Archive for December 2011

The Cinema of Liberty The Top 10 ProFreedom Films of 2011

Freedom is one of the most important prerequisites of artistic excellence. 2011 was distinctive for producing a number of critically acclaimed films that celebrated the history of the arts and of the cinema itself – from Martin Scorsese’s Hugo and Michel Hazanavicius’ The Artist, to Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Yet filmmaking never takes place in a vacuum, and these superb, literate films – which value knowledge, humanity, and civilization – are nonetheless the outgrowth of a free society, and would have had difficulty being made under circumstances of political tyranny.
It’s therefore worthwhile to celebrate the notable movies of 2011 that took the risk of advocating for democratic freedom, the political principle that makes so much film artistry possible Read more

Obama and the Economy Then vs Now

I was recently asked how some of the key economic indicators are trending right now from the perspective of the president’s record. So I crunched some numbers.
Caveats: Election-relevant opinions on the economy are not yet formed, but since I expect 2012 to be a slight improvement over 2011 (with some real risk factors, like Europe, oil, and fiscal drag from fading stimulus), things that look good now could look a little better by the end of 2012. Others, as I point out, might not.
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Im Going to a New Years Wedding and Im Happy About It

“Let’s put significant pressure on ourselves to have a fun New Year’s Eve.” As usual, Someecards gets it right. How many times have you had a conversation about the hype surrounding the holiday? How often have you complained about the amount of money you end up spending? How many years have you sworn that you’re not dealing with it again? Next year, you’re just going out to dinner and a movie. No, scratch that — you’re ordering food and watching the ball drop in the comfort of your living room. I’ve heard friends express these sentiments repeatedly over the years, and yet when I’ve revealed my plan to spend this weekend at my friends’ wedding, the reaction often was something like this: “They’re having it on New Year’s?”
No one really likes New Year’s Eve anyway, and yet many people were (at least initially) dismayed that my friends would ask me to give up that date on their behalf Read more

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Oklahoma Sooners Recap December 30 2011 ESPN

Iowa Hawkeyes vs Oklahoma Sooners  Recap  December 30 2011  ESPN

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Blake Bell ran for three touchdowns to help No. 19 Oklahoma survive a late rally and a crashing camera to beat Iowa 31-14 in the Insight Bowl Friday night.Oklahoma (10-3) didn’t get a particularly great game from quarterback Landry Jones and wasn’t effective on the ground, either. Once considered national-title contenders, the Sooners grinded it out against the gritty Hawkeyes, ending a difficult year that included the death of linebacker Austin Box in the offseason.Jones threw for 161 yards with a touchdown and an interception, and Bell put the game away with a 21-yard touchdown run with 45 seconds left.”It means a lot; these guys persevered,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “(They) came out here tonight and played an excellent game.”Iowa (7-6) fell into a 21-0 hole before rallying behind two touchdown passes from James Vandenberg. The Hawkeyes came up just short and dodged a potential disaster when an overhead camera crashed to the field next to receiver Marvin McNutt in the closing minutes. McNutt became tangled in the wire after the camera landed a few yards behind him, but wasn’t hurt. The game was delayed 5 minutes while the camera was dragged off the field.Vandenberg overcame an early interception to throw for 216 yards, but had two interceptions while the Hawkeyes rushed for just 76 yards to end a school-record three-game bowl winning streak.Oklahoma’s return trip to the desert wasn’t expected, at least not this early in the bowl season.Coming off a rout of Connecticut in last year’s Fiesta Bowl, the Sooners were ranked No. 1 in the preseason, with hopes of a second national title under Stoops.Those aspirations were gone after a string of injuries — All-American receiver Ryan Broyles’ torn ACL was the big one — and two losses in the final three games, including a 44-10 rout by Bedlam rival Oklahoma State in the Big 12 championship game.The frustrating run knocked Oklahoma out of not only the national championship chase, but out of a BCS bowl and into the Insight Bowl.Instead of making a statement in the desert, the Sooners seemed to stand still in the first half, gaining yards in little bits instead of their usual chunks. Oklahoma had just 89 yards on 27 plays in the half, but led 14-0 thanks a pair of 4-yard runs by Bell — one set up by an interception and another on the Sooners’ only sustained drive.The Sooners finally started to click in the second half.Oklahoma drove inside Iowa’s 10 on its opening drive, though that ended with an acrobatic tip-and-catch interception by Iowa defensive lineman Broderick Binns.The Sooners kept rolling after that, marching down on their next drive for a 3-yard, play-action touchdown pass from Jones to Trent Ratterree — breaking a streak of eight straight TDs by Bell — to go up 21-0.The Hawkeyes fought back.Iowa overcame the suspension of its top running back and a favored opponent to win last year’s Insight Bowl, beating Missouri 27-24. The Hawkeyes did it behind Marcus Coker, who ran for 219 yards and two touchdowns after replacing suspended starter Adam Robinson.This time it was Coker who had to watch. The sophomore, who ran for 1,384 yards and 15 touchdowns during the regular season, was suspended for violating the university’s student-athlete code of conduct.Without Coker, Iowa would have to rely on a group of unproven running backs — none had more than 18 carries — and lean even more on Vandenberg.No one was particularly effective in the first half.Vanderberg was off-target early and had a pass intercepted by Jamell Fleming at Iowa’s 31-yard line in the first quarter, then exacerbated the miscue by being called for a late-hit penalty. Bell scored his first touchdown two plays later.Iowa had just one sustained drive in the first half, but that petered out; the Hawkeyes lost three yards on a fourth-and-1 from Oklahoma’s 6-yard line.Their running game ineffective, the Hawkeyes bumbled around most of the next two quarters before finally moving the ball again late in the third quarter. Vandenberg completed seven of his eight passes on a 75-yard drive, the final an across-his-body throw for a 5-yard touchdown to C.J. Fiedorowicz that cut Oklahoma’s lead to 21-7.Vandenberg then got the Hawkeyes within seven with 7 minutes left, hitting Keenan Davis to convert on a fourth-and-10 to set up a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Canzeri on a screen.That was it, though.Oklahoma’s Mike Hunnicutt followed a 35-yard field goal with just over 4 minutes left and Bell added his final scoring run after the falling camera nearly took out McNutt.
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New Year Same Girl

Oh my gosh, 2012 is approaching which means so is the end of the world. The calendar is up and so is our time…
It’s been very nice writing for you all.

Hopefully those of you reading are in a humorous mood, because I’m only kidding. However, the Mayans were on to something, in terms of certain things coming to an end. Another year has passed, and I’m presuming at this very moment you are all are experiencing a tidal wave of memories and reminiscing on both the good and bad circumstances of 2011 Read more

My 10 Favorite Miami New Years Eve Songs

Miami is home. Miami is work. Miami is the community that I love. The atmosphere and the people here are unlike any other, and the support I have received from the community is so surreal Read more

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons Recap December 30 2011 ESPN

Mississippi State Bulldogs vs Wake Forest Demon Deacons  Recap  December 30 2011  ESPN

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Playing in the Southeastern Conference dimmed Mississippi State’s high expectations this year. With the two longest touchdown runs in the program’s bowl history, senior Vick Ballard gave the Bulldogs plenty to celebrate in capping the season.The game’s MVP ran for a career-high 180 yards, including TD runs of 60 and 72 yards, to lead Mississippi State over Wake Forest 23-17 Friday night in the Music City Bowl — the Bulldogs’ fifth straight bowl victory and second consecutive under coach Dan Mullen.
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“Getting a big win allows us to go celebrate this victory later on tonight,” Mullen said.Those high expectations were hurt by losses to SEC teams either ranked at the time or going into bowl season. Now the Bulldogs (7-6) have won consecutive bowls for only the second time and first since 1999-2000. Two of the Bulldogs’ losses came to LSU and Alabama, who will play in the BCS national title game on Jan. 9.Mullen said this win will propel the Bulldogs into the offseason, and their quest remains winning an SEC title.”In the Southeastern Conference, that next step is a huge step to go play for that championship,” Mullen said. “Look, the SEC West championship will be decided at the national championship game this year, I guess. That’s the next step in this program, and that’s a big step for us. But I think the players coming in now can see there is that light at the end of the tunnel.”Mississippi State overcame four turnovers thanks to Ballard’s long TD runs and six sacks — its highest total since piling up seven in a win over Florida in 2000.”We thought they were going to bring the heat,” Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said. “At times, we just didn’t’ protect as well as we could.”Wake Forest (6-7) snapped a two-game bowl winning streak. The Demon Deacons of the Atlantic Coast Conference now have lost both bowls against the SEC and finish the season having lost five of their last six games.
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Chris Relf started for the Bulldogs and played the whole game with Tyler Russell limited by a sprained knee. Relf ran for 64 yards and threw for 129 yards and a TD with two interceptions. Mullen said Russell would have played if something happened to Relf.The Demon Deacons, who held the ball for more than 35 minutes, tried to rally.They converted two fourth downs before Brandon Maye sacked Tanner Price for the sixth time, forcing Wake Forest to kick a 46-yard field goal to pull within 23-17 with 3:27 left. Wake Forest forced Mississippi State to punt, getting the ball back with 2:15 to go. But Price threw incomplete on three straight passes, the last to Terrence Davis on fourth-and-7 with 1:40 left.”All in all, we had our chances,” Grobe said. “We just didn’t take advantage of them.”That had Bulldogs fans clanking their cowbells and chanting “S-E-C, S-E-C” as Mississippi State ran out the clock.Ballard came just shy of Walter Packer’s school-record of 183 yards rushing in the 1974 Sun Bowl against North Carolina. The senior more than compensated for a first-quarter fumble that led to Wake Forest’s first TD and only lead with his 60-yard TD.”I haven’t really fumbled too much all year,” Ballard said. “I didn’t let it get to me. I just knew I had to step up and make a play.”But both his TD runs remained a blur after the game, and Ballard said he couldn’t remember how he got there.”I just found a crease and hit it,” Ballard said.Mississippi State scored 16 straight points after that to take control, and the Bulldogs’ 16-7 lead at halftime would have been bigger if not for three turnovers in the first half, including an interception in the end zone with a second left. Bud Noel intercepted a Relf pass at the Wake Forest 1 in the second half.The Demon Deacons opened the second half by driving 64 yards before Tommy Bohanon ran in a TD from a yard out to pull Wake Forest within 16-14. But Mississippi State sacked Tanner Price four times in the third quarter alone and harassed him into plenty of throws that hit the ground before reaching receivers.Relf scooped up a low snap in the shotgun and got the ball to Ballard, who ran through the middle of the line and outraced the Demon Deacons for a 72-yard TD with 12:53 left. That put the Bulldogs up 23-14 and gave Ballard 179 yards on 11 carries. His first TD came three plays after Wake Forest turned one of his fumbles into a 14-yard TD by Brandon Pendergrass.Wake Forest nose guard Nikita Whitlock said he thought they did a good job stopping Ballard most of the game and blamed missed assignments, including some by himself, for the TDs.”They took it to the house on us a couple times,” Whitlock said.Fletcher Cox had a sack and also blocked a 33-yard field goal grabbed out of the air by teammate Johnthan Banks. That set up the Bulldogs’ go-ahead drive as Relf broke loose for his longest run this season of 27 yards. Relf then dropped back and hit Arceto Clark with a 31-yard TD pass and a 13-7 lead with 12:41 left in the second quarter.
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Toronto Raptors vs Dallas Mavericks Recap December 30 2011 ESPN

Toronto Raptors vs Dallas Mavericks  Recap  December 30 2011  ESPN

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DALLAS — Reserve center Ian Mahinmi scored a career-high 19 points, Dirk Nowitzki contributed 18, and the reigning NBA champion Dallas Mavericks rallied for their first victory of the season, 99-86 over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.Jason Terry added 10 of his 17 points in the final quarter for the Mavericks (1-3), who hadn’t started 0-4 since the 2006-07 season.
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The last defending NBA champs to open a season at 0-4 were the 1969-70 Boston Celtics.Andrea Bargnani scored 30 points and Leandro Barbosa had 20 for the Raptors, 1-2 under first-year coach Dwane Casey, Dallas’ top assistant and defensive architect last season.Toronto used a 17-2 run in the third quarter, completed by Amir Johnson’s follow dunk, for a 68-61 lead.But Dallas finished the quarter with a 16-2 spurt, capped by Vince Carter’s three free throws, for a 77-70 edge heading into the fourth quarter.Toronto never got closer than five points the rest of the way.The Mavericks carried a 29-23 lead into the second quarter, riding a 17-6 rebounding advantage in the opening 12 minutes.Dallas got off to a better defensive start, a point of emphasis by coach Rick Carlisle. The Mavs had allowed 32, 32 and 28 points in the first quarter of their three games.The Mavericks went on to lead by as many as 12 in the second quarter.But Bargnani scored 13 of his 18 first-half points in the period, and Toronto’s late 12-0 run narrowed the halftime gap to 50-46.Game notes Mahinmi’s previous career high was 17 points at Memphis on Jan. 15, 2011. … The teams met for the only time this season. …Dallas has won 11 of 12 at home against Toronto. …Nowitzki had converted 22 straight free throws before a miss in the opening quarter. … G Jerryd Bayless twisted his left ankle with 9:14 left in the second quarter. Bayless attempted to run, but was playing on one leg and limped to the locker room 6 seconds later, done for the night. … Players from Penn State and Houston were in the crowd. The teams meet Jan. 2 in the TicketCity Bowl in Dallas.
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Miami Heat vs Minnesota Timberwolves Recap December 30 2011 ESPN

Miami Heat vs Minnesota Timberwolves  Recap  December 30 2011  ESPN

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MINNEAPOLIS — Dwyane Wade wasn’t about to let the Minnesota Timberwolves spoil LeBron James’ birthday.Wade hit a jumper from the wing, then scored on an inbounds pass from James with 4.6 seconds to play to lift the undefeated Heat to a 103-101 victory over the Wolves on Friday night.Playing on a sore foot, Wade finished with 19 points, while James had 34 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds on his 27th birthday.
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Ricky Rubio had 12 points, 12 assists and six rebounds, and Kevin Love had 25 points and 12 boards for the Timberwolves, who led 100-99 with 55 seconds to play.But Wade hit a jumper and then lost Rubio on an inbounds play to make the winning bucket, one game after beating the Charlotte Bobcats with a last-second shot.It was a crushing defeat for the upstart Wolves, who had the mighty Heat on the ropes all fourth quarter thanks to Rubio’s brilliance. The Spanish rookie fed open teammates for easy buckets and hit a 3-pointer with 2:28 to play that gave them a 98-94 lead.But James scored on a crucial three-point play and Anthony Tolliver missed two key free throws in the final minute to give Wade a chance to steal it.Anthony Randolph had 14 points and Wayne Ellington added 11 off the bench for Minnesota.Norris Cole scored 12 for the Heat.It was a thrilling back-and-forth between a star-studded team that counts a loss in the NBA finals as a failure and the young up-and-comers who had lost 17 straight games.Playing without veteran guard J.J. Barea, who tormented the Heat in the finals with Dallas, because of a strained right hamstring, the Wolves ripped off an 11-0 run in the final period for an 88-83 lead with 7:20 to play.Chris Bosh kept the Heat in it with some sharp shooting, hitting jumper after jumper just over Love’s out-stretched hand.James turned 27 on Friday, and he said earlier in the day he always plays with a little extra juice on his birthday and the numbers support that. He entered the game averaging 35.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists in four previous birthday games.True to form, he scored 15 points in the first quarter, and the Heat flustered the young Wolves into six turnovers and 39 percent shooting. Cole then scored six of the Heat’s first eight points in the second quarter for a 39-26 lead, and it looked like Miami was pulling away.But Rubio, Randolph and Ellington spearheaded a 14-0 run to put the Wolves back in front. Criticized for his shooting before coming to the NBA, Rubio hit an open jumper and added a three-point play for a 49-45 lead. Then he threw an alley-oop pass high over the rim that Randolph threw down, sending the packed Target Center crowd into a frenzy.Then James turned the third quarter into a one-man dunk contest, soaring through the air for three straight that put the Heat back in control. He threw down a windmill, a baseline lob from Cole and a final one-handed hammer for a 78-72 lead.Game notes The Wolves have now sold out both home games, the first time they’ve sold out two in a row to start a season since 1991-92. It’s their first consecutive sellouts since 2003-04, when they went to the Western Conference finals. … Timberwolves G Malcolm Lee will miss the next six weeks after having surgery on Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. It’s the same knee that was bothering Lee in May, but the team said it was a new injury. … Heat G/F Mike Miller (hernia) said he is getting close to returning.
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Detroit Pistons vs Boston Celtics Recap December 30 2011 ESPN

Detroit Pistons vs Boston Celtics  Recap  December 30 2011  ESPN

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BOSTON — Jermaine O’Neal scored 19 points as he and the Boston Celtics ended a dismal start to their season with a 96-85 win in their home opener over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.O’Neal, who played passively in totaling just eight points in the first three games, all losses, was aggressive throughout. He had 10 points in the first half, which ended with Boston on top 50-43. Then he scored seven in the third quarter when the Celtics outscored the Pistons 36-21 to take an 86-64 lead.
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The closest the Pistons came after that was the 11-point final margin.Ray Allen and Brandon Bass added 17 points apiece for Boston and Paul Pierce had 12 in his debut after being sidelined with a bruised right heel. O’Neal, injured much of last season, his first with the Celtics, had seven rebounds.Greg Monroe had 22 points and nine rebounds, and Austin Daye scored 11 for Detroit, which fell to 0-3.Boston opened an 11-game stretch in which nine are at home.The Celtics haven’t started a season 0-4 since 1969-70 and were 0-3 for the first time since 2006-07. Their defense this season had been poor until Friday night, when they held the Pistons to 43 percent shooting. And their offense was on target, as they hit 52 percent of their field-goal attempts and all 19 free throws.Allen opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer and Pierce hit two more in the first four minutes of the period, building the lead to 61-47. Bass ended the period with a jumper from the top of the key at the buzzer.Detroit made a brief run, outscoring Boston 9-2 to close the gap to 90-76 with 6:24 left in the game. Then Allen hit two free throws, Kevin Garnett sank a jumper and O’Neal connected from the top of the key for the Celtics’ last basket. It gave them a 96-76 lead with 3:57 to go.The Celtics had gone ahead to stay on Allen’s 20-footer that made it 17-15 with 4:24 left in the first quarter. They took their biggest lead of the half, 38-26, on two free throws by Pierce with 6:22 remaining.Game notes Pistons starting guard Rodney Stuckey made just one of 11 shots and finished with three points and seven assists. … New Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine watched from a front-row, baseline seat. Patriots wide receivers Deion Branch and Julian Edelman, safety Patrick Chung and running back Stevan Ridley also were in the crowd…. Celtics backup forward Chris Wilcox missed his second straight game with a bruised left shoulder. Coach Doc Rivers said he could return on Sunday at the Washington Wizards.
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Occupy the Post Office Tucson Postal Workers Supporters Fight Back Against Threatened Job Cuts

Snail mail, as it is derisively called, has been losing ground to e-mail, texting and social media for years. And the financial troubles of the United States Postal Service (USPS), in part due to the coming of the Internet age, are impacting what used to be one of the most stable jobs in the nation: that of the postal worker.
Between 2006 and 2010, first class mail declined 20 percent, according to Brian McCoy, a USPS representative who addressed a capacity crowd at the Tucson Convention Center on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2011. Although “business mail” (AKA “junk mail”) volume held steady, and USPS package deliveries increased during the same time period, the first class mail decline is ominous because first class “pays the bills,” McCoy reported.
McCoy has the unenviable job of holding public hearings across the country in towns and cities — like Tucson — that are slated to lose their mail processing facilities and the accompanying good-paying postal jobs Read more

Home Decorating Tips For Your Living Room

This post is part of Sophie Keller’s “How Happy Is” series on The Huffington Post. This week, Sophie offers advice on your home:
The living room is well situated in any area of the house. It is a room that we like to relax in and hang out with friends in, and for many of us it acts as a television room or den. In order to improve it, try the following tips.
PHOTOS: 9 Steps To Improve Your Living Room
Remove Unneeded Objects and Furniture
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Stand in the doorway of your living room and get a sense of how the energy feels in the room Read more

Offering Thanks Reflections on 25 Years of a Gift of Life

Just the other day I celebrated the 25th anniversary of my quadruple bypass-open heart surgery. It all started three months earlier, in September. The Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry was protesting in front of Lincoln Center against the appearance of the Russian Moiseyev Dance Company. Our position was that there should be no cultural exchange with the former Soviet Union until all Soviet Jewry was free Read more

Very public health

Watching the remarkable Xeni Jardin tweet her mammogram and cancer diagnosis, then blog eloquently about it, then crowdsource opening up her own MRI data makes me ask: Why are we so secretive about sickness and health? And what do we lose because we are?
The answers to the first questions are fairly obvious. First, we keep our sicknesses secret, we say, because we fear we could lose insurance. Except insurance companies force us to reveal our medical histories anyway. And let’s hope that Obamacare — may it survive the Supreme Court — succeeds in outlawing the denial of health coverage due to preexisting conditions Read more

Marilyn Monroes Complicated Legacy to Women

Marilyn Monroe and moi shared a bed.
… Well, not really. During a brief affair in East Hampton, I wound up in the one-time rented cottage of the late great Playwright Arthur Miller and his then-wife, the one and only Marilyn Monroe. As she might whisper “Some Like It Hot”, and so for one steamy night we did experience that infamous ambiance Read more

Bits and Pieces of Peoples Lives NOAA Investigates Origin of Recent Ocean Debris as People of Japan Wait

Bits and pieces of people’s lives, that is what one reporter said; we are not to think of the Japan tsunami debris as litter when it begins to wash up on our shores in 2013, but rather as bits and pieces of people’s lives. But is it already washing up on our shores?
2011 ended with a wave of sensationalized headlines from British Columbia, Alaska and Washington, reporting sightings of debris from the Japan tsunami already reaching shore on the West Coast; setting off a contentious debate between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and a few independent oceanographers and flotsam trackers. Waiting for word on the other side of the Pacific, are the people of Japan whose missing families and friends are symbolically represented in the bits and pieces of debris.
While painting a picture of 20 million tons of plastic and paper and metal and wood stretching a thousand miles across the Pacific Ocean, some news stories are also raising fear of radiation as a result of the Fukushima meltdown, and others even speak of the possibility of macabre scenes of body parts washing up on our beaches as severed feet in tennis shoes.
In response, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has been scrambling to keep up with this still developing and constantly changing story. The latest information concerning the Japan tsunami debris can be found on these two websites which should provide you with the most up to date scientific information and answers to the questions you might have: The Marine Debris Program:; and The National Ocean Service:
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Success Secrets For Women

By Carla Rover (Writer, The Advertising Technology Review)
There’s a disturbing trend in technology right now. Bright, highly-qualified women, regardless of where they start climbing the ladder at technology companies, rarely end up at the top. Few women found technology startups, or at least, few women who found them get funded. It isn’t a matter of an orchestrated push to keep women out of the boardroom by some misogynist club of investors and company heads Read more

The Holiday Counselors Corner

No New Year’s resolutions — just a new year with goals and aspirations (objectives).
How many years have you heard people say that their New Year’s resolution is to do this or stop that or in kind have asked others what their New Year’s resolutions are? Why does a date on a calendar have to force someone to change something in their life? Probably something dramatic like the usual chants of losing weight, stopping smoking, quit drinking, find a better job and on and on.
New Year’s resolutions rarely work. The adrenaline rush from the moment of the commitment is short-lived. Solid attempts are made for a while, but usually something happens as life once again begins and the same obstacles are presented as were before the holidays.
So how can one make a comfortable, doable resolution? Reach for goals and objectives in a committed, honest manner through preparation and not expectation. You don’t need to prove anything to anyone, and sometimes that’s more pressure than we want to (or should) give credence to.
One way to start this process in a healthy way is to map out the following:
1)Where were you last year at this time?
Take some quiet time to jot down where you were with your emotions, job, finances, health, personal relationships, etc…
2)Where are you this year?
How did the year unfold for you? Did plans pan out or were you thrown a curveball or two? How did you handle that fork in the road that you weren’t expecting? Were the goals (either expected or not) you had set for yourself met, and were they fulfilling?
3)Where would you like to see yourself next year at this time?
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Salad Bars With No Vegetables

I was twenty-four when I met him and twenty-seven when we married, and well, that’s just crazy shit right there. Someone should have bitch slapped me to snap out of it — like Cher did to Nick Cage in Moonstruck or some other more current film reference. Marrying before the age of 30, should probably have been illegal, especially for a budding bad girl like myself.
I chose my husband because he seemed, at the time, like a good place to land Read more

Michael in the City Why There Are No Rules With Sex

I’d like to thank my friends, family (especially my mom) and members of the Academy. Oh, wait. Wrong speech. No, seriously Read more

Quo Vadis The Future for Israel and the Palestinians

After more than a year of stalled negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, it is clear that for the foreseeable future there will be no deal resolving their differences and establishing a Palestinian state. It is fruitless to blame one side or the other. In my article in the Huffington Post titled “The Very Hard Decisions Required For Peacemaking Between Israel and the Palestinians,” I pointed out why the leaders of both sides face obstacles to deal making that make it very difficult for each of them even if they so desired. Simply put, for the Palestinians, it is giving up the right of millions of Diaspora Palestinians to return to their former homes in Israel Read more

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Iowa State Cyclones Recap December 30 2011 ESPN

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Iowa State Cyclones  Recap  December 30 2011  ESPN

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NEW YORK — Chas Dodd hit Brandon Coleman for an 86-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter and Jawan Jamison ran for two scores to lead Rutgers over Iowa State 27-13 in the Pinstripe Bowl on Friday.The Scarlet Knights (9-4) ran their bowl winning streak to five and improved to 2-0 this season at Yankee Stadium, where they beat Army last month. Rutgers, which played in one bowl game before 2005, is 5-1 in the postseason under coach Greg Schiano.The Cyclones (6-7) finished the season on a three-game losing streak, their last win coming on Nov. 18 in Ames, Iowa, when they pulled off the biggest upset of the season against Oklahoma State.That night Jared Barnett threw for 376 yards. In this game, Steele Jantz relieved Barnett in the second quarter and helped pull the Cyclones within 20-13 in the fourth on Jeff Woody’s 20-yard touchdown run with 10:00 left.After an exchange of punts left Rutgers deep in its own end, Dodd went deep to Coleman. The 6-foot-6 redshirt freshman went over 5-7 cornerback Jeremy Reeves, then outran the corner to the end zone to make it 27-13 with 5:47 left.It was Coleman’s only catch, but it turned out to be the play of the game.Jamison, another redshirt freshman giving Rutgers fans hope for more bowls to come, finished with 134 yards on 27 carries.The Scarlet Knights missed the postseason last year for the first time since 2004, but rebounded this season to challenge for the Big East title behind a defense that came in ranked 14th in the nation.There was also some inspiration from a fallen former teammate.Eric LeGrand, who was left paralyzed from the shoulders down making a tackle during a game in 2010, went to all the Rutgers home games, worked on the radio broadcasts and was with the team in New York all week leading up to the bowl.After the game, as the Scarlet Knights accepted the trophy at midfield, Schiano’s acceptance speech was short: “Eric! Eric!” he shouted into the microphone, “this one’s for you.”LeGrand was shown in his wheelchair on the jumbotron, beaming a wide grin and the crowd chanted, “Eric! Eric!”Rutgers grabbed a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter when Jamison powered through a tackler and scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1.On the next possession, Iowa State couldn’t handle one of Rutgers’ many blitzes, and Khaseem Greene and Wayne Warren swarmed and stripped Barnett. Scott Vallone scooped up the fumble and returned it 12 yards to the Iowa State 4. The Cyclones managed to hold Rutgers to San San Te’s 21-yard field goal.Jantz, who was Iowa State’s starter the first half of the season, replaced Barnett after the sack.The Cyclones’ defense didn’t hold up as well on Rutgers’ next possession. The Scarlet Knights marched 66 yards, 49 on the ground, and Jamison juked his way into the end zone from 12 yards out to make 17-6.Justin Francis finished Rutgers’ strong second half by blocking Zach Guyer’s 44-yard field goal attempt with 57 seconds left.Iowa State jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter, with Guyer kicking field goals of 40 and 46 yards on the Cyclones’ first two possessions. Inaccurate throws by Barnett were key to stalling each drive.The redshirt freshman was 2 for 7 before giving way to Jantz.
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Sex Advice The Secret to Better Sex in the New Year

You might be looking forward to the New Year as a time for more exciting sex with your partner. Like many, you might think a fun New Year’s Eve would create the atmosphere for some good — maybe even great — sex and be a great beginning to the year ahead. But like many, you’ll feel disappointed when that doesn’t happen. And you’ll wonder why.
I’m often asked that question by men and women who feel puzzled about why things don’t go so well, just when the situation seems ideal Read more

One Path to Crime Reduction

In the 30-day period ending last week, there were 15 non-weapon-related robberies in the Capitol Hill neighborhood near Eastern Market. This is a dramatic increase from just the single incident that occurred here during the same period last year. Sociologists and other experts may pontificate about the reasons behind spikes in crime like this, and common wisdom will blame it on economic hardship or even the milder weather we have seen this winter. Regardless of the reason, residents of Capitol Hill and all across D.C Read more