The details in all these cases are still emerging. In most, the exact motive has yet to be determined – or may never be fully understood.
"Most of these mass killings are precipitated by some catastrophic loss, and when the economy goes south, there are simply more of these losses," says Jack Levin, a noted criminologist at Northeastern University in Boston.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
But the Times executed wrong.
NVDL: Scary how little these guys know.
“Save my nommer op jou foon; as jy enige inligting kry, bel my.”
“Ek het gedink dis verby.”
Toe begin mense by hul huis verby ry.
En die Donderdag ná die voorbladberig kom drie ouens by haar ma se huis aan en vra haar weer uit.
“As hulle my uitgelos het, sou ek nooit gepraat het nie. Maar ek het bang geraak. Ek was bang ek verdwyn of kom iets oor.”
NVDL: Hmmm...I thought it wasn't Joost. Strange that everyone in this story are born-again Christinas, including van Emmenis. Meanwhile Joost has been fired by Supersport.
Marilize van Emmenis was ses weke gelede besig om haar babatjie te bad toe die duiwel by haar losgebars het.
Haar onbesonnenheid net meer as twee jaar gelede in ’n rugbyafrigter se huis in Pretoria saam met een van Suid-Afrika se grootste sporthelde het haar onverwags ingehaal.
“Ek dink dis jy op die voorblad,” was die strekking van ’n telefoonoproep wat sy dié Sondagoggend, 15 Februarie, ontvang het.
Sy het dorp toe gejaag om Rapport te koop.
Dit was ’n tyd in haar lewe wat sy gedink het sy het vir goed agtergelaat.
Destyds was sy “Jennifer” (21), die “malkoppie” van Pretoria. Die onverantwoordelike, rebelse meisie.
Sy het vir haar ma gejok oor haar mislukte modeontwerp-kursus.
"I think we had a huge run up ... that was not really justified," said Peter Jankovskis, co-chief investment officer at OakBrook investments. "There are a lot of negatives right now on the horizon."
Crude oil tumbled $3.97, or 7.6 percent, to settle at $47.99 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
NVDL: Good to see an American President that has some common sense for a change.
High-end filmmakers aren't just making movies these days. They're building virtual worlds before shooting a single frame of film, using digital tools that blur the lines between animation and live-action, virtual sets and physical soundstage, photorealistic cartoon characters and motion-captured human beings.
DALLAS - The NBA slapped Mavericks owner Mark Cuban with a $25,000 fine Sunday for publicly criticizing the officials after Denver's 103-101 win over Dallas.
Monday, March 30, 2009
NVDL: I have not supported the bail out from the start. It was ill-conceived. It was based on an idea that 'something cannot fail". Well it has and it should. Bailing out the automakers was dumb, bailing out the world's bank insurer even dumber. There were far better ways to employ those bonusses...err...I mean funds for bonusses. But then I guess it depends on who you are. if you're rich, it was right, if it was your taxpayer dollars, it was a swindle in broad daylight.
It was the strongest pushback yet from a European leader as the 27-nation bloc bristles from U.S. criticism that it is not spending enough to stimulate demand.
Obama insisted Tuesday that his massive budget proposal will put the ailing U.S. economy back on its feet. "This budget is inseparable from this recovery," he said, "because it is what lays the foundation for a secure and lasting prosperity."
Then it became the Brits against the Dutch Boers, warring factions that agreed on only one thing, and that was the exclusion of all people of other races.
NVDL: The future for people in South Africa and beyond will probably include an even stronger affiliation to us vs them, strictly in terms of the haves versus the have nots.
We’ve got a bankrupt national airline; a bankrupt national broadcaster; drug busts at OR Tambo and Heathrow; and a seemingly endless revelation of executive corruption at the highest level.
Don't believe in God eh? Well, go to church anyway - it's time to start becoming a community [Oh and quit believing 'He who dies with the most toys wins.']
NVDL: Great article from The Oil Drum.
"We're not viable, but please save us anyway" - GM/Chrysler [White House begins to smell the coffee]
An exasperated administration official noted that the companies had not done enough to reduce debt; in some cases, it actually increased during this restructuring and review process.
NVDL: Last week I attended a presentation on an electric vehicle and the guys say that ICE [Internal Combustion Engines] conventionally only utilise 15% of the energy they consume - the rest goes into heat, wear and tear, entropy etc. 15% - that's shocking inefficient. The Joule is engineered to get 75% efficiency off a battery. GM and Chrysler could start by engineering lighter vehicles. They appear to lack imagination and vision. They've been caught with their pants down.
The White House pushed out GM's chairman and directed Chrysler to move quickly to forge a partnership with Fiat if it expects to receive additional government assistance.
Electric Vehicles aren't quite as novel as we like to think. The first ever vehicles were electric, and the milk vans in many suburbs were the same. So are golf vans and busses in many communities. Mass production for commercial use is a different kettle of fish.
Gerhard is an affable chap who grew up in Zimbabwe. He said he learned how to innovate and engineer from his father, where they were often not able to get the sort of help on the farm they needed it was a case of boer maak 'n plan [a farmer makes a plan]. Gerhard and his 3 partners previous worked on the Rooivalk (weapons engineering etc) at DENEL as well as on the SALT project; a very advanced Large Telescope array in South Africa.
With the Joule they wanted to give something back.
Notice the red lines adjacent to the graph of oil prices. I support their view that oil prices are likely to spike rapidly upwards in the coming months.
Gerhard presented his ideas at an INCOSE meeting. There were several engineers present and some debate evolved over whether a successful roll out couldn't be eclipsed by a Japanese automaker steamrolling the idea and using their own economies of scale and scope. There is another possibility entirely, which is that a country or company will buy them out. Whatever the result, this is exceedingly good news for South Africa, although not a long term solution.
Watch the video of Gerhard's Presentation below.
Many thanks to Francois Retief and Siebert Benade for facilitating the trip.
More on this topic here.
Instead of simply insisting that the child wears a coat, Munakata says, “rather try to highlight the conflict that they are going to face. Perhaps you could say something like ‘I know you don’t want to take your coat now, but when you’re standing in the yard shivering later, remember that you can get your coat from your bedroom.’”
"There is a lot of work in the field of cognitive development