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  • You Need To Learn How To Program

    01/13/2012 1:08:17 AM PST · by Sonny M · 133 replies · 1+ views
    Slate ^ | Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at 4:48 PM ET | Farhad Manjoo
    If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution, let me suggest an idea that you might not have considered: You should learn computer programming. Specifically, you should sign up for Code Year, a new project that aims to teach neophytes the basics of programming over the course of 2012. Code Year was put together by Codecademy,* a startup that designs clever, interactive online tutorials. Codecademy’s founders, Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski, argue that everyone should know how to program—that learning to code is becoming as important as knowing how to read and write. I concur. So if you don’t know...
  • Friend? Foe? A Republican Scorecard

    11/28/2011 12:21:08 AM PST · by Sonny M · 5 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | NOV. 27, 2011 | ASHLEY PARKER
    Moments before the start of a recent presidential debate at Dartmouth College, Mitt Romney and Herman Cain flung open the doors to their closet-size green rooms and ran into Newt Gingrich. “Oh my God,” Mr. Gingrich marveled. “I’m looking at the ticket right now.” Then he went in for the kill. “I just don’t know how you’re going to feel about being vice president, Governor Romney,” Mr. Gingrich deadpanned. Was that gentle teasing among friends? Full-out mockery? Or was Mr. Gingrich taking a dig at Mr. Romney, whom he is now battling in the polls for the top of the...
  • Would Obama, use a debt default impasse to declare a state of emergency or Marshal Law ? (Vanity)

    07/29/2011 7:52:12 AM PDT · by Sonny M · 53 replies
    July 29th, 2011 | Sonny M.
    I was talking to someone about this before, he's a left winger who believes the world will collapse, the sky will fall, and all bad things will happen if the debt ceiling doesn't get raised, and it got me wondering, with so many looney lefties buying into the B.S. hype, would Obama use this as an excuse to declare Marshal Law or a state of emergency ? I know it sounds crazy, and hell, I'm not a big conspiracy theory guy, but the media, is on his bandwagon, they are comparing the tea party to terrorists, they are predicting the...
  • Palin, Perry: Friendship with a '12 twist

    07/06/2011 1:10:00 PM PDT · by Sonny M · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/06/11 05:40 AM ET | By Christian Heinze
    Two major names remain on the 2012 bench. Each has a giant persona, comes from a giant state, and has a giant following. Yes, it’s Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Their political friendship, while somewhat recent, seems real — so real that it would be easy to imagine one endorsing the other if only one of them would jump into the race. That would give an instant charge of credibility and buzz to the endorsee, and likely set either Palin or Perry as the Tea Party favorite. Their friendship goes back to their days as...
  • ROMNEY REFUSES TO SIGN PROMINENT PRO-LIFE GROUP’S PLEDGE (Herman Cain also refuses)

    06/18/2011 9:52:42 AM PDT · by Sonny M · 68 replies
    The Blaze ^ | June 18, 2011 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    2012 hopeful Mitt Romney is taking heat today after news got out that he refused to sign a prominent pro-life group’s presidential pledge. Romney, who has come under fire for his stance on abortion before, did not sign the Susan B. Anthony List’s 2012 Pro-life Presidential Leadership Pledge. The pledge, comprised of four statements, promises to appoint only “relevant” pro-life cabinet members as well push to end all taxpayer funded abortions. “Governor Romney pledged in the last campaign that he would be a pro-life president and of course he pledges it today,” the Romney campaign said in a statement. “However,...
  • Penn & Teller: Dalai Lama and Tibet (Dalai Lama, not quite the saint).

    06/10/2011 9:20:15 AM PDT · by Sonny M · 20 replies
    Youtube ^ | Unknown | Penn and Teller
    Even though Penn and Teller are atheists, they don't spare any religion, or religious figures, and the Dalai Lama is no different, also a nice summery of why no one should be surprised that the Dalai Lama is a marxist. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYEOSCIOnrs
  • Palin plugs Perry: "I really like him"

    06/03/2011 10:33:39 AM PDT · by Sonny M · 64 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 | Christian Heinze
    Unprompted, Sarah Palin brought up Rick Perry's name yesterday as a strong presidential candidate. "I think he would be a fine candidate.... we have a lot in common. I really like him. But there are so many candidates and potential candidates out there who have so much to offer." Indeed. Except for Palin herself, Perry would probably be the strongest tea party candidate. Meanwhile, here's some vid from the New York Times of her stop in Gettysburg last night, where she reiterated the message that even though the 2012 field is strong, "there will be more strong candidates jumping in."...
  • Mayor Jack Scott of Cordova ? Is he a republican or a democrat ? (Vanity)

    05/30/2011 10:50:04 AM PDT · by Sonny M · 3 replies
    Free Republic ^ | May 30, 2011 | Sonny M.
    I keep seeing articles on this guy, and he is drawing alot of heat, but I can't see his political affiliation anywhere. I thought he may be a republican because it is the south, but usually that would be front and center in the news. Is he an independent ? Does anyone know or have a source ?
  • Hypothetical scenario......What if Governor Palin, doesn't run ?

    05/13/2011 10:39:53 AM PDT · by Sonny M · 123 replies
    free republic ^ | 05/13/2011 | Sonny M
    I know this sounds a little out there, and I hope I don't get flamed (I'm putting on the safety suit anyway), but what if Sarah Palin doesn't run ? I'm not saying she won't, I'm not hoping she won't, If she does, I fully intend to support her, but what if she does not run? Who would you support in the primary then ? Personally, I'd probably go with Michelle Bachman, but I know some would support Huckabee (personally, I'm not a fan of his), some would support Romney (and I will NEVER ever support him), others might choose...
  • Just a question, regarding Donald Trump, and Rahm Emanuel (Vanity)

    04/28/2011 11:54:02 PM PDT · by Sonny M · 10 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 04/29/11 | n/a
    This is just a thought, and something to consider. There is an old saying that if you lay down with dogs, you wake up with fleas. We've all seen, first hand how corrupt and dirty Obama is, and we all know about the chicago machine. Why would it be any surprise that Obama would surround himself, with people with low moral characters ? and when I say low character, I specifically mean Mr. Rahm Emanuel, the former chief of staff now mayor of chicago. Here is the question, we see how Donald Trump gave $50,000 as a campaign contribution to...
  • Some questions about the Birth Certificate.... (Vanity).

    04/27/2011 2:42:28 PM PDT · by Sonny M · 53 replies
    free republic ^ | 4/27/2011 | Sonny M.
    I'm not debating if the birth certificate today is real or not, my question is......Why did he release it now and and not sooner ? If its a fake, why didn't he release a fake one, years ago ? WIth his access to resources, and with the power and money of the Democratic party, and its donors, why didn't they produce, if not the real, then a fake Birth Certificate a long time ago ? Heck, with this kind of money and resources, they not only could produce the best fake on the planet, if they wanted to, hell, they...
  • Turning the Classroom Upside Down (article about Khan Academy)

    04/09/2011 12:45:57 PM PDT · by Sonny M · 43 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 9, 2011 | SALMAN KHAN
    We all know the standard drill for a math class. The teacher delivers lectures on a new concept, students do some homework problems, and after a few weeks they take an exam. Some do well, some do poorly, and then it's on to the next topic.
  • Are you sick of highly paid teachers? (Vanity, propaganda)...shoot this bs down.

    02/20/2011 9:23:23 PM PST · by Sonny M · 61 replies · 1+ views
    free republic ^ | unknown | Unknown
    Are you sick of highly paid teachers? Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or10 months a year! It's time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - babysit! We can get that for less than minimum wage. That's right. Let's give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and plan-- that equals 6 1/2...
  • Trying to understand something here with Wisconsin.... (Freeper help) Vanity

    02/18/2011 10:09:55 PM PST · by Sonny M · 18 replies
    free republic ^ | 02/19/11 | Sonny M.
    The media is spread alot of different info on this, here is the question, I keep getting this line, which doesn't sound right. That the previous RAT governor, actually left a surplus, or was projecting surplusses up until 2014, and that the (obviousley evil kitten drowning puppy killing) Republican, gave tax breaks to out of state companies like wal-mart thus creating the budget deficit..... This garbage, is obviously being passed in the mainstream media, and keeps getting repeated, also that the payroll costs, or union costs to Wisconson make up a small meager part of the budget, and that its...
  • Mike Pence Steps Down From House GOP Leadership, Possible 2012 Run

    11/03/2010 10:34:20 PM PDT · by Sonny M · 12 replies · 1+ views
    Life News ^ | 11/3/10 | Steven Ertelt
    Congressman Mike Pence, a respected national pro-life leader, is stepping down from his position as chairman of the House Republican Conference one day after a huge win for pro-life and Republican candidates. The move doesn’t come from any problems associated with the incoming Republican leaders or Pence but is seen as a potential step towards a gubernatorial bid in Indiana or a possible 2012 presidential race. Pence has already said he doesn’t believe it’s fair to House Republicans to split his attention between the duties of a leadership post and a potential bid for higher office. Pence informed fellow House...
  • (Vanity), Anyone farmiliar with bluetooth enabled cordless phones ?

    11/06/2009 2:19:18 PM PST · by Sonny M · 12 replies · 589+ views
    N/A ^ | 11/06/09 | Sonny M.
    Long story short. I am looking to get a new cordless phone that is bluetooth enabled. This way I can link my cordless phone and my cell phone (i.e. when at home, and without having to do call forward, I can get the cell phone calls on my home phone). I know the Vtech DS6321 is the newest model that I know of that does this, but has one drawback, or is missing one feature that I need. Call Blocking on the phone. My current cordless phone has call blocking on it (Panasonic KX-TGA740), but none of the other features...
  • Hotels that Baseball teams stay in, in the city of chicago. (Vanity)

    07/24/2009 1:09:26 PM PDT · by Sonny M · 5 replies · 654+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 7/24/2009 | Sonny M.
    Question for any freepers out there who would know. What hotels do MLB teams stay in, when they stay in the Windy City of Chicago? Particular interest, what hotels do the Mets and Yankees stay in, when they are in Chicago? I know this is an odd question, I'm doing some research for future vacations, in different cities, and this was something that wound up interesting me.
  • Bacon....with salad dressing...minus the veggies. (Vanity)

    08/22/2008 6:53:19 PM PDT · by Sonny M · 33 replies · 423+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 08/23/08 | Sonny M.
    I had another posting regarding using salad dressings to cook with, this is kind of a follow up, but with more detail.....and not for the weak of heart. My buddies came across something on the web about bacon cereal. This guy fried up his bacon, chopped it up and put it in a bowl (like it was cereal) and then added blue cheese (like it was milk).Naturally, under the theory that everything is better with bacon, we decided to come up with something similar. We would do the same thing, but instead of blue cheese, add bacon flavored ranch dressing...
  • Can you fry or cook with salad dressings? (Vanity)

    08/22/2008 4:36:07 PM PDT · by Sonny M · 56 replies · 1,031+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 08/23/08 | Sonny M.
    Here is the question, in terms of both safety and taste. Can you cook or fry with salad dressing? I know you can marinate with some oil type salad dressings (alot of folks use italian salad dressing to marinate chicken, steaks and pork chops, etc). However, can you actually fry foods using say, creamy salad dressings? Like creamy italian or ranch style dressing? Or, also a weird but strange question, if you are eating something and pour creamy style dressing over it, can you put it into the fridge and reheat (probably via microwave) later on and eat it again,...
  • Asking for some opinions on some hot sauces, feedback, etc. (Vanity)

    06/16/2008 10:16:37 AM PDT · by Sonny M · 86 replies · 401+ views
    N/A ^ | June 16, 2008 | Sonny M.
    I'm getting some hot sauces shipped to me over the next couple of days, and wanted to get some opinions from folks who have either tried them or in some ways experienced them. One set I'm getting is from Dave's Gourmet, i.e. the guy who created the "Insanity sauce" and the "ultimate insanity sauce". The batch I'm getting is the spicy 6 pack which is Roasted Pepper & Chipotle Sauce, Roasted Garlic Hot Sauce, Scotch Bonnet Sauce, Insanity Sauce, Cool Cayenne Sauce and Hurtin Jalapeno Sauce. Has anyone here ever tried any of these sauces and does anyone have an...
  • Senator Pushes For Cameras On Cop Handguns

    05/12/2008 5:34:43 PM PDT · by Sonny M · 38 replies · 566+ views
    WCBSTV ^ | May 12, 2008 | A.P.
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) ― In a flash, a police officer draws a handgun from its holster. Less than two seconds later, a red laser and bright light shine at whatever is in the gun barrel's path while a mini-camera records it all. That's how mini-cams on police handguns would work under a proposal gaining support in New York, which would be the first state in the nation to require the technology. State police were briefed on the technology and are reviewing it for a possible pilot program, said Michael Balboni, the state's deputy secretary for public safety. The device could...
  • Bobby DeLaughter question? (vanity)

    04/25/2008 10:19:59 AM PDT · by Sonny M · 10 replies · 148+ views
    N/a ^ | 4/25/08 | Sonny M.
    I know Bobby DeLaughter got removed from the bench, and there was some stuff about him and Trent Lott being connected, but I can't find his political party affiliation. I know he ran for judge once and lost, but he got appointed later on (by a republican) but he was also appointed judge by a democrat. Does anyone know, is his party republican or democrat, and is he a liberal or conservative? Also, when he ran for judge the first time, on whose party line did he run? FWIW, he was play by alex baldwin in the movie "ghosts of...
  • Knee Surgery (Canadian wrestler has knee surgery, good look at canadian health care)

    02/25/2008 6:20:56 PM PST · by Sonny M · 29 replies · 356+ views
    Stormwrestling.com ^ | February 25, 2008 | Lance Storm
    For those of you who haven’t heard I had my first surgery last week. I had both of my knees scoped last Thursday to trim and remove bits of torn cartilage from my knees. There wasn’t a specific injury that necessitated my surgery it was just a long-term build up of wear and tear from a 16-year pro-wrestling career. The problems first started in my right knee and then later developed in my left, quite probably from putting added pressure on it while trying to favour the injured right. Thanks to an incredibly slow medical system the whole process from...
  • Club for Growth Presidential White Paper: Fred Thompson Senate Record is Generally Pro-Growth

    09/07/2007 3:31:38 PM PDT · by Sonny M · 15 replies · 255+ views
    Club For Growth ^ | 09/07/07 | Club for Growth
    Taxes The Club for Growth is committed to lower taxes-especially lower tax rates- across the board. Lower taxes on work, savings, and investments lead to greater levels of these activities, thus encouraging greater economic growth. Over his eight years in the Senate, Fred Thompson generally supported broad-based tax cuts while opposing tax increases. These include: Voted for the 2001 Bush tax cuts Voted for repeal of the Death Tax Voted for capital gains tax cuts Voted to require a supermajority to pass tax hikes Voted to reduce the amount of Social Security benefits subject to taxation Voted against waiving the...
  • Questions regarding youtube and craigslist? (Vanity)

    08/27/2007 9:46:37 AM PDT · by Sonny M · 23 replies · 3,957+ views
    N/A ^ | August 27, 2007 | Sonny M.
    I have started using craigslist recently in regards to my job, quick question, is there a way to embed youtube video's in craigslist postings? or even in village voice backpages.com postings?On craigslist (or village voice backpages) is there any way to upload video in the ads or postings in any way?Or can you only link to a video instead of embed one in there?Before anyone asks, I work in real estate, and this would be really usefull.
  • I need some advice and opinions on buying some kitchen stuff.

    08/11/2007 4:50:01 PM PDT · by Sonny M · 142 replies · 2,534+ views
    Free Republic | 8/11/07 | Sonny M.
    Long story short, I am doing some renovation work at my house soon and am deciding on which items to get for my kitchen. So far, I am getting a viking oven, a sub zero fridge, probably getting broan range hood, but am a bit torn on a dishwasher and other stuff.Whats the best dishwasher, Bosch or Miele?Is Viking the best oven?Is sub-zero (not the mortal kombat character) the best fridge?The oven is going to be a 60 inch viking with grill and griddle, is this the best choice?I am kind of torn on which sub-zero fridge to get, between...
  • Study: Anti-smoking ads have opposite effect on teens

    07/20/2007 8:21:18 AM PDT · by Sonny M · 50 replies · 1,637+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | Published on: 07/19/07 | ANDREA JONES
    The more exposure middle school students have to anti-smoking ads, the more likely they are to smoke, according to a new University of Georgia study. Hye-Jin Paek, an assistant professor at UGA, found that many anti-smoking ad campaigns have the opposite effect on teenagers, backfiring because they actually encourage the rebellious nature of youth. "They don't want to hear what they should do or not do," Paek said. Instead, she said, ads should focus on convincing teens their friends are heeding the anti-smoking warning because peer pressure has the most direct effect. Paek and co-author Albert Gunther from the University...
  • Congress Weighs Cell Phone Flexibility

    07/13/2007 10:06:10 AM PDT · by Sonny M · 11 replies · 719+ views
    P.C. World via Yahoo news ^ | Wed Jul 11, | Grant Gross
    U.S. consumers should be allowed to take phones along with them when they switch wireless carriers, and spectrum to be auctioned through the U.S. Federal Communications Commission should include rules requiring the winning bidders to sell access to competitors at wholesale rates, some U.S. lawmakers said Wednesday. Some members of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet also questioned what they called huge early termination fees on wireless telephone contracts. But other lawmakers and executives with wireless carriers questioned the need for new wireless regulations, saying an already competitive market protects customers. The U.S. wireless industry...
  • Questions on buying and owning a boat in New York.

    05/11/2007 5:28:57 PM PDT · by Sonny M · 14 replies · 420+ views
    Vanity ^ | may 11. 2007 | Sonny
    Just a few questions for freepers. I'm looking into buying a houseboat here in NYC, and I've never bought or owned a boat before, what do I need to know. I.E. Do I need to have insurance, or some kind of drivers licience or an equivalent of it?What are slip fee's usually for docking a boat at the marina's in New York?Is it hard to find a place to dock the boat?Is there laws about living on the boat?What kind of permits do I need, and how do I register ownership of the boat, is there an agency or something...
  • Is America ready for another George? (George Allen)

    03/29/2006 11:02:37 AM PST · by Sonny M · 185 replies · 2,827+ views
    Town Hall ^ | Mar 28, 2006 | Eliot Peace
    Senator George Allen (R-VA), the third subject in Townhall.com’s series on potential 2008 presidential contenders, visited South Carolina this past Friday. As keynote speaker, Allen drew in the crowds to a fundraiser for Ralph Norman, Republican candidate for South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District. After his speech, Allen sat down with Townhall.com to discuss his thoughts on today’s issues and what the future holds for conservative politics. Included here are excerpts from both the speech and exclusive interview.COLUMBIA, SC -- George Allen is a serious contender for the Republican nomination for president. A former governor, he wears cowboy boots and can...
  • Senator Allen's March Newsletter

    03/02/2006 9:03:30 AM PST · by Sonny M · 16 replies · 368+ views
    Newsletter via e-mail ^ | March 02, 2006 | Senator George Allen
    Dear Friend: I hope this newsletter finds you healthy and energized as winter comes to an end. I am certainly invigorated and ready for an action-packed Spring in Congress. Restoring Fiscal Discipline in Congress – My Three-Point Plan This February, Congress received the President’s budget for fiscal year 2007. While I believe most of this budget is well-reasoned and responsible, I am very concerned about the excessive deficit. Congress needs to remember: We have a deficit NOT because we have a revenue problem, but because the federal government has a spending problem. Government doesn’t tax too little; it spends too...
  • Focus on the Family, Dobson Defend Support for Colorado Benefits Bill

    02/26/2006 2:04:22 PM PST · by Sonny M · 11 replies · 462+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006 | Francis Helguero
    Evangelical ministry Focus on the Family is explaining its support for a Colorado bill, following criticism that it gives some rights to same-sex couples. In recent statements, Focus founder Dr. James Dobson and the government lobbying arm of the Colorado Springs-based ministry have noted that the bill in question addresses the issue of �fairness� in obtaining certain benefits for a pair of people who want them. He has denied he supports "gay marriage," civil unions, or domestic partnerships. �What this bill is that we have endorsed is a fairness bill with regard to need, not sexual relationships,� said Dobson in...
  • Students Are Leaving the Politics Out of Economics

    01/30/2006 10:59:01 AM PST · by Sonny M · 96 replies · 1,439+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 27, 2006 | LOUIS UCHITELLE
    Taking as a model the research techniques that Steven D. Levitt displays in his best-selling book, "Freakonomics," graduate students in economics are focusing on small insights about the economy rather than broad theories that explain how the overall system works. In doing so, they are withdrawing in effect from political debate. The broad-brush approach was a defining characteristic of the economists who were shaped by the Depression. The younger generation has tried to shun prescriptions that seek to cure the economy's ills. Instead, they cast economics as a scientific inquiry, using mathematical models, for example, to explore the economy without...
  • Interview with Thomas P.M. Barnett (long but very good read )

    01/26/2006 3:05:46 PM PST · by Sonny M · 7 replies · 516+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 25 Jan 2006 | Max Borders
    Max Borders: Joining me is Thomas P.M. Barnett, author of the new book, Blueprint for Action. It's a follow-up to the phenomenally successful The Pentagon's New Map. Welcome, Tom. Thomas Barnett: Thanks for having me. Borders: Before getting into the details of your new book, Blueprint for Action, would you mind going over the "Core-Gap" thesis, the foundation for your first book? Barnett: The first book really began out of work I was doing for the Office of Secretary of Defense, helping them think about the international security environment, post 9/11. And my charge was to come up with a...
  • Precedent and the Constitution (an old but good read about stare decisis)

    01/15/2006 9:14:48 PM PST · by Sonny M · 9 replies · 1,399+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | November 17, 2005 | Ronald A. Cass
    Many issues that affect our lives and shape our nation turn on judges' decisions on constitutional questions. Can students say "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance? Can states take away private property for private uses? Can Congress restrict campaign contributions and expenditures? Answers to these and other constitutional questions depend critically on how one approaches the interpretive task. Any sensible approach to constitutional interpretation must look to the core sources of law - the text, structure, and history of the constitution. For many questions, these will provide enough guidance to answer the constitutional question presented. Yet in many other...
  • PENCE, NOT RUNNING

    01/09/2006 9:10:56 AM PST · by Sonny M · 9 replies · 740+ views
    National Review (the corner blog) ^ | January 09, 2006 | Mike Pence
    Dear RSC Colleague: With the advent of elections in the Republican Conference, I wanted to write to clarify my intentions and to explain the role that I believe the Republican Study Committee should play in the upcoming debate. First, as to my intentions, despite the fact that I have repeated for months that I had “no intention of seeking any leadership position,” there have been numerous media reports mentioning me as a possible candidate for leadership. Because some of you have encouraged me to consider seeking a leadership position, Karen and I endeavored to give the matter the kind of...
  • SMART SINGLE WOMEN DESPAIR OF EVER FINDING TRUE LOVE (Dear Abby, reference to Maureen Dowd)

    12/22/2005 8:37:43 AM PST · by Sonny M · 572 replies · 11,650+ views
    www.uexpress.com ^ | December 22, 2005 | Abigail Van Buren
    DEAR ABBY: Several of my friends and I were bemoaning our status as single women in our late 20s/early 30s, and discussing an article we had read in The New York Times about how smart women are less likely to get married. We'd all like to find Mr. Wonderful and be married. But if we have to curtail our professional success, financial wherewithal and IQ to do it, how can a person even begin to do such a thing? I have a feeling you'll say to be ourselves and it will all work out, but thus far it has NOT...
  • Fed chairmen and the scary mask

    12/20/2005 2:07:58 PM PST · by Sonny M · 2 replies · 292+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 19, 2005 edition | David R. Francis
    Eons ago, in the pre-Alan Greenspan era, Paul Volcker (Mr. Greenspan's predecessor as chairman of the Federal Reserve System) was touring the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. He pointed to an especially fierce native American mask. "That must have been for their central banker," Mr. Volcker joked for the benefit of the journalists tagging along. Come Feb. 1, Ben Bernanke will be the one that journalists tag behind when - as expected - he succeeds Greenspan. Will Mr. Bernanke have to figuratively don a ferocious mask in order to tame inflation? Probably not. But he may...
  • Does the US face an engineering gap?

    12/20/2005 2:01:37 PM PST · by Sonny M · 99 replies · 1,693+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 20, 2005 | Mark Clayton
    If China graduates more than eight times the number of engineers that the United States does, is it thrashing America in the technology race? That's what many scientists and politicians are suggesting in the wake of an October report by the highly regarded National Academies. Its numbers are startling: China adds 600,000 new engineers a year; the US, only 70,000. Even India, with 350,000 new engineers a year, is outdoing the US, the study suggests. But that gloomy assessment depends on how one defines engineers: Those with at least four years of college training? Or do their ranks include two-year...
  • Sentenced to a cell(phone)

    12/15/2005 2:58:51 PM PST · by Sonny M · 26 replies · 806+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 15, 2005 | Marilyn Gardner
    In the stress-management classes Debbie Mandel teaches, parents often tell her about their struggles to combine work and home. Ranking high on their list of challenges is the cellphone. "Most of the complaints are about how it intrudes on their home life," says Ms. Mandel, of Lawrence, N.Y. "They get called in the middle of the night. The phone is always ringing about minute issues. They ask me, 'How do we deal with that?' " It's a question on many people's minds these days. A study in the December issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family finds that cellphones...
  • Though revenues up, states stay thrifty

    12/15/2005 2:54:44 PM PST · by Sonny M · 3 replies · 332+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 16, 2005 | Daniel B. Wood
    LOS ANGELES - Oregon state employees will probably see a thaw in their multiyear salary freeze. California and New York will plug billion dollar holes left by depleted cash reserves since 9/11. New Jersey, Hawaii, and Oklahoma will sink big bucks into higher education facilities that have been neglected for five years. Continued recovery of the US economy and more cautious budgeting by state officials - burned by overestimating revenues for several years - have brought about a rebound in the fiscal fortunes for 48 states that have been sagging since 2001. Personal and corporate income taxes, sales taxes, and...
  • Energy industry's biggest shortage? Future executives.

    12/15/2005 2:49:46 PM PST · by Sonny M · 44 replies · 1,302+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 13, 2005 | Kris Axtman
    HOUSTON - After only a year at CenterPoint Energy, Shelley Daniel has big plans for her career. In 20 years, she sees herself in the company's executive management ranks; by the time she retires, CEO. This recent college grad, in other words, is exactly what the energy industry is looking for - not just because she's highly motivated, but because she wants to remain in the business. For years, energy analysts have been warning that their industry will run out of employees faster than it runs out of oil or gas. By some estimates, half the workforce will retire in...
  • Fracas over home seizures moves to states

    12/15/2005 2:49:40 PM PST · by Sonny M · 16 replies · 523+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 15, 2005 | Warren Richey
    WASHINGTON - When the US Supreme Court ruled in June that private homes may be seized to make room for commercial development projects, the decision ignited a firestorm of criticism. Outraged property-rights activists said the 5-to-4 opinion in Kelo v. New London would render homes and businesses nationwide vulnerable to government land-grabs to foster economic revitalization. Some ranked it among the high court's worst decisions, calling it this generation's Dred Scott. Now, six months later, the debate over property rights is still raging, but it is about to enter a new, more deliberative phase as state legislatures prepare to open...
  • Bill to shield vaccinemakers raises alarms

    12/15/2005 2:49:29 PM PST · by Sonny M · 17 replies · 432+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | December 15, 2005 | Gregory M. Lamb
    A measure to shield drug manufacturers from lawsuits in an effort to encourage them to develop new vaccines is likely to be quietly attached to a "must pass" defense appropriation bill within the next few days. If the US Secretary of Health and Human Services declares that vaccines were being distributed during a national health emergency, such as a flu pandemic, the bill would make it very difficult for people who felt they had been harmed by vaccines to pursue legal action against the manufacturer. A broad swath of consumer-rights groups and open-government advocates had succeeded in slowing the progress...
  • Economics for dummies

    12/12/2005 12:08:26 PM PST · by Sonny M · 15 replies · 861+ views
    Globeandmail.com ^ | December 10, 2005 | ANDREW ALLENTUCK
    The Undercover Economist: Exposing Why the Rich are Rich,the Poor are Poor -- and Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car By Tim Harford Oxford University Press, 286 pages, $34.95 Economics has the power to bore the bright and to enchant the dull with abstractions that have no counterpart in the real world, and policies concocted by those who have never tried them. It is a discipline that gets respect because its precepts ought to work, apart from frequent evidence that they don't. Tim Harford is an official of the World Bank in Washington, D.C. He also writes...
  • Buying DreamWorks, and Waiting for Greenspan

    12/12/2005 11:43:06 AM PST · by Sonny M · 1 replies · 438+ views
    Yahoo! Finance and The Week (The Best of Today's Business) ^ | December 12, 2005 | The Best of Today's Business
    NEWS AT A GLANCE Paramount makes a deal Paramount Pictures Corp. announced it is buying DreamWorks SKG, the movie studio founded by Steven Spielberg, David Geffen, and Jeffrey Katzenberg. Paramount plans to offset the $1.6-billion cost by selling a 59-film DreamWorks library that includes Oscar winners American Beauty and Gladiator. Paramount swooped in at the last-minute after a DreamWorks deal with NBC Universal stalled. "I can't stress how transforming an event this is," said Paramount Chairman Brad Gray. (Los Angeles Times, free registration required) Conoco goes shopping ConocoPhillips is negotiating to buy oil and gas producer Burlington Resources for more...
  • Want Big Returns? Think Small

    12/12/2005 11:42:59 AM PST · by Sonny M · 17 replies · 1,488+ views
    Yahoo! Finance (How Not to Ruin Your Life) ^ | December 12, 2005 | Ben Stein
    I love short ways of summing up huge issues in life. One of the best I ever heard came from a super smart guy named Ray Lucia a few years ago. Ray owns and heads up a national financial planning and services company. I often speak for him at his conferences and, yes, in the interest of full disclosure, I get paid for it. He had a stunning insight when I first met him about the basic dilemma of the middle class American: "You have an immense future liability, paying for your life when you retire. You have to create...
  • To Diversify or Not to Diversify

    12/12/2005 11:25:23 AM PST · by Sonny M · 11 replies · 536+ views
    Yahoo! Finance (Why the Rich Get Richer) ^ | December 12, 2005 | Robert Kiyosaki
    Warren Buffett, one of the world's greatest investors, said, "Diversification is a protection against ignorance. It makes very little sense for those who know what they are doing." Many financial advisors recommend that you diversify for your own protection. What they fail to tell you is that it is also for their protection. Since most financial advisors cannot tell you exactly which stock or mutual fund is a great investment, they tell you to buy a bunch of them. Instead of diversifying, my rich dad taught me to focus on finding the best investments. That meant sifting through hundreds of...
  • Giving Financial Gifts That Grow

    12/07/2005 11:54:19 AM PST · by Sonny M · 8 replies · 628+ views
    Newsmax.com ^ | Dec. 7, 2005 | NewsMax.com Wires
    If you're looking for a gift that won't go out of style, you might consider something of a financial nature that will grow in value. Depending on your budget, it could be a few shares of your favorite mutual fund, a head start on a retirement or college savings plan or a book about investing. While the idea of tucking stock certificates into a stocking is appealing, this sort of gift might require you to give the recipient some advance notice, which can ruin the surprise. But don't let that put you off the idea, said Don Cassidy, senior research...
  • Don't Confuse the Jobs Hype With the Facts

    12/07/2005 11:46:30 AM PST · by Sonny M · 133 replies · 2,394+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Dec. 6, 2005 | Paul Craig Roberts
    The November payrolls job report was announced Friday with the usual misleading hype. Spinmeisters made the most out of the 215,000 jobs. Looking beyond the glitter at the real facts, this is what we see. Twenty-one thousand of those jobs were government positions supported by taxpayers. There were only 194,000 new jobs in the private sector. Of those, 37,000 are in construction and only 11,000 are in manufacturing. The bulk of the new jobs – 144,000 – are in domestic services. Wholesale and retail trade account for 20,000. Food services and drinking places (waitresses and bartenders) account for 38,000. Health...