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The Best (Actual) Headlines of 2005

Got from a friend! Love them!


Crack found on Governor's daughter (Imagine that!)

Something went wrong in jet crash, expert says (Oh, really?)

Police begin campaign to run down jaywalkers (Now that's taking things a bit too far!)

Is there a ring of debris around Uranus? (Not if I wipe thoroughly)

Panda mating fails; veterinarian takes over (what a guy!)

Miners refuse to work after death (no-good-for-nothing lazy so-and-sos)

Juvenile court to try shooting defendant (see if that works any better than a fair trial!)

War dims hope for peace (I can see where it might have that effect)

If strike isn't settled quickly, it may last awhile (ya think?)

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Warning from the Oracle!

 The Oracle of Omaha is at it again!  He is raising concerns on the ways of the US economy... and how the economy could be headed for disaster... not just here.. but around the world!  I think what I found intriguing was the point on "Political Turmoil"!  Wonder what he meant about that!

The U.S. trade deficit is a bigger threat to the domestic economy than either the federal budget deficit or consumer debt and could lead to "political turmoil," billionaire investor Warren Buffett has warned.

"Right now, the rest of the world owns $3 trillion US more of us than we own of them," Buffett told business students and faculty at the University of Nevada in Reno.

 "In my view, it will create political turmoil at some point. Pretty soon, I think there will be a big adjustment," he said without elaborating.

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Osama and his tape: analysis

Where others see "Fall from Grace".. I see the FIRST fissures within Al Qaeda!  While Zawahiri in Iraq is hell bent on fighting US forces and their Iraqi workers.. (which does include suicide attacks on civilians as critical part of the strategy!), Osama here stresses otherwise!  He talks of not killing of Muslims BY Muslims!  Now that is significant in my view!
Second, to think that Osama is in the hills is a bit naive!  The last guy who was caught in Pakistan - that SECOND No.

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Japan trading exec found dead

This Japanese crisis with Livedoor is getting weirder!  Now this exec related to Livedoor has been killed!  This is getting scary out there in the east!

An executive of a Japanese securities firm involved in takeover deals by the high-profile Internet startup Livedoor has been found dead, police say.
The executive, Hideaki Noguchi, 38, was found dead on the southern island of Okinawa, according to Kyodo news agency, quoting police in a report Thursday. Authorities said tests would be needed to confirm the cause of death.

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Origin of Laugh Tracks in Comedy

We have taken the "Laugh Track" to be a given in most Comedy shows these days.. but when did this all start?  Here is some from Ask Yahoo..

The "Hank McCune Show" was the first program to use mechanized guffaws, way back in 1950. As Wikipedia explains, until TV came along, people always experienced comedy with fellow audience members at the theater or movies. It was believed that without a "hey dummy, it's OK to laugh" cue, folks wouldn't know how to react to actors falling down stairs and tripping over ottomans.

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SIX Leadership Lessons from Rahul Dravid

Here are SIX lessons in leadership from ET (they has all this spread over 8 freaking pages!) from the Indian batsman and now captain - Rahul Dravid.  He is one of the most respected cricketer in the Indian team!  Although Sachin Tendulkar remains the "magician", it is Dravid who has provided the backbone to the Indian team time and again!
 Lesson No. 1: A leader is not made in heaven
Rahul was never a born leader. He did not captain his state team, Kumble always wore the captain’s cap for Karnataka and Sourav was the undisputed leader of Team India but it never distracted Dravid. Every captain in fact relied on Dravid to keep one end up and whenever the team was in trouble whether it was Karnataka or India - Dravid was always pressed into service.

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War Games for Iran

Excerpts from a war-game on the Iranian situation..

What about a pre-emptive strike of our own, like the Osirak raid? The problem is that Iran's nuclear program is now much more advanced than Iraq's was at the time of the raid. Already the U.S. government has no way of knowing exactly how many sites Iran has, or how many it would be able to destroy, or how much time it would buy in doing so. Worse, it would have no way of predicting the long-term strategic impact of such a strike. A strike might delay by three years Iran's attainment of its goal—but at the cost of further embittering the regime and its people. Iran's intentions when it did get the bomb would be all the more hostile.

Here the United States faces what the military refers to as a "branches and sequels" decision—that is, an assessment of best and second-best outcomes. It would prefer that Iran never obtain nuclear weapons. But if Iran does, America would like Iran to see itself more or less as India does—as a regional power whose nuclear status symbolizes its strength relative to regional rivals, but whose very attainment of this position makes it more committed to defending the status quo. The United States would prefer, of course, that Iran not reach a new level of power with a vendetta against America. One of our panelists thought that a strike would help the United States, simply by buying time. The rest disagreed. Iran would rebuild after a strike, and from that point on it would be much more reluctant to be talked or bargained out of pursuing its goals—and it would have far more reason, once armed, to use nuclear weapons to America's detriment.

Most of our panelists felt that the case against a U.S. strike was all the more powerful against an Israeli strike. With its much smaller air force and much more limited freedom to use airspace, Israel would probably do even less "helpful" damage to Iranian sites. The hostile reaction—against both Israel and the United States—would be potentially more lethal to both Israel and its strongest backer.

A realistic awareness of these constraints will put the next President in an awkward position. In the end, according to our panelists, he should understand that he cannot prudently order an attack on Iran. But his chances of negotiating his way out of the situation will be greater if the Iranians don't know that. He will have to brandish the threat of a possible attack while offering the incentive of economic and diplomatic favors should Iran abandon its plans. "If you say there is no acceptable military option, then you end any possibility that there will be a non-nuclear Iran," David Kay said after the war game. "If the Iranians believe they will not suffer any harm, they will go right ahead." Hammes agreed: "The threat is always an important part of the negotiating process. But you want to fool the enemy, not fool yourself. You can't delude yourself into thinking you can do something you can't." Is it therefore irresponsible to say in public, as our participants did and we do here, that the United States has no military solution to the Iran problem? Hammes said no. Iran could not be sure that an American President, seeing what he considered to be clear provocation, would not strike. "You can never assume that just because a government knows something is unviable, it won't go ahead and do it. The Iraqis knew it was not viable to invade Iran, but they still did it. History shows that countries make very serious mistakes."

So this is how the war game turned out: with a finding that the next American President must, through bluff and patience, change the actions of a government whose motives he does not understand well, and over which his influence is limited. "After all this effort, I am left with two simple sentences for policymakers," Sam Gardiner said of his exercise. "You have no military solution for the issues of Iran. And you have to make diplomacy work."

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Historical background to Language Expressions

Here are some interesting historical stories that affected the English language expressions!  I am sure you would find them interesting!

In George Washington's days, there were no cameras. One's image was either sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are "limbs," therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the _expression, "Okay, but it'll cost you an arm and a leg."

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Large rise in infant sofa deaths

This is an intriguing story on a strange phenomenon of babies dying while sleeping on sofas... with a parent!

Sleeping with a baby can be dangerous
Cases of babies dying from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) have fallen dramatically over 20 years but deaths while sleeping with a parent on a sofa have risen 400 percent, researchers said on Wednesday.
The findings by doctors at the Royal Hospital for Children in Bristol, England show that campaigns to inform parents about SIDS, or cot deaths, have had an impact.

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Pakis worried of Sehwag's Batting: Cricket


The first India-Pak cricket test in Lahore's Gaddafi stadium was a run fest!  The HIGHEST runs per wicket EVER IN HISTORY were scored!  Here is a piece on how Virendra Sehwag - the Indian opener - worries the Pakis!  Last year he scored the first triple century by an Indian and he has already started with a 250+ score in the opening game!  So are the Pakis worried?  HECK YES!  Here is a story from rediff:

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Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it's important.

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In Paris they simply stared when I spoke to them in French; I never did succeed in making those idiots understand their language.

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Genius might be described as a supreme capacity for getting its possessors into trouble of all kinds.

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Tokya Melt-down and Warren Buffett's activities

Tokyo Stock Exchange had a sort of "meltdown" yesterday.. due to a little known tech stock "Livedoor"!  Here is the news:

 Japan's main stock market nose-dived for a second day Wednesday on growing investor jitters from "Livedoor shock," the widening criminal investigation at an Internet startup that has sparked a sell-off, especially in technology shares. The benchmark for the Tokyo Stock Exchange plunged 2.9 percent Wednesday in a session that had to be shortened by 20 minutes because of a surge in transactions.

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Gurinder Osan: Photographs with a Difference

I wanted to bring some pictures of my life long friend (yeah we started together in school when we were less than three years!) - Gurinder Osan.  He is a photo editor at Associated Press and I think he is one heck of a photographer.

His photograph of "A family in northern India took refuge in a tent after a powerful earthquake in October in Kashmir" has made to the Photographs of the Year at New York Times for 2005 in the World Category!!

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Influence of Body Types in Medicine

Deepak Chopra speaks  about the influence of the Body Type in medicine... Here is what he said:

Despite the fact that many people had a typical lunch of sandwich, French fries, and coffee, the food is sitting heavily in some stomachs, tossing nervously in others, and passing unnoticed in most of the rest. In some bodies, hearts are beating faster because the sidewalk feels too crowded; others are pouring out excess gastric acid or experiencing a rise in blood pressure. It takes all types to make a world – but has medicine really noticed what types there are?
In conventional medicine we pay much more attention to differences among diseases than among people.

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Hillarious story!!

This has got to be the most hillarious story I have heard! From Bike in home to burnt butt to broken collarbone - this guy could never get it right!!


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Jobs to Dell: Remember the Words?

An interesting change of tide for two of the most amazing tech companies in the history!  Also, a reflection of how the things can change in business.. got this story from Business2.com


Aapl_vs_dellOn Friday, Apple's market cap briefly, and for the first time, surpassed Dell's ($72.13 billion vs.

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Man jailed for not killing woman

This is a crazy story of a lady who gave this guy 20,000 Pounds to find a hitman to kill her.. and this guy didn't do that.. and what does he get for saving this lady?  JAIL! :-)  So, in Britain if someone hires you to kill themselves.. Damn it!  Just KILL THEM!!

A 53-year-old woman was so depressed and desperate to end her life that she agreed to pay a friend to arrange for a hitman to kill her, a court heard.

Christine Ryder ended up handing over a total of £20,000 to Kevin Reeves after he agreed to murder her himself.

But Reeves, 40, of Saltings Road, Snodland, near Rochester, failed to keep his side of the bargain and she shopped him to the police.

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World is a Stage

Here is a quote that I posted on this site:

The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.
  - Horace Walpole

I wanted to add an extension to this - and it becomes:

"The world is a tragedy to those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.
And just a drama to those who neither feel nor think!"


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