Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
Canon PowerShot A540 Reviews. Digital cameras Reviews by CNET.: "Canon PowerShot A540"
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Monday, December 04, 2006
Monday, November 27, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Drug Industry Is on Defensive as Power Shifts - New York Times
Saturday, November 18, 2006
O.J. sewer leads right to Murdoch - Los Angeles Times
Friday, November 17, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Recently, Gov. Mitt Romney chose to end his tenure in the same mean-spirited manner in which he began it. Less than one week after America ’s voters rejected the politics of divisiveness and partisanship, Romney has slashed $425 million from the state budget by using his emergency (9c) powers, which is disturbing but not surprising.
The “financial crisis” or “spending crisis” as the Romney administration is calling it is a figment of the governor’s politically driven agenda. This manufactured scheme is designed to burnish his image with fiscal conservatives nationwide. This is reinforced by the fact that state revenues for the first two months of the fiscal year are within the expected range.
According to Michael J. Widmer, President of the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, “The governor was acting prematurely, because the state’s fiscal year is only four months old and the economy is generating strong revenues that will cover potential deficits.”
The pain caused by the $425 million budget cuts is severe. Since we are three and a half months into the fiscal year, the magnitude of the cuts would be equivalent to more than $700 million annually. Throughout Romney’s tenure his administration has pitted the “haves” against the poor and vulnerable citizens in the Commonwealth.
This is a telling statement on the type of presidential campaign he will wage as he gears up to raise $50 million for his run to the White House. Hopefully, citizens across America will continue to take a dim view of the politicians seeking higher office who practice the distressing art of divisive politics.
It is now critical for the Massachusetts General Court to reconvene and override Gov. Romney’s callous and unnecessary cuts to the programs and services used by the neediest of our citizens.
John Winske, Chair
Disability Policy Consortium
Monday, November 13, 2006
Blind or visually impaired? I see a way to save $331,829.
Deaf or hard of hearing? Read my lips, I'm taking 64 grand and change.
Coping with mental retardation? See if you can wrap your mind around $9,750,229. LESS to spend on whatever it is you guys do.
Mental health problems? It's all in your head. Cut, cut, cut - $7,025,258.
Rehab services: It's for the guys at the Big Dig. They said they really really needed exactly $1,030,562.
Elder Affairs? Aren't you getting too old for that? Here's a $3,747,814. cold shower."
Disability Policy Consortium
Boston MA 02133
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Internship Opportunities
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is
committed to the development of leadership, employment, and self-
sufficiency skills of students with disabilities. In fact,
through the sponsorship of Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation
and the Microsoft Corporation, students have opportunities to
develop those skills.
2007 Summer Congressional Internship for College Students with
Administered by AAPD and sponsored by the Mitsubishi Electric
America Foundation, second-semester sophomores through first-
semester seniors interested in working on Capitol Hill are
encouraged to apply. Accepted candidates will work in
congressional offices in Washington, DC. Roundtrip travel and
housing will be provided to interns, and each student will
receive a stipend.
Applications are available at:
Apply by: December 1, 2006 (5:00pm, EST).
Questions and submissions
Disability Policy Consortium
Boston MA 02133
Sounds like a great opportunity!!!!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
"If you learned to read with Dick & Jane, thrilled by the magnificent horse illustrations in the Black Stallion, remember Elsie the Cow, fell in love with the playful Texaco Dalmatian Pups, or know Elmer, the trademark on Elmer's Glue, then you know of Keith Ward's work. Ward a renowned impressionist, was the gifted illustrator who painted those enduring images on the American consciousness. Like Norman Rockwell, Keith Ward is part of our "Americana"; illustrating for so many magazines and advertisements, such as Boy's Life, Outdoor Life, Phillips 66, Bordon Dairy Co., U.S. Steel (and many others). For more than 50 years Keith Ward has been part of our lives."
Ward is the illustrator for The Night Before Christmas published by Whitman Publishing MCMXXXV. ebay
Monday, November 06, 2006
Also: From The Penninsula Qatar.com: Zidane is coming to help with the opening of another Grameen Bank enterprise.
"The factory is a joint project between the French food giant Danone and Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank which pioneered a unique system of microcredit that has lifted millions out of poverty.
Danone and Grameen Bank have a 50 percent stake each in the one-million-dollar plant which is aimed at producing nutritious food products targeted at people on low-incomes."
Malaysia : Grameen bank extends into other ventures - Textile Fashion News Fibre2Fashion
Friday, November 03, 2006
Ex-Leader of Computer Associates Gets 12-Year Sentence and Fine - New York Times
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Take Me Out to the Virtual Ballgame:
"'As a platform, we're fascinated by the technology,' said Justin Shaffer, senior vice president of New Media with MLB.com. 'It's an entire new way to interact online with a portion of our fans that are more technologically savvy.'
True to the real-life struggle of getting a seat to witness the rivalry first hand in real time, only 45 game tickets were made available for each of the September games at the price of $500 in the SL currency, called Linden. Currently, one U.S. dollar is worth roughly 273 Linden."
Monday, October 30, 2006
Thursday, October 26, 2006
Sunday, October 22, 2006
AWGI,Alderwoods Group Inc
CSV,Carriage Services Inc
SCI,Service Corp Internat
SNFCA,Security National Financial Corp Class A
STEI,Stewart Enterprises Cl A
STON,Stonemor Partners L.p.
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
"People have a longer term view, and a responsibility for doing what they can deeper in the markets where they operate, and we are in a 100 countries or so," he said, adding that the challenge is to lower the costs of running microfinance institutions and charges to the poor.
"This is an investment that is beginning to serve a much wider population than we and banks in general have done before," he said. "Banks should enter this with complete humility."
...Robert Annibale, who heads banking heavyweight Citigroup's own special microfinance group...
In as much as Grameen Bank is concerned with fighting poverty and Citigroup is concerned with their responsibility to stockholders I wonder how that will affect their new customers.
World Crises | Reuters.co.uk
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Sunday, October 15, 2006
They were in a great shock when North Korea had the nuclear test-
Russian Ambassador to North Korea Andrei Karlov was informed of the plan and its background two hours before the nuclear test. However, China was informed just 20 minutes earlier.
The Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee led by President Hu Jintao urgently called the extra meeting in the period of sixth general meeting of 16th central committee of Chinese Communist Party.
Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs published their statement two hours after the nuclear test, “We firmly object to them and strongly insist,” with an expression of “outrageous action” in a very strong nuance. Those expressions were barely used in the relationship between the two countries in 50 years’ history.
This reveals that China resented North Korea’s nuclear test and exposed their feeling that they were betrayed by North Korea. Such foreign ministry statements are subject to approval of President Hu. <<
I think China may be the best hope of containing this problem. Size and proximity give them a very strong presence in the region and a large scale conflict in N. Korea would certainly affect Chinese interests.
donga.com [english donga]
Friday, October 13, 2006
site...just checked out the pics gallery... The Jazz Fest was pretty special this year...very emotional for
a lot of folks..George Wein included. Springsteen was
GREAT doing the Pete Seeger tribute set. VERY
emotional scene..nere a dry eye in de place...crowd
left, sated and drained..extremely quiet recessional
that night...everyone kinda picked up their stuff and
shuffled out, reflectively..I and some of my guys got
stopped on the track en route to lighting up worklight
stations (for night time work) by some people...we
often get harangued with requests for rides, etc.; but
these people were in tears, thanking us for getting
the "Resurrection" fest up and looking "Normal"...
It was strange and wonderful...I mean, for
Chrissakes, I'm ususally the Irish kid, Y'know, the
one who cries at card-tricks...but I was feeling good
-sans maudlin ...and all these people were VERY
emotional...lot of that goin' round. A LOT more
locals than in the past...comments in the paper about
how the Fest was the ONLY thing back to normal in the
Springsteen and his Krewe may have played a part
in getting us a bonus this year (unheard of in the
past)..The other night, the site producer (old friend
Tague) and the construction Foreman (old friend
Garnet) called me up and said they had something for
me...and some King Crab sent in from Alaska...so I
went over and they were all puffed up and lit...I
mean, puffed-up proud...as well as otherwise haha...
They handed me an envelope(nice bonus) and a
personalized letter from Quint Davis (another old
friend, sense a theme here?)
and George Wein ....this is a VERY heart-felt letter,
with US(Fess Gator Krewe)...I suppressed the urge to
say "It's about freakin' TIME!"...and read it...They
had all read it before, and were awaiting my
response...I read it, and folded the envelope up in my
pocket..They all said, "Dude, look in the envelope,
I said, " It doesn't matter what's in there, this
is enough"...Garnet's wife Linda started to
cry...Lots of hugging and brotherhood ensued...
Anyway, they told me that Springsteen's tour
manager had sent an e-mail to Quint from the plane,
saying that their crew was all talking about how cool
their experience had been. They were impressed with
what a bunch of characters our Krewe was, and how they
too had been together for YEARS, and how amazing it
was that we had gotten the largest festival in the
world built-tight, right, and outta-sight; all in an
environment of a city that is still 3/4 unoccupied,
where 75% of all businesses are still closed..traffic
lights are still out etc...........I think we all had
lost sight of the enormity of the task...because most
of us are in the process of re-building under these
conditions on a daily basis...going 40 miles for
shingles is all in a day's work, for instance...
I was "Mentioned In Dispatches", so to
speak.....The day Springsteen played...weird morning,
that was...Big rain and wind had torn up the site(as
it ususally does) so we were out early , putting it
back together...A large(40' x60') booth-shed had
overturned right out in the crowd area of one of the
big stages...our Pole-driving crew had disintegrated,
disappeared (bad hiring mistake, a guy from
Connecticut who CLAIMED to know pruduction, and a
section-8 reject from the army, and his helpers) so
that week I had taken over that detail(along with my
Anyway, we were in the process of dis-mantling
twisted steel and splintered wood, shredded tarps etc.
(Another day In Paradise as i told some FNG's -new
guys) and re-building this structure and others,
re-setting poles to fly sound cables balah, blah blah
and here comes a crew bus along the road...so I
"expedited " the process with a chain-saw and sledge
hammer...due to frustration with some of the younger
cats on our Krewe who were hung-over , lame etc. to
get the bus by...just normal abnormal stuff...kinda
like we have been doing down here for years(and in the
streets lthis year)
So we got the road cleared, and I got the "Kids"
motivated and moving, set about their tasks, and the
booth was getting re-done and re-decorated...with me
on the radio and up in the steel, being the Type-A
Yankee Irish S.O.B. that these people have come to
rely on....and I didn't notice the car sitting there,
watching all this crap that for us has become "What We
We moved on to a different area of destruction,
and I didn't give it a thought...and I noticed that up
on the stage, they were playing Bruce's new
CD...EXCEPT it wasn't the CD....it was his
SOUND-CHECK...that's how into the job at hand I
was...I was unaware of it until I heard frome the
stage, this voice that sounded familiar....saying some
really complimentary things about us...so I drove my
truck right up to the front of the stage, and realized
that Bruce was up there, doing what amounted to a
private show for the Krewe....pretty fuckin' cool it
Later on, as i was running through the
punch-list of things we had to do to open that day, I
heard of a riser that needed to go to the big stage,
so, as I usually do, I turned my truck around dropped
some kids off to do some stuff, called a forklift to
meet me , and went off after the riser....No
biggie,...I delivered the riser , and the stage
manager asked, "How the hell did you know I needed
this?" (My buddy Flip had overheard them talking
about it and had made the call on the radio). I said,
in my typical Phillyese, "It's all FM"
"All FM??, what ?" he asked.
"Fuckin' MAGIC", I dryly responded
So, I walked up on stage, grabbed two
stage-hands, and got them to carry the riser up to the
stage. As I'm coming down the ramp. some geeks asked
mr if I had any sandpaper. For some reason, I
responded with this dissertation on the relative
primativeness of our infra-structure, and the lack of
necessity for any such finish on our materials, but I
was very certain that I, or one of my brothers or
sisters on the Krewe would have something that would
be able to accomplish the task...Oh, and what, by the
way, IS that task?
"Our guitar-tech needs to shave down Bruce's
"Of course he does" , I responded
So, off to my toolbox I went, and returned with
a collection of devices sanding blocks, papers, foams,
and a power set-up(with a special clamp that I
rigged). Once again I heard "How did you know about
this?"....it gets old, after a while lol
So, I helped the tech get his little pick-sanding
world set up...showed him a better way of doing this
weird task...He told me that this was his first
pick-sanding...I had remembered hearing about
flat-pickers doing this in some magazine...so we did
the deed. I split, down the ramp and was stopped by
the PA geeks and a manager-of-sorts type and lavishly
praised and thanked for my attention to their
needs...It had been an ass-kicking morning, and I
still don't know why, but I gave them a gracious
speech about us being there to assure that their needs
were taken care of etc. and thanking them when they
mentioned seeing our little show on the road that
morning,,,I wasn't being obsequious, but I was laying
it on pretty thick(mostly due to exhaustion, I'm
sure)..so I finish my little BS show, turned around,
and there is Reggie Toussaint(music director), Quint,
George Wein, and a short, curly-haired dude from
Asbury Park , N.J....all smiling broadly, Quint came
up, and I noticed there were tears in his eyes
(probably from stressing-out over what I was gonna
tell these folks, HAHA) and hugs me(nothing new),
says"Marco,(he has always called me that), I love ya'
man", and plants a KISS on me(definitely new)..Reggis
gives me a hug and thanks for everything that morning.
George Wein shakes my handand says"I am PROUD to be
on the same team with you ". I, of course,
immediately deflect the praise onto the whole Krewe,
and tell him that I have some of his Blue Note
records...and turn to take the extended hand of the
Jersey dude, who goes on about how COOL it was this
morning, watching us work like madmen etc. I
commented that while I was familiar with Geoge's work,
I didn't know who HE was...and then waited a second..a
LONG second, before saying I saw him at the Main Point
in 74 or 5 (a club that seated 120) , and that Yeah I
knew who he is etc. We talked about me being from
Philly, and Quint told some Marco stories that that
were from the heart and embarassed me....and about how
you-wouldn't-believe-it-this-guy -has-had 2-freakin'
-TRANSPLANTS-and shit- and-man-what- a-guy- and I had
to stop him and say that our entire KREWE were amazing
and that we were almost ALL homeless at the beginning
of production and all that shit blah, blah,
blah...........Like I told the kids that morning when
they were whining....Another Day In Paradise,
So the Springsteen people were all jacked-up
about the entire event and the family that puts it up,
on, and away...They said you could really feel the
FAMILY vibe...yes, we ARE a family...but so were the
Addams' and Mansons.................and we got a nice
bonus.......long story LONG
Practically everything he could get his hands on from the sound of it.
How much time will he actually get? I'm guessing ten is unlikely but I think it would be great. Anything less than four would be a shame.
E Canada Now � Republican lawmaker admits corruption
Friday, October 06, 2006
Good! All those little fucks were getting on my nerves anyway. All that excess energy. I think I'll go take a nap.
The lawmaker from Green Bay is calling for teachers to carry guns at school as a precaution."
"If a gunman comes to their school, there are people at the school that would be able to fight back and disarm them," Lasee said.
This guy needs to be voted out of office, immediately.
Thursday, October 05, 2006
From LamontBlog via Wonkette, Joe Lieberman doesn't care if you are a crip. Hell, a little extra walking will probably do you some good.
Monday, October 02, 2006
20061002 - To The Families of Paradise, Pennsylvania
Originally uploaded by sadalit.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
Funny Money: A Little Caviar and Sympathy:
"'Hey! Who does a VP have to downsize around here to get a sundried tomato and pesto omelet?'"
www.chinaview.cn 2006-09-29 23:49:18
CHANGCHUN, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- A former Chinese lawmaker was executed Friday in the northeastern Jilin Province after being convicted of bribery, misappropriation of funds, rape, illegal possession of weapons, organized crime and organizing prostitution.
Sang Yuechun, former member of the Ninth National People's Congress, was convicted of taking bribes and misappropriating 120 million yuan (15 million US dollars), but court officials did not provide details of his other crimes.
He was executed following approval by the Supreme People's Court.
Xinhua - English
Monday, September 25, 2006
*I learned all the two letter words some time ago. There are only about eighty of them and most of them are fairly common.
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
Tweaked Firefox Lets You Surf Internet Without a Trace - Yahoo! News: "A tweaked version of Firefox that makes Web browsing anonymous has been released by a group of privacy-minded coders.
Every few minutes, the Torpark browser causes a computer's IP address to appear to change. IP addresses are numeric identifier given to computers on the Internet. The number can be used along with other data to potentially track down a user, as many Web sites keep track of IP addresses.
Hackers Promote Privacy
Torpark's creators, a group of computer security gurus and privacy experts named Hactivismo, said they want to expand privacy rights on the Internet as new technologies increasingly collect online data."
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Use caffeine in moderation because:
* Caffeine has addictive effects on the brain, as well as the kidneys.
* It has diuretic properties, and is a dehydrating agent.
* Caffeine stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin, which can lead to unhealthy cravings. That is why during South Beach Diet Phase 1 it is forbidden. Still, the effect is small, so, for the rest of the diet, you can enjoy 1 morning cup and then switch to decaf.
* Caffeine-containing sodas can cause a gain in weight due to the fact that the sensation of thirst induced by caffeine is often confused with hunger.
Although an appetite stimulant, South Beach Diet allows you to eat as much as you want, so you can enjoy your cup of coffee. Moreover, coffee can raise your metabolism, which is a plus for the diet. Of course, no sugar added, use artificial sweetener instead.
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
A). Start paying PCA's at least $13.00 per hour. That's the going rate nursing homes and HHA's are paying PCA's. Consumers must compete, too.
B). Finding people to work as a PCA is NOT the overriding issue. Folks will be knocking at the door to work as a PCA if they are paid they're WORTH! Let's bring PCA pay into the 21st century, not the 20th century. Starting at $13.00 in today's economy will not break the bank. And a worthy, substantial wage increase is long overdue.
C). The Commonwealth's PCA Program is one of the very the best public policy programs historically. The PCA Program reaches over 12,000 consumers. It employs thousands of individuals. The return on revenues are significant to every community in the Commonwealth. And the PCA Program has a 35-year well-documented track record of success for the consumers it serves; PCA's who supplement and/or rely upon that job exclusively; and cost efficiency to the Commonwealth. Enhancing the PCA Program must occur as the administrators and policymakers at EOHHS continue to create, plan, and implement still more community-based supports and services. The PCA Program is a life-affirming service.
Despite being unable to move or speak, the woman, who has not been named, responded to sentences spoken to her and played an imaginary game of tennis in her head, recorded by a brain scanner, in response to a request from the researchers."
Crash victim's mental tennis - 09 Sep 2006 - World News
"To capture walk-in patients who will buy drugs and other merchandise, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Duane Reade Holdings Inc., CVS Corp. and Walgreen Co. are opening clinics mostly run by nurse practitioners and physician assistants who treat everyday ailments and write prescriptions. Executives say at least 5,000 U.S. outlets will open in the next few years, even as doctor groups express concern over the quality of patient care."
Intelligence Didn't Back Bush Iraq Stand, Reports Say (Update1)
By William Roberts and James Rowley
Sept. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Bush administration claims justifying the war against Iraq were based on fragmented, conflicting, and at times unreliable intelligence, according to two reports released today by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Administration statements that Saddam Hussein was allied with Osama bin Laden and was helping al-Qaeda obtain chemical and biological weapons proved wrong and misleading and weren't based on solid intelligence in its possession, the declassified Senate reports said.
Contrary to assertions by Vice President Dick Cheney and other senior Bush administration officials, Hussein didn't have links to al-Qaeda and the Sept. 11 terrorist plot, the reports said.
``Saddam Hussein was distrustful of al-Qaeda and viewed Islamic extremists as a threat to his regime,'' one of the reports said. Hussein refused all requests from al-Qaeda to provide material or operational support, said the reports.
While Iraq Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Chalabi and his Iraqi National Congress told U.S. officials that Iraq possessed nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, that information later proved inaccurate, according to the committee reports.
U.S. intelligence agencies overestimated Saddam Hussein's ability and desire to obtain weapons material while United Nations sanctions were in place, the reports said. Further, the Senate committee determined that Hussein sought weapons of mass destruction as deterrents against Israel and Iran, not for use against the U.S.
Hussein and al-Qaeda
Allegations that Hussein provided chemical and biological weapons training to al-Qaeda operatives also turned out to be false, the reports said. The Defense Intelligence Agency said in 2002 that it was unlikely Iraq gave Bin Laden any useful weapons assistance.
The Senate reports cite inconsistencies and contradictions overlooked by intelligence agencies as they produced intelligence briefings for senior policy makers.
U.S. analysts had ``little specific intelligence reporting'' about Hussein's willingness to ally himself with al-Qaeda, the reports said. The committee quoted a 2002 Central Intelligence Agency report that said ``our assessment of al-Qaeda's ties to Iraq rests on a body of fragmented, conflicting reporting from sources of varying reliability.''
On two occasions, Hussein rebuffed al-Qaeda emissaries seeking to establish a relationship with his regime, information not reported to U.S. intelligence agencies before the war, the reports said.
While Bin Laden's al-Qaeda lieutenant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was in Iraq in 2002, he was traveling under cover and eluded efforts by Hussein to capture him, the reports said.
Threat to Hussein
Al-Qaeda operative Abu Hafs al-Mauritani went to Iraq twice -- in 1998 and 2002 -- to meet with Hussein but was rebuffed, according to the reports. Hussein said al-Mauritani should leave the country because he may ``cause a problem'' for the regime.
Further, Iraqi intelligence agents infiltrated Ansar al- Islam, a radical Kurdish group hosting al-Qaeda fighters, because Hussein saw them as a threat and thought the U.S. would use their presence to suggest a link between the Iraqis and the terrorists, the reports said.
Democrats said the reports show that statements by Bush administration officials before the Iraq war began in 2003 weren't supported by intelligence known at the time they spoke.
Republicans countered that Democrats were swayed by the same bad intelligence as President George W. Bush and supported the president's decision to go to war with Iraq. Still, seven of eight Republicans on the panel, including Chairman Pat Roberts, voted to approve the conclusions about pre-war intelligence.
Bush has consistently linked Iraq, where more than 2,600 U.S. military personnel have died and the U.S. is mired in a violent conflict between Shiites and Sunnis, to the larger war on terror and fundamentalist Islamic militants such as al-Qaeda.
Bush displayed ``gross negligence'' by citing faulty intelligence in speeches and statements to connect Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda, said Senator Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, the senior Democrat on the intelligence panel.
When George Tenet, then-director of the CIA, told Bush that the intelligence case showing Iraq had weapons of mass destruction was a ``slam dunk,'' it was ``a corruption of the intelligence process,'' said Senator Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat.
Tenet later complied with administration demands that the CIA gloss over inconsistencies between intelligence data and Bush's assertions and should be held accountable, Levin said. The report quoted committee testimony this year by Tenet, who acknowledged ``it was the wrong thing to do.''
White House spokesman Tony Snow said the White House hadn't seen the two Senate reports and wasn't briefed on it.
``Based on the characterizations we've seen, it's nothing new,'' he told reporters at the daily White House briefing. ``So, it's, again, kind of re-litigating things that happened three years ago.''
``It's worth noting,'' Snow added, ``that in 2002 and 2003 members of both parties got a good look at the intelligence we had, and they came to the very same conclusions.''
Committee chairman Roberts said Democrats were misusing the reports ``by careful cherry-picking through the intelligence and the facts in a political attempt to rewrite history.'' The information available before the war was used by the administration and Congress, Democrats included, to justify going into Iraq, he said.
The Senate reports, which were subject to partisan battles behind closed doors, are the result of two and half years of investigative review by the intelligence panel's staff. Democrats last year forced a closed session of the Senate to protest the committee's delays in releasing the reports.
Republican Senators Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Olympia Snowe of Maine joined with intelligence committee Democrats in concluding that Chalabi actively sought to mislead the Bush administration to overthrow Saddam. Roberts said Chalabi's information played a minimal role.
To contact the reporters on this story: William Roberts in Washington firstname.lastname@example.org
This reminds me of football player Reggie White and his remarks about race and religion. What a bunch of garbage that was.
And both of those remind me of a guy I used to know who told me more than once that Irish women, (American Irish), always married Italian guys because they were sexually more exciting and dynamic than their drunken and inhibited Irish male counterparts. Yeah right, G.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Full Coverage on Yahoo! News
Thursday, September 07, 2006
BUBBA GOES BALLISTIC ON ABC ABOUT ITS DAMNING 9/11 MOVIE By IAN BISHOP Post Correspondent - New York Post Online Edition: News
Seems like it would be better if high school officials had a chance to view and discuss this TV Movie before accepting it for use as a teaching aid.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Dear Valued Verizon Online Customer,
Effective immediately, Verizon Online is dropping its previously announced plans to impose a DSL Supplier Surcharge. We are eliminating this surcharge in response to customer concerns. The supplier surcharge has not been included in your bill.
Thank you for choosing high speed Verizon Online DSL. We appreciate and value your business. And we're sorry we tried to pull a fast one on you.
Broadband Customer Care Team
Monday, September 04, 2006
Stop Badware Coalition
Sunday, September 03, 2006
Saturday, September 02, 2006
The Verizon Center for Customers with Disabilities is a communications resource for people who have low vision or blindness, hearing loss or deafness, or cognitive, speech or mobility impairments. We provide quality customer service through specially trained representatives, an equipment distribution program and our quarterly Forward Access newsletter.
We are currently seeking two college students for two 15 hour per week paid internship positions to assist with:
*Data input and report creation
*Outreach presentations and exhibits
*Sales tracking spreadsheets
*Various offices duties including filing and collating training materials
*Compiling survey results
*Organizing mass mailings
*Other duties as assigned by Call Center Manager
*Must be full-time college student
*Must have own transportation to Marlboro office location
*Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products
*Experience with disability community a plus
Please send resumes to by September 15, 2006 :
Verizon College Relations and Recruitment
40 Sylvan Road
Waltham, MA 02451
eMail Janice M. DeBruyn
Friday, September 01, 2006
We love Second Life, and we are more than happy to pay you tier for our land. However, WE build the in-world economy, and the value of that economy. You have NO RIGHT to steal the value of our in-world economic output to line your own pockets with that value.
Linden Lab is crossing lines by creating and selling new money on the currency market. It would be wise to think very carefully about where that road will have to end."
Official Linden Blog � Blog Archive � Linden Dollar Economy Update #1
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
Guardian Unlimited Business | | Google offers digitised Dante and online Hugo
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Fine Gael MEP Simon Coveney called on the Government to consider including the measure to aid trafficked women in planned immigration and anti-trafficking legislation.
“Human trafficking is rooted in poverty; the victims are usually women and they are forced into dangerous, illegal or abusive work,” he said."
Monday, August 28, 2006
Sunday, August 27, 2006
An astonishing statement from Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah - what did he think would happen?
Nasrallah regrets abduction
Saturday, August 26, 2006
Angels top Yankees in volatile game - Baseball - MSNBC.com
TIME - all 1,129 news articles »
I read Google News every day and this is the first time I can remember ever seeing anything from Time.
TIME.com: Why the Plan B Debate Won't Go Away -- Page 1
Friday, August 25, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Friday, August 18, 2006
“What are you talking about?” asked 23-year-old Destiny Bowman, being made aware of the recent of the arrest. “I don’t have a TV; it’s all nonsense.”
Ca�on City Daily Record - Officials: Ramsey suspect innocent until proven guilty
Co-chair of the Aids conference Mark Wainberg called the theories "scientific nonsense" and said it was unconscionable to use "lemon juice as an HIV-prevention method".""
IOL: Aids theories belong to 'lunatic fringe'
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
flickrz.info: merkley - Your flickr superstars, interviewed.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
A little dance
A deadly viper
Crawling up your pants
Press-Telegram - All you need to know about "Snakes"
Don't expect Snakespeare just go have some fun.
>>"There are some movies that deserve criticism. They want people to know that it's a great dramatic accomplishment and has some great performances in it. But, c'mon. Yes, you will have some fun if you go see 'Snakes on a Plane.' Snakes are biting people — and they're biting them right on screen. There's nothing to review. It's not 'Snakes on the Waterfront.' You don't have snakes going, 'I coulda been a constrictor.' No. Hell no. It's 'Snakes on a Plane.' "
Saturday, August 12, 2006
disabilities, medical conditions, and the mature have not changed as a result
of the current threat situation."
From NVRC News, Cheryl Heppner, Editor, August 11, 2006
The following information is from Sandra Cammaroto of the
Transportation Security Administration, who is Director of the Office of Screening
of Persons with Disabilities
Travelers with Disabilities, Medical Conditions, and the Mature
Over the last 24 hours; British authorities have arrested a significant
number of extremists engaged in a substantial plot to destroy multiple
passenger aircraft flying from the United Kingdom to the United States.
DHS is taking immediate steps to increase security measures in the
aviation sector in coordination with heightened security precautions in the
United Kingdom. The nation's threat level has been raised to Severe, or
Red, for commercial flights originating in the United Kingdom bound for
the United States. To defend further against any remaining threat from
this plot, the threat level has been raised to High, or Orange, for all
commercial aviation operating in or destined for the United States.
The intent of this message is to alert potential air travelers with
disabilities, medical conditions, and the mature of the elevated threat
level, encourage them to take proactive and necessary steps to alleviate
potential adverse impacts, and provide connections to further
information and assistance.
The following quotes are extracted from DHS Secretary Michael
Chertoff's press conference earlier yesterday:
"In light of the nature of the liquid explosive devices which were
designed by the plotters, we are temporarily banning all liquids in
carry-ons in aircraft cabins. That means no liquids or gels will be allowed
in carry-on baggage.
Any liquids or gels have to be checked have to be checked as part of
baggage to go into the hold. There will be exceptions for baby formula
and medicines, but travelers must be prepared to present these items
for inspection at the checkpoint, and that will allow us to take a look
at them and make sure that they're safe to fly."
"Today, air traffic is safe. And air traffic will remain safe
precisely because of the measures we are adopting today. People should be
patient, but they need not cancel their travel plans. They simply need to
be aware there may be some delays and they may want to check with
their carriers to see whether they ought to adjust their arrival times at
Overall guidance to travelers with disabilities is located on the web
site of the Department of Homeland Security's Transportation Security
Administration at: http://www.tsa.gov. This guidance includes
disability/medical conditions specific tips.
TSA's Checkpoint Security Screening Procedures for persons with
disabilities, medical conditions, and the mature have not changed as a result
of the current threat situation.
All disability-related equipment, aids, and devices continued to be
allowed through security checkpoints once cleared through screening.
Items permitted beyond the checkpoint include: wheelchairs; scooters;
crutches; canes; walkers; prosthetic devices; casts; support braces;
support appliances; service animals; any and all diabetes related
medication, equipment, and supplies; orthopedic shoes; exterior medical
devices; assistive/adaptive equipment; augmentation devices; ostomy
supplies; medications and associated supplies; hearing aids; cochlear implants;
tools for wheelchair disassembly/reassembly; personal supplemental
oxygen; CPAP machines; respirators; CO2 personal oxygen concentrators; baby
apnea monitors; Braille note takers; slate and stylus; tools for
prosthetic devices; and any other disability-related equipment.
Current restrictions prohibit liquids, gels, or lotions (except baby
formula/milk and medications) through the security screening checkpoints
and onboard the aircraft. This includes common items, such as, but not
limited to: beverages, perfume/cologne, shampoo, shaving cream, suntan
lotion, creams, toothpaste, hair gels, saline solution. Such items are
recommended for transport in checked baggage.
It is also recommended that those with medications only take the amount
of medication essential to sustain them until arrival at their final
destination. Additional medication can be placed in checked baggage or
mailed to their final destination. This will help speed up the
screening process and avoid additional delays.
Travelers with disabilities, medical conditions, and the mature may
want to consider the following:
Arriving at the airport well in advance, 2-3 hours prior to flight
Following all published rules on carry-on items and medications Viewing TSA
website tips for persons with disabilities and medical conditions and
other TSA screening advisements located on TSAs website under "Our
Bringing documentation on medications, devices, medical condition where
possible. This is not a requirement and will not exempt a passenger
from the screening process.
Packing medications in a clear bag separate from other carry-on
Exercising patience with the lines, delays, and stringent screening
For additional information on transportation security:
TSA Contact Center 1-866-289-9673
For concerns about potential rights violations:
TSA Office of Civil Rights 1-877-336-4872, TTY 800-877-8339
For information about overall air travel accessibility:
DOT Air Carrier Access Hotline 1-800-778-4838
Thursday, July 27, 2006
The entire three-week madness of the tour took place in the shadow of the scandal and overwhelming question of who's next?
Analysis: Cycling is no longer a viable sport | Sport | The Australian
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Zune could kill Microsoft partners, not iPod | News.blog | CNET News.com
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
Meanwhile on Yahoo Finance popeyedloony just posted, "They're just bringing the price down before they take it to $300. Last chance to buy!!!!"
>>In two weeks, the board of Time Warner Inc, which owns AOL, will hear a proposal from Jonathan Miller, AOL’s CEO, calling for a near halt in marketing for AOL’s 17-year-old internet access service, price cuts for existing customers and thousands of layoffs. His goal is to devote all of AOL’s energy into building its free, web-based services. Miller will defend his plan by arguing that trying to wring every last dime from its dial-up subscribers is preventing AOL from being as aggressive as it can in competing with Yahoo, Microsoft and Google, according to AOL executives involved in developing the proposal.<<
AOL attempts change of its DNA
Thursday, July 13, 2006
>>Transportation officials have linked those bolt fixtures to the collapse of concrete ceiling panels, which killed a Boston woman. Now, Mr. Reilly is charging that contractors knew as early as 1999 that there was a problem with those bolts because five of them failed during testing.
"It was not only identified, but there was a plan to address that problem," he [Reilly] said. "What we're trying to determine right now is: Was that plan implemented?"<<
I'm with him as far as that goes. But I do have a question. How long has Reilly himself, or his office, known about the defects with the bolts and the plan to fix them? He's been investigating other Big Dig matters, he should be familiar with the entire project. How is it he missed this, or did he?When Big Dig tunnel ceiling fell, mere accident or crime? | csmonitor.com
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Enron's Lay memorialized as devout, family man�|�Reuters.com
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
Lone Star Times � It’s official–
One of the things I like least about junk mail is the persistent attempts to make sales pitches look like official business. Bank of America just sent me something that looked like I should take care of it right away. But a closer reading revealed that it was just a pitch to get me to enroll in a plan that would earn them a monthly fee. I didn’t sign up because I wasn't interested but that’s beside the point. It was the deception that bothered me. The attempt to fool me and scare me into thinking I needed to do something. It’s bad enough when magazines and contest promoters do things like that but I generally don’t have any business with them. I do have business with BOA, important business for me, a line of credit. I take it seriously, I make my payments on time and I never try to deceive them in any way. They on the other hand seem to want to do just the opposite.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Celebrate the 16th anniversary of the ADA on July 26 from 11:00am - 3:00pm at Dunn Pond State Park. There will be plenty of food and great entertainment! You must RSVP by July 14.
For more information or to RSVP contact Steve Higgins at 508-620-7452 or e-mail Steve Higgins.
*Rte. 101, Gardner
This 119 acre park features a 20 acre pond, walking trails, swimming,
fishing, picnicking, public programs, and play equipment. Private
and non-motorized boats are allowed on the pond, and paddle boats can
rented during the summer. In the winter the trails are open for cross
country skiing, ice skating is allowed on the pond and often there is a
fire blazing in the visitors centers fireplace. All activities offered
by the park are accessible to people with disabilities.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Researchers instructed 106 study participants to take 4 grams of Tylenol (eight extra-strength tablets) a day for two weeks, with some taking only Tylenol, and some taking Tylenol combined with an opioid painkiller. The rest of the participants were given a placebo.
Nearly 40 percent of the participants taking Tylenol or the Tylenol/opioid combination displayed abnormal liver test results that indicated liver damage, while those taking the placebo showed no damage.
Tylenol found to cause liver damage even in small doses
Sunday, July 02, 2006
Trapac Pro User says:
...and in summary......two nuns jumping on a trampoline in a field of daisies and gambolling kittens, with a barn, an old car, some mountains, a lake, a white pony and a partridge in a pear tree in the background. The clotheless nun or nud (hereafter euphenism for nekked nun) is about to give birth to cute baby, whilst the other (fully clothed and looking so much like a dog that she has to wear shades in which the photographer is reflected taking several pictures with a tripod at different exposure settings) gazes wistfully at the departure of the setting sun, which is so huge it forms a perfect squared circle to frame the scene.
Flickr: The Blink of an Eye
kastner Pro User says:
Don't refresh too often - it only grabs the 10 latest photos.
ebilflindas Pro User says:
That's awesome! Is there a screen saver that'll do that with my own files?
Posted 3 days ago. ( permalink )
kastner Pro User says:
you can do just drops for latest pictures, id= for a specific user, group= for a group or tags= for tags!
Posted 3 days ago. ( permalink )
ebilflindas Pro User says:
NICE! Thanks kastner!
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Cool man and tested in FF works like beauty
Flickr: The Blink of an Eye
Friday, June 30, 2006
Thursday, June 29, 2006
In Memory of the lives of 15 Makkah Schoolgirls, lost when their school burnt down on Monday, 11th March, 2002. The Religious Police would not allow them to leave the building, nor allow the Firemen to enter.
The Religious Policeman
The Religious Policeman
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
All wrapped up in the flag
Saturday, June 24, 2006
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
"It's too hard. It's a gap too wide," he said. "Unhappily, this decision seems to show that the Episcopal Church has chosen to walk apart from the rest of the Anglican Communion."
Sounds like Minns has fingered the problem.
Chron.com | Episcopalians Reject Ban on Gay Bishops
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Saturday, June 10, 2006
"The telcos and the cable companies claim that they cannot justify investing in the next generation of broadband services unless they get a larger cut of the revenues generated from the content flowing on their networks. The net neutrality crowd calls this nonsense and argues that setting up a fast lane on the Internet will only wreck its open and democratic character."
Friday, June 09, 2006
If you want to be happy for an hour, get drunk; If you want to be happy for
three days, get married; If you want to be happy forever, make a garden. - Chinese Proverb
Wednesday, June 07, 2006
Friday, June 02, 2006
My Life As A Contact Sheet � 2003-2006: CD/Game Exchange, 18th St.
A shop window from Furcafe in Washington, DC. Anything with Johnny Cash is good with me.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
It was with some surprise, then, that I recently heard about the existence of the EpsonSettlement.com site. According to this, if you live in the US and have purchased one of the many qualifying Epson inkjet printers over the last few years, you've got some cash or a credit at the Epson online store coming your way, thanks to the modern miracle of class action lawsuits. In a nutshell, the plaintiffs "allege that Epson inkjet printers and inkjet cartridges indicate that cartridges are 'empty' and suspend printer function, even though substantial ink remains." Of course, everything hinges around the subjective word "substantial," one dear to the hearts of lawyers everywhere. Epson, as you might expect, "has denied and continues to deny the claims and any wrongdoing" but is nevertheless settling, no doubt to avoid a public relations melt-down.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
"This democratic Web did not just happen. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist who invented the Web in 1989, envisioned a platform on which everyone in the world could communicate on an equal basis. But his vision is being threatened by telecommunications and cable companies, and other Internet service providers, that want to impose a new system of fees that could create a hierarchy of Web sites. Major corporate sites would be able to pay the new fees, while little-guy sites could be shut out."
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Bloggers can shield sources, court rules / In setback for Apple, Internet journalists are protected by law
From The San Francisco Chronicle www.sfgate.com -
The decision by the state Court of Appeal in San Jose, which reverses a ruling by the Santa Clara County Superior Court, speaks to changes in the way news is gathered and published. Anyone with a computer and an Internet connection can now be a reporter. It also means that information, not limited by region or resources, can reach far and wide via the Web.
In their ruling, the judges said the online news sites should be treated as newspapers, television and radio broadcasts are. O'Grady and the other bloggers, they contended, were acting as traditional reporters and editors do: developing sources, collecting information and publishing it, albeit on the Web.
Friday, May 26, 2006
"Alibaba is the largest B2B marketplace in the world. Source model ship, wooden puzzle, one-piece toilet, RC hovercraft, photo album, prom dress, pocket bike, Vaginal Speculum, Samurai Sword, String Panty and PVC Pipe."
To quote Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove, "Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff."
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
A MIDDLE-AGED man in Nanyang City, central China's Henan Province, took advantage of 17 middle school girls by buying their virginity, arousing concerns regarding the education of rural area youths, a Guangdong Province newspaper reported today.
His motive has not been confirmed. There are rumors saying that he bought the virginities to gain "luck."
Deng was an officer at a taxation bureau in Wolong District. Despite being regarded as a talented man, he didn't receive any promotion opportunities. In 2005, he left the taxation bureau, and obtained a job in a real estate company.
Later he found a tip on the Internet, saying that having sexual relations with a virgin would give him the luck he needed to get a promotion. He then began to buy virginities from girls.
Monday, May 15, 2006
After the conference, Meg went out to dinner with a friend. She couldn't believe how boring it was to be in a place where everyone was walking, talking and eating the same. She said that none of their hands talked and no one had a dog or a cane or a wheelchair or a respirator. "There was no wealth, no richness. I felt a loss.">>
Background: What it Means to be Disabled
Friday, May 12, 2006
Monday, May 08, 2006
"Speaking of not even having the decency to pretend to be sorry, Ken Lay is scum. Even as Enron was losing jillions, he kept spending lavishly. Said Lay, "It's the type of lifestyle that's difficult to turn on and off like a spigot," after which a pack of former Enron employees devoured his rancid flesh. You know what he should've splurged on? Soul implant surgery."
RealMoney.com: Funny Money: Alert! Level 3 Alert!
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Rolling Stone falls from tree - BN Entertainment - Breaking News 24/7 - NEWS.com.au
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Monday, April 10, 2006
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Google & Earthlink To Win San Francisco Wireless Contract
outlines the wireless deal for San Francisco.
"The service would be free, supported by ads. An optional $20 month service would give ad free access and at speeds four to five times faster than the free service."
This could be a model for Boston.
Saturday, April 08, 2006
The tax which will be paid for the purpose of education is not more than
the thousandth part of what will be paid to kings, priests and nobles who
will rise up among us if we leave the people in ignorance. -Thomas
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Justice Stephen Breyer summed up the government's argument against Hamdan, who faces a single conspiracy count: "You want to try a war crime. You want to say this is a war crimes tribunal," Breyer said. "One, this is not a war, at least not an ordinary war. Two, it's not a war crime because that doesn't fall under international law. And three it's not a war crime tribunal or commission because (there is) no emergency." "If the president can do this, well then he can set up commissions to go to Toledo, and in Toledo pick up an alien and not have any trial at all except before that special commission," Breyer said.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Monday, March 20, 2006
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Thursday, March 16, 2006
and read this short piece from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. And if someone tries this, or any other kind of scam, you can report it at 1-877-7saferx which is also 1-877-772-3379
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
"We all know they've got budget problems," said Glenn MacPherson, curator at the Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. "But there has been no consultation with the science community. The science cuts hurt everyone in this room."
Monday, March 13, 2006
Amnews.com - 'Beautiful ugliness' captures attention of ZZ Top singer
Monday, March 06, 2006
So if you search on a file that was moved, after installing Google Desktop, the file will not be correctly presented to you. The problem is, Google Desktop indexes all your files when it is first installed, then it indexes any new files added, but it does not update the index for files that are moved from location to location. The only solution I am aware of is to delete Google Desktop and then reinstall it from scratch - this way Google Desktop indexes your files all over again.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
write to Treasury’s Bureau of Public Debt at
Bureau of Public Debt
PO Box 7012
Parkersburg, WV 26106
Include the approx. date of issuance, holders name, birth date and address at time of issuance. The more detail the better. Name and SS number etc. of purchaser.
Also see Savings Bond Wizard at publicdebt.treas.gov/sav/savwizar.htm
Thursday, February 23, 2006
The Sanyangzhuang ruins were excavated in the old course of the Yellow River, the second longest waterway in China, archeologists announced.
These are the only intact ruins of an ancient village so far discovered in China, said Xu Pingfang, a famous archeologist of the Han (206 BC-220 AD) and Tang dynasties (618-907).
The ruins vividly show the distribution of courtyards and the nearby environment: All the courtyards face the south and are surrounded by cropland.