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Anxiety-detecting machines could spot terrorists
Topic: Society 11:32 pm EDT, Sep 19, 2008

A scene from the airport of the future: A man's pulse races as he walks through a checkpoint. His quickened heart rate and heavier breathing set off an alarm. A machine senses his skin temperature jumping. Screeners move in to question him.


Anxiety-detecting machines could spot terrorists

Mike for Missouri 15
Topic: Society 10:47 pm EDT, Sep  9, 2008

The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law.

It's nice to see one of our own trying to make a difference!!! Best of Luck

Mike for Missouri 15

What Breakup Lines Really Mean
Topic: Society 11:09 pm EST, Mar  5, 2008

Every relationship goes through some bad times. Certainly, though, the most awkward and uncomfortable time in a relationship comes at the very end of it - the time when the two of you (or at least one of you) decides it's time to divide the iTunes account and move on.

No break-up is easy, and many guys resort to some old standards when it comes to conversational gambits in the final moments. This will help you decode what his cutting lines truly mean.

"It's not you; it's me."
Translation: "It's not me; it's you."

One-third of men admit that they're lying when they blame themselves for the demise of the relationship. Of course, they're trying to soften the blow a bit - to ensure that you know you're a great person, a caring person, a person who's perfectly right... for someone else. After all, if you were the right one (for him), it wouldn't matter whether his mind was somewhere in Iceland; he'd find a way to make it work.

"I'm not ready for a relationship right now."
Translation: "Whoa baby, slow down!"

Most guys - though they can come off as more desperate than a brewhound in a dry county - take their time testing the relationship waters. If a woman comes on too fast - with talk of futures, or of how she's never felt this way before - then the man often will be likely to retreat. Fast. It's not that he's not ready for a relationship; it's just that he's not ready to decide whether "Mony Mony" should be in the second or third set of the reception playlist.

"Can I call you sometime?"
Translation: "If you're ever lonely at 3 a.m. on a Saturday night...."

Well, he may or may not be that crass, but he is trying to keep the door cracked. If he's the one who's doing the ditching, then he's (unfairly, mind you) trying to lead you to believe that a break will strengthen the possibilities of some kind of rekindled romance in the future. If he's the victim, then he's trying to hang onto any slim chance he may have in the future with you (or possibly one of your friends). Either way, check out this story and beware the drunk-dialing ex; professors have actually studied this and concluded it's not without its pitfalls.

"I still care about you."
Translation: "Please don't tell your friends I'm a jerk."

Truth is, he probably does care about you. Still cares that you do well, that you find someone, that you get what you want in life. But what he's also saying is, please don't tell all your friends to cross me off their lists. The relationship may be broken, but it's a pretty big concern that his reputation remains intact.

To be fair girls use the same phrases and prob mean similar things when saying them.

What Breakup Lines Really Mean

Radical cheerleading
Topic: Society 3:59 pm EST, Mar  2, 2008

Radical cheerleading is a form of cheerleading that originated in Florida, but has now spread across the United States as well as Canada, Europe and beyond. The idea is to ironically reappropriate the aesthetics of cheerleading, for example by changing the chants to promote feminism and left-wing causes. Many radical cheerleaders are in appearance far from the stereotypical image of a cheerleader.

Radical cheerleaders often perform at demonstrations. They also often perform at feminist and other radical festivals and events. Radical cheerleading is used at demonstrations to promote a radical message in a media-friendly, people-friendly way. It is also used to support the actions of other activists who are put themselves at physical risk and to denounce infiltrators and opponents.

This is more wide spread then I imagined

Radical cheerleading

Electoral Compass
Topic: Society 4:01 pm EST, Jan  3, 2008

This is an interesting tool. I like that you can compare you answers to the politician and see where that info came from

Electoral Compass

FINCA International
Topic: Society 11:53 am EST, Jan  3, 2008

FINCA International provides financial services to the world's lowest-income entrepreneurs so they can create jobs, build assets and improve their standard of living. We target the poorest of the working poor: those who have the least access to services such as loans, savings programs, and insurance. Our clients include women, who make up 70 percent of the world's poor; individuals unable to find work in the formal sector; families displaced by war and internal conflict; the rural poor; and those affected by chronic poverty. With more than 20 years' experience and over 500,000 clients on four continents, FINCA offers a proven solution to poverty.

These are the type of programs that I feel really help a community

FINCA International

Information About Members of Congress
Topic: Society 7:02 pm EDT, Oct 22, 2007

I was doing some digging around for sites to use with my students and stumbled upon this. This is a site designed for kids but I think it is extremely interesting for adults too. You can click on a congress person and get a link to their website, information on how to contact them, and all kinds of other useful information like where they went to school, what degrees they have and how long they have been in office. You can also click on an election cycle and see who contributed to their campaign. This site also boasts break downs in the congress members demographically. The other cool thing is that you can click on a committee and see members, last meeting, jurisdiction, and staff members complete with phone numbers. Browse the site. I found it informative.

Information About Members of Congress

Six Million Paper Clips
Topic: Society 11:06 pm EDT, Oct 14, 2007

It's no surprise that Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., both have Holocaust memorials.

But most people wouldn't expect to find one in rural Whitwell, Tenn., a predominately Christian, two-traffic-light town with a population of 1,600 and no Jews.

Yet, a German railcar sits in the yard of Whitwell Middle School, housing The Children's Holocaust Memorial.

The story behind this memorial involves teachers who wanted to teach their students about diversity and intolerance; teenagers who were shocked by the atrocities of the Holocaust and sympathized with its victims; and a lot of paper clips.

The story begins in 1998, when David Smith, assistant principal of Whitwell Middle School, attended a teacher's conference in nearby Chattanooga, and was inspired to start a program to teach students about the Holocaust.

He brought up the idea to principal Linda Hooper, who then implemented an after-school Holocaust education class for eighth-graders. Language arts teacher Sandra Roberts was chosen to teach the class; 16 students enrolled.

"Our goal was to teach children what happens when intolerance reigns and when prejudice goes unchecked," Roberts says in the film.

The students read books, saw photographs and watched films about the Holocaust.

To visualize what "six million" looked like, a student suggested collecting six million of one object to help grasp the concept. After conducting research on the Internet, one student discovered that during the Holocaust, after the Nazis invaded Norway and began prosecuting Jews, non-Jewish Norwegians protested Nazis' forcing Jews to wear yellow stars on their clothing by wearing paper clips on their lapels.

Thus, the beginning of the Paper Clip Project.

Six Million Paper Clips

Bill Moyers Journal - Chris Jordan
Topic: Society 11:02 pm EDT, Oct 14, 2007

Photographic Artist Chris Jordan turns the statistics of consumerism into palpable images in his new photo series.

Please watch this video. From an artistic standpoint, it's irrelevant and the quality of the video belies what the actual work must provoke in person. The statement that it is making, which is what art is really for, is what is important. The last 60 seconds of the video is the most profound, but the whole thing must be watched in order for that last bit to resonate roundly.

This really is a great collection of work. It reminds me of the six million paper clips project.

Bill Moyers Journal - Chris Jordan

Reach Out and Touch Someone
Topic: Society 8:48 am EDT, Oct  7, 2007

It can be a lonely feeling when the phone doesn't ring.And even though, yes, you could pick up the phone and call someone, sometimes you just need someone else to reach out first.

Ryan Paulson knows that feeling. Even though he's busy with classes at Dakota State University and a part-time job at Daktronics in Brookings, even though his parents only live a few miles away in Colman, even though he has - as of Saturday - a fiancé by the name of Cassie Moeller, sometimes he would look at his cell phone lifeline and just wish it would ring more often.

That's why a postcard posted Sept. 23 on resonated deep within Paulson.

It said, "I bought the coolest phone on the planet - but it still only rings as often as my old phone did."

Paulson's response was put online the same day the postcard appeared.

Paulson wrote, "I feel the same way. I often wonder why I even have a phone because I rarely receive calls."

Then he offered a metaphorical ear.

"If there was a way we could contact each other, that would be cool. My phone number is 605-212-7787."

A few hours later, his phone rang. It was Warren, checking to see if Paulson had submitted a real phone number and truly was willing to talk with a stranger.

Paulson said yes, and his response was on line by 7:30 p.m.

Then his cell phone started ringing.

"Within five, 10 minutes of putting it up, I'd already had a couple phone calls," Paulson says. "I was like, OK, a few people will call and maybe the one person who put it up there."

Little did he know.

Within the first couple of days, Paulson received 250 calls, so many that his voicemail told countless other callers that it could accept no more messages.

He has talked to people in almost every state, along with calls from Colombia, Scotland, England and Australia. He's talked with soldiers stationed in Iraq.

Paulson, unknowingly, tapped into fears that many of us share: that in a busy, crammed-full life, no one remembers us; that our answering machines never flash because we simply don't matter to anyone; that in an era when communication with others is easier than ever before, we are communicating less and less.

"The vast majority of people I talked to felt the same way: 'I know exactly how you feel, and I'm really supportive you sent in your comment because it gives me and the original sender a feeling that there's somebody out there,' " Paulson says.

Paulson hasn't heard from the one person he really wants to talk to, the man or woman who wrote, "I bought the coolest phone on the planet - but it still only rings as often as my old phone did."

At least, no one he talked to identified themselves as that person.

Reach Out and Touch Someone

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