Monday, July 30, 2007
"Ahmed Mnajed’s admitted he is living a dream as Iraq’s players attempted to put into word’s their delight after landing a maiden AFC Asian Cup title with a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia on Sunday." (AFC)
"Saudi Arabia had been the best attacking team in the tournament, scoring 12 goals on their way to the final, but could not find a way past the Iraqis, who had the best defence in the competition, conceding just two goals in six matches." (reuters)
Friday, July 27, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
When your screen is white - an empty word page, or the Google page, your computer consumes 74 watts, and when its black it consumes only 59 watts. Mark Ontkush wrote an article about the energy saving that would be achieved if Google had a black screen, taking in account the huge number of page views, according to his calculations, 750 mega watts/hour per year would be saved.
Blackle was created by Heap Media to remind us all of the need to take small steps in our everyday lives to save energy.
http://www.blackle.com/ :- Make it your home - page today!
Read more here - http://www.blackle.com/about/
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
And you'd think one person cannot make any difference.
Oprah Winfrey (""): $260 million
Simon Cowell ("American Idol"): $45 million
Judge Sheindlin ("Judge Judy"): $30 million
Katie Couric ("CBS Evening News Anchor"): $15 million" (Reuter)
As you can see, Oprah dominates the top paid TV entertainer ranking. The spread between the first rank to the second rank is a whopping 215 million dollars.
This happens every fuckin' year. You'd think they just give up.
International AIESEC Alumni Congress, the
biggest event dedicated to the former members
of AIESEC from all over the world. As a part of
the International Congress 2007, the
congress is going to be held at the same venue
on 24 – 26 August.
”You will have the opportunity to meet many alumni
from different countries and to be involved
in the amazing atmosphere of the AIESEC International Congress 2007“
Alumni Reunion Night
Alumni Reunion Night is an event
where Turkish alumni who are not
able to attend the entire congress
will have the opportunity to come
together and enjoy the international
atmosphere of the AIESEC International
August 25th, Saturday
A special Bosphorus Tour with a
cocktail and dinner
We are going to celebrate the
reunion of our alumni enjoying a
breathtaking view of the Bosphorous.
The fee of the event is €50 (for the
congress delegates, €40).
Contact Burcu Tahtalı at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
"I know I should support the troops, especially in a time of war, but if they can't handle the pressure, maybe they don't deserve my support," Bush said. "They're making me look bad."
"On the occasions I've met our troops, most of them didn't seem like they had much going for them," Bush added. "I don't think very many went to college or anything."
Are suicide terrorists well-educated, mentally healthy and morally driven?
Would the incidence of rape go down if prostitution were legalized?
Do African-American men have higher levels of testosterone, on average, than white men?
Is morality just a product of the evolution of our brains, with no inherent reality?
Would society be better off if heroin and cocaine were legalized?
Is homosexuality the symptom of an infectious disease?
I find all those questions fascinating and well worth airing. Pinker is not so sure." (Andrew Sullivan)
I have a feeling that dangerous ideas are culture and place specific.
Today Turkey votes for it's future. A future which holds a hard fight against terrorism in the southeast, more freedom for its minorities, privatization, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, strengthing of the economy and many more... I see today as a huge cornerstone for Turkey's future. Results start at 1900 GMT.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
... he and his "institute" is part of a global effort of the (American) conservative right and free-market-until-death movement to free the West from its responsibility for the poor and give business a free shot in the developing world.
Enlightening NYTimes background here.
Sometimes "Think different" just doesn't do it.
(P.S.: William Easterly, on the other hand, is a very different story. He is, unlike Mr. Shikwati, an educated economist and most of his ideas are well-grounded in sound economic theory and analysis. And, in fact, his proposals and statements are far less radical and controversial in the development community than the media likes to portray it.)
The case for promoting abstinence seems to be stumbling... what happened to just putting condoms on a banana? are students now [not] taught about sex through sticky tape?
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
"What most people don't really know is that the war, the instability, in Darfur is all based on the lack of water," said Farouk el-Baz, director of Boston University's Center for Remote Sensing.
The potential water deposits were found with radar that allowed researchers to see inside the depths of the desert sands. The images, el-Baz said, uncovered a "megalake" of 19,110 square miles -- three times the size of Lebanon." (Reuter)
"90 Thai-style beef: Thinly slice one and a half pounds of flank steak, pork shoulder or boneless chicken; heat peanut oil in a skillet, add meat and stir. A minute later, add a tablespoon minced garlic and some red chili flakes. Add 30 clean basil leaves, a quarter cup of water and a tablespoon or two of soy sauce or nam pla. Serve with lime juice and more chili flakes, over rice or salad.
91 Dredge calf’s liver in flour. Sear in olive oil or butter or a combination until crisp on both sides, adding salt and pepper as it cooks; it should be medium-rare. Garnish with parsley and lemon juice.
92 Rub not-too-thick pork or lamb chops with olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper plus sage or thyme. Broil about three minutes a side and drizzle with good balsamic vinegar.
93 Cut up Italian sausage into chunks and brown in a little olive oil until just about done. Dump in a lot of seedless grapes and, if you like, a little slivered garlic and chopped rosemary. Cook, stirring, until the grapes are hot. Serve with bread.
94 Ketchup-braised tofu: Dredge large tofu cubes in flour. Brown in oil; remove from skillet and wipe skillet clean. Add a little more oil, then a tablespoon minced garlic; 30 seconds later, add one and a half cups ketchup and the tofu. Cook until sauce bubbles and tofu is hot.
95 Veggie burger: Drain and pour a 14-ounce can of beans into a food processor with an onion, half a cup rolled oats, a tablespoon chili powder or other spice mix, an egg, salt and pepper. Process until mushy, then shape into burgers, adding a little liquid or oats as necessary. Cook in oil about three minutes a side and serve.
96 A Roman classic: In lots of olive oil, lightly cook lots of slivered garlic, with six or so anchovy fillets and a dried hot chili or two. Dress pasta with this.
97 So-called Fettuccine Alfredo: Heat several tablespoons of butter and about half a cup of cream in a large skillet just until the cream starts to simmer. Add slightly undercooked fresh pasta to the skillet, along with plenty of grated Parmesan. Cook over low heat, tossing, until pasta is tender and hot.
98 Rub flank steak or chuck with curry or chili powder before broiling or grilling, then slice thin across the grain.
99 Cook a couple of pounds of shrimp, shell on or off, in oil, with lots of chopped garlic. When they turn pink, remove; deglaze the pan with a half-cup or so of beer, along with a splash of Worcestershire sauce, cayenne, rosemary and a lump of butter. Serve with bread.
100 Cook red lentils in water with a little cumin and chopped bacon until soft. Top with poached or six-minute eggs (run under cold water until cool before peeling) and a little sherry vinegar.
101 Hot dogs on buns — with beans!"(NYTimes)
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
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Monday, July 16, 2007
Such campaigns, however well intentioned, promote the stereotype of Africa as a black hole of disease and death. News reports constantly focus on the continent's corrupt leaders, warlords, "tribal" conflicts, child laborers, and women disfigured by abuse and genital mutilation. These descriptions run under headlines like "Can Bono Save Africa?" or "Will Brangelina Save Africa?" The relationship between the West and Africa is no longer based on openly racist beliefs, but such articles are reminiscent of reports from the heyday of European colonialism, when missionaries were sent to Africa to introduce us to education, Jesus Christ and "civilization.
There is no African, myself included, who does not appreciate the help of the wider world, but we do question whether aid is genuine or given in the spirit of affirming one's cultural superiority. My mood is dampened every time I attend a benefit whose host runs through a litany of African disasters before presenting a (usually) wealthy, white person, who often proceeds to list the things he or she has done for the poor, starving Africans. Every time a well-meaning college student speaks of villagers dancing because they were so grateful for her help, I cringe. Every time a Hollywood director shoots a film about Africa that features a Western protagonist, I shake my head -- because Africans, real people though we may be, are used as props in the West's fantasy of itself. And not only do such depictions tend to ignore the West's prominent role in creating many of the unfortunate situations on the continent, they also ignore the incredible work Africans have done and continue to do to fix those problems.
" (Uzodinma Iweala)
on the other hand, Africa is still a fucking mess
"After deteriorating between 1998 and 2005, governance in Africa appears to have improved somewhat in the last year. However, governance standards for the continent are far from ideal.
After a serious deterioration between 1996 and 2005 governance in Africa has improved over the past 12 months, according to the World Bank’s latest Governance Matters survey, released in July. Even so, the aggregate index for 48 African countries is no better than in 2003 and is still some 4.5% worse than a decade ago.
Indeed, of the six governance indicators compiled by the Bank Africa’s scores for four—corruption, government effectiveness, regulatory quality, and voice and accountability—have declined. Only in political stability and (marginally) the rule of law have the continent's scores improved." (Economist)
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
By order of the lords of the Royal Council, I have seen this story, entitled Thopographia, y descripción de Argel, y sucesos, y sucesión de sus Reyes; composed by father Maestro fray Diego de Haedo, of the order of San Benito, and I have not discovered in it any thing that may be against our blessed Catholic Faith, nor against decent customs, and it is filled with much doctrine, and particular elegance, into which the author has invested much work, and it seems to me that he should be given permission to print it, for great fruits for christianity are bound to follow from it. In Madrid, the eighteenth of October of 1608.
Antonio de Herrera
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
The government ordered that the prices of many goods be cut in half, in order to tackle the world's highest rate of inflation - more than 3,700%.
But businesses say the new prices are below cost, so some firms have closed.
Zimbabwe's neighbours are trying to work on a plan to revive the economy - once one of Africa's most advanced.
A South African newspaper reported on Sunday that this could include pegging the Zimbabwe dollar to the South African rand but this has not been confirmed. "(BBC)
Monday, July 09, 2007
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Saturday, July 07, 2007
After six straight wins, I'm pretty sure Kobayashi has become a household name in competitive hotdog eating. If this guy doesn't have street cred in Tokyo, I don't know who does. Too bad he didn't get #7, but perhaps this will lead to a new generation of hot dog eaters in the US?
That's just the jolt the International Federation of Competitive Eating needs. A federation that "encourages communication, cooperation, and uniformity in the supervision and regulation of competitive eating events."
How many hotdogs can you eat?
Friday, July 06, 2007
This is an important written piece by a Slate correspondent about the situation in Gaza in light of the Alan Johnston release (it is confirmed there was no ransom exchanged) and the dynamics in the Palestinian politics.
And here's another proof that you need to have cultural understanding, even if you are a terrorist group.
"...Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, a predominantly Iraqi organization with a small but significant foreign component, severely overplayed its hand, spawning resentment by many residents and other insurgent groups.
Imposing a severe version of Islamic law, the group installed its own clerics, established an Islamic court and banned the sale of cigarettes, which even this week were nowhere to be found in the humble shops in western Baquba to the consternation of patrolling Iraqi troops." (NY Times)
Arab society can put up with a lot of bullshit, but never ever take the cigarettes away from them. That's asking for real trouble.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Backed by the Russian president’s personal lobbying, charisma and government support, the Black Sea resort of Sochi was elected Wednesday as the host city of the 2014 Winter Games." (AP)
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
"Britain will conduct an urgent review of its methods for recruiting foreign doctors, Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced today, after it emerged that all eight of the people detained in the aftermath of the failed car bombings here last week are from the medical profession." (NY Times)
Other cultures prize corpulent women. But Mauritania may be unique in the lengths it has gone to achieve its vision of female beauty. For decades, the Mauritanian version of a Western teenager’s crash diet was a crash feeding program, devised to create girls obese enough to display family wealth and epitomize the Mauritanian ideal. Centuries-old poems glorified women immobilized by fat, moving so slowly they seemed to stand still, unable to hoist themselves onto camels without the aid of men’s willing hands." (NY Times)
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Any girl who uses a face-pack according to this prescription will shine brighter than her own mirror."
Ovid, On facial treatment for ladies
"Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim is the world's richest man, worth an estimated $US67.8 billion, after overtaking Microsoft founder Bill Gates, according to a respected tracker of Mexican financial wealth.
A 27 per cent surge in the share price of America Movil, Latin America's largest cell phone operator controlled by Slim, from March to June made him close to $8.6 billion wealthier than Gates, said Eduardo Garcia in Sentido Comun, the online financial publication he founded.
Garcia estimated that Gates was worth $59.2 billion.
Forbes magazine reported in April that Slim had overtaken billionaire investor Warren Buffett for the No. 2 spot in the world's richest stakes but was still behind Gates." (Sydney Morning Herald)
But it under estimates the impact microfinance could have if it is widely scaled up; it underestimates the impact of non-entrepreneurial lending (e.g. those who borrow to increase their crop yields or buy more animals); and it ignores one of the main reasons for China's job growth which depended on entrepreneurs lending money in unsustainable ways (should all countries start lending out money as easy as China did, and then, like China, use its accumulated wealth 20 years later to bail out those banks who have no chance of getting the money back?).
Monday, July 02, 2007
Edgware Road in north London smells very different than it did a day ago.
Walking along on Saturday, one had to fight through the throngs of Middle Easterners who frequent the popular district of the city.
"Cigarette users take about nine or 10 puffs, they take in up to about half a litre of smoke. With a water-pipe, an episode of smoking may take anywhere between 20 minutes and an hour and it's estimated you can puff up to 600 litres of smoke over that period."
Some parts of Zimbabwe have seen 95% of crops fail, leaving families with only two or three weeks’ food supply to last a year. Prices in the shops are more than doubling every week and Christopher Dell, the American ambassador, predicts that by the end of the year inflation could hit 1.5m%."(Times Online)
Sunday, July 01, 2007
i was wondering if where you are smoking is allowed in public spaces, and if yes, how far would you say you are from having it banned?
to start this, i would say that in greece smoking is pretty much allowed everywhere except civil services and some companies, and we are years away from banning it. if they even tried to, the people woudl just take to the streets, it's just part of the culture for the time being. what about other places?
Also, most people understand food pretty well. We buy it all the time; it's fairly obvious what we need and what we're buying. Almost no one understands health care, and health care decisions are far more crucial than what food to buy. Do you really want the people making decisions for you at the most vulnerable point in your life to be motivated by how much money they can make off of you, rather than what would be best for you? With the exception of elective stuff like plastic surgery, health care just doesn't operate in a free market, and allowing a profit motive is just asking to be exploited." (Slashdot comment)