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Jim Fawcette
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Attended Michigan State University
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How Djokovic Improved His Already-Great Backhand

According to Tactical Tennis by Glen Hill, Nole stopped "scooping" as often on the follow through and became less vulnerable to the low slice Fed used to great effect in beating him at US Opens past.+Martyn Collins  . I always thought that when Djoko opened his racket face on the backhand, he was simply driving the ball more. But, hey, that's above my pay grade <g>.  My pics from two years at Indian Wells. 

Excerpt: "Djokovic made improvements on the backhand side in two ways. First he started to close the racket over the ball both more and more often. Whereas in the past he was given to scooping the ball on his backhand side with greater frequency and seeming at random, he really cut down on the frequency with which he did so. The second adjustment is he started being far more intelligent about which balls he scooped on. As mentioned above the scooping action flattens the contact out and takes away topspin. The resulting shot will also skid through the court more. It is far more effective when done on higher balls, when less net clearance is needed for the ball to come down into the court. The margins are greater on that shot, and it can be hit almost down-hill as a driving flat ball, particularly down the line. Whether by intention or accidental habit, Djokovic now does just that. He moves to the ‘bad’ backhand typically only when either stretched and short on options, or on those higher balls he can afford to be genuinely aggressive on."

http://www.tacticaltennisblog.com/the-two-backhands-of-novak-djokovic/
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U.S. Failing Americans Caught in Conflict
Other countries are evacuating citizens but not the U.S. Why?

Imagine hundreds, perhaps over 1,000 Americans trapped in civil war. An Arab country is bombing civilian targets, and blocking transport, keeping those Americans among others, from leaving. Would you expect outrage? Would you expect the State Department to help the Americans? Well, not if those Americans are of Arab descent and the country doing the bombing is Saudi Arabia. SFChron: "Other countries, such as China, Russia and India, have done evacuations. But the U.S. State Department, which has long warned Americans about traveling to Yemen, has said civilian lives could be put at greater risk if military assets are sent."
With loved ones stuck in Yemen war zone, family pleads for aid “Hello?” Fathi, 30, asks Alwan, 21, who is not only his brother but his next-door neighbor in Riverdale, a small town in Fresno County. The younger brother, an American citizen studying at Cal State Fresno, went to Yemen in February in hopes of bringing his wife back to the U.S. But now he is among at least nine relatives — and hundreds of Yemeni Americans, if not thousands — trappe...
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Comparing National Healthcare Systems

Short version: What stat you use predetermines the outcome -- and national spending priorities. Question: How can a country dramatically improve cancer "survival rates" without preventing a single death? Answer: Ah, it's a trick question. "Survival" measures how long people live after being diagnosed, not whether anything was actually done to help the patient. So, if that's your goal, you spend more time and money diagnosing and less treating. 

Analysis of a study on The Upshot at this link, and plenty more at the embed below: http://nyti.ms/1z9KEIB 
Americans like to think their health-care system is number one. But the Commonwealth Fund compared it with 10 other developed nations and found it's ... number 11.
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How Much Water Does Your Food Use?

Good interactive graphic at link from LA Times:
http://graphics.latimes.com/food-water-footprint/
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"Petkorazi aka Andrea Petkovic Serving

 At BoW Stanford, possibly vs. Serena. Let's hope she’s back this August My pic 2014. Please click to enlarge

#tennis   #WTA   #andeapetkovic  
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Petko is very good. She's just now getting back her form after several, serious injuries and surgery. She was coming back from one, and got another. Also, she's got a charming personality. 
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Profile of Minimum Wage Workers Not Obvious

WaPo looks at who gets the Federal, minimum wage -- or even less. {You'd get a different profile if you include state minimum wages, which are often higher.}. Not what I would have guessed. 

Minimum Wage Worker: Southern, female, multi-ethnic (about equally-likely to be white, black, hispanic, or asian).

One slice: "The South has 35.5 percent of the nation's hourly workers, but 47.4 percent of those who make at or below the minimum wage. The West has 23.5 percent of the hourly workers, but only 11.1 percent of the ones at or below the minimum."
Young, female, part-time, Southern restaurant workers without a high school degree.
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Case Against Desalination
the ocean isn't a great big garbage can

LAT's Michael Hiltzik: "... a $1-billion desalination project scheduled to start operating in Carlsbad this fall will be attracting lots of attention. The plant, the largest of its kind in the U.S., is designed to provide San Diego County with about 50 million desalinated gallons a day, about 7% of its water needs...."

Problems: Water at $3,000 an acre-foot, Huge energy consumption, and damage to environment {worsening the climate change desalination is supposed to be fighting}. ""Dumping water that is saltier than seawater into the ocean isn't harmless," says Vaux, who contributed to a 2008 blue-ribbon study of desalination for the National Research Council. "Some organisms can't survive, others move in — the ocean isn't a great big garbage can."
As surely as the hot, dry Santa Ana winds bring blue skies to the coast and wildfires to the hills, severe California droughts bring calls to build desalination plants up and down the seashore.
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Report: Secrecy of Warrantless Wiretapping Not Only Unnecessary But Hurt Effectiveness

I'm surprised this story hasn't gotten more traction. It refutes the entire premise of the program as run by Bush and continued under Obama admins. Excerpts from NYT.com: 

"Two years later, the F.B.I. reviewed all the leads from the warrantless wiretapping part of Stellarwind between August 2004 and January 2006. None had proved useful."

And " The secrecy surrounding the National Security Agency’s post-9/11 warrantless surveillance and bulk data collection program hampered its effectiveness, and many members of the intelligence community later struggled to identify any specific terrorist attacks it thwarted, a newly declassified document shows."

Despite redactions, a many details on program are described. Judge-shopping by Bush44, how John Yoo based legal justification on a blatant falsehood, and efforts to keep judges from having copies of Yoo's justification. 
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NBC News: "Clinton Cash" Story "Doesn't Hold Up"

Interesting to see NBC take down New York Times story based on right-wing pol's book accusing Hillary Clinton of double-dealing in Uranium company sale. Even Fox News agrees (head spinning). 

Among the points: Charitable donation was pledged before Clinton became SecState and before acquisition was even discussed. A Canadian businessman implicated by the Times sold his stock in the acquired Uranium company back in 2007. Numerous other agencies were involved and members of several state that Clinton wasn't even involved in the negotiations. 

Media Matters: "Other media outlets have found that this and additional allegations in Schweizer's book about donations to the Clinton Foundation are unpersuasive. Time magazine noted that Schweizer's allegation about Uranium One "is based on little evidence," and "offers no indication of Hillary Clinton's personal involvement in, or even knowledge of the deliberations," while CNN's Chris Cuomo noted that the "the examples that have come out so far in [The New York Times] were not that impressive." ABC News reported that Clinton Cash "offers no proof that Hillary Clinton took any direct action to benefit the groups and interests that were paying her husband," while Fox News' Ed Henry noted "there's a lot that's murky" in Schweitzer's claims."
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Come on people. The Clintons personify sleaze.
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Testing Google+, their third try at competing with Facebook. Looks like video chat and privacy are much better. Oh, yeah, this is the Jim Fawcette that founded FTP, VSLive, DevX.com. Now, I mainly blog about tennis and politics. 

 Favorite book: Gravity's Rainbow. Favorite movie: Chinatown. Favorite myth: Obama is a liberal.
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Did a Computer Bug Help Deep Blue Beat Kasparov? | WIRED
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IBM built the first computer that beat a chess champ. But a scientist involved in the project suggests it was a bug in the software that got

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