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#1 2008-12-26 16:04:01

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1)  Team of Frenemies (15.11.08)
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/16/opini … .html?_r=1
As Newsweek reported, last January Bill got so worked up in a phone call with Donna Brazile that he ranted, “If Barack Obama is nominated, it will be the worst denigration of public service.” The magazine also revealed that “the former president had amassed an 81-page list of all the unfair and nasty things the Obama campaign had said, or was alleged to have said, about Hillary Clinton.”
If Hillary wants to be Madame Secretary, Bill will have to put away the 81-page list and pick up the 63 questions in the Obama vetting questionnaire, an unprecedented deep probe of potential cabinet members and their spouses.
Even if Bill scurries past the questions on sexual harassment claims, conflicts of interest, civil suits, real estate holdings, federal investigations, diaries, gifts worth more than $50 and Internet aliases, the Clintons will still have to grapple with No. 8: “Briefly describe the most controversial matters you have been involved with during the course of your career.” (It would take books, and it has.)



2)  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/25/busin … pp.html?em
Von Trapps Reunited, Without the Singing
STOWE, Vt. — When Sam von Trapp, the grandson of Maria, the singing nun made famous by “The Sound of Music,” graduated from college, his father offered him a deal: Sam could do whatever he wanted for 10 years before he had to return home here to run the family’s ski lodge.
His father started calling him to come home after six years.
When Mr. von Trapp finally returned to take over from his father, Johannes, he had had quite a decade: teaching skiing in Aspen, modeling for Ralph Lauren, surfing in Chile and even making People magazine’s America’s Top 50 Bachelors list in 2001. Recently, he sat in a dark office at the Trapp Family Lodge, the inn his grandmother started, trying to decide what to do with some old curtains.


3)  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/24/us/24jews.html?em
    In Madoff Scandal, Jews Feel an Acute Betrayal

There is a teaching in the Talmud that says an individual who comes before God after death will be asked a series of questions, the first one of which is, “Were you honest in your business dealings?” But it is the Ten Commandments that have weighed most heavily on the mind of Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles in light of the sins for which Bernard L. Madoff stands accused.

“You shouldn’t steal,” Rabbi Wolpe said. “And this is theft on a global scale.”
The full scope of the misdeeds to which Mr. Madoff has confessed in swindling individuals and charitable groups has yet to be calculated, and he is far from being convicted. But Jews all over the country are already sending up something of a communal cry over a cost they say goes beyond the financial to the theological and the personal.



4)   http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/25/opini … of.html?em
The Sin in Doing Good Deeds
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Published: December 24, 2008
Here’s a question for the holiday season: If a businessman rakes in a hefty profit while doing good works, is that charity or greed? Do we applaud or hiss?
A new book, “Uncharitable,” seethes with indignation at public expectations that charities be prudent, nonprofit and saintly. The author, Dan Pallotta, argues that those expectations make them less effective, and he has a point.
Mr. Pallotta’s frustration is intertwined with his own history as the inventor of fund-raisers like AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days — events that, he says, netted $305 million over nine years for unrestricted use by charities. In the aid world, that’s a breathtaking sum.


5)  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/24/healt … ep.html?em
A Mysterious Link Between Sleeplessness and Heart Disease
By RONI CARYN RABIN
Published: December 23, 2008
People who don’t get much sleep are more likely than those who do to develop calcium deposits in their coronary arteries, possibly raising their risk for heart disease, a new study has found.
The 495 participants in the study filled out sleep questionnaires and kept a log of their hours in bed. At night they also wore motion-sensing devices around their wrists that estimate the number of hours of actual sleep. At the beginning, none of the participants, who were ages 35 to 47, had evidence of coronary artery calcification.
Five years later, 27 percent of those who were sleeping less than five hours a night on average had developed coronary artery calcification for the first time, while only 6 percent of those who were sleeping seven hours or more had developed it. Among those who were sleeping between five and seven hours a night, 11 percent had developed coronary artery calcification, the study found.


6)  http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/2 … -holidays/
December 22, 2008, 1:20 pm
De-Stressing the Holidays
If you’re still getting ready for the holidays, you’re about to run out of time. Hanukkah is already here (as of sundown on Sunday), Christmas is three days away and New Year’s Eve is around the corner.
A common theme this year seems to be a desire to scale back and simplify to save both money and time. One friend of mine made homemade truffles and granola as her main holiday gifts this year. Last year, I wrote about a set of friends in Wisconsin who have a fierce holiday competition to come up with the perfect homemade, low-cost gifts. This year they exchanged personalized (and hilarious) haikus.
For advice on taking the stress out of the holidays, I checked in with Marcia Ramsland, a San Diego personal organizer and writer of several organizing books, including the new book “Simplify Your Holidays: A Classic Christmas Planner to Use Year After Year” (Thomas Nelson, 2008). Ideally, your simplification efforts should start at the beginning of the holiday season, she said, but there are still ways to de-stress at the last minute. Here’s her advice.


7)  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/25/us/po … ma.html?em
Obama’s Zen State, Well, It’s Hawaiian

By JEFF ZELENY
Published: December 24, 2008
KAILUA, Hawaii — Even at the end of his long journey to win the White House, one question about Barack Obama came up again and again: How did he appear to stay even-tempered and levelheaded while traveling such a grueling road?
At least part of the answer can be found here on the island of Oahu.
As Mr. Obama walks along the beaches while on vacation, returning to the place of his birth and his adolescence, he is relaxing after the most trying year of his life and recharging for the responsibilities that await. In both cases, friends say, he is doing it with an unexcitable steadiness that is a product of his Hawaiian upbringing.
The mood of Mr. Obama, to many observers here in Hawaii, embodies the Aloha Spirit, a peaceful state of mind and a friendly attitude of acceptance of a variety of ideas and cultures. More than simply a laid-back vibe, many Hawaiians believe in a divine and spiritual power that provides a sustaining life energy.


8)  http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/25/busin … er.html?em
Once Trusted Mortgage Pioneers, Now Pariahs
By MICHAEL MOSS and GERALDINE FABRIKANT
Published: December 24, 2008
“We are team-oriented, highly ethical, extremely competitive, profit-oriented, risk-averse, consumer-focused, and we try as much as possible to squeeze out any ego. Hubris is the beginning of the end.”
— Herbert Sandler, June 2005
SAN FRANCISCO — Herbert Sandler, the founder of the Center for Responsible Lending, is standing in his bayfront office watching a DVD that trains brokers to pitch mortgages by extolling the glories of the real estate boom.
The video reeks of hucksterism, and it infuriates Mr. Sandler.
“I would not have approved that!” he declares. “I don’t think we should be selling our loans based on home prices continuing to go up.”
But the DVD was produced in 2005 by a mortgage lender that Mr. Sandler and his wife, Marion, ran at the time: World Savings Bank. And the video was a small part of a broad and aggressive effort by their company to market risky loans at the height of the housing bubble.

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#2 2008-12-26 17:13:56

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Катя Архипенко A Mysterious Link Between Sleeplessness and Heart Disease
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#3 2008-12-26 17:31:32

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Настя Нежибецкая-De-Stressing the Holidays
Мария Рогачева-Obama’s Zen State, Well, It’s Hawaiian By JEFF ZELENY

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#4 2008-12-26 20:43:29

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http://nytimes.com/2008/12/25/movies/25valk.html?8dpc
Mission Imperative: Assassinate the Führer

By MANOHLA DARGIS
Published: December 25, 2008
There are no discernibly nasty Nazis in “Valkyrie,” though Hitler and Goebbels skulk about in a few scenes, shooting dark, ominous looks at the heroic German Army officer played by Tom Cruise. Perhaps they’re wondering what this Hollywood megastar is doing in their midst, a sentiment that you may come to share while watching Mr. Cruise — who gives a fine, typically energetic performance in a film that requires nothing more of him than a profile and vigor — strut about as one of history’s more enigmatic players.
That enigma was Claus von Stauffenberg, a count and a colonel who, though he lost one eye, an entire hand and several fingers while fighting on behalf of the Reich, made several attempts to assassinate Hitler and seize control of the government. At the core of Stauffenberg’s spectacularly ambitious plot was Valkyrie, Hitler’s plan for the mobilization of the home army that Stauffenberg hoped to hijack in order to quash the SS and its leaders. It didn’t work, of course, for complicated reasons, though also because by 1944, as William L. Shirer bluntly puts it in “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” the conspirators were “terribly late.”


http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/26/healt … cs.html?hp

Expansion of Clinics Shapes Bush Legacy

By KEVIN SACK
Published: December 25, 2008
NASHVILLE —

Although the number of uninsured and the cost of coverage have ballooned under his watch, President Bush leaves office with a health care legacy in bricks and mortar: he has doubled federal financing for community health centers, enabling the creation or expansion of 1,297 clinics in medically underserved areas.
For those in poor urban neighborhoods and isolated rural areas, including Indian reservations, the clinics are often the only dependable providers of basic services like prenatal care, childhood immunizations, asthma treatments, cancer screenings and tests for sexually transmitted diseases.
As a crucial component of the health safety net, they are lauded as a cost-effective alternative to hospital emergency rooms, where the uninsured and underinsured often seek care.


http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/27/us/27sludge.html?hp
Coal Ash Spill Is Much Larger Than Initially Estimated

By SHAILA DEWAN
Published: December 26, 2008

A coal ash spill that blanketed residential neighborhoods and contaminated nearby rivers in Roane County, Tenn., earlier this week is more than three times larger than initially estimated, the Tennessee Valley Authority said on Thursday.
Coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal, contains toxic heavy metals like arsenic, lead and selenium that can cause cancer and neurological problems.
Authority officials initially said that about 1.7 million cubic yards of wet coal ash had spilled when the earthen retaining wall of an ash pond breached, but on Thursday they released the results of an aerial survey that showed the actual amount was 5.4 million cubic yards, or enough to flood more than 3,000 acres one foot deep. The amount now said to have been spilled is larger than the amount the Authority initially said was in the pond, 2.6 million cubic yards.

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#5 2008-12-27 13:29:20

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Рогачева Мария- In Madoff Scandal, Jews Feel an Acute Betrayal
Я взяла этот отрывок, т.к сказали,что Obama’s Zen State, Well, It’s Hawaiian By JEFF ZELENY нельзя брать

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#6 2008-12-27 18:55:43

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The Sin in Doing Good Deeds
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

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#7 2008-12-28 14:31:07

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Наташа Горожанцева. Coal Ash is Much Larger Than Initially Estimated

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#8 2008-12-28 16:23:58

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Я возьму вот эту статью "Expansion of Clinics Shapes Bush Legacy"

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#9 2008-12-28 19:26:28

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#10 2008-12-28 23:40:36

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возьму Mission Imperative: Assassinate the Führer

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#11 2008-12-29 13:53:32

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Я возьму статью"Once Trusted Mortgage Pioneers, Now Pariahs "
By MICHAEL MOSS and GERALDINE FABRIKANT

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