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  1. KOOP...F U C K YOU... i'M OUTTA HERE... THIS IS WHY....FUKIN PRICK To begin with, you're not going to stop me from doing anything. Secondly, I'm going to tell you this for the last time...when I post an OP-ED column, I clearly leave the OP-ED tag on the column....most people who read opinion columns have sense enough to know it's not a wire report by AP or whoever, but for clarity's sake I leave it up at the top. OP-ED means opinion editorial. Despite this, you persist in posting notes implying that I'm trying to pull the wool over everyone's eyes by posting a news report when it's actually an opinion piece. It's clearly labeled...look at it...see it...if you understand it, then chances are real good that everyone else understands it also. Newspapers have news reports and they have editorial columns as well. Because a columnist or a newspaper has an opinion which differs from yours does not make it invalid or deceptive. If you continue to harass opinion columns that I post I will, from this point on, consider it to be flaming.
  2. Kazaa and co 'not cause of music biz woes', say Profs By Tony Smith Posted: 30/03/2004 at 12:06 GMT File sharing has no effect on CD sales, a pair of US academics have claimed. The finding will not make pleasant reading for the music industry, which claims file-sharing is the cause of the huge decline seen in North American, German and Italian CD sales. Harvard Business School Associate Professor Felix Oberholzer-Gee and Professor Koleman Strumpf of the University of North Carolina base their claim on research carried during the Autumn and Winter of 2002 to compare song download volumes with CD album sales. The duo used data taken directly from file-sharing networks to calculate the number of genuine downloads made during a 17-week period. They also looked at official US CD sales data. Factors such as network congestion, song length - ie. download duration - as well as international school and college holidays were taking into consideration. They then used statistical methods to work out whether the sale of an album declines if it is downloaded more frequently. The result, the professors say, is that there is no such connection. "File sharing has no statistically significant effect on purchases of the average album in our sample," their report states. "Moreover, the estimates are of rather modest size when compared to the drastic reduction in sales in the music industry. At most, file sharing can explain a tiny fraction of this decline." Oberholzer-Gee and Strumpf estimate that it takes on average 5000 downloads to reduce album sales by just a single copy - and that, they say, is a worst-case scenario. On that basis, US CD sales in 2002 would have fallen by two million copies. In fact, they fell by 139 million units between 2000 and 2002. If the professors' analysis is correct, file-sharing may have actually limited that decline. The professors' study suggests that for the top 25 per cent of albums - those with sales of 600,000 copies or more - one extra copy was sold on average for every 150 downloads. That said, downloads did tend to impact less popular albums - those with 36,000 sales or less. Overall, however, the effect is beneficial, since the music industry makes most of its money from the most popular albums. "While downloads occurred on a vast scale during this period - three million simultaneous users shared 500 million files on the popular network FastTrack/Kazaa alone - most people who shared files appear to be individuals who would not have bought the albums that they downloaded," the professors say. However, the professors do provide circumstantial evidence that backs the music industry's claim. The greatest download activity was recorded for users in the US, Canada, Germany and Italy - which are all countries that, according to the London-based industry anti-piracy watchdog the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), have seen some of the biggest declines in music sales. That seems a pretty close parallel, but the professors suggest we look to other reasons for the decline. Sales, they say, are not lost to downloads since most download are made of songs music fans would not buy anyway. They also point to a similar large decline in LP sales during the late 1970s and early 1980s - a trend that prompted the music industry's 'home taping is killing music' campaign, we recall - which was reversed when CD was launched. Indeed, CD sales were long been inflated during the 1990s as consumer re-purchased in the new medium albums they already owned. "Movies, software and video games are actively downloaded, and yet these industries have continued to grow since the advent of file sharing," not the professors. Reasons for the decline in music sales include, they suggest, "poor macroeconomic conditions, a reduction in the number of album releases, growing competition from other forms of entertainment such as video games and DVDs - video game graphics have improved and the price of DVD players and movies have sharply fallen - [and] a reduction in music variety stemming from the large consolidation in radio along with the rise of independent promoter fees to gain airplay". :read this: :read this: :read this:
  3. Student wants vodka to power your cell phone: By Shera Dalin St. Louis Post-Dispatch (KRT) - ST. LOUIS - Imagine powering up your cell phone's battery with vodka and having the charge last for a week. An area seed-money group was so taken with the idea of turning hooch into juice that it invested $400,000 in cash and in-kind services with the St. Louis company that is developing the technology. BioGenerator, a new seed-capital company, signed a deal Friday with Akermin Inc. Potential uses for Akermin's technology include powering a cell phone or laptop computer using vodka, beer or any other ethanol-based substance. Cooking oil, sugar and many other organic substances will work, too, but ethanol is more efficient, Akermin President Nick Akers said. "This was a standout from the get-go," BioGenerator President and Chief Executive Pat Snider said Monday. "For us, it could be a very early exit; this is not going to be something that is going to take 10 years" to stand on its own. In addition, St. Louis University, where the biofuel cell was developed, has invested $250,000 in fee and licensing waivers and grants to the founders, Akers and assistant chemistry professor Shelley Minteer. The money will be critical to advancing the biofuel cell beyond the initial prototypes to working models, said Akers, 24. The spark of Akermin ignited when Akers came to St. Louis University two years ago to pursue a master's degree in chemistry. He began research on a biofuel cell project started by his adviser, Minteer. As Akers' research developed, a team of 13 graduate and undergraduate students joined the project. He formed Akermin in August and began to search for funding to pursue commercial applications. Akers said that once the biofuel cell is charged, it could run a cell phone for a week or a laptop all day before needing another shot - 62 times more energy than traditional batteries. Plus, biofuel cells don't harm the environment like the heavy metals in lithium batteries, Akers said. "They are presenting a solution that is better than anything that is out there now," Snider said. The Akermin cell also doesn't have the risks of other fuel cells. A hydrogen cell could blow up, and methanol cells could blind users, Akers said. "We're extremely excited about this," said Bob Webster, director of SLU's technology-transfer office. "This is a wonderful opportunity to support some very bright inventors, who we feel will bring cutting-edge technology for a variety of purposes." This is the third commercial research spinoff SLU has helped fund since the technology-transfer office was created in 1998. Other universities, such as MIT, have been exploiting their research for years, but SLU is new to the game. "This is a big deal for St. Louis University, and it's a big deal for BioGenerator," Akers said. BioGenerator chose Akermin out of 35 biotech or life-science company proposals, Snider said. Two more companies will be selected in May. "The bar is high," she said. "We are being very selective." --- © 2004, St. Louis Post-Dispatch. :Here's to you: :Here's to you:
  4. Out of the mouths of Babes > > > > >> > > > > >> A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments. > > > > >> They were ready to discuss the last one. The teacher asked > > > > >> if anyone could tell her what it was. Susie raised her hand, > > > > >> stood tall, and quoted, "Thou shall not take the covers off > > > > >> the neighbour's wife." > > > > >> --- > > > > >> > > > > >> I had been teaching my three-year old daughter, Caitlin, the > > > > >> Lord's Prayer. For several evenings at bedtime, she would > > > > >> repeat after me the lines from the prayer. Finally, she > > > > >> decided to go solo. I listened with pride as she carefully > > > > >> enunciated each word, right up to the end of the prayer: > > > > >> "Lead us not into temptation," she prayed, "but deliver us > > > > >> some E-mail. Amen." > > > > >> --- > > > > >> > > > > >> One Sunday in a Midwest City, a young child was "acting up" > > > > >> during the morning worship hour. The parents did their best > > > > >> to maintain some sense of order in the pew, but, were losing > > > > >> the battle. Finally, the father picked the little fellow up > > > > >> and walked sternly up the aisle on his way out. Just before > > > > >> reaching the safety of the foyer, the little one called > > > > >> loudly to the congregation, "Pray for me! Pray for me!" > > > > >> --- > > > > >> > > > > >> And one particular four-year old prayed, "And forgive us our > > > > >> trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our > > > > >> baskets." > > > > >> --- > > > > >> > > > > >> A little boy was overheard praying: "Lord, if you can't make > > > > >> me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real > > > > >> good time like I am." > > > > >> --- > > > > >> > > > > >> A Sunday school teacher asked her little children, as they > > > > >> were on the way to church service, "And why is it necessary > > > > >> to be quiet in church?" One bright little girl replied, > > > > >> "Because people are sleeping." > > > > >> --- > > > > >> > > > > >> The preacher was wired for sound with a lapel mike, and as > > > > >> he preached, he moved briskly about the platform, jerking > > > > >> the mike cord as he went. Then he moved to one side, getting > > > > >> wound up in the cord and nearly tripping before jerking it > > > > >> again. After several circles and jerks, a little girl in > > > > >> the third pew leaned toward her mother and whispered, "If he > > > > >> gets loose, will he hurt us?" > > > > >> --- > > > > >> > > > > >> Six-year old Angie and her four-year old brother Joel were > > > > >> sitting together in church. Joel giggled, sang and talked > > > > >> out loud. Finally, his big sister had had enough. "You're > > > > >> not supposed to talk out loud in church." "Why? Who's going > > > > >> to stop me?" Joel asked. Angie pointed to the back of the > > > > >> church and said, "See those two men standing by the door? > > > > >> They're hushers." > > > > >> --- > > > > >> > > > > >> A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, 5, > > > > >> Ryan, 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the > > > > >> first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral > > > > >> lesson. "If Jesus were sitting here, He would say 'Let my > > > > >> brother have the first pancake, I can wait.' Kevin turned to > > > > >> his younger brother and said, "Ryan, you be Jesus!" > > > > >> --- > > > > >> > > > > >> A father was at the beach with his children when the four- > > > > >> year old son ran up to him, grabbed his hand, and led him to > > > > >> the shore, where a seagull lay dead in the sand. "Daddy, > > > > >> what happened to him?" the son asked. "He died and went to > > > > >> Heaven," the dad replied. The boy thought a moment and then > > > > >> said, "Did God throw him back down?" > > > > >> --- > > > > >> > > > > >> After the church service a little boy told the pastor, "When > > > > >> I grow up, I'm going to give you some money." "Well, thank > > > > >> you," the pastor replied, "but why?" "Because my daddy says > > > > >> you're one of the poorest preachers we've ever had." > > > > >> --- > > > > >> > > > > >> A wife invited some people to dinner. At the table, she > > > > >> turned to their six-year old daughter and said, "Would you > > > > >> like to say the blessing?" "I wouldn't know what to say," > > > > >> the girl replied. "Just say what you hear Mommy say," the > > > > >> wife answered. The daughter bowed her head and said, "Lord, > > > > >> why on earth did I invite all these people to dinner?" > > > > >> --- > > > > >> > > > > >> At Sunday School they were teaching how God created > > > > >> everything, including human beings. Little Johnny, a child > > > > >> in the kindergarten class, seemed especially intent when > > > > >> they told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam's ribs. > > > > >> Later in the week his mother noticed him lying as though he > > > > >> were ill, and said. "Johnny what is the matter?" Little > > > > >> Johnny responded, "I have a pain in my side. I think I'm > > > > >> going to have a wife....!" :rotfl: :psychofun:
  5. ...interestingly enough...the Gaza strip has never been 'Palestinian' land. It was part of Egypt (Upper Volta) for hundreds of years. Israel 'occupied'/ confiscated it from Egypt after the 1967 war. :change note:
  6. Likud backs poll on Gaza pull-out Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has said he would honour the outcome of a Likud party referendum on a planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. The proposal to hold a referendum was approved at a convention of 7,000 Likud central committee members in Tel Aviv. The ballot of party members will take place in May, officials said. The disengagement plan, which involves a pull-out from most Gaza settlements and some parts of the West Bank, has met fierce resistance within Israel. Mr Sharon took to the stage on Tuesday evening, amid applause as well as boos and jeers. The BBC's James Reynolds, at the meeting, said it was a typically combative and lively Likud conference. "The referendum will obligate all leaders of the Likud, and me among them," Mr Sharon told the crowd, in a 20-minute speech. He won the vote in a show of hands. Mr Sharon will discuss his Gaza pull-out plan at talks with the US president next month. But two hardline ministers in his cabinet have urged the prime minister to postpone the visit until the attorney-general makes a decision about whether he should face trial over his alleged involvement in two corruption scandals. "For the prime minister's honour, he shouldn't go to the United States in a situation where his political future is uncertain," said Housing Minister Effi Eitam. Mr Eitam and Tourism Minister Benny Elon both represent smaller parties which have threatened to pull out of the coalition government if the disengagement plan goes ahead. Discussion of the plan is going ahead amid fears of retaliation by the Islamic militant group Hamas for the death of its spiritual leader, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, last week. Sheikh Yassin was killed in an Israeli air strike as he returned from a mosque in Gaza City on 21 March. 'Back-and-forth process' As Israel continues to be on high alert, officials from the US, UN, EU and Russia - the so-called Middle East peace quartet - have been holding regular talks in Brussels. Assistant Secretary of State William Burns and other US officials stopped in the Belgian capital en route to Israel and two Arab capitals. The US has so far refused to approve the Israeli disengagement plan but is involved in what the State Department describes as a "back-and-forth process" on the issue, which will culminate in Mr Sharon's Washington visit on 14 April. Correspondents say Mr Sharon is trying to silence mounting criticism of the plan within the party and give it legitimacy. At the same time, he appears to be using Israel's policy of strikes against leaders of Hamas and other militant groups to avoid creating an impression of Israeli weakness in the event of a withdrawal. Story from BBC NEWS: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/midd...ast/3583209.stm
  7. like sayin Stevie Wonder beats out Marvin Gaye. Both are good . Van Hunt is more moody and better lyrics. The Soul of John Black is more complex musicially and funky beats great to hear all this good music coming out :jammin: :jammin:
  8. dammit...I ran out of batteries for my Oweja board. :D
  9. "Talal Dweikat, the Palestinian intelligence chief in Nablus, said his forces are too weak to confront the terrorists." ...even the Palestinians understand that their are terrorists among them.
  10. Mar. 30, 2004 19:57 | Updated Mar. 30, 2004 21:53 Terrorists try to recruit child as suicide bomber By ASSOCIATED PRESS Palestinian terrorists tried to recruit a 15-year-old as a suicide bomber, at one point locking him in a dark room, but also luring him with clothes, a cell phone and promises of paradise, his family said Tuesday. The story of ninth-grader Tamer Khweirah, who was extricated by an alert older brother, underscored the growing use of children by terrorists and stoked Palestinian debate over what is permissible in the fight with Israel. Tamer is one of four teens arrested by the Israeli military in the West Bank city of Nablus in the past week on suspicion they were recruited by terrorists. One of the four, Hussam Abdo, 16, was caught at an Israeli checkpoint south of Nablus last week with eight kilograms (18 pounds) of explosives strapped to his body. The boys knew each other, relatives said. Tamer, Hussam and a third youngster attended the same Nablus high school. The Israeli military said Palestinian militants are increasingly targeting youngsters, in part because they arouse less suspicion at Israeli checkpoints. The use of youngsters has drawn criticism also from some Palestinian intellectuals and educators, who said the militants are harming the Palestinian cause. The Al-Ayyam daily, which often reflects the views of the Palestinian Authority, on Tuesday ran a story on Tamer, including his parents' demand that the recruiters be prosecuted. The article was a rare sign of public criticism of the terrorists. However, Palestinian security officials said their forces have become so ineffective, largely due to Israeli restrictions, that they cannot rein in the terrorists. Tamer was approached by the Islamic Jihad at a Nablus mosque last week, after Israel assassinated Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin, said the boy's oldest brother, Raed, 26, to whom Tamer confessed his subsequent secret encounters. In the mosque, Tamer and other worshippers were expressing their anger over the assassination, and a 19-year-old Islamic Jihad terrorist asked the youth whether he wanted to meet a religious leader, or sheik, from the group, Raed Khweirah said. Tamer was taken to a private home in Nablus' old city, a militant stronghold, where he met the sheik, who introduced himself only as Ibrahim, Khweirah said. In the first session, the sheik spoke to Tamer about the need to avenge Yassin. In a second encounter last week, the sheik tried to persuade Tamer to carry out a suicide bombing, according to the boy's older brother. The sheik locked Tamer in a dark room for a while, then took him to a well-lit room, explaining to the boy that this illustrated the difference between eternal damnation and paradise. Paradise and 72 virgins are assured for any bomber, the sheik told Tamer, who is from a well-to-do family and according to his family had a sheltered upbringing. When the youngster expressed concern that his family's house would be demolished - standard Israeli reprisal - the sheik said Islamic Jihad would pay 50,000 Jordanian dinar (US$ 35,000) to make up for the loss. When the boy protested that he'd like to be around for the weddings of his two sisters in the summer, the sheik told him that "you will go to paradise and meet them there," according to the older brother. Islamic Jihad terrorists gave Tamer a cell phone to enable constant contact, and bought him a new shirt and pants as a purported sign of affection, his brother said. Khweirah said he became concerned about his younger brother, described as a model student, when he skipped school twice last week and was seen loitering downtown, smoking and talking on a cellphone. Khweirah said that last Thursday, he turned for help to the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, a terrorist group with ties to Yasser Arafat's Fatah movement. Al Aqsa itself has carried out suicide bombings, and its terrorists say they have no qualms about recruiting teens, provided they are mature enough to understand their suicidal mission. Still, Khweirah hoped they would agree that his brother was not an appropriate candidate. Later that day, a tearful Tamer returned home and confessed to his family, his brother said. Hashem Abu Hamdan, an Al Aqsa leader in Nablus wanted by Israel, said he was personally involved in getting Tamer back home safely but gave no further details. Abu Hamdan denied Al Aqsa dispatched Hussam Abdo, last week's would-be roadblock bomber, saying Hussam and his friends had taken the initiative. "They were looking for an explosives belt, and they could find it easily in Nablus," Abu Hamdan said in a telephone interview. But the Israeli military said the terrorists are increasingly preying on the young. "We've seen the accelerated efforts of this consortium of terror from Nablus to dispatch young children and turn them into human bombs," said Maj. Sharon Feingold, an army spokeswoman. Tamer was arrested by Israeli soldiers at his home on Friday, the last of a group of four teens to be taken into custody. Feingold said the youngsters are still being questioned by the Shin Bet security service, which turned down requests by The Associated Press to interview Tamer. The boy's family demanded that the Islamic Jihad recruiters be arrested, but so far to no avail. Talal Dweikat, the Palestinian intelligence chief in Nablus, said his forces are too weak to confront the terrorists. Palestinian legislator Hanan Ashrawi said it is unfair to generalize, arguing that there had been only isolated attempts to recruit youngsters. She said Palestinian society, which has supported suicide bombings to a large degree, would have to do some soul-searching, but that the causes of despair - Israel's occupation and military strikes - must not be overlooked. "It's horrifying, because we are paying the price as a nation," she said. :read this: :read this:
  11. ...another great reccomendation!!
  12. you know Koop ..your right...maybe he is related to Bill Wyman!
  13. ....and to think that A-hole-L.... is by far... the largest spammer and profiler on the internet. Oh well...Porche come...Porche go... :D btw...Porche joke... What is the difference between a Porche and a porcupine?? give up.... With the porcupine ..the pricks are on the outside...har...har
  14. A-O-L put spammer's Porsche up as contest prize New York-AP -- Finally, some payback for all that spam, thanks to America Online. An A-O-L sweepstakes launching Tuesday will offer a spammer's 2002 Porsche Boxster S as grand prize. A-O-L obtained the car in settling a lawsuit against a spammer though to have made more than a (m) million dollars from the useless mailings. Although the company has previously won cash judgments and destroyed computers used in spamming, A-O-L says the latest case represents a move toward targeting the fruits of spammers' labors -- things like cars, houses, boats and other property. The sweepstakes is open until April eighth. Adult A-O-L members living in the continental United States are eligible, and they can only enter online. A-O-L hasn't offered details about the spammer due to a confidentiality agreement. The two-door silver-gray metallic Porsche has 18-thousand miles, a leather interior and retails for 47-thousand dollars. :read this:
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