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Make her pronounce what you want her to
pronounce in 64 languages ---
You can choose wide variations in male or female voices, clothes, hair style,
I even got her to talk Texan at
http://www.oddcast.com/sitepal/ (Click on Try It Now)
She did all right on "Ya'll" and "Fix'in" but she mispronounced "Luchenbach."
(Link forwarded by David Coy)
Jensen Comment: Any mispronunciations of
proper names. may be our own fault. For example, when I lived in Maine I
learned that Mainers pronounce Mt Desert Island like it was French pastry and
Calais, Maine like it was a a piece of dry and thorny skin under your big toe.
Today is the April 15 deadline.
Taxpayers filed nearly 56 million returns
electronically as of April 8, an 8 percent increase over 2004 figures. That
translates to nearly two-thirds of all tax returns, the IRS said. Not only that,
Uncle Sam's bean counters expect that this year will mark the first time that
more than half of individual tax returns will be filed online. A lot of that is
due to the
Free File software,
which the IRS said accepted more than 4 million tax returns as of April 6, an
almost 45 percent increase over the number filed last year.
Robert MacMillan, "E-Filing Clicks With Taxpayers," Washington Post,
April 14, 2005 ---
Jensen Comment: Free tax filing software is now available at
The IRS warns against filing electronically very late in the day on April 15.
The lines could be jammed and you may not get through.
In the greedy
world of spam e-mail and electronic fraud, nothing is sacred - not even the
death of Pope John Paul II. Spammers are using the pope's passing to
entice the Roman Catholic faithful worldwide into a bogus moneymaking scheme by
luring them with an offer of free books about the pontiff, a British-based
computer security expert warned Tuesday. The spam campaign was detected Friday -
the day John Paul was laid to rest after a funeral that drew dozens of world
leaders and hundreds of thousands of pilgrims - said Graham Cluley, a senior
technology consultant with London's SophosLabs PLC.
"Spammers Using Pope's Image to Defraud," iWon News, April 12, 2005 ---
Two very funny fake papers
MIT's Technology Review, April 11, 2005 ---
This one is, well, . . . a fake
A "scientific paper" was authored by a computer and accepted by one of those "fakey"
SCIgen is a
program that generates random Computer Science research papers, including
graphs, figures, and citations. It uses a hand-written context-free grammar to
form all elements of the papers. Our aim here is to maximize amusement, rather
than coherence. One useful purpose for such a program is to auto-generate
submissions to "fake" conferences; that is, conferences with no quality
standards, which exist only to make money. A prime example, which you may
recognize from spam in your inbox, is SCI/IIIS and its dozens of co-located
conferences (for example, check out the gibberish on the WMSCI 2005 website).
Using SCIgen to generate submissions for conferences like this gives us pleasure
to no end. In fact, one of our papers was accepted to SCI 2005!
Nick Danger, "Randomly-Generated Scientific Paper Accepted by Conference MIT
Computer Science Department ," Free Republic,
Jensen Comment" "Fake conferences" are often used to enrich conference
organizers at the expense of colleges who fund travel expenses for professors.
This site is full of facts on about the decline
in teen pregnancies ---
April 11, 2005 message from William H Wallace
For those who are
interested in an Accounting group that focuses on teaching rather than
research, may I suggest that you investigate
It is the website for the
Teachers of Accounting at Two-Year College (TACTYC). As the former president
and an Accounting teacher at the two-year level, I clearly have a preference
for a group that focuses on teaching and keeping faculty up to date at a
reasonable cost. I invite you to give us a look.
William H. Wallace CPA
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Creationists aren't going to like this one
"LEGACY FOR THE HUMAN SPECIES." Now everybody else
has a chance to trace their roots -- and perhaps get a surprise like D'Onofrio's.
Using a kit that can be purchased for $99.95, plus shipping and handling,
you collect a sample of cells scraped from the inside
of your mouth and send it in. You may then view the results of the analysis
later on the Web site. As more people send in their specimens, an ever-richer
picture of our collective past will come to light. Those who check back
regularly over the years will get an increasingly detailed map of their genetic
The project emerged out of Wells' work as a real-life Indiana Jones. The
anthropologist and geneticist does plenty of research in remote locations. Even
when he's back home, he dresses as if he's about to go trekking -- in flannel
shirts, jeans, and field boots. He has spent much of the past decade tracing our
common lineage back to an "Eve" who lived in Africa 80,000 years ago, and an
"Adam" who lived there 20,000 years later. He published the story two years ago
in the book Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey, which was also made into a
Steve Hamm, "Tracing Humanity's Genetic Roots: The Genographic Project, a
National Geographic Society-IBM alliance, is the first to map our ancestors'
migration, using cells the public submits," Business Week, April 13, 2005
Full-body condom sometimes is not sufficient
On March 1, colleagues of French financier Edouard
Stern found their boss lying dead in a pool of blood in the bedroom of his
Geneva apartment, clad head-to-toe in a skin-colored, latex bodysuit. There were
two bullets in his head and one in his chest. The murder of one of Europe's
richest men sent a shudder through the world of global finance. Mr. Stern was
the dashing heir of a 19th-century banking dynasty. He was also a shrewd
businessman whose ruthlessness over the years had earned him many enemies. Swiss
police quickly cleared up part of the mystery: Mr. Stern's lover, a 36-year-old
woman named Cecile Brossard, confessed to murdering him. But investigators say
they don't have a clear picture of her motive . . . A different lawyer for Ms.
Brossard says his client committed a "crime of passion." Under Swiss law, that
carries a shorter prison sentence than premeditated murder. Ms. Brossard
portrays herself as a victim of Mr. Stern's abusive behavior, someone who lost
control in a moment of fury and grabbed the gun her lover kept in a drawer. For
example, she says through her attorney, Mr. Stern would often promise to marry
her and then renege.
John Carreyrou, Jo Wrighton, and Alessandra Galloni, "How Banker's Life, Full of
Intrigue, Ended in Murder: Monied Scion Edouard Stern Riled France's Old
Guard; Then He Met Ms. Brossard Dispute Over Eight Chagalls," The Wall Street
Journal, April 14, 2005; Page A1 ---
A new meaning to the phrase "closet case"
A man who secretly lived in a closet at the home of
his married girlfriend for a month was charged Tuesday with beating her husband
to death after the man discovered him sleeping in the storage area.
Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said Rafael DeJesus Rocha-Perez of
Murfreesboro, Tenn., was charged with criminal homicide in the beating death of
Jeffrey A. Freeman, 44, and ordered held on $500,000 bail. "From time to time,
you come across a case with very unique — even bizarre — circumstances," Aaron
said. "This one probably rates right up there with them."
"Lover in closet charged with killing cuckold Wife hid paramour for month before
fatal encounter, police say," MSNBC, April 13, 2005 ---
Fees for your personal 800 number
Consider an 800 number for the family. These services
have been around for years, but often with exorbitant per-minute charges. Now
prices are dropping, though they can still add up. Kall8, an add-on to your
regular phone service, costs $2 to set up and $2 a month; most incoming calls
are 6.9 cents a minute. Though the monthly fees are often higher, traditional
phone carriers offer the service too. AT&T and SBC charge $2.95 a month; AT&T
calls are 15 cents a minute and SBC's per-minute price is a dime; neither
charges a setup fee. Even Internet-calling companies now have the service.
Vonage, for example, levies a $9.99 setup fee and $4.99 per month, for 100
minutes of calls. Such providers can be attractive for heavy users.
"Getting an 800 Number," The Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2005; Page D1 ---
The law is not deterring attacks of some free
speech on college campuses
Last October, two liberals
responded to my speech at the University of Arizona – during question and
answer, no less – by charging the stage and throwing two pies at me from a few
yards away. Fortunately for me, liberals not only argue like liberals, they also
throw like girls. (Apologies in advance to the Harvard biology professors who
walked out on Larry Summers in a demonstration of their admiration of
"research," not "revelation" – but this may account for the dearth of female
pitchers in Major League Baseball.) Unfortunately for them, Republican men don't
react favorably to two "Deliverance" boys trying to sucker-punch a 110-pound
female in a skirt and heels. The geniuses ended up with bloody noses and broken
bones. It's really outrageous how conservatives respond to liberals who are just
trying to engage in a "fact-driven debate." How typical of Republicans to go on
the offensive just because a female has been physically attacked. Instead of
capturing and subduing my attackers, those strong Republican men should have
been trying to understand why they threw the pies. In the five months following
the liberal ass-whupping in Arizona – I mean "fact-driven debate" – all was
quiet on the Eastern Front. College liberals still couldn't formulate a coherent
argument, but they seemed to want to avoid ending up in jail having to explain
to their cellmates that they were in for trying to hit a girl (and missing).
Then on March 19, all charges were dismissed against the "Deliverance" boys –
including a felony charge for $3,000 worth of damage to school property.
Inexplicably, this outcome did not instantly lead to widespread rioting and
looting in South Central Los Angeles. Democrat Barbara LaWall is the Pima County
attorney who allowed the liberal debate champions to walk. LaWall brags on her
website about "holding criminals accountable." She didn't say anything about
liberals, however. Be forewarned, conservatives: Do not expect the law to
protect you in Pima County. In the three weeks following the dismissal of all
charges against my attackers, three more conservatives were attacked on college
Ann Coulter, "It's Only Funny Until Someone Loses a Pie," Front Page Magazine,
April 14, 2005 ---
Kidney Disease and Treatment
About half of the more than 60,000 people on the
waiting list for kidney transplants are age 50 or older. Most transplant
recipients typically are younger than 70, but there are numerous cases of older
patients receiving a successful kidney transplant. Age policies vary by
transplant centers, and some have an age cutoff. Typically, the patient's
overall health and the likelihood of a successful transplant are the most
important factors in deciding whether a patient is a transplant candidate. In
March, researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center presented
new research supporting the idea that age alone shouldn't prevent older adults
from having a kidney transplant nor should it prevent someone from donating a
kidney. A study of 144 kidney transplants found that a year after surgery
survival rates were comparable -- 98% for younger patients and 92% for patients
older than 60.
Tara Parker-Pope, "Health Mailbox," The Wall Street Journal, April 12,
2005, Page D4 ---
In the majority of cases, the cause of hives cannot
be determined. Typically, a doctor will prescribe allergy medications,
antihistamines or steroid treatments. The drugs often will relieve the symptom,
and the hives disappear in a matter of days or weeks. Sometimes hives are an
allergic reaction to drugs such as antibiotics or aspirin, or to foods such as
shellfish, nuts or strawberries -- even if the person has taken them before
without a problem. Sometimes a more serious health problem can trigger hives,
including sinus and urinary-tract infections, candida infections, thyroid
disease, lymphoma and lupus. If the problem persists, your doctor may want to
rule out some of these more serious conditions.
Tara Parker-Pope, "Health Mailbox,"
The Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2005, Page D4 ---
Merchants Balk At Higher Fees For Credit
As a result, a backlash is brewing among small-business
owners who say they are hurt by the fee creep more than bigger merchants. To
fight back, the owners of 30 Minute Photos, for instance, e-mailed a letter to
25,000 customers on March 31, asking them to contact their charge-card providers
to justify the fee increase. "This is another one of those opportunities for
credit-card companies to enhance their revenue stream on the backs of
merchants," says Mitchell Goldstone, co-owner of the Irvine, Calif.-based
photo-developing retailer that also operates a national online photo service.
Gwendolyn Bounds and Robin Sidel, "Merchants Balk At Higher Fees For Credit
Cards" The Wall Street Journal, April 12, 2005; Page B1 ---
Bob Jensen's threads on dirty secrets of credit
card companies are at
This comes as no surprise: Charity has
always afforded scam opportunities
The tax laws
allow favorable treatment for donations to charity and for institutions
ostensibly dedicated to good works. But for every tax break that's legal,
there's a scheme to stretch it too far. Abuse in the charitable world is on the
rise, IRS Commissioner Mark Everson told the Senate last week. Charitable scams
account for part of the billions lost each year in fraudulent deductions, though
the IRS can't say exactly how much. The Senate Finance Committee is looking into
the abuses, which include people who take inflated deductions for dubious gifts
and foundations that squander money on lavish salaries. In either case, the
federal treasury is cheated, and other taxpayers must make up the losses. Such
charitable scamming turns tax laws on their head: Deductions meant to encourage
public good works are being hijacked by cheaters for their own benefit. Leaders
in the non-profit world should be the toughest on these scams, which at times
have soured the public on giving. Instead, they've acted only after Congress
pushed them and have called for only milquetoast reforms.
"As charitable cheating rises, so does cost to taxpayers Non-profits fail to
enact tough reforms to root out growing scams," USA Today, April 11,
2005, Page 12A ---
Heading Legitimate Charities
Charity executives haul home the lion's share striking
disparity between what nonprofit fat cats make and industry norms — hundreds
of thousands of dollars in many cases — illustrates a troubling lack of city
oversight, officials say. A whopping 200 executives at organizations that
provide services for the city's have-nots take home in excess of $150,000 a
year. That's more than the salaries of City Council members, the public advocate
and all the city's district attorneys. Another 12 nonprofiteers make more
than the top nonprofit earners in the entire state based on the budget size of
their groups, according to a survey of 2002 salaries by the nonprofit watchdog
"$WEET CHARITY FOR EXECS AT NONPROFITS," New York Post, March
13, 2005 --- http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/42413.htm
Bob Jensen's threads on charity scams are at
Community colleges are stuffed and
For community colleges, turning away qualified students
isn’t just something they don’t want to do, it goes against their entire
philosophy. But in the hallways and in sessions at the annual meeting of the
American Association of Community Colleges, which convened over the weekend in
Boston, leaders of two-year institutions talked about their frustrations with
capacity issues. As states have cut funds or failed to keep up with enrollment
growth, de facto enrollment limits have been set — and students are being turned
Scott Jaschik, "At Capacity," Inside Higher Ed, April 11, 2005 ---
Google Versus the Librarians
“The war is over, and Google won,” said Richard
Sweeney, university librarian at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a
proud Googlelizer. He and Judy Luther, a consultant on library technology
issues, both praised Google for making information more accessible to a much
broader range of users. Sweeney compared searching in Google to the kind of
video and other gaming that many young people do, where once a user achieves a
certain level of success, “you can move on to the next level." By offering
simple and advanced searching, Luther said, Google makes users, particularly
young ones, feel “like they’re in control” and encourages them to do searches
and get results.” Academic librarians, she said, “can build upon that” over time
to transform those young people into consumers of what the libraries have to
offer. She, too, drew a parallel to gaming, in which players typically try to
“get around” those in positions of responsibility and lean heavily on their
Doub Lederman, "Google: Friend or Foe?" Inside Higher Ed, April 11, 2005
Being gay does not necessarily equate to
being liberal: Some prominent
conservatives are openly or privately gay
Arthur J. Finkelstein, a prominent Republican
consultant who has directed a series of hard-edged political campaigns to elect
conservatives in the United States and Israel over the last 25 years, said
Friday that he had married his male partner in a civil ceremony at his home in
Adam Nagourney, "G.O.P. Consultant Weds His Male Partner," The New York Times,
April 10, 2005 ---
The media seems less interested in Fannie
than Enron. Did you ever wonder why?
It’s a familiar story. An enormous company reveals its
“accounting problems.” The problems are found to be far worse than anyone
realized. The CEO is forced to resign. Other high-ranking executives follow. The
stock price begins to drop. Billions of dollars might be lost. The politically
savvy CEO even has direct connections to a presidential administration. If the
word “Enron” has formed in your mind, you’d be close, but wrong. Welcome to
Fannie Mae, the nation’s second-largest financial company. Only Fannie Mae,
officially known as the Federal National Mortgage Association, isn’t like any
standard Wall Street business. It was founded by Congress to increase the amount
of capital available for the secondary mortgage market. Fannie Mae is a
Government Sponsored Entity (GSE) and enjoys a congressional charter, limited
oversight, and a strongly implied government commitment to cover any losses.
This billion-dollar scandal has highlighted questionable practices by the lender
and the response from America’s broadcast media has been almost complete
Dan Gainor and Charles Simpson "Government-Sponsored Enron Billion-Dollar
Scandal Not Ready for Prime Time," Free Market Project, April 4, 2005 ---
Bob Jensen's threads on Fannie and Freddie are at
For a case study in how out of touch the academic community has become,
just read Prof. Luis Suarez-Villa's April 6
Letter to the Editor
in response to the March 29 editorial-page commentary "Where
Were You on 1/14?" We have a professor
within something called the "School of Social Ecology" berating
economists for their "pseudo-scientific ways." Now that is rich.
Michael Spires, "Ivory Tower Report," The Wall Street Journal,
April 11, 2005; Page A23 ---
A Foray Into Gay and Lesbian Networks
We are not out at bars cruising for anonymous sex," he
said. "We are generally at home with our partners, taking care of a leaking roof
and transporting the cat to the vet because she is coughing. What the gay
community lacks is the same type of general entertainment that everybody else
has." The gay, bisexual and transsexual communities are about to get a large
supply of that programming. Viacom, the nation's largest owner of cable
networks, is finally set to start Logo, its own advertiser-supported network
aimed at the same market. The debut, originally scheduled for mid-February, is
now set for June 30.
Geraldine Fabrikant, "A Foray Into Gay and Lesbian Networks," The New York
Times, April 11, 2005 ---
See evil, blog no evil:
You can attend the hearing but you're not supposed to blog about it afterwards
Canada's long-standing practice of barring news
organizations from disclosing what's happening in certain court proceedings is
being tested by Internet bloggers. A Canadian commission that's
investigating charges of high-level wrongdoing in the nation's Liberal Party has
ordered news organizations not to reveal details from the proceedings, which are
open to the public. But Ed Morrissey, a conservative Web logger in
Minneapolis, has been gleefully violating the ban by
posting detailed reports of the verboten "Adscam" testimony.
Public revelation of Adscam, which involves allegations
of corruption and illegal campaign contributions, could end the Liberal Party's
precarious grasp on power and force new elections this summer.
Declan McCullagh , "U.S. blogger thwarts Canadian gag order," CNet News,
April 5, 2005 ---
Difficult times for auditors to
claim financial statement audits should not uncover massive fraud
HealthSouth Corp. has filed suit accusing its former
outside auditor, Ernst & Young, of intentionally or negligently failing to
uncover a massive accounting fraud at the medical services chain.
"HealthSouth Sues Ernst & Young for Fraud," SmartPros, April 6, 2005 ---
Bob Jensen's threads on E&Y's legal woes are at
When Smith Barney talked, the NASD
It's always serious when the
NASD takes action, because the NASD tends to protect its broker members
Citigroup Inc.'s Smith Barney unit expressed
disappointment with an arbitration ruling awarding $2.5 million to an investor
who alleged he received bad stock-option advice from brokers in Citigroup's
Smith Barney branch in Atlanta. Smith Barney spokeswoman Kimberly Atwater said
the company was "disappointed with this decision, which is inconsistent with
those made in other cases." Virginia resident Travis Brown claimed during the
National Association of Securities Dealers hearing that the brokers advised him
to use an "exercise and hold" strategy with his WorldCom stock options from 1999
to 2000. Mr. Brown's account lost value as WorldCom's stock price began to
tumble in 2000.
"Ruling Disappoints Smith Barney," The Wall Street Journal, April 12,
2005; Page A6 ---
Bob Jensen's threads on "Rotten to the Core" are at
What the people want is very simple - they want an America as
good as its promise.
scientist Stephen Zunes says most governments have double standards when it
comes to foreign policy. This is nothing new. But then, he adds, most
governments aren't presenting themselves as paragons of democracy the way the
United States does. And that has led to unprecedented national security risks,
as other nations increasingly regard the United States with hostility because it
seems the world's most powerful nation isn't willing to hold itself to the
standards it expects of others, Zunes said. "If we refuse to play by the rules,
why should anyone else?" Zunes asked. The rhetorical question was central to the
keynote talk Zunes, a professor of politics and chairman of the Peace and
Justice Studies program at the University of San Francisco, gave during
Saturday's Anti-War Educational Conference at the Salt Lake City Main Library.
Sponsored by the Wasatch Coalition for Peace and Justice and the Utah Green
Party, the talk drew about 50 people.
Patty Henetz, "U.S. gives democracy a bad name, speaker says." The Salt Lake
Tribune, April 10, 2005 ---
Seems like she gives the finger
a bit too often
The woman who claims she bit into a human finger while
eating chili at a Wendy's restaurant has a history of filing lawsuits -
including a claim against another fast-food restaurant. Anna Ayala, 39, who
hired a San Jose, Calif., attorney to represent her in the Wendy's case, has
been involved in at least half a dozen legal battles in the San Francisco Bay
area, according to court records. She brought a suit against an ex-boss in 1998
for sexual harassment and sued an auto dealership in 2000, alleging the wheel
fell off her car. That suit was dismissed after Ayala fired her lawyer, who said
she had threatened him. The case against her former employer was settled in
arbitration in June 2002, but it was not known whether she received any money.
Speaking through the front door of her Las Vegas home Friday, Ayala claimed
police are out to get her and were unnecessarily rough as they executed a search
warrant at her home on Wednesday . . . Ayala acknowledged, however, that her
family received a settlement for their medical expenses about a year ago after
reporting that her daughter, Genesis, got sick from food at an El Pollo Loco
restaurant in Las Vegas. She declined to provide any further details.
"Woman Claiming Finger in Chili Sues Often," MyWay, April 8, 2005 ---
Reports of a severed
human finger in a bowl of chili at a Wendy's restaurant have hit the firm's
sales in the San Francisco area, a company spokesman said. "We've had a severe
sales impact from this, particularly in the San Francisco-San Jose bay area,"
said spokesman Bob Bertini from Wendy's corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ohio
on Saturday. "It's very important to us to find out what happened in this
incident. We believe someone knows exactly how the piece of finger got into the
chili bowl," he said. The company has offered a $US50,000 ($65,000) reward to
the first person offering verifiable information about how the finger found its
way into a bowl of chili at a Wendy's franchise in San Jose.
"Finger report hits Wendy's sales," Sydney Morning Herald, April 11, 2005
Sounds good, but there are well
For years, a company's highest boss often got rewarded
very well for very little performance. Now, in response to a growing outcry from
investors -- and their increased clout -- more boards are raising the bar even
higher so their leader can't reap supersized pay without supersized performance.
Hints of the nascent trend include: bonuses partly based on how a company stacks
up against others; difficult triggers for all equity awards; elimination of
guaranteed minimum pay; and severance accords that forbid windfalls for poor
Joann S. Lublin, "Goodbye to Pay for No Performance," The Wall Street Journal,
April 11, 2005, Page R1 ---
Jensen Comment: Much depends upon how "performance" is evaluated. If
it is based on trends in annual earnings this can be a formula for disaster.
A CEO wanting the highest current bonus available can "eat the company's seed
corn" so to speak. Some items of expense, R&D comes to mind reap a harvest
in future years rather than current years. It is well known that the CEOs
of many companies are willing to hurt the future in order to get their current
bonuses and other performance-based compensation short-term rewards.
Here come the lawsuits under the Americans
With Disabilities Act
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled
this week that the 11th Amendment does not protect public colleges from lawsuits
filed by students under the Americans With Disabilities Act. The 11th circuit’s
decision overturned a lower federal court’s 2001 ruling in a lawsuit brought
against Florida International University by a group of hearing impaired
students. They contended that the state-funded university had violated the ADA
by failing to provide qualified classroom interpreters or note takers or to
offer other ways for such students to understand classroom instruction.
Doug Lederman, "Less Immunity for Public Colleges?" Inside Higher Ed,
April 8, 2005 ---
What Makes Google Click?
Have investors lost their minds? The dot-com bust
proves this is entirely possible. But the case for the Google boom is that this
isn't advertising of the old kind; it's a reinvention of the business. Old
advertising was predatory, militaristic almost: There were "campaigns" to
"target" passive consumers; the objective was to score "hits" on them.
Googletising is an altogether gentler art. Ads aren't directed at consumers.
They are directed by them. To understand this change, remember that the early
Internet ventures attempted no such revolution. America Online and its
competitors -- such as Microsoft's MSN -- embraced the business model of
television and the print media: Lure customers with news and entertainment; do
everything possible to keep them on your own pages; sell advertising space
that's priced according to how many eyes will see it. This model encouraged
advertising that clamored rudely for consumers' attention -- banner ads equipped
with catchy tunes, videos that pull your eyes away from static text and those
Sebastian Mallaby, "What Makes Google Click," Washington Post, April 11,
Team of bloggers searches for
the best of the new novels
It isn’t a prize or an award, exactly.
But next month, the
— a consortium of 20 literary bloggers — will announce the first
novel it has selected for its quarterly “Read This” campaign.
The participants will urge their audiences to buy the book, and
will open discussions of it at their respective Web sites.
Scott McLemee, "Read This," Inside Higher Ed, April 11,
Nobody defends this type of journalism fraud
Mitch Albom, one of Detroit's most prominent figures,
is a one-man multimedia entity as a nationally known sports columnist, radio and
TV personality, best-selling author and playwright. He added another role this
week--one no journalist wants. Albom is making news rather than reporting it,
under suspension from the Detroit Free Press until the newspaper completes an
investigation of a fabrication in an Albom column that ran last Sunday. Reaction
in the journalism community, from columnist peers to college instructors, ranged
from harsh to empathetic. But no one excused or forgave Albom's or his copy
editors' errors in judgment. And no one dismissed those mistakes as
Michael Hersley, "No one's defending renowned journalist Peers, educators
critical of Detroit's Mitch Albom for reporting something that didn't happen,"
Chicago Tribune, April 10, 2005 ---
I hope this becomes reality
before cell phone conversations are allowed in flight
researchers at the DARPA, the US Department of Defense's research agency is to
be believed, people could soon be having conversations on their mobile phones,
but without uttering a sound. The agency, is working on a project known as
Advanced Speech Encoding, aimed at replacing microphones with non-acoustic
sensors that detect speech via the speaker's nerve and muscle activity, rather
than sound itself.
"Soon you can talk on your mobile without uttering a word!" Web India,
April 8, 2005 ---
New money often equates to new fraud
It was a signature plan of Bill Clinton's presidency:
Attack the rising crime rates of the early 1990s by putting 100,000 more cops on
America's streets. Ten years later, the grant program known as COPS (for
Community Oriented Policing Services) has given $10 billion to help more than
12,000 police agencies hire and reassign officers. Politicians and police chiefs
across the nation have said that COPS is a big reason for the sharp decline in
crime rates that began in the late 1990s. But now, with the largest buildup of
local law enforcement in U.S. history winding down, a lessflattering view of the
COPS program is emerging: Federal audits of just 3% of all COPS grants have
alleged that $277 million was misspent. Tens of thousands of jobs funded by the
grants were never filled, or weren't filled for long, auditors found. And
there's little evidence that COPS was a big factor in reducing crime.
Peter Eisler and Kevin Johnson, "10 years and $10B later, COPS drawing scrutiny
Auditors find abuses, fraud in federal program," USA Today, April 11,
If he didn't feel up to it he could've at
least acknowledged his two invitations
We've learned from a source in a position to know (but not willing to be
identified) that Mr. Carter was actually offered a seat in the delegation
"twice," but turned it down both times. This wouldn't be the first time Mr.
Carter has snubbed this President Bush. In 2002, he eagerly collected a Nobel
Peace Prize awarded in a clear attempt to discredit the then-looming Iraq war.
Nor would it be the first time he snubbed the papacy. Two popes died on
President Carter's watch but he dispatched his wife to one funeral and his
mother to the other. At the time, some criticized Mr. Carter for missing an
opportunity to disavow lingering anti-Catholic bigotry in the evangelical
circles from which he sprang. At 80, Mr. Carter can't be blamed if he just
didn't feel up to the hurly-burly of a papal funeral with two million other
attendees. It would have been better just to say so, however, instead of
adopting a martyr pose and feeding an unnecessary and unflattering controversy
Brendan Miniter, Notable and Quotable, The Wall Street Journal, April 11,
The Wall Street Journal, April 12, 1963
The FCC, in collaboration with the Justice Department,
has proposed a tight new set of rules to halt what it terms "a significant
increase in the broadcast of horse racing information." An exception would
permit broadcasting the Kentucky Derby...
Forwarded by Barb Hessel
Brand New 2005 Edition Of "You Know You're A
1. You take your dog for a walk and you both use
the same tree.
2. You can entertain yourself for more than 15
minutes with a fly swatter.
3. Your boat has not left the driveway in 15
4. You burn your yard rather than mow it.
5. You think the "Nutcracker" is something you
do off the high dive.
6. The Salvation Army declines your furniture.
7. You offer to give someone the shirt off your
back and they don't want it.
8. You have the local taxidermist on speed dial.
9. You come back from the dump with more than
you took there.
10. You keep a can of Raid on the kitchen table.
11. Your wife can climb a tree faster than your
12. Your grandmother has "ammo" on her Christmas
13. You keep flea and tick soap in the shower.
14. You've been involved in a custody fight over
a hunting dog.
15. You go to the stock car races and don't need
a program! .
16. You know how many bales of hay your car will
17. You have a rag for a gas cap.
18. Your house doesn't have curtains, but ! your
19. You wonder how service stations keep their
restrooms so clean.
20. You can spit without opening your mouth.
21. You consider your license plate as
personalized because your father made it.
22. Your lifetime ! goal is to own a fireworks
23. You have a complete set of salad bowls and
they all say "Cool Whip" on the side.
24. The biggest city you've ever been to is
25. Your working TV sits on top of your
26. You've used your ironing board as a buffet
27. A tornado hits your neighborhood and does a
$100,000.00 worth of improvements.
28. You use a toilet brush to scratch your back.
29. You missed your 5th grade graduation because
you were on jury duty
30. You think fast food is hitting a deer at
And Last, But Not Least...
31. Someone tells you that you've got something
in your teeth, so you take them out to see what it is!
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