September 21, 2010 at 22:49 (Inspiration, Something To Think About, World)
This came as quite a surprise since there seems not to have been much publicity for this other than Jude Law….but it raises a few questions. Even though the goal of having ‘Peace One Day’ is valid, will global cease-fire and independence ever truly be achieved for the one day? This seems more borne out of wishful thinking than critical thinking. How would this be able to be ensured? Would someone enforce it? or would we depend on the goodness of ‘the people’?
If we could organize a process in which to donate to these war-torn countries where peace is most inevitably needed, that could be a more realistic goal for the moment. There seems never to be enough publicity for what is important. This shouldn’t have only been on Youtube. It should have been on one of the many social networks that we have access to in this day and age.
January 19, 2010 at 19:34 (Couture & Controversy, World)
Tags: New Zealand
An Air New Zealand advertisement showed mature older single women as “cougars” scouring bars for pretty young things is pissing a lot of people off, mainly the rape prevention groups in New Zealand. A Grabseat manager has been quoted as saying the ad is “a good bit of light-hearted humor” and a celebration of the “quirky sense of humour Kiwis are renowned for.” The Rape Prevention Education director for New Zealand Kim McGregor strongly disagrees. She also asked Air New Zealand employees how they found the ad and apparently, they are not amused either.
“They find it degrading and that it is encouraging potentially harmful behaviour, so my question is why is our national carrier promoting sexually predatory behaviour? “We have also had complaints from male survivors who have been raped by women and they are very distressed that their situation is being laughed at and made out to be humorous.”
That makes sense. Initially, we would have said it is ..slightly humorous because cougars are so often in the media but we don’t think that the video’s intended reaction was to mock rape but perhaps provide a commentary on how the world sees older women with younger men. It might even be the reason why they are called cougars. There is a possibility that you could just as easily say it is a statement about the censure older women face
January 19, 2010 at 14:21 (Les Hôtels, World)
There are a whole bunch of hotels that will make you pay top dollar in the 5 figure sense for the best sense of
insanity peace you’ve felt ever. Above is the Park Hyatt Vendôme in Paris for $20,000. Hmm Is that the suite or a hallway?
Presidential Suite at the Plaza Hotel, New York City — $20,000. Pretty but so are showrooms.
The Bridge Suite is slightly more pricey. Located at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas, it treats guests to ten-room chamber atop a bridge for $25,000. We guess this wouldn’t be good for anyone suffering from Vertigo. 25,000 for a view of the ocean for one night. Then again, 25,000 divided by 10 might be good for a group of the
ridiculously rich affluent.
Ritz-Carlton Suite, the premium suite at the Ritz-Carlton in Tokyo rests on the 53rd floor for $25,000 a night. Looks..exciting. We really don’t like the picture. We hope they don’t advertise like that.
Looks like a little Sistine Chapel was employed in the artwork with touches of Greek vase? This is Villa Cupola suite at the Westin in the center of Rome, which offers god knows what to guests for $29,255.
Presidential Suite at Hotel Cala di Volpe in Sardinia costs $34,000 per night. Its three bedrooms, two living rooms, three bathrooms, and private pool occupy multiple floors and strangely enough the hotel still blatantly charges guests for internet access.
Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York comes with a full-time butler, use of the hotel’s Rolls Royce, and spa treatments — for $35,000 per night, well at least they’re offering something.
$40,000 per night, the Hugh Hefner Sky Villa at Palms Casino Resort is pricey, but some of the amenities — like a cantilevered jacuzzi suspended over the Las Vegas strip — are unusual.
For a night in the brand new Shahi Mahal Presidential Suite, the Raj Palace charges $40,000. Chances are it is a palace. We’ve seen these kinds of palaces. Talk about service and pampering.
The most expensive seemed to be the Royal Penthouse Suite at President Wilson Hotel which offers ultra-tight security for high-profile visitors, sliding armoured doors and the ability for guests to monitor visitors on closed-circuit television. People on the world’s most wanted list or James Bond would love this for the $65,000 a night it costs.
We don’t know. They are probably lovely hotels but seriously, they are ridiculously over-priced. Why bother visiting the city where you’ve travelled if you’re just going to stay in a hotel with a butler named Albert?
January 17, 2010 at 20:25 (Science & Technology, World)
Dubbed the ”Z Machine”, this electrical wonder is being raved about as the solution to the growing energy consumption. Usually it is used to research thermonuclear reactions, for example, what happens at the heart of a hydrogen bomb detonation. Now, they are concentrating their efforts upon creating a way ”to fuse heavy water atoms to create fusion power” to produce ”cheap, clean, safe and unlimited” energy to everyone. What we know is that it can produce 290 terawatts of power through a small electrical input. 290 terawatts is about oh, 80 times the world’s total power output, which is great but the only problem is they are having a bit of troubling harnessing the power meaning that the power can only be released in a pulse that lasts 70 billionths of a second.
It sounds complicated as great science does but we have faith. One qualm we would have about this is if it really would remain cheap and unlimited. Isn’t something we’ve learned from history that once something amazing is created some fool comes along, buys the rights to it and charges extravagantly for it?
The energy pictured above really is beautiful, isn’t it?
January 13, 2010 at 23:24 (A Lovely Event, Barack Obama, Politics, World)
It is not the first time President Obama has been the inspired subject of a musical play. Last year, “Obama On My Mind” in London and “Obama: The Musical” in Nairobi, Kenya premiered. Barack Obama can now add a third musical creation to his tribute entitled “Hope — the Obama Musical Story” premiering this weekend in Germany. It starts 20 years ago when he was a community organizer and leads all the way to his presidency, concentrating mostly on his electoral campaign. Songs with quotes of politicians’ blundered speeches during the U.S presidential campaign of 2008 will be sung along with John McCain and Sarah Palin. There will even be duets with Hillary Clinton and love songs from Obama to wife Michelle.
The piece is set in Obama’s hometown of Chicago and meant to show “the great, collective emotion” there was for change for a better life”.
The 30 performers involved are ”rehearsing 12 hours a day” to perfect their kicks, Jimmie Wilson who plays Obama enthused.
Audience members can even get involved with the mini drums they will have built in their chairs. To attend the blessed event, you can buy tickets for the premiere online and only the premiere since it is being used as an ‘interest’ indicator.
The tickets range from euro40 to euro149 ($58 and $215).
Would you see a musical rendition of Yes We Can?
January 13, 2010 at 16:21 (A Bitter Truth, Barack Obama, Charitable Acts, Tragic Times, World)
A massive earthquake measuring a 7.0 magnitude hit Haiti destroying a great deal of the capital of Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, January 12th. It is being called “le seisme devastateur” by Creole and French internet news updates. A trail of bodies line the streets with incalculable others still trapped beneath the rubble as thousands of structures and buildings including the Haitian official jail, National Palace and the U.N. peacekeeping headquarters collapsed in the wake of the disastrous quake.
The collapse of the jail aided prisoners to escape while the rest of the Haitian populous inquired and reported the losses of family members on Radio Verite, a Haitian interest radio station.
Hugues Sanon, the DJ said,”People are calling, crying, I cannot cry myself. But in my heart, I’m crying. When you have someone saying ‘my father died, my sister died…’ You try to be strong.” The DJ himself is unaware if his 3-year-old son survived as he was in an area where the earthquake struck.
Community leaders have spoken on the radio station providing new information while the station attempts to unify the Haitian Community with announcements of meetings such as the one, David Romelus of Unity for Development has planned for 8 pm, at the Haitian community center on Madison Avenue in Elizabeth tonight.
President Obama has indicated the full support of the United States Government will be used to deliver humanitarian relief in terms of food, medicine and water while they help remove those trapped in the buildings.
For those who want more information about how to help go to http://www.WhiteHouse.gov/HaitiEarthquake
Also for those ”Americans trying to locate family members in Haiti [they] are encouraged to contact the State Department at (888) 407-4747.”