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Ten Maps that Changed the World

USSR’s Be On Guard! 1921

The Waldseemuller world map named and envisaged America as a separate continent for the first time.

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Posted: May 27th, 2010
at 3:01pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: art,web,politricks,weaponry,design,science,"ninja",travel,development,philosophy,ir,maps

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The War of Art: Steven Pressfield

Steven Pressfield, author of The War of Art, on virtue, resistance, going pro, slaying the dragon and Anti-tribes.

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Posted: May 23rd, 2010
at 1:31pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,life,art,mnp is for the children,politricks,weaponry,9th dan,"ninja",et cetera,diy,development,blogs,internets,philosophy,ir

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Japan May Pick Robots Over Immigrants

Japan, like many countries across the globe, is facing huge challenges in caring for its aging population.

Its hospitals are stretched because there are not enough nurses to cope.

The low birth rate there means foreign workers need to be recruited but there is a widespread opposition to immigration in the country as many Japanese value an ethnically homogenous society.

For some, robots may be preferable to allowing foreigners to work there.>

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Posted: May 17th, 2010
at 9:13pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: robots,fo' real?,science,et cetera,health,ethics,ir

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India’s New OS

NEW DELHI: The government has set in motion an ambitious plan to develop its own software and end the reliance on foreign operating systems and anti-virus products after growing worries over the spurt in cyber attacks on Indian establishments.

The government formed a high-level taskforce in February to devise a plan for building indigenous software, said a senior intelligence official who is a member. The panel will also suggest ways to conduct third-party audits on existing software in government offices to prevent online sabotage attempts until the software's launch, he said.

The overwhelming belief among government bosses is that an indigenous low-grade, but clean, software could nix the chances of foreign states infiltrating the computers of key Indian establishments and compromising the country's security. "A sanitised, lower level operating system and application software may be preferred to the advanced versions, which necessarily require access to internet for upgrades," the official said. The new software could be deployed in key departments that have been under constant cyber attacks. The taskforce also includes officials of the Prime Minister's Office as well as defence, home and telecom & IT ministries.

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Posted: May 13th, 2010
at 6:45pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: computers,development,ir

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Bhutan and the Modern Terma

St. Pema Lingpa in the form of Prime Minister, Jigmi Y. Thinley, a Penn State graduate and a former royal administrator and diplomat, has revealed a modern terma or hidden treasure for Bhutan and the rest of the world. Working with GPI Atlantic, a maritime think tank, the relatively new monarchy has come up with and introduced a new gross national happiness (GNH) curriculum into the country’s education system.

GNH rests on four pillars of value: environmental conservation; cultural preservation and promotion; sustainable and equitable development; and good governance, including the development of active and responsible citizenship. These pillars are divided into seventy-two quantifiable variables, designed to provide hard data about significant issues.

The outcome, said Thinley, should be:

"an educational system that is quite different from the conventional factory, where…children are just turned out to become economic animals, thinking only for themselves." Instead, graduates would be "more human beings, with human values, that give importance to relationships, that are eco-literate, contemplative, analytical." They would know that their own happiness was found in giving happiness "to your spouse, to your family, to your neighbours a and to the world at large.">

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Africa’s Un-wars

In Africa war time, the methods and objectives are obscure, all the armies want is cash, guns and a license to rampages, which makes negotiating impossible. These "un-wars" are opposed to securing any type of national interest, unlike their predecessor leaders that fought against tyranny and colonialism of years past.

Old-style African rebels spent years in the bush honing their leadership skills, polishing their ideology, and learning to deliver services before they ever met a Western diplomat or sat for a television interview. Now rebels are hoisted out of obscurity after they have little more than a website and a "press office" (read: a satellite telephone). When I went to a Darfur peace conference in Sirte, Libya, in 2007, I quickly realized that the main draw for many of these rebel "leaders" was not the negotiating sessions, but the all-you-can-eat buffet.>

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Posted: April 1st, 2010
at 7:31am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: ir

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Disputed Island Disappears into Sea

NEW DELHI (AP) - For nearly 30 years,AIndiaAandABangladeshAhave argued over control of a tiny rock island in the Bay of Bengal. Now rising sea levels have resolved the dispute for them: the island’s gone.

New Moore Island, in the Sunderbans, has been completely submerged, said oceanographer Sugata Hazra, a professor atAJadavpur UniversityAinACalcutta. Its disappearance has been confirmed byAsatellite imageryAandAsea patrols, he said.

"What these two countries could not achieve from years of talking, has been resolved by global warming,"Asaid Hazra.

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Posted: March 29th, 2010
at 7:35am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,too good to be true,green,ir

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Human Rights in the 21st Century

Noam Chomsky at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights LSE discussing human rights in the 21st Century (mp3).>

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Posted: January 18th, 2010
at 3:05pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: ir

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1,000 Years of European History

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Posted: November 13th, 2009
at 2:20pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: today in history,ir,maps

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