Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Silent Passive Irrelevant Majority...!!



Published on Jun 18, 2014
Finally!
For years all we hear is that Islam has been 'hijacked' and that most Muslims are peaceful people:
And that matters to the 270 million people who have been killed in the name of Allah HOW?
They estimate that some 15 to 20 percent of all Muslims are 'radical.' Well here's a real news bulletin that actually has meaning:
Eighty Percent of All Muslims Are Not Muslims!
Enter Ms. Brigitte Gabriel.


It is truly interesting and useful...
All religions and schools of faith had radicals.. This is natural and accepted throughout history of Mankind..
The only new addition to the formulas of communicate, exchange and integrate; is the combination of money and powers, which became not only vulgar to morals earlier to the age of internet, but also became greedy than public senses of 1960th and earlier..

Therefore, both worlds (G7 vs others) became contradictive due to the inevitable paradox of development and evolution.. Both adores the other for different reasons.. Both hates the other for different reasons as well..


Technology had eventually widen the gap despite the so-called social media.. It is the cultural aspects which are torn or precisely deformed by rapid communications, exposure and imitations..


The curse of knowledge is the new germ that requires detailing, whereas our typical intellectual arrogance prevent the deep communications our ancestors had.. It is alike the fast foods..


This where religious and ethnic groups can't truly integrate, yet adore the other..!!!




Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday, August 28, 2015

AfroArabian Blend

 
 
الخلطة الأفروعربية التي ترعرت في السودان، تتميز بسطوة المكونات والفلكلوريات الأفريقية التي لا تختلف عن عروبة الجاهلية بكل الخزعبلات والميتافزيقا فيها.. هكذا كان ولا يزال السودان بوتقة لكافة مساؤى العرب والأفارقة.. بينما الحسنات والتمايزات كانت ولازالت محل خلاف ثقافي وعقائدي وسيكولوجي كبير.. هكذا لا ينتظر حدوث أي تطور ايجابي للعقلية والثقافة الشعبية السودانية في المدى المنظور ، بينما سوف تتلاحق التطورت السلبية في المظاهر الاجتماعية والسياسية ، بدءاً من حفلات الزار ، مروراً بمن...افسات حفلات الزواج ، وتناقضات الحراك السياسي الاجتماعي العام ، وانتهاءاً بالأمين.. للأسف
 
السودان يتطلب مرحلة للتصارح والتصالح مع النفس ، بعد أن تتولى الأمر فيه سلطة رشيدة وواعية ، فلابد من الاقرار بحجم السؤ والخطأ قبل التغني بالفخر والتميز ، فغالب الفخر قائم على الهوى والمبالغة ، بينما غالب الخطأ ينتسب للتسلط والمحاباة ، ولعل في ألمانيا وايرلندا وجنوب أفريقيا واليابان تجارب يمكن الاسترشاد بها عما يجب أن يكون ، وكيف يمكن أن يكون.. فالشعارات دون منطقية التطبيق هوس فكري لا فائدة منه
 
وكما ان ليس هناك دولة تمارس الديمقراطية تضعها في الاسم الرسمي للدولة ، فكافة من وضعوها مسمى يمارسون الفوضوية والديكتاتورية ، من ديمقراطية السودان إلى ديمقراطية كوريا.. من عبثية وصف المثقف إلى النفاق في وصف السياسي.. من تبجيل مدعي مهدية إلى تكريم رافض للدين.. من أن نحب الجيران والآخرين أو نحتقرهم.. من عبثية خياليات كيف كان الأجداد إلى التهافت بأحلام مريخية عن ما نريد أن نكون

وكذا سائر الاوصاف والمسميات والأشياء.. ولكل قليل من يعي

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015

Rabaa Story..!

 
سوف تمر الأيام ، ويدرك الجميع أن "قصة رابعة" هي أحد أكبر المغالطات في التاريخ الحديث، حيث تطور التنظيم الدولي للأخوان المسلمين ليكون أحد أكبر المنظمات قدرة على تشكيل الرأي العام باستخدام التلفيق ومنظمي الدعايات وهواة التمثيل التلقائي، وباستخدام مصادر تمويل خفية وألاعيب قانونية.. هي ممارسة لا يدركها غالب المسلمين، وغالب العالمين، حيث تكاتفت النفعية والاسترزاق الديني والتجهيل العام من أجل الوصول الى مواقع السيطرة والتأثير على الأحداث.. في قول أخر: الممارسة السياسية الحديثة
 
International Muslim Brotherhood evolves to be a leading global PR and Media community.. Their typical history of twisted truth and allegation had enabled their easy comprehension of the modern techniques of public gear and monopoly.. Rabaa Stories is one of their finest initiatives, whereas Non BM, Non Muslim and Non Sympathizers are gathered to celebrate one of the most confusing and lies-based incident in modern history.. It is easy to hire organizers and "entertainers" for any sort of event.. Ironically, celebrated in Europe, whereas extremists are gearing to establish their own ISIS-based platforms.. Times apparently comes for Europe politicians to pay for unreliable insincere records..!!
 

Definition of Independence



Pakistan celebrates its independence day on the 14th of August. Many disagreed with the idea of partitioning India into a Muslim and Hindu state but the political elites eventually got their way in 1947.
The borders were hurriedly drawn up by a British lawyer, Cyril Radcliffe, who had little knowledge of Indian conditions and with the use of out-of-date maps and census materials.
The partition led to the largest mass migration in human history of some 10-15 million people wit...h Muslims migrating from present day India to present day Pakistan and Bangladesh (which was then known as East Pakistan) and Hindus migrating to present day India although many decided to stay in their ancestral lands.
Over one million civilians died in the accompanying riots and local-level fighting, particularly in the western region of Punjab which was cut in two by the border. The riots were a result of a lack of military and political control on the part of the British who had colonized India.
Today, there are approximately 180 million Muslims in India, 11 million Hindus in Bangladesh and over 2 million Hindus in Pakistan.
Do you think the partition was a good idea?

Friday, July 24, 2015

في ذكرى ثورة يوليو المصرية

الثورة المصرية كان لها صبغة مؤسساتية منذ المهد
لعل الشأن المصري أكثر شئون العرب قابلية للتحليل العلمي ، بحكم التطور الحضري المؤسسي في مصر، هكذا يصير الحديث عن مصر أكثر معقولية في أقليم اللامعقول فيما بين نهري السند في الباكستان والملوية في المغرب، وفيما بين المتوسط والفكتوريا، فلا عجب أنه أقليم يزخر بالثروات والناس والتواريخ والأفكار والداسائس والاضطراب والجنون في آن واحد، ولعله سيستمر كذلك حيث قد أدركتنا فاصلة التغيير التاريخية ، ولم نحسن التمسك بها ، فانطلقت لشأنها مع الآخرين من حولنا

لقد مضى عهد الشعارات والملاحم الثورية، بحكم الاتصالات والفردية والنفعية والعلمانية كذلك، وسائر الأطر القديمة أصبحت بالية بينما ذوي الحماسة لها انقلبوا متعاطين للسياسة أو مدمنين للكلام أو مستسلمين للتوهان الإرادي.. كما صدق القول، فليس هناك من ابتكار أو أفكار للاستمرار، بل بكاء حار أو تمثيلي على نظريات (او شعوب او ثقافات) ماتت أو هي في حالة احتضار طويل ومستمر ، ويا له من عذاب أن يحتضر المرء دون أن يموت

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Greek Engima..



Greece is country of 11 million, with 56% unemployment, yet its GDP per capita exceeds $21,000.. Greek economy is based at 81% on service, which includes the largest maritime fleet worldwide.. Despite many were cautious at 2001; on Greece subscription to the Euro Zone, the political vision could not grow without the land of civilization and history..

EU had heavily support the Greek economy, tell the overall debt exceed 170% of its $270 billion GDP.. Adding the IMF loans, Greece has to pay back about $700 billion; which will never rationally and mathematically happens.. Certainly, many hard working Europeans rejects the bleeding of their taxes for Greece, many felt anger for the "lazy" Greek survive and entertain themselves by the moneys of the European Tax Payers..

Therefore, none could understand, or comment; why the famous Greek Finance Minister had resigned, despite 65% success of the "No" vote..!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Federal Three-Strikes Law..


Supreme Court Ruling Starts Emptying Prisons

While progressives are justifiably celebrating the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, the Court made another decision that spells the beginning of the end of the Prison Industrial Complex. The Court decided that the Federal three-strikes law is unconstitutionally vague.
That’s been the problem all along, hasn’t it? California courts sentenced a man to life imprisonment for stealing a pair of socks worth $2.50. When bankers steal hundreds of millions of dollars and get no jail time at all, ordinary people have to believe the legal system makes no sense at all.



Wednesday, July 1, 2015

الهجرة صفقة مربحة للسويد

أظهر تقريرٌ صادرٌ عن مركز دراسات وبحوث سويدي، أن الهجرة الى السويد عامل إيجابي مفيد للبلاد، أكسبتها أرباحاً بالمليارات
وسيعرض كبير الإقتصاديين في المركز Sandro Scocco، اليوم نتائج التقرير ضمن فعاليات أسبوع ألميدالين، أمام المئات من مراكز البحث وممثلي الأحزاب ووسائل الإعلام والشركات وفعاليات المجتمع المتنوعة.
ونقلت صحيفة “داغنز نيهتر” عن التقرير القول إنه بدون مساهمات دافعي الضرائب من المولدين خارج السويد، لكانت الأرباح الضريبية ستنقص بمعدل 65 مليار كرون، سنوياً، ما يعني أنه ما كان بإستطاعة البلاد تحمل تكاليف الكثير من الطرق وسكك الحديد والبحوث والدفاع.
وقال Scocco إن الكثير من المهاجرين المولودين خارج السويد يتحملون مسؤولية أنفسهم ويعملون ويدفعون الضرائب، ويعطون المزيد من الأرباح، على الرغم من أن تلك الأرباح في الوقت الراهن أقل بكثير مما كانت عليه في ستينيات وسبعينيات القرن المنصرم.
وأضاف: هذا يعني ببساطة أن فكرة حزب سفاريا ديموكراتنا في أن تمويل الإنفاق على الدفاع أو إنقاذ كبار السن عن طريق الحد من الهجرة، أمر ليس صحيحاً.
وكان Scocco بالشراكة مع الأستاذ في التاريخ الإقتصادي بجامعة أوميو لارش فريدريك أندرسون، حسبوا تكاليف الهجرة والمدخولات السنوية منذ عام 1950، وتوصلوا الى أن الأرباح الإجمالية للهجرة بلغت 900 مليار كرون، وتوصلوا أيضا الى ان السويد لو كانت بدون مهاجرين لكان عدد سكانها الآن أقل عدداً بنحو 2.5 مليون شخص، وإقتصاد البلاد أقل بمقدار الخُمس.
ولكن بحسب Scocco، فأن الأرباح كانت أعلى بكثير قبل 40-50 عاماً، حينها كانت العمالة المهاجرة تشغل المصانع السويدية.

Selfie with Dead..!!


This is the evolution of contemporary Arabic Culture.. Regardless what passport that kid carries, it is a new trend, and a candidate for more, across the PAN-Arab.. No one is immune, the epidemic will reach each household..

Saudi Arabia authorities have launched an investigation into a selfie taken by a teenager next to his grandfather lying dead at a hospital.

The young teenager posted the selfie on social media, with the caption "Good Bye, Grandfather", triggering a wave of condemnation and criticism by angry users who called for a prompt probe into the "immoral issue."Users said the hospital officials should find out how the hospital failed to respect the dead man's dignity and how a child could take a selfie with him."The health authorities in Madinah are looking into the case and assessing whether the selfie was taken at a hospital in the area," Abdul Razak Hafedh, the head of public relations and media in the Madinah area, said."Should that be the case, action will certainly be taken against all culprits for allowing or failing to prevent such an immoral act.


Friday, May 29, 2015

Time is the New Money...!


It seems the world has a slow ethical revolution..!

Richard Branson just announced he would be giving Virgin employees unlimited vacation. He's either nuts or knows something others have yet to discover: You'll make more money if you give people their time back.

Why We Trade Time for Money

The Industrial Age taught us the only way to make money was to trade time for it. The deal was clear, and always the same: You give me eight to 10 hours of your day, and I'll give you some money. But in the Participation Age, something new is emerging. Companies are realizing that when you give people back their time, they will make you more money. It seems counter-logical, but it's really quite intuitive. As usual, Branson is moving on an idea that traditionalists will only discover by watching him and the other early adapters in action.

Why Would Unlimited Vacation Work?

Why give up on a vacation system that's been in place for 170-plus years? Because it was a bad idea then, and with a work force that did not grow up in the shadow of the Industrial Age, it's an even worse idea today. Almost no one under 40 can relate to a time-based system that makes no sense in a results-based work world.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Democratic Housing..

 
Designed by Minoru Yamasaki, Pruitt and Igoe consisted of the thirty-three buildings pictured. Dramatic images of its demolition made newspapers across the country.
I cordially believe that Affordable Housing is a pure architectural challenge, not engineering nor financial.. It is the dilemma that architectural designers often offer the world; either by ill-envisioned perspectives, or surfing high ones, unrelated to realities on the ground..
Civic and municipal bureaucracies are often short of intelligent and accredited capacities to guide or to procure the appropriate housing concepts that would last among our sights for 50-200 years.. Affecting our perception of beauty, coherence and rationales for generations..
In several countries, I had seen affordable housing schemes, which are dump, bad and dangerous.. Also, had enjoyed the scene of excellent examples that were an added urban value to their inhabitants..

Monday, May 18, 2015

Hans Rosling...



Since the 1st time I heard him talking, I got the anxiety to follow this beautiful mind and person.. Hans Rosling is not just a brilliant statistician, but a visionary who successfully bring life to numbers and creates rationales of the irrationals..

Maybe it is about time to hear him talking about Sweden, Economics and Epistemia..

http://www.thelocal.se/20150513/hans-rosling-im-an-ambassador-for-the-world-in-sweden-connectsweden-tlccu

While values like equality, tolerance, and transparency may often be associated with Sweden’s reputation abroad, Rosling argues such values aren’t actually Swedish.

“There is no such thing as Swedish values. Those are modern values,” he says.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Heart Education

Mediafirenews Goa's photo.
 
Dr. Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist) Bangalore

Qn: What are the thumb rules for a layman to take care of his heart?
Ans:
1. Diet - Less of c...arbohydrate, more of protein, less oil
2. Exercise - Half an hour's walk, at least five days a week;
avoid lifts and
avoid sitting for a longtime
3. Quit smoking
4. Control weight
5. Control BP - Blood pressure and Sugar

Qn: Is eating non-veg food (fish) good for the heart?
Ans: No
Qn: It's still a grave shock to hear that some apparently healthy person
gets a cardiac arrest. How do we understand it in perspective?
Ans: This is called silent attack; that is why we recommend everyone past the age of 30 to undergo routine health checkups.
Qn: Are heart diseases hereditary?
Ans: Yes
Qn: What are the ways in which the heart is stressed? What practices do you suggest to de-stress?
Ans: Change your attitude towards life. Do not look for perfection in everything in life.
Qn: Is walking better than jogging or is more intensive exercise required to keep a healthy heart?
Ans: Walking is better than jogging, since jogging leads to early fatigue and injury to joints
Qn: You have done so much for the poor and needy. What has inspired you to do so?
Ans: Mother Theresa, who was my patient.
Qn: Can people with low blood pressure suffer heart diseases?
Ans: Extremely rare.
Qn: Does cholesterol accumulates right from an early age (I'm currently only 22) or do you have to worry about it only after you are above 30 years of age?
Ans: Cholesterol accumulates from childhood.
Qn: How do irregular eating habits affect the heart ?
Ans: You tend to eat junk food when the habits are irregular and your body's enzyme release for digestion gets confused.
Qn: How can I control cholesterol content without using medicines?
Ans: Control diet, walk and eat walnut.
Qn: Which is the best and worst food for the heart?
Ans: Fruits and vegetables are the best and oil is the worst.
Qn: Which oil is better - groundnut, sunflower, olive?
Ans: All oils are bad.
Qn: What is the routine checkup one should go through? Is there any specific test?
Ans: Routine blood test to ensure sugar, cholesterol is ok. Check BP, Treadmill test after an echo.
Qn: What are the first aid steps to be taken on a heart attack?
Ans: Help the person into a sleeping position, place an aspirin tablet under the tongue with a sorbitrate tablet if available, and rush him to a coronary care unit, since the maximum casualty takes place within the first hour.
Qn: How do you differentiate between pain caused by a heart attack and that caused due to gastric trouble?
Ans: Extremely difficult without ECG.
Qn: What is the main cause of a steep increase in heart problems amongst youngsters? I see people of about 30-40 yrs of age having heart attacks and serious heart problems.
Ans: Increased awareness has increased incidents. Also, sedentary lifestyles, smoking, junk food, lack of exercise in a country where people are genetically three times more vulnerable for heart attacks than Europeans and Americans.
Qn: Is it possible for a person to have BP outside the normal range of 120/80 and yet be perfectly healthy?
Ans: Yes.
Qn: Marriages within close relatives can lead to heart problems for the child. Is it true?
Ans : Yes, co-sanguinity leads to congenital abnormalities and you may NOT have a software engineer as a child
Qn: Many of us have an irregular daily routine and many a times we have to stay late nights in office. Does this affect our heart? What precautions would you recommend?
Ans : When you are young, nature protects you against all these irregularities. However, as you grow older, respect the biological clock.
Qn: Will taking anti-hypertensive drugs cause some other complications (short/long term)?
Ans : Yes, most drugs have some side effects. However, modern anti-hypertensive drugs are extremely safe.
Qn: Will consuming more coffee/tea lead to heart attacks?
Ans : No.
Qn: Are asthma patients more prone to heart disease?
Ans : No.
Qn: How would you define junk food?
Ans : Fried food like Kentucky , McDonalds , Samosas, and even Masala Dosas.
Qn: You mentioned that Indians are three times more vulnerable. What is the reason for this, as Europeans and Americans also eat a lot of junk food?
Ans: Every race is vulnerable to some disease and unfortunately, Indians are vulnerable for the most expensive disease.
Qn: Does consuming bananas help reduce hypertension?
Ans: No.
Qn: Can a person help himself during a heart attack (Because we see a lot of forwarded e-mails on this)?
Ans: Yes. Lie down comfortably and put an aspirin tablet of any description under the tongue and ask someone to take you to the nearest coronary care unit without any delay and do not wait for the ambulance since most of the time, the ambulance does not turn up.
Qn: Do, in any way, low white blood cells and low hemoglobin count lead to heart problems?
Ans: No. But it is ideal to have normal hemoglobin level to increase your exercise capacity.
Qn: Sometimes, due to the hectic schedule we are not able to exercise. So, does walking while doing daily chores at home or climbing the stairs in the house, work as a substitute for exercise?
Ans : Certainly. Avoid sitting continuously for more than half an hour and even the act of getting out of the chair and going to another chair and sitting helps a lot.
Qn: Is there a relation between heart problems and blood sugar?
Ans: Yes. A strong relationship since diabetics are more vulnerable to heart attacks than non-diabetics.
Qn: What are the things one needs to take care of after a heart operation?
Ans : Diet, exercise, drugs on time , Control cholesterol, BP, weight.
Qn: Are people working on night shifts more vulnerable to heart disease when compared to day shift workers?
Ans : No.
Qn: What are the modern anti-hypertensive drugs?
Ans: There are hundreds of drugs and your doctor will chose the right combination for your problem, but my suggestion is to avoid the drugs and go for natural ways of controlling blood pressure by walk, diet to reduce weight and changing attitudes towards lifestyles.
Qn: Does dispirin or similar headache pills increase the risk of heart attacks?
Ans : No.
Qn: Why is the rate of heart attacks more in men than in women?
Ans: Nature protects women till the age of 45. (Present Global census show that the Percentage of heart disease in women has increased than in men )
Qn: How can one keep the heart in a good condition?
Ans: Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food, exercise everyday, do not smoke and, go for health checkups if you are past the age of 30 ( once in six months recommended) ....
Please, don’t hoard knowledge.
It takes sharing of knowledge to discover and understand the world in which we live.
Please send it to all your friends and relatives....... They might --- benefit as well……

Thursday, April 16, 2015

How the Ottomans Ruined the 20th Century

World War I was only a global conflict when the Ottoman Empire joined the fray. Those consequences—from genocide to new borders—are still felt today.

After reading the fascinating initial chapter of Eugene Rogan’s new history of the Ottoman Empire in the First World War, The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East, I was struck with a recurring thought: The wonder is not so much that this sprawling 600-year-old Muslim empire fell victim to the convulsions of world conflict in 1918, but that it somehow managed to survive at all as a world power up to the war’s opening salvos. Founded by Central Asian Muslim tribes in 1299, at its height in the late 17th century the empire spanned three continents, taking in the Balkans in southern Europe, Arab lands from Mesopotamia to Morocco, and much of Asia Minor. Since the beginning of the 18th century Istanbul found itself almost continually at war with Europe’s imperial powers.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Didat and Coexistence..



It is all about Coexistence.. Muslims are too arrogant to adhere to..
Not only Sudanese, but all Muslims can not survive further, unless structural changes happen to their epistemic consensus..


Moonfleet Eldai I agree. Remarkably, Muslims should be able to strike remarkable examples in coexistence for Islam is truly diverse given all the races and linguistic and ethnic groups that identify as Muslims across the globe. Some of us are better at coexistence than others but collectively we perhaps should think deeper about emphasizing coexistence and diversity.

I think Christianity are more diverse than Islam, as well as Buddhism. . Muslims are cordially believe that Arabs are distinct and honorable race, at least that the Prophet PBUH had said so in some hadeeth. . Therefore Muslims have their own hurdle to exercise genuine belief of coexistence.. Let us face it..!


Friday, March 13, 2015

Egypt's New Capital



This is a creation of Capital Region.. despite the failed Megapolis..


Unfortunately, Egyptian Planners did not adhere to the decentralization concepts, which had made many nations, wealthier, healthier and mightier.. Adding 30% to existing urban land is not a solution.. Threats of Eastern-Invasion are not valid anymore..! However, threats of urban poverty are more likely and further destructive..
Egyptian "Urban Lobbyists" had created a distinct culture, which many middle-eastern nations had copied, and further excel.. Property is a market known for secrecy, which enables monetary greed to grow.. Urbanity is synonymous for the Excellence of Living.. Urban poverty is not measured by building quality, but by Tenants Quality, which is not only the GDP share, but scores at MGDs.. Egypt sharply slumps, despite the generous donations and loans.. despite the fantasy homes on the desert..!!


Friday, March 6, 2015

A New Sudanese Passport


During the last few days, I had went through the experience to obtain a new "electronic" Sudanese passport.. It is electronic, thanks to UAE for donating the system, in order to comply with the global database systems.. It is Sudanese, as my only valid ID.. and it is a passport, as being "Homeless" for many decades now..!!

It was a painful, time-wasting, and ridiculous process, at the Sudanese Consulate in Dubai.. On daily basis, tens of Sudanese citizens are making the pilgrimage to the "bizarre" building, which was meant to resemble "Suakin"; to obtain their new documents, as the existing "Green & Hand-Written" one will be obsolete by end of 2015.. They are coming from all over UAE.. Some rumors said from Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait as well..

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Successful Positioning

How to Successfully Position Your Product or Service

    
Ahmed Al Akber
Managing Director
ACK Solutions
ahmed@acksolutions.com
+971 50 316 4956


If your business did one thing well, what would it be? Is that one thing recognized by your customers as something that is done better by your business than by any other? That is what positioning is about – being positioned in the prospect’s mind. Positioning is about fanatical focus on doing one thing really well.

To reinforce your position in the prospect’s mind, you must sacrifice. You must let go of anything that may detract from the core positioning of your product or service in the mind of the prospect.

No company can create its own position. A position is in the mind of the customer. All you try to do is to influence that position. In the classic book Selling The Invisible, Harry Beckwith asserts, “…your positioning is a place, and someone else puts you there: your prospects. Even services that do nothing to market their company have a position. A prospect simply takes what he knows about the company and positions the company accordingly.”

Beckwith goes on to explain the difference between position and a positioning statement:


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Between Entrepreneurs and Employees

Steve Jobs
Justin Sullivan / GettySteve Jobs said you need a broad "bag of experiences."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/personality-difference-between-entrepreneurs-and-employees-2015-2#ixzz3SU12xPNu


Around 13% of Americans are starting or running their own companies.
Almost everyone else is an employee.

We may have found out the difference between the two types. 
According to a 2013 Swiss-German study, the difference lies in disposition: While an employee is a specialist, an entrepreneur is a jack-of-all-trades. 

"Entrepreneurs differ from employees in that they must be sufficiently well versed in a whole set of entrepreneurial skills," write Uschi Backes-Gellner of the University of Zurich in Switzerland and Petra Moog of the University of Siegen in Germany. 


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Most and Least Racially Tolerant Countries


May 15, 2013

When two Swedish economists set out to examine whether economic freedom made people any more or less racist, they knew how they would gauge economic freedom, but they needed to find a way to measure a country's level of racial tolerance. So they turned to something called the World Values Survey, which has been measuring global attitudes and opinions for decades.

Among the dozens of questions that World Values asks, the Swedish economists found one that, they believe, could be a pretty good indicator of tolerance for other races. The survey asked respondents in more than 80 different countries to identify kinds of people they would not want as neighbors. Some respondents, picking from a list, chose "people of a different race." The more frequently that people in a given country say they don't want neighbors from other races, the economists reasoned, the less racially tolerant you could call that society. (The study concluded that economic freedom had no correlation with racial tolerance, but it does appear to correlate with tolerance toward homosexuals.)

Unfortunately, the Swedish economists did not include all of the World Values Survey data in their final research paper. So I went back to the source, compiled the original data and mapped it out on the infographic above. In the bluer countries, fewer people said they would not want neighbors of a different race; in red countries, more people did.

If we treat this data as indicative of racial tolerance, then we might conclude that people in the bluer countries are the least likely to express racist attitudes, while the people in red countries are the most likely.

Compare the results to this map of the world's most and least diverse countries.
Before we dive into the data, a couple of caveats. First, it's entirely likely that some people lied when answering this question; it would be surprising if they hadn't. But the operative question, unanswerable, is whether people in certain countries were more or less likely to answer the question honestly. For example, while the data suggest that Swedes are more racially tolerant than Finns, it's possible that the two groups are equally tolerant but that Finns are just more honest. The willingness to state such a preference out loud, though, might be an indicator of racial attitudes in itself. Second, the survey is not conducted every year; some of the results are very recent and some are several years old, so we're assuming the results are static, which might not be the case.

Here's what the data show:
• Anglo and Latin countries most tolerant. People in the survey were most likely to embrace a racially diverse neighbor in the United Kingdom and its Anglo former colonies (the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) and in Latin America. The only real exceptions were oil-rich Venezuela, where income inequality sometimes breaks along racial lines, and the Dominican Republic, perhaps because of its adjacency to troubled Haiti. Scandinavian countries also scored high.

• India and Jordan by far the least tolerant. In only two of 81 surveyed countries, more than 40 percent of respondents said they would not want a neighbor of a different race. This included 43.5 percent of Indians and 51.4 percent of Jordanian. (Note: World Values’ data for Bangladesh and Hong Kong appear to have been inverted, with in fact only 28.3 and 26.8 percent, respectively, having indicated they would not want a neighbor of a different race. Please see correction at the bottom of this post.)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Construct


Cape town-based designer Justin Plunkett has reinterpreted his professional familiarity with advertising and marketing as a series of digitally-formed architectural photographs. ‘con/struct’ examines the influence of brands and commercialization on lifestyle and architecture, particularly cultural icons like churches, skyscrapers and shopping malls. while applauding the ingenuity and creative spirit that undoubtedly goes into the media, he exposes its potential repercussions on our urban landscape.

je suis Musluman; je suis Charlie


Sarkozy: "It is a War on Civilization.."
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I cordially and epistemically understand such a notion..
Prophecies of Huntington were only few decades ago..
Regretfully, decline of Islam is within, not by being stranger to others.....

All Muslims share the guilt of this long term destructive radicalism..
Starting by the parents who are genuinely incapable to raise kids..!!
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I have no appetite to witness the coming decade..!!