Thursday, April 30, 2009
Still, on Thursday, the state began confiscating animals anyway.
Police and health officials arrived at Sayed’s house early in the morning Thursday. They threatened to arrest him if he did not surrender the animals, and after hitting him on the head and legs several times, he gave in.
When he arrived at the slaughterhouse with the animals, he received no compensation from the government, instead he was actually charged for the cost of slaughtering the pigs. He was also told that he would be given the meat after the animals were slaughtered so he could try to sell it, but he hasn’t received it yet." (MSNBC)
15 people are reported dead and more are wounded.
BBC report here
Local news report here
More to come.
This is the most detailed report so far
Now they're saying it was a Georgian-Azeri guy who did it. 13 reported dead, 9 wounded.
What's scary is that this guy had enough ammo to take out more than one clip's worth of people. Some have even suggested, due to the "professional" nature of the shootings, that he has had training.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
"After first dismissing it as a private matter, the government of the United Arab Emirates today condemned a video tape showing a member of the royal family torturing a grain dealer, with the help of men in uniform." (ABC News)
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
At a news conference, he played three tapes of telephone intercepts of the main Taliban leader, Mullah Fazlullah, talking to one of his commanders about making a show withdrawal for the media while telling their men to put away their weapons and lie low." (NY Times)
There is a sense of chaos in the other hospitals and we do not know what to do. Staff are starting to leave and many are opting to retire or apply for holidays. The truth is that mortality is even higher than what is being reported by the authorities, at least in the hospital where I work it. It is killing three to four patients daily, and it has been going on for more than three weeks. It is a shame and there is great fear here. Increasingly younger patients aged 20 to 30 years are dying before our helpless eyes and there is great sadness among health professionals here.
Antonio Chavez, Mexico City" (BBC)
"This swine flu, meanwhile, does seem to spread easily by airborne transmission. But how deadly is it? Despite the 100-plus deaths in Mexico, we don't really know. And that's why epidemiologists are working frantically to figure out the Mexico mystery: Why do the death rates there appear to be so much higher than those in the United States? In Mexico, it has reportedly killed about 100 of the 1,600 official suspected cases; elsewhere, it has appeared to take a far milder course, with zero deaths out of approximately 300 instances. There are several possible explanations for this discrepancy—any one, two, all, or none of these ideas could shed light on how deadly this virus might prove. In order of ascending likelihood for Mexico's higher mortality:"
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
"White-coated health care workers fanned out across the international airport here to look for ailing passengers, and thousands of callers fearful they might have contracted the rare swine flu flooded government health hot lines. Health officials also began notifying restaurants, bars and nightclubs throughout the city that they should close." (NY Times)
Here's a recommended attire
This swine flu already took 80 lives. It has the look of an epidemic and be worse than SARS - SARS killed around 500 people.
This is the page on WHO regarding this flu and CDC has something to say about it as well.
|U.S. Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection|
|State||# of laboratory|
|TOTAL COUNT||11 cases|
|International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection|
See: World Health Organization
|As of April 25th, 2009 7:30 p.m. EDT|
"Yes. CDC recommends the use of oseltamivir or zanamivir for the treatment and/or prevention of infection with these swine influenza viruses. Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaler) that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. For treatment, antiviral drugs work best if started soon after getting sick (within 2 days of symptoms)."
"Hey look, people are finally noticing that Yelp sells review placement.
They called us a few months back with the usual shakedown request. Apparently you get a call once you have more than N hits. If you pay them a monthly fee, you get to put your "favorite" review at the top, get better search result listings, and (I'm pretty sure they told us) get to delete "unfair" reviews about your business." (JWZ)
Boom, there goes your online integrity. And more in this situation reported by East Bay Express
""Hi, this is Mike from Yelp," the voice would say. "You've had three hundred visitors to your site this month. You've had a really good response. But you have a few bad ones at the top. I could do something about those.""
This is great. Welcome to Sleazy and Shady 2.0.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
In parliamentary elections this month, voters punished Islamic parties that focused narrowly on religious issues, and even the parties’ best efforts to appeal to the country’s mainstream failed to sway the public." (NY Times)
Tsuyoshi Kusanagi of the pop group SMAP was found drunk and naked in a public park in Tokyo in the early hours of the morning, his agency said in a statement. He was alone and shrieking at the top of his voice, media reports said.
"What's wrong with being naked?" he demanded of a police officer who tried to question him after receiving a complaint about the noise, Kyodo news agency said.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
“They take over Buner, then they roll into Mardan and that’s the end of the game,” a senior law enforcement official in North-West Frontier Province said. He asked that his name be withheld because was not authorized to speak to the news media.
The Taliban had pushed into the district from the neighboring Swat Valley, where the Pakistani Army agreed to a truce in mid-February and remains in its barracks.
In another sign that the Taliban were consolidating their control of Buner on Thursday, Taliban militants held a meeting, or jirga, with local elders and the local administration, residents said, agreeing to a similar truce to the one that has taken hold in Swat, residents said.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Researchers at the University of Murcia and the University of Complutense in Spain examined how various cooking methods affected antioxidant activity by analyzing six cooking methods with 20 vegetables. The six cooking methods were boiling, pressure-cooking, baking, microwaving, griddling and frying. Their findings showed the following:
• The highest antioxidant loss was observed in cauliflower after boiling and microwaving, peas after boiling, and zucchini after boiling and frying.
• Green beans, beets, and garlic were found to keep their antioxidant levels after most cooking treatments.
• The vegetables that increased their antioxidant levels after all cooking methods were green beans (except green beans after boiling), celery and carrots.
• Artichoke was the only vegetable that kept its high antioxidant level during all the cooking methods.
Griddle- and microwave-cooking helped maintain the highest levels of antioxidants, produced the lowest losses while “pressure-cooking and boiling [led] to the greatest losses,” says lead researcher A. M. Jiménez-Monreal. “In short, water is not the cook’s best friend when it comes to preparing vegetables.”" (FP)
The 77-page document details the scope of the fraud at Satyam, and lays out the bureau’s case for charging six company managers, their PricewaterhouseCoopers auditors and an adviser with cheating, forgery and falsification of accounts.
Satyam managers, including the founding brothers B. Ramalinga and B. Rama Raju “were able to attract prospective customers and investors by making them believe” that the company was “carrying out huge volumes of business,” the report said." (NY Times)
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I did the math. And according to my calculations, it would cost about the same as buying a new sport utility vehicle, about $30,000. A lot of my friends were buying S.U.V.’s, but it just didn’t appeal to me.
At about country No. 50, I had another eureka moment: “Why stop at 100?” I’m 30 years old now, and my new goal is to visit each country on this planet before I’m 35 years old. Some of my friends think I’m nuts.
He delivered his remarks during an appearance at the National Press Club following the conclusion of the fifth annual X-Conference, a meeting of UFO activists and researchers studying the possibility of alien life forms.
Mankind has long wondered if we're "alone in the universe. [But] only in our period do we really have evidence. No, we're not alone," Mitchell said." (cnn)
Public Service - Las Vegas Sun
Breaking News Reporting - The New York Times Staff
Investigative Reporting - David Barstow of The New York Times
Explanatory Reporting - Bettina Boxall and Julie Cart of the Los Angeles Times
Local Reporting -
Detroit Free Press Staff
Ryan Gabrielson and Paul Giblin of the East Valley Tribune, Mesa, AZ
National Reporting - St. Petersburg Times Staff
International Reporting - The New York Times Staff
Feature Writing - Lane DeGregory of the St. Petersburg Times
Commentary - Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post
Criticism - Holland Cotter of The New York Times
Editorial Writing - Mark Mahoney of The Post-Star, Glens Falls, NY
Editorial Cartooning - Steve Breen of The San Diego Union-Tribune
Breaking News Photography - Patrick Farrell of The Miami Herald
Feature Photography - Damon Winter of The New York Times
LETTERS, DRAMA and MUSIC:
Fiction - Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (Random House)
Drama - Ruined by Lynn Nottage
History - The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family by Annette Gordon-Reed (W.W. Norton & Company)
Biography - American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House by Jon Meacham (Random House)
Poetry - The Shadow of Sirius by W.S. Merwin (Copper Canyon Press)
General Nonfiction - Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas A. Blackmon (Doubleday)
Music - Double Sextet by Steve Reich, premiered March 26, 2008 in Richmond, VA (Boosey & Hawkes) (Pulitzer)
Monday, April 20, 2009
This is probably the most useless global summit ever. Racisms are to be eradicated from the bottom up, family by family, block by block. An international declaration ain't going to cut it. And screw racism, that's the easy part, deal with the issue of the treatment of minorities by the majorities. That's where the impact are felt right now.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
You can find out the male-female divide; how many MPs have criminal cases against them; how many are lawyers or teachers or industrialists, etc; how many belong to India's lower castes; who are the youngest/ oldest sitting MPs.. and on and on and on...
Good stuff. highly reccomended.
P.s. if you're ever lost in India, Mapmyindia.com also happens to possess the best maps of Indian streets that I know of (better than Google!) - complete with directions and travel time.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
"In the next four years there is going to be a permanent status arrangement between Israel and the Palestinians on the basis of two states for two peoples, and it doesn't matter to us at all who is prime minister," Shiffer quotes Emanuel as saying." (TPM)
On a related note, the tag options for these nomadlife posts are out of control. I vote for jesse to summarize them with thrice an option, in portanol.
Despite bargaining for months with its creditors, General Growth faced increasing pressure to handle its more than $25 billion in debt, largely in the form of short-term mortgages that will come due by next year. The company has been severely wounded by the recession, which has wreaked havoc upon the retailers who inhabit its more than 200 malls in 44 states. Many stores have shuttered, depriving mall operators like General Growth of revenue. (NYTimes)
Interesting post from BoingBoing about billboards made from money. It's a protest illustrating how little value Zimbabwean trillion dollar notes have.
To highlight the plight of Zimbabwe and the cause of the ‘Zimbabwean Newspaper’ we handed out trillions of dollars of worthless Zimbabwean money stamped with provocative messages and a call for support for the Zimbabwean newspaper, we also turned the money into giant posters, with trillion dollar tear-offs.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Security officials have said 25 members of the cell were arrested, with Egyptian police scouring the Sinai peninsula for the remaining 24 suspects.
The manhunt has prompted the Israeli military to put its troops on high alert along its border with the Sinai peninsula." (Middle East Times)
1. Somalia's instability is affecting countries other than its neighbors, and powerful countries. the international community has taken advantage of the power vacuum to cut highly profitable and highly unscrupulous deals: weapons, toxic waste, illegal fishing, who knows what else. as dody noted: you give us toxic waste, we give you pirates. Someone needs to be in charge there. Even a well-organized criminal organization or military dictator is preferable to the current situation. Someone needs to answer the phone.
2. as for the US media circus, Obama got his first military victory, and it was a cakewalk. he got it without risking any soldier's lives, without any chance of civilian deaths, with perfectly transparent motives, with a very tangible prize (the rescue of an heroic captain) and a very tangible opponent (PIRATES!).
3. But for the North-South, rich vs. developing world dynamic, it is business as usual. Let's bring the bible into this: "Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh." The world is offended because we have let Somalia become what it is: a bundle of medieval european-style warring city-states among modern nation-states. The pirates are those by whom the offense cometh, but they seem to be only actors in a tragedy. they are likely good people whose virtues force them to eventually do ignoble deeds. it is the world's failure for making it so.
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Monday, April 13, 2009
The issue of dumping in Somalia is contentious as it raises both legal and moral questions. First, there is a violation of international treaties in the export of hazardous waste to Somalia. Second, it is ethically questionable to negotiate a hazardous waste disposal contract with a country in the midst of a protracted civil war and with a factionalized government that could not sustain a functional legal and proper waste management system." (UNEP on Somalia - pdf)
Bangkok has seen waves of protesters in the past 18 months. Every succession of protest brought down whatever party in power. The supporters of the party then staged a revenge massive protest which then brought down yet another government and so on so forth.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
US officials said Captain Phillips, was uninjured and in good condition and had been taken aboard the USS Bainbridge, one of three US naval warship which had been tracking the lifeboat. (guardian)
"Vatnajokull Glacier is Iceland’s champion in the global election to choose the Official New 7Wonders of Nature. But unlike many of the 261 natural sites that qualified for the 2nd phase of worldwide voting, Vatnajokull Glacier does not have an Official Supporting
Committee (OSC) representing it." (Icenews.is)
Saturday, April 11, 2009
"It is laudable that Al Gore and many others are talking about the state of the planet... but what about the state of the 6.7 billion people living on it?? What about the state of the modern human condition made evident in the multiple neon colors of how we are treating each other and ourselves? Think about it: why are there so few human beings at peace? This is the perennial question that must be addressed, and substantively so. The time is now and Generation IG is all about it. Welcome to a very different kind of wake up call: one you can actually enjoy."
Still great, even after these years.
Friday, April 10, 2009
"Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese -- I understand it's a rather difficult language -- do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?" Brown said.
Brown later told Ko: "Can’t you see that this is something that would make it a lot easier for you and the people who are poll workers if you could adopt a name just for identification purposes that’s easier for Americans to deal with?"
Thursday, April 09, 2009
It starts with "What is fragile should break early while it is still small. Nothing should ever become too big to fail. Evolution in economic life helps those with the maximum amount of hidden risks – and hence the most fragile – become the biggest. "
He ends it with the following hope that we create "A world in which entrepreneurs, not bankers, take the risks and companies are born and die every day without making the news. In other words, a place more resistant to black swans."
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Yet as Indonesia prepares for its third national parliamentary elections since then, to be held on April 9th, it has a fair claim to be South-East Asia’s only fully functioning democracy. Unfettered by Thailand’s draconian lèse-majesté laws, or the fierce interpretations of what constitutes defamation in Singapore and Malaysia, the press is vibrant and free. Unlike Thailand’s army, which returned to politics with a coup in 2006, Indonesia’s has stayed back in the barracks. And unlike the Philippines, where elections dominated by guns, goons and gold lead to dozens of murders, Indonesia has enjoyed a largely peaceful campaign. Indonesia’s corruption rates probably still top regional charts, but the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has made strides in attacking it." (Economist - Indonesian Suprise)
"Like India it has shown that democracy can work in huge, diverse and poor countries. And like Brazil, Taiwan and South Korea, it has shown it does not need generations to strike roots."
Indonesia is holding a Presidential election tomorrow.
Tuesday, April 07, 2009
"General Motors Corp. is teaming with Segway Inc., maker of the upright, self-balancing scooters, to build a new type of two-wheeled vehicle designed to move easily through congested urban streets.
The machine, which GM says it aims to develop by 2012, would run on batteries and use wireless technology to avoid traffic backups and navigate cities." (WSJ)
Florida, however, has continued to tighten its grip. Since 2004, the Legislature has required courts to support their operating expenses substantially, through fees collected by county clerks. Some of the clerks use collection agents, while about a third use the Collections Courts, state officials said. Here in Leon County alone, 839 people were arrested and jailed in the year ended last September over court debts or failure to appear at Collections Court, according to a study by the Brennan Center. Other Florida counties have less stringent policies. (NYTimes)
In two minutes and 43 seconds, the 36-year-old this week extended his own record to retain the title." (news.com.au)
"Tanya Streeter spent an incredible three minutes and 38 seconds underwater, with no breathing apparatus or help." (bbc)
Monday, April 06, 2009
Pump up the volume and enjoy the most glorious rendition of "born in the U.S.A".
16:55 Morta una mamma abbracciata ai suoi due bambini
Tra le vittime una mamma morta sotto le maceria delle casa abbracciando i suoi due bambini (amongst the dead a mother under the house's rubble clutching her two children)
16:49 Rettore dell'Aquila: "L'università è distrutta. Aiutateci"
Il rettore dell'università dell'Aquila Ferdinando Di Orio lancia un appello. "L'ateneo è praticamente distrutto. Le strutture sono tutte gravamente danneggiate e non abbiamo un'altra sede dove trasferire i nostri 27.000 studenti" (the rector of the university of Aquila: "it is practically destroyed. the structures are gravely damaged and we have nowhere to transfer our 27,000 students)
"Researchers in Brooklyn have recently accomplished comparable feats, with a single dose of an experimental drug delivered to areas of the brain critical for holding specific types of memory, like emotional associations, spatial knowledge or motor skills.
The drug blocks the activity of a substance that the brain apparently needs to retain much of its learned information. And if enhanced, the substance could help ward off dementias and other memory problems." (NY Times)
Sunday, April 05, 2009
"This is a multimedia contest where you can speak out for people living with HIV/AIDS through your most creative methods. Send us your best idea in pictures or videos that you think can make people change their attitude towards people with HIV." speakoutforred.com
Equality includes the full and equal enjoyment of all rights and freedoms. To promote the achievement of equality, legislative and other measures designed to protect or advance persons, or categories of persons, disadvantaged by unfair discrimination may be taken.
The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.
*1 No person may unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds in terms of subsection (3). National legislation must be enacted to prevent or prohibit unfair discrimination.
Discrimination on one or more of the grounds listed in subsection (3) is unfair unless it is established that the discrimination is fair." (info.gov.za)
To me there are two obvious possibilities:
- You get consumptions around the world goes up - which means improving the economic well being of poor people.
- The environmental sustainability aspect become more and more critical as we move forward because consumer consumptions reflects on energy consumption and pollution level.
Saturday, April 04, 2009
Wednesday, April 01, 2009
It is now time to recognize our achievements over the past year. The Meredith Higgelblaum award for excellence is give each year to the committee that not only delivers outstanding results, but also showcases great motivation and propriety when present in public. No one will win this award.
As for the fourth place in the Mionetto brand Prosecco cocktail contest, with 1556 votes, with a drink that truly inspires, it is given each year to someone who doesn't quite win the free trip to New York city, not like he'd need it all that much anyways since he could drive there any weekend, and is too dignified to submit his drink to the contemptuous smirk of an panel of judges from the industry. Yours truly!
thanks to everyone for voting, and fourth place is still quite respectable.
MIAMI (Reuters) - A "relaxing, calm, beautiful place" may not be everyone's description of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the United States holds about 240 prisoners in a detention centre that has drawn condemnation from around the world.
But this was the opinion of reigning Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza of Venezuela, who visited the U.S. naval facility in eastern Cuba this month on a trip organized by the United Service Organizations (USO) which supports U.S. troops.
It's the best analysis I've ever read on where and how the mess began. And it's written so well, even I made sense of most of what was written. Give it a read. It's long, but well worth it (and it will make you more than a little mad at Obama's team).