Tidbits on January 27, 2006
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

Bob Jensen's various threads --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/threads.htm
       (Also scroll down to the table at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/ )

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/.

I really like the Digital Duo show that appears weekly once again on PBS.  I found that you can bring up prior shows (video) on your computer by going to http://www.pcworld.com/digitalduo/index/0,00.asp

Bob Jensen's home page is at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/

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

25 Hottest Urban Legends (hoaxes) --- http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp 

Stay up on the latest and the oldest hoaxes --- http://www.snopes.com/

Online Video
In the past I've provided links to various types of music and video available free on the Web. 
I created a page that summarizes those various links --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/music.htm

Earth From Above --- http://home.fujifilm.com/efa/

Independent Films Go Live On ClickFlicks.net ---

Amazon To Launch Video Entertainment Show Hosted By Bill Maher --- http://www.internetweek.cmp.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleId=177102054 

This is not video, but IT podcasts are summarized at Podcast Central from Tech Web --- http://www.techweb.com/podcasts/

iTunes to carry more video --- http://www.macrumors.com/pages/2006/01/20060126032524.shtml
Also see http://guides.macrumors.com/iTunes_Music_Store

Free music downloads --- --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/music.htm

In the past I've provided links to various types of music and video available free on the Web. 
I created a page that summarizes those various links --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/music.htm

Oldies served up by Janie --- http://www.jbreck.com/
Also see here Website III for poems, stories, and music --- http://jbreck.com/janieswebsiteIII.html

From Janie (I was hoping somebody would serve up this since The Singing Man stopped remembering these)
Do You Remember These? --- http://jbreck.com/janieswebsiteIII.html
Scroll down to title of song.

From Janie
Rock and Roll Waltz --- http://jbreck.com/DecoNights.html
Mom and dad were trying to waltz to a rock and roll song.

KPAQ Streaming Classical Music Radio from Phoenix --- http://www.kbaq.org/listen/ontheweb/

Photographs and Art

Art Images for College Teaching (from ancient to modern) --- http://arthist.cla.umn.edu/aict/html/

Art Renewal Center (portal to many museums and documents on art history) --- http://www.artrenewal.org/asp/database/contents.asp
(Click on the Museums tab)

Fun painting, especially for very young children --- http://www.permadi.com/java/spaint/spaint.html

Oil Painting by Jacques Resch --- http://www.jacquesresch.com/

The Work of Molly Lesher (fascinating fireflies) --- http://www.mollylesher.com/

Shared Experience: Art & War --- http://www.awm.gov.au/sharedexperience/index.asp

Vincentian Postcards http://digicol.lib.depaul.edu/site-templates/client_CM1/index.html

Magazine Cover Art --- http://www.magazineart.org/

Julia Fullerton-Batten Photographs (many are photos of young women) --- http://www.juliafullerton-batten.com/

Beyond the Visible: The Art of Odilon Redon --- http://www.moma.org/exhibitions/2005/redon/

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire --- http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/collections/earthquakeandfire/splash.html

Style and Status: Imperial Costumes from Ottoman Turkey --- http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/styleAndStatus/


Online Books, Poems, References, and Other Literature
In the past I've provided links to various types electronic literature available free on the Web. 
I created a page that summarizes those various links --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/ElectronicLiterature.htm

Best History Websites --- http://www.besthistorysites.net/

Logos Free Books --- http://www.logosfreebooks.org/ 

New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre --- http://www.nzepc.auckland.ac.nz/

The Internet Classics Archives from MIT --- http://classics.mit.edu/

From NPR
Librarian's Picks: Books for a Rainy Day --- http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5162810

John Barleycorn by Jack London (1876-1916) ---

Cool Quotes --- http://www.tuvy.com/entertainment/coolquotes/LastWords/last_words_1.htm

Who? What? Then? Quiz Game --- http://www.sbrowning.com/whowhatwhen/

The great tragedy of science, the slaying of a beautiful theory by an ugly fact.
Thomas Henry Huxley as quoted by John Brignell at http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/2006 January.htm

All science is either physics or stamp collecting
Ernest Rutherford as quoted by John Brignell at http://www.numberwatch.co.uk/2006 January.htm

 A New Sponsor and a New Design for the Super Dome
A friend in New Orleans sent a message that Hershey Corporation will be the proud sponsor of the rebuilt Super Dome in New Orleans.  It will be redesigned in silver with twisted foil at the top to make it resemble a Hershey's Kiss that is appealing to the Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin.

Who speaks for God?
The Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, is in trouble for comments he made . . . He said God is sending hurricanes to America because he is mad at us (for the war in Iraq). And today Pat Robertson said, "Hey I speak for God, not you."
Jay Leno (as quoted in Time Magazine, January 30, 2006, Page 19)

New Search Engine in France
The French have launched their own version of Google called Quarero.  You just type in the subject you're interested in, and Quaero refuses to look it up for you.
Ann Poehler on Saturday Night Live (as quoted in Time Magazine, January 30, 2006, Page 19)

Man apologizes for fathering 3 million Irish men
A new study has found that 3 million Irish men can trace their ancestry back to just one man (actually this is true as reported in a previous Tidbit). In his defense, the man said he'd been drinking.
Conan O'Brien  (as quoted in Time Magazine, January 30, 2006, Page 19)

Old folks should practice walking like penguins
The three penguins are part of a University of Houston study researching the mechanics of penguin movement in an effort to help humans with balance and walking problems. According to Max Kurz, a biomechanics professor and study leader, human therapy regimens are at least several years away, but researchers hope to have their initial results published within the next year.
Rachel Metz, "Walk This Way," Wired News, January 24, 2006 --- http://www.wired.com/news/technology/medtech/0,70053-0.html?tw=wn_tophead_2

Did Saddam really hide WMDs in Syria?
The man who served as the no. 2 official in Saddam Hussein's air force says Iraq moved weapons of mass destruction into Syria before the war by loading the weapons into civilian aircraft in which the passenger seats were removed. The Iraqi general, Georges Sada, makes the charges in a new book, "Saddam's Secrets," released this week. He detailed the transfers in an interview yesterday with The New York Sun.
Ira Stoll, "Iraq's WMD Secreted in Syria, Sada Says," The New York Sun, January 26, 2006 --- http://www.nysun.com/article/26514

U.K. Lobbying in the U.S. --- $165 million
British companies have spent more than $165 million (£93.7 million) since 1998 with an American lobbying industry that is being described by US Democrats as “part of a poison tree of corruption”. This week both the Republicans and the Democrats have announced proposals to clean up Washington lobbying after the scandal over Jack Abramoff, who pleaded guilty to using gifts of money, lavish meals and foreign trips to buy political influence. Although British lobbying represents less than 10 per cent of this vast network’s earnings, British spending in 2004 totalled almost $30 million....According to Alex Knott, the political editor of the Centre for Public Integrity, British lobbying in Washington was higher than for any other country, and was more than the total spent by 35 American states. The highest spenders were GlaxoSmithKline ($32.4 million), BP ($26.8 million), HSBC ($23.8 million), Reed Elsevier ($12.5 million) and Reuters ($12.2 million). Defence manufacturers, such as Rolls Royce, have, Mr Knott suggested, obtained particularly good value for money.

Open Access News 1/23/06 TimesOnline.com 1/20/06 ---
As reported in Scholarly Communication blog from the University of Illinois --- http://www.library.uiuc.edu/blog/scholcomm/

"New Cutting-Edge Treatments for Breast Cancer," ABC News, January 26, 2006 --- http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/CancerPreventionAndTreatment/story?id=1541177&WNTad=true

Researchers now know that breast cancer is actually a number of different diseases. That discovery has led to the development of several new treatments that target specific types of tumors in the breast.

One of the most promising is a pill called Lapatinib, potentially more effective than Herceptin because it inhibits the growth of two proteins in certain cancer cells, while Herceptin affects only one.

"What a drug like Lapatinib is doing once it's inside the cancer cell is putting on the brakes," said Dr. Eric Winer, chief of the breast oncology center at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Since it attacks just the cancer cells, there are fewer side effects.

Researchers are also optimistic about another drug, Avastin, which has already prolonged the lives of patients with advanced colon cancer.

In breast cancer trials, Avastin has been effective at choking off the blood supply that tumors need to grow and spread. It is now being tested on women who are newly diagnosed.

Continued in article

Academe is threatened by the twin dangers of fossilization and scholasticism
(of three types: tedium, high tech, and radical chic):  The shift from Gemeinschaft to Gesellschaft.

"Notes from the Underground," by Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed, January 18, 2006 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2006/01/18/mclemee

“Knowledge and competence increasingly developed out of the internal dynamics of esoteric disciplines rather than within the context of shared perceptions of public needs,” writes Bender. “This is not to say that professionalized disciplines or the modern service professions that imitated them became socially irresponsible. But their contributions to society began to flow from their own self-definitions rather than from a reciprocal engagement with general public discourse.”

Now, there is a definite note of sadness in Bender’s narrative – as there always tends to be in accounts of the shift from Gemeinschaft to Gesellschaft. Yet it is also clear that the transformation from civic to disciplinary professionalism was necessary.

“The new disciplines offered relatively precise subject matter and procedures,” Bender concedes, “at a time when both were greatly confused. The new professionalism also promised guarantees of competence — certification — in an era when criteria of intellectual authority were vague and professional performance was unreliable.”

But in the epilogue to Intellect and Public Life, Bender suggests that the process eventually went too far. “The risk now is precisely the opposite,” he writes. “Academe is threatened by the twin dangers of fossilization and scholasticism (of three types: tedium, high tech, and radical chic). The agenda for the next decade, at least as I see it, ought to be the opening up of the disciplines, the ventilating of professional communities that have come to share too much and that have become too self-referential.”

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I repeat and lament the sad state of the accountancy academy as reflected in the following quotation from a referee that closed the gate on publishing a paper of a very close friend of mine:

I quote:


1. The paper provides specific recommendations for things that accounting academics should be doing to make the accounting profession better. However (unless the author believes that academics' time is a free good) this would presumably take academics' time away from what they are currently doing. While following the author's advice might make the accounting profession better, what is being made worse? In other words, suppose I stop reading current academic research and start reading news about current developments in accounting standards. Who is made better off and who is made worse off by this reallocation of my time? Presumably my students are marginally better off, because I can tell them some new stuff in class about current accounting standards, and this might possibly have some limited benefit on their careers. But haven't I made my colleagues in my department worse off if they depend on me for research advice, and haven't I made my university worse off if its academic reputation suffers because I'm no longer considered a leading scholar? Why does making the accounting profession better take precedence over everything else an academic does with their time?


My bottom line conclusion is that the referee acting superior above is really scared to death that he or she cannot be creative enough to make a practical suggestion to the FASB that the FASB itself has not already discovered. 

January 19, 2006 reply from Paul Williams [williamsp@COMFS1.COM.NCSU.EDU]

This type of review is all too common and is symptomatic of what the accounting academy has become. I recall a panel discussion that was organized for an AAA annual meeting (I believe it was the last time we held it in Washington) to air an issue that Bill Cooper was animated about at that time -- data sharing and the bigger problem of research impropriety. One of the panelists was a scientist from John Hopkins who had just started a research ethics journal. As part of this program editors of many leading accounting journals were invited to give their perspectives on the problem of replication and potential research malfeasance. Of course none thought there was any problem.

One editor (still an editor of one of the most prominent journals)  responding to the scientist's contention that the scholarly enterprise is to ultimately seek knowledge, concurred, but added, (paraphrased, but pretty close) "An alternative hypothesis is that the academic enterprise is a game constructed to identify the cleverest people so we know who to give the money to."

His smirk revealed a great deal about what he believed to be the silly idea that scholarship was about knowledge. The reviewer's reply above is evidence that the hypothesis about an academic game is more believable than one in which the academic enterprise in accounting has understanding anything as its objective. And the profession is certainly culpable. It created professorships and awarded them to the winners of this game. It funded the JAR conferences. It dropped out of the AAA. This may be because the profession has never had any great respect for scholarship, at least not in my lifetime. Medical scholarship is not about creating profit opportunities for doctors; neither is legal scholarship about creating profit opportunities for lawyers. Perhaps this is why we now have, as Ray Chambers opined in his Abacus article in 1999 (just before he passed away) that we had created vast tomes of incoherent rules "...as if for a profession of morons."

Bob Jensen's threads on Accounting Research Versus the Accounting Profession are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen//theory/00overview/theory01.htm#AcademicsVersusProfession

What's the price for a luxury box seat at the Super Bowl game next month?
Hint:  It's almost a day's pay for the average CEO.

Super Bowl tickets are considered to be among the hardest tickets in the world to obtain, but as of Tuesday, an online search engine said there are still more than 2,000 tickets still available -- for a price, a very high price. A comprehensive search across the Web by FatLens.com found some tickets ranging all the way from $1,825 for a single seat to $315,000 for a luxury box.
David Gardner, "Super Bucks Needed For Super Bowl Tix," InformationWeek, January 24, 2006 --- http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=177103436

You can read about the 2006 Super Bowl Game at http://www.superbowl.com/

How much is the domain name sex.com worth?

Sex sells, and that goes double for sex.com, one of the most coveted domain names on the Web. Sex.com has been sold by longtime Internet entrepreneur Gary Kremen, according to an announcement this week. While the price for the adult entertainment site wasn't disclosed, the Reuters News Agency said "a source familiar with the deal" put the price at about $12 million.
W. David Gardner, "Entrepreneur Sells Sex.com," InternetWeek, January 24, 2006 --- http://www.internetweek.cmp.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleId=177103304

What is the medical secret to lower blood pressure and less stressful public speaking, preaching, and presumably lecturing?

Answer:  You won't believe it! But I'm all for it!
Stuart Brody, a psychologist at Britain's University of Paisley, compared the impact of different sexual activities on blood pressure when a person later undergoes a stressful experience. Brody asked 24 women and 22 men to keep a diary of their sexual activities for two weeks. The volunteers then underwent a stressful ordeal that involved making a speech in public and doing mental arithmetic out loud. Volunteers who had had penetrative sex during the previous week or so had the least stress, and their blood pressure returned to normal fastest after their test.
"Penetrative sex the answer to speaking nerves," PhysOrg, January 25, 2006 --- http://physorg.com/news10225.html

Acupuncture Does Combat Pain
Today, science has found that acupuncture can effectively combat pain. A study conducted by Hull York Medical School has revealed that deep-needle acupuncture could deactivate the brain's limbic system, which is sensitive to pains. This makes the practice anaesthetic. Experts in neuroscience believe the findings show that acupuncture has a measurable effect on the brain and that the study could help to explain how the treatment can relieve pain. The study, which involved a number of volunteers, will be aired on BBC TV's medical program, Alternative Medicine: The Evidence.
"Study: Acupuncture Does Combat Pain," PhysOrg, January 25, 2006 --- http://physorg.com/news10216.html

From WebMD --- http://www.webmd.com/

Please Ask Don't Tell University Ratings of Faculty Who Are Unaware They Are Being Evaluated
How Productive Is Your Program?
U.S. News and the National Research Council have some new competition in the rankings business — from a business that takes a very different approach to evaluating universities. In recent weeks, a company called Academic Analytics has started selling its research to universities as a tool for evaluating graduate programs. More than 10 universities have already purchased the service, which promises a better way to analyze how productive departments are and how they compare to other departments. The new business is being talked about among graduate deans and institutional research leaders, but faculty members whose output is being analyzed are largely unaware of the tool.
Scott Jaschik, "How Productive Is Your Program?" Inside Higher Ed, January 25, 2006 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/01/25/analytics 

Bob Jensen's threads on controversies in higher education are at http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/HigherEdControversies.htm

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

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Military Discharges Hundreds
Hundreds of officers and health care professionals have been discharged in the past 10 years under the Pentagon's policy on gays, a loss that while relatively small in numbers involves troops who are expensive for the military to educate and train. The 350 or so affected are a tiny fraction of the 1.4 million members of the uniformed services and about 3.5 percent of the more than 10,000 people discharged under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy since its inception in 1994. But many were military school graduates or service members who went to medical school at the taxpayers' expense - troops not as easily replaced by a nation at war that is struggling to fill its enlistment quotas.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Military Discharges Hundreds," ClickOnDetroit, January 25, 2006 --- http://www.clickondetroit.com/family/6425099/detail.html

Apple has started a free program — iTunes U — to allow colleges to use the iTunes store to distribute relevant course content --- http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/01/25/qt

I disagree with Greenspan on this one.  He's always been on the side of big banking oligopoly.
Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is opposing a regulatory loophole that allows corporations to own banks, thrusting himself into the middle of an effort by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to establish a bank. Mr. Greenspan's salvo, outlined in a 12-page letter to Congress that was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, is the latest in a controversy over the separation of commerce and banking. Wal-Mart, the Bentonville, Ark., retailer, is trying to obtain a state banking charter in Utah, using precisely the exemption in the banking laws opposed by Mr. Greenspan.
Bernard Wysocki. Jr.,"Greenspan Opposes Bank Loophole: As Wal-Mart Seeks Charter, Fed Chairman Aims to End Exemption for Corporations," The Wall Street Journal, January 26, 2006; Page A3 --- http://online.wsj.com/article/SB113824842537856775.html?mod=todays_us_page_one
Jensen Comment
It was hopeless for Wal-Mart at get go since the banking industry in Washington DC is all powerful.

The new fee per speech that the U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan is expected to comman after he retires his post on January 31 is $150,000 per speech. Greenspan's current annual salary is $180,000.
Time Magazine, January 30, 2006, Page 19.
Jensen Comment
Do you suppose that if Greenspan did not take the side of the banking oligopoly on this one he would not longer be invited to speak at banking conventions?

Who says accountants are dull?
Some Innovative Imaging Things from Arcsoft and Paul Pacter

My good friend Paul Pacter sent me a Happy New Year card from Hong Kong.  In his message he recommended that I look into the Arcsoft DVD Slide Show to turn digital photographs into files for television.

This prompted me to take a look at the Arcsoft site at http://www.arcsoft.com/
If you are into pictures and imaging in the slightest way or in a heavy way, you should take a look at the innovative products from Arcsoft.

Paul is the founder and Webmaster of the best international accounting news site in existence --- --- http://www.iasplus.com/index.htm  

Paul over the years has lived in many places and truly is a "seen this, done that" world traveler.  He's also an avid photographer and now shares many of his great photographs (even from as far away as Tibet) at the site --- http://www.whencanyou.com/index.htm

There are also many photographs taken in China.

He's a wonderful person and a terrific accounting standard expert who worked for both the FASB and the IASB before venturing off to help the Chinese with accounting standards.

I think of him as a wandering geographer as well. Who says accountants are dull?

"Kodak Digital Camera With 2 Lenses Works Well, Has a Few Flaws," by Walter S. Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal, January 26, 2006; Page B1 --- http://online.wsj.com/article/SB113824093427556594.html?mod=todays_us_marketplace

One of the great things about the switch from film to digital photography is that it has allowed camera makers to produce models that are slim enough to fit in a pocket but still take excellent pictures and come packed with features. Chips and sensors take up much less room than rolls of film.

But there are limitations imposed by small, slim camera bodies that even digital wizardry hasn't been able to overcome. These mainly involve the lenses. Lenses with better-than-average telescopic and wide-angle capabilities tend to be too bulky to fit on a pocket-sized camera body.

Now, Eastman Kodak has come up with a concept that promises to make more versatile lenses available on the slimmest digital cameras. The company has introduced a pocket-sized camera with two lenses, each designed for different kinds of shots.

The company's new EasyShare V570 camera couples a fairly standard lens -- the 3x optical zoom that is typical on slim digital cameras -- with a second, specialized lens for taking ultrawide-angle shots. Together, these all-glass lenses have a 5x optical zooming capability, unusual in a small camera. A single lens with the combined range of the V570's two lenses (the equivalent of 23 millimeters to 117 millimeters) would be too large for the camera's body. But by splitting the work between two physically smaller lenses, Kodak has made it fit.

The camera doesn't zoom in any better on distant objects than most others in its class. But it does do a much better job of capturing all of a group of people -- or a building or a landscape -- in a single shot, without requiring you to move ridiculously far back.

Better yet, the user doesn't need to manually switch between the lenses, or even to be conscious of them. The camera's processor merges them into one virtual lens, and the zooming button on the back automatically switches lenses as you move from the widest to the most telescopic setting. An indicator on the screen tells you if you have switched lenses and are using the ultrawide-angle one.

Kodak has placed both lenses entirely within the camera's body. Even when the main lens zooms, it never protrudes from the camera. Both are protected by a single built-in lens cover that opens instantly, with a satisfying snap.

The $399 V570, which has a resolution of 5 megapixels, isn't a one-shot deal. Kodak plans more small cameras with multiple lenses that employ digital technology to make the lenses work smoothly together. While the V570's twin lenses add capabilities at the wide end of the zooming range, future models might use multiple lenses to bolster a camera's telephoto capability. Or one lens might be devoted to still pictures, while a second might be optimized for video.

I've been testing the V570, and I like it, despite a couple of drawbacks. In my tests, I compared it with the Kodak EasyShare V550, my favorite pocket-sized digital camera. Like the V550, which costs $349, the new V570 has a handsome black design. But the V570, which is just 4 inches wide by 2 inches high by 0.8 inch thick and weighs 4.5 ounces, is actually thinner and lighter than the single-lens V550.

In my tests, I took numerous shots of people, buildings and street scenes with the two cameras. In every case, using the ultrawide-angle lens, the new V570 allowed me to pack in much more of a given scene from the same distance. I just pressed the zoom button all the way to "W."

For instance, a picture of a room on the single-lens camera captured only some of the furniture and walls. With the V570, nearly everything got into the shot. Standing on my driveway taking a picture of my house with the V550, the attached family room was cut off. But from the same spot, the V570 picture included both structures. Where the V550 might get three people in a shot, the V570 could get five or six.

Telephoto shots came out the same on both cameras. Picture quality, both on a computer screen and in printouts, was the same as on the V550, which is very good.

The zooming experience between the V570's two lenses isn't perfectly smooth. There's a gap between the two lenses that's experienced as a brief, but abrupt, jump in the image on the camera's screen. But I didn't find this to be a problem.

The 2.5-inch LCD screen on the back of the camera was sharp and vivid indoors, though it washed out some in direct sunlight.

But the V570 is missing a couple of valuable features the V550 includes. First, it has no optical viewfinder, which allows steadier shooting and is better for framing shots in situations in which sunlight washes out the screen. Unfortunately, camera makers are well on their way to omitting optical viewfinders from most consumer cameras, claiming that the space they occupy is better used for bigger screens and that younger shooters never use them anyway.

Secondly, the V570 has no port for directly connecting to a computer with the included USB cable. To connect the camera to a computer, you are forced to use the included dock, which is a real pain.

Still, if you want a camera with strong wide-angle capabilities, while preserving small size and normal telescopic zooming, the V570 might be just the ticket.


"Turning Your Cellphone Into Your Home Phone: 'Docking' Products Link Wireless and Landline; Compatibility Is a Factor," by Walter S. Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal, January 25, 2006; Page D4 --- http://online.wsj.com/article/the_mossberg_solution.html

Podcast Central --- http://www.techweb.com/podcasts/

German court shuts down Wikipedia.de
A German court has ordered the shutdown of the German-language version of Wikipedia, the multilingual open-access encyclopedia available on the Internet, after the family of a deceased hacker filed a lawsuit against Wikimedia Deutschland eV for using the young man"s full name in an entry . Tron, who spent many of his teen years hacking, developed working clones of German phone cards, among other things. He was sentenced to 15 months in jail for theft of a public phone, but the sentence was later suspended on probation, according to the Wikipedia entry. In 1998, he died under mysterious circumstances  . . . Wouldn"t it be easier to remove one page instead of shutting down the whole site?
"German court shuts down Wikipedia.de," PhysOrg, January 23, 2006 --- http://weblog.physorg.com/news4608.html 

Jensen Comment
Once again this raises the issue of jurisdiction. Presumably authorities can shut down a domestic site, but what's to prevent citizens of one country from simply surfing Wikipedia sites of the world? My guess is that the information will appear on other sites since anybody in the world can easily add information to Wikipedia.

And even if Wikipedia could be shut down worldwide, it would be a bit like shutting down an entire university because one professor or student did something illegal or shutting down an entire library because it had one objectionable sentence in one book.

How to detect if digital photographs have been altered
Among the many temptations of the digital age, photo-manipulation has proved particularly troublesome for science, and scientific journals are beginning to respond.
Nicholas Wade, "It May Look Authentic; Here's How to Tell It Isn't," The New York Times, January 24, 2006 --- http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/24/science/24frau.html 

And altered photographs are serious problems in science
The Journal of Cell Biology is using a test that reveals 25 percent of all accepted manuscripts since 2002 have contained one or more manipulated illustrations, violating the journal's guidelines, Michael Rossner of Rockefeller University, the executive editor, told The New York Times. The editor of the journal, Ira Mellman of Yale, said most cases were resolved when the authors provided originals. "In 1 percent of the cases we find authors have engaged in fraud," he said.

"Now you see it; now you think you see it:  Some scientific journals are adopting security measures, including digital photo testing, to halt manipulation of data by authors engaged in fraud." PhysOrg, January 24, 2006 --- http://physorg.com/news10176.html

Domestic partners must have sex to get benefits
A requirement within a new domestic partner benefit plan at the University of Florida — that participants “have been in a non-platonic relationship for the proceeding 12 months” — has left many employees feeling like the university was getting a little too personal. Administrators have taken notice and said that the policy will be changed within the next two weeks.
Rob Capriccioso, "Too Much Information on Sex at Florida," Inside Higher Ed, January 24, 2006 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2006/01/24/florida

What book is Osama Bin Laden reading these days?
William Blum, a Washington, D.C. writer, responded delightedly last Thursday on learning that Osama bin Laden had cited his book in an audiotape. Blum called the mention of Rogue State: A Guide to the World’s Only Superpower “almost as good as being an Oprah book,” a reference to the popular American television host whose endorsement routinely makes a book a bestseller.
Daniel Pipes, "Osama's Pen Pal," FrontPage Magazine, January 24, 2006 --- http://frontpagemag.com/Articles/ReadArticle.asp?ID=21006

Is Michael Moore bringing in laughs?
Michael Moore's Website features a series of Photoshopped images depicting Matthews and bin Laden as " American Lovers http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/latestnews/index.php?id=5598  ." This is supposed to be funny, though we're not sure how we know that.
Carol Muller, Opinion Journal, January 23, 2006|
Michael Moore's home page is at http://www.michaelmoore.com/
John Kerry comes to Michael Moore's defense --- http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/1/20/175232/080
Daily KOS is the hardball site for the really angry left --- http://www.dailykos.com/

Signs of the Times
eBay is selling rocket scientists (in search of jobs) ---

Ford Foundation Awards Trinity University Grant for Difficult Dialogues Initiative

Trinity University has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the prestigious Ford Foundation for a project designed to facilitate constructive dialogue about contentious political, religious, racial, and cultural issues. Following a national competition, Trinity and 25 other higher education institutions were selected to receive the grants as part of Ford Foundation’s Difficult Dialogues initiative. The initiative was created in response to reports of growing intolerance and efforts to curb academic freedom at colleges and universities.

Read the full story --- http://www.trinity.edu/departments/public_relations/news_releases/051219ford_award.htm

Accountability:  A "thorny Subject" to be Taken up by the U.S. Secretary of Education’s Commission
College officials and members of the public are watching with intense interest — and, in some quarters, trepidation — the proceedings of the U.S. Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education. Given that interest, the following is a memorandum that the panel’s chairman, Charles Miller, wrote to its members offering his thinking about one of its thorniest subjects: accountability.
Charles Miller, "Memo From the Chairman," Inside Higher Ed, January 24, 2006 --- http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2006/01/24/miller

The Sad, Sad State of Corruption in Mexico
In 2005, a survey conducted by Transparency International showed that between 31 and 45% of Mexicans had someone in their family forced to pay a bribe to a public official in the past year. Corruption is an endemic aspect of Mexican government. Extending from the local police who routinely shake down people who commit minor infractions for cash all the way to top government officials who habitually cut deals with political cronies and drug traffickers to shape Mexican law. After endless decades, this culture of corruption has taken its toll. Over 20% of the Mexican population lives in poverty, only 62% of people have access to clean drinking water, 25% of the economy is illegal, and in the oil rich state of Chiapas; 40% of all homes have dirt floors and 21% have no electricity. All in a country with a $1 trillion gross domestic product.
Justin Darr, "America Versus Mexico's Ponzi Pyramid Scheme," GOPUSA," January 24, 2006 --- http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/guest/2006/jd_01241.shtml

Mexican Army Invades U.S. Border
Mexican soldiers and civilian smugglers had an armed standoff with nearly 30 U.S. law enforcement officials on the Rio Grande in Texas on Monday afternoon, according to Texas police and the FBI. Mexican military Humvees were towing what appeared to be thousands of pounds of marijuana across the border into the United States, said Chief Deputy Mike Doyal, of the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Department. Mexican Army troops had several mounted machine guns on the ground more than 200 yards inside the U.S. border -- near Neely's Crossing, about 50 miles east of El Paso -- when Border Patrol agents called for backup. Hudspeth County deputies and Texas Highway patrol officers arrived shortly afterward, Doyal said.
Sara A. Carter and Kenneth Todd Ruiz, "Police face Mexican military, smugglers Armed standoff along U.S. border," Daily Bulletin, January 24, 2006 --- http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_3430815
Jensen Comment
In its favor, the Mexican Army also rushed troops to Mississippi to seriously help clean up some of the Katrina mess in Mississippi.

The Sad, Sad State of Corruption After Katrina
The FBI has uncovered fraud by public officials in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and has created a task force to investigate corruption as federal money pours into the Gulf Coast region, Mississippi's top agent said Monday. "We are seeing public officials facilitating some of the fraud," John G. Raucci, agent in charge in Mississippi, said in an interview with The Associated Press. "It's not widespread, I will say that, but we have seen it and we have begun addressing it."
"FBI Uncovers Post-Katrina Fraud," ABC News, January 23, 2006 --- http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=1533999

Where does criminal money go? To the laundry!
An international money manager who catered to wealthy criminals in New York and around the globe has been nabbed for allegedly laundering a stunning $1 billion his clients accumulated doing everything from stock fraud to peddling the "date-rape" drug. Martin Tremblay, 43, billed his Bahamas-based Dominion Investments as a legitimate company offering "expertise" in "international tax planning, asset protection and other wealth preservation techniques." But, according to the feds, Tremblay, a Canadian citizen, lined his pockets by servicing an...
"MONEY MAN LAUNDERED $1B: FEDS," New York Post, January 24, 2006 --- http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/62159.htm

The Washington Post blog turned out to not be politically correct
The Washington Post shut down one of its blogs Thursday after the newspaper's ombudsman raised the ire of readers by writing that lobbyist Jack Abramoff gave money to the Democrats as well as to Republicans.
"Paper Shutters Blog After Ombudsman Post," Breitbart, January 19, 2006 --- http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/01/19/D8F82TA80.html

Barf Alert:  CNN reports Osama bin Laden's tape may be a GOP conspiracy
Just before reading e-mailed responses to his “Cafferty Files” question of the 4pm EST hour on Thursday afternoon's The Situation Room on CNN, “How important is the new Osama bin Laden tape?", Jack Cafferty proposed a conspiracy existed in the timing, one meant to help Bush justify his NSA wiretapping: “The last time we got a tape from Osama bin Laden was right before the 2004 presidential election. Now here we are, four days away from hearings starting in Washington into the wiretapping of America's telephones without bothering to get a court order or a warrant, and up pops another
"CNN's Cafferty Sees Conspiracy Helpful to Bush Behind Timing of Osama Tape," Free Republic, January 20, 2006 --- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1561548/posts
Also see http://www.humaneventsonline.com/article.php?id=11746

Sony Reader:  The New eBook Alternative
Electronic books have traditionally gone straight from the manufacturer to the remainders bin -- but the market has never gone away entirely, despite years of tepid sales and failed predictions. Now a new device from Sony is generating buzz worthy of a Stephen King novel. Some people are even wondering whether the Sony Reader might be just the ticket to kick the e-book market into high gear.
Dylan Tweney, "Screening the Latest Bestseller," Wired News, January 24, 2006 --- http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,70039-0.html?tw=wn_tophead_13

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

"The Shift Away From Print" by Eileen Gifford Fenton and Roger C. Schonfeld, Inside Higher Ed, December 8, 2005 http://insidehighered.com/views/2005/12/08/schonfeld 

Amazon Pages:  Amazon's Breakthrough Technology to Help Quadriplegics Read

"Turning Pages for Those Who Can't," by Steven Edwards, Wired News, January 24, 2006 --- http://www.wired.com/news/columns/0,70052-0.html?tw=wn_tophead_4

I've been watching companies' efforts to develop e-book offerings for a long time. As a quadriplegic, I can't hold a book, so reading literature on the computer seems like an obvious solution.

Alas, companies like Microsoft, Adobe and Palm have failed in their e-book endeavors. They've introduced proprietary, encrypted formats that require their respective software to be installed before reading them, in effect destroying a book's inherent characteristic: portability.

Amazon seems to be on the brink of doing e-books right, and I'm keeping my proverbial fingers crossed. By taking advantage of the web's ubiquity, Amazon can restore portability: Pay once, read anywhere.

In November, Amazon announced two new services for accessing books online. The company seems to be targeting programmers and students who would welcome freedom from toting enormous texts. But Amazon has another, perhaps unforeseen, set of customers: the disabled.

Amazon Pages will allow readers to buy online access to individual pages and chapters from books instead of the entire thing, presumably for a few cents a page. Amazon Upgrade will let readers purchase, for a similar premium, perpetual access to an online digital copy of the text.

If the services turn out to be as good as they sound, I plan on taking full advantage of them. I miss the comforting sensation of curling up with a good book at night, promising myself that I would only read one more chapter before becoming so engrossed in the story that I devour it whole and am barely aware of the fact that, as my eyelids are closing, the sun is rising on the next day.

It truly is the little things in life that make it worth living.

The joy of holding a book again won't be happening in the next year, but Amazon's proposed services, assuming they are well implemented, will reopen the boundless horizons of literature to me and other similarly disabled readers.

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, told Fox News that publishers will decide whether their books will be included in the programs, unlike Google Print, which requires publishers to opt out. Among the publishers I'm rooting for are Penguin Group and Tor. (So, give Mr. Bezos a call. Today. Please? The Shadowrun and The Wheel of Time series, among others, beckon.)

The Amazon services should allow publishers to have their content available as plain text, as do niche sites such as The National Academies Press, InformIT's Safari and Safari's predecessor site, MacMillan's Personal Bookshelf (an all-time favorite, now deceased, that allowed me to learn a lot for free).

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January 26, 2005 reply from Helen Terry


Also, take a look at this gadget for reading (from BoingBoing), then to the link:




Here's what it says at http://www2.abcstuff.com/cgi/Web_store/web_store.cgi/item=BH007&product=@new&keywords

Now there's Thumb Thing to help the teacher with not enough hands. This unique patented book holder fits on the thumb like a ring and spreads the pages of the book open. Perfect for reading while while holding the book in one hand!

Although the Thumb Thing is manufactured in 4 different sizes, we carry only the "S" size which fits students and even most teachers. If you need them, the other 3 sizes are available from other sources (at higher prices), including many museums and specialty stores.

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

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

Bob Jensen's threads on learning aids for the handicapped, disabled, and learning challenged persons --- http://www.trinity.edu/rjensen/000aaa/thetools.htm#Handicapped

Viagra has unwanted popups (or are they downers?)
Those little (RFID) tracking tags that infuriate watchdog groups are taking hold in yet another place of business -- your local pharmacy. Last week, Pfizer announced that it will combat counterfeiters by sticking radio-frequency ID tags on large bottles of Viagra. Pfizer follows on the heels of Purdue Pharma, which began tagging every 100-tablet bottle of the painkiller OxyContin in 2004.
Randy Dotinga, "Viagra Tag Could Be Bitter Pill," Wired News, January 21, 2006 --- http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,70033-0.html?tw=wn_tophead_20

Quantum Computing Steps Forward
With the University of Michigan’s latest production of a quantum chip, it’s another step forward for quantum computers that will someday dwarf the abilities of today’s machines.
"Quantum Computing Steps Forward," PhysOrg, January 20, 2006 --- http://www.physorg.com/news10079.html

NHN: The Little Search Engine That Could in Korea Now, Maybe the World Later On
Why is Naver so popular? One reason is that Naver can deliver more relevant search results than Google can, at least on its home turf. A simple Google search will return only certain kinds of Web pages, and a user needs to click another link to find, say, related images or news stories. NHN offers a mix of categories including blogs and community sites unless the user specifies a particular kind of document. A Naver search for a subway station, for instance, will return a map, information on the subway line serving the station, connecting bus lines, restaurants and shops near the station, blog entries mentioning it, and more. "Google has a superb search engine," says Choi Jae Hyeon, NHN's search chief. "We have, however, built up knowhow and a database by extracting knowledge from users' brains."

"NHN: The Little Search Engine That Could:  Korea's NHN thumps Google at home, and it's teaching the big dogs a new trick," Business Week, January 30, 2006 --- http://snipurl.com/BusWeekNHN
Also see http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/050110-112510
Also see http://theseoultimes.com/ST/?url=/ST/db/read.php?idx=1401

NHN also has a desktop search utility
NHN's desktop search, a free software that puts an icon on the task bar of Microsoft's Windows operating system, allows people to scan their computers for information in the same way they use Naver to search the Web. The software, which works on Windows 98 and versions above, may be downloaded at http://jump.naver.com/desk .


From NPR:  Great restaurants, food, drink, people, places and "things"
The editors of food and travel magazine Saveur compile their annual list of favorite restaurants, food, drink, people, places and things -- from ducks eggs and Parisian chocolates to Spicy Thai Kettle Chips.
"'Saveur 100:' Favorites From the World of Food," NPR, January 20, 2006 --- http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5162206

World Health Organization: Food Safety --- http://www.who.int/foodsafety/en/

From PhysOrg
"Here's health: Wine tipplers buy smarter food than beer drinkers," PhysOrg, January 20, 2006 --- http://physorg.com/news10072.html

From PhysOrg
"'Wristwatch' biosensor to track alcohol use," PhysOrg, January 20, 2006 --- http://www.physorg.com/news10074.html

The most overvalued housing markets
Sixty-five of the nation's 299 biggest real estate markets are severely overpriced and subject to possible price corrections. That's according to the latest (third quarter) Housing Market Analysis conducted by National City Corp, a financial holding company, in conjunction with Global Insight, a financial information provider.
Less Christie, "Most overvalued housing markets," CNN Money, January 3, 2006 --- http://money.cnn.com/2005/12/29/real_estate/buying_selling/handicapping_housing_markets/

Jensen Comment
The above site has a comparison calculator where you read in your salary and then compare costs where you live versus where you are thinking about moving.  Alas, they forgot to include most of the states in northern New England.  I gues we're not big enough to count.

Search Engines Losing Trust (except for Google)
The biggest potential fallout from America Online, Microsoft MSN and Yahoo handing over search data to the U.S. Justice Department without a fight is the loss of trust. How can they expect people who use their services to trust them with personal information when they so quickly give the government what it wants? The only exception out of the four major search engines is Google, which has vowed to force government prosecutors to go to court and prove that they have a right to this data. So we don't confuse what's going on here, this has nothing to do with the Bush administration's fight against terrorism, or national security.
Antone Gonsalves, "Search Engines Losing Trust," InternetWeek, January 23, 2006 --- http://www.internetweek.cmp.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleId=177102482

Smartcard Key to Flier Fast Lane
Private companies will run a government ID program that lets frequent travelers bypass some airport security screening procedures, for a price.
Ryan Singel, "Smartcard Key to Flier Fast Lane," Wired News, January 21, 2006 --- http://www.wired.com/news/technology/0,70059-0.html?tw=wn_tophead_1

"Mobile phones not linked to brain cancer: new study," PhysOrg, January 20, 2006

"Europe overtakes US as top PC market," PhysOrg, January 19, 2006  --- http://weblog.physorg.com/news4533.html

PhysOrg carried an advertisement for a book on "Understanding Hedge Funds"---

Although there is some anecdotal evidence on how to get rich in these risky investments, look before you leap.  Read about hedge funds under the H-terms at

International Women’s Health Coalition --- http://www.iwhc.org/

"Inside the Premature Brain:  Part 3 of our magazine story on advanced MRI looks at efforts by Columbia University researchers to map brain abnormalities in preterm newborns," MIT's Technology Review, January 25, 2006 --- http://www.technologyreview.com/BioTech/wtr_16174,304,p1.html

Early Childhood Interventions: Proven Results, Future Promise --- 

Physics and Mechanics of Early Cells
To grow viable organs in the lab, biologists are going beyond the genetics of development to study the physics and mechanics of cells in the early embryo
Kate Greene, "Printing Blood Vessels," MIT's Technology Review, January 20, 2006 --- http://www.technologyreview.com/BioTech/wtr_16168,306,p1.html

Big Brother is Watching You if You're a Porn Seeker Online
Yahoo has acknowledged that it handed over search data to comply with a subpoena from the Bush administration, which is trying to revive an anti-porn law that was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court. Google was also subpoenaed by the Justice Department, but refused to comply.
Antone Gonsalves,"A Privacy Warning," InternetWeek Newsletter, January 20, 2006
See http://www.internetweek.cmp.com/showArticle.jhtml?articleId=177101988
Jensen Comment
Google is resisting handing over the data, but this is one Google may lose.

BlackBerry Alternatives
As of this writing, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion's legal troubles had many wondering how they'd exist without their regular CrackBerry fix. Read about the messy patent dispute in " Ease Up on BlackBerry Use, Analysts Advise ."Regardless of how RIM's legal situation works out, it's always a good idea to have a back-up plan. So this week, join me on a tour of two handheld e-mail devices that are worthy BlackBerry alternatives.
James A. Martin, "BlackBerry Alternatives: Two devices that stack up well against the BlackBerry," PC World via The Washington Post, January 20, 2006 ---

A VAT tax proposal of sorts in New Hampshire
In New Hampshire, a sales tax is proposed that was designed to protect the quantity and quality of state water supplies. The tax would affect beverages sold for resale in the state, to be paid by the product manufacturers and distributors. The tax would be 2 cents on containers up to, and including one gallon, and 5 cents for a container over one gallon, the Portmouth Herald reported.
"Cities, States Float Sales Tax Ideas," AccountingWeb, January 20, 2006 ---
Jensen Comment
New Hampshire has no sales or state income tax due to a history of not voting in new taxes.  It would be surprising if this proposed tax not collected from consumers will fly.

"French Kiss:  Bernard-Henri Lévy hates the Iraq war, but loves America," by Tunku Varadarajan, The Wall Street Journal, January 21, 2006 --- http://www.opinionjournal.com/editorial/feature.html?id=110007845 

Remember those rousing days--amid the acrid havoc of 9/11--when all the world stood by us, and even the French were knocked off course enough to say, "We Are All American"? Of course you do, if only to contrast that time with the months and years that followed, when less of the world stood by us, and when the French--coming to their exquisite senses--rediscovered their contempt for America.

Today in France there are few persons of substance who profess a love for America. Jean-François Revel, the country's finest political philosopher, is one, on the right; and Bernard-Henri Lévy--whose practice of a journalism larded with philosophy has made him better known to the man-on-the-rue than anyone else who can spout Wittgenstein--is another, on the center-left. There are five other prominent French Amerophiles, by my reckoning, giving us a grand total of seven. Guessing identities would make an amusing parlor game. (Answers on a postcard, with a bottle of Calvados for the first all-correct missive. Hint: There are no women.)

Of these seven, Bernard-Henri Lévy is the most complex, the most complexed and, by far, the most flamboyant. He is, in an old-fashioned way, a fine ambassador, kissing ladies on the hand, and using his French accent to impish effect (such as in his insistence on pronouncing the name Sulzberger, of New York Times fame, as "Sulz-bare-zhay"). He also has a connection (albeit of sorrowful source) with The Wall Street Journal, being the author of "Who Killed Daniel Pearl?"--a courageous, if somewhat eccentric, investigation into the murder in Pakistan of a young Journal reporter.

Mr. Lévy has a new book out--not so much an investigation, this time, as an inquiry. His latest project has been to follow in the footsteps of Alexis de Tocqueville and travel through the United States in the manner of the author of "Democracy in America." The world being what it is, the result was never likely to be an update of Tocqueville. Instead, we have what might fairly be described as "Bernard-Henri Lévy in America." The author has called it "American Vertigo"--not a bad name, as it speaks to America's vertigo, as well as to his own--and the literary poobahs in Paris have their culottes in a twist over his decision to bypass France and publish it in America first, in English. Much harrumphing has happened in Paris, much talk of betrayal; but Mr. Lévy--who in a conversation with New York magazine this week laid out his love for America in terms that were almost pornographic--regards the book as his gift to this country: "It had to be published here first," he says, with an upward tilt of a nose so aquiline one might hang a hat on it. "Unquestionably."

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How to transfer music from a computer to an iPod

From the Scout Report on January 20, 2006

iDump 1.1 --- http://www.codershole.com/idump.php?id=ocsa9iouvp20cidsdks5tn6tu1

Given that transferring songs from one’s computer to an iPod device can sometimes be a hassle, this latest application will be most helpful for persons in such a predicament. With this application, visitors can also use such features as a built-in search engine to locate various songs, an export playlist function, and functionality in three languages, including German and Spanish. This version is compatible with all computers running Windows 2000 and XP.

Oprah's Truth Is No Stranger to Fiction
Oprah Winfrey has thrown her support behind memoirist James Frey, whose Number One bestseller, "A Million Little Pieces"--a vivid recollection of his drug and alcohol addictions, crimes against humanity and recovery--turns out on a sliding scale to run from false to faulty. Mr. Frey's literally incredible life was exposed recently by a Web site, the Smoking Gun. Respondeth Oprah, and legions of Mr. Frey's readers: Who cares?
Daniel Henninger, "Oprah's Truth Is No Strange to Fiction:  How 1968 brought us to James Frey," The Wall Street Journal, January 20, 2006 --- http://www.opinionjournal.com/columnists/dhenninger/?id=110007837

And speaking of taste and truth --- http://opinionjournal.com/taste/

Review & Outlook
Short of selling kidneys, there's a way to use markets to encourage organ donation.
12:01 a.m. EST

Tony & Tacky
Conspiracy wackos make a joke of 9/11.
12:01 a.m. EST

de gustibus BY JAMES TARANTO
Salvador Taranto didn't say uncle, lived to be one.
12:01 a.m. EST

James Frey isn't the only one mixing truth with fiction.
12:01 a.m. EST

Houses of Worship BY DAVID M. HOWARD JR.
Five missionaries' murders were not the end of the story.
12:01 a.m. EST

You try the test (Forwarded by Debbie Bowling)

We're hard-wired for geometry
From the journal Science: Tests with villagers in a remote region of the Amazon indicate that humans are familiar with geometrical concepts, even if they don't have words for them --- http://g.msn.com/0MN2ET7/2?
See http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10925120/from/ET/&&CM=EmailThis&CE=1  

Tony B. is almost as much of a spendthrift as George B.
Britain's road to economic ruin under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown is nearly complete. Next year the U.K. government will spend more as a percentage of GDP than its German counterpart for the first time in a generation -- 45.7%, according to OECD estimates. That's up from 37.5% in 2000 and surpasses Germany's figure of 45%, which has been falling. Next in Labour's sights is France. Paris spends around 53% of GDP but -- contrary to London -- is talking about cutting back in the coming years.
Alex Story, "Welcome to the Club of Losers," The Wall Street Journal, January 20, 2006 --- http://online.wsj.com/article/SB113770980223951245.html?mod=opinion&ojcontent=otep

2006 graphic cards debut new technology
At the start of 2006 creating an image using computer technologies has taken on entirely new methods. Where once artists, engineers and video-game designers worried about decreasing the size of available pixels to be able to create a fairly realistic model, concerns have shifted. Computer-processing technologies, which once had to be taken into careful account before placing too heavy a graphical load upon them, have advanced. Graphic cards have stepped up to assist with these tasks thanks to onboard processors capable of handling the massive computations required. Where once the focus was on making a mostly realistic character model for a game, the current task is to recreate as realistic a world as possible: light, physics, movement, and reactions, as well as character models.
"2006 graphic cards debut new technology," PhysOrg, January 19, 2006 --- http://www.physorg.com/news10042.html

The National Mental Health Association ---  http://www.nmha.org/

From The Washington Post on January 30, 2006

Washington-area schools are cracking down against Internet blog sites that allow students to post detailed information about their lives. Which of the following is not one of these popular sites?

A. AboutMe.com
B. Facebook.com
C. MySpace.com
D. Xanga.com

Miss America Contest:  They're Now American Cowgirls
Now, the 85-year-old pageant is trying to reinvent itself, moving to a glitzy Las Vegas casino, modifying its format to heighten the drama, and signing a long-term deal to be broadcast on the country-music cable channel CMT. And it has hired a high-profile host: actor James Denton, who plays the handsome plumber-neighbor on ABC's "Desperate Housewives."
Sam Schechner, "Miss America Goes Country:  Pageant Ends Up on CMT With 'Desperate' Twist; Stephen King's Phobia," The Wall Street Journal, January 20, 2006; Page W2 ---

Forwarded by Denny Beresford (who predates dirt)

History Exam

  Everyone over 40 should have a pretty easy time at this exam.  If you
are under 40 you can claim a handicap.
  This is a History Exam for those who don't mind seeing how much they!
really remember about what went on in their life.  Get paper and pencil and
number from 1 to 20.
  Write the letter of each answer and score at the end.
  Then, best of all, before you pass this test on, put your score in the
subject line!
  1. In the 1940's, where were automobile headlight dimmer switches located?
  a. On the floor shift knob
  b. On the floor board, to the left of the clutch
  c. Next to the horn
  2. The bottle top of a Royal Crown Cola bottle had holes in it. For what
was it used?
  a. Capture lightning bugs
  b. To sprinkle! clothes before ironing
  c. Large salt shaker
  3. Why was having milk delivered a problem in northern winters?
  a. Cows got cold and wouldn't produce milk
  b. Ice on highways forced delivery by dog sled
  c. Milkmen left deliveries outside of front doors and milk would freeze,
expanding and pushing up the cardboard bottle top.
  4. What was the popular chewing gum named for a game of chance?
  a. Blackjack
  b. Gin
  c. Craps!
  5. What method did women use to look as if they were wearing stockings
when none were available due to rationing during W.W.II
  a. Suntan
  b. Leg painting
  c. Wearing slacks
  6. What postwar car turned automotive design on its ear when you
couldn't tell whether it was coming or going?
  a. Studebaker
  b. Nash Metro
  c. Tucker
  7. Which was a popular candy when you were a kid?
  a. Strips of dried peanut butter
  b. Chocolate licorice bars
  c. Wax coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar ! water inside
  8. How was Butch wax used?
  a. To stiffen a flat-top haircut so it stood up
  b. To make floors shiny and prevent scuffing
  c. On the wheels of roller skates to prevent rust
  9. Before inline skates, how did you keep your roller skates attached to
your shoes?
  a With clamps, tightened by a skate key
  b. Woven straps that crossed the foot
  c. Long pieces of twine
  10. As a kid, what was considered the best way to reach a decision?
  a. Consider all the facts
  b. Ask Mom
  c. Eeny-meeny-miney-mo
  11. What was the most dreaded disease in the 1940's?
  a. Smallpox
  b. AIDS
  c. Polio
  12. "I'll be down to get you in a ________, Honey"
  a. SUV
  b. Taxi
  c. Streetcar
  13. What was the name of Caroline Kennedy's pet pony?
  a. Old Blue
  b. Paint
  c.. Macaroni
  14. What was a Duck-and-Cover Drill?
  a. Part of the game of hide and seek
  b What you did when your Mom called y! ou in to do chores
  c. Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in an
A-bomb drill.
  15. What was the name of the Indian Princess on the Howdy Doody show?
  a. Princess Summerfallwinterspring
  b. Princess Sacajawea
  c. Princess Moonshadow
  16. What did all the really savvy students d o when mimeographed tests
were handed out in school?
  a. Immediately sniffed the purple ink, as this was believed to get you high
  b.. Made paper airplanes to see who could sail theirs out the window
  c. Wrote another pupil's name on the top, to avoid their failure
  17. Why did your Mom shop in stores that gave Green Stamps with purchases?
  a. To keep you out of mischief by licking the backs, which tasted like
bubble gum
  b. They could be put in special books and redeemed for various household
  c. They were given to the kids to be used as stick-on tattoos
  18. Praise the Lord, and pass the _________?
  a Meatballs
  b. Dames
  c. Ammunition
  19. What was the name of the singing group that made the song
"Cabdriver" a hit?
  a. The Ink Spots
  b. The Supremes
  c. The Esquires
  20. Who left his heart in San Francisco?
  a. Tony Bennett
  b. Xavier Cugat
  c. George Gershwin
  1. b) On the floor, to the left of the clutch. Hand controls, popular in
Europe, took till the late '60's to catch on
  2. b) To sprinkle clothes before ironing.  Who had a steam iron?
  3. c) Cold weather caused the milk to freeze and expand, popping the
bottle top.
  4. a) Blackjack Gum.
  5. ! b) Special makeup was applied, followed by drawing a seam down the
back of the leg with eyebrow pencil.
  6. a) 1946 Studebaker.
  7. c) Wax coke bottles containing super-sweet colored water.
  8 a) Wax for your flat top (butch) haircut.
  9. a) With clamps, tightened by a skate key, which you wore on a
shoestring around your neck.
  10. c) Eeny-meeny-miney-mo.
  11. c) Polio. In beginning of August, swimming pools were closed, movies
and other public gathering places were closed to try to  prevent spread of
the disease.
  12. b) Taxi. Better be ready by half-past eight!
  13. c) Macaroni.
  14. c) Hiding under your desk, and covering your head with your arms in
an A-bomb drill.
  15. a) Princess Summerfallwinterspring.  She was another puppet.
  16. a) Immediately sniffed the purple ink to get a high.
  17. b) Put in a special stamp book, they could be traded for household
items at the Green Sta! mp store.
  18. c) Ammunition, and we'll all be free.
  19. a) The widely famous 50's group: The Inkspots.
  20. a) Tony Bennett, and he sounds just as good today..

  17- 20 correct: You are older than dirt, and obviously gifted with
mental abilities. Now if you could only find your glasses.  Definitely
someone who should share your wisdom!
  12 -16 correct: Not quite dirt yet, but you're getting there.
  0 -11 correct: You are not old enough to share the wisdom of your


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