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daily 08/31/2013

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  • iPads, Apps Help Students With Special Needs in the Classroom | @scoopit

  • Garrett Gilbert was a great system QB. Let’s put him in a great system and see how he does. Rooting for him.

  • 7 fitness apps with 16 million or more downloads Congrats to @RunKeeper team!

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    • I wanted the movie to have a mythological feeling. In ancient mythology, mass deaths are used to symbolize disasters. In other countries like Greece and Japan, myths were recounted through the generations, partly to answer unanswerable questions about death and violence. In America, we don’t have that legacy of ancient mythology. Superman (who first appeared in ‘Action Comics’ in 1938) is probably the closest we get. It’s a way of recounting the myth.



    • But very few Christians actually know much about the Bible, because it’s a very long and confusing collection of arcane genealogies and bizarre ancient fables. What Americans do know is whatever wrong stuff they sort of vaguely remember from lying grandparents and “Sunday School,” which was a dingy room where crying children were dropped off while the parents went to socialize at the church service.


    • And the TV hit The Bible cleverly used an Obama lookalike to play The Devil, which was a smart marketing move to attract a conservative white audience struggling with unemployment, racism and fear of actual devils.
    • All 380 games of the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season will be presented live on NBC Sports Group’s television and digital properties as well as other NBCUniversal channels. NBC Sports Group’s schedule, which begins on Saturday, August 17, includes live matches on NBC, NBC Sports Network, Telemundo, Mun2, the Premier League Extra Time package of overflow television channels, the NBC Sports Live Extra website and app, and other NBCUniversal channels including CNBC and USA.
    • All 380 matches streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra;
    • 76 Spanish-language telecasts, 10 on Telemundo, 66 on Mun2;





























      GAMES BY PLATFORM (Subject to Change)
      NBC 20
      NBCSN 154
      Premier League Extra Time    184
      Telemundo/Mun2 76
      Other NBCU Channels 22
      NBC Sports Live Extra 380


      TYPICAL WEEKLY PROGRAMMING GRID (All games live; All times ET)

















      Saturday Sunday Monday/Midweek
      7 a.m.   – NBCSN 8 a.m. – NBCSN 2:30 p.m.  – NBCSN
      10 a.m. – NBCSN 11 a.m. – NBCSN/Telemundo
      12:30 p.m. – NBC
    • Manchester United will feature two of the world’s best players in Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie. Rooney is an all-time Manchester fan favorite and the fourth highest scorer in the history of the club, while Van Persie was the Barclays Premier League’s highest scorer last season with 26 goals. United’s bench will feature a unique sight this Sunday when Sir Alex Ferguson won’t be in the visiting bench for the first time since 1986, having retired after last season. David Moyes will be there instead as the new Red Devils’ manager.

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daily 08/30/2013

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    • Luckily for anyone who has ever needed an IV bag to replenish lost fluids or to receive medication, it is also one of the least expensive. The average manufacturer’s price, according to government data, has fluctuated in recent years from 44 cents to $1.


    • At every step from manufacturer to patient, there are confidential deals among the major players, including drug companies, purchasing organizations and distributors, and insurers. These deals so obscure prices and profits that even participants cannot say what the simplest component of care actually costs, let alone what it should cost.


    • In fact, manufacturers are required to report such prices annually to the federal government, which bases Medicare payments on the average national price plus 6 percent. The limit for one liter of normal saline (a little more than a quart) went to $1.07 this year from 46 cents in 2010, an increase manufacturers linked to the cost of raw materials, fuel and transportation. That would seem to make it the rare medical item that is cheaper in the United States than in France, where the price at a typical hospital in Paris last year was 3.62 euros, or $4.73.


    • Few hospitals negotiate these deals themselves. Instead, they rely on two formidable sets of middlemen: a few giant group-purchasing organizations that negotiate high-volume contracts, and a few giant distributors that buy and store medical supplies and deliver them to hospitals.



    • These contracts proved to be another black box. Debbie Mitchell, a spokeswoman for Cardinal Health, one of the three largest distributors, said she could not discuss costs or prices under “disclosure rules relative to our investor relations.”


    • The charges included “IV therapy,” billed at $787 for the adult and $393 for the child, which suggests that the difference in the amount of saline infused, typically less than a liter, could alone account for several hundred dollars.


    • At White Plains Hospital, a patient with private insurance from Aetna was charged $91 for one unit of Hospira IV that cost the hospital 86 cents, according to a hospital spokeswoman, Eliza O’Neill.


    • Dr. Frost, the anesthesiologist, spent three days in the same hospital and owed only $8, thanks to insurance coverage by United HealthCare. Still, she was baffled by the charges: $6,844, including $546 for six liters of saline that cost the hospital $5.16.


    • The main rationale for a US strike against Syria is that, by using chemical weapons against Syrians living in an opposition-controlled village, President Bashar al-Assad has violated an international norm and must be punished. In theory, a strike would not only prevent Assad from using these weapons again but also deter embattled governments elsewhere from deploying them. As of this writing, President Obama said he still hasn’t made up his mind about going forward with the attack, but no one will be surprised if he gives the order.
    •  Yet throughout the more than two-year-old crisis, China has consistently used its veto power to squelch punishment on Damascus, and has continued to offer financial support to the Assad regime. And should Obama go ahead and seek UN authorization for military action against Assad, China has hinted that it will veto that, too.
    • Instead, these are the actual reasons for China’s opposition to an invasion of Syria:
    • China and Russia feel burned by what happened in Libya
    • “The Chinese felt that the UN Resolution was essentially used to overthrow Gaddafi, and that it was far more expansive than what they envisioned,” said Bonnie Glaser, an East Asia Senior Advisor at Center for Strategic and International Studies
    • Although China’s diplomatic profile in the Middle East has grown over the years—the country has a dedicated Middle East envoy and has even floated its own four-point proposal for Israel/Palestine peace—its reach in the region remains limited. However, China has consistently objected to American interventionism overseas.
    • China is obsessed with stability—and fears a post-Assad future
    • Syria lacks a unified opposition, a shadow government, or any other institution that could step in should Assad’s regime collapse, so a military endeavor that decapitates the government might just make everything a whole lot worse.
    • It is is barely 400 km from top to bottom, its terrain is almost entirely flat and it represents the highest sales of Tesla’s Model S outside the United States. It also the location of Tesla’s European headquarters. But Norway has the highest per-capita sales of Tesla, and indeed electric cars, anywhere in the world.
    • Tesla’s focus on Norway comes from the same root as Norway’s fascination with electric vehicles: an incentive system so generous that it seems almost financially unsound to not buy one.
    • As a result, a Tesla Model S that is priced at $62,500 in the United States, costs only a little more—roughly $73,000—in Norway. Without the exemptions, it would cost more than $100,000.
    • Bjart Holtsmark of Statistics Norway estimates in a paper under review by Environmental Science and Policy that an electric car-owner living in a suburb of Oslo would save over $8,100 a year as compared to her petrol-head counterparts. No estimate exists for how much this costs Norway as a whole.
    • But perhaps the biggest criticism of Norway’s incentive policy is that it has encouraged rich suburban dwellers to buy second and third cars and to give up public transport in order to commute to work.
    • Residents of big Norwegian cities are beginning to notice that their bus lanes are often full of cars. Though all sides of the political spectrum have agreed to keep Norway’s incentives in place until the end of 2017, the privilege to drive in bus lanes may be one early casualty.
    • Tesla’s $73,000-price tag makes it far more expensive than other electric cars. Yet its size, speed, style and features put it in the same league as luxury BMWs and Audis—but at less than half the price. It is no surprise Norwegians are enthusiastic.

    • Clowney did not have a sack and finished with three first-half tackles. The Tar Heels’ fast-paced offense wore him down and forced him to the sideline for several pit stops, yet he and the defense mostly hemmed in North Carolina. Shaw and Thompson put South Carolina up 17-0 in the opening quarter. Shaw found Shaq Roland for a 65-yard touchdown on the game’s third play. Thompson threw a 29-yard TD to Kane Whitehurst later in the quarter.


    • In his first game as the head coach at Texas Tech, Kingsbury will be starting a true freshman walk-on.
    • Mayfield will face off against SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who starred at the same high school in Austin, Texas, as Mayfield. Out of Lake Travis High, Gilbert originally signed with Texas and won the starting job, before losing it and transferring to SMU.
  • Joe Tessitore, the Pontiac Gamechanging Performer of a nation’s heart.

  • Partido, blusas.

  • That awkward moment when you realize there were Daleks on the Looney Tunes movie all this time and you JUST noticed it!

  • We’re pleased to be one of @MyABJ ‘s Fast 50 Companies!

  • Are you ready for some football? ProctorU is proud of its partnerships with 12 of the Top 25 in preseason polls!

  • tags: Christ

    All these toys were never intended to possess my heart… my true good is in another world, and my only real treasure is #Christ. CSLewis

    • For example, when it was disclosed that the judge selected to try the case, Theodore J. Markow, had a brother who was a plant manager for Philip Morris, ABC’s legal team declined to request another judge.

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daily 08/29/2013

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daily 08/27/2013

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daily 08/26/2013

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    • There are two kinds of seasons: those that open with Pygmies, crushed beneath the wheels of heedless chariots on a Saturday, and those that open with a coordinator explaining that ‘they surprised us with a bunch of junk defenses which is why the offense didn’t really get going until late in the 2nd quarter,’ in The Statesman, on a Sunday. Right next to Kirk Bohls being pithy about something he predicted, sometime.
    • Crappy Lite. “Texas” “FIGHT.”
    • This is the crucible that tests relationships. Some will fail. Forget her, she wasn’t fit to bring your little Longhorns into the world. You really don’t know who you were bear hugging in Bellmont’s vomitorium at timetostartdrikingagain:30. They were just wearing the right color, and anyway WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
    • How doth the inside zone? Linebackers, wither your gaps?
    • Putting one of the studio’s signature stars in one of its signature franchises assuages those concerns and potentially keeps key figures in the fold, an important strategic move after the departure of not only Robinov but financier Legendary, a production partner with a talent-friendly reputation that’s now financing films across town at Universal.
  • Vince Young’s story so far in Green Bay is a good reminder to sports fans everywhere to never give up.

    • During and after the war, many Republicans and some retired U.S. military officers lambasted Clinton for relying so heavily on NATO. They called it a war “by committee” and claimed that it could have been won much more quickly had America gone it alone. But Gen. Wesley Clark, who was NATO chief at the time, later argued in his book, Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo and the Future of Combat, that the multilateral approach was necessary for two reasons: to give the war legitimacy (especially given the lack of a U.N. resolution) and to counter whatever resistance the Russians might muster (in the end, Milosevic surrendered when he realized that, despite earlier promises, Moscow was not coming to his rescue).

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daily 08/25/2013

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daily 08/24/2013

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