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Wednesday, February 14, 2007 - 11:27am

It's the law of unintended consequences.


Blind people say their lives are at risk because the Toyota Prius hybrid is nearly silent when its engine is idling or running at low speeds. The Wall Street Journal quoted the National Federation of the Blind as saying all hybrids should emit a sound whenever they're being operated.


The story quoted a Toyota spokesman as saying the hoopla was news to him, that pedestrians and drivers need to watch out for one another and that one of the hybrid's benefits is a reduction in traffic noise pollution.


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Monday, February 12, 2007 - 10:45am

I've never tried Nintendo's new Wii, the interactive computer experience that requires actual body movement to be part of the game, but it sounds very appealing.  Judging by my performances on actual golf courses, I seem to know a lot about virtual reality.


But Wii could actually be helpful in my job.  That also holds true for the yoga breathing techniques that some big league baseball pitchers are studying, according to the New York Times, to sharpen their focus and shake off nervousness when they're in tight spots.


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Thursday, February 8, 2007 - 9:51am

You'd want Bob Sillen on your side in a street fight.  His voice is sandpaper. His hair is a five o'clock shadow. His cussing could morph a linebacker into a dwarf.  He's brighter than a super nova.


I've known Sillen for more than 10 years, first as a Fresno Bee reporter getting his take on Fresno County's 1996 contract with Community Medical Centers and then working with him when Community was a member of the California Association of Public Hospitals.


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Wednesday, February 7, 2007 - 11:29am

I just Googled "health care reform" and came up with 21.3 million hits. (What's a word worth? When I jammed together "healthcare," I only got 2.2 million hits.)


There are 20 or so people running or nearly running for the presidency.  (But if they don't have their own health care reform plan, pollsters say they may as well stay home and defrag their disk drives.)


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Saturday, February 3, 2007 - 6:09pm

Few people ask about the big picture. More likely, people want to know what a trillion dollar budget boils down to for them, what is the cost/impact on them?


That's where Crunch$$$ comes in. He's my personal, virtual world financial analyst.  Sure, people what to know what the ### (numbers) mean, but what they really want to know is if they are getting their $$$ worth.