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Comment Re:Am I the only one? (Score 1) 135

Yes, you are being cynical. While it is important to know if the applicant is an alumni relation (big points!) or employee dependent (extra point!), if daddy made a big contribution to the school admissions would already know about it one way or another. So called development cases, or "dean specials" (read: Dean of Basket Weaving's golf buddy's son needs a second chance after getting expelled from a better school), always get flagged for special consideration.

Comment Re:Answer (Score 1) 135

It's ridiculous to print out an electronic application! There are document management database systems out there that have access controls and workflow that help keep the processing and admissions departments from drowning in a sea of folders and paper. Try OnBase, for one: today's document management system with a GUI from 1992.

Limits are there for a reason. Not just because conciseness is important, but because the admissions office has to read 30K apps in a reasonable amount of time.

The limits that Common App doesn't enforce are staggeringly stupid. Could someone tell them that 1990 called and wants their free-form date field back? I'm tired of finding and fixing the one idiot in a batch of 3,000 apps who was born on 9/31, or who entered this year as their DOB. No sanity checks at all!

Comment The iPad isn't ready for prime time (Score 1) 449

At least the iPad isn't ready for real business purposes or even college student uses at my university. Our CMS and helpdesk system uses Silverlight (not available on the iPad) so that's the entire IT department out. Our LMS uses Java and Flash (not available on the iPad) for content delivery, so that's the Instructors, Staff and Students out. Same for the HRIS and SIS which uses some hairy Javascript code. I suppose if we were to flush millions down the toilet, we could use the iPad's straight-jacketed functionality. Not. Gonna. Happen.

Comment Re:Liberate the Spectrum. (Score 1) 303

Unless the only "local stations" are run by Clear Channel. Then I wish you good luck in getting them to actually do anything other than pre-recorded content. An entire region loses power for a day? Nothing's going on if it's Clear Channel, just the top 100 pop crap countdown... Did a train carrying toxic chemicals derail, causing 1 death and over 100 injuries? Clear Channel doesn't air any warnings. The hits just keep coming...

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Journal Journal: Air Marshals Murder Innocent Man and Make a Cover-up Story?

Eyewitness: "I Never Heard the Word 'Bomb'"
A passenger on Flight 924 gives his account of the shooting and says Rigoberto Alpizar never claimed to have a bomb

Posted Thursday, Dec. 08, 2005
At least one passenger aboard American Airlines Flight 924 maintains the federal air marshals were a little too quick on the draw when they shot and killed Rigoberto Alpizar as he frantically attempted to run off the airplane shortly before take-off.

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Journal Journal: German Sues Over Abduction Said to Be at Hands of C.I.A.

German Sues Over Abduction Said to Be at Hands of C.I.A.
Published: December 6, 2005

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 - A German citizen who says he was abducted, beaten and taken to Afghanistan by American agents in an apparent case of mistaken identity in 2003 filed suit in federal court today against George J. Tenet, the former C.I.A. director, and three companies said to have been involved in secret flight operations.

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Journal Journal: Welcome to Nazi Florida, where are your papers!?!

Miami Police Take New Tack Against Terror
Nov 28 9:28 PM US/Eastern
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Miami police announced Monday they will stage random shows of force at hotels, banks and other public places to keep terrorists guessing and remind people to be vigilant.

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Journal Journal: Idiots or assholes?

19 September 2005
Tons of British aid donated to help Hurricane Katrina victims to be BURNED by Americans
From Ryan Parry, US Correspondent in New York

HUNDREDS of tons of British food aid shipped to America for starving Hurricane Katrina survivors is to be burned.

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Journal Journal: Baghdad's Mayor Bemoans Crumbling Capital

Jun 30, 5:48 PM (ET)


BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Baghdad's mayor decried the capital's crumbling infrastructure and its inability to supply enough clean water to residents, threatening Thursday to resign if the government won't provide more money.

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Journal Journal: America The Beautiful...

Beating Specialist Baker

New York Times

The prison abuse scandal refuses to die because soothing White House explanations keep colliding with revelations about dead prisoners and further connivance by senior military officers -- and newly discovered victims, like Sean Baker.

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Journal Journal: The War President, Or How America Got its War Back 1

Well, this is not so much a post about our Criminal-in-Chief, so much as it is a place to put links to interesting news blurbs that I don't want clogging up my bookmarks. News that the "liberal media" covers up or just doesn't cover. You know, like Georgie's links to the Bin Ladens? That whole illegal war on false pretenses thing. How many of our "allies," such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, are breeding grounds for fundamental Islamists ripe for terrorism? BLAH!

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Journal Journal: Bush laughs at war dead

Hey, those weapons of mass destruction must be somewhere! I'll check under the couch... noo, not there. Hah hah.

Real funny, 600+ dead, thousands wounded, crippled or mentally scarred for life. Yep, real funny. Guess the joke's on us for believing the Bush administration's weapons of mass deception. What's the Bush campaign slogan, 4 more years of lies?


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Journal Journal: Found on usenet...



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Law Enforcement:
I was arrested in Kennebunkport, Maine, in 1976 for driving under the influence of alcohol. I pled guilty, paid a fine, and had my driver's
license suspended for 30 days. My Texas driving record has been "lost" and is not available.

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