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Doctor in Baby P flees country ahead of misconduct hearing, GMC told (Top stories from Times Online)
the General Medical Council (GMC) was told today that the doctor had suffered a nervous Submitted at 2/22/2010 3:08:26 AM breakdown and was at risk of Message from fivefilters.org: If suicide. you can, please donate to the full Rebecca Poulet, QC, -text RSS service so we can prosecuting for the GMC said continue developing it. that Dr Al-Zayyat was seen by a A doctor accused of failing to psychiatrist on Friday but had spot that Baby P was being since left Britain. abused fled the country this “The pressure on her has been morning ahead of a hearing such that her mental health has where she is charged with broken down completely and the misconduct. possibility of suicide is a real Sabah Al-Zayyat, a former one,” Ms Poulet said. “She is locum paediatrician saw 17- unfit to defend herself across the month-old Peter Connelly at St public hearing and unfit to Ann’s Hospital in Haringey, instruct her solicitors.” North London, just days before The GMC’s fitness to practice his death in August 2007. panel, sitting in London, has She is accused of failing to carry adjourned to consider whether out an “adequate examination” the public hearing can continue of the toddler, investigating his in the doctor’s absence. injuries or admitting him to If found guilty of serious hospital. professional misconduct, she A fitness to practice hearing of could be struck off the medical
register and banned from working in the UK. Dr Al-Zayyat qualified in Pakistan and worked in Saudi Arabia before coming to Britain in 2004. It is thought she was born in Saudi Arabia. She has since had her contract terminated with Great Ormond Street Hospital, which is responsible for child services in Haringey. She was also been banned from working unsupervised ahead of the GMC hearing. The Medical Protection Society, which is representing Dr AlZayyat, released a statement on her behalf. It read: “In my 28 years as a paediatrician I have been devoted to the care of children and have always tried to do my best for them. I have been and remain deeply affected by the shocking and tragic circumstances of baby Peter’s
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death. It would be inappropriate for me to comment any further until the hearing concludes.” Peter’s mother and two men have been jailed for their part in his death. Peter, who died in August 2007 at his home in Edmonton, North London, had received 60 visits from social services and health workers. All failed to spot that he was being abused. A post-mortem examination found that he had suffered multiple injuries, including a broken back and ribs, which an early trial suggested should have been spotted before his death. He was on the child protection register at the time he was seen by Dr Al-Zayyat, a locum consultant community paediatrician at the hospital, two days earlier. The previous trial heard that Dr Al-Zayyat noted bruises on his
body, face and back, but told police she did not carry out a full examination because the child was “miserable and cranky”. She denied that he could have had a broken back at this point. The GMC hearing in London was to look at whether Dr AlZayyat failed to diagnose abuse. In addition, it was to investigate whether she broke the rules by applying for a new job in the Republic of Ireland without informing the GMC, or telling her prospective new employer about the restrictions on her practice already imposed in the wake of the trial. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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Advanced IVF technique is being overused pioneer warns (Latest news, breaking news, current news, UK news, world news, celebrity news, politics news)
Around half of the cycles conducted in British clinics use this method. In Europe two thirds of fertility treatments are ISCI where as ten Submitted at 2/22/2010 7:07:14 AM years ago it accounted for just Message from fivefilters.org: If one third. you can, please donate to the full However some experts have -text RSS service so we can concerns about the treatment. continue developing it. Since it overcomes the barrier By Richard Alleyne, Science of male infertility, there are fears Correspondent in San Diego that genetic defects which Published: 3:07PM GMT 22 w o u l d n o r m a l l y p r e v e n t Feb 2010 conception might be allowed into The fertility treatment designed the embryo. for use with poor quality or low An Australian study published numbers of sperm is being in The Lancet medical journal used too widely despite the risks two years ago suggested that it may pass on infertility to the ICSI increased the risk of offspring, a conference has delayed mental development in heard. one-year-olds. This conflicted Normal In-Vitro Fertilisation with other evidence showing no (IVF) treatment is where the s i g n o f s l o w e d mental sperm and eggs are mixed development by the age of two. together in a dish and the sperm The first ICSI pregnancies 18 breaks into the egg on its own in years ago were achieved by a order for fertilisation to occur. Belgian team led by Professor The newer more advanced Andre Van Steirteghem from the method called Intra-cytoplasmic University of Brussels. sperm injection (ICSI) involves Speaking at a major science the embryologist injecting a conference in the US, he said he single sperm directly through the believed ICSI was being used shell of the egg and depositing it too often. inside. Prof Van Steirteghem told the Abnormal sperm, that would annual meeting of the American normally be filtered out by the A s s o c i a t i o n f o r the process, are able to fertilise the Advancement of Science in San e g g t h a n k s t o t h e e x t r a Diego, California: "I have intervention. noticed from the beginning that Since its introduction in 1992, several clinics use ICSI for increasing numbers of fertility everyone. clinics have adopted ICSI as "I don't think it's necessary when their procedure of choice. y o u h a v e m e t h o d s l i k e
conventional IVF which is certainly less invasive, and can help couples with female factor or idiopathic (no known cause) infertility when the sperm count is normal. I don't see any reason why ICSI should be used in these situations. "We have to see what will come out in the future, and long term follow up is extremely important, but yes, ICSI has been overused." One criticism of assisted conception techniques - ICSI in particular - has been that genetic causes of infertility might be passed on to offspring. Asked if he believed IVF might be storing up infertility problems for future generations, Prof Van Steirteghem said: "Well, yes. The answer to that is maybe yes. "There are genetic causes of infertility that you can bypass with assisted reproductive technology, but that may mean that the next generation may be infertile as well. "This is something that all clinics should mention to patients." Dr Allan Pacey, senior lecturer in andrology at the University of Sheffield, said: "I agree that there is a real danger that ICSI is being overused in some parts of the world and I suspect this is out of fear of patients experiencing 'failed fertilisation' using conventional IVF. "The problem of overusing ICSI is that there is a very small but
statistically significant increased risk that some of the babies born from the technique appear to have health problems. As such the sensible thing is to only use ICSI when absolutely necessary. "I sense that on the whole UK practitioners are very aware of the dangers of overusing the technique and it is difficult to say whether the UK could get away with using it less frequently. "The fact that so many patients pay for their own treatment and that we seem to be so obsessed with league tables are two big factors that work against ICSI being used less often." One study discussed at the meeting looked at specific genetic changes in IVF children compared with children conceived naturally. The research, led by Professor Carmen Sapienza, from Temple University Medical School in Philadelphia, screened around 700 genes searching for evidence of a chemical effect called methylation that can silence DNA. In the vast majority of cases, no differences between the two groups were seen. However, for a few IVF children, five per cent to 10 per cent of the genes had methylation rates outside the normal range. Some of these genes were involved in the development of fat tissue and glucose metabolism.
"It will be interesting to monitor these children, long term, to determine whether they have higher rates of obesity or diabetes," said Prof Sapienza. A spokesman for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the UK fertility regulator, said: "ICSI represented 48 per cent of all IVF treatment undertaken in the UK in 2007. This accounted for around 22,477 cycles of IVF treatment carried out in 2007. "Nearly 18,000 women were treated using ICSI. "The HFEA keeps all such research relating to Artificial Reproductive Technology under review through our Scientific and Clinical Advances committee. "We believe that it is important that long term research is carried out into all forms of assisted reproduction. "The more we know about the long term health impact of all forms of ART, the better informed both clinicians and patients will be when they make decisions about which treatment to use. "All clinics should make patients aware of the risks of ICSI, this is especially true of those that make a high use of this form of treatment." Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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Gordon Brown faces calls for inquiry over bullying claims (Top stories from Times Online)
adviser to Gordon Brown, sought to cast doubts over the conduct of Christine Pratt, the founder of Submitted at 2/22/2010 3:47:38 AM the National Bullying Helpline, Message from fivefilters.org: If who claimed yesterday she had you can, please donate to the full received calls from staff at No -text RSS service so we can 10. continue developing it. Fiona Gordon, a previous Gordon Brown was facing calls political secretary at No 10, went this morning from the leaders of on air to praise her former boss's both main opposition parties to kindness and consideration, order an inquiry into allegations while Jacqui Smith, the former of the bullying of junior staff in Home Secretary, revealed the Downing Street. contents of an excoriating letter Both David Cameron and Nick she had written to Mrs Pratt. She Clegg said that the claims made w r o t e o f h e r " a b s o l u t e by the journalist Andrew amazement that you have so Rawnsley in his book and comprehensively breached the a p p a r e n t l y s u p p o r t e d b y commitment on your website to Christine Pratt, the founder of treat calls as confidential and to the National Bullying Helpline, respect the dignity of those who were so serious that they need to use your service". be investigated. Today Mrs Pratt said that she They spoke out as Downing h a d r e c e i v e d a t l e a s t t w o Street moved onto the attack, c o m p l a i n t s f r o m s t a f f a t fielding a number of Labour Downing Street and said there heavyweights on air and in the may have been others she was blogosphere to defend the Prime not aware of. She denied that Minister. she was accusing the Prime Anne Snelgrove, a political Minister personally of bullying,
or that her intervention was intended to be political. "I know that there were two from the Deputy Prime Minister's office and another two or more from the Prime Minister's office," Mrs Pratt said on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. I need to speak to my volunteers because apparently my volunteers have taken some calls also, so it may have even been more." This morning John Prescott, the last person to hold the office of Deputy Prime Minister, launched himself into the counter -attack on Mrs Pratt, tweeting updates about the progress of the row under the tag "#Prattgate". In his tweets Mr Prescott accuses Mrs Pratt of speaking out as "a publicity stunt for her company", posts a link to an unrelated employment tribunal verdict which went against Mrs Pratt, and alleges that the National Bullying Helpline is overdue in lodging its accounts with the Charity Commission —
in fact, the charity has applied for an extension. Mr Prescott also criticised her husband's business practices in an interview on Radio 5 Live this morning. The row blew up yesterday when The Observer newspaper serialised extracts from The End of The Party, Mr Rawnsley's new book, concerning the Prime Minister's hot-tempered behaviour. The book includes accounts of Mr Brown taking the place of a secretary who he felt was typing too slowly, "roughly shoving" an aide and four-letter rants. Mr Rawnsley said that Sir Gus O'Donnell, the Cabinet Secretary, had been so concerned that he delivered an informal "verbal warning" to the Prime Minister. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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Yitta Schwartz took God’s commandment to “be fruitful and multiply” very seriously indeed. After she died at 93, the member of the Satmar Hasidic sect was survived by 15 children, more than 200 grandchildren, and enough great- and great-greatgrandchildren to total 2000 living descendants. Read the full story at the New York Times. More on parenting. Photo credit: Fotolia Permalink| Leave a comment »
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Portugal to announce three days' mourning for Madeira flood victims (Top stories from Times Online)
was near by at the time. Mrs Gaines’s husband, George, and another British couple, Submitted at 2/22/2010 5:12:24 AM Roger and Gillian Wilson, were Message from fivefilters.org: If able to get out of the taxi. Mrs you can, please donate to the full Wilson was being treated for -text RSS service so we can chest injuries in a local hospital. continue developing it. Mrs Gaines's family travelled to Portugal was due today to Madeira to recover her body. announce three days of national About 120 people were being mourning after flash floods and treated in hospitals on the island, rockslides claimed 42 lives — most for light injuries. A British including one Briton — on the diplomatic team has flown to the holiday island of Madeira. Atlantic island to assist any E m e r g e n c y c r e w s u s i n g tourists caught up in the chaos. b u l l d o z e r s w e r e s e a r c h i n g Portugal has sent medical and through tons of rubble in the rescue teams, including divers hope of finding at least four and dogs. people who were still missing. Torrential rains that started on The Portuguese Government in Saturday caused devastation in L i s b o n w a s e x p e c t e d t o Funchal and other parts of the a n n o u n c e t h r e e d a y s o f south of the island. Cars were mourning for those who died overturned, roofs ripped off when the equivalent of a month’s b u i l d i n g s a n d r o a d s l e f t worth of rain fell within eight impassable. Rescue workers hours. feared that more people were The British victim was Pamela trapped in an underground car Gaines, 50, from Garton on the park in Funchal that remained Wolds, near Driffield, East under water. Yorkshire. She died when the A makeshift morgue was set up waters from a swollen river at the airport but officials said engulfed the taxi she was that they were not able to travelling in with her husband in identify all the bodies. Power the island’s capital, Funchal. and telephone lines which had The taxi driver was also killed, been torn down were being as was a five-year-old boy who restored.
Hundreds left homeless by the flash floods were trying to recover any of their possessions that had survived the deluge. Scores were taking advantage of a makeshift shelter opened in an army garrison. “The recovery is going to be hard work,” Miguel Eduardo, a Funchal resident, said. “It will take us a few months to recover.” Cristiano Ronaldo, the Real Madrid and former Manchester United star, who grew up in a poor part of Funchal, expressed solidarity during a match last night with those affected by the tragedy . After a scoring a goal, he lifted his shirt to reveal a T-shirt with the word "Madeira". He said: "It is a huge catastrophe, a tragedy without precedent." Regional authorities were expected to ask José Manuel Barroso, the European Commission President, for EU aid to help the island’s recovery. Spain has pledged aid to the stricken island, which suffered the worst storms since 1993 when eight people died . Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
Iraqi families slaughtered in preelection sectarian atatck (Latest news, breaking news, current news, UK news, world news, celebrity news, politics news)
elections sectarian, the greatest fear is that campaigning will reopen divisions between the religious communities. There has been a renewed wave of killing Submitted at 2/22/2010 7:16:10 AM of Christians in northern Iraq Message from fivefilters.org: If in recent weeks. you can, please donate to the full A Sunni politician, Saleh al-text RSS service so we can Mutlaq, has pulled his party out continue developing it. of the election after he was By Richard Spencer, Middle banned from standing on the East Correspondent grounds of his past membership Published: 3:16PM GMT 22 of the Ba'ath Party of the Feb 2010 deposed president, Saddam Fears of a downward spiral of Hussein. violence in advance of the Iraqi A similar boycott is held to have elections worsened after the contributed to Iraq's collapse into attacks. civil war after the last general In the first attack, a woman and election in Iraq, in 2005. her three daughters were shot On top of the nine children dead overnight at their home in killed in the shootings, a six-year Al-Hurriyah, a Shia suburb of -old boy was killed in a car north Baghdad. bomb in the city of Ramadi, a Then, at around 7am a family of city 60 miles west of the eight including six children capital, in which his father and a under the age of 12 were killed policeman also died. in the town of Al-Wehdah, 12 Four more policemen, two miles south-east of the capital. soldiers, a businessman and a Several of the victims were then professor were also killed in beheaded, according to police. targeted shootings around the The only groups to practise country. beheading widely in Iraq have Five Filters featured article: been those claiming allegiance Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: to al-Qaeda, which has targeted PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, the majority Shia population. Term Extraction. With most of the parties standing in next month's
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Baby P doctor is 'suicidal' and has left UK
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Dr Al-Zayyat, who was suspended as a doctor in November 2008, faces a raft of allegations before the General Medical Council over her failure Submitted at 2/22/2010 7:01:06 AM to notice anything was wrong. Message from fivefilters.org: If Rebecca Poulet QC, for the you can, please donate to the full GMC, said she had received a -text RSS service so we can last minute psychiatric report continue developing it. stating that Dr Al-Zayyat’s By Caroline Gammell mental health had “broken Published: 3:01PM GMT 22 down completely” Feb 2010 The consultant psychiatrist said: Dr Sabah Al-Zayyat was due to “In my opinion, Dr Al-Zayyat face allegations of misconduct has become so seriously ill that over her apparent failure to she is unfit to defend herself examine the toddler, but her before a public hearing and mental health has “broken down unfit to instruct her solicitors. completely”. "The pressure on her has been She saw Peter Connelly at St such that her mental health has Ann’s Hospital in Tottenham, broken down completely, and north London, on August 1, the possibility of suicide is a 2007 and complained that he was very real one." “miserable and cranky”. Mary O'Rourke QC, for Dr AlTwo days later the 17-month- Zayyat, said her instructing old was found dead in his cot, solicitor had been told that the having suffered more than 50 doctor was no longer in the UK. injuries – including a broken Dr Al-Zayyat is also alleged to back and fractured ribs - after have applied for a job in Ireland months of abuse. without telling her prospective
employers she had been suspended over the Baby Peter case. The boy’s mother, Tracey Connelly, her boyfriend, Steven Barker, and his brother, Jason Owen, were jailed at the Old Bailey last May for causing or allowing his death. The doctor had her contract with Great Ormond Street Hospital terminated after details of the tragedy came to light. She has since launched a claim for damages against the worldfamous children's hospital over her dismissal. A report by health regulator the Care Quality Commission last May criticised staffing levels at St Ann's. The GMC case was adjourned until Wednesday. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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Filed under: Internet, Microsoft (MSFT), Electronic Arts (ERTS), Media World, Technology Are you still suspicious of the$6.5 billion Facebook valuation that resulted from Digital Sky's $100 million investment last July? And doubtless, the$15 billion valuation implied by Microsoft's( MSFT) 2007 investment in the company was, to say the least, aspirational. Well, the insanity is continuing to mount - throughout the Facebook ecosystem. A recent report by Global Silicon Valley Partner's NeXt Up Research organization puts the price tag of Zinga, the Facebook application developer, at a whopping $3.3 billion ... half of Facebook's! Granted, Zynga has done a few things to wow social media market-wachers and investors. NeXt Up Research forecasts
35% growth for this company over the next four years and just upped its 2014 revenue projection to $1.1 billion. The previous estimate was only $460 million. What could possibly justify these numbers? Well, Zynga has grown from 30 million users to 230 million in only 10 months, largely as a result of the strength shown by Facebook over this period. Farmville has been the company's engine, with close to 80 million monthly active users. Continue reading Zynga Valuation Said to Top $3 Billion Zynga Valuation Said to Top $3 Billion originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 22 Feb 2010 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
should see a healthy increase in sales, largely driven by higher premiums. Continue reading Aflac Continues to Impress Aflac Continues to Impress originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 22 Feb
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Aflac Continues to Impress by Joseph Lazzaro (BloggingStocks)
$36.07, still looks impressive for the immediate years ahead for the following reasons. Submitted at 2/22/2010 10:20:00 AM Look for a 10% to 13% revenue Filed under: AFLAC Inc (AFL), increase in 2010, aided by new Stocks to Buy Insurer Aflac Inc. p r o d u c t s , a n i n c r e a s e i n ( AFL), first discussed here on investment income, and new May 28, 2009, at a price of sales locations.
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Ray Gosling says he told police name of dead lover (Top stories from Times Online) Submitted at 2/22/2010 6:20:51 AM
Message from fivefilters.org: If you can, please donate to the full -text RSS service so we can continue developing it. The BBC presenter Ray Gosling disclosed today that he has told police the name of the lover he confessed to killing. Mr Gosling, 70, was arrested on suspicion of murder last week after revealing in a TV programme that he smothered a former partner as he lay in a hospital bed dying of Aids. Following repeated questioning by detectives over 30 hours in custody he was released on bail until April, although reports at the time suggested that he had refused to name the man he killed. But Mr Gosling told the
Nottingham Evening Post today: “If I’d not told them who it was, I’d still be locked up now.” The presenter said that he would not disclose the identity of his lover to anyone other than the police in order to protect his family, telling the paper: “It was a private love affair.” Mr Gosling, a freelance TV and radio presenter from Nottingham, broke down during his shock confession to BBC East Midlands’ Inside Out programme last week. He said: “I killed someone once. He was a young chap, he’d been my lover and he got Aids. “In a hospital one hot afternoon, the doctor said, ’There’s nothing we can do’, and he was in terrible, terrible pain. I said to the doctor, ’Leave me just for a bit’ and he went away. "I picked up the pillow and smothered him until he was
dead. “The doctor came back and I said, ’He’s gone’. Nothing more was ever said.” Mr Gosling told the Evening Post he had not expected all the publicity that has followed the broadcast of the programme. But he added: “I don’t regret saying what I did on the television. The BBC didn’t use me. They let me decide what I wanted to say. They told me the risks of doing it.” Aiding or abetting another person’s death is illegal in England and Wales under the 1961 Suicide Act and is punishable by up to 14 years in jail. If Mr Gosling were convicted of murder, he would face a mandatory life sentence. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
Should GlaxoSmithKline Pull Avandia from the Shelves? by Mark Fightmaster (BloggingStocks) Submitted at 2/22/2010 9:30:00 AM
Filed under: Products and Services, Scandals According to The Wall Street Journal, confidential studies from the Food and Drug Administration officials show that GlaxoSmithKline's ( GSK) diabetes medicine Avandia needs to be pulled from the market because it is linked to heart attacks. These studies were part of a bipartisan report on the diabetes drug conducted by Senate Finance Committee members Chuck Grassley (R - Iowa) and Max Baucus (D - Montana). In a statement from GSK, the company noted that it has extensively studied Avandia in more than 52,000 patients,
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noting that none of its reports show a "statistically significant association" between Avandia and heart attacks. Continue reading Should GlaxoSmithKline Pull Avandia from the Shelves? Should GlaxoSmithKline Pull Avandia from the Shelves? originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 22 Feb 2010 09:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
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The 10 Most Addictive Sounds in the World by Martin Lindstrom (Fast Company) Submitted at 2/22/2010 9:01:08 AM
You're probably among the millions who have experienced it: driving in a car, listening to the radio, and suddenly this song comes on. It is not just any song-this was your favorite song when you were a teenager. As the first few notes strike up, you’re transported back in time. Everything is so vivid, and your mind wanders to parties, first kisses and sweaty palms. It's as if time stands still and you suddenly realize that for the entire duration of the song, you haven’t seen a single thing on the road. There's no doubt about it, sound is immensely powerful. And yet 83% of all the advertising communication we're exposed to daily (bearing in mind that we will see two million TV commercials in a single lifetime) focuses, almost exclusively, on the sense of sight. That leaves just 17% for the remaining four senses. Think about how much we rely on sound. It confirms a connection when dialing or texting on cell phones and alerts us to emergencies. When the sound was removed from slot machines in Las Vegas, revenue fell by 24%. Experiments undertaken in restaurants show that when slow music (slower than the rhythm of a heartbeat) is played, we eat slower--and we eat more!
Is this just coincidence, or does sound make us buy more, want more, dream more and eat more? Any 50-year-old American can sing a whole range of television jingles from the 1970s--they are all well stored in the recesses of our brain. Yet if you were to ask the same of those who have come of age recently, you will find them stumped. Has the magic of a television tune disappeared, or has the advertising world lost sight of the fact that people do indeed have speakers at home? I decided to put these questions to the test. Buyology Inc. and Elias Arts, a sound identity company in New
York, wired up 50 volunteers and measured their galvanic, pupil and brainwave responses to sounds using the latest neuroscience-based research methods. We learned that sound has remarkable power. This may not be surprising for many, but it was certainly surprising to realize just how many commercial brands over the past 20 years have made their way into the world’s 10 most powerful and addictive sounds-beating some of the most familiar and comforting sounds of nature. Quiz: Can You Guess The World's Most Addictive Sounds?
Forget the sound of the waves or the songs of birds, they didn't even make the top 10. But the jingle advertising a computer chip, and object which most of us have never even seen, took the prominent second spot in our brains in terms of addiction. We strongly respond to the sound of Intel! This tells us that repetition is the key, since most of us can't even sing it. What this tells us is that there's no limit to this phenomenon, because a computer chip doesn’t really have a sound. The third most powerful sound is just over 10 years old, and yet it had such a profound effect on
our volunteers that as soon as they hear it, they remove their headsets and check their bags for their vibrating cell phone. When we switch our phone into silent mode, we think it cannot be heard. But the vibration has its own sound, and almost immediately the test subjects stopped whatever they were doing to attend to their phones. It's hardly surprising that the Blackberry has been dubbed a CrackBerry--even President Obama is hooked. Psychologically speaking, this is not a happy discovery. Recent MOST page 10
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Chinese President Tweets, Too, Just Not On Twitter--It's Banned by Kit Eaton (Fast Company) Submitted at 2/22/2010 8:10:07 AM
Twitter is banned in China--all sorts of culturally-polluting ideas might leak through the Great Wall if the government let citizens use it. So there are statemonitored local alternatives. And the President's just joined one. A new era, perhaps? Twitter's free-wheeling, newsbreaking, open discussion format is just incompatible with how the Chinese government would like its people to lifecast (and the anti -government Twitter-aided demonstrations in Iran must've resonated with China's officials too) so it's inaccessible from Chinese PCs. But there are local alternatives, like the popular Sina. The government monitors
these services, and requires their owners to do the same "selfcensorship" that it was trying to get Google to comply with recently, resulting in a fiasco that's still not concluded (though experts now think they nearly understand the China-base cyber attack on Google that started the whole thing off). With this harsh control of free speech as a backdrop, it may be slightly surprising that the President, Hu Jintao has apparently opened an account on a Chinese microblog, a registration-required one run by the People's Daily. Or is it a surprise? Both Hu and Premier Wen Jiabao have engaged in public webchats before, and there are international precedents. Most obviously,
President Obama Tweets(or at least many anonymous flunkeys in the White House Tweet on his behalf) and clearly China's senior officials wouldn't like to be behind the cutting edge. Hu hasn't made any posts yet, and one wonders exactly what he'd say anyway ("Woke up in favorite panda pyjamas. Servants brought me tea. Flying off to capitalist USA for state visit later. China FTW!") But that hasn't stopped over seven thousand of Chinese signing up to follow his account. He has added a user profile, though, with the impressive title: "General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Chinese President and Chairman of the Central Military
Commission." The most interesting thing will be to see what gets "Tweeted" via Hu's account. Will it be used merely as another platform for the government to propagandize? Or will it be a rare and precious window into the inner workings of the Chinese government. At least we'll be able to compare it with what Obama's Tweeting, and see if the two leaders are on the same page--with fabulous timing the most recent Obamatweet as I write this is "Just one example of our commitment to doing our work openly and giving people the government they deserve: http://bit.ly/dpqflK." Just don't mention the Dallai Lama. [via GlobalTimes]
It appears that the infamous koan, “Does a dog have the Buddha nature?” has finally been answered. Take a look at Ban, the Japanese dog who seems to be on the Path—or at least have found a pretty sweet vantage point. Read the full story at Weird Asia News. Read more on Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and pets. Permalink| Leave a comment »
Tom Brokaw explains Canada to Americans [video] (Holy Kaw!) Submitted at 2/22/2010 7:18:00 AM
If most of your knowledge about our neighbor to the north came from watching “Canadian Bacon” one too many times, then it might behoove you to watch NBC’s Tom Brokaw explain the relationship between Canada and the U.S. Learn even more about Canada. Permalink| Leave a comment »
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Bloom Energy Unveils Its Ultra-Secretive Bloom Box Fuel Cell by Ariel Schwartz (Fast Company) Submitted at 2/22/2010 8:55:35 AM
If you keep track of green technology companies, you may have heard rumblings about Bloom Energy, a secretive company that has raised nearly $400 million from investors like Kleiner Perkins for its supposedly game-changing fuel cell device. Now the eight year old company is finally emerging from the shadows with the Bloom Box, a $700,000 to $800,000 machine that 60 Minutes calls"a little power plant -in-a-box." So what exactly is the Bloom Box? The box consists of a stack of ceramic disks coated with green and black "inks." The disks are separated by cheap metal alloy plates. Methane (or other hydrocarbons) and oxygen are fed in, the whole thing is heated
how much it generates. Bloom Energy founder K.R. Sridhar estimates that a Bloom Box for the residential market could be out in 5 to 10 years for under $3,000. That's a big improvement from the $800,000 box of today, but only time will tell if Sridhar is being overly optimistic. And in the coming years, big name competitors will probably catch up to Bloom with cost-efficient boxes of their own. Will the Bloom Box and fuel cell devices like it eventually replace the power grid? Probably not, but they have the chance to one up to 1,000 degrees Celsius, and Google, Staples, and FedEx have headquarters. day at least partially free electricity comes out. Bloom already secretly started using the Of course, fuel cells aren't new. homeowners from the grid-estimates that a box filled with boxes. So far, the Bloom Box T h e y h a v e j u s t b e e n t o o along with solar panels, wind 64 ceramic disks can produce has been a success--eBay has expensive to be viable until now, turbines, and other alternative e n o u g h j u i c e t o p o w e r a already saved $100,000 in and Bloom still has to prove that energy sources. Starbucks. electricity costs since its 5 boxes its box can produce energy at a Check out the 60 Minutes As of right now, Bloom isn't were installed nine months ago. cheaper rate than other power segment on the Bloom Box angling for the residential market EBay even claims that the boxes sources. The box also produces below for more info. --the box is far too expensive. generate more power than the carbon dioxide as a byproduct--a [ 60 Minutes] But major companies like eBay, 3 , 0 0 0 s o l a r p a n e l s a t i t s potential downside depending on
Bloom box: An energy breakthrough? (CNET News.com) Submitted at 2/22/2010 6:31:00 AM
Message from fivefilters.org: If you can, please donate to the full -text RSS service so we can continue developing it. In the world of energy, the Holy Grail is a power source that's inexpensive and clean, with no
emissions. Well over 100 startups in Silicon Valley are working on it, and one of them, Bloom Energy, is about to make public its invention: a little power-plant-in-a-box they want to put literally in your backyard. You'll generate your own electricity with the box and it'll be wireless. The idea is to one
day replace the big power plants and transmission line grid, the way the laptop moved in on the desktop and cell phones supplanted landlines. It has a lot of smart people believing and buzzing, even though the company has been unusually secretive--until now. K.R. Sridhar invited " 60
Minutes" correspondent Lesley Stahl for a first look at the innards of the Bloom box that he has been toiling on for nearly a decade. Watch CBS News Videos Online Read more and see shorter video excerpts from The Bloom Box: An Energy Breakthrough? at
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studies show that the first thing we do when we wake is check our BlackBerry. Going to the bathroom, brushing our teeth and eating breakfast takes a back seat. Increasingly people sleep beside their phones--that message that arrives at 4.00am, is now a priority! Even though the sound of a vibrating phone has taken second place to a baby's giggles, it seems that in just over a decade technology now provides the predominant sounds of daily life. As marketers become more aware of the power of sound, it will be used to increase brand recognition in increasingly sophisticated ways. It's just a matter of time before our brains hear sizzling steaks, newly lit cigarettes and sparkling sodas, and immediately register them as Outback, Marlboro and Dr. Pepper. THE MOST ADDICTIVE SOUNDS IN THE WORLD
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Insurance Company Upgrades Beat Downgrades by 50% in 2009 by Tom Johansmeyer (BloggingStocks) Submitted at 2/22/2010 10:00:00 AM
Filed under: Amer Intl Group (AIG) Insurance company upgrades outpaced downgrades by 50% last year. In a report by insurance rating agency A.M. Best, Upgrades, Downgrades Moved at a Similar Pace in 2009, 36 commercial property/casualty insurers were upgraded, compared to 24 that saw their ratings head in the opposite direction. According to the report, "By demonstrating consistently strong operating results over several years and maintaining sound underwriting discipline, conservative reserving practices and leading business positions in certain segments of the commercial market, these
insurers have been able to strengthen their risk-adjusted capitalization." Continue reading Insurance Company Upgrades Beat Downgrades by 50% in 2009 Insurance Company Upgrades Beat Downgrades by 50% in 2009 originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 22 Feb 2010 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
New Details Emerge About Google Hackers by Stan Schroeder (Mashable!)
program to computers inside two educational institutions in China. Now, they’ve found a hacker, a Submitted at 2/22/2010 7:18:53 AM “freelance security consultant in According to Financial Times, his 30s”, who wrote a part of the U.S. officials have tracked down code that exploited a security the authors of the malicious code hole in Internet Explorer, and used against Google in the recent was ultimately used to break into attack. computers of Google employees. F i r s t , U . S . i n v e s t i g a t o r s This hacker has also published describing it as something he narrowed down the launch of the parts of the code on a forum, was “working on,” and Chinese
officials also had special access to the code. According to The Wall Street Journal, however, the investigators cannot necessarily point out the individuals in the attack, but have rather tracked down a “prominent Asian hacking group” responsible for the attacks. It’s a group known to attack corporations, and “not the
U.S. military or other government agencies”. It is still unknown whether the attacks can be linked to Chinese authorities, who denied any involvement in the attacks. Image courtesy of iStockphoto, bunhill Tags: china, Google, hackers
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The School that Swiped the Dodge Logo, and Other Design Copycats by William Bostwick (Fast Company) Submitted at 2/22/2010 9:31:17 AM
Are there no more good ideas out there? A rash of copycat designs makes it seem like the muses have been drained dry. Design is a tricky game--it's part art after all; a single project can be a tangled mess of influences, some clear, some not so clear. And then there are the headslappers. Like Lake Mary High School in Florida, recently busted for using the Dodge logo as their own [Ed. note: Full disclosure, this was my highschool's rival growing up, though my mom actually worked there briefly as a teacher. Go Seminoles!]. NPR got the school's principal on the phone, caught red-handed, and he tried to play the whole thing off. He
claimed when he first got the call from a Chrysler rep threatening to sue unless he got rid of the logo, he thought it was a joke until he "googled his phone number." Apparently, the school attempted to negotiate a licensing agreement, but Chrysler refused.
by Van der Broek and Bakema. Mecanoo says it wasn't a "direct inspiration."--their building in Lleida is more like a "recreation of the past." Think you're a design rock star? Guess the fake. Target is selling what they call a"Le Corbusier Petit Chair"--but what designers know as the iconic LC2. Cassina is the only company authorized to produce Le Corbusier's furniture and, as the Fondation Le Corbusier (and plenty of Cassina ads) makes painfully obvious, "all pieces of furniture L a L l o t j a d e L l e i d a , a which do not bear the logotype convention center in Lleida, Cassina, the signature of Le Spain (left) that opened last Corbusier and the production month was designed by Mecanoo number are counterfeits." Architects from Delft. So you'd (Oh, the fake? On the left.) think they'd have known better than to propose a pretty clear riff on the 50-year-old Delft Technical University Auditorium
Timing of the games: then and now (photos) (CNET News.com) Submitted at 2/22/2010 4:00:00 AM
Message from fivefilters.org: If you can, please donate to the full -text RSS service so we can continue developing it. Omega has been the official timekeeper of the Olympics since the 1936 Winter Games, when a single Omega technician showed up to Germany with 27 stopwatches. Photo by Ina Fried/CNET Caption by Ina Fried Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
Opportunistic Real Estate Privtate Equity Poised to Pop in 2010 by Tom Johansmeyer (BloggingStocks)
opportunistic vehicles are out there trying to raise money right now, with a target of $95 billion. Submitted at 2/22/2010 10:40:00 AM To put this objective in Filed under: Private Equity perspective, 2009 was dismal, L o o k f o r f u n d - r a i s i n g b y with only 59 opportunistic real opportunistic private equity real estate funds pulling in $26 estate funds to pick up this year. billion in fresh capital. The billion across 84 funds and According to private equity sector was far more successful in making it the sector's best year r e s e a r c h f i r m P r e q i n , 1 8 2 2008, however, raising $84
for fund-raising. So, if the 2010 funds reach their goal, it will have overcome the woes of last year and even top the one before. Continue reading Opportunistic Real Estate Privtate Equity Poised to Pop in 2010 Opportunistic Real Estate Privtate Equity Poised to Pop in 2010 originally appeared on
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NASA’s First iPhone Game: Lunar Electric Rover Simulator by Stan Schroeder (Mashable!) Submitted at 2/22/2010 5:33:08 AM
Ever dreamed of controlling your own Lunar rover? Keep dreaming, buddy; there’s no way NASA is ever gonna let you do it (even if it sends a new rover to the moon in the near future, which it probably won’t). But you can control a simulated one with NASA’s first iPhone game: the Lunar Electric Rover Simulator. Controlling the rover is quite a simple affair, but you’ll be able to finish various challenges and by Ariel Schwartz (Fast T h o s e p r a c t i c e s i n c l u d e panels, solar drive-thru canopies, and sustainability efforts. But learn a lot about the moon and Company) investments in wind, solar, and insulated glass, and water- New Resource Bank is small, how the lunar rover works in the l o w - i m p a c t h y d r o p o w e r efficient plumbing fixtures. If all and TD Bank has over 6 million Submitted at 2/22/2010 6:35:06 AM process. There’s also an (including a block of wind goes well with the Queens customers. So at the very least, I t ' s n o t e a s y t o q u a n t i f y energy that is large enough to Village prototype, TD Bank TD Bank should be considered a interactive gallery with images sustainability, but it's pretty safe power the bank's 2,600 ATMs) expects to open five to 10 green model for other mega-banks of the rover and the Lunar to say that TD Bank is now one and 31,000 metric tons in carbon prototype stores by the end of looking to raise their green Outpost it supplies. It may have been canceled (postponed?) in of the greenest banks in the U.S. offset credits. TD Bank also 2010. credibility. T h e c o m p a n y r e c e n t l y plans to open up a LEED Does all of this add up to TD The whole open-seven-days-a- real life, but they cannot cancel it announced that it is the largest Platinum prototype bank later Bank being the greenest bank in week thing doesn't hurt, either. in our hearts. You can get it for free in the U.S.-based bank to achieve this spring in Queens Village, the country? Probably not. San [ TD Bank] App Store. carbon neutrality. That means all NY. The 3,800 foot bank will cut Francisco's New Resource Bank, Tags: game, iphone, NASA of the bank's energy use is offset energy consumption by 50% for example, features a LEEDb y v a r i o u s e n e r g y - s a v i n g compared to standard TD Bank certified office and actively helps practices. designs thanks to on-site solar customers invest in efficiency
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over Switzerland, must play again on Tuesday in play-off qualifying. Submitted at 2/21/2010 6:57:38 PM "It is probably not where we Message from fivefilters.org: If wanted to be coming in, but that you can, please donate to the full is where we are now," said -text RSS service so we can Crosby. "When you get to this continue developing it. point in the tournament it is not Ice hockey round-up - Day 10 going to be easy and the fact we Hosts Canada suffered a shock 5 have to play an extra game isn't a -3 loss to the United States in the terrible thing and we will be ice hockey showdown at the ready for it." Winter Olympics. All 12 teams will play in the The US went ahead after just 41 knockout stages where they are seconds through Brian Rafalski seeded according to their groupin the Group A qualifier at round record. Canada Hockey Place. America's last victory over Eric Staal levelled before Canada at an Olympics was at Rafalski scored again in the first the 1960 Squaw Valley Games period to stun most of the 18,000 when they clinched a 2-1 win. crowd. The stadium was a sea of redDany Heatley equalised but shirted home fans for what was C h r i s D r u r y a n d J a m i e being billed as one of the mostLangenbrunner put the US two anticipated clashes in Canadian clear and Ryan Kesler sealed hockey history. victory after a Sidney Crosby Banners proclaiming "Our consolation. home, our game" were displayed The USA have now won all by partisan supporters who three of their round-robin swamped the scattered pockets matches and will progress of USA fans. straight to the quarter-finals. But despite a rousing Canada, who beat Norway and appearance by Canada's first ever made hard work of their win Olympic gold medallist on home
soil, moguls skier Alexandre Bilodeau, the hosts fell behind inside a minute when Rafalski fired past veteran goalkeeper Martin Brodeur. Staal ignited the crowd with the equaliser with 11.07 minutes left on the clock in the first of the three 20-minute periods. But within 22 seconds, Rafalski beat the 37-year-old Brodeur again, and despite outshooting their rivals 19-6 in the first period, Canada went into the break 2-1 down, with US keeper Ryan Miller making 18 saves. After the interval, 29-year-old Heatley added a second for Canada but with four minutes left of the period, Drury, of the New York Rangers, gave his side the lead again. Another Canadian gold medallist at these Games, skeleton slider Jon Montgomery was introduced to the crowd in the next break, but Canada looked down and out when Langenbrunner opened up a twogoal lead with a power-play goal for the USA halfway through the third period. The hosts hit back, though, and
Bloggingheads Rematch (Little Green Footballs) Submitted at 2/21/2010 8:53:56 AM
Here’s a rematch with Conn Carroll of the Heritage Foundation; I pressed him pretty hard on the John Birch Society at CPAC (the talking point
response is: “there were lots of groups at CPAC”), and the Heritage Foundation’s support for “intelligent design” creationism. And we found a couple of (relatively small) points of agreement.[Video] UPDATE at 2/21/10 9:19:14
am: Here’s the page for the video at Bloggingheads.tv, where we already find a few apologists for the John Birch Society commenting.
enjoyed a spell of mounting pressure late on, with 22-yearold Canadian ice hockey pin-up Crosby narrowing the gap to 4-3 on a power play with four minutes left. Noise levels built to earshattering proportions in a frenzied finale, but Miller held firm, pulling off 42 saves in total, and Canadian hearts were broken when Kesler steered the puck into an empty net inside the final minute. "We had chances in the game, some hard chances. In the third period we had a lot of powerplays but we just ran out of time," said Crosby. "Ryan Miller was really solid and made some big saves. Sometimes you run into a hot goalie but we had some bad luck sometimes." Kesler said: "To come out with the win is pretty special. To beat Canada on their own soil is special." Print Sponsor Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
Facebook Restores Accounts Of 3 Critics It Mysteriously Deleted by Mike Masnick (Techdirt) Submitted at 2/22/2010 6:21:06 AM
Apparently, three Argentines who worked on a book that mocks Facebook mysteriously had their Facebook accounts deleted in January. On top of that, a Facebook group of fans, who numbered in the tens of thousands, also disappeared. After the deleted profiles finally started getting attention, Facebook admitted it made a "mistake" and put the profiles back. The three individuals had been trying to get an explanation from Facebook for weeks with no luck -- and it was only when the press started picking up on the story that Facebook admitted its "mistake." Either way, it's a reminder that what you do on Facebook can disappear in an instant based on the company's whims. Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
Use Free Web Tools to Build a Travel Itinerary by How-To Wiki (Wired Top Stories) Submitted at 2/21/2010 9:00:00 PM
Plan all the details for your next trip — every rental car pick-up,
every dinner reservation and every sightseeing stop — using free resources on the web. Then, tie them all together for easy emailing.
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Falklands drilling set to start (BBC News | Americas | World Edition) Submitted at 2/21/2010 6:36:10 PM
British oil exploration in contested waters around the islands, and is seeking support from Latin American countries at a regional meeting in Mexico. It wants its neighbours to also impose restrictions on shipping in the area. Argentina can already count on support from President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, who said Britain was being irrational and had to realise the "time for empires was over". Argentina has long claimed the
islands, which it calls the Malvinas. It invaded the Falklands in 1982, before a UK taskforce seized back control in a short war that claimed the lives of 649 Argentine and 255 British service personnel. But it has ruled out military action and is trying to pressure Britain into negotiations on sovereignty. International law Last year Argentina submitted a claim to the United Nations for a
vast expanse of ocean, based on research into the extent of the continental shelf, stretching to the Antarctic and including the island chains governed by the UK. It is due to raise the issue at the UN later this week. Desire Petroleum spokesman David Willie said: "Desire is an oil company and it's exploring for oil and not getting involved in what Argentina is saying about going to the UN. The rig is sitting firmly inside UK waters."
Five Reasons Why Chatroulette is Addictive, and Worth a Try by Katie Baker (Wired Top Stories) Submitted at 2/22/2010 6:31:00 AM
Everyone (from the mainstream media to celebrities) is obsessing over Chatroulette, the website that randomly connects users via
one-on-one videochat with strangers around the world. Why is it so addictive? As Wiredâ€™s resident Chatroulette expert (Iâ€™ve
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He added that Argentina was beginning its own oil exploration programme in the waters west of the islands. Mr Willie said oil exploration in the Falklands was at an early stage, and even if commercially viable amounts were found it would be many years before the oil would start to flow. The rig, the Ocean Guardian, has been towed 8,000 miles from the Cromarty Firth in Scotland. Last week the Falklands Legislative Assembly, which sold the licence to explore for oil to Desire, said it had "every right" to develop "legitimate business" in hydrocarbons. UK Foreign Secretary David Miliband said British oil exploration in the area was "completely in accordance with international law". UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown also said the government had "made all the preparations that are necessary to make sure the Falkland islanders are properly protected". Print Sponsor Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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DNA, Tips Lead to Arrests in Texas US 'closes in on Google Church Fire hackers' (FOXNews.com)
going to be charged with some of the others," Crowley said. Crowley said a telephone hot Message from fivefilters.org: If line established as the number of you can, please donate to the full church fires mounted produced a -text RSS service so we can tip that implicated one of the continue developing it. pair, and that they had been "on TYLER, Texas Investigators our radar" for several weeks. say DNA evidence collected at Officials declined to discuss a the site of one of several Texas motive at a news conference churches destroyed by arson Sunday. links one of two suspects to the Investigators collected DNA blaze, and they haven't ruled out from the site of several of the more charges. fires, and samples from one of Jason Robert Bourque, 19, and the suspects matched evidence Daniel George McAllister, 21, found at the scene of the Smith were arrested and charged County fire, Crowley said. Sunday with one count of felony Bourque and McAllister could arson for the torching of a church face life in prison if convicted. in rural Smith County, said Tom Bond is set at $10 million apiece. Crowley, spokesman for the Crowley and Smith County jail Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, officials said they had no Firearms and Explosives. information on attorneys for Crowley declined to say which either man. suspect produced the positive The pair used to attend First DNA match. Baptist Church in McAllister's The church near Tyler, about 90 hometown of Ben Wheeler, miles east of Dallas, was among C r o w l e y s a i d . T h e T y l e r 10 in east Texas burned since the Morning Telegraph reported that beginning of 2010. Authorities they attended Van High School believe those fires, along with in Van, about 7 miles away. another in central Texas, were Bourque, of nearby Lindale, was arson. No injuries have been arrested early Sunday in Van reported in the fires. Zandt County, where four of the "Because they are charged with fires occurred, Crowley said. one doesn't mean they're not McAllister was taken into Submitted at 2/22/2010 1:45:30 AM
custody in San Antonio. Crowley said McAllister had recently moved to the city. The rash of fires began with a blaze at a church in Athens and another on New Year's Day not far away. A fire in the central Texas town of Temple followed, but the federal investigation did not kick in until two churches were torched Jan. 11 in Athens. Less than a week later, four fires in five days were reported. The two most recent fires included the one that resulted in charges against Bourque and McAllister. There were attempted break-ins at three churches in Tyler in early February, but those buildings were not burned, the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement. David Mahfood, pastor of one of the churches in Tyler that was torched, said residents still think they must remain vigilant. "We're blessed that no lives were lost and no one was injured, but I don't think we let our guard down," Mahfood said. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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hole in Microsoft's Internet Explorer web browser to launch the attacks. The hole has since Submitted at 2/22/2010 2:22:51 AM been patched. Message from fivefilters.org: If The FT says that the alleged you can, please donate to the full hacker posted pieces of the -text RSS service so we can program to a hacker's forum and continue developing it. that Chinese officials had Investigators say they are "special access" to the code. closing in on the source of the "If he wants to do the research cyber attacks that hit a number of he's good at, he has to toe the U S c o m p a n i e s , i n c l u d i n g line now and again," the paper Google, according to reports. q u o t e d a s i n g l e , u n n a m e d The Financial Times suggests government researcher as saying. that US officials have tracked the The news comes after reports author of the code used to attack linked two Chinese schools to the company. the attacks. The paper says the alleged Reports suggested that the hacker is a Chinese "freelance source of the strikes had been security consultant in his 30s" traced to Shanghai Jiaotong who had published extracts of University and the Lanxiang the attack code on the web. School, a large vocational The attacks led Google to training centre in Jinan. announce that it may pull out of Both schools deny any China entirely. involvement. The attacks allegedly hit more Print Sponsor than 30 companies. Google said Five Filters featured article: they had targeted the e-mail Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: accounts of Chinese human PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, rights activists. Term Extraction. The hackers had used a security
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Obama unveils new healthcare plan (BBC News | Americas | World Edition) Submitted at 2/22/2010 7:13:48 AM
Message from fivefilters.org: If you can, please donate to the full -text RSS service so we can continue developing it. US President Barack Obama has unveiled new plans to advance legislation to overhaul the US healthcare system. One of the key proposals gives the US government new power to block health insurers from imposing excessive premium increases. Mr Obama has made healthcare reform a centrepiece of his presidency, but has so far failed to get a new law passed. On Thursday, Mr Obama is to hold televised, bipartisan talks at the White House to discuss the issue. The insurance rate proposal gives the federal Health and Human Services Department - in conjunction with state authorities - the power to deny substantial
premium increases, limit them, or demand rebates for consumers, the White House said on its website. Mr Obama's latest plan requires most Americans to carry health insurance coverage, with federal subsidies to help many afford the premiums. It bars insurance companies from denying coverage to people with existing medical problems or charging them more. A tax on high-cost health insurance plans objected to by House Democrats - and trade unions - is to be scaled back. Bitter debate The Democrats' loss of a Senate seat in Massachusetts to Republican Scott Brown in January deprived them of their filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate, although they still control both houses. Thursday's debate is seen as a key moment in Mr Obama's bid to pass new legislation, and comes after months of often bitterly-contested congressional
debates. Mr Obama referred to the talks in his weekly radio address on Saturday, saying: "I don't want to see this meeting turn into political theatre, with each side simply reciting talking points and trying to score political points. "Instead, I ask members of both parties to seek common ground in an effort to solve a problem that's been with us for generations." The House of Representatives and the Senate adopted different versions of the bill at the end of last year, and they must now be combined into a single bill Mr Obama can sign into law. Mr Obama says reform of the healthcare system is crucial for the US economy to rein in costs over the long term. Print Sponsor Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
Daughter Calls Pilot in Texas Plane Crash a Hero (FOXNews.com)
the government. He apparently set fire to his home before flying his plane into the office building. Message from fivefilters.org: If Hunter's son, Ken Hunter, said you can, please donate to the full he's alarmed by comments that -text RSS service so we can called the pilot a hero. continue developing it. "How can you call someone a AUSTIN, Texas The daughter hero who after he burns down his of a man who crashed his small house, he gets into his plane ... plane into an Internal Revenue and flies it into a building to kill Service building called her father people?" Hunter told ABC." "My a hero for his anti-government dad Vernon did two tours of duty views but said his actions, which in Vietnam. My dad's a hero." killed a tax service employee, Bell said she offered her deepest were "inappropriate." condolences to Hunter's family. Joe Stack's adult daughter, She said her father's last actions Samantha Bell, spoke to ABC's were wrong. "Good Morning America" from "But if nobody comes out and her home in Norway. Asked speaks up on behalf of injustice, during a phone interview then nothing will ever be b r o a d c a s t M o n d a y i f s h e accomplished," she told ABC. considered her father a hero, she "But I do not agree with his last said: "Yes. Because now maybe action with what he did. But I do people will listen." agree about the government." Authorities say Stack, 53, Five Filters featured article: targeted the IRS office building Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: in Austin last week, killing PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, employee Vernon Hunter and Term Extraction. himself, after posting a ranting manifesto against the agency and Submitted at 2/22/2010 6:17:35 AM
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Day 6: Vancouver Winter Olympics (Holy Kaw!) Submitted at 2/21/2010 11:05:00 PM
Day 6 was mellow. Hung around our hotel, the Sunset Inn(a hotel I highly recommend because it has one-bedroom suites with a living room, two sofa sleepers, and a kitchen area) until 1:15 when we played hockey at the West End Community Centre. I saw three things there that I’ve never seen before. First, a combination basketball court/ice rink facilty. Second, the rink didn’t have a bench. You kept the door open and substituted through it. This changes how you rim pucks around the corners. :-) Third, male hockey players change in women’s bathroom because there’s not enough space in the men’s room. If hockey players did this in California, the figure-skater moms would have the hockey players arrested as sex offenders. And yes, I know this is the West End of Vancouver.
by Ryan Singel (Wired Top Stories) Submitted at 2/22/2010 5:22:00 AM
A new site hopes the seemingly simple idea of eliminating the language barrier, letting you write in English and be read in Arabic — and vice versa — will cultivate citizen diplomacy between the Middle East and the West, reducing tensions at the grassroots level between two cultures that increasingly coexist but seem a world apart. Even the churches are into it. On to Richmond oval track. We stood in line with lots of people from the Netherlands—which must have been an omen. Then we went through security. This is the view inside. We dropped a beer, and a service man cleaned it up in real time. Shani Davis and his coach, Ryan Shimabukuro (aka, the
“Flyin’ Hawaiian”) right after Shani won the silver medal in the 1,500 meters speedskating event. The results were: Mark Tuitert, Netherlands, gold, 1;45.57 Shani Davis, USA, silver, 1:46.10 Harvard Bokko, Norway, bronze, 1:46.13 Ryan, believe it or not, is from Hawaii. It’s a long story. He said he would fix my skating which is
an offer I cannot refuse. It would take an Olympic speedskating coach to do so! Richmond Oval at night. Another shot of the building. This was our last day in V a n c o u v e r . W h a t a g r e a t by Randy Alfred (Wired Top experience. I can’t wait to go Stories) back. I will truly miss Vancouver Submitted at 2/21/2010 9:00:00 PM and my Canadian friends. Everything Vancouver. Happy Birthday, Heinrich Permalink| Leave a comment » Hertz! The German physicist was the first to transmit and receive an electrical signal. You probably use his name regularly in megahertz and other measurements.
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Apple Removes All "Sexy" Apps from the iPhone App Store [Apple] by Adam Pash (Lifehacker) Submitted at 2/22/2010 5:00:00 AM
Late last week, Apple removed all content from the App Store matching a new set of rules to remove apps containing women
and men in swimsuits, apps showing skin, or apps oozing with innuendo, according to one of the affected developers. While broadly speaking we're not that concerned about whether or not you can download apps with PG-
reminder that Apple controls everything you can do on their latest slate of devices—and we don't like it. Chillifresh via TechCrunch] 13 images, it's yet another
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Shuttle Endeavour glides to ghostly night landing (CNET News.com)
account for more than a million pounds. Shuttle commander George Message from fivefilters.org: If Zamka, right, and pilot Terry you can, please donate to the full Virts shut down systems after -text RSS service so we can landing.(Credit: NASA TV) continue developing it. The station's U.S. life support KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, equipment -- an oxygen Fla.--The shuttle Endeavour generator, carbon dioxide came out of the night sky Sunday scrubber, a water processing to make a spectral landing at the rack, a urine recycling rack, and Kennedy Space Center, leaving a toilet -- were moved into the International Space Station Tranquility after it was attached behind in orbit virtually to the station, along with a high complete, with a new life support tech exercise machine. module and an observation deck The cupola, launched on the for robot arm operators. outboard end of Tranquility, was Approaching the spaceport in a moved to its Earth-facing port steep dive, commander George for use as an observation station Zamka guided the shuttle and robot arm work station. through a sweeping left overhead Only four more shuttle flights turn, lined up on runway 15 and are planned to deliver supplies, swooped to a picture-perfect equipment, experiment racks and touchdown at 10:20 p.m. EST. other gear in a final push to leave Pilot Terry Virts then released a the lab complex in the best red-and-white braking parachute to the world." possible shape when the shuttle suits for a traditional runway involved." and a few moments later, the "Well Houston, it's great to be inspection about an hour after Endeavour undocked from the fleet is retired this fall. space plane rolled to a stop. home," Zamka said. "It was a landing before heading to crew space station Friday night, And with every successful The space shuttle Endeavour great adventure." quarters for reunions with friends leaving the outpost more than 98 launch and landing, the reality of settles to a smooth touchdown at Space station flight engineer and family. percent complete with the the looming end of the shuttle the Kennedy Space Center late S o i c h i N o g u c h i w a t c h e d "STS-130 is mission complete, addition of the Tranquility program gains more traction Sunday.(Credit: NASA) Endeavour's fiery re-entry from a we're safe on deck here at habitation module and the seven- among the men and women who "Houston, Endeavour, wheels window in the lab's new cupola Kennedy Space Center and that's window cupola observation maintain the iconic orbiters. stopped," Zamka radioed in a observation deck, tweeting his due to the work of a lot of deck. "I got to watch a lot of the folks traditional call to mission observations: "I watched the people," Zamka said. "We had a The station's total pressurized out on the runway tonight just control. shuttle atmospheric reentry from great team, we had tremendous volume is now 28,947 cubic feet kind of stand there and look up " R o g e r w h e e l s s t o p p e d , Cupola window. The view was hardware to bring up ... and -- roughly the same as a 747 at Endeavour and think about the Endeavour. Welcome home," definitely out-of-the-world." Endeavour, my goodness, what a jumbo jet -- and the structure has majesty of that ship and its next replied astronaut Rick Sturckow Zamka, Virts, Kathryn Hire, m a c h i n e ! S h e w a s p e r f e c t a habitable volume of 12,420 to last flight," said Launch from Houston. "Congratulations f l i g h t e n g i n e e r S t e p h e n throughout the flight and we cubic feet. Total mass now D i r e c t o r M i k e L e i n b a c h . to you and the crew on an Robinson, and spacewalkers brought her back safe and sound stands at a bit more than 799,000 "There's a whole series of 'lasts' outstanding mission, installing Robert Behnken and Nicholas due to a great mission control pounds. When the shuttle is the Tranquility (module) and Patrick doffed their pressure team. So thanks to all who were attached, the two spacecraft SHUTTLE page 24 opening up the cupola's windows Submitted at 2/22/2010 6:00:34 AM
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Facebook Beats Twitter and Google Buzz in Reader Poll [RESULTS] by Barb Dybwad (Mashable!)
Twitter?( online surveys) Faceoff Series: Overall Results Week 1: It’s been yet another exciting - Mozilla Firefox vs. Google m a t c h u p h e r e i n o u r W e b Chrome F a c e o f f s e r i e s , w i t h t h e - WINNER: Firefox, 4600 votes newcomer Google Buzz going (Chrome: 3310 votes, Tie: 911 head to head with Facebook and votes) Twitter for the heady title of Week 2: Mashable readers’ favorite social - Tumblr vs. Posterous network. - WINNER: Tumblr, 1809 votes Last week we saw free beat out (Posterous: 1496 votes, Tie: 256 premium in our online dating votes) services head-to-head, and this Week 3: week we wanted to check in on - Pandora vs. Last.fm how you good readers were - WINNER: Last.fm, 1187 votes ranking Buzz in its still early (Pandora: 1156 votes, Tie: 122 days against popular contenders votes) Facebook and Twitter. The Week 4: results are now in… - Twitter vs. Facebook …and Facebook wins the day, - WINNER: Facebook, 2484 with 47% of the vote out of a votes (Twitter: 2061 votes, Tie: healthy 7130 votes cast. Twitter 588 votes) came in a respectable second Week 5: place at 26% of the vote, with - WordPress vs. Typepad Google Buzz coming in not - WINNER: WordPress, 2714 terribly far behind at 18% of the votes (Typepad: 267 votes, Tie: vote. A good 9% of you thought 357 votes) it was too close to call, with the Week 6: tie vote snagging 651 votes. - Windows 7 vs. Snow Leopard What do you think of the - WINNER: Windows 7, 3632 results? Check below for the votes (Snow Leopard: 3278 results listing from the past votes, Tie: 121 votes) editions of this series, and tune Week 7: in next week for another edition - T w e e t D e c k v s . S e e s m i c of the Web Faceoff! Desktop Who would win in a fight: - WINNER: TweetDeck, 3294 Google Buzz, Facebook, or votes (Seesmic Desktop: 1055 Submitted at 2/21/2010 6:15:46 PM
votes, Tie: 260 votes) Week 8: - Microsoft Office vs. Google Docs - WINNER: Microsoft Office, 1365 votes (Google Docs: 994 votes, Tie: 315 votes) Week 9: - Apple iPhone vs. Google Android - WINNER: Google Android, 3323 votes (Apple iPhone: 1494 votes, Tie: 228 votes) Week 10: - AT&T vs. Verizon - WINNER: Verizon, 1161 votes (AT&T: 538 votes, Tie: 118 votes) Week 11: - Google vs. Bing - WINNER: Google, 2180 votes (Bing: 519 votes, Tie: 97 votes) Week 12: - iPod Touch/iPhone vs. Nintendo DS vs. Sony PSP - WINNER: iPod Touch/iPhone, 704 votes (Sony PSP: 639 votes, Nintendo DS: 482 votes, Tie:
108 votes) Week 13: - Digg vs. Reddit vs. StumbleUpon - WINNER: Digg, 14,762 votes (Reddit: 11,466 votes, StumbleUpon: 2507 votes, Tie: 1032 votes) Week 14: - Old versus new Twitter retweets - WINNER: Old style retweets, 1625 votes (New style retweets: 699 votes, Tie: 227 votes) Week 15: - Gmail vs. Outlook - WINNER: Gmail, 3684 votes (Outlook: 980 votes, Tie: 590 votes) Week 16: - Boxee vs. Hulu - WINNER: Hulu, 626 votes (Boxee: 591 votes, Tie: 106 votes) Week 17: - Nexus One vs. iPhone 3GS - WINNER: Nexus One, 6743 votes (iPhone 3GS: 2818 votes, Tie: 592 votes) Week 18: - Foursquare vs. Yelp vs. Gowalla - WINNER: Foursquare, 1182 votes, (Yelp: 661 votes, Gowalla: 509 votes, Tie: 143 votes) Week 19: - AIM vs. GTalk vs. FbChat
- WINNER: GTalk, 2189 votes, (AIM: 1257 votes, FbChat: 511 votes, Tie: 203 votes) Week 20: - Music Ownership vs. Music Subscription - WINNER: Ownership, 533 votes (Subscription: 299 votes, Tie: 237) Week 21: - Match.com vs. PlentyofFish - WINNER: Plenty of Fish, 430 votes (Match.com: 334 votes, Tie: 187 votes) Week 21: - Google Buzz vs. Facebook Vs. Twitter - WINNER: Facebook, 3353 votes (Twitter: 1828 votes, Google Buzz: 1298 votes, Tie: 651 votes) Reviews: Bing, Boxee, Chrome, Digg, Facebook, Firefox, Foursquare, Gmail, Google, Google Buzz, Google Docs, Gowalla, Gtalk, Hulu, Pandora, Posterous, Seesmic Desktop, StumbleUpon, Tumblr, TweetDeck, Twitter, TypePad, Windows, WordPress, Yelp, aim Tags: facebook, google buzz, polls, social networking, twitter, web faceoff
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E-waste to hit developing world hard (CNET News.com)
"This report gives new urgency to establishing ambitious, formal and regulated processes for Message from fivefilters.org: If collecting and managing e-waste you can, please donate to the full via the setting up of large, -text RSS service so we can efficient facilities in China," said continue developing it. Achim Steiner, executive W a s t e f r o m d i s c a r d e d director of UNEP. electronics will rise dramatically Informal e-waste recycling in in the developing world within a China.(Credit: StEP-EMPA) decade, with computer waste in "China is not alone in facing a India alone to grow by 500 serious challenge. India, Brazil, percent from 2007 levels by Mexico and others may also face 2020, a U.N. study released rising environmental damage and Monday said. health problems if e-waste E-waste--a term describing recycling is left to the vagaries of electronics including phones, the informal sector," he said in printers, televisions, refrigerators the report. and other appliances--grows The report, co-authored by globally by 40 million metric EMPA of Switzerland, specialty tones a year. Toxins are emitted materials group Umicore and the when it is improperly burned by United Nations University, said scavengers looking for valuable that the United States is the components, such as copper and biggest producer of e-waste, gold. creating around 3 million metric A report released in Bali on tons a year. Monday (PDF) by the United Close behind is China, which N a t i o n s E n v i r o n m e n t produces around 2.3 million Programme (UNEP) predicted metric tons domestically and is that by 2020, e-waste from where a lot of the developed computers would grow by up to world's e-waste is sent, EMPA 400 percent from 2007 levels in said. China and South Africa. EMPA is the research institute Submitted at 2/22/2010 5:04:42 AM
Gallery: Olympic Venues 19002016, Seen From Space by Betsy Mason (Wired Top Stories) Submitted at 2/21/2010 9:00:00 PM
The Olympics has been held in some beautiful locations that
even look scenic from space. Take a look at these shots from above, including closeups of this year's mountain venues.
"They were full of hand-stacked cathode ray tubes, computer monitors, basically. It was old f o r m a t e r i a l s c i e n c e a n d junk that people wanted to get technology of the Swiss Federal rid of because everyone wants Institute of Technology. flat-screens now," he said. The study predicted that mobile He said Indonesian authorities phone waste in China would be sent the shipment back. about seven times higher than If properly managed, though, e2007 levels by 2020, while in waste represented a business India it would be about 18 times o p p o r t u n i t y , s a i d K o n r a d higher. Osterwalder, rector of the United T h e r e p o r t a d v o c a t e d Nations University. transporting some e-waste, such "This report outlines smart new as circuit boards and batteries, technologies and mechanisms from poorer countries to OECD- which, combined with national level countries better equipped to and international policies, can dispose of them properly. transform waste into assets, I n d o n e s i a n e n v i r o n m e n t creating new businesses with minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta decent green jobs. said in a speech on Monday that "In the process, countries can Indonesia was vulnerable to help cut pollution linked with illegal trafficking in hazardous mining and manufacturing, and waste. with the disposal of old devices," Jim Puckett from the U.S.-based he said. NGO Basel Action Network, Story Copyright (c) 2010 which tracks illegal trafficking in Reuters Limited. All rights e - w a s t e , s a i d I n d o n e s i a n reserved. authorities recently discovered a Five Filters featured article: s h i p m e n t o f n i n e 4 0 - f o o t Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: shipping containers of e-waste PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, that had been sent from the U.S. Term Extraction. state of Massachusetts.
How Developers Really Feel About Windows Phone 7 [Blockquote] by matt buchanan (Gizmodo) Submitted at 2/22/2010 10:11:30 AM
Windows Phone 7 could save Microsoft's mobile future, but what do developers think about it? BeeJive's CEO Kai Yu: "I think it's just royally fucked. That place is so big: The tools, the people, it's all so fragmented." The one developer Wired talked to who was actually kinda up on Windows Phone 7, Pageonce, was still hesitant about the fact the dev tools might use Microsoft's Silverlight tech: ""Silverlight, geez," he said. "Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water." Given the way some developers feel Microsoft's mistreated them in the pastâ€”and the way they've basically killed the current W i n d o w s M o b i l e platformâ€”Microsoft's got a ton of sweet talking to do if they wanna be on the same playing field as other platforms when it comes to apps. [ Gadget Lab]
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Author Who Claimed $9.99 Not A Real Price For Books Admits Comments Were A Mistake
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by Mike Masnick (Techdirt)
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We recently wrote about how author Douglas Preston made the following comments in the NY Times about ebook pricing:"The sense of entitlement of the American consumer is absolutely astonishing.... It's the Wal-Mart mentality, which in my view is very unhealthy for our country. It's this notion of not wanting to pay the real price of something.... It gives me pause when I get 50 e -mails saying 'I'm never buying one of your books ever again. I'm moving on, you greedy, greedy author.'" We were among those who took offense at the comments, which suggested not an "entitlement" feeling from the American consumer, but from an author who didn't want to listen to what his fans and potential customers were telling him. Of course, it looks like the backlash got even stronger following that quote in the NY Times. Robert Ring alerts us to io9's coverage, saying that after the NYT's piece came out, Preston's book started getting one-star reviews on Amazon, with many people mentioning the NY Times quote as a reason
not to buy the book. Preston and his co-author put out a note on their website trying to calm people down, and when he spoke to io9, basically admitted that his original comments were a mistake, saying that his readers have convinced him that ebooks should be cheap. However, given that, he still feels there should be release windows, that put out the more expensive physical book first: I think my comments were pretty stupid, to be frank. They came after a long month of being attacked by Kindle owners who blamed me personally for the fact that my publisher delayed the Kindle release for four months. I was frustrated and said some things to the New York Times reporter that did not reflect my actual views on the subject. I have been hearing back from many readers, some supporting my comments, many more criticizing them. I think most readers feel strongly that an ebook, which they can't pass along to friends, can't add to their library, and which comes with DRM attached, should be considerably cheaper than a real book. And I would have to agree. The real
question is when this cheap ebook should be made available. Studios don't release cheap DVDs the day a feature film is released, publishers don't release the cheap paperback the day a hardcover comes out. I'm not sure why consumers should expect a cheap ebook on the day of publication either. Kudos to Preston for admitting his mistake, though I'm sure plenty of his fans and potential customers won't like the windowing suggestion either. Hopefully they can convince him that holding back what your fans want is almost never a good business model and has a high likelihood of backfiring. If publishers want to sell more expensive hardcover books, they should focus on making sure that the scarce value people get for the physical book is that much greater than the ebook version. That is, rather than limiting how you can connect with fans, publishers should focus on creating positive reasons why fans would want to buy the physical book. Permalink| Comments| Email This Story
by Dave Caolo (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
Filed under: Apple Corporate, Hardware, Odds and ends, Steve Jobs, iPad Steve Jobs' ability to enchant and persuade is often referred to as the " Reality Distortion Field." It's this power that convinces people who own 2 or 3 iPods that they need just one more. He's also made some convincing statements that his company later contradicted in grand fashion. Last week, Brian X. Chen compiled six of the biggies at Wired's Gadget Lab ( reprinted at CNN), including one of our favorites: "There are no plans to make a tablet," Jobs once told Walt Mossberg. "It turns out people want keyboards ... We look at the tablet, and we think it is going to fail." Brian also listed Steve's insistence that Apple won't make a cell phone and that "...people don't read any more." Of course, part of Steve's purpose here is to misdirect market watchers, customers and competitors from his company's plans. But more than that, this speaks to Apple's incredible patience. Apple isn't usually the 1st to market. It didn't create the first
digital music player. It certainly didn't create the first mobile phone and it didn't create the first tablet computer. The important thing is that Apple engineers took the time to devise the absolute best way to implement each of those devices. If that requires a bit of reality distortion, so be it. TUAW Wired: Steve's six sneakiest statements originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Mon, 22 Feb 2010 10:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
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Apple's 7 commandments of app sex? by Michael Grothaus (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)) Submitted at 2/21/2010 8:30:00 PM
Filed under: App Store Jon Atherton at Chillifresh, the app developer of Wobble, has posted what he says are Apple's new rules regarding sexual content in an iPhone app: I have spoken with Apple, and the following are the new rules: • No images of women in bikinis (Ice skating tights are not OK either) • No images of men in bikinis! (I didn't ask about Ice Skating tights for men) • No skin (he seriously said this) (I asked if a Burqa was OK, and the Apple guy got angry) • No silhouettes that indicate that Wobble can be used for wobbling boobs • No sexual connotations or innuendo: boobs, babes, booty, sex - all banned • Nothing that can be sexually arousing!! • No apps will be approved that in any way imply sexual content (not sure how Playboy is still in the store, but ...) Keep in mind that these rules have not been verified or posted by Apple, and Atherton has been on a roll recently of trying to
drum up as much press as he can about Apple's changes to the App Store policy on sexual content. But I guess that's what happens when you make your living off of selling dumb apps (my opinion) that rely on a childish 'wow' factor appropriate to the maturity level of twelve year-olds. I've said this before, but I am glad that Apple has made these changes (pulling stupid "sexy" apps). I'm sick of seeing a "Hot Asians" app show up in every category (from Entertainment to Productivity to Utilities). The "sexy" apps were getting out of
control, and they started to show up so much it was making it even harder to find good apps in the App Store. There's a good chance that this is the reason Apple has decided to pull those apps and not, as Atherton insinuates, that Apple has imposed some sort of Sharia law on the App Store - which is pretty insulting to Islam's 1.3 billion members. The fact that Playboy is still available while thousands of junk "sexy" apps have been purged should be evidence enough that Apple is going after these cheap clutter apps and hasn't actually launched
a war on sexuality. Is Apple handling this in the best way? Perhaps not. I think Apple could create a new category of "sexy" apps that could be disabled in iTunes' preferences (or, even better, require an opt-in from users before they're visible). Apple's not the only vendor that chooses to exclude some content in its store. Best Buy, for example, doesn't allow hardcore porn to be sold in its stores. That's not censorship -- there are plenty of other places customers can go to get what they're looking for other than Best Buy.
The problem with this analogy, of course, is that for most iPhone owners, there's only one App Store, and no place else to go for adult-themed apps. TUAW Apple's 7 commandments of app sex? originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Sun, 21 Feb 2010 20:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
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TUAW review and giveaway -- Bookarc from Twelve South by Steven Sande (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)) Submitted at 2/22/2010 8:00:00 AM
desktop? That's what the BookAac is all about. Like the other products from Twelve South, the Bookarc is attractively packaged, so it makes a wonderful gift for your favorite MacBook owner ... or yourself. After opening the box, you see the aluminum Bookarc with one silicone insert installed, and deeper inside the box are two more inserts. These inserts grip and cushion your MacBook, so you'll want to make sure you have the correct one installed. Not to worry -- they're easy to install and remove. There's not too much more to say in terms of a review, other than the Bookarc looks great and it does its job well. If you're not familiar with how to use your MacBook with the display closed, TwelveSouth thoughtfully provides a link to an Apple Knowledge Base page that has instructions. Now, it's time for a TUAW reader to win a Bookarc. Here are the details:
Filed under: Accessories, Macbook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air It's no surprise that TUAW bloggers like the products from Twelve South. They're made only for Macs, they have excellent quality and the company always sends us items to give away to our readers. We've previously had giveaways for the BackPack, BassJump, and now we're giving away a stylish Bookarc. The US$49.00 Bookarc takes advantage of the ability of Apple's MacBooks (Air and Pro included) to work as a desktop machine when the screen is closed and the computer is connected to an external mouse, keyboard, and monitor. You could just lay your MacBook on the desktop, but then it takes up valuable real estate. How about if you could just position your laptop vertically so it takes up a m i n i m u m a m o u n t o f y o u r • Open to legal US residents of
the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older. • To enter, leave a comment telling us what kind of MacBook you're going to use with the Bookarc.
• The comment must be left before Wednesday, February 24, 2010, 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time. 'Lego' R/C BlockCar: • You may enter only once. • One winner will be selected in A Knockoff You Can't a random drawing. • Prize: One Twelve South Help But Love [R/c] Bookarc desktop stand for by Mark Wilson (Gizmodo) MacBook ($49 value) Submitted at 2/22/2010 9:07:29 AM • Click Here for complete Official Rules. 108 bricks. 4 wheels. 2 taillights. Questionable plastics Good luck! Check out the that are sure to contain countless gallery below for some shots of carcinogens. Yes, the BlockCar the Bookarc you may soon be looks to be a fantastic toy. using. While not an official Lego Gallery: Twelve South Bookarc product, the BlockCar offers the TUAW TUAW review and same general idea. You carefully giveaway -- Bookarc from stack bricks onto a motorized Twelve South originally p l a t f o r m , c r a f t i n g t h e appeared on The Unofficial multicolored car of your deepest Apple Weblog (TUAW) on imagination. Admire it for a few Mon, 22 Feb 2010 08:00:00 moments. Then smash it at full EST. Please see our terms for speed against the wall to watch use of feeds. your work crumble. (Repeat as Read| Permalink| Email this| necessary.) Comments I really wish the BlockCar were an official, Lego-compatible add -on because a 4-wheel R/C platform (with taillights!) could make pretty much any Lego creation that much more menacing. Luckily, it's a pretty attainable one-off at $22. [ Strapya World via technabob]
Music Industry Piracy Fears: A Historical Perspective [Image Cache] by Adam Frucci (Gizmodo) Submitted at 2/22/2010 9:46:33 AM
There is nothing about this old Dead Kennedys cassette single I don't love. [ SB1 via
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Microsoft wants to give you a MacBook Pro by Michael Grothaus (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)) Submitted at 2/22/2010 9:00:00 AM
Filed under: Software, Odds and ends Q."What's the perfect gift for a long-term commitment?" A. A MacBook Pro tinted the color of an Office for Mac icon. Microsoft is running a pretty cool giveaway right now called Mac Office Loves You. The prize is none other than a 2.53Ghz 15" MacBook Pro with custom PMS cover and a copy of Office 2008 for Mac. To enter you must be a registered account holder of Twitter.com. You can enter one person will be accepted.The of two ways: contest ends at 11:59 p.m. PT on February 25, 2010. • Follow @officeformac, or What's the reason for the • Retweet @OfficeforMac and i n c l u d e t h e h a s h t a g giveaway? Just because, #officeformac. Only one retweet apparently. "Microsoft Office for Mac loved the Mac community will be counted per person. since way back when,'' the site Two winners will be selected, states. Or perhaps they're trying each one getting a MacBook Pro to clear out all their copies of and Office. The contest is open Office for Mac 2008 to make to the US and Canada (except room for the new version. Either Quebec). Only two entries per w a y , i t ' s a p r e t t y s w e e t
giveaway. Let us know if you win! Thanks to reader Edsel for the tip! TUAW Microsoft wants to give you a MacBook Pro originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Mon, 22 Feb 2010 09:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
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coming up. "The people fall in love with the machines. It's going to be hard to let them go. But we've been given our direction. We're mature about it, we're professional about it so we're going to process and fly that last mission. And move on." Endeavour's crew poses on the runway. Left to right: Kay Hire, Terry Virts, Nicholas Patrick, commander George Zamka, Stephen Robinson, and Robert Behnken.(Credit: NASA TV) With Endeavour back on the ground, engineers at the Kennedy Space Center plan to haul the shuttle Discovery from its processing hangar to the Vehicle Assembly Building Tuesday for attachment to an external tank and solid fuel boosters. If all goes well, Discovery will be hauled to pad 39A on March 2, setting the stage for launch April 5. On March 18, the Russian
Soyuz TMA-16 capsule is scheduled to undock from the station, bringing Expedition 22 commander Jeffrey Williams and cosmonaut Maxim Suraev back to Earth after six months in orbit. Another Soyuz, TMA-18, is scheduled for launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 2 to carry three fresh crew members to the outpost: Alexander Skvortsov, Mikhail Kornienko and NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell. Discovery is scheduled for take off three days later to deliver new science racks, a replacement ammonia coolant tank assembly, a rate gyroscope and to retrieve a Japanese experiment package. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
CrunchGear Week in Review: Glowering Edition by Bryce Durbin (CrunchGear) Submitted at 2/22/2010 12:00:52 AM
Here’s a selection of last week’s
stories: Zibits: Awwwww, so cute! Houston, we have periwinkle The Sing-A-Ma-Jigs from
Fisher-Price: Hold your ears
MugStir is a spoon that hangs on a mug Samsung announces three new cameras, maybe even ones worth
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UK Newspapers Demand BBC Apple posts two new iPhone App Be Blocked Because It's iPhone ads Too Competitive by Michael Grothaus (The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW))
by Mike Masnick (Techdirt)
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It's really amazing sometimes to see the entitlement mentality of newspapers -- who for years built business models on the fact that there was a scarcity of news sources out there. Now that they're finally facing real competition, rather than adapt, many seem to whine and ask the government to step in for them. Over in the UK, news publications have long been upset about the BBC, since its funded by the public, and they've been known to complain about competition from the BBC for years. So it's no surprise that they're demanding the BBC's new iPhone app be blocked. They claim that the app "will undermine the commercial sector's ability to establish an economic model in an emerging but potentially important market ... This, over the long term, will reduce members' ability to invest
in quality journalism." Really? So the newspapers are basically admitting they're too clueless to compete in the marketplace? Sure, the BBC is publicly funded, but it's just one publication out there. Certainly newspapers can create their own services that attract an audience that competes with what the BBC is offering (or is focused on areas the BBC won't do). This is
Filed under: iPhone, App Store Apple has posted two new iPhone ads tonight. Both ads seem to target Joe Average and spotlight situations we find ourselves in every day. The first, called " First Steps," targets moms and grandparents who want to show/never miss a single moment of the new tyke's life. The mom uses the iPhone 3GS to record her son's first steps, sends the video file as a MMS, and then starts a conference call with the basically newspapers admitting grandparents to talk about the they're too lazy to compete. video. The ad ends with the mom Technically, the newspapers are saying "We would never have complaining that this is a "new shared all that without the service" that needs approval, but iPhone." the BBC correctly points out that The second ad is titled " On all it did was create an app out of Hold" and presents a situation its existing web content. we're all too familiar with. A Permalink| Comments| Email man calls 1-800-204-7450 and is This Story put on hold (before you try, I
already called the number. A voicemail answers that says "At the tone, please record your message." I didn't leave one). The man then checks his email, pays a credit card bill, buys Monopoly from the App Store, and plays the game -- all while on hold. As always, the apps spotlighted in the ads can be found here. TUAW Apple posts two new iPhone ads originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Mon, 22 Feb 2010 00:45:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Comments
One man against a Juggernaut by John Biggs (CrunchGear) Submitted at 2/22/2010 5:39:40 AM
Be brave, seller of iPod and iPod Touch accessories. Though you vend below the shadow of
the Apple store in the Meatpacking District in Manhattan, your work will not be forgotten when Apple’s goons come out to beat you into the gutter and steal your wares. You
will return, more powerful and
more magnificent, with cloth bags that people can put their iPads in and that cost $1 wholesale and that you will sell to tourists from Arkansas for $40, down from $60.
Remember the words of Obi Wan: “If you strike me down… I’ll be more powerful than you can imagine.” Thanks, Steve
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Bloom Box: Bloom Energy Twitter ‘LOL’ Phishing Choose Powers Your Whole House Attack Turns Into Spam Mary Hart's with a Box [VIDEO] Oscar Gown! Wave by Pete Cashmore (Mashable!)
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Silicon Valley doesn’t just produce innovative web companies — it’s also a mecca for the green tech boom. Bloom Energy, which launches officially on Wednesday, has built a refrigerator-sized box that can power your whole house. Bloom Energy has actually been operating for 8 years, raising $400 million in funding from VCs including Kleiner Perkins (investors in Netscape, Amazon, Google and others). Its “Bloom Box” houses fuel cells that run on oxygen plus natural gas, landfill gas, bio-gas or even solar. The company’s first customer was Google, which has been powering a datacenter on 4 Bloom Boxes for 18 months. Google’s boxes run on natural gas. eBay is also a customer —
'The Bachelor''s Jake Pavelka: Ali Was the Frontrunner (ETonline - Breaking News) Submitted at 2/22/2010 3:45:00 AM
Running into a jilted boyfriend or girlfriend is never easy for any of us, so tonight when Jake
Pavelka faces 15 of the bachelorettes he sent packing when "The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love -- Women Tell All" airs, you would expect some trepidation, but the 31-year-old
airline pilot says he wasn't nervous about facing the ladies. "I always get nervous just a couple of seconds before I go on camera," he admits, "but [not about] what the girls' reactions
on getting to see me [are], not nervous at all." It has been quite the season on "The Bachelor." First Rozlyn was sent home by the show's producer, then Jake kicked
Michelle to the curb when she threatened to leave, and the final blow was when Ali had to chose between her job and love, and she picked her job.
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Bodacious? Xtremely! by Lydia DePillis (The New Republic - All Feed) Submitted at 2/21/2010 4:44:41 PM
Message from fivefilters.org: If you can, please donate to the full -text RSS service so we can continue developing it. On night one of the Conservative Political Action Conference, as George Will entertained GOP mucketymucks in the Marriott Wardman’s cavernous banquet hall, the next generation of Republicans was downstairs, in the basement, enjoying something more hip. Or, at least, Stephen Baldwin’s idea of hip. “I know you don’t hear the word gnarly too much in conservative circles, but you’re gonna start hearing it in the future!” the 44year-old ex-actor told a crowd of about 200 assembled youths. “We’re gonna just keep this kind of loose and fun.” The potbellied Baldwin—brother of Alec and, well, Billy and Danny, too—wore a gold necklace and green striped v-neck under his sports jacket, which was over his jeans and chunky skater shoes. He soon yielded the stage to Mike Huckabee, who in a prerecorded message, introduced one of the evening’s main attractions, his daughter Sarah. The smell of Chick-fil-A filled the air, as attendees noshed on chicken fingers and meatballs, the sounds of Guitar Hero emanating from behind them. Welcome to the playpen.
Since Barack Obama took 68 percent of the youth vote in 2008, Republicans have panicked, grasping at Facebook and Twitter to put a fresher face on the party. And so this year, the codgers at the American Conservative Union—led by the 65-year-old David Keene—dreamed up something just for kids: XPAC, a conference within a conference, replete with an exclusive “fun lounge” and a schedule of comedy, movie screenings, and other “extreme” entertainment. “It’s a brilliant concept,” says James Carroll, a freshman at the College of Charleston. “It’s not really that Democrats [put on events like] this, it’s just that Democrats, by default, have brainwashed a huge sector of the population. You hear on MTV, Vote or Die, what they really mean is vote Democrat or die.” Problem is, it’s much harder to make the political cool than to make what’s already cool political. As Carroll talked, the night’s “jam session” was beginning—they had moved it up from the originally scheduled time of 11:00 p.m., realizing that no one would come—but most people had already filtered out as the rapper Politik took the stage. “I see y’all leaving over there!” he shouted at back of the room. “I’ve got a message!” One mom sat bobbing her head to his teaparty-centric rhymes (“twothousand-nine, dangerous times, socialist agenda that they want us
to sign!”). “You can clap if you want to, it always makes me feel better,” Politik told the sparse audience. By 9:45, it wasn’t the kids hanging out, but the adults. The event’s co-host, Christian radio talk show host Kevin McCullough, played Wii bowling, while Baldwin chowed down on McDonalds. “Whee! We having fun yet?” he said. The lounge opens again the next morning, this time with a buttery -smelling popcorn cart. The candy bowls are refreshed with Nerds, the Boggle and Uno games strategically placed on luminous, cubical side tables. In the back corner, producers from the Fox News Strategy Room—which has been broadcasting live from XPAC the whole time—are trying to figure out how to incorporate Tiger Woods’s 11:00 a.m. press conference into their interviews with CPAC notables. Baldwin and McCullough are always happy to fill airtime (or do a book signing—McCullough was selling The Kind of Man Every Man Should Be: Taking a Stand for True Masculinity—or promote the “ Liberty Ship” cruise they’re headlining in November). Conservatives are still trying to figure out how to put on events that appeal to youth. But evangelical Christians have been doing it for years—Baldwin runs Breakthrough Ministries, which spreads the Word through
extreme sports—and XPAC has a distinctly faith-based flavor. In fact, XPAC was probably the greatest redoubt of cultural conservatism at a conference where fiscally-focused tea partiers and Paultards ran rampant. Summit Ministries is a big sponsor, as is Focus on the Family’s program aimed at “millennials,” called RisingVoice. (“millennials” is the marketing term used by everyone trying to sell something to 20-somethings). So although XPAC avoids overt proselytizing, it skews towards the moral side of conservatism, from a screening of “ True U: Does God Exist?” to Fox News host Andrea Tantaros’s impassioned plea to “save the culture” from “reality shows and money grubbers and immoral things.” Those most serious about politics as a profession, though, weren’t slumming it at XPAC. The College Republicans, with elephant pins on their lapels, struggle to hide their disdain for CPAC’s xtreme experiment. “I came here to see speakers,” said Chandler Harris, the College Republican national secretary. “I didn’t come here to play Wii golf.” The CRs put on intimate events in their own, small lounge upstairs, where congressmen told stories of their college days and dispensed advice for getting jobs on the Hill. Harris admits that Republicans have a youth problem—“It’s the
most uncool, lame thing to be a Republican when you’re 20,” he says. But it’s not clear that the CRs have a better plan than Baldwin and McCullough. I asked how young Republicans can make inroads on their campus, and the answer, according to Harris, is “stuff.” “A lot has to do with branding,” he says, pointing to the banner behind him with their brand-new logo, also emblazoned on frisbees and keychains. Rather than attend XPAC’s “Epic Nites,” most College Republicans decamped to bars in Georgetown and Adams Morgan, exclusive parties hosted by Andrew Breitbart and Tim Pawlenty, or Saturday night’s big attraction, at the Hawk ‘n’ Dove: Reaganpalooza. All of that, of course, requires a believable I.D.—which most XPACers just didn’t have. The lounge was an acceptable substitute for Gaby Jusino, a freshman at SUNY Stonybrook. “It’s as hip as you can get without having alcohol,” she sighed, before heading for the video games. “Good evening XPAC!” yelled Ed Lynch, a congressional candidate from Florida, on Friday night. “Yeah, that’s what I’m talking ‘bout. Yes we can, Mr. President, we are fired up.” This evening began with political speed dating: Long-shot BODACIOUS? page 32
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Senate Weighs Final Push of Climate Bill (Newsmax - Politics) Submitted at 2/21/2010 11:56:59 PM
Message from fivefilters.org: If you can, please donate to the full -text RSS service so we can continue developing it. WASHINGTON - A last-ditch attempt at passing a climate change bill begins in the Senate this week with senators mindful that time is running short and that approaches to the legislation still vary widely, according to sources. "We will present senators with a number of options when they get back from recess," said one Senate aide knowledgeable of the compromise legislation that is being developed. The goal is to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that scientists say threaten Earth. The options will be presented to three senators -- Democrat John Kerry, independent Joseph Lieberman and Republican Lindsey Graham -- who are leading the fight for a bill to battle global warming domestically. The aide said the Senate's drive for a bill got a boost last week with President Barack Obama's announcement of an $8.3 billion government loan guarantee to help start expanding the nuclear power industry, a top Republican priority. "The administration is really putting their money where
their mouth is," the aide said. The Senate trio's success or failure likely will have a profound impact on international efforts to reduce carbon emissions and prevent Earth's temperature from exceeding a possibly dangerous 2 degree Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) increase from pre-industrial times. For Wall Street, the Senate has the power to make or break the start-up of what eventually could be a $1 trillion market for power plant, oil refinery and factory pollution permits traded on a regulated exchange. Congressional elections will be held on November 2 and there is wide agreement that if the Senate cannot pass a climate bill by mid -year, already hard-edged political partisanship will become hyperactive, making it nearly impossible for Congress to move on much of anything. "We're getting to the point where I think we need to start seeing senators coalesce around an approach," said Eileen Claussen, president of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, which wants comprehensive greenhouse gas emissions control. SKEPTICISM ABOUNDS There is plenty of skepticism about whether Kerry, who is spearheading the effort, can pull off passage of such a difficult bill in an election year since the bill would increase future energy
prices. But supporters are not giving up as they draw parallels to the last major environmental fight. "In 1990, we had a midterm president, a Mideast war, a banking crisis following a real estate bubble and a recession, yet Congress still passed updates to the Clean Air Act by overwhelming margins," said Representative Edward Markey, the co-author of the WaxmanMarkey climate bill that narrowly passed the House of Representatives last June. Tested over 20 years, those Clean Air Act updates are credited with effectively cutting "acid rain" air pollution through a cap-and-trade system that some now want to employ to reduce the carbon emissions blamed for global warming. Under cap and trade, companies need government permits to emit an ever-dwindling amount of pollution. Fuel-efficient firms that end up holding more permits than they need can sell them to companies that are bigger polluters. For carbon dioxide, cap and trade would eventually make the cost of using coal and other dirty -burning fossil fuels so high that cleaner, more expensive energy sources such as wind and solar power would emerge. In recent months, many conservatives who do not want the federal government to
mandate pollution reductions, have seized upon newly discovered errors in scientific reports underpinning the link between human activity and climate problems such as drought, flooding and rising sea levels. Republican Senator James Inhofe, a leading critic, said the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had fallen victim to "outright fraud" and deceit. It is further evidence Congress should not rush legislation, he has argued. SIDE ISSUES Meanwhile, "so much political juice" is now being expended by U.S. environmental groups on a side-issue to the climate bill, said Frank O'Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch. He was referring to green groups' attempts to stop Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski from advancing her bill blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon emissions, starting with vehicles. The Obama administration would prefer to let Congress set climate change policy. But if it is unable to, the White House wants the EPA as a fallback. Graham has talked about cobbling together a "hybrid system" for reducing carbon emissions. Claussen said, "If I was going to guess, it's probably cap and trade for electricity," which accounts
for about 40 percent of carbon emissions, and maybe a separate oil industry tax or fee, with consumers being protected from price increases. Tackling carbon emissions from factories making steel, cement, paper, glass and other large manufacturers either could be put off "for much later" or they could be given options for participating, she said. Such an approach could gain the support of Midwestern senators who fear U.S. factories could be put at a competitive disadvantage against foreign manufacturers under a cap-and-trade program. But it also has risks, others say, underscoring splits among Washington interest groups, politicians and others who want a climate change bill. Robert Shapiro, chairman of the Climate Task Force and an advocate of a carbon tax, said a dual system would not make economic sense and could make for more volatile energy prices. ÂŠ 2010 Reuters. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content, including by caching, framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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Interview with the Hockey Stick Guy (Little Green Footballs)
publishing our Nature article in 1998, our work was being criticized in what I would Randy Olson, who made a great d e s c r i b e a s a h i g h l y n o n little movie about the “intelligent scientific way, on a website design” creationism movement called The World Climate called “ Flock of Dodos: The Report, that in fact was run by Evolution-Intelligent Design P a t r i c k M i c h a e l s o f t h e Circus,” interviews climate University of Virginia, with scientist Michael Mann about the funding from the fossil fuel barrage of recent trumped up industry. climate change “controversies:” RO - When you spoke with the M I K E M A N N P a r t I I : Senate — was that the next INTERVIEW &##x2013; Who increment in your awareness of will provide communication it? expertise and leadership for the MM - I didn’t actually speak at science community? the Senate hearings held by RO - Did you feel embattled at James Inhofe until 2003. By then times? Like in the bunker? it was four years after we had MM - We are in a battle — the published our Nature article and scientific community. I mean the there had been many such attacks climate science community has a g a i n s t o u r w o r k o n a n been in battle for years. There’s i n c r e a s i n g l y h e a t e d a n d an organized, well-funded effort increasingly high profile and to discredit us. And not just our increasingly well organized science, but individuals. There’s level. I had become very much b e e n a n i n c r e a s i n g e f f o r t aware of the climate change towards, so c a l l e d denial machine because I was an “Swiftboating” of individual object of their attacks. It came to scientists. Smear campaigns run somewhat of a crescendo by against scientists for the sole 2003 when the climate change purpose of discrediting them, so denial effort was really stepping as to discredit the science. So I up. There was a memo that had think it is very clear that this is come out — the infamous “Luntz the method of attack that the M e m o ” t h a t b a s i c a l l y climate-denial-lobby is using. telegraphed this attack campaign RO - Do you remember the first of trying to discredit climate instance you realized there was science and climate scientists. It this effort at work? appeared in 2002 and it warned MM - Within a year or so of the climate skeptics that there Submitted at 2/21/2010 11:58:17 AM
was a closing window of opportunity — that the public was becoming aware of the nature of the scientific evidence showing global warming, and that if the climate change denial lobby didn’t do something quickly they were going to lose their window of opportunity to discredit the science and to forestall policy action. So in those next couple years that effort was stepped up, and we were in the middle of that effort. Of course at the same time there were things going on. In the E.P.A. — Christine Todd Whitman, the first EPA Director in the first Bush Administration was basically forced out because the climate change contrarian contingent within the Bush Administration felt she was too proactive in recognizing the legitimacy of the climate change threat. And as we later learned through articles in the NY Times and elsewhere there were various climate change reports produced by government scientists which were being edited and altered by political appointees to downplay the climate change threat. So our own experiences were taking place within the context of a larger anti-climate science effort. RO - Why do you think Al Gore didn’t make much mention of the skeptics movement in his movie? MM - Well, you’d have to ask
Al in the end, but I think at the time frankly, when that movie came out, there was perhaps a sense that we had moved past the false notion of there being a debate on the reality of climate change. I think in some sense the public discourse had moved past that. In the past there had often been an effort by journalists to find a contrarian to give the other side a quote for every interview about climate change. I think there was a feeling at the time that we were finally moving past this. RO - And in retrospect do you think the feeling that we’d moved past the debate was naïve? MM - Absolutely. I can tell you, having communicated to many of my colleagues my deep concern that there was a false complacency. I felt that there was a very dangerous complacency — that the community had decided that the discourse had moved past the idea that there was a debate about the problem. I think many in the scientific community felt that way, and many in the policy arena felt that way. But there were warning signs. Those of us who were looking saw them. There was still a very wellfunded, well-organized campaign. Much money and effort had been invested by the
fossil fuel industry. They weren’t just going to roll over. So many of us knew that it was coming, and frankly I did warn colleagues about the complacency that they had, their view that the public discourse had moved on, that the discussions would now would be about what climate policies should be enacted — that was misplaced. The debate over the reality of climate change was still alive and well. And now there is such a poisonous atmosphere being created by the climate skeptics — similar in many ways to that poisonous atmosphere we saw last summer in those healthcare town hall meetings — irrational sort of conspiracy-driven lunatics, frankly, entering into the fray — where the discourse has been so skewed to the point where those extreme voices are a substantial component in the debate. It makes it difficult to have a rational discussion. And when you have people who will dismiss the National Academy of Science as some sort of “activist” organization simply because N.A.S. believes in science … then how can you engage the other side in meaningful discourse? Read the whole thing… (Hat tip: freetoken.)
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Stimulus Tab of $41,800 Waits for Wall Streeters (AEI.Org: Articles)
are plenty of reasons not to--and given that roughly one-quarter of the stimulus funds have been Message from fivefilters.org: If exhausted, then each job has cost you can, please donate to the full about $100,000. So much for the -text RSS service so we can supposed Keynesian multiplier continue developing it. effect. From now on, it should be While President Barack Obama called the Keynesian divisor. goes on about the success of his To put that in perspective, if economic stimulus, the latest instead the government had used policy developments suggest the stimulus to hire individuals at Democrats are finally backing the going median wage of a w a y f r o m h i s r a d i c a l $37,115, it could have created Keynesianism. more than 23 million new jobs. Even Democrats, it seems, have So much for the supposed concluded that the stimulus of Keynesian multiplier effect. 2009 was a big waste of money, From now on, it should be called and that better approaches exist the Keynesian divisor. that can do more and cost less. Paying the Bill The truth is, economic stimulus Ultimately, American taxpayers is like a very expensive box of are going to have to pay the bill chocolates. You get a sugar high, for the stimulus, and it is a steep and a caffeine rush, but when the one. For the average taxpayer, chocolates are gone, you have the bill is $7,798. nothing but fat to show for it. Of course, the final bill will not You are worse off than you were b e s p r e a d e v e n l y a c r o s s before and still need to find real taxpayers, because the rich pay a nutrition. disproportionate share. Assume According to the latest estimate the burden is distributed the by the Congressional Budget same as the current income tax. Office, the U.S. stimulus sugar If your income is between high will cost $862 billion by $40,000 and $50,000, you will 2019. The excessively optimistic p a y a b o u t $ 2 , 6 0 0 f o r t h e administration estimate is that stimulus. If your income is the stimulus created 2 million between $75,000 and $100,000, jobs last year. If we take that you will pay $6,500. If you are high number at face value--there lucky enough to have an income Submitted at 2/21/2010 3:00:00 PM
of between $200,000 and $500,000, your bill will be $41,800. Small wonder that Democrats are so unpopular right now, and that they are looking for a better way. A New York Times/CBS News Poll this month found that only 6 percent of Americans believe that the year-old stimulus package has created any jobs. (A remarkably patient 41 percent said it hasn't created jobs, but still will.) Meantime, policy makers are still looking at a catastrophically bad labor market that needs all the help it can get. Brown's Message The message of Republican Senator Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts is clear: Voters don't want to waste our last pennies on another expensive sugar high. They are crying out for bipartisan support for fixes that work, at a reasonable price. The good news is that even Democrats now recognize this. There has been progress behind the scenes looking for sensible alternatives to expense-account Keynesianism. A middle-of-theroad consensus is beginning to form around pragmatic approaches to the jobs crisis that cost a lot less and carry a big
bang for the buck. My favorite example is a littleknown program folded into last year's stimulus package that is targeted for a big expansion because it actually has worked. It is based on the observation that it is cheaper to create jobs directly. The Emergency Contingency Fund, amended to the federal program called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, provides funding for states to temporarily cover a portion of workers' wages in both public and private jobs. The federal program reimburses states 80 cents for each additional dollar they spend getting a person back to work. Over time, as the worker's reattachment to the labor force becomes stronger, the federal money is taken away. Private Is Best As many as 29 states have or are developing employment programs funded through this program, and some estimates show as many as 120,000 subsidized jobs could be created, at a cost of only $10,000 to $20,000 each. At that rate, the government could create 2 million jobs--the amount Obama asserts were created by the stimulus--for somewhere in the range of $30 billion. And the
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best part is that many of these jobs will likely be in the private sector. A strong sign of how much things have changed for the better is the focus of House Democrats on this limited but powerful measure. A bill sponsored by representatives Jim McDermott of Washington and Judy Chu of California would make funds available for an additional year. Given the state of the labor market, it is hard to imagine how any sensible person could oppose such a move. It is a shame that such common sense was absent last year. If they are to be more than the party of no, Republicans need to rally around the Democrats who have shown such reserved pragmatism. While they do, Obama can continue to crow about his amazing stimulus, but fewer and fewer people will notice. Kevin A. Hassett is a senior fellow and the director of economic policy studies at AEI. Photo Credt: iStockphoto/Lyle Koehnlein Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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Moment of Clarity by E.J. Dionne Jr. (The New Republic - All Feed)
Minority Leader John Boehner has said, that the only test of Democratic seriousness is Submitted at 2/21/2010 9:00:00 PM whether they are willing to Message from fivefilters.org: If "scrap" the health care bills that you can, please donate to the full have already passed and "start -text RSS service so we can over." Doing anything else is continue developing it. dismissed as a "backroom deal." WASHINGTON--This week Of course it's absurd to say that will determine the shape of the House and the Senate, having American politics for the next worked for a year to pass quite three years. similar bills, should now give up. No, that's not one of those But Boehner knows what he's j o u r n a l i s t i c e x a g g e r a t i o n s doing: He wants the Democrats intended to catch your attention, to give up on health care because although I hope it did. It's an doing so would be the surest way accurate description of the stakes to prove that they lack the guts at the health care summit and competence to govern. President Obama has called for Republicans hate this summit Thursday. because if it works, it will keep The issue is whether the summit this from happening, and also proves to be the turning point in because it calls many bluffs at a political year that, at the once. moment, is moving decisively in Above all, Obama is trying to the Republicans' direction. If the force the Republicans to put their summit fails to shake things up own health care ideas on the and does not lead to the passage table. As soon as this happens, of a comprehensive health care the debate is no longer about the bill, Democrats and Obama are flaws, real and imagined, in the in for a miserable time for the D e m o c r a t i c p r o p o s a l s . I t rest of his term. becomes a choice between what Republicans know this and are the Democrats want to do and doing all they can to undermine, what the Republicans want to do. discount, discredit and back That's a fair fight. away from the encounter. Obama also wants to cut They are insisting, as House through the shibboleths and
cliches of conventional Washington punditry. There is much establishment mourning over the failure of "bipartisanship" and the rise of political "polarization." Obama is saying: Look--he always says "look" when he's impatient--Democrats have already included a lot of Republican suggestions in these health reform bills, and here they are. What more do you want? If the only way to get Republican votes is for moderate and liberal Democrats to enact conservative Republican ideas into law, that's not bipartisanship. That's capitulation. Can't you see that? You want transparency? Let's do this all out in the open. I'll post our plan, you post yours. Everyone can have a look. No wonder Republican leaders are grumpy. The summit will call attention to the elephant in the room that the most insipid commentary on the loss of bipartisanship pretends isn't there: There is no bipartisanship because Republicans have become an almost uniformly conservative party. The GOP opposes--yes, on principle--many of the forms of
government action that earlier generations of moderate and liberal Republicans were willing to support. The current crop of Republicans would never give as many votes to Medicare as the Republican Party of the 1960s was willing to throw Lyndon Johnson's way. To say that the one legitimate way to pass bills is to get a lot of Republicans to vote for them is to insist that election results don't matter and that only conservative legislation will ever get through Congress. All the Republicans have to do is be stubborn and yell a lot about being "excluded." I don't blame the Republicans for any of this. They have a right to be as conservative as they want to be. They have both substantive and political reasons for blocking health care reform. So far, the strategy has worked. Why should they do anything differently? But I do blame those who pretend to be nonpartisan or "objective" for falling for this ploy. And that's whose bluff Obama is really calling with this summit. He's saying: Please, establishment media, look honestly at what the Republicans
are doing. Instead of offering lectures about bipartisanship or nostalgia for some peaceable Washington kingdom, look at the substance of our respective proposals and how they match up against the problems we're trying to solve. Oh, and there's also this: He's telling Democrats they can get things done, or they can crawl away timidly into the darkness of self-defeat. E.J. Dionne's e-mail address is ejdionne(at)washpost.com. E.J. Dionne, Jr. is the author of the recently published Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right. He is a Washington Post columnist, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a professor at Georgetown University. (c) 2009, Washington Post Writers Group For more TNR, become a fan on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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candidates each got two minutes at the mic to recruit a few young supporters. Michael Steele stopped by to say hello, and was mobbed afterwards for pictures, standing with his frozen smile. (Steele wasn’t alone in his plodding address. The most common punch line for speakers, from Eric Cantor on down, was an admission of lameness: "C’mon, guys, that was a joke." One of those followed this zinger, from the head of the Young Conservatives Coalition: “I guess you could say youth in America are waking up from an Obama hangover!” Earlier, though he didn’t apologize for it, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg said, “If I’d known there was going to be a podium, I wouldn’t have worn pants!”) Hormones being hormones, XPAC’s more successful attempts at cool involved beautiful women. Ann Coulter couldn’t make it—she had to be escorted out of the building after being mobbed by crowds at a Young Americans for Freedom event—but there were plenty of younger draws. Tantaros, the Fox News host clad in a white dress and prim heels, had a receiving line after her turn on stage that lasted for hours. And a small hubbub surrounded S.E. Cupp, another author and Fox commentator, who dodged behind a life-sized cutout of Ronald Reagan to whisper angrily about something with a
friend before emerging to greet her fans. “He’s my new boyfriend!” she said of a pre-teen boy who tugged at her arm for a picture. “Did he show you the totally inappropriate photo we just took? Oh, we have to take another one.” Cupp shook out her hair, adjusted her glasses, and draped herself over him for a picture. But the star of XPAC was Hannah Giles, the 21-year-old who brought down ACORN with the help of Andrew Breitbart. Short, tan, and miniskirted, she lounged on leather couches with her sister Regis, another girl in a tight tube dress, and several guys whom she knew from her college chapter of Young Americans for Freedom. They had settled around two students from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, who were conflicted after the group left. “Her ego got to her,” said Sam Reynolds. “She had to have a posse. Because of this one little prank, she becomes a political hero.” His friend, Jonathan van Maren, wasn’t too concerned. “Whether or not she’s a hero, she’s a hot chick,” he countered. Giles was there to accept the first annual XPAC Award for Impact on behalf of her undercover partner, James O’Keefe, who made it to the conference but had to return to prison earlier that day. She waited on Breitbart’s arm while
she was introduced by her father, shock jock Doug Giles(“Whew!” he yelled, kicking with his boot. “They rocked the casbah, mama sama!”), and then teetered up to the podium on gravity-defying heels to impart some inspirational words. “This is absolutely my calling in life,” she said. “I am devoting my entire existence on this planet to finding truth and communicating that with mass audiences and with the entire world, so you guys can see it and fight for it, live it and love it as much as I do.” After the awards presentation, Giles and her entourage swept out, to be replaced by the Brooklyn-based band behind Autotune the News, a marked contrast in their plaid shirts, track suits, and mullets. (They’ve never done political events before, and wouldn’t divulge their own political sympathies). And then, comedy night, where the truly inappropriate jokes started coming out. “Seventytwo women who’ve never slept with a man?” cracked a comedian. “That doesn’t sound like paradise, does it? That sounds like a meeting of N.O.W.!” As the lounge emptied, Baldwin and McCullough sat outside strategizing about the future of XPAC, constantly interrupted by hellos from candidates and requests for pictures, which Baldwin never turns down. “This
is the part of my existence that people don’t understand,” he tells me as we go up the elevator towards the hotel doors, meaning his celebrity—not large by Hollywood standards, but the closest thing to movie stardom that CPAC’s got. Baldwin recently filed for bankruptcy, and his next career move is to put on a bunch of regional XPACs, with more right-wing comics and motivational patriot talk, while doing his radio show from an XPAC-logoed bus touring around the country. “What we want at this point is for XPAC to become a movement for conservative youth across the country,” he says, tugging in his pocket for a pack of cigarettes. “It would be a vibration that we are hoping will cause enough of a ripple effect that it will impact 2012.” I left, and another photo-seeker had already found Baldwin. One, two, three, snap. “Thanks bro!” Lydia DePillis is a reporterresearcher for The New Republic. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
It's a Girl for 'Top Chef' Host Padma Lakshmi (ETonline - Breaking News) Submitted at 2/22/2010 6:06:00 AM
"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi is now a top mom! Her rep tells UsMagazine.com that she welcomed a baby girl on Saturday. The baby girl was born late Saturday in New York City, the rep added. According to the Web site, Padma, 39, has been struggling for years with endometriosis, a medical condition that sometimes causes infertility. "As a result of her condition, this pregnancy has been referred to by her physician as nothing short of a medical miracle," Padma's rep said when the pregnancy was announced.
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Barack Obama that's bad news. Not only are Americans deeply pessimistic about the economy's direction, but they are becoming impatient, and they don't like what they are getting from Washington. Economic worries may also be contributing to changes in attitudes about health care reform. In a late January poll ABC News and the Washington Post captured the nation's pessimism with this question: "Many economists say that using the standards they apply, the recession is probably over. Thinking about your own experience of economic conditions, would you say that from your point of view the recession is over or not over?" An overwhelming 88% said it wasn't over. In an early February Gallup poll 31% mentioned unemployment as the country's top problem--almost four times the number of those who gave that response during the 2008 election (8%) and the highest Gallup has recorded since 1983. A c c o r d i n g t o a ThomsonReuters/University of Michigan survey released Feb. 19, a majority expect the unemployment rate to remain
unchanged at its high level. These concerns have caused Barack Obama's marks on handling the economy to plummet. Although more people still blame President George W. Bush for the country's economic woes, they are nonetheless judging the current president very negatively. In Gallup's February poll, 36% approved of Obama's handling of the economy, while 61% disapproved. In February 2009, those numbers were essentially flipped--to 59% and 30%, respectively. In a February Pew poll this year, 24% said Obama economic policies had made economic conditions better, while slightly more people, 27%, said they had made things worse. Four in 10 said they had had no effect. Nor are Americans very enthusiastic about the economic stimulus bill, which had its anniversary last week. Most polls taken before the president signed the measure into law found more support than opposition. Pew's poll from June 2009 showed that 55% approved of the $787 plan, while 39% disapproved. In its February 2010 poll just 38% approved.
Only 6% said in a new CBS News/New York Times poll said the stimulus bill had already produced jobs. A plurality, 48%, said it would not create a substantial number of new jobs, while 41% thought it would create new jobs but hasn't yet. As for more federal spending to boost the economy, Americans in some polls want to do something to spur job growth, but other polls show concern about the deficit overriding new spending. More generally recent responses to questions about whether the federal government is doing or spending too much are unusually high. Barack Obama fared better than Democrats and Republicans in Congress in a CBS/New York Times question about offering reasonable solutions to the economic problems people are facing, but majorities gave all three negative marks. As the president finishes up a Westernstates swing to bolster vulnerable Democrats in the region in this year's election, the political consequences of the economic downturn can be seen in another question. In the October 2008 CBS/New York Times poll 29% said the Republican Party was
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more likely to ensure a strong economy; 47% cited the Democrats. Those responses are now 42% and 37%, respectively. What do sour economic perceptions mean for the health care summit this week? Obama's ratings on health care have tanked too, but views about the Republicans in Congress on the issue have only improved a little. Although Americans have told several pollsters they don't want to "give up" on health care reform, other polls have shown support for suspending action. Americans say the bill is too expensive, even as they like many specific provisions. Performance matters in politics, and right now, Americans aren't satisfied. For the president, that's a big problem. Karlyn Bowman is a senior fellow at AEI. P h o t o C r e d i t : iStockphoto/Stefan Klein Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
Elvis Lives on in Vegas (ETonline - Breaking News) Submitted at 2/22/2010 12:47:00 AM
Elvis is back in the building at Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. ET was on the blue suede carpet for the opening of " Viva Elvis," a new Cirque du Soleil production. Priscilla Presley, his ex-wife, was very involved in the threeyear process of putting this show together. She admitted, "The wedding scene was emotional." "The Girls Next Door"'s Holly Madison also got "All Shook Up" for the tribute, wearing an Elvis necklace. She revealed that her favorite song is "Jailhouse Rock."
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at Stormfront today: Polymath Forum Member Join Date: Jan 2005 Posts: 3,966 Re: Ron Paul Wins CPAC Poll There is a Jewish Supremacist hate site called “Little Green Footballs” and this kind of thing drives them crazy, because they PRETEND to be conservatives and when a real conservative and all-American man like Dr. Ron Paul wins so many conservative polls, they go crazy with whining. Thesw LGF Jews are the most
unpatriotic Israeli-first traitors the United States sees in the blogosphere. They are vile and disgusting rats. “Charles Johnson” is the shabbat goy that fronts this obvious Zionist hate site, and even if this “Charles Johnson” moron claims to be Christian, he could care less about Christianity in the Holy Land, which is getting wiped out by Zionists, and it fared far better under the Arabs before the Khazar (Ashkenazi) fakes came to the Middle East. __________________ “At the height of segregation and
apartheid under Hendrik Verwoerd, South Africa was almost as peaceful as Switzerland but she was immoral. Today we are the apotheosis of racial morality and political correctness, yet as violent as the Congo or Liberia.” — Dan Roodt Before there can be “anti”Semitism, there must be Semitism.
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PMA 2010: Samsung, Sony, and HP introduce new digital cameras by Terry Sullivan (Consumer Reports) Submitted at 2/21/2010 5:15:58 PM
PMA 2010: Samsung, Sony, and HP introduce new digital cameras The big camera trade show, PMA, started today, and three manufacturers have announced new products to kick things off. Here's a quick rundown: Samsung This brand leads the pack with a small laundry list of products: four point-and-shoots, two camcorders and a whopping five new lenses for its NX, SLR-like models. Of the cameras, I found two quite interesting: The 12-megapixel AQ100,
$200, is a 5x zoom point-andshoot that’s waterproof (to a depth of 10 feet), with a 2.7-inch LCD and HD-resolution video, though it doesn’t appear to be shockproof or freezeproof. Then there's the 10-megapixel TL350, $350, also 5x zoom, with a 24mm wide angle lens, plus the ability to fire 10 frames per second, shoot 1080p HDresolution video, and capture RAW shots. It also has a large, 3 -inch AMOLED LCD. The two pocket camcorders— HMX-U20, $250, and HMXU15, $230, both shoot 1080p HD -resolution video. The U20 shoots 10-megapixel stills while the U15 shoots 14-megapixels. Both can record time-lapse stills,
too--every one, five, 10, or 30 seconds. The U20 has a 3x zoom as well. On the show floor, I hope to also get a good look at the five NX lenses Samsung just announced for its new Micro Four-thirds camera. Sony Of the two point-and-shoots announced by Sony, the subcompact is more noteworthy: The Cybershot DSC-TX5, $350, with a 4x zoom, is waterproof, freezeproof, and shockproof. It has a 3-inch LCD and also includes HDR technology like that on other point-and-shoots and SLRs. HDR could be quite useful when shooting underwater, where there is often
minimal dynamic range due to the lack of light. HP returns Now back in the camera game, HP just announced five new entry-level digital cameras. And they appear to be expanding into another imaging area with three new camcorders, all priced at $200 or less. This is the first time in more than two years that HP has offered new cameras. Of course, the big absence at this year's show is Canon, which chose to show only at CES. So there should be a bit more floor space at this year’s PMA, since Canon usually has a monster-size booth. But it will be interesting to see what high-end cameras and micro four-thirds-like
cameras, if any, are unveiled by other companies here. For example, will Nikon update the Nikon D700 with video? Will Sony announced a micro four-thirds type model? Keep coming back for my updates, here on the Consumer Reports Electronics blog. Got a wish list for this year's new cameras? Post your ideas below. –Terry Sullivan Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences
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Making allowances: How to teach kids about money As I’m planning to pull together my taxrelated documents this weekend, I’ve got money and finances on the brain. High school and college math classes didn’t prepare me one jot for the household finances/budgeting area of real life. While there’s lots of advice for adults on how to prepare a household budget, manage debt, and get a grip on investing, where was this advice when we were young? One way to start you child on the road to a healthy relationship with money may be to give her an allowance. Once she’s got her own money to work with, you can then coach her in the fine arts of wisely spending, saving, donating, and possibly even investing. Once children understand that things cost money and they can identify coins (probably around age 3-5, depending on the child), then it’s probably a good time to start an allowance. If a kid can say he wants to buy something,
then he’s probably ripe for learning about what things get bought with. Older children, with larger allowances, can take on more expenses from buying clothes to gifts for friends. Here’s where the learning about budgeting comes in: If the allowance is handed out on Friday and by the next Wednesday all the money’s gone, then no buying until the next allowance is received. The general consensus seems to be not to pay kids to do day-today chores around the house, the thinking being that all family members should pitch in to keep the household in working order and not expect to be paid for their efforts (Hey, if chores were tied to $, this momma would be rolling in the dough). But if you’d like your little dear to go
above and beyond—like detailing your car or cleaning out the attic—then it’s perfectly fine to pay them. Here are a couple of resources worth checking out: Choosetosave.org Themint.org How much is the right amount for a weekly allowance? Kids can have an allowance equal to their age—or half of it if that higher amount is too rich for your blood. It makes sense that the younger they are, the less they need, and will be happy with. I like the idea of dividing up the money earned: spend, save, share. It might even be fun to make piggy banks with the kids, in which they could save their allowances. Or you could go the electronic route and use “virtual jars.” So tell us: do you give your child(ren) an allowance? If so, what’s your technique?—Desiree Ferenczi Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences
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Baby and child news from The Consumerist Here are some recent baby-andchild related stories from The Consumerist: Baby Bracelets, Pacifier Clips Recalled Because Lead Is Apparently Not Good For Your Infant A cute little baby bracelet made by Allreds Design (also known as Hidden Hollow Beads) of Utah may be the perfect little trinket to bling up your toddler—and give her lead poisoning. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of baby bracelets and pacifier clips produced by Allreds. It's not a mammoth recall-only about 900 units—but it's been discovered that the metal used in the bracelets and in the clasps for the pacifier clips contains a high level of lead. Allreds has already received one report of a 10month-old child who received treatment for elevated lead levels due to their products. The bracelets being recalled were
sold in the following sizes: 0-6 months, 1-4 years, and 4-8 years of age. Read the full post. TSA Makes Disabled Child Remove Leg Braces, Walk Through Metal Detector The TSA forced a disabled 4year old to get out of his stroller and remove his leg braces and walk unassisted through the metal director. After the humiliating and frightening incident, the boy's father, a cop, told the supervisor, "This is overkill. He's 4 years old. I don't think he's a terrorist." The supervisor then said, "You know why we're doing this," and walked away, according to the father. It turns out that this didn't even follow TSA policy, which would have allowed for the boy to be privately screened and swabbed for explosive material traces, without having to remove his braces. Read the full post. Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences
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Q&A: Are energy-efficient lightbulbs safe to use? by firstname.lastname@example.org (Consumer Reports) Submitted at 2/22/2010 3:14:59 AM
Q&A: Are energy-efficient lightbulbs safe to use? I’ve started to use energyefficient lightbulbs in my home, but I recently learned that they contain mercury. Are they safe? — A.H., New York, N.Y. Yes, but you need to take precautions if they break. Compact fluorescent lightbulbs use about 75 percent less energy and last up to 10 times longer than regular incandescent bulbs. While they contain a small amount of mercury— about 1 percent of the amount found in old thermometers—that poses an immediate risk only if the bulb
breaks. If that happens, take these steps to avoid exposure to the metal, which is a potent neurotoxin: Open a window and leave the room for at least15 minutes. Wear disposable gloves to clean up broken pieces, using a damp paper towel or sticky tape if needed. Avoid using a vacuum on hard surfaces, which can spread mercury into the air. Put remnants in a double plastic bag and discard in the trash
outdoors. For burned-out bulbs, recycling is best. (Go to the EPA's consumer web page on mercury for a recycling site near you.) Throw away the bulbs (outdoors, in a sealed bag) as a last resort. Take a look at some common myths about compact fluorescent light bulbs and read more on reducing your exposure to harmful chemicals in your home. Subscribe now! S u b s c r i b e t o ConsumerReports.org for expert Ratings, buying advice and reliability on hundreds of products. Update your feed preferences
Tebow Won't Throw at Combine by Michael David Smith (FanHouse Main) Submitted at 2/22/2010 12:55:00 AM
Filed under: NFL Draft After his disastrous performance at the Senior Bowl, former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow has decided that he needs more time to work on his passing mechanics, and he will not throw at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis this week. "I'm not changing who I am or how I approach football," Tebow told Adam Schefter of ESPN. "But there are things that I can get a lot better at -- my
fundamentals. I've never been asked to shorten or quicken my release and not have a loop in it. The changes I'm making have gone very well and it's becoming more and more natural to me."
Godfather of Video Blogging Tells All in New Book: Get Seen by Jolie O'Dell (ReadWriteWeb) Submitted at 2/21/2010 5:31:08 PM
Our good friend Steve Garfield is a terrific fellow and also happens to be one of the Web's first video bloggers. As part of a series called The New Rules of Social Media, he's just published a book that lays out a complete roadmap for online video success. Essentially, Get Seen is a
comprehensive field guide for how to produce, upload, distribute and publicize online video content. For businesses using the social Web to grow, it's particularly useful, as it contains a series of plans and tools for recording and editing video and building a community around that content. Sponsor The book is detailed without more seasoned folks who simply being overly technical, perfect need to improve their quality for total noobs as well as for
and/or visibility. It will guide the reader through every aspect of production, from interview techniques to camera selection. It also contains a wealth of information on and interviews with some of the most talented and successful names and faces that make up this ecosystem, from Justine Ezarik to Chris Pirillo. Steve also gets into the many tech companies that make up the world of online video, from scrappy startups like
Robo.to to the industry's Goliath, YouTube. Of course, there's a video overview of the book here: Basically, it's required reading for anyone who wants to use online video for any purposes other than the most casual social interactions. If you're producing content and looking for eyeballs, particularly if you're using social media for business purposes, Get Seen is a must-read. Discuss
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On Facebook, You're Really You by Sarah Perez (ReadWriteWeb)
same students take multiple personality tests in order to determine both their actual Submitted at 2/22/2010 7:03:33 AM personality and their idealized Are people are who they really personality. s a y t h e y a r e o n l i n e ? Prior to this study, if you had to Conventional wisdom tells us guess, you may have suspected that social networking sites, that the online versions of the blogs and other social media participants matched up more outlets have allowed people to closely with the idealized carefully craft online "personas" personalities, not the real ones. - essentially idealized versions of In fact, that assumption is shared who they are in real life. Are you by modern-day psychologists - it wittier online? More outgoing? e v e n m a d e i t s w a y i n t o More social? Friendlier? For psychology journals where it was those hiding behind the keyboard dubbed as the " idealized virtualand computer screen, personality identity hypothesis." However, traits like these are easier to fake. the researchers conducting this Or are they? new study thought that this was a According to a recent research hypothesis that needed testing. study, maybe not. Psychologists "There has been no research on found that "faking it" online is the most fundamental question t o u g h e r t h a n p r e v i o u s l y about OSN (online social imagined. In fact, the results of networking sites) profiles," notes the study show that people are the report. "Do they convey much more likely to reveal their accurate impressions of profile true personalities online and not owners?" the idealized image of who they As it turns out, yes. The want to be. surprising conclusion uproots the Sponsor previously held assumption that Idealism? Not on Your Online we are our idealized selves Profile online. Instead, we are To conduct the research, the displaying our real personalities. psychologists examined the "There was no evidence of selfsocial networking profiles of 236 idealization," concludes the U.S. and German students ages report. "These results suggest 17-22, both on Facebook and that people are not using their MySpace. They also had the OSN profiles to promote an
In addition, the privacy controls Facebook had in place at its beginning (now completely eviscerated, but that's another story...), provided its users with a idealized virtual identity. Instead, sense of safety, security and OSNs might be an efficient comfort - they could be medium for expressing and themselves - their real selves, communicating real personality, flaws and all - without the world which may help explain their watching. The end result was the popularity." On Facebook, We're web-based equivalent of the All Real People user's offline social network Although the researchers in this where no one is all that different study looked at both MySpace than they are in real life. But and Facebook profiles to come to What About the Older Social this conclusion, we suspect that Networkers? Facebook is home to even more The one complaint with have genuine personalities than with this latest research study is MySpace. Instead of allowing its that it focused only on the users to set up accounts using youngest demographic of social fake names or internet handles, networking users - those aged 17 Facebook only allows the use of -22. While this digital generation your legal name, a policy that may have grown up accustomed has led to some occasional to openly sharing online, those mistakes when oddly-named real belonging to the prior people were caught up in a generations - especially the baby Facebook purge. This up-front boomers and older - may be a bit requirement that you "be more guarded when it comes to yourself" on Facebook has had a posting to Facebook (and trickle-down effect on how assuming they use it, MySpace). people use the network. Active Although the study does reveal users typically only connect with some interesting findings about friends, family and other realGen Y/Gen Z and their use of the world acquaintances as opposed Internet, more research is to strangers and other pseduonecessary to determine if the friends as was done back in the conclusions span all age groups. MySpace days of "he whoever Discuss collects the most friends wins."
Padma Lakshmi's Daughter Krishna Makes Mysterious Father Happy [Buns In The Oven] by Brian Moylan (Gawker) Submitted at 2/22/2010 10:46:31 AM
Though she's still not talking about who the (cough, Adam Dell, cough) father is, Padma Lakshmi gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday. She has the lovely Indian name Krishna. Get ready for a Top Chef baby food challenge!
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Everyware: Interview with Adam Greenfield, Part 1 by Richard MacManus (ReadWriteWeb)
time. In particular I wanted to know if anything major had changed since the book was first Submitted at 2/22/2010 4:00:00 AM released. Last week I had the privilege of He replied that the mobile phone m e e t i n g A d a m G r e e n f i e l d , has been the biggest change. a u t h o r o f E v e r y w a r e : T h e According to Greenfield, the Dawning Age of Ubiquitous " s i n g l e b i g g e s t f a i l u r e o f Computing. It's one of my imagination in the book was that favorite books about the Internet someone would decisively reof Things and is still ahead of the imagine what the phone is." curve, even though it was written I think he's being overly harsh in 2005 and published in 2006. on himself, as the iPhone wasn't Greenfield was in my city announced until January 2007. Wellington for the week, so I sat So in 2005/06, nobody but Steve down with him at a local cafe to Jobs and some of his team at get his views on the current state Apple could have possibly of Internet of Things and where imagined what the phone would it's headed. turn into. It should also be noted If you're unsure what the world that Adam Greenfield was a very will be like when everything is early adopter of mobile blogging connected to the Internet (hence (he coined the term "moblog") the term 'everyware'), then read and he is currently Nokia's head o n f o r G r e e n f i e l d ' s a c u t e of design direction for user observations and examples of interface and services. So if the what's already happening. This evolution of the mobile phone w i l l b e a m u l t i - p a r t p o s t , since 2005/06 surprised even published over the course of this him, that tells you something week. about how much of a sea change Sponsor the iPhone has been. RFID W h a t ' s C h a n g e d ? M o b i l e One thing that hasn't changed as Phones! much as first thought is RFID. Since it's been nearly 4 years Greenfield ruefully noted that since Everyware was published, I "this stuff is taking so long." asked Greenfield how Internet of There are scenarios in Everyware Things has evolved since that that haven't come to pass yet,
those cities getting from companies? He said that technology companies like Cisco and Intel are responding with products and services for Internet of Things. I asked Greenfield what he thought the differences were between adoption in Asia and the U.S.? He replied that public motivation in Asia may be one differentiator. In many Asian such as RFID in credit cards and countries, there is a belief in 'progress' and a future life that home theatres. However he thinks that RFID will be better because of the will eventually be usurped by " h e r o i c i n v e s t m e n t s " o f superior item identification and governments and big companies. tracking technologies. See this He said that quality of life can be ReadWriteWeb post for more delivered as a service in a place background on the state of RFID. like Korea, for example an Internet fridge. Whereas The City Currently Adam Greenfield is westerners tend to question the working on his next book, called utility of things like that. The City Is Here For You To To get a wider understanding of Use. I asked him what cities he's Internet of Things, I recommend been most impressed with, in you purchase Everyware now on terms of their use of Internet of Amazon. Neither myself or RWW is making any Things technologies. He mentioned Korea and commission on this, I just think Singapore, noting also that this book deserves a wider municipalities in East Asia have audience. Stay tuned for more from Adam Greenfield in Part 2 made a lot of progress. According to Adam Greenfield, of this series. Discuss a more interesting question may be: what kind of responses are
NintendoWare Weekly: Flight Control, Flipper, Ghost Slayer by JC Fletcher (Joystiq) Submitted at 2/22/2010 10:00:00 AM
Today's WiiWare and DSiWare update is brought to you by the letter "F." Four of the seven games released on Nintendo's download services today have titles starting with the letter, including: a new game in the Aksys "Family" series; Flight Control; the indie platformer from goodbyegalaxygames, Flipper; and ... Faceez. In non-alliterative news, the spooky WiiWare sword fighting game Ghost Slayer is now haunting the Wii Shop. Continue reading NintendoWare Weekly: Flight Control, Flipper, Ghost Slayer NintendoWare Weekly: Flight Control, Flipper, Ghost Slayer originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 22 Feb 2010 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Email this| Comments
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Yelp for Religion: ChurchRater Lets Users Review Worship
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co-founders' book, Jim and Casper Go to Church. The premise for the book"could be Submitted at 2/21/2010 8:16:42 PM the pilot script for a sitcom: a What do you get when a pastor hires an atheist to help Christian pastor, an atheist, a him critique several Christian grad student and a lawyer set up churches throughout the United a website to criticize churches? States." Jim Henderson, the I swear, this isn't a bad joke. It's pastor, and Matt Casper, the a very real site, ChurchRater, and atheist, traveled to several it allows anyone with an Internet churches around the U.S. to get a connection to identify and fresh perspective on how people review church services around worship. the world. Is the site inspiring The website now allows any f r a n k c o n v e r s a t i o n s a b o u t user to essentially replicate that worship and religion, as its feedback process. creators intended? Is it allowing Here's how it works: Users sometimes closed or cliqueish create a profile (what, no communities to see how they Facebook Connect option?) and appear to outsiders? Or does it, t h e n h a v e t h e o p t i o n s o f as some users wrote, "trivialize searching for churches, reading the deep dimensions of spiritual reviews and posting reviews and experiences" and "bolster the ratings of their own. Churches notion that church is a consumer- can also request to be rated, in oriented proposition"? One which case a reviewer is hired thing's for sure: It's definitely a and sent to review that church. controversial idea for many Right now, only Christian who've stumbled upon the site. denominations are included on What do you think: Should the site (Catholic and Protestant); religion be up for public review? the co-founders have stated they Sponsor do not intend to add mosques, The site began as a rather synagogues or other places of natural extension of two of the worship to their system. And
children of God are sold into slavery; we have no time to most of the reviews are for waste rating 'Sunday shows,'" churches inside the U.S. Still, if one wrote. you've ever had the unique "By providing such an open experience of living in or around forum," wrote another, "dirty any of the American Protestant laundry can be aired (in fact, IS subcultures, you know there's aired) with no means of proving some darn good fodder for its truthfulness; as such, you reviews there. become accessories, in all Many of the churches in the likelihood, to the bearing of false s i t e ' s d a t a b a s e r e m a i n witness, even slander." unreviewed. The review threads Still, as a young person who was that exist, however, range from subjected to an unrelenting informative to entertaining. One Baptist upbringing as well as well-known megachurch was constant coast-to-coast travel, I criticized for its emphasis on can see the value in having such showmanship. Another large a site. For discriminating churchchurch was given a terrible goers who are looking for a new review for its unwelcoming church home, it's good to have congregation and self-important firsthand and honest feedback on p r e a c h e r . O n e p a s t o r g o t exactly what a given worship smacked down for giving his service will entail. own church a five-star rating. Besides, churchgoers are already As interesting and even useful "reviewing" churches informally as such reviews can be, however, and offline, anyhow. Why not some of the site's users take bring these conversations into umbrage at its purpose and the light? execution. Let us know what you think in "We live in a world where 1.1 the comments. Discuss billion people lack access to clean water, over three billion people live in poverty, and
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Message from fivefilters.org: If you can, please donate to the full -text RSS service so we can continue developing it. An inordinate amount of pharmacy spam is coming my way from Yahoo.com. Why arenâ€™t they doing any spam filtering? And if they are, why are they doing what appears to be such a terrible job? Is it that hard to screen for millions of various nonsense email address variations all carrying the same junk spam message? The last entity to do this was Hotmail â€” years ago, I added that domain to my blacklist, and my spam went down tremendously. Yahoo will soon suffer the same fate . . . Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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Open Thread: Can MySpace Really Make a Comeback?
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much of that information cannot currently be published here. We will do our best to let you know Submitted at 2/21/2010 10:14:47 PM official MySpace news as it For months, we've been fielding breaks. rumors (and filtering out the With the abrupt firing of CEO facts) about MySpace's proposed Owen Van Natta two weeks ago, redesign and rebranding. we are reminded of his initial Tonight's report on TechCrunch duties when he was hired less outlines a few minor details of than a year ago. In addition to the overall plan to stop the site's dealing with internal politics and hemorrhaging users and stem its negotiating the end of MySpace's financial decline. As we've ad deal with Google, Van Natta known (and as we predicted last was expected to give MySpace year), the site will shift its much-needed boost in the areas emphasis from pure social of technology, branding and networking to content discovery features. and recommendation. The site's While it's unknown exactly how tagline is expected to change to much of the forthcoming "new" "Discover and Be Discovered." MySpace will represent Van But is that really enough to bring Natta's vision, we do wonder if users back? What would it take anything is enough to save that for you to start regularly using sinking ship. Of course, the site MySpace again? still has a large userbase, Sponsor particularly in the international Disclosure: The writer of this market. But what do techies want post has been privy to a great to see before they start using the deal of internal information site again? about the redesign due to The outlook isn't good, to say personal connections in the L.A. the least. We conducted an and S.F. offices. Because of informal poll on Twitter, asking confidentiality issues and NDAs, what folks would need to call
beyond - better than Pandora, Facebook or Twitter do the same things. Granted, in terms of content discovery, Facebook's not particularly kind on musicians or filmmakers; as evidence, you can check out some of the remaining MySpace users. If you've visited the site lately, your list of active friends might look like a wasteland of struggling bands. themselves MySpace users. B u t i s a n e w c o n t e n t While a slew of respondents said recommendation engine packed bribes - from money to puppies with multimedia goodies and to MacBooks - would do the intuitive discovery tools enough trick, the noble @EricBurgess to regain the public's love and replied "They couldn't even pay trust? me." @_Tycho_ wrote that the What do you think - is a site site would have to "be easier to redesign enough to make you use than Facebook, and then want to use MySpace again? Can convince my friends to all go the site succeed as a content back on." A tall order, indeed, platform rather than a social and one echoed by several n e t w o r k ? O r i s M y S p a c e doomed to sink like the Titanic, others. B u t u s a b i l i t y a n d regardless of the products or attrition/retention aside, many features they roll out? users gave a common ultimatum: Let us know your opinions in MySpace would have to do the comments. Discuss anything they try - from social networking to content and
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How to Set Keyword Bookmarks in Google Chrome [Timesavers] by Adam Pash (Lifehacker) Submitted at 2/22/2010 6:00:00 AM
Keyword bookmarks are my absolute favorite time-saving Firefox feature. I use them literally hundreds of times a dayâ€” a good system of keyword bookmarks saves all kinds of time in the browser. Unfortunately Chrome isn't so friendly to keyword bookmarkers. After searching high and low for a way to tweak the bookmark dialog in Google Chrome to display an option to add a keyword to my bookmarks, turns out all I needed to do was turn to the help of a few clever readers who'd emailed in how to achieve keyword bookmark bliss in Chrome. The imperfect-butworkable solution: I just realized that keyword bookmarking is as easy as managing your search engines. Right-click the omnibox (address bar), click "Edit search engines," and add a search engine. Use a Name you will recognize, enter the keyword you want to use,
and just enter the URL for your bookmark in the URL box. Voila! Chrome's keyword search tool, like Firefox's, replaces%s in the URL with your search terms. However, you can add a keyword search in Chrome without adding the%s bit at all, so when you execute that keyword, it'll just take you to the keyword's URL. To clarify, check the screenshot above to how I set up a keyword bookmark for Lifehacker would look like. After setting it up, any time I want to visit Lifehacker in the future, all I have to do is type 'l' and hit Enter. Chrome's autocomplete is certainly smart,
and for some people is enough to replace the need for keyword bookmarks, but if you're a keyword bookmark junkie like I am, this is an important feature to ease any browser transition. Unfortunately it's more of a hack than a bookmark feature, and the search engine manager isn't nearly as robust as the regular bookmark manager, but until the Google developers decide to add this feature (my birthday's coming up, GOOG), it's better than nothing. Thanks Cadence, Erik, and Rupert!
Mercedes-Benz F800 Style teases us with fuel cells, aggressive new look by Vladislav Savov (Engadget) Submitted at 2/22/2010 8:55:00 AM
Mercedes has just announced its latest "research vehicle," the F800 Style, and as concepts are wont to do, it intersperses some extremely ambitious goals with plenty of viable and forthcoming improvements. The two powertrain options touted by the company represent this best. On the one hand, there's a perfectly reasonable PHEV setup that will generate north of 400bhp combined grunt and offer an 18mile range when abstaining from gas power. On the other, there's an electric drive with fuel cells system that will get you a spectacular 375-mile cruising range -- if only it'd make it to real products, which seems highly unlikely right now. All
the same, as the company's premium sedan concept, the F800 Style represents the direction of Mercedes' future designs, both in its external styling and in the internal focus on becoming friendlier to the environment. We can find little reason to object to either. Check out a couple more pics after the break, then hit Autoblog for more details. Continue reading MercedesBenz F800 Style teases us with fuel cells, aggressive new look Mercedes-Benz F800 Style teases us with fuel cells, aggressive new look originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 22 Feb 2010 08:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Autoblog| Email this| Comments
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Budget Your Trip Helps You Allocate Cash and Plan for Travel at Home and Abroad [Travel] by Jason Fitzpatrick (Lifehacker) Submitted at 2/22/2010 5:30:00 AM
If you're looking to do some traveling, Budget Your Trip can help you not only plan your travel expenses but track them while you're traveling. Budget Your Trip is a web site devoted to planning and budgeting travel expenses. You'll find no shortage of web sites that cater to helping you budget in general but the feature set of Budget Your Trip is heavily geared towards travel planning. You can plan a trip from scratch or build your trip budget off the existing averages and sample budgets they have for a variety of locales. If they don't have a budget for the locale you're traveling too you can always save yours and add it to the global averages so future users can get an idea how much it costs to hit the mean streets of Whytucky, Kansas. We'd definitely encourage you to double check any odd items you see in the projected average
Acer GD235HZ and Alienware OptX AW2310 do battle in 3D HD monitor faceoff by Vladislav Savov (Engadget)
budgets however. While we found the averages to be reasonable in most instances, we found a few odd balls in the mixâ€”$2,719 average daily alcohol expenditure for budget travel in Paris made us wonder if there was a decimal problem or a traveler out there somewhere we really needed to go tour Paris with. In addition to estimating your travel expenses you can actively
monitor setup -- they delve right into some benchmarking and real world testing. The key Submitted at 2/22/2010 10:04:00 AM differentiator between the two We know 3D isn't for everyone, panels is in the price, with the but if you've got your heart set GD235HZ costing $399 and the track and update them as you on jumping that bandwagon nice AW2310 asking for a steeper travel. Penciled in $200 for your and early, here's a review for $469, though on balance it was daily accommodations but got you. The folks over at Tom's felt that the Alienware justified offered an upgrade to an ocean Guide have sat down with 23its premium with a superior view for $215? Swap it out on inch 3D displays from Acer ( feature set and better overall the fly and a new budget is GD235HZ) and Alienware ( performance. Hit the source for generated. OptX AW2310) and sought to the full verdict. Have a favorite tool for travel figure which one offers the better [Thanks, Ben] planning, budget-related or gaming experience. After some Acer GD235HZ and Alienware otherwise? Let's hear about it in sobering notes about the need for OptX AW2310 do battle in 3D t h e c o m m e n t s . a high end system to run 3D HD monitor faceoff originally B u d g e t Y o u r T r i p [ v i a games -- NVIDIA's 3D Vision appeared on Engadget on Mon, MakeUseOf] solution renders each scene 22 Feb 2010 10:04:00 EST. twice, meaning you'll need as Please see our terms for use of much power to drive one 3D feeds. Permalink| Tom's Guide| screen as you would a dual- Email this| Comments
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What's Your Proudest DIY Moment? [Ask The Readers] by Kevin Purdy (Lifehacker) Submitted at 2/22/2010 7:00:00 AM
Whether you've bootstrapped a business with the bare minimum, built something amazing out of spare parts, or simply rescued a party without a bottle opener, we know you've got a DIY story to tell. We'd love to hear it. Photo by bbaunach. We're celebrating DIY in a disposable age this week at Lifehacker, and we'll have plenty of tips, projects, and links to share. What we'd really love, though, is to hear the DIY story you've been dying to tell, about saving money, saving time, or just saving your sanity with a custom-made solution. Have you avoided paying big bucks for a device or gadget by making your own or improving what you've already got? Has your freelance or small business made do without fancy enterprise tools by being crafty with cheap
or free tools? What's your most memorable MacGyver-esque moment, where you fixed or boosted your situation with just some basic supplies and ingenuity? You may well have other definitions of DIY that might not fit the conventional duct-tapeand-elbow-grease mold, and that's fine—we want to hear
those too. Share your proudest DIY moments as a commenter in this thread. We'll be watching it closely all week, approving and starring commenters with notable tales to tell, and posting the best items later this week. So go on—tell us all the tale your friends are sick of hearing about your clever solutions. We're listening.
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by Tim Stevens (Engadget) Submitted at 2/22/2010 9:43:00 AM
If you had any doubt that Sony was getting all hot and bothered by the prospects of 3D everything in the very near future, a recent interview with Digital Photography Review should settle that. Masashi Imamura, President of Personal Imaging and Sound at Sony, said Hamid Karzai, the president, suspected to contain insurgents that the company is focused on called on western forces to do i n t h e s o u t h e r n U r u z g a n tackling the third dimension on every front, and while we more to minimise civilian P r o v i n c e o n S u n d a y . c a s u a l t i e s , t h e A f g h a n Five Filters featured article: already know it is meeting the government said. Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: needs of Hollywood, with In a statement Afghanistan’s PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, cameras like the HFC Comfort3D and the HDC-F950, now Council of Ministers said women Term Extraction. comes the focus on Joe and children were among those killed when the Nato-led force conducted a strike on vehicles
Afghan civilians killed in Nato air strike (Financial Times - US homepage)
Sony confirms plans for consumer-friendly 3D cameras Consumer, specifically referencing Fuji's Real 3D W1. Of course, we're also expecting something a little higher end from the company, with earlier talk of 3D Alphas, but firstthings first, and while Mr. Imamura didn't see fit to tell us when to expect a consumerfriendly 3D shooter, we can't imagine it'll be long now. Sony confirms plans for consumer-friendly 3D cameras originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 22 Feb 2010 09:43:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Digital Photography Review| Email this| Comments
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Use Windows System Restore to Recover Individual Files [Windows Tip] by Jason Fitzpatrick (Lifehacker) Submitted at 2/22/2010 6:30:00 AM
Windows 7: Windows System Restore has long been a great way to recover your system after a bad software install or a critical driver goes missing, but you may not know you can also use it to recover individual files. Earlier this month we published a guide to Windows System Restore and now we're highlighting, courtesty of the How-To Geek computer site, how you can use System Restore to restore individual files. You need to have System Restore on for any drive that you want to be able to restore files on. Once you've turned on System Restore and made a restore pointâ€”type "System Restore" in the Start Menu command box to open up the System Restore dialogue to turn things on and make your first
Ion 2 GPU Benchmarked As Slower Than Its Predecessor [Guts] by Brian Barrett (Gizmodo) restore point if you haven't alreadyâ€”any folder or file on that disk can now be recovered. Right click on the folder the file used to be in or the parent folder if you're trying to restore a deleted sub-folder, then click on "Restore previous versions". The restore menu seen in the screenshot above will appear and you'll be able to select the
version of the folder or files you want to restore. Check out the guide at How-To Geek for lots of pictures and a more thorough step-by-step walk through. Have a neat Windows 7 trick you'd like to share? Let's hear about it in the comments. Restore Previous Versions of Files in Every Edition of Windows[How-To Geek]
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The first Nvidia Ion 2 netbook has been benchmarked, and the early results are disappointing: the Acer Aspire One 532G's next -gen GPU managed to underperform the older Ion LE. The benchmarking was done by Netbook News while at MWC, who managed to run a 3DMark03 graphics benchmark test during their hands-on time. The resulting score of 3,049 is lower than some Ion LE netbooks achieve; the Samsung N510, for example, scores a 3,593. There are possible explanations,
of course, and we won't know for sure how the Ion 2 stacks up until we're able to test a production-ready unit. As Netbook Choice points out, it's possible that Acer and Nvidia purposefully hamstrung the machine to keep it stable during demonstrations. Then again, it's also possible that Nvidia has had a difficult time working with the Aspire One 532G's Pine Trail processor. Let's hope it's the former: the last thing netbooks need is even more limited graphics capabilities. [ Netbook News via Netbook Choice]
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Developing countries, in race out of poverty, will produce more E-Waste by John Biggs (CrunchGear) Submitted at 2/22/2010 7:30:47 AM
UN Under-Secretary-General Achim Steiner gave a talk at an environment protection conference in Bali describing a growing problem among developing nations: e-waste. While places like China and India already have their own problems with informal e-waste recycling, the UN expects to see the same intractable problems surface in Africa and Latin America while levels of trash will double or triple in already problem-plagued countries. What does this mean? Generally it means that entire swathes of the developing world will soon become e-waste producers and recyclers. As folks in developing counties begin buying computers, TVs, and fridges the e-waste problem is compounded by population and horrible recycling techniques and the refusal by organizations like the CEA to back forced recycling programs in already developed areas. These countries will soon be buried in e-waste and informal
recycling techniques, including dropping PCBs into heaters to release the gold and other rare metals, create massive problems for the recyclers and nearby homes. It is, in short, a mess. Here are a few stats from the UN on this problem: Global e-waste generation is growing by about 40 million tons a year Manufacturing mobile phones and personal computers
consumes 3 per cent of the gold and silver mined worldwide each year; 13 per cent of the palladium and 15 per cent of cobalt Modern electronics contain up to 60 different elements — many valuable, some hazardous, and some both Carbon dioxide emissions from the mining and production of copper and precious and rare metals used in electrical and
electronic equipment are estimated at over 23 million tonnes – 0.1 percent of global emissions (not including emissions linked to steel, nickel or aluminum, nor those linked to manufacturing the devices) In the US, more than 150 million mobiles and pagers were sold in 2008, up from 90 million five years before Globally, more than 1 billion mobile phones were sold in
2007, up from 896 million in 2006 Countries like Senegal and Uganda can expect e-waste flows from PCs alone to increase 4 to 8 -fold by 2020. Given the infrastructure expense and technology skills required to create proper facilities for efficient and environmentally sound metal recovery, the report suggests facilitating exports of critical e-scrap fractions like circuit boards or btteries from smaller countries to OECD-level, certified end-processors. This is, friends, a big problem. Although we’re a gadget site, it’s become more and more clear that the vast majority of gadget makers aren’t ready to face this problem and are happy just to grab the nascent market share in these countries. We’ll try to stay on these companies in the news but please vote with your wallet, especially when organizations try to prevent recycling laws from passing in “developing countries” like New York City.
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Timing the Olympics, Over Time [Sports] by John Herrman (Gizmodo) Submitted at 2/22/2010 10:37:53 AM
Over at Beyond Binary, Ina Fried's got a fascinating profile of Omega Timing, the company that's been managing event timing at the Olympics for over 70 years. Counting seconds now is a totally different game than it was in 1936. Take the methods for timing skiers: Less than a century ago, the timing of downhill skiing required someone at the top and bottom of the run, each with a stopwatch synchronized to the time of day. Every few skiers, the timer at the top would send down a piece of paper with the start times of the last few skiers and then some math would ensue, eventually
resulting in the time of the run being calculated. Or the replacement—pictured above—for the classic—and conceptually bizarre, because what the hell, a gun?—starter pistol: Among the many Winter
surprising bit—the raw manpower it takes to time the Olympics now, versus the good old days: At its first Olympics, in Germany in 1936, Omega sent a single technician with 27 stopwatches to the Games. At the 2006 Turin, Italy, Winter Games, Omega sent 208 people—127 timekeepers and 81 data handlers—along with some 220 tons of equipment. I'm partial to the classic classic method, by which competitors judged their own finishing times, Olympics firsts at Vancouver is got in fights about who finished the use of a new all-electronic first, and settled the dispute like starter gun that emits a consistent real athletes: On the floor of the by Darren Murph (Engadget) sound and light. Plus, says coliseum, with improvised Omega's Christophe Berthaud, weapons, while running from a Submitted at 2/22/2010 10:27:00 AM it's a whole lot easier to get recently imported tiger. through airport security. Athletes nowadays![ CNET] SANDISK page 47 Or—and this is the most
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Energy-recycling foot makes it easier for amputees to walk by Darren Murph (Engadget)
the power of ankle push-off. The device is able to capture dissipated energy, and an inbuilt What's better than an artificial microcontroller tells the foot to nose? Why, an artificial foot, of return the energy to the system at course! University of Michigan precisely the right time. Tests researchers have developed a have shown that those using this new prosthetic foot that could here foot spent just 14 percent one day make it much easier for more energy to walk than one amputees to walk. Put simply, would spend when walking this new prototype drastically naturally, which is a rather cuts the energy spent per step, as significant decrease from the 23 it harnesses the energy exerted percent uptick experienced with when taking a step and enhances conventional prostheses. If Submitted at 2/22/2010 9:21:00 AM
you're still baffled, there's a pretty wicked video demonstration waiting for you after the break.
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Here's hoping you didn't pull the trigger on of the world's first SDXC cards to ship, 'cause if so, you just paid a painful premium. Nary two months after Panasonic served up the first 32GB and 64GB SDXC cards to the masses, SanDisk has stepped in to ship its highest capacity Secure Digital card ever in the 64GB Ultra SDXC. Said device boasts a 15MB/sec read speed, a Class 4 speed rating and an exFAT file structure that helps you capture 1080p clips without any glitches or hangups. It's also based around the minty fresh SD 3.0 specification, so make sure that you pick up an SDXC reader or a device that specifically
supports the format (you know, like ASUS' Eee PC T101MT). If you're finally ready to leap, this one's available now for the notquite-reasonable price of $349.99, though if we were you, we'd wait for the rest of the competition to hit the ship button and drive down the MSRP. SanDisk ships 64GB Ultra SDXC card for $350 originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 22 Feb 2010 10:27:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink| Business Wire| Email this| Comments
Pentax K-7 gets a Limited Silver Edition (in Japan)
Video: Metal Gear Solid Arcade 3D in action by Serkan Toto (CrunchGear)
viewpoint in the game changes in line with the direction your head (in reality) is facing. There’s an We’ve covered Metal Gear analog stick on the gun, which Solid 3D (whose first playable allows you to move in the game version was announced by independent of where you look Konami last week) twice so far, in reality, too. and now it’s time to look at the As we reported before, you need game in more detail. Konami is to cooperate and communicate still in the middle of optimizing with other players to advance in the gameplay (which is based on the game, which offers 5.1 sound Metal Gear Online) and hasn’t to give you that extra-realistic fixed a release date yet. feeling of being engaged in In the video embedded below, combat. you can see a model holding a Here’s the video (courtesy of gun in her hands and wearing the DigInfo in Tokyo) “VR” 3D goggles, the main selling point of the title. Your Submitted at 2/22/2010 12:20:30 AM
US and European stocks mark time as exporters lift Asia (Financial Times - US homepage) Submitted at 2/22/2010 6:45:38 AM
Message from fivefilters.org: If you can, please donate to the full -text RSS service so we can continue developing it. 14:45 GMT. US and European bourses began the new week in tentative mood as concerns about the speed of monetary tightening and worries over Greece’s fiscal
position policy rumbled on. However, most Asian exchanges were in fine fettle, with traders getting the first chance to react to Friday’s late rally in the euro and consequent pullback in the dollar, which in turn boosted gold to a one-month high and pushed oil above $80. Five Filters featured article: PENTAX Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: continued from page 47 PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Pentax USA’s press pages. In Term Extraction. Japan, the K-7 Limited Silver will go on sale on March 13 for $1,420.
by Serkan Toto (CrunchGear) Submitted at 2/22/2010 6:40:50 AM
Pentax released their seventh generation SLR, the K-7, last summer, and it turned out to be a great camera. And today Hoya Pentax in Japan announced[press release in English] a limited edition of the K-7 (simply dubbed “Limited Silver”) whose main selling points are a silvercolored body and a “golden section ratio” focusing screen. The K-7 is limited to 1,000 units only. Apart from the special coloring, Pentax also reinforced the LCD monitor and ships the new model with upgraded firmware and updated image processing software. Technically, there are no changes to the black-colored Pentax K-7. Although the press release linked to above is written in English, it’s to be found in the English part of Pentax Japan’s homepage only. As of this writing, the text is missing on PENTAX page 47
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Looks Like Betty White Might Host 'Saturday Night Live' After All by Bob Sassone (TV Squad) Submitted at 2/22/2010 10:30:00 AM
Who says that internet campaigns don't work? Remember that Facebook campaign to get Betty White to host 'Saturday Night Live?' You thought it was just one of those goofy things that wouldn't lead anywhere, but it looks like it might happen after all (though there's a twist...). White has said she wants to do the show, and now Michael Ausliello over at Entertainment Weekly is reporting that negotiations are underway for White to host the show later this season. But she wouldn't host it alone. The episode would be a "Women of Comedy" episode, with people like Molly Shannon on board and possibly Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Seems like they might not want White - who is 88 years old - to have to host the entire live show herself. This could still be a great show anyway. But if they're getting White, why not get some other
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Becki Newton Chomps on 'Love Bites' by Brad Trechak (TV Squad) Submitted at 2/22/2010 10:00:00 AM
Fresh off the cancellation of'Ugly Betty', Becki Newton has already found her next big by Jason Hughes (TV Squad) week? Did she sound a little project. She will be starring in more like Sarah Chalke than 'Love Bites', an anthology series classic female TV personalities? Submitted at 2/22/2010 2:00:00 AM L e c y G o r a n s o n ( t h a t ' s on NBC about dating and Wouldn't it be great to have, say, M a r y T y l e r M o o r e , R u e This week managed to be both a'Roseanne' joke for those paying relationships similar to the M c C l a n a h a n , a n d C l o r i s boring and wonderful at the attention)? That's because Nia classic 'Love, American Style'. Leachman to join White on the same time. In fact,'American Long, who's been the voice of Unlike her manipulative Amanda show? I'm sure we could think of Dad' and'The Cleveland Show' Roberta thus far was replaced Tanen character, Newton's new other women from TV history paralleled one another in this this episode by Reagan Gomez- character will be an "optimistic, that could co-host with White. sense. Both had very strong lead Preston. I know, it's almost as i n f e c t i o u s l y b u b b l y s o c i a l Filed under: Late Night, TV stories featuring their respective shocking as when Darrin went w o r k e r w h o i s a v i r g i n " . Royalty, Saturday Night Live, fathers and sons, and both had from one Dick to another on 'Ugly Betty' started off strong but rather dull back-up installments 'Bewitched.' Celebrities, Reality-Free seemed to meander in the later Continue reading Sundays with seasons. Once it was relegated to P e r m a l i n k | E m a i l t h i s | | featuring the daughters. What is it with Seth MacFarlane Seth: Revenge, Redemption and Friday night (usually where Comments and female daughters? The fact Roger's "Precious" science fiction and fantasy is sent that he can't find anything to do Filed under: Other Comedy to die), it was already pretty with Meg has become a running S h o w s , O p E d , A n i m a t i o n , much done. What prompted the joke on 'Family Guy,' but he has Episode Reviews, Reality-Free strong start was a memorable the same problems with Hayley P e r m a l i n k | E m a i l t h i s | | cast of characters, including and Roberta. Comments Amanda Tanen as played by Did you notice anything Becki Newton. different about Roberta this BECKI page 49
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ABC Family Heading 'The Simpsons' - 'The Back to College for a Color Yellow' Recap Fourth Season of 'Greek' by Jason Hughes (TV Squad) Submitted at 2/22/2010 2:40:00 AM
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(S21E13) You'll have to forgive me when I admit that I'm not familiar with all of the instances It looks like ABC Family is of the Simpson family history heading for that awkward phase that have been presented over the of high school and college-based years, as I've not caught all 453 dramas with'Greek,' according to episodes prior to this one. I also The Hollywood Reporter: the suspect that Lisa's journey across fourth year. This is when your the attic featured costumes and freshmen are seniors and you memorabilia from across the past have to figure out what to do 20 years, which would have been with them, and your show, if you a nice touch for that lackluster make it to five. Of course, you it was only a 10-episode pick-up. anniversary 450th episode that have a little bit of flexibility with The first two seasons ran 22 featured Krusty, for some reason. college, as many students take episodes each, while the third hit Bonus points to anyone who can l o n g e r t h a n f o u r y e a r s t o 20. recognize every artifact shown. graduate, and there's always post Continue reading ABC Family Speaking of Krusty, he showed -graduate work. Heading Back to College for a up in the flashback installments But all of that's a problem for Fourth Season of 'Greek' of this nostalgic look back at the 2011. Right now, the cast and Filed under: Other Drama Simpsons in the era of slavery. It crew of 'Greek' can celebrate that Shows, Pickups and Renewals, was but one of a few awkwardly with this fourth season pick-up, Reality-Free forced historical cameos in what they will become the longest P e r m a l i n k | E m a i l t h i s | | was otherwise a rather solid running original series currently C o m m e n t s episode. on the air at ABC Family. Plus, we learned where donuts The other side of the coin is that Submitted at 2/22/2010 9:00:00 AM
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It's good for Ms. Newton to play OpEd, Celebrities, Pickups and someone radically different than Renewals, Casting, Reality-Free Amanda to prevent typecasting. Permalink| Email this| | Granted, 'Love Bites' sounds at C o m m e n t s first like a series involving vampire romance. For Ms. Newton's sake, let's hope 'Love Bites' doesn't, well, suck. Filed under: Programming,
The NBC Winter Olympics Coverage Backlash [God Bless America] by Ravi Somaiya (Gawker) Submitted at 2/22/2010 7:50:00 AM
NBC execs have either been watching a lot of Westerns, or have calculated that ridiculously overblown patriotism will get originated from, and knowledge more viewers for the winter Olympics. In either case, two is power! Continue reading'The Simpsons' media-watchers are sick of the star-spangled blather. - 'The Color Yellow' Recap F i l e d u n d e r : O p E d , T h e The Boston Globe's Charles P Simpsons, Animation, Episode Pierce, talking about last night's Ice Hockey, says he hates "to Reviews, Reality-Free P e r m a l i n k | E m a i l t h i s | | sound like less of an American than I am, but I'm a little Miracle Comments -On-Ice'd out at this point, especially with Al Michaels, who seems to believe that he landed on Omaha Beach or something 30 years ago." Alessandra Stanley, in the New York Times, devotes an entire article to the fawning, mistyeyed coverage of American success (and the downplaying of the rest of the world) that she describes as "the worst in network heavy breathing." Matt Lauer, she says, treated NBC page 50
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Which Celeb Needs Her Own Episode of Intervention? [Blind Items] by Brian Moylan (Gawker) Submitted at 2/22/2010 10:11:22 AM
She's a drunk, depressed mess, who can't work and can't get any help. Maybe she needs some trusty aides, like this celeb couple who treats their staff well. A disgruntled staff only makes things worse. Just ask this pair! 1."This star is in trouble. Her husband has been keeping her emotionally and physically propped up for months now. An intervention would be the next natural step, but for all her popularity and fame, she does not have anyone who will step up, confront her, and advocate for her. She is surrounded by an entourage of sheep who are either unable or unwilling to do anything for fear they will be financially cut off. Her career is fizzling, she is depressed, she is gaining weight, and she is drinking every single day. She recently had a blackout, but there was no publicized trip to the emergency room. A private physician was called in instead." [ Blind Gossip] 2."This foreign born still A list
model/reality star and her foreign born celebrity husband have lots of employees. The thing is they treat them all very, very well. Not a day goes by where they don't send someone on their staff a letter, card or e-mail which tells them how much they are appreciated. It's the little things." [ CDaN] 3."At the opposite end of the spectrum is this couple which consists of a foreign born B list
movie actress and her former A list movie actor husband. Not only do they regularly berate their employees and yell at them, but the actress loves to have what she calls cleaning days. Not cleaning one of their homes mind you, but cleaning out all of their employees. As in firing them all. Her other special thrill is firing someone right before they are scheduled to go on vacation." [ CDaN]
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skier Lindsey Vonn "as if he and Meredith Vieira had spent the last 15 years rising at dawn to drive her to training." And the network keeps over-packaging things. It has "cast female snowboarders as alpine Carrie Bradshaws," while caricaturing non-American competitors in much more, um, stereotyped ways. "Chinese snowboarders are overly "regimented," Austrians are "disciplined," and the Danes are moody," explains Stanley. "During the two-man bobsled races on Saturday one NBC announcer, searching for something to contribute about
the German racer Karl Angerer, said knowingly, "he's got a Bavarian mentality," whatever that means," It means he's UNAMERICAN, Alessandra. You liberal media elites wouldn't understand what decent, old-fashioned, workingclass sports like ski-ing and bobsled mean to the real 'merica. Just ask everyday folk on skijumps across Iowa how they feel about the coverage.
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Scientologists Hire Pulitzer and Emmy Winners to 'Investigate' Enemies [Cult] by Ravi Somaiya (Gawker)
and Editors, Russell Carollo, who won a Pulitzer in 1998 for a series on medical malpractice The 'church' do not like the St. that appeared in the Daily News Petersburg Times. Because the o f D a y t o n , O h i o , a n d Florida paper has an excellent, Christopher Szechenyi, an a n d o n g o i n g , s e r i e s o f Emmy-winning former TV investigations into the various producer. (They possibly saw weirdnesses of Cruise and Co. this job advertisement.) S o t h e y ' v e h i r e d t h r e e The three men, one of whom surprisingly legit journalists to admitted he could "certainly use investigate them right back. the money these days," were H o w a r d K u r t z , i n t h e hired to look at the journalistic Washington Post, reports that the practices that went into the request very seriously because cult hired Steve Weinberg, the Times reporting. Except the it's a study bought and paid for former executive director of non- Times refused to co-operate. "I by the Church of Scientology," profit Investigative Reporters ultimately couldn't take this Submitted at 2/22/2010 8:31:46 AM
Executive Editor Neil Brown told Kurtz. "I was surprised and disappointed that journalists who I understand to have an extensive background in investigative reporting would think it's appropriate to ask me or our news organization to talk about that reporting while (a) it's ongoing, and (b) while they're being paid to ask these questions by the very subjects of our reporting." Which sums the whole thing up really.
Olympic Men’s Hockey Diary: U.S. 5, Canada 3 (WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) Submitted at 2/21/2010 3:00:47 PM
Reuters Brian Rafalski (center) celebrates the second of his two first-period goals. He also had an assist in the third period. The Journal provides minute-byminute analysis of the U.S.’s 5-3 victory over Canada in their preliminary-round closer. Journal staffers are at Canada Hockey Place and Canadian Hockey House to offer commentary. 6:33 pm | Pregame | by Ian Johnson might have a lot in common with It might not be Brian Orser vs. Lago, who knows! But when you Brian Boitano or even the consider just their respective e l i m i n a t i o n r o u n d o f t h e sports, which probably all come Olympic hockey tournament, but weighted with different social today's showdown between currency in the strange biodome Canada and the U.S. is shaping of the Olympics, does a baggy up to be one of the high points of panted snow flipper have much the Vancouver Games this far. to say to a be-chaps'd ice glider? The two teams are undefeated Probably they just ignore each but have taken very different other mostly — after all, they've routes to get there. The U.S. has important events to focus on — r u m b l e d t o s o l i d , i f b u t i m a g i n i n g t h e s e t w o unspectacular, victories over disparate winter people thrown Switzerland and Norway. Its together and making awkward young stars haven't yet found small talk is, well, kinda funny. their groove, but the team's
How Awkward Is the Olympic Village? [Olympic Mysteries] by Richard Lawson (Gawker) Submitted at 2/22/2010 10:24:29 AM
Watching the brave dudes of ice dancing last night (jovial Agosto! dashing Moir!) and then considering the rowdy antics of snowboarders, we got to wondering: What is it like when two very different athletes meet in the Olympic Village? Because, you know, in our fantasy imaginings of how the Village goes down, American teammates are constantly saying hello to each other, the way that two Chinatown buses passing each other going opposite ways
on the highway always seem to honk and wave. Same recognizes same, especially in such a faraway and isolated a country as Canada. So while little Scott Lago is
getting his bronze polished by some adoring young lady, what does does he say when this young fellow walks by: That's US ice dancer Evan Bates, a cheery-looking lad who
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grinders have scored the goals and star netminder Ryan Miller has provided solid backstopping. Canada cruised to an easy rout of Norway (but who hasn't?), but had trouble against the plucky Swiss, needing a shootout to eke out a 3-2 victory. Due to International Ice Hockey Federation rules, that means Canada is behind the U.S. in the group standings -- three points are awarded to a regulationvictory, two points for an overtime or shootout victory and one point for losing in overtime or the shootout. But the net effect will be the same: both sides need a victory to proceed directly to the quarterfinals, while the loser will be forced to play an elimination-round game Tuesday. How they win today will probably depend on how well they make use of their strengths. The Canadians are bigger, stronger and more experienced than the U.S. side. The U.S. went with a core group of fast and skilled but smallish and less -experienced forwards, like 21year-old Patrick Kane, 22-yearold Phil Kessel and 25-year-old Zach Parise, all of whom are 5foot 10. The U.S. has some big forwards like David Backes (6foot-3) and Bobby Ryan (6-foot2) but will need its speedy forwards to fore-check aggressively and get behind the bigger Canadian defense. The Canadians, meanwhile, will
want to pressure the lessexperienced U.S. defense, especially Erik and Jack Johnson, who at 21 and 23 years of age respectively, are young to be anchoring two of the top three defensive pairings (Most defensemen don't mature until they are about 25 because the position is so demanding). As for goaltending, it's pretty much a wash. Canada's Martin Brodeur is one of the all-time greats and although he's having a good season with Devils, he's arguably not quite as sharp as in years past -- he let in several soft goals during last spring's Stanley Cup playoffs as New Jersey was bounced early. As for Miller of the U.S., he is one of the league's best goaltenders but has played for the middling Buffalo Sabres so doesn't have Brodeur's big-game experience. In the end, it might come down to pressure. If Canada gets behind early, it might find the hometown crowd's expectations a bit too much to bear. The U.S. will be probably be looser and feel it doesn't have as much to lose and that could give it a psychological edge. 6:34 pm | Pregame | by Adam Thompson I'll be reporting from Canadian Hockey House just outside the arena. Already there's a line around the block to get in, with Molsons and maple leaves as far as the eye can see. They've trotted out freestyle skier Alexandre Bilodeau, who
won Canada's first home gold last week. He just led a toast to Canada. I have a feeling that's going to be a running motif here today. 6:35 pm | Pregame | by Adam Thompson Before Bilodeau they had Canadiens great Serge Savard, inventor of the spinorama. Interesting gold-medal game prediction: Canada and ... the U.S. No Russia. Like everyone else, he was talking about Ovechkin's hit on Jagr to set up Russia's eventual game-winner vs the Czechs. 6:35 pm | Pregame | by Adam Thompson One more thought on Bilodeau: could you dream up a better scenario for an Olympic athlete? Win a gold everyone will remember on the first weekend and then spend the next two weeks crowd surfing. 7:16 pm | Pregame | by Ian Johnson The 20-minute pre-game warmup has just started and Team USA is out on the ice to some boos and cheers. And as my inimicable colleague Adam Thompson noted earlier, what else is blaring but classic rock (Led Zeppelin's "Rock & Roll"). Now I can't hear the music because the Canadians have jumped on the ice. The crow is about 10-1 pro-Canada, even with Seattle just a two-hour drive from here. 7:17 pm | Pregame | by Reed Albergotti
Tragically, Savard never patented his spinorama and spent the rest of his life penniless. His patented inventions, the "play dead in front of the net" and the "look out for that octopus!" never caught on. 7:22 pm | Pregame | by Reed Albergotti I'm still on the way to the arena. The State Department is advising all Americans wear maple leaf patches on their backpacks in case the U.S. wins and there is widespread anti-American rioting and looting. I've taken it a step further and am wearing red body paint. 7:22 pm | Pregame | by Adam Thompson Think how I feel. They've already spotted one guy in a USA jersey here and ordered his execution. I'm safely in a gray sweater. 7:29 pm | Pregame | by Ian Johnson Think how I feel. I was born in Canada but when I was in high school, we moved to the U.S. I have dual citizenship. My heart is torn. My blog posts will probably reflect that. Be forewarned, it could be a bit of Jekyll and Hyde. 7:29 pm | Pregame | by Ian Johnson Penniless? I thought Savard was going to buy the Montreal Canadiens at one point. On the other hand, that franchise once was going so cheaply, maybe he was penniless. 7:30 pm | Pregame | by Reed
Albergotti Ian, you will probably need therapy after this. 7:36 pm | Pregame | by Reed Albergotti I'm still torn on whether to go to the hockey game or ice dancing. 7:38 pm | Pregame | by Adam Thompson Groves, a Canadian, just got silver. Crowd seems unsure whether to be happy with that. Del Bosco's fall in ski cross didn't do wonders for national morale either. 7:41 pm | Pregame | by Adam Thompson Reed, when faced with such a choice, I always run away from the sport whose fans have the most My Little Pony gear. 7:45 pm | Pregame | by Reed Albergotti If they put more choreographed dancing into ice hockey, they could combine the two and create one hulking mega sport. 7:47 pm | Pregame | by Ian Johnson It's funny, because Canada and the U.S. are the only countries that rank the medals table by total number of medals -meaning a bronze (or a silver in this case) is as good as a gold. So they should be happy.... (Check out this: quite different from the WSJ or other North American media's table.) 7:47 pm | 1st period, 0-0 | by Ian Johnson And it's started! OLYMPIC page 53
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7:48 pm | 1st period, 1-0 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Early goal for U.S.! Nightmare scenario for Canada. It started early on with Brodeur uncharacteristically bobbling a clearing, which resulted in a faceoff in the Canadian zone. U.S. won the draw and the old man on the point, Brian Rafalski beat a screened Brodeur 41 seconds in. Pressure's on Canada. 7:49 pm | 1st period, 1-0 U.S. | by Adam Thompson We've had our first exhortation from the stage not to boo the Americans. And after that goal they're already not listening. 7:50 pm | 1st period, 1-0 U.S. | by Adam Thompson Along with boos we're hearing some "Looooo," as in Roberto Luongo of the Canucks, who's on the bench while Brodeur's in net. 7:51 pm | 1st period, 1-0 U.S. | by Reed Albergotti To be fair, Canada never presumed they would win many medals. They just wanted to own all of the podiums athletes stand on when they win medals. 7:51 pm | 1st period, 1-0 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Canada's Ryan Getzlaf is proving to be ornery, getting into a shoving match in front of the U.S. goal, which was the idea in picking him. But the U.S. is forechecking hard and Brodeur bobbled another puck, a lastsecond coverup saved a goal. Another bad Brodeur pass seconds later. He needs to settle down or won't be playing the rest
of the tournament. 7:56 pm | 1st period, 1-0 U.S. | by Adam Thompson Hard not to like those old school USA whites a day before the 30th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice. 7:57 pm | 1st period, 1-0 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Canada is having an easy time killing the penalty. Physical play is eliminating the onrushing U.S. forwards. Brodeur's ability to play the puck is helping. Most dangerous US players are their grinders. Joe Pavelski had best chance. That's heartening but not what you want long-term in a game. 7:59 pm | 1st period, 1-0 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Gretzky is in the audience and gets a rousing ovation. Didn't prevent Ryan Callahan from bursting through the Canadians' defense and getting a decent shot on net. 8:02 pm | 1st period, 1-1 tie | by Ian Johnson Another ineffective Canadian power play. I'm not sure if they've score on the PP all tournament long. Now they score -- at even strength. Eric Staal tipped in a Brent Seabrook lob from the point. U.S. defensemen didn't seem able to clear the 6-foot-4 center. 8:03 pm | 1st period, 1-1 tie | by Adam Thompson And suddenly it's deafening. 8:05 pm | 1st period, 2-1 U.S. | by Ian Johnson
It's amazing how this game is shaping up. Brodeur is flopping all over the ice and Rafalski rifled a shot past him to put the U.S. back on top almost halfway throuigh the period. Going forward, you wonder if they stay with Brodeur. He doesn't look focused at all -- kind of like in last year's playoffs. 8:05 pm | 1st period, 2-1 U.S. | by Adam Thompson And just like that it's quiet again. Calls for Luongo even louder after Brodeur's gaffe. 8:07 pm | 1st period, 2-1 U.S. | by Ian Johnson The game is somewhat like the Canada-Swiss game. Canada is able to control the play in the U.S. end for stretches at even strength. The difference is you have higher-quality forwards on the U.S. side who can capitalize. 8:09 pm | 1st period, 2-1 U.S. | by Adam Thompson With this heart-attack pace so far, no one's touching their chicken pot pie. 8:11 pm | 1st period, 2-1 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Just under 6 minutes left in the period and Miller made another great stop. He's sharper than Brodeur by a mile. 8:11 pm | 1st period, 2-1 U.S. | by Adam Thompson Canada's already got a 12-5 shot edge. Not that you'd know in the arena. They rarely flash the SOGs there. 8:13 pm | 1st period, 2-1 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Under 5 minutes and the crowd
trying to get fired up but it seems a bit disheartening. Canada must be winning the positional play, but can't put it in -- or, other way of looking at it, Miller is great. 8:15 pm | 1st period, 2-1 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Brodeur bobbled another routine puck and U.S. had another great opportunity. 8:16 pm | 1st period, 2-1 U.S. | by Adam Thompson Jury was out on Miller before today. The Swiss and Norwegians barely got a sniff of his net. Shots are now 17-5. 8:17 pm | 1st period, 2-1 U.S. | by Reed Albergotti A lot of fans here are wondering why they aren't playing ice dancing updates on the jumbotron between whistles. 8:18 pm | 1st period, 2-1 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Last two minutes of play. The U.S. is sharper than in any other game and pressuring the Canadians. The defense is having to make fast passes that aren't always working out. 8:19 pm | 1st period, 2-1 U.S. | by Reed Albergotti I just saw a deadpan USA executive Brian Burke point to Sidney Crosby and then make a throat-slitting motion with his index finger. He's also in full USA body paint, which I get, but I have no idea why he's wearing a mouth guard. 8:24 pm | End of 1st period, 2-1 U.S. | by Ian Johnson It's the end of the first period
and it's gone about perfectly for the U.S. -- they are in the lead, have rattled the Canadian goaltender and are counterattacking brilliantly. Problem for the U.S. is they can win a game like this but it's not likely. You can't be outshot three to one (17-5, roughly; no final count yet available), be dominated in your own end an expect your goalie to bail you out. It happens all the time, for sure, but it's not a highpercentage game plan. For Canada, they have to stay focused, keep doing what they're doing and hope Brodeur settles down. 8:26 pm | 1st intermission 2-1 U.S. | by Adam Thompson Soon they'll be trotting out another early Canadian gold medalist at Hockey House, snowboarder Maelle Ricker. Hope she got a free plate of lentils for her trouble. She just got escorted onstage by Mounties. This just became the place where irony died. 8:27 pm | 1st intermission, 2-1 U.S. | by Reed Albergotti I have one of those radar guns that the cops use here. If there's anything anyone wants me to clock, send your requests and I'll post the results. 8:34 pm | 1st intermission, 2-1 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Official shot count for first period was 19-6 for Canada. Check out this stat too: Nash and OLYMPIC page 54
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Crosby were minus-2, in other words, on the ice for both of Team USA's goals but not for the Canadian goal. Ouch. 8:35 pm | 1st intermission , 2-1 U.S. | by Adam Thompson By the way, I knew he was good, but when did Brian Rafalski become the second coming of Paul Coffey? 8:36 pm | 2nd period, 2-1 U.S. | by Ian Johnson And we're off right where we started. Canada in U.S. end and some rough stuff in front of the U.S. net. 8:36 pm | 2nd period, 2-1 U.S. | by Reed Albergotti American Chris Drury, known for his outlandish personality, gave a rousing locker room speech between periods about the time he won the Little League World Series. 8:38 pm | 2nd period, 2-1 U.S. | by Ian Johnson 18:15 and Getzlaf almost tied it, then rammed into Kesler. You see why Canadian general manager Steve Yzerman wanted him so badly on the team. 8:41 pm | 2nd period, 2-1 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Two and a half minutes in and Team USA playing better. The play has been partly in the Canadian end and they're cycling down low. Pavelski and Kessel looking tougher in the corners. 8:42 pm | 2nd period, 2-2 tie | by Ian Johnson Canada ties it at 16:28. Dany Heatley, who always does so well in international play, drills
in a loose puck caused by some nice forechecking by Jonathan Toews of the Blackhawks. The crowd is suddenly alive. 8:43 pm | 2nd period, 2-2 tie | by Adam Thompson Ian called it. The U.S. couldn't hold off an onslaught like this forever. 8:43 pm | 2nd period, 2-2 tie | by Adam Thompson That pop the Yanks skated with in the first period doesn't seem to be there now. 8:44 pm | 2nd period, 2-2 tie | by Ian Johnson Some sort of break six minutes into the second. We're listening to Neil Diamond. Sweet Caroline. Why, is this ice dancing or something? My ears hurt. 8:45 pm | 2nd period, 2-2 tie | by Phred Dvorak Over here, the Olympic icedancing commentators are giving the hockey scores... 8:46 pm | 2nd period, 2-2 tie | by Ian Johnson Twelve minutes to go in the second; Nash is playing like a wizard. He forechecked the puck off the Team USA d-man and slid the puck across the crease. We're back to Canadian dominance in U.S. zone. Iginla now crunching bodies (Ryan Malone). U.S. team can't get across center ice. 8:47 pm | 2nd period, 2-2 tie | by Ian Johnson One of the best Canadian lines has been Getzlaf-Staal-Perry. Three big guys, U.S. defense
couldn't knock them off the puck. 8:49 pm | 2nd period, 2-2 tie | by Adam Thompson Crowd roars as Nash tattoes Jack Johnson. 8:50 pm | 2nd period, 2-2 tie | by Reed Albergotti Every time Team Canada lays a check on an American, the crowd here cheers like Celine Dion just won a Grammy. 8:51 pm | 2nd period, 2-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson You have to love Patrick Kane, number 88. About halfway through the period he got crunched in the U.S. end quite a while, couldn't clear the men out but then zipped down the ice, smelling the puck, then hammered a shot on Brodeur. No goal but nice redemption for being a squirt. 8:52 pm | 2nd period, 2-2 tie | by Ian Johnson And over here at the hockey game, no one is noticing nordic ice yoga, or whatever it is you're watching there, Geoff. 8:53 pm | 2nd period, 2-2 tie | by Adam Thompson The latest celeb shoutout is to world-class hockey pest Michael Peca, a member of Canada's '02 gold medalists. 8:54 pm | 2nd period, 2-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Interesting fact: the refs and linesmen are Canucks and Yanks. I thought they always used neutral-country refs. 8:55 pm | 2nd period, 2-2 tie | by Adam Thompson
Seems like the U.S. has weathered that early storm. 8:57 pm | 2nd period, 2-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Nash is hot-dogging it. With six -and-a-half left in the period he breaks over the line then does a 180 to feed Mike Richards for a shot. But Miller is really sharp, makes the save and clears his own rebound before Nash and Richards hack away. 9:00 pm | 2nd period, 2-2 tie | by Adam Thompson Brodeur looks a little shaken as Pavelski hits him in the helmet. Reed, maybe you should give him a little refresher. 9:01 pm | 2nd period, 2-2 tie | by Ian Johnson Five minutes left and the Canadians are getting good chances but the U.S. defense is mostly letting MIller see the shots. Nice matchup: Orpik (6foot-2, 215 pounds) and Pronger (6-foot-6, 214 pounds) mashing each other. The checking is intense and the board resounding with real checks. 9:02 pm | 2nd period, 2-2 tie | by Adam Thompson We are HUGE in Papua New Guinea, at least with Rich Jones who's rooting for Canada from there. And Rich, even if you made that up to get a shoutout, you get points for creativity. 9:04 pm | 2nd period, 3-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson And the U.S. retakes the lead! Team USA gets the first real sustained pressure of the game from its checking line and with
3:24 left in the period moves ahead with Chris Drury knocking it in on a scramble in front of the net, assisted by Ryan and Backes. Brodeur again flopping all over the place, has to be demoralizing for Team Canada. 9:05 pm | 2nd period, 3-2 U.S. | by Reed Albergotti Funny, Brodeur hit me in the face just like that one just hit him. But he comes up with two big saves! 9:06 pm | 2nd period, 3-2 U.S. | by Adam Thompson A sad moment for our new friend from Port Moresby. After Drury's goal I'd better go get little red maple leaves painted on my bearded cheeks just to be safe. 9:06 pm | 2nd period, 3-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Team USA now energized, as the last minute of the period ticks away, play in Canada's end. And when Canada tries to rush it down the ice and apply some body, Eric Staal gets called for a holding penalty with 53 seconds left. 9:07 pm | 2nd period, 3-2 U.S. | by Adam Thompson Yet again Drury and Backes are in the middle of good things for the Americans. 9:07 pm | 2nd period, 3-2 U.S. | by Reed Albergotti Eric Staal goes to the penalty box, feels shame. 9:12 pm | End of 2nd period, 3-2 U.S. | by Editor OLYMPIC page 55
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And the period ends. 9:14 pm | 2nd intermission, 3-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson As we're at the second-period intermission, I'm wonder if Martin Brodeur is going from hero to goat. He stoned the shooters from Switzerland (ok, only Switzerland) a couple of days ago and helped Canada pull out a win. Now he's stinking up Canada Hockey Place. According to official stats, his save percentage is 82% and he's constantly flopping around on the ice. He's such a legend that it's probably impossible to do this, but you have to think that if the coach could, he'd pull him. This isn't to minimize the Team USA players, but the goals haven't been the result of sustained pressure or amazing plays. At least one of the goals was very much stoppable. Besides the goals, Brodeur's play can't be giving his teammates confidence. By contrast, Miller's play has to be giving his teammates the sense that this game is very much for the taking. Twenty more minutes and they win against Canada for the first time at an Olympics since.... Quiz time. Anyone know when? 9:24 pm | 2nd intermission, 3-2 U.S. | by Adam Thompson Tyler Stewart is an H-A-M ham. Now leading "Go, Canada, Go" chant from the drums. To continue with the classic-rock meme, he told me the other night that Randy Bachman of
Bachman Turner Overdrive would be playing here. Then he actually said, "He's gonna take care of business." 9:25 pm | 3rd period, 3-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Start of the third and Brodeur is still in nets and Team USA still on the power play, with Eric Staal in the box for another 1:07 on a holding penalty. Another startling stat from the break: Nash and Crosby, for all their pyrotechnics, are minus-3. You have to wonder what they're doing wrong. Crosby is normally a good two-way player. The contrast with Ovechkin, who just led his team to victory over the Czechs, is stunning. The worst U.S. player: Joe Pavelski, who's minus-2. He's the number-two center for the U.S. team, having inexplicably beaten out two-time Stanley Cup winner, face-off and penalty killing specialist and accomplished set-up man, Scott Gomez. 9:26 pm | 3rd period, 3-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson U.S. can't set up on the power play but finally does for a few shots. Penalty over. 9:27 pm | 3rd period, 3-2 U.S. | by Adam Thompson That last U.S. Win over Canada wasn't all the way back in '60 was it? 9:27 pm | 3rd period, 3-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson 18:17 left and another Canadian penalty, to none other than Crosby for high-sticking. His
stinker of a night is now complete. Canadians clear and 90 seconds left on the US power play. 9:30 pm | 3rd period, 3-2 U.S. | by Adam Thompson ANOTHER penalty coming for Canada. Time to pull the riot gear out of the closet. 9:31 pm | 3rd period, 3-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Point shot by Erik Johnson, Brodeur handles but then goes down, allowing Pavelski a shot on a nearly open net. Fortunately for the Canadians, he's no Ovechkin. Penalty over, Canadians at full strength. 9:32 pm | 3rd period, 3-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Canadians not as dominant in this period. Some pressure but Patrick Kane puts a nice shot on net with 15 minutes left in the period. 9:33 pm | 3rd period, 3-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson 13:55 left and a slashing penalty on Corey Perry, then one of the longest delays I've seen as Canada can't control the puck, U.S. pulls goalie and we had a mini-shooting gallery on Brodeur. Net effect is that once this penalty is over, Canada will have only 11 minutes left in the period to tie the game. They've frittered away most of the first half of the period on penalties. Slopping play, U.S. deserves the lead. 9:34 pm | 3rd period, 4-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Mark this down: 12:51, U.S. on
power play, Jamie Langenbrunner tips in a blast by Suter, set up by Stastny. Twogoal lead with 13 minutes to go... 9:35 pm | 3rd period, 4-2 U.S. | by Adam Thompson Brian Rafalski, who ARE you? Time to get the tear gas... 9:36 pm | 3rd period, 4-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson I'm hearing more "USA USA" and little from the Canadian fans. Not much to cheer about. 12:04 to go and an offsides. 9:37 pm | 3rd period, 4-2 U.S. | by Adam Thompson Hockey House seems too stunned to say anything. 9:37 pm | 3rd period, 4-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson U.S. is moving the puck out of the zone quickly and efficiently. Canada is getting its chances, but MIller is up to the task. 11 minutes to go and Parise just missed on a blast from the left hash marks. 9:38 pm | 3rd period, 4-2 U.S. | by Adam Thompson Vancouver's been pretty rowdy after Canada's first two wins. Should the score stay the same, how will the locals react? 9:39 pm | 3rd period, 4-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Kane end-to-end rush and Brown just missed on the feed. But then he takes an immature penalthy at 9:11 on Rick Nash, cross-checking him from behind. This probably will be Canada's best chance to get back in the game. 9:39 pm | 3rd period, 4-2 U.S. |
by Adam Thompson And with irony on its way to the coroner, we're now into a rendition of "The Good Old Hockey Game." Return to Canada's power play thankfully puts a stop to that. 9:41 pm | 3rd period, 4-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Canada's coach goes with the San Jose Sharks' power-play unit: Marleau-Thornton-Heatley and Boyle with Niedermayer thrown in. The idea was to have a bunch of players from the same team to help the squad mesh quicker, but so far isn't working. 9:42 pm | 3rd period, 4-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson PK mission accomplished. Lastminute flurry in front of Miller but with 7:02 left, U.S. still has two-goal advantage. 9:46 pm | 3rd period, 4-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Not to look too far ahead, but with 5:04 left, you have to wonder who Team USA will play next. The answer: that will be decided Tuesday when the eight teams that didn't get a bye (including Team Canada) will play. Half will be eliminated and they'll play the four that got the bye. 9:47 pm | 3rd period, 4-2 U.S. | by Adam Thompson As we head to the power play, I haven't once heard, "What's going on in ice dancing?" 9:48 pm | 3rd period, 4-2 U.S. | by Ian Johnson OLYMPIC page 61
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Bode Miller earns super-combined gold on blistering slalom run by Associated Press (ESPN.com) Submitted at 2/21/2010 10:59:35 PM
Message from fivefilters.org: If you can, please donate to the full -text RSS service so we can continue developing it. Bode Miller Wins First Gold Medal Bode Miller Wins First Gold Medal WHISTLER, British Columbia - This is the way Bode Miller always wanted it to happen, needed it to happen. An Olympic gold medal may be the ultimate evidence of skiing success in everyone else's eyes, but most assuredly not in his. If the willful Miller ever was going to earn one and truly embrace the accomplishment, this is how it had to be. Caple: Miller solidifies legacy Bode Miller has been the poster boy for the Olympics and the public's whipping boy. By putting it all aside, he was finally able to win gold and solidify himself among the legends of the sport. Story He conquered a tricky course with sometimes-spectacular skiing that reminded him of being a kid on the slopes. He overcame a big deficit by pushing himself despite a bum left knee and an aching right ankle. In sum, he turned in a performance that pleased him, regardless of what the clock said.
In this case, it just so happens, Miller's total time from one downhill and one slalom was Sunday's best, allowing the 32year-old from Franconia, N.H., to win the super-combined event signifying all-around skiing ability -- and that first career gold. He now has a record-tying three medals at these Olympics after only three races, quite a comeback from his infamous flop at the 2006 Turin Games and his near-retirement last year. "The gold medal is great. I think it's perfect. Ideally, that's what everyone is shooting for. But the way I skied these last races is what matters. I would've been proud of that skiing with a medal or not," Miller said after turning in the third-fastest slalom leg for an overall time of 2 minutes, 44.92 seconds, a comfortable 0.33 ahead of Ivica Kostelic of Croatia. Silvan Zurbriggen of Switzerland got the bronze. "The way I executed -- the way I skied -- is something I'll be proud of the rest of my life," Miller said. Whether he ever says so or not, it's the Olympic gold medal that changes history's view of Miller. What happened in Turin is now an aberration rather than the defining moment. Now he'll always be seen by those outside the sport as one of Alpine skiing's greats who frittered away one Olympics, not a should
-have-been who never fulfilled his promise. "I mean, Bode has now done everything you can in skiing. He's won World Cups. He's won World Cup overall titles," said Will Brandenburg of Spokane, Wash., who finished 10th in his Olympic debut. "He's won medals in every color. And now he's got the gold. And I think that's big. He's one of the best skiers of all time now and no one can discredit that." Older and perhaps wiser -although good luck getting this guy to admit the latter -- Miller is at the top of his game at the right time. What a week. He also won a bronze in Monday's downhill and a silver in Friday's super-G, adding to two silvers at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. The five Alpine medals tie him for the secondmost by any man in Olympic history, behind only the eight won by Kjetil Andre Aamodt of Norway. At this point, who would doubt that Miller could keep going, maybe coming up with something special in the two remaining events, the giant slalom Tuesday and the slalom Saturday. Miller was asked why he's doing this now, and not in Italy four years ago, when he tuned out, partied hard and failed to live up
to the expectations thrust on him by the media, by sponsors, by fans. Miller only finished two of five races back then, never better than fifth place. RARE AIR Bode Miller's gold medal Sunday in the super-combined race moved him into a four-way tie for the second-most medals won by an American in a single Winter Olympics. In short, he said, what happened there was a reaction to all of those expectations. And what's happening here is a reaction to enjoying a fresh sense of excitement after taking time away from skiing and thinking about quitting before eventually deciding in September to return to the U.S. Ski Team. "In '06, I didn't really necessarily want to be there for a number of reasons ... but, you know, I also didn't want to not be there. So I was incredibly conflicted," he said. "I think I had no intention really of blowing it, but I raced as hard as I could, but I didn't have this motivation. I didn't have the energy and the enthusiasm." Some of that comes from spending more time around his younger teammates. At the last Olympics, Miller stayed in his own RV, away from the rest of the Americans. At these Olympics, he's living in a condo with everyone else, eating with
everyone else, training with everyone else, feeding off the energy of everyone else. "He's been really motivated," said Ted Ligety, the surprise 2006 Turin gold medalist who was fifth Sunday. "It's cool to really see him win an Olympic gold. That's what's been missing from his resume." Miller got a late start to training before the World Cup season, and when he worked hard to get going, he hurt his left knee and needed arthroscopic surgery in October to clean it out. Another setback came in December, when Miller injured his right ankle playing volleyball, of all things. On top of that, he took a bad tumble in slalom training at Whistler, flying about 35 feet before landing on his left hip. In the downhill that opened the super-combined, Miller was only seventh-fastest. He knew he had to make up time in the slalom, and it didn't help that he was hurting and felt exhausted, even if he did begin his career as a slalom specialist. Miller increased his lead at both checkpoints in the slalom, but after skiing fluidly at the top, he barely managed to get through one gate after another on a demanding course set by Kostelic's father and coach, Ante. BODE page 62
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Miller stops Canada in stunning U.S. hockey win by ESPN.com news services (ESPN.com)
Canada outshot the United States 45-23 yet couldn't badly dent Miller, the goalie the Submitted at 2/22/2010 12:10:13 AM Americans felt could best stand Message from fivefilters.org: If up to all of Canada's might. He you can, please donate to the full did just that, making 42 saves in -text RSS service so we can the victory of a lifetime. continue developing it. "It's probably one of the biggest V A N C O U V E R , B r i t i s h games I've ever played," Miller Columbia -- The Americans said. "When things happened we didn't believe in miracles. They responded. We didn't get nervous just believed. or anxious. We kept playing." And they pulled off the biggest Burnside: U.S. not done Olympic hockey upset since the The United States stunned Miracle on Ice, stunning Canada Canada on Sunday, but the 5-3 on Sunday to advance to the Americans aren't satisfied just quarterfinals of an already mixed yet, writes Scott Burnside. Story -up tournament. â€˘ LeBrun: Goalie dilemma The U.S. didn't just win their â€˘ Caple: Canadian downer group. Sweden's 3-0 win over When Ryan Kesler scored in the Finland in the late game handed final minute, the few U.S. fans the Americans the No. 1 seed in who managed to get seats the tournament, something proudly waved their American almost no one predicted when flags, all their red, white and the event began. blue suddenly visible. Brian Rafalski scored two goals, "You look up and everything's Ryan Miller held off a flurry of r e d a n d w h i t e - - s o f e w shots and the Americans quieted American flags" at the start, said a raucous, pro-Canada crowd U.S. coach Ron Wilson, who that came to cheer its dream also led the 1996 team that upset team, only to see it upstaged by a Canada in the World Cup. "We bunch of unproven kids. expected a hostile environment. One day short of the 30th The intensity of the game helped, anniversary of the country's too." greatest hockey victory -- the The U.S. now gets a little break unfathomable win over the before playing the winner of Soviet Union in Lake Placid -- Tuesday's Switzerland-Belarus these underrated Americans were play-in game -- taking the ice on faster, more disciplined and more Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET. d e t e r m i n e d t h a n C a n a d a ' s Canada, the gold-medal favorite, collection of all-stars. was expected to coast into the Better, too. medal round. But now, after "We know we can beat anybody nearly losing to Switzerland and now," Rafalski said. being outplayed on home ice by
the Americans, it must win a play-in game Tuesday against Germany to reach the quarterfinals. "Just like everybody in this tournament, we're playing to survive," coach Mike Babcock said. "If you lose, you go home." The Canadians still could win a gold medal, but even if they beat Germany, a matchup with Alex Ovechkin and No. 3 seed Russia looms. "We're here to be the last ones standing and we're still alive," goalie Martin Brodeur said. "We're throwing 45 shots at these goalies and they are making stops facing forward, backward, sideways. Eventually we'll be more successful." Chris Drury, a former Little League World Series star, and Jamie Langenbrunner scored to put the U.S. up 4-2 and hold off a relentless late surge by Canada that included Sidney Crosby's power play goal with 3:09 remaining. Miller made an exceptional save on Rick Nash's shot from the slot with two minutes left to preserve it, and Kesler put it away by swiping in an empty-net goal with one hand with 45 seconds remaining. Rafalski shines for U.S. Brian Rafalski, who entered the Olympics with just four goals in 57 regular-season games this year, scored his third and fourth goals of the Olympics in the United States' 5-3 win over Canada.
"He made some really key saves in the third period and was the difference," Canada forward Eric Staal said, referring to Miller, the Buffalo Sabres goalie. Rafalski, Langenbrunner and Drury are three of the older, steadying hands on one of the youngest U.S. Olympic teams in history, one that averages 5 years younger per man than the 2006 team that didn't medal in Turin. "It's great for our young players to get a win of this caliber against that type of team," Rafalski said. "Going forward, it sets the bar very high for us. It lets those guys know that we can possibly win this thing." The U.S., supposedly a tier below the Canadians, Russians and Swedes, got exactly the start it wanted. Rafalski's slap shot from the right point 41 seconds into the game deflected off Crosby's stick and past Brodeur, the best goalie of his generation but not the better goalie in the game. "We wanted a good start but that was better than expected for sure," forward Patrick Kane said. Staal tied it by deflecting Brent Seabrook's shot from the right circle at 8:53 -- one of 19 that Canada took to America's six in an up-tempo first period. Just when it appeared Canada would blunt America's early momentum, Rafalski scored 22 seconds after Staal's goal following a rare misplay by Brodeur. The goalie threw the puck up the middle of the ice
into traffic, Rafalski swooped in and snapped off a shot that a screened Brodeur apparently didn't see. It was Rafalski's fourth goal on only six shots in three games, or as many as the defenseman has all season with the Detroit Red Wings. The Canadians spent most of the opening 10 minutes of the second period in the U.S. zone, getting a tying goal from Dany Heatley-- his fourth in three games -- but Miller gave up no others. The U.S., 3-0 with three wins in regulation, got the lead back when Drury made it 3-2 with 16:46 gone in the second. Drury took a shot from the far edge of the right circle and, after David Backes and Bobby Ryan missed followups, he skated in and finally got the puck past a prone Brodeur. Minutes before, Brodeur -- the NHL career victories and shutouts leader -- took a shot off his facemask, causing him to remove it and examine it for damage. Now, his team will be doing the same thing. While it was only a preliminaryround game, tickets were scalped for four digits, and fans wearing Canada's distinctive red mapleleaf jerseys lined up for hours waiting to be admitted. "You just can't beat it. It was MILLER page 64
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Former Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow eyes 'NFL style' in preparation for draft by Adam Schefter (ESPN.com)
"But there are things that I can get a lot better at -- my fundamentals. I've never been Submitted at 2/22/2010 7:01:56 AM asked to shorten or quicken my Message from fivefilters.org: If release and not have a loop in it. you can, please donate to the full The changes I'm making have -text RSS service so we can gone very well and it's becoming continue developing it. more and more natural to me." Tim Tebow is, essentially, Asked if he would have painting over the masterpiece he embarked on such an extensive created at the University of and exhausting process had his Florida. performance at the Senior Bowl In an effort to quiet his critics not been so roundly criticized, and refine his game, Tebow is Tebow said: "Probably, just changing the way he holds a because of the quarterback football, shifting it from his coaches I've been working with. waist to his shoulder. He is I want to get better. I want to be concentrating on taking three- around people who will push me. and five-step drops instead of I will do anything to get better. working out of the shotgun Without hearing the criticism, I formation he did at Florida. would have done it. He will not unveil Tebow 2.0 at "It's made me more confident, this week's scouting combine in more accurate. And that's not to Indianapolis, preferring instead say I haven't had this type of to wait for his pro day at the coaching in the past. I just have University of Florida on March had different coaching than this 17. NFL style." But until then, he will continue Tebow has been tutored in a pro working on improving his -style way by working with a fundamentals in an effort to coaching team that includes improve his draft position and f o r m e r N F L o f f e n s i v e his game. coordinator Zeke Bratkowski, "I'm not changing who I am or Montreal Alouettes head coach how I approach football," Tebow Marc Trestman, Arizona State's s a i d S u n d a y n i g h t f r o m new offensive coordinator Noel Nashville, Tenn., where he has Mazzone and former NFL head been busy remaking the style that coach Sam Wyche. was good enough to win one Bratkowski has concentrated on H e i s m a n T r o p h y a n d t w o getting Tebow to raise the n a t i o n a l c h a m p i o n s h i p s a t football to where it now does not Florida. dip lower than his shoulder. The
delivery that allowed Tebow to complete over 67 percent of his passes at Florida but the one that also was roundly questioned during and after the Senior Bowl has begun to be made over at the pre-draft workouts in Nashville. Much of the work has started with Tebow's feet, which were used to working out of a shotgun offense. Bratkowski and others have drilled Tebow on the requisite footwork that he will need to become a successful NFL quarterback. â€œ You're not looking at the same quarterback. To say we're there 100 percent where we want to be, no. But we'll be more improved come pro day.â€?-Former NFL offensive coordinator Zeke Bratkowski, part of the coaching team tutoring Tim Tebow Anyone who has seen Tebow has noticed the difference -already. "You're not looking at the same quarterback," said Bratkowski, who has worked with quarterbacks such as San Diego's Philip Rivers, Philadelphia's Michael Vick and Boomer Esiason. "To say we're there 100 percent where we want to be, no. But we'll be more improved come pro day than we are at this point in time now." Tebow still will attend this week's combine, go through his
medical tests, meet with coaches, and do everything but throw. Then he will return to Gainesville to further work on upgrading his fundamentals with Bratkowski and others so that Tebow will not revert back to his old ways during his upcoming workouts. "That's the reason we're trying to rep it and rep it and rep it," Bratkowski said. Those that have seen Tebow's new delivery believe it is noticeably quicker. "The ball is coming out a lot faster now," Trestman said. Yet what most impressed Trestman about Tebow was not the quarterback's adaptability but his mental capacity. "His intelligence level is as high as any quarterback I've encountered coming out of college," Trestman said. "His intelligence is off the charts. After spending time with Tim, it was evident that he learned a lot of football in his four years at Florida -- a lot. "As a result he has been able to quickly adapt and make corrections in his throwing motion and footwork that will allow him to get the ball out faster and improve his accuracy. He has more than enough arm strength and shown he can make all the throws at the next level. He has only been at it for a few weeks so I can only anticipate he will continue to improve."
Bratkowski said the coaches learn more from Tebow than he learns from them. His intelligence has enabled him to grasp what the coaches are trying to teach. Many, including ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, questioned how Tebow's delivery would translate at the NFL level. Other quarterbacks have tried a similar approach, achieving mixed results. From the time he left Tennessee and arrived in Indianapolis, quarterback Peyton Manning changed and perfected his delivery. Former No. 1 overall pick David Carr once changed his, but never managed to make it consistently work. Other high-profile athletes in other sports have changed their game, as well. Through the years, Tiger Woods has changed his golf swing on multiple occasions. Now Tebow is waging a similar battle, trying to upgrade his fundamentals in time for his NFL pro day, so teams can be impressed enough with him to draft him higher than they currently have him slotted. "Things like this are challenges for him," Bratkowski said. "He doesn't have rabbit ears, but he knows what people are saying and he hears it -- and that motivates him. He is working FORMER page 60
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Smackdown on Ice: Figure Skating vs. Hockey (WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) Submitted at 2/21/2010 11:11:26 AM
Getty Images (2) On Sunday night in Vancouver, both hockey and figure skating are holding big Olympic events. For skating, its the original dance competition; for hockey, its a U.S. vs. Canada matchup. But it is figure skating not hockey that will be shown in prime time on NBC to U.S. viewers. For the record, NBC says they arent playing favorites: Were choosing both, a spokesman said. NBC will air the figure skating (along with other Olympic comfort food like speed skating and freestyle skiing) on the main network broadcast, while it will show the hockey in its entirety on cable channel MSNBC. From a business point of view, the decision makes demographic sense: The Winter Olympics are the most popular sporting event with women — those over the age of 18 make up 53% of the audience. Yet women over 18 only make up 34% of the audience during hockeys Stanley Cup. Still, NBCs move has ignited a fierce rivalry between figure skating and hockey fans about which sport deserves the primetime spotlight. To inflame matters, we started our own war between the WSJs figure skating writers, Phred Dvorak and Geoffrey A. Fowler, and our hockey writers, Adam Thompson
and Ian Johnson. A few highlights: Team Skating: 350 million TV viewers can’t be wrong. Team Hockey: By that logic Budweiser is the best beer, Domino’s the best pizza and “Avatar” the best movie ever. Team Skating: Ah, so you’re gonna try to argue this on the artistic merits? Team Hockey: At least no one bribed us to reach a certain subjective conclusion. Team Skating: Figure skating judging involves math. You wouldnt understand. Team Hockey: Wait, let’s try: One Celine Dion song plus two gold lamé skates plus five teddy bears plus 500 fake black feathers equals a figure skater. Paramount/Everett Collection
Team Skating: Doing a quad jump in figure skating requires an average hang time of one second and a launch speed of 15 miles per hour. Try doing that in 40 pounds of hockey gear. Team Hockey: I’m having a hard time imagining Plushenko sliding to block a shot coming at 115 miles per hour. Team Skating: Figure skaters get lots of little prizes after their performance. Roses, stuffed moose, love letters in hot pink paper. What do hockey players get except a black eye? Team Hockey: When hockey players are mad at someone, they fight, it’s over. No need for a boring media catfight or whining about how you’re really better than the guy who beat you. Team Skating: The figure
skaters are artistes. They can get moody, yes. They have more than one emotional setting, unlike hockey players. Team Hockey: Artistes is indeed the right word. Artists they are not. Team Skating: At least they’re not splatting against the side walls every few seconds like flies. Team Hockey: They practice the Tao of hitting. The boards absorb the impact. They are on another plane. Team Skating: Ah. It’s the mosh pit of skating. Team Hockey: As opposed to figure skating, the wannabe Cirque du Soleil of sports. Team Skating: You can’t play hockey with your sister. Team Hockey: Au contraire.
Team Skating: It’s the little things that make skating better. During the ice-tidying intermission in figure skating, slender young things zip out with pails and scoops to clean up dings in the ice. In hockey it’s a bunch of thugs with trash cans and snow shovels. Team Hockey: A little class warfare with your Chardonnay? Ice hockey cleaner-uppers need the garbage pails for the blood and teeth left on the ice. It’s a dentist’s dream! Team Skating: Whereas the figure-skating cleaners are picking up stray sequins and bits of colored ribbon. Team Hockey: Wait, you’re trying to argue FOR figure SMACKDOWN page 62
All-time winningest men's basketball coach Don Meyer to retire at season's end
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hard to make sure what he is doing now is something he can showcase later." by Buster Olney (ESPN.com) refused to quit on the team and Meyer has worked relentlessly and not beset by cancer -- was Tebow does not plan to wait sport he loved. Story at coaching, to the point where worn down, then of course long. Submitted at 2/22/2010 6:22:16 AM F o r c e d t o c o a c h f r o m a his three children, now all coaching was bound to take a toll "I've done this several thousand Message from fivefilters.org: If wheelchair after he lost his leg in grown, assumed that his last on Don Meyer. A few days later, times," Tebow said. "With you can, please donate to the full the accident, Meyer took it all in moments would be in a practice Don Meyer rose at 3:30 a.m. to continued work, I will have this down pat by minicamp. It will be -text RSS service so we can as he passed Bob Knight to or on the sidelines during a write his resignation letter. continue developing it. become the all-time winngest game. But the trials of another Beyond his record of success, like second nature. It's not like it Don Meyer, the all-time leader coach. Story coach crystallized for Meyer the M e y e r a l s o h a s d e e p l y feels awkward to me now. I'm in coaching wins in NCAA Video: E:60 feature on Meyer thought that perhaps it was time influenced the game as a mentor excited about the changes I've men's basketball history, will On Sept. 5, 2008, Meyer was for him to step down. to high school, college and made." retire from coaching after the end leading a caravan of players on a Meyer used a wheelchair to professional coaches, through his Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL of this season, Northern State team retreat and fell asleep at the coach on the sidelines last clinics and his instructional Insider. University announced Monday wheel, and was involved in a season, and after getting a v i d e o s . A m o n g t h o s e : Five Filters featured article: morning. head-on collision with a truck p r o s t h e t i c l e g d u r i n g t h e Tennessee's Pat Summitt, the all- Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: Meyer, 65, has accumulated 922 hauling 60,000 pounds of corn. summer, he has moved with the time NCAA leader in victories in PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction. career victories in 38 seasons, The accident was nearly fatal and help of a cane. However, he had women's basketball. while coaching at Hamline eventually cost Meyer much of been frustrated with the fact that "He taught me how to teach University in Minnesota, at his left leg. And on the night of he could not do more hands-on others how to play the game," David Lipscomb in Tennessee, his accident, the surgeon who teaching. Meyer wished he could Summitt said in an interview last a n d a t N o r t h e r n S t a t e , i n w o r k e d t o s a v e h i s l i f e get out on the floor and work year. "When I started coaching at Aberdeen, S.D. He was honored discovered that Meyer had with players directly, physically Tennessee, I was 22 years old. I last July at the ESPYs with the carcinoid cancer, a slow-growing demonstrating a correction in had four players 21 that were Jimmy V. Perseverance Award. form of the disease. their technique. The schedule of seniors. And I never coached a Meyer will remain on staff at "After consulting with our long road trips within the day in my life. So did coach Northern State, helping to physicians and meeting with my Dakotas had been grueling for M e y e r help me? promote the school through family, we have determined that him. Tremendously." public speaking and fundraising I no longer posses the necessary A s h e v i s i t e d f a m i l y i n Meyer's last home game will be activities. physical or mental energy to Nashville over the Christmas on Feb. 27. Meyer's Journey continue administering the NSU holiday, Florida football coach Buster Olney is a senior writer Northern State announced basketball program at its highest Urban Meyer -- no relation to at ESPN The Magazine. Monday that Don Meyer, the all- possible level," Meyer said in a Don Meyer -- announced that he Five Filters featured article: time wins leader in men's college statement released by the school. was taking a leave of absence Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: basketball history, will retire at "It is time for someone with from his job, citing exhaustion. PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, season's end after a long road more energy and time available For Don Meyer, this news Term Extraction. filled with ups and downs. t o d e a l w i t h t h e u n i q u e changed his perspective. If After a near-fatal car accident challenges of a basketball Urban Meyer -- more than 20 led to a cancer discovery, Meyer program like Northern State." years younger than Don Meyer,
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Ice Dancing’s Cultural Controversy (WSJ.com: The Daily Fix)
original program — with a Bollywood number. Submitted at 2/21/2010 8:07:13 PM Canadian skaters Scott Moir and By Geoffrey A. Fowler and Tessa Virtue brought the stadium Phred Dvorak to its feet with a spirited The second night of Olympic ice Flamenco dance number, making dancing competition skated the official Olympic around a cultural controversy: commentators gush that they felt Should you dance to a foreign but refused to switch their like they were in Spain. The countrys traditional music, in routine. performance propelled the pair to their traditional costumes? Their performance received only first place. Reigning world champion a tepid response from the It was a tough decision for us, Oksana Domnina and Maxim audience, and ended the night said Mr. Moir. We really like Shabalin, from Russia, danced to ranked third. Canadian folk music, but when Australian Aboriginal music, The Russians werent alone in we listen to folk, especially to wearing flesh-colored body attempting cultural crossover: Of Canadian folk, we didn’t find a stockings, leaves at their knees, the 23 couples competing on piece of music that was special and red loincloths. AFP/Getty Sunday night, we counted nine and really worked. I m a g e s R u s s i a ’ s O k s a n a dancing to music from another So he and Ms. Virtue teamed up Domnina and Maxim Shabalin country. Chinese duo Huang with real flamenco dancers from perform at the ice dancing Xintong and Zheng Xun danced Spain. We learned from the best. competition. t o G r e e k f o l k m u s i c , i n And we tried to keep our dances After a similar performance at a q u a m a r i n e c o s t u m e s . as authentic as possible and keep the European championships last Part of the blame goes to the flamenco nuances throughout, month, the Russian duo faced International Skating Union, said Ms. Virtue. It’s a challenge considerable heat from actual w h i c h t h i s y e a r c h o s e that’s for sure. You have to stay Aboriginal people, who said folk/country as the theme for true to the culture and we think their costumes and performance original dance in competition. It we’ve done that. were tantamount to cultural theft. suggested but did not require The dancers will return to the At a practice last week, Shabalin that dancers perform to music ice on Monday night for their said they just wanted to do from their own country. final performance, which will something different, and were Some of the national crossovers feature a song of their own trying to honor the culture. After ended well. U.S. pair Meryl choosing. the controversy, they said they D a v i s a n d C h a r l i e W h i t e toned down the costumes some mesmerized the crowd — and for their Olympic performance jumped to No. 2 place after the
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We think that if the U.S. holds on, it will be the first time Team USA has beaten Team Canada in ice hockey since 1960 Squaw Valley. And the way Miller is playing, that's looking more and more certain. 3:47 and a sprawling save. 9:51 pm | 3rd, 4-3 U.S. | by Ian Johnson 3:09 to go and Canada within one. With Erik Johnson off for tripping, Sydney Crosby atones for his poor play and tips in a shot by Nash, assist to Keith. 9:52 pm | 3rd period, 4-3 U.S. | by Adam Thompson I know Canada just scored and may still pull this out. And this is putting the cart a mile ahead of the horse, but between tonight and the Switzerland game, Canada looks far from the overwhelming favorites anymore. This would sting more than all the others. Own the podium? More like loan the podium. 9:53 pm | 3rd period, 4-3 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Suddenly a different game but is there time for Team Canada? Crowd is into it and Canadians deep into U.S. zone. Getzlaf almost ties it at 2:34 with a tricky snapshot from the hashmarks. 9:53 pm | 3rd period, 4-3 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Shooting gallery. Canadians pouring everything on net. Brodeur still in nets but might as well not be. It's all in U.S. zone. 1:45 left.
9:55 pm | 3rd period, 4-3 U.S. | by Ian Johnson 1:06 and Brodeur ready to go out. And he does. 9:56 pm | 3rd period, 5-3 U.S. | by Ian Johnson No, mark this down: 44;7 seconds, USA 5, Canada 3. Kesler scores into empty net, assisted by Parise. 9:57 pm | 3rd period, 5-3 U.S. | by Adam Thompson I'm having visions of Ben Stiller ind "Dodgeball" saying, "No one makes me bleed my own blood!" 9:58 pm | 3rd period, 5-3 U.S. | by Ian Johnson 16 seconds left, Canada driving to net, Doughty almost puts it in. Doesn't matter for this game, but for goal differential, it matters. Canadian net still empty. 9:59 pm | Final, 5-3 U.S. | by Ian Johnson Final USA 5, Canada 3. U.S. team too busy celebrating to meet Canadian handshake line, but now they do. What a game. Intense, fast and a well-deserved U.S. win. 9:59 pm | Postgame, 5-3 U.S. | by Adam Thompson People in Hockey House looking not so much upset as confused. 10:00 pm | Postgame | by Ian Johnson Arena emptying. For now, I'm signing off.
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"I was like, 'God, get me to the finish.' I knew I had a great run going, but I mean, I don't know how I got those last 15 gates," Miller said. "It was literally just willpower, because my legs were completely shot." He moved into the lead, but had to wait while six other skiers who were faster in the downhill portion got their turns, including double medalist Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway. "I couldn't hold back," Svindal said. "I had to attack it if I had any chance to get that gold." But when Svindal, who had the fastest morning downhill, skied off-course in the slalom, that gold medal was Miller's. As he walked away from the finish area, he stopped to sign autographs and pose for pictures, even kneeling down to eye level to thank one girl for her support. Miller's own daughter turned 2 this week, and while he won't tell you fatherhood changed him as a person, he will say it made him
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reconsider his priorities away from the slopes. When he's on skis, he refuses to change this stance: Medals are not what matters. Still, Miller's father, Woody, who was at Sunday's race, said his kid "was hungry" to perform well this time around. "He's enjoying himself. That's always been key for him. He lost that. That was what was key in Torino," Woody Miller said. "He was going through the motions, but not really enjoying himself." Miller did, indeed, make clear that he was happy to finally have a gold, but he also repeatedly made the point that there are other rewards he finds more satisfying. "It's hard to really describe in a way that makes sense, but the actual gold medal doesn't mean that much. If I'd won it in a way that I wasn't excited about or proud of today, I would have probably resented the medal in a certain way because of what it
makes everyone else think," Miller said. A few minutes later, he added: "People are generally not good at separating those two things. They think you're proud because you won an Olympic medal, and the reality is I'm proud because I skied that way at the Olympics." With that, he walked away from the race site, heading off to collect his new prize at the official medal ceremony in the village below the mountain, his mountain. And then maybe, just maybe, Miller would head out to celebrate his gold medal. Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
skating, right? Team Skating: You got something to say about glitter? Wanna take it outside? Figure skating can involve a frightening amount of face cuts. Team Hockey:“Glitter” was the name of a Mariah Carey movie, for the record. Team Skating: We agree we wouldn’t want to see Mariah Carey on skates. With face mask or without. Team Hockey: And while we’re on movies: Hockey has one of Paul Newman’s best, “Slap Shot.” What’s the best you’ve got? “The Cutting Edge,” that’s what. Team Skating: Are you unfamiliar with “Blades of Glory,” the finest work ever by Will Ferrell? And which of these movies would you invite into your living room with the kids? Team Hockey: No contest! The Hanson Brothers! I don’t want my daughter thinking she’ll find love in some tired romantic comedy scenario. Team Skating: The Hanson who? OK, just Googled them. You can have them. Gotta mention though, we’ve been DEEPLY disappointed by the choice of music at this Germany vs. Belarus game. At figure skating you get Rachmaninoff, Gershwin, Schubert. (And the
occasional theme from “Brian’s Song”) Team Hockey: Joe Satriani. Lady Gaga. Love theme from “Lethal Weapon 3.” Team Skating: Ice dancing is a subset of figure skating. Like how ice brawls are a subset of hockey. Team Hockey: Ice dancers are failed paired figure skaters, who are failed individual figure skaters, who are failed hockey players. Team Skating: Alright, well settle this after tonights competition. Hope you dont lose any teeth. Team Hockey: O.K. Don’t lose any sequins. Update: After the U.S. took Canada 5-3, and Canadian ice dancing duo Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir brought Pacific Coliseum to life with a nearperfect original program, Team Skating and Hockey had this to say… Team Skating: Scores aren’t all in yet, but it’s already clear the Canucks won tonight’s ice dancing… you’re cheering the wrong sport… Team Hockey: Doh!!
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Olympic Merchandise Flies Off Shelves in Vancouver (WSJ.com: The Daily Fix)
Ceremony So what is everyone buying? By far the most popular item at the AFP/Getty Images Going Fast!: Olympic superstore has been the Red mittens on sale at the ubiquitous red mittens, which Hudson’s Bay Company cost C$10 ($9.60). They’ ve hit Olympics superstore the 3 million mark in mitten Shopping has become a sport of sales, expect to sell out and hit its own at these Olympic Games Vanoc reports that they’ ve 3.3 million in sales, and as of — ever since the Opening already hit their merchandising Saturday afternoon were running Ceremony, the streets have been sales goal of about 50 million low in the larger sizes. The jam-packed with people looking Canadian dollars, or $48 million, number two sellers are the to see the sights and, after halfway through the Games (in Vancouver plush mascots, which waiting in the inevitable lines comparison, Torino brought in cost C$30 ($28.83). forming at nearly every tourist 16.7 million euros total, or $22.7 Over at USA House, which has d e s t i n a t i o n i n s i g h t , b u y million); Visa also reported a Polo Ralph Lauren and Nike whatever Olympic goodies they strong figures — spending on r e t a i l s p a c e a c c e s s i b l e b y can get their hands on. Hudson’s Visa cards (the only ones invitation only, they’re on plan B a y C o m p a n y ’ s O l y m p i c accepted at Olympic venues and to exceed their merchandising superstore constantly has a line stores) topped C$9.8 million goal — though they don’t release filing down the block and back ( $ 9 . 4 m i l l i o n ) i n B r i t i s h figures about what that goal is — around again to get in; the Columbia in a single day last and have already sold out of their demand is so high that they week, an increase of more than hottest item, the Polo Ralph decided to keep the store open 91% over the same day last year. Lauren knit caps that athletes for 24 hours starting Friday night Associated Press Polo Ralph wore at the Opening Ceremony, and going until Sunday at Lauren caps at the Opening which cost $75. midnight. Submitted at 2/21/2010 2:15:23 PM
A Miracle, This Is Not: US Can Win Gold by Jay Mariotti (FanHouse Main)
Thirty years after an epic triumph that was more about conquering Communism than Submitted at 2/21/2010 4:26:00 PM breaking through in the sport, the Filed under: USA, Ice Hockey, Americans achieved the nextCanada most impressive deed: They V A N C O U V E R , B r i t i s h mortified a psychotic land too Columbia -- The first thing we obsessed with its puckaholic need to know, as a nation of religion, sending the Canadians sports fanatics always ready to into deep mourning -- and their wrap ourselves in the American Olympic team into major crisis flag, is that this is no miracle. mode -- by coming to an arena The national hockey condition is called Canada Hockey Place and beyond the stage where we view putting them all in their place. T e a m U S A a s a c u d d l y "Everything was stacked against underdog, where Disney makes us," U.S. coach Ron Wilson said movies about it and we recall after the 5-3 victory, "and we exactly where we were and what still came out on top." we were doing. "USA hockey By everything, he wasn't has come so far that it doesn't kidding. "(Bleep) USA! (Bleep) take a miracle or an odd thing for U S A ! " s o m e o f t h e b i t t e r us to win," forward Chris Drury Canadians were chanting in the said. arena's upper reaches as the A m e m o r a b l e S u n d a y o n demoralizing reality sank in. Canadian ice provided the latest and most powerful evidence.
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Superman Battle Won't Be Settled Until Playoffs by Tim Povtak (FanHouse Main) Submitted at 2/21/2010 1:15:00 PM
Filed under: Cavaliers, Magic ORLANDO -- Dwight Howard had no interest in verbally fueling the silly debate with Shaquille O'Neal over who really was the Superman of the NBA, but he let his two-year-old son Braylon do it for him. Braylon was happily playing in the Magic locker room after the game Sunday, wearing his father's jersey with the Superman logo on the front. Shaq claimed the Superman title when he first entered the league with the Magic in 1992, getting the logo tattooed on his bicep. And he often referred to himself
in that regard. Howard, who entered the league in 2004, made a splash when he took the moniker in 2007 and wore the Superman cape to win the 2007 Slam Dunk title at All-
Star Weekend. The two centers, Magic past and Magic present, have playfully, and sometimes not-so-playfully debated the issue ever since. "It's not about me and Shaq,'' Howard said Sunday. "It's about trying to win a championship. I have a lot of respect for him.'' On Sunday, during the Magic's 101-95 victory, it was an especially physical battle between the two as they fought for position and supremacy around the basket. And surprisingly, O'Neal held his own. More Coverage From Orlando Magic: Nelson: Magic Will (WSJ.com: The Daily Fix) Submitted at 2/21/2010 10:43:14 AM Spoil Finals Cavs: Jamison Proves Worth Associated Press Bode Miller
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fun," said Paul Stastny, whose father, Peter, opposed that 1980 team while playing for Czechoslovakia. "It was a oncein-a-lifetime atmosphere." Hockey is more than a way of life in Canada. It is part of the nation's very fabric, and the country's 33 million residents embrace their team with a passion -- and agonize with it, too. Early estimates were that half the country was watching,
and this performance won't do much to calm the nation's nerves. The Americans took a page out of 1960 by wearing uniforms nearly identical to those of the gold-medal winning team at Squaw Valley. U.S. team officials ringed the team's dressing room with motivational messages, like "Be Brilliant in the Basics" as a reminder that Olympic games are won with team play, good
goaltending and attention to detail, not necessarily by the team with the biggest names. They got all the above. And the Miracle on Ice team? There's links to this team: Ryan Suter, who had two assists, is the son of 1980 defenseman Bob Suter. And defenseman Brooks Orpik, steady throughout, is named for Herb Brooks, the 1980 coach. Information from The
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combined. Bode Miller of the U.S. has left himself some work to do this afternoon if he wants to get back to the podium. Skiing in the super-combined event, which includes a downhill run and a slalom race, Miller was .76 seconds off the lead and in seventh place with most of the best skiers down the hill in the downhill portion of the event. Meanwhile, Aksel Svindal of Norway, the hottest skier on the BODE page 65
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Team USA Gets the Upset by Bruce Ciskie (FanHouse Main) Submitted at 2/21/2010 2:20:00 PM
Filed under: USA, Ice Hockey, Canada As far back as August of last year, Team USA general manager Brian Burke -- never a man short on words -- has been painting his charges as the decided underdog to host Canada in the Olympics. Underdogs no more. Now, they're targets. For the third time in 49 days, the United States has beaten Canada in a major hockey event held in Canada. On Jan. 4, the Americans beat Team Canada (Ontario) in the finals of the World Under-17 Challenge. The next night, Team USA took World Juniors gold, thanks to a dramatic overtime win over Canada. Sunday in Vancouver -- one day before the 30th anniversary of America's unfathomable win
over the Soviet Union in Lake Placid, N.Y. -- the Americans vaulted themselves into the spotlight in the Olympics. Ryan Miller stopped 42 shots, including some dazzling saves during a frantic third-period charge, as the United States beat Canada 5-3 in their final game of pool play.
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planet, sat comfortably in first place with a .39 second lead over Dominik Paris of Italy and a .5 second lead over Carlo Janka of Switzerland. Svindal won silver in downhill and gold in Super-G. Getting onto the podium isnt impossible for Miller, who first burst onto the skiing scene in the late 1990s as a slalom specialist. But .76 seconds is a lot to make up in the shorter slalom runs. Miller was cruising through the Dave Murray course and was
slightly ahead of Svindal’s pace halfway through but he appeared to slip a ski as a he tried to turn right about three-quarters of the way down. “It’s a lot slicker and icier than it was,” Andrew Weibrecht of the U.S. said of the course, which is the same run that was used for the downhill race Thursday.
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Filed under: Celtics, Nuggets DENVER -- They've manhandled the Lakers twice. They're 2-0 against Cleveland. They've slayed Orlando and Boston. Yet Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony still claims his team isn't getting any respect. "We still feel disrespected,'' Anthony said after the latest dispatching of an NBA heavyweight, 114-105 Sunday over Boston at the Pepsi Center. "We still go out there with a chip on our shoulder. That chip is not going anywhere.''
by John Callaham (Joystiq) Submitted at 2/21/2010 11:59:00 PM
Filed under: Mac, PC, Meta (about Joystiq) A ton of huge PC game news surfaced this past week, such as the launch of StarCraft 2's beta test and the announcement of Civilization V. Who says PC games are dead? No, seriously, who? We want names. Let's take a gander at what's happened during the past seven days on our site. Exclusive features • StarCraft 2 beta impressions: We take a few hours to play through the multiplayer beta of Blizzard's sci-fi RTS sequel and give you our thoughts. • Playing PC games with Alienware's Aurora ALX: Alienware's tricked out Aurora ALX is expensive but very fast. We take it on a test drive. • Bioshock 2 review: We give our final word on the first person shooter sequel that takes us back to Rapture W a i t a m i n u t e . W h o ' s • Sins of a Solar Empire disrespecting the Nuggets these Diplomacy/Trinity review: We play and review the second and days? "You guys that write,'' Anthony final micro-expansion to the said, referring to the media, space strategy game although he didn't have any • Kings and Castles Interview: We are the first web site to chat specific examples to offer. BEST page 67
Carmelo Anthony Believes Nuggets Still 'Disrespected' by Chris Tomasson (FanHouse Main)
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prepared properly. First, you need to go to the "gods" aisle of your local Whole The Japanese gaming hardware Foods, and pick the deity you'd market didn't do too much like to feast upon. We'd suggest movin' and shakin' this past something from the "Ancient week, though the software sales Greek" collection, as they throne was usurped by a new p o s s e s s a d e l i g h t f u l PSP release from Namco Bandai: Mediterranean zest that your God Eater. Given the game's guests will rave about, and have Monster Hunter-esque nature, historically proven to be easily we're not surprised at its success digestible. Wash your higher -- still, we find ourselves power thoroughly, then season to perplexed by that title. We did a taste. Stuffing is optional, but little research and learned that, cruelly humiliating for your soon yes, gods can be eaten, if -to-be-ingested supreme being. Submitted at 2/21/2010 10:30:00 PM
Bake at 350째 for three hours. Serves eight. - PSP: 39,293 3,870 (8.97%) - Wii: 37,501 1,352 (3.74%) - DSi LL: 27,586 494 (1.76%)
- PS3: 24,811 639 (2.51%) - DSi: 18,082 1,034 (5.41%) - DS Lite: 5,659 249 (4.60%) - Xbox 360: 3,428 223 (6.11%) - PS2: 1,869 178 (8.70%)
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Aliens vs. Predator facehugs UK charts, Just Dance not going anywhere by Alexander Sliwinski (Joystiq)
percent sales increase as BioShock 2 took a 77 percent dive into third place. Submitted at 2/22/2010 9:40:00 AM Thanks to the Winter Olympics Like seasoned hunters, Aliens going on in the great semi-white v s . P r e d a t o r s q u i c k l y a n d north of Canada, Sega saw a skiefficiently concluded BioShock jump boost in sales for Mario & 2's brief dominance atop Chart- Sonic at the Olympic Winter Track's UK all-formats sales Games, which made its way back chart. The prior week, BioShock into the Top 10 in the eighth 2 unseated Mass Effect 2. spot. Anthropomorphic and Meanwhile, Just Dance refused mushroom-tripping Olympians to give up that #2 spot. Ubisoft's weren't the only ones to benefit dance-a-thon title saw a 55 from the hype, as Vancouver
2010 received a 274 percent those chocolates wrapped in gold increase and broke into the Top foil? 40 at 11th place -- which is, like, Source- Aliens vs. Predator a tin medal? Perhaps one of invasion [GFK Chart-Track]
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took home the prize. In a way, though, we feel bad Submitted at 2/22/2010 10:30:00 AM for Ms. Hennig. How frustrating We've lived with an unspoken must it be to know that you can't fear in the back of our minds get comfortable in your seat for since the middle of January, too long at one of these awards when the nominees for the shows? And can you imagine Writers Guild of America video how many acceptance speeches game writing award were first she's had to write over the past announced. We weren't sure if month? The poor thing. we could live in a world where X Uncharted 2 wins Writers Guild -Men Origins: Wolverine was of America games writing award decorated over Assassin's Creed originally appeared on Joystiq on 2 and Uncharted 2 for having the Mon, 22 Feb 2010 10:30:00 year's best in-game writing. EST. Please see our terms for Fortunately, this fear has been use of feeds. dissuaded: Last night at the Read| Permalink| Email this| W G A a w a r d s c e r e m o n y , Comments Uncharted 2 writer Amy Hennig
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Continue reading The Best of Big Download: February 15 - 21 The Best of Big Download: February 15 - 21 originally (The Economist: Daily appeared on Joystiq on Sun, 21 columns) Feb 2010 23:59:00 EST. Please Submitted at 2/21/2010 9:17:28 PM see our terms for use of feeds. Read| Permalink| Email this| Message from fivefilters.org: If Comments you can, please donate to the full -text RSS service so we can continue developing it. Tech.view Building quality into cars was easier before they went digital Feb 22nd 2010 | From The Economist online LATE one night in a Ginza bar, a veteran executive at Nissan recounted to your correspondent the early days of exporting to America, when his firm’s cars were known abroad as Datsuns. by ELLE.com (ELLE News Before being shipped, all export Blog) models went through additional Submitted at 2/21/2010 6:21:49 PM inspections because the cost of fixing warranty claims so far For the past few seasons, from the factory and its supply Richard Nicoll has incorporated chain would wipe out any profit as least one subtly sexy bustier made on them. On the rare dress into his mix of modern occasions they did break, the separates. Each time around, the parts had to be shipped in from dresses strike that perfect Japan. balance of effortlessness and One day, the story goes, a plane sexed-up charm. For fall, the carrying a crate of such parts lost designer showed a wildly chic an engine over the Midwest and version that works just as well had to jettison its cargo to save —Violet Moon Gayn or for day (paired with a blazer, weight. On the ground below, a Photos: Imaxtree tights, and boots) as it does for Click here for our complete fall farmer noticed the debris falling night (worn with hair swept back from the sky. “Ah,” he mumbled 2010 Fashion Week coverage and finished off with a towering to himself, “it’s raining Datsun Follow ELLE on Twitter. pair of platforms). Click here to cogs.” Become our Facebook fan! shop my favorite bustier look TECH.VIEW: page 68 available now.
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The point the Nissan man was making with this shaggy-dog story was that the quality of Japanese cars sold abroad was well above average while they were being shipped from factories in Japan and extra precautions taken to save on warranty claims. At the time, this strategy made perfect sense. Japanese carmakers saved a ton of money from not having to finance expensive inventories around the world. Meanwhile, Honda, Toyota and Nissan (the Datsun name was dropped in 1982) gained reputations, deservedly so, for quality and reliability. Until Toyota’s recent fiasco, those brand values remained largely intact, despite Japanese carmakers relocating much of their capacity to factories overseas. The modern view is that carmakers everywhere have learned the secrets of Japanese manufacturing and now build products of comparable quality. That is debatable. Price for price, Japanese manufacturers still manage to make their products more reliable than average. At least, they did until recently. But, in what might now be viewed as a straw in the wind, Toyota (or, rather, its luxury Lexus brand) was dethroned from the top spot in last year’s J.D. Power report on vehicle dependability. J.D. Power and Associates, a market-research firm based in Westlake Village, California, issues this report on the
American car market every year. Lexus had topped it for the previous 14. In 2009, though, Buick and Jaguar came joint top. Toyota still did well overall. Its vehicles earned nine awards for reliability in specific market segments. No other marque, save Ford’s Lincoln division, which took two, won more than one such award. But the balloon of invincibility had been punctured. The person who began the process of inflating that balloon was, ironically, an American. From 1950 onwards W. Edwards Deming, an expert on quality control, taught a generation of Japanese managers how to improve their products. The lesson they took back to their factories was the overriding importance of statistical quality control (SQC). In industrial countries elsewhere, even in Deming’s own America, manufacturers were still relying on inspection and rejection of faulty parts—a horrendously wasteful process. One of the main tools for SQC that Deming introduced to his Japanese disciples was the control chart, invented by Walter Shewhart at Bell Labs, the research arm of America’s former telephone monopoly, Bell System, in the 1920s. Shewhart was among the first to recognise that data collected from observations of manufacturing processes rarely follow a simple Gaussian distribution (bell curve) in the way that natural
phenomena like human height do. Instead, each manufacturing process exhibits its own pattern of variation. Some display a controlled variation inherent to the process itself. Others display uncontrolled variation caused by something external to the process. The distinction between the two patterns goes to the philosophical heart of probability theory. Deming and his colleagues at Western Electric, the manufacturing arm of Bell System, coined the terms “common cause” for the former and “special cause” for the latter. For quality purposes, any common cause of variations in manufacturing (tool wear, say, or poor set-up) can be predicted statistically from previous observations, and the process controlled accordingly. Any special cause in variation is something that comes out of the blue from outside the process (a power surge, perhaps, or an operator falling asleep) and is beyond the scope of statistical forecasting. The purpose of a control chart is to identify instances when variations in manufacturing are causing the specifications of a product to move above or below a mean value by more than a critical amount—say, three standard deviations. The standard deviation is a measure of the spread of a statistical curve such as a bell curve around its mean. The idea, then, is to
define acceptable tolerances above and below this mean value, and design the manufacturing process to draw in the tails of the curve so that those tolerances are met a given fraction of the time. If the tolerance limits are three standard deviations from the mean, and the curve is a true Gaussian distribution, then 99.7% of production will within the zone of tolerance. If that falls, it suggests something had gone wrong. This way, any unpredictable special-cause effects can be spotted and corrected before doing too much harm. Many refinements have been made to statistical control and the theory of quality assurance since Deming’s days—with acronyms like TQM, CMMI, MSA, QFD, FMEA and APQP, each with its own loyal band of adherents and eras of fashion. One of the more successful has been the Six Sigma strategy for identifying and removing the causes of defects, pioneered by Motorola in the 1980s. (Sigma is the Greek letter that mathematicians use to represent the standard deviation in equations.) Today, Six Sigma is used by two-thirds of the firms in Fortune’s “500” list. Processes that operate with Six Sigma quality (in principle, within six standard deviations of a mean value) over a short sampling period produce defect levels over the long term of less
than 3.4 per million—providing, of course, a lot of other management practices are also in place. When achieved, this translates into a production yield of 99.99966%. Six Sigma is said to have saved Motorola more than $17 billion over the years. So, how did Toyota—a manufacturer that has made some of the most significant contributions to the science of quality assurance—manage to screw up so badly? It is not just the move offshore. Though the firm has 52 overseas plants in 27 countries, the quality practices honed at its headquarters in Aichi prefecture can be packaged and transplanted to Mexico or Kentucky just as readily as to a Komatsu press shop. Nor was it Toyota’s obsession with overtaking General Motors at any cost to become the world’s largest carmaker. There is no evidence to suggest that increasing volume on modern production lines will lead inevitably to some loss of quality. Instead, two recent trends, both software related, hint at the reason behind Toyota’s unexpected decline. One is the shortening of productdevelopment cycles generally in the car industry. These are down from a typical four or five years to little more than 15 months, thanks to computer-aided design and manufacturing, and the TECH.VIEW: page 70
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in 2012. The CPAC meeting is, among other things, a beauty contest for Submitted at 2/21/2010 9:35:25 PM presidential wannabes, and most Message from fivefilters.org: If o f t h e m o s t a m b i t i o u s you can, please donate to the full Republican leaders did indeed -text RSS service so we can turn up to strut their stuff. A continue developing it. formal straw poll at the end of A m e r i c a ' s c o n s e r v a t i v e s the jamboree put Ron Paul, the America's conservatives are in Texas libertarian, at the top of ebullient mood the list, with 31% of the F e b 2 2 n d 2 0 1 0 | delegates’ votes. Since he is 74 WASHINGTON, DC | From The and unlikely to run again, that Economist online underscores the fact that the RAMPANT: no other word unofficial front-runner in the still comes close to capturing the u n d e c l a r e d r a c e f o r t h e m o o d o f A m e r i c a ’ s Republican nomination is Mitt c o n s e r v a t i v e s a s s e v e r a l Romney, the former governor of thousand of them gathered in Massachusetts, who came second Washington, DC, on February with 22%. Sarah Palin came 18th-20th for the annual meeting third with 7%, just ahead of Tim of the Conservative Political Pawlenty, the governor of Action Conference. It is no Minnesota, who received 6%. surprise. With their recent Congressman Mike Pence of capture of Ted Kennedy’s former Indiana got 5% and 4% each seat in Massachusetts, the went to Newt Gingrich, a former Republicans have robbed House speaker, and Mike President Barack Obama of his Huckabee, the former governor Senate supermajority and appear of Arkansas. to have blocked health reform, For all the buzz of CPAC, his chief domestic priority, in its however, the straw poll has tracks. Now Republicans are never been a reliable guide to looking forward to big victories ultimate success. Mr Romney i n N o v e m b e r ’ s m i d - t e r m has won it three times. Ms Palin, congressional elections, and ever the maverick, did not even beginning to wonder who their trouble to attend the Washington presidential candidate should be e v e n t a n d M r H u c k a b e e
appeared only by video link. The jamboree had less to do with selection than with celebration—and most conservatives feel they have a good deal to relish right now. From despondency in the wake of Mr Obama’s victory at the end of 2008 they bounced back last year with big wins in governors’ races in New Jersey and Virginia, and last month with the stunner in Massachusetts. Mr Gingrich, who led the Republican comeback in the mid -terms in 1994, told CPAC that he expected the Democrats to lose both the Senate and the House in November. Former Vice-President Dick Cheney predicted that Mr Obama would be a one-term president. And yet it is not all plain sailing for Republicans. They face two tricky issues. First is the danger that Mr Obama will succeed in turning his lost supermajority into an advantage by painting the Republicans in voters’ eyes as the obstructive “party of no” as November’s elections approach. He has invited the Republican leadership to an extraordinary bipartisan health summit in the White House on February 25th. There, as the American people watch, he will ask them either to
put up their own ideas for health reform or get out of the Democrats’ way. The Republicans in Congress see this less as a sincere attempt to move forward on health reform than as a trap. The second potential danger is the tea-party movement, the populist uprising against big government that has swept across America this year and is providing conservatives with so much energy in local elections. Though the Republican establishment is keen to harness the fervour of this movement, it is also afraid of it pulling Republican candidates so far to the right that they lose the support of mainstream voters in November. One prominent face at CPAC this week was that of Glenn Beck, a broadcaster and propagandist who has called Mr Obama a racist and all but compared him to Hitler. Mr Beck has a large following. He is also one of the most divisive men in America. Readers' comments The Economist welcomes your views. Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
CEMA: Healthy ReFis for Good Borrowers by Barry Ritholtz (The Big Picture) Submitted at 2/22/2010 7:30:42 AM
Message from fivefilters.org: If you can, please donate to the full -text RSS service so we can continue developing it. Even before the Discount Rate was hiked, I had been exploring ways to take advantage of the current ultra low rates. Mortgages are under five and half percent, and are likely to rise once the Fed QE and MBS purchase programs end. We should be expecting modestly higher rates sooner rather than later, perhaps by the second half of the year. There are lots of modification programs for those people who bought more house than they could afford and are now delinquent on their mortgages. What about those of us who made prudent purchases and actually are paying our mortgages on time? Despite generally tight credit conditions, there are some ways you as a homeowner can use the current rate environment to your advantage. For homeowners who are current and have a good payment history, there are specific cost-effective ways to lower your monthly mortgage CEMA: page 70
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payments. Whether it makes economic sense to do so depends upon how long you plan on staying in that house — and the state you live in. A comparison of closing costs by state can be found online ( here and here). I live in New York State, which has the most expensive closing costs in the country, closely followed by Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, New Mexico, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Colorado and California. Consider a hypothetical NY ReFi with a prime, non-jumbo mortgage. The biggest costs are going to fall into 3 categories: 1) Mortgage Recording Tax (varies by county) (0.8-1.925%) 2) Title Insurance 3) Property Tax & Escrows Let’s assume a $417k conforming mortgage. Shop around for rates, and you can find major banks offering ~5.25%.
The factor that determines if a Refi makes sense are typically the Recording Tax (~$3350 $4900) and the Title insurance ($3000-$5000). If a homeowner can save $300-$500 per payment by doing a ReFi, they can eventually recoup the costs after about 2 years (based upon the numbers above). However, New York State has recognized what a burden these taxes are to those who want to a basic ReFi. The State has created what are known as CEMAs— Consolidation, Extension and Modification Agreements. CEMAs are a form of mortgage refinance that you can only do with your existing lender. They have one very specific advantage: They do not require a new mortgage recording tax— that is the biggest chunk of taxes paid at closing. Further, CEMAs do not require a full title search and reinsurance — rather, just a search since the property was
originally purchased by the refinancer. This represents another substantial savings at closing. The last factors are the Property Tax & Escrows. These can amount to a substantial sums of money, but they are not fees. They are taxes that would have to be paid regardless of whether you do a ReFi or not — so they do not count towards total closing costs when determining if a ReFi is economically worth it. Given that I live in the highest closing cost state in the nation, the CEMA rules work for a ReFi for me. Without the massive closing costs, the math of a ReFi via CEMA changes dramatically. I come out ahead after just 6 months. To determine if a form of CEMA ReFi with your own bank is worthwhile, you will need to know what the taxes and rules are. You can verify the closing costs with an real estate
attorney. > See also: New York State Taxes Judicial Title Insurance Agency
engine-management, throttle linkages, transmissions, and now the steering and braking systems. Drive-by-wire is not cheap, but it reduces the number of components needed to do the job. It also allows them to do extra things as well as to compensate for wear and changes in driving style and road conditions. But software is not hardware,
and software “engineers”, despite their appropriation of the name, are a different breed from the sort that bash metal. Programming digital controllers is not one of Toyota’s core competences. Even with the most diligent of testing, bugs will always find their way into software. Right now, it seems Toyota is learning that lesson the hard way. Readers' comments
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virtual simulation of the resulting products. To save money and time, Toyota has even dispensed on occasion with building test “mules” and other engineering prototypes. The other trend is the wholesale replacement of mechanical components with electronic controls. It started with ignition systems, then spread to airconditioning, cruise-control,
Why “The Indymac Slap in our Face. 02.08.10 is Pure Baloney by Chris Whalen (The Big Picture) Submitted at 2/22/2010 6:15:45 AM
Message from fivefilters.org: If you can, please donate to the full -text RSS service so we can continue developing it. For the past several months I have been hearing a lot of complaints about the FDIC giving away “ taxpayer money” in the sale of IndyMac last year and how the agency was encouraging foreclosures and short sales because of loss sharing agreements with the buyers of dead banks. Now there is a video circulating in the matrix that purports to show that the FDIC gave away a lot of taxpayer money to George Soros and various other investors as part of the resolution and sale of IndyMac to OneWest. The chief source of these reports is from TBWS, which supposedly reveals how Goldman Sachs worked an unreal deal with the FDIC. (Here http://www.thinkbigworksmall.c om/mypage/player/tbws/23088/1 559781) Martin Andleman touched on this in his “Bringing Up the Rear” column highlighting George Soros back in October of 2009 ( Bringing Up the Rear: Liberal Billionaire George Soros). WHY page 71
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Unfortunately these reports are wrong. As is often the case with generalist writers, these people got most of their facts wrong or got no facts at all. Last Friday, FDIC Director of Public Affairs Andrew Gray said: “It is unfortunate but necessary to respond to blatantly false claims in a web video that is being circulated about the losssharing agreement between the FDIC and OneWest Bank. Here are the facts: OneWest has not been paid one penny by the FDIC in loss-share claims. The loss-share agreement is limited to 7% of the total assets that OneWest services, and OneWest
must first take more than $2.5 billion in losses before it can make a loss-share claim on owned assets. In order to be paid through loss share, OneWest must have adhered to the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP). The producers of this video perpetuate other falsehoods. The FDIC has not requested to borrow money from the Treasury Department. Indeed, we continue to be funded by the banking industry through assessments, not by taxpayers as claimed in the video. This video has no credibility. Regardless of the personal or professional motivations behind
its production, there is always a responsibility to be factually correct and transparent. The FDIC made available a fact sheet on the day that the sale of IndyMac was announced that details the terms of the contract. It’s too bad that the creators of this video opted to premise it on falsehoods.” Supplemental Fact Sheet Five Filters featured article: Chilcot Inquiry. Available tools: PDF Newspaper, Full Text RSS, Term Extraction.
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Networked Sensors Track Firefighters to Get Them Out Alive by Sandeep Ravindran (Popular Science - New Technology, Science News, The Future Now) Submitted at 2/22/2010 7:32:52 AM
A new system could help firefighters survive deadly blazes and find fallen comrades in the smoke This month, James Duckworth and David Cyganski, engineering professors at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will fill a building with expensive sensors10 years' worth of R&D-and set the whole place on fire. If their system works in the 1,100ºF inferno produced inside the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy's burn building, the tech could give a fire chief everything he needs to make sure his crew returns safe and sound every time. Ironically, the very gear that allows a modern firefighter to run into a burning building also puts his life at risk. Fire-retardant jackets deflect flames so well that firefighters can stay in a burning building until just before flashover, the moment when the
room reaches 1,100°F and all the combustible gases in the air-and pretty much everything elseignite. "Years ago, before we got hoods, we'd burn our ears and necks, and that would tell us ‘That's too frickin' hot, let's get out,' " says Gerard Dio, chief of the Worcester, Massachusetts, fire department, which is helping test the system. Now, firemen feel the intense heat only when it's seconds from flashover. The new system involves portable sensors that register room temperature. With further testing, it could warn firefighters of flashover a minute before it occurs-enough time to dash out. It also tracks firefighters' whereabouts in the blaze. Sensors attached to their harnesses and face masks beam their locations and vital signs (heart attacks account for half of all firefighter deaths) to a commander's laptop outside. The researchers hope to have the system in the field by 2013. "Considering that they're risking their lives, it's pathetic that firefighters are using what's essentially 19th-century
technology," Duckworth says. "This will bring them up to date." It certainly hits home for Dio. During a 1999 five-alarm warehouse fire, two of his men got lost in the smoke, and four others rushed in to rescue them. All six died. "I know we did the best job we could at the time," Dio says, "but this system could
have saved all of their lives." HOW IT WORKS STEP 1: GEAR UP The commander uses his laptop to activate radio receivers on the trucks' ladders, location beacons strapped to firemen's uniforms, and sensors in their face masks that measure pulse, bloodoxygen levels and breathing
rates. STEP 2: DROP THE BOX Firefighters enter the building, identify the source of the blaze, and deploy an environmentsensor box that extends a mast to measure floor-to-ceiling heat differences. STEP 3: COLLECT DATA The environment sensor beams temperatures to ladder-mounted receivers that relay info to the commander outside. Health sensors indicate everyone's vital signs, and location sensors use radar and radio to pinpoint firefighters' whereabouts to within three feet. STEP 4: SEE THE SCENE The commander's laptop shows where firefighters are, and their icons transition from green to red if their health is failing. If sensors report that a room will soon reach the 1,100°F flashover point, the commander issues a "clear out" command over a radio.
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