Residents weigh option to stay and face Gustav's fury What would you do?

Posted: 8/31/2008 by Floyd in Labels:
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If I left, I'll probably lose my job," said Jeremiah O'Farrell, another dishwasher who is staying put. "I really don't have anywhere to go if I could leave. I could go home, but that doesn't seem like the thing to try. Too far, I guess.

I just can't believe this? People our jobs can be replaced and our lives can not, it is best to to try and get out of harms way and I am sure that many have no money and some may not even have possessions but our priority one should be for our own lives first and God help us I know that mayor Nagin and those involved are surely not charging anything for this or at least the information I have at this time is not of this fact, if everyone has to pay that opens another can of worms, I would like to know more about this if I could.

The thing is, he continued, "most people don't have cars to leave, don't have money for gas. Pay for a hotel for that long? I mean, you have to do whatever you have to do, and I guess I'm gonna stay and work.
From what I've heard on the news busses are there to remove people and why think about a hotel? I thought these people were being taken to a shelter? I can relate to the statement above if I were there without any money but would I stay? Probably not if I could get out any way I would do that, I value my life rather highly since it is the only one I have.

But we can all relate to this on the money issue, and it would be scary to have to leave and not be able to go anywhere, see in this stagnant economy average people are living from paycheck to paycheck and that is just the way it is in America right now and when we come into a natural disaster where we are against a rock and a hard place, I could get fairly or a whole lot political from here but I won't go there to lose my train of thought on these people faced with a situation here on their lives or living on the street and starvation, I am saying I would leave any way I could, but see I'm not really in the situation so it is speculation on my part I am only saying what I would do.

The storm keeps cranking up and looks to make landfall west of New Orleans, it is scary to say the least to be one of those in the wake of this mighty storm called Gustav, hoping the experts are wrong and the levees hold and praying that all residents reach safety.
Strapped for cash, some in New Orleans stay and hope - CNN.com
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Palin has security experience because Alaska is close to Russia?

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Cindy McCain weighs in on Palin's security experience,

Testing Template DFMarine para Blogger

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O.K guys last one for a while I have covered pretty much of the mostly new ones and a lot of the good ones out there, this one is no different. Two column but has stuff at the top you can add on the header part and I like the social buttons feature you can put your feed, technorati link,and digg link in there if you have those, another neat quality is the drop down feature this one has look in the sidebar toward the bottom and you will see what I mean this thing is really neat and the first template I have tried that really took it this far.

I probably could put my whole sidebar in these links alone, it is really a neat feature of this template, I also have the comment box enabled like wordpress now some I have tried out the comment box does not work like it does with this template, a lot of work went into this one. Follow directions on how to change your date format so the calendar shows up o.k.

Template DFMarine para Blogger

Minnesota raid, just before the RNC convention

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Authorities said that the RNC Welcoming Committee had been planning and training to block delegates from getting to the convention in downtown St. Paul, to attack police lines and even break into the Xcel Energy Center, where the convention is scheduled to open Monday morning.
Video from youtube firedog lake.

Testing (again) Plantilla para blogger Subtlebeauty | Aborregate

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I believe just the other day I tested this one out here but had problems, I think I might have messed up some code or other? Anyway you see how it looks it looks pretty good, I like the color combination of this one real light and airy, however I like revolution also cause I can put a lot of stuff on it, 3 column is a lot different than this 2 column.

I did not change the original font on this template but I was thinking about it, I did however increase the size a little from 76% up to 80%, makes it a little easier for me to see, to make the date show up right the format needs to be; 09 March 2008 in that format.

I think the 2 column is fairly good as long as they are not cluttered, even this one is cluttered somewhat and need to get rid of a few more things, also with this one as you see the top navigation is not like the revolution template so I took off some links to cut down on clutter, clutter is your worst enemy. Anyway if you like this color combo check it out and if the font is to small just increase it a little, all in all this is a great looking template and works in blogger very well.

Plantilla para blogger Subtlebeauty | Aborregate

Gustav Now Major Hurricane -- And Picking Up Steam

Posted: 8/30/2008 by Floyd in Labels:
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Declared a Category 4 storm Saturday afternoon, Hurricane Gustav continues to strengthen and will soon reach Category 5 status—the highest—according to U.S. officials.

Gustav is poised to deliver a punishing blow to western Cuba late Saturday before entering the Gulf of Mexico and passing over a deep, warm current infamous for supercharging storms before targeting the U.S. Gulf Coast (Gulf Coast map).

It is still unclear how Gustav is going to hit land exactly, but the devastation left when Katrina hit was utter devastation and chaos. The mayor of New Orleans has issued an evacuation and from what I've been reading there seems to be more buses this time to get people out.
This hurricane has the possibility to reach a cat 5 storm status and New Orleans has started taking precautions, but an article back in 2006 leaves us to believe the levees could be of sub standard construction, we can only hope that they will hold, but as the hurricane bears down we can also pray for all those on the coast to remain safe and un-harmed.
Gustav Now Major Hurricane -- And Picking Up Steam

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Plantilla para blogger tipo revista Revolution | Aborregate

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Testing Revolution template, folks this one has it all and now I have tweaked it for about the second day and still have stuff I'm not using, template boasts a 280px sidebar on the left plus, a drop down tab feature built right in, see it on the left where I have search, translate and labels in it.

On the right boasts two more sidebars at 140px each, you want a link system? look at the top have my subscribe feed and comments, e-mail and other services I subscribe to and still more room to go.

Check out these templates, this is one of my favorite sites for templates and if you want a lot of storage space for stuff check Revolution it should fit the bill nicely. This one I believe also comes with the read more option built in, I have not yet but look at that name with the hot link at the bottom it says Floyd which is me, you can direct this and have it subscribe your feed, this template has the most features that I have ever tried out before, on the read more feature I am not for sure because I use my own for that.
Plantilla para blogger tipo revista Revolution | Aborregate


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Palin faces ethics investigations in Alaska - John McCain News- msnbc.com

Posted: 8/29/2008 by Floyd in Labels:
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In naming her as his vice presidential running mate Friday, Sen. John McCain hailed Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as “someone who has fought against corruption.” But Palin is under two ethics investigations springing from accusations that she abused her office to pursue a personal grudge.

Look how the tables have turned, ? you may ask? Well, for the last month John McCain has been running adds trying to brain wash me, subtle laugh, and me of all people a dag gumm Bible and Gun carrying LIBERAL, but anyway lets cut to the chase and this is it;

How in the name of God am I or any American who has watched the adds on television trust someone like John McCain? Who has preached lies and deceits and innuendos about the experience of Barack Obama and then appoint someone he has met one time in his life.

Palin faces ethics investigations in Alaska - John McCain News- msnbc.com

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A health care policy adviser for the McCain campaign told a newspaper reporter that nobody in the United States is technically uninsured, because everyone has access to hospital emergency rooms.

"So I have a solution [to the health care crisis]. And it will cost not one thin dime," John Goodman, president of the National Center for Policy Analysis, told the Dallas Morning News in an interview published Thursday.

In other words let's take health care off the table everyone has at least some of it, this just gets better and better, this is coming from a McCain advisor and it proves again just how out of touch the campaign is on the issues of Americans.

CNN Political Ticker: All politics, all the time Blog Archive - McCain adviser: Everyone in U.S. has some health coverage « - Blogs from CNN.com

Testing template natural beauty from Aborregate, B's template

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Ha Ha Ha,,B's template, no it don't say that but, it is a nice template I also liked the one listed just below this post but had some problems with the images? Most of these templates say the images have been taken care of already, let's see how this one runs?


As I said before this site has some very nice templates, just check it out and see what you find. It bugs me about IE-8 still can't see the favicon I have here, it is appropriate isn't it.

Aborregate | Plantillas blogger y Recursos para diseñadores web

Testing Plantilla para blogger Subtlebeauty | Aborregate

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Wow this template is simply great that is all I can say, it is a subtle and yes it is a beauty, the other one I tested see the post below, was called Midnight and that one was a treat this one is a lot lighter but it is a great looking template I will run it a while and see how it goes, thinking of installing Midnight on my other blog and I hardly ever try out dark themes.

easy to install and runs like a dream so far I have also downloaded IE-8 (again) and this version is much improved over the other version it runs fast, but, it could have been the tweaks I put into it also, but so far it is running great, but, that is another post and another day.

Go over and check out these templates though you won't be sorry you did, still have some more tweaking on this page to do, bring my sidebar back a little lighter from the previous template, since lady B. is my best reader I have one for her later to put up maybe by the middle of next week or sooner that is if she don't like this one, later,,,,,,,,

Plantilla para blogger Subtlebeauty | Aborregate

McCain American workers won't do it? For $50 an hour

Posted: 8/28/2008 by Floyd in Labels:
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McCain in a speech touting that Americans will not pick lettuce even for $50 an hour, now this is someone who has real confidense in American workers,,a little straight talk from the straight talk express.

Joe Cirincione: Joe Knows National Security

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Joe Biden I agree does know security and foreign relations, I think Obama made a great choice in picking Biden for the veep slot. Found this article at the Huffington Post concerning a speech Joe made in 2001 and found it very interesting;

On September 10, 2001, Senator Biden, then (as now) chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, prophetically warned of the new Bush administration's exclusive focus on missile defenses in a speech at the National Press Club. He said, "We will have diverted all that money to address the least likely threat while the real threats come into this country in the hold of a ship, or the belly of a plane, or are smuggled into a city in the middle of the night in a vial in a backpack."

Joe Cirincione: Joe Knows National Security

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This template is based on Midnight, original design of Freecsstemplates adapted to a blogger  and is licensed under a Creative Commons.  It can be used at no charge, with the only requirement that the credits are respected on both pages.

If you click on the link below and don't speak English then it will have to be translated, I use FoxLingo for my translating and just click auto trans on the toolbar.
This is a two column template so I am still tweaking this thing, you can't have to much clutter in the sidebar on the two column sidebar, it probably could support a three column but have not tried it out yet, if you like it dark give this one a try.

Almost forgot the favicon I'm using is at this link; It's a candle, fits perfect with this or choose another one, the possibilities are endless with this template,,enjoy.
Plantilla para blogger Midnight | Aborregate

RAPEX - THE ANTI-RAPE CONDOM

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DUE TO PUBLIC DEMAND CREATED BY RECENT PUBLICITY, WE ARE BUSY CREATING A COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION PACKAGE TO TELL YOU ALL ABOUT THIS EXITING NEW PATENTED PRODUCT.

Come on guys read more of this article about rapex, could it be a deterrent to rape itself? This site is rather busy concerning this product, I would like to hear more about it to say whether this could be a help.


PATENT NO: PCT/ZA2005/00138

RAPEXTM is a new product that was developed to empower women to defend themselves against rapists. RAPEXTM is a device used by women to prevent rape and to identify the rapist. The RAPEXTM prototype was launched on 31 August 2005, at Kleinmond, Cape Province, South Africa.

The RAPEXTM Team is in the process of compiling a tender document in order to source the most suitable investors/manufacturers/distributors globally. Interested parties can forward their contact details to the following address: info@rapestop.net.

RAPEX - THE ANTI-RAPE CONDOM


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Testing template Made In Spain

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This template is different indeed, I like this one also, plus it loads kind of fast also, the reason I shorten the comments RSS and Posts RSS subscribe feed is because the comments rss was bleeding out onto the notebook and I like my notebook not to have the yellow coming up on it.

Get a copy of the template to download for yourself at; BTemplates, it is a nice one and it sets up fairly easy just have to change a few things, I have not tested other browsers yet but in firefox in the layout mode it looks a little messed up what I did; Wanted to move up my translate to the top of the page, I went into edit html and moved it to the top there.Get the favicon here (Purple Pencil) or anything. You will want to add the html you get there right before </head> of your template.

Now as I mentioned before on the footer you see below the actual blog, go into html of the template and scroll almost to the very bottom look for this;
  
</div> <!-- end content-wrapper -->
     </div> <!--end center-->
<div class='footer section' id='footer'><div id='footer-wrapper'>
<a expr:href='data:blog.homepageUrl'><data:blog.title/></a> -
Diseño de:  <a href='http://www.blogsmadeinspain.blogspot.com' shape='rect' title='Blogger Templates'> A. Zambrana</a>, adaptando una plantilla de <a href='http://finalsense.com/services/blog_templates/index.htm' shape='rect' title='Blogger Templates'> Finalsense</a>
  </div>

</div>

Whatever you want to add in the footer add it after this line;

<div class='footer section' id='footer'><div id='footer-wrapper'>

Testing template vista 84

Posted: 8/26/2008 by Floyd in Labels:
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Well had to do a lot of updating to this one in the form of changing everything to my feed address, but all in all this template looks very well and performs well also, it has one large sidebar and one smaller one.

Has the read more feature built right into this template, go over to 84 productions and check this one out for yourself, it has an option in wordpress to search pages, the last thing I learned was the search box up to the top will have to be set for your blog, instructions are on the site where the template is, the favicon did not come with it I got this at favicon.ico Generator just scroll down the page and you will see it.



This is a neat looking template, check it out and it comes with a little built into it already.

Checking out Opera 9.5,speed demon

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Testing Opera 9.5 browser, I noticed something right off this thing is blazing fast. I don't think that it can integrate the Windows Live Writer? Or, I have not found a way to do it yet which is possible also.

I am using the Blog This link you find in blogger and it seems to work well with it.

Has lots of different skins that goes with it also just click on tools and appearance and get more skins to check them out, or you can go to this page Opera Skins and check them out there. I don't claim to be an expert but the browser so far has ran good for me.

I tried this one out but it was a while back but it seems to have improved quite a lot since those days, browser has a lot of features to it and to many to mention so I suggest give this one a try and see how it works for you.

Opera browser: Home page

Forestle colors your search green

Posted: 8/25/2008 by Floyd in Labels:
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Search with Google but save a few trees while you are at it, thanks to ars technia  for posting this post called Forestle turns Google searches green. Everyone sometimes thinks about doing something, anything to help out our environment as much as we can and by using this search which is still Google we can do just that.

Forestle.org is an independent, nonprofit site based out of Germany, and it was officially launched today after a period of beta testing. Results are delivered through Google, so they are as good as one might expect from a favorite search engine. So what's this pony's trick? According to the folks behind Forestle, all of the site's income (minus administrative costs, of course) from sponsored links is donated to The Nature Conservancy's adopt an acre program that helps to sustain the world's rainforests.

Forestle

Astro colorful blogger template | ThemeLib

Posted: 8/24/2008 by Floyd in Labels:
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Well changed the template again but you guys and gals out there who visit me often see this for yourselves,I have to say this is one of the colorful templates I have ever tried out,mostly I go for the minimal look but had to give this color a shot. It also has a wide sidebar I believe about 277px. And the performance of the template itself is outstanding,themelib has a lot of neat looking templates over there so check them out.

Template installs easy,in Firefox I simply open up two tabs,in other words go into layout and edit hotmail and open another tab and do the same,select all and delete the html that is on the right tab and paste your new template there,remember the one on the left is the old template,just copy the html you need from the old one and paste it in the new. I will post later on what exactly I do and it will be easy for you,if you mess up don't panic,just close the right tab and you are back where you started from.

Astro colorful blogger template | ThemeLib

Lifestyles of The Rich & Out of Touch : McCain vs. Minnesota.

Posted: 8/22/2008 by Floyd in Labels: ,
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Take a look at John McCain's ten homes valued at $13,823,269,,take a look at McCain's response to a simple question of how many houses he actually owned; "I think — I'll have my staff get to you," McCain responded to a question posed by Politico, according to a story Thursday on the publication's Web site. "It's condominiums where — I'll have them get to you."

McCain did get back and tell Politico he owned at least four in three states,take a look at the foreclosures on the rise in America for example San Diego; The July foreclosure tally was a record high since DataQuick began monitoring mortgage failures in 1988. It marked the county's 40th consecutive month of year-over-year increases in both foreclosures and notices of default, the start of the foreclosure process.

Should we just worry about the issues and quit talking about this,why sure we can but does Fox want to do that? Of course not meanwhile; Comment: This election cycle, apparently, it's OK to be married to an extremely wealthy heiress and she is to be left alone. Not a peep so far about the recently surfaced two half-sisters, whom Cindy McCain has disregarded to the point of claiming to be an "only child."

I think it would be in Obama's best interest to start right here, I call this web site McCain for Veterans? The voting record should be at the top of all veterans lists of Mr. straight talk McCain.

Lifestyles of The Rich & Out of Touch : McCain vs. Minnesota.

News Hounds

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Well let's test it and see what happens the program is free and it set up fairly easy on my PC,I have become paranoid since junk hijacked IE last year and have switched my security from what I was using to a free version,,I have also installed Windows Defender on my computer and I have Avira free home edition as well,in head to head tests Avira seems to be the better choice so I settled down with it for a while and see how it performs. In firewalls the c-o-m-o-d-o firewall seems to come out on top in individual tests so I am going to try it and see how it does.
It is hard to believe that some of the free stuff might do as well or better than the paid stuff,I had the paid stuff and was still attacked. The only way to give anything a fair test is to go ahead and use it and see how it performs for you. Comodo has also a high rating from PC Magazine this article is a couple years old but received very good marks from them. Here is a test you can also download to see how the firewall is performing for you, Avira came out also at 100% in the PC-defense test,after my brush with disaster I decided to go another way and as others have said there are great defenses out there that are free to use.
 Here is another free one to check out called Rising Antivirus,this one I have never tried so I can't tell you anything about it except it gets great reviews.
related article in this blog; Free security software,Avast,AVG and Avira
Five antivirus programs ace the PC-defense test
By Mark Joseph Edwards
Avira Antivir and four commercial programs come out on top in tests of 37 antivirus packages.
Firewall 3.0 for Computer Security - Overview

Blogger: Import Page Element,an irritating problem

Posted: 8/20/2008 by Floyd in Labels:
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Blogger is having a serious problem I don't know how long it will last but this is it,when you try to import a widget in blogger like before it gives an error page. When you are about to import you will come to this page;
Blogger- Import Page Element_1219287280006
O.K The next photo is what you get if you click on ADD WIDGET;
Blogger- Error performing your request_1219287487743
Here is some of what the error says;

We're sorry, but we were unable to complete your request.

When reporting this error to Blogger Support or on the Blogger Help Group, please:
  • Describe what you were doing when you got this error.
  • Provide the following error code and additional information.
Hogwash come on blogger grab a handle on this but, in the meantime do not click on ADD WIDGET which will only bring you to this error. What you need to do is click on Edit Content,this will bring up a box with some code in it,copy all of this code and go to your Layout page of your blog and add the content manually. I don't know how long it has been going on but I do know it is a problem this is a temporary work around fix for it.

Free security software,Avast and AVG also Avira

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avast! antivirus Home Edition is available free of charge for non-commercial home use ONLY. You can find more detailed information about the product here. If you are not a home user or if you use your computer for business purposes, avast! Home Edition is not licensed  for such use. Instead, we offer a wide range of more suitable products which provide higher data security for commercial use, starting with avast! Professional Edition.
It does require you register for the software and it gives you a key,but it is rather easy to set up and seems to do very well, I will let you know if I get a virus,LOl..I did get one about a year and a half ago but do you know what I was using? Norton, so if this one is free why not give it a shot,AVG is also free but this one has a nice sleek interface. I have Windows Defender from Microsoft another neat little free program for spyware.
AVG is a good one also, I know a computer guy who repairs my computer when it needs it and he has used AVG for over two years without any problems at all,so AVG is another good free one. Here lately the good ones are getting more and more expensive,,O.K want me now to list the best? This is it but it costs a little money,,Kapersky is what you need,,the anti virus is $59.95 and the Internet Security is $79.95,,you can download a free trial of this to use for 30 days and try it out,,I will probably end up getting this one,but if you are pressed for money the two I mentioned above work quite well.
Windows Defender works well with all of these I mentioned,so get it just for some extra protection on prevention of spyware. I believe it to be a good prevenative and have used it for a while so I can say without any problems,,although I am using Avast,I hav also used AVG and have used Windows Defender with each of these with no problems so far.
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Avira is another free one out there but I am unfamiliar with this one compared with the other 2, you can check it out at; http://www.free-av.de/de/download/1/download_avira_antivir_personal__free_antivirus.html
Support for Avira here; http://www.free-av.de/de/support/index.html

Support for Avast tells about configuring proxy for web shield,,etc.
http://support.avast.com/
Free virus removal tool; http://www.avast.com/eng/avast-virus-cleaner.html

Support for AVG
http://www.grisoft.com/ww.support

avast! 4 Home Edition - FREE antivirus software - Download

Zempt,open-source desktop blog publisher and editor

Posted: 8/19/2008 by Floyd in Labels:
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Have not tried this one out yet,sounds as though it might be a good little tool and it's free so you can't beat the price,excerpt from home page;
Zempt is a multi-blog offline writing and posting tool for bloggers. It runs on the desktop and works with all kinds of blog software including WordPress, MoveableType, Typepad, and any other blog software or service that supports the MetaWeblog API.
The latest version is 0.5.113.     Source; Zempt

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Greg nailed this one down,,Obama's response on McCain defying Iraqi government's desire for a withdrawal timeline.
"All his bluster, distortions and negative attacks notwithstanding, it is hard to understand how Senator McCain can at once proclaim his support for the sovereign government of Iraq, and then stubbornly defy their expressed support for a timeline to remove our combat brigades from their country. The difference in this race is that John McCain is intent on spending $10 billion a month on an open-ended war, while Barack Obama thinks we should bring this war to a responsible end and invest in our pressing needs here at home."
That is one of the best sound bites I've heard in a long time.
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TPM Election Central | Talking Points Memo | Obama Campaign: McCain Is Defying Iraqi Government's Desire For Withdrawal Timeline

Google launches Free The Airwaves | News - Wireless - CNET News.com

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Google on Monday announced the launch of FreetheAirWaves.com, a site promoting the unlicensed use of "white space" spectrum.

With the Federal Communications Commission expected to rule in the coming months on how to allocate unused bandwidth, Google is working with other technology companies like Dell and Microsoft to lobby for unlicensed white space, and the Web site aims to bring public awareness to the issue. The FCC recently completed field tests on spectrum interference to inform its decision.

Click on free the air waves dot com above to get a better idea of what they are talking about a lot of spectrum will be freed up when television goes digital next year. Go over to the web site and watch the videos there it will explain everything and sign the petition while you're over there.

Google launches Free The Airwaves | News - Wireless - CNET News.com

Justice Dept. Moves Toward Charges Against Contractors in Iraq Shooting - washingtonpost.com

Posted: 8/17/2008 by Floyd in Labels:
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Federal prosecutors have sent letters to six of Blackwater security guards involved in a shooting in Iraq that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead the Washington Post is reporting.

An Iraqi government investigation concluded that the security contractors fired without provocation. Blackwater has said its personnel acted in self-defense.

Justice Dept. Moves Toward Charges Against Contractors in Iraq Shooting - washingtonpost.com

http://withinreason.blogspot.com/2007/09/blackwater-in-hot-water.html

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I tested the IE-8 which can be downloaded here; http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/ie/ie8/default.mspx
Here is the deal I can not get IE-8 to stay open on my blog right here, I deleted IE-8 and went back to 7 and it opened just fine with no errors. In my opinion 8 is worse than 7? If you can believe that, I use firefox all the time but just tried the IE-8 to check it out, maybe it is something I am doing wrong I don't know maybe it was a bad install whatever, as far as I'm concerned they can keep it.

I will just stick with firefox, Avant runs on IE engine as well as Maxthon neither of these have any problems, Opera has no problems, even sea monkey has no problems, but IE-8 just don't get it.
Within Reason

How we feel vs our elected officials on our environmental issues

Posted: 8/13/2008 by Floyd in Labels:
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The mainstream media is shy to report about  the extreme religious beliefs that inform Michele Bachmann's politics. In a recent interview with a Christian news reporter, Bachmann  let her hair down  that the Bible, not science is dictating her policy on energy and the environment:"(Pelosi) is committed to her global warming fanaticism to the point where she has said that she's just trying to save the planet. We all know that someone did that over 2,000 years ago, they saved the planet -- we didn't need Nancy Pelosi to do that," says Bachmann.
When will the mainstream media start reporting about Michele Bachmann's wacky religious extremism?


Picked this up over at the Daily Kos and it got me to thinking how we feel vs how the ones we elect feel and moreover how they interpret law based on their beliefs and even deeper how they hone that belief to justify their agenda.



We use the planet to our benefit and we carve it to our will to make our daily life easier for us and for the most part a lot of us do not consider the effects on animals,water,or air that surrounds us. My problem with this officials response is that the way I'm reading this correct me if I'm wrong, but the way I'm reading this is that she is trying to interject Christ's belief on the environment?

Jesus loved all creature's the tiger,the polar bear I mean the list is endless I could go on forever but you get the idea. Now think about this,are we to believe that he would go along with endangering an animal that could be harmed or even become extinct for the profit of others? Would he go along with us polluting our air and killing ourselves slowly? I mean it seems to me that this argument could be used both ways.

Along with producing most of the nation's pork, some 12,000 factory-style farms -- concentrated in Iowa, North Carolina, and a dozen other states -- create huge volumes of harmful air pollutants. Ammonia and hydrogen sulfide from pig waste have caused health problems ranging from asthma to neurological disorders.

The Environmental Protection Agency began cracking down on factory farm violations of the Clean Air Act in the final years of the Clinton administration, initiating three precedent-setting enforcement actions against Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs).

But shortly after the Bush administration took over, the agency started to reverse course. Michele Merkel, the EPA staff attorney who led the first Clean Air case against a factory farm in 1999, says that she was instructed to stop looking for new factory farm violations of the Clean Air Act in January 2002. "My boss told me that orders had come from the political appointees higher up that I was not to initiate any new enforcement actions on CAFOs," she said.

It is the thoughts of our elected officials who shape our environmental policy in this country as we see being done years ago as the policies were rolled back to accommodate the arms of big business,do you think our officials roll back policies and go backward on progress for our benefit?

Look at recent articles in the news concerning the endangered species act,,it's all coming back to us now: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was approving pesticides for use without, in many cases, checking with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Service, the agencies that are supposed to "consult," under the rules. Instead, EPA turned to those agencies only in selected cases in which the EPA thought there might be something harmful about the pesticide that would concern them. http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/environment/archives/145833.asp

I have used a couple or three examples here of how our elected officials feel on issues that concern not only us but future generations as well,it just rubs me the wrong way for an official to try and say that religion has some kind of agenda or interjection into how we interpret the environment.

How many of us actually study our officials to see what they believe in relation to ours? That is a good question indeed because how they interpret their agenda basically shapes our own.


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Ohio sues e-voting company, can't ditch faulty machines

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It seems the infamous voting machines have slithered their way back into the news these days,Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brenner is suing the firm, seeking unspecified damages for breach of contract and fraud. The suit blames faulty software for losing votes in 11 of the 44 counties that use Premier machines. Also from ARS Technia reporting that this years primary so more flaws in the system,from the machines,an exhaustive study in 2006 of that year's primaries found a host of serious problems related to the voting machines, ranging from inadequate poll-worker training to equipment malfunction.

Here is an article I wrote back in 2006 concerning these faulty machines this is nothing new,Within Reason is your vote really safe? Heck a lot of this software comes from Hugo Chavez's country. Another one I posted concerned the touch screen voting machines in Pennsylvania, Within Reason Lawsuit survives, I mean when is the government going to wake up and do something about all these machines that obviously do not work correctly? I would say when Americans get fed up enough with all the glitches associated with this software,we have the best country on earth but when it comes to securing our vote,we let the big guys at Diebold pull all the levers.

If it were something happening once in a blue moon it would be a little different but this is happening on a continuing basis and looking at the data the trend does not seem to be improving,are you listening CBS,CNN and Fox to name a few,this is the news that concern us. With all the glitches associated with these machines it might be smart to look at alternatives and can't we manufacture the software here? Or do we have to buy it from Hugo just because it is a little cheaper.

Ohio sues e-voting company, can't ditch faulty machines


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IE annoying clicking sound fix it

Posted: 8/12/2008 by Floyd in Labels:
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Ie has an annoying clicking sound when clicking on links to open pages and things like this that firefox don't have,mind you that is not the only reason I use firefox there are many reasons to use firefox the add-ons alone are worth using it and it is very fast also,but back to the ever annoying clicking sound of IE,,


I have downloaded the Avant Browser which runs off the engine of IE but is a whole lot faster,I am sure there is an add-on for spelling but I don't have it yet so bear with me.

This web page will help you fix this annoying sound,if you have windows XP,click on start and then control panel,click on sounds and audio devices,in the pop-up window click on sounds and in the drop down menu choose no sounds and save it that's it no more annoying clicking sound from IE or Avant.

Some might like the sound but I for one can live without it,I know when I click on a link I don't have to hear the sound to know I've done so.

Annoying clicking of IE,fix it

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Ex-chairs: FCC must stop "Victorian" indecency crusade

Posted: 8/10/2008 by Floyd in Labels: ,
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Two former Federal Communications Commission Chairs have asked the Supreme Court to shut down what they call the FCC's "Victorian crusade" against broadcasters. "To effectuate its new clean-up-the-airwaves policy, the Commission has radically expanded the definition of indecency beyond its original conception," warn Newton Minow and Mark Fowler in an amici curiae brief to the high court. The agency has "magnified the penalties for even minor, ephemeral images or objectionable language; and targeted respected television programs, movies, and even non-commercial documentaries."

J.F.K appointed Minow to the FCC in 1960,Minow famously called television a "vast wasteland" and warned that license renewals would no longer be granted automatically to TV stations that filled up their schedules with reruns and commercials.

Folks the bottom line in all this is simply this,we don't let our children watch R rated movies or movies with cursing in them,sex in them or whatever. We have watched violence on T.V forever,Roy Rogers,Gene Autry,Have Gun Will Travel and Gunsmoke to name a few. Now I will admit that a lot of stuff on today is real bad and us as parents should be able to discern what our children will watch, I grew up playing with cap guns and mock wars with Indians,but I have never murdered anyone,anymore we have to many radicals out there making laws for freedom loving people.

Ex-chairs: FCC must stop "Victorian" indecency crusade

The Associated Press: US military deaths in Afghanistan region at 496

Posted: 8/07/2008 by Floyd in Labels: ,
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As of Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008, at least 496 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to the Defense Department. The department last updated its figures Saturday at 10 a.m. EDT.
Suffering the most through this seems to be the children and in all conflicts this holds true,in Afghanistan you girls and even toddlers are being abused and raped from an article at CNN we can view at least in print and try to comprehend the anguish one family is going through,but this is only one family out of many but it gives us a window to look through on some of the horrible conditions associated with this country.
Afghanistan is still the largest opium producer in the world and has held that title for a long time,what also has to be noted is that a survey in 2005 showed that there are 920,000 drug users in a country of 26,000,000 people. The bulk of Afghanistan's poppy production comes from the south, an area where Taliban insurgents wield considerable influence and over which Kabul has only partial control. Security sources say the Taliban takes a 10 percent share of poppy yields.
The Associated Press: US military deaths in Afghanistan region at 496
Related; Afghan children raped U.N official says /Within Reason

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Like no other time in history, the rich in the US are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer. Americans love bootstraps stories of how every American can be rich if he or she just tries hard enough. But the truth is that Americans are trying harder than ever. They are working longer hours, and are more productive than ever before, but are still getting poorer. Somehow the “American Dream” isn’t telling the whole story.

This is very interesting and very telling about how much Americans are or how we exactly feel on the economy and how it works for us and this my friends simply put is are we better off now than we were? If the answer happens to be yes I am better off than I was and am enjoying most prosperity under the Republican based theory of trickle down economics and have we heard this term before? Of course we have it didn't work then and it won't work in the future my friends.

The small stimulus check issued to us grunts in the trenches was of course consumed by the one eyed monster called inflation and the lets make the oil companies more richer scheme know as the sale of gasoline. Economists believe the $168 billion stimulus program will continue to lift the economy in the current quarter.,this is a from the article over at CNBC  and I find that interesting to say the least and would hope that it holds true for us in the long run,however,I can't help but think that my stimulus check was spent as soon as I got it and most of that went to paying on bills and of course lining the pockets of big oil also.

Can the U.S. Economy Be Fixed? Experts Say “Trickle Down” Theory has Only Made Poor Poorer & Rich Richer

Major Discovery from MIT

Posted: 8/02/2008 by Floyd in Labels:
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I was just thinking about how high the gas prices were and how dependent America is on foreign oil and just oil in general, we depend on it to do just about everything for us and most in our minds is that we depend on it to take us back and forth to work. Having said this always in the back of our minds we are hoping that scientists can find something useful and is safe to the environment around us,because our kids and grand kids have to live in this world to. This discovery could transform solar power to a more mainstream alternative to our problems of energy,when we think of solar power naturally we think of the sun and hey the sun has to shine for this energy to even register with us,but what if we could store the extra solar energy for later use? Yes,this got my attention what if it could be stored for later use. Excerpt from article;

Inspired by the photosynthesis performed by plants, Nocera and Matthew Kanan, a postdoctoral fellow in Nocera's lab, have developed an unprecedented process that will allow the sun's energy to be used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gases. Later, the oxygen and hydrogen may be recombined inside a fuel cell, creating carbon-free electricity to power your house or your electric car, day or night.

The key component in Nocera and Kanan's new process is a new catalyst that produces oxygen gas from water; another catalyst produces valuable hydrogen gas. The new catalyst consists of cobalt metal, phosphate and an electrode, placed in water. When electricity -- whether from a photovoltaic cell, a wind turbine or any other source -- runs through the electrode, the cobalt and phosphate form a thin film on the electrode, and oxygen gas is produced.

Combined with another catalyst, such as platinum, that can produce hydrogen gas from water, the system can duplicate the water splitting reaction that occurs during photosynthesis.

The new catalyst works at room temperature, in neutral pH water, and it's easy to set up, Nocera said. "That's why I know this is going to work. It's so easy to implement," he said.

source; MIT News Other related Links; ABC News                                 Homepower Magazine
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[+1278] As Bush Fights for Big Oil, Exxon makes $1,485 a Second

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Just one day after President Bush renewed his demand for Congress to turn over more of America’s natural resources to Big Oil, Exxon Mobil reports the largest quarterly profit in America’s history, an amazing $1,485.55 per second. Over 1,278 diggs on this one folks I am for anyone making large profits but with this they are charging us about triple of what the end product is actually worth. The best thing really is to wean ourselves from the dependency on oil, now with the technology we have today and I have said this time and again, someone should be able to come up with a deal to make a car that the average American can drive and afford.

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