Thursday, December 27, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
GERMOPHOBIC commuters face a quandary whenever they have to stand on the bus or the subway: either hang onto the icky metal poles, or risk being tossed about like rag dolls when the brakes are applied. Veteran straphangers who live in mortal fear of a rhinovirus sometimes favor a compromise solution, which Emily A. Beck first observed while riding the R train through Manhattan in early 2005.
“I noticed these people balancing just one finger on a pole, so they wouldn’t have to grab the nasty, slimy metal,” said Ms. Beck, founder of the product design firm LuLu Brands of Wilmington, Del., where she lives.
Read more Via NYT
Posted by steco at 1:13 AM
Amid the goods found in the stores, there is one thing that many owners and employees say they cannot do without: their cats. And it goes beyond cuddly companionship. These cats are workers, tireless and enthusiastic hunters of unwanted vermin, and they typically do a far better job than exterminators and poisons.
When a bodega cat is on the prowl, workers say, rats and mice vanish.
ElCap Via NYT
Posted by steco at 1:08 AM
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
All over the world people are lining up to recieve a hug from Amma
For 30 years Indian spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi, to give her her real name, has been hugging people, leading some to give her a saintly nickname.
Time spent with Amma is free and she does not promote any particular faith, being for "all religions and none". She is said to have doled out some 26 million hugs, or "darshan", as the experience is known. Each is counted off with a clicker.
She has said that to hug someone is to symbolise giving, and that her embrace should help awaken the spirit of selflessness in people.
Read more Via BBC News then see where Amma will be hugging next
I think its a really cool think thats shes doing and personally, I'd kill to hug her.
Posted by steco at 1:28 AM
A contractor working on a home found $500,000 dollars in cash in the walls of a client and former friend's home. Now they're fighting over the cash.
Read the story via the Cleveland Plains Dealer
Posted by steco at 1:24 AM
Saturday, December 15, 2007
JELLY the miracle cat only has eight lives left after a frightening close encounter with a deadly copperhead snake.
Owner Wendy Wallis was outside playing with her children in their Sorell garden on Tuesday when the nine-year-old family pet wandered in through the gate from a paddock.
"At first I thought she had a bird in her mouth, but then I realised it was a snake wrapped twice around her neck and knotted under her chin," Mrs Wallis said yesterday.
Read more Via The Mercury
Posted by steco at 12:36 AM
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I posted about search engines mining your private data and web surfing history in order to target ads based on your searches and pages you've visited. Today the Wall St Journal reports that Ask.com added a privacy tool to let you erase data they've collected about you.
The new feature, dubbed AskEraser, gives users control over whether their information is retained by the search engine. Company officials and privacy advocates hope the "privacy switch" will pressure other Internet companies to follow suit.
"Anywhere that you log into, anywhere where you put in personalized information, there should be a way - an easy way - to control how that information is used and retained," said Doug Leeds, senior vice president at Ask.com
Read more Via Digital Trends
Posted by steco at 5:50 PM
A second Christian ministry is refusing to meet a Thursday deadline for a Senate investigation into preachers' salaries, perks and travel, The Associated Press has learned.
Benny Hinn of World Healing Center Church Inc. and Benny Hinn Ministries of Grapevine, Texas, said in a statement to the AP on Thursday that he will not respond to the inquiry until next year.
A lawyer for preacher Creflo Dollar of World Changers Church International in suburban Atlanta had said Wednesday that the investigation should be referred to the IRS or the Senate panel should get a subpoena for the documents.
Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, sent lengthy questionnaires a month ago to six ministries so he could review whether pastors were complying with IRS rules that bar excessive personal gain through tax-exempt work.
Only Joyce Meyer Ministries of Fenton, Mo., has provided the detailed financial and board oversight information sought by Grassley.
Read more here Via Yahoo News
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Posted by steco at 2:19 AM
Based on the weather reports and restaurant listings you check out online, Yahoo Inc. has a good idea where you live. Based on searches you've done, the Web portal might also know where you want to go.
"When you are online today, you've been labeled and tagged as this type of consumer in milliseconds," said Jeff Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. "All of a sudden you are exposed to a vast number of invisible salespeople who are peering over your personal details to figure out the best way to sell to you."
Elsewhere, online hangout Facebook is mining friends' buying habits, and major Internet portals have bought companies to expand their reach and capabilities for "behavioral targeting" _ all so advertisers can try to hit you with what they believe you're most likely to buy, even as doing so means amassing more data on you.
( And you just thought they were being nice giving you a free email address ....)
Read more Via Washington Times
and The Wall St Journal
Posted by steco at 2:11 AM
Former generals, admirals question military gay policy
Seek repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’
Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Saturday, December 1, 2007
Twenty-eight retired generals and admirals released a letter on Friday urging Congress to repeal the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ law, according to a report in Friday’s New York Times. The letter’s release marked the the 14th anniversary of the policy that allows gay men and lesbians to serve in the military but only if they keep their orientation secret.
“We respectfully urge Congress to repeal the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy,” says the letter, a copy of which Stars and Stripes also received.
The officers said in the letter that “scholarly data show” that 65,000 gay men and lesbians now serve in the American armed forces and that there are more than 1 million gay veterans.
“They have served our nation honorably,” the letter states.
Read more Via Stars and Stripes
Posted by steco at 2:08 AM
Sunday, December 02, 2007
Saturday, December 01, 2007
Selling tumbleweeds started as a joke on a practice website but turned into a lucrative sideline for Linda Katz as people started ordering them.
All Linda Katz had to do was step outside of her house to make thousands on the Internet. Now the Midwestern entrepreneur is building a business selling a piece of the old west online: tumbleweeds.
Read the story via Yahoo news
Posted by steco at 4:35 PM