Ireland and Serbia – the Tarzan connection

I have found yet another link between Ireland and Serbia.

“A naive of Ireland, Maureen O’ Sullivan (above) had expressed an interest as early as age nine of becoming a pilot, but in 1930 at the age of 19, she met director Frank Borzage who was doing some location shooting in Dublin for Fox Studios and was persuaded to come to the U.S. (accompanied by her mother) to pursue a career in films.

In 1932, she signed with MGM where she became a popular young star. She was teamed with former Olympic swimmer Johnny Weismuller for what would become her most legendary role, that of “Jane” in the Tarzan film series.”

We all know Johnny Weismuller is a Serb, and Ms O’Sullivan obviously Irish, so the whole Serb-Irish connection register has yet another entry.

European Union Battlegroups

“European Union battlegroups (EU BGs) are military forces of 1500 combat soldiers under the control of the European Union. There are currently fifteen, mostly multi-national groups who rotate actively so that two are ready for deployment at any one time.

The battlegroups reached full operational capacity on 1 January 2007. They are based on existing ad hoc missions that the Union has undertaken and has been described by some as a new “standing army” for Europe.[1] In 2004, Kofi Annan welcomed the plans and emphasised the value and importance of the battlegroups in helping the UN deal with troublespots. [Source: European Union Battlegroups – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]

A discussion about these battlegroups and their possible uses is underway at MilitaryPhotos.net.

In another EU related thread at MilitaryPhotos.net they are discussing the massive constitutional changes introduced under the radar by the Lisbon Treaty, these include:

1. It establishes a legally new European Union in the constitutional form of a supranational European State.
2. It empowers this new European Union to act as a State vis-a-vis other States and its own citizens.
3. It makes us all citizens of this new European Union.
4. To hide the enormity of the change, the same name – European Union – will be kept while the Lisbon Treaty changes fundamentally the legal and constitutional nature of the Union.
5. It creates a Union Parliament for the Union’s new citizens.
6. It creates a Cabinet Government of the new Union.
7. It creates a new Union political President.
8. It creates a civil rights code for the new Union’s citizens.
9. It makes national Parliaments subordinate to the new Union.
10. It gives the new Union self-empowerment powers.

Google GrandCentral

Love the look of GrandCentral, the definitive follow-me number/voicemail/contacts application from Google. It is not yet available in the UK or Serbia, but I am really looking forward to it.

Features include:

  • Screen Callers – Know who’s calling and screen unknown callers
  • ListenIn – Hear why someone is calling before taking the call
  • Call Record – Record calls on the fly and access recordings online
  • Block Callers – Unwanted callers won’t be able to reach you anymore
  • Notifications – Receive voicemail notifications via email or SMS
  • Ring Different Phones – One number that rings different phones based on who’s calling
  • Greetings – Personalize your voicemail greetings by caller or group
  • Ring Share – Go beyond the ring and choose ring back tones for your callers
  • Web Call Button – Let people call you from a web page without showing your number
  • Call Switch – Switch phones in the middle of a call
  • Click2Call – Call from your address book and save your typing
  • Mobile Access = Visual voicemail for your mobile phone

GrandCentral: The New Way to Use Your Phones

 

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Lame duck? What lame duck?

From the ever superb Ivo at The Spike:

2007 turned out to be a pretty good year for George W. Bush.

Late last year, voters turfed Republicans out of Congress over either lack of spending restraint or dissatisfaction with progress in Iraq or both, depending who you ask. (Robert Novak: war; Alan Greenspan: spending; Rush Limbaugh: both, and liberals suck; Reason magazine: both, and government sucks.)

This electoral loss, which meant Bush could no longer rely on a compliant Congress to send him only bills he likes, merely reinforced the view that Bush now is a lame duck, unable to govern effectively. (CNN: Is Bush already a lame duck?; Lou Dobbs: Beware the lame duck; The Guardian: ‘Lame duck’ Bush faces struggle to push through new agenda; The Telegraph: Allies desert ‘lame duck president’; Dan Froomkin: How lame a duck?)

A few voices ran against the media herd, but looked like wishful thinkers. (Christian Science Monitor: Bush’s lame-duck advantage.)

But on Friday, Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal, and Steve Huntley of the Chicago Sun-Times (apparently independently) noted that Bush hasn’t had a bad 2007 at all. Moore’s item is worth quoting in its entirety…

Read on at The Spike

Domino effect in the Balkans

Israeli Newspapers are abuzz about Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic’s (32) recent speech in Israel which has been hailed as “a masterpiece of intellectual diplomacy, based on the values of justice and international order”.

You can read about it here “

Domino effect in the Balkans – Haaretz”

A writer in the Jerusalem Post has written an oblique semi-rebuttal (I am not sure he is answering Jeremic at all) that is worth a read but in no way matches or answers Jeremic.

You can read it at Albanian Reality Check (be warned, this is a a virulently ant-Serb site).

Domino effect in the Balkans

Israeli Newspapers are abuzz about Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic’s (32) recent speech in Israel which has been hailed as “a masterpiece of intellectual diplomacy, based on the values of justice and international order”.

You can read about it here “Domino effect in the Balkans – Haaretz”

A writer in the Jerusalem Post has written an oblique semi-rebuttal (I am not sure he is answering Jeremic at all) that is worth a read but in no way matches or answers Jeremic.

You can read it at Albanian Reality Check (be warned, this is a a virulently ant-Serb site).