Will the Prince Turn Pauper?

Will the Prince Turn Pauper?

Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei once was one of the wealthiest men in the world. Now he’s worried he may soon be homeless and forced into bankruptcy.

“They want me to give it all back,” he says, flanked by giant Dutch landscape paintings and billowing gold drapery in the cavernous living room of his London villa, where he resides with one of his three wives and two of his 18 children. “We don’t know where we are going to live.”

The 53-year-old younger brother of the Sultan of Brunei, Prince Jefri is on the losing end of one of the world’s most colorful family feuds. It started a decade ago, when the prince was stripped of his government roles and later accused by Brunei authorities of misappropriating $14.8 billion of the royal treasury’s money.

What Makes Finnish Kids So Smart?

What Makes Finnish Kids So Smart?

High-school students here rarely get more than a half-hour of homework a night. They have no school uniforms, no honor societies, no valedictorians, no tardy bells and no classes for the gifted. There is little standardized testing, few parents agonize over college and kids don’t start school until age 7.

Yet by one international measure, Finnish teenagers are among the smartest in the world. They earned some of the top scores by 15-year-old students who were tested in 57 countries. American teens finished among the world’s C students even as U.S. educators piled on more homework, standards and rules. Finnish youth, like their U.S. counterparts, also waste hours online. They dye their hair, love sarcasm and listen to rap and heavy metal. But by ninth grade they’re way ahead in math, science and reading — on track to keeping Finns among the world’s most productive workers.

Fox News: Trees cause global warming

Fox News: Trees cause global warming

While we are aware that this study proves that trees produce some methane, isn’t it just what we’ve come to expect from Fox News to report that trees cause global warming. Trees are part of the natural world and its natural cycle. People are causing global warming. It’s unclear whether the folks at Fox New are still in denial about global warming, but it seems they still slant their reporting in a way that keep us from facing up to man’s and industry’s responsibility in this matter.

VIDEO: Joe Pesci – Wiseguy Music Video (Uncut)

Joe Pesci – Wiseguy Music Video (Uncut)

CNN from 1998…

Vincent LaGuardia Gambini, the wiseguy lawyer from “My Cousin Vinny,” is back…

Academy Award-winning actor Joe Pesci, who played Vinny, has released a CD on which he sings and makes wiseguy wisecracks as that bumbling but well-intentioned lawyer from the 1992 hit film “My Cousin Vinny.”

Fab Tree Hab low-impact house takes the term ‘treehouse’ literally

Fab Tree Hab low-impact house takes the term ‘treehouse’ literally

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but this house does. It’s not really built, it’s grown over five years, with its supporting trees trained to grow in the right direction with scaffolding holding it in place. Its creators, architects Mitchell Joachim and Javier Arbona, teamed up with environmental engineer Lara Greden to figure out how to grow vines, roots and trees to create a framework for a house that’s perfectly normal inside.

Video: Who Killed the Electric Car?

Video: Who Killed the Electric Car?

I didn’t go see the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? when it was originally released in theaters on June 28th. For whatever reason, many of you may not have either. So I’m happy to report that the film is available to watch in its entirety (and in good quality) right here on the site thanks to Google Video. It seems to have been uploaded by Truth911.com at some point (don’t know when), what by all measures appears to be a conspiracy theorist site. But I’m less interested in the site that did this than in the movie itself, which I just watched in full for the first time.

My thoughts about the electric car and the pursuit of alternative fuels and power sources has certainly changed after watching the film, though I’m reticent to say the documentary presented a fair argument for its conclusions. Like many modern documentaries, the film relies heavily on emotion and the pulling of heart strings while at the same time presenting some misleading claims as facts. Check out this article by Karl Brauer, editor of Edmunds.com, to see these claims presented as they should’ve been. However, the film did leave me with a sense that a) regardless of its motives, GM missed an opportunity to parlay its investment in the EV1 project into further research and development on new battery technologies or at least hybrid drivetrains that could present electric propulsion in a package more acceptable to the mainstream consumer, and b) that hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles are currently benefiting from a big PR push right now that doesn’t guarantee in 20 years that they’ll be able to offer better performance and range than a pure electric vehicle, especially considering how fast batteries are advancing thanks to other industries that heavily rely on the technology (i.e. the personal computer industry).

Bob Dylan Imitation Contest

Bob Dylan Imitation Contest
Think you do a mean Bob Dylan? Whether your inspiration is vintage folkie Bob or the wise country crooner of “Modern Times,” we want to check it out. Send us a video of your best one-minute Dylan imitation and we’ll ask SeattlePI.com readers to be the judge. Deadline: 12 p.m., PDT, on Monday, Oct. 9.

The person with the most votes by 6 p.m., PDT, Oct. 10 will get two free tickets to Dylan’s KeyArena concert in Seattle on Oct. 13.

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