Friday, September 30, 2005

The biggest transborder news is Canada can no longer call itself the world's no. 1 seller of goods to the United States.

China has edged out Canada for the first time, taking top spot in exports to the United States in July. China sold for USD 31.3 Billion versus Canada?s USD 20.6 Billion.

Google & Nasa!

NASA & Google announce plans to work together on multiple areas of research and tech development! They've even got a million sq. foot plot of land at NASA's Research Centre in California.

Looks like we're going to find ET a lot sooner than we thought! :)

Thursday, September 29, 2005

50 things to do before you are 30.

The Evolution of HIV virus

"Keith Alcorn, senior editor at the HIV information charity NAM, said it had been thought that HIV would increase in virulence as it passed through more and more human hosts.

But the latest study suggested the opposite is actually true.

"What appears to be happening is that by the time HIV passes from one person to another, it has already toned down some of its most pathogenic effects in response to its host's immune system," he said.

"So the virus that is passed on is less 'fit' each time.

"This would suggest that over several generations, HIV could become less harmful to its human hosts." (BBC)

The study suggests that the virus is adapting in not killing its host in order to preserve its chances to propagate.

E-mails 'hurt IQ more than pot'

Workers distracted by phone calls, e-mails and text messages suffer a greater loss of IQ than a person smoking marijuana, a British study shows.

http://www.cnn.com/2005/WORLD/europe/04/22/text.iq/

Oh crap, weed it is I guess :)

They have fun, so much fun, so much squiddy squiddy fun....

Almost no-one in the world will understand that joke in the subject line, but I had to make it.....

Anyhow, check out the historic and awesome pictures of a living, in the flesh giant squid, going about its business in the ocean somewhere near Japan. To be honest I am a little dissapointed - shouldn't a "giant" squid be a little bigger?

The point remains, in my opinion, the more giant undersea creatures getting caught on film, the better.

Why failing airlines still give away 'free' seats

Nice article on the economics (and the future) of airmiles rewards programs.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

29



Devrim, the original nomad and our most eligible bachelor is 29 today and looking for nubile maiden to settle down with. And be in awe, for without him, there is no nomadlife.

nomadlife crapped out for a couple of hours today. Sorry about that.

World Economic Forum Growth Competitive Index

Country
2005 Rank
2005 Score
2004 Rank
Changes 2004-2005
Changes 2004-2005
Finland
1
5.94
1
à
0
United States
2
5.81
2
à
0
Sweden
3
5.65
3
à
0
Denmark
4
5.65
5
ä
1
Taiwan
5
5.58
4
æ
-1
Singapore
6
5.48
7
ä
1
Iceland
7
5.48
10
ä
3
Switzerland
8
5.46
8
à
0
Norway
9
5.4
6
æ
-3
Australia
10
5.21
14
ä
4

Click here for more listing.
  • The Nordic countries really dominate this ranking and kick everybody's butt.
  • Japan is out of top 10.
  • UAE and Qatar are in top 20.
  • Latin America is represented by Chile at 23.
  • Israel is 27.
  • Tunisia is more competitive than Egypt (40 vs 53)
  • South Africa is surfing at 42.
  • Italy is dolcevita-ing at 47.
  • China and India share Curry Dumplings at 49 and 50.
  • Brazil party with Turkey at 65 and 66 respectively.
  • Russia drinks a bit too much Vodka than Indonesia, putting it one rank below at 75.
  • The 4 year old East Timor is one rank higher than Zimbabwe at 108.
  • Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Lebanon are missing from the list.

World Economic Forum runs the famous annual Davos Conference.

What happened in New Orleans?

Amid reports like this "After the storm, US media held to account for exaggerated tales of Katrina chaos" I wonder what actually happened... any nomads out there know the truth?

One of my close friends is a med student at Tulane and although evacuated, she flew into the Astrodome in Houston (not New Orleans) to help on the Saturday after the storm. This is some of her story:

"For the most part, the patients had a tremendous spirit and attitude-- most do not want to return to New Orleans, but some of them were passionate about returning... many shared gruesome and horrifying stories about their time in the Superdome (rapes, gunshots, the immense fear) or stranded in their houses watching dismembered bodies float by while they waited on roofs to be rescued... I could not get over how thankful everyone was, esp given the situation they had been in the week before..."

So were the patients making it up (or was their momery affected by the experience), or has the US government PR machine now convinced everyone it was all safe and fine... (for the conspiracy theorists/Chomskyists!)?

It only rained for 40 minutes!

San Salvador. September 26th. 15:00.



It only rained for 40 minutes... but I had never seen anything like it... no rain, never so much water coming down a single street. Not only water... but lightning and thunder. No electricity for 10 hours, trees fell over houses, streets and cars.

Poor people is suffering the most, over 400 families turned homeless... everyone was affected.
It was not a hurricane, it was unannounced... a perfect sunny day turned into evening nightmare.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

The World Bank as an official blog. Nice, now I can fight with them online :)
Google was born 7 years ago and immediately changed the world.

Payback is a ...

The concept of "revenge" is foreign to guys, but hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Check out http://dontdatehimgirl.com. How delightfully low.

GeoHive

If you ever wonder about a country's vital statistics or any regional/global ranking, check out http://geohive.com/.

Monday, September 26, 2005

China - News deemed contrary to national interest is banned

"The state bans the spreading of any news with content that is against national security and public interest," said a statement from Xinhua, the official news agency. The announcement called for blogs and personal web pages to "be directed towards serving the people and socialism and insist on correct guidance of public opinion for maintaining national and public interests".

(more)

Sunday, September 25, 2005

YES YES YES

Today, a Swiss popular vote was held on the extension of the agreements on the freedom of movement and the revision of the accompanying measures (concerning the ten new member countries of the EU). The optional referendum was successfully requested after 92'901 valid signatures had been gathered.

And the Swiss voted in favor! Phew...I am very pleased with this result for my country. As we're not in the EU it is vital for us to have good relations with the European Union...I still doubt though that we'll join anytime soon.

"With the expansion of the EU by 10 new members on 1 May 2004, the existing bilateral agreements between Switzerland and the EU were automatically extended to the new member states. The exception was the Agreement on the Free Movement of Persons of 1999, where amendments had to be negotiated with the EU. An additional protocol laid down separate transitional regulations in relation to the new Eastern European member states: This transitional system provides for a gradual and controlled opening of the Swiss labour market to workers from these new member states. Labour market restrictions (priority for Swiss nationals, quotas, controls on salary and working conditions) may continue to apply until 30 April 2011. In its 2004 winter session, the Swiss Parliament approved the additional protocol together with the revision of the flanking measures on wages and social dumping. Both bills were combined in a single federal decree, which was subject to an optional referendum.

Today's voting result: Support for EU labour accord beats expectations

Fifty-six per cent of Swiss voters have agreed to extend an accord on the free movement of people to the ten new European Union member states.
The result was clearer than expected and represents a victory for the government. German- and French-speaking areas of the country voted "yes", while Italian-speaking Ticino said "no".

"Positive"
The government, which had called for a "yes" vote, welcomed the result.

"In saying yes, Swiss voters have once again confirmed their support for the bilateral path," President Samuel Schmid told Swiss television.

Schmid said Switzerland had taken a step towards opening up, which would help it to remain attractive to business.

But he said he understood the fears of a sector of the population about wage dumping and cheap migrant labour. There would be "a long transition period" as Switzerland opened up its market as well as "strict limits on immigration".

The EU also expressed satisfaction, hailing the outcome as another step towards European integration.

"I warmly congratulate the Swiss decision to extend the benefit of the free movement of people to all inhabitants of the European Union," said European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso.

"I am delighted by the result which is good for Switzerland and the EU," added Diana Wallis, who heads the EU parliamentary delegation responsible for relations with Switzerland.

The British Member of the European Parliament told swissinfo the winning margin was higher than the EU had hoped for, "which is very encouraging". "

Source: http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=106&sid=6113374&cKey=1127667328000

can you imageine a mass evacuation of new york?

The National Hurricane Centre rates New York as the fifth most vulnerable area in the country. The top four have all been hit in the past two years. Max Mayfield, the centre's director, says the city is "especially vulnerable". Local experts believe flooding, as was shown in the movie The Day After Tomorrow, is "inevitable". read more

Officials there are taking the threat so seriously that they have drawn up a mass evacuation plan and have begun a poster campaign.

how to spot a beggar in shanghai...

Chinese beggars brought to book

Find it hard telling needy beggars from the hucksters? Shanghai's new manual shows you how.

The illustrated guide, Recognizing Phonies, runs through a laundry list of popular scams, from women faking pregnancies to counterfeit monks and bogus students asking for help paying their tuition fees.......

The best trained army in the world...

US forced to import bullets from Israel as troops use 250,000 for every rebel killed


US forces have fired so many bullets in Iraq and Afghanistan - an estimated 250,000 for every insurgent killed - that American ammunition-makers cannot keep up with demand. As a result the US is having to import supplies from Israel.

A government report says that US forces are now using 1.8 billion rounds of small-arms ammunition a year. The total has more than doubled in five years, largely as a result of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as changes in military doctrine..........

World's Top 100 Social Intellectuals(?)

Another list from ForeignPolicy.com
Check out the World's top 100 Intellectuals and thinkers Controversial inclusions have been made, though they do provide you (ever so politely) with the option of sending in a vote for a deserving candidate who has escaped mention.

The latest on Rita and Katrina

Rita, which stormed ashore early Saturday as a Category 3 hurricane, was downgraded late in the night to a tropical depression, with sustained surface winds of 38 mph or less.

Check the latest information on Hurricane Rita and from the Katrina-stricken Gulf Coast region.

Friday, September 23, 2005

New Orleans going under water again

Hurricane Rita is approaching Texas-Louisiana coast as a category 4 hurricane but the showers over New Orleans have already made breeches in the levees and water is rising rapidly. Officials say "our worst fear came true"
God be with Texas, and with Louisiana again.
For more information go to Yahoo news, MSNBC, Forbes, ABCNews

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Golden Ratio

Aibek has a long write up on Golden Ratio.

Free advance pre screening of "serenity"

If you are in the United States, get free tickets to the pre screening of sci-fi movie "Serenity".
Wall Street Journal has an excellent coverage on the impending Rita on its StormTracker blog.

Double Evacuees
You might remember 3 weeks ago that tens of thousands of people from New Orleans were evacuated to Houston. Well, now they are being evacuated again with hundreds of thousands people leaving Houston further north.

World No-driving day

Check out Sheila's blog for more details... (I'm pretty sure they didn't have this "no driving" situation in mind!)

http://sheila.nomadlife.org/

Women's rights come under scrutiny in Berne

The Swiss capital is hosting an international symposium until Friday on the responsibility of governments to ensure the rights of women.
Experts from 12 countries are discussing why it is that despite laws designed to protect them, women around the world are still the victims of daily human-rights abuses.

The four areas under examination at the three-day meeting are domestic violence; trafficking in women; violence in armed conflict, and violence against women legitimised with cultural arguments.
The event is co-hosted by the Swiss Section of Amnesty International, Human Rights Switzerland, the World Organisation Against Torture, and Bern University's interdisciplinary centre for women's and gender research.
In a news release ahead of the symposium, Amnesty pointed to a recent increase in cases of countries being convicted of failing to ensure women's rights by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women.
It said that, according to the principle of due diligence, states bear responsibility under international law to prevent, investigate and punish violence against women.

Setting standards

Stella Jegher of Amnesty's Swiss Section says the goals of the conference are to make the concept of due diligence better known, to define a set of international standards to combat violence and protect women, and to discuss implementing these standards.

"We have a gap between what the human-rights system defines and what is implemented and what women all over the world experience," Jegher told swissinfo.

"Women still suffer everyday discrimination and stereotypes, while traditions and cultural prejudices hinder the implementation and fulfilment of legal standards," the conference organiser said.

Participants will be talking about the problems in their countries and learning from one another as they search for common strategies. A legal advisor from Ukraine, who defined that country's legislation on domestic violence, will be sharing her experiences.

-> I hope they can achieve the goals of the conference! Ever thought about how much domestic violence, sex trafficking in women, violence in armed conflict, and violence against women legitimised with cultural arguments exists in your country?

The entire article can be found under:

http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html?siteSect=106&sid=6103395&cKey=1127382669000


Egypt vs. US - the big Match!

Here on Blog-world there is a tight race between the US and Egypt!

One of the best blogs I have ever seen is this blog of what I assume to be a super woman.

freedomforegyptians.blogspot.com

Her views and insights are a extremely interesting, and make you want to check her blog every hour.

What is also extremely interesting is how many people visit her blog

So far the toll is : (top ten)

Visitors since June 29, 005

United States: 1134
Egypt: 1001
Canada: 221
United Kingdom: 139
Italy: 69
Australia: 47
France: 45
Germany: 37
Saudi Arabia: 34
United Arab Emirates: 34

So you can see the tight race between our Egyptian Bloggers and our American Bloggers
I suggest people on Nomadlife try to shake those numbers up

This Blog is definitely worth a look.



Watch the video

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

It's good to be the President....GOOOOAAAAAAAL

Airliner fakes emergency so passengers can watch soccer game

Fida


Name - Farida Renata Heyder (Fida)
Age - 23
Location - Singapore
Nationality - Indonesia
Religious background - I am a Muslim. Not sure what sect actually, I think it's Sunni? Majority of Muslims in indonesia is of one teaching. I practice prayers, fasting, I don't drink alcohol or eat pork but I also don't wear a scarf. So you could argue I'm not that pious.
Current occupation - IT Analyst working in an Investment Bank
The things I love about Ramadhan - Just the expectation of being in a holy month.
The hardest/most annoying thing about Ramadhan - Having to wake up and cook at 4 am!
What I want to get out of Ramadhan this year - Fasting means not only to abstain from food but also excessive emotion (anger,hatred,depression etc). Looking of using this time to better control my emotion and focus in my day to day life.
My best Ramadhan memory - Coming home from school with a full table of sweet tasty snacks. 30 days of really good snacks. Another thing is the many azdan (call of prayer) duirng subuh (at dawn) and maghrib (at dusk) in Jakarta.

Fida


Name - Farida Renata Heyder (Fida)
Age - 23
Location - Singapore
Nationality - Indonesia
Religious background - I am a Muslim. Not sure what sect actually, I think it's Sunni? Majority of Muslims in indonesia is of one teaching. I practice prayers, fasting, I don't drink alcohol or eat pork but I also don't wear a scarf. So you could argue I'm not that pious.
Current occupation - IT Analyst working in an Investment Bank
The things I love about Ramadhan - Just the expectation of being in a holy month.
The hardest/most annoying thing about Ramadhan - Having to wake up and cook at 4 am!
What I want to get out of Ramadhan this year - Fasting means not only to abstain from food but also excessive emotion (anger,hatred,depression etc). Looking of using this time to better control my emotion and focus in my day to day life.
My best Ramadhan memory - Coming home from school with a full table of sweet tasty snacks. 30 days of really good snacks. Another thing is the many azdan (call of prayer) duirng subuh (at dawn) and maghrib (at dusk) in Jakarta.

marvel


National Geographic is doing an outstanding special issue on Africa. That amazing picture above is actually a lake.

a new girl in the block


It's time to learn a new girl name now that everyone knows the notorious Katrina. Rita is coming fast and hard to Texas and right now has been categorized as hurricane category 4 (it's the same category that drowned NO). Rita will either get stronger or weaker as it approaches land. We'll see in a couple of days.

One Hefty American Reality



No, it's not making fun of some geek at school. It's a reality show for the weight challenged.

Yeah. Your reaction around the world is as good as mine.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

http://www.okcupid.com/death says that I will die in May 2060 at the age of 82 of Cancer.

I want this for Christmas

This is a fully programmable humanoid robot on sale in (guess ?? Japan ) for a low cost of $14,000.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Hard-Core Philanthropist

Adam & Eve is a peculiar porn powerhouse.

It's probably the only major player in the $4 billion adult-entertainment business that was first conceived as the fundraising arm of a nonprofit organization. Phil Harvey founded the company hoping to use the profits to fund family-planning initiatives in the developing world.

"I was very taken with the idea that I could sell sexual accoutrements to relatively wealthy Americans and use the proceeds to support family planning in developing countries," he says. "I've certainly taken a great deal of pleasure from the sort of Robin Hood effect that's resulted."

...

The sex business was the last thing on Harvey's mind in 1961, when he walked out of Harvard University with a degree in Slavic languages and literature. He enlisted himself in the US Army, completed his service, and then packed his things and traveled about as far away as he could -- to India, where he signed up with the poverty-fighting organization CARE. But, no matter how hard he and his colleagues toiled, it seemed, they could never keep pace with population growth.

The solution, he began to suspect, was not food, but family planning. He returned home with a new sense of mission.

Read more here.

World Music

Howdy World,

I've been trying to get into different kinds of music lately. Since we have an international crew on here, I was wondering if I could get people to suggest music from their various countries. Maybe tell us a few songs, or artists that are popular from the country. Also, for non-English songs, if you could tell us briefly what they're about, that'd be really cool. Oh, and tell us what country they're from too.

I was thinking maybe a few current hits, and some more traditional/older songs. Well, I don't mean to be too specific, so whatever comes to mind.

Thanks everyone!!!

Sunday, September 18, 2005

The vote in Germany

Latest Forecast Shows Schröder, Merkel in Stalemate

The latest forecast shows the parties of Angela Merkel and Gerhard Schröder running in a dead heat. Both parties, however, have done worse than in 2002. The question as to who will govern Germany remains wide open.

By 10 p.m. on Sunday night, Germany's federal parliamentary elections were still too close to call, with the Social Democrats (SPD) and the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) running neck and neck. The latest forecast from pollster Forsa has both main German political parties -- the left-leaning SPD and the right-leaning CDU/CSU -- in a dead heat. The latest forecast has both parties getting 222 seats in parliament -- a result that would run counter to virtually every poll that has been taken in recent days.

Just about the only thing that is clear in this election is that German voters no longer want a governing coalition pairing Chancellor Gerhard Schröder's SPD with Joschka Fischer's Greens. Forecasts based on initial results by the public television station ARD indicate that Schröder's SPD received just 34.2 percent of the vote -- 4.3 percentage points lower than the last elections in 2002.

Yet while few expected the SPD to do well, the results delivered by the center-right Christian Democrats (CDU) under Angela Merkel have been disastrous for the party and have imperilled the female candidate's chances of becoming chancellor. ARD forecasts indicate that Merkel's party just barely managed to edge out the SPD, receiving just 35.4 percent of the vote and thus 3.1 percent less than in 2002.

In other words, despite months of surveys indicating that Merkel would become Germany's first-ever woman chancellor, her path may not be as clear cut as she had hoped. Merkel had eyed the formation of a coalition with the business-friendly Free Democratic Party (FDP) under Guido Westerwelle. Yet even though forecasts indicate that the FDP received one of its best results ever -- 10 percent as compared with just 7.4 percent in 2002 elections -- the two parties together are far from the 50 percent they would need to form a governing coalition.

  • More here

  • New Zealand election goes 50/50

    No clear winner, neither party has enough representation in Parliament to form a goventment, it will now become a coalition building game to see which major party can secure the support of the smaller parties who now hold the balance of power.

    Saturday, September 17, 2005

    MBA Toolbox

    Leon Winer, Ph.D., Columbia University Graduate School of Business, MBA, Rutgers University, writes an online book about developing business skills. Check it out.
    "Cultural exchanges - to find the good in people who are different then you- I don't believe can work out when you are forced to hide who you are. " (comment in AlliG)

    Country contributions for Katrina relief

    America?s friends abroad, and even some of its foes, have responded to the horrific destruction to the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Katrina by pledging money and sending supplies to assist the recovery effort. Qatar, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates lead the pack, offering $100 million each.
    ForeignPolicy.com provides an exclusive list of the donors.

    http://foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=3241

    Friday, September 16, 2005

    Thursday, September 15, 2005

    LARGEST FEET RECORD HOLDER DIES

    Guinness World Records is sad to announce that Hollywood actor Matthew McGrory, who boasted record-breaking size 29 1/2 feet, has passed away at his home in Los Angeles.

    The 32-year-old record breaker ? who was also the world's Tallest Actor ? met up with GWR recently for a photoshoot for the 2006 book. "We're all shocked," said editor Craig Glenday. "It sounds such a cliche but he was truly a gentle giant, a really nice guy. He'll be missed by everyone at Guinness World Records." More...

    Looking for Info

    Does anyone have any info on Guyana or Suriname? I would appreciate anything you could tell me about these areas.

    I am also hoping to spend New Year's Eve in Venezuela. Are there any nomads out there that will be in the country at the same time?

    A gentlemans game....



    Even though the majority of the Earth have no idea what is going on in a Cricket match, the sport remains a precious jewel in the world of sports. This is the star of the English team in the recent Ashes Cricket series, Andrew Flintoff (right), comforting Aussie player Brett Lee (left) after Lee nearly saved the day for Australia in what turned out to be an incredibly close victory for England.

    Cricket is still played with a sense of decency, sportsmanship and personal valour and honour that has all but dissapeared from most professional sports. Plus, Cricket platers still wear lovely hand knitted woolen vests and white pants, and have "Tea" breaks each afternoon at 3pm. Old timey gentlemanliness at its best.

    More great Expansion News!

    Many of you don't know it yet, but AIESEC Egypt is also expanding to Algeria.

    We have acquired funds and support to open it up.

    AIESEC Algeria will be there sooner than you think - so be prepared!!

    Special thanks to Tamer , who has made all of this possible!

    Middle East and North Africa GN Initiative is HOT TO GO!

    Wednesday, September 14, 2005

    Rock n' Roll

    "OH MY GOD ...
    WE GOT IT !!!

    The news came in today that we officially have received a NEW grant from the Department of State (MEPI) to open AIESEC up in three new countries. Oman, Bahrain and Qatar." (Jen)

    This is the biggest grant AIESEC anywhere in the world has ever received. Let's just say you can buy a couple of Porsche 911 Turbo S with a chump of change to spare. It's HUGE.

    Wow.

    Congratulation to Jen, Paul and Suzanne for this brilliant achievement.

    Learn more about MEPI grant.

    news for Gara...

    Google launches blog search
    By Juan Carlos Perez, IDG News Service

    Google Inc. has added to its menu of search alternatives the option to search through the ever-popular online journals called Web logs, or blogs.

    The new search service, which went live on Wednesday, is in test, or beta, form, and can be accessed through a variety of Web addresses, including http://www.google.com/blogsearch and http://search.blogger.com/.

    ?Google is a strong believer in the self-publishing phenomenon represented by blogging, and we hope Blog Search will help our users to explore the blogging universe more effectively, and perhaps inspire many to join the revolution themselves,? a frequently-asked-questions (FAQ) page on the new service reads.

    The new service doesn?t limit its searches to Google?s own Blogger service, and the index is continually updated and includes blogs written in English and other languages, including French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese and Japanese, according to the FAQ.

    Users can do basic searches entering keywords or they can do advanced searches in which they can specify certain parameters, such as searching within a specific blog or only blogs written in a particular language or authored by a specific person, according to the FAQ.

    The Mountain View, Calif., company?s new blog search also gives users the option of subscribing via syndication feeds, such as RSS (Really Simple Syndication) or Atom, to search results. This means that if someone searches for ?Hurricane Katrina,? Google?s blog search lets him add a feed in his news aggregator of choice, such as Bloglines, and be alerted whenever Google?s blog search indexes blog postings that match the query term ?Hurricane Katrina.?

    Ranking of hard liquor drinkers

    Koreans Rank Fourth in Hard Liquor Consumption

    Koreans are the world?s fourth most ardent devotees of hard liquor, a report shows. Four out of 10 Korean people drink to excess, consuming more than one bottle of the local variety soju per session.
    Prof. Chang Keun-ho of Hongik University said in a report on the tippling habits of Koreans released Tuesday the nation?s adults drank an average of 4.5 liters of distilled liquor such as whisky and soju in 2002, trailing only notorious bastions of alcoholism Russia, Latvia and Romania.
    Koreans? alcohol consumption is high because their favorite medicinal recreation is soju, which is about 20 percent proof. The report shows Korean people aged over 15 consumed 68 bottles of soju a head in 2003. Drinking shortened the life expectancy of men by 3.1 years and women by 1.1 years, Chang claims.
    The proportion of drinkers who poured more than a bottle of soju down the hatch in one session increased from 31.3 percent in 1999 to 40.5 percent in 2003. The ratio of female drinkers in the population more than doubled from 20.6 percent in 1986 to 49 percent in 2003. The increase in the number of tipplers drove up the social cost of drinking -- from traffic accidents caused by drunk driving to a drop in productivity and rehabilitation of alcoholics -- to an estimated W4.9 trillion (US$4.9 billion) in 2003.

    Tuesday, September 13, 2005

    BRILLIANT!!!

    Words of wisdom from (dare I say it) one of the wiser...

    "i dont know, but if assholes could fly, the net would be an airport."
    -Drake, 2005

    another one(s) bites the dust

    "Northwest Airlines and Delta Air Lines are both preparing to seek bankruptcy protection as soon as Wednesday, people close to both companies said today." (NYTimes)

    It seems to me that major airlines in the US are only good at going bankrupt. It's pathetic.

    Need some contact info!

    Nomads... I am looking for the contact information of 3 people. Please help me if you can.

    1. Goldee Salcedo (MCP 01-02 Philipines)
    2. Name and email of the MCP 01-02 of AIESEC Togo
    3. Name and email of the MCP 01-02 of AIESEC Mozambique

    I really need to contact them!
    Thanks for your cooperation!! I appreciate it!

    Virtual Street Reality

    Have you ever seen a Virtual Street Reality !
    Not much to say!! Just click HERE and look how amazing art can be!!

    Nomadlife wonders!

    If you run the spell check after you write a blog entry you will find that the word "fuck" or fucking is not in the dictionary.

    Bush and Blair

    someone sent me this link,
    it's funny when you try all the different shapes and circles
    http://www.andyfoulds.co.uk/amusement/bushv2.htm

    check it out

    Hell Freezes Over


    "England have won the Ashes for the first time in 18 years after a tense final day of the series at the Oval." (The Telegraph)

    England is on a roll. Rugby world cup 18 months ago and now this one. How about football guys?

    The Simple truth

    Robin Williams... what a genius!!!

    "If women ran the world we wouldn't have wars, just intense negotiations every 28 days... see, the problem is God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time"

    Ahhh... "reality... what a concept"

    World Summit on Poverty

    "UN diplomats are confident of saving this week's world summit from collapse after dropping contested language on terrorism, human rights and other issues in a document world leaders are to approve.

    Negotiations among a core group of 32 ambassadors ahead of the three-day summit that begins on Wednesday are expected to continue until the last minute. But some envoys still fear that an ambitious blueprint on global security, human rights and extreme poverty may be reduced to pious expectations."

    Monday, September 12, 2005

    Oh, the irony


    Every little bit helps...right?

    The Best from the Silver Screen at Home!

    I've always dreamed of having my own home theater with state of the art home entertainment center...but THIS seems a bit over the top. See for yourselves

    2.6 billion

    is the price eBay pays for Skype, BBC reports.

    Wow.

    Rural Life in Afghanistan

    On Tuesday the BBC will devote time to finding out more about what life is like for the people of Afghanistan in a day of special coverage.

    As part of the project we are inviting you to send your e-mails from around the world to the six Afghans below who live in this village north of the capital, Kabul.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/4209480.stm

    Kids these days, drinking 'Kidsbeer' and all...

    SAGA (Kyodo) Kidsbeer, a nonalcoholic brew aimed at children, is catching on with young drinkers and is posting monthly shipments of 75,000 bottles, according to maker Tomomasu Co.

    Shipments of Kidsbeer, a nonalcoholic brew aimed at children, are growing rapidly. The beverage, one of whose ingredients is the Latin American plant guarana, sells for around 380 yen per 330-milliliter bottle. The bottles themselves are colored brown to make the drink look even more like its more potent counterpart, the company said.

    The drink started out as Guarana, a cola beverage that used to be sold at the Shitamachi-ya restaurant in Fukuoka, run by 39-year-old Yuichi Asaba. Asaba renamed the sweet carbonated drink Kidsbeer, a move that made it an instant hit.


    "If you get this drink ready on such occasions as events and celebrations attended by kids, it would make the occasions even more entertaining."

    The Kidsbeer label captures a nostalgic mood as it was modeled after classic beer labels.

    "Even kids cannot stand life unless they have a drink," reads the product's advertising slogan. (full article)

    Sunday, September 11, 2005

    5 days to go

    New Zealand elections, we get to vote on Saturday, and its a neck and neck between the left and right. Depending on which paper/poll you believe.

    "After weeks of jockeying for position on the campaign trail, neither Labour leader Helen Clark nor National leader Don Brash has a clear advantage, and the shape of the next government remains uncertain." (more...)

    Israel declares end to Gaza rule; pullout imminent

    On the 4th anniversary of the worst manifestation of divides between the Mid-east & the west... a ray of hope for the future...

    In Memoriam: 9/11


    These are their names (NYC, Penssylvania, Washington, D.C)

    The history of the event is kept digitally at http://www.911digitalarchive.org/

    The first ever AIESEC blog was born September 11, 2001 to keep people informed about the well being of AIESECers in New York City and Washington D.C (you might recognize some of them).

    You can also read the emails sent in that period by AIESECers around the world.

    The idea of Salaam program was conceived in the first anniversary of 9/11 and acted as a response to the event.

    If you still hear people retell the "4000 Jewish didn't showed up to work" conspiracy, use this reference to set the record straight.

    You would have thought that the restoration effort of 9/11 Ground Zero would be done in a swift and careful manner. Nope. The restoration and rebuilding of 9/11 Ground Zero is a disgrace.

    what is nomadlife?

    "Dear nomadlife.org,

    Found your site through a google search- what a cliche.

    And was looking for the about link... only thing I found was a link to the wiki about nomadlife. However, it looked like links from other people and their opinions about what's going on with the site.

    So far, from what I can deduce, it looks like a site for travellers to document their travels for others to read about and somehow, it's linked to blogger.com.

    So I was wondering, would you mind telling me what it is? Maybe you could copy/paste the section in wiki that for some reason I couldn't find.

    Wow, long email for a simple request.

    Thanks for reading."



    I received this email earlier today. How will you answer it?

    Saturday, September 10, 2005

    let this be the first, but not the last

    Yesterday I arrived in Kabul around 9:30am, i passed through customs and hauled all my luggage to the airport lobby... (acapellafella)

    Calling Nomads in Egypt!

    This past week was the first contested election in Egypt. I just want to know, out of pure curiosity, what was the atmosphere like? We hear that turnout was about 25%, and that the elections may have even been rigged with Mubarak winning 80% of the vote. Were people excited/scared to vote? Was it even a big deal in Egypt? Any thoughts to quell my curiosity would be great!

    Friday, September 09, 2005

    conceived believed achieved


    The 57th Annual International Congress recently concluded on the 5th of September at Agra India. IC was attended by over 800 participants from across 91 countries, corporate organizations and foundations stretching the globe. Check out the videos here and enjoy. The conference is being regarded as a legacy event worldwide within AIESEC circles....for those who were there- congratulations and hope India was as rewarding for you to visit as it was for us to host.

    Monkey Dude

    "Two genes involved in determining the size of the human brain have undergone substantial evolution in the last 60,000 years, researchers say, leading to the surprising suggestion that the brain is still undergoing rapid evolution." (NYTimes)

    There is still hope among Mensa-rejected-applicants amongst us. We just have to live much longer to be smarter; evolution will take care of the rest.

    The Ladder Theory

    Sally: We are just going to be friends, OK?
    Harry: Great, friends. It's the best thing...You realize, of course, that we can never be friends.
    Sally: Why not?
    Harry: What I'm saying is - and this is not a come-on in any way, shape, or form - is that men and women can't be friends, because the sex part always gets in the way.
    Sally: That's not true. I have a number of men friends and there is no sex involved.
    Harry: No, you don't.
    Sally: Yes, I do.
    Harry: No, you don't.
    Sally: Yes, I do.
    Harry: You only think you do.
    Sally: You're saying I'm having sex with these men without my knowledge?
    Harry: No, what I'm saying is they all want to have sex with you.
    Sally: They do not.
    Harry: Do too.
    Sally: They do not.
    Harry: Do too.
    Sally: How do you know?
    Harry: Because no man can be friends with a woman that he finds attractive. He always wants to have sex with her.
    Sally: So you're saying that a man can be friends with a woman he finds unattractive.
    Harry: No, you pretty much want to nail them, too.
    Sally: What if they don't want to have sex with you?
    Harry: Doesn't matter, because the sex thing is already out there, so the friendship is ultimately doomed, and that is the end of the story.

    Those of you who have seen the movie already know this is a scene from "When Harry met Sally." This text appears in the home page of an very interesting perspective on relationships called The Ladder Theory.

    The Ladder Theory is a funny, scientific explanation of how men and women are attracted to each other. It also covers such topics as why women sometimes just want to be friends but men always want sex.
    Read it and give me your opinion. I found it insulting, bitter, and childish towards women. I also found it painfully true...and had a good laugh while reading it! Post some comments!

    Chile or Argentina

    Hmmm..its a difficult choice. New Zealanders can get working holiday visas for both countries and I'm thinking of going off to South Am next year, to learn Spanish, sample the culture, do some volunteer or consulting work with NGOs and/or teach English. Problem is I can't decide which one? Thought I'd turn to the NOMADers and see if anyone has had similar experiences in either country and had any stories/recommendations to share...Help?!

    Thursday, September 08, 2005

    You'll look good in this; I guarantee it



    Coming soon. Look good and help raise fund for a unique young philanthropy network for children around the world.

    flamewar

    Check out these email exchanges between two secretaries from Sydney; both are supposed to be fired from their jobs because the ever escalating flamewars. I'm not sure whether it is true or not but it's funny nonetheless.

    "
    From: Scott, Elizabeth
    Sent: Thursday, 1 September 2005 10:23 AM
    To: Willis, Regina
    Subject: RE:
    Oh my God I'm laughing! happy relationship (you have been with so many guys - yep really happy relationship with Trevor JONES), beautiful apartment (so what), brand new car (me too), high pay job (I earn more)....say plenty more.....I have 5 guys at the moment! haha.
    "

    Some corporate language

    What management says...: 'We have to leverage our resources.
    What they really mean.....: 'You're working weekends.'

    What management says...: 'That's very interesting.'
    What they really mean.....: 'I disagree'

    The joys of Corporate life!

    "post apocalypse"?

    so when my MC members returned from IC, i realised that they had been relatively blind to the World ... and i know the feeling. so what kind of shock do you get when you read this (from NY times):
    "Rush hour in downtown now means pickups carrying gun-carrying men in sunglasses, S.U.V.'s loaded with out-of-town reporters hungry for action, and the occasional tank. About the only ones commuting by bus are dull-eyed suspects shuffling two-by-two from the bus-and-train terminal, which is now a makeshift jail."
    "Scraggly residents emerge from waterlogged wood to say strange things, and then return into the rot. Cars drive the wrong way on the Interstate and no one cares. Fires burn, dogs scavenge, and old signs from les bons temps have been replaced with hand-scrawled threats that looters will be shot dead.
    The incomprehensible has become so routine here that it tends to lull you into acceptance. On Sunday, for example, several soldiers on Jefferson Highway had guns aimed at the heads of several prostrate men suspected of breaking into an electronics store. "

    it's worse than 9/11 by every reasonable measure. The power of nature is unrivalled. We are humbled, and then embarrased as thousands of years of civilsation counts for nothing -in fact 5,000 years ago we would have coped better... a lot better.

    write what you like

    If you have the editor access to this main blog (if you don't, get one), please don't worry about getting permission from me to write or post a certain topic. I'm not your taste guardian. Just go ahead, write what you like.

    Wednesday, September 07, 2005

    UN Oil for Food Scandal

    Kofi Annan appointed Independent Inquiry Committee releases the definitive report on UN Oil for Food scandal earlier today. Check the report out, but first, read the acceptance of the report briefing by Kofi.

    "Mr. President, my colleagues and I have only just received the full report, as you have, and therefore it would be premature for me to give a detailed response at this stage. But there are some things that I am ready to say now.

    The report is critical of me personally, and I accept the criticism. "

    NYTimes reports that "It estimated that Mr. Hussein skimmed $1.8 billion in kickbacks and surcharges from the United Nations-run program but that Mr. Hussein made $10.99 billion in illicit profits from smuggling outside the program."

    Job Insecurity

    "Bait and Switch" was inspired, in part, by letters Ehrenreich received from people in situations like Gray's. We've done everything right, the message was -- gotten an education, worked hard -- and we still can't find stable jobs. Why not write about us ?

    So she decided to investigate what she calls "this tremendous churning in and out of the corporate world." She wanted to know how it feels to be scrambling for work because you've been downsized, outsourced or restructured out of your white-collar job. The plan was to portray herself as a PR professional, an area where she had plausible skills, and go looking for a job with health insurance and a salary of maybe $50,000 a year." (WashingtonPost)

    What will happen to you when you lose your job at 45, with two kids and a mortgage and having to compete with the younger hotshots and a much more competitive global workforce?

    Egypt

    is having their first presidential election today. How's the voting going?
    "You fight a national disaster with the equipment you have." (the onion)

    God, they are brilliant. It's a must read piece.

    Steve does it again.

    Ipod Nano. 2G & 4G. Upto 1000 songs on flash and thin as a pencil.

    Know what I want for Christmas, but who can wait that long.

    Nano

    Opening of AIESEC China

    Does anyone have any good photos of the opening of AIESEC China? Or any photos of AIESEC India working to establish AIESEC in Pakistan? I'm making a recruitment ppt and I need a good photo illustrating countries working together to acheive our mission. If you have something you think I may be able to use, can you please either email me (jillo@aiesecus.orgm - minus the m) or post it on nomadlife?

    Thanks!

    Sweet Riot

    Guess what comes from South America, highly addictive, in powder form and come tightly wrapped in silver looking cover? No, not that one. It's cacao.

    Sarah Endline (AIESEC US MCP 96/97) is starting her own sweets company and she blogs her experience in starting up at http://blog.sweetriot.com.

    This is awesome

    Check out the International Dialects of English Archive where you can listen to accents and dialects of English spoken around the world.

    Tuesday, September 06, 2005

    shift

    "I wouldn't say it's the dominant force. What is gradually happening is the restoration of the world balance to what it was in the early 19th century or late 18th century when China and India together were responsible for more than 40 percent of world GDP. With those two countries becoming part of the globalized trading world, they are going to go back to approximately the level of world GDP that they previously occupied. But that doesn't make them the superpowers of the world." (Information Processing)

    This is a fascinating interview with Lee Kuan Yew (the father of modern Singapore) with Germany's DER SPIEGEL magazine.

    No stamina conference, Beijing, 2005

    (Beijing, September 2005)



    How A Real Nomad Does It



    sheila, post the pic on nomadlife...the one where digs is showing "stamina"

    After spending a few days with the self designated Pappy of all Nomads, I found out the ugly truth about Devrim: that he has no stamina. Just a lot of bark. :)

    For more updates of the 2 POSes visit to Beijing, check out my website:

    http://sheila.nomadlife.org

    Hopefully updated soon:

    http://devrim.nomadlife.org
    http://drake.nomadlife.org
    http://tee.nomadlife.org

    Chernobyl



    A motorcycle diary's on Chernobyl. Check it out.

    International Atomic Energy Agency (UN) just released a definitive report on the effect of Chernobyl accident.

    Monday, September 05, 2005

    another flight tragedy


    Indonesian jet with over 100 on board crashes into residential area


    (Pics: Reuters)


    JAKARTA (Agencies): - An Indonesian passenger plane with over 100 people on board crashed into a residential area shortly after taking off from the northern city of Medan, officials said.
    The Mandala Airlines jet bound for Jakarta crashed minutes after take-off from Polonia airport in Medan on the island of Sumatra, said Ino, a spokesman for the National Search and Rescue Agency. ... (Jakarta Post)


    Connecting news:
    JAKARTA (Antara): Minister of Transportation Hatta Radjasa has said that all 117 passengers of a Mandala airlines aircraft that crashed shortly after takeoff from Polonia Airport in Medan, North Sumatra were feared dead. (Jakarta Post)

    My pray for all of the victims and the family

    States that do not exist

    "States That Do Not Actually Exist. (Flash, in english, but link is in french). Norwegian photographer Jonas Bendiksen, with credentials from Magnum, has been working on a project he calls SATELLITES. It is a photographic journey through the scattered enclaves, unrecognized mini-states, and other isolated communities that straddle the sourthern borderlands of the former USSR. The itinerary goes through such places as TRANSDNIESTER, a breakaway republic in Eastern Europe, ABKHAZIA, a unrecognized country on the Black Sea, the religiously conservative FERGHANA VALLEY in Central Asia, the SPACECRAFT CRASH ZONES between Russia and Kazakhstan, and the JEWISH AUTONOMOUS REGION of Far Eastern Russia." (Metafilter)

    Check it out; it's fascinating.

    Saturday, September 03, 2005

    Spillover

    "FEMA has been on the ground for four days, going into the fifth day. Why no massive airdrop of food and water? In Banda Aceh, in Indonesia, they got food dropped two days after the tsunami struck. ?" (slate)

    The great American sport, blame game, is underway. Bring popcorn. You are watching liberal democracy in action (people cursing their government in the open, etc); It's time like these where a government have to earn their pay.

    Friday, September 02, 2005

    "If a flood of Biblical proportions were to lay waste to New Orleans, Joe Suhayda has a good idea how it would happen. A Category 5 hurricane would come barreling out of the Gulf of Mexico. It would cause Lake Pontchartrain, north of New Orleans, to overflow, pouring down millions of gallons of water on the city. Then things would really get ugly. Evacuation routes would be blocked. Buildings would collapse. Chemicals and hazardous waste would dissolve, turning the floodwaters into a lethal soup. In the end, what was left of the city might not be worth saving. " (Time)

    This article was written in 2000.

    Serve

    If you have 7 days to spare, hands on network needs volunteers to work on the ground supporting the refugees of Katrina.

    TENJEWBERRYMUDS

    Take your time while reading...very funny once it gets going...

    This was a cool Fwd I got today, which had me in splits, definitly the funniest passage I've read for quite some time, so I'd like to share it with everyone.... To get the full effect, this should be read aloud. You will then understand what 'tenjewberrymuds' :) means by the end of the conversation. This has been nominated for the best email of 2005.

    The following is a telephone exchange between a hotel guest and room-service, at a hotel in Asia, which was recorded and published in the Far East Economic Review:


    Room Service (RS): "Morrin. Roon sirbees."

    Guest (G): "Sorry, I thought I dialed room-service."

    RS: "Rye..Roon sirbees..morrin! Jewish to oddor sunteen??"

    G: "Uh..yes..I'd like some bacon and eggs."

    RS: "Ow July den?"

    G: "What??"

    RS: "Ow July den?...pryed, boyud, poochd?"

    G : "Oh, the eggs! How do I like them? Sorry, scrambled please."

    RS: "Ow July dee baykem? Crease?"

    G: "Crisp will be fine."

    RS : "Hokay. An Sahn toes?"

    G: "What?"

    RS:"An toes. July Sahn toes?"

    G: "I don't think so."

    RS: "No? Judo wan sahn toes??"

    G: "I feel really bad about this, but I don't know what 'judo wan sahn toes' means."

    RS: "Toes! toes!...Why jew don juan toes? Ow bow Anglish moppin we bodder?"

    G: "English muffin!! I've got it! You were saying 'Toast.' Fine. Yes, an English muffin will be fine."

    RS: "We bodder?"

    G: "No...just put the bodder on the side."

    RS: "Wad?"

    G: "I mean butter...just put it on the side."

    RS: "Copy?"

    G: "Excuse me?"

    RS: "Copy...tea...meel?"

    G: "Yes. Coffee, please, and that's all."

    RS: "One Minnie. Scramah egg, crease baykem, Anglish moppin we bodder on sigh and copy....rye??"

    G: "Whatever you say."

    RS: "Tenjewberrymuds."

    G : "You're very welcome."

    monkey business

    " Scientists have sequenced the genome of the chimpanzee and found that humans are 96 percent similar to the great ape species." (National Geographic)
    New York Times chronicles the preparation for Katrina before it hit. The bottom line, none of preparation anticipated the leeves to break.

    The American public raised 94 million dollars in three days. Most of the people that are stuck in New Orleans are old and poor who could not afford or did not have the means to leave the city. Walking miles out of town was not an option if you have babies or small children.

    One of the rescue organization urges people to donate $100 so it can feed two families for two days. Wow; I'm used to the idea when they say $100 can feed two families for one month.

    I think we will have Mardi Gras 2006 in New Orleans and it would be the biggest Mardi Gras ever.

    Thursday, September 01, 2005

    http://katrina05.blogspot.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/katrina/clusters/ (pictures)

    Ironies in the middle of chaos

    "It's like being in a Third World country," Mitch Handrich, a manager at Louisiana's biggest public hospital told the AP. - (CNN)

    Well living in one... can I ask... is that a compliment or not? or just some random comment you pick up from National Geographic?

    How do you actually recover from something like this? besides the implicit physical impact... how will this affect them psychologically?

    I am listening to Nancy Grace, Headline Prime corresponsal and while describing the scenes on TV she states... "look at this people, they are not wearing shoes! how can someone in our country not have shoes!? this is unbelievable"

    Shoes... how convenient.

    New Orleans revisited

    It is not getting any better. In the past 18 hours things have gone from bad to worse. Death estimates range anywhere from the hundreds to the thousands in New Orleans and the hundreds in Mississippi. Looters run rampant and inmates at jails have held hostages in attempts to escape. Police and rescue teams can only watch as they scramble to save what survivors remain.
    With somewhere around 95% of the coastal oil access knocked out for the time being, national oil reserves are being tapped in order to fight a dramatic surge in prices.
    This is the greatest national disaster since the San Francisco earthquake in the early 1900's. This will have a much greater impact as it will have unforseen economic effects everywhere from the local coastal economies to the global energy community. Bush thinks it will take years to recover.
    Citizens displaced from their homes are being bussed out of the area, and they may even place others on cruise ships.
    People will not be allowed to return for months.