Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Blog Telepathy

Have you ever thought of or spoken to someone about a friend and then shortly thereafter received a phone call or email from the friend you were just thinking/speaking/writing about? Have you thought about someone or something who you had not seen in a while or ever had thought about in the past and then somehow afterwards you continued to run into that same person or something?

As reported today by Reuters (http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060905/od_uk_nm/oukoe_uk_britain_telepathy), a scientist whose research is funded by Trinity College, Cambridge, says he has proof of this phenomenon, what he calls telephone telepathy. Rupert Sheldrake has said that he had conducted experiments that proved that such precognition existed for telephone calls and even e-mails. In his study, each person was asked to give names and phone numbers of four relatives or friends. These individuals were then called at random and told to call the subject who had to identify the caller before answering the phone. The hit rate was around 45%. The same result occurred via email.

Oh by the way - dont bother posting a comment to this post as I already know that you were going to comment and what your comment was going to be.

You cant make this stuff up

Friday, August 18, 2006

"War - what is it good for?" Absolutely nothing

For the last month, the world was entranced with the latest war in the Middle East between Israel and the Hezbollah. This war was initiated by Hezbollah when they captured two Israeli soldiers during an incursion into Israeli territory and subsequent firefight. For weeks both Israel with strong support from the US, rejected calls for immediate cease fires as cease fires are not possible when they are with terrorist organizations and Israel demanded the unconditional release of its soldiers before it would stop its efforts. Well, a month past by, with over 4,000 rockets fired into Israel, hundreds killed on both sides, thousands injured, billions in damage and then Israel decided it was time to give in. However, the cease fire was not contingent on the release of the kidnapped soldiers.

Someone please explain to me - why does Israel give into the pressure of countries who can not relate to Israel's political and geographical issues? Why is it that according to the secretary general of the UN, Israel can not defend itself from attacks unless it is in writing? Why are the IDF soldiers leaving Lebanon, if the UN and international force can not and is not expected to disarm Hezbollah? How can Egypt, a country supposedly at peace with Israel, suggest that another kidnapped soldier held in Gaza be transferred to Egypt until negotiations are complete to swap terrorists in jail for the one soldier?

I havent blogged in a while because I am so annoyed, frustrated, angry, disappointed, shocked . . . . at this whole war and its abrupt cease fire that it has been difficult to focus.

What are your thoughts?

Monday, July 31, 2006

"No Ice please. . . Ok that will be $1 sir"

Have you ever been to a bar or restaurant and order a drink with no ice?

Imagine its a Thursday night, the weekend is in sight, you are hanging out with friends drinking after work and when its quitting time you finally get a bill. You look at the bill and something doesnt look right. You probably are not too wasted because you have work the next day but for some reason you think you are being overcharged.

You ask the bartender: "Hey why am I being charged more for my drinks?"
and he replies "You ordered your drinks without ice"
You are about to pass out and its not because of the alcohol running through your veins.

Ok, so we are probably getting more used to getting passed the rising costs of gas/oil from our gas/electric company, water delivery service, garbage pickup etc. Recently, it has become a rising trend that customers are being charged for ordering drinks without ice! Everyone knows that the more ice there is in a drink, the less "real stuff" you are going to get but COME-ON!!!.

As reported in the USA today on 7/28 - "the extra charge for a drink served without ice is $1 is because "there's more liquor in it. It's not anything done for any kind of deceptive purposes. A martini glass needs to be full."

Personally, I think this is the lamest excuse that I have ever heard. Apparantly, bar and restaurant owners have found their R factor in our backpocket.

What is your opinion?

Thursday, July 20, 2006

A Blogger's Ethical Dillema: Blogging at work

Do you blog at work? While your co-workers go out to lunch, read the paper or surf the internet, do you spend your time reading other blogs or update your own?

A woman in the US did and got fired because she was blogging about her co-workers. In fact if you are fired for blogging at work, people would now say that you weren't fired but "dooced" - after the woman, Heather B. Armstrong, was fired for writing about her colleagues (see her blog at http://www.dooce.com).

Today the Associated Press reported that a woman in France was suing her employer for firing her for blogging at work. (see http://apnews1.iwon.com//article/20060720/D8IVRIO01.html?PG=home&SEC=news )

So what do you think, is blogging at work no different than surfing the interent, emailing your friends, using office supplies or your business phone for personal use?

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Football - a matter of life or death?

Its 3am and you are sleeping in bed. All of a sudden, you wake up and smell smoke. Your instincts kick in - oh my gosh, there's a fire! Whats the first thing you grab?

a) your kids
b) your coat
c) your wallet
d) none of the above

Well if your a "die"-hard Beijing soccer fan, the answer is none of the above. As reported on Reuters today: (see link - http://reuters.iwon.com/article/20060629/2006-06-29T113159Z_01_PEK81476_RTRIDST_0_ODD-WORLD-CHINA-DC.html)

"When the neighbors shouted 'fire!', I took my little baby and ran out in my nightclothes," the man's wife told the paper. "My husband paid no attention to the danger, just grabbed the television and put it under his arm. After getting out of the house, he then set about finding an electric socket to plug in and continue watching his game."

If only we had that much dedication to the more important things in our life

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Another case of misrepresentation?

Here is a picture posted by Reuters today with the following caption:


"Israeli soldiers sing and dance as they prepare to enter the Gaza Strip at the Rafah border crossing area on the Israeli-Gaza border June 28, 2006. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (ISRAEL)"

Three questions:

1) Is this caption accurate? I.e. Was this photo really taken of soldiers celebrating their return to Gaza?

2) Guess which newspaper/news agencies will probably post this picture in their online/print editions today and tomorrow?

3) What is your reaction to such a picture?

Here are my thoughts:

1) Whether the caption is accurate or not - I can easily see this picture being labeled with a different more deceptive caption. For example, "Israeli soldiers fire into the air after Israel's destruction of Gaza's only power station throwing millions of innocent Palestinians into darkness".

2) Perhaps a certain newspaper that was recently rebuked by the president of the US for leaking a certain story?

3) I think this picture is dangerous whether I can justify it or not.

Your thoughts?

Monday, June 26, 2006

The Lighter side of Flag Burning

Photo courtesy of http://www.claybennett.com/pages/flag_desecration.html

Ok - this is a "hot" topic of the moment in the United States. The US government is proposing a constitutional amendment to make it illegal to burn the United States flag. At the center of this "burning" issue is whether or not flag burning falls under the right of free speech.

Personally, I am not sure why this is currently such a hot topic and deserves more attention than lets say, the environment, poverty, AIDS, reliance on oil, etc. Does this issue really matter to the now close to 300 million americans living in this country? To take a phrase from Billy Joel - "We didnt start the fire". I would bet that the reason why this issue has hit home lately, is because outside the US, flag burning is a common form of expression against democracy, and against countries that depicted a certain "prophet" in a form that is sacreligious to a certain religion. When the media splashes pictures and video feeds of flag burning in the Middle East, Europe, Asia and other countries outside of the US, people take personal offense and making it illegal is the only way to counter these acts.

Or just maybe the elders in the Senate and the House are having their "elderly moments"
- see http://www.cnn.com/2006/HEALTH/06/26/senior.moments.ap/index.html.

In my humble opinion, we have lost focus. I dont deny that this is an important issue and I am not taking sides but honestly, why are we wasting time and money on an issue that does not physically effect us and not on the issues that do? Is this really the "R" Factor in our life?

Your thoughts?

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