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2013 IN REVIEW

Published December 29, 2013 by Tony

– Major World Events in 2013 –

Another year has passed, and although this 2013 fortunately will not go down in history as the year of the worst disasters, many important events have occurred, and it is appropriate to summarize them (news are not given in a chronological order).

Historical Events for Year 2013

Obama’s victory – re-elected to the White House
Election of Pope Francis, after Pope Benedict’s resignation
Hollande new French President
Samaras double voting and the government in Greece
Xi Jinping at the head of the Chinese Communist Party
Aung San Suu Kyi was elected in Burma and withdraw the Nobel
The robot Curiosity arrives on Mars
Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union as Lithuania takes over the presidency
Scientists successfully cloned human stem cells
Detroit files for bankruptcy
Iran Nuclear Deal
China Moon Rover Lands on Moon.
Death of Nelson Mandela

DISASTERS

Cyclone Cleopatra
Train accident in Lac-Mégantic
Train accident in Santiago de Compostela
Chelyabinsk Meteor
Earthquake in Bushehr
Earthquake in Ya’an
Typhoon Haiyan
Lao Airlines Flight 301
Tatarstan Airlines Flight 363
Boeing 777 crashes at San Francisco Airport
Boston Marathon’s Blasts
Hurricane Sandy

Golden Globes 2013
Best Drama: Argo , directed by Ben Affleck
Best Musical or Comedy: Les Misérables , directed by Tom Hooper

Grammy Awards 2013
Record of the Year : Gotye – Somebody That I Used to Know
Song of the Year : Fun – We Are Young
Album of the Year : Mumford & Sons – Babel
Best Rock Album: The Black Keys – El Camino

Emmy Award 2013
Breaking Bad
Behind the Candelabra
The Colbert Report
Modern Family
The Voice

Oscars 2013


Argo by Ben Affleck
Ang Lee – Life of Pi
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook

Sport Events
London Marathon
Moscow Athletics World Championships
Rugby League World Cup final
UEFA Champions League final
Aviva Premiership Rugby Final

Miss Universe 2013
María Gabriela Isler

Nobel Prizes in 2013


François Englert
Eugene Fama
Lars Peter Hansen
Peter Higgs
Martin Karplus
Michael Levitt
Alice Munro
James Rothman
Randy Schekman
Robert Shiller
Thomas Südhof
Arieh Warshel
European Union

Celestial Bodies discovered in 2013
2013 ET
C/2013 A1 Siding Spring
C/2013 F1 Boattini
Kepler- 62 c
Kepler- 62 and
Kepler- 69 c
Kepler- 78 b
S/2004 N 1

International Crisis


Syria and Lebanon, Sudan, Turkey/PKK, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Sahel, Mali, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Central Asia, Iraq, Colombia, Philippines, Myanmar.

According to some ” TIME” ‘ s surveys , here’s a list of the top Arts & Entertainment events of the past 12 months.

Best Movies
Gravity
The Great Beauty / Big Beauty
American Hustle
her
The Grandmaster

Best Songs
“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk
“The Wire ,” Haim
“Control,” Big Sean feat. Jay Electronica & Kendrick Lamar
“Ohm,” Yo La Tengo
“I Got a Boy,” Girls ‘ Generation

Best Books


Life After Life, Kate Atkinson
Tenth of December, George Saunders
The flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner
Book of Ages, Jill Lepore
Command and Control, Erik Schlosser
The Bully Pulpit, Doris Kearns Goodwin

RISKY TOURISTY DESTINATIONS

Published May 17, 2012 by Tony

INADVISABLE DESTINATIONS


In case you or any relative are planning a trip to distant lands, to visit an unusual place during vacation e.g. , first take a look to the following list because there are hazardous or inadvisable  destinations you’d better avoid, or going there well aware of what you’re getting.

CONFLICTS, CRIME, POVERTY


Burundi
According to the Wif (World Interesting Fact), Burundi has the highest death rate in relation to population / poverty rate / number of crimes.
Brazil
Among the industrialized countries it is perhaps the poorest because the recent crisis. In the favelas is daily survival.
Tripoli, Libya
Stuff of our days. Going to Tripoli now is unwise.
Pakistan
Despite its natural beauty, for the presence of Al Qaeda and Taliban, Pakistan is a country considered too dangerous for foreigners.
Senegal
The only safe tourist area seems to be Cap Skirring, while around the battles between rebels and army are frequent.
Iraq
Not only war. In parts of Iraq and the busiest centers is a high risk of infectious diseases. From May to November the focus from malaria, and throughout the year from infections due to food and drink.
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
In the capital, civil tension is always high. Millions of people live in areas affected by natural disasters and lack of basic services.
Afghanistan
Although since 2004 is officially called the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, because the Taliban is an outbreak ready to explode at any time.
Sudan
People continue to die in Sudan. And getting sick here can be very dangerous: there is one of the worst health systems in the world. As AMREF reports.

POLLUTION, ENVIROMENTAL HEALTH


Riachuelo Basin, Argentina
Here reigns the wrongful refusal with about 42 open dumps.
Dzerzhinsk, Russia
The cities most polluted by chemicals in the world.
Appalachia, West Virginia
The site of the U.S. most polluted by clouds of coal mines.
Kabwe, Zambia
On the soil of this city is not growing anything more. It is one of the most polluted (for levels of lead) of the Earth.
Lake Karachay, Russia
The largest lake polluted by nuclear waste of the Earth.
La Oroya, Peru
99% of children in this city has rates of blood lead above the limit.
Haiti
After the earthquake of 2010 is still in a state of health emergency. Continue the cholera epidemic.
Niger
Research and UNICEF statistics say that  this is the country with the highest maternal mortality rate in the world for medical malpractice and infections.
Chernobyl
The long shadow of Chernobyl after 25 years is still present. Access to the center is forbidden for anyone who does not have a valid reason to enter.
Fukushima, Japan
After the disaster of 11 March and the release of radioactive material, is currently one of the most risky place of the Planet.

CLIMATE, ENVIRONMENT


Dasht e Lut, Iran
This is the hottest desert in the world.
Australia
The only country where the species of venomous animals are more than non-poisonous.

EARTHQUAKES, ERUPTIONS, FLOOD, TSUNAMI


Christchurch, New Zealand
According to the WTO, New Zealand is one of the highest seismic risk zones in the world. The recent earthquake in Christchurch shows this.
Fiji Islands
This is a favorite destinations for many tourists (mostly Europeans) but also the favorite place for earthquake and resulting tsunami risks.
Panama
As for the Fiji Islands, Panama is also a destination for tourists. But even here, because of the significant level of seismic, tsunami warning is always present.
California
California people is accustomed to earthquakes but this not mean you have to be unworried.
Easter Island
It is the area of the world most surrounded by volcanoes and in marine surface (about 1,133).
Ubinas, Peru
The Peruvian authorities are certain: the eruptive activity of the volcano Ubinas, which had affected some provinces in the past, could resume.
Galeras, Colombia
One of the largest active volcanoes in Colombia, is located about 700 miles southwest of Bogota, and in recent years has seriously threatened the population of Narino.
Taiwan
It is the city in the world with more natural hazards: earthquakes, typhoons, landslides, floods.
Volcano Villarrica, Chile
A continuing goal of sightseeing but it is the most active volcano in Chile.

PENIS SIZE BY COUNTRY

Published October 19, 2011 by Tony

MEN GENITALIA LENGHTS


The “TargetMap” website released a penis average length world map, using colors to indicate the lengths of the men in 115 different countries and taking the most recent data, whereas possible, by surveys or studies but also through sources that could have no scientific value (as the self-reported measurements).

Amongst them, Africa and Central/Southern America’s “performance” were the best (17.93 cm in Congo), while Asian, as usually, in the last position (Korea at 9.66 cm.). Quite disappointing data for USA, while Italy reaches a remarkable 29th position, though not the first in Europe.

Before you give a look at the map, please note that it refers to sexual male organ in erection state and apart from the several studies, anyone in the world agrees that the world average length can be considered the one between 5.2 – 6 in. in length. The consensus on the circumference is rather typical, about 1.54 in, while it’s well-known that circumcised men get on average 0,315 in smaller penis compared with uncut compatriots.
Someone has to say about the veracity of some survey because if we consider China, which has the highest number of population in the world, (and with an average penis length of 4.29 in), the largest number of participants would bring as result in an average lower than the real.

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The following one is the list of the size by all the countries (click on or save it to enlarge).

  penis size worldwide

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This is list of the biggest only, from 5.9 to 7.1 in.

 

 

 

………and here’s the winners….

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The British Medical Journal Study, for its part, has issued the following diagram measurements and ethnic origins.

penis-size-chart-by-ethnicity

distribution of human penis size

For the curious, the current (documented!) record holder about the “man with the biggest penis in the world” still belongs to Mr. Jonah Falcon, born in Brooklyn (New York) in 1970. The measures, officially documented when measured by a British TV in 2006, reported a length of 13.5 in (34.3 cm.)!!

(ATTENTION clicking on the photo you will see the NAKED photo!!!)

jonah-falcon-penis
Hey … you who read this post …. it would be interesting to know where you are from, and if you find yourself in this survey …. so, what about your size? (leave a comment please).

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UNBEARABLE WORLD

Published September 25, 2011 by Tony

TOO MANY PEOPLE
THOUGHTS IN A LOUD

Misha Gordin - Shout -

Unless you are living in a small and quiet village or in the mountains, life in a big and crowded urban center is stressful.Then, if we add a chaotic and uncivilized coexistence, life becomes unlivable even.
That is why I am thinking that we are too many on this planet!
We look like an anthill, but the ants are much more polite, clean and respectful than us.
Too many people, too much pollution, too much concrete, too much noise, too much incivility, too many rules, too many laws, too many restrictions, too much inequality, too much violence, too much poverty, too much wealth………………

What does it take for things to change?

Either we collapse by a self-destruction or Mother Nature will batten down the hatches , at least I hope so.

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