Monday, October 29, 2007

This and That

Assessment of Corruption in Mongolia - Final Report (2005)

The major finding of the report, consistent with other quantitative and qualitative studies conducted previously, is that opportunities for corruption are increasing in Mongolia at both the “petty” or administrative and “grand” or elite levels. Both types of corruption should be of concern to Mongolians, but grand corruption should be considered a more serious one because it solidifies linkages between economic and political power that can negatively impact or ultimately derail democracy and development, as it has in other post-Communist countries.

[...]There is, in fact, time for Mongolians and the international community to nurture these efforts and take further action before the corruption problem gets out of hand. In general, the main need in Mongolia is for effective disincentives for corrupt behavior at both the administrative and political level. In its broadest configuration, this implies a strategy of increasing transparency and effective citizen oversight, as well as intra-governmental checks and balances. Without these major changes, administrative reforms may provide some small improvements, but they are unlikely to reverse current trends.

Bayesian Heresy prediction:
Anti corruption consultants will make more money in the next five years than any other development consultancy.If you want an easy job at a multilateral institution do your research on corruption or institutions

Random Quote: President Bush and President Enkhbayar of Mongolia Sign the Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact

"PRESIDENT ENKHBAYAR: We have to always remember, and I know that those are the people who elect us, and sometimes criticize us and say whatever they think about us.

PRESIDENT BUSH: So it happens there as well? (Laughter.)"

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Tonight's Playlist

Neil Young - Heart of Gold (+ Stereophonics cover)
Morrissey - In The Future When All's Well
Ivy - Edge of The Ocean
Kath Bloom - Come Here
The Smiths - Panic
Ella Fitzgerald - Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered
Oasis - Champagne Supernova
Iggy Pop - Louie Louie
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova - When Your Mind's Made Up
Bob Dylan - I Want You
Noel Gallagher - Half The World Away (this summer's personal hit song! :D)

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

John Lennon Reincarnated

YouTube deer minii subscribe boldog caroline372 gesen neg nuhur baih. Celebrity humour-oor zanimalddag mani er zarimdaa oddiig jinhenees ni iluu duuraigaad baidag muu taltay :P (itgehguy bol ene video-g uzeerey :D)

"John Lennon thought he was god. I just think I'm John Lennon" - Liam Gallagher :P

Addendum: BBC Radio 1 Established 1967 Legends Tracklistings (Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller, Paul McCartney's tracklists are the best!)

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Je suis vivant :)

Le savant doit ordonner; on fait la science avec des faits comme une maison avec des pierres; mais une accumulation de faits n'est pas plus une science qu'un tas de pierres n'est une maison.

[La Science et l'hypothèse (1908), IX]
Henri Poincaré