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An interesting little visual test to determine which hemisphere of your brain is dominant. From PerthNow:

If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa. Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.

Then goes on to give a list of brain functions of the hemispheres. Not sure if I’m buying it (the oversimplification, that is) but intriguing nonetheless.



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Or just the FCC? I get confused sometimes, anyway….

Interesting bit from NYT today over Verizon’s refusal to allow customers to receive text updates from NARAL. Verizon has cited their right to block “controversial or unsavory” text messages.  From the article:

The dispute over the Naral messages is a skirmish in the larger battle over the question of “net neutrality” — whether carriers or Internet service providers should have a voice in the content they provide to customers.

“This is right at the heart of the problem,” said Susan Crawford, a visiting professor at the University of Michigan law school, referring to the treatment of text messages. “The fact that wireless companies can choose to discriminate is very troubling.”

In turning down the program, Verizon, one of the nation’s two largest wireless carriers, told Naral that it does not accept programs from any group “that seeks to promote an agenda or distribute content that, in its discretion, may be seen as controversial or unsavory to any of our users.”

Very interesting how Verizon’s status as a private corporation are what allow it to overstep the bounds set for our government with regard to the First Amendment.

Also interesting how I happen to be a Verizon customer who was denied access to both Obama and Mormon ringtones. I guess if one really wanted to be involved in text activism, they could just switch plans.

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Motorcycles for Jesus

The Southern Baptists have come up with a new tactic for winning over converts: free Harley Davidson motorcycles! AP reports:

For a second year in a row, Baptists in North and South Dakota gave away a new Harley Davidson at the Sturgis, South Dakota, biker rally in August.

To be elibible, people had to listen to a 3-minute sermon and fill out a card to get a raffle ticket.

The Sturgis idea was inspired by a Southern Baptist minister from Fort Worth named Ronnie Hill. Over the last several years, he’s given away a new Harley and $10,000 in cash at NASCAR races in Bristol, Tennessee.

Hill also took a mechanical bull to the Calgary Stampede Rodeo and to Texas Motor Speedway.

People could ride the bull after listening to a three-minute sermon.

Throw in some beer and some NASCAR pit babes and I might be able to get down with this whole Southern Baptist thing.

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Here’s a fun video clip of the shouting match that occurred last Thursday in the House after a Democratic maneuver that effectively denied the Republicans their win over a procedural motion which would ensure that illegal immigrants would not get benefits from an agriculture spending bill. Full story here.

Looks more like the British House of Commons than the US Congress.

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I found the following quip on another blog:

The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this: You cannot post ‘Thou Shalt Not Steal,’ ‘Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery’, and ‘Thou Shall Not Lie’ in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment…..

It gave me a chuckle.

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The Hill came out with its fourth anniversary issue of the 50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill last week. It’s an amusing distraction. I think I’d have to say the Republicans take the prize for the most beautiful party. At least there’s something for them to hold on to.

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Ferrets fight back

In response to Giuliani’s hatred, PBS has come out with the documentary Ferrets: Pursuit of Excellence.

For more of the Ferret Song, click here.

You can buy the full documentary here.

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