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Monday, August 30, 2004

Yahoo! News Message Boards Politics News: "IT'S 1988 ALL OVER AGAIN"

Nobody wanted to run against Bush. Gephardt, Dean, Edwards and Kerry, not exactly the pick of the litter. Now we're faced with four more years of this weasel. It sure would be nice if someone could light a fire under Kerry. He could still pull this out. A personality transplant would help. If Bush does win in four years it will probably be McCain against Clinton. Why couldn't it be that right now? Four more years of Bush will weaken this country considerably. They say there's two sides to everything, however, and especially in politics. The United States has probably been the most powerful nation in the world since before world war II, and we have all seen the ways power corrupts"

Thursday, August 26, 2004

MSNBC - The slacker's new bible: "You are a modern day slave. There is no scope for personal fulfilment. You work for your pay-check at the end of the month, full stop.
No. 2It's pointless to try to change the system. Opposing it simply makes it stronger.
No. 3What you do is pointless. You can be replaced from one day to the next by any cretin sitting next to you. So work as little as possible and spend time (not too much, if you can help it) cultivating your personal network so that you're untouchable when the next restructuring comes around.
No. 4You're not judged on merit, but on whether you look and sound the part. Speak lots of leaden jargon: people will suspect you have an inside track
No. 5Never accept a position of responsibility for any reason. You'll only have to work harder for what amounts to peanuts.
No. 6Make a beeline for the most useless positions, (research, strategy and business development), where it is impossible to assess your 'contribution to the wealth of the firm'. Avoid 'on the ground' operational roles like the plague.
No. 7Once you've found one of these plum jobs, never move. It is only the most exposed who get fired.
No. 8Learn to identify kindred spirits who, like you, believe the system is absurd through discreet signs (quirks in clothing, peculiar jokes, warm smiles).
No. 9Be nice to people on short-term contracts. They are the only people who do any real work.
No. 10Tell yourself that the absurd ideology underpinning this corporate bullshit cannot last for ever. It will go the same way as the dialectical materialism of the communist system. The problem is knowning when..." - Internet machine shop offers custom tooling - Aug 26, 2004: " It's the Internet Revolution meets the Industrial Revolution: a new program that lets people design 3-D objects like car parts and door knobs in metal or plastic then order them online.
Programs for computer-aided design, or CAD, have been around for decades, but appears to be the first service that checks whether a design can be made, tells the customer how much it will cost. If the customer wants the item the design goes to a 'real world' machine shop for manufacturing.
The key to this enterprise is free design software provided by eMachineShop that aims to be simple enough for hobbyists and other non-engineers.
Prices won't be competitive with Wal-Mart, but Wal-Mart won't make ten copper door knobs, then sandblast them for you. EmachineShop charges $143 for that.
The company was created by Jim Lewis, a programmer and self-professed 'tinkerer.' One previous credit: 'the world's hardest sliding block puzzle.'
Lewis' software company, Micrologic, designed eMachineShop and contracts with machine shops all over the world to do the manufacturing.
Even though the Midland Park, New Jersey, company, which has 19 employees, doesn't advertise, it has handled more than 1,000 orders for things like door signs, motorcycle seats, robot frames, car engine covers, guitar plates and camera parts.
The most expensive item it's sold since it began beta testing last year is a $4,011 aluminum, 26-inch diameter part for a high-powered laboratory magnet.
The customers range from large companies that make prototypes to hobbyists including Dennis J. Vegh of Mesa, Arizona, who had the company make metal parts for an airplane he's building after a 1929 design.
'I had to have the pie"

The customers range from large companies that make prototypes to hobbyists including Dennis J. Vegh of Mesa, Arizona, who had the company make metal parts for an airplane he's building after a 1929 design.

"I had to have the pieces made because they do not exist anywhere," Vegh said.

He found the software quick and easy to use. The quality of the finishing has varied a bit between orders, but has been acceptable, he said.

"Being able to sit at you home computer, draw up some parts, submit them and 30 days later they are on your doorstep, all without human contact, is mind-blowing," Vegh says.

Merging design and manufacturing provides software that companies can use to design machine parts on a computer and have them manufactured.
Lewis, the company founder, estimates that with conventional methods, it takes about 40 hours to design a part, get a quote, straighten out manufacturing problems with the machine shop and put the order in.

Taylan Altan, professor at the College of Engineering at Ohio State University, agrees, saying the process can easily drag out to two weeks.

"One of the biggest problems we have today in American design and manufacturing is that designers know very little about manufacturing," he says.

As a result, designers draw parts that are hard to make and require several rounds of modification before they can be put in production, a problem eMachineShop aims to avoid by building the knowledge of a machinist into the design software.

For instance, if you're designing a part made of sheet metal, it won't allow you to include a bend too close to an edge -- the machinist needs enough surface to hold on to when bending.

Lewis is also working on Pad2Pad, an application that makes electronics. Manufacturers of printed circuit boards, like, are already online but Lewis aims to take the concept one step further by also attaching components like resistors, capacitors and chips to the boards.

Pad2Pad is taking orders, but is "a couple of years behind eMachineShop" in its development, Lewis says. One problem is stocking the components customers want.

Lewis also wants into branch into what is perhaps the least sexy segment of manufacturing: making cardboard boxes for packaging.

"My dream is essentially to become the Amazon in the manufacturing segment," Lewis says. - The screen-age: Our brains in our laptops - Aug 2, 2004: "McLuhan believed our senses become extended outside of our bodies. He suggested that a book was an extension of your eye and a car, an extension of your foot. He would say the Internet is an extension of our central nervous systems.
If we think of ourselves as somehow projected outside our bodies, one's sense of self becomes increasingly fragmented. My math brain lives partly inside a calculator.
My consciousness isn't just split between gray matter and a hard drive or two. Now part of it lives on the Internet and seems to stay there all the time. While I may feel a bit diffuse, mostly I observe changes in what McLuhan called our 'sense ratios,' like a goldfish changing from one kind of aquarium to another. We adapt. We gain some things, lose others."
Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: August 22, 2004 - August 28, 2004 Archives: "George W. Bush who supported the war, which means he believed the goal was worth the cost in American lives. Only, not his life. He believed others should go; just not him. It's the story of his life.
That is almost the definition of moral cowardice.
We have a more immediate sense of what physical bravery and cowardice are. In fact, when we speak of bravery and cowardice, the physical variety is almost always what we're talking about. It's whether or not you can charge an enemy position while you're be fired at. It's whether you're immobilized by the fear of death. "
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Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Yahoo%21 News Message Boards Politics News: "Reagan%27s extremism why USA divided%0D%0Aby%3A cat00012000 08%2F24%2F04 02%3A37 pm%0D%0AMsg%3A 142517 of 142520 %0D%0A %0D%0AIt was hate Clinton. Now it%27s hate Bush. Who%27s it going to be next%3F How is this going to end%3F"

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Relationships and Personality - A Forum: "Call me Cat. I%27m 55 years old. I%27ve been on a veterans pension and social security disability for my mental illness for nearly 20 years. The crazy thing of it is that I was never told what was wrong with me%21 I was told I had something called atypical manic depression. It was only through the Internet that I learned about personality disorders and how they applied to me. Now from what I hear and read Borderline personality disorder %28bpd%29 is seen as a controversial diagnosis. I%27ve seen it referred to as a wastebasket diagnosis. The idea is that it is used when nothing else is apropriate. I%27ve seen quotes from doctors where they say they would not tell a patient that they had bpd. They say it is not really an illness. I%27ve also seen where it was considered incurable. It was a diagnosis used to segregate patients. %22Don%27t get involved with him. He%27s a borderline.%22 I guess I%27m trying to create a top 10 reasons of why the mental health community has treated me the way they have. I realize I bear some responsibility. There was always a new fad to latch onto - Transactional analysis%2C assertiveness training%2C codependency. I know I am not going to get anywhere by dwelling on my resentments. I have to figure out where I am going to go from here. One of the descriptions I like the best of bpd is that I have my emotional thermostat turned up too high. I am either idealizing people or devaluing them. I think this little paragraph has been a good first step in dealing with my situation. Thanks for listening"

Friday, August 20, 2004

Google Search%3A: "I lived with my mother for 17%0D%0Ayears. She was very emotionally abusive and she was *very*%0D%0Aunpredictable. When she would arrive home%2C I never knew the mood she%0D%0Awould be in. I narrowed her different moods into about four distict%0D%0Aones.%0D%0AOne was angry and abusive. I was a demonic person%2C manipulative and a%0D%0Abitch. Another I was to her an angel. Perfect%2C smart%2C beautiful%2Cetc.%0D%0AAnother I was treated like a little girl. It was enough to make you%0D%0Apuke--she would sweet talk and act as if I were five years old. The%0D%0Alast I was to her friend%2C and she would tell me problems with work or%0D%0Ahusband%2C etc%2C forgetting my age. This was the time when I saw her%0D%0Ablack%2Fwhite perspective emerge.%0D%0A%0D%0ASorry to ramble on%2C I forgot how wonderful it was to tell someone else a%0D%0Abit about my crazy mother."

Friday, August 13, 2004

Yahoo! News Message Boards Politics News: "One-third of President Bush's tax cuts have gone to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans, shifting more burden to middle-income taxpayers, congressional analysts said on Friday.

by: cat00012000 08/13/04 07:48
It's the party of the rich. It's for the people who think greed is good. I know it takes compromise, and people need to take care of themselves. There is such a thing as exploitation, however. This is a cultural thing"

by: cat00012000 08/13/04 07:58 pm
Msg: 2369 of 2389

I really do think Bush means well. He really does believe in what he is doing. If people would just bend to his will everything would be hunky dory. Unfortunately things don't always have a happy ending. Giving the IRS a holiday is like giving the police a holiday. The destruction can't be undone.

by: cat00012000 08/13/04 08:11 pm
Msg: 2381 of 2391

For one thing, the rich own so much. If there was a national property tax the rich could pay the same percentage as everyone else. The rich monopolize most of the wealth therefore they get the burden of protecting it. I'm afraid you can't have your money and spend it too. Also I thought it was the liberals who had the corner on whining. Who's whining now?

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

What Is Dialectical Behavioral Therapy?

from Qutayba Abdullatif & Nicole Bekman

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is a method of treatment that
was devised by Marsha Linehan, faculty at the University of
Washington in Seattle, for the treatment of borderline personality
disorder (BPD). Typically clients with BPD, as defined in DSM-IV,
are notoriously difficult to treat (Linehan 1993a). They often do
not attend regularly, frequently fail to respond to therapeutic
efforts and make considerable demands on the emotional resources of
the therapist (particularly when suicidal and parasuicidal behaviors
are prominent). The effectiveness of DBT has been demonstrated in
many controlled studies across different research groups. Because of
this success and due to similar behavior patterns, DBT is now being
used in many settings as a viable therapy for the treatment of
bipolar disorder.
Treatment in DBT has four parts, which are all important to
effective treatment:

Individual Therapy

Telephone Contact

Therapist Consultation
- good communication between group therapist and individual
therapist is essential to the successful outcome of DBT.

Skills Training
- Conducted by a behavioral technician or another therapist usually
in a group context.
- Conducted in weekly sessions of 2.5 hours with a break half way
through each session.
- The focus is on learning and practicing adaptive skills, not
personal or specific complaints of the clients and thus, any
specific or personal issues are redirected to be discussed in
individual therapy.
There are four modules in DBT group skills training:

Core Mindfulness Skills
- These are derived from Buddhist meditation techniques to enable
the client to become aware of the different aspects of experience
and to develop the ability to stay with that experience in the
present moment.
- Treatment lasts for about 2-3 weeks.

Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills
- These focus on effective ways of achieving one's objectives with
other people: to ask for what one wants effectively, to say no and
be taken seriously, to maintain relationships and to maintain self-
esteem in interactions with other people (comparable to
assertiveness training).
- Treatment lasts for about 8 weeks.

Emotion Modulation Skills
These skills are ways of coping with intense emotional experiences
and their causes. They also allow for an adaptive experience and
expression of intense emotions.
- Treatment lasts for about 8 weeks.

Distress Tolerance Skills
- These include techniques for putting up with, finding meaning for,
and accepting distressing situations if there is no conceivable
solution at present.
- Treatment lasts for about 8 weeks.

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Sunday, August 08, 2004

Israel News : Jerusalem Post Internet Edition: "The IDF will soon begin using cannabis to treat soldiers suffering from combat stress, the military said Wednesday.
An army statement said the military medical corps and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem would begin treating victims of post-traumatic stress - commonly known as shell shock - with THC, the active ingredient in the cannabis plant. It said the treatment would begin on an experimental basis.
'The use of THC as part of the treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder was approved by military and civilian committees relevant to the subject,' the statement said.
An IDF spokesman said treatment would be given to both conscript soldiers and reservists.
Since September 2000, the Israeli military has been conducting day to day operations against the Palestinian terror infrastructure in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
During that time many soldiers have been treated for combat stress following service at military checkpoints and in military operations.
The IDF continues to ban the use of all drugs on a leisure basis, including cannabis derivatives marijuana and hashish.
Wired News: Fark Sells Out. France Surrenders: ", one of the most popular blogs on the Net, has been accused of selling out -- joining a growing list of new-media outfits willing to bend old-media rules.
According to a veteran new-media publisher, Fark has been selling preferential placement of story links without informing its readers.

Today's the Day. Jason Calacanis, publisher of several rival Weblogs Inc. blogs, claims Fark offered him highly placed links to his sites in return for several hundred dollars.
'I was shocked because I had come to trust the brand, and the person behind it,' Calacanis said. 'Anything that is an advertisement should be labeled as an advertisement. This is not rocket science.'
Calacanis said he didn't know how many links on Fark are paid for, or how long Fark has been selling them. But he said a Fark salesman told him the site does it 'all the time.'
'We don"This is the future on tv and print

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

The New York Times: Paul Krugman (Forum/Message Board): "infomaniac8 - August 3, 2004

What would be good for America?

It is sad to see CNN sway to the right, but what goes around comes around. Who knows what the future holds? In a way it will always be the same old same old. There's nothing new under the sun. Everything is just an adjustment to something else. Still hope springs eternal. Is that a light at the end of the tunnel or an oncoming train? If we thought the glass was full then it's half empty. If we're used to it being empty then it's half full. Has power corrupted the USA? Has absolute power corrupted it absolutely? We do love our weapons and our power. The selfish part of america truly loves Bush. Progress is a thing of the past. I know good conservatives. They lack imagination, but they work hard. Today is not my day for casting the first stone. "

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