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Petting Zoo January 30, 2008

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Ice Is In January 30, 2008

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The hot new beverage is cold. It’s cold as ice. There’s even a blog for crunching addicts icechewing.com.

According to the Wall Street Journal: Some Sonic Drive-In franchises sell it in cups and in bags to go. Ice-machine makers are competing to make the best chewable ice, with names like Chewblet, Nugget Ice and Pearl Ice. One manufacturer calls the ice-loving South the “Chew Belt.”

Sales of machines that make easier-to-chew ice jumped about 23%, to 16,673 units in 2006 from 2003, according to data from the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute. Some ice chewers, including country-music star Vince Gill, have had the machines installed in their homes. Compulsive ice eating was observed at least as far back as the 1600s, according to “Pagophagia, or Compulsive Ice Consumption: a Historical Perspective,” an academic article published in the journal Psychological Medicine in 1992
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Zakaria: We’re Fighting the Wrong War January 30, 2008

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Zakaria: We’re Fighting the Wrong War | Newsweek Voices – Fareed Zakaria | Newsweek.com
Pity the U.S. presidential candidates. They had their positions on Iraq all worked out by last summer and have repeated them consistently ever since. But events on the ground have changed dramatically, and their rhetoric feels increasingly stale. They’re fighting the Iraq War all right, but it’s the wrong one.

The Democrats are having the hardest time with the new reality. Every candidate is committed to “ending the war” and bringing our troops back home. The trouble is, the war has largely ended, and precisely because our troops are in the middle of it. Click on the under-lined Newsweek link to see the rest of this insightful article.

Cheeseburger In A Can January 29, 2008

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Trekking Mahlzeiten-Zwischenmahlzeiten-Cheeseburger in der Dose-

Now when you are backpacking in the Alps, you don’t have to do without, when you get that Mac Attack.

What is Ted saying that has Obama slyly eyeing Hilary? January 28, 2008

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And Then There Was One January 28, 2008

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And Then There Was One
An arrow whizzed past Altair toward Vincent, missing the cameraman’s chest by inches.

Purá knew how dangerous a member of an isolated tribe could be if he believed his life was threatened. But even Purá, who had always relied only on the help of his small tribe to survive, couldn’t fathom how hostile that Indian might be if he had lived for years with no established communion with another living soul.

Purá turned and ran as fast as he could through the forest, terrified. The amazing story to create a 20,000 acre sanctuary for the last Indian of a decimated Amazon Tribe.

Meat The Earth January 28, 2008

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Rethinking the Meat-Guzzler – New York Times
3.jpgIf price spikes don’t change eating habits, perhaps the combination of deforestation, pollution, climate change, starvation, heart disease and animal cruelty will gradually encourage the simple daily act of eating more plants and fewer animals.

Mr. Rosegrant of the food policy research institute says he foresees “a stronger public relations campaign in the reduction of meat consumption — one like that around cigarettes — emphasizing personal health, compassion for animals, and doing good for the poor and the planet.”

It wouldn’t surprise Professor Eshel if all of this had a real impact. “The good of people’s bodies and the good of the planet are more or less perfectly aligned,” he said.

The World in 2016 January 28, 2008

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Waving Goodbye To Hegemony
Twenty-first-century geopolitics will resemble nothing more than Orwell’s 1984, but instead of three world powers (Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia), we have three hemispheric pan-regions, longitudinal zones dominated by America, Europe and China. As the early 20th-century European scholars of geopolitics realized, because a vertically organized region contains all climatic zones year-round, each pan-region can be self-sufficient and build a power base from which to intrude in others’ terrain. But in a globalized and shrinking world, no geography is sacrosanct. So in various ways, both overtly and under the radar, China and Europe will meddle in America’s backyard, America and China will compete for African resources in Europe’s southern periphery and America and Europe will seek to profit from the rapid economic growth of countries within China’s growing sphere of influence. Globalization is the weapon of choice. The main battlefield is what I call “the second world.” (more…)

“The Plague” did not kill indiscriminately January 28, 2008

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Study shows Black Death did not kill indiscriminately | Top News | Reuters
“A lot of people have assumed that the Black Death killed indiscriminately, just because it had such massive mortality,” anthropologist Sharon DeWitte of the University at Albany in New York, said in a telephone interview.

People already in poor health often are more vulnerable in epidemics. “But there’s been a tradition of thinking that the Black Death was this unique case where no one was safe and if you were exposed to the disease that was it. You had three to five days, and then you were dead,” DeWitte said. The plague epidemic of 1347 to 1351 was one of the deadliest recorded in human history, killing about 75 million people, according to some estimates, including more than a third of Europe’s population.

DeWitte analyzed skeletons unearthed from the East Smithfield cemetery in London, dug especially for plague victims and excavated in the 1980s, for bone and teeth abnormalities that would show that people had health problems before they died of plague. She found such abnormalities in many skeletons, suggesting these people had experienced malnutrition, iron deficiencies and infections well before succumbing to the Black Death.

Saddam Planned To Re-Start WMDs : Interrogator January 24, 2008

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Interrogator: Invasion Surprised Saddam, Tells 60 Minutes Former Dictator Bragged About Eluding Capture – CBS News
Piro spent almost seven months debriefing Saddam in a plan based on winning his confidence by convincing him that Piro was an important envoy who answered to President Bush. This and being Saddam’s sole provider of items like writing materials and toiletries made the toppled Iraqi president open up to Piro, a Lebanese-American and one of the few FBI agents who spoke Arabic.

“He told me he initially miscalculated… President Bush’s intentions. He thought the United States would retaliate with the same type of attack as we did in 1998…a four-day aerial attack,” says Piro. “He survived that one and he was willing to accept that type of attack.” “He didn’t believe the U.S. would invade?” asks Pelley, “No, not initially,” answers Piro. (more…)

1500+ Free Videos January 24, 2008

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Miro – Demo Video

Click on the link for the video on this incredible new free video search/download and viewer.Install miro and you can download from over 1500+ video channels. If you download a YouTube video, you get to watch it Full Screen. You can search for videos on other torrents by name. Could this do to TV what Skype did to the Telephone?

Mobile YouTube January 24, 2008

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YouTube

Now you can use your “unlimited data plan” to watch the whole YuuTube colection on your web-enabled mobile device (cell phone, PDA) at m.youtube.com

Most malware comes from legit sites January 24, 2008

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Most malware comes from legit sites, says researcher
According to data compiled by Websense Inc., 51% of the sites it classified as malicious in the second half of 2007 had been compromised and then seeded with attack code that infected unpatched machines visiting the URLs. The remaining 49% were “intentionally built for malicious intent,” the Websense report said. Keep you patches, virus and anti spyware up-to-date – “Shields Up”

Arrow Hole-in-One January 24, 2008

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This Korean Archery Video shows shots from 70m apple, 70m egg, 30m soybean(first,hemp thread)… and the best for last at 30mm an arrow hole-in-one. Thanks to Chip Welfeld

Free Music On Demand January 24, 2008

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Last.fm – The Social Music Revolution

Last FM now lets you play any song on-demand 3 times for free. All the other Streaming Music services charge a subscription fee before you can choose, which tune that you want to listen to.

A Way To Wipe Out Dengue Fever? January 23, 2008

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Engineered Mosquitoes Could Wipe Out Dengue Fever
Oxitec’s technology is a variation of a proven process called “sterile insect technique,” which scientists have already used to eliminate the screwworm and the Mediterranean fruit fly from North America. It involves irradiating male insects, causing mutations that make them sterile. When released into the wild, they mate with females who then fail to reproduce.

But the amount of radiation used in that technique kills mosquitoes. So in a twist on the sterile insect technique, Alphey discovered a way to genetically program the bugs to die unless they’re fed the common antibiotic tetracycline.

By postponing death with tetracycline, the scientists can keep the altered bugs alive long enough to breed them in large numbers. When released into the wild, they no longer receive tetracycline so the previously silenced gene springs into action. The bugs stay alive long enough to breed with wild females, but their offspring die young.

World’s largest swimming pool January 22, 2008

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Make a splash in the world’s largest swimming pool | the Daily Mail
It is more than 1,000 yards long, covers 20 acres, had a 115ft deep end and holds 66 million gallons of water, took 5 years and cost $1.5 billion to build.

Yesterday the Guinness Book of Records named the vast pool beside the sea in Chile as the biggest in the world.

The Real War On the Border January 22, 2008

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Mexico Hits Drug Gangs With Full Fury of War – New York Times
President Felipe Calderón, who won office in 2006 on a promise to create jobs, has spent most of his first year in office trying to break up organized crime rings. To the consternation of some liberals here, he has mobilized the military to do it, sending 6,000 troops into Tamaulipas state alone.

As those troops, along with thousands of federal agents, have begun putting pressure on drug gangs, the midlevel mobsters and hit men have put up a surprising amount of resistance. Again and again, they have chosen to fight it out rather than surrender.

Yet what is happening is less a war than a sustained federal intervention in states where for decades corrupt municipal police officers and drug gangs have worked together in relative peace, officials say.

Is It Pop or Soda? January 22, 2008

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The Pop vs. Soda Page

Click on this map to see the regional differences for what the locals call their “soft drinks”.

Saudi Arabia to lift ban on women drivers January 21, 2008

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Saudi Arabia to lift ban on women drivers – Telegraph
Saudi Arabia is to lift its ban on women drivers in an attempt to stem a rising suffragette-style movement in the deeply conservative state.

Government officials have confirmed the landmark decision and plan to issue a decree by the end of the year.

The move is designed to forestall campaigns for greater freedom by women, which have recently included protesters driving cars through the Islamic state in defiance of a threat of detention and loss of livelihoods. (more…)

Find Music from TV, Ads, etc. January 21, 2008

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Adtunes.com > Find Music from TV Commercials, Film Trailer Music, TV Show Soundtracks, Video Game Music, Film Soundtracks and more.

Ever wonder who is singing on the Honda Accord ad (it’s ELO) or at the end an episode of Gray’s Anatomy (may have been the Teddy Bears)? This site has it all and links to the songs.

Food Price Inflation Fuels Hunger January 19, 2008

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A New, Global Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly Calories – New York Times
The food price index of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, based on export prices for 60 internationally traded foodstuffs, climbed 37 percent last year. That was on top of a 14 percent increase in 2006, and the trend has accelerated this winter.

In some poor countries, desperation is taking hold. Just in the last week, protests have erupted in Pakistan over wheat shortages, and in Indonesia over soybean shortages. Egypt has banned rice exports to keep food at home, and China has put price controls on cooking oil, grain, meat, milk and eggs. According to the F.A.O., food riots have erupted in recent months in Guinea, Mauritania, Mexico, Morocco, Senegal, Uzbekistan and Yemen.

No category of food prices has risen as quickly this winter as so-called edible oils. Cooking oil may seem a trifling expense in the West. But in the developing world, cooking oil is an important source of calories and represents one of the biggest cash outlays for poor families, which grow much of their own food but have to buy oil in which to cook it.

Escape From Cuba – Go Mexican January 19, 2008

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A Deadly Turf War Over Cuban Illegals – TIME
Mexico certainly appears to have become the most popular route for Cubans seeking to reach the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 11,487 Cubans entered the U.S. over the Mexican border in the fiscal year 2007. Over the same period, 4,825 Cubans successfully crossed the Florida Straits, while 2,861 were caught by the Coast Guard and turned back.

A Mexican official not authorized to speak on the record explained that gangs running the lucrative Cuban smuggling route into the U.S. charge between $10,000 to $12,000 per head, compared to the $2,000 Mexicans pay “coyotes” to take them over the desert into the U.S. And it is the high profits have driven the killings, officials say, with rival groups allying with Mexican gangsters to fight over the spoils of the trade.

How Voters Think January 19, 2008

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How Voters Think – New York Times
After seeing a candidate for 100 milliseconds, voters make certain sorts of judgments based on expressiveness, facial structure, carriage and attitude. Alexander Todorov of Princeton has found that he can predict 70 percent of political races just by measuring peoples’ snap judgments of candidates’ faces.

Then, having formed an impression from these thin-slice appraisals, voters rack their memory banks. Decades ago, Kahneman and Amos Tversky argued that human judgment is less a matter of calculating probabilities and more a matter of trying to fit new things into familiar patterns. Maybe John Edwards reminds one voter of the sort of person he disliked in high school. Maybe Barack Obama evokes the elevated feeling another voter felt watching John F. Kennedy. (more…)

Kayak & SideStep Merge Reservation Systems January 17, 2008

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Cheap Flights, Cheap Airfare, Airline Tickets, Travel Deals – SideStep

The best on-line flight reservation systems just merged, as pointed out by intrepid traveler Jeff Ullian. Not too long ago, two companies – Kayak.com and SideStep.com – independently hit upon a new way to shop for travel. Both Kayak and SideStep allow you to search multiple travel sites at once, compare the results, and then buy from whatever travel site you choose. The idea of a “travel search engine” was quickly embraced. Kayak and SideStep have now become the preferred tools of savvy travelers.

Recently Kayak and SideStep decided to merge! We’re combining our strengths and resources – which means a better travel search product for you. Take a look at our new sites at www.sidestep.com or Kayak.com.Now that Kayak and Sidestep have merged, you will notice some new features, such as flight fare history charts or map and photo views of hotels.
  

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