Speaking of libraries, here's one that's opened since the 278th arrived. Saddam didn't spend money on this kind of thing, what with goldplating the palace toilets and all.Go read it all, this guy's great.
After all, it's Jan. 24, the â€śmost depressing day of the year,â€? according to a U.K. psychologist.You can all bite me.
Dr. Cliff Arnall's calculations show that misery peaks Monday.
Arnall, who specializes in seasonal disorders at the University of Cardiff, Wales, created a formula that takes into account numerous feelings to devise peoples' lowest point.
The model is:[W + (D-d)] x TQ
M x NA
The equation is broken down into seven variables: (W) weather, (D) debt, (d) monthly salary, (T) time since Christmas, (Q) time since failed quit attempt, (M) low motivational levels and (NA) the need to take action.
A group of nationalist Russian lawmakers called Monday for a sweeping investigation aimed at outlawing all Jewish organizations and punishing officials who support them, accusing Jews of fomenting ethnic hatred and saying they provoke anti-Semitism.Raised concerns?!
In a letter dated Jan. 13, about 20 members of the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, asked Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov to investigate their claims and to launch proceedings "on the prohibition in our country of all religious and ethnic Jewish organizations as extremist."
The letter, faxed in part to The Associated Press by the office of lawmaker Alexander Krutov, said, "The negative assessments by Russian patriots of the qualities and actions against non-Jews that are typical of Jews correspond to the truth ... The statements and publications against Jews that have incriminated patriots are self-defense, which is not always stylistically correct but is justified in essence."
The stunning call to ban all Jewish groups raised concerns of persistent anti-Semitism in Russia.
Five and a half month later this blown out bus was shipped to The Hague, standing outside the International Court of Justice, while judges deliberated on Israel's security barrier. It took with it its sad memories of those 11 innocent people that had once led full and useful lives.And then bus number 19 came to Berkeley
For days, it stood outside the courtroom, believing it's burnt out hollow interior would speak louder than any Israeli delegations words ever could.
The number 19 bus has since been purchased by a Humanitarian group of Christians call the Jerusalem Connection. It was consequently shipped to the United States where its empty burnt out shell was loaded onto the back of a trailer. In the last months this bus has spoken volumes at any number of anti-terror rallies across the US.
Tehran, Iran, Jan. 23 â€“ The commander of Iran's State Security Forces in Tehran announced that 649 teenage girls under 14 years of age have been arrested in the Iranian capital over the past ten months.
The SSF chief told a press conference in Tehran yesterday, "Of the 59,121 individuals arrested in Tehran over the past ten months, 3969 of them were women; 649 were girls under the age of 14".
The SSF chief said that the Iranian capital was facing both a social and a security crisis, adding that his forces were prepared to crack down on anyone suspected of engaging in activities against the state
Wal-Mart has an image problem. Unfortunately, the company seems to have only just figured this out.Speaking from personal experience, I'm the only dissatisfied Wal-Mart customer I know, so I think that yes, consumers like it. But just in case a Wal-Mart CEO is reading bloggie (it could happen), may I make a few suggestions: first of all take out all the guy stuff and move it to a separate store, let's call it "Wal-Manly-Mart." That includes the weight benches, the big TVs, the war-like video games and the hunting equipment. Next, move the children's section over there as well, and the McDonald's and the popcorn machine. The men can now take the kids with them to their own Wal-Mart and voilá! Peace and quiet (and a much smaller store) for the rest of us.
Last week, it launched a nationwide public-relations offensive consisting of full-page ads in national newspapers, aggressive responses to critics in the press and a new Web site, www.walmartfacts.com.
Perhaps an "associate" -- Wal-Mart's version of an "employee" -- wandered into a Barnes & Noble and happened upon Bill Quinn's How Wal-Mart Is Destroying America and the World and What You Can Do About It or Al Norman's The Case Against Wal-Mart.
Regardless, Wal-Mart faces an uphill battle to restore its reputation after years of unanswered assaults. Fortunately for the company, it has a secret weapon: a small country's worth of satisfied shoppers.
The complaints against Wal-Mart are familiar to many by now: The company supposedly pays its workers too little, destroys small businesses, rips apart local communities and -- when it's feeling particularly sinister -- pushes little girls off of tricycles.
What's less well-known is just how popular Wal-Mart is with consumers. Obviously, a lot of people shop there -- about 100 million a week. But do they like it?
Wal-Mart Wakes Up
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