October 10th, 2006

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From the Christian Science Monitor:

For voters, time to check wallets
Sorting out spin can be difficult, but the best way to determine economic health may be to check personal debt. By Mark Trumbull

Eco-Kremlin: Russia targets energy giants
Three big foreign-run projects are under fire for violating environmental standards. What's Moscow really after? By Fred Weir

In Mexico, the burro makes a comeback
One Mexican state is turning to donkeys imported from Kentucky to help local farmers remain competitive. By Sara Miller Llana
A bull market storms ahead
Despite warnings of an economic downturn, analysts remain confident that the stock market will stay strong in the months ahead. By Martin Skala
From Politicalwire:

October 10, 2006
Candidate Releases Naughty Tell-All Book
"The usually ho-hum race for Wisconsin secretary of state is being spiced up by one candidate's naughty tell-all book about her bed-hopping exploits with Green Bay football legends during the team's glory days under Vince Lombardi in the 1960s," the AP reports.

"Sandy Sullivan, a 65-year-old Republican with no political experience, self-published a gushing memoir in 2004 titled Green Bay Love Stories and Other Affairs... If the book is to be believed, the Packers did a lot of their scoring off the field, and Sullivan got her share of playing time."

"In football-crazy Wisconsin, it is unclear whether the book will be a gain or a loss for Sullivan, who is not given much of a chance of beating Secretary of State Doug La Follette, a 28-year incumbent and a member of one of Wisconsin's most distinguished political families. But the book is getting people talking."

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From bna.com's newsletter:

A U.S. court has been asked to shut down the Spamhaus Project, a volunteer-run antispam service, for ignoring a US$11.7 million judgment against it. The proposed order follows a Sept. 13 ruling in which Spamhaus was required to pay damages and stop listing an e-mail marketing company called E360Insight in its database of known spammers. Spamhaus, based in London, has said that it ignored the judgment because it cannot be enforced in the UK. Coverage at
Proposd court order at

My weekly Law Bytes column examines the recent agreement between ICANN and the U.S. government. I note that while the agreement may represent an important change for ICANN, a closer examination of its terms suggest that there may be a hidden price tag behind ICANN newfound path toward independence - the privacy of domain name registrants.
Toronto Star version at
Homepage version at

European officials agreed Friday to grant U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies easier access to detailed personal data on transatlantic air passengers, despite concerns about individual privacy and fears that the information could be misused. The new pact, replacing one struck down by a European Union court in May, continues arrangements by which all passenger names, credit card numbers and other personal information are passed electronically to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.
<http://tinyurl.com/zsjwu> [Washington Post]

A trade group for India's outsourcing industry demanded a British television station's cooperation Friday in investigating the station's undercover operation exposing how customer data from Indian call centers could be illegally sold. Channel 4's report, which aired in Britain, showed a man from Calcutta boasting about his contacts in call centers across the country and offering to sell stolen credit card data from tens of thousands of British customers.

Avid blogger and Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz has asked the SEC to allow companies to disclose significant financial information through blogs. With a growing number of major companies now publishing corporate blogs or online diaries, and an SEC chairman with a penchant for technological innovation, Schwartz is making the case for blogs as a way to expand investors' access to information.
<http://tinyurl.com/zsjwu> [Washington Post]

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Monday October 9, 2006. Odd spam: From someone with an English-language name (Jimmy Underwood), in Dutch, from a Japanese edress.
A couple of recent comic strips got things wrong. (Wronger than usual, that is.)

Pickles: Owner of an emu farm explaining that she uses every part of the emu. Looks down at the ground and says "Well, except that." Manure is salable; and I suspect there's a luxury market for emu manure.

Garfield: Title character ingesting large amounts of chocolate syrup. It's my understanding that chocolate is dangerous to cats.
Picked up meds at HealthPartners Riverside.

Shopped at the Wedge.

***Thought: One science fiction cliche is "Once there was a race so dangerously evil that all the races of the universe teamed up to imprison them. They were restricted to the third planet of a yellow sun. (Variant: They were restricted to a place with only three spatial dimensions.)"

Try it the other way round: Humans were dangerous because we were too good and kind and noble and wise.
Self-help information:
  • Current Music
    It's My Party and I'll Cry if I Want to (GOP version)

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Public Release: 10-Oct-2006
UNH researcher uncovering mysteries of memory by studying clever bird
Scientists at the University of New Hampshire hope to learn more about memory and its evolution by studying the Clark's nutcracker, a bird with a particularly challenging task: Remembering where it buried its supply of food for winter in a 15-mile area. The bird harvests more than 30,000 pine nuts and buries them in up to 5,000 caches.
[I reado'd "memory" as "money," which would have been more interesting.]

Public Release: 10-Oct-2006
Frontiers in Optics 2006
Optics Express
Sending secret messages over public internet lines can take place with new technique
A new technique sends secret messages under other people's noses so cleverly that it would impress James Bond -- yet the procedure is so firmly rooted in the real world that it can be instantly used with existing equipment and infrastructure.

Public Release: 10-Oct-2006
Archives of Neurology
Omega-3 fatty acids may slow down early Alzheimer's in some cases
Omega-3 fatty acid supplements may slow cognitive decline in some patients with very mild Alzheimer's disease, according to new findings from Karolinska Institutet (KI) in Sweden. However, the positive affect of Omega-3 do not appear in cases with more advanced Alzheimer's. This is the first clinical trial ever made in the field and the result is published in the October issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Public Release: 10-Oct-2006
Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
Ethnic variations in hormone levels may cause differences in breast cancer risk
Researchers have known that a woman's natural hormone levels can affect her risk of developing breast cancer. A new study from the University of Southern California has found that the natural levels of estrogens in post-menopausal women varies by ethnicity and race, and may explain the differences in the groups' breast cancer rates.
NIH/National Cancer Institute

Public Release: 9-Oct-2006
Forget basal body temperature -- Check out her clothes
Near ovulation, women dress to impress, and the closer women come to ovulation, the more attention they seem to pay to their appearance, suggests a new UCLA and University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire study.

Public Release: 9-Oct-2006
Biological Psychiatry
Early family experience can reverse the effects of genes, UCLA psychologists report
Early family experience can reverse the effect of a genetic variant linked to depression, UCLA researchers report in the current issue of the journal Biological Psychiatry.

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Tuesday October 10, 2006. Breakfast: Turkey giblets, fried. I very much like turkey liver, and mildly like hearts and gizzards.

Dinner: turkey soup, or rather its solid components. The Wedge coop had turkey wings for 69¢ a pound yesterday. Added carrots, cabbage, savory, thyme, and time.

Done other than cooking: not much. I hope to be not-sick tomorrow.
Writing: "A Killing in Futures" -- Skeleton of the first scene finished. Mostly dialog (the part of my mind devoted to "I should have said...." can be persuaded to write and rework dialog).

Self-help information:

Decluttering: A bit of dishwashing.