Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tends always to exhaustion,
As a pendulum tends to rest:
The sweet voices of pleading affections,
The loud cry of desires and instincts,
That roar for their food,
Like beasts of prey;
All our passions and flames,
Burn to their extinction;
They perish, while they yet glow.
Oh my friends, if we would know
The joy and peace of God;
Then as the lamb quietly persues,
The shepherd's loving carress;
We too must present our hearts,
Still, and sliently before Him;
Whose voice commands,
Whose love warms and comforts,
And whose Truth,
Makes all life fair.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Hazardous conditions on the I-17.
Snow up north
Snow was falling at the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Prescott and other parts of northern Arizona, and visibility was down to a half-mile at the Grand Canyon and down to a quarter-mile in Flagstaff, National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Breckenridge said.
He said visibility could diminish further as the storm worsens throughout the day.
"If it gets to be heavy snow showers, it'll get right down to zero, and you won't be able to see more than a couple hundred yards," he said.
Snow accumulations of up to 2 feet were expected in areas with elevations above 6,500 feet; up to a foot of snow could fall at elevations between 5,000 and 6,500 feet.
Rain in the valley
Light rain was falling in the Phoenix area, and temperatures were expected to be as much as 15 degrees below normal.
Breckenridge said low temperatures in the Phoenix area were expected to hit 29 degrees Friday morning.
"It's really going to be getting cold," he said, adding that Phoenix hasn't seen such temperatures since January 2007 and rarely gets this cold.
In Flagstaff, lows were expected to reach zero degrees Thursday and Friday.
Blizzard warning in the east
A blizzard warning was issued in parts of eastern and southeastern Arizona, including the White Mountains, the Galiuro and Pinaleno Mountains, Catalina and Rincon Mountains, and Mount Graham.
Southwest winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph were expected Wednesday afternoon, diminishing to 15 to 30 mph by Thursday morning, with gusts up to 40 mph.
Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves says the agency has been "slammed" with more than 100 calls reporting slide-offs in a three-hour period Wednesday afternoon.
- State Route 87 northbound - snow chain or four-wheel-drive advisory has been issued due to weather following slide offs involving more than 20 vehicles.
- I-17 northbound remains closed north of State Route 179. Traffic at this time is being diverted to southbound I-17. Drivers are advised to detour in advance or delay travels to avoid congestion at the turnaround. Southbound I-17 from Flagstaff remains open and passable for all vehicles.
- State Route 89A closed from Pumphouse Wash at milepost 386 to Forest Highlands Road at milepost 397 due to winter conditions and resource allocation.
The combination of high winds and snow caused by blizzards causes the most problems when driving.
Blizzards with low visibility leads to whiteout conditions, and that's very dangerous," Breckenridge said. "In a total whiteout you can't even judge distance at all. It's very hard to know what's what, and you can very easily drive off the road and get into an accident."
State police urge Arizonans to avoid driving if they can, but if they must, they ask that drivers pack an emergency kit with clothing, food, and blankets.
The Arizona Department of Transportation said it is ready to tackle snow and ice on highways, but drivers should be prepared for temporary highway closures, quickly changing weather conditions and unpredictable roadways.
The department said its first priority is to keep Interstates 40 and 17 clear of snow and ice and open to drivers unless blowing and drifting snow becomes too severe.
Monday, December 27, 2010
The TSA plans to install more of the controversial full body scanners at airports across the country.
Monday, December 27, 2010
WASHINGTON, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- U.S. officials say they will keep introducing full-body scanners at the nation's airports with more than 1,000 in operation by the end of next year.
That will account for about half of the country's 2,000 security checkpoint lanes, The Washington Post reported Sunday.
Federal officials say the scanners represent the best technology that has passed both lab and field tests.
Researchers and security experts, however, have questioned the scanners' ability to detect odorless chemical explosives in small amounts easily molded to fool both machines and security personnel into thinking they are part of the human body.
Some security experts say the scanners are just expensive window dressing meant to put the traveling public at ease, the Post reported.
The rate of installations has increased since the failed Christmas Day terrorist attempt in 2009 when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly hid explosives in his underwear on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office has said it "remains unclear" whether he would have been detected by a full-body scanner.
Transportation Security Administration officials say they are standing by the technology.
"The bottom line is that we are now able to detect all types of the most dangerous weapons -- non-metallic explosive devices," TSA spokesman Nicholas Kimball said. "Even in small amounts, it can be picked up."
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Published: December 25, 2010
New York Times
WASHINGTON — When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over “death panels,” Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system. But the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting Jan. 1.
Under the new policy, outlined in a Medicare regulation, the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment.
Congressional supporters of the new policy, though pleased, have kept quiet. They fear provoking another furor like the one in 2009 when Republicans seized on the idea of end-of-life counseling to argue that the Democrats’ bill would allow the government to cut off care for the critically ill.
The final version of the health care legislation, signed into law by President Obama in March, authorized Medicare coverage of yearly physical examinations, or wellness visits. The new rule says Medicare will cover “voluntary advance care planning,” to discuss end-of-life treatment, as part of the annual visit.
Under the rule, doctors can provide information to patients on how to prepare an “advance directive,” stating how aggressively they wish to be treated if they are so sick that they cannot make health care decisions for themselves.
While the new law does not mention advance care planning, the Obama administration has been able to achieve its policy goal through the regulation-writing process, a strategy that could become more prevalent in the next two years as the president deals with a strengthened Republican opposition in Congress.
In this case, the administration said research had shown the value of end-of-life planning.
“Advance care planning improves end-of-life care and patient and family satisfaction and reduces stress, anxiety and depression in surviving relatives,” the administration said in the preamble to the Medicare regulation, quoting research published this year in the British Medical Journal.
The administration also cited research by Dr. Stacy M. Fischer, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, who found that “end-of-life discussions between doctor and patient help ensure that one gets the care one wants.” In this sense, Dr. Fischer said, such consultations “protect patient autonomy.”
Opponents said the Obama administration was bringing back a procedure that could be used to justify the premature withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment from people with severe illnesses and disabilities.
Section 1233 of the bill passed by the House in November 2009 — but not included in the final legislation — allowed Medicare to pay for consultations about advance care planning every five years. In contrast, the new rule allows annual discussions as part of the wellness visit.
Elizabeth D. Wickham, executive director of LifeTree, which describes itself as “a pro-life Christian educational ministry,” said she was concerned that end-of-life counseling would encourage patients to forgo or curtail care, thus hastening death.
“The infamous Section 1233 is still alive and kicking,” Ms. Wickham said. “Patients will lose the ability to control treatments at the end of life.”
Several Democratic members of Congress, led by Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon and Senator John D. Rockefeller IV of West Virginia, had urged the administration to cover end-of-life planning as a service offered under the Medicare wellness benefit. A national organization of hospice care providers made the same recommendation.
Mr. Blumenauer, the author of the original end-of-life proposal, praised the rule as “a step in the right direction.”
“It will give people more control over the care they receive,” Mr. Blumenauer said in an interview. “It means that doctors and patients can have these conversations in the normal course of business, as part of our health care routine, not as something put off until we are forced to do it.”
After learning of the administration’s decision, Mr. Blumenauer’s office celebrated “a quiet victory,” but urged supporters not to crow about it.
“While we are very happy with the result, we won’t be shouting it from the rooftops because we aren’t out of the woods yet,” Mr. Blumenauer’s office said in an e-mail in early November to people working with him on the issue. “This regulation could be modified or reversed, especially if Republican leaders try to use this small provision to perpetuate the ‘death panel’ myth.”
Moreover, the e-mail said: “We would ask that you not broadcast this accomplishment out to any of your lists, even if they are ‘supporters’ — e-mails can too easily be forwarded.”
The e-mail continued: “Thus far, it seems that no press or blogs have discovered it, but we will be keeping a close watch and may be calling on you if we need a rapid, targeted response. The longer this goes unnoticed, the better our chances of keeping it.”
In the interview, Mr. Blumenauer said, “Lies can go viral if people use them for political purposes.”
The proposal for Medicare coverage of advance care planning was omitted from the final health care bill because of the uproar over unsubstantiated claims that it would encourage euthanasia.
Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate, and Representative John A. Boehner of Ohio, the House Republican leader, led the criticism in the summer of 2009. Ms. Palin said “Obama’s death panel” would decide who was worthy of health care. Mr. Boehner, who is in line to become speaker, said, “This provision may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia.” Forced onto the defensive, Mr. Obama said that nothing in the bill would “pull the plug on grandma.”
A recent poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation suggests that the idea of death panels persists. In the September poll, 30 percent of Americans 65 and older said the new health care law allowed a government panel to make decisions about end-of-life care for people on Medicare. The law has no such provision.
The new policy is included in a huge Medicare regulation setting payment rates for thousands of services including arthroscopy, mastectomy and X-rays.
The rule was issued by Dr. Donald M. Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and a longtime advocate for better end-of-life care.
“Using unwanted procedures in terminal illness is a form of assault,” Dr. Berwick has said. “In economic terms, it is waste. Several techniques, including advance directives and involvement of patients and families in decision-making, have been shown to reduce inappropriate care at the end of life, leading to both lower cost and more humane care.”
Ellen B. Griffith, a spokeswoman for the Medicare agency, said, “The final health care reform law has no provision for voluntary advance care planning.” But Ms. Griffith added, under the new rule, such planning “may be included as an element in both the first and subsequent annual wellness visits, providing an opportunity to periodically review and update the beneficiary’s wishes and preferences for his or her medical care.”
Mr. Blumenauer and Mr. Rockefeller said that advance directives would help doctors and nurses provide care in keeping with patients’ wishes.
“Early advance care planning is important because a person’s ability to make decisions may diminish over time, and he or she may suddenly lose the capability to participate in health care decisions,” the lawmakers said in a letter to Dr. Berwick in August.
In a recent study of 3,700 people near the end of life, Dr. Maria J. Silveira of the University of Michigan found that many had “treatable, life-threatening conditions” but lacked decision-making capacity in their final days. With the new Medicare coverage, doctors can learn a patient’s wishes before a crisis occurs.
For example, Dr. Silveira said, she might ask a person with heart disease, “If you have another heart attack and your heart stops beating, would you want us to try to restart it?” A patient dying of emphysema might be asked, “Do you want to go on a breathing machine for the rest of your life?” And, she said, a patient with incurable cancer might be asked, “When the time comes, do you want us to use technology to try and delay your death?”
Is high, and lifted up,
Even from the beginning;
Yet His reigning glory,
Is also His redeeming grace:
For the cloud of Shekinah,
The Glory of the Lord;
Shines still above the mercy seat,
Where spreads the blood of the Lamb,
By which all sin is wiped away.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Today the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached its highest point of the year. It is also at the highest point since its complete collapse in late 2009 when it bottomed near 6600. As I post this the Dow is up to 11,525 and it may very well close higher by the end of the day’s trading.
For the last week the television has been abuzz with “good news” for our economic future.
Some of the reasons given I have heard are…
- The republican gains in the recent election
- The compromise on the “tax cuts”
- Consumer spending is up
- The banks are making deals and opening up capital
- People who didn’t lose jobs are no longer afraid to spend and borrow
The reality is there are tiny flecks of truth in all of this. The big problem with our current recovery is that it is nothing but an illusion driven by a public relations campaign! None of the items above actually can correct the real reasons behind our economic turmoil, some of the major issues are...CLICK TO READ MORE
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Did it come to pass:
Unto us a child was born,
Unto us a Son was given;
In Him was Life; and the Life,
Was a Light unto men;
That all men, through Him,
Might believe in the Light;
For His Light is life,
Unto all who believe.
And they called His name:
Merry Christmas to all !!!
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Imperfect in this life;
Yet fully supplied,
According to the measure
Of its intensity:
As I stand, wearily,
Yonder in the wilderness;
Far from the holy soil,
Of my native land;
My long, and wistful gaze,
Yearns across the narrow valley,
Seeking the Rushing Waters,
That flow freely therein:
Oh my soul thirsteth
For Almighty God;
Yea, for the Living God.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
by KTAR.com (December 21st, 2010 @ 10:18am) Christmas sweaters can offend some, but it is not the wardrobe that has a Virginia school's Christmas Sweater Club in trouble.
According to WUSA9.com, the boys in the club tossed small candy canes to fellow students as they entered school one day.
"They said, 'maliciously maim students with the intent to injure.' And I don't think any of us here intentionally meant to injure anyone, or did," said Zakk Rhine, a junior at Battlefield High School. Cameron Gleason, a junior, said it all happened before school started so he was not even sure what his club was disrupting.
Principal Amy Etheridge-Conti says she can't comment on the students' discipline but did say there was a lot more to it than handing out candy and that the discipline was warranted. The boys admitted that they may have caused litter as kids dropped their candy canes on the ground, but Gleason said he spent time cleaning up all the dropped candy. The boys' parents, though, think the school administration went overboard in trying to stop the kids from spreading Christmas cheer.
Mother Kathleen Flannery said an administrator called her and explained "not everyone wants Christmas cheer. That suicide rates are up over Christmas, and that they should keep their cheer to themselves, perhaps." Video link: http://bcove.me/msrxmzi7
Monday, December 20, 2010
"It just seemed like it was back-to-back and it came in waves," said Craig Fugate, who heads the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency. It handled a record number of disasters in 2010.
"The term '100-year event' really lost its meaning this year."
And we have ourselves to blame most of the time, scientists and disaster experts say.
Even though many catastrophes have the ring of random chance, the hand of man made this a particularly deadly, costly, extreme and weird year for everything from wild weather to earthquakes.
Poor construction and development practices conspire to make earthquakes more deadly than they need be. More people live in poverty in vulnerable buildings in crowded cities. That means that when the ground shakes, the river breaches, or the tropical cyclone hits, more people die.
Disasters from the Earth, such as earthquakes and volcanoes "are pretty much constant," said Andreas Schraft, vice president of catastrophic perils for the Geneva-based insurance giant Swiss Re. "All the change that's made is man-made."
The January earthquake that killed well more than 220,000 people in Haiti is a perfect example. Port-au-Prince has nearly three times as many people — many of them living in poverty — and more poorly built shanties than it did 25 years ago. So had the same quake hit in 1985 instead of 2010, total deaths would have probably been in the 80,000 range, said Richard Olson, director of disaster risk reduction at Florida International University.
In February, an earthquake that was more than 500 times stronger than the one that struck Haiti hit an area of Chile that was less populated, better constructed, and not as poor. Chile's bigger quake caused fewer than 1,000 deaths.
Climate scientists say Earth's climate also is changing thanks to man-made global warming, bringing extreme weather, such as heat waves and flooding.
In the summer, one weather system caused oppressive heat in Russia, while farther south it caused flooding in Pakistan that inundated 62,000 square miles, about the size of Wisconsin. That single heat-and-storm system killed almost 17,000 people, more people than all the worldwide airplane crashes in the past 15 years combined.
"It's a form of suicide, isn't it? We build houses that kill ourselves (in earthquakes). We build houses in flood zones that drown ourselves," said Roger Bilham, a professor of geological sciences at the University of Colorado. "It's our fault for not anticipating these things. You know, this is the Earth doing its thing."
No one had to tell a mask-wearing Vera Savinova how bad it could get. She is a 52-year-old administrator in a dental clinic who in August took refuge from Moscow's record heat, smog and wildfires.
"I think it is the end of the world," she said. "Our planet warns us against what would happen if we don't care about nature."
The excessive amount of extreme weather that dominated 2010 is a classic sign of man-made global warming that climate scientists have long warned about. They calculate that the killer Russian heat wave — setting a national record of 111 degrees — would happen once every 100,000 years without global warming.
Preliminary data show that 18 countries broke their records for the hottest day ever.
"These (weather) events would not have happened without global warming," said Kevin Trenberth, chief of climate analysis for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.
That's why the people who study disasters for a living say it would be wrong to chalk 2010 up to just another bad year.
"The Earth strikes back in cahoots with bad human decision-making," said a weary Debarati Guha Sapir, director for the World Health Organization's Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters. "It's almost as if the policies, the government policies and development policies, are helping the Earth strike back instead of protecting from it. We've created conditions where the slightest thing the Earth does is really going to have a disproportionate impact."
Here's a quick tour of an anything but normal 2010:
While the Haitian earthquake, Russian heat wave, and Pakistani flooding were the biggest killers, deadly quakes also struck Chile, Turkey, China and Indonesia in one of the most active seismic years in decades. Through mid-December there have been 20 earthquakes of magnitude 7.0 or higher, compared to the normal 16. This year is tied for the most big quakes since 1970, but it is not a record. Nor is it a significantly above average year for the number of strong earthquakes, U.S. earthquake officials say.
Flooding alone this year killed more than 6,300 people in 59 nations through September, according to the World Health Organization. In the United States, 30 people died in the Nashville, Tenn., region in flooding. Inundated countries include China, Italy, India, Colombia and Chad. Super Typhoon Megi with winds of more than 200 mph devastated the Philippines and parts of China.
Through Nov. 30, nearly 260,000 people died in natural disasters in 2010, compared to 15,000 in 2009, according to Swiss Re. The World Health Organization, which hasn't updated its figures past Sept. 30, is just shy of 250,000. By comparison, deaths from terrorism from 1968 to 2009 were less than 115,000, according to reports by the U.S. State Department and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
The last year in which natural disasters were this deadly was 1983 because of an Ethiopian drought and famine, according to WHO. Swiss Re calls it the deadliest since 1976.
The charity Oxfam says 21,000 of this year's disaster deaths are weather related.
After strong early year blizzards — nicknamed Snowmageddon — paralyzed the U.S. mid-Atlantic and record snowfalls hit Russia and China, the temperature turned to broil.
The year may go down as the hottest on record worldwide or at the very least in the top three, according to the World Meteorological Organization. The average global temperature through the end of October was 58.53 degrees, a shade over the previous record of 2005, according to the National Climatic Data Center.
Los Angeles had its hottest day in recorded history on Sept. 27: 113 degrees. In May, 129 set a record for Pakistan and may have been the hottest temperature recorded in an inhabited location.
In the U.S. Southeast, the year began with freezes in Florida that had cold-blooded iguanas becoming comatose and falling off trees. Then it became the hottest summer on record for the region. As the year ended, unusually cold weather was back in force.
Northern Australia had the wettest May-October on record, while the southwestern part of that country had its driest spell on record. And parts of the Amazon River basin struck by drought hit their lowest water levels in recorded history.
Disasters caused $222 billion in economic losses in 2010 — more than Hong Kong's economy — according to Swiss Re. That's more than usual, but not a record, Schraft said. That's because this year's disasters often struck poor areas without heavy insurance, such as Haiti.
Ghulam Ali's three-bedroom, one-story house in northwestern Pakistan collapsed during the floods. To rebuild, he had to borrow 50,000 rupees ($583) from friends and family. It's what many Pakistanis earn in half a year.
A volcano in Iceland paralyzed air traffic for days in Europe, disrupting travel for more than 7 million people. Other volcanoes in the Congo, Guatemala, Ecuador, the Philippines and Indonesia sent people scurrying for safety. New York City had a rare tornado.
A nearly 2-pound hailstone that was 8 inches in diameter fell in South Dakota in July to set a U.S. record. The storm that produced it was one of seven declared disasters for that state this year.
There was not much snow to start the Winter Olympics in a relatively balmy Vancouver, British Columbia, while the U.S. East Coast was snowbound.
In a 24-hour period in October, Indonesia got the trifecta of terra terror: a deadly magnitude 7.7 earthquake, a tsunami that killed more than 500 people and a volcano that caused more than 390,000 people to flee. That's after flooding, landslides and more quakes killed hundreds earlier in the year.
Even the extremes were extreme. This year started with a good sized El Nino weather oscillation that causes all sorts of extremes worldwide. Then later in the year, the world got the mirror image weather system with a strong La Nina, which causes a different set of extremes. Having a year with both a strong El Nino and La Nina is unusual.
And in the United States, FEMA declared a record number of major disasters, 79 as of Dec. 14. The average year has 34.
A list of day-by-day disasters in 2010 compiled by the AP runs 64 printed pages long.
"The extremes are changed in an extreme fashion," said Greg Holland, director of the earth system laboratory at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
For example, even though it sounds counterintuitive, global warming likely played a bit of a role in "Snowmageddon" earlier this year, Holland said. That's because with a warmer climate, there's more moisture in the air, which makes storms including blizzards, more intense, he said.
White House science adviser John Holdren said we should get used to climate disasters or do something about global warming: "The science is clear that we can expect more and more of these kinds of damaging events unless and until society's emissions of heat-trapping gases and particles are sharply reduced."
And that's just the "natural disasters." It was also a year of man-made technological catastrophes. BP's busted oil well caused 172 million gallons to gush into the Gulf of Mexico. Mining disasters — men trapped deep in the Earth — caused dozens of deaths in tragic collapses in West Virginia, China and New Zealand. The fortunate miners in Chile who survived 69 days underground provided the feel good story of the year.
In both technological and natural disasters, there's a common theme of "pushing the envelope," Olson said.
Colorado's Bilham said the world's population is moving into riskier megacities on fault zones and flood-prone areas. He figures that 400 million to 500 million people in the world live in large cities prone to major earthquakes.
A Haitian disaster will happen again, Bilham said: "It could be Algiers. it could be Tehran. It could be any one of a dozen cities."
Sunday, December 19, 2010
And the power, and the glory,
And the victory, and the majesty:
For all that is in heaven,
And in the earth; is Thine
Thine is the Kingdom, Oh Lord;
And Thou art exalted,
As Head above all.
The Lord reigneth,
He is clothed with majesty;
The Lord is clothed with strength,
Wherewith He hath girded Himself:
Honor and majesty are before Him;
Strength and beauty are in His Sanctuary.
Enter into the rock,
And hide thee in the dust,
For the fear of the Lord,
And for the glory of His majesty!
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Thursday, December 16, 2010
The gospel can lift this destroying burden from the mind, give beauty for ashes, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. But unless the weight of the burden is felt the gospel can mean nothing to the man; and until he sees a vision of God high and lifted up, there will be no woe and no burden. Low views of God destroy the gospel for all who hold them.
There be many a dark and desert place;
And many an hour of sadness,
With all its sorrows and pains;
Yet, will He make thy tears,
Into a well of His refreshment;
Lifting the mists and clouds,
That so encumber thy hope:
Restoring the joy of thy salvation;
And delivering thy soul in peace,
From the battle that was against thee.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
and "Don't Come Around Here No More", while I was Reading Linda's Spiritsong blogpage;
and there was something in the music and the spirit of her writing that set me off in thought;
and here is my response, though I couldn't come up with any title--so I just labeled it
as my response to the music:
Majestic spiritual music,
Is a sonic reflection,
Of the Light of God;
Seen through brightened eyes,
And believing hearts:
It is as if the harps,
Which had hung so silent,
Upon the willows
Of the rivers of Babylon,
Had awakened at last;
To their ancient, holy melodies,
Climbing higher and higher,
In their call to praise Him.
"Let everything that hath breathe,
Praise the Lord:
Praise ye the Lord!"
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
While the cells' logic operations are still resigned to simple functions, Voigt said the research lays the groundwork for cellular communication similar to computers.
The findings hold promise for fields such as agriculture and the pharmaceutical industry, where researchers use bioengineering to enhance plant genetics.
“DNA is sort of the programming language for life,” Voigt told CNN in a telephone interview over the weekend.
“It's not that we're trying to replace computers with living cells. But it means we could gain programmable control of everything biology can do. You'd like to be able to control all these programs.”
Voigt said the ultimate aim is to create intricate computer code that can be read by living cells.
“We want to create a programming language for bacteria,” he said. “We want to program code for bacteria just like you would for a computer. A lot of the other work my lab does has to do with coming up with algorithms – just like a programmer would do – and converting that into a DNA sequence.”
Complex functions akin to digital computation will come only if scientists create a viable language first, Voigt said.
“At some point, Microsoft Word had to have been converted to 1s and Os. It's the same way with cells," Voigt said. "What we've done here is created a fundamental language to show that they can work in bacteria. We still have a lot fewer circuits that you could use in computers."
Paul, who wrote a book entitled "End the Fed," told Bloomberg Television in an interview this morning that he will "not really, not right up front" push for an end to the Fed.
"But obviously that's the implication," he added. Paul said he will first focus on oversight.
When Republicans take over the House next year, Paul will chair the House Domestic Monetary Policy Subcommittee, which is part of the Financial Services Committee. Rep. Spencer Bachus of Alabama, chairman-elect of the Financial Services Committee, announced the new leaders of the committee yesterday.
"This is the leadership team that crafted the first comprehensive financial reform bill to put an end to the bailouts, wind down the taxpayer funding of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and enforce a strong audit of the Federal Reserve," he said in a statement. "By working together, we will honor our commitment to aggressive oversight, reform of the GSEs, and monitoring the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act to ensure more jobs aren't lost to unnecessary regulations on community banks and businesses."
In his new role, Paul will have jurisdiction over issues such as domestic monetary policy, currency, precious metals and valuation of the dollar.
Earlier this year, the Federal Reserve managed to fend off a bipartisan effort led in part by Paul to open up its internal deliberations to congressional audits. On CBSNews.com's "Washington Unplugged" in March, Paul said, "it's irresponsible to ignore what the Fed does in secrecy."
"I think the irresponsibility falls on the Congress for ignoring the Fed," he added. "We're derelict in our duties. Congress has a cozy relationship with the Fed."
Paul's scrutiny of the Fed has bolstered his libertarian credentials in the eyes of his supporters. On Wednesday, a coalition of about 30 Tea Party-aligned groups wrote a letter to Bachus and incoming House Speaker John Boehner in support of Paul's appointment to chair the financial subcommittee, the Washington Post reports. The letter came after reports that GOP leaders may have given the chairmanship to someone else because of Paul's views.
Conflicting claims to east Jerusalem lie at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The dispute over the area, home to sensitive Jewish, Muslim and Christian holy sites, has derailed past peace talks and spilled into violence. Palestinians claim the sector as the capital of their future state.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's reaffirmation of his intention to hold on to east Jerusalem drew criticism from the Palestinians and was likely to increase friction with the Americans. The White House Mideast envoy is scheduled to arrive this week in another attempt to push peace efforts forward.
Netanyahu's defense minister, Ehud Barak of the centrist Labor Party, called for sharing Jerusalem with the Palestinians. But a government official said Barak's idea does not reflect the government's view.
The Palestinians want to establish their future state in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, lands Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war. Israel later annexed east Jerusalem in a move that is not recognized by the international community.
Israel's internal diplomatic flare-up came just days after the U.S. dropped its effort to persuade Israel to reinstate a moratorium on new building states in the West Bank as a way of restarting peace talks.
Instead, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said indirect talks would resume, while insisting that the two sides must now deal with core issues. Those include the status of Jerusalem, as well as borders, settlements and refugees.
Palestinians blasted Israel's rejection of their claim to east Jerusalem.
"Mr. Netanyahu is distancing himself not from Barak, he is distancing himself from international consensus, he's distancing himself from international resolutions and distancing himself from international law," said Palestinian spokesman Husam Zomlot. "And most importantly, he's distancing himself from any possible negotiated settlement based on the two-state solution."
Jordanian Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh on Sunday urged the U.S. to come up with a new formula to push the process forward.
Interviewed on ABC-TV, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said the U.S. might have to express its own ideas.
"It may be unavoidable, actually, for the United States acting as a broker at some point to come in with bridging proposals so we make this happen," he said.
Since Netanyahu came to power nearly two years ago, he has grudgingly accepted the principle of a Palestinian state next to Israel. He has carefully refrained from getting into specifics about the core issues, however, saying these must be negotiated.
Clinton expressed frustration with the Israeli-Palestinian impasse over the weekend, though she did not suggest a new way forward. She spoke at a forum in Washington.
Addressing the same gathering, Barak said the holy city will have to be shared as part of a future peace deal.
An Israeli official told The Associated Press that Barak was expressing a personal opinion, not the government's position.
"Those remarks were not coordinated with the prime minister," the official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because Netanyahu has not responded publicly to Barak's remarks or to Clinton's speech.
Since Netanyahu came to power nearly two years ago, Israelis and Palestinians have not been close to tackling major issues. Netanyahu's more moderate predecessor offered a Palestinian state with joint control of key Jerusalem holy sites among other features, but the Palestinians did not accept it.
In her speech Friday, Clinton urged both sides to lay out their positions on these core issues "without delay and with real specificity." She pointedly called for compromise on the contested holy city, observing that "there will surely be no peace without an agreement" on Jerusalem — "the most sensitive of all the issues."
U.S.-led negotiations broke down after just three weeks and Israel refused to renew a 10-month moratorium on new settlement housing. Palestinians said they would not return to the talks unless there was a total freeze in West Bank and east Jerusalem construction. Israel countered that such a condition had never been made before, and the issue should be part of the negotiations.
Washington's special envoy to the Mideast, George Mitchell, is expected to meet with Israeli and Palestinian leaders this week.
Updated Dec 11, 2010 10:39PM
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Of the fullness of God,
And be satisfied;
For the Living Lamb
Will be a Light unto them,
And teach them His ways:
They shall sing songs
Of praise unto the Lord,
Whom they have sought;
And their very heart
Shall live forever,
And delight themselves,
In the abundance
Of His peace.
This song was a collaboration song done with Zedjah (bro Z ) and Trish. Trish and I did the back up vocals. :) (da doowhop sistahs) There is SO MUCH I can say about this song and other songs Zeph is doing, Spiritsong and all His music warriors. It goes beyond words. It is not something you can EASILY explain. In fact I find some close to me who don't quite understand the battle that is involved when you are in the front lines as Spirit has called His music warriors to be in these end days. Even if you are not a musician or can sing, your still one of Abba's spirit warriors on this earth and it should not be taken lightly. PRAYER is the greatest weapon along with it being expressed musically that is the most powerful weapon we have. Whatever gifts we are given needs to be expressed and not buried. There are singing spirit prayer warriors and intercessor spirit prayer warriors and the spirit prayer warriors of all His saints! No wonder satan and his demons tremble!!! When you get attacked it is based on thier absolote fear, trembling and threat to their SOON TO BE fallen kingdom of darkness, deception, beast system, religion, control,greed, power, sacrifice, blood shed and lust for evil .
There are things going on spiritually behind the scenes that if we could REALLY see, hear, feel? It would blow our minds! Very soon we will SEE it. So we must PRAY and be ready for it now, not when it can be plainly seen. At that time if your not ready, you will faint for fear. We are not to FAINT or lose heart if we pray, get ready and keep our eyes on YESHUA! How do we get ready? Pray and actively do what Spirit put in each of us to do.
The battles are getting more intense and there comes a time when words cannot cut through where we need to go in Spirit against the demonic strongholds being unleashed. That is where the music comes in. I always wondered WHY the Lord put the worshipers, psalmist and His musicians (musical artists) on the front lines of battle, but as I have gone on in my spiritual journey I understand FULLY why. What I have found that satan the great boaster,blasphemer and liar that he is along with his demonic cohorts HATES MOST is true praise, worship and spiritual warfare that comes through the music. It breaks down walls and barriers where no words can go. It nullifies the counterfeit with the REAL. Something Spirit showed me several years ago would happen.
Though you may scratch your head and wonder about where the music is going or even what you hear and MAY NOT HEAR in this song and any songs put together by Spirit, what is REALLY going out there in the air waves of which satan is the principality over, is VERY POWERFUL! It's not what you get out of it that matters, but what is it doing beyond our own limited grasp! I will leave it at that for what its worth. Call it crazy and out of my mind passion, but its the reality of Spirit that most of the work is accomplished.
We may not see it, hear it or even feel it, though Yahweh will allow us to catch a glimpse of it here and there, but it is being heard LOUD AND CLEAR from that place in eternity, crossing eons of dimensions beyond this temporary physical existence. What am I saying? What the heck did I just type? My response to that would be this. It is what flows out of that deepest part in me that KNOWS. My flesh is at enmity with God, not my spirit. That is why our flesh needs to be crucified throughout the day, DAILY! It hinders the REAL workings of Spirit flowing through us. It's amazing though how He can and does use us in our daily messed up lives where we stumble through to reach out and upward to Christ with all that beckons and pulls us down in this world.
With all that said, please ask Abba to give you His ears to hear this song and join in on the warfare against those who mirror, hate and try to bring His lambs down.
DON'T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE! HEY!
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Henry Kissinger is heard saying the genocide of Soviet Jews would not be an American problem on newly released tapes chronicling President Nixon's obsession with disparaging Jews and other minorities.
Kissinger's remarks come after a meeting between the two men and Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir on March 1 1973, in which Meir pleads for US pressure on the Soviet Union to release its Jews.
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The men dismiss the plea after Meir leaves.
"The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy," The New York Times on Saturday quotes Kissinger, then the secretary of state, as saying on the tapes. "And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern."
Nixon replies: "I know. We can’t blow up the world because of it."
Six months later, during the Yom Kippur War, Nixon rejected Kissinger's advice to delay an arms airlift to Israel as a means of setting the stage for an Egypt confident enough to pursue peace; Nixon, among other reasons, cited Israel's urgent need.
Nixon secretly recorded his White House conversations. After this was revealed during congressional investigations, the tapes became government property and have in intervals been released over the years.
Elsewhere on the batch of tapes recently released by the Nixon Library, the late president repeats many of the racist slurs that had appeared on earlier such releases: Irish are "mean" drunks, he says, Italians "don't have their heads screwed on tight," Jews are "aggressive, abrasive and obnoxious" and it would take blacks "500 years" to catch up with whites.
Microsoft Vice President Dennis Durkin told a conference that the new Kinect controller for the Xbox 360 can watch and report on users. The Kinect, Durkin said, can tell advertisers such details as who is in a room and what they’re wearing. Microsoft has denied that the data captured is being used as portrayed in Minority Report and 1984.
Microsoft’s hands-free game controller Kinect
On Thursday, Microsoft Vice President Dennis Durkin told the BMO Digital Entertainment Investor Conference in New York that Kinect offers “a really interesting opportunity” to target content and ads based on who is playing, and to send data back to advertisers.
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“When you stand in front of it,” he said, according to news reports, “it has face recognition, voice recognition,” and “we can cater what content gets presented to you based on who you are.” Your wife, Durkin added, could see a different set of content choices than you do, and this can include advertising.
The advertiser will also know, he said, “how many people are in a room when an advertisement is shown,” or when a game is played. He said the system, and therefore advertisers, can also know how many people are engaged with a game or a sporting event, if they are standing up and excited — even if they are wearing Seahawks or Giants jerseys.
Apparently as a result of Durkin’s remarks, Microsoft issued a statement Thursday that neither its Xbox 360 video-game controller nor Xbox Live “use any information captured by Kinect for advertising targeting purposes.” The company added that it has a strong track record “for implementing some of the best privacy-protection measures in the industry.”
Kinect uses a camera peripheral to the Xbox 360, so players can control games and other software with body movements. The controller went on sale last week, and the company has forecast sales of five million units in the fourth quarter.
Home technology that watches you is common in dystopian visions of the future, such as in George Orwell’s 1984. In Minority Report, multimedia billboards present personalized ads to Tom Cruise’s character because they recognize him as he walks by.
Kinect for Computers
But the biggest futuristic takeaway from Minority Report usually cited is the gestural, in-the-air interaction with computer systems that the characters employ. Toward that future without mice or touchpads — potentially less threatening than being watched by your game machine — Kinect may also be a first step.
A computer hacker named Hector Martin, on a challenge from an electronic kit-making company called Adafruit, utilized Kinect to work on a PC. He enabled Kinect’s motion-capture system to interact with a Linux laptop and OpenGL drivers, and he reportedly is now working on interacting with the device’s voice-capture and control systems.
Adafruit’s challenge, accompanied by a prize of $3,000, was to use an open-source driver that would work with Kinect. Martin said he doesn’t have an Xbox. Others have reported making Kinect work with Windows 7 and Mac OS X computers, and the efforts raise the distinct possibility that Kinect and similar controllers could be used to control computers with hands-in-the-air motion, as in Minority Report.
Following reports of Martin’s achievement, Microsoft first issued a statement that it “does not condone the modification of its products,” and that “numerous hardware and software safeguards” are intended to reduce the chances of “product tampering.” It later noted that, in fact, Kinect software and hardware were not modified at all.
“What has happened is someone has created drivers that allow other devices to interface” with Kinect, the company said.
Brad Shimmin, an analyst with Current Analysis, said “what we’re seeing is the inevitable emergence of Minority Report.” He predicted that the possibility of Kinect watching you in your home could lead to a “firestorm” of criticism unless Microsoft takes steps to guard against that.
“It’s still surprising to me,” he said, “that some companies continue to ignore” the criticism that results from this kind of in-the-home tracking, “and automatically opt users in.” As Facebook and Google have learned from push back over other privacy issues, he said, that criticism always has the possibility of damaging their brand.