Thursday, November 30, 2006

Interested in movie making?

Are you a budding scriptwriter? Want to convey your feelings about HIV/AIDS on film? Enter the competiton and make your dream come true... Get all the money you need to produce your very own film - thanks to the European Commission.
This competition is open for young people, between 15 and 25 years of age, who are nationals of a European Union Member State. DDL to submit your scenario is on 31st December.
More info available on http://www.aids-remember-me.eu/
Also do not forget that 1st December is the World AIDS Day

What the world eats in one week

Check out these cool pictures.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Global Social Venture Competition

The GSVC is a partnership among the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, Columbia Business School, London Business School and the Indian School of Business.

The partnership aims to foster a new generation of business leaders that values the social as well as the profit potential of business. It achieves this by catalysing and promoting ventures that create both social and financial returns.

Successful business plans demonstrate:

  • Quantifiable social returns on investment
  • Superior social and economic returns compared to other firms in their industry
  • Sustainable social and economic benefits over time

Innovate and win funding
Have an idea? Build a team. Let us help you reach out to the resources to bring those ideas to fruition. There is no limit to the number of teams that can enter from a school. As part of the process you will network with venture capitalists and others who can help shape your ideas ? and your future. You will be exposed to potential sources of funding through judges and people affiliated with the competition.

Learn about social return on investment

Education and mentoring are key components of the success of the GSVC. Entrant teams build relationships with members of the business community ? seasoned, high-profile professionals who provide indispensable advice, guidance and networks that endure beyond the competition. These mentors and their networks can be prospective advisers, board members, additional management team members or potential investors. In addition we hold the GSVC Symposium, a day long session of education, inspiration and information on social enterprise. Confirmed speakers include Jeremy Nicholls of the new economics foundation and John Bates of the Foundation for Entrepreneurial Management, London Business School

For more information, visit http://socialvc.net/

If you are interested in entering, attending the Symposium, mentoring or judging, or want to talk about joining another team, contact the London Business School team:
Subho Moulik: smoulik.mba2007@london.edu
Gaurav Rekhi: grekhi.mba2007@london.edu

Johanna Walker: jwalker@london.edu

Why enter?

The winner will receive $25,000 prize money. All entrants will receive feedback, and if requested, mentoring at every stage of the competition, plus the chance to meet advisors and investors.

Key steps and dates

2 December 2006

Global Social Venture
Symposium

A day of learning and inspiration, with lectures on calculating Social Return on Investment and creating good business plans

16 December 2006

Request-a-mentor deadline

17 January 2007

GSVC Business Plan
Submission Deadline

9 February 2007

First judging round
(London Business School students)

9 March 2007

Semi-final
judging round
(Professional investors)

14 April
Grand Final at Haas

Monday, November 27, 2006

John and Jane Doe

After watching a little too much CSI i decided to wikipedia John Doe and Jane Doe to understand more why that's the name of every corpse.
I found this cool thing - John/Jane Doe's in each language

In Arabic it's Fulan - or Fulan al Fulani as a full name.
The cool thing is that in all spanish languages it's also Fulan(o) - Victory for the Arabic Language!

Other favorites are Joe Bloggs, John Citizen (Australia, NZ) , Marko Markovic, Petar Petrovic (Bosnia) Pierre-Paul-Jacques (France) Hans/Max/Otto (Germany) Mario Rossi (Italy)
I found them funny coz when you think of a person from that country that's the name that pops up in your mind.
At Ericsson we refer to employees in case studies as "Eric Ericsson" or "Erica Ericsson"

I don't know why i am finding this really interesting

Don't misunderestimate yourself

Why people think that rivals are better looking than they really are


IF YOU have ever sat alone in a bar, depressed by how good-looking everybody else seems to be, take comfort?it may be evolution playing a trick on you. A study just published in Evolution and Human Behavior by Sarah Hill, a psychologist at the University of Texas, Austin, shows that people of both sexes reckon the sexual competition they face is stronger than it really is. She thinks that is useful: it makes people try harder to attract or keep a mate.
Dr Hill showed heterosexual men and women photographs of people. She asked them to rate both how attractive those of their own sex would be to the opposite sex, and how attractive the members of the opposite sex were. She then compared the scores for the former with the scores for the latter, seen from the other side. Men thought that the men they were shown were more attractive to women than they really were, and women thought the same of the women.

Dr Hill had predicted this outcome, thanks to error-management theory?the idea that when people (or, indeed, other animals) make errors of judgment, they tend to make the error that is least costly. The notion was first proposed by Martie Haselton and David Buss, two of Dr Hill's colleagues, to explain a puzzling quirk in male psychology.
As studies show, and many women will attest, men tend to misinterpret innocent friendliness as a sign that women are sexually interested in them. Dr Haselton and Dr Buss reasoned that men who are trying to decide if a woman is interested sexually can err in one of two ways. They can mistakenly believe that she is not interested, in which case they will not bother trying to have sex with her; or they can mistakenly believe she is interested, try, and be rejected. From an evolutionary standpoint, trying and being rejected comes at little cost, except for hurt feelings. Not trying at all, by contrast, may mean the loss of an opportunity to, among other things, spread one's DNA.
There is an opposite bias in women's errors. They tend to undervalue signs that a man is interested in a committed relationship. That, the idea goes, is because a woman who guesses wrongly that a man intends to stick around could end up raising a child alone.
On looks, however, men and women make the same error. So go on, pluck up your courage: you may think the competition is frighteningly hot, but then so does she.
From The Economist print edition

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Speed Bandits

"This movie was made by the Danish Road Safety Council and aims to draw attention to speed signs and speed limits in Denmark. Despite a decrease in speed violations, 7 out of 10 Danes still exceed the speed limit on a regular basis. Respecting the speed limits is the simplest way to save lives." (Speed Bandits)

This is an initiative to remind drivers of speed limits. The video might not be safe for work because it shows topless women holding 50km speed limit sign on the road side.

Spilling over

The sign reads : Desire Paradise ? Kill Bush. The photograph was taken in a demonstration during Bush visit to Bogor, Indonesia last week.

"Traditionally, Southeast Asian Muslims have been known for their tolerance and their incorporation of traditional beliefs into an Islamic framework. Indonesia and Malaysia are thought to be models of multicultural democracy. And yet, say mainstream Islamic scholars, political analysts and even former Indonesian president Abdurrahman Wahid, Southeast Asia's two most important countries are both drifting toward fundamentalism?a trend made scarier by the inability or unwillingness of some senior political leaders to condemn those promoting the shift. Some analysts are already calling this the "Arabization" of the region." (Newsweek)

I haven't been home for 5 years although I'll be back soon temporarily. But these trends spotted by foreign media are definitely worrying. I think we will know before the end of this decade which path Indonesia is choosing, whether it is the never ending conflict of the Middle East totally trapped with the issue of Palestine and Israel or the increasing prosperity of the South East Asia following the lead of the Tigers (China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea)

The former would be ironic as we are seeing Middle Eastern countries like UAE and Qatar are opening up and looking toward the East as a model for development, opening market, moving towards human resource oriented economy instead of commodity.

The more fundamentalist your society is, the harder it is for you to embrace new ideas that are crucials in capitalising human potentials.

Friday, November 24, 2006

The politics of vodka

"A vodka war has broken out in Europe. On one side are traditionalists - in Poland, Finland, Sweden and the Baltic countries - who argue that only spirits made exclusively from cereals, potatoes and sugar-beet molasses are worthy of the name "vodka." On the other are distillers - in Italy, France, Britain, and the Netherlands - who are fighting for a more liberal definition of vodka. They contend that vodka's taste does not derive from its ingredients. After all, James Bond specified that his vodka martini should be "shaken, not stirred." He never insisted it be made from grain or potatoes. "

Read the complete article here

this is not your grandpa's english



welcome to the wonderful world of chinglish

Top 100 Sugar Mamma

"
1 Angela Merkel Chancellor Germany
2 Condoleezza Rice Secretary of State US
3 Wu Yi Vice Premier China
4 Indra Nooyi Chief Executive-Designate, PepsiCo US
5 Anne Mulcahy Chairman and Chief Executive, Xerox US
6 Sallie Krawcheck Chief Financial Officer, Citigroup US
7 Patricia Woertz Chief Executive, Archer Daniels Midland US
8 Anne Lauvergeon Chairman, Areva France
9 Brenda Barnes Chairman and Chief Executive, Sara Lee US
10 Zoe Cruz Co-President, Morgan Stanley US
11 Irene Rosenfeld Chief Executive, Kraft Foods US
12 Melinda Gates Co-Founder, Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation US
13 Sonia Gandhi President, National Congress Party India
14 Oprah Winfrey Chairman, Harpo US
15 Anne Sweeney Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks US
16 Mary Sammons Chief Executive, President, Rite Aid US
17 Michelle Bachelet President Chile
18 Hillary Rodham Clinton Senator, New York US
19 Ann Livermore Executive Vice President, Hewlett-Packard US
20 Helen Clark Prime Minister New Zealand
21 Safra Catz President and Chief Financial Officer, Oracle US
22 Margaret Whitman Chief Executive, President, eBay US
23 Julie Gerberding Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention US
24 Susan Arnold Vice Chairman, Beauty & Health, Procter & Gamble US
25 Patricia Russo Chairman and Chief Executive, Lucent Technologies US
" (Forbes)

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving



What are you grateful for?

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Looking for a house? Willing to kill?

If you are in the market for a new home, and don't mind the idea of living in the northwest Iranian city of Tabriz, then perhaps you should get in touch with
Ayatollah Morteza Bani Fazl, who is willing to give his house to anybody who kills a blasphemous Azeri writer....

Got any new year plans?

If you are planning to spend your new year in Egypt this year, you should check out The BayFest.
The BayFest will be a three day music event, featuring 11 internationally acclaimed DJs. Check out the TV advert, on YouTube!

Some control over arms?

A bit late, but 1 month ago, the UN decided to start creating an international arms treaty. Since 300,000 die each year from conventional arms, its about time. Oxfam reports here. Of course the US (still leading the way in arms sales) voted against the treaty... and Americans wonder why their government has a bad reputation?

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Dive Pool in Belgium



(Nemo33)

This is sweet.

"Lebanese Christian leader killed"

"Pierre Gemayel, a leading anti-Syrian Lebanese minister and Maronite Christian leader, has been killed in the capital, Beirut. Mr Gemayel, 34, was shot in his car in a Christian suburb and rushed to hospital, where he died.

His death comes amid a political crisis in Lebanon, following the resignation of six pro-Syrian cabinet members. Mr Gemayel was a member of the Phalange Party and the son of former President Gemayel Amin.


Gunmen opened fire on Mr Gemayel's convoy as it travelled through the Jdaideh neighbourhood. Television pictures from the scene showed two cars peppered with bullet holes, the bonnet of one of the vehicles crumpled." (developing story - here's the BBC main coverage)

Related article - Profile: Pierre Gemayel

Come to Egypt instead...

Can't say I'm surprised:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rude immigration officials and visa delays keep millions of foreign visitors away from the United States, hurt the country's already battered image, and cost the U.S. billions of dollars in lost revenue, according to an advocacy group formed to push for a better system.

To drive home the point, the Discover America Partnership released the result of a global survey on Monday which showed that international travelers see the United States as the world's worst country in terms of getting a visa and, once you have it, making your way past rude immigration officials.

Read the whole article - amazing figures showing overseas visitors to the US dropping by 17% since 2000, and business travellers dropping by 10%

Just for the record, pretty much anybody gets an Egyptian visa for 15 bucks as the airport, and once you are in, feel free to stay for a year or two.....

Monday, November 20, 2006

See the World Differently

Worldmapper creates a world map much like you'd expect. However, it distorts each country by different sets of statistical data.

Like this map of the world based on HIV prevelance:
















Or this one based on immigrants:


So go ahead... see the world differently.

The Terminal, but without Tom Hanks

"Sources close to Iranian dissident Zahra Kamalfar state she has been living with her children under unspeakable conditions in the transit area of Moscow?s Sheremetyevo Airport for 73 days (now more). A one-time demonstrator against the extremist theocracy, she escaped from an Iranian prison when on a two-day furlough to visit her children. She ended up being buffeted from country to country, then spent months in a Moscow deportation motel before being ejected and left to float in the transit area of the airport. Now in imminent danger (possibly Monday, if the Russians cooperate) of being taken back to the Islamic Republic for the Mullahs? version of justice, Ms. Kamalfar speaks out in this dramatic video smuggled out of the airport to Pajamas Media." (Pajamas Media)

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Happy birthday Saki!

SakiShe is the true nomad - the kind we all have to admire! In just the last few months, we've managed to spot her in Dublin, London, New York, Edinburgh and Tallinn.
Where have you seen Saki lately?

Friday, November 17, 2006

Al Jazeera English is rocking

Al Jazeera's new 24 hour Enlish language global news channel, Al Jazeera English, is seriously good news, reporting with live crosses and amazing scoops from global hotspots like Somalia, Zimbabwe, Tehran and Iraq. You can watch it for free online here - and it is showing on tons of satellite services around the world (outside the US, where predictably Jazeera still cannot find an operator willing to carry them). It is on Sky Digital in the UK, from what I have read.

In one hours time (6pm GMT) they will be showing a long interview with Tony Blair, and from the clips they have been previewing, it looks amazing, and will certainly make the news tomorrow - Blair basically acknowledges the positive role he wants Iran to play in the stability and future of the Middle East - and the headline you will see around the world tomorrow morning is "Blair open to talks with Iran".

If Jazeera keeps scoring big time scoops and interviews like this, it will become much more likely that the channel will be picked up by a US operator - right now they are all too scared of the "broadcasting enemy propaganda" reaction they will get. That (bullshit) argument will become less tenable as the quality of the network and the news they present becomes globally recognised.

First female president in France?



I`d vote for her regardless of the political agenda :)

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PARIS, Friday, Nov. 17 ? Ségolène Royal moved a step closer to becoming the first female president of France early Friday, apparently crushing her two male rivals for the Socialist Party nomination in next April?s election.



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Is this blog supscription tool a hoax?

If anyone subscribed to my blog to receive postings, let me know if you've received any emails informing you of my last two posts!!!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Hollywood movie about Egyptian Police Bruitality!

Well we had to see it coming people!
Rendition
Looks like it's gona be big - Reese Witherspoon - an Oscar Winner and Jake Gyllenhaal - an Oscar nominee!

Plot goes as follows:"Witherspoon will star with Jake Gyllenhaal in Hood?s next film, Rendition, written by Kelly Sane. The plot finds a CIA analyst (Gyllenhaal) whose world starts spinning out of control when he witnesses the brutal interrogation of an Egyptian-American by the Egyptian secret police. Soon, he?s on the run for his life, and must in turn help the tortured man?s pregnant American wife Isabella El-Ibrahim (Witherspoon)."

Funny thing - the movie, which takes place in Egypt is shot in Morocco and South Africa.It's quite a trend to have movies whose plots take place in Egypt being shot in Morocco. (English Patient, Mummy Returns)

Want to see what police bruitality we are talking about? Check this post by sandmonkey - but beware - it's horrific and it will haunt you!!

Culture? Hmmm....

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2006/11/15/1163266634702.html

A nice article about our friendly Kazak Borat.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

My Global Taxi

Have you ever found out that the price you paid for a taxi was double or more what it should be?

Try to order one of our recommended taxi services so you can avoid being ripped off again!


Interesting for all nomads...

www.myglobaltaxi.com

Big tsunami heading for Japan

8.1 magnitude earthquake a couple of hundred kilometres off the Japanese coast, Tsunami warnings and evacuations taking place right now......2 metre waves expected to hit the Pacific coast of Japan around 9pm GMT.......Stay tuned.....

(this was, by the way, the first news item in the very first minutes of broadcasting for Al Jazeera International, the English language 24 hour global news channel that launched today. Check out their first 5 minutes of broadcast - looks pretty sweet!)

UPDATE - Looks like its not as bad as feared - phew.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Political Correctness overload

"Christian and Muslim Britons joined forces on Monday to tell city officials to stop taking the Christianity out of Christmas, warning them that this fueled right-wing extremism.

They attacked local authorities which used titles like "Winterval" for their Christmas celebrations and avoided using Christian symbols in case they offended minority groups, especially Muslims and Hindus." (Yahoo News)

Let Christmas be Christmas, diwali be diwali, eid be eid, etc.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Complaints Choir of Helsinki



sometimes you just gotta let it all out ;-)

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Synchronized global orgasm for peace

WHO?
All Men and Women, you and everyone you know.
WHERE?
Everywhere in the world, but especially in countries with weapons of mass destruction.
WHEN?
Winter Solstice Day - Friday, December 22nd, at the time of your choosing, in the place of your choosing and with as much privacy as you choose.
WHY?
To effect positive change in the energy field of the Earth through input of the largest possible surge of human energy.

Our minds influence Matter and Energy fields, so by concentrating any thoughts during and after orgasm on peace and partnership, the combination of high orgasmic energy combined with mindful intention will reduce global levels of violence, hatred and fear.

Orgasm is something just about everyone can do and enjoy. And you can orgasm by yourself or with someone else. You don't even have to tell anyone you're going to do it!

(solnitchka)

PS I am just spreading the word, as aiesecers can make the difference, right?! :o))

Friday, November 10, 2006

Yet another wedding... ?!

Video footage of the July wedding of Snr-Gen Than Shwe?s youngest daughter Thandar Shwe was leaked to the press and sparked outrage within Burma and outside the country because of the opulence of the ceremony and festivities in Rangoon and Naypyidaw.

It is bit sad to see the glory of the wedding knowing Mayanmar to be the poorest Asian country with millions people starved and malnutrished, not mentioning the living conditions in such military regime.

The wedding cost accounts for more than a 3 year budget on healthcare expenditures for the entire country of Myanmar. Chains of diamonds, gifts for tens of million of dollars - according to some south asian press agency, the attempts to purchase diamonds as a gift or decoration for the wedding raised the price of the precious metals in the region.

Hip Hop - A Global Subculture

Since humble beginnings in The Bronx, New York... Hip Hop has become a global phenomenon. Not only has it enthralled millions of people across America but it has spawned devotees and influenced musicians and thinkers all across the world. I can now think of hip hop artists making music in Canada, New Zealand, the UK, Japan, China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Australia, Germany, France, Latin America, all over Africa and that's just scratching the surface.

I've been wanting to start a hip hop blog for a while, where I can talk about my thoughts on various happenings in the hip hop world. I was wondering if anyone out there in the nomadlife universe would be interested in contributing to some such... The blog could include elements of both mainstream and underground hip hop and, of course, being "nomadlife"... a heavy focus should be on breaking new and interesting hip hop artists from around the world.

Anyone interested?

No beans for me

I can only shake and hang my head in misery for this travesty. Newspapers, airlines and maps might call the city whatever they please but, contrary to what the Economist believes, many of us will always call it Bangalore. It seems inconceivable to do otherwise.

Listen to the sounds you will hear 7 million times in the next 10 years...

With Windows Vista being released in January, 95% of the worlds PCs will soon have a new look and feel, meaning that the whole computer using world will be getting used to new shapes, symbols and sounds in the coming years...

Yep, good old Windows sounds. You know, that really annoying sound when you start up. Or the really annoying sound when you login, or the really, really annoying sound when you do something you're not supposed to do? These are actually some of the most-heard sounds on earth, with estimates that they have been played hundreds of billions of times worldwide.

So like everything else, the Windows sounds have been polished up, altered and sometimes completely changed, for the newer, slicker Windows XP. Click here to listen to a side by side comparison of all the new sounds versus the old ones. The new startup sounds is a thousand times less obnoxious than the old one, and the new "ding" is charmingly discrete......

Background to the new sounds here, and here....Get used to these sounds, they will be haunting your life for at least the rest of the decade.....

The United Nations and Genocide

Adam LeBor's new book "Complicity with Evil" argues that individual diplomats and officials as well as states and institutions carry "command responsibility" for genocide. read a review of the book here

The evidence of failure is incontrovertible. The precise numbers will never be known, but perhaps 200,000 died in Bosnia, 800,000 in Rwanda and now 300,000 have died - are dying - in Darfur. The question is how this can happen when the "international community", as embodied in the UN, has promised to stop it. The genocide convention of 1951 commits signatories to intervention. More recently, almost all states have signed up to the "responsibility to protect" civilians, even to the extent of intervening in other countries. And yet the killing goes on.

Adam LeBor's new book Complicity with Evil - The UN in the Age of Modern Genocide cuts through the usual waffle and shirking of responsibility officials offer to excuse their gross inadequacy. In a driving and angry tale, he tells the story of each of these three mass murders: who did what to whom, and who failed in their duty to stop them. Some of his material is familiar from other sources, but his retelling is still shocking. Much is fresher, with first-person accounts of these very contemporary horrors. And with mass murder happening right now - today - citizens, and our governments, still need to be reminded of our obligations.

street football world

Watch video

It's incredible how I missed this during World Cup 2006, but it's definitely worth keeping an eye on for the future. The clip above highlights the power of the global street football concept, probably more so on the global and regional level (the actual org itself is more concrete about getting kids off the streets, playing fair, and having a goal). Pretty sweet stuff.

The guy who filmed this is a travel vlogger and has a pretty neat site - think: a hybrid between a travel blogger & a youtube guy.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Making the band

Hey all,

Two former AIESEC members (me & Scott Tworek) have formed a band and have been playing around NYC recently. We're currently recording an album of original music. I wanted to let you all know that we're live-blogging the experience on our myspace page (please forgive us the blogging-transgression of blogging elsewhere!)

Follow along at www.myspace.com/thesurefireway

Jim

Democrats win control of Congress

"WASHINGTON - In a rout once considered almost inconceivable, Democrats won a 51st seat in the Senate and regained total control of Congress after 12 years of near-domination by the Republican Party.

The shift dramatically alters the government's balance of power, leaving President Bush without GOP congressional control to drive his legislative agenda. Democrats hailed the results and issued calls for bipartisanship even as they vowed to investigate administration policies and decicions.

Democrats completed their sweep Wednesday evening by ousting Republican Sen. George Allen (news, bio, voting record) of Virginia, the last of six GOP incumbents to lose re-election bids in a midterm election marked by deep dissatisfaction with the president and the war in Iraq.

Democrats had 229 seats in the House, 11 more than the number necessary to hold the barest of majorities in the 435-member chamber.

"In Iraq and here at home, Americans have made clear they are tired of the failures of the last six years," said Sen. Harry Reid (news, bio, voting record) of Nevada, in line to become Senate Majority leader when Congress reconvenes in January. (...)"

(Yahoo News)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Rummy Resigns!

Could it be true?

Miss International Queen 2006

"PATTAYA, Thailand (AFP) - It could have been a Japanese samurai, an Italian gladiator or an Egyptian pharaoh -- but they were no match for Mexico's Erica Andrews, the world's new transsexual beauty queen.
Andrews has been named Miss International Queen 2006 here, besting 23 of the world's most beautiful transsexuals who had come from as far as Egypt and Australia to vie for the diamante crown."

(Yahoo news, October 29, 2006)

Surprise !!

"Britney Spears is saying bye-bye K-Fed. The pop princess filed for divorce Tuesday from her husband, former backup dancer and aspiring rapper Kevin Federline. The Los Angeles County Superior Court filing cites ''irreconcilable differences,'' said court spokeswoman Kathy Roberts." (AP)

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

noterror.info

 

"All religions, human codes and ethics, and even our most primitive intuition regard terrorism to be villainous. True Islam also rejects and condemns terrorism.
?Terrorism has no religion? is our on-going communication campaign against extremist ideology that breeds terrorism, and we use Quranic Verses in their true Islamic meaning; free of the distortion committed by the misguided malicious terrorists." (noterror.info)

Their TV Ads have been playing around in the Middle East for the past couple of days.

How corrupt can you go?

 

Equatorial Guinea

Uzbekistan

Bangladesh

Chad

Congo, Democratic Republic

Sudan

Guinea

Iraq

Myanmar

and we have a winner Haiti  !!

Haiti is ranked as the most corrupt country in 2006.

The cleanest government in the world are dominated by those Vikings countries.

(Transparency International)

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Saddam Hussein sentenced to death

2 days before the US elections, although the two are obviously unconnected and only a crazed conspiracy theorist would suggest otherwise.....
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The Iraqi High Tribunal on Sunday sentenced a combative Saddam Hussein and two other defendants to death by hanging for a brutal crackdown in 1982 in the Shiite town of Dujail.....(link)
There is an automatic appeal process for the death sentence, and he still has other trials to face, so it will be a while before the sentence is carried out.....perhaps sometime in October 2008?

Friday, November 03, 2006

The Economist blogs

http://www.economist.com/debate/freeexchange/

Bed sharing 'drains men's brains'

Sharing a bed with someone could temporarily reduce your brain power - at least if you are a man - Austrian scientists suggest.

When men spend the night with a bed mate their sleep is disturbed, whether they make love or not, and this impairs their mental ability the next day.

The lack of sleep also increases a man's stress hormone levels.

According to the New Scientist study, women who share a bed fare better because they sleep more deeply.
-- BBC News

Austrian scientists, proving to the world that it's women that's disrupting their worklives.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Blogging Tool!

I just added this to my website.

Create a small applet that will allow people to subscribe to your blog to be notified by email whenever you update it.

Happy Blogging!

Sabaza

Get it HERE

Fact or Fiction?

Alex Jones' "Terror Storm" (on Google Video here) suggests some pretty "alternative" viewpoints about 9-11 and is yet another "must see" for those of you into this kind of thing. The part about the 7-7 bombings in London was particulary interesting..Long live Google Video and those who continue to ask questions!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

"During Eid, I had heard rumours and secondhand "friend of a friend" accounts of chaos in downtown Cairo on the first day of Eid - apparently a massive crowd of less-desirable characters were roaming the streets in a huge pack, finding women on the street and mass assaulting them. I was far away in Dahhab and didnt really want to think about it, and when I got a few minutes of internet access I couldn't find anything at all about it.

This story would have remained one of those word of mouth Cairo legends, like so many other things you hear in Egypt - it was not reported by any local or international media. The difference was that this time, a whole bunch of Egyptian bloggers were on the story, many with vivid first hand recollections and photos." (Tom Gara)

This reminds of the Central Park mob sexual assaults back in 2000.

UPDATE (Tom G) - 9 full days late, but the BBC is finally reporting this story, and Mai tells me that it has been covered in a feature article in todays Al-Ahram (the biggest Arabic language newspaper in the world)

What to do in Iraq

Fareed Zakaria, one of the sharpest foreign policy thinkers in the US, has written a very level headed, well thought out piece on how to salvage what is left of Iraq. It's not exactly super-optimism - his best-case scenario is a Korean War style outcome where:
"....with planning, intelligence, execution and luck, it is possible that the American intervention in Iraq could have a gray ending?one that is unsatisfying to all, but that prevents the worst scenarios from unfolding, secures some real achievements and allows the United States to regain its energies and strategic compass for its broader leadership role in the world."
The whole piece is grim but refreshing, and it's nice to read some actual realistic analysis of Iraq that doesnt descend into a political argument about how clueless Democrats and/or Republicans are. I highly recommend it.

Zakaria was a cautious supporter of the war in the beginning, and like many of his class of responsible, well intentioned war supporters, it is interesting to see how they are thinking and feeling about the absolute disaster that their intellectual support at least partially enabled.

Traveler Videos

Now if anything sounds right up nomadlife's collective alley, it's a website devoted to traveler videos, like... travelervideos.com (love those direct & simple webnames...) I've heard others describe it as a youtube for travel videos.

Their hook is... "If a picture is a thousand words, then a video is worth a thousand pictures."

And to get things rolling, they're having a contest.
Cash prizes
  • 1st Place - $300
  • 2nd Place - $200
  • 3rd Place - $100
Submit one of the first 500 videos, and you`ll get a free $5.00 just for participating.

What are we looking for?
  • It must serve as a travel guide for any location on the planet.
  • It must be between 1 minute and 5 minutes in length.
  • It must be submitted between October 1st, 2006 and December 31st, 2006.
It will be judged on three basic aspects?
Usefulness, Factual Content, Quality