Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Gold doesn't taste so good

Peruvian livestock became ill after drinking runoff water from a U.S. gold digging operation recently, according to
this multimedia story

Locals resisted mining efforts of the Denver-based company that was digging there, but in the end capitalism was the victor. The company has since moved to exploit African land.

Make sure to listen closely to the mining manager's comments about their purpose and goal.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Child Translators...Bad?

There's an interesting article on the main site about the neccessity of child translators...now here's a fairly gut-wrenching account that balances out the issue.

Child Medical Translators -- At Grandpa's Bedside, Trying to Find Words for 'Defeat'

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Google Bombing

Can an arsenal of non-nuclear weapons match the force of Googlebombing?

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Welcome to Sell-out City, USA

We're running out of ad space. Bus stops, billboards, internet pop-ups, and radio and TV commercials ain't enough. You want to put your business on the map? Why not pay a small town to rename itself after your business and literally put your business on the map?

Clark, Texas renames the town to Dish, Texas after the Dish Network offered a decade of free satelite TV to the tiny town and its 55 homes. In 2000 Halfway, Oregon changed its name temporarily to Half.com, Oregon in exchange for $100,000 to the town and a computer lab for a school. Click here for full article.

Watch What You Read

From the Washington Post:

"House and Senate negotiators reached a tentative agreement yesterday on revisions to the USA Patriot Act that would limit some of the government's powers while requiring the Justice Department to provide a better accounting of its secret requests for information on ordinary citizens.

But the agreement would leave intact some of the most controversial provisions of the anti-terrorism law, such as government access to library and bookstore records in terrorism probes, and would extend only limited new rights to the targets of such searches."

Click here for the full article

- Jean Chen

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

What's next for the Knight Ridder behemoth?

Will historians look back on the early 21st century as the demise of newspapers?

It's possible. Likely, even. Then again, newspapers survived the creation of radio and television before the Internet came along. But lately the newspaper "dinosaur" seems that much older and that much slower.

Knight Ridder, parent company of 32 newspapers including the San Jose Mercury News and the Miami Herald, is the latest victim. They may be selling the company.

Here's a quote from a Contra Costa Times piece. Knight Ridder owns the CCT, too.

"A sale to a private group is highly possible, because Knight Ridder is so huge," said Thomas Bolitho, president of National Media Associates, a newspaper brokerage. "But I'm a little leery about private equity firms. They are not newspaper people. They will be looking to boost performance, which often entails expense cuts and lower-quality papers. It could also mean job cuts."

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Is this for real?

From AP:

"An experimental project in Canada to inject carbon dioxide into oil fields has proven successful, removing 5 million tons of the heat-trapping "greenhouse" gas, while enhancing oil recovery, the Energy Department said Tuesday."

Click here for the full article

Bomb San Francisco and the U.S. shoud be alright!

Bill O'Reilly thinks San Francisco should be bombed--by al-Qaida terrorists to be exact. The conservative radio show host gave the terrorist permission to off us last week.

"You want to be your own country? Go right ahead," he said last Tuesday on his radio show. "And if al-Qaida comes in here and blows you up, we're not going to do anything about it. We're going to say, 'Look, every other place in America is off limits to you except San Francisco.'"

O'Reilly even told the terrorist where do go. "You want to blow up Coit Tower (a San Francisco landmark)," he said. "Go ahead."

Alright O'Reilly, it's obvious that you haven't been to the city much, so I'm going to offer you a helping hand when it comes to destroying us. First off, Coit Tower- it's all wrong. No natives go there Bill. If you want to make a real impact go for the Bay Bridge (yes that’s right, the Bay Bridge is more essential to us then the legendary Golden Gate, which buy the way-- ISN'T GOLDEN.)

You also said, "You know, if I'm the president of the United States, I walk right into Union Square, I set up my little presidential podium and I say, 'Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you're not going to get another nickel in federal funds,' "

Hmmm, that would be a good method as well except for the simple fact that Union Square is NOT the kick it spot. Natives don't congregate there, and when we do, it's only to get a slice of cheesecake (to go) at the Cheesecake Factory.

If you really wanted to get the word across you've got to go into the city, not a superficial tourist hang out. I know that might be scary for a purebred conservative like you, but still, give it a try and you might see results.

But next time you have aberrent outburst like this and feel the need to outline the best ways to bomb San Francisco... you might want get a consultant.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Enter Sloth-Man!

It’s almost too easy to do, but I’m gonna diss Metallica anyway.

I’m riding the train to work and I see in an alternative weekly calendar that it costs between $64.25 and $164.25 for TICKETS to see Metallica and the Rolling Stones perform in concert. These are apparently Metallica’s only live shows in 2005.

Booooring.

First they file a lawsuit against Napster for ‘encouraging piracy’ of music. Then they film a movie about their annoying neuroses and insecurities and make a huge chunk of change in the process.

Now Metallica is raking in cash from exorbitant ticket prices for people to see them perform with the Rolling Stones. Who cares?

What happened to that young, tough, zit-faced band you see on the back cover of the “Kill ‘Em All” album? Forget ‘Enter Sandman.’ It’s the era of ‘Enter Sloth-Man.’

Civil Rights Shift

From the Washington Post:

"The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, which has enforced the nation's anti-discrimination laws for nearly half a century, is in the midst of an upheaval that has driven away dozens of veteran lawyers and has damaged morale for many of those who remain, according to former and current career employees.

Nearly 20 percent of the division's lawyers left in fiscal 2005, in part because of a buyout program that some lawyers believe was aimed at pushing out those who did not share the administration's conservative views on civil rights laws. Longtime litigators complain that political appointees have cut them out of hiring and major policy decisions, including approvals of controversial GOP redistricting plans in Mississippi and Texas.

At the same time, prosecutions for the kinds of racial and gender discrimination crimes traditionally handled by the division have declined 40 percent over the past five years, according to department statistics. Dozens of lawyers find themselves handling appeals of deportation orders and other immigration matters instead of civil rights cases.

The division has also come under criticism from the courts and some Democratsfor its decision in August to approve a Georgia program requiring voters to present government-issued identification cards at the polls. The program was halted by an appellate court panel and a district court judge, who likened it to a poll tax from the Jim Crow era."

Click here for the full article

- Jean Chen

Sunday, November 13, 2005

a little hope

A British man tested positive for HIV in May 2002. Fourteen months later, he tested negative. Click for the full story.

The article doesn't say how he shook off this incurable illness but his triumph might lead to a possible cure for HIV and AIDs.

-zoneil maharaj.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Walmart Might be the Devil

If you’re like me, Walmart was probably your best friend growing up. If I needed some toothpaste-- I went to Walmart. If a friend was having a birthday party and I was confined to a $5 budget--that’s right, mom took me to Walmart. If I was bored in the middle of the night and wanted to pass time by trying on random clothes and shoes-- Walmart was there for me.

But Walmart might not be as friendly as we think.

In his new movie entitled "Walmart, the High Cost of a Low Price,” Robert Greenwald exposed the truth behind Walmart's tactics...and some of them ain't pretty. The film, which isn't in mainstream theatres, is a "feature length documentary that uncovers a retail giant's assault on families and American values."

There are 7000 free screenings of the film across the nation, making it the largest grassroots mobilization in movie history.

Click here to buy the film for $12.95, to sign up to go to a free screening, or to host a screening.

Monday, November 07, 2005

Hoax

There's an interesting article in the NYTimes about evangelical christians who are combating global warming. But this part of the article is frightening:

"A major obstacle to any measure that would address global warming is Senator James M. Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican who is chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and an evangelical himself, but a skeptic of climate change caused by human activities.

Mr. Inhofe has led efforts to keep mandatory controls on greenhouse gases out of any emission reduction bill considered by his committee and has called human activities contributing to global warming "the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people."

What kind of crazy person thinks that global warming is a hoax? I can't believe this man is the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

Click here for the full article.

- Jean Chen

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Flandemic

I saw this in The Onion and it made me laugh out loud:

New Custard Could Cause Worldwide Flandemic
November 2, 2005 | Issue 41•44

ATLANTA—A recently discovered strain of custard could cause a worldwide flandemic, Centers For Dessert Control warned Monday. "We are warning people who come into contact with milk, egg yolks, sugar, and whole vanilla beans that they are at risk of concocting this custard," CDC director Paul Liddleston said. "All reports indicate that it is extremely non-resistible." Liddleston said the government's present reserve of dried tapioca is "useless" in combating a flandemic, and until a more effective vaccine is created, "the proof will be in the putting of containment teams in high-risk areas."

- Jean Chen

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Long Way to Go

This is why I can't fully mourn the death of Rosa Parks. From the Washington Post:

Before he enters a crosswalk outside his downtown law office, Johnnie Bond scans the cars stopped before him. Is there a white woman alone? Will he hear it this time?

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Such a tiny sound.

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Like a pistol cocking.

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The sound of a car door locking when a black man approaches.

Click here for the full article

- Jean Chen

Drug of choice for Alzheimer's: ART

Using the arts as therapy for patients is nothing new, but THIS is really cool: museums are now opening doors to Alzheimer's patients to use paintings as tools for therapy. Very cool stuff.