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  • TrueMajority Oreos
    One-eighth of the Pentagon budget could more than pay for health insurance for every US child who needs it, fully fund the Head Start program, restructure US K-12 education, make a serious dent in world hunger and begin to cure the US addiction to fossil fuels. This would reduce US defense spending to a level just under four times its nearest world rival, Russia — which happens to be an ally.
  • Index of Science Tracer Bullets Online. Listed by title (Science Tracer Bullet – Science Reference Services, Library of Congress)
    The Library of Congress SCIENCE TRACER BULLET SERIES contains research guides that help you locate information on science and technology subjects. With brief introductions to the topics, lists of resources and strategies for finding more, they help you to stay “on target.”
  • Life’s harsh lessons ‘make you more gullible’-study
    Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich — schw√§cher: “A six-month study in the University’s School of Psychology found that rather than ‘toughening up’ individuals, adverse experiences in childhood and adolescence meant that these people were vulnerable to being mislead. […] The study found that while some people may indeed become more ‘hard-nosed’ through adversity, the majority become less trusting of their own judgement.”
  • Cool Tool: X-treme Tape
    Electrical tape simply does not work in a marine environment. Even duct tape won’t stick to something wet. Try getting any tape to stick to a rope or line on a boat. Or try to get a waterproof seal on a hose leak. X-treme tape can do all these chores with flying colors because it is a non-adhesive, self-bonding wrap. It’s not really tape since it’s not sticky. This stuff is sort of magical. You stretch it on and it self-fuses tight under tension. It works in cold and wet, and won’t melt on hot surfaces, so you can use it on engines. It is easy to apply even when it is below freezing. The tape doesn’t stick on itself until you want it to. Once tightened this silicone based wrap forms a reliable bond even in water. I use it as an insulator around wires, like electrical tape. I wrap the end of ropes with it. X-treme tape bears up for many seasons under constant UV and sunlight and the extreme cold, heat, and wet of harsh weather.
  • eBay: Art Director–INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS to my work (item 6626642598 end time May-09-06 08:45:49 PDT)
    Am I missing something? Is this not fraud — or rather, enabling and encouraging fraud? How are the ads in question going to benefit anyone unless they pass the work off as their own?
  • Ave Maria Grotto, Cullman, Alabama
    The spousal unit just *loves* this stuff. OK, OK, %so do I%.

    The Ave Maria Grotto, known throughout the world as “Jerusalem in Miniature”, is a beautifully landscaped, four-acre park designed to provide a natural setting for the 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous historic buildings and shrines of the world. The masterpieces of stone and concrete are the lifetime work of Brother Joseph Zoettl, a Benedictine monk of St. Bernard Abbey.

  • Bulletin of the World Health Organization – A clearing house for diagnostic testing: the solution to ensure access to and use of patented genetic inventions?
    In genetic diagnostics, the emergence of a so-called “patent thicket” is imminent. Such an overlapping set of patent rights may have restrictive effects on further research and development of diagnostic tests, and the provision of clinical diagnostic services. Currently, two models that may facilitate access to and use of patented genetic inventions are attracting much debate in various national and international fora: patent pools and clearing houses. In this article, we explore the concept of clearing houses.
  • Waxy.org: Daily Log: Star Wars Kid, Redux
    Matt actually looks pretty badass in this. That look on his face says “don’t fuck with me”. Of course, it also says “I’m a giant dork and I know it”.
  • Hullabaloo
    Digby’s right, it almost feels like a threat: “If Democrats gain power we’ll have to do actual reporting again, and we’re not going to stand for that.” Push back. Demand that the grownups be put back in charge.
  • Are you a defensive Pessimist? Take this quiz to find out!
    As it happens, according to this quiz I am a dp. Maybe I should read the book. Via Dr Shellie.
  • SEATURTLE.ORG – Satellite Tracking
    “Welcome to Satellite Tracking at SEATURTLE.ORG. The goal of this program is to provide marine animal researchers with an easy-to-use tool for collecting, managing and sharing their satellite tracking data in near real-time.” Cool. Wonder how much actual data you can get your hands on?
  • Larry Beinhart: With All This Horseshit | The Huffington Post
    Fuckin’ A: “Get on the stand and regale with tales of success. Of plots thwarted. Of desperate measures intercepted. Of terrorists captured or killed. Tell us how you’ve located Osama bin Laden. It’s been over four and a half years. Unlimited budget. Unlimited military might. No visible moral constraints. Tell us how you’ve tracked him down, hung him high and busted up his ring!”

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