Friday, August 29, 2008

Who lacks experience now?

So let me get this straight. John McCain says that Barack Obama lacks the experience necessary to lead the country because he hasn't served in the military and has only served one term as a senator. He then picks as his running mate someone who has never been in the military, has no national political experience, and has only served half a term as governor of a state with a population about the size of Boston?

I guess he's just desperate to get votes from the Christian right, who love Gov. Palin because of her fundamentalist religious views.


Thursday, August 28, 2008

Urban farming

Clive Thompson at Wired magazine makes a good case for why we should bring back victory gardens, even if we live in the city:

These days, we're fighting different battles. Developing nations are facing wrenching shortages of staples like rice. Here at home, we're struggling with a wave of obesity, fueled by too much crappy fast food and too little fresh produce, particularly in poorer areas. Our globalized food stream poses environmental hazards, too: The blueberries I had for lunch came from halfway around the world, in the process burning tons of CO2.

Urban farming tackles all three issues. It could relieve strain on the worldwide food supply, potentially driving down prices. The influx of fresh vegetables would help combat obesity. And when you "shop" for dinner ingredients in and around your home, the carbon footprint nearly disappears. Screw the 100-mile diet — consuming only what's grown within your immediate foodshed — this is the 100-yard diet.

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Believing in reality

"Just think about this: In four months, we will have an administration that actually believes in science!" --Mark Warner, former governor of Virginia, at the Democratic National Convention

As reported by Wired's Threat Level blog.

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Screwed by Diebold

This is what happens when you choose a company focused more on profits than on security to design voting machines for public elections:

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Love the Internet? Vote for Obama.

David Weinberger explains the fundamental difference between John McCain's technology policy and Barack Obama's. His conclusion:

The two candidates’ visions of the Internet could not be clearer. We can have a national LAN* designed first and foremost to benefit business, and delivered to passive consumers for whom the Net is a type of cable TV. Or, we can have an Internet that is of the people, by the people, for the people.
Editor's note: a LAN is a "local area network," typically used within and controlled by a single company or other organization.

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Friday, August 01, 2008

Scary hot dogs

A hat tip to Bill Harris, who linked to this little gem of a "top 5" list: Five Hot Dogs That Will Kill You. Mmmm... breakfast hot dog.