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Dr Rush Holt and Inteligence vs Knowledge

Like any political wonk should, I watch "The Daily Rundown" every day. I truly think it is the most balanced program on MSNBC, but that is not why I record and watch. What I find most fascinating is the host Chuck Todd. He is a statistical genius. Last night he was on a celebrity Jeopardy show. Interesting that he missed the question on the origins of Thanksgiving, something that I would have known straight away. Though Todd did much better across the board than I would have.

Today he was interviewing one of my favorite house members Rush Holt. Who not only worked with Bob Edgar, as I did, but won five Jeopardy matches in a row and then went on to beat the IBM computer. What made me want to comment here is what Holt told Todd. Knowledge is great, you know a lot of facts, but what is important is someone who can use those facts.

Something I always point out to people who accuse me of being smart.

Ask Siri What is the best smartphone ever?

Well after Apple "corrected" the programing of Siri it now says the phone with training wheels, the iDont. It originally said until Apple figured this out the best smartphone ever was the Nokia 9000.

If it were relying on facts, ease of use and functionality rather than what users thought it of course would say the Blackberry 9900/9930.

I will probably get in trouble for saying this

When has that stopped me in the past
I had the most wonderful time with the Real W Hecht as a room mate on my trip out East
As I was there to spend as much time as possible with my Dad as possible I didn't spend as much time as I would like to with the rest of the family and never mentioned this, but today I confirmed my belief again and figured what the Hecht, I was going to spell it out here.
Please take this as a compliment, and it is after all just my observation.
I have thought this for a few years, confirmed it with the time I did spend with "The Real W Hecht" and when I saw him today and heard him on ATC I had to make this observation: The Real W Hecht looks like, acts like, has the mannerisms of and sounds like Nate Silver would have about 15 years ago.
Love you buddy, but I really see this

Thank You Pete!

Pete Seeger is 93 yeas old today. My Dad thinks that FDR was the second most important man that ever lived. He really gives him credit for saving the world. I love my Dad and understands why he feels that way, but I really think Pete did more.

This Morning's Answer.Com Spotlight

does this sound like someone born around this time?

If you were born on April 21, what sign are you? Those born on April 21 — or any time from April 20/21 to May 20/21 — are born under the second sign of the zodiac, or Taurus. With their ruling planet Venus, Taurus can be dichotomous: they are known to be extremely sociable, but at the same time are thought to be stand-offish and distant. Seen as persistent and constant, they can also be viewed as stubborn and inflexible. Taurus are described as independent but shy, sensitive but often unwilling to share their inner feelings, loath to change but willing to be loyal and strong followers. Of course, astrology is a science that has its share of skeptics. Many believe that the alignment of the stars and planets has no bearing at all on one's personality, and that you can't predict the future by reading the constellations.

Quote: "I don't believe in astrology; I'm a Sagittarius and we're skeptical." — Arthur C. Clarke

Take A Baloon And Go Sailing

The Last Waltz Plays On!
Robbie Robertson may "miss him and love him forever," I am just glad that he still sings to me!

There are many reasons the right and left dont see the same thing

Yesterday's NYT pointed out one reason:


Stan Rogers Easter Sermon

And you, to whom adversity has dealt the final blow
With smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go
Turn to, and put out all your strength of arm and heart and brain
And like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again.

Rise again, rise again - though your heart it be broken
And life about to end
No matter what you've lost, be it a home, a love, a friend.
Like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again.

The best YouTube of this song can be found here: I say best because it starts with a guy claiming this song saved his life. It has saved a lot more than that.

full lyrics can be found here:

Why Don't People Care About Security?

Maybe it has to do with Blackberry unable to sell its advantages?

Dropping Like Flys

How many people changed music?
Son: Bluegrass legend, banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs dies in Nashville at age 88; changed music

Sail On Adrienne Rich. Good Bye and Thank You!

When Aunt is dead, her terrified hands will lie
Still ringed with ordeals she was mastered by.
The tigers in the panel that she made
Will go on prancing, proud and unafraid.

North American Time


When my dreams showed signs
of becoming
politically correct
no unruly images
escaping beyond borders
when walking in the street I found my
themes cut out for me
knew what I would not report
for fear of enemies' usage
then I began to wonder


Everything we write
will be used against us
or against those we love.
These are the terms,
take them or leave them.
Poetry never stood a chance
of standing outside history.
One line typed twenty years ago
can be blazed on a wall in spraypaint
to glorify art as detachment
or torture of those we
did not love but also
did not want to kill.

We move but our words stand
become responsibly
for more than we intended

and this is verbal privilege


I am thinking this in a country
where words are stolen out of mouths
as bread is stolen out of mouths
where poets don't go to jail
for being poets, but for being
dark-skinned, female, poor.

I think I am voting for Santorum

I think it is time to vote strategically.

This Deserves Front Page Coverage?

The lead story on Friday's Audible edition of the NYT was this:
Personally I have so many problems with the article I looked it up to read it in it all.
First: So What. Imagine if we achieved tomorrow every Publican's wet dream. The USA were capable of producing 110% of our oil needs, were actually exporting oil and had reserves that would guarntee that we would be able to not just meet all of our oil needs for the next hundred years, but would be able to export at least 10% of our oil production on top of that. Yes, I know it will never happen, but what would change if we did?
My second biggest concern about this article is why is no Publican giving the Obama administration credit for this. My list of issues could go on, but....

its even worse than it appears A site to check daily

I love Lots of great material and great articles to help you in so many ways. These are not always, in fact often not, organizational type things, but things that will help you improve your life.

Just today I smiled when I read this: and said wtf-What the Fox, when I read this : which wasnt on lifehacker's web site, but a direct link from there.

Will Tebow Be Traded?

NYT.Com and CSMonitor.Com

As a subscriber to Audible I get the audio of the NYT every weekeday as a freebie. So in between the local broadcast of All Things Considered, that if I miss I tune my blackberry to LA or Alaska to listen to their evening broadcast I listen to the audio of the NYT. So I had heard earlier on the news about some guy at Goldman quitting. Didn't realize that he had an op ed in the NYT. You can find it here:
While reading that article I also found this facinating:
Last Century I made an attempt to read five dead tree newspapers a day. Today I regularly check in with their web sites and only subscribe to one dead tree. Much of the CSM is pushed to me. Emails sent to me that MSFT calls grey mail, does anyone else? One of the articles there I found facinating were the several articles they had today on Women and why the Publicans (not a typo-IE has no spell check) are out to loose the women vote.

data mining

Comments Sent To Marketplace

Kai ended Wednesdays show asking us for comments on the music on today's show. "Hope you were paying attention to the music" he said. I was as tears started to form from my all ready wet eyes. Of course it was the music of the Monkees. So I had to try to track down a way to comment and say thanks when I found an article on the web site from something I must have missed on the show.
David Brancaccio said "I am not sure that Waterville, Maine, was first in line for the very first ATMs on the planet." Well when I finally moved to Wisconsin to finish my undergrad in 1978 I was so impressed that they had so many TYME machines everywhere. Wikipedia says they were around since 1975.
Just wanted to point that out
still Monkeying around in Wausau Wis
and thanks again for the music!
not sent to marketplace:
I dont think Bowie will regress to the name he was born with!

Playbook 2.0

Forget the Amazon Kindle Fire, the BB PlayBook is now the best low cost tablet!

My Comments To Crackberry.Com

Refering to what I thought about the new Playbook OS.
Who cares if it does many things better than the previous OS. The Playbook rocks. The first OS was great, but the press swiftboated it. You can have the best tablet, but if you tell no one about it, if you let the press trash it, people will think it is lacking. There are two Reality Distortion Fields here. Those that believe every thing that comes from Apple is great and those that think that a superior product will market itself.
Cellcom Employee

facts my be suborn things, but they are irrelevant if unbelieved or undiscovered.

Cobert's Comment on Jeremy Lin

You know things are rough when a Harvard economics grad has an easier time getting a job as an NBA point guard than as a Wall Street bond trader.

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