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  1. Always Believe in Responsible Drinking. ATTENDEES MUST BE AGE 21 YEARS OR OLDER © DIAGEO – Guinness USA, 801 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851. 2006 All rights reserved. This email is sent by Guinness & Co. Please do not forward this to anybody who is under the legal purchase age for alcohol or outside of your country. [mod edit]
  2. http://food.yahoo.com/recipes/rachael-ray/...esto-and-tomato Here is a recipe on how to make Pan-Seared Scallops with Pesto and Tomato by Rachael Ray. 2 cups fresh basil leaves, plus 2 tablespoons finely shredded basil 1/4 cup pine nuts 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 1 plum tomato, finely diced 4 large scallops In a food processor or blender, pulse the basil leaves until finely chopped. Add the pine nuts, cheese, garlic and lemon juice. Turn the machine back on and add 3/4 cup of the olive oil in a slow, steady stream. Season the pesto with salt and pepper. Place the pesto in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. In a small bowl, combine the tomato and shredded basil and set aside. In a large skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium- high heat until almost smoking. Add the scallops and sear until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the scallops to a plate. Drizzle 2 teaspoons of the pesto on each scallop and arrange the tomato and basil around the scallops. Serve immediately. Yield: 2 servings (Serving size: 2 servings) have any of you seen her tv show?
  3. http://www.cnn.com/2006/EDUCATION/10/17/vi...s.ap/index.html Scientists call it the next great discovery, a way to captivate students so much they will spend hours learning on their own. It's the new vision of video games. The Federation of American Scientists -- which typically weighs in on matters of nuclear weaponry and government secrecy -- declared Tuesday that video games can redefine education. Capping a year of study, the group called for federal research into how the addictive pizazz of video games can be converted into serious learning tools for schools. The theory is that games teach skills that employers want: analytical thinking, team building, multitasking and problem-solving under duress. Unlike humans, the games never lose patience. And they are second nature to many kids. The idea might stun those who consider games to be the symbol of teenage sloth. Yet this is not about virtual football or skateboarding. Games would have to be created and evaluated with the goal of raising achievement, said federation president Henry Kelly. There's already an audience; more than 45 million homes have video-game consoles. "If we can't make the connection, shame on us," Kelly said at a news conference. What's needed, he said, is research into which features of games are most important for learning -- and how to test students on the skills they learn in games. The departments of education and labor and the National Science Foundation would lead the way under this plan. "This is an investment that the private industry simply is not capable of taking," said Kelly, a former White House science and technology leader during the Clinton administration. "This is the kind of thing where the federal government has always acted in the past, to underwrite basic research that you need to drive an important movement forward," he said. Getting costly research about games on the federal agenda is just one obstacle. There are plenty of others. Schools, colleges and universities are a fractured market. They make their own buying decisions, and are likely to be dubious about the value of games. The gaming industry has already figured out that educational games don't make money in the consumer marketplace. The new approach would instead market them directly to schools. Doug Lowenstein, president of the Entertainment Software Association, said there will soon be 75 million Americans who are 10 to 30 years old -- an age bracket that grew up on video games. "Common sense tells us that a medium so basic to the lives of these 'millennials' has potential beyond the living room," Lowenstein said. "We would be crazy not to seek ways to exploit interactive games to teach our children." The scientific group called for action from the business and academic communities, too. The potential is enormous, agreed Don Blake, a technology analyst for the National Education Association, which represents teachers and other classroom professionals. But when he thought about how games would work in class, questions kept popping to mind. How much training would teachers receive? Who would persuade school leaders and the public that games aren't a waste of time? Would education schools add serious gaming to the curriculum? Ultimately, he said, teachers need to see games as a way to help - not as a threat.
  4. you obviously didnt read the article synch... its not even from cnn...
  5. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,219040,00.html New York — Candy-cravers across America are claiming victory now that the U.S. is second home to a candy bar that, until July, could be found only in Canada. After a six-year Internet campaign started by a 31-year-old candy connoisseur, the beloved Canadian candy bar Coffee Crisp has finally made it across the border. In 2000, John Flaig, a Milwaukee software engineer, posted an online petition on his Web site, CoffeeCrisp.org, asking Nestlé to start selling the Coffee Crisp — a chocolate wafer bar with creamy coffee filling — in the U.S. Six years and thousands of supporting signatures later, Flaig can now find it in his state, and soon (very soon, he hopes), at his gas station. Nestlé U.S.A., the American arm of the world's largest food company, Nestlé S.A., started selling Canada's No. 3 candy bar to select convenience stores across America in July. "It's the first time I've seen that they've gotten a company to take an international product and market it domestically," said Cybele May, a food writer who runs Candy Blog. It's a first for Nestlé, and Flaig's Web site was the catalyst, says Patricia Bowles, spokeswoman for Nestlé Confections & Snacks, a division of Nestlé USA. "In 15 years we haven't seen this kind of consumer attention and one that has been so well organized," she said. Sweet Sleuth John Flaig grew up on Canadian candy. His parents would always return from visits to their hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba, with sweets. "It was always a treat when they would bring back different Canadian candies that you couldn't get here," Flaig said. "That kind of became a tradition." When Flaig waxed nostalgic about his sweet spot for Coffee Crisps online, he found he was not alone. In addition to the petition, CoffeeCrisp.org logs sightings of the candy, from the sandy beaches of Hawaii to the wilds of Mishawaka, Ind. "I created this site as kind of a fun thing to do and it spiraled into a grassroots activist campaign, I guess, except that we weren't trying to get a company to stop doing something," Flaig said. "We were trying to get them to do something that was positive for us and for them." The buzz generated in those first years caught the eyes of the Coffee Crisp resistance at Nestlé, who offered up corporate e-mail addresses to aid Flaig's campaign. But apart from a test launch in the greater New York area in 2001, Nestlé seemed reluctant to give Americans the taste of a candy bar that delights so many Canadians. Introduced in Canada in 1951, the Coffee Crisp is a very familiar candy to Canadians, says Stacey Brown, spokeswoman for Nestlé Canada. In May 2006, it fell behind Kit Kat and AERO for top sales in the country’s candy market. "It comes down to people's tastes," Flaig said. "Some people at Nestlé told me Americans have a sweeter tooth than Canadians." Stateside Coffee Crisp fans didn't care. They kept writing and e-mailing and calling relentlessly. Target Marketing: If Nestlé Brings it, Will They Bite? For a global corporation, moving a successful product from one country to another is not as easy as, say, loading up a truck with the stuff and driving across the border. "You just don't say 'Oh people like it here, let's sell it there,'" said John Stanton, a professor of food marketing at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. "Taking basically the same product that's been designed for one particular cultural group, social group, usually doesn't do well." Factors that can influence an international marketing move include distribution and production, but above all, taste. There is such a thing as regional taste, and those pumpkin-flavored Kit Kats in Tokyo might not be considered the bee's knees in Tulsa, Okla. "From time to time we do look in other countries to see what is selling there, especially those among the top 1, 2, 3 best-selling products in any given category," Bowles said. "And we look at those taste profiles to see whether they would match up, in this example, to a Nestlé USA consumer." Nestlé USA has received requests from Americans looking for other Nestlé products — such as the exclusive-to-Australia Violet Crumble – but never to the degree as the calls for the Coffee Crisp, Bowles said. The letters and calls from Coffee Crisp fanatics likely awakened Nestlé to the possible demand here in the States, Stanton said. "Yes, we're answering the call for the consumers who made themselves heard," Bowles said. "But in putting it out there, we're now trying to find out whether the rest of America will bite." It's a calculated risk, Stanton said. The chances of success for the Coffee Crisp are greater than if Nestlé introduced a product, say, from Japan, because of the similarities between the Canadian and U.S. markets. "Look at how well the Canadian beers have done," Stanton said. "It's an example that it can be done." How Do You Like Your Coffee? When Nestlé USA decided to bring the Coffee Crisp south, it enlisted the help of the man who got the ball rolling. In March, Flaig received a series of e-mails from a California marketing company about the soft summer launch of the candy bar. Flaig declined to give up his vast database of stateside Coffee Crisp lovers to marketers or Nestlé, citing privacy concerns, but he did offer Threshold Marketing tips on what to include in a stateside Coffee Crisp site. The resulting Web site, Nestlé-coffeecrisp.com, lists the retailers, including Dollar Tree and Meijer, that are carrying the candy bar, and an 800 number in addition to online forms that help consumers request Coffee Crisps at their local shops. And while the bars will continue to be produced in Canada, the packaging has been spruced up for an American audience. The French and the "nice light snack" tagline Canadians recognize has been replaced by a wrapper with Spanish writing boasting "wafers with coffee creme center." Americans also get the ad campaign "How do you like your coffee?" "Crisp" being the unspoken, but assumed answer. The bar sells for 65 cents, versus the 99 cents Canadian suggested for retailers north of the 49th parallel. Nestlé says it has done its job, and now it is the consumers' turn to show how much they really care about the candy bar. If the Coffee Crisp does well in this soft launch, the company will consider expanding its distribution channels, Bowles said. "We're here not only to meet the tastes and preferences on the part of our consumer, but also to be able to maintain a viable business," Bowles said. "We need to determine now whether there is a substantial market for Coffee Crisp in the U.S., and this is a great way for us to take the temperatures of American consumers and to see what they would have us do based on their buying preferences." With a bright yellow wrapper that seems to say, "Wake Up!" these candy bars have a shot at becoming a popular convenience-store mainstay, May said. "Coffee Crisp fills a big niche," May said. "There are no other major-brand coffee candies on the racks." Bowles agrees. "From all indications, this product is loved, has been loved and will be loved for the coming years." So what's next for Flaig, now that his work in the Coffee Crisp campaign is complete? "A lot of people have started saying we should do the same thing for AERO bars and Smarties, so who knows?" Flaig said. "We may get into that." Both candies are made by, you guessed it, Nestlé.
  6. http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/News/...e.aspx?GT1=8618 After a lengthy auction stretching over two days, a federal bankruptcy judge on Friday approved the sale of California-based Tower Records to Great American Group, which plans to liquidate the music retailer. After almost 30 hours of what attorneys described as "robust" and "vigorous" bidding, Great American won with a bid of $134.3 million, beating Trans World Entertainment, which had hoped to continue operating at least some Tower stores, by a single bid increment of $500,000. Peter Gurfein, an attorney representing Tower Records, said the company will be sold for an aggregate of $150 million, including the sale of various leases and properties. Among them is the company’s signature store on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, which is expected to fetch $12 million. Gurfein said Great American began the liquidation process and going out of business sales on Saturday, which eventually will result in the elimination of the jobs of some 3,000 Tower employees. “We're going to have discounts for consumers to enjoy as they've never been seen before in the history of Tower Records," said Andy Gumaer, president of the Great American Group. Tower's founder, Russ Solomon, told employees in an e-mail: "The fat lady has sung. ... She was off-key. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You." 'Not an easy decision' "This is not an easy decision," said bankruptcy Judge Brendan Shannon, who nevertheless noted that the Tower debtors and other parties had agreed the bidding process was conducted fairly and in good faith. Tower Records, which has 89 stores in 20 states and owes creditors about $200 million, filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in August. In its filing, the company said it has been hurt by an industrywide decline in music sales, downloading of online music and competition from big-box stores such as Wal-Mart. Tower's Chapter 11 filing came two years after initial reorganization that resulted in bondholders forgiving millions of dollars in debt but taking an 85% stake in the company, leaving founder Russ Solomon and his family with 15%. Solomon founded Tower in Sacramento, Calif., in 1960, starting by selling records out of his father's drug store and eventually opening the company's landmark store on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard in 1969. As part of the bankruptcy auction, the Sunset property will be sold for $12 million. 'Model doesn't work anymore' Michael Bloom, an attorney representing Tower's secured trade creditors, urged Shannon to consider the closeness of the bids and the effect that liquidation would have before deciding whether to approve the sale. "We can save this company or we can liquidate it," Bloom argued. "... Sometimes, the highest bid is not the best bid. In this case, your honor, we believe the best bid is the Trans World bid." Trans World, which has about 1,100 mostly mall-based stores nationwide, has recently acquired other music retailers such as Sam Goody and Wherehouse Music, consolidating most of its acquisitions under the FYE name, which stands for For Your Entertainment. Analyst George Whalin of Retail Management Consultants said Trans World, parent of struggling f.y.e. and Sam Goody, wouldn't have been able to make a go of Tower. "The model doesn't work anymore," he said. "I'm 62 and I have an iPod."
  7. http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/ptech/09/27/s...reut/index.html TOKYO, Japan (Reuters) -- Japan's Sharp Corp. said on Wednesday it has developed the world's first liquid crystal display (LCD) panel that allows the viewing of three different images on one screen at the same time. The new LCD panel would, for example, allow the driver of a car to view a navigation system, the passenger to look at shopping and restaurant information and a person in the back seat to watch a movie, Sharp said in a press release. Last year Sharp unveiled a panel that allowed the viewing of two different images. That panel is already being used in car navigation systems, Sharp said. The world's third-largest LCD TV maker said its "triple directional viewing LCD" splits the screen light into three different directions, generating a different image depending on whether the screen is being viewed from the left, center or right.
  8. yea that is true healthy eating can get expensive , hmm you raise a good point well for morning food you could try whole-grain toast spread with peanut butter and drink milk for lunch low fat macaroni and cheese 1 cup skim milk 2 cups tossed salad with low-fat dressing for dinner chicken 1 cup spaghetti with turkey meatballs 1 cup tossed salad with low-fat dressing 2 glasses of water some snacks you could try are 1 cup skim milk with 2 graham crackers that stuff isnt too expensive
  9. http://health.msn.com/centers/sleep/articl...entid=100143849 If you are reading this at four in the morning, you aren't alone -- approximately half of all adults experience insomnia at some point in their lives. However, if you follow the Eliminate Insomnia Diet, your sheep-counting days may come to an end. Here's why: The carbohydrates in food help our bodies produce serotonin -- a sleep-inducing hormone. This meal plan incorporates plenty of healthy carbohydrate-rich foods like fruit, pasta, potatoes, oatmeal and brown rice. Milk contains tryptophan, an amino acid that promotes sleep. This diet includes skim milk with meals and as a before-bed snack. Digesting a big dinner can prevent you from resting comfortably. With that in mind, this meal plan promotes eating more for breakfast and lunch and less in the evening. Start eating the breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks that will help you get more rest! BREAKFAST option one plain oatmeal cooked with skim milk banana option two whole-grain toast spread with peanut butter fresh orange skim milk option three high-fiber breakfast cereal skim milk fresh peach LUNCH option one low-fat macaroni and cheese fresh raw vegetables 3 ounces broiled fish 1 cup blueberries 1 cup skim milk option two 3 ounces lemon herb chicken 1 cup steamed broccoli 1/2 cup brown rice pilaf 1 cup strawberries 1 cup skim milk option three 1 cup lentil soup 1 slice whole-wheat bread 2 cups tossed salad with low-fat dressing 1/2 cup mandarin oranges 1 cup skim milk DINNER (remember to eat this meal at least three hours before you plan to go to bed) option one 2 ounces baked chicken 1/2 cup baked potato with low-fat sour cream 1/2 cup cooked spinach sparkling water with lemon option two 2 ounces broiled fish 1/2 cup couscous 1/2 cup green beans 2 glasses of water option three 1 cup spaghetti with turkey meatballs 1 cup tossed salad with low-fat dressing 2 glasses of water SNACKS (choose one of these relaxing treats to prepare you for sleep) 1 cup skim milk with 2 graham crackers banana smoothie made with 1 cup skim milk, one banana and vanilla flavoring vanilla yogurt and a rice cake Healthy Dos and Don'ts Here are a few eating tips to keep in mind when you're suffering from insomnia. Do: Drink warm milk before bed Drink chamomile tea, if you'd prefer to skip your late-night snack Enjoy complex carbohydrates Eat like a king at breakfast and a pauper at dinner Don't: Drink caffeine, including caffeinated coffee, tea and sodas, throughout the day, and especially during the evening Use alcohol as a sleep aid -- it actually causes restless sleep and should be avoided this is a very interesting topic, I will try it to see if it works, try it and respond if it works
  10. in all honesty I dont think that would really help with the kind of bias I have seen, a more personal in person meet would clear this all up in like 1 minute when I show him how wrong he is and no I will not discuss this in publc seeing as how that thread about me has already gotten to 3 pages ridiculous if you ask me they are not even involved with the trade and they are all over me and quite bias too I might add I understand how you would feel and I respect your opineon but regardless of how your would feel if you get a parcel filled with stuff like that, I mentioned that there would be witnesses so there is absolutly no danger whatsoever.... it is for my protection and his also there is the fact that if he truly wanted to resolve this he would be willing to do that where as he has been reluctant to resolve the issue and refuses to meet me so I can prove him wrong that is impossible mike
  11. I think that this is a great idea and that they should license the new diesel technology once it has been perfected
  12. but clark is trapped how will he get out? he is in the "Phantom Zone"
  13. there has been an explanation.... in pm and currently there is one still in progress but joe there I am betting has blocked me again so oh well it doesnt matter I called him out on it he refuses to meet me in person so I can own him with proof he is wrong and he will look like a ass in front of a bunch of witnesses I would never include condoms in a package... unless they specificaly said they wanted it because that is a sexual device and otherwise would not be hygenic, and I do not want to be responsible for someone getting a baby from a bad condom....
  14. do you think that Zod will succed in take over the earth?
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