Keyword: communication

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  • Face of Defense: Soldier Keeps Comrades Talking

    02/10/2009 3:43:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 253+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Sgt. Brian Tierce, USA
    BAGHDAD, Feb. 10, 2009 – Because communication on the battlefield is essential, a small group of soldiers here dedicates itself to ensuring Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division’s 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team can talk to one another when it counts. Army Spc. Giselle King prepares a force-tracking monitor on a vehicle at Camp Liberty, Iraq, Feb. 7, 2009. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brian Tierce  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Spc. Giselle King, an Indianapolis native who serves in the brigade’s Special Troops Battalion, focuses much of her time ensuring the communication readiness...
  • Miscommunication Happens [Devotional]

    01/17/2009 8:05:51 AM PST · by tenger · 1 replies · 213+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | January 17, 2009 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    Naaman went to his master and told him what the girl from Israel had said. "By all means, go,” the king of Aram replied. I will send a letter to the king of Israel. So Naaman left, taking with him 10 talents of silver, 6000 shekels of gold and 10 sets of clothing. The letter that he took to the king of Israel read: "With this letter I am sending my servant Naaman to you so that you may cure him of his leprosy." As soon as the king of Israel read the letter, he tore his robes and said,...
  • Stockholm to get 4G mobile network in 2010

    01/16/2009 12:28:05 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 5 replies · 471+ views ^ | 01/15/2009 | David Landes
    Mobile broadband users in Stockholm will soon be able to surf the internet on a new high speed 4G network, following the signing of a deal between Ericsson and TeliaSonera. The order from Finnish-Swedish telecom provider TeliaSonera marks the first commercial deployment of Ericsson’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) network technology and will provide mobile internet users with data speeds up to ten times faster than those offered on current networks. "LTE brings the highest possible performance and network capacity, which is needed to meet the needs of the fast growing group of mobile broadband users around the world,” said Ericsson’s...
  • Obama Picks Staffer of Pro-Abortion Group as Comm Director

    11/24/2008 9:00:58 AM PST · by julieee · 8 replies · 504+ views ^ | 11/23/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC -- Barack Obama told voters during the presidential election that he wanted to work with both sides of the abortion debate to reduce the number of abortions. Yet, over the weekend, he picked a top staffer for one of the biggest pro-abortion groups to become his communications director. The selection of Ellen Moran, the executive director of Emily's List, to become the White House communications director makes it clear that the only agenda Obama plans to communicate as president is more abortions.
  • Equipment Stolen from Charleston Could Jam Emergency Communications

    01/26/2008 6:20:32 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 14 replies · 130+ views ^ | 1/24/08 |
    Jan. 24, 2008 Equipment Stolen from Charleston Could Jam Emergency Communications By Tony Rutherford Reporter Huntington, WV (HNN) – The FBI has joined an investigation into the theft of electronic equipment after break-ins at several transmitting towers in Charleston. According to a Huntington TV station, ten break-ins at three separate sites (Garfield, North Charleston, North Gate Business Park) resulted in the loss of a radio receiver/transmitter (repeater) and frequency counter. Charleston police asked the FBI to enter the investigation after they learned the stolen equipment could possibly be used to jam emergency frequencies. Thieves took only the specified equipment...
  • Think More, Communicate Less

    01/20/2008 6:30:49 PM PST · by palmer · 26 replies · 68+ views
    Chronicles Magazine (on paper, link is to title page only) ^ | January 2008 | Chilton Williamson, Jr.
    Think More, Communicate Lessby Chilton Williamson, Jr. For as long as democracy has existed in the modern world, universal education and rapid mass communication have been highly regarded in democratic societies. An educated people, democrats have assumed, is a people capable of informing and governing itself. And a society in close and regular communication with its own citizens, and with foreign societies, will be tolerant of itself and of its neighbors, near or distant. Thus, expectations for modern systems of mass communications have been high. Progress in creating and perfecting a global communications system would expand humanity’s self-knowledge and mental...
  • Young Iranians Turn to Texting

    12/02/2007 7:36:26 AM PST · by nuconvert · 12 replies · 85+ views
    Winona Daily News ^ | December 02, 2007
    Young Iranians Turn to Texting December 02, 2007 Parisa Dezfoulian TEHRAN, Iran -- Every night, millions of young Iranians are engaged in subversive, and in some cases, scandalous activity. According to the country’s Mobile Communications Co., more than 20 million text messages are sent within the country every day, with the largest number of messages sent between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. That’s when the youth in the country communicate with one another, often transmitting messages that would meet with disapproval of the authorities. Using cell phones to send text messages has reached epidemic proportions in the country, creating an...
  • Why We Serve: Army Captain Cites Communication for Iraq Success

    11/02/2007 4:07:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 110+ views
    Why We Serve ^ | Gerry J. Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2007 – An Army officer who commanded an infantry company in Iraq says enhanced communication with local Iraqis increased civic cooperation and boosted stability within his area of operations. Army Capt. Cedric L. Burden poses for a photo in the Pentagon. Defense Dept. photo by Gerry J. Gilmore  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Capt. Cedric L. Burden, 32, deployed to Iraq in September 2005 for a one-year tour of duty. Burden’s unit was responsible for conducting security operations in an area about 18 miles west of Kirkuk. “It was more like Dodge City,” Burden said...
  • 'Silent treatment' leads women to death: study

    09/04/2007 8:08:13 AM PDT · by Grig · 73 replies · 2,554+ views
    CTV ^ | Sep. 4 2007 10:05 AM ET
    A study has found that women who use the 'silent treatment' with their spouses during arguments could be on their way to early deaths. "This is the first time we've seen anything this dramatic that predicts death or heart disease that's not physiological," Dr. Elaine Eaker, who authored the study, told CTV's Canada AM. The study found that women who silenced themselves during marital disagreements were four times more likely to die earlier than women who expressed their feelings during arguments with their spouses. However, Eaker found that the health of men who indulged in the same "self-silencing" practice were...
  • Young Workers: U Nd 2 Improve Ur Writing Skills

    08/27/2007 3:30:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies · 642+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 26, 2007 | PHYLLIS KORKKI
    <p>A generation ago, employers were still lamenting the poor technical abilities of their entry-level workers. Well, that’s not much of an issue anymore, thanks to the omnipresence of computers, cellphones and the Internet.</p> <p>In a survey of 100 human resources executives, only 5 percent said that recent college graduates lacked computer or technology skills, according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, the outplacement firm.</p>
  • Linguists seek a time when we spoke as one

    07/23/2007 7:02:45 AM PDT · by BGHater · 73 replies · 1,620+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 18 July 2007 | Moises Velasquez-Manoff
    A controversial research project is trying to trace all human language to a common root. Around 50,000 years ago, something happened to our ancestors in Africa. Anatomically modern humans, who had existed for at least 150,000 years prior, suddenly began behaving differently. Until then, their conduct scarcely differed from that of their hominid cousins, the Neanderthals. Both buried their dead; both used stone tools; and as social apes, both had some form of communication, which some think was gestural. But then, "almost overnight, everything changes very rapidly," says Merritt Ruhlen, a lecturer in the Anthropological Sciences Department at Stanford University...
  • Gay's too gay for phone giant [female named 'Gay' inappropriate for business-like communication]

    04/30/2007 9:15:21 AM PDT · by bedolido · 91 replies · 1,928+ views ^ | 04-30-2007 | staff writer
    A WOMAN'S email to the help desk of Telecom New Zealand was rejected by a computer system because her name was Gay and "inappropriate for business-like communication". Gay Hamilton, from the northern South Island town of Nelson, said while she was actually gay, she was concerned that the country's biggest public company was spending its time and resources on trifling issues, the Herald on Sunday reported. "If they do have to put content filters on, then maybe they should ensure that it only gets genuinely abusive words," she said.
  • Cardinal Posts Lenten Message on YouTube

    02/26/2007 6:50:09 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 341+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 26, 2007
    PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, FEB. 25, 2007 ( Cardinal Justin Rigali is reaching out to new audiences this Lent by posting weekly Gospel commentaries on the video sharing Web site YouTube. The archbishop of Philadelphia posted his first two-and-a-half-minute video on Ash Wednesday. In the video entitled "Living Lent: The First Sunday," the 71-year-old cardinal explains the benefits of fasting, comments on Sunday's Gospel and then urges his listeners to join a Bible study group. Donna Farrell, spokeswoman for the archdiocese, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Cardinal Rigali "knew nothing of YouTube" until his staff proposed he try it. "He said: 'Anything...
  • Let Me Re-Phrase That...

    02/15/2007 9:37:41 AM PST · by 60Gunner · 31 replies · 906+ views
    Language is the capital that drives the economy of human communication. Each social or professional culture presides over its own unique lexicon. The observer will also note further subdivisions related to slang or specific specialty. Nurses and physicians often use abbreviated terms among ourselves. We do this for two reasons: 1: It saves time; 2: The other person knows what we are saying (as long as the speaker is not just making something up in order to sound cool, which happens from time to time). But I was reminded this week about how easy it is to fall into the...
  • Sex of any kind can harm teens emotionally

    02/09/2007 1:43:04 PM PST · by Coleus · 104 replies · 2,663+ views
    dominican today ^ | 02.06.07 | Amy Norton
    San Francisco.– Teenagers often suffer emotional consequences from having sex, even when it's "only" oral sex, a study published Monday suggests. Researchers at the University of California San Francisco found that up to one-half of the sexually active teenagers in their study said they'd ever felt "used," guilty or regretful after having sex. Though such feelings were less common among teens who'd only had oral sex, about one-third reported some type of negative consequence. Dr. Sonya S. Brady and Bonnie L. Halpern-Felsher report the findings in the journal Pediatrics. The study, according to the researchers, suggests that parents should be...
  • Taiwan quake disrupts some communications services in S. Korea (& Asia; undersea cable cut)

    12/27/2006 1:01:02 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 1,480+ views
    Yonhap news ^ | 12/27/06
    (LEAD) Taiwan quake disrupts some communications services in S. Korea SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Yonhap) -- KT Corp., South Korea's largest fixed-line operator, said Wednesday their undersea fiber optic cables were disconnected in the southern seas off Taiwan due to a strong earthquake Tuesday night, disrupting communications services for local foreign companies. KT said that an earthquake of 6.0 magnitude took place at 9:42 p.m. on Tuesday in the area 23 kilometers south of Taiwan, cutting cable lines under the sea, A total of 92 cable lines were found to have been damaged, the company said, adding that the number may...
  • China's landmark broadcast satellite fails

    11/29/2006 12:14:32 PM PST · by Toidylop · 11 replies · 499+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Tue Nov 28, 2006 | staff
    A satellite, aiming to provide a television signal to every household in China, has encountered problems with its solar panels and will not function as planned. China's first direct broadcasting satellite, the Sinosat II, launched on October 29 from southwest China's Sichuan province, failed to deploy a solar panel and an antenna and is unable to undertake its broadcast functions, the China News Service said Tuesday. The report cited a spokesman from the SINO Satellite Communications Co Ltd (SINOSAT), operator of the satellite. The company would continue its plan to launch a Sinosat III satellite sometime in the first half...
  • Dutch consider prohibition of Muslim veil

    11/18/2006 8:23:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies · 922+ views
    Washington Times ^ | November 18, 2006 | Mike Corder, Associated Press
    THE HAGUE -- The Dutch government announced plans yesterday for legislation banning full-length veils in public places and other clothing that covers the face -- putting the Netherlands at the forefront of a general European hardening toward Muslim minorities. The Netherlands, once considered one of Europe's most welcoming nations for immigrants and asylum seekers, is deeply divided over moves by the government to stem the tide of new arrivals and compel immigrants to assimilate into Dutch society. "From a security standpoint, people should always be recognizable, and from the standpoint of integration, we think people should be able to communicate...
  • Insights on the Philosophical Issues of Communication

    11/15/2006 4:46:18 AM PST · by kriztine rosales-viray · 21 replies · 386+ views
    kriztine rosales-viray
    Insights on the Philosophical Issues of Communication By: Kriztine R. Viray (The following is a reflection.) There are a number of reasons why philosophical issues of communication research should not be taken for granted in any aspect of media profession. First, issues of this kind are fundamental that when one tries to answer and address them, he is led towards a broader perspective of communication. Second, it is only through these issues that a practitioner gets hold of the nature of his profession. Third, by pondering over these issues, one would realize that communication is not just an ordinary activity...
  • Social Penetration Theory

    11/15/2006 4:45:50 AM PST · by kriztine rosales-viray · 9 replies · 8,265+ views
    kriztine rosales-viray
    SOCIAL PENETRATION THEORY By Irwin Altman and Dalmas Taylor Interpreted by Kriztine Rosales-Viray A. Introduction Not few thinkers have been concerned with the study of interpersonal relationships. This topic is a commonplace in fields such as psychology, sociology, philosophy and other behavioral sciences. Business-centered disciplines have their share of an array of principles about interpersonal relationships. The primary belief was that a successful interpersonal relationship within and without the business establishment yields a successful business. In the field of governance and politics, this topic could not be avoided. But among all the fields that study interpersonal relationships, theories developed in...
  • Metatheory and Epistemological Issues: A Philosophical Approach to Communications

    11/15/2006 4:45:31 AM PST · by kriztine rosales-viray · 28 replies · 519+ views
    kriztine rosales-viray
    Metatheory and Epistemological Issues: a Philosophical Approach to Communications By Kriztine Rosales-Viray Preliminary Remarks This paper is a lot complicated than any other papers and articles I have written about communication because of the following reasons: (1) Communication was ever since of my interest but epistemology was a no-no; (2) I never had any leaning neither proclivity for philosophical studies; (3) I found philosophy intricate and complex as its proponents. Thus, if there are some flaws or errors in the manuscript, my apology. Introduction Background. The real definition of philosophy is that it is a search for truth. In ordinary...
  • Communication in a Powder-Keg World [Pope Benedict XVI]

    09/22/2006 9:52:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies · 545+ views ^ | 09-22-06 | Russell Shaw
    by Russell Shaw Other Articles by Russell ShawContact this Author Communication in a Powder-Keg World 09/22/06 Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., new director of the Vatican press office, recently remarked that he saw no need to interpret the thinking of Pope Benedict XVI. The pope does an excellent job of speaking for himself and doesn't need interpreters, the priest explained. In This Article...Here’s What I MeantUnintended ConsequencesImagine That Here’s What I Meant Poor Father Lombardi! Scarcely had he uttered those sentiments when all Hades broke loose over Pope Benedict's comments about Islam. All of sudden the director of the sala stamp found...
  • S. Korea:Sea Launch Delivers Koreasat 5 Satellite to Orbit(for military command and control)

    08/22/2006 5:55:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 224+ views
    Yahoo!Finance ^ | 08/22/06
    Sea Launch Delivers Koreasat 5 Satellite to Orbit Tuesday August 22, 1:48 am ET LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Sea Launch Company today successfully delivered the Koreasat 5 communications satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO). Early data indicate the spacecraft is accurately positioned and in excellent condition. ADVERTISEMENT A Zenit-3SL vehicle lifted off at 8:27 pm PDT (03:27 GMT, Aug. 22) from the Odyssey Launch Platform, positioned at 154 degrees West Longitude in the equatorial Pacific. All systems performed nominally throughout flight. The Block DM upper stage inserted the 4,448 kg (9,806 lb) Spacebus 4000 C1 platform to...
  • N. Korea: Huge Train Crash in Last April due to Communication Failure(update on 1000-victim crash)

    06/05/2006 5:36:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 589+ views
    The Daily NK ^ | 06/05/06 | Kim Young-jin
    /begin my translationN. Korea: Huge Train Crash in Last April due to Communication Failure A N. Korean railroad source, "270 soldiers, 400 civilians dead" [2006-06-05 17:46] The crash site in a red circle above. The light brown region is Gowon County. It is revealed that the huge train crash in last April at Gowon, S. Hamkyong Province, killing hundreds of N. Korean soldiers, was caused by endemic problems of N. Korean railroad system such as communication failure and shortage of electricity. We were told that 270 soldiers and 400 civilians were killed by this accident. A source from the Locomotive Unit...
  • Along Iraqi-Syrian border towns in Al Anbar Province, communication key to Iraqi progress

    05/03/2006 4:04:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 233+ views
    HUSAYBAH, Iraq (May 3, 2006) -- Security, safety, and quality of life – three key elements to the continuing progress in this region of Iraq’s Al Anbar Province, according to local Iraqi leadership. Once a week, local sheiks and city officials meet with Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces officials in this small town near the Iraqi-Jordanian border, to discuss these topics and overall progress in this region along the Euphrates River. It’s also an opportunity for the city and tribal leaders to address any potential problems which might hinder that progress. At the latest of these town-hall-style meetings held April...
  • CA: Communication Break Down

    04/21/2006 10:09:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 449+ views
    LA City Beat ^ | 4/21/06 | Dean Kuipers
    It’s a Friday evening in the studios of KABC radio, and callers are lighting up the board on The Al Rantel Show. The immigration debate that has dominated state and national news for the past few weeks has been great stuff for the conservative Republican host and his listeners, and it’s an issue on which he’d like to hold Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s feet to the fire. The governor, he says during a commercial break, doesn’t want to look anti-immigrant. But Rantel’s show this night is challenging the notion that those who oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants or want tightened borders...
  • Army Children Launch Communication Web Site

    04/12/2006 5:33:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 299+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Steven Donald Smith
    WASHINGTON, April 12, 2006 – Children of U.S. soldiers spearheaded a project to launch a Web site that enables Army youth around the world to communicate with each other. The "Real Teens Connected" Web site, which went live this winter, is a product of the Army's Child and Youth Services Army Teen Panel, and is geared toward teenagers 13-18 years old. The site offers a variety of services to all Army-affiliated youth, including news updates, relocation information and stories written by Army kids. "Kids want to connect with other kids who are in like situations," Pamela "PK" Tomlinson, deputy director...
  • Cable industry disputes FCC's findings on pricing

    03/16/2006 7:52:23 AM PST · by Wolfie · 46 replies · 813+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | March 16, 2006
    Cable industry disputes FCC's findings on pricing NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The cable industry joined forces with Walt Disney Co. (DIS) Wednesday to point out flaws in a recent Federal Communications Commission study that concluded it would be beneficial for consumers to pick and pay for channels separately. The companies released findings from two separate studies, both of which said consumers would be worse off by following the FCC's recommendation. The FCC concluded last month that viewers' bills could decline by as much as 13% if they were allowed to pick their own channels, reversing the agency's earlier view under...
  • Bush Approval Falls to 33%, Congress Earns Rare Praise

    03/15/2006 10:25:20 PM PST · by jmc1969 · 182 replies · 2,894+ views
    Pew Research ^ | March 15, 2006
    In the aftermath of the Dubai ports deal, President Bush's approval rating has hit a new low and his image for honesty and effectiveness has been damaged. Yet the public uncharacteristically has good things to say about the role that Congress played in this high-profile controversy. Most Americans (58%) believe Congress acted appropriately in strenuously opposing the deal, while just 24% say lawmakers made too much of the situation. The new Pew survey underscores the public's alarm over the prospect that an Arab-owned company could have operated U.S. ports. There was broad opposition to the proposed deal from across the...
  • Border safety alerts indicate problem - Communication among agencies can be complex

    02/03/2006 4:49:30 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 288+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 2/3/06 | Mason Stockstill
    In December, the FBI was worried that Border Patrol agents' lives were in danger. But many of those officers never got the memo. Instead, agents say, they first learned of the threat -- that smugglers planned to hire gang members to murder Border Patrol agents -- when a Daily Bulletin reporter called to ask for their opinions. The fact that many officers didn't know about the threat, described in an "Officer Safety Alert" disseminated by the Department of Homeland Security, shows how poor communication among law enforcement agencies can be. The warning is "proof that we're being targeted," said a...
  • Equipment Means Better, Faster Communication for Afghan Army

    01/11/2006 4:19:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 264+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Tech. Sgt. Steven Sparks, USAF, and Sgt. Rustin Turner, USA
    KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 10, 2006 – A new piece of communications equipment is giving Afghan National Army units the capability to stay connected with each other and their operations centers regardless of the distance between them or the types of radios used. The Advanced Control Unit-Tactical, or ACU-T, is designed to serve as a bridge between divergent communications systems to allow communications between ANA units with incompatible radio systems. Produced by Raytheon, the unit is the newest addition to the ANA's communications inventory. Before the ACU-T, most ANA units used either VHF radios that have a maximum range of 40...
  • EMS vehicle plunges into frigid river (New Jersey)

    12/26/2005 7:28:30 AM PST · by Cagey · 37 replies · 1,104+ views
    CNN ^ | 12-26-2005
    Divers search for New Jersey police officers who drove off bridge NEW YORK (CNN) -- Divers from state and federal agencies searched Sunday for two police officers whose emergency vehicle drove off a drawbridge and plunged into the Hackensack River in New Jersey outside Jersey City, an official said.The vehicle was driving eastbound from Kearney toward Jersey City through heavy fog on the Route 1 and 9 Bridge -- also known as the Lincoln Highway Bridge -- at 8:15 p.m., when the accident occurred, said Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Tom Sperduto."The bridge was up; they couldn't see it and...
  • Signal Soldiers Improve Lines of Communication

    12/06/2005 6:38:29 PM PST · by SandRat · 8 replies · 362+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Dec 6, 2005 | Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Matsushige
    Signal Soldiers Improve Lines of Communication The 44th Signal Detachment, with some help from local Afghans, work to construct a new cable network on Forward Operating Base Salerno. By U.S. Sgt. 1st Class Curtis Matsushige Task Force Devil Public Affairs FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, Dec. 6, 2005 — Can you hear a pin drop over the phone lines here? No, not quite, but soon you may be able to. U.S. Army soldiers assigned to the 44th Signal Detachment are digging deep into the earth to improve the lines of communication on Forward Operating Base Salerno by protecting cable...
  • Golden, Colo., native keeps communication running

    12/03/2005 2:07:43 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 317+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Dec 3, 2005 | Lance Cpl. Joel Abshier
    CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (Dec. 3, 2005) -- Holding an AN/PRC-119 field radio to his ear, a Marine communicates with the lead vehicle about the status of the convoy. Whether it’s providing communication for convoys or units inside the wire, field radio operators directly contribute to the success of the Marine Corps mission while in Iraq. Lance Cpl. John A. McLaughlin, with Headquarters and Service Company, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), routinely ensures Marines within his unit have continuous radio accessibility. “Being a radio operator I also make sure convoys have [communication],” McLaughlin said. “Without Communication the mission would be virtually...
  • Chimp "Dinner Conversation" Proof of Ape Speech?

    10/28/2005 12:20:58 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies · 347+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 10/20/2005 | Adrianne Appel
    Scientists say they have discovered the first evidence that chimpanzees speak to each other about objects in their environment. Chimps at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland use a crude language of grunts to talk to each other about their food, say primate experts at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. The chimps utter high-pitched noises (hear the audio) or low-pitched grunts (hear the audio) to tell each other about the food they find in their pen, the researchers say. The finding could lead to better understanding of the origins of human speech, the scientists say. Previous studies have found...
  • SMS Revolution (blocking messaging in Iran)

    10/19/2005 6:23:12 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 3 replies · 425+ views ^ | Oct. 19, 2005
    SMS Revolution Shahram Rafizadeh Oct. 19, 2005 Blocking SMS (Short Message Service) is a new communications instrument that is taken very seriously by the new Iranian government and those in the Ministry of Communications. In order to confront and control SMS messaging and the relevant communications technology, president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his hard-line government ministers have seriously decided to take the necessary measures to limit the use of a technology that at critical junctures can be used by the government's critics and opposition groups. Iranian authorities believe that they have successfully completed their efforts to block internet access and have...
  • Miscommunication Cited in Katrina Response

    10/12/2005 8:23:01 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 488+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/12/05 | Robert Burns - ap
    WASHINGTON - The military's response to Hurricane Katrina was the largest and fastest in U.S. history, but it was hampered by an early disconnect with state and local authorities, a senior Pentagon official said Wednesday. Paul McHale, the assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense, said the military should have learned more from its experience in previous natural disasters, including Hurricane Andrew in south Florida in 1992. Communication with state and local authorities in Louisiana and Mississippi was so poor in the hours immediately after Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29 that military commanders had to use couriers...
  • Grimy work for BellSouth ( "These guys have lost their houses, and they're still working.")

    09/26/2005 2:56:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies · 556+ views
    Atlanta Journal - Consitution ^ | September 25, 2005 | SCOTT LEITH
    NEW ORLEANS — Keith Lafonta labored Monday at a squat building on Chef Menteur Highway, picking through a row of BellSouth trucks to see what equipment was worth salvaging as the company faces an unprecedented challenge restoring phone service to storm-battered New Orleans. He wore gloves to guard against a foul dust of dried mud left behind after floodwaters were pumped out. Sweat seeped through his white BellSouth polo shirt as midday temperatures crept toward the upper 90s. "All this was underwater," Lafonta said, sweeping his hand toward a bleak scene of battered vehicles that were flooded by polluted water...
  • Phone use while driving ups chance of injury crash fourfold

    07/12/2005 5:56:07 AM PDT · by radar101 · 26 replies · 551+ views
    San Diego Union ^ | July 12, 2005 | Ken Thomas
    Drivers using cellular phones are four times as likely to get into a crash that can cause injuries serious enough to send them to the hospital, said an insurance study released today. Research in Australia by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that using a hands-free device instead of a hand-held phone while behind the wheel won't improve safety. The institute said it was the first attempt to estimate whether phone use increases the risk of an injury crash in automobiles. "You'd think using a hands-free phone would be less distracting, so it wouldn't increase crash risk as much...
  • What do we think we're doing?

    06/03/2005 11:00:19 AM PDT · by MikeHu · 5 replies · 274+ views ^ | June 3, 2005 | Mike Hu
    Or are we thinking at all anymore? It’s easy not to. The morning newspapers direct us that we MUST solve the pressing problems of the European Union or we SHOULD put more pressure on the North Korean dictator — on the top of our “To Do” lists for the day. However, it’s been my observation that those who actually solve a problem are those closest to it, are directly affected, involved, and in charge, rather than all the armchair quarterbacking on the other side of the globe. Usually when those becomes the pressing issues of the day in our local...
  • Refugee Group Interview: North Korean Neocons!(loves Bush,Rice,Bolton; pro-America)

    05/15/2005 10:43:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 812+ views
    North Korea zone ^ | 05/13/05 | OneFreeKorea
    May 13, 2005 - 07:38 PM Refugee Group Interview: North Korean Neocons! Defectors, Interviews, Politics, Refugeesby OneFreeKorea a/k/a WonsanGhetto Thanks again to reader Brendan Brown and his North Korean refugee students in Seoul, who have agreed to a second group interview to share their opinions about their homeland and give us a rare--albeit unscientific--glimpse into the perspective of ordinary North Koreans. Undoubtedly, it took great courage for them to discuss matters that could put them or their families at risk. For their protection, I have redacted details that could identify them. Brendan is an Australian national who teaches English to...
  • More cellphones than people in Norway, Lithuania (Norway)

    05/09/2005 9:49:13 AM PDT · by franksolich · 8 replies · 430+ views
    Times-Guardian (Zambia) ^ | May 9, 2005 | not specified
    Oslo, Norway--More cellphones are ringing in Norway than there are people to answer them, as subscriptions soar, officials figures showed on Monday.And the Norwegians are not the only cellphone enthusiasts.On the same day, Lithuania also reported that the number of cellphone subscribers surpassed the population of the Baltic country.In Norway, which boasts one of the world's highest mobile penetration rates, there were 4,7-million registered cellphone subscriptions in 2004, indicating that 102% of the country's population has become portable, the Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority said in its annual report.The large number of cellphone subscriptions has taken its toll on fixed...

    03/25/2005 1:24:59 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 50 replies · 1,506+ views
    Griffin Internet Syndicate ^ | 08 Mar 2005 | Joseph Sobran
    These are the times that try English majors’ souls. The sacred rules we were taught, and struggled to grasp and live by, are violated in the daily papers, not to mention radio. Doesn’t anyone these days know the difference between may and might? I grant there are gray areas where either can be argued. But there are some areas that aren’t gray: “I might go to the movies tonight.” I don’t want to seem priggish about this. I may wince inwardly at a split infinitive, and I try (with some strain) never to split one myself, but I don’t complain...

    03/09/2005 2:54:30 PM PST · by Steve Newton · 5 replies · 738+ views ^ | 2005 | Steven J. Newton
    A COMPLAINT AGAINST MY GOVERNMENT Ok, first let me say this. As anyone who knows me can tell you I am probably one of the most conservative, pro government and pro military people around. I believe part of my job is to boost people’s morale, not to tear it down and I leave the criticism to other people. But lately I have developed a bone to pick with almost every branch of government.
  • The Uncomfortable Pope (Want to know what John Paul thinks? Watch him.)

    03/04/2005 8:17:11 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 983+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | March 4, 2005 | FATHER THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, L.C.
    Pope John Paul II never ceases to rock our world.As he burst out of the Gemelli hospital last week and rode triumphantly through the streets of Rome back to the Vatican, he resembled the Roman generals of old marching back from war, blood-stained and battle-scarred, but victorious once again.The throngs of journalists and paparazzi that had been waiting for hours to steal a glimpse of the Pope as he was whisked back to the Vatican nearly keeled over in surprise as John Paul appeared not in an armored limousine with tinted glass to conceal his condition, but on full display...
  • Employers complain about communication skills

    02/06/2005 1:32:00 PM PST · by Willie Green · 62 replies · 1,401+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Sunday, February 06, 2005 | Jim McKay
    Bosses say biggest failing among college graduates, job applicants is inability to speak and write effectively They have cell phones, BlackBerries and Palm Pilots and live by instant messaging and the Internet. Yet many graduating college students get bad grades from employers for their communications skills. When Debra Vargulish recruits on college campuses for Kennametal Inc., for example, the students she meets are often inarticulate and shy. "They seem to be way better at using technology than older people. It's actually the content that is missing," said Vargulish, a training administrator at the Latrobe-based global tooling company. "A lot of...
  • A new era of presidential communication

    02/02/2005 2:00:53 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 13 replies · 370+ views
    CNN ^ | February 2, 2005
    But while the speech -- his fourth such address -- will be important, especially in terms of shaping public opinion on the looming Social Security debate, the reality is that the president will rely much less upon the State of the Union and other such "major speeches" as a driving factor in shaping public opinion than most recent presidents. Indeed while most television age presidents from LBJ (civil rights) to Bill Clinton (welfare reform) have used big events like the State of the Union or even special prime time national television addresses to rally public opinion in support of their...
  • Grammar for Smarties("Why Oh Why" books' success prove we’re serious about the care of our language)

    01/10/2005 10:26:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 176 replies · 2,189+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 1/11/2005 | Christopher Orlet
    One of the smaller, but no less bloody skirmishes in the Culture War is being waged on the linguistic front. For those new to the field there are essentially two camps: one made up of linguists, lexicographers, academics or language liberals; the other of conservatives or prescriptivists, the so-called "linguistic luddites." The conservative's anguish over the decline of the English language, the linguists charge, is no different than his distress over the decline of culture in general. This "whining," writes linguist Alan Pagliere, is a mix of nostalgia, self-righteousness, and ignorance of the reality of the laws governing and of...
  • Quake Prep

    12/30/2004 10:39:09 PM PST · by forest · 50 replies · 3,576+ views
    Original | 12-30-04 (updated 3/22/2005) | Forest Glen Durland
    <p>Some officials say the long overdue big earthquake in California is due any time.(1)(2) Sure, it’s all guesstimation -- Nobody knows for sure what is exactly going on beneath our feet -- and our houses and trees. But as knowledge from modern research is assembled, better forecasts can be given. This discussion is primarily for the San Francisco Bay Area.</p>
  • Dear Friends: Our 2004 Was a Nightmare

    12/11/2004 8:52:26 AM PST · by anniegetyourgun · 100 replies · 4,000+ views
    Tired of the Bragging, Some Try Reality Holiday Letters; 'I Probably Over-Disclosed' Here's a risk you take when you send out your annual family holiday letter: Recipients might gather in small groups to read it aloud and laugh at you. That's what happens in a neighborhood in Hillsborough, N.J. Each December, a family that used to live there sends back its annual update, all about the husband's amazing career, the kids' achievements, the wife's terrific life. "The basic theme is 'we're so wonderful,"' says Lou Vaccaro, who in recent years has brought his wife to a neighbor's house for a...