Archive for May 2011

Is Propoxur the Way to Not Let the Bedbugs Bite

Crossposted with TheGrenGrok.com.More than 80,000 chemicals are produced, used, and present in the United States. This is one of their stories.
When it comes to stopping bedbugs, Ohio wants to choose its poison.
The Return of the Bedbug (Unfortunately, Not a Summer Blockbuster)
After a decades-long absence from the American bed, bedbugs are back with a vengeance. From New York to Los Angeles, the little, nighttime, creepy-crawly bloodsuckers have been moving beyond household digs, spreading their wings (so to speak, as they are wingless, flightless critters) to hotels, movie theaters, offices, department stores. Wherever they can find little nooks to settle into.
Why the return? There are lots of hypotheses but no definitive reason so far Read more

Is a LowResolution Life Worth Living

I just started writing a new book that focuses on the impact of new technology on children. As I was writing one particular chapter, it struck me that the ideas within had relevance to all of us as we navigate the growing digital landscape.
I see two fundamental differences between connected life — that is, life through the lens of technology — and real life, the one in which we live (I realize that it could be argued that tech life is the real one in which many of us live, but I see that as a problem). First, wired life is not real, meaning experiences are created by technology with the aim of approximating and simulating actual experience. The problem with this “low-resolution” life is that, though it shares similarities to real life, it lacks the high resolution and the granularity of real life Read more

Chinas Worldview Imperative Dont Rock Our Boat

Everything that registers on China’s international — and, for that matter, domestic — radar does so because it, directly or indirectly, impacts stability. Pragmatic to the core, the PRC cherishes one thing above all else: order. Stability has always been, and remains today, the platform on which progress is constructed.
Western definitions of human rights — the “pursuit of Happiness” unencumbered by the state — remain a vague, albeit lovely, abstraction Read more

Morons and My Little Ponies

After last week’s Does This Tweet Make Me Look Fat blog entry, I was all hyped up to continue my Social Media diatribe. I imagined myself penning (or typing) a brilliant analysis of the various Social Media advice I’d sucked out of Twitter and spitting it out for all of you to read. Then I got totally distracted by looking at the Facebook wedding photos of people I went to high school with and haven’t seen since. #SocialMediaRelatedADDStrikesAgain.
When I re-focused, I realized the whole SM analysis idea bored me Read more

The Truth About the American Economy

The U.S. economy continues to stagnate. It’s growing at the rate of 1.8 percent, which is barely growing at all. Consumer spending is down Read more

Top 5 Sports Stories

Happy Tuesday everyone, here’s my Top 5 for May 31, 2011 from Len Berman at www.ThatsSports.com.
1. Quick Hits
The NBA Finals begin tonight in Miami between Dallas and the Heat.
Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel has resigned.
Five-time French Open champ Rafael Nadal advances to the quarterfinals but says he’s not playing well enough to win the tournament and tie Bjorn Borg’s record of six French titles.
2. Buckeye Black Eye
Stunning news. Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel resigning Read more

US home prices dip below 2009 low

US home prices dip below 2009 low

US house prices fell in March, dipping below their 2009 low, as the housing market continued to be affected by weak demand, an index has shown.

The Case-Shiller housing index, which tracks 20 metropolitan areas, fell 0.2% in March from February on a seasonally adjusted basis, in line with forecasts.

The index dropped to 138.16, falling below the 139.26 seen in April 2009 Read more

Banker held over NY ‘sex assault’

Banker held over NY 'sex assault'

Egyptian businessman and banker Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar has been arrested over allegations that he sexually assaulted a maid in a New York hotel.

A former head of Bank of Alexandria, Mr Omar is accused of groping a maid at the Pierre Hotel on Sunday night.

A spokesman for the New York city Police say they found the complaint credible and arrested Mr Omar.

The case comes weeks after the arrest of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn over allegations he assaulted a maid Read more

Republicans and Democrats Both Losing It

Democrats and Republicans are behaving like two cellar dwelling NBA teams desperate to get the No. 1 draft pick by finishing with the worst record. Turnovers mount, shooting percentage plummets and defense becomes casual ‘ole’ passes at any opponent cutting to the basket. Playing against each other produces gaffes, goofs and fumbles in profusion Read more

Be Kind to Yourself

In this crazy busy world, it’s a rat race for many people. For women, and mothers, in particular, it can be overwhelming. And all the mothers out there know exactly what I mean. Many of us give so much of ourselves and spread ourselves very thin during any given day Read more

Friends and Family Financing Tap Your Community For Startup Funds

This is the first in a series of posts about financing options for startups. By “financing” I meanobtaining cash to fund your business. There are all sorts of strategies to avoid needing funding, but this series is not about them.
Many entrepreneurs turn to friends and family for their first funding needs. In fact, it is common for non-tech startups to raise all the capital they need from friends and family Read more

Is Medvedev or Putin Better for Russia

Russia will vote for a ‘new’ President in March and it is highly likely that the outcome will either
be a second term for current incumbent Medvedev or a return to office for former President
Putin. In 2008, it appeared that Putin was simply handing over the presidential reins to
Medvedev with a view to returning to office in 2012 and likely remaining until 2024. It is a
widely held view that the outcome of the election has already been decided between the two
men — raising additional questions about the legitimacy of the ‘democratic’ process involved.
Battle lines of support are being drawn between two distinct elements of Russian society. Medvedev increasingly draws his support from the upwardly mobile middle class and left-
of-center intelligentsia while Putin relies upon the ‘hard’ right — the military, security service
and right-of-center ‘siloviki.’ In terms of sheer numbers, Putin has the advantage Read more

HuffPost Review Empire of Silver

Visually stunning and dramatically surprising, Christina Yao’s Empire of Silver is a self-assured debut film that manages to be epic in scale and intimate in focus.
Based on true stories about China during the Qing Dynasty in the late 19th Century, Empire of Silver tells a story of banking intrigue informed by family values. But they’re unlike values or business practices that you’ll find in contemporary banking.
You only have to compare the morality of the characters in Empire of Silver with that of the bankers in the film adaptation of Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big to Fail on HBO. On the one hand, there’s a fear of failing the customer; on the other, it’s a “what’s in it for me?” mentality.
Yao focuses on the family of Lord Kang, which runs the largest bank in Shanxi Province in 1899, at the time of the Boxer Rebellion against Western forces that are trying to shape China’s governance. The families that run these banks are an insular lot because the custom demands it Read more

Reading the Pictures What if the Media Stopped Sensationalizing Sarah Palin

In other words, instead of glamorizing Sarah like the The Times did with this (biker edition) Cover Girl photo and the movie lot “Easy Rider” title, what if the media published photos of Team Palin — in this case, at Sunday’s Rolling Thunder veteran POW/MIA motorcycle ride starting at the Pentagon — as flimflam as they really are?
For example, why not show how Palin created a nuisance for the security people by showing up without an invitation — while, at the same time, photographers from the major newswires knew exactly where to find her.
What about publishing a photo like this screen grab, Bristol Palin casting a look that could kill in the direction of the HuffPo video reporter (Sarah just figuring out who she’s talking to) not there to play the game.
And then, I couldn’t find another photo from the event that showed Palin wearing this mega-cross — but for as long as she had it on, it sure looked impressive. As mentioned before(I’m thinking of theStar of David Sarah had on for the length of time she was in the tunnels under the Wailing Wall),she’s got this uncanny ability to accessorize.
Finally, supposedly out of camera range, it’s actually refreshing to see Todd (aspiring to Washington) not wearing that happy face. As for Sara, I’m sure most people (mirror, mirror) would understand that wearing that badass helmet does involve relaxing about letting your hair down.
(photo 1: Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images caption: Former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (C) and her family attend a biker meeting in the Pentagon parking lot as she prepares to ride a motorcycle as a passenger in the May 29, 2011, Rolling Thunder motorcycle ride thru Washington, DC, in support of US troops in past and current wars Read more

Scot helps rebuild namesake town

Scot helps rebuild namesake town

A Scot called Phil Campbell is teaming up with dozens of other Phil Campbells from around the world to help rebuild an American town with the same name.

Phil Campbell in Alabama was struck by the devastating tornadoes which ripped through several US states last month.

The town had already been planning a Phil Campbell convention to mark its 100th anniversary.

Now Phil, Philippa and Phyllis Campbells from across the globe will descend to help with the repair effort.

The town, which has a population of about 1,000, was named after an English railroad worker, born in Liverpool, who established a work camp near the site of the modern Phil Campbell in 1910, and built the town's rail depot.

The Phil Campbell Convention planned for 17-19 June was originally supposed to be a quirky event, as part of a year of 100th anniversary celebrations, complete with a hoedown, hog roast, brass bands and even a 5km race for all the Phils attending Read more

Dr Who’s Daleks to be ‘given a rest’

Dr Who's Daleks to be 'given a rest'

The Daleks are to be given "a rest" from Doctor Who, writer Steven Moffat has told the Radio Times.

Moffat, who is also the BBC television show's executive producer, said: "They aren't going to make an appearance for a while. We thought it was about time to give them a rest."

The Daleks were voted the scariest villains in the history of Doctor Who in a poll of fans in 2007 Read more

6 Ways To Reduce Your Stroke Risk

May was stroke awareness month. Dr. Olajide Williams, my colleague and friend at Columbia University Medical Center, has been a great teacher about the importance of recognizing stroke symptoms quickly. Getting the person to a stroke center as fast as humanly possible to receive the latest highly effective treatments can mean the difference between a full recovery and persistent disability.
795,000 Americans will have a stroke this year Read more

Reject Bad Advice and Bad Policy Defend Medicare Social Security

Last week’s special election in New York’s 26th Congressional district was a political earthquake, demonstrating that the American majority, even in the most Republican of districts, will reject a candidate who embraces cuts to Medicare benefits or major changes to that most popular program. And, since almost every Republican in the House — and now the Senate — has voted for such drastic changes, Democrats across the country are happily learning how they can campaign to win back the House and keep the Senate.
But we can’t let Democrats undercut themselves again. Even as most of them practice their talking points about the Republican plan to dismantle Medicare, prominent beltway Democrats and Washington pundits are advising candidates that pressing their advantage on Medicare would not be the right thing to do. And others are urging Democrats to embrace policies — like cutting Social Security benefits — which would just as unpopular as dismantling Medicare and would confuse voters and undermine a winning message.
On May 25th, the day after Cong Read more

Health Insurers Have Had Their Chance

Of the many supporters of a single-payer health care system in the United States, some of the most ardent are small business owners who have struggled to continue offering coverage to their workers.
Among them are David Steil, a small business owner and former Republican — yes, Republican — state legislator in Pennsylvania who earlier this year became president of the advocacy group Health Care 4 All PA.
Another supporter is Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, who last Thursday signed a bill that sets the stage for the country’s first single-payer plan. If all goes as Shumlin and the bill’s many backers hope, all 620,000 Vermonters will eventually be enrolled in a state-run plan to replace Blue Cross, CIGNA and other private insurers whose business practices have contributed to the number of Vermonters without coverage — approximately 60,000 and growing.
Both men told me last week that their feelings were shaped by their backgrounds Read more

Why Innovation Needs Big Government

Most people realize that the Federal budget deficit and the trade deficit are serious problems. Unfortunately, as I have argued previously, few people grasp the importance of another big deficit in our economy, without which it will be extremely hard to fix the first two: our innovation deficit.
Simply put: despite appearances to the contrary, our economy is not innovative enough. And it’s costing us, big-time.
Despite our smug self-image as a global innovation leader, the U.S Read more

Aging Well Facing the Fact of Mortality

“That’s morbid”, a student blurted out when, during a lecture on geriatric mental health policy, I commented on the inevitability of death and the need for older people — such as myself — to prepare for it. “Literally true,” I responded. “Death is morbid, but coming to terms with it is a key developmental challenge of old age and a major challenge for our health and mental health systems.”
My student’s horror at an open discussion of death reflects widespread difficulty accepting mortality in our society. For example, news reports about people who die after long illnesses almost always state that death came “after a long battle”, making it seem that everyone fights death to the bitter end and that no one dies at peace Read more

Get Over Feeling Stuck

I love what I do. I get to learn something new every day, participate in a variety of forums that let me share what I know about raising great kids without power struggles with parents around the world, and enjoy feeling appreciated for my work. It’s a great life, and most of the time I’m cruising, enjoying the ride enormously.
But even so, I have days — sometimes a string of them — when I lose my momentum. It may be that I’m tired from too much traveling, or it could be that I’ve had to hassle with my computer or deal with a horrible situation with a family I’m counseling Read more

Should Canadas BreakUp Be Under Discussion

Under pressure from Quebec sovereignists the NDP, now Canada’s official Opposition, has defined what it will take for Quebec to legitimately declare its sovereignty.
Jack Layton has confirmed the NDP’s policy on the terms of Quebec’s separation from Canada. Last Thursday in Montreal, he said that a simple 51 per cent of Quebecers who voted to separate from Canada in another referendum would be enough.
In an op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen on Saturday, Stephane Dion said, “To be open to Quebec is to insist on a clear majority for secession.” Others have followed suit and cited the opinion of the Supreme Court of Canada that stated that that a ‘clear majority’ would be required, without indicating what that would be Read more

Promposals

Let the record show that while I never attended my high school prom, I did get asked.
My suitor was an older kid named Wally who, though a year or two out of school, still hung around the hallways trolling for chicks a la Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused.
“If you don’t go to your prom,” he told me, “you’re going to regret it every day of your life. There you’ll be: 35 years old, in your kitchen, toasting Pop Tarts for your kids, and you’ll look out the window and say damn! I didn’t go to my prom.”
It was an apocalyptic vision, to be sure, but I had no trouble refusing him Read more