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January 3rd, 2007 - Dan Goodman's journal

January 3rd, 2007

January 3rd, 2007
12:16 am


From the gutenbergupdate LiveJournal feed:

In the Year 2889 by Jules Verne and Michel Verne
Language: English

From the online_books LiveJournal feed:

Proofs of a Conspiracy Against All the Religions and Government of Europe, Carried on in the Secret
Proofs of a Conspiracy Against All the Religions and Government of Europe, Carried on in the Secret Meetings of the Free Masons, Illuminati, and Reading Societies, Collected from Good Authorities (based on the 1798 edition), by John Robison (HTML with commentary at sacred-texts.com)
From the Christian Science Monitor:

From US churches that are growing, a sound of drums
A new study shows that the fastest-growing churches boast more men, less reverence, and percussion during worship. By G. Jeffrey MacDonald

N. Korea escalates 'cult of Kim' to counter West's influence
In a time of famine and poverty, nearly 40 percent of the country's budget is spent on Kim-family deification. By Robert Marquand

Is L.A. area big enough for two mayors?
A plan to let voters elect a county mayor aims for greater accountability, but critics see more bureaucracy. By Daniel B. Wood

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06:09 pm


Tuesday January 2, 2007. In my dream, I blamed pameladean.

I'd been hired to tutor a high school student in English. The book used as a textbook included a passage which she couldn't understand. Neither could I. I've read bad translations from German of 19-century philosophical advocacy; this was worse.

I'm not sure why I was certain Pamela was responsible. She (or he, in this dreamworld) had a supporting role earlier, when I'd realized I was completely homosexual. (Which, in the dream, didn't bother me at all. In real life, I would be embarrassed about taking so long to figure it out.) But I don't see how the two things connected.
Bought some groceries at the Wedge.

Did laundry. And picked up a small, light shelf thingie which had been trashed.

Looked through the $1 books at Present Moment, and found __ and ___

Looked back through a few hundred posts on my LiveJournal Friends page.

Hope to feel fully awake by tomorrow.


Freecycle (http://freecycle.org) lists things to be given away. (And requests, but the Powers That Be try to keep those less frequent.) This is one I didn't expect.
Self-help information:

Decluttering: Laundry done. One piece of junk thrown out.


Current Location: Minneapolis, MN

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08:29 pm


From the Christian Science Monitor:

Some experts say that he may be even shrewder than his father, who built the nation.
By Robert Marquand

India awakens to its other pariahs: Muslims
Have ignorance and prejudice made Muslims as untouchable as 'untouchables'? By Mark Sappenfield
From http://eurekalert.org:

Public Release: 3-Jan-2007
Study: Praying online helps cancer patients
Breast cancer patients who pray in online support groups can obtain mental health benefits, according to a new study conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center of Excellence in Cancer Communications Research that was funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Public Release: 3-Jan-2007
Management Science
Operations research pioneer outlines ways to make kidney transplant allocation more equitable
Stefanos A. Zenios, a professor at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, renowned for his application of Operations Research to tackle some of modern medicine's thorniest problems, has completed new research that could revolutionize kidney allocation for transplant waiting list candidates. The paper, "Recipient Choice Can Address the Efficiency-Equity Trade-Off in Kidney Transplantation: A Mechanism Design Model," was recently published in the journal Management Science.

Public Release: 3-Jan-2007
Researchers use brain scans to predict when people will buy products
For the first time, researchers have used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to determine what parts of the brain are active when people consider whether to purchase a product and to predict whether or not they ultimately choose to buy the product. The study appears in the journal Neuron and was co-authored by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University, Stanford University and the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Public Release: 3-Jan-2007
Journal of the National Cancer Institute
Men with no sons more at risk for prostate cancer, according to Mailman School of PH Study
In a new study to determine if genes on the Y chromosome are involved in prostate cancer, researchers at the Mailman School of Public Health in conjunction with Hebrew University found that men who had only daughters had a higher risk of prostate cancer than men who had at least one son. The results further indicate that the relative risk of prostate cancer decreases as the number of sons increases.
National Institutes of Health
"The researchers in the Mailman School's Department of Epidemiology analyzed the relative risk of prostate cancer by the sex of offspring among fathers registered in a family-based research cohort in Israel. From this cohort of 38,934 men, followed from the birth of their offspring (in 1964 through 1976) until 2005, the authors conclude that genes on the Y chromosome may be involved in prostate cancer risk in this population."

Public Release: 2-Jan-2007
Journal of Neuroscience
Bisexual fruit flies show new role for neurochemical
Fruit flies' ability to discern one sex from another may depend on the number of receptors on the surface of nerve cells, and the number of receptors is controlled by levels of a ubiquitous brain chemical, University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have found.
Muscular Dystrophy Association

Public Release: 2-Jan-2007
International Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology
CU-Boulder tracks movements of ancient Central Americans using satellites, video-game technology
Satellite imagery meshed with video-game technology is allowing University of Colorado at Boulder and NASA researchers to virtually "fly" along footpaths used by Central Americans 2,000 years ago on spiritual pilgrimages to ancestral cemeteries.
National Science Foundation, NASA

Public Release: 2-Jan-2007
Environment: Science and Policy for Sustainable Development
European Union outpaces United States on chemical safety
New stricter European environmental policies may force even U.S.-based electronics makers to change their ways, say policy analysts at Brown University and Boston University. Stacy D. VanDeveer, a visiting fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies, and Henrik Selin, an assistant professor of international relations at Boston University, analyzed the controversial new policies in the December issue of the journal Environment.

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