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The Bush Administration on Iraq - Selected Quotes and Explanations

This website contains a collection of misleading and inaccurate public statements made by the five Administration officials most responsible for providing public information and shaping public opinion on Iraq. The source of this information is a report created by the US House Committee on Government Reform. The statements are sorted by person:President George BushVice President Richard CheneySecretary of State Colin PowellSecretary of Defense Donald RumsfeldNational Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice

The Cost of Spam

Spam is the scourge of the Internet. It clogs inboxes, crashes servers, wastes time and money and is an abuse of privacy. More than half of the two trillion e-mail messages sent in 2006 are likely to be spam. According to the anti-spam Web site Spamhaus Project, about 200 spammers worldwide are responsible for about 80% of all spam in Europe and North America. There are an estimated 2,300 spammers in the US.

FlickrStorm: better search for Flickr, including Creative Commons

Flickr is an awesome site, a world changer that you’ve got to love, but it’s got some shortcomings. Many people have tried improving on the search function of the site and the newest effort is particularly nice. Gregor Hochmuth’s FlickrStorm is smooth to use and very handy for saving batches of photos you find via Flickr.The biggest feature is that related search terms are suggested with your results to make up for the fact that photo uploaders don’t always tag their images with the same terms a searcher might hope for. It’s a good feature.FlickrStorm also lets you set multiple photos from search results into a tray and save them all as a batch. That’s very cool and the ability to search just inside the Creative Commons section of Flickr makes then site even more useful. The CC section does not get enough love - those are the images you can legitimately reuse![External Link]

Congress full of fortunate sons and other relatives

Politics has never been more of a family business.In 1986, at least 24 U.S. senators and representatives were closely related to governors or other members of Congress, USA TODAY research shows.Twenty years later, there are more than 50 — among them four sets of siblings, four widows, dozens of offspring, the wife of a former Senate majority leader and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, wife of a former president and governor. - Study: Emotion rules the brain's decisions

The evidence has been piling up throughout history, and now neuroscientists have proved it's true: The brain's wiring emphatically relies on emotion over intellect in decision-making. A brain-imaging study reported in the current Science examines 'framing,' a hot topic among psychologists, economists and political hucksters. Framing studies have shown that how a question is posed — think negative ads, for instance — skews decision-making. But no one showed exactly how this effect worked in the human brain until the brain-imaging study led by Benedetto De Martino of University College London. De Martino and colleagues asked 20 men and women to undergo three 17-minute brain scans while being asked to gamble — or not — with an initial pot of English pounds worth about $95. When told they would 'keep' 40% of their money if they didn't gamble, the volunteers chose to gamble only 43% of the time. Told they could 'lose' 60% of the money if they didn't …

BBC NEWS | Technology | Google warns on 'unsafe' websites

Google has started warning users if they are about to visit a webpage that could harm their computer.The warning will pop up if users click on a link to a page known to host spyware or other malicious programs. The initiative comes out of a larger project cataloguing programs that plague people with unwanted ads, spy on web habits or steal personal data. Google is one of several companies trying to act as an 'in-flight adviser' to ensure people stay safe online."

Longest Migration On Record: 46,000 Miles

A diminutive bird that weighs less than a bag of sugar has completed the longest migration on record. The sooty shearwater travels the Pacific Ocean in a figure-of-eight pattern each year, flying up to 46,000 miles on its migration route. These extraordinary migration routes represent the longest recorded of any animal tracked to date.

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iTWire - AOL to offer 5GB online storage, free

AOL is to offer 5GB of online storage free to all users, with no charge for upload or download data, at a time when, analysts say, the company 'badly needs to re-invent itself.AOL is touting the service as storage offering that will 'allow users to back up important files like photos, documents, music, videos, and more.' Users will be able to access their files from any PC or mobile device with a Web connection, share them with others by granting file/folder permission, move them via easy drag-and-drop tools and auto-upload any e-mail attachments they receive via major providers (including AOL Mail, AIM Mail, or any non-AOL POP3 or IMAP-compatible mail providers).The service will be available to any users with an AOL or AIM screenname starting in early September. A premium service with 50GB of storage will also be available. - Computer-Based Art Changes to Match Viewer's Mood - Science News | Current Articles

The world may not smile when you smile or frown when you're down, but some new digital artwork will adapt itself to match your mood.The electronic art can alter itself by changing color and brush strokes. Through a Webcam, software associated with the art recognizes eight facial features, such as the shape of the mouth and the eyebrows, and figures out the emotional state of the viewer.When the viewer is happy, the colors of the artwork change to bright and vibrant and the brush strokes look soft. But if the viewer is angry, the art turns dismal, with aggressively applied leaden colors.'It does all of this in real time, meaning that as the viewer's emotions change, the artwork responds accordingly,' said John Collomosse of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath in England.