Thoughts Gallery November 2002
November 1
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The stitches in my left hand were removed today. I spent Halloween evening relaxing at home watching horror movies From Dusk Til Dawn & Leprechaun by candle light. 
An Amish man cuts his horse-drawn buggy across traffic in Lancaster County, Pa. High visibility, common sense and common courtesy are elements of a manual state transportation officials are developing to try to help Amish buggy drivers avoid accidents like the Sunday, Oct. 27, 2002 crash on an unlit Susquehanna River bridge that smashed a buggy and left seven members of an Amish family hospitalized.
November 2
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Looks like the brainwashing of youth continues around the world... 
Samboo, a 12-year-old soldier in the Karen rebel army fighting against Myanmar's military, poses with his rifle in a jungle camp on the border with Thailand.
November 3
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 Iranian Judiciary officials prepare to hang convicted murderer Hashem Anbarniya, before his execution at Jamshidieh park in Tehran. In Iran, the death penalty is usually reserved for murder, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking. 
November 4
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So I wonder who else is on this hit list to be assassinated by our government.  I wonder how many Americans are on this list as enemies of the state.  I had an appraisal on my house today, in my attempts to get a cash-out refinance on my house.  I have my fingers crossed 
A Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is seen with a Hellfire-C laser guided missile under one wing in this test flight at Nellis Airforce Base in Nevada. A missile fired by an unmanned CIA drone hit a car believed to be carrying suspected al Qaeda members in Yemen and killed several occupants a U.S. official said. Six alleged al Qaeda members were believed killed including a key suspect in the bombing of the USS Cole. While the CIA is known to operate armed Predator aircraft, it could not be confirmed if the Predator was used in this attack. 
November 5
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Did you remember to vote today??
November 6
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 A rabbi reaches out as another hands him the Rambam, a book of orthodox Jewish philosophy, during the annual Lubavitcher conference in Brooklyn, New York. Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis from around the world are meeting in Brooklyn for a weekend to discuss the condition of the Jewish people worldwide. 
November 7
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 In a novel use of clean energy, the world's most northerly town will soon be the first to get electricity from a sub-sea power station run on tidal currents tugged by the moon. Gigantic forces in the oceans -- waves, currents and tides -- have often proved too costly or awkward to harness, compared to wind or solar power in global efforts to cut reliance on nuclear power or on fossil fuels blamed for global warming. This Reuters graphic shows how giant underwater propellers will use currents to create electrical power.
November 8
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Saw the movie 8-mile this evening.  Overall I thought it was a good first movie for Eminem, he didn't have to stray to far from his normal lifestyle and personality to portray the main character.  Although I thought the script needed to show a little more character development and conclusions to the storyline.  Another 30 minutes would have captured more of the audience and let the character at least achieved his first stage show or contract, which seemed the goal. So on that note I would give it a 8/10.
Pedro Callerro, 46, business consultant from Bilbao, performs yogic flying in a convent in the Castillian village of Villasana de Mena in Northern Spain.  Followers of the ex-Beatles guru, Marharishi, hope to open a center in the Spanish Basque Country performing the technique, which they claim has a scientifically proved positive influence on the minds of people in the region where it takes place.
November 9
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Iceland invents energy-from-water machine
The UN climate change negotiations, now getting under way in Delhi, have focused international attention once more on the problem of global warming.  Experts agree there is a need to switch to renewable forms of energy if production of greenhouse gases is to be curbed.  Now an Icelandic team has invented a radical device which can produce electricity from water. 
      The Thermator could play a major role in the non-polluting economies of the future.  It works by something called the thermo- electric effect, which scientists have known about for many years.  But while thermo- electric generators have mainly been used to power spacecraft, such as Voyager and Galileo using heat from radioactive materials, the Thermator is firmly rooted on Earth and works on nothing more than hot water. 
       Professor Thorstein Sigfusson, of the University of Iceland, says it works by translating the difference between the temperature of hot and cold water into energy. He explains: "In between the hot and the cold side are crystals made of semi-conductors. "As the heat is transferred through these crystals part of it is converted from heat energy into electric energy." Professor Sigfusson said there was potential for using all sorts of excess heat to fuel Thermators and he added: "In car engines for example, only a fraction of the heat produced is turned into propelling energy." 
November 10
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I spent the day cleaning, caulking and painting around the house.  Trying to get rid of the long finish-out list for the house.
Photo of an advertisement for anti-fur group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), which features pop star Sophie Ellis-Bextor holding the body of a dead fox. 
November 11
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My appraisal came back where i wanted, so I'm going to start the paper trail and see if after 5 months I can finally get this refinance going.
Takara Co. employee Terumi Endo takes the toy maker's new electric 'Q-CAR' designed after the company's popular 'Choro-Q (CQ)' toy cars, for a test drive as CQ Motors opens its shop 'Q-SQUARE' in Tokyo, Japan. Powered by two 0.3 kilowatt motors mounted on the rear wheels, the single-seater can run for about 80 kilometers (50 miles) before its battery needs recharging. CQ Motors is selling the 'Q-CAR' for 1.29 million yen (U.S. $10,400) at the 'Q-SQUARE' cafe and goods shops.
November 12
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I guess girl can't be excluded from being brainwashed and militarized, but they get excluded from education in the same culture.
Iraqi Kurd militia fighter Shams Mahmoud, aims with her gun during an exercise in Peshmerga forces center in Sulaymanyah, which is controlled by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.
November 13
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Indonesian policemen and residents watch as a steamroller destroys thousands of bottles of illegal homemade liquor in Jakarta. Police said on Tuesday they crushed more than 40,000 bottles of illegal alcohol which was confiscated in raids over the past eight months in the capital. 
November 14
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Gates: His Kids Won't Inherit Billions
Microsoft Corp Chairman Bill Gates, the world's wealthiest man, said a sizeable portion of his legendary wealth would go to charity and not his three children. "I don't think it's constructive to grow up having billions of dollars," Gates said of his children at a news conference while on a four-day trip to India. "The idea that I will take a sizeable portion of my fortune and have them inherit that, I don't think that would be to society's benefit or to their benefit," he said. "I've spoken out about this philosophy of giving back my wealth to society." But Gates added: "Certainly I'll make sure they are taken care of in a sense that they can live a very comfortable life." 
       The 47-year-old's wife, Melinda, gave birth to their third child in September. The other two are aged six and three. Gates, whose fortune is estimated at $43 billion by Forbes magazine, announced a $400 million investment in India to boost education, business partnerships and software development. A Harvard drop-out, Gates built his vast fortune from the Microsoft technology empire he started from scratch. Microsoft is the world's largest software firm. 
Gates said he would give $100 million to battle the spread of HIV /AIDS in India, which has the world's second largest number of cases of the deadly disease. The donation -- the largest single- country grant by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation -- is aimed at protecting truck drivers, migrant workers and other vulnerable groups from the disease. 

Planet of the Apes New King Michael
November 15
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This is the extended three generation May family picture showing the newest addition to the family.
November 16
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 A Chinese man watches as his baby son floats in the water during a swimming session designed for newborn babies at a hospital in Guangzhou, China's Guangdong province.  The water therapy was designed by Chinese doctors to strengthen the brain, respiratory and digestive system of newborn babies. More than 100 babies have taken part in the therapy.
November 17
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Erin and I built a new chain link fence section for the Unit B yard.  This will let us restrict nacho and ceecee to the sideyard and give us a backyard to design again.  Only took a days labor and $100 to build our 15' chain link fence.
November 18
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My new driveway was poured today, I had to order an extra 2 yards for a total of 13 yards of concrete.  I came home to a nice new wet paved concrete.  I scratched my initials in the concrete to preserve some of my efforts in stone.
November 19
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Waiting on the concrete to dry for a day is almost antagonizing in antisipation of seeing the finished retaining wall and driveway.
November 20
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The Independence iBOT 3000 Mobility System, the first wheelchair that can climb stairs _ plus shift into four-wheel drive to scoot up a grassy hill and even elevate its occupant for eye-level conversation. The Food and Drug Administration is considering allowing the sale of the Dean Kamen-created wheelchair.
November 21
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This picture almost looks like some modern art piece, now imaging all that oil killing off oceanic life at it travels on the wind and waves.
 In this handout photo, the oil tanker Prestige can be seen as a white point, lower left, located about 100 kilometers off the coast of Spain, right, in this Envisat satellite image. Support vessels are identifiable as smaller white points surrounding the ship. The huge oil slick is clearly visible as a dark plume emanating from the stricken ship and stretching to the northwest coast of Spain, right. Oil from the wrecked tanker off the northwest coast of Spain had already reached the Spanish coast when ESA's Envisat satellite acquired this radar image of the oil slick, stretching more than 150 kilometers (95 miles).
November 22
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US, UK Worried Over Ukraine Arms Sales
KIEV, Ukraine - The United States and Britain voiced concerns in public in Ukraine Tuesday that Kiev had sold Baghdad a radar detection system through a third party. Ambassadors to Ukraine from the two countries said they were especially worried about Kiev's military sales to China. China said it had no information about the systems and it had enforced U.N. sanctions against Iraq strictly.
In a joint news conference in the Ukrainian capital, the U.S. and British envoys said lingering suspicions that the "Kolchuga" radar detection system found its way into Iraqi hands were bedeviling relations between their countries and Kiev. The ambassadors said U.N. weapons inspectors about to resume their mission to search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, would also keep an eye out for Kolchugas used on the ground. If the system, which detects radar without itself emitting any signal, is in operation in Iraq, it would complicate any U.S.-led military action against Baghdad and threaten U.S. and British pilots patrolling "no-fly zones" in Iraq, set up after the 1991 Gulf War. Experts sent to Ukraine by Washington and London said they had found no evidence backing Ukraine's denials it had sold the system to Iraq. As reported by the experts, Ukraine said the "end-user clause" in the contract -- which would prohibit the buyer from transferring the Kolchuga systems to third countries without Ukraine's approval -- was modified at China's request. But Pascual said when Ukraine showed experts a copy of the clause, there was no modification and officials could not explain why the two stories did not fit. "At this point we have not taken up those questions directly with the Chinese," Pascual said, adding that the report and a number of queries had been passed on to a sanctions committee on Iraq grouping all 15 members of the U.N. Security Council. Earlier, China's Foreign Ministry said it had no information on the systems, adding it had enforced U.N. sanctions against Iraq strictly and that Sino-Ukrainian dealings were in line with international practice.
November 23
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Biotech goal: sweet-smelling blue roses
SAN FRANCISCO - Roses are red, and a variety of other colors. But they've never been blue an omission legions of rose breeders have sought for centuries to remedy. "It would be a beautiful thing to see," said James Armstrong, an award-winning flower show exhibitor and consultant with the San Francisco Rose Society. Breakthroughs in biotechnology may finally resolve the quest for the elusive blue rose, which, alas, does not exist because roses lack the corresponding pigment genes.  Technology also promises to restore sweet smells to the rose and other flowers. Generations of commercial breeding has led to beautiful but bland-smelling roses. Their colors are stunning and vase lives long, but they've little fragrance.  Genetic engineers are also busy bringing science to bear on diseases and pests that affect the world's 120 different rose species, which have blossomed into a $10 billion-a-year business worldwide. Still, it's the blue rose that remains the biggest prize. At Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, scientists studying how drugs metabolize in the liver stumbled across a human protein that may hold the key to creating the world's first-known blue rose. Elizabeth Gillam, working in the lab of biochemist F. Peter Guengerich, amazed her boss one day with a flask full of bacteria that she turned blue with an enzyme taken from a patient's liver. They're now trying to insert into roses the human gene that produces that blue enzyme. "I would have called you crazy five years ago if you told me I would be pursuing a blue rose," said Guengerich, who spends most of his time researching disease- fighting drugs. "It's not something we set out to do." Guengerich marvels that so many gardening enthusiasts lust after the blue rose, the pursuit of which has reached near-mythical proportions. "For some reason this is the holy grail for this type of work," Guengerich said. "We could try to create blue cotton, blue anything really." 
November 24
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Rak Maram, a 36-year-old Thai mahout, or elephant trainer, demonstrates her close relationship with a two-year-old female elephant named Benjama by placing her head in the animal's mouth and kissing its tongue, at an elephant training camp 80 km (50 miles) north of Bangkok. Rak has worked with Benjama since the elephant was born.
November 25
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Laptops have always been a hot item but a 50-year-old scientist didn't realise just how much until he burned his penis. The previously healthy father of two remembered feeling a burning sensation after he had been writing a report at home for about an hour with the computer on his lap.
November 26
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Tropical Brazil is the country most struck by lightning in
the world and it suffers the highest death toll and serious economic damage from electric thunderstorms, new research showed. Osmar Pinto, a researcher of Atmospheric Electricity Group with the Brazilian Institute for Space Studies which mapped lightning incidence using satellite data, said the country was struck by 70 million lightning bolts a year, or between two and three electric discharges per second. Lighting is shown striking over Botafogo bay in Rio de Janeiro in February 1998. 
November 27
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 Chairs and tables from a bar float in a flooded St. Mark's Square in Venice, after the morning's high tide didn't retract due to strong winds. Italy's government gave the go-ahead, for an ambitious plan to save waterlogged Venice, authorizing some 450 million euros (about US$450 million) to build hinged barriers that will rise up in the sea to block the tides.
November 28
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Had my first thanksgiving dinner at my house. Invited over all the family and extended families from both familes to come see my renovation progress and enjoy some food.  We had dinner, and munched on dessert all afternoon.  We briefly caravaned over to mount bonnell show my family the sunset views from the hilltop. 
Highway signs directing motorists to Interstate 69 line the road along Indiana 35 near Fairmont, Ind. Interstate 69 was dubbed the 'NAFTA superhighway,' a new interstate to link Canada to Mexico with the goal of easing truck congestion and international access for U.S. goods
November 29
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We spent the days running around shoppig and enjoying all the various sales.  Although I may have saved some money I didn't enjoy sititng in line at garden ridge for over an hour.
A cartoon television commercial for ITV1's animated satire show 2DTV which shows George W. Bush mistaking a toaster for a video recorder has been banned for ridiculing the U.S. president.
November 30
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 These rabbits, arranged in a classroom scene, are part of a Victorian collection of stuffed animals in whimsical poses at the Mr. Potter's Museum of Curiosities at the Jamaica Inn in Bodmin Moor, southwest England. The musuem's owners said they have put one of Britain's oddest collections up for sale.