Apr 30, 2011

Strike on Gadhafi's family... he learns the cost of war on his people.

NATO strike kills Gadhafi's son but leader escapes (AP)
In this photo made on a government organized tour, damaged official building is seen following an airstrike in Tripoli, Libya, early Saturday, April 30, 2011.(AP Photo/Darko Bandic)AP - A NATO missile struck a house in Tripoli where Moammar Gadhafi and his wife were staying on Saturday, missing the Libyan leader but killing his youngest son and three grandchildren, a government spokesman said.



Top story on Radioman's Best of the Web website tonight.

Donald Trump roasted by Obama and more - Skipwaves thru 4 -30

New York egomaniac Donald Trump wants to run for United States CEO/entrepreneur.  Trouble is, he has to get past the Constitution and the other two branches of government, notably the Congress and the Supreme Court.  He lacks both understanding of government and the art of compromise, as well as a sense of humor.  What a trainwreck.

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White House Press DinnerObama smokes The Donald who sat stoically in the audience with his fake hairdo.  Trump deserved to be roasted over birther crap, and other Trumpisms... and he was.   O'Reilly at the Faux table wasn't smiling, either.  That's because he's paid very well to trash the President.  Like Trump, the president's other enemies have no sense of humor on their serious mission to overthrow the elected government.

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“"The Democrats brought a bat, and the Republican­s brought a grenade."- USA TODAY November 4, 2010 talking about fundraisin­g.”

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The most popular April  blog story here has been about Libyan and US use of clusterbombs... which are exceptionally cruel to civilians.  http://radiomankc.blogspot.com/2011/04/gadhafis-cluster-bombs-and-uncle-sams.html  It contains one heart wrenching photo from the web.

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Can we all just agree to IGNORE whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.


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It would be better if teachers didn't belong to unions, but rather professional associations focused less on salary, benefits and job security, and more on exchanging ideas how to better mentor students.  Apparently though, that's not what they want.


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How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

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No matter WHAT they say, Tweeting is a fad and will disappear as fast as it came.  Report this month 40 percent of twitter accounts have been abandoned.  James Brown said it best, "Talkin loud, but ain't sayin nothin".  Tweet on Kris Ketz, you moron.

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Part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

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Vietnam War Resources - a comprehensive site.


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So funny, watching the GOP commit suicide by trashing Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.  Hard to believe they all went on record by voting to gut them. 2012 election will be sooo fun.  Crazy all of them!

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License bureaus should hire faster workers; they seem to be the slowest employees on the planet.  Expecially when the lines are longest.  They work one speed.  SLOW and DELIBERATE.  And they manage to keep their jobs year after year!

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There should be more highway signs saying "Slow traffic, keep right"!

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Cars headlights should go on when the wipers go on.




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Wordplay of the day:  Republican Speaker John Boehner (BONE-er) said this week "We don't want to ELIMINATE Medicare, we just want to "TRANSFORM IT".

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Seen that TV commercial for the new anti-depressant "Abilify?"  (Uh-BILL-uh-figh??)  The cost of it's enough to make anybody depressed.  CVS charges $606.99 for a thirty day supply.  Walgreens wants a whopping $651.39.  And Walmart wants $534.  Lesson...dont let yourself go crazy and if you do, shop around for the best price.  Call em about YOUR drugs.  They'll tell you.


Why do reporters think its rude for an interviewee (like Obama or Trump) to protest with "excuse me" or a comment at the end when they're repeatedly interrupted during their answers?  Obviously today's reporters just don't get it!


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Do you do superstitious things when boarding a jetliner?  I do, just getting through the cabin door, I knock twice on the ship's outer skin, wishing us well, and thanking Mr Boeing for his good work.

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Why doesn't Time Warner give us a controller smart enough to get rid of their crap channels?  Parental controls just doesn't cut it.

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With new HD, why don't networks put their banners over to one side instead of blocking a fifth of the screen across the bottom?  And why don't all computers let us PIVOT our screens reducing the need to scroll down?

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Apr 29, 2011

PIX: Things NOT TO DO as a parent....

Being a parent is the hardest thing but these parents are just not cut out to be in this role. We all know you cannot choose your parents but this is a total disaster. They don’t pay much attention to what their kids are doing and when they do, things seem to turn out horrifically bad for the little cherubs. Take a look!







From some website in a distant galaxy, found on "Stumble!"

Searching for Jim Fox, Overland Park Kansas, Vietnam Casualty 1970

Jim Fox, James Fox, Overland Park Kansas, Shawnee Mission West high School class of 1965 or 1966.  Jim graduated and went to Kansas State College of Pittsburg (PSU), was drafted from there, an AKL Alpha Kappa Lambda, AX chapter, fraternity brother and reportedly died in 1970 in Vietnam.  May or may not be on the Wall listed from California as James Carl Fox, no picture displayed.  He would have been born 1947 or 1948.



Here is the best pictures we have of Jim from the SM West Saga yearbook, 1964, sophomore class.  Is this the Jim you know... is he one of our Vietnam Vet casualties as we were led to believe?  Pls to leave comment or write radiomankc@gmail.com with details.

Apr 28, 2011

5am CDT: Early Morning Royal Wedding time

Here's the schedule of events for the early birds...and yes, I've heard of people who asked for the day off to be up and see the wedding live.  Oh well.   Huffington Post Schedule

Much ado about much ado.








Update 5:20am CDT.  The Prince and The Duchess done jumped the broom.

Civility has left 30 Rock. Rudeness seems to be in style on cable coverage

MSNBC Gladiators Matthews, Shultz, O'Donnell
Both MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell and Ed Schultz have joined chronic interruptor Chris Matthews in dispensing with civility on the air.  Tonight they were literally screaming at some of their guests who they knew to be birther types.  They bring people on their shows and publicly beat them up, badgering and bullying them when they don't get the answers they want quickly enough.  In fact, they really don't want answers, they just want to beat them up by yelling and interrupting.


Used to be Faux News commentators Shawn Hannity and Bill O'Reilly were the two badboys who followed in the footsteps of early interrogator Joe Pine.   MSNBC apparently thinks more combat will improve ratings.

Locally, al-KMBZeera's Darla Jaye does it frequently as most talk show people break into hives if they lose control of their guests or callers and the host's own oft-repeated points of view.


I can only assume these hapless victims or callers take the abuse because they want to be invited back, even if often taken to the studio woodshed.  Other than a smirk or eye roll, they don't fight back much.  On radio, it's harder... they just cut your mic and go into a soliloquy... so no one's the wiser when a victim gets unceremoniously dumped.


IMHO, the proper response is to just start saying "excuse me" over and over like Trump does when he's interrupted.  Eventually bully hosts start to realize they're making asses of themselves and they shut up and listen for a moment or two so you can get a quick point in.  Worked for me a week ago with Darla and I managed to change the direction of her show--only because she was caught off guard and I managed to touch a nerve with subsequent show callers.    I'm assuming either hosts are told to be more combative or they're just that much into hearing their own voices.  You decide.


Radio and Cable News Inquisitions... like the Friday night fights or the lions versus the Christians in Rome.  That's Entertainment!

Apr 27, 2011

Any question? Trump flushes out Obama's birth certificate

The White House releases President Obama's certificate of live birth....in a surprise move.  And The Donald quickly takes full credit for flushing it out of the President.

Here we are, 3 wars underway, on the brink of economic collapse, and we're still talking about birthers and Obama not being one of 'us'.  Trump took full personal credit for it and congratulated himself.  But Trump did point to where much of the problem is... on the press which wouldn't ever stop asking and doing birther stories that stir the pot.

Trump said it's time now to start talking about OPEC and China's currency manipulation.  He said reporters will maybe leave him alone about the birth certificate issue he capitalized on.  Trump dodged reporter questions about the unnamed evidence he said his 'people' had been uncovering.   He would say only he hopes the certificate is legitimate and America can get on with solving the country's serious problems, which he called a 'mess'.

Even as Trump was still speaking, Obama walked into the press room to talk about his bemusement over the distraction of his birth certificate.  The president said this was about side shows and carnival barkers and there are more important issues.   He did not mention Trump by name.  Obama said America doesn't have time for 'this silliness'.
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The birth certificate story eclipsed the real news leaking out of the White house today as the president is about to change some of his top officials.  AP reports President Barack Obama plans this week to name CIA Director Leon Panetta to replace Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Gen. David Petraeus, now running the war in Afghanistan, would take the CIA chief's job in a major shuffle of the nation's top national security leadership, administration and other sources said Wednesday.

Apr 26, 2011

Psych 101: The monkeys and the Ladder

 If you start with a cage containing five monkeys and inside the cage, hang a banana on a string from the top and then you place a ladder under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the ladder and climb toward the banana.

As soon as he touches the ladder, you spray all the other monkeys with cold water. After a while another monkey makes an attempt with same result ... all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water.

Pretty soon when another monkey tries to climb the ladder, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put the cold water away.

Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the ladder. To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the ladder he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys, replacing it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the ladder and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment... with enthusiasm.

Then, replace a third original monkey with a new one, followed by a fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the ladder he is attacked. Most of the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the ladder. Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

 Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the  remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water Nevertheless, none of the monkeys will try to climb the ladder for the banana.

Why, you ask? Because in their minds... that is the way it has always been!

This, my friends, is how Congress operates... and is why, from time to time, ALL of the monkeys need to be replaced.  --unkn via email

Apr 25, 2011

MSNBC Dresses Rush Down Hard for Misquoting Jesus

Finally someone put the Christians on notice to suggest you can't keep your fortunes and legitimately call yourself a Christian.  The occasion was Rush Limbaugh's radio rant today, incorrectly suggesting that Jesus would 'TAKE NOTHING' from believers.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell spared no airtime and did an incredible job in quoting Jesus at length on what Jesus would 'TAKE.'   

Correcting Rush, saying Jesus would take "EVERYTHING", suggesting from Luke that a wealthy man has a very hard time getting into Heaven by keeping all his stuff.  I'll not get into the quotes for Christians know them well, and surely struggle justifying His Words in today's materialistic society.

Of course this is the problem for Christians justifying how they follow Jesus while also taking the political Republican, Ayn Rand view of selfishness, of keeping to oneself what one has 'earned'.   

It's my view that to be a Christian Republican is the highest of hypocrisy-- for Republicanism isn't about gay marriage and abortion and women's rights at all.  It's about Capitalism!  Plain and simple.  All the rest is just to get you to go along with them on election day.   Don't kid yourself.  It's only about the money.

Growl... weak dollar means more higher prices. Sigh.

Don't Like a Weak Dollar? Might as Well Get Used to It

By: Jeff Cox  CNBC.com Staff Writer
Weakness in the US dollar, which is causing everything to go up—including gas prices, food and stocks—is unlikely to go away soon as a selling frenzy hits the currency market.


CNBC.com

The greenback is approaching pre-financial crisis lows and threatening to smash through its all-time low when measured against the world's predominant national currencies.

A combination of factors accounts for the weakness, with the Federal Reserve's easy-money policies, huge national debts and deficits and the consequential possibility of a debt downgrade because of the financial mess in Washington leading the way.

In short, as trader Dennis Gartman noted Thursday, "the rout of the US dollar" is in full effect.   "Panic dollar selling is setting in," Gartman, a hedge fund manager and author of "The Gartman Letter," wrote in his daily commentary. "This may carry farther than any of us dream of or, worse, have nightmares of."

How low can it go?

Rick Bensignor, chief market strategist at Dahlman Rose in New York, said the dollar index [.DXY  74.02    -0.09  (-0.12%)   ], which measures the greenback against a basket of select other global currencies, has scant technical support "that has any meaning" between its present level and the historical low of 70.70.

That's a widely shared view, even as currency pros wonder how the dollar could be falling against the euro considering the near certainty of sovereign debt defaults in smaller European Union nations.



Jeff Cox
Staff Writer
CNBC.com
Gartman described the dollar as being in "serious jeopardy" because of its status against the euro, which was defended recently as European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet announced a rate hike in the zone.

No such defense is being offered in the US, where neither Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke nor most of the rest of the central bank's Open Market Committee seems much in the mood to raise rates despite the anemic dollar. Though the Fed is ostensibly apolitical, there is no pressure as well from the Obama administration to boost the dollar's value.

Some economists believe that a weak dollar is contributing heavily to the surge in prices at the pump, with one speculating that gas could reach $6 a gallon or beyond by summertime, given certain conditions. 

Food prices also are on a steady climb higher. In both cases, a weak dollar is at least somewhat to blame as it drives commodities, which are priced in dollars and therefore cheaper and more attractive to speculators in the global marketplace.

But the stock market has enjoyed the weak dollar.

© 2011 CNBC.com

Apr 23, 2011

Economics and Politics Explained

FEUDALISM: You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.

PURE SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and puts them in a barn with everyone else's cows. You have to take care of all of the cows. The government gives you as much milk as you need.

BUREAUCRATIC SOCIALISM: You have two cows. The government takes them and put them in a barn with everyone else's cows. They are cared for by ex-chicken farmers. You have to take care of the chickens the government took from the chicken farmers. The government gives you as much milk and eggs as the regulations say you need.

FASCISM: You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them and sells you the milk.

PURE COMMUNISM: You have two cows. Your neighbors help you take care of them, and you all share the milk.

RUSSIAN COMMUNISM: You have two cows. You have to take care of them, but the government takes all the milk.

CAMBODIAN COMMUNISM: You have two cows. The government takes both of them and shoots you.

DICTATORSHIP: You have two cows. The government takes both and drafts you.

PURE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors decide who gets the milk.

REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY: You have two cows. Your neighbors pick someone to tell you who gets the milk.

BUREAUCRACY: You have two cows. At first the government regulates what you can feed them and when you can milk them. Then it pays you not to milk them. Then it takes both, shoots one, milks the other and pours the milk down the drain. Then it requires you to fill out forms accounting for the missing cows.

PURE ANARCHY: You have two cows. Either you sell the milk at a fair price or your neighbors try to take the cows and kill you.

LIBERTARIAN/ANARCHO-CAPITALISM: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull.

SURREALISM: You have two giraffes. The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.
(Original source unknown . . . this version expanded and Illuminated by SJ.)

Memorize these and you will be awarded dual degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of the Radioman.

Apr 22, 2011

Good "Friday" girl gets death threats.

Todays' society may think it's very hip but really does suck.  This is just high profile bullying... a national problem.


Rebecca Black: 13 year old Youtube sensation, has reportedly received multiple death threats for her 'Friday' video.


Police said on Tuesday they were investigating two death threats against  Black over her low-budget music video "Friday."


The threats were made sometime in March, after "Friday" became a YouTube hit and went viral as a web phenomenon, Anaheim Police spokesman Rick Martinez said.

"In essence the threats were related to getting the music off the Internet or they were going to kill her," Martinez said.  "We can't validate how serious they are, but we do take it seriously," he said.

More...CSMonitor

Here's the YouTube link if you're one of the few Americans who hasn't seen her sing the ditty that now has been viewed 110 million times.

Apr 21, 2011

Natural cures...if you dare believe em!

1. If your throat tickles, scratch your ear.

When you were 9, playing your armpit was a cool trick. Now, as an adult, you can still appreciate a good body-based feat, but you’re more discriminating. Take that tickle in your throat; it’s not worth gagging over. Here’s a better way to scratch your itch: “When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm,” says Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose and throat specialty center in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. “This spasm relieves the tickle.”

2. Experience supersonic hearing!

If you’re stuck chatting up a mumbler at a cocktail party, lean in with your right ear. It’s better than your left at following the rapid rhythms of speech, according to researchers at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. If, on the other hand, you’re trying to identify that song playing softly in the elevator, turn your left ear toward the sound. The left ear is better at picking up music tones.

3. Overcome your most primal urge!

Need to pee? No bathroom nearby? Fantasize about Jessica Simpson. Thinking about sex preoccupies your brain, so you won’t feel as much discomfort, says Larry Lipshultz, M.D., chief of male reproductive medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine. For best results, try Simpson’s “These Boots Are Made for Walking” video.

4. Feel no pain!

German researchers have discovered that coughing during an injection can lessen the pain of the needle stick. According to Taras Usichenko, author of a study on the phenomenon, the trick causes a sudden, temporary rise in pressure in the chest and spinal canal, inhibiting the pain-conducting structures of the spinal cord.

5. Clear your stuffed nose!

Forget Sudafed. An easier, quicker, and cheaper way to relieve sinus pressure is by alternately thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows with one finger. This causes the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages to the mouth, to rock back and forth, says Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University college of osteopathic medicine. The motion loosens congestion; after 20 seconds, you’ll feel your sinuses start to drain.

6. Fight fire without water!

Worried those wings will repeat on you tonight? “Sleep on your left side,” says Anthony A. Star-poli, M.D., a New York City gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College. Studies have shown that patients who sleep on their left sides are less likely to suffer from acid reflux. The esophagus and stomach connect at an angle. When you sleep on your right, the stomach is higher than the esophagus, allowing food and stomach acid to slide up your throat. When you’re on your left, the stomach is lower than the esophagus, so gravity’s in your favor.

7. Cure your toothache without opening your mouth!

Just rub ice on the back of your hand, on the V-shaped webbed area between your thumb and index finger. A Canadian study found that this technique reduces toothache pain by as much as 50 percent compared with using no ice. The nerve pathways at the base of that V stimulate an area of the brain that blocks pain signals from the face and hands.



8. Make burns disappear!

When you accidentally singe your finger on the stove, clean the skin and apply light pressure with the finger pads of your unmarred hand. Ice will relieve your pain more quickly, Dr. DeStefano says, but since the natural method brings the burned skin back to a normal temperature, the skin is less likely to blister.

9. Stop the world from spinning!

One too many drinks left you dizzy? Put your hand on something stable. The part of your ear responsible for balance—the cupula—floats in a fluid of the same density as blood. “As alcohol dilutes blood in the cupula, the cupula becomes less dense and rises,” says Dr. Schaffer. This confuses your brain. The tactile input from a stable object gives the brain a second opinion, and you feel more in balance. Because the nerves in the hand are so sensitive, this works better than the conventional foot-on-the-floor wisdom.

10. Unstitch your side!

If you’re like most people, when you run, you exhale as your right foot hits the ground. This puts downward pressure on your liver (which lives on your right side), which then tugs at the diaphragm and creates a side stitch, according to The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Men. The fix: Exhale as your left foot strikes the ground.

11. Stanch blood with a single finger!

Pinching your nose and leaning back is a great way to stop a nosebleed—if you don’t mind choking on your own O positive. A more civil approach: Put some cotton on your upper gums—just behind that small dent below your nose—and press against it, hard. “Most bleeds come from the front of the septum, the cartilage wall that divides the nose,” says Peter Desmarais, M.D., an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Entabeni Hospital, in Durban, South Africa. “Pressing here helps stop them.”

12. Make your heart stand still!

Trying to quell first-date jitters? Blow on your thumb. The vagus nerve, which governs heart rate, can be controlled through breathing, says Ben Abo, an emergency medical-services specialist at the University of Pittsburgh. It’ll get your heart rate back to normal.

13. Thaw your brain!

Too much Chipwich too fast will freeze the brains of lesser men. As for you, press your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, covering as much as you can. “Since the nerves in the roof of your mouth get extremely cold, your body thinks your brain is freezing, too,” says Abo. “In compensating, it overheats, causing an ice-cream headache.” The more pressure you apply to the roof of your mouth, the faster your headache will subside.

14. Prevent near-sightedness!

Poor distance vision is rarely caused by genetics, says Anne Barber, O.D., an optometrist in Tacoma, Washington. “It’s usually caused by near-point stress.” In other words, staring at your computer screen for too long. So flex your way to 20/20 vision. Every few hours during the day, close your eyes, tense your body, take a deep breath, and, after a few seconds, release your breath and muscles at the same time. Tightening and releasing muscles such as the biceps and glutes can trick involuntary muscles—like the eyes—into relaxing as well.

15. Wake the dead!

If your hand falls asleep while you’re driving or sitting in an odd position, rock your head from side to side. It’ll painlessly banish your pins and needles in less than a minute, says Dr. DeStefano. A tingly hand or arm is often the result of compression in the bundle of nerves in your neck; loosening your neck muscles releases the pressure. Compressed nerves lower in the body govern the feet, so don’t let your sleeping dogs lie. Stand up and walk around.

16. Impress your friends!
  
Next time you’re at a party, try this trick: Have a person hold one arm straight out to the side, palm down, and instruct him to maintain this position. Then place two fingers on his wrist and push down. He’ll resist. Now have him put one foot on a surface that’s a half inch higher (a few magazines) and repeat. This time his arm will fold like a house of cards. By misaligning his hips, you’ve offset his spine, says Rachel Cosgrove, C.S.C.S., co-owner of Results Fitness, in Santa Clarita, California. Your brain senses that the spine is vulnerable, so it shuts down the body’s ability to resist.

17. Breathe underwater!

If you’re dying to retrieve that quarter from the bottom of the pool, take several short breaths first—essentially, hyperventilate. When you’re underwater, it’s not a lack of oxygen that makes you desperate for a breath; it’s the buildup of carbon dioxide, which makes your blood acidic, which signals your brain that somethin’ ain’t right. “When you hyperventilate, the influx of oxygen lowers blood acidity,” says Jonathan Armbruster, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at Auburn University. “This tricks your brain into thinking it has more oxygen.” It’ll buy you up to 10 seconds.

18. Read minds!

Your own! “If you’re giving a speech the next day, review it before falling asleep,” says Candi Heimgartner, an instructor of biological sciences at the University of Idaho. Since most memory consolidation happens during sleep, anything you read right before bed is more likely to be encoded as long-term memory.

--unkn, via email 


Way too many old bird tales!

Apr 20, 2011

Wikileaks soldier sent to Leavenworth

MSNBC and Senator Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) both reported during a morning interview that Army PFC Bradley Manning was scheduled to be transferred from a Marine Brig in Virginia to the Leavenworth Federal Prison in Leavenworth, Ks.

Manning is accused of sending thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks in order to embarrass the government--the documents alleged to have been leaked embarrassed State Department officials for thing said about foreign heads of state and other classified documents.

There are charges that Manning has been held and tortured or at least humiliated during his imprisonment without trial at the Marine Brig.


Kucinich has sought unsuccessfully to visit Manning in prison and has been working with Manning's lawyer who has sought to get the soldier better treatment.  Reports have leaked that the soldier had been ordered to stand at attention while naked during his incarceration, a disturbing report about military practice against some prisoners.  
Leavenworth Federal Prison
A transfer to Leavenworth is considered an improvement in his treatment, even though it is a maximum security prison. (The AP reports Manning was transferred Wednesday to Kansas.  Revised copy correcting where Manning has been over the past nine months and that his transfer has occurred.)