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Day of Remembrance service in Abu Dhabi for those who've died in war. I was especially moved to see Muslim sheikhs in a Christian church, as I know that Muslims have been touched to see me in mosques sometimes.
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http://www.ted.com/talks/view/lang///id/1226


This TED lecture very succinctly and eloquently addresses some very big ideas by British historian Niall Ferguson, who reveres Western civilization, Adam Smith, the Protestant work ethic, innovation and materialism, and fears that the West is losing its edge.

China and the Mideast were wealthier and more enlightened than the West before the 15th century, he says. But then six "killer apps" were developed, and the West surged ahead. Those killer apps were competition, the scientific revolution, the rule of law, modern medicine, the consumer society, and the work ethic. Now those killer apps are spreading to the rest of the world, and Ferguson believes the West is losing its 500+-year economic dominance of the world. Newsweek excerpt;
http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2011/10/30/niall-ferguson-how-american-civilization-can-avoid-collapse.html

His book is Civilization: The West and the Rest
http://www.amazon.com/Civilization-West-Rest-Niall-Ferguson/dp/1846142733

That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How It Can Come Back, by Tom Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum
http://www.amazon.com/That-Used-Be-Us-Invented/dp/0374288909

has similar themes, as does The Post-American World by Fareed Zakaria.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/039308180X/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=039306235X&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1M00CBG9YWTCVK4F8WJY

The West, or more specifically the US, will no longer dominate the world economy, orchestrate geopolitics, or overwhelm local cultures, Zakaria says. But it can still strive to be a pragmatic, honest broker by sharing power, creating coalitions, and helping to set a global agenda.
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I've enjoyed Ferguson's thought over the last decade or so. He's got big potential. Enjoying these videos. Thanks for posting.
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Annoyingly stiff competition between Google + and Facebook. Android phone automatically uploads photos to G+, making sharing and editing easy, but they don't post to FB even though link is public, meaning I have to download them again to post on Facebook, where most friends and family are. Irritating.
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Hmm, just discovered I can't share from Picasa to FB via Gallery. 3rd party app Picasa Tool does the job though!
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Here in Abu Dhabi, UAE, Salukis are one of the few canine breeds that are welcomed by Arabs. They can also handle desert heat pretty well. Alex has given him the Arabic name زرافة, pronounced "zirafa," which means "giraffe."
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delicious!
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"The Iranian nuclear dilemma is not easily resolved, but neither is it of
unprecedented complexity. Humanity has resolved tougher problems. The
obvious solution is to accept limited enrichment on Iranian soil under
the strictest IAEA inspections, with a transparency and verification
regime that renders militarization of the program virtually impossible." -- Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, the author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran and the United States and, most recently, A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama's Diplomacy With Iran, which was published in January by Yale.
http://www.thenation.com/article/166146/are-we-brink-war-iran
Although political brinkmanship with Iran is nothing new, escalating tensions do not bode well for the region.
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hi jim, how´s it going with your saluki ?
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Helping to solve a crime with Google tools

I was the victim of a street robbery a few weeks ago. After ending up on the floor on my back with knives pointing at me, I handed over my Android phone and wallet. After the incident I was just happy that I had not been stabbed.

The next day I realised I could connect through to the phone on the Android Market through a web browser. Although my phone was supposed to be blocked, it seemed to be active and using a different mobile network. I attempted to do a silent remote install of the "Plan B" app. Although this seemed to install successfully, it did not send me back a location. I then remembered that I had Google Latitude installed on the phone. I opened up the Latitude web site on a browser and it had logged a GPS position for me that day in a place I had never been to. I then used Google maps satellite view to get the exact house. I used street view to get the exact house number. Google Latitude logged this position a few more times later that day and the next day. I then got worried that all my gmail email and other private data could be seen, so I changed my Google password. Obviously that was the end of my contact with the phone.

After getting the appropriate search warrants and following the correct procedures, the police searched the house where the phone had logged the GPS positions. Although they didn't find my phone there, they found five other stolen mobile phones that had involved knifed attacks. The police also think there is a good chance that my ripped shirt will have the attackers' DNA on it. The shirt is being processed at a lab. A big thanks to the Metropolitan Police, who were all really nice and helpful - they do a fantastic job. Thanks also to Google for awesome phones and services.

If you have an Android phone then I would recommend installing the AndroidLost app:
http://www.androidlost.com/
I wish I had this installed on my old phone. It looks like it makes tracking down a phone easy - even if you have just misplaced it.

A few years ago I don't think I would have installed an app like Latitude due to privacy paranoia. I guess this sort of backs up +Jeff Jarvis' argument for the benefits of sharing in the digital age!

Sorry for the long post but it was cathartic! Maybe the details in this post will help others if they end up in a similar situation.
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  • Zayed University
    Instructor, College of Communication and Media Sciences, present
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    English Teacher, 2009 - 2011
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