Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
|1||United States||$3,397,000,000,000||2009 est.|
|6||United Kingdom||$1,154,000,000,000||2009 est.|
|5||Foreign exchange reserves||$7,341,000,000,000|
|6||Sovereign wealth funds||$3,980,000,000,000|
|8||Private equity funds||$1,600,000,000,000|
Роза ветров это была или злой рок, но спустя несколько месяцев после взрыва на Чернобыльской АЭС баба Дуня похоронила сына. Потом один за другим умерли ещё четверо её детей.
Баба Дуня просит прощения за некрашеный пол и за то, что угостить нечем. Гости-то нежданные. А для себя она давно уже не готовит. Целыми днями одна сидит на лавочке, проклинает Чернобыль.
Сегодня на загрязнённой территории живёт больше миллиона белорусов, то есть каждый девятый. Свои болезни большинство из них связывают с катастрофой 1986.
В Японии, чтобы остановить радиацию, реакторы накрыли специальной тканью и залили смолой. 25 лет назад таких технологий не было. Люди защищали себя, как могли. Детей не выпускали на улицу, а в эту деревню приезжали военные и заливали крыши домов специальным раствором.
Деревня Залесье относится к зоне периодического радиационного контроля. Собирать грибы и ягоды здесь можно только в определённых местах. А вот земли в Залесье давно уже возделывают. Люди научились выживать в новых условиях.
Каждый год на ликвидацию последствий выделяются миллиарды белорусских рублей. Это львиная доля бюджета. Совместными усилиями белорусы вернули к жизни тысячи гектаров земли. Но 270 населенных пунктов по-прежнему остаются заражёнными. Соседняя с Залесьем и некогда процветающая деревня так после Чернобыля и не ожила. Вот уже четверть века её, как и ещё 429 деревень, нет на карте Беларуси.
We are committed to Living Life and Living Love.
Living Life: Jesus says in John 10:10 that His intent for us is to experience life in its fullest state. Jesus gave us the ministry of reconciliation and it is our priviledge to escort individuals into an ongoing relationship with God. In John1:4 it states, "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men". When the life of Christ is present in our lives, it shines brightly for the world to see.
Living Love: Our mission is not to convert people but to love and accept them. We are committed to soul-winning; however, we believe that this takes place organically when we share, love, and engage in the lives of people around us. This doesn't mean that we are spineless people who never stand up for the truth. We are just more focused on connecting people to God and His word, not just winning an argument.
If each country exports the goods in which it has comparative advantage, then all countries can in principle gain from trade. Once every country specializes in production of goods that has a comparative advantage in, and then trades its excess supply, world production increases. The extra production is the result of better allocation of resources. This extra production can be divided between the trading countries allowing them to achieve higher consumption levels.
(With the arrival of a forensic expert and a delegate experienced in dealing with missing persons issues, the ICRC is taking on an advisory role and recommending a more coherent approach at national level.)
The role of the ICRC is to help the Commission for the Missing and other competent authorities create a pool of forensic experts and set up further training and guidance for all those involved. Our aim is to help bring answers to grief-stricken families and uphold their right to know the fate of their missing relatives. The ICRC is not involved in the collection of evidence that could be used in any judicial proceedings.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Intermediaries will have to redefine themselves in the digital environment. It is true that numerous tasks will continue to exist as a result of the co-existence of digital and printed books, but they will become less important. The intermediaries would therefore be well advised to adapt to the new requirements and to develop services for publishers and stores that have difficulty in providing such services on their own due to their weak financial position or lack of technical skills.
This includes support for converting content to an eBook format, the establishment and maintenance of a content management system and payment processing, document hosting, eBook storage, and digital delivery of eBooks.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
The last days of the conference saw the GPO unit racing against time and the oddities of Chinese and Russian typefaces to complete and deliver one of the Office’s most momentous jobs.
So ended one of the most harrowing jobs ever undertaken by GPO. A handful of employees had planned and coordinated one of the most complex jobs ever to challenge the Office. Their only reward was a paycheck and the knowledge that they had contributed in a small way to international peace and understanding.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The United Nations (UN) was officially founded 66 years ago this week, bringing together “peace-loving states” (as the Charter of the UN described them) to cooperate on issues of international law, economic and social development, human rights, and other matters of critical importance to global human development. From the time it launched, Wolfram|Alpha has relied on a wide variety of datasets provided by various UN organizations—and as recent blog posts indicate, these agencies remain an important source of information for international data.
For example, you can ask Wolfram|Alpha for the number of men in China who are 65 years old, and it will a display detailed age pyramid with breakdowns for different age groups.
Or you can tap into population projections from the UN Population Division and see what the world may look like in a few decades. Query “India versus China population in 2030”, and you’ll see the approximate point where India is projected to overtake China as the most populous country in the world.
Monday, October 24, 2011
- Forty-three percent of all poor households actually own their own homes. The average home owned by persons classified as poor by the Census Bureau is a three-bedroom house with one-and-a-half baths, a garage, and a porch or patio.
- Eighty percent of poor households have air conditioning. By contrast, in 1970, only 36 percent of the entire U.S. population enjoyed air conditioning.
- Only 6 percent of poor households are overcrowded. More than two-thirds have more than two rooms per person.
- The average poor American has more living space than the average individual living in Paris, London, Vienna, Athens, and other cities throughout Europe. (These comparisons are to the average citizens in foreign countries, not to those classified as poor.)
- Nearly three-quarters of poor households own a car; 31 percent own two or more cars.
- Ninety-seven percent of poor households have a color television; over half own two or more color televisions.
- Seventy-eight percent have a VCR or DVD player; 62 percent have cable or satellite TV reception.
- Eighty-nine percent own microwave ovens, more than half have a stereo, and more than a third have an automatic dishwasher.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
- The future is coming.
- Indeed, current events may become past events, but always remember that there will, now and always, be future events in the future.
- Computers don't work after they break.
- No matter how today turns out, there's always tomorrow.
- Simply because you can't see something doesn't mean you can't hear or smell it.
- If something gets hard that means it won't be easy anymore.
- If you hate someone that can most likely indicate that you don't like them.
- Someone has, at some time, had sex with someone else.
- When your thirsty nothing feels better then drinking liquid!
- Well, I say! These boots are made for walking.
- The best cure for hunger is food!
- Sharpen Memory - Memory is our brain’s way of holding on tight to the things we need and love. Without it, we’d be nothing.
- Focus Attention - Life can be distracting, full of countless details crying out for attention. Some things, though, deserve more attention than others, and the ability to selectively attend to these tasks represents a critical cognitive area.
- Reach Peak Performance - Lumosity games target specific brain functions divided across five main areas: speed, memory, attention, flexibility and problem solving. Exercise all of these areas and you can dramatically enhance your brain’s ability to recall facts, notice details, and process information. Do so and you’ll find yourself more confident at work, school, and home.
- Enhance Creativity - Creativity can be difficult to define. Most people think of it as a spark, an energy tasked with breathing life into the world. According to conventional wisdom, this creative energy fuels art, humor and even scientific discovery.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Free will is a golden thread running through the frozen matrix of fixed events.
A generation which ignores history has no past — and no future.
Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.
This is known as "bad luck."
Two things that seldom seem to go together are genius and common sense. When I try to think of people with both, the first name that comes to mind is Milton Friedman. But it is a struggle to try to come up with more names after that.
The "self-esteem" dogma has triumphed so completely in our educational system that you have all sorts of people spouting off about all sorts of things that they know little or nothing about. Just recently, letters have come to me from people diagnosing individuals they have never laid eyes on -- saying that Andrea Yates was insane and that Einstein was autistic -- even when there is nothing to indicate that they have any expertise for diagnosing anybody.
Most Americans living below the official poverty line have air conditioning, microwaves and VCRs. About half have a car or truck. Moreover, most of the people in the bottom 20 percent of the income distribution in 1975 have also been in the top 20 percent at some point since then. ... People who are genuinely poor all their lives still exist, but only about 3 percent of the American population remains in the bottom 20 percent for as long as a decade.
- Brainetics teaches how to MASTER all the vitally important learning SKILLS (focus, concentration, problem solving, thinking outside the box, organizational, increased mental capacity and memory) that are rarely taught in schools and people lack throughout their lives.
- Brainetics TRAINS two different parts of the MIND to work simultaneously yet independently of each other. One part memorizes information while another part is sorting and processing new information. The mind will begin to work much more efficiently and be more powerful giving Brainetics kids a huge advantage throughout their academic lives and beyond.
- Brainetics is INCREDIBLY FUN. Brainetics will never seem like a chore and everything is very fun and cool to learn for all ages and ability levels. Brainetics can either be learned alone, or entire families can learn together.
- To serve as the National Library of the Jewish people, responsible for collecting the literary treasures of the Jewish people and preserve the continuity of Jewish and Israeli culture.
- To serve as the National Library of the State of Israel.
- To serve as the central research library for Israel and for the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the Humanities fields, with an emphasis on Jewish Studies, Middle Eastern cultures, Asia-Africa and Islam.
- To preserve the documentary heritage of Canada for the benefit of present and future generations;
- To be a source of enduring knowledge accessible to all, contributing to the cultural, social and economic advancement of Canada;
- To facilitate in Canada cooperation among communities involved in the acquisition, preservation and diffusion of knowledge; and
- To serve as the continuing memory of the government of Canada and its institutions.
- Constitution des collections ;
- Conservation ;
- Communication ;
- Catalogues ;
- Coopération; Recherche.
- Guarantee access for future generations.
- Enable access to everyone who wants to do research.
- Support research communities in key areas for social and economic benefit.
- Enrich the cultural life of the nation.
- Lead and collaborate in growing the world’s knowledge base.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
|Older - Digital Immigrants||Younger - Digital Natives|
|Prefer to talk on phone or in person||Prefer to connect via text, chat, Facebook, online games, etc.|
|Do not use text or use it sparingly and reluctantly||Text more than call: Almost half of all teens can text with their eyes closed|
|Prefer synchronistic communication, in real time, such as in f2f or phone conversations||Prefer a-synchronistic or sequential communication, such as in email, Facebook, or chat|
|Accustomed to and prefer instructional manuals with clear sequential steps. As "reflective learners" they like a logical and linear process of discovery||Cannot relate to manuals - Solve problems "intuitively." As "intuitive learners" they are engaged in rapid 'trail and error' actions and prefer discovering via actions, experimentation and interaction rather than by reflection|
|Prefer receiving information slowly: linearly, logically, and sequentially||Prefer receiving information quickly and simultaneously from multiple multimedia and other sources|
|Prefer singular processing and single or limited tasking||Prefer parallel processing, multitasking or task switching|
|Prefer reading text (i.e., books) on processing pictures, sounds and video||Prefer processing and interacting with pictures, graphics, sounds and video before text|
|Inclined to read a book from cover to cover||Inclined to read texts in short bursts, one paragraph at a time, hopping to other activities, such as texting or Facebooking, in between paragraphs|
|See high value in deferred gratification and rewards||Prefer instant gratification and rewards, do not see value in waiting|
|Hierarchical approach to workplace rather than a democratic or egalitarian one||View the workplace more in egalitarian terms and less in hierarchical (top-down) terms|
|Rely on a traditional 5-day work week, followed by an off-work weekend||Work intermittently 7 days a week; alternate among play, work, socializing, etc. 24/7. No "end" to the week - continuous flow, natural rhythm|
|Assume they will work their way up the ladder in the workplace, in a linear fashion, in one career with one company, leading to a 'gold watch,' retirement and pension||Try many careers during the lifetime and switch workplaces and work settings fairly easily and fluently. Stability, security, and pension are not highly valued as variety, experience and experimentation, which natives see as essential to vocational satisfaction (Theme - experiment rather than consider)|
|Value loyalty and consistency in the workplace||Are more concerned with personal satisfaction - self is focus rather than company. May change jobs often as they develop personally, add to skill set and change areas of interest|
|Prefer central brick and mortar work place, distrust telecommuting, need to control when and where people work||Prefer telecommuting and flexible hours, opportunity to make up work remotely, i.e., from a café on a weekend or while on vacation|
|Exclusive focus on work-related matters during work hours||Prefer to switch focus and alternate among work, play, social networking, etc., and are more productive and happy working this way|
|Hang out in person, clubs, dinners, etc.||Hang out both online (Facebook, texting) and also offline (concerts, parties)|
|Value 'proper' English||Use texting and instant message shorthand: cu tomorrow; luv ya, r u going to the game?|
|Tell friends about a trip on the phone, or with an in-person conversation or at-home slideshow||Tell friends about a trip by posting pictures on Facebook (visual versus verbal or text stories)|
|Use the Internet to gather information||Use the Internet to socialize, play, have fun, watch videos, shows, create, etc.|
|Think of the Internet in passive terms of what they can read, review or learn||View the Internet in terms of interaction and participation rather than as passive or one-directional|
|Think young people waste their lives online||Many aspects of life are happening only online|
|Think of the Internet and virtual world as not part of "real life"||Internet is as real, and often more pleasurable and tangible, than offline life|
|One task or pleasure at a time||Like multitasking and task switching. Prefer several tasks or recreation activities at a time: Watch a show, socialize, text, study, play, etc.|
|Value privacy and limit self-disclosure to small circle of friends, if even that||Put highly personal information on social networking sites, where they may have hundreds or even thousands of friends who can view. Also put personal videos on YouTube - not afraid to be known, not especially concerned with privacy|
|Prefer more knowledge and "just-in-case" approach||Prefer to learn "just-in-time" and what is minimally necessary|
|Learning is a necessity and is often unavoidable drudgery||Learning should be fun and knowledge is often acquired via fun activities, such as gaming, surfing the web or social networking.|
|Get their news via traditional news sites (New York Times, local papers) or hard copy newspapers||Get their news from friends via Facebook (political discussions on walls), Twitter, political blogs. Traditional news sites are a part of, but not the central piece, of news for this group|
|Prefer to have 'quality' interaction with one or few people rather that many||Interact/network simultaneously with many, even hundreds of others, as well as with best few friends|
|Quality interactions can only occur with a tight circle of friends, who have known each other a long time and earned trust||Quality interactions can occur with complete strangers, in public, on Facebook, via Twitter and especially online gaming (some games have millions of players around the world). Natives are constantly meeting each other and getting to know one another, often having never met face to face|
|Traditional safety concerns: Physical kidnapping, assault, robbery||Safety concerns: Sexting, inappropriate pictures online, cyber stalking, cyber bullying, privacy invasions (hijacking of email accounts, social networking sites|
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
- The reason I talk to myself is that I'm the only one whose answers I accept.
- Religion is just mind control.
- The status quo sucks.
- I think people should be allowed to do anything they want. We haven't tried that for a while. Maybe this time it'll work.
- I'm completely in favor of the separation of Church and State. My idea is that these two institutions screw us up enough on their own, so both of them together is certain death.
- There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past.
- Weather forecast for tonight: dark.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
“Ahh, the Bissières, how lovely,” someone said, in a voice barely above a whisper.
Myatt was stunned. He had painted the two “Bissières” himself just two weeks before.
A man is leaning on a wall, which his jacket is 'touching'. At least, it seems that way. But when you look very closely at the two surfaces 'in contact', and understand a little about what atoms are like, you discover that no jacket atoms are touching any wall atoms at all!
Here's a simplified explanation of why this is so:
An atom could be described as a positively charged nucleus, surrounded by a cloud of negatively charged electrons. The nuclear forces between these two types of objects is so strong that no earthly conditions can cause the electrons to merge with the nucleus, even though they are opposite in charge. There is always space between them.