Saturday, February 27, 2010

Senator Asks NBC to Explain Internet Restrictions

February 26, 2010, 5:39 pm

Senator Asks NBC to Explain Internet Restrictions

Senator Herb Kohl, Democrat of Wisconsin, called on NBC Universal on Friday to explain why it has limited access to some Internet video from the Vancouver Games to subscribers of the cable, satellite and telephone companies that have Olympic deals with NBC.

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Nine World Cup sides to wear shirts made entirely from recycled plastic bottles in South Africa

Alexandre Pato Models Brazil's New Uniform For The World Cup

Latest Earthquakes in the World - Past 7 days

Worldwide earthquakes with M4.5+ located by USGS and Contributing Agencies.
(Earthquakes with M2.5+ within the United States and adjacent areas.)

World Recent Earthquake Map
Legend for earthquake map

From JMG: Study: Liberals & Atheists Are Smarter

A study from the London School of Economics and Political Science has concluded that folks who identity themselves as liberals and atheists tend to have a slightly higher IQ than the general population. A higher IQ is also predictive of "sexual exclusivity" among men, but not women.
The IQ differences, while statistically significant, are not stunning -- on the order of 6 to 11 points -- and the data should not be used to stereotype or make assumptions about people, experts say. But they show how certain patterns of identifying with particular ideologies develop, and how some people's behaviors come to be. The reasoning is that sexual exclusivity in men, liberalism and atheism all go against what would be expected given humans' evolutionary past. In other words, none of these traits would have benefited our early human ancestors, but higher intelligence may be associated with them.

"The adoption of some evolutionarily novel ideas makes some sense in terms of moving the species forward," said George Washington University leadership professor James Bailey, who was not involved in the study. "It also makes perfect sense that more intelligent people -- people with, sort of, more intellectual firepower -- are likely to be the ones to do that." Bailey also said that these preferences may stem from a desire to show superiority or elitism, which also has to do with IQ. In fact, aligning oneself with "unconventional" philosophies such as liberalism or atheism may be "ways to communicate to everyone that you're pretty smart," he said.

The study looked at a large sample from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), which began with adolescents in grades 7-12 in the United States during the 1994-95 school year. The participants were interviewed as 18- to 28-year-olds from 2001 to 2002. The study also looked at the General Social Survey, another cross-national data collection source.
(Tipped by JMG reader Monica)

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From Huffington World

Chile Earthquake, Tsunami News & Live Updates

February 27, 2010

TALCA, Chile — One of the strongest earthquakes ever recorded struck Chile on Saturday, toppling homes, collapsing bridges and plunging trucks into the fractured earth. A tsunami threatened every nation around the Pacific Ocean – roughly a quarter of the globe.

Chileans near the epicenter were tossed about by the magnitude-8.8 quake as if shaken by a giant. At least 147 people were killed, according to Carmen Fernandez, director of the National Emergency Agency.

Friday, February 26, 2010

From PRI: More live coverage of Olympics outside US

The World’s Carol Hills reports that “live” versus “tape-delayed” makes a big difference for Olympic TV viewers around the globe.

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The Ponderosa or After the gully washer along the Yellowstone

About 5 years ago the county parks folks came and began to cut all the heavily infested Ash Trees from the Park, they needed to as most were dead or dying of mistletoe infection. This oak was peaking up thru tree they were ng to cut, and I, in an act influenced by the tree sitters in redwoods and at UC Berkeely, begged them to save this oak. I amso glad I did as every year, he jsut gets better.

We had a grand rainstorm for about 2 hours this afternoon, I like the light and the squeaky clean air.

Eddie Reeves from Huffington Post

Health Care Summit: Another Win for the White House

Most of the press reports called the health care summit a draw, with some going so far as to give the edge to the GOP. This wasn't a draw, and anyone who thinks so missed Obama's brilliant strategy.

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Creating Miracles by Manipulating Light - clic pic to make the jump

From JMG: Life Before Google

regoogled from JMG

Another Blake Quote

29 - Eternity

He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sun rise.

- William Blake

Quote of the Day

"Those who restrain their desires, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained."

Dogs who howl at Law & Order Theme - Explained

PAUL KRUGMAN: Afflicting the Afflicted

If we’re lucky, Thursday’s summit will turn out to have been the last act in the great health reform debate, the prologue to passage of an imperfect but nonetheless history-making bill. If so, the debate will have ended as it began: with Democrats offering moderate plans that draw heavily on past Republican ideas, and Republicans responding with slander and misdirection.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

FROM JMG: Universal Health Care In The World

Via Wikipedia, the state of health care payment systems around the world as of December 2009. Blue is single payer, green is "universal by other means."

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Quote of the Day

As soon as you trust yourself then you will know how to live. - Goethe

Sanders: Obama 'Is Wrong,' Making A Mistake On The Public Option

by Sam Stein

While a bipartisan group of lawmakers begin a six-hour-long health care summit on Thursday, it's worth noting that Republicans aren't the only ones dissatisfied with the president's agenda.

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Sarah Palin Debates America's Best Christian

As God is My Waitress I Will Never Go Hungry Again!

From JMG: Birther Birthplace Billboard Busted

World Net Daily was forced to admit that the infamous "Birthplace of Barack Obama" sign in Kenya is a photoshopped hoax when the man who took the original photo of the sign (which is actually in Oman) came forward. The best part is what the Arabic script on the faked sign really says.
Caleb Payne, a former Arabic linguist for the National Security Agency, saw the billboard allegedly from Kenya and tells WND: "I can assure you that the sign is a fake, not because of the picture, but because the Arabic text is completely incorrect. First, it is written left-to-right (Arabic is actually written from right to left) and second: the characters are not connected. Still funny, though! If you are curious, the Arabic reads as follows: Under Kenya is the Arabic for 'Hawaii.' The text at the bottom reads: 'Not Barack Obama's birthplace.'" The issue of whether Obama is legally qualified to serve in the White House continues to be one of high importance for many Americans.

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From JMG: At Today's Health Care Debate

The president just got a good shot in at Sen. Lamar Alexander's claim that health premiums would go up under the proposed plan.

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It's A Wonderful Life (1946) - James Stewart - George Bailey's Speech to Potter & the Loan Board

From JMG: Michael Steele: Americans Have No Fundamental Right To Health Care

Reposted from JMG

Quote of the Day

"Respect your mystery. Nothing is more profound but pursue it ruthlessly, trying to rip the veil away at every second. This is what makes life rich, that it has more to offer with each clue it reveals."

- Deepak Chopra

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