Friday, June 18, 2010

Japan’s Far Right Blocks Screenings of ‘The Cove’

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Japan’s Far Right Blocks Screenings of ‘The Cove’
Published: June 18, 2010

The Oscar-winning documentary depicts dolphin hunting in Japan in a way that has angered fringe groups.
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Linda Schurman on Coast-to-Coast AM with George Noory

My long-time friend Linda Schurman (I used to babysit her son when I was about a few years ago!), is a world-renowned astrologer.

I just listened to her latest guest appearance on the #1 radio show in America, Coast-to-Coast AM with George Noory. Linda once again did a fantastic job and I wanted to link to her website, The Soothesayer and new book What Next: A Survival Guide to the 21st Century.

Whether you subscribe to astrology or not, Linda's book is a captivating read, and spends a fair amount of time on economic conditions planet-wide...a subject that she's made something of a study over the past 40 years.

Personally, I can attest to the veracity of her astrological predictions, as many years ago she foresaw that I would turn out to be an extremely intelligent and devastatingly handsome member of my species. I think she was talking about homo sapiens.

What Is I.B.M.’s Watson?

“Toured the Burj in this U.A.E. city. They say it’s the tallest tower in the world; looked over the ledge and lost my lunch.”

"This is the quintessential sort of clue you hear on the TV game show “Jeopardy!” It’s witty (the clue’s category is “Postcards From the Edge”), demands a large store of trivia and requires contestants to make confident, split-second decisions. This particular clue appeared in a mock version of the game in December, held in Hawthorne, N.Y. at one of I.B.M.’s research labs. Two contestants — Dorothy Gilmartin, a health teacher with her hair tied back in a ponytail, and Alison Kolani, a copy editor — furrowed their brows in concentration. Who would be the first to answer?

Neither, as it turned out. Both were beaten to the buzzer by the third combatant: Watson, a supercomputer."

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