On terror, UPA gets it Left, Right but on Pak, caution is the word

December 1, 2008 at 4:18 pm | Posted in Current Topics, People, Reactions | Leave a comment
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The UPA Government came under severe attack from the Opposition and even a section of its allies for its “inability” to take firm anti-terror measures, in the wake of the Mumbai attack, at a five-hour all-party meeting here today.Congress ally Samajwadi Party took an unusually strident position setting “a 15-day deadline” for the UPA to take “concrete measures on the ground.” National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah went a step further, advocating “specific action” against Terror camps being run in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. But this view was not shared by the majority present there who intervened to say that Islamabad itself was wracked by terror and turmoil and any “misadventure” could backfire.

The Opposition BJP demanded “an immediate Parliament session” and said that the UPA Government’s “non-serious approach” was evident “as it failed to mention Pakistan’s name” in the summing up of the proceedings by the PM.

Express news service

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Pak Putting Pressure On US To Withdraw Troops From Afghan Border

December 1, 2008 at 3:36 pm | Posted in Current Topics, People, Reactions | Leave a comment
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US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is understood to have urged the Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee not to escalate tensions with Pakistan. She also appealed for calm when she spoke to President Asif Ali Zardari.

Rice has spoken at least twice to each leader since the Mumbai terror attacks began on Wednesday. By declaring that it is going to withdraw its troops from the Afghan border, Pakistan is trying to put pressure on Washington to persuade India not to mobilise its Army.

“This is high politics. The Pakistan Army knows the US cares that it remains engaged in the war against terror, so by declaring that it is going to withdraw, it is trying to put pressure on Washington to persuade New Delhi not to mobilise its troops,” said Christine Fair, a US expert on South Asia. ….more

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The weakening of Rome…similarities to the U.S. today

November 23, 2008 at 1:58 pm | Posted in Dissection, Lifescape, Lifestyle, Mindscape, People, Reactions, Reviews | Leave a comment
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This description of the years preceeding the fall of Rome reminds me a lot of the culture of the United States these days. The pride, hard work, humility and dedication of generation’s past seems gone. We watch shows like Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Biggest Loser, Dancing with the Stars and don’t want to be bothered by real issues, real concerns, real challenges. We drive SUVs that eat up tremendous amounts of gas, despite knowing the political and environmental side effects of doing so. And our smartest go straight to wall street to manage hedge funds that get in and out of stocks with indifference…without any output or benefit to the world other than to squeeze money out of the system (more money that actually exists it turns out). I hope that we are somehow strong and honest enough to recognize the errors of our ways and get so that we can someday get back to better days.
clipped from www.financialsense.com
What led to Rome’s weakening? In describing the city of Rome in the middle of the fourth century, Ammianus Marcellinus wrote of the vanity and materialism of his contemporaries. Rome became great through virtue, he argued, and virtue had given way to vice. Decades before the barbarians broke into the empire, causing the economy to unravel, the Romans were focused on entertainment and self-gratification. “In this state of things,” wrote Marcellinus, “the few houses which once had the reputation of being centers of serious culture are now given over to the trivial pursuits of passive idleness…
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The Secret to staying Madly in Love

November 23, 2008 at 1:50 pm | Posted in Dissection, Humaneness, Lifescape, Lifestyle, People, Relations, Reviews | Leave a comment
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It’s all in the head….
clipped from www.timesonline.co.uk
THE SECRET to staying madly in love for life is hidden at the heart of your brain – a finding that may lead to new strategies for keeping alive passionate partnerships, say New York scientists.
Researchers led by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine recruited 17 men and women who still love their spouses intensely after two decades of marriage, then scanned their brains as they saw their loved ones’ photos. When they compared the results with scans of 17 people who had fallen in love in the previous year, they found that the same area of the brain, the ventral tegmental area, lit up.
One of the authors, Helen Fisher, told the Society for Neuroscience‘s annual meeting this week: “If you ask people around the world whether romantic love can last, they’ll roll their eyes and say ‘probably not’. Most textbooks say that too. We are proving them wrong.”
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Child deaths test faith-healing exemptions

November 23, 2008 at 1:14 pm | Posted in Lifescape, People, Reactions, Reviews | Leave a comment
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A map showing places Asser is known to have vi...

A map showing places where Asser is known to have visited.

This is a worthy cause to be taken up right in earnest
clipped from www.msnbc.msn.com
When Dr. Seth Asser saw row after row of flat headstones marking children’s graves in a small cemetery not far from the end of the historic Oregon Trail, he knew many of these early deaths should not have happened.

The children’s parents relied on faith healing, instead of doctors.

The pediatrician published a landmark study concluding many of the deaths could have been prevented if the children had received medical care.

His study 10 years ago brought attention to the issue, and yet today three criminal cases — two in Oregon and one in Wisconsin — have revived concerns about exemptions that most states grant to parents who rely on faith healing instead of doctors to treat sick children.

State laws across the nation exempt members of religious groups from prosecution if they choose faith healing over science. Asser and a colleague, Rita Swan, have been trying to get states to repeal such laws, arguing that safety should always come first, no matter what the parents believe.

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Wrath Gameware Creats Record

November 21, 2008 at 1:13 pm | Posted in Lifescape, Lifestyle, People, Reviews | Leave a comment
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Wrath sells 2.8 million in the first 24 hours

var digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/pc_games/Wrath_of_the_Lich_King_sells_2_8_million_in_24_hours'; We knew it was going to be a lot, but I think the game outsold even our expectations: Blizzard has announced that the game’s second expansion, Wrath of the Lich King, sold 2.8 million copies worldwide in the first 24 hours, and undoubtedly many more in the weekend after that (we’re expecting an announcement later this month around five million in the first 30 days). That makes the game the fastest selling PC game of all time, and by far the fastest-selling expansion of all time (remember that this isn’t even a complete game that’s flying off the shelves). The previous record, of course, was set by the Burning Crusade, which sold 2.4 million copies during launch.

Pretty huge, but when you consider that the game has 11 million subscribers around the world, those numbers are just about right. Looks like Morhaime is on to something — as long as they have players ready to buy the game in numbers like this, Blizzard will undoubtedly release expansions as long as they can.

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Aamir Khan set to play Kishore Kumar : Bollywood News :

October 20, 2008 at 1:01 pm | Posted in Art, People | Leave a comment
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Aamir Khan set to play Kishore Kumar

If things go well, Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan might play the role of yesteryear’s topmost singer Kishore Kumar in a biopic on the late singer.
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Percept Pictures Company is planning a film on Kishore Kumar and has approached Aamir Khan to play the lead role. Aamir, who is a self-confessed admirer of Kishore da, is presently reading the script and might give his nod to the project if he likes it.

via Aamir Khan set to play Kishore Kumar : Bollywood News : ApunKaChoice.Com

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