Why Americans Are Fat
The 12 Year Itch
Barack, "He Walks Between Worlds"
Americans are fat. Most Americans are fat. If that one problem could somehow be tackled, that would amount to a trillion dollars in savings on health care. That is not pocket change.
Why are Americans fat? I have a theory.
Americans are fat because most of them suffer from emotional malnutrition and they make up for it by physically overeating. That is why. Workplace interaction does not count. Family and friends come with limitations. It has to be a community thing.
When Obama held his Washington Square Park rally in NYC, I was taken aback when newspapers described it as "the largest rally in US presidential campaign history." But that was only 30,000 people, I kept thinking.
Obama canvassed in a city neighborhood in Iowa and two quotes struck me. "I am 45, and I have never had anyone knock on my door before." "There was so much commotion. I thought someone killed somebody." There is a serious lack of sense of neighborhood.
I have long questioned the First World, Third World designation. That makes you think like the so-called First World is two steps ahead of the Third World in everything. That is not the case. In terms of less pollution, a lot of the Third World countries lead.
At my British founded high school in Kathmandu, there was this tradition to invite two high school graduates every year to come teach for a year before they went back to England for college. I asked one of them once after they had been in the country a few months as to what they found to be the major differences between their country and mine. The answer struck me. "I have been here two months, and I have yet to see someone who is depressed!"
For some reason Nepal has been the top choice among Peace Corps volunteers since that program's inception.
Some of the teashop talk I had participated in in my homevillage would run like this. "People in America and Japan and England keep busy all the time, but look at us, drinking tea, talking soap. That is why we are lagging behind. There is so much gold under the Himalayas. If only we could figure out a way to dig it all out, we would also be rich." It took me years of education to figure out there is no gold under the Himalayas, it being a young mountain range.
Maybe talking soap has value.
I was not here after 9/11, but I read there was a tremendous sense of community in this city after 9/11. There might be a better way.
If I were to become Mayor of NYC, I would want to get rid of the wheels. You get rid of the wheels, you cut the noise out, and you make it possible for people to talk in the trains. Nowhere else do as many New Yorkers gather with so much time on their hands. I think that would be a great way to add small town elements into this great, big city.
No amount of technology will make up for face time. Internet beats TV by being interactive. Face time is what is truly interactive. If web 2.0 is interactive, web 5.0 is interactive to the power of 10.
Web 5.0: Face Time
There is an urgent need to create community spaces where people can meet and talk. The less low pressure it is, the better.
Health Care As A Spectrum
In The News
Bobby Jindal's win: Village joy doubles on Dussehra Times of India, India the moment the news broke on television channels, Jindal’s ancestral village in Khanpur erupted in celebrations, with relatives and friends distributing sweets and dancing bhangra to dhol beats. .... An ecstatic Vijay Laxmi, Jindal’s paternal aunt, said, "By becoming governor, Bobby has done the unthinkable. Who could have imagined an Indian would become the Governor of an American state?"
Jindal's ancestral village celebrates his victory
As news trickled in that the 36-year-old Oxford-educated Jindal has won the gubernatorial race, his family members started distributing sweets in the neighbourhood. .... we want that he should find time and visit his ancestral village. It will be a great occasion for all of us .... Bobby has "always been proud of his humble background".
No quick end seen to Southern California wildfires Reuters
US Discourages Turkey From Cross-Border Attack Washington Post
Romney, Giuliani take hits in debate
Bihar to e-connect villages
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Man In the News: A Son of Immigrants Rises in a Southern State a résumé steeped in public policy and a sterling education. ....... I’m one of you, a normal, red-blooded football-loving Louisiana guy. ....... the slight 36-year-old ...... a highly unusual politician .... a Southern state where race is inseparable from politics. ..... Jindal offered something few others could to a state that is on its knees. Louisiana is more desperate than ever ....... come back home instead of using his credentials as a ticket to escape, as many other accomplished Louisianans do. ......... Louisiana — largely impoverished, undereducated and unhealthy — ....... a technocrat and a Roman Catholic convert, a policy aficionado well-versed in free-market solutions ........ a proponent of “intelligent design” as an alternative theory to evolution, suggesting it may be appropriate in school science classes. ....... Sanjay Puri, chairman of the U.S.-India Political Action Committee, predicted that Mr. Jindal would surprise doubters with the depth of his understanding on policy issues. Others, however, are cautious, saying that Mr. Jindal is out of the mainstream on issues that matter to Indian-Americans. ....... “The fact that he’s of Indian ancestry is a subject of jubilation,” said Vijay Prashad, professor of South Asian history at Trinity College in Hartford, speaking of the way Mr. Jindal has been portrayed in the Indian-American press. “But there’s a very shallow appreciation of who he really is. Once you scratch the surface, it’s really unpleasant.” ....... the campaign itself was a study in caution. ..... intent on not jeopardizing a big lead in the polls, shunned reporters. ........ June 10, 1971 ..... so his mother could pursue a graduate degree in nuclear physics at Louisiana State University. His father was an engineer from the Punjab region of India, the only one of nine siblings to attend high school. ...... The younger Jindal, growing up in Baton Rouge, was not expected to come home from school with anything less than 100 on tests. ......... “I draw my definition of integrity from my Christian faith,” Mr. Jindal said during the campaign. “In my faith, you give 100 percent of yourself to God.” “But we live in a pluralistic state,” he was careful to add. ....... three young children, Celia, Shaan and Slade. ...... His short time in Washington was unobtrusive ...... He said he arrived in Baton Rouge intent on “cleaning up the corruption” and determined to “show the voters and the entire country that we are serious about changing our reputation.” ....... Legislators in Huey Long’s state Capitol are sensitive to such suggestions, however. Mr. Jindal’s honeymoon could be short.
Pelosi's judgment questioned over Armenia issue
An Appreciation Of Al Gore Forbes Back then, neither of us could imagine being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize ...... the Norwegian Nobel Committee has rightly reminded us that climate change is the single biggest threat to world peace. ...... For me, the issue is personal--for it is in my part of the world, the continent of Africa, that the effects of global climate change are likely to be most severe. Increased drought, erratic rainfall, floods, crop failures and the consequent migration of large numbers of people will only intensify already existing tensions here and in other developing regions. This is already taking place in Darfur in western Sudan, where, as elsewhere, access to and control over natural resources (clean drinking water, land suitable for crops or grazing, oil, minerals and precious metals) underlie almost all civil conflicts and outright wars. .......... in Africa, where people's daily lives are closely linked to their environment, the consequences will be a matter of life and death. ....... the prime victims of the climate crisis, who will be poor and rural, very young and, more often than not, female. ....... thick, healthy stands of indigenous trees .... a vital component needed to slow, and ultimately reverse, global warming. ..... Seventeen years since Al Gore came to Kenya, the podo tree he planted is flourishing--one among the many millions of trees the Green Belt Movement and others have planted to restore forests that have been lost..... Wangari Maathai, the 2004 Nobel Peace Laureate, is founder of the Green Belt Movement, a member of Kenya’s Parliament and the author of Unbowed: A Memoir (Anchor, 2007).
Pakistan Opposition Denounces Proposed Ban on Rallies Voice of America Massive, traffic-stopping rallies have long been a feature of Pakistan's political culture, where a candidate's strength is partly judged by the crowds he or she draws. Babar Awan, a senator allied with former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party, believes the government's proposed ban on such events has nothing to do with improving security. ........ Musharraf's government was threatened by Friday's outpouring of support for former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and wants to limit the impact of such events. ....... Visiting former U.S. Senator Tom Daschle Don't fault Obama for honoring party rules Detroit Free Press
Obama Pledges More Fair Tax System CBS News
Obama and the 5-minute tax return
More Delays for India-US Nuclear Deal The Associated Press Singh's government, meanwhile, hasn't taken the next steps in cinching the deal — negotiating separate agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency and Nuclear Suppliers Group, a group of nations that export nuclear material. ...... The deal faces opposition in America, too. Critics there, including some in Congress, say providing U.S. fuel to India would free up India's limited domestic supplies of nuclear material for use in atomic weapons, which they argue could spark a nuclear arms race in Asia. ....... India's booming but energy-hungry economy .
China's new leadership takes the stage Christian Science Monitor Sartorially speaking, there was nothing to set the two men apart. They wore the same dark blue suits and red-hued ties as their seven comrades on the podium. ...... Wordlessly, they maintained anodyne fixed smiles ..... Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang are not only new members of China's innermost political sanctum. ....... the next generation hoping to guide China's continued rise as a global power. ...... Xi Jinping ... currently party chief in the dynamic metropolis of Shanghai, is a so-called "princeling," the son of a former vice premier, and he is married to a well-known singer. He has made his name in the southern coastal provinces that were the first to cast off the economic shackles of state control, experimenting with reform, foreign investment, and rapid modernization. ........ (Hu introduced Xi immediately before Li, in a subtle but significant indication of the hierarchy) ....... Delegates unanimously enshrined his pet theories of "scientific development" and a "harmonious society" into the Communist Party Constitution, endorsing his stress on social and environmental programs to mitigate the negative effects of breakneck economic growth. ...... Repeated environmental disasters and a growing gap between rich and poor are among the problems Hu has pledged to tackle during his second term of office ....... China's four largest cities, which generally blaze a trail for the rest of the country .......... Hu harped repeatedly on the theme of "inner party democracy," and officials insisted that elections to the party's 200-strong Central Committee were a competitive, multicandidate affair. ....... there were only 8 percent more candidates than places on the Central Committee when congress delegates voted Saturday ...... This party congress was very controlled, and it remains a black box of manipulation.
China: New Leaders, Old Problems
Jindal Triumphant in Louisiana
College Costs Rising Rapidly New York Times rose at more than double the rate of inflation ....... while the pace of increase has held steady at four-year private institutions, it has picked up at public ones. ....... continue to drive up the amount that students and families borrow, with the fastest growth coming in private loans ...... Private loans, those not guaranteed by the federal government, continued to be the fastest growing form of borrowing, totaling more than $17 billion in the 2006-07 academic year. In the same period, students and their families borrowed $59.6 billion in federally guaranteed loans.
Louisiana: Is Jindal's Win a Sign of GOP Turnaround Nationally?
WiMax designated as global standard Hollywood Reporter
WiMax becomes a 3G standard Techworld.com
WiMAX? You mean 4G Register The International Telecommunications Union has decided WiMAX should be included in its IMT-2000 protocol, a decision which could enable 4G licensees to deploy the technology into 2.5GHz when the frequency becomes available. ........ WiMAX will officially become a 4G technology - able to compete with the others on an equal footing.
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Dell Forges Retail Ties with Staples PC Magazine
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UN telecommuications agency endorses WiMax International Herald Tribune a sizable victory for Intel and something of a defeat for competing technologies from Qualcomm and Ericsson. ........ the third-generation family of mobile standards. ....... opens the way for many ITU member countries to devote a part of the public radio spectrum to WiMax, and receivers for it could be built into laptop computers, phones, music players and other portable devices. ....... its reference number, IEEE 802.16, potentially can move data at 70 megabits a second across 65 kilometers, or 40 miles. Current fixed-line broadband connections have speeds of around two megabits a second. ........ Ultra Mobile Broadband, an alternative technology from Qualcomm, and Long-Term Evolution, an equivalent from Ericsson. ...... Intel has been promoting and investing in WiMax for the past three years and led "a pretty substantial amount of lobbying" to prove its case and get the ITU's stamp on the technology, said Sriram Viswanathan, vice president of Intel Capital and general manager of its WiMax business. ........ Lenovo, Acer and a few other makers of personal computers recently committed to using Intel's WiMax chips, which are expected to reach the market in May. ......Japan, Britain and Switzerland have scheduled auctions in the coming months to allocate licenses in the radio frequency in which WiMax operates, 2.5 gigahertz to 2.69 gigahertz.
World Bank chief calls for new direction for lender Reuters the bank's 185 member countries. ..... the bank should respond quicker to help countries emerging from conflict ..... should improve services for fast-growing emerging economies that no longer need loans ....... The World Bank is more than half way through tough negotiations with its biggest donors to replenish the coffer for lending to 81 of the poorest nations.
Paulson: World Bank must reduce poverty
Apple Market Value Soars Past Dell's on Mac, IPod (Update2) Bloomberg Ten years ago this month, Dell Inc. founder Michael Dell said Steve Jobs should ```shut down'' Apple Inc. and return the money to shareholders. ....... Dell then had a market value of $4 billion to Apple's $700 million. Apple's valuation has since soared to $150 billion, more than double that of its personal-computer rival. Last month, Apple passed PC leader Hewlett-Packard Co. in market capitalization for the first time. ........ annual sales surpassed $20 billion for the first time in the company's 31-year history ....... profit for the year probably topped $3 billion ...... The stock has more than doubled this year. ...... ``This party is just getting started,'' said Stephen Coleman, chief investment officer at St. Louis-based Daedalus Capital, which began buying Apple shares in 2004 and owns about $4 million worth. ``My clients smile a lot. So do I.'' ....... The iPod accounts for 70 percent of media-player sales in the U.S., while its closest rival SanDisk Corp. has 10 percent ...... The iPod provides ``form and function that resonate with consumers'' ...... Apple's PC market share in the U.S. widened to 8.1 percent from 6.2 percent in the third quarter ...... Mac shipments rose 37 percent, with Apple posting the fastest growth among the top five PC makers
Not All Are Pleased at Plan to Offer Birth Control at Maine Middle ... New York Times the issue continues to draw fervent support and ardent opposition in this city of 64,000, the largest in Maine. ....... The school’s clinic functions much like a physician’s office and has been offering condoms and testing for pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases since 2000. It also offers dental, mental health and basic care. ........ The clinics at Portland high schools have offered oral contraceptives for years ........ Health officials decided to extend the policy to middle school after learning that 17 middle school students had become pregnant in the last four years ....... there is a small group of kids, and thankfully it’s a small group, who are reporting that they are sexually active, and we need to do all we can to protect them ........ Nationally, about a quarter of school-based clinics, most of them in high schools, provide some type of contraception ........ Parents in Portland who want their children to have access to the clinic must sign a waiver each year that details the services it offers. Under state law, reproductive health, mental health and substance abuse issues are confidential between medical provider and patient, regardless of the patient’s age. .......... Postpubescent girls will be able to gain access to prescription contraceptives only after undergoing counseling and being examined by a physician or nurse practitioner who can prescribe oral contraceptives ....... “It brings home the fact that my 13-year-old daughter has friends and people around her who are sexually active,” Ms. Purington said. “But at least it’s a good alternative in a not-so-good situation. No one is going to stand up and cheer that 12- and 13-year-olds are having sex, but it’s not anything new.”
Russian spacecraft lands more than 200 miles off course
Britney Spears Reportedly Regains Visitation Rights MTV.com
Bobby Jindal in India to push India-US ties Hindustan Times
Relatives overjoyed as Indian American wins Louisiana governor's post
Iraq says taking "important steps" against PKK Reuters
Turkey bombards northern Iraq after ambush
Pakistan's Bhutto Seeks International Help for Bomb Investigation
Embattled but still revered: Nepal lines up before King
Tibetan monks beaten as police halt dissent
Obama campaign closes the ($$$) gap MSNBC what his campaign managed to do Friday, closing a $2.1 million dollar fundraising gap ........ the campaign's grassroots fundraising drive kicked into high gear ...... said quite simply, "I need you to make a donation to close the gap." ........ managed to do so late Friday night, five days after the launch of the appeal. The campaign posted a "Thank You, You Closed the Gap" ........ raising that amount of money in a short time span is the camapaign's way of publicly flexing its muscles -- attempting to show that it has the depth of support and organizational strength to raise millions at the drop of a hat. ........ called the Clinton campaign "the most entrenched political machine in Democratic politics."
Obama plans NJ campaign stop
Clinton Rejects Front-Runner Label The Associated Press "I'm reminded by some of my friends that when you get to be my age, having so many men paying attention to you is kind of flattering." ........... recent surveys have shown her gaining ground in Iowa. ..... "I'm going to continue to attack the problems of America," Clinton said. "I'm going to focus on what I would do as president." ....... her package to help students pay for college. ...... doubling the tax credit for college costs and increasing Pell Grants, which help middle-class students afford college. ....... "College costs have gone up 35 percent in the last five years," Clinton said. ...... "The average American family has lost $1,000 in income over the last six years," Clinton said. ........ "We've got to get back to fiscal responsibility." ...... Clinton drew some of her loudest cheers when she reminded the audience that she could be the nation's first female president. She said women in their 90s had approached her at campaign events and told her, "I was born before women could vote, but I'm going to live to see a woman president."
Black sheep of the family - meaning and origin of this phrase.
A worthless or disgraced member of a family.
The first record in print is from Charles Macklin's The man of the world, a comedy, 1786:
"O, ye villain! you - you - you are a black sheep; and I'll mark you."
It isn't entirely clear why black sheep were selected to symbolize worthlessness. Possibly it is just the linking of black things with bad things, which is a long standing allusion in English texts - black mood, black looks etc. It may also be because shepherds disliked black sheep as their fleeces weren't suitable for dying and so were worth less than those of white sheep.
Old joke alert -'Why do black sheep eat less than white ones?'. 'There aren't as many of them.'
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