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  • Aug 3-9, 2005
  • Vol. 14, No. 5

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  • Googled

    Adolph Hitler is credited with saying, "He who controls the information, controls the world." This concept is not lost on the U.S. Government, which on June 30, 2005, announced that it has changed it's plans to relinquish control of the main computers that govern traffic across the World Wide Web to an international body. They're no dummies, neither was Hitler. But what you do with this control is the difference between good and evil.
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  • Features
  • In Google We Trust

    Conspiracy theorists: hold onto something steady for a moment. As of May this year, search engine behemoth Google can not only find the latest Britney tunes, it can also locate some users via their mobile phone and, if it wanted to, serve up a satellite photograph of their exact location.
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  • Best new tool for networking: Google Alerts

    In the ongoing development of me as a brazen careerist, my weak point has been networking. I know it's my weak point because I meet a lot of powerful people who could do a lot for me and instead of leveraging the relationship, I end up losing touch with them.
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  • Googlebombing

    A Googlebomb (also known as a Google wash) is an attempt to influence the ranking of a given site in results returned by the Google search engine. Google's PageRank algorithm ranks Web sites higher if the sites that link to that page all use consistent anchor text.
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  • Become a Google Guru

    Most of the time, when you run a Google search, it simply works. You type in The Simpsons, press Enter, and you've got all the character bios, episode guides, and Bart hood ornaments you could ever want. That's the beauty of Google.
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  • Fun Things to do with Google

    Type in www.google.com and you get a deceptively simple screen. On holidays, the Google logo will change, some people go out of their way to collect these. You simply type in a search word and look at the results. If you're "feeling lucky," you can click on that and it will take you to the first page it thinks you want.
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  • Citydesk
  • BLM Shows Horse Sense

    A select group of Idaho media members were given an opportunity last Thursday to watch the federal government play God-or at least to help clean up His holy mess. In the aftermath of the lightning-started, nearly 250,000-acre Clover fire in the south-central Idaho rangelands, approximately 350 wild horses living south of Glenns Ferry were left with little vegetation on which to graze. In response, the Bureau of Land Management quickly organized an emergency roundup of the entire equine community, from the most grizzled stud to the freshest filly, until the rangeland could be reseeded to handle what will soon be a drastically smaller herd.

    Only about 600 of the 37,000 wild horses in the United States live in Idaho, with the herds in the fire-ravaged Saylor Creek herd management area comprising a little more than half. BLM rangeland management specialist Mike Courtney said the government stages roundups every year or two to keep them at that level. The excess horses usually go into wild horse adoption programs or to federally funded permanent holding pastures-or, in small numbers, into the stomachs of the equine's only natural predator, the French gastronome. A statute railroaded through Congress last year by Montana Sen. Conrad Burns ensured-despite great opposition-that wild horses can still be sold for slaughter.

    Courtney would not comment on whether any of the horses rounded up last week would see such a delectable fate. (Reportedly, when wrapped in bacon and lightly grilled, horsemeat does a passable filet mignon impression). But given that only 112 of the 350 horses-less than a third-will return to their home range after it is reseeded, and since wild horse populations are capable of doubling every five years without the threats of hunting seasons or predation, it is clear that rangeland specialists are put in a position of stewardship with horses that is rather unique among wild species-especially when the horses run out of food.

    "We don't expect it to hold them for winter, so we're removing them today," Courtney said. "I don't believe there is another option at this point."

    To learn about wild horse and burro adoption, visit www.doi.gov/horse.

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Cartoons

  • Svelte
  • Svelte

    From the same creepy relatives who brought you games like:
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Food & Drink

Odds & Ends

  • Home Sweet Home
  • 1207 N. 9th Street

    Infill is a hot topic of discussion in the Boise area. Articles over the past several months in the Idaho Statesman have mentioned infill on both small and large scale projects; the Northend and Bench seem to be targets for the smaller scale and Crescent Rim (with the proposed mega-condo units) is an example of a much larger scale.
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Opinion

  • Lingo Yarns
  • Movin' on Up

    By the time you read this we should be sitting in our new offices at 523 Broad St. (between Front and Myrtle on 6th Street right next to the Venue). The paint will be drying. Construction workers will be doing the final touches-base boards here, lights there, a floor touch up in the corner ... that kind of thing. Last weekend, we shoveled, literally shoveled, everything into boxes for the three block move. Now the hard part begins. Unpacking.
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