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FAVORITE BABY NAMES FOR 2010
The Social Security Administration has released its annual list of most popular baby names in 2010.
”Jacob and Isabella are king and queen of the crib for another year. This is the twelfth year in a row on our list for Jacob and the second for Isabella, although 2010 has a new number two for girls, Sophia.
“The only new name to crawl into the top 10 on either list this year is Aiden, which replaces Joshua on the boys’ side.”
You can see the entire list here where you can also check on favorite baby names by year going back to 1880 (scroll down).
MEDICARE.GOV CAREGIVING SECTION
Medicare has launched its revamped caregiving site that is packed with information and resources caregivers need.
You’ll find help locating care facilities, physicians, services and health plans along with answers to hundreds of questions, videos from caregivers and sources of help for caregivers themselves.
This is an excellent, trustworthy compendium you should bookmark and/or pass on to caregivers you know.
$3.2 MILLION IPHONE
If you had any doubt that people at the top of the economic heap are getting too much of the money pie, take a look at this.
According to the website Mogulite, that is a $3.2 million iPhone containing more than half a pound of 22-carat gold and more than 200 embedded diamonds including a 7.2-carat diamond home button. If this is not a hoax, it is obscene. Read more here.
A FINAL BLOG POST
On 4 May, these words appeared at the top of the blog, penmachine:
”Here it is. I’m dead, and this is my last post to my blog. In advance, I asked that once my body finally shut down from the punishments of my cancer, then my family and friends publish this prepared message I wrote—the first part of the process of turning this from an active website to an archive.”
That was written by Derek K. Miller who in recent months had been blogging about his battle with cancer – a fight he finally lost. You can read his entire post here. It is beautiful and heartbreaking and important.
Derek reminded me of my own post on this subject that I published back in 2006, and is worth re-reading. You’ll find it here and I hope you bloggers will take the time to write a final post and arrange for someone to publish it when you are gone.
FROZEN GRAND CENTRAL STATION
Back in 2008, more than 200 Improv Everywhere Agents froze in place at the exact same second for five minutes in the Main Concourse of Grand Central Station.
Since this video is more than three years old and has been viewed more than 26 million times at YouTube, I may be the last person standing who hasn’t seen it. Just in case you also missed it, give it a watch. It is amazing.
WHERE ARE YOU IN THE POLITICAL SPECTRUM?
Pew Research Center has posted a 20-question quiz to find out where you place in the political spectrum. Undoubtedly, you already know, but what the hell – give a try.
In case you are wondering, I came in as far left as the chart allows. You can read more of Pew’s take on America’s political diversity in this report.
THE CANINE NAVY SEAL
One member of the Navy Seal team that killed Osama bin Laden was a dog.
”Little is known about what may be the nation’s most courageous dog,” reports The New York Times. “Even its breed is the subject of great interest…
“Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of United States forces in Afghanistan, said last year that the military needed more dogs. The capability they bring to the fight cannot be replicated by man or machine,’ he said.”
Six hundred dogs are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. One, who was killed in action in 2009, was posthumously awarded the Silver Star. Read more about our brave military dogs here.
THE CATS OF WAR
As curious as we might be about military dogs, they are not a surprise. But military cats are. In a slide show presentation, the online magazine, Slate, reports that the Covert Anti-Terrorism Stealth program (CATS) has been active since at least World War II when they landed with our troops at Normandy.
According to the report, cats were with the Navy Seals at the bin Laden compound and here is a whiskered white CATS adviser with President Obama and his other top aides in the White House Situation Room during the raid at Abbottabad.
You can read about and see the entire CATS program slide show here.