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President’s SAVE Awared

President Obama started the SAVE award program to prompt the employees of the federal government (and contractors), to submit their ideas on how to save the US government money.

From the on the ground, inside point of view.

Now this award allows the winner to meet the President and discuss your idea.

My question is, these ideas would could save the government Millions of dollars. Why not everyone that submits a good idea that get’s implemented, get to meet the president?

Everyone good idea, should received good recognition.

Poltical Online Survey Dangers..

I would like to remind my friends that Online Surveys to determine if you are Liberal or Conservative, or which Politicians you are aligned with, can be misleading. Even worse, it can be used as a ploy to focus you on a particular candidate or group of candidates that the website wants you to “think” you agree with more. Always be skeptical and sometimes answer differently to see what the results might be.

For example, in a survey I just took for the Florida Governor Race.
There are several questions that don’t have Alex Sink’s answers.

This causes an unfair bios toward Richard Scott, where either he is “For” the option selected, however she does not show For or Against that option.

Let me try to explain:
Question #5: “Assault” You select if you are For or Against a ban. The survey then shows which candidate you are aligned with on that question and also your percentage alignment on all questions.

This question doesn’t have Alex Sink’s answer. So..
If you are for a Ban; then no one is aligned with your view and the vote is ignored, giving bigger weight to the remaining questions.
If you are against a Ban, only Richard Scott gets the vote, giving more weight to him.
If Alex was pro-gun, she does not get credit that both candidates agree with you.
If Alex was anti-gun, she gets no credit that she agrees with you.

This was not just one little mistake.
In the survey, almost every way I tried; I always agreed mostly with Rick. This was because several of Alex’s answers were either aligned with Rick or it showed no answer.
Not that Alex Sink doesn’t have an answer; you can easily Google it. Her missing answers from the survey; simply skews the results, leading you into thinking she is against whichever opinion you have selected about Assault weapons yourself.

So be careful everyone.

Discovery arrives on pad for the last time.

It’s still a beautiful sight to see.

Space Shuttle Discovery
Space Shuttle Discovery Pad for last time. (KSC-2010-4736)

Space shuttle Discovery was secured on Launch Pad 39A at 1:49 a.m. The shuttle’s trek, known as rollout, from KSC’s Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad began yesterday at 7:23 p.m., and took about six hours to complete. About 1,200 employees, and their families and friends, attended the move until the shuttle, its external fuel tank, twin solid rocket boosters, mobile launcher platform and crawler-transporter were no longer visible in the bright xenon lights.

Discovery is set to carry the Permanent Multipurpose Module packed with supplies and critical spare parts, as well as Robonaut 2, to the International Space Station during the STS-133 mission. Launch is targeted for Monday, Nov. 1, at 4:40 p.m.

Rollout sets the stage for the STS-133 crew to practice countdown and launch procedures during the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test in mid-October.

For up-to-date information about processing taking place at KSC, go to For photos of the milestone move, visit KSC’s Media Gallery.

Lie of the year.. 2009

PolitiFact readers overwhelming chose Sarah Palin’s claim that the health care bill contains “death panels” as Lie of the Year. A resounding 61 percent of our 4,864 voters picked death panels as the top lie. No other finalist in the field of eight statements came close.

Here are the runners-up:

• With 12.3 percent of the vote, a claim by conservative talk show host Glenn Beck that John Holdren, President Barack Obama’s top science adviser, “has proposed forcing abortions and putting sterilants in the drinking water to control population.”

• With 8.7 percent of the vote, a claim by Orly Taitz that a birth certificate showed that President Obama was born in Kenya.

• With 7.1 percent of the vote, President Obama’s statement that “preventive care saves money.”

Rounding out the rest of the finalists:

• 5.8 percent: The shout of “You lie!” by Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., in response to President Obama saying health reform would not insure illegal immigrants.

• 3.2 percent: The claim that Page 92 of the House health care bill “says specifically that people can’t purchase private health insurance after a date certain,” said by Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

• 1.7 percent: The claim that “When one person sneezes, it goes all the way through the aircraft,” said by Vice President Joe Biden, when fears of swine flu were prevalent.

• 0.5 percent: The claim that an amendment to the House health reform bill “puts new restrictions on women’s access to abortion coverage in the private health insurance market even when they would pay premiums with their own money,” said by Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y.

And the runners-up …
By Angie Drobnic Holan
Published on Friday, December 18th, 2009 at 5:13 p.m.

Symphony of Science “We Are All Connected”

Carl Sagan
Carl Sagan

“We Are All Connected” was made from sampling Carl Sagan’s Cosmos, The History Channel’s Universe series, Richard Feynman’s 1983 interviews, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s cosmic sermon, and Bill Nye’s Eyes of Nye Series, plus added visuals from The Elegant Universe (NOVA), Stephen Hawking’s Universe, Cosmos, the Powers of 10, and more. It is a tribute to great minds of science, intended to spread scientific knowledge and philosophy through the medium of music.