Saturday, June 30, 2007

Hamas Mouse is dead



"A Mickey Mouse lookalike who preached Islamic domination on a Hamas-affiliated children's television program was the victim of a pretend beating death in the show's final episode Friday.

In the final skit, the "Farfour" character was killed by an actor posing as an Israeli official trying to buy Farfour's land. At one point, the mouse called the Israeli a "terrorist."

"Farfour was martyred while defending his land," said Sara, the teen presenter. He was killed "by the killers of children," she added."(cnn)


It must be a rating bonanza.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Goodbye.

Goodbye AIESEC ... goodbye. 8.5 years later and it's all over. That's all folks.

AIESECers - Cosmic dancers?

"[...] we have all been summoned to become Cosmic Dancers who do not rest heavily on a single spot but lightly turn and leap from one position to another. As World Citizens, the Cosmic Dancer will be an authentic child of its parent culture, while closely related to all. The dancer's roots in family and community will be deep, but in those depths they will strike the water table of a common humanity. For is the dancer not also human? If only she might see what has interested others, might it not interest her as well? It is an exciting prospect. The softening of divisions will induce borrowings that sometimes produce hybrids, but for the most part simply enrich species and sustain their vigor"
I like this passage (written in the context of a discussion on the consequences of an increasingly globalized world) not only because it is part of an introduction to a book on the world's religions but also because it made me think of the organization that made and makes me feel like "dancing" and has been giving me plenty of opportunities to do so.. Ah, thank you guys and my beloved AIESECT.. ^^

?

Will technology limit our interaction with society, or will our interaction with society define the technology we use?

Are political leaders responsible to next generation or the one they were elected by?

Will advances in medicine allow humans to become virtually indestructible "machines"? Is this even something we'd want?

What is YOUR next big question?

Yikes ! (they found the second bomb)

"British police said they discovered an explosive device in a car abandoned outside a nightclub in the West End theater and entertainment district of central London early today and began a terrorism investigation.

The police said they had found significant quantities of gasoline, propane cylinders and nails in the car, a silver-green Mercedes, which had now been made safe."
(NY Times)

They discovered a Vehicle-borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) in London.

Shit.

Stay safe folks.

“the bomb was composed of tanks of propane, butane and 125 liters of gasoline (33 U.S. gallons), roofing nails and a fuse that initial reports indicated was constructed of simple light bulb or flashbulb filaments and designed to be triggered by a mobile telephone.”" (ABC News)

a.k.a huge mofo of a bomb.

Blogging live from BBC:
They found the second bomb in the second Mercedes at Park Lane, with similar configuration of the first car.

Fuck.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Ouch


" All Indonesian airlines including national carrier Garuda will be banned from flying to the European Union within a week, the European Commission said on Thursday, updating a "blacklist" of carriers deemed unsafe.

Indonesian carriers do not currently fly to Europe so the ban is also a warning to the 27-nation EU's consumers and travel agencies not to use the country's airlines, an EU official said." (cnn)

What can Brown do for you?



"Mr Brown, in his brief statement yesterday from the steps of Downing Street, showed a perfect understanding of what these objectives are. First and foremost, he must prove that the Blair-Brown transition represents a genuine change of government. In his three-minute speech, the word “change” was repeated eight times. Secondly, he must restore some trust in government after Tony Blair’s decade of spin and prevarication. Thirdly, he must prove to voters, and especially to traditional Labour voters, that he lives in the real world of ordinary people, rather than floating ethereally, like Tony Blair, in a parallel universe of foreign presidents, global celebrities and business tycoons. Significantly, the only important polling question in which Mr Brown consistently lags behind David Cameron is the one about “understanding the concerns of ordinary people”. " (Times Online)
"Egyptologists say they have identified the 3,000-year-old mummy of Hatshepsut, Egypt's most powerful female ruler.

Egypt's antiquities chief Zahi Hawass made the official announcement at a packed news conference in Cairo" (bbc)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

calling all londoners


hello all! i thought after more than 2 and a half years of nomadlife, it was probably about time to start a london cityscape, and i am surprised we don't have a few more already, as there are several nomad hubs around the world. so now we have one, here.

all london nomads interested, pls mail me lets get this up and running, hopefully we can get a cool new blog :-)

Worst jobs in Science

It starts with Whale-Feces Researcher. Imagine your blind date, hmm, what do you do? That guy will get the ladies, everytime (I'm not being sarcastic)

Interrogating Leo & Lisa.

"An interrogator with a burning desire to find the true meaning behind a genius' greatest painting summons both artist and subject to his prison beyond the laws of time. Guards deliver to the interrogator both Leonardo da Vinci and Mona Lisa, bemused and full of questions of their own."

Kevin Spacey takes the stage in this 15 minute play. Pure brilliance. http://leoandlisa.iwc.com/index.html (Click on "The Play")
Lisa : "Do you even think that if we were given all the answers, we would still have the ability to think?"
...
Leo : Who would've thought that I would be mending broken hearts 486 years after my death. And Lisa, my Mona Lisa .. who knows how many thoughts and ideas she has been responsible for? Should it be why it has inspired, or simply that it has inspired?
When you're done, click on "Da Vinci Movie" to watch one of the coolest ad films ever.

Iraq's endgame

Recycled from forty years ago... A CIA memo about the situation in Vietnam (read: Iraq)

courtesy: foreign policy.com

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Pachelbel will never sound the same...

He's EVERYWHERE!!!!

Good luck Mr. Blair


"Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair will be named on Wednesday as special envoy for the international diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East with a portfolio focused on Palestinian economic and political reform, a senior U.S. official said.

Members of the quartet, the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia, will give their public blessing and announce that Blair has agreed to take the job in simultaneous statements from their capitals and New York, the official told The Associated Press." (msnbc)

Monday, June 25, 2007

High or low maintenance?

If you are dating someone....
If that someone could be the one...
Is he/she high or low maintenance?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?
Eager to hear your thoughts! Vote and comment :)




Is he/she high maintenace or low maintenance?
High maintenance
Low Maintenance

"So, if women are bad in bed.. and men are bad in bed... why does the whole country think about sex so much." (Nora)

Splinter Cells

"You" are the Time Person of the Year 2006.

It's all warm and fuzzy but the "You" are not limited in kosher activities like sharing videos or checking out new sites on Digg.

But here's a darker side of "You"

"A car bombing killed five United Nations peacekeepers in southern Lebanon on Sunday, opening another potentially disastrous fault line in a country held hostage to violence and political deadlock." (NY Times)

Hezbollah? No, they have great relationship with the UN. No, it's some new random groups in which one of them fighting still fighting the Lebanese Army for the past four weeks.

"I do appeal to the Hamas movement and the British government not -- not -- to resort to the tactics of force in an effort to end this," Johnston said in a video clip released by his captors and posted on Islamic militant Web sites.

Johnston, the BBC correspondent in Gaza, was kidnapped March 12 by a group calling itself the Army of Islam." (cnn)

Army of Islam is probably a bunch of dudes with AK-47 who over a shisha session had this great idea to kidnap a BBC correspondent for fun. They make Hamas looks like a moderate.

Remember this great line:

""Never doubt that a few, thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.""

Well, indeed.

A lot of early work on this "dark decentralization" work is pioneered by this thoughtful blog. It's worth checking out.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Found

"So as you can see I'm alive... and no Fred, I haven't drowned, died in a plane crash or got blown up by a bomb....." (Thea)

Friday, June 22, 2007

fuel efficiency

to commemorate the US senate's passage of a bill requiring fuel efficiency in cars and light trucks manufactured in the US to reach 35 miles per gallon by 2020, let's look at an advertisement from 9 January 1921 for Franklin Motor Car Co.

Comfort that makes possible a steady, rapid pace
Ease of handling that prevents fatigue and strain
Reliability that wards off delay and annoyance
Tire life that saves time, trouble and expense
Complete freedom from all cooling vexations--
and---

20 miles to the gallon of gasoline
12,500 miles to the set of tires
50% slower depreciation


New York Times

Thursday, June 21, 2007

GDP's competition!

These are GDP's of the US states similar with other countries. France same as California, Canada as Texas... More...

Developer Fest

If you are a developer and happens to be in Cairo early next month, come and hang out with 600 developers/designers at SilverKey Demo Day II conference. Free food :)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Climatologist Doubts Global Warming Man-Made

Reid Bryson, known as the father of scientific climatology, considers global warming a bunch of hooey.

The UW-Madison professor emeritus, who stands against the scientific consensus on this issue, is referred to as a global warming skeptic. But he is not skeptical that global warming exists, he is just doubtful that humans are the cause of it.

[Full Story]

I'm interested in how Nomadlifers feel about the debate. How the Greens in Europe differ from others. Do you believe the cause of Global Warming is still open to debate?

"Ridiculous visa rulings set out"

"UK tourist visas are often denied to would-be visitors because they "plan a holiday for no particular purpose other than sightseeing", a report says.

Others were turned down because they had never previously taken any foreign travel or could not speak English. The "ridiculous reasons" for rejecting visas were set out in a report by the independent monitor of UK visas.

Linda Costelloe Baker's report said that despite such flaws there had been "significant improvement in quality." But she said entry clearance officers could use "some ridiculous reasons when refusing visa for tourist visits". She said a common reason for refusal was "you wish to go to the UK for a holiday. You have never previously undertaken any foreign travel before and I can see little reason for this trip". (...)" (BBC News)

More here


"The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man."George Bernard Shaw

Adventures Abroad

In case you haven't checked it out yet, our LC (Madison) set up a community blog for our members currently abroad. There is constant hilarity. Here's a great excerpt from my favorite:

I was standing with a large group of people watching from a distance, but ran away when a military officer cocked the reloader of his machine gun and pointed it at us. Later, during one of my lessons, we heard guns shots near by and looked out the window only to see the director of the school being chased by a machine gun lead military officer. All the students were screaming and I was forced to try to calm them and lead them back into the classroom away from the windows and door.
(Bryon)

Expensive cities...

Mercer HR consulting has released its Most Expensive Cities list for 2007. Moscow "wins" again for two consecutive years.

1. Moscow, Russia (last year 1)
2. London, UK (5)
3. Seoul, S. Korea (2)
4. Tokyo, Japan (3)
5. Hong Kong, HK (4)

Other:
20. Beijing, China (14)
21. Sydney, Australia (19)
34. Dubai, UAE (25)
50. Algiers, Algeria (51)

See the top 50 here.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Map of countries that have yet to implement the Metric system.

Farms of the future


Downtown Manhattan is hardly a place you would associate with agriculture. Rather, with its countless restaurants, cafes, shops and supermarkets this is a place of consumption.

And so every morsel, every bite of food New Yorkers munch through every day must be trucked, shipped or flown in, from across the country, and across the world.

Now though, scientists at Columbia University are proposing an alternative. Their vision of the future is one in which the skyline of New York and other cities include a new kind of skyscaper: the "vertical farm". -- more on BBC
"Just a heads up - I absolutely detest these new facebook "applications". I hate them, they make people's pages look like teengagey myspace garbage. If you are filling your profile up with them, I'm going to de-friend you. Nothing personal, its pretty likely that I think you are awesome - but I hate having to see them." (Tom Gara)

Awesome.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Michael Moore's movie 'Sicko' is available free online

Watch it here.

A Moral Quandary for the 21st Century

Part of the world of opportunities provided by the internet age- for good or bad- is our ability to share videos of snakes fighting to millions of people around the world. Not just snakes fighting snakes, or snakes fighting say a baboon, but what about a cobra fighting a one-year-old human?

Some are outraged at the baby/animal cruelty and general unfairness i.e. the stitched up mouth of the cobra vs the relatively unstitched up mouth of the baby.

In Australia, this is how we immunise our children to survive against the many poisonous snakes and spiders that inhabit our island continent (although we dont have cobras). This is one of the key factors leading to our stagnant population rates- but also our hardy nature and general fearlessness.

And if a baby fighting a snake is wrong than why is a baby fighting a kitten right?

Saturday, June 16, 2007

"On Monday NBC begins “Age of Love,” a dating competition like “The Bachelor” that divides the women into two teams: the Cougars, whose ages range from 39 to 48, and the Kittens, all in their 20s. The older women compete with the younger ones for the affections of a 30-year-old Australian tennis player, Mark Philippoussis. “He’s my son’s age,” Jennifer, 48, purrs on camera. “But I could definitely see myself falling for him.”" (NY Times)

English language is really really flexible and for chrissake, what the hell is Mark doing in a reality TV?

Are you a diver?



If you are, do you have any favourite diving spot?

Friday, June 15, 2007

Wazzup !!



"A Hamas fighter speaks on the phone as he sits inside the personal meeting hall of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas." (The Age)

Fatah forces in Gaza has collapsed after five days intense fighting with Hamas. The Gazian wakes up to the new overlord. The Palestinian government has been dissolved by its president and now we live in a Chinese curse.

Formula One is coming to Delhi

New Delhi: Hang on to your seats. The fast men are coming to Delhi. The Indian Olympic Association is close to clinching a deal with Bernie Ecclestone, the president of Formula One to put India on the F1 map and it may be as near as 2009. The deal with the IOA is by no means certain but F1 is keen to exploit the huge market in India.

Great NEWS!!

Just wondering why IOA?

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Drive while you can...

World oil supplies are set to run out faster than expected, warn scientists

[Full Story]

Surprise! World's oil supply dwindling.

Some amazingly insightful gems in this article. My favorite:

"It's quite a simple theory and one that any beer drinker understands. The glass starts full and ends empty and the faster you drink it the quicker it's gone."

Good for speculations

Foreign policy lists 5 world's worst currencies:
  1. SOS
  2. NID
  3. KPW
  4. VEB
  5. ZWD
aka

  1. Somali Shilling
  2. New Iraqi Dinar
  3. North Korea Won
  4. The Bolivar (Venezuela)
  5. Zimbabwean dollar
(Foreign Policy)

Review of Black Swan

Black swan is a term a highly improbable event that cannot be adequately addressed by any amount of advance planning. This term is quite common among counterterrorism circle especially because they have to deal with unpredictable even and try to prevent them.


"And Taleb points out, crucially, that when people do see a black swan, they usually overreact. They again focus on the immediately known—namely, the last black swan—and they fail to imagine the next generation of black swans. For instance, we are far too fearful of terrorist strikes or campus shootings, rare but publicity-rich events. If a "black swan" such as 9/11 is broadcast on TV, or if a "black swan" like a rare disease happens to our brother, it suddenly acquires an unrealistically strong hold on our imagination." (Slate)

The economics of pirate organizations

"This paper uses rational choice theory to analyze the behavior of pirates. It pierces the myth and mystique of pirate behavior and in doing so provides an economics of piratical practice. I consider three infamous pirate practices: the notorious pirate flag, the "Jolly Roger," piratical torture, and pirate conscription. I argue that these seemingly eccentric pirate practices were in fact rationally-chosen responses to the unique circumstances pirates confronted in their pursuit of profit. Further, each practice effectively promoted pirates' goal. My analysis identifies what might be called 'pirational choice.' The distinction between rational and pirational choice lies not in the irrationality of pirates, as traditional pop-culture depictions of pirates suggest, but rather in the unusual circumstances of pirate decision making. These circumstances are responsible for both the extraordinary features that make pirates perfect fodder for entertainment and the distinctive practices that pirates employed." (via Austrian Economist)

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Maxim Hot 100 top 20 list

20. Keira Knightley
19. Cameron Diaz
18. Megan Fox
17. Maria Sharapova
16. Ashlee Simpson
15. Avril Lavigne
14. Katherine Heigl
13. Beyoncé
12. Angelina Jolie
11. Sienna Miller
10. Fergie
9. Eva Longoria
8. Rihanna
7. Eva Mendes
6. Ali Larter
5. Jessica Biel
4. Christina Aguilera
3. Scarlett Johansson
2. Jessica Alba
1. Lindsay Lohan

I'm not sure that I agree with their listing order.
Zozo blogs about the Oprah's approved "the secret" movie.

Go Maroon !!!!



"THE drought's broken and the season's changed after Queensland broke its Telstra Stadium curse to secure an historic State of Origin series victory in Sydney tonight." (The Australian)

(Green) google

Google start to make program to save from energy using much more.
Great google!!

Climate Savers Computing Initiative

Last fall we talked about our work on efficient power supplies in the capable hands of Ben Jai, Ken Krieger and the rest of our power supply team. Since then, we've become involved in several projects focused on environmental stewardship. Today, for example, together with Intel, Dell, EDS, the EPA, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Microsoft, the World Wildlife Fund, and more than 20 other companies, we announced the Climate Savers Computing Initiative. After working on this initiative over the last few months, we're delighted to join with so many organizations to form this new group. In particular this project should speak to every business with computers....(read full post on this)

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Fight Clubs rules vs Islamist Militant rules






Fight Club
1. You don't talk about fight club.
2. You don't talk about fight club.[11]
3. When someone says stop, or goes limp, even if he's just faking it, the fight is over.[12]
4. Only two guys to a fight.
5. One fight at a time.
6. They fight without shirts or shoes.
7. The fights go on as long as they have to.
8. If this is your first night at fight club, you have to fight.
(wikipedia)

Islamist Militant
Rule No. 1: You can kill bystanders without feeling a lot of guilt.
Rule No. 2: You can kill children, too, without needing to feel distress.
Rule No. 3: Sometimes, you can single out civilians for killing; bankers are an example.
Rule No. 4: You cannot kill in the country where you reside unless you were born there.
Rule No. 5: You can lie or hide your religion if you do this for jihad.
Rule No. 6. You may need to ask your parents for their consent.
(NY Times)


Read the NY Times article. It is quite interesting to see the various contradictory justifications that they use on their actions.

How Bizarre

" Jamaica police said today that Bob Woolmer, the Pakistani cricket coach who was found unconscious in his hotel room in March after his team lost in an upset in the Cricket World Cup, was not murdered as they had previously thought, but died of unspecified natural causes.

The decision to reverse course and scrap their months-old murder probe came as a major embarrassment for Jamaican authorities.

Lucius Thomas, commissioner of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, who made the announcement today, had issued a statement on March 22, four days after the death, declaring that a post mortem conducted by government pathologist Ere Sheshiah had found the cause of death to be “asphyxia as a result of manual strangulation.”

Back then, Mr. Thomas had said, “In these circumstances, the matter of Mr. Robert Woolmer’s death is now being treated by the Jamaica Police as a case of murder.”

Today, Mr. Thomas said that reviews of the autopsy by three independent pathologists from Britain, Canada and South Africa, as well as follow-up toxicology tests, indicated no signs of strangulation or poisoning, which had been another theory." (NY Times)

geezz.


London 2012 Olympic logo.




Beijing 2008 Olympic logo.

Which one do prefer?

The World Bank's neat tool on the MDGs

Found this flash presentation while going through the world bank website...
New York Times tells you everything you need about sperms.

Garbage Talk



This is what happen if your city fails to deal with your city garbage

"Neapolitans took the law into their own hands after the city ran out of space to dump rubbish, leaving 3,000 tonnes piled up by roadsides in the city, often spilling over to block traffic, and a further 10,000 tonnes in the city's sprawling hinterland - risking what Italy's president, Giorgio Napolitano, has called an 'ecological and health disaster'." (Guardian)

and The Economist pointed out that the Germans are really really green.

"RUBBISH generation and recycling rates vary among rich countries. Americans are the most wasteful. They churned out 740kg of rubbish per person in 2003. Of this, 31% was recycled or composted. Densely populated Japan, on the other hand, threw out a mere 410kg per person. With land at a premium, nearly 80% was incinerated, and a measly 16% recycled. Only Britain recycled less, burying most of its rubbish in landfill sites instead. By contrast, green-minded Germany recycled 57% of its total municipal waste, including nearly 90% of all glass and over 70% of paper and cardboar" (Economist)

Rome Reborn

Rome Reborn is a digital model of ancient Rome as it might have appeared on June 21, 320 AD. (via metafilter)
"Actress Drew Barrymore is now lobbying Congress for the UN World Food Program. Do Hollywood star-activists help bring attention to global problems, or do they get in the way of those who know what they're doing?" (Post Global)

Fareed Zakaria of Newsweek fame has a couple of panelists answering above question and some more.

Monday, June 11, 2007

"Rival Palestinian forces clashed in Gaza on Sunday, killing two militants by throwing them out of high-rise buildings." (cnn)

and out of nowhere Spiderman swooped along and rescued them from certain death. The Palestinian cause is getting more and more ridiculous every day and it's a sad thing.

Death Penalty Deters Crimes



"What gets little notice, however, is a series of academic studies over the last half-dozen years that claim to settle a once hotly debated argument — whether the death penalty acts as a deterrent to murder. The analyses say yes. They count between three and 18 lives that would be saved by the execution of each convicted killer." (AP)

As you might have guessed, these studies generate a lot of controversies.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

30th Anniversary of Additional Protocols I and II

"Adopted on 8 June 1977, Protocols I and II are international treaties that supplement the Geneva Conventions of 1949. They significantly improve the legal protection covering civilians and the wounded, and – for the first time – lay down detailed humanitarian rules that apply in civil wars."

Source: http://www.icrc.org/web/eng/siteeng0.nsf/html/additional-protocols-30-years

(Also check: http://www.icrcproject.org/distinguish/home.html)

(I don't know why I can't add a link to a blogger post using my new MacBook, sorry bout that)

Women from around the World contribute to Peace

My favourite website/podcast (www.opendemocracy.net) has a special feature about the Nobel Women's Initiative, featuring discussion and interviews with Women's leaders from around the World. Listen and learn. The future is pink, because the 'blues' have already f**ked everything up so far...
"Let's return to last week's list of the top-10 busiest airports in the world, measured by number of takeoffs and landings: Chicago O'Hare, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston Intercontinental, Denver, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Notice that all 10 are in the United States. A number of e-mailers suspected the ranks were in error. Who would have thought that Philadelphia or Minneapolis would have more traffic than Tokyo, Frankfurt or London's Heathrow? But they do. (Salt Lake City sees as many takeoffs and landings as Heathrow, transporting a third as many passengers. If you want to reduce commercial aviation's carbon footprint, there's a place to start.)" (Ask the Pilot)

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Live from Caracas

"This weekend, I attended two massive protests. The pro-Chavez, government-sanctioned (and obviously, fully funded) march was on Saturday. My neighborhood was filled with red-clad Chavistas, spray painting and chanting in the hot sun. On Sunday, I joined one of my activist co-workers (there are quite a few!) in the larger, less graffiti-prone anti-government march down the same streets. Fortunately, I was treated kindly by both groups, though obviously standing out as one of the very few gringos in attendance. There were rumors that CIA operatives were taking pictures. Riiiiiight." (VoirDire)

Jim is in Venezuela right now.

Another Seth Godin Masterpiece

Read this changethis manifesto from Seth Godin, "Pushing past the dip: How to become the best in the world".(pdf)

Weaponomics

"This paper introduces the first effort to quantitatively document the small arms market by
collating field reports and journalist accounts to produce a cross-country time-series price index
of Kalashnikov assault rifles. A model of the small arms market is developed and empirically
estimated to identify the key determinants of assault rifle prices. Variables which proxy the
effective height of trade barriers for illicit trade are consistently significant in determining
weapon price variation. When controlling for other factors, the collapse of the Soviet Union does
not have as large an impact on weapon prices as is generally believed."

(WEAPONOMICS: THE GLOBAL MARKET FOR ASSAULT RIFLES)

This is a fascinating (but dry) treatment on the issue of assault rifles prices.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Poor Americans...


ab ovo ad malum

last night in sioux city, iowa, i tasted a piece of swiss chocolate that was chili pepper flavoured. my mouth didn't know what to think and i was scared. what's the most confusing thing you've eaten lately?

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

40 years ago - Six Days War

This foolish war by SevenArab countries (spearheaded by three) against Israel really screw up the Middle East.

"Beginning just after 7 a.m. on June 5, 1967 -- exactly 40 years ago today -- a fleet of 200 Israeli airplanes took off and flew west at low altitude toward Egypt's airfields. "From Joshua Bin-Nun, King David, the Maccabees and the fighters of 1948 and 1956, we shall draw the strength and courage to strike the Egyptians who threaten our safety," declared Air Force Commander Motti Hod to his pilots. "Fly, soar at the enemy, destroy him and scatter him throughout the desert so that Israel may live."

Within three hours, Israeli pilots had done just that. Almost 300 of Egypt's 420 combat aircraft were blown up on the ground. Runways, radar stations and air defences were all systematically wiped out. Egyptian pilots died as they ate breakfast. Hod reported matter-of-factly to his political superiors: "The Egyptian Air Force has ceased to exist." Without air cover, Egypt's army -- the most powerful in the Arab world -- was defenceless against the coming onslaught." (National Post - Canada)


By the end of this war, Gaza, Sinai, West Bank, Golan Heights and Eastern Jerusalem were lost to Israel. Jordan lost 40% of its territory, Egypt lost Sinai and Syria lost the Golan Heights.

The legacy of that war still stands until today from the hijacking phenomena in the 80s, the Lebanese civil wars, the Palestinian Israel occupation problems, the birth of modern terrorism and a whole bunch of bullshit.

Lessons Learned

Tony Blair's lessons from 10 years as PM. Very very highly recommended reading.

NIMBY's out, BANANA's in...

In their attitudes to developments and claiming responsibility, People in the UK are now moving beyond NIMBY (not in my back yard) to BANANA (build absolutely nothing anywhere near anyone...)

ha ha

XXXX Square Protests - 18 years later



Read more in wikipedia.

Has anything changed since then? China is definitely getting much more richer than two decades ago. I have the feeling the aspiration of that protest has long been forgotten and replace by the giddiness of unrelentless economic development progress.

Cats are evil

"Human-caused bird deaths

Domestic cats: Hundreds of millions a year

  • Striking high-tension lines: 130 million - 1 billion a year
  • Striking buildings: 97 million to 976 million a year
  • Cars: 80 million a year
  • Toxic chemicals: 72 million
  • Striking communications towers: 4 to 50 million a year
  • Wind turbines: 20,000 to 37,000
Source: National Research Council"

An article on Cape Code Times on opposition of wind turbines off Cape code has this amusing statistic about birds cause of death.

This is about to change

"
Article 1: The Emperor shall be the symbol of the State and the unity of the people, deriving his
position from the will of the people with whom resides sovereign power.

....... ...

CHAPTER II: RENUNCIATION OF WAR

Article 9:

Aspiring sincerely to an international peace based on justice and order, the Japanese people forever renounce war as a sovereign right of the nation and the threat or use of force as means of settling international disputes. 2) In order to accomplish the aim of the preceding paragraph, land, sea, and air forces, as well as other war potential, will never be maintained. The right of belligerency of the state will not be recognized." (Constitution of Japan)

Some dude is freaking out on Foreign Policy because nobody seems to care that U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur design is about to unravel.

Japan itself recently has been in a spotlight for the alarmingly high number of criminal cases closed based on "confession".

The cheapest airline ticket to Latin America

Can anyone (Bea !!) give a tip to get the cheapest flight to Latin America from the US?

World Environment Day

Ban Ki Moon voices serious concerns today in the Int'l Herald Trib.
First, the science is clear. The earth's warming is unequivocal; we humans are its principle cause. Everyday brings new evidence, whether it's the latest Greenpeace report on Mount Everest's retreating glaciers or last week's discovery that the Antarctic Ocean can no longer absorb CO 2. Think of that: the world's largest carbon trap, filled to capacity.
But he too ends by hinting that nothing would be possible without the United States's (albeit tacit) agreement. You can read the entire article here.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Borat Kiss

Will Ferrell and Borat kissed on MTV Music Award 2007



(Low Quality - for high quality, click on above link)

Saturday, June 02, 2007

More free porn for everybody

"The Internet was supposed to be a tremendous boon for the pornography industry, creating a global market of images and videos accessible from the privacy of a home computer. For a time it worked, with wider distribution and social acceptance driving a steady increase in sales.

But now the established pornography business is in decline — and the Internet is being held responsible.

The online availability of free or low-cost photos and videos has begun to take a fierce toll on sales of X-rated DVDs. Inexpensive digital technology has paved the way for aspiring amateur pornographers, who are flooding the market, while everyone in the industry is giving away more material to lure paying customers." (NY Times)

Friday, June 01, 2007

Bush translation on climate change

From the President's speech in Washington yesterday (the independent):

'In recent years, science has deepened our understanding of climate change and opened new possibilities for confronting it.'

Translation: In recent years, my refusal to acknowledge the reality and seriousness of global warming has turned me into a laughing-stock and contributed to my record low poll ratings. So now I have to look interested.

'The United States takes this issue seriously.'

Translation: Al Gore takes this issue seriously, his movie was a hit, and it's causing me no end of grief.

'By the end of next year, America and other nations will set a long-term goal for reducing greenhouse gases.'

Translation: By the end of next year, I'll be weeks away from the end of my presidency and this can be someone else's problem.

'To develop this goal, the United States will convene a series of meetings of nations that produce the most greenhouse gasses, including nations with rapidly growing economies such as India and China.'

Translation: We will look as busy as we can without doing anything.

'The new initiative I am outlining today will contribute to the important dialogue that will take place in Germany.'

Translation: The new initiative will put the brakes on the much more robust proposal the Germans are putting forward. As long as dialogue continues, we won't have to abide by any decisions

'Each country would establish midterm management targets and programmes that reflect their own mix of energy sources and needs.'

Translation: Nobody will be obliged to take any painful decisions.

'Over the past six years, my administration has spent, along with the Congress, more than $12bn in research on clean energy technology.'

Translation: But we've spent a lot more mollycoddling the oil and gas industries. We're the world's leader in figuring out ways to power our economy while looking after the environment.

Happy Weekend!

A delightful little link for the weekend:

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

A fabulous visual and audio experience of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, as documented by a San Antonio Express-News photojournalist.