Raves, rants and reviews
Raves, Rants, Reviews

Leaner, Meaner 2014

01/01/2014. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: .

All gone! 2013 is gone and dusted. Came and went in a flash, didn’t it? Or, sadly, in a bang in many places as wars in Africa and the Middle East escalated and suicide bombers continued to kill innocent people. Oh, how we wish that would end!

As predicted, 2013 was a big, big year. There were big bailouts but there also were some big positive moments: the new BMW R1200GS, KTM 1190, new line of Harley Davidsons, the new Indians, new iPhone, iPad Air, new Samsung Galaxy products, etc. 2014 will see even more new bikes, cars and gadgets – and they promise to be leaner and meaner.  Read more…

The silly soccer wars

17/05/2013. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: .

FIFA would like you to call it “the world’s most beautiful game” but soccer is marred with corruption, childish ear biting, hooliganism and even war.

Back in 1996 when England fell to Germany in a UEFA Euro game, riots broke out in Trafalgar Square. In 2007, four Bulgarian men bit off part of a Greek man’s ear after Greece’s 4-1 loss to Turkey in a European Championship qualifier.  Read more…

‘It’s Pretty Much Impossible’ To Protect Online Privacy

16/04/2013. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: , , , .

From online companies tracking users’ digital footprints to the trend for more and more data to be stored on cloud servers, Internet privacy seems like a thing of the past — if it ever existed at all. RFE/RL (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) correspondent Deana Kjuka recently spoke about these issues with online security analyst Bruce Schneier, author of the book “Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Survive.”  Read more…

The Herbalife battle

12/04/2013. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: .

Multilevel marketing nutrition company Herbalife is in a battle but it is hardly embattled. They have an army of 3,1 million representatives stationed in 84 countries. One would presume it to be a healthy army since most of the soldiers buy the products for self-consumption.

Herbalife is facing the conflict on an embattled battlefield, the New York Stock Exchange, where a general of the latter is accusing the former of being an $8 billion pyramid structure resembling a ponzi scheme.  Read more…

Offshore banking secrets

10/04/2013. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: .

In 1726, Daniel Defoe wrote, “Things as certain as death and taxes, can be more firmly believed.” Many others have quoted it since, so often that one would have thought that the only inevitable occurrences in life are death and taxes.

Alas, tax havens have allowed many individuals, banks and corporations to dodge paying taxes, leaving the bill to the less fortunate.  Read more…

Why global warming is not good for you

15/03/2013. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: .

Why is global warming not good for you? Well, look what happened last time! The last period of global warming was in the time of the dinosaurs and it probably was global warming that wiped them out.

Then again, global cooling is not good either; that’s what led to the extinction of the Neanderthals. Some living beings live just fine in really cool climates but the type of food we humans like can’t be grown in icy conditions.  Read more…

Super Bowl XLVII brawn, brains and soul

04/02/2013. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: .

What a game! Super Bowl XLVII delivered the thrills and spills millions of NFL fans dreamt of. And then some. At 4 hours, 14 minutes, it was the longest Super Bowl ever and packed with new records.

Battling it out for America’s other most famous cup, the confident San Francisco 49ers were beaten narrowly by the young Baltimore Ravens team in a nail-biting 34 – 31 final score at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana,. Young, because the brawny Ravens originated in 1996 while the Niners who were founded in 1946.  Read more…

Big big 2013

08/01/2013. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: , , .

KTM 1190 Adventure R

2013 could be a big year. Big budgets, big bailouts, big wars, big people and big beauties. Even the tablets and the mobile phones are getting bigger. Toshiba has already launched the 13-inch Excite and Lenova has the massive 27-inch table tablet. Samsung has the big 5.3-inch Galaxy Note smartphone and Huawei has the 5.5-inch Ascend Mate.

Big budgets in the form of huge tax relief programs and deferred tax credits for banks and corporations made possible only by aggressive austerity measures. “Rob Peter to pay Paul.” 2013 will likely be a big bonus year for bankers.  Read more…

Looking back at 2012

28/12/2012. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: .

Jennifer Aniston

The world did not end on the December, 21 2012 as the Mayan calendar predicted! To start with, that was a good end to the year.

2012 had many highs. To the delight of all animal lovers, “an international group of prominent scientists” had finally “discovered” what we all knew since childhood and declared that “humans are not unique in possessing the neurological substrates that generate consciousness.”  Read more…

Eat all the calamari you can

26/11/2012. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: .

Colossal squid size

Go large. Go very, very large. Ask for the biggest portion of squid ever. If it is on any menu it will most likely be listed by its Italian name, calamari. You can even be fancy about it and call it by it’s Latin name: Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni. Otherwise known as colossal squid. You’ll never ever get hungry again.

And here’s the reason why…  Read more…

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