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Am my Stock Exchange being Collapse?
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Guys....here the up dates new about my stock exchange.

WORST...yah that was truth

Index down to the worst bottom during September 2006. Today IHSG down 10,38 persen to 1.451,669....

Huahhhh...
( I just lucky already safe out from this index from last June....and just became analyst today ^_^)

America is really super power country. Economic recession in America made CRAZY economic impact to all country (including mine). Bank of Indonesia increases a rate of interest because this economic recession. BEJ closed this trade earlier from the time to avoid the worst decline of all stocks. Yah...they just acted today (UNFORTUNATELY) however decreasing of our stock began worst last week ago....

DEar my friends...we just see Stock Exchange in one country...and we will know what Economic happened there.


I hope America make quick helping from all this happened.
I hope the next president of America solve this problems as soon as possible (who---ever of President!!!)


NEXT Question: When all this over???hmmm.....2009-0 I hope it will be better in 2009. we couldn't make it quick because this all things related with MONEY. How big money u should have to save ONE BIG COUNTRY (like America maybe). If (Just IF) America in good economic--they never let it go slow....(Yeah....)


I just remembered my big fans of stock exchange said to me "this situation will happen 4 years later and repeating 4 years again". So, If you want to wait the bottom price of good stock ---justr wait until August 4 years later. The day of coming next president will be elected....(hahahaha...hmm sounds so near between economic and politic right)

my Warms, with confused mind
aViS (I just put m charming pic here to make u happy -hihihihi)
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08/10/2008 13:00 - Dampak Resesi AS
Perdagangan Saham di BEI Rontok

Liputan6.com, Jakarta: Otoritas Bursa Efek Indonesia (BEI), Rabu (8/10) pagi, menutup lebih cepat perdagangan saham sesi pertama. Ini untuk mencegah makin anjloknya perdagangan saham dan menenangkan pelaku pasar. Kecacauan ini tak lepas dari makin merosotnya perdagangan saham di bursa Wall Street, New York, Amerika Serikat.

Pada perdagangan hari ini, Indeks Harga Saham Gabungan (IHSG) anjlok 10,38 persen atau 168,052 poin ke posisi 1.451,669. Posisi IHSG ini merupakan terendah sejak September 2006. Sementara itu, 27.494 transaksi saham dengan nilai Rp 998 miliar dihentikan sementara perdagangannya. Hanya enam saham yang harganya naik. Selebihnya 171 saham anjlok dan sembilan saham stagnan.

Sentimen negatif seperti gagal bayar PT Danatama Makmur dan dihentikan sementara perdagangan enam saham perusahaan kelompok Bakrie menambah buruk perdagangan saham. Danatama gagal bayar setelah memborong sejumlah saham grup Bakrie pada 26 September silam. Batas waktu pembayaran yang ditepatkan pukul 13.00 WIB kemarin tidak mampu dipenuhi salah satu perusahaan terafiliasi grup Bakrie tersebut.(BOG/Tim Liputan 6 SCTV)

October 8, 2008 | 12:51 PM Comments  {num} comments



Batik Mruyung-MINE!!!
Related to country: Indonesia

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Here is specail Batik from my city--BATIK MRUYUNG. This is special way to make this clothes^_^

October 7, 2008 | 7:39 PM Comments  {num} comments



My President Act this crisis
Related to country: Indonesia

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President forms team to mitigate impacts of crisis

The Jakarta Post | Tue, 10/07/2008 10:01 PM | Headlines

The President is assembling a special team comprising economic ministers, bankers, business players and experts to mitigate the impacts of the global financial crisis that are likely to affect Indonesia in the next six months.

Chamber of Commerce and Industry chairman Mohammad Hidayat told reporters after a two-hour meeting at the state palace that the team would be under the direct supervision of the President.

Hidayat said economic ministers, who would be the executive decision makers, would formulate measures together with bankers and business players in addressing the impacts of the U.S.-led global clout.

"The President will appoint them. If the measures require exports, a minister will be assigned to lead and I will supply the team with other business players," Hidayat said.

Also present at the Tuesday night meeting were Bank Mandiri president director Agus Marotardoyo, senior banker Arwin Rasyid, Lippo Group boss James T. Riady and Tommy Winata of the Artha Graha group.

Hidayat said the meeting, which was a follow-up after a meeting with economic ministers on Monday, discussed steps to create more concrete measures for mitigation. (and)

PS: Finally they take the next step....go go go President...we support u ^_^

October 7, 2008 | 7:39 PM Comments  {num} comments



Decorative Plants to absorb air polution
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Decorative plants work to absorb air pollution. Apart from being a decorative and medicinal plant, lidah buaya (aloe vera) can also absorb air pollution. Hmm...sounds good to be one simple solution right ^_^(aViS)

October 7, 2008 | 7:39 PM Comments  {num} comments



Be Strong
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We never know when big problem come
We just know wehen it come, we should take it easy.
Problems make u STRONG or weak
I choose to be Strong !

(My qoute today - Originally from aVis ^_^)




October 7, 2008 | 7:15 PM Comments  {num} comments

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Write ur Dream
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If I could think my dreams...I could reach it
If I could write my dream..I will see it happened

(My Qoute today-originally from aViS ^_^)

October 7, 2008 | 7:15 PM Comments  {num} comments

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MorNing My WorLd
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Dear My World


Happy MORNING Star....Let's we do the best things today ^_^ (aViS)

October 7, 2008 | 7:15 PM Comments  {num} comments

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Blog Poverty
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October 6, 2008 | 12:59 PM Comments  {num} comments

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WHY me???
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I just opened my MDG's site

http://endpoverty2015.org/

and ....3 questions there made me crazy

WHY ME?
The Goals will not be achieved unless each of us plays our part to make sure that the promises made are delivered. It is up to us to remind our governments, in both rich and poor countries that we expect them to deliver. No more excuses. Join the growing global movement of people who are demanding that their government honor their commitments to achieve the MDGs by 2015. Rich or poor, young or old, man or woman, your voice counts.

(yeah....I know that...but...let me know what can I do for reducing poverty???)


WHY NOW?
Nearly 1 billion people live on less than $1 per day—yet the world has never been so prosperous.The world has enough money, resources and technology to end poverty forever. 2007, marks the halfway point to achieving the MDGs and this rate many Goals will not be met. It is more urgent than ever that we intensify our efforts to demand that promises made to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and end poverty are kept.

(yeah....I know we have limited time so we should finish it soon...but why NOW...should we just delay tomorrow?can we deal it for tomorrow?)


WHAT'S DIFFERENT?
The Millennium Development Goals are a unique opportunity to finally end poverty. For the first time, commitments have been made at the highest political level to see these Goals achieved and end extreme poverty. The Goals are achievable; they have timelines and deadlines; they are locally defined and measurable. For the first time, there is an agreed global compact in which rich and poor countries recognize that they share the responsibility to end poverty and its root causes. The world has the money, resources and technology to achieve these Goals. But only if governments take urgent and concrete action now.

(yeah....I know we are different but we are have the same rights. So---what's different!!!)

Me--who still think what gonna be happened with this DEAL
warms,
aViS
^_^

October 6, 2008 | 12:59 PM Comments  {num} comments

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AIDS, cancer scientists scoop medicine Nobel
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Two Frenchmen and a German won the 2008 Nobel Prize in medicine for their discoveries of viruses that cause HIV and cervical cancer, the organization's Web site said Monday.

Luc Montagnier will split the $1.4 million prize with two others.

Francoise Barre-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier of France were honored "for their discovery of human immunodeficiency virus." The pair are recognized as the discoverers in 1983 of the virus that can expose people to AIDS.

Both have been involved in breakthroughs in screening for HIV and efforts to develop a vaccine against the virus.

Harald zur Hausen of Germany was cited "for his discovery of human papilloma viruses causing cervical cancer" in women.

The Nobel Laureates in medicine will receive their awards in Stockholm, Sweden on December 10. They will split the the $1.4 million prize.

The awards' Swedish founder, dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel, created the prizes in the categories of medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and peace. Another award is made for economics.

The prizes include the money and an invitation to the prize ceremonies in Stockholm and Oslo on December 10, the anniversary of Nobel's death in 1896.

The winner of the most prestigious of the awards, the Peace prize, is expected to be announced on Friday. Last year former U.S. Vice President Al Gore shared the honor with the United Nations for raising climate change awareness.

October 6, 2008 | 12:26 PM Comments  {num} comments

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me and Ban Ki Moon
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when I meet BAN KI MOON---I will say "What did u do with all this?If you could make a true's MDG--Can I do it also?"

stupid question -LOL- aViS

October 6, 2008 | 12:25 PM Comments  {num} comments

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10 Steps from my President
Related to country: Indonesia

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Presiden: 10 Langkah Hadapi Krisis Moneter AS

Liputan6.com, Jakarta: Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono menegaskan 10 langkah yang harus ditempuh semua pihak untuk menghadapi krisis keuangan yang terjadi di Amerika Serikat, sehingga tidak berdampak buruk terhadap pembangunan nasional.

"Adalah tugas kita membuat masalah yang sulit, agar lebih mudah," kata Presiden dalam rapat paripurna yang dihadiri seluruh menteri kabinet Indonesia bersatu, kalangan dunia usaha dan juga pimpinan media massa nasional, di Gedung Sekretariat Negara, Senin (6/10).

Pada poin pertama, Presiden mengajak semua pihak dalam menghadapi krisis global harus terus memupuk rasa optimisme dan saling bekerjasama sehingga bisa tetap menjagar kepercayaan masyarakat.

Hal yang kedua, menurut Kepala Negara, pertumbuhan ekonomi sebesar enam persen harus terus dipertahankan antara lain dengan terus mencari peluang ekspor dan investasi serta mengembangkan perekonomian domestik.

"Hal yang ketiga adalah optimalkan APBN 2009 untuk terus memacu pertumbuhan dengan tetap memperhatikan social safety net dengan sejumlah hal yang harus diperhatikan yaitu infrastruktur, alokasi penanganan kemiskinan, ketersediaan listrik serta pangan dan BBM," tegasnya.

Presiden Yudhoyono juga menegaskan harus dilakukannya efisiensi penggunaan anggaran APBN maupun APBD khususnya untuk peruntukan konsumtif.

Langkah keempat yang diperintahkan oleh Kepala Negara adalah pada kalangan dunia usaha untuk tetap mendorong sektor riil dapat bergerak.

"Bila itu dapat dilakukan maka pajak dan penerimaan negara bisa terjaga dan juga tenaga kerja dapat terjaga. Sementara Bank Indonesia dan perbankan nasional harus membangun sistem agar kredit bisa mendorong sektor riil," tegas Yudhoyono.

Di samping itu, masih menurut Kepala Negara, pemerintah akan menjalankan kewajibannya untuk memberikan insentif dan kemudahan secara proporsional.

Langkah kelima yang diperintahkan Presiden adalah semua pihak lebih kreatif menangkap peluang di masa krisis antara lain dengan mengembangkan pasar di negara-negara tetangga di kawasan Asia yang tidak secara langsung terkena pengaruh krisis keuangan AS. "Kita harus mendorong produk kita agar kompetitif dan memiliki daya saing yang baik," katanya.

Hal keenam yang diinstruksikan oleh Kepala Negara, yakni menggalakkan kembali penggunaan produk dalam negeri sehingga pasar domestik akan bertambah kuat.

"Kepada para menteri, saya minta untuk memberikan insentif dan disinsentif agar penggunaan produk dalam negeri dapat meningkat, kalau perlu juga akan dikeluarkan instruksi agar pengadaan barang dan jasa di departemen mengutamakan produk dalam negeri," kata Presiden.

Langkah ketujuh, Kepala Negara menekankan perkuatan kerjasama lintas sektor antara pemerintah, Bank Indonesia, dunia perbankan serta sektor swasta. "Cegah timbulnya ketidakpercayaan dan saya ingatkan semua pihak memiliki peran yang penting," ujarnya.

Dalam kesempatan itu, Presiden Yudhoyono juga menekankan langkah kedelapan, yakni semua kalangan untuk menghindari sikap ego-sentris dan memandang remeh masalah yang dihadapi. "Hilangkan budaya ego-sentris dan juga kebiasaan bussines as ussual," kata Kepala Negara menegaskan.

Menurut Presiden, dalam menghadapi permasalahan semua pihak memiliki porsi masing-masing untuk bersama-sama menyelesaikan masalah. Kesemuanya harus bekerja sama dan tidak boleh saling mengandalkan.

Pada langkah kesembilan, Kepala Negara mengingatkan, 2009 merupakan tahun politik dan tahun pemilu, kaitannya dengan upaya menghadapi krisis keuangan AS adalah memiliki pandangan politik yang non partisan, serta mengedepankan kepentingan rakyat di atas kepentingan golongan maupun pribadi termasuk dalam kebijakan-kebijakan politik.

Hal yang terakhir atau langkah kesepuluh dari Presiden adalah meminta semua pihak melakukan komunikasi yang tepat dan baik pada masyarakat. Tak hanya pemerintah dan kalangan pengusaha, serta perbankan, Kepala Negara juga memandang peran pers dalam hal ini sangat penting karena memiliki akses informasi pada masyarakat.(IAN/ANTARA)

October 6, 2008 | 12:25 PM Comments  {num} comments



President: Indonesia will not see repeat of 1997 crisis
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YEah,..MY PrESIDENT GUARANTEE THIS
The Jakarta Post | Mon, 10/06/2008 8:19 PM | Headlines

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesia would not see a repeat of the financial crisis of 1997, as all the fundamentals looked solid and there was clear potential for domestic market expansion.

Yudhoyono said the U.S.-led global liquidity crisis would affect the country's economy, but urged market players not to panic and to react appropriately.

Speaking to reporters after a special cabinet meeting on Monday at noon, Yudhoyono said his administration had come up with steps to mitigate impacts of the global liquidity crisis on the local economy.

After 10 years of political and economic reforms, Indonesia's economy was back on track -- as shown by continuous economic expansion for the last eight quarters and a significant improvement in debt to GDP ratio, he said.

Yudhoyono urged domestic and foreign business players to make the most of the positive momentum by further developing the domestic market amid the growing crisis, which he said would have a significant impact on demand for Indonesian products.

"Let us exploit our domestic economy. We must expand our domestic market," he said.

One of the key initiatives to boost domestic expansion, he said, would be to increase consumption of domestically produced raw materials and goods and to reduce dependency on imports, so as to maintain a healthy balance of payments.

Yudhoyono said he would issue a special instruction demanding all government departments to focus their expenditure on growth-supporting sectors and to rely on domestic products.

He also planned to issue an incentive-disincentive scheme to promote consumption of domestic products. (and)

October 6, 2008 | 11:54 AM Comments  {num} comments



COURTING TRADITION
Related to country: Indonesia

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Queen Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Hemas kisses the knee of Yogyakarta Sultan Hamengkubuwono X during the traditional Javanese court ceremony at their palace on Friday. The ceremony took place as part of the palace’s Idul Fitri celebrations. (JP/Tarko Sudiarno)

October 6, 2008 | 11:54 AM Comments  {num} comments



Indonesian stocks sink 10 pct, biggest drop ever
Related to country: Indonesia

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The Associated Press , Jakarta | Mon, 10/06/2008 5:12 PM | Headlines

Indonesia's key stock index tumbled 10 percent Monday, its biggest one-day drop ever, on worries that fallout from the U.S. credit crisis is spreading around the globe.

Resuming trading after a four-day break last week to mark the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan, the benchmark JSX index shed 183.77 points, or 10.03 percent, to close at 1,648.7 points.

Indonesian investors had lot of news to digest after the long holiday. Sentiment also was hurt by the announcement of a 12-percent jump in consumer prices for September, a two-year high.

Decliners led gainers 209 to 10 with heavyweight commodities shares, which make up around 40 percent of the index, leading the drop.

Mining company Bumi Resources shed 32 percent, followed by coal miner Bukit Asam and palm oil manufacturer Astra Agro, which both lost 23 percent.

Indonesia's decline came after other Asian markets dropped last week in response to the deepening financial crisis, which appears to be spreading to Europe.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono convened high level Cabinet meetings to discuss the impact a global downturn would have on the economy, Southeast Asia's largest.


PS: I hope it will be recover soon....
INI MENGERIKAN....

October 6, 2008 | 11:44 AM Comments  {num} comments



Don't try this at home
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Just see...and do not try this at home ^_^

October 5, 2008 | 10:50 PM Comments  {num} comments



Train Accident
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I hope this is not happened again ^_^

October 5, 2008 | 10:50 PM Comments  {num} comments



my Independence regency Day
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Yeah...April 5th, my regency celebrate the independence day. This is carnival in main street of my city ^_^

October 5, 2008 | 10:50 PM Comments  {num} comments



Its just simulation
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Crowded Demonstration....but....it just simulation of security of election chief Regency in My city-2008

October 5, 2008 | 10:50 PM Comments  {num} comments



Great gank
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Yeah..I love this one. I drive this to go to college...They gathered in GOR Purwokerto-my city ^_^

October 5, 2008 | 10:49 PM Comments  {num} comments



Great gank
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Yeah..I love this one. I drive this to go to college...They gathered in GOR Purwokerto-my city ^_^

October 5, 2008 | 10:49 PM Comments  {num} comments



World Let's Share-SONG
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Indonesian supergroup, Untied Voices of Indonesia, sing Dunia Berbagilah (World Let's Share) at the opening of the UN Climate Change Conference. Oxfam was one of the organisations involved in the production of the song. composed by well know artist Nugie. Photo Ng Swan Ti/Oxfamknow artist Nugie. Photo Ng Swan Ti/Oxfam

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1IC2mnEi3M

October 5, 2008 | 3:19 PM Comments  {num} comments

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Preventing atrocities: the real test of new world order
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The major shift in global power provides an opportunity to protect all civilians from genocide and other atrocities, said international agency Oxfam in a new report published today.

For a Safer Tomorrow - Protecting Civilians in a Multipolar World warns that the world will be less safe for all unless emerging and existing global powers work together better to prevent atrocities and ensure the safety of people caught up in armed conflict.

A new US President, the re-emergence of Russia, the rise of China and India, and a stronger European Union and African Union creates a different world order which must do a better job protecting people whose lives are threatened by conflict. During the recent crisis in Georgia, there was much debate about the impact on world politics but less about the civilians caught in the fighting and forced to flee their homes.

“Ensuring the safety of civilians has got to be the overriding priority in any conflict, including the ‘war on terror’. For far too long, governments have agreed that civilians must be protected but when it comes to the crunch – and peoples’ lives are at risk - too often narrow, self-interest takes priority. As we have seen from Afghanistan to Iraq, civilian casualties can ferment existing anger and feelings of injustice, and contribute to a continuous cycle of violence and revenge,“ said the report author Ed Cairns of Oxfam.

“In today’s interdependent world no country is immune to the insecurity and threats from a conflict on the other side of the globe. It is in all our interests to ensure that civilians are protected.”

In 2006, 63 per cent of the world’s refugees were from Iraq and Afghanistan while Oxfam’s own research shows that between 1990 and 2005, armed conflict cost Africa an average of $18bn a year.

The report states that the ‘war on terror’ has overshadowed crises like the Democratic Republic of Congo which, with a death toll more than twice that of Iraq, has lost 5.4 million or eight per cent of its people to conflict, and the deadly hunger and disease that it has unleashed since 1998. This year more than a thousand women a month have reported being raped, many as part of a systematic campaign linked to the conflict.

For a Safer Tomorrow is based on Oxfam’s experience responding to the world’s conflicts for more than 60 years. It reviews the protection of civilians in current and recent conflicts, and examines the implications of the shift in global power. It sets out an agenda to protect civilians through local, national and regional action with far more consistent international support.

“In the past, the world has failed to protect people from murder and assault in places like Darfur and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The emerging world order must do a much better job if we are to ensure the changing world is not just a different world but a safer one too,” said Cairns.

It will take political will and fortitude to prevent future genocides and atrocities. However examples from the last year show that when the world is willing to act to prevent bloodshed or to bring to justice those responsible for crimes against humanity, it can get results.

In January 2008 Kenya did not collapse into bloody civil war, partly because of local community action to prevent widespread outbreaks of violence as well as efforts by African and international leaders to restore peace. In July, former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, was captured after 13 years on the run and is headed for justice at the UN war crimes tribunal in The Hague.

In order to protect civilians caught up in armed conflict and improve global peace and stability, Oxfam is calling on the international community to:

* make the safety of civilians the overriding priority in the response to conflicts
* adopt zero tolerance of war crimes – whether in counter-terrorism or elsewhere
* act much more quickly to tackle the trends that threaten new or prolonged conflicts
– including poverty and inequality, climate change and arms proliferation
* urge all permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to renounce the use of their
veto when it comes to war crimes, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and genocide.

warms,
aViS
^_^

October 5, 2008 | 3:19 PM Comments  {num} comments

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Battle of America
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Hm...Battle of America just began.....

October 5, 2008 | 1:06 PM Comments  {num} comments



McCain
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Choose McCain!!!

October 5, 2008 | 12:44 PM Comments  {num} comments



Obama!!!
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Choose Obama!!!

October 5, 2008 | 12:44 PM Comments  {num} comments



Do not follow this crazy thing!!!
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A devotee of the Chinese Shrine Jui Tui, his cheeks pierces with knives, walks in a procession on Sunday at the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket, Thailand.

October 5, 2008 | 12:44 PM Comments  {num} comments



Elderly turtle pair fails to produce offspring
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Cara Anna , The Associated Press , Suzhou, China | Sun, 10/05/2008 10:19 AM | Sci-Tech

a female soft-shell turtle rests near a pool inside a zoo in Suzhou, China. Breathless scientists watched as they successfully mated. (AP/Wildlife Conservation Society, Gerald Kuchling) A female soft-shell turtle rests near a pool inside a zoo in Suzhou, China. Breathless scientists watched as they successfully mated. (AP/Wildlife Conservation Society, Gerald Kuchling)

She's around 80 years old. He's 100. Breathless scientists watched as the world's most endangered turtles successfully mated.

But the attempt to breed the species' last known female with the last known male in China has failed because the eggs didn't hatch, disappointed conservationists said Saturday.

The elderly pair can try again next year, part of a delicate attempt to keep the species alive.

Just four known Yangtze giant soft-shell turtles are left and three are male.

The only female was found in a Chinese zoo just last year after a long and desperate search. She was quickly protected with a surveillance camera, a guard and bulletproof glass, and given the nickname " China Girl."

A successful batch of baby turtles would be a welcome environmental win for China. The country's efforts to save its pandas are famous, but scientists have said about 40 percent of China's mammal species are endangered. Pollution and hunting almost erased the Yangtze turtles.

Conservationists were thrilled this spring when the female and male finally were introduced, nudged each other curiously and slowly got down to business. Artificial insemination was deemed too risky.

Within weeks, dozens of eggs were found in the sandy nesting area at the Suzhou Zoo, about an hour's drive west of Shanghai. Conservationists predicted possible hatchlings by early August. But this week, they said the effort had failed.

"Unfortunately, none of the eggs successfully hatched this time," Stephen C. Sautner, a communications official with the Wildlife Conservation Society, said in an e-mail Saturday.

While more than half of the eggs seemed fertile, the embryos died early, a statement released Wednesday by the U.S.-based Turtle Survival Alliance said. The statement did not indicate whether the female turtle's age was a factor and instead blamed years of a low-calcium diet.

"A number of the eggs had very thin or cracked eggshells, suggesting that the diet of the animals prior to breeding was not optimal," the statement said.

Besides the pair that mated, the only other known Yangtze turtles are two males in Vietnam.

For years, the female turtle's keepers at the Changsha Zoo hadn't even known what kind of turtle she was or that she was one of the last of her kind. The zoo responded last year to an urgent appeal sent to all of China's zoos, saying it had a female that looked like the turtle in the photo sent with the appeal.

A team of experts from the U.S. and China then prepared her for the potentially stressful move to the Suzhou Zoo, about 600 miles away.

"I hate to call this a desperation move, but it really was," Rick Hudson, co-chair of the turtle alliance, said at the time.

Now, settled together in Suzhou, the two turtles are preparing for another attempt next year with a high-calcium diet of whole fish, whole crayfish and chicken necks, meant to result in eggs with stronger shells.

During a visit to the zoo Saturday, the turtles were nowhere to be seen. Their watery home was split by a metal gate to keep the male and female separate until the next breeding season. The male can be too aggressive otherwise, workers explained.

"We've worked very hard on this," said Liu Jinde, the director of the organization that manages the zoo. "Wait until next year. We ought to succeed. The turtles are very healthy."

He said one reason breeding failed this year was the hurry to get the turtles mating soon after the female joined the male at the zoo this spring.

There is, after all, not much time left. Though it isn't clear how long Yangtze turtles can live, the female's fertility is the key. Conservationists had been relieved when the newly discovered female at 80 years or more was still producing eggs.

Now the turtles' supporters must wait until spring, when the female should be ready for the next attempt.

The turtle alliance is optimistic. Despite their advanced ages, the two turtles "should be in top form" next year, its statement said.

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EID Prayer
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Wearing burqa (veils), women of the Jamaah An Nadzir sect perform their Idul Fitri prayers in Romang Lompoa, South Sulawesi. The sect celebrated Idul Fitri on Tuesday, one day earlier than most Indonesians. (JP/Andi Hajramurni)

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Bali bombers show no remorse pending executions
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Irwan Firdaus , The Associated Press , Nusakambangan, Central Java | Wed, 10/01/2008 4:15 PM | National

Three Islamic militants expected to be executed soon for the 2002 Bali bombings that killed 202 people said Wednesday that they had no regrets.

Amrozi, Ali Gufron and Imam Samudra and several hundred fellow inmates held prayers on a field outside their prison to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr and then spoke briefly to reporters in what were expected to be their last public comments.

They said the Oct. 12, 2002 twin nightclub attacks on the resort island were meant to punish the United States and its allies. Most of those killed were foreign tourists, especially Australians.

"I don't have, and will never have, regrets," said Samudra, dressed in a white, flowing robe. The others agreed and praised other attacks, including the bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, by militants that killed at least 54 people and wounded hundreds.

Australian Brian Deegan, whose son Josh died in the bombings, said the men have never shown signs of remorse.

"That evidently has not changed," Deegan said from Adelaide, Australia. "Their actions are abhorrent and despicable and misguided. They took away the lives of many men, women and children in a futile effort to make a point."

Executions in Indonesia are by firing squad. The militants were convicted under Indonesia's strict anti-terrorism laws. They have exhausted their appeals and Indonesia's attorney general has said the sentence could be carried out any day now that the holy month of Ramadan, when clemency is often shown to criminals, is over.

Indonesian authorities normally allow news media to meet prison inmates during the end of Ramadan feasting celebration.

The Bali attacks - allegedly funded by al-Qaida - were carried out by members of Jemaah Islamiyah, a Southeast Asian militant group blamed for at least three other suicide bombings in Indonesia since then, though none has occurred since 2005. The group has been largely dismantled across the region, with its leaders dead or in prison.

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The overlooked attractions of Central Java's north coast
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Tim Hannigan , Contributor , Semarang, Central Java | Sun, 10/05/2008 10:40 AM | Travel

The gunpowder smell of fresh rain in the night air hit me as I climbed down from the train in Semarang. By the time I reached the station gates and had clambered into a waiting becak (pedicab), a thunderous -- and highly unseasonable downpour had begun.

I peered from beneath the becak's dripping hood as it rolled along the empty streets. This was an old city, and I caught glimpses of heavy Dutch rooflines, crumbling columns and arched windows. Shadowy figures sheltered beneath shuttered balconies, and other becaks rolled swiftly through the wet night, their drivers straining urgently at the peddles.

I stopped at the only place open on this dark street: a caf* in a high-ceilinged old building with slow-circling fans. The walls were decorated with photographs of Semarang in years past, and the caf* was known simply as "No. 29" (opposite Blenduk Church). I ordered a plate of juicy sate and a glass of iced tea, and sat peering out at the wet darkness. The rain continued to fall.

Semarang is not high on any must-see list for travelers. Overshadowed by its southern counterpart, the touristic behemoth of Yogyakarta, it's easy to forget that this coastal city of 1.5 million people is the capital of Central Java, and one of the oldest settlements in Indonesia.

With a couple of days to spare I had decided to eschew the more obvious attractions of Yogyakarta to see what this lesser-known place and its surrounds had to offer -- if only it would stop raining!


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Diana Krall returns to Jakarta a happier person
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Prodita Sabarini , The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Sun, 10/05/2008 10:42 AM | People

When the award winning jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall came to Jakarta six years ago, it was under gloomy circumstances.

Just before she started her tour of Asia in 2002 her mother had died of multiple myeloma. Weeks after her mother's death, two close friends and musical mentors, Rosemary Clooney and bass player Ray Brown, also died.

She was so sad that she did not even perform an encore during her concert in Jakarta at the time.

Now, the 44-year-old mother of two-year-old twins is back in Jakarta for her Asia tour promoting her 2007 album The Very Best of Diana Krall, and she is happy.

"I like encores. If you want me to play more, I'll play more," she said merrily on Saturday.

Krall was sitting in the VIP lounge at the Ritz Carlton Jakarta, which is the venue for her concert tonight. Her flowing honey-colored hair was draped gracefully on her shoulders.

She wore a pendant on her neck that enclosed pictures of her sons. She looked beautiful in an old Diane Von Furstenberg dress, which Krall said reminded her of her mother. "My mom wore them (Diane Von Furstenberg dresses) too in the seventies."

She said revisiting Jakarta had brought back memories of her first trip, "The last time I came here, I lost my mother, my boyfriend broke up with me and all was not so great," she said jokingly.

"But I'm happy that I'm able to come back here now and share my happiness," she said.

A lot has happened since her last visit to Indonesia. In 2002, she was promoting her album The Look of Love, which mesmerized the world and in retrospect, is a deeply personal album, which reflected her anticipation of her mother's death.

Since then, the Grammy Award-winning artist for Best Jazz Performance (1999) and Best Jazz Vocal Album (2002) has released five albums.

In that time, she has experimented by performing covers of Tom Waits and Joni Mitchel singles, by writing her own lyrics, including a swinging-big-band record, and, in the case of her latest album, by compiling her best singles on one album.

She married singer-cum-songwriter Elvis Costello in 2003 and gave birth to twin sons in 2006, which she said had greatly inspired her musical career.

After experimenting by writing her own lyrics in the album The girl in the other room and by playing with a big band in From this moment on, she found that she was most true when she performed standard jazz, swing and bossa nova, which would be expressed in her next album.

She said that her next album had been influenced by Brazilian music and was very sensuous and romantic, "It's a love letter for my husband."

In her next album she will sing one song in Portuguese and another Brazilian song that has been translated into English. She did not write any of the lyrics on the album.

"I think writing is really hard, unless you're a writer. I feel more like an actor. I take songs creatively and turn them into something else," she said.

She said she had learned much from Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong.

"They always keep their musical integrity even though they're entertainers. They're great entertainers and they play for people but their artistry was never compromised," she said.

During her concert tonight, Krall will perform with extraordinary musicians -- bassist Robert Leslie Hurst III, a lecturer at the University of Michigan; drummer Emmanuel Karriem Riggins, who is also a producer who worked with The Roots and Erykah Badu; and long time guitarist Anthony Wilson.

She will perform singles from her best of album, including "S'Wonderful", "The Look of Love", "Let's Face The Music and Dance", and "I've Got You Under My Skin".

Tonight at the Ritz Carlton, the audience will meet a happier more mature Krall, one who loves to entertain.

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President to consolidate measures to deal with crisis
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President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will summon economic ministers, business players, bankers and economists to a meeting at the state palace on Monday, aiming to consolidate steps in facing the global financial crisis.

Acting Coordinating Minister for the Economy Sri Mulyani Indrawati told reporters on Sunday that the meeting was aimed to prepare Indonesia for a prolonged global economic crisis that was prompted by a shortage of liquidity in the U.S..

Mulyani said, "The crisis in the U.S. will continue not for one or two weeks, or even one or two months -- it could go on for several quarters, and consequently the impact will be felt here much longer."

Therefore, she said, the government needs to monitor the condition of the financial sector including banks, the country's account balance, exports, imports and other relevant sectors.

The meeting, Mulyani said, would be attended by members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, heads of local and foreign banks, academics and economic analysts.

Also speaking at the press conference, State Minister for State Enterprises Sofyan Djalil said that heads of state companies would also be present at the meeting.

"Tomorrow I will summon heads of large state companies to the meeting with the President," Sofyan said, referring to companies such as oil producer Pertamina, mining company Antam and the biggest local bank by assets, Bank Mandiri. (and)

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my Herritage Regency
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my Herritage Regency

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I choose this PLANE
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Yeah...I will choose this plane for my vacation^_^



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Guest Who is this?
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Guest this picture...WOMEN or MAN??? and let me know ur reason

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HUaaaa...FULL STRESS today
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i'm full stress tonight....3 paperwork still in proccess and.....CRAZY...
GO GO GO....(just spirit my self ^_^)

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MOm...let me hold on you
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Mom…let me hold on your finger on forever. And do not let me to being far from you. I’m so weak without you Mam. My mouth becomes speechless to say thousand thank for giving born of me Mam. (originally from aViS^_^)

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My quotes today
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My quotes today

“I love to be sun because I want to light universe. But, if I can’t be sun…Let me be just a sun flower to make you happy when you see me” (originally from aViS ^_^)

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Think Like Rocket Scientist EBOOK for u
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Dear friends...

I just finished to read "The Seven Secrets of How to Think Like a Rocket Scientist" a month ago. I love this book from Jim Longuski , two thumbs for u Man.

Jim Longuski invited me arround the sky amazingly by his seven secrets how to be a rocket scientist.

This is a book for the armchair thinker. There are no equations, no syllogisms, and no exercises with the solutions at the back of the book. Let me tell you the first secret about rocket scientists. They are not in it for the money. They are in it for the fun. They are the biggest dreamers on Earth because they dream on a cosmic scale. And they love sci-fi books and movies. Sometimes, the dopier the movie, the better they like it. That’s why JIM start Part I with “Dream.” Dreaming about space travel is what makes rocket scientists tick. JIM end with Part VII,“Do,” because the best part about rocket science is when those dreams come true.

JIM give seven secrets of how to think like a rocket scientist as active verbs: “Dream,” “Judge,” “Ask,” “Check,” “Simplify,” “Optimize,” and “Do.”

"A great deal of effort is put into avoiding mistakes because mistakes are so costly. But some of the greatest lessons came from the worst failures" I love this part so much ^_^

LET'S we adventure the best part of the book.

“His adventure began with a dream . . . Robert Goddard had a waking dream about flying farther than anyone ever had, to other worlds in the sky.” David A. Clary-Rocket Man

We were like children who want to hear the same fairy tale over and over again. These were the fairy tales of the rocket scientists;their unfettered hearts seeking contact with outer space. Their
logic turned off (their humor kept on)—their dreams turned on. Imagination wasn’t silly to them.

JIM also has "Think JFK" word. The most egregious goal ever set is that of President John F.
Kennedy: "I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before
this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth"

Why we should think like JKF---Just read it above and we will know JFK fly his imagination across the borderline of mind..and it was happened today (all what he said).

And...of course there are a lot of great words here. I just give u remuse of 34 pages from 148 pages. Let me see if you want to read the book also. I will happy to share with u friends.

Warms,
aViS
^_^

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Solomon Asch Line
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Solomon Asch (psychologist): He asked a group of students to tell him which line on the right matched the one on the left. Everyone in the class but one student knew to purposely answer incorrectly and say that line A was correct. When Solomon Asch got to the student who did not know his classmates were playing a trick on him, he gave in and went along with what the other students were saying and said that line A was the one that matched.

I am sure that when you read that line A was correct, you probably thought to yourself, "No way!" You may have even looked at the lines one more time. The problem is, we like to go along with others around us. We notice what our parents are doing, and what our friends are doing. All of these people can influence our decisions. It is a good idea to listen to your parents, but when it comes to your friends, use your brain and do not just go along with them without thinking about it first. In case your wondering, Solomon Asch was able to get 50 percent of the students in his experiments to go along with the other students and say that line A was correct. I think you know by now that line C is the real answer!

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Curious of me?
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Curiosity can be good, but not if it might hurt you or someone else. Again, this can happen with drugs, alcohol and other dangerous things. Notice how Curious MONKEY is looking at the box that clearly says, Danger! Sometimes young people can be curious about certain things, but be aware that curiosity can get you into trouble!

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I’m so inspired of Krishnammal
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Krishnammal, a wonderful woman who runs Lafti, has helped secure close to 1061 acres to landless women in India. A most inspiring lady.



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this is our EARTH???
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What we will do with this GLOBE?
What we will do with this our beloved earth?


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unique kimono pattern
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A detail from Miriam Schapiros Anatomy of a Kimono, 1975–76. Photo courtesy of Miriam Schapiro.

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I dont believe this
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Nancy Fried makes the personal political by showing the daily life of a lesbian couple. Betsy Damon appeared on New York City streets as The 7,000 Year Old Woman, wearing 400 bags of flour.

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What is this??
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Sandra Orgel Crockers Linen Closet, right, is a recreation of the original 1971

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Unique Sculpture
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I just search unique picture and I found this famous sculpture that was made by an artist named Rodin. The sculpture is called, The Thinker. It shows a man who is in deep thought. He is probably trying to make an important decision. Let me know if you look like this sculpture when take a decision.

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Wanted: amateurs to help track earthquakes
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LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Earthquake scientists want to borrow your laptop or maybe a little space in your basement or garage.

Researchers don't have enough high-tech monitoring stations to track every instance of ground shaking, so they are enlisting help from ordinary people to document quakes and pinpoint areas of possible damage.

Almost anyone can participate by equipping laptop computers with special software or installing quake sensors at home.

"If they can provide scientific data that can prepare us for events in the future, then that's extremely important," said Tom Jordan of the Southern California Earthquake Center at the University of Southern California.

The epicenter of the movement is in California, the most quake-prone state in the continental United States. Each year, 10,000 temblors rattle Southern California alone, though most are too small to be felt.

The Quake-Catcher Network was launched this year to tap into the computing power of some 300 participants worldwide, including 50 volunteers in California.
The network relies on a sensor called an accelerometer that is built into many newer laptops to detect sudden motion. If the computer is dropped, for instance, the sensor can alert the hard drive, shielding it from potential damage and preventing data from being lost.

Volunteers download software that links their computers to others in the network and sends information about shaking to scientists through the Internet.

Since any movement -- passing trucks, neighbors moving furniture or a pet jumping on the desk -- can trigger a laptop's internal sensor, scientists scan incoming data only when the U.S. Geological Survey determines that an actual quake has occurred, based on readings from its field stations.

"If there's a bunch of laptops that trigger in one location, there's probably an earthquake," said seismologist Elizabeth Cochran of the University of California, Riverside, who is a leader of the project.

In the past, people could report ground shaking in their neighborhood only by going to the USGS Web site and filling out a questionnaire.

The computer network, run by Stanford University and UC Riverside, supplements data from about 800 permanent monitoring stations in California that beam readings to the USGS, the chief federal agency in charge of monitoring for quakes.

Emergency personnel use the data to locate potentially hard-hit areas. The more sensors that can record shaking, the more accurate the picture about possible damage.

The volunteer system is similar to the one used by the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence project at the University of California, Berkeley. Started in 1999, the SETI system harnesses shared PC power to analyze radio-telescope data for sounds of alien intelligence. It now boasts more than 1 million volunteers.

The Quake-Catcher system was put to the test in July during a magnitude-5.4 quake that was centered in the hills east of Los Angeles. The temblor rattled a large swath of Southern California but caused little damage. Fewer than a half-dozen laptops with the software sensed the quake, and only three sent back clean signals seven seconds after the fault ruptured.

Though scientists were pleased that some laptops detected motion, they acknowledged that the system needed work.

Seismology graduate student Julian Lozos of UC Riverside was among those whose laptop sent back good data. Since installing the program last winter, he has kept it running except when he sleeps and has not noticed any slowing of his computer's performance.

The project was initially limited to Apple computer users but was expanded this summer to include Lenovo Thinkpads. Scientists are also developing software compatible with other PCs.

Scientists who are not involved in Quake-Catcher said it could be helpful to detect low rumblings but might run into problems involving larger events.

"When the ground really gets going, a recording instrument needs to stay well-connected to the ground to record the motion, but a laptop will be jumping all over the place," USGS seismologist Susan Hough said in an e-mail.

The USGS is embarking on its own volunteer program by tapping homeowners willing to donate space in their basement or garage for a portable seismometer. As part of its NetQuakes project, the agency plans to begin deploying the devices as early as this year in the San Francisco Bay area on a test basis. Public participation could start next year.

The USGS and its partners operate a network of permanent stations, but it is limited by cost and other factors. For example, a seismic station on the southern San Andreas Fault, which has not ruptured in more than three centuries, cost about $70,000 to install and another $3,000 a year to maintain, the agency said.

To participate, residents must have a wireless Internet connection to allow the device to communicate with the USGS network.

Like Quake-Catcher, the USGS will scan volunteer data from NetQuakes only after an actual quake.

"Someone stomping on the instrument isn't going to cause us to analyze the data," said project leader David Oppenheimer, a USGS scientist.

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Mercury flyby on tap for Monday
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NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft will execute the second of three planned Mercury flybys on Monday, as it loops through the inner solar system on a trajectory that will take it into orbit around that planet in 2011.
Mercury has been relatively scantily studied up until now because it is so close to the Sun and it is very difficult to get there. Only one spacecraft, Mariner 10, has flown by it before before — three passes back in 1974 and 1975.

What we know about the planet is that its surface is heavily cratered, with plains formed by volcanic eruptions. It has an extremely thin atmosphere. It is a place of temperature extremes: 840 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, -275 degrees at night. It is only about 43 million miles from the Sun — so from the surface of Mercury, the Sun would appear about two and a half times as large in the sky as it does on Earth. It revolves around the Sun once every 59 Earth days, and rotates on its axis very slowly…once every 176 Earth days. So on Mercury, a day is longer than 2 of Mercury’s years!

The first MESSENGER flyby occurred on January 14. The probe sent back pictures of approximately 20% of the surface that had never been photographed before. Monday’s flyby will have the spacecraft passing just 125 miles above the surface. The overarching goals of the mission are to photograph the planet in its entirety, and to learn more about its composition, structure, and magnetic field.

–Kate Tobin, Sr. Producer, CNN Science & Technology

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Google phone prepares for October debut
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The first phone that harnesses Google Inc.'s ambition to make the Internet easy to use on the go was revealed Tuesday, and it looks a lot like an iPhone.T-Mobile USA showed off the G1, a phone that, like Apple Inc.'s iPhone, has a large touch screen. But it also packs a trackball, a slide-out keyboard and easy access to Google's e-mail and mapping programs.

T-Mobile said it will begin selling the G1 for $179 with a two-year contract. The device hits U.S. stores October 22 and heads to Britain in November and other European countries early next year.

The phone will be sold in T-Mobile stores only in the U.S. cities where the company has rolled out its faster, third-generation wireless data network. By launch, that will be 21 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Miami.

In other areas, people will be able to buy the phone from T-Mobile's Web site. The phone does work on T-Mobile's slower data network, but it's optimized for the faster networks. It can also connect at Wi-Fi hotspots.

The data plan for the phone will cost $25 per month on top of the calling service, at the low end of the range for data plans at U.S. wireless carriers. And at $179, the G1 is $20 less than the least expensive iPhone in the U.S.

Android, the free software powering the G1, is a crucial building block in Google's efforts to make its search engine and other services as accessible on cell phones as they already are on personal computers. The company believes it eventually might make more money selling ads that get shown on mobile devices than on PCs, a channel that will generate about $20 billion in revenue this year.Both Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. also are investing heavily in the mobile market in hopes of preventing Google from extending the dominance it enjoys in searches initiated on PCs.

In an interview, Google co-founder Sergey Brin said Google's aims are broader than mobile advertising.

"Generally, we think if there are great (operating systems) out there that let people have great devices and great applications, people use the Internet on their phones much more," Brin said at the launch event in New York. "And whenever people use the Internet more, they end up using our services, and ultimately, that's good for our business. There's no secret plan to have ads pop up or anything."

Like the iPhone, the G1 has a high-resolution screen, making it easier to browse Web sites that haven't been specifically adapted for a cell phone. Unlike the iPhone, Research in Motion Ltd.'s BlackBerrys and most other high-end smart phones sold in the U.S., the G1 has a very limited ability to connect to corporate e-mail servers. That means the device's initial market is likely to be consumers.

On the face of it, the G1 doesn't do much that other high-end phones don't already do. But Google is counting the device unleashing the creativity of software developers, who are free to write applications for it.

"There aren't a lot of `wow' features on it. I think what we can expect from it is that it's going to be a good Internet phone," said Lance Ulanoff, editor-in-chief of PC Magazine.

Developers will be able to submit applications to an online store run by Google, which will apply minimal vetting.

"The key is going to be what app developers are going to do for it," said Ross Rubin, an analyst with NPD Group. "They didn't have a lot to show today."

Apple launched a similar store for the iPhone this year, but keeps much tighter control over what applications are available. It has blocked programs that compete with its own.

The G1 won't connect to Apple's iTunes store, but one of the initial applications will be a music store from Amazon.com Inc., which will let users download songs directly to the phone. In an unusual move for a mobile-phone music store, the songs will have no copy protection.

Brin himself has written an application for the phone.

"It's just very exciting for me as a computer geek to be able to have a phone that I can play with and modify and innovate upon just like I have with computers in the past," he said.

Brin's program uses the phone's built-in motion sensor to measure how long it takes for the phone to land when tossed into the air. He acknowledged that the wisdom of including such a program with an expensive phone is dubious.

"We did not include that one by default," he said.