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  • The Psychology of the Breathtakingly Stupid Mistake

    02/24/2016 8:42:10 AM PST · by Torcert · 43 replies
    Scientific American ^ | February 23, 2016 | David Z. Hambrick
    Analyses of the subjects ratings revealed three varieties of stupid mistakes. The first is when a person’s confidence outstrips their skill, as when a Pittsburgh man robbed two banks in broad daylight without wearing a disguise, believing that lemon juice he had rubbed on his face would make him invisible to security cameras. [..] The confidence-skill disconnect has been dubbed the Dunning-Kruger effect, after a study by social psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger. Dunning and Kruger had Cornell undergraduates perform tests of humor, logic, and grammar, and then rate how well they think they performed compared to other subjects...
  • Every Flaw in Consumers Is Worse in Voters

    11/04/2015 12:13:44 PM PST · by Twotone · 21 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | Nov. 3, 2015 | Michael Munger
    I have been making a mistake for most of my life. See, I'm an economist, and one of the things that attracted me to economics is the notion of the "ideal economy." Of course, there are valid objections to the use of markets. There are people who cheat and commit fraud, and there are problems with information and market power and externalities. Sometime consumers make mistakes.
  • Florida toll road mistakes hit thousands of drivers

    10/17/2015 5:12:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    WFLA News Channel 8 ^ | September 29, 2015 | Steve Andrews
    TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – Driving on Florida toll roads is part of doing business for trucker Bill VanEpps. “Tolls are a huge expense, and it adds up to a lot of money at the end of the year,” Bill said. He noticed a lot of mistakes with his EPass account so he switched to SunPass in January. “I’ve discovered weekly mistakes,” Bill added. Between January and September, Bill found 42 mistakes by the SunPass electronic tolling system. “My rig is a five axle rig. I’ve been charged for as many as 7 at one time. I’ve been charged for as...
  • Think Before You Ink: Hilarious Tattoo Howlers

    10/26/2013 9:49:14 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    Express ^ | Thu, October 24, 2013
    Tattoo-lovers have again been urged to get professional spellchecks and translations - to avoid embarrassing ink blunders lasting a lifetime. Clueless customers have been left branded with mis-spelled words and bizarre phrases in foreign languages. But a professional translation service has today launched a "Think Before You Ink" campaign to cut the terrible tattoo travesties. And the translators warned spelling horrors have come back to haunt the tattoo customers before they inked. Sharon Stephens, managing director of Veritas Language Solutions, said: "There are some hilarious examples of translation errors out there." One man wanted to show the world how "awesome"...
  • Outstanding mistakes of all time

    06/16/2013 3:34:47 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 50 replies
    BBC News ^ | 16th June 2013 | Charles Nevin
    'After a string of newsworthy errors, a stumble through the annals of time to choose a few favourites from history. Allow me now, then, to present my Outstanding Mistakes of All Time, not to mock but to sympathise, remembering the words of John Bradford (1510-55): "There but for the grace of God, go I."'
  • Acting IRS head apologizes, blames 'foolish mistakes' for targeting of conservative groups

    05/18/2013 5:03:32 AM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    NBC News ^ | 5/17/13 | Michael O'Brien
    The outgoing head of the IRS disputed Republicans suspicions that the tax-collecting agencys targeting of conservatives was motivated by partisanship at the first congressional hearing on the scandal. **SNIP** I do not believe that partisanship motivated the practices of the people described in the IG report, Miller said. I think that what happened here was that foolish mistakes were made by people who were trying to be efficient in their work. GOP lawmakers also repeatedly sought to ferret out any information as to whether Miller had talked with White House officials about the targeting of conservatives, or more ominously...
  • Officials on Benghazi: "We made mistakes, but without malice"

    05/17/2013 8:25:14 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 59 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/17/2013 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Obama administration officials who were in key positions on Sept. 11, 2012 acknowledge that a range of mistakes were made the night of the attacks on the U.S. missions in Benghazi, and in messaging to Congress and the public in the aftermath. The officials spoke to CBS News in a series of interviews and communications under the condition of anonymity so that they could be more frank in their assessments. They do not all agree on the list of mistakes and it's important to note that they universally claim that any errors or missteps did not cost lives and reflect...
  • Benghazi Report: Al Qaida is Alive and Well

    12/21/2012 11:04:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | December 21, 2012 | Nightwatch
    Republic of Korea: For the record. Pak Ku'n-hye (Park Geun-hye) of the New Frontier Party won South Korea's presidential election on 19 December, media reported. She is the daughter of Park Chung-hee and the first woman elected to be president of the Republic of Korea. That should confound the North! North Korea-Iran: According to a Japanese news service, an Iranian lawmaker told the service that North Korea informed Iran in October of its plan to launch a satellite. The head of an Iranian parliamentary delegation to North Korea, Hamid Reza Taraghi, revealed talks took place mid-October with the North's delegates...
  • How to Stop Hospitals From Killing Us

    09/24/2012 6:00:51 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 42 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9-22-12 | MARTY MAKARY
    When there is a plane crash in the U.S., even a minor one, it makes headlines. There is a thorough federal investigation, and the tragedy often yields important lessons for the aviation industry. Pilots and airlines thus learn how to do their jobs more safely. The world of American medicine is far deadlier: Medical mistakes kill enough people each week to fill four jumbo jets. But these mistakes go largely unnoticed by the world at large, and the medical community rarely learns from them. The same preventable mistakes are made over and over again, and patients are left in the...
  • Three Common Tactical & Legal Mistakes You Should Know (and avoid)

    09/17/2012 8:16:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 13 September, 2012 | Jeffrey Denning
    Im going to assume youre a reasonable person. You do not provoke or engage in physical confrontations for the sport of it. You are legally authorized to possess a firearm. Further, your self-defense case does not hinge upon your alcohol consumption, your right to stand your ground or some off colored remark you may have made a week ago. Regardless of all of these things, you may still end up seeing the inside of a courtroom after you fire your gun defensively and there are still three big things in particular that can land you into blistering hot, legal and...
  • Mistakes on economy make Obama vulnerable

    09/02/2012 10:47:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies ^ | 9/1/12 | Andrew S. Ross
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, with a number of Bay Area executives, economists and campaign contributors in his corner, has made it quite clear he'll be campaigning almost exclusively on the sitting president's handling of the economy. .. let's get straight to the points where, in my humble opinion, Obama is vulnerable. -- "Misunderestimation": In Vice President Biden's words, "we misread how bad the economy was." That is, they misread how deep the recession went, the extent to which its roots preceded the Bush administration and how long the recovery would take. -- Too little: The $787 billion stimulus package...
  • Napolitano: Serious Mistakes Were Made With Operation Fast & Furious

    02/01/2012 8:53:29 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Fox ^ | 2/1/12 | Fox
    While speaking at the National Press Club, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that "the key question" is to make sure that the mistakes made "never happen again."
  • How Your Brain Reacts To Mistakes Depends On Your Mindset

    09/30/2011 12:22:48 PM PDT · by decimon · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Association for Psychological Science ^ | September 29, 2011 | Unknown
    Whether you think you can or think you cantyoure right, said Henry Ford. A new study, to be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that people who think they can learn from their mistakes have a different brain reaction to mistakes than people who think intelligence is fixed. One big difference between people who think intelligence is malleable and those who think intelligence is fixed is how they respond to mistakes, says Jason S. Moser, of Michigan State University, who collaborated on the new study with Hans S. Schroder,...
  • A Reagan Legacy: Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants(An article from NPR, July 10, 2010)

    08/20/2011 1:39:45 PM PDT · by bubbacluck · 44 replies
    NPR ^ | July 4, 2010 | NPR Staff
    Peter Robinson, a former Reagan speechwriter, agrees. "It was in Ronald Reagan's bones it was part of his understanding of America that the country was fundamentally open to those who wanted to join us here." Reagan said as much himself in a televised debate with Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale in 1984. "I believe in the idea of amnesty for those who have put down roots and lived here, even though sometime back they may have entered illegally," he said. ---------------------------------------- "He was a Californian," Robinson says. "You couldn't live in California ... without encountering over and over...
  • German News Network Mistakes Star Trek Logo with Navy SEAL Emblem

    05/15/2011 9:04:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    big journalism ^ | 5/15/11 | P.J. Salvatore
    There are perils associated with apparently using Google Image Search to get material for your official news broadcast. When a German television news channel, N24, was reporting a story on Navy SEAL Team Six, the unit which spearheaded the operation which ultimately killed Osama bin Laden, the channel accidentally used a fan-made logo for the Maquis, an anti-Cardassian rebel group which originally appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, in place of the SEAL Team Six emblem.
  • Obama: Mistakes? Can't think of any.

    04/21/2011 6:46:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 04/21/2011 | Byron York
    Seven years ago, in April 2004, President George W. Bush held a formal news conference in which he was asked, "What would your biggest mistake beand what lessons have you learned from it?" Bush's hemming and hawing answer -- in several minutes of flailing about, he never managed to come up with a single mistake to cite -- was widely criticized in the days that followed. On Wednesday, President Obama held a town hall at the headquarters of Facebook in Palo Alto, California, during which he was asked, "If you had to do anything differently during your first four years,...
  • Strive for Progress, Not Perfection

    02/03/2011 3:33:01 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 2 replies
    Kingdom International Ministries ^ | 1/20/2011 | Kingdom International Ministries
    ----- Forwarded Message ---- From: GODS VOICE Sent: Thu, January 20, 2011 12:41:50 PM Subject: Strive for Progress, Not Perfection ... It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you... Philippians 3:1NIV Have you any idea how often the people you admire got it wrong, half right, almost right, before they got it right? Making mistakes is the unenjoyable, unavoidable part of making progress. That's why Paul said, '... It is no trouble for me to write the same things to you again, and it is a safeguard for you.'(Philippians 3:1 NIV) He understood that you...
  • The Meteoric Fall of the Obama Democrats: Obama's Mistakes, part 2

    11/16/2010 8:29:17 AM PST · by RWK · 2 replies
    The Pharos Project ^ | 2010-11-16 | RW Kaiser was the creation of the TARP fund by the outgoing Bush administration, combined with the Stimulus Act of the newly-sworn-in Obama administration, that in early 2009 fanned the embers of fiscal conservatism into the flames of the Tea Party...
  • Mousehole...

    11/12/2010 9:29:01 PM PST · by pickrell · 18 replies
    12 November 2010 | Ron Pickrell
    I was ensconced upon the commode awaiting developments, while idly looking around the bathroom. We had an old-style freestanding steel bathtub, then, its porcelain badly cracked. Two water lines, together with the heavier drainpipe, ran down from it and into cutouts in the floorboards. The hole for the hot water pipe was covered with a cheap, pot-metal dress ring about the thickness of a soap bubble, meant to hide the ragged edges of the linoleum. It failed sadly. The whereabouts of the other dress ring was never properly explained, but we always held out that it was communists what done...
  • The Meteoric Fall of the Obama Democrats: Obama's Mistakes, part 1

    11/09/2010 8:31:21 AM PST · by RWK · 3 replies
    The Pharos Project ^ | 2010-11-08 | RW Keiser
    Although the meaning and ultimate result of the 2010 elections are still being debated, it is quite clear that the possibility of a conservative sweep during the midterms was not only anticipated by the Obama administration, it was planned-for, and but for a few key mistakes in execution of that plan, might have been averted or at least significantly curbed.
  • NHS Borders apologise to grieving family (Scotland healthcare)

    08/05/2010 7:11:33 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 2 replies
    bordertelegraph ^ | Aug 3, 2010 | Ally McGilvray
    Published: Tuesday, 3rd August, 2010 1:58pm NHS Borders apologise to grieving family Profile by Ally McGilvray HEALTH chiefs in the Borders have been forced to apologise to the family of a patient who later died after they failed to diagnose her condition - despite visiting hospital twice. The patient, who is known only as Mrs A, was referred to Borders General Hospital by her GP after she developed a swollen leg in December 2008. She had a history of cancer with complications caused by deep vein thrombosis (DVT). However, she was seen by a junior doctor and did not receive...
  • GOP chairman: I've made mistakes (then quit making them and start leading)

    04/10/2010 7:23:44 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 11 replies · 477+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 4/10/2010 | ap
    In damage control mode, GOP national chairman Michael Steele on Saturday sought to quell the furor over his management of the Republican National Committee by acknowledging errors and vowing to learn from them. "I'm the first here to admit that I've made mistakes, and it's been incumbent on me to take responsibility to shoulder that burden, make the necessary changes and move on," Steele told GOP activists and party leaders, drawing a standing ovation. "The one mistake we cannot make this November is to lose," he added, and the crowd cheered in agreement.
  • Obama's 'Mistakes': Way Too Early to Judge

    11/25/2009 10:21:28 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies · 531+ views
    Time ^ | 11/25/09 | Joe Klein
    In the Arena Obama's 'Mistakes': Way Too Early to Judge By Joe Klein Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009 Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates listen as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a Cabinet meeting White House Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates listen as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a Cabinet meeting at the White House Dennis Brack / Getty * Print * Email * Reprints * Digg * Facebook * * Twitter * MORE o Add to my: + + Technorati + reddit + Google...
  • 10 Mistakes Employers Make When Recruiting/Hiring

    11/12/2009 8:54:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies · 1,466+ views
    Interns Over 40 ^ | 11/12/2009
    We have been here since 1952 and have been through literally thousands of hiring processes. We are asked about the biggest and most frequent mistakes that hiring authorities make in the recruiting, interviewing, and hiring process. Here they are: 1. Not having a clear idea of what they are looking for - that everyone understands. Hiring authorities arent specific enough about the duties, skills, and competencies they need. They confuse amount of experience with competency: 8 to 10 years of experience - does that mean that someone with six years of experience cant do the job? Or what about the...
  • 'We All Make Mistakes': Obama Accepts Rep. Joe Wilson's Apology

    09/10/2009 11:50:40 AM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies · 1,487+ views
    Republicans Distance Themselves From Heckler Who Shouted "You Lie!" During Obama's Speech President Obama said he accepts the apology of Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., who interrupted the president's speech last night to yell, "You lie!" after a line about how health insurance would not be provided to illegal immigrants. Share The president brushes off Rep. Joe Wilson's outburst during health care speech. "I'm a big believer that we all make mistakes," the president told reporters today following a meeting with his Cabinet members. "He apologized quickly and without equivocation, and I'm appreciative of that."
  • Obama Mistakes List tops 300

    05/26/2009 4:41:51 PM PDT · by Peter Andrew Conservative · 12 replies · 1,675+ views ^ | 5/26/9 | Peter Andrew
    Our "Official Obama Administration Scandals List" (contains scandals, mistakes, mishaps, blunders, broken promises, flip-flops, gaffes, lies, etc. Thats too long of a name, so we call it the Scandals List) just topped 300 today! It's amazing how many things Team Obama gets wrong including today's pronouncement that Obama was appointing "the first Hispanic" to the U.S. Supreme Court. Obama can't have that honor. It went to President Herbert Hoover in 1932 when he appointed Justice Benjamin N. Cardoza. You can check out the entire Scandals list here: SCANDALS #1-50 - #51-100 - #101-150 - #151-200 - #201-250 - #251-300 -...
  • Obama has Bush-like traits

    09/13/2008 9:21:41 AM PDT · by guyshomenet · 16 replies · 303+ views
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 9/13/8 | Guy Smith
    An enduring and accurate accusation of the Bush administration is a reluctance to admit to mistakes. Bush and/or his operative eventually confess when it becomes painfully obvious that they screwed one or more pooches. Obama is made from the same unsavory cloth. ... The problem is not so much that Obama did a dumb, dumb thing. We all do, and I for one have scars to prove many of my mistakes (and, no I cannot reveal the names of those mistakes but will leave it to say that I did have fun earning those particular scars). But Obama refused to...
  • McCain "sick at heart" over mistakes in Iraq war

    05/26/2008 3:09:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 107 replies · 120+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 5/26/08 | Tim Gaynor
    ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate John McCain sought on Monday to distance himself from President George W. Bush's handling of the Iraq war, telling veterans on Memorial Day he was "sick at heart" at mistakes made in the conflict now in its sixth year. "As we all know, the American people have grown sick and tired of the war in Iraq," McCain told hundreds of veterans and their families gathered for a ceremony honoring U.S. service members killed in conflicts. "I understand that, of course. I, too, have been made sick at heart by the many mistakes...
  • Al-Sadr May Restart Full-scale Fight Against US in Iraq

    04/24/2008 4:11:45 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 36 replies · 114+ views
    AP / Yahoo ^ | 04/24/2008 | EagleUSA
    BAGHDAD - Muqtada al-Sadr is considering setting aside his political ambitions and restarting a full-scale fight against U.S.-led forces a worrisome shift that may reflect Iranian influence on the young cleric and could open the way for a shadow state protected by his powerful Mahdi Army. A possible breakaway path described to The Associated Press by Shiite lawmakers and politicians would represent the ultimate backlash to the Iraqi government's pressure on al-Sadr to renounce and disband his Shiite militia. By snubbing the give-and-take of politics, al-Sadr would have a freer hand to carve out a kind of...
  • Gates: Strategic Mistakes Must Not Be Repeated

    04/22/2008 5:59:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 65+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 22, 2008 Succeeding in Iraq is critical to prevent a repeat of the strategic mistake in post-Soviet Afghanistan that ultimately led up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., yesterday evening. Video Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates speaks to a group of 84 senior cadets majoring in Advanced National Security Studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., April 21, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie Cullen(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. And although a war with...
  • Top General Acknowledges Iraq Mistakes

    09/14/2007 7:47:18 PM PDT · by Turret Gunner A20 · 19 replies · 552+ views
    Peoplepc Online/ Associated Press | Sept 14, 2007 | Staff
    Top General Acknowledges Iraq Mistakes Friday, September 14, 2007 WASHINGTON - The U.S. military's top general acknowledged Friday that he made mistakes in his early Iraq war strategy but said he still has no doubt that invading the country was the right decision. Marine Gen. Peter Pace, retiring chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and one of the war's military architects, said he overestimated the ability of the Iraqi army to hold together after the invasion, and as a result underestimated the number of U.S. troops that would eventually be needed to fight the war. Offering a blunt assessment...
  • Audit shows TxDOT exaggerated the numbers again

    05/02/2007 10:48:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies · 483+ views
    Land Line Magazine ^ | May 1, 2007 | David Tanner
    he Texas state auditor has concluded that transportation officials used inflated numbers when they reported an $86 billion funding gap for highways and transportation projects. The audit released April 30 has a familiar ring to it because it is the second scathing review of transportation funding estimates this year in the state. State Auditor John Keel said the $86 billion estimate by Texas Department of Transportation officials should be more like $77.4 billion, but thats not all. Nearly $38 billion of that estimate took into account undocumented cost estimates from city officials competing for shared transportation dollars. Keels team of...
  • John Kerry, Still One Step Behind

    11/01/2006 2:34:14 AM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 25 replies · 1,090+ views
    Time ^ | 1 November 2006 | KAREN TUMULTY
    You've got to wonder about John Kerry's eye-hand coordination. His career is falling into a pattern. Whenever Kerry is confronted with a big decision, he tries to compensate for his last mistake. He voted against the first Iraq war, which turned out to be a success. So when the second one came around, he swallowed his misgivings and voted for it. That also turned out to be a mistake. So when it came time to vote for the $87 billion to fund the war that he had voted for, he produced what must be the single most damaging sound bite...
  • Schwarzenegger cites Iraq 'mistakes'

    10/11/2006 9:22:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 862+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/11/06 | Michael R. Blood - ap
    LOS ANGELES - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger traded quips with the host one moment and criticized U.S. foreign policy the next during an appearance Wednesday on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" that had the governor's opponents crying foul because his Democratic rival wasn't included. When asked by Leno about TV campaign ads attempting to link Schwarzenegger to President Bush, the star of the "Terminator" films mocked the notion. "To link me to George Bush is like linking me to an Oscar," said the governor, who has never won or even been nominated for acting's most prestigious award. On...
  • Abdullah: Terrorists using U.S. mistakes

    09/16/2006 1:52:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 655+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/16/06 | AP
    AMMAN, Jordan - Jordan's King Abdullah II said Saturday terrorists were exploiting U.S. mistakes since the Sept. 11 attacks five years ago to promote instability in the Middle East, according to a published report. Abdullah made the remarks in an interview with the pan-Arabic daily al-Hayat published on the day he and his wife, Queen Rania, left for a five-day visit to the United States, where he also is expected to address the U.N. General Assembly. "The American reaction" to terror attacks had "contributed to the empowerment of terrorist groups," the king said in the interview. He did not elaborate....
  • Israel investigates war 'mistakes'

    08/20/2006 5:34:08 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 14 replies · 954+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation ^ | 21 August 2006 | Peter Cave
    An Israeli Cabinet meeting has authorised a commission of inquiry into the failures of the war with Hezbollah. Defence Minister Amir Peretz says Israel will examine the mistakes it made during the month-long offensive. A government official briefing reporters on the weekly Cabinet meeting quoted Mr Peretz as saying everything would be put on the table at the inquiry because it was a duty to prepare for the next round. He said Israel would prevent the Lebanese Army from deploying within two kilometres of the border before the multinational peacekeeping force was in place. The Lebanese Army has already deployed...
  • No Brats Allowed!

    08/15/2006 6:24:16 AM PDT · by steve-b · 523 replies · 10,801+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 8/15/06 | Victoria Clayton
    For Cindy Nooney's 3-year-old twin boys, playing with the Thomas the Train set at their local bookstore in Southern California is a major thrill. Jack and Sam push Thomas, Arthur and friends down the track, they run around the table, jump up and down and, of course, they squeeeaal. Nooney expects as much in the children's section of the store. But on a recent afternoon, she was surprised by an employee who confronted her, calling her darling Jack a tyrant. "He was a little loud but this is a children's section," says Nooney. "They run a noisy, cavernous bookstore...
  • Merit

    02/10/2006 11:35:15 AM PST · by annalex · 13 replies · 692+ views
    Catholic Encyclopedia, abridged by Annalex ^ | 1911 | Catholic Encyclopedia, abridged by Annalex
    Merit Abridged by Annalex FOREWORD This is an abridgement of long and detailed Catholic Encyclopedia article on Merit where I condense the necessary definitions and distinctions in a more concise manner, omitting discussion that seemed to me too arcane. I follow the same subtitle structure as the original and invite the reader to study the original sections for deeper understanding. Much of this abridgement is directly copied from the original, but for the ease of reading I do not use quotation marks. None in this is my own thoughts; my only input was in shortening and paraphrasing. MERIT Merit (meritum)...
  • CA: UC president admits mistakes in awarding compensation packages

    02/08/2006 3:55:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 271+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/8/06 | Tom Chorneau - ap
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - University of California President Robert C. Dynes told a state Senate committee Wednesday that he made mistakes in overseeing the compensation awarded to top university administrators and pledged reform. The system is facing several investigations into its compensation practices, which included spending millions of tax dollars on bonuses, stipends and other cash benefits to employees without publicly disclosing the payments. Dynes promised senators that policies would be changed and accountability would be improved. "We need to correct these things and reinstall the trust in the University of California," Dynes said during an appearance before the Senate Education...
  • Survey seeks to nail down worst presidential error

    01/25/2006 3:19:42 PM PST · by WestTexasWend · 120 replies · 1,949+ views
    UofL News ^ | January 25th, 2006
    Even U.S. presidents can make mistakes. The University of Louisvilles McConnell Center has launched a survey to determine the biggest blunder ever made by an American commander-in-chief. The winner will be announced Feb. 18 at noon in the first-floor conference room in Belknap Research Building, said Gary Gregg, McConnell Center director. The survey, organized to commemorate Presidents Day on Feb. 20, is part of Presidential Moments, a conference at U of L on Feb. 18-19 that will feature talks by some of the nations leading scholars on the U.S. presidency. Were ranking presidential mistakes and analyzing the impact theyve had...
  • Indulgences: Spreading the Wealth

    01/17/2006 3:55:48 PM PST · by annalex · 116 replies · 1,623+ views
    Homiletic & Pastoral Review ^ | November 2000 | Dermott J. Mullan
    An indulgence is an action of the Church which spreads her treasure of merits to the suffering members of the family of God. Indulgences: Spreading the wealth By Dermott J. Mullan I. Introduction Indulgences have to do with how God handles evil and good. To God, sin is always horrible, but humans do not always think so. The Churchs teaching on indulgences is meant to impress on us some of Gods horror of sin. The Church says sin is never an isolated event: rather, each sin has after-effects, not only in the person who sins but also in other parts...
  • Terror Suspect: 'Everyone Makes Mistakes'

    11/02/2005 4:18:35 PM PST · by blam · 16 replies · 770+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 11-3-2005 | Matthew Barakat
    Terror Suspect: 'Everyone Makes Mistakes' Thursday November 3, 2005 12:01 AM By MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press Writer ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - After confessing to FBI agents that he joined al-Qaida and discussed plans to assassinate President Bush, an American student wrote a letter to his parents saying that ``everyone makes mistakes.'' ``I know this will be difficult for you ... but I've been detained here in Saudi Arabia for some charges of terrorism,'' wrote Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, 24, who is on trial in federal court for conspiracy to assassinate the president, providing support to al-Qaida and other charges. ``It...
  • AP Interview: Schwarzenegger admits mistakes, says he'll prevail

    09/20/2005 7:51:06 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 247+ views
    ap on Monterey Herald ^ | 9/20/05 | Beth Fouhy - ap
    SACRAMENTO - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger expressed confidence Tuesday he can persuade voters to approve several "reform" measures in the special election he called for Nov. 8, although he acknowledged making mistakes in his effort, starting with a widely publicized comment last year calling nurses a special interest group whose "butts" he is always kicking. In an interview with The Associated Press, Schwarzenegger discussed a wide range of matters pertaining to the special election and his own decision to pursue a second term next year. Among other things, he said that, "in principle," he supported Proposition 73, a ballot measure requiring...
  • Some Lessons to be Learned from Katrina ( Lets Not repeat the Same Mistakes )

    09/08/2005 2:24:10 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 13 replies · 459+ views
    Instapundit ^ | 9/8/2005 | Glenn Reynolds
    SOME KATRINA LESSONS: We're going to see a plethora of commissions and inquiries (most about as useful and non-partisan as the 9/11 Commission), but here are a few lessons that seem solid enough to go with now: 1. Don't build your city below sea level: If you do, sooner or later it will flood. Better levees, pumps, etc. will put that day off, but not prevent it. 2. Order evacuations early: You hate to have false alarms, but as Brendan Loy noted earlier, even 48 hours in advance is really too late if you want to get everyone out. 3....
  • Supreme quotas? - (Thomas Sowell: "Sandra Day O'Connor was a mistake from the beginning! right!)

    07/02/2005 4:06:54 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 61 replies · 1,837+ views
    My reaction to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's retirement was almost as positive as my reaction in 1981 was negative when the Reagan administration announced that they were going to appoint a woman to the Supreme Court. It wouldn't matter if all nine Justices of the Supreme Court were women, if these were the nine best people available. But to decide in advance that you were going to appoint a woman and then look only among women for a nominee was a dangerous gamble with a court that has become dangerous enough otherwise. The recent outrageous Supreme Court decision making anyone's...
  • Report: Democrats' financial problems linked to hiring mistakes

    06/30/2005 7:55:32 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 19 replies · 483+ views
    Associated Press via Herald Today.Com ^ | June 30, 2005 | BRENT KALLESTAD
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Investigators found no fraud, but blamed an accounting scandal at the Democratic Party on poor hiring decisions by former state chairman Scott Maddox, who is seeking the party's gubernatorial nomination. "The comptroller ... was in over her head," said former statewide prosecutor Melanie Hines, who was hired by new Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman to investigate how the party missed federal tax payments in 2003 and lost track of more than $900,000. Maddox, the investigation found, played no direct role in the mistakes, but was also unaware of the problems. The party's former executive director, longtime Maddox...
  • Judge Not - ("New Democrat" professor at U. MD.says why Repubs win; warning! anger may erupt!)

    05/31/2005 7:45:39 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 35 replies · 1,267+ views
    Ever since Brown v. Board of Education, liberals have used judicial activism as a substitute for political persuasion. But we shouldn't ask judges to make laws. It is difficult to imagine a more fundamental assault on the separation of power than this spring's shameless attacks on the judicial appointments process. With their threats to end the right of filibuster and to measure judicial nominees by political standards, Republicans like Rep. Tom DeLay and Sen. John Cornyn brought partisan warfare and violation of basic principles to a new low. Either they do not understand the essentials of our constitutional system, or...
  • WA: Elections Director Claims Vote Mistakes ("Innocent" mistakes)

    05/31/2005 4:27:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies · 1,406+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/31/05 | Rebecca Cook - AP
    WENATCHEE, Wash. - The state elections director testified Tuesday that he believes the problems in Washington's incredibly close 2004 gubernatorial election were innocent mistakes. "I saw inadvertent mistakes and errors of human beings who were working their hearts out," said Nick Handy, who was appointed to the post. He said he disagrees with his boss, Secretary of State Sam Reed, a Republican, who has called the problems in heavily Democratic King County "appalling." Handy testified as a trial to determine whether the results of the election should be thrown out entered its second week. Democrats are trying to defend the...
  • Lewsweek - (Rich Galen says Newsweek should reveal source of Koran flushing fiasco story)

    05/20/2005 5:59:18 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 11 replies · 605+ views
    CNSNEWS.COM ^ | MAY 18, 2005 | RICH GALEN
    * There are a couple of issues which attend to this Newsweek thing. First, there is the First Amendment to the Constitution. For those of us who haven't actually read the First Amendment since 8th Grade Social Studies, here it is: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. * This is a pretty big bag of freedoms in one Amendment. Religion, speech,...
  • We Don't Need No Stinking Editors - (Burt Prelutsky on all of The LA Times factual errors!)

    05/15/2005 8:37:57 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 6 replies · 715+ views
    Sometimes I get the idea that my daily newspaper, the L.A. Times, is cutting a few too many corners. Im getting the feeling that in a desperate attempt to save a few bucks, theyve slashed not only editors, copyreaders and fact checkers, but even reporters with junior high diplomas. I mean, its one thing to put out a newspaper while keeping an eye on the bottom line and quite another to hire a bunch of people who cant spell bottom line. Having studied the paper closely for the past several months, Id say that the mistakes fall mainly into three...