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Assorted Links 3/30/10





Virtual Choir






Extend the Life of Your Razor Blades with Your Forearm






Video: Best used car classified ad ever?





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Posted March 30, 2010 08:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)


Assorted Links 3/26/10





Richard Feynman on Ways of Thinking (2), from the BBC TV series 'Fun to Imagine' (1983)






The Party's Over-Ture






An oldie but a goodie...
OOOOOO! You're not good enough for me!




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Posted March 26, 2010 08:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Persuasive Writing course in Washington, DC, April 16, 2010

Writing to Persuade


Hone Your Persuasive Writing Skills

Writing to Persuade: Hone Your Persuasive Writing Skills
Designed for attorneys, advocates, lobbyists, and anyone who must persuade others using the written word.

Do you suffer from "writer's block" when you are asked to draft a one-page document, such as a position paper, in a clear, cogent, yet persuasive manner? If your answer is "yes", this one-day program is for you. Our instructors will give you a practical framework for persuasive writing and specific strategies for writing persuasive documents through instruction and hands-on exercises.

This program will help you better write any document where you must persuade others.

April 16, 2010, 9 am to 4 pm

Approved for .6 CEUs from George Mason University.
Approved for CEUs from George Mason University

Where: DC Bar Conference Center, 1101 K Street NW, Suite 200 (12th and K Streets NW), Washington, DC (McPherson Square Metro station)

This is an elective course for the Certificate in Communication and Advocacy.

For more information, including secure online registration, see WritingToPersuade.com

Posted March 25, 2010 09:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Washington, DC   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Capitol Hill Workshop, 3-day course in Washington, DC, from TheCapitol.Net

Capitol Hill Workshop: Politics, Policy, and Process

Intensive 3-day congressional operations workshop
Capitol Hill Workshop: Politics, Policy, and Process

Congressional decision-making is driven by politics, policy and process. In this engaging workshop, Washington-based experts discuss these 3 P's and help you understand the complete policy-making process.

You’ll get a solid understanding of:

Attend a congressional hearing and see the process in action.

June 9-11, 2010, 8:30 am - 4 pm all three days.

Approved for 1.7 CEUs from George Mason University.
Approved for CEUs from George Mason University

Where: In Washington, DC

This is a required course for the Certificate in Congressional Operations and for the Certificate in Communication and Advocacy.

For more information, including agenda and secure online registration, see CapitolHillWorkshop.com

Posted March 24, 2010 07:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Lectures   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Assorted Links 3/23/10





Richard Feynman on Fire



Underfunded Pensions, Pension Dumping, and Retirement Security
Underfunded Pensions, Pension Dumping, and Retirement Security

Compiled by TheCapitol.Net
Authors: Patrick Purcell, Jennifer Staman, Kelly Kinneen, William J. Klunk, Peter Orszag, and Bradley D. Belt

2009, 319 pages
ISBN: 1587331535 ISBN 13: 978-1-58733-153-4
Softcover book: $19.95

For more information, see 1534Pensions.com





Solar Furnace
A High-Tech Entrepreneur
On the Front Lines of Solar






Constant Sorrow
from O Brother, Where Art Thou?




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Posted March 23, 2010 08:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Assorted Links 3/20/10





More on Big Pharma's Bill






Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Fails to Save D.C. Schoolkids from D.C. Schools






How to Survive a Zombie Attack
stay away from zombies....




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Posted March 20, 2010 10:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Persuading Congress: Candid Advice for Executives

Persuading Congress
Persuading Congress

Persuading Congress
How to Spend Less and Get More from Congress: Candid Advice for Executives

By Joseph Gibson

2010, 150 pages

Hardbound, $27
ISBN 10: 158733-173-X
ISBN 13: 978-1-58733-173-2

Softcover, $24
ISBN 10: 158733-164-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-58733-164-0

For more information, including Table of Contents, sample Sections, and how to order, see PersuadingCongress.com

Posted March 19, 2010 07:47 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Work   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Assorted Links 3/16/10





Liar Truthteller Brain Teaser






Fat Head, Wheat belly, and the Adventures of Ancel Keys





The first rule of Tautology Club






Low-key java drinkers in Washington kick off Coffee Parties




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Posted March 16, 2010 08:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Capitol Hill Workshop, 3-day course in Washington, DC, from TheCapitol.Net

Capitol Hill Workshop: Politics, Policy, and Process

Intensive 3-day congressional operations workshop
Capitol Hill Workshop: Politics, Policy, and Process

Congressional decision-making is driven by politics, policy and process. In this engaging workshop, Washington-based experts discuss these 3 P's and help you understand the complete policy-making process.

You’ll get a solid understanding of:

Attend a congressional hearing and see the process in action.

June 9-11, 2010, 8:30 am - 4 pm all three days.

Approved for 1.7 CEUs from George Mason University.
Approved for CEUs from George Mason University

Where: On Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

This is a required course for the Certificate in Congressional Operations and for the Certificate in Communication and Advocacy.

For more information, including agenda and secure online registration, see CapitolHillWorkshop.com

Posted March 14, 2010 05:07 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Washington, DC   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Assorted Links 3/11/10





Judge Jim Gray on The Six Groups That Benefit From Drug Prohibition






Taxonomy of Effective Teaching Practices







Assasination [sic] and hotel door security




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Posted March 11, 2010 08:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 27 (27th Amendment)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 27 (Twenty-Seventh Amendment)

Amendment XXVII.

Originally proposed Sept. 25, 1789. Ratified May 7, 1992.

No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.

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






Rep. Kanjorski (D-PA) On Congressional Salary Increases





Grassley: No automatic pay raises for Congress





Congressman Mitchell Addresses the House about Stopping the Automatic Congressional 2011 Pay Raise





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Posted March 8, 2010 08:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  U.S. Constitution   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Assorted Links 3/7/10





What Makes a Hero? – Rough Cut






Cows With Guns





Logorama






How Will The End Of Print Journalism Affect Old Loons Who Hoard Newspapers?




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Posted March 7, 2010 09:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

"The Myth Of Originality..." Copyright and Copywrong





All Creative Work is Deriviative


Nina Paley alerts us to a neat writeup (with illustrations) that she did, discussing the concept of originality, and why it's so often misconstrued. First, things that many people think are "original" usually aren't very original at all. They tend to be derivative in some way or another -- a point that we've made here many times. And yet, many people seem to think that there's some sort of objective standard for originality, and that something that involves a direct copy of something else as part of the process can't count as original (though, they conveniently ignore it when "the greats" like Mozart or Shakespeare did a direct cut-and-paste type of copying in their own works).

The Myth Of Originality..., techdirt



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Posted March 6, 2010 12:47 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

Assorted Links 3/3/10





Richard Feynman on "Social Sciences"





Clueless Woman Calls Tech Show When Her Stolen Wi-Fi Disappears






San Francisco 1905: Before the Regulators






Lawrence Lessig website chat




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Posted March 3, 2010 08:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Caught Our Eye   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 25 (25th Amendment)

The Constitution of the United States: Amendment 25 (Twenty-Fifth Amendment)

Amendment XXV.

Passed by Congress July 6, 1965. Ratified February 10, 1967.

Note: Article II, section 1, of the Constitution was affected by the 25th amendment.

Section 1.
In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.

Section 2.
Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.

Section 3.
Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.

Section 4.
Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

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Inauguration of President Gerald Ford following the resignation of President Nixon.






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




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Posted March 1, 2010 06:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  U.S. Constitution   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)