Strange People (Vintage Circus photo - photographer unknown)\
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.Confucius
Pakistan fighter pilot wins battle of sexes, now she’s ready for war
With an olive green head scarf poking out from her helmet, Ayesha Farooq flashes a cheeky grin when asked if it is lonely being the only war-ready female fighter pilot in Pakistan.
Farooq, hailing from Bahawalpur, is one of 19 women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force over the last decade – there are five other female fighter pilots, but they have yet to take the final tests to qualify for combat. (complete article)
Inside Story Americas - ‘Big Brother’ Obama?
On Saturday, the Guardian reported from a secret directive that US President Barack Obama has ordered his senior national security and intelligence officials to draw up a list of potential overseas targets for US cyber attacks.
“With respect to the internet and emails, this does not apply to US citizens, and it does not apply to people living in the United States,” Obama said on Friday.
His comments follow news that the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading US internet companies to spy on foreigners.
According to the Washington Post newspaper, even though US citizens were not the intended targets of surveillance, this has allowed investigators to examine emails, photos and other documents of tens of millions of Americans that can be used to track people and their contacts over time.We ask under what authority the US monitors the world’s phone calls and internet usage.
Father and Toddler Perform Beatles Cover “Don’t let me down”. So much for your cute kitten videos.
Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes (Helena Lee)
For 75 years, Finland’s expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It’s like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates.
It’s a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it’s designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they’re from, an equal start in life.
The maternity package - a gift from the government - is available to all expectant mothers.
It contains bodysuits, a sleeping bag, outdoor gear, bathing products for the baby, as well as nappies, bedding and a small mattress.
With the mattress in the bottom, the box becomes a baby’s first bed. Many children, from all social backgrounds, have their first naps within the safety of the box’s four cardboard walls. (complete article)
A country with ballistic missiles but not an effective Space Program anymore (being the first Asian country to start one in 50s), a proud nuclear country but no capability to erect new Nuclear power plants (presently only 725 MWe capacity). Youm-e-takbeer aap ko he mubarak ho!me
How religions change their mind (William Kremer)
Once upon a time, animal sacrifice was an important part of Hindu life, Catholic priests weren’t celibate and visual depictions of the Prophet Muhammad were part of Islamic art. And soon some churches in the UK may be marrying gay couples. How do religions manage to change their mind? (complete article)
Hi-tech begging! Should have tired a prettier name though. #log #photos #Pakistan #Lahore #social #Technology
Driving with the sat-nav on:
My wife: Isn’t this annoying? Someone giving you constant directions.
Me: Well at least now you know what it feels like to be a man.
common sense 101! how can you teach someone consumer rights when they don’t even realise their children’s right!? #log #photos #Pakistan #Lahore #social
The Satan and the Coca Cola, 1953 Mecca (Saudi Arabia), originally published in National Geographic.