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Music: Reflections (turn your
speakers up) ---
A lie can make its way half way around
the world before the truth can get its pants on.
Winston Churchill as quoted by Alan Dershowitz at
Psycho for real: Mom's in the freezer
A case of cold stash for cash: Do you suppose she could have died from
As a teenager, Philip Schuth was teased mercilessly
by the other kids because his mother still walked him to school. As an adult, he
lived with his mother, cut his backyard with a scythe, and once bought $150
worth of Spam in a single grocery store outing. But the strangest thing of all
would come to light over the weekend: Schuth had kept his mother's remains in a
basement freezer for years while he went on collecting her Social Security
"Man Who Put Mom in Freezer Had Odd History," MyWay, April 26, 2005
Ben Gazzara: "I was never depressed when I had cancer."
Actor Ben Gazzara, whose film credits include "Summer
of Sam" and "Dogville," told a group of mental health professionals that he had
more trouble beating depression than cancer. At a mood disorders symposium
Wednesday, Gazzara told how a bout with oral cancer five years ago was easier to
deal with than two previous episodes of depression. "That was nothing," he
said of the cancer. "And that's a reason to be depressed. I was never depressed
when I had cancer." Gazzara described how his struggles with depression had
stopped him from working. He finished "They All Laughed" while recovering from
the first incident in 1980. "I was in a depression during the whole
shooting and I was terrific in that film," Gazzara told the audience. "And
I don't remember doing it."
Alex Dominguez, "Actor Ben Gazzara says depression was tougher to beat than
cancer ," Atlanta Journal Constitution, April 21, 2005 ---
SpongeBob Square Pants Incident: Writings of a professor
dysfunctional to a college's fund raising efforts
In an interview Wednesday night, De La Torre said that
he quit — giving up tenure he won a few months ago — because of a letter from
Hope’s president, James E. Bultman, criticizing his writings and suggesting that
they were making it difficult for the college to raise money. While De La Torre
did not release the letter, he confirmed reports that it said that his writings
had “irreparably damaged the reputation of Hope in our community” and that “when
people are displeased with what we do, their only recourse is to exercise their
options with regard to enrollment and gifting.” Hope is affiliated with the
Reformed Church in America. And the letter particularly took issue with columns
De La Torre wrote in The Holland Sentinel mocking some Christian leaders. One of
the columns that angered the president was a piece mocking evangelicals who
criticized the role of SpongeBob SquarePants in a video encouraging tolerance
toward gay people.
Scott Jaschik, "Did SpongeBob Article Cost Professor a Job?" Inside Higher Ed,
April 28, 2005 ---
Jensen Comment: The problem with
academic freedom is that there are sharp edges on both sides of the blade.
Do you suppose there are many blonde philanthropists out there? Hmmm!
And all my jokes about growing old --- Do you suppose?
"Handout Hysteria" or Insensitivity?
Jonathan Bean is a popular professor
at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale — even though his
libertarian politics don’t always coincide with his students’
views. A historian, he was just named Teacher of the Year in the
College of Liberal Arts.But in the last two weeks, he has found
himself under attack in his department — with many of his
history colleagues questioning his judgment for distributing an
optional handout about the “Zebra Killings,” a series of murders
of white people in San Francisco in the 1970s. His dean also
told his teaching assistants that they didn’t need to finish up
the semester working with him, and she called off discussion
sections of his course for a week so TA’s would not have to work
while considering their options.Students and professors at the
university are trading harsh accusations about insensitivity and
censorship, talking about possible lawsuits, and assessing the
damage. Shirley Clay Scott, dean of the College of Liberal Arts,
sent a memo to faculty members warning that they could “easily
self-destruct if we do not exercise restraint and reason.”
Support for Bean appears strong on the campus, at least outside
of his department and his dean’s office, and several national
groups that defend professors who get in trouble for their views
have offered to help him.
Scott Jaschik, "‘Handout Hysteria’ or Insensitivity?" Inside
, April 29, 2005 ---
Growing problem of "anti-Semitism" on U.K. campuses
The British Association of University Teachers has now
created a blacklist against Jewish Israeli academics -- really a blue and white
list -- reminiscent of the worst abuses of McCarthyism. And just as McCarthyism
was a barrier to peace between the U.S. and the Soviet Union - by contributing
to a dangerous atmosphere in which each side vilified and threatened the other -
so too does the British lecturers' boycott endanger the progress now being made
toward peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. It is not surprising
therefore that even the Palestinian Al-Quds University in Jerusalem released a
statement against the British association blacklist, saying, "We are informed by
the principle that we should seek to win Israelis over to our side, not to win
against them ... Therefore, informed by this national duty, we believe it is in
our interest to build bridges, not walls; to reach out to the Israeli academic
institutions, not to impose another restriction or dialogue-block on ourselves."
. . . It's a good thing Israel has only to make peace with its Palestinian
neighbors and not European university professors. The terrible message being
sent by this anti-Semitic action -- anti-Semitic
because it will apply only to Israeli Jews, not Arabs or Christians
-- is that the Jewish state will not be rewarded for taking steps toward peace
and ending the occupation. Instead it will be punished.
Alan M. Dershowitz, "From Britain, with bigotry," National Post," April
27, 2005 ---
Growing problem of "anti-Semitism" on U.S. campuses
Alan Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of
Law at Harvard University Law School. He is an internationally respected
attorney and human rights activist. At one time he was actively involved as an
attorney in the Soviet Jewry Movement and helped to free Natan Sharansky from
the USSR. He is recognized as a member of the liberal establishment yet a strong
supporter of Israel. He has also become aware of the continual anti-Israel bias
that is growing on college campuses in the United States. Below is an edited
transcript of his speech at UC Berkeley, one of the most anti-Israel campuses in
the United States. Dershowitz addressed an audience of 1,200 people on April 29,
2004, about the growing problem of anti-Semitism on
"Making the Case for Israel," FrontPageMagazine, June 1, 2004 ---
Jensen Comment: I spent an
interesting year in a think tank with Alan at a time when he was on the faculty
of Harvard Law School but before he became famous from his controversial books
books defending the likes of Angela Davis, OJ Simpson, and many other
controversial persons in famous cases. Way back
then, I learned full well that Alan's concept of the ideal lawyer is one who
would put on a great defense of Hitler or OJ Simpson or Bin Ladin. He can be
very outspoken with his own personal opinions and then totally detach himself
from his own opinions when coming to the brilliant defense of virtually anybody with
opinions that he might find personally disgusting. Perhaps we should have more professors with such
skills when teaching both sides of a controversial issue upon which they
personally have one-sided preferences.
Or better yet go to
Some of his quotes are at
Examples from various sources are shown below:
What would I do if Hitler asked me to defend him?
Yes, I would defend him. The alternatives would be worse. Hitler would
either go free because nobody would defend him, or go to trial without a
lawyer. And I would win.
All sides in a trial want to hide at least some of
Judges are the weakest link in our system of
justice, and they are also the most protected.
The court of last resort is no longer the Supreme
Court. It's "Nightline."
The defendant wants to hide the truth because he's
generally guilty. The defense attorney's job is
to make sure the jury does not arrive at that truth.
The judge also has a truth he wants to hide: He
often hasn't been completely candid in describing the facts or the law.
The prosecution wants to make sure the process by
which the evidence was obtained is not
truthfully presented, because, as often as not,
that process will raise questions.
Critical professor not allowed to attend a public lecture
Chester E. Finn Jr., was asked to
give a talk at George Mason University two years ago, he had an
unusual condition: He didn’t want
Gerald W. Bracey, who taught part
time at the university, in the audience.Finn, president of the
Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, is an outspoken defender of many
Republican ideas about education reform. Bracey, author of
numerous books and articles, is an outspoken critic of many of
the policies Finn defends.The university went along with Finn’s
request, and asked Bracey to stay away from the lecture. This
two-year-old dispute surfaced this week on the Web site of The
Washington Post, where columnist Jay Matthews
wrote about it — and about how the
university has decided not to renew Bracey’s contract.
Scott Jaschik, "Kept Out — of a Lecture and a Position,"
Inside Higher Ed
, April 28, 2005 ---
Drawing on interviews with workers in Chicago and his
own covert explorations of the city’s meat-processing factories,
Sinclair intended the novel to be an expose of brutal
working conditions. By the time it appeared as a book the following year, The
Jungle’s nauseating revelations were the catalyst for a reform movement
culminating in the Pure Food and Drug Act. In portraying the life and struggles
of Jurgis Rudkus, a Lithuanian immigrant, Sinclair wanted to write (as he put
it), “The Uncle Tom’s Cabin of wage slavery,” thereby ushering in an age of
proletarian emancipation. Instead, he obliged the bourgeoisie to regulate itself
— if only to keep from feeling disgust at its breakfast sausages.
Scott McLemee, "Impure Literature," Inside Higher Ed, April 29, 2005 ---
It's easy to start your own blog. Next you might want to start an
Bob Jensen's threads on Weblogs and blogs are at
There are many other alternatives for setting up a free
blog. See the above link for more options.
The innovation that sends blogs zinging into the
RSS, or Really Simple Syndication. Five years ago, a blogger named
Dave Winer, working with software originally developed by Netscape, created an
easy-to-use system to turn blogs, or even specific postings, into Web feeds.
With this system, a user could subscribe to certain blogs, or to key words, and
then have all the relevant items land at a single destination. These
personalized Web pages bring together the music and video the user signs up for,
in addition to news. They're called "aggregators." For now, only about 5% of
Internet users have set them up. But that number's sure to rise as Yahoo and
Microsoft plug them.
Business Week, April 22, 2005 --- ,
"What Your College Kid Is Really Up To," by Steven Levy, Time Magazine,
December 13, 2004, Page 12
Aaron Swartz was nervous when I went to interview
him. I know this is not because he told me, but because he said so on his
student blog a few days afterward. Swartz is one of millions of people who
mainstream an Internet-based Weblog that allows one to punch in daily
experiences as easily as banging out diary entries with a word processor.
Swartz says the blog is meant to help him remember his experiences during an
important time for him --- freshman year at Stanford. But this opens up a
window to the rest of us.
Continued in the article.
Two paragraphs written by Aaron Swartz
at Stanford University ---
I have taken two IHUM (Introduction to the
HUManities) courses. The first was a right-wing course in which the TF
told us ‘You might think you found an error in Locke’s logic, but you
should check again, because Locke was a pretty smart guy.’,
with me for talking about Vietnam
suggested I drop out of school. The message of the course
, was ‘the world is just fine, so we
shouldn’t do anything, and even if we did, it would just make things
The new IHUM is a left-wing
course in which the TF asks us ‘Do you agree with Marx? Where was he
wrong?’ and got mad at me for abusing my white male blogger knowledge
power to silence the rest of the class, and suggested I go to a
progressive/radical school. The message of the course, I conclude, is
‘the world is a terrible mess, but is so rotten that we can’t do
anything, except maybe by purchasing more “socially-responsible” items’.
(Madison Avenue is apparently the new Marx — overthrow capitalism
through…more capitalism! (This theme is thoroughly documented in Thomas
Frank’s early work.))
"Controversy at Warp Speed," by Jeffrey Selingo, The Chronicle of Higher
Education, April 29, 2005, Page A27
The deluge of messages left Mr. Corrigan wondering how so many people had
found out about such a small skirmish on his campus. So his assistant
poked around on the Web and discovered that six days after the protest, a
liberal blog (http://sf.indymedia.org) run by the San Francisco Independent
Media Center had posted an article headlined "Defend Free Speech Rights at San
Francisco State University" that included Mr. Corrigan's e-mail address.
It was not the first time that Mr. Corrigan has been electronically inundated
after a campus incident. Three years ago he received 3,000 e-mail messages
after a pro-Israel rally was held at the university.
EVERYONE HAS A BEEF
Conflicts on campus are nothing new, of course. But colleges today are
no longer viewed as ivory towers. Institutions of all sizes and types are
under greater scrutiny than ever before from lawmakers, parents, taxpayers,
students, alumni, and especially political partisans. Empowered by their
position or by the fact that they sign the tuition checks, they do not hesitate
to use any available forum to complain about what is happening at a particular
In this Internet age, information travels quickly and easily, and colleges
have become more transparent, says Collin G. Brooke, an assistant professor of
writing at Syracuse University, who studies the intersection between rhetoric
and technology. Many universities' Web sites list the e-mail addresses of
every employee, from the president on down, enabling unencumbered access to all
"That was not possible 10 years ago," Mr. Brooke says. "Maybe I'd go to
a library, find a college catalog, and get an address. Then I'd have to
write a letter. Now it's easy to whip off a couple of sentences in an
e-mail when it takes only a few seconds to find that person's address."
Read more about blogs and Weblogs and RSS at
That's Enron-tainment: Positive review on the new Enron movie
Alex Gibney's freewheeling -- and terrifically
entertaining -- documentary, newly entered into national release, puts faces and
voices to the men and women who've become household names since the scandal
broke four years ago. Some of these former executives have already enjoyed (or
endured) extensive face time on TV. But now they're characters in the context of
a film that's been adapted from the book of the same name by Bethany McLean and
Peter Elkind, and the big screen lends new immediacy to their appearance. That's
not to say Mr. Gibney's documentary turns its characters into real people. Given
the scale of the human and economic damage, of the deception and very possibly
the pathological self-deception, there may not be any real people behind those
scrupulously straight faces. Still, "The Smartest Guys in the Room" gives us the
same sort of perverse pleasure that's been a staple of "60 Minutes" over the
years -- watching world-class crooks tell world-class lies.
"That's Enron-tainment: Company's Chief Cheats Give 'Smartest Guys' Energy:
Documentary Tracing Firm's Fall Is Provocative, Proudly Partisan; 'Machuca':
Classy Class Drama," The Wall Street Journal, April 29, 2005; Page W1 ---
Bob Jensen's threads on the history of the Enron/Andersen scandals are at
You can download Enron's Infamous Home Video
Although it has nothing to do with the above professional movie, Jim Borden sent
me a copy of the amateur video recording of Rich Kinder's departure from Enron
(Kinder preceded Skilling as President of Enron). This video features
nearly half an hour of absurd skits, songs and testimonials by company
executives. It features CEO Jeff Skilling proposing
Hypothetical Future Value (HPV) accounting with in retrospect is
too true to be funny during the subsequent melt down of Enron. George W.
Bush (then Texas Governor Bush and his father) appear in the video. You
can download parts of it at
Warning: The above video is in avi format and takes a very long time to
download. It probably dovetails nicely into Alex Gibney's new Hollywood
Footnote: Rich Kinder left Enron, formed his own energy company, and
became a billionaire ---
Internet is newest place to plead case
Defendants in high-profile criminal and civil cases are
increasingly using the Internet in an attempt to influence the public, the media
and even potential jurors. From simple discussion groups to ultra-slick
multimedia shows, the sites are giving unprecedented message control to those
who stand to lose their fortune or freedom. "Is it a trend? Absolutely," said
Richard Levick, a Washington-based litigation consultant who has designed Web
strategies for his clients. "We're going to see a lot more of this into the
future. Defendants are going to demand it." An Illinois capital case spawned one
of the first sites 10 years ago. Lawyers for Girvies Davis, who said he did not
commit the 1978 murder that put him on Death Row, built a home page in 1994 to
publicize his plea for mercy. It attracted enormous attention. Media outlets
from ABC News to People magazine ran stories on Davis, and Brian Murphy, one of
the defense attorneys, said Web surfers sent a deluge of e-mails to then-Gov.
Jim Edgar. "I don't have any idea whether it had any effect at all, but we
didn't get the outcome we were looking for. Girvies was executed on May 17,
1995," said David Schwartz, who also represented Davis.
John Keilman, "Internet is newest place to plead case," Chicago Tribune,
April 25, 2005 ---
Jensen Comment: I wonder if we will one day see an explosion of Web
sites protesting grades in college, sites that name names, show instructor
comments (or lack thereof) on term papers, etc.
Amazon may not be the place to plead your case
Several months ago, Christy Serrato bought a iPod
mini digital-music player through Amazon.com Inc.'s Web site. When it failed to
arrive, she sent a number of e-mails to the seller, without a reply. Only after
another round of e-mails did she finally get a refund, roughly two months after
her purchase. The challenge for Ms. Serrato, a software saleswoman in San
Francisco, was that, while she used Amazon's Web site -- the seller was actually
one of the 925,000 independent merchants that sell through Amazon. When one of
these purchases goes awry, consumers aren't always sure who is responsible, or
even where to complain.
Mylene Mangalindan, "Who's Selling What on Amazon: Some Shoppers Are
Confused As Independent Merchants Make Up More of Site's Sales," The Wall
Street Journal, April 28, 2005; Page D1 ---
Bob Jensen's fraud updates are at
Teenagers are not, in fact, superior Web geniuses
"Teenagers are not, in fact, superior Web geniuses who
can use anything a site throws at them," the study concludes. Rather, there are
"cognitive, developmental and behavioral differences" between adults and
teenagers, which the report defines as people between the ages of 13 and 17. And
those differences make teens less than expert when it comes to effective Web
surfing. For Web retailers, the study -- which is far from definitive --
suggests some rethinking may be in order. It indicates that many Web sites are
either shooting over the heads of their intended teen targets or just aren't
designed to suit teenage tastes -- with complex navigation tools, hard-to-find
instructions and search options, and visually boring sites.
Jeanette Borzo, "Teens Don't Know Everything," The Wall Street Journal,
April 25, 2005; Page R9 ---
I guess they just wanted to borrow the stuff for one night
A television, stereo, and VCR were stolen over the weekend from a house in
the small town of Kremlin. Undersheriff Jerry Niles said the woman who lives at
the house called deputies Monday night to say that someone broke into her house
again while she was away, returned the electronics gear, even restoring the
wiring and repairing a door jamb damaged in the original break-in. "It was
spooky," Niles said. He said it was the first time he has ever seen all of the
property taken in a burglary returned like that. Deputies are still
investigating the case.
"Burglar With Conscience Returns Items," Newsday.com,
April 28, 2005 ---
Women on the endangered species list?
Never mind the spotted owl. A new study suggests
that pollution could hasten the demise of a species much dearer to man: women.
Swedish fishermen who were exposed to high levels of industrial waste,
pesticides and other pollutants had a higher proportion of male Y chromosomes in
their sperm, scientists said. Why is that worrisome? Because an egg fertilized
by a Y chromosome sperm will produce a boy while an X chromosome sperm results
in a girl. And there are already 33 million more men than women in the world,
according to the Population Reference Bureau. "The more exposed the fishermen
were to the chemicals, the more Y chromosomes we found," Prof. Aleksander
Giwercman of Malmo University in Sweden told Reuters. The study focused on
dangerous pollutants such as dioxin, DDT and PCBs used commercially for decades
before being banned. "This is more evidence that chemicals which everyone is
exposed to have an effect on the function of the reproductive system," Giwercman
Corky Siemaszko, "Dirty genes, fewer gals?" New York Daily News, April
28, 2005 ---
Walt Mossberg's Mailbox, April 28, 2005 ---
Q: I am a broker who sells land in rural or remote
locations. Increasingly, my clients want high-speed DSL or cable Internet
services, but they are often unavailable in the rural areas. Are there rural
A: Yes. You can tell them that, in most places,
high-speed Internet service is available via satellite. DirecTV offers a
service called Direcway, which works anywhere with a clear view of the
Southern sky. It downloads data at 500 kilobits per second, which is
equivalent to the slower DSL offerings.
It's been years since I tested satellite Internet
service, so I can't offer an evaluation. But the Direcway service has some
drawbacks. It doesn't work well with fast Internet gaming, because there is
some latency in the home-to-satellite connection. It also isn't compatible
with most Virtual Private Network, or VPN, connections that link homes
securely to corporate networks. And its upload speed is quite slow, at just
Also, Direcway is relatively costly. There's a $600
upfront cost for a special satellite dish, and the monthly fee is $60, much
more than most DSL and cable rates. But, in areas without DSL or cable, it
may be worth it.
Jensen Comment: The satellite solution is not ideal. Note the
upload problem mentioned above (upload means the things like messages and files
that you send someplace else).
Fake-Drug Sales Thrive on Web
Drug-industry executives think the Internet and
mail-order operations will be the biggest source of counterfeit drugs over the
next five years, according to a report released today by Ernst & Young. Of the
executives surveyed, 43% identified illegal Internet and mail-order pharmacies
as the growing threat, while 35% identified the secondary wholesale market. That
is a shift; the secondary market is currently the biggest entry point, according
to 41% of those polled.
Heather Won Tesoriero, "Fake-Drug Sales Thrive on Web," The Wall Street
Journal, April 28, 2005; Page D4 ---
Trivia from the Washington Post on April 26
Which Middle Eastern country recently announced
that all camel racers will be mechanical by 2007?
United Arab Emirates
Grossly exaggerated and fabricated (obesity) scare campaign
With tremendous media fanfare last year, Julie
Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson announced that overweight and
obesity had killed 400,000 Americans in 2000. The CDC paper making this claim,
led by Gerberding and published in the Journal of the American Medical
Association, laid the foundation for billions of dollars in government and
industry initiatives and an aggressive new national advertising campaign to
combat what she called a "tragic and unacceptable" health crisis. But it has
finally been exposed for what it is: a grossly exaggerated and fabricated scare
Sandy Scwarz, "Bon Appetit! ," Tech Central Station, April 25, 2005 ---
Sounds a bit too much like putting human rubbish in rubbish containers in
Government and opposition MPs are teaming up in a
joint plan to house anti-social tenants in special iron huts to reduce city
disputes and prevent people from being forced onto the street. The plan from the
Christian Democrat CDA, Liberal VVD and opposition Labour PvdA is focused at
troublesome tenants who have long been a nuisance factor. Instead of being
evicted, they will be given a 'last chance residence', newspaper 'De Telegraaf'
reported on Monday. Christian Democrat MP Mirjam Sterk wants to prevent tenants
who disturb their neighbourhood ending up on the street. She said: "The trouble
will only have been relocated, not resolved". The CDA is being inundated
with complaints about troublesome neighbours and Sterk believes that between
"the normal house" and "the street", a transitional home is missing. The party
will submit a legislative proposal to Parliament allowing the relocation of
anti-social neighbours to container homes in a specifically designated and
remote area of a city.
"Anti-social tenants face life in 'container homes'," Expatica, April 25,
Quantum Computing May Seem Too Far Out, But Don't Count on It
Science, including the science of building computers,
often works in three phases. First, a scientist has an idea that other
scientists regard as more science fiction than science. A few years later, a few
other scientists begin to realize that the idea isn't so improbable after all.
And a few years after that, the idea starts to be taught to undergraduates as
though it is old hat. That's what's happening with quantum computing, a radical
redesign of computers that could result in unimaginably fast machines. A
generation ago, a few physicists had the brainstorm that such machines might be
possible -- even though Albert Einstein himself regarded it all as nonsense.
Now, at the University of California, Berkeley, you have C191: Quantum
Information Science and Technology, a senior-level class that's a co-production
of the school's physics, chemistry and computer-science departments.
"Quantum Computing May Seem Too Far Out, But Don't Count on It," The Wall
Street Journal, April 25, 2005; Page B1 ---
This concept, which arose from the early days of
electronics, has become one of the most powerful in engineering and applied
science. Anyone who wishes to evaluate some of the claims made by people like
computer modellers needs to appreciate the basics of feedback. While you need
complex numbers to understand it fully, the basic concepts can be illustrated by
means of the simple feedback equation as developed for early electronic
John Brignell, "Feedback,"
Number Watch ---
ROTC down 16%
Enrollments in the Army’s Reserve
Officers Training Corps have dropped 16 percent in the last two
years, according to a
in The Washington Post (free
registration required). The Post reported that some ROTC units
have seen more than 80 percent of recent graduates assigned to
fighting roles in Afghanistan or Iraq.
Inside Higher Ed
, April 25, 2005http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/04/25/qt
A broken wrist cost more than $US17,000 to fix in the US, where Mark
Coultan discovered bulk billing had an altogether different meaning.
The economist Paul Krugman has summarised it this way:
"The United States has the most privatised, competitive health system in the
advanced world; it also has by far the highest costs, and close to the worst
"Small bump, big bill," Sydney Morning Herald, April 25 2005 ---
It's not a tunnel of love: Trap-building ants torture prey
A fierce species of Amazonian ant has been seen
building elaborate traps on which hapless prey are stretched like medieval
torture victims, before being slowly hacked to pieces. With cunning and
patience, Allomerus decemarticulatus worker-ants cut hairs from the stem of the
plant they inhabit, and use the tiny fibres to build a spongy snare, Nature
magazine reports. This ingenious feat of engineering has only ever been observed
in one other species of related ant, French researchers say. What the ants do is
cut hairs to clear a path under the plant stem, while leaving some hairs
standing to form "pillars" on top of which the lethal platform will sit. Using
the plant hairs they have harvested, the ants weave the platform itself, which
is bound together and strengthened using a special fungus. When the ants have
completed the chamber they puncture holes all along its surface, each just big
enough to poke their heads through. Then, hundreds of worker ants climb into the
chamber and wait for an unfortunate victim.
"Trap-building ants torture prey," BBC News, April 23, 2005 ---
Why you should zero out your credit card debt and pay cards off
in full every month thereafter
But all is not tulips and nectar over at MBNA, the
largest independent issuer of credit cards. Yesterday it reported a poor quarter
and ratcheted down earnings expectations for the year. Its stock sank to a
two-year low. Credit card giant Capital One Financial had a better quarter, but
its stock has been slumping lately, too. Bad news for the credit card companies
may be better news for us. There are signs at both companies that consumers may
be responding to higher rates by doing something almost completely unexpected
and practically un-American: paying down credit card debt.The credit card
industry presumes, based on happy experience, that Americans will borrow more
money each quarter to support their spending habits, regardless of the direction
of interest rates, and that enough consumers will be happy simply to pay off
just enough debt to allow them to borrow more. But last quarter MBNA, to its
apparent shock, found that "results were further impacted by unexpectedly high
payment volumes from U.S. credit card customers," and that "the payment volumes
were particularly higher on accounts with higher interest rates."
Daniel Gross, "Americans Pay Off Credit Card Debt! This is not science fiction.
It's really happening," Slate, April 22, 2005 ---
Upwardly mobile gay college president
A Berkeley dean talks about taking Hampshire’s top job,
politically active campuses, and becoming one of the few openly gay college
Scott Jaschik, "Upwardly Mobile Academic: Ralph J. Hexter," Inside Higher Ed,
April 18, 2005 ---
Jensen Comment: Dr. Hexter's Website is at
I guess I had somewhat similar experiences when moving from a large state
university to Trinity University
All people, not just other psychologists. Everyone has
a unique perspective of the world. My non-psychology friends introduced me to
new ideas to explore; ideas that came from the view of the world they received
through the window of their disciplines. I was at once stimulated intellectually
and humbled. I was reminded that a true understanding of people entails far more
than what we learn from research only in psychology. So, what is it like
teaching in a small liberal arts college? Well, I guess there ain’t nothin’ else
like it in the world, and I, for one, am happy to have spent over 25 years doing
Hank Cetola ,"From Specialist to Generalist," Inside Higher Ed, April 11,
Cut out the middleman: Be your own publisher
When Amy Fisher finished writing her memoir about shooting
her lover's wife, she told her agent not to send the manuscript to New York
publishers. Instead, Fisher, who made headlines in 1992 as the 17-year-old
''Long Island Lolita,'' turned to iUniverse in Lincoln, Neb. The company charges
authors several hundred dollars to convert a manuscript into a book and make it
available for sale online.
Sarah Glazer, "How to Be Your Own Publisher," The New York Times, April
24, 2005 ---
iUniverse, the leading online book publisher,
offers the most comprehensive book publishing services in the
self-publishing industry—awarded the Editor's Choice award by PC Magazine
and chosen by thousands of satisfied authors as the leading print-on-demand
We help authors to prepare a manuscript, design and
self-publish a book of professional quality, publicize and market their
book, and print copies of their book for sale online and in bookstores
around the world.
As an innovative book publisher, we also offer
exclusive services such as our acclaimed Editorial Review and our
revolutionary Star Program, designed to discover and nurture exceptional new
talent within our growing author community.
Don't wait any longer to get that manuscript off
your desk and into the marketplace. With iUniverse as your book publisher,
you can become a published author in a matter of weeks. Why not get started
Jensen Comment: What I would do is carefully investigate the claim of
"helping to market your book." Marketing takes money, sometimes lots of
it. Some publishing companies spend lots of money and have established
distribution channels. Advertising is very expensive. Why should
someone else want to invest heavily in you new book?
The Charitable Foundation Scam
Donors get those perks because they agree to relinquish
control over the money. But since they appoint the organization's board, they
can retain a great deal of influence over it. Regulators and lawmakers suspect
that many wealthy people have used these organizations more for tax planning
than for any charitable aim and are pushing for tighter rules as part of a
broader crackdown on charitable tax exemptions. "I'm deeply disturbed that with
a good number of supporting organizations, people are taking multimillion-dollar
tax deductions for what they claim are contributions to charity, yet too often
the result is a thimbleful of benefit to charity," said Senator Charles E.
Grassley, the Iowa Republican who is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
Stephanie Strom, "A Tax Benefit for Big Donors Often Bypasses Idea of Charity,"
The New York Times, April 25, 2005 ---
Bob Jensen's threads on charity frauds are at
Al-Qaeda launched its first Kurdish website
The al-Qaeda terrorist group, led by the notorious
Jordanian leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, launched its first Kurdish website on
Tuesday. The new website - known as Pegy Jehad or live Jihad - contains a Fatwah
with up-to-date news on terrorist activities in Iraq. The homepage also contains
anti-Shiite banners and a photograph of Baghdad's former governor Paul Bremer
embracing a leading Shiite cleric while standing next to the American US
secretary of State Colin Powell. Users of the website have the opportunity to
send and receive news through a series of email addresses opened through the
hotmail internet email provider. Pegy Jihad is al-Qaeda's first website in
Kurdish. Previously, the propagation of Kurdish documents and recordings was
left to a group known as Ansar al-Sunna, which mainly operates in Kurdistan. The
organisation is an outshoot of Ansar al-Islam, a group with ties to Iran and
whose administration officials have links to al-Qaeda. Ansar al-Sunna began in
September 2001 and came from the unification of several Islamist groups
originating from the mountains of northern Iraq on the Iranian border. In March
2003, US special forces attacked and scattered most of the Ansar al-Sunna
fighters. The group is responsible for the many attacks against the Kurdish
ADNKI, April 26, 2005 ---
While Wal-Mart has won on Main Street, it's been the loser on
But while Wal-Mart has won on Main Street, it's been
the loser on Wall Street. Over the past year, its shares have fallen 19%. An
owner of Kmart stock, which began trading as Sears Holdings in March, is more
than 200% ahead. Wal-Mart trades at 20 times its earnings last year. Based on
Lehman Brothers estimates, Sears Holding trades at a steeper price-to-earnings
ratio of 27.
"Wall and Main," The Wall Street Journal, April 29, 2005 ---
know that I have mentioned that Wikipedia is a great free knowledge sharing
service, a free and interactive online Encyclopedia. I would like you to think
of ways you can quickly add to (or edit) modules instantaneously from your
History on One-Room Schools ---
History of the Farm ---
History of Chemistry ---
History of Philosophy ---
History of Psychology ---
History of Accounting ---
Wikipedia is a great online free Encyclopedia ---
Note that you can instantaneously edit virtually any module such as History of
the Farm. Simply click on the tab "Edit this Page." Text is
changed easily, but there is a bit of syntax to learn for some items. You
can also insert links to other Web sites relevant to the topic.
. I suggest you
look up knowledge topics of special interest to you and think about ways that
you can almost effortlessly improve the modules.
For example, in about a minute I added a link to my site at
Move over boys, the money is on the women
At present, women millionaires (in the U.K.)
between the ages of 18 and 44 and over 65 outnumber male millionaires, the
report says. They own 48 per cent of the nation's personal wealth. But
significant change will occur as a result of the rise in "financially
sophisticated younger women", who will swell the numbers of those who inherit
Sarah Womack, "Move over boys, the money is on the women," The Age, April
23, 2005 ---
Is there a real Super Woman with X-Ray vision?
Previous tests in London and New York led to mixed
results. British scientists were convinced but there was doubt in the US where
she could only determine the illnesses of four out of seven people. The latest
experiments were carried out by Professor Yoshio Machi at Tokyo University, who
specialises in studying apparent superpowers in human beings. Professor Machi
said: "We did a whole range of tests, and the strangest thing was that we found
she could also use her abilities on photographs, even on tiny passport photos.
"She was able to look at them and apparently see what the problem was. Her
ability is not x-ray vision, but she definitely has some kind of talent that we
can't explain yet."
"X-ray vision girl amazes scientist," Ananova ---
One nation under your belief system: Shouldn't "your" be "any" or
The students in Vincent Pulciani's seventh-grade class
were reciting the Pledge of Allegiance this week when they heard the voice over
the intercom say something they'd never heard before, at least not during the
Pledge. Instead of "one nation, under God," the voice said, "one nation, under
your belief system." The bewildered students at Everitt Middle School in Wheat
Ridge never even got to "indivisible," according to Vincent's mother, Christina
Valerie Richardson, "Altered Pledge of Allegiance stuns students," Washington
Times, April 23, 2005 ---
New labor union disclosure form (LM-2
)is an eye opener
The rank and file are also beginning to see a
precise breakdown of how their money is spent. Prior to the new form, unions
could lump millions into vague categories such as "overhead," or the
ever-favorite "other disbursements." Unions must now account for dollars spent
on anything from the grievance process to organizing to politics. This will help
to keep leaders accountable and perhaps reduce such fraud as the officials of a
Washington, D.C., teachers union who apparently bought mink coats and alligator
shoes with dues money. The forms will also shine a light on one of labor's
darkest, dampest, corners: trusts. These affiliates are barely regulated slush
funds into which unions funnel dues and then spend at will. The Detroit Free
Press ran articles in 2001 detailing three such funds that the United Auto
Workers ostensibly set up to finance worker training but in fact were also used
by the top brass to sponsor Nascar racing, host political parties and underwrite
trips to Palm Springs. Under the new rules, unions will have to account for this
"Big Labor's Secrets," The Wall Street Journal, April 25, 2005; Page A14
Ancient Egypt corpses unearthed
Archaeologists digging in a 5600-year-old funeral site
in southern Egypt have unearthed seven corpses thought to date to the era, as
well as an intact figure of a cow's head carved from flint . . . The find is
significant because little is known about the early phase of Predynastic period.
That era predates the unification of upper and lower Egypt that triggered the
well-known Dynastic era, when ancient Egypt's pharaohs ruled.
"Ancient Egypt corpses unearthed," Aljazeera, April 20, 2005 ---
SWAT Monkey: Animal rights activists aren't going to like this way
of saving police lives
Major city police departments in the US use
paramilitary Swat teams for hostage situations and in situations involving
heavily armed criminals. Truelove told local newspapers the idea came to him in
a dream about 18 months ago. The test monkey could be trained to unlock doors
and search buildings for police on command, Truelove said. The capuchin monkey
is considered one of the smartest primates, known by many for its decades-long
association with organ grinders. A capuchin monkey weighs 1.3 to 3.5kg and lives
15 to 20 years.
"Monkeys to join police Swat teams?" Aljazeera, April 19, 2005 ---
Myths versus facts about the No Child Left Behind law
There are two things wrong with the NEA's claim that
NCLB is an unfunded mandate: The law is neither a mandate, nor is it unfunded.
The nonpartisan General Accounting Office dismissed the mandate claim last
October. The law only provides funds to those states that wish to receive them.
Any state that wants to reject the dollars -- and the rules that accompany them
-- is free to do so. That no state has yet taken this route provides an
on-the-ground basis for rejecting the complaint out of hand. As for funding, the
law does contain this clause: "Nothing in this Act shall be construed to . . .
mandate a State or any subdivision thereof to spend any funds or incur any costs
not paid for under this Act." Placing this clause at the heart of its complaint,
the NEA offers up three arguments. The silliest says congressional
appropriations fall short of amounts authorized. Never mind that federal aid to
education reached a historic high in 2005, when spending reached $12.7 billion.
That number, says the NEA, still falls short of the $20.5 billion that had been
authorized in 2002. This misleading argument attempts to turn a ceiling into a
floor, an architectural feat that would leave no room for congressional
discretion. As all lawmakers and union leaders well know, congressional
authorizations limit -- they do not compel -- expenditure. Neither Johnson, nor
Carter, nor Clinton, to say nothing of Reagan, signed education appropriation
bills that reached their authorized limit. Indeed, virtually every federal
program is funded below its authorized level. Were the courts to accept the NEA
claim and compel all appropriations to equal authorized limits, the federal
deficit would immediately balloon to levels beyond the wildest imagination of
the most unabashed Keynesian.
Martin R. West and Paul E. Peterson, "Sue First, Teach Later," The Wall
Street Journal, April 28, 2005; Page A18 ---
Ayn Rand at 100: "Yours Is the Glory
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of
Alissa Rosenbaum, who won renown and the affection of millions under her chosen
identity of Ayn Rand. When Jerome Tuccille wrote his semi fictional odyssey of a
libertarian activist from the 1950s to the early 1970s, his title seemed
inevitable: It Usually Begins with Ayn Rand. Rand was the most popular and
influential libertarian figure of the twentieth century. But what is most
enduringly important about her is not necessarily her explicitly political and
economic philosophy. She was born February 2, 1905, in St. Petersburg, Russia,
the daughter of a shop-owning chemist. When the Soviets took over, the shop was
taken from him. Her family's (and nation's) privations and struggles with
communism informed her first novel, We the Living (1936). In that book's
indomitable heroine, Kira Argouvna, it is easy to see the reflected light of
Alissa, another young girl, Soviet by cruel fate but not spirit, with little to
motivate her but the desire to escape. Kira's desire ended in tragedy; Rand's in
Brian Doherty , "Ayn Rand at 100: "Yours Is the Glory" Cato Institute,
April 24, 2005 ---
Academic feminists war on RAP
The third obstacle is academic feminism. At the
University of Chicago conference, "Feminism and Hip Hop," the focus was on "crunk,"
the Atlanta-based style of rap that casts black men as pimps and black women as
strippers and "ho's." Some speakers -- notably Ms. Bailey from Spelman and Joan
Moore from Essence -- used the language of morality when describing how crunk
degrades women. But when the academic feminists weighed in, moral revulsion got
bracketed as naive, and we groundlings were instructed to view "Tip Drill" as
part of a "hegemonic intertextuality" in which "the structures of racism,
patriarchy, heterosexism and advanced consumer capitalism" are "embedded" or
"inscribed" (I forget which).
Martha Bayles, "Attacks on Rap Now Come From Within," The Wall Street Journal,
April 28, 2005; Page D8 ---
"Are We Just Really Smart Robots? Two books on the mind put the human back
into human beings," by Kenneth Silber, Reason On Line, April 2005
On Intelligence, by Jeff Hawkins with Sandra Blakeslee, New York:
Times Books, 261 pages, $25
Mind: A Brief Introduction, by John R. Searle, New York: Oxford
University Press, 326 pages, $26
Neurobiology’s advances generate anxiety as well as
joy and hope. On the joyful and hopeful side, there are the prospect and
reality of improved treatments for brain diseases and debilities. But
anxiety arises over what the science tells us, or will tell us, about
ourselves. Thoughts and feelings may be reduced to brain structures and
processes. Consciousness and free will may be proven unimportant or
illusory. Much of what we value about ourselves, in short, may be
explained—or, worse, explained away.
The prevailing trends in the philosophy of mind
reinforce such concerns. The field is dominated by schools of materialism
that describe mental phenomena as types or side products of physical
phenomena. Mind-body dualism, which posits a separate existence for the
mind, has been effectively eclipsed (although it seems to receive continued
implicit acceptance from many nonexperts). Some forms of materialism argue
that the mental phenomena in question do not even exist.
Continued in the article
Most likely the last gun shop in Minneapolis will be put out of business
Koscielski initially opened a store in 1995, days
before the City Council adopted a moratorium on gun shops. The city tried to
close his shop down, but federal courts ordered that he be allowed to continue
doing business. As a result, he was given an exemption in the zoning code. In
the summer of 2003, Koscielski's lease at his first location was terminated. He
said he was forced to rent a site not in compliance with the zoning code, which
requires that gun shops be at least 500 feet from a church, school, park or
library and 250 feet from a residence. Koscielski's Guns and Ammo at 2926
Chicago Av. S. is not zoned for a gun shop. Council Member Gary Schiff faults
Koscielski for "blatantly" opening a shop in an area not zoned for his business.
But Koscielski, a disabled veteran, accuses the city of trying to put him out of
business by leaving him no legal options for a site. "This is my Alamo. I'm
really fighting for my livelihood here," Koscielski said.
Rochelle Olso, "Last gun shop may be facing final battle," Star Tribune,
April 25, 2005 ---
Why haven't charities been more active in trying to keep the Federal estate tax
on the books?
No one wants to alienate the wealthy donors and board members who would benefit
from a repeal.
Charities stand to lose roughly $10 billion a year
if the federal estate tax is repealed permanently, according to a study
conducted by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute. That is roughly
the equivalent of all the grants made by the country's 82 largest foundations in
Stephanie Strom, "Charities Are Silent on Loss of Estate Tax," The New York
Times, April 24, 2005 ---
Just let a chameleon crawl across the screen
She (Jane Fonda)
invited her daughter, Vanessa Vadim, a documentary filmmaker, to help her. ''Why
don't you just get a chameleon and let it crawl across the screen?'' Vanessa
Maureen Dowd, "'My Life So Far': The Roles of a Lifetime," The New York Times,
April 24, 2005 ---
Does virtually every child have a special need, perhaps a costly special
With an estimated 5.7 million children in the United
States qualifying for special education, similar struggles are playing out
around the country. Federal laws aimed at protecting the disabled entitle those
who qualify to a free and "appropriate" education tailored to their needs. But
the definition of "appropriate" differs from town to town, leaving much to
quarrel about. The battle is particularly intense in the suburbs, where wealthy,
educated parents no longer see special education as a stigma or trap. They are
pressing hard for services and accommodations to address their children's
learning needs, from extra time on tests to tuition for private schools. But
many suburban school districts are aggressively challenging some of the requests
as indulgent interpretations of the law.
Alison Leigh Cowan, "Amid Affluence, a Struggle Over Special Education," The
New York Times, April 24, 2005 ---
Just pour in the scotch, I can't afford the water
Perth, like Sydney, is also experiencing climate
change. The city's rainfall has fallen almost 20 per cent in 25 years. To make
up the shortfall, the region's extensive groundwater catchment is being depleted
at unsustainable rates. This is generally understood by the public. The State
Government is now committed to building a large desalination plant, a desperate
measure in ecological terms, recognition that Perth will never again be able to
live off the water it receives naturally.
"Running out of water - and time," Sydney Morning Herald, April 25, 2005
How deep are their pockets?
The Big Four accounting firms -- Deloitte,
PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and Ernst & Young -- have long claimed in court
cases that their units are independent and can't be held liable for each other's
sins. U.S. courts to date have backed that argument. The firms say the
distinction is important -- allowing them to boost the efficiency of the global
economy by spreading uniform standards of accounting around the world, without
worrying that one unit's missteps will sink the entire enterprise. But Deloitte
e-mails seized by Italian prosecutors and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal,
along with documents filed in the court cases, show how the realities of
auditing global companies increasingly conflict with the legal contention that
an accounting firm's units are separate. The auditing profession -- which plays
a central role in business by checking up on companies' books -- has become
ever-more global as the firms' clients have expanded around the world. But
that's creating new problems as auditors face allegations that they bear
liability for the wave of business scandals in recent years.
David Reilly and Alessandra Galloni, "Facing Lawsuits, Parmalat Auditor
Stresses Its Disunity: Deloitte Presented Global Face, But Says Arms Acted
Alone; E-Mail Trail Between Units: A Liability Threat for Industry,"
The Wall Street Journal, April 28, 2005; Page A1 ---
Bob Jensen's threads on Deloitte's legal woes are at
Bob Jensen's threads on the future of auditing are at
KPMG Ousts Executive, Partners; Steps Tied to Tax-Shelter Scrutiny
Accounting firm KPMG LLP this week fired a senior
executive who had headed its tax-services division as it promoted tax shelters
earlier this decade, another sign of the pressure KPMG is facing as
law-enforcement officials investigate the now-contentious sales effort. The New
York firm also dismissed two partners who had sat on its 15-member board, the
latest personnel change tied to the tax-shelter scrutiny. A KPMG spokesman says
the firm doesn't discuss personnel matters. Since February 2004, KMPG has been
under criminal investigation by the Justice Department's U.S. attorney's office
in Manhattan for its sale of tax shelters in the 1990s and as recently as 2002.
KPMG's marketing effort was publicized in hearings in 2003 by the Senate
Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which concluded in a report that KPMG
had been an "active and, at times, aggressive" promoter of tax shelters to
individuals and corporations that were later determined by the Internal Revenue
Service to be potentially abusive or illegal tax shelters.
Diya Guollapalli, "KPMG Ousts Executive, Partners; Steps Tied to Tax-Shelter
Scrutiny," The Wall Street Journal, April 28, 2005; Page C2 ---
Bob Jensen's threads on KPMG's abusive tax shelters that exceeded $1 billion in
revenue to the firm are at
UN policy reversal by President Bush in his second term
Significant differences between the first and second
Bush terms continue to emerge. After studied silence in her White House years,
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is beginning to reveal her style and values,
clearly with presidential approval. She seems to be a pragmatic conservative,
oriented toward problem-solving, pursuing essentially non-ideological policies.
She is careful (and politically smart) to keep faith, in all her statements,
with neoconservative values, but she is also finding high-profile, low-cost
ways, such as extensive travel, to improve America's shaky image and
relationships around the world. Several recent events are worth attention . . .
The dramatic policy reversal -- personally shaped by President Bush -- resulting
in a decision not to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing a role
for the International Criminal Court in Darfur. This was the first time in four
years that the Bush administration had departed from its practice of opposing
anything having to do with the ICC.
Richard Holbrooke, "Introducing Condoleezza And a Plan for Kosovo," The Wall
Street Journal, April 25, 2005 ---
Diversity under stress
They see it as growing pains in a college trying to
manage all sides of an increasingly diverse community. "To some degree, this
issue may simply reflect the problems inherent in living in a small fishbowl
together -- one that forces some people with amazing insensitivity, and maybe a
bit of racism, to live together with others who are extremely sensitive," said
Kashif S. Mansori, a Colby economics professor. "It also seems to have taken on
some life as a symbolic struggle to help figure out what kind of place Colby is
Chuin-Weo Yap, "Diversity under stress," Morning Sentinel, April 24, 2005
Innate differences between males and females: I didn't find anything
new worth quoting here!
"Profs Spar on ‘Innate Differences’ Psychologists Pinker and Spelke debate the
data behind Summers' comments," by Natalie I. Sherman, The Crimson, April
25, 2005 ---
Is IT a career path you'd recommend to a teenager?
The average computer-science or engineering grad will make $13,000 more
than the average marketing major this year. Yet two-thirds of working IT
pros in the 2005 InformationWeek Salary Survey don't consider it as
promising a career path as it used to be. Why so glum? We all know the
legitimate causes for concern. This is a market being hit with an
unprecedented wave of globalization, and companies, wherever they can,
are moving IT jobs to lower-cost locations. But a lot of recent data
paints a pretty decent picture of the U.S. IT workplace. IT unemployment
is below 4%, and average salaries
(compare your salary here) have grown
almost 6% a year the past five years--to $71,000 on average for staff
and $95,000 for managers. Looking at these numbers, I see a career that
still holds great promise for someone with a passion for technology and
engineering. Is that wrong? Would you steer a teenager away from
computer science? Read a more complete analysis at my
blog and weigh in with your views.
I guess this should be forbidden until both are over 65 years old
The Associated Press has this crime report from
A brother and sister were arrested on felony incest charges after the man's wife
called sheriff's deputies, who allegedly caught the siblings having sex. Ronald
Stewart Howze, 44, of Trafford, and Lori Ann Rotton, 41, of Smyrna, Ga., were
arrested around midnight on April 7, said Jefferson County sheriff's spokesman
From the Opinion Journal, April 26, 2005
Payola with women instead of money
According to (Apr) 20th issue of The Epoch Times, Wu
Chang-zhen(?), an expert in current 'Marriage Law' of China, announced the
statistic that 95% of communist party officials, whose corruptions were exposed,
had mistresses. In particular, during the investigation of those involved in 102
corruption scandals in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Zhuhai in 1,999, 100% of them
had mistresses, which was a real shock. Using a pretty woman as a 'bribe' rather
than money is becoming a raging fashion, and officials believe that the number
of mistresses is the reflection of one's 'clout.'
"95% of Corrupt Officials in China have mistresses," The Epoch Times,
April 20, 2005 ---
Great Orators of the Democratic Party
-"One man with courage makes a majority."-- Andrew Jackson
-"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."-- Franklin D. Roosevelt
-"The buck stops here."-- Harry S. Truman
-"Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your
country."-- John F. Kennedy
Forwarded by Paula
Flylow Airways Problem Solving
After every flight, Flylow's pilots fill out a form, called a "gripe sheet"
which tells mechanics about problems with the aircraft. The mechanics correct
the problems, document their repairs on the form, & then pilots review the gripe
sheets before the next flight. Never let it be said that ground crews lack a
sense of humor. Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by
Flylow's pilots & the solutions recorded by maintenance engineers. By the way,
Flylow is the only major airline that has never had an accident.
(P= The problem logged by the pilot.) (S= The solution and action taken by
P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.
P: Test flight OK, except autoland very rough.
S: Autoland not installed on this aircraft.
P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.
P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on backorder.
P: Autopilot in altitudehold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.
P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.
P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.
P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what they're for.
P: IFF inoperative.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.
P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you're right.
P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.
P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, & be serious.
P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.
P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.
P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on
something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget.
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