Thursday, October 26, 2006
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Wednesday, October 25, 2006
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An Appeal for Redress
An Appeal for Redress from the War in Iraq
Many active duty, reserve, and guard service members are concerned about the war in Iraq and support the withdrawal of U.S. troops. The Appeal for Redress provides a way in which individual service members can appeal to their Congressional Representative and US Senators to urge an end to the U.S. military occupation. The Appeal messages will be delivered to members of Congress at the time of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January 2007.
The wording of the Appeal for Redress is short and simple. It is patriotic and respectful in tone.
As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq . Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for U.S. troops to come home.
If you agree with this message, click here.
The Appeal for Redress is sponsored by active duty service members based in the Norfolk area and by a sponsoring committee of veterans and military family members. The Sponsoring committee consists of Iraq Veterans Against the War, Veterans For Peace, and Military Families Speak Out.
Members of the military have a legal right to communicate with their member of Congress. To learn more about the rights and restrictions that apply to service members click here.
Attorneys and counselors experienced in military law are available to help service members who need assistance in countering any attempts to suppress this communication with members of Congress.
Several members of Congress have expressed interest in receiving the Appeal for Redress.
Click here to send the Appeal to your elected representatives.
Urban Legends Reference Pages: Pensonal Computer
Claim: Photographs show a conceptual pen-sized personal computer system.Status: Partly true.http://www.snopes.com/photos/advertisements/pcpen.asp
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Tuesday, October 24, 2006
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New Nerve Test, a Moneymaker, Divides Doctors
For many doctors, its an irresistible pitch: a $250 profit from a 15-minute test.
With that lure, some 12,000 of the nations physicians have purchased an automated device that checks patients for nerve disease. Such a diagnosis might otherwise require extensive testing by specialists.
Indeed, many neurologists, who stand to lose money and patients from the growing popularity of the device, say that the general practitioners who use it are not always capable of discovering the true cause of a patients symptoms. Some insurers and other doctors also have qualms about use of the automated test to diagnose possible nerve damage.
One neurologist cites an extreme case, in which a general practitioner diagnosed arm numbness as carpal tunnel syndrome but missed the main cause: a brain tumor.
The system, made by a company called Neurometrix, is being marketed to and utilized by physicians who are not qualified to do these tests, said Dr. John D. England, a neurologist at the Billings Clinic in Montana who is also an officer for a national professional society of specialists and was the doctor who discovered the brain tumor.
The popularity of Neurometrixs nerve-testing system, called the NC-stat, speaks to the zealous sales practices that some makers of medical devices employ to build the largest possible market for their products. The companys marketing is the subject of an investigation by federal regulators, with which the company says it is cooperating. But the products success among general practitioners the companys primary customers also touches on a more fundamental fact of the American health care system. Medicare and other insurers tend to pay doctors much more for performing diagnostic tests and other billable procedures than for spending time talking with patients about their symptoms and figuring out how best to treat them.
Can Studio 60 Be Saved?
I remember when the famous phrase "Live from Studio 60, it's Friday Night In Hollywood!" used to mean something. Back then, when the show first came out, I'd stay home every Monday night just to make sure I didn't miss an episode. There was such a buzz around the show in the weeks leading up to its premiere because it was something new, something no one had ever seen before. But ever since Judd Hirsch left, the show's totally gone downhill.
Even by just watching the show in those early days, you felt like you were part of something special. It was truly the first of its kind—so revolutionary that it immediately spawned imitators like 30 Rock. I don't know whether it was better writing, hip musical guests like Three 6 Mafia, or the whole novelty of being the first-ever show about a late-night sketch-comedy show, but regardless of whatever made it so great in those days, it has certainly not aged well.
I don't even understand why anyone watches it anymore.
In Studio 60's heyday, they would do this thing where Judd would come out before the opening credits and deliver this long, angry monologue about the current state of network television. I used to sit in front of the TV, just waiting for him to unleash his famous catchphrase, "It's not going to be a very good show tonight." But they haven't done that for a while.
I wish they would just get rid of this current cast and start from scratch.
It's raining noodles!
The Onion - America's Finest News Source
Monday, October 23, 2006
The Democratic Daily
Iraq -- Washington Post Continuing Coverage
Iraq News - The New York Times
The Caucus - U.S. - New York Times Blog
Truthdig - After Pat’s Birthday
DealBook - Mergers, Acquisitions, Venture Capital, Hedge Funds - New York Times
IvyGate: The Ivy League blog. News, gossip, sex, sports and more at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn, Princeton & Yale
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DealBreaker - A Wall Street tabloid
NYT and IvyGate: Aleksey Vayner saga
But that's only the tip of a huge and hilarious iceberg. Turns out Aleksey is somewhat infamous among Yalies as the "Crazy Prefrosh" profiled in 2002 by Yale's Rumpus tabloid. If you thought Vayner's credibility was shaky after seeing the video, wait til you read the profile. It is devastating. For starters, his name back then was Aleksey Garber. He claimed to have spent much of his childhood in a Tibetan monestary in post-Soviet Uzbekistan before moving to the United States, where he was employed by both the Mafia and the CIA. He was also a tennis instructor whose students include Harrison Ford and Sarah Michelle Gellar. And oh yeah: he met the Dalai Lama along the way and is the second greatest martial arts fighter in the world.
Other tidbits we've culled from Yalies: He failed out second term of freshman year (which explains why he's now class of '07). He claims to have recently represented himself in a court case in the Supreme Court of Westchester County. He also says the author of the Rumpus piece was suspended for writing it -- which we know to be categorically false. Then there's this, from a female character witness:
This guy always creeped me out ... gross gross gross. He claimed he knew how to practice all kinds of medicine, and he would work on my friend's shoulder and I would get really upset because he's NOT A DOCTOR. One time he gave her a "deep tissue massage" and she ended up with WELTS all over her back. He's a pathological liar. Real creep.http://www.ivygateblog.com/blog/tags/aleksey_vayner/
ProtectMyPhotos - Digital Photo Backup
Welcome to Scrybe
- Seamless offline access - without any installations
- Rich and fast like a desktop
- Intuitive zoomable calendar views
- Organize your thoughts with bookmarks, web snippets, images and files
- To-do lists integrated with your calendar
- Share and collaborate with friends and co-workers
- Elegant, compact and handy print formats
- Easily work across multiple timezones
- Import and export from other apps easily. Your data is yours!
Fantasy Congress - Where People Play Politics!
On the Fantasy Congress Web site, www.fantasycongress.us, leagues have names like “We the Peeps” and “Foley4Prez,” in addition to the usual school and workplace affiliations.
Players accumulate points as the legislators they have chosen go about their business on Capitol Hill. A House member or senator earns five points for introducing a bill or an amendment, and more points for negotiating successfully each step in the legislative process.
Players can change their team members once a week, so if a scandal-plagued lawmaker resigns there is an opportunity to pick someone new. As of now, legislators can be on multiple teams within a league, but the site’s creators plan to introduce an exclusivity rule that would limit a legislator to playing for only one team.
A list updated daily on the Web site shows the cumulative point rankings of each legislator. Representative Don Young, Republican of Alaska and chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is first in the House with 1,905 points. Senator John W. Warner, Republican of Virginia and chairman of the Armed Services Committee, leads the Senate with 1,991 points.
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Sunday, October 22, 2006
Carrie in Kenya
Melanie in Munich!
Politics in Mudville
THIS BLOG IS POLITICS WITH AN ATTITUDE, MINE! NO FRILLS AND NO THRILLS: JUST IN-YOUR-FACE RHETORIC ABOUT POLITICIANS AND THEIR SPIN. MY JOB, AS I SEE IT, IT TO CUT THROUGH THE SPIN AND BULL AND TELL IT LIKE IT IS.
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JAJAH Introduces Free Global Calling
Today we are announcing that JAJAH users can now call the most called countries in the world ABSOLUTELY FREE. From this day forward, any registered JAJAH user can call any other registered user, landline or mobile. Without paying a penny.
It's a big deal. We don't think this has ever been done before. JAJAH is dedicated to removing the barriers to communication, and this announcement moves us another step forward to realizing our vision.
JAJAH is made for people who ...
- want to call anyone, anywhere in the world at anytime for free, or at super-low rates
- like to use their existing phone (mobile or landline) to make their calls
- want to keep their existing phone number and don't want another binding contract
- don't want to be tied to their computer via a headset
- want to call their friends for free - no matter if they are online or not or don't even have a computer (your grandmother for example)
- are not excited by downloading complicated software and spending hours messing with settings to do internet calls
- have any sort of internet connection (broadband or dial-up, wireless or wired)
P.O.V. - My Country, My Country | PBS
Alec Saunders .LOG -- An explosive mix of VoIP, Technology, Wine, and Politics
MIT OpenCourseWare | MIT Curriculum
MIT OpenCourseWare makes the course materials that are used in the teaching of almost all MIT's undergraduate and graduate subjects available on the Web, free of charge, to any user anywhere in the world. Because MIT OCW is not a distance-learning initiative, there is no registration or enrollment process required for users to view course materials. Nor is there a certificate or degree granted upon completion of the materials. MIT OCW is a publication of the course materials that support the dynamic classroom interactions of an MIT education.