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Old 2009-10-13, 11:44   Link #4301
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The 'youngest headmaster in the world'
Now this a great story. The kid only 16 but is teaching 800 students at his school despite the lack of necessary funding or materials needed and he does it all for free.
This story makes me happy knowing there still good people despite how harsh our world is.
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Old 2009-10-13, 11:54   Link #4302
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A different perspective on the whole Obama winning the Nobel peace prize. Finally, someone that makes sense. She breaks it down and calls out some of the nastier aspects of what American politics has become.

Actually it never occurred to me that any American would talk sense like her. Hopefully most of the Americans are in sync with what she says.

Regarding the troops in Afghanistan, it is actually a good thing that they are there, it gives the terrorists a larger front to fight against and derails their attention from the developing world without having to fear for religious terrorism. As far as I know, almost all the military operators in Afghanistan are volunteers, Marines are one time, Special Forces (including UKSAS, JTF2, etc) are two time, and Rangers are three. After US is financially and militarily exhausted, it is up to China (and the rest of the world) to clean up the last bit of mess there.

I think it is time the rest of the world stop leaving all the difficult issues, especially military conflicts to US. Just go in to help out already and stop criticising US's attempt to spread its "imperialism" across the world.

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The 'youngest headmaster in the world'
Now this a great story. The kid only 16 but is teaching 800 students at his school despite the lack of necessary funding or materials needed and he does it all for free.
This story makes me happy knowing there still good people despite how harsh our world is.
It is actually great that he is volunteering to teach his young neighbours, but if he is going to teach them anything about religious radicalism, I would certainly support his hanging from his tree.
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Old 2009-10-13, 12:02   Link #4303
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al quaeda faces funding crisis
..... while the taliban funding is flourishing
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Old 2009-10-13, 12:16   Link #4304
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Regarding the troops in Afghanistan, it is actually a good thing that they are there, it gives the terrorists a larger front to fight against and derails their attention from the developing world without having to fear for religious terrorism. As far as I know, almost all the military operators in Afghanistan are volunteers, Marines are one time, Special Forces (including UKSAS, JTF2, etc) are two time, and Rangers are three. After US is financially and militarily exhausted, it is up to China (and the rest of the world) to clean up the last bit of mess there.
Yes and No, the army itself is volunteer but there is also something call a stop-gap measure in place where people whose enlistment period is up can't resign form the army.

So it is both a volunteer army and not so volunteer as well.

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The 'youngest headmaster in the world'
Now this a great story. The kid only 16 but is teaching 800 students at his school despite the lack of necessary funding or materials needed and he does it all for free.
This story makes me happy knowing there still good people despite how harsh our world is.
gee won't this guy make a wonderful winner of the Noble Peace prize. Oh wait it is the thought not what you actually accomplish that counts with the norwegian politician.
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Old 2009-10-13, 14:38   Link #4305
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Actually it never occurred to me that any American would talk sense like her. Hopefully most of the Americans are in sync with what she says.
They aren't, but honestly, there are more Americans closer to her point of view than to the views of people like Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh than people on the right would have you believe. Really most Americans fall somewhere in between.
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Old 2009-10-13, 14:53   Link #4306
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(Oct. 12) -- He's 23 and has no college degree, and he's angling for a plum job overseeing France's premier business district. Jean Sarkozy, whose papa is the nation's president, is likely to get what he wants.
Outraged critics are crying nepotism and say the brash bid by President Nicolas Sarkozy's son is an affront to France's egalitarian values. Leftists are decrying the prospect of the wealthy "Sarkozy clan" intertwining itself even more intimately with the realm of big business.
Jean Sarkozy's conservative backers insisted Monday that he's qualified to chair EPAD, the quasi-governmental agency that manages the La Defense financial district on the western outskirts of Paris. About 150,000 people commute to work in the sprawling complex of skyscrapers that houses the headquarters of some of Europe's biggest companies, such as oil giant Total and bank Societe Generale.
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Jean Sarkozy, right, hopes to follow in his father's footsteps by landing a job to oversee one of France's most important business districts. Nicolas Sarkozy, France's president, once held the same post.

Jean Sarkozy, whose sound bites, expansive mannerisms and on-the-stump charm recall those of his dad, is studying law at the Sorbonne. He is also the main candidate for the EPAD chairmanship, a job Nicolas Sarkozy once held himself.
"If he did not have the name he has, would he be where he is today?" asked Socialist Segolene Royal, who lost to Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2007 elections for the French presidency. Speaking on RTL radio, she said she was shocked by the bid.
Socialist lawmaker Arnaud Montebourg lamented: "There is no longer any limit; anything is allowed; there are no more principles, no more rules."
Plenty of voters are aghast, too. More than 31,000 people had added their names to an online petition as of Monday evening urging Jean Sarkozy to drop his designs on the job.
"Presiding such an institution requires competence and experience," reads the appeal, launched by Christophe Grebert, a centrist politician from a neighboring town, Puteaux. "We urge you to finish your law studies and do a few internships in companies ... before, perhaps, one day, who knows, re-bidding for this job."
It's an unusual post, highly visible yet largely symbolic. The 18 members of EPAD's board are volunteers who give the final "yes" or "no" to investors who want building permits or administrative favors in La Defense. The only job requirement is being a member of federal or local government.
In addition to studying law, Jean Sarkozy was elected last year to a regional council representing part of the Paris suburb of Neuilly, where his father served as mayor for 19 years and launched his political career.
While elected officials in France often hold multiple jobs, it's quite rare for a politician to be elected while still in school.
Many French 23-year-olds are living with their parents and either studying or looking for a job. Unemployment is particularly high among youth, who often spend years doing internships before landing a steady job. President Sarkozy has tried to boost opportunities for young people and has several government ministers in their 30s.
Nicolas Sarkozy, the son of a Hungarian immigrant, is also unusually open for left-friendly France about his appreciation for wealth. He wants the country to be more pro-business, and he counts French industry tycoons and media executives among his close friends. Jean Sarkozy last year married the daughter of the head of major French electronics maker Darty.
Having a powerful voice from the presidential family at La Defense is seen as another blow to France's struggling leftist opposition. Socialist Royal said it could sway future elections in the Sarkozy family's favor.
"These are very big financial stakes. That could always help, ahead of a future presidential elections, if you see what I'm saying, to hold the keys and toss around millions of euros," she said.
The president hasn't commented publicly on the political uproar, nor has Jean Sarkozy, the second of his three sons. The EPAD board chooses its next chairman Dec. 4.
Conservative mayor and Sarkozy ally Patrick Balkany says the nomination "has nothing to do with the fact that he is his father's son." Balkany said Jean Sarkozy has "perhaps even more talent than his father had at that age."
EPAD's outgoing chairman, 65-year-old Patrick Devedjian, must step down because he has reached the mandatory retirement age.
He had faint praise for his likely successor. Speaking on Radio Classique, Devedjian said, "He's an intelligent boy, he is capable of learning."
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Old 2009-10-13, 15:05   Link #4307
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hehe, that is really something. I don't follow french politics but man..
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Old 2009-10-13, 15:27   Link #4308
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even Bush had more on his resume before he ran for governor.
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Old 2009-10-13, 15:39   Link #4309
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U.S. ambassador intends to speak to Obama about visit to Hiroshima

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While noting that a visit to Hiroshima by Obama is ultimately ''up to the president,'' Roos stressed during an interview with Kyodo News that Obama, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize after calling for a nuclear-free world in a speech in Prague in April, was deeply committed toward realizing nuclear disarmament and ending nuclear proliferation, leaving some room for a possible visit by him to the symbolic city.

Roos said repeatedly that his visit to Hiroshima on Sunday was ''deeply moving'' and added that his parents and son had made the trip with him.

''I felt that in order to provide him (Obama) my feelings with respect to Hiroshima, it was important that I see the peace memorial, peace park and the museum and witness it myself. It's a powerful statement. I get emotional talking about it. It was a moving experience for my entire family,'' he said.

He also reacted positively on Hiroshima and Nagasaki's bid to bring the 2020 Olympics to the cities, saying it is ''great.''
It seems as though the ultimate reason that the Nobel Peace Committee had given Obama the Nobel Peace Prize award due to his amazing speech on denuclearization in Prague. It is such a pity that Obama is still reluctant on making a trip to the peace memorial in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Nonetheless, the decision is his alone as the president of the United States.

Over in the United States and other parts of the world, there seems to be some angst over Obama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize as if he doesn't deserve it and should rejected it. Perhaps, not everybody supports world denuclearization.

Supposedly, it is actually quite costly to have two cities hosting the Olympics together due to travel expenses but the fact that the two cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki represent the anti-nuclear front, this is actually a great idea!
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Old 2009-10-13, 16:09   Link #4310
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even Bush had more on his resume before he ran for governor.
We don't have governors. Or anything like it. But if we did, the position Junior's running for would be way lower.

Not that it isn't blatant nepotism, or that we couldn't find someone qualified by entering any office building and grabbing someone at random, but.

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Old 2009-10-13, 16:38   Link #4311
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Thank you Democrats. The Dollar is officially dead!

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Bernanke could go down in economic history as the man who killed the greenback on the operating table.

After printing up trillions of new dollars and new bonds to stimulate the US economy, the Federal Reserve chief is now boxed into a corner battling two separate monsters that could devour the economy -- ravenous inflation on one hand, and a perilous recession on the other.

"He's in a crisis worse than the meltdown ever was," said Peter Schiff, president of Euro Pacific Capital. "I fear that he could be the Fed chairman who brought down the whole thing."

Investors and central banks are snubbing dollars because the greenback is kept too weak by zero interest rates and a flood of greenbacks in the global economy.

They grumble that they've loaned the US record amounts to cover its mounting debt, but are getting paid back by a currency that's worth 10 percent less in the past three months alone. In a decade, it's down nearly one-third.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/busines...70F8D6530791C5
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Old 2009-10-13, 17:25   Link #4312
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Thank Woodrow Wilson for that.
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Old 2009-10-13, 17:34   Link #4313
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Thank you Democrats. The Dollar is officially dead!




http://www.nypost.com/p/news/busines...70F8D6530791C5
Yeah, it's obviously the Democrats fault. I mean it's not like most of that started under Bush. Interest rates have been kept too low for years. It started under Bush and with Bernanke still chairman of the fed now, of course it's going to continue. Though in all fairness, I can't really blame Bush completely either, as the president doesn't control the interest rates. Also, that article is blaming things on the stimilius package, but without that, we'd currently be in "The Great Depression II: Bigger, Longer, More Crippling".
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Old 2009-10-13, 17:39   Link #4314
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Most of the blame resides on Obama and the democratically controlled house and senate since 2006!

See: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/poli...nt_obamas.html
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See: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...id=a7mHS_OEluf

If the rePubs are guilty of anything, its not pushing the Dems HARDER on what the heck was wrong with Freddie and Fannie back when the Dems were denying anything was wrong.

Congress passes legislation, congress has the responsibility to oversee the fed. That's been a democrat congress for three years now
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Old 2009-10-13, 17:48   Link #4315
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Please get out of your fantasy world... this thing took 25 years to build to the current disaster starting with Don Reagan. Plenty of blame on both bought-n-paid-for parties.
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Old 2009-10-13, 18:03   Link #4316
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Please get out of your fantasy world... this thing took 25 years to build to the current disaster starting with Don Reagan. Plenty of blame on both bought-n-paid-for parties.
The funny thing is this isn't nearly as big of a problem as it sounds. The dollar still represents about 62% of the world's reserve currency. Diversifing that isn't really a bad thing for anyone, to some extent not even the US. It makes it a bit harder for the US to raise capital, but it's not a crippling blow, and the US doesn't have as much of it's debt going overseas. What we're seeing there isn't the "collapse" of the dollar, but a recognition that putting all of your reserves in one currency isn't the best idea. Now if countries start dumping their current stocks of dollars, then it's time to start panicing.

Another thing is the same people saying this is terrible are likely the same ones who complain about so much US debt being in foreign hands. I guess there's just no way to win.

Though debating this with autobachs, I've been on this ride before. I don't care to go again.
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Old 2009-10-13, 18:16   Link #4317
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Barney Frank: "There is nothing wrong with Fanny and Freddy, there is no need for a investigation"

pin the tail on the right donkey.
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Old 2009-10-13, 19:00   Link #4319
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After quitting politics, Japan's Koizumi turns superhero



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"(My son) Shinjiro said I should be in it, that he liked it when he was a kid," Koizumi was shown on television as saying. "He said it's not related to politics so it should be okay."
This is awesome...

Junichiro Koizumi has become a seiyuu!?

Wait... Isn't he the former prime minister and also ace of the opposition party LDP?
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Old 2009-10-13, 19:10   Link #4320
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Autobachs,

I think you need to pick a newspaper or going to a news website (not Fox News) and research it before blame it on the Democrats and our president. The fallout was years in the making, all the signs were there but nobody put a stop to it, people got way more greed and that is the result of it.

http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2008/10/2...-the-collapse/
alittle bit research to help you on your way.

It was a Equal Opportunity Fault on everybody, but you cant place all blame on Democrats, atleast they are trying to fixed that problem, but it is going to take awhile to fix everything.
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