Does this make him a smart cookie?

It seems a writer has come up with a new idea for a book. Matt Kelsey is a writer, so it’s natural to think he cooked up his fortune-cookie blog with visions of “Julie & Julia” dancing in his head. You know: blog begets book begets movie. But that’s not the way it happened. Having been laid off from the Kansas City Kansan in early 2009 – the paper went online-only – Kelsey spent nine months last year working for the Census Bureau. But that gig was over by September, and Kelsey, 31, found himself once again unemployed and pounding

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Drill here, drill now – with a difference!

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that dentists have a new ally to allay patients’ nervousness. THE piercing sound of a dentist’s drill is enough to make most people’s teeth ache. Now researchers in Britain have invented a device to cancel out the high-pitched sound made by these mouth-sized jackhammers, which could help some people who are afraid of the ”chair”. Fear of the drill is one of the most common reasons why many people dread a visit to the dentist, or avoid it altogether. The device, which works like noise-cancelling headphones, contains a microphone and computer chip which analyses incoming

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In memoriam: Jayme Biendl

Another prison guard has been killed in the line of duty. A corrections officer who had raised concerns about being the sole guard in the chapel of a Washington state prison was strangled there over the weekend, and an inmate serving a life sentence is the primary suspect, authorities said Sunday. Jayme Biendl, 34, was found dead Saturday night in the chapel at Monroe Correctional Complex about 30 miles northeast of Seattle, Department of Corrections spokesman Chad Lewis said. She had been strangled with a microphone cord. The inmate, Byron Scherf, 52, was reported missing during a routine count at

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The true dimensions of the Egyptian crisis

I’ve noticed that many US commentators and observers have limited their discussion of the present crisis in Egypt to those dimensions that involve or affect the USA. It’s a far more critical issue than that. Egypt might go the same way as Iran in 1979. All the necessary factors are there and in play. The international aspects of the Egyptian crisis, in combination, could – quite literally – trigger World War III. Let me explain. Egypt is the last link in a chain of political and religious extremism. Let’s follow that chain: The Muslim Brotherhood is officially banned in Egypt,

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