Archive for March 8, 2008

Ralph Nader Tomorrow, March 9 2008, In PA

March 8, 2008

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Ralph Nader to speak on Sunday, March 9 at 1:30pm
The Chester County Historical Society
225 N. High St.
West Chester, PA
for more information: (610) 384-4460

Mr. Nader will address those critical needs of the American people which are not being addressed by the Democratic and Republican Party candidates such as reversing our policy in the Middle East, universal single-payer health care, cutting the bloated Pentagon budget, cracking down on corporate crime, fraud, and abuse, and solar energy, not nuclear power, and the need to end corporate person hood.

Mr. Nader will also speak about the egregious ballot access laws in Pennsylvania which will necessitate his supporters to collect 50,000 signatures just in order to place his name on the ballot.

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Vote Nader 2008 website

What?

March 8, 2008

“Goddamn Piece of Paper”

“Mr. President,” one aide in the meeting said. “There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.”

“Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a goddamned piece of paper!”

Emphasis in the original.

Why oh why doesn’t someone get him on video with their cellphone and post it on YouTube?

“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny”

That’s a quote from Thomas Jefferson, Mr. Bush. Have you heard of him?

The Answer To The Test

March 8, 2008

That’s this test.

Correct answer after the break.

Warning: Very disturbing image on next page.

Update:
Warning: Two very disturbing images on next page.

(more…)

Meet Jeff Schult (And His Teeth!)

March 8, 2008

I met Jeff Schult as I meet many people these days: on the Internet.

Some link aggregation site pointed to an article he had written about having his teeth fixed by going to a dentist in Costa Rica(!). The original article was published in Northeast, the Sunday magazine of the Hartford Courant, on May 23, 2004. It has since been reprinted permanently on the Net by Jeff.

Since that time, Jeff has gone on to become an expert in the field of medical tourism. He’s written an entire book about it, called Beauty from Afar. He’s become the Go-To Guy regularly interviewed about the topic.

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I’d heard of people traveling to different parts of the world to have surgical procedures done. But this has grown immensely over the years as skills and technology overseas have become world-class. And, at least until the greased slide downward of the American Dollar, have had costs that are (were?) just a fraction of domestic prices.

In Britain, people are pulling their own teeth because of too few National Health Service dentists. While those British who can afford it, fly elsewhere for budget restorative dentistry. Americans have also traveled to Mexico for dentistry. The New York Times did a lengthy article about the concept of dental vacations. And Jeff, as mentioned earlier, went to Costa Rica.

I just today sent Jeff a link to my post about lead in made-in-China dental prosthetics. He emailed me back that he’d already seen it and posted about it on the blog of his Costa Rican dentist!

That was a revelation. I didn’t know his dentist had a blog. In fact, it’s been a long, long time since I visited his dentist’s website. The site has become very impressive. In fact, I found a listing for a procedure I’d never heard of:

Sinus Lift: A surgical procedure where the wall of the sinus is lifted to create space for implants in the future. This produce is performed in conjunction with the bone graft procedure.

(I had root canal on a top tooth. It was painless. Until a week later when all pain hell broke loose. It was only then that the dentist told me my sinus rested right on top of the tooth!)

Jeff has started a blog and also has a MySpace page (where, dammit, he has lots and lots of women Friends, I note jealously!).

Every few months, since 2004 or so, I’ve emailed Jeff to ask about how his teeth are holding up. So far there have been no problems. Four years and still going strong. If that’s not a solid recommendation (and for dental cowards like me, reassurance), I don’t know what is.

Need extensive dental work done? Think outside the box country.

Are Schools Just Pedophile Playgrounds Now?

March 8, 2008

Sennett Released from Jail

(Fort Wayne – WANE) The suspended Wayne High assistant principal accused of having sex with a 17-year old student was released from jail Thursday afternoon after posting bail.

And:

NewsChannel 15 has uncovered copies of four e-mails between the two. In one, Sennett writes “The age thing between us, I really don’t think about it a whole lot ‘cuz it just doesn’t seem to be a huge distraction. This relationship is so real that I don’t think of you being that much younger.”

She responds, “You are so right. The age difference isn’t even anything anymore. I feel so grown up I can’t even believe I’m only 17.”

I have no words.

Previously here:

The Franklin Credit Union Sex Scandal
Masha
Weasels, Part One

Blog Notes: WordPress Burped

March 8, 2008

Some of you saw a rough draft of a post that wasn’t yet ready to be published.

WordPress burped on me and I thought the draft had been deleted.

Surprise on me! It was actually published!

Well, I deleted the draft. The final post is right below this.

Irrelevancy: It’s A Palm Thing

March 8, 2008

As if this week’s introduction of the beta “iSDK” from Apple wasn’t enough to increase Palm’s irrelevancy, there’s more from one of its own employees!

As Seen on Twitter

* 13:17 Got a royalty statement for my “Palm OS Web Application Developers Guide” today; it sold 3148 copies since it was published in August 2001. #

* 13:20 The publisher has probably spent more on postage for statements than it’s made in sales. Less than half of the advance has been repaid. #

Emphasis added by me.

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Go Speed Racerette Go!

March 8, 2008

– swiped from the hilarious Not The Evening Times site.

Reference: 1-seg Digital TV On Phones

March 8, 2008

Mobile digital TV: What the West can learn from tiny TVs in Japanese pockets

First, a little background – 1-seg, as it’s usually written on the actual hardware in Japan, is the part of the ISDB-T digital terrestrial television broadcast spectrum intended exclusively for mobile devices there.

Of the 13 ‘segments’ that make up each digital channel, 12 are dedicated to full-bandwidth high-definition programming, leaving one to carry a much lighter mobile broadcast, which has become known as 1-seg.

Low-res, high impact

This MPEG-4 stream contains video, audio and interactive text elements, such as electronic program guides and information on each show, in a stream that weighs just over 400Kbps, making it ideal for relatively low-powered handheld devices. The fact that the highest possible video resolution is just 320 x 420 pixels underlines the difference between 1-seg and broadcasts for standard televisions.

Of course it’s all taking place outside of America.

Now China Poisons Teeth!

March 8, 2008

5 Questions to Ask Before Getting Dental Work

An Ohio woman became ill because Chinese-made crown was laced with lead, a potent toxic metal, according to an ongoing investigation by 10TV News in Central Ohio.

As much as 20% of the crowns, bridges, veneers, dentures and other dental fixtures used by U.S. dentists are made in China or other foreign countries, according to Newsday. Like other imports, fewer than 1% of dental products are inspected by the Food and Drug Administration, so there’s effectively no cop on this beat. The American Dental Association, at least, is investigating.

Is nothing safe that comes from that country?

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