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  • US navy's robot carrier plane building fast

    11/27/2007 12:22:05 PM PST · by Tlaloc · 45 replies · 370+ views
    The Register ^ | 27th November 2007 | Lewis Page
    The US Navy's new stealth robot carrier plane is now "structurally complete", according to its maker, and is now being fitted out with subsystems while software tests begin. The Unmanned Combat Air System Demonstrator (UCAS-D) is expected to make its first flight the year after next, and its first carrier deck landing in 2011. "Once we get robust flight controls we will begin failure detection and accommodation testing, which is the real key to any unmanned aircraft," said Scott Winship, UCAS-D project chief at Northrop Grumman, talking to Flight International. Although a firm decision by the US Navy to build...
  • Neanderthals 'Were Ahead Of Their Time'

    06/14/2007 5:56:19 PM PDT · by blam · 77 replies · 1,655+ views
    Neanderthals 'were ahead of their time' Last Updated: 2:42am BST 14/06/2007 Big, brutish and stupid - it's a commonly held view that our prehistoric predecessors were as wild and unsophisticated as the animals they hunted. Neanderthal man was 'as smart as we are' But Neanderthal man was not as slow-witted as he looked and was in reality as smart as we are, an archaeologist claims. They were actually innovators who used different forms of tools to adapt to the ecological challenges posed by harsh habitats as they spread through Europe. Although our ancestors have become the butt of jokes about...
  • Dogs 'As Bright As A 14-Month-Old Child'

    06/10/2007 8:15:08 AM PDT · by blam · 59 replies · 1,700+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-10-2007 | Tim Shipman
    Dogs 'as bright as a 14-month-old child' By Tim Shipman, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 12:56am BST 10/06/2007 Dog lovers have long argued that their pets are practically human. Just how close they are to the truth is revealed by research showing that the creatures have the intelligence of a toddler. As with humans, they have the capacity to decide whether to copy others' behaviour, depending if it makes sense to do so. Researchers at the University of Vienna trained a female border collie called Guinness to use her paws to push a bar that released a treat, rather than using...
  • Profiling Mosques

    05/17/2007 11:44:12 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 2 replies · 594+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 17 May 2007 | Staff
    War On Terror: Europe plans to investigate mosques and identify clerics who preach terrorism. As they pay for decades of foolish immigration policies, they can be thankful there's no ACLU looking over their shoulders. European Union security officials say they will analyze member-state mosques, examining the training and funding sources of imams, in a project to be completed by fall. It may be abhorrent to societies proud of religious toleration to "discriminate" against the places of worship of one particular faith. But as usually politically correct Europeans have concluded, it also amounts to simple common sense.
  • Smart Fortwo Set to Come Across the Pond (smart car)

    02/08/2007 9:50:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 72 replies · 1,328+ views
    Yahoo Autos ^ | 2-8-07 | Matthias Pfannmüller
    When the Smart Fortwo arrives in the U.S. in early 2008, parent company DaimlerChrysler doesn't want to repeat past mistakes. The first Smart hit the European market in 1998, but the brand has never been profitable. With the new Fortwo, Smart is starting anew with a car tailor-made for the United States. Standard safety features include four airbags, ABS and stability control. The U.S. Fortwo will have increased cabin and trunk space and a new 1.0-liter 3-cylinder engine making 84 bhp, mated to a refined semi-automatic transmission. Company executives claim the car will get about 40 mpg. Three models will...
  • The Presidential IQ Report

    01/16/2007 11:16:25 AM PST · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 80 replies · 3,028+ views
    Check Snopes, false ^ | January 16, 2007 | The Lovenstein Institute
    WASHINGTON --In a published report, the Lovenstein Institute of Scranton, Pennsylvania has detailed findings of a four month study of the intelligence quotient of President George W. Bush. Since 1973, the Lovenstein Institute has published its research to the education community on each new president, which includes the famous "IQ" report among others. According to statements in the report, there have been twelve presidents over the past 60 years, from F. D. Roosevelt to G. W. Bush who were all rated based on scholarly achievements, writings that they alone produced without aid of staff, their ability to speak with clarity,...
  • Maths genius declines top prize (Jewish genius = humble, new Einstein)

    08/30/2006 11:37:01 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 26 replies · 3,230+ views
    Maths genius declines top prize Photos of the reclusive genius are rare Grigory Perelman, the Russian who seems to have solved one of the hardest problems in mathematics, has declined one of the discipline's top awards. Dr Perelman was to have been presented with the prestigious Fields Medal by King Juan Carlos of Spain, at a ceremony in Madrid on Tuesday. In 2002, the mathematician claimed to have solved a century-old problem called the Poincare Conjecture. So far, experts working to verify his proof have found no significant flaws. There had been considerable speculation that Grigory "Grisha" Perelman would...
  • When Protecting Jobs Only Destroys Them

    06/07/2006 6:04:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 27 replies · 672+ views
    http://finance.yahoo.com/columnist/article/economist/5319 ^ | Wednesday, June 7, 2006 | Charles Wheelan
    I like France. The language is beautiful. The food is inspiring. And I appreciate topless beaches as much as the next guy. Still, I sometimes wonder if eating snails doesn't somehow dull one's ability to make sensible economic policy. I promised that this column, I would debunk one of the most pernicious economic ideas of the left. (In my last column, I skewered one from the right: See "Debunking One of the Worst Ideas in Economics".) I've chosen the "lump of labor" fallacy, which is the mistaken notion that the world has a fixed number of jobs and that therefore...
  • Mars Robots To Get Smart Upgrade

    05/28/2006 1:43:32 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 452+ views
    BBC ^ | 5-28-2006 | Jonathan Amos
    Mars robots to get smart upgrade By Jonathan Amos BBC News science reporter, in Baltimore Dust devils on Mars: Catch them if you can The US space agency's rovers will get a software upgrade to allow them to make "intelligent" decisions in the study of Martian clouds and dust devils. The new algorithms will give the robots' computers the onboard ability to search through their images to find pictures that feature these phenomena. Only the most significant data will then be sent to Earth, maximising the scientific return from the missions. Nasa says its robotic craft will become increasingly autonomous...
  • Who knew? Twin Cities area is No. 2 in magazine's 50 smart places to live

    05/09/2006 6:34:27 AM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 46 replies · 1,224+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-9-06 | kiplingers
    Minneapolis-St. Paul is a "cosmopolitan gem," according to a new ranking by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine. Granted, "the winter weather isn't for wusses," Kiplinger's June issue reports, but the seven-county Twin Cities area has so many good things to brag about: cost of living and housing, quality health care, low crime rate, education, quality of life, cultural amenities, the economy and transportation. St. Paul doesn't get short shrift either in the write-up: The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are mentioned, among other pluses. Minneapolis is described as "progressive and hip, with a Midwestern sensibility."...
  • Cat Interrupts Catnap, Possibly Saving Two

    01/19/2006 5:26:30 AM PST · by Fawn · 54 replies · 650+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, January 18, 2006; 4:41 PM | ap
    MANCHESTER, Pa. -- A cat interrupted a catnap, possibly saving two lives. Jean Poole and her 9-month-old granddaughter were dozing Tuesday in Poole's home in the Newberry Estates mobile home park. Poole's 7-year-old cat, Princess, woke them up, meowing loudly. Poole got up, smelled smoke and heard crackling flames. She went to check the wood burning stove in the living room, and saw flames at the picture window. With fire blocking the front door, Poole grabbed the baby and went out the rear door. Then she returned to get Princess. "She woke me up. I don't know if I'd have...
  • Clothes also make the woman trying to look smart amid disaster (Blanco's emails)

    01/01/2006 1:47:08 PM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies · 1,750+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 1/01/06 | Leonard Pitts Jr.
    Clothes also make the woman trying to look smart amid disaster Leonard Pitts Jr. / Syndicated columnist New Orleans cultural ambassador, Irvin Mayfield, plays a tribute to first responders as Mayor Ray Nagin, left, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, second from left, Lt. Gov Mitch Landrieu, and Gov. Kathleen Blanco, center, listen during an Interfaith Celebration in front of the Superdome in New Orleans, La., Sunday Jan. 1, 2006. The event was sponsored by Louisiana Rebirth celebrating the strength of those dedicated to the rebirth of Louisiana. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Apparently, Brownie wasn't the only one. You remember the grief that...
  • States Ranked: Smart to Dumb [The smartest state is Vermont. The dumbest is Arizona.]

    10/25/2005 2:56:49 PM PDT · by varyouga · 139 replies · 9,358+ views
    The smartest state is Vermont. The dumbest is Arizona. These are the 2005-2006 findings of the Education State Rankings, a survey by Morgan Quitno Press of hundreds of public school systems in all 50 states. States were graded on 21 factors, including student achievement and attendance, positive outcomes, strong student-teacher relationships and school district efficiency. Other factors are the number of high school graduates, reading, writing and math proficiency, percent of school-age kids in public schools, high school drop out rates, student-teacher ratios and class size. "The Smartest State Award recognizes those states that are committed to students and teachers,...
  • Don Adams has died (Get Smart)

    09/26/2005 11:12:18 AM PDT · by Borges · 266 replies · 10,631+ views
    Alt Obits | 9/25/05
    Don Adams, who gained worldwide fame and three Emmy Awards starring as Agent 86, Maxwell Smart, in the classic television comedy GET SMART, died at 8:02 p.m PDT, Sunday, September 25, 2005, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Beverly Hills. He was 82. Although he had been in failing health for more than two years due to bone lymphoma, his death resulted from a sudden lung infection for which he was hospitalized the previous day. Born Donald James Yarmy on April 13, 1923 [correct, despite frequently reported erroneous dates] in New York City to Irish-Hungarian parents, Adams hoped for an engineering career....
  • Smart's alleged kidnapper deemed incompetent

    07/27/2005 11:09:14 AM PDT · by Turbopilot · 2 replies · 393+ views
    AP via MSNBC.com ^ | 7-26-2005 | AP
    Utah man will be sent to a state hospital Updated: 5:26 p.m. ET July 26, 2005 SALT LAKE CITY - The man charged in the kidnapping of Utah teenager Elizabeth Smart was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial Tuesday. The decision by Judge Judith Atherton will send Brian David Mitchell to a state hospital until he is deemed capable of standing trial. Atherton issued her decision after six days of hearings over the past seven months. Mitchell repeatedly shouted Biblical admonitions and sang hymns during the hearings, prompting him to be removed from court several times.
  • Roberts: A smart, self-effacing 'Eagle Scout' - (friend: "Dems can't touch him!")

    07/20/2005 4:23:19 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 12 replies · 909+ views
    CNN.COM ^ | JULY 20, 2005 | A/P
    John G. Roberts pairs a youthful demeanor with a sharp, seasoned legal mind that has impressed Ivy League professors, government lawyers and U.S. presidents. Befitting his age of 50 and limited time on the appellate court, the book on his judicial decisions remains a work in progress. President Bush on Tuesday tapped Roberts to become the nation's 109th Supreme Court justice, introducing the Harvard honors graduate, former clerk to William Rehnquist and successful Washington attorney to the nation in prime time. "He has argued 39 cases before the Supreme Court and earned a reputation as one of the best legal...
  • Sorry Liberals: Being Arrogant Does Not Make You Right - (HA! ... yes siree!)

    06/12/2005 5:42:02 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 20 replies · 1,208+ views
    MENS NEWS DAILY.COM ^ | JUNE 12, 2005 | JUSTIN DARR
    Back during the Presidential Election, Kerry enthusiasts were constantly gushing over the perceived intelligence of John Kerry. If it was not praises toward his “nuanced” approaches of how to creatively surrender to the United Nations and international terrorists then it was how all of his aides had to run around carrying dictionaries just so they could understand his “big words.” Well, the truth is out. Eight months after everyone quit caring about John Kerry’s records, he has finally released them to “The Boston Globe.” Chance of chances, these records show that Senator Kerry was a “C” student with a virtually...
  • Ontario Hydro Electricity Consumers Getting it every which way (relevant to USA)

    04/06/2005 9:09:38 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 5 replies · 476+ views
    CFP ^ | April 1, 2005 | Adam K. Anderson
    April Fools has past, but the joke is still on us! Electricity prices are going up again throughout Ontario. Who is to blame? It seems like just about everybody. With OPG making a profit off of the generation of power, the McGuinty Liberals have nevertheless increased hydro rates from 4.3 cents per kWh when they took office, to 4.7 cents last year, and now as of April 1st to 5.0 cents per kWh for the first 750kWh, and 5.8 cents after that. You will really get hit if you switched to electric heating a couple of decades ago, as the...
  • Accused Utah Kidnapper of Elizabeth Smart Sings at Trial

    03/11/2005 1:52:03 PM PST · by bedolido · 27 replies · 1,232+ views
    MyWay News ^ | 03/11/2005 | MARK THIESSEN
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The man charged with kidnapping teenager Elizabeth Smart was kicked out of his mental competency trial Friday after he began singing a religious hymn, the fourth time he has been removed from hearings for singing. As Brian David Mitchell was led away, he shouted, "He mocks and scorns the son of God. ... You know I speak the truth. You know I speak the truth." The hearing then resumed with defense expert Stephen Golding testifying that Mitchell has become increasingly more mentally disturbed and unfit for trial. Golding said Mitchell has vowed to do everything...
  • FARC in Venezuela: Uribe calls it like it is

    01/07/2005 10:09:53 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 113+ views
    VCrisis ^ | Jan. 7, 2005 | Aleksander Boyd
    London 07.01.05 | Colombian President Alvaro Uribe described quite neatly the sentiment of very many people yesterday, when he affirmed "these FARC individuals have got some nerve; on the 1st of January they killed 17 peasants, they kidnap people constantly, they execute terrorist acts daily, they violate human rights, they trade drugs and when they get captured they denounce that they have been kidnapped and that their human rights have been violated". As a Venezuelan citizen I can only dream of having a president with half the integrity and steadfast anti-terrorism conviction of Alvaro Uribe. On a lighter note I...
  • Elders' Knowledge of the Oceans Spares Thai 'sea Gypsies' From Tsunami Disaster

    12/31/2004 9:06:24 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 130 replies · 3,975+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2004 | Anon
    BANGKOK, Thailand (AP) - Knowledge of the ocean and its currents passed down from generation to generation of a group of Thai fishermen known as the Morgan sea gypsies saved an entire village from the Asian tsunami, a newspaper said Saturday. By the time killer waves crashed over southern Thailand last Sunday the entire 181 population of their fishing village had fled to a temple in the mountains of South Surin Island, English language Thai daily The Nation reported. "The elders told us that if the water recedes fast it will reappear in the same quantity in which it disappeared,"...
  • Sharper minds (Drugs That Make You Smarter)

    12/20/2004 4:45:02 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 75 replies · 6,732+ views
    LA Times ^ | 20 December 2004 | Melissa Healy
    It would be hard to imagine improving on the intelligence of computer engineer Bjoern Stenger, a doctoral candidate at Cambridge University. Yet for several hours, a pill seemed to make him even brainier. Participating in a research project, Stenger downed a green gelatin cap containing a drug called modafinil. Within an hour, his attention sharpened. So did his memory. He aced a series of mental-agility tests. If his brainpower would normally rate a 10, the drug raised it to 15, he said. "I was quite focused," said Stenger. "It was also kind of fun." The age of smart drugs is...
  • Venezuela Foreign policy, or rather, Chavez one

    12/19/2004 10:05:16 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 127+ views
    Daniel's Venezuela News and Views (Venezuela) ^ | Dec. 19, 2004 | Daniel Duquenal
    Foreign policy considerations do not need to be very complicated. If one were to consider foreign policy as based on the type of alliances and trade deals that are supposed to guarantee a maximum of safety for one country, and a maximum of prosperity for its inhabitants, Venezuela natural and principal partnership would be with the United States, with essential side links toward Colombia, the Caribbean and to a lesser extent the rest of South America. Europe would be a purveyor of luxuries and Asia of electronics. Why? As the geographically closest supplier of oil after Mexico and Canada, Venezuela...
  • Urban Legends and Folklore: IQ and Voter Preference in 2004 Presidential Election

    11/27/2004 4:39:49 AM PST · by MikefromOhio · 93 replies · 4,359+ views
    Urban Legends and Folklore IQ and Voter Preference in 2004 Presidential Election Netlore Archive: In which the results of the 2004 U.S. presidential election are correlated with purported average IQ of voters in each state Description: Net hoax Circulating since: Nov. 2004 (this version) Status: False Analysis: See below IQ and Voter Preference State Average IQ 2004 1 Connecticut 113 Kerry 2 Massachusetts 111 Kerry 3 New Jersey 111 Kerry 4 New York 109 Kerry 5 Rhode Island 107 Kerry 6 Hawaii 106 Kerry 7 Maryland 105 Kerry 8 New Hampshire 105 Kerry 9 Illinois 104 Kerry 10 Delaware 103...
  • THE KERRY~BUSH STUPID~SMART CHART (STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES)

    11/17/2004 8:23:07 PM PST · by Mia T · 17 replies · 1,538+ views
    11.17.04 | Mia T
    THE KERRY~BUSH STUPID~SMART CHART (STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES) by Mia T, 11.17.04 LEHRER: New question. Two minutes, Senator Kerry. What is your position on the whole concept of preemptive war? KERRY: The president always has the right, and always has had the right, for preemptive strike. That was a great doctrine throughout the Cold War. And it was always one of the things we argued about with respect to arms control.... But if and when you do it, Jim, you have to do it in a way that passes the test, that passes the global test where your...
  • PETA campaign pitches fish as smart (FEP - Fish Empathy Project)

    11/16/2004 3:58:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 85 replies · 1,710+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 11/16/04 | David Crary - AP
    NEW YORK (AP) - Touting tofu chowder and vegetarian sushi as alternatives, animal-rights activists have launched a novel campaign arguing that fish - contrary to stereotype - are intelligent, sensitive animals no more deserving of being eaten than a pet dog or cat. Called the Fish Empathy Project, the campaign reflects a strategy shift by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals as it challenges a diet component widely viewed as nutritious and uncontroversial. "No one would ever put a hook through a dog's or cat's mouth," said Bruce Friedrich, PETA's director of vegan outreach. "Once people start to understand...
  • FREEP George Carlin, Syracuse, NY 12/11/04

    11/05/2004 3:00:26 AM PST · by Jon Alvarez · 17 replies · 758+ views
    Patriots: Anti-American comedian George Carlin is coming to Syracuse on Dec. 11th for a concert at the Landmark Theatre. Guess who's going to be there to greet him? Join me in letting George Carlin and his fans know that we take exception to his claim that 3000 Americans somehow deserved what they got on Sept. 11th. Spread the word, bring a friend, bring a sign. I wonder how many concert-goers are aware of his beliefs relative to the War on Terror and 9/11? Those plunking $40 to support this vile person and his affluent lifestyle might re-think that purchase if...
  • Fall Fashion Preview: Cowboy Boots In, Flip-Flops Out

    10/21/2004 10:58:48 PM PDT · by LoyalAmerican69 · 6 replies · 582+ views
    anncoulter.org ^ | October 13 2004 | Ann Coulter
    During the second presidential debate, John Kerry said: "I ask each of you just to look into your hearts, look into your guts. Gut-check time. Was this really going to war as a last resort?" How about this for "gut-check time": When you close your eyes, can you see the Democrats defending America? Because I can't see it. These are the people who are obsessed with getting the French to like us. They call terrorism a "nuisance," like prostitution and other petty crimes. ("Hundreds of Children Killed in Chechnya by Nuisance," "British Civilian Beheaded by Annoyance," "9-11: What a Hassle!")...
  • List Of People BY SAT SCORE. (W, Kerry, Clinton LOL)

    10/17/2004 10:18:18 AM PDT · by jwalsh07 · 48 replies · 5,915+ views
    Free Dictionary.Com ^ | 10/17/04 | jwalsh07
    List of people by SAT score. Check out Jhengis Johnny and the Slickster. Al Gore evidently had somebody take the SAT's for him because nobody acquires that much stupid.
  • Lawyers want jury away from Bibles - man accused of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart

    10/16/2004 8:26:58 PM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 35 replies · 743+ views
    AP ^ | October 17, 2004 | AP
    Lawyers for the man accused of kidnapping US teenager Elizabeth Smart have filed a motion for the jury to be sequestered during the trial and the Bibles removed from their hotel rooms. Lawyers for Brian David Mitchell, 50, argued in motions that intense media coverage of the case could influence jurors if they are not sequestered. They asked that Bibles and other religious texts be removed from jurors' hotel rooms to "prevent prejudicial exposure". Authorities have said Mitchell, a self-proclaimed prophet, wrote a manifesto before kidnapping Utah teenager Elizabeth in which he declares himself a messenger of God and says...
  • "Next Generation" Intelligent Transportation System Means GPS tracking and Toll Roads

    10/09/2004 8:43:19 PM PDT · by Warden · 14 replies · 1,276+ views
    GovPro ^ | 10-9-04 | Rick Warden
    Technology and Funds to Drive "Smart Highways"
  • Egypt bans Madonna after Israel visit

    09/24/2004 3:32:47 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 32 replies · 846+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Friday, September 24, 2004 | Aaron Klein
    Egypt has issued an order barring pop star Madonna from entering the country because she visited Israel. Members of Egypt's parliament have demanded Madonna, who has not requested entry into Egypt or announced any plans to visit the country, be barred from entering Egyptian soil. The parliament directed Egyptian embassies abroad to deny any visa requests from Madonna. The demand comes after Madonna, aka Esther, visited the Jewish state last week making daily headline news with midnight trips to a Jewish cemetery, a quick drive by past the Wailing Wall, and even the arrest of her security detail. The Material...
  • "Intelligence Matters" GRAPHIC of Kerry's no-show Intel Hearings you can email out

    09/01/2004 8:27:06 AM PDT · by IPWGOP · 9 replies · 1,410+ views
    IowaPresidentialWatch.com ^ | 9/1/2004 | IPWGOP
    from the Kerry Ammo Armory...email-able, copyright-ready cartoon you can use in emails, on blogs, in flyers, on posters... anything that's noncommercial.  
  • GWB: HBS MBA (That Dumb White Guy With The Cards) (February 3, 2004)

    06/28/2004 3:03:54 AM PDT · by beyond the sea · 40 replies · 541+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 3, 2004 | Thomas Lifson
    President George W. Bush is the very first President to hold a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Even better (or worse, depending on your perspective), his MBA is from Harvard Business School, where postgraduate management training was invented in the early part of the last century, and which to many stands as a symbol of the good, the bad, and the ugly faces of modern management. Harvard MBAs indisputably lead more major corporations, receive higher starting salaries fresh out of school, and carry with them more élan and glamour than the graduates of any rival business schools – facts which...
  • Microsoft takes on teen's site MikeRoweSoft.com

    01/19/2004 10:11:49 AM PST · by Bobby777 · 56 replies · 1,009+ views
    CNN.Com / Technology ^ | Monday, January 19, 2004 Posted: 9:25 AM EST (1425 GMT) | Associated Press
    <p>Rowe, a 17-year-old high school senior and Web designer from Victoria, has angered the software giant by registering an Internet site with the address www.MikeRoweSoft.com.</p> <p>"Since my name is Mike Rowe, I thought it would be funny to add 'soft' to the end of it," said Rowe.</p>
  • Microsoft to sue Mike Rowe Soft

    01/20/2004 12:49:14 PM PST · by sociotard · 11 replies · 467+ views
    www.yahoo.com/ ^ | Mon Jan 19, 8:05 AM ET | Associated Press
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Mike Rowe thinks it's funny that his catchy name for a Web site design company sounds a lot like Microsoft. The software giant, however, is not amused. "Since my name is Mike Rowe, I thought it would be funny to add 'soft' to the end of it," said Rowe, a 17-year-old computer geek and Grade 12 student in Victoria, British Columbia. Microsoft Corp. and its attorneys have demanded that he give up his domain name, the Vancouver Province newspaper reported Sunday. Rowe registered the name in August. In November, he received a letter from Microsoft's Canadian...
  • "Material Girl" Madonna endorses Democratic candidate Wesley Clark

    12/16/2003 9:07:41 PM PST · by yonif · 66 replies · 559+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Tue Dec 16 2003 | AFP
    Former vice president Al Gore (news - web sites) may be supporting Howard Dean (news - web sites), but retired army general Wesley Clark (news - web sites) has support in his quest for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination from ... Madonna (news - web sites). The Material Girl on Tuesday publicly threw her support behind the retired four-star general, one of nine Democrats seeking to replace George W. Bush in the November 2004 election. "I endorse him because I think he's a great guy," the pop superstar said on CNN Tuesday. "I think he's a natural born leader." Madonna...
  • Madonna's book: Zillions printed, 8,000 sold.

    09/24/2003 10:05:35 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 20 replies · 467+ views
    BBC On-Line ^ | Wednesday, 24 September, 2003 | staff writer
    Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 September, 2003, 11:09 GMT 12:09 UKMadonna book sells 8,000 copies This was Madonna's first attempt at children's fiction Madonna's children's book The English Roses has sold just over 8,000 copies in its first week in the UK. The book, launched amid a blaze of publicity, made it to number 17 in the national book chart, according to data company Nielsen Bookscan. It was the second bestselling children's book of the week, behind JK Rowling's fifth Harry Potter book. This week the top-selling book in the UK, David Beckham's autobiography My Side, sold 103,508 copies. Madonna's book,...
  • Madonna's Author Act Stranger Than Fiction (“middle-aged serial slurper” role-plays as actual mom)

    09/30/2003 11:14:31 AM PDT · by dead · 17 replies · 490+ views
    New York Post ^ | September 30, 2003 | Andrea Peyser
    <p>The middle-aged serial slurper came to Midtown yesterday clad in an early Halloween costume - dowdy tweed suit and bushy hair - to role-play the part of an actual mom.</p> <p>We've seen this gal tied up, beaten down, with cones protruding from her bosom, and naked so frequently, it is to yawn. But Madonna's new, prissy act, unveiled on Fifth Avenue, was downright weird.</p>
  • 'Apples' is a bruise on Madonna's new career

    11/10/2003 10:39:06 AM PST · by Hillary's Lovely Legs · 4 replies · 340+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 11-10-2003 | Deirdre Donahue
    Poor Madonna (news - web sites). In her new career as a writer of children's books, lightning has not struck twice. Her first effort, The English Roses, had skeptical critics baying with praise at how effectively she examines the subtle but cruel ways girls exclude those they envy or pity. The book has been translated into 37 languages, and it has been on the USA TODAY Best-Selling Books list since Sept. 22. Its highest rank was No. 7. In the second of Madonna's expected five books, Mr. Peabody's Apples, illustrated by Loren Long, the pop star and mother turns her...
  • Maverick Madge in fistfight with Warner Bros

    11/16/2003 3:08:18 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 318+ views
    Times India ^ | 10/31/03
    LONDON: "Material Girl" Madonna is said to be gearing up for a fistfight with Warner Bros Records over differences about where her Maverick Records is heading. According to PeopleNews , a reason for the impending parting of the ways may be attributed to a rumour that Time Warner is lining up to sell off the Warner Music Group. Tension seems to be brewing, as renegotiations between the two warring parties is virtually non-existent, sources close to the disgruntled Warner executives, say. Others are even predicting "a nuclear lawsuit," with the big guns of parent company Time Warner lining up for...
  • MADONNA'S 2nd children's book "Mr Peabody's Apples" tops NYT best sellers list (BARF alert)

    11/27/2003 8:41:26 AM PST · by yankeedame · 7 replies · 394+ views
    News.Com. AU ^ | staff writer
    Madonna's bestseller November 26, 2003 MADONNA'S second children's book Mr Peabody's Apples is on top of the New York Times best sellers list for children this week. The queen of pop has topped the book chart just eight weeks after her last number one with The English Roses. Children are loving Madonna's tales. As funny as it may sound, Madonna has kept The Cat In The Hat from going number one in the book world. The Cat In The Hat is being propelled by the movie starring Mike Myers, Alec Baldwin and Kelly Preston. Madonna's career as an author couldn't...
  • 20 YEARS OF MADONNA

    12/15/2003 4:15:01 AM PST · by JesseHousman · 24 replies · 421+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | December 12, 2003 | Laura Dempsey
    Nobody ever says, "Madonna who?" She's part of our culture, an American success story who's maintained a media presence for 20 years now, re-inventing herself with every prevailing wind, while never, ever giving the impression she's doing anything other than what she wants to do. We are by turns impressed, embarrassed, shocked and amazed by Madonna's antics, but we're rarely surprised anymore. Madonna, the dancer from Detroit, set out to become famous and succeeded beyond anybody's but her own wildest dreams. She's 45, and shows no signs of slowing down or relinquishing her place in the spotlight; in fact, she's...
  • Material Girl covers [Weasel] Clark with praise

    12/17/2003 12:55:43 PM PST · by freedom44 · 58 replies · 509+ views
    CNN ^ | 12/17/03 | CNN
    LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) --The Material Girl has stepped onto the political stage and endorsed Democratic presidential hopeful Wesley Clark. "I think he has a good handle on foreign policy, I think he's good with people, and I think he has a heart and a consciousness," pop singer Madonna said. "He's interested in spirituality -- I mean, those things mean a lot to me." The singer and children's book author met Clark a few weeks ago for over an hour. In an interview recorded last week with CNN's Denise Quan, Madonna said they discussed his becoming president. The singer told...
  • CA: How smart is he about growth?

    11/12/2003 7:59:25 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 131+ views
    OC Register ^ | 11/12/03 | Op/Ed
    <p>Watching various interest groups divine what Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger means in his discussions of "smart growth" reminds us of the debates that ensue after the pope gives some hard-to-decipher pronouncement. Everyone wants to claim that the pope's words mean what the listener hopes they mean.</p>
  • TV movies about Elizabeth Smart and Jessica Lynch go head to head

    11/06/2003 10:44:25 AM PST · by yonif · 17 replies · 151+ views
    Knight-Ridder Tribune ^ | November 06, 2003 | Ed Bark
    Rescued in dramatic fashion within three weeks of each other, teenagers Jessica Lynch and Elizabeth Smart were separately entrenched in the public consciousness before network television brought them together for a showy November sweeps ratings battle. NBC's "Saving Jessica Lynch," saga of the Iraqi war's designated heroine, vs. CBS' "The Elizabeth Smart Story," saga of the kidnap victim who astonishingly made it back home. The two TV movies, both tied to books about their subjects, go head-to-head on Sunday night. Recently filmed in the Dallas area, "Saving Jessica Lynch" was made without any input or authorization from its namesake. The...
  • 'ELIZABETH SMART' PRODUCT KIDNAPPED (Drudge)

    10/21/2003 10:57:51 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 57 replies · 429+ views
    TheDrudgeReport ^ | October 21, 2003 | Matt Drudge
    Elizabeth Smart's parents are losing control of a carefully orchestrated and lucrative November Sweeps rollout for official product based on the abduction of their daughter! MORE The "Elizabeth Smart Story" [which many in the industry have dubbed "The Ed Smart Story"] began to unspool this week on schedule with an authorized Couric/Oprah one-two public relations punch. But now Ed and Lois Smart and Doubleday, publisher of the upcoming book, are claiming the project has been kidnaped -- after CBS betrayed them by airing an unauthorized one-hour "news" special last Saturday night! MORE According to the publisher, CBS had verbally agreed...
  • CBS to air Elizabeth Smart ordeal

    08/22/2003 4:10:06 PM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 8 replies · 255+ views
    Deseret News ^ | Friday, August 22, 2003 | Scott D. Pierce and Derek Jensen
    After months of negotiations, CBS has given the go-ahead to a TV movie about Elizabeth Smart and is set to announce a deal that would bring the story of the Salt Lake girl's kidnapping and eventual rescue to a nationwide audience. CBS is targeting the telefilm for the November sweeps period — close to the scheduled late October release date of the family's book, "Bringing Elizabeth Home: A Journey of Faith and Hope." Both the book and movie will tell the story of Elizabeth's kidnapping and safe return through the experiences of her parents, Ed and Lois Smart. "The focus...
  • Smart TV movie slated for fall

    08/22/2003 11:19:46 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 14 replies · 263+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | August 22, 2003 | Vince Horiuchi
    CBS will make a television movie about the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case, racing it into production for a November premiere. Family members said they will cooperate with producers. Elizabeth's parents, Ed and Lois Smart, also are writing a book with author Laura Morton that is expected to be released in October, they said. The CBS movie, tentatively titled "The Elizabeth Smart Story," is expected to chronicle the June 5, 2002, kidnapping of then 14-year-old Elizabeth and her March 12 rescue in Sandy. Brian David Mitchell, an excommunicated Mormon who became a self-proclaimed prophet, and his wife, Wanda Barzee, are charged...
  • The Environmentalist MOVE Initiative.

    07/31/2003 5:11:32 AM PDT · by TastyManatees · 14 replies · 295+ views
    TastyManatees.com ^ | 7/24/03 | TastyManatees
    (A gentle warning, this is a humble attempt at satire.) My uninformed guess is that supporters of "smart growth" and other environmentalists wouldn't be so enthusiastic if the end result of their activism was that their neighborhoods would not be kept free of lower-income residents. I know that I'm tired of seeing the Endangered Species Act abused to limit development of affordable housing for lower-middle class people by rich do-gooders. It always seems that when the neighboring platt is zoned for single family homes some endangered toad or bird becomes Priority Number One. The end result of this is that...