Monday, August 31, 2009

Pop Clips » 31 Aug 09

PUT ON YOUR THINKING CAP and consider this question: what is EXTROPY???

Too brainy for ya? Howzabout a POLE DANCING DOLLY for your kiddies?

More Alleged Screenshots Of Google Chrome OS. My, What Big Icons You Have.

Newsstand Magazine Sales Continue To Drop... BUT there's one good story coming out of today's Audit Bureau of Circulations' semi-annual report: London-based The Economist has reached a record circulation of over 800,000 in North America, thanks to 8.5 percent increase since last year. The Economist's global circulation has grown six percent since last year,' » read more

Old, Alone And in a foreign country. This is so sad.

A total of 13,957 Mexicans of different ages, achieved a world record yesterday choreographed Thriller dance in tribute to the King of Pop Michael Jackson. Check to be validated by the Guinness World Record.

Mexican-American Astronaut José Hernández is currently orbiting the Earth as part of a Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station, and he is twittering while he is on the mission. - Everything you wanted to know about Apple, Macs, iPhones, iPods and iTunes

Learn to decode subtle Facebook brags, and become annoyed with your "friends" all over again.

VIDEO of Bill Clinton's TN JJ dinner speech.

Cooking CONTEST!

Honeybees Vs. Mobile Phones

Honey bees were being predicted to be extinct in the US by 2035 before CCD, just from loss of habitat, pesticides, and parasites. Has it been Found?:::The cause of Colony Collapse Disorder? Cell phones have been suspected... whatever is going on, Honey Bees disappearing may be a greater threat than global warming... and maybe it's even PART of global warming! Maybe the bees are just moving lock, stock and honey hive to another state.

Read more:

CCD Jumps to Humans

Ward Stone, The Bees & The Big Blue Marble

See Also: Silent Spring study guide, including 87 pages of chapter summaries, essays, quotes, and more.
The CBS Report That Helped 'Silent Spring' Be Heard

Good Morning! Here We Go Again!

Hey, you editors and publishers of "failing newspapers" - here's how one paper is embracing new social media and blogging as a tool for use along the way to re-inventing itself: mouseover and click on the image for details!

Last Day of August

What a great summer we didn't have... tomorrow is September 1st, and I can count the *hot* days we've enjoyed on one hand. Let's see: tomatoes affected by blight. Weather too rainy and cold for outdoor activities like swimming. Thacher Park Pool goes another summer without opening. Suckarooni!

Now we have to set our sights on Winter. Snow in these parts has come as early as October and as late as December. My guess is, based on the overabundance of Summer Rain, that we'll have a dry winter. The question is will it be mild, cold, or super-cold?

Another Work Week Begins - last one before it's "back-to-school" for the kiddies. The "fall blogging season" begins as well. I'm wondering if my Google Page Rank is going to drop. I noticed that all last week when the Googlebot visited here, it seemed "confused" and was ending up on the wrong pages or articles after conducting specific searches. Hmmmm... I wonder if that has anything at all to do with "link Within" or that "rate this post" feature somehow corrupting the code...who knows? Not to worry: there's more than one way to attract readers to a blog!

The #1 post on this humble weblog Saturday was the one about Shoko Tan, oddball Japanese blogebrity... My post about Internet Explorer 6 was a few hits behind, at #2.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Lazy Sunday Afternoon in the Blogosphere

Photo: my chessmen, marching across the board in victory formation, after whupping my opponent 3 games to 0.

A verrry lazy laid-back Sunday afternoon! Michelle Malkin has a Sunday open thread happening... commenters are chatting about Swine Flu (Mexiflu), the economy, Ted Kennedy... Are 'open threads' a good idea? How about 'Blog Carnivals'???? Amit Varma, one of the most popular Indian bloggers and winner of several awards for blogging, posts some tips on how to write a successful blog.

If you landed here via search-engine, you might want to start reading from My Home Page! ... The #1 post on this humble weblog Saturday was the one about Shoko Tan, oddball Japanese blogebrity... My post about Internet Explorer 6 was a few hits behind, at #2.

Japan: We will not forget Hiroshima and Nagasaki

I'm getting major hits today for unknown reasons on these older posts:::

Sonia Faleiro has posted Mining for Truth ::: The PM's daughter, Amrit Singh, in today's NYT, on her work in the investigation of prisoners abused in American custody ... Costa Rican writer Felipe Granados recently passed away at the age of 33. Fusil de Chispas [es] is saddened by the loss of the author, who penned such books as Soundtrack.

Travers, Kennedy and the Kidnapper

"The more advanced the technology, the more vulnerable the society." - Richard Monda

The Sunday papers I perused this weekend (The Sunday Gazette & The Times Union) were heavy on the Travers and the burial of Senator Edward M. Kennedy. I would say that the two stories received just about equal coverage. The next most prominent story was the one about the California kidnapper and his 11-now-29 year old victim. The papers have re-packaged "news" on this case that already was out Friday.

I'm surprised nobody's looked up the Lyalls... I've always thought that their daughter Suzy is still alive somehow somewhere. Origianlly, I thought maybe she was a victim of the sex slave trade and is living in South America or the Middle East. But now we can't help but wonder: what if some old dairy farmer is keeping her prisoner in a barn in Gallupville or some other small out-of-the-way place?

Two notes on the Sunday Gazette: #1 - can "USA Weekend" get any smaller? They've shrunken it down and reduced it to 11-pages. Is it a magazine or a flier? I've seen neighborhood newspapers with more substance.

#2 check out the scarey Solar Flare scenario on page E10. Since the Gazette charges for online content, here's the gist of the Star Talk article by Chicken Little Richard Monda: he writes about a "violent cosmic event" that happened in 1859 and disrupted telegraph systems worldwide. A "once-in-500 year event," a powerful "Carrington-class" solar flare, was the culprit. Monda points out that if such a thing were to happen today, we'd have little notice, and with everything now digital, we'd pretty much be screwed as a civilization, beginning with the failure of the National Electric Grid here in the U.S. - sort of a "Dark Angel" scenario, but worse:
"Once the grid is out, our infrastructure would collapse...within a few days there would be no machine-powered transport, no delivery networks, no modern communications, conveniences or health care... the societal impact - and cost - is estimated to be ten times that of Hurrican Katrina."
Gee, that makes you wanna cry! But the topper of it all, best thing I read all Sunday morning, was Maureen Dowd's column in the TU, all about the skank blogger Google lawsuit! A model by name of Liskula Cohen googled herself and found out that some anonymous and completely unread blogger called her a "skank" and so she sued. Here's a snippet:
"Port contends that if Cohen hadn’t sued, hardly anyone would have seen the blog. (If a skank falls in the forest and no one hears it ... ?)"
It's a good read... Here's the full text as it appears in the New York Times.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Briefs 29 Aug 09

Watch as WSYR News Channel 9 Syracuse veteran news anchorman Rod Wood gets stung by bee... cover your ears!

Do we really need THIS: IBM has applied for a patent on a network-enabled smart remote control that sends out a message to Twitter, Facebook or a blog when you start watching a TV ...

via TechCrunch:::The truth behind Obama’s plan to take over the Internet!

After the movies, the philanthropy, the energy drink, the aftershave comes the man's greatest challenge yet... the forthcoming American TV series that follows Steven Seagal's work as a real-life Louisiana sheriff's deputy. That someone is suing Steven Seagal: Lawman is the surest indication that it's going to be a hit, but then you already knew that...

As families South of the Border guzzle ever more processed food, hamburgers and french fries, they have piled on the pounds to make Mexico one of fattest nations on the planet. Studies show that a startling 68 percent of Mexican adults are overweight and 29 percent are obese — just behind the US. More…

Ted Kennedy: The Final Farewell

ABC was the only over-the-air TV network to broadcast complete coverage of Ted Kennedy's funeral. Regular programming is back on now, but ABC certainly deserves recognition for following this through to the end, allowing those of who could not have possibly been at Arlington National in person, to witness via live television this historical moment.

Say what you will about the Kennedys, Camelot and Senator Ted. This day marks the end of those "Kennedy Times," and now we look to Washington in anticipation of an eventual shift of power... to the Clintons, perhaps. Developing...


DJ AM aka Adam Goldstein, the sought-after disc jockey who became a celebrity in his own right with high-profile romances and a glamorous lifestyle and survived a plane crash just months ago, was found dead Friday at his apartment.

Related searches:
dj am twitter how did dj am die

Shoko Nakagawa

On-again off-again blogger Shoko Nakagawa, aka Shoko-tan aka Shakatan, continues blogging via Ameblo [ja], having abandoned her old yaplog. A veritable Japanese superstar, Nakagawa is a singer, TV celebrity, blogger, voice actress, and illustrator who has earned the nickname "Shokatan" from her legion of diehard fans.

Sony Music said her blog received a total of 1 billion hits as of early 2008.

Shoko's ENGLISH BLOG is going strong... this kid's even on youtube!!!

Shokotan's photobook is available online though her website or from J-Box for $24.00 plus shipping. has an interview with Shoko, conducted during the summer of 2008... here's a link to Shoko's CD.

Expect Shoko to take her rightful position the next list of the Blogosphere's 10 Hottest Blogging Babes!

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Notice anything suddenly mysteriously different when using Internet Explorer 6? There's a reason for that!

Although Microsoft says it WILL continue to support Internet Explorer 6, other forces on the web are apparently conspiring to doom the venerable browser... Microsoft: "dropping support for IE6 is not an option" IE6 is a particular thorn in Web developers' sides; although its standards support is woefully inadequate, it is used by nearly 29% of all websurfers.

Microsoft's biggest enemies: Windows XP and IE 6

This morning I had to break into a posted article to add the following message:
29.AUG.09 - IE6 USERS TAKE NOTE - you may experience a problem linking to Michelle Malkin's blog from this post. is her URL from which you can find any article, so you may need to type that into your browser. I have read that support for IE6 is being abandoned by many services and platforms. I ran a diagnostic after noticing problems with the posted article when going through IE6 and found code that is malicious, but only toward IE6. It seems to have been written specifically to discourage users of IE6 by making links undecipherable ONLY TO that particular strain of browsers. Sorry for any inconvenience.
It seems that Internet Explorer 6 is on some sort of "death list," targeted for elimination, much as the General Motors EV1 electric car was recalled and crushed so GM could build $40,000 Hummers instead of a $12,000 electric vehicle, an unwise move that led to the automaker's collapse.

Web browsers battle to convert IE6 users

IE6 OFFENDERS: Report Companies Still Using Internet Explorer 6 - Internet Collectivly Hates Internet Explorer

Target IE6 and IE7 with only 1 extra character in your CSS

GeekPicks: Alternative Browsers That Are Not IE6

Like it or not, the end of IE6 is apparently here!

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Friday, August 28, 2009

TGIF! Friday wrap-up... 28 August 09

When I first heard about Colonel Khadafy's Campout in New Jersey I thought someone was quoting The Onion... Michelle Malkin posts her syndicated column on her website that "...rakes the State Department over the coals on its decision to grant Moammar Gadhafi entry into this country next month and its feckless efforts to accommodate his camping trip to New Jersey." Say, how many ways can you spell Qadaafi, anyway?
29.AUG.09 - IE6 USERS TAKE NOTE - you may experience a problem linking to Michelle Malkin's blog from this post. is her URL from which you can find any article, so you may need to type that into your browser. I have read that support for IE6 is being abandoned by many services and platforms. I ran a diagnostic after noticing problems with the posted article when going through IE6 and found code that is malicious, but only toward IE6. It seems to have been written specifically to discourage users of IE6 by making links undecipherable ONLY TO that particular strain of browsers. Sorry for any inconvenience.
When I was at work late this afternoon a story came over the AP newswire that there will be some re-evaluating of the Wrong-Way crash on the Taconic.[Family of NY wrong-way driver hires experts Newsday ] I've blogged extensively about the tragedy (probably because I was on the Taconic the day of the deadly smash-up and I actually missed BOTH wrong-way crashes that happened on the Parkway that fateful Sunday!
I've decided to cut the number of days articles appear on the "front page" of this humble weblog. I'm trying to cut the load time. It's very interesting the way this blog loads in different browsers. Not all features are available on all operating systems, but the items I consider most important are viewable and interactive across all platforms. The rest is window-dressing! Below you'll find a few more things that have caught my eye today.

Good news: Update: Local jockey Michael Straight's surgery a success...

And how about this, sports fans? Top 10 Incredible Circus Shots of the 2009 NBA Season watch!

Here's another from the pages of the Albany Times Union: An unlikely Twitter star is the story of a Glens Falls man who spends his days atwitter, hoping it will pay off! (You won't believe how many followers this guy has!)

TWITTER: ::: Follow Brandon ::: Follow ME ::: Follow the Times Union

MORE: Feed from Social Media Breakfast

Laura discusses peace efforts in Sudan: “In the three days since the Sudan Now initiative launched, we’ve seen a number of bloggers and journalists qualify their reports of activist frustration by noting that the Obama administration has indeed been active in trying to address the multiple crises in Sudan”

In honoring Women's Month, Mighty African selects 10 songs dedicated to African women from different countries in Africa... Do you want to know where to find free wi-fi in Nairobi, Kenya? Read Rebecah's post on Changing Journalism blog.

How Our Ancestors Outlasted (and Ate) the Neanderthals!

Ramadan in the UK is a bit… different, writes Muhammad Karim, a South African blogger in the UK: “In the UK, specifically here in Epsom, there’s a community as well, albeit a younger, less developed one. So, in essence, it can be a little lonely.” New Theory for Why We Cry

The View from Fez reports on a mystery death on board a flight from Morocco.

5 Badass Movie Characters You Didn't Know Were Real People!!!

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Around The Blogosphere 28 August 09

Happy Ending? Mmmfff... The fascinating case of Jaycee Lee Dugard...

Move over Al "Father Internet" Gore::: Ted Kennedy, in addition to his other accomplishments, was the first member of congress to have a website:

Still drowning in his own lifestream: Steve Rubel - IMHO a trip to Gilligan's Island might break Steve's digital addiction fascination. Or not.

Hip Hop::: Video: Nardwuar vs. Nas (interview) - Mikey: People like Nardwuar and think he’ funny/entertaining, I guess. I don’t but you might, so peep the “interview”. (thanks to Icedot)

XXX(NSFW)::: - Maxine X is Canada's top fetish porn star and the star of season 3 of the TV show Webdreams on Canada's Showcase network. Maxine was born and Cambodia and was adopted in Canada. At the tender age of 16 she moved out of her home and started working as a stripper at the age of 21. Eventually she went from Internet model to porn star and met her husband, who now helps her out in the business

Sports::: Michael Vick blogs apology

East Asia::: A Tsukuba Express train driver fell asleep at the wheel and was reported by a customer who used his cell phone to film the driver's slumber. While many bloggers expressed relief that this didn't cause an accident, ruhiginoue wonders why the line needs drivers [ja] when it's equipped with an automatic train operation system (ATO) and blogger a205750un asks if there's something in the electromagnetic rays that induces sleepiness [ja] .

For a nation working to capitalize its "soft power", what is the role of anime and manga culture in governmental policies? The official answer is that anime, manga and digital art is both an important heritage and high-growth industry... (More)

State of the US Recovery

Is it all just SPIN?

And how about that "Cash For Clunkers" program?

Japanese and South Korean automakers registered the biggest market share gains in the U.S. government's "cash for clunkers" program that ended this week with bankruptcy related inventory shortages hurting General Motors Co GM.UL and Chrysler. Ford Motor Co (F.N) was the only domestic manufacturer to hold its own in market share compared with its performance so far this year, while GM slipped and Chrysler stumbled noticeably.

Toyota Motor Corp (7203.T) Honda Motor Co Ltd (7267.T), Nissan Motor Co Ltd (7201.T), Hyundai Motor Co (005380.KS) capitalized on the program's goal of pushing consumers away from gas guzzling sport utilities and pickups, to more efficient cars and trucks, preliminary sales figures showed on Wednesday.

Check these out:
1,000 Banks to Fail In Next Two Years: Bank CEO
Building the Great Pyramid: The Global Financial Crisis Explained

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Hurricane Danny

No one knows which way this big wind blows: but it looks like it won't muck up the weekend here until I've concluded my scheduled Saturday activities.

Of course, all weather forecasts are "subject to change." Tracking Danny... Last time we experienced a Hurricane by the name of Danny was July 1997. That Danny brought Alabama record rain fall with approx. 36.71 inches on Dauphin Island! That storm was the only hurricane to make landfall in the United States during the entire 1997 Atlantic hurricane season.

Around The Blogosphere 27 August 09

via WNBC New York Blog::: Practice run for a possible terror attack on New York City? Check it out!

TechCrunch ::: Facebook Reiterates That You Can Reject Friends Without Looking Like A Jerk

Here we thought Facebook, Twitter and all those silly little websites were making our lives easier. Gawker says "Not so!" Also via Gawker:::Microsoft has restored a black businessman to its Polish website and offered "sincere apologies" for replacing him with a grinning white guy, using Photoshop MS Paint. (Photos included).

via ypulse:::Teens & Twitter [Again]: It's Developmental!

LJ user russos posts photos (RUS) of the newly renovated Kurskaya-Koltsevaya metro station in Moscow, which now sports this line from the 1944 version of the Soviet anthem: “Stalin brought us up - on loyalty to the people, he inspired us to labor and to heroism!” The post has so generated hundreds of comments; LJ user drugoi's post on the same topic has well over a thousand comments (RUS), and counting!

Dallas Penn :::Wu-Tang Clan, Again And Again…

To all of my fellow-reporters out there: here's a "must-have" accessory for your field kits!

Legendary Capital Region radio personality Bob Cudmore has a new gig...

Mohammad Ali Abtahi, a leading reformist blogger and former vice president, started [fa] to update his blog in prison. He says that the interrogation continues but he has very friendly relation with interrogator and protesters in prison know that there was no significant fraud in Iran's presidential election. - George Stephanopoulos was the White House Communications Director during part of President Bill Clinton's first term in office. In September 2002, Stephanopoulos became host of This Week, and ABC News officially named him "Chief Washington Correspondent" in December 2005.

Blogger author Sonia Faleiro's column appears on, entitled "Our Daily Bread." Sonia says "The weight of our collective inaction against corruption is bearing down. I can’t celebrate."

Génesis: Origen de mis pensamientos:::Coincidir... - Bettina Perroni: "Cuantas veces te pedí que no me buscaras, que no perturbaras mi sueño con tu recuerdo, que tu voz fuera como el eco que se apaga en la distancia y tu nom..."

Just when you think you know all there is to know, you find there is something you don't know. Blogger Betsy Newmark shares her thoughts on Ted Kennedy's passing... A Web site has been set up in Kennedy's memory.

Now think (and blog) about this: what if a human could have THREE PARENTS instead of two?

For fun: So U Think U Can Act? The Violin Version!

The All You Need Blog

Rick Broida (PC World) has an article up on WaPo about finding blog posts on a service called Regator. I haven't tried it yet, and I haven't seen any incoming traffic from it, so I'm thinking my blog must not be available through it. Broida says Regator "...promises the "best posts" from the "best blogs." The site aggregates (it's an aggregator, get it?) ..." Yeah, we get it alright. Folks, You don't need it! All you need, are Five sites / services:

1) Google Reader - you can pick the blogs you want to subscribe to. So easy!

2) THIS BLOG you're looking at right now. My blog is an aggregator of sorts: somebody told me my blog is like a "swiss knife" of a website. Current events, commentary and links to a bunch of wonderful fascinating blogs and bloggers all over the world. That impressed me, and it is true. By jumping off links in my posts, or my blogroll, or the Wibiya Toolbar or my C-Box, you'll spend time with an amazing bunch of people! I also offer a bit of aggregation via "Around the blogsophere," "Media Watch," "Briefs," "Pop Clips" and "Capital Region People."

3) MyBlogLog
4) Digg

5) Global Voices

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Coming Attraction: TED vs. MICHELLE?

Congrats to Blogger Michelle Malkin, whose book CULTURE OF CORRUPTION is selling like hotcakes!

But the Conservative MM's masterpiece may face stiff competition soon: Twelve Books has announced that they will be publishing True Compass, Ted Kennedy's autobiography, on September 14. The Liberal Kennedy's already moving up the book charts... Watch out Michelle!

BTW:::You can catch MM tonight around 9pm-ish Eastern on Hannity on FNC, where she launched her book a month ago. Wonder if Sean will bring up Tedddy's memoirs?

Farewell, Camelot...

I just want to take a moment to reflect on the passing of Camelot's Last Man. An American political era has come to an end. The legendary Ted Kennedy's memoirs are coming out in a few weeks, and should be high up on your "things to read list." Also very worthwhile, if you can find a copy, Bill Clinton's book. And let's remember the great politicians that are still with us. Remember them, follow them and appreciate the people's works that they do!

Creating Value in an Economic Crisis is a great essay by Bill Clinton appearing in the September issue of Harvard Business Review:
Just as information technology exploded in the 1990s, green technology is set to be the next major growth sector. Renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, green building design, eco-friendly construction and retrofits, greater efficiencies in lighting and appliances, smart grids, and clean-energy transportation are all markets that promise to generate jobs and profits globally. Companies are also “going green” by producing and packaging the products they sell with less material and more recycled content, which conserves natural resources, reduces shipping costs, and cuts carbon emissions.
Here's a shorter read to whet your intellectual appetite: William McGurn's Saving the Obama Presidency. McGurn argues that "Obama needs to move to the right."
Today the lesson that President Barack Obama and the Democratic leadership in Congress take from that 1994 defeat is that they need to avoid Mr. Clinton's "mistakes." Avoiding mistakes, however, is not a winning strategy. A far more productive strategy would be to embrace Mr. Clinton's success, which was freeing himself from his party's left and returning to the centrist themes he had campaigned on.

No doubt that would be a bitter pill for Mr. Obama, given how he has made health care his signature issue. Still, a wiser West Wing ought to have seen this train wreck coming. For months polls have shown a huge gap between the popularity of the president and the unpopularity of his policies. Sooner or later, one of these had to give.

The defeat of HillaryCare allowed Bill Clinton to move to the right.
Mr. Obama's bet was that his personal popularity would be enough to push his agenda through. Perhaps that would have been possible before the $787 billion economic stimulus package, the $410 billion omnibus bill that funds the government, the House-approved cap-and-trade bill, and so forth. But these big-ticket spending bills have helped define what the president means by "hope" and "change," and it is through this prism that the American public now views his health-care proposals.
Keep in mind folks, that without Senator Ted Kennedy's support, Barack Obama would likely have fallen behind Hillary Clinton. The question NOW is will the Clinton's assume control of the Democratic party... stay tuned!

RIP Ted Kennedy

"The Lion of the Senate" and Camelot survivor is gone. It will be hard to imagine Washington without him.

Ted Kennedy ist gestorben

2009 claims another person in the public eye.

How will YOU remember Ted Kennedy?

Who will be the first to greet Teddy at the Pearly Gates?

Reaction Statements on the Death of Ted Kennedy

Teddy's "last words" - "It is vital for this commonwealth to have two voices speaking for the needs of its citizens and two votes in the Senate during the approximately five months between a vacancy and an election"

Ted Kennedy's Passing: An Inestimable Loss

This message is from a Virgin Mobile customer. Enjoy.

Statement from President Obama:

Michelle and I were heartbroken to learn this morning of the death of our dear friend, Senator Ted Kennedy.

For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts.

I valued his wise counsel in the Senate, where, regardless of the swirl of events, he always had time for a new colleague. I cherished his confidence and momentous support in my race for the Presidency. And even as he waged a valiant struggle with a mortal illness, I've profited as President from his encouragement and wisdom.

An important chapter in our history has come to an end. Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States Senator of our time.

And the Kennedy family has lost their patriarch, a tower of strength and support through good times and bad.

Our hearts and prayers go out to them today--to his wonderful wife, Vicki, his children Ted Jr., Patrick and Kara, his grandchildren and his extended family.

Statement from The Kennedy Family

“Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever. We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.”

CBS6 Kent Spel


Guess the old Balltown Road spellchecker malfunctioned last night. It happened during the 6pm news. Slides usually come and go quickly, but this error glared onscreen for a minute or more. I was on the couch, watched it for awhile, then had enough time to get up, find my cellphone, take it out of the leather case, get to the correct screen, and finally - take a snapshot of the TV!

Typing errors on blogs (even this one) are common. But on the Capital Region's legacy TV station during prime time 6 O'Clock News?

This message is from a Virgin Mobile customer. Enjoy.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Pop Clips » 25 August 09

Bai-Ling is serving up hot kisses from the 'hot east'...

Lifestreamin' Steve Rubel has been seen riding around in an old beat-up van w/Guy Kawasaki...

Azerbaijan: Activist bloggers face additional charge as trial approaches. Doesn't 'Azerbaijan' sound like it should be in a "Harry Potter" movie? - Singer/songwriter Katy Perry made a name for herself in 2007, but has making music since she was only 15. Her hit single "I Kissed A Girl" was pretty catchy. Did she or didn't she? Katy Perry also was in a bit of a tiff with British singer Lily Allen for remarks in which she called herself a "skinnier version" of her, saying she meant it as a joke. Allen retaliated and told a British radio station that she "happened to know for a fact that Perry was an American version" of her because their record company needed "to find something controversial and 'kooky'" like her. Whatever. Follow her on Twitter!

Serious: Little Green Footballs: "Scottish officials said they were releasing Lockerbie terrorist Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi for "compassionate reasons." Well, that ... and those Libyan oil contracts"

Joseph Farah: While the British government was freeing Al Megrahi, it was standing firm on its inexplicable, irrational and perverse decision to ban American radio talk-show star Michael Savage from entering its country.

Victor Davis Hanson:
"Strange things are happening to the Obama administration and quickly so. His polls are diving and may not stop at 50/50, the most precipitous drop in approval of a first-year President since Bill Clinton in 1993 (cf. Hillary care). First, here are some of the problems the President faces:"

Sports: The NY Giants may not be coming back to UAlbany...(this means we'll be able to hang out at the pond and run around the track again all summer long!)


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Enabling post navigation
Best part:::It’s totally free

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..::Photo by Reuters::.. President Obama announces he is nominating Ben Bernanke to a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.


8:55 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. I apologize for interrupting the relaxing that I told all of you to do, but I have an important announcement to make concerning the Federal Reserve.
The man next to me, Ben Bernanke, has led the Fed through one of the worst financial crises that this nation and the world has ever faced. As an expert on the causes of the Great Depression, I'm sure Ben never imagined that he would be part of a team responsible for preventing another. But because of his background, his temperament, his courage, and his creativity, that's exactly what he has helped to achieve. And that is why I am re-appointing him to another term as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.


Ben approached a financial system on the verge of collapse with calm and wisdom; with bold action and out-of-the-box thinking that has helped put the brakes on our economic freefall. Almost none of the decisions that he or any of us made have been easy. The actions we've taken to stabilize our financial system, to repair our credit markets, restructure our auto industry, and pass a recovery package have all been steps of necessity, not choice. They've faced plenty of critics, some of whom argued that we should stay the course or do nothing at all. But taken together, this "bold, persistent experimentation" has brought our economy back from the brink. They're steps that are working. Our recovery plan has put tax cuts in people's pockets, extended health care and unemployment insurance to those who have borne the brunt of this recession, and is continuing to save and create jobs that otherwise would have been lost. Our auto industry is showing signs of life. Business investment is showing signs of stabilizing. Our housing market and credit markets have been saved from collapse.


Of course, as I've said before, we are a long way away from completely healthy financial systems and a full economic recovery. And I will not let up until those Americans who are looking for jobs can find them; until qualified businesses, large and small, who need capital to grow can find loans at a rate they can afford; and until all responsible mortgage-holders can stay in their homes. That's why we need Ben Bernanke to continue the work he's doing, and that's why I've said that we cannot go back to an economy based on overleveraged banks, inflated profits, and maxed-out credit cards.

For even as we've taken steps to rescue our financial system and our economy, we must now work to rebuild a new foundation for growth and prosperity. We have to build an economy that works for every American, and one that leads the world in innovation, in investments, and in experts -- exports.

Part of that foundation has to be a financial regulatory system that ensures we never face a crisis like this again. We've already seen how lax enforcement and weak regulation can lead to enormous wealth for a few and enormous pain for everybody else. And that's why even though there is some resistance on Wall Street from those who would prefer to keep things the way they are, we will pass the reforms necessary to protect consumers, investors, and the entire financial system. And we will continue to maintain a strong and independent Federal Reserve.

We will also keep working towards the reform of a health insurance system whose costs and discriminatory practices are bankrupting our families, our businesses, and our government. We will continue to build a clean energy economy that creates the jobs and industries of the future within our borders. And we will give our children and our workers the skills and training they need to compete for these jobs in the 21st century.

Much like the decisions we've made so far, the steps we take to build this new foundation will not be easy. Change never is. As Ben and I both know, it comes with debate and disagreement and resistance from those who prefer the status quo. And that's all right, because that's how democracy is supposed to work. But no matter how difficult change is, we will pursue it relentlessly because it is absolutely necessary to lift this country up and create an economy that leads to good jobs, broad growth, and a future our children can count on. That's what we're here to do, and that's what we will continue to do in the months ahead. So I want to congratulate Ben on the work that he's done so far, wish him continued success in the hard work that he has before him. Thank you so much, Ben.

CHAIRMAN BERNANKE: Thank you, Mr. President. I'd like to express my gratitude to President Obama for the confidence he's shown in me with this nomination, and for his unwavering support for a strong and independent Federal Reserve.

It has been a particular privilege for me to serve with the extraordinary colleagues throughout the Federal Reserve System. They have demonstrated remarkable resourcefulness, dedication, and stamina under trying conditions. Through the long nights and weekends and the time away from their families, they have never lost sight of the critical importance of the work of the Fed for the economic well-being of all Americans. I am deeply grateful for their efforts.

I especially want to thank my own family -- my wife Anna and our children, Joel and Alyssa. Without their support and sacrifice, I could not undertake this task.

The Federal Reserve, like other economic policymakers, has been challenged by the unprecedented events of the past few years. We have been bold or deliberate as circumstances demanded, but our objective remains constant: to restore a more stable financial and economic environment in which opportunity can again flourish and in which Americans' hard work and creativity can receive their proper rewards.

Mr. President, I commit today to you and to the American people that, if confirmed by the Senate, I will work to the utmost of my abilities -- with my colleagues at the Federal Reserve and alongside the Congress and the administration -- to help provide a solid foundation for growth and prosperity in an environment of price stability.

Thank you, sir.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Great job.


END 9:01 A.M. EDT

Dangerous alli

Ms. Chao looks pretty healthy to me, but her page on the hydroxycut website has been removed and here's what remains of the cache: Weight-Loss Success Story Charlene Chao Weight Loss Transformation

Another weight loss drug (Alli) has come under FDA scrutiny following reports it caused liver damage. Previously. Hydroxycut was taken off store shelves. I spoke with HC pin-up girl and spokesmodel Charlene Chao, who used HC with great success. She said the product is safe when used as directed. Keep in mind she is in her 20s, so who knows whether age and general physical condition play a role in the human body's ability to process weight loss supplements. Here's a safe way to shed 5 to 10 pounds in less than 4 weeks: stop eating 5 hours before bedtime. If you get hungry, drink ice water. It doesn't take long to break the evening snack habit!

This message is from a Virgin Mobile customer. Enjoy.

Google Voice

You can bet I'll be jumping on this: I've already signed up to receive an invite from the Big G!

Step-by-step VIDEO

The end of the phone as we know it?

How To Sign Up For Google Voice Outside of USA

Around The Blogosphere 25 August 09

With the advent of Ramadan around the globe this past weekend, Muslim and non-Muslim bloggers everywhere are wishing each other Ramadan Mubarak (or "blessed Ramadan").

From around the globe: reactions to the release of the so-called "Lockerbie bomber"...

Egypt: the Influence of Facebook Events and Groups

The Ultimate Change posts videos and links to the recent TEDx Colombo event.

Wildfires rage outside of Athens (Greece) while citizens use social media (like twitter) to track developments.

via Tech Crunch:::Wondering How Seriously Apple Is Taking The FCC Inquiry? Check Out Their Home Page - Wondering just how seriously Apple is taking this FCC inquiry about their rejection of the Google Voice application for the iPhone?

Monday, August 24, 2009

The Moon That Got Away

I left home just after 9pm for a junket to one of Albany's hilltowns. Before I was out of city limits there was this huge crescent moon that looked like it was touching the ground --- a beautiful, perfect Ramadan moon. I wanted to take a picture and decided to pull off the road at the earliest opportunity, but as I progressed on my journey, clouds moved in and the moon was not visible again. I should have stopped as soon as I saw it!

This message is from a Virgin Mobile customer. Enjoy.

Briefs 24 Aug 09

NYC Skanks blogger Rosemary Port gets all legal: $18 Million lawsuit may be a drop in the bucket for internet giant Google... meantime, Wall Street swindler Bernie Madoff is telling fellow inmates he's dying of cancer. More swindles & skanks...

Liz Benjamin: The fallout continues from Gov. David Paterson's playing of the race card last Friday, but he's not backing away from the comments - no matter what the White House says. "The media didn't create the impression that Paterson is in over his head. He did that on his own," Mike Lupica writes.

All the President’s Zombies, by Paul Krugman, Commentary, NY Times: The debate over the “public option” in health care has been dismaying in many ways. Perhaps the most depressing aspect for progressives, however, has been the extent to which opponents of greater choice in health care have gained traction — in Congress, if not with the broader public — simply by repeating, over and over again, that the public option would be, horrors, a government program. - It's a verified account. This is Hollywood bad girl Lindsay Lohan. I don't understand the meaning behind her user name, but it's her. Her background is a little trippy too. Follow her along her crazy adventures around the world and she what she has to say. - Janet Jackson is on Twitter too. She began performing with her family at the age of 7 and was starting to act by age 10, appearing on a few TV shows, including Good Times and Diff'rent Strokes. In 1982 she turned 16 and got a record contract with A&M. Four years later she put out her third solo album Control and busted through the charts with it. How about that Super Bowl halftime show in 2004? WOW! - BAM! It's that lovable Cajun chef, Emeril Lagasse.

Around The Blogosphere 24 August 09

Good Morning! here's your early Monday "catch-up" of what the buzz is all about!

It was a rainy weekend here in New York, and raining too where Bai-Ling was, writing and uploading from her cellphone while on location with a movie film crew...

From the William J Clinton blog: Being All That Bill Can Be

LiveJournal users daria_mas and alter-gregor post photos [RUS] from the opposition rally that took place in Moscow on Russia's Flag Day and ended with riot police detaining some of the activists.

Activist blogger Sokari posts on the death of Sean Rigg.

Global Voices' Hamid Tehrani writes about the jailhouse rape and torture of those who protested the June 12 presidential election results. The post includes youtube video of a former political prisoner who recounts the experience of being imprisoned, tortured and raped in an Iranian prison as a 17-year old girl back in the 1980s.

On the Miss Info blog, a Mikey Fresh post featuring Joe Budden

Here are two posts about the iPhone: (1) and (2)[fr].

Monica Tang does a little blingblogging...

Wendy Cheng (Xiaxue) has NOTHING to blog, and she's one of the verrry few bloggers who can get away with posting something like that! I'm putting together a little article about writer's block, but when I started typing it I got writer's block, so... ;)

Meanwhile, the streaming flow continues on MICROPERSUASION, podcast INCLUDED!

Miss Venezuela Stefania Fernandez Wins Miss Universe 2009 Pageant

Congratulations to Stefania Fernandez, crowned Miss Universe 2009 earlier Sunday night in Nassau, Bahamas. Fernandez takes over the role of Miss Universe from another Venezuelan, Dayana Mendoza who won the Miss Universe pageant in 2008.

Ryan Jenkins Suicide

To see Ryan Jenkins and Jasmine Fiore in their wedding pictures makes me wonder: what evil force takes posession of a soul and drives that soul to torture, murder, mutilate loved ones? Are we dealing with something darker that we dismiss as a "deranged" personality?

VIDEO: Jasmine Fiore dancing poolside for Ryan Jenkins from Ryan's MySpace.

What was an international manhunt is over. Reality show contestant Ryan Jenkins was found dead in a hotel room in Hope, British Columbia. His body hanging in the closet. Canadian authorities are calling it a suicide. But California authorities are not. Developing...

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Exchange Links / Link Exchange

It seems everybody is contacting me one way or another about links...

"Hi Dave, please add me to your blogroll!"

"""Nice Blog..xlink? Add my Link and Ping me, I will add you then..."""

"Dave - let's xlinks, okay?"

"hi frnd shall we exchange our links?If so add me and drop a msg to me.I vil do link u back.THank u"

"i ve added u in my blog.check it and add me ping me after adding me.happy blogging."

" hi frnd i need back links.If so add me and buzz me.I vil link u back.thnk u"

If you really want LINKS --- I'm talking SUPER HIGH QUALITY LINKS::: I've made it oh-so-easy! Go to the right-hand sidebar of this blog and scroll down until you get to the C-box (tagboard)... look underneath... Voila! Instructions for how to get your links up and running right here!

WANT TO EXCHANGE LINKS? It's easy! Just make a USD$5 donation thru the widget below the C-Box. Your link will instantly appear in the BOX! YOU can add the same widget and JOIN MY BLOGGER'S MONEYMAKING CLUB! You'll get a lifetime club membership when you donate! DO IT NOW!


Undated photo of Lockerbie crash victim Melina Hudson of Albany

Libyan leader Gaddafi hugged Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi when he arrived home in Tripoli. Gateway Pundit posts. There have been some questions raised as to whether Al Megrahi really had anything to do with the bombing.


Lockerbie hits home: Attorney Paul Hudson of Albany, president of the Families of Pan Am 103/Lockerbie and father of 16-year-old Melina Hudson. His daughter was flying home for the holidays from a school abroad and died along with 269 others because a suitcase containing a terrorist bomb was loaded onto her plane without being searched and without its owner boarding the jet.

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