Monday, December 31, 2007

The Corporation (Film)

I believe everyone that has more than three brain cells and takes economics at our school should take the time to watch this movie, it is an excellent reminder of what corporations are responsible for and what we can do as individuals as well as some very real dangers our generation is going to face. Plus it has an interview with Milton Friedman so that alone makes it worth watching.

Here is the link for the torrent of this movie, use a program like azureus to download the actual thing.

Youtube link

From the official website:

About the Film

WINNER OF 26 INTERNATIONAL AWARDS! 10 Audience Choice Awards including the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Provoking, witty, stylish and sweepingly informative, THE CORPORATION explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Part film and part movement, The Corporation is transforming audiences and dazzling critics with its insightful and compelling analysis. Taking its status as a legal "person" to the logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist's couch to ask "What kind of person is it?" The Corporation includes interviews with 40 corporate insiders and critics - including Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Milton Friedman, Howard Zinn, Vandana Shiva and Michael Moore - plus true confessions, case studies and strategies for change.

"AN OVERWHELMING AMOUNT OF OUTSTANDING EXTRAS, there is basically another 6-hour (!) documentary included." MovieFreak

Along with the groundbreaking 145-minute theatrical version of the film, the two-disc DVD has eight hours of never-before-seen footage. In addition to two commentary tracks, deleted scenes, and Q's-and-A's, 165 new clips and updates are sorted "by person" and "by topic." Get the details you want to know on the issues you care about. Then, check out the web links for follow-up research and action.

THE CORPORATION is Canada's most successful documentary... EVER!

The film is based on the book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power by Joel Bakan.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

ok boss and friends i was reading this article in Esquire(lame,i know) and found it nice,so i thought of sharing a bit of some peoples' wisdom with you:)
here goes:

Happy Holidays!:D

Saturday, December 22, 2007

What happened to my staff?

It's Xmas vacations so, no excuses! You junior authors have the time to find interesting econ related or not material and let the rest of us enjoy!

What are you waiting for?

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The IB @ Moraitis Newsletter

The December 2007 issue of our newsletter is out. You probably still have a hard copy at home as your parents collected it together with your report card. Hopefully is was not thrown out by mistake. In case it was you can ask me for a hard copy or you can download it from here.

Some of your classmates feature in this issue so it is perhaps worth skimming through it!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Herald Tribune etc

Mostly for the guys who were out:

Today and yesterday we discussed the idea of you guys bookmarking on your συνδέσεις the International Herald Tribune. You could perhaps even have it as your initial explorer page. This would give you the opportunity to skim through the paper on a daily basis checking out whatever interests you. For example, if you are not going this Xmas to the Maldives maybe you should seriously consider it for next Xmas as the island may disappear if the sea level rise by one meter.

Also, dont forget Google News as it can be helpful even though it defeats the whole purpose of the internal assessment exercise.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Internal Assessment

Guidelines and the cover page can be found at our wiki.

I changed my mind: all trial commentaries will be on the same article suggested in class. No exceptions.

The whole point is to work on a common topic so that we can constructively criticize each other's our approach / work.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused. If those of you who initially had requested doing a different article would still like to also try something else they are more than welcome to give it a shot. We can then discuss the effort privately and if it is decent it could be used as a 1st commentary.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Santa Clauss is coming to town...!

You better watch out, you better not cry, better not pout, I'm telling you why:
Santa Claus is coming to town!

Well, I'm done and out with grading and I'd like to publicly congratulate Vasilis H., Maria-Nefeli T. and Achilles V. for very impressive performances on this examination! Bravo, 'ab imo pectore'! (always liked sexy Latin expressions...)

But, I'd like to congratulate even more so Frosini H., who despite joining us significantly later, managed to get the highest grade of all! Bravo dah-ling!

All of you (almost...) did well or very well. Overall, I'm very proud of this group as even some of the candidates who ended up with an 'F' showed that they have done significant work but perhaps underestimated the exam. Only in two two cases was I very unpleasantly surprised (expected both candidates to be A's) and in two others I feel a bit worried.

You all have lots of time to improve (and/or dazzle me even more). If you haven't done well don't worry too much: just get mad and start working harder and / or better, NOW!



Monday, December 10, 2007

Next stop: Economics

Well, I hope you all have been doing your work cuz you don't want Santa to get mad at you, do you?


1. Study definitions
2. Make sure you understand and you can draw each and every diagram in less than 20 seconds
3. Study the notes
4. Go through all the short essays and make sure you know the 'ingredients'


Tuesday, December 4, 2007