Army continues its offensive in Gaza; over 385 killed and 1750 wounded

Wednesday, 31 December 2008 08:25

 

The Israeli army continued its offensive against the residents of the Gaza Strip for the fourth day and carried on Tuesday at least 70 strikes, including a recent strike targeting the Rafah-Egypt border, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip. Death toll exceeded 385 residents, including children, women and elderly while at least 1750 residents were injured.

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Reality principle

 

Reality principle

The reality principle is a psychoanalytic concept originated by Sigmund Freud that compels one to defer instant gratification when necessary because of the obstacles of reality. It is the governing principle of the ego and stands in opposition to the pleasure principle of the id.

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Student syndrome

 

Student syndrome

Student syndrome refers to the phenomenon that many people will start to fully apply themselves to a task just at the last possible moment before a deadline. This leads to wasting any buffers built into individual task duration estimates.

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Burmese Migrants Earning, Learning in Thailand

Burmese Migrants Earning, Learning in Thailand

A 56-year-old ethnic Shan migrant worker, Sam Htun, is typical of many Burmese who live in Thailand, grateful for the opportunity to work for a decent income.

 

“I feel my life in Thailand is more secure than in Burma,” he says. “In Thailand, it is easier to make a living.”

 

Burmese migrant workers in Chiang Mai prepare a rudimentary dinner for a ceremony. (Photo: Saw Yan Naing/The Irrawaddy)

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I wish that China, India and Russia break up in 2020

Russian professor forecasts US break-up

but I wish that China, India and Russia break up in 2020

MOSCOW, Dec 31 — For a decade, Russian academic Igor Panarin has been predicting the US will fall apart in 2010.

For most of that time, he admits, few took his argument — that an economic and moral collapse will trigger a civil war and the eventual break-up of the US — very seriously. Now he’s found an eager audience: Russian state media.

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U.S. Companies force workers to take unpaid vacation

  U.S. Companies force workers to take unpaid vacation 

 NEW YORK, Dec 31 — Here’s the vacation no one wants, courtesy of the recession: Forced time off without pay.

Financially struggling American universities, factories and even hospitals are requiring employees to take unpaid “furloughs” — temporary layoffs that amount to one-time pay cuts for workers and a cost savings for employers. This year, the number of temporarily laid off workers hit a 17-year high.

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Dr M, The Malaysian of the Year

Dr M, The Malaysian of the Year 

EXCERPTS ONLY. Equally loved and loathed, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad might have retired from public life five years ago but 2008 has seen his greatest impact on Malaysian life for him to become  “Malaysian of the Year”.

But Dr M — he of the sarcasm and smirk — made 2008 all his own. Revered or reviled, he recovered from illness last year to remonstrate the government, regain his momentum. Beyond the pulpit of public office, Mahathir is still widely popular despite being without a party. Legions of fans and supporters have continued to praise him for his stand, thoughts and ideas for the country and the world.

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Welcome Clintons, to solve the various problems around the world

   Welcome Clintons, to solve the various problems around the world

Comment and request: Please kindly do not forget Burma, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and Burmese people.

NEW YORK, Dec 31 — They’re baaaack!!! Just when you thought the Clintons had gone the way of the Macarena and John Wayne Bobbitt — consigned to the dustbin of the 1990s — Hillary and Bill Clinton are about to blast into our lives again, with all the excitement that might mean for them, for us and for the world.

 

Like major movie stars, they may find second acts in high-quality supporting roles that might just display their talents better than when their names had top billing on the marquee.

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Mastering to get things done

Mastering to get things done

 

(Business 2.0 Magazine) — David Allen sits in his small office in a cottage behind his house in Ojai, Calif., talking business with a visitor. Suddenly he stops. “That reminds me,” he says. He scribbles the words “bird feed” on a piece of blank notebook paper and tosses it into his inbox.

It’s an ordinary moment in an ordinary day. But for Allen and his legion of followers, it holds the key to salvation. He has emptied his mind of a nagging task, placed it into a trusted system for processing, and casually returned to his conversation. That’s GTD, short for “Getting Things Done,” the prosaic title of his best-selling book.

 

 

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Building a Smarter To-Do List, Part I

Building a Smarter To-Do List, Part I of 43

Time, Attention, and Creative Work. After 4 years and a lot of productivity pr0n, we’re shifting gears. Re-learn how to use 43 Folders. Then back to work. [»]

Since new folks visit 43F each day, I thought it might be valuable to return to one of our most popular evergreen topics to review some “best practices” for keeping a good to-do list. While a lot of this might be old hat to some of you, it’s a good chance to review the habits and patterns behind one of the most powerful tools in the shed. Part 2 appears tomorrow (Updatenow available). (N.B.: links to previous posts related to these topics are provided inline)

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Make a To-Do List

ACADEMIC

 

Make a To-Do List

  • Print out a copy of the Weekly Schedule that is part of this section of the site.
  • Construct an overview for your upcoming week by writing in some of your higher priority tasks. (Refer to your completed “identify things to do” (PDF) exercise.)
  • Remember your time estimates. Are you being realistic?
  • Make your to-do list using the following guidelines. Be specific and break tasks into manageable chunks. Set priorities using the A-B-C value rating system.
  • Your to-do list can be a daily plan or, like the one below, a running list of priorities for the week.

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Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done (commonly abbreviated as GTD) is an action management method created by David Allen, and described in a book of the same name. Both “Getting Things Done” and “GTD” are registered trademarks of the David Allen Company.[1]

GTD rests on the principle that a person needs to move tasks out of the mind by recording them externally. That way, the mind is freed from the job of remembering everything that needs to be done, and can concentrate on actually performing those tasks.

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Action item

 

Action item

In Management, an action item is a documented event, task, activity, or action that needs to take place. Action items are discrete units that can be handled by a single person.

 

 

Planning actions

Action items are usually created during a discussion by a group of people who are meeting about one or more topics and during the discussion it is discovered that some kind of action is needed. The act required is then documented as an action item and usually assigned to someone, usually a member of the group. The person to whom the action is assigned is then obligated to perform the action and report back to the group on the results.

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Opportunity cost

 

Opportunity cost

Opportunity cost or economic opportunity loss is the value of the next best alternative foregone as the result of making a decision.[1] Opportunity cost analysis is an important part of a company’s decision-making processes but is not treated as an actual cost in any financial statement.[2] The next best thing that a person can engage in is referred to as the opportunity cost of doing the best thing and ignoring the next best thing to be done.

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