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Tuesday, November 25, 2003

Tuesday November 25, 2003.

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From politics1.com http://politics1.com:
eBAY PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY. Dean still leads in polls ... Dems debate yet again ... yawn ... more of the same old "Francisco Franco is still dead" kind of political news today ... so we decided to come up with something a little different. Welcome to our "eBay Primary." Not a scientific measure of support, but it seems to be a good measure of the passion supporters demonstrate for their candidates (to wit: the amount of money will they pay to buy a cool campaign button touting their candidate). We went onto eBay this morning and checked out the items offered for each of the Dem candidates -- and we excluded the asking prices for items without any bids. Today's leader -- as in real life -- is Howard Dean. The top selling item was an official "Happy Birthday Howard" button (pictured at left), with a high bid currently at $6.05. Second was a Dick Gephardt union endorsement pin, with a bid of $4.25. Third was John Kerry at $3.33 (actually, it was $9.99 for three pins ... so this is the per-pin price). A lot of ten Wes Clark pins were selling for $5.01 (yup, that's 50 cents apiece) ... but an anti-Clark/pro-Bush pin was selling for $4. There were also pins on eBay for Kucinich, Braun, Lieberman, Sharpton and Edwards ... but there were no bids yet placed on any of them. For the truly passionate Dean supporters, one artist is selling his Warhol-esque pop art portraits of Dean (but has yet to receive the opening required minimum bid of $65).

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From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php
Public Release: 25-Nov-2003
PLoS Biology
Scientists discover how brain draws and re-draws picture of world
Children usually spill if trying to drink from a full cup, but adults rarely do. How we learn to almost automatically complete complex movements -- like how to lift a cup and tip it so the liquid is right at the edge when we're ready to drink -- is one of our brain's mysterious abilities.

Note where this was published: A webzine. The Public Library of Science is trying to make printed scientific journals obsolete. As some of you know too well, the print journals are getting very pricey.

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From Google news:

Bush pardons Thanksgiving turkey, expresses thanks to members of military for sacrifices
USA Today - 14 hours ago

I have a mental image of the White House serving roast GI.

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