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Albright 08, Farrell 06

(Cross posted to My Left Nutmeg)

No, it’s not a sports score, it is a cutsey title to sum up my experiences last night.

Next Monday, the 23rd, marks the ninth anniversary of Madeleine Albright’s swearing in as the 64th Secretary of State to the United States. She has close ties to Connecticut, having gotten her BA from Wellesley College. Her daughter and son-in-law lived in Stamford when they gave birth to her first grandchild. She is an intelligent woman of great stature.

So, it is little surprise that she spent last night in Westport talking to a group of around 100 people about how we can address grave foreign policies issues that face our country. Her first recommendation was that we need to work together to elect Diane Farrell to be our next Congresswoman in the 4th CD.

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Catching Up

Between travels, internet outages and so on, I’ve been way behind in my reading and writing, so let me take a few moments to catch up on interesting things going on online and provide additional commentary.

World Changing, a blog that I really enjoy, has a couple particularly interesting articles up right now. One is Turning Emissions Into Fuel With Algae. The idea is to harvest CO2 emissions and grow algae which could be used as a biofuel. Well worth the read.

Another interesting article they have is New Tool for Making Vaccines. The idea here is to use the Tobacco Mosaic Virus ‘to introduce new genes to tobacco plants without using transgenic modification’. The purpose would be to quickly to make large amounts of usable antigens for the creation of vaccines.

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Searching Google

I’ve always been interested in Google searches. They can drive a lot of traffic to your site, and for unexpected reasons. My blog entry, ”I've always wanted a smoking jacket!” has brought over 5,000 people to my site. is getting a lot of hits on people searching for information about Anshul Rustagi, the CDO trader recently dismissed from Deutsche Bank.

So, the news that the Feds are after Google data as highlighted in Richard’s Notes caught me interest.

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Reflections on Ned Lamont’s appearance on Connecticut Local Politics.

This is my summarized digest of Ned Lamont’s appearance on Connecticut Local Politics. To see the full set of comments, visit

First and foremost, I am very glad that Ned Lamont showed up and participated in a good give and take. I firmly believe that these sort of discussions are crucial in strengthening democracy in our country. Whether or not in the end he decides to run, he has already done an important service in encouraging debate about the issues that matter.

Low energy

A strong wind howled outside this morning. Miranda came back from the bus stop after waiting for half an hour. The bus hadn’t shown up. I drove her over to school, only to find roads blocked by downed trees. Finally, she got to school, half an hour later. The trip home was long as well.

When I got home, I noticed that one of the large pine trees had its top half blown off. As I walked around the yard, I found that the copper beach, one of the beautiful old trees on our property had lost a very large branch. In both cases what had come down was larger than other full-grown trees. I am saddened about the damage to the copper beach.

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