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13 September 2005

Shakespeare's Sister

Shakespeare's Sister: "In a strange way, Sept. 11 -- despite all the instantaneous proclamations that things would never be the same -- represented a final moment of innocence.

Now catastrophe has befallen another American city, with horrors and losses that may surpass the toppling of the twin towers. And while many people in New Orleans have shown themselves to be brave, generous and decent, this season's disaster has instilled more dread than pride, more anger than unity. Why is the mood so different now? At every level, the vacuum of leadership was appalling, but especially among the national leaders to whom all Americans look at a time of catastrophic peril. As rising waters sank the city, summer vacations in Texas and Wyoming, and shoe shopping on Fifth Avenue, appeared to take priority over the suffering on the Gulf Coast. "

AlterNet: Rights and Liberties: The Ten Worst Jobs in America

AlterNet: Rights and Liberties: The Ten Worst Jobs in America


How about overpaid jobs? How about honest work?
Posted by: BigWiggs on Sep 13, 2005 4:31 AM [Report this comment]
I've lived my entire life in NC until recently moving here to NJ. Of the jobs you have listed I've had two of them as a younger man: picking tobacco and roofing. Yes it is difficult work and hot in the summer, but it is work. In my hometown and my adopted town in NC we had chicken processing plants. That's a dirty job too and it isn't fun, but it's work. Once the textiles went south and tobacco went up in legislative smoke, poultry and swine were the only jobs left in those towns for people with HS educations or less. I have a difficult time with the innuendo that these jobs are evil, deplorable, or unfair to minorities or persons of a lower SES. My home town couldn't have survived without those jobs. My high school friends and neighbors would've been in even further financial troubles if those jobs were not available. Even now residents are being displaced in those jobs by migrant workers without work visas. How would you feel suddenly unemployed when someone who just moved to your home town came in and took your desk job away from you? On the flip side (here in NJ where labor wages are some of the highest in America due to unionization) it's almost impossible for hourly wage earners to live without working 60-80 hours a week. Property taxes, licensing, process fees, union dues, and etc., stifle any opportunity to "get ahead." Just the cost of living requires a 20%-30% increase in wages between moving from NC to NJ. I still can't believe I paid a truck driver a lawyerly hourly rate to tell me he couldn't unload the truck because he was union (losing time and more money on my end) and had to pay another "union" person to unload the truck when I could've done it myself (and it was stuff I owned). Net-net my cost of business went up 30%, a cost I had to pass to my customers and I'm sure they absorbed it by increasing theirs. I'm not a left-winger and certainly not a right-winger. I was a "blue" vote in a "red" state in NC. But some of our party have got to get their heads out of their asses. Bottom line would you rather be unemployed or work one of the "worst jobs?" By focusing on the worst aspects of those jobs you forget why people are there in the first place.

"THE TEN WORST JOBS IN AMERICA

"THE TEN WORST JOBS IN AMERICA Liza Featherstone, AlterNet Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be poultry processors -- or any of the other dangerous, difficult, smelly, low-paying jobs on this list. http://www.alternet.org/rights/24927/"

People For the American Way

People For the American Way: "Right-Wing Outrage

Observing the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly calls for the nation’s school teachers to show video from New Orleans and draw a stark moral lesson for their students: don’t be like them. Stay in school, work hard, avoid drugs and the “gangsta life,” says O’Reilly, or else you will be “poor and powerless” in the face of a hurricane and flood."

People For the American Way

People For the American Way: "FEMA’s Blessing of Pat Robertson’s Operation

24 August 2005

Humdrum High

Humdrum High

Response From:

Wolfgang W. Halbig Administrator
08/19/2005 2:32PM

Without a doubt teachers are ready and prepared to teach on a daily basis. The student who is coming to school today is not the same student who came to school 25 years ago. Today, these kids think that they have a sense of entitlement for easy grades and less work. Overall they are lazy, and it starts at the Elemetary schools which now have parents doing their projects and assignments. Man this is great I will get an A.
Poor work ethics. Having to pay your kids to get good grades, electives all over the place so if they fail they will take it over. If teachers today truly held students accountable for their grades, the failure rate would be enourmous. We have open book test's now, we allow them to take their test at home, we give them extra assignments for extra credit, block schedule so they now do their homework in class. Their lazy and we allow it. They know it or they would get to work.
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Student Preparation Seen to Fall Short of College Expectations

Student Preparation Seen to Fall Short of College Expectations
By Debra Viadero

Even though more than 80 percent of the 80,000-plus high school students responding to a recent survey expect to go to college after graduation, far fewer are shouldering the kind of academic preparation they need to succeed there, the survey results suggest.

“I think our data give a wake-up call to high schools to say we need to make our courses more challenging,” said Martha M. McCarthy, the director of the High School Survey of Student Engagement, which is conducted every spring by Indiana University Bloomington. This year’s results were released Aug. 17.
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22 August 2005

NPQ - Current Issue - Building the (Co-) Ownership Society

"...Broadly, I think we are going through a systemic crisis, not simply a political crisis. And by that I mean that the assumptions that people have had for the last three decades about the relationship between politics, social and economic programs, and the economy are now radically out of date. And I don’t think the pendulum is going to swing back in any serious way..."

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17 August 2005

Idealist.org: Crisis Center North

Idealist.org: Crisis Center North
Volunteer Opportunities
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Fall training classes are scheduled from Sept. 12-Oct. 3, 2005. This includes Mon. and Wed. evenings, from 6-10pm and Sat., from 9am-3pm. To complete the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence state mandated training program, new volunteers will also perform 8 hours of on-the-job training. Volunteer duties include: clerical assistance, legal and medical advocates, hotline volunteers, and public speakers.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15237
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Contact Person:
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15 August 2005

MSN Hotmail - Message

MSN Hotmail - Message: "E-WASTE AND iWOES Zack Pelta-Heller, AlterNet Computers and their accessories contain toxins such as mercury and lead, causing massive environmental damage worldwide. But not all of the major computer companies are serious about reducing waste. http://www.alternet.org/envirohealth/24045/"

19 July 2005

The Male Privilege Checklist

The Male Privilege Checklist:

"An internet acquaintance of mine once wrote, 'The first big privilege which whites, males, people in upper economic classes, the able bodied, the straight (I think one or two of those will cover most of us) can work to alleviate is the privilege to be oblivious to privilege.' This checklist is, I hope, a step towards helping men to give up the 'first big privilege.'

The Male Privilege Checklist"
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JOB POSTING

MSN Hotmail - Message:

"Family owned business located in East Pittsburgh is looking for a staff accountant.
The position requires a BA degree in accounting, and candidate must have one to two years of experience in payroll, quickbooks, excel, and billing.
Self-direction and independent work habits are necessary. Experience with governmental accounting is a plus.
The salary range is the mid to upper twenties.
All interested candidates must send a cover letter with salary requirements plus resume to:
shannong@greggservices.com







Shannon J. Gregg, CPP

Board Certified in Security Management

www.greggservices.com

412-702-9000x218/phone

412-702-9011/fax

Gregg Services, chosen by the Pittsburgh Business Times as one of the 30 Best Places to Work 2004, is celebrating its 38th year in business."

14 July 2005

NONPROFIT QUARTERLY E-NEWSLETTER

NONPROFIT QUARTERLY E-NEWSLETTER
Innovative Thinking in the Nonprofit Sector

July 2005, Issue 49

Dear Friends:

The reason why I like my job is that I get to meet lots of people
who are both good AND interesting. This is not an automatic
pairing, of course. This is why if you really like "interesting"
your personal life can end up in shambles -- 'nuff said I guess.

Anyway, so when I ran into Owen Heiserman in Missouri I
recognized someone (both good and interesting) who likes to jump
into stuff with all four feet, but who has the capacity to
reflect in public in a way that helps the rest of us learn, and
then welcomes feedback.

So I thought I would share with you the paper that he gave at the
Boards and Beyond Conference. In it he discusses some of the more
badly behaved boards he has seen at the helm of community action
agencies (CAAs); and really some of the stories he tells in it
are just plain sad but -- we can all learn from them, community-
based organization or not.

http://www.nonprofitquarterly.org/section/727.html

11 July 2005

Why Work? // Featured Essay

Why Work? // Featured Essay: "Toffler says much the same in Power/Shift: 'In the industrial world, the paycheck became the basic tool of social control.'

Control for what? you may freely enquire. To keep the rich rich (and 'growing' richer), the poor poor, and the invidious comparison between the two alive. Why this setup and not something else? A dangerous question. What are the sources of greed in a world of plenty? Material for an answer, heavy with schooling, 'socialization,' custom, culture, tips and falls into the Unconscious."
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21 June 2005

Google Image Result for http://www.newciv.org/pic/nl/artpic/10/1399/satan.jpg

Google Image Result for http://www.newciv.org/pic/nl/artpic/10/1399/satan.jpg

The aide said that guys like me were "in what we call the reality-based community," which he defined as people who "believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality." I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. "That's not the way the world really works anymore," he continued. "We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you're studying that reality -- judiciously, as you will -- we'll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that's how things will sort out. We're history's actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do."

20 June 2005

BenefitsCheckUp - NCOA's Online Screening Service

BenefitsCheckUp - NCOA's Online Screening Service: "Missing Out on Benefits?

BenefitsCheckUp helps thousands every day to find programs for people ages 55 and over that may pay for some of their costs of prescription drugs, health care, utilities, and other essential items or services.
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19 June 2005

from The New Pittsburgh Courier

Lemington Center will remain open
by Michelle K. Massie Courier Staff Writer
Florence Marshall moved her mother out of the Lemington Home for the Aged about two weeks ago because of the uncertainty surrounding the center's bankruptcy and imminent closure.
http://www.newpittsburghcourier.com?article=10821

Family Dollar ushers in new Hill House CDC
by Christian Morrow Courier Staff Writer
As part of its strategic reconfiguration, the Hill House Association has altered the focus of its housing development arm and renamed itself the Hill House Economic Development Corp.
http://www.newpittsburghcourier.com?article=10824

PA education secretary resigns State Education Secretary Francis V. Barnes, who sat on the sidelines as other members of Gov. Ed Rendell's Cabinet helped him promote the state's new property-tax relief program, is resigning for personal reasons.
http://www.newpittsburghcourier.com?article=10826


Prostate screening breakfast sparks increased awareness
by Christian Morrow Courier Staff Writer
The signs of success were evident even before Wesley Center AME Zion Church pastor Rev. Glen Grayson's fiery welcome to the Clergy and Churches United inaugural Faith and Health Home Run Breakfast.
http://www.newpittsburghcourier.com?article=10825

18 June 2005

1000 DAYS OF THEORY- Editors: Arthur and Marilouise Kroker

21st Century Graffiti: Detroit Tagging

"The Renaissance Center did not revive the river area, and there's no reason to believe Compuware will save downtown. Like the Renaissance Center, the current grand scope of corporate IT structure in downtown Detroit, aligned with the city's other grand gestures towards sports entertainment, have had little impact on the almost 800,000 residents' economic futures. Burnt out buildings, abandoned homes, and empty storefronts are still the norm. The anticipated domino effect of development never materializes. Thus, despite his securing of the 2005 Super Bowl and The Final Four -- the 2009 collegiate basketball event -- for the city to host, Detroit's mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is still named by _Time Magazine_ as the country's worst mayor. Sports attractions meant to lure further investment into the city have not generated substantial change. Why don't such efforts revive urban life anymore? "

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17 June 2005

NONPROFIT QUARTERLY E-NEWSLETTER

In nonprofits, being a good fiduciary requires us to consider all
of the current and future potential consequences of our resource
decisions (to the best of our ability) and to consider how a
decision we make affects the larger effort we are a part of (few
of us work in any field of endeavor where we are the lone actor).
So, you have a tall order indeed. There is a saying in systems
thinking circles -- "morality is foresight." This is a concept
well worth thinking about in nonprofit governance.

This is what "the common good" is all about. This extra load of
consideration is why we have our tax-exempt status -- in theory
anyway. Fiduciary responsibility is more than a monitoring
function and it looks at more than the financial bottom line.

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Responding to the “Shrink, Shift, and Shaft” Tax Cut Agenda
A highly partisan and successful agenda to cut government by cutting taxes has left taxpayers with meager gains and communities with an increasingly unmanageable burden. Some affected are organizing to roll back the disproportionate burden that falls on the disadvantaged and those in need.
by Chuck Collins

16 June 2005

Message from Randi Rhodes

Message from Randi Rhodes

HOT TOPICS

* Downing Street Memos...Bush to Blair: "It's called a shredder, look into it."
* Guantanamo Bay...Come for the torture, stay for the rice pilaf.
* Terri Schiavo Autopsy...A clear message to the Rapture-Right: Stick to what you know - starting illegal wars, eroding civil liberties, bombing womens' health clinics, violating Georgia farm animals, etc.
* 20 Senators Don't Endorse Anti-Lynching Resolution...It's not that they're pro-lynching, just not so much anti-lynching.
* Republicans Punish Dem House Members...Hell, it's a lot easier than rigging 435 elections every two years. At least for now, that is.
* Howard Dean...Putting the "man" back into "Chairman." Give 'em hell, Howie!

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Wired to Eat

Wired to Eat: "Madison 'Mad' Nena nibbles on a tangerine picked from his garden on Kosrae, a tiny volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean some 4,670 kilometers southwest of Hawaii. The 53-year-old Nena is a rarity here. He's thin in a place where fatty, sugary foods imported from the United States have caused an alarming number of people to inflate like dirigibles; obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease have struck the island's 7,600 residents hard. Why Nena has stayed thin, and others have not, has drawn American researchers from Rockefeller University in New York City to this 109-square-kilometer patch of jungles, white beaches, mangrove swamps, and quiet villages for more than a decade, in a quest to tease out the genetic and molecular mechanisms of why humans are compelled to eat. And sometimes to eat and eat, far beyond what is healthy."

MSN Hotmail - Message

:
"* Ghana: Communities raise concerns about environmental & health impacts of AngloGold Ashanti & Newmont operations - Also included: Response by AngloGold Ashanti - Newmont have also been invited to respond. If we receive a response we will include it in a future update.
http://www.business-humanrights.org/Links/Repository/375901"

* China:
Report on working conditions at toy factories now available in English
- Also included: Responses to the report & follow-up actions by TOP-TOY and BRIO
- Co-op have said they will provide a response. When we receive their response we will include it in a future Update.
http://www.business-humanrights.org/Links/Repository/409552

* Sudan: Further to our 11 May Update - Response by Lahmeyer Intl. to Intl. Rivers Network & Corner House report raising concerns about Merowe/Hamadab Dam project
http://www.business-humanrights.org/Links/Repository/626153

* Sri Lanka: Further to our 25 May Update - Labour issues in garment
factory:
- Intl. Textile, Garment & Leather Workers’ Federation (ITGLWF) response to GP Garments 24 May letter (GP Garments letter also provided)- ITGLWF files OECD Guidelines complaint against GP Garments
http://www.business-humanrights.org/Links/Repository/264638

The Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
(http://www.business-humanrights.org) is the world's largest online library on the subject. We are an independent, non-political, non-profit organisation promoting greater awareness of issues relating to business and human rights.

15 June 2005

Implicit Association Test

Implicit Association Test: "Age ('Young - Old' IAT).

This IAT requires the ability to distinguish old from young faces. This test often indicates that Americans have automatic preference for young over old."

12 June 2005

The Fake News Cycle - Center for Media and Democracy

The Fake News Cycle - Center for Media and Democracy: "The Fake News Cycle

How does a video news release get from the drawing board to the six o'clock news? It takes a few good publicists and a few bad journalists. Here's the five-step process of a standard VNR:"

Media Reform Information Center

Media Reform Information Center:

"In 1983, 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the U.S. At the time, Ben Bagdikian was called 'alarmist' for pointing this out in his book, The Media Monopoly.
In his 4th edition, published in 1992, he wrote 'in the U.S., fewer than two dozen of these extraordinary creatures own and operate 90% of the mass media' -- controlling almost all of America's newspapers, magazines, TV and radio stations, books, records, movies, videos, wire services and photo agencies.
He predicted then that eventually this number would fall to about half a dozen companies."

9 June 2005

PayPal - Protect Yourself from Fraudulent Emails

PayPal - Protect Yourself from Fraudulent Emails

10 ways to recognize fake (spoof) emails

1. Generic greetings. Many spoof emails begin with a general greeting, such as: "Dear PayPal member." If you do not see your first and last name, be suspicious and do not click on any links or button.
2. A fake sender's address. A spoof email may include a forged email address in the "From" field. This field is easily altered.
3. A false sense of urgency. Many spoof emails try to deceive you with the threat that your account is in jeopardy if you don't update it ASAP. They may also state that an unauthorized transaction has recently occurred on your account, or claim PayPal is updating its accounts and needs information fast.
4. Fake links. Always check where a link is going before you click. Move your mouse over it and look at the URL in your browser or email status bar. A fraudulent link is dangerous. If you click on one, it could:
* Direct you to a spoof website that tries to collect your personal data.
* Install spyware on your system. Spyware is an application that can enable a hacker to monitor your actions and steal any passwords or credit card numbers you type online.
* Cause you to download a virus that could disable your computer.
5. Emails that appear to be websites. Some emails will look like a website in order to get you to enter personal information. PayPal never asks for personal information in an email.
6. Deceptive URLs. Only enter your PayPal password on PayPal pages. These begin with https://www.paypal.com/
* If you see an @ sign in the middle of a URL, there's a good chance this is a spoof. Legitimate companies use a domain name (e.g. https://www.company.com).
* Even if a URL contains the word "PayPal," it may not be a PayPal site. Examples of deceptive URLs include: www.paypalsecure.com, www.paypa1.com, www.secure-paypal.com, and www.paypalnet.com.
* Always log in to PayPal by opening a new web browser and typing in the following: https://www.paypal.com/
* Never log in to PayPal from a link in an email
7. Misspellings and bad grammar. Spoof emails often contain misspellings, incorrect grammar, missing words, and gaps in logic. Mistakes also help fraudsters avoid spam filters.
8. Unsafe sites. The term "https" should always precede any website address where you enter personal information. The "s" stands for secure. If you don't see "https," you're not in a secure web session, and you should not enter data.
9. Pop-up boxes. PayPal will never use a pop-up box in an email as pop-ups are not secure.
10. Attachments. Like fake links, attachments are frequently used in spoof emails and are dangerous. Never click on an attachment. It could cause you to download spyware or a virus. PayPal will never email you an attachment or a software update to install on your computer.

8 June 2005

City Journal Spring 2005 | What’s Holding Black Kids Back? by Kay S. Hymowitz

City Journal Spring 2005 | What’s Holding Black Kids Back? by Kay S. Hymowitz:

"Forty years after the War on Poverty began, about 30 percent of black children are still living in poverty. Those children face an even chance of dropping out of high school and, according to economist Thomas Hertz, a 42 percent chance of staying in the lowest income decile—far greater than the 17 percent of whites born at the bottom who stay there. After endless attempts at school reform and a gazillion dollars’ worth of what policymakers call “interventions,” just about everyone realizes—without minimizing the awfulness of ghetto schools—that the problem begins at home and begins early. Yet the assumption among black leaders and poverty experts has long been that you can’t expect uneducated, highly stressed parents, often themselves poorly reared, to do all that much about it. Cosby is saying that they can."

Are Meetings Collaborative? - Collaboration Loop

Are Meetings Collaborative? - Collaboration Loop:

"In researching 'effective meetings' and 'why are meetings necessary', it was found that most thinking reinforced the HR approach. The majority of reports I read suggested ways to 'run more effective meetings', but they didn't address why you need meetings, when you need meetings and what purpose a meeting has in support of the work environment and/or the work process. In no place did I find an argument for defining the need for meetings to support the process, nor did I find a logical idea connecting effective collaboration as an alternative to information sharing at a meeting."

Harvard’s Diversity Grovel

Heather Mac Donald.
Harvard’s Diversity Grovel
In earmarking $50 million for “diversity,” President Summers is throwing away more than money. | 3 June 2005

Every such “diversity” initiative immediately faces two major obstacles. First, its purpose is to recommend the identical set of actions that the institution, whether academic or corporate, has already been doing. Every college in the country has been frantically pursing “diversity” in hiring and admissions for decades. The task force itself commends the diversity policies of 17 rival colleges—the mere tip of the iceberg—without drawing the obvious conclusion.

The second obstacle follows from the first: there is nothing more that can be done. If untapped pools of highly qualified female and minority candidates existed out there, schools would have snapped them up long ago—if not your college, then its dozens of competitors, just as desperate to placate the quota gods. (The one course of action that might, in the case of black and Hispanic faculty recruitment, bear long-term results is the one that elite college personnel are least likely to choose: intensive mentoring of young students and the jettisoning of all “progressive” pedagogy in the schools.)

Tech Coast

Tech Coast:

"Why on earth would anyone need three blogs, let alone one? (It's important to remember that many people, if they know about blogs at all, still see bloggers as suffering from a peculiar blend of folly, arrogance, and narcissism.) I think the logic comes down to this: blogs are inherently personal, and we inhabit more than one persona as we move through our days. To the extent that blogging is becoming an important mode of self-expression and social interaction, therefore, we need a separate blog for each of our personae."

7 June 2005

Edsger Dijkstra - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Edsger Dijkstra - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Quotes: Edsger Dijkstra

* 'The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim.'

* 'Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes.'

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Planning for Freedom - Mises Institute

Planning for Freedom - Mises Institute:

"The term “planning” is mostly used as a synonym for socialism, communism, and authoritarian and totalitarian economic management. Sometimes only the German pattern of socialism—Zwangswirtschaft—is called planning, while the term socialism proper is reserved for the Russian pattern of outright socialization and bureaucratic operation of all plants, shops, and farms."

Ten Recurring Economic Fallacies, 1774–2004 - Mises Institute

Ten Recurring Economic Fallacies, 1774–2004 - Mises Institute:

"As an American historian who knows something of economic law, having learned from the Austrians, I became intrigued with how the United States had remained prosperous, its economy still so dynamic and productive, given the serious and recurring economic fallacies to which our top leaders (political, corporate, academic) have subscribed and from which they cannot seem to free themselves—and alas, keep passing down to the younger generation.

Let’s consider ten.

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Welcome to Idealist.org - Where the Nonprofit World Meets

Welcome to Idealist.org - Where the Nonprofit World Meets

A Mapuche community in southern Argentina has received the first radio license ever granted to an indigenous group in the country. The station�part of a fledgling volunteer-run, indigenous community radio network�was set up with the help of Italian and Argentine NGOs, and seeks to reach not only the Mapuche community, but the Argentine public at large.

Podcasters Tune into Apple

Podcasters Tune into Apple

Podcasting is a relatively new phenomenon, where people create short audio programs and make them available for downloading on an iPod or other digital music device. Podcast programs are usually topic based, say, about cooking or sports. Others are downloadable versions of traditional ("terrestrial") radio programs. A growing community of podcast directories has emerged, giving people an easy way to find various programs.

2 June 2005

Andy Budd::Blogography: 10 Bad Project Warning Signs

Andy Budd::Blogography: 10 Bad Project Warning Signs:

As such I’ve written up a list of bad project warning signs. Individually none of these signs should be deal breakers. However put a few of them together and it may be worth thinking twice about taking on that project.

The project needs to be done in an incredibly short space of time..(more)

Freud's *The Interpretation of Dreams* Chapter 1, Section D

Freud's *The Interpretation of Dreams* Chapter 1, Section D

Why Dreams Are Forgotten After Waking

That a dream fades away in the morning is proverbial. It is, indeed, possible to recall it. For we know the dream, of course, only by recalling it after waking; but we very often believe that we remember it incompletely, that during the night there was more of it than we remember. We may observe how the memory of a dream which in the morning was still vivid fades in the course of the day, leaving only a few trifling remnants. We are often aware that we have been dreaming, but we do not know of what we have dreamed; and we are so well used to this fact- that the dream is liable to be forgotten- that we do not reject as absurd the possibility that we may have been dreaming even when, in the morning, we know nothing either of the content of the dream or of the fact that we have dreamed. On the other hand, it often happens that dreams manifest an extraordinary power of maintaining themselves in the memory. I have had occasion to analyse, with my patients, dreams which occurred to them twenty-five years or more previously, and I can remember a dream of my own which is divided from the present day by at least thirty-seven years, and yet has lost nothing of its freshness in my memory. All this is very remarkable, and for the present incomprehensible.

31 May 2005

Diversity 101: It's More -- and Less -- Than People Thi - Diversity & Inclusion Career Advice from Monster.com

Diversity 101: It's More -- and Less -- Than People Thi - Diversity & Inclusion Career Advice from Monster.com

The most damaging misunderstanding about diversity is the misguided belief that diversity efforts require lowering standards for hiring and promotions. This myth was probably born out of those few highly publicized incidents in which organizations made the fatal mistake of hiring unqualified people just because of their demographic categories. It did not take the Society for Human Resource Management's study showing that the biggest single way to damage diversity programs is to lower hiring and promotion standards for most organizations to correct this practice.

How Mentors Can Help African Americans - African American Job & Career Advice from Monster.com

How Mentors Can Help African Americans - African American Job & Career Advice from Monster.com:

"When Verna Ford met with a financial services client recently, one man stood out amid the sober suits: An African American in a pink checked shirt. That might be OK in Tennessee where he works, Ford thought, but not in New York. He needs a mentor."

27 May 2005

Stretching and Flexibility - Types of Stretching

Stretching and Flexibility - Types of Stretching

Types of Stretching

* How to Stretch: (next chapter)
* Flexibility: (previous chapter)

Just as there are different types of flexibility, there are also different types of stretching. Stretches are either dynamic (meaning they involve motion) or static (meaning they involve no motion). Dynamic stretches affect dynamic flexibility and static stretches affect static flexibility (and dynamic flexibility to some degree).

The different types of stretching are:

1. ballistic stretching
2. dynamic stretching
3. active stretching
4. passive (or relaxed) stretching
5. static stretching
6. isometric stretching
7. PNF stretching

25 May 2005

Born Again Ideology

The New Protestant Ethic

"One hundred years after the publication of Max Weber's classic text, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, the fateful relationship between Protestantism and capitalism has been renewed in American political discourse. Except this time it is no longer the original convergence theorized by Weber between the spirit of Calvinism and acquisitive capitalism whereby Christianity was destined to be ultimately secondary to the unfolding historical project of capitalism, but the opposite. In a contemporary political climate marked by the resurgence seemingly everywhere of faith-based politics, capitalism and its historical correlate -- modernism -- have actually folded back on themselves, quickly reversing modernist codes of economic secularism and political pluralism, in the interests of being reanimated with the evangelical spirit of religious fundamentalism. What Weber foresaw as a primal compact between Calvinism and acquisitive capitalism -- this migration, first in Europe and then in Puritan America, of Puritan attitudes towards personal salvation based on giving witness by habits of frugality, hard work, and discipline into the essentially acquisitive spirit of capitalism -- has been renewed in new key. On the centennial of The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, the political universe is suddenly dominated by the spirit of what might be called the New Protestant Ethic as the ideological reflex of the age of networked capitalism and empire politics."

gladwell dot com / The Naked Face

gladwell dot com / The Naked Face: "The Naked Face
Can you read people's thoughts just by looking at them?

1.

Some years ago, John Yarbrough was working patrol for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. It was about two in the morning. He and his partner were in the Willowbrook section of South Central Los Angeles, and they pulled over a sports car. 'Dark, nighttime, average stop,' Yarbrough recalls. 'Patrol for me was like going hunting. At that time of night in the area I was working, there was a lot of criminal activity, and hardly anyone had a driver's license. Almost everyone had something intoxicating in the car. We stopped drunk drivers all the time. You're hunting for guns or lots of dope, or suspects wanted for major things. You look at someone and you get an instinctive reaction. And the longer you've been working the stronger that instinctive reaction is.'"

Beautycheck - social perception

Beautycheck - social perception

Do attractive people have any advantages? Are they treated better than fewer attractive? Is it important to look good on an application photo? According to our investigations the answer to these questions is yes. We could show that people are perceived more positively the more attractive they are.

22 May 2005

Boys Hope Girls Hope National Volunteer- Pittsburgh, PA



National Volunteers will live with the scholars and staff helping to support the mission of Boys Hope Girls Hope, to help academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.

19 May 2005

BuzzMachine ... by Jeff Jarvis

BuzzMachine ... by Jeff Jarvis: "News without newspapers?

: Doc Searls comes out with on-the-spot insights that abstract and summarize big trends with the clarity a new pair of glasses brings and he does it with the ease and frequency with which Howard Stern farts.

At the Syndicate conference this week, I was standing next to Doc and a fellow media executive who was saying what all us media executives say all the time: We need to find the business models that will support quality journalism.

Without missing a beat, Doc says, 'You need to come up with business models that support news without newspapers.'"

18 May 2005

TheFeature :: Talking Loud And Saying Nothing

TheFeature :: Talking Loud And Saying Nothing: "NASA is developing a subvocal speech system that could enable you to make a phone call while keeping your lips sealed.

How do you talk to someone without opening your mouth? Psychics call it telepathy. NASA refers to it as subvocal speech. Scientists at the NASA Ames Research Center in California have developed a system of tiny sensors that read nerve signals in the throat that control speech. You may not make a sound when, say, you read silently, but your nervous system is buzzing with activity. Recently, they used the system to make the first subvocal cell phone call.
"

Invisible Workforce

Invisible Workforce

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[At a local charreada (Mexican style rodeo), most of the competitors are farm workers or family of farm workers. These events help build community and keep cultural traditions alive.]
[This man holds a $74.08 paycheck, his net earnings for two full days of work. Too tired to cross the border and return home to Mexicali after a day's work, he sleeps in the railroad yards which double as an end-of-day migrant depot.]
[Lettuce, a crop that is always picked by hand, is grown with some of the greatest amounts of pesticides of any crop. California growers used 151 million pounds of pesticides in 2001, the most recent year for which the state Department of Pesticide Regulations has statistics.]
[Wearing traditional attire for female field workers helps guard against sun damage and prevents the detection of underage workers.]
[Tomato workers are given one token for each pair of buckets they fill, totaling approx. 30 pounds. The token values fluctuate with the market price of the tomatoes. On this day, the tokens were worth $0.95.]
[Onion fieldwork almost always starts before dawn, often times lit by bus headlights. Work usually finishes by 2:00 p.m. due to triple-digit heat.]
[Green tomatoes are harvested entirely by hand. Despite the heat, workers wear several layers of clothing to stay protected from the sun and mud they crawl through.]
[Nearly 20 million trays of strawberries are produced annually in the Santa Maria Valley. Strawberry pickers make approx. $1.00 per flat of 8 boxes during peak season.]
[The grave of an unclaimed migrant worker. This dirt lot is the final resting place for many who die crossing the U.S.-Mexico border as well as for migrants who die in America and whose families can't afford to have their remains sent home.]

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Invisible Workforce


Traveling in darkness and working in California's blinding sun, a quiet army of migrant farm workers picks over half of the nation's daily consumption of produce. Employed in jobs American's shun, this underclass plays a vital role in keeping California's $27 billion agriculture industry afloat. Despite their importance, farm workers consistently rank among the most impoverished and poorly housed members of our society.

Welcome to zReportage.com

Welcome to zReportage.com

Plastic Not So Fantastic

Beckoned by the promise of better bodies at a fraction of the U.S. Cost, thousands of Americans cross the Texas border into Mexico where plastic surgery clinics are flourishing on the growing craze for makeovers. Find out how bargain border clinics sometimes deliver disasters

Hair Trade Route

Hair Trade Route

From South Asia to East London, human hair is a little known but highly lucrative trade.

16 May 2005

Google Content Blocker

Google Content Blocker

What can I do once the content is removed?

* Click on the ads: Just click 'em (you don't even have to read 'em). Every time you click an ad, money changes hands. As an option, you can install the free Google Content Blocker "ka-ching!" audio support file.
* Look at the ads: You probably already know that ads are interesting, entertaining, and informative. So look at them. You may not even realize it, but just looking at an ad will help our advertisers because eventually you're going to click on that sucker.
* Click on the ads: Use your mouse. Move the mouse pointer over an ad, then click the mouse button.
* Tell your friends about the ads: Tell them how cute and funny the ads are, and tell them how to find them. Also tell them to click on the ads.
* Click on the ads: If you see an ad, click it. It's as easy as that.

How to detect lies - body language, reactions, speech patterns

How to detect lies - body language, reactions, speech patterns

The following techniques to telling if someone is lying are often used by police, and security experts. This knowledge is also useful for managers, employers, and for anyone to use in everyday situations where telling the truth from a lie can help prevent you from being a victim of fraud/scams and other deceptions.

Warning: Sometimes Ignorance is bliss; after gaining this knowledge, you may be hurt when it is obvious that someone is lying to you.

11 May 2005

Idealist.org: Thinking of Forming a Non-Profit: Things to Consider Before You Begin

Idealist.org: Thinking of Forming a Non-Profit: Things to Consider Before You Begin

The Center receives more calls about forming new non-profits than about any other issue.
Creating a non-profit can be an extremely important and rewarding activity, but starting and sustaining a new organization is also quite challenging. This publication is not a detailed walk-through of the start-up process, but is a tool to explain the basics of what a non-profit is and portray a realistic picture of what is involved in getting a new non-profit up and running. Besides helping to frame the question, "Is forming a new non-profit the best alternative for us?" the booklet also provides information specific to faith based and religious institutions, discusses the changing face of the non-profit sector and suggests many resources for further information.

10 May 2005

Pop and Politics

Pop and Politics

Poverty is a malignance that will most likely plague humankind for as long as we inhabit the earth. However, the point of this book is not to impart some airy-fairy, half-baked idea on how to eliminate all realms of poverty from today’s world, but instead to offer up a concrete plan for eliminating “extreme poverty” from the darkest corners of modern civilization.

Idealist.org: Gangs Bill: Prosecuting Children as Adults

Idealist.org: Gangs Bill: Prosecuting Children as Adults:

"The Gang Deterrence and Community Protection Act (S. 155/H.R. 1279) is expected to come to the House floor soon. Civil rights groups and children's advocates are fighting the bill because it calls for more children being prosecuted as adults in the federal criminal justice system, the expansion of the death penalty, and the imposition of mandatory minimums for gang related crimes. "

9 May 2005

30 DAYS of the 'BURGHER.

About.com: http://www.pghevents.com/type.php?id=1

EVENTS LISTINGS:

Pedal Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh (City-Wide)
Sunday May 15th, 6:30 am
Pittsburgh (City-Wide)

Pedal Pittsburgh is a fun, educational bicycle tour of the neighborhoods and design landmarks that make Pittsburgh unique. Designed as a ride --- not a race --- the event has course options of 15-, 25-, 35-, 50-, and 60-miles to accommodate everyone from the weekend cyclist and families to the hard-core fitness enthusiast.

The event has attracting more than 14,000 participants since it's creation in 1994, the event has grown to be one of the region's premier cycling events.
Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall
Sunday May 15th, 7:30 pm
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall

The two comedians, featured on the TV show, "Who's Line Is It Anyway" perform stand-up. Ticket prices start at $29.75.
Tony Lee
Hot Dogma (Trinity Cathedral)
Tuesday May 17th, 12:00 pm
Hot Dogma (Trinity Cathedral)

Elect to enjoy your lunch listening to the heartfelt songs of Tony Lee, one of the region's up and comers in acoustic pop/rock, on this Primary Election Day.
Writing An Effective Business Plan
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)
Wednesday May 18th, 9:00 am
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)

This workshop will cover topics including why a business plan is essential for success; how to write a business plan; and how to compare your business to other companies in your industry. Call (412) 396-6233 to register. $45.
The First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)
Wednesday May 18th, 9:30 am
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)

Geared toward new business start-ups and entrepreneurs with no previous business experience. Some topics include business structure and formation, employee issues and taxation requirements. Call (412) 396-6233 to register. Free.
Bridges & More Walking Tour
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")
Wednesday May 18th, 12:00 pm
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")

In honor of National Preservation Month, explore the beautiful "three sisters" of Pittsburgh's bridges crossing the Allegheny River.

Participants meet at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel on Sixth Street.

Presented by Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and the Engineers' Society Of Western Pennsylvania. For reservations, call (412) 471-5808. Free.
Export Documentation: Avoid Compliance Mistakes
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)
Thursday May 19th, 8:30 am
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)

Learn how to avoid compliance mistakes and insure your profits. Topics include managing the export transaction, quoting export orders and export insurance. Call (412) 396-6233 to register.
Ace Brown
31st Street Pub
Thursday May 19th, 9:00 pm
31st Street Pub

Also performing: The Mauraders, J.B. Beverly & The Wayward Drifters. $5
Mellon Grand Classics
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall
Friday May 20th to Sunday May 22nd
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall

Sir Neville Marriner conducts the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and violinist Andres Cardenes in performances of Williams and Brahms.
Steamboy
Harris Theater
Friday May 20th to Sunday May 22nd
Harris Theater

The master Japanese anime director Katsuhiro Otomo scores again with this 2005 production, the retro science-fiction story of a family of inventors in Victorian England that gets ripped apart by greed, pride, and power. Ray Steam is a young boy following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, scientists dedicated to steam technology. When his grandfather invents a steam ball that has unheard-of possibilities, everyone wants it - world leaders, wealthy industrialists, even the government. But of course most of them want it for evil purposes. So it is up to Ray to protect the fate of the earth. This is the English-language version featuring the voices of Anna Paquin, Alfred Molina, and Patrick Stewart.
Business First
Duquesne Club
Friday May 20th, 8:00 am
Duquesne Club

An excellent networking event for local entrepreneurs, featuring speaker Jacke Roseman of the Roseman Institute.

Presented by the Pittsburgh Business TImes and the Greater Pittsburgh COnvention & Visitors Bureau. $30. For reservations, call (412) 481-6397.
Luncthime Lecture Series
Wood Street Galleries
Friday May 20th, 12:00 pm
Wood Street Galleries

David Shumway, Professor of English And Literary & Cultural Studies, Carnegie Mellon University explores the 1960s through the music of the Rolling Stones and the Grateful Dead. Free.
It's About Time Clock & Fine Art Auction
USX Tower & Plaza
Friday May 20th, 6:00 pm
USX Tower & Plaza - Upper Lobby

Join emcee Stacy Smith and entertainer Joe Negri as you bid on unique timepieces created by local artists, sample delectable hors d'oeuvres prepared by Pittsburgh area chefs, and purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win wonderful prizes.

Proceeds benefit Bethlehem Haven's shelter and services for homeless women. Tickets ordered by May 6th are $60 and $75 thereafter. For tickets, call (412)391-1348 ext 127.
Legendary Hucklebucks
31st Street Pub
Friday May 20th, 9:00 pm
31st Street Pub

The rock band celebrates the release of their new CD. Also performing: Lords of the Highway, Hellbound Honkeys. $5
Animal Friends' 7th Annual Mutt Strut
One Oxford Centre
Saturday May 21st, 9:00 am
One Oxford Centre

Get out your leash and lace up your sneakers for the 7th Annual Mutt Strut with Animal Friends, sponsored in part by the Rivers Club and Invisible Fence Brand and in association with the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership.

Join Cris Winter from the 3WS Morning Show at the plaza at One Oxford Centre for a three-mile walk along the urban "jail trail" to Oakland and back. Bring your own dog or "borrow" one from Animal Friends for the walk. Activities for all two- and four-legged participants include a picnic-style lunch, games and special prizes. The Poker Walk, back for a second hand, will benefit the Campaign for Animal Friends and add some high stakes to your strut.

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. at One Oxford Centre Plaza. Registration is $15 per adult walker, $10 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under age 5. Pre-registration is recommended and is necessary to receive lunch, an event T-shirt and a goodie bag. This event will take place rain or shine. To register yourself or a team,contact Animal Friends at 412.566.2103 ext. 241. All proceeds benefit the homeless companion animals at Animal Friends.
Fiddlesticks Concert: Musical Celebrates Around The World
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall
Saturday May 21st, 10:00 am
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall

Join Fiddlesticks and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Lucas Richman in discovering the ways children from other countries celebrate with music. Includes some pre-concert activities.
Bridges & More Walking Tours
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")
Saturday May 21st, 10:00 am
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")

In honor of National Preservation Month, explore the beautiful "three sisters" of Pittsburgh's bridges crossing the Allegheny River. (Another tour will be held today at 1:30 p.m.)

Participants meet at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel on Sixth Street.

Presented by Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and the Engineers' Society Of Western Pennsylvania. For reservations, call (412) 471-5808. Free.
SAT Prep Workshops
Duquesne University
Saturday May 21st, 10:00 am
Duquesne University - Mellon Hall

The Michael P. Weber Learning Skills Center at Duquesne University hosts two SAT preparation workshops for high school counselors, teachers and parents that will focus on the test's new writing section.

The first workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and will be repeated from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The workshops will feature presenters from The College Board in Princeton, N.J. and from Kaplan Educational Services of Pittsburgh.

For more information and to register, call the Learning Skills Center at (412) 396-5171.
Mylan School Commencement Ceremony
A.J. Palumbo Center (Duquesne University)
Saturday May 21st, 10:30 am
A.J. Palumbo Center (Duquesne University)

The commencement ceremony for the Mylan School Of Pharmacy features speaker Dr. William Zellmer, vice president of the American Society of Health Systems Pharmacists, who is also editor of the American Journal of Health Systems Pharmacists.
Chalk Outline Party
31st Street Pub
Saturday May 21st, 9:00 pm
31st Street Pub

Rock music. Also: Bullet Parade, The Sexes, Col. Knowledge & The Licketty Splits. $5
Showtime At The Apollo On Tour
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday May 22nd, 7:30 pm
Benedum Center for the Performing Arts

More than seven decades of history comes to Pittsburgh with a show patterned after the legendary Apollo Amateur Night featuring local talent.

This show may be taped to air on national television. Tickets are $20 to $35.
A Practical Approach To I.T. Projects
Duquesne University
Monday May 23rd to Tuesday May 24th
Duquesne University

This two-day interactive workshop examines communications factors that affect project processes and results. Call (412) 396-6190 to register.
Walk & Dine: A Downtown Living Tour
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")
Monday May 23rd, 5:30 pm
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")

A guided housing tour that combines visiting downtown residential units with enjoying local restaurant fare. For tickets, call (412) 325-0163. $50 per person.
GPCVB Professional Development Series
Regional Enterprise Tower
Tuesday May 24th, 3:00 pm
Regional Enterprise Tower

Local educator and speaker Sam Deep hosts this discussion, with the give-and-take focusing on running effective meetings.

Presented by the Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau. $10. To register, call (412) 0482, Ext. 6715
Bridges & More Walking Tour
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")
Wednesday May 25th, 12:00 pm
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")

In honor of National Preservation Month, explore the beautiful "three sisters" of Pittsburgh's bridges crossing the Allegheny River.

Participants meet at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel on Sixth Street.

Presented by Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and the Engineers' Society Of Western Pennsylvania. For reservations, call (412) 471-5808. Free.
Bobby McFerrin
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall
Wednesday May 25th, 7:35 pm
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall

The vocal innovator picks up the baton to lead the symphony in a night of musical creativity and fun, featuring works by Mozart and Vivaldi.

McFerrin will also perform a solo as well as a musical improv with the musicians and is joined on stage by cellist Anne Martindale Williams. Tickets start at $15.
Sarah McLachlan
Mellon Arena
Wednesday May 25th, 8:00 pm
Mellon Arena

The acclaimed singer/songwriter performs fan favorites as well as selections from her new CD, "Afterglow". Tickets start at $47.25.
Lobby Hero
O'Reilly Theater
Thursday May 26th to Sunday June 26th
O'Reilly Theater

A viciously funny, modern morality tale in a Manhattan high-rise lobby where a lousy security guard, his officious supervisor, and two of "New York's finest" discover the damage caused by doing the wrong thing for the right reasons. Written by Academy Award-nominated screenwriter ("You Can Count on Me") Kenneth Lonergan.
Managing & Coaching In A Changing Environment
Duquesne University
Thursday May 26th, 8:30 am
Duquesne University

Sponsored by Duquesne's IET Center for Corporate Development, in this one-day dynamic seminar, attendees will focus on understanding the need for change and give the manager real tools to lead his or her organization through the process of change. Call (412) 396-6190 to register.
E-Commerce For Small Business
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)
Thursday May 26th, 9:00 am
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)

Geared to assist business owners learn the language of e-commerce, clarify business goals, focus on customers and get a handle on the fundamentals, this program will cover topics including the essential elements of an e-commerce system and how to develop an e-commerce action plan that fits your budget. $45
The First Step: Business Start-Up Essentials
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)
Thursday May 26th, 2:00 pm
Small Business Development Center (Duquesne University)

Geared toward new business start-ups and entrepreneurs with no previous business experience. Some topics include business structure and formation, employee issues and taxation requirements. Call (412) 396-6233 to register. Free.
Adagio
Watercolors Gallery
Friday May 27th to Saturday July 9th
Watercolors Gallery

Enjoy Claire Hardy's new still lifes in oil, some with musical instruments. Free.
Beautiful Boxer
Harris Theater
Friday May 27th to Thursday June 2nd
Harris Theater

Based on the real story of Parinya Charoenphol (now Nong Tum). Nong Tum was a champion kick boxer, but that was before sex reassignment surgery. As a man Tum was a national hero, idolized for his mastery of "Muay Thai" — the term for traditional Thai kick boxing. Now, as a woman, Tum is barred from the ring. She can never compete again. A 2004 Thai film directed by Ekachai Uekrongtham.
Lunchtime Lecture Series
Wood Street Galleries
Friday May 27th, 12:00 pm
Wood Street Galleries

Justin Hopper, free-lance writer and member of the band Johnsons Big Band, explores the impact and opportunities for music videos presented by the Internet. Free.
Motorpsychos
31st Street Pub
Friday May 27th, 9:00 pm
31st Street Pub

Rock music. Also: One Lung Kenny. $5
Leadfoot
31st Street Pub
Saturday May 28th, 9:00 pm
31st Street Pub

Rock music. Also: The Cheats, Tucker Mason. $5
DJ Three
Sanctuary
Sunday May 29th, 9:00 pm
Sanctuary

Armed with a sound that borrows equally from vintage acid-house, soulful techno, modern dub, and break beat, DJ Three has performed for the denizens of San Francisco's legendary Wicked Crew party, New York City's Twilo and London's Fabric.

Opening up for him are Matt Monroe and DJ Quartz. Both are local DJs from Pittsburgh. $15 at the door.
Jack Erdie
Hot Dogma (Trinity Cathedral)
Tuesday May 31st, 12:00 pm
Hot Dogma (Trinity Cathedral)

An accomplished finger-pickin' guitarist, Jack Erdie also plays the banjo and harmonica. His deep resonant voice calls to mind Jim Croce, and his music is best described as an eclectic mix of blues, folk and alt country. His engaging, storytelling style makes him popular with audiences of all ages.
Downbeat In The District
Katz Plaza
Tuesday May 31st, 5:00 pm
Katz Plaza

This series pays tribute to the city's rich jazz legacy with some of Pittsburgh's best jazz musicians performing in the heart of the Cultural District throughout the summer.

This week's performers: MCG Jazz Band.

Admission is free.
Impaled
31st Street Pub
Tuesday May 31st, 9:00 pm
31st Street Pub

Rock music. Also: Stab Stab Stab. $5
They're Playing My Song
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall
Thursday June 2nd to Sunday June 5th
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall

Marvin Hamlisch leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops Orchestra in their final concert of the season, with special guests Lucie Arnaz and Robert Klein in a tribute to Marvin himself (it is also his birthday this weekend!) performing some of his greatest hits.
River Eyelash
Point State Park
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
Point State Park

Artist Stacy Levy has created this sculpture, made of multiple strands of spherical floats that radiate out from the bulkhead of the Point. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Roll Rampant & Free
Point State Park
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
Point State Park

This multi-media art installation integrates diverse elements of skateboard culture. The centerpiece is a sculptural skate ramp that is embellished, exhibited and performed upon. Free.

Presented by the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
William Pope L's Black Factory
Point State Park
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
Point State Park

An interactive performance art installation on wheels that playfully opens up a discussion on difference and democracy wherever it parks. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Soundscapepgh
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
Downtown ("Golden Triangle") - Penn Avenue

This work is the creation of a small cross-disciplinary student collective from Carnegie-Mellon University introduces uncommon sounds into Penn Avenue. Free.

Presented by the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Calling Mr. Conrad
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
Downtown ("Golden Triangle") - Stanwix Street

Stpehen Pellegrino and Frank Ferraro of L.O.S.E.R. present this installation, a radio-phonic seance to summon the lost voice and spirit of Pittsburgh's own Frank Conrad. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Annual Exhibition
937 Liberty Avenue
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
937 Liberty Avenue

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, this show features new works by 41 artists from 17 countries in a variety of media. Free.
Hate/Crimes/Head Injuries
Future Tenant
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
Future Tenant

Full of highly charged social and political themes, Joyce Scott's exhibition includes intricately beaded sculptures within a site-specific installation. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Juried Sculpture Exhibition
PPG Place & Plaza
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
PPG Place & Plaza - Wintergarden

Staged by the Pittsburgh Society Of Sculptors, this annual exhibition includes an eclectic variety of all media. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Duquesne Light Artists Market
Gateway Center & Plaza
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
Gateway Center & Plaza

Area guilds, organizations and individual artists provide demonstrations and displays as well as fine art and craft sale. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Family Festival
Point State Park
Friday June 3rd to Sunday June 19th
Point State Park

The whole family will enjoy lots of fun displays, preformances and activities including "Tree Talk" a large-scale installation project by the Children's Museum Of Pittsburgh, "Postcards From Pittsburgh", literacy activities by WQED Multimedia, plus arts & crafts, face painting and family friendly peformances including the Zany Umbrella Circus. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Animal Friends Tag Day
Pittsburgh (City-Wide)
Friday June 3rd, 11:00 am
Pittsburgh (City-Wide)

Armed with donation cans, “Adopt Me” signs and dog license applications, Animal Friends volunteers and their canine companions will take to the streets on Friday, June 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the annual Tag Day event.

Covering more than 20 busy street corners throughout downtown Pittsburgh, Oakland, the North Shore and Shadyside, Animal Friends representatives will distribute city and county dog license applications and “beg” for donations to support the programs of Animal Friends.

Employees from the Allegheny County Treasurer and the City Controller’s Offices will be selling licenses on-site at a central licensing station set up in PPG Plaza. Shelter residents will also be on hand, greeting visitors and reminding them of the importance of licensing all animal companions. Each year thousands of pets in Allegheny County are lost and never reunited with their owners simply because they were wearing no identification. Animal Friends encourages all pet owners to obey city and county licensing laws and to take responsibility for their canine companions.

For more information, call Animal Friends at (412) 566-2103.
Ray Ryan's New Orleans Riverside Band
Point State Park
Friday June 3rd, 12:00 pm
Point State Park

Enjoy New Orleans-style jazz music. Free.

Presented by the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Nanci Griffith
Point State Park
Friday June 3rd, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

This acclaimed singer-songwriter blends folk, country and rock music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Underwear Party
Club Hot Pittsburgh
Friday June 3rd, 10:00 pm
Club Hot Pittsburgh

Get down to the basics with this regular party, featuring drink discounts and lots of fun. (Don't be surprised by some Pride Month surprises, too). Admission starts at $3. A 21+ event.
Artist Talk
Future Tenant
Saturday June 4th, 1:00 pm
Future Tenant

The artist discusses her work currently on display in the gallery. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Citizen Cope
Point State Park
Saturday June 4th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

This popular singer-songwriter fuses folk, country, soul and hip-hop music with highly politicized lyrics. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Liberty Lab: The Missing Pot
937 Liberty Avenue
Sunday June 5th to Monday June 6th
937 Liberty Avenue

Professional actors are teemed with recently arrived Somali refugees for a unique theatrical experience that tells the personal tale of the refugees. There are two shows, one each night at 7:00 p.m.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Mosquitoes
Point State Park
Sunday June 5th, 6:00 pm
Point State Park

This band specializes in indie-pop music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Madeleine Peyroux
Point State Park
Sunday June 5th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

Peyroux performs vintage jazz and blues music in the style of artists like Billy Holiday. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Flowdown
Point State Park
Monday June 6th, 12:00 pm
Point State Park

This local band performs "jam funk" music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Patchwork Blu
Point State Park
Monday June 6th, 5:00 pm
Point State Park

This local band performs blues music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Flowdown
Point State Park
Monday June 6th, 6:00 pm
Point State Park

This local band specialized in "frenzied funk" music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Poogie Bell Band
Point State Park
Monday June 6th, 7:00 pm
Point State Park

Jazz, soul, R&B and hip-hop styles blend together by this group. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Boogie Hustlers
Point State Park
Monday June 6th, 8:00 pm
Point State Park

This 8-piece powerhouse performs funk and jazz. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Downbeat In The District
Katz Plaza
Tuesday June 7th, 5:00 pm
Katz Plaza

This series pays tribute to the city's rich jazz legacy with some of Pittsburgh's best jazz musicians performing in the heart of the Cultural District throughout the summer.

This week's performers: Kevin Howard Band.

Admission is free.
Dance Pittsburgh
Point State Park
Tuesday June 7th, 6:30 pm
Point State Park

A special evening of dance, featuring Labco Dance, Pittsburgh Dance Ensemble and the Dance Alloy Theater. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Hypnosurgery
Point State Park
Wednesday June 8th, 6:00 pm
Point State Park

Reggae and fursion are the styles this band specializes in. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Ollabelle
Point State Park
Wednesday June 8th, 7:00 pm
Point State Park

Inspired by American roots music, this band performs a mix a styles including gospel and bluegrass. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Boxstep
Point State Park
Wednesday June 8th, 8:00 pm
Point State Park

Country, blues and rock music are blended together by this acclaimed local band. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Dr. Nick
Point State Park
Thursday June 9th, 12:00 pm
Point State Park

Rock music that is often a little quirky. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Bill Deasy
Point State Park
Thursday June 9th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

The acclaimed local singer/songwriter performs fan favorites. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Mellon Grand Classics
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall
Friday June 10th to Sunday June 12th
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall

Enjoy a special performance of Edward Elgar's "Dream Of Gerontius (Opus 38)" with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Mendelssohn Choir, mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung, tenor Marcus Haddock and bass Alan Held. Sir ANdrew Davis conducts.
Inara George
Point State Park
Friday June 10th, 7:00 pm
Point State Park

The singer-songwriter performs fan favorites. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Cowboy Junkies
Point State Park
Friday June 10th, 8:00 pm
Point State Park

This Candian band perofrms rock music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Soda Jerk
Point State Park
Saturday June 11th, 6:30 pm
Point State Park

This local band performs rock music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Drive By Truckers
Point State Park
Saturday June 11th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

This popular group performs a variety of musical styles, from country-folk to rock. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Doo Wop Shower Of Stars
Byham Theater
Saturday June 11th, 8:00 pm
Byham Theater

Hosted by WAMO's Porky Chedwick & Music Power 104's Charlie Apple this special concert stars Bill Pinkey & The Original Drifters; Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Ben E. King, Don Gardner, Baby Washington and Pittsburghs own Pure Gold. Tickets are $39.75 & $45.75.
WQED/Pittsburgh Magazine Best Restaurants Dinner
Lidia's
Sunday June 12th, 6:30 pm
Lidia's

This is the first of three unique, one of a kind dinners each featuring someone of the Best 25 Restaurants & Hottest Chefs as rated by "Pittsburgh Magazine".

This special dinner has been designed for WQED by Lidia from her newest cookbook. Seating with Lidia - $250.00 per person(14 seats avail); seating with Chris Fennimore - $175 (14 seats avail); general seating $125 (72 seats avail).

Price includes food, wine, non-alcoholic bevs and taxes. Gratuity not included. Credit Card only (nonrefundable). Reservations available starting Thursday, April 21, 2005. Business attire. To reserve your seat, contact Kweilyn Murphy at (412)622-1358. All proceeds benefit programs and services provided by WQED Multimedia.
Chick Corea & Touchstone
Point State Park
Sunday June 12th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

The acclaimed jazz pianist and composer performs fan favorites. Sponsored by Mellon Financial Corporation. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Pittsburgh Magazine's Best Restaurant Party
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Monday June 13th, 6:00 pm
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

A strolling supper party showcasing signature dishes of the region's best restaurants, complete with gourmet food, wine and spirits, silent auction, culinary demonstrations, Chris Fennimore, entertainment, and more.

Preregistration: $75; At the door: $85. Register by calling (412) 622-7068. All proceeds benefit WQED Multimedia.
Downbeat In The District
Katz Plaza
Tuesday June 14th, 5:00 pm
Katz Plaza

This series pays tribute to the city's rich jazz legacy with some of Pittsburgh's best jazz musicians performing in the heart of the Cultural District throughout the summer.

This week's performers: Tony Campbell Quartet.

Admission is free.
Borderless Puzzle
Point State Park
Tuesday June 14th, 6:30 pm
Point State Park

This band performs disco-inspired music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Donna The Buffalo
Point State Park
Tuesday June 14th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

This very original band mixes styles ranging from reggae to rouck and country creating a very unique sound. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Holmes Brothers
Point State Park
Wednesday June 15th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

This group performs a wide variety of styles, from gosepl to blues. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
New Fiction
Point State Park
Thursday June 16th, 12:00 pm
Point State Park

Enjoy the ambient pop-rock music performed by this band. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Rickie Lee Jones
Point State Park
Thursday June 16th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

This singer-songwriter melds sould, jazz, folk and rock music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Liberty Lab: Stavrogin's Confession
937 Liberty Avenue
Friday June 17th to Sunday June 19th
937 Liberty Avenue

This three character, one-act play is adapted from a censored chapter of Fydor Dostoevsky's classic novel, "Demons". It is a tale of guild, madness and redemption surrounding the suicide of a teenage girl in 19th centiry Russia.

Three shows, one each night: at 8:00 p.m. on June 17 & 18; 7:00 p.m. on June 19.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Buckwheat Zydeco
Point State Park
Friday June 17th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

This local band specializes in modern "zydeco" music --- a combination of Afro-Cuban rhythms. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
George Benson
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall
Friday June 17th, 8:00 pm
Pittsburgh Symphony Heinz Hall

The jazz great performs in a one-night-only show with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
Pittsburgh Pride Parade 2005
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")
Saturday June 18th, 11:30 am
Downtown ("Golden Triangle")

Pittsburgh's sexual minorities celebrate their community and accomplishments with this parade, which gathers on Ross Street at 10:00 a.m. (leaving at 11:30 a.m.) and continuing through downtown Pittsburgh. Free.
Bobby Blue Band
Point State Park
Saturday June 18th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

One of the finest post-war blues performers dips into five decades of performing to put on a great show. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Ben Lee
Point State Park
Sunday June 19th, 6:00 pm
Point State Park

The Australian singer-songewriter performs pop music. Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Aimee Mann
Point State Park
Sunday June 19th, 7:30 pm
Point State Park

The Oscar-nominated singer-songwriter performs fan favorites and selections from her new CD, "The Forgotten Arm". Free.

Presented as part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival.

Online school admissions could worsen digital divide - silicon.com

Online school admissions could worsen digital divide - silicon.com

A slight majority of parents surveyed - 47 per cent of the total - said they would apply online, compared to 40 per cent who said they were unlikely to. Among parents with home access to the internet the balance was more positive with 51 per cent against 39 per cent.

But the report warned there is "clear evidence of the 'digital divide' in society with those most likely to use online applications drawn from the higher social groups, in work, married, in the south, with good home internet access already using a number of online services".

25 April 2005

New from CareerLink

Event Name: Manufacturing 2000: Free Training in Machining
Event Date: Wednesday 4/27/2005
Event Time Start: 1:00:00 PM
Event Time End: 3:00:00 PM
Event Description:
Learn about free machining training program and how to qualify and be accepted into the program.
Location
Pittsburgh/Allegheny Co CareerLink 425 6th Ave, 21st Fl
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Allegheny County
Contact Information
Name: Customer Service
Phone: 412-552-7048
Fax:
Email: workshops@pghcareerlink.org
Sponsor: New Century Careers


Event Name: How to Prepare for Job Fairs
Event Date: Thursday 4/28/2005
Event Time Start: 1:30:00 PM
Event Time End: 2:30:00 PM
Event Description:
This workshop will tell you how to put together an introduction, clarify your goals, review a list of companies attending, and prepare a list of four questions to ask, so that you are able to use your time at a job fair to the greatest advantage.
Location
Pittsburgh/Allegheny Co CareerLink 425 6th Ave., 21st Fl Conf Rm
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Allegheny County
Contact Information
Name: Customer Service
Phone: 412-552-7048
Fax:
Email: workshops@pghcareerlink.org
Sponsor: Pittsburgh Partnership RESET Program
Registration Information
Attendees must register for this event.
Fee: None
Registration Information
Attendees must register for this event.
Fee: None

what to do? what to do....?

Computer Basics and the Internet
Wednesdays, 6 Weeks. Computer basics designed for new users or users who are out of practice. Mouse skills, intro to Windows 98, customizing your desktop and computer system, accessing programs, managing files, understanding computer technology and how computers work, intro to keyboard, using Windows accessories. The internet skills is designed for users who want to become confident Internet surfers. Netscape toolbars, three ways to search, online treasure hunt, Internet terminology, email accounts multi-tasking, copying images to desktop. We’ll teach you everything you need to know. Then you’ll get good at it through old-fashioned practice. You must be registered and available for those 6 days. No make up classes are available. Cost is $20 ($10 if person is unemployed and registered with CareerLink, price covers all sessions and is non-refundable, payable first day of class
Tuesday
4/26/2005
GOODWILL INDUSTRIES JOB FAIR
A variety of employers want to meet you!! Bring copies of your resume and network with employers. Come dressed and prepared for an interview.
Tuesday
4/26/2005
INTRODUCTION TO WORD PROCESSING
Learn basic word processing using Microsoft Word.
Tuesday
4/26/2005
WORD
Tuesdays, 4 weeks. Learn the basics of WORD and word processing applications. Must be pre-registered. Cost is $20 ($10 if the person is unemployed and registered with CareerLink, price covers all sessions and is non-refundable, payable first day of class.
Tuesday
4/26/2005
COMPUTER BASICS AND THE INTERNET
Tuesdays, 6 Weeks. Computer basics designed for new users or users who are out of practice. Mouse skills, intro to Windows 98, customizing your desktop and computer system, accessing programs, managing files, understanding computer technology and how computers work, intro to keyboard, using Windows accessories. The internet skills is designed for users who want to become confident Internet surfers. Netscape toolbars, three ways to search, online treasure hunt, Internet terminology, email accounts multi-tasking, copying images to desktop. We’ll teach you everything you need to know. Then you’ll get good at it through old-fashioned practice. You must be registered and available for those 6 days. No make up classes are available. ($10 if person is unemployed and registered with CareerLink, price covers all sessions and is non-refundable, payable first day of class
Wednesday
4/27/2005
FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP
Discuss federal and state student loans and grants to attend school.

13 April 2005

not work related

ok, ok.
maybe it was the pain meds i was taking last night or maybe i've gone soft in the head as of late (or both) but...
i realized that by the end of this tv show, i had the widest, silliest grin on my face and, and...
a really good feeling inside about people, service and relationships....
just thought you should know.

j

IVY LEAGUE at DollarTree prices!!

The March 2005 MIT OpenCourseWare Update Contains:
1. New Courses Published
2. Johns Hopkins School of Public Health OCW
3. Utah State University OCW
4. A Frequently Asked Question
5. Comments
6. Newsletter Available Online


1. New Courses Published
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MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) is pleased to
announce that 175 new courses will be published over the course of
the next month, which will push the total number of courses available
at http://ocw.mit.edu to almost 1100.

This Spring 2005 publication represents a significant achievement for
people across the Institute who worked with the MIT OCW Team over the
last six months, including the MIT Libraries, MIT's department heads,
and most importantly, MIT's remarkable faculty. Close to two-thirds
of MIT's faculty have now voluntarily participated in MIT OCW, and we
know that MIT OCW would not be succeeding were it not for the
faculty's dedication to MIT's institutional mission and belief in the
promise of openly sharing their materials through OpenCourseWare.

noblisse oblige- the noble must serve!

Educational mentor

Holy Family is seeking mentors for an educational mentoring program, which serves children in our residential care in grades 4-8. Mentors will combine education support with one-on-one mentoring with a child to whom a volunteer will be matched. Our staff will provide all tutoring materials.
Holy Family asks that vounteers commit to maintaining weekly contact with the child.



Last updated: April 12, 2005

Who can volunteer for this:
Both sexes
Adults, Seniors
Languages:
English
Organization:
Holy Family Institute
Area of Focus:
Children and Youth, Education, Health, Mental
Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15202,
United States
Contact Person:
Nicole Nalevanko
Phone:
412-766-9020 X336
Fax:
412-766-5434

12 April 2005

"Seven Blunders of the World" by Mahatma Gandhi

"Seven Blunders of the World" by Mahatma Gandhi
"Seven Blunders of the World"

1. Wealth without work

2. Pleasure without conscience

3. Knowledge without character

4. Commerce without morality

5. Science without humanity

6. Worship without sacrifice

7. Politics without principle

—Mahatma Gandhi

11 April 2005

get to stepping....

(this is a great opportunity for someone..give Scott a call)

Dear all,

If anyone knows somebody who would be interested in a part-time, temporary
instructor's position, please let me know. I need someone willing to
contract for 20-30 hours per week. Instruction would include Data Entry, MS
Word, Internet, Filing and Keyboarding. I can pay as much as $17 per hour.
This position may possibly become a permanent, full-time position within the
next month or so. For now, it would be a week-to-week contract.

Thanks,

Scott A. Albert

Senior Training Specialist
YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh
305 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, Pa 15222
412-255-1163

6 April 2005

Le Mond/the World

* Turkey: NGO report on BP's Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline raises human rights concerns (BP response provided)
http://www.business-humanrights.org/Links/Repository/522973

* Increasing access to essential medicines in developing countries: UK Govt. launches framework for good practice in pharmaceutical industry, with input from companies including GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Merck, Pfizer
http://www.business-humanrights.org/Links/Repository/862213

* Global coalition of 83 NGOs & social investors makes recommendations on business & human rights to UN Commission on Human Rights
http://www.business-humanrights.org/Links/Repository/35831

nonProfits Work

Nonprofits Crucial to North Carolina Economy
Asheville Citizen-Times
A study in Western North Carolina has tracked the impact of nonprofits on the region�s development. The results: nonprofits are a critical sector in the state economy. Already, nonprofits employ more people than construction, professional and business services, and finance or information services. Nonprofit leaders hope the findings will help dispel the outmoded image of nonprofits as entities with perpetually outstretched hands.
more...

GOODWILL of PITTSBURGH - Job Fair

Goodwill Industries of Pittsburgh is an equal opportunity employer.

JOB FAIR

Tuesday, April 26, 2005 -
A variety of local employers will have the opportunity to meet
hundreds of motivated and prepared job seekers.
Attached are details, instructions and forms
for reserving tables and ad space.

For more information, please call Tim Smith at 412-390-2208 or
email: tsmith@goodwillpitt.org

5 April 2005

from the Desk of Donna Little

Hello, Friends -
Attached is information about the UPMC Health Plan Rainbow Kitchen Community Services W.A.R. (Walk And Ride) Against Hunger. This is a walk and bicycle-ride fundraising event, to be held on the beautiful Yough River Trail on April 30th. Please join us if
you can, and also help us to get the word out by forwarding this information to everyone you know who might be interested.

Thank you!
Donna

Donna Little
Executive Director
Rainbow Kitchen Community Services
135 East 9th Avenue
Homestead, PA 15120
412-464-1892 phone
412-464-1069 fax

April 30th - Rainbow Kitchen Walk & Ride

This event is sponsored by Rainbow Kitchen. The Rainbow Kitchen is having a Walk and Ride (W.A.R.) to raise money to fight hunger. The date is April 30, 2005, on the Yough Trail. For more information call: (412) 464-1892.

Event Day: Saturday, April 30th
Location: Yough River Trail
Cost: For more information, call: (412) 464-1892.

28 March 2005

A Bold Venture:

Creating an 'Electronic Town Square' with Blogs
Ellen Simon AP Technology Writer

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) --
It's a journalist's job to ask questions, but they're usually aimed at outsiders.

At the News & Record, a 93,000-daily circulation newspaper in Greensboro, reporters and editors are asking tough questions about the paper itself.

The biggest questions: If the paper needs to change to survive, what changes should be made? What can it do, especially online, to make itself the electronic equivalent of a town square?

Seeking the answers, the paper has launched an audacious online experiment.

The News & Record's Web site features 11 staff-written Web journals, or blogs, including one by the editor that answers readers' questions, addresses their criticisms and discusses how the paper is run.

MORE...

parts is parts!

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Kids in the Thrall
by Anya Kamenetz
Congress defeats a minimum-wage increase, but at an indie coffeehouse in Brooklyn unionized employees are getting what they deserve.


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All PART Of The Game
Gary Bass and Adam Hughes

The Program Assessment Rating Tool, or PART, is a system in the President's Management Agenda that's supposed to be used to evaluate a program's effectiveness so decisions about expansion and funding can be more accurate.
But a little digging reveals that Fiscal Year 2006 budget cuts were made based on ideology—not on a measured, objective system. Gary Bass and Adam Hughes of OMB Watch explain.
Gary Bass is executive director and Adam Hughes is budget policy analyst at OMB
Watch, a nonpartisan government-watchdog organization in Washington, D.C.

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Generation Debt: The New Economics of Being Young
The Blue-Blood Revolution

A movement to help the poorest students grows—at the Ivies
by Anya Kamenetz

You've probably never heard of Gateway Community-Technical College. The fastest-growing of Connecticut's colleges, it occupies a former factory building on New Haven's waterfront but is due to move to a new downtown location next year. Thirty-seven percent of Gateway's 7,391 for-credit students rely on need-based grants from the federal and state government and the school itself, to fund nearly all their direct educational expenses.
Eighty-eight percent of the students work, 38 percent full-time, and most are quietly chipping away at a part-time course load, stretching their enrollment out over many years. The average student is a 29-year-old, white, single working mother.

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Generation Debt: The New Economics of Being Young
Borrow More Now! Pay More Later!

by Anya Kamenetz

The Greatest Generation had the G.I. Bill to pay for college. Baby Boomers got the Pell Grant program in the 1970s, and back then it paid for an average of 50 percent of a public university education, compared to 25 percent today.
Students these days are supposed to be grateful that Bush's new budget will allow them to borrow even more, raising the annual limit on federal student loans from $2,625 to $3,500 for freshmen.


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Generation Debt: The New Economics of Being Young
Feeling a Draft?

Poor kids of color fight the Pentagon
by Anya Kamenetz

Chris Dugan, 27, signed up for his future hitch in the marines while still in high school. "I wanted to be hard and serve my country," he says. "My grandfather was a marine." Dugan was lucky enough to serve in peacetime, from 1995 to 1999. Included was a short stint as a recruiter for high schoolers like himself, patriotic working-class kids without a lot of options to pay for college, get job training, or find work.

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