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Random Link O’ the Day:



Brain Chip:


Matthew Nagle, 25, was left paralysed from the neck down and confined to a wheelchair after a knife attack in 2001.

The pioneering surgery at New England Sinai Hospital, Massachusetts, last summer means he can now control everyday objects by thought alone.

The brain chip reads his mind and sends the thoughts to a computer to decipher.

Mind over matter

He can think his TV on and off, change channels and alter the volume thanks to the technology and software linked to devices in his home.

Scientists have been working for some time to devise a way to enable paralysed people to control devices with the brain.

Studies have shown that monkeys can control a computer with electrodes implanted into their brain.

Much to the chagrin of liberals everywhere, more economic good news:


The 0.3 percent rise in incomes was attributed to a surge of 262,000 new jobs in February, the biggest increase in four months. Further solid gains in both incomes and consumer spending are expected in the months ahead as the consumer continues to be a driving force in the economy.

Analysts said the February gains in incomes and spending showed that the economy was being propelled this year by continued strength in employment growth and consumer spending – which accounts for two-thirds of total economic activity.

It’s too bad that the good news is not getting as highly reported as the bad news, as Matt Drudge has on his website, Bush’s poll numbers are still down:


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this is an audio post - click to play

My favorite sport, seal clubbing:


It looks like the Blogging revolution is about to hit England:


THE Conservative Right is to turn to new American campaigning techniques and the internet to try to revive the party and overcome what it sees as opposition from the metropolitan Establishment.

Only weeks away from the general election, senior Conservatives will open a new front today in the battle for ideas by creating a website advocating “social conservatism”. It will invite people to bypass the media and put forward their own views on how the party should evolve.

The phrase “It’s about time” comes to mind.

The “State of Fear” continues:



I am quite skeptical that the human race is destined for ecological disaster.

If you look at the second link, the BBC, you’ll see that the graphs they give show clearly that fish harvests have declined slightly, that habitat loss is predicted, not actual, and that more land is being cultivated by humans. The study assumes that land that is cultivated is ecologically disastrous.

MSA Election Endorsement

For those members of my readership who aren’t on the University of Minnesota campus, I’ll apologize, for this post is only directed at a small percentage of people.

For those of you actually interested in the Minnesota Student Association, and are also interested in what I have to say, let it be known:

This blog endorses Amy Jo Pierce and Katie White for MSA President and Vice President.

Their website can be found at: http://www.piercewhite.com/ I highly recommend reading their issues, for it is because of three of those issues that I am endorsing Pierce/White. First is their stance on trying to bring Alcohol to the Student Union. This was an issue that was only brought up by one campaign last year, however it has obviously moved into the mainstream. There is no good reason why students who go to Coffman to recreate at the bowling alley and gameroom can’t enjoy a good brew.

The second issues that only Pierce/White has a rational view on is student services fees. They want to reform the checkoff system, as well as create a constitutional system to give out fees. From my numerous conversations with Amy Jo, I can tell you she is the only candidate among those that can win that has any clue about mandatory fees and constitutionality.

Thirdly, Pierce/White want to create a student supreme court. Instead of sending students into the maze of subcommittees and committees of the student senate or leaving them to the Student Activities Office or Student Dispute Resolution Center. Historically, student governments have had similar courts, it would excellent if it returned.

For all the reasons above and more, I proclaim Pierce/White!

You’re North Dakota!

You are rather remote, and even inaccessible to the average person. While
many would thus describe you as stuck-up, to you it seems more like you’re just stuck.
When no one is looking, you yearn to engage in 19th-century European political
subterfuge. When looking for peace, head for the garden. But please, be extremely careful
around wood-chippers.

Take the State Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

The “Next Big Thing” update:

I did not listen to the latest installment of am1500’s “The Next Big Thing” however Speed Gibson gives his take on Wendy Wiener, and it’s not all that nice:


Wendy did not have a blog that I could find, I googled her name and she’s apparently a lawyer from Eagan but nothing else popped up.

My co-host of Race to the Right, Tony Garcia said that Speed Gibson was more than fair, he said Wendy was “horrible.”