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Kellogg says FDA confirms salmonella in crackers
Topic: Health and Wellness 5:35 pm EST, Jan 19, 2009

Thats not good!


MILWAUKEE (AP) - Kellogg Co. said Monday federal authorities have confirmed that salmonella was found in a single package of its peanut butter crackers, as a Midwestern grocer and General Mills Corp. recalled some of its products because of the scare.

Also Monday, Midwestern grocer and retailer Meijer Inc. said it was recalling two types of crackers and two varieties of ice cream because of the possibility of salmonella contamination: Meijer brand Cheese and Peanut Butter and Toasty Peanut Butter sandwich crackers, and Peanut Butter and Jelly and Peanut Butter Cup ice cream.

Kellogg says FDA confirms salmonella in crackers

NYTimes Op-Ed: Time for (Self) Shock Therapy by THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Topic: Markets & Investing 5:28 pm EST, Jan 19, 2009

Seems extreme...

Many commentators have suggestions for Barack Obama on what should be his first meeting at the White House. Here is mine: Mr. Obama and his economic team should convene the 300 leading bank presidents in the East Room and the president should say to each one of them something like this:

“Ladies and gentlemen, this crisis started with you, the bankers, engaging in reckless practices, and it will only end when we clean up your mess and start afresh. The banking system is the heart of our economy. It pumps blood to our industrial muscles, and right now it’s not pumping. We all know that in the past six months you’ve gone from one extreme to another. You’ve gone from lending money to anyone who could fog up a knife to now treating all potential borrowers, no matter how healthy, as bankrupt until proven innocent. And, therefore, you’re either not lending to them or lending under such onerous terms that the economy can’t get any liftoff. No amount of stimulus will work without a healthy banking system.

“So here’s what we’re going to do: we’re going to unclog the arteries. My banking experts have analyzed each of your balance sheets. You will tell us if we’re right. Those of you who are insolvent, we will nationalize and shut down. We will auction off your viable assets and will hold the toxic ones in a government reconstruction fund and sell them later when the market rebounds. Those of you who are weak will be merged. And those of you who are strong will receive added capital for your balance sheets, after you write down all your remaining toxic waste. I am not going to continue rewarding the losers and dimwits amongst you with handouts.”

NYTimes Op-Ed: Time for (Self) Shock Therapy by THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Top Gear's Stig Revealed!
Topic: Cars and Trucks 4:30 pm EST, Jan 19, 2009

Fans of Top Gear might want to prepare themselves for another Stig death soon. When "Black Stig" Perry McCarthy revealed himself, Clarkson, Hammond and May offed him. Now, according to the UK's Telegraph, the "White Stig" has apparently ended the mystery, revealing himself as 33 year-old Ben Collins. Collins has raced professionally in everything from NASCAR to LeMans, and most recently served as Agent 007's double for sequences of Quantum of Solace that required fancy wheel work. It's been such a secret for so long, how did the veil of silence come to be broken? Collins himself apparently revealed his day job to the owner of an art gallery in Bristol, England when asking for help producing a limited-edition print of The Stig plying his trade.

Top Gear's Stig Revealed!

Jim Rogers Says Worried About Dollar, Favors China
Topic: Markets & Investing 3:29 pm EST, Jan 19, 2009

Jan. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Jim Rogers, chairman of Singapore- based Rogers Holdings, said investors should be “worried” about the U.S. dollar, and recommended selling government bonds and buying raw materials, China stocks and the yen.

“If I were you, I would be worried about the U.S. dollar,” said Rogers, 66, in a speech at the Asia Financial Forum in Hong Kong today. “The Americans are printing U.S. dollars. The Americans are going to do whatever they can to revive their economy, even if it means destroying the U.S. dollar.”

Holding government bonds is a “big mistake” and is going to “end badly,” he said. Investors should favor agriculture, power generation and China shares if they want to make money, said Rogers, who correctly predicted the start of the commodities rally in 1999 and has written books including ‘A Bull in China: Investing Profitably in the World’s Greatest Market.’

Jim Rogers Says Worried About Dollar, Favors China

Kooky Canuck - The Kookamonga Burger
Topic: Movies 3:23 pm EST, Jan 19, 2009



THE KOOKAMONGA — The legend lives here! 4 pounds of pure beef, on a fresh baked bun, topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and cheese. If you and only you eat it ALL, plus the fixings, in under 60 minutes it's on us, not to mention that you get your picture on the Kooky Canuck wall of fame...21.99

SEVEN AND A HALF POUNDS TOTAL...but the fries are optional.

How many calories are in the Kookamonga? Well, let's add it up;

Ground Chuck-8,960 calories/176g
Bread-2,464 calories/35.6g fat
American Cheese-848 calories/55.2g fat
Tomato, onion, pickles, lettuce-85 calories/0g fat


Kooky Canuck - The Kookamonga Burger

‘Time to Sell’ Treasuries, Biggest Korean Fund Says
Topic: Markets & Investing 3:01 pm EST, Jan 19, 2009

an. 19 (Bloomberg) -- A rally that sent U.S. Treasuries to their best year since 1995 is coming to an end, South Korea’s National Pension Service, the country’s biggest investor, said.

“It’s time to sell U.S. Treasuries,” said Kim, who took over as head of investments at the start of the year. “The stimulus plan may cause inflation. The U.S. will raise the benchmark interest rate.”

Investors in South Korea cut their holdings of U.S. debt to $28.6 billion in November, less than half of what they owned in 2006, based on Treasury Department data.

China, the largest foreign owner of Treasuries, increased its stake to a record $681.9 billion in November.

‘Time to Sell’ Treasuries, Biggest Korean Fund Says

Barack Obama has refused to be a president
Topic: Computers 2:52 pm EST, Jan 19, 2009

Sites claiming President-Elect Barack Obama will refuse to take the oath of office Tuesday are serving up attack code believed to be programmed by the same hackers responsible for the notorious Storm bot Trojan, researchers said this weekend.

According to researchers at several security companies, including F-Secure Corp., MX Logic Inc. and Trend Micro Inc., spam campaigns are in gear that try to trick users into visiting malicious Web sites hosting variations of "Waledec," the Trojan horse thought to be the successor to Storm.

Barack Obama has refused to be a president

U of Tennessee finds 'bonus benefits' in log management
Topic: Tech Industry 2:43 pm EST, Jan 19, 2009

Meanwhile, I recently talked with James Perry, the Information Security Officer at the University of Tennessee about his use of log management. His department has been using ArcSight Logger since July 2008, and he’s still finding interesting use cases. Here’s a look at some of them and how his organization is benefiting from log management.

At the same time, the environment can’t be a free-for-all. The university network serves 159 merchants such as bookstores, coffee shops and other sales operations. This means there is a requirement for PCI compliance. Two of the campuses work with medical data. That means HIPAA compliance. There’s financial data, meaning GLBA compliance, and so on. As you can see, the need to log and monitor all activities for compliance purposes was a big driving factor in the university acquiring a log management product. What’s more, like most organizations today, the university is experiencing budget cuts, so Perry was forced to improve security and operations with fewer resources. Log management has helped to achieve the latter objective as well.

U of Tennessee finds 'bonus benefits' in log management

AirWave supports latest payment-card industry security mandates
Topic: Tech Industry 2:41 pm EST, Jan 19, 2009

Aruba Networks has released an updated version of its wireless management software, with changes that let retailers and others monitor compliance with the latest payment-card security standards.

The company's AirWave Wireless Management Suite 6.2 now can track compliance with version 1.2 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).The suite can create an array of reports documenting where the wireless network is in sync with the standard, and where it's not.

The software update also includes placement suggestions for radio sensors; support for Cisco LWAPP 5.1/5.2 features; monitoring of Cisco 871w routers and remote Aruba access points; and the ability to accept a management trap by a Cisco WLAN controller as soon as it happens rather than waiting for a periodic polling of that controller.

AirWave supports latest payment-card industry security mandates

U.S. plots major upgrade to Internet router security
Topic: Tech Industry 2:35 pm EST, Jan 19, 2009

The U.S. federal government is accelerating its efforts to secure the Internet's routing system, with plans this year for the Department of Homeland Security to quadruple its investment in research aimed at adding digital signatures to router communications.

DHS is funding two key initiatives related to enhancing routing security: Resource Public Key Infrastructure (RPKI), which adds authentication to the delegation of IP address blocks by the registries to ISPs and enterprises; and BGPSEC, which adds digital signatures to BGP announcements. (Maughan says he's modeling the BGPSEC initiative after the agency's DNSSEC effort, which has involved the National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST] and the Internet Engineering Task Force [IETF].)

With RPKI, the regional Internet registries are putting together a public key infrastructure to authorize IP address delegations from the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to the five regional Internet registries, including ARIN. Then the registries would authenticate the assignment of IP addresses and IP routing prefixes known as autonomous systems that are used by network operators.

U.S. plots major upgrade to Internet router security

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