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Archive for June 20th, 2008

Great story

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Check out this story. I don’t watch TV, so I didn’t know about this series, but I was fascinated by the way Ryan worked to achieve his goals. In fact, not to put too fine a point on it, I thought it was inspiring, and just at a time when I needed some inspiration.

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20 June 2008 at 4:52 pm

Posted in Daily life

Tab Mix Plus

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I really like this addon, but the old version wasn’t compatible with Firefox 3. Thanks to a push from Mel, I found the new version here. [Link updated, thanks to Jamie—see comments below.] This seems to be a developmental version, but it’s working fine.

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20 June 2008 at 12:41 pm

Posted in Daily life, Firefox

Mermaid lore

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20 June 2008 at 12:40 pm

Posted in Daily life, Education

Firefox 3 vulnerability

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Fortunately, I go to trusted sites, and I do in fact have Firefox set to automatic update. But read this note on the vulnerability.

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20 June 2008 at 11:21 am

Posted in Daily life, Firefox

OMG: look at this addon (Firefox 3 only)

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Via MakeUseOf.com, this addon is amazing. Here’s the story:

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20 June 2008 at 11:19 am

The Delighted States

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Interesting review of an interesting book.

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20 June 2008 at 11:05 am

Posted in Books, Daily life

Climate change report

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Interesting. From Center for American Progress:

Yesterday, the U.S. Climate Change Science Program released a 162-page report revealing that “changes in weather and climate change” have been and will continue to be “the biggest impact of global warming.” The report, which synthesizes the findings of more than 100 academic papers, also warns that increases in extreme weather are “among the most serious challenges to society.” The assessment finds that manmade global warming has caused an increased frequency of heat waves, droughts, severe rainfall, and fierce hurricanes, and that there is a 90 percent likelihood that the frequency and intensity of such harsh weather conditions will rise. Thomas Karl, co-chairman of the report, said the recurrence of the type of flooding witnessed in Iowa will continue as “time goes on and global temperatures increase.” In definitive terms, carbon dioxide, a byproduct of burning coal, oil, and natural gas, contributed most to global warming in the last century, the report concludes. NASA climatologist James Hansen cites the report in stating that “the next President and Congress” must exert leadership in order to take “responsibility for the present dangerous situation.”

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20 June 2008 at 11:01 am

Candidates’ wives: Cindy McCain edition

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Again thanks to Liz, this interesting column by Stephen Elliott on Huffington Post:

It’s a psychedelic experience this week, watching Cindy McCain out on the campaign trail, attacking the opponent’s wife. In rally after rally she says, “I’ve always been proud of my country,” a not so subtle jab at Michelle Obama’s gaffe earlier about really being proud of America for the first time.

But Cindy McCain has one hell of a scandal in her past. In the mid-nineties she was addicted to prescription pain killers. Worse, she was stealing the drugs from the American Voluntary Medical Team, a third world relief organization she founded. Like most ridiculously rich people, she didn’t have to go to jail for her crimes and was allowed to enter a rehab program rather than face criminal charges. The charity was shut down.

So when Cindy McCain says, “All I know is that I’ve always been proud of my country,” take it with a grain of salt. She spent at least three years stoned out of her mind. It’s impossible to know what she thought during that time. Was she really proud, or was she just hallucinating?

Cindy’s addiction has been virtually ignored this election season. As a thought experiment, try to imagine what the reaction would be if Michelle Obama had a history with drug addiction? If Michelle Obama had stolen drugs meant for third world countries to support her own addiction?

Of course, we want to leave spouses out of politics. But if Cindy is out attacking Michelle people are going to start throwing rocks back at her glass house. She’d have to be high to think otherwise.

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20 June 2008 at 10:56 am

Posted in Election, GOP

Good for the EU!

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I’m very pleased to see that the EU is breaking free of US domination and taking sensible actions. Thanks to Liz, this story:

EU nations agreed Thursday to definitively lift their sanctions against Cuba, in the hope of encouraging democracy on the island, European diplomats said.

European Union foreign ministers took the decision in principle during dinner on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels.

“There was an agreement to lift the sanctions against Cuba,” a European diplomatic source said.

“They have agreed to have an annual review and in one year’s time to assess the political dialogue with Cuba,” she added.

The move is a largely symbolic gesture as the sanctions, which restrict high-level diplomatic contacts and offer some symbolic support for dissidents, have been in suspension since 2005.

Sources with the Spanish delegation confirmed the move. Spain restored diplomatic relations with Havana last year and championed the move to get the sanctions lifted.

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20 June 2008 at 10:52 am

Posted in Daily life, Government

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More on old Alberto

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From Center for American Progress:

While serving as acting assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) in 2004, Daniel Levin criticized a March 2003 OLC memo written by then-DOJ official John Yoo that authorized torture. Levin replaced it with a December 2004 memo that declared torture and other harsh interrogation techniques “abhorrent.” But when Gonzales became Attorney General in February 2005, he asked Levin to leave the Department. Levin — who had determined that waterboarding was torture after going to a military base to undergo it himself — was viewed as “too independent.” At the time of his ouster, Levin was writing a second memo detailing the legal status of specific techniques, including waterboarding. ABC News reports that Gonzales offered him a job at the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s office in order to avoid scrutiny for firing Levin immediately after the memo was written, though that offer never materialized.

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20 June 2008 at 10:41 am

Posted in Bush Administration, GOP, Government

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The media ignore the worker bees

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Workers must not be classy enough—journalists clearly prefer to interview CEOs rather than the guys and gals on the shop floor. And they write their stories from that viewpoint, as well. From the Center for American Progress:

Today, the Center for American Progress hosted a panel discussion to mark the release of a new report analyzing how the media covers the economy. The report, “Journalists Give Workers the Business,” finds that “the media ignores ordinary workers and instead covers economic issues from the perspective of business.” The analysis by David Madland, Director of CAP’s American Worker Project, looked at newspaper and television coverage of unemployment, minimum wage, trade, and credit card debt issues in 2007 and concluded that “the perspective of workers is largely missing from media coverage, while the views of business are frequently presented.” A front page story in Wednesday’s Washington Post, for instance, asked why Americans are “gloomier than the economy” but avoided talking to a single worker. The article failed to mention that incomes for most workers have declined since 2001, that health care and retirement benefits have become scarcer and more expensive, and that inequality has risen to unprecedented levels. As the report argues, this type of the coverage is the norm, not the exception. All too often the traditional media prefers “elite sources, such as government or business representatives, over ordinary citizens.”

WORKERS SHUT OUT OF THE DEBATE: While conservative media critics often claim that the mainstream media has a strong liberal bias, the report suggests that the bias of elite business sources overwhelms any partisan divide. After studying economy-related articles from the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, and monitoring the economic news reports on ABC News, CBS News, NBC News, CNN, FOX News, and CNBC throughout 2007, the study concludes that “representatives of business were quoted or cited nearly two-and-a-half times as frequently as were workers or their union representatives.” Specifically, “in coverage of both the minimum wage and trade, the views of businesses were sourced more than one-and-a-half times as frequently as those of workers.” In stories about employment, “businesses were quoted or cited over six times as frequently as were workers,” according to the report. In fact, only in coverage of credit card debt “was coverage more balanced, presenting the perspectives of ordinary citizens in the proportion as those of business,” suggesting that the media “can find out how complex economic issues will impact ordinary people and present the news from their perspective.”

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20 June 2008 at 10:24 am

Posted in Business, Daily life, Media

Antioxidants

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Via a comment from Dan (and thanks!), this interesting site of ORAC values for many foods:

Welcome to ORACValues.com, a comprehensive database of foods and their antioxidant levels. The antioxidant values of foods listed are expressed in ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) units, a unit of measurement for antioxidants developed by the National Institute on Aging in the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

You can browse foods and supplements alphabetically by name to find their ORAC values, or if you want to get straight to the best anti-aging “superfoods”, you can list them sorted by their ORAC values – higher values generally imply stronger antioxidant capabilities.

Good thing I like artichokes. And interesting that pecans are higher in antioxidants than English walnuts.

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20 June 2008 at 9:53 am

Posted in Daily life, Food, Health

First habeus corpus case up

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And it’s an interesting one. Michael Doyle and Marisa Taylor have the story for McClatchy. It begins:

The Taliban tortured Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak al Ginco. They thought he was a U.S. spy. Then, U.S. soldiers called the Syrian native an enemy and shipped him to Guantanamo.

Now, Ginco will be turning a spotlight back on the Bush administration itself. Newly empowered by the Supreme Court, Ginco has become the first Guantanamo detainee to demand in a U.S. federal court that the military show the hard evidence that justifies his detention. Scores of others are expected to do likewise, attorneys predict.

The war on terror may never be the same.

On June 12, the court rewrote the rules for the Guantanamo detainees in the landmark case known as Boumediene v. Bush. The 5-4 majority opinion authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy concluded that the foreigners held at the U.S. Navy’s Guantanamo Bay facility were protected by the U.S. Constitution’s habeas corpus protections.

The ruling empowers the detainees to obtain what Kennedy termed a “prompt” hearing into the evidence used to justify their incarceration.

Some detainees will almost certainly be released. Others will reveal evidence of mistreatment. The Bush administration will have to defend its practices in open court. The military will have to adjust its treatment of prisoners and figure out the future of Guantanamo Bay.

Continue reading.

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20 June 2008 at 8:51 am

Welcome to summer

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And here’s a fantastic picture of moonrise over the Temple of Poseidon.

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20 June 2008 at 8:47 am

Posted in Daily life

Cold noodle salad

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This sounds wonderful.

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20 June 2008 at 8:13 am

A fresh Black Beauty blade—what a Treet!

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A fresh Treet Blue Special blade in the Edwin Jagger ivory Chatsworth, a fine thick lather from Creed Green Irish Tweed soap, created with the Rooney Style 2, and a wonderfully smooth shave. Gessato for the oil pass, and Parfums de Nicolaï New York aftershave.

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20 June 2008 at 8:12 am

Posted in Shaving

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