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daily link  Thursday, September 18, 2003


US vs British empires: A speech making "the case that compared with the great British empire of a century ago the United States has much in common. It is in many ways a natural descendant of that empire. It resembles [and exceeds] it in at least three distinct ways.. [But  it has]  three distinct weaknesses by comparison with the British Empire. I am going to suggest it has three imperial deficits, which may explain why despite its vastly greater wealth, than Britain of a century ago, despite indeed its vastly greater military power, the United States finds it remarkably difficult to impose its will on relatively poor, and indeed quite technologically backwards societies. This, I am going to suggest to you, is the answer to the great puzzle of why such a vastly wealthy country has indeed been a relatively unsuccessful empire to date. "  Long, but quite informative.  11:11:45 PM  permalink  

6 Degrees Confirmed: "More than 60,000 people from 166 different countries took part in the experiment. Participants were assigned one of 18 target people. They were asked to contact that person by sending email to people they already knew and considered potentially "closer" to the target. The targets were chosen at random and included a professor from America, an Australian policeman and a veterinarian from Norway.

The researchers found that it in most cases it took between five and seven emails to contact the target. "

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ADB project on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency for Sustainable Development in the Pacific was approved on 28 April 2003. The project is aimed at disseminating information on renewable energy sources and improving energy efficiency specially on the demand side, developing 5-6 demonstration programs (including maintenance plans), and designing financing schemes and implementation mechanisms in the low-income Pacific Island countries and East Timor to assist promotion of renewable energy resources in a reliable and sustained manner as well as increase the efficiency of energy use.  3:16:49 PM  permalink  

Bangladesh renewables project funded by ADB: "Recently, the Asian Development Bank launched the "Promotion of Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Abatement (PREGA)" Project. A National Implementation Committee (NIC) has been formed under the Power Ministry to carry out the tasks of PREGA, the sources said."   PREGA planned to be active in 15 countries in Asia, between 2001 and 2004.  3:14:12 PM  permalink  

Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Climate Change - REACH - ADB.org: "ADB's Technical Assistance program on climate change includes capacity building activities on generic climate change issues and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) with emphasis on renewable energy and energy efficiency, carbon sequestration, and adaptation."   A number of specific funds and projects are included.  3:14:06 PM  permalink  

Rainbow Portal: "The Rainbow project is an open source initiative to build a comprehensive content management system using Microsoft's ASP.NET and C# technology. A VB version is also available. Rainbow, available today in 14 languages, allows content authoring to be safely delegated to role-based team members who need little or no knowlege of HTML. Rainbow optionally supports a two-step approval-publish process. 45 plug-in modules are now included in the standard release, including support for an e-store, XML news feeds, Flash, Maps, Newsletter, Surveys, Forums, Document Management, Custom Lists, and more."  It is offered by hosting organizations in Italy, Australia, and elsewhere.  2:21:46 PM  permalink  

 

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