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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Interesting Reading Today...

Jamaica has an even higher murder rate than ours.  Gunmen have even ordered people to leave their homes and communities under penalty of death .  However, the Jamaican press can still find uplifting stories like this one:
JAMAICA GLEANER: Gangster turns student - Former bad boy tells IMF boss how far he has come
A friend sent this link that shows in all of ninety second how the world's five major religions were born and spread over the last five thousand years.  It's definitely not complete though as it doesn't seem to properly take diaspora into consideration:
The Geography of Faith and its Wars across History
I've chatted with a number of people on the causes of the current financial crisis in the United States, and the potential global fall out, with particular emphasis on what we might see here in Trinidad and Tobago.  It's a long discussion on multiple topics which intertwine readily and often.  However, one can get a visual of the root of the problem from one of the blogs that I read:
Mint.edu: A Visual Guide to the Financial Crisis
Mint.edu also released today an analysis of the bailout proposed by the US Government, including how the bailout is being funded and how some financial experts think it should be funded:
A Visual Guide to the Financial Crisis: The Bailout
And finally, given her physical response to rudeness, I feel not just a little trepidation about this robot getting the ability to walk.  Aiko, as the robot is called, would be an early precursor to a fully functional, straight out of a sci-fi  novel android.  Indeed the technology exists in various spaces to make her "perfect"... but without Asimov's Three Laws programmed in, that could prove to be a problem:
Sun.co.uk: Inventor builds She-3PO Robot

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

A little mirth: Russell Peters on Trinis and Soca Music...

We're in the Christmas break between Band Launching Season and full Soca Switch.  Oil and gas prices are down, interest rates are going up, retail food prices aren't falling even though global food prices are, the Government has just announced cuts in expenditure, including the re-scheduling of needed hospitals... Crime is on the rise, with fears that things will worsen during one of the year's annual Silly Seasons... But, one thing that Trinbagonians know how to do is roll on through adversity, laughing and feting all the way.  Who else could come up with the idea of a Coup Party, or could find themselves liming in front of a bar in St. James with storm warnings in effect?

Comedian Russell Peters grew up among West Indians in Canada, and clearly has our number.  In slightly rough times, enjoy a little laugh at our expense.  The Trini ole talk begins at about the one minute mark, but you can enjoy the lil' jab at Jamaicans too.  The video is uncensored though so turn the volume down and send little children out of the room.

"In de crease... In de crease...!" (You've got to watch the video to understand... and if anybody does release that tune this season, make sure and pay the man his royalty fee please... He has copyright...)

Monday, December 01, 2008

World AIDS Day 2008

Support World AIDS Day
Remembering those who are no longer with us and those who still are...

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