White House shares proof that economic recovery efforts are working #ARRA #Recovery #Stimulus

August 2, 2010 at 4:41 pm

(via www.whitehouse.gov) The White House shared these charts from the National Economic Council with this note: “…thought they were worth passing along for a broader perspective on economic progress since President Obama came into office.” Glad that ARRA and other economic recovery efforts fueled this recovery while helping fix some of the infrastructure needs around the country (esp. roads, bridges, etc).

Plus, the economic incentives offered to the automobile industry also had have some positive influence in perking up the economy and that industry apart from saving thousands of manufacturing jobs and a few American icons (particularly GM). Hope this trend line continues to stay above the “zero line” in the days ahead, irrespective of who is at the helm.

Social(media) Policing! Facebook Used by Delhi Police to Catch Lawless Drivers

August 2, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Nice work Delhi Police.. Glad to see citizens actively participating in keeping their city safe. Its is amazing to see how social media has transformed our communities and the way we live (and even police ourselves).

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The traffic police of Delhi, India, are using citizen submissions on a Facebook page to catch and ticket misbehaving drivers.

The New York Times says officials have issued 665 tickets based on photographs of license plates posted to the Delhi Traffic Police Facebook page, which has almost 18,000 fans.

The police didn’t initially solicit these photos, but citizens took the initiative to help the authorities because Delhi, a sprawling metropolis that’s home to more than 12 million people, has only 5,000 traffic cops.

This method will only become more useful. The 2010 Commonwealth Games will take place in Delhi in early October, bringing a huge influx of travelers to the roads. Now the info panel at the Facebook (Facebook) page says: “Managing traffic in Delhi during the Commonwealth Games will be a big challange as well as a great opportunity. Delhi Traffic Police cannot possibly succeed without the active cooperation, participation and support of all the citizens.”

Read more at mashable.com


Paralyzed! Protests Test Patience of #Mexico City Drivers

August 2, 2010 at 2:12 pm

NYT reports in just the first three months of this year, there were 740 street demonstrations, an average of about eight and a half a day — an improvement over last year, when there were more than nine a day, the city government points out.

Source article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/02/world/americas/02mexico.html?_r=2&hp

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Mexico City Drivers Screwed Over By ProtestsSince Mexico City doesn’t regulate protests, demonstrators can apparently block traffic whenever they please. In just the first three months of 2010, there were 740 street demonstrations, an average of about eight and a half a day.

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Are you serious?? NPR Story Talks about Scientists’ Quantum Leap Toward Teleportation

August 2, 2010 at 10:55 am

Quantum entanglement” may sound like an awful sci-fi romance flick, but it’s actually a phenomenon that physicists say may someday lead to the ability to teleport an object all the way across the galaxy instantly.

It’s not exactly the Star Trek version of teleportation, where an object disappears then reappears somewhere else. Rather, it “entangles” two different atoms so that one atom inherits the properties of another.

“According to the quantum theory, everything vibrates,” theoretical physicist Michio Kaku tells NPR‘s Guy Raz. Kaku is a frequent guest on the Science and Discovery channels. “When two electrons are placed close together, they vibrate in unison. When you separate them, that’s when all the fireworks start.”

This is where quantum entanglement — sometimes described as “teleportation” — begins. “An invisible umbilical cord emerges connecting these two electrons. And you can separate them by as much as a galaxy if you want. Then, if you vibrate one of them, somehow on the other end of the galaxy the other electron knows that its partner is being jiggled.”

Continue reading the rest here:  Scientists Take Quantum Steps Toward Teleportation : NPR.

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