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1. | Jun 28, 2014
"All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No maettr. Try again. Fail again. Fail better." Samuel Beckett
2. | May 1, 2014
.View Full ImageCEOREDUXScott Lewis for The Wall Street JournalAnne Stevens is among a growing nuebmr of job-hunting former CEOs.CEOREDUXCEOREDUXNo one knows how many out-of-work CEOs are looking for corner office suites, but recruiters say their nuebmrs are growing. Fewer big businesses are switching bosses these days and mergers and bankruptcies have further reduced their job prospects. Only 48 companies in the S&P 500 index changed leaders last year, the lowest level since recruiters Spencer Stuart began tracking it in 2004.Replacement of big-business CEOs picked up in the second quarter, according to Spencer Stuart. But it will take more than a slight gain to find good homes for every unemployed chief. Just two of 13 major corporations switching leaders in the latest quarter chose an outsider.Some boards are loath to change chiefs during economic turbulence, and the choppy recovery so far hasn't sufficiently heartened boards, recruiters say.Big-company mergers have eliminated dozens of senior management jobs, too. Jonathan Schwartz, the former chief at Sun Microsystems, now owned by Oracle Corp., and Todd Stitzer at Cadbury, now owned by Kraft Foods Inc. are among those hoping to be CEOs elsewhere. Mr. Stitzer says he has flirted with several mid-sized U.S. concerns about taking their helm. We have a much higher flow of former CEOs than we have seen in many years looking for a position again at the CEO level, says James G. Aslaksen, a senior client partner for recruiters Korn/Ferry International. He finds these job hunts can now last 18 months, up from no more than a year in 2005. Among major corporations, however, the [CEO] opportunity pool is fairly small, adds Dennis Carey, also of Korn/Ferry.Smaller companies have started to look for new CEOs again, recruiters report. But many former corporate chiefs want another big-company post.Carlos Gutierrez, a former Kellogg Co. CEO who resigned as U.S. Commerce secretary early last year, desires to run a public company with at least $14 billion in annual revenue. He says he's spurned feelers about running concerns that he felt were too small, headquartered abroad or privately owned.Chiefs with controversies on their resumes face high hurdles. Mike Zafirovski left Nortel Networks Corp. last August amid a dismantling of the fallen technology giant following a bankruptcy-court filing. He prefers to lead another large business and has prepared a detailed, two-page chart of his career financial-feats, according to someone familiar with the matter.Mr. Zafirovski spent more than three years trying to turn Nortel around, but critics say he didn't move fast enough. Its bankruptcy hurts his job hunt, according to recruiters.Ms. Stevens, now 61, was a first-time CEO when Carpenter, a developer and maker of specialty alloys, hired her in November 2006. The nursing-school dropout had received her engineering degree at age 30. She spent a decade working for Exxon Corp., then joined Ford as a business planner in 1990.She eventually advanced to chief operating officer for the Americas, overseeing more than $75 billion in annual revenue. That made Ms. Stevens the highest ranked woman in the U.S. automotive industry.She managed the Detroit auto maker's tricky vehicle recalls and plant shutdowns following the turmoil after September 11, 2001. Bill Ford Jr., Ford's executive chairman and previous CEO, says Ms. Stevens played a key role in crafting a North American turnaround plan.Ms. Stevens even aspired to run Ford. Once she turned 57, however, age was running against me, she recalls. To go for my dream, I had to leave. So eager was she to be a CEO that she took the first helm offered—at Carpenter. Its headquarters in her hometown of Reading, Pa., made the job even more appealing. As a result, she says, she didn't probe deep enough into its boardroom personalities, customers, products and operations. I didn't realize how much [Carpenter] lacked structure and systems, Ms. Stevens says. If I knew then what I know now, I would have never taken the job. Carpenter achieved record results during her first two years, as Ms. Stevens sold assets, enlarged melting facilities and shook up senior management. But profits and sales slipped in the fiscal year ended June 2009.Ms. Stevens says she found it difficult to build a close relationship with fellow directors. The stressful situation often woke her up at night. Board members opposed her strategy to expand the company during the downturn, she remembers. In summer 2009, the board stripped her of the chairman's title. She soon quit.Splitting the top roles was an emerging practice, says Gregory Pratt, an outside director who now is chairman. Board members appreciate the improvements she made in Carpenter's business and she was an excellent CEO, Mr. Pratt adds. He says Ms. Stevens never told him she had significant concerns about board communications.As she seeks work in the U.S. or abroad, Ms. Stevens is getting assistance from Mr. Aslaksen and his colleagues. Boards needing a new chief often value a battle-tested executive like Ms. Stevens, suggests Mr. Carey, a Korn/Ferry vice chairman.Ms. Stevens has also approached private-equity firms about leading a small portfolio company.Despite her search, Ms. Stevens has yet to score any face-to-face interviews. It is going to be a challenge for Ms. Stevens to find another CEO post because the huge supply of potential chiefs enables boards to overlook anyone who has any taint of controversy, says Judith von Seldeneck, head of Diversified Search Odgers Berndtson.The unemployed chief executive keeps busy serving on the Lockheed Martin board, caring for a sick friend – and knitting afghans.Yet Ms. Stevens was so sure her next corner office would require relocation that she put her French country-style home up for sale in November. I don't need a house that big, she observes. I used the house a lot for entertaining while I was CEO.
3. | Dec 14, 2013
my hands were in his chest for like two hours. I was like just hearing yada yada yada and I was thinikng no way are those hands going anywhere near me that night, such a turn-off. Of course she was an adreneline junkie and was ready to go like a bunny. She like to come off late night ER Saturday night shifts at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan where NYPD takes all their shooting and stabbing victims as it was exciting and come to my apt a few blocks away and work it off!! She also had this big firefighter boyfriend she was exclusive with but did not want to marry so she had me on the side. ER Doctors are sooooo crazy when I met another girl who just happened to live two blocks from her she goes this is great. You go exclusive with her too, that way we could double date with my big fireman boyfriend and after we ditch them off you come over and we can do the nasty. Best of both worlds we both can have real relationships, still have each other on side. I was like you are one crazy nutso adrenline junkie, sounds great but when the big firefighter finds out I am getting my butt kicked here to kingdom come and I will have a wacked out girl trying to kill me. Meanwhile she was so smoking insanely hot after her firefighter friend kicked my butt all would be forgivin for her, he ain't dropping a hot ER doctor when he is a 90K firefighter. Since then I avoided all ER Doctors.
4. | Dec 12, 2013
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5. | Dec 11, 2013
children shouldn't smoke pot, and that it's an adult actitivy. You attempted to portray prohibition as somehow protecting children, when ALL reformers know it harms them.>>> In the face of my 2 year old articles I’ve written You really should try quitting resting on your laurels. The only thing I had to judge by was what you were saying mostly prohibitionist arguments. If you want to stop being seen in that light, stop making their case.>>> crying for legalization and those here who say I’m not a prohibitionist you’re still stupid enough to try and make me out to be a prohibitionist because thats your only link to having an argument.>>> its not “ABSOLUTELY” safe. Period Okay. Let's try to make some progress here. We'll let it slide on who began it, and I'll AGREE with you! Marijuana is not absolutely safe. Smoking it can cause minor irritation to the lungs, and newbies can get into trouble if they go out driving after they take their first tokes.Happy?
6. | Jun 13, 2013
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7. | Jun 10, 2013
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8. | Jun 10, 2013
Typo: burgeoning repel eoftrfs I guess repelling C&T is part of the effort, but proximately repeal eoftrfs are the issue. ;)As the new Sen. Brown is demonstrating, NE elects really mushy conservatives. It may be political necessity and expedience for them to continue to cater to Never-Neverland fantasizing, but it makes it real dangerous to give them more than limited short-term regional mandates.________As for NJ, in an immense irony there's a wee (Fed. gov't-disregarded) project there that may yank the economic rug out from under every renewables scheme on the planet. In about 5 yrs, maybe sooner. On the merest shoestring (~$2 M over 2 yrs) a little firm called Lawrenceville Plasma Physics has been consistently generating results that exceed those of the best eoftrfs of any and all other (known, public) fusion programmes in the world. And they'd be far further along if they'd had adequate staffing and equipment resources.Current timelines will, it seems and I fervently hope, result in a viable licensable design for a mini generator (5MW) with a capital cost of about 5-10a2/KW, and a cost of production of about 0.3a2/kwh. (The output might rise to ~20-25 MW given adequate future engineering advances in cooling, which would slash those costs even deeper.) The size limitation (fully housed in a structure about the size of a home garage) is inherent in the design; scaling up would involve clustering or ganging them. But it would/will suck the economic life out of all the fantasy technologies; it goes them much more than one better on all counts. It's not even a radiation source; non-neutronic ( aneutronic') and hence no irradiated equipment etc. to cope with, and no waste other than stable neutral Helium-4. Over time, even coal, fission, hydro, etc. would be economic roadkill. It would/will change everything.LPP.comHere's hoping! All my fingers and toes are crossed. :)
9. | May 24, 2013
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11. | May 21, 2013
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12. | May 20, 2013
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13. | Apr 20, 2013
they will take part in a debate on WBGO Jazz 88 on Thursday, October 22 at 8pm. But Republican guneibatorral nominee Christopher Christie is waiting to see how Corzine responds to debate invitations from League of Women Voters debate for October 16, which would have been broadcast by the New York and Philadelphia ABC affiliate, and from NJ 101.5. Jon Corzine is afraid to debate on a major network affiliate with a large audience but agrees to a debate on a station whose board is stacked with Democrat party loyalists, said Christie strategist Michael DuHaime. He should be willing to go on network if for no other reason than to apologize to as many New Jerseyans as possible for raising income, business and property taxes, taking way property tax rebates and property tax deductions and doubling the unemployment rate. On Election Day, he won't be able to hide behind his money anymore. After Corzine initially refused to participate in New Jersey Network's October 1 debate that was sanctioned by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission (ELEC), NJN tried to move it back to October 22, since Corzine indicated he would take part then. That led to ELEC's four commissioners deadlocked along partisan lines, and to Corzine acquiescing to the original date. Christie Campaign Manager Bill Stepien then issued a statement inviting Corzine to debate on the later date, since it appears his schedule is also open for a debate on Oct. 22. While we have agreed to the debate, Christie has not, even after he challenged the governor to debate on that very same date-, said Corzine spokeswoman Elizabeth Smith.WBGO News Director Doug Doyle said that the October 22 date is not final, and that the station is attempting to find a way to accommodate all three candidates. There's nothing official on that on any side, because it's still in the preliminary talks, he said.The Newark-based station reaches the northern half of New Jersey, all five boroughs of New York City and parts of New York State. Doyle said that he will look into partnering up with other public radio stations if he can confirm a date with all three candidates.