Dan Goodman's journal - July 3rd, 2007

July 3rd, 2007

July 3rd, 2007
04:42 pm


Monday July 2, 2007. In the Canada French version of Google News, the Russian president's name is Poutine. Which is also the name of "a dish originating in Quebec that consists of French fries and cottage cheese, covered with tomato sauce or gravy.

That Google News edition didn't have anything on the Libby not-quite-pardon. The Canadian English one did.
I slept twelve hours, with a few waking/half-waking intervals.

What tired me: working out changes in my life.

***Went to Joyce Food Shelf. One benefit: I get foods which I wouldn't buy for myself. Left to myself, I tend to restrict what I buy and cook to a few things.

When I'm better off financially, I'll need to work out another way to accomplish this.

***Decided when to move.

Self help information:

Current Location: Minneapolis, MN

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05:01 pm


From bna.com's newsletter:

The music download website whose activities threatened to scupper Russia's entry into the WTO has been shut down. The site, Allofmp3.com, was quietly closed as the Kremlin sought to end criticism from the United States that Russia was failing to clamp down on music and video piracy. However, an alternative site run by the same Moscow company has already emerged. MediaServices says that mp3Sparks.com is legal under Russian law, using many of the same arguments advanced in support of allofmp3.com.

Thailand's military-appointed cabinet has lifted an order by the coup council to shut down Web sites deemed threatening to the constitutional monarchy, Communication Minister Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom said. Future shutdowns of such sites would have to be done by a court order after the revocation of the council's order, which required the approval of the army-appointed parliament, he said.

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) is investigating allegations of an extensive illegal music filesharing ring at a Honeywell plant in Scotland. Investigators from the BPI raided the plant in Motherwell with police officers last week. The investigators made copies of the contents of computers for detailed forensic analysis.

In a move designed to protect the Internet operations of its 32 teams, the NFL has told news organizations that it will no longer permit them to carry unlimited online video clips of players, coaches or other officials, including video that the news organizations gather themselves on a team's premises. News organizations can post no more than 45 seconds per day of video shot at a team's facilities, including news conferences, interviews and practice-field reports.
<http://tinyurl.com/2ba54a> [Washington Post]

Earlier this month, Telus ordered YouTube to take down at
least 23 videos posted to the site. Each short movie was potentially embarrassing to the telecom's public image since they documented instances of the company's rocky labour relations. Telus claimed their presence on YouTube, a user-generated website, was an act of copyright infringement. YouTube's owners complied and took the videos off-line, but that set off alarm bells among union activists, who argue much of the footage never belonged to Telus in the first place.
From http://eurekalert.org:

Public Release: 3-Jul-2007
23rd Annual Meeting of European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology
Cloning the male genome may help infertile men
Artificially replicating the male genome could help men with very low sperm counts become fathers, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology was told (Tuesday, July 3). Professor Takumi Takeuchi, of Weill Medical College, Cornell University, New York, USA, said mouse experiments by his team, led by Professor Gianpiero D. Palermo, had shown that offspring born as a result of such replication had shown a level of abnormalities consistent with that shown in cloned animals.

Public Release: 3-Jul-2007
Smart suit doesn't miss a beat
Imagine wearing a smart T-shirt or a suit embedded with tiny electronics that can monitor your heart or respiratory function wirelessly. When dirty, you take it off and throw it in the wash or have it dry-cleaned.

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07:31 pm


From http://eurekalert.org:

Public Release: 2-Jul-2007
Journal of Climate
Satellite images reveal link between urban growth and changing rainfall patterns
For the first time, scientists have used satellite images to demonstrate a link between rapid city growth and rainfall patterns, as well as to assess compliance with an international treaty to protect wetlands. The results have been published in two studies co-authored by Karen Seto, assistant professor of geological and environmental sciences and a fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University.
National Science Foundation, NASA, National Geographic Society

Public Release: 3-Jul-2007
American Journal of Sports Medicine
Catastrophic head injury three times greater in high school vs. collegiate football players
New research reveals that high school football players are three times more likely to experience catastrophic head injury (death, permanent neurologic damage or serious injuries with full recovery) than those on the college gridiron. Young, concussed players are being returned to the game too soon after sustaining head injuries.

Public Release: 3-Jul-2007
Angewandte Chemie International
A simple magnet can control the color of a liquid, making new technologies possible
University of California, Riverside, nanotechnologists have succeeded in controlling the color of very small particles of iron oxide suspended in water simply by applying an external magnetic field to the solution. The discovery has potential to greatly improve the quality and size of electronic display screens, and to enable the manufacture of products such as erasable and rewritable electronic paper and ink that can change color electromagnetically.

Public Release: 3-Jul-2007
Search for 'weird' life
THE LIMITS OF ORGANIC LIFE IN PLANETARY SYSTEMS, a new report from the National Research Council, examines the search for life elsewhere in the universe and whether the fundamental requirements for life as we generally know it are the only ways phenomena recognized as "life" could be supported beyond our planet.
And here's the full text of the press release:

Public release date: 3-Jul-2007
Contact: Paul Jackson
The National Academies
Search for 'weird' life

THE LIMITS OF ORGANIC LIFE IN PLANETARY SYSTEMS, a new report from the National Research Council, examines the search for life elsewhere in the universe and whether the fundamental requirements for life as we generally know it are the only ways phenomena recognized as "life" could be supported beyond our planet. Whether "weird" life, as scientists sometimes refer to life with a different biochemical structure than life here, should be considered in the search for extraterrestrial life is looked at in the report.

Advance copies will be available to reporters only beginning at noon on Thursday, July 5. THE REPORT IS EMBARGOED AND NOT FOR PUBLIC RELEASE BEFORE 2 P.M. EDT ON FRIDAY, JULY 6. To obtain a copy, contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu.

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09:50 pm


[Eugene Volokh, July 3, 2007 at 5:55pm] Trackbacks
Traces of Asia in American State Names:

The names of many American states are derived from indigenous American languages. The names of some stem from words or proper names in European languages, chiefly English but also French and Spanish (and of course indirectly Latin, e.g., Virginia, and Germanic languages, e.g., North Carolina).

At least two names of American states, however, indirectly stem in whole or in part from words or proper names in Asian languages (and I don't mean indirectly in the sense that many European words stem from proto-Indo-European). What are they? I stress that there is some indirectness involved.

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10:12 pm


(Washington, DC)- Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. announced that he will be holding a full committee hearing next week titled, “The Use and Misuse of Presidential Clemency Power for Executive Branch Officials.” The hearing will be held next Wednesday, July 11, at 10:15 am in the committee’s hearing room, 2141 Rayburn House Office Building.

“In light of yesterday’s announcement by the President that he was commuting the prison sentence for Scooter Libby, it is imperative that Congress look into presidential authority to grant clemency, and how such power may be abused,” Conyers said. “Taken to its extreme, the use of such authority could completely circumvent the law enforcement process and prevent credible efforts to investigate wrongdoing in the executive branch.”

Who: The House Judiciary Committee

Witnesses, TBA

What: “The Use and Misuse of Presidential Clemency Power for Executive Branch Officials”

When: Wednesday, July 11, 2007, 10:15 am

Where: 2141 Rayburn House Office Building

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