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Assorted Links 12/27/09

Silent Monks Singing Halleluia

The Healthcare Jokers: Holiday Celebration

Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes first flight

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Posted December 27, 2009 11:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

pots and pans

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Posted December 19, 2009 12:28 AM  ·  Permalink   ·     ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Assorted Links 12/18/09

So Sweet I can't stand it....

Regulation Vacation Celebration - "I have cholera!"

5 Fabulous New Features Google Unveiled Today

Between the Folds

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Posted December 18, 2009 09:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 8 (Eighth Amendment)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 8 (Amendments 1-10 are known as the Bill Of Rights) (8th Amendment)

Amendment VIII.

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.


The Supreme Court rules death by lethal injection to be Constitutional.

Justice Scalia discussing torture and if it can be defined as "cruel and unusual punishment."

A free download of this Pocket Constitution is available on Scribd.

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Posted December 17, 2009 10:37 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  U.S. Constitution   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

New Facebook Privacy Settings - How to Adjust (December 2009)

Facebook recently changed its default privacy settings, with little advance notice to the majority of its users.

Isn't it about time that we started holding our online brands to the same standards that we hold our offline ones?

Case in point, consider Facebook. In Facebook's relatively short life, there has been the Beacon Debacle (a 'social' advertising model that only Big Brother could love), the Scamville Furor (lead gen scams around social gaming) and now, the Privacy Putsch.

By Privacy Putsch, I am referring to Facebook's new 'Privacy' Settings, which unilaterally invoked upon all Facebook users a radically different set of privacy setting defaults than had been in place during the company's build-up to its current 350 million strong user base.

To put a bow around this one, the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation), not exactly a bastion of radicalism, concluded after comparing Facebook's new privacy settings with the privacy settings that they replaced:

"Is Facebook a Brand that You Can Trust?," by Mark Sigal, Radar, December 2009

Here are a few articles and videos that address how to adjust your Facebook privacy settings.

Facebook privacy settings: What you need to know

Clayton Morris walks you through Facebook's new privacy settings

How to : Facebook privacy settings explained step by step

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Posted December 16, 2009 08:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Assorted Links 12/15/09

VIDEO: Australian Transport Accident Commission celebrates 20 years of disturbing commercials
Slow down. Don't drink and drive. Stay at least 2 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. Do not stop on the side of a busy road, get off before getting out of your car.

William Shatner and Sarah Palin
"Good to finally see those two together." Conan O'Brien

Christmas Music: I Saw Three Ships, Sting

Senator Hatch & Stuart Taylor on the Constitutionality of an Individual Health Insurance Mandate

"If you're not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original."
"Have you ever thought of Shakespeare being 7? He was 7 at some point. He was in somebody's English class wasn't he? How annoying would that be."
-- Ken Robinson, TED, February 2006

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Posted December 15, 2009 10:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 7 (Seventh Amendment)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 7 (Amendments 1-10 are known as the Bill Of Rights) (7th Amendment)

Amendment VII.

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.


"When First My Old, Old Love I Knew," from Gilbert & Sullivan's - Trial By Jury

A free download of this Pocket Constitution is available on Scribd.

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Posted December 13, 2009 01:17 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  U.S. Constitution   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Assorted Links 12/12/09

A scene from Mr. Hulot's Holiday

Fun Biz Markie commercial for TuneUp

Cool Video: Suzuki Motorcycle Assembles Itself

Replace battery in Nike+ sensor for under $5
Or just take it back to an Apple store for replacement....

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Posted December 12, 2009 11:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 6 (Sixth Amendment)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 6 (Amendments 1-10 are known as the Bill Of Rights) (6th Amendment)

Amendment VI.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.


Discussion of whether Casey Anthony, whose case was covered by the national media, could have a fair and impartial jury in any county

Discussion of whether there are any exceptions if a witness cannot be confronted.

6th Amendment, Bill of Rights, Michael Badnarik

6th Amendment Right to Counsel in Wisconsin, Jeff Murrell

A free download of this Pocket Constitution is available on Scribd.

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Posted December 9, 2009 09:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  U.S. Constitution   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Assorted Links 12/8/09

Larry's High Silk Hat

Funiculi, funiculà sung by Beniamino Gigli

The Big Discombobulation

Safe Routes to School

Are You Thankful?

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Posted December 8, 2009 08:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 5 (Fifth Amendment)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 5 (Amendments 1-10 are known as the Bill Of Rights) (5th Amendment)

Amendment V.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Prof. James Duane, Regent University School of Law

Officer George Bruch, Virginia Beach Police Department

5th Amendment (pt.1) - Michael Badnarik Bill of Rights Class

5th Amendment (pt.2) - Michael Badnarik Bill of Rights Class


A free download of this Pocket Constitution is available on Scribd.

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Posted December 6, 2009 10:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  U.S. Constitution   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Assorted Links 12/5/09

The Bohr-Einstein Debates, With Puppets from Chad Orzel.

The Continuing Drama of the Document-Swiping Deputy
What the hell?

What is Sarah Palin?

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Posted December 5, 2009 10:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 4 (Fourth Amendment)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 4 (Amendments 1-10 are known as the Bill Of Rights) (4th Amendment)

Amendment IV.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

4th Amendment - Michael Badnarik Bill of Rights Class

U.S. Constitution 4th Amendment is Dead in America

Consent = Legal Search, from Flex Your Rights

Don't Get Tricked!, from Flex Your Rights


A free download of this Pocket Constitution is available on Scribd.

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Posted December 4, 2009 11:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·     ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Assorted Links 12/2/09

I must be going!

  • Congressional Dynamics and the Legislative Process, December 3, 2009
  • How to Find, Track, and Monitor Congressional Documents: Going Beyond Thomas, with WiFi Classroom, December 4, 2009
  • Advanced Federal Budget Process, December 7-8, 2009
  • Advanced Legislative Strategies, December 9-11, 2009
  • Research Tools and Techniques: Refining Your Online and Offline Searches, with WiFi Classroom, December 15, 2009
  • The limits of good vs. evil thinking - "Good vs. evil thinking causes us to lower our value of a person's opinion, or dismiss it altogether, if we find out that person has behaved badly. We no longer wish to affiliate with those people and furthermore we feel epistemically justified in dismissing them"
  • 7 stories Obama doesn't want told - "[1] He thinks he’s playing with Monopoly money . . . [5] He sees America as another pleasant country on the U.N. roll call, somewhere between Albania and Zimbabwe ... [8] He’s in love with the man in the mirror"
  • Budget Deficit Blowback - "One of the striking things about about the deficit crisis that seems to loom over the United States is the probability that it will force a massive change in American expectations. In Newsweek this week Niall Ferguson beats the deficit drum. His fear is that US will have to give up its position as superpower:"
  • FHA to Ask Congress for Changes - "These proposals are similar to what Kenneth Harney outlined in the San Francisco Chronicle ten days ago: FHA looking for ways to pump up its reserves. Harney suggested the FHA was looking at four possibilities:"
  • What's the Matter with California - "education consumes real economic resources, hence has a real cost no matter what its price… European experiments with zero-price education have not gone so well…Giving it away at the college level seems to signal for many students that it’s an entitlement, and delivered to them, rather than an opportunity to invest their own effort productively…"
  • Fed: We Will Pop Future Bubbles - "Ben Bernanke, it seems, is changing his spots. He is now trying to prove that he is not Alan Greenspan. The technique? Spotting and popping asset bubbles before they do too much damage."
  • Summers’ Corporate Tax Confusion - "Politico notes that Summers suggested 'that U.S. corporate tax rates are relatively low, despite complaints from U.S. corporations.' And they quote him: 'If you look at taxes paid by corporations as a fraction of profits, they’re actually very low' because the U.S. tax code is replete with 'evasion and avoidance.'

    The Obama team’s solution to the supposed problem is to pile more complex IRS rules and regulations on U.S. corporations and to increase taxes on their foreign earnings.

    There are lots of problems here. One is the implication that the U.S. corporate tax is uniquely subject to evasion and avoidance. It isn’t. Corporate income taxes around the globe are subject to large avoidance and evasion pressures because of globalization and technological advance.

    That is one of the main reasons why virtually every other industrial nation has dramatically cut its corporate tax rate over the last decade or so. But the United States has not followed suit, and that’s why U.S. corporations are having to put large efforts into avoidance."
  • The future of Africa? - "This article caused me to revaluate my vision for the future of Africa. The Coase theorem is finally kicking in. I see corrupt politicians deciding it is more profitable, and also more secure, to 'sell off' their countries than to oppress them in the traditional manner. I see a new kind of tax farming, based on the extraction and exploitation of resources and raw materials, with African labor along for the ride. It will mean higher living standards and better infrastructure, but probably not along a path that will look very appealing to most Western observers."
  • Cash for Cranks - "I, Grayson Lilburne know how to rescue the economy! I call it 'Cash for Cranks'. The government will give free money to dot-com investors, former presidents, and central bankers for coming up with half-baked schemes for rescuing the economy. These schemes will actually worsen the economy, thereby increasing the demand for more half-baked schemes to rescue it, which will in turn create more employment for more cranks. The schemes of these new cranks will worsen the economy yet further, which will increase crank-demand yet further, and so on. This virtuous cycle will continue to spiral until everyone is an economic crank, which means 100% employment!"
  • President Obama's Trust Deficit - "Tonight as I listened to President Obama's Speech On Afghanistan and why we need to commit more troops, I found myself asking 'Where's the trust? Where's the credibility?'
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    Apparently Afghanistan is vital to our interests for the next 18 months, after which 'who cares?'

    Does that make any sense? The only way it can possibly make any sense is if he has no intention of leaving after 18 months unless the war is won. Given there is no mission statement, no measure of victory, and nothing but nebulous goals, there is absolutely no reason to believe the war will be won in 18 months."
  • Going the Way of AIG with Dollar Holders as Patsies - "Those who argue for a stronger dollar because of deflation due to domestic credit destruction overlook the reality of the yawning imablance of US debt to external creditors, and the need to deal with it without writing it off like a home mortage.

    Yes, the US has lots of buildings, and minerals in the ground, and forests and proprietary software, and overpriced financial assets, and tranches of dodgy mortgages to sell. We are discussing AAA liquid assets here, without significant counterparty risk. Those peddling US debt instruments to Asia these days are getting a very cold reception.

    What Porter Stansberry says is valid, with the important exception that the US still owns the world's reserve currency. Otherwise it would be well on its way to a hyperinflationary climax."

And I've never been to Boston in the fall!

  • Need Help Selecting a Payment Processor? Look No Further Than Payments-R-Us - "More and more startups are finally focusing on real business models, ones that are based on actually selling a product or service. For money, you know.

    The irony is that many get pretty far down the development path before realizing that adding billing infrastructure to their offering may not be as simple as integrating with PayPal’s API.

    Choosing the right processor, and many times, processors, from a confusing multi-layered vendor ecosystem can be tricky. Poor decision-making when it comes to issues such as terms of pricing, business fit, or processing capability, can each be a deep gash in any startup’s jugular."
  • That Was Fast: New Detroit Newspaper Lasted An Entire Week Before Shutting Down - "it looked like just an attempt to jump in with a product not particularly different than the ones that had already stumbled in the same market -- but without the brand recognition or built up loyalty. So, it should come as little surprise that the new paper appears to have folded after just a single week of operation, though the publishers insist it's just a temporary 'bump' due to (merely) a lack of advertising, distribution or timely printing operations."
  • Are Trustee Sales For You? - "here are the reasons you should consider buying at the trustee sales"
  • Christian conscience - "Our rejection of sin, though resolute, must never become the rejection of sinners. For every sinner, regardless of the sin, is loved by God, who seeks not our destruction but rather the conversion of our hearts."
  • What is your favorite Christmas Carol? - "I know we’re in Advent, (my latest Advent reflection is here) and -for me, anyway- nothing captures the sense of longing and urgent anticipation of this season than O Come, O Come, Emmanuel. I also like O Come, Divine Messiah very much. Some of you may remember I vocally murdered it on one of my Advent Podcasts from last year."
  • The Psychology of Being Scammed - "The paper describes a dozen different con scenarios -- entertaining in itself -- and then lists and explains six general psychological principles that con artists use:"
  • North Korea Revalues Currency by 100-to-1 - "Something tells me this isn't going to work:"
  • More Minnesota Madness - "My article yesterday on this site, 'Decoding Teacher Training,' discussed the efforts of the University of Minnesota's Education Department to purge prospective public school teachers deemed politically incorrect on 'diversity' matters."
  • Better breathing, less fighting - "Yoga is helping low-income students cope with stress and control anger, say San Jose principals."

Lady Gaga + typeface = awesome

  • Google Phone a certainty? - "While others are filing this under “certainty” we are still going to have to classify this one as a “class 1 rumor.” Gizmodo is reporting that it has a trusted source, of sound mind and body, proclaiming that Google’s Android operating system will be running on Google developed/branded hardware in the imminent future."
  • Something for Everyone: 1924 - "Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Ford Motor Co. -- Fred Haas, Rhode Island Avenue N.E." National Photo Company Collection glass negative."
  • Entertainment Giants Looking At The Future... And See Cable? from the future-hazy,-please-try-again dept - "We've discussed in the past why we think that the cable companies' "TV Everywhere" strategy is destined to fail. If you don't recall, it's the way the cable companies are looking to respond to the rise of competition in the form of Hulu, Netflix, Redbox, Boxee and others -- not by offering something more compelling, but by putting up a giant wall around content and forcing you to keep your cable subscription (which fewer and fewer people seem to want) if you want to access TV shows online."
  • Web-Based Productivity Suite Zoho Launches Full Integration With Google Docs - "Zoho is undoubtedly the lesser known name and an underdog in the productivity suite race with Google and Microsoft. But the startup has a compelling strategy: Zoho continuously launches integrations with its competitors and also iterates on it product to offer new and innovative products."
  • A Checklist for Computer Passwords - "Nobody likes to think about the prospect of dying, but sudden illnesses and accidents can take lives unexpectedly, including one's own. And while the only password you may have needed to know 25 years ago was the PIN for your ATM card, today our lives are ruled far more than we probably realize by our usernames and passwords. In case of some dreaded personal disaster, it's worth completing a list of personal account information and storing it someplace secure so that family members can get to it in an emergency."
  • What’s Wrong With This Picture: You Know, Besides All The Obvious Stuff Edition - "What happens on Facebook is not private, kids. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the right screencap can be worth a a few million."

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Posted December 2, 2009 09:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 3 (Third Amendment)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 3 (Amendments 1-10 are known as the Bill Of Rights) (3rd Amendment)

Amendment III.

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

3rd Amendment - Michael Badnarik Bill of Rights Class


A free download of this Pocket Constitution is available on Scribd.

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Posted December 1, 2009 09:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  U.S. Constitution   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)