February 23, 2007

A Spicy Pet Store

SEATTLE - A newly opened store catering to very pampered dogs, especially female dogs, is getting more than questioning looks for its name, High Maintenance Bitch.

The third word in the sign is widely visible at North 45th Street and Wallingford Avenue North, one of the main intersections in the Wallingford neighborhood business west of Interstate 5 and north of the Lake Washington Ship Canal.

Perhaps if they every go out of business they can sell the sign to a day spa.

Amazing how they don't get it.....

Global warming concerns are keeping children awake at night

Half of young children are anxious about the effects of global warming, often losing sleep because of their concern, according to a new report today.

A survey of 1,150 youngsters aged between seven and 11 found that one in four blamed politicians for the problems of climate change.

Are you doing enough? One in seven of those questioned by supermarket giant Somerfield said their own parents were not doing enough to improve the environment.

The most feared consequences of global warming included poor health, the possible submergence of entire countries and the welfare of animals. Most of those polled understood the benefits of recycling, although one in 10 thought the issue was linked to riding a bike.

Pete Williams, of Somerfield, said: "Concerns over our environment dominate the media at present and kids are exposed to the hard facts as much as anybody."While many adults may look the other way, this study should show that global warming is not only hurting the children of the future, it's affecting the welfare of kids now."By raising awareness amongst today's young, hopefully we are improving our chances of reaching a solution.''

The study marked Somerfield's drive to reduce the eight billion plastic bags wasted by UK households every year.

What they are clearly doing is using scare tactics to indoctrinate children into their belief, and these poor children are having nightmares due to the activity of these "advocates".

The other day Scott sent me an
article from the NY Times that highlighted a teacher who from the classroom had been preaching telling kids if they did not accept Christ they would go to hell.

He wanted to know what I thought of the article. I told him I thought the teacher was wrong, and I did not approve of that activity any more than I would a very liberal or conservative teacher only teaching one side of an issue or doing political pontification in the classroom.

This is no different.

We are in a slight warming trend, in debate is why and what the effects will be of that warming. The same consensus that have us in global warming were all worked up about global cooling 20 years ago.

Some have made up their minds, but in typical liberal fashion they are preaching their theory as fact upon our children and that is just as wrong as the teacher telling kids they will go to hell if they do not accept Christ as savior in the public school.

You want to be more environmentally friendly fine, but why are kids having nightmares about entire countries being below water? Because that is what they are learning in school, that's why

A personal note to Nancy Pelosi.

Grow up.


Dennis Gheto is out with his annual lent fish fry review.

One of my favorites is on his list.

So where is yours? Chat it up folks, where is the best place to get fish fry around here?

Badges...we can't afford no stinkin' badges

After some investigation on my part as to why many teachers and staff in the district do not have to hold any sort of identification in the schools, I found this little nugget of RUSD mismanagement.

The reason given to administrators as to why teachers, assistants, clerical staff and custodians do not have ID in the schools was that it was unaffordable. The next question in my mind is that the district should have a contract with a company to make the over 6,000 IDs for high school students every year. The answer is that no such contract exists. Why? Because the high schools make their own ID badges for the students. The district already owns the equipment to make IDs. That one time capital expenditure for equipment is already incurred. Logically, then it would be another one time expense to get IDs for all of the district employees initially. Each subsequent year, the district will incur a much smaller expense for new hires and people who need a replacement.

Yeah, security was a top priority in RUSD.

February 22, 2007

Come on in Joe, the water is fine.

Lieberman says he might become Republican if Democrats oppose funding troops in Iraq

Posted: February 22, 20075:00 p.m. Eastern

Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut said today while he has no immediate plans to become a Republican, he might change his mind if Democrats oppose funding the war in Iraq.

"I have no desire to change parties," Lieberman told the Politico. "If that ever happens, it is because I feel the majority of Democrats have gone in a direction that I don't feel comfortable with."

The Politico asked whether that hasn't already happened, as Democrats have focused their energies on passing a non-binding resolution condemning President Bush's plan to deploy an additional 21,500 troops to Iraq.

"We will see how that plays out in the coming months," he said, referring specifically to how the party handles war funding.

Lieberman told the Politico, however, the upcoming showdown over new funding could make him a Republican.

"I hope we don't get to that point," he said. "That's about all I will say on it today. That would hurt."

Lieberman, a strong supporter of the war, ran successfully as an independent last year after losing the Democratic Party primary to anti-war candidate Ned Lamont. He continues, however, to caucus with the Democrats, giving the party a 51-49 majority.

Time magazine's upcoming issue, published tomorrow, will report Republicans are "courting" Lieberman, and the senator "has been indulging in some fairly immodest political footsie," according to Editor & Publisher.

Lieberman tells Time switching to the GOP and changing the balance of power in the Senate is a "remote possibility," but the magazine concludes: "Lieberman's GOP flirtation has its risks – and a time limit. ... The longer he waits to capitalize on his moment, the greater the danger that he'll be tagged as one of those politicians for whom having power is more important than using it."

Time said Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin claims his party still "counts on him as a friend" even though it is "a little painful and awkward."

Worst idea ever.

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - news) is hoping a quirky take on the news will strike a chord as its next original programing effort.

The Web giant confirmed Wednesday that it will launch a video project before the end of this quarter that will feature a journalist-cum-crooner who will sing the news.

While a Yahoo spokesman declined to elaborate on the project, which will be titled "Odd News Underground," he did issue a statement from Scott Moore, head of news and information.

"This project will create an entirely new kind of news beat, so stay tuned," Moore said. "All I can say for now is that this reporter will leave you tapping your feet."

The singing anchor is the first venture from Yahoo News since the last year's launch of "The Hot Zone With Kevin Sites," which chronicles the correspondent's travels to war-torn areas around the globe. It also is one of the few programing initiatives Yahoo! has mounted since a December reorganization that led to the departures of key content executives.

Yahoo declined to identify the warbler/wag, but sources said the performer is not an unknown and has experience as a reporter and musician. The venture is expected to be on the lighter side, so ditties about Iraq aren't to be expected.


Last night in Milwaukee...

THURSDAY, Feb. 22, 2007, 5:51 a.m.By Linda Spice

Man shot three times on south side.

A 44-year-old man suffered three gunshot wounds while walking down the street on the city's south side overnight, police said this morning.The man underwent surgery at an area hospital, where he remains in stable condition today.The shooting occurred in the 1900 block of S. 7th St. about 9:45 p.m. The man was shot in the groin, left leg and lower abdomen. He was able to call police.No one is in custody. Police do not yet know what led to the shooting.

So for crime stats, does this count as one shooting or three shootings?

Here they go again.

Voces de La Frontera Immigrant Memorial Service

2/21/2007 10:15 a.m.William Horlick High School, 2119 Rapids Drive, Racine.

“Students and community leaders will take a stand against unjust treatment of millions of immigrants”, According to Maria Morales, Voces de La Frontera.

“The American Dream has become an American nightmare.” As a new congress struggles with the political reality of crafting immigration reform legislation, millions of real people continue to struggle to survive in the shadows of fear and uncertainty. Groups across the country as well as in Racine, are growing impatient. "We've been waiting for years for an opportunity to have something better," says Viviana Pastrana, president of Students United for Immigrant Rights.

"Millions of us marched for change last year, and now it's time for action." Greg Oliver State Chairman of NAACP Political Action Committee says,” “The NAACP on a local, state, and national level supports the civil rights of all. That includes the rights of the undocumented. We need a fair and humane immigration system. , One that give the 12 million undocumented immigrants labor rights on the job and a pathway to citizenship” Horlick High student groups, Students United for Immigrant Rights and Students United in the Struggle will host a memorial service for the victims of the suffering and death caused by the callous treatment of immigrants in this country.

Partial list of participants in the memorial will include: Racine Mayor Gary Becker, Ron Thomas Racine AFL-CIO, Craig Oliver NAACP State Legislative Chair, Joyce Quintana Racine Dominican Sisters, Dick Kinch Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice, Mike Frontier Principal Juan Diego School, Maria Morales Racine Organizer Voces de la la Frontera. Viviana Pastrana President Students United for Immigrant Rights, and Breana Stephens President Students United in The Struggle.

Which part of doing something illegal should not lead to something legal do these people not get?

Speaking of racist,
did anyone see the racist rants of the NAACP's Craig Oliver yesterday? If that was really him he needs help, if that was someone posting under his name, he has a lawsuit... Whoever it was is off the deep end.

$28.2 million sales-tax tracker scrapped ahead of legislative audit's release

Here we go again, how many tens of millions is it not that have been wasted in state government now?

Madison - The Wisconsin Department of Revenue is scrapping a sales-tax tracking system it has spent $28.2 million to build, making it the second major computer project the state has abandoned this month.

Do you know what you never see in these stories? People being held responsible for their actions in costing the taxpayers millions upon millions of dollars.

February 21, 2007

Seriously, don't those Obama folks know that it is Hillary's turn?

Maureen Dowd Column Incites Hillary Attack On Obama -- and Geffen

By E&P Staff Published: February 21, 2007 10:40 AM ET

NEW YORK Maureen Dowd's column in The New York Times today, in which she quoted former Bill Clinton supporter David Geffen offering a few caustic comments, has incited a strong Hillary Clinton campaign attack on Geffen -- and the candidate he now favors, Sen. Barack Obama."Everybody in politics lies, but they [the Clintons] do it with such ease, it’s troubling,” Geffen said.

Clinton campaign spokesman Howard Wolfson just released the following statement: "While Senator Obama was denouncing slash and burn politics yesterday, his campaign's finance chair was viciously and personally attacking Senator Clinton and her husband."If Senator Obama is indeed sincere about his repeated claims to change the tone of our politics, he should immediately denounce these remarks, remove Mr. Geffen from his campaign and return his money."

While Democrats should engage in a vigorous debate on the issues, there is no place in our party or our politics for the kind of personal insults made by Senator Obama's principal fundraiser."

Among other things, Hollywood and music mogul Geffen told Dowd, "God knows, is there anybody more ambitious than Hillary Clinton?" and "Obama is inspirational, and he’s not from the Bush royal family or the Clinton royal family. Americans are dying every day in Iraq. And I’m tired of hearing James Carville on television.”

More from Dowd:

-- "I don’t think anybody believes that in the last six years, all of a sudden Bill Clinton has become a different person,” Mr. Geffen says, adding that if Republicans are digging up dirt, they’ll wait until Hillary’s the nominee to use it. “I think they believe she’s the easiest to defeat.”

-- She is overproduced and overscripted. “It’s not a very big thing to say, ‘I made a mistake’ on the war, and typical of Hillary Clinton that she can’t,” Mr. Geffen says. “She’s so advised by so many smart advisers who are covering every base. I think that America was better served when the candidates were chosen in smoke-filled rooms.”

-- Once, David Geffen and Bill Clinton were tight as ticks. Mr. Geffen helped raise some $18 million for Bill and slept in the Lincoln Bedroom twice. Bill chilled at Chateau Geffen. Now, the Dreamworks co-chairman calls the former president “a reckless guy” who “gave his enemies a lot of ammunition to hurt him and to distract the country.”

-- They fell out in 2000, when Mr. Clinton gave a pardon to Marc Rich after rebuffing Mr. Geffen’s request for one for Leonard Peltier. “Marc Rich getting pardoned? An oil-profiteer expatriate who left the country rather than pay taxes or face justice?” Mr. Geffen says. “Yet another time when the Clintons were unwilling to stand for the things that they genuinely believe in. Everybody in politics lies, but they do it with such ease, it’s troubling.”

For our RDW not as obvious as it should be question.... Who is the happiest clam in the land that Barrack and Hillary do not seem to be getting along? hmm?????

February 20, 2007

The Cure.

The Americans for Prosperity Foundation is hosting a state-wide webcast this Thursday evening titled "Health Care: Unlock Consumerism"

The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. David Gratzer.

There are various webcast locations around the state the best thing you can do is to visit their website to preserve your spot, or if you'd like pop them an email at info@afpwi.org

The will of the people indeed.


Tue Feb 20 2007 16:21:32 ET

In the wake of the U.S. House of Representatives passing a resolution that amounts to a vote of no confidence in the Bush administration's policies in Iraq, a new national survey by Alexandria, VA-based Public Opinion Strategies (POS) shows the American people may have some different ideas from their elected leaders on this issue.

The survey was conducted nationwide February 5-7 among a bi-partisan, cross-section of 800 registered voters. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

The survey was commissioned by The Moriah Group, a Chattanooga-based strategic communications and public affairs firm.

The survey shows Americans want to win in Iraq, and that they understand Iraq is the central point in the war against terrorism and they can support a U.S. strategy aimed at achieving victory, said Neil Newhouse, a partner in POS. The idea of pulling back from Iraq is not where the majority of Americans are.

By a 53 percent - 46 percent margin, respondents surveyed said that Democrats are going too far, too fast in pressing the President to withdraw troops from Iraq.

By identical 57 percent - 41 percent margins, voters agreed with these statements: I support finishing the job in Iraq, that is, keeping the troops there until the Iraqi government can maintain control and provide security and the Iraqi war is a key part of the global war on terrorism.

Also, by a 56 percent - 43 percent margin, voters agreed that even if they have concerns about his war policies, Americans should stand behind the President in Iraq because we are at war.

While the survey shows voters believe (60 percent- 34 percent) that Iraq will never become a
stable democracy, they still disagree that victory in Iraq (creating a young, but stable democracy and reducing the threat of terrorism at home) is no longer possible.

Fifty-three percent say it's still possible, while 43 percent disagree.

By a wide 74 percent - 25 percent margin, voters disagree with the notion that "I don't really care what happens in Iraq after the U.S. leaves, I just want the troops brought home."

When asked which statement best describes their position on the Iraq War, voters are evenly divided (50 percent - 49 percent) between positions of "doing whatever it takes to restore order until the Iraqis can govern and provide security to their country," and positions that call for immediate withdrawal or a strict timetable.

27 percent said "the Iraq war is the front line in the battle against terrorism and our troops should stay there and do whatever it takes to restore order until the Iraqis can govern and provide security to their country."

23 percent said "while I don't agree that the U.S. should be in the war, our troops should stay there and do whatever it takes to restore order until the Iraqis can govern and provide security to their country."

32 percent said "whether Iraq is stable or not, the U.S. should set and hold to a strict timetable for withdrawing troops."

17 percent said "the U.S. should immediately withdraw its troops from Iraq."

The survey also found that voters thought it would hurt American prestige more to pull out of Iraq immediately (59 percent) than it would to stay there for the long term (35 percent).

Public Opinion Strategies "scored the best win-loss record among the major polling and media firms in the 2004 election" and was named Pollster of the Year in 2002.

The Whole Story is Necessary

Mr. Scott Eggert blasted the school board Monday evening for their lack of proper security procedures. While he may be correct that RUSD's security lacks efficacy, his example of how his daughter was released to an aunt is not a fair representation of the flaws in RUSD.

The incident Mr. Eggert mentioned is when his daughter was picked up by an Aunt without his authorization. Also, when the aunt picked up the student, she was not asked for identification of any kind.

Let's lay out the aspects to the story that Mr. Eggert (or the Journal Times) neglected to mention.

1. This incident happened on an early release day where students are dismissed two hours early for teacher in-service. Neither of the student's parents came to the school at dismissal time. She waited in the school for nearly an hour as the office staff tried to reach a parent.

2. After many attempts to contact Mr. Eggert, the office staff at Wadewitz contacted a person authorized to take the student as written on the child's emergency card.

3. When the aunt arrived, one of the staff members in the office recognized her as the student’s aunt from previous encounters and released the student.

RUSD is in dire need of revamping their security. Mr. Eggert was out of line and unfair to the office staff at Wadewitz in using an experience, stemming from his own negligence, to blast the district. The school personnel handled this situation as best they could and no harm came of it.

The Best Of Intentions... See what they do for you?

Artificial reef made of tires becomes ecological disaster

What began 30 years ago as an idealistic plan to shape an artificial coral reef has become an underwater wasteland


A plan in the early 1970s to create a massive artificial reef off Fort Lauderdale has turned into an environmental mess with the U.S. Navy, Broward County and others trying to figure out how to remove about two million tires covering 36 acres of ocean floor.

What was intended to lure game fish now is damaging sensitive coral reefs and littering Broward's tourist-populated shoreline.

''They thought it would be a good fish habitat. It turned out to be a bad idea,'' said William Nuckols, project coordinator and military liaison for Coastal America, a federal group involved in the cleanup. ``It's a coastal coral destruction machine.''

The tires dot the ocean bottom a mile and a half from the end of Sunrise Boulevard.

Environmentalists say strong tides -- especially during hurricanes and tropical storms -- cause the loose tires to knock against coral reefs, disrupting the ecosystem. In some cases, tires have washed ashore.

Now, the U.S. Navy, Broward County and a few other groups are looking at a three-year plan to remove the tires. The organizers surveyed the waters last month.

''We're trying to work out all the specific details,'' Nuckols said.

Touted as the largest of its kind nationwide, the tire reef was created with the best of intentions.

In the spring of 1972, a nonprofit group called Broward Artificial Reef, or BARINC, hatched an idea to build a three-mile reef while at the same time disposing of old tires. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers endorsed the project; similar ones had been created in the Northeast and Gulf of Mexico.

Broward County pitched in with the funds. BARINC even raised $8,000 from bingo games.

And so, the tires came from Goodyear and junkyards, bundled on barges to be dumped at sea. The idea was that an artificial reef -- called Osborne Reef -- would form from the stacked tires.

But it didn't work.

Metal clips holding the tires together corroded, and the tires spilled across the ocean floor. Unlike sunken barges also used to build artificial reefs, the tires moved with the tide, and marine life never formed. Fishermen grumbled that game fish never came because the water there was too shallow.

''I do know we made a mistake in doing it,'' said Ray McAllister, one of BARINC's founders and now professor emeritus of ocean engineering at Florida Atlantic University. ``They weren't the great attractions we thought they would be.''

Today, the loose tires are damaging the environment because the tide tosses them about, causing them to bang against delicate marine life. The tires also emit a minortoxin, environmentalists say.

''I don't think anybody's worried about'' the toxin, said Todd Barber, chairman of the Reef Ball Foundation, an Atlanta not-for-profit organization that aims to protect reefs. ``The primary hazard [is] they're moving around.''

The cleanup comes after earlier efforts, including a study that resulted in picking up more than 1,000 tires. The first priority is to pull out the loose ones, because they are causing damage.
Broward County is coordinating the effort, which is expected to take about three years, said Ken Banks, a reef expert with the county's Department of Environmental Protection. The project is expected to begin in 2008 after a monthlong assessment next summer, Banks said.

The project's cost has not been determined, Banks said. Nuckols, of Coastal America, estimated it could reach $5 million. The state's environment department plans to fund the disposal or recycling of the tires, pending approval from the Legislature.
Remember folks, they meant well... Someone actually thought throwing millions of tires into ocean was a good idea. They probably had a "consensus" of opinion behind them.

Time Warner Commercial

I can't stand the Time Warner commercial they are running right now complaining about AT&T trying to play an unfair game of basketball. They are complaining about AT&T trying to gain entry into the cable tv biz by piggybacking on the existing cable infrastructure.

Look, I'm no fan of AT&T but they have a point.

In 1996 President Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act, one of the high points in his Administration as far as I am concerned.

What that did was opened up the telecommunications infrastructure to competition by creating something called CLECS (Competitive Local Exchange Carriers). Essentially other carriers were allowed to rent what is known as "the last mile" from the incumbent carrier to other companies.

The result, competition increased and prices to consumers plummeted.

All AT&T is asking is that the same standard be applied to the cable-tv industry.

That makes sense, and increased competition would be good for the consumers in the long run.

February 19, 2007

Security in the Schools

I apologize for my delay on my opinion on the Red Apple situation.

The schools in RUSD are all old; most are very old. That said, there is no excuse for a door not being shut, or for any staff member to let in a stranger without directing them to the office.

However, from my experiences in many of the RUSD schools, security is very low on the priority list. When I see an adult in the school I don't immediately recognize, I have no way of knowing that person’s business in the building. Visitors are supposed to check in at the office and receive a sticker to wear during their stay in the building. That step is easily skipped if the visitor passes by the office completely or the office staff is not directing the visitor as to what to do. It is not uncommon for a parent to show up in my room without having stopped at the office.

What boggles my mind in this time of heightened security is that no staff at the elementary level, and I believe middle school, have ID badges. A person who is not wearing a visitor's pass is either an unregistered visitor or employee of the district. Even substitutes do not have any form of RUSD identification. I subbed at almost all of the schools prior to being hired to my current full-time position. At every school I went to I had to check in at the office. I was told where to go and that was it. So how are staff members supposed to discern if the person walking through the hall is supposed to be there or not?

RUSD needs to update the entrances to all of their buildings with security features that allow personnel access only. They also need to have ALL employees wear identification that can be easily spotted. That way anyone without a badge is easy to find and can be directed to the office. They do it with the students in the high schools, why not the adults? While the initial cost may be high, it would seem a logical step toward ensuring student safety and should receive support from a majority of the public.

Of course, my radical ideas will fall on deaf ears unless I happen to be a consultant from central Michigan.

I dare you to read this.

Ok global warming folks, let us go at it again.

My stance all along has been yes we are in a warming trend, however I do not believe the Al Gore chicken little routine that man is the big cause and if we do not bow to his fear tactics we'll all be under water in ten years. (generalized but to the point)

I ask you to read this article. The SCIENTIST who writes it brings forth proof that increasing temperatures bring forth rising Co2 levels, not the other way around.

Take off your skeptics hat and go read some actual scientific analysis then come back here and chat it up.

H/T GOP Folk.

Journal Times Web Poll. (Again)

Ok, so the Racine Journal Times is at it again.

This time they put up a web poll asking if we should have a referendum on more money for school security (as you know the answer to every issue is this state of late is more taxes)

This poll is in response to the horrible attack of a six year old at Red Apple school last week.

Here is the game, put up the response you want, then divide up the alternate responses giving them multiple options to split opinion so you can write the story you wanted to in the first place.

That pre-determined story, Online readers back referendum on school security.

The responses:

445 (50%) Yes, it's clear we need safer schools
160 (17.98%) No, you can't stop all crime
152 (17.08%) Don't raise my taxes
113 (12.7%) Unified has bigger needs than safety20
(2.25%) I don't have kids, so it doesn't affect me

Total Votes: 890

Add up all the no categories and you get 445 votes, exactly the same as the yes response.

Yet the paper gets to run the story they wanted to run in the first place.

In my opinion more money for technical gizmos should not be the first priority. I've been talking to school employees and they all tell me security has been lacking in the schools. People are more concerned with their own duties and responsibilities than policing the halls (human behavior is what it is).

School staff should question anyone without proper Unified ID, this would have an immediate drastic impact and it would not cost the taxpayers a dime. Frankly school staff, properly trained, would be more effective than any amount of money spent on security cameras.

But here we have the Journal Times again pushing their own agenda, could you not also ask the questions this way?

Should Unified hold a referendum to remodel schools to make them safer?

No, do not increase my taxes.
Yes, we need safer schools.
Have seminars and solicit public opinion as to how large the referendum should be.
Hire a security consultant to get a handle on this.
My pants are on fire.

You get the idea.

I am so tired of this paper managing public opinion. They claim to be objective, it would be nice if they acted like they were now and then.

Mmmmmmmmmm Chocolate

By Julie Steenhuysen

Sun Feb 18, 5:03 PM ET

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - As if people needed another excuse to like chocolate, new studies suggest a specially formulated type of cocoa may boost brain function and delay decline as people age, researchers said on Sunday.

Scientists, speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Francisco, presented results from early studies testing the effects on the brain of flavanols, an ingredient found in cocoa.

Funded by candy maker Mars Inc., which provided a specially formulated liquid cocoa concoction for the research, the studies suggest that flavanols increase blood flow to the brain and may hold promise for treating some vascular impairments.

Mars, a private company, has made a study of the health benefits of cocoa. Its CocoaVia line of chocolates, made with a process that retains flavanols, have been shown in clinical trials to have benefits for the heart.
The latest research also suggests benefits for the brain.
Ian Macdonald of Britain's University of Nottingham Medical School, conducted a small brain imaging study on young, healthy women to see whether flavanol-rich cocoa helped boost cognitive function during challenging mental tasks.

Although the beverage did not improve their performance on the tests, it did increase blood flow to their brains for a two to three-hour period, Macdonald said.

He believes more research might show that increased blood flow could benefit older adults and those who have cognitive impairments, such as fatigue or even mini-strokes.
A U.S. study of healthy adults over 50 also found a marked rise in blood flow. It was conducted by Harvard Medical School researcher Dr. Norman Hollenberg, who has studied the effects of cocoa and flavanols on Panama's Kuna Indian population.
Hollenberg believes that, while promising, the brain benefit needs to be verified.
"The only way we can prove something is working is a large clinical trial," he said.
Meanwhile, the researchers cautioned against rushing out to binge on the special Mars line of chocolates.
"It is a modest calorie load but it is a calorie load," Macdonald said. "As long as you are doing something to earn that 100 calories, then that's fine."

I am absolutely positive Mrs RDW would be happy to volunteer for the clinical trial (assuming she did not get the placebo chocolate)

February 18, 2007

Apple CEO Jobs attacks teacher unions

By APRIL CASTROAssociated Press

AUSTIN — Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs lambasted teacher unions today, claiming no amount of technology in the classroom would improve public schools until principals could fire bad teachers.

Jobs compared schools to businesses with principals serving as CEOs.

"What kind of person could you get to run a small business if you told them that when they came in they couldn't get rid of people that they thought weren't any good?" he asked to loud applause during an education reform conference.

"Not really great ones because if you're really smart you go, 'I can't win.'"

In a rare joint appearance, Jobs shared the stage with competitor Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Inc. Both spoke to the gathering about the potential for bringing technological advances to classrooms.

"I believe that what is wrong with our schools in this nation is that they have become unionized in the worst possible way," Jobs said.

"This unionization and lifetime employment of K-12 teachers is off-the-charts crazy."
At various pauses, the audience applauded enthusiastically. Dell sat quietly with his hands folded in his lap.

"Apple just lost some business in this state, I'm sure," Jobs said.

Dell responded that unions were created because "the employer was treating his employees unfairly and that was not good."

"So now you have these enterprises where they take good care of their people. The employees won, they do really well and succeed."

Dell also blamed problems in public schools on the lack of a competitive job market for principals.

Earlier in the panel discussion, Jobs told the crowd about his vision for textbook-free schools in the future. Textbooks would be replaced with a free, online information source that was constantly updated by experts, much like the online encyclopedia Wikipedia.

"I think we'd have far more current material available to our students, and we'd be freeing up a tremendous amount of funds that we could buy delivery vehicles with — computers, faster Internet, things like that," Jobs said. "And I also think we'd get some of the best minds in the country contributing."

I wonder how many Apple crazy teachers this will send to PC?

Help Wanted.

Any techno geeks out there that could give me a hand?

I kind of have half of halo-scan active. If you hit comments from a reader or from the individual post it is going to blogger, I've been over the template and I just can not see which code needs to copied where.

Have any of you had to deal with this? Any ideas?

Badger question.

Ok, I do not pretend to be an expert on NCAA hoops.

However this much I know, the top ranked Florida Gators 24-3 (11-1 SEC) lost to Vanderbuilt, a team they should have crushed yesterday.

Ohio State is the second ranked team, 23-3 (11-1 Big Ten).

The Badgers are ranked 3rd, 26-2 (12-1 Big Ten). Among the Badgers Big Ten wins was a victory over Ohio State on January 9.

I have no idea how the Badgers can be ranked behind Ohio State with one less loss and a head to head victory against them. After the Florida loss the Badgers should be the #1 ranked team in the contry.

Next Sunday UW & Ohio State will match up again, that shoud be a no-miss game for even the casual sports fan.

Bionic eye restores sight to the blind


A bionic eye that can restore sight to the blind should be available
commercially within two years, scientists behind the revolutionary technology
announced yesterday.

The artificial retina has been cleared by US regulators to begin trials on
between 50 and 75 people suffering from two of the most common causes of
blindness, opening the way for millions more to benefit from similar implants in
the future.

If the research progresses well, a device could be on the market early in
2009 at a likely cost of about £15,000, said Mark Humayun, Professor of
Ophthalmology at the Doheny Eye Institute, part of the University of Southern