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PostSubject: TOOZDAY HAI MOT   Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:46 pm

Denied black relative urges McCain to accept ancestry
The
McCain family has a proud tradition in the United States. They fought
for integration of the south, resisted the Ku Klux Klan, led civil
rights campaigns and left a lasting mark on the politics of
Mississippi.

But, despite contradictory statements made by Sen. John McCain, that
branch of his family was once owned as slaves by the candidate's
ancestors

On Monday morning's CNN Newsroom, reporter Kyra Phillips
talked with Wall Street Journal's Atlanta Bureau Chief Douglas Blackmon
and Lillie McCain, a black relative of John McCain.

"We've had the pleasure of meeting Joe McCain," explained Lillie. "He
attends the reunions at Teoc [Mississippi] ... I haven't had the
pleasure of meeting Senator McCain."

"Do you think it could make a difference with regard to diversity
issues, issues of race, if John McCain did participate [in the
reunions]?" asked Phillips.

"I think it probably could," said Ms. McCain. "It would give him an
opportunity to know us. I e-mailed him back in 2000 to remind him of
his ties to Teoc, Mississippi.

"I heard him say on, I believe it was Meet the Press, that
his ancestors owned no slaves. Well, I certainly have carried the name
McCain from the beginning of my life, and I've known the ties to John
McCain, and have tried to get him to communicate with me about that,
but he has been unwilling at least to date."

"The McCain campaign told me, when I talked to them about this, that he
hasn't been to any of the family reunions simply because of scheduling
conflicts," said Blackmon. "There's not a decision not to do that."

Lillie McCain urged John McCain to "acknowledge the reality of the relationship that we hold."

"Why he hasnít come [to the reunions] is anybodyís guess," said Charles
McCain Jr., 60, a distant cousin of John McCain, in a report published
in the South Florida Times.
"I think the best I can come up with, is that he doesnít have time, or
he has just distanced himself, or it doesnít mean that much to him."

"I am absolutely supporting Obama, and itís not because heís black,"
said Lillie. "Itís because he is the best person at this time in our
history."

This video is from CNN's Newsroom, broadcast October 20, 2008.




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PostSubject: Re: TOOZDAY HAI MOT   Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:50 pm

The Powell Endorsement and the End of the Republican Foreign Policy Establishment


Ilan Goldenberg


Posted October 20, 2008
| 05:47 PM (EST)


Colin Powell's endorsement of Barack Obama is an important moment in the
Presidential campaign. Powell, a former National Security Advisor,
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and Secretary of State is one of the most
trusted public figures in the United States. And he is a Republican.
His endorsement acts as a seal of approval for moderate Republicans and
independents from one of the most trusted figures in the country.

But years from now when we look back at this moment there may be an
even bigger story. It is the story of the end of the Republican
foreign policy establishment as we know it. The final break between
traditional pragmatic foreign policy conservatives and Neocons. And it
will likely be said that it was Colin Powell who struck the final blow
that killed the alliance.

The pragmatists long dominated Republican foreign policy circles.
Their elder statesmen include notables such Henry Kissinger, Brent
Scowcroft, George Schultz,
James Baker, Bob Gates and of course Colin Powell. They view the
national interest through a relatively narrow lens, preferring to stay
away from grandiose notions of American power and the romantic notions
of spreading freedom and democracy around the world. They don't
completely forsake the idealistic notions of using American power as a
force for good, but they do recognize that America's ability to spread
democracy is limited

The Neoconservative wing of the Republican foreign policy community
on the other hand, which includes Paul Wolfowitz, Doug Feith Richard
Perle, Elliot Abrams is based on a version of messianic liberalism that
believes that American empire and military might can be used to
aggressively spread American values around the world.

For years the two groups tolerated each other. The big break began in 2003 with the decision to go to war with Iraq. A number of pragmatists began to speak out
in opposition to the war, most notably Brent Scowcroft, who was not
only George H.W. Bush's national security advisor but one of his best
friends. This evolution continued with James Baker's 2006 Iraq Study Group proposing a slow withdrawal from Iraq and direct engagement with Iran.

But with this election cycle, the break has finally come into the
open. John McCain's foreign policy ranging from the League of
Democracies, to his refusal to talk directly to Iran, to his bellicose
language reaction towards Russia has shown him to be a neoconservative
hawk. And now, one month before the election we have a remarkable
situation where the majority of the old wise men of the Republican
foreign policy community are either supporting Obama, not taking sides
or supporting McCain out of loyalty or friendship while publicly
contradicting him on foreign policy.

Consider this list:


  • Colin Powell has endorsed Barack Obama.
  • Richard Lugar, Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has endorsed Obama's approach to diplomacy over that of McCain.
  • Brent Scowcroft refuses to endorse
    either way. Pretty telling for a former Republican national security
    advisor, especially since he was opposed to the war in Iraq.
  • James Baker continues to support
    direct talks with Iran and has for the past two years. (Actually just
    read the entire five secretaries of state even transcript from CNN.
    It's one big endorsement of Obama's foreign policy)
  • Kissinger and Schultz are op-eds in the Washington Post and Financial Times calling for a more moderate approach towards Russia.
  • Kissinger has also called for direct talks with Iran (At the Secretary of State level).
  • Chuck Hagel has traveled to Iraq with Obama and while not publicly endorsing looks to be pretty clearly in favor of Obama.
  • Secretary of Defense Bob Gates is giving speeches that sound a lot more like an Obama foreign policy than a McCain foreign policy.


The dirty little secret is that all of these pragmatic conservatives
have more in common with Obama's world view and that of the progressive
community as a whole than they do with McCain and Neoconservatism.
Right now most of them are sticking with McCain because of old
friendships and loyalties, a desire to stay out of politics, or because
they are social and economic conservatives.

But don't be surprised if Powell's endorsement will encourage more
of these pragmatic foreign policy conservatives to come over to the
Democrats over the next few years. At the very least I wouldn't be
surprised if most of their proteges are soon working for Democrats.
If this scenario does in fact come to pass, then people will likely
look back at the Powell endorsement as the moment the
neoconservative/pragmatic conservative alliance came to an end, and the
Republican foreign policy community fractured.


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PostSubject: Re: TOOZDAY HAI MOT   Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:07 pm

BUCKYPAPER, HOLY POOPERSCOOPER!


"Buckypaper": Revolutionary Paper 10 Times Lighter, 500 Times Stronger Than Steel (VIDEO)


It's called "buckypaper" and looks a lot like ordinary carbon
paper, but don't be fooled by the cute name or flimsy appearance. It
could revolutionize the way everything from airplanes to TVs are made.

Buckypaper is 10 times lighter but potentially 500 times stronger
than steel when sheets of it are stacked and pressed together to form a
composite. Unlike conventional composite materials, though, it conducts
electricity like copper or silicon and disperses heat like steel or
brass.

"All those things are what a lot of people in nanotechnology have
been working toward as sort of Holy Grails," said Wade Adams, a
scientist at Rice University.

That idea -- that there is great future promise for buckypaper and
other derivatives of the ultra-tiny cylinders known as carbon nanotubes
-- has been floated for years now. However, researchers at Florida
State University say they have made important progress that may soon
turn hype into reality.
Buckypaper is made from tube-shaped carbon molecules 50,000 times
thinner than a human hair. Due to its unique properties, it is
envisioned as a wondrous new material for light, energy-efficient
aircraft and automobiles, more powerful computers, improved TV screens
and many other products.

So far, buckypaper can be made at only a fraction of its potential
strength, in small quantities and at a high price. The Florida State
researchers are developing manufacturing techniques that soon may make
it competitive with the best composite materials now available.

"If this thing goes into production, this very well could be a very,
very game-changing or revolutionary technology to the aerospace
business," said Les Kramer, chief technologist for Lockheed Martin
Missiles and Fire Control, which is helping fund the Florida State
research.
The scientific discovery that led to buckypaper virtually came from outer space.

In 1985, British scientist Harry Kroto joined researchers at Rice
University for an experiment to create the same conditions that exist
in a star. They wanted to find out how stars, the source of all carbon
in the universe, make the element that is a main building block of life.

Everything went as planned with one exception.

"There was an extra character that turned up totally unexpected,"
recalled Kroto, now at Florida State heading a program that encourages
the study of math, science and technology in public schools. "It was a
discovery out of left field."

The surprise guest was a molecule with 60 carbon atoms shaped like a
soccer ball. To Kroto, it also looked like the geodesic domes promoted
by Buckminster Fuller, an architect, inventor and futurist. That
inspired Kroto to name the new molecule buckminsterfullerene, or
"buckyballs" for short.

For their discovery of the buckyball -- the third form of pure
carbon to be discovered after graphite and diamonds -- Kroto and his
Rice colleagues, Robert Curl Jr. and Richard E. Smalley, were awarded
the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1996.

Separately, Japanese physicist Sumio Iijima developed a tube-shaped variation while doing research at Arizona State University.

Researchers at Smalley's laboratory then inadvertently found that
the tubes would stick together when disbursed in a liquid suspension
and filtered through a fine mesh, producing a thin film -- buckypaper.

The secret of its strength is the huge surface area of each
nanotube, said Ben Wang, director of Florida State's High-Performance
Materials Institute.

"If you take a gram of nanotubes, just one gram, and if you unfold
every tube into a graphite sheet, you can cover about two-thirds of a
football field," Wang said.

Carbon nanotubes are already beginning to be used to strengthen
tennis rackets and bicycles, but in small amounts. The epoxy resins
used in those applications are 1 to 5 percent carbon nanotubes, which
are added in the form of a fine powder. Buckypaper, which is a thin
film rather than a powder, has a much higher nanotube content -- about
50 percent.

One challenge is that the tubes clump together at odd angles,
limiting their strength in buckypaper. Wang and his fellow researchers
found a solution: Exposing the tubes to high magnetism causes most of
them to line up in the same direction, increasing their collective
strength.

Another problem is the tubes are so perfectly smooth it's hard to
hold them together with epoxy. Researchers are looking for ways to
create some surface defects -- but not too many -- to improve bonding.

So far, the Florida State institute has been able to produce
buckypaper with half the strength of the best existing composite
material, known as IM7. Wang expects to close the gap quickly.

"By the end of next year we should have a buckypaper composite as strong as IM7, and it's 35 percent lighter," Wang said.

Buckypaper now is being made only in the laboratory, but Florida
State is in the early stages of spinning out a company to make
commercial buckypaper.

"These guys have actually demonstrated materials that are capable of
being used on flying systems," said Adams, director of Rice's Richard
E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology. "Having
something that you can hold in your hand is an accomplishment in
nanotechnology."

It takes upward of five years to get a new structural material
certified for aviation use, so Wang said he expects buckypaper's first
uses will be for electromagnetic interference shielding and
lightning-strike protection on aircraft.

Electrical circuits and even natural causes such as the sun or
Northern Lights can interfere with radios and other electronic gear.
Buckypaper provides up to four times the shielding specified in a
recent Air Force contract proposal, Wang said.

Typically, conventional composite materials have a copper mesh added
for lightning protection. Replacing copper with buckypaper would save
weight and fuel.

Wang demonstrated this with a composite model plane and a stun gun.
Zapping an unprotected part of the model caused sparks to fly. The
electric jolt, though, passed harmlessly across another section
shielded by a strip of buckypaper.

Other near-term uses would be as electrodes for fuel cells, super
capacitors and batteries, Wang said. Next in line, buckypaper could be
a more efficient and lighter replacement for graphite sheets used in
laptop computers to dissipate heat, which is harmful to electronics.

The long-range goal is to build planes, automobiles and other things
with buckypaper composites. The military also is looking at it for use
in armor plating and stealth technology.

"Our plan is perhaps in the next 12 months we'll begin maybe to have
some commercial products," Wang said. "Nanotubes obviously are no
longer just lab wonders. They have real world potential. It's real."




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PostSubject: Re: TOOZDAY HAI MOT   Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:22 pm






































http://www.toxel.com/inspiration/2008/06/06/creative-dollar-bill-origami/





there was an amazing one somewhere online of a dollar made into an origami toilet. brilliant. cannat find but.
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PostSubject: Re: TOOZDAY HAI MOT   Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:28 pm

toxel has some amazing sets of fotoz, this is a page of food art:





check out the rest:

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PostSubject: Re: TOOZDAY HAI MOT   Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:44 pm

awesomeness:



The Baikonur Cosmodrome


When
NASA's last scheduled Space Shuttle mission lands in June of 2010, the
United States will not have the capability to get astronauts into space
again until the scheduled launch of the new Orion spacecraft in 2015.
Over those five years, the U.S. manned space program will be relying
heavily on Russia and its Baikonur Cosmodrome facility in Kazakhstan.
Baikonur is an entire Kazakh city, rented and administered by Russia.
The Cosmodrome was founded in 1955, making it one of the oldest space
launch facilites still in operation. Here are collected some
photographs of manned and unmanned launches from Baikonur over the past
several years. (26 photos total)








A
Soyuz spacecraft lifts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, at
10:54 p.m. (CDT) on April 26, 2003. Onboard were cosmonaut Yuri I.
Malenchenko, Expedition Seven mission commander, and astronaut Edward
T. Lu, NASA ISS science officer and flight engineer. Malenchenko
represents Rosaviakosmos. (NASA/Scott Andrews) #










see the rest of the fotoz:

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/09/the_baikonur_cosmodrome.html
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PostSubject: Re: TOOZDAY HAI MOT   Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:51 pm

some from the big picture's world animal day set, link at the bottom































about 20 more pix here:

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PostSubject: Re: TOOZDAY HAI MOT   Tue Oct 21, 2008 10:53 pm

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PostSubject: Re: TOOZDAY HAI MOT   Tue Oct 21, 2008 11:06 pm



As stress grows, modern Chinese turn to Western psychotherapy


By Dune Lawrence
Bloomberg News




A woman on Aug. 17 in Sichuan Province, China, mourning her husband,
who was killed during the earthquake there. The disaster has added to a
growing demand for psychotherapy in the country. (Bo Bor/Reuters)


BEIJING:
When Li Xianyun began working as a psychiatrist at Hui Long Guan
Hospital in Beijing in 1991, she did not discuss her job in public.
People thought it was strange, she says, and they assumed she worked in
an insane asylum. Now, those she meets are eager to learn more about
her profession.
"If I tell them I'm a psychiatrist and talk about my job, they show
their admiration," said Li, 40. "They want my suggestion on how to
raise children and how to deal with all kinds of difficulties."
In the past 30 years, China's Communist system of
government-assigned jobs and apartments has become a capitalist
free-for-all, with cutthroat competition for education and work and a
widening gap between rich and poor. To cope with the stress, some
people are turning to a Western tool: psychotherapy.
This is a radical shift in a nation where focus on the individual
was discouraged by both socialist ideology and traditional culture.
"There are great changes happening in Chinese society, and people
are more open and pay more attention to their inner mind," says Zheng
Yu, a therapist in Chengdu, about 1,500 kilometers, or 930 miles,
southwest of Beijing.
Job pressures may be a contributing factor. Fifty-one percent of
Chinese respondents to a survey by Hudson Highland Group reported
higher work stress than a year ago. It is the second consecutive year
in which China has registered the highest stress levels in Asia, the
recruitment firm, based in New York, said in a report in October.
"When some people get rich, they say, 'I'm successful, but I'm still
unhappy,"' said Kathy Li, 37, who quit working in media in 2005 to
start her own counseling business in Beijing. "People are realizing
more and more what can make them happy is not from the outside world
but from the inside."
The May earthquake in Sichuan Province, which killed an estimated
87,500 people, has added to the demand for psychotherapy. Government
officials called for help from specialists in other countries to treat
the psychological, as well as physical, trauma from the disaster.
The need for outside assistance exposed the shortage of resources in
China. The country has only 30,000 professional therapists and
counselors in a population of 1.3 billion. World Health Organization
figures show 1.3 psychiatrists for every 100,000 people in China,
compared with 13.7 per 100,000 in the United States.
"You can see there's a big gap," Kathy Li said.
International cooperation is providing opportunities for training.
The nonprofit China American Psychoanalytic Alliance has enrolled 57
Chinese in a two-year program taught by Americans using Internet
telephone service.
American therapists are also providing training through the Beijing
Suicide Research and Prevention Center, where Li Xianyun, the
psychiatrist, works.
Psychotherapy, which gained an entry in China with the country's
first psychology institute in 1917, was disparaged as unscientific
after the Communists took power in 1949. It was banned during the
Cultural Revolution of Mao Zedong, which ended in 1976.
China's traditional culture values "saving face," which means
emphasizing the positive and addressing embarrassing issues obliquely.
This approach conflicts with the process of openly discussing problems
that is inherent to most psychotherapy.
Custom also emphasizes individual contributions to the group,
especially the family, rather than self-fulfillment. The Communist era
only deepened that idea, promoting love of the party and country over
personal relationships.
Kathy Li said she did not receive any psychotherapy training in
medical school. She uses counseling with many of her clients, partly
because the Chinese also have a cultural aversion to drugs.
"People tell me, 'I don't want to take medication; drugs have significant side effects,"' she said.
Four days a week, Zheng Yu, the Chengdu therapist, lies down on a
couch in his office and uses Skype to call his psychoanalyst 12 time
zones away in New York, a routine he began in 2005. Zheng, 38, is
oriented toward psychoanalysis, which was developed by Sigmund Freud a
century ago in Vienna.
He says Freud's theory of family dynamics - based symbolically on
the Greek myth of Oedipus, who killed his father and married his mother
- dovetails with the problems of his Chinese clients who are
only-children struggling to gain independence from overprotective
parents.
The current global financial crisis may raise pressure on China's
economy - and increase potential demand for therapy - if a slowdown in
U.S. and European consumer spending has repercussions in the
export-dependent country.
As more Chinese turn to counseling, Li Xianyun worries that people may develop overblown expectations.
Many now "treat psychotherapy as some miracle," she says. They will
need to understand it is more like medical science: "Psychotherapy
cannot resolve every problem."





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