Saturday, September 02, 2006
Friday, August 25, 2006
I'd like everyone to take a deep breath and listen for a minute. The point of terrorism is to cause terror, sometimes to further a political goal and sometimes out of sheer hatred. The people terrorists kill are not the targets; they are collateral damage. And blowing up planes, trains, markets or buses is not the goal; those are just tactics. The real targets of terrorism are the rest of us: the billions of us who are not killed but are terrorized because of the killing. The real point of terrorism is not the act itself, but our reaction to the act. And we're doing exactly what the terrorists want.
I made a similar argument here when discussing the London attacks and proposed racial profiling programs as a response.
Why do we need terrorists to destroy the cornerstones of democracy with bombs when governments are willing to do it themselves out of fear? Isn't that a sign that the terrorists have w"
Friday, August 18, 2006
Social Conservatives' Obsession with Crime: "
A couple of days ago I reported a liberal's assertion that conservatives seem 'unwilling or unable to engage in issues that are fundamental to the future of mankind'. In the last few days we've seen evidence of what social conservatives, at least (economic conservatives have different preoccupations), are engaged in, to the point of obsession: Crime, criminals, and punishment. The social conservative media are full of news and hand-wringing about the following issues, all of them crime-related:
The War on Terror (actually a War on the Desperate) -- currently focused, of course, on the heroic foiling of the British criminal airline bombing plot, the heroic Israeli war with criminal suicide bombers and the criminal Hizbollah (who are armed by the criminal Iranians), and why the botched wars against tyrants in Iraq and Afghanistan are not now civil wars and are still 'winnable'. In the minds of social conservatives, Al Qaeda is the master criminal behind all of these activities.
The War on Drugs -- to social conservatives, everyone in this is a war"
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
That's the question answered by the Copenhagen Consensus.
Here are the results for 2006 with communicable diseases, sanitation and water, education and malnutrition at the top of the list. Financial instability, conflict prevention and climate change are at the bottom of the list.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
About the Dulcimer
Saturday, August 12, 2006
BULLSH*T!: "BULLSHIT! Penn & Teller present their rational, libertarian bent views on diverse subjects, now available for free download on Google Video ::: profanity; creationism; alien abductions; conspiracy theories; recycling; gun control; endangered species; religion; the bible; family values; the apocalypse; signs from heaven; the occult; 12-step recovery programs; exercise v. genetics; environmentalism; hypnosis; ghosts; the war on drugs; feng shui / bottled water; college; PETA; and abstinence."
Reaction vs. Response: "See if you can pick out which statement below represents reaction to yeterday’s news of the foiled terror plot, and which statements represent response to the strategy of terrorism.
“This country is safer than it was prior to 9/11.” — President George W. Bush, 8/11/06, quoted in the Washington Post Express.
“We cannot afford no security, but we cannot afford total security, because . . . absolute security could come only at the expense of grounding all the planes and really undermining our way of life. And that would, of course, be a defeat for America.” — Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, 8/11/06, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
“Everything that can be done to protect [travelers] is being done.” — Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, 8/11/06, quoted in the Washington Post Express
As Ohio State University national security expert John Mueller points out in his brilliant Regulation article, A False Sense of Insecurity, ”The costs"
Friday, August 11, 2006
Thursday, August 10, 2006
App offers solution for those with disabilities: " Video: App offers solution for those with disabilities. Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs demonstrates Universal Access, an application that will be bundled with the company's new operating system Leopard. The program has features such as voiceover enhancements, braille support and closed captioning."
Monday, August 07, 2006
North Carolina Becomes First State With an Innocence Commission: "History was made this morning when North Carolina Governor Mike Easely, a former prosecutor, signed into law a bill establishing an Innocence Commission.
Gov. Mike Easley signed a measure Thursday, creating the country's first innocence inquiry commission -- a state panel that will examine possible wrongful convictions.
'As a state prosecutor for more 15 years, I know that law enforcement's greatest nightmare is to have an innocent person in jail or on death row,' Easley said. 'As a state that exacts the ultimate punishment, we should continue to ensure that we have the ultimate fairness in the review of our cases.
'Its creation gives our criminal justice system yet another safeguard by helping ensure that the people in our prisons in fact, belong there. This is something all North Carolinians can be proud of,' Easley said."
Sunday, August 06, 2006
M&M's as in memos? Candy seeks corporate business (Reuters): "Reuters - The candy that 'melts in your mouth, not in your hand' has a new message: this space for rent."
Steal this plant: Brazil fights big pharma name-nappers: "Xeni Jardin: BoingBoing reader Chris Spurgeon says,
Brazil is sick and tired of companies stealing their plant names, and they're not going to take it any more! Brazil has a wonderful rep for not just rolling over and accepting the increasingly draconian intellectual property treaties being foisted on developing nations by the first world. Their latest move comes in response to a growing trend. It goes like this:
1) Brazilians spend millennia eating some great tasting Brazilian plant that's also great for your health.
2) Foreign company learns about the plant.
3) Foreign company trademarks the plant name and creates a company to sell the plant (turned into a health drink, or shampoo, or anti-aging cream, or brain-tonic pills, or God knows what else).
4) Some poor guy in Brazil opens up a local business cooking up the plant for the locals. (He uses the plant name in his company's name). He starts a little export business selling his product.
5) He gets the pants sued off of him because some company 5"
Saturday, August 05, 2006
The treaty is the product of years of diligent work among governments’ law enforcement departments to increase their collaboration. It lacks a dual criminality requirement, so Americans may be investigated in the United States for things that are not crimes here. And it applies not just to “cyber” crimes but to digital evidence of any crime, so foreign governments now may begin using U.S. law enforcement to help them gather evidence in all kinds of cases.
But you already knew that if you were following the debate. You were following the debate, weren’t you? "
Friday, August 04, 2006
From a press release:
For example, when the viewer is angry the colours are dark and appear to have been applied to the canvas with more violent brush strokes.
If their expression changes to happy, the artwork adapts so that the colours are vibrant and more subtly applied...
“The programme analyses the image for eight facial expressions, such as the position and shape of the mouth, the openness of the eyes, and the angle of the brows, to work out the emotional state of the viewer,” said Dr John Collomosse from the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath.
“This kind of empathic painting only needs a"
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
About 95 percent of federal criminal defendants plead guilty. Of the remaining few who fight in court, nearly nine of 10 are convicted, according to national statistics.
“The odds are pretty stacked against defendants once an indictment is issued; that pretty much seals their fate,” said Mark Allenbaugh, a Huntington Beach, Calif., lawyer and nationally recognized expert on the federal court system. “Once the indictment is issued, conviction is almost guaranteed.”
Between 2000 and 2005, 99 percent of the 435,000 federal criminal defendants prosecuted nationwide were convicted.
I suppose it’s possible that just about everyone ever indicted at the federal level is guilty, but I doubt it. U.S. Attorneys’ offices tend to be better staffed and better funded than local prosecutors’ offices, and certainly have ...."
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Quote by Alexis de Tocqueville
He was a French historian and political scientist. 1805-1859
"The greatness of America lies not in being more enlightened than any other nation, but rather in her ability to repair her faults."
Friday, July 28, 2006
Monday, July 24, 2006
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Included in the report is a revealing U.S. map, Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Interactive Map.
The Map Key includes:
- Death of an innocent
- Raid on an innocent suspect
- Death or injury of a police officer
- Other examples of paramilitary police excess
- Death of a nonviolent offender
- Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people
Monday, July 17, 2006
My News Bin Review (My Keepers)
First, I was amazed at how many have come from How to Save the World. It's author, David Pollard deserves special recognition for his continuing efforts and fine work.
Dave Pollard's environmental philosophy, creative works, business papers and essays.
In search of a better way to live and make a living, and a better understanding of how the world really works.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
I'm a ex-high-tech researcher, and I've been reading their articles for many years.
eMarketer's article, What is the Youth Market's Fave Site? has important statistics about the Youth Market on the Internet.
Congratulations go to Google who has won our youth - well done!
It also seems Facebook has the girls' interests and ESPN (and Yahoo) has the guys'.
Monday, July 03, 2006
Name a Business or Product
Sunday, July 02, 2006
So You Wanna is a facinating site that teaches things you didn't learn in school. I practice yoga and so I tested their So You Wanna Learn the Basics of Yoga page. It had an excellent overview along with graphics for a yoga routine. So You Wanna is very informative and covers many subjects.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
You are Superman
|You are mild-mannered, good,|
strong and you love to help others.
Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Remembering Our Troops on Memorial Day
I'm a retired U.S. Government employee. As I think about our troops and veterans on this Memorial Day 2006, I try to imagine the difficulties and horrors experienced - past and present. One current thought presently haunting me is how terrible the shoes must have been in the World War I trenches.
Remembering our troops and their families is just not enough. Remembering the courage and bravery of our fallen heros is not enough either.
America Supports You.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
An excerpt from his defection letter:
"I ask you to consider me as your soldier. Henceforth the ranks of your Armed Forces are increased by one man."
Saturday, April 29, 2006
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Blog Systems I Use
Friday, March 31, 2006
mydeathspace.com: deceased (former) MySpace users
From the website:
Only three things are certain in life. MySpace, Taxes, and Death.
If you have a MySpace account and you die, this is where you will end up.
MyDeathSpace.com memorializes deceased MySpace users and picks up where
a regular obituary leaves off.
Click the MySpace Deaths link at the top to view the latest MySpace Deaths!
Link (Thanks, Matt!)
Sunday, March 12, 2006
The post, Pick Your Addictions Wisely, is very important to help understand the seriousness of addictions.
Monday, February 27, 2006
Saluting Jim Schutze
For over a month I've wanted to comment on Jim Schutze, a reporter for the Dallas Observer. Jim's article of January 12, 2006, Bad Ticket, discusses the Dallas Transit's DART Police and offers an innovative solution to an apparent problem of police control. Since it appears they don't have one, he's offering his own volunteer internal affairs department for DART Police at no charge. He is donating his time, and he's following up on the issues. Jim stands up for the common man and represents the best of the Dallas community. A man with this kind of courage deserves a salute.
See also Jim Schutze's related article on Dec. 8, 2005, Bus Gestapo.
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Your Own Music Map
Pandora helps you discover new music you'll love. Just enter your favorite song or artist.
LivePlasma has a music feature offering a visual search engine showing all the artists or bands who fit your musical tastes. Try the movie feature also.
Thursday, February 16, 2006
My First Job - Buffalo News
Just imagine - a kid delivering newspapers on a bicycle through 3 Buffalo winters, not to mention the rain, shine, sleet and hail throughout the other seasons. And besides that, I had a huge route with over 230 customers.
Did it make a man of me? Well, it taught me courtesy, discipline and respect. It also taught me about responsibility and maybe even a little about money management. Not bad for a first job.
Over the years that followed, I often relied on the lessons I learned as a newsboy. I like to think I was industrious, hardworking and honest. I also had learned to be sensitive to customers. And, I tried to always be polite and remember to say, "Thank you."
Thank you, Buffalo News, for your contribution to my upbringing.
Sunday, February 12, 2006
Remember the Troops on Valentine's Day
technorati tags: support, troops, family, valentines
Friday, February 10, 2006
A Kid's Introduction to Musical Instruments
Check out the Dallas Symphony Orchestra - Kids site with a clever Music Room. Click on the piano's music sheets to listen to various musical instruments.
PBS has PBS: Instruments of the Orchestra with a fun matching game. Click on the "Listen" button, listen to the instrument being played, and then select which instrument below is the one you heard.
Thursday, February 09, 2006
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Driving and the Law
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
I watched the videos on the LEAP site, and I was deeply impressed.
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Rose - Classy
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Favorite Kids Sites
The easiest way to learn your basic math is with flash cards, and this site has it all automated. If you're having trouble with certain numbers, use the Non-java flash cards. For speed, use your computer's Numbers keypad and Enter key. Besides automated math flash cards, this site also has practise for counting money and telling time.
A very realistic helicopter game. Win by successfully flying through all four levels. Lots of fun.
This is one of the better concentration games. It delivers a score as well as timing. A good way to see if your memory works.
An excellent Simon game found on the Kidz Page. Another memory game.
Here's a great one-person online Scrabble game. It has almost all of the features of Scabble automated.
This link is to a strategy page for Tic Tac Toe. You open the game in another window, and then you can either play or use it to learn how to win or draw . . . but never lose. It's all mathematics.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
All My Blogs
For my first blog, I turned to LiveJournal. It was free, but I quickly subscribed to their inexpensive Pro service for the added features. They have a huge user community that relys on individual interests to develop social networks. At one time, I could take my interests and search against the entire database. Out would pop five to ten people who had or said they had interests very similar to my own. That search feature was eventually discontinued.
I moved on to try 20-Six's beautiful layouts and friendly service. Then I went to TypePad who offered features that I couldn't get without a paid subscription. After a blogging hiatus of about a year, I looked at Multiply and then tried AOL Journal and then finally settled on Blogger. My current blog is through Blogger and is hosted on my business web site G.R. Jenkin & Associates.
I'm now also trying out WordPress. I have heard many good things about it, and I'm impressed with its layouts.
Blogs I've Used
Garry's Blog - Blogger - this is the blog I'm currently usingBlogs Editors I'm looking at
Garry's Blog - 20-Six - a free UK blog with excellent features
Garry's Blog - AOL Journal - AOL's free blog
Garry's Blog - LiveJournal - a free blog with a large user community. I also used Pro.
Garry's Blog - Tagworld - a free blog with interesting design
Garry's Home - Multiply - a free blog with interesting design
Garry's Blog - TypePad - excellent design features but not free
Garry's Journal - WordPress - a free system with very nice layout templates
Saturday, January 14, 2006
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Other expressions are there also . . .
[Hello] [Good morning] [Good afternoon] [Good evening] [Good night] [How are you?] [Goodbye] [Please] [Thank you] [What is your name?] [My name is...] [Do you speak English?] [Yes] [No] [Welcome]What's missing? I can think of a couple. How about, "What is this?" or "How do you say ...?"
Monday, January 09, 2006
Skyscrapers and Skylines
See also DallasSky.com for the beauty of the Dallas' skyline.
Sunday, January 08, 2006
My niece has years of experience in dance and so I especially appreciate it coming from her.
Tags: dance blogging weblog deaf garry's_blog
Friday, January 06, 2006
Something to ponder in the upcoming weeks of plenty food: the world hunger map.
According to the map, 16% of the world is undernourished. In many locations, over 35% of the population are undernourished. In Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 70% are undernourished.
Thanks to LOGOS for the link.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Friday, December 30, 2005
A Favorite Photo
I posted a few of my photos on Flickr and Buzznet. My photo of an orchid got quite a few views and, more importantly, it received a favorite rating from one of Flickr's kind appreciative souls. I'm surprised how good it made me feel.
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Meme - Advice for the Bride-to-be
Honor each other in words and deeds.
Think of the other one first.
Be flexible, compassionate and caring.
Keep a sense of humor.
(from a 62-year old grandfather, married twice)
Respect each other.
Don't try to control.
Make up your own mind and don't make it up for others.
Don't push yourself on others.
(from a 90-year old great-grandfather, married for 67 years)
Don't try to be someone you're not.
Communicating is important; money is the problem.
(from a 67-year old grandfather)
War & Casualties and Saddam Hussein
The below sites help give us an overview of war, casualties and costs.
The Education Section of the Nobel eMuseum offers a timeline map in Flash that covers conflicts throughout the 20th Century. Move throughout the map and zoom in for specific data.
Wars, Massacres and Atrocities of the Twentieth Century
Matthew White offers a timeline with year-by-year death toll over the 20th Century. Advance to next slides for quarterly maps and excellent summaries. Some data is a few years old, but very well done. Also, see the main site, Historical Atlas of the Twentieth Century. Lots of info here. A well-done to author of the site and librarian, Matthew White.
Americans Killed/Wounded by Action
The American War Library has a very comprehensive table of the number of Americans killed in wars from 1775 to the present. Included is the Cost of the Wars.
Statistical Summary - America's Major Wars
LSU's Civil War Center offers a statistical summary of America's major wars and breaks it into three important tables: Military Participation Ratios, Casualties and Financial Costs in 1990-dollars. Thanks to our friends in the Allied Coalition, the Gulf War was probably America's least expensive war.
Wars and Genocides of the 20th Century
Piero Scaruffi has an excellent site listing wars and casualties ranging from 1860 to 2003. During the 20th Century, 160 million people died in wars.
The Wide World of War
Fact Monster provides an excellent collection of interesting details dealing with war. Included is everything from Battles That Changed History to A Who's Who of Warriors. Also valuable is the Timeline of U.S. Military Operations.
Saturday, December 24, 2005
The Wonderful World of Color Scheme Generators
Color Scheme Generator
WellStyled.com has a generator with lots of choices - mono, contrast, triad, tetrad and analogic styles and variations for all.
Color Scheme Tool
SteelDolphine.com has a nice easy-to-use tool that offers five-color schemes and many variations.
Color Palette Creator
SlayerOffice.com has a palette tool that provides 10 shades of any base color and multiple options for changes.
Bagism's ColorMaker is very handy by letting you vary and test text colors and backgrounds. Then you can save the script. Many related links are included.
A well-done to ColorSchemer.com. Includes buttons for lightening and darkening.
A four-panel side-by-side color combination viewer and quite a few other viewers. Very comprehensive. Can be downloaded for offline use.
And something different:
When you get tired of playing with colors, just pick a randomly generated blog site and use that design for your own.
A nice simple color scheme generator by StrangeBanana.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Sunday, December 18, 2005
Thursday, December 15, 2005
The Incarceration Mentality
"One is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed, but by the punishments that the good have inflicted; and a community is infinitely more brutalized by the habitual employment of punishment than it is by the occasional occurrence of crime."
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
"Treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of civilization of any country."
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Visualization with Search Engines
KartOO is a metasearch engine with visual display interfaces. KartOO is too cool.
This is a great visual search engine that will allow you to identify all the artists that fit your musical tastes. Compare this with the currently popular Pandora.
This is one of the top visual search engines.
Visually browse the ODP - Open Directory Project.
and for related resources . . .
Mind Mapping Resource Center
Mind mapping is a popular brainstorming tool. The Mind Mapping Resource Center has collected the best resouces and tools on this subject into one convenient location.
Religion and Politics Self-test
Even if you don't know what faith you are, Belief-O-Matic knows. Answer 20 short quetions about your concept of god, the afterlife, human nature, and more, and Belief-O-Matic will tell you what religion (if any) you practice . . . or ought to consider practicing.
On the Issues has a self-quiz where you can check out your own political beliefs. Select the Quizzes Tab at the top and then go down to the quiz, "Politics Match Quiz of Your Political Philosophy." You can even compare your opinions with those of top U.S. leaders.