Monday, January 31, 2005
Yahoo! News - On election day, elation and payback: "Weeks of trepidation turned into a near-celebration through much of Iraq (news - web sites) on election day. Despite suicide bombs and mortar attacks, millions of Iraqis - Kurds and Shiites, though fewer Sunnis - showed up to vote in Iraq's first free elections in half a century. With most traffic banned for fear of car bombs, they walked to the polls and carried elderly relatives in chairs. They ignored the sound of explosions. Some prayed while they waited in line. Others cried after they had cast their ballots."
And we take Democracy for granted.
Saturday, January 29, 2005
Brr...-11 F is cold. Cars don't like to start at that temperature, the snow squeaks, and it takes forever to dress for a run, but how can I complain about cold after thinking about Auschwitz.
Things learned while shoveling:
- Slow and steady and pretty soon even the longest driveway is done.
- Looking ahead is not always a good idea
- Looking back at what you have done can be satisfying.
Washing my car when it was 7F out may not be the smartest thing I have ever done...The Village of Allegany shovels all of the sidewalks in the village. In
Terri Clark's "I Think the World Needs a Drink" is funny and maybe true. I think it is a remake. but maybe not as I could not find it online...have you ever considered how much time and money is spent on protecting one's assets? Keys, passwords, locks would all be unnecessary in my perfect world....
I have not yet incorporated Vinegar into diet, but think I will to a degree. For example before having many sweets.
I finished Big Russ and Me. I started the Perfect Mile. Both are surprisingly good.
Pitchers and Catchers report in less than three weeks.
time to sleep
Auschwitz.org.pl, Remember.org, another Remember.orgpage, PBS, pictures from the BBC, and finally from Holocaust-History.org.
Some other sites that are not directly about Auschwitz, but are at least in part include
- Remember.org --what can be said, but to remember lest it happen again. Read the accounts. Chilling (even when you know what is coming).
- Not quite as fancy but equally moving is Holocaustsurvivors.org .
- <> The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum><> >
- <>The HistoryPlace has a very good timeline .>
- Florida has funded a teacher's resource site that is tailored at high-school, but is interesting none-the-less. It includes picture tours of many plaecs, including Anne Frank's "home"
- Speaking of high school, high schoolers made this site
- A gallery of pictures of the suffering.
How could they do such a thing? How?
Anything else I can write pales in comparison, so I will end now.
Monday, January 24, 2005
The New England Patriots look awfully good….I hope Jerome Bettis does come back…THis year's new RAAM video is now online. Jim Lampley is the host again. I still can not imagine that race, I think I now know what is too much.
There may be sadder songs/video's than Martina McBride’s “God’s Will” but I can not think of many...I am about 80% done with Big Russ and Me, it is good. Not the best book ever, but interesting. I especially like it since it is about Buffalo.
Well out of time.
The best web site I have found for information on the case is from The University of Missouri Kansas City. It centers on the resulting 1967 US vs Cecil Price et al trial.
How people could be so ridiculously hateful and say then they are doing it because it is God's will, is totally beyond me.
And lest you think that it was only a select few. This quote is attributed to the Dallas News. I would not believe it myself if it weren't listed on such reputable college (University of Missouri Kansas City):
"A thousand college students from the North are reported to be invading Mississippi this summer in order to engage in a Negro voter registration drive. It is unbelievable that a thousand college students would do this of their own volition. Those who know the ways of propaganda, especially of a Communist nature, probably correctly suspect that the idealism of some college youngsters has been taken advantage of by some very hard boiled left wingers and Communists who know exactly what they want to do--stir up trouble in the South.
This newspaper a long time ago pointed our that [a part of the Communist plan in the United States is to stir up racial strife]. The ultimate aim is . . . a black revolution. The invasion of Mississippi this summer is . . . part and parcel of this plan.
These young people who have gone to Mississippi have been attending training schools which can be described as nothing short of inflammatory . . . The naive inexperience of these youngsters has been preyed on, and they have been stirred up by tales of horror and violence that simply don't exist in Mississippi."
I guess we really cannot always trust the media.
Pitt also has some info on the trial.
Thursday, January 20, 2005
Yahoo! News - Rats 'Born to Run' Show How Fitness Extends Life: "rats with low aerobic capacity scored higher on risk factors linked to cardiovascular disease -- including high blood pressure and vascular dysfunction,' said Ulrik Wisloff, a professor of exercise physiology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim.
Vascular dysfunction means abnormalities of the blood vessels.
'Rats with low aerobic capacity also had higher levels of blood fat disorders (such as high cholesterol), insulin resistance (a pre-diabetic condition) and more abdominal fat than high-capacity rats,' added Sonia Najjar, of the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo"
I'll wrtie more about this later...I have to go work out now :)
Until now the best we can hope to do in preventing heart attacks and strokes has been to try and make sure our blood is not full of fat and bad cholesterol that will lead to clogs where there are bumps on the arterial walls. These bumps act like a low hanging tree in a river and cause a blockage.
This may change as doctors appear reasonably close to being able to prevent many of the bumps (or mounds as they call them) from occurring in the first place! Wow! From the Guardian:
"A project led by Professor John Martin of University College, London, is designed to tackle the world's heart disease crisis and stems from a 10-year collaboration between Finnish, German, Italian and British researchers.
The group - whose work was recently highlighted at the European Commission's Descartes Prize awards in Prague - has concentrated on a substance called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), a natural body chemical that stops arterial cell division....'If we stop the mounds in the first place, then cholesterol will have nothing to stick to and no blockages will occur.' The solution, said Martin, is to persuade the body to make extra VEGF."
Wednesday, January 19, 2005
From my 8/17/04 newsletter:
What am I reading? Chris Carmichael’s Food for Fitness. Yes he is Lance’s coach. I likeToday I looked at PowerBar's site and they have much the same, so I thought you might be interested:
it. He has some very good ideas. For example, just as your training
changes from season to season, so too do your nutritional needs. Which
is obvious, but often overlooked.
- "It’s January—there’s less daylight and it’s either raining, snowing, or just plain cold outside. And while your weekly mileage may be low, the sugar plum fairies that bring all those holiday desserts are working overtime."
- "<>In a nutshell, strategic reduction of carbohydrates, especially refined carbs, during periods of reduced physical activity can help ease the transition from one competitive season to the next.>
Experts like to say “Nutrition won’t win races, but it can lose them.” That applies not only to the days leading up to an important race, but to the months prior as well."
Sunday, January 16, 2005
I really hope the Iraqi elections are peaceful and with large turnouts...not that I am expecting it, but I hope so! A caller on C-Span brought up a great point on Friday: when a nation democratizes, it tends (with some exceptions) to grow less hostile. Let's hope it works in Iraq.
Having just reread Gettysburg and Grant Comes East, I have found myself defending alternative histories from some who claim they are a waste of time. I do think alternative histories are important as they help us to understand not only that things could be different, but also how often there is randomness and luck involved in the final outcome. Moreover, they allow us to better imagine what each person might have been thinking at the time. That said, there is a place for them and it is along side (or behind) standard histories and not instead of the actual history. To put it another way, do I feel I know more about the US Civil War for having read Gettysburg and Grant Comes East? Absolutely yes.
Going to an innaguraual ball looks like punishment. I think I would find an excuse to not go. It need not even be a good excuse.
I was definitely surprised by Beltran signing with the Mets!...Newsday ran a great story on another Met hopeful Andres Galarraga, I did not know his cancer returned. Go read the article, it is short and I am sure you will be hoping he makes the team. I know I am!
It is amazing how fast one can become addicted to wireless internet and how much being tied down to a computer (when your laptop breaks) is annoying...slow loading anti-virus packages are even more annoying!...a ten month leadtime from when you submit a paper to the actual conference is too long...but then again 12 weeks from ordering a car to delivery seems ridiculous as well. That is what we heard on a Toyota Matrix....But maybe good things do come to those who wait: before Christmas there was a waiting list at WNY bookstores for Marv Levy's book . I can see why. It is really good. Definitely recommended!
If I were a sure top 5 draft pick would I come back to college for an extra year? I do no think so, but I sure admire Matt Leinart to going with what he wanted to do. I hope he has a great year and stays uninjured!
Classes start again this week. I am teaching 3 MBA classes and one undergrad class. I really like it, but still never look forward to starting up again.
I have decided to compile the FinanceProfessorblog posts into a more or less regular monthly newsletter.
Saturday, January 15, 2005
Currently I am ristening to The Flame Keepers by Ned Handy and Kemp Battle. It is the Handy's story of his captivity inside of Stalag 17 during WW II. Handy clains he is no stpry teller, but this is just a very well-told and interesting story.
Probably my all time favorite POW book is John Ransom's Andersonville Diary. It is a simply a great book. How anyone survived that prison is amazing. I have never been there, but do want to go sometime.
This afternoon I was listening to C-Span's coverage of a talk by two Vietnam Era POWs on James Hirsh's Two Souls Indivisible: the Friendship that saved 2 POWs in Vietnam. It about Fred Cherry and Porter Halyburton and their 7 years as prisioners.
While I have not read the book (yet) the talk was equally fascinating and motivating. (Interestingly, one of the few people that they said they had not forgiven was Jane Fonda.)
While I could not find the actual show from C-Span, I did find other POW shows that C-Span has aired.
It is also worth noting that many of the POW stories have a similar theme. That thoughout all of it, they never gave up. Some of the other points that they bring up are also good tips for all of us:
- Look out for each other
- keep busy
- think long term
- remember your duty
- don't forget why you are here (an here may be on earth)
- count your blessings
- stay positive
C-SPAN: ADVANCED VIDEO SEARCH RESULTS
If you have not heard the CSpan discussion of the upcoming Iraqi election by Noah Feldman, you really should listen/watch. It is clear, well done, and very interesting!
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Having listened to the post on the importance of the Media on Transparency, I also checked out the rest of Cronkite's shows in NPR. They are really interesting.
About 12 minutes long each. Fascinating. In fact when working on a paper I have just listened to about 8 of them!
Tuesday, January 11, 2005
As if we needed more to worry about. It could be teh American Chestnut all over again. Scary stuff!
"Sudden oak death syndrome first emerged in California in 1995, but it has since been found in 22 states. Scientists say it may have come to North America from Asia but don't know for certain. What they do know is it must be stopped.
"The entire East Coast is potentially at risk," says Matteo Garbelotto of the University of California-Berkeley, who first isolated the disease along with David Rizzo of the University of California-Davis.""
"The disease affects not only oaks but also 46 species including rhododendrons, camellias, azaleas and lilacs."
Saturday, January 08, 2005
The Tsunami disaster is so beyond words that I can not even imagine it….CNN and in particular Anderson Cooper is doing a great job covering this disaster….CBS should make him their anchor...I am really sick of so-called religious people even suggesting such a calamity is because of “Allah’s” or “God’s” or any other deity you chose is mad....Times like this make me wish I were an MD. 155,000 deaths is an enormous and terribly tragic number, but an estimated 59 million died in WWII…stop and think about that for a minute…59,000,000. Amazing, horrific…WW II would be reported vastly differently now. I do not think concentration camps would be allowed for so long now due to more coverage. At least I hope!
Less serious stuff:
Winter’s snow, ice, and wind are worse than the cold….flickr and other photo sites are much better than emailed photos…The Atlantic 10 is struggling this year….
The Mets getting Beltran would be a major upset…I hope PSU’s football signings live up to their expectations…SBU’s Richter Center should open the other doors and get more spray bottles…Aqua Teen Hunger Force is hilarious….I finished A Walk in the Woods today…I am reading Marv Levy’s book now and several others…more later
Friday, January 07, 2005
The NY Times has a very interesting article on the seemingly contradictory findings on heart disease and CRP and Cholesterol.
"Vioxx, which was pulled from the market in late September because of those risks, had been found in a study just a month earlier to cut CRP levels in half, from the danger zone to a level considered excellent. Celebrex, still on the market but linked to an increased risk of heart attack, has also been found to lower CRP levels."Why? It is probably too early to know for sure.
Why do I mention this? To remind people that our understanding of how the body works is still pretty new.
This is similar to finance where there is much contradictory research that has to be sorted through before we can say much definitively. WHich is why both fields are so interesting!
Wednesday, January 05, 2005
Saturday, January 01, 2005
Talk about an article that evokes hope and despair at once. On the plus side, finding cures to problems is awesome! But while simultaneously facing the prospect of losing more and more species to extinction makes it in some ways a race. And yet another reason why we should be more concerned about the environment!
By DAVID DISHNEAU Associated Press FREDERICK, MD. -
"Just one in 40,000 natural products yields an effective drug but scientists say the next Taxol — an anti-cancer agent derived from the bark of the Pacific yew tree — could be lurking in one of the repository's 200,000 bar-coded extracts."
"The costs of creating a marketable drug from a natural product are staggering. The General Accounting Office reports that the National Institutes of Health spent $183 million over 20 years for research on Taxol, which was approved for sale by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. in 1992"