World can end poverty by 2025

This article on MSNBC is pretty challenging a report has shown that World can end poverty by 2025

‘Global poverty can be cut in half by 2015 and eliminated by 2025 if the world’s richest countries including the United States, Japan and Germany more than double aid to the poorest countries, hundreds of development experts concluded in a report Monday.

At stake is life or death for tens of millions of impoverished people, it said.

The report spells out the investments needed to meet the U.N. goals adopted by world leaders at the Millennium Summit in 2000 to tackle poverty, hunger and disease and promote education and development, mainly in African and Asian countries.

“What we’re proposing is a strategy of investment to help empower the lives of very poor people that lack the tools and sometimes even the basic means to stay alive, much less be productive members of a fast-paced world economy,” said Professor Jeffrey Sachs, head of the U.N. anti-poverty effort and lead author of the report.’

The whole article is worth the read. They go on to write about how 1 billion people survive on $1 per day or less and that every month 150,000 African children die of malaria.

I challenge you….actually I challenge us to think about that statement. The world has rallied around the Tsunami cause where 220,000 (so far) have been confirmed dead. Its a horrific figure and I’m not wanting to compare it to any other figures - however in Africa three quarters of that number die on a monthly basis.

How do we change the culture that we live in that really does waste so much. The article is so true - we have the resources among us to make a difference, to reverse some of the trends that confront us - but most of us live and continue to buy into systems that only seem to widen the gap.

January 20th, 2005 by Darren | 1 Comment »

iPod success boosts Apple’s profit by fourfold to US$295m

‘US computer manufacturer Apple announced on Wednesday a fourfold increase in net profits for its fiscal 2005 first quarter ended December 25, to US$295m, boosted by strong sales of its iPod digital music player.

The result was a 368 percent increase over its year earlier net earnings, for the same period ending December 2003, with a figure of 63 million dollars, the group said in a statement.

Results defied analysts’ average estimate of 49 cents a share, to bring in earnings of 70 cents a diluted share, compared with 17 cents in the year-ago quarter.’

Read more at iPod success boosts Apple’s profit by fourfold to US$295

January 20th, 2005 by Darren | No Comments »

Blog Myths and Facts

This post about Blog Myths and Facts has been doing the rounds of the blogosphere the last few days - some of it is quite amusing:

‘MYTH: Most bloggers are paid off by politicians to assert certain viewpoints.

FACT: Only 8% of bloggers are bribed for their viewpoints. The remaining 92% have too few readers to bother bribing them. OT, I would just like to once again gratuitously mention that Bush’s plan for Social Security is the way to go.

loggers just criticize the media and have no new information to add.

FACT: Bloggers often add new information to the debate since there are so many of them in different parts of the U.S. and other countries with different expertise. For example, there is no better expert on what a jerk my coworker Simmons is than me. I know you stole my stapler, Simmons, and now the world knows!

MYTH: Bloggers are no threat to the mainstream media.

FACT: Many bloggers are mentally deranged to the point of being able to harm a news anchor and need to be carefully monitored by the government.

MYTH: People only blog for the money and the babes.

FACT: People also blog for power, out of sense of arrogance, and because they like the clickity-clack sound of the keyboard.’

January 20th, 2005 by Darren | No Comments »

Google Adsense Faces Extinction?

Traffick writes that Google’s AdSense program Faces Extinction unless it gets its act together in some of the following ways:

‘1. Increase the revenue share to publishers

2. Provide more accountability so publishers know if they’re getting the value they need

3. Provide more transparency and allow publishers to more easily “hack” AdSense to their advantage

4. Offer more customization options for the ad creative, such as randomizing the order or putting limits on how many times an ad can appear

5. For advertisers, make it even more compelling to choose content targeting. AdSense doesn’t work unless there is a large enough stable of ads to display.’

January 20th, 2005 by Darren | No Comments »

Top things to Know by the End of High School

Seth Godin writes a post on the things that every third grader ought to start learning so she’ll know them all before before she graduates from high school.

Adrian wasn’t too impressed with Seths list and came up with some ammendments and additions.

What 20 things would you want a young person to have learnt by the end of high school?

January 20th, 2005 by Darren | No Comments »

Confirmed Tsunami Deaths - Wikipedia

The Wikipedia’s Confirmed Tsunami Deaths page is a pretty sombre place to go to but is one that I recommend you take a moment to remember the destruction that happened around the world (including not only Asia but parts of Africa) on boxing day just a few weeks ago. It is a good reminder at the huge impact that this has had not on the countries directly hit by the waves, but also by countries who had many of their citizens in the areas.

I know that in comparison to the losses of the Indonesians Australia’s losses seem quite small but I’m reminded today of the loss felt here by many families - so many of whom still have little or no news about the fate of their loved ones.

I can only begin to imagine what this grief and confusion must be like in areas of Indonesia and Sri Lanka where the loss is multiplied hundreds of thousands of times over.

January 20th, 2005 by Darren | No Comments »


More links for the TLD Challenge

- (.int) - European Space Agency (ESA) - Includes cool new pictures of Saturn and masses of useful information for the Space Junkie

- (.mil) - Marines - Everything you’d need to know if you wanted to join up.

- (.museum) - International Council of Museums - take a whirlwind tour around the world’s museums from this site.

- (.net) - Poverty Mapping - ‘A Joint initiative by FAO, UNEP and the CGIAR to promote the use of poverty maps in policy making and targeting assistance, particularly in the areas of food security and environmental management.’

- (.name) - ‘The personal site of Daniel R. Tobias who has been inflicting his ’stuff’ on the Web for 10 years: 1995 - 2005

January 20th, 2005 by Darren | No Comments »

Name Your Band Something Googlable

Darren (yes another potential member of the online Darren Society) wrote a good post this last week titled Name Your Band Something Googlable. Common sense post out of his experience with a band called ‘Stars’ who have made it pretty difficult for their fans to find them on google with such a common noun as the name of their band.

It is actually a good lesson not only for bands but I suspect other times when you choose a name also - even when it comes down to choosing your new blog’s name.

Reminds me of a high school band of one of my friends. They called themselves ‘Labrador Soup’. I suspect if the band was still together today that they’d be pretty easy to find on Google.

Update: In fact i did a search on Google for Labrodor Soup and guess what - I found my old classmate who mentions Labrador Soup on his bio (see Trunk McEight at the bottom of the page)! Guess it proves the point! It is easier to find a band that hasn’t existed for 17 years than it is to find a current one called ‘Stars’.

January 20th, 2005 by Darren | No Comments »

Why do Men Have Nipples?

Digger asks - ‘Why do men have nipples?’ Seriously he did.

Ok - well I thought this could be a little hard to answer but was proven wrong by my friend Google. In fact there is no shortage on information - let me share some links to help shed some light on it:

- Salon - Why Do Men Have Nipples?

- The Straight Dope - Why Do Men Have Nipples?

- Plastic Surgery 4 U - Why Do Men Have Nipples?

- Rock Hawk - Why do Men Have Nipples?

- Stupid Questions Answered - Why Men have Nipples

You can read all the above - but basically the answer is - no one really seems to know. Some of the articles say its because we’re mammals (makes sense I guess) but not a really satisfactory answer.

Why do you think it is?

January 20th, 2005 by Darren | 2 Comments »

How to be a Ventriloquist

Have you ever had a fantasy or secret ambition that maybe one day you could be a ventriloquist?

No - me neither.

But if we had then i’ve just found the PERFECT page for US!!!

It is conveniently titled Instructions on How to Talk Without Moving Your Lips! Here is step one (of many):

1. You may not believe this, but you are 50% a ventriloquist already.

Just relax your jaw…relax…relax… OK now gently open your lips slightly.

Now in your normal voice say the vowels: A, E, I, O, U

Congratulations! You just spoke without moving your lips!

Wow! I can’t wait til ‘V’ comes home tonight to try that out on her. I’m going to freak her out and make her think that the the pot-plant in our dining room is talking to her.

January 20th, 2005 by Darren | No Comments »

Fears of a Professional Blogger

This post on the Fears of Probloggers has been moved to ProBlogger at fears of a Professional Blogger.

January 20th, 2005 by Darren | 1 Comment »

Fart Thesaurus

Ok - I warned people that if they didn’t keep the donations at a high enough level that I might resort to toilet humor. So here we go - after almost 15 hours here is my first trip to the gutter with the Fart Thesaurus. Ok - I’m not really ashamed of this - it gave me a giggle so I thought I’d share it with you. This page is full of (there must be over 300) nouns and verbs that can be used to describe the common fart.

Now if you think you could be offended by this page simple use a little self control and refrain from clicking this link.

January 20th, 2005 by Darren | 2 Comments »

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