Saturday, September 30, 2006

Miss World 2006

(Miss World - Czech Republic)

"Tatana was born in Trnava and grew up in Opocno.  She is a High School student, her future ambition is to attend university, graduate, have a modelling career which she hopes will enable her to travel; and to be a good parent one day.  Her hobbies are:  Tennis, volleyball, horse riding, ice skating and many other sports, she also enjoys dance and listening to music with a nice melody.  Tatana likes to spend time with her many pets, she has: cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, a bird and a turtle.  Favourite food is Chicken.  Personal motto would be ?Always be an optimist?."

Check out her competition (who's your favourite?).

Svisloch turns 750....

Go off the beaten track a little and check out Sveta's description of life in her hometown of Svisloch, Belarus, which celebrates its 750th birthday this week. How many other small Belorussian villages have you read about this lifetime?

International Volleyball

US vs Mexico!

International volleyball, as in across borders, not just teams from different countries.

SKYDIVING!!


See the rest here (was originally too wide for this column)

Friday, September 29, 2006

Things to do before you are 30

Although it's too late for some people, what are things you want to do before you hit the big three O?
Happy Birthday Digs....

Quote - Unquote...
"Time won't take the boy out of this man" :)

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Istanbul was Constantinople

I have a pretty long layover in Instanbul coming up on Saturday and should have a good 8h of free time (from around noon to 8pm). Any recommendations on things to do/see? Any nomadlifers living/hanging out there this weekend?

The candidates

http://www.unsg.org/

The 5 opinion posts by 5 out of the 7 candidates were quoted (ehm, stolen) from NYTimes Op Ed.

Candidate 5

REDUCING the United Nations presence in East Timor was a mistake that, given the chance to step back in time, I believe we would not make again. In May 2005, we pulled out the last of the peacekeepers, who had played a prominent role since 1999 in restoring peace to a ravaged land, leaving behind a small group of civilian advisers.

In hindsight, it?s clear that this departure came too soon. Less than a year later, East Timor?s hard-won peace broke down. In June, the country?s first president, Xanana Gusmão, asked the United Nations to send the peacekeepers back, and in August the Security Council complied.

Few would deny that nation-building is a long and arduous task. But just how much international assistance is enough? And how do we keep conflicts from reigniting when peacekeepers leave?

The organizational change I?d emphasize is one that?s just occurring: the establishment of a Peacebuilding Commission, a body charged with managing the transition from keeping a peace to building a stable society. We need to ensure that the commission becomes effective, pulling together Security Council members, troop contributors and development agencies to help bolster the economies and democratic institutions of countries emerging from conflict. To make peace truly sustainable, I would also involve our new Democracy Fund. If the United Nations can act to support democratic forces in post-conflict societies, we will help fulfill the founding ideals of our charter while preventing the horrible waste of lives, effort and money that occurs when peace, once established, proves too fragile to last.

? SHASHI THAROOR of India, the United Nations under secretary general for communications and public information.

Shashi Tharoor is the United Nations nformation.

Candidate 4

AS a former refugee, I attach special importance to ensuring peace, security and the protection of the most vulnerable groups. Too often during the past five years, the United Nations has focused on the letter, not the spirit, of its charter when it needed to protect civilians caught in warfare. The international community?s responsibility to protect must not be an empty concept but a genuine obligation, and United Nations peacekeeping mandates must be more robust.

Just as significant, if not more so for the long-term sustainable development of our planet, are the Millennium Development Goals. Progress toward the goals is still unacceptably slow. The statistics on infant mortality and maternal health, among others, remain particularly distressing. Unless we make better progress, the vicious circle of poverty, social strife and military conflict will require us to devote ever more resources to peacekeeping and humanitarian aid. At the same time, we should pursue intercultural and interreligious dialogue in order to find creative new ways to address the growing threats posed by terrorism, intolerance and religious violence.

To achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and to make the United Nations more effective both in its administration and in the field, we need to streamline its management, making it more accountable and transparent. If we eliminate unnecessary duplications, we can better finance our education, social and economic development efforts.

? VAIRA VIKE-FREIBERGA, the president of Latvia.

Candidate 3

IN his March report on reform, Secretary General Kofi Annan said that the United Nations ?lacks the capacity, controls, flexibility, robustness and indeed transparency to handle multibillion-dollar global operations.? Describing the organizational culture as ?damaged,? he acknowledges that a recent audit points ?to both mismanagement and possible fraud? in peacekeeping operations. He concludes that reform efforts have addressed the ?symptoms and not the causes of our underlying weaknesses.?

These internal problems have undermined the moral authority and effectiveness of the United Nations, which ought to be the trusted global forum for reaching consensus and taking action on vital challenges. This loss is most directly felt in the poorest countries of the world. Yet distrust among member nations has slowed the momentum of reform.

The United Nations should foster global stability by investing in effective states and legitimate institutions. But doing so requires us to renew an organization designed for a different era. Through consultation with member states, I will seek an agreement on the key tasks that the United Nations must perform. I will lead a process of reform that will allow the United Nations to set the gold standard for transparency and accountability, and which will inspire talented women and men from around the world to work at the United Nations. Only by establishing trust in the organization can we make the United Nations the instrument of global choice for addressing the problems of our time.

? ASHRAF GHANI, the chancellor of Kabul University and former finance minister of Afghanistan.

Candidate 2

THERE are many things the United Nations has done right. But like all institutions, it is fallible. Thus, as invidious as it may seem to single out one mistake, I must say that the violence in Darfur stands as an indictment against the United Nations. For three years, the suffering civilians there received little but hand-wringing, stopgap humanitarian efforts and an African Union peacekeeping force. Finally the Security Council last month voted to expand the United Nations mission in Sudan to include Darfur. That this resolution remains unenforced reflects the collective failure of the United Nations? membership and its institutions, including the Secretariat.

Darfur exposes the glaring absence of a rapid response mechanism for humanitarian disasters. Politics trumps compassion: the world has to wait for the Security Council to agree to act, for funds to be pledged and collected and troops to be deployed. We need a swiftly deployable humanitarian disaster management team, made up of experts from different disciplines supplied by member states. Members that have advanced satellite reconnaissance technology could provide early warning of disasters, both natural and manmade. And a small, robust force of rapidly deployable troops, with clear rules of engagement approved by the Security Council, would be necessary to protect humanitarian workers from attack or abduction.

After the avoidable tragedies in Rwanda and Srebrenica, the prevention of genocide and ethnic cleansing is central to human security in all its dimensions, and it is crucial to the United Nations? founding mandate: to eliminate ?the scourge of war? and ensure human rights, the rule of law and economic and social advancement.

? JAYANTHA DHANAPALA, a senior adviser to the president of Sri Lanka, former ambassador to the United States and former United Nations under secretary general.

The Candidates for UN Secretary General : ZEID RAAD ZEID AL-HUSSEIN

THE United Nations faces a daunting range of challenges in the 21st century: promoting development without fostering dependency; combating climate change without reducing growth; defending human rights without insisting on one true path. But in the past five years, a specter has risen, casting a shadow across the world: the specter of extremism, instability and injustice gripping the Middle East.

The United Nations needs new leadership that understands these issues and can address all sides with experience and credibility. The fight against extremism is necessarily one with winners and losers ? one where compromise may equal defeat and where genocide, mass murder and terrorism loom. The leadership of the United Nations must take a stand. To me, there is no starker lesson from the United Nations? failures in Bosnia and Rwanda.

The recent outbreak of war (and fragile peace) in Lebanon, and the conflicts in Africa, have reminded the world of the United Nations? unique legitimacy in restoring peace and security. Global legitimacy on its own, however, is not enough. The United Nations must also be effective. It should draw on the remarkable success of those societies ? not least in Asia ? that have seized on the promise of globalization to renew themselves. Like them, the United Nations must have the courage to discard the old and embrace the new in the name of progress.

The struggle against extremism and intolerance requires the efforts of every society, faith and agent of human dignity. The United Nations must recognize this struggle for what it is and be willing to play its vital part. Only if the United Nations has the will to change itself can it change the world.

? ZEID RAAD ZEID AL-HUSSEIN, Jordan?s ambassador to the United Nations, a former peacekeeper in the Balkans and the first president of the governing body of the International Criminal Court.

From Mark Twain

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness. Broad, wholesome and charitable views cannot be acquired by vegetating in one's little corner of the earth. "



Don't you think it is awesome? Found it stumbling on a random site...

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Whoa.....

This genius wrote a poem, roughly sounding like Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven", except the twist is, if you count the letters in each words, the whole poem is actully pi, listed to 740 decimal places.

Check the whole thing, but for maths geeks, heres the first paragraph...

"Poe, E.
Near a Raven

Midnights so dreary, tired and weary.
Silently pondering volumes extolling all by-now obsolete lore.
During my rather long nap - the weirdest tap!
An ominous vibrating sound disturbing my chamber's antedoor.
"This", I whispered quietly, "I ignore".

If this guy doesnt win a nobel prize, who will?

Monday, September 25, 2006

www.wearetheweb.org

¡WE ARE THE WEB!
When you least expect it you find this kind of protest lying around the net.... enjoy
...Keep the web free and open... so it can be this fun :)
k.








Like the HSBC ads...

Breakdown of society......................... Preserving it...












Breakdown of Society........................ Preserving it...

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Nomadlife For Dummies


Hmmm...wonder how soon this becomes a reality and Nomadlife goes mainstream.


(image created at http://www.signgenerator.org/books/dummies/)

Friday, September 22, 2006

controversial campaign...

Total burn-out of Lidice


Hottest new wargame based on a WWII true story...

...locals raised an outcry, calling the campaign "tasteless"

...an Internet site developed to teach young Czechs the history of one of the worst ..

Web site appeared at first to be a computer game ...

A new internet "game" has been making a lot of headlines in recent days...

A divided world

Thursday, September 21, 2006

calling nomads in london.....

http://www.squirrelpie.com/

Blogging Ramadan - calling all nomads....

Ramadan is coming, and I would really love to get a group blog going among nomads all around the world experiencing Ramadan - Muslim or non-Muslim, in Cairo, Rabat, New York, Singapore or wherever, local or expat - I think a well done group blog of Ramadan experiences would be wonderful.

I would really enjoy seeing postings, pictures, interviews etc from all over the place, showing off all the great things about Ramadan - the local/family traditions, special "only in Ramadan" food and drink, the lights and decoration, the effect it has on your city and country....You get the picture right?

I think at this time and place in history something like this would be a pretty cool thing to do, and with some promotion to "outside", I think we could get a fair bity of interest and attention. Who's in? Write me a mail, tom.gara(at)gmail.com or leave a note in comments and I'll follow up.....I hope we can get some nomad representation from all corners of the world!

(going to leave this bumped at the top for a day)

no-condoms, Ugangda, U.S. and AIDS

Adam (heroofthelight) writes for the Badger Herald about Uganda's inadequate battle against AIDS which is exacerbated by the U.S. Government's PEPFAR plan.

"PEPFAR mandates that 33 percent of its funding is funneled into abstinence-only projects, and prioritizes abstaining and fidelity over safe-sex methods. Meanwhile, it fails to provide support for comprehensive prevention programs aimed at young people."


Well worth a read...

Man bites panda after zoo attack

A drunken Chinese tourist says he bit a panda who attacked him after he jumped into a zoo enclosure to "hug" the bear.
Zhang Xinyan, 35, had drunk four draught beers before deciding to enter the Beijing Zoo pen belonging to six-year-old male panda Gu Gu.
The startled Gu Gu bit both legs of his intruder, who responded by biting "the panda on its back", Mr Zhang was quoted by state media as saying.
Mr Zhang said he had not realised pandas could be violent.


Oh my god, what a good laugh! Whole article here.

Full text of Chavez's address to the UN General Assembly

Check it out...........

He can rant with the best of them.....

A Collection of Duct Tape from Around the World

My new friend Phil from www.philjacobsen.com and a fellow Antarctican was contacted by a school teacher named Dick from Darlington, Wisconsin. His students are collecting duct tape from around the world in order to learn about the countries it's coming from. They already have tape from the countries/areas listed below. If you live somewhere different, follow this link if you can help them out!

Antarctica
Australia
Canada
China
Costa Rica
East Jerusalem*
Ecuador
England
Germany
India
Iraq
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Lutzenbuerg
Netherlands
Norway
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Singapore
South Africa
Spain
Taiwan
Ukraine
United States
Wales

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Sleepers awake

There?s more to a good night?s rest than going to bed early. Sleeping comes easiest and lasts longest for the wealthy, white, and female. Reporting her findings in the June 1 American Journal of Epidemiology, health-studies associate professor Diane Lauderdale, AM?78, AM?81, followed the sleep habits of 669 Americans aged 35 to 50 and found that those with a yearly income of less than $16,000 spend longer in bed than those making $100,000 or more, but they sleep less because their ?sleep latency,? the amount of time spent lying in bed awake, stretches to nearly an hour.

Using both self-kept sleep logs and wrist-activity monitors, Lauderdale also discovered that people sleep less than they realize: although participants reported averaging nearly seven hours per night, measured sleep was only about six.

photo:  fig 2


University of Chicago Magazine

The world ... a happening place.

Emerging countries remain an interesting place to live and watch:

Elections in Thailand fail to produce a result accepted by all parties, eventually sparking a military coup today. A presidential candidate in Mexico refuses to respect the democratic institutions and continues with his provocations, including declaring himself president and establishing an unrightful parallel government. At the same time, The Economist publishes a major report celebrating "the power of the emerging world".

Interesting times ahead ... in the end, it will be the business community in these two and in other countries which will press further for (a return to) democracy. Free markets need free societies.

Felicia has a question.

I work with Felicia and she asked me if I can put this up at nomadlife. Hence I did, here is her message...

Hello!!!
My name is Felicia. I am an AIESEC Alumni in the USA...I have a friend visiting Antwerp, Belgium from Nov 8th - 22nd 2006....
Do you know any AIESEC people there that she can stay with and who can show her around??
Please let me know. Email: missmadisonmixes@hotmail.com

WB World Development Report 2007

World Bank urges boost for young

Developing countries must invest in young people, promoting education and health and developing essential skills, a major World Bank report says.
The World Development Report says there are now a record 1.3 billion people aged 12-24 living around the world.

Those numbers could create problems in many nations if societies do not adapt, World Bank officials warn.

Although the number of young in primary education is rising, the report says some 130 million cannot read or write.

Young people are thought to make up about half the world's unemployed, the report says.

It also estimates that about 100 million new jobs need to be created in the Middle East and across North Africa before 2020 to cope with the numbers of young people seeking work.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/5351524.stm

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Today is the International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Celebrate these colorful individuals by inserting the following words into your normal conversations today:

- Yarr
- Avast
- Matey
- Dubloons
- Scurvey
- Davey Jones' Locker
- Rum

Constant impressions of Capt Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean are permitted, but try not to overdo it.

vote on the best design...

Vote for the first-ever people's design award...choose between houses, the 100 dollar laptop, google earth, princes' guitar.... what does good design mean to you? http://www.peoplesdesignaward.org

New recruit joins the Terracota army

As Mr Wendel's "performance art" did not harm any of the ancient relics, he was not arrested or charged but given "serious criticism", the reports said. Mr Wendel had his costume confiscated and was sent back to the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, where he is studying. (BBC)

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Full text of the Pope's controversial speech in Germany

You can read the whole speech here - warning though, it is long, and deep, and very academic/theological.

For those who make it through the whole thing, make up your own mind about what the meaning and key message of the speech was - and whether you agree with it. Would love to hear some perspectives in comments....

Saturday, September 16, 2006

nomad blogging poll

hey guys, just a couple quick questions for you...

how many of you run multiple blogs?
how many of you blog professionally? - about your career/industry/profession
how do you handle identity? - do you keep it clean so a potential employer/client wouldn't be offended?.. or do you remain semi-anonymous - known to friends but not easily found via searches on your professional name?

I've been encouraged by people in my own industry to start a blog related to that industry. I'm in a decision mode about how to handle identity/branding. Have any of you tackled that issue or have any thoughts to share about it?

Friday, September 15, 2006

opera lovers prefer 'shrooms...

and Hip hop music fans have more sex

Fans of hip hop music are likely to have had more sexual partners in the last five years while many of those who prefer classical strains will have tried cannabis, according to a study released on Thursday.

A quarter of classical music fans have tried cannabis while 12 percent of those who liked opera had experimented with magic mushrooms

Reuters reports.

I'm wondering what they'd find if they did a test on bollywood music.....

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Darwinian Migration


Headed elsewhere.

Globalist Perspective > Global Culture

By Joseph Chamie | Tuesday, September 12, 2006

If you can get in, then you can stay in. This, a type of Darwinian migration, is the de facto message to potential migrants in poorer sending countries as well as the implicit principle guiding policies towards migrants illegally residing in richer receiving countries, argues Joseph Chamie, director of research at the Center for Migration Studies.

Read more...The Globalist

Travelling ?

Check out this nifty Universal Packing List.

Google`s for profit Philanthropy...

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 13 ? The ambitious founders of Google, the popular search engine company, have set up a philanthropy, giving it seed money of about $1 billion and a mandate to tackle poverty, disease and global warming.

But unlike most charities, this one will be for-profit, allowing it to fund start-up companies, form partnerships with venture capitalists and even lobby Congress. It will also pay taxes.

Full text here

calling any swedes

I am in stockholm till saturday morning and free as a bird.
you wana get together? email me at superluli(at)hotmail(dot)com

nomadlife gear....

yes i know im late to the nomadlife 'gear' party:) but would appreciate someone letting me know of the link to purchasing it online.
merci.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Airport screeners

http://www.msnbc.com/modules/airport_security/screener/default.asp

Think you got the stuff to run an airport x-ray machine?

Violence is not Sexy

Wives and girlfriends of gang members in one of Colombia's most violent cities have called a sex ban in a bid to get their men to give up the gun.
Dozens of women are said to be taking part in what is being called the "strike of crossed legs", a move backed by the mayor of Pereira.

A city official said the idea came from a meeting of wives and girlfriends over the progress of a disarmament scheme.

One of the girlfriends, Jennifer Bayer, told Britain's Guardian newspaper: "We want them to know that violence is not sexy."
(BBC News)

Worth of Nomadlife

Hey guys check this out!!
I got this off Askoura's blog.


My blog is worth $59,841.24.
How much is your blog worth?

How a company should measure success



How a company should measure success ..

Miniature Earth

If you could reduce the world to a sample population of just 100 people... this is what it would look like.

http://www.miniature-earth.com/

Appreciate what you have...

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

The first female Muslim space tourist will launch next week


"
She came to the United States with her family as a teenager, unable to speak English. She conquered that handicap swiftly, earning a bachelor?s degree in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University and a master?s degree in electrical engineering from George Washington University. (She is pursuing another master?s, in astronomy, from Swinburne University of Technology in Australia.)

After college, she worked at MCI in the engineering division, where she met her husband, Hamid Ansari. In 1993, she persuaded him that they should leave MCI and start their own telecommunications company. That company, Telecom Technologies Inc., grew rapidly, earning several major technology patents; the Ansaris were able to sell it for hundreds of millions of dollars. The family later formed Prodea Systems Inc., a digital technology and investment company, in Plano, Tex., which is sponsoring Mrs. Ansari?s spaceflight. " (NY Times)

...and she paid this herself.

?

is it my imagination or has the 'recently updated' nomad list stayed static for the last few days?
anyone know why?

Monday, September 11, 2006

9/11 ..where were you?

I was in Surabaya, Indonesia and was just finishing dinner when my Uncle hurriedly called me to watch the satellite feed of WTC burning...

Egypt Travel Advice!

Hello fellow nomads, I'm looking for some info from people who've been to or are living in Egypt.

Tom's got me going with some ideas (thanks a ton dude), wanted to know from the others as well ..

1. Alexandria/Cairo/Luxor/Aswan?
2. How much and what should I be doing if im there for a week?
3. Is the country going to be packed in Nov.?
4. Anything else.

Will really appreciate any info. You can also mail me.

Thanks (and would love to return the favour if anyone is planning to come to Colombia, SA!)

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Ouch!!!

"Four prisoners in an El Salvador jail hid mobile phones, a phone charger and spare chips in their bowels so they could coordinate crimes from their cells, according to prison officials." (the age)

(update from tomg - boingboing posted about this, challenging readers to identify the model of phone, and a guy who reviews phones for pcmag managed to identify it.....)

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Google News Archive Search

"Google plans to announce on Wednesday that it is offering a service that will permit Internet users to search through the archives of newspapers, magazines and other publications and uncover material that in some cases dates back more than 200 years." Read more.

You can access the News Archive Search at http://news.google.com/archivesearch

Google News up till now has only provided results from the last month. Currently there are almost 700 news stories about AIESEC archived going back to 1995. There will be more once more publishers join. See http://news.google.com/archivesearch?q=aiesec

Fat kids...

Don't spoil your kids too much.. chubby kids will be chubby adults!

"Children who are too heavy between the ages of 2 to 5 face a five-times-higher risk of being fat as they become teenagers, said a study, underscoring the need to maintain a healthy weight beginning in early childhood" see google news or here

and

what is the world coming to, talk about a messed up resource allocations....

"The World Health Organisation said more than a billion people -- nearly one in six of the world's population -- is overweight, outnumbering the 800 million who are under-nourished."

30%!!!



Check out CNN's results to the poll!
Don't you think 30% is too much??

Liar

Type "liar" in google and click "I`m feeling lucky"... :)

Empress of Japan
Should woman be allowed to be the Empress of Japan?


Yes
No













Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Project Ahimsa

"Project Ahimsa is a global effort to empower youth through music. The organization was founded in 2001 in response to the violent attacks on Sikhs and South Asians after 9/11. The organization operates under the auspices of the Patel Foundation for Global Understanding, a registered 501c3 non-profit based in Tampa, FL. Project Ahimsa?s aim is to provide human capital and financial support to communities and individuals victimized by violence. " Project Ahimsa

Their focus tends to be more on developing communities (predominantly) in India, Guatemala and also underserved communities through the US. This list is exanding ofcourse. My favorite part is the list of artists who support this. Not your average MTV top 100 pop stars, be warned. Amongst a long list, my personal favorite include

DJ Amar (www.bansuri.net)
Capoeira USA (www.capoeirausa.com)
Dj Cheb I sabbah (www.chebisabbah.com)
The doors (www.thedoors.com)
Ferhan Quereshi (www.dhamaalsf.com)
J Garcia (www.jgarciaalive.com)
Karsh Kale and Realize (www.karshkale.com)
Nitin Sawhney (www.nitinsawhney.com)

It would be nice to see them expand this list to include more artists from Africa and Latin America. They have a blog too. Here are some pics from a fundraiser they had two years ago.
( DJ Cheb I Sabbah)

(J Boogie and dubtronic science)

(Riffat Sultana performs Qawalli, traditional folk music of Pakistan)

(Karsh Kale)

Not Unlike her Human Counterpart

"Across the eastern United States, a gruesome ritual is in full swing. The praying mantis and its relative, the Chinese mantis, are in their courtship season. A male mantis approaches a female, flapping his wings and swaying his abdomen. Leaping on her back, he begins to mate. And quite often, she tears off his head." (NY Times)

The tools to end poverty

KickStart is a non-profit organization that develops and markets new technologies in Africa. These low-cost technologies are bought by local entrepreneurs and used to establish highly profitable new small businesses. They create new jobs and wealth, enabling the poor to climb out of their poverty forever. www.kickstart.org. WOW, how cool!

KickStart?s Impacts To Date


Over:
  • 41,000 new businesses started
  • 800 new businesses per month
  • $41 million a year in new profits and wages generated by the new businesses
  • New revenues equivalent to more than 0.5% of Kenya?s GDP and 0.2% of Tanzania?s GDP

Walk on...

John Bolton isn't all that mean a guy after all...

"...The United States made a renewed bid Friday to get Myanmar on the U.N. Security Council agenda for the first time, part of American efforts to pressure a military dictatorship accused of repressing political opponents, including the pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi..." (More on this at International Herald Tribune)

Core competencies...

A 3.2 km long ice-core sample from Antarctica "...reveals the Earth's natural climate rhythm over the last 800,000 years. Over the last 200 years human activity has increased carbon dioxide to well outside the natural range..." (More from the BBC)


















(Picture courtesy: http://www.waterencyclopedia.com)

Monday, September 04, 2006

Iranian threat to Sunni nations will encourage them to develop nukes

One of the interesting possibilities mused about in this concise article in the British Times, which ends with: ?A blind person who sees is better than a seeing person who is blind.? On Iran, the world is, alas, led by the seeing blind.

Steve Irwin is dead



"THE Crocodile Man, Steve Irwin, is dead. He was killed in a freak accident in Cairns, police sources said. It appeared that he was killed by a sting-ray barb that went through his chest, Queensland Police Inspector Russell Rhodes said.

He was swimming off the Low Isles at Port Douglas filming an underwater documentary and that's when it occurred." (The Courier Mail)

Youth in Iraq

http://www.iraqscouts.org/

To assist the people of Iraq in reconstructing their country, the Iraqi International Foundation (IIF) was formed this year as a special non-profit foundation by American and Iraqi citizens seeking to create positive solutions for many of the problems facing Iraqi families and children today. The IIF recognizes that the youth of Iraq will determine the stability and future success of Iraq. Because of this dependency, the IIF is making a conscious effort to invest in the Iraqi families and their children. The IIF?s first initiative was the Iraqi Scouts initiative. Today the IIF continues to develop Scouting in Iraq, but recently added initiatives will focus on education, health care, the stability of families and the overall social and moral well-being of the Iraqi youth.

If this can be successful, then there could be a bright future. Now how much of a % of the US military budget gets spent on initiatvies like this?

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Freezing her ass off so she can answer your questions



If you have any, any questions whatsoever about Antarctica, ask Katie.

Words to live by

"

I've climbed the highest mountains . . . fallen down the deepest valleys . . . I've been to Japan and Africa . . . and I've even gone into space. But I'd trade it all for a piece of candy right now.

Every creature on God's earth has a right to exist. Except for that damn ruby-throated South American warbler.

I don't need a surgeon telling me how to operate on myself.

Sometimes I think there's no reason to get out of bed . . . then I feel wet, and I realize there is.

Let me just say, Winnie the Pooh getting his head caught in a honey pot? It's not funny. It can really happen.

Even though it is awesome and powerful, I don't take no guff from the ocean.

I never ate an animal I didn't like.

A fool and his money are soon parted. I would pay anyone a lot of money to explain that to me." (Homer)

AIESEC and the Middle East

Via Tamer, the news that at International Congress, the global plenary of AIESEC has recognised a new "region" in the AIESEC world, AIESEC in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Recognising it as such means there will be a lot more focus and support on the AIESEC region, and hopefully, that we will see lots of new MENA countries growing and joining the network in the future.....

Awesome. Big congrats to everyone who has made this a reality, and especially to my good friends, fellow ex @ Egypt MCPs and MENA die-hards Tamer and Jen who were both at IC to see it happen....

Bahrain and Qatar accepted, Jordan well on the way, Nisrin and others still looking into Lebanon, a German LC working on Palestine.....what next? So, so, awesome.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Hmm... What do you think?

"British public broadcaster Channel 4 is courting controversy with what it calls a 'shockingly real' drama about the fictional assassination of President George W. Bush.

"'Death of a President,' shot in the form of a documentary examining the assassination, will use a blend of archival footage and computer-generated special effects to portray Bush in October 2007 arriving in Chicago during an anti-war rally." (CNN)

Personally, I still don't know what to say about this...

Bahrain and Qatar

It has happened ... AIESEC has expanded further into the Middle East with Bahrain and Qatar now on the map. I didn't think the motions would move me, yet they did. I firmly believe as the organization continues to question its relevance there will only be one answer - expand to the places which we fail to understand. On behalf of Claude, Mada, John, Lyna, Chris, Eric, Kristina, Adriana, Gannat, all the members of AIESEC in Bahrain and AIESEC in Qatar let us celebrate together! It is not only our honor to be part of AIESEC, it is our responsibility.

Update from International Congress 2006

AIESEC in Brazil has just been mandated to host International Congress 2008!
Furthermore, AIESEC now has 97 countries in the network. Bahrain and Qatar were just added as extension countries :D

Friday, September 01, 2006

who would have thought?

a few years ago it would have been a joke. today it is reality. world basketball championship, 2006: Greece - USA 101 - 95, in the semi final. The European champions are in the final against Spain, and the world championship has become a European issue, since the US and Argentina are out.

For the fans, the final of the second most popular sport in the planet, is on Sunday.