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Does people cannot live without eating?

Posted by riskland on June 18, 2009

zhil-bil_pes_picture_043It was sleepless nights for me a couple of days ago.
More precisely it was 9 of June 2009.
I had tried to sleep diligently while I am bored with these forces and turned on TV.
There was an interview with an insurance company Ingosstrah CEO A.Grigoriev (let it be “Scrooge” ahead).
It was usual bored talking but I was caught in the one point suddenly.
This point is business social responsibility treatment.
Scrooge suggested that business social responsibility is equal to trying for profit maximization. It was seemed wrong for my opinion because usually we hear other one.
It’s wide accepted that business must takes its responsibilities for unemployment, discrimination, pollution etc. If it is articulated roughly and shortly than any business has many stakeholders and their incentives fairly demand the attention too. And the many social entities are considered as business stakeholders.
The first thought is that Scrooge doesn’t know any important themes. But it is very doubtful suggestion. It had urged me to use World Wide Web as a referee and make the searching.
Ahem…
The second thought appearances after this searching. May be Scrooge is a fun of Milton Friedman famous article “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase Its Profits”?
Let’s compare the three opinions – Friedman, T.J. Rodgers, John Mackey.
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1. Making Philanthropy Out of Obscenity (Milton Friedman).
The practice (philanthropy) makes sense only because of our obscene tax laws, whereby a stockholder can make a larger gift for a given after-tax cost if the corporation makes the gift on his behalf than if he makes the gift directly. That is a good reason for eliminating the corporate tax or for eliminating the deductibility of corporate charity, but it is not a justification for corporate charity.
2. Put Profits First (T.J. Rodgers).
I am proud to be a free market capitalist. And I resent the fact that Mackey’s philosophy demeans me as an egocentric child because I have refused on moral grounds to embrace the philosophies of collectivism and altruism that have caused so much human misery, however tempting the sales pitch for them sounds.
3. Profit Is the Means, Not End (John Mackey, Whole Foods Co.).
Like individuals living in communities, businesses make valuable social contributions by providing goods and services and employment. But just as individuals can feel a responsibility to provide some philanthropic support for the communities in which they live, so too can a business. The responsibility of business toward the community is not infinite, but neither is it zero. Each enlightened business must find the proper balance between all of its constituencies: customers, employees, investors, suppliers, and communities.

While Friedman believes that taking care of customers, employees, and business philanthropy are means to the end of increasing investor profits, I take the exact opposite view: Making high profits is the means to the end of fulfilling Whole Foods’ core business mission. We want to improve the health and well-being of everyone on the planet through higher-quality foods and better nutrition, and we can’t fulfill this mission unless we are highly profitable. High profits are necessary to fuel our growth across the United States and the world. Just as people cannot live without eating, so a business cannot live without profits. But most people don’t live to eat, and neither must businesses live just to make profits.
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I like Mackey’s view.
Scrooge likes Friedman’s view.
I think he likes T.J. Rodgers really but the rest of political correctness won…

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1,000,000th word celebration

Posted by riskland on June 13, 2009

The Global Language Monitor today announced that Web 2.0 has bested Jai Ho, Noob and Slumdog as the 1,000,000th English word or phrase.

It’s more interesting watch to the set of nearby words… Look at their:

normal_pomoikaThese are the fifteen finalists for the one millionth English word, all of which have met the criteria of a minimum of 25,000 citations with the necessary breadth of geographic distribution, and depth of citations.
1,000,000: Web 2.0 – The next generation of web products and services, coming soon to a browser near you.
999,999: Jai Ho! – The Hindi phrase signifying the joy of victory, used as an exclamation, sometimes rendered as “It is accomplished”. Achieved English-language popularity through the multiple Academy Award Winning film, “Slumdog Millionaire”.
999,998: N00b — From the Gamer Community, a neophyte in playing a particular game; used as a disparaging term.
999,997: Slumdog – a formerly disparaging, now often endearing, comment upon those residing in the slums of India.
999,996: Cloud Computing – The ‘cloud’ has been technical jargon for the Internet for many years. It is now passing into more general usage.
999,995: Carbon Neutral — One of the many phrases relating to the effort to stem Climate Change.
999,994: Slow Food — Food other than the fast-food variety hopefully produced locally (locavores).
999,993: Octomom – The media phenomenon relating to the travails of the mother of the octuplets.
999,992: Greenwashing – Re-branding an old, often inferior, product as environmentally friendly.
999,991: Sexting – Sending email (or text messages) with sexual content.
999,990: Shovel Ready – Projects are ready to begin immediately upon the release of federal stimulus funds.
999,989: Defriend – Social networking terminology for cutting the connection with a formal friend.
999,988: Chengguan – Urban management officers, a cross between mayors, sheriff, and city managers.
999,987: Recessionista – Fashion conscious who use the global economic restructuring to their financial benefit.
999,986: Zombie Banks – Banks that would be dead if not for government intervention and cash infusion.
In addition, the 1,000,001st word is Financial Tsunami – The global financial restructuring that seemingly swept out of nowhere, wiping out trillions of dollars of assets, in a matter of months.
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094_picsAhem…
It is very dull…
Money, grub, sex/reproduction, show and a little bit dump around us…

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Exercise: 504 absolutely essential words – Lesson 5 – make short story with the words

Posted by riskland on June 12, 2009

Pro et contra

Pro et contra


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We are observing the couple of politicians debates.
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Black: At the last time the rural population is thinning down because so many people are going to the cities. And our political majority support this miserable tradition constantly. As a result our people are missing their roots. This process can only be called as a breach of minority’s human rights!
The tendency of the urban majority to override the legitimate interests and rights of a rural minority is the old problem.
It’s the bad tradition at the last time. I can compare this tradition only with a suicidal tendency in the minority population.
And your legislative activities can be named as the mercy killings approval exactly!
The main topic today is the social changes directly now!!
We need the social reform immediately!!!
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White: Excuse me but I can’t agree with you!
We are assembling all the estimations.
We explore public opinion constantly.
Not long ago the temporary summer campus was organized for discussing this problem.
And we had probed the state of minds and desires of rural and urban inhabitants.
It is a very hard burden for me but a must say it! Shall I?
If you want to evade some troubles let’s close your ears!!
Yours “mercy killings” is the empty words only. It is the bull shit!!!

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Exercise: making the question (3)

Posted by riskland on June 5, 2009

There are a few from Russia to English translated question.
Source: pick_upers forum.

1. What is the most effectively way to ask girl’s phone number after picking her up in a disco club?
2. What is better to speak about with girl in your opinion (experience) and when?
3. Would she can to refuse to old friend? Would she can to turn old friend down? Can she refuse the old friend? Would she turn old friend down?
4. Do you know that my best friend will have a birthday at the next Friday?
5. What do you say if I’ll invite you as my friend himself?
6. I have seen you somewhere. Would you give me a hint about where exactly?
7. Why it is necessary to pay for something that is yours according to inheritance right?
8. What is the way to take phone numbers if you are talking with two girls at the same time?
9. What the time through she will be called? How long should you wait before calling a girl
10. Have you ever noticed the changes in your mind after sleeping?
11. What topics may be discussed with a girl?
12. May be I might have asked wrong?
13. You aren’t going to tie your life with this girl eternally, aren’t you?
14. Do you need the girl who won’t (will not) love you, but only your image only?
15. Can whether they do it always (whenever)?
16. Does something prevent for you from doing this?
17. How it can to test (detect, identify) whether (if) you are pleased for girl? How to find out if the girl likes you?
18. Where did you try to catch take her arm hand?
19. May be it is troubled for her if girlfriends will see you going hand in hand with her?
20. How it is done possible to pick up a girl and take her attention at once?
21. Have you seen her (scissor, bandy, baker’s) legs (fine little feet)?
22. Are You are looking for her now, aren’t you?
23. How it is done right to moor to a girl and what is the beginning how to start a conversation must be? N.B. to moor = швартоваться :0))
24. What side you usually come from?
25. Sweety! Are we ever have met? Have we ever met?
26. What will you say if I invite you to the theater where we’ll can to amuse have fun and get to know closely each other better?
27. How it is done to get to know with girl in disco club? How is it possible to get acquainted with a girl in disco club?
28. Were you tired, didn’t you? Let’s come to rest in the bar! You are tired, aren’t you? Let’s go and have a rest in the bar!
29. We’ll may to dance, isn’t it? Can we dance?

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Task: write a short story

Posted by riskland on June 5, 2009

It must to devise short story on the collection of words (emphases in text) and the picture.

This text must read slowly and with sinister smile…:0))

I’m magician. I can to predict your future. It is very simple.
I see white dense vapor in my crystall ball now.
The vapor is vanishing gradually and soon it will be possible for me to eliminate a few vibrant images that prevented me FROM seeing everything I’ll can to eliminate a few vibrant images that prevent me to see everything.
It have done happened!
I see a villain that utilizes all his influence to kill you or to wound you.
His humid lips are curved in sinister smile.
He is reading an ancient book now. His bend fingers are turning over the fragile yellow pages. I think it is probably the collection of sinister ancient receipts and mysteries. It is a theory of universal evil.
I see that magician malice is enormous and infinite.
He talk says nothing.
Eventually the vapor have descended.
I haven’t saw don’t see anything again.
The vapor is circulating and boiling…

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Exercise: making questions (2)

Posted by riskland on June 3, 2009

1. Are you first time at the site? Are you first time there? Is it your first time at the site? Is it the first time you are there?
2. How it is it possible to make a purchase through our site?
3. Have you forgotten a password?
4. How can I can pay?
5. Are the post facilities interesting for you?
6. Do you have Have you a few profile for the one person?
7. Shall you have to see movies in FAQ-cafe?
8. You haven’t find the answers with on you questions, have you?

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Exercise 243, Gol…

Posted by riskland on June 1, 2009

1. We have brought a lot of berries from the wood. Now we shall make jam.
2. Look! Jane is swimming across the river.
3. What were you are doing at six o’clock yesterday?
4. Have you ever seen the Pyramids?
5. I went to the Caucasus two years ago.
6. We go to school every day.
7. Nick was doing had done his homework by seven o’clock yesterday.
8. Will you help your father tomorrow?
9. When Nick came home yesterday, his mother had returned and was cooking dinner in the kitchen.
10. When I went was going to school yesterday, I suddenly remembered that I have had forgotten to take my English exercise book.
11. Yesterday grandfather told us how he had worked at the factory during the war.
12. When Mr and Mrs Smith arrived home, they discovered that someone had broken into their house.
13. The man have gotten got off the bus without paying while the conductor collected was collecting fares upstairs.

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Exercise: to make a questions.

Posted by riskland on June 1, 2009

Have the sales dropped?
How it is possible to buy the elite house or flat by credit?
Are you going to the Spain this summer?
Did the real wedding get on in TV-show “Dom-2”?
What surprises are waiting for funs of Siava’s creativity?
Will the economy education help to fight crisis?
What a girls are liked to Danny?
Why the rest in Hungary is profitable now?
The ruble strengthening is good or bad matter?
Is the week-end job praiseworthy (laudable act) now?

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Exercise 242, Gol…

Posted by riskland on May 28, 2009

1. My friend likes pies. He eats pies every day. When I had met him in the street yesterday, he was eating a pie. He told me that he had bought that pie at the corner of the street. Look at my friend now! He is eating a pie again.

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Exercise 225, Gol…

Posted by riskland on May 24, 2009

Start 22:34
1. I have just had breakfast.
2. He has already had breakfast [already].
3. We haven’t had breakfast yet [still].
4. They are still drinking tea in the canteen [still].
5. I have already done my homework [already].
6. He is still doing his homework [still].
7. We have had three lessons today.
8. They have just had a meeting.
9. She hasn’t yet read this book [still].
10. She is still reading [still].
11. Who has [have] written it (one, this)?
12. What have you written to him?
13. I have just been to the [with a] dentist and I am feeling [myself] [more] a lot better.
14. He is lying [has said a lie] (untruth)]. He hasn’t done his [a] homework yet.
15. Why isn’t he eating dinner? – He is still talking to [with] his friend on the phone.
16. Where has hidden this lazy (idle) cat? Here it is sleeping near a fireplace (furnace).
Where has that lazy cat disappeared to? She is over there. She is sleeping in front of the fireplace.
17. Wait for me! I haven’t [hasn’t] taken [a] money.
18. She is still [just] typing her [his] article.
19. We haven’t seen her for a long time (long ago).
20. The grandparents [Grandmother and grandfather] have already visited their grandchilds/grandsons.
21. Now they are sitting in the drawing room and talking about their trip (jorney).
22. Have you ever been to [in] Africa?
23. He has done everything for her. Now he is going to buy her a house [for her].
24. The (performance) concert hasn’t yet [still] begun [started] and we are sitting in the hall and discussing our problems.
25. The time has come [became] to talk of many things [about everything].
Lesson has over in 23:26, 52 minutes past.
Corrected 25.05.2009

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