Monday, July 31, 2006
The postcards are made by people and sent to a mailbox in Maryland. A book has been created, art galleries have displayed the postcards, high school art teachers were inspired to try something similar with their students. The whole project blows me away. The secret-telling has changed stranger's lives, touched friends, been a wake-up call.
Turn your deepest secret into art and release it. Imagine the power in that.
Check out the site:
Sunday, July 30, 2006
What other smells are distinct to certain places or cultures and what memories or thoughts do they trigger within you?
Friday, July 28, 2006
From ArsTechnica article -
Can border agents search your laptop? Yes.
7/27/2006 11:27:13 AM, by Nate Anderson
"The court argued that the forensic analysis [of the laptop's hard drive] fell under the "border search exception to the warrant requirement." This exception was established by United States v. Montoya de Hernandez in 1985, and says that "the government may conduct routine searches of persons entering the United States without probable cause, reasonable suspicion, or a warrant." The court goes on to note that international airports count as border terminals, even if not physically located on a US border." --emphasis added
The CNET Police Blotter offers a few more details.
Police blotter: Laptop border searches OK'd
By Declan McCullagh Staff Writer, CNET News.com -->
Published: July 26, 2006, 5:06 PM PDT
What: A business traveler protests the warrantless search and seizure of his laptop by Homeland Security at the U.S.-Canada border.
When: 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on July 24.
Outcome: Three-judge panel unanimously says that border police may conduct random searches of laptops without search warrants or probable cause. These searches can include seizing the laptop and subjecting it to extensive forensic analysis. - emphasis added
As an interesting aside, how much longer until the RIAA and entertainment industry figure out a way to search all media entering and leaving the country?..
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Michelle Persaud?s delicate features burst into a smile as she describes the mistake many men make with her.
Seeing her dark eyes and mocha skin, her flowing black tresses and expansive lashes, they sidle over, take in a breath and start speaking ? Farsi!" (The Hill)
She's the Top person out of the 50 most beautiful people on Capitol Hill.
despabílate amor y toma nota
sólo en el tercer mundo
mueren cuarenta mil niños por día
en el plácido cielo despejado
flotan los bombarderos y los buitres
cuatro millones tienen sida
la codicia depila la amazonia
buenos días good morning despabílate
en los ordenadores de la abuela ONU
no caben más cadáveres de Ruanda
los fundamentalistas degüellan a extranjeros
predica el papa contra los condones
havelange estrangula a maradona
bonjour monsieur le maire
forza italia buon giorno
guten morgen ernst junger
opus dei buenos días
good morning hiroshima
que el horror amanece.
Mario de Benedetti
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
and congratulate my friend Marissa, alumni from Bay Area
won the Miss 2006 California beauty pageant. She will be competing
again for the Miss American Woman beauty pageant in Las Vegas.
I want to wish her good luck.
If you know her or want to know her, send her a message and congratulate her too.
That's right all the people in AIESEC are beautiful...
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Here are some stark statistics:
Around 30 to 40 people are killed every day in the current Israel/Lebanon conflict.
About 100 people are killed every day in the violence in Iraq.
And 1,200 people are killed every day in the war in the Congo.
All three of these stories are due to appear on tonight's Ten O'Clock News. They will probably run in that order - with the Middle East getting by far the most attention.
Does this say something about how we value human life?
From the BBC Editors' Blog
The show will be inspired by the 54-year-old's career, US soap opera The Young and The Restless and the songs of Teddy Pendergrass.
Hasselhoff, who has battled alcoholism, is quoted by website Celebrityweek.com as saying: "I am doing a heart-rendering set on my life and the mistakes I have made.
"It sounds like a bad joke, but it is really going to be a good show...totally campy."
He added: "It's written by the same people who wrote Bette Midler's show and produced by the people who produced Chicago in London."
The production - simply called David Hasselhoff: The Musical - will open in Melbourne, Australia, before moving to America.
The actor - who is due to release his autobiography in September - said: "If it ends up in Las Vegas, how great would that be? I want to entertain people. Sammy Davis Junior was my hero."
Monday, July 24, 2006
Watch it, if for no other reason than to be mesmerized by the spectacular visuals but do the world a favor and watch it for we are living in a time of rapid change and momentous choices, each of which can alter the fate of our future.
An incovenient truth
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Passing a msg:
" Take some time to look at the two links below. Nothing terrible is going to happen if you don't send this email to 10 people in the first 10 minutes after reading this. Even if you do, this petition probably won't change anything anyways. But wherever we are, i think we owe it to ourselves to do what we can when things like this happen. I'll leave you with this story someone told me when i was in university some years ago and which has always stuck with me.
"In the 50s, the US government was busy testing nuclear bombs. Before one particular test, a huge crowd gathered to protest. But it was to no avail. That coming Sunday, the bomb test was going ahead as planned. that Sunday, a lone man walked from where he lived to the middle of the desert, where the bomb was going to be tested, holding up his little sign. A reporter went up to him and asked, mockingly: 'what are you doing? you're here by yourself. the test is going to happen regardless of what you do. you're not going to change anything.' to this, the man replied: 'i'm not trying to change the world. i'm trying to stop the world from changing me.'"
So let's not be indifferent.
Check out the pictures of marwaheen massacre (South of Lebanon). Please pass this email on to all your friends, especially europeans and americans because these pictures will never be shown onoccidental mainstream media.
The Lebanese Medical Students' International Committee, has prepared a petition, to be sent to the UN, UN Security Council, EU, and other NGOs, institutions and councils working in the field of Human Rights and Peace.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Friday, July 21, 2006
In a country with a general speed limit of lovely 60 mph ... but, there are other advantages of this model: "Hmmm, the car has two engines making the car a hybrid so maybe we can drive in the commuter lanes along with the Toyota Priuses."
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Cheers from Istanbul!
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Most of you know about the attacks that have been occuring in Lebanon. First of all, our main priority was the safety and security of our team. Chris arrived in Egypt a couple of days ago, Stella is in Bulgaria and I am still here in Cairo.
We believe that AIESEC is needed in Lebanon and the Middle East and hope this conflict is short term, however, it is too early to determine whether or not this will be the case and we will have to wait and see.
Our hearts go out to the Lebanese people and we pray for there safety. We hope that this conflict will end soon and that there can be peace. Lebanon is a strong country and rebuilt itself after the civil war and it will do so again.
We would also like to thank everyone who has shown there support.
On behalf of AIESEC in Lebanon,
Member Committee President
AIESEC in Lebanon
Striving for peace and fulfillment of humankind's potential.
Blair: It's a pleasure.
Bush: I know you picked it out yourself.
Blair: Oh, absolutely, in fact (inaudible)
Bush: What about Kofi? (inaudible) His attitude to ceasefire and everything else ... happens. (Change of subject. Now they are on to Lebanon and the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan)
Blair: Yeah, no I think the (inaudible) is really difficult. We can't stop this unless you get this international business agreed.
Bush: Yeah. (Mr Blair is trying to push the idea of a UN peacekeeping force in Lebanon. That 'yeah' does not sound like a wholehearted agreement)
Blair: I don't know what you guys have talked about, but as I say I am perfectly happy to try and see what the lie of the land is, but you need that done quickly because otherwise it will spiral. (Meaning: 'Please, George, let me go to the Middle East and be a world statesman')
No, this is not some comedy. This is the real deal. They just didn't realise the microphone was on ...
(via The Guardian)
Can someone from the India-based Nomads confirm?
How can that happen in the largest democracy of the world ...?
Monday, July 17, 2006
Nisrin is still in Egypt, she had cancelled her flight, Thank God.
Bowman has arrived safely in Egypt last night, Thank God.
Stella is still in Bulgaria, she had cancelled her flight, Thank God.
Thank God these 3 are safe but what about the other millions????
Do you think HizbAllahs actions are:Now before i share with you the results, I just gotta say this is a terrible question. Ok so whats wrong with the question, you might be asking? Well actually nothing, the main problem is with the options the audience is given. People wanting to say that this is an illigitemate act by HA (like myself) cannot. The poll designer, wants us to believe that all legitimate acts are well calculated and all uncalculated acts are illegitimate. This is obviously not true. The options to such a question should be:
a) Uncalculated risk
b) Legitimate resistance
a) Legitimate yet with an uncalculated riskAnyhow, would we really expect anything less from the Middle Easts Fox network. Now of course if these were the options, I would choose option c. but these are not my options.
b) Legitimate with reasnoble risk
c) illegitimate with an uncalculated risk
d) illegitimate yet with reasnoble risk
Let us see, what Al Jazeera visitors had to say, when asked
Do you think HizbAllahs actions are:After 2 days and 135 000 votes, almost 92% of the participants believe that HAs actions are legitimate actions. Due to the stupid options we cannot know for sure of the remaining 8% believe that the actions of HA are illegitimate or not!
a) Uncalculated risk
b) Legitimate resistance
Saturday, July 15, 2006
"A six part, six-hour PBS series that tells the inside story of our new world economy... the struggle between governments and markets...
and the new battle over globalization."
"The Commanding Heights Storyline provides a complete netcast of the six-hour television program as originally broadcast -- in three two-hour episodes. The episodes are subdivided into chapters, captioned, and enhanced with additional interactive content not available on television."
All you need is a decent internet connection and a curious mind.
Friday, July 14, 2006
(Reuters has a special feature on the plight of illegal African immigrants into Europe)
Thursday, July 13, 2006
Sure enough the Israelis decided it would be nice to bomb the runways at Beirut International. Then they thought it would be a good idea to blockade Lebanon. So two routes for us poor foreigners to get out of here are gone. I mean, really, if Syria supports Hezbollah like the Israelis say they do, they'll just bring the guns over damn border." (Chris Bowman)
Live from Lebanon.
But even Mill, if he wasn't exaggerating, would probably pale in comparison to Kim Peek, who not only can read two pages at the same time, one with each eye, but has also memorized some 9,600 books... (MSN & Encarta)
Iran's growing ties with Iraq (USA Today)
The Middle-East is rapidly destabilizing and after reading this article from the Washington Post, it looks like someone is trying to find a "smoking gun" to put Iran into the stone age.
1. Continue dealing with the issues individually
2. Shock and awe over Tehran
3. The G6 invite Iran to the table and treat them like a regional power
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
There will be food and drink and even the 80 year old guy who started AIESEC in the US, Lee Nehrt.
But wait, there's more: Be apart of the AIESEC tradition known as Flannery's! Marvel as 5 generations of MCPs are known by the bartender, by name! Spectacular!
Anyway, everyone should come, especially alumni. Sorry for the piss-poor job keeping in touch, lets fix that. Tell one, tell all. Go to http://www.aiesecus50.com/ for more information and to sign up or harass fellow nl'er Betsy at firstname.lastname@example.org. ONLY ONE MORE DAY AT THE INTRODUCTORY PRICE, act now!
PS We may even throw in the super-secret location of Tortilla Flats. Known only through hazy recollections and the stench of tequila permeating the pours of the unfortunate.
"For the Johns Hopkins study, 30 middle-aged volunteers who had religious or spiritual interests attended two eight-hour drug sessions, two months apart, receiving psilocybin in one session and a non-hallucinogenic stimulant - Ritalin - in the other. They were not told which drug was which.I'll vouch for that....One-third described the experience with psilocybin as the most spiritually significant of their lifetime and two-thirds rated it among their five most meaningful experiences.In more than 60 per cent of cases the experience qualified as a "full mystical experience" based on established psychological scales, the researchers say. Some likened it to the importance of the birth of their first child or the death of a parent. "
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Adding to Chitgo's post earlier, more than a 150 people are believed to have been killed already with the casualty list set to grow as the injured are all accounted for. When I heard about this a few hours back, I experienced pain like which I haven't felt before. This isn't due to any misplaced sense of nationalism. I think my travels and AIESEC life have sufficiently diluted my identity as an Indian. Bombay, like Rotterdam or Shanghai is a city where I have great friends, a city where I've had great times and a city which means so much to me, as it does to so many millions of others. No one yet knows who caused this atrocity and why but regardless of the cause in whose name this was commited, this should like all the previous such attacks in the past, serve to further unite the world community to work toward a peaceful world. Anger is the easy answer. What might work will take more effort. I just felt like sharing this. And yes, all nomads please do check in.
5 to the count in first class coaches off major routes within the city. can the indian mc, trainees, members on nomadlife please report in on their safety? Major metropolitans have been put on red alert following bomb blasts in Srinagar
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Friday, July 07, 2006
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Under the glaciers has been found a huge deposit of gold, silver and otherminerals. To get at these, it would be necessary to break, to destroy the glaciers - something never conceived of in the history of the world - and to make 2 huge holes, each as big as a whole mountain, one for extraction and one for the mine's rubbish tip.
The project is called PASCUA LAMA. The company is called Barrick Gold. The operation is planned by a multi-national company, one of whose members is George Bush Senior. The Chilean Government has approved the project to start this year, 2006. The only reason it hasn't started yet is because the farmers have got a temporary stay of execution. If they destroy the glaciers, they will not just destroy the source of specially pure water, but they will permanently contaminate the 2 rivers so they will never again be fit for human or animal consumption because of the use of cyanide and sulphuric acid in the extraction process. Every last gramme of gold will go abroad to the multinational company and not one will be left with the people whose land it is.They will only be left with the poisoned water and the resulting illnesses.
**I got this in a forwarded email. Does anyone know, what this is about?
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
ZZOOOOOO! ! ITALIA 2-0! DEL PIERO!!
ZZZZZZZZZZZZOOOOOOOO !!!!!! !!! ITALIA 1-0!!!!! GROSSO!! He gets a great pass in from Pirlo and curls in a shot from the right side.......................................
And then begun the greatest experiment in fulfilling human ideals and dreams in freedom and liberty. For all her flaws and pitfalls, she is still the most awe inspiring product of democracy and human spirit.
Monday, July 03, 2006
A formal meeting on 1 July 2006 of the Trade Negotiations Committee, which comprises the entire WTO membership, brought to an end about three days of discussions among a representative group of ministers. No progress was made in trying to narrow the gaps on formulas for reducing tariffs and subsidies, various flexibilities, and other disciplines that would be in the ?modalities?.
Members agreed that Mr Lamy should consult members intensively and widely in order to establish ?modalities? urgently ? the term several used was to ?facilitate? and act as a ?catalyst?. He agreed with them that members will remain the main actors, and the principles will continue to be ?bottom-up? (input coming from members rather than from above), transparent and include all members. The consultations will be based on the draft texts in agriculture and non-agricultural market access. The director-general will report back to the members as soon as possible.
In statements, members said they remain committed to completing the negotiations by the end of the year.
The ?modalities? are needed so that countries can list their new commitments to reduce tariffs on thousands of products and to cut farm subsidies. The lists will be in documents known as ?schedules? that will run to several hundred pages per country and to tens of thousands of pages for the whole membership. These lists will take several months for each member to compile and in each case for other members to examine and possibly negotiate. ?I will not beat about the bush,? Mr Lamy told delegates in an informal meeting that immediately preceded the formal meeting. ?We are now in a crisis. We are far from the necessary convergence to be able to establish modalities in agriculture and NAMA [non-agricultural market access], despite all the hard work put in by everyone.?
Entire article here
Saturday, July 01, 2006
It is only half an hour since Germany knocked Argentina out of the World Cup on penalties, so he may be heady with victory, but he sounds convinced.
There is a billboard in the Potsdamer Platz that harks back to Germany's previous World Cup triumphs.
It says: "1954 Bern; 1974 Munich; 1990 Rome; 2006 Here!"
The former Baywatch star - who is in London filming an advertising campaign - severed a tendon in his hand and had to be rushed to St Thomas' Hospital by ambulance.
The 53-year-old's spokeswoman, Judy Katz, told BANG Showbiz: "David had just finished working out in the gym at the hotel where he was staying. He was getting ready to shave and bent down but when he stood up David hit his head on a glass shelf and it shattered.
"Some of the glass got into his hand and cut it quite badly."
She added: "The fact that he needs surgery to repair a tendon suggests it was quite a nasty cut, but he's in surgery right now, and hopefully not in too much pain."
Hasselhoff is best known for his roles as Mitch Buchannon in Baywatch and Michael Knight in the hit 80s TV show Knight Rider.