Monday, January 31, 2011
"The atmosphere in Tahrir is festive and exhilarating. The army has tanks and armed soldiers, but they are friendly to the protesters, and many people take photos with them. At night, long after curfew, the mood is especially celebratory: people have campfires and sing songs, and everybody wants to give interviews and denounce Mubarak."via NYTimes.com /continue reading
Short Sharp Science
As the unrest in Egypt stretches on, China has blocked the country's name from micro-blogs and is scrubbing related comments from the web. Has all this talk of freedom got them on edge?
Yes, but that's hardly news. The Chinese Communist Party keeps a close eye on the Internet and blocks any content that could constitute a threat. Typically, that means no references to the 'three Ts' (Tibet, Taiwan, Tiananmen) or criticism of one-party rule. Censors also crack down ahead of a special events, such as the 2008 Beijing Olympics, or after a political crisis, like the 2009 riots in Xinjiang.
What's more interesting is what they have said about the protests. On January 30, Global Times, a state-run newspaper, published an editorial warning, essentially, that democracy would fail in Tunisia and Egypt. An excerpt:
"In general, democracy has a strong appeal because of the successful models in the West. But whether the system is applicable in other countries is in question, as more and more unsuccessful examples arise.
In the West, democracy is not only a political system, but a way of life. Yet some emerging democracies in Asia and Africa are taking hit after hit from street-level clamor
Democracy is still far away for Tunisia and Egypt. The success of a democracy takes concrete foundations in economy, education and social issues."
In other words, revolution won't bring democracy. So don't even try."
When aligned correctly it can generate a heat spot a couple of centimetres across, with an intensity of 5,000 suns, the 19-year-old claims.
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Sunday, January 30, 2011
The Croatian Kostelic finished with a winning total of 2 minutes 57.12 seconds from a downhill and a slalom run each.
Compatriot Natko Zrncic-Dim was second in 2:57.63 and former World Cup winner Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway placed third on the podium in 2:57.65 minutes."
via Monsters and Critics /continue reading
Saturday, January 29, 2011
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Here are some interesting facts about dinosaurs.
Friday, January 28, 2011
The curfew was implemented on Friday on the orders of the president, along with an order that the military take charge of security, amid violent clashes occurred between police and protesters.
Mubarak, "as commander in chief, has declared a curfew in the governorates of Greater Cairo, Alexandria and Suez from 6pm to 7am starting on Friday until further notice," state television announced.
The president "has asked the armed forces, in cooperation with the police, to implement the decision, and maintain security and secure public establishments and private property," it said.
Al Jazeera's Ayman Mohyeldin, reporting from Cairo said that a building belonging to the ruling National Democratic Party was set ablaze along with several police vehicles. Firefighters did not appear to be on the streets, and the buildings continue to remain torched.
Rawya Rageh, reporting from the port city of Alexandria, said that protesters were defying the curfew.
"The situation remains very tense, and many are still out here, openly defying this curfew."
According to the Associated Press, thousands of protesters have stormed the foreign ministry, and state television building in Cairo.
At least 410 people were wounded during Friday's protests some in a serious condition with bullet wounds, medical sources said."
via Al Jazeera English /continue reading
And that’s after extensive reconstructive surgery. When he first saw his beloved pet, owner Larry Levin thought Oogy’s face had melted.
Oogy was probably two months old when Larry first clapped eyes on him, and the puppy’s then-horrendous appearance was the least of his problems - as an appallingly injured stray, he was due to be put down.
Which would have come as a merciful end to a short and dreadful life. Oogy’s origins are shrouded in mystery - he probably started life as a drug dealer’s fighting dog who’d refused to fight and had then been used as bait for other dogs.
Somehow, he had survived, but only just, with major wounds to his head and most of the left side of his face gone. A vet at the local animal hospital in Philadelphia had tried to repair the worst of the damage, but he thought the injuries too severe for Oogy to survive.
But survive he did and, even more triumphantly, with his gentle and affectionate temperament intact.
For Levin, it was love at first sight - or, perhaps more accurately, first lick - and he resolved to adopt him."
Only 12 showed up, and the years were named in the order they arrived. The bull would have arrived first, but the rat sat on his back, jumping off just before they arrived. The rabbit came in fourth, hopping on stones to cross a fast-flowing river.
The coming year is likely to be 'quiet, positive and inspiring', according to Chinese astrologers, after a turbulent Year of the Tiger."
via Telegraph /continue reading