Thursday, May 26, 2005

NEVER : U.S., Mexico Spar Over Illegal Gun Trafficking

NPR : U.S., Mexico Spar Over Illegal Gun Trafficking: "Morning Edition, May 26, 2005 � The flow of illegal guns from the United States to Mexico is growing. Mexico makes it extremely difficult to buy a gun legally, and the government is unhappy that Washington has done little to stop gun smuggling, even as U.S. officials press Mexico to stem drug trade between the two countries."

I listened to this story on my drive to work this morning. This is outrageous. Given all the emphasis of the Bush administration on the global fight against terror and how other countries around the world should help ('be with us or against us') - it's unbelievable how little the U.S. is willing to do to protect their own people - cut down on weapon smuggling from the U.S. into Mexico so that drug dealers have less power to drive their business of drug trade into the U.S. - when it comes to standing up against the weapon lobby, NRA etc.

Friday, May 20, 2005

Why men are happier...

Why Men are happier than women

Men Are Just Happier People.
What do you expect from such simple creatures?
Your last name stays put.
The garage is all yours.
Wedding plans take care of themselves.
Chocolate is just another snack.
You can be President.
You can never be pregnant.
You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth.
The world is your urinal.
You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one
is just too icky.
You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
Same work, more pay.
Wrinkles add character.
Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.
People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.
The occasional well-rendered belch is practically expected.
New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
One mood all the time.
Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
You can open all your own jars.
You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.
Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.
Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.
You almost never have strap problems in public.
You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.
Everything on your face stays its original color.
The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.
You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life.
Your belly usually hides your big hips.
One wallet and one pair of shoes one color for all seasons.
You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.
You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife.
You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25
No wonder men are happier.

Send this to the women who can handle it and to the men who will enjoy
reading it.

Thanks, Harald!

Triumph the comic insult doc on Star Wars

May the force be with you!

Monday, May 16, 2005

Careers - 50 And Fired: Are You At Risk?

Careers - 50 And Fired: Are You At Risk? - FORTUNE: "50 and Fired
Getting fired during your peak earning years has always been scary. You’d scramble for a few months, but you’d find something. Today it’s different. Get fired and you can scramble for years—and still find nothing. Welcome to the cold new world of the prematurely, involuntarily retired."

Not a great future perspective. It seems fascinating how people in the U.S. keep trying to look at the bright side of such economic shifts the their profound impact on people's lifes. Contrast that with the current debate in Germany about the results of globalization and capitalism.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

50 people without a pay raise - 13000 without a job

IBM: Restructuring Will Save Up to $2 Billion: "IBM later announced that 50 of its top executives would not receive raises until performance improves. The restructuring is aimed at aiding that improvement. However, it also will mean a charge of $1.3 billion to $1.7 billion in the second quarter, primarily due to the job cuts. "

Pataki and Bloomberg Endorse Changes in Ground Zero Tower - New York Times

Pataki and Bloomberg Endorse Changes in Ground Zero Tower - New York Times: "Seeking to restore public confidence in the pace and vision of the rebuilding effort at the former World Trade Center site, Gov. George E. Pataki, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the lead developer at ground zero said yesterday that the soaring office building known as the Freedom Tower would be significantly redesigned to satisfy security concerns."

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Made in USA

Made in USA: "Americans are good at some things and bad at others. We're good at making movies and software, and bad at making cars and cities. And I think we may be good at what we're good at for the same reason we're bad at what we're bad at. We're impatient. In America, if you want to do something, you don't worry that it might come out badly, or upset delicate social balances, or that people might think you're getting above yourself. If you want to do something, as Nike says, just do it."

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

How to Start a Startup

How to Start a Startup: "You need three things to create a successful startup: to start with good people, to make something customers actually want, and to spend as little money as possible. Most startups that fail do it because they fail at one of these. A startup that does all three will probably succeed."

Agreed. (co-founder of a former start-up)