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New Look = Old Look

As my three regular readers may have noted (thanks, Nick, Ted and Mom) I’ve reverted back to the old template.  I actually liked the looks of the new one, but the type size was smaller, and the sub-pages wouldn’t display.  I could have reformatted all the pages, but I didn’t need the change (or the extra work) that badly.

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Le Cordon Bleu? Sacre bleu!

…unbeknownst even to many French, the idealized Paris kitchen is changing. Paris food remains superb. But except for two- and three-star places, many of the 5,000 Paris restaurants that serve traditional cuisine rely increasingly on high quality preparation done off site. The famed stereotype of mustachioed white-hat chefs laboring over hot stoves is fading, due to sheer cost.

Paris restaurants turn to food made off site to cut costs |

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Buddhist fest lets Nashville in on the secret of inner peace

The Buddha preached: “Even if thieves carve you limb from limb with a double-handed saw, if you make your mind hostile you are not following my teaching.” The Dalai Lama says: “Hatred will not cease by hatred, but by love alone. This is the ancient law.”

Impossibly naive words. The only thing more naive is the assumption that the shock-and-awe business of high-strung 21st century reality (nukes, car bombs, arms sales, torture cells, spouse abuse, dog-fighting) is a worthy, practical solution for future human security.

Buddhist fest lets Nashville in on the secret of inner peace – Nashville, Tennessee – Saturday, 09/01/07 –

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The idea of karma is one of the most misunderstood in Buddhist philosophy — at least by non-Buddhists. That is because the general idea, exemplified by the Biblical injunction, “As Ye sow, therefore shall Ye reap,” has been, over the millennia, many things to many people. As is evident from the quotation, it is not even exclusive to Eastern thought — and how could it be?  More>>>

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High Flight

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew –
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

Pilot Officer John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
No 412 squadron, RCAF
Killed 11 December 1941, age 19

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The Holocaust survivor who saved a classroom

When the sound of gunfire neared his solid mechanics lecture inside Virginia Tech’s Norris Hall, there was confusion, according to reports from student witnesses. They dove under desks, darted to the windows. But, students say, Librescu headed for the door, blocking the gunman from entering. As shots rang out, he stood there.

That act of courage gave his class priceless seconds to escape, saving them from Cho Seung-Hui’s deadly rampage. But not himself…. The Holocaust survivor who saved a classroom |

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Internet Fraud — FBI Information

When it comes to crime, the Internet is like a Swiss Army knife—a multi-purpose tool that’s easy to use and highly versatile. That’s made crystal clear by the 2006 annual report just issued by our Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), which shows how criminals used the ‘Net to launch nine different varieties of fraud alone.


E-Mail Scam Includes Hit-Man Threat

A new scam cropping up in e-mail boxes across the country is preying not on recipients’ greed or good intentions, but on their fears. The scam e-mail, which first appeared in December, threatens to kill recipients if they do not pay thousands of dollars to the sender, who purports to be a hired assassin.


New E-Scams & Warnings — Superbowl ticket scams and more…

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Medical News

ACC: Diabetes Ups Aspirin Resistance (CME/CE) [Image]
NEW ORLEANS — Aspirin resistance is more common among diabetic patients than nondiabetics, potentially requiring higher doses for adequate protection against a heart attack, researchers here said.

White House Spokesman Has Surgery for Liver Metastasis 
WASHINGTON — Presidential spokesman Tony Snow, who was treated two years ago for colon cancer, had surgery yesterday for metastatic liver cancer, the White House announced today.

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More from the NY Times

“I’m absolutely ready for this. I mean, I don’t look sickly, I don’t feel sickly. And I’m as ready as any person can be for that.”
– ELIZABETH EDWARDS, on her husband John’s Democratic campaign for president, after they announced that she had incurable cancer.

I feel for them, admire John and her pluck, but I’m not sure I want a grieving widower in the White House if it can be avoided.

Army Revises Upward the Number of Desertions
Some Army officers link the recent uptick in annual desertion rates to the toll of wartime deployments.

Gee, you think?

In Secret, Polygamy Follows Africans to New York
A fatal fire this month in the Bronx revealed a clandestine practice that probably involves thousands of immigrants.

I have nothing to say, and neither does my family, or my family, or my family.

Jamaican Police Report Murder of Cricket Coach for Pakistan
Police say Pakistan’s cricket coach, Bob Woolmer, was strangled in his hotel room after the team’s unexpected World Cup loss to Ireland.

At this level of sportsmanship, you’d think it was the World Cup of Soccer.

The Window Box Gets Some Tough Competition
Cities from Los Angeles to Chicago are offering incentives
for builders who use environmentally friendly green roofs.

Gives “Up on the Roof” a whole new twist.

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More From the New York Times

“Everybody says we just want you to be like last time. Last time we lost!”
– JOHN McCAIN, on his campaign for president.


History of Hernia Patch Raises Questions on Implant Recalls
How do makers of implanted medical devices react when one
of their products starts breaking? Some case studies are


Battle of the Manly Men: Blood Bath With a Message
A bombastic spectacle of honor and betrayal, “300” is about
as violent as “Apocalypto” and twice as stupid.