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God Bless Bob Costas

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America's preeminent sportscaster will protest the IOC's insensitive decision to not mark the 40th anniversary of the slaughter of Israel's Olympic athletes.
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An Interactive Infographic Maps The Future Of Emerging Technology

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When will you get your robot butler? When will we first set foot on Mars? These and countless other questions about the future are answered in this amazing chart of where technology is headed in the next 30 years.


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A animation showing edits to http://OpenStreetMap.org over the period 2007-2012.

 

OpenStreetMap recently had it's "State of the Map" conference (Oct. 13-14) in Portland, Oregon. This video was embedded in a great article entitled "The New Cartographers" that summarizes some of the current issues discussed at the conference as well as concerns that confont the project.  The project has experienced exponential growth and is a major player in the world of online mapping (think Wikipedia for maps).  

 

Questions to Ponder: What are some advantages (and disadvantages) to an open source mapping data set?  What do you imagine is the future for the world largest open-source mapping data?  

 

Tags: mapping, cartography, geospatial, social media.


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UM doesn't care about Hurricanes winning football games, just the most lucrative TV opportunities

UM doesn't care about Hurricanes winning football games, just the most lucrative TV opportunities | www roundup | Scoop.it

Via Miami Herald Sports Buzz:

 

"UM people believe Saturday’s Kansas State game never should have been played and won’t schedule those types of games again (non-conference road games against Top 25-caliber, NON-marquee teams that aren’t played in UM recruiting areas). Miami will gladly play a Florida and Nebraska and Notre Dame - which are on future schedules - because they are marquee games that would be nationally televised in an attractive time slot, as Notre Dame-UM is this season (7:30 p.m. Oct. 6, NBC). But UM doesn't want two particularly difficult non-conference games in the same season going forward.

 

Bottom line: UM has no use playing a noon game on FX in Manhattan, Kansas, which is of no benefit to them in any way..."

 

My two cents: That last statement makes ZERO sense. FX is a national cable network that's making a move into college football. I was in a small town in Maryland on Saturday and I was able to see the Hurricanes-Kansas State game. The next day, I was in Philadelphia and couldn't watch the Miami Dolphins game on CBS because they were airing the Jets game up there instead.

 

Ultimately, all this seems to translate into: UM would rather the Hurricanes lose to a "marquee" team on a broadcast network in an "attractive time slot." 


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Billy Corben's comment, September 12, 2012 3:30 PM
@mjcane I don't disagree with you. Nor do I believe the football program wants to lose. The university administration, on the other hand, has to run the business regardless. And their goal is the bottom line. That's just the way it is.

@lhawley3283: That's basically what the Herald article says: "UM doesn't want two particularly difficult non-conference games in the same season going forward." They want "marquee games that would be nationally televised in an attractive time slot." The 'Canes used to open their season against multiple ranked teams (and kick ass). Unfortunately that's not how college football is played anymore.
lhawley3283's comment, September 12, 2012 5:44 PM
Billy,
That's why I don't understand your specific criticism. The university is left with little choice now that conferences are expanding and require 9 game schedules. No one will be playing more than one tough non-conference opponent anymore. Maybe the university will be able to schedule a kickoff classic with a good opponent in the years to come, but not if they play like they did on Saturday. Miami is still a draw nationally, but the school has to bring fans to these neutral sites. You think of the Canes in the past tense, we haven't been contenders in nearly a decade and we are going on probation for 4 years. We are lucky to have scheduled Nebraska, Notre Dame (it probably won't matter now), and Michigan State for the rest of the decade before probation hits. The unaffiliated UM of the 1980s is never coming back, let's hope the ACC contender UM develops...
Billy Corben's comment, September 12, 2012 6:05 PM
@lhawley3283: I don't fundamentally disagree with anything you said. It's less a criticism and more of an observation; my interpretation of the Herald report. Whenever UM and/or the Herald make a statement, you can't take it at face value, you gotta try and read between the lines. I don't think winning has been a priority for the administration for years (I'm not talking about the athletic department or football team itself). This admin looks at the football program the same way they look at everything else: as a potential ATM and/or a piggybank.
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Man Named Jackmeoff Mudd Arrested In Florida

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FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The Broward Sheriff’s Office arrested Jackmeoff Mudd recently.

Yes, that is actually the name he is being held under by the BSO.

The 5’6”, 155 pound 54-year-old man was facing a multitude of charges after being arrested. Jackmeoff Mudd faces several charges including: Assault, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting an Officer, Possession of Alcohol on the beach, violation of probation, and carrying an open beverage in public...


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Opening ceremony moment of silence: There were two pauses for reflection on Friday night. Neither was for the Israeli athletes murdered in 1972.

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The IOC fulfilled its promise not to feature one minute of silence during Friday’s opening ceremony. Instead, it offered two pauses of remembrance. Neither was for the 11 Israeli athletes who were murdered at the 1972 Games.

 

First, the ceremony paused—in the words of the BBC’s commentators—for “a moment of remembrance for all people in all countries” in order to honor “the fallen of two world wars and all other conflicts.”

 

After this generic war moment, the ceremony then paused later for a second moment of silent reflection “to respect our memorial wall for friends and family of those in the stadium that cannot be here tonight.” (According to the BBC website, “spectators were asked to present images of loved ones” who had passed away.)

 

IOC President Jacques Rogge had previously attempted to justify the decision not to honor the victims of the Munich terrorist attacks by saying that “the opening ceremony is an atmosphere that is not fit to remember such a tragic incident.”

 

It’s now clear that Rogge wasn’t telling the whole truth. It’s not that the opening ceremony wasn’t fit to remember tragedies. It’s that the IOC wanted to pick and choose which tragedies to remember. The fallen from world wars and the deceased relatives of people with opening ceremony tickets made the cut. The victims of a terrorist attack that occurred at the Olympics four decades ago did not.

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Lebanese Olympic judo team refuses to practice next to Israelis

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Hosts accept coach’s demand, and separate the teams with makeshift barrier...
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Albert Einstein Memorial Gets Yarn-Bombed

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People headed into the National Academy of Sciences this morning passed by a curious sight: The institution's memorial of Albert Einstein was covered in yarn from head to toe, resulting in a colorful oddity that greeted researchers and other...
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God Bless Bob Costas

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America's preeminent sportscaster will protest the IOC's insensitive decision to not mark the 40th anniversary of the slaughter of Israel's Olympic athletes.
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How New York’s love affair with Starbucks turned sour

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Starbucks’ relationship with New Yorkers has now settled into middle age. And as anyone who’s ever forged bonds in the throes of passion knows, time tends to dull a suitor’s ardor. The idiosyncratic qualities that once made New Yorkers the object of such intense interest and attention in the first place—our standoffishness, our demanding nature, our very unattainability—have come to be viewed as annoyances, or worse. The signs of strain in Starbucks’ relationship with New Yorkers have been visible for some time.

 

The cushy chairs were the first to go. The original flagship New York City store was shuttered. Then some city Starbucks stores started barring laptop use during peak hours. Reuters broke the story last year that many New York City stores have begun to block electric outlets to discourage laptop users altogether. Last winter, under the headline, “Just a ‘wee’ change,” the New York Post reported that the city’s Starbucks had been steadily closing its restrooms. The Post quoted “a source familiar with the company’s New York plans,” as complaining that “Starbucks cannot be the public bathroom in the city anymore.” Those discounted refills (actually free if you have a Starbucks Rewards card) now are the subject of increasingly frequent grilling at the counter by those once highly solicitous baristas: Did you really consume that beverage in the store? And, as message boards with names like www.ihatestarbucks.com attest, the interrogation sometimes continues as to whether the consumption actually took place over the last hour...

 

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David's Cafe II on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach to Close: One Last Cafecito for the Road

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Another casualty of high rents on Lincoln Road...


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Time to get one last cafecito for the road, because David's Café II will close its doors at the end of the week.

 

Owner Adrien Gonzalez told Short Order that the iconic Lincoln Road fixture, which serves much-needed shots of liquid adrenaline along with authentic Cuban cuisine, is closing the Lincoln Road location for good at the end of the week in yet another case of small independent restaurant owners being squeezed out by high rents.

 

Gonzalez wasn't sure whether David's would close on July 22 at night or early July 23. In any event, there will be no parties, no blowout celebrations. Just a few last coladas and pastelitos among friends...


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Is the Web Driving Us Mad? (Spoiler Alert: Probably)

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Tweets, texts, emails, posts. New research says the Internet can make us lonely and depressed—and may even create more extreme forms of mental illness, Tony Dokoupil reports...


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TwitLonger — When you talk too much for Twitter

Today in 2002 U2's Edge marries longtime girlfriend Morleigh Steinberg in a Jewish ceremony at the Garden of (cont) http://t.co/C8yhZq3a...)...
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USS Enterprise makes final port stop in Naples, Italy

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Since its deployment during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962, the USS Enterprise has seen conflicts ranging from the war in Vietnam to those in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Afghanistan.

 

The U.S. Navy’s oldest operating vessel, the world’s first nuclear-powered carrier, made its final port stop in Naples, Italy, on Friday before setting sail for its home port, Norfolk, Va., where it will be broken down piece by piece before its steel ligaments are sold off for scrap. Its last hurrah mirrored its first. The Enterprise made its inaugural stop in Naples after its commissioning in 1962.

 

The Enterprise embarked on its 25th and final deployment in March, to the Middle East. In those seven months, its 180 aviators flew roughly 8,800 sorties and the ship crossed the Strait of Hormuz 10 times, peacefully facing off against Iranian sailors amid building tensions in the region. During its longest period at sea, the crew went 52 days without setting foot on land.


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Out of Control: TSA agent admits on camera to detaining woman because of her "attitude" (VIDEO)

Out of Control: TSA agent admits on camera to detaining woman because of her "attitude" (VIDEO) | www roundup | Scoop.it

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A woman who claims the Transportation Security Administration detained her from her flight because the agent didn’t like her attitude has posted a video of the confrontation on YouTube.


The 22-second video has 45,000 views as of Monday morning. It is posted under the name AirportVideoofTSA. The person who uploaded the video writes, “I was not allowed to board a plane (even though I had already been through airport security) because I drank my water instead of letting the TSA “test” it. The TSA agent finally admitted that it wasn’t because they thought I was a security risk-it was because the TSA agent, Louis Godeaux, was mad at me!"

 

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Epic Dan Sileo Miami Hurricanes rant on 560 WQAM

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"This 'Canes disaster, I have never seen our defensive tackles this bad. EVER. Horrific. Poor. That's a bad football team right now, the Miami Hurricanes. BAD! And there needs to be some accountability. There needs to be some leadership! You cannot go to Manhattan, Kansas and get your ass dragged up and down the field by a team ranked #21. Do you know what they did after they beat the living piss out of us? Still 21! There's no respect for our program anymore. How did it get to a point where we don't have respect?!?! We're like Eastern Michigan!..."


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Burning our food: The drought and the vice of ethanol - Hot Air

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A persistent drought compounds a problem already besetting farmers, they and agriculture economists said. About a third of the country’s corn is diverted to produce ethanol under federal renewable energy standards. Ethanol production already had driven up the price of corn in recent years.

 

“The ethanol policy is a bad idea because the impacts of a drought are much more severe than it used to be,” said Colin Carter, a UC Davis agriculture economist.

 

Livestock producers have lobbied for changes to the ethanol policy, but to no avail. The ethanol issue underscores the severity of the problems in the animal industry, said Bill Mattos, president of the California Poultry Federation.

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Olympics — live; Israel’s Shahar Zubari ‘wears’ the flag

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Israel TV commentary goes silent for 30 seconds in tribute to the Munich 11 as the Israeli team walks through. Flag-bearer Shahar Zubari has had the flag cut into his hair-do.
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‘@BBC, f*** you, a-holes. #suckit’

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Just days away from the opening of the 2012 Summer Olympics, controversy is already brewing. Turns out that in the spirit of the Olympic motto, “Faster, Higher, Stronger,” the BBC has decided to change its journalistic standards to “Lower, Dumber, and Jesus Christ, who wrote this crap?”

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42-Year-Old Pregnant Woman Was Killed In Burgas Terror Attack after Years of Struggling With Infertility | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com

42-Year-Old Pregnant Woman Was Killed In Burgas Terror Attack after Years of Struggling With Infertility | Jewish & Israel News Algemeiner.com | www roundup | Scoop.it

An Israeli woman who had received the news that she was pregnant the morning of her flight to Bulgaria was among the victims killed in yesterday’s terror attack at the Burgas airport according to Israel’s Channel 2 news.

 

Kochava and her husband Itzik Chriqui left on vacation for three days to Bulgaria. On the day of the flight, it was revealed that she was finally pregnant after attempting unsuccessfully to have a child for four years. Her husband suffered from minor injuries and returned to Israel to receive treatment.

 

Her sister was shocked when she received the tragic news of Kochava’s death that afternoon, as they waited for Itzik at Ben Gurion airport.

 

“Those evil murderers. She is a 42-year-old pregnant woman. Two of them went, her and her baby. They were just going away for a three-day vacation and they had to return in a coffin” said one of Kochava’s sisters, Yael Mored, in anguish.

 

“She was our little sister,” added another sister of Kochava. “She had no children and got pregnant after four years of treatment. The day she left for the trip, she received the news that she was pregnant.”

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The Ten Most Famous University of Miami Dropouts - Miami News - Riptide 2.0

The Ten Most Famous University of Miami Dropouts - Miami News - Riptide 2.0 | www roundup | Scoop.it

Lots of successful people have degrees from the University of Miami. Everyone from Gloria Estefan to, like, 10 percent of the NFL. But some of the school's most famous former students never graduated -- either opting to transfer or quit college altogether. Current UM kids, don't take this as inspiration to drop your studies. We're sure we could show you a totally depressing list of completely unfamous UM dropouts that includes everyone from strippers to professional parent-moochers. Keep up those studies.

 

1. Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, and his wife, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry
2. Ben Folds, lead singer of Ben Folds Five

3. Micky Arison, owner of the Miami Heat and CEO of Carnival Corp.

4. Grace Slick, lead singer of Jefferson Airplane

5. Sylvester Stallone, actor, screenwriter, and director
6. Patti Scialfa, guitarist of the E-Street Band

7. Kimbo Slice, punches things for money

8. Jeff Garlin, actor on Curb Your Enthusiasm
9. Charles Grodin, actor
10. Enrique Iglesias, singer

... and of course, Steve-O.

 

Read More: http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2012/07/the_ten_most_famous_university.php


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Obama: Slamming success - RTD

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Christmas came early for the Republican Party this year — and President Barack Obama played Santa Claus.  

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Breaking News: Panasonic, Energizer, P&G Promise to Ramp Up Battery ... - Triple Pundit

Breaking News: Panasonic, Energizer, P&G Promise to Ramp Up Battery ... - Triple Pundit | www roundup | Scoop.it
Triple PunditBreaking News: Panasonic, Energizer, P&G Promise to Ramp Up Battery ...Triple PunditPanasonic, Duracell (Procter & Gamble), Energizer and Rayovac today have promised to accelerate the recycling of household batteries.and more »...
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Feds Offer $1 Million Reward for 'Fast and Furious' Killers of Border Agent in 2010

Feds Offer $1 Million Reward for 'Fast and Furious' Killers of Border Agent in 2010 | www roundup | Scoop.it

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Justice Department officials today offered $1 million for the capture of the five Mexican "border bandits" who killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry with an ATF-sourced weapon in the mountains south of Tucson.

 

Agent Terry's death has been at the center of the Congressional investigation into a botched ATF gun-smuggling investigation dubbed "Fast and Furious." Two weapons linked to the shooting of Agent Terry made it into criminal hands as a result of that operation, which sought to track smuggled guns to drug cartel kingpins. A dispute between Congressional investigators and the Justice Department over "Fast and Furious" documents led to Attorney General Eric Holder being held in contempt of Congress last month.

 

But despite all the controversy, the details of how Agent Terry was killed have never been revealed until today.

 

At a news conference in Tucson, Justice Department officials said that on December 14, 2010, Agent Terry and his Border Patrol team were trying to intercept five men who had crossed into the U.S. from Mexico and tripped electronic sensors planted in the southern Arizona desert. The federal agents confronted the men, opening fire with beanbags, not bullets.

 

It turned out the men were "border bandits," armed gangsters who rob drug smugglers. The bandits returned fire, and in the firefight, Agent Terry was killed. One of the bandits was shot in the foot, and taken into custody, but four other suspects escaped while agents were tending to Agent Terry...


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Bullies Apologize To Karen Klein On Anderson 360

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Earlier this week a video depicting Greece, N.Y.
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