Decision ’08: Kerry Campaign: Initial Phases Going Smoothly

Filed under: Humor,Politics — 4:00 pm

In the 90 days since Kerry promised on national television to sign the form releasing his military records, the following milestones have been achieved:

* a pen has been procured from a Walmart on the outskirts of Little Rock "for substantially less than the $12,000 budgeted";
* a special committee has been formed to discuss the best way to remove the cap from the pen;
* a copy of the notoriously difficult to obtain form has been located on eBay and bidding is underway; and
* a "Dinner With John" fundraising extravaganza is in the works to obtain the necessary postage to mail the signed form, should such a step be required.

Osama bin Laden is dead?

Filed under: Terrorism — 3:55 pm

A Web site claiming close ties to Al-Qaida has announced that the leader of the international terror network, Osama bin Laden, is dead, the London-based Arabic daily Asharq Al Awsat reported Friday.

The claim has not been confirmed.

What’s Your Personality Type?

Filed under: Interesting — 3:49 pm

Your #1 Match: ISFP

The Artist You are a gifted artist or musician (though your talents may be dormant right now). You enjoy spending your free time in nature, and you are good with animals and children. Simply put, you enjoy bueaty in all its forms and live for the simple pleasures in life. Gentle, sensitive, and compassionate – you are good at recognizing people’s unspoken needs. You would make a good veterinarian, pediatrician, or composer.

Your #2 Match: ISTP

The Mechanic You are calm and collected, even in the most difficult of situations. A person of action and self-direction, you love being independent. To outsiders yous eem impulsive, surprising, and unpredictable. You are good at understanding how all things work, except for people. You would make an excellent pilot, forensic pathologist, or athlete.

Your #3 Match: INFP

The Idealist You are creative with a great imagination, living in your own inner world. Open minded and accepting, you strive for harmony in your important relationships. It takes a long time for people to get to know you. You are hesitant to let people get close. But once you care for someone, you do everything you can to help them grow and develop. You would make an excellent writer, psychologist, or artist.

Your #4 Match: INTP

The Thinker You are analytical and logical – and on a quest to learn everything you can. Smart and complex, you always love a new intellectual challenge. Your biggest pet peeve is people who slow you down with trivial chit chat. A quiet maverick, you tend to ignore rules and authority whenever you feel like it. You would make an excellent mathematician, programmer, or professor.

Your #5 Match: ISFJ

The Nurturer You have a strong need to belong, and you very loyal. A good listener, you excell at helping others in practical ways. In your spare time, you enjoy engaging your senses through art, cooking, and music. You find it easy to be devoted to one person, who you do special things for. You would make a good interior designer, chef, or child psychologist.

Wiretaps in U.S. jump 19 percent in 2004 – Apr 28, 2005

Filed under: Interesting — 3:33 pm

The number of secret court-authorized wiretaps across the country surged by 19 percent last year, according to court records which also showed that not a single application was denied.

What Phishers Know That You Don’t

Filed under: Computer Security,Lifestyle — 12:21 pm

Bottom Line: type the Web site domain name manually into your browser or use a bookmark. A healthy dose of paranoia is the best defense.

Today’s headlines scream about phishing attacks that are stealing financial data, bilking billions from consumers, and contributing to identity theft. These news articles are soon followed by vendor press releases and dubious marketing propaganda seeking to capitalize on the buzzword hysteria.

Security professionals are left trying to separate the truth from the hype while looking to SSL, token authentication, e-mail encryption, A/V scanners, blacklist and take-down services for solutions. Each incident usually gets management very excited about protecting their customers and the brand.

Meanwhile, while gleefully jumping from foot to foot, the Phishers are having the last laugh because they know something you don’t: None of this stuff actually works anyway. At least not for phishing scams. Don’t get me wrong. These solutions have their time and place, just not when it comes to phishing and I’m here to tell you why.

New planet out of this world

Filed under: Science — 11:54 am

NEW images of an object five times the mass of Jupiter confirm it is a giant planet closely orbiting a distant star, astronomers believe.

New Diabetes Drug Comes From Lizard

Filed under: Health,Medical — 11:52 am

A drug derived from the saliva of the Gila monster lizard was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday as a way for type 2 diabetics to better control their blood sugar levels.

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