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Published on March 29 2006

...I almost forgot. The eclipse didn't do anything for me. :-(( Tomorrow's another day.

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Published on March 23 2006

Study: Left-Handed Snails Have Advantage - Yahoo! News
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Left-handed snails are better than righties at defending against predators, according to a new study that suggests lefties have the same competitive advantage in nature that they enjoy on the baseball diamond or in the boxing ring. "It's just a frequency issue," said Yale geologist Gregory P. Dietl, one of the study's authors. "As long as you're rare, you're going to have an advantage."
Now, what did I tell you? Wonder which way the snails' hair whorls?

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Published on March 20 2006

WarmX Electric Underwear - Gizmodo
If you’ve ever tried on electric socks, you know they involve tons of wires, bulk and discomfort. But now WarmX has developed a line of electrically-heated skivvies that solve all those problems, using special conducting thread that’s woven directly into the cloth to keep you warm.
Would be a little warmer biking though, ya think?

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Published on March 20 2006

Spring is in the air!! And the ice-fishing is really bad now! :-D first day of spring Taking a break along the road. bridge Such stylish attire for a ride....longjohns under the jeans, long-sleeved shirt under the sweatshirt. Wool-over-Thinsulate mittens. At least I didn't forget the hat! dressed up Even all the cars are coming out in their newest spring paintjobs. nice paint

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Published on March 20 2006

Belzer Proclaims He Knows Better About Iraq than Uneducated Soldiers in Iraq | NewsBusters.org
During the 2004 campaign, liberals contended that Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's experience in Vietnam as a ground soldier made him an expert on the Iraq war, but now, by Belzer's reasoning, soldiers and Marines actually on the ground in Iraq have no credibility. Belzer is a conspiracy theorist who authored the 1999 book, “UFOs, JFK and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don’t Have to Be Crazy to Believe.” His NBC bio notes that “he hosted and produced The Belzer Connection, a series of conspiracy-theory prime time specials for the Sci-Fi Channel.” On the March 17 Real Time with Bill Maher, produced at CBS Television City in Los Angeles and aired live on HBO at 11pm EST, Belzer and Ros-Lehtinen were joined on the panel by liberal writer Michele Mitchell. Belzer had a boisterous audience on his side during this exchange with Ros-Lehtinen which I attempted to transcribe, impeded by the frequent talking over each other:
Keep reading to get the transcription. He even ticked off Mahrer, which is quite a trick in itself. Maybe it was the chemtrails.

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Published on March 19 2006

Top News Article | Reuters.com
PARIS (Reuters) - The French government defended on Sunday a new job law that has provoked mass protest marches and played down a threat from unions of a possible general strike if it fails to withdraw the law by Monday night. Spokesman Jean-Francois Cope said the conservative government passed the law, which lets employers fire people under 26 for any reason during a two-year trial period, in a bid to fight youth unemployment. Opponents of the First Job Contract (CPE) law, including unions, student groups and left-wing parties, argue it is regressive and will create a generation of disposable French workers insecure about their future employment. "What is our objective? It is to mobilize against unemployment, especially among youths," Cope said on LCI television. French unemployment stands at 9.6 percent nationwide and over 20 percent for young people.
What am I missing here? The students are insecure about their future employment--WITH A 20+% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE?????? Wouldn't a "first job"--even though you know it's not a lifetime gig--be preferable to nothing at all? Wouldn't an incentive to employers to hire these young people--and we're not talking 16 year olds here, we're talking University graduates-- be something desirable? After doing a little more reading, I have suddenly become very sympathetic to the students' sad plight. Go here and you will understand why.
Moreover, French businesses are weighted down with regulations and restrictions that make its labor market one of the industrial world's most rigid. France's minimum wage is roughly double that of the United States. The workweek is limited to 35 hours. French workers are entitled to a minimum of five weeks of vacation and 36 weeks of paid family or maternity leave, with additional time off available on an unpaid basis. It is very difficult for French companies to lay off or fire employees. Dismissals are subject to stringent bureaucratic constraints. As a result, French companies are extremely reluctant to hire new workers. On average, the United States creates more new private-sector jobs in a month than France does in a year. At the same time, the generosity of French welfare offers little incentive for the unemployed to look for work. The result is a growing population of idle, disillusioned poor with little connection to society at large.
I am protected by a negotiated union contract, and I had to work 25 years to be eligible for 5 weeks of vacation per year. (My father was horrified that I got that much vacation that soon!) I had NO paid maternity leave, and was back on the job (too early physically, I might add) after about four weeks off with my kids. It's only been in the last dozen years that I could take ANY sort of maternity leave and not fear dismissal if I'm not covered by a contract. 35 hour workweeks? :-O I think I'm relatively lazy in my 40-48 hour week, in comparison with friends who are putting in 60 hour weeks. Yeah, I need to start learning to speak French. Ooh, la, la...

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Published on March 18 2006

When oh WHEN will Google add this feature? or the one that finds the lost wallet? Slibe.com - Free Image Picture Photo Hosting Service - Click to enlarge

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Published on March 18 2006

In an ongoing effort to add that background music to my life, tonight I'm headed off to see this guy and this guy in concert. It's part of my Jazz history class. One of the requirements is that we attend a "live jazz performance" for one of the three reviews we'll write during the semester. Do you have any idea how hard it is to find a "live jazz performance" in northern Wisconsin? I've been googling my little heart out for 8 weeks now--I just missed a jazz festival at a college within two hours' driving distance--by one day. This thing tonight didn't come cheap, either--I had to buy a membership to the Woods and Waters Fine Arts Council. Eh, what the heck. Maybe I'll get all cultured up!! Wonder if I can manage to get lost between here and Park Falls? With my unerring sense of direction...yep, more than likely! Jazz out.

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Published on March 18 2006

I've found, over the years, that most of these apply to paper-making as well as paper-pushing. Go figure.
    --It doesn't matter what you do, it only matters what you say you've done and what you're going to do. --After any pay raise, you will have less money at the end of the month than you did before. --The more crap you put up with, the more crap you are going to get. --You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard. --Eat one live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. --When the bosses talk about improving productivity, they are never talking about themselves. --If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it. --There will always be beer cans rolling on the floor of your car when the boss asks for a ride home from the office. --Keep your boss's boss off your boss's back. --Never delay the ending of a meeting or the beginning of a cocktail hour. --To err is human, to forgive is not our policy. --Anyone can do any amount of work provided it isn't the work he / she is supposed to be doing. --If you are good, you will be assigned all the work. If you are really good, you will get out of it. --You are always doing something marginal when the boss drops by your booth. --People who go to conferences are the ones who really shouldn't. --If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done. --At work, the authority of a person is inversely proportional to the number of tools that person is carrying. --When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried. --Following the rules will not get the job done. Getting the job done is no excuse for not following the rules. --When confronted by a difficult problem you can solve it more easily by reducing it to the question, "How would the Lone Ranger handle this?" --No matter how much you do, you never do enough. --The last person that quit or was fired will be held responsible for everything that goes wrong. --Never leave a meeting to use the bathroom. You will be elected as an officer in your absence.

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