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Saturday, December 30, 2006

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

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Friday, December 22, 2006

Mises Economics Blog: In Defence of Ebenezer Scrooge: "Scrooge speaks: To hell with writers. They’re all the same. They carry a simple formula in their empty minds; mix one small fact with a headful of dreams and Eureka! A best seller. Give a writer a drop of truth and he’ll make a Thames; thereby providing him a monthly royalty check, good roast beef and pudding. Not to mention a long, beaver fur coat with a deep pocket for a fat wallet. And his pals say, “Hey, Charley Dickens, what a beyuuuutiful coat. Hear your book’s outselling 5-penny mulled cider!”
Nobody says, “Was it true what you wrote about old man Scrooge? Did he really treat Cratchit, the clerk, like a gutter dog?”

One fact, that Dickens fella had only one thing right. Yessir, I do hate Christmas. Always have. Still do. But now I hide it under a hardy ho, ho, ho and an armload full of presents. I hated Christmas because it was only a single day. I hated it like Londoners detest May because they get three glorious days of blazing blue skies and sunshine: then 362 days of fog as gray as a shroud. I hated Christmas like a sick child hates the rare day he feels good enough to "
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Monday, December 18, 2006

What Ho Doth Yon Future Hold?

With the Dow hitting a new high the week of December 11, it seems to be a good time to revisit Bob Prechter's discussion of stock manias in his business best-seller, Conquer the Crash

See the commentary begining on the Trading Page, link on the right.

Sunday, December 17, 2006


Free Services to Inspire Your Cellphone - New York Times: "FREE ‘PINGS’ Pinger is a new way to reach someone: a method that combines the immediacy of a text message with the personality of voice mail. (You can sign up at Pinger.com.) You call one of Pinger’s access numbers, say the name of the person you’re calling, and then speak a message.

Suppose you’ve just pinged your sister. She receives a text message to let her know. With one keystroke, she can hear your message — and with another, send a voice reply. There’s no waiting to roll over to voice mail, no listening to instructions, no outbound greetings.

Because Pinger is much faster and more direct than voice mail, it’s great for sending quick voice notes when you’re driving or walking between meetings. It’s also ideal when you can’t risk being stuck in a 20-minute conversation with no polite way out."


Free Services to Inspire Your Cellphone - New York Times: "FREE DIRECTORY ASSISTANCE By this time, it’s quite clear that nobody with a “$50 a month” calling plan actually pays only $50 a month. The cellphone companies will do anything to puff up your bill — like charging you $1.50 or $2 every time you dial 411 to find a phone number.

Try 800-FREE-411 (800-373-3411) instead. A computer or human being looks up a number for you at no charge, once you’ve listened to a 20-second ad. It’s a classic time-for-money swap.

Or, for an ad-free option, there is a little-known Google service. Send a text message to 46645 (that’s “Google”; leave off the last E for efficiency). In the body of the message, type what you’re looking for, like “Roger McBride 10025” or “chiropractor dallas tx.” Seconds later, you get a return message from Google, complete with the name, address, and phone number."

Friday, December 15, 2006

Official Google Blog: Adieu to Google Answers: "Adieu to Google Answers
11/28/2006 10:22:00 PM
Posted by Andrew Fikes and Lexi Baugher, Software Engineers

Google is a company fueled by innovation, which to us means trying lots of new things all the time -- and sometimes it means reconsidering our goals for a product. Later this week, we will stop accepting new questions in Google Answers, the very first project we worked on here. The project started with a rough idea from Larry Page, and a small 4-person team turned it into reality in less than 4 months. For two new grads, it was a crash course in building a scalable product, responding to customer requests,"

Free long distance from Google

You can thank me later.

Maps Help: "What is the click to call feature on Google Maps?

We're testing a new feature, click to call, on Google Maps. Click to call gives you a fast and easy way to speak directly with businesses found on our maps. The following are a few frequently asked questions about this feature:
How does it work?

When you click the 'call' link next to a business's phone number, you'll be invited to enter your phone number. Once you select 'Connect For Free,' Google Maps calls the number you provided. When you pick up, you will hear ringing on the other end as Maps connects you to the business. When they answer, you simply talk normally as if you had directly dialed their number on your phone.

Who will get my phone number?

Google uses the phone number you enter just once, to make the automatic connection between you and the business location. We won't use the number to make any other calls to you. In addition, your information will be deleted from our servers after a period reasonably necessary to operate the service. We take your privacy very seriously. Learn more about our Privacy Policy.

Whose caller ID do I see when connected?

The business's phone number appears on your caller ID when Google calls you. This allows you to save the business's number on your phone so you can quickly call the business again at a later time.

Am I charged to connect to the business?

No. Google pays for all calls, both local and long-distance. However, if you give us a mobile phone number, the normal airtime fees or other fees charged by your phone provider may apply.

Google takes fraud and spamming very seriously. We use technical methods to prevent future prank calls from the same user within a reas"

Friday, December 08, 2006

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On a Wing and a Prayer

Grievance theater at Minneapolis International Airport.


Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Those are the words that started it all. Six bearded imams are said to have shouted them out while offering evening prayers as they and 141 other passengers waited at the gate for their flight out of Minneapolis International Airport. It was three days before Thanksgiving. Allahu Akbar: God is great.

Initial media reports of the incident did not include the disturbing details about what happened after they boarded US Airways flight 300, but the story quickly went national with provocative headlines: "Six Muslims Ejected from US Air Flight for Praying." Yes, they were praying--but let's be clear about this. The very last human sound on the cockpit voice recorder of United flight 93 before it screamed into the ground at 580 miles per hour is the sound of male voices shouting "Allahu Akbar" in a moment of religious ecstasy.

They, too, were praying. The passengers and crew of flight 93 lost their valiant fight to take back the plane just one hour and 20 minutes after it pushed back from the gate. Until the hijackers stormed the cockpit door, they were just a handful of Middle Eastern-looking men on their way to sunny California. So, yes, let's be exceedingly clear about the whole matter. Some 3,000 men, women and children are dead because the unassuming people on those airplanes did not look at them and see murderers. Or dangerous Arabs. Or fanatical Muslims. They saw a few guys in chinos.

In five years since the 9/11 attacks, U.S. commercial carriers have transported approximately 2.9 billion domestic and international passengers. It is a testament to the flying public, but, most of all, to the flight crews who put those planes into the air and who daily devote themselves to the safety and well-being of their passengers, that they have refused to succumb to ethnic hatred, religious intolerance or irrational fear on those millions of flights. But they have not forgotten the sight of a 200,000-pound aircraft slicing through heavy steel and concrete as easily as a knife through butter. They still remember the voices of men and women in the prime of their lives saying final goodbyes, people who just moments earlier set down their coffee and looked out the window to a beautiful new morning.

Today, when travelers and flight crews arrive at the airport, all the overheated rhetoric of the civil rights absolutists, all the empty claims of government career bureaucrats, all the disingenuous promises of the election-focused politicians just fall away. They have families. They have responsibilities. To them, this is not a game or a cause. This is real life.

Given that Islamic terrorists continue their obsession with turning airplanes into weapons of mass destruction, it is nothing short of obscene that these six religious leaders--fresh from attending a conference of the North American Imams Federation, featuring discussions on "Imams and Politics" and "Imams and the Media"--chose to turn that airport into a stage and that airplane into a prop in the service of their need for grievance theater. The reality is, these passengers endured a frightening 3 1/2-hour ordeal, which included a front-to-back sweep of the aircraft with a bomb-sniffing dog, in order to advance the provocative agenda of these imams in, of all the inappropriate places after 9/11, U.S. airports.

"Allahu Akbar" was just the opening act. After boarding, they did not take their assigned seats but dispersed to seats in the first row of first class, in the midcabin exit rows and in the rear--the exact configuration of the 9/11 execution teams. The head of the group, seated closest to the cockpit, and two others asked for a seatbelt extension, kept on board for obese people. A heavy metal buckle at the end of a long strap, it can easily be used as a lethal weapon. The three men rolled them up and placed them on the floor under their seats. And lest this entire incident be written off as simple cultural ignorance, a frightened Arabic-speaking passenger pulled aside a crew member and translated the imams' suspicious conversations, which included angry denunciations of Americans, furious grumblings about U.S. foreign policy, Osama Bin Laden and "killing Saddam."

Predictably, these imams and their attorneys now suggest that another passenger who penned a frantic note of warning and slipped it to a flight attendant was somehow a hysterical Islamophobe. Let us remember that but for their performance at the gate this passenger might never have noticed these men or their behavior on board, much less have the slightest clue as to their religion or political passions. Of course, that was the point of the shouting. According to the police report, yet another alarmed passenger who frequently travels to the Middle East described a conversation with one of the imams. The 31-year-old Egyptian expressed fundamentalist Muslim views, and stated the he would go to whatever measures necessary to obey all the tenets set out in the Koran.

The activist Muslim American Society (MAS) issued a press release within hours of the incident, demanding an apology and announcing a "pray-in" at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. Standing just a short distance from the Pentagon, where five years ago black plumes of smoke from the crash of American Airlines flight 77 could be seen for miles, the assembled demonstrators complained that African-American Muslims, accustomed to "driving while black," must now cope with the injustice of "flying while Muslim." This brazen two-step is racial politics at its worst; none of the imams are African-American. MAS, which teaches an "Activist Training" program with lessons on "how to talk to the media," must have been thrilled when one cable news outfit, suckered by the rhetoric, compared the imams' conduct to that of civil rights icon Rosa Parks, who refused to give up her bus seat in the face of institutional racism. One wonders what the parents of the three 11-year-olds who died on flight 77--all African-American kids on a National Geographic field trip--would make of this stunning comparison.

Today, MAS Executive Director Mahdi Bray says his organization wants more than an apology. He wants to "hit [US Airways] where it hurts, the pocketbook," and, joined by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), will seek compensation for the imams, civil and federal monetary sanctions, and new, sweeping legislation that will extract even bigger penalties for airlines that engage in "racial and religious profiling." An investigation by the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties is under way. Not incidentally, it is the "fatwa department" of MAS that pushed for segregated taxi lines that would permit Muslim cab drivers at the Minneapolis airport to reject passengers carrying alcohol.

Here's what the flying public needs to know about airplanes and civil rights: Once your foot traverses the entranceway of a commercial airliner, you are no longer in a democracy in which everyone gets a vote and minority rights are affirmatively protected in furtherance of fuzzy, ever-shifting social policy. Ultimately, the responsibility for your personal safety and security rests on the shoulders of one person, the pilot in command. His primary job is to safely transport you and your belongings from one place to another. Period.
This is the doctrine of "captain's authority." It has a longstanding history and a statutory mandate, further strengthened after 9/11, which recognizes that flight crews are our last line of defense between the kernel of a terrorist plot and its lethal execution. The day we tell the captain of a commercial airliner that he cannot remove a problem passenger unless he divines beyond question what is in that passenger's head and heart is the day our commercial aviation system begins to crumble. When a passenger's conduct is so disturbing and disruptive that reasonable, ordinary people fear for their lives, the captain must have the discretionary authority to respond without having to consider equal protection or First Amendment standards about which even trained lawyers with the clarity of hindsight might strongly disagree. The pilot in command can't get it wrong. At 35,000 feet, when multiple events are rapidly unfolding in real time, there is no room for error.

We have a new, inviolate aviation standard after 9/11, which requires that the captain cannot take that airplane up so long as there are any unresolved issues with respect to the security of his airplane. At altitude, the cockpit door is barred and crews are instructed not to open them no matter what is happening in the cabin behind them. This is an extremely challenging situation for the men and women who fly those planes, one that those who write federal aviation regulations and the people who agitate for more restrictions on a captain's authority will never have to face themselves.

Likewise, flight attendants are confined in the back of the plane with upwards of 200 people; they must be the eyes and ears, not just for the pilot but for us all. They are not combat specialists, however, and to compel them to ignore all but the most unambiguous cases of suspicious behavior is to further enable terrorists who act in ways meant to defy easy categorization. As the American Airlines flight attendants who literally jumped on "shoe bomber" Richard Reid demonstrated, cabin crews are sharply attuned to unusual or abnormal behavior and they must not be second-guessed, or hamstrung by misguided notions of political correctness.

Ultimately, the most despicable aspect about the imams' behavior is that when they pierced the normally quiet hum of a passenger waiting area with shouts of "Allahu Akbar"and deliberately engaged in terrorist-associated behavior that was sure to trigger suspicion, they exploited the fear that began with the Sept. 11 attacks. The imams, experienced travelers all, counted on the security system established after 9/11 to kick in, and now they plan not only to benefit financially from the proper operation of that system but to substantially weaken it--with help from the Saudi-endowed attorneys at CAIR.

US Airways is right to stand by its flight crew. It will be both dangerous and disgraceful if the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Transportation and, ultimately, our federal courts allow aviation security measures put in place after 9/11 to be cynically manipulated in the name of civil rights.

Ms. Burlingame, a director of the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation, is the sister of Charles F. "Chic" Burlingame III, the pilot of American Airlines flight 77, which was crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

What is that?

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Monday, December 04, 2006

Important Business Lesson:

Johnny wanted to have sex with a girl in his office.....but she belonged to someone else.

One day Johnny got so frustrated that he went up to her and said "I'll give you $100 if you let me have sex with you!"

The girl said, "No way!."

Johnny said, " I'll be fast. I'll throw the money on the floor; you bend down, and I'll be finished by the time you pick it up."

She thought for a moment, knowing perfectly well she could really use the money for Christmas Gifts, but said that she would have to consult her boyfriend. She called her boyfriend and told him the story. The boyfriend said, "Ask him for $200. Then pick up the money very fast...as fast as you can...heck, he won't even be able to get his pants down."

She agreed and accepted Johnny's proposal. Half an hour went by and the boyfriend was waiting for his girlfriend to call. Finally after 45 minutes the boyfriend called and asked what happened?

She said, "The bastard used quarters!"

Management Lesson: Always consider a business proposal in its entirety before agreeing to it and getting screwed!

"Stress, depression and the holidays: 12 tips for coping

Stress, depression and the holidays: 12 tips for coping - MayoClinic.com:

For some people, the holidays bring unwelcome guests — stress and depression. And it's no wonder. In an effort to pull off a perfect Hallmark holiday, you might find yourself facing a dizzying array of demands — work, parties, shopping, baking, cleaning, caring for elderly parents or kids on school break, and scores of other chores. So much for peace and joy, right?

Actually, with some practical tips, you can minimize the stress and depression that often accompany the holidays. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than you thought you would." . . .

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Social networking as a tool for enterprise expert/people finding? IBM is experimenting (DopgEar) and who knows who else.

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Sunday, December 03, 2006

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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Daily Motion

Forbes.com - Magazine Article: "
YouTube's Doppelganger
Andy Greenberg 11.29.06, 6:00 AM ET

It's getting tougher and tougher to break copyright law on YouTube these days. The site now performs frequent purges of television shows and other proprietary content uploaded by users. But those forbidden files can still be had. They've largely migrated to DailyMotion.com, another video-uploading site that replicates YouTube's model of user-provided videos. DailyMotion, by contrast, seems to do little if any regulation of copyrighted material, nor does it limit the lengths of clips.

At any given time, DailyMotion hosts hundreds of copyrighted television episodes, allowing users to watch the shows free of charge and without commercials. And try as they might, television networks have had little success in plugging the streaming-video leaks in their intellectual property dam.

DailyMotion, based in Paris, displays no advertisements and has no apparent source of revenue. Its executives couldn't be reached for comment, and its business model remains a mystery. But if the site's goal is to build a large audience before seeking profit, it's starting to succeed. Its market share, though a tiny 0.22% compared to YouTube's 65%, has increased 300% in the past three months, according to researchers at the Web analysis firm Hitwise. DailyMotion recently claimed its millionth registered user, and according to analysts at ComScore Media Metrix, the site had 7.6 million unique visitors in September.

DailyMotion's store of contraband has lately been attracting the attention of a more entrepreneurial set of technorati. The site's fans have created a small industry of 'portals,' amateur pages that catalog entire seasons of television shows and link to those shows "

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: "Proud to Say, I Have Never...
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Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 22/11/2006

By Nigel Reynolds, Arts Correspondent
Your view: tell us what you're proud never to have done
Join our society of rebels and non-conformists
It was Groucho Marx who best summed up that nagging feeling we all periodically suffer from: that we don't really like the rest of mankind.

'I don't care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members,' he said.
Today, The Daily Telegraph, inspired by our readers, launches a new club for people who, like Marx, want to stand out from the crowd and are strongly inclined to go against prevailing fashions.
They do not buy iPods because their neighbours have them, and they certainly do not 'drizzle' truffle oil on their carpaccio because Nigella Lawson tells them to.
It was Bryan Dixon of Winchester, Hants, who started it. Sorely provoked by the wall-to-wall praise from the media for the new West End production of The Sound of Music, he wrote to The Daily Telegraph in clarion tones.
'Now is the time to bring to the attention of music lovers The Society of People Who have Not Seen The Sound of Music and Have No Intention of Doing So. I believe that I am the only member of this society.'
His letter was published last Friday and it quickly became clear that he was not alone at all. The letter was a lodestone and, ever since, readers have deluged our website and letters page.
Not only have they written in about Rodgers and Hammerstein's singing nuns, but to declare their intense dislike of many other modern cultural icons, modes of behaviour or consumer wizardry.
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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Google logo graphics we will never see (Googleism)

Telegraph | Expat | Unfriendly, Suspicious, Arrogant...:

"Unfriendly, Suspicious, Arrogant...

By Catherine Elsworth and Melissa Whitworth
Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 22/11/2006

The land of the free has become the home of the rude thanks to the 'arrogant' and 'unpredictable' immigration officials who police its borders, according to a survey of travellers.
The nation that once welcomed all with its Statue of Liberty and declaration E Pluribus Unum (out of many, one) is now considered the world's most unfriendly.

Worst country: experts fear that rudeness is turning away the tourists
Visitors are staying away, costing the country billions of dollars in lost revenue, and the situation threatens America's already battered image, according to the group behind the survey.

The Discover America Partnership, a group of travel industry leaders, found that two thirds of the 2,011 foreign visitors ..."

Monday, November 20, 2006

Orange Book News

Court Strikes Down FDA's Delisting of Drug
When Patentee Has Not Sued Generic Maker

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's policy of delisting a drug from the Orange Book at the request of the patentee when the patentee has not sued the generic drug maker that has challenged the patent through an abbreviated new drug application is inconsistent with the relevant federal statutory provision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Nov. 14 (Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd. v. Leavitt, D.C. Cir., No. 06-5154, 11/14/06).



Sunday, November 19, 2006

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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

17,000 School Children Hurt Annually in Bus-Related Accidents

About 17,000 children are injured in U.S. school bus accidents annually, according to a study in the November issue of Pediatrics.

The study, based on data collected from 2001 to 2003 by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, found an annual rate of 21 injuries per 100,000 children age 19 and under. The injuries were most often due to vehicle crashes (42%) and mishaps as children got on and off the buses (24%).

Head injuries were most common in children age 9 and younger, accounting for about half of their injuries, while older children were most likely to suffer injuries to the lower extremities.

The authors said this is the first national study of nonfatal school bus-related injuries requiring hospital care, and finds these accidents to be much more common than previously reported.

Pediatrics article (Free abstract; full text requires subscription)

Associated Press story (Free)

I wonder what the rate is for firearms injuries?

Monday, November 06, 2006

Saturday, November 04, 2006

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Sunday, October 29, 2006


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Friday, October 27, 2006

Copyrights/Fair Use

Consumer Groups, Tech Firms Launch Effort
To Defend Legal Uses of Copyrighted Works

Consumer interest groups, technology companies, inventors, and authors groups announced Oct. 25 the launch of a new project, the Digital Freedom campaign, to argue for protection of legal uses of copyrighted works by consumers.

Representatives of the coalition, speaking at a Washington, D.C., press conference, said that over the last few decades, the lobbying efforts of large entertainment conglomerates, such as the movie and recording industries, have succeeded in garnering stronger protections at the expense of consumers' fair use and free speech rights.

"New technologies and consumers' rights to use these technologies and fair use are under attack," according to Gary J. Shapiro of the Consumer Electronics Association. "We think it's time to change this, and it's time to fight back."

Shapiro said that increasing restrictions imposed by regular changes in the law pushed by the entertainment industry are hampering "legitimate use of legally acquired content" and that this result is poor public policy that results in harm to the economy and to free expression, including political speech.

Gigi B. Sohn of Public Knowledge singled out for criticism several recent legislative efforts, including:

- the Copyright Modernization Act of 2006 (H.R. 6052) which would have required incidental digital copies of works to be subject to a compulsory license, but would not extend the license to noncommercial uses (72 PTCJ 501, 9/15/06 );

- the Platform Equality and Remedies for Rights Holders in Music Act of 2006 (H.R. 5361), which would have limited the rights of subscribers to digital radio services from time shifting (72 PTCJ 53, 5/19/06 ); and

- the Audio Broadcast Flag Licensing Act of 2006 (H.R. 4861), which would have authorized the Federal Communications Commission to set technical standards for digital radio designed to prevent time or place shifting (71 PTCJ 567, 3/24/06 ).

The group also criticized the litigation strategy of the entertainment industry, such as a May copyright infringement lawsuit against XM Satellite Radio. Atlantic Recording Corp. v. XM Satellite Radio, S.D.N.Y., No. 1:06-cv-03733, filed 5/16/06 (72 PTCJ 55, 5/19/0 6).

Technology Makes All Consumers Potential Creators

As an example of a new type of political speech made possible by technological innovations, Harold J. Feld of the Media Access Project cited a June 28 speech by Sen. Theodore F. Stevens (R-Alaska) which analogized the Internet with a "series of tubes." Individuals took clips of that statement and combined it with music and other effects to make a political statement in a way that would not have otherwise been possible.

"Restraints on technologies being advocated would make that difficult if not impossible," Feld said.

Shapiro also criticized a recent announcement by the Los Angeles area Boy Scouts to offer a "copyright protection patch" for scouts who complete a program on copyright infringement.

"We agree that commercial piracy is wrong," Shapiro said. However, he said that the public should also be educated about what legitimate uses can be made of copyrighted works. "They shouldn't only be learning about what they can't do. ... There are rights that you do have and rights that you should have."

The panel proposed Digital Freedom's "Bill of Rights" for consumers, which states five principles, including the right to use digital technology to make creative works, to develop digital technology "without unreasonable restrictions, and to be free of the risk of being subject to lawsuits for personal uses of digital technology. The bill of rights also calls for Congress to refrain from imposing technological mandates and to protect creation and innovation outside the large entertainment companies.

Members of the Digital Freedom coalition include the Consumer Electronics Association, the Media Access Project, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, the New America Foundation, Public Knowledge, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, as well as digital service providers and filmmakers organizations.

Information about Digital Freedom is available at the organization's Web site, http://www.digitalfreedom.org

By Anandashankar Mazumdar

Believe It or Not

Police 'banned picture of thief to protect her human rights'
By Amy Iggulden
Last Updated: 12:01am BST 27/10/2006

A jeweller targeted by a prolific thief was told by police not to put up warning pictures because it would infringe the woman's human rights, it was claimed yesterday.

Isabel Kurtenbach, a jeweller in Kensington, west London, lost £2,000 worth of gold and silver this week to a woman posing as a wealthy visitor from Dubai.

The woman believed to be the thief is shown trying on jewellery

The thief, who apparently targets the same row of shops once a year, chooses her jewellery before claiming she has to get her credit card from her driver. She then disappears with the goods.

Mrs Kurtenbach, 38, who captured the woman on CCTV, wanted to give other traders her picture to display.

Police told her that it would be against the Human Rights Act and suggested she wait for the thief to strike again so she could grab her and call 999.

"I could not believe that the police were telling me to get hold of this woman myself, a shoplifter who looks like she is on drugs and maybe carries a knife," Mrs Kurtenbach said.

advertisement"If I tried to stop her, she would probably attack me. When I asked the officer what I should do, he shrugged and said a picture would be against the Human Rights Act."

After jewellers complained to newspapers, four officers were sent to apologise to Mrs Kurtenbach and to start investigating the incident. "They seem to have started caring." Mrs Kurtenbach said.

Another jeweller in the area said she was targeted by the woman four years ago and she stole £3,000 worth of stock.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard confirmed that it was investigating the theft but refused to comment on the claim that the picture would infringe the thief's human rights.

He said victims of crime were advised not to put up wanted or warning pictures until they have been handed to police in case they disrupted legal proceedings.

Information appearing on telegraph.co.uk is the copyright of Telegraph Group Limited and must not be reproduced in any medium without licence. For the full copyright statement see Copyright

From Sabrina Pacifici:

Public Interest Group Relaunches Free Media Tracker Database
Press release: "A cornerstone of the Center for Public Integrity's "Well Connected" project, the Media Tracker is a free, searchable online database...it gives anyone the ability to search out details about the U.S. media and telecommunications companies that control the flow of information in our digital age. By typing in a ZIP code or a city and state, users can retrieve a dossier of information about the television stations, radio stations, cable systems and newspapers serving that area. The Media Tracker database scans more than 5 million pieces of information from governmental sources, corporate disclosure documents and original research."
Topic(s): Government Documents

Google Launches Blog Alert
Via Official Google Blog: "...the new Blog Alert, which notifies you about new blog search results. We've also added a Comprehensive Alert, which can show results from multiple sources (including Google News, the web, and blogs) so you get fuller information whenever your favorite topics appear online."
Topic(s): Blogs, Search Engines

Public May Now Request and Obtain New York Records Via Email
Effective October 25, 2006 the public may request records from state and local agencies ["any New York State or municipal department, board, bureau, division, commission, committee, public authority, public corporation, council, office or other governmental entity performing a governmental or proprietary function is subject to the Law"], via email in New York.
See the Freedom of Information Law - FAQ EMAIL REQUESTS
Topic(s): Government Documents, E-Government, E-Mail, Freedom of Information

2006 State and Metropolitan Area Data Book
"The 2006 State and Metropolitan Area Data Book features more than 1,500 data items for the United States and individual states, counties and metropolitan areas from a variety of sources...topics include age, agriculture, births, business establishments, communications, construction, cost of living, crime, deaths, education, elections, employment, energy, finance, government, health and households. Also, housing, immigration, income, manufacturing, marriages and divorces, media, natural resources, population, poverty, race and Hispanic origin, residence, retail sales, science and engineering, social services, tourism, transportation and veterans."
The 2006 State and Metropolitan Area Data Book
Topic(s): Government Documents

SearchSystems.net Public Records Directory Now Has Category on Legislation
SearchSystems.net Public Records Directory added a category for Legislation in July, allowing users to browse and/or search state legislation and legislators [mix of free and fee-based access].
Topic(s): Legislation, E-Government, Government Documents, Legal Research

Library of Congress Launches Comprehensive New Search Feature
New Search (BETA): "For the first time you can search the largest sections of the Library's site from one search box." Search individually or collectively, the following content: U.S. historical and cultural collections (American Memory); Library of Congress Online Catalog; Prints & Photographs Online Catalog; Library of Congress Web site.
Topic(s): Search Engines, Knowledge Management, Legal Research, Libraries

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Monday, October 23, 2006

Expunged Criminal Records Live to Tell Tales - New York TimesExpunged

Expunged Criminal Records Live to Tell Tales
Published: October 17, 2006

In 41 states, people accused or convicted of crimes have the legal right to rewrite history. They can have their criminal records expunged, and in theory that means that all traces of their encounters with the justice system will disappear.
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But enormous commercial databases are fast undoing the societal bargain of expungement, one that used to give people who had committed minor crimes a clean slate and a fresh start.

Most states seal at least some records of juvenile offenses. Many states also allow adults arrested for or convicted of minor crimes like possessing marijuana, shoplifting or disorderly conduct to ask a judge, sometimes after a certain amount of time has passed without further trouble, to expunge their records. If the judge agrees, the records are destroyed or sealed.

But real expungement is becoming significantly harder to accomplish in the electronic age. Records once held only in paper form by law enforcement agencies, courts and corrections departments are now routinely digitized and sold in bulk to the private sector. Some commercial databases now cont. . ."

This is the 73 page opinion of New York State J. Charles E. Ramos ordering Richard Grasso to repay millions in compensation.

YouTube Deletes 30,000 Files After a Copyright Complaint - New York Times

"October 21, 2006

YouTube Deletes 30,000 Files After a Copyright Complaint


TOKYO, Oct. 20 (AP) — The popular video-sharing site YouTube deleted nearly 30,000 files after a Japanese entertainment group complained of copyright infringement.
An official with the group — the Japan Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers — said Friday that the organization had found 29,549 video clips like television shows, music videos and movies posted on YouTube’s site without permission.
The official, Fumiyuki Asakura, said YouTube quickly complied with the request to remove the copyright materials, made on behalf of 23 Japanese TV stations and entertainment companies.

Most videos posted on YouTube are homemade, but the site also features copyright material posted by individuals. YouTube’s policy is to remove such clips after it receives complaints, though some have suggested that the start-up could eventually be sued, especially with Google about to buy it for $1.65 billion in stock.

Mr. Asakura said the entertainment industry group might ask YouTube to introduce a preliminary screening process to prevent copyright clips from being posted.
YouTube has been negotiating with leading copyright holders and has reached agreement with several letting the Web site post copyright music videos and other content in exchange for sharing ad revenue.

The company agreed to deploy an audio-signature technology that can spot a low-quality copy of a licensed clip. YouTube would have to substitute an approved version or remove the material.

YouTube has licensing deals with the CBS Corporation and three major recording companies — the Warner"

Wal-Mart Counteroffers

As Wal-Mart Rolls Out Cheap Generics, Other Retailers Tout Similar Programs

Wal-Mart announced Friday that it is rolling out its $4 generic drug program to 14 additional states, as other retailers announced that they had or would launch similar programs.

The Wal-Mart program, which currently includes various doses and formulations of 143 compounds, started in Florida and will eventually be nationwide. According to the Associated Press, Target, the second-largest discount store in the U.S., has said that it will match Wal-Mart's program in all 48 states where it has stores. And Kmart pointed out that since May it has offered $15-dollar 90-day supplies of 184 generics.

Critics cited by the Associated Press charge that the Wal-Mart program, which is limited both in the number and doses of drugs covered, will not cover most consumers' prescriptions.

Wal-Mart press release (Free)

Wal-Mart list of generics (Free PDF)

Associated Press story (Free)

Physician's First Watch coverage of original Wal-Mart announcement (Free)

Source: Physician's First Watch for October 23, 2006
David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, Editor-in-Chief

Monday, October 16, 2006

Medtox shares soar

Medtox shares soar on Q3 earnings - Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal:: "Medtox Scientific Inc.'s shares surged in Monday afternoon trading after the company reported its earnings jumped 79 percent in the third quarter.
Medtox (Nasdaq: MTOX), which offers lab testing services, reported earnings of $1.48 million, or 17 cents per share, up from $825,000, or 10 cents per share, during the same period last year.

The company's shares jumped $2.26, or 25 percent, in mid-day trading Monday.
New Brighton-based Medtox also reported that its third-quarter revenue jumped 13 percent to $18.7 million, carried by strong sales of its products and services.
Analysts polled by Thomson Financial had expected earnings of 14 cents per share on revenue of $17.7 million.
kgrayson@bizjournals.com | (612) 288-2106

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Personal Growth Blog

How to Get From a 7 to a 10: "A frequent question I ask when trying to improve some area of my life is: If I were to rate this area’s current performance on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being the worst imaginable and 10 being the best imaginable, where am I right now?
Very often I find that areas get stuck somewhere in the 6-8 range, usually at a 7. A 7 seems very close to a 9 or 10, but often a 7 is a local maximum — you can’t get any higher by continuing to follow the same path that got you to that 7 in the first place. You’re already at a peak. The only way to reach a true 9 or 10 is to climb back down (sometimes back to a 2 or 3) and take a new path.

How many times do people get stuck at a 7 and remain there for years? Is your job a 7? Your health? Your relationship? Your family life? Your self-esteem? . . ."

Friday, October 13, 2006

What Google's Purchase of YouTube Means

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Last night, Google (GOOG, $426.65, -2.35) did what just days ago tech industry exec Mark Cuban said only a moron would do: it bought online video site YouTube.com. In doing so, Google also departed from its usual practice of buying small companies (not market dominating ones), though it could be argued that YouTube is still a startup. More drastically, Google broke from its penchant of buying technology as opposed to traffic. Finally, the cash-laden company surprised the market by using stock to pay $1.7 billion for YouTube. The matter of how it paid for YouTube isn't nearly as important as why it bought the company and what that could mean for Google and its chief rivals.

Google's motive was two-pronged. First, this is an admission that its own online video effort has been a dud -- though it's strange that YouTube will continue to be operated separately. Second, Google bought YouTube so that neither Microsoft (MSFT, $27.69, -0.03) nor Yahoo (YHOO, $24.47, -0.56) could. On those counts, the deal is a win, as Google's own video offerings just got stronger, while those of its rivals grew relatively weaker. Google talked enthusiastically about the social networking potential of YouTube, but Google's own development and integration efforts outside of search have been weak, and we don't expect much on that front.

The deal is going to pose a challenge to Google in two important ways. First, the company has inherited a legacy of copyright infringement. With plenty of cash, those infringed upon now have a viable target to sue. This is why Cuban said buying YouTube was a stupid idea. Beyond the cash involved, however, there's also the matter of securing content going forward. Analysts like the opportunity in professionally made content as opposed to user-generated, and in the run-up to the deal, YouTube did ink some impressive media deals with Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, and CBS (CBS, $28.37, -0.19). These come on top of deals with NBC Universal and Warner Music Group (WMG, $26.94, +0.17). In doing so, however, Google and YouTube will have to be careful not to go too commercial. While YouTube's demographics are changing, with the average age of users rising, at this point, the users most likely to watch a TV show at their desks are the ones who go to YouTube for user-generated content. Social networking sites that have fiddled with their original ideas too much quickly fizzle.

If Google can strike the right balance, YouTube certainly gives the company a heavily trafficked new place to put its search box, and a platform on which to refine its video search technology. Additionally, it gives Google a good roster of content partners and the chance to build a video advertising business -- though notably Google will have to prove that it can succeed beyond text searches.

For aspiring search-competitor Microsoft, this deal obviously makes Google tougher to compete against. Still, at MSN, Microsoft has built one of the most popular video sites online, mainly with exclusive live Web broadcasts and through relationships with premium content providers. The company definitely has the resources to continue to grow this business considerably.

As an Internet pure play, Yahoo has more to lose in this battle, which was reflected in the market today, where the stock gave up -2%. Certainly the company is no slouch in video, but Yahoo is going to have to continue to offer more content, better search functions, and better integration to continue to hold its own against the bulked-up Google.

The migration to online video doesn't present a viable threat to cable TV revenue yet, but longer term, it could present challenges to companies like Comcast (CMCSA, $37.64, -0.02). At present, cable seems to be in the driver's seat when it comes to online video. For starters, cable companies, like DSL providers, provide the pipes to deliver video online. High-speed Internet service has been a huge growth driver for Comcast.

At the same time, cable has arguably been a front-runner in alternative distribution with its on-demand services. These services continue to grow rapidly at Comcast thanks to movies and a growing catalogue of TV programs with many of the same partners YouTube has embraced. Meanwhile, the company has quietly grown its own online video distribution business via both the hugely popular Comcast.net website and its production system known as "thePlatform." We noted last month that there is increasing industry speculation that Comcast is going to launch its own video and music download store. Some of those rumors have since included the suggestion that it will debut this month, and will feature integration with both PCs and portable devices, as well as with DVRs. One of the strengths of this platform would be Comcast's ability to ensure a quality download because, if bandwidth ever became an issue, the company could prioritize bandwidth allocations. The so-called "Net Neut rality" issue is a touchy subject, but in this case, it is an example of the advantage Comcast could have over content-only companies.

Editor's Take: In the wake of the YouTube deal, there's speculation that other acquisitions of startups are to follow. Perhaps. But for both Microsoft and Yahoo, the acquisition route should focus on technology rather than traffic, including technology that can improve video search results. Even better than moderate acquisitions of this sort would be more partnership agreements and/or a big deal. With Yahoo sinking to a new 52-week low today, the issue of a takeover has to be mentioned. With a market cap of about $34 billion, Yahoo could be had relatively cheaply, with Microsoft the most logical buyer -- in spite of its aversion to deals that size. Finally, we have to throw this out there: with Net Neutrality likely to become a bigger issue, what about Comcast buying Yahoo? The market hated the cable company's bid for Walt Disney (DIS, $31.25, -0.14) a couple of years ago, but Yahoo and Comcast are arguably far more complementary in terms of their cont ent and distribution assets, and in their relationships with advertisers. Undervalued at present levels, Yahoo could make Comcast into a powerhouse ad platform. We'll dig into this idea a little more. Watch for more, as well as an update on our Target for Comcast.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

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Amazon.com: The Truth About Muhammad: Founder of the World's Most Intolerant Religion: Books: Robert Spencer

Irrational violence erupts every day in the name of Islam. Yet politically correct world leaders and diplomats—as well as the mainstream media—refuse to examine what the Prophet of Islam actually taught. How does Muhammad's true character influence terrorists, and average Muslims, around the world?

"It is difficult, if not impossible, to maintain that Islam is a religion of peace when warfare and booty were among the chief preoccupations of the Prophet of Islam," says New York Times bestselling author and Islam expert Robert Spencer of his new book, The Truth about Muhammad.

In The Truth about Muhammad, Spencer offers a revealing portrait of the founder of Islam—perhaps the first such portrait in half a century—unbounded by fear and political correctness, unflinching, and willing to face the hard facts about Muhammad's life that continue to affect our world today.

From Muhammad's first "revelation" from Allah (which filled him with terror that he was demon-possessed) to his deathbed (from which he called down curses upon Jews and Christians), it's all here—told with extensive documentation from the sources that Muslims themselves consider most reliable about Muhammad.

In The Truth about Muhammad, you'll learn

How Muhammad's example justifies jihad and terrorism

How Muhammad set legal standards that make it virtually impossible to prove rape in Islamic countries

The truth about Muhammad's multiple marriages (including one to a nine-year-old)

The real "Satanic verses" incident (not the Salman Rushdie version) that remains a scandal to Muslims

How Muhammad's faulty knowledge of Judaism and Christianity has influenced Islamic theology—and colored Muslim relations with Jews and Christians to this day.

Recognizing the basic teaching of Muhammad, Spencer argues, is essential for judging the prospects for large-scale Islamic reform, the effective prosecution of the War on Terror, the democracy project in Afghanistan and Iraq, and immigration and border control to protect the United States from terrorism.

The Truth about Muhammad is crucial reading for every citizen (and policymaker) who loves freedom.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Google buys YouTube

"This Just In

Google (GOOG) just announced that it has agreed to acquire privately held YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock. YouTube is the top-rated Internet video-sharing site on the Internet. The deal is GOOG's largest yet, and is regarded as a defensive move as it jumps GOOG into a leading role in online video. This realm is a growing one in the Internet marketplace. YouTube now streams 100 million videos daily to an audience that includes roughly 40 million people per day. This acquisition seems to signal that video is a better way to attract larger numbers of customers and generate more advertising dollars. The boards of both companies approved the terms of the deal today, and it was just announced after the closing bell ."

Source: Schaeffer's Market Recap [enews@schaeffer.com]

Minneapolis ranks 3rd in short lines for customers - Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal:: "Minneapolis ranks 3rd in short lines for customers

Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal - 11:44 AM CDT Mondayby Katharine GraysonStaff Writer

Minneapolis shoppers spend less time waiting in line than consumers in most other large cities, according to a report issued Monday by the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA).

Minneapolis ranked as the third-fastest city when it comes to waiting in line, behind only Phoenix, Ariz., and Portland, Ore.

On average, consumers here wait about 3 minutes and 41 seconds. The researchers studied times at a number of businesses, including grocery stores, clothing retailers, fast food restaurants and gas station convenience stores, among several others.
The report looked at the 25 most populous U.S. cities. 'Mystery shoppers' -- people hired to shop anonymously and report back their experiences -- provided data for the study.
The report was based on information collected by more than 10,000 mystery shoppers, the New York-based MSPA said.

Phoenix earned the top ranking, with an average wait time of 3 minutes and 5 seconds.
Baltimore ranked last, with an average wait of 5 minutes and 13 seconds. "

Friday, October 06, 2006

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Friday, September 29, 2006

Tax man drives builder to bankruptcy

By Rosie Murray-West, Business Correspondent
(Filed: 29/09/2006)

Neil Martin faces bankruptcy and losing his home because of an error by the taxman. He has been told the law can do nothing. The taxman is not liable for his mistakes even when he seriously disadvantages customers, a judge ruled yesterday.

Neil Martin lost his case after being the first person to sue the Inland Revenue over allegations of negligence or administrative incompetence

Andrew Simmonds, QC, said that the Inland Revenue had been responsible for a 52-day "negligent" delay that had helped push a builder to the brink of bankruptcy.

However, he ruled that the tax office is immune to prosecution by individuals and businesses, unlike other public services such as hospitals and police forces. Neil Martin, 38, became the first person to sue the Inland Revenue, now known as Revenue & Customs, for alleged negligence or administrative incompetence.

The builder, from Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, said that his business had been plunged into a cash flow crisis after a delay in processing a crucial form.

Without the form, part of 1999 anti-fraud legislation called the Construction Industry Scheme, contractors could not pay their bills without subtracting tax at source, which caused a cash crisis for the company.

Mr Martin now faces personal bankruptcy after being left with a swingeing tax bill of £250,000 along with substantial legal costs.

Yesterday he said that he intended to appeal against the judge's ruling and believes that the case could go "all the way to the House of Lords".

"This absolutely stinks," he said. "Ninety per cent of this judgment went in our favour, and I needed 100 per cent to get compensation. The Revenue is just allowed to put me out of business." He said that he was at risk of losing his home and that the case had been a huge strain on his fiancée, Janet.

The judge ruled that the tax office has no "duty of care" to the individuals it advises, meaning that no individual can prosecute it for incompetence.

However Mr Simmonds acknowledged that the case had raised "some very tricky legal questions" of general public importance and granted Mr Martin permission to challenge his ruling in the Court of Appeal. Nicholas Bowen, barrister for Mr Martin, told the judge after his ruling: "This will, of course, be very welcome news for the Revenue, but a very bitter pill for Mr Martin. The Revenue have established an effective immunity from suit."

Describing the dire impact of the court case and the Revenue's negligent delay on Mr Martin's life, the barrister said: "The end result is that he will lose his home and be bankrupted."

Despite what Mr Bowen called "persistent error and administrative incompetence" by the Revenue, he said Mr Martin left court with "a big fat zero".

Revenue & Customs welcomed the judge's ruling. "It confirms HMRC's understanding of the scope and extent of its duty of care to applicants under the Construction Industry Scheme," a spokesman said.

The Revenue had argued that, had Mr Martin won, it would have opened the floodgates to thousands of claims from businesses and individuals who believed that they had been disadvantaged.


Information appearing on telegraph.co.uk is the copyright of Telegraph Group Limited and must not be reproduced in any medium without licence.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

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I stopped smoking two packs a day in 1990 through hypnosis so I know it really works for me. Dunno if it works for you.

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Friday, September 22, 2006

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Listen to the wail of the shepherds; their rich pastures are destroyed! Listen to the roar of the lions; the lush thicket of the Jordan is ruined!
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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

ChoicePoint expose

What You Need to Know About ChoicePoint
By William B. Baker
March 2005 | Privacy In Focus

Starting with revelations in February regarding the ChoicePoint release, followed rapidly by news of similar breaches at other data firms, banks, colleges and even Paris Hilton’s cell phone, the security of electronic data is receiving much public attention. News of Congressional hearings, introduction of legislation at both the federal and state levels, federal investigations and, of course, a class-action lawsuit, now fill the popular and trade press. ChoicePoint and other data brokers already have made significant changes to their business operations. And, unfortunately, an untold number of persons may have suffered identity theft.

This scrutiny has already drawn attention to the relatively unregulated business of data brokerage and the legal and . . .

Sunday, September 17, 2006

The Hamburger Standard (based on March 25, 2006 BigMac Prices)


Purchasing Power Parity (PPP): is a measure of the relative purchasing power of different currencies. It is measured by the price of the same goods in different countries, translated by the FX rate (or exchange rate) of that country's currency against a "base currency".

How to read this table:
In this case, the goods is the Big Mac. For example, if a BigMac costs €2.75 in the countries that use Euro and costs $2.65 in US, then the PPP exchange rate would be 2.75/2.65 = 1.0377.
If the actual exchange rate is lower, then the BigMac theory says that you should expect the value of the Euro to go up until it reaches the PPP exchange rate. If the actual exchange rate is higher, then the BigMac theory says that you should expect the value of the Euro to go down until it reaches the PPP exchange rate.

The Over/Under valuation against the dollar is calculated as:

(PPP - Exchange Rate)
---------------------------------- x 100
Exchange Rate

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Quack or No Quack

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest. After a moment or two, the vet shook his head sadly and said,
"I'm so sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away."

The distressed owner wailed, "Are you sure"? "Yes, I am sure. The duck is dead," he replied. "How can you be so sure"? She protested. "I mean, you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something."

The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room, and returned a few moments later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head.

The vet patted the dog and took it out, and returned a few moments later with a cat. The cat jumped up on the table and also sniffed delicately at the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room. The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100 percent certifiably, a dead duck."

Then the vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman. The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$150!" she cried. "$150 just to tell me my duck is dead"?

"The vet shrugged. "I'm sorry. If you'd taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the lab report and the cat scan, it's now $150."

Monday, September 11, 2006

Find books and journals

Web Watch

Defining Reliability In a Wild Wiki World

By Frank Ahrens
Sunday, September 10, 2006; Page F07

In the wacky Wiki world that is the Internet, it's hard to know which information is reliable and which isn't.

User-created content, such as entries found in Wikipedia, the open-to-most online encyclopedia, comes with varying degrees of trustworthiness. Wikipedia, for instance, relies on a number of citizen editors, who act as a broad peer-review process for entries, but it's still possible to get something by them that's just plain wrong. Eventually, the entry might be removed but maybe not; Wikipedia boasts more than 1 million articles.

At the same time, Wikipedia has become enormously popular, especially with younger users. Type just about any topic into the Google search engine, and its Wikipedia entry will pop up on the first or second page of results.

This has alarmed many teachers . . .

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Friday, September 08, 2006

Trial of Saddam Hussein

Trial of Saddam Hussein

This website is intended to provide the viewer with essential information related to the relevant trials. It will also set out a selection of reference materials that will further explain important aspects of the trials. In making this selection, the Law Library of Congress does not endorse or attest to the authenticity of any such referenced materials or information.

In addition to viewers in general, the following of the development of the trial of Saddam Hussein, which started in October 2005, may be of special interest to legal scholars of international criminal law and the seekers of universal justice.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Yahoo! Answers


Yahoo! launches 'social search' in Britain with multimillion-pound ad campaign
· User collaboration is key to new web advice service
· Marketing outlay is largest since dotcom boom days

Richard Wray, communications editor
Monday September 4, 2006

Yahoo! will launch a service today that allows users to ask other people's advice, when looking for anything from a good hotel or bar to an apple pie recipe, rather than rely solely upon electronically generated search results. The search and online portal operator will promote Yahoo! Answers with its largest advertising campaign in Britain since the dotcom boom.

Yahoo! Answers is the latest example of social search, a new trend in online applications that allows people to collaborate and share information online - as epitomised by sites such as Wikipedia, Digg and YouTube.

Launched in the US at the start of the year and available in test form in Britain since April, Yahoo! Answers is available in 18 countries and has already amassed about 50 million users, who have provided 75 million answers.

Today Yahoo! will launch a nationwide multimillion-pound print, radio and poster campaign to try to attract British internet users to the service. A different celebrity will pose Yahoo! Answers users a question each week for the next eight weeks.

"This is the biggest campaign that Yahoo! have mounted for five or six years," said Stephen Taylor, head of search and search marketing at Yahoo! Europe. "It's a measure of the confidence we have in Yahoo! Answers."

It is also another attempt to widen the scope of the information available on the internet. The first wave of online searching, now dominated by Google, relies heavily upon complex mathematical algorithms to match search terms with information contained in web pages. While useful when hunting out companies, people, products or services, a more nuanced request such as "where is the best restaurant for romance in west London?" requires more than an answer derived from maths.

Yahoo! Answers allows people to pose a question that anyone registered to the site can answer, rather like the Guardian's Notes & Queries section.

Yesterday, questions on Yahoo! Answers ranged from "how do I get black ink from a Biro out of coloured clothes?" and "what documents do you need to enter China?" to "does anyone else think Heathcliff is Earnshaw's son by a black mistress?" and the inevitable "any ladies want to show me their boobs?"

"We see Yahoo! Answers as a way of tapping into the knowledge that is in people's heads," Mr Taylor said.

Questioners impressed with an answer can rate that person as an expert in a particular field. If other people also obtain good answers from this individual, it creates a league table of the best "answerers" in categories such as food and drink, or beauty and style. Some Yahoo! Answers users in the US have already gained a reputation as providers of trustworthy responses, rather like PowerSellers on the eBay auction site.

The whole enterprise, however, relies upon creating a large pool of people who regularly check back to pose and answer questions. Yahoo! is hoping that over time it will be able to amass answers to questions that its search engine has struggled to provide.

The endgame could be to include data from Yahoo! Answers in search results generated by the company's main search engine. While Mr Taylor would not comment on whether this was the ultimate development of the service, he said: "We do see our core internet search and social search getting closer and closer together. Essentially, what you are building is a global knowledge database."

Google has already widened the information available to its search engine through its Google Books project.

While scanning books in university libraries has annoyed some in the industry, who see it as a violation of copyright, information held in out-of-copyright texts is increasingly accessible through its core search engine.


Social search is not new. Sites that relied on users rather than machines to map the internet appeared in the mid-1990s. But the advent of broadband has seen an explosion in sites that rely on "folksonomy".

Unlike taxonomy, this relies on users generating their own labelling system. An example is the bookmarking site del.icio.us, which is now part of Yahoo!.

Allowing users to flag up interesting content to a wider community is also central to the news site Digg and the hobbies portal Fanpop, while local information portals such as Yelp and iBegin in North America also rely on users.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Cataloger Nena

99 knights of the air
Ride super high tech jet fighters
Everyone's a super hero Everyone's a Captain Kirk
With orders to identify
To clarify, and classify

Scramble in the summer sky
99 red balloons go by

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Cellphone Cilliness

Chocolate, under the proper circumstances, can be a deeply satisfying treat for the senses.

It can also be a sticky mess.

Unfortunately, the heavily hyped Chocolate music player/cellphone (made by LG, offered by Verizon Wireless) resembles the latter more than the former.

What’s nice about the phone: its looks. It’s tiny, almost like an elongated box of Tic Tacs. It’s shiny, clad in dark plastic. And it’s a slider phone, meaning that the dialing pad is hidden except when you slide the halves apart.

The rest of the time, the front panel is supposed to look like an iPod, with a bright color screen above and a circular control pad below. The phone-call sound quality is good, and the price isn’t bad: $150 (after rebate, and with two-year commitment), although you should also factor in the price of . . .

This is true. -ed.

Another Kylie Fan


citing to: The King Abdullah Gazzette
USA Today: Saudi king tells newspapers to stop printing pictures of women
King Abdullah has told Saudi editors to stop publishing pictures of women because they could lead young men astray, newspapers reported Tuesday.


Librarians at the Gates

The Nation

Joseph Huff-Hannon

Courage, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. And in an era of increasing controls on the gathering and dissemination of information, many Americans are unaware of the courageous stands librarians take every day.

The day-to-day challenges librarians face are inherent in the job description: defending access to controversial or banned books, staving off budget cuts, and creating and expanding programs to draw more citizens into one of the few remaining genuinely public commons in American life. While the ethic of secrecy often prevails in . . .

"So far we have not allowed our good name as the largest library association in the world to be used as an instrument of US foreign policy toward Cuba," states Mark Rosenzweig, an ALA councilor-at-large. Rosenzweig alleges that the Friends organization has strong intelligence connections, and that many if not all of the independent libraries and librarians in Cuba are funded by USAID. "The project is part of the Bush 'transition for Cuba' plan, a front for the stated US policy to destabilize Cuba. These people are neither 'independent' nor 'librarians.'"

LookSmart's FindArticles - American library group is crazy for Castro

Deseret News (Salt Lake City), Jun 24, 2003, by Georgie Anne Geyer Universal Press Syndicate

One of the ALA board members is Mark Rosenzweig, chief librarian of the Reference Center for Marxist Studies, the archive of the Communist Party USA (which, yes, still exists). He and others of his belief system point out that the United States is trying to take over Cuba with a "puppet government," which of course excuses anything the Castroites might do. "Professionals," indeed! Professional ideologues!

Government Documents and the News

from LLRX
By Peggy Garvin

Peggy Garvin of Garvin Information Consulting is author of The United States Government Internet Manual (Bernan Press) and Real World Research Skills (TheCapitol.Net).

Published August 15, 2006

If you have ever spent any time as a reference librarian, these seemingly harmless phrases so popular with journalists have one effect: your brain clicks into search-for-clues mode. Others might think the story is interesting, or not, but you are thinking “what’s the report title?” and “it’s from which agency? dated when?” Assembling clues to identify the documents alluded to in the story, you move on to thinking about how to get your hands on this report, or statement, or bill. Often, in the back of your mind (or is this just me?), you are shouting something like “just give us the bill number!” or “would it hurt you to specify this is draft legislation?” at the imagined reporter. I am not a journalist, I don’t know, but perhaps those details are left out of the story because they might bog it down with distracting detail. Or because someone handed the document to the reporter, who has no idea how others might get a copy. Maybe there is an assumption that most people are not interested in seeing a 200-page congressional report on pension plans or a commission report on the Postal Service. And if they are interested, they can always just ask a librarian.

In these cases, one website has come to our rescue for many years: Documents in the News from the University of Michigan Library’s Documents Center. Hot documents are organized by topic, such as "CIA Leak Investigation" and "Hamdan v. Rumsfeld." The site also has an archive of all of the newsworthy documents it has featured from 1995 to the present. The Michigan site does not attempt to collect everything, however. It’s a logical place to start; you just might not finish here. . . .

Cuts & Caps



History Magazine
Founded circa 300bc, the Great Library of Alexandria was the most famed literary repository of the ancient world.

THE COLLECTION OF written knowledge in some sort of repository is a practice as old as civilization itself. About 30,000 clay tablets found in ancient Mesopotamia date back more than 5,000 years. Archaelogists have uncovered papyrus scrolls from 1300-1200bc in the ancient Egyptian cities of Amarna and Thebes and thousands of clay tablets in the palace of King Sennacherib, Assyrian ruler from 704-681bc, at Nineveh, his capital city. More evidence turned up with the discovery of the personal collection of Sennacherib's grandson, King Ashurbanipal.

The name for the repository eventually became the library. Whether private or public, the library has been founded, built, destroyed and rebuilt. The library, often championed, has been a survivor throughout its long history and serves as a testament to the thirst for knowledge.

Literacy Builds Libraries

Early collections may have surfaced from the Near East, but the ancient Greeks propelled the idea through their heightened interest in literacy and intellectual life. Public and private libraries flourished through a well-established process: authors wrote on a variety of subjects, scriptoria or copy shops produced the books, and book dealers sold them. Copying books was an exacting business and one in high demand, because a book's "trustworthiness" translated into quality. An Athenian decree called for a repository of "trustworthy" copies. Though the public library first appeared by the fourth century bc, the private library was more prevalent. Aristotle, for instance, amassed a large private collection. Ancient geographer Strabo said Aristotle "was the first to have put together a collection of books and to have taught the kings in Egypt how to arrange a library."

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Martin Roberts Elected Director of the Association of Language Companies

Cambridge, MA - August 23, 2006 - Martin Roberts of Cambridge has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Language Companies (ALC). The election was held during the ALC’s 4th Annual Conference, held in Milwaukee, WI.

Roberts is the president and owner of Linguistic Systems, Inc. (www.Linguist.com). In 1967 he was one of three founders of the company, which specialized in patent translation. To date, the company has translated more than two million pages of technical material. A native of New York, Roberts earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the City College of New York in 1954 and an SM in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1960. Linguistic Systems, Inc. has received various awards for outstanding service and excellence in translation. The company serves most of the Fortune 100 and more than half of the Fortune 500.

The ALC is recognized worldwide as a trade organization representing the interests of language services companies in the United States. Its member companies translate manuals, packaging and other materials relating to products sold in countries where English is not the primary language, deliver simultaneous and telephonic interpretation in hospitals and courtrooms and at conferences, and localize websites and other marketing materials. The current size of the worldwide translation and localization services market is US$ 8.8 billion (source: Common Sense Advisory, www.commonsenseadvisory.com). The commercial market has grown 32% since 2002.

The ALC’s annual conference is the largest single gathering of the owners of leading companies in the language industry. This year’s event attracted nearly 100 individuals from more than a dozen foreign countries around the world.

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