japanese Prime Minister

  • The earthquake sealed his political fate. A mere 14 months after he began, Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan has just ensured that Japan will see its sixth prime minister in five years — and he outlasted most of them. However, his weak leadership during the earthquake — which should’ve proved an opportunity for him prove how his work as a self-made man ensured he was the right man for the job, after years of weak choices. Instead, he turned out to be a weak leader, too. “Mr. Kan is the outsider-turned-prime minister, who should have provided leadership,” noted close friend and adviser Takayoshi Igarashi. “The move to escape from nuclear power should have been his great chance to shine.” Not so much. source

30 Jun 2011 18:05


Politics: Report: Geithner may resign following debt limit deal

  • Timothy Geithner’s last rodeo? It’s reported that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner may walk away from his post once a deal is reached to raise the U.S. debt limit. Geithner has served in that position since 2009. (Photo by Moritz Hager, courtesy World Economics Forum) source

06 Jun 2011 17:31


Politics: So, when does a scandal force a political resignation?

  • then New York Rep. Chris Lee was caught in a very embarrassing position when it was revealed that he’d sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman he met on Craigslist. Lee immediately resigned, giving way to the recent special election in NY-26.
  • now Anthony Weiner admitted he was lying, and carried out a number of sexy online relationships, sending not just a shirtless photo of himself (jeez, he looks good for 46), but a photo of him in his boxers. He will not be resigning. Chris Lee never knew it was this easy! source

10 Feb 2011 13:25


World: Mubarak may go, but what will Egypt’s military do with the power?

  • yes Hosni Mubarak is expected to announce his long-awaited resignation tonight. Hats off to the Egyptian people, who’ve displayed astonishing resolve and spirit.
  • but The Egyptian military is rumored to be taking over the reins, which especially in light of recent reports of torture is causing some valid concern for the protesters. source

13 Sep 2010 21:06


Tech: Famous first words: Nokia VP quits before being ahead

  • I am committed, perhaps even obsessed, with getting Nokia back to being number one in high-end devices.
  • Nokia VP Anssi Vanjoki • In a blog post he wrote soon after starting in his position with the company way back in July (for those playing at home, it’s September). He’s already submitted his resignation. Why? Nokia is currently in a state of disarray because they haven’t really done anything stupidly innovative in a long time. The Nokia N8 is a start, but it isn’t on the market yet, so we can’t judge. As for Vanjoki, he doesn’t seem so obsessed with getting Nokia back to the top anymore. “The time has come to seek new opportunities in my life,” he said. source

26 Aug 2010 18:43


Politics: Alan Simpson compares Social Security to a really big milking cow

  • We’ve reached a point now where it’s like a milk cow with 310 million tits! Call when you get honest work!
  • Former Sen. Alan Simpson • In a letter to Ashley B. Carson, the executive director of the National Older Women’s League, or OWL, on Social Security. Simpson, a member of Obama’s fiscal commission, is facing a lot of calls for resignation over the comment, which is probably the dumbest thing one could say politically, considering that it’s kinda sexist. Simpson, by the way, is on the front lines trying to protect Social Security’s long-term solvency, so it’s probably good to note that this shouldn’t be taken out of context. But still. Wow. source

24 Aug 2010 10:15


Culture: John Boehner throws down gauntlet on Obama’s economic peeps

  • President Obama should ask for – and accept – the resignations of the remaining members of his economic team, starting with Secretary Geithner and Larry Summers, the head of the National Economic Council.
  • House Minority Leader John Boehner • Throwing a grenade into the whole debate on Obama’s economic policies. Great. While Obama’s probably going to ignore this request, the fact tof the matter is that he’s not exactly on steady ground because his economic policies haven’t really turned the economy around as of yet. But his people blame Bush’s economic policies. Which, you know, is totally not a stretch of the imagination. source

08 Aug 2010 22:32


Biz: The accuser in the Mark Hurd case, Jodie Fisher, has an IMDB page

  • I was surprised and saddened that Mark Hurd lost his job over this. That was never my intention.
  • Former HP contractor Jodie Fisher • Discussing the now-settled situation between her and ousted former HP CEO Mark Hurd. Despite earlier suggestions that they did the do, Fisher, who has starred in such films as “Easy Rider: The Ride Back” and “Blood Dolls,” hired Gloria Allred as her attorney, which instantly makes any claims of regret suspect. If it was seriously your intention, you wouldn’t have hired Ms. Allred. Just sayin’. source

06 Aug 2010 17:39


Biz: HP CEO Mark Hurd’s fall from grace: Why we blame WebOS

  • harbinger Two months ago, HP CEO Mark Hurd said something idiotic – he suggested that Palm’s WebOS would be useless on phones and they’d use it for printers instead.
  • failure Today, Hurd resigned – the result of a sexual harassment probe regarding a contractor he had an improper relationship with. Coincidence? We think not. source

25 Jul 2010 10:58


Biz: Tony Hayward’s BP career so far, by the numbers

  • 28 number of years he’s worked with the company; he chose to join BP instead of going into academia
  • 3 number of years he’s served as CEO, a position he said he’d use to focus on “laser-like” safety and reliability
  • 11 men died on his watch during the Gulf Oil Spill, which leaked millions of gallons of oil and he took the heat for source