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Do you know this song?

It is a song from a Video Game. If you purchase Nintendo back in the 1990, you will definitely get this game. The rest of the songs are all time songs. Enjoy!

This guy is AWESOME!

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By DENISE LAVOIE , Associated Press
Last update: March 25, 2008 – 5:53 PM
BOSTON – This could make for one odd family reunion: Barack Obama is a distant cousin of actor Brad Pitt, and Hillary Rodham Clinton is related to Pitt’s girlfriend, Angelina Jolie.
Researchers at the New England Historic Genealogical Society found some remarkable family connections for the three presidential candidates — Democratic rivals Obama and Clinton, and Republican John McCain.
Clinton, who is of French-Canadian descent on her mother’s side, is also a distant cousin of singers Madonna, Celine Dion and Alanis Morissette. Obama, the son of a white woman from Kansas and a black man from Kenya, can call six U.S. presidents, including George W. Bush, his cousins. McCain is a sixth cousin of first lady Laura Bush.
“You’d think with all that singing talent in the family she’d be able to carry a tune,” Clinton’s senior adviser Philippe Reines said. “But now it makes much more sense how she snagged a Grammy.”
Clinton won for best spoken word Grammy in 1997 for “It Takes a Village.” Obama also won a Grammy in that category this year for the audio version of his book, “The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts On Reclaiming The American Dream.”
Genealogist Christopher Child said that while the candidates often focus on pointing out differences between them, their ancestry shows they are more alike than they think.
“It shows that lots of different people can be related, people you wouldn’t necessarily expect,” Child said.
Obama has a prolific presidential lineage that features Democrats and Republicans. His distant cousins include President George W. Bush and his father, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford, Lyndon Johnson, Harry S. Truman and James Madison. Other Obama cousins include Vice President Dick Cheney, British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and Civil War General Robert E. Lee.
Obama often jokes about his cousin Cheney at campaign appearances.
“His kinships are across the political spectrum,” Child said.
Child has spent the last three years tracing the candidates’ genealogy, along with senior research scholar Gary Boyd Roberts, author of the 1989 book, “Ancestors of American Presidents.”
Clinton’s distant cousins include beatnik author Jack Kerouac and Camilla Parker-Bowles, wife of Prince Charles of England.
McCain’s ancestry was more difficult to trace because records on his relatives were not as complete as records for the families of Obama and Clinton, Child said.
Obama and President Bush are 10th cousins, once removed, linked by Samuel Hinkley of Cape Cod, who died in 1662.
Pitt and Obama are ninth cousins, linked by Edwin Hickman, who died in Virginia in 1769. Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, declined to comment on the senator’s ancestry.
Clinton and Jolie are ninth cousins, twice removed, both related to Jean Cusson who died in St. Sulpice, Quebec, in 1718.
The New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, is the oldest and largest nonprofit genealogical organization in the country.

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OBAT KOPI

Seorang dokter melihat pasiennya yang sedang membuat kopi, kemudian memasukkan sebutir obat ke dalamnya. Dengan penasaran dokter bertanya kepada si pasien.
Dokter : “Obat apa yang kamu masukan ke kopimu?”
Pasien : “Obat penurun panas, biar kopinya cepat dingin.”

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Seorang fotografer dari sebuah surat kabar terkenal ditugaskan kantornya untuk meliput peristiwa kebakaran di sebuah hutan. Dia diperintahkan oleh atasannya untuk mengambil beberapa gambar yang memperlihatkan keberanian para pemadam kebakaran dalam usaha memadamkan api. Pada waktu si fotografer tiba di tempat kejadian, ternyata dia tidak bisa mengambil gambar yang bagus karena asap yang begitu tebal dan banyaknya kerumunan orang. Dia berpikir bahwa mustahil bisa melakukan tugasnya dengan baik. Akhirnya dia mengajukan permohonan kepada atasannya untuk menyewa sebuah pesawat kecil agar dia dapat mengambil gambar dengan leluasa dari atas. Sang atasan menyetujui. Fotografer tersebut diberitahu untuk segera menuju ke bandara karena di sana pesawat sudah menunggunya. Setibanya di bandara, dia melihat sebuah pesawat kecil yang sedang dipanaskan mesinnya. Dia langsung naik ke dalam pesawat itu dan berkata kepada pilotnya, “Ayo, kita berangkat!” Pilot langsung menerbangkan pesawat kecilnya dan beberapa menit kemudian mereka sudah berada di udara. Fotografer berkata, “Terbanglah di atas hutan yang terbakar itu kemudian rendahkanlah pesawat ini, jadi aku bisa mengambil beberapa gambar yang bagus.” “Mengapa?” si pilot bertanya. “Ya .., karena aku adalah seorang fotografer dan memotret adalah tugasku.” si fotografer menjelaskan. Selama beberapa saat si pilot terdiam sampai akhirnya dia berkata, “Berarti … anda bukan pelatih terbang saya!!?”

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I don’t want to talk “long and wide” (panjang lebar, he..he..he..), because I do not want to be called that I am a part of this party or that party or I am pro this candidate and that candidate. because noone is perfect.

However, as a part of academicians I choose DR. (Gen) SBY & Prof. Boediono. Both have no interest in corruption, have astonishingly clear track records of any corruption whatsoever, and Prof Boediono is the only candidate that has no political interest, which means that he will work PROFESSIONALLY as a profesional. DR. SBY admires professionals because he himself is a professional soldier. He is discipline and humble, the same with Prof Boediono.

NOBODY is PERFECT. DR. SBY and Prof Boediono are not perfect either. However I am so tired of dirty businessmen and politicians who only protect certain people’s interest. It is time for everyone to get a fair chance of a better life, and be wealthy. Let’s work professionally and be professional! Eliminate collusion, and corruption that has corrupted and almost obliterated our generation’s moral and discipline.

So once again, this is NOT an attempt of persuasion or anything like it. I am just a critical civilian who wants the best for my country and really craving for betterment. I believe that Indonesians are SMART, INTELLIGENT, CRITICAL and are able to distinguish the RIGHT and WRONG, and DO the RIGHT action as smart, intelligent and critical people.

If you are wise, smart, intelligent, and tired of them politicians who only want to gain wealth for themselves and their husband, gank or whatever, then you MUST choose the right candidate.

The most important thing is make a choice. Exercise your right to choose. CHOOSE. Do not let this country fall into the hand of someone’s husband who obsessively abused his wife’s power to gain as much profit as possible, insulted a five-star general by calling him “anak kecil“, has a vivid track record of indiscipline &  immorally exploiting our country’s resources to abruptly increase his wealth.

Please, exercise your right to choose. Moreover choose wisely and intelligently. I believe that we are all intelligent and smart people. Do the right thing. Choose the right candidate. Send a strong message to those dirty businessmen, politicians and corrupted officials. SAY NO to DIRTY POLITICIANs, DIRTY OFFICIALS, DIRTY BUSINESSMEN,  and CORRUPTION.

This is the time! The moment! We are creating our own history! We are in it! Let history record that we do the right thing! SAY “WE ARE NOT STUPID! WE ARE SMART! WE KNOW EVERYTHING! WE HAVE YOUR TRACK RECORD!”

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TARIF BARU = TARIF LAMA x 1+ (INFLASI)

That is the exact formula written in the contract between Jasa Marga and the Indonesia Government namely :

Undang-Undang no.38/2004 tentang Jalan dan Peraturan Pemerintah 15/2005 tentang Jalan Tol.  The law states that toll road operator is ENTITLED to get tariff adjustment every two years, and the nominal depends on INFLATION from August 2007 (+/-8%) until August 2009 (+/-6%).The total is +/- 14%.

CEO of Jasa Marga, Frans Sumito, Tuesday (12/5) in Jakarta said to the press that at this moment the currently implemented tariff of toll road is around Rp 120 per kilometer (km). If the new tariff adjustment reached 20%, then it will be around Rp 24 per km. Therefore, the new toll tariff is Rp 144 per km.

This is the list of all toll road jointsoperated by JASA MARGA:

Toll Roads

No Ruas jalan tol Akronim Provinsi Panjang (km) Dioperasikan Tahun Investor
1 Jakarta-Bogor-Ciawi Jagorawi Jakarta, Jawa Barat 59,00 1973 – 1978 PT Jasa Marga
2 Jakarta-Tangerang** Jakarta, Banten 33,00 1984 – 1992 PT Jasa Marga
3 Surabaya-Gresik Jawa Timur 49,00 1987 – 1993 PT Jasa Marga
4 Jakarta-Cikampek* Jakarta, Jawa Barat 83,00 1986 – 1993 PT Jasa Marga
5 Padalarang-Cileunyi* Padaleunyi Jawa Barat 64,40 1989 – 1992 PT Jasa Marga
6 Prof. Dr. Sedyatmo Jakarta-Banten 14,30 1985 PT Jasa Marga
7 Lingkar Dalam Kota Jakarta Jakarta 23,55 1991 PT Jasa Marga
8 Belawan-Medan-Tanjung Morawa Belmera Sumatera Utara 42,70 1987 – 1990 PT Jasa Marga
9 Semarang Section A,B,C Jawa Tengah 34,75 1987 – 1998 PT Jasa Marga
10 Ulujami-Pondok Aren Jakarta 5,55 1999 PT Jasa Marga
11 Palimanan-Kanci Palikanci Jawa Barat 26,30 1991 – 1999 PT Jasa Marga
12 JORR W2 Selatan
(Pondok Pinang-Veteran)
Jakarta 2,40 1989 PT Jasa Marga
13 JORR E1 Selatan
(Taman Mini-Hankam Raya)
Jakarta 5,30 2002 PT Jasa Marga
14 JORR E2
(Cikunir-Cakung)
Jakarta 9,07 1990 PT Jasa Marga
15 Cikampek-Purwakarta-Padalarang* Cipularang Jawa Barat 59,00 2001 – 2003 PT Jasa Marga
16 Tangerang-Merak** Banten 73,00 1989 PT Marga Manggalasakti
17 Ir. Wiyoto Wiyono, M.Sc. Jakarta 15,50 1991 PT CMNP
18 Surabaya-Gresik Jawa Timur 20,70 1992 – 1994 PT Marga Bumi Mataraya
19 JORR Selatan
Pondok Pinang-Taman Mini
Jakarta 14,25 1989 PT Jalan Tol Lingkar Luar Jakarta
20 Tol Pelabuhan
Pluit-Ancol-Jembatan Tiga
Jakarta 11,55 1995 PT CMNP
21 Makassar Tahap I Sulawesi Selatan 6,05 1998 Bosowa Marga Nusantara
22 Serpong-Pondok Aren Banten 7,25 1997 PT Bintaro
23 SS Waru – Juanda Jawa Timur 8,23 2007 PT CMS
24 Jembatan Weleri Jawa Tengah 2,37 2008 PT Jasa Marga
25 JORR E4
Jatiasih – Cikunir
Jawa Barat 3,29 2007 PT Jasa Marga
26 Palembang-Indraraya Sumatera Selatan 40 Rencana PT Jasa Marga
27 Jalan Tol Lingkar Luar Bogor
(Bogor Ring Road)
Jawa Barat 11 Rencana PT Marga Sarana Jabar

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Planning to go backpacking to Europe?

I am! I am planning to visit my family in Zurich, Switzerland. And I am going to fly with Lufthansa because it is currently offering “TOP OFFER” program to us who want to go to Europe.

Visit this site to get the “TOP OFFER”

http://www.lufthansa.com/online/portal/lh/id/homepage?l=en&cid=1000264&WT.srch=1

Here is a sample of my booking:

CHEAPEST FARE, BY LUFTHANSA:

Conditions for this offer

  • Purchase by: 15.05.2009
  • Departure period: 10.05.2009-30.11.2009
  • Return period: 10.05.2009-30.12.2009
  • Ticket valid in Economy Class
  • Minimum stay 6 days
  • Maximum stay 1 month
  • Rebooking and refund : Not permitted (Fixed date, fixed flight)
  • Valid only on LH operated flights

Jakarta (JKT) to Geneva (GVA): Departing: Tue 14 Jul – Returning: Fri 14 Aug

Date Departure Arrival Flight Duration Cabin
Tue 14 Jul 19:00Jakarta, Soekarno-Hatta International 05:30+1Frankfurt LH779 20h45 Economy Saver (U)<!–
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Wed 15 Jul 09:40Frankfurt 10:45Geneva LH3662 Economy Saver (U)<!–
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Fri 14 Aug 13:35Geneva 14:55Frankfurt LH3665 23h05 Economy Saver (U)<!–
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Fri 14 Aug 21:55Frankfurt 17:40+1Jakarta, Soekarno-Hatta International LH778 Economy Saver (U)<!–
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Total Price

Price

per

person

Taxes, fees and charges
(per person)
Passengers Total
569.00 + 384.98 x 1 Adult = USD 953.98
Total Price for all passengers 953.98= USD 953.98
Taxes, fees and charges
(per person)
Passengers Total
+ 384.98 x 1 Adult = USD 953.98
953.98= USD 953.98

You can compare and try to find the cheapest airfare to Europe using this link below:

http://www.bookingbuddy.com/?source=bbs_farecompare_compare_11762-a_018&search_type=roundtrip&departure_city=JKT&arrival_city=ZRH&num_travelers=1&departure_month=07+2009&departure_day=12&departure_time=anytime&return_month=08+2009&return_day=12&return_time=anytime&service_class=

Tante Pep, Om George, Felix, Michael! Europe! See you in July!

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