Tue

31

Aug

2010

What Is "Third World America"?

Q: What does "Third World America" mean?

 

From The Huffington Post.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/08/24/what-is-third-world-ameri_n_693444.html

 

A third world country is one characterized by poverty, political instability and low standards of living. In a third world country there is no middle class, only an elite upper class living off the fat of a predominant lower class.

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Sat

28

Aug

2010

NASA called in to support 33 trapped Chilean miners

Copiapo, Chile (CNN) -- The 33 miners trapped inside a Chilean mine since August 5 have been told for the first time that they could be stuck underground for as long as four months, the head of the rescue operation said Friday.

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Wed

25

Aug

2010

China Plane Crash:Henan Airlines Passenger Plane With More Than 90 On Board Goes Down

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Wed

25

Aug

2010

China traffic jam enters 10th day,spans over 60 miles

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Tue

24

Aug

2010

As Floodwaters Recede, Anger Grows in Northwest Pakistan

A young Pakistani flood victim. (Photo: United States Marine Corps Official Page)
A young Pakistani flood victim. (Photo: United States Marine Corps Official Page)
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Mon

23

Aug

2010

Two PKU Professors on China’s Youth

The China Beat               

Blogging How the East Is Read

 

Two PKU Professors on China’s Youth

By Alec Ash

July 13, 2010 

Also see School Of Hard Knocks

 

In late May and early June, I interviewed professors Zhang Weiying and Pan Wei of Peking University (known as ‘Beida’). I wanted to know what the generation who grew up in the Cultural Revolution thought of the generation who grew up in the Consumer Revolution – and who could be leading China in thirty years. Here’s what they said.

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Sun

22

Aug

2010

Severe Flooding Hits China and North Korea

http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/35925/severe-flooding-hits-china-and.asp Aug 22, 2010; 11:40 AM ET

Heavy rain from Friday night through Sunday along the border of North Korea has caused major flooding in the Chinese port city of Dandong, causing more than 90,000 people to be evacuated.
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Sun

22

Aug

2010

School of Hard Knocks

China’s Ivy League Is No Place For Peasants.

As China tries to graduate from the world’s factory to a nation with a strong middle class, its peasants still aren’t ready to make the leap.

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Tue

17

Aug

2010

Russia to Get Relief from Deadly Heat, Smog

http://www.accuweather.com/blogs/news/story/35585/russia-to-see-relief-from-dead.asp

The deadly spell of heat and smog will finally come to an end this week across western Russia.

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Tue

17

Aug

2010

Pakistan's Flood Pictures

Thanks to Frontier we have many wonderful shots of the floods in Pakistan showing the misery and desparation of the people there.

Thank you Frontier.

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Tue

17

Aug

2010

China Passes Japan as Second-Largest Economy

NEW YORK TIMES

 

August 15, 2010

China Passes Japan as Second-Largest Economy

By DAVID BARBOZA

SHANGHAI — After three decades of spectacular growth, China passed Japan in the second quarter to become the world’s second-largest economy behind the United States, according to government figures released early Monday.

The milestone, though anticipated for some time, is the most striking evidence yet that China’s ascendance is for real and that the rest of the world will have to reckon with a new economic superpower.

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Tue

17

Aug

2010

China - Banks - Workers who have been let go

 

  The New York Times

 August 15, 2010

 

Workers Let Go by China’s Banks Putting Up Fight

By ANDREW JACOBS

 

BEIJING — These are heady days for China’s state-controlled banks. Last month, the Agricultural Bank of China made its stock market debut, bringing in $22 billion for the largest public offering ever. A sister government-run bank, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, now has the highest stock market value of any bank in the world.

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Tue

17

Aug

2010

Some questions on Tags

Tags work well for sorting topics.  FAQ is a tag that "pulls" all FAQs together in the FAQ topic area.  But I have a couple of questions. 

 

The first:  If one makes a mistake and enters a tag that will never be used, is there a way to delete it from the "master" group?

 

The second:  What are the rules of combination for tags? Is there a <>  (not equal) symbol to use with tags?  For example:  FAQ EXCEPT USA?

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Sun

15

Aug

2010

Google Verizon Internet Control

 The New York Times


Editorial

August 13, 2010

 

The Google/Verizon Payment Plan

 

For months, the Federal Communications Commission’s efforts to guarantee nondiscriminatory access to broadband Internet have met opposition from the companies that provide broadband service and from their allies in Congress. On Monday, Verizon and Google created a stir by jointly proposing an alternative set of rules as the basis for new legislation governing the Internet.

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Sat

14

Aug

2010

Unemployment rates in USA, by County

A county is a political area which is much smaller than a state but larger than a city.

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Sat

14

Aug

2010

Pakistan: Floods Worst in Memory. August 13,2010

Floods in Pakistan – the worst in living memory – continue to decimate the countryside. Sadly, more rains this weekend threaten to make things worse.

14 million people – more than those impacted by the 2004 tsunami and the Haiti earthquake combined – face immediate risks from water-borne disease and dehydration. News reports say that up to one-fifth of the entire country is under water.

As flood waters head south, a trail of livestock corpses remain in their wake. 288,000 homes and 700 schools have already been destroyed. The Pakistan government warned more floods will come as monsoon rains show no signs of letting up.

The scale of this disaster is unprecedented in terms of people affected and the long term implications on people's livelihoods, not to mention potential rise in conflict and threat to the stability of the whole country. This situation has the making of a protracted disaster where natural catastrophe and conflict intersect.

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Fri

13

Aug

2010

China Floods August 2010

 

 

washingtonpost.com



24 more die in China's flood-hit northwest

By DAVID WIVELL
The Associated Press
Friday, August 13, 2010; 8:05 AM

 

ZHOUQU, China -- New landslides killed 24 people and left 24 missing in China's remote northwest as downpours threatened more devastation and made rescue work nearly impossible Friday in a region where more than 1,100 people have died.

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Thu

12

Aug

2010

E-Mail to Roger and Martha from Greenpeace

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Martha and Roger,

 

White House energy adviser Carol Browner has recently been making the talk show rounds and telling the public about a new government assessment that shows that 75% of the oil from BP’s drilling disaster has either been captured, burned off, evaporated or broken down in the Gulf. As she puts it, “Mother Nature did her part….”

You’re not alone if you think that sounds too good to be true.

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Wed

11

Aug

2010

SOMETHING IN COMMON? Floods in Pakistan and Heat in Russia

FROM:    http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/

Dated: August 10, 2010, 5:29 pm  

Scientists See Links From Asian Floods to Russian Heat

ANDREW C. REVKIN  

 

Pakistan flooding  

James Hill for The New York Times Russian fires: The Ministry of Emergency Situations says the 10,000 firefighters it has deployed are overwhelmed.

Two climatologists, Peter Stott at the British Met Office and Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research, have separately described atmospheric dynamics that appear to link the extreme rains and flooding in Asia with Russia’s unrelenting, extraordinary heat and resulting conflagrations.

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Tue

10

Aug

2010

It's A Wonderful LIfe

One of the first two movie tapes that Martha and I bought after we were married was It's a Wonderful LIfe.  Both have to do with a philosophy of life, but are approached quite differently.  Lost Horizon, the other one, is written up separately. Jimmy Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore are in this picture.  Most of Stewart's movies are excellent. When you combine Stewart's acting with Hitchcock's plots and directing (like Vertigo or Rear Window) you are sure to have a great movie.

 

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Tue

10

Aug

2010

Lost Horizon

One of the first two movie tapes that Martha and I bought after we were married was Lost Horizon.  The version we like is a black and white film from 1937. It is non-musical, black & white staring Ronald Colman, Jane Wyatt.  Each of these are excellent actors.  The director is Frank Capra who made many excellent movies.

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Mon

09

Aug

2010

PRETTY WOMAN Julia Roberts and RIchard Gere

People frequently ask me which movies I like.  It is hard to form an answer to that question, because I like a lot of movies, but most of them are older ones (to me, older ones means 50 or more years ago).  But there are some specific movies that I like and some "blocks" of movies I like.  For example there are a lot of Hitchcock that I like, or a lot of Jimmy Stewart or Tracey-Hepburn movies that I like.  These are blocks.  And there are some individual movies that I like.

 

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Mon

09

Aug

2010

Landslides in China

 

August 8, 2010

Landslides Kill 127 in China

By MICHAEL WINES
 

BEIJING — A landslide buried and flooded hundreds of homes over the weekend in a remote mountainous region of Gansu Province. Officials said Sunday evening that 127 bodies had been recovered and that nearly 2,000 people were missing.

 

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Fri

06

Aug

2010

Drought in Russia.

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Thu

05

Aug

2010

Floods: Follow-up Questions.

I suppose this is the type of question that has been asked about many subjects.  As the media begins to be more actively carrying news from every corner of the world, we are more and more aware of floods.  But several questions come to mind in connection with floods, and I thought I would ask them here to see what people here think.

 

1. Many countries have built dams, and done other things which influence the natural flow of water.  Have we altered the course of nature's water flow so significantly that we have increased both the occurrence of flooding and the severity of it?

 

2. Has mankind built too close to and too extensively on the shores of  rivers without proper safeguards, so flooding is inevitably more severe?

 

3. Much has been reported about global warming.  Does global warming cause more extensive flooding?

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Mon

02

Aug

2010

China Floods

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