Saturday, 22 March 2014

░▒▓█ Western Frivolity: Book on awkward dating problem gets odd book award

LONDON - A tongue-in-cheek book that purports to deal with an awkward but critical issue, “How to Poo on a Date”, scooped an award for the Oddest Book Title of the Year yesterday (March 21).

The winner of the Diagram Prize, awarded annually since 1978 and based on a public vote since 2000, beat out other titles including “Are Trout South African?” and “Working-Class Cats: The Bodega Cats of New York City”.

Lame "bestsellers". I couldn't laugh even if I tried to.

The prize, which carries no cash award, is run by The Bookseller, a British-based business magazine and website for the book industry.

What?! No money?! Then what is the meaning of this prize? And what sort of an achievement is that?

"See my friends? I won Oddest Book Title of the Year with a strong public mandate. Officially I'm recognised as the biggest queer in the house."

This is like being really good in fighting and even - hahahaha - those aeroplane games but still being on the backseat of society, and the "winners" aren't actually chauffeured either except in their own minds. Dream big!

“The public have has chosen wisely. Not only have they has it picked a title that truly captures the spirit of the prize, they have it has selected a manual that can help one through life’s more challenging and delicate moments,” Mr Horace Bent, described as “custodian of the prize”, said in a press release.

People Power. It has to be respected. Imaginatively.
 
The Diagram Award was founded in 1978 at the annual Frankfurt Book Fair and was first awarded to “Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice”.

Previous winners include “Cooking with Poo”, a Thai cookbook by Bangkok resident Saiyuud Diwong, whose nickname is Poo, and last year’s winner “Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop”. 

They love excrement. I would love to feed them.

REUTERS

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

░▒▓█ My prediction was right hahaha!!

That the missing plane actually went down into the sea as opposed to onto the land. I shared this with her, Dad, my barber and a few buddies yesterday in our enthusiastic discussion of the tragedy and where the plane could be.

I told them that it couldn't be on the land because the radars and satellites would have already detected it, and there would also likely be a few survivors if it happened there. I added that it thus had to be in the depths of the sea and if so, there would be 0.00 survivors as physically none of them would really be able to unbuckle themselves, break open the cabin door and crawl out of the plane while injured and then, pass the benign schools of sharks and piranhas before swimming their way right up to the surface hoping to be starkly noticed by shippers in their ships - all of which would indeed qualify as extraordinary multi-tasking*.

She agreed, one of them said it could have blown up in mid-air and more noticeably my barber friend who admired my talents and posed the same question to me initially opposed, saying if it were at sea the broken plane parts would have been picked up by the sensors at least. He even cited the example of a bird needing to fold up its wings prior to hitting the waters.

While I was truly overwhelmed by his wildlife and aerospace knowledge but I disagreed anyway and I simply told him that the plane could also partially-fracture before going into the sea entirely thereby completely escaping even the most intensive air surveillance scans.

And if it crash-landed on land and the affair took them so long to remain clueless then it could only mean that either our technology - alien-aided or otherwise - was presently undeniably lousy or the agencies conducting the search were, and if it was especially more to the latter the staff should therefore retire early (no worms for this variety of early birds sadly) and go back to their village to reunite with friends and family, at which he was plainly subdued.

So other than the slight hiccup most were open-minded intellectuals and in agreement with my prediction. And as CCTV revealed this morning, I'm right! Cheers!

PS Even if the probable finding is just probable I will still stick to my conviction.

*multi-tasking is, sad to say, an identified and commonly-known Western disease artifically-created by typically-arrogant capitalists particularly in the US of A to maximise productivity in the workplace for mostly lower-end jobs by minimising human labor for the realisation of optimised profit, that some weak and useless Asian countries allow and follow as the new standard.

China says that one of its satellites has detected three large "floating objects" in a region of the sea where it suspects the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 had an accident.


BEIJING: China said one of its satellites has detected three large floating objects in a suspected crash site near where a missing Malaysian jet lost contact, the latest twist in a hunt which entered its sixth day on Thursday.

China's state science and technology administration said on late Wednesday that a Chinese satellite had seen the objects in a "suspected crash sea area" in the South China Sea on March 9, and that the images were being analysed.

The search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 now encompasses nearly 27,000 nautical miles (over 90,000 square kilometres) -- roughly the size of Portugal -- and involves the navies and air forces of multiple nations.

The hunt originally focused on an area off Vietnam's South China Sea coast where the Boeing 777 last made contact on Saturday during its journey from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Malaysian authorities later expanded the search to the Andaman Sea, north of Indonesia, hundreds of miles away.

The suspected objects, the administration said on its website, were detected by the Chinese satellite were found at 105.63 degrees longitude East and 6.7 degrees latitude North.

It added that they were spread across an area with a radius of 20 kilometres (12 miles), in sizes that appeared to be 13 x 18 metres, 14 x 19 metres and 24 x 22 metres. Previous sighting of possible debris have proved not to be from the jet.

It was not clear whether or when the images had been shared with Malaysian officials coordinating the ever-shifting search effort. Officials could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday morning.

US authorities said on Wednesday that their spy satellites had detected no sign of a mid-air explosion when a Malaysian airliner lost contact with air traffic controllers.

On Wednesday, Malaysia denied that the hunt for the aircraft was mired in confusion after a series of false alarms, rumours and contradictory statements.

Malaysian air force chief General Rodzali Daud attempted to explain why the search zone had been expanded, telling a press conference that military radar detected an unidentified object early Saturday north of the Malacca Strait off Malaysia's west coast.

He said that the reading, taken less than an hour after the plane lost contact over the South China Sea, was still being investigated and they were not able to confirm it was MH370.
The confusion has fuelled perceptions that Malaysian authorities are unable to handle a crisis on this scale, and infuriated relatives.

Analysts said there were burning questions over what information -- if any -- Malaysia has gleaned from both military and civilian radar, and the plane's transponders, and over discounted reports it was later detected near Indonesia.

"There are so many information sources that do not appear to have been used effectively in this case. As a result, the families of the missing passengers and crew are being kept in the dark," said David Learmount, operations and safety editor at industry magazine Flightglobal.

Months before the Malaysia Airlines jet vanished, US regulators had warned of a "cracking and corrosion" problem on Boeing 777s that could lead to a mid-air breakup and drastic drop in cabin pressure.

"We are issuing this AD (Airworthiness Directive) to detect and correct cracking and corrosion in the fuselage skin, which could lead to rapid decompression and loss of structural integrity of the airplane," the Federal Aviation Administration said.

It had circulated a draft of the warning in September, issuing a final directive on March 5, three days before MH370 disappeared.

In Malaysia, frustrations were boiling over with the country's active social media and some press outlets turning from sympathy for the families of relatives to anger over the fruitless search.

"The mood among Malaysians now is moving from patience... to embarrassment and anger over discrepancies about passengers, offloaded baggage and concealed information about its last known position," Malaysian Insider, a leading news portal, said in a commentary.

Twitter users took aim at the web of contradictory information that has fuelled conspiracy theories.
"If the Malaysian military did not see MH370 turn toward the Malacca Strait, then why the search? Who decided to look there and why?" one comment said.

The anger was compounded by a report aired on Australian television of a past cockpit security breach involving the co-pilot of the missing jet.

Malaysia Airlines said it was "shocked" over allegations that First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid, 27, along with a fellow pilot, violated airline rules in 2011 by allowing two young South African women into their cockpit during a flight.






░▒▓█ Misery Index Rising to 33-Year High on Abenomics: Japan Credit

By Mariko Ishikawa, Masaki Kondo and Yumi Ikeda on 10:36 am Mar 12, 2014
Category Business, Economy
Tokyo. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks set to drive an indicator of economic hardship to a 33-year high by increasing taxes and prices amid stagnant wages.

The misery index, which adds the jobless rate to the level of inflation, will climb to 7 percentage points in the three months starting April 1 when Japan raises its sales levy to 8 percent from 5 percent, based on the median estimates of economists in Bloomberg News surveys of unemployment and consumer prices. That would be the highest level for the measure since June 1981 when Japan was emerging out of depression after the oil shocks in the 1970s.

Bank of Japan monetary stimulus designed to spur economic growth and achieve 2 percent inflation has weakened the yen by 6.8 percent in the past 12 months, eroding the value of wages to a record low. Abe, the son of an ex-foreign minister who grew up in a house with servants, is under fire from the opposition party after the cost of living surged to a five-year high.

“Inflation is really tough,” said Kiyoshi Ishigane, a senior strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Asset Management, which oversees more than $77 billion. “Those who speak favorably about inflation might have been born in wealthy families and never experienced the hardship that inflation brought.”
The yen traded at 102.94 per dollar as of 10:31 a.m. in Tokyo. It plunged 18 percent last year, the sharpest drop since 1979, boosting inflation through higher import costs. Consumer prices rose 1.4 percent in January from a year ago, near the five-year high of 1.6 percent advance in December, government report showed last month.

National burden
Japan’s 10-year sovereign yield was at 0.625 percent, the lowest globally. It dropped to as low as 0.57 percent on March 3, a level unseen since May 7, and will remain under 0.9 percent this year, analysts surveyed by Bloomberg forecast. The bond market will be “resilient,” Ishigane said.
The country is raising the sales levy as it struggles to pay for care of the world’s fastest-aging society. The ratio of tax and social security costs to national income is estimated to climb to the highest level ever at 41.6 percent in the fiscal year starting April, according to a Ministry of Finance report released last month.

“We need higher wages to offset the ballooning burden,” said Hidenori Suezawa, a financial market and fiscal analyst at SMBC Nikko Securities Inc., one of 23 primary dealers obliged to bid at government bond auctions. “As inflation quickens, the value of pensions people receive will decline in real terms.”

Lagging pay
Wages have not caught up with the increases in living costs and have yet to ripple through to the broader labor market. Pay fell nationwide in the year through January and will rise less than 1 percent this year, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg. In a Dec. 6 interview, Abe called for companies to raise wages faster than inflation.
A worker in Japan earned an average of $34,138 in 2012 based on the exchange rate taking account of the differences in the cost of living, data from the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation showed. That’s the 11th lowest among the 29 nations tracked and compares with $55,048 in the US.

The opposition Democratic Party of Japan will stop Abe’s reckless drive and urge the premier to change his policy, Banri Kaieda, the DPJ leader, said on March 7. “Bad inflation” driven by yen weakness is increasing burdens on small companies and households, he said at a convention held by the Japanese Trade Union Confederation.

First increases
Companies including Panasonic, Hitachi and Fujitsu will raise base pay by 2,000 yen ($19) a month, the first increase in six years, the Nikkei reported on March 9.
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp.’s eight major group companies, including its mobile-phone unit, NTT Docomo, will raise base salaries, the newspaper reported the following day. NTT, about 33 percent owned by the government, employs 227,000 workers.
The misery index, designed by American economist Arthur Okun to gauge standards of living, was at 5.1 percentage points in January, near the five-year high of 5.4 percent in November. That’s still lower than 8.3 percentage points in the US, where the jobless rate will be at 6.6 percent this quarter, compared with 3.9 percent in the Asian country, based on analyst estimates.

Ending Deflation
“Exiting deflation is positive for growth because it assists recovery in the job market,” said Takuji Aida, the Tokyo-based chief economist for Japan at Societe Generale SA, another primary dealer. “Even as the pace of growth in pay per worker lags behind the rise in the cost of living, expansion of employment will increase total wages.”

The government has yet to decide on whether to go ahead with a planned second increase in the consumption levy to 10 percent in 2015. Abe is due to detail growth measures in June after approving a 5.5 trillion yen extra budget in December to offset setbacks of a higher tax.

Seventy percent of 34 economists forecast the BOJ will add to its unprecedented stimulus between now and the end of September to steer the economy through a projected contraction in the second quarter, according to a Bloomberg survey conducted Feb. 26 to March 4. Gross domestic product will shrink an annualized 3.9 percent in April-June period, the sharpest drop in three years, another Bloomberg poll of economists predicts.

“The sales tax will add to pressures of bad inflation,” said Yasunari Ueno, the chief market economist at Mizuho Securities Co. “It’s possible the government will be forced to delay the second increase to 10 percent.”

Bloomberg