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Archives for September, 2008

Email Pilfering

A prominent political candidate had her email account pilfered.  It is not known, openly, how this was done.  Reportedly, it was a simple password, a word that could be found in any English dictionary.  That was a mistake. Still, it was wrong for people to do it.  Period.   Yes, the act does make some…

Toxic Waste, Biodefense Lab in Galveston

Within the past few days, I’ve noticed quite a few bloggers and news writers make comparisons between the hurricanes and the financial meltdown.  It just occurred to be that there is another facet to this analogy.  This has to do with a very real problem that has been stirred up, literally.

Ambiguous Loss

One important concept in psychotherapy studies is the concept of ambiguous loss.  This is a loss that is, in some way, less than definitive.  If you are at the hospital visiting an ill beloved family member, and see the death, it is perfectly clear that a specific loved one has in fact died.  If you…

Ike Spike

As noted on Dynamics of Cats, The Oil Drum has some details about loss of production of oil, natural gas, and refined oil products, due to hurricanes Ike and Gustav.  (They’ve been updated since the link first went up, so you might want to check them again.) Perhaps more importantly, they also have a post…

Ike in Perspective

Here is a photo from the space station, showing some really big thunderheads: It is an inset from a high-resolution photo of Ike, courtesy of NASA: The photo posted on the NASA site is 2098×3072 pixels.  Click (twice) on the image to get the full effect.  More here.

There have already been several posts about hurricane Ike on Scienceblogs (1 2 3 4 5 6 7), but so far I haven’t seen anyone put the whole picture together.  We still don’t know exactly where Ike will hit, but it looks increasingly likely that Ike will hit close to Houston.  In fact, the most…

Of Earthquakes and Pigs

Geophysicists have issued a warning, that the May earthquake in China has increased the risk of a follow-up quake. Geophysicists used computer models to calculate the changes in stress along the Xianshuihe, Kunlun, and Min Jiang faults—strike-slip faults like the San Andreas—which lie about 150 to 450 kilometers (90 to 280 miles) from the Longmen…

Probably everyone has seen it by now, but the NYT has a headline about the “culture of ethical failure” at the Department of the Interior.  In a way it is not news; I, among others, wrote about it two years ago. Back then, I referred to it as a culture of corruption.  Now, the department’s…

How’s That Economy Working for You?

Toward the end of last week, the US stock market declined precipitously.  Within the space of a few days, we learned that unemployment is way up, more than nine percent of U.S. mortgages were delinquent or in foreclosure, the FDIC closed the 11th bank so far this year (two were closed in 2007, none in…

A Thought About the Palin Airplane Sale

One of the controversies about VP candidate Sarah Palin has to do with the sale of the gubernatorial jet.  She attempts to bolster her claim, that she is a fiscal conservative, by saying that she sold the State’s jet, claiming it was an unnecessary expense.  She sold the 2.7 million dollar jet for 2.1 million.…