Thursday, July 31, 2003

Karoshi - Death from Overwork

Karoshi - Wikipedia:
"Karoshi ..., which can be translated quite literally from the Japanese as "death from overwork", is occupational sudden death. The major medical causes of karoshi deaths are heart attack and stroke due to stress.

Mystery Cancer Wiping Out Tasmanian Devils

SYDNEY (Reuters): " - A mysterious cancer is killing Australia's Tasmanian devils, whose spine-chilling screeches, dark color and reputed bad temper prompted early settlers to give them their chilling name, wildlife officials said on Thursday. "

Monday, July 28, 2003

Study: 1 in 5 laid off in recent recession "The study, released today, found that one in five, or 18 percent, of those interviewed had been laid off during the 2000-03 period. The study randomly targeted 1,015 working-age adults. "

Sunday, July 20, 2003

Quick! Send us your credit number right away! Scammers use fake Web sites to steal from you.

Burden of spoof - Jul. 16, 2003: "NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - If you got an e-mail from someone you didn't know asking for credit card numbers and personal financial information, would you give it to them? Actually, you might, if you're not careful. "

Sunday, July 13, 2003

20 Lies About the War

News: "Falsehoods ranging from exaggeration to plain untruth were used to make the case for war. More lies are being used in the aftermath. By Glen Rangwala and Raymond Whitaker"

Cannot find Weapons of Mass Destruction

Cannot find Weapons of Mass Destruction: "The weapons you are looking for are currently unavailable. The country might be experiencing technical difficulties, or you may need to adjust your weapons inspectors mandate."

Friday, July 11, 2003

Dear Abby's advice to bloggers "In response to a 14-year-old-girl's question about blogging, Dear Abby gives advice to bloggers that all online journalists would be wise to follow: 'The written word takes on a life of its own and never dies -- particularly in cyberspace. That is why it's important that a person carefully consider what he or she is posting before making it public. I cannot urge people strongly enough to remember that on the Internet there is no such thing as an eraser.' "

Bush team united Iraq front unravels

Bush team united Iraq front unravels:"The familiar drip, drip, drip of a brewing political scandal echoes through the power centers of Washington and London these days as the Bush administration and the government of British Prime Minister Tony Blair are pelted daily with increasingly pointed questions about the case they made for going to war against Iraq. The admission that the president made an apparently false allegation against Iraq in his State of the Union address was supposed to help put the issue to rest. Instead, it reopened fissures inside the administration and in Blair’s government over the validity of their case for war."

Thursday, July 10, 2003

No global warming?

Charlotte Observer: "That's why it's not surprising to learn the Bush administration edited a draft EPA report to gut references to the potential harm of global warming."

Tuesday, July 08, 2003

Food Industry Mulls Dropping Obesity-Linked Trans Fats "Trans fats have been fingered as a major culprit in America's bourgeoning obesity problem, in increasing the risk of heart disease - and they are possibly also a factor behind childhood allergies, asthma, and other conditions. "

Sunday, July 06, 2003

Our trip to the Napa Valley

My wife and I took a wonderful trip to the Napa Valley over the Fourth of July weekend.

On Friday, we went to COPIA in downtown Napa. Saturday morning we went to the diRosa Preserve, an eclectic collection of contemporary Bay Area art housed in a nature preserve. Then we went on to the Artesa winery where we enjoyed the panoramic views as well as the avant-garde architecture. We had a late lunch in downtown Sonoma. That night, we went to see the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and a fireworks show at the Robert Mondavi winery. Sunday, we went the Hess Collection, a hidden gem in the mountains above Sonoma.

Thursday, July 03, 2003

U.S. Wildfire Problem Could Grow, Lead to Major Health Problems

:: PNNOnline ::: "The long, hot summer of wildfires expected in 2003 will pale in comparison to future years when droughts fueled by unchecked global warming touch off more wildfires and a rise in related public health problems, according to a warning from two experts from the Harvard Medical School and Duke University speaking for the nonprofit Civil Society Institute."

June unemployment rate soars to 6.4 percent "The nation's unemployment rate shot up to 6.4 percent in June, the highest level in more than nine years, in an economic slump that has added nearly a million people to jobless rolls in the past three months. "

Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Government, industry warn of mass hacker attacks on July 6 "The government and private technology experts warned Wednesday that hackers plan to attack thousands of Web sites Sunday in a loosely coordinated 'contest' that could disrupt Internet traffic. "

Giant sea specimen baffles scientists

Giant sea specimen baffles scientists

State Department will use U.S. vehicles in Iraq

State Department will use U.S. vehicles in Iraq: "Under pressure from Michigan lawmakers, the State Department says it will no longer use foreign vehicles for the rebuilding effort in Iraq, Rep. Joe Knollenberg said Wednesday. "