Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I’m looking forward to the following deal “informally mediated” by Joris:
- 1. [Hone Harawira and the Maori Party] would write a personal letter of apology to [Pakeha New Zealanders]
- 2. [Hone Harawira] would offer to meet with the [Leaders of the Pakeha community]
- 3. The Race Relations Commissioner would be invited to address a seminar for [Hone Harawira and the Maori Party (and any other MP)] on race relations
- 4. [The NZ Parliament and the Maori Party] would in general uphold the complaints it had received rather than contest them before [the NZ public]
- 5. [The Maori Party and Hone Harawira] would continue to look at ways to promote positive race relations in New Zealand
- 6. [The Maori Party] would adopt a new policy for its [MPs] who were in a position to lead and shape opinion, that judgments based solely on race, colour or creed were offensive and would not be tolerated.
- I especially love the last one. It would effectively leave the Maori Party without any policies left.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Igor Popov, the deputy head of the presidential secretariat, said candidates from opposition parties would not have a level playing field trying to campaign if the flu outbreak is not brought under control, Itar-Tass reported.
“The flu epidemic drastically changed the course of the presidential election campaign, and the equal possibilities of presidential candidates and voting rights of citizens were called into question,” Popov said. “The ban on public events affected opposition candidates, while candidates in office could still visit sites under quarantine and meet with their voters and the media. That is discrimination.”
The first-round election is now scheduled for Jan. 17, 2010, but Popov said it could be delayed until May 30."Trancy is a very good resource for anyone worried about or interested in the pandemic, what effect it is having, or where it's headed.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
one day later
Following on from this logic, i experienced wednesday's am, pm and "qm" (hereby defined as being the first 12 hours after pm ends). experiencing wednesday's qm is mutually exclusive with thursday's am. I then experienced friday's "pre-m" (hereby defined as the last 12 hours before am starts), am, pm, and a few minutes of qm. friday's pre-m is mutually exclusive with thursday's pm. I did not experience thursday at all. Nor did i experience the first few minutes of saturday's am.
So how long is a day? well if you're up before pre-m you would just call it the previous day, so the day starts at 12pre-m, or rather at whatever time after that you get up, but before 11.59pm otherwise you would call it the following day. From here the day continues through qm, rm, sm ad infinitum until you sleep (beziehungsweise stop sleeping, if you want to call wednesday night a part of wednesday). Any individual day can be any length of time. On average, it will be 24 hours if you experience every day exactly once. It will be more if you skip days, it will be less if you have days twice, e.g. on monday you have a siesta, after which the day becomes monday(II). The longest day i have ever experienced was from 6am (when i woke up), through 2.30 sm (when i finally went to bed - 2.30 am the morning after next) to some time in the "tm" (when i stopped sleeping and woke up the "next" day), so was either 44 hours (if you don't include time spent sleeping) or about 60 hours (if you do).
According to this way of describing the time of day, you only have to cross the calender when you wake up and you will never be confused about what day it is. This seems much more logical. My problems are solved.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Orange = Lab confirmed cases, Black = deaths, Grey = no confirmed cases.
|SARS||Bird Flu||Swine Flu||7 months later|
|Countries with deaths:||7||12||40||(+~1/day)||120|
|Countries with no infection:||207||208||58||(-~1/day)||35|
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Before you say it, no, they weren't just lucky the clouds parted at the right moment to give them a view of the volcano, the clouds were parted by the shockwave of the eruption. Scientists might even be able to learn new things about powerfull volcanic eruptions from this photo. As far as i know it's the first ever photo of an erupting volcano taken from space.