Gay Talese on the state of journalism, Iraq and his life

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Gay Talese wants to go to Iraq. “It so happens there is someone that’s working on such a thing right now for me,” the 75-year-old legendary journalist and author told David Shankbone. “Even if I was on Al-Jazeera with a gun to my head, I wouldn’t be pleading with those bastards! I’d say, ‘Go ahead. Make my day.'”

Few reporters will ever reach the stature of Talese. His 1966 profile of Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, was not only cited by The Economist as the greatest profile of Sinatra ever written, but is considered the greatest of any celebrity profile ever written. In the 70th anniversary issue of Esquire in October 2003, the editors declared the piece the “Best Story Esquire Ever Published.”

Talese helped create and define a new style of literary reporting called New Journalism. Talese himself told National Public Radio he rejects this label (“The term new journalism became very fashionable on college campuses in the 1970s and some of its practitioners tended to be a little loose with the facts. And that’s where I wanted to part company.”)

He is not bothered by the Bancrofts selling The Wall Street Journal—”It’s not like we should lament the passing of some noble dynasty!”—to Rupert Murdoch, but he is bothered by how the press supported and sold the Iraq War to the American people. “The press in Washington got us into this war as much as the people that are controlling it,” said Talese. “They took information that was second-hand information, and they went along with it.” He wants to see the Washington press corp disbanded and sent around the country to get back in touch with the people it covers; that the press should not be so focused on–and in bed with–the federal government.

Augusten Burroughs once said that writers are experience junkies, and Talese fits the bill. Talese–who has been married to Nan Talese (she edited James Frey‘s Million Little Piece) for fifty years–can be found at baseball games in Cuba or the gay bars of Beijing, wanting to see humanity in all its experience.

Below is Wikinews reporter David Shankbone’s interview with Gay Talese.

Guide To Buying Scrubs For Tall And Petite}

Submitted by: Amanda Berry

At present, seldom can you find doctors and other allied medical professionals who wore the traditional white uniforms because most of them wear medical scrubs. These uniforms are not only fashionable, comfortable and trendy, but they care affordable and easy to obtain.

Gone were the days that you need to stiffen your uniform to look smart and look your best, because with scrubs, you can become trendy and fashionable without additional costs. It is just a matter of ingenuity and creativity on how you can mix and match colors and styles efficiently.

Working in hospitals and other health facilities do not need to be boring and monotonous because you can rev up and become trendy by selecting the right scrubs perfect for whatever figure you have.

Majority of scrubs include a pair of short sleeved v-neck T-shirt and pull on pants, while some come with long sleeves stockinette cuffs and waist-length scrub jackets. Meanwhile, scrub pants can either have a drawstring waist for easily slip on or elastic waist line. These designs of medical scrubs are advantageous of the busy and hectic lifestyles of medical personnel. For customization and personalization, some companies embossed or embroidered their corporate logo along with the initials of their employees.

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No matter how vast or varied medical scrubs are, there are still rules to follow when choosing the right type of scrubs or mixing and matching different uniforms. Apart from its easy and comfortable attributes, scrubs are worn to avoid the onset of diseases and illnesses. These uniforms come in two types, those for sterile purposes and those for everyday and everywhere use.

Tips on what scrubs suit tall and petite body structures:

1. Petite individuals When buying scrubs, be sure to select pants which are right for your size for better fitting. Be sure to choose those with small accessories and prints.

2. For Tall body structures You are very lucky because you can wear any style and designs. Be sure to choose pants which suit your long legs.

Below are tips on how to select the right scrubs according to other types of body structure:

1. Full Breasted Women You are lucky to have one, but do not flaunt it because it is against your dress code. You can select tops which are low cut or those with big prints. This style will avoid someone peeping in your cleavage while you are bending over your patients bed.

2. Pear shape body structure You can divert the attention of other people by wearing V neck scrub tops to show off your face and your neck. To elongate your legs, you can wear pants which are straight cut. Choose scrubs which have solid colors and small prints to hide your size. Be sure to choose those which are not too tight and which fit properly because tightness will emphasize your weight.

The guidelines mentioned beforehand will guide you in selecting the right types of scrubs. Be sure to follow the suggestions mentioned above to hide your flaws and defects.

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Discovery launches after scrubbed attempt

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Space shuttle mission STS-116 began today with its successful launch at 8:48pm EST (01:47 GMT). Liftoff was uneventful with no immediate problems. Last Thursday’s launch attempt was scrubbed due to low, dense cloud cover. It is the first Space Shuttle night launch in over four years and the last mission planned for pad 39b.

In the complex mission Discovery will first dock with the International Space Station. In three spacewalks the astronauts will install a segment of the station’s integrated truss and replace the orbital laboratory’s power wiring system.

SpaceX scrubs Falcon I rocket launch

Monday, November 28, 2005

SpaceX called off the much-delayed inaugural launch of their new Falcon 1 rocket on Saturday from Kwajalein’s Omelek Island launch site. The intent was to launch the U.S. Air Force Academy’s FalconSat 2 satellite, which will monitor plasma interactions with the Earth’s upper atmosphere and magnetosphere.

The launch was delayed, then finally cancelled after an oxygen boil-off vent had accidentally been left open. The oxygen was unable to cool the helium pressurant, which then proceeded to evaporate faster than it could be replenished. A main computer issue, probably serious enough to cause a scrub on its own, was also discovered.

This long-anticipated flight was originally expected to be launched in January 2005, however a series of setbacks forced a series of delays, with the flight most recently scheduled to be in early 2006. It was intended to be launched from the Kwajalein atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

The maiden voyage was originally intended to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California with a Naval Research Laboratory satellite and a Space Services Incorporated space burial payload.

Casey Key A Private Island Paradise On Florida’s Gulf Coast

By John Allen

Casey Key is an 8 mile barrier island located about 25 minutes south of downtown Sarasota, FL. The island stretches from Sarasota Bay to the beautiful azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico and is only 300 yards wide in some spots. Casey Key provides the ultimate environment for those seeking relaxation, beauty, luxury and privacy.

Casey Key is accessible by two bridges. The north bridge is one the oldest swinging drawbridges in the United States. There’s is often a short wait as the bridge swings open to let fishing boats, yachts and sailboats pass.

On the West side of Casey Key are the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico and on the East side of the Key is Little Sarasota Bay. In 1849, the island was called Chaise’s Key and was later renamed Casey Key in 1856. During Florida’s land boom of the 1920s, Casey Key was called Treasure Island for a short time.

Real Estate

Casey Key offers a wide range of real estate options, from simple to extravagant. There is a mix of estate homes, small Florida bungalows, beach cottages, and even cabanas. However, there are no condominiums or high-rises on the island. Unlike other barrier islands, Casey Key is comprised almost entirely of single family homes.

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Casey Key homes are located on either side of Casey Key Road, the islands main drag. Waterfront options include direct Gulf-front, bayfront and sprawling Gulf to Bay estates. Home prices on Casey Key start at over one million.

In peak season, tourists often travel to the Casey Key area just to view the impressive walled estates. Many of the estate homes are behind scrolled wrought iron gates. Palm trees, hibiscus, magnolias, oaks trees draped with Spanish moss are abundant and complete this island’s tropical charm. The beaches and Gulf sunsets are spectacular here!


There is almost no public beach access on Casey Key. At the South end of Casey Key, visitors congregate at the Jetties to gain access to the public beach area. You can grab a hotdog, have a picnic, walk out to the beach and collect a few sharks’ teeth or relax take in the Florida sights.

Restaurants such as Casey Key Fish House are popular hangouts for the locals on Casey Key and can be reached by car or boat. Doggies are welcome at Casey Key Fish House on the outside deck and often an egret will stop by for a visit at your table. Diners enjoy groupers sandwiches and calamari while watching boats docking at the marina. A variety of Mainland restaurants and shopping are only a short drive away.

A Private Lifestyle

Following other authors who were mesmerized by the tranquil and private lifestyle of some of South Florida’s prime real estate, Stephen King was drawn to Casey Key, Florida. King purchased a homestead on the north end of the island about 10 years ago. The ultra wealthy and famous residents favor Casey Key because of it’s the seclusion and privacy. Casey Key is truly a tropical paradise for the rich and famous.

If you’re planning to visit Casey Key, there are a few small motel/hotels on the Key or by contacting a rental company; you can schedule an extended vacation in one of Casey Key’s beach cottages. Casey Key has little traffic, no traffic lights at all, but watch out of the walkers and bikers!

For those who can afford to live on Casey Key, the private atmosphere of this barrier island is unmatched. The small number of residents, private beaches and seclusion make Casey Key Florida a true island paradise.

About the Author: John Allen represents buyers and sellers of fine Sarasota real estate including luxury and waterfront homes. For more information on Casey Key, visit John’s comprehensive Casey Key FL real estate section ( ) where you can view all current listings for sale.


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Musharraf quits as chief of army staff in Pakistan

Thursday, November 29, 2007

President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan gave up his uniform in a ceremony yesterday in Rawalpindi. He handed power over to General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani at the headquarters of the Pakistani Army, after being the leader of the army for nine years.

In his final address as leader of the army, he said that the army was the saviour of Pakistan and that the army was his life. He also expressed his pride in being the leader of what he called a “great force.”

Musharraf had been under a lot of pressure to quit as army chief, since the country was put into the spotlight as a result of a state of emergency being declared. He is expected to be sworn in as the civilian president of Pakistan on Thursday.

Both the opposition leader, Benazir Bhutto, and the US secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, welcomed the change of duties. However, Bhutto indicated her party may not be prepared to accept Musharraf in his new non-military leadership role. Condoleezza Rice requested the state of emergency be lifted before the planned elections, which are due to take place in January.

Musharraf said General Kayani was “an excellent soldier” and that “the armed forces under his command will achieve great heights.”

General Kayani was named as the successor to Musharraf in October, before the state of emergency was declared in early November.

Understanding Forex Trading Forex Account Managers

Understanding Forex Trading – Forex Account Managers


Shawn James

A Forex account manager is a professional trader who trades on behalf of the owner of a Forex account for a salary or a percentage share of the profits. A Forex account manager is usually given authorization by the account owner to place trades in his or her trading account without his or her intervention. It is of essence to note that the permissions of the account manager are restricted to trading only. The account manager is not authorized to deposit any extra capital to the account or make withdrawals from the account.

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Not every trader can qualify to be a Forex account manager. It needs a lot of experience in the operations of the Forex market to qualify for this role. Importantly, an account manager should practice the right money management rules and proper risk level when trading currencies. Therefore, it is essential that you do not entrust your money with anyone that brags of huge profits on a Forex managed account history. This is because most of the so-called Forex account managers are fraudsters who post fake two or three months trading history when they were realizing huge profits because they were trading with high risk and they were not practicing proper money management. In addition, because of the dynamic nature of the Forex market, past results are usually not indicative of future results. This is the hard reality of Forex trading. Thus, you should not throw your hard-earned cash to any Forex account manager you find promoting his or her services with flashy banners. Beware! Most people prefer to entrust their accounts to Forex account managers because they lack the experience and the necessary skills to invest in the Forex market. Other people claim that they are prone to emotional extremes and thus they like to entrust their funds with an account manager in order to overcome this problem. Inadequate time to study and analyze the conditions of the market is another reason why some people opt for account managers. However, the problem with these viewpoints is that they rob someone the priceless knowledge and experience gained by studying how to trade currencies. Most people do not like educating themselves on how the Forex market works and they end up entrusting their hard-earned cash to account managers who blow their accounts in a matter of days. In the end, the only way of succeeding in the business of trading currencies is to be knowledgeable, develop a profitable strategy through adequate practice, and maintain discipline regardless of the market conditions.

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Apes and birds are able to plan ahead: psychologists

Friday, May 19, 2006

According to psychologists in Leipzig, Germany, apes and some birds are able to plan their actions ahead of time.

Psychologists Nicholas Mulcahy and Josep Call at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology say that apes are able to save tools to use at a later time, that will assist them in retrieving food.

The results of the testing are “groundbreaking” and is “a starting point from which we can begin to reconstruct the evolution of the human mind. Apes and jays can also anticipate future needs by remembering past events, contradicting the notion that such cognitive behavior only emerged in hominids,” said Thomas Suddendorf, a psychologist at the University of Queensland Brisbane, Australia.

One aspect of the study is that “our extraordinary abilities of planning for the future did not evolve entirely de novo. Planning for future needs is not uniquely human,” added Suddendorf.

An experiment was performed using bonobos and orangutans. The psychologists placed the apes alone in a room for five minutes. Each of them had a choice of two tools that would allow them to retrieve food and six that would not. The apes were allowed to look at and observe the tools; however, they were not allowed to handle them.

The apes were then taken to a room next door, allowed to take whatever tools they chose, and left alone in the room for at least one hour, while a researcher removed all other tools from the first room. The apes then returned to the first room (where the food was), but the food was not accessible unless they had the right tool to retrieve it.

After repeating the same test several times with each ape, researchers began to see that most apes would begin to use the right tool for the job. Researchers also received similar results even when the apes were left alone in a room overnight where they would sleep.

To make sure that the apes were not associating the tools with the food, they removed the food from the room, but would still give it to the apes if they used the right tool to retrieve it. After this change, most of them did not bring the proper tools, which researchers say confirm that the retrieval is a way of planning for the job.

In experiments using scrub jays (found mostly in the western United States), at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, psychologists have shown that the birds, who usually hide their food to eat later, will hide it again if an enemy bird saw them do it the first time, unless the bird is dominant. The subordinate jay could however, fight the other for the food.

“These results suggest scrub jays remember who observed them make specific caches,” said Joanna Dally who was involved in the study with the scrub jays.

“Together with recent evidence from scrub jays, our results suggest that future planning is not a uniquely human ability, thus contradicting the notion that it emerged in hominids only with the past 2.5 to 1.6 million years,” said Mulcahy and Call in the study.

A Brief Guide To Custom Wood Kitchen Cabinets


It is important to choose wisely when selecting cabinets and hardware. The right choice in custom wood kitchen cabinets or even ready-to-assemble packages will not only make your kitchen look amazing, it will also ensure that your investment is protected by choosing a product that is durable and crafted from high quality materials.

Use this handy guide to learn more about the latest features and options in wood cabinets prior to starting your kitchen design. Taking care to choose products that not only suit your needs, but also fit your budget can put you in the kitchen of your dreams in record time.

Depending on how each cabinet is constructed, and what degree of customization is available, cabinets will fall into three basic categories:

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a.) Stock Cabinetsb.) Semi-Custom Cabinetsc.) Custom Wood Kitchen Cabinets

The category the cabinet falls into does not necessarily depict the quality of the product.

Stock Cabinets

These types of cabinets are the most budget friendly. They can be found in a large number of styles, colors, designs and widths. These cabinets are most often purchased online, direct from the manufacturer or in home improvement stores. Stock cabinets range in price from $60 to $200 per linear foot.

Keep in mind – Since stock cabinets come pre-assembled and are built in mass quantities, it is not possible to find them in specialized sizes. Filler strips can be used to fill in gaps between an appliance and a cabinet, however, that is about as much customization as you will find.

Semi-Custom Cabinets

This variety of cabinetry is constructed after the final order has been placed. This means that they are available in a wider variety of styles, materials and colors than basic stock cabinets. They can easily be made with storage units, accessories and hardware like lazy Susans and run in price from $100 to $650 per linear foot.

Custom Wood Kitchen Cabinets

These cabinets are built-to-order and can be made from any material (hardwood, maple, cherry, oak, etc.) in any shape, size, color, finish or configuration that can be thought up. Custom cabinets are not cheap and can range in cost from $500 to $1200+ per linear foot.

Custom cabinets are chosen by designers for their ability to integrate into any unique, high end environment. They are made from the finest materials and often come with lifetime guarantees.

President Bush may veto amendment that bans detainee mistreatment

Saturday, October 8, 2005

The first veto of United States President George W. Bush’s presidency may be used to block an amendment that bans torture and mistreatment of detainees, proposed by two Republican senators. The White House sent a “statement of administration policy” to the Senate declaring strong opposition to the legislation, alleging that it would tie the nation’s hands in the “War on Terrorism”. The statement said that if the bill’s final version contained the anti-torture terms, then “the president’s senior advisers would recommend that he veto the bill.”

The amendment, an addition to the $440 billion dollar military spending bill, proposed by senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, would establish the Army Field Manual as the uniform standard for the interrogation of Department of Defense detainees and secondly prohibit cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of persons detained by the U.S. government.[1]

The legislation comes in the wake of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal and allegations of Human Rights Watch, which, in a recent report, accused soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division of “systematically torturing Iraqi detainees”. The report was critizised by a Department of Defense spokesman as using “distortions and errors in fact.”

The amendment received 90 votes in support, and 9 votes against in the Senate. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, as well as 28 other retired senior military officers, also endorsed it.

General Powell said in a letter to McCain: “Our troops need to hear from the Congress, which has an obligation to speak to such matters. I also believe the world will note that America is making a clear statement with respect to the expected future behavior of our soldiers.” Powell said the Senate action “will help deal with the terrible public diplomacy crisis created by Abu Ghraib.”

McCain, a one-time P.O.W. during his military service in the Vietnam War, said after the vote that the White House should not be working against him on this issue: “We think it would be very helpful because it would send a message to the world that the United States of America does not engage in torture. We will not treat people inhumanely. We will adhere to treaties that we are signatories to, and the men and women who do the interrogating will have clear instructions as to how to conduct interrogations.”

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, who later voted for the bill, and White House lobbyists led the unsuccessful opposition to the amendment and senator Ted Stevens had argued that the amendment would prevent “our people from taking the leadership. (sic)”

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