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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.via ---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 ---- Posted via web from hotpixel

Abstract Monday

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 consis…

Multiple Users and Accounts To Feed Into One Twitter Account | TweetFunnel | Looks Interesting

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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.... via Posted via web from hotpixel

Seth Godin and Edward Bernays

In his {almost} daily post, Seth Godin says todayQUOTE The people you should listen to 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?"END QUOTE
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 democra…

The Inquisitive Guinea Pig {photo}

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.via This is from Hobo and you can find him on Twitter here Posted via web from hotpixel

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.via Posted via web from hotpixel

{dg28} Neil Turner- I could read this photographer's stuff all day.

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.Full report at Posted via web from hotpixel

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.via Posted via web from hotpixel

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-…

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
site.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.from the Subscribe page at Matt's Blog at Posted via web from hotpixel

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 Michae…

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.Full Story At - - Posted via web from hotpixel

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…

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 psychologi…

Science developing Varroa resistant honeybee #honeybee

via 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 r…

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

5. High-Tech Genocide in Congo | Project Censored

5. High-Tech Genocide in Congo in Top 25 Censored Stories for 2007Sources: 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 produ…

Brent Stirton » Photojournalist

The Berlin Wall, 20 years gone - The Big Picture

Nikon D700 and Nikon D60: Comparing Image Quality — Quillcards

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

By JERRY A. DICOLOFeuding 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. MoreText: Statement from Int…

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

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"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." Posted via web from hotpixel