Friday, February 29, 2008

Police: Walton County Woman Married To 5 Men

WALTON COUNTY, Ga. -- A woman with a long list of aliases and husbands remains in the Walton County Jail.
Officials arrested Shauna Keith last week. They said the 27-year-old woman married five men, all members of the military.
She is also accused of having five social security numbers.
According to authorities, Keith married a man in the army in Kentucky in 2006. She then allegedly married a marine on the front porch of a home outside Walnut Grove on Christmas Eve 2007. Officials also said Keith told the marine’s family she was the daughter of 82nd Airborne Division Commander Maj. Gen. David Rodriguez.
Officials said Keith went back to her apartment in North Carolina while her new husband went to the Marine base in Camp Lejeune. Officials said she was living with another marine when they located her. Authorities said Keith has married personnel from every branch of the armed services except the U.S. Coast Guard.
Police said they believe Keith stole identities from her sister-in-law and a dead woman.
Officials said she has three children. One child lives with the father in San Diego and two are in the custody of her mother in Oregon. Investigators say Keith is currently pregnant.
She is charged with bigamy and fraud.

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/15164815/detail.html

Extra day - what's up?

It comes but once every four years and this 29 February some workers are being given the extra day as holiday. Employers won't like the idea, but we tend to look at additional time as a gift.

A nice read

So what are you all upto on the extra day? :)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Hip Hop and Literature Blogs

Hey people,

Following on from the post below. I've started two new blogs, hiphop.nomadlife.org and literature.nomadlife.org. While they are getting up and running, I am looking for contributors for both.

Hip Hop - The idea behind this blog will be to discuss news and developments in this important and influential subcultures. Music-wise, we will be discussing both commercial and underground hip hop, album reviews, profiles of underground artists and industry news. The blog won't be limited to just music, but also graffiti, breakdancing, emceeing and any other aspects of the culture that contributors see fit to post about. Being a nomadlife blog, I'd love to see elements of hip hop culture blogged about from around the world, not just the USA.

Literature - The idea behind this blog is fairly simple: I for one, as an avid reader, like to share my thoughts on books I read, discuss them with others, and get ideas for other books to read. It would be cool to have a few discussions on important books happening, book reviews for people who want recommendations and maybe even a nomadlife book club where we read a particular book every month, for example, and then discuss it. Again, an international element to this would be cool, and it would be nice to feature authors from around the world, and not only in English.

I'm really hoping there'll be people interested in contributing to these blogs cos the whole community blogging concept isn't gonna work if its only one or two people contributing so please comment on this post if you're interested in getting involved in one or both of these blogs.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Nomadlife - Community Blogs

Hey Nomadlifers,

So I've been thinking for a while that perhaps a solution to the current situation of apathy/disconnection over the nomadlife home page and lack of community feeling is starting a group of community type blogs with numerous contributors. The example for this is the Ramadan blog, which I believe has been a pretty effective example of multiple contributors to a blog.

The topics for these could be varied, as broad as "literature" or as specific as, say, "Bollywood music"... or even moreso, it's up to y'all. We could also have these community blogs listed in a different, more prominent section of the nomadlife home page than the current blog updater, which would encourage people to read and contribute. I think it would be quite cool and I know I was intending to start one for 'hip hop' quite some time ago and never got around to it.

What do people think? Does it sound like something you'd want to contribute to? Any ideas for topics for these? Anyone? Bueller? Dody?

Saturday, February 23, 2008

AI Directors 2008-2009

Monica Costea (Romania)
Felipe Cardanas (Colombia/Dominican Republic)
Kate Hanlon (Australia)
Li Zhen (Mainland of China)
Phil Odour (Kenya)
Annika Rudback (USA/Egypt)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

and the PAI for 2008-2009 is ...

Congratulation is in order for ...

...

...

...

Juan Caijao

(Juan is the current AI Director for Iberoamerica GN)

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

IPM updates?

Is any body blogging what is happening at IPM?
I think PAI should be selected one of this days....

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

global warming

The idea is simple. Air would be blown over a liquid solution of potassium carbonate, which would absorb the carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide would then be extracted and subjected to chemical reactions that would turn it into fuel: methanol, gasoline or jet fuel. (NYTimes)

here is an interesting idea for mitigating emissions from gasoline burning. it has advantages because

1) it's physically possible
2) it doesn't require a great restructuring of infrastructure

but it's not a new source of energy.

Hasta la vista, Castro

" Fidel Castro stepped down Tuesday morning as the president of Cuba after a long illness, ending one of the longest tenures as one of the most all-powerful communist heads of state in the world, according to Granma, the official publication of the Cuban Communist Party.

In late July 2006, Mr. Castro, who is 81, handed over power temporarily to his brother, Raúl Castro, 76, and a few younger cabinet ministers, after an acute infection in his colon forced him to undergo emergency surgery. Despite numerous operations, he has never fully recovered but has remained active in running government affairs from behind the scenes." (NY Times)

Monday, February 18, 2008

censorship

A controversial website that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously post government and corporate documents has been taken offline in the US.

Wikileaks.org, as it is known, was cut off from the internet following a California court ruling, the site says. (BBC)

Big bottom girls make the rockin' world go round


The newest craze in the Ivory Coast is the big bottom.

"A national dance craze in Ivory Coast has spawned a black market in treatments claiming to increase one's bottom size." (BBC)

More here >

What Experience?


Though filed under 'General Nonsense', I think Scott Adams has objectively put the argument to rest ..

"If it is the same issue that has come up for years – say the conflict between the Israel and the Palestinians – then the only experience anyone has is in failing to fix it.
...
If an issue is something new, such as the recent mortgage problems, the president has no more experience with it than anyone else.
...
For anything important, experience probably has a strong negative correlation with success. If that weren’t true, all the hit songs, hot startups, and new inventions would be coming from geezers."

Sunday, February 17, 2008

A new country to be born



Kosovo's prime minister said parliament will meet Sunday for a special session to declare the province's independence, a bold and historic bid for statehood in defiance of Serbia and Russia.

By sidestepping the U.N. and appealing directly to the U.S. and other nations for recognition, Kosovo's independence sets up a showdown with Serbia _ outraged at the imminent loss of its territory _ and Russia, which warns of a dangerous precedent for separatist groups worldwide.

The ethnic Albanian leadership scheduled the extraordinary parliamentary session for Sunday afternoon to proclaim the Republic of Kosovo and unveil the new country's flag and national crest.

(Time)

Friday, February 15, 2008

Food of Love?

While it's difficult to determine a causal link, many perceive chocolate to be hand in hand with sex - The Economist

Really makes you wonder where it all started, doesn't it?

Farmed salmons killing their wild cousins

"Wild salmon have it tough these days, with dams blocking the routes to their spawning grounds and invasive predators congregating around their streams. But their worst enemy might be a familiar face. Contact with farmed salmon raised for supermarket shoppers seems to be killing off the wild fish, according to the first large-scale study of salmon farming's impact." (Science)

The implications are pretty deep. Take the case of salmon farms along the British Columbia coast where wild salmon stocks affect the entire wilderness ecosystem.

"Salmon feed eagles, bears, whales, wolves and even forests here," Krkosek explained.

It is a remarkable ecological story that Pacific salmon spend two years feeding in the open ocean, then return to their natal streams and rivers to spawn and die. Many species feed on the dying or dead salmon and they also bring large quantities of carcasses into forests at the same time. The decaying carcasses enrich the soil and feed many plants, including the region's mighty red cedars and sitka spruce trees.

Researchers have found salmon nutrients inside the leaves at the top of 2,000-year-old trees, says Krkosek." (Ipsnews)

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Heard Mo Yunus talk about kicking off the first multinational social business tonight

Branded `Shakti dohi', packaged in totally biodegradable cups and priced at 5 Taka for an 80 ml pack - much lower than the market price - this yoghurt will be available to the children twice a week. The fortified yoghurt will meet 30 per cent of the daily nutritional needs of a child, said Prof Yunus. -- HinduBusinessOnline

Reading on more projects from Grameen.

Happy (commercial) Heart Day


Can't believe most of the day's gone by without someone posting something yet. Reach out and wish someone you love! xoxo

conservation

FOR rent: 830,000 hectares of pristine tropical rainforest. Rich in wildlife, including forest elephants and gorillas. Provides a regionally important African green corridor. Price: $1.6m a year. Conservationist tenant preferred, but extractive forestry also considered. Please apply to the Cameroonian minister of forestry. (Economist)

who's gonna come up with the money first?

Spore's coming!

http://crave.cnet.com/8301-1_105-9870315-1.html?tag=cnetfd.mt
"Young Saudis defied Tuesday the ultra-conservative kingdom's ban on Valentine's Day celebrations to exchange sweets, red teddy bears, greeting cards, roses and even kisses.

On the night before Valentine's young men and women strolled up and down the Tahliya upscale shopping avenue in the western city of Jeddah, browsing at heart-shaped chocolate boxes and the red lingerie gracing shop windows." (Middle East Online)

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

somebody's attractive cousin

The study's principal finding is that the most fecund marriages are between distant cousins. Using Iceland's genealogical records, which allow the degree of relatedness between husband and wife to be calculated with great precision, Dr Helgason showed the optimum degree of outbreeding (measured in terms of the number of children and grandchildren produced) lay somewhere between cousins of the third and fourth degrees.

Economist

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

dirty rotten scoundrels

this website could provide the inspiration for a nigerian version of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels or Nueve Reinas type movie.

the idea is to out-419 the 419ers

"A slightly different twist on my now familiar artwork anti-scam. I manage to secure two pieces of artwork, but unfortunately due to the temperature and humidity fluctuations between here and West Africa, as well as rogue rodents, there are problems."

Big Brother is coming

" The European Commission will propose tomorrow that all foreign travelers entering and leaving Europe, including U.S. citizens, should be fingerprinted. If approved by the European Parliament, the measure would mean that precisely identifying information on tens of millions of citizens will be added in coming years to databases that could be shared by friendly governments around the world." (Washington Post)

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Egypt won African Cup

"

90+4 IT’S ALL OVER! EGPYT ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF AFRICA!

Aboutreika kisses the ground. And now the Egypt players bow in prayer.

They get up and hug, even as Kameni and the other Cameroon players lie prostrated in grief.

The Egypt goalkeeper Hadary is sitting on top of his goalnet, leading the Egypt fans in celebration.

What a great game this was! Thanks to the Africa Kine restaurant here in New York for hosting us. Thanks to you for your comments and for following along with us today. Thanks to Ghana for a well-run tournament, and thanks to Egypt and Cameroon for a great final. Congratulations, Pharoahs, for repeating as champions of Africa!

In Accra, they’re going to present the trophies, but we won’t stick around for that. Instead, we’ll say good day to you all and get to some Senegalese food here on W.116th Street. Cheers!" (blogs.nytimes.com)


Tonight is my second African Cup championship night for me in Cairo and this second time is even crazier than 2 years ago.

Yahoo said to reject Microsoft's overture

"Yahoo’s board plans to reject Microsoft’s $44.6 billion hostile bid in a letter on Monday, saying the offer undervalues Yahoo, people involved in the discussions said Saturday.

Microsoft, which hopes Yahoo will help it compete more effectively against Google, is likely to continue its pursuit." (NY Times)

Friday, February 08, 2008

biofuels

The clearance of grassland releases 93 times the amount of greenhouse gas that would be saved by the fuel made annually on that land, said Joseph Fargione, lead author of the second paper, and a scientist at the Nature Conservancy. “So for the next 93 years you’re making climate change worse, just at the time when we need to be bringing down carbon emissions.”


NYTimes

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Kung Xhie Fa Chai

Happy Year of the Rat.


"Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who introduced transcendental meditation to the West and gained fame in the 1960s as the spiritual guru to the Beatles, died Tuesday at his home and headquarters in Vlodrop, the Netherlands. He is believed to have been in his 90s. Steven Yellin, a spokesman for the organization, confirmed the Maharishi’s death but did not give a cause." (NY Times)

Monday, February 04, 2008


What a game !



Manning connected with Plaxico Burress for the winning touchdown, a 13-yard pass with 35 seconds remaining in the game. Manning drove the Giants 83 yards in just over two minutes after the Patriots had marched down the field to take a 14-10 lead. (NY Times)

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Cool Movement Song

Takraw King's cup thailand

this game is the new craze! i'm forming a team.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Sabotage?

"One in Marseilles, one in Suez. Not the same ruddy deal. The new break is on the FLAG cable - in yest another place: 56 kms from Dubai on a segment between the UAE and Oman." (Slashdot)

A third Internet cable is cut in three days.

Friday, February 01, 2008

WOW

It’s been rumored for a long time, but now it’s reality. Microsoft Offers $44.6 Billion To Acquire Yahoo.

The bid, which would consist of cash and Microsoft stock, values Yahoo shares at $31 a share, a 62% premium on Thursdays closing price.

Read here