Thursday, October 16, 2008



- Ireland's biggest bookmaker Paddy Power said it would pay out early more than 1 million euros on bets that Barack Obama will be the next U.S. president, three weeks ahead of the election. The Dublin-based bookmaker said it made the "unprecedented decision" to pay on bets taken so far, following Wednesday's final campaign debate between Obama and his Republican rival John McCain, which polls judged the Democrat to have won. "We declare this race well and truly over and congratulate all those who backed Obama," Power said. . . The bookmaker said the overall betting trend had shown "one- way traffic" for the Illinois senator since the start of the summer, with odds shortening to 1-9, meaning a bet of 9 euros is required to make 1 euro profit. Power said it had taken more than 10,000 bets on the 2008 U.S. presidential election, the majority in support of Obama. In June a wager of 100,000 euros was placed on Obama to win at odds of 1-2, yielding a payout of 150,000 euros, it added.

Redding News Review -
The Rev. Jesse Jackson vehemently denied saying that Jews living in Israel will lose power under Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama. "That is not true," Jackson told XM radio talk show host Joe Madison. "That's a fabrication." Amir Taheri, an Iranian columnist working at the New York Post, yesterday reported that Jackson told an audience at the World Policy Forum in France last week that the "Zionists who have controlled American policy for decades" will lose influence if Obama is elected. Jackson said the author has no credibility - he pointed to inaccuracies in the writer's previous Obama-related reports. My sense is that to drop this article the day before the debate, to be the news of the debate, is a Swift Boat tactic and we refute it, we reject it," he said. . .

Slashdot - According to a study to be published in The Journal of Political Psychology, you can tell someone's political affiliation by looking at the condition of their offices and bedrooms. Conservatives tend to be neat and liberals love a mess. Researchers found that the bedrooms and offices of liberals tend to be colorful and full of books about travel, ethnicity, feminism and music, along with music CDs covering folk, classic and modern rock, as well as art supplies, movie tickets and travel memorabilia. Their conservative contemporaries, on the other hand, tend to surround themselves with calendars, postage stamps, laundry baskets, irons and sewing materials. Their bedrooms and offices are well lit and decorated with sports paraphernalia and flags - especially American ones.

Ballot Access News - C-SPAN will broadcast the debate between Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney, and Chuck Baldwin, although it is not yet known if it will be broadcast live. The debate will be Sunday evening, October 19, at Columbia University in New York City. The moderator will be Amy Goodman of Pacifica Radio. It is possible that Pacifica Radio will also broadcast it. The debate is sponsored by Free and Equal Elections. Bob Barr declined to participate because he is scheduled to speak somewhere else that evening.

The Obama campaign comment on the Jackson thing was not particularly comforting. It said that Jackson "is not an adviser to the Obama campaign and is therefore in no position to interpret or share Barack Obama's views on Israel and foreign policy." That isn't how we understood democracy worked. In a democracy everyone gets to interpret and share candidates' views however they wish. Obama is running for president, not Pope.

According to the NY Times, seven states have received over half of all presidential campaign visits: Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania got ten percent each with the rest going to Virginia, Florida, Wisconsin and Colorado.


Organic Consumers Association - If organic farming methods were practiced on all the planet's food-growing land, it would be like taking more than 1.5 billion cars off the road. . . You can increase your antioxidant intake by 30 percent by choosing organic. . . The average child in America is exposed to five pesticides daily in their food and drinking water. . . Farms in developing countries that use organic techniques produce an average of 79% more than farms that don't.


Andrea Thompson, Current -
For middle-aged and older adults, searching the Internet could be a boost to the brain, a new study suggests. In recent years, several studies have showed a link between pursuing activities that keep the mind engaged, such as crossword puzzles and memory games, and a lowered risk of cognitive decline later in life. . . The new study, to be detailed in an upcoming issue of the journal American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, looked at the brain activity of 24 neurologically normal volunteers between the ages of 55 and 76 as they searched the Internet. Half of the participants had experience surfing the Web, while the others did not. . . While all the participants showed the same activity as during book-reading, the Web-savvy group also registered activity in the frontal, temporal and cingulate areas of the brain, whereas those new to the net did not. (These areas of the brain control decision-making and complex reasoning.) "Our most striking finding was that Internet searching appears to engage a greater extent of neural circuitry that is not activated during reading - but only in those with prior Internet experience," said study leader Gary Small of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.




At October 17, 2008 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Obama:

"I believe all of you are as open and willing to listen as anyone else in America. I believe you care about this country and the future we are leaving to the next generation. I believe your work to be a part of building a stronger, more vibrant, and more just America. I think the problem is that no one has asked you to play a part in the project of American renewal."

- Barack Obama, speaking to the masters of "American" finance capitalism at the headquarters of NASDAQ, Wall Street, New York City, September 17, 2007

"Obama goes beyond the call of class-deferential duty when he... pens the following nauseating paean to aristocratic rule in The Audacity of Hope: "The Founders recognized that there were seeds of anarchy in the idea of individual freedom, an intoxicating danger in the idea of equality, for if everybody is truly free, without the constraints of birth or rank and an inherited social can we ever hope to form a society that coheres?" (Obama 2006, pp. 86-87). How's that for commitment to the democratic and egalitarian ideals to which the United States so often lays special claim?"

the above from an article here:


Obama Speaks: "Oh Great White Masters, You Just Haven't Been Asked to Help America"
December 12, 2007 By Paul Street

At October 17, 2008 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oops...I posted the above, but forgot to mention that I only found the article at all because I read, and they had re-posted it there from Zmag.

(so thanks to both sites are due and given!)

At October 17, 2008 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

a little scatter-brained this morning said:

Oh, and thanks, Sam, for the heads-up on CSPAN broadcasting that upcoming debate - from somebody who pretty much ignores teevee and might therefore have missed it.

I'm kinda torn between Nader and McKinney, and this will be my first exposure to Baldwin's views, so you've done me a nice favor - much appreciated!


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