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Friday, October 31st, 2008
12:57 pm
The duty of American Muslims this election by Mansoor Ijaz
The duty of American Muslims this election
By Mansoor Ijaz
Fri Oct 31, 4:00 am ET

London – I am American. I am Muslim. I am not a registered Republican or Democrat. But I do believe my vote matters. And I'm proud to be a citizen of the United States, where I can exercise my birthright to help choose my country's political leadership.

In previous elections, I advocated a choice of candidate. This year, I simply encourage every registered American Muslim and Arab-American to vote – your vote and your voice matter. You can be an agent for change, if you choose to be. You have no right to complain about what is wrong with our country if you don't vote.

Recast your feelings of outrage and exclusion at the bipartisan Islamophobia that has engulfed the 2008 presidential race. Make it a constructive voice – enough of the "woe is me" victimization that has plagued our communities since 9/11. Whatever abuses we suffered, whether from the US Patriot Act or from violations of our civil liberties born of anger and frustration at attacks carried out by those who defaced our faith, we have more freedom, more opportunity, and more say in how our country is run than we would in any other country.

We are citizens who work hard, pay taxes, send kids to school, and participate in community activities – in short, we are as much America as "Joe the Plumber." Unfortunately, we often don't act it.

If we want our place in American political life, we have to earn it. If we want our voices heard, we should not need prominent citizens such as Colin Powell to defend the American Muslim identity as part of our nation's political fabric and denounce Islamophobia in American politics. We should raise up leaders from among ourselves who by virtue of their public or military service to our country – as Americans first, not Muslims who happen to live here – can make a valid case for the issues that uniquely affect us.

As my fellow American Muslims ponder their choices this election, I urge them to think about the larger problems our world faces and how we, living in its freest country, can be catalysts for change.

On America and Islam. We are engaged in a generational struggle against extremism, particularly the Islamist variety. Yet as a society, we have so far refused to give a platform to rational Muslim voices for fear they may be wolves hiding in sheep's clothing. We should vote for the candidate whose administration will open doors to qualified American Muslims to serve as beacons of democracy's promise. Muslims at home and abroad must have better examples to follow than Osama bin Laden's manipulative exhortations as the defender of Islam's poor and disaffected.

On America's foreign policy challenges. Preventing the complete collapse of Pakistan, which is already in a dysfunctional state, should be one of the top priorities for the next administration. If Pakistan failed, it would pose two critical risks – becoming a strategic haven for the world's Islamist extremists and allowing unregulated fissile materials to find the wrong hands.

The next administration cannot rely on military force to fix Pakistan. America needs to lead an international effort aimed at creating a New Deal type Works Progress Administration to put Pakistanis to work. People who work and trade don't bomb and kill. Candidates who believe in a multifaceted and nuanced approach – instead of blunt-instrument policies – to such vexing problems are better equipped to represent our future.

On America's failing intelligence system. The next administration will have to fix a bloated and inappropriately staffed intelligence apparatus. If we are to combat the asymmetric threats we face effectively, America needs a new genre of human intelligence gatherers whose language skills and cultural identities enable us to know what signals intelligence can never tell us. We spend billions on satellites that cannot find one man. If we spent just millions on training our own citizens Urdu, Farsi, Hindi, and Arabic so we could gather good intelligence for the sake of making better policy, perhaps we could avert the next attack.

On the future of Muslims in America. America is a race- and religion-blind meritocracy. No door has ever been closed to me. I intend one day to hold high public office and I believe my fellow citizens will give me that chance irrespective of my religious beliefs because they know I love my country and have defended it against those who have torn my religion apart.

I want my government to ensure no door is ever closed to my children. I teach my children the principles espoused by Jefferson and Washington as much as I care that they learn the sayings of prophet Muhammad. Leadership is about constructing frameworks that gird a society's architecture. American Muslims need to help construct these frameworks, or our generations will be lost.

The practice of democracy is really about average citizens – no matter our race, religion, or gender – wisely choosing the best and brightest to lead us.

I don't care whether John McCain and Barack Obama visited a mosque or failed to address our communities during the presidential contest. I do care that they understand that my vote, and those of my fellow American Muslims, matters. And that they will take seriously how important a part of American life we really are.

• Mansoor Ijaz is a New York financier.

Current Mood: hopeful
12:57 pm
Election Deception: The Web's 12 Dirtiest Tricks
Election Deception: The Web's 12 Dirtiest Tricks

If scammers have things their way--with the help of a dozen sneaky ploys--plenty of ballots will never make it to the boxes.

JR Raphael, PC World
Sunday, October 19, 2008 05:00 PM PDT

Political campaigns in the United States are notorious for inspiring dirty tricks and nasty tactics. Now, in the most tech-attuned presidential race to date, the dark art of misleading voters is growing even more malignant than it was in the past.

The Internet adds powerful ammunition to the election scammer's arsenal--and odds are, some of these nasty virtual shots have already been fired your way.


Web of Lies

Election deception is nothing new. For decades, underhanded political operatives have spread lies to impressionable voters--disseminating disinformation about everything from changes in election dates to canceled caucuses. The difference now is that the falsifications are easier than ever to spread.

"You're no longer constrained to a geographical community to impact," says Tova Wang, vice president for research of Common Cause. "Now you can pick your communities by other types of profiles than just where people live."

Add to that previously unavailable level of access the anonymity permitted by the Internet, and you have a situation where unethical (and in some cases illegal) behavior seems likely to go unpunished.


Part 1: Five Nastiest Methods to Persuade Voters Not to Vote

Our dirty dozen tricks start with five deceptive ways that political schemers are manipulating the Web to discourage would-be voters from voting.

1. Inbox Infestation

One of the Internet's oldest tricks has acquired a new political spin. Scammers send mass e-mailings that appear to come from legitimate addresses--often ones belonging to campaign or election officials. The problem? The messages contain inaccurate information. This ploy was used against Mitt Romney during the presidential primaries, and voter rights advocates fear that it could resurface as a way to steer citizens away from the polls.

"Some of the things we've seen in the primary and caucus processes indicate that deceptive attacks have happened, and that certainly similar types of attacks may be attempted for the general election," says Lillie Coney, associate director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).

2. Web Site Wiles

Some scammers have adopted the strategy of orchestrating Web site-based attacks. These may take the form of actual hacks--remember the Obama-Clinton redirect exploit back in April?--but more commonly they involve creating an independent site whose URL suggests affiliation with a candidate or organization but whose content dishonestly promotes a hostile agenda.

"People get domain names that sound like they could be the official campaign names, and then have on there links to all sorts of misinformation and criticism of the candidate," Wang says. "The potential is there...that someone could do the same thing with respect to a secretary of state Web site or the Web site of a voting rights organization."

3. Phony Phoning

Perhaps the fastest growing form of Web deception is in the use of voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) technology. Much as their predecessors did in the phone-bank campaigns of yesteryear, tricksters call unsuspecting voters--this time via the Internet--to try to dissuade them from casting ballots. Unfortunately, VoIP makes these efforts easier, cheaper, and less traceable than ever.

"You can do it in a matter of minutes," Coney says. "The per-call cost is so low that it's minuscule compared to a typical telephone banking service."

4. Texting Tricks

Mobile text messaging has made enormous headway as a campaign tool in this 21st century race, but hot on the heels of the benefits come the abuses. Take, for example, Senator Barack Obama's plan to announce his VP pick via text. It didn't take long for fake revelations to reach the masses--and thanks to the slew of free Web-based texting tools available, it probably didn't take much time or money, either. The same approach could reappear with a message calculated to cause polling-day confusion.

5. Social Network Stunts

Voters, particularly younger ones, spend lots of time on social networks, and the candidates know it--as do the scammers. Observers have already reported signs of misuse, ranging from fake profiles to mass postings of erroneous information, and they are watching for more as November 4 draws near.


Part 2: Seven Most Malicious Political Messages on the Web

From the media to the messages, we now switch gears to consider the seven biggest election-related lies currently circulating around the Web.

1. You Might Get Arrested for Showing Up at the Polls.

One of the hottest and most misleading rumors is that undercover officers will be staking out polling sites to apprehend people against whom the government has outstanding arrest warrants, or even records of unpaid traffic tickets. It couldn't be more untrue.

2. You Can't Vote If You're Facing Home Foreclosure.

The notion that having your home in foreclosure may bar you from voting has been spreading fast and far. One Web site even quoted a Republican Party official in Michigan as confirming it. The official denied that any such restriction exists, and voter eligibility laws concur: The status of your home is not connected to your right to vote.

3. Out-of-State College Students Can't Vote Where They Go to School.

This rumor is specific to students who attend college out-of-state or in another city but continue to be listed as dependents on their parent's income tax returns. A freewheeling "misinterpretation" of election law led to this unfounded claim. Rest assured, students, that the correct answer here is "false."

4. Wearing Political Buttons or Shirts Could Get You Turned Away on Election Day.

E-mail broadsides have spread this rumor, but it seriously misrepresents the actual situation. Most states permit voters to wear whatever they want to the voting booth, as long as they aren't distributing campaign materials inside the polling place. A handful of states disallow campaign-related clothing. But even in those states, poll workers wouldn't remove you from the voting rolls if you showed up decked out in your partisan regalia. They'd simply ask you to cover the logo or turn the shirt inside out--or at worst to go home and change into something a little more secret-ballot-friendly.

5. Your Polling Place or the Election Date Has Changed.

This is a classic keep-the-enemy-home-on-election-day strategy--and any such election-eve switcheroo is highly unlikely to be authentic. If you receive an e-mail message, text message, or phone call in the run-up to November 4 stating that the voting date or your polling place has changed, call your the office of your local supervisor of elections directly to confirm the information before changing your voting plans.

6. You Can Vote Over the Phone.

Phone-based campaigns, quite possibly VoIP-powered, are propagating this myth in an effort to prevent people from going to the polls. Hang up on the call, and hang this harmful lie out to dry.

7. If the Names on Your Driver's License and on Your Voter Registration Card Don't Match Exactly, You Can't Vote.

Another false factoid. Different states have different requirements, but none would deny you the right to vote over this type of data inconsistency. At worst, you'd be asked to cast a provisional ballot and then straighten things out the following day.


Crime and Punishment

"One of the things about the Internet is that there are no traffic cops--there's no authority to verify the identity of those who are communicating with each other online," says EPIC's Lillie Coney.

Separating fact from fiction might seem simple, but even the most tech-savvy people are seeing surprises this election season. Information is power, however, and recognizing misused methods and malicious messages for what they are is your strongest armor against the web of lies.

Voter-rights advocates say that the dirty tricks they're seeing aren't honest mistakes, and some are calling for laws that classify Web-driven deceit as a crime, with full enforcement provisions. "They usually are malicious, clearly malicious," says Tova Wang of Common Cause. "We think that law enforcement should make it clear that these acts will be treated seriously and prosecuted."

In the meantime, you can fight back by not falling for these shenanigans and by making sure that your friends and family are equally well informed. After all, every vote can count only if every vote can be cast.

Current Mood: angry
Friday, October 3rd, 2008
7:37 pm
Last Day to Register to VOTE!
There is a very important deadline tomorrow, the voter registration
deadline. Also, tomorrow is the last day to change your address, request an
absentee ballot or change your mailing address if you are away at school.
Please take a minute and verify your voter registration at:
http://wei.secstate.wa.gov/OSOS/VoterVault/Pages/MyVote.aspx

If you or someone you know needs to register to vote, visit:
https://wei.secstate.wa.gov/osos/secure/pages/Onlinevoterregistration.aspx

Current Mood: sick
Friday, September 26th, 2008
9:55 am
$700 Billion Bailout stalled. Who's fault is it, anyway?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she expects a deal on the bailout because "it has to happen", but also in an interview with Good Morning America that it's up to the Republicans.

Why isn’t it ‘up to the Democrats’, too?

Rep. Barney Frank, Democratic chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, states "It depends on the House Republicans dropping this revolt against the president and cooperating in trying to amend the plan."

Did you ever think to hear a major Democratic figure complain that a 'revolt' against a plan of Republican President Bush has to stop?

The fact is the Democrats control Congress and could pass this bill any without any Republican support, let alone with the bipartisan support the bailout plan actually does have. Why are the Democrats worried about Republican support now if they have the votes to pass the bill? They have been happy to ignore it in the past.

Congressional elections are looming on November 4th, as well as that for President.

Instead of doing the right thing as they see it, the Democrats are sitting on their hands and letting the financial crisis worsen, while trying to lay the blame for their inaction on a small group of Republicans who would rather see the burden for the bailout fall on Wall Street instead of the American taxpayer, all so they have an excuse to give their constituents while campaigning for reelection.

Almost more than anything else in politics, I hate the hypocrisy, from either side of the aisle.

Party of Change? Looks like business as usual to me.

If it ‘has to happen’, then use the leadership position you claim and do it, Nancy.

Current Mood: angry
Monday, July 28th, 2008
4:01 pm
Tell Congress: Sign the Earmark Reform Pledge!
Citizen's Against Government Waste

http://councilfor. cagw. org/site/PageServer?pagename=CCAGW_getinv_Advocacy_2007Earmarkpledge_IssuePage

The ink was barely dry on the “New Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007” when House and Senate leaders began looking for ways to circumvent or obstruct its earmark disclosure rules. CCAGW’s Earmark Reform Pledge aims to commit lawmakers to providing taxpayers with greater transparency and accountability for earmarks.

By signing the pledge, members of Congress agree to 10 provisions, including that they will:

* fully disclose all earmarked funding or targeted tax benefit requests on their congressional websites;

* not request any earmarked funding or targeted tax benefit provision that does not serve a federal interest and/or have a federal nexus;

* not request any earmarked funding or targeted tax benefit provision that would be directed toward a specific private entity that was not requested by an agency; and,

* support legislation that would end the linkage between campaign contributions and earmarks.

Senate Earmark Pledge
House Earmark Pledge

From 1995 to 2005, the number of appropriations earmarks grew nearly tenfold, from 1,439 to 13,997. It’s no coincidence that the proliferation of earmarks has corresponded with the debasement of the budgetary process in Washington. As the examples of former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham (R-Calif.) and Jack Abramoff illustrate, lawmakers and lobbyists trade in earmarks as their “currency of corruption.” If House and Senate leaders are truly committed to overseeing “the most ethical Congress in history,” they should be making it easier, not more difficult, to follow the money trail.

Please tell your Representative and Senators today to sign CCAGW's Earmark Reform Pledge!

Current signatories as of 3/13/08:

Senators Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)

Reps. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), John Campbell (R-Calif.), Tom Feeney (R-Fla.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), Tom Price (R-Ga.), Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), and John Shadegg (R-Ariz.).

Current Mood: angry
3:58 pm
Tell Congress: Publish Your Earmark Requests!
Citizen's Against Government Waste

http://www.cagw.org/site/PageServer?pagename=getinv_Advocacy_earmarkrequest_IssuePage

CAGW is right now waging an aggressive campaign to determine which members of Congress are willing to pay more than lip service to transparency and accountability. By letter and by phone, we are calling on each member of the House and Senate to disclose the earmark requests they submitted to their respective Appropriations Committees.

The leadership of the 110th Congress took control promising the “most honest, most open, most ethical Congress in history” and we are holding them to their word! While House and Senate rules do not require members of Congress to make their earmark requests available to the public, Americans deserve to know on which pet projects their elected representatives would lavish their hard-earned tax dollars.

Transparency is a vital first step toward eliminating the tens of billions of dollars spent on congressional earmarks annually and ending the “culture of corruption” that earmarking breeds.

CAGW is publishing the responses of members of the House and Senate on our website, as well as the lists of earmark requests they provide.

Help promote transparency and accountability by demanding that your Representative and Senators release their earmark requests today!
Friday, July 18th, 2008
6:48 am
Save the Arecibo Radio Telescope from a Funding Cut!
Arecibo Observatory, the world's largest radio telescope and the source for
the SETI@home data that your computer analyzes, faces massive budget cuts that
will END its ability to continue the search for life beyond Earth. The decision
to ensure full funding currently rests upon votes in Congress on Senate Bill S.
2862 and House Resolution H.R. 3737. These bills desperately need more support.

Please take a moment to help us SAVE ARECIBO.

Clicking the link below will direct you to a web page that allows you to print
out letters prepared for your Senators and Congressional Representative urging
them to support Arecibo. Printing and mailing the letters is really easy, too!
You will also have the chance to add a few personal thoughts, if you wish, to
let your Senators and Representative know why this funding is important to you!
And if you're really feeling passionate about saving Arecibo, please use these
letters as the basis for letters you write yourself, urging your congressmen
and women to vote to save Arecibo.

Because our representatives in Congress rarely give much attention to all the
email they receive, printing out and MAILING these letters via standard U.S.
Postal mail remains our best option for contacting them and our best hope for
saving Arecibo (The second best option is to call your representatives). Your
42 cent stamps on these letters could help us get the millions of dollars
needed to save Arecibo.

Our search cannot continue without the necessary support. Your work, as
SETI@home participants, represents an indispensable resource for conducting the
search. Now, we need your help to ensure that our other most valuable resource
- our eyes and ears to the cosmos - can continue to probe the universe as we
seek to answer the question: Is there anybody out there?

http://setiathome.berkeley.edu/arecibo_letter.php

Thank you for your help,

The SETI@home Team

Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
9:41 pm
Writer's Block: Coffee Or Tea?
What method do you use to prepare your coffee or tea?

Diet Coke requires very little preparation.
Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007
11:53 pm
Politics: Children's Health Yields to the Senators From Pork
Here's the real problem with our government... not Republicans, not Democrats (well... ). Most of them on both sides are are a bunch of crooked, self-serving bastards!

Chris

Children's Health Yields to the Senators From Pork

By Dana Milbank
Wednesday, October 24, 2007; Page A02

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/23/AR2007102302132.html

The United States Senate yesterday was confronted with a stark choice: health care for children, or pet projects for lawmakers' home states.

The final tally?

Pet Projects 68, Kids 26.

In truth, the children never had a chance. "I predicted 24," the measure's sponsor, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said cheerfully after his defeat.

It was, Coburn's many opponents grumbled, a political stunt. But, as stunts go, this one was particularly revealing. The Oklahoma physician, a foe of the unhealthy cut of congressional pork known as "earmarks," proposed an amendment to a major health spending bill that said no lawmakers' pet projects would be funded until "all children in the U.S. under the age of 18 years are insured by a private or public health insurance plan."

Among the earmarks this jeopardized:

* $130,000 for the National First Ladies' Library in Ohio.

* $500,000 for a "Virtual Herbarium" in New York.

* $400,000 for the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa.

* $100,000 to celebrate Lake Champlain's quadricentennial.

* $500,000 for "field experiences" on the Chesapeake Bay.

* $50,000 for an ice center in Utah.

"What this amendment is about is asking the Senate to choose," Coburn informed his colleagues on the Senate floor. "Choose your directed earmarks for back home, or make a statement that says we really believe kids' health care is important."

The senators considered this, then went with the herbarium and the lake party. Only two Democrats -- Russ Feingold of Wisconsin and Claire McCaskill of Missouri -- joined Coburn, and fully half of his Republican colleagues turned against him. Sens. Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd and John McCain skipped the vote for the presidential hustings.

In a sense, the 9.5 million kids without health coverage shouldn't feel too bad about the vote. When Coburn proposed a similar amendment to the transportation bill -- blocking earmarks until all "structurally deficient" bridges were repaired -- he got only 14 votes.

But lawmakers on both sides have clearly grown weary of Coburn's efforts to embarrass them; just last week, he irked New York's senators when he succeeded in killing a $1 million earmark for a museum dedicated to the 1969 Woodstock concert.

"I assume this comes as no surprise that I oppose the amendment," declared Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Figge Art Museum). "I don't think this amendment is really serious about addressing the health of children."

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Berks County Music Education), author of 166 earmarks in the spending bill, agreed with the senator from the Figge Art Museum. "Senators know their states better than the bureaucrats," Specter argued.

A spokesman for Sen. George Voinovich (R-First Ladies Library) protested that "this is a backdoor way of banning earmarks which he doesn't agree with." A spokesman for Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Lake Champlain) called Coburn's activities "highly questionable and highly selective."

More than one lawmaker complained that if Coburn were truly concerned about children's health care, he would have supported an expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which President Bush vetoed. "Maybe a vote for the Coburn amendment could be a cover for those who oppose the SCHIP bill," Harkin theorized on the Senate floor. "Perhaps more and more people are finding out a vote against the SCHIP bill was not a popular vote as we hear back from our communities and states."

Perhaps, but yesterday it was Coburn's turn to force colleagues to make an unpopular vote -- defending $400 million in earmarks instead of using the money to buy health insurance for 173,000 children.

"It seems to me the American public might want to ask why are you earmarking special money for special projects when you have a chance to make sure it will go towards children and really solving the problem?" Coburn taunted. "So this is going to be a tough vote. Kids versus my political career. Kids versus my political power. Kids versus my political earmarks. We're going to see. We're going to get to see what the real priorities of the Senate are."

The senators did their best to ignore Coburn -- literally. While the enemy of earmarks made his closing argument, his colleagues busied themselves in noisy conversations on the Senate floor.

Over the din, Coburn pointed out that 3.6 million children "have not been covered for a year."

"The Senate will come to order!" demanded the presiding officer, Bob Casey (D-Pa.). "The senator has a right to be heard."

The conversations continued. "So this amendment simply states," Coburn argued, that no earmarks would be funded until we've "done our job in terms of caring for our kids."

"Mr. President, I ask the Senate please be called to order," Harkin said, coming to his opponent's rescue.

"The Senate will come to order," Casey repeated, ineffectually.

"We cannot hear the senator from Oklahoma," Harkin repeated.

Casey tapped the gavel. "Take your conversations out of the Senate. That includes the staff."

Only when Coburn finished and his opponents had the floor did the place regain the quiet of a virtual herbarium.

Current Mood: angry
Sunday, August 12th, 2007
1:09 pm
Meteor shower to peak tonight
Sorry I haven't been able to catch up lately, started a new contract a couple months ago and just starting to settle in, and I broke my ankle 2 Mondays ago.. keeping me busy!

Chris

Meteor shower to peak tonight
By Julie Sevrens Lyons

San Jose Mercury News

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Looking for some dirt-cheap entertainment tonight? Look up in the sky.

The annual Perseids meteor shower is caused by flying dirt, tiny meteors that will hit Earth's atmosphere at high speed and then leave streaks as they burn up.

Some folks call them meteor showers. Others call them shooting stars. But astronomy experts agree that this weekend's show should be extra special because there will be little or no moonlight to wash out the display.

The Perseids always peak in mid-August but are visible for several days. This year, the optimal viewing hours will be late tonight and early Monday, when there's a new moon or no moon.

The Perseids should also be visible Monday night, although the shooting stars won't be as abundant.

The minimeteors, most no larger than a human fingernail, are fragments of dirt left behind by an old comet, Swift-Tuttle, as it came close to the sun during numerous orbits.

No telescope is needed, just the naked eye, to see the sparkling procession known in some parts of Europe as the Tears of St. Lawrence.

Comets were formed at the beginning of the solar system, during the formation of the sun and Earth and other planets.

"This dirt has been frozen inside this chunk of cosmic ice for 5 billion years," said Andrew Fraknoi, chair of the astronomy program at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Calif. And when it hits our atmosphere at speeds of 31 miles per second and burns up, "you're seeing one of the original particles of the solar system burning."

Astronomers estimate up to 60 meteors an hour could flit across the sky at the shower's peak.

This year's sky show comes with bonus: Mars will be visible as a bright red dot in the northeastern sky. "We have front-row seats this year," said Kelly Beatty, executive editor of Sky & Telescope magazine.

Material from The Associated Press and South Florida Sun-Sentinel is included in this report.

Copyright © 2007 The Seattle Times Company

Current Mood: contemplative
Thursday, August 9th, 2007
9:55 pm
Dan Abnett Interview Fri Aug 17th - For You Know Who ;)
Have been really really busy lately with a great new job and breaking my ankle last week. Only took walking on it two days to get over my male stubborness and go to the doctor to find out it was really broken!

Hope everyone is well!

http://www.xfire.com/cms/xf_scifi_week/

Sci-Fi Week: August 13th - 17th, Xfire brings you 5 days of chats with the top authors, artists, and creators in one of the most prolific genres of our time. Join the Xfire Sci-Fi Week Guild to receive reminders about the week's events!

Prizes! In addition to the dozens of prizes at the individual chats, Xfire will be giving away an 8800GTS Video Card and 5 games at the end of Sci-Fi Week. Winners will be selected randomly from users that attend at least one chat each day.

Of course, if you win, I expect my cut

MF

Current Mood: in pain
Wednesday, May 30th, 2007
12:11 pm
Can Klingons Even Vote in Finland?
From womenswallstreet.com

Politicians throughout the galaxy go to great lengths to attract voters. But just how many Klingon speakers are there in Finland?

Ardent Trekkie -- and Finnish Parliament member -- Jryki Kasvi has expanded his re-election campaign by offering a Klingon translation (in addition to Finnish, Swedish and English) for his website, kasvi.org. According to the Reuters.com article, translating Finnish into Klingon posed some challenges, for instance the fictional warrior planet’s language has no word for tolerance and no word for Green, which happens to be Kasvi’s party affiliation. But if Worf happens to be a Finnish citizen, he’ll probably be comfortable voting “HIja'” for Kasvi.

Current Mood: busy
Friday, May 25th, 2007
9:35 pm
France Outsourcing Monarchy to India?
Lawyer Balthazar Napoleon de Bourbon, 48, of Bhopal, India, has always loved France, and even gave his children French names. And, he has recently learned, he may be first in line as king of France. His lineage has been traced to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, and apparently also the Bourbon king of Spain. He is willing to take a DNA test to confirm the link.

(London Guardian)

http://www.guardian.co.uk/france/story/0,,2025636,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=1

Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, May 24th, 2007
2:18 pm
Friday, May 11th, 2007
10:04 pm
Like Terry Pratchett or Douglas Adams?

I joined Hal Spacejock's Support Crew

I didn't pay anything,
I didn't sign anything,
and I didn't read the fine print.
Just like Hal!


No space pilot can exist in a vacuum (hah!), and behind every successful pilot there's a talented and dedicated support crew.

Hal Spacejock is one of the least successful space pilots in the history of the galaxy, and a worldwide support crew is needed just to get him off the ground.

Grab Hal's Goodies!
| Join the team | - - - - - - - - - | Hal who? |

Hal Spacejock ... Après moi le wreckage


Current Mood: cheerful
7:59 pm
Legolas joins EQ2?
This is from an email I received from XFire, promoting the 7-day trial of the new Everquest2 expansion.



Current Mood: cheerful
Friday, April 27th, 2007
1:13 am
Forbes.com: Corporate Org Chart Wiki
Welcome To The Corporate Org Chart Wiki
04.24.07, 3:30 PM ET

Welcome to our experiment.

It's a new way to tap the collective knowledge of our community about the internal network of any company--so new that we are introducing it not only in beta form but in early beta. We know it's a work in progress, and we want your help to make it better. Wiki away and let us know how we're doing.

This is an experiment in collaborative problem solving, where our goal is to create something of great value to the whole web community. While it may be tempting for some to erroneously delete people and to create mock titles for others, we hope the community will protect the integrity of this experiment. Thank you for your support!

http://www.forbes.com/2007/04/24/wiki-companies-chart-cx_0424wiki.html?partner=globalnews_newsletter

Current Mood: hopeful
Monday, April 16th, 2007
10:30 pm
Ziggurat Con - The World's First War Zone Game Convention?
Ziggurat Con - The World's First War Zone Game Convention?

Category: NewsBy aeon | Thu, 2007-04-05 02:12

Which Con are you going to this year? GenCon? Origins? Dundracon? How about Ziggurat Con? The latter is brand new this year, and is being held at Camp Adder/Tallil Airbase on June 9. In Iraq.

"This convention is currently in drastic need of prizes and giveaways for the troops," he said. "Everything donated will go directly to the troops, or to MWR to use as loaner books for the soldiers."

Full Article at the following URL:

http://www.gamegrene.com/node/790

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Friday, April 6th, 2007
5:05 pm
The human body is really cool! ;)
i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae.

The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs rpsoet it.

Cirhs

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Monday, April 2nd, 2007
11:31 pm
Bribing Congress is only illegal if you're not a member...
War Bill Includes Tempting Projects
Democrats' Tactic Poses Dilemma for Some Lawmakers

By Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 20, 2007; Page A01

House Democratic leaders are offering billions in federal funds for lawmakers' pet projects large and small to secure enough votes this week to pass an Iraq funding bill that would end the war next year.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/19/AR2007031901615.html?referrer=email

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