Archive for May, 2008

Real Onionz: Denver man seeks support for citywide panel on space aliens

A Denver man who wants the city to be prepared for space aliens is proposing a commission to deal with the matter.

The assistant city attorney says he doesn’t know what officials will ask about Jeff Peckman’s proposal during next week’s "review and comment" meeting.

Peckman says an 18-member commission would form a strategy "dealing with issues related to the presence of extraterrestrial beings on Earth."

The 54-year-old Peckman also needs 4,000 signatures to get his proposal on the November ballot. via ()


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Posted: May 7th, 2008
at 11:43am by Koookiecrumbles

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The Blue Buddha

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Posted: May 7th, 2008
at 11:20am by Koookiecrumbles

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Apollo 11 : The Coke Bottle Story

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Posted: May 6th, 2008
at 8:27pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Transperancy International : Increase Revenue Transparency


a€oeThe tragic paradox, that many resource-rich countries remain poor, stems from a lack of data on oil and gas revenues and how they are managed. Companies must do more to increase transparency,a€A said Huguette Labelle, Chair of TI.

[Transperancy International]

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Posted: May 6th, 2008
at 8:11pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Posted: May 6th, 2008
at 1:01pm by Koookiecrumbles

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Masaaki Hatsumi - Soke : Rule 7


The tradition of the Bujinkan recognizes nature and the universality of all human life, and is aware of that which flows naturally between the two parts:

a€¢"The secret principle of Taijutsu is to know the foundations of peace.

a€¢To study is the path to the immovable heart (fudoshin)."

bujinkan via ninjadynasty

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Who is Abraham Maslow?


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Posted: May 6th, 2008
at 11:40am by Koookiecrumbles

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Kidnapped in Gaza

More than most journos, the BBCa€™s Alan Johnston has had his close-up with the imbalance between Israeli fortunes and those of the Palestinians.

But the reporter, who refused to cover Gaza from the comfy confines of Tel Aviv or Jerusalem or, worse still, rely on Al Jazeera footage, was also the subject of a real-life drama few TV thrillers could match.

One day in March 2007, Johnston was snatched from his car by a shadowy band of kidnappers belonging to the Army of Islam and was kept in a three-month captivity that had the world on the edge of its seat.

Johnstona€™s appearance in Toronto Wednesday, April 30, at a gathering hosted by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression was his thank-you to supporters here who joined others around the planet to press for his safe release.

a€oeIt was one of the most moving things I have ever known,a€A says a gracious Johnston on the phone from London, where he now works in the relatively safe environs of Bush House, home of BBC World Service radio. a€oeSo many people stood up for me. It was extraordinary.a€A

But nowhere was the support more generous than in Gaza itself, where not only Palestinian journalists but also the citizenry turned out day after day to demand the release of the only Western journalist who had told their story while living among them.

As well as a kidnap drama, Johnstona€™s story is about the limits of knowing in a place as complicated as Gaza, even for someone who lives there 24/7. And in a perverse irony, the only Western journalist in the Palestinian enclave had to follow the most significant development in the Palestinian struggle since the death of Yasser Arafat with the rest of us on BBC World Service radio.

Wea€™re talking about that night in June of last year when Hamas pulled off a military putsch that sent Fatah packing from Gaza. Lying in his bedroom jail, Johnston tried to follow events, listening to the fiercest bombardment hea€™d heard in a place where a nighttime symphony of small-arms fire is as normal as the sound of crickets.

It was the Hamas takeover that inevitably set the stage for Johnstona€™s release.

a€oeHamas delivered the knockout blow, and the first thing they said was that they would free me,a€A Johnston recalls. But was he a step closer to freedom or to death?

Soon after Hamas announced its intentions, his kidnappers decked him out in an explosives-filled suicide jacket and paraded him before TV cameras as a warning of what would happen if Hamas or anyone else tried to spring him. a€oeI was worried that in any rescue I might not make it,a€A Johnston recalls.

But Hamas did prevail, and its prize was having its Gaza chief bring a freed Johnston before a relieved press corps, a public relations victory that allowed the organization to show that Fatah lawlessness was history and the Palestinian territory was under new management.

Although his three-year stint reporting in Gaza ended with a bang, Johnston had otherwise been in sync with his neighbours.

a€oeLiving a Gazan experience, I was there for every Israeli raid and I was under every Israeli sonic boom, just like the Gazans,a€A Johnston says.

BBC listeners will remember Johnstona€™s distinctive voice a€" higher-pitched than the standard broadcast bass a€" and his on-the-ground reporting of what passes for ordinary life there.

a€oeI tried to cover the conflict in a way that people can relate to,a€A he says. a€oeGaza is more than a conflict. There are people studying, starting careers, opening shops, getting married and having kids. Theya€™re making their way in an extraordinary setting.a€A

Perhaps ita€™s because he has this unique vantage point that he offers as much equivocation as journalistic certainty. He admits, for example, that there was much that eluded him about Gazan politics, even after breathing its air for so long.

a€oeI always found it quite hard to understand the factions within Hamas,a€A which, like any political outfit, is filled with hard-liners and moderates, the former now in the ascendancy.

Then there are those rockets fired regularly from northern Gaza into southern Israel. Is that the work of Hamas? I ask him.

a€oeIt often wasna€™t directly Hamas,a€A he says. a€oeIt was more likely Islamic Jihad or occasionally and somewhat ironically the Al Aqsa Brigades, which are aligned with Fataha€A a€" Israela€™s supposed partners in peace.

a€oeIta€™s important to say the rocket fire is feeble and usually does little damage,a€A Johnston says, a€oethough ita€™s meant to kill, especially when it involves the bombardment of urban areas. But to focus only on the rocket fire is not useful in understanding the desperate need to find a political solution to a problem.a€A

As Johnston points out, a€oeEighty per cent of the residents of Gaza are refugees who are embittered by the loss of Jaffa,a€A the Arab settlement thata€™s now an artsy suburb of Tel Aviv, an hour up the Mediterranean coast.

As well as posing a political challenge, Gaza poses a moral one. a€oeOne people has a state, one does not,a€A Johnston says. a€oeOne people is occupied, the other is not.a€A

Parachute journalists shy away from that part of the story. Johnston couldna€™t, because he lived it. via

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Posted: May 6th, 2008
at 11:24am by Koookiecrumbles

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Foto del dia 5.6

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Posted: May 6th, 2008
at 11:12am by Koookiecrumbles

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