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To: Patricia Trinchero who wrote (3641)12/31/2009 9:50:14 PM
From: coug
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Thank you so much Pat.. :)

I want to ask you a couple questions,,


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From: coug1/13/2010 11:43:21 PM
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From: coug1/15/2010 9:42:52 PM
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This Haiti relief effort is pissing me off by the minute but I am learning more and more who is good and who is bad by being on SI..

I just wish I was down there to run things, as project management, logistics, etc. was much of my career. I was decisive, thoughtful, conscientious etc with no BULLSHIT allowed. And thought ahead which I do not see much of now in all bureaucracies, corporate, government, whatever..

Anyway, moving ahead, I have learned much of how many assholes inhabit SI.. Even people I had thought of differently .. Besides the ones on the RWE threads, OF COURSE, which I wasn't surprised with...

So many are JUST UNCARING. So many JUST want to let these people go.. Just f'ng selfish with no empathy.. Why don't they start with their OWN loved ones if they think the world has too many people? I KNOW there are too many people on the Earth now to be sustainable but we can't let those here NOW go.. It is too late.. They are just like us with all their good and bad and hopes feelings..

Those f'ers just have to travel a bit and get around and have a look.

So we(Planet Earth) have to look and plan ahead so NOT to let that happen in the future..

Kurt Vonnegut had it right.. I understand NOW why he died a broken and disillusioned man about the state of the human race here.. But I guess, only a few, like him and me and a few others, have set the bar ABOVE the ground level at least by an inch about the conscienous, the thinking and feelings of ALL people..

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From: coug1/19/2010 7:52:37 PM
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"""....At the end of Up in the Air, Clooney realizes the error of his ways, that a life shielding human emotion is not worth living, that not everything can be controlled or should be controlled...."""

Excerpt from..

COVER STORY Tiger in the Rough

When Tiger Woods finally fell from his pedestal—the car crash, the angry wife, the tales of kinky extramarital sex, the link to a controversial sports doctor—it was one of the greatest recorded drops in popularity of any nonpolitical figure. Given Woods’s impenetrable mask of perfection, and the hints of trouble from one strange glimpse behind it, the revelations were inevitable and very, very costly. Annie Leibovitz catches the icon, pre-scandal, in prophetic isolation, while the author finds the clues in the wreckage.
By Buzz Bissinger Photographs by Annie Leibovitz February 2010

Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.

It wasn’t until after the early-morning hours of November 27—when Tiger Woods got into his Cadillac Escalade closely trailed by a golf club carried by his likely very furious wife, drove his car far less distance than he putts a golf ball, and hit a fire hydrant—that the tens of millions of us who admired him suddenly came to a realization: this was the first time we had ever seen him do something human, except perhaps for when, at the Buick Open last year, he was caught on video shaking his leg, apparently farting, and then grinning like a frat boy.

We know all too well the unraveling that has gone on since the crash. Tiger’s little car ride was as pregnant with imminent implosion as the one taken by another sports celebrity on the San Diego Freeway, followed by a convoy of Los Angeles police cars, in 1994. Tiger’s story has been driven by sex, tons of it, in allegedly all different varieties: threesomes in which he greatly enjoyed girl-on-girl, and mild S&M (featuring hair-pulling and spanking); $60,000 pay-for-sex escort dates; a quickie against the side of a car in a church parking lot; a preference for porn stars and nightclub waitresses, virtually all of them with lips almost as thick as their very full breasts; drug-bolstered encounters designed to make him even more of a conquistador (Ambien, of all things); immature sex-text messages (“Send me something naughty ... Go to the bathroom and take [a picture],” “I will wear you out ... When was the last time you got [laid]?”); soulful confessions that he got married only for image and was bored with his wife; regular payments of between $5,000 and $10,000 each month to keep his harem quiet. It’s all there and more in what is the greatest single fall in popularity of a nonpolitician in the history of public-opinion surveys: a drop in approval from 87 percent in 2005 to 33 percent, with an unfavorable rating of 57 percent, according to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll.

But why? When soccer player David Beckham was rumored to have been in sexual trouble, it may have been disappointing to his fans, but it was hardly surprising. Beckham just had the look of someone who was born to screw around. The same with Alex Rodriguez. The same with Kobe Bryant. (Is there a player in pro basketball who doesn’t screw around?) The same also with Bill Clinton and John Edwards and David Duchovny and Colorado minister Ted Haggard.

But not Tiger Woods. In an age of constant gotcha and exposure, he had always been the bionic man in terms of personality, controlling to a fault and controlled to a fault, smiling with humility and showing those pearly white teeth in victory or defeat, sui generis in the world of pro golf, where even fellow pros and other insiders didn’t really know him, because he didn’t want anybody to know him. With Woods, everything was crafted to produce a man of nothing, with no interior—non-threatening and non-controversial.

I’m aware if I’m playing at my best I’m tough to beat ...
It will always be the ball and me ...
No matter how good you get you can always get better ...
My main focus is on my game ...

That was Tiger Woods, all of which made him the perfect man and pitchman for our imperfect times, a charming nonperson.

In the movie Up in the Air, George Clooney’s character, Ryan Bingham, travels nearly 330 days a year to fire people with a sympathetic look on his face. He lives his life in airports, and his very emptiness, masked by calculated caring and aphorisms, makes him effective. So it was with Woods, making millions of dollars for endorsing a consulting company called Accenture with smooth and sophisticated ads emphasizing the noble but totally nebulous concept of “high performance.”

But even Ryan Bingham is ultimately no match for Woods. “To know me is to fly with me,” Bingham says at one point, and there is truth in that. But there was no way of ever knowing Tiger Woods—not in golf, beyond witnessing the machine-like relentlessness that made him the most remarkable athlete of our time, and not outside of golf, because he never showed any real part of himself off the course, never stepping outside of the cocoon that he and his handlers, primarily International Management Group, had created. Nothing was left to chance, not even his wardrobe during major tournaments, a careful mix of dark pants and golf shirt and hat picked out in consultation with Nike. He had the trappings of a life: a beautiful blonde wife, Elin Nordegren, who was a former Swedish model; a little boy and a little girl; an obligatory mansion in Florida, outside Orlando. But so much of it now seems like requisite window dressing, props for the further crafting of image and garnering of those hundreds of millions of dollars in endorsements—Nike, Gillette, Gatorade, Tag Heuer, AT&T. It now seems that when he returned home after a tournament and vanished back inside his gated community, the persona he left behind, the one he so obsessively presented to the public, was as empty as Bingham’s Omaha apartment, pieces of furniture without any meaning, a life without meaning.

There was no way of ever knowing Tiger Woods—beyond witnessing the machine-like relentlessness that made him remarkable.At the end of Up in the Air, Clooney realizes the error of his ways, that a life shielding human emotion is not worth living, that not everything can be controlled or should be controlled. But Woods, to the bitter end and with a kind of hubris that revealed his fundamental arrogance, still felt he could beat the tidal wave back. When he was taken to the hospital for injuries, a fake name was used. When the highway patrol came knocking, he refused to speak to them for three straight days. It was only when his paramours started pouring out of every cupboard like tenement cockroaches that Tiger expressed some sort of awareness that he was in deep shit, though he did not do so in person but on his Web site. He must have thought the merest acknowledgment of impropriety would be some type of antidote: he was Tiger. For the second time in his life he badly estimated, just as he had a few days earlier when he apparently thought that most fans would accept the story that his wife had a golf club in hand to free him from his Escalade instead of trying to beat the hell out of him for his infidelity. Once again it was sheer arrogance from a 33-year-old man—not “a kid,” as his I.M.G. agent, Mark Steinberg, still idiotically calls him—who continued to think he could fool the world.

There was once, in fact, a sustained glimpse of the real Tiger Woods. In 1997, Charles Pierce, writing for GQ, got inside. Tiger was 21 at the time, on the eve of winning his first of four Masters. For somebody who at the age of two had appeared on The Mike Douglas Show (where, with a perfect swing, he miraculously hit a stunning shot into the center of a net), he seemed remarkably naïve and remarkably stupid about the ways of the media. The interview was largely a series of profane quips by Tiger, such as “What I can’t figure out is why so many good-looking women hang around baseball and basketball. Is it because, you know, people always say that, like, black guys have big dicks?” At another moment, during a photo shoot where four women attended to his every need and flirted with him as he flirted back, he told a joke: He rubbed the tips of his shoes together and then asked the women, “What’s this?” They were stumped. “It’s a black guy taking off his condom.”

There came another joke about why two lesbians always get to where they are going faster than two gay guys: because the lesbians are always going 69. Pierce’s interview, which he taped, was the only honest and open one Woods has ever given. After that the steel wall of insulation came down, spearheaded by I.M.G.

Joe Logan, who covered golf and the P.G.A. tour for 14 years for The Philadelphia Inquirer and saw Woods play close to a hundred times, invariably observed the same thing whenever Tiger appeared at a press conference during a tournament: he came into the room with an entourage that included several security officials from the P.G.A., Mark Steinberg, and often Nordegren, after they got married in 2004. An almost imperceptible nod would come from Steinberg to begin, and a half-hour of questions and answers would start. Some pro golfers, such as Phil Mickelson, wear their hearts on their sleeves during these sessions. Mickelson could talk candidly about his game and the impact of his wife’s having breast cancer. He could also be snarky and pissy. Never Tiger.

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From: coug1/20/2010 10:07:38 PM
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We are so happy and inspired tonight once again.. We received our annual scholarship applications and made our preliminary pass through them.. Picking out the best of the brightest and most socially conscientious by their activities and essays.. We are good writers and HAVE a great understanding of life.. At least we think we do and we do ..

Good enough for us so we go mostly on their writings of why they think they are at where they are now because of their life experiences and who to thank..

We do not really have to look at their class room work as it is all off the charts, with mostly AP classes from one of top high schools in the country..

BTW, I did not say there was 29 apps to us.. A record, but maybe the word is getting out.. :).. As we add more recipients throughout the years or maybe it is the economy, I don't know..

But we noticed more applicants put UC,Davis as a place they have chosen to attend, although not required, but we have had UCD as a preference on the app in DEFERNCE and our LOVE of Sev and where and which he loved.... :)

Sometime here, I might post some excerpts from some of these student's writings, they are just mind expanding.. :)

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To: coug who wrote (3646)1/20/2010 11:26:52 PM
From: stockman_scott
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coug: Keep up the great work...A number of years ago my father set up a scholarship program at the University of Michigan - it's been very rewarding for him to help students attend the law school that normally could not afford to to do that...and these are often top students who have demonstrated that they are willing to go the extra mile to give back to their community and to their country.

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To: stockman_scott who wrote (3647)1/21/2010 9:12:28 AM
From: coug
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Thanks scott,

We will keep doing it as long as we can and probably "long"? after we move on.. If there is anything left, I mean. :)

And big time Kudos to your Dad.. Besides, spending money on this type of thing is so much more rewarding than spending it on ourselves with more unneeded stuff or trips or vacations, etc. Although we still do a bit of that.. :)

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From: coug2/2/2010 12:07:04 PM
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Beacon Power Accelerating Production Plans to Build Nation's First Full-Scale Flywheel Energy Storage Plant
Company Plans to Increase Its Workforce by More Than 75%

Press Release Source: Beacon Power Corporation On Tuesday February 2, 2010, 12:00 pm

TYNGSBORO, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Beacon Power Corporation (Nasdaq: BCON - News), a leading provider of advanced products and services to support a more stable, reliable and efficient electricity grid, today announced that it plans to hire approximately 50 new employees this year at its Tyngsboro, Massachusetts, headquarters, as it ramps up production of its grid-scale flywheel energy storage systems.

The decision to expand the Company’s workforce comes following a series of positive developments, including more than a full year of successful operation on the New England grid; a $43-million conditional loan guarantee commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); and the award of a $24-million DOE smart grid stimulus grant. Beacon also raised $20 million in equity investment in December, a portion of which will provide the remaining capital required to close the DOE loan and build the Company’s first full-scale 20 MW plant.

The flywheels being produced this year will be installed at Beacon’s 20 MW plant in Stephentown, New York, which is currently under construction. A portion of this first plant is expected to begin earning revenue by providing frequency regulation, an essential grid-balancing service, on the New York State electricity grid in the fourth quarter of this year.

“With the help of the U.S. Department of Energy, which is supporting our first two full-scale plants, we are now committing to the expansion of our manufacturing capacity,” said Bill Capp, Beacon president and CEO. “In addition to the hiring in Tyngsboro, we issued significant purchase commitments to our supplier base, which will create additional jobs in the region and other parts of the country. This growth in domestic clean energy jobs is helping to meet an important policy goal of the Obama administration.”

“Beacon Power’s job expansion is welcome news for the Massachusetts clean energy cluster Governor Patrick has championed forcefully,” said Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles. “And, as the nation makes the transition to a clean energy economy, advanced power storage technologies like Beacon’s will find ever larger markets and more customers.”

Beacon Power is hiring a variety of professionals including hardware engineers, project managers, market data analysts, and sales directors (both U.S. and international), as well as offering positions in purchasing, finance, site development, manufacturing and production. Additional information can be found at

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From: coug2/21/2010 11:54:00 AM
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Finally we are getting a Northwest passage.. <g,ng>

Barrow, Alaska: Ground Zero for Climate Change
Hundreds of European explorers died in search of a Northwest Passage (blue line on map). In the past few years, so much sea ice has melted in the summer that several cruise ships have navigated through the passage.

Scientists have been descending on the Alaska city of Barrow since 1973. This monument made of whale bones is to lost sailors.

Associated Press
Science & NatureBarrow, Alaska: Ground Zero for Climate Change
Scientists converge on the northernmost city in the United States to study global warming's dramatic consequences
By Bob Reiss
Smithsonian magazine, March 2010

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