More to come...I am testing Google Toolbar's connectivity with Blogger so I am not writing more on this subject. Maybe later tonight...
Sep 28, 2006
More to come...I am testing Google Toolbar's connectivity with Blogger so I am not writing more on this subject. Maybe later tonight...
This is an awesome story from Reuters. .
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai coup leaders have banned go-go girls from dancing near tanks and troops on Bangkok streets as a distraction from the serious business of power, a spokesman said on Wednesday.
"It is not appropriate to entertain soldiers while they are on duty," Colonel Acra Tiprote told Reuters after a troupe of 10 women in tight camouflage vests and shorts posed with soldiers and tanks while making a music video.
"People should differentiate between entertainment and seriousness. A coup is not entertaining," Acra said, although the tanks sent in to lead Thailand's first coup in 15 years had turned Bangkok into a carnival-type attraction.
Thais and foreign tourists flocked to the Army Headquarters to take picture with tanks and soldiers. Many gave soldiers flowers or food and drink.
So Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been overthrown in a bloodless coup. Its bloodless after all. And not everyone gets to see tanks and armoured vehicles everyday. What can be more sexy than hot girls dancing on top of a killing machine? Its a stupid ban, and I urge the thai..uhhh military leadership to please allow go-go dancers to fraternize with their soldiers.
Sep 27, 2006
I just wanted to follow up on that. So the background is that according to ABC News,
The resumes with the white-sounding names were actually downloaded 17 percent more often by job recruiters than the resumes with black-sounding names.
I did some more google searches and I found more article on the subject and subsequent studies on this trend. According to the website IMDiversity.com...
A recent study shows that people with "white-sounding" names are 50 percent more likely to get a response to their resume than are those with "black-sounding" names.
The study, done by professors at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and the University of Chicago Graduate school of Business, mailed 5,000 resumes in response to job ads in both the Boston Globe and the Chicago Tribune. Four resumes were sent for each job posting; two well-qualified resumes, one each with a "black-" and "white-sounding" name, and two lesser qualified resumes, again one each for black and white.
Whites Receive More Responses
The resumes that had less gaps in employment and higher-level skills - if they belonged to "white-sounding names - had a 30 percent greater chance of being responded to than the less qualified resume. However, this was not true for the same skilled resume of a "black-sounding" name.
Names were chosen after a study of birth certificates. "White" names included Kristen, Greg, Neil, Emily, Brett, Anne, and Jill. "Black" names included Kareem, Tamika, Rasheed, Ebony, Aisha, and Tyrone. Resumes with "black-sounding" names had only a 6.7 percent chance of receiving a response to their resume, while resumes with "white-sounding" names had a 10.1 percent chance .
The study found as much discrimination in less-skilled jobs, such as cashiering and mailroom attendants, as in more heavily skills-based positions such as regional sales manager and assistant to the president jobs.
That's not all....Read on!! The website asked viewers question about solutions. THis is what they had to say.
Faced with this insidious form of discrimination, we have much to still overcome. But, does that mean that the "good ol'" hostile, blatant form of discrimination has been eradicated?
One letter we received, in response to the Connections program, wrote:
We have had a growing problem with blacks ever since we passed segregation laws. Blacks have grown ever more arrogant. They go around with chips on their should (sic). They are smart ass (sic) talking. The (sic) breed like a bunch of rabbits and the men fail to take care of their kids. They think everybody owes them.
Clearly, we are now battling that which we always have - and that which even "good" people have difficulty discarding from their perceptions and attitudes.
And it is not just between blacks and whites.
Here is another selection from our email bag:
I am a white man and your beliefs disturb me and you need to realize that the white man will bring down you dirty indians (sic) ...
Some of the solutions that were suggested were that if a company is REALLY all for diversity, then they will make it their goal. I think that's great. Hopefully more company's will join the bandwagon.
So much for white and black names...I wonder what'll happen with me when I start applying....
So what then should you do if your name is Jamal and you don't an interview. Fuck that! Don't do anything. One has to stand by one's principles. If the recruiter doesn't think you're good enough for the job because your name says so, then you don't want to work for that company in the first place. Agreed, I am in no position to claim such a harsh stance since I am not looking for a job currently, and have never tasted the depair of a futile job hunt and being without work....but I if you're black or brown or whatever, then you've experienced far more adversity than just not getting phone calls back from potential employers. The world is still racist and solution isn't adapting to the conformations of an unjust society but it is to live with this adversity as best as one can and confronting it.
Sep 26, 2006
Firstly, I find it despicable that Musharraf is promoting his book on the world stage using the United Nations, interview with CNN, Fox and other new agencies to promote his book. It's not a responsible idea. It may be strategic but I don't quite see the point of releasing a memoirs while one is still in office and when the contents of the book can have lasting impact on the future of the country which one presides over. India, for one, has already taken a dislike to a few chapters. That can't be helpful to relations between the neighbours. Rehashing Kargil and what-not when we need to be building bridges of peace is not a well thought out move. The President claims that his top advisors and everyone urged him not to release the book, but i read somewhere that he said that like a good general he needs to say what he thinks is right whenever he feels it. Anyway, I think he should have waited.
By the way. It's a bestseller in India, Pakistan and the US and no. 7 on Amazon.com. I ordered it this morning myself. I hope to get it by the end of the weekend.
So I just found out that he is going to be on the Daily Show tonight at 11pm with Jon Stewart. I'll definitely watch and see what happens.
Here is the article from MSNBC
NEW YORK - Jon Stewart welcomed Pakistan's president to "The Daily Show" on Tuesday with tea and a Twinkie.
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's tete-a-tete with Stewart on the Comedy Central program was even more unlikely than the much-anticipated meeting between Musharraf, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Bush, planned for Wednesday.
As a gesture mirroring Pakistani hospitality, Stewart welcomed Musharraf with a cup of jasmine green tea, and offered the more American delicacy of a Twinkie. Musharraf chuckled and thanked the host, though Stewart promptly changed the subject.
"Where's Osama bin Laden?" he asked suddenly.
"I don't know," replied Musharraf. "You know where he is? You lead on, we'll follow you."
Musharraf's appearance on "The Daily Show," which was taped late Tuesday and was to air Tuesday evening, was the first time a sitting head of state appeared on the program, a show spokesman said. The comedy show, though, has frequently drawn major political figures, including former President Clinton last week.
The Pakistan president, who is on tour of the U.S., appeared on the program to promote his new memoir, "In the Line of Fire." The book has drawn headlines for, among other things, the Pakistan president's claim that after the Sept. 11 attacks he had no choice but to support the U.S. led war on terror groups or face an American "onslaught."
On balancing the wishes of the U.S. and Pakistan, which is largely anti-American, Musharraf told Stewart: "I've had to learn the art of tightrope-walking many times, and I think I've become quite an expert of that."
Stewart, himself, has also proven deft at balancing both humor and seriousness on "The Daily Show." At one point, he asked Musharraf if he had omitted any mention of the war in Iraq in his memoir because it has "gone so well."
Musharraf again laughed, but said: "It has led certainly to more extremism and terrorism around the world."
To conclude the interview, Stewart put Musharraf on the "Seat of Heat," a new feature for the program in which red lights flash around the studio and the guest is asked a final question.
"George W. Bush and Osama bin Laden — be truthful — who would win a popular vote in Pakistan?" asked Stewart.
"I think they'll both lose miserably," replied Musharraf, an answer met with raucous laughter by the "Daily Show" audience.
Our friends at www.billu.net have published a supplemental to our piece. This is investigative journalism at its finest. Included is a reader poll for you my reader! How much do YOU think a fondle is worth??
Sep 22, 2006
Maybe her boobs were spectacular. But that dirty old man could have gotten so much more with that money. Oh man!
HELSINKI (Reuters) - A fee of 25,500 Euros ($32,000) is way too much for a woman to charge a man for fondling her bosom, a Finnish district court ruled.
The court jailed a couple in their twenties for more than a year for charging a 74-year-old who suffers from dementia a total of 25,500 Euros to enjoy the woman's breasts on 10 occasions.
"Based on general life experience alone, it is indisputably clear that a 25,500 Euroscharge is disproportionate to the compensation in question," Judge Hasse Hakki, who heard the case, told Reuters Friday.
But he said the court in Kokkola, about 300 miles north of Helsinki, would not decide "the proper financial value of the compensation."
The retiree filed charges against the couple, who were convicted of extortionate overcharging, even though he told the court he paid the price willingly at the time.
Sep 21, 2006
Atleast the aftermath of this alliance has resulted in reformation in Pakistan. Which is superb
The United States threatened to bomb Pakistan "back to the stone age" unless it joined the fight against al-Qaeda, President Pervez Musharraf says.
General Musharraf said the warning was delivered by former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage to Pakistan's intelligence director.
"I think it was a very rude remark," Mr Musharraf told CBS television.
Pakistan agreed to side with the US, but Gen Musharraf said it did so based on his country's national interest.
"One has to think and take actions in the interest of the nation, and that's what I did," he said.
From Reuters ...
The study of 5,300 graduate students in the United States and Canada found that 56 percent of graduate business students admitted to cheating in the past year, with many saying they cheated because they believed it was an accepted practice in business.
Following business students, 54 percent of graduate engineering students admitted to cheating, as did 50 percent of physical science students, 49 percent of medical and health-care students, 45 percent of law students, 43 percent of liberal arts students and 39 percent of social science and humanities students.
So I guess I lie somewhere around the physical science students according to this study. Though my field has more to do with medicine. So 49.5% of us cheat. Well to be honest, I didn't cheat at all last year or this semester. So I guess I am becoming honest now. All this crap about changing scientific data so it fits results is big news and its dangerous for a career. Scares the shit out of me. Plus I am nowhere close to publishing here at Rutgers so I got some time. Anyway another reason I would never cheat is the big way they trashed the Korean scientist. Heard about that?
Standard networking sites are also being used for dating. Facebook, Friendster, Orkut certainly are not primarily dating sites. But my friend's who are girls routinely get 'poked' by random guys trying to become friends with them. Some accept some don't, but never do they reply or respond. If you're on facebook, you're not there to really meet people but stay in touch with people you already know...agreed, even if it means people you met once and will never see again...It's all about the number of friends anyway.
Friendster has a search tool for finding people based on location, interests and so on. Though I am not an active user on friendster, I have gotten random messages. Same rules apply here. Put in your search parameters, put in the age, the gender and maybe the location and hit search. Then start randomly messaging people who you think are interesting (or attractive).
Orkut is just weird. It seems really fobby. We all know the weird guys messaging girls begging for "frandship".
My point is that all networks on the internet are conducive to online dating. To different extents, and the populace that resides within these networks are open to
meeting people online according to different strengths.
Facebook is too open, and awkward to meet people. It's odd to poke someone and say what's happening. Recently 3 random girls poked me and I didn't poke back. I noticed we had friend's in common and stuff. But its just odd. If I haven't met you, then why should I respond on facebook? Odd but true. It felt cheap. If my profile was up on shadi, I might respond. Though its not.
I think the most interesting aspect of this has been the spawning of ethnic dating websites. At Brandeis, I was always aware of Jdate for Jewish dating. Naseeb, Shaadi.com and Shadi.com were the others I was aware of. Most abcd's are on Naseeb it seems.
I posted my profile on naseeb a while ago just to see who else is on it. I feel its a lot more PG than other dating networks. I think its heavily moderated. But its interesting to see what kinds of people are on it. America is certainly diverse and families are spreading far and wide. Shadi.com are is basically for parents putting up their kid's profiles, but Naseeb is for kids. It's a very comfortable environment for some reason and it allows you to randomly talk to people. But, here in the desi state of NJ, everyone knows everyone and desi's talk like no other, so I doubt I would ever do that.
In conclusion, online dating is here to stay. Ethnic online dating can only grow and I completely support the concept. I think it's cool to have profiles online, meet people with no strings attached (not sex) and just stay friends and see what happens. No harm done, no gain. So what's the problem?
1 - If you're busy. And it seems, we're getting increasingly busy.
2 - If you live in an area where there aren't many areas to socialize. Like Boohickey, Missouri perhaps?
3 - If you're of a certain ethnic sect, and prefer dating only within that
4 - If you're within some ethnicity and they are spare in your area
5 - If you're shy, but still confidant enough to post and seek someone online
6 - It's a lot slower. You can take your time.
7 - It may not be about looks initially. It's probably more about character and personality initially then meeting someone at a bar is. If you meet them later, then..good luck! haha
1 - Still a bit taboo. You don't see too many people saying, "Oh, I met her on craigslist and we're getting married tomorrow!".
2 - There are creeps and paedophiles out there. One has to be careful.
3 - Some people just want sex. That can't be helped.
4 - It can be frustrating
5 - You may not want to pay for the services
6 - For every authentic site trying find a relationship (eHarmony, Match etc), there are tons of those trying to get you hook ups (AdultFriendFinder, True etc). Kinda puts us an unease
7 - Tons more guys are on these site, then girls!! Some inequality. Its a reflection of our social norms. Guys are usually the ones hitting on girls and asking them out. So girls find it a lot easier to date than guys....in my opinion! (I know some girls might want to throw rocks at me for saying that!) So therefore, girls, perhaps, don't really feel the need to put their profiles out there.
8 - And the most obvious one. You don't see the person you're talking to. Might be a pro too as well! Look at 7 above.
From the Beacon Journal. 08/28/2006
Ethnic dating sites increasing
Matchmaking online up as parents add profiles on specialized Web sites
By Eric Benderoff
CHICAGO - Teena Verbit didn't think her daughter was dating anyone ``spectacular.''
So she wrote a personality profile for her daughter and posted it on Jdate.com, a Web site for Jewish singles.
``I didn't think she would do it,'' Linda Verbit, 23, said of her mom, ``but she did. She put me on Jdate.''
Teena Verbit now approves of the young man her daughter is dating. ``My mom has never been shy about telling me her opinion,'' said Linda Verbit, who lives outside Philadelphia.
Finding a companion on the Web is hardly new. But now parents are jumping into the online dating and matchmaking game, penning profiles of their children and paying to have them displayed on sites catering to specific religious or ethnic backgrounds.
``My parents signed me up'' for Shaadi.com, said 30-year-old Sejal Patel. Her dad even enlisted a Web-savvy friend to help him post her profile on the Indian singles' site.
``It seemed like everyone in the world knew about my Shaadi profile before I did,'' said Patel, who began getting up to 30 e-mails a day. Her parents wrote the profile -- saying she likes family picnics, cooking and helping out at home -- and paid for the service. The Web site costs $110 a year for a platinum membership, which includes a bold-faced listing and more personalized matchmaking services.
But not everyone buys into religious online dating sites.
``I prefer to meet them as a person, not a profile,'' said 29-year-old Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago Council of American-Islamic Relations.
While he has visited Naseeb.com, an increasingly popular site for Muslims, Rehab is not a member. Nor does he know of parents pushing such sites on their children, but that wouldn't surprise him.
Online dating is one of the Web's oldest businesses, with the most well-known sites experiencing flat to modest growth. But sites focusing on religion, race or ethnicity have soared. At Shaadi.com, for instance, traffic grew 73 percent from June 2005 to June 2006, according to ComScore Media Metrix, which measures Internet activity. Unique visitors to Jdate.com grew 43 percent during that period, and the site is so used to working with people like Teena Verbit that they even have a name for them: ``Jmoms.''
Other religious dating sites target Baptists, Catholics, Christians and Latter-day Saints, among others. There are also sites aimed at blacks, Greeks, Hispanics and practically every other slice of life one could imagine.
The number of dating sites jumped to 1,122 from 850 in July 2005, according to data from Web site tracking firm Hitwise.
Such sites are ``a great tool for targeting and filtering information,'' said Sara Stevens, director of industry solutions at ComScore.
Prices vary, from free sign-ups and trial memberships to costly plans, such as a $251 annual fee at eHarmony.com, which focuses on personality traits in trying to foster relationships.
Spark Networks, which operates Jdate and other specialty dating sites, is quite familiar with well-meaning parents. A survey recently posted on Jdate.com found that 22 percent of members' moms paid for their kid's Jdate membership.
Sep 20, 2006
So the NY Times wrote an article about the issue that Muslims are in a 'fix' when it comes to marriage, a western society, trying to keep their values intact and terminology.
www.billu.net recently commented on it.
“If we called it speed dating, it will end up with real dating,” said Shamshad Hussain, one of the organizers, grimacing. “If we called it speed dating, it will end up with real dating,” said Shamshad Hussain, one of the organizers, grimacing.
Just calling it something different is not exactly going to change what it is. And it is speed dating, or speedy introductions. ISNA isn't exactly the most pious forum for muslim intellectuality.
I find Shamsad Hussain's comment to be naive. I think there are American Muslim families that want these ideals for their kids, but are completely unaware of what is really going on with their kids. This is really where the disconnect lies. In american families, parents know their kids will do drugs, smoke, drink, have sex, whatever. They may not know when and where it happens, but I am sure they don't encourage it, but it's going to happen.
Raising a family in the US is hard. Cementing your belief's in your children is probably a lot harder. It's not easy for kids to grow up in this culture. The only way they can figure out what they want, is to figure it out for themselves.
Changing the name to hide what it really is is silly. Basically Muslims in America are trying to merge dating, matrimonials and their values and, the honeymoon period so far has been pretty rocky. Both sides are beginning to just understand each other.
Lets see what they call it at next year's ISNA meeting
The president claims an 'upsurge' in the economy. I have yet to research this data. I have asked the writer at billu.net to perhaps shed some light. Have we made reforms that will better the nation? Is their really democratic governance at the grass root level? Do we even need, or require democratic governence at this crucial juncture? That can perhaps be a title for another post.
Sep 19, 2006
UNITED NATIONS The world must confront the plague of terrorism head-on while ending conflicts in the Islamic world to eliminate the "desperation and injustice" that spawn extremism, Pakistan's president said Tuesday.
Gen. Pervez Musharraf made what appeared to be veiled references to the U.S.-led 2003 invasion of Iraq and Pope Benedict XVI's recent comments on Islam that outraged Muslims worldwide.
"Each new battleground involving an Islamic state has served as a new breeding ground for extremists and terrorists," Musharraf said in an address to the U.N. General Assembly. "Indiscriminate bombings, civilian casualties, torture, human rights abuses, racial slurs and discrimination only add to the challenge of defeating terrorism."
"Unless we end foreign occupation and suppression of Muslim peoples, terrorism and extremism will continue to find recruits among alienated Muslims in various parts of the world," he added.
The first priority should be ending "the tragedy of Palestine," Musharraf said.
"There should be no doubt in anyone's mind that this is the core of the challenge, not only to overcome the Iraq and Afghanistan problems, but also to deal with the menace of terrorism and extremism at the root," he said.
In addition, public figures should avoid making comments that exacerbate tensions, said Musharraf, in a clear reference to the pope.
Benedict has said he was "deeply sorry" over any hurt caused by a speech last week, in which he quoted a medieval text characterizing some of the Prophet Muhammad's teachings as "evil and inhuman" and calling Islam a religion spread by the sword.
"It is imperative to end racial and religious discrimination against Muslims and to prohibit the defamation of Islam," Musharraf said. "It is most disappointing to see personalities of high standing oblivious of Muslim sensitivities at these critical moments."
Musharraf pointed out the contributions that Pakistan has made as a key ally in the U.S.-led fight against terrorism.
"Our cooperation has pre-empted several terrorist plots, such as the one uncovered recently to blow up airliners flying from London," he said. "Al-Qaida has been significantly degraded as an organization."
But he said the world needs to do more to foster peace and stability in neighboring Afghanistan, specifically the continuing presence of over 3 million Afghan refugees along the Pakistan border.
Musharraf expressed hopes that the standoff over Iran's nuclear program can be resolved peacefully through dialogue.
"Resort to coercion and, worse, the use of force, could lead to grave consequences in the region and globally," he said.
He also made clear that despite encouraging developments in the peace process with rival India, Pakistan will not give up its own nuclear program, which he stressed was peaceful. Both Pakistan and India possess nuclear weapons.
"We do not want to enter into an arms race," Musharraf said. "But we will do whatever is necessary to preserve the credibility of our minimum defensive deterrence level."
"We cannot accept discrimination in the nuclear field," he said.
Sep 18, 2006
Sep 14, 2006
i hope it doesn't get stolen. i like my bike. and i think i look really cool in my huge bicycle helmet.
Sep 13, 2006
So here is the background....
www.billu.net already posted an article and due to lack of inspiration I thought I would, firstly, add a picture of the lady we're talking about and add my 2 cents towards the end.
LAHORE : For the first time, a Pakistani girl has participated in an international beauty pageant, reports website DesPardes.com.
Houston-based Pakistani-American Mariyah Moten, 22, represented Pakistan at the "Miss Bikini of the Universe" pageant held in Beihai, a summer resort city in south China, on August 28.
Moten won the "Best in Media" title (trophy plus sash), as being the most photographed and interviewed girl in the entire pageant. Since the pageant, she has been on Zee News, Khaleej Times, China Daily, Hangzhou Newspaper and various other newspapers in China and elsewhere.
She was born and brought up in Karachi, Pakistan, and moved to the United States with her family eight years ago. She is currently studying hotel management at the University of Houston in Texas, where she did her high schooling.
"It's the first time that Pakistan is participating in the bikini pageant, as we're an Islamic country," Moten was quoted as saying by China Daily. "Now there's less reproach in Pakistan on women's participation in such beauty contests. All my family support me and I'm excited to have the chance to participate in the event."
Competing with 44 delegates, Moten was given the award on the final night. This is the second award she has received in her pageant career. She won "Miss Charity" at the Miss Tourism Queen International pageant in July 2006.
The winner was crowned "Queen Pearl" and received $5,000 in prize money; second and third place earned the title "Miss Pearl," and received $3,000 and $2,000 respectively, according to the pageant's organising committee. Moten is presently in Mumbai on a "special interview" assignment with the Times of India, her manager told DesPardes.com over the phone.
Somehow I can't add more pictures of her. Maybe only 1 is allowed.
What I agree with:
That she didn't have the proper authority to represent Pakistan
What I disagree with:
- Let her run! Who cares? It was a bikini contest in southern China somewhere. Not a Miss World contest. If she wants to represent her Pakistani heritage. Her choice.
- Her parents agreed to let her participate. Who are we to judge?
- The minister of some fucking foreign affairs from Paksitan is going to investigate how she got to represent the country. Don't you have better fucking things to do?
- She tried to portray Pakistan as modern and this is the backlash she got. Agreed, she is a few decades ahead of the country...but her motives are noble. With all this crap flying around about the country, we need people like her
- This jackass minister is threatening to pull away visa priviledges for Pakistani Americans. Oye...Chootia. Who the hell else will visit the country if you get rid of those people too As far as I know, most people are scared shitless to come to the country just coz of people like you there.
- Yes...It's our culture, but we should not judge others. If a girl wants to participate in a beauty contest, I agree that she can't represent Pakistan. But if she wants to participiate using Pakistan as her heritage...go right ahead
- Our country would be a lot more sane and less stuffy if we had a few of these beauty contests running. Being all conservative and putting women way far back in the backseat is what is holding us back. The government needs to concentrate on education and women's rights and upholding them. In my opinion, more women need to take a stand and take their shirts off!
I tried to make the title catchy...but gave up. So how interesting. This guy who ALL of us see at 2am every morning, with his 30 minute informercials...prancing about with topless coeds on some remote island...has been busted. Everyone of us has seen the infomercials. Those topless girls bouncing around or playing with each other with stars or clouds in front of their chests.
Anyway...I've seen him a lot....
Even Snoop Dogg, I believe has worked with this company. I see this dude everywhere. 2.1 million bucks is nothing for him though. He has his own friggin plane. He is one hard worker....Flying from island to island, college to college to find footage for the 'girls gone wild' series. Well. No one is above the law. If you wanna show us tits. They gotta be over 18 man. That's the rule. However the girls are drunks and wasted and/or high. I doubt they get paid. Wouldn't it be wierd if the camera man asked them for an id before they take their top of and make out with their best friend? That's boring. No one wants to see ID's being checked. Anyway....I don't know what else he could possibly do in the future. I suppose he should carry a form or something. Perhaps a secretary. Ask the girls for their id. Make them sign a waver. And then ask them to take their shirt off. That would work.
Sep 12, 2006
okay - class is about to start. I am going to the car to find my jacket since its friggin cold here.