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  • "So GM has misfired on all three points, meaning it's made three promises that it can't keep." Does GM know how to sell cars.
  • "Carhart can't pinpoint how exactly he went from reluctant visitor to controversial abortion provider, why he chose a job that attracts death threats and protesters. Part of it is stubbornness; he won't be bullied out of what he sees as a legitimate medical specialty. "Abortion is not a four-letter word," he says. "I'm proud of what I do.""
  • "But Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that this had never been Mr Obama's top priority. She hinted that he may accept the idea of non-profit insurance co-operatives. In an interview with CNN, Ms Sebelius said that Mr Obama's government-run insurance plan – a so-called "public option" – was "not the essential element" of the administration reforms.Separately, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs also refused to say that the "public option" was a make-or-break choice. Mr Gibbs said Mr Obama's administration would consider an alternative proposal of consumer-owned, non-profit co-operatives that would sell insurance in competition with private industry." I could see the point of the co-op's but would it actually be able to compete with the insurance industry?
  • "A Canadian woman, stranded in Kenya for three months because officials said she did not resemble her passport photo, has arrived home in Toronto. Canadian consular officials accused her of being an imposter, voided her passport and asked Kenyan officials to prosecute her. The results of a DNA test finally proved her identity, clearing the way for her return to Canada."
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08 Aug

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  • "Silicon Valley’s electric car company, Tesla Motors, says that it hit profitability in July. The private company reports that it made “approximately $1 million of earnings” on revenues of $20 million, and that it shipped 109 Roadsters, its $109,000 all-electric sports car." Good job.
  • "Comparing the iPhone to the HTC Magic, a phone running Android, shows the problems that a virtual keyboard can cause, and how they can be solved. Typing on the iPhone – especially in English – works perfectly well, perhaps better than on a physical keyboard. Doing the same thing on an HTC Magic is often annoying and wrought with errors. Note that some of the Magic’s problems are not specific to Android, but to the Magic." Though somewhat unfair comparing a 1.0 product to a 3.0 product.
  • "The center of our Milky Way Galaxy is hidden from the prying eyes of optical telescopes by clouds of obscuring dust and gas. But, in this stunning vista, the Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared cameras penetrate much of the dust, revealing the stars of the crowded galactic center region. A mosaic of many smaller snapshots, this detailed, false-color image shows older, cool stars in bluish hues. Reddish glowing dust clouds are associated with young, hot stars in stellar nurseries. The galactic center lies some 26,000 light-years away, toward the constellation Sagittarius. At that distance, this picture spans about 900 light-years." Pretty photo.