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A Bush/Kerry Split on Google?

In studying the Google stock message boards at Yahoo, Clearstation, and MSN, I find there is a pattern of pro-Bush long traders on Google and pro-Kerry shorters. I can’t imagine Google has really all that much to do with politics, although some have complained that their news section has a liberal bias. That being the case, it is interesting that ... Read More »

Google Mania

The Google stock buyers are all gaga about what to do with the media monster. For fun (not because I own the stock, although I might decide to dip in, once a clear direction forms) I have been watching Google (GOOG) since its IPO release and studying the message boards at Yahoo, MSN, and Clear Station. All I can say ... Read More »

Bra Burners Take Two

Here’s some news you can use: if you’re a woman and you want to lower your risk of breast cancer, stop wearing your bra. You can read all about it at Brafree.org, run by Dr. Elizabeth Vaughan, age 48, a bonafide Bra-free doctor. The research on this issue is fairly extensive, although Dr. Vaughan notes that no MD will tell ... Read More »

October 2004 New Issue Kmareka.com

Dear Readers, The October 2004 issue of Kmareka.com is now online, featuring: The Personality of a Purse, The Hattitude of a Hat: An Online Exhibit of the Works of Carolyn Daniel Carolyn Daniel is a fabulous clothing designer. Unfortunately, she is also a member of the growing number of breast cancer survivors out there. In honor of National Breast Cancer ... Read More »

Education in Oregon and Rhode Island

Class Dismissed is about the education crisis in Oregon, which resulted in school ending after only 159 days, and class sizes rising dramatically. This story has a companion piece by Dave Eggers about how most teachers work part-time jobs or second jobs. In addition, strictly on the local level in terms of good information about the cost and quality of ... Read More »

Fictional Social Workers

Trauma Survivors, Secret Keepers, and Goofy People with Hearts of Gold: Social Workers in Contemporary Fiction by Kiersten Marek Novels about social workers are not plentiful and, in fact, I was not able to find any that feature Master’s level social workers as their main characters. Why is this so? Laura Kalpakian’s main character in Graced Land, provides one provocative ... Read More »

Godsend, or Cruel Joke?

Kiersten Marek, editor, Kmareka.com In the category of news you can live without, but that I can’t help passing on, this is a spoof website for an organization calling itself The Godsend Institute: http://Godsendinstitute.org. It’s actually just a promo job for a movie coming out April 30, 2004 starring Robert Deniro, but if you go to the website without any ... Read More »

Social Workers in Fiction

Trauma Survivors, Secret Keepers, and Goofy People with Hearts of Gold: Social Workers in Contemporary Fiction by Kiersten Marek, http://kmareka.com Novels about social workers are not plentiful and, in fact, I was not able to find any that feature Master’s level social workers as their main characters. Why is this so? Laura Kalpakian’s main character in Graced Land, provides one ... Read More »

Nanotechnology: The Teeny Tiny Frontier is Opening Wide

There is a great deal going on in the world that cannot be seen with the naked eye. These things are happening on the nano scale. Nano is a Greek prefix which means “thousand millionth,” but actually, nanotechnology is the manipulation of materials and devices that are as small as a billionth of a meter. Current nanotechnologies include “gene knockout ... Read More »

How the Internet is Changing Democracy

by Kiersten Marek, Kmareka.com In early November 2003, lots of people called Senator Lincoln Chafee’s office. They wanted to demand that he veto the energy bill being put forth by the Bush administration because it was chock full of pork-barrel giveaways for corporate America. Many of the people who called Senator Chafee did so after receiving an email from the ... Read More »