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  • 2016: "You're watching the Linux Channel."

    07/24/2008 6:22:34 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 28 replies · 222+ views
    ZDNet ^ | July 24, 2008 | Jason Perlow
    July 24th, 2016.Josef Konsumer, a home-based employee and portfolio manager for ICBC/CiticorpChase, a Chinese-owned multinational investment bank, wakes up to hear his alarm clock go off at 8am, and gets out of bed, his 47-year old body aching from an aggressive personal trainer session from the day before. His morning double espresso with frothed skim milk and mocha is already waiting for him, thanks to his new Korean-made LG RoboCafe, which brews and extracts a perfect crema every time using pre-portioned, mess-free nitrogen-sealed pods imported from Brazil. He considers nudging his wife, Mindy, to get up and make him breakfast,...
  • Morning Bell: The World Is Powering Up While America Powers Down

    07/24/2008 12:58:34 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 8 replies · 128+ views
    The Foundary at The Heritage Foundation ^ | July 24, 2008 | Conn Carroll
    * The economy is by far the No. 1 issue on most Americans' minds. Gas prices are a close second. The two issues are intimately related. But the spike in oil prices this year is just the tip of the iceberg. Due to similar developments in supply and demand, electricity prices are set to skyrocket next year. While American oil consumption has grown only 15% since 1973, electricity use has shot up 115%. Right now the U.S. has 760 gigawatts of power to meet consumption. We will need 135 gigawatts of new capacity over the next decade to keep the...
  • Linux is easier to install than XP

    07/23/2008 5:54:47 AM PDT · by twntaipan · 174 replies · 330+ views
    Practical Technology for practical people ^ | 7/22/08 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    When you buy a new PC today, unless you hunt down a Linux system or you buy a Mac, you're pretty much stuck with Vista. Sad, but true. So, when I had to get a new PC in a hurry, after one of my PCs went to the big bit-ranch in the sky with a fried motherboard, the one I bought, a Dell Inspiron 530S from my local Best Buy came pre-infected with Vista Home Premium. Big deal. It took me less than an hour to install Linux Mint 5 Elyssa R1 on it. As expected, everything on this 2.4GHz...
  • Big Wind from Texas

    07/14/2008 3:18:25 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 40 replies · 86+ views
    FastCompany ^ | 7/14/08 | Kermit Pattison
    Quick! What state symbolizes the old petroleum economy? Texas, of course. Now, what state leads the way towards a future of clean, renewable wind energy? Texas again! By early 2008, Texas had installed more than 5,300 megawatts of wind production -- more than twice second place state California -- and had another 2,000 megawatts under production. Why in the name of Sam Houston is the state of Spindletop messing with wind?
  • Why McCain's captivity matters

    07/02/2008 6:18:20 AM PDT · by twntaipan · 19 replies · 57+ views
    Blackfive ^ | July 1, 2008 | Uncle Jimbo
    You would think it would be simple, but I forget that the concepts of Duty, Honor & Country are dirty words to the left/press. None who have served, well none with more than 4 months in the motor pool, wonder what John McCain proved to us. We know that a man who would refuse to be released ahead of others and allow the enemy a propaganda victory definitely understands and stays true to those three pillars. The clowns on the left toss out the straw man that he learned nothing about foreign policy there. Well I disagree, he learned at...
  • Vista's big problem: 92 percent of developers ignoring it

    06/16/2008 8:35:11 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 51 replies · 69+ views ^ | 6/16/08 | Matt Asay
    And to think Microsoft used to be popular with the developer crowd... Not anymore. A recent report from Evans Data shows fewer than one in 10 software developers writing applications for Windows Vista this year. Eight percent. This is perhaps made even worse by the corresponding data that shows 49 percent of developers writing applications for Windows XP. Such appreciation for history is not likely to warm the cockles of Microsoft's heart, especially when Linux is getting lots of love from developers (13 percent writing apps for it this year and 15.5 percent in 2009). The Mac? I don't have...
  • New Source for Biofuels Discovered by Researchers At The University of Texas at Austin

    04/25/2008 5:35:47 AM PDT · by twntaipan · 25 replies · 127+ views
    AUSTIN, Texas — A newly created microbe produces cellulose that can be turned into ethanol and other biofuels, report scientists from The University of Texas at Austin who say the microbe could provide a significant portion of the nation's transportation fuel if production can be scaled up.Along with cellulose, the cyanobacteria developed by Professor R. Malcolm Brown Jr. and Dr. David Nobles Jr. secrete glucose and sucrose. These simple sugars are the major sources used to produce ethanol. "The cyanobacterium is potentially a very inexpensive source for sugars to use for ethanol and designer fuels," says Nobles, a research associate...
  • Blame The Subprime Meltdown On The Repeal Of Glass-Steagall

    04/17/2008 3:34:29 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 6 replies · 158+ views
    The Consumerist ^ | 4/17/2008 | Ben Popkin
    A lot of blame has sloshed around for the sub-prime meltdown, from greedy borrowers to greedy mortgage brokers to Alan Greenspan, but if you want the real culprit, it was the repeal of the Glass-Stegall Act. On November 12, 1999, the champagne must have been shooting from the walls at Citigroup, which had worked behind the scenes for over 30 years to get the act overturned. Snip - Snip Robert Rubin was (Clinton's) Secretary of Treasury, which had oversight over Glass-Steagall regulation. Days before he resigned, Glass-Steagall was repealed. Just over a year later, he became chairman of the Citi...
  • Wikipedia Zealots (The Global Warming Cult at work)

    04/17/2008 6:01:57 AM PDT · by twntaipan · 78 replies · 298+ views
    National Post ^ | 4/12/2008 | Lawrence Solomon
    As I'm writing this column for the Financial Post, I am simultaneously editing a page on Wikipedia. I am confident that just about everything I write for my column will be available for you to read. I am equally confident that you will be able to read just about nothing that I write for the page on Wikipedia.
  • Bizbits: Waterboarding: Boss's bizarre 'team-building' leads to lawsuit

    04/15/2008 6:13:49 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 13 replies · 231+ views
    The Fayetteville Observer ^ | 4/15/2008 | Karl Vick
    PROVO, Utah — No one really disputes that Chad Hudgens was waterboarded outside a Provo office park last May 29, right before lunch, by his boss. There is also general agreement that Hudgens volunteered for the “team-building exercise,” that he lay on his back with his head downhill, and that co-workers knelt on either side of him, pinning the young sales rep down while their supervisor poured water from a gallon jug over his nose and mouth. And it’s widely acknowledged that the supervisor, Joshua Christopherson, then told the assembled sales team, whose numbers had been lagging: “You saw how...
  • Italy: It's a Landslide

    04/14/2008 8:05:37 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 16 replies · 126+ views
    NRO ^ | 4/14/2008 | Michael Ledeen
    Huge, perhaps historic, victory for Berlusconi's "Popolo della liberta' " (which translates a bit awkwardly as "the people of liberty;" maybe it's better to call it "the freedom folks"). It's considerably worse than AP lets on. Berlusconi defeated Walter Veltroni's "Democratic Party" by a full 9 points in both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. And since the Italian electoral system gives a bonus to the winning side, the margins are very big and stable: 340 to 241 in the Chamber (with another 36 for a couple of small parties), and 167 to 137 in the Senate (with 5...
  • Who Really Creates Linux? (You're probably going to be surprised)

    04/02/2008 5:41:41 AM PDT · by twntaipan · 27 replies · 219+ views
    Linux Watch ^ | 4/1/08 | Steven J. Vaughan Nichols
    Some people are still under the delusion that Linux is written by unwashed hackers living in their parents' basements whose only social life is playing D&D and having flame wars over IRC (Internet Relay Chat) about whether vi or EMACS better and debating Picard versus Kirk. Nothing, nothing could be further from the truth. The LF (Linux Foundation) has just released a new report, "Linux Kernel Development: How Fast It is Going, Who is Doing It, What They are Doing, and Who is Sponsoring It." This comprehensive study of the last three years of Linux kernel development, from version 2.6.11...
  • The Most Hated Company In the PC Industry

    01/05/2008 5:51:16 AM PST · by twntaipan · 106 replies · 408+ views
    Earthweb ^ | 1/4/2008 | Mike Elgan
    Who in the *** is Asustek, and why does Microsoft hate them more than any other company in the industry? Why does Apple, Dell and Palm Computing hate them? And why does Intel love them? Taiwan's Asustek -- better known as ASUS -- is one of the most interesting, innovative and fastest-growing companies in technology. At its core, Asustek makes motherboards -- more than any other company. Asustek motherboards are the heart of Sony's PlayStation 2 consoles, Apple MacBooks, Alienware PCs, and some HP computers. But that's not why they're hated. The source of ire is a tiny laptop called...
  • High school student gets detention for using Firefox

    12/17/2007 11:41:53 AM PST · by twntaipan · 146 replies · 2,007+ views
    TechRepublic ^ | Dec. 17, 2007 | Jay Garmon
    Last week, a student at Big Spring High School in Newville, Pennsylvania was given detention for using Firefox on a school computer. Quoted below is the key explanation from the official detention writeup: “Today in class [name] had a program launched called Foxfire.exe. I had told [name] to close the program and to resume work but he told me that is was just a different browser and that he was doing his work. I had given him two warnings but he insisted that it was just a ‘better’ browser and he wasn’t doing anything wrong. I had then issued his...
  • Wal-Mart, Dell offers help breathe new life into Linux

    11/27/2007 7:38:44 AM PST · by twntaipan · 6 replies · 76+ views
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Nov. 27, 2007 | Elwin Green
    PC system isn't just for 'geeks' anymore Tuesday, November 27, 2007 By Elwin Green, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette At the beginning of November, Wal-Mart gave shoppers a chance to get an early start on their holiday shopping by offering a $199 desktop computer, both in its stores and online at As desktop machines go, the Everex TC2502 is not particularly powerful, with a 1.5-gigahertz processor, 512 megabytes of RAM, an 80-gigabyte hard drive and no monitor. But consumers judged it powerful enough -- in less than two weeks, the retailer was out of stock. Given the price point, the sellout might...
  • “Posterizing” the Democrat Party contest: Announcing the finalists (Michelle Malkin)

    11/25/2007 7:56:51 AM PST · by twntaipan · 11 replies · 94+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | Nov. 25, 2007 | Michelle Malkin
    “Posterizing” the Democrat Party contest: Announcing the finalists By Michelle Malkin • November 25, 2007 07:59 AM Submissions for the “posterizing the Democrat Party” photo shop/graphic art contest–parodying the Huffington Post’s “posterizing the modern GOP” campaign–have poured in the past few days. Many of you did clever send-ups of the text-based HuffPo posters designed by “Got Milk” ad guru Rich Silverstein. Many others of you sent your favorite Dem-mocking photoshops. Several of you sent in fresh new, excellent designs. Thanks to everyone who e-mailed/blogged their entries. It was great fun sifting through all of them over the Thanksgiving...
  • Michael Yon’s iconic image of hope and unity in Iraq

    11/07/2007 6:21:09 PM PST · by twntaipan · 11 replies · 170+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 11/7/07 | Michelle Malkin
    On Easter morning this year, I linked to this article on Iraqi Christians praying for peace: A new wave of explosions and shootings killed or wounded dozens of Iraqis on Easter Sunday as the Christian minority celebrated the holy day, praying that this would be the last year they live through the violence and terrorism gripping their country.Early Sunday, thousands of Christians throughout Iraq went to Easter Mass and some churches were uncommonly full. In recent years, after attacks on dozens of churches, attendance had fallen off dramatically.St. Joseph Chaldean Church in central Baghdad was jammed with more than 1,000...
  • Game-changer: Asus Eee PC a win for Intel and Linux, at Microsoft's expense

    11/05/2007 3:33:14 PM PST · by twntaipan · 14 replies · 53+ views
    ArsTechnica ^ | November 05, 2007 | Jon Stokes
    A little over a week ago, reviews of Asus's Eee PC 701 started to trickle out onto the Internet. Some of the larger publications, like CNet and LAPTOP Magazine got their hands on the unit first, but as it has become more widely available sites like HotHardware and PC Perspective have now put out their own reviews of the Eee PC. The overall verdict is fairly unanimous: the device's keyboard is a bit cramped, but in terms of price, performance, and features the Eee PC hits the trifecta. Indeed, Asus appears to have gotten so many things right with the...
  • Police seek burqa-wearing bank robberSuspect threatened teller with handgun

    10/17/2007 4:31:48 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 1 replies · 246+ views
    Hickory (NC) Daily Record ^ | Wednesday, October 17, 2007 | JENNIFER MENSTER
    HIDDENITE -- A teller was robbed at gunpoint at a Hiddenite bank Tuesday afternoon. The suspect was dressed from head to toe. The robbery happened around 3:40 p.m. at People’s Bank on N.C. 90 East, five miles outside of Taylorsville. No one was injured. No one has been arrested. Alexander County sheriff’s deputies and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are investigating the robbery. Deputies say the robber entered the bank, approached the teller and demanded money. The robber pointed a small handgun at the teller. The suspect (deputies have not released the gender) gave the teller a black plastic bag...
  • Storm worm botnet more powerful than top supercomputers

    09/07/2007 6:31:20 AM PDT · by twntaipan · 152 replies · 2,906+ views
    ITNews ^ | 9/7/2007 | Sharon Gaudin
    The Storm worm botnet has grown so massive and far-reaching that it easily overpowers the world's top supercomputers. That's the latest word from security researchers who are tracking the burgeoning network of Microsoft Windows machines that have been compromised by the virulent Storm worm, which has pounded the Internet non-stop for the past three months. Despite the wide ranging estimates as to the size of the botnet, researchers tend to agree that it's one of the largest zombie grids they've ever seen -- one capable of doing great damage. "In terms of power, the botnet utterly blows the supercomputers away,"...
  • The Death of Diversity

    08/16/2007 5:00:52 AM PDT · by twntaipan · 6 replies · 527+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 8/16/2007 | DANIEL HENNINGER
    Here, too, Robert Putnam has a possible assimilation model. Hold onto your hat. It's Christian evangelical megachurches. "In many large evangelical congregations," he writes, "the participants constituted the largest thoroughly integrated gatherings we have ever witnessed." This, too, is an inconvenient truth. They do it with low entry barriers to the church and by offering lots of little groups to join inside the larger "shared identity" of the church. A Harvard prof finds good in evangelical megachurches. Send this man a suit of body armor!
  • Numerous rescues as Hill Country deluged by rain -- 6 months (19 Inches) of Rain in 10 hours!

    06/27/2007 7:19:39 AM PDT · by twntaipan · 7 replies · 400+ views
    News8Austin ^ | 6/27/2007 | Staff Numerous rescues as Hill Country deluged by rain Updated: 6/27/2007 7:13:50 AMBy: News 8 Austin Staff The San Gabriel River in Williamson County is 30 feet higher than normal   Heavy overnight rains Wednesday created flood conditions in several Hill Country counties, including Williamson, Lampasas and Burnet. More than 18 inches of rain has been dumped on the area since midnight. There are multiple reports of people trapped in fast-moving water atop vehicles, on rooftops or clinging to trees.At 2:50 a.m. STARFlight rescued at least two victims from vehicles in fast moving water at San Gabriel Ranch Road/County...
  • Housework cuts breast cancer risk

    12/29/2006 8:15:33 AM PST · by twntaipan · 76 replies · 1,384+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-29-2006 | Staff
    Women who exercise by doing the housework can reduce their risk of breast cancer, a study suggests. The research on more than 200,000 women from nine European countries found doing household chores was far more cancer protective than playing sport. Dusting, mopping and vacuuming was also better than having a physical job. The women in the Cancer Research UK-funded study spent an average of 16 to 17 hours a week cooking, cleaning and doing the washing. Something as simple and cheap as doing the housework can help Dr Lesley Walker of Cancer Research UK Experts have long known that physical...
  • Day By Day lampoons Kerry and the kumbahyah gang regarding Iran

    08/27/2006 3:21:19 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 8 replies · 1,531+ views
    Day By Day ^ | 08/27/2006 | Chris Day
  • Assailants carry out attacks in Thailand (AP Title leaves out Muslim connection)

    08/01/2006 9:52:26 AM PDT · by twntaipan · 11 replies · 400+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 8/1/2006 | Staff
    BANGKOK, Thailand - Assailants carried out at least 40 bomb and arson attacks Tuesday night in Thailand's three Muslim-dominated southernmost provinces, police said. At least three people were reported hurt. The attacks are the latest in a series believed to have been carried out by Muslim separatists, regional deputy police chief Maj. Woraphong Siewpricha said. Thai media said government installations were the targets. More than 1,500 people have been killed in sectarian violence since a resurgence in January 2004 of a violent Islamic separatist movement in Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat, the only provinces with Muslim majorities in Buddhist-dominated Thailand.
  • Yes, It Really Is Brain Surgery

    07/17/2006 1:05:19 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 15 replies · 686+ views
    Time ^ | July 16, 2006 | Michael Kinsley
    Like NASA before the first moon landing, I have been soliciting advice about what to say when I wake up from brain surgery. That's right, brain surgery—it's a real conversation stopper, isn't it? There aren't many things you can say these days that retain their shock value, but that is one of them. "So, Mike—got any summer plans?" "Why, yes, next Tuesday I'm having brain surgery. How about you?" In the age of angioplasty and Lipitor, even the heart has lost much of its metaphorical power, at least in the medical context. People are willing to accept it as a...
  • Some Microsoft workers call for heads to roll

    03/26/2006 4:49:30 AM PST · by twntaipan · 90 replies · 3,237+ views
    EETimes ^ | 3/24/2006 | Gregg Keizer (03/24/2006 3:04 PM EST) Microsoft employees writing to an anonymous blog are calling for the heads of high-level company executives -- including Steve Ballmer and Jim Allchin -- after the double delay debacle this week when the Redmond, Wash. developer shoved its two most profitable products into 2007. On the Mini-Microsoft blog, which is maintained by someone who identifies himself as a Microsoft employee and goes by the nickname "Who da'Punk," an entry tagged "Vista 2007. Fire the leadership now!" has accumulated over 325 comments from in- and outsiders. The blog was a response to the Tuesday announcement that...
  • Gates loves the poor (but Windows more?)

    03/16/2006 4:35:16 PM PST · by twntaipan · 3 replies · 258+ views
    ArsTechnica ^ | 3/16/2006 | Nate Anderson
    Bill Gates was recently named one of Time's people of the year for the incredible amounts of money he has given to fight poverty and disease around the world. But just because Bill cares about poor people doesn't mean that he wants to see them use Linux. Gates demonstrated the new Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) at the Microsoft Government Leaders Forum this week, and later began trash talking the US$100 PC currently under development at MIT. It's hard to see how a philanthropist could not love a device designed to put basic computing power in the hands of every child on...
  • City moves to condemn SBC church using eminent domain

    03/09/2006 3:46:26 PM PST · by twntaipan · 27 replies · 786+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | 3/9/2006 | Erin Roach
    LONG BEACH, Calif. (BP)--City leaders in Long Beach, Calif., have classified the Filipino Baptist Fellowship’s building as a blighted area and are forcing the congregation out in order to make way for condominiums. The path for the case was laid when the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 last summer in Kelo v. New London, Connecticut that a city’s use of eminent domain to transfer property from one private party to another may qualify as a “public use” protected by the Constitution. John Eastman, director of The Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence who is defending the church, said the case -–...
  • Day By Day with Chris Muir (Conservative Cartoonist)

    03/07/2006 1:01:30 AM PST · by twntaipan · 468+ views
    Day By Day with Chris Muir ^ | 03-07-2006 | Chris Muir
  • Congressional Hearing Exposes Goolag; Cult of the Dead Cow Flies Again

    02/16/2006 1:24:19 AM PST · by twntaipan · 7 replies · 2,212+ views
    Email Battles » Privacy Congressional Hearing Exposes Goolag; Cult of the Dead Cow Flies Again Posted on 02/15/2006 @ 15:46:31 in Privacy. The renegades who first came to international prominence in 1998, when they unleashed BackOrifice, a backdoor exploit for Windows, have suddenly become the most unlikely of heroes. The Cult of the Dead Cow (cDc) has declared war on Google for collaborating with Chinese censors: "The cDc hereby commands that you print up t-shirts with this graphic and wear them with pride. Join our global campaign against Google's appeasement policy with China." The graphic is a hack of...
  • Say What? (Powerline smacks down Ted Kennedy)

    01/10/2006 2:42:52 AM PST · by twntaipan · 42 replies · 2,170+ views
    Powerline ^ | Jan 9, 2006 | Paul Mirangoff and John Hinderaker
    Senator Schumer told Judge Alito that he cannot decline to say what he thinks about issues that may come before the Supreme Court, as John Roberts did, because unlike Roberts, Alito has a long record as an appeals court judge. But Roberts was only following the Ginsburg rule, and Ginsburg too had a long track record as an appeals court judge. Indeed, when Roberts' supporters invoked the Ginsburg rule, his opponents argued Roberts needed to say more than Ginsburg because he lacked a long track record that could provide insight into his judicial thinking. The unwillingness of nominees to discuss...
  • Google Pack provisions for the masses

    01/07/2006 1:05:43 AM PST · by twntaipan · 17 replies · 647+ views
    ZdNet ^ | Jan 6, 2006 | Dan Farber
    What is Google Pack besides free Windows software, with some promotional offers, that you could get from many places on the Web? A software distribution mechanism hooked into Google's infrastructure. Smart move. Google does software provisioning for the masses…for starters–OpenOffice may come soon to the Pack. Larry Page introduces the software and then Robin Williams comes on stage to entertain the crowd. From the Web site: Google Pack also takes the hassle out of downloading, installing, and updating software. You can download and install the entire Google Pack in just a few clicks. And the included Google Updater helps you...
  • Microsoft Confirms Dropping Chinese Journalist's Blog

    01/04/2006 3:48:48 PM PST · by twntaipan · 57 replies · 1,350+ views ^ | Jan 04, 2005 | Antone Gonsalves,
    Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday confirmed that it took down the blog of outspoken Chinese journalist Zhao Jing, saying that it was complying with China's laws. Blogger Rebecca MacKinnon, a former CNN Beijing bureau chief now a research fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, first reported that Jing's blog was taken down New Years Eve by Microsoft's blog-hosting service MSN Spaces. The blog has been replaced with the message, "This space is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later." Zhao, aka Michael Anti, is among a number of Chinese bloggers that have grown in popularity...
  • It’s the demography, stupid

    01/01/2006 2:52:39 PM PST · by twntaipan · 122 replies · 9,505+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | Jan 2, 2006 | Mark Steyn
    Most people reading this have strong stomachs, so let me lay it out as baldly as I can: Much of what we loosely call the western world will survive this century, and much of it will effectively disappear within our lifetimes, including many if not most western European countries. There’ll probably still be a geographical area on the map marked as Italy or the Netherlands— probably—just as in Istanbul there’s still a building called St. Sophia’s Cathedral. But it’s not a cathedral; it’s merely a designation for a piece of real estate. Likewise, Italy and the Netherlands will merely be...
  • Southern Baptists dispute media reports & blogger claims (about alledged withheld water)

    11/03/2005 2:20:57 PM PST · by twntaipan · 11 replies · 467+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | Nov 3, 2005 | By Jennifer Davis Rash
    Southern Baptists dispute media reports & blogger claims as 'absolute falsehood' that disaster relief teams withheld waterOfficials weigh in Contrary to media and blogger reports, disaster relief officials say cans of water from Anheuser-Busch did not cause volunteers to withhold water from Hurricane Wilma victims at a Florida feeding site. BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)--No thirsty person went without water, and no water went to waste, Tim Bridges, pastor of First Baptist Church in Clewiston, Fla., said in response to media reports that claimed differently when a shipment of water distributed by Anheuser-Busch caused confusion Oct. 28. The inaccurate information also is...
  • SBC meals top 1 million in a week;

    09/09/2005 5:46:07 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 5 replies · 332+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | Sep 9, 2005 | Staff
    Pitching inMobile resident Stella Lewis (right) helps serve hot meals alongside Denise Weaver, a member of the Etowah Baptist Association (Alabama) disaster relief team, at Moffett Road Baptist Church in Mobile. Photo by Doug Rogers/Alabama State Board of Missions ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--In the first week of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief efforts, volunteers prepared more than 1.3 million meals in the Gulf Coast area devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Jim Burton, director of the North American Mission Board’s volunteer mobilization team, said he expects Southern Baptist’s national disaster relief response to quickly eclipse disaster services provided following four hurricanes in Florida...
  • Democrats Demand Justice Just Like Rehnquist (Scrappleface)

    09/05/2005 5:44:18 AM PDT · by twntaipan · 9 replies · 855+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | 9/5/2005 | Scott Ott
    Just hours after the death of William H. Rehnquist, Senate Democrats demanded that President George Bush nominate a replacement whose ideology and judicial philosophy match that of the late Supreme Court justice. "When Sandra Day O'Connor retired, we insisted Bush appoint a centrist to replace her and maintain the balance on the court," said one unnamed Senator. "Now, we demand that the president name a right-wing, conservative, originalist to replace Rehnquist for that same reason." The Senator explained that balance is the most important feature of the high court, trumping ideology, logic and the intent of the framers of the...
  • Corps making strides plugging levees

    09/03/2005 3:43:06 AM PDT · by twntaipan · 39 replies · 1,676+ views
    ContraCostaTimes ^ | 9/3/05 | Chris Adams and Carol Rosenberg
    KNIGHT RIDDER NEW ORLEANS - Every five minutes or so, an Army Blackhawk helicopter hovered 50 feet above the collapsed 17th Street Canal levee Friday and dropped a 3,000-pound bag of sand. Each one vanished into the water, showing no apparent results. But after several false starts, the Army Corps of Engineers said their levee repair efforts are slowly taking hold. If there is no more rain, the breaches in New Orleans' all-important levees could be closed by Sunday, said engineer Don Basham, chief of the engineering division, from headquarters in Washington. Pumping the water out of the city is...
  • More than 1,200 Southern Baptist volunteers now responding in wake of hurricane crisis

    09/02/2005 5:03:18 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 15 replies · 700+ views
    Baptist Press | Sep 2, 2005 | Tim Yarbrough
    Dinner boxesPaula Cooper, volunteer from Mars Hill Baptist Church, Watkinsville, Ga., fills boxes with individual meals at First Baptist Church, Pascagoula, Miss. ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--Logistical challenges continue to hamper efforts of more than 1,200 Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers assisting people displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Since Katrina’s devastation is so widespread and affects such a large area of Louisiana and Mississippi, disaster relief operations are being stretched to respond in the same fashion as in past disasters. “We continue to face logistical challenges to operations in Louisiana and Mississippi and this is not uncommon at this stage of a...
  • Relief workers face challenges assisting hurricane victims

    09/02/2005 12:25:36 AM PDT · by twntaipan · 2 replies · 510+ views
    Baptist Press ^ | 9/1/05 | Tim Yarbrough
    Ministry of mealsCarol Jordan, a Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteer from Brevard, N.C., serves meals to Hurricane Katrina victims who have taken refuge in Meridian, Miss. Jordan is one of 1,000-plus Southern Baptist volunteers deployed to the devastated region. Photo by John Swain/North American Mission BoardALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP)--As the situation in New Orleans and other areas affected by Hurricane Katrina worsens, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief workers face challenges as they seek to assist people without the most basic needs. The number of mobile disaster relief units engaged has swelled to 120, but problems with water and other supplies hampered...
  • Agent says a school near Lodi would breed terrorists

    08/11/2005 4:04:55 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 4 replies · 706+ views ^ | Aug 09, 2005 | Layla Bohm
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A lead FBI agent on Tuesday linked two local Muslim clerics to the Taliban and Osama bin Laden, contending the two were planning to set up a school near Lodi that would breed anti-American terrorism. The agent testified that Lodi clerics Shabbir Ahmed and Mohammed Adil Khan were prepared to relay information on terrorist plots from sources close to bin Laden. The allegations were dismissed by Ahmed's lawyer, who said the FBI and federal prosecutors have "made the whole thing up." The striking allegations came during an immigration hearing for Ahmed at which Immigration Judge Anthony Murry...
  • Air America listeners to the rescue?

    08/07/2005 7:18:15 AM PDT · by twntaipan · 116 replies · 3,976+ views
    Oregon Live.Com ^ | August 07, 2005 | David Reinhard
    There's, like, a major corporate financial scandal goin' down, dude. Some greed-head wheeler-dealer took almost a million in government funds intended for children and Alzheimer's patients and put the money into a private start-up company. The money was supposed to be a loan, but the loan was never repaid, Now, the nonprofit is broke and under investigation for "significant inappropriate transaction and falsified documents." And, you know, like, the mainstream corporate media? They're paying no attention to the story, man. Children and Alzheimer's patients get the short end of the stick while fat-cat private interests line their pockets -- only...
  • Man carried 450 fake passports

    08/03/2005 4:24:25 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 44 replies · 1,706+ views ^ | Aug.8, 2005
    Bangkok - A British man of Algerian origin was arrested early on Wednesday at Bangkok's international airport for trying to smuggle more than 450 forged European passports out of Thailand, police said. The suspect, identified as Mahieddine Daikh, 35, was nabbed as he tried to board a China Airlines flight bound for Amsterdam with the fake Belgian, French, Portuguese and Spanish documents, according to police. "At first we found 138 forged passports in his carry-on bag. Then we found another 314 in his checked luggage," police Colonel Chanatpol Yongbanjerd, chief of the airport's immigration command, told AFP. The man was...
  • Sign (literally) of the times (Vanity on illegal immigrants)

    06/07/2005 8:45:00 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 39 replies · 874+ views
    PowerlineBlog ^ | 06-07-2005 | Self
    A Sign of the Times Literally. This sign, which warns drivers about pedestrians running across the highway, is posted on the highway at the US-Mexican border near San Diego. It's not like I want illegal immigrants to be run down on the highway, but isn't this a bit ridiculous? Posted by John at 10:04 PM
  • Powerline Kicking Sid Blumenthal's Butt

    06/04/2005 7:49:58 AM PDT · by twntaipan · 9 replies · 410+ views
    Powerlineblog ^ | 6-3-2005 | John Hindraker
    Blumenthal Responds, Kind Of I guess we can add Sidney Blumenthal to the ever-growing roster of Power Line readers. He took offense at a post we did yesterday that consisted of an email exchange between one of our readers and Blumenthal, to which I added some commentary. At the risk of boring those who remember the original post, I will reproduce it here to give context to Mr. Blumenthal's response: Former Clinton apparatchik Sidney Blumenthal is better known by the well-earned moniker of Sid Vicious. He now plies his trade in the pages of Britain's far-left Guardian. Sid Vicious addressed...
  • Osama Bin Laden Tape Threatens U.S. States Not to Vote for Bush

    10/31/2004 6:48:42 PM PST · by twntaipan · 109 replies · 4,909+ views
    MEMRI ^ | November 1, 2004 | Yigal Carmon
    The tape of Osama bin Laden that was aired on Al-Jazeera(1) on Friday, October 29th included a specific threat to "each U.S. state," designed to influence the outcome of the upcoming election against George W. Bush. The U.S. media in general mistranslated the words "ay wilaya" (which means "each U.S. state")(2) to mean a "country" or "nation" other than the U.S., while in fact the threat was directed specifically at each individual U.S. state. This suggests some knowledge by bin Laden of the U.S. electoral college system. In a section of his speech in which he harshly criticized George W....
  • Flat-screen TV emits international distress signal (Michael Moore on when distress signal started?)

    10/18/2004 10:28:58 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 21 replies · 1,609+ views
    CNN (from Reuters) ^ | October 18, 2004
    EUGENE, Oregon (Reuters) -- TV hardly gets much better than this. An Oregon man discovered earlier this month that his year-old Toshiba Corporation flat-screen TV was emitting an international distress signal picked up by a satellite, leading a search and rescue operation to his apartment in Corvallis, Oregon, 70 miles south of Portland. The signal from Chris van Rossmann's TV was routed by satellite to the Air Force Rescue Center at Langley Air Base in Virginia. On October 2, the 20 year-old college student was visited at his apartment in the small university town by a contingent of local police,...
  • Philippine Ferry Blast Said Caused by Bomb (Pulling out of Iraq did NOT protect them)

    10/10/2004 11:14:32 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 24 replies · 2,279+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 10-11-2004 | PAUL ALEXANDER
    MANILA, Philippines - A bomb planted by the brutal Abu Sayyaf group caused a ferry fire in February that killed over 100 people in the Philippines' worst terrorist attack, an investigation concluded Monday. President Gloria Macapagal, who initially downplayed a claim of responsibility by the al-Qaida-linked Abu Sayyaf, said six people, including two arrested shortly after the attack, have been charged. "These are the same people responsible for the Dos Palmas kidnapping," she said, referring to a mass abduction from the Dos Palmas resort on Palawan island in 2001 that left several hostages dead. She said the men in custody...
  • A Very Brief Interview with Bob Schieffer

    09/26/2004 11:34:22 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 13 replies · 835+ views
    InDCJournal ^ | 9/26/2004
    A Very Brief Interview with Bob Schieffer *** Exclusive *** Bob Schieffer was kind enough to grant me a brief, impromptu interview outside of CBS News Studios in Washington, DC. INDC: "Mr. Schieffer, do you mind if I ask you a couple of questions about the CBS memo scandal?" Schieffer: "Uh, sure, go ahead." INDC: "I was just wondering if you had any comment on what you think may happen with this entire (forgery) situation ..." Schieffer: "Here is all I can tell you: we made a bad mistake. We've admitted we made the mistake, we've appointed some distinguished outside...