Archive for May, 2010

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May 29, 2010
  • Hi Christopher-

    I got a Google Nexus One (N1)when it first came out. I'll admit to being a Google fan boy, but I also like the idea of an open, Linux-based phone. I don't want to pay for a data plan and in any case, T-mobile has poor coverage in Maine (<i>no</i> coverage on MDI). I use my N1 like an iPod touch – wifi for getting the web. But the Google Droid app store doesn't work unless you have a SIM card in your phone. It turns out that T-mobile has a prepay plan and I can get a prepay SIM card for about $5. So I got one. It only does voice, no data and I still don't have local service, so what's the point.
    I still need a cell phone. I've used TracFone for years and I'm perfectly happy with it. As they say in their adds, no hidden charges. Text messages are 3 center. Not that I use them much. If I really want Google I can use Google SMS. I do loose out on Android's turn by turn GPS, but I can live with that for now.

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May 27, 2010

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May 12, 2010
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    In his new book, Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, Daniel Okrent explores how a confluence of political and social trends led to America's dry era. Okrent explains how both the suffrage and anti-immigration movements helped in the shaping and passage of the 18th Amendment and how Prohibition served as a stand-in for several other political issues.
    "Prohibition became the same sort of political football that people on either side would use trying to struggle to get it towards their goal, which was control of the country," Okrent tells Terry Gross. "You could find a number of ways that people could come into whatever issue they wanted to use and use Prohibition as their tool."
    … In addition to the rise of the mob-run black market, many citizens simply ignored the law. Loopholes — like obtaining a prescription to purchase alcohol from a pharmacy — kept distilleries in business.

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May 11, 2010

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May 9, 2010

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May 8, 2010
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    The familiar process of self-selection into extremism is today stimulated by a media-driven political awakening in which jihad is represented portrayed as the only way to resolve global injustice. When this perceived injustice resonates with frustrated personal aspirations, then a way out is given meaning through moral outrage supporting violent action. Al-Qaida and associates do not so much recruit as attract and enlist disaffected souls already embarked on a path to violent extremism.
    Scott Atran is a research scientist at France's National Centre for Scientific Research, the University of Michigan, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York. He is the author of Talking to the Enemy (Penguin, TBA).</i></p>