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The dark side of Dubai - Johann Hari, Commentators - The Indepen

The dark side of Dubai - Johann Hari, Commentators - The Indepen
The wide, smiling face of Sheikh Mohammed – the absolute ruler of Dubai – beams down on his creation. His image is displayed on every other building, sandwiched between the more familiar corporate rictuses of Ronald McDonald and Colonel Sanders. This man has sold Dubai to the world as the city of One Thousand and One Arabian Lights, a Shangri-La in the Middle East insulated from the dust-storms blasting across the region. He dominates the Manhattan-manqué skyline, beaming out from row after row of glass pyramids and hotels smelted into the shape of piles of golden coins. And there he stands on the tallest building in the world – a skinny spike, jabbing farther into the sky than any other human construction in history. But something has flickered in Sheikh Mohammed's smile. Once the manic burst of building has stopped and the whirlwind has slowed, the secrets of Dubai are slowly seeping out. I. Karen Andrews can't speak. Her story comes out in stutters, over four hours. II. III. IV. V. Related:  Divers Why it’s brave to think like a coward – Chris Walsh ‘One coward may lose a battle, one battle may lose a war, and one war may lose a country.’ This was Rear-Admiral and Conservative MP Tufton Beamish speaking to the House of Commons in 1930, giving voice to an idea that must be as old as war itself. Caring only for his own safety, blowing cover, attracting fire, the coward can be more dangerous to his own side than a brave enemy. No wonder soldiers in the field worry about being cowardly far more than they dream of being heroic; or why cowardice is often counted the most contemptible of vices (not just by soldiers): while heroes achieve fame, cowards are often condemned to something worse than infamy – oblivion. Popular now Secretly seduced by science, Hasidic atheists lead a double life Welcome to Earth, 2200 AD: pop 500 million, temp 180°F Anxiety isn’t just a useless emotion; it’s also a moral goad ‘Fear,’ Beamish went on to say, ‘is perfectly natural. If, as Beamish tells us, a coward deserves all he gets, what exactly does he get?

Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person... Years ago, some feminist on the internet told me I was "Privileged." "THE FUCK!?!?" I said. I came from the kind of Poor that people don't want to believe still exists in this country. So when that feminist told me I had "white privilege," I told her that my white skin didn't do shit to prevent me from experiencing poverty. After one reads McIntosh's powerful essay, it's impossible to deny that being born with white skin in America affords people certain unearned privileges in life that people of another skin color simple are not afforded. "I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented."" If you read through the rest of the list, you can see how white people and people of color experience the world in two very different ways. I do understand McIntosh's essay may rub some people the wrong way. And no, I couldn't go shopping without fear in our low income neighborhoods. I know now that I AM Privileged in many ways.

Data forgeries: Fukushima and Gulf Oil Spill same criminal mind suggests Dr. Leuren Moret Ms. Moret reveals that her research has uncovered that the misleading radiation surveys and maps released by the Japanese government purportedly of radiation levels from the Fukushima area were in fact documents originally authored and created by the U.S. Department of Energy and then passed secretly on to the government of Japan, which made them public as its own. Thus, the U.S. Dr. Ms. Leuren Moret states, “Chief Cabinet Secretary declares on August 13, 2011 that the Fukushima area is safe, which is a lie. {*style:<b>Canada, U.S., and Japan are acting in concert </b>*} Dr. Ms. Ms. Infant mortality spikes in the U.S., Canada, and JapanLeuren Moret states, “Infant mortality has spiked 35% along the west coast of the U.S. and of Canada in such cities as Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Spokane, Seattle, and the B.C. coroner has noted the spike in infant mortality in B.C. province (Canada) following the Fukushima March 11, 2011 event. Ms. Top 30 “Countdown” of Leuren Moret references 31. 30. 29. 28.

Why Valve? Or, what do we need corporations for and how does Valve’s management structure fit into today’s corporate world? Why Valve? Or, what do we need corporations for and how does Valve’s management structure fit into today’s corporate world? You have read Valve’s survival manual for new employees. You have read Michael Abrash’s wonderful account of working at Valve. Contents Introduction: Firms as market-free zonesThe wheels of change: Valve’s ultimate symbol of an alternative ‘spontaneous order’What are corporations for? 1. Every social order, including that of ants and bees, must allocate its scarce resources between different productive activities and processes, as well as establish patterns of distribution among individuals and groups of output collectively produced. While all societies featured markets (even primitive ones), market-societies emerged only very recently (around three centuries ago). Interestingly, however, there is one last bastion of economic activity that proved remarkably resistant to the triumph of the market: firms, companies and, later, corporations. 2. 3. Adam Smith Karl Marx 4.

VIDEO: Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Buckingham Palace Concert – June 4 2012 | Sheya As part of the Diamond Jubilee, the BBC produced a concert on the forecourt of Buckingham Palace. An amazing event that took close to 4 hours. Here is full video of the event: (Note: At some points in the video the audio goes slightly off sync, this is just minimal) If you don’t want to watch the entire event, below is a short video of the concert finale. Prince Charles pays tribute to the Queen as she stands right next to him on stage. 22:35 The Queen’s on stage now in a glorious gold dress with an ornate front and pearls. Click here for full video of the Themes Diamond Jubilee Pageant – June 3 2012Click here for full video of the Diamond Jubilee Carriage Procession, Balcony Appearance and Flypast – June 5 2012 – June 5 2012

Respectability politics Respectability politics or the politics of respectability refers to attempts by marginalised groups to police their own members and show their social values as being continuous and compatible with mainstream values rather than challenging the mainstream for its failure to accept difference. The concept was first articulated by Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham in her book Righteous Discontent: The Women's Movement in the Black Baptist Church, 1880—1920. In the context of Black American history, respectability politics was practised as a way of attempting to consciously set aside and undermine cultural and moral practices thought to be disrespected by wider society, especially in the context of the family and good manners.[1] The development of African American politics of responsibility has been traced to writers and activists including W. Campaigners for gay rights have also struggled with the issue of respectability politics.

Neutron bomb A neutron bomb or officially known as one type of Enhanced Radiation Weapon is a low yield fission-fusion thermonuclear weapon (hydrogen bomb) in which the burst of neutrons generated by a fusion reaction is intentionally allowed to escape the weapon, rather than being absorbed by its other components.[2] The weapon's radiation case, usually made from relatively thick uranium, lead or steel in a standard bomb, are instead made of as thin a material as possible to facilitate the greatest escape of fusion produced neutrons. The "usual" nuclear weapon yield—expressed as kilotons of TNT equivalent—is not a measure of a neutron weapon's destructive power. It refers only to the energy released (mostly heat and blast), and does not express the lethal effect of neutron radiation on living organisms. Compared to a pure fission bomb with an identical explosive yield, a neutron bomb would emit about ten times[3] the amount of neutron radiation. History[edit] Use of neutron bomb[edit]

How The Government Saved The Internet Reed Hundt was chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission from 1993 to 1997. He served under President Bill Clinton and currently serves as CEO of the Coalition For Green Capital. The government had a critical role in fostering the growth of the Internet during its commercial infancy in the early 90s; I witnessed this first-hand at the FCC, when we worked with Al Gore and Congress to expand access and reduce barriers for this new medium. We thought it could become, and we wanted it to be become, the dominant medium for information exchange for the country and the world. Two governmental initiatives in particular, eliminating the interstate connection charges collected by the local telephone company and connecting classrooms and libraries to the web, greatly helped the Internet fulfill its destiny. On a weekly or bi-weekly basis, Vice President Gore convened a group in his West Wing office to outline the communications policy for the United States.

What medieval Europe did with its teenagers Image copyright Getty Images Today, there's often a perception that Asian children are given a hard time by their parents. But a few hundred years ago northern Europe took a particularly harsh line, sending children away to live and work in someone else's home. Around the year 1500, an assistant to the Venetian ambassador to England was struck by the strange attitude to parenting that he had encountered on his travels. He wrote to his masters in Venice that the English kept their children at home "till the age of seven or nine at the utmost" but then "put them out, both males and females, to hard service in the houses of other people, binding them generally for another seven or nine years". It was for the children's own good, he was told - but he suspected the English preferred having other people's children in the household because they could feed them less and work them harder. Model letters and diaries in medieval schoolbooks indicate that leaving home was traumatic.

Seven Blunders of the World The Seven Social Sins, sometimes called the Seven Blunders of the World, is a list that Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi published in his weekly newspaper Young India on October 22, 1925.[1] Later, he gave this same list to his grandson Arun Gandhi, written on a piece of paper, on their final day together, shortly before his assassination.[2] The seven sins or blunders are: History and influence[edit] Mahatma Gandhi, who published the list in 1925 as a list of "Seven Social Sins" (1940s photo) The list was first published by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in his weekly newspaper Young India on October 22, 1925.[1] Gandhi wrote that a correspondent who he called a "fair friend" had sent the list: "The... fair friend wants readers of Young India to know, if they do not already, the following seven social sins,"[1] (the list was then provided). In the decades since its first publication, the list has been widely cited and/or discussed. Easwaran, Eknath (1989). Gomes, Peter J. (2007). See also[edit]

The highly productive habits of Alan Turing June 23 marks the 100th birthday of Alan Turing. If I had to name five people whose personal efforts led to the defeat of Nazi Germany, the English mathematician would surely be on my list. Turing's genius played a key role in helping the Allies win the Battle of the Atlantic—a naval blockade against the Third Reich that depended for success on the cracking and re-cracking of Germany's Enigma cipher. That single espionage victory gave the United States control of the Atlantic shipping lanes, eventually setting the stage for the 1944 invasion of Normandy. But even before this history-changing achievement, Turing laid the groundwork for the world we live in today by positing a "universal computing machine" in 1936. "It is possible to invent a single machine which can be used to compute any computable sequence," he contended. Turing's essential idea, aptly summarized by his centenary biographer Andrew Hodges, was "one machine, for all possible tasks." 1. When Mrs. 2. 3.

10 Things NEVER to Say to a Black Coworker “Fried chicken, anyone?” “You speak really well.” “Is that your real hair?” You’d think the taboo subjects and phrases would be clearly outlined and understood by all when it comes to what is and is not acceptable to say to a Black colleague. But that’s far from the case. Here are 10 things you never want to say to a Black coworker or boss. Read also: 9 Things NEVER to Say to White Colleagues 1) You’re so articulate. You’re so articulate? “I haven’t had it said to me, maybe I’m not articulate enough, but I’ve heard a number of Blacks say they’ve had it said to them: ‘You’re so articulate’ or ‘You’re so smart or intelligent,'” says Berlinda Fontenot-Jamerson, former director of diversity at Disney ABC Television Group and current president at The Fontenot-Jamerson Group. “I feel like education and awareness is my mission, so I try to be kind when I check people to help them understand what they just said,” she says. 2) Is that your real hair? “There are a number of ways to respond.