My links on Medicare drug plan
options are at
Under no circumstance should anybody sign up for a plan
with a stranger over the telephone even if that person claims to be a Medicare
representative or a licensed insurance agent who phoned out of the blue.
Free Video Downloads (These are great!) The mission of Folkstreams.net is to build a
national preserve of documentary films about American folk or roots culture.
Produced by independent filmmakers, these hard-to-find films give voice to the
arts and experience of diverse American groups. They are streamed on the website
together with background materials that highlight the history and aesthetic
importance of the traditions and the films. Folkstreams.net makes these films
easy to find and to see by video-streaming them on the Internet, and also
provides in-depth and reliable contextual materials about the subjects and the
filmmaking. Folkstreams.net also encourages alternative forms of filmmaking
about subjects neglected by mainstream corporate media.
Film Titles ---
George and Esther Szekeres, Mathematicians, 1911-2005, 1910-2005 After nearly 70 years of marriage, George and Esther
Szekeres, both brilliant mathematicians, died within an hour of each other.
George was 94 and Esther 95. George was the foundation professor of pure
mathematics at the University of NSW and became the leading Australian
mathematician of his day. Esther taught in the mathematics department of
Macquarie University for many years and was awarded an honorary Doctor of
Science by the university in 1990. The mathematical love of her life was always
geometry, in which she outshone George.
"A world of teaching and numbers - times two," Sydney Morning Herald,
November 7, 2005 ---
I've noticed Patricia's quote and it originally
comes from a song that Mary Chapin Carpenter performed (and wrote?) a few
years back (80's maybe). There is another line in that song that is similar;
"Sometimes you're the Louisville slugger,
sometimes you're the ball."
I have to listen to the song almost every time I
read a message from Patricia.
Tracey Sutherland then pointed out the following:
Not to quibble but I believe the bug/windshield lyrics were written by Dire
Straits' fine guitarist/songwriter Mark Knopfler -- recorded also by Mary
Chapin Carpenter (another fine songwriter).
A hand grenade being used instead of a ball in a
game of catch exploded early on Saturday killing three youths in this Bosnian
"Three die playing catch with grenade," Reuters reports from
Banja Luka, November 7, 2005 ---
Contasia is the version of Camtasia for convicts.
This way they can run their organized crime families from their cells.
Ed Scribner (bless his heart)
Much more than a protest vote against Bush About the best thing Republicans can say after
Tuesday's election debacle is that at least it happened in an off-off year. This
was a Democratic rout any way you look at it, from the gubernatorial races in
Virginia and New Jersey to the ballot initiatives in California. If the GOP
learns the wrong lessons, it'll happen again next year, when a lot more will be
"GOP Wake-Up Call National lessons on taxes and immigration," The Wall Street
Journal, November 10, 2005 ---
Jensen Comment: The hard right in the GOP is a stubborn lot that will soon
ruin the current Republican majority among U.S. lawmakers. That may be a
good thing since that majority seems to be more free wheeling at spending from
an unbalanced budget than the Democratic Party's wildest dreams.
Differences between Muslims in France versus the U.K. versus the
Netherlands and Denmark
France has special problems with its immigrant
population. Unlike Britain (where radicals dominate Islam) or Spain, the
Netherlands and Denmark (where small groups of Saudi-financed Islamists
operate), France faces a predicament that has more to do with Arab and African
nationality and race than with faith. France is not an upwardly mobile society
when it comes to immigrants. It doesn't reward education or entrepreneurship by
encouraging fair integration of Arabs or black Africans.
Stephen Schwartz, "HOW FRANCE BUILT THE HATE," New York Post, November 7,
How real is this apparent Chinese strategy to destroy the United
A leading CCP official (supposedly) argues for exterminating U.S. population
This is a very long article with some frightening propositions!
I did a little checking into this article received the following message from a
genuine expert on China.
. . . it does appear that the article you sent me
is real, and does represent the thinking in certain Chinese circles. It
originally appeared online and was not immediately removed, which leads some
to think it was sanctioned by the government. Don't quote me on any of this
since I am still looking in to it.
Four arrests linked to Chinese spy ring Four persons arrested in Los Angeles are part of a
Chinese intelligence-gathering ring, federal investigators said, and the
suspects caused serious compromises for 15 years to major U.S. weapons
systems, including submarines and warships. U.S. intelligence and security
officials said the case remains under investigation but that it could prove
to be among the most damaging spy cases since the 1985 one of John A. Walker
Jr., who passed Navy communication codes to Moscow for 22 years. The Los
Angeles spy ring has operated since 1990 and has funneled technology and
military secrets to China in the form of documents and computer disks,
officials close to the case said. The ring was led by Chi Mak and his wife,
Rebecca Laiwah Chiu, along with Mr. Chi's brother, Tai Wang Mak, and his
wife, Fuk Heung Li, officials said. Key compromises uncovered so far include
sensitive data on Aegis battle management systems that are the core of U.S.
Navy destroyers and cruisers.
Bill Gertz, "Four arrests linked to Chinese spy ring," The Washington
Times, November 5, 2005 ---
Japan Scrambles Fighters 30 Times to Repel Chinese
Japanese fighter jets have been scrambled 30 times
to turn away Chinese planes approaching Japan's airspace in the last six
months, more than twice the 13 times in the same period last year, officials
said Wednesday. The increased defensive posture reflects the growing
tensions between Japan and China, which are squabbling over interpretations
of their wartime past, undersea gas deposits, and ownership of
East China Sea islands. An
Air Self Defense Forcespokesman said
Japan's fighter jets had scrambled 30 times in response to what were
believed to be Chinese military planes in the six months from April to
September. Japan's fiscal year starts in April.
"Japan Scrambles Fighters 30 Times to Repel Chinese," Fox News,
November 9, 2005 ---
Democracy at Risk The team putting Democracy at Risk
together started out, three years ago, as a task force of the
American Political Science Association. It was charged with
“bring[ing] the insights of political science to bear on the
problem of civic engagement.”The latter phrase refers the
American public’s steady, long-term trend towards increasing
apathy, ignorance, and passivity in regard to all things
political.Increased voter turnout in 2004 was, seemingly, an
exception to the trend. It was widely regarded as the most
important presidential race in recent memory. Between 59 and 60
percent of those registered to vote actually did. Democracy at
Risk puts that in context by noting that the level of
participation “was about the same as in 1956, when an incumbent
president handily and predictably defeated the same challenger
he had faced four years earlier.” And in spite of a massive
get-out-the-vote effort “in which interest groups alone spent
more than $350 million,” the turnout “was only 5 percentage
points higher than in 2000.”
Scott McLeMee, "Democracy at Risk," Inside Higher Ed,
November 10, 2005 ---
Democracy Today: Why rational economists don't vote versus why
voting turnout never declines in Texas
Why would an economist be embarrassed to be
seen at the voting booth? Because voting exacts a cost - in time,
effort, lost productivity - with no discernible payoff except perhaps
some vague sense of having done your "civic duty." As the economist
Patricia Funk wrote in a recent paper, "A rational individual should
abstain from voting."
Dubner and Levitt examine a study of voting habits in Switzerland when voting by
mail became allowed:
Every eligible Swiss citizen began to
automatically receive a ballot in the mail, which could then be
completed and returned by mail…..Never again would any Swiss voter have
to tromp to the polls during a rainstorm; the cost of casting a ballot
had been lowered significantly. An economic model would therefore
predict voter turnout to increase substantially….In fact, voter turnout
Unlike in Switzerland, voter turnout in Texas cannot decrease. The
dead are allowed to vote, and every year we add tens of thousands of
new voters to cemeteries across the entire state. The dead have more
free time to vote and know as much or more about the issues and candidates
than they did while they were alive.
Diet Coke and Diet Sprite! This was an entirely
Serious Health Warning (especially for women) About Drinking Soda Recent studies found little risk (of
increased blood pressure) among coffee-swilling men.
Now data from the two large Nurses Health studies -- which followed some 33,000
women for 12 years -- show that heavy coffee drinkers don't risk developing high
blood pressure (due to coffee alone).There was, however, an entirely unexpected finding.
Women who drank just one caffeinated cola
drink every day had a slightly higher risk of high blood pressure.
And that risk went up as women drank more daily colas,
says researcher Wolfgang C. Winkelmayer, MD, ScD, of Brigham and Women's
Hospital and Harvard University in Boston. Daniel Denoon, "Cola Drinks May Boost Blood Pressure: Diet and
Sugared Cola -- but Not Coffee -- Linked to High Blood Pressure," WebMD,
November 8, 2005 ---
Serious Health Warning About the Surge in Syphilis and
Chlamydia (especially among gay men) Gonorrhea has fallen to the lowest level on record
in the U.S., while the rates of other sexually transmitted diseases -- syphilis
and chlamydia -- are on the rise, federal health officials said. The seemingly
paradoxical findings can be explained by the cyclical nature of syphilis
outbreaks and a rise in risky sexual behavior among gay men, researchers said.
"Gonorrhea Rates Fall, But Syphilis Is on the Rise," The Wall Street Journal,
November 9, 2005; Page D4 ---
Not-so-serious College Curricula Warning
“History is bunk,” declared the famous industrialist and great American Henry
Ford. All those names and dates — why learn any of that when not even the
so-called experts can agree on exactly what happened? Besides, most of those
historical figures are dead by now, so what’s the point? From now on, all
history departments must issue disclaimers, and anything presented as a
narrative will be taught in the creative writing program. David Galif, "Designed to Please," Inside Higher Ed,
November 9, 2005 ---
"Virtual Reality That's Real," by Antone Gonsalves, InformationWeek
Newsletter, November 9, 2005
Mention virtual reality, and people often think of video games. But
the folks at
are giving a new spin to the three-dimensional worlds of make
Part fantasy and part civics experiment,
Second Life sells "islands" in their online creation, where local
governments and even the Department of Homeland Security have bought
real estate to test ideas and introduce projects. People can also
join in by opening up free accounts to gain access to a very
On today's InternetWeek, freelancer
describes how people are using Second Life
to build virtual malls and casinos, as well as to help teenagers and
people with physical disorders.
This group is certainly on the cutting
edge, and some analysts are skeptical that a business model
can evolve from what some see as a sophisticated 3-D chat
room. They may be right, but I believe the concept could
greatly advance the Web as a tool for collaboration.
Our brains have become too small to understand
math, says a rebel mathematician from Britain. Or rather, math problems have
grown too big to fit inside our heads. And that means mathematicians are
finally losing the power to prove things with absolute certainty.
Math has been the only sure form of knowledge since
the ancient Greeks, 2,500 years ago.
You can't prove the sun will rise tomorrow, but you
can prove two plus two equals four, always and everywhere.
But suddenly, Brian Davies of King's College London
is shaking the foundations of certainty.
He says our brains can't grasp today's complex,
computer-generated math proofs.
"We are beginning to see the limits of our ability
to understand things. We are animals, and our brains have a certain amount
of capacity to understand things, and there are parts of mathematics where
we are beginning to reach our limit.
"It is almost an inevitable consequence of the way
mathematics has been done in the last century," he said in an interview.
Mathematicians work in huge groups, and with big
A few still do it the old-fashioned way, he says:
"By individuals sitting in their rooms for long periods, thinking.
"But there are other areas where the complexity of
the problems is forcing people to work in groups or to use computers to
solve large bits of work, ending up with the computer saying: 'Look, if you
formulated the problem correctly, I've gone through all the 15 million cases
and they all are OK, so your theorem's true'."
But the human brain can't grasp all this. And for
Davies, knowing that a computer checked something isn't what matters most.
It's understanding why the thing works that matters.
"What mathematicians are trying to get is insight
and understanding. If God were to say, 'Look, here's your list of
conjectures. This one's true, then false, false, true, true,' mathematicians
would say: 'Look, I don't care what the answers are. I want to know why
(and) understand it.' And a computer doesn't understand it.
"This idea that we can understand anything we
believe is gradually disappearing over the horizon."
One example is the Four Colour Theorem.
Continued in article
A Dream Come True: 65 million years of uninterrupted sex Scientists in Lucknow have unearthed a
65-million-year-old fossil, showing two tiniest members of the animal family
in sexual union. "It is the first time that sexual copulation has been
discovered in a fossil state," according to Ranjeet Kar at the Birbal Sahni
Institute of Palaeobotany (BSIP) in Lucknow.
"Rare animal fossil found in copulation stage," Hindustan Times,
November 2, 2005 ---
Odour Orders: This war smells like _____________ The traditional way the army delivers orders to
soldiers is by shouting at them. But researchers at the University of Southern
California in Los Angeles think the US Army Research Office should consider an
alternative – coded smells. These can be delivered silently, in the dark and
when loud noise is drowning out speech. Furthermore, says the USCLA patent, the
immediate reaction to a smell is emotional, rather than rational, so an odour
trigger may encourage people to carry out orders without question.
Barry Fox, "Invention: Soldiers obeying odours," New Scientist, November
8, 2005 ---
Jensen Comment: Forget way and consider something far more serious. Imagine Brett Favre of the Green
Bay Packers down on the Bear's ten-yard line trying to change the play with an
audible that really isn't audible at all amidst 75,000 screaming Chicago fans.
When and if signal smells can be secretly coded, Brett could let one off so to speak that
would secretly tell his team that, due to a suspected Bear blitz, the play has
been changed to short pass over the center of the line. Seems like the
smell of success to me unless the Bear linebackers smell something fishy.
Schwarzenegger's California: Blowing up the boxes say the U.K.'s
economic experts The governor's proposals are his best chance to do
something positive for the state—and for his own battered reputation.
"Blowing up the boxes," The Economist, November 3, 2005 ---
Jensen Comment: Alas, the Terminator's propositions were terminated on the
November 8 election day. Nice boxes will appear in everybody's Christmas
stocking. Watch for the Golden State to become more of a Red Ink state.
California legislators, possible after taking lessons from George W. Bush, are
abnormally heavy into mortgaging unborn children of the future. Sacramento
spendthrifts will be even less restrained when painting the state red after the
November 8 election outcomes.
The Pope's Georgetown: Gay and lesbian partners to
receive full health benefits Gay and lesbian faculty and staff
members at Georgetown University are saying a rhetorical “amen”
to new guidelines that will provide health insurance for their
same-sex partners, starting January 1. More and more colleges
each year provide some benefits for gay professors’ partners,
but the trend is notably less evident at Roman Catholic
institutions, making Georgetown’s move significant.
Rob Capriccioso, "Georgetown’s New Benefits for Gays," Inside
Higher Ed, November 8, 2005 ---
Is blogging a dangerous career move for professors?
Daniel W. Drezner, a popular blogger whose
tenure denial by the University of Chicago prompted many to fear
that blogging was
not a good career movefor
academics, has landed a tenured job. Drezner
announcedon his blog on Friday
that he has accepted an offer to become associate professor of
international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and
Diplomacy, at Tufts University. Inside Higher Ed, November 7, 2005 ---
Ghost blogging is not so dangerous: The great scholar name
Pierre Mourier A recent entry at his blog Unlocked Wordhord,
Richard Scott Nokes, an assistant professor of English at Troy University,
recalls how he and some friends let off steam in graduate school a few years ago
by making up an imaginary theorist, Pierre Mourier, to discuss on a lit-student
listserv. (My thanks to Ralph Luker for pointing this item out.) Nokes says that
a few people on the list who weren’t in on the joke began to pontificate on
Mourier’s work –- even correcting the title of a translation of one of his
papers. It’s a good story. An edifying one, even: a cautionary tale about the
danger of craving the au courant, even at the cost of making yourself
ridiculous. But if you go to the archives of the departmental listserv in
question, a slightly different picture emerges. Searching “Mourier,” you find no
messages by unwary poseurs dropping Mourier’s name. One or two puzzled souls do
confess that they’ve never heard of the author of Murmurs in the Cabaret:
Finding Language through Noise (1951). Everybody else, however, is plainly
goofing. On a more sober note, we should perhaps consider the case of Henri
Mensonge, that oft-neglected Franco-Bulgarian genius. He can most accurately (if
also most confusingly) be labelled proto-post-structuralist. Mensonge is no mere
online ghost. His work was the subject of a compact book by the late Malcolm
Bradbury. The Library of Congress has assigned a call number to My Strange Quest
for Mensonge: Structuralism’s Hidden Hero (Penguin, 1987) that places it on the
same shelf as Bradbury’s comic novels about British university life. But the
Dewey system treats it as a work of philosophy. (I came across it in a public
library, by chance, while looking for something about Jacques Maritain.) The
confusion is exemplary. I suspect that Mensonge, and certainly Bradbury, would
Scott McLemee, "Whereabouts Not Known," Inside Higher Ed, November 8,
Teaching on auto-pilot for 20 years At a large community college, students have been filing
into the department chair’s office every semester for seven years complaining
about a poetry class. Seems that the long-time professor of a particular course
has been using the same typed-and-copied handouts for over 20 years. He not only
refused to use a computer to type up handouts, but didn’t see the rationale for
updating the information “since the poets were dead.” The complaints continued
and each successive chair finds a reason not to bother this in-house scholar.
Shari Wilson, "Outdated and Outdone," Inside Higher Ed, November 7, 2005 ---
November 10, 2005 reply from Ed Scribner
This reminds me of another old story that goes
something like this. A old professor of biblical studies used the same final
exam question semester after semester for 20 years. He invariably came in
and wrote on the board, “Trace the wanderings of Moses.” Finally, the
central administration called him in and insisted that he change the
question since everyone on campus knew what was going to be asked.
In reluctant compliance, without warning the
students, he came in for the final exam and wrote on the board, “Critique
the Sermon on the Mount.”
One by one, the students, in distress and
bewilderment, silently placed their blank bluebooks on his desk and left.
Except for one student, who was writing feverishly. The old professor waited
the two hours until this one student finally submitted his exam answer.
Wondering why this student was different from the rest, the professor
started reading the student’s bluebook: “Who am I to critique the Sermon on
the Mount? But let me trace the wanderings of Moses. … “
November 10, 2005 reply from Bob Jensen
A similar incident happened in my life. At Stanford
University we had a professor who was known to ask the same question in
every PhD oral examination (which was not a defense of the thesis in those
days). Naturally we all prepared brilliant answers to this question.
To my utter dismay, he chose my oral examination to introduce a different
question. With about the same skill as you note above, I wandered into
my prepared answer for the question he didn't ask. He must've been a
bit puzzled, but to my great relief I survived.
Hint -- Avoid small planes in a big airline For travelers, a canceled flight often seems to be the
result of bad weather, mechanical problems or random bad luck. But according to
data that have only recently been made public, some flights are much more prone
to being axed. United Airlines flight 650 from Chicago to New York's LaGuardia
Airport, for example, was canceled 25% of the time last month. Delta Air Lines
flight 778 from Atlanta to Huntsville, Ala., was canceled 38.7% of the time. The
most troubled flights seem to be those that are lightly booked and travel into
or out of big hubs. These flights are most vulnerable because when airlines are
faced with bad weather, mechanical issues or crew shortages that leave them with
fewer resources or planes, they opt to cancel
flights with the fewest passengers.
Scott McCartney, "A Flier's Guide to the Most-Canceled Flights: Newly
Public Database Lists Troubled Routes," The Wall Street Journal, November
8, 2005; Page D1 ---
If you go to
message board for Daleco Resources Corporation (OTCBB
- DLOV) and Regency Affiliates, Inc. (OTCBB - RAFI) posts by "virgule" (Marv
Eatinger), you will find two cases of tax fraud and securities fraud
involving public corporations that exist at the present time, and it would
seem that timely prosecution of the Rule of Law does not mean much in the
scheme of things! I have really become a cynic concerning the Rule of Law
and the timely application thereof!
Latin America: If you heeded the hype from gloomy
hand wringers or news photos of shop-trashing anti-American thugs, you'd
think President Bush left the Argentina summit in failure. It's nothing but
Seldom has news been so distorted against facts.
Most of the U.S. media claim that because the 34 states were obstructed from
full agreement on a declaration to kick-start free trade by a few holdouts,
it's some sort of victory for the chief obstructor, U.S. antagonist Hugo
Chavez of Venezuela.
Just by the numbers, it's a false impression. Only
five states at the Organization of American States summit in Mar del Plata
withheld signing a statement to restart talks for a Free Trade of the
Americas pact, and four of those — Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay —
did so temporarily on valid concerns about farm subsidies.
The U.S. sympathizes with them, but is hamstrung by
its larger trade relations with heavily subsidized Europe. That's why the
U.S. is going to bat for those four at the World Trade Organization's
148-nation Doha Round of trade talks in Hong Kong this December.
That leaves just Venezuela obstructing free trade,
and on ideological grounds. The real story is that 29 very different states
— making up 90% of the hemisphere's GDP — endorsed free trade.
Continued in article
A huge controversy in medical science Lynn's question echoes one this column has been
raising for several months -- where are the studies that would exonerate
thimerosal by demonstrating that unvaccinated Americans have just as much autism
as those who received the full slate of state-mandated, mercury-containing
childhood immunizations? "You have to ask yourself why are there no studies,"
Lynn said. "We have seen an explosion in autism. If we saw increases in any
other disease like we've seen in autism, it would be a national crisis. Why is
there no funding to investigate this?
Dan Olmsted, "The Age of Autism: Concerned in Tennessee," Science Daily,
November 8, 2005 ---
Many traditional anthropologists disagree with the
reorganization at Arizona State University On Tuesday Arizona State University’s School of Human
Evolution & Social Change officially opened for learning. It’s the outcome of a
reorganization of the institution’s anthropology department that’s been almost
two years in the making. While many faculty members at the university are
pleased with prospects for interdisciplinary collaboration that come along with
the change, others are concerned that anthropology as a discipline is getting
the short end of the evolutionary stick. “Our new [school] breaks down the
traditional disciplines of anthropology and re-directs the energies of the
school to problems faced by modern societies,” said Michael Crow, Arizona
State’s president, in a statement. “Problems like the spread of disease,
environmental concerns or unhealthy growth are problems encountered throughout
history. We feel we can make significant contributions to the challenges of
today by better understanding how they played out in the past.”
Rob Capriccioso, "Anthropology, Evolved," Inside Higher Ed, November 9, 2005 ---
The mouse that roared: Where's the mouse poison? The Web is built on open standards. Until recently,
XML was considered one of them. Now, Scientigo is claiming that two of its
patents cover one of XML's fundamental principles and is looking to benefit from
XML's broad usage. Charlotte, NC-based Scientigo specifically claims that its
two patents on a "method for modeling, storing and transferring data in neutral
form" # 5,842,213 and # 6,393,426 covers XML's basic idea of data storing data
in a self-defining package, which enables it to be correctly displayed
regardless of platform. Scientigo CEO Doyal Bryant has said that the company
plans to make money from the patents by either licensing XML vendors or selling
the patents to another company.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, "Scientigo Makes Broad XML Patent Claims," eWeek,
October 31, 2005 ---
This could be serious, but when heavy hitters like Microsoft fight back it will
be a tough go for Scientigo in court. In theory, this denial of open standards
could be very troublesome for XBRL.
I think that Microsoft has invested so heavily in XML for virtually all its
office products, especially the forthcoming updates of MS Office software and
XBRL analysis tools, that it will stomp out this mouse with its billions of
dollars for a court fight. Recall how a similar mouse (SCO) claiming a patent on
the jpg shareware was flattened (not by Microsoft). See
Mice seldom have the hundreds of millions of dollars it takes to win in big time
Also Microsoft is only one of many heavy hitters highly committed to XML as
an open standard. Think of all the heavy hitters that have been developing XBRL
For the mouse, there is the added problem that XML and its child XBRL are
truly global. A tiny mouse in the U.S. will have a tough time trying to enforce
its patents outside the U.S. ---
tutorials on XBRL are at
I want to thank Rivet Software for sending me a copy of Drag and Tag.
I haven't really learned how to use it yet, but I discovered that it puts a
toolbar in your Excel spreadsheets such that you can import financial
statements published in Excel (which some companies now provide online) and
then proceed to add XBRL meta-tags under a chosen GAAP taxonomy such as
International GAAP or U.S. GAAP.
Some people have asked me
how financial statements marked up in XBRL can be analyzed. Most software
is still emerging for this purpose, and I anticipate some innovative
features in the forthcoming new version of Excel. For my students, I asked
the following question:
NASA's chances of returning to the moon by 2018
could be severely hampered by its bank account. The aerospace agency has
failed to fix the majority of the 45 accounting and financial management
problems cited by the Government Accountability Office in previous audits.
NASA's new core financial management system,
purchased in 2000, "has not addressed many of the agency's significant
challenges -- including improving contract management, producing credible
cost estimates, and producing auditable financial statements," GAO's recent
NASA has been on GAO's high-risk list since 1990
due to poor oversight of contract management.
"The lack of reliable, day-to-day information
continues to threaten NASA's ability to manage its programs, oversee its
contractors and effectively allocate its budget across its numerous projects
and programs," said Gregory Kutz of the GAO.
Another problem cited by the report is NASA's
failure to "recognize the importance and need for highly skilled,
well-trained financial personnel."
In fairness, GAO points out that NASA is not alone
in its financial management system problems. The report states that "many
federal financial system modernization efforts have exceeded budgeted cost
and scheduled delivery dates without providing the anticipated system
The bad economists: Anti-trust? What anti-trust? OK, we're just about back to the pre-AT&T break-up
phase as far old-style phone service is concerned. SBC merging with AT&T and
Verizon with MCI knits back together the old local-long distance lines loop that
regulators once thought was so vital to keep apart. In truth, the important
distinction has been for years—and certainly will be going forward—that between
regulated and unregulated. The regulators will try to make sure the duopoly
"competes," one against the other, but it is hard to see how one could offer
radically different terms, options, and prices from the other, as both are
stitched tight into the common-carrier regulatory straitjacket. They might
nibble a little at one another, meanwhile cable and "pure" voice over IP plays,
such as Vonage and Skype, could offer real alternatives in pricing and services,
tearing huge chunks in Step-Ma Bell's customer base. That is why the next
logical step for the duopoly will be to try to get the FCC and the state
"Step-Ma Bell," Reason Magazine, November 1, 2005 ---
The CEO of SBC (now AT&T) is stirring up a hornets nest
To me this sounds terrible in this period of declining competition in the
telecommunications industry The head of a major telecommunications company stirred
up a hornets' nest this week by suggesting that he wants to charge companies
like Google and Yahoo a fee for bringing them into consumers' homes. SBC
Communications Inc. Chairman Edward E. Whitacre Jr.'s comments to Business Week
magazine prompted Internet companies to accuse him of aspiring to block access
to their Web sites and to extort money from their businesses. A spokesman for
San Antonio-based SBC said the second-largest U.S. telecom company is committed
to giving customers unfettered access to the Internet and that the comments were
misinterpreted. But Whitacre's characteristically blunt remarks -- published as
his company this week won federal approval to buy AT&T Corp. for $16 billion --
revived a debate on whether Congress should make sure that consumers can go
wherever they want on the Internet and keep phone and cable companies from
blocking legal Web sites and services.
Arshad Mohammed, "SBC Head Ignites Access Debate," The Washington Post,
November 4, 2005 ---
The Short Literary Life of Sylvia Plath
On February 11, 1963, Sylvia Plath killed herself with cooking gas at the age of
30. Two years later Ariel, a collection of some of her last poems, was
published; this was followed by Crossing the Water and Winter Trees in 1971,
and, in 1981, The Collected Poems appeared, edited by (her poet husband) Ted
Trouser Wowsers from North Korea North Korea's communist government is urging women to
wear traditional Korean clothes instead of trousers, a North Korean monthly
magazine reports. "Keeping alive our dress style is a very important political
issue to adhere to specific national cultural traditions at a time when the US
imperialists are manoeuvring to spread the rotten bourgeois lifestyle inside
North Korea," Joson Yeosung (Woman) said, quoted in a report by South Korea's
Yonhap news agency.
"Trouser Wowsers," Sydney Morning Herald, November 7, 2005 ---
Some facts about world population that you may not know
01) United States 20.5 million barrels per day 02) China 6.68 million barrels per day 03) Japan 5.29 million barrels per day 04) Germany 2.63 million barrels per day 05) Russia 2.57 million barrels per day 06) India 2.56 million barrels per day 07) South Korea 2.28 million barrels per day 08) Canada 2.20 million barrels per day 09) France 1.98 million barrels per day 10)Mexico 1.90 million barrels per day
THE TEN COUNTRIES WITH THE LARGEST PROVEN OIL RESERVES
Financial Flashback (HOW QUICKLY THE DOW MOVED FROM $3,000 to
The Wall Street Journal, November 7, 1991
After the Federal Reserve Board cut
interest rates yesterday morning, the Dow Jones Industrial
Average gained 7.15 points to 3038.46. Shares of UAL Corp.,
parent of United Air Lines, lost 2 7/8 to 126 5/8 on news that
officials were with analysts to "talk down" earnings estimates.
Fraud and political graft in Canada A federal judge proclaimed last week that in the final
years of Canada's Chretien government, untold millions of dollars were channeled
from the treasury into the bank accounts of the federal Liberal Party, several
Liberal-friendly advertising agencies and a few senior party backroom gentry in
Montreal. His report was viewed with alarm by the media, the politicians and the
pundits – by everybody, it seemed, except the Canadian people.
Ted Byfield, "Those safe Liberal crooks," WorldNetDaily, November 5, 2005
Fraud in Iraq An auditing board sponsored by the United Nations
recommended Friday that the United States repay as much as $208 million to the
Iraqi government for contracting work in 2003 and 2004 assigned to Kellogg,
Brown & Root, the Halliburton Co. subsidiary. The work was paid for with Iraqi
oil proceeds, but the board says it was either carried out at inflated prices or
done poorly. The board did not give examples of poor work.
James Glanz and Edward Wong, "U.S. owes Iraq $208 million, auditor says Gouging,
shoddy work by Halliburton blamed," San Francisco Chronicle, November 5,
What was the first ethnic cleansing in American history?
In his remarkable book A Great and Noble Scheme: The Tragic Story of the
Expulsion of the French Acadians From Their American Homeland, the Yale
historian John Mack Faragher provides the first modern, in-depth examination of
the Acadian tragedy that left thousands dead and survivors “scattered like dust
and leaves.” Previously known for his award-winning books Daniel Boone: The
Life and Legend of an American Pioneer (1992) and The American West: A
New Interpretive History (2000), Faragher now not only offers the definitive
study of the Acadian chapter of North American history but also argues
convincingly why a story that played out from 1606 to 1785 holds sobering,
direct, and immediate implications for the present day. Amy E. Sturgis , "Exile Without an End: The first ethnic
cleansing in American history," Reason Magazine, November 2005 ---
Scooter's literary sex passages: So, how does Libby stack up against
the competition? So, how does Libby stack up against the
competition? This question was put to Nancy Sladek, the editor of Britain’s
Literary Review, which, each year, holds a contest for bad sex writing in
fiction. (In 1998, someone nominated the Starr Report.) Sladek agreed to review
a few passages from Libby. “That’s a bit depraved, isn’t it, this kind of thing
about bears and young girls? That’s particularly nasty, and the other ones are
just boring,” she said. “God, they’re an odd bunch, these Republicans.” Unlike
their American counterparts, she said, Tories haven’t taken much to sex writing.
“They usually just get caught,” she said.
"SCOOTER’S SEX SHOCKER," The New Yorker, November 7, 2005 ---
First , the point I was trying to make was simply
this: Yale has such a wildly successful endowment and makes so very much
money from it that the sums dwarf what it is possible for us as alumni to
give, unless we are fantastically rich. Our contributions to Yale are
trivial compared with its investment return, while the same donations could
be so much more meaningful to smaller. nonprofit groups- like ones that help
veterans or lost dogs and cats. I also pointed out how much the Yale
endowment director, David F. Swensen, is paid, and wondered if that was
Let me say this immediately: After a barrage of
mail from men and women who are colleagues of Mr. Swensen's, I am convinced
that he is, if anything, underpaid. He is apparently so spectacularly good
at choosing money managers for Yale and has added so incredibly much money
for Yale's endowment that a salary in the low- or mid-seven figures seems
modest indeed. I apologize for suggestions to the contrary. Mr. Swensen
should not be compared with other university employees. He is a different
kind of player in a different kind of game. Keeping him in that game for the
sake of dear old Eli is worth a great deal of money.
Continued in article
From the University of Pennsylvania: Do Women Shy Away from
Competition Even When They Can Win? At a recent Wharton presentation, a New Yorker cartoon
flashed on the screen showing a group of women in what looked suspiciously like
a faculty club dining room. The caption read: "I hear we're all getting
Valentines from Lawrence Summers." The reference, of course, was to the Harvard
University president's famous remark that the lack of women in science and
engineering might be caused in part by gender differences in aptitude. Stanford
University economist Muriel Niederle used the cartoon to highlight some of her
research into other possible factors behind the scarcity of women in top
engineering and science positions. She focused in particular on a paper titled,
"Do Women Shy Away from Competition? Do Men Compete Too Much?" co-authored with
economist Lise Vesterlund.
"Do Women Shy Away from Competition, Even When They Can Win?," From Wharton's
Knowledge@Wharton, November 2005 ---
From the University of Pennsylvania: Globalization and Jobs Divide
the EU When citizens of France and the Netherlands voted last
spring to reject a proposed treaty establishing a constitution for the European
Union, many commentators fretted about whether the votes would derail the
50-year-old process of European political and economic integration. Nearly six
months after the referendums, experts say the votes have indeed brought the
formal integration process to something of a standstill. But they say that may
not be a bad outcome. For once, voters, who rarely have a chance to participate
in any kind of EU decision-making, were asked what they thought -- about the
direction the EU is moving in and, closer to home, about EU policies that
directly affect their jobs.
"European Disunion: Citizens' Fears over Globalization and Jobs Divide the EU,"
From Wharton's Knowledge@Wharton, November 2005 ---
From the University of Pennsylvania: Global Finance Has New Rules,
New Players The rising power of hedge funds and private equity
investment, continued sharp competition among Wall Street firms, and growth in
China and India are the key drivers of global finance today, according to
industry leaders at a recent Wharton Finance Conference. Participants also
discussed the rise in hostile takeovers, increased activism on the part of
boards of directors and new investment opportunities in Latin America.
"From Wall Street to Beijing: Global Finance Has New Rules, New Players," From
Wharton's Knowledge@Wharton, November 2005 ---
From the University of Pennsylvania: The collapse of Long-Term Capital Management, The
Orange Revolution in Ukraine, and the unification of East and West Germany all
caught corporate executives by surprise and revealed the links between global
change and business opportunity, according to members of the board of governors
of the Joseph H. Lauder Institute of Management and International Studies at
Wharton. In the future, China, India and Eastern Europe are likely to play major
roles in the development of international business, they said during a recent
panel discussion titled, Understanding Global Linkages: Lessons from Recent
"Linking up a Hedge Fund, a Revolution and the Fall of the Berlin Wall," From
Wharton's Knowledge@Wharton, November 2005 ---
Nuclear-bomb website woos al-Qaida warriors
'Paradise' forum offers 80-page recipe to build 'dirty' device on kitchen At least one nuclear physicist is expressing alarm over
an al-Qaida website that has posted a detailed manual providing instructions for
building nuclear, "dirty" and biological bombs – both for the precise details
the manual provides and for the site's growing popularity. The internet forum,
Al-Firdaws, or Paradise, contains "80 pages of instructions and pictures of
kitchen bomb-making techniques," reports the London Times. The site has had
57,000 hits, worrying terror experts the information is serving as a recruiting
tool for al-Qaida.
"Nuclear-bomb website woos al-Qaida warriors 'Paradise' forum offers 80-page
recipe to build 'dirty' device on kitchen table,"
WorldDailyNet, November 7, 2005 ---
Four PricewaterhouseCoopers auditors arrested in Tokyo on criminal charges Four certified public accountants at a Japanese unit of
the PricewaterhouseCoopers Group were arrested Tuesday for allegedly
collaborating with former executives at Kanebo Ltd. to falsify accounting
reports. The special investigation department of the Tokyo District Public
Prosecutor's Office also searched the offices of ChuoAoyama
PricewaterhouseCoopers in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, and the suspects' homes jointly
with the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission, prosecutors said.
Pursuing criminal responsibility of certified public accountants in connection
with window-dressing is unusual, and the arrests have blemished the credibility
of those assigned auditing responsibilities, observers say. The accountants
under arrest were identified as Kuniaki Sato, 63, Seiichiro Tokumi, 58,
Kazutoshi Kanda, 55, and Kazuya Miyamura, 48. The Japan Times, Sept. 14, 2005
This article was forwarded to me by Miklos A. Vasarhelyi
San Francisco Gun Vote: Tough Law or Thin Gesture? Should it succeed in banning handguns, it would join
big cities like Washington, which banned handgun ownership in 1976, and Chicago,
which in 1982 banned manufacture, sale and possession of handguns, but
grandfathered in guns owned when the ordinance went into effect. Chicago has
since banned the sale of ammunition. Whatever the measure's fate in San
Francisco, it has sparked some conflict. The San Francisco police union has
lambasted the local elected official who authored the ordinance, which it said
would do little except take guns out of the hands of law-abiding residents. The
police have also said the law, which would require residents to surrender
weapons by March 1 of next year could present an enforcement headache.
Matt Richtel, "San Francisco Gun Vote: Tough Law or Thin Gesture?" The New
York Times, November 5, 2005 ---
In San Francisco only the bad guys now have the guns in a hold up, car
jacking, or home invasion True to their left-leaning reputation, San
Francisco voters decided by a wide margin to ban the possession of handguns
within city limits. Proposition H makes it illegal for residents to keep
handguns in their homes or businesses and prohibits the manufacture and sale of
all firearms and ammunition in San Francisco. The City’s new ordinance will be
the strictest in the nation, since it requires existing guns to be turned in to
law enforcement officials by April 1. Law enforcement personnel and others who
require weapons for work are exempt from the measure.
Bonnie Eslinger, "Voters say no to firearms in San Francisco," The San
Francisco Chronicle, November 9, 2005 ---
Jensen Comment: Gun killings are at an all time high (53 gun homicides
so far this year) in San Francisco. It will be interesting to see how much
this ban on handgun reduces gun homicides, robberies, car jackings, and home
invasions. The theory is that the bad guys will have a harder time getting
hand guns. My guess is the bad guys will simply go home (which is
typically outside the city limits of San Francisco in places like Oakland), buy
the guns, and return to San Francisco to commit crime with greater assurance of
not getting shot in the process. The problem is not necessarily a ban on
handguns. The problem is a ban on handguns for only the good folks who
live inside the city limits of San Francisco. A nationwide ban would be
one thing. A local ban is idiotic. The San Franciso Police now face
the task of going to each home an collecting the guns that residents are now
required by law to give up. How many bad guys do you think will turn over
their guns to the cops? Actually they might have guns legally since the
bad guys often "require weapons for work."
Carrying a concealed handgun is legal in Texas for most adults who qualify
to do so according to law Stafford police say the resident had just pulled into
his driveway on Maple Leaf near Emerald Leaf Friday evening when an armed
suspect tried to rob him. The homeowner had his own gun. Investigators say he
shot and killed the suspect. Two other suspects sped away from the scene in a
small red car. They are still on the run. Stafford police officers say the
homeowner will not be charged because he acted in self-defense.
"Homeowner fatally shoots driveway robber Police call it self-defense," ABC San
Antonio, November 6, 2005 ---
One Tidbit reader replied as follows on November 6, 2005
The NRA keeps a large library of accounts just like
this one. One researcher (Kleck) suggested that private citizens in the US
use guns over a million times a year in self defense. Fortunately, very few
self defense incidents involve shots fired. Such research is survey research
with questionable reliability, but there are enough data to suggest that an
armed law abiding citizenry reduces violent crime, one way or another.
Praying for College Success, “The bottom line is that these students are more
engaged across the board than average students in range of interesting
activities,” says George Kuh, director of the survey as well as the Indiana
University Center for Postsecondary Research. “They do a variety of things that
are known to be positive contributors to the overall college experience.” In
fact, students who participate frequently in spirituality-enhancing activities
tend to exercise more, attend cultural events more often, and are more likely to
perform community service. They also report being “somewhat more satisfied” with
college and have a more positive view of the out-of-class environment.
Researchers offered a broad definition of spirituality, including everything
from regular attendance at religious services to private meditation.
Rob Capriccioso, "Praying for College Success," Inside Higher Ed,
November 7, 2005 ---
Nepotism at the University of California According to the Dynes statement, “It has been
disclosed, in the wake of inquiries by the San Francisco Chronicle, that Provost
Greenwood and Dr. Goff have until recently had jointly owned rental property. It
appears that Provost Greenwood may have been involved in Dr. Goff’s hiring to a
greater extent than was appropriate, given that her business investment with Dr.
Goff had not been properly and fully resolved in accordance with conflict of
interest requirements. This in no way reflects on Dr. Goff, her credentials, or
the terms and conditions of her appointment. This involves only the
appropriateness of Provost Greenwood’s role in her hiring.” The other hire being
questioned was James Greenwood, the provost’s son, who was recently hired as a
senior intern at the university’s Merced campus. Winston Doby, vice president of
student affairs at the university, has been placed on paid leave while officials
investigate whether he “acted improperly in any way in helping Mr. Greenwood
secure his position,” according to the Dynes statement. The president went on to
say that James Greenwood “is reportedly making a valuable contribution” at the
"Ouster at U. of California," Inside Higher Ed, November 7, 2005 ---
Who pays what in terms of total Federal Income Tax revenue?
Persons in the top 25% of adjusted gross income pay nearly 84% of the income
Persons in the lower 50% pay less than 4% of the income taxes collected.
This percentage is declining each year, in part due to increased taxes on upper
Science as Kansas sees it In the beginning, when voters created the Kansas Board
of Education to oversee schools, those intelligent designers couldn’t have
imagined it would go forth and multiply all this controversy. The board could
close the latest chapter of the evolution debate Tuesday when it is set to vote
on science curriculum standards that change the definition of science and cast
doubt on the theory of evolution. It’s possible another administrative delay
could postpone the vote, but the approval is seen as inevitable. Inevitable,
maybe. Permanent, maybe not. The standards won’t go into effect until the 2007
school year. By then the school board could look dramatically different if
moderates are successful in unseating conservatives in the November 2006
elections, both sides say. That could make the new standards moot, and start the
whole debate over again. Both sides say the controversy has been too heated, and
the implications for science, religion and education too great, for any easy
"Science as Kansas sees it," Kansas City Star, November 6, 2005 ---
Kansas City Star
I tip my hat to Raphael Slepon (I willingly overlook the typos in this
site) The search engine is at
Finnegans Wake Extensible Elucidation Treasury ---
You have to play around with this site before you find how useful it is.
It searches within Finnegans Wake (and related works) and has great research potential in conducting
research on Joyce. What is more of interest is the search style and
technique of this site. It is very, very clever!
Hello, my name is Raphael Slepon
and I will be your guide to this site. The next tour is just about to start,
so why don't you join in. Oh! You cannot afford the leisurely pace of a
guided tour and would anyway rather explore on your own, thank you
very much. Quite understandable in this day and medium. Let me then offer
you just one tip – when you reach the
engine, which, let us be frank, is what you are
all after, do take care to go through the tutorial mentioned there. Tip.
Just one more thing, beware of... Where has he gone to...? Never mind, we
will meet him again later...
Hello, and let me welcome you to
this site. Please walk this way; mind your hats going in. Actually, we
should really start right here, in the foyer, to figure out what this site
is all about and what's with the weird name anyhow. Good idea.
This site houses a collection of
over 71,000 notes related to James Joyce's last work, Finnegans Wake,
amassed from numerous written sources. This site also houses a search engine
to allow you to search the entire collection. To better understand this site
we should really look no further than the bizarre title of this page,
examining it word by word:
perhaps not word by word...
Wake: This site is
about James Joyce's Finnegans Wake, but you probably already know
that. That said, it is not intended for the absolute beginner,
who has just opened page 3 of Finnegans Wake and wants to know
what it's all about. This site is more aimed towards someone who already
knows something – not a lot, mind you, but something – about the book,
about its characters, about its themes, about its style, about its
motifs, and wants to delve deeper. There are no general-purpose
introductions, no lengthy articles, no scholarly essays; just
elucidations (a term which will explained below). If you are looking,
instead, for a good introductory article on Finnegans Wake, may I
The Literary Encyclopedia's article?
Excuse me? Yes, ma'am, yes. I
will, yes. I was just getting to that. As this lady in the back row has just
pointed out, there is a weird little button on the corner of the page,
bearing the ominous words "Comment on Me!". We will get to it in a minute,
ma'am. Thank you.
Extensible: This is the
central aspect of this site. This is not a Finnegans Wake museum,
a static collection of notes; this is a work in progress, a
dynamically-growing repository of elucidations. Now we come to the
"Comment on Me!" button, what this lady back there commented on. Every
single page of this site has this button on it. It is there to encourage
you to comment on everything, and I do mean everything, and make a
difference. The button opens a new window (depending on your browser
settings, you may need to allow popup windows for this site) with a
simple form through which you can send a message to the maintainer of
this site. You can comment on anything, and please do. If you see a
typo, please send a comment; if you encounter a bug, please send a
comment; if you have a question (preferably having to do with Fweet
or Finnegans Wake), please send a comment; if you find some
feature uncomfortable or confusing, please send a comment; if you have
some helpful suggestion to make, please send a comment; if you wish to
volunteer your services to help the growth of this site, please send a
comment; if you have new elucidations to donate to the growing
collection, please send a comment; if you come across an elucidation
that is, to the best of your knowledge, wrong (and, believe me, there
are lots of them lurking around in dark corners), please, o please, send
a comment. Don't be bashful, don't be coy. You can even comment on the
sophomoric sense of humour or the increasingly long sentences and
interminable paragraphs of your trusty guide, if you want to.
Please don't wander off to the
"Comment on Me!" page just yet, we will come to it along the path of this
elucidation is a short note, often just a few words, intended to comment
on and clarify – elucidate, as it were – a small unit, usually a word or
even a part of a word, of Finnegans Wake. All elucidations are
associated with a given Finnegans Wake location in the form of a
page-dot-line reference. As brevity is an important attribute of
elucidations, some may be inadvertently too brief to be lucid; if you
encounter such an elucidation, – a lengthy pause for theatrical purposes
– please send a comment. You may wonder about the difference between an
elucidation and an annotation. Well, there is none, which is why each
bears a different name. The term annotations is already firmly
associated with Roland McHugh's monumental Annotations to Finnegans
Wake, which formed the backbone of this collection. The two terms
are there to clarify that although annotations and
elucidations share a common origin, different editorial decisions
have carried them, and will continue to carry them, in different
treasurous this space turns out to be, and whether it remains buried or
comes back to life, time will tell...
Sorry? Yes, sir, yes. I will, yes.
I am often asked how to pronounce the name of this site. Well, it's
pronounced just like sweet, but with an ever so slight – well,
perhaps not slight – with an ever so noticeable lisp (which the OED tells us
is "that defect of utterance which consists in substituting for s and z
sounds approaching þ and ð; either by reason of a defect in the organs of
speech or as an affectation"). You may wonder why it starts with an F,
then. A quotation from The Annals of the Six Masters may clarify this
point: "My name is spelt 'Luxury Yacht' but it's pronounced 'Throatwobbler
Mangrove'" – then again it may not. With this tantalising piece of useless
information, perhaps we should move on.
The FASB is currently working on a Codification
project where all US GAAP will be placed together into one searchable
database. This structure will eliminate the multiple levels of current GAAP
and multiple locations to look for guidance. It will either be GAAP (in the
database) or not GAAP. Current anticipated completion date is 2007. The
structure is set up to be expandable to SEC rules and the SEC has agreed to
populate that side of the data base but their current timetable is unknown.
Once the data base is completed all new standards would update the database
making it evergreen. Standards would continue to exist in their current form
for historical reference and use but the database would be the anticipated
source for current guidance.
I suspect that, should there be the demand, the
framework could then be extended further to IFRS standards. I do not
personally see the need to extend it to individual country standards as, for
the most part those will be relegated to non-publicly reporting companies
(like our companies using OCBOA--other basis for reporting like tax) as the
majority of the world is switching over to IFRS. The countries that are not
switching to IFRS are typically working on convergence projects.
Forwarded by a Professor of Management
Subject: The Three–Minute Management Course
1: An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. A small Rabbit
saw the eagle and asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing?"The
eagle answered: "Sure, why not." So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the
eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and
Management Lesson 1 - To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be
sitting very, high up. =====================================
Lesson Two: A turkey was chatting with a bull. "I would love to be able
to get to the top of that tree," sighed the turkey, "but I haven't got the
energy. "Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?" replied the
bull. "They're packed with nutrients."
The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him
enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree. The next day, after
eating some more dung, he reached the second branch. Finally after a fourth
night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree. He was
promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.
Management Lesson 2 - Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won't
keep you there. =====================================
Lesson Three: A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so
cold, the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field. While he was
lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him. As the frozen bird
lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was. The
dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon
began to sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to
investigate. Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile
of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him.
Management Lesson 3 - Not everyone who poops on you is your enemy. Not
everyone who gets you out of poop is your friend. And when you're in deep
poop, it's best to keep your mouth shut!
This ends your three-minute management course.
True story forwarded by Dick Haar
Getting old is so hard at times.
Yesterday I got my Denture Polygrip mixed up with my Preperation H.
Now, I walk funny, ... but my gums don't itch!
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