Tue
Sep 4 2007
09:45 am

A secretive Austin Texas company claims to have invented a solid state battery that will make current electro-chemical batteries and the internal combustion engine obsolete. Skeptics say it is beyond any known technology and compared it to "alchemy."

According to the AP article, batteries based on EEStor's ultracapacitor technology would enable you to plug in your electric car for five minutes and drive 500 miles on the charge. It could also be used to store power from solar panels and for "flash" charging of devices such as laptops and cellphones.

A small electric car company, ZENN Motors, has licensed the technology and expects to use it in a short-range, low-speed vehicle later this year.

On the web:

EEStor Wikipedia

EEStor Patent 7,033,406

ZENN Motor Company

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Tue
Sep 4 2007
06:32 am

After talks with Gen. David H. Petraeus, the top American commander in Iraq, and Ryan C. Crocker, the ambassador to Iraq, Mr. Bush said that they “tell me that if the kind of success we are now seeing here continues it will be possible to maintain the same level of security with fewer American forces.”

Mr. Bush did not say how large a troop withdrawal was possible. Nor did he say whether he envisioned any forces being withdrawn sooner than next spring, when the first of the additional 30,000 troops Mr. Bush sent to Iraq this year are scheduled to come home anyway.

During his visit, Mr. Bush did not leave the base, a heavily fortified home to about 10,000 American troops about 120 miles west of Baghdad. ...
Administration officials rejected the notion that the trip was a publicity stunt.

The election must definitely be heating up now. Thompson's entering the race and Bush is touting troop withdrawal. Let's hope the President brings home the troops sooner than later.

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Tue
Sep 4 2007
06:01 am
By: bizgrrl  shortURL

PayPerPost.com was a startup just last summer. "Advertisers pay to post details about their "opportunity," specifying, among other things, how they want bloggers to write about, say, a new shoe, if they want photos to be included, and whether they'll pay only for positive mentions. Bloggers who abide by the rules get paid; heavily trafficked blogs may command premium rates."

They were able to get $3 million in funding last fall. "...Josh Stein, venture capitalist with DFJ, who led the deal, and he’s steadfast in his belief that the company is doing a "good, valuable" service. He concedes it’s controversial: "Like many things, if you look at the most cynical interpretation of it, you could see how it could be a source for bad."

Something must be working, PayPerPost has now received an additional $10 million in venture capital. "PayPerPost has about 8,700 advertisers and 50,000 bloggers. Most advertisers choose neutral reviews because bloggers are more likely to take those, company officials said." ... "Videoblogger Loren Feldman has called PayPerPost "capitalism at its finest."

I don't know about capitalism at its finest. They certainly have done the job right to get $13 million in venture capital in a year. I'm working on my idea to get $13 million. I'll let you know as soon as I know what that idea is.

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Mon
Sep 3 2007
09:38 pm

My husband and I had the shared observation for the 3rd or 4th summer in a row of how the horrific heat in late summer seems to cause folks to get bent out of shape over things/conversations etc... that they ordinarily wouldn't.

Certainly the tone of some recent discussions on this board alone seem to be classic examples and I see it everywhere. Hell, even just riding my bike, I see all kinds of sullen expressions.

Anyhoo, it's a bit cooler here lately and I am hoping that the upcoming fall will work it's usual antidote to hot weather and hotter tempers.

I just wonder if anybody else noticed this?

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Mon
Sep 3 2007
10:12 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

We saw a commercial on TV for a new birth control pill called "Yaz". Apparently it's not only a contraceptive, but it also treats anxiety, depression, irritability, trouble concentrating, lack of energy, sleep or appetite changes, feeling out of control, breast tenderness, joint or muscle pain, headache, and bloating or weight gain.

"Hey, it's the Stepford Pill," says the Mrs.

That got me to thinking how sad it is that these companies are marketing drugs that take away part of what makes women who they are. Every guy in a relationship should have to get to experience the full range of female-ness to fully understand and appreciate what makes them tick. As the old saying goes, whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

They are also targeting girls at least 14 years old for treatment of acne (if they also want to use it for contraception).

Possible side effects include mild nausea, vomiting, bloating, stomach cramps, breast pain, tenderness, or swelling, freckles or darkening of facial skin, increased hair growth, or loss of scalp hair, changes in weight or appetite, swelling of hands or feet, problems with contact lenses, vaginal itching or discharge, changes in your menstrual periods, headache, nervousness, dizziness. It says you should also let your doctor know if you develop symptoms of stroke, heart attack, blood clots, high blood pressure, or similar problems.

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Mon
Sep 3 2007
09:35 am
By: R. Neal  shortURL

Hope everyone is enjoying a day off. If so, thank a union member! Here's a look back at the history of Labor Day.

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Sun
Sep 2 2007
07:54 am

Remind me again why taxpayers should have to continue funding this nonsense?

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Sat
Sep 1 2007
07:56 pm
By: Bbeanster  shortURL

This little Cuban restaurant is in Fountain City (which doesn't have its own designation here, btw), and it serves up some of the very best food I've had in a long time -- at very reasonable prices.

Reminds me of the food my Puerto Rican grandmother used to make, except for the sandwiches, which are wonderful. Best sandwich bread ever -- thin, crisp crust, tender inside texture. Lots of rice and beans (so far, I've only had black beans and rice, which was extra-good). The desserts are sinful, and unlike anything you'll get anywhere else in town.

Last time I was there, the place was full of Spanish speakers, who looked Cuban to me. I took that as a good sign.

This is a really fine casual dining restaurant; family-owned, good, friendly service, clean as a whistle. It's located just S/W of the Smithwood corner, down toward Broadway, across from Leo's Cafe.

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Sat
Sep 1 2007
02:43 pm

We've setup a new free classified ads feature here at KnoxViews. View listings here, add a listing here. Listings will automatically expire after one month. No ads for guns, pets, or adult items permitted.

For future access, there's a new "Free Classifieds" box over on the right sidebar, and classified ads are included in the "View Content" and "Create Content" menus on the left.

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Sat
Sep 1 2007
12:52 pm

...at RoaneViews. (Follow all the links!)

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Sat
Sep 1 2007
11:54 am

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports today that the Tennessee Lottery computers picked the exact same Cash 3 winning numbers twice in one day. A citizen did some checking, and found it has happened before.

This was apparently the same person who earlier reported a programming error that prevented some numbers from being generated, bilking players who picked those numbers. The KNS report on that is here.

It's pretty obvious that computer generated lottery numbers are not a very good idea, any more than black-box voting machines. The Tennessee Lottery should dump the computers and go back to ping pong balls, a more open and transparent system.

(Just as an aside, we're not very good at math ourselves but we found it amusing that the KNS had to contact a UT math professor to figure out that the odds of any particular Cash 3 number coming up are 1 in 1000. That's assuming, of course, the software works as intended.)

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Sat
Sep 1 2007
09:43 am
By: airrn  shortURL

Which is more stupid? The continuing rattling of sabers by the US or, this "attack" on Iraq by Iran. That is if it is true.

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East of Arizona actually.

Plans call for more than 16,500 solar panels to be built on 16.5-acres, adjacent to Waste Management’s GROWS Landfill, capturing the sun’s rays and converting them into electricity.

...the plant will produce approximately 3,700 megawatt hours of power, enough to meet the annual energy requirements of 300-350 homes. At this output, emission levels of carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide that directly contribute to pollution and acid rain will be reduced by the equivalent benefit of planting 33 acres of trees every year.

Sounds like a good idea. Possibly a very good use of land next to a landfill.

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Fri
Aug 31 2007
10:44 pm

This is a really good Bob Clement story, for anyone who might care.

(link...)

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Fri
Aug 31 2007
09:01 pm

There's big football excitement in Blount Co. tonight. A preview at BlountViews.

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Fri
Aug 31 2007
06:55 pm
By: Mark Harmon  shortURL

DTV, Democratic Television, is live tonight from 9:30 to 10:30 on Comcast cable channel 12, and also on Charter's access channel. The scheduled guests: mayoral candidate Isa Infante and Jamie Row, longtime advocate for a strong stormwater ordinance. Calls welcome. --Mark Harmon

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Fri
Aug 31 2007
06:48 pm

I found myself thinking of the upcoming KNS vs Knox County Commission trial scheduled to start on September 11, 2007.

I had a flash of Lumpy Lambert being grilled by Herb Moncier. Will Owings be sweating through that cross examination? Will Scoobie be snearing when questioned by the KNS attorney? What will Pinkston say when asked what he meant by, "it was unanimous between the two of us"?

I wonder if it will be televised? Would Court TV find it worthy of at least a reporter(we have such a colorful cast of characters and it is East Tennessee)?

Can we get it televised on Comcast, Channel 12 so we can watch it at home with a bucket of popcorn?

Will they show clips of the access TV recording?

What kind of questions will they be asking the potential jurors (would anyone employed by the county or relatives employed by the county be tossed out?)

This is going to be real interesting. Wonder how many will show up just to watch the fun first hand?

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Fri
Aug 31 2007
04:28 pm

I think a class where students spend the term monitoring/charting campaign finance payments, and voting records on related legislation would be an excellent exercise. We would have some savvy voters in the future.

Any high school teachers out there?

Tennessee Online Campaign Finance database

The students could visit the legislative session when their bill is discussed.

Maybe newspapers could fund the class for kids to go to legislative sessions and print the results.

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Gimme a break. Like I care if “poor” John Doe is having trouble covering the sub-prime mortgage payment on the $417,000 home he bought, but can’t afford?

Dubya is touched (in more ways than one). He proposes that FHA, historically a New Deal agency charged with helping low- to moderate-income first-time homebuyers, should be “reformed” to allow refinancing of these loans. Scratch that pesky 3% down payment requirement and raise loan limits to $417,000 in pricier locales. They’re suffering in Gettysvue!

Oh yeah, and he thinks that a temporary change in tax law is in order, too. These homeowners should get to avoid taxes on forgiven debt.

Sez Peter Wallison of the American Enterprise Institute, “If we’re going to allow (lenders) to be refinanced out, what we’re doing is saving them from their own greed...It might be good politics, but it’s very bad policy.”

I couldn't agree more, Pete.

(Trouble with link, but see (link...), page A-1)

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Fri
Aug 31 2007
03:07 pm

It's that time again for KnoxViews readers to recommend your favorite restaurants, shopping, entertainment, and more. Go here to view the categories and click the "Add Listing" button on each category page to add your own recommendations.

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