Monthly Archives: October 2012

Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund

THANKS ;Anna Kupka, Contributor

I write about human behavior in an increasingly demanding environment

The local Red Cross chapters in the regions affected by Hurricane Sandy need all the donations they can get right now. If you wish to securely donate to the American Red Cross – South Central New York Chapter, you can do so here .

Donations in 78 currencies are accepted.

If you have your own website or blog you can help even more by clicking hereand embedding a donation widget on your own site.

Your contributions will make a big difference to those affected by the storm.

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Gingrich Defends Mourdock’s Rape Remarks: ‘Get Over It,’ Obama Is The Real Radical On Abortion

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Sahil Kapur October 28, 2012, 1:11 PM

On the Sunday talk show circuit, Newt Gingrich defended Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock of Indiana for his remarks about abortion and rape, referring to the controversy as “nonsense” and calling on President Obama’s campaign to “get over it.”

“If you listen to what Mourdock actually said, he said what virtually every Catholic and every fundamentalist in the country believes, life begins at conception,” Gingrich said on ABC’s “This Week.” “Now, this seems to be fixated by the Democrats, but the radical on abortion is Obama, who as a state senator voted three times in favor of allowing doctors to kill babies in the eighth and ninth month who were born, having survived late-term abortion.”

He was among several Romney surrogates to downplay the importance of Mourdock’s remarks to the presidential race on Sunday.

At a debate last Tuesday, Mourdock said, “I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” The day after, he stood by his opposition to abortion in the case of rape and incest, but clarified that he was merely trying to convey his belief that life is a gift from God.

“If there was any interpretation other than what I intended, I really regret that,” he said.

Mitt Romney said he disagrees with Mourdock’s comments. The Obama campaign has worked to tar Romney with the remarks, demanding that he drop his support for the Senate candidate. Gingrich called on the president’s re-election team to let it go.

“[Mourdock] also immediately issued a clarification saying he was referring to the act of conception, and he condemned rape,” the former House speaker said. “Romney has condemned — I mean, one part of this is nonsense. Every candidate I know, every decent American I know condemns rape. OK, so why can’t people like [Obama deputy campaign manager] Stephanie Cutter get over it? We all condemn rape. Now let’s talk about whether we also condemn killing babies in the eighth and ninth month.”

Along with Gingrich, Mitt Romney surrogate and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) also downplayed Mourdock’s remarks and the relevance of the issue of abortion in his state.

“It’s not even an issue here in Wisconsin. It doesn’t even move the radar at all,” he said on Fox News Sunday. “Abortion doesn’t even show up.”

Unlike Gingrich, Romney supporter and former GOP Senate candidate Carly Fiorina argued that Mourdock is extreme on abortion, but predicted that Romney will do well with women because abortion is not the central issue in the election.

“Richard Mourdock said a really stupid thing, and he apologized. … In that state there are two pro-life candidates running. Richard Mourdock is clearly more extreme. And I agree, I think most people disagree with him,” she said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “But here’s the reason Governor Romney is gaining among women right now. And that’s because women care about the economy. Women care about the role of the government. Women care about their children’s education. Women care about their healthcare. And more women are living in poverty under this president than in any time in decades.”

Sahil Kapur
Sahil Kapur is a congressional reporter for TPM. He previously covered politics and public policy for numerous publications including The Guardian and The Huffington Post. He can be reached at sahil [at] talkingpointsmemo.com.
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The 10 Best Features in Windows 8 | Gadget Lab Alexandra Chang

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System-Wide Search

Windows 8 offers a great tool for searching for files, apps, and specific settings directly from the Start Screen, just by typing. If an app comes with built-in search, you’ll also be able to quickly search within that apps from the Search charms bar. For example, say you want to search for “food trucks.” The Windows 8 search will be able to look through any apps or files related to food trucks, but you can also just tap Bing to jump into that app’s search functionality.

With Windows 8, Microsoft now offers a very easy way to refresh or reset your PC. The refresh option is especially useful when you find your PC acting slow or buggy. In a one-click or one-tap move, you can refresh the PC without changing any of your files, Windows Store apps, or personalization settings. All of the PC settings will be changed back to the default, and you will lose any desktop programs since those are not synced with your Windows Account. Still, if it comes down it, it’s a easy fix.
Reset, on the other hand, is great for when you want to hand off your old PC to a new owner. If you want to make sure that everything is wiped, this is your go-to button. No more having to delete individual files or go through manufacturer-specific programs to figure it out.
You can find both features in the Charms bar: Click Settings, choose “Change PC Settings” and go to the “General” section.

Settings Sync

No matter what PC, tablet or notebook you use, you’ll be able to sync your personal settings. Thanks to the Microsoft account and Windows 8’s cloud-friendly platform, your personalizations can travel with you. The “Sync your settings” option within your PC settings lets you sync personalizations (background, colors, lock screen and account picture), passwords, language preferences, app settings, browser settings, and more. It makes using a new device much easier and makes borrowing a friend’s tablet or notebook a more personal experience.

Snap View for Multitasking

Windows Store apps, which default to full-screen mode, can also snap next to each other for super simple multitasking. When you snap two apps side-by-side, one occupies a small sliver of the screen (about one-fourth) on the right or left. A second app takes up more space for a larger view. This is especially useful for times when you want to, say, chat with a friend while browsing the web. Or perhaps you want to view Map directions while your road-trip partner (or kid) watches a movie. It’s a quick and simple way to do two tasks at once, without having to constantly switch through apps, tabs, or windows.

Pin Anything

The Start Screen isn’t useful only for its Live Tiles and customization. It’s also a virtual bulletin board where you can pin specific websites and particular sections from apps. For example, you can pin individuals from the People hub directly to your Start Screen for quick access. If you’re a big fan of the Travel app but you only want to look at certain destinations, you can pin them for convenience. Pin Shanghai to your Start Screen before your big vacation, and switch it out for your next destination at a later date. You can always pin and un-pin items from your Start Screen.

Share Everything

Windows 8 brings sharing to the fore. If something is shareable, Microsoft wants you to share it, and not only with friends, but with other apps. When you’re in an app, open up the charms bar and tap the Share button (or hold the Windows key and the H key on your keyboard). You’ll see exactly where you can share your item, whether it’s an image, link or section within an app.
The Share menu will let you post to your social networks and e-mail, but you’ll also be able to share between apps. For example, you can share a link for the weather in New York from the Weather app to the Clipboard or Sticky Notes 8 (a third-party app I downloaded). The Share charm will even start to recognize where and with whom you share the most.

Not all of the best features are limited to the new Start Screen environment. The Task Manager in Windows 8’s desktop environment is much improved. The tool has several new features and is much more intuitive to use. Once you launch the program, you’ll see a complete list of everything that’s running on your device, separated by section: apps, background processes, and Windows processes.
You can see how much of your device’s resources each app or process takes. You can also drill down even further. For example, you can open up each window in a browser app or right click a process and choose “search online” to understand what it does.
The Performance tab gives you an at-a-glance status update on your CPU, Memory, Disk, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi usage in moving charts. App history shows you how much CPU and bandwidth your apps have used over time, making it easy to identify which apps take the most resources. The Startup tab lets you manage which apps will start automatically when you turn on your computer. The Users tab shows you usage based on the devices various users, while the Services tab lets you go through your services to restart services.
In short, the Task Manager adds much more functionality in a far more attractive space.

The Interface

OK, this is a cop-out, but Windows 8’s best feature is its radically new interface. Without it, you wouldn’t have all the other features mentioned here. The stunning Start Screen UI enables a completely new Windows experience. While you might have complaints about how it doesn’t work as well with a keyboard and mouse — or on a desktop PC — it’s hard to label Windows 8 as anything but a step forward for Microsoft. The chromeless, full-screen Windows Store apps are incredibly slick, and navigating the Start Screen is quick and seamless. Windows 8 is speedy, and the new look only enhances this.

The complex association between moderate alcohol consumption and breast cancer

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An excellent review article from two scientists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in the USA to be published in Alcohol Clin Exp Res 2012, describes the epidemiologic and basic scientific evidence linking alcohol consumption to the risk of breast cancer.
The authors point out deficiencies in the epidemiologic data, especially that the pattern of drinking (regular moderate versus binge drinking) has generally not been taken into consideration, important given that binge drinking is associated with much higher blood alcohol concentrations and acetaldehyde accumulation. Further, epidemiologic studies usually provide data for only a short period of time, while the development of cancer may relate to exposures over many decades. The authors also comment upon the effect that under-reporting of alcohol by study participants could exaggerate effects on cancer risk from light drinking. They discuss two hypotheses that could relate alcohol to breast cancer risk: alcohol as a breast tumour promoter, and alcohol as a weak cumulative breast carcinogen, and present evidence from epidemiology and basic science that would relate to each hypothesis.
Overall, Forum reviewers were enthusiastic about this review paper, considering that it clearly outlined some of the difficulties scientists have in determining the causes of cancer. They agreed with the authors’ statements regarding the necessity to consider the overall net effects of moderate drinking, including reductions in the risk of cardiovascular disease and total mortality. They also agreed that future epidemiologic studies should focus on the pattern of drinking, i.e. little and often versus episodic and not just the average weekly amount of alcohol, and with their suggestions for future animal studies. One Forum reviewer cautioned that our understanding of the causes of breast cancer is still very incomplete, limiting our ability to provide well-founded recommendations to the public regarding moderate drinking as it relates to breast cancer risk.
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Reference: Brooks PJ, Zakhari S. Moderate alcohol consumption and breast cancer in women: From epidemiology to mechanisms and interventions. Alcohol Clin Exp Res 2012; pre-publication: DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-0277.2012.01888.x.
Comments on this paper were provided by the following members of the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research:
Erik Skovenborg, MD, Scandinavian Medical Alcohol Board, Practitioner, Aarhus, Denmark
Harvey Finkel, MD, Hematology/Oncology, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA
Lynn Gretkowski, MD, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Mountainview, CA, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA
R. Curtis Ellison, MD, Section of Preventive Medicine & Epidemiology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA
David Van Velden, MD, Dept. of Pathology, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Arne Svilaas, MD, PhD, general practice and lipidology, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway
Fulvio Ursini, MD, Dept. of Biological Chemistry, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
For the detailed critique of this paper by the International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research and a listing of references, go to http://www.bu.edu/alcohol-forum, click on http://www.bu.edu/alcohol-forum/critique-094-the-complex-association-between-moderate-alcohol-consumption-and-breast-cancer-23-october-2012/
The specialists who are members of the Forum are happy to respond to questions from Health Editors regarding emerging research on alcohol and health and will offer an independent opinion in context with other research on the subject
International Scientific Forum on Alcohol Research Examining risks and benefits of alcohol consumption http://www.bu.edu/alcohol-forum http://www.alcoholforum4profs.org
Critique 094: The complex association between moderate alcohol consumption and breast cancer — 23 October 2012
Read full critique here: http://www.bu.edu/alcohol-forum/critique-094-the-complex-association-between-moderate-alcohol-consumption-and-breast-cancer-23-october-2012/
Contacts for Editors
Professor R Curtis Ellison: ellison@bu.edu
Helena Conibear: helena@alcohol-forum4profs.org, Tel: +44 1300 320869 or +44 7876 593 345

20 Major Retailers Launch Passbook-Enabled Coupons Via Digital Offers Giant Coupons.com Sarah Perez

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Sarah Perez

20 Major Retailers Launch Passbook-Enabled Coupons Via Digital Offers Giant Coupons.com

Apple’s Passbook will become even more useful today, thanks to the availability of new Passbook-integrated coupons from several major retailers, including Macy’s, Old Navy, PETCO, Barnes & Noble, Jo-Anne Fabric, ULTA Beauty, Yankee Candle, Michaels, Sears, Sweet Tomatoes, PetSmart, and more. The coupons are being made available from digital couponing giant, Coupons.com, which is now offering Passbook coupons directly on its website.
In total, there are 20 participating merchants with 34 offers available at launch, some of which are exclusive to Coupons.com. The company, whose website now sees 21 million monthly uniques, says that it will begin to offer even more exclusive deals to Passbook coupon users in the future.
Currently, you can find the coupons on the Coupons.com homepage, which is mobile-optimized for the iPhone’s web browser. From there, it’s simply a matter of tapping the “Get Coupons” button underneath the “Passbook” section at the top. You’ll then be redirected to a second page where you can browse through the available offers. When you see one you like, tap the “Add to Passbook” button, then tap the “Add” button to save the coupon to your digital wallet. At checkout, you’ll show the coupon on your iPhone’s screen to the cashier who can then scan the barcode. In case of scanning troubles, a numeric code is also provided, which can be entered directly into the register.
The company also offers a Coupons.com iOS application, but the integration of Passbook coupons into that app is not yet complete. The Coupons.com app today is focused mainly on grocery coupons and consumer packaged goods. The company tells us that it does have plans to Passbook-enable those coupons as well, and not just with its consumer packaged goods partners, but also in other categories like home improvement, entertainment, restaurants, and more. Unfortunately, there’s no ETA on when these integrations will complete.
The complete list of supported retailers and brands for today’s launch includes: Avenue, Barnes & Noble, Bon-Ton, Carter’s, Champion, Gordmans, Harbor Freight Tools, Jo-Ann, Lane Bryant, Macy’s, Michaels, Old Navy, OshKosh B’gosh, PETCO, PetSmart, Shopko, Spirit Halloween, Sweet Tomatoes, ULTA Beauty and Yankee Candle.
The majority of the coupons are offering a discount on your next purchase, so they’re definitely worth checking out. And you can add as many as you want to Passbook without cluttering up your wallet because of how they’re grouped in the Passbook interface. Instead of making each coupon its own “card” of sorts, Coupons.com’s deals only take up one visible position in the app, but when you tap on its blue “card,” you’re able to then flip through your Coupons.com offers from left to right. You can get started adding the new coupons from here, using your iOS device’s browser.

The ‘War on Women’ Backfires

THANKS; AMERICAN THINKER OCT 21,2012

One of the intriguing aspects of this election is how the Democrats’ shameless and clueless appeal to women is ending with the vaporization of the historic “gender gap” among voters.

The Lady Parts Convention

From the prancing Code Pink vulvas outside the convention venue to the choice of speakers, there was no doubt that the Democrat Convention was aimed at securing the women’s vote. Indeed, Balkanizing women and minority voters was then as significant a part of the Obama strategy as securing the electoral votes of Ohio is now to them.

The thinking here apparently was that by highlighting a thirty-year-old law student whining that others should pay her contraceptive costs, emphasizing an unfettered right to abortion, and equal pay for equal work (a convenient code for further feathering trial lawyers nests with dubious claims for parity) and highlighting fluffy issues beloved of the ill-informed, Obama would lock up the women’s votes. The Republican “War on Women” was the theme of a convention designed around obscuring the fact that

the Democratic standard-bearer had no record to run on, no plan for a second term, and shared the ticket with a crazy person afflicted with logorrhea.

Reality Bites

This week, as Susan Fields observes, it is clear that strategy failed so badly that the long running gap between male and female voters has been practically erased.

The Gallup Poll now shows Mitt Romney trailing the president by only a point among women who are likely to vote in 12 swing states. This follows a Pew Research Center poll taken after the first presidential debate showing that President Obama’s 18-point lead among women had shrunk to a tie, 47 percent to 47 percent.

“In every poll, we’ve seen a major surge among women in favorability for Romney,” Democratic pollster Celinda Lake told USA Today after the first debate. These polls find women increasingly concerned with the deficit and debt, just like men. The social issues continue to be more important to women than to men, but these issues no longer dominate the discussion.

[snip] In the second debate, Romney looked deeper into the dark side of Obama accounting, finding that 3.5 million more women are living in poverty than before he took charge of the economy. Women understand that an economy with 7.8 percent unemployment, when half of college graduates can’t find good jobs, is not good for anyone.

I don’t disagree with Fields’ assessment that the terrible Obama economy and its effect on women have a lot to do with the shift, but I suggest that there’s a great deal more to it.

Bad times tend to focus the mind and wise up all voters, including women. Maybe we really aren’t voting for the head of a national PTA, Johnny Appleseed, or for our choice of “American Idol.” Perhaps it would be a good idea to elect someone who does understand economics and business.

There may be even more to the shift than that.

More Worldly Jobs Make for More Worldly Voters

Just as the greater use of contraceptives and availability of abortion have trimmed the left’s upcoming generations but not those of more traditional voters, the increased employment of women  and not just in those jobs we call “the caring professions,” but in jobs where daily they can see at first hand the effects of bad policy on their economic opportunities, seems to me to factor into this.When you want to hire an employee but the uncertainties about tax planning and the market and your obligations under Obamacare mean you can’t, soft appeals to minor extraneous issues fall on deaf ears. When you cannot afford to fill the tank of your car to get to work, pay for your health insurance, or feed your family, while Obama is tossing away more billions on green energy fantasies, ethanol subsidies, or Fluke’s birth-control pills, just turn up the heat on your ire. When your savings evaporate, your property is worth less and bonds in Delphi are made worthless to benefit UAW members, your tax bill rises to pay for illegal aliens’ social costs, diversity training for doctors, lunchroom monitors checking to see if you packed a healthy enough lunch for your kids. or TSA bullies to pat down the underwear of enfeebled oldsters and crying kids at airports, Obama’s offers to provide more government regulation are unpersuasive.

Ladies are More Than Their Lady Parts

Then there’s the insult of an appeal that assumes that over half the population is so focused on their reproductive parts that nothing else matters much to them. I

mean that does seem terribly regressive when you consider it. And it is an equally poor judgment that assumes free contraceptives and no limits on abortion are the choice all women want to make.

Plain Hypocrisy

Finally, there’s the blatant hypocrisy of the charge coming from a White House which does not offer equal pay to its women employees and, aside from Valerie Jarrett, has no high-level women staffers. White House megaphones like MSNBC, which pays its women employees half what they pay the males are no better.

(Of course, honesty compels me to say that anything paid to MSNBC personalities seems akin to a charitable contribution designed to keep these nutters off the streets with begging bowls.)

Decades ago (I think during the short-term run of Ted Kennedy for president) NPR interviewed me on the role of women in politics. It was no secret that Kennedy had no high-level female staffers and treated women horribly, and yet women were flocking to volunteer for him. I said they were nuts to do so.

As long as campaigns could count on the support and free labor of women, they would not see why they had to pay for it or treat them as necessary hires. They would always be “the girls.” I still feel that way. While I appreciate that campaigns cannot run without countless volunteers, it might not be a bad idea for women to work only for candidates respectful of women and their abilities. I suggest it’s in our interest to send in a contribution if we can afford to. If it’s a big enough check, the candidate might actually listen to what you have to say. But if you want to do volunteer work, for heaven’s sake don’t do it for a candidate who’s made clear he doesn’t think much of women.

In any event, ignore the claim Obama makes to be more concerned for your welfare than Republicans are. Supporting him on that false basis is just thinking with your lady parts.

The Secrets Behind Successful Company Blogs

THANKS  ; Lisa Fugere, Published October 16, 2012Be the first to comment!

According to Hubspot’s, State of Inbound Marketing Lead Generation Report, 2010, “B2B companies that blog generate 67% more leads per month” than those who do not. That’s not a typo. If you aren’t blogging, you’re falling behind.

However, creating a blog is only the first step. The most successful company blogs capture quality leads, not just more leads. We looked at some blogs that generate the right kinds of leads, and we noticed a few patterns. Insert these secrets into your blog strategy, and watch the leads flow.

Blog About Trending Topics


Starting a conversation that goes viral is one of the best ways to catch the attention of new prospects. The number one failure that most B2B companies make with their blogs is using them to post what they want to write. What you and your company want to write about is not always what your target audience wants to read. Your prospects don’t necessarily care about the technical aspects of your product – especially if they’ve never heard of it. Use Sales Intelligence to unearth the topics your existing and prospective customers discuss via social media, and add them to your blog to capture new leads. Infographics tend to go viral more often than other forms of content. Create one that’s relevant to your industry, or share one someone else has created (with credits).

Blog to Give Your Customers Value
While your prospects probably don’t care about the details behind your product integrations and business partnerships, your customers might. You don’t want to turn one of them off your blog by focusing on something only the other cares about, so how do you capture both of their attention at the same time?

Separate thought leadership blog posts from product-specific articles. Add a blog to your community, or create a customer service blog designed solely for those familiar with your product.

Marketo, for example, separates their blogs by topic. Their marketing blog focuses on marketing best practices, and their product & industry blog contains product updates, company news, product tips, etc. Rather than attempting to create a catch-all blog with topics that jump all over the place, Marketo separates topics by target audience, and can better track which readers are interested in which topics – a targeting practice that makes sales & marketing follow up much more effective.

Blog to Establish Your Expertise
In addition to capturing the attention of target prospects and customers, your blog allows you to establish yourself as an expert in your industry. The more specific information you have in your blog about your particular industry, the better the chance that you’ll be the expert resource that others look to for answers. If you become a thought leader, your prospects will trust your brand and buy your products.

By doing these three things, your blog will generate high quality leads and a lot of brand awareness. A blog is a lot cheaper than an expensive branding and advertising campaign, and has the power to be even more effective.

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How Hack-Friendly is Your Password?

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Maintaining your internet security is imperative in today’s digital era. Over 8 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2011. We explore the top ten most common passwords and just how important adding a few extra characters can be.

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