Tuesday, September 1, 2009

The new robocall ban to take effect September 1 is part of amendments to the FTC's Telemarketing Sales Rule, which went into effect a year ago. Calls not covered by the ban include those from charities, banks, insurers, phone companies, survey calls, and certain healthcare messages such as prescription notifications. Other exceptions are calls not trying to sell goods or services, such as informational calls about cancelled airline flights and those from debt collectors. Some are protected as free speech under the First Amendment; others do not fall under FTC jurisdiction. http://www.csmonitor.com/2009/0829/p02s07-usgn.html

Dana's World Headquarters on Dorr Street in Toledo closed August 28. As of September 8, the Dana Law Department will be moving to 3939 Technology Drive, Maumee, OH 43537. The final auction of Dana’s Art and antique collection will be held September 10-September 12 at 4500 Dorr Street. Details on preview and online bidding at: http://www.pamelaroseauction.com/documents/DanaPostcard-SeptemberAuction.pdf
The supplier started in 1904, when engineer Clarence Spicer developed a universal joint and driveshaft for cars. He moved the business to Toledo, Ohio, in 1929, and the company took on the name of financier Charles Dana in 1946. The company moved in 1970 to the Dorr Street headquarters, with about 160,000 square feet of total space.
In March of 2006, Dana filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after missing a $21 million bond payment. Dana Holding Corp., the maker of car and truck axles, hasn’t made a profit since emerging from bankruptcy last February. Dana has sold its headquarters to Health Care REIT Inc. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aL0TCX7vdmF4&refer=us

Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. http://www.geocaching.com/

In a vault beneath the British Library, Jeremy Leighton John grapples with a formidable challenge in digital life. Dr. John, the library's first curator of eManuscripts, is working on ways to archive the deluge of computer data swamping scientists so that future generations can authenticate today's discoveries and better understand the people who made them. His task is only getting harder. Scientists who collaborate via email, Google, YouTube, Flickr and Facebook are leaving fewer paper trails, while the information technologies that do document their accomplishments can be incomprehensible to other researchers and historians trying to read them.

Rogue apostrophes ‘Both spellings--martini's and martinis--are correct,' he said firmly.
‘I know this is right because, when I heard what you wanted to know, I checked it on Google.' http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1086832/Apostrophe-catastrophe-The-rogue-apostrophe-spreading-like-measles-Its-time-fight-.html
English reader responds: I blame teachers and greengrocers for much mis-use of apostrophes. It's not that difficult to get it right. We could extend this to other errors such as "Your on CCTV" and a sign I saw at a county court recently "accomadation".

Currywurst is as German as pizza is Italian, hot dogs are American, and fish and chips British. This month, the dish was immortalized in the new Deutsches Currywurst Museum in Berlin, a sausage shrine dedicated to all things currywurst, including sausage sofas, a curry "spice chamber" and a movie montague of all-time currywurst cameos. The museum opened commemorating the dish's 60th birthday. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204884404574364600782551292.html

Q. Where is it and what is its name?
Called Pagganck or Nut Island, then called Noten Eylant or Nutten Island
Lumber from its trees were used to build structures in what is now Lower Manhattan
With added landfill, it has 172 acres
First flight over American waters started there
A. Governors Island off the south tip of Manhattan
See history and how to get there and visit free at:

On September 1, 1951, Australia, New Zealand, and the United States signed ANZUS, a mutual defense accord similar to NATO in Europe. The alliance between the U.S. and New Zealand, however, has been suspended since 1985, after the institution of New Zealand's nuclear-free zone prohibited U.S. nuclear warships from entering New Zealand's ports.
On September 1, 1942, a federal judge in Sacramento, California, upheld the wartime detention of Japanese-Americans and Japanese nationals during World War II. Learn more about Japanese-American internment. http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/thisday/
On September 1, 1939 Nazi Germany invaded Poland, and World War II began.
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