Posted on April 30, 2010 by Marty Andrade
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Posted on April 29, 2010 by Marty Andrade
Quote:"The authorship controversy is a sorry story, with its core of undiluted snobbery, its self-generating conspiracy theories, its manipulated evidence, its reductive view of plays and poems as fiendishly difficult crossword puzzles.
// Mostly Bullshit.
Quote:"Sprint's corporate policy states that employees should not chase shoplifters, though the men argue they were on break and it wasn't even Sprint's merchandise they were seeking to retrieve. Sprint declined to comment, citing privacy concerns.
The firing isn't without precedent. In October Walmart fired an Ocala branch's loss prevention officer for chasing a man allegedly trying to steal golf balls.
// Take note shoplifters. Those "Security" people are just eye candy.
Quote:"The mother, pregnant for the first time, had opted for an abortion after prenatal scans suggested that her baby was disabled.
He was discovered alive the following day – some 20 hours after the operation – by Father Antonio Martello, the hospital chaplain, who had gone to pray beside his body.
// What a sad outcome of a sad worldview.
// Upon reflection, I wonder, Who watches the HR department?
Quote:"Crist will announce his plans at 5 p.m. Thursday in his hometown of St. Petersburg. The confidante, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement has not been made, cautioned that Crist can be unpredictable.
// Crist's stock has fallen. I hope he doesn't do this; but there are some Republicans out there who are…well, I won't say it.
Quote:"The International Olympic Committee acted after investigations by the sport's governing body determined that Dong Fangxiao was only 14 at the 2000 Games. Gymnasts must turn 16 during the Olympic year to be eligible.
// Relax, I'm sure those Chinese ladies were bored with those medals anyway; it's been ten years.
Quote:"Garcia may be the most unlikely law enforcement figure in history – all 390 pounds of him – whose performance was so convincing that he was offered the Mafia's highest honor: to become a "made man" in the mob.
// excellent article. Mr. Garcia even had to watch cooking shows so he could learn to pronounce Italian food correctly.
Quote:"Lifetime likelihood of going to State or Federal prison
"If recent incarceration rates remain unchanged, an estimated 1 of
every 15 persons (6.6%) will serve time in a prison during their
Lifetime chances of a person going to prison are higher for
— men (11.3%) than for women (1.8%)
— blacks (18.6%) and Hispanics (10%) than for whites (3.4%)
Based on current rates of first incarceration, an estimated 32% of
black males will enter State or Federal prison during their lifetime,
compared to 17% of Hispanic males and 5.9% of white males."
// Whoa. Those numbers sound crazy to me.
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Posted on April 28, 2010 by Marty Andrade
Quote:"Thinking that what you post on social networking sites doesn't matter. At best, being unprofessional on sites like Facebook or Twitter will limit your professional growth and change the way your boss sees you; at worst, it can get you fired.
// Cause remember folks, making jokes about boobs and earthquakes has a direct impact on how productive you are as a worker.
Quote:"Like an insurgency, PowerPoint has crept into the daily lives of military commanders and reached the level of near obsession. The amount of time expended on PowerPoint, the Microsoft presentation program of computer-generated charts, graphs and bullet points, has made it a running joke in the Pentagon and in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“PowerPoint makes us stupid,” Gen. James N. Mattis of the Marine Corps, the Joint Forces commander, said this month at a military conference in North Carolina. (He spoke without PowerPoint.)
// It will be very interesting to find out what the wooden structure on Mount Ararat is, why it is so old, who built it and a few dozen other questions. The wooden structure had been found by several groups over the past 100 years, including a military force and climbers.
// Yes, that's what we need, freakin' robots to boss us around and call us fat. I thought that's what friends were for.
Quote:"It wasn't until after the 31-year-old Guatemalan immigrant had been lying there for nearly an hour that emergency workers arrived, and by then, it was too late. Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax — who police said was stabbed while intervening to help a woman being attacked — had died.
"I think it's horrific," said Marla Cohan, who teaches at P.S. 82, a school across the street from where Tale-Yax died. "I think people are just afraid to step in; they don't want to get involved; who knows what their reasons are?"
// Ray Bradbury warned us about the heartless trends of technological society.
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Posted on April 27, 2010 by Marty Andrade
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Posted on April 25, 2010 by Marty Andrade
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Posted on April 24, 2010 by Marty Andrade
Quote:"He was the last of Idaho's river-canyon loners that date back to Territorial days. They are a unique group that until the 1980s included canyon contemporaries with names like Beaver Dick, Cougar Dave and Wheelbarrow Annie, "Buckskin Bill" (real name Sylvan Hart) and "Free Press Frances" Wisner. Fiercely independent loners, they lived eccentric lives on their own terms and made the state more interesting just by being here.
Quote:""The findings presented here document that the outbreak of C. gattii in Western North America is continuing to expand throughout this temperate region," the researchers said in their report, published in the Public Library of Science journal PLoS Pathogens at http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1000850
// This is all based on 21 cases of the disease in the U.S.
Quote:""The Biggest Loser" trainer Jillian Michaels is getting some interesting feedback for comments she made in Women's Health magazine about the reasons she plans to adopt, rather than give birth to, children. "I'm going to adopt. I can't handle doing that to my body," Michaels told the magazine.
// And the shallow, narcissistic obsession over image continues.
// Though I've only read a couple of books on Lincoln, I'm sure he'd laugh at getting a portrait makeover
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Posted on April 23, 2010 by Marty Andrade
// The real reason Wikipedia is worth the billions of human-hours it took to write it (versus useful things people could be doing)
// Remember, say these things whether they are true or not.
// A leftover from the golden age of the internet.
// Looks like another book to add to the pile, Medved's "The 5 big lies about american business"
Quote:"In another segment, Joy Behar asked Biden, "What is the appeal of Sarah Palin, exactly?"
Biden said: "After you meet her, she is a charming person. It's hard not to like her." The vice president paused to ponder a more detailed explanation for Palin's mass appeal — then wound up saying simply, "I don't know." He then judiciously returned to his initial point: "I say this and people look at me like I'm kidding. I like her."
// Matches my own thoughts on the Palin phenomena
// Via King B.
I completely endorse the column. Most teachers, I'd rather have them in absentia
// Stick with the knuckleball, drop the curveball until the teen years, and keep the pitch count below 60 and Chelsea Baker may rival Ila Borders for the coveted title of "Best Lady of Baseball"
But we'll see if she survives the torrent of the teens.
// The bill that will drive OCD sufferers crazy
// Caught my eye as sufficiently dreary enough for a writer;s vacation: Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec
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Posted on April 22, 2010 by Marty Andrade
// Via MPBerg. Very funny.
Quote:"The reseachers found that botox slowed the reading of the sentences containing sad emotional content, which, as the earlier work showed, would normally cause the frown muscle to contract. The reading time for the happy and neutral sentence was the same in both sessions. The researchers assume that the increase in reading time means that paralysis of the frown muscles hindered the participants' understanding of the emotional content of the sad sentences. They also argue that their findings support the hypothesis that feedback from the muscles involved in producing facial expressions is critical in regulating emotional experiences.
Quote:"More than 8,600 people aged 18 to 60 were asked to play online brain games designed by the researchers to improve their memory, reasoning and other skills for at least 10 minutes a day, three times a week.
They were compared to more than 2,700 people who didn't play any brain games, but spent a similar amount of time surfing the Internet and answering general knowledge questions. All participants were given a sort of I.Q. test before and after the experiment.
// Exercise improves brain function more than anything.
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Posted on April 21, 2010 by Marty Andrade
Quote:"If you want to reduce the bad bacteria in your mouth, you should be all over xylitol [a sugar substitute found in chewing gum]. It changes the chemistry of your mouth. Six or seven pieces of xylitol gum every day will help keep cavities away
// Lots of good advice, but some of what they say is slightly disturbing.
Quote:"If you're a boss, and your subordinate isn't succeeding, something is broken here. Doing more of the same isn't going to cut it. It's now time for you to ask, "What do you need from me to deliver what we are both on the firing line to produce?" And just as important, it's time for you to listen to the answer.
// Just say no to Performance Reviews.
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Posted on April 20, 2010 by Marty Andrade
I wanted to invite all of you and your readers and members to CFACT’s
Earth Day Eve event with John Coleman – the founder of the weather
channel – and why this particular meteorologist believes that global
warming is, “a fictional, manufactured crisis, and a total scam.”
The event is free and open to the public.
John Coleman – Weather Channel Founder’s Forecast for Global Warming
University of Minnesota – East Bank campus
Rapson Hall – Room 43 (Parking in the Church Street Garage
recommended – http://campusmaps.umn.edu/tc/map.php?extent=east)
7:30 PM Wednesday April 21, 2010
Sponsored by Collegians For A Constructive Tomorrow – CFACT
And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the College
Republican’s are hosting Karl Rove on campus on Thursday April 22.
Karl Rove: Liberals’ Worst Nightmare
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2010
Time: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: Smith Hall 100, East Bank, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
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