Daily chart: who’s arming the developing world? Arms deliveries to developing countries last year were the highest since 2004, totalling $28 billion, or around 60% of global sales. America and Russia, the world’s leading arms suppliers, accounted for around two-thirds of the deliveries.
Paul Ryan, liar and idiot, says 1.4 million businesses filed for bankruptcy in 2011 under Obama, actually the number is 47,806
Trip Gabriel at The New York Times ”The Caucus” blog:
Mr. Ryan also cited bankruptcy numbers to make the point that failing businesses mean fewer jobs. “In 1980 under Jimmy Carter, 330,000 businesses filed for bankruptcy,” he said. “Last year, under President Obama’s failed leadership, 1.4 million businesses filed for bankruptcy.”
But he appeared to conflate business bankruptcies and much more numerous personal bankruptcies. Of the 331,264 bankruptcies in 1980, only 43,694 were for businesses, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Of the 1,410,653 total bankruptcy filings last year, 47,806 were business bankruptcies, according to the institute. And, again, the numbers are falling. In 2009, there were 60,837 business bankruptcies. In July, the latest month with complete statistics, business bankruptcies were 22 percent lower than a year earlier, and personal bankruptcies were down 11 percent.
DOES THIS NOT CONCERN ANYBODY!?
-Areas that Iran can attack with missile-
We should make a map of places the US could attack with unmanned drones. Oh wait…
here I found one already made
Let’s have some real fun!
Here is a photo of the U.S. Bases around Iran
And here is a (partial) list of places the U.S. has bombed (in red)
Now, here is a picture of the places Iran has bombed
BUT BUT BUT IRAN IS SCARY, GUYS.
I love how America’s so worried about what Iran can do but never bothers to reflect on what American has done in the past and is doing in the present. A little honest introspection won’t hurt, USA. Try it sometime.
New York — Ray Capuana paces the rows of cubicles in a haggard high-rise a stone’s throw from Wall Street as his people hustle the phones and hope for a bonus check.
Outsourcing Topic Good Or Bad In Election Year | Ed Butowsky (by edbutowsky)
The concept of outsourcing is not new, and has been going on since the 70s. Why is this becoming a hot topic relative to the presidential election.
- The Outsourcing Debate In US Elections - Analysis (eurasiareview.com)
Santa Clara County, Calif.,announced Wednesday, Aug. 22, it will upgrade and consolidate its email systems and move into the cloud. By using the cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 system, Santa Clara will combine email systems that include more than 15,000 employees from 26 departments and…
Eight percent of college men have either attempted or successfully raped. Thirty percent say they would rape if they could get away with it. When the wording was changed to “force a woman to have sex,” the number jumped to 58%. Worse still, 83.5% argue that “some women look like they are just asking to be raped.
Margo Maine, Ph.D. (Body Wars)
There was a time that, as a person of the male persuasion, seeing this quote made me really mad. It made me mad that women would assume that I was a rapist; it made me mad that rape was becoming ‘my problem’; it made me mad because, frankly, I didn’t think it was true. I think that this is a really common male attitude when confronted with rape statistics- or, at least, it has been in my purely anecdotal experience.
But now, I know there is no excuse for that. Men need to take responsibility and look at these numbers for what they really are, and what they really, truly represent. Men, don’t be mad at the woman who is justifiably wary that more than half of the men she knows could be her potential rapist. Don’t be mad at that there’s someone trying to rain on your fun, privileged parade where rape is something that only happens on Law & Order. Don’t be mad that you can’t accept that rape is way more common than you think. Most of all, don’t be mad at the woman who was raped and is seeking justice and help for her assault just because you thinks she looks like she was ‘asking for it.’
Be mad at the man who waits in the park to prey on the women who have a right to feel safe in their own communities. Be mad at the man who takes advantage of his drunk girlfriend. Be mad at the man who pushes the issue when his wife isn’t in the mood. Be mad at the man who catcalls, who makes unwelcome advances, who cops a feel.
Don’t be angry at the woman who doesn’t entirely trust you. Be angry at the men who have made her feel that way. Don’t be a part of a problem.
Be a part of the solution.
From “Tiffany’s” to “Khan,” we look at Hollywood’s illustrious tradition of casting white actors in non-white roles
My point is, I’m not the bad guy. I’m just the rich guy. When you look at it through my studio executive lens, you understand how important it is that both white people and non-white people believe that Indians, Asians, Mexicans and Arabs are truly just white people in brown makeup. I don’t like thinking that way. I just don’t have the luxury not to. I’m a businessman. White people spend more money on shit than anyone else. (Except on fast food, which is mostly blacks and Mexicans … at least that’s what I have heard. I’m a vegan.) So hey, non-Caucasians, stop buying tacos and start buying Cadillacs.
Now, look: I am trying to do the right thing. America has changed and Hollywood should attempt to portray a truer depiction of the ethnic diversity that makes up this country. The fact that many television shows now hire a certain percentage of non-white actors is a step in the right direction, right? I am even prepared to make a deal with you ethnic people out there. Every time you let me cast a non-Caucasian character with a Caucasian actor, I will give you two or three non-white actors in smaller supporting roles. Why not lead roles? Because I’m trying to make a living here. I have spent a lot of time and money throughout history convincing everyone that white is normal. I have even convinced non-white people that white is better, prettier, smarter, stronger, and that only white people can truly be the heroes. Everyone has bought into it, and now you want me to just abandon all my hard work?
Aasif Mandvi’s sarcasm is razor sharp in this. Simply excellent. I mean, obviously look at us ethnic people. Forget we exist. Want someone to play a Pakistani woman’s role? Find a white woman and do the brownface. How creative, god damn!
The slide show is so sad, it’s funny. White people as Chinese people, white people as Arab people, white people as black people (look at Othello, holy what), white people as Indian people, white people as Native Americans with the redface on (yes, it’s in there) and so much more. Hollywood, you’re so original.
Venezuela has surpassed Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest holder of proven oil reserves, BP has said in its annual Statistical Review of World Energy.
The South American country’s deposits were at 296.5 billion barrels at the end of last year, while Saudi Arabia held 265.4 billion barrels, BP said in the report which was cited by Bloomberg.
Global reserves advanced to 1.65 trillion barrels at the end of last year, a 1.9 percent increase from a revised 1.62 trillion in 2010, BP said.
Venezuela now holds 18 percent of the world’s reserves, according to BP data.
Saudi Arabia now trails Venezuela with a 16 percent share of world proven oil reserves, according to the report.
Canada ranks third with 175.2 billion barrels, or 11 percent of total.
Russia, the world’s biggest crude producer, boosted its deposits to 88.2 billion barrels from a revised 86.6 billion a year earlier, according to BP. Russia’s share of the total is 5.3 percent.
A college degree is only as useful as you make it. I work with incredibly rich and creative folks who majored in a lot of the ones on this list. Their ambition and passion made them a success, not a string of characters on a piece of paper.
India takes steps to stop brain drain of doctors. I think its about time.
NEW DELHI: India has finally decided to cut down on brain drain that is crippling its medical sector.
Now, US-bound doctors for higher medical studies will have to sign a bond with the ministry and honour the document by returning home after finishing their courses.
Union health Ghulam Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the US is insisting on a government No Objection Certificate (NOC) for every student enrolling with an American institute from this academic session.
In the last three years, 3,000 doctors went abroad for studies, and did not return.
“If a student does not come back from the US, he won’t be allowed to practice there,” Azad said.
Take the example of the premiere All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). A first-of-its-kind study by AIIMS’ department of hospital administration found that it takes Rs 1.7 crore to produce a single MBBS doctor at AIIMS.
The figure includes both the direct (services of the faculty and stipend) and indirect (services of non-teaching personnel and furniture) costs incurred by the hospital over the course’s five-and-a-half-year period.
According to the study, AIIMS spends at least Rs 31.31 lakh on every undergraduate student per year per course as against an annual fee of an MBBS student of Rs 850 per year that includes room and board and tuition fee.
Over 53% of AIIMS students leave India to work abroad. According to the Medical Council of India (MCI), till July 27, 2011, 767 doctors may have left for foreign shores.
These doctors had asked the MCI to issue them Good Standing Certificates (GSC) - a mandatory requirement for doctors seeking work in hospitals abroad. The MCI issued 1,264 GSCs in 2010, 1,386 GSCs in 2009 and 1,002 in 2008.
India has only one doctor for every 1,700 people. In comparison, the doctor-population ratio globally is 1.5:1,000. Somalia has one doctor for 10,000 population. China’s doctor population ratio stands at 1:1063, Korea 1:951, Brazil 1:844, Japan 1:606, Thailand 1:500, the UK 1:469, the US 1:350 and Germany 1:296.
A recent Planning Commission report said India is short of six lakh doctors, 10 lakh nurses and two lakh dental surgeons. Indian doctors, however, form 5% of the medical workforce in developed countries. Almost 60,000 Indian physicians are working in countries like the US, the UK, Canada and Australia alone.
Azad said, “No other country except the US is asking for this NoC. Those who apply to go to the US for studies from 2012 will have to give us a bond saying they would come back after finishing the studies. If they don’t fulfill the bond obligation, we can write to the US to deny the student permission to practice.”
A recent paper in the Lancet said India had eight healthcare workers, 3.8 allopathic doctors and 2.4 nurses per 10,000 population. When compared to other countries, this is about half the WHO benchmark of 25.4 workers per 10,000 people.
According to MCI’s Indian Medical Register that was last updated in April, 2011, the nation supposedly boasts of 840,678 registered medical practitioners. However, the data includes names of doctors who were registered way back in 1933. Chances of these doctors being alive is dim, admits MCI.
Ah, America, built by the blacks and owned by the Chinese.