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Thursday, September 25, 2003

Wednesday September 24, 2003.

To Pillsbury House, to do data entry for the Community Barter Network. The improved system really is improved. The Time Dollar software used to take forever to switch between different parts of the program. Now it moves reasonably fast.

Yesterday, Joel Rosenberg said on the Natter list that the Wedge Co-op had taken down their "No guns here" sign. They had. I asked about it.

Roughly: the people who'd made the decision to put up the sign had found out it wasn't needed. The store didn't need it to boot out someone who was being obnoxious with a gun.

Subject: The Hill E-News
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2003 22:40:41 -0400
From: enews

"Omens & Portents for September 24, 2003:

"Law of unintended consequences.

"Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) has proposed a constitutional amendment that would allow a person who has been a United States citizen for 20 years to run for president. Under present law, no one who is not a native citizen can run for president." [Not quite accurate. The Presidency is also open to anyone who was a citizen when the Constitution was adopted. By 1859, it was rather unlikely that any such person would be considered for the Presidency.] "The resolution (S.J.Res.15) was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee in July and the first hearing will be held shortly, although the date is yet to be determined. Such an amendment could help elect a Democratic president: Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, who was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, has been cited by political observers as a potential future candidate for president."

The person on the Foresight Exchange (http://www.ideosphere.com) who's betting that Arnold Scharzenegger will become President may not be as wrong as I thought he was.

Public Release: 24-Sep-2003
Psychomatic Medicine
Study links IQ and affluence level to longevity
By following nearly 1,000 subjects during a 70-year span, Scottish researchers have found that people with high IQs who reside in poor neighborhoods lived longer than people in similar areas with low IQs, while the intelligence score was not important for longevity for people living in wealthy neighborhoods.
Chief Scientist's Office of the Scottish Executive

Contact: Judith Hodgson
Center for the Advancement of Health

E-paper may offer video images
19:00 24 September 03

A dramatically simple idea may finally make "electronic paper" displays a realistic prospect. If so, animated versions of a newspaper could, one day, be unfurled like a roller-blind on a flexible wireless display.

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