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November 30, 2004 by Larry Kuperman
Interesting article at CNN. Merriam-Webster Inc. said on Tuesday that blog was one of the most looked-up words on its Internet sites this year. Their definition is "a Web site that contains an online personal journal with reflections, comments and often hyperlinks."

How do I get them to add "See JoeUser.com for example?"
November 20, 2004 by Larry Kuperman
Last night there was a riot in Detroit. I can think of no other word to describe what happened at the Pistons/Pacers game. Fans attacked athletes, athletes went into the stands after fans, security couldn't control the melee. It was a nightmare.

I'm a sports fan. I root for the Pistons. I was overjoyed that the Pistons beat the Lakers for the Championship last year. Until last night, I would have used the word "character" in a positive way to describe the Pistons team. But his morning, I am s...
September 4, 2004 by Larry Kuperman
If you have not followed the hostage taking and subsequent murders in Russia, I must urge to do so. Unpleasant as it is, as a member of humanity, you must bear witness to this. 322 dead. At least 155 of those killed were children. CHILDREN!

The terrorists had taken over 1,000 people hostages. First reports indicated that most of the deaths occured when Russian security forces blew holes in the building to storm it. But as details emerge, we find that many of the dead were shot in the back, pr...
August 27, 2004 by Larry Kuperman
Russian Intelligence has confirmed that traces of explosive were found in the wreckage of one of the two planes that crashed Tuesday.

Two Russian passenger planes that had departed from Moscow's Domodedova Airport crashed within minutes of each other. At least 89 people died in the crashes. Terrorism was suspected, of course, but could not be confirmed initially.

A radical Muslim web site claimed responsibility, connecting the acts to Russia's struggle against the Chechnyan separtists.
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July 27, 2004 by Larry Kuperman
Yesterday, I read that, influenced by friend and soul-kiss mate Madonna, Britney Spears has accepted Kaballah as a force in life and is rumored to be planning a Jewish wedding. My first thought, as a Jew, was haven't we suffered enough? (Its a joke! Just kidding!)

Now the Kabbalah Centre is an organization based in LA. Their webpage is at http://www.kabbalah.com/kabbalah/home.html.
This should not be confused with any orthodox Jewish group. (That is strictly my opinion, but Kabbalah is consi...
July 20, 2004 by Larry Kuperman
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April 28, 2004 by Larry Kuperman
Four alleged spammers have been arrested in Detroit for violations of the Federal Government's new "can spam" law.

The four men stand accused of sending out a million spam e-mails for their weight loss product that is variously known as AIT Herbal, Avatar Nutrition, Phoenix Avatar and other names.

According to the Federal Trade Commission over 10,000 complaints of unwanted e-mails from the company had been received in their offices. The e-mails violated the new Federal law which went into ...
April 20, 2004 by Larry Kuperman
This is a wonderful article that put a smile on my face.

Ikea is the largest chain of furniture stores in the world, with annual sales of over $12 billion. But the founder, Ingvar Kamprad, who may be the richest man in the world or only number 13 (whats a couple of billion dollars between friends?) is also among the world's most........well, frugal is the second word that came to mind.

Kamprad founded Ikea in 1943 when he was only 17 and, despite being forced to officially retire, he remai...
January 18, 2004 by Larry Kuperman
***WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS SOME SATIRE MEANT FOR ADULT SENSIBILITIES! THERE IS NO INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE, BUT THERE ARE SOME ELEMENTS THAT MAY BE OFFENSIVE TO SOME. SATIRE HAS LONG BEEN USED TO DRAMATIZE A POINT AND IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THE ORIGIANL "MODEST PROPOSAL' REFERENCES, I SUGGEST THAT YOU LOOK UP JONATHAN SWIFT. NO HARM IS INTENDED BY THIS POST.*********


White collar crime has reached epidemic proportions in America today. The CEOs of WorldCom, Enron, Tyco and others hav...
January 6, 2004 by Larry Kuperman
If you were a baseball fan in the seventies, you will remember Tug McGraw as the pitcher that coined the phrase "You Gotta Believe." That was the rallying cry for the NY Mets in those years.

Tug McGraw was a starting pitcher for the Mets in 1973 when, seemingly against all odds, they won the National League pennant. More than just a starter, Tug was a fan favorite for his irreverant (and sometimes off color) sense of humor. When asked by a reporter if he preferred an artificial surface such a...
December 30, 2003 by Larry Kuperman
The United States has rushed to the aid of earthquake victims in Iran. While we may end up at war with the government of Iran in the near future, I think that it shows the humanity of Americans that we have rushed to help the Iranian people.

The death toll after the recent earthquake in the city of Bam now stands at 28,000. Without food, blankets and medical supplies, more people would have died. So far, the United States has rushed over 168.5 tons of supplies to the region.

Now the US is ...
October 15, 2003 by Larry Kuperman
The story goes as follows: In 1945, a gentleman named William Sianis tried to bring his billy goat to the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers. Now, while this might seem unusual, given that Mr. Sianis was the owner of the Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago one can see that this was a brilliant marketing ploy. Due to personal hygiene problems (presumably the goat was the offender) Mr. Sianis was denied admission. Not a man to be taken lightly, he stood outside of Wrigley Field ...
October 14, 2003 by Larry Kuperman
According to a new study reported in The Archives of Internal Medicine the number of severly obese people, people more than 100 pounds overweight, has increased dramatically. Based on a telephone study of 1.5 million adults conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 50 adults is severly obese. Compare that to 1986, when 1 in 200 adults was severly obese and you can see that we have a growing problem. During that same time the rate of moderate obesity roughly doubled, from ...
September 18, 2003 by Larry Kuperman
I read an interesting article in Time Magazine today entitled "Inside the War on Hamas." I have linked to it below.

Two things are apparent to me:
1- Under the current state of affairs, no real peace process can go forward without the active participation of Hamas. I don't just mean peace between Israel and the Palestinians, I mean peace in the entire region. Please note also that I began by saying "Under the current state of affairs."
2- Hamas has little or no incentive to participate in a...
September 13, 2003 by Larry Kuperman
This week two of my favorite musicians passed away. Johnny Cash, the legendary Man in Black, and Warren Zevon, the Excitable Boy, both joined the celestial choir this week. Their songs were important to me and I will miss them both. In memorial, I would just like to share the impact that they had on my life.

I would never have said that I liked country music until I heard Johnny Cash perform "A Boy Named Sue." (Written by children's story writer Shel Silverstein, I should add.) The song is wi...