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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Gospel of barnabus English

Did the End of California’s Redevelopment Agencies Hurt Affordable Housing? | KQED News Fix

Did the End of California’s Redevelopment Agencies Hurt Affordable Housing? | KQED News Fix: "Meanwhile, people like Timothy Keighran say they’d welcome any policy change that produced more affordable housing. Keighran said he grew up in San Francisco and his wife Tiffanie in South San Francisco. Many of their childhood friends, he said, have moved to lower-cost areas like Modesto or Truckee.

“It hurt a lot to know that the only place we knew,” Keighran said, “where we lived and grew up here in the Bay Area, you had to make close to six figures just to be able to live here.”

Keighran said the Bay Area shouldn’t betray its working families."

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Rise of India’s Creative Class – Next City

The Rise of India’s Creative Class – Next City: "His entrepreneurial life still keeps him busy, juggling phone calls with their Kolkata-based cotton mill, employees still based in Mumbai and international clients. “It’s challenging, and there’s a lot of risks. I check my bank account more often than I did in the U.S.” When asked if he still thinks about becoming a pilot, he laughs with some respect for his family’s disapproval. “No, I realized I get motion sickness,” he says. “I guess I took the right path in the end.”"

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News from The Associated Press

News from The Associated Press: "Atmospheric Administration said in November there was a 36 percent chance of El Nino conditions developing by August 2014. NOAA recently updated that probability to 49 percent.

"There's been an uptick recently. More models favor El Niño," said Jon Gottschalck, acting chief of operational prediction at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center in College Park, Md. "We certainly don't want to promise anything, but conditions are looking better.""

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I want to have sex, drink, party, die and still go to Heaven! - YouTube

I want to have sex, drink, party, die and still go to Heaven! - YouTube:

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Betrayal forced Guzman to flee his lavish compound of seven homes with secret tunnels to grubby seaside condo where he was caught | Mail Online

Betrayal forced Guzman to flee his lavish compound of seven homes with secret tunnels to grubby seaside condo where he was caught | Mail Online: "A neighbor who declined to identify himself for fear of retaliation said the apartment had only been occupied for two days. An employee of the building's cleaning staff said that clothes were strewn across the floor and bed in the condo, and humble domestic appliances - a microwave, a floor fan, a flat-screen TV on a small table - were left inside.

Photos of the apartment published by a local newspaper showed cheap and unglamorous furnishings. Inside the condo, the photos showed little food or liquor: just a couple of dozen eggs on a shelf. A bag from a low-end supermarket lay on the floor."

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Afghanistan could revert to terrorist haven: Major doubts cast over U.S. plans for withdrawal | Mail Online

Afghanistan could revert to terrorist haven: Major doubts cast over U.S. plans for withdrawal | Mail Online: "The Afghan forces currently stand at about 352,000, plus another 30,000 members of an auxiliary known as the Afghan National Police. Thursday's report recommended a minimum base force of 344,300, plus 29,100 auxiliary forces. It said this might cost roughly $5 billion to $6 billion a year to sustain — nearly all of which would have to be contributed by the international community.

NATO put the price tag of its envisioned smaller force of 228,500 at $4.1 billion a year."

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News from The Associated Press

News from The Associated Press: ""Do you think I don't own every piece of clothing, every automobile? I already have it. You spend money. Rich people just get richer," he told the AP.

Hindery credits his Jesuit upbringing with giving him the tools to look beyond his own economic advantages.

"How can we believe in the American dream when 10 percent of the people have half the nation's income? It's immoral, I think it's unethical, but I also think that it's bad economics," Hindery said. "The only people who can take exception to this argument are people who want to get super rich and don't care what happens to the nation as a whole.""

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Warning: Saudi Mayhem Ahead

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Warning: Saudi Mayhem Ahead

By Pepe Escobar
Prince Charles . Photograph: Reuters
February 22, 2014 "Information Clearing House - "Asia Times" --  Move over, Peter O' Toole. It's Charles of Arabia time. Prince Charles switched to Lawrence mode when he went schmoozing and dancing in Riyadh this past Tuesday with the natives. And just like clockwork, the next day BAE Systems - Europe's number one weapons peddler - announced that the UK and the House of Saud had agreed on "new pricing" for an extremely juicy deal; 72 Eurofighter Typhoon jets. 

The Eurofighter is a direct competitor of the spectacularly unsalable French Rafale and the very expensive American F-35s and F-16s. The Associated Press duly included in its dispatch - reproduced by virtually every newspaper around the world - the Washington-enforced meme "Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries are fortifying their military capabilities to counter a perceived threat from regional rivals, particularly Iran." As if Tehran was going to bomb the House of Saud tomorrow. 

The Eurofighter, on the other hand, has already been employed against fellow Arabs - as in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's humanitarian bombing of Libya back to failed-state status. It's open to debate whether the House of Saud might be tempted to employ it against the enemy within: aspiring Saudi women drivers. 

Brandishing the official excuse that near-nonagenarian King Abdullah was not able to receive him, Charles of Arabia declined to discuss with the House of Saud the absolutely appalling women's rights, migrant workers' rights and for that matter the full human rights situation in the kingdom. Of course not; this is only brought up when demonizing Russia, China and/or Iran. 

Moreover, Charles of Arabia could not possibly ruffle feathers as the French are also positioning themselves as contenders in the Snuggle-Up-with-a-Saudi industrial-military complex game show (worth more than US$70 billion in these past few years). French President Francois Hollande - an abysmal nullity at home but a Great Liberator of Africa and Syria - visited Riyadh in December trying hard to steal significant market share from the Anglo-Americans. The problem is, no sentient being anywhere would even contemplate buying a Rafale. 

Here's the dough, now gimme a bomb
So the House of Saud is stockpiling weapons. Check. Saudi Arabia's Prince Bandar bin Sultan, aka Bandar Bush, remains on the loose, financing/weaponizing his growing army of mercenaries in the Levant. Check. And the House of Saud is up to something with its ally Pakistan. Check. 

Just one day before Charles of Arabia hit Riyadh, Saudi Defense Minister - and, crucially, Crown Prince - Salam bin Abdul Aziz was in Islamabad. The heart of the matter was - what else - a "defense pact". [1] 

Crucially, there's also a Pipelineistan reverberation. By mid-2013, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was all excited over the Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline, which should theoretically go online in 2015. Now he's not so sure. One doesn't need to be the perspicacious Charles of Arabia to detect a Saudi hand on all this - actively spoiling the Iran-Pakistan energy partnership. 

The House of Saud's Iranian paranoia has no equal in the whole solar system, and regime change in Syria is a key plank in the retribution scenario. No matter Washington's non-denial denials of the "we're not involved" kind, Bandar Bush's network will soon be supplying mercenary gangs in the Levant with anti-aircraft weaponry. 

And guess who's following Charles of Arabia to Riyadh next month: none other than US President Barack Obama. As part of the House of Saud's multi-pronged attack, King Abdullah will practically supplicate from Obama (of Arabia?) a decisive push for regime change in Syria. 

Meanwhile, the House of Saud is trying to amass as many Pakistani "advisers" as possible to train its paid goons in Syria. The official Pakistani non-denial denial is that they won't be sending their army to Syria. [2] But in a remix of Afghanistan during the 1980s jihad, a bunch of seasoned "advisers" will more than suffice. 

Then there's the House of Saud nuclear play. Already in 2012, they were advertising the drive to build no fewer than 16 commercial nuclear reactors by 2030 - and on top of it a tech agreement with Beijing was signed. 

The House of Saud spent a lot of dough in the Pakistani nuclear weapons program. It's not even a matter of "acquiring nuclear technology" against Iran; that would take too long. Depending on the result of the P5+1 talks with Iran along 2014, a hyper-paranoid House of Saud could simply rain a mountain of hard cash on cash-strapped Islamabad and just buy one of its nukes. 

After all, Riyadh just offered a cool $3 billion to the Lebanese army so that it would buy French weapons - something that over-excited Frenchmen duly interpreted as a Saudi "tactical divorce" from the Barack Obama administration. 

Every each way one looks at it, expect major House of Saud-provoked mayhem ahead. Even in Tehran, they are worried about Saudi sanity - as the office of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei knows all there is to know about the cosmic paranoia, aging King Abdullah (89) riding into the sunset, the fierce succession war to follow, and, meanwhile, Bandar Bush's warmongering offensive. 

Which brings us back to perspicacious Charles of Arabia. He could not have failed to notice there is a direct continuum from medieval Wahhabism and one Osama bin Laden. Until recently, every leadership of every hardcore Islamist gang on the planet shared three traits: they studied in Saudi Arabia; they were financed by Saudi sources (public or private); and they reached their "maturity" in Afghanistan. Now the jihadi landscape is more diversified. So it's up to Bandar Bush to regiment the new jihadi Google generation into "Islamic Fronts". 

For the House of Saud, though, the agenda always remains the same: demonize Iran; be the dutiful errand boys of the hyperpower and lesser Western "powers"; and buy weapons in droves. No wonder Charles of Arabia happily danced to their tune; after all, these jolly old chaps are "our" gold-medal bastards. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish : Vitamin T

No, you are not ‘running late’, you are rude and selfish : Vitamin T:

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Top ten richest prople of pakistan

Top ten richest prople of pakistan: "Mr Farooqui. Thе founder and mentor οf the group hаѕ bееn thе Sindh Minister fοr Local Bodies. Industries, Labour, Transport, Mines & Minerals. Dewan Mushtaq Group іѕ one οf thе Pakistan’s lаrgеѕt industrial conglomerates іn sectors Ɩіkе polyester acrylic fiber, manufacturing аnԁ automotives. Six οf thеіr companies аrе listed аt thе Karachi & stock Exchange аnd one аt thе Luxembourg bourse. Dewan Farooqui Motors assembles around 10,000 cars annually under technical license agreement wіth Hyundai аnd Kia Motors οf Korea. "

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California Solar Initiative

California Solar Initiative: "CSI Program Components

Go Solar California – Consumer Information on All Solar Programs 
General Market Program
Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) Program
Multi-family Affordable Solar Housing (MASH) Program
Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment (RD&D) Program
CSI-Thermal Program
CSI-Thermal Low-Income Program 
Other Solar Generation Technologies"

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SASH / GRID Alternatives

SASH / GRID Alternatives:    solar

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California California Solar Initiative - Single-Family Affordable Solar Housing (SASH) Program

California California Solar Initiative - Single-Family Affordable Solar Housing (SASH) Program:

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Report: $2.3B plan to rewire grid following San Onofre nuke shutdown could mean higher bills

Report: $2.3B plan to rewire grid following San Onofre nuke shutdown could mean higher bills: "San Onofre, a seaside plant between San Diego and Los Angeles, was shut down in January 2012 when a small radiation leak led to the discovery of unusual damage to hundreds of virtually new tubes that carry radioactive water. It accounted for 20 percent of San Diego's year-round electricity needs, powering 1.4 million homes. Southern California Edison permanently shuttered the plant last year.

The Energy Information Administration said last July the shutdown was partially to blame for a 59 percent increase in wholesale electricity prices for California during the first half of 2013. The report also said the closure caused a large and unusual separation in power prices between the northern and southern parts of the state. Southern California prices were much higher."

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Even India didnt slaughter Pakistani prisoners, says Rasheed

Even India didnt slaughter Pakistani prisoners, says Rasheed

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

California pension board hikes contributions » Ventura County Star

California pension board hikes contributions » Ventura County Star: "Contributing more to CalPERS' $282.5 billion pension fund means local governments will have less money to pay for services such as police, roads and parks. But delaying payments to the pension system would cost more in the long run.

The rates cities, counties and school districts pay for their employees won't change until 2016 and the increase will be phased in over five years, with the added contributions over a 20-year period covering the extra cost of workers' longer lives. But the board voted 7-4 to approve a request from Gov. Jerry Brown to accelerate the state's payments starting this summer, with the increase phased in over three years. Brown said waiting would have cost the state $3.7 billion on top of its $45 billion in long-term unfunded pension liabilities."

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Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale - Big Oil and Bad Air on the Texas Prairie

Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale - Big Oil and Bad Air on the Texas Prairie:

'via Blog this'   In addition to the wells near their home, there are at least nine oil and gas production facilities. Little is known about six of the facilities, because they don't have to file their emissions data with the state. Air permits for the remaining three sites show they house 25 compressor engines, 10 heater treaters, 6 flares, 4 glycol dehydrators and 65 storage tanks for oil, wastewater and condensate. Combined, those sites have the state’s permission to release 189 tons of volatile organic compounds, a class of toxic chemicals that includes benzene and formaldehyde, into the air each year. That’s about 12 percent more than Valero's Houston Oil Refinery disgorged in 2012.

Monday, February 17, 2014

From VC Star: House backs bill targeting technology failures

Title: House backs bill targeting technology failures

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Controversy about Osama resurfaces after admiral’s email - DAWN.COM

Controversy about Osama resurfaces after admiral’s email - DAWN.COM: "The rumours mongers use such reports to prove that Osama had a serious kidney problem and needed regular treatment. After, the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, he could not get this treatment and died of kidney failure.

An American anti-War activist Cindy Sheehan wrote that those who believed the government's claim that Osama was killed in the raid were ‘stupid.’

“Just think to yourself, they paraded Saddam's dead sons around to prove they were dead, why do you suppose they hastily buried this version of Osama at sea?”

US officials dismiss these claims as “figments of someone's wild imagination” that better be ignored but this does not discourage rumour mongers from claiming that Osama did not die in the raid."

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Corporate Cronyism: The Secret to Overpaid CEOs | Dean Baker

Corporate Cronyism: The Secret to Overpaid CEOs | Dean Baker: "For example, corporate boards probably don't often ask whether they could get a comparably skilled CEO for lower pay, even though top executives of major companies in Europe, Japan, and South Korea earn around one-tenth as much as CEOs in the United States. Of course this is the directors' job. They are supposed to be trying to minimize what the company pays their top executives in the same way that companies try to cut costs by outsourcing production to Mexico, China, and elsewhere."

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Inside Hong Kong's Luxurious Peninsula Hotel: Video - Bloomberg

Inside Hong Kong's Luxurious Peninsula Hotel: Video - Bloomberg: "Feb. 17 (Bloomberg) -- CEO Clement Kwok gave Bloomberg's Mia Saini a guided tour of the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong, including some little-known parts of the venerable hotel. (Source: Bloomberg)"

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The $2B Aircraft Carrier the Navy Paid to Disappear: Video - Bloomberg

The $2B Aircraft Carrier the Navy Paid to Disappear: Video - Bloomberg: "Oct. 25 (Bloomberg) –- The U.S. Navy has announced that it has turned over its decommissioned carrier, the USS Forrestal, for scrap. The Navy's first super-carrier launched in 1954 and was in service for an eventful 4 decades; John McCain served aboard the ship in the sixties before becoming a P.O.W. in Vietnam. Here's a look at the U.S.S. Forrestal by the numbers, including the unbeatable price the Navy paid to have it scrapped. (Source: Bloomberg)"

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Iran, U.S. Agree Final Nuclear Deal May Be Unreachable

Iran, U.S. Agree Final Nuclear Deal May Be Unreachable: "The talks in Vienna begin on Tuesday and are expected to last for several days. Senior officials from the six powers will meet with an Iranian delegation led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and his deputy Abbas Araqchi.

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton coordinates the negotiations on behalf of the six powers. The talks will be the first in what is expected to be a series of meetings in the coming months.

While cautioning the talks would take time, the U.S. official said Washington does not want them to run beyond a six-month deadline agreed in the November deal. The late July deadline can be extended for another half year by mutual consent. "

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Billy Martin Blog - HOLIDAY Articles

Billy Martin Blog - HOLIDAY Articles: ""All right. Let me go over this one more time. The Madiera is ordered. Dolly is bringing the cake. Madison has the fireworks handled, hopefully. Wait a minute! I knew it. I knew there was something. The quill? Who's bringing the quill? This is historic. We can't sign this thing with some ratty old Raven feather. Where am I gonna find an Eagle plume on this short notice?"

"Thomas, Thomas, wake up. I hear gunfire. Madison, is that you?"


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Saturday, February 15, 2014

‘Are You the One Harassing My Little Girl?’: That’s What a Father Asked Right Before Things Spun Out of Control | Video |

‘Are You the One Harassing My Little Girl?’: That’s What a Father Asked Right Before Things Spun Out of Control | Video | "The family of a high school senior threatened a lawsuit Wednesday after their son — now ex-class president with a 4.4 GPA — was suspended over an altercation with a football player who allegedly sexually harassed the senior’s then-14-year-old sister, reported KCAL-TV in Los Angeles.

Dominic Conti, 17, was suspended from Westlake High School in Ventura County, Calif., for five days, stripped of his elected office, and banned from all extracurricular activities following the incident with the player at a football game last October 11.

“They way they treated me was someone that has brought, like, a firearm to school,” Conti said at Wednesday’s news conference."

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Getz Pharma: Success has no boundaries | Business Recorder

Getz Pharma: Success has no boundaries | Business Recorder:

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Luxury buyers scoop up Ventura County's million-dollar homes » Ventura County Star

Luxury buyers scoop up Ventura County's million-dollar homes » Ventura County Star: "Things like job growth, mortgage interest rates and migration patterns aren’t so significant, Walsh said, explaining that it’s more about parking excess money.

Most of the high-end homes were purchased with cash, and the higher the home price, the more often cash was used. Of those who did finance their purchase last year, the median down payment was 30 percent of the purchase price.

Of all the confirmed purchases last year, the most paid for a home was $74.5 million spent on a 5,355-square-foot, eight-bedroom, 14-bathroom beachfront Malibu mansion built in 1993 that sold in January.

The largest house bought was a 25,447-square-foot, 16-bedroom, 18-bathroom mansion in Indian Wells that sold for $2.25 million."

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I don't represent the Taliban, says Imran - DAWN.COM

I don't represent the Taliban, says Imran - DAWN.COM: "He said that Sharif's negotiating team reflected a lack of seriousness on the part of the prime minister.

“If I was him, I would lead it myself.... It’s too important an issue for Pakistan,” Imran Khan said.

The PTI chief was adamant that Pakistan would have to disengage from the US war in Afghanistan, saying that defeating the militants would only be possible if there was space between the two countries.

“We will win this war if we disengage from the US war,” he said.

“As long as we are thought of fighting the US war, they would declare jihad on us, there would be the deadly suicide bomber. This would be a never-ending war,” Imran Khan told Bloomberg."

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From VC Star: Oak View woman arrested in connection with fraud and theft

Title: Oak View woman arrested in connection with fraud and theft

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Cubans 'Bury' Man Alive in Mock Funeral Tradition

Cubans 'Bury' Man Alive in Mock Funeral Tradition

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSFEB. 7, 2014, 12:11 A.M. E.S.T.

    SANTIAGO DE LAS VEGAS, Cuba — Cuban villagers staged a mock funeral and burial of a living man this week in a boozy festival that has become an annual tradition in a small town near Havana.

    A tractor pulled a trailer slowly through the streets in the early morning carrying the man in a coffin and a four-piece tropical band. Behind it, dozens of people drank, clapped and sashayed to the music, as a white-haired woman pretending to be the bereaved widow wept loudly for the "deceased."

    "What a good man he was," Carmen Zamora cried, dabbing at her eyes with a kerchief. "He's leaving me all alone. I don't want them to bury him in the ground. My God, no."

    The celebration in Santiago de las Vegas, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) south of the Cuban capital, has been held each Feb. 5 for the last 30 years and is known as the Burial of Pachencho.

    But the atmosphere is more street-party than funereal.

    "I never miss this party. I tell my boss and take a day off work," said 50-year-old Rebeca Morera, shaking her hips to the music. "This is a tradition of my town where I was born and raised. We can't lose it."

    The bash kicked off Wednesday with the slow procession to the local cemetery. Pallbearers carried the coffin of "Pachencho," who's known the other 364 days of the year as Divaldo Aguiar, to an open grave and used ropes to lower it six feet under.

    A man masquerading as a priest in a flowing blue frock made the sign of the cross over the grave and muttered, "rest in peace." People blew trumpets, banged drums and tossed flowers.

    Then villagers splashed rum into Aguiar's mouth from above, and he opened his eyes and climbed out of the tomb.

    "Being reborn is the most beautiful thing there is in life," said Aguiar, who said he has played "Pachencho" for several years running.

    The tradition was born on Feb. 5, 1984, when villagers got the idea of putting on a mock burial to mark the end of local carnival season. It took its name from the title of a play that had been shown in what was then the town theater.

    "Pachencho" is not representative of any real person, living or dead, explained Alvaro Hernandez, head of a learning and recreation center that today is housed in the former theater.

    "He's a product of popular imagination," Hernandez said.

    Following Aguiar's miraculous revival, the procession returned to the center and the party went on all day long.

    "This breathes life into a town that needs it because life is hard here," said Yaumara Solis, a 39-year-old homemaker. "Mourning a live dead man is not disrespectful to the dead — it's an homage to the challenge of life."

    Satya Nadella email to employees on first day as CEO

    Satya Nadella email to employees on first day as CEO: "Who am I?

    I am 46. I’ve been married for 22 years and we have 3 kids. And like anyone else, a lot of what I do and how I think has been shaped by my family and my overall life experiences. Many who know me say I am also defined by my curiosity and thirst for learning. I buy more books than I can finish. I sign up for more online courses than I can complete. I fundamentally believe that if you are not learning new things, you stop doing great and useful things. So family, curiosity and hunger for knowledge all define me.

    Why am I here?

    I am here for the same reason I think most people join Microsoft — to change the world through technology that empowers people to do amazing things. I know it can sound hyperbolic — and yet it’s true. We have done it, we’re doing it today, and we are the team that will do it again. "

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    Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    Speech by Quade azaqm Jinnah Dacca 1948 MUST read

    Speech at a public meeting
    attended by over three lakhs of people at Dacca
    on March 2l, 1948
    Assalam-o-Alaikum! Assalam-o-Alaikum!! Assalam-o-Alaikum !!!

    I am grateful to the people of this Province and, through you, Mr. Chairman of the Reception Committee, to the people of Dacca, for the great welcome that they have accorded to me. I need hardly say that it gives me the greatest pleasure to visit East Bengal. East Bengal is the most important component of Pakistan, inhibited as it is by the largest single bloc of Muslims in the world. I have been anxious to pay this Province an early visit, but unfortunately, other matters, of greater importance had so far prevented me from doing so.

    About some of these important matters you doubtless know. You know, for instance, of the cataclysm that shook the Punjab immediately after Partition, and of the millions of Muslims who in consequence were uprooted from their homes in East Punjab, Delhi and neighbouring districts and had to be protected, sheltered and fed pending rehabilitation in Western Pakistan. Never throughout history was a new State called upon to face such tremendous problems. Never throughout history has a new State handled them with such competence and courage. Our enemies had hoped to kill Pakistan at its inception. Pakistan has, on the contrary, arisen triumphant and stronger than ever. It has come to stay, and play its great role for which it is destined.

    In your address of welcome you have stressed the importance of developing the great agricultural and industrial resources of this province, of providing facilities for the training of the young men and women of this province for entering the Armed Forces of Pakistan, of the development of the port of Chittagong and of communications between this province and other parts of Pakistan, of development of educational facilities and finally you have stressed the importance of ensuring that the citizens of Eastern Pakistan get the due and legitimates share in all spheres of Government activity. Let me at once assure you that my Government attaches the greatest importance to these matters and is anxiously and constantly engaged in ensuring that Eastern Pakistan attains its full stature with the maximum of speed. Of the martial progress of the people of this province, history provides ample evidence and, as you are aware, Government have already taken energetic steps to provide facilities for the training of the youth of this province both in the regular Armed Forces and as volunteers in the Pakistan National Guards. You may rest assured that the fullest provision shall be made for enabling the youth of this province to play its part in the defense of this State.

    Let me now turn to some general matters concerning this province. In doing so, let me first congratulate you, the people of this Province and your Government, over the manner in which you have conducted yourselves during these seven months of trials and tribulations. Your Government and loyal, hardworking officials deserve to be congratulated on the speed and efficiency with which it succeeded in building up an ordered administration out of the chaos and confusion which prevailed immediately after Partition. On the 15th August, the Provincial Government in Dacca was a fugitive in its own home. It was faced with the immediate problem of finding accommodation for thousands of Government personnel in what was, after all, before Partition only a small mofussil town. Hardly had Government got to grips with administrative problems thus created when some seventy thousand Railway and other personnel and their families suddenly arrived in this Province, driven out of India partly by panic owing to the disturbances immediately following the Partition. There were further, owing to the wholesale departure of Hindu personnel, great gaps left in the administrative machinery and the entire transport and communication system had been disorganised. The immediate task that faced the Government, therefore, was hurriedly to regroup its forces and reorganise its administrative machine in order to avert an imminent administrative collapse.

    This the Government did with extraordinary speed and efficiency. The administration continued to function unhampered, and the life of the community continued undisturbed. Not only was the administration speedily reorganised but the great administrative shortages were quickly made good, so that an impending famine was averted, and what is equally important, peace was maintained throughout the province. In this latter respect, much credit is due also to the people of this province, in particular to the members of the majority community, who showed exemplary calm and determination to maintain peace despite the great provocation afforded by the massacre and oppression of the Muslims in the Indian Dominion in the months immediately after Partition. Despite those horrible happenings, some forty thousand processions were taken out by the Hindu community during the last Puja in this province without a single instance of the breach of peace, and without any molestation from the Muslims of this province.

    Any impartial observer will agree with me that throughout these troubles the minorities were looked after and protected in Pakistan better than anywhere else in India. You will agree that Pakistan was able to keep peace and maintain law and order; and let me tell you that the minorities not only here in Dacca but throughout Pakistan are more secure more safe than anywhere else. We have made it clear that the Pakistan Government will not allow peace to be disturbed; Pakistan will maintain law and order at any cost; it will not allow any kind of mob rule. It is necessary to draw attention to these facts, namely, the building up of an orderly administration, the averting of an imminent famine and the maintenance of the supply of food to some forty million people in this province at a time of overall food shortage and serious administrative difficulties, and the maintenance of peace, because there is a tendency to ignore these achievements of the Government and to take these things for granted.

    It is always easy to criticise; it is always easy to go on fault-finding, but people forget the things that are being done and are going to be done for them, and generally they take those for granted without even realising as to what trials; tribulations, difficulties and dangers we had to face at the birth of Pakistan. I do not think that your administration is perfect, far from it; I do not say that there is no room for improvement; I do not say that honest criticism from true Pakistanis is unwelcome. It is always welcome. But when I find in some quarters nothing but complaint, faultfinding and not a word of recognition as to the work that has been done either by your Government or by those loyal officials and officers who have been working for you day and night, it naturally pains me. Therefore, at least say some good word for the good that is done, and then complain and criticise. In a large administration, it is obvious that mistakes must be made not expect that it should be faultless; no country in the world can be so. But our ambition and our desire is that it should be as little defective as possible. Our desire is to make it more efficient, more beneficial, more smooth working. For what? What has the Government got for its aim? The Government can only have for its aim one objective - how to serve the people, how to devise ways and means of their welfare, for their betterment. What other object can the Government have and, remember, now it is your hands to put the Government in power or remove the Government from power; but you must not, do it by mob methods, You have the power; you must learn the art to use it; you must try and understand the machinery. Constitutionally, it is your hands to upset one Government and put another Government in power if you are dissatisfied to such an extent.

    Therefore, the whole thing is in your hands, but I advise you strongly to have patience and to support the men who are at the helm of your Government, sympathise with them, try and understand their troubles and their difficulties just as they should try and understand your grievances and complaints and sufferings. It is by that co-operation and that good spirit and goodwill that you will be able not only to preserve Pakistan which we have achieved but also make it a great State in the world. Are you now, after having achieved Pakistan, going to destroy it by your own folly? Do you want to build it up? Well then for that purpose there is one essential condition, and it is this - complete unity and solidarity amongst ourselves.

    But I want to tell you that in our midst there are people financed by foreign agencies who are intent on creating disruption. Their object is to disrupt and sabotage Pakistan. I want you to be on your guard; I want you to be vigilant and not to be taken in by attractive slogans and catchwords. They say that the Pakistan Government and the East Bengal Government are out to destroy your language. A bigger falsehood was never uttered by a man. Quite frankly and openly I must tell you that you have got amongst you a few communists and other agents financed by foreign help and if you are not careful, you will be disrupted. The idea that East Bengal should be brought back into the Indian Union is not given up, and it is their aim yet, and I am confident - I am not afraid, but it is better to be vigilant - that those people who still dream of getting back East Bengal into the Indian Union are living in a dream-land.

    I am told that there has been some exodus of the Hindu community from this province. I have seen the magnitude of this exodus put at the fantastic figure of ten lakhs in the India Press. Official estimates would not put the figure beyond two lakhs at the utmost. In any case, I am satisfied that such exodus as has taken place has been the result not of any ill-treatment of the minority communities. On the other hand, the minority communities have enjoyed, and rightfully so, greater freedom, and have been shown greater solicitude for their welfare than the minorities in any part of the Indian Dominion.

    The causes of this exodus are to be found rather in the loose talks by some war-mongering leaders in the Indian Dominion of the inevitability of war between Pakistan and India; in the ill-treatment of minorities in some of the Indian provinces and the fear among the minorities of the likely repercussion of that ill treatment here, and in the open encouragement to Hindus to leave this province being sendulously given by a section of the Indian press, producing imaginary accounts of what it calls the plight of minorities in Pakistan, and by the Hindu Mahasabha. All this propaganda and accusations about the ill-treatment of the minorities stand belied by the fact that over twelve million non-Muslims continue to live in this province in peace and have refused to migrate from here.

    Let me take this opportunity of repeating what I have already said: we shall treat the minorities in Pakistan fairly and justly. Their lives and property in Pakistan are far more secured and protected than in India and we shall maintain peace, law and order and protect and safeguard fully every citizen of Pakistan without distinction of caste, creed or community.

    So far so good. Let me now turn to some of the less satisfactory features of the conditions in this province. There is a certain feeling, I am told, in some parts of this province against non-Bengali Muslims. There has also lately been a certain amount of excitement over the question whether Bengali or Urdu shall be the state language of this province and of Pakistan. In this latter connection, I hear that some discreditable attempts have been made by the political opportunists to make a tool of the student community in Dacca to embarrass the administration.

    My young friends, students who are present here, let me tell you as one who has always had love and affection for you, who has served you for ten years faithfully and loyally, let me give you this word of warning: you will be making the greatest mistake if you allow yourself to be exploited by one political party or other. Remember, there has been a revolutionary change. It is our own Government. We are a free, independent and sovereign State. Let us behave and regulate our affairs as free man, we are not suppressed and oppressed under the regime of a foreign domination; we have broken those chains, we have thrown off those shackles. My young friends, I look forward to you as the real makers of Pakistan do not be exploited and do not be misled. Create amongst yourselves complete unity and solidarity. Set an example of what youth can do. Your main occupation should be - in fairness to yourself - in fairness to your parents, in fairness to the State - to devote your attention to your studies. If you fritter away your energies now, you will always regret. After you leave the portals of your universities and colleges then you can play your part freely and help yourself and the State. Let me warn you in the clearest terms of the dangers that still face Pakistan and your province in particular as I have done already. Having failed to prevent the establishment of Pakistan, thwarted and frustrated by their failure, the enemies of Pakistan have now turned their attention to disrupt the State by creating a split amongst the Muslims of Pakistan. These attempts have taken the shape principally of encouraging provincialism.

    As long as you do not throw off this poison in our body politic, you will never be able to weld yourself, mould yourself, galvanise yourself into a real true nation. What we want is not to talk about Bengali, Punjabi, Sindhi, Baluchi, Pathan and so on. They are of course units. But I ask you: have you forgotten the lesson that was taught to us thirteen hundred years ago? If I may point out, you are all outsiders here. Who were the original inhabitants of Bengal - not those who are now living. So what is the use of saying "we are Bengalis, or Sindhis, or Pathans, or Punjabis". Now we are Muslims.

    Islam has taught us this, and I think you will agree with me that whatever else you may be and whatever you are, you are a Muslim. You belong to a Nation now; you have now carved out a territory, vast territory, it is all yours; it does not belong to a Punjabi or a Sindhii, or a Pathan, or a Bengali; it is yours. You have your Central Government where several units are represented. Therefore, if you want to build up yourself into a Nation, for God's sake give up this provincialism. Provincialism has been one of the curses; and so is sectionalism - Shia, Sunni, etc.

    It was no concern of our predecessor Government; it was no concern of theirs to worry about it; they were here to carry on the administration, maintain law and order and to carry on their trade and exploit India as much as they could. But now we are in a different position altogether. Now I give you an example. Take America. When it threw off British rule and declared itself independent, how many nations were there? It had many races: Spaniards, French, Germans, Italians, English, Dutch and many more. Well, there they were. They had many difficulties. But mind you, their nations were actually in existence and they were great nations; whereas you had nothing. You have got Pakistan only now. But there a Frenchman could say 'I am a Frenchman and belong to a great nation', and so on. But what happened? They understood and they realised their difficulties because they had sense, and within a very short time they solved their problems and destroyed all this sectionalism and they were able to speak not as a German or a Frenchman or an Englishman or a Spaniard, but as Americans. They spoke in this spirit: 'I am an American' and 'we are Americans'. And so you should think, live and act in terms that your country is Pakistan and you are a Pakistani.

    Now I ask you to get rid of this provincialism, because as long as you allow this poison to remain in the body politic of Pakistan, believe me, you will never be a strong nation, and you will never be able to achieve what I wish we could achieve. Please do not think that I do not appreciate the position. Very often it becomes a vicious circle. When you speak to a Bengali, he says: 'Yes you are right but the Punjabi is so arrogant'; when you speak to the Punjabi or non-Bengali, he says 'Yes, but these people do not want us here, they want to get us out'. Now this is a vicious circle, and I do not think anybody can solve this Chinese puzzle. The question is, who is going to be more sensible, more practical, more statesman-like and will be rendering the greatest service to Pakistan? So make up your mind and from today put an end to this sectionalism.

    About language, as I have already said, this is in order to create disruption amongst the Mussalmans. Your Prime Minister has rightly pointed this out in a recent statement and I am glad this his Government have decided to put down firmly any attempt to disturb the peace of this province by political saboteurs or their agents. Whether Bengali shall be the official language of this province is a matter for the elected representatives of the people of this province to decide. I have no doubt that this question shall be decided solely in accordance with the wishes of the inhabitants of this province at the appropriate time.

    Let me tell you in the clearest language that there is no truth that your normal life is going to be touched or disturbed so far as your Bengali language is concerned. But ultimately it is for you, the people of this province, to decide what shall be the language of your province. But let me make it very clear to you that the State Language of Pakistan is going to be Urdu and no other language. Anyone who tries to mislead you is really the enemy of Pakistan. Without one State Language, no Nation can remain tied up solidly together and function. Look at the history of other countries. Therefore, so far as the State Language is concerned, Pakistan's language shall be Urdu. But, as I have said, it will come in time.

    I tell you once again, do not fall into the trap of those who are the enemies of Pakistan. Unfortunately, you have fifth-columnists - and I am sorry to say they are Muslims - who are financed by outsiders. But they are making a great mistake. We are not going to tolerate sabotage anymore; we are not going to tolerate the enemies of Pakistan; we are not going to tolerate quislings and fifth columnists in our State, and if this is not stopped, I am confident that your Government and the Pakistan Government will take the strongest measures and deal with them ruthlessly, because they are a poison. I can quite understand differences of views. Very often it is said ''why cannot we have this party or that party"? Now let me tell you, and I hope you will agree with me that we have as a result of unceasing effort and struggle ultimately achieved Pakistan after ten years. It is the Muslim League which has done it. There were of course many Mussalmans who were indifferent; some were afraid, because they had vested interests and they thought they might lose; some sold themselves to the enemy and worked against us, but we struggled and we fought and by the grace of God and with His help we have established Pakistan which has stunned the world.

    Now this is a sacred trust in your hands, i.e., the-Muslim League. Is this sacred trust to be guarded by us as the real custodians of the welfare of our country and our people or not? Are mushroom parties led by men of doubtful past to be started to destroy what we have achieved or capture what we have secured? I ask you one question. Do you believe in Pakistan? (cries of yes, yes). Are you happy that you have achieved Pakistan? (cries of yes, yes). Do you want East Bengal or any part of Pakistan to go into the Indian Union? (No, no). Well, if you are going to serve Pakistan, if you are going to build up Pakistan, if you are going to reconstruct Pakistan, then I say that the honest course open to every Mussalman is to join the Muslim League Party and serve Pakistan to the best of his ability. Any other mushroom parties that are started at present will be looked upon with suspicion because of their past, not that we have any feeling of malice, ill-will or revenge. Honest change is welcome, but the present emergency requires that every Mussalman should come under the banner of the Muslim League, which is the true custodian of Pakistan, and build it up and make it a great state before we think of parties amongst ourselves whih may be formed later on sound and healthy lines.

    Just one thing more. Do not feel isolated. Many people have spoken to me that East Bengal feels isolated from the rest of Pakistan. No doubt there is a great distance separating the East from the West Pakistan, no doubt there are difficulties but I tell you that we fully know and realize the importance of Dacca and East Bengal. I have only come here for a week or ten days this time, but in order to discharge my duty as the head of the State I may have to come here and stay for days, for weeks and similarly the Pakistan Ministers must establish closer contact. They should come here and your leaders and members or your Government should go to Karachi which is the capital of Pakistan. But you must have patients. With your help and with your support we will make Pakistan a mighty state.

    Finally, let me appeal to you -keep together, put up the inconveniences, sufferings and sacrifices, for the collective good of our people. No amount of trouble, no amount of hard work or sacrifice is too much or to be shirked if you individually and collectively make a contribution for the collective good of your Nation and your state. It is in that way that you will build up Pakistan as the fifth largest state in the world not only population as it is but also in strength, so that it will command the respect of all the other nations of the world. With these words I wish you God-speed.

    Pakistan Zindabad. Pakistan Zindabad. Pakistan Zindabad. 

    2014-02-03 Mon 17:52:50 cst

    Tendulkar / Warne play again @ Lord's as captains!!

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    Vir Sanghvi - Home:

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    Vir Sanghvi: "
       But chillis contain a secret weapon and it is called capsaicin. Capsaicin has the ability to cling to the pain receptors on your tongue and produce a burning sensation. One theory is that nature gave capsaicin to the chilli to deter predators but to allow friendly creatures to enjoy it. (Birds cannot detect capsaicin and can easily eat the hottest chilli without feeling a thing.)
       By that reckoning human beings are clearly predators because capsaicin can burn the hell out of our tongues. But it can also – and perhaps this was nature’s little joke – cause the body to release endorphins, giving rise to a kind of chilli high, one reason some people crave hot flavours."

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    Timm Herdt: Bread-and-butter feminism » Ventura County Star

    Timm Herdt: Bread-and-butter feminism » Ventura County Star: "The problem isn't just the "poor" as your stupid Dem propaganda suggests.

    As I have shared before, an immediate family member has worked in food services in a local school district for a long time. The game the "poor" play is the mother/father do not get married. If the mother works, she is paid under the table. She claims single-parent status and collects every conceivable benefit - free lunches, ADC, food stamps, WIC - you name it. The dad has a good job - at least good enough to have a new pickup and to buy the mother a new SUV.

    This is happening day in and day out. And saps like you are unwilling to do anything to stop the fraud."

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    Tuesday, February 4, 2014

    Exclusive: Florida Rep Helped Fugitive Embezzlers - The Daily Beast

    Exclusive: Florida Rep Helped Fugitive Embezzlers - The Daily Beast: "In August, 2013, Ros-Lehtinen wrote to Linda Swacina, Miami Deputy Director of the U.S. Citizen Immigration Service, asking her to rule on the permanent residency application of Estefano Isaias. In December, 2013, she wrote to the acting director of USCIS in Washington, Lori Scialabba, asking her to reconsider the case of Roberto Antonio Isaias Plaza, who was denied an immigrant petition.

    In addition to Menendez and Ros-Lehtinen, Isaias family members also contributed to the campaigns of Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, Florida Congresswoman and Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and Florida Rep. Joe Garcia, all Democrats."

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    Inside China’s Mistress-Industrial Complex - The Daily Beast

    Inside China’s Mistress-Industrial Complex - The Daily Beast: "The effects of this unprecedented change on China’s economy and society remains to be seen. The rise of the dazzling mistress class represents yet another example of a rapidly developing China rushing into uncharted territory. Amid this rapid social change, Chinese are struggling so much to keep up with the present, they don’t have much time to consider the future.

    Iris, too, is living in the moment. “When I see him, I feel like his woman,” she says. “When I’m not with him, I don’t think about it. I don’t think about him or our future. I am just experiencing life.” "

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    Farm Bill Passes Senate, Heads To Obama For Signature

    Farm Bill Passes Senate, Heads To Obama For Signature: "In place of the direct payments, farmers would now be able to choose between subsidies that pay out when revenue drops or when prices drop. Cotton and dairy supports were overhauled to similarly pay out when farmers have losses. Those programs may kick in sooner than expected as some crop prices have started to drop in recent months.

    The bill would save around $1.65 billion annually overall. But critics said that under the new insurance-style programs, those savings could disappear if the weather or the market doesn't cooperate."

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    Fwd: Fw: Friends

    Wonderful antidote to all the horrible stuff on the news.

    I think this is the greatest and truest description I've ever heard for a friend…

    Friends ... They love you,
    But they're not your lover

    They care for you,
    But they're not from your family

    They're ready to share your pain,
    But they're not your blood relation.

    They are ... FRIENDS! !!!!

    A True friend...
    Scolds like a DAD...
    Cares like a MOM...
    Teases like a SISTER... 
    Irritates like a BROTHER... 
    And finally loves you more than a LOVER.

    Send to all your good friends
    Even me if I'm one of them... 

    The nicest place to be is in someone's THOUGHTS! 
    The safest place to be is in someone's PRAYERS! 
    And the best place to be is in GODS HANDS