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  1. thirdrailmiche commented on Doonesbury almost 2 years ago

    You beat me to it.
    My mind always goes to this song when thinking of children growing up and life-cycle events.

  2. thirdrailmiche commented on For Better or For Worse almost 2 years ago

    agreed. Well said.

  3. thirdrailmiche commented on For Better or For Worse almost 2 years ago

    saw this on GMA this morning. It’s amazing what passes for news these days. One plastic surgeon estimates that it cost her about $500K to look this way.

  4. thirdrailmiche commented on Heart of the City about 2 years ago

    Hits close to home for me too. Three years ago I had to put down my 17 year old cat Spock. One kitten and a Dalmatian puppy later and he is still sorely missed.

  5. thirdrailmiche commented on Pat Oliphant about 2 years ago

    We do a good enough job all by ourselves and it is not Israel that makes us look like idiots. As for what Israel contributes to us and our lives here is a small list a friend of mine posted this on a divestment site, but I don’t think she will mind if I repost it here.

    " If you really want tboycott Israeli made goods then please let me help you. Here is a comprehensive, but not by any means complete, list of Israeli made goods for you to boycott:

    The cell phone was developed in Israel by Israelis working in the Israeli branch of Motorola, which has its largest development center in Israel.

    Most of the Windows NT and XP operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel.

    The Intel Pentium chip technology was designed in Israel.

    Both the Pentium-4 microprocessor and the Centrinprocessor were entirely designed, developed, and produced in Israel. In January 2005, an upgraded version of its Centrinchipset was, like its predecessor, conceived in Intel’s development center in Haifa. The product features new graphics and audicapabilities, faster processing, and greater security features. Intel’s next major endeavor, a chipset tsupport the more advanced WiMax standard for wireless Internet, is alsbeing spearheaded in Israel.

    The Pentium microprocessor in your computer was most likely made in Israel.

    Internet voice-mail technology was developed in Israel.

    Both Microsoft and Ciscbuilt their only R&D; facilities outside the U.S. in Israel.

    Four young Israelis developed the technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ in 1996.

    In 1955, Jewish doctor Jonas Salk gave the world the polivaccine, which was composed of “killed” polivirus that retained the ability timmunize without running the risk of infecting the patient.

    According tindustry officials, Israel has designed the airline industry’s most impenetrable flight security. U.S. officials now look tIsrael for advice on how thandle airborne security threats.

    Israel has developed on in-flight cell-phone system that will allow cell-phone use on airlines at an affordable price.

    The first PC antivirus software was developed in Israel in 1979, and Israel continues as the world leader in developing antivirus software programs.

    Israeli scientists developed the first fully computerized, no-radiation diagnostic instrumentation for breast cancer.

    An Israeli company developed a computerized system for ensuring proper administration of medications, thus removing human error from medical treatment. Every year in U.S. hospitals, 7,000 patients die from treatment mistakes.

    In response tserious water shortages, Israeli engineers and agriculturalists developed a revolutionary drip-irrigation system tminimize the amount of water used tgrow crops.

    Israel’s Givun Imaging developed the first ingestible videcamera, ssmall it fits inside a pill. It is used tview the small intestine from the inside tdetect cancer and digestive disorders.

    Researchers in Israel developed a new device that directly helps the heart pump blood, and innovation with the potential tsave lives among those with heart failure. The new device is synchronized with a camera and helps doctors diagnose the heart’s mechanical operations through a sophisticated system of sensors.

    A new acne treatment developed in Israel, the ClearLight device, produces a high-intensity, ultraviolet-light-free, narrow-band blue light that causes acne bacteria tself-destruct—all without damaging surrounding skin or tissue.

    An Israeli company was the first tdevelop and install a large-scale, solar-powered, and fully functional electricity-generating plant in southern California’s Mojave Desert.

    Date palms have been growing in the Middle East for centuries. The average tree is about 18 t20 feet tall (about 5.5 t6.1 meters) and yields about 38 pounds (about 17.2 kilograms) of dates a year. Israeli trees are now yielding 400 pounds (181.4 kilograms) per tree each year and are short enough tbe harvested from the ground or a short ladder.

    USB flash drive – a flash memory data storage device integrated with a USB interface. The Israeli company M-Systems (in partnership with IBM) developed and manufactured the first USB flash drives available in North America.

    Quicktionary Electronic dictionary – a tiny pen-sized scanner which is able tscan words or phrases and immediately translate them intother languages, or keep them in memory in order ttransfer them tthe PC. Developed by the Israeli company Wizcom Technologies Ltd.

    Laser Keyboard – virtual keyboard is projected onta wall or table top and allows ttype handheld computers and cell phones. Developed simultaneously by the Israeli company Lumiand Silicon Valley startup company Canesta.

    Babylon – a single-click computer translation, dictionary and information source utility program developed by Amnon Ovadia.

    A unique technology for producing hydrogen in vehicles as an alternative fuel source. It is produced by the Israeli company Engineuity and was invented by Amnon Yogev and Eli Gmaazaon."

    What have you done for us lately cdward?

  6. thirdrailmiche commented on Stuart Carlson over 2 years ago

    There are three kinds of people in this world: those who can and those who can’t count.

  7. thirdrailmiche commented on Non Sequitur over 2 years ago

    Well said! er… written.
    Wish I could give this a standing ovation.

  8. thirdrailmiche commented on Signe Wilkinson over 2 years ago

    “Show me a government school that you can not get a parent to come to a teacher conference with a subpoena. and I will show you a future liberal who only knows what the government taught them.”

    I’ve taught in several private schools. My father taught in several public schools. The one thing consistent in both is parents whose children are having difficulty (behaviorally and/or learning) do not come to parent teacher conferences. You as usual are incorrect. Public education is not the problem. Private and public education face many of the same issues.

  9. thirdrailmiche commented on Stuart Carlson over 2 years ago

    “What’s so bad about “Class Warfare” if it just means that the side that’s been getting kicked around decides to stand up and fight back against the class that did the kicking? Bring it!”

    :^) It would be nice to be able to kick back, at least then those rich whiners would have something to really cry about. Seems to me the people who can actually afford to pay taxes should just shut up and take it like the rest of us have had to. And I would love to see a list of all the jobs they have created. Want to call yourself a job creator then prove it!

  10. thirdrailmiche commented on Jeff Danziger over 2 years ago

    :^D