Monday, November 30, 2009

Dubai official: Dubai World's debt its own - Yahoo! Finance ( short version "F--- You")

"Dubai World was established as an independent company, it is true that the government is the owner, but given that the company has various activities and is exposed to various types of risks, the decision, since its establishment, has been that the company is not guaranteed by the (Dubai) government," Abdulrahman al-Saleh, director general of Dubai's Finance Department, said on Dubai TV.

"Consequently, the company's dealing with the various parties has been on this basis," he said.

---it is true that the government is the owner, but --- it is true that the government is the owner, but --- it is true that the government is the owner, but --- it is true that the government is the owner, but --- it is true that the government is the owner, but --- it is true that the government is the owner, but --- it is true that the government is the owner, but ----

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Abstract Monday

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

IDFA FILM AWARDS #colony collapse disorder #CCD

The IDFA Award for First Appearance ( €5,000) was presented to the Irish team of Ross McDonnell and Carter Gunn for Colony (Ireland/USA), which deals with the phenomenon Colony Collapse Disorder, whereby bee colonies disappear without trace after swarming.

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Climatic Research Unit update - 17.45 November 23 - University of East Anglia (UEA)

Comment from Professor Phil Jones, Director of the Climatic Research Unit:

The following email, which I can confirm is genuine, has caused a great deal of ill-informed comment, but has been taken completely out of context and I want to put the record straight.

"I've just completed Mike's Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keith's to hide the decline. Mike's series got the annual land and marine values while the other two got April-Sept for NH land N of 20N. The latter two are real for 1999, while the estimate for 1999 for NH combined is +0.44C wrt 61-90. The Global estimate for 1999 with data through Oct +is 0.35C cf. 0.57 for 1998."
The first thing to point out is that this refers to one diagram - not a scientific paper - which was used in the World Meteorological Organisation's statement on the status of the global climate in 1999 (WMO-no.913).

The diagram consisted of three curves showing 50-year average temperature variations for the last 1000 years. Each curve referred to a scientific paper and a key gives their details.

Climate records consist of actual temperature records from the mid-19th century and proxy data (tree rings, coral, ice cores, etc) which go back much further. The green curve on the diagram included proxy data up to 1960 but only actual temperatures from 1961 onwards. This is what is being discussed in the email.

The word 'trick' was used here colloquially as in a clever thing to do. It is ludicrous to suggest that it refers to anything untoward.

HOTPIXEL'S COMMENT: From my reading of the email and as a native speaker of British English, I cannot see how anyone could believe the word 'trick' was used anything other than to mean a clever thing to do.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Great Facts About Bumblebees - Yakima Herald-Republic Online

* Because they live in small nests, bumblebees never swarm, so you can encourage nesting in your garden without fear of this happening. The bumblebee generally considers a suitable place for nesting to be on the ground, beneath a flat object. An old mouse hole or similar hole in the ground is preferred, especially if it is underneath an old tarp, flat stone or man-made object such as a deck.

* Bumblebees do not produce enough honey for commercial use, just a few grams at a time to feed their young.

* A bumblebee's biggest enemy, by far, is... CONTINUE READING AT....

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The Merchant of Venice - Act II, Scene IX Do not rank me with the barbarous multitudes

Even in the force and road of casualty.
I will not choose what many men desire,(30)
Because I will not jump with common spirits,
And rank me with the barbarous multitudes.

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Seth Godin and Edward Bernays

In his {almost} daily post, Seth Godin says today


Who do you listen to?

Who are you trying to please?

Which customers, relatives, bloggers, pundits, bosses, peers and passers by have influence over your choices? Should the Pulitzer judges decide what gets written, or the angry boss at the end of the hall so influence the products you pitch? Should the buyer at Walmart be the person you spend all your time trying to please? Your nosy neighbor? The angry trolls that write to the newspaper? The customer you never hear from?

Just for a second, think about the influence, buying power, network and track record of the people you listen to the most. Have they earned the right?"


In 1928, Edward Bernays wrote that men follow leaders in different fields and that their sense of identity and identification with the leaders and the groups is generally more important than the underlying truth or falsity of what they believed as individuals.

Have we democratized who we listen to?

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Inquisitive Guinea Pig {photo}


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Linkbuilding Tip – Syndicate Your Content Via RSS! | From @Hobo_Web

to make sure my site is definitely the first site Google picks the content up on, I’ll hit publish, go to Feedburner, sync my feed in Troublehootize and pull it in in my Feedreader just to be sure Google knows exactly where it found it first.

This is from Hobo and you can find him on Twitter here

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Klout and Twitter - Avinash Kaushik - his take

One of the biggest mistake companies and brands make about Twitter is that they think it is one more “shout channel” like TV and Radio and Magazine ads or Press Releases. Twitter is not that. Twitter is a “conversation channel”, a place where you can find the audience relevant to you (and your company and products and services and jihad) and engage in a conversation with them. It is not pitching, it is enriching the value of the ecosystem by participating.

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Kerry Trueman: Bats: The New Canary in the Coal Mine?

"We're at the vanguard of an environmental catastrophe."

Why? Because bats are insect-eating machines, capable of consuming nearly half their body weight in insects each night. Take them out of the equation and we'll have an explosion of pests, including disease-carrying mosquitoes and agriculturally destructive beetles, moths, leafhoppers and other foes of the farmers, who may be forced to use more pesticides as a result.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Let's be friends - bird and mouse - cute beyond cute !

U.S to sell its bad banks to China... ?

To illustrate the global shake-down, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (Shanghai:601398.SS - News; HKSE:1398.HK - News) is now the world's biggest bank by market value, while Citigroup Inc (NYSE:C - News), once the world's No.1 bank, is worth the same as a second-tier commercial bank in China.

Two senior Chinese bankers said they had been invited this year by U.S. officials, investment bankers and financial advisers to look at several potential investments in U.S. banks, mostly in financial trouble.

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Kashmir animal population increases in last two decades because poachers afraid of violence

Indian Kashmir's wildlife population has seen a dramatic increase after two decades of fighting scared off poachers and hunters from the region, a wildlife official said on Tuesday.

Rare birds like the black partridge and pheasant have increased by the thousands while populations of Asiatic black bears, leopards, musk deer and rare red deer have swelled in the disputed Himalayan region's pine forests.

"For fear of being caught in exchanges of fire between militants and the security forces, no one dared to venture deep into the forests in the past 20 years," Rashid Naqash, the region's wildlife warden, told Reuters in Dachigam Sanctuary.

In 1990, Indian authorities disarmed the local population, ordering residents to deposit their hunting rifles with police as part of efforts to quell the revolt.

Authorities estimate the number of threatened black bears, which inhabit hilly and mountainous forests across Asia from Afghanistan to Taiwan, has jumped in Kashmir to 2,500-3,000 from 700-800 since 1990.

Officials said the increase in wildlife population was good news for Kashmir's ailing tourism industry.

Kashmir has been disputed by India and Pakistan since they won independence from Britain in 1947 after a bloody partition.

More than 47,000 people have been killed since simmering discontent against Indian rule turned into a full-blown rebellion in 1989.

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Matt Mullenweg from Wordpress on how he feels about RSS subscriptions

How do I feel about syndication? A long
time ago
Jeffrey Zeldman said something to this effect:

Q: If you offered an RSS feed, I could read your stuff without visiting your

A: If you stored your groceries on the sidewalk, we could eat your food without
sitting across the table from you.

I’m not going to force you to, but come sit at my table and we can have jolly
good time. There is so much on this site that by its very nature will never
be available in syndicated format. Come for the words, stay for the pictures,
jazz quotes, and useless contemporia.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Copenhagen climate summit hopes fade as Obama backs postponement | Environment |

During a hastily convened breakfast meeting in Singapore...

Barack Obama acknowledged today that time has run out to secure a binding climate deal at Copenhagen and began moving towards a two-stage process that would delay a legal pact until next year at the earliest.

During a hastily convened breakfast meeting in Singapore, the US president supported a Danish plan to salvage something from the moribund negotiations by aiming for a broad political agreement and postponing contentious decisions on emissions targets, financing and technology transfer.

While this falls short of hopes that Copenhagen would lock in place a new action plan for the world, it recognises the lack of progress in recent preparatory talks and the hold-ups of climate legislation in the US Senate. "There was a realistic assessment … by the leaders that it was unrealistic to expect a full internationally legally binding agreement to be negotiated between now and when Copenhagen starts in 22 days," said Michael Froman, deputy national security adviser for economic affairs.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, the host and chairman of the climate talks, flew overnight to Singapore to pitch the deferral plan to 19 leaders, including Obama and Chinese president Hu Jintao, at an unscheduled event during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. He insisted that the Copenhagen talks could still set political targets and outline commitments.

"Given the time factor and the situation of individual countries we must, in the coming weeks, focus on what is possible and not let ourselves be distracted by what is not possible," he said. "The Copenhagen agreement should finally mandate continued legal negotiations and set a deadline for their conclusion."

Obama was said to have spoken in support of the proposal, cautioning the group not to let the "perfect be the enemy of the good", Froman said.

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We have met the enemy - The Boston Globe #honeybee #bee

In “A World Without Bees,’’ English writers and beekeepers Allison Benjamin and Brian McCallum comb through the prevailing theories and eventually settle on an unsurprising culprit: us.

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A Lovely Extract From Groklaw on Apple v Psystar

And to those who argue that all that matters is that open source is a better way to develop code, let this case be a warning message. Apple makes fabulous code. Of course, the BSD community did a lot of it for them, but Apple makes it all just work for end users, and they do that beautifully. So no one can argue that for end users it is not fabulous code. It is.

So here is my question: is that enough?

Or isn't the message of this case that what you really want with your fabulous code is freedom for the code? If you answer yes, I want freedom to do what I want with code on my home computer, then why use proprietary code? Proprietary vendors are happy to sell you the best code in the world, if they have it. But they won't sell you freedom to use it any way you want. That's not the business they are in.

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Commenting in Quotes

You say people tell you they are color-blind and don't see you are black -  a person of color.

I feel for you; it's humiliating.

I live in Britain, though I have lived in other countries as well.

I am tall and white (actually I am 4th generation of Russian immigrants - so I am pseudo Western-White) and when I was younger I had a few occasions when people asked me questions in department stores as though I worked there.

I used to wear a suit - maybe that explains it.

It made me look into myself and wonder what they saw that made them think they knew who I was.

Was it something negative - something positive?

But it's a fool's errand - it's impossible to know what someone thought - even by asking them.

So I let it go.

The world is full of prejudice. I am prejudiced. I try to root out my prejudices, but some are pretty deep.

The biggest thing I am conscious of though, is not acting on my prejudices.

That means treating people fairly, relating to them neither from above nor below, and recognizing the person beyond the color or the country.

And it cuts both ways - I see myself leaning towards aciting positively to people from groups I know suffer prejudice.

When I see myself doing that, I hold myself back and look at the person behind and beyond the color or the country, to stop myself from apologizing for all the hurts they suffer.

But not to pretend it doesn't exist.

So I see peoples' color.

Relating to other human beings is difficult enough without all that baggage as well.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Huge rise in birth defects in Falluja | World news |


"We are seeing a very significant increase in central nervous system anomalies," said Falluja general hospital's director and senior specialist, Dr Ayman Qais. "Before 2003 [the start of the war] I was seeing sporadic numbers of deformities in babies. Now the frequency of deformities has increased dramatically."

The rise in frequency is stark – from two admissions a fortnight a year ago to two a day now. "Most are in the head and spinal cord, but there are also many deficiencies in lower limbs," he said. "There is also a very marked increase in the number of cases of less than two years [old] with brain tumours. This is now a focus area of multiple tumours."


Falluja's frontline doctors are reluctant to draw a direct link with the fighting. They instead cite multiple factors that could be contributors.

"These include air pollution, radiation, chemicals, drug use during pregnancy, malnutrition, or the psychological status of the mother," said Dr Qais. "We simply don't have the answers yet."

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Science developing Varroa resistant honeybee #honeybee

QUOTE: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists hope the population of Varroa mite-detecting honeybees could potentially improve the health of the overall honeybee population.

Some bees have a low-frequency genetic trait termed varroa-sensitive hygiene (VSH) that enables them to better locate and remove varroa mites from hives. These bees team up to open the covered brood cells and remove the mite-damaged pupae and any accompanying varroa mites from the hive.

Scientists think they're much better at smelling the odors associated with varroa-infected cells.

Entomologists have now developed a population of honeybees with a high expression of the VSH. In a field trial of 40 colonies, those with the highest levels of VSH showed significantly lower mite infestation and bee mortality than the control groups. The study results were published in the Journal of Apicultural Research.

Not meant for mass reproduction

VSH honeybees aren't meant for mass reproduction as a pure stock, since that would result in excessive inbreeding, with single queens mating with up to 20 drone bees.

The VSH trait expresses infrequently in the wild and some stocks, such as Russian honeybee, have developed some mite-resistance naturally over time.

It's important weigh the pros and cons of selectively breeding for traits versus promoting more "hybrid vigor" by allowing queens to mate of their own accord.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

things that make you go aahh (in a nice way - not 'arrgggh' )

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5. High-Tech Genocide in Congo | Project Censored

5. High-Tech Genocide in Congo

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The Taylor Report, March 28, 2005
Title: “The World’s Most Neglected Emergency: Phil Taylor talks to Keith Harmon Snow”

Earth First! Journal, August 2005
Title: “High-Tech Genocide”
Author: Sprocket

Z Magazine, March 1, 2006
Title: “Behind the Numbers: Untold Suffering in the Congo”
Authors: Keith Harmon Snow and David Barouski

Faculty Evaluator: Thom Lough
Student Researchers: Deyango Harris and Daniel Turner

The world’s most neglected emergency, according to the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, is the ongoing tragedy of the Congo, where six to seven million have died since 1996 as a consequence of invasions and wars sponsored by western powers trying to gain control of the region’s mineral wealth. At stake is control of natural resources that are sought by U.S. corporations—diamonds, tin, copper, gold, and more significantly, coltan and niobium, two minerals necessary for production of cell phones and other high-tech electronics; and cobalt, an element essential to nuclear, chemical, aerospace, and defense industries.

Columbo-tantalite, i.e. coltan, is found in three-billion-year-old soils like those in the Rift Valley region of Africa. The tantalum extracted from the coltan ore is used to make tantalum capacitors, tiny components that are essential in managing the flow of current in electronic devices. Eighty percent of the world’s coltan reserves are found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Niobium is another high-tech mineral with a similar story.

Sprocket reports that the high-tech boom of the 1990s caused the price of coltan to skyrocket to nearly $300 per pound. In 1996 U.S.-sponsored Rwandan and Ugandan forces entered eastern DRC. By 1998 they seized control and moved into strategic mining areas. The Rwandan Army was soon making $20 million or more a month from coltan mining. Though the price of coltan has fallen, Rwanda maintains its monopoly on coltan and the coltan trade in DRC. Reports of rampant human rights abuses pour out of this mining region.

Coltan makes its way out of the mines to trading posts where foreign traders buy the mineral and ship it abroad, mostly through Rwanda. Firms with the capability turn coltan into the coveted tantalum powder, and then sell the magic powder to Nokia, Motorola, Compaq, Sony, and other manufacturers for use in cell phones and other products.

Keith Harmon Snow emphasizes that any analysis of the geopolitics in the Congo, and the reasons for why the Congolese people have suffered a virtually unending war since 1996, requires an understanding of the organized crime perpetrated through multinational businesses. The tragedy of the Congo conflict has been instituted by invested corporations, their proxy armies, and the supra-governmental bodies that support them.

The process is tied to major multinational corporations at all levels. These include U.S.-based Cabot Corp. and OM Group; HC Starck of Germany; and Nigncxia of China—corporations that have been linked by a United Nations Panel of Experts to the atrocities in DRC. Extortion, rape, massacres, and bribery are all part of the criminal networks set up and maintained by huge multinational companies. Yet as mining in the Congo by western companies proceeds at an unprecedented rate—some $6 million in raw cobalt alone exiting DRC daily—multinational mining companies rarely get mentioned in human rights reports.

Sprocket notes that Sam Bodman, CEO of Cabot during the coltan boom, was appointed in December 2004 to serve as President Bush’s Secretary of Energy. Under Bodman’s leadership from 1987 to 2000, Cabot was one of the U.S.’s largest polluters, accounting for 60,000 tons of airborne toxic emissions annually. Snow adds that Sony’s current Executive Vice President and General Counsel Nicole Seligman was a former legal adviser for Bill Clinton. Many who held positions of power in the Clinton administration moved into high positions with Sony.

The article “Behind the Numbers,” coauthored by Snow and David Barouski, details a web of U.S. corruption and conflicts of interest between mining corporations such as Barrick Gold (see Story #21) and the U.S. government under George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, as well as U.S. arms dealers such as Simax; U.S. defense companies such as Lockheed Martin, Halliburton, Northrop Grumman, GE, Boeing, Raytheon, and Bechtel; “humanitarian” organizations such as CARE, funded by Lockheed Martin, and International Rescue Committee, whose Board of Overseers includes Henry Kissinger; “Conservation” interests that provide the vanguard for western penetration into Central Africa; and of course, PR firms and news outlets such as the New York Times.

Sprocket closes his article by noting that it’s not surprising this information isn’t included in the literature and manuals that come with your cell phones, pagers, computers, or diamond jewelry. Perhaps, he suggests, mobile phones should be outfitted with stickers that read: “Warning! This device was created with raw materials from central Africa. These materials are rare, nonrenewable, were sold to fund a bloody war of occupation, and have caused the virtual elimination of endangered species. Have a nice day.” People need to realize, he says, that there is a direct link between the gadgets that make our lives more convenient and sophisticated—and the reality of the violence, turmoil, and destruction that plague our world.


There are large fortunes to be made in the manufacturing of high-tech electronics and in selling convenience and entertainment to American consumers, but at what cost?

Conflicts in Africa are often shrouded with misinformation, while U.S. and other western interests are routinely downplayed or omitted by the corporate media. The June 5, 2006, cover story of Time, entitled “Congo: The Hidden Toll of the World’s Deadliest War,” was no exception. Although the article briefly mentioned coltan and its use in cell phones and other electronic devices, no mention was made of the pivotal role this and other raw materials found in the region play in the conflict. The story painted the ongoing war as a pitiable and horrible tragedy, avoiding the corporations and foreign governments that have created the framework for the violence and those which have strong financial and political interests in the conflict’s outcome.

In an article written by Johann Hari and published by The Hamilton Spectator on May 13, 2006, the corporate media took a step toward addressing the true reason for the tremendous body count that continues to pile up in the Democratic Republic of Congo: “The only change over the decades has been the resources snatched for Western consumption — rubber under the Belgians, diamonds under Mobutu, coltan and casterite today.”

Most disturbing is that in the corporate media, the effect of this conflict on nonhuman life is totally overlooked. Even with a high-profile endangered species like the Eastern lowland gorilla hanging in the balance, almost driven to extinction through poaching and habitat loss by displaced villagers and warring factions, the environmental angle of the story is rarely considered.

The next step in understanding the exploitation and violence wrought upon the inhabitants of central Africa, fueled by the hunger for high-tech toys in the U.S., is to expose corporations like Sony and Motorola. These corporations don’t want protest movements tarnishing their reputations. Nor do they want to call attention to all of the gorillas coltan kills, and the guerrillas it feeds.

It is time for our culture to start seeing more value in living beings, whether gorillas or humans, than in our disposable high-tech gadgets such as cell phones. It is time to steal back a more compassionate existence from the corporate plutocracy that creates destructive markets and from the media system that has manufactured our consent.

It is not just a question of giving up cell phones (though that would be a great start). We must question the appropriation of our planet in the form of a resource to be consumed, rather than as a home and community to be lived in.

“High-Tech Genocide” and other articles about cell phone technology are available by contacting the author:


War for the control of the Democratic Republic of Congo—what should be the richest country in the world—began in Uganda in the 1980s, when now Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni shot his way to power with the backing of Buckingham Palace, the White House, and Tel Aviv behind him.

Paul Kagame, now president of Rwanda, served as Museveni’s Director of Military Intelligence. Kagame later trained at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, before the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF)—backed by Roger Winter, the U.S. Committee on Refugees, and the others above—invaded Rwanda. The RPF destabilized and then secured Rwanda. This coup d’etat is today misunderstood as the “Rwanda Genocide.” What played out in Rwanda in 1994 is now playing out in Darfur, Sudan; regime change is the goal, “genocide” is the tool of propaganda used to manipulate and disinform.

In 1996, Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni, with the Pentagon behind them, launched their covert war against Zaire’s Mobutu Sese Seko and his western backers. A decade later, there are 6 or 7 million dead, at the very least, and the war in Congo (Zaire) continues.

If you are reading the mainstream newspapers or listening to National Public Radio, you are contributing to your own mental illness, no matter how astute you believe yourself to be at “balancing” or “deciphering” the code.

News reports in Time Magazine (“The Deadliest War In The World,” June 6, 2006) and on CNN (“Rape, Brutality Ignored to Aid Congo Peace,” May 26, 2006) that appeared at the time of this writing are being interpreted by conscious people to be truth-telling at last. However, these are perfect examples filled with hidden deceptions and manipulations.

For accuracy and truth on Central Africa, look to people like Robin Philpot (Imperialism Dies Hard), Wayne Madsen (Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa, 1993–1999), Amos Wilson (The Falsification of Consciousness), Charles Onana (The Secrets of the Rwanda Genocide—Investigation on the Mysteries of a President), Antoine Lokongo (, Phil Taylor (, Christopher Black (“Racism, Murder and Lies in Rwanda”). World War 4 Report has published my reports, but they are inconsistent in their attention to accuracy, and would as quickly adopt the propaganda, and have done so at times.

It is possible to collect little fragments of truth here and there—never counting on the mainstream system for this—but one must beware the deceptions and bias. In this vein, the elite business journal Africa Confidential is often very revealing. Some facts can be gleaned from and Africa Research Bulletin.

Professor David Gibb’s book The Political Economy of Third World Intervention: Case of the Congo Crises is an excellent backgrounder that identifies players still active today (especially Maurice Tempelsman and his diamonds interests connected to the Democratic Party). Ditto King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hocshchild, but—exemplifying the expedience of “interests”—remember that Hocshchild never tells you, the reader, that his father ran a mining company in Congo. Almost ALL reportage is expedient; one needs take care their propensity to be deceived.

Professor Ruth Mayer’s book Artificial Africas: Colonial Images in the Times of Globalization is a particularly poignant articulation of the means by which the “media” system distorts and manipulates all things African. And, never forget

Also hoping to correct the record and reveal the truth, the International Forum for Truth and Justice in the Great Lakes of Africa (, based in Spain, and co-founded by Nobel Prize nominee Juan Carrero Seraleegui, is involved in a groundbreaking lawsuit charging massive crimes against humanity and acts of genocide were committed by the now government of Rwanda.

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The Berlin Wall, 20 years gone - The Big Picture

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Nikon D700 and Nikon D60: Comparing Image Quality — Quillcards

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Intel to Pay AMD $1.25 Billion in Settlement for 'all outstanding legal complaints'


Feuding chip rivals Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. on Thursday agreed to settle all of their outstanding legal complaints, with Intel paying AMD $1.25 billion and agreeing to abide by a set of rules for how it conducts business.

The agreement, which also includes a renewed five-year cross-licensing pact, comes as Intel announced the selection of A. Douglas Melamed as its general counsel, according to people familiar with the matter. Mr. Melamed, a partner at WilmerHale in Washington, has decades of antitrust experience.

The company faces increasing scrutiny from government regulators regarding alleged anticompetitive practices. Intel and AMD make nearly all the chips used to run computers and servers, though the much larger Intel controls roughly 80% of the market.

AMD shares rose $1.07, or 20%, to $6.39 in late-morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Intel shares fell three cents to $19.81 on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Legal and regulatory battles have increasingly been turning against Intel. Roger Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies Associates, which tracks the field, said that by settling, Intel may have alleviated some of the pressure regarding the cases brought by others.

"It was only going to get more expensive the farther down the litigation road they went, and this takes a lot of wind out of the sails of the other suits," Mr. Kay said. "Intel may have just reduced its legal tab by a number of billions of dollars."

The settlement was sorely needed for AMD, which has struggled with mounting losses and high debt levels related to its acqusition of graphics-chip maker ATI Technologies. With the lawsuit and other legal disputes now behind it, the company removes a serious investor concern, said Wedbush Morgan analyst Patrick Wang.

"AMD's liquidity issues are going to be taken away," Mr. Wang said. "This is something that is going to take away a major overhang for investors."

For its part, AMD said "the game has changed" in the chip business because of its strategies..

"We are optimistic that [the settlement] will usher a new era for our industry," said Dirk Meyer, AMD's chief executive officer, in prepared remarks.

Besides the money, the company pointed to provisions in the deal that affect how Intel does business in selling the chips that serve as brains in computers.

"We recognize that it will take time for people to understand how the operating conditions in processor business have changed—but make no mistake—they have changed," Mr. Meyer said.

He added: "Today marks the beginning of a new that confirms that the game has changed for AMD."

Besides the private antitrust case that AMD filed against Intel in a Delaware federal court, Intel has faced investigations in South Korea, Japan, Europe and in the U.S. by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York attorney general.

This year, the European Commission levied the largest antitrust fine in its history against Intel for anticompetitive practices.

Mr. Melamed, meahwile, has 30 years of experience in antitrust law, according to his biography on the WilmerHale Web site. The site says Mr. Melamed worked at the Justice Department, where he was acting assistant attorney general in charge of the antitrust division, between October 1996 and January 2001.

Intel's board selected Mr. Melamed Wednesday night, one person said.

Mr. Melamen was tentatively offered the position two weeks ago but didn't accept it right away, according to a longtime acquaintance. He is a "very intellectual" antitrust specialist, with a reputation as being "very technically and academically'' inclined, the acquaintance said.

As Intel's top lawyer, Mr. Melamen will prove very helpful in navigating its current legal problems because "he knows every player around the world in antitrust,'' this acquaintance added.

Mr. Melamed fills a position that had been vacant since September, when longtime general counsel Bruce Sewell left the company for Apple Inc.

—Don Clark, Dionne Searcey and Joann Lublin contributed to this article.

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Portmanteau Ceramics - a great site - original handbuilt ceramics that I came across

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Apple 'plans iPhone that will work anywhere in world' - from

"New version of iPhone will have chip that enables it to use networks in Europe, Africa, North America and elsewhere around the globe, say analysts

The "worldwide" version of the iPhone will be sold first in the US market next summer by Verizon Wireless, in which Vodafone has a 45% stake, according to Ashok Kumar, analyst at Northeast Securities.

The new phone will use a microchip developed by Qualcomm that can use both the 3G networks which predominate in Europe and Africa as well as the CDMA2000 network used by Verizon in the US and other networks across the world."

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MarsEdit 4

I've been using MarsEdit for just over seven years. I started with version 2, and then upgraded to version 3 in 2010. Now, in 2018, I...