As much as I deride Facebook in these pages, I confess that I spent some time perusing thousands of FB friend suggestions. I didn’t “friend” any of them. (Grammarians cringe that FB has turned “friend” into a verb, especially when “befriend” serves the purpose.) But I must admit that whatever technology FB uses to compile these lists seems impressive and more than a little bit creepy.
It’s creepy because how would FB know, for example, that I had once been friendly with a guy I met at open mike performances decades ago? That was way before FB was even devised. And I am not talking about FB’s “mutual friends” device. I refer to those friend suggestions that apparently come out of the blue. I was also surprised to see an old middle school social studies teacher as a suggestion. I always liked the woman but I never maintained any contact with her. How would FB know to suggest her as a friend? Furthermore, distant relatives who do not share my family name lurk among the legions of suggestions. Likewise lurking are some people whose continued presence on this planet I resent. And, somehow, FB knows that there is an association, if not its precise nature.
Dozens of people with whom I have crossed paths a few times, usually long ago, appear as suggestions. I need to hypothesize about this if only to ease my paranoia. Much of my bewilderment arises from the fact that I place no personal information on my FB page other than my name and hometown. But that’s quite enough for the clever cats at FB.
Generally, people walk in the same circles of associates throughout their lives. We may have multiple circles, yes, but that doesn’t undermine my hypothesis. As people socialize within their circles, extended groups of people who interact with one or more members of those circles are formed. These folk may or may not interact with us, but they are more likely to be associated with other members of our circles than just random choices, and the probability that our paths have crossed, even just once by coincidence, is higher than for random choices. Of the thousands of suggestions offered, we are only familiar with a small percentage of them. But by using algorithms that identify friends of friends of friends of friends of friends, FB is very likely to hit upon quite a few people we once knew, or met, however briefly.
Here’s a perfect example. Initially, I was shocked to see the suggestion of a man who works for the New York Times, a man who is a friend of a distant friend who once told me of him. I remembered his name only because it is the same as that of a well-known car dealer near where I live. I have never met the man, but he and I intersect with a common circle. Under this kind of scrutiny, FB’s friend suggestions no longer seem so creepy. The only thing impressive about them is the cold and flawless logic of intricate mathematics.
As I came across persons who I remember fondly, I wondered why it seems like they had been better friends than most of those who I count as friends today. Few of my current crop of FB friends matter all that much to me, and I assume I don’t matter much, if at all, to them. Is this due to our tendency to take the present for granted, to realize only later that which is precious to us? Possibly so, possibly so. Is it because many FB “friends” are too caught up in superficiality to communicate meaningfully with their real friends, as I have argued before? This, too, is possible. Is it because sentimentality makes it easy for us to idealize days long gone, to lend to those friendships more meaning than was ever really there? I think this is true, too.
A former professor appeared among my suggested friends. I thought, “That man did more for me than any of my so-called friends of today. It’s too bad that we lost touch. Unless I contact him, he’ll never know how important he was to me. But, hell, he may not even remember me.”
I take all this as a reminder to choose my friends wisely. Using FB to reconnect is probably quite harmless. But using it to stockpile friends like assets? That’s phony. We don’t need technology to know who our real friends are.
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6 minutes ago ago by Gunny G. Spam? Tags: Uncategorized, facebook, Homeland Security!, Philadelphia, Gunnery Sergeant, twitter, Transportation Security Administration, Alex Jones (radio host), child pornography
TSA: An Army of Pervs and Criminals
TSA: An Army of Pervs and Criminals
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Thomas Gordon Jr. of Philadelphia, a TSA “screener,” was arrested on March 24 and charged with distributing more than 100 images of child pornography via Facebook. He allegedly uploaded explicit pictures of young girls and also is said to have posted a photograph of himself in his TSA uniform, Fox News reported on Saturday. Gordon was arrested by Homeland Security and is being held without bail.
Using police to enforce a Big Pharma medication agenda is a violation of civil rights (and a waste of good cops)
Using police to enforce a Big Pharma medication agenda is a violation of civil rights (and a waste of good cops)
April 23, 2011
In a new video posted today (link below), I argue that using police officers to enforce a Big Pharma medication agenda is not merely a violation of civil rights, but a crime against human rights. It is a grave misuse of state power and a waste of law enforcement
resources that are already stretched thin across the country.
The full video is available at:
12 minutes ago ago by dede90028. Spam? Tags: Bing!, Yahoo, YouTube, twitter, facebook, YouTube, twitter, facebook, Google, WordPress, wordpress 2, Google, american idol season 10, Pia Toscano, digg, stumbleupon, Fox Television, Mandisa, American Idol: Season 5, Fox News
By De De Tillman April 24, 2011 1:50pm
HOLLYWOOD- (Fox News)
I was watching Fox News with former season 5 American Idol Mandisa shares her weight loss story, she has lost over 100 pounds and has a new song out entitled “Good Morning”, Mandisa was ask if American Idol was ”Sexiest” and she said ‘No.” Mandisa went on to say that young girls are voting and the judges are not to blame.
DO YOU THINK AMERICAN IDOL IS SEXIEST? PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT, TWEET AND RE-TWEET… THANK YOU SO MUCH
Banksy’s harsh philosophy about perseverance is contained in a mural, located at Columbus and Broadway in San Francisco, that isn’t very noticeable at street level and so there is a high degree of probability that President Obama did not see the art work that advises “If at first you don’t succeed – call in an airstrike,” which might become a philosophical conundrum if the endeavor in question happens to be ineffective airstrikes such as the ones NATO is conducting against Libya. The fact that the NATO airstikes are now being supplemented by unmanned drone attacks might mean that Obama did see Banksy’s mural during a recent Presidential visit to Frisco and realized that Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando) in “Apocalypse Now,” was right when he wrote: “We must exterminate them!” The Liberians will learn to love America for its efforts to protect them from Gaddafi or die in the process.
The newest American quagmire seems to be causing an identity crisis for Obama supporters. IfAmerica’s first President of Panafrican heritage is doing what George W. Bush did how can they explain their extensive criticism of the Republican and simultaneously defend their enthusiasm for the Democratic Party President who is committing the Bush initiated war crimes and atrocities at an even greater pace?
Progressive talk radio shows now feature hosts who promote Obama’s agenda with the same degree of incomprehensible propaganda babble as Uncle Rushbo provided for Dubya when he first started the American commitment to invasions, slaughter, and torture.
The President seems to assume that the writers for liberal web sites owe him the same level of unquestioning fanatical support as he gets from the paid hacks on the airwaves.
The World’s Laziest Journalist has consistently ridiculed the logic contained in George W. Bush’s line of completely absurd reasoning used to rationalize his foreign policy that grew out of the barrel of a gun. We have asked, long before the dedication of the Bush Presidential Library, if there would be a display featuring an example of the aluminum tubes that provided a ludicrous rational for going to war because we believe that the columnist’s role in society is to criticize all politicians. We stand prepared to question and criticize the winner of the 2012 Presidential Election regardless of who wins.
If the winner happens to be a Republican, that will make what we write a very welcome contribution to various liberal websites. If the winner is the Democratic Party candidate that means that our efforts will be a bit uncomfortable for readers who want partisan enthusiasm rather than sarcastic criticism.
Does that mean that the World’s Laziest Journalist will never offer punditry for pay services? If we wanted to provide hired gun wordsmithing, we’d just run an ad saying something like this: “Have laptop; will gush (pro-Democratic Party gibberish) Wire Palindrome San Francisco.” For the time being, that ain’t gonna happen.
For reason which only a conspiracy theory lunatic would appreciate, we think that it behooves the (Karl Rove) Republican game plan to promote the misperception that President Obama has a commanding lead over the assortment of ragtag Republicans vying for their party’s Presidential Nomination.
After reading some of Ian Kershaw’s book “The Hitler Myth, Image and Reality in the Third Reich” this columnist envisions a scenario whereby one Republican who has been on a “listening tour” of America for the past two years, suddenly (after a spectacularly strong showing in the Iowa caucuses) becomes a media darling with a tsunami of adoring news stories about a massive and spontaneous “firestorm” of public approval.
That bit of conspiracy theory lunacy would be possible only if one had the übercynical perception thatAmerica’s free press could be manipulated into compliance with this scenario and somehow provide the aforementioned avalanche of propaganda for (JEB?) the phenomenon candidate that this hypothetical conjecture about a political blitzkrieg requires.
The fact that the World’s Laziest Journalist was kicked off a popular blog site for conjecture about the possibility that the unverifiable results from the electronic voting machines would be the basis for a return of the Bush Dynasty to the contemporary American Political scene is what we use as the basis for assuming that paid political pundits could be subjected to subtle stealth bits of message shaping in the free market arena of journalism.
Recently the World’s Laziest Journalist has produced the keystrokes necessary for several columns, but then when it came time to pack up the memory stick and trudge off to a Public Library computer to post the column, the enthusiasm and momentum evaporated completely. Why bother?
A current of disapproval of Obama by people who voted for him in 2008 is being ignored by the well paid punditry experts. Is this part of the set up for a “nobody saw that coming” Republican upset in 2012? If the seeds of dissention are blooming within the ranks of Obama’s supporters and if Regan Democrats defect from Obama in 2012, is the stage being set for the arrival on the Republican side of a charismatic candidate who can unite the various factions of his party and country via a magnetic personality?
Anyone who has read the aforementioned Kershaw book would be sure to expect Republicans to use the adoring fans shtick such as described on page 30: A lucky fellow “who received a small bunch of three carnations . . . had to be satisfied with a few small remains . . . after his friends had ravaged the bunch and grabbed bits of the flowers for themselves.”
What TV news producer could miss the chance to run footage of such a tableau, even if it had been carefully choreographed beforehand? “It must be true; I seen it on TV!”
Recently we wrote several columns disparaging Obama but failed to summon the motivation for doing the additional work involved in going online and posting them.
The inertia and failure to go out and post columns disparaging Obama’s new variation of the Bush war crimes and torture, reminds us of the former boss who used to dismiss all irrelevant ephemera by sounding like an indulgent rich dad by saying: “Yes, yes, yes! Of course! Now run along and play.”
After reading Jeremy Mercer’s book about living in a famous Paris bookstore, “time was soft there,” this columnist is considering the merits of dropping by the editorial offices of Kilometer Zero magazine and chatting up the publisher in hopes of getting something published in that literary publication. Should the World’s Laziest Journalist do that and write columns about the effort? “Yes, yes, yes! Of course! Now run along and play.”
Should this columnist make an effort to fact check and write a column about experiencing the 24 Hour race atLe Mansfirst hand? “Yes, yes, yes! Of course! Now run along and play.”
Would it be worth the effort to write a column calling the attention of fans of the film “Apocalypse Now” to the fact that in Robert L. Carringer’s book, “The Making of Citizen Kane,” we learned that before making that movie, Orson Wells spent time working on a possible modernized film version of Joseph Conrad’s novel “Heart of Darkness”?
Our boss, whom we have just quoted, also used to give some colorful advice about what to do in caseLos Angelesbecame the target for a Russian nuclear attack: “Run towards the flash!”
Now, the disk jockey will play Orson Wells version of the song “I know what it is to be young; you don’t know what it means to be old,” the Doors’ “The End,” and the soundtrack album for “Good morningVietnam!” We have to go buy a pair of track shoes. Have a “terminate Col. Gaddafi’s command” type week.
Making my way across, my mind replayed the dramatic beauty of a film I’d just seen when a banshee shattered my euphoric moment.
“DON’T touch me! Don’t you fucking touch ME! I HATE you!”
He reached a hand toward her as if to slow her down, get a better a perspective, and perhaps explain.
She violently shoved him away; his face distorted with emotion as he punched a street sign. After shaking his hand out, he again attempted contact and she again shoved him, more violently this time and released a blood-curdling primal scream.
They crossed the intersection. He made a third attempt and finally she relented. He pulled her to his side, pressing her cheek against his shoulder.
There they stood ignorant of my presence, oblivious of all fellow pedestrians passing them, quietly locked into each other.
At the start of his administration, President Obama signed an executive order to close the holding facility at Guantanamo Bay. Now, more than two years later, the facility is still open and the Obama administration has abandoned all pretense of moving ahead with its plan.
According to the Washington Post,
For more than two years, the White House’s plans had been undermined by political miscalculations, confusion and timidity in the face of mounting congressional opposition, according to some inside the administration as well as on Capitol Hill. Indeed, the failed effort to close Guantanamo was reflective of the aspects of Obama’s leadership style that continue to distress his liberal base — a willingness to allow room for compromise and a passivity that at times permits opponents to set the agenda. . .
The one theme that repeatedly emerged in interviews was a belief that the White House never pressed hard enough on what was supposed to be a signature goal. Although the closure of Guantanamo Bay was announced in an executive order, which Obama signed on Jan. 22, 2009, the fanfare never translated into the kind of political push necessary to sustain the policy.
The unraveling of Obama’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay is a good example of the fate of a wide variety of policies over the course of the past two years—of the inability to mobilize popular opinion, the intransigence of a right-leaning Congress, and an administration unwilling to lead in the fight for the change we were supposed to believe in.
This is dedicated to President Obama
“We can’t solve problems with the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein
Facebook… so musicians/actors/celebs do you have fan pages as well as personal pages? Fan pages make all the sense in the world, the gathering of a fan list, a collection of those who “Like” your work. A great way to keep the masses informed and promote your particular career. You want as many “Likers” as possible. Personal pages get a little trickier. Scratch that – a lot trickier. Let’s explore a few scenarios.
Option #1 – keep it strictly for personal friends only. Keep privacy settings at the highest possible and use a profile picture that doesn’t give you away. Never accept fans. Herein lies the trouble. It makes sense that some fans can become friends, at least close enough to be considered a “rung above” typical fans. Maybe you genuinely do get to know some of them and want to keep in touch as you would with other friends/acquaintances you have on Facebook. This leads to:
Option #2 – Continue with the “friends only” philosophy, but be a little more flexible. Perhaps begin to include fans who have helped you in a significant way, sold your merch for you, maybe let you crash at their homes on tour, or ones you genuinely become friendly with. Those you know by name and sight, those who buy you a drink at your gigs and you genuinely enjoy talking with. Sounds appropriate until…
Option #3 – The flood gates open. Everyone starts seeing you are “friends” with some of these “Superfans” and bombarding you with requests… people who you have never seen, never met, and don’t know from Adam. Ignoring/Declining is the result, but can that have a negative effect on your brand? Perhaps. Legitimately you could simply remind yourself that you don’t want or need the type of fans that would be offended by this and just do your thing as you wish, but it is certainly something to keep in mind in a world where you are trying your hardest to reach as great a portion of the population as possible.
In reality this issue isn’t just for celebrities, but all of us. Do we as individuals only accept requests from close personal friends, or maybe open that net to friends of friends and people with which we share common interests. Or do you just take anyone out there? This is especially a choice for those who are playing the games in which more friends give up an edge or are even necessary to advance. The difference being of course is that if I decline a friendship request from Joe Blow it’s not going to affect me or my career one iota if he cares. I’m not trying to get him to buy my CD, watch my show, read my book, etc.
My guess is that many of those artists that accept requests from fans probably just “Hide” updates from those people and continue to use Facebook to actually only socialize with close friends. Nobody knows who anyone has hidden and it makes everyone happy. The problem some may run into however, is that they still consider this page their private arena, but they are still under the microscope from those watching.
It’s no coincidence that I am writing this on Easter Sunday. I consider myself pretty open and tolerant of other people’s views in religion. I am indeed a Christian, but have some dear friends whom I love very much that do not believe as I do. This has never been a problem, and it is generally understood that we just respect each other’s opinions and leave it at that. So how do I feel when I see direct insults aimed at Christians on an artist’s personal Facebook page? I’m not just talking about “Yay – Easter is about Chocolate and bunnies”… but extremely foul language being used directed at “ignorant” Christians and our “imaginary saviour.” In this particular case, it gives me a good topic for a blog. I let it go without personal comment and just accept this person likes to stir things up anyway. He’s known in part for his potty mouth as it is. For the record, he sent me the friendship request and has a moderate to low total friend count despite being somewhat successful so I can assume he sees me as one of those fans in “Option 2″… someone he trusts not to be a loonie, and someone he trusts that won’t let a few words affect my opinions and actions concerning his art. I respect him for that and appreciate the trust he has in me. Honestly if it was someone I knew better, I probably would give them a hard time for crossing the line. But in that delicate no man’s land between friendship and fandom, I try to be particularly careful. I think I probably could get away with telling him my thoughts with no negative repercussions. He likes to act like an immoral ass, but I suspect that is mostly an act. Perhaps he may even read this. I’m not naming names and am not writing this as any kind of insult to him. I like him as much as I aways have. I simply find it to be an interesting dilemma and something worth thinking about.
23 minutes ago ago by seantremaineinthemiddle. Spam? Tags: Politics, Government, presidential election 2012, Republican Party, Politics, Democratic Party, obama, U.S. Budget, Tea Party, Heathcare, Paul Ryan, Congress, debt ceiling
American Credit is one of the most powerful assets in the world. Our currency is used as the bases for many global commodities, our notes (treasuries) are used as the bench mark for risk free rates, and governments around the world hold our currency to hedge against FX risk.
America currently holds 1.4 trillion in debt, the interest of which is 12% of our budget. The rate of interest we pay on that debt is the lowest rate in the world. It is the free-est money we can buy (without printing it).
Before I complain about our Politians, can I ask a question? “Why do we even have a debt ceiling?” Every year the congress has a budget and funds are appropriated for projects and programs run by the government. The debt that will be created by those programs are projected and known at the time the legislation has passed. Why is it that we need a secondary process to appropriate funds that have already been appropriated? Now that I have that out of my system, lets turn back to Capital Hill.
We are now once against faced with another opportunity for political rancor. Should we increase the debt limit and pay all of the bills in which the US has already promised to pay or maintain the current debt ceiling and eventually default on our Bonds around the world. This is a ridiculous question.
Are we really willing to risk our good name for the sake of politics? The interest we pay on our debt is a factor of our stability and likelihood of payment. Any belief in the market place that signals other wise can have a horrible affect on the status of America in the future. At the very least, and uptick in treasury rates can increase the burden on the budget that we are debating.
We need to face the facts. American Credit is more important then spending cuts. We can not allow our congress to hold America’s reputation hostage for unimportant spending cuts in our budget. Congress and the President need to stop campaigning and move towards real action on Budget reform. The only true hope we seem to have is the “Gang of six,” who will soon reveal their plans for the budget.
Sosyal ağların kullanımı ve gücü her geçen gün artıyor. Arkadaşlarla iletişim kurup, onları takip etmenin dışında firmalarla üyeler arasında da bir etkileşim sağlanıyor sosyal ağlar sayesinde. İnternette yer almayan firmanın uzun ömürlü olamayacağının bilincinde olan firmalar, takipçilerine bu yolla çok daha etkili ve hızlı bir şekilde ulaşabilmekte ve takpçilerinden de aynı şekilde iyi ya da kötü geri dönüş alabilmektedirler.
Sosyal medyanın firmalar ve takipçileri arasında na kadar etkili olduğunu geçen günlerde yaşadığım bir deneyimle çok daha iyi anladım. Çok aranan alan adlarının alış-satış işlemlerinin gerçekleştirildiği Amerika asıllı escrow.com web sitesinden bir müşterimiz adına talep ettikleri alan adını aldık. Para transfer işlemleri için 10 gün süresi vardı ve biz ödemeyi yapmış olmamıza rağmen paranın karşı tarafa geçip geçmediğine dair bir sonuç alamadık. 1 hafta boyunca 7 mail attım firmaya ama transferin gerçekleştiğine dair bir bilginin kendilerine ulaşmadığını belirttiler. Yapmış olduğumuz transfer çok yüklü bir tutar olduğu için, bu paranın ortada kalması hem firma açısından zorluk olacaktı hem de müşteri tarafında bir güven kaybı yaratacaktı.
Sonrasında bana gönderdikleri mailin sonunda “Follow us on Facebook” iletisini gördüm ve hemen fan sayfalarının duvarına yaptığım işlemin gerçekleşmediğini destek ekibinie okadar mail atmama rağmen herhangi bir sonuç alamadığımı belirten bir yazı yazdım. Bu yazının ardından 1 saat içerisinde benim onlara 1 haftada gönderdiğim maillerden daha çok mail geldi.
Sonuç olarak 1 hafta beklememe karşılık facebook gibi milyonlara ulaşan sitede yazdığım yazının etkisiyle 1 saat içerisinde tüm işlemler sonuçlandı ve alan adını kendi hesabımıza transfer edebildik.
Görünen o ki sosyal mecralar artık kullanıcılara ulaşmada ve sonuç almada en hızlı yol olarak yerini almaktadır. Firmaların karşısında çok daha bilinçli kullanıcı var ve iyi yönetilmeyen bir sosyal mecra bir anda markanızın değer kaybetmesine neden olabilir. Artık her şey şeffaf bir hal aldı ve firmaların bu mecrada etkili bir yol izlemesi gerekmektedir.
The Michigan State Police have been catching a lot of flak lately for issuing devices to troopers which extract all kinds of information from people’s cell phones. Hello?… That is so last century. These days you don’t just nab people’s personal information, you ask them to ‘Like’ you on facebook. When someone Likes a page on facebook, that page gets to see all kinds of information about that person and their friends. The New Yorker recently put up a ‘Like Wall’ which requires users to like them on facebook before getting access to content. The Michigan State Police could do something very similar. Say 25% off of your next speeding ticket if you like the MSP page. Or, they could say “Take this fun quiz and get 50% off of your next ticket” and get even more personal information about users and their friends. Facebook apps let the developers of those apps see almost everything about the user.
The great thing about this idea is that it would let the MSP mine like-er’s social network for potential law-breakers. Even if the person who likes the MSP is a completely upstanding citizen, that person might have a facebook friend who has like-d the 420 Magazine page and through the first person’s network the MSP will be able to know the name and current city/town of that pot-smoking friend even if that stoner would never have like-d the MSP page. As far as I know, there’s nothing illegal about this. A trooper has every right to ask a person if they have any pot-smoking friends and where they live although asking this question out-right is unlikely to get an honest answer. Asking someone if they’d like to save money on their next traffic violation through facebook would be a no-brainer for lots of people and in return, the MSP would get a lot of the information they are allegedly illegally sucking off of people’s mobile phones during traffic stops without all of that hassle that comes with an ACLU lawsuit.
It’s a win-win situation… really!
43 minutes ago ago by wizardofaws. Spam? Tags: President, Republican, Barack Obama, obama, Wizard, President Obama’s Cabinet, united states, History, Eisnehower, Donald Trump, Zachary Taylor, Thomas Jefferson, President Grant, President Trump
So what if Donald Trump did or didn’t Vote in an Election. Obama Voted Present over and over and it was his job to Vote. Zachary Taylor never voted in an election, but lets not use that analogy since the his Presidency was so short lived. There are stories that Thomas Jefferson, US Grant and Dwight D Eisnehower also had not voted till them became President. If they (the Media are going to go after Donald Trump or Future President Trump) then they will have to find real issues. Like was President Obama born in the US? Think of the mess that would cause. Every law he signed would be vacated that day!
So Donald, if we may be so bold. Keep up the good fight and let them all have it.
48 minutes ago ago by TGO. Spam? Tags: Miami, Florida, Sports, facebook, twitter, NFL, Miami Dolphins, Brandon Marshall, Denver Broncos, Google, National Football League, WordPress, Yahoo, Darrent Williams, broward county sheriff’s office
Nice woman… One wonders who’s the bigger of the two idiots; Brandon Marshall or his wife? Any man who assaults a woman, much less a six-foot four-inch, 230 pound athlete, is a complete asshole. And any woman who stays with such a man is equally stupid. TGO
Refer to story below. Source: Associated Press
MIAMI – The wife of Brandon Marshall stabbed him with a kitchen knife, sheriff’s deputies said Saturday, and his publicist said the Miami Dolphins receiver was released from a hospital and would fully recover.
Michi Nogami-Marshall, 26, was arrested Friday evening and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. According to a Broward County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, Nogami-Marshall told officers she was defending herself. Marshall had earlier told officers he slipped and fell onto a broken glass vase, but the officers noted that evidence at the couple’s home didn’t substantiate that claim.
Nogami-Marshall was released from jail Saturday on $7,500 bail. It was unclear if she had an attorney.
“This is a very difficult time for Brandon and his family,” said Marshall’s Denver-based attorney, Harvey Steinberg. “Thankfully he’s going to be fine and be completely recovered with no ill effects of the situation. We’re just hoping people respect his privacy.”
Marshall’s publicist, Denise White, tweeted that he was released from a hospital Saturday.
The NFL lockout restricts team contact with players. However, a team doctor for the Dolphins can see Marshall and consult with Marshall’s other doctors, and the team can express appropriate well wishes, said NFL spokesman Greg Aiello.
Marshall married Michi Nogami in Miami last July. They met while both were students at Central Florida. They live in Southwest Ranches, which is near the Dolphins’ complex in Davie.
A year ago last week, Marshall, 27, was traded to the Dolphins by the Denver Broncos for two second-round draft picks. In Denver, he caught at least 100 passes three consecutive years and twice made the Pro Bowl. Yet he wore out his welcome, in part because of a long legal record.
In March 2009, Marshall was arrested in Atlanta on misdemeanor battery charges stemming from a fight with Nogami-Marshall, who was his fiancee at the time. The charges were dropped when both refused to testify.
Marshall was also involved in a New Year’s Eve fight that led to the 2007 drive-by slaying of Broncos teammate Darrent Williams.
52 minutes ago ago by barrydennis. Spam? Tags: Society, Family, Family, Energy, obama, Energy Utility, Oil Oil, Energy, energy efficient light bulbs, CFL bulbs, LED Bulbs, obama, Deptartment of Energy, Natural Gas, HOuseholds, Incandescent Bulbs
Luddite-thinking legislation purporting to “throw back the oceans” regarding mandating the discontinuation of incandescent bulb production is wrong-headed. While I agree government is too intrusive by far, and legislating consumer choice is clearly wrong, some attention must be paid to the need for conserving energy through technology. If the new energy-efficient light bulbs cost three to ten times as much, but save much more than their cost in energy savings and related savings-like incandescent bulb-radiated-heat in the summer which causes the air conditioning to go on more often, then consumers will vote with their pocketbook, which they ALWAYS do when given a transparent and competitive marketplace.
It may be that the real problem here is the profit-making practices of the manufacturers, who insist on what some might say are unreasonably high profit margins for this and other “threshold” technologies, favoring short-term high profits over lower cost to users, but higher market penetration.
Would we be having this discussion if energy-efficient bulbs were priced the same, or close to the same as energy-inefficient incandescent bulbs? Many times in the past, replacement technologies that have been priced to succeed in a big way have dominated their markets in a short time.
Think computers. Each generation of computers has offered faster speeds, more efficiency and greater capacity than the one previous, while still declining in price (per calculation, per productivity \”load\” by any measure).
Monolithic control of this technology may be preventing wider adoption through lower pricing, and also preventing the attendant savings, easily estimated at up to seventy-eight Billion a year in the U.S. (That’s Billions with a Big “B” folks!) at high levels of usage, calculated at ten percent of utility industry revenue total of $741 BB, with potentially much more in savings. That’s a lot of coal, oil and gas!
But…but…the free marketplace must be allowed to work, transparently and completely.
let’s make a change. Why don’t we offer every household a utility-installed set of the new energy-efficient light bulbs; the utility crew walks through neighborhoods in door-to-door canvass, and replaces each and every incandescent light bulb with it’s energy- efficient replacement, even the newer LED lights that are coming soon. Although a voluntary program, the cost is added to the consumer’s electric bill, but offset completely each month with monthly credits over two or three years equivalent to the estimated cost savings, easy to determine by computer-aided analysis of the bill. Net cost to consumer? Zero. The average U.S. household has from 25-35 incandescent bulbs. Replacing them all at a cost per household of 30 x$6.00=$180.00, plus $1.00 per bulb labor would cost $210.00 total. Average yearly savings? $180.00. Payback time? 14-15 months, ideally, but by stretching ”payback” out to two years approximately $9.50 per month, consumers actually save more than the cost!
Maybe the installation cost would be calculated at $2.00 instead of $1.00; maybe the bulb would e costed out at $7.00 instead of $6.00 (But note that bulb prices are declining as production volumes build). But that only changes the payback calculation slightly. The point is this could easily work!
Similarly for businesses, the same program of replacement would be offered, with similar credits to bills, and there are already Department of Energy tax credits available for new construction installation of energy- efficient bulbs, and for newer LED lights, which also qualify.
The customer wins because they save energy and reduce their costs, saving even more after the initial costs are deducted. The collected incandescents would be recycled , with enough earnings to partly offset the installation costs. The utility would not be allowed to charge full retail for the bulbs, but required to install at their product cost, plus a nominal labor charge. Incentives for the Utility are significant; since the energy savings to the consumer are notable, that in turn means less energy demand from power generation plants by the distribution system, amounting to over one hundred million tons of coal, over 40,000,000 million of barrels of oil, trillions of cubic feet less in natural gas usage. Less pollution of air and water, less maintenance costs, less brown-out’s, or worse, black-out’s, what’s not to like?
By some estimates, replacing 75% of existing incandescents would yield U.S.savings of many billions of dollars (That’s Billions with a big “B” folks!) for utilities in power generation costs, with comparable savings for consumers and business, and four times as much worldwide.
Phillips Industries, a leading manufacturer of energy efficient bulbs prepared a report http://www.avila-energy.com/pdf/Ponencias/8p/pdf-01.pdf describing some world-wide savings estimates.
Citizens must know that their decisions have consequences, pocketbook consequences, before they are willing to make changes. In America, less money for gas, or for beer and pretzels, for food or entertainment, is a consequence of high energy cost.
There is a “light” at the end of the energy tunnel, and it’s the bright light of savings!
54 minutes ago ago by jolieaparis. Spam? Tags: Travel, united states, USA, washington dc, Library Of Congress, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, war memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt, National World War II Memorial, Smithsonian Institution, Korean War Veterans Memorial, capitolhill
I arrived in DC at 7:40pm on April 16.
I was supposed to meet my parents, my sister and my cousin (who were all doing trips of their own) at 7:00, and I anxiously wondered if they’d still be there as I dragged my suitcase across Greyhound bus station to the exit.
I got outside and realised that I didn’t know what car they’d be driving – not the make, or the model, or even the colour. After a couple of minutes of no one honking or shouting, I went back inside.
I circled the station, but couldn’t see anyone I knew.
But wait! There was another exit!
I walked like the wind out the second exit, and once again didn’t know which car to look for. A minute passed. And a second. After five I started to worry – my phone didn’t work in the States, so I had no way of contacting them. Were they waiting for me to tell them that I’d arrived? Had they been waiting at another bus station since 7:00?
Or, had I arrived on the wrong day?
I didn’t know where we were staying, or even how to get to the city from where I was. Would I need to sleep in the bus station overnight? I looked inside – on this trip I’ve slept in hostels, on couches, on trains, on an airport floor, and have stayed awake on planes – if I had to, this would be my most unsanitary night yet.
After waiting for another five minutes, I went inside to a payphone. My last $3 weren’t going to get me far (especially since the phone only accepted coins), but look – there was a call-collect number!
I dialled the number, then that of my mother.
And got her answering machine.
I dialled the number again, and tried my sister’s phone.
“Hello?” she said as the recorded voice told her that she had a collect call from me.
“Oh, I’ve got a call from Jolie,” she said to my parents.
“Rhiannon, if you can hear me, would you please press ‘one’ to accept the call?” I asked, hoping that she could hear me through the recorded voice.
She didn’t, and the recorded voice asked if I could pay instead.
I called again, but this time it didn’t get through.
I tried my mum’s number, thinking that she might have turned her phone on after what happened with Rhiannon. Nope – answering machine.
Then Rhiannon came through the door next to the payphones – I was saved!
We spent the next few days looking at the sights, shopping and eating too much. So I ended up with new clothes that fit me when I tried them on . . . but probably don’t anymore :p
I was surprised by how quiet DC was. A long belt of parks runs through the south of the city, and as I went through the memorials at one end and the Smithsonian at the other, I felt like I was at the edge of the world. Even back in Washington’s grid of streets, the streets seemed far too wide for the few people who strolled down them. Yes, the White House, Capitol Hill and the National Spy Museum were all very crowded, but these were the exceptions, rather than the rule.
As dad had planned the first couple of days, we made our way through the city in a much more methodical method than I’m used to. On day 1 we started at the White House (just looking at the outside – apparently you need permission from your consulate to visit, and because so many Aussies go to the US the Australian Consulate has stopped signing the forms in protest), then made our way through all of the war memorials and presidential memorials, and finished with the park of Smithsonian museums.
The WWII Memorial comprises 56 granite pillars forming two semi-circles around a plaza and pool with two 13 metre arches on opposite sides. Each pillar holds a grey wreath and bears the name of a state, and the two arches each house four angels holding another wreath. At 103 metres by 73 metres, I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a large war memorial.
The Korean War Veterans Memorial is a long triangle of grass intersecting a circle, walled in black granite with over 2,500 photos representing troops sandblasted onto the wall. Standing on the triangle are 19 stainless steel statues of larger-than-life-sized soldiers on patrol. At the end of the triangle is the Pool of Remembrance, a shallow pool of black granite that looks like a giant sundial, and is surrounded by trees and benches. And American flag waves behind the pool, reflected in the water.
Next were the presidential memorials. Although the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials were impressive, my favourite was the Roosevelt Memorial. It is like a garden of stone – walls with large bricks are marked with quotations from Franklin D Roosevelt and small waterfalls and pockets of trees punctuate the maze.
On day 2 we visited Capitol Hill, the Library of Congress and then Chloe and I went for a wander around the city while my parents and sister revisited the Smithsonian museums.
Although Capitol Hill is incredibly impressive from the outside – largely recognisable due to its appearance in countless films and television series – it was crawling with people. As we were unable to get a ticket, we needed to wait for 45 minutes for five to become available. If I’d been alone, I would have turned back as soon as I saw the mass of tourists. As I was with my family, and my father and sister really wanted to see it, I had to wait. Seeing it was interesting, our guide was quite entertaining and the dome is beautiful, but I didn’t think it was worth the wait.
The Library of Congress, on the other hand, was exquisite. The entrance hall is made of white marble, with two staircases leading up to the first floor, each of them lined with statues of little boys who each represent a different trade. The ceiling is painted in red, gold and black, with circular paintings of . . . And the actual library made me yearn for one of my own –
There were four exhibitions on in the building – one of the discovery of the Americas, one about the creation of the US as well as the Declaration of Independence and its constitution, one on Civil War portraits, and Thomas Jefferson’s Library. The Library of Congress was free, there was no wait and it was fairly quiet – excellent value.
After shopping on day 3 (I finally have new runners – my feet can function normally again!), I had day 4 to myself. I visited the Neuseum.
The Neuseum is a museum dedicated to news, including:
- The history of news (including the creation of the printing press, the introduction of radio, TV and the internet, and significant stories), with examples of newspapers dating back to the 1500s
- The front pages of the development of Hurricane Katrina as well as individual stories from the event
- The front pages from September 11, a piece of the satellite antenna from the north tower and video footage from the day
- Seven pieces of the Berlin wall (each weighing three tonnes, this is the largest portion of the Berlin wall outside of Berlin) as well as one of the guard towers
- A temporary exhibit about the relationship between the FBI and the media, including famous cases
- Information about different media, including video interviews
- News ethics (there was a game on a touch-screen table here – you needed to tap the front-page story and decide what you would do in different ethical dilemmas, like whether you would pay for a story or cover something up, etc.)
- A 3D film about different historic news stories (3D doesn’t really do much for me, but if you’re into that sort of thing you might like it)
At $21.95 (plus tax), it’s the most expensive museum I’ve visited, but with six floors and a ticket that’s valid for two days (so theoretically you could give it to someone else to use for the second day), I thought it was worth it.
McClatchy Newspapers April 12, 2011
By Shashank Bengali
BENGHAZI, Libya — Khalifa Hifter thought he’d be America’s man in Libya.
He’d spent the last 24 years living under what he calls U.S. government protection in suburban northern Virginia. Before he returned to Libya last month, State Department and CIA officials sought him out for meetings. He delivered to them wish lists of weapons and vehicles to bolster the fight against Moammar Gadhafi.
To his frustration, however, U.S. officials haven’t contacted him since. They’ve ignored his pleas for direct military support while the rebels steadily lose ground to Gadhafi’s better-equipped forces.
“The United States is a second home to me,” Hifter said. “They should be cooperating with me to help the Libyan people.”
There’s also a dispute about his role with the rebel army, a controversy that may help explain why the rebels appear nearly as disorganized now as they were when their revolt began two months ago.
In one of his first interviews since he returned to Libya, Hifter said that he’d been appointed the rebels’ field commander this week. The hourlong interview he gave to two reporters Monday was arranged by the official rebel military spokesman and conducted in an office in the rebels’ military headquarters. An organizational chart Hifter displayed showed him as equal to Gen. Abdelfatah Younis, a former Gadhafi interior minister who also lays claim to rebel command.
Read all about it at McClatchy News</a
56 minutes ago ago by thepalinexpress. Spam? Tags: Governor, Moose, PDS, obama, Rally, Michigan, Tax Cuts, Patriotism, Violence, patriots, Statements, palin, Sarah Palin, Speech, Tea Party, Wisconsin, Protest, Unions
Sarah Palin posted her speech that rocked the country, from Wisconsin to the rest of the country.
Her Facebook page has the transcript plus another video.
Please pass this speech; the “idiocy” continues with the PDS (Palin Derangement Syndrome.) After all, “57 states” takes the cake.
April 16, 2011 | Babylon & Beyond | Los Angeles Times
As Christians get ready to celebrate Easter, Palestinian Christians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip are envious of fellow Christians from all over the world who are able to visit Jerusalem’s holy Christian sites and worship freely while they cannot.
Since Israel cut off East Jerusalem from the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories in the early 1990s, Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Gaza Strip have been required to get Israeli army permission before they can enter Jerusalem.
The situation worsened since the turn of the century and restrictions got tighter after a 20-foot concrete wall was built all around East Jerusalem barring both Muslim and Christian Palestinians from reaching their holy sites in Jerusalem and its Old City.
“For Christians, Holy Week in Jerusalem has a special spiritual connection,” said a statement issued by the Christian community in the West Bank. “The Old City, its gates and roads, the Mount of Olives, Via Dolorosa and the Holy Sepulchre Church, where pilgrims from all over the world journey to, are equally important to the Palestinian Christians of Gaza and the West Bank, who want to join their Jerusalemite Christian brethren in the liturgical events leading to the resurrection, the holiest celebration in Christianity.”
But West Bank and Gaza Christians reaching Jerusalem even during holidays has become a privilege, rather than a spiritual right. To get to Jerusalem, any Palestinian resident of the West Bank or Gaza of any age or religion has first to get a permit issued by the Israeli military government.
These permits do not come easily. They are usually issued to sick people trying to get treatment in Jerusalem or Israeli hospitals, or to businesspeople. Often they are given to workers because Israel can use the cheap West Bank and Gaza labor force. But for people who want to visit family members living in East Jerusalem or take a tour of the Old City or pray at their holy sites, permits become a scarcity.
“In every country that respects and implements freedom of worship, worshipers of different faiths live their faith and express their prayers without restrictions from the governing authorities,” said the Christians’ statement. “In Jerusalem, and for the past decade, this has not been the case. The occupying power is denying free access to holy places of worship to both Christians and Muslims on several important occasions,” the statement said.
“The local faithful … see that the restrictions made against them are violations of basic human rights and religious freedom as well as a violation of … centuries of religious traditions for the indigenous Christians of this land,” the statement continued.
Though Israel began recently issuing between 2,000 and 3,000 permits for Christians to visit Jerusalem holy sites during Christmas and Easter, the figures remain relatively small compared with the number of Palestinian Christians, and permits are issued only to older married people, not the young and single. Christians also have to apply through their churches to get the permit, a process Christians say is done on a first-come first-served basis.
“The permit system instated by Israel is in obvious violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international covenants and treaties to which Israel is a signatory,” said the Christian community. “Regardless of the number of people from the local congregation allowed to participate in the celebrations, we reject the imposition of a permit/quota system to access our churches.”
Unfortunately for Palestinian Christians, Easter coincides with the Jewish Passover holiday. Israel usually imposes a closure on the occupied territories during Jewish holidays, which means permits are automatically canceled and people with permits will not be able to cross checkpoints into East Jerusalem, which Israel considers part of its territory since it annexed it after its occupation in June 1967.
– Maher Abukhater in Ramallah, West Bank
Shahrukh Khan Without Makeup
1 hour ago ago by Leif Eriksson. Spam? Tags: Syria, european union, Syria, Political Reform, Political Reform, Bashar al- Assad, sectarian conflict, USA, Syria as Yugoslavia of the Middle East, Paradox
The international community has called for that the people responsible for the killings in Syria should face justice and that the regime of Bashar al-Assad has a responsibility to enact reforms for a democratic, secular and united Syria. I am in agreement, who wouldn’t be? But if we analyse these we quickly run into the three paradoxes of the Assad regime.
The first paradox is that those responsible for the killing of protesters in Syria are the same people responsible of enacting the reforms for a democratic, secular and united Syria.
The second paradox is that all reforms that would transfer Syria to a democracy is seen by the al-Assad regime threat to its very survival.
The third paradox his EU:s and USA perception of Syria as the Yugoslavia of the Middle East. With such a ‘paradigm’ what can EU and USA hope to achieve, especially since it is wrong.
Lying on his family room floor with assault weapons trained on him, shouts of “pedophile!” and “pornographer!” stinging like his fresh cuts and bruises, the Buffalo homeowner didn’t need long to figure out the reason for the early morning wake-up call from a swarm of federal agents.
That new wireless router. He’d gotten fed up trying to set a password. Someone must have used his Internet connection, he thought…
In reality, the policy might state that all of their information is going to be shared with everyone on the internet and they’re also comitting to give their house, car and wife as a gift to the company, whose website they’re registering to.
1 hour ago ago by eideard. Spam? Tags: Culture, Crime, facebook, Bank Robbery, Humor, teller, Ricky Gonzalez, Estefany Martinez, Anna Margarita Rivera, Arturo Solano, Bragging, international bank of commerce, west houston
Two days before a west Houston bank heist, a 19-year-old bank teller named Estefany Martinez posted a cryptic status update on her Facebook page: “Get $$$…”
What looked on surveillance video to be a classic bank robbery — with armed, masked suspects and terrorized bank tellers — turned out to be an amateurish inside job, allegedly orchestrated by two 19-year-old tellers with the help of a boyfriend and an older brother.
Using an incriminating trail of Facebook posts left by Estefany Martinez and her 18-year-old boyfriend, Ricky “Ricko Gee” Gonzalez, detectives arrested four suspects this week on bank theft charges, alleging they made off with $62,000.
Their Facebook pages held not-so-subtle clues: Two days after the robbery, Martinez posted: “IM RICH …” followed by a rhyming expletive.
“WIPE MY TEETH WITH HUNDEREDS …” her boyfriend allegedly posted the day after the heist. He also boasted of wiping another part of his anatomy with $50 bills…
“I’ve always heard that you shouldn’t post pictures of yourself on Facebook smoking pot or drinking because employers are now looking at Facebook pages,” Martinez’ attorney said. “But I never knew there should be a warning not to post about a bank robbery that’s been committed…”
The celebratory Facebook posts started shortly after they divided the loot at Rivera’s apartment, officials say.
“U HAVE TO PAST THE LINE SOMETIMES!! TO GET DIS MONEY!!” Gonzalez posted on his Facebook page the day after the theft.
RTFA for the silly details.
We get to say this one more time: becoming a crook doesn’t require brains or education.