The Failing Spirit


Location-based marketing provides brands that have a physical presence with an unparalleled way of driving traffic into physical stores, and it is taking off today. We are seeing large brands like the North Face embracing these types of programs, and small- and medium-sized businesses are also starting to use tools like social check-in services. Consumer research also indicates that consumers are interested in receiving location-based marketing on their cell phones from their favorite establishments, provided that it is opt-in and perceived as a valuable service.


Warning — This video is graphic and horrible:

In the video, a man who appears to be Sheikh Issa is seen abusing Mohammed Shapoor, the grain vendor, aided by the other defendants, five of whom received prison sentences ranging from one to five years.

The sheikh had been charged with rape, endangering a life and causing bodily harm.

The verdict was announced in a brief court session held under heavy security. Shortly after the announcement Mr Shapoor congratulated the sheikh, kissing him on both cheeks.

“The court finds that he cannot be held accountable for his actions because he was drugged by [Bassam and Ghassan Nabulsi],” said the presiding judge, Mubarak al Awad Hassan, citing precedent in rulings by the Egyptian supreme court.

Bassam and Ghassan Nabulsi, former business partners of the sheikh who recorded and kept the videotape, were sentenced in absentia to five years in prison and deportation for drugging Sheikh Issa, videotaping a crime scene and blackmailing him with the tape.

Bespoke Cashmere is a spiritual place before it is political. But let us say the following: Barack Obama not attending conference in Copenhagen/waffling on the public option in health care/30,000 troops to Afghanistan is basically old hat politics/pandering to private interests.

There is outrage, but not too much, as it is to be expected.

In better news — Kobe Bryant is making the league look silly right now:


Someone needs to tell these young men about the knicks. and how routing for them your youth well prepares them for a world filled with dissapointment, loss, longing, tragic ineffectuality, a life filled with waste and unfufilled potential.

Someone needs to tell these young men about Charles Smith, and what Vernon Maxwell did to the Knicks in Houston 15 years ago; tell them about trading Rod Strickland, and passing on Artest in the draft. Tell them about eight years of rumors about getting Chris Webber, when Chris Webber wasn’t even that nice. About never giving Starbury some players that could fill the lane, and it goes on and on and on. Basketball is bigger than a game, and there important lesson learned by loving the Knicks.

We should just prepare the youth better, thats all.

What the president said:

“My government is ready to battle the al Houthi rebels in the north part of the country for years if need be.”

“Our blood is being shed every day in Harf Sufyan and Sa’ada. We will not draw back even if the battle continues for five or six years, we will not backtrack or stop,” Mr Saleh ( the president of The Yemen) said during a celebration to mark the 47th anniversary of the 1962 revolution that toppled the Zaidi Shiite imamate and established the republic.

What the Rebel Leader said:

“We are ready to face the aggression through generations … we do not care about his [Saleh] warning speech … which demonstrates they want the war and their announced truce offers do not match with the reality on the ground “

Also, there is no water left in the country:

Water scarcity is reaching emergency levels across Yemen and the problem is particularly acute in Sana’a and the province of Taiz, 260km north of Sana’a.

Only 60 per cent of Yemenis who live in urban areas are connected to public water services. Others depend on private water tankers or vendors. In rural areas, only 45 per cent get their water from the state, while the rest get it the old-fashioned way: fetching it from rainwater harvesting systems, springs and wells.

Some people in Taiz city and Sana’a buy their water from private lorry providers, but people like Mrs Haza’a cannot afford to pay US$10 (Dh36) for the standard 3,000-litre truckload of water which people store in tanks and which usually last between two weeks and a month, depending on the size of a family.

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