Month: December 2013

America’s 11 Most Significant Antique Cars

1912 Cadillac Touring

The Antique Automobile Club of America has compiled its list of the most historically significant cars in U.S. history — models that changed the way people thought about transportation, thanks to engineering, styling or both. Here’s a look at its…

Mikhail Kalashnikov

Mikhail Timofey Kalashnikov

Mikhail Timofey Kalashnikov, (10 November 1919 – 23 December 2013) whose work as a weapons designer for the Soviet Union is immortalized in the name of the world’s most popular firearm, died Monday at the age of 94. Kalashnikov once aspired to design farm equipment. But even though his most famous invention — the AK-47 assault rifle — sowed havoc instead of crops, he often said he felt personally untroubled by his contribution to bloodshed. “I sleep well. It’s the politicians who are to blame for failing to come to an agreement and resorting to violence,” he said in 2007. Kalashnikov died in a hospital in Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurtia republic where he lived, said Viktor Chulkov, a spokesman for the republic’s president…

SUNY: America’s Largest University

SUNY

The State University of New York (SUNY) — 64 higher education campuses with nearly half a million students — is the largest university system in the United States. Therefore, when university administrators join the state’s governor in turning SUNY into…

How to Get Rid of Dandruff

hair wash

Dandruff may be the result of a dry scalp, or a skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis. It could also be caused by eczema, psoriasis, or, very commonly, an overgrowth of a yeastlike fungus called malassezia. Drugstore remedies might include shampoos with zinc pyrithione, which targets fungus and bacteria; ketoconazole, which also fights fungus; coal tar and selenium sulfide, which slow the growth and die-off of skin cells on your scalp; and salicylic acid, which loosens flakes so they can be washed away. For natural treatments, read on.

The Genie Gave The Money

mannan

As all candidates of the 10th parliamentary polls have submitted their wealth statements and those of their family members to the Election Commission. It has been posted on the EC website. By scrutinizing the statements of some Awami League contestants and found that all of them have become richer over the last five years, some rather astonishingly. Former state minister for housing and public works Abdul Mannan Khan and his wife have had their wealth increased by 107 times in the last five years. The couple had wealth and property worth about Tk 10.33 lakh ahead of the ninth parliamentary elections. According to a statement submitted to the Election Commission this month, they have wealth worth about Tk 11.03 crore. In the affidavit, he however did not clarify the sources of his money…

Peter O’Toole, A Life Even Larger Than ‘Lawrence’

otoole

The swashbuckling Hollywood icon died recently at London’s Wellington Hospital after battling a long illness, according to his agent, Steven Kenis. The legendary thespian, who was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor an astounding eight times and was bestowed an Honorary Oscar, was 81. One of the most gifted performers of his generation, O’Toole rose to fame with his starring role in “Lawrence of Arabia” and appearing in a variety of screen classics like, “Beckett,” “The Lion in Winter,” “My Favorite Year,” “The Last Emperor” — and cult favorites like, “What’s New Pussycat,” “The Ruling Class,” and “The Stunt Man.”

A Victory for the Constitution

obama-v-snowden

Judge Richard J. Leon, a Bush appointee to the federal district court of the District of Columbia, is an interesting figure in U.S. history to have changed the ongoing game of Obama v. Snowden. His biography includes stints working for Congress on other historic game changing events: the flawed investigations into both of the (covertly) related “October Surprise” and “Iran-Contra” scandals. Judge Leon has published a persuasive 68 page legal opinion averaging more than one explanatory fine-print footnote per page in Klayman v. Obama (12/16/2013) holding that the dragnet data sweep by Obama’s NSA “almost certainly does violate a reasonable expectation of privacy” by the American people.

1971 death figure

This is my third of four posts looking at the Tribunal’s 3 October 2011 order charge-framing Sayedee on 20 counts of international crimes involving genocide and crimes against humanity relating to the 1971 war of independence. The first post looking at the charges against Sayedee is here. The second post looking at some legal issues discussed in the tribunal is here. The introduction to the 3 October order stated, in its historical introduction that ‘As a result’ of the actions of the Pakistan military, and the role of the collaborators, ‘3 million (thirty lacs) people were killed more than 200,000 (two lacs) woman raped, about 10 million (one crore) people deported to India as refugees and million others were internally displaced…’.

The Tell-Tale Heart

Edgar Allan Poe

TRUE!-NERVOUS–very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am! but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses–not destroyed–not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in…