Greta Christinas Blog: Atheists and Anger

http://gretachristina.typepad.com/greta_christinas_weblog/2007/10/atheists-and-an.html

Just put this on my reading list. Suggest you do too…

Greta Christinas Blog: Craig Thompsons “Blankets”: Atheism in Pop Culture Part 3

http://gretachristina.typepad.com/greta_christinas_weblog/2007/07/craig-thompsons.html

Briefly this lucid recommendation to read “Blankets” is more support for my contention that religious indoctrination of children is child abuse.

The Long Burn – history of fire ecology | Whole Earth | Find Articles at BNET

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0GER/is_1999_Winter/ai_58458600

Supports my hypothesis that Homo Erectus had control of fire over a million years ago.

Happiness comes cheap – even for millionaires

http://www.physorg.com/news111937731.html

a major effort from the University of the Bleedin Obvious.

Apparently it’s the simple things that give us the most happiness. Well colour me surprised.

The link between that and having effectively unlimited piles of cash is that
a) the lucky bastards can afford those “simple things” on demand and
b) they can shield themselves from many of the sources of pain.

Jeez, I wish someone would pay me for research like that. I’d be a zillionaire by now…

Elephants can smell danger

http://www.physorg.com/news111933785.html

I’m only surprised that the researchers are surprised. Most animals are capable of learning which humans they can trust and which they should avoid. Elephants are easily in the top tier of intelligence in the animal kingdom. It would have been more surprising if they didn’t show this sensitivity…

Accounting professor: Transparency wont necessarily control CEO pay

http://www.physorg.com/news111942561.html

One of the main reasons why the “Free Market” isn’t anywhere near as free as its supporters would like us to believe is that it has always refused to be transparent (or, often, even honest!) As a result, the so called “perfect information” required to allow the market to operate without distortion has never been available. Fix that and you’re half way to making the free market work as advertised…

Security, Science Panel Is Suggested

http://www.physorg.com/news111925470.html

This is merely an authentication problem. Trivial under trusted surveillance. If you weren’t recognised by the relevant community, you wouldn’t get access to the sensitive data. Period.

First Analysis of the Water Requirements of a Hydrogen Economy

http://www.physorg.com/news111926048.html

The discussion is more informative than the article (again) and gives a comprehensive overview of the problems we face in creating the hydrogen economy. My own guess is that it aint gonna get off the ground until some bright spark creates a nano based catalyst which allows us simply to pour tap water into the tank, and split out the hydrogen and oxygen as we go – with the catalyst recharged by simply letting it dry out in the sun or something equally trivial…

Naughty Jokes | Hot Girl | Humor | Personalized Gift | Personal Creation at Get-Humor.com

http://get-humor.com/dangerous_airports/

The landing strip (certainly not an “airport”) in the middle of the ski resort is one I’m familiar with. I skied past it for a week. Can’t remember which resort it is (Avoriaz?) Whatever; it is bloody amazing. It is too short for the planes taking off to get up to speed. They actually have to rely on the drop to give them the necessary airspeed. Similarly, coming in to land, they have to rely on the fact that they’re landing up-hill to help them to stop in time…

Researchers discover the dawn of animal vision

http://www.physorg.com/news111820567.html

Important stage in the evolution of vision. Important not just for understanding that history but in demonstrating the fallacy of one of the many naive claims from the Creationist/Intelligent design lobby.

Researchers confirm the power of altruism in Wikipedia

http://www.physorg.com/news111845798.html

excellent example of the benefits of the collectivism so despised by the Right wing Libertarians. It also demonstrates how a major global collectivist project can operate on both voluntary and libertarian lines.

Earliest evidence for modern human behavior found in South African cave

http://www.physorg.com/news111847910.html

more evidence to support the early emergence of our human behaviour…

the Max Headroom chronicles: DVDs

http://www.maxheadroom.com/mh_c_dvds.html

My favourite scifi series from the late 80s. A dystopian future with some eerie pre-echoes of today. “Blank Reg” in particular, is beginning to make a lot more sense. We demand the DVD. Damn it, what’s the point of market forces if no fuckwit has the sense to spot a market!

http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-brooks24oct25,0,7749742.column

If they were only psychotic, it wouldn’t be so bad. After all, the majority of the human population are still religious – which is a social psychosis. And yes, that causes problems, but nowhere near as bad as those caused by megalomania.

Those who run Police States are – without exception – not just psychotic but psychopathic.

American Freedom Agenda

http://americanfreedomagenda.org/

This, on the other hand is the Republican freedom movement, with Ron Paul at its head. Compare its demands to the Democrat “Freedom Campaign” and you’ll see they’re identical.