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Archives for October, 2007

NY Times reports that large banks are working on a perpetual motion machine: The new entity, called a Master Liquidity Enhancement Conduit, or M-LEC, could raise as much as $200 billion or more through the issuance of its own securities, and use the money to buy securities that otherwise might be dumped on the market.…

Yeah.  Private companies are always more efficient that government programs.  According to a recent study by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee: The private Part D insurers report administrative expenses, sales costs, and profits of almost $5 billion in 2007 — including $1 billion in profits alone. The administrative costs of the privatized Part…

Today is Blog Action Day, during which many persons have agreed to write a blog post about environmental concerns.  This is one of thousands. Consider Climate Change, and consider the Iraq War.  Other than both being among the biggest mistakes ever made by humans, it is not obvious, immediately, that they have much in common.…

Previously, I wrote about investigation of tDCS for treatment of fibromyalgia.  Now there is evidence that it may have a role in treatment of an entirely different pain syndrome: migraine.   Researchers Testing New Electric Treatment for Migraines By Morgen E. Peck First Published October 2007

Benefits of Immigration

I suspect that the recent article by Shankar Vedantam, in the Washington Post, will largely be taken as fuel for the immigration debate.  However, that is not why I find it interesting. When Immigration Goes Up, Prices Go Down By Shankar Vedantam Monday, October 15, 2007; Page A03

OpenSUSE 10.3 Experience

This is not a traditional review, in that I am not going to discuss the distro in any systematic or comprehensive fashion.  There already are several reviews out there in the usual places.  Rather, I am going to outline my experiences with installing and using OpenSUSE 10.3, with an emphasis on my particular hardware.  …

Solar Powered Donkey

What will they think of next?

Romney’s Bid For Michigan

Romney thinks he has a winning strategy, but he’s wrong. Presidential hopeful Romney vows to help pull Michigan out of economic slump Gordon Trowbridge / Detroit News Washington Bureau Saturday, October 13, 2007 GRAND RAPIDS — Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney promised on Saturday to help raise his native state out of its economic crisis…

Rice on Russia

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has some choice words for Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.   Rice Worried by Putin’s Broad Powers Rice Criticizes Putin’s Concentration of Power, Says It Interferes With Move to Democracy By MATTHEW LEE Associated Press Writer MOSCOW Oct 13, 2007 (AP) The Russian government under Vladimir Putin has amassed so much…

Anatomy Lesson

His bare buttocks rest on the cold steel shelf; the smooth, hairless skin has a ghastly pinkish-orange hue. That is the opening to an article (in the IEEE magazine) on the anatomy of crash-test dummies.  Geeks can have a sense of humor, especially when it comes to anatomy.  The body is, after all, such a…