Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Canada's Environment Minister Stephane Dion said Monday that he would "welcome any idea" to get the United States on board.
"We cannot do without the Americans because they represent 25 percent of emissions, and an even greater percentage of the solution," he said.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, meanwhile, said Tuesday he believed the United States would eventually come on board with mandatory emissions caps.
"I believe there will be a binding international agreement to succeed Kyoto when the Protocol expires in 2012 that will include all major economies," Blair said in a review of British energy policy.
I say its super fucked up. Aside from all my other objections, they are rejecting any sort of homosexual (priests included) for their existence, not for their actions. Thus, even a gay priest who remains chaste is rejected, yet even some priest who wants to screw my married mom but doesn't act on it could remain. Gay priests have been coined by the Pope as of "no social value." Yet another example of some supposed leaders (Mix: dumbasses) trying to explain something which they are not.
The top reigning sumo wrestler ("Yokozuna") today is a Mongolian named Asa Shoryu. He is known for his aggressive and unrelenting attacks. Very impressive, but his consecutive winning streak is starting to tick off national pride.
Nevertheless, Japan National Sumo League congratulated the new Oozeki, Koto Ooshu, and wished him well on his way to becoming a Yokozuna.
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
The Middle Kingdom, recently lifted its ban on blogspot web logs. Sadly, wikipedia.org, Human Rights Watch and others remain shut out.
Harvard Law School is conducting an ongoing study on the practise of filtering out websites and denying access around the world. China (obviously) attracts the bulk of its attention. 44,000, trained, english speaking, web-watchers continue to monitor the Chinese internet activity, while actively denying access to websites that contain key words that the Chinese government has refused to disclose.
Truck pulled with penis
November 29, 2005 - 11:23AM
Its 50-year-old grandmaster Tu Jin-Sheng has shown his true mettle by tugging a truck across a Californian car park with his penis.
But first, as the Tri-Valley Herald reports, Master Tu got an assistant to kick him hard between the legs before lashing himself to the rental truck with a strip of blue fabric around the base of his penis and testicles.
The fabric was tugged hard to make sure there'd be no slippage. Then the Master went to work.
"Jin-Sheng groaned, grunted and pressed against two men for resistance," reports the Herald. "Then, slowly, the truck began to roll forward."
The event took place last week in an office park in Fremont and was filmed by a crew shooting Penis Envy, scheduled to be shown on Channel 4 in the UK next year.
Master Tu, adds the Herald, is said to have 60,000 followers worldwide.
"Its practitioners are known to lift hundreds of pounds with their genitals to increase energy and sexual performance."
And everything appears to be in working order for Master Tu, who, with his wife Sanday, has four children - all, naturally, martial artists.
Among his other talents are the ability to hammer in nails with his fist, stand on eggs without breaking them, chop through a steel pipe with his hand, and painting.
Monday, November 28, 2005
In five countries across Europe and the US, TV and cinema ads for Malibu continue the award-winning ?Seriously easy going? campaign ? a wry look at what would happen if Caribbean residents took life as seriously as the rest of the world. - Allied Domecq
Their hillarious. You can view them here
The guidelines also recommend that emergency personnel cool cardiac arrest patients for 12 to 24 hours to about 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Two significant studies have shown that such cooling results in improved survival and brain function for those who are comatose after initial resuscitation." (CNN)
You know how to perform CPR, don't you? If you don't, get the training. You might save somebody's life.
A little update from the ground of nomadfest: egypt.
This event is growing like wild fire (well, relatively) and will prove to be "The premier event" of New Year's 2006. I've been getting emails from random people (AIESECers and otherwise) the world around seeking more information. Word is spreading and epic greatness will be realized: nomadlife is expanding and I'm not even trying.
Not even Van Damme guest lists will oust our attendance. We'll be well over 20 when all is said and done and the following countries may currently claim representation:
You will notice that AI is curiously absent. And here I thought they'd be flexing their nuts on something like this.
It costs about 1.5 million USD and will go from 250-0 in just 10 seconds; but that is still 5 football pitches!
It makes the Porsche Carerra GT feel slow. It is the Bugatti Veryon
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Members of the MB apply as Independent candidates who are not with a party, but they do voice out their plans which include their favorite motto "Islam is the solution".
Much to my personal dismay, aside from the individuals who get paid to vote for certain people, there are actually people who do believe that Egypt should be Islamic and insist that Religion should be mixed with Politics, a game that many civilizations suffered from in the past. But who can blame them, without the proper education how can they be a good judge of what is to be done.
The problem is that MB never outline what they will do with their Islam!
Egypt already implements a bit of the Shariaa law, but not entirely.
Is their aim to make all the Laws Islamic?
What does it mean for Egyptian Life? Ban Nancy Agram Songs and Music Channels? Make Everyone get veiled? Turn Schools into Islamic Schools?
To the general public much is unclear about what they plan to do if they become a majority.
Though the MB has a considerable amount of seats in the Parliament, not much will change, and as you see very few bloggers are voicing any concern. Simply the Parliament is useless, and has virtually no authority. The president runs it all. These individuals may have a say in certain trivial cases, but in the general direction of the country and constitution and whether Islam is the solution of not, those things are up to the President solely.
"Bedbugs are back and spreading through New York City like a swarm of locusts on a lush field of wheat.
Infestations have been reported sporadically across the United States over the past few years. But in New York, bedbugs have gained a foothold all across the city.
"It's becoming an epidemic," said Jeffrey Eisenberg, the owner of Pest Away Exterminating, an Upper West Side business that receives about 125 bedbug calls a week, compared with just a handful five years ago. "People are being tortured, and so am I. I spend half my day talking to hysterical people about bedbugs."" (NY Times)
It can happen to you. One of my roommate in NYC a couple years ago got it in her bedroom and it spread to the whole floor; it wasn't pretty.
Muslim Brotherhood is the big winner in the election. On the other hand, every report qualifies MB as 'officially banned' party, so why can they participate in the election ? Something doesn't connect here.
Saturday, November 26, 2005
play save the egg emperor penguins game fun hatching maneuver father penguin around screen chicks activity score save the egg film movie march of the penguins penguin move warm obstacle cursor to control father penguins protect the eggs females go to sea feed balance eggs on feet avoid bumping predators skuka bird crevasses rocks collect fish baby penguins two months away three tries egg'o'meter cold warm egg moving Antarctica cold frozen icy feature film return to mate levels win lose eggs ice emperor penguin
Friday, November 25, 2005
It hasn't been easy at all...but I think I'll manage! Another positive note: I have saved to this day 148 euros. which has partitially funded a brand new digital camera! Next month's saving will take me on a very nice Christmas holiday...damn, I love this feeling!
P.S./ Couldn't help the overeating part for the first week, but lost the weight (about 3 kilos...yes, chocolate is adictive) after getting really, really sick. I have to pee all the time because I drink lots of water to compensate. Nicotine support thingies taste awful!!! And I had to change shampoo brand because I didn't realize how strong that thing smelled!
Maoist rebels and seven democratic parties in Nepal made a deal to work to end the absolute rule of King Gyanendra and introduce democracy. The king seized power in February, saying Nepal's politicians were unable to end the rebels' bloody insurgency.
Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party drafted a change to the country's constitution that allows Japanese troops to play a wider role in global peacekeeping operations. The document was formally presented to a convention marking the 50th anniversary of the party's founding.
Angela Merkel was sworn in as Germany's first female chancellor and promptly made quick visits to Paris, Brussels and London to stress her European credentials. She also reiterated her desire to mend relations with America, which became somewhat strained under her predecessor, Gerhard Schröder.
Russia's Duma backed a draft law that curbs the activities of foreign NGOs. Pro-democracy and human-rights groups, which have flourished since the fall of communism, gave warning that the bill will lead to increased state supervision. President Vladimir Putin has previously scolded NGOs and hinted that they are being used by other countries to interfere in Russia's politics.
New licensing laws came into effect in England and Wales that liberalise the sale of alcohol and allow pubs to extend their opening hours. The legislation has caused some bother for the government as opponents claim the new regime will cause a spike in the popular British leisure pursuit of "binge drinking". (source: Economist)
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Anyhow, not that theres anything wrong with that......
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Worst EU Lobbying Award Voting Starts Today
Four watchdog groups and NGOs concerned about corporate lobbying in
Brussels invite citizens to vote online for the worst case of EU
lobbying in 2005.
The online awards are organised by Corporate Europe Observatory in
association with Friends of the Earth Europe, LobbyControl and Spinwatch.
Owen Espley of Corporate Europe Observatory said "The Worst EU
Lobbying awards are about engaging people in a humorous way on a
pressing European issue. We hope that people who look at the lobby
awards website will be amused, and then take action to demand the EU
clean up its act on corporate lobbying."
Ulrich Mueller of Lobbycontrol said Each of the nominated cases
raises serious questions over the role of big business lobbying in
Brussels and demonstrates the urgent need for mandatory lobbying
The ten nominees are presented on www.corporateeurope.org/worstlobby/
They include amongst others: CEFIC for fighting new EU chemicals
regulation, the Campaign for Creativity for being a textbook bogus NGO
defending the interests of corporations like Microsoft, ExxonMobil for
funding think-tanks denying the need for EU action against climate
change, and the European Patients Forum for being funded by
pharmaceutical companies while enjoying privileged access to EU fora.
The winner of the award chosen by the public will be announced on
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
?The Maltese Government and people of Malta look forward to welcoming the Commonwealth Heads of Government to our country for this important summit. Malta is ideally placed to host this Meeting as it stands at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, the European Union and the Commonwealth. Its history and heritage provide a unique and exceptional backdrop for a constructive and forward-looking discussion about development through networking. This Summit will allow us to further strengthen the Commonwealth?s political, social, developmental and economic performance.? - Maltese Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi It will give Commonwelath leaders an opportunity to take action on important global issues including the fight against poverty, international trade and world security. I am looking forward to a meeting which delivers concrete outcomes for all Commonwealth citizens.? - Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon.
more on http://www.chogm2005.mt
This is a new ad from Wonderbra; which enacted the situation of people staring at the woman supposedly wearing the latest and greatest from Wonderbra.
Now we guys need guidance here, are we supposed to stare or not? Because well, it's hard not to.
The story itself is like a movie script. The convicted is a twin. He was a good twin, finishing school while his twin brother dropped out high school to get involved in drugs business in Australia. The bad twin then got convicted for 9 months in Australia for trafficking, which saddled him with a 30,000 legal costs debt. This 'good twin' in 2002 tried to smuggle 400g of Heroin to Australia via Singapore to pay for his bad twin's debt.
Lesson: Don't do anything related with drugs in South East Asian countries. Most carry death penalty for trafficking and severe penalties for usage.
You can read the weekly UN situational report on Darfur on this site.
But the Net that I'm on is not open. It is filtered, rather heavily. The method in which it is being filtered is hardly transparent. Try accessing http://www.tunezine.com from wherever you are reading this. I can't see that. Try http://anonymizer.com. Nope, I can't see that either. And what is accessible is changing, as I type: yesterday, one could access http://www.citizens-summit.org/. Today, no dice. Also blocked: everything on this site: http://www.stupidcensorship.com/." (John Palfrey)
UPDATE (Tom G) - Heh. I am in Tunis airport right now, using the WiFi here before departure. All those sites are blocked for me - and it is so lame, they use this fake "404" screen all written in French. Somebody should really organise a conference to sort out issues like this......
Monday, November 21, 2005
"Across the table, Steve Radelet from the Center for Global Development is running through the standard arguments on trade: comparative advantage, infant industry protection, import substitution. Pitt keeps writing it all down, looking like the journalism major he once was. Then he asks a question? "Shouldn't the argument be, what's not good enough for us is not good enough for them?" Pitt persists. "In the movie business, we can't burn toxic things when we film in the United States. So we go to Morocco and burn all the rubber tires we like when we're doing action scenes."
Hmm. The economist concedes that the actor has a point: Morocco's air quality matters. But if a poor country wants to attract Hollywood's business, maybe it has a right to relax environmental standards?
A little later, somebody remarks that the poor don't earn much from exports because the value is all in Western brands. Why do people pay for this ethereal thing called brand? "I'm a brand," Pitt interjects. "I ask myself this question."
From Washington Post via the World Bank blog.
"Thousands of pilgrims are pouring into the dense jungle of southern Nepal to worship a 15-year-old boy who has been hailed as a new Buddha.
Devotees claim that Ram Bomjon, who is silently meditating beneath a tree, has not eaten or drunk anything since he sat down at his chosen spot six months ago."
One thing for sure, he has a psychedelic hairdo.
Sadrine Helene Sellies, 34, was placed on a good behavior bond after pleading guilty in Brisbane Magistrates Court to endangering the safety of an aircraft." (CNN)
1. The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy -- Douglas Adams 85% (102)
2. Nineteen Eighty-Four -- George Orwell 79% (92)
3. Brave New World -- Aldous Huxley 69% (77)
4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? -- Philip Dick 64% (67)
5. Neuromancer -- William Gibson 59% (66)
6. Dune -- Frank Herbert 53% (54)
7. I, Robot -- Isaac Asimov 52% (54)
8. Foundation -- Isaac Asimov 47% (47)
9. The Colour of Magic -- Terry Pratchett 46% (46)
10. Microserfs -- Douglas Coupland 43% (44)
11. Snow Crash -- Neal Stephenson 37% (37)
12. Watchmen -- Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons 38% (37)
13. Cryptonomicon -- Neal Stephenson 36% (36)
14. Consider Phlebas -- Iain M Banks 34% (35)
15. Stranger in a Strange Land -- Robert Heinlein 33% (33)
16. The Man in the High Castle -- Philip K Dick 34% (32)
17. American Gods -- Neil Gaiman 31% (29)
18. The Diamond Age -- Neal Stephenson 27% (27)
19. The Illuminatus! Trilogy -- Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson 23% (21)
20. Trouble with Lichen - John Wyndham 21% (19)
Do you find your favourites here?
If you haven't read the complete short stories Sherlock Holmes as it was published on The Strand Magazine, soon you will have the chance.
Boeing also kick Airbus' ass for the year.
"Boeing and Airbus have recorded a doubling in airline contracts this year as travel increases and high oil costs spur demand for more fuel-efficient planes. As of Nov. 18, Boeing had 659 orders, compared with 494 for Airbus. Airbus, which is based in Toulouse, France, announced orders yesterday from Kuwait worth $2.9 billion at the Dubai show." (NYTimes)
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Security was tight before the opening of the two-day summit in South Korea's port city of Pusan, where activists promised protests by 100,000 people opposed variously to U.S. forces in South Korea, globalization, North Korea and trade liberalization.
Although dismissed by some as a toothless talking shop, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum is determined to make its voice heard from Pusan on global concerns, including corruption, the threat of terrorism and dealing with natural disasters. (article)
[I wrote one of the speeches used at last year's summit :)]
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Pakistan nonetheless hailed the conference as a success, with President Gen. Pervez Musharraf thanking the nearly 80 attending nations and international agencies for "helping Pakistan in this hour of need." He said the gesture "will never be forgotten.""
Friday, November 18, 2005
China's overwhelming ambition is to become an economic superpower. Everything takes second place to this goal, not least the well-being of the people laboring toward it. They earn little and have even less say. Yet waves of willing workers continue to deluge the country's industrial regions.
The global factory is gearing up for a change of shift. The streets of Dongguan are still relatively deserted -- filled only by the rising heat and swirling dust. Trucks rattle along the multilane thoroughfares, thousands every hour. They keep the supplies coming for the plants that line the streets, mile after mile, like gigantic military compounds.
Then, suddenly, Dongguan explodes into life. It's the same bustling picture every day, morning and night: Workers, most of them women, stream in from every direction, with uniforms in every color of the rainbow. Laminated company IDs dangle from their necks -- IBM, Siemens, Nokia, Duracell, Sanyo -- to name but a few of the major international brands that have set up shop here.
Migrant workers or slave workers?
(...) At Tyco, a U.S. company across the street, the work is so grueling that after just three days on the job, four young women from Hunan packed their bags, grabbed their washing bowls and headed for the bus stop. "We're going home," one of them says, frantically counting out her fare.
The four women belong to the roughly 120 million migrants who have moved south from poverty-stricken rural provinces like Sichuan, Hunan or Guangxi in search of work. They were prepared to sacrifice their youth and health, but not under these conditions.
Their dream of a better future has vanished now, as has the 1,000 yuan they paid a job broker. They could have earned 800 yuan a month, including overtime, for soldering wires onto small circuit boards. "But the work is too hard, especially on the eyes," a young girl complains. The minimum working age in China is 16. Though she is underage, she was forced to labor like the adults. "The pace was too much," she says. (...)
(More under the follwing link:
there are a variety of posts covering politics, CSR, media and all sorts...
please do leave comments, disagree or criticise!
China said it would officially commemorate the 90th anniversary of the birth of Hu Yaobang, who was purged in 1987. He remained popular with reformers and students, and his death in April 1989 led to the Tiananmen protests.
France calmed down after three weeks of riots in many of its deprived suburbs. Jacques Chirac spoke on television of the country's "profound malaise". The government extended the state of emergency it imposed last week, but also promised to improve life in the suburbs.
The CIA, which spent many years trying to murder Fidel Castro, has concluded that the Cuban leader, who is 79, has Parkinson's disease. Cuban officials made no comment.
Uganda's main opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, was arrested on charges of treason and rape three weeks after returning from exile but failed to appear in court for a bail hearing. The day before, at least one man was shot dead in riots by supporters protesting against his prosecution.
The European Court of Auditors refused, for the 11th consecutive year, to sign off the accounts for the European Union budget in 2005, citing irregularities and possible fraud in farm spending and regional aid. The European Commission said matters had improved since last year.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Football, schmootball. When it come to real sports, rugby is where it's at. Over night, New Zealand has just won the rights to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup, after beating out Japan and South Africa in a secret ballot held in Dublin.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
The business/civil society workshops I have been to so far have been great. Its just so awesome to see how much cool stuff is being done at a grassroots level, some really funky shit with IT enabled development efforts all over the place.
Tonight I will be at the launch of MIT Media Lab's super dooper incredible "100 Dollar Laptop". This is a really incredible project that has the potential to be a major disruptive technological development for the world, and word has it that they will actually be showing off working models of it this evening. Can't wait.
Anyhow, ai.myaiesec.net is the place to be if you want updates...
My favorite is YingYing.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
"Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has described his Mexican counterpart, Vicente Fox, as a puppy dog for United States imperialism.
Mr Chavez said Mr Fox had, as he put it, been left bleeding from last week's Summit of the Americas.
At the meeting, the US and Mexico were unable to win backing for a resumption of talks on a regional trade pact.
They faced opposition from five of the 34 countries attending, among them Venezuela and the host, Argentina.
The other 29 nations - including Mexico - said they wanted to resume talks on a Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) in 2006.
Speaking before an audience of supporters and businessmen in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas, Mr Chavez said: "How sad that the president of a people like the Mexicans lets himself become the puppy dog of the empire."
Earlier, Mexico and Argentina agreed to end their own row over the Summit of the Americas.
Mr Fox - a conservative who has been close to Washington on trade issues - had accused left-wing President Nestor Kirchner of being a poor host only interested in his domestic political support.
But Mr Kirchner replied: "Mr Fox should worry about Mexico and let me take care of Argentine matters".
On Sunday, Mr Chavez accused the Mexican leader of disrespecting him and warned: "Don't mess with me sir, because you'll come out pricked."
Mexico said the comments "strike at the dignity of the Mexican people" and demanded a formal apology from Venezuela or severing diplomatic ties.
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Ali Rodriguez called the demand "unjustifiable" and ordered the immediate return of ambassador Vladimir Villegas.
Moments after Mr Rodriguez' announcement, Mr Fox told CNN en Espanol that Mexico's ambassador would be ordered back from Venezuela."
World leaders, technology leaders and campaigners are in
Click Here to see the workshop programme.
The United States signed a three-year textile-trade deal with China that limits its imports on 34 categories of products. The EU reached a similar agreement with China during the summer. A dispute has been rumbling since January 1st, when World Trade Organisation rules lifting barriers to entry on Chinese clothes came into effect, causing a surge in imports.
Trade negotiators have been forced to admit they are unlikely to reach substantial agreement at a supposedly crucial meeting in Hong Kong next month. The quest for liberalisation seems to be stalling everywhere, thanks largely to quarrels over sensitive areas like agriculture. But the Doha round is not dead yet.
The euro fell to a two-year low against the dollar. Trading in the currency was affected by a plea from European finance ministers to the European Central Bank not to raise interest rates. But the rioting in France also knocked confidence in the euro. Some analysts suggest the events may damage Nicolas Sarkozy, the minister responsible for law and order, who is regarded as a market-friendly possible future president. (The Economist)
Monday, November 14, 2005
Come check it out at AroundTheWorld (http://atw.nomadlife.org). I put the first picture up, so you don't have to feel embarrassed (I'm sure anything else you post will be better in comparison;))
The Chinese government says the spread of the deadly H5N1 bird flu in one of its provinces is not under control and has warned of a potential disaster there. There have been three fresh outbreaks of the avian virus in the north-eastern province of Liaoning in 24 hours, and a new suspected human infection.
There have been six outbreaks in the past month in China and the government has responded with mass culls of poultry. The most recent outbreaks, which killed about 1100 chickens, prompted the authorities to cull 670,000 poultry in the areas affected, and place 116 people in quarantine.....
Sunday, November 13, 2005
A truly insightful article analysing the impacts of the current British and American policies on reducing freedoms at home. Interesting points include:
-free speech, the checks and balances system etc all leads to MORE effective wars, not less effective wars... 3 people making decisions in private make more errors than an entire nation debating publicyl!
-Not only does torture at home reduce respect from abroad it never leads to valid confessions anyway!
-Giving a president extra power in wartime is ok, if the war will be over in a few years (eg. civil war, World Wars), but not the current one...
-We're supposed to be fighting theocratic enemies, yet are becoming more like one ourselves (note, UK's new proposed laws)
-The courts and parliaments are not threats to the war but a critical part of making it work. Freedom dies by increments and a freedom-loving people must be especially vigilant in war-time.
Thankfully Blair's ridiculous proposed law to hold someone for 90 days without making a single charge has failed to be approved.
and finally, how can any government justifying interning its own citizen for 3 years and STILL not make a single charge?
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Friday, November 11, 2005
"Africa is set to get its first-ever elected female Head of State as Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf seems unbeatable in Liberia's run-off presidential polls. As 90 percent of the votes are counted, Ms Sirleaf still stands at almost 60 percent" (afrol news)
I wonder if someone has already come up with Huts with Brides/Groooms for a cheaper alternative, just like Tee's apartment in Shanghai already comes with Devrim included.
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Download the file here.
This also means Tamer will be able to make it to IPM 2006 in The Netherlands. See you here, man :)
"Ashraf Mohamed al-Akhras and his bride Nadia al-Alami (C) pose with their fathers during their wedding reception at Radisson SAS hotel in the center of Amman, November 9 2005. Both the bride and groom lost their fathers during the bombing. (Issa Abu Othman/Reuters) "
Durex Global Sex Survey 2004
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
"The U.S. Embassy in Beijing said Wednesday that Chinese police have warned that Islamic extremists might be planning to attack luxury hotels in China over the next week.The U.S. warning, posted on the embassy's Web site, urged Americans visiting Chinese four- and five-star hotels to "review their plans carefully, remain vigilant with regard to their personal security, and exercise caution."" (AZCentral)
"An explosion has hit a major hotel in the Jordanian capital, Amman, reportedly causing many casualties.
The blast shook the Grand Hyatt, says the BBC's Caroline Hawley, who was inside the packed hotel at the time." (BBC)
The hotels attacked are Grand Hyatt, Radisson, and Days Inn.
President Chirac of France visited the ITER construction site on 30th June, 2005.
"This project is essential for our future and the future of the planet", he declared in front of 1500 invited guests.
European Commissionier for Science and Research, Janez Poto?nik, visited the ITER construction site on 3rd July, 2005.
"Iter is not just a large international research project but has great importance for this region, for the EU and for the whole world," Mr Poto?nik said.
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Rioting across the country left 1,173 cars burned in 226 towns overnight Monday-Tuesday, figures that showed the intensity of violence had decreased from the previous night, police said Tuesday. Vandals burned 1,408 cars overnight Sunday-Monday and attacks were reported in nearly 300 towns.
Asked on TF1 television whether the army should be brought in, Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin said, "We are not at that point."
But nearly 600 people were in custody Monday night, and fast-track trials were being used to punish rioters.
France's biggest Muslim fundamentalist organization, the Union for Islamic Organizations of France, issued a religious decree against the violence. It prohibited all those "who seek divine grace from taking part in any action that blindly strikes private or public property or can harm others."
The first fatality was identified as 61-year-old Jean-Jacques Le Chenadec. He was trying to extinguish a trash can fire Friday at his housing project in the northeastern Paris suburb of Stains when an attacker caught him by surprise and beat him into a coma, police said.
"They have to stop this stupidity," his widow, Nicole, told Associated Press Television News of the rioting. "It's going nowhere." more
Also appearing in the film are Laurence Fishburne, Keri Russell and Maggie Q, a Hong Kong actress. Due for release in America next May, "Mission Impossible 3" will probably be available from Shanghai's bootleggers just days after, and at a fraction of the price. (economist)
Monday, November 07, 2005
"We believe ... we've disrupted a large-scale operation which, had it been allowed to go through to fruition, we certainly believe would have been catastrophic," New South Wales Police Commissioner Ken Moroney told Australian television.Story is still breaking, not a lot of detail yet....Can US/Asia peeps keep this post updated while I sleep tonight?
"He also said the group was involved in military training and were planning a weekend in Ocean Grove, south-west of Melbourne. Four of the Melbourne members had visited the Sydney cell and trained with them, the court heard. Police said they had recorded 240 hours of conversations discussing military jihad and martyrdom. In the Sydney raids, police said they seized computers, firearms, travel documents and "unidentified substances" from homes in Lakemba, Belmore, Wiley Park, Greenacre, Illawong, Punchbowl, Hoxton Park, Belfield, Bankstown and Kemps Creek."(Sydney Morning Herald)
- The arrests is only possible after Australian senata pass an amendent to criminal code law three days ago.
- These arrests conducted after 18 months of surveillance on the groups. There are two cell, one in Melbourne and another in Sydney.
- 17 people were arrested. All of them are Australian citizen.
- One suspect is in critical condition after he was shot by the police. He fired first.
- A Muslim preacher, Abdul Nacer Benbrika, is accused as head of the Melbourne cell and a spiritual leader of the Sydney cell.
- The accused plot is of bombing, similar to Madrid and London.
- "Police suspect the chemicals were intended as ingredients for triacetone tiperoxide or TATP, a highly volatile crystal explosive used by Palestinian suicide bombers in Israel and chosen for the backpack bombs that killed 52 people and injured more than 700 in the London Tube and bus bombings on July 7. " (The Australian)
Sunday, November 06, 2005
eg. Search engines, combined with other technologies, have the potential to drive comparison shopping down to the shelf-by-shelf level. Cellphone makers, for example, are looking at the concept of a "shopping phone" with a camera that can read product bar codes. The phone could connect to databases and search services and, aided by satellite technology, reveal that the flat-screen TV model in front of you is $200 cheaper at a store five miles away.
It was a bumble bee yellow shirt, with a dark printed silouette. There it was, staring me right in the face. Curly hair, manly features, and covered in leather... it glowed with stunning charisma and implied rapier wit. Right there, waiting for me. I knew it could be no other.
It was The Hoff.
Spotted: American University in Cairo, Downtown Cairo, Egypt.
No camera available to capture the splendor or the look on my face.
Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy warned of stiffer jail sentences for arsonists following Friday's damage.
More than 900 vehicles have been set on fire since Saturday, as incidents were reported in Nice, Lille, Marseille and Dijon as well as in the Paris area. " (bbc)
From bad to worse.
Saturday, November 05, 2005
"The River North restaurant began offering the $500 all-you-can-eat dinner special in its private lounge about two weeks ago by word of mouth. Customers must make reservations in advance, and there is a four-person minimum." (Chicago Sun Times)
I'm tempted to give this a try :) Have anyone been to sushi dinner like this ?
Friday, November 04, 2005
On a larger scale, this is bad news for Turkey's effort to join EU. This event will no doubt horrifies a good chunks of European population of letting a large and majority Muslim country into their club. Sure, it's unfair for Turkey to be negatively affected for the failure of France, but that's what will happen.
"Could we convince enough people to bring their conventional computers to a single location in order to build a temporary supercomputer, one that could compete with the fastest and most expensive computers in the world? Since its inception in February of this year, the idea of FlashMob Computing transformed from a challenge to a new paradigm for enabling any group of people to pool together computing power for the purpose of working on scientific problems of interest to them. Unlike traditional supercomputers, which are expensive and not accessible to the general public, a FlashMob supercomputer is temporary, made up of ordinary computers, and is built to work on a specific problem. We set out to prove, through an elaborate experiment, that instant supercomputing is viable."
"In today's world of big iron supercomputing most of us have no say in what supercomputers do. Mostly supercomputers are used for studying nuclear weapons. And if you don't like that, too bad. You have no say. You can now decide what to use a supercomputer for. So if you want to study global warming or the hole in the ozone layer you can do that with a flashmob computer. If you want to study breast cancer or AIDS, you can do that. If you want to see the effects of pollution on an animal species, you can do that. ... But most importantly, with flashmob computing you now have a say in how supercomputers are used."
And here's how it was actually used to solve a previously unsolvable anthrax infection problem.
Microsoft Live! Developers blog
The concept is amazing!! Props to the MS team.. they've got a good thing going. I've been hooked to their beta interface for 40 minutes now, playing around with all the settings and options!
M/s Page and Brinn, we are waiting for round 2 to begin!!
Thursday, November 03, 2005
Selamat Lebaran, minal aidin wal faizin! (Indonesian style)
"Eid ul-Fitr (Arabic: ??? ?????) : often abbreviated as simply Eid, marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. Fitr means to break and therefore symbolizes the breaking of the fasting period and of all evil habits. On the day of the celebration, a typical Muslim family gets up very early and attends special prayers held only for the occasion in big mosques, in large open areas, stadiums or arenas. The festivities and merriment start after the prayers with visits to the homes of friends and relatives and thanking the Creator for all blessings. Eid is a time to come together as a community and to renew friendship and family ties. This is a time for peace for all Muslims in the world to devote to prayers and mutual well-being. "(wikipedia)
The cheapo little machine behind nomadlife is serving an average 2 millions page hits everday on all the weblogs now (either from visitors or the bazillion search engine bots crawling our weblogs); with proper care, this little baby can serve around 8-10 millions pages everyday no sweat.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Update: bleh. screw the experiment. It's just been 10 hours and those ads start to annoy the hell out of me. Removed !!
What should I do with the 66 cents generated so far?
The monuments he chose, to be remembered in perpetuity, were:
The Lighthouse of Alexandria
The Temple of Artemis
The Statue of Zeus
The Colossus of Rhodes
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Mausoleum of Halicarnassus
The Pyramids of Egypt
All had been built between 2500 BC and 200 BC. But today, only the Pyramids at Giza remain.
Now, just as Pierre de Coubertin revived the Olympic Games in 1896, with his modern version of the competition, N7W Founder Bernard Weber is seeking to revive the concept of the Seven Worldwide Wonders with this massive global campaign, the New 7 Wonders of the World. The major difference is that, this time around, they will not be chosen by one man, but by millions of people all over the world.
They will be the people?s choice, and they will be drawn from the earliest time that Man walked on Earth up to the year 2000. It is therefore possible that the only survivor of the original Wonders, the Pyramids in Giza, could be chosen and re-confirmed for a second time!
You can vote here.
Youths hurled rocks and set fire to cars in the northeastern Clichy-sous-Bois suburb of the French capital, where many immigrants and poor families live in high-rise housing estates notorious for youth violence." (CNN)