The details in all these cases are still emerging. In most, the exact motive has yet to be determined – or may never be fully understood.
"Most of these mass killings are precipitated by some catastrophic loss, and when the economy goes south, there are simply more of these losses," says Jack Levin, a noted criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Don't believe in God eh? Well, go to church anyway - it's time to start becoming a community [Oh and quit believing 'He who dies with the most toys wins.']
NVDL: Great article from The Oil Drum.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
NVDL: In my street we had our lights off, so did the people next door and the Slumlord downstairs. Across the road all the lights were burning, but diagonally across the windows were filled with soft candlelight.
My girlfriend and I thought it might be something worth doing once a month. Say the middle Wednesday in each month... Once could even log off your computer during one lunch break each month; it's a start.
Only with the lights off and the candles on do you realise how much noise is going on with the TV on and lights...and do you find yourself settling into The Now.
Time zone by time zone, nearly 4,000 cities and towns in 88 countries joined the event sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund to dim nonessential lights from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
"People want politicians to take action and solve the problem," said Kim Carstensen, director of the global climate initiative for WWF, speaking in a piano bar bathed by candlelight and lounge music.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
1 in 10 vehicles on road responsible for car accidents - not surprising when you see hwo people drive and their attitudes to other drivers
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Head of Organised Crime Unit [+ 2 subordinates] arrested on Monday for drug trafficking [Why South Africa disgusts me]
"We will root them out. We are not ashamed to name our own," she said. - Sapa
NVD:: I'm a big culrpit on the bottled water thing, however, I've only noticed how much money I 'waste' on water since I've weaned myself off sodas and fruit juices. In this sense it's more of an investment. Do want to buy a filter and an aluminium flask though.
1) Bottled Water
2) Extended Warranties
3) Gym Memberships
Check with your employer, health insurer and other membership groups like your union or alma mater to see if they offer discounts on gym and fitness club memberships, says Bob Nelson, president of Nelson Motivation, a benefits consulting firm.
4) Overdraft Fees
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
So 9 of 10 Americans believe Bernanke is wrong (he said the economy will recover in 2009). I agree with the 9/10, which begs the question. Why do you have an expert on the financial system coming up with wishful fabrications? Is it because he has investments he hopes can be propped up by public sentiment? Or is he simply suffering from Jiminy Cricket Syndrome. It's quite troubling - knowing that this is the case.
In the one the emerging market expert, guru etc advises his audiences |(incorrectly). If it takes a rookie blogger like myself to see that these celebrity economic experts are suffering from delusional hubris, you know we're in deep shit.
Oh, there goes the herd. Going to join 'em are ya?
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
That said, over the medium term, it would be good to know if the savings we make from ink and paper will not be lost in trying to keep coal-power stations running, and electricity based internet humming uninterrupted. I'm not confident that it will beyond the next decade or so.
For those looking for the “next big thing,” I would put my money on what services or businesses rise to fill the “localization” void which will ultimately be created as newspapers exit the print business and pare down headcount.
One example might include the development of localized blog networks like SB Nation.
The Scilly Islands are a unique corner of the UK, a scattering of islands off the Cornish coast with beaches that wouldn't look out of place in the Maldives and an agreeably somnolent pace of life. Spend a holiday swimming between the islands (the longest distance is just over two miles) through the clear shallow waters which team with marine life. The islands are relatively undeveloped, thanks to firm management by the Duchy of Cornwall, and a microclimate created by the passing Gulf Stream means they are home to palm trees and tropical plants that form a striking contrast to the windswept, sea-lashed hills. Because the distances between the islands are relatively short, several swims can be taken each day, and by the end of the week the route will have circumnavigated all the islands.
NVDL: Moral of the story - those who innovate (and enjoy a little luck) will survive.
For thousands of expatriates lured to Dubai by the promise of year-round sunshine and a tax-free lifestyle, the party is over. Corporate restructurings have arrived hard on the heels of steep falls in property prices and plummeting consumer confidence; El Dorado is fading back into desert.
“It’s a nightmare,” says one.
Eskom needs R100 Billion so that you can turn your lights (and the internet) on by the end of the decade
NVDL: I wonder where Eskom is going to get R100 billion from? I mean, has anyone noticed that credit evaporated out of the system recently...upwards of $17.5 trillion [translating to debts of over $6000 for every US man, woman and child, and making the average Britain 40 000 pounds (about R100 000) poorer.]
Monday, March 16, 2009
He says teleworking, video conferencing and WiFi hotspots will alleviate traffic congestion and save costs. Video streaming, Internet access and online applications will facilitate information sharing, stimulate socio economic development and improve health services and security.
NVDL: I hope there will be electrcity to run this fairy tale. If so good, but maybe we need to *make sure* it's guaranteed over the next 5 years, 10 years etc.
"We regard access to broadband as a key driver of economic growth and wealth generation. Through this initiative we will ensure that all the citizens of Joburg gain access to universally available, reliable and affordable broadband", says Tau.
“Not only is the prospect of transforming Johannesburg into a truly ‘digital city’ an exciting one, the awarding of the tender is further confirmation of Ericsson’s proven ability to provide comprehensive end-to-end solutions that meet the needs of both telco and non-telco customers.”
NVDL: Read the rest of Jim's 'take' below, or watch this link:
I was in Johannesburg to give some talks at the invitation of an architecture firm, Osmand Lange, who had designed an outstanding New Urbanist project of some 35 acres in the otherwise Los Angeles-style illegible suburban sprawl north of the old central business district. The project, called Melrose Arch, was an ensemble of five-story buildings in a set of mixed-use, dense blocks rich with good public space -- a rare thing in this otherwise ultra-fortified security state of gated estate houses, malls, business "parks," and freeways.
In fact, in the car coming off the very long flight from North America, with what felt like a brain-pan full of screaming weevils produced by jet-lag, I kept on wondering if I had somehow landed in LA by mistake, so similar was the palm-studded terrain and most of the objects deployed on it. After a day or so of brain rehab, the differences became more apparent.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
NVDL: I called this exhibition Wizardry With Color and Light. I'd like to do another one this year, Ambient Light (also publicising my new Photo Blog).