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Short Sex the Best – Experts May 31, 2008

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Short sex the best – experts | The Australian

THE best sex should last between seven and 13 minutes, and even three-minute sex is “adequate”, a major survey of US experts has concluded. (more…)

Map of World’s Grain Trade May 31, 2008

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The Global Grain Trade: The Haves and Have-nots – washingtonpost.com
North America helps feed the world, supplying about half of global grain exports. People in developing countries spend up to 80 percent of their money on food. So when food prices rise sharply, partially a result of supply changes in North America and other grain-producing countries, the world’s poor feel it most – and right in the gut. Click on picture to enlarge

What Really Just Happened in Lebanon? May 26, 2008

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Michael Young’s columns: Something radically new after Doha
Reports of a breakthrough on the Syrian-Israeli track, the Iraqi Army’s entry into Sadr City, certainly with an Iranian green light, and signs that a truce may soon be agreed in Gaza, suggest a regional package deal may have oiled the Lebanese deal. (more…)

Huge Solar Rain Storm Video May 26, 2008

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A little perspective « Watts Up With That?

“This is prominence finery at its best,” says photographer Pete Lawrence of Selsey, UK. “Small bright points within the prominence that were seen on the capture screen have been recorded as blurs due to the rapid motion of material in just a few seconds!” Prominences are clouds of hydrogen held above the surface of the sun by magnetic fields. Click to the image to enlarge the view.

A ‘can-do’ country with a ‘do-nothing’ political process May 26, 2008

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The Rise of Non-Americanism – washingtonpost.com
In final third of The Post-American World, which focuses on us rather than on “the rest,” is the strongest. Zakaria argues that America’s world-beating economic vibrancy co-exists with a dysfunctional political system. “A ‘can-do’ country is now saddled with a ‘do-nothing’ political process, designed for partisan battle rather than problem solving,” he writes. In this video clip, Newt Ginrich gives 2 examples our dysfunctional government. while the 1st is a rather spurious, but amusing example, the 2nd is a all too true.

The Next Empire May 26, 2008

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The Next Empire
The future trajectory of the world could change if American policy in the Western hemisphere changed. If the U.S. straightened things out with Venezuela, if Brazilian oil reserves proved to be as robust as they are predicted to be, and if Canadian oil came onstream efficiently and cost-effectively, the U.S. would actually be sitting pretty. For all of its mistakes in failing to fully comprehend or take advantage of globalization, the U.S. doesn’t need to significantly improve its interests in the rest of the world — if it gets its own hemisphere right. I believe that Latin America will emerge as the solution to the problem of the United States’ future competitiveness. The answer doesn’t lie in worrying about China or expanding influence in the Middle East or restoring transatlantic ties. The answer lies in our own backyard. Literally. (more…)

Our Gas Pays For Our This $4.8M Mercedes May 24, 2008

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:sk: Diamond Covered Mercedes :sk: – Yahoo Booters And Yahoo Tools

Click on the underlined link above to see more pictures of our Petro-dollars recycled into the $4.8 million dollar Mercedes decorated in Diamonds for Saudi Prince Alwaleed. He charges you $1k just to touch it. Thanks to Barbara Herwald for the 2006 reminder that we still haven’t learned…

Thanks to john Brittain to point-out that this car is really covered with 300,000 Swarovski crystals for Garson ( The Custom Car Show Promoter) and is valued at around a million dollars. This isn’t to say that we don’t have plenty of other displays of conspicuous consumption by Saudi princes.

Wall-painted Animation May 23, 2008

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The new short film by Blu an ambiguous animation painted on public walls. Made in Buenos Aires and in Baden (fantoche) blublu.org/ blublu.org/sito/video/muto.htm music by Andrea Martignoni Thanks to Randy Marks for this find. To learn more go to http://www.blublu.org/

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InsideTrip – Intelligent travel choices May 17, 2008

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InsideTrip – Intelligent travel choices

What Makes a Quality Trip?

Is it Price, Speed, Comfort, Ease?
What’s important to you?

InsideTrip allows YOU to rate your trip according to each of these factors and helps you wade through the hundreds of flight options on the market today. Then you take your choices and go to a flight booking site.

Colorful “Blue Man Group”-Style Show May 16, 2008

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The Universe in 3D May 15, 2008

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WorldWide Telescope

Travel through a 3D virtual representation of the Universe by downloading this Microsoft program.

The Future Of Faith May 14, 2008

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The Neural Buddhists – New York Times
The atheism debate is a textbook example of how a scientific revolution can change public culture. Just as “The Origin of Species reshaped social thinking, just as Einstein’s theory of relativity affected art, so the revolution in neuroscience is having an effect on how people see the world.

And yet my guess is that the atheism debate is going to be a sideshow. The cognitive revolution is not going to end up undermining faith in God, it’s going to end up challenging faith in the Bible. (more…)

USA Steel Now A World Competitor May 13, 2008

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Steel once again a hot commodity – USATODAY.com
The infamous”sucking sound ” , blaming NAFTA for lost jobs, is actually the sound of innovation, driven by World competition. Some of the biggest changes occurred in 2002, when financier Wilbur Ross began forming International Steel Group. Amid a steel depression, ISG gradually bought some of the nation’s top steel mills, starting with LTV and then Bethlehem Steel, Weirton Steel and Georgetown Steel.

Labor contracts were amended. Costs were driven down. And mills were modernized. Now, across the nation’s steel industry, 160,000 employees produce 110 million tons of steel a year, says the American Iron and Steel Institute. In 1970, it took 500,000 workers to make 91 million tons. “The industry is better,” Halpert says. Such efficiencies have made producing steel more profitable, he says. (more…)

“Assassinate Obama The Apostate” Will Be Jihadists’ Call May 12, 2008

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President Apostate? – New York Times
The NY Times finally faces up to something that I have been saying for awhile. Every Jihadist is going to be gunning for President Obama ,as their ticket to Paradise. The Secret Service is going to have a hell of a time. As the son of the Muslim father, Senator Obama was born a Muslim under Muslim law as it is universally understood. It makes no difference that, as Senator Obama has written, his father said he renounced his religion. Likewise, under Muslim law based on the Koran his mother’s Christian background is irrelevant.

His conversion, however, was a crime in Muslim eyes; it is “irtidad” or “ridda,” usually translated from the Arabic as “apostasy,” but with connotations of rebellion and treason. Indeed, it is the worst of all crimes that a Muslim can commit, worse than murder (which the victim’s family may choose to forgive). (more…)

Free Online Guitar Lessons May 11, 2008

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Learn To Play Guitar Online — Online Learning — InformationWeek

Don’t want to pay? Here are some other places to go for free resources.

  • MXTabs.net has an industry-approved franchise for distributing the text-based guitar tab files that have been circulating around the Internet almost since its inception.
  • GuitarWorld (“We make REAL Guitar Heroes”) magazine has made an impressive jump to online. Their premium tabs of the most-requested songs ever are not dorm-room interpretations; they’re the real deal in full detail.
  • WholeNote.com offers RSS feeds of lessons across multiple genres, with a helpful online “groove builder” that allows lesson authors to add synthesized playback of the music being taught.
  • You can practice any chord or scale in any key at the Guitar Rooms of the ChordHouse.
  • Also try ChordBook.com for a slimmed-down, more colorful version.

Given the abundance — and popularity — of guitar suites, this is by no means an exhaustive list. Make sure to add your suggestions in the comments.

Best free guitar lessons on the net: http://www.justinguitar.com/

Jingle Mail Mortgage Myth? May 11, 2008

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In mortgage market, ‘walkaway’ homeowners may be urban myth – Los Angeles Times
Jingle Mail is the sound of the house keys being mailed back to the lender. Experts say some supposed owner-occupants who are “walking away” may in fact be speculators in disguise: buyers who acquired properties as investments to resell for a fast profit. Investors, unlike genuine homeowners, will treat their purchases strictly as economic transactions; their decisions to abandon payments shouldn’t be seen as a sign that American homeowners no longer feel obligated to pay their debts, says Stuart Gabriel, director of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

“A number of [foreclosed] properties are actually investor-owned, not owner-occupied, and we have to be careful that we’re not attributing to homeowners the actions of investors,” Gabriel said. (more…)

When We Almost Became Extinct May 11, 2008

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Dry spell almost killed off race – National – smh.com.au
An international genetics project has found that modern humans almost became extinct 70,000 years ago.

The Genographic Project, led by American and Israeli researchers, made the discovery after undertaking the most extensive mitochondrial DNA survey ever undertaken in Africa.

In 1987 a study of mitochondrial DNA, passed down the generations via the maternal line, revealed that every person alive today is descended from one woman who lived in Africa 200,000 years ago. (more…)

Fax Free From Your PC May 4, 2008

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Drop.io fax
No more fax machines, or expensive online fax services. Faxing just shouldn’t be that hard – and it should be free. With drop.io it is both easy and free.

Kaleidoscope Painter May 4, 2008

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Kaleidoscope Painter
Click on the link above to a new web page. Wait until the applet loads, then click the applet’s canvas. Move the mouse around the canvas while the mouse button is pressed (this is called “dragging” the mouse). Hint: drag slowly to create smoother drawing.
(Please note: applet requires a Java™ enabled browser.)

Clear Button… Clears the canvas.

Auto Button… Lets the program draw by itself.

DynaBrush Button… Causes brush size to change dynamically.

Brush Size Panel… Click the left-arrow to shrink brush.
Click the right-arrow to enlarge brush.

View Shaped By Your Age May 4, 2008

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Esteem for US rises in Asia May 3, 2008

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Esteem for US rises in Asia | The Australian
The US’s three most important Asian alliances – with Australia, Japan and South Korea – have in his view been strengthened by the Iraq campaign. Each of these nations sent substantial numbers of troops to help the US in Iraq. They did this because they believed in what the US was doing in Iraq, and also because they wanted to use the Iraq campaign as an opportunity to strengthen their alliances with the US.

More generally, in a world supposedly awash in anti-US sentiment, pro-American leaders keep winning elections. Germany’s Angela Merkel is certainly more pro-American than Gerhard Schroeder, whom she replaced. The same is true of France’s Nicolas Sarkozy.

More importantly in terms of Green’s analysis, the same is also true of South Korea’s new President. Lee Myung-bak, elected in a landslide in December, is vastly more pro-American than his predecessor, Roh Moo-hyun. (more…)

Blame Innovation not Globalization May 2, 2008

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The Cognitive Age – New York Times
As Thomas Duesterberg of Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, a research firm, has pointed out, the U.S.’s share of global manufacturing output has actually increased slightly since 1980.

The chief force reshaping manufacturing is technological change (hastened by competition with other companies in Canada, Germany or down the street). Thanks to innovation, manufacturing productivity has doubled over two decades. Employers now require fewer but more highly skilled workers. Technological change affects China just as it does the America. William Overholt of the RAND Corporation has noted that between 1994 and 2004 the Chinese shed 25 million manufacturing jobs, 10 times more than the U.S.

The central process driving this is not globalization. It’s the skills revolution. We’re moving into a more demanding cognitive age. In order to thrive, people are compelled to become better at absorbing, processing and combining information. This is happening in localized and globalized sectors, and it would be happening even if you tore up every free trade deal ever inked.

Obama Did the ‘Wright’ Thing May 1, 2008

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Pajamas Media » Conservatives, Rejoice: Obama Did the ‘Wright’ Thing
conservatives have long argued that the black community is desperately in need of a leader who speaks out forcefully against the divisive, destructive worldview of “those who prey on hate” — the worldview of Wright, Sharpton and Jackson, of the race-baiters and the grievance-mongers. Why, conservatives have often asked, won’t somebody, anybody, take on the entrenched “old guard” of African-American political life, the aging charlatans whose continued relevance depends on perpetuating a poisonous culture of blame-whitey victimization?

Well, now it has happened. Barack Obama, a man who commands overwhelming support among African-Americans, and who stands a fair chance of becoming the next President of the United States, used the bully pulpit of his candidacy to unequivocally condemn the very sort of conspiratorial lunacy that is too often tolerated or even applauded within segments of the black community. (more…)

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