Monday, October 29, 2007

Sites Already Leaking Black Friday Deals

Let the games begin.
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Sites like are already leaking Black Friday sale details, well ahead of the post-Thanksgiving shopping day that kicks off the holiday shopping season.

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Photo Gallery: Predictions for Top Toy Sellers

Analysts expect the Hannah Montana In Concert Collection Doll from Play Along, a division of JAKKS Pacific, Inc., to be at the top of the sales list this holiday season.

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Despite this new tactic, the Black Friday dance will play out as it has in years past. For those who haven't caught the rerun, allow me to screen the highlights:
* The setup: A handful of websites --,,, to name a few -- hype stores' marketing schedules by posting anticipated deals at holiday hot spots like Wal-Mart, Target, Sears, Best Buy, and Circuit City  before the ads appear in newsprint or on the stores' websites.
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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Why women find doctors so irresistible... (Scientific Study)

The study
conducted by Dr Brendan Kelly, of University College Dublin found that people
get attracted to GPs, nurses and surgeons because they expect them to be more
caring than the average professional.

The study was carried out
after researching medical romance stories to see what got readers so hot under
the collar.

In the study, at
random 20 novels were selected with a medical theme and the recurrence of
“brilliant, tall, muscular, male doctors with chiseled features, working
in emergency medicine” was noticed.

"These novels suggest there is
an urgent need to include instruction in the arts of romance in training
programmes for doctors and nurses who intend working in these settings,”
the Sun quoted him, as saying in a tongue in cheek

"It gives a good
insight into how people think medicine should be. If you were to take these
novels literally, one would think uncontrolled passion is an inevitable
consequence of working in the emergency room,” he
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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Will This Winter Be Warmer Than Average?

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Most of the country is likely to have a warmer than average winter, according to’s seasonal forecast, released last week and covered widely in the press. And if you’ve ever been prodded by a rain forecast to carry an umbrella on what turns out to be a cloudless day, you won’t be surprised to learn that predicting the weather three months out comes with a lot of uncertainty.


What do you think? How reliable are such forecasts? Would you base business or personal decisions on them? Please let me know in the comments.

Further reading: Reuters rounds up winter forecasts.

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Witness recounts Lady Di's last words

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A witness says he heard Princess Diana repeatedly say "oh, my God" before she succumbed to the injuries she sustained when her vehicle crashed in a Paris underpass on Aug. 31, 1997.

"There was smoke emanating from the vehicle. I wanted to stop the battery but I couldn't," Damian Dalby, a volunteer firefighter, says during the inquest according to Sky News.

"Was it right the lady in the car was trying to speak?" Ian Burnett, counsel for the inquest asks.

"Yes, she was saying 'oh my God, oh my God,'" Dalby says.

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What Women Love this Man

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What's the secret to his success? There really isn't one. One of the reasons Perry has been able to capture the attention of many, first in his plays and now in his movies, is that he creates what hasn't been pitched to the masses in slick, big-budget Hollywood films. Perry's movies instill family values, sometimes using words with religious sentiments. Perry is also a business man who knows how to capture markets that have gone under-served. Women tend to go to movies in droves if you give them what appeals to them. They want to see stories that they can relate to and men they can love. It also helps when you have actors who are also musicians like Janet Jackson and Jill Scott, that women identify with or even revere as icons. At a time when Hollywood seems to make mostly films for kids and young males, a Tyler Perry film is a rare movie that appeals to mature, modern women.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Dem's Go Chicken on Kid's Health Bill

Persoanlly I believe they should bring the same bill back and back and back until the public puts pressure on Bush and the Republicans to insure the heatlh of our kids.
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The long-debated, once-vetoed plan to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program will return to the House floor this week, The Hill reports. And Democrats, who overwhelmingly supported the first bill, say they’re open to some changes that could reduce the risk of a second veto.

In particular, Democrats are responding to complaints that their plan went too far. One criticism was that federally-subsidized insurance for children would be allowed for families earning up to $83,000 a year. But as the Hill points out, only the state of New York asked to insure families with that income level. The Bush administration rejected that proposed waiver, as the Health Blog noted.

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Discovery suggests new ways to treat Alzheimer's cause, not just symptoms

For some time, scientists have blamed Alzheimer's disease on a small molecule called amyloid beta protein (A beta) that leaves large gummy deposits in the brain. Recent studies suggest that these A beta proteins stick together to form floating toxic clumps that kill brain cells. Now, UCLA scientists have identified a tiny loop in A beta as the likely culprit behind the adhesion process.
The UCLA team discovered that gene mutations in A beta increase the loop's flexibility, enabling it to join easily with loops from other A beta proteins and form clumps. The loop also appears in the region of the protein that regulates how — and how much — A beta is made.
Principal investigator David Teplow, professor of neurology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, is available for interviews.
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published the findings in its Oct. 10 online early edition. For a PDF of the study, see
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