Monday, August 30, 2010

BBC News - Bittersweet memories of life in Iraq during invasion

BBC News - Bittersweet memories of life in Iraq during invasion
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BBC News - Bittersweet memories of life in Iraq during invasion

BBC News - Bittersweet memories of life in Iraq during invasion: "'For me and my friends, [under Saddam] we were really more free. Because we could go out any time we wanted, listen to any type of music that we wanted.'

Today, he says, he no longer feels free and secure wearing his heavy metal clothes in public, or indeed going openly to certain parts of the city.

'Now you cannot go wherever you want, because you are afraid. Before, the situation was secure."

Yours truly....



Trying to hold down some Tibetan food despite altitude sickness, shortly after the 2010 Leh floods.

Photo by Gail Orenstein
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Friday, August 27, 2010

Stock market analysis: Are we set for an 'equities bloodbath'? | This is Money

Stock market analysis: Are we set for an 'equities bloodbath'? | This is Money: "The Soci�t�G�n�rale analyst said: 'Equity investors are in for a rude shock. The global economy is sliding back into recession and they are still not even aware that these events will trigger another leg down in valuations, the third major bear market since the equity valuation bubble burst.'

Edwards claims the economic data is increasingly pointing to a double-dip recession and that presently there is too much optimism among investors: 'So far the equity market has shrugged off much of the weaker data that abounds, and has not joined the bond market in a perceptive move."

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Monday, August 23, 2010

BBC News - Alien hunters 'should look for artificial intelligence'

BBC News - Alien hunters 'should look for artificial intelligence': "A senior astronomer has said that the hunt for alien life should take into account alien 'sentient machines'.

Seti, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, has until now sought radio signals from worlds like Earth.

But Seti astronomer Seth Shostak argues that the time between aliens developing radio technology and artificial intelligence (AI) would be short.

Writing in Acta Astronautica, he says that the odds favour detecting such alien AI rather than 'biological' life.

Many involved in Seti have long argued that nature may have solved the problem of life using different designs or chemicals, suggesting extraterrestrials would not only not look like us, but that they would not at a biological level even work like us."

BBC News - India sets Blackberry monitoring deadline

BBC News - India sets Blackberry monitoring deadline: "India has sent formal notices to the country's mobile operators telling them they must have equipment to monitor Blackberry services by 31 August.

The move will increase pressure on Blackberry maker Research in Motion (RIM) to allow Indian security agencies access to encrypted messages.

Tata Teleservices told BBC News that the letter said it must 'ensure that Legal Intervention (LI) capability is put in place' by the end of the month."

BBC News - Who cares about Pakistan?

BBC News - Who cares about Pakistan?: "Dr Marie Lall says: 'British Prime Minister David Cameron's comments in India [when he said Islamabad promoted the export of terror] did not help.'"

A legacy begins to emerge of inhumanity, cruelty, and arrogance to match George W. Bush.