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Time to kick off DM 33!! I'll be listing hundreds and hundreds of new links and a few articles!!!

 

Architect claims to solve pyramid secret

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Photos and Slideshows: Science

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Welcome to ZoneAlarm Web-Based Customer Service

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Solar power plant opens in Portugal

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Major solar power plant opens in Portugal's south

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French architect announces pyramid theory

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'Monster' toad found in Australia

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New Amish school to open after shooting

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Yahoo search for CSS help

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Contacting Distressed Homeowners: Rules of Engagement

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Iranian leader: U.K. sailors trespassed

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Giuliani acknowledges mistake over Kerik

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GOP lawmaker urges Gonzales to resign

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Australian in Guantanamo to serve 9 months

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Scientist: Warming will end some species

 

From the micro to the macro, from plankton in the oceans to polar bears in the far north and seals in the far south, global warming has begun changing life on Earth, international scientists will report next Friday.

 

 

"Changes in climate are now affecting physical and biological systems on every continent," says a draft obtained by The Associated Press of a report on warming's impacts, to be issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the authoritative U.N. network of 2,000 scientists and more than 100 governments.

 

In February the panel declared it "very likely" most global warming has been caused by manmade emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

 

Animal and plant life in the Arctic and Antarctic is undergoing substantial change, scientists say. Rising sea levels elsewhere are damaging coastal wetlands. Warmer waters are bleaching and killing coral reefs, pushing marine species toward the poles, reducing fish populations in African lakes, research finds.

 

"Hundreds of species have already changed their ranges, and ecosystems are being disrupted," said University of Michigan ecologist Rosina Bierbaum, former head of the U.S. IPCC delegation. "It is clear that a number of species are going to be lost."

 

The IPCC draft estimates that if temperatures rise approximately 2 to 4 degrees Fahrenheit more, one-third of species will be lost from their current range, either moved elsewhere or vanished.

 

From Associated Press bureaus around the world, here are snapshots of animals and plants the IPCC will identify as already affected by climate change:

 

 

 

The frogs went silent in the night

 

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) Back in the Puerto Rican rain forest for the first time in five years, biologist Rafael Joglar sensed something was wrong. He wasn't hearing the frogs whose nocturnal calls he had long recorded in the misty highlands.

 

It was as if a small orchestra had lost key players, he recalled.

 

After that discovery in 1981, Joglar and wife Patricia Burrowes, a fellow University of Puerto Rico amphibian specialist, found that other populations of frogs in the genus Eleutherodactylus known locally as coquis for the distinctive co-kee sound made by two species were also mysteriously absent. Similar reports trickled in from frog specialists worldwide, particularly in Central and South America.

 

Working their way through such suspected culprits as pollution and habitat loss, researchers here eventually zeroed in on climate change. The average minimum temperature had risen from 1970 to 2000 by 2 degrees Fahrenheit, a significant rise for climate-sensitive amphibians.

 

Scientists believe higher temperatures lead to more dry periods and a chain reaction, at higher elevations, that leaves the frogs vulnerable to a devastating fungus, Burrowes said.

 

In Puerto Rico and nearby islands, experts believe three of 17 known Eleutherodactylus species are extinct and seven or eight are declining. Loss of the frogs, scientists warn, could have disastrous consequences, depriving birds and other predators of a food source, eliminating a consumer of insects and disrupting the ecosystem in ways impossible to guess.

 

 

Fragile, sensitive coral sounds the alarm

 

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) The rainbow world of the Great Barrier Reef may fade away.

 

Scientists say rising sea temperatures worldwide are causing more coral bleaching the draining of color when the fragile animals that form reefs become stressed and spew out the algae that give coral its color and energy to build massive reef structures.

 

Oceans are also absorbing more carbon dioxide, increasing their acidity and eroding coral's ability to build reef skeletons.

 

Because just a 2-degree-Fahrenheit shift can trigger a major bleaching event, the behavior of corals is an early sign that global warming is already changing our world, experts say.

 

"We've got about 20 years to turn (greenhouse gas emissions) around or it's going to cost the world a lot environmentally but also economically," said Terry Hughes, a leading Australian coral specialist.

 

The 1,250-mile-long Great Barrier Reef, off Australia's northeast coast, produces $4 billion a year in tourism revenues. Forecasts vary, but many experts say ocean temperature rises projected for the next 50 years could strip this natural wonder of most of its color. The changes will affect countless millions of fish and other marine organisms that depend on the reef.

 

Many reefs worldwide will fare worse, since they don't have the protection against pollution and overfishing provided by the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

 

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Ticks move north, carrying diseases with them

 

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) A bloodthirsty parasite is popping up in parts of Sweden where deep winter chills used to make survival difficult, if not impossible.

 

Ticks are spreading north along the Scandinavian country's shorelines, pestering pets and spreading infectious diseases to humans.

 

"It probably has to do with the greenhouse effect," said Thomas Jaenson, professor in medical entomology at Uppsala University. "The fact that we've seen ticks in January indicates that there has been a major change."

 

Swedish studies have shown that ticks have multiplied countrywide in recent decades, spreading north from traditional breeding grounds in the Stockholm archipelago. The pinhead-sized arachnids have even turned up near the Arctic Circle.

 

"There are more of them now. And they show up earlier in the year," said Marja Lodin, 69, who has a summer house near the northern city of Umea. Two years ago she was infected with Lyme disease, which causes fever, headache, fatigue and skin rash, from a tick lodged in her navel.

 

Sweden's disease control agency doesn't keep records on Lyme disease, but said the potentially deadly tick-borne encephalitis virus, known as TBE, is on the rise. Reported annual cases more than doubled from 60 in the late 1990s to 131 in the 2001-2005 period. In 2006, there were 155 cases, two of which turned fatal.

 

"It is possible that these people would be alive if we had had a more stable climate," Jaenson said.

 

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White giants face future of too much water, too little ice

 

TORONTO (AP) Inuit hunters in Canada's Arctic say they have seen polar bears moving farther north as the polar ice cap recedes, or farther south in search of new sources of food.

 

The northern people who have hunted these majestic marine mammals for thousands of years say they haven't seen a dramatic decline yet in their numbers. But scientists worry that the polar bear will be pushed steadily toward extinction by 2050, to be found only in zoos, as Arctic waters grow warmer.

 

The bears depend on sea ice for survival. They have their pups and they hunt seal and walrus on ice floes. But the summer ice cap is about 20 percent smaller today than in 1978, the U.N. climate panel reported in February. And as sea ice shrinks, bears are forced to hunt and to fast for longer periods.

 

Biologists believe 20,000 to 25,000 polar bears roam the frozen Arctic, about 60 percent in Canada. The research group Polar Bears International says one polar bear population, in Canada's western Hudson Bay, has dropped 22 percent since the 1980s, about the time Inuit hunters started noticing dramatic changes in wind and weather patterns.

 

The trends are so troubling that the U.S. government has proposed listing polar bears as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

 

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Changing climate, vanishing plankton threaten cod

 

LONDON (AP) Overfishing has cut deeply into the North Sea's cod population in recent decades, and scientists now say this important food fish faces a second challenge climate change.

 

North Sea water temperatures have climbed 1 degree Fahrenheit over the past 100 years, and that has shifted currents, carrying a major food source, plankton, away from the cod, said scientist Chris Reid of the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans in Plymouth, England.

 

"The only way that these increases can be explained is by greenhouse gas emissions," Reid said. In their larval stage, the cod feed on the minute plants and animals known as plankton. Chances of survival without them are slim. North Sea cod that do survive today are smaller and less successful at mating and reproducing, Reid explained. In addition, warmer temperatures increase cod metabolism and the larvae's need for nutrition, he and other marine scientists noted in a 2003 research paper.

 

Because the

European Union's 2003 cod recovery plan isn't working, scientists and fishing industry representatives met March 9-10 to discuss new ways to counter the threats and help the cod.

 

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The dimb's demise tells of African climate change

 

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) It's getting harder for villagers in the north of this dry West African country to find a favored ingredient for a traditional couscous dish the fruit of the dimb tree.

 

The once-prevalent tree with its meaty fruit has disappeared from all but one village in an area the size of Connecticut, as shifting rainfall patterns have made northern Senegal drier and hotter, research has found.

 

Many tree species like the dimb are retreating from the Sahel, the arid region south of the Sahara Desert, losing ground to more arid species. In the zone that climate change scientist Patrick Gonzalez studied, the dimb's range decreased 96 percent between 1945 and 1994 from 27 villages to one.

 

Gonzalez said he looked at many factors, including population shifts and tree cutting, but "precipitation and temperature explained most of the variance in the data."

 

The greenhouse effect has warmed the southern Atlantic Ocean, source of the African monsoon, causing more rain to fall over the sea and less over the Sahel, said the Nature Conservancy's Gonzalez, who did the research while with the

U.S. Geological Survey.

 

Fig and firewood species also are dying, forcing women gatherers to range farther and spend more time hunting firewood. "Once you don't have that, people start burning cow dung. And that's when environmentally the area is in great trouble," Gonzalez said.

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Climate draft charts extinctions

 

WASHINGTON - A key element of the second major report on climate change being released Friday in Belgium is a chart that maps out the effects of global warming with every degree of temperature rise, most of them bad.

 

 

There's one bright spot: A minimal heat rise means more food production in northern regions of the world.

 

However, the number of species going extinct rises with the heat, as does the number of people who may starve, or face water shortages, or floods, according to the projections in the draft report obtained by The Associated Press

 

Some scientists are calling this degree-by-degree projection a "highway to extinction."

 

It's likely to be the source of sharp closed-door debate, some scientists say, along with a multitude of other issues in the 20-chapter draft report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. While the wording in the draft is almost guaranteed to change at this week's meeting in Brussels, several scientists say the focus won't.

 

The final document will be the product of a

United Nations network of 2,000 scientists as authors and reviewers, along with representatives of more than 120 governments as last-minute editors. It will be the second of a four-volume authoritative assessment of Earth's climate released this year. The last such effort was in 2001.

 

University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver said the chart of results from various temperature levels is "a highway to extinction, but on this highway there are many turnoffs. This is showing you where the road is heading. The road is heading toward extinction."

 

Weaver is one of the lead authors of the first report, issued in February.

 

While humanity will survive, hundreds of millions, maybe billions of people may not, according to the chart if the worst scenarios happens.

 

The report says global warming has already degraded conditions for many species, coastal areas and poor people. With a more than 90 percent level of confidence, the scientists in the draft report say man-made global warming "over the last three decades has had a discernible influence on many physical and biological systems."

 

But as the world's average temperature warms from 1990 levels, the projections get more dire. Add 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit 1 degree Celsius is the calculation scientists use and between 400 million and 1.7 billion extra people can't get enough water, some infectious diseases and allergenic pollens rise, and some amphibians go extinct. But the world's food supply, especially in northern areas, could increase. That's the likely outcome around 2020, according to the draft.

 

Add another 1.8 degrees and as many as 2 billion people could be without water and about 20 percent to 30 percent of the world's species near extinction. Also, more people start dying because of malnutrition, disease, heat waves, floods and droughts all caused by global warming. That would happen around 2050, depending on the level of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels.

 

At the extreme end of the projections, a 7- to 9-degree average temperature increase, the chart predicts: "Up to one-fifth of the world population affected by increased flood events ... "1.1 to 3.2 billion people with increased water scarcity" ..."major extinctions around the globe."

 

Despite that dire outlook, several scientists involved in the process say they are optimistic that such a drastic temperature rise won't happen because people will reduce carbon dioxide emissions that cause global warming.

 

"The worst stuff is not going to happen because we can't be that stupid," said Harvard University oceanographer James McCarthy, who was a top author of the 2001 version of this report. "Not that I think the projections aren't that good, but because we can't be that stupid."

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AP diary adds clue to Earhart mystery

 

It's the coldest of cold cases, and yet it keeps warming to life. Seventy years after Amelia Earhart disappeared, clues are still turning up. Long-dismissed notes taken of a shortwave distress call beginning, "This is Amelia Earhart...," are getting another look.

 

 

The previously unknown diary of an Associated Press reporter reveals a new perspective.

 

A team that has already found aircraft parts and pieces of a woman's shoe on a remote South Pacific atoll hopes to return there this year to search for more evidence, maybe even DNA.

 

If what's known now had been conveyed to searchers then, might Earhart and her navigator have been found alive? It's one of a thousand questions that keep the case from being declared dead, as Earhart herself was a year and a half after she vanished.

 

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For nearly 18 hours, Earhart's twin-engine Lockheed Electra drummed steadily eastward over the Pacific, and as sunrise etched a molten strip of light along the horizon, navigator Fred J. Noonan marked the time and calculated the remaining distance to Howland Island.

 

The date was July 2, 1937, and the pair were near the end of a 2,550-mile trek from Lae, New Guinea, the longest and most perilous leg of a much-publicized "World Flight" begun 44 days earlier in Oakland, Calif.

 

At the journey's end there a few days hence, Earhart, already the most famous aviator of the decade, was to become the first female pilot to circumnavigate the globe.

 

Noonan, a former Pan American Airways navigator, estimated when the plane would reach an imaginary "line of position" running northwest-southeast through Howland, where they were to land, rest and refuel for the onward flight to Hawaii.

 

Earhart pushed the talk button on her radio mike and said, "200 miles out."

 

Her voice â۠described as a "whispery drawl," evoking her Kansas roots â۠was heard by the Coast Guard cutter Itasca, rocking gently in calm seas off Howland. The U.S. government had built an airstrip on the treeless, 500-acre coral spit, and at the request of Earhart's husband and manager, publisher George Putnam, dispatched the cutter from Hawaii to help her find her way.

 

During the night, Itasca's radio operators had become increasingly exasperated. Earhart's voice had come through in only a few, brief, static-marred transmissions â۠"sky overcast" was one â۠and hadn't acknowledged any of Itasca's messages or its steady stream of Morse code A's sent as a homing signal: dot-dash, dot-dash... They decided the glamorous 39-year-old "Lady Lindy" was either arrogant or incompetent.

 

What nobody knew â۠not Earhart, and not Itasca â۠was that her plane's radio-reception antenna had been ripped away during the takeoff from Lae's bumpy dirt runway. The Itasca could hear Earhart, but she was unable to hear anything, voice or code.

 

Also listening in the Itasca's radio room was James W. Carey, one of two reporters aboard. The 23-year-old University of Hawaii student had been hired by The Associated Press to cover Earhart's Howland stopover. His job was to send brief radiograms to the AP in Honolulu and San Francisco.

 

But during the eight days since arriving at Howland, Carey also had been keeping a diary.

 

In small notebooks, he jotted down comments about the island's "gooney birds," beachcombing and poker games in Itasca's wardroom. He also noted how Earhart's delayed departure from Lae was affecting crewmembers' morale, writing on June 30: "They are getting tired of waiting for a `gooney' dame who doesn't seem to be aware of the annoyance the delays have made."

 

Carey's diary was unknown to Earhart scholars until last September, when a typewritten copy turned up on eBay and was bought by a member of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, or TIGHAR. The non-profit organization believes Earhart and Noonan were not lost at sea, but landed on an uninhabited atoll called Gardner Island, and lived for an unknown period as castaways.

 

"Even though the diary doesn't answer the big question, it's an incredible discovery," said TIGHAR executive director Ric Gillespie, who has led eight expeditions to the island since 1989, and plans another this July if his group can raise enough money.

 

"We have long had the transcripts of the radio traffic, but this is the first document that puts a real person aboard Itasca and tells us something from a firsthand witness about what went on during those desperate hours and days."

 

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On July 1, word came from New Guinea that the Electra was finally airborne.

 

Early on Friday, July 2, Carey wrote in his diary: "Up all last night following radio reports â۠scanty ... heard voice for first time 2:48 a.m. â۠`sky overcast.' All I heard. At 6:15 am reported `200 miles out.'"

 

By the time Earhart, her voice stronger, reported she was "100 miles out," a welcoming committee had gone ashore and was "waiting restlessly," Carey wrote.

 

If Noonan's dead-reckoning did not bring the plane directly over Howland at the "line of position," Earhart would fly up and down the 337-157 degree line until she found the island.

 

"To the north, the first landfall is Siberia," says Gillespie, "so if they didn't find it soon, they'd have turned back south, knowing that even if they missed Howland, there were other islands beyond it â۠Baker, McKean and Gardner â۠on that same line."

 

But nothing was that simple. By now, Earhart would be burning into her five-hour fuel reserve, and even in daylight, islands could be obscured by billowy clouds and their shadows on the water.

 

At 7:42 a.m. local time, Earhart's voice suddenly came loud and clear: "KHAQQ to Itasca. We must be on you but cannot see you. But gas is running low. Been unable to reach you by radio. We are flying at 1,000 feet."

 

At 7:58 a.m., there was a nervous edge to Earhart's normal calm. A log entry had her saying, "we are drifting but cannot hear you." An operator changed this to "we are circling." Gillespie believes she actually said, "we are listening."

 

As birds wheeled over the Howland shoreline, human ears strained for the sound of engines, and binoculars scanned for any sign of the silver Electra. Itasca continued sending Morse code A's.

 

About 8:30 a.m., believing Earhart must be out of gas, Itasca's captain, Cmdr. Warner K. Thompson, ordered the welcoming committee back to the ship. "Flash news from ship Itasca: `Amelia down,'" Carey wrote in his diary.

 

Suddenly, at 8:55 a.m., Earhart was back on: "We are on the line 157 337... we are running on line north and south." The radiomen agreed she sounded distraught; one thought she was near hysteria.

 

Then the radio went silent.

 

Having won a coin-toss with his United Press rival, Howard Hanzlick, to decide whose news bulletin would go first, Carey had prepared two versions: "Earhart landed __ Howland time," and "Flash Earhart crackup landing __ Howland time."

 

He had not anticipated a third alternative, that she might not land at all.

 

Now, with all frequencies reserved for possible distress calls, neither reporter could send anything. While AP broke the "Earhart missing" story from Honolulu, quoting Coast Guard officials there, it would be 18 hours before Carey's first report reached San Francisco.

 

In the meantime, he kept busy with the diary: "Itasca set off `full speed ahead' to search the northwest quadrant off Howland," the most likely area for the plane to be afloat on empty gas tanks.

 

Nothing was sighted, and by evening the ship's mood, Carey wrote, had "taken a turn to the more serious side."

 

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Seventy years later, the mystery lingers. Millions have been spent on expeditions and deep-sea probes, and although legally declared dead by a California court in early 1939, Earhart has been the subject of more than 50 nonfiction books.

 

"In 1937 she was a celebrity â۠today she's an icon," says Gillespie, of Wilmington, Del., whose own book, "Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance," was published last year.

 

Theories have ranged from the official version â۠that the Electra ran out of gas and crashed at sea â۠to the absurd, including abduction by aliens, or Earhart living in New Jersey under an alias.

 

A 1943 Hollywood movie, "Flight for Freedom," echoed groundless claims that the pair were on a secret government spying mission against the Japanese and were captured and executed. A 1999 book asserted, without proof, that "the solution to the Earhart mystery lies on the ocean floor under 17,000 feet of water."

 

Gillespie's book, along with "Amelia Earhart's Shoes," a 2001 book written by four other TIGHAR volunteers, offers a bold, reasoned thesis that Earhart and Noonan crash-landed on a flat reef on Gardner, in the Phoenix Islands, 350 miles south of Howland, and survived, perhaps for months, on scant food and rainwater.

 

Searches of the remote atoll, now called Nikumaroro, have produced a tantalizing, if inconclusive, body of evidence.

 

In 1940, Gerard Gallagher, a British overseer on Gardner, recovered a partial human skeleton, a woman's shoe and an empty sextant box at what appeared to be a former campsite, littered with turtle, clamshell and bird remains.

 

Earhart being his first thought, Gallagher sent the items to Fiji, where a British doctor, examining the human bones secretly to avoid "unfounded rumors," decided they belonged to a stocky European or mixed-blood male, ruling out any Earhart-Noonan connection.

 

The bones later vanished, but in 1998, TIGHAR investigators located the doctor's notes in London.

 

Dr. Karen Ramey Burns, a forensic osteologist at the University of Georgia, found the Fiji doctor's bone measurements were more "consistent with" a female of northern European descent, about Earhart's age and height. Burns' report was independently seconded by Dr. Richard Jantz, a University of Tennessee forensic anthropologist.

 

On their own visits to Gardner, TIGHAR teams recovered an aluminum panel that could be from an Electra, another piece of woman's shoe and "Cat's Paw" heel dating from the 1930s; another shoe heel, possibly a man's, and an oddly cut piece of clear Plexiglas.

 

The sextant box might have been Noonan's. The woman's shoe and heel resemble a blucher-style oxford seen in a pre-takeoff photo of Earhart. The plastic shard is the exact thickness and curvature of an Electra's side window.

 

The evidence is promising but, as Gillespie is careful to note, remains circumstantial. "We don't have serial numbers," he says.

 

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As the news that the aviators were missing flashed around the world, confusion, official bungling and missed opportunities had only begun.

 

Itasca searched along the "line of position" northwest of Howland, wrongly assuming the plane's empty fuel tanks would keep it afloat.

 

The Navy ordered six warships into the hunt, including the battleship USS Colorado from Pearl Harbor and the aircraft carrier USS Lexington from San Diego, 4,000 miles away.

 

On July 3, a day after Earhart vanished, her technical adviser, Paul Mantz, suggested to reporters that she had crash-landed in the Phoenix Islands. Even if the plane's undercarriage was damaged, Mantz said, "the fliers could have walked away ... uninjured."

 

Meanwhile, several shortwave radio listeners as far away as the U.S. mainland were picking up the faint voices of a woman and a man, sending apparent distress calls. And both the Itasca and a New Zealand cruiser, HMS Achilles, reported what seemed to be Morse code "dashes."

 

When Pan Am's Pacific stations triangulated the signals to the Phoenix Islands, the Achilles, less than 48 hours away at its top speed of 32 knots, was ignored. Instead, the Colorado was sent south, but by the time it reached the area a week later, the radio calls had ceased.

 

After a float-plane search of eight atolls, senior pilot Lt. John O. Lambrecht reported that "signs of recent habitation were clearly visible" at Gardner Island, but "repeated circling and zooming failed to elicit any answering wave from possible inhabitants, and it was finally taken for granted that none were there."

 

Had Lambrecht known that the island had been uninhabited for more than 40 years, he might have looked more closely. In an interview years later, he described the signs only as "markers," without elaboration. Inexplicably, the final report by Colorado's captain said no sign of habitation had been found.

 

Among reports of voice messages, two from teenagers using shortwave antennas rigged by their fathers were most disturbingly credible.

 

In Rock Springs, Wyo., Dana Randolph, 16, heard a voice say, "This is Amelia Earhart. Ship is on a reef south of the equator." Radio experts, aware that "harmonic" frequencies in mid-ocean often could be heard far inland, viewed the report as genuine.

 

Turning the shortwave dial in St. Petersburg, Fla., 15-year-old Betty Klenck was startled to hear a woman say, "This is Amelia Earhart Putnam," followed by pleas for help and agitated conversation with a man who, the girl thought, sounded irrational.

 

Having heard Earhart's voice in movie newsreels, she had no doubt that it was her.

 

"In my mind, a picture of her and what she was saying lasted for years. I remembered it every night of my life," Betty Klenck Brown, now 84 and widowed, said in a recent telephone interview from her home in California.

 

The man, she recalls, "seemed coherent at times, then would go out of his head. He said his head hurt ... She was trying mainly to keep him from getting out of the plane, telling him to come back to his seat, because she couldn't leave the radio.

 

"She was trying to get somebody to hear her, and as the hours went by she became more frantic."

 

Betty listened for nearly two hours, taking notes in a school composition notebook as the signals faded in and out. They ended when the fliers "were leaving the plane, because the water was knee-deep on her side," she said.

 

She believes she may be the last living person to have heard Earhart's distress calls.

 

Her father, Kenneth, who also heard the voices, contacted the Coast Guard at St. Petersburg, but was brushed off with assurances that the service was fully engaged in searching for the fliers, she said. "He got mad and chucked the whole thing because of the way he was treated."

 

Both teenagers' accounts would support TIGHAR's premise that Earhart crash-landed on Gardner's flat reef at low tide, was able to run its right engine to power the radio, and escaped the aircraft before tides eventually carried it off the reef into deep water.

 

On July 18, 16 days after Earhart and Noonan disappeared, the Navy and Coast Guard ended what the AP called "the greatest search ever undertaken in behalf of a lost flier." To justify the official finding that the Electra was lost at sea, the government dismissed the radio distress calls as hoaxes or misunderstandings.

 

Betty Klenck Brown's response today: "I know I am right."

 

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Last September, Arthur Rypinski, a TIGHAR volunteer who regularly scans the Internet for Earhart-related material, found a woman in West Virginia offering an "Amelia Earhart Original Flight Plan" for sale on eBay.

 

"I was deeply intrigued," says Rypinski, of Rockville, Md., and he bought the document for $26.

 

The "flight plan" proved instead to be a copy of Carey's diary, along with news clippings and other items. Stamps showed it was once owned by the U.S. Army Military History Institute in Carlisle, Pa. The seller, Dolores Brown, told Rypinski she probably had found it at a Goodwill store.

 

According to Carey's son, Tim Carey of Woodbridge, Va., his father served as a naval officer in the Pacific in World War II and had a career in public relations before his death in 1988.

 

His role as an AP reporter on the Earhart story became part of family history, his son says. And he adds: "The diary was completely in character for him. He was a real note-keeper."

 

Now raising funds for a ninth TIGHAR expedition to Nikumaroro in July, Gillespie says the Carey diary serves as a reminder to always "expect the unexpected" in the Earhart case.

 

"Pacific islanders don't wear shoes, so we know there was one foreign castaway, and maybe two, a man and a woman, on Gardner ... We hope this summer to recover human remains for DNA testing and find aircraft pieces that could be conclusively identified as from Amelia's plane.

 

"This is the expedition that could at last solve the mystery. I think we are right on the edge of knowing for a certainty what happened."

 

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On the Net:

 

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AP diary adds clue to Earhart mystery

 

It's the coldest of cold cases, and yet it keeps warming to life. Seventy years after Amelia Earhart disappeared, clues are still turning up. Long-dismissed notes taken of a shortwave distress call beginning, "This is Amelia Earhart...," are getting another look.

 

 

The previously unknown diary of an Associated Press reporter reveals a new perspective.

 

A team that has already found aircraft parts and pieces of a woman's shoe on a remote South Pacific atoll hopes to return there this year to search for more evidence, maybe even DNA.

 

If what's known now had been conveyed to searchers then, might Earhart and her navigator have been found alive? It's one of a thousand questions that keep the case from being declared dead, as Earhart herself was a year and a half after she vanished.

 

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For nearly 18 hours, Earhart's twin-engine Lockheed Electra drummed steadily eastward over the Pacific, and as sunrise etched a molten strip of light along the horizon, navigator Fred J. Noonan marked the time and calculated the remaining distance to Howland Island.

 

The date was July 2, 1937, and the pair were near the end of a 2,550-mile trek from Lae, New Guinea, the longest and most perilous leg of a much-publicized "World Flight" begun 44 days earlier in Oakland, Calif.

 

At the journey's end there a few days hence, Earhart, already the most famous aviator of the decade, was to become the first female pilot to circumnavigate the globe.

 

Noonan, a former Pan American Airways navigator, estimated when the plane would reach an imaginary "line of position" running northwest-southeast through Howland, where they were to land, rest and refuel for the onward flight to Hawaii.

 

Earhart pushed the talk button on her radio mike and said, "200 miles out."

 

Her voice â۠described as a "whispery drawl," evoking her Kansas roots â۠was heard by the Coast Guard cutter Itasca, rocking gently in calm seas off Howland. The U.S. government had built an airstrip on the treeless, 500-acre coral spit, and at the request of Earhart's husband and manager, publisher George Putnam, dispatched the cutter from Hawaii to help her find her way.

 

During the night, Itasca's radio operators had become increasingly exasperated. Earhart's voice had come through in only a few, brief, static-marred transmissions â۠"sky overcast" was one â۠and hadn't acknowledged any of Itasca's messages or its steady stream of Morse code A's sent as a homing signal: dot-dash, dot-dash... They decided the glamorous 39-year-old "Lady Lindy" was either arrogant or incompetent.

 

What nobody knew â۠not Earhart, and not Itasca â۠was that her plane's radio-reception antenna had been ripped away during the takeoff from Lae's bumpy dirt runway. The Itasca could hear Earhart, but she was unable to hear anything, voice or code.

 

Also listening in the Itasca's radio room was James W. Carey, one of two reporters aboard. The 23-year-old University of Hawaii student had been hired by The Associated Press to cover Earhart's Howland stopover. His job was to send brief radiograms to the AP in Honolulu and San Francisco.

 

But during the eight days since arriving at Howland, Carey also had been keeping a diary.

 

In small notebooks, he jotted down comments about the island's "gooney birds," beachcombing and poker games in Itasca's wardroom. He also noted how Earhart's delayed departure from Lae was affecting crewmembers' morale, writing on June 30: "They are getting tired of waiting for a `gooney' dame who doesn't seem to be aware of the annoyance the delays have made."

 

Carey's diary was unknown to Earhart scholars until last September, when a typewritten copy turned up on eBay and was bought by a member of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, or TIGHAR. The non-profit organization believes Earhart and Noonan were not lost at sea, but landed on an uninhabited atoll called Gardner Island, and lived for an unknown period as castaways.

 

"Even though the diary doesn't answer the big question, it's an incredible discovery," said TIGHAR executive director Ric Gillespie, who has led eight expeditions to the island since 1989, and plans another this July if his group can raise enough money.

 

"We have long had the transcripts of the radio traffic, but this is the first document that puts a real person aboard Itasca and tells us something from a firsthand witness about what went on during those desperate hours and days."

 

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On July 1, word came from New Guinea that the Electra was finally airborne.

 

Early on Friday, July 2, Carey wrote in his diary: "Up all last night following radio reports â۠scanty ... heard voice for first time 2:48 a.m. â۠`sky overcast.' All I heard. At 6:15 am reported `200 miles out.'"

 

By the time Earhart, her voice stronger, reported she was "100 miles out," a welcoming committee had gone ashore and was "waiting restlessly," Carey wrote.

 

If Noonan's dead-reckoning did not bring the plane directly over Howland at the "line of position," Earhart would fly up and down the 337-157 degree line until she found the island.

 

"To the north, the first landfall is Siberia," says Gillespie, "so if they didn't find it soon, they'd have turned back south, knowing that even if they missed Howland, there were other islands beyond it â۠Baker, McKean and Gardner â۠on that same line."

 

But nothing was that simple. By now, Earhart would be burning into her five-hour fuel reserve, and even in daylight, islands could be obscured by billowy clouds and their shadows on the water.

 

At 7:42 a.m. local time, Earhart's voice suddenly came loud and clear: "KHAQQ to Itasca. We must be on you but cannot see you. But gas is running low. Been unable to reach you by radio. We are flying at 1,000 feet."

 

At 7:58 a.m., there was a nervous edge to Earhart's normal calm. A log entry had her saying, "we are drifting but cannot hear you." An operator changed this to "we are circling." Gillespie believes she actually said, "we are listening."

 

As birds wheeled over the Howland shoreline, human ears strained for the sound of engines, and binoculars scanned for any sign of the silver Electra. Itasca continued sending Morse code A's.

 

About 8:30 a.m., believing Earhart must be out of gas, Itasca's captain, Cmdr. Warner K. Thompson, ordered the welcoming committee back to the ship. "Flash news from ship Itasca: `Amelia down,'" Carey wrote in his diary.

 

Suddenly, at 8:55 a.m., Earhart was back on: "We are on the line 157 337... we are running on line north and south." The radiomen agreed she sounded distraught; one thought she was near hysteria.

 

Then the radio went silent.

 

Having won a coin-toss with his United Press rival, Howard Hanzlick, to decide whose news bulletin would go first, Carey had prepared two versions: "Earhart landed __ Howland time," and "Flash Earhart crackup landing __ Howland time."

 

He had not anticipated a third alternative, that she might not land at all.

 

Now, with all frequencies reserved for possible distress calls, neither reporter could send anything. While AP broke the "Earhart missing" story from Honolulu, quoting Coast Guard officials there, it would be 18 hours before Carey's first report reached San Francisco.

 

In the meantime, he kept busy with the diary: "Itasca set off `full speed ahead' to search the northwest quadrant off Howland," the most likely area for the plane to be afloat on empty gas tanks.

 

Nothing was sighted, and by evening the ship's mood, Carey wrote, had "taken a turn to the more serious side."

 

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Seventy years later, the mystery lingers. Millions have been spent on expeditions and deep-sea probes, and although legally declared dead by a California court in early 1939, Earhart has been the subject of more than 50 nonfiction books.

 

"In 1937 she was a celebrity â۠today she's an icon," says Gillespie, of Wilmington, Del., whose own book, "Finding Amelia: The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance," was published last year.

 

Theories have ranged from the official version â۠that the Electra ran out of gas and crashed at sea â۠to the absurd, including abduction by aliens, or Earhart living in New Jersey under an alias.

 

A 1943 Hollywood movie, "Flight for Freedom," echoed groundless claims that the pair were on a secret government spying mission against the Japanese and were captured and executed. A 1999 book asserted, without proof, that "the solution to the Earhart mystery lies on the ocean floor under 17,000 feet of water."

 

Gillespie's book, along with "Amelia Earhart's Shoes," a 2001 book written by four other TIGHAR volunteers, offers a bold, reasoned thesis that Earhart and Noonan crash-landed on a flat reef on Gardner, in the Phoenix Islands, 350 miles south of Howland, and survived, perhaps for months, on scant food and rainwater.

 

Searches of the remote atoll, now called Nikumaroro, have produced a tantalizing, if inconclusive, body of evidence.

 

In 1940, Gerard Gallagher, a British overseer on Gardner, recovered a partial human skeleton, a woman's shoe and an empty sextant box at what appeared to be a former campsite, littered with turtle, clamshell and bird remains.

 

Earhart being his first thought, Gallagher sent the items to Fiji, where a British doctor, examining the human bones secretly to avoid "unfounded rumors," decided they belonged to a stocky European or mixed-blood male, ruling out any Earhart-Noonan connection.

 

The bones later vanished, but in 1998, TIGHAR investigators located the doctor's notes in London.

 

Dr. Karen Ramey Burns, a forensic osteologist at the University of Georgia, found the Fiji doctor's bone measurements were more "consistent with" a female of northern European descent, about Earhart's age and height. Burns' report was independently seconded by Dr. Richard Jantz, a University of Tennessee forensic anthropologist.

 

On their own visits to Gardner, TIGHAR teams recovered an aluminum panel that could be from an Electra, another piece of woman's shoe and "Cat's Paw" heel dating from the 1930s; another shoe heel, possibly a man's, and an oddly cut piece of clear Plexiglas.

 

The sextant box might have been Noonan's. The woman's shoe and heel resemble a blucher-style oxford seen in a pre-takeoff photo of Earhart. The plastic shard is the exact thickness and curvature of an Electra's side window.

 

The evidence is promising but, as Gillespie is careful to note, remains circumstantial. "We don't have serial numbers," he says.

 

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As the news that the aviators were missing flashed around the world, confusion, official bungling and missed opportunities had only begun.

 

Itasca searched along the "line of position" northwest of Howland, wrongly assuming the plane's empty fuel tanks would keep it afloat.

 

The Navy ordered six warships into the hunt, including the battleship USS Colorado from Pearl Harbor and the aircraft carrier USS Lexington from San Diego, 4,000 miles away.

 

On July 3, a day after Earhart vanished, her technical adviser, Paul Mantz, suggested to reporters that she had crash-landed in the Phoenix Islands. Even if the plane's undercarriage was damaged, Mantz said, "the fliers could have walked away ... uninjured."

 

Meanwhile, several shortwave radio listeners as far away as the U.S. mainland were picking up the faint voices of a woman and a man, sending apparent distress calls. And both the Itasca and a New Zealand cruiser, HMS Achilles, reported what seemed to be Morse code "dashes."

 

When Pan Am's Pacific stations triangulated the signals to the Phoenix Islands, the Achilles, less than 48 hours away at its top speed of 32 knots, was ignored. Instead, the Colorado was sent south, but by the time it reached the area a week later, the radio calls had ceased.

 

After a float-plane search of eight atolls, senior pilot Lt. John O. Lambrecht reported that "signs of recent habitation were clearly visible" at Gardner Island, but "repeated circling and zooming failed to elicit any answering wave from possible inhabitants, and it was finally taken for granted that none were there."

 

Had Lambrecht known that the island had been uninhabited for more than 40 years, he might have looked more closely. In an interview years later, he described the signs only as "markers," without elaboration. Inexplicably, the final report by Colorado's captain said no sign of habitation had been found.

 

Among reports of voice messages, two from teenagers using shortwave antennas rigged by their fathers were most disturbingly credible.

 

In Rock Springs, Wyo., Dana Randolph, 16, heard a voice say, "This is Amelia Earhart. Ship is on a reef south of the equator." Radio experts, aware that "harmonic" frequencies in mid-ocean often could be heard far inland, viewed the report as genuine.

 

Turning the shortwave dial in St. Petersburg, Fla., 15-year-old Betty Klenck was startled to hear a woman say, "This is Amelia Earhart Putnam," followed by pleas for help and agitated conversation with a man who, the girl thought, sounded irrational.

 

Having heard Earhart's voice in movie newsreels, she had no doubt that it was her.

 

"In my mind, a picture of her and what she was saying lasted for years. I remembered it every night of my life," Betty Klenck Brown, now 84 and widowed, said in a recent telephone interview from her home in California.

 

The man, she recalls, "seemed coherent at times, then would go out of his head. He said his head hurt ... She was trying mainly to keep him from getting out of the plane, telling him to come back to his seat, because she couldn't leave the radio.

 

"She was trying to get somebody to hear her, and as the hours went by she became more frantic."

 

Betty listened for nearly two hours, taking notes in a school composition notebook as the signals faded in and out. They ended when the fliers "were leaving the plane, because the water was knee-deep on her side," she said.

 

She believes she may be the last living person to have heard Earhart's distress calls.

 

Her father, Kenneth, who also heard the voices, contacted the Coast Guard at St. Petersburg, but was brushed off with assurances that the service was fully engaged in searching for the fliers, she said. "He got mad and chucked the whole thing because of the way he was treated."

 

Both teenagers' accounts would support TIGHAR's premise that Earhart crash-landed on Gardner's flat reef at low tide, was able to run its right engine to power the radio, and escaped the aircraft before tides eventually carried it off the reef into deep water.

 

On July 18, 16 days after Earhart and Noonan disappeared, the Navy and Coast Guard ended what the AP called "the greatest search ever undertaken in behalf of a lost flier." To justify the official finding that the Electra was lost at sea, the government dismissed the radio distress calls as hoaxes or misunderstandings.

 

Betty Klenck Brown's response today: "I know I am right."

 

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Last September, Arthur Rypinski, a TIGHAR volunteer who regularly scans the Internet for Earhart-related material, found a woman in West Virginia offering an "Amelia Earhart Original Flight Plan" for sale on eBay.

 

"I was deeply intrigued," says Rypinski, of Rockville, Md., and he bought the document for $26.

 

The "flight plan" proved instead to be a copy of Carey's diary, along with news clippings and other items. Stamps showed it was once owned by the U.S. Army Military History Institute in Carlisle, Pa. The seller, Dolores Brown, told Rypinski she probably had found it at a Goodwill store.

 

According to Carey's son, Tim Carey of Woodbridge, Va., his father served as a naval officer in the Pacific in World War II and had a career in public relations before his death in 1988.

 

His role as an AP reporter on the Earhart story became part of family history, his son says. And he adds: "The diary was completely in character for him. He was a real note-keeper."

 

Now raising funds for a ninth TIGHAR expedition to Nikumaroro in July, Gillespie says the Carey diary serves as a reminder to always "expect the unexpected" in the Earhart case.

 

"Pacific islanders don't wear shoes, so we know there was one foreign castaway, and maybe two, a man and a woman, on Gardner ... We hope this summer to recover human remains for DNA testing and find aircraft pieces that could be conclusively identified as from Amelia's plane.

 

"This is the expedition that could at last solve the mystery. I think we are right on the edge of knowing for a certainty what happened."

 

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Maine man killed after 16-hour standoff

 

AUBURN, Maine - A 16-hour standoff between police and a man who shot and killed his mother in the driveway of the house he holed up in ended early Saturday in the man's death, police officials said.

 

James "Mike" Peters, 42, is believed to have been shot and killed by a member of the police tactical squad that stormed the house, said Stephan McCausland, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

 

Police said on Friday that James shot and killed his 70-year-old mother, Margaret Peters, whose body remained in the driveway throughout the standoff.

 

Police said it would have been unsafe to have tried to remove the woman's body during the standoff, which lasted from about 10:30 a.m. Friday until about 3 a.m. Saturday.

 

Peters did not respond to repeated attempts by police to speak to him, McCausland said.

 

A member of the state police tactical team was injured by flying glass when the gunman fired through the window of a vehicle, McCausland said.

 

Ten members of a New Hampshire tactical squad were brought in to help with the standoff, McCausland said.

 

The state attorney general's office was investigating the shooting, as it is required to do whenever police officers use deadly force.

 

The investigation will determine conclusively whether Peters was killed by state police or took his own life, McCausland said.

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Earth's Inner Temperature Taken: It's Hot!

 

Scientists have taken the temperature of Earth's innards, more than a thousand miles beneath the surface, and found that the mercury there soars to about 6,650 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

That's nearly as steamy as our sun, where the surface reaches 9,980 degrees.

 

The findings, detailed in the March 30 issue of the journal Science, will help geologists as they seek to understand how heat is transferred through the planet's interior, which drives all geologic processes like earthquakes and volcanoes, and Earth's magnetic field.

 

Vital signs

 

Robert van der Hilst of MIT and his colleagues examined an area beneath Central America by monitoring earthquake-generated seismic waves in real time.

 

The waves penetrate thousands of miles beneath Earth's surface, effectively taking the temperature of the boundary between Earth's core and the surrounding mantle, if you know how to read the data.

 

Here is how: The speed of the seismic waves indicates the chemical and physical properties of the material they encounter. By combining this seismic data with mineral physics, the team calculated the temperature at this boundary as well as above and below it.

 

Specifically, a mineral called perovskite transforms into so-called post-perovskite at certain temperatures and pressures. The location of the core-mantle boundary, a place where abrupt temperature and pressure changes occur, can be identified by locating the exact spot of this mineral transition. The scientists' calculations put this temperature at about 6,650 degrees. Scientists estimate Earth's inner core to be about 9,000 degrees.

 

"What is really the important thing is the amount of heat that can flow from the core into the mantle, and the amount of heat is related to the contrast in temperature," van der Hilst said.

 

Compared to us

 

All planets are born hot, theory holds, and they cool for billions of years.

 

Combined with a past study that estimated heat loss in an area beneath the Pacific Ocean, the research team suggests Earth's total heat loss at the core-mantle boundary is about 7.5 to 15 terawatts a year, much higher than previous estimates. Global energy use by humans is about 13 terawatts a year.

 

From their measurements, the scientists estimate that about one-third of the heat that radiates from Earth's surface into the atmosphere--estimated to be 42 terawatts a year--comes from our planet's core.

 

Magnetic mysteries

 

The new temperature measurements will also help geoscientists refine their understanding our planet's magnetic field, which protects us from cosmic rays and solar storms. The field fluctuates over time, for reasons not fully understood, and now and then it even shrinks to zero before flipping polarity entirely.

 

"We know the Earth's magnetic field is generated and maintained in the liquid outer core of the Earth where you basically have rapid flow of metallic iron," van der Hilst said. Since iron is charged, the swirling iron mix sets up an electric field that gives rise to Earth's magnetic field.

 

The turbulent flow is the result of convection, and a higher rate of heat loss indicates more convection and a faster flow. With computer simulations, scientists have estimated the amount of energy needed to maintain the magnetic field. But this study is arguably the first to nail down concrete estimates, not computer-modeled ones, of these temperatures, van der Hilst said.

 

"The heat flow that we measure is larger than what is needed to drive the geo-dynamo, so there is actually more energy down there than people thought," van der Hilst told LiveScience.

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Scientists: Lake ice measures global warming

 

LAKE GENEVA-Scientists in Wisconsin and New York State say their research shows Geneva Lake is frozen about a month less each winter than years ago.

 

The air is getting warmer sooner and staying warmer longer, said Ted Peters, director of the Geneva Lake Environmental Agency.

 

"It's a way of telling us if we have global warming," Peters said.

 

Ken Schmaling of Walworth said he hasn't noticed anything unusual about the ice on Geneva Lake.

 

An occasional ice fisherman, Schmaling, a clerk at the Clear Water Sports shop in Lake Geneva, said he takes his bucket and line out when the ice is firm. The ice seems to come in time for him to get some fishing done, Schmaling said.

 

But the scientists say that like the caged canaries once carried into mines because they were sensitive to poisonous gases, Geneva Lake seems to be very sensitive to changes in global climate.

 

John J. Magnuson, professor of zoology and limnology at UW-Madison, said Geneva Lake is near the southern boundary of where lakes freeze in winter.

 

"Owing to its greater depth and its location at the southern boundary of where lakes are ice-covered, its ice cover is more sensitive than many other lakes," Magnuson wrote in an e-mail to The Janesville Gazette. Because of Geneva Lake's depth (144 feet at its deepest), it has to lose more heat to freeze than a more shallow lake.

 

That makes Geneva Lake's ice cover more sensitive to climate change, Magnuson said.

 

According to freeze and thaw data collected by the Wisconsin State Climatology Office, and recently published by The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Lake Geneva's average days of ice cover dropped from 104 days in 1880 to 70 days in 2006, a loss of 33 percent.

 

Kenton M. Stewart, professor of limnology at the University of Buffalo, N.Y., also has been keeping an eye on freeze and thaw dates, including those of Geneva Lake.

 

Stewart, a graduate of UW-Madison, said changes in the freeze and thaw cycles of lakes are not noticed over two or three years. It takes decades of watching and recording freeze and thaw dates before conclusions can be reached, he said.

 

According to a 2000 paper on lake and river freezes and thaws around the world, co-authored by Stewart, Magnuson and others, by 1995 freeze dates were starting about six days later and thaw dates were occurring a little over six days earlier compared to 1895.

 

Shorter periods of ice will eventually change the ecology of the lake, but how that would happen is hard to predict, Stewart said.

 

Good ice cover stops wave action and allows sediments to settle, Peters said.

 

A snow cover over the ice also cuts off light and kills plants. Without the plant die-off, lake weeds seem to take bloom earlier in the spring.

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Campaigns save energy with hybrid cars

 

WASHINGTON - This year's presidential candidates are trying to get good mileage out of getting good mileage. The candidates, who do a lot of talking about the need for greater energy efficiency, are not just asking who walks the walk but also, who drives the hybrid?

 

 

Democratic candidate John Edwards makes a point of telling people that after years of driving a regular sport utility vehicle, he and his wife bought a hybrid model to shuttle their kids, strollers, toys, luggage and other stuff between Washington, D.C., and North Carolina.

 

This month, Edwards announced his campaign would be "carbon-neutral," meaning it will do what it can to limit energy consumption and then buy "carbon offsets" to counterbalance the emissions produced by the energy it does use.

 

Edwards is not the only White House hopeful trying to make his own energy use part of the political equation this year.

 

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., says he usually drives a flex-fuel vehicle, which can run on gasoline or a cleaner-burning blend of ethanol and gasoline. But he acknowledges that sometimes it is not practical to fill up with the ethanol blend, known as E85.

 

"My campaign leases a flex-fuel vehicle," he said in January, "but I'll be honest with you, a lot of times you're ... 30 miles from the closest E85 pump. It's going to cost you more to drive there and fill up than just filling up with regular gasoline."

 

Republican Mitt Romney, the son of a former Detroit auto executive, announced his candidacy while standing in front of a hybrid Ford Escape, which averages 36 miles per gallon in the city, and an old Rambler from American Motors Corp.

 

Romney said his father, George, who once headed AMC, championed the small, practical Rambler as "the first American car designed and marketed for economy and mileage. He dubbed it a compact car that would slay the gas-guzzling dinosaurs. It transformed the industry."

 

There still is plenty of transforming yet to be done, though â۠both nationally and by the politicians themselves.

 

Republican Rudolph Giuliani gave an energy policy speech in New York last summer that included a pitch for greater use of hybrid cars. Idling outside for him was a Cadillac Escalade. He did, however, opt to walk to his next destination rather than ride in the SUV, which averages 13 mpg according to the government's fuel economy guide. His campaign refused to say what he is driving these days.

 

Arizona Sen. John McCain, a Republican candidate for president, drives a Cadillac CTS, which gets city mileage in the 15-17 mpg range, the guide says.

 

Romney drives a 2005 Ford Mustang and his wife a Cadillac SRX SUV. The Mustang gets 17-19 mpg in city driving; an SRX about 16.

 

Romney campaign spokesman Kevin Madden said the campaign usually rents vehicles when on the road, adding that a flex-fuel vehicle was used on a recent swing through Iowa, where alternative fuels are popular.

 

Democratic candidate Bill Richardson, the New Mexico governor and former U.S. energy secretary, made a big show in 2005 of giving up his gas guzzling SUV Lincoln Navigator for a hybrid Escape, proclaiming, "I believe I should lead by example."

 

A few months later, the 6-foot-2 governor ditched the hybrid for a flex-fuel Chevy Tahoe LTZ after deciding the Escape was too small for him and his entourage, including a security detail.

 

"I can't fit in it," Richardson joked. "It goes about 20 mph." The Tahoe averages 11 mpg in the city when using the E85 blend, and 15 when running on gasoline.

 

Aides said that whenever possible, Richardson uses the cleaner-burning ethanol blend, which is known for getting fewer miles to the gallon but generating lower exhaust emissions.

 

Currently less than half of 1 percent of all gasoline stations offer E85.

 

Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton, as former first lady, rides in vehicles owned and operated by the Secret Service. At the Clintons' request, the fleet includes a Ford hybrid, according to campaign spokesman Phil Singer.

 

Edwards, happy to promote his energy-efficient Escape, also still owns a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica midsize SUV and a 1994 GMC truck, according to state vehicle registration records.

 

Campaign spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield said the Edwardses, who have two small children, use the Pacifica when they need more than two seat belts in the back, and the truck when they need to move furniture or haul something.

 

Regardless of the candidates' personal vehicles, the whole adventure of running for president traditionally has been one colossal exercise in energy consumption, as candidates jet from state to state and then convoy from event to event in gas-hungry SUVS and vans.

 

The NRDC Action Fund, an affiliate of the Natural Resources Defense Council, estimates the leading candidates in the 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns flew a million miles each.

 

The fund sent letters to 20 declared or potential candidates in February urging them to make this the first "carbon-neutral presidential campaign," by using hybrid or flex-vehicles, compact fluorescent light bulbs, recycling paper and materials and offsetting carbon dioxide emissions by purchasing credits, which are sold by those who have reduced their emissions of carbon dioxide.

 

NRDC spokeswoman Julia Bovey welcomed Edwards' announcement, saying, "Anyone running for president who claims they're going to be able to lead this country out of the energy and climate crisis needs to show they can do it in their campaign."

 

David Friedman, research director for the vehicles program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, declined to comment on the specific steps taken by the candidates. But he said driving a hybrid vehicle can cut global warming pollution by about one-third compared with driving a nonhybrid of a similar model.

 

He said driving a flex-fuel vehicle, operating on ethanol made from corn, can reduce pollution by 10 percent to 30 percent. Also, carbon offsets, if properly verified and certified, can help support the use of renewable energy technologies that reduce pollution.

 

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Guide to vehicle fuel efficiency: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/FEG2000.htm

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Free Ad Serving from Google - Will it Win?

 

As I already suggested previously, John Battelle has also now posted saying Google's upcoming foray into third-party ad serving will be with a free product.

 

John suggests that the reason Google would take on that cost for free, is to get access to the margins and data of everyone. While I can't say that's not true, I think he leaves out perhaps the more important part of why I think they're making it free.

 

Like any ad network, Google Adsense can only make money when it has inventory in which it can sell ads. Every ad network and direct advertiser is competing with each other over the available publisher inventory out there on the web. Because Adsense is primarily CPC, there is no limit to the amount of inventory that Adsense wants to consume. At no point do they ever run out of ad dollars, because its all charged per click.

 

For these reasons, the goal of most ad networks is to hold as much inventory as they can captive for their advertisers. They want this inventory all for themselves to monetize, and would like to keep their networks closed from competition.

 

The closed access to publisher inventory is becoming increasingly more competitive, especially as ad exchanges come to life that actually make ad networks compete on a level playing field for access to publisher inventory. Publishers are starting to learn that its NOT in their best interest to allow ad networks to control large chunks of inventory. They earn more revenue when ad networks must prove their worth and compete for their inventory.

 

Guess what, Google doesnt want to compete. So, how can they increasingly get more access to publisher inventory? Why not give them a free ad server, make Adsense built into it, and have Adsense be the default for all unsold ad impressions. As Google moves more into display advertising and premium ad sales, they'll probably tie that in as well and want the right to sell ads into the inventory of publishers using their free ad server.

 

The bottom line, is will this work for Google?

 

There are definitely people out there that like the price of free. However, there are free ad serving options that exist today like basic ad serving along with an ad exchange tied into it with RMX Direct or a free open source ad server you host yourself like OpenAds.org (formerly phpAdsNew).

 

And like Google Analytics customers learned, free has it's price. Google Analytics has had a lot of scaling problems that resulted in downtime, slowness in reports updating with data, and other issues. Free also gets you a level of support that serious ad serving customers might find unsatisfactory.

 

Additionally, while the Analytics industry freaked out a little bit when Google went free, it actually just brought more interest into the space and allowed some of the products that cost money to differentiate themselves and truly prove to customers what that money gets them.

 

Along with that, John is right that there are lots of customers that won't feel comfortable letting their ad network also see all their advertising information. Google seems to lose a little trust each and every day from the media and web community, will people trust them for ad serving?

 

As with anything it's too early to tell, but I can tell you that as a company in the same advertising space, and as a guy who runs a product that will most likely be competing with Google's product, bring it on.

http://www.webpronews.com/blogtalk/2007/03...gle-will-it-win

 

 

 

 

 

Learning from Island Marketing

 

I have a few days off and am in sunny Cancun until next Monday. Though Cancun may not officially be an island, there are several things that I noticed in common among every trip to an island or resort area that I have the chance to take - including this one.

 

It seems the rules for island marketing are unique, but common across countries and cultures. Here are just a few things I found interesting about island marketing that I will be taking home and considering as I plan new campaigns and efforts for clients:

 

1. Own the category - no matter how small. On an island or in a remote place, the easiest way to stand out is to do something that no one else does. Having your own niche as the only underwater tour operator that teaches basket weaving may not be interesting for everyone, but at least you will stand out in a sea of sameness.

 

2. Pay later, take it now. The guys walking along the beach selling necklaces and other trinkets have only a moment to capture your attention. Yet most beachgoers stay here at the resort for a week or more tend to stay in the same location and visit the same beach everyday. Giving them the product today and letting them pay later ensures you complete the sale and do not miss your chance.

 

3. Be the first to ask and do not let go. Anyone who has visited a resort town will be familiar with the phenomenon on fhe persistent salesperson who first asks you to buy something and follows you along until they can finish the sale. It is like spam, but in real life. Yet the difference is that if you are seeking a service, or willing to buy, the first person to ask will usually close the deal. And if you aren't, hopefully they are smart enough to get the cue and move on.

 

4. Integrate with hotels and get exclusivity. In a city where most tourists are coming in on all inclusive packages, the hotels the the rulers of the itinerary. For most, they will book their tour packages and organize other services through the hotel. The businesses that have arrangements with the hotels are often the only ones that get called, creating a sort of monopoly that drives commerce on islands. Sound a little like Google to anyone?

 

5. Offer the full package. Following from the comment about the all-inclusive packages above, most services here are offered with everything you need. If you book a snorkeling tour, you get the snorkels, equipment, lunch and transfers by bus from your hotel. Contrast that experience with that of purchasing consumer electronics or toys where accessories, batteries and required cords are often sold separately.

http://www.webpronews.com/blogtalk/2007/03...sland-marketing

 

 

 

 

Yahoo Click Fraud Settlement Approved

http://www.webpronews.com/insiderreports/2...lement-approved

 

 

In-Site Linking Is In Demand

http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2007/03/...ng-is-in-demand

 

Consumers Pay More Attention To Video Ads

http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2007/03/...on-to-video-ads

 

Big Easy Ain't Easy For Google Earth

http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2007/03/...or-google-earth

 

DIY With Google's DKI Tool?

http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2007/03/...oogles-dki-tool

 

 

 

 

 

Copywriting With Google's Dynamic Keyword Insertion Tool

 

Automation is an odd creature. It usually seems, at first glance, that automating a process can make things easier, simpler and faster. But oftentimes, once an automated process is in place, trouble spots pop up. This is sometimes the case when looking at the copywriting aspect of Google's dynamic keyword insertion tool.

 

In case you're unfamiliar with dynamic keyword insertion (DKI), it's a feature of Google's AdWords program. It is often used for large campaigns in order to automatically insert the keyword into the headline of an ad. Truly, it's a lifesaver for many pay-per-click (PPC) ad managers who have to stay on top of thousands of ads every day. It's all done with a simple syntax command: {keyword:_______}.

 

From a timesaving standpoint, this is a wonder tool that has rescued PPC managers from the mind-numbing chore of typing the same keywords over and over. From an economic point-of-view, DKI *can* (not always) perform well enough to make it a viable option for larger campaigns. But what happens with regard to copywriting and eye tracking?

 

See It and Click It

 

The human eye is normally drawn to things that are unusual. Things that look out of place or different get noticed far more than things that blend in. For instance, on a page full of black text and black & white photographs, a small red square in the bottom corner will get focused on almost immediately. Why? Because it is completely different than everything else around it.

 

This same principle applies when considering your copywriting strategy for AdWords. When using DKI, you'll want to keep your eye on the results pages. Why? We've all heard that using the keyphrase in the headline pulls better. It does… most of the time. There is an exception, however. This exception is what you'll be watching.

 

In fact, a study done last year by Enquiro, Did-It and Eyetools tracked users' interactions with the Google search results page. It found that surfers normally reviewed the page in an F formation. They would scan vertically down the left side of the page and then over to the right (where paid ads are) *IF* something caught their attention. That's the point we'll explore in this article.

 

In order to get clicks, you first have to get seen. If your ad looks and reads like all the rest, you've completely lost your originality advantage.

 

See For Yourself

 

Copywriting using DKI is a balancing act. You have to consider several factors, including the character count of your longest keyphrase, your ability to add text to the keyword-rich headline and how the ad looks on the page.

 

Take a look at some examples below. Remember that AdWords results show differently at various points throughout the day (and in relation to individual account parameters), so you may not see exactly what I saw when doing this research. I'm sure it will be close enough for you to get the idea.

 

Go to Google and type in the phrase "cruise vacation center" (without using the quote marks). See how all the ads look different? They don't all have the same words bolded. They don't all use the same copy. The bold words stand out because they are different. In this case, your eye will usually go first to the ads with bolded words in the headline.

 

You see ads offering a 6-night cruise for $xx.xx and other ads promoting X% off on a cruise vacation, etc. There is diversity and that's a good thing.

 

Now, what if you type in "home improvement? (Again, without the quotes.) If your results page looks like mine, practically every ad has the exact same headline: home improvement. Not only do most of the ads look the same, the headlines read the same. Your eye doesn't know where to go because everything seems identical. But wait! About four or five ads down, something catches your eye. It's an ad that has no bold in the headline. That stands out because it's different! As you scroll further down the page, more ads with no bold in the headlines pop out at you. In this case, because everyone else has opted for the DKI feature, their headlines are all very similar, making them less noticeable. But the ones who wrote custom headlines won out, thanks to diversity.

 

Tips for Writing With DKI

 

If you want or need to write using the DKI option, consider these tips:

 

1. Use a descriptive word along with your keyphrase. Instead of just inserting the phrase "airline tickets," place the word "discount" or "cheap" before your keyphrase to help it stand out.

 

2. For keyphrases that will take the entire 25-character limit, consider using one word of the keyphrase in the headline, instead of the entire phrase. Rather than "home improvement," try inserting just "home" or "improvement" along with other text you write yourself.

 

3. Keep it applicable. Your headline still has to convey a strong message about what the customer can expect at your site.

 

4. Test & Track! Everything in advertising is subject to change. Smart marketers always test and track to get the best results.

 

With a little forethought, you can develop a combination of DKI and custom-written AdWords ads that drive qualified visitors to your site.

http://www.searchengineguide.com/articles/2007/0328_rc1.html

 

 

 

 

Amazon Puts Statsaholic On The Wagon

http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2007/03/...ic-on-the-wagon

 

 

 

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Startup Entrepreneur?

http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/03/30/are-y...inator-founder/

 

 

First Joost Commercial

http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/03/30/first-joost-commercial/

 

More Traffic Transparency With whos.amung.us

http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/03/31/more-...ith-whoamungus/

Real-Time Traffic Monitor

http://whos.amung.us/

 

 

Magnify.net Different Than The Rest Of The Video Crowd

http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/03/31/magni...he-video-crowd/

 

TechCrunch Has Acquired FuckedCompany.com

http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/03/31/techc...ckedcompanycom/

 

links for 2007-03-30

http://www.micropersuasion.com/2007/03/lin...r_20070_27.html

 

How Apple TV Can Change the Economics of TV

http://www.micropersuasion.com/2007/03/the_following_i.html

 

links for 2007-03-31

http://www.micropersuasion.com/2007/03/lin...r_20070_28.html

 

Friday afternoon: Time for a controversial decision

http://news.com.com/2061-10796_3-6172282.h...0&subj=news

 

Ethernet piggybacks on InfiniBand chip

http://news.com.com/2100-1006_3-6172289.ht...0&subj=news

 

Quad-core heading to NEC's resilient servers

http://news.com.com/2100-1010_3-6172293.ht...0&subj=news

 

Virtuozzo gets IBM database nod

http://news.com.com/2110-7339_3-6172309.ht...0&subj=news

 

Top 10 reviews of the week

http://news.com.com/2300-1041_3-6172198-1....8&subj=news

 

Brand Sirens - CNET and Starcom MediaVest Explore Youth Minds

http://www.marketing.fm/2007/03/26/brand-s...re-youth-minds/

 

5 Great Mediums to reach today’s youth (+1 Bonus)

http://www.marketing.fm/2007/03/26/5-great...-youth-1-bonus/

 

Engagement Marketing: Share The Love

http://www.marketing.fm/2007/03/26/engagem...share-the-love/

 

3/27/07 Youth Marketing Conference Morning Agenda

http://www.marketing.fm/2007/03/27/327-you...morning-agenda/

 

The Right Formula For In Game Advertising

http://www.marketing.fm/2007/03/29/the-rig...me-advertising/

 

The Official Blogging Code of Conduct

http://www.threadwatch.org/node/13675

 

AOL scores one

http://www.threadwatch.org/node/13676

 

Rageboy, Sierra on CNN

http://www.threadwatch.org/node/13678

 

Online Gambling to Return to America?

http://www.threadwatch.org/node/13680

 

US Govt Asks Google Maps Why They Now Show New Orleans Pre Katrina

http://www.threadwatch.org/node/13682

 

Marketing From the Third World Isn't First Rate

http://www.marketingshift.com/2007/3/marke...-world-isnt.cfm

 

Old Media Can't Let Go

http://www.marketingshift.com/2007/3/old-m...cant-let-go.cfm

 

Some good stuff resources

http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2007/03/so...-resources.html

 

Yet Another Reason to Do Online Video

http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2007/03/ye...line-video.html

 

Online Reputations a Big Trend in 2007

http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2007/03/on...nd-in-2007.html

 

 

 

 

 

The See-Through CEO

 

Fire the publicist. Go off message. Let all your employees blab and blog. In the new world of radical transparency, the path to business success is clear.

 

Pretend for a second that you're a CEO. Would you reveal your deepest, darkest secrets online? Would you confess that you're an indecisive weakling, that your colleagues are inept, that you're not really sure if you can meet payroll? Sounds crazy, right? After all, Coke doesn't tell Pepsi what's in the formula. Nobody sane strips down naked in front of their peers. But that's exactly what Glenn Kelman did. And he thinks it saved his business.

 

Last year, Kelman was the newly hired CEO of Redfin, an online brokerage firm that was, as he puts it, "the ugly red-haired child" in the real estate world. Redfin was trying to turn the industry upside down by refunding people two-thirds of the commission that real estate agents normally charge. Customers loved the idea - why the heck did you need to hand over 6 percent of the price of your house, anyway? But agents hated it for destroying their fat margins, so they began blacklisting Redfin, refusing to sell houses to anyone who used the service. Kelman was struggling to close deals for his clients.

 

His first reaction was to keep the situation quiet and pretend everything was OK. "We were really ashamed that our customers were getting pushed around, so we tried to keep it this dirty little secret," he says. But when months went by without any improvement, he decided to take a different tack.

 

Kelman set up a Redfin blog and began posting witty screeds about the nasty underbelly of the real estate business. He denounced traditional brokers, accusing them of screwing customers with clubby, closed-door practices. ("If we don't reform ourselves, and take out all the sales baloney, too, people will come to hate real estate agents the way they hate tobacco companies or Big Oil," he wrote.) He publicized Redfin's internal debates, even arguments about the design of its Web site. He mocked himself: One post described how he had sat at a college job fair for hours, waiting in vain for a single student to approach him. ("This was particularly sobering because it meant we had outlosered our neighbor to the right, Ford Motor Company," he wrote.) Meanwhile, in the blog's comments, old-school agents were unleashing hissing attacks on Redfin. Kelman left the critiques ine and lashed right back, in full view of his customers.

 

His enemies got nervous. All this intestinal spew seemed maso chistic. Worse, it was probably bad for business. Everyone's business.

 

But customers loved it. More and more signed on to use Redfin, and by the beginning of this year, Kelman and his crew were closing several deals a day. "Instead of discouraging customers, being open about our problems radicalized them," Kelman says. "They rallied and started pulling for us."

 

Like some crazed convert, he trumpeted his epiphany: "I honestly believe that if Redfin were stripped absolutely bare for all the world to see, naked and humiliated in the sunlight, more people would do business with us." Follow me, he urged.

 

And many have. Radical forms of transparency are now the norm at startups - and even some Fortune 500 companies. It is a strange and abrupt reversal of corporate values. Not long ago, the only public statements a company ever made were professionally written press releases and the rare, stage-managed speech by the CEO. Now firms spill information in torrents, posting internal memos and strategy goals, letting everyone from the top dog to shop-floor workers blog publicly about what their firm is doing right - and wrong. Jonathan Schwartz, the CEO of Sun Microsystems, dishes company dirt and apologizes to startups he's accidentally screwed. Venture capitalists now demand that CEOs be fluent in blogspeak. In February, after JetBlue trapped passengers for hours in its storm-grounded planes and canceled 1,100 flights, CEO David Neeleman tried to deflect the blast of bad publicity by using YouTube to air his own blunt mea culpa. Microsoft, once a paragon of buttoned-down control, now posts uncensored internal videos - and encourages its engineers to blog freely about their projects (see page 140). The very process of developing ideas, products, and messages is changing - from musing about it in a room with your top people to throwing it out on the Web and asking the global smartmob for a little help. That's how this article was written: I've been blogging about it since I started, and some of the reader input I received is reproduced on these pages.1

 

The Internet has inverted the social physics of information. Companies used to assume that details about their internal workings were valuable precisely because they were secret. If you were cagey about your plans, you had the upper hand; if you kept your next big idea to yourself, people couldn't steal it. Now, billion- dollar ideas come to CEOs who give them away; corporations that publicize their failings grow stronger. Power comes not from your Rolodex but from how many bloggers link to you - and everyone trembles before search engine rankings. Kelman rewired the system and thinks anyone else could, too. But are we really ready to do all our business in the buff?

 

"You can't hide anything anymore," Don Tapscott says. Coauthor of The Naked Corporation, a book about corporate transparency, and Wikinomics, Tapscott is explaining a core truth of the see-through age: If you engage in corporate flimflam, people will find out. He ticks off example after example of corporations that have recently been humiliated after being caught trying to conceal stupid blunders. There's Sony, which put a rootkit - a piece of spyware - on music CDs as a secret copy-protection technique, only to wind up in court when bloggers revealed that the code left their computers vulnerable to hacker intrusions. There's Microsoft, this time on the wrong side of the transparent shower curtain, offering to pay people to buff up the company's Wikipedia entry. And Diebold, which insisted its voting machines were unhackable - until a professor posted a video of himself rigging a mock election on them. The video went viral and racked up some 300,000 YouTube views.

 

Secrecy is dying. It's probably already dead.2 In a world where Eli Lilly's internal drug-development memos, Paris Hilton's phonecam images, Enron's emails, and even the governor of California's private conversations can be instantly forwarded across the planet, trying to hide something illicit - trying to hide anything, really - is an unwise gamble. So many blogs rely on scoops to drive their traffic that muckraking has become a sort of mass global hobby. Radical transparency has even reached the ultrasecretive world of Washington politics: The nonprofit Sunlight Foundation has begun putting zillions of public documents in elegantly searchable online databases, leaving it to interested citizens to connect the dots. One adroit digger recently discovered that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert had earmarked $200 million for a highway to be built near a property he had a stake in. When the property was sold, Hastert made a 500 percent profit on his original investment, provoking a wave of negative coverage.

 

All of which explains why the cult of transparency has so many high tech converts these days. Transparency is a judo move. Your customers are going to poke around in your business anyway, and your workers are going to blab about internal info - so why not make it work for you by turning everyone into a partner in the process and inviting them to do so?

 

Take Southwest Airlines, which last spring set up an "online watercooler" - a blog where 30 employees ranging from marketing executives to pilots and ticket agents post weekly entries about their jobs and personal lives. By last summer, the site was so well read that when CEO Gary Kelly posted about the possibility of Southwest adopting assigned seating - ending its first come, first seated policy - more than 600 people swarmed the discussion area to weigh in. (The consensus? "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," says Paula Berg, who runs Southwest's site. "People who fly us all the time already know how to work the system.")

 

Some of this isn't even about business; it's a cultural shift, a redrawing of the lines between what's private and what's public. A generation has grown up blogging, posting a daily phonecam picture on Flickr and listing its geographic position in real time on Dodgeball and Google Maps. For them, authenticity comes from online exposure. It's hard to trust anyone who doesn't list their dreams and fears on Facebook.

 

So maybe it's not very surprising that at firms like Zappos.com, the rapidly growing online shoe retailer, CEO Tony Hsieh can experiment with levels of disclosure that most executives would consider freakish. A company-wide wiki lets staff members complain about problems and suggest solutions. Hsieh and other executives work at desks sprinkled among the banks of customer-service phone agents ("Anyone can hear our conversation," Hsieh said when I called). If customers can't find the shoes they want at Zappos, agents are encouraged to point them to other stores. Suppliers are given detailed information about which shoes are selling and how much profit Zappos has made off them. None of this hurts Zappos; on the contrary, Hsieh figures it makes his employees, suppliers, and customers more forgiving of everyday snafus. "The more they know about us, the more they'll like us," he predicts.

 

Being "liked" sounds awfully touchy-feely - yet it's central to this flowering of glasnost. Today's public has been serially disenchanted by years of corporate scandals and on-the-cheap customer service so inhuman it couldn't pass the Turing test. "I think that most of the rage people feel toward these big institutions, like government or corporations or media, is that they feel they're not listened to, that no one's there," says Shel Israel, coauthor of Naked Conversations. By seeming "basically like a normal human," a company can quickly generate a surge of goodwill. As Redfin's Kelman puts it, "There's a whole class of CEOs who can hardly write an email. But I feel like in this new digital world, there are haves and have-nots, and people who can't write convincingly - they're leaving themselves defenseless. The people who clearly enjoy writing and blogging are like CEOs 2.0 - they have competitive advantage over other CEOs."

 

The new breed of naked executives also discover that once people are interested in you, they're interested in helping you out - by offering ideas, critiques, and extra brain cycles. Customers become working partners.3 Kelman used to spend valuable work time arguing why the real estate business had to change; now his customers do battle for him, wading into Redfin's online forums to haggle with old-school agents.

 

When I posted a long entry on my blog describing this story in detail - normally a huge no-no in the competitive magazine business - interesting ideas came pouring across the transom. One reader, a software designer in France, told me he'd recently published the source code of his proprietary programs - and that doing so had increased sales. Clients were more likely to trust his wares, he found, when they knew what was going on beneath the hood.

 

Others enjoyed ripping apart my new theories. Several pointed out that secrecy can be necessary - CEOs are often required by law to keep mum, and many creative endeavors benefit from being closed: Steve Jobs came up with a terrific iPhone precisely because he acts like an artist and doesn't consult everyone.4 In fact, secrecy is sometimes part of the fun. Who wants to know how this season of 24 is going to end? It's not secrets that are dying, as one reader named gjudd noted, but lies.

 

Nearly everyone I spoke to had a warning for would-be transparent CEOs: You can't go halfway naked. It's all or nothing. Executives who promise they'll be open have to stay open. The minute they become evasive about troubling news, transparency's implied social compact crumbles.

 

Jason Goldberg, CEO of the job-finding site Jobster, discovered this the hard way. In December, rumors began swirling that he was planning layoffs. On his blog, Goldberg stoutly denied everything: "Everybody's all a-speculating. A lot of falsehoods are being bandied about." But he was also dropping coy and ominous clues. He posted a list of songs he was listening to, including "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" and "Dirty Laundry," and he reminded staff to use up their vacation days.

 

A week later, he announced that Jobster was - whoops - laying off 40 percent of its staff. Goldberg had to have known all along. Critics savaged him as a hypocrite, and mocking blog entries piled up.5

 

Goldberg probably hopes that little incident will quietly fade away. But it won't, for one simple reason: When you type "Jason Goldberg" into Google, a link to an International Herald Tribune story detailing the entire debacle appears near the top of the first page of results. Anyone who searches for Goldberg will immediately trip over the biggest faux pas of his career. It has entered, as it were, his permanent record.

 

Which illustrates an interesting aspect of the Inter net age: Google is not a search engine. Google is a reputation-management system. And that's one of the most powerful reasons so many CEOs have become more transparent: Online, your rep is quantifiable, findable, and totally unavoidable. In other words, radical transparency is a double-edged sword, but once you know the new rules, you can use it to control your image in ways you never could before.

 

Think about how Google works. When you type in a term, the search engine puts the site with the most links pointing toward it at the top of the list. That means bloggers and discussion boards are extremely powerful in influencing Google's search results, because bloggers and discussion-board posters are promiscuous linkers, constantly pointing to things they love or hate. Google hoovers up those links and makes recommendations based on them. Jason Goldberg may prefer that people didn't read that Herald Tribune story, but it doesn't matter. Tons of bloggers and online writers have decided to link to it, and they have the final word. Companies have watched their biggest screwups quickly migrate to the top of a Google search. When Shel Israel and blogger Jeff Jarvis wrote about wretched treatment by Dell's customer service, their posts were so gleefully linked to that for a while they appeared as the number one and two search results for "Dell."6

 

"Online is where reputations are made now," says Leslie Gaines Ross, chief reputation strategist - yes, that's her actual title - with the PR firm Weber Shandwick. She regularly speaks to companies that realize a single Google search determines more about how they're perceived than a multimillion-dollar ad campaign. "It used to be that you'd look only at your reputation in newspapers and broadcast media, positive and negative. But now the blogosphere is equally powerful, and it has different rules. Public relations used to be about having stuff taken down, and you can't do that with the Internet."

 

But here's the interesting paradox: The reputation economy creates an incentive to be more open, not less. Since Internet commentary is inescapable, the only way to influence it is to be part of it. Being transparent, opening up, posting interesting material frequently and often is the only way to amass positive links to yourself and thus to directly influence your Googleable reputation. Putting out more evasion or PR puffery won't work, because people will either ignore it and not link to it - or worse, pick the spin apart and enshrine those criticisms high on your Google list of life.

 

This is precisely what Richard Edelman realized after his own PR firm landed in hot water. Edelman had long urged his client firms to engage openly and honestly with customers online. But last fall, bloggers exposed the fact that Edelman's firm had been involved in some icky subterfuge: His employees had created a set of "flogs" for Wal-Mart - fake blogs that pretended to be written by genuine, real-life Wal-Mart fans. Angry posts began working their way up to the first page of a Google search on "Edelman." So Edelman himself did the only thing he could do: He apologized on his own blog, apologized some more, and began posting his own responses on blogs that were attacking him. He was wildly promiscuous, personally putting the message out anywhere he could, in what became a largely successful attempt to swamp the Google bots and prevent the critique from metastasizing. "If you're not out there playing, then you're kind of missing your left arm," he says.

 

Indeed, network algorithms do not favor the cagey or secretive. They favor the prolific, the outgoing, the shameless. In the Reputation Economy, even a healthy, happy company needs to worry about its good name if only six or seven people are talking about (and linking to) it. When that's the case, "a casual reader has only a few opinions to determine what sort of company or person you are," says Peter Hirshberg, chair of the blog search engine Technorati. One bad blog post can kill you. But if you've got hundreds or thousands of sites linking to you and commenting on you, the law of averages takes over, and odds are the opinion will be accurate: The cranks will be outweighed by cooler heads. Again, the Net rewards the transparent.7

 

In January, bloggers began passing around a story that was disastrous for Southwest Airlines: The company had allegedly refused to let an overweight man with hepatitis C board a flight unless he bought two seats - even though he'd gained weight because of the disease and was traveling to a lifesaving operation. Southwest immediately posted an apology and explanation for the error. It even allowed a link to the negative story and then - in one of those judo moves - managed the torrent of hits and links into a net positive. "People don't want to hear about it in The Wall Street Journal - they want to hear about it on the blog," Southwest's Berg says. Most commenters accepted the apology, and some plunged into a sophisticated discussion of the economics of carrying overweight passengers.

 

There's no going back, yet many young CEOs worry that they're on a treadmill: Once they've started blogging, they can't stop, and that takes valuable time away from running their businesses. They also worry that all their witty little missives are simply giving critics fuel for later pyres. One new firm, Reputation Defender, last year began offering services to "clean up your tracks" online - by emailing sites and discussion forums that contain unflattering information and asking, nicely, to have it removed. "We do search and destroy," says Michael Fertik, the company's founder.

 

One can imagine how the twin engines of reputation and transparency will warp every corner of life in years to come, for good and ill. The political culture in Washington might be affected - especially when the first MySpace candidate gains the trust of the electorate by openly posting about every closed-door meeting, importunate lobbyist, and campaign strategy session.8 (The Sunlight Foundation is already encouraging politicians to do this.) Perhaps the first day of your new job, you'll be given a laptop, a keycard - and a public blog you'll be expected to post to 10 times a day. Or maybe one day a firm's reputation will collapse in a matter of hours when a minor gaffe is instantly amplified by a global Google mob. The future could be a brushed-chrome machine made of truth and honesty - or some gothic nightmare in which the whole economy is driven by gossipy high school dynamics. Either way, there's no use trying to resist. You're already naked.

 

Very Short Stories

 

1 Comments in the margins are drawn from the author's blog, collisiondetection.net, where he invited readers to participate in the writing process.

 

2 Secrecy won't be dead. It will simply hide in plain sight. The hyperconnectivity and transparency of this kind of world accelerates the flow of information, creating incentives to hijack the process to push particular memes, including disinformation. The techniques for manipulating information flows will only become more sophisticated over time as the world becomes increasingly connected.

Posted by Mark Safranski

 

3 On tapping the hivemind, have you considered the difference between the "wisdom of crowds" and "tyranny of the majority." It is something that I haven't heard too many people talk about but what happens when the majority is wrong?

Posted by Tristan Louis

 

4 Hey Clive! I think the ultimate counter example of the moment is the iPhone. You can't imagine something like that coming out of an open, deliberative process. I think there is a difference between general efficiency & utility and real excellence. Often it's dark secrets and small teams in dark rooms that still deliver the goods.

Posted by Robin Sloan

 

5 If you want to keep something secret, pick up a pencil and write it on a piece of paper.

Posted by Scott Stoddard

 

6 The last point you raised is the one sticking with me: Reputation is everything. The idea that if you don't talk about yourself, other people will... that's a strong one. What if you don't have the time to talk about yourself though? A corporation hires a PR agency to talk about them because they need the attention and need to control what is said. Is the digital divide being widened exponentially by this sort of group activity? Is access to the hivemind helping the digital Åehaves' outpace the digital Åehave-nots' at an accelerated pace?

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7 One important area that might be worth investigating is academic research. It is becoming expected that researchers will publish their raw data online. This serves the dual purpose of keeping the researchers honest as well as allowing others to directly build upon their work. I'm sure you know that the sharing of scientific data was Berners-Lee's impetus for creating this ol' Web in the first place.

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8 I've never seen an example of this, but I've always felt that political campaigns ought to be totally transparent. There ought to be embedded cameras and journalists who have 100 percent access to all meetings, with all content being posted on the Web. That would distill legitimate dialogue from the spin very quickly.

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Collision Detection blog

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Believe it or not, the March 30 post has gotten so damn long that I have no choice but to continue with the news links on this post. Yeah, its been a BUSY evening!!

 

3 shot in Atlanta attempted mall robbery

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070401/ap_on_...s/mall_shooting

 

Guantanamo's Hicks to serve nine months

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas/03/...reut/index.html

 

Mugabe endorsed as 2008 presidential candidate

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/africa/03/30...reut/index.html

 

Bloody battle rages in Somali capital

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/africa/03/31...a.ap/index.html

 

Lesbian's asylum case opens immigration door

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/30/ugandan.l...n.ap/index.html

 

Teens arrested for blaze near Hollywood sign

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/31/californi...e.ap/index.html

 

Game on for team devastated by bus crash

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/30/bus.wreck...l.ap/index.html

 

Echoes of 1979 in today's crisis

http://www.cnn.com/CNN/Programs/anderson.c...ays-crisis.html

 

Bush calls British sailors 'hostages' in Iran

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/03/31/...lors/index.html

 

Wrong-way driver killed in crash with Greyhound bus

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/31/greyhound...h.ap/index.html

 

Body lies in driveway during 16-hour police standoff

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/31/body.driveway.ap/index.html

 

Mall shooting leaves 3 wounded

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/31/mall.shooting.ap/index.html

 

Exiled Bhutto plans return to Pakistan

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/03/3...utto/index.html

 

Abolish bilingual education, Gingrich urges

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/03/31/gin...l.ap/index.html

 

List of recalled pet foods grows longer

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/31/pet.food....l.ap/index.html

 

Cats may be more sensitive to pet food contaminant

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/31/pet.food....s.ap/index.html

 

10 tax blunders that can cost you

Plenty of Americans bungle their return every year and pay extra in penalties as a result. Here's how you avoid making those same mistakes.

http://money.cnn.com/2007/03/29/pf/taxes/t...dex.htm?cnn=yes

 

When 401(k)s and IRAs are not enough

Got some extra cash earmarked for retirement? Our expert offers 3 simple strategies to grow your nest egg even further.

http://money.cnn.com/2007/03/29/pf/expert/...dex.htm?cnn=yes

 

Mount Fuji: An iconic peak -- and trek

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TRAVEL/DESTINATION...fuji/index.html

 

U.S. lawmaker queries lenders on links to colleges

http://www.cnn.com/2007/EDUCATION/03/30/st...reut/index.html

 

Bush vows to veto Iraq war bill; vet says it should pass

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/03/31/rad...s.ap/index.html

 

White House criticizes Pelosi's planned Syria visit

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/03/30/pel...trip/index.html

 

Fired teacher indicted in S.C. sex scandal

http://www.cnn.com/2007/LAW/03/30/teacher....e.ap/index.html

 

Husband kills wife's lover; wife charged

http://www.cnn.com/2007/LAW/03/30/texas.ma...r.ap/index.html

 

Singer's 'debauched' image not whole story

http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Music/03/3...e.ap/index.html

 

Gadabout Loves Homebody

But, are they really a match?

http://personals.yahoo.com/us/static/datin...introvert-tango

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Iranian channel aims to air 'confession'

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070401/ap_on_...ish_seized_iran

 

Katrina fraud stretches far beyond Gulf

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070401/ap_on_...s/katrina_fraud

 

Hillary Clinton sets fundraising record

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070401/ap_on_.../campaign_money

 

 

 

 

 

Researchers find genetic links to prostate cancer

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Scientists have identified several genetic risk factors for prostate cancer, shedding new light on the cause of a leading worldwide cancer killer among men that hits U.S. blacks especially hard.

 

 

"The importance of it is that this is the first real evidence of the genetic basis of prostate cancer," said Dr. Brian Henderson, dean of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California and one of the researchers of the study released on Sunday.

 

"It gives us the first real insight we've had into the cause of this disease and how we might do something about it," Henderson added.

 

The researchers described seven genetic risk factors -- DNA sequences present in some people but not others -- bunched in a relatively small region of one of the human chromosomes, chromosome 8, that reliably predicted one's probability of developing prostate cancer.

 

Five were newly discovered and two confirmed earlier findings.

 

The prostate, about the size of a walnut, is a gland below a man's bladder that produces fluid for semen. According to the American Cancer Society, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men, behind lung cancer.

 

Pinpointing these genetic risk factors could be an important step toward helping explain the higher prevalence in U.S. blacks compared to whites, the researchers said.

 

Black men are twice as likely to die of the disease, and nearly all of the risk factors were seen most frequently in blacks involved in the study.

 

Henderson said the disease's greater prevalence among blacks had hinted at some sort of a genetic basis for it.

 

The findings also could lead to ways to sort out who is at highest risk by finding if a man has one of the genetic risk factors, and for early diagnosis of the disease, the researchers said.

 

Prostate cancer death rates are falling in part because screening is allowing it to be found earlier when it is more treatable.

 

'GENETIC BASIS'

 

"We do believe there is a genetic basis. Of course, it's not all genetic. There are also going to be other lifestyle and environmental factors as well," said Christopher Haiman, a USC preventive medicine professor.

 

"But our findings here in this study suggest that a large fraction of the disparity between African Americans and other populations could be due to genetic variation in this region," Haiman said.

 

About two-thirds of cases are in men over age 65. The American Cancer Society said men who eat a lot of red meat or high-fat dairy products appear to have higher risk.

 

The three teams of researchers -- one led by scientists at Harvard University and USC, one by Icelandic company deCODE genetics Inc. and one by the

National Cancer Institute, part of the U.S.

National Institutes of Health -- presented their findings in the journal Nature Genetics.

 

The researchers examined genetic information on thousands of men with and without prostate cancer.

 

Harvard geneticist David Reich said that until last year, when deCODE published narrower earlier findings, there had been no confirmed genetic risk factors for prostate cancer.

 

"I think it's likely there are other genetic risk factors either in this section of the genome or elsewhere that we and others have not yet identified," Reich said.

 

"It's only the beginning of the story," Reich added.

 

Haiman said the researchers do not yet fully understand the biological mechanism through which the genetic variants influence risk for prostate cancer.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070401/hl_nm/cancer_prostate_dc

 

 

 

 

 

The below links are HARD LINKS, which have not yet been analyzed nor classified....

 

Brand Sirens - CNET and Starcom MediaVest Explore Youth Minds

http://www.marketing.fm/2007/03/26/brand-s...re-youth-minds/

 

5 Great Mediums to reach today’s youth (+1 Bonus)

http://www.marketing.fm/2007/03/26/5-great...-youth-1-bonus/

 

Engagement Marketing: Share The Love

http://www.marketing.fm/2007/03/26/engagem...share-the-love/

 

3/27/07 Youth Marketing Conference Morning Agenda

http://www.marketing.fm/2007/03/27/327-you...morning-agenda/

 

The Right Formula For In Game Advertising

http://www.marketing.fm/2007/03/29/the-rig...me-advertising/

 

Finally Google teaches YouTube to Spell

http://www.threadwatch.org/node/13684

 

Matt Cutt's blog hacked by Dark SEO Team

http://www.threadwatch.org/node/13687

 

Pirate Bay moves Servers to North Korean Embassy to escape RIAA

http://www.threadwatch.org/node/13688

 

WebmasterWorld Sells Out and Runs AdSense Ads

http://www.threadwatch.org/node/13692

 

Cats officially not allowed at the Googleplex

http://www.threadwatch.org/node/13698

 

Network DVRs Lose Round in Court

http://www.marketingshift.com/2007/3/netwo...round-court.cfm

 

Vlogs Not Big Enough for Advertisers

http://www.marketingshift.com/2007/3/vlogs...advertisers.cfm

 

Thanking Our Sponsors…

http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2007/03/th...r-sponsors.html

 

Paid Search in the UK - A Free Guide

http://www.webpronews.com/blogtalk/2007/03...uk-a-free-guide

 

Live Search Capacity Problems

http://www.webpronews.com/blogtalk/2007/03...pacity-problems

 

Yahoo India Looking for Travel Partner

http://www.webpronews.com/blogtalk/2007/03...-travel-partner

 

Free Ad Serving from Google - Will it Win?

http://www.webpronews.com/blogtalk/2007/03...gle-will-it-win

 

Learning from Island Marketing

http://www.webpronews.com/blogtalk/2007/03...sland-marketing

 

Yahoo Click Fraud Settlement Approved

http://www.webpronews.com/insiderreports/2...lement-approved

 

Amazon Puts Statsaholic On The Wagon

http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2007/03/...ic-on-the-wagon

 

Opera Announces Official April Fool's Policy

http://www.webpronews.com/topnews/2007/04/...il-fools-policy

 

Yahoo Underground Launches - Fringe Culture News

http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/04/01/yahoo...round-launches/

 

Google Really Takes April 1 Seriously

http://www.techcrunch.com/2007/04/01/googl...ril-1-seriousy/

 

links for 2007-04-01

http://www.micropersuasion.com/2007/04/links_for_20070.html

 

News.com's April Fools edition published

http://news.com.com/2061-12572_3-6172339.h...0&subj=news

 

Steve Jobs to be 'special guest' at EMI event

http://news.com.com/2061-10799_3-6172341.h...0&subj=news

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former rebels join Nepal government

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/04/0...t.ap/index.html

 

Wrong-way driver killed in crash with Greyhound bus

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/31/greyhound...h.ap/index.html

 

Academy finds no crime in midshipmen's 'lewd' acts

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/03/31/lewd.cadets.ap/index.html

 

Iranians protest outside British embassy

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/04/01/...lors/index.html

 

Barbaro's saddle to raise cash for jockeys

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/01/barbaro.s...e.ap/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Was Amelia Earhart a doomed castaway?

 

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- It's the coldest of cold cases, and yet 70 years after Amelia Earhart disappeared, clues are still turning up.

 

Long-dismissed notes of a shortwave distress call beginning, "This is Amelia Earhart ..."

 

The previously unknown diary of an Associated Press reporter, surfacing after decades.

 

And a team that has already found aircraft parts and a woman's shoe on a remote South Pacific atoll, hoping to return this year to find more evidence, perhaps even DNA.

 

If what's known now had been conveyed to searchers then, might Earhart and her navigator have been rescued? It's one of a thousand questions that keep the case from being declared dead, as Earhart herself was a year and a half after she vanished.

 

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For nearly 18 hours, Earhart's twin-engine Lockheed Electra drummed steadily eastward over the Pacific, and as sunrise etched a molten strip of light along the horizon, navigator Fred J. Noonan marked the time and calculated the remaining distance to Howland Island.

 

It was July 2, 1937, and the pair were near the end of a 2,550-mile trek from Lae, New Guinea, the longest leg of a "World Flight" begun 44 days earlier in Oakland, California.

 

At the journey's end there a few days hence, Earhart would become the first female pilot to circumnavigate the globe.

 

Noonan, a former Pan American Airways navigator, estimated when the plane would reach an imaginary "line of position" running northwest-southeast through Howland, where they were to rest and refuel for the onward flight to Hawaii.

 

"200 miles out," Earhart radioed, her "whispery drawl" heard by the Coast Guard cutter Itasca waiting off Howland.

 

Overnight, Itasca's radio operators had become increasingly exasperated with Earhart, who hadn't acknowledged Itasca's messages or its Morse code homing signal. They decided the glamorous "Lady Lindy" was either arrogant or incompetent.

 

What nobody knew -- not Earhart, and not Itasca -- was that her plane's radio-reception antenna had been ripped away during takeoff from Lae's bumpy dirt runway. The Itasca could hear Earhart, but she was unable to hear anything, voice or code.

 

Also listening aboard the Itasca was James W. Carey. The 23-year-old University of Hawaii student had been hired by The Associated Press to cover Earhart's Howland stopover.

 

He also had been keeping a diary.

 

The diary was unknown to Earhart scholars until last September, when a typewritten copy was bought on eBay by a member of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, or TIGHAR. The non-profit organization rejects the official verdict that the fliers were lost at sea, believing instead that they may have crash-landed on an uninhabited atoll called Gardner Island, in the Phoenix Islands 350 miles south of Howland, and lived for a time as castaways.

 

"Even though the diary doesn't answer the big question, it's an incredible discovery," said TIGHAR executive director Ric Gillespie, who has led eight expeditions to the island since 1989, and plans another one this July if his group can raise enough money.

 

The diary, he said, presents "a firsthand witness about what went on during those desperate hours and days."

 

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On July 1, word came that Earhart was finally airborne from Lae.

 

Early on July 2, Carey wrote in his diary: "Up all last night following radio reports -- scanty ... heard voice for first time 2:48 a.m. -- 'sky overcast.' All I heard. At 6:15 am reported '200 miles out.'"

 

If Noonan's dead-reckoning did not bring the plane directly over Howland, Earhart would fly up and down the 337-157 degree "line of position" until she found it.

 

"To the north, the first landfall is Siberia," says Gillespie, "so if they didn't find it soon, they'd have turned back south, knowing that even if they missed Howland, there were other islands beyond it -- Baker, McKean and Gardner -- on that same line."

 

But by now, Earhart would be into her five-hour fuel reserve, and even in daylight, islands could be obscured by billowy clouds and their shadows on the water.

 

At 7:42 a.m., Earhart's voice suddenly came loud and clear: "KHAQQ to Itasca. We must be on you but cannot see you. But gas is running low. Been unable to reach you by radio. We are flying at 1,000 feet."

 

A welcoming committee from Itasca was "waiting restlessly" at the airstrip, Carey wrote. Binoculars scanned the blue.

 

At 8:55 a.m., Earhart was back on, sounding distraught: "We are on line of position 157 dash 337... we are now running north and south."

 

Then the radio went silent.

 

Believing that Earhart must be out of gas, Itasca's captain, Cmdr. Warner K. Thompson, had already ordered the welcoming committee back to the ship. "Flash news from ship Itasca: 'Amelia down,'" Carey had written in his diary.

 

But with all frequencies reserved for possible distress calls, Carey's news reports would have to wait. AP broke the "Earhart missing" story from Honolulu, Hawaii, quoting Coast Guard officials there.

 

Meanwhile, Carey filled the diary: "Itasca set off 'full speed ahead' to search the northwest quadrant off Howland."

 

Nothing was sighted, and by evening the ship's mood, Carey wrote, had "taken a turn to the more serious side."

 

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Seventy years later, the Earhart mystery lingers.

 

In more than 50 nonfiction books and even a movie, writers embraced theories ranging from a crash at sea to abduction by aliens, from Earhart executed by the Japanese as a spy to living under another name in New Jersey.

 

Two books -- "Amelia Earhart's Shoes," written by four TIGHAR volunteers, and Gillespie's "Finding Amelia" -- offer the thesis that Earhart and Noonan crash-landed on a reef on Gardner Island, and survived, perhaps for months, on scant food and rainwater.

 

Expeditions to the island, now called Nikumaroro, have compiled tantalizing evidence.

 

In 1940, a British overseer on Gardner recovered a partial human skeleton, a woman's shoe and an empty sextant box at what apparently was a former campsite. The items were sent to Fiji, where a doctor decided the bones belonged to a stocky European or mixed-blood male, ruling out any Earhart-Noonan connection.

 

The bones later vanished, but in 1998, TIGHAR investigators located the doctor's notes in London.

 

Using a modern computer database, Dr. Karen Ramey Burns, a forensic osteologist at the University of Georgia, found the Fiji doctor's measurements were more "consistent with" a female of northern European descent, about Earhart's age and height. Burns' report was independently confirmed by another forensic expert.

 

On visits to the island, TIGHAR teams found an aluminum panel, possibly from an Electra; another woman's shoe and "Cat's Paw" heel, dating from the 1930s; a man's shoe heel, crude tools and an oddly cut piece of clear Plexiglas.

 

The sextant box might have been Noonan's. The woman's shoe and heel resemble Earhart's footwear in a pre-takeoff photo. The plastic shard is the exact thickness and curvature of an Electra window.

 

Still, the evidence remains circumstantial, Gillespie says. "We don't have serial numbers."

 

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As news of the missing aviators flashed around the world, the Navy ordered six warships into the hunt.

 

Although radio calls from the Electra -- along with later "distress calls" picked up by shortwave listeners -- were triangulated by Pan American's Pacific stations to the Phoenix Islands, officials ignored a New Zealand cruiser 48 hours from there and instead sent the battleship USS Colorado southward. By the time it reached the area four days later, the radio calls had ceased.

 

The Colorado's senior float-plane pilot, Lt. John O. Lambrecht, reported "signs of recent habitation were clearly visible" at Gardner Island. But no people were sighted, and "it was finally taken for granted that none were there."

 

Accounts of shortwave radio calls were also shrugged off.

 

In Rock Springs, Wyoming, Dana Randolph, 16, heard a voice say, "This is Amelia Earhart. Ship is on a reef south of the equator." Aware that "harmonic" frequencies in mid-ocean often could be heard far inland, experts said the shortwave transmission was probably genuine.

 

In St. Petersburg, Florida, 15-year-old Betty Klenck heard a woman identify herself as Earhart, followed by pleas for help and agitated conversation with a man who, the girl thought, sounded irrational.

 

Having heard Earhart's voice in movie newsreels, Betty was sure it was her -- and still is.

 

"I remembered it every night of my life," Betty Klenck Brown, now 84 and widowed, said in a telephone interview from her home in California.

 

The man, she recalls, "seemed coherent at times, then would go out of his head. He said his head hurt ... She was trying mainly to keep him from getting out of the plane, telling him to come back to his seat, because she couldn't leave the radio."

 

Betty took notes in a school notebook as the shortwave signals faded in and out. They ended when the fliers "were leaving the plane, because the water was knee-deep on her side," she said.

 

Her father notified the Coast Guard but was brushed off.

 

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Last September, TIGHAR volunteer Arthur Rypinski paid $26 for an Earhart document offered on eBay. It turned out to be a copy of Carey's diary.

 

Carey's son, Tim Carey of Woodbridge, Virginia, says his father died in 1988. His role as an AP reporter on the Earhart story was part of family history. "The diary was completely in character for him," the son adds. "He was a real note-keeper."

 

Now raising funds for a ninth TIGHAR expedition to Nikumaroro in July, Gillespie says the Carey diary serves as a reminder to always "expect the unexpected" in the Earhart case.

 

"Pacific islanders don't wear shoes, so we know there was one foreign castaway, and maybe two, a man and a woman, on Gardner ... We hope this summer to recover human remains for DNA testing and find aircraft pieces that could be conclusively identified as from Amelia's plane.

 

"This is the expedition that could at last solve the mystery. I think we are right on the edge of knowing for a certainty what happened."

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/01/earhart.m...y.ap/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two police officers killed in Charlotte

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/01/officers....d.ap/index.html

 

Draft of climate report maps out 'highway to extinction'

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/04/01...t.ap/index.html

 

Funny 'Blades of Glory' slices competition

http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Movies/04/...e.ap/index.html

 

McCain lauds security during Baghdad visit

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/04/01/...main/index.html

 

Olmert to Arab leaders: Let's talk peace

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/04/01/...e.ap/index.html

 

Tommy Thompson to seek Republican nomination

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/04/01/ele...pson/index.html

 

 

Best Jobs in America: Second Acts

Second annual edition…Money Magazine and Salary.com sought out the best jobs for anyone ready for a new challenge.

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/be...s/2007/?cnn=yes

 

The Dems' Universal Ailment

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/...ite-cnn-partner

 

Wall Street's worrisome week

Stock investors are likely to spend the first week of the second quarter much like they spent the last week of the first quarter - caught between competing influences.

http://money.cnn.com/2007/03/30/markets/su...dex.htm?cnn=yes

 

25 Rules to Grow Rich By

Follow these guidelines and feel confident that you'll be making the right financial decisions.

http://money.cnn.com/popups/2006/moneymag/...ex.html?cnn=yes

 

Bush vows to veto Iraq war bill; vet says it should pass

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/03/31/rad...s.ap/index.html

 

White House criticizes Pelosi's planned Syria visit

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/03/30/pel...trip/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thousands suspected of Katrina fraud

 

An Illinois woman mourns her two young daughters, swept to their deaths in Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters. It's a tragic and terrifying story. It's also a lie.

 

An Alabama woman applies for disaster aid for hurricane damage. She files 28 claims for addresses in four states. It's all a sham.

 

Two California men help stage Internet auctions designed to help Katrina relief organizations. Those, too, are bogus.

 

More than 18 months after Hurricane Katrina decimated the Gulf Coast, authorities are chipping away at a mountain of fraud cases that, by some estimates, involve thousands of people who bilked the federal government and charities out of hundreds of millions of dollars intended to aid storm victims.

 

The full scope of Katrina fraud may never be known, but this much is clear: It stretches far beyond the Gulf Coast, like the hurricane evacuees themselves. So far, more than 600 people have been charged in federal cases in 22 states, from Florida to Oregon, and the District of Columbia.

 

The frauds range in value from a few thousand dollars to more than $700,000. Complaints are still pouring in and several thousand possible cases are in the pipeline, enough work to keep authorities busy for five to eight years, maybe more.

 

"The reason we're seeing such widespread fraud is individuals were evacuated to all 50 states. Katrina was a national phenomenon," says David Dugas, U.S. attorney in Baton Rouge, La., and director of a command center that's part of a special Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force. "Everybody knew what was going on. Therefore, criminals knew what was going on."

 

Major disasters and fraud frequently go hand in hand. It happened after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Andrew's devastating sweep through Florida in 1992. People tried to cash in, falsely claiming to be victims.

 

After Katrina, the same thing happened: Disaster aid was sent to inmates who applied from prison and to people who claimed property damage and provided addresses of vacant lots or cemeteries, among many abuses documented in

Government Accountability Office reports.

 

"We found several dozen schemes. There are probably a lot more out there," says Gregory Kutz, a GAO investigator who has testified about Katrina fraud six times on Capitol Hill. "The real clever ones cover their trail and disappear and they'll never be caught."

 

GAO undercover investigators demonstrated how easy it was to cheat the system: Using phony names,

Social Security numbers and addresses of damaged residences, such as the 13th floor of a two-story building, they still received several checks.

 

While many people filed bogus claims, the growing roster of the accused goes beyond the usual con artists. It includes employees of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers, other public officials, business owners, even temporary workers for the Red Cross.

 

"You can find criminals in every walk of life and that's what we're seeing here," Dugas says.

 

The GAO has referred more than 22,000 potential cases of fraud to the Katrina task force, though Dugas says the majority probably will not pan out. In a recent audit, the GAO also concluded FEMA had recovered less than 1 percent of some $1 billion investigators claim was fraudulent aid.

 

FEMA believes the fraud total may be inflated but says it won't have an estimate until later this year. Kutz's response: "I don't think they know the magnitude of the problem."

 

FEMA also says the relative scope of Katrina fraud isn't that unusual.

 

"I don't think the numbers are proportionally too far away from what we normally experience in a disaster," says David Garratt, FEMA's acting recovery director. "It's extraordinary only in terms of the size of the population that was affected."

 

A recent Associated Press analysis of government data obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act suggested the government might not have been cautious enough as it doled out nearly $5.3 billion in aid to storm victims. The analysis found the government made more home grants than the number of homes in one of every five neighborhoods after Katrina.

 

The nature of Katrina fraud already has shifted as the Gulf Coast has begun reconstruction. Dugas says there now are more elaborate schemes with bigger losses.

 

In Mississippi, for instance, three people, including a Florida contractor, recently pleaded guilty to falsifying records of Katrina debris cleanup and billing the federal government $716,677 for the work.

 

Charges also have been filed against organized rings in Florida, Texas and Oregon.

 

The Oregon case offers a textbook example: Ten people have pleaded guilty to applying for disaster checks. In their scheme, a few ringleaders recruited friends, neighbors and relatives, then split the proceeds. They collected about $324,000.

 

None had any connection to Katrina.

 

"The folks who originally thought this up (discovered) ... this is kind of easy and said, 'Let's use some others to make applications,' " says Lance Caldwell, an Oregon prosecutor who won punishments ranging from probation to several years in prison.

 

Disasters create opportunities for people who are inclined to exploit others, says Dr. Lynne Tan, a psychiatrist at Montefiore Medical Center in New York who has counseled Sept. 11 survivors.

 

After traumatic events "there's chaos and no one is accounting for the money that well (and) they see it as a time to come in for the kill," Tan says. "It's almost like leaving a house wide open. People come in and burglarize it."

 

The federal government isn't confronting this problem alone. The Louisiana attorney general's office has received more than 2,000 complaints related to contractor fraud and made dozens of arrests. Louisiana State police have made nearly 50 arrests for suspected insurance fraud. And the Red Cross has investigators ferreting out scams.

 

The Red Cross says 104 people have been charged with cheating the charity in hurricane-related fraud; 86 have been convicted so far, according to Devorah Goldburg, an agency spokeswoman.

 

About three-quarters of those accused were temporary contract workers at a Red Cross call center in Bakersfield, Calif., she says. Hired to authorize cash payments to storm victims, they allegedly helped family and friends file phony claims.

 

Some 2,500 other fraud cases representing about $5 million in losses have been referred to law enforcement as potential cases to prosecute, while nearly 21,000 allegations totaling another $34 million are being checked out, Goldburg says.

 

So far, the Red Cross has recovered $2.6 million in overpayments or fraudulently obtained funds, some of it returned in anonymous envelopes, Goldburg says. "People realize we're serious about investigating allegations," she adds. "They're seeing it. They're hearing it."

 

Besides false claims, types of fraud include extortion, bank larceny, overbilling, public corruption, identity theft and using fictitious Social Security numbers or those of the deceased.

 

"We expected all these things. We just know that criminals follow the money," says Alice Fisher, assistant U.S. attorney general and head of the fraud task force, which also is investigating scams connected to Hurricanes Rita and Wilma.

 

Among task force cases in the last several months:

 

In Illinois, Tina Marie Winston claimed she watched as her daughters, 5 and 6, drowned in the raging waters. She also said her New Orleans home had been swamped. Winston has no children and was living hundreds of miles away when Katrina struck. A judge acknowledged Winston's mental troubles but sentenced her to four years in prison for defrauding FEMA and others scams.

 

In California, two Romanian nationals were charged with helping stage bogus Internet auctions that duped victims into thinking their contributions â۠bids for items such as a motorcycle that was never awarded â۠would help Katrina relief groups. Losses exceeded $150,000. Leontin Salageanu pleaded guilty; Teodor Manolache is a fugitive.

 

In Louisiana, Jesse Pingno, former police chief of Independence, and Brian Lamarca, a former captain, await sentencing after pleading guilty to overbilling FEMA for overtime and vehicle use after Katrina.

 

In Alabama, Lawanda Williams was sentenced to 75 months in prison for using false Social Security numbers and different names to claim losses in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Florida. Her Alabama home was not damaged. Authorities say she collected $277,377 and will have to pay restitution and forfeit items she bought including real estate, a mobile home, three cars and a 50-inch TV.

 

In Washington, D.C., Jeffrey Alan Rothschild was sentenced to 8 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to trying to acquire more than $100,000 in disaster aid, and admitting other financial crimes. Rothschild created false identities, obtaining some from a legal directory. He was able to get 38 FEMA checks, using mailboxes in Florida, Tennessee, New York and Virginia.

 

Although some recent cases involve six-figure scams, many involved a few thousand dollars in emergency relief, prompting a watchdog group to question the focus of investigators.

 

In a report last fall, the Project on Government Oversight said most indictments, arrests and convictions involved people involved in "petty crimes" and claimed "so far the government has picked the low-hanging fruit from the tree."

 

"It seems like they're picking on the small guy," says Scott Amey, the group's general counsel. "No doubt it's adding up. ... But I don't know if the system is going after contractors in a way to hold them accountable for the larger fraud."

 

Dugas says those kinds of cases, contracting and procurement fraud and public corruption, will surface in the years ahead, noting that much relief money has yet to be spent.

 

About 150 to 250 complaints still come in each week, Dugas adds, and more than 9,600 possible fraud cases have been referred to investigators.

 

Restitution is almost always ordered for those convicted, but "most of the money is gone for good," says Kutz, the GAO investigator. "It really is down the drain. I'm not suggesting they shouldn't try to recoup it ... but the most important thing is to look forward and make sure they have a system in place they've tested in advance."

 

Garratt, the FEMA official, says changes already have been made. An instant verification system that was available online during Katrina has been expanded to include phone calls. FEMA says about 60 percent of Katrina disaster aid requests came by phone and were a major source of bogus claims.

 

How effective will these improvements be?

 

"I think they'll do better," GAO's Kutz says. "Whether it's enough to stem the full tide of fraud and abuseâ€, I don't know yet. ... The proof will be when the next disaster hits."

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Tsunami hits Solomons; 8 reported dead

 

HONIARA, Solomon Islands - A powerful undersea earthquake Monday in the South Pacific sent a tsunami several yards high crashing into the Solomon Islands, devastating at least one village, officials and residents said.

 

 

Police and residents said a wave about 10 feet high struck the western town of Gizo, inundating buildings and causing widespread destruction. A man who answered the telephone at the Gizo police station said there were initial reports that eight people, six of them children, had been killed by the tsunami but they were still unconfirmed. The phone cut out abruptly before the man gave his name.

 

Gizo resident Judith Kennedy said water "right up to your head" swept through the town.

 

"All the houses near the sea were flattened," she told The Associated Press by telephone. "The downtown area is a very big mess from the tsunami and the earthquake," she added. "A lot of houses have collapsed. The whole town is still shaking" from aftershocks.

 

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured magnitude-8.0 and struck at 7:39 a.m. about 6 miles beneath the sea floor, 217 miles northwest of the capital, Honiara.

 

The Pacific region from Australia to Hawaii went on high alert for several hours after the quake struck between the islands of Bougainville and New Georgia, though officials canceled a region-wide tsunami warning after the danger period passed.

 

Gizo, a regional center, is just 25 miles from the earthquake's epicenter.

 

Another witness in the town, dive shop owner Danny Kennedy, estimated the height of the wave at 10 feet.

 

"I'm driving down the street, there are boats in the middle of the road, buildings have completely collapsed and fallen down," he said in a telephone interview.

 

"We're just trying to mobilize water and food, and shelter for people at the moment because ... in the town alone there's going to be between 2,000-3,000 homeless. It's not a very good scene at the moment."

 

Harry Wickham, who owns a waterfront hotel in Gizo, said the damage was widespread.

 

"The waves came up probably about 10 feet and swept through town," he told Australia's Nine Network television by telephone. "There's a lot of water damage and a lot of debris floating around," he added.

 

"Ten feet of water washing through town, you can imagine what damage it has done here."

 

Julian McLeod of the Solomon Islands National Disaster Management Office said there were unconfirmed reports that two villages in the country's far west were flooded.

 

"Two villages were reported to have been completely inundated," McLeod told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio. "We have received reports of four people missing."

 

A town in the west, Munda, was believed to be badly damaged, officials and the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp. said, but communications were difficult and details were not confirmed.

 

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported the quake at magnitude 8.1, and said a temblor of that strength could cause a destructive tsunami and issued a warning bulletin for the Solomon Islands and neighboring Papua New Guinea.

 

It ordered a lower-level "tsunami watch" for other places, including most South Pacific countries, but later canceled the alert. The center said a 6-inch wave had been reported in Honiara.

 

Police Sgt. Godfrey Abiah said in Honiara that police in Gizo had received warning about a possible tsunami and were helping people leave the town for higher ground when the wave hit.

 

"We have lost radio contact with the two police stations down there and we're not getting any clear picture from down there," he told The Associated Press by telephone.

 

A spokesman for Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, Deli Oso, said the quake was felt in Honiara but there were no reports of any damage.

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How can I transfer data from an old PC?

I have a new PC (with Vista) and want to copy files from my old PC (XP). I've tried connecting a Cat 5 cable between them, but Vista does not seem to "see" the XP Computer.

 

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The best option is to network the two computers, giving you a fast, direct connection for maximum efficiency. However, if that won't be happening until down the road you have other options, including:

1) Slave the old hard drive in new PC and copy.

2) Burn the data to CD/DVD. This can take time, especially if you have a lot of data. CD-R, DVD-RW, or DVD+RW is best since the disk would be reusable, whereas CD-R, DVD-R, and DVD+R is one time only.

 

3) Save the data to a flash drive. This is faster and doesn't require you to have a CD/DVD burner, but flash drives hold less than DVDs.

 

4) Connect the two computers directly using a USB cable.. This is the second-best option, in my opinion, but given the price ($40), you would be wiser to just go the networking route now.

 

Aside from the hardware involved, you'll find the Windows XP File and Settings Transfer Wizard to be very helpful in transferring data.

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Report: Airlines suffer more delays

 

WASHINGTON - Airline hassles are on the rise: More passengers found themselves bumped, their flights delayed or their bags lost last year than in 2005, according to the annual Airline Quality Rating report released Monday.

 

 

The report does not include recent weather-related flight delays such as the ones that left JetBlue and United Airlines planes idling for hours on taxiways.

 

"They just don't get it yet," said Dean Headley, an associate professor at Wichita State University and co-author of the study.

 

One upside, researchers said, was that the overall number of airline complaints has stabilized since hitting a five-year low in 2005.

 

Jet Blue, which rated highest on the list for the past three years, was bumped out of the top slot by Hawaiian, which made its debut on the list this year. The top three on the 18-airline list were Hawaiian, JetBlue and Air Tran, while the bottom three were, from worst to best, Atlantic Southeast, American Eagle and COMAIR.

 

Industry spokesman David Castelveter blamed the majority of delays on bad weather. Making matters worse, he said, more planes will be in the air in coming years and the air traffic control system cannot handle the growth.

 

"We're going to see more delays and those delays translate to cancellations, mishandled bags and unhappy passengers," said Castelveter, spokesman for the Air Transport Association, a trade group for the major U.S. carriers. "It's not a pretty picture."

 

Congress needs to provide more money to update the system so it can improve its handling of the increased traffic and weather problems, Castelveter said.

 

The Airline Quality Rating report, compiled annually since 1991, looked at 18 airlines and was based on Transportation Department statistics. The research is sponsored by the Aviation Institute at University of Nebraska at Omaha and Wichita State University.

 

Among the findings:

 

_Southwest had the lowest number of complaints in 2006, 0.18 per 100,000 passengers. United and US Airways tied for the most, 1.36 per 100,000 passenger.

 

_Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time performance (93.8 percent) for 2006, followed by Frontier Airlines (80.7 percent) and Southwest (80.2 percent). Atlantic Southeast Airlines had the worst on-time performance (66 percent). On-time was defined as within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time. Canceled and diverted flights counted as late.

 

The biggest disappointment is mishandled bags, Headley said.

 

Last year, for every 1,000 passengers, 6.50 bags were lost, stolen or damaged, compared with 6.06 in 2005. Hawaiian had the best baggage handling performance; Atlantic Southeast the worst.

 

The increase in lost bags comes as at least one domestic carrier â۠Spirit Airlines â۠plans a new fee for passengers who check their bags. Come June, Spirit will charge $5 each for one or two checked bags if the ticket was booked online and $10 each for passengers who do not book online.

 

Headley does not think the idea will fly with consumers who long have expected their ticket prices to include a checked bag or two.

 

"It will set off an absolute atomic bomb," he said.

 

On-time performance, the report said, worsened last year, with 75.5 percent of flights arriving on time, compared with 77.3 percent in 2005.

 

JetBlue Airways took a hit in February, when passengers on 10 planes spent from five hours to 10 1/2 hours sitting on runways at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York because of icy weather and gate congestion.

 

It took days for the airline to recover from the February storm and resume normal operations. It led JetBlue to establish a customer bill of rights promising vouchers to passengers who experience delays.

 

Overall, complaints about the airlines last year held steady at about 0.88 complaints for every 100,000 passengers. Nearly half the complaints were about flight problems or baggage.

 

The study found an increase in the number of passengers bumped or denied boarding because of oversold flights â۠1.01 denied boardings per 10,000 passengers last year, compared with 0.89 per 10,000 in 2005. JetBlue had the lowest rate of bumped passengers; Atlantic Southeast the highest.

 

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Become an Online Influencer by Modeling Tiger Woods

 

If you're a golf fan then you know that this week is The Masters tournament, one of the four big majors in the sport. I will be watching Tiger Woods closely. He's one of my biggest heroes. Not only does he have tremendous talent but he's driven to continually improve.

 

Recently, I picked up a great new book called Tiger Traits by Dr. Nate Booth. The premise is that you can learn a lot about success by studying arguably the greatest golfer who ever lived. However, as I dug into the nine secrets outlined in the book, I saw a lot of applicability for people who aspire to ascend in the Web 2.0 world.

 

Here's a closer look at the nine traits through a Web 2.0 lens. They are valuable not only for individuals, but also marketers who what to stay relevant in this chaotic environment as well as startups that are competing in a flat world where anyone can eat your lunch.

 

Identify and Develop Natural Talents

 

Tiger's talents for golf emerged early and is the stuff of legends. He started swinging a club at a very young age. If you want to become an online influencer (yes, corporate types too), you need to zero in on your talent. If you think about it, there are very few individuals who rise to prominence in more than one Web 2.0 galaxy. The more popular bloggers, for example, do not achieve the same level of success in say podcasting. The top diggers? Most of them write blogs you never heard of. Pick your spots and play to your strengths.

 

Create a Clear and Compelling Dream

 

What's your dream? Tiger's dream is to win more majors than Jack Nicklaus, who currently holds the record with 18 (Tiger has 10). My dream is that the chaos caused by new media will propel PR to become the lead marketing discipline. That's what drives me to blog. If you're creating content actively, make sure your passions come through.

 

Select Teachers, Heroes, and Teammates Who Guide, Inspire, and Support

 

Woods has a cadre of people who guide him in his game, personal life as well as his business affairs. It's commonly known as Team Tiger. Create a personal "board of directors" who help guide you. Mine includes my co-workers, family and also online influencers like Ross Mayfield, Robert Scoble, Dave Winer and others.

 

Be Confident

 

Tiger Woods plays to win and he's confident that he always will, even if he's down by a lot. I'm not always the most confident guy in everything I do, but when I blog I am. Most people who are opinion leaders online are extremely confident (sometimes too much so!). When you blog, podcast, digg, create online video, be proud of what you do. Stake your reputation on it and others will follow you.

 

Manufacture Magnificent Mental Models

 

If you want to succeed in any activity - be it personal or business - you need to be able to "find your zone" to win. Tiger is known for having incredible powers of concentration. This can be tough at times. There are lots of distractions and detractors. Still, if you figure out what to tune in and what to tune out, you will succeed. Skip the gossip. Unsubscribe from the blogs that do nothing but spew smoke. Frown on distractions.

 

Let Actions Do the Talking

 

Tiger wins and that's all we need to know that he is a leader. The same applies online. Focus on your craft and your expertise. Don't obsess over your stats or Technorati ranking. Know what you cover and what you don't. Then, stick to it, create good content, do so consistently and often and you will succeed. The cream rises to the top. You will become known if you let your actions do the talking, rather than trash talking. The same applies for brands.

 

Constantly Improve in Good Times

 

The minute you stop improving, you're dead. This is why if you're in PR or marketing, you have to be dabbling with new technology constantly. After all, your customers are. Further, if you're blogging, constantly look for ways to improve. Don't take anything for granted. The same applies in business too. Tiger overhauled his swing twice in his career, even though he was at the top of his game.

 

Bad Be Likeable Be Grateful, Give Back

 

This one is huge. Sometimes people who become "web famous" forget where they came from. Companies get arrogant too. Everyone started at the same point. You have to give back if you want to succeed. Scoble, for example, constantly links to new voices and he's a downright approachable guy who puts his phone number on his blog. Tiger Woods will probably become the first sports billionaire soon, but he always gives of his time and money. That's a valuable lesson for every individual and company.

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Friends fashioning flying car

Retirees on a mission to get their idea off the ground

 

MURPHY - At a time when most men their age strive just to stay active, Vernon Porter and Clarence Kissell plan to fly.

 

 

Clarence Kissell and Dr. Vernon Porter talk about their flying car

 

Dr. Porter, 72, and Mr. Kissell, 70, are building a flying car - a concept that has been around since 1918 and has largely eluded dozens of inventors, schemers, scammers and dreamers.

 

Time is a challenge, for obvious reasons. They hope to have an early prototype aloft by this fall and complete work on a final "buildable" prototype in five years or less, says Dr. Porter, a cancer survivor.

 

Every day, Dr. Porter, a retired Texas Instruments research scientist, and Mr. Kissell, a lifelong friend and homebuilder, meet in a 1,200-square-foot shop behind Dr. Porter's home in Murphy to work on the vehicle they call the GT Flyer. Their task will become more challenging in the weeks ahead because the shop lacks air conditioning.

 

So far, they've spent about $70,000 of their own money. Now they're looking for investors because they think they need $1.2 million more to make a prototype.

 

"I call most of these promotions on flying cars scams, shams or spam," said Dr. Porter, whose house is off of a bumpy country lane. "The history of the flying car is almost a poison well. People remember them from the '50s and realize they never lived up to their potential. We want to show that this thing will fly and that it will work."

 

A closer look

 

The fiberglass and foam body in the men's shop, which Dr. Porter and Mr. Kissell formed by hand, looks a little like a big tannish-green guppy. The pilot/driver and a passenger will sit in a rounded compartment at the front of the vehicle, and the body tapers gracefully back to a rear-mounted, shrouded propeller flanked by small wings.

 

The whole thing is about as wide as a minivan and as long as a full-size sport utility vehicle - though with a target weight of 1,200 pounds, it's dramatically lighter than either.

 

A 232-horsepower rotary engine from a Mazda RX-8 sports coupe will power the vehicle. In car mode, it will drive the front wheels through a Volkswagen transaxle. In flight mode, a driveshaft from the rotary motor will spin the rear-mounted propeller.

 

The engine sits in a corner of the shop, ready for double duty. The wings, which will fold back into long slots at the base of the body when not in use, are being formed in sections on a shop table.

 

But forget the Jetsons and soaring high above traffic jams at the push of a button, Dr. Porter says. The GT Flyer will be a practical multipurpose vehicle for people with a pilot's license.

 

"The guy who lives down in Waco and needs to be in McKinney for a business meeting could drive to the airport, pop the wings and fly in, missing the congestion in Dallas altogether," he said.

 

The three-wheeled vehicle - two in front and one in the rear - will be licensed as a motorcycle on the ground. But when the wings are out, owners will need a general-aviation license, said Mr. Kissell, a longtime pilot with glider experience.

 

"We think with the horsepower it has that it will cruise at about 150 mph," said Mr. Kissell. "When you figure driving time, waiting at the airport and all that, we think we can get someone 500 miles as fast as a commercial flight can."

 

Despite the pair's personal credibility - Dr. Porter holds numerous patents for work at TI, none involving aircraft - they face many questions and doubts.

 

Seeing a tough road

 

Several of the vehicles have indeed flown over the years, including one much-photographed craft in the 1950s that looked like a small Fiat that had been rear-ended by a Cessna. But none succeeded commercially or practically, said Jay Miller, a Fort Worth-based aviation author and historian.

 

Dr. Porter and Mr. Kissell, for example, estimate that their vehicle will cost about $135,000.

 

"The biggest thing against these [flying cars], other than their mechanical complexity, is price," Mr. Miller said. "I love to fly. You can buy one hell of a nice airplane for $100,000. Or you could buy a small Lexus and a small plane for that."

 

Aviation consultant Robert W. Mann Jr. agreed.

 

"The practicality of these concepts is very difficult to rationalize," he said. "There just isn't a market for these things in the numbers that are being suggested."

 

The biggest problem is most flying cars are so compromised that they aren't particularly good cars or planes – and typically cost more than either, Mr. Miller said.

 

Undaunted, Mr. Kissell has pursued his flying-car dream for 15 years. As a child, he used to skip school to go hang out at airports. He designed the craft that is slowly taking shape in Dr. Porter's workshop.

 

Dr. Porter decided to join his friend in the quest after surviving a rare form of bone-marrow cancer diagnosed three years ago. Dr. Porter and Mr. Kissell grew up together in Riley, in southeast Dallas.

 

"It sounded like fun," said Dr. Porter, who says his primary income is from Social Security. "So many people have failed at this. Here's a chance to really succeed. My degree is in material science, but my interest is in how things work. I just jump into stuff and learn about it as I go."

 

He has sought help from several of his former TI colleagues, including Jerry Merryman, hired by Jack Kilby to be project manager over the development of TI's first handheld calculator.

 

"Well, it's kind of fantastic, but I'm kind of used to fantastic ideas," said Mr. Merryman, 74. "I don't know that we will ever have what Popular Science envisioned in the 1930s, which was flying cars in every garage. But there may be a niche for these vehicles among flight enthusiasts."

 

Their plans got another boost last fall when NASA announced its Personal Air Vehicle Centennial Challenge. The goal is to stimulate the creation of next-generation aircraft like flying cars that are supposed to relieve highway gridlock while saving time and fuel.

 

The five-year contest will reward winners each year between now and 2011. They will range from $250,000 this year to $550,000 in 2011. Dr. Porter and Mr. Kissell intend to enter next year.

 

Mr. Merryman says his friends' approach might be different enough to work. Most flying vehicle designs were car-based crafts modified to fly. Mr. Kissell's design is more of an airplane that can be driven on the street.

 

"It's got modest speed at 150 mph," Dr. Porter said. "And on the road, it probably doesn't corner like a Porsche. But it's got real brakes, real wheels, real tires and it should drive and fly pretty well."

 

With a little luck and a lot more money, Mr. Kissell may find himself taxiing down a runway this fall, preparing to take off in a rough prototype of the GT Flyer. But even if the investors don't materialize, the two say they'll continue to chase their dream.

 

"I don't give a damn whether the banks and investors want to do it," Mr. Kissell said. "I want to do it. Money has nothing to do with it. We think it will work."

 

Dr. Porter, whose legs were damaged by his chemotherapy, is just as determined. "We're out here working in the shop every day. Those other [flying-car] people are working on updating their Web sites."

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NEW YORK -- This was one search that you couldn't just Google.

 

An employee's python went missing over the weekend in Google's sprawling Manhattan office, sending search teams on an all-out snake hunt. The searchers scoured the complex for the 3-foot-long snake and finally found the serpent, known as Kaiser, on Monday night.

 

"A snake was lost; it was not an April Fool's joke. It was found last night," Google spokeswoman Ellen West said Tuesday. "The snake has left the building."

 

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The Google blog contributor, software engineer Dan Bentley, wrote that while some employees laughed about the situation, others stood away from walls and corners and the bathrooms were less crowded.

 

 

The fact that someone brought a snake into the building is not completely surprising, given Google's laid-back culture.

 

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Company officials did not comment on a report that the search for the snake even included a missing snake flier. The Web site Vallewag, a technology gossip Web site based in Silicon Valley, posted a photo of the flier, complete with a photo of the reptile.

 

The flier described the snake as "non-venomous" and "not dangerous," and responsive to the name "Kaiser," according to the Web site.

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http://davidwilliamsonline.com/

 

 

Australians Increasing Online Ad Spend to 22% of Total Budget

http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2007/04/au...tal-budget.html

 

 

Google's Brett Crosby announces Google Website Optimizer Beta!

http://www.roirevolution.com/blog/2006/10/..._opti.html#more

Google’s Multi-Variate Testing Product Opens Up to All

http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2007/04/go...-up-to-all.html

 

 

GOOGLE ANALYTICS BLOG

http://www.roirevolution.com/blog/

 

 

StumbleUpon, ClickTale, Google TV and SEMs Taking Over the PR World

http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2007/04/st...e-pr-world.html

 

 

Google Search Engine Ranking Factors

http://www.seomoz.org/article/search-ranking-factors

SEO By Consensus

http://www.marketingpilgrim.com/2007/04/se...-consensus.html

 

 

SEOmoz.org Blog

Read SEOmoz. Rank Better.

http://www.seomoz.org/

 

MovieCommander Will Redirect DNS Requests

http://www.securitypronews.com/news/securi...NSRequests.html

 

Microsoft Pummels Education Software Thieves

http://www.securitypronews.com/news/securi...areThieves.html

 

 

 

 

 

It is Getting Harder to be Fake

 

Every day bloggers and members of the media are looking for stories to talk about. If you are afraid to be associated with and talk about your own projects how can you expect others to talk about it? How can you get people to talk about you as much as they talk about competing channels if you are anonymous?

 

For a long time it was easy to be fake. You could find a few non-competitive markets, buy a decent domain name, buy a custom site design, do good research, get a few good links here or there, etc...but it is getting much harder to do that today.

 

Savvy webmasters are rarely interested in link exchanges with new anonymous sites (especially because they have been getting bombarded with link trade requests for years), webmasters who own sites that have AdSense on them tell you that they won't sell links, and if you buy too many link based advertisements or do other things that fall outside the norm you risk your site getting nuked for being too aggressive.

 

As more people get online you have to connect with or influence more people to achieve the same goals. Each connection takes both time and money. Buying a half dozen trusted on topic links could be a couple day project, whereas a smartly launched content as marketing idea could garner hundreds of natural organic links faster, cheaper, and with less risk.

 

People manipulate search engines because they are trying to get around creating what the engines want. The goal of search engines is not to make manipulation impossible, but to make the cost and complexity of manipulation prohibitive to where it is cheaper to rank by winning the hearts and minds of other webmasters.

 

Search engines show you some data points (like PageRank) but they don't show you which votes don't count, if they are using phrased based semantic relationships, how old sites or links are, how fast things have grown, etc. etc. etc. As relevancy criteria moves to things you can't see it is going to be hard to be fake and amass enough trust to rank without tripping over some filter or penalty.

 

If you have to hide your identity or be something fake your number of profitable days online are numbered, and you will be missing out on publicity that your competitors use to eat your market position. And there is an even worse factor that plays into the demise of anonymous sites. Those who are getting publicity can be more aggressive with their link buys and other forms of marketing without needing to worry too much about how the engines will perceive it. Google is more concerned with your ratio of legitimate marketing to shady stuff, and it is getting hard to have enough power to get to the top of the results while staying above board if you do it anonymously.

http://www.webpronews.com/blogtalk/2007/04...rder-to-be-fake

 

 

 

Google and Ethics

http://www.webpronews.com/blogtalk/2007/04...ogle-and-ethics

 

 

 

 

 

Sensational Titles: So 2006

 

Well now that people on the social media sites are starting to catch on / have caught on to link baiting, I’ve noticed it’s much harder to make the likes of the digg or reddit front pages. One to two months ago this was a much easier task. I’m not exactly sure if there has been one incident or algorithm change that caused the increased difficulty of making digg’s front page, but I do know that the window on link baiting is quickly closing.

 

I think part of the reason of the increased link bait promotion difficulty is people have caught on to the sensational titles that were the critical component of a successful link bait. Its becoming more and more rare to see an “ultimate guideâ€, or “12 tips you never knewâ€, on the much sought after front pages of the big time social sites. I think as a general rule these are great copy writing techniques that really spark the readers’ interest, but with the communities link bait radars now on high alert these are now a sure-fire way to get your story buried.

 

The next logical question becomes “So how do I make my story stand out without a sensational title?†Quite honestly, I’m not exactly sure. I think comes down to several things:

 

* High quality domain name. People are now giving an extra look at the domain the story appears on. If you happen to own freedebtconsolidation.info I think you maybe in real trouble.

 

* High quality site design. Kill anything that can be construed as ’spammy’: ads or misaligned text and images, or just a crappy all around design.

 

* High quality content. Its more important now than ever to create actual valuable content. Take your time, and make your writing as perfect as possible.

 

The long and short of it is: make a quality website :) … I know, I know, we all hate doing it. I have always defined link bait as creating quality content that adds value and then promoting that content. With the promotion vehicles wising up, the quality content part becomes all the more important, or, maybe you just have to just get used to a lower successful link bait average. If that ends up being the case, I wouldn’t worry, some other link building method will come along shortly.

http://www.webpronews.com/blogtalk/2007/04...-titles-so-2006

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YellowBot - Interview w/ Solfo CEO Erron Silverstein

 

I had the pleasure of speaking with Erron Silverstein, CEO of Solfo, which has developed a new, Web 2.0 version of local directories with the user at the core of the project. It blends local and social aspects to bring local brick and mortar locations, such as restaurants, services, stores and more, to the forefront and inspire users to add to their communities by placing reviews, ratings, pictures and share their positive and negative experiences to bridge the gap between online persona’s and offline reality.

 

I have been a user of YellowBot and speak very highly of their efforts to bring the democratic voice of the user to the masses, even if it is something as simple as finding a quality dry cleaner or a new experience in different restaurants.

 

The value of trust, has been in the minds of search engines and online portals for some time now, but YellowBot is allowing others to place trust squarely in the users’ domain.

 

I did prepare some questions that piqued my interest when working with and studying YellowBot and Erron was kind enough to explore them further, here is the interview:

 

pittfall - If you could only write one sentence to describe YellowBot, what would it be?

 

Erron - YellowBot is an online community designed to help people organize their lives in the real world using the tools of the internet.

 

pittfall - Where did YellowBot started?

 

Erron - Los Angeles. We just opened YellowBot beta to the public in March.

 

pittfall - There are already several internet yellow pages and social networking websites. Why do we need YellowBot?

 

Erron - Because no one has gotten it right yet, as far as understanding the connection between the users’ online and offline lives. Small business owners have been marginalized into the edges of search marketing without the tools they need to create meaningful relationships with their customers online.

 

Growth in social networking websites, such as flickr, YouTube and MySpace, has surged in the last two years. Even if “Old Media†finds their content a little too edgy and fast moving, they cannot deny that younger, technically savvy users consider the web 2.0 experience an essential part of their daily lives. YellowBot’s primary challenge and promise is to bridge these people from a social networking experience into a local search experience. Even mild success by social networking standards would be a significant improvement over the participation rates for old school local search.

 

pittfall - What is the long-term plan for YellowBot? What are you trying to achieve?

 

Erron - Create a destination website built upon a technically powerful local search engine that provides an excellent user experience through partnering with other local and social websites. As a company, we straddle both worlds and we want to serve the community of people like us who do, too. As the idea of what a typical online experience changes, we see this community growing exponentially.

 

pittfall - How does YellowBot compare other local sites like Outside.in?

 

Erron - Although there is some overlap, our focus is aggregating base data with tags, reviews, photos and other user-generated content to build complete business profiles, rather than matching blog entries and user writing to a location to build its story like Outside.in does. Our goal is to help users quickly determine if a business is what they are looking for (or not.)

 

pittfall - Many of the features that you have planned (such as an API and RSS feeds) seem to be geared toward the core Internet publishing audience. Why?

 

Erron - The era where web publishing was so complex and specialized that websites could reasonably expect that thousands of qualified people would give them content for free (like book reviews), is over. Those on the leading edge, who create and upload much of the user generated content online, expect to be able to take their content with them wherever they go. Within the next month or two, our users will be able to port their content into and out of YellowBot. We’re not keeping things locked up in a tower.

 

pittfall - What do you plan to offer users to keep them coming back and sharing information with others?

 

Erron - YellowBot will offer an uncompromisingly superior community experience. The key to attracting a dynamic audience of active content creators who will make the search experience better for all of the other users is offering them a combination of utility, respect and quality. If we don’t have that, then nothing we say or do will make any difference.

 

pittfall - Do you plan to build relationships with other Internet properties to promote YellowBot?

 

Erron - Yes. We plan on integrating partner feeds of accurate enhanced data and local advertisers who would like to reach our community through a variety of contextual and performance-based advertising methods. We also want to partner with social networking sites whose users have a need for local search, which will introduce a lot more people to YellowBot. The guiding principal is to make our local search experience better through partnering with companies who want to reach our users and data. Balancing the user experience with accurate information, perhaps some of it from advertisements is difficult. Using a website that is littered with poor quality contextual advertising is like being lactose intolerant and getting pitched by a milk salesman whenever you go to the grocery store.

 

pittfall - Would you consider YellowBot to be local or social? Why?

 

Erron - YellowBot is an isthmus of local to social. Under the hood, we have a geospatial local search, like other internet yellow pages. Unlike other local websites, we use a streamlined Web 2.0-style user interface similar to YouTube or flickr to find search results. Also, we have given the power of tagging to enable our users to create their own taxonomy and use that to power their local search results. This fundamentally makes us a little more social than local, despite the fact we are primarily focused on local businesses.

 

Unlike most internet yellow pages, YellowBot does not have structured categories; it uses tags rather than a hierarchy of super category, category and sub-category. Cafes, restaurants, pizzerias, cafeterias and Italian restaurants all could have the tag pizza. Look at the different tag clouds for each location and you can quickly tell what each of them does. Most importantly, YellowBot users can create free form tags for non-business categories that are important to them, such as kid friendly. Whenever a YellowBot user tags, the tag is built into the search index for that location and the tag is added to a browsable list of tags on the user’s account page.

 

This trust we are showing in YellowBot users will pay dividends. I want each of our users to have the benefit of searching through millions of business-specific tag clouds that they helped create.

 

pittfall - YellowBot offers many social aspects. Do you think that you are directly competing with other online social community portals? If so, what steps are you taking to address options that are available elsewhere and not currently on YellowBot? Do you plan for it to become a major Internet property for social networking?

 

Erron - YellowBot is complementary, not competitive, with social networking websites. We’re not trying to duplicate their products; we’re trying to work with them. That’s why our user interface speaks the same language as social networking websites. By organizing our user-generated content directly between people and businesses, we can work with both social networking and local search websites. Take a look at my YellowBot user account. It organizes all of my user-generated content into links to brick and mortar businesses based on my neighbors, tags, reviews and media. This is our adapter to the social websites. Our tech team is working on APIs into and out of YellowBot to match and connect our user accounts with those of other social networking websites to enable us to do some neat things on our website while sending information both ways.

 

pittfall - Are you planning to expand the Forums to help networking between users? Is there a plan to help others network together?

 

Erron - Somewhat, but we are not trying to turn YellowBot into LinkedIn or MySpace. Our primary goal is to build the tools that help consumers gather and communicate information about local businesses to improve the quality of their local search results.

 

Currently, there is a private 1:1 messaging system in case any registered users want to communicate outside of a forum. If you build a website that people like to use, you’re going to find that they use it for things that you never anticipated or imagined. I asked a beta tester who owns a small business to try our photo upload feature. My expectation was that he would upload photos of his office and building; instead, he uploaded his logo.

 

pittfall - YellowBot uses Google maps to point out where things are located. Are you planning to offer your own map widget, or is this a potential light on a future partnership?

 

Erron - We’re currently working on widgets to help users transport their YellowBot content to other websites. Mapping is central to local search, so we built an Ajax map view. If users or partners want a mapping or other kind widget, we’d pursue the opportunity.

 

pittfall - I enjoy learning and reading about the social aspects of communities and the affects upon Search Engine Optimization. What does YellowBot offer online marketers that other local and social networking websites like Outside.in and MySpace do not?

 

Erron - YellowBot has a strong local business database. We can load any partner’s customer message and its accompanying enhanced information (text, images, transactional links, soon video, etc.) about any business location without compromising the integrity of our user experience. Essentially, our web 2.0 user interface combined with our database make us a better, not worse, local search experience when we load in accurate advertiser data. Combining the association of business locations to registered users (who have something to say about each location); we can use the power of social networking to drive qualified traffic directly to local businesses.

end of interview

 

It is clear to see that the user is the focus with Web 2.0 and the interaction that they have with the data that is available is significant. I can see that YellowBot’s focus is upon providing a positive user experience that will develop into a stronger community, both online and off. The value of the voice of the user is getting stronger and YellowBot can have a bull-horn affect upon the social net.

 

I would like to encourage others to invest in their communities and critique YellowBot, let me know, let them know, what you want and/or expect from a dynamic local search and social product. Your voice is only valuable when you use it.

 

I would also like to point out that this post is not a commercial endeavor. I was not paid to endorse or speak of this service, I did so because I find it valuable and significant.

 

I greatly enjoyed speaking with Erron and using YellowBot.

http://www.webpronews.com/blogtalk/2007/04...ron-silverstein

 

 

 

 

A Real Customer Service Lesson

 

In customer service, it’s the little things that matter most. A little eye contact here or a head nod there may seem insignificant, and largely are, but to a customer needing acknowledgment, these things are everything. There is nothing worse than needing help in a store and getting ignored by the very people who are supposed to be there to help.

 

The other day I went to the motorcycle shop to set an appointment to bring my bike in. When I walked into the service department there was no one at the counter to help me. I looked around for a bell or something that would allow me to notify someone that they had a customer waiting. Nothing. It wasn’t long until there were two other customers now waiting for some service along with me and still there was no one around.

 

After about three minutes of waiting a service department employee finally came walking in. He obviously was in the middle of something because he didn’t even look at any of us lowly customers. And then he immediately left again. Finally he came back to helped us out, but was a little acknowledgment too much to ask? How hard would it have been for him to look at us and tell us that he’d be right with us. But instead we got ignored.

 

But that’s not what this post is about. I’m going to tell you a story of good customer service, which I read from John Maxwell’s book Becoming a Person of Influence.

 

A candy store sold exotic chocolates only by the pound. In the store was one particular salesclerk who always had customers lined up waiting while the other salesclerks stood around with nothing to do. The owner of the store noticed how the customers flocked to her and finally asked for her secret.

 

“It’s easy,†she said. “The other girls scoop up more than a pound of candy and then start taking away. I always scoop up less than a pound and then add to it. The customers feel that I’m looking out for them and getting them their money’s worth.â€

 

Customers like to feel taken care of. They want to believe that the employees are looking after them and truly want to give them what they want and need. People can find a product or service anywhere. But what they can’t find everywhere is good customer service. A little bit can go a long way to not only improving customer satisfaction, but getting additional referral customers.

 

Un-shockingly, I canceled my appointment with that motorcycle shop and took my bike to another that made me feel like I was a preferred client, not just a nuisance to be dealt with. My bike gets taken care of either way, but somebody else is getting my money to do it.

 

Be that someone else in your business. Analyze your customer service routines top to bottom. I’m sure you’ll find some areas that need to be fixed that can improve customer relations significantly. At worst, you’ll have happy customers. At best you’ll have a lot more customers who are also very happy!

http://www.webpronews.com/blogtalk/2007/04...-service-lesson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utah Law Bans Competitor Keyword Bids

 

The Utah State Legislature has passed a Trademark Protection Act that creates a new type of mark called an electronic registration mark; it probably will not survive a Constitutional test according to the state's own general counsel.

 

Using a competitor keyword or phrase to trigger an advertisement online in Utah is against the law. The passage of the Trademark Protection Act in Utah would require search engines to check a database of registered trademarks to avoid displaying ads in this way.

 

The profitability angle for Utah can't be ignored. An annual fee of no more than $250 would be charged for each registered electronic mark under the law. Utah would reap an enormous windfall from brand name advertisers who wish to circumvent Google's lawful practice of not investigating keywords as trademarks used to trigger ads in the US.

 

If you are looking for people who think this law is a bad idea, you'll be spoiled for choice at the selection. You can start with Utah's own General Counsel; they appended a legislative review note to the proposed act in the weeks leading up to its passage.

 

In summary, the General Counsel found problems with the Act as written:

 

Because of the potential impact on interstate commerce from the state's regulation of electronic registration mark use on Internet search engines, this legislation has a high probability of being held to be unconstitutional.

 

The Commerce Clause to the United States Constitution provides that Congress has the power to regulate interstate commerce. (U.S. Const. art. I, sec. 8). This provision also has a "dormant" aspect that "prohibits state . . . regulation that discriminates against or unduly burdens interstate commerce."

 

Search engines would either have to check every ad request to see if a user in Utah was making it, then check the search terms against the database of electronic registration marks for possible trademark issues.

 

Utah's General Counsel office also considered the possibility that search engines would have to check every user query against the Utah database to avoid the need to determine someone's location. "Any benefit to the state from this legislation is likely substantially outweighed by the burden on every Internet search engine or similar system to re- engineer its systems and constantly check the search terms or the location of a user," they noted.

 

That potential would trigger the dormant aspect of the Commerce Clause. The Electronic Frontier Foundation commented on issues with Utah's passage of the bill:

 

Aside from its constitutional flaws, the law is just bad public policy. It undermines the fundamental purpose of trademarks: to improve consumer access to accurate information about goods and services. Trademarks are just shorthand terms that designate the origin of a product.

 

Banning such competitor trademark usage would undermine legally permitted comparative advertising, according to the EFF's Corynne McSherry. "That's why comparative trademark use is clearly protected under federal trademark law. If it weren't, Pepsi wouldn't be able to tell consumers that more people think Pepsi tastes better than Coke," she wrote.

 

Danny Sullivan brought up a scenario suggesting one difficulty Utah's trademark system would have with this law:

 

Can you imagine registering common words like "Orange" or "Egg" or, hmm, "Apple" for protection? Then someone wants to use these words in a non-competitive way. How can the system automatically know this?

 

It's difficult to see Utah's Trademark Protection Act as anything more than a blatant money grab. Let the Constitutional challenges begin.

http://www.webpronews.com/insiderreports/2...or-keyword-bids

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'But I deserved that promotion!'

So your employer hired an outside candidate for that big job you wanted? Here's why and what to do next.

http://money.cnn.com/2007/04/02/news/econo...dex.htm?cnn=yes

 

 

Spring-cleaning for your financial house

Five simple strategies will get your financial papers organized. Now's your chance to end the chaos forever.

http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/moneym...neymag/?cnn=yes

 

A Citizens' Army in New Orleans

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,...ite-cnn-partner

 

Big incomes, bigger houses

These million dollar mansions are located in neighborhoods where the median income can top $500,000.

http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/pf/070...ex.html?cnn=yes

 

Tax-Friendly Places 2007

See how much you'll play in income, sales and property taxes around the country.

http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/pf/070...ex.html?cnn=yes

 

Testing service cancels plans for new GRE exam

http://www.cnn.com/2007/EDUCATION/04/03/gr...s.ap/index.html

 

Bush administration wants to loosen NCLB rules

http://www.cnn.com/2007/EDUCATION/04/04/sp...s.ap/index.html

 

Container ships an offbeat cruising option

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TRAVEL/04/04/conta...s.ap/index.html

 

Analysis: Hormone heart risk overstated for women in 50s

http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/conditions/...s.ap/index.html

 

Condor egg could herald return of giant

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/04/03...g.ap/index.html

 

Army tells managers to prep for potential money crunch

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/04/04/pen...unds/index.html

 

Blogger freed after after record contempt stint

http://www.cnn.com/2007/LAW/04/04/jailed.j...t.ap/index.html

 

Another gone from 'Dancing With the Stars'

http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/TV/04/04/t...r.ap/index.html

 

'Scary Movie' actress Anna Faris divorcing

http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Movies/04/...s.ap/index.html

 

Tech companies blast 2008 H-1B visa cap

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/biztech/04/04...s.ap/index.html

 

Virtual feds visit Second Life casinos

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/internet/04/0...reut/index.html

 

Bush: Clock ticking on funding for war troops

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/04/03/sen...unds/index.html

 

Authorities: Fifth-graders posted lookout, had sex in class

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/03/school.sex.ap/index.html

 

Witnesses: Woman shot at point-blank range

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/03/shooting.witness/index.html

 

Food scare prompts pet owners to retreat to own kitchens

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/03/homemade....d.ap/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collins: How a scientist can believe in God

Editor's note: Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute. His most recent book is "The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief."

 

ROCKVILLE, Maryland (CNN) -- I am a scientist and a believer, and I find no conflict between those world views.

 

As the director of the Human Genome Project, I have led a consortium of scientists to read out the 3.1 billion letters of the human genome, our own DNA instruction book. As a believer, I see DNA, the information molecule of all living things, as God's language, and the elegance and complexity of our own bodies and the rest of nature as a reflection of God's plan.

 

I did not always embrace these perspectives. As a graduate student in physical chemistry in the 1970s, I was an atheist, finding no reason to postulate the existence of any truths outside of mathematics, physics and chemistry. But then I went to medical school, and encountered life and death issues at the bedsides of my patients. Challenged by one of those patients, who asked "What do you believe, doctor?", I began searching for answers.

 

I had to admit that the science I loved so much was powerless to answer questions such as "What is the meaning of life?" "Why am I here?" "Why does mathematics work, anyway?" "If the universe had a beginning, who created it?" "Why are the physical constants in the universe so finely tuned to allow the possibility of complex life forms?" "Why do humans have a moral sense?" "What happens after we die?" (Watch Francis Collins discuss how he came to believe in God Video)

 

I had always assumed that faith was based on purely emotional and irrational arguments, and was astounded to discover, initially in the writings of the Oxford scholar C.S. Lewis and subsequently from many other sources, that one could build a very strong case for the plausibility of the existence of God on purely rational grounds. My earlier atheist's assertion that "I know there is no God" emerged as the least defensible. As the British writer G.K. Chesterton famously remarked, "Atheism is the most daring of all dogmas, for it is the assertion of a universal negative."

 

But reason alone cannot prove the existence of God. Faith is reason plus revelation, and the revelation part requires one to think with the spirit as well as with the mind. You have to hear the music, not just read the notes on the page. Ultimately, a leap of faith is required.

 

For me, that leap came in my 27th year, after a search to learn more about God's character led me to the person of Jesus Christ. Here was a person with remarkably strong historical evidence of his life, who made astounding statements about loving your neighbor, and whose claims about being God's son seemed to demand a decision about whether he was deluded or the real thing. After resisting for nearly two years, I found it impossible to go on living in such a state of uncertainty, and I became a follower of Jesus.

 

So, some have asked, doesn't your brain explode? Can you both pursue an understanding of how life works using the tools of genetics and molecular biology, and worship a creator God? Aren't evolution and faith in God incompatible? Can a scientist believe in miracles like the resurrection?

 

Actually, I find no conflict here, and neither apparently do the 40 percent of working scientists who claim to be believers. Yes, evolution by descent from a common ancestor is clearly true. If there was any lingering doubt about the evidence from the fossil record, the study of DNA provides the strongest possible proof of our relatedness to all other living things.

 

But why couldn't this be God's plan for creation? True, this is incompatible with an ultra-literal interpretation of Genesis, but long before Darwin, there were many thoughtful interpreters like St. Augustine, who found it impossible to be exactly sure what the meaning of that amazing creation story was supposed to be. So attaching oneself to such literal interpretations in the face of compelling scientific evidence pointing to the ancient age of Earth and the relatedness of living things by evolution seems neither wise nor necessary for the believer.

 

I have found there is a wonderful harmony in the complementary truths of science and faith. The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome. God can be found in the cathedral or in the laboratory. By investigating God's majestic and awesome creation, science can actually be a means of worship.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/03/collins.c...tary/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iran president to free UK sailors

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/meast/04/04/...lors/index.html

 

Coyote a cool customer at Chicago sandwich shop

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/04/chicago.c...e.ap/index.html

 

Bald eagles make comeback on Catalina Island

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/science/04/04...s.ap/index.html

 

Combo migraine drug beat single drug therapy

http://www.cnn.com/2007/HEALTH/conditions/...reut/index.html

 

Police ID gunman in fatal CNN Center shooting

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/03/cnn.shooting/index.html

 

Ex-Wal-Mart worker admits to spy campaign

A Wal-Mart employee, who was fired last month for intercepting a reporter's calls, says he was part of a sophisticated surveillance operation.

http://money.cnn.com/2007/04/04/news/compa...dex.htm?cnn=yes

 

'Hotel Rwanda' hero comes under fire in native land

http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/africa/04/04...reut/index.html

 

Elizabeth Edwards gets good news on treatment

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/04/04/eli...s.ap/index.html

 

Dobbs: We're on a 'fast track' to bad trade policy

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/03/dobbs.april4/index.html

 

Pelosi pushes Syria on Hamas, Hezbollah links

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/04/04/pel...t.ap/index.html

 

Severe storms rake Tenn., Ky., Ark.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070404/ap_on_.../severe_weather

 

Pelosi meets Syrian president

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070404/ap_on_.../mideast_pelosi

 

Artist exhibits tortilla paintings

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/sm/events/lf/...rtillapaint/p:7

 

American Taliban seeks reduced sentence

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Spring snow dumps on upper Northeast

 

CONCORD, N.H. - A spring storm brought more than a foot of snow to parts of the upper Northeast, closing schools, tangling traffic and knocking out power to more than 100,000 homes and businesses on Thursday.

 

At least one death was blamed on the wintry weather, which was expected to continue through the weekend.

 

By early Thursday, areas of Maine already had nearly a foot and a half of wet, heavy snow, and central New Hampshire saw 16 inches in spots. Up to a foot fell in Vermont, and upstate New York had several inches as well.

 

The spring snow followed a winter that was often unusually warm.

 

"We had Easter on December 25th. People had crocuses coming out and blooms on bushes. And now we have Christmas, with all this snow," said meteorologist Butch Roberts of the

National Weather Service in Gray, Maine. "It's a little topsy-turvy sometimes."

 

Utility crews worked through the night and into Thursday trying to restore electricity to more than 80,000 homes and businesses in New Hampshire after the snow took down tree limbs â۠and power lines.

 

Damage was widespread, and there was no estimate of when electricity might be restored, said Martin Murray, spokesman for Public Service Company of New Hampshire.

 

Central Maine Power reported that more than 24,000 customers without electricity, mainly in the Alfred area, and Vermont had about 1,300 outages.

 

The heavy, wet snow clogged roads early Thursday, prompting school officials to cancel or delay classes around the region.

 

A man was killed in New Hampshire when his car ran off Interstate 93 and hit a tree during the storm Wednesday night on the Canterbury-Concord line, state police said.

 

A tractor-trailer carrying oxygen bottles skidded and rolled over Wednesday night on the Everett Turnpike in Merrimack. Bottles rolled out, and it took crews all night to clear the road, though none of the bottles broke. The driver was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

 

Cars were also reported off the road in Maine, and police said a traffic death Wednesday on a slippery road in Topsham may have been weather-related.

 

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Greek archaeologists unearth rich tomb

 

ATHENS, Greece - Archaeologists on a Greek island have discovered a large Roman-era tomb containing gold jewelry, pottery and bronze offerings, officials said Wednesday. The building, near the village of Fiscardo on Kefalonia, contained five burials including a large vaulted grave and a stone coffin, a Culture Ministry announcement said.

 

 

The complex, measuring 26 by 20 feet, had been missed by grave-robbers, the announcement said.

 

Archaeologists found gold earrings and rings, gold leaves that may have been attached to ceremonial clothing, as well as glass and clay pots, bronze artifacts decorated with masks, a bronze lock and copper coins.

 

The vaulted grave, a house-shaped structure, had a small stone door that still works perfectly â۠turning on stone pivots.

 

On a nearby plot, archaeologists also located traces of what may have been a small theater with four rows of stone seats, the ministry said.

 

Previous excavations in the area have uncovered remains of houses, a baths complex and a cemetery, all dating to Roman times â۠between 146 B.C. and 330 A.D.

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Over-Achieving Viral Makes CD Look a Fool, All While Generating Zero Site Visits

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What Bud.TV Should Do Before Last Call

 

Anheuser-Busch is helping prove that content, all by itself, may not be the king of online.

 

A-B is pumping $30 million into Bud.TV, its branded digital entertainment network. Despite original programming from Kevin Spacey and Vince Vaughn, as well as a mix of comedy, reality TV and sports, Bud.TV is falling short of its goal of 2-to-3 million monthly visits. The media are quick to point out why Bud.TV is going flat.

 

Registration is the sites Achilles heel. Its required by law, but is a pain and it walls off the site. This could get worse before it gets better as several states have petitioned A-B to make registration even tougher.

 

But before we put Bud.TV on, er, ice, lets consider some ways they can still get their drink on.

 

Content: A-B decided not to play with the YouTubes of the world. So you wont find their content on other sites. OK, separation anxiety...we get that a lot in corporate America when it comes to ceding control of the message. create shorter spots to promote Bud.TV on these sites. You cant deny their ability to quickly match good content with a broad audience.

 

Extensions: Bud needs to pour out pint-sized versions of Bud.TV to reach its audience online. They should create a Bud.TV widget I can add to my site highlighting the latest programs and telling visitors the shows are always on at Bud.TV (play off the concept of Happy Hours instead of Prime Time).

 

The site notes its developing a Desktop Bud.TV. Whats it modeled after, Pointcast? It might as well be as theyre creating a proprietary video player you can download to play Bud.TV spots on your computer. Why not give visitors the ability to send content to a standard media player as well as mobile phones and iPods? Requiring software to watch the content gives viewers one more reason not to watch it at all.

 

Promotions: A-B launched Bud.TV during the Super Bowl to get awareness, but shied away from online promotion. So they want awareness, but not registered viewers? You cannot expect You-Tube sized growth from a Super Bowl commercial. Little online promotion takes place. Paid search is not even under consideration at this time according to MediaPost. Wtf?! If thats not wrong, its arrogant. Bud.TV needs to get the word out at other sites catering to their younger, male demographic.

 

Get a (Blues) Clue about Interface Design: Im not a designer, Im a user. But I think youll agree the Bud.TV interface could be better. It might be visually pleasing, but it's too spread out with a viewing screen that's too small, even when you zoom.

 

My kids love watching video online at Nick Jrs web site. Not only does it do a better job of serving up content, you can increase screen size and go back and forth between the two quickly and easily. Yes, its ironic that a kids site is a good model for BudTV. But younger audiences are used to smaller screens and have more opportunities to tune in to online content.

 

Theres also plenty of mainstream media Bud.TV can emulate to create a successful space online. MTV, CNN, CBS and The New York Times have all learned from their audiences and evolved their sites.

 

Bud.TVs interface should be a non-issue and its content should be easier to share so it can help spread the word to other viewers. The content may be funny and cool, but without connectivity, it doesnt matter.

 

MediaPost also notes Anheuser-Busch is in the process of bolstering Bud.TV with new features and a more aggressive marketing campaign. They already let you send a link from a video to a friend. Well, its a start.

 

What are the Odds?

$30 million is a lot of beer money no matter whos throwing the party"about 1,875,000 cases or >burp< 45 million cans. Bud.TV is taking a risk. But we all recommend taking risks to do meaningful, successful marketing. Hopefully A-B changes the site in time to make Bud.TV a success.

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Blogcatalog a Copycat? Ask.com Campaign Backfires? GodTube Launches.

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Scanning Consideration Sets And Their Importance To Search Marketers

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SEARCH ENGINE LAND blog

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It's About Connections, Not Control

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Repeat After Me: We're Still in Control!

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Should I Pause my AdWords Campaign on Weekends?

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SEO All-Stars Rank Top 10 Algorithm Factors

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G-Men Visit Second Life Casinos, Stay for the Brothels

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Thread: MyChurch.org - Facebook for churches

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As Daily Postings Slide, Blogging Peaks

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New York auto show gets into gear

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Kerkorian makes offer for Chrysler

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Fla. felons to regain rights more easily

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Kerkorian offers $4.5B for Chrysler

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CNN shooting highlights safety in public workplaces

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UK sailors reunited with families

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Five U.S., 4 British troops killed in Iraq

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Source: FBI agent killed in bank shootout

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1,600 rescued from cruise ship

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Romney's longtime hunter boast blasted

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Obama shows strength with $25 million in donations

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Clooney gives kids $20 for lemonade

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Solar bursts may threaten GPS

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U.N. to discuss climate as security issue

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Florida housing sex offenders under bridge

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'Porn & Pancakes' fights X-rated addictions

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Census: Immigrants stabilize big-city populations

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Pimp my Jet: A mansion with wings

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Tax-Friendly Places 2007

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What Message Was Iran Sending?

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Why American Idol Keeps Soaring

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Ford CEO: $28M for 4 months work

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Kerkorian offers $4.5B for Chrysler

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B&Bs: What you need to know before you book

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Island jewels: Three sparkling Florida Keys resorts

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Teacher accused of quieting students with clothespins

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Study: No benefit going high-tech for math and science

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Space tourist ready for launch

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Global warming report facing deadline

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Computers questioned as mammogram aid

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Are humans hard-wired for faith?

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Disease underlies Hatfield-McCoy feud

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Cartoonist helps search for 1979 killer

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Betty Ford hospitalized in California

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Warm welcome greets freed British crew

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FBI agent possibly killed by colleague

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China denies role in U.S. pet deaths

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Pentagon to alert National Guard troops

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Yahoo Messenger Fixes ActiveX Flaw

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Beyond the SEM Bells and Whistles

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Different Links, Different Goals

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Exerting Influence and Moving Markets

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Google Top Ads - Was Banner Blindness Setting In?

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Domain Names - Choosing Them Alphabetically

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CEOs - They Should Get Out More

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SEO All-Stars Rank Top 10 Algorithm Factors

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Google Faces Pressure Over Censorship

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Bandwidth Hogs Not Feeling Comcastic

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AFP Settles Google News Lawsuit

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Is Linking To Pirated Content A Liability?

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Has SEO Jumped The Shark?

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One Box Goes Gold At Google

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Domain Name Prices To Increase 7%; Verisign To Make $27 million More Per Year

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Early Prototype Of FireFox Coop Released

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MediaMaster: Access Your Music Library Online

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Technorati CEO Search Confirmed

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links for 2007-04-06

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Discounted Tickets for WOMMA Conference

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Tech Politics Podcast: Determining H-1B rights and wrongs

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Judge puts halt on new Vonage customers

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Agence France-Press, Google settle copyright dispute

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Open-source Java leader moves to Joost

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New York auto show gets into gear

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Good PR: Bow Wow, UNK, Lloyd, BG & The Chopper City Boyz, Yung Joc, Timbaland, DJ Hapa, Wyclef Jean

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Hook Ups: Virgin Megastores & Talib Kweli, Three 6 Mafia & Playboy, Pharrell & Pepsi, Mims & Microsoft, Chamillionaire & Energizer

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Where are they now?

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Gonzales aide Goodling resigns

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Why You Can't Simply "Destroy" Your Online Past

 

The latest Business Week article, "Web Attack", looks at how you should monitor your web reputation and steps you can take to try and respond to negative reviews, blogs and forums, etc.

 

Reputation monitoring and management is a vital tactic for any company (or individual) interested in what the web has to say about them, but it's important to know that 'engaging' your critics does not mean using an automated process to squash them. You can't hope to hire a firm to wipe out your past transgressions, if you're not changing your habits and reaching out to those who challenge you.

 

That's why it's important to highlight this bold claim by ReputationDefender:

 

For executives there's a new, $10,000 premium service from ReputationDefender.com that can promote the info you want and suppress the news you don't. The company also claims it can make information disappear altogether. One CEO, it says, watched a negative story about wrongdoing at his company drop from the first page of his Google hits to the third.

 

We already know from past reports that ReputationDefender claims to 'destroy' any negative information online that is associated with your brand. While the company may well have success with their clients, it's impossible to 'destroy' any negative content, if there's not a sincere motive behind the initiative. Simply trying to bury a negative web site or blog post, will be futile - someone else will take its place - if the behavior by the company has not changed too.

 

So, if you're looking to clean-up your online brand, you need to do more than simply create new content or try and 'suppress' the negative stuff. In order to succeed, you need:

 

* Sincerity. If you're called out for your past practices, simply saying 'sorry' is not enough, if you've not changed the associated behavior. While you may appease one critic, many others will be standing by. And, should you continue to make the same mistakes, your critics will feel duped by your false apology and likely attack with greater fervor.

* Transparency. Once you've realized the error of your ways and decided to make a change for the better, you'll need to admit your mistakes and demonstrate why your critics should believe you have changed. Whether it's an open letter to your customers, an interview with your critics, or your own company blog post, it's important to be open and honest about your mistakes and future plans.

* Consistency. If you've made just one screw-up ( http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/19/business...nyt&emc=rss ), chances are you'll be able to make amends with just one single action. However, if your company has built a reputation for one mistake after another ( http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&saf...amp;btnG=Search ), it will take a lot more to convince your detractors that you have changed your spots. Your sincerity and transparency will buy you a reprieve and some breathing-room, but it's your consistency in your future actions that will change the ongoing perception of your critics.

 

Sincerity, Transparency, Consistency. Reputation management is a complex task, akin to crisis communications and as involved as any marketing campaign, but if you keep these three points in mind, you'll be on your way to better changing the opinions of others.

 

For more free advice, check out our free online reputation management guide.

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Ten Ways To Convince Shoppers To Buy Online

 

On average, online retailers still only convert two to three percent of visitors into buyers. Though people are buying more online than ever before, that number has remained consistent over the last three years.

 

The three percent conversion average is also consistent across studies by different organizations, according to e-Marketer. That means that 97 percent of shoppers still prefer to buy offline.

 

Still, there are a few that convert 15-25 percent of the time. Proflowers.com is on top, with a 24.5 percent conversion rate. Following Proflowers is, mainly, apparel sites with a peppering of bookstores and online variety (read: cheap) shops.

 

Big and Tall or Plus-sized apparel shops are huge online, and sites offering higher sizes make up four out of the top ten converting web stores. That makes sense given the embarrassment overweight people face shopping offline.

 

There are things we can deduce about the average online shopper from this information (and they're things that should make intuitive sense to you, as you are also a consumer). The average online shopper seeks: low risk (how much risk is in flowers?); trusted sources; reliability; ease of shopping; information; free or cheap shipping.

 

I'm not shy about telling you that I fall into the 97 percent reluctant to buy anything beyond flowers, clothing, books, or items of comparable expense. I am looking to buy an HDTV, but you'd have to have a heck a sales pitch to get me to slap down my credit card number and have it shipped to my house without actually looking at the picture quality.

 

That's right. No cars, no TVs, no boats, no houses. And yet, and yet, to quote my hero Jorge Borges, I may be persuaded to buy a watch, a set of tires even, perhaps a new Christmas tree, or maybe even that TV I didn't want to trust you about, if the seller accomplishes certain things.

 

How to Convince Me (the consumer) to Buy Online Instead of Off:

 

1. Website must look professional. The art of seduction always begins with presentation. Sloppy never gets the girls.

 

2. Don't make me look a hundred different places for information. Give me product details until you've made me sick with them. Link to product reviews.

 

3. Don't try to be slick by overselling an inferior product. Be honest about why it's not as good as the higher-priced item. The consumer (that's me and you) appreciates being able to balance value and affordability.

 

4. Make all serious considerations clear. It builds trust. For example, if the TV's refurbished or needs an external tuner, let us know up front.

 

5. Shipping cost matters. It matters a lot. If I can get the same product at Target for the SAME or lower, I will buy it there. Don't try to trick me with giant discounts offset with huge shipping costs it makes me think you're tying to pull a fast one.

 

6. Ease my mind more about the shipping. I worry when kids, wives, mothers, siblings, and products are in transit. I need to know returning the product won't be a hassle, that I can track it in case something seems lost in the shuffle, and that the seller won't ship-and-stick me with something I didn't order.

 

7. There needs to be positive user ratings about you and your product easily found. Link me to where people say nice things about you. Link me to where people say nice things about your product.

 

8. If you have a sale price, don't just mark through the original price and make me click to find the new one. That's annoying and wastes my time and forms a (small) negative impression.

 

9. Don't make it complicated to buy from you. More than four steps to make a purchase? Forget it, just because your site's a pain in the butt.

 

10. Under-promise, over-deliver, and then deliver, deliver, deliver some more. As an online retailer, you online reputation is the most valuable web property you have. If you get customers gushing about you, other customers will come.

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It's difficult for Leah Oliver to sing 'King of Glory.'

 

Oliver, 25, of Woodbridge plays an angel in Christ Chapel's production of 'The Borrowed Tomb' this weekend. She sings the slow ballad as Jesus is hanging on the cross.

 

'It's very hard,' said Oliver, who also sings in the chorus, adding that her personal relationship with Jesus makes it difficult.

 

'Having someone you love in front of you looking like they're dying is hard,' said Oliver, an administrative assistant to the worship and fine arts pastor at Christ Chapel. 'It just grips you. It becomes real.'

 

She added that the whole meaning of the production is to show 'what love is, how one man laid down his life [out of love].'

This is the second year Christ Chapel will present 'The Borrowed Tomb,' depicting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

 

David Clydesdale, a Christian producer, arranger and writer from Nashville, originally wrote the play in 2001. 'The Borrowed Tomb' is a dramatized passion play, depicting the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is also a musical that focuses on three biblical figures at the time of the crucifixion: Mary Magdalene, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea.

 

Rachel Hamby, who handles promotion for the play and sings in the chorus, said the play includes a whole score of about 15 songs and lasts about an hour and 15 minutes.

 

'It's going to be bigger and better than ever this year,' said Rachel Hamby, who is in charge of promotion for the play and sings in the chorus. She added that the play features 165 cast members, as well as live animals, including sheep, lambs, doves and a donkey.

 

She also said that a few changes have been made since last year's production. The lighting is different, and the story structure has been changed to include narration by angels.

Hamby said that 'The Borrowed Tomb' focuses on the last several days of Jesus's life on Earth, as told by Nicodemus. She said that Nicodemus was a 'secret disciple' of Jesus, who wanted to learn more, but was afraid to lose his position within the Sanhedrin, the Jewish court that found Christ guilty of blasphemy.

 

Gordon Middleton reprises his role of Nicodemus for the second year.

 

'He's really trying to figure out who this Jesus figure really is and struggling with the personal and political costs,' said Middleton, 59, an engineer living in Woodbridge.

 

Middleton added that the crucifixion sequence involves hammers, nails and blood.

 

'Christ ends up pretty bloody on the cross,' said Middleton.

'[Nichodemus] feels badly that he can't do anything to protect him because he's more interested in his position at the synagogue,' said Hamby, adding that most of the play is a dialogue between Mary Magdalene, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea.

 

Joseph was also a member of the Sanhedrin and donated his tomb to Christ, hence the title of the play.

'It's embellished somewhat, but it's all from the Bible,' said Hamby of Fredericksburg.

 

Hamby said that the set is designed to look like biblical Jerusalem, with stonewalls and a temple.

 

'It's very well done', said Hamby. 'It took weeks and weeks to do it.' She also said that rehearsals began in the beginning of February.

 

Mirachelle Canada, an administrative assistant for Christian education and drama and history at Christ Chapel, plays Mary Magdalene.

 

It's amazing to play someone that actually knew him, that's a woman, said Canada, 29, of Dumfries.

 

Canada said Mary Magdalene was a former prostitute who Jesus met on the street. She said that instead of condemning her, he healed her and exorcized the demons that possessed her.

 

'She was at the cross with his mother, and went to the tomb when he was buried, said Canada. “She was the first person to see Jesus alive after he was crucified.''

 

Canada is also the assistant director of the production, helping rewrite sections with the angels for better transitions. As Mary Magdalene, she sings a ballad, 'Father Forgive Them,' after the crucifixion.

 

'It's a very dramatic piece, it kind of goes from despair to hope', said Canada. 'This is our passion play, that we do every year. We really like to give back to the community'.

 

WHEN YOU GO

The Borrowed Tomb

7:30 p.m. tonight and Friday, noon Saturday, with Easter egg hunt and food to follow.

Free, group seating available.

Christ Chapel, 13909 Smoketown Road, Woodbridge

(703) 670-8481 or christchapel.org

 

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From a Borrowed Manger

 

When Jesus walked the earth, He owned little more than the clothes on His back. He simply borrowed what He needed.

Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:42

 

He was conceived in a borrowed womb and delivered in a borrowed manger. He was raised by a borrowed family and grew up in a borrowed culture. God, not Joseph, was His true Father.

 

Jesus borrowed water to make wine. He borrowed 12 disciples to spread His message. He preached from a borrowed boat and slept in borrowed lodgings. He borrowed a coin from a fish to pay His taxes, and heads of grain from a farmer to satisfy His physical hunger.

 

He preached in a borrowed synagogue. From the woman at the well, He asked to borrow a bucket to draw water. From a boy, He borrowed five loaves and two fishes to feed 5,000 people. On a borrowed Sabbath, He healed a man's withered hand. He rode to town on a borrowed donkey, ate the Last Supper in a borrowed room, borrowed a basin to wash His disciple's feet and a towel to wipe them.

 

They buried Him in a borrowed tomb. But He gave it back three days later.

 

Neither death nor the grave could hold Him.

 

Jesus demonstrated that our natural life consists of nothing but borrowed time, for eternal life is our true destiny.

 

What happened to what Jesus borrowed? He didn't wear it out, break or abuse it, but multiplied it or left it in better condition than before. From the borrowed manger, He became Emmanuel 'God with us'. With a borrowed bucket, He revealed the source of living water and transformed a woman and her village. From the borrowed Sabbath, He gives us the true Sabbath of resting in Him. From the borrowed tomb, He gave us resurrection life, the greatest gift in the universe. And through our borrowed lives, He continues to offer this gift to all who will believe.

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New Hard Drives Hold a Terabyte of Data

 

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Yes, you can now get a terabyte hard drive on a desktop PC. Breaking the ice with a Hitachi drive was Dell, with Area 51 game-oriented machines from its Alienware subsidiary. The 1T option initially costs $500.

 

In case you're wondering, as printed text a terabyte would occupy 100 million reams of paper, consuming some 50,000 trees. It is enough to hold 16 days (not hours) of DVD-quality video, or a million pictures, or almost two years worth of continuous music.

 

You might not have any songs that last for two years, but that's irrelevant, indicated Henry Baltazar, storage analyst for The 451 Group, a technology analyst firm in San Francisco. "There will be a demand for it, since a lot of people have digital media, like movies, pictures and music," Baltazar told LiveScience.

 

"Larger devices will become more commonplace, and we will see the same kind of transition from gigabyte to terabyte drives as we previously saw from megabyte to gigabyte drives, in fact, the move from 500 gigabytes to a terabyte has taken longer than expected."

 

The leap from 500G to 1T required a breakthrough in 'areal density' (how tight the bytes are packed on the surface of the disk), according to Doug Pickford, a marketing executive at Hitachi Global Storage Technologies. The trick, he explained, was to move to Perpendicular Magnetic Recording (PMR), where each bit is a perpendicular rather than a linear magnetized spot on the disk as if the bits were standing up rather than lying down.

 

Currently, areal density is growing at about 35 to 40 percent per year, and the techniques used to create the 1T drive are expandable to make a 5T drive, Pickford said. More work will be needed to surpass the 5T hurdle, but he foresaw no physical limitations until drives reach a capacity of at least 50T.

 

At that point, they'll hold about a century of music.

 

Incidentally, for planning purposes, the next level is the petabyte (a quadrillion bytes); and then the exabyte (one quintillion bytes); and then the zettabyte (one sextillion bytes); and then the yottabyte (one septillion bytes.)

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http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/04/10/gin...erry/index.html

 

All charges against Duke lacrosse players dropped

http://www.cnn.com/2007/LAW/04/11/duke.lacrosse/index.html

 

Google Earth maps out Darfur atrocities

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/04/10/google....cide/index.html

 

Globe-trotting gamer blasts competition

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TECH/fun.games/04/...file/index.html

 

A sneak peek at the new 'Shrek'

http://www.cnn.com/2007/SHOWBIZ/Movies/04/...d.ap/index.html

 

Police: ATM thief's fake leg falls off in escape bid

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/11/onelegged...p.ap/index.html

 

Military re-enlistment bonuses skyrocket

http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/04/11/military....g.ap/index.html

 

Risky loans - alive and well

Despite the subprime meltdown, many lenders are still finding a place for exotic mortgages.

http://money.cnn.com/2007/04/10/real_estat...7041016?cnn=yes

 

10 tax blunders that can cost you

Plenty of Americans bungle their return every year and pay extra in penalties as a result. Here's how you avoid making those same mistakes.

http://money.cnn.com/2007/03/29/pf/taxes/t...7032916?cnn=yes

 

M E L I N D A D O O L I T T L E

http://www.time.com/time/2007/american_ido...ite-cnn-partner

 

Coming Clean on Student Loans

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,...ite-cnn-partner

 

Fed: More rate hikes might be needed

But policy-makers also say uncertainty about growth and inflation meant they should stop saying rate increases were the sole option.

http://money.cnn.com/2007/04/11/news/econo...dex.htm?cnn=yes

 

Home prices set for first drop in 40 years

Real estate group sees 0.7% decline in 2007, first annual drop since it began keeping track.

http://money.cnn.com/2007/04/11/news/econo...dex.htm?cnn=yes

 

John Kluge to donate $400M to Columbia University

http://www.cnn.com/2007/EDUCATION/04/11/sc...t.ap/index.html

 

Nation's largest student-loan provider settles

http://www.cnn.com/2007/EDUCATION/04/11/st...e.ap/index.html

 

Trace Thoreau's footsteps on Mount Misery

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TRAVEL/DESTINATION...y.ap/index.html

 

Washington's distillery a boost for whiskey tourism

http://www.cnn.com/2007/TRAVEL/DESTINATION...y.ap/index.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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