Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Residents living in the vicinity of the Fukushima nuclear plant face some considerable cancer risks during coming decades. They will come primarily from cigarettes, red meat, alcohol and salty foods. These should hardly be called risks, since each will definitely cause tens of thousands of new cancer cases every single year throughout Japan.Read the rest.
UPDATE. Sorry, had "news" instead of "near" earlier. My bad.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Spain's struggling saving's banks, or cajas, have held talks with major hedge funds and private equity groups to try to raise 15 billion euros ($21 billion) in fresh capital to avoid a bail-out, the Financial Times said on Friday.
U.S. hedge fund Paulson & Co and buy-out groups Cerberus CBS.UL and Apax Partners APAX.UL have held meetings with several cajas to discuss possible investments, the paper said.
The talks by Bankia, Banca Civica and smaller rivals stalled because of the low valuations offered by foreign investors, the FT said, citing unnamed bankers and investors.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
WORLD EXCLUSIVE (MUST CREDIT): an intelligence operative infiltrated in Ghadaffi's entourage has sent exclusively to Barcepundit the method that the Libyan dictator is planning to use to gather the sympathy of the world's public opinion. You can't deny the guy knows what he's doing; this will certainly work...
(note: image can be used provided attribution is given by mentioning and linking to Barcepundit)
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
[W]estern media is spreading fear and lots, lots of bullshit among our families and friends, because being alarmists brings them advertising money.
Because of this, family and friends are pressuring those of us who stay in Tokyo to leave the city. This is causing trouble for many of us.
To the media:
For f-ck’s sake, please stop publishing crap in order to bring more viewers (and therefore, more advertising money) to your publications/programs/whatever. What you’re doing is just taking advantage of this situation in order to try and make some money at the expense of everybody who knows someone in Japan. You’re causing more trouble to us than the earthquake did!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Dead means that they are no longer interesting to the drive-by technorati. Dead means that the curiousity factor has been satisfied, that people have gotten the joke.I couldn't agree more.
These people rarely do anything of much value, though.
Great music wasn't created by the first people to grab an electric guitar or a synthesizer. Great snowboarding moves didn't come from the guy who invented the snowboard... No one thinks Gutenberg was a great author, and some of the best books will be written long after books are truly dead.
Only when an innovation is dead can the real work begin.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Al-Qaeda has launched a women's magazine that mixes beauty and fashion tips with advice on suicide bombings.
Dubbed 'Jihad Cosmo', the glossy magazine's front cover features the barrel of a sub-machine gun next to a picture a woman in a veil.
There are exclusive interviews with martyrs' wives, who praise their husbands' decisions to die in suicide attacks.
The slick, 31-page Al-Shamikha magazine - meaning The Majestic Woman - has advice for singletons on 'marrying a mujahideen'.
Readers are told it is their duty to raise children to be mujahideen ready for jihad.
And the 'beauty column' instructs women to stay indoors with their faces covered to keep a 'clear complexion'.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Eva Belén Abad Quijada, Spain, 30 years old
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
Monday, March 07, 2011
A leaked intelligence report suggests Iran will be awarded with exclusive access to Zimbabwe's uranium in return for providing the country with fuel.
The report – compiled by the United Nations' nuclear watchdog – said Iran's Foreign and Co-operative Ministers had visited Zimbabwe to strike a deal, and sent engineers to assess uranium deposits.
Experts say the move contradicts Iran's claim that it now has enough domestic uranium supplies to sustain its nuclear energy ambitions. They say Zimbabwe's defiance of sanctions and its support for the pariah state will scare those considering investing in its economy, which is only just starting to recover after years of hyperinflation.
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Ratings agency Fitch put Spain's sovereign rating on watch for a possible downgrade on Friday, citing risks stemming from fiscal consolidation, bank restructuring and a weak economic recovery.
Fitch praised the Spanish government's structural reforms in the areas of state pensions and the labour market, but said the long-term impact of restructuring of the country's savings banks in particular posed risks to the sovereign's AA-plus credit rating.
Friday, March 04, 2011
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
We are rightly proud of the accomplishments of western civilization over the past 500 years. We have not been perfect - not by a long shot. But gradually, western values and attitudes have permeated the planet, softening the rough edges of civilization, and providing a framework of law where the strong do not always ride roughshod over the weak.Keep reading.
Imperfect, but viable. Flawed, but as a practical matter, better than any alternative.
There is one glaring weakness from which the west suffers in particular that has been exposed time and time again over the last 70 years; our inability to deal with individuals who are determined to act outside the boundaries of “civilized” norms and commit acts of barbarism so profoundly disturbing that they shake our faith in our institutions and belief systems.