Jim Werbaneth's Blog – April 2010 Archive (5)

The Newest Human Right, Free Vacations!

According to the European Union, going on vacation is now a human right. In order to assure that access to travel for the poor and disadvantaged is not infringed, the EU will implement a scheme to subsidize their vacations, with European taxpayers footing about 30% of the cost.

The new policy was announced by… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 19, 2010 at 2:55pm — 6 Comments

50 Worst Cars of All Time

Time magazine came out with this fascinating list of automotive suckitude. Read the list for your favorites, or maybe a monument to bad that you once owned.

Time's 50 Worst Cars of All Time

So, which car gives you nightmares? Or is there something you consider worse, that should have… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 18, 2010 at 10:30pm — 7 Comments

Would You Buy an Operating System From... North Korea?

North Korea has created its own homegrown personal computer operating system. Dubbed Red Star, it is based on Linux, possibly acquired via China, but includes versions of Microsoft's Office applications. It also comes with the Firefox search engine, and not coincidentally has the North Korean government web site as its… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 11, 2010 at 11:00pm — 9 Comments

Anatoly Dobrynin, Cold War Ambassador

Long-time Soviet ambassador to the United States Anatoly Dobrynin died on Tuesday, aged ninety. He first arrived in Washington in 1962, and was instrumental in the negotiations that ended the Cuban Missile Crisis, forming a back-channel communications channel with Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy.… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 8, 2010 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

How to Waste Lots of Money in a Poor Country

The West African country of Senegal recently completed work on a statue larger than the Statue of Liberty. Titled "Monument of African Renaissance," this Soviet-style mass of bronze towers 160 feet over the capital of Dakar, and dominates the… Continue

Added by Jim Werbaneth on April 3, 2010 at 3:30pm — 5 Comments

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