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Morning Reading

Scott Jagow Feb 10, 2010

Good morning. Here’s what I’ve seen so far — The eharmony of job search websites, an interesting tale from Uruguay and Greece and the case against corporate speech:

The case against corporate “free speech” (Ralph Nader/Robert Weissman)

We must exclude all commercial corporations and other artificial commercial entities from participating in political activities. Such constitutional rights should be reserved for real people, including, of course, company employees, to enhance a government of, by and for the people.

Corporations are not humans. They do not vote. They should not be accorded a constitutional right to influence elections or public policies, especially given their enormous embedded privileges and immunities compared to real people.

A Uruguay-Greece story (Bruce Krasting)

Paul Krugman on values and economics (PBS NewsHour) This is a tad old, but I thought it was interesting to hear Krugman talk about the shift in his thinking from the right to the left.

The eharmony of job search websites (NPR)

Rather than just posting a resume, Jobfox users fill out detailed profiles that get very specific about their skills and hopes for a new position. Then, McGovern says, candidates are matched up with job postings that are just right.

“When you look at 10 jobs on our service, we want you to say, ‘Wow, all 10 of those, I’d be good for that,’ ” McGovern says. “And we want the employer that sees you to say, ‘This person’s really qualified,’ as opposed to, ‘Here’s yet another resume I didn’t want.’ “

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