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Friday, June 25, 2010

Justice with Michael Sandel - Lecture Summaries

Here's a fascinating web site from Harvard University... the first course Harvard has ever made available to everyone... JUSTICE with Michael Sandel
"Is it sometimes wrong to tell the truth? How much value does society place on a human life? These are truly the 'big questions' of human existence, and they (along with many others) are discussed at length by Professor Michael Sandel of Harvard over the course of his popular "Justice" class. Now anyone around the world can sit in Sandel's theatre to partake in the course, courtesy of Harvard and WGBH. Visitors can view the 12-part lecture series in its entirety, and they will be privy to a wide-ranging set of conversations and dialogues between Professor Sandel and his students." >From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2010. http://scout.wisc.edu/

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Mountaintop Removal Mining

More on the subject of corporate greed and the quest for cheap energy - also happening now:


Learn more: Mountain Justice | ilovemountains.org | Wikipedia article | Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

Sarah Palin's Oil Regulation Lies

Can't resist sharing this article also. Look at what members of her own party in Alaska say about Palin! And something that really bothers me is all the folks that just refer to "Obama" (or worse) instead of "President Obama," while they still call her "Governor Palin." She QUIT being governor, doesn't have a right to that title any more. The President deserves at least the respect of his office, whether his name is Obama or Bush. This woman simply makes no sense whenever she opens her mouth... in my humble opinion. Dunn explains it very well:
Geoffrey Dunn: Sarah Palin's Oil Regulation Lies

Will You Listen Now?

Another article worth reading... 
Pam Platt | A Belated Apology to Jimmy Carter

Hand of God or man's mistakes?

Here's a great article about corporations, politicians, and the need for government regulation:

Eblen: Hand of God or man's mistakes? - Tom Eblen - Kentucky.com

Sunday, June 13, 2010

What's Going On Here | A History of Quality

Here's a story from BloodHorse magazine about Claiborne, Runnymede and two other historic thoroughbred farms. Interesting video of the arrival of Nasrullah at Claiborne, and a great slideshow with pictures of the farm...

What's Going On Here | A History of Quality - By Eric Mitchell | BloodHorse.com Blog Stable

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

Oil Spill Ticker

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Political Misinformation

Wow, there is so much polarization and misinformation going on in politics nowadays. Chain e-mails, Facebook posts, blogs, sound bites... it's all very confusing. Hard for an average person to follow and figure out what's true and what's not. When I hear claims from either side that sound particularly atrocious or appalling, and when I receive chain e-mails making spectacular claims... I most often ignore them, ha. But sometimes it's worth the effort to do a little fact-checking and try to find out what's really going on. Here are a couple of independent, non-partisan sites that do just that:  http://www.factcheck.org and http://www.politifact.com.

Wanna go straight to a political chain e-mails file? On Politifact, go to "People" then "Chain E-mails."

And here's a Google list of fact-checking sites by the score.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Which Date Works?

Here's some neat software to help plan a group meeting... free and easy!

Which Date Works?

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Bloom Box

Here's a clip that's definitely worth watching... from "60 Minutes" last Sunday... a fascinating new technology for creating clean energy. Maybe a generator box in our backyards, cost around $3000, 10 years away? Wow. Currently in use by companies like Google and FedEx... Colin Powell on the board of directors... maybe this guy is really onto something! Here's a summary article, too. Virginia wants to buy stock already - hmmm!!
Watch CBS News Videos Online

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Internet - Gee Whiz!

Wow... here are some fascinating figures about the Internet in 2009 - truly "gee whiz" numbers! 90 trillion e-mails just boggles the mind. (If you have trouble, like I do, visualizing just how many "a trillion" actually is, take a look at the Megapenny Project - very helpful, and interesting.)

Notice the high spam numbers - 24% increase just last year - and the malicious software numbers at the bottom. So, is your computer security software up to date? Here is a great article about Internet Security Suites - including how to choose, what you can get for free. While we're on the subject, make sure you understand and know how to avoid Scareware - those false screens and popups designed to make you think your computer has a problem so you will buy a product.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Internet Helpdesk

This one is pretty funny...

Medieval Helpdesk

This one is hilarious!!!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Horse of the Year

My new-found, or rather, greatly increased, interest in the world of horses this year coincided with the amazing performances of two fabulous thoroughbreds - Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. For those of you not familiar with the outstanding races turned in by these two horses, take a look at this article - or this one - that offer a brief point/counterpoint and just a glimpse of the much-discussed controversy: which of these two truly great horses, both undefeated in 2009 (and both female finalists, for the first time in history) should get "Horse of the Year" honors? The highly anticipated and hotly debated decision was announced tonight at the Eclipse Awards in California. Far be it from me to advise the horsemen; it's just exciting to see such a high level of interest - very good for the industry. And in case you missed it: Zenyatta was slated for retirement at the end of the year, but yesterday her owners announced that she's in fine form and will race another season, so maybe we'll see these two meet in 2010...?