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Cell Phone Fact Checking

I really need to have conversations with people where cell phones are OFF. People check facts, and miss the truth. Cell phones make people answer rhetorical questions.

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Petulant Rest-Stop Sign

You can tell the North Carolina Department of Transportation was annoyed at losing the court battle. See sign.

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Cutting the Cable

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Call It Ludacris: The Kinship Between Talk Radio and Rap

Piece in the NYT comparing rap to talk radio. Some interesting points are made.

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Neil Gaiman's Bookshelves

A look at Neil Gaiman's library.

Gaiman is the author of:

American Gods: A Novel

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Prison Sentence

Journalist Ted Conover went undercover for nearly one year working as a prison guard at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in upstate New York. His work was praised and criticized. As Conover told us in October, his time undercover was incredibly stressful, painfully isolating and ethically fraught but nonetheless it was necessary to get the story out.

Book by Conover about his time at Sing Sing: Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing

I read this book and really enjoyed it. I read the whole book on a REB 1100

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Sony Announces Wireless Ebook Reader and Library Finder

Sony Electronics, Inc. announced the third member of its new ebook Reader family, the Reader Daily Edition, a wireless model with 3G connectivity.

Sony also announced the Library Finder, an application to enable users to access their local library's collection of ebooks via the Sony eBook Store.

Full press release.

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Utah Gets Tough With Texting Drivers

In most states, if somebody is texting behind the wheel and causes a crash that injures or kills someone, the penalty can be as light as a fine.

Utah is much tougher.

After a crash here that killed two scientists — and prompted a dogged investigation by a police officer and local victim’s advocate — Utah passed the nation’s toughest law to crack down on texting behind the wheel. Offenders now face up to 15 years in prison.

Full story in the NYT

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Penn is an ebook user

In this video clip Penn from Penn and Teller mentions going to a bookstore to look at books and he mentions that he reads on electronic readers. Clip is called Evangelical Kung Fu.

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Book mentioned before

Today NPR had a piece on the book Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human. In May the NYT had a piece on the book.

Under the rules provided by anonymous posters on LISNEWS once a book is mentioned one place no one else in the world is able to mention the book again. Please contact NPR and let them know they committed a "no no".

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Bing Keeps Rising

It may be far too early to pop the champagne on the Microsoft campus, but a celebration with a round of beers — the good stuff — may be in order.

More at the NYT Bits Blog

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Whole Foods Fight

After the supermarket chain's C.E.O. weighed in on health care, Whole Foods' pro-reform shoppers reacted swiftly and vociferously.

More at the NYT online

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Listening to History

Sculpture titled "Listening to History" at the Meijer Sculpture Park

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Sacrificial virgins of the Mississippi

Book- Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi

Archaeologists are slowly unearthing the ghastly secrets of Cahokia, an ancient city under the American heartland

Book review at

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Whither Redbox? Hollywood studios are conflicted

Hollywood studios are split over Redbox, the $1-per-night DVD rental kiosk company: They could supply it with cheap wholesale discs and ride its massive growth, or starve it in the hopes of preserving higher-priced purchases.

News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox fell on the side of starvation this week, joining General Electric Co.'s Universal Pictures, whose withholding of discs prompted a lawsuit.

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Postal Service Faces Gloom Of Economy

The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that it lost $2.4 billion between April and June. It's on track to be $7 billion in debt by the end of September.

"What has occurred with the economy is unprecedented," Postmaster General John Potter said. "It's created, obviously, a much bigger challenge than we are able to respond to in a very quick manner."

Potter is appearing before a Senate panel Thursday to talk about the financial troubles.

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DVD Rental Stores Losing Out To Vending Machines


Vending machines have long been popular with Americans who need a quick sugar fix. Those craving a good movie also are finding the machines to be quite handy, as they avoid a trip to the DVD rental store.

Scott Graf reports for member station WFAE.

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Why We Must Ration Health Care

You have advanced kidney cancer. It will kill you, probably in the next year or two. A drug called Sutent slows the spread of the cancer and may give you an extra six months, but at a cost of $54,000. Is a few more months worth that much?

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Harvard cock

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Penn Jillette discusses Harvard.

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Penn Jillette discusses Harvard.

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Conversation at the dentist

I took my daughter to the dentist yesterday. As I was waiting I overheard two of the dental hygienist talking.

Topic of discussion? The Amazon Kindle.

One dental hygienist was telling the other that her husband had an Amazon Kindle and really loved it. Was mentioning that it was great when he travelled. Just found it interesting to hear discussion of the Kindle out in the real world. Also interesting to hear discussion about reading.

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