Tidbits on June 14, 2005
Bob Jensen
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Music: White Mountains --- http://www.jessiesweb.com/whitemtn.htm

Train of Life (Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline) ---  
http://mywebpages.comcast.net/singingman7/TOL.htm
  




To laugh often and love much; to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest citizens and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - this is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Forwarded by Paula

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Milton Friedman at Age 92
Friedman calls Social Security, created by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935, a Ponzi game
"Friedman's 'heresy' hits mainstream Private Social Security accounts were his idea," by Carolyn Lochhead, San Francisco Chronicle, June 5, 2005 --- http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2005/06/05/ING9QD1E5Q1.DTL

San Francisco seems an unlikely home for the man who in 1962 first proposed the privatization of Social Security.

Asked why he dwells in liberalism's den, Milton Friedman, 92, the Nobel laureate economist and father of modern conservatism, didn't skip a beat.

"Not much competition here," he quipped.

"The people I see in the Safeway don't go around yelling, 'I'm a left wing Democrat,' even if they are," he said. "This is a very nice city to live in."

Living atop Nob Hill for the past 28 years with his wife and collaborator, Rose, who fell in love with the city as a young woman, Friedman is considered perhaps the most influential economist since John Maynard Keynes.

Keynes, the British economist whose ideas propelled the New Deal, was to Republicans what Friedman, son of poor Jewish Brooklyn immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is to Democrats: a font of heresy.

It was Friedman who in 1962, with the publication of "Capitalism and Freedom," first proposed the abolition of Social Security, not because it was going bankrupt, but because he considered it immoral.

"We may wish to help poor people," he wrote. "Is there any justification for helping people whether they are poor or not because they happen to be a certain age?"

President Bush's proposal to incorporate private accounts in the giant retirement program is easily traced to Friedman.

"He's the originator of it and all the discussion can be traced back to him," said the Cato Institute's Michael Tanner, a leading advocate of partial privatization.

"I've always been opposed to Social Security," Friedman said in a recent interview at his home in San Francisco. "I think it's a very unethical program. "

Friedman's work clearly influenced Harvard economist Martin Feldstein, now the chief intellectual force behind privatization, said Thomas Saving, a recent Social Security trustee. Feldstein, often mentioned as a likely candidate to replace Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, cites Friedman in his article on the subject in the American Economic Review.

"He's the guy who got people asking the question," Saving said, "because at the time it was a question you couldn't ask."

The late Arizona Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater, whom Friedman advised, found that out in 1964 when he suggested during his presidential campaign that Social Security be made voluntary.

Goldwater was pilloried, not only by editorial pages but his own party. He lost in a landslide to Democratic President Lyndon Johnson, who went on to create Medicare, the big health care program for the elderly, in 1965.

Friedman calls Social Security, created by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935, a Ponzi game.

Charles Ponzi was the 1920s Boston swindler who collected money from "investors" to whom he paid out large "profits" from the proceeds of later investors. The scheme inevitably collapses when there are not enough new entrants to pay earlier ones.

That Social Security operates on a similar basis is not really in dispute. Paul Samuelson, who won his Nobel Prize in economics six years before Friedman and shared a Newsweek column with him in the 1960s, called Social Security "a Ponzi scheme that works."

"The beauty about social insurance is that it is actuarially unsound," Samuelson wrote in an oft-quoted 1967 column. "Everyone who reaches retirement age is given benefit privileges that far exceed anything he has paid in ... A growing nation is the greatest Ponzi game ever contrived."

Today, 38 years after Samuelson wrote this, the number of people collecting benefits is about to rise steeply as Baby Boomers retire, reversing the flow of the system's finances. And it is Friedman's intellectual framework that now reigns at the White House.

"Everybody goes around talking about the problems created by the declining number of workers per retiree," he said. "How come life insurance companies aren't in any problem?"

The question is quintessential Friedman: simple, accessible and formidable.

Life insurance companies take premium payments and invest them in factories and buildings and other income-producing assets, Friedman said. These accumulate in a growing fund that can then pay benefits. Social Security, by contrast, operates pay-as-you-go, collecting payroll taxes from workers that immediately go to pay retirees.

The biggest misconception about the program, he argues, is that workers believe it works like insurance, with the government depositing taxes in a trust fund.

"I've always thought it disgraceful that the government should be essentially lying about what it was doing," he said.

"How did you ever get the Democrats, who supposedly were in favor of progressive taxation, to pass a tax that is biased against low-income people - - which is on income up to a maximum and no more?" he asked, referring to the $90,000 ceiling on which Social Security taxes are levied. "Only by clothing it in this idea that it's not really a tax, it's an insurance payment."

Asked why, if Social Security is so terrible, it is the most popular government program in American history, Friedman replied, "Well, because why does a Ponzi game work? It's easy to understand why it's popular. So far, on the average, retirees have gotten more out of the system than they put into it. "

What about the fact that Social Security has reduced poverty among the elderly?

"Well," he replied, "what it has done is transfer a lot of income from the young to the old. It is certainly true it has made the old people of the United States the best treated old people in the world."

But why is that a bad thing? "Oh," he replied. "It's not a bad thing for them, but what about the young?"

Friedman supported Bush's first-term candidacy, but he is more accurately libertarian than conservative and not a reliable Bush ally.

Progress in his goal of rolling back the role of government, he said, is "being greatly threatened, unfortunately, by this notion that the U.S. has a mission to promote democracy around the world," a big Bush objective.

"War is a friend of the state," Friedman said. It is always expensive, requiring higher taxes, and, "In time of war, government will take powers and do things that it would not ordinarily do."

He also said it was no coincidence that budget surpluses appeared during the Clinton administration, when a Democratic president faced a Republican Congress.

"There were no big spending programs during the Clinton administration," he said. "As a result, government spending tended to stay down, the economy grew like mad, taxes went up, spending did not, and lo and behold, the deficit was turned into a surplus."

The problem now, he said, is that Republicans control both ends of Washington.

"There's no question if we're holding down spending, a Democratic president and a Republican House and Senate is the proper combination."

He calls himself an innate optimist, despite the unpopularity of many of his ideas.

When he moved to San Francisco in the 1970s, the city was debating rent control, he recalled. So he wrote a letter to The Chronicle saying, "Anybody who has examined the evidence about the effects of rent control, and still votes for it, is either a knave or a fool."

What happened? "They immediately passed it," he laughed.


Microsoft CEO Warns of Internet Dangers
Computer users, beware. The head of the world's largest software company worries that consumers who make Internet purchases have become too complacent about the risks of financial fraud and stolen identity. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in an interview with The Associated Press that a calm period without significant Internet attacks has lulled computer users, even older Web surfers who traditionally have been more anxious than teenagers about their online safety.
Ted Bridis, "Microsoft CEO Warns of Internet Dangers," The Washington Post, June 10, 2005 --- http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/09/AR2005060901362.html?referrer=email


Temples in Europe preceded those in Egypt by 2,000 years
More than 150 large temples, constructed between 4800 BCE and 4600 BCE, have been unearthed in fields and cities in Germany, Austria and Slovakia, predating the pyramids in Egypt by about 2000 years, the newspaper revealed on Friday.
"Europe's oldest civilisation is found," Aljazeera, June 11, 2005 --- http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/D005B986-02DF-4D20-8846-C9CD580710FD.htm 


"Modelling the brain:  Grey matter, blue matter," The Economist, June 9, 2005 --- http://www.economist.com/science/displaystory.cfm?story_id=4054975

In a real brain, a neocortical column is a cylindrical element about a third of a millimetre in diameter and three millimetres long, containing some 10,000 nerve cells. It is these columns, arranged side by side like the cells of a honeycomb, which make up the famous “grey matter” that has become a shorthand for human intelligence. The Blue Gene/L supercomputer that will be used for the simulation consists of enough independent processors for each to be programmed to emulate an individual nerve cell in a column.

The EPFL's contribution to the Blue Brain Project, as it has inevitably been dubbed, will be to create a digital description of how the columns behave. Its Brain Mind Institute has what is generally regarded as the world's most extensive set of data on the machinations of the neocortex—the columns' natural habitat and the part of the brain responsible for learning, memory, language and complex thought. This database will provide the raw material for the simulation. Biologists and computer scientists will then collaborate to connect the artificial nerve cells up in a way that mimics nature. They will do so by assigning electrical properties to them, and telling them how to communicate with each other and how they should modify their connections with one another depending on their activity.

That will be no mean feat. Even a single nerve cell is complicated, not least because each one has about 10,000 connections with others. And nerve cells come in great variety—relying, for example, on different chemical transmitters to carry messages across those connections. Eventually, however, a digital representation of an entire column should emerge.

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An evolutionary speculation on why men kill and abuse
Reply to a negative book review by David M. Buss Professor, Head Individual Differences and Evolutionary Psychology Department of Psychology University of Texas Austin, Texas
Contrary to Ms. Begley's assertions, the book in no way seeks "a 'scientific' validation for killing women." Rather, the book proposes an evolution-based theory of why people kill in a variety of circumstances, including to prevent being killed, to protect one's family from injury, rape or death, to eliminate a sexual rival, to secure sexual access to a competitor's mate and to prevent an interloper from poaching on one's own mate. The book's theory is based on sound evolutionary biology, anchored in the clear logic of reproductive competition. Adaptations for within-species killing exist in hundreds of other species, and there is no reason to believe that humans are exempt.
"Murder Most Foul . . . and Evolutionary," The Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2005; Page A9 --- http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB111837187163756230,00.html?mod=todays_us_opinion

The controversial book by David M. Bass is entitled The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind Is Designed to Kill by David Buss --- http://www.socioweb.com/sociology-books/book/1594200432/

The book has a negative review by Sharon Begley ("Science Journal: Theory Men Are Wired to Kill Straying Mates Is Offensive and Wrong," Marketplace, May 20)


Murdering Women For "Honor"
Today we are witnessing the globalization of honor killing, as the West has become the perpetual scene of immigrant Arab women being murdered by their immigrant families. A distinguished panel joins us today to discuss what causes this violence against women, how it is directly connected to the terror war, and why the Western Left is so deafeningly silent about a mass crime that violates one of its supposed sacred values . . .
Jamie Glazov, "Symposium: Murdering Women For 'Honor'," FrontPageMagazine.com, June 10, 2005 --- http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=18370


It's becoming a Wiki World:  Write and re-write editorials in the LA Times
This week, the newspaper, will introduce an online feature called "wikitorials," as a way for readers to engage in an online dialogue with the paper. The model is based on "Wikipedia," the Web's free-content encyclopedia that is edited by online contributors. "We'll have some editorials where you can go online and edit an editorial to your satisfaction," Mr. Martinez said. "We are going to do that with selected editorials initially. We don't know how this is going to turn out. It's all about finding new ways to allow readers to interact with us in the age of the Web."
Alicia C. Shepard, "Upheaval on Los Angeles Times Editorial Pages," The New York Times, June 13, 2005 --- http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/13/business/media/13lat.html

By ALICIA C. SHEPARD Published: June 13, 2005

 


Tech trivia from The Washington Post, June 13, 2005

Internet media company Yahoo will quit charging fees for which service on its U.S. site?

A. Auctions
B. Maps
C. Personal Ads
D. Webmail
 


Spotted: a new trend called plagio-riffing
Students are growing lazier about the whole process of copying, not even bothering to change fonts in a cut-and-paste excerpt or otherwise disguise their tracks. When asked why he inserted an entire page printed in Black Forest Gothic in a paper written in Courier, a student in freshman composition expressed surprise: “If you start changing things, that’s cheating, right?” The path of least resistance continues, often refreshingly low-tech. A Psychology 200 instructor reported a student handing in a Xerox of an article with the author’s name whited out and her own inserted. “I did the best I could,” confessed the student. “I didn’t have my laptop with me, and I was in a hurry.” . . . Spotted: a new trend called plagio-riffing, where students get together and mix and match five or more papers into one by sampling and lifting choice paragraphs to the beat of George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord” (plagiarized from “He’s So Fine”).
David Galef, "Report from the Academic Committee on Plagiarism," Inside Higher Ed, June 10, 2005 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2005/06/10/galef

Bob Jensen's threads on plagiarism are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/plagiarism.htm


Designed by real scientists
The National Academies' new website for educators is intended to help hinder religious activists who want U.S. schools to downplay Darwin.
Amit Asaravala, "Group Creates Pro-Evolution Site," Wired News, June 10, 2005 --- http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,67813,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_6
The site is at http://nationalacademies.org/evolution/


Business schools put their SOX on
Of course, not everyone has been so happy with Sarbanes-Oxley. Companies have complained that they have spent millions of dollars meeting the law's requirements. In March, Financial Executives International, a trade association for chief financial officers and other executives, estimated that the legislation cost big companies an average of $4.36 million, a 39 percent increase from the group's previous estimate in July 2004. The trade association's voluntary survey included 217 companies with average revenue of $5 billion a year. But there is a swath of the Washington area economy that has benefited from the new law. They include business schools, such as George Mason University's, which has revamped its curriculum and seen student interest in accounting courses increase, as well as software and service companies like Approva and Consul.
Elissa Silverman, "Reining In Risk Turns Into Big Business:  Sarbanes-Oxley Creates Winners," The Washington Post, June 13, 2005; Page D01 ---
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/12/AR2005061201010.html?referrer=email 

 


For the love of research
SRI is known in Silicon Valley mostly as the birthplace of the mouse -- as far as it's known at all. Most people don't know that SRI International also developed the first system to electronically sort checks. It created the first fax machine. And it has been responsible for major innovations in everything from less invasive surgery to robotics. The history of the venerable Silicon Valley research institute has been captured in a book called ``A Heritage of Innovation: SRI's First Half Century,'' just published by SRI. Written by former computer science researcher Don Nielson, the book describes many of the accomplishments -- and some of the challenges -- of the former Stanford Research Institute, one of the last remaining pure research organizations in the United States.
Therese Poletti, "For the love of research:   EX-SRI COMPUTER SCIENTIST TELLS STORY OF LOW-PROFILE INSTITUTE, Mercury News, June 9, 2005 --- http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/news/local/11853303.htm


He who Laffers last, laughs last
"Real Tax Cuts Have Curves," by Stephen Moore, The Wall Street Journal, June 13, 2005; Page A13 --- http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB111862100030657555,00.html?mod=opinion&ojcontent=otep

Now we have overpowering confirming evidence from the Bush tax cuts of May 2003. The jewel of the Bush economic plan was the reduction in tax rates on dividends from 39.6% to 15% and on capital gains from 20% to 15%. These sharp cuts in the double tax on capital investment were intended to reverse the 2000-01 stock market crash, which had liquidated some $6 trillion in American household wealth, and to inspire a revival in business capital investment, which had also collapsed during the recession. The tax cuts were narrowly enacted despite the usual indignant primal screams from the greed and envy lobby about "tax cuts for the super rich."

Last week the Congressional Budget Office released its latest report on tax revenue collections. The numbers are an eye-popping vindication of the Laffer Curve and the Bush tax cut's real economic value. Federal tax revenues have surged in the first eight months of this fiscal year by $187 billion. This represents a 15.4% rise in federal tax receipts over 2004. Individual and corporate income tax receipts have exploded like a cap let off a geyser, up 30% in the two years since the tax cut. Once again, tax rate cuts have created a virtuous chain reaction of higher economic growth, more jobs, higher corporate profits, and finally more tax receipts.

This Laffer Curve effect has also created a revenue windfall for states and cities. As the economic expansion has plowed forward, and in some regions of the country accelerated, state tax receipts have climbed 7.5% this year already. Perhaps the most remarkable story from around the nation comes from the perpetually indebted New York City, which suddenly finds itself more than $3 billion IN SURPLUS thanks to an unexpected gush in revenues. Many of President Bush's critics foolishly predicted that states and localities would be victims of the Bush tax cut gamble.

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Anti-euro backlash is ricocheting up
In Italy, an anti-euro backlash is ricocheting up and down the peninsula as the country sinks deeper into a recession. Consumers, businesspeople and some politicians now bemoan a currency they claim has left them poorer and less competitive. Earlier this month, the welfare minister, Roberto Maroni, called for a referendum to bring back the lira. The daily newspaper of his party, the Northern League, has just begun rendering prices in euros and lira in its news columns, even though the lira no longer exists. The euro-bashing isn't confined to Italy. A poll for Stern magazine this month found that 56% of Germans want the mark back. The mounting dissatisfaction is another blow to the authority of the EU. The 25-member union was pitched into confusion two weeks ago by the rejection by French and Dutch voters of a proposed new constitution for the union. Underpinning those votes and the grousing over the euro are deep anxieties about slow growth, high unemployment and the future of Europe's generous welfare states.
Gabriel Kahn and Marcus Walker, "With Italy in the Doldrums, Many Point Fingers at the Euro," The Wall Street Journal,  June 13, 2005; Page A1 --- http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB111861330098357388,00.html?mod=todays_us_page_one


In Canada you can't get pain relief even if you can afford to pay for it privately --- Until now
Let's hope Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy were sitting down when they heard the news of the latest bombshell Supreme Court ruling. From the Supreme Court of Canada, that is. That high court issued an opinion last Thursday saying, in effect, that Canada's vaunted public health-care system produces intolerable inequality. Call it the hip that changed health-care history. When George Zeliotis of Quebec was told in 1997 that he would have to wait a year for a replacement for his painful, arthritic hip, he did what every Canadian who's been put on a waiting list does: He got mad. He got even madder when he learned it was against the law to pay for a replacement privately. But instead of heading south to a hospital in Boston or Cleveland, as many Canadians already do, he teamed up to file a lawsuit with Jacques Chaoulli, a Montreal doctor. The duo lost in two provincial courts before their win last week. The court's decision strikes down a Quebec law banning private medical insurance and is bound to upend similar laws in other provinces. Canada is the only nation other than Cuba and North Korea that bans private health insurance, according to Sally Pipes, head of the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco and author of a recent book on Canada's health-care system
"Unsocialized Medicine A landmark ruling exposes Canada's health-care inequity," Opinion Journal, June 13, 2005 --- http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110006813


The World of Sharks --- http://www.mbayaq.org/efc/sharks.asp


A great historical Website from the Maine Historical Society
Once you have visited Maine, it is most certainly not a place that you will soon forget. This website is designed to make sure longtime residents and visitors alike will not forget this tranquil state, as it brings together a very wide range of historical documents and memories from around the state. The site itself was created by the Maine Historical Society, and is supported by monies from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and several other partners. Within the site, visitors can search for historical items and documents, view thematic online exhibits, and learn about how the site may be used effectively in classroom settings. One particularly fine exhibit is the one that offers some visual documentation of rural Aroostook County around the year 1900. In this exhibit, visitors can experience the dense forests and rugged terrain that dominate the landscape of this part of Maine.
The Scout Report, January 10, 2005 --- http://snipurl.com/ScoutMaine
The site is at http://www.mainememory.net/
Bob Jensen's threads on history are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookbob2.htm#History


Innovative applications of Google maps
Tracking sexual predators in Florida. Guiding travelers to the cheapest gas nationwide. Pinpointing $1,500 studio apartments for rent in Manhattan. Geeks, tinkerers and innovators are crashing the Google party, having discovered how to tinker with the search engine's mapping service to graphically illustrate vital information that might otherwise be ignored, overlooked or not perceived as clearly. "It's such a beautiful way to look at what could be a dense amount of information," said Tara Calishain, editor of Research Buzz and co-author of "Google Hacks," a book that offers tips on how to get the most out of the Web's most popular search engine. Yahoo and other sites also offer maps, but Google's four-month-old mapping service is more easily accessible and manipulated by outsiders, the tinkerers say. As it turns out, Google charts each point on its maps by latitude and longitude - that's how Google can produce.
"Google Maps Make Demographics Come Alive," Forbes, June 8, 2005 --- http://www.forbes.com/technology/ebusiness/feeds/ap/2005/06/08/ap2083551.html
Also see http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/05/06/ap/ap_060905.asp?trk=nl
 

Google Maps (including satellite photo options) are at http://maps.google.com/

Bob Jensen's threads on maps are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/searchh.htm#Travel


Institute of Chicago presents Art Explorer
An early innovator in the digitization of artwork (its CD of art images "With Open Eyes" was published in 1995), the Art Institute of Chicago presents Art Explorer, an interactive website where visitors can search for art, save selections into scrapbooks with notes, and share the scrapbooks with friends and students. Art Explorer focuses on the Art Institute's Impressionist and Postimpressionist collections, and includes original artworks, as well as additional resources, including texts, video clips, artist biographies, activities, and games. For example, a search on the artist Georges Seurat retrieves eight artworks, and 42 resources, including a biographical text about Camille Pissaro, one of Seurat's contemporaries, a classroom exercise on color mixing based on Seurat's pointillist style, and a Postimpressionist bibliography, compiled by the Art Institute's Museum Education Department. The scrapbook at http://www.artic.edu/artexplorer/viewbook.php?vbook=rylnqtvhyaqm is based on this search.
The Scout Report, January 10, 2005 --- http://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/2005/scout-050610-geninterest.php#2
The site is at http://www.artic.edu/artexplorer/
Bob Jensen's threads on art museums are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookbob2.htm#History


Roadcasting: A Potential Mesh Network Killer App
The concept was created by a team of five students at Carnegie Mellon University. Their Human-Computer Interaction Institute Masters Program project, which was sponsored by General Motors, according to a company spokeswoman, combines three hot areas: ad hoc (mesh) computer networks, personalized digital music, and open-source software development. While the hardware elements -- the network devices, the touch-screen interface, and the stereo component -- have yet to be created, the working software application is currently being picked over by open-source enthusiasts around the world. The most straightforward use for the software enables people to create their own personal radio stations -- playlists -- and store them on an in-car stereo hard drive. The real innovation, though, comes from what happens once a playlist is created. While a driver is listening to music from his or her choices, the songs will be broadcast and available for reception by any other car with a roadcast-equipped car stereo. So, if a driver gets bored with a personal playlist, the software's collaborative filtering capabilities will automatically scan the airwaves looking for other roadcast stations that match the driver's stated preferences, and return any matching available stations. Listeners can search by bands, genres, and song titles, and skip through other users' radio stations to find music they want to hear.
Eric Hellweg, "Roadcasting: A Potential Mesh Network Killer App," MIT's Technology Review, June 10, 2005 --- http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/articles/05/06/wo/wo_061005hellweg.asp?trk=nl 


Ancient Versus Modern Arms Control Agreements
The tapestry depicts elephants striding among Roman legionnaires and their foes. The placard explains, "One of the best-known ancient arms control agreements was negotiated between Rome and Carthage following Scipio Africanus's victory over Hannibal in the Battle of Zama in 202 B.C. This treaty required the Carthaginians to surrender all their war elephants." Museum visitors, then, are told that thermonuclear bombs and the battle elephants from the classical world are analogous examples of weapons systems that were regulated by the mutual agreement of warring groups. "Society has always placed limits on the ability of one side to wage war on another," the sign claims.
Mark Williams, "On Display: the Unthinkable," MIT's Technology Magazine, July 2005 --- http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/articles/05/07/issue/review_display.asp?trk=nl


Finally a corporate board acts to end a fraud
The abrupt notice of termination given last week to the head of MassMutual Financial Group, one of the nation's largest financial companies, came after a board investigation concluded he had engaged in an improper pattern of self-dealing and abuse of power, according to people familiar with the probe. The probe made several allegations against former Chairman and Chief Executive Robert J. O'Connell, among them that he inflated the value of a special retirement account by tens of millions of dollars, bought a company-owned condominium at a below-market price and interfered in efforts to discipline his son and son-in-law, who worked at MassMutual, said people familiar with the probe.
James Bandler and Joann S. Lublin, "MassMutual Board Fired CEO On Finding 'Willful Malfeasance'," The Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2005; Page A1 ---
http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB111836461879356053,00.html?mod=todays_us_page_one

Bob Jensen's fraud updates are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/FraudUpdates.htm




Forwarded by Dick Haar

TO GOD - FROM THE DOG:

Dear God: Why do humans smell the flowers, but seldom, if ever, smell one another?

Dear God: When we get to heaven, can we sit on your couch? Or is it still the same old story?

Dear God: Why are there cars named after the jaguar, the cougar, the mustang, the colt, the stingray, and the rabbit, but not ONE named for a dog? How often do you see a cougar riding around? We do love a nice ride! Would it be so hard to rename the "Chrysler Eagle" the "Chrysler Beagle"?

Dear God: If a dog barks his head off in the forest and no human hears him, is he still a bad dog?

Dear God: We dogs can understand human verbal instructions, hand signals, whistles, horns, clickers, beepers, scent ID's, electromagnetic energy fields, and Frisbee flight paths. What do humans understand?

Dear God: More meatballs, less spaghetti, please.

Dear God: Are there mailmen in Heaven? If there are, will I have to apologize?

Dear God: Let me give you a list of just some of the things I must remember - to be a good dog.

1. I will not eat the cats' food before they eat it or after they throw it up.

2. I will not roll on dead seagulls, fish, crabs, etc., just because I like the way they smell.

3 I will not munch on "leftovers" in the kitty litter box, although they are tasty.

4. The diaper pail is not a cookie jar.

5. The sofa is not a 'face towel'... neither are Mom and Dad's laps.

6. The garbage collector is not stealing our stuff.

7. My head does not belong in the refrigerator.

8. I will not bite the officer's hand when he reaches in for Mom's driver's license and registration.

9. I will not play tug-of-war with Dad's underwear when he's on the toilet.

10. Sticking my nose into someone's crotch is an unacceptable way of saying "hello".

11. I don't need to suddenly stand straight up when I'm under the coffee table.

12. I must shake the rainwater out of my fur before entering the house - not after.

13. I will not throw up in the car.

14. I will not come in from outside and immediately drag my butt.

15. I will not sit in the middle of the living room and lick my crotch when we have company.

16. The cat is not a 'squeaky toy' so when I play with him and he makes that noise, it's usually not a good thing.

And, finally. My last question . . .

Dear God: When I get to Heaven may I have my testicles back?


Forwarded by Barb Hessel

Why English Teachers Die Young
Actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays

01. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.

02. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.

03. He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.

04. She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was room temperature Canadian beef.

05. She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.

06. Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.

07. He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.

08. The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge free ATM.

09. The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.

10. McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.

11. From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.

12. Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.

13. The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.

14. Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.

15. They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.

16. John and Mary had never met. They were like two hummingbirds who had also never met.

17. He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was the East River.

18. Even in his last years, Grandpappy had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.

19. Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.

20. The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.

21. The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.

22. He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame, maybe from stepping on a land mine or something.

23. The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.

24. It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.

25. He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.

26. Her eyes were like limpid pools, only they had forgotten to put in any pH cleanser.

27. She walked into my office like a centipede with 98 missing legs.

28. It hurt the way your tongue hurts after you accidentally staple it.




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