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Body Armor with School Spirit!

You know how important it is to be safe, right? With so many U. S. states enacting laws to permit guns on college campuses, folks might consider body armor…and why not body armor with a little school spirit? “Protect your student body!” Body armor emblazoned with the names of state universities of states promoting campus carry laws. What could be cooler? StudentBodyArmor.com.


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Learning from Healthcare.gov’s Web woes

Over on the NN/g Web site, Jen Cardello has an educational post about how to make the Healthcare.gov Web page much more readily navigable. It’s heavily focused on usability in the account set-up process, and it’s a beauty.

Alert readers will recognize NN/g (AKA the Nielsen Norman Group) as the public face of Jakob Nielsen, Don Norman, and their colleagues. Jen Cardello is a director for the operation. Learn more at http://www.nngroup.com/people/.

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Understanding current events

Mark Fiore’s guide to current events is Susie Newsykins who explains just how to say “no,” create a “sooper-dooper” broccoli committee, and much more about how adults run the USA.

Fiore's Suzie Newsykins image

Look for “Dogged Daze

I haven’t been keeping up with Mr. Fiore’s current events, though I have been monitoring some of the events transpiring in the USA news (how can one avoid the trumpeting of them in the popular media?), so when I checked on the site this morning, I was glad to have this refresher about what had been happening during the summer just past. Now I feel much better prepared for the school year.

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We Choose the Moon

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has launched (ahem) “We Choose The Moon,” a Web site devoted to the historic flight of Apollo 11 that landed humans on Earth’s Moon just about 40 years ago. At 9:32 AM on 16 July the site is set to commemorate the launch by beginning “Stage 2” at the time of the launch (teehee) of the flight. If one goes to the site now, there are a raft of interactive features illustrating Stage 1 (e.g., President Kennedy’s speech launching [there’s that word again] the effort).

It’s a very rich and engaging site: WeChooseTheMoon.org. Enjoy it. Perhaps Cy Quick, who’s pined to see Cape Kennedy and the Rocket Museum at Huntsville, will enjoy it.

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On the brighter side

I’m a little late noting this. The big, real news sources surely had it days ago. Still, I’ll post it as a reminder and a just-in-case-someone-else-missed-it item.

The Harris Poll ® Annual Confidence Index Rises 10 Points
Those saying they have great deal of confidence in White House rises 21 points

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – March 5, 2009 – Over the past four decades, The Harris Poll has measured the confidence, or lack of confidence, in the leaders of major institutions. This year’s survey finds that confidence has increased substantially since last year and fourteen of the sixteen items listed show a rise in confidence. Overall, The Harris Poll Confidence Index has risen ten points this year.

These are the results of The Harris Poll of 1,010 adults surveyed by telephone between February 10 and 15, 2009.

As a result of the rise in confidence levels, The Harris Poll Confidence Index had risen very sharply from 44 in 2008 to 54 this year. This is close to where it had been between 2004 and 2007.

Read the full press release.

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Problem news

My skeptical views extend to the news sources to which I am exposed here in the US. In “Journalist-Bites-Reality! How broadcast journalism is flawed in such a fundamental way that its utility as a tool for informing viewers is almost nil,” Steve Salerno captures a lot of my concern about them.


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