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Born to Lead? Leadership Can Be an Inherited Trait, Study Finds -  Jan. 15, 2013 — Genetic differences are significantly associated with the likelihood that people take on managerial responsibilities, according to new research from UCL (University College London).

► Shared-name romance comes to an end: Kelly Hildebrandt divorces Kelly Hildebrandt - Date January 15, 2013 

Wikimedia Launches Its Crowdsourced Wikivoyage Online Travel Guide - by  Frederic Lardinois 

Katie Holmes named one of the sexiest women of the millennium by GQ... for shedding her clothes in movie 13 years ago - By Daily Mail Reporter. PUBLISHED: 15 January 2013  ||  Mark Lotto jokes that Holmes' ex-husband, Tom Cruise, likely watches the actress' nude scene when he's feeling nostalgic.


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China's rise and the fall of capitalism - Fast Forward.  Published on Jan 15, 2013 :: Will China's rise lead to the end of capitalism? Will armies of robots replace the world's workforce? And will China be able to block Facebook and Google forever? Risk expert Ian Bremmer and Dr. Doom, Nouriel Roubini give their 2013 predictions for politics and the economy to Reuters Digital Editor Chrystia Freeland. (January 14, 2013)




Heavily tattooed Vladimir Franz campaigns for Czech presidency - Rough Cuts.  Published on Jan 10, 2013 ::  Vladimir Franz, a professor at the Academy of Performance Arts in Prague, musician and self-confessed punk, has 90 percent of his body covered with tattoos and he's one of the top contenders for the highest office in the Czech Republic. (January 10, 2013)





14,833 drummers set record in India - Rough Cuts. Published on Jan 8, 2013 ::  Dressed in traditional attire, a total of 14,883 drummers set a new record for largest percussion performance. The large ensemble played the traditional khol drum for 15 minutes in India's northeastern Assam state. (January 8, 2013)




Inside the Saudi Kingdom (BBC Documentary). Published on Nov 25, 2012 by LearningChanneI :: Lionel Mill's film has unique access to Prince Saud bin Abdul Mohsen, one of the rulers of the rich, powerful and secretive Saudi royal family. This is a fascinating insight into the conflicts between tradition and modernity in one of the world's most conservative and autocratic countries. || ► Inside Story - Saudi Arabia's growing voices of discontent. Uploaded on Mar 8, 2011 by Al AljazeeraEnglish :: Saudi Arabia mobilises thousands of troops, to try and quell rising dissent in the Kingdom. But even as King Abdullah announces billions of dollars in social reforms - is this going to be enough to stave off a revolution? And is the House of Saud really listening to the growing voices of discontent?




Punk Economics 7: The Global Food Economy. Published on Nov 15, 2012 by davidmcwill 




Featured Documentaries : Risking it all - Pakistan. Uploaded on May 19, 2011 by AlJazeeraEnglish :: The Lowari Pass begins in the town of Dir in the tribal regions of northwest Pakistan. The road is 240km long and is the only supply route through the mountains to the small villages of the Chitral valley which is shared with Afghanistan. It is a road where even the slightest error can be fatal.

The holy city of Dir and its 20,000 inhabitants make their living off the road. Each day tons of goods are loaded and unloaded from trucks, the only means of transport in the region. The trucker's quarter provides most of the jobs here. Drivers, mechanics, assistants of all ages work here every day amid the dust and pollution.

We follow Pakistani truck drivers facing death at every turn transporting goods across mountain passes on arguably the world's most dangerous road.







Obama Taking 23 Actions Aimed at Gun Violence. Published on Jan 16, 2013 :: President Barack Obama is taking 23 executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence that don't require congressional action, including measures to encourage schools to hire police officers and improve efforts to prosecute gun crime. (Jan. 16)




Former Pres. Clinton: Hillary Will Live to 120. Published on Jan 16, 2013 :: Former President Bill Clinton says his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is so healthy, he expects her to live to be 120. Secretary Clinton is recovering from a recent concussion and blood clot. (Jan. 16) || ► Post-Qaddafi Libya, Hillary Clinton, OWS Infiltrators & More: Nightly News Report. Uploaded on Oct 22, 2011 :: Tonight on this Friday, October 21, 2011 edition of the Infowars Nightly News, Alex discusses what is next for Libya in the wake of Col. Gaddafi's reported demise. The rebels, supposedly seeking democracy, summarily executed the former head of state without trial. Gaddafi himself will reportedly now be buried at sea, just as we were told with bin Laden.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, traveling around on Air Force 3, a veritable flying fortress, celebrated the death, laughing about how she 'came, saw and he died.' A comparison of Libya before and after the NATO "humanitarian" invasion demonstrates the crushing of a burgeoning civil society destroyed for its rise as an independent African power as much as for its rich oil resources.

With Occupy Wall Street still in full force, Alex will also discuss the confirmed pattern of police spies, infiltrators and provocateurs sent to spy on peaceful protesters, as shocking cases in the UK demonstrate. In many cases, undercover agents even maintained a false identity during prosecution and while testifying under oath.

In other news, Alex looks at the unveiling of radar technology developed at MIT that would allow the military to 'see through walls.'




Hillary Clinton : We created Al-Qaeda. Uploaded on Dec 27, 2011 by TruthSyria :: In this video Hilary Clinton admits that the US government created and funded Al-Qaeda in order to fight the soviet union, and she even considers that as a good thing. But she claims that the Americans are fighting Al-Qaeda nowadays. If you really fighting Al-Qaeda, then who are the scums and terrorists you used in order to topple the government of Qaddafi in Libya.

The American media describes "Aldel Hakim Belhaj" as an x-terrorist or as an x-jihadist. How funny and hypocrite! Did his brain develop suddenly? or what are the marks that made him an x-Jihadist? There is only one reason. The American needed him, so they whitened his page and he became suddenly an x-Jihadist. Wait a couple of years to see him again an active jihadist when the Americans don't need his services.  Al-Qaeda didn't leave the US government bed. Let us review the history and see that Al-Qaeda acts served only the US foreign policy. Al-Qaeda terrorists are multipurpose fighters who are being used efficiently by the US government.







Obama makes biggest gun-control push in decades - By Matt Spetalnick and Steve Holland || VIDEO - Does Obama's gun plan ignore doctor-patient confidentiality? 

White House slams NRA ad using Obama daughters to criticize new gun laws -  By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News

Obama names 8 citizens to highlight his successes - By NEDRA PICKLER

U.S. says has no reason to believe Syria used chemical weapons

France gets deeper in Mali war: Are they ready? The recent rebel capture of the village of Diabaly renewed concerns that French air power in tandem with Malian ground forces would not be enough. Now French troops are headed north. - By Peter Tinti | Christian Science Monitor

Sahara Islamists take hostages, spreading Mali war - By Lamine Chikhi and Bate Felix  || Desert drama: Islamists take hostages in Algeria - By AOMAR OUALI and PAUL SCHEMM

U.S. studying legal basis for assisting France in Mali: Panetta - By David Alexander  

After another emergency, more trouble for 787 jet - By JOSHUA FREED and JOAN LOWY  

Large study confirms flu vaccine safe in pregnancy - By MIKE STOBBE | Associated Press

Heartwarming tales of animal friendship. 'True Love: 24 Surprising Stories of Animal Affection'  is filled with uplifting stories from the animal kingdom and heartwarming accounts of animal emotions, friendships, romance, sibling and parent-child love. Author Rachel Buchholz, a longtime editor with National Geographic Kids magazine, has been collecting amazing animal stories for more than a decade and has gathered her favorites to show the many kinds of love that animals share, from inseparable best friends to romantically devoted duos. 

► Ice and Snow Sculptures - Tigers and lions...and don't forget the dancing pandas! Artists get creative at the International Ice & Snow sculpture festivals taking place in various cities across Europe and Asia. Harbin, the largest ice festival in the world, celebrates its 26th year with stunning ice sculptures, winter activities and musical concerts. (PHOTOS

Photos of the Day - A roundup of today's best photos.

French troops battle Mali rebels - French troops launched their first ground operation against Islamist rebels in Mali on Jan. 16 in a crucial action to dislodge al Qaeda-linked fighters who have resisted six days of air strikes.



The greatest and the lamest of Detroit's 2013 auto show


Best beaches on Earth - By Stirling Kelso



Loyal Dog Waits 30 Minutes for Master to Be Rescued from Freezing River


The Story of a Man Who Outsourced His Work to China so He Could Watch Cat Videos All Day 


Our Favorite Bedrooms From 2012 - The bedroom is the most intimate room in the house, where comfort is king, and style is at its most personal. We love them all, whether they're clean and white or moody and luxe! Take a look at some of our favorites from 2012.

► 'Disappearing' photographer captures his shadow - I'm Not There," by Barcelona-based photographer Pol Úbeda Hervàs, is series of self-portraits, but unlike most self-portraiture, Hervàs has removed himself from the images, leaving behind only his shadow and sneakers. The work reflects the ways in which he is changing and no longer recognizes himself, but parts of the old still linger on.  (See also - My older post :: Liu Bolin, YAHOO NEWS  5 January 2013)

Photographer turns dreams into surreal photos - If you think your dreams are out of this world, check out conceptual photographer Ronen Goldman's work. The photographer, who lives in Tel Aviv, has been recreating his mesmerizing and haunting dream fragments in a six-year series called The "Surrealistic Pillow" Project. About the inspiration behind the series, he says, "I try and conjure up an image that corresponds with that dream and create the scene in my mind. Once that whole process is done, I switch on the photographer brain and start to try and figure out how I can technically execute the idea." Check out his blog for more behind-the-scenes action, and inspiration for his photos. Goldman's work has been prominently featured on CNN, Huffington Post and Reddit.





Algeria troops besiege kidnappers
Security forces in eastern Algeria surround a gas facility occupied by militants who have killed two people and seized a group of foreign workers.
* UK condemns Algeria killing 
* US hostages confirmed - VIDEO
* Profile: Al-Qaeda in N Africa
► 16 January 2013 -  Mali crisis: 'Timbuktu joy after life of fear' 

► The intimate relationship between light and the eye starts earlier than previously thought - while still inside the womb - researchers say. 16 January 2013  - Light in womb 'gives healthy eyes' - in mice By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News  

► Rare access inside the Kremlin. 17 January 2013  - The Moscow Kremlin holds many secrets; it is both a historic palace and the seat of power. The BBC has been given a rare glimpse behind the scenes as our Moscow correspondent Daniel Sandford reports. (VIDEO)

► 17 January 2013  - Obama unveils gun control plan
President Barack Obama unveils the most sweeping gun control proposals in two decades, which are swiftly rejected by firearm rights advocates. 815
* Obama: 'Congress must act soon'  - VIDEO 
* Mardell: Obama's next campaign
* Could Obama's guns proposal work?
* In statistics: Guns in the US
* Newtown couple recalls tragedy 
► 16 January 2013 - US gun debate: Could Obama's guns plan work? - By Kate Dailey BBC News, Washington 

► Has Barack Obama lived up to Martin Luther King Jr's dream? 17 January 2013 - On August 28, 1963, Clayborne Carson was one of hundreds of thousands of demonstrators at the March on Washington. He witnessed Martin Luther King, Jr deliver his historic "I Have a Dream" speech. It was a day that changed his life. In his new book, "Martin's Dream", Carson describes his journey through the civil rights era to today, including becoming a professor at Stanford University, being chosen by Coretta Scott King to edit Dr King's papers, and helping design the memorial to the civil rights leader that now stands in Washington DC. The BBC spoke to Dr Carson about how he sees King's legacy and whether America's first black president has brought the US any closer to fulfilling the "dream" of equality. -  VIDEO Produced by the BBC's Ashley Semler, John Landy and Bill McKenna

Easy riding on New Zealand's new cycle trail

► 17 January 2013 - Israeli push to fulfil desert dream unsettles Negev Bedouin - By Tim Whewell BBC Newsnight, Israel  

► 17 January 2013 - Tea? Reining in dissent the Chinese way - By Yuwen Wu BBC Chinese  

► 17 January 2013 - Grass-feeding butterflies 'thrived' in 2012 washout summer - By Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News 

The hidden visual patterns in nature 

India hosts the world's biggest gathering

Detroit hosts an industry in ascendance  || Cadillac luxury, recharged 

► 15 January 2013 - In pictures : Unlicensed World of Warcraft theme park in China






Al Jazeera talks to Pakistan's foreign minister. Published on Jan 16, 2013 :: Al Jazeera's James Bays interviews Pakistan's interior minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, on the latest developments inside Pakistan regarding the prime minister, and the recent march headed by Pakistani-Canadian cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri.




The endgame for France in Mali. Published on Jan 15, 2013 :: Al Jazeera speak to Sylvian Touati, associate fellow at the French Institute for International Relations. || ► Mali's complicated political picture. Published on Jan 15, 2013 :: French air force jets have spent their fifth day bombing targets in support of a Malian government offensive against rebels in the north. Late on Tuesday Malian and French troops were trying to take back the town of Diabaly - close to the capital Bamako - after rebels seized it earlier. About 750 French soldiers are already in Bamako, and more are on the way. Al Jazeera's East Africa correspondent Nazanine Moshiri reports from the Malian capital.  ||  ► Interview with Doctors Without Borders Dr Chibuza Okonta. Published on Jan 16, 2013 :: Interview with Doctors Without Borders Dr Chibuza Okonta about the Mali conflict.



Lance Armstrong's Oprah interview will cause 'fireworks'. Published on Jan 15, 2013 :: Having approached his upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey after "a lot of advice, a lot of consideration", Lance Armstrong knows exactly the risks he runs in sitting down with the talk show host, said Anthony McCrossan. Speaking to Al Jazeera from South Hampton in the UK, McCrossan, a professional cycling commentator, said whatever revelations led Winfrey to say she was "mesmerised" by the former Tour De France winner's answers, will cause "fireworks" in the cycling community. (VIDEO)

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Kashmir: Caught in the middle. Published on Jan 15, 2013 :: We look at the recent flare-up between India and Pakistan and ask: Is lasting peace between the two countries possible without resolving the Kashmir question. (VIDEO)

Crackdown on Vietnam's voices (VIDEO)

Deadly blasts at Aleppo University in Syria. Published on Jan 15, 2013 :: Two blasts that tore through a university in the Syrian city of Aleppo have killed at least 82 people. Dozens of others were wounded in the attack. Syria's envoy to the UN described the bombings as a ''cowardly terrorist act," but opposition activists are blaming the government. Caroline Malone explains.



INSIDE STORY
Americas - Idle No More. Published on Jan 16, 2013 :: An aboriginal protest movement in Canada has captivated the country and gained supporters around the world. But can Idle No More and the rest of Canada's indigenous community come together and force the government to act? Guests: Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, Pamela Palmater, and Tim Powers. (VIDEO

Gambling with Italy's future. Published on Jan 16, 2013 :: It's a high stakes game, making billions, but creating a generation of losers. Italy is opening a thousand new gambling arcades. It's easy money for a government struggling with huge public debts. But support groups are worried the government is feeding a growing addiction. (VIDEO)


Obama says Americans must demand stricter gun control. Published on Jan 16, 2013 :: US President Barack Obama is hoping Americans will learn from the country's history of shootings and call on their elected leaders to agree to ban the future production of some assault weapons and ammunition clips that hold more than 10 bullets. He also wants to make sure everyone who wants to buy a gun has to pass a more comprehensive background check. But despite the proposals given by Vice President Joe Biden on gun control, there are still an estimated 300 million guns already in the US and a strong pro-gun lobby. Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane reports from Washington, DC.



Japanese carriers ground Boeing 787 plane fleet. Published on Jan 15, 2013 :: It is a dream that is rapidly turning into a nightmare for airlines and passengers. Japanese carriers All Nippon and Japan Airlines have just grounded their entire fleet of Boeing 787 or the Dreamliner. That was after a battery problem forced an ANA plane to make an emergency landing. Al Jazeera's Gerald Tan explains. || ► US grounds Dreamliner fleet for safety checks. Published on Jan 16, 2013 :: The United States has grounded its fleet of Boeing Dreamliners, as have aviation regulators in Europe, India and Japan, after an apparent battery problem forced one of All Nippon Airways' (ANA) jets to make an emergency landing on Wednesday. The plane landed safely in Takamatsu, and all 137 passengers and crew were evacuated using the emergency slides, according to the airline. Several people were slightly injured during the evacuations. Al Jazeera's John Terrett reports from Washington DC.





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by RTVNederland  - ► The German Wehrmacht (part 1, 2 3) . Uploaded on Jan 30, 2011




Nazi Supership. Uploaded on Jan 6, 2012 :: " Bismarck was the first of two Bismarck-class battleships built for the German Kriegsmarine during World War II. Named after Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, the primary force behind the German unification in 1871, the ship was laid down at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg in July 1936 and launched two and a half years later in February 1939. Work was completed in August 1940, when she was commissioned into the German fleet. Along with her sister ship Tirpitz, Bismarck was the largest battleship ever built by Germany, and the heaviest built by any European power. "



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CZ

"Thank you for your perception! I like your romantic side, even if I do not always comment and I'm glad that you're in my circle of friends."
(Courtesies by: Wolfgang A. Gerhardt)

Wolfgang A.Gerhardt : May be you like this Sunday collage

Cisca Zarmansyah : Before today, there never was a person doing this to me. You create a simple matter to look special. This is a special thing for me.

Cisca Zarmansyah : Thank you. I love it. I love you, my friend.

CieL- FreYa Ceastle : Hmm, he's so nice...















"I am me.
In all the world,
there is no one else exactly like me.
Everything that comes out of me
is authentically mine,
because I alone chose it --
I own everything about me:
my body,
my feelings,
my mouth,
my voice,
all my actions,
whether they be to others or myself.
I own my fantasies,
my dreams,
my hopes,
my fears.
I own my triumphs and successes,
all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me,
I can become intimately acquainted with me.
By so doing,
I can love me
and be friendly with all my parts.
I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me,
and other aspects that I do not know
-- but as long as I am friendly
and loving to myself,
I can courageously and hopefully
look for solutions
to the puzzles and ways
to find out more about me.
However I look and sound,
whatever I say and do,
and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time
is authentically me.
If later some parts of how I looked,
sounded,
thought,
and felt
turn out to be unfitting,
I can discard that which is unfitting,
keep the rest,
and invent something new
for that which I discarded.
I can see,
hear,
feel,
think,
say, and do.
I have the tools to survive,
to be close to others,
to be productive,
and to make sense
and order out of the world of people
and things outside of me.
I own me,
and therefore,
I can engineer me.
I am me,
and I am okay."

VIRGINIA SATIR
(American Phychologist and Educator, 1916-1988)