Thursday, January 26, 2012

FREEDOM of PRESS: These Are The 20 Worst Places In Europe To Be A Journalist This Year

English: Reporters Without Borders 2009 Press ...Image via WikipediaThese Are The 20 Worst Places In Europe To Be A Journalist This Year:
Khadzhimurad Kamalov Russia Journalist
"Crackdown was the word of the year in 2011. Never has freedom of information been so closely associated with democracy," writes Reporters Without Borders in its tenth annual ranking of press freedom.

The countries have been ranked based on scores awarded after questionnaires were completed by local journalists. There are 44 main criteria of press freedom, which takes into account violations against journalists and how the media censors itself.

While Europe dominates the top end of the list, with the top 8 featured all European, other countries have had a hard time — one country finally lost its media baron boss, another country descend into "fascism", and another country's problem with murdered journalists continued with little official recognition.

Solar Storms And 13 Other Unusual Risks That Should Have You Freaking Out This Year

Solar Storms And 13 Other Unusual Risks That Should Have You Freaking Out This Year:

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Risk management is a part of our everyday lives. Everyone knows to look both ways before crossing the street. Most also know to diversify their investment portfolios to limit the impact of a stock market crash.

But, what about the less obvious risks?

On Monday morning, a solar flare erupted sending large amounts of radiation to earth. Flares have the effect of disrupting satellite communication and causing radio interference. This recent flare forced some airplanes to adjust their flight plans.

The World Economic Forum recently published its list of 50 Global Risks of 2012. This list includes many well-known risks like fiscal imbalances, carbon emissions, and income disparity.

But it also includes unusual ones like solar flares.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Singaporean Woman Lives in Toilet for 932 Days

Like a computer, human mind can be deceived or programmed to believe and do anything, but fortunately, it can be fixed, too. This is one of the example.

Singaporean Woman Lives in Toilet for 932 Days:
Tweet A 58-year-old Singaporean woman lived on the toilet for over two years, before she was forced to undergo treatment. She felt that someone was holding her down and preventing her from leaving the toilet.

US shutdown of sharing site draws hacker retaliation

The new battle in the net.
US shutdown of sharing site draws hacker retaliation: US authorities have shut down one of the largest file-sharing websites and charged seven people with copyright crimes, sparking a retaliatory cyber attack on the FBI and Justice Department websites.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

SOPA & PIPA menuai badai protes

Contoh dibawah ini adalah satu contoh bahwa 2012 adalah tahun awal berkuasanya rakyat banyak, yang akan bersatu melawan sistem global yang selama ini sudah dikuasai oleh perusahaan besar, otoritas keuangan global, kekuasaan diktator, dan ideologi atau ajaran berkuasa yang selama ini membelenggu manusia dalam kebohongan, penipuan, dan cuci otak. Dunia sedang berubah.
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JAKARTA: Sejumlah situs populer dan kelompok peretas mengawal gelombang protes terhadap keputusan parlemen Amerika Serikat yang berniat meloloskan dua usulan terkait antipembajakan serta proteksi kekayaan intelektual di dunia maya.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What Students Should Know Before Pursuing a College Degree

What Students Should Know Before Pursuing a College Degree: Pursuing a successful career is a dream for every young individual. For some individuals the dream comes true, as they quickly find a fulfilling and highly paying job. For other individuals, it remains just a dream. The difference between the dream and reality is in the education choices they make while in college, the undergraduate and the graduate degree they pursue; that’s where the secret is:

World Bank warns of global recession

World Bank warns of global recession:
Eurozone crisis, weak growth elsewhere and reduced ability of governments to respond may lead to rerun of 2008-09
The World Bank has has warned that the crisis in the eurozone will lead to a sharp slowdown in growth in rich and poor countries this year and could spiral into a rerun of the 2008-09 recession.
In its half-yearly health check on the global economy the Washington-based institution said the world had "entered a very difficult phase characterised by significant downside risks and fragility". The bank lowered its forecast for global growth in 2012 from 3.4% to 2.5% but said governments should be preparing for a downturn as bad as that which followed the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008.
"An escalation of the crisis would spare no one," said Andrew Burns, manager of global macroeconomics at the World bank and the report's author. "Developed and developing country growth rates could fall by as much or more than in 2008-09. The importance of contingency planning cannot be stressed enough. It is clear that whatever probability is attached to this downside scenario, it has increased since June last year.
"Developing countries should hope for the best and plan for the worst. If these downside risks materialised there is not much developing countries can do to prevent it. But they can prepare for it." He added that such countries should be drawing up list of public spending priorities and stress testing their banks.
The forecasts contained in the half-yearly Global Economic Prospects report reflect the slowdown in the global economy seen in the second half of 2011, which was already evident in weakening trade flows, declining capital flows to developing countries and lower commodity prices. A similar picture is likely to be painted by the bank's sister organisation, the International Monetary Fund, when it releases updated predictions for global growth next week.
The bank said the eurozone was already in recession and was likely to contract by 0.3% this year. High-income countries would grow by 1.4% as a result of a recovery in Japan from a tsunami-affected 2011 and a slight pickup in activity in the US. Even so, rich countries are expected to grow in 2012 at only half the 2.7% expected when the Bank last published forecasts in June 2011.

Here's A Look At Spain's Unemployment Rate Versus The Rest Of The Developed World

Here's A Look At Spain's Unemployment Rate Versus The Rest Of The Developed World:

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Spain has held the highest unemployment rate in the developed world since 2008. Now, the latest report from the OECD shows that its unemployment rate is also growing faster than the euro area average.

Spain's 22.9% unemployment rate in November 2011, grew 2.5 percentage points (pp) from a year ago. This compares with a 0.3 pp increase in unemployment in the euro area, and a 0.3 pp decline in unemployment across OECD-member countries.

The global financial crisis hit Spain hard by crushing its construction industry, which alone saw 2 million jobs eliminated. Spending cuts that were a part of Spain's austerity helped drive unemployment higher, and now the countr is struggling with an emigration crisis.

The indignados "indignant", credited with inspiring the Occupy Wall Street movement, protested Spain's unemployment problem, and prime minister Rajoy's government is working toward labor reforms by the middle of next month. But Spain's unemployment situation looks grimmer than some of Europe's sickest countries.

24 Stats To Crush Anyone Who Thinks America Has A Bright Economic Future

24 Stats To Crush Anyone Who Thinks America Has A Bright Economic Future

Global: Reconfiguring the World – Looking Back

Global: Reconfiguring the World – Looking Back: By Dirk Messner*Courtesy of IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint | DIEBONN (IDN) – There are years that stick in the memory because they are associated with exceptional events: 1989 was the year the Berlin Wall fell, sounding the knell of the East-West conflict, 2001 the year of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, while 2008 will always be associated with the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the crisis of the

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Secret Weapon: Why the Democracies are Screwed

Secret Weapon: Why the Democracies are Screwed:
As Heard On GBTV We're at Phase 3

Dying words - the last words spoken by famous people at death, or shortly before

Dying words - the last words spoken by famous people at death, or shortly before:

VIDEO: Ice lanterns dazzle Chinese new year

VIDEO: Ice lanterns dazzle Chinese new year: Celebrations are underway in Beijing to mark the Chinese Year of the Dragon, which starts next week.

Iran, the U.S. and Israel: Blind Man’s Bluff

Iran, the U.S. and Israel: Blind Man’s Bluff:

By Barry Lando

A lot of people with important-sounding titles pontificate on what lies ahead, but whom are they kidding? It’s like we’re watching kids playing around with vials of highly volatile chemicals.

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After Fukushima, Fish Tales

After Fukushima, Fish Tales: After the world's worst nuclear accident in 25 years, authorities in Canada said people living here were safe and faced no health risks from the fallout from Fukushima.

They said most of the radiation from the crippled Japanese nuclear power plant would fall into the ocean, where it would be diluted and not pose any danger.

Dr. Dale Dewar wasn't convinced. Dewar, a family physician in Wynyard, Sask., doesn't eat a lot of seafood herself, but when her grandchildren come to visit, she carefully checks seafood labels.

She wants to make sure she isn't serving them anything that might come from the western Pacific Ocean.

Dewar, the executive director of Physicians for Global Survival, a Canadian anti-nuclear group, says the Canadian government has downplayed the radiation risks from Fukushima and is doing little to monitor them.

How to improve long-term memory

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Fluoride Linked to #1 Cause of Death in New Research

Fluoride is added to drinking water and toothpaste...  Fluoride can make us stupid and infertile and die ...
Fluoride Linked to #1 Cause of Death in New Research: Groundbreaking new research has linked sodium fluoride to cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. Researchers found that fluoride consumption directly stimulates the hardening of your arteries, a condition known as atherosclerosis that is highly correlated with the #1 killer. Sodium fluoride is currently added to the water supply of many cities worldwide, despite extreme opposition from health professionals and previous studies linking it to decreased IQ and infertility.

In their research, scientists examined the relationship between fluoride intake and the hardening (calcification) of the arteries. Studying more than 60 patients, the researchers found a significant correlation between fluoride consumption and the calcification of your arteries. Published in the January edition of the journal Nuclear Medicine Communications, the research highlights the fact that mass fluoride exposure may be to blame for the cardiovascular disease epidemic that takes more lives each year than cancer.

Friday, January 6, 2012

The global power shift – TED Talk von Paddy Ashdown

The global power shift – TED Talk von Paddy Ashdown: Paddy Ashdown claims that we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before. In a spellbinding talk at TEDxBrussels he outlines the three major global shifts that he sees coming. Eine interessante und teilweiƟe sicher zutreffende Interpretation der globalen Entwicklungen der letzten Jahre. [The global power [...]

And the 2011 awards for bad climate science goes to ...

And the 2011 awards for bad climate science goes to ...:

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The global economic outlook for 2012 isn't pretty

The global economic outlook for 2012 isn't pretty:
A eurozone recession is certain, the UK is double-dipping and the US is growing at a snail's pace – fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy year
The outlook for the global economy in 2012 is clear, but it isn't pretty: recession in Europe, anaemic growth at best in the United States, and a sharp slowdown in China and in most emerging-market economies. Asian economies are exposed to China. Latin America is exposed to lower commodity prices (as both China and the advanced economies slow). Central and Eastern Europe are exposed to the eurozone. And turmoil in the Middle East is causing serious economic risks – both there and elsewhere – as geopolitical risk remains high and thus high oil prices will constrain global growth.

These 5 Countries Should See GDP Growth Heat Up In 2012

These 5 Countries Should See GDP Growth Heat Up In 2012:

Europe is struggling and China seems to be slowing. As such, most economists see global GDP growth slowing 2012.

Morgan Stanley's Global Economics Research team led by Joachim Fels recently cut its 2012 GDP growth outlook from to 3.5%, as the world continues to decelerate from an estimated 3.9% growth in 2011 and 5.2% growth in 2010.

However, there are several huge economies that are expected to see growth pick up during this period.

Morgan Stanley expects at least five major economies to see growth accelerate in 2012.

The Dismal Outlook for 2012

Global Outlook: The Dismal Outlook for 2012:
The Dismal Outlook for 2012
Peter T. Treadway
January 1, 2012
“Dismal” is the only word I can think of to describe the economic and political outlook for the coming year. Deep recession seems almost unavoidable for Europe. Governments in all the so-called advanced countries face mounting debt and long term unfunded entitlement liabilities, huge banking problems and negative long term demographic trends. Governments’ response will be to pillory the so-called “rich” as much as possible, levy higher taxes in a variety of ways, enact various measures of financial repression, pile on more and more regulations, print more money and ultimately continue the default process that began with Iceland and Greece. The only “good” that comes out of this will be an increased reluctance to engage in ill-advised wars (I’ll let the reader decide which recent wars were ill-advised) simply because governments can’t afford them.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Preview Of Animated Features Being Released In 2012

A Preview Of Animated Features Being Released In 2012: (YouTube Link) With the start of a new calendar year, movie studios have started rolling out teasers and previews for their upcoming features, to ensure that ticket sales are high. Personally, I don’t really care about the latest Hollywood blockbusters, and I prefer my features, and actors, to be animated. That’s why this list of [...]

10 Tech Research Projects to Watch

10 Tech Research Projects to Watch: In corporate and academic labs around the world, researchers dream up and design the tools, technology, and products that will make up the everyday life of tomorrow. Here's a peek.

Recap 2011: Important year for women across the world

Recap 2011: Important year for women across the world: The past year should not be taken lightly by women, since it was the year when female empowerment movements began to show the fruits of their respective struggles. For global politics, 2011 was ...

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

VIDEO: Can meditation bring happiness?

VIDEO: Can meditation bring happiness?: The BBC's David Sillito has been finding out if there is a scientific basis for meditation leading to greater levels of happiness.

Year 2012 in Pakistan

Year 2012 in Pakistan: The year 2011 began with usual terrorist attacks and target killings in Karachi however as this year ends now we se that there has been a significant decrease in the number of killings due to terrorist activities. In 2011 a total of 4500 people were killed these include common people in streets police and security personal, military and the terrorists themselves. Comparing to year 2010 this figure is about 3000 people less which is although can not be said good but it is certainly a positive sign. This figure was 11600 in 2009 so actually there is a gradual decline in the terrorism