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CD Baby: let’s find you some great new music… November 29, 2007

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CD Baby: let’s find you some great new music…
This site is part of the new music model that has shaken the music business. It’s not just the downloads over the internet, it is getting your music heard through your friends on MySpace. They tell their friends and the buzz spreads from the grassroots. They can buy your music through this site. You don’t need the majors and radio play to heard these days. You don’t have to just depend on CD sales at your concerts anymore with CD Baby. Thanks to Caroline for pointing this out.

Keeping Up with the Jonses November 29, 2007

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Success Depends on Others Failing – TIME
The study, by cognition experts and economists at the University of Bonn in Germany, looks at the brain regions that process reward. Nineteen pairs of subjects performed a series of tasks, estimating the number of dots on a screen, while their brains were scanned. Each time a subject answered correctly, he or she won a cash prize but the prizes were not always the same. Players could see whether their opponents had answered correctly, and how the prize money was distributed.

The researchers were especially interested in the set of outcomes where both players answered correctly. For any given prize value, the brain’s reward response was bigger if the other player earned less. Players on average were more pleased with a 60 euro prize when the other player got just 30 euros, for example, than they were if both players earned 60 euros, or if the other player got more.

Rudy’s Ties to a Terror Sheikh November 28, 2007

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village voice > news > Rudy’s Ties to a Terror Sheikh by Wayne Barrett
Giuliani’s business contracts tie him to the man who let 9/11’s mastermind escape the FBI

Doom & Gloom Economic View November 28, 2007

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FT.com / Home UK / UK – Draining away
Bill Gross, chief investment officer of Pimco, the world’s largest bond fund, has in recent years become famous for issuing downbeat warnings about the credit world. This month, however, his tone has turned positively apocalyptic.

“We haven’t faced a downturn like this since the Depression,” he observed to reporters when talking about the US housing sector and its impact. The debt market’s “effect on consumption, its effect on future lending attitudes, could bring [America] close to the zero line in terms of economic growth”, he said. “It does keep me up at night.”

By Wall Street standards, such sentiments still sound extreme: in public, at least, most financiers are still anxious to avoid any comparisons with the terrible 1930s. Nevertheless, behind the scenes a mood of gloom is spreading across Wall Street and other parts of the financial world. Thanks to Richard Collier for this doom & gloom article

Why 9/11 Conspiracy Theories Linger November 27, 2007

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 Tinfoil Nation: Why 9/11 Conspiracy Theories Linger
A majority of Americans say it is “likely” that their government knew about the September 11 attacks in advance and ignored the warning, a recent poll revealed: more evidence that what were once considered loony fringe theories have penetrated the U.S. mainstream. Richard Miniter examines the roots of the claims and debunks them.

Why does this conspiracy theory linger? Historian Joseph E. Persico argues that it is simply human nature. Persico is an acknowledged expert on the last surprise attack on the American homeland, the Japanese assault on Pearl Harbor. He notes that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had some inkling of Japan’s dark designs before the December 7, 1941 attack. Relations between Washington and Tokyo had been souring for years and the U.S. was opposed to Japan’s bloody invasion and occupation of eastern China. So FDR knew that Japan might attack at some point. But there was no intelligence suggesting that Japan would attack at Pearl Harbor or when it would attack or how. Still FDR’s critics and many others continue to suspect that he knew all along and that he allowed Pearl Harbor to happen as a “backdoor to war.”

“Why do conspiracy theories keep sprouting?” Persico asks. “Neat, suspenseful plots create high drama, while the truth is often messy, contradictory, even dull.”

Unfortunately, the same is true today. Bush’s critics are as misguided as FDR’s.

World’s Fastest Clapper November 26, 2007

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Kent French demonstrates how he holds the Guinness Record for being the world’s fastest clapper.

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The ultimate guide to Live TV webcasts. November 26, 2007

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wwiTV.com – The ultimate guide to Live TV webcasts.

Links to over 2500 TV stations from around the world.

Futile Pigeon Clean-up November 25, 2007

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Guy feeding hundreds of pigeons while London city workers try to clean up.

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Fans as LCD November 25, 2007

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South Korea: boys cheering for their soccer teams. the most amazing thing is that they do this with their CLOTHES (not holding up cards). they have a jacket that is one color on the back, one on the front, and that they can open or close to show a third color shirt on the inside. One school has also figured out how to use their pants to make shading

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Obama to End the Culture Wars? November 25, 2007

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Goodbye to All That

Consevative blogger Andrew Sullivan comes out for Obama with this week’s “Atlantic” magazine’s Cover Story, as the cure for our ongoing, self-destructive 60’s Boomers Culture War.
The Obama candidacy is about ending a war—not so much the war in Iraq, which now has a mo­mentum that will propel the occupation into the next decade—but the war within America that has prevailed since Vietnam and that shows dangerous signs of intensifying, a nonviolent civil war that has crippled America at the very time the world needs it most. It is a war about war—and about culture and about religion and about race. And in that war, Obama—and Obama alone—offers the possibility of a truce.

Sometimes, when the world is changing rapidly, the greater risk is caution. Close-up in this election campaign, Obama is unlikely. From a distance, he is necessary. At a time when America’s estrangement from the world risks tipping into dangerous imbalance, when a country at war with lethal enemies is also increasingly at war with itself, when humankind’s spiritual yearnings veer between an excess of certainty and an inability to believe anything at all, and when sectarian and racial divides seem as intractable as ever, a man who is a bridge between these worlds may be indispensable.

We may in fact have finally found that bridge to the 21st century that Bill Clinton told us about. Its name is Obama.

All The Internet Radio Stations – US & Canada November 24, 2007

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US Radio Stations – The Stream Center – Searchable list of America’s streaming radio stations.
The Stream Center has a list of American & Canadian Radio stations broadcasting on the internet. Here you will find the back door links to stream the stations direct on your player, avoiding the pop-up players used by many of the stations. You can search for a station by name or call-sign. The stations can also be sorted by Location, State and Format by clicking on the heading of the column.

The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn’t November 21, 2007

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RealClearPolitics – Articles – The Tragedy of the Commons
When the Pilgrims first settled the Plymouth Colony, they organized their farm economy along communal lines. The goal was to share everything equally, work and produce.

They nearly all starved.

Why? When people can get the same return with a small amount of effort as with a large amount, most people will make little effort. Plymouth settlers faked illness rather than working the common property. Some even stole, despite their Puritan convictions. Total production was too meager to support the population, and famine resulted. Some ate rats, dogs, horses and cats. This went on for two years. (more…)

7 Incredible Natural Phenomena you’ve never seen November 18, 2007

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7 Incredible Natural Phenomena you’ve never seen [w/ pics and vids]

Fun site full of the world’s oddities, such as this almost permanent storm, which occurs over the marshlands where the Catatumbo River feeds into Lake Maracaibo and it is considered the greatest single generator of ozone in the planet. The area sees an estimated 1,176,000 electrical discharges per year, with an intensity of up to 400,000 amperes, and visible up to 400 km away. This is the reason why the storm is also known as the Maracaibo Beacon as light has been used for navigation by ships for ages.

Born To Be a Boomer November 18, 2007

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Born to be a Boomer

Animated spoof of the Steppenwolf 70’s anthem “born to be Wild”. Thanks to Darryl Edwards.

Another Piece of the Arctic Climate Puzzle November 14, 2007

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JPL.NASA.GOV: News Releases
A team of NASA and university scientists has detected an ongoing reversal in Arctic Ocean circulation triggered by atmospheric circulation changes that vary on decade-long time scales. The results suggest not all the large changes seen in Arctic climate in recent years are a result of long-term trends associated with global warming.

Reporting in Geophysical Research Letters, the authors attribute the reversal to a weakened Arctic Oscillation, a major atmospheric circulation pattern in the northern hemisphere. The weakening reduced the salinity of the upper ocean near the North Pole, decreasing its weight and changing its circulation.

–> “Our study confirms many changes seen in upper Arctic Ocean circulation in the 1990s were mostly decadal in nature, rather than trends caused by global warming,” said Morison.

Saudi Prince Buying ‘Flying Palace’ Jet November 13, 2007

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Saudi Prince Buying ‘Flying Palace’ Jet
Airbus SAS would not give a specific price tag for the VIP double- decker jet, with its football field-length wings, saying only that it would cost more than the aircraft’s list price of $320 million.

That doesn’t even include the money the prince will spend to custom fit the nearly 6,000-square foot plane to include whatever he wants. The options include private bedrooms, a movie theater or even a gym with a jacuzzi. He’ll also need a flight crew of about 15 to operate the luxury liner.

“Prince Alwaleed is the first, and so far the only customer of this aircraft,” said David Velupillai, the spokesman of the Airbus, which announced the luxury order at the Dubai International Airshow. The prince, who is in his early 50s, appears to have a taste for super-sized jumbo jets. He already is the only private owner of a Boeing 747-400, Airbus said.

It’s all just spending cash for bin Talal—Citigroup Inc.’s biggest individual shareholder and the world’s 13th richest person with assets around $20 billion. As a member of the Saudi royal family, he benefits from the country’s vast oil wealth. But much of bin Talal’s huge fortune comes from his investment firm, the $25-billion Kingdom Holding Co., which has stakes in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., Fairmont Raffles Hotels International Inc., Time Warner Inc., Apple Inc., PepsiCo Inc., Walt Disney Co. to name a few major corporations.

Survival Tip November 10, 2007

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fox-hunt.jpg Thanx to Joe Greene

Pessimist? Be A Lawyer November 9, 2007

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Science Journal – WSJ.com
Optimists, the Duke finance scholars discovered, worked longer hours every week, expected to retire later in life, were less likely to smoke and, when they divorced, were more likely to remarry. They also saved more, had more of their wealth in liquid assets, invested more in individual stocks and paid credit-card bills more promptly.

Yet those who saw the future too brightly — people who in the survey overestimated their own likely lifespan by 20 years or more — behaved in just the opposite way, the researchers discovered. Rather than save, they squandered. They postponed bill-paying. Instead of taking the long view, they barely looked past tomorrow.

Surveying law students at the University of Virginia, he found that pessimists got better grades, were more likely to make law review and, upon graduation, received better job offers. There was no scientific reason. “In law,” he said, “pessimism is considered prudence.” The most widely held profession, of those elected to serve us in Washington, is the Legal profession. We are being governed by a bunch of Pessimists. If you expect the worst in everyone, then you’ll legislate accordingly. So if Optimists “saved more”, then you would expect increasing deficits from Pessimists? No wonder us Optimists give Congress such a dismal approval rating.

Largest Ad Ever November 8, 2007

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News: New campaign: Ad-Air giant banner wins Guinness World Record – Marketing Week
Outdoor company Ad-Air has unveiled the largest banner ad in the world at Dubai International Airport.

The ad for Sorouh Real Estate measures more than 20,000 square metres and has been declared by a Guinness World Record adjudicator as a new “world record for banner size”.

The ad, which is next to the Hyatt Regency Hotel, aims to raise awareness of the Abu Dhabi-based Sorouh. It will show a million faces from around the world as part of a charity campaign and will donate 50p ($1) to United Arab Emirates Red Crescent, for every picture uploaded.

Further Ad-Air sites are due to roll out in London Heathrow airport, Madrid, Geneva, Tokyo, Paris and Bangkok.

Ad-Air Middle East managing director Stephen Jones says the site offers “an unprecedented marketing opportunity” for any brand wishing to put its stamp on Dubai.

Sounds of Saturn November 8, 2007

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Cassini-Huygens: Multimedia-Sounds

Sounds From Saturn

The Eerie, Bizarre Sounds of the Saturnian System

Sounds from outer space are weird, if not downright spooky.

Be ready for a goosebump or two as you feast your ears on some of the greatest sounds gathered during the exploration of the Saturnian system

Control Your Junk-Mail Catalogs November 8, 2007

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Catalog Choice
Catalog Choice is a free service that allows you to decide what gets in your mailbox. Use it to reduce your mailbox clutter, while helping save natural resources.

Perils of Pakistan November 6, 2007

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Perils of Pakistan – – The Washington Times, America’s Newspaper

Mrs. Bhutto’s e-mail added, “The fact that militants hold open meetings without fear of retaliation proves the Musharraf regime is totally inept, unwilling or colluding in their expansion.

“Our rapprochement talks with Musharraf have foundered in the quicksand of his failing promises. There is no move towards democracy. It’s either back to dictatorship [1999] or back to a rigged election [2002]. Or Musharraf is replaced with a pliant interim government for two years run from behind the scene by the same military hard-liners. They claim in two years they can push NATO out of Afghanistan and replace president [Hamid] Karzai with one of their own, betting that the U.S. will be caught up in presidential elections for one year and it will take another year for the new administration to settle in.”

By way of conclusion, Mrs. Bhutto’s e-mail said, “The situation is grim, the risks are high, but I have faith in the people to turn around the problem if we can get a real election.” That horizon seems to be receding.

There are several hundred, if not thousands, of jihadis willing to commit suicide to assassinate Mrs. Bhutto. This, in turn, could trigger a civil war in a country with an estimated 50 nuclear weapons and delivery

Sand Hill Crane Family Slide Show November 5, 2007

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ROBERT GROVER PHOTOGRAPHY – Presented by Phanfare

These pics were taken in the Suntree area of Florida ~Viera~ south of Cocoa & Titusville.

A Sand Hill Crane couple recently had an exciting addition to their family. When they built their nest near the water’s edge it immediately drew attention of passers by. Soon there were two eggs sitting on top of the nest and the mother on top of them.

The really curious passed by the site every morning and would stop their cars to get out and see if there were any new cranes yet. Many brought cameras of all shapes and sizes and would stand near the water for long periods of time hoping to catch a photo of the hatching.

Robert Grover, a dentist, didn’t actually catch the birth but, he sure did capture some fabulous shots of the Momma, Papa and baby (the second egg never hatched). Then he put together a slide show with music. Click on the Robert Grover Photography link. Thanks to Ken Beall for passing this on.

World’s Priciest Cocktails November 2, 2007

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World’s Priciest Cocktails – Forbes.com
Sometimes, drinking away your sorrows doesn’t mend a broken heart. And these days, it can break the bank.

Take the $51,200 Dazzle cocktail, available at the Second Floor Bar at Harvey Nichols in Manchester, U.K. It’s got rose Champagne and strawberry and lychee liqueur. But the real buzz comes from the 18-karat white-gold ring with pink tourmaline and diamond stones nestled below all that booze.

Other cocktails don’t need gems to be ultra-pricey. Consider the Bar at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast’s $1,400 Mai Tai. Click on Forbes link for pictures

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