Friday, 9 December 2011

U.N.’s Botched Computer-System helps staff bilk milions via SAP & Trump Says 'Sue OPEC

Due to the bad economy, the Queen of England’s salary will be frozen for the next four years. In fact, to make ends meet the queen is thinking of having a yard sale. Getting rid of a lot of stuff they don't use anymore, like Canada. - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Today is International Ninja Day, when people are encouraged to carry toy weapons and wear black masks. And as I found out the hard way, my bank wasn’t celebrating it. - Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Waleed Ahmed, Hult International Business School Student, Attracts Worldwide Acclaim After Inventing a Solar Energy iPhone Case
Gingrich-Mitchell Task Force On UN Reform
... Mandated by Congress in the FY2005 omnibus appropriations bill at the behest of Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), the report offers an actionable American agenda for strengthening the United Nations. The full report is available online.
Other report recommendations include:..

U.N.’s Botched Computer-System Overhaul: A Major 'Failure' of Ban Ki-Moon's Management
EXCLUSIVE: A state-of-the-art computer and software system that was touted as the "cornerstone” of a United Nations-wide effort to bring groundbreaking reform to its bloated and stodgy Secretariat is now officially one of the organization’s foremost technological failures.
It is a humiliating black eye for Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is identified as the driving force behind the $315 million -- if you believe official figures -- fiasco.
Unesco faces cost of Palestine vote
The United Nations culture agency is dealing with the financial consequences of a political decision taken in October – a funding shortfall of 22 per cent.
On October 31 the United States suspended its financial contribution to Unesco after Palestine was admitted as a full member.
“The situation is difficult, no one can deny it,” Eric Falt vice-director general for external relations and public information at Unesco told
Trump Says 'Sue OPEC'
In his new book, Time to Get Tough, Donald Trump says it’s time to really get tough with OPEC. Not only does Trump complain about the oil-producing nations’ disregard for America and free markets, he says there is a simple solution: Sue them.
Sounds like a great talking point for a stump speech, but is it realistic? Here’s Trump’s answer:
“Currently, bringing a lawsuit against OPEC is difficult,” he admits, “and it’s been made even more complicated by a 2002 federal court ruling.”
Iran blocks U.S. 'virtual embassy' site a day after its launch
The Iranian government filtered and blocked a "virtual embassy" of the United States for Iran on Wednesday, a day after its launch.
The site was open and accessible on its first day, likely because of a religious holiday in Iran, but was blocked early Wednesday after public organizations resumed work.
NAACP Taking Complaints About U.S. Voter Laws to United Nations
The NAACP is calling on the United Nations to intervene as it claims state governments are colluding to "block the vote" for minority communities ahead of the 2012 election -- a charge those governments vehemently deny.
The nation's biggest civil rights organization this week released a report that claimed a raft of new voting laws at the state level would disenfranchise minority voters. The report said 14 states passed 25 measures "designed to restrict or limit the ballot access of voters of color."
India beats China’s ‘shut-up’ envoy
- Victory in first direct contest in UN
'Glaciergate' UN scientist repeats warnings of Himalayan melting
The discredited head of the international scientific body on climate change today repeated his claim that the Himalayan glaciers were ‘undoubtedly’ melting.
Speaking at the latest round of UN talks on tackling global warming, Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said more research was needed on the state of Himalayan glaciers but there was no doubt they were retreating.
Dr Pachauri – called ‘Patchy’ in scientific circles - found himself embroiled in a row in 2010 over the inclusion in the IPCC's last major report, used to inform international policy on climate change, of incorrect claims that the mountain region's glaciers could melt away by 2035.

Stern's Rebuke
Lord Nicholas Stern's views on climate change are stark and controversial
Greenpeace Leader Visits Boardroom, Without Forsaking Social Activism
... “Look, 1.6 billion people have no access to energy and yet live in regions that are blessed with abundant solar, wind, wave and geothermal energy,” he said. “If we can address that problem, we can alleviate poverty, create jobs and move into a green energy future.”...
South-South Cooperation Complements North-South Cooperation
ROME, Dec 6, 2011 (IPS) - South-South cooperation can play a key role in boosting the economies of developing countries, but it is not going to replace North-South cooperation, says Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, president of the 66th session of the U.N. General Assembly.
Early Soviet Propaganda Film, 'Seekers of Happiness,' At New Haven Library
1936 Drama Made To Persuade Jews To Move To Siberia
Film addresses the question, ‘Are we really broke?’
Here is a link to a fun new resource that might help you explain why this country is well, basically, broke: or is it?
Physicians for Social Responsibilities (PSR) had the pleasure of working with the team from "The Story of Stuff" in the creation of their new video, "The Story of Broke." In it, Annie Leonard takes complicated issues and presents them in clear and even fun ways that spur action. In this case, she powerfully confronts the emerging myth that we are broke. Instead, as we all know, it is a matter of our priorities.
"We know that our government is currently in the midst of making trillion-dollar decisions on our behalf. These spending decisions will speak to our priorities as a country and impact millions of citizens,” states the introduction on “Annie Leonard's recent ‘The Story of Broke’ describes a system of power and influence that is corrupting our political process and leaving us, in the 99 percent, without real representation. And, yet, in a democracy we have the power to shift this broken system. Join us as we help forge a responsible and healthy future."
U.S. is among developed economies with highest income inequality
Although the gap between the highest and lowest paid is greater in the United States than in most other wealthy countries, income inequality has risen faster in others such as Sweden and Finland, according to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Defiant Assad Denies Ordering Bloody Syrian Crackdown – Video
... His defiant stance was on display in an exclusive interview with ABC News' Barbara Walters who confronted the Syrian dictator in Damascus with stories and evidence of civilians being tortured and killed, some of them children.
"People went from house to house. Children were arrested. I saw those pictures," Walters said to Assad.
"To be frank with you, Barbara, I don't believe you," Assad said...
It must be nice being President... Obama to jet off to Hawaii for SEVENTEEN DAY Christmas vacation
New York eatery is a farm and restaurant rolled into one (3:03) – Video
Germany's neo-Nazi underground
Ten murders blamed on a neo-Nazi underground cell have raised fresh fears about far-right extremism in Germany. BBC Radio One Newsbeat's Sima Kotecha went to investigate.
After passing test ban, RI asks US to follow
... Ismet Ahmad, a lawmaker from the National Mandate Party (PAN), said that nuclear-armed countries, especially Israel and the US, must follow suit, adding that “Indonesia’s ratification has no significance unless other nuclear states take the same step.”
US President Barack Obama said in May that the US was preparing a push to approve the treaty, arguing that while the US no longer needed to conduct nuclear tests, it needed to stop other countries from conducting tests, according to Reuters...
Clinton Says US Committed To CTBT Ratification

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