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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Lebanese tech startup winners, not all about male bonding, and have a social purpose!

http://blogbaladi.com/two-lebanese-startups-win-big-at-gitex-2017/

Thursday, September 28, 2017

alternative to plastic bags

A brilliant idea by an Indonesian start up: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/16/world/cassava-plastic/index.html

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How some men obviate a women's (or a mother's) intellect



I can't wait until mothers revolutionize the workplace to make it inclusive of kids, and show that one can be a intellectual and productive without shutting out parenting, or family. Maintenance work however has got to disappear, it's a terrible use of time. Melinda Gates says that the predominantly male product developers are not bothering with creating technology that solves everyday problems, so maybe it is also women tech developers that will invent the real household robots. The question remains, if we can put the kids we love and the work we love in one spot, and not have tedious work to do, where do men fit in?

I found that it's not really the women who are excluding men from their plans, but it's rather some men who are excluding themselves, by not finding their family life "interesting". I occasionally meet men who need to be away from family to have an interesting conversation. I wonder why, given that other men cherish their talks with their wife regardless of other distractions. The excuse is sometimes that family is distracting, but experience showed me that when a man finds a women interesting he will find an opportunity to talk to her no matter how many kids are distracting her. I I also notice that this is more common in the west than the middle east.

I have never met Lebanese men who need to hang out with an exclusively male group, and when it happens to them it's from lack of choice! Men from my country never seemed to need to be away from women to have a good time, and don't associate women with flirting or distracting kids, and men with intelligence. I personally associate this need for male bonding with warrior cultures!

As Zaha Hadid said (a graduate from my old university in Beirut: AUB), men in the middle east don't hate women, and she encountered more male resistance in New York than Baghdad, as a female architect:
Contrary to popular view, I've never been patronized in the Middle East. Men maybe treat women differently, but they do not treat them with disrespect. They don't hate women. It's a very different kind of mentality. - Zaha Hadid - BrainyQuote:
Here's one of her quotes about men in Britain: “They’re not used to an opinionated woman” , “They’re scared of women.": http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/game-changing-architect-zaha-hadid-gets-the-google-doodle-she-deserves_us_592ed754e4b0e09b11ec8ea9 .
So is this why some men need to hang out with other men to have an supposedly intelligent conversation, and resist talking to women? Those don't represent all men of course, there is always the type who can be friends with -, as well as in a relationship with a woman, and who love talking with her.






Contrary to popular view, I've never been patronized in the Middle East. Men maybe treat women differently, but they do not treat them with disrespect. They don't hate women. It's a very different kind of mentality. - Zaha Hadid - BrainyQuote:




Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Aoun: Lebanon is Committed to Implementation of Resolution 1701 - from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres congratulating the Lebanese president on his success in leading the country, and reaffirming the United Nations continued support to Lebanon.

Aoun: Lebanon is Committed to Implementation of Resolution 1701 - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English: "Kaag delivered an oral message from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres congratulating the Lebanese president on his success in leading the country, and reaffirming the United Nations continued support to Lebanon."



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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Quote by Thomas Merton: “There is a pervasive form of contemporary viole...”

Quote by Thomas Merton: “There is a pervasive form of contemporary viole...”: "The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence."



It would be great if we could redesign life in Lebanon to be efficient but not rushed.  Imagine for example a dynamic public transportation network, made of hovering devices (future version of today's mini quadropters!), that respond to demand using live data, instead of following pre-designed routes and schedules.

10 Reasons Why You Should NOT visit LEBANON | Arabic Pages

10 Reasons Why You Should NOT visit LEBANON | Arabic Pages:



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Skateboarding comes to Palestine

Skateboarding comes to Palestine:

Skateboarding gets a Lebanese twist | Life , Lubnan | THE DAILY STAR:

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Skateboarding comes to Palestine

Skateboarding comes to Palestine:



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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Key mechanism behind baldness and going gray discovered

Key mechanism behind baldness and going gray discovered: "KROX20 protein"

So, to stop unwanted hair growth we just have to de-activate the KROX20 protein?

Monday, May 1, 2017

Pine trees are infested by a devastating moth, what can be done!

https://newsroomnomad.com/fatal-disease-threatens-lebanons-historic-parasol-pines/


Here is what can be done:

According to a scientific study on Birds as predators of the pine processionary moth (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae), posted at https://www.researchgate.net/publication/232409234_Birds_as_predators_of_the_pine_processionary_moth_Lepidoptera_Notodontidae :

"At least seven bird species can be considered as regular predators of the pine processionary moth: four large migrant specialists (great spotted cuckoo Clamator glandarius, common cuckoo Cuculus canorus, European night jar Caprimulgus europaeus and Eurasian hoopoe Upupa epops) and three small sedentary generalists(great tit Parus major, crested tit Lophophanes cristatus and coal tit Periparus ater). "

These birds could be fenced in around the trees, using a mesh wall (to protect them from hunters as well), in order for them to eat the caterpillar infesting the pine trees.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

hello! Lebanon is taking on that much more of a refugee burden than any other country:


http://beiruting.com/lemag/__Lebanon_is_providing_an_excellent_example_of_educating_refugees/6088

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/antidote-to-isis-school-for-syrian-refugee-children/2015/11/29/4750d708-9232-11e5-8aa0-5d0946560a97_story.html

Adyan: an Lebanese Foundation for Interreligious Studies and Spiritual Solidarity, created a Lebanese diversity charter:
https://www.facebook.com/adyanfoundation/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

and here is the speech of the British ambassador on the subject:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWYgsRR05Ik&feature=youtube_gdata_player



“Stop the Killing”: Lebanese President speaks out for migratory birds | BirdLife

“Stop the Killing”: Lebanese President speaks out for migratory birds | BirdLife:



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Tesla quietly reveals unassuming new solar panels

Tesla quietly reveals unassuming new solar panels:



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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Oscars of science goes to Lebanese woman

http://stepfeed.com/this-lebanese-woman-just-won-a-usd3-million-prize-at-the-oscars-of-science-1825?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=PagePost&channel=stepfeed