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She was for it, before she was against it; but still claims she said “no thank you”“We need to come to the defense of Southeast Alaska when proposals are on the table like the bridge,” Gov. Palin said in August 2006, according to the local newspaper, “and not allow the spinmeisters to turn this project or any other into something that’s so negative.” […] And while she did take part in stopping the project after it became a national scandal, she did not return the federal money. She just allocated it elsewhere. That’s the most amazing part to me … she claims she finally said “no thank you” to this waste of money … and then she kept the money!!!


A Web Developer’s Analysis of our Presidential Choices“The choice is clear: a Microsoft-supported, business-as-usual site that clings to last decade’s HTML standards? Or an Open Source-powered site, that not only does a better job adhering to standards but embraces change, transparency, and clear communication?” For example, compare 404 pages: Obama vs. McCain. Later: CSS Crimes! My eyes!


EyeWitness to History – History through the eyes of those who lived it — If you are a history buff like me, you’ll find this fascinating. Read first hand accounts of events from The Battle of Marathon, 490 BC, to The Assassination of Gandhi, 1948 … from a story of Michelangelo Painting the Sistine Chapel by one of his students, to an account of Immigrating to America in 1905.


Scientists may have cured cancer last week – more on DCA“Here’s the big catch. Pharmaceutical companies probably won’t invest in research into DCA because they won’t profit from it. It’s easy to make, unpatented and could be added to drinking water.” That’s right, there’s no profit in curing cancer, so the Pharmaceutical industry isn’t interested. Now, what was it you were you saying about letting corporations in the marketplace handle our nation’s heath care problems, rather than the government?


Cindy McCain’s Elitist Wardrobe“One of the persistent memes in the Republican line of attack against Barack Obama is the notion that he is an elitist” … yet Cindy McCain appeared at the convention wearing a $3,000 Oscar de la Renta dress and a $4,500 Chanel J12 White Ceramic watch (not available at Wal-Mart)


A letter from someone who has known Sarah Palin since 1992“I am a resident of Wasilla, Alaska. I have known Sarah since 1992. Everyone here knows Sarah, so it is nothing special to say we are on a first-name basis. Our children have attended the same schools. Her father was my child’s favorite substitute teacher. I also am on a first name basis with her parents and mother-in-law. I attended more City Council meetings during her administration than about 99% of the residents of the city…” And he reports extensively on, not her family, not gossip, but her style of governing. Update:, Um, it’s she and her full email with Google-able name is here.


Why the media should apologize“We have asked questions this week that we should never have asked. We have asked pathetic questions like: Who is Sarah Palin? What is her record? Where does she stand on the issues? And is she is qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency? We have asked mean questions like: How well did John McCain know her before he selected her? How well did his campaign vet her? And was she his first choice? Bad questions. Bad media. Bad.”


Google serves up a fresh take on the browser“Under the hood, we were able to build the foundation of a browser that runs today’s complex web applications much better.” Meanwhile, back at the Redmond Ranch, IE 8 consumes more RAM than Windows XP. And some would remind you, “the bad news is that Internet Explorer version 6 has 25% of the market.” Yep, a quarter of surfers still use a seven year old browser. It’s like carrying a brick-phone around.


ABC Reporter Arrested in Denver Taking Pictures of Senators, Big Donors — Arrested for being on a public sidewalk that a sheriff claimed was owned by the hotel. Of course, it’s on video, and it’s outrageous. The man is clearly on a downtown public sidewalk, yet a cop forces him into the street into oncoming traffic. “During the arrest, one of the officers can be heard saying to Eslocker, ‘You’re lucky I didn’t knock the f..k out of you.’” Well, I hope ABC News sues the “f..k” out of the Denver police department, to remind them who they work for (i.e., the “public,” who owns that “public” sidewalk, not the hotel).


Advertising may replace art at Atlanta airport — Hartsfield General Manager Ben DeCosta says, “We are a commercial society, and I think our society is reflected on the walls of the airport.” How did we become a commercial society? By removing art education from schools, focusing on the Almighty Dollar, and, oh, yeah, taking art off of public walls … in order to make more money. I call that “self-fulfilling idiocy.”


Rep. John Lewis: John McCain’s Wise Man?But even though McCain has now repeatedly cited Lewis as a role model and potential adviser, McCain has not established a relationship with the Georgia Democrat in the 22 years they have served in Congress together […] In response to McCain’s latest invocation of his name, Rep. Lewis said in a statement requested by Mother Jones, “I cannot stop one human being, even a presidential candidate, from admiring the courage and sacrifice of peaceful protesters on the Edmund Pettus Bridge or making comments about it.” But, he added, “Sen. McCain and I are colleagues in the US Congress, not confidantes. He does not consult me. And I do not consult him.


Bolt defies explanation — He set a world record coasting at the end, and“Usain Bolt’s left shoelace appeared to be untied after he crossed the finish line and won the 100-meter final.”


The corporate free ride“Here is a crazy idea to address the United States’ gaping fiscal deficit: Persuade corporate America to start paying taxes. […] It is a uniquely American paradox. This country’s corporate tax rates are among the highest in the industrial world, yet the taxes that corporations pay are among the lowest. With an enormous budget deficit and pressing demands for better health care and other social programs, America can no longer afford free riders.”


It Appears I’m In Good Company … Mostly — Lots of people turning the big Five-O recently or in the next month: Madonna, Holly Hunter, Michelle Pfeiffer, Drew Carey, Kevin Bacon, Prince, Michael Jackson … and me.


Equipment Packing – Olympic Style — In the end, it’s six big ass cases containing about $50,000 in photo gear.


A Small Talk With A Web Designer — So very true… as if building web sites to work in six browsers isn’t bad enough, try troubleshooting umpteen different email applications. Standard reply: “If you’re having problems with your email, you need to contact the people you’re paying to provide it, your ISP or your web host.”


China’s masterplan to mine Olympic Gold takes shape before our eyesWith the Beijing Olympics on the far-distant horizon, a government think-tank isolated the five medal-rich sports in which they were historically weak — athletics, canoeing, rowing, sailing and swimming — counted the medals available (119) and set a programme for chasing them […] “In this country, there are a billion people,” Veikko Sinsalo, the Finland head coach, said yesterday. “So when they started to do talent ID, we all knew what it would lead to. Actually, after Beijing got the Games, the landslide was obvious.”


The Big Picture: War in South Ossetia — The harsh realities of war in 29 photos from Georgia.


Most companies in US avoid federal income taxes — We The People are such suckers. “Two-thirds of U.S. corporations paid no federal income taxes between 1998 and 2005, according to a new report from Congress. The study by the Government Accountability Office, expected to be released Tuesday, said about 68 percent of foreign companies doing business in the U.S. avoided corporate taxes over the same period […] More than 38,000 foreign corporations had no tax liability in 2005 and 1.2 million U.S. companies paid no income tax, the GAO said. Combined, the companies had $2.5 trillion in sales. About 25 percent of the U.S. corporations not paying corporate taxes were considered large corporations, meaning they had at least $250 million in assets or $50 million in receipts.”


After the Bubble, Ghost Towns Across AmericaJust one other family lives in any of the 28 new or unfinished houses on Foxboro Court. Up the street, a sign announcing “Elegant Homes” sits on a lot choked with weeds. The block is as quiet as an old ghost town. Since real-estate tanked, many new planned communities across the country are half-empty, with for-sale signs outnumbering residents by a large margin.


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