Tidbits on August 26, 2005
Bob Jensen
at Trinity University 

Fraud Updates --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/FraudUpdates.htm
For earlier editions of New Bookmarks go to http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookurl.htm 
Archives of Tidbits: Tidbits Directory --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/TidbitsDirectory.htm

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Security threats and hoaxes --- http://www.trinity.edu/its/virus/


Music: Banjo music --- http://www.dhyatt.com/music.html   (These are good!)

           Fiddle and Blue Grass Music --- http://www.1001tunes.com/
           In particular note the link to http://www.1001tunes.com/CollectionSamples/indexTUNE1.htm

          From the Library of Congress (Click on "How to Listen to Audio")          
          Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier --- http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/hrhtml/hrhome.html 

Folk music links on the Web --- http://www.folklib.net/

Turkish folk music --- http://www.ottomansouvenir.com/Music/Ottoman_and_Anatolian_Folk_Songs.htm

Hungarian and other folk music --- http://www.ottomansouvenir.com/Music/Ottoman_and_Anatolian_Folk_Songs.htm

Depending on your musical tastes, the Coen brothers have a lot to answer for. The soundtrack to their movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) has racked up multi-platinum sales around the world and in the process popularised bluegrass music.
Ben Wyld, "Lost Highway - The Story of Country Music," Sydney Morning Herald, --- http://www.smh.com.au/text/articles/2005/08/19/1123958224826.html

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


Does demonstrating before the families of wounded soldiers really help peace protests? 
I think this weekly demonstration organized by the Code Pink Women for Peace demeans the protest movement and is counter productive to their cause.  The resentments toward these protesters, like the resentments of Jane Fonda, will linger for years to come.  Antics like this end up helping the GOP win elections even though many liberals are opposed to further hurting our wounded.  Crawford, Texas is a better place for such demonstrations.

The Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., the current home of hundreds of wounded veterans from the war in Iraq, has been the target of weekly anti-war demonstrations since March. The protesters hold signs that read "Maimed for Lies" and "Enlist here and die for Halliburton." . . .   "You know that 95 percent of the guys in the hospital bed lost guys whenever they got hurt and survivors' guilt is the worst thing you can deal with," Pannell (recovering from wounds) said, adding that other veterans recovering from wounds at Walter Reed share his resentment for the anti-war protesters . . . Albion Wilde concurred, arguing that "it's very easy to pick on the families of the wounded. They are very vulnerable ... I feel disgusted. "[The anti-war protesters] are really showing an enormous lack of respect for just everything that America has always stood for. They lost the election and now they are really, really angry and so they are picking on the wrong people," Wilde added.
Marc Morano, "Anti-War Protests Target Wounded at Army Hospital," CBS News, August 25, 2005 --- http://snipurl.com/CodePink


Forwarded by Barb Hessel
National Punctuation Day --- http://www.nationalpunctuationday.com/


"Must Read" books about American history
I got this from a listing of "Must Read" books at http://www.accd.edu/pac/philosop/phil1301/mustread.htm
Colby Glass connects each book to a listing of his selected excerpts.

Excerpts (i.e., facts left out of American history books)
Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong by James W. Loewen. (Simon & Schuster, 1995)  --- http://www.accd.edu/pac/philosop/phil1301/lieshist.htm

As we explain in detail, information societies promise to dramatically reduce the returns to violence, in part because they transcend locality. In the new millennium, the advantage of controlling violence on a large scale will be far lower than it has been at any time since before the French Revolution. This will have profound consequences. One of these will be rising crime. When the payoff for organizing violence at a large scale tumbles, the payoff from violence at a smaller scale is likely to jump. Violence will become more random and localized. Organized crime will grow in scope. The Sovereign Individual: How to Survive and Thrive During the Collapse of the Welfare State, by James Dale Davidson and Lord William (Rees-Mogg. NY: Simon & Schuster, 1997) --- http://www.accd.edu/pac/philosop/phil1301/mustmogg.htm

Jensen Comment:  Davidson's observations were on target long before the 9/11 tragedy.  The rapidly expanding "cells" of loosely connected terrorists and criminals will increasingly make us sacrifice our liberties, open life styles, and joys in life.  We will withdraw into medieval-like fortresses surrounded by electronic motes.  We're becoming incredibly Orwellian.

Ernesto Cortes, Jr., a highly regarded community organizer from San Antonio, Texas, has observed that Lord Acton's oft-quoted aphorism--"power tends to corrupt..."--works both ways... "Powerlessness also corrupts," Cortes said. "We've got a lot of people who've never developed an understanding of power. They've been institutionally trained to be passive. Power is nothing more than the ability to act in your own behalf. In Spanish, we call the word poder, to have capacity, to be able."
Who Will Tell the People: The Betrayal of American Democracy?, by William Greider (NY: Simon & Schuster, 1992) --- http://www.accd.edu/pac/philosop/phil1301/mustgreider.htm


Lists of Bests --- http://listsofbests.com/


Common Errors in English --- http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html


Some great photographs (you can view the pictures without registering)  ---
http://www.dpchallenge.com/image.php?IMAGE_ID=118150

An interesting variety of photographs --- http://www.worksongs.com/archives.html

Lightning Photography (Scroll down)  --- http://www.cimms.ou.edu/~doswell/ltgph.html


Check out a library person in Sweden:  This is not a Swedish joke
If you find yourself in Malmo, Sweden, and happen to see a homosexual, an imam and a gypsy walk into a bar, it's not a joke. These are just some of the people who can be borrowed -- yes, borrowed -- from the local library for a 45-minute chat in a nearby pub as part of an effort to fight discrimination.
"Not a Swedish Joke," The Wall Street Journal, August 25, 2005; Page A8 --- http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112493599800422716,00.html?mod=opinion&ojcontent=otep
Jensen Comment:  In Japan there was, and maybe still is, a service that rents a functional family.  Grandparents or possibly parents of adult children who cannot, for whatever reason, have a happy outing with their own family may rent a family complete with grandchildren.


Vagina Candy
The women’s center at Boise State University is distributing vagina-shaped candy to students, setting off a range of reactions, according to KBCI News
Inside Higher Ed, August 24, 2005 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/08/24/qt


Much of the latest debt can be attributed to President Bush, because he does not veto irresponsible spending bills
National Debt --- http://www.uwsa.com/uwsa-usdebt.html
There's no such thing as a budget surplus in spite of the very positive impact of the Bush tax cuts on the economy.  The problem is that Congress spends the tax cut's benefits.

Bush's $10 Billion Borrowing Binge:  An Update --- http://www.ctj.org/pdf/bush0105.pdf

National Budget Simulation (Learn about the budget) --- http://www.nathannewman.org/nbs/

Who benefits most from the Bush tax cuts? --- http://www.ctj.org/pdf/gwbdata.pdf

The Energy Bill benefits tax avoiders --- http://www.ctj.org/pdf/energy0405.pdf

Tax Cheats & Their Enablers --- http://www.ctj.org/pdf/epishel.pdf


National Debt Graph --- http://zfacts.com/p/318.html

Economic Indicators --- http://www.economicindicators.gov/

Fast Facts: Almanacs/Factbooks/Statistical Reports & Related Reference Tools --- http://www.freepint.com/gary/handbook.htm

New Additions to this service:

 Freedom of Religion or Belief--Country Reports
Make sure to look at the many additional resources available via this Oslo Coalition site.

National Geographic Society Fact Guide
"...online briefing book on classic National Geographic topics."

Notable Presidential Pardons
Additional Presidential Pardon Resources

 UNESCO - Facts and Figures 2000

 New Online - Statistical Abstract of the United States (2000 ed.)

 Just Made Available - International Energy Annual (1999 ed.)

 Comprehensive list of  Dot-Com Layoffs and Shutdowns (WSJ)
  Addtional Layoff Database (The Industry Standard)
Related Databases
The Ex Exec Tracker (Internet Companies)
Flop Tracker (Internet Companies)

 NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Fact Sheets

Soft Drink Companies and Their Brands (NSDA)

Food Retailing and Supermarket Industry Key Facts (FMI)

Uncle Sam - Who's Who in the Federal (U.S.) Government

 Today in Chase's (Events & Birthdays)

National Center for Health Statistics Fast Stats

Bob Jensen's threads on economic statistics are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookbob1.htm#EconStatistics


Deceived into thinking you can bear this
Sometimes, just thinking you are receiving treatment is enough to make you feel better, a phenomenon known as the placebo effect. Scientists have long wondered what causes this outcome, the magnitude of which is not the same for all people. A new brain imaging study suggests that the body's natural painkillers, endorphins, play a significant role.
"Brain's Own Pain Relievers At Work in Placebo Effect, Study Suggests." Scientific American, August 24, 2005 --- http://sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa003&articleID=00064692-8F20-130B-8F2083414B7F0000
Jensen Comment:  Do you suppose this is a little like being deceived that you got an education?


A free way to send up to a 1 Gb huge file by email
This is a good way to send video and audio files! --- http://www.yousendit.com/

I love the YouSendIt service that does not require zip or any form of file compression.  You can learn how to use YouSendIt in less than a minute.


August 23, 2005 message from Scott Bonacker [lister@BONACKERS.COM]

This company says that you can upload large files to their server and email a link to download the file, all for free.

http://www.yousendit.com/ 

Does anyone have experience with this company?

I currently use filesanywhere.com for something similar, but that is a paid service. A few more bells and whistles to be sure though.

Scott Bonacker, CPA
Springfield, Missouri

Jensen Comment: 
I experimented with this by sending a 200 Mb video file to myself.  It is a fantastic free service that can be used when the file you want to send is too large to attach to an email message.  It supposedly will take a file up to 1 Gb without even having to zip or otherwise compress the file.  My Internet Explorer browser wanted to block the download, but when I clicked to accept the file it downloaded beautifully.

My students will find this useful for sending large database files to each other in course projects.

You do not have to send the file by email to YouSendIt.  All you have to do is provide the recipient's email address and the file on your computer that you want to send.  You do not even have to supply your own name or your own email address.  The recipient then receives a message that he/she has seven days in to download the file.  YouSendIt will not store the file beyond seven days.

I cannot vouch for the security of data stored by YouSendIt.  If you are sending sensitive data such as credit card numbers or a book draft that you've not yet secured a copyright number, then I suggest that you encrypt the file before sending it.  There are various options for encryption.  For example, most database programs like MS Access have encryption utilities in the software itself.  Another encryption alternative (free) is described below.

August 25 reply from a Computer Science Professor

And how does YouSendIt access the file on your system?

This is the problem to which I refer by the phrase "today's digital environment". The idea of giving someone else your data and a destination and "trusting" them to do the right thing with the data is a scary thought.

Why not deposit your data in your web space yourself and notify the recipient of its availability. If it needs to be secure, encrypt it with Open encryption software (public key), such as gpg, before putting in in your web space. And certify your public key.

August 26, 2005 reply from Bob Jensen

Hi XXXXX,

Perhaps there is a security problem that I do not know about. If this is a gimmick to crack a firewall, then I would like to know more about it.   It does not seem more dangerous than the many times I download files from Web sites, e.g., PDF files, PPT files, etc.

This is incredibly easy to use. I can imagine people who do not have enormous amounts of Web server space available using the YouSendIt alternative for sending home videos, audio files, and large picture files. In many cases, people are sending files that they would willingly place on a server if they had enormous server space available at zero cost.

Thanks to you and Gerald, I make some very large files available now on a Computer Science Department Web server --- http://www.cs.trinity.edu/~rjensen/video/  Of course these can be easily downloaded by anybody in the world.

However, there are some database files that I cannot place on a Web server. Most are hypothetical databases acquired free from various vendors, databases that I'm allowed to modify for my teaching purposes and students can modify for assignments. These would not be of much use for anybody to steal, and I do not have the legal right to make them available to anybody other than my students.

Even if I did put some of my larger databases on your Web server, I would hog a tremendous amount of your capacity for very limited use by a few of my students for a very short period of time.

YouSendIt simply asks the email address of where you want to send a huge file and then gives you a browse button to find that file on your system. Large files do take some time to send out.

It would probably be best to send that recipient an advanced warning to expect such a file.

The recipient is then notified when the file is available for downloading and that it will be held for seven days.

When the recipient downloads the file, he/she receives an option to either run the file or to save it.

Neither the sender nor the recipient need install any software and the service, for whatever reason, is free.

My students are especially going to like this for exchanging databases in my courses. Obviously the files would have to be encrypted or sent by some other means if the files were truly sensitive.

Bob Jensen


Free encryption software
From the T.H.E. Journal Newsletter on August 25, 2005

Cypherix's (www.cypherix.com) Cryptainer LE is a free 128-bit encryption program that allows users to modify and hide files with a single password by creating multiple 25MB encrypted containers on their hard disk that can be loaded and unloaded whenever necessary. The easy-to-use, drag-and-drop system works on all 32-bit versions of Microsoft Windows, and can protect and secure any file or folder on any media, including flash drives, CD-ROMs, and USB keys. Cryptainer LE also allows users to send encrypted e-mails without requiring the recipient to install the program to decrypt the files. To download, visit www.cypherix.com/cryptainerle/index.htm.


Google's 'Intelligent' Desktop 2:  Data Delivered Based on Users' Internet Searches
Google Inc. yesterday released new software that collects information based on a computer user's behavior and displays updates of news, weather, Web sites and unopened e-mail messages on a toolbar on the side of the screen. The test product, called Google Desktop 2, is the second incarnation of a program launched last fall. By using Google's trademark search software, it aims to be a more personalized version of products such as Apple Computer Inc.'s Dashboard and Yahoo Inc.'s Konfabulator, programs that deliver icons to the screen and keep photo, alarm clock, scheduling, music, currency converters and news applications running while the computer is in use.
Yuki Noguchi, "Google's 'Intelligent' Desktop 2:  Data Delivered Based on Users' Internet Searches," The Washington Post, August 23, 2005 ---
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/22/AR2005082201463.html?referrer=email


Google Introduces Instant Messaging
Google Inc. is joining yet another Internet turf battle, the one over instant communication. Google introduced today an instant-messaging service that lets users exchange text messages and make voice calls over personal computers. Google's move pits it against Internet giants such as Time Warner Inc.'s America Online unit, Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. that dominate the market.
Mylene Mangalindan and Christopher Rhoads, "Google Introduces Instant Messaging," The Wall Street Journal, August 24, 2005; Page B3 --- http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112482337312020777,00.html?mod=todays_us_marketplace

See this IM service at http://www.google.com/talk/ .

"Google's Latest Is All Talk," by Simon Burns, Wired News, August 25, 2005 --- http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,1282,68642,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_2

It's really the lack of features that telegraphs Google Talk's prototype status. If you're familiar with feature-laden competitors like MSN Messenger or AIM, it would almost be easier to describe Google Talk in terms of what it doesn't have: no cheery emoticons, no fancy fonts and no file transfers, for example. And there's also no advertising at all, a curious departure from Google's standard operating procedure and sole source of revenue.

There's also no way to call to or from traditional telephone networks. That's a significant difference from Skype, the internet telephony wunderkind, which holds between 30 and 46 percent of that market, depending on which statistics you look at.

So, if you're already using Skype or a similar program, why should you switch to Google Talk? The program is closely integrated with Gmail (you must have an invite-only Gmail account to use it), which might be nice if that's your main e-mail provider. The clean, simple interface could appeal to some, and the attempt to adhere to open standards seems worthy of support.

In the future, Google says it intends to add a raft of new features, including support for other operating systems (presumably Mac and Linux), encryption, compatibility with other internet telephony standards, and versions with a user interface in languages other than English (text chat already works in any language supported by Windows).

Continued in article


Peeking before a "blind" date
ONE in three women prepare for blind dates by spying on their prospective partners via the internet to obtain information about their careers, their hobbies and what they look like, a new study has found. Increasing numbers of men are also using internet search engines to carry out so-called "suitability checks" before meeting their date.
Fiona MacGregor, "Women turn to internet for truth about their date," Scotsman.com, August 23, 2005 --- http://news.scotsman.com/scitech.cfm?id=1826392005 
Jensen Advice:  Putting up a really stupid or offensive Web site may harm your love life;  Dull/Geekish may be tolerated on a Web site even if it's not helpful to onsite relationships.


What U.S. States have the highest vs. lowest probabilities of having an obese or overweight blind date? --- http://my.webmd.com/content/Article/110/109662.htm?z=1727_00000_5024_hv_03
Hint:
 Altitude is somewhat negatively correlated with blubber.


Fundamental accounting equation:  Profit is equal to revenue minus expense
Selling cars at employee discounts does little to curb union-negotiated benefits on the expense side of things
General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. took another hit as Moody's Investors Service downgraded the corporate debt of both auto companies to junk status, following similar moves by Standard & Poor's Corp.  The moves come as the top two U.S. auto makers by market share struggle with intense competition, high costs and the decline in sales of their biggest and most profitable sport-utility vehicles. Moody's downgrades, affecting about $150 billion of debt, will ratchet up pressure on GM and Ford to confront their cost problems in the U.S. before contract talks with the United Auto Workers union are to begin in 2007.
John Stoll and Joseph B. White, "Moody's Cuts GM, Ford Debt to Junk," The Wall Street Journal, August 25, 2005; Page A3 --- http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112491490698122187,00.html?mod=todays_us_page_one
Jensen Comment:  Just as junk cars are not likely to run down the road in the future, junk debt is not likely to be repaid.  Junk debt ratings are often, but not always, precursors to bankruptcy filings.


"Obese football players face trouble, experts say," by Maggie Fox, Reuters, August 25, 2005 --- http://snipurl.com/NFLfat

"A sudden death like that in a 23-year-old with no evidence of a stroke would suggest that he had an arrhythmia," Pi-Sunyer said in a telephone interview.

"We do know that he weighed 330 pounds."

That would give Herrion a body mass index of more than 41 -- well into the area considered morbidly obese and thus putting him at high risk of health problems.

Certain athletes with high muscle mass can safely veer into BMIs of between 25 and 30, which would be considered overweight for the average person, but a BMI of 40 or higher cannot be considered anything but risky, experts say.

In March, Joyce Harp of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that more than a quarter of NFL players had a body mass index that qualified as morbidly obese.

The NFL claims Harp's study was flawed.

"The study uses BMI, which does not distinguish between fat and muscle," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said on Tuesday. "Any study that is done without taking into account body fat percentage is misleading."

Continued in article


Rebels Without a Cause --- http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/prem/200503u/int2005-03-09
Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter, the authors of Nation of Rebels argue how the myth of a counterculture derailed the political left


Presidential Tax Returns ---
http://www.taxhistory.org/thp/thpwebsite.nsf/Web/PresidentialTaxReturns?OpenDocument


Business Week's business books --- http://www.businessweek.com/bizbooks/index.html


What are they reading in the U.K.?  --- http://www.thebookseller.com/?pid=2


When banking online, look for that padlock
For years, banks, e-commerce companies and other operators of Web sites that deal in personal financial information have trained customers to look for the little "padlock icon" in the corner of their Web browser window. That padlock indicates that users are connected via a secure server, and it has become a trusted seal for Internet transactions. Increasingly, however, many of the nation's largest financial institutions are doing away with the padlock on their home pages, a development that some experts say could lead more consumers to fall prey to phishing scams.
Brian Krebs, "Bank Sites Still Driven by Marketers," The Washington Post, August 24, 2005 --- http://blogs.washingtonpost.com/securityfix/2005/08/bank_sites_stil.html?referrer=email

Bob Jensen's threads on phishing are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/ecommerce/000start.htm#Phishing


"The Mindset of Freshmen:  Beloit College tries to help academics each fall with a “mindset list” to explain the perspectives of the new class of freshmen.," Inside Higher Ed, August 24, 2005 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/08/24/mindset

This year’s list noting that most freshmen were born in 1987, explains that, for them:
  • Liberace, Jackie Gleason, and Lee Marvin have always been dead.
  • Heart-lung transplants have always been possible.
  • Wayne Gretzky never played for Edmonton.
  • Iran and Iraq have never been at war with each other.
  • Voice mail has always been available.
  • Bill Gates has always been worth at least a billion dollars.
  • They do not remember “a kinder and gentler nation.”
  • They never saw the shuttle Challenger fly.
  • They never saw a Howard Johnson’s with 28 ice cream flavors.

The Beloit link is http://www.beloit.edu/~pubaff/releases/mindset_2009.htm


Update on the Ward Churchill Saga
University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill has two weeks to respond to a committee's recommendation that he undergo a full investigation for seven counts of alleged plagiarism and fabrication. The professor Tuesday called the status of the investigation against him "very encouraging," partly because two other claims — including an allegation that he falsified an American Indian identity — have been recommended for dismissal. But an expert on academic fraud said the case against Churchill sounds serious. "Any claims moving forward are serious because my sense of these proceedings is that you really make every effort to see the claim...
"CU's Churchill to respond to committee," Daily Camera, August 24, 2005 ---
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1469690/posts


The College Speech Code Mess --- http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,166569,00.html
If the article disappears from Fox, go to http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1469683/posts
Jensen Comment:  If you're not paranoid yet about what you say or write, you might become so quite soon.


One of the big ways lawyers steal from companies --- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1469671/posts
"An inventor's billion-dollar legacy comes under fire," by Adam Goldman, The Journal News, August 24, 2005


Forwarded by Joe Brady

The first edition of ACADEMIC COMMONS
Academic Commons < http://academiccommons.org/ > offers a forum for investigating and defining the role that technology can play in liberal arts education. Sponsored by the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College < http://liberalarts.wabash.edu/ >, Academic Commons publishes essays, reviews, interviews, showcases of innovative uses of technology, and vignettes that critically examine technology uses in the classroom. Academic Commons aims to share knowledge, develop collaborations, and evaluate and disseminate digital tools and innovative practices for teaching and learning with technology. We want this site to advance opportunities for collaborative design, open development, and rigorous peer critique of such resources. We strongly believe that classroom teachers--established instructors and tomorrow's professors--need a genuinely open forum for this discussion and hope that Academic Commons will provide it.


Innovative gadgets for people on the go ---
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/technology/personaltech/gadgets05/index.html?referrer=email


Painkiller Update: What You Need to Know
A Texas jury has awarded $253.4 million dollars to the widow of a 59-year-old man who took the popular painkiller Vioxx, finding the drug's manufacturer Merck & Co. negligent in his death. The news puts the safety of Vioxx and other similar painkillers back in the spotlight.
Michael Smith, "Painkiller Update: What You Need to Know:  FDA Warnings Affect All Anti-Inflammatory Drugs," WebMD, August 19, 2005 --- http://my.webmd.com/content/Article/110/109634.htm?z=1727_00000_5024_hv_03 

News about ulcers --- http://my.webmd.com/content/article/107/108466?z=1727_81000_4029_hv_05


What you need to know before buying a digital camera (probably more than you want to know)
When can we stop using the term "digital cameras" and just call these things "cameras"? They began outselling film-based cameras in 2003, and by the end of this year over half of U.S. households will own a digital model, according to the Photo Marketing Association International. But their mass-market status doesn't change the fact that digital cameras remain computers with lenses, and they require some of the same careful shopping -- from contemplating puzzling measurements to choosing among incompatible formats.
Rob Pegoraro, "Be Camera-Ready When You Shop," The Washington Post, August 21, 2005 --- http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/08/20/AR2005082000187.html?referrer=email 

Bob Jensen's technology bookmarks are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookbob4.htm

Top Digital Cameras --- http://www.pcworld.com/reviews/article/0,aid,113291,00.asp 


Need for an academic theory of bullshit
If “bullshit,” as opposed to “bull,” is a distinctively modern linguistic innovation, that could have something to do with other distinctively modern things, like advertising, public relations, political propaganda, and schools of education. “One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit,” Harry G. Frankfurt, a distinguished moral philosopher who is professor emeritus at Princeton, says. The ubiquity of bullshit, he notes, is something that we have come to take for granted. Most of us are pretty confident of our ability to detect it, so we may not regard it as being all that harmful. We tend to take a more benign view of someone caught bullshitting than of someone caught lying. (“Never tell a lie when you can bullshit your way through,” a father counsels his son in an Eric Ambler novel.) All of this worries Frankfurt. We cannot really know the effect that bullshit has on us, he thinks, until we have a clearer understanding of what it is. That is why we need a theory of bullshit.
Jim Holt, "SAY ANYTHING:  Three books find truth under cultural and conceptual assault," The New Yorker, August 22, 2005 --- http://www.newyorker.com/critics/atlarge/articles/050822crat_atlarge


Enteron became Enron but the name Enteron probably was a better fit in retrospect
The name (Enteron) had been proposed by Lipppincot & Margulies, a pricey New York consulting firm that had spent three months and millions of dollars on the project.  It derived from and analysis of the company's business --- "En" for "energy," "ter" for international and "InterNorth," and "on" because it sounded cool . . . The problem was, no one bothered to check Webster's (Dictionary).  "Enteron is also a word for the digestive tube running from the mouth to the anus --- particularly unfortunate, given that Lay's company produced natural gas.  Within days of the announcement, the soon-to-be Enteron ws a laughingstock.
Kurt Eichenwald, Conspiracy of Fools:  A True Study, (Broadway Books, 2005, pp. 33-34).


What causes pregnancy?
There are 490 female students at Timken High School, and 65 are pregnant, according to a recent report in the Canton Repository. The article reported that some would say that movies, TV, videogames, lazy parents and lax discipline may all be to blame. School officials are not sure what has contributed to so many pregnancies . . .
"65 Girls At Area School Pregnant," Cleveland's WEWS-TV, August 24, 2005 ---
http://www.newsnet5.com/news/4885861/detail.html
Jensen Comment:  I'm skeptical of school officials who don't know what causes pregnancy.  Back in my youth in Iowa, there was a small town in our football conference where 14 of the 28 graduating females were pregnant.  But that was before the days of the pill, and most of those girls were engaged to be married shortly after graduation.  Now they're grandmothers.  Sigh!


Art:  They could've fit in six more parking spaces instead
AMERICA the beautiful? Not if some Americans have anything to say about it. Probably not even America the Vaguely Interesting. And no chance of America the Wow-Get-a-Load-of-That. Does art really have to be a four-letter word in this country? We don't put much government money into it — California has the worst per capita investment of any state, at 9 cents a head, and the nation is the biggest art skinflint in the Western world at a buck-17. We're especially cranky about art in public view, no matter who pays for it: "Now what the heck is that? They could've fit in six more parking spaces instead. My kid could do better."
"The controversy about art," NPR, August 21, 2005 --- http://www.insidebayarea.com/argus/oped/ci_2960753

Art:  A kind of Möbius strip
What had seemed like a linear progression was really a kind of Möbius strip: The progression of art began at Lascaux only to end, some 15,000 years later, with artists aspiring to paint like cavemen. Now, after the end of art, anything goes.
Natash Degan, "The Philosophy of Art: A Conversation With Arthur C. Danto," The Nation, August 18, 2005 --- http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20050829&s=danto


Big-time college sports has corrupted the educational mission
Frank Deford, sportswriter and a commentator on National Public Radio, looks at the way big-time college sports has corrupted the educational mission . . .
NPR on August 21, 2005 ---
http://news.google.com/news?q=+"National+Public+Radio"&hl=en&lr=&sa=N&as_qdr=all&tab=nn&oi=newsr


Big-time lobbying has corrupted the legislative mission
The lobbying industry is growing at a startling rate and current laws have proven inadequate to regulate its vast influence. Relationships between lobbyists and members of Congress are increasingly cozy – and, in many cases, corrupt.
"Curtail Corrupt Lobbying," The Nation ---
http://www.capwiz.com/thenation/mail/oneclick_compose/?alertid=7898926


More competition for readers than writers:  How to write your dream novel in the modern age
"Steal This Book. Or at Least Download It Free," by Claudia H. Deutsch, The New York Times, August 21, 2005 --- http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/21/business/yourmoney/21lunch.html

The way Mr. Adler, 77 (there goes "you can't teach an old dog new tricks"), sees it, portable electronic readers will soon do to paper books what the Walkman and iPod did to boomboxes.

"Print publishing has had a great 500-year run, but the print book is morphing into the screen book," he said during a recent lunch at Pigalle, a French restaurant in Manhattan's theater district.

But what does that mean for those many, many people who believe there is a novel inside them, clamoring to be let out? Making a living as a writer has never been easy - even Mr. Adler was a self-described "failed writer" until, at 45, he finally caught a publisher's attention. So will all this technological upheaval make it easier or harder to get read?

Both, Mr. Adler insists. The Internet, with its limitless capacity for blogs and whole books that can be electronically whisked from place to place, means people can pretty well publish what they want. On the downside, the competition for readers, already intense, will become maddeningly so. But writers need not make it past the gatekeepers at publishing houses to be published. Vanity publishing - a term Mr. Adler hates - has come into the electronic age.

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


Time will tell
The Morning After Gaza --- http://jewishworldreview.com/0805/memri_gaza.php3


Lobstering on the commons
The ensuing ill will underlines a big paradox in Maine: An era of unprecedented lobstering prosperity has brought strife to those who make their living from the sea. After hovering for decades at around 20 million pounds a year, Maine's lobster catch began to surge in the late 1980s. A record 70 million pounds was tallied in 2004. Scientists say the bounty may stem from the decline of fish that prey on lobster hatchlings. They warn the boom could crater without warning, noting a little-understood shell disease has ravaged lobster fishing in other parts of New England. Even so, that hasn't stopped Mainers from rushing to get in on the bonanza. Some of the most lucrative lobster fishing has been around Cutler, a foggy hamlet of 650 with a harbor marked by a white, cast-iron lighthouse on a small island at its mouth. Steep rock bluffs and tall evergreens protect the waterfront here where, on clear days, dozens of moored lobster boats shift in unison to the changing tides. On shore, new pickups are parked outside many primly painted homes, and younger lobstermen talk relentlessly about buying bigger boats.
Robert Tomsho, "In a Maine Town, A Lobster Tale Ensnarls a Fisherman:  Despite a Crustacean Boom, Hamlet Finds No Peace," The Wall Street Journal, August 24, 2005 ---
http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112483738099321201,00.html?mod=todays_us_page_one


The Piano Man was faking mental illness to a point where, well, he might be mentally ill
"Piano Man's Lost Chord Found," The Morning Paper, August 23, 2005 ---
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1468943/posts

London: Four months ago, a 20 year old man – dressed neatly in an expensive suit , but soaking wet – was found wandering on a beach by police. He refused to speak, so police took him to a mental health unit for evaluation.

During his evaluation , he was given a piece of paper and a pen – and promptly drew a sketch of a concert – style piano. Someone decided to let him sit at a piano in the hospital chapel, and-according to one of the psychiatrists , he gave a brilliant concert recital.

Dubbed “ The Piano Man “ , the stranger immediately became the rage among Britain’s culturally – sensitive , and the hospital was inundated by well-meant suggestions and advice. Many hoped he would someday be cured of his strange infirmity , and take his rightful place on the concert stage.

Unfortunately , the lid of the piano crashed down – so to speak – when German authorities identified the mystery man as a German national of rather plebian origins – whose last known employment was in a psychiatric institute in Bavaria ; where , it is believed , he became quite adept at mimicking the symptoms of genuinely disturbed patients.

On learning this , British health officials decided The Piano Man had made “marked improvement” , and was fit for repatriation : the sooner the better.


Tax-based system will be unable to cope with future health-care demands: 
Paying for European national health care with deductions from paychecks

So this might seem an odd moment for a senior doctor to call for a switch in the way that the NHS is financed. Yet that is what Bernard Ribeiro, the new president of the Royal College of Surgeons, has done. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph published on August 13th, he argued that a tax-based system will be unable to cope with future health-care demands. Instead, Britain ought to emulate the social-insurance model of Germany and France, in which the main source of finance is contributions levied on workers' pay.
"Searching for a miracle solution," Economist, August 18, 2005 --- http://www.economist.com/world/europe/displayStory.cfm?story_id=4293317


Review of Parenting For Character
But an excellent new book, Parenting For Character, from which the Socrates quotation was taken, points to an essential difference in modern times. It is not that children are different but that parents have lost confidence in their ability to mould character and instil the perennial virtues that will ensure a happy adulthood. Author Andrew Mullins, headmaster of Catholic Redfield College in Sydney's north-west, says the age-old "understanding of the link between good habits, character and happiness has been discarded in the last 50 years". He describes his book as a "manual for building good habits in children" and has drawn on "universal principles" in the writings of the East, great books of religions and classical literature. Over 27 years of teaching in Sydney schools he has also gleaned the wisdom of parents. As he says, it is easy to make children happy for now: "Just take them to McDonald's or put on a PlayStation." But that won't help them achieve happiness in adult life. For true self-determination, says Mullins, they need the four cardinal virtues: wisdom, self-control, justice and courage. Mullins calls these the "foundation habits for happiness".
"Kids have always behaved badly, it's the parents who've changed," Sydney Morning Herald, August 21, 2005 --- http://www.smh.com.au/text/articles/2005/08/20/1124435177665.html


"You'll Know When You're Older," Wired News, August 19, 2005 --- http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,68571,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_3

I've been talking to young people lately about my book, The Sexual Revolution 2.0. It's a guide to the profound impact technology is having on our relationships and our sex lives, and I figured that today's teens and college students would know exactly what I'm talking about.

. . .

Talk about sex tech to a 35-year-old, and it takes about three minutes for the light to switch on. "Yeah!" she or he will cry. "My sister met her husband online!" (Or maybe, "My sister left her husband for a woman she met online!" You never know.)

It puzzled me why 20-year-olds weren't reacting the same way. I was totally unprepared for the blank looks and the resounding chorus of "huh?" when I described the book.

How could a generation so saturated with both tech and sex not see how the two come together?

Then it dawned on me. These kids may be tech-savvy and sex-obsessed, but they don't have the same need for sex tech as the older folks.

Why bother with online dating when you spend the majority of your day with your peer group?

Why look for love outside your city when you're only allowed to use the car for school and errands?

Why would a college student need the internet to get laid when she's already surrounded by hordes of intelligent young single men -- most of whom she didn't grow up with?

She'll have plenty of time after graduation to bring out the sex toys, when she and her boyfriend find jobs or attend grad school in different cities, or when she's burned out on the dating scene.

And considering their comfort level with remote interaction and online gaming, teledildonics will not seem odd at all. It will just be another option on a Wednesday night.


The future of search engines may be at stake:
Click fraud entails repeated clicking on an online advertisement for no purpose or for fraudulent purpose
Although there's no way to know what percentage of clicks on keyword ads on search engines are fraudulent, estimates range from single digits -- that's what the search engines say -- to 20 percent to as much as 35 percent. Click fraud could even threaten the paid search industry's entire business model. At least that's what George Reyes, Google's chief financial officer, said last year in widely publicized remarks. Those that stand to gain the most are search networks' content partners, which receive commissions on these fake clicks, and the search engines themselves, because they profit whether ads are legitimate or not. It could be a single user, or a team of users, repeatedly manually clicking on an ad. More likely, the fraud is the product of automated "hitbot"
Adam L. Penenberg, "Click Fraud Claims Drive Lawsuits," Wired News, August 18, 2005  http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,68559,00.html


Loose definition of mental illness a tragedy waiting to happen
Drawing the line between normal reactions to intense experience on the one hand and a pathological response on the other can be difficult for psychiatrists. The conundrum was starkly illustrated last June when the long-awaited National Comorbidity Study was published in the Archives of General Psychiatry. The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health at a cost of $20 million, found that a quarter of all adults in the United States – 26 percent – qualified as having a mental illness within a given year. Can a rate so high be true? A closer look at the study reveals a less startling picture. First, the survey used in the study was based on the standard psychiatric handbook – the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 4th Edition – which has a low threshold for calling a collection of symptoms a “mental disorder.” For example, a balky, stubborn, aggressive child might well be diagnosed as having “Oppositional Defiant Disorder,” according to the DSM, and sent to a therapist. Yet a layman might simply regard him as spoiled.
Sally Satel and Christina Sommers, "Loose definition of mental illness a tragedy waiting to happen," Nashua Telegraph, August 21, 2005 ---
http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050821/OPINION04/108210037/-1/OPINION02 


The Daily Show has grown almost threefold to 1.4 million viewers a night.
Wake up, television executives of America: Jon Stewart - the wiseacre host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show - knows more about your business than you do. Sure, The Daily Show may just seem like a smart comedy program on basic cable; nothing more than good political satire and a spot-on parody of TV news pieties. But it's also a demonstration of television done right. In the six years since Stewart took over, the audience for The Daily Show has grown almost threefold to 1.4 million viewers a night. It boasts a legion of young, smart fans who are among the most demographically desirable audiences in the industry - further collapsing the caste distinctions between networks and cable. It has raised the bar for tie-ins, with a best-seller (America [The Book] has sold a stunning 2.5 million copies), a hit DVD (Indecision 2004), and - starting in October - a full-fledged spinoff (The Colbert Report). And The Daily Show may be the most popular TV program on the Internet:
Michael Goetz, "Reinventing Television," Wired News, September 2005 --- http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/13.09/stewart.html?tw=wn_tophead_2


Even if the Feds let KPMG off the hook, there are 50 states waiting in the wings
Mississippi probably will file criminal charges against accounting giant KPMG because it created a tax strategy that the state says illegally let WorldCom, now called MCI Inc., shield billions of dollars from taxes, sources close to the case said Friday.  Although a few other states have also weighed this strategy, Mississippi Atty. Gen. Jim Hood is the most determined, and his state would be the first to take this step, said the sources, who requested anonymity.
"Mississippi May File KPMG Charges," Los Angeles Times, August 20, 2005 --- http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-kpmg20aug20,1,7703307.story?coll=la-headlines-business

Jensen Comment:
My guess is that KMPG will survive the criminal charges but will emerge badly crippled with the burden of over a billion in settlement payments with former clients and many of the states like Mississippi and California. The IRS alleges over $1.4 billion in damages in uncollected taxes. Add to this the damages of many of the states with income taxes and the added costs of punitive damages and serious litigation costs on the back of KPMG. Why in the world didn't KPMG stop selling these shelters when the IRS warned KPMG that it was selling illegal tax shelters?

Bob Jensen's threads on the woes of KPMG are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/Fraud001.htm#KPMG


Remember that the new definition of failure is "deferred success."

Tina Blue comments on the lack of responsibility by some students ---
http://irascibleprofessor.com/comments-08-21-05.htm

One of my students sent me this email at the end of Spring semester:

I need to bring you my last essay, but I don't remember your office number, and I can't find my copy of the syllabus with the number on it.

Yeah.

That syllabus she lost, as about half of our students inevitably do, is also posted online on Blackboard, as well as on a Geocities site where I also post all my class materials for those times when for one reason or another students are unable to access Blackboard.

She forgot.

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Republican Democrat Scandal!
It seems there is no limit to Paul Krugman’s hatred of the Republican party. And apparently there’s no limit to the New York Times’s willingness to embarrass itself by printing yet another hilarious error-filled column by America’s most dangerous liberal pundit. In his Friday column, Krugman attempts to spit out the salacious details of scandals involving Republican politicians in Ohio. But what Krugman doesn’t seem to know is that many of the politicians he’s talking about are Democrats! And because the Times does no fact-checking of its op-ed columns, his absurd blunders now live forever in the “newspaper of record.”
Donald Luskin, "Republican Democrat Scandal!," National Review --- http://www.nationalreview.com/script/printpage.p?ref=/nrof_luskin/luskin200506211013.asp


Asians see better, really
If Asians and North Americans sometimes seem to have a different world view, maybe it's because they literally see the world differently. Research suggests that Asians have a sharper eye for detail and subtlety than people in the West.
"In Asia, the Eyes Have It," Wired News, August 23, 2005 ---
http://www.wired.com/news/culture/0,1284,68626,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_6
 


Left-wing teachers in Australian schools
Growing anti-American attitudes have been generated in part by left-wing teachers in Australian schools, according to Treasurer Peter Costello. Mr Costello last night delivered a speech to the Australian-American Leadership Dialogue dinner, warning of the dangers of anti-Americanism taking hold in Australia.
"Costello slams anti-Americanism," News.com.au, August 21, 2005 ---
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,16334852-2,00.html


"Corporate Law Class: First, What Not to Do," The New York Times, August 21, 2005 --- http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/21/business/yourmoney/21suits.html

In what must be an unusual welcome for new law students, Timothy P. Glynn led a crash course on Thursday on how not to practice law.

About 360 incoming students at the Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark watched "The Smartest Guys in the Room," a documentary about the collapse of Enron, as part of their orientation program. Mr. Glynn, a law professor, used it to get the students to focus on legal ethics.

"The whole idea was to get them thinking about professional responsibility and professional ethics immediately," before those matters become lost in a forest of exciting new legal concepts and lawyerly lingo, he said after the session.

The challenge, he added, was to avoid sending a message that unethical behavior is the norm in corporate America.

"We had to structure the discussion to make sure that they walked away thinking about legal ethics in a positive, not a cynical, way," he said. Jonathan D. Glater.

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Oh what a mess we're in in Iraq
The paramilitary wings of Kurdish and Shiite political parties in northern and southern Iraq have spun webs of corruption and violence that may undermine any attempts to bring those regions under a federal Iraqi state, the Washington Post reports. Kidnappings, assassinations, and other violent crimes run rampant around primarily Shiite Basra in the south and Kurdish-controlled Mosul in the north, with each group trying to stamp out their opposition. The crimes are often committed by coalition-trained security forces, whose true allegiance lies with ethnic or religious political parties, not any sort of central Iraqi authority. The WP writes that the local groups seem more intent on dominating their respective territories than participating in a unified Iraqi government, enforcing their authority with the kind of swift brutality that seems only too familiar.
Jesse Stanchek, "Kurds and Way-Out Factions," Slate, August 21, 2005 --- http://www.slate.com/id/2124854/

"Killers in the Neighborhood Exclusive: How the death squads came to Washash and turned Shi'ites and Sunnis against one another," by Tim McGirk, Time Magazine, August 21, 2005 --- http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1096488,00.html


From Jim Mahar's Blog on August 18, 2005 --- http://financeprofessorblog.blogspot.com/

To buy or to build?

Margsiri, Mello, and Ruckles provide a thoughtful article that models the "grow vs buy" decision.

SSRN-To Build or to Buy: Internal vs. External Growth by Worawat Margsiri, Antonio Mello, Martin Ruckes: "This paper relates growth via acquisitions to the characteristics of the possibility to grow organically" --- http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=687415

As in most modeling papers, this should come with the standard warning that "while the conclusions laid forth in this paper are fairly straight forwards, some of the math may be more than the typcial undergraduate student (current or past) is ready to handle."

But do not dispair, I will leave the gritty details to the paper itself.

The main points:

There is a direct connection between the ability to grow and the price the firm would be willing to pay for an acquisition. This "important connection between the two growth strategies [has] organic growth..[as] the firm’s fall-back strategy and therefore has a significant impact on both the acquisition strategy as well as the acquisition price." Which is pretty intuitive: if you have have no good growth prospects, you are more willing to do an acquisition." "when the growth asset is associated with a high level of volatility, firms favor growth via acquisition in order to avoid the costly time delay between the investment and the generation of revenues."

"a higher profitability of the opportunity to grow organically speeds up the acquisition. Since a higher value of the organic growth option leadsto a lower acquisition price, early acquisitions are profitable compared to the status quo." "When a relatively high integration expense leads to a high acquisition threshold, the declining value of the outside option draws this threshold down to a lower asset value."

See that wasn't that bad. There really is a great deal more to the paper and I recommend it if you have some time (it took me a while to get through it) and you are of that temperment.

Cite: Margsiri, Worawat, Mello, Antonio S. and Ruckes, Martin E., "To Build or to Buy: Internal vs. External Growth" (March 15, 2005). http://ssrn.com/abstract=687413

BTW If you are still confused, let's talk baseball.

For the first point, you are the GM of a major league team. You have a great catching prospect in the minors. Therefore you are less likely to acquire a free-agent catcher.

For the second point, let's take this example a bit further. Suppose you not only have a great catcher in the minors, but also a great pitching propect. Since the the volatility of pitching careers is higher than that of catching careers (stated without proof), ceteris paribus you would be more willing to sign a free agent pitcher than a free agent catcher.

One more, ok. Consider the last point. A trouble-maker has higher "integration costs". Thus even if you admire the ability of the player, you are not willing to pay as much for him.

Better?


Contrary to popular opinion, sex isn't necessarily profitable in 21st Century movies
In the early days of Hollywood, nudity—or the illusion of it—was considered such an asset that director Cecil B. DeMille famously made bathing scenes an obligatory ingredient of his biblical epics. Nowadays, nudity is a decided liability when it comes to the commercial success of the movie.
Jay Epstein, "Sex and the Cinema In the New Hollywood, it's a liability," Slate, August 15, 2005 ---
http://www.slate.com/id/2124498/?nav=fo

But then again, Epstein could be wrong
It's a wicked exchange, courtesy of the screenwriters Patrick Marber and Chrysanthy Balis, and the wickedness thickens once you learn that Edgar, unmanned by jealousy, decapitated his wife. Now he wanders the gardens of the asylum, doing odd jobs and patching up the greenhouse. I wish I could tell you that what happens next came as a blistering surprise, but if there's one thing that years of moviegoing teach you it is basic algebra, and the rule runs as follows: (Frustrated Wife ÷ Late-Fifties Lingerie) - √(Dull Husband) x (Demonic Yet Strangely Tender Hunk + Glowing Eyes) = Greenhouse Rock.
Anthony Lane, "MAD ABOUT THE BOY “Asylum” and “2046.” The New Yorker, August 22, 2005 --- http://www.newyorker.com/critics/cinema/articles/050822crci_cinema


Be ready when the bad guys come
Militia of Montana 2005 Preparedness Catalog --- http://militiaofmontana.com/militabk.htm


Acronym Search --- http://www.acronymsearch.com/

Hyperology --- http://snipurl.com/Hyperology
This site features a lot of things including coverage of tax and 401K/IRA deductions.

Tips on how to deal with the new Bankruptcy Bill --- http://talkingpointsmemo.com/bankruptcy/

Entrepreneurialism --- http://entrepreneurialism.group.stumbleupon.com/

Guides for Employers from Smart Stops on the Web, Journal of Accountancy, June 2005, Page 33 --- http://www.aicpa.org/pubs/jofa/jun2005/news_web.htm
For employee benefits, see http://www.aicpa.org/pubs/jofa/jul2005/news_web.htm

Worldwide Directory of Accountants and Consultants --- http://www.searchsystems.net/list.php?nid=62

Bob Jensen's helpers on how seek professional advice --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/fees.htm


Forwarded by Andrew Priest

Feefee the virtual worldwide accountant
Virtual Feefee has a sense of fun, according to her creator, University of Wollongong senior lecturer George Mickhail. But as an early prototype virtual accountant, she also has a serious side that stands as a warning to the accounting profession that basic functions can be automated. Professor Mickhail says Feefee gives users information in the way they prefer. And she won't be deskbound, either. "My research project is to provide it through a mobile device," he says. That research uses a protocol called ebXML (electronic business extensible markup language), a standard way to exchange business messages and data.
Rob O'Neill, "Feefee's fee-free accounts advice," Sydney Morning Herald, August 23, 2005 --- http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2005/08/22/1124562798756.html


Mike. Kearl clued me into a fascinating search site called StumbleUpon --- http://www.stumbleupon.com/about.html

StumbleUpon is an intelligent browsing tool for sharing and discovering great websites. As you click Stumble!, you'll get high-quality pages matched to your personal preferences. These pages have been explicitly recommended (rated I like it) by friends and other SU members with similar interests. Rating these sites shares them with your friends and peers – you will automatically 'stumble upon' each others favorites sites.  In effect, StumbleUpon's members collectively share the best sites on the web. You can share any site by simply clicking I like it. This passes the page on to friends and like-minded people – letting them "stumble upon" all the great sites you discover.

Selecting Your Interests
After you join you will be asked to select topics which are of interest to you. Nearly 500 topics are available and you can select as many as you wish to help determine your preferences in web content. The more interests you select, the better StumbleUpon will be able to determine which sites you will like best. This lets StumbleUpon provide you with sites rated highly by other members with similar interests. You can also add, remove or modify your interests at any time.

 

Jensen Comment:  With each passing day I am adding more categories and am finding this to be a valuable tool.

When learning StumbleUpon, it really helps to got to Menu, FAQs at http://www.stumbleupon.com/help.html
There is also an unofficial listing of FAQs at http://stumbleupon.theprawn.com/ 
You might encounter some random x-rated pictures that seem to pop uninvited into this site.

Bob Jensen's search helpers are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/searchh.htm

Jensen Comment:  I found the following sample of economics sites using an innovative search engine called StumbleUpon.  It's described above.

Economic Indicators --- http://www.econsources.com/EconSourcesEconomicIndicators.asp?PageID=2
U.S. Census Bureau --- http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/income.html

Online Economics Textbooks --- http://www.oswego.edu/~economic/newbooks.htm
Bob Jensen's threads on electronic books are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/ebooks.htm

Economics Principles and Practices --- http://econsources.com/EconSourcesBook.asp?PageID=1
Economics Net-Textbook --- http://nova.umuc.edu/~black/pageg.html 
Economy Professor (with a great glossary) --- http://www.economyprofessor.com/

Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith --- http://geolib.pair.com/smith.adam/woncont.html

Theoretical Economics --- http://www.econtheory.org/

Five Fundamental Errors in Economics Research --- http://www.dieoff.org/page241.htm

History of Economics --- http://cepa.newschool.edu/het/
Also see http://socserv2.socsci.mcmaster.ca/~econ/ugcm/3ll3/
Historical QuickSketch of the Nightmare German Inflation (1923) --- http://www.usagold.com/cpm/nightmare.html
International Monetary Fund --- http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/center/mm/eng/mm_cc_01.htm

Web Resources in Economics --- http://www.helsinki.fi/WebEc/WebEc.html

Economic and Game Theory --- http://levine.sscnet.ucla.edu/
Also see http://kuznets.fas.harvard.edu/~aroth/alroth.html

Ed Yardini's Economics Network --- http://www.yardeni.com/

Amos Web --- http://www.amosweb.com/

Trade and Protectionism --- http://www.aworldconnected.org/article.php/1101.html


"India's economic agenda: An interview with Manmohan Singh," The McKinsey Quarterly ---
http://mckinseyquarterly.com/article_abstract.aspx?ar=1674&L2=19&L3=67

For Jim Mahar's blog on August 24, 2005 --- http://financeprofessorblog.blogspot.com/

One quote from the interview:

"Manmohan Singh: 'If I have any message, it is that it is our ambition to integrate our country into the evolving global economy. We accept the logic of globalization. We recognize that globalization offers us enormous opportunities in the race to leapfrog in development processes. It also obliges us to set in motion processes which would minimize its risks.

I think, overall, India is today on the move. The economic reforms that our salvation lies in operating an open society, political system, an open economy, economic system--this has widespread support.' "


The Guardian's 100 Best Books of All Time --- http://listsofbests.com/list/5/

The Free Library --- http://www.thefreelibrary.com/

Free Australian electronic books --- http://www.e-book.com.au/freebooks.htm

Modern literature links --- http://www.themodernword.com/themodword.cfm

The 1,000 Journals Project, University of New Orleans --- http://1000journals.com/

Bob Jensen's links to electronic books and journals are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/searchh.htm#ElectronicBooks




What the world knows about you and why your pizza costs so much ---
http://www.adcritic.com/interactive/assets/aclu-pizza/screen.swf

Isn't it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists?
Kelvin Throop III --- http://bourke.ilanet.net.au/quotes.html

I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book.
Groucho Marx, US Comic --- http://bourke.ilanet.net.au/quotes.html

Life is a wonderful thing to talk about, or to read about in history books - but it is terrible when one has to live it.
Jean Anouilh, French Playwright --- http://bourke.ilanet.net.au/quotes.html




Fraud Updates --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/FraudUpdates.htm
For earlier editions of New Bookmark s go to http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookurl.htm 
Archives of Tidbits: Tidbits Directory --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/TidbitsDirectory.htm

Click here to search Bob Jensen's web site if you have key words to enter --- Search Site.
For example if you want to know what Jensen documents have the term "Enron" enter the phrase Jensen AND Enron. Another search engine that covers Trinity and other universities is at http://www.searchedu.com/.

International Accounting News (including the U.S.)

AccountingEducation.com and Double Entries --- http://www.accountingeducation.com/
        Upcoming international accounting conferences --- http://www.accountingeducation.com/events/index.cfm
        Thousands of journal abstracts --- http://www.accountingeducation.com/journals/index.cfm
Deloitte's International Accounting News --- http://www.iasplus.com/index.htm
Association of International Accountants --- http://www.aia.org.uk/ 
WebCPA --- http://www.webcpa.com/
FASB --- http://www.fasb.org/
IASB --- http://www.fasb.org/
Others --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/bookbob1.htm

Gerald Trite's great set of links --- http://iago.stfx.ca/people/gtrites/Docs/bookmark.htm 

Richard Torian's Managerial Accounting Information Center --- http://www.informationforaccountants.com/ 

 

Professor Robert E. Jensen (Bob) http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen
Jesse H. Jones Distinguished Professor of Business Administration
Trinity University, San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
Voice: 210-999-7347 Fax: 210-999-8134  Email:  rjensen@trinity.edu