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In the first such analysis ever conducted, Swiss economic researchers have conducted a global network analysis of the most powerful transnational corporations (TNCs). Their results have revealed a core of 787 firms with control of 80% of this network, and a “super entity” comprised of 147 corporations that have a controlling interest in 40% of the network’s TNCs. When we hear conspiracy theorist talk about this or that powerful group (or alliance of said groups) “pulling strings” behind the scenes, we tend to dismiss or minimize such claims, even though, deep down, we may suspect that there’s some degree of truth to it, however distorted by the theorists’ slightly paranoid perception of the world. But perhaps our tendency to dismiss such claims as exaggerations (at best) comes from our inability to get even a slight grip on the complexity of global corporate ownership; it’s all too vast and complicated to get any clear sense of the reality.
We are approaching the 10th anniversary of the horrendous atrocities of September 11, 2001, which, it is commonly held, changed the world. On May 1, the presumed mastermind of the crime, Osama bin Laden, was assassinated in Pakistan by a team of elite US commandos, Navy SEALs, after he was captured, unarmed and undefended, in Operation Geronimo. A number of analysts have observed that although bin Laden was finally killed, he won some major successes in his war against the US.
David Foster Wallace (February 21, 1962 – September 12, 2008) was an award-winning American novelist , short story writer , essayist , and professor at Pomona College in Claremont, California . Wallace is best known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest , [ 13 ] [ 14 ] which was cited as one of the 100 best English-language novels from 1923 to 2005 by Time magazine. [ 15 ] Los Angeles Times book editor David Ulin called Wallace "one of the most influential and innovative writers of the last 20 years". [ 13 ] With his suicide, he left behind an unfinished novel, The Pale King , which was subsequently published in 2011, and in 2012 was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize . A biography of Wallace by D. T.
Written by Jonathan Bailey in It’s probably the first question every blogger has to ask themselves. It comes before writing the first post, choosing the theme or even selecting your blogging platform: What is my blog going to be about? It’s a tough question and how you answer it will have a big impact on what your site is going to be.
Men hate to shop. It's a truism that Bud Light ads have hammered into us for decades. Ikea has absorbed it, too, and come up with a novel solution in its Australian stores. It's launched a special in-store area called Mänland, a kind of daycare where husbands and boyfriends can hang out with their own kind (i.e., other Cro-Magnon morons) while their wives and girlfriends shop.
August 21, 2011 by ryochiji I apologize for the long hiatus on this blog… There are a couple of reasons for the long silence. The first reason is that when I got from Japan back in mid-June, I felt like I should write a post wrapping up my experiences there, yet somehow I couldn’t quite find the words so I kept putting it off. So, I’m giving up (for now), and will simply point you at this talk I did at Google’s Tokyo office that does a decent job of summarizing my experiences. The second reason for the long silence is that I’ve been seeing someone else… I mean, I’ve been blogging elsewhere.
About a month ago, some additions to the code in Chromium (the open source browser behind Chrome) suggested that the long-fabled “GDrive” may be on the verge of actually launching. A week later, user-facing proof started appearing . Then earlier today, sharp-eyed social media consultant, Johannes Wigand, spotted something interesting during a presentation at a Google-sponsored event: something that sure looks a lot like Google Drive.
Each day we hear more and more news about how robots are able to help us as well as make the quality of our lives a whole lot better – and the latest piece of news to hit the headlines is this: rats are now on the receiving end of cybernetic enhancements, thanks to the implementation of an artificial cerebellum which successfully restored lost brain function in rats. I suppose with many millions of dollars more of research as well as time, cyborg-style brain implants might be a reality one day. Imagine using such implants to replace areas of brain tissue that were damaged by stroke as well as other debilitating diseases. As for the healthy, there might be another possible use for it – to create super smart humans by enhancing healthy brain function while restoring the learning processes that tend to go on a downward spiral with age. Surely this is going to be more complicated than finding the cure to Alzheimer’s as we saw in Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
Sharng a guest column I wrote for India Today's Youth Special issue . Pasting below my original, slightly extended version. Youthpal Bill by Rashmi Bansal
<img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-30510" title="celltowers-chart" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2011/09/celltowers-chart.jpg" alt="" width="660" height="620" /> The nation’s major mobile-phone providers are keeping a treasure trove of sensitive data on their customers, according to newly-released Justice Department internal memo that for the first time reveals the data retention policies of America’s largest telecoms. <img class="size-full wp-image-30512 alignright" title="threat_level_celldata-chart" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/threatlevel/2011/09/threat_level_celldata-chart.gif" alt="" width="250" height="720" />
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Well, this is interesting. After recently sending its ships through the Suez Canal for the first time in decades, the Iranian Navy will apparently send ships to establish a “powerful presence” off the East Coast of the United States. Here’s CNN quoting Iran’s state-run Islamic Republic News Agency: “Commander of the Navy of the Army of the Islamic Republic of Iran broke the news about the plans for the presence of this force in the Atlantic Ocean and said that the same way that the world arrogant power is present near our marine borders, we, with the help of our sailors who follow the concept of the supreme jurisprudence, shall also establish a powerful presence near the marine borders of the United States,” the story said.
Hi guys, I just wanted to share some photos of my minimalist ArduCopter 3DR. The APM is using Jason Short's power hack , a Spektrum adapter, and a DSM2 remote Rx. the OilPan is standard except for the compass, which is one of the first ten or so HMC5883L prototype boards from a while ago. The rest of the frame is mostly stock (arms, ESCs, motors), but the stack-up is a little shorter than usual, and the legs are the never-sold easy-break kind. Flying this one outside the 3DR shop has been a blast! Happy hacking :)
Note to Russia: Your doomsday weapons need better rollouts if they’re supposed to be scary. The Tuesday debut of an experimental Russian Intercontinental Ballistic Missile went all wrong, when the never-before-seen ICBM variant fell back to Earth shortly after its launch from the Plesetsk cosmodrome. An anonymous Russian military source told state-run news that the test was intended to try out a new warhead for Russia’s new modified ICBMs — the RS-24 and the Topol-M , made by Moscow’s Institute for Thermal Technologies. “The new multiple warhead section would upgrade the capabilities of this missile to take on future missile defense systems.”