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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.

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…

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…

Dirt

In the late ’60’s – early ’70’s, is was commonplace for bands to write songs that were utterly meaningless, then pass them off as great works of art.  The products of pure genius.   I head one such song on the way home from work: A Horse With No Name, by America, released in 1972.…

Krauthammer: Sloppy, or Liar?

There are other, more interesting things to write about.  But someone is WRONG on the Internet, so it must be corrected.  Moreover, we must speculate about the rationale for this blatant misstatement.  And wonder why it was printed in a prominent newspaper. Pelosi: Save the Planet, Let Someone Else Drill Friday, August 1, 2008

What Sustainability Means

Sustainability is a modern-day buzzword.  It is used so much that it is at risk of suffering from a dilution of meaning.  But is still is an important concept. In August 2004, President Bush boasted that home ownership in the USA was at an all-time high (69.2 percent).  It was important for him to point…

Neuroscience of Oil Addiction

There is an interesting and thought-provoking essay at The Oil Drum.  It was written by Nathan Hagens, a student at the Gund Institute, University of Vermont.   He makes some errors in the science, and engages in some armchair hypothesizing (see graph above), but the overall conclusions are not affected.  

Meteorology is outside of my usual topics for posting, but this particular news item seems to have received little attention elsewhere: there is evidence that the jet streams are moving, systematically, toward the poles.   The jet streams are high-altitude streams of air, about 7 to 16 kilometers over sea level.  They blow air from…

In 1996, the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (“Freedom to Farm Act”) called for elimination of government stockpiles of grain.  I’m sure someone thought it made sense, at the time.   Now, the United States government has no reserves of butter, cheese, dry milk, barley, corn, oats, sorghum, soybeans, wheat, rice, sugar,…

Poisoning Ourselves, Part II

I’m harping on the same string.  A month ago, I noted how it was not necessary for terrorists to figure out how to poison us.  Our own companies are doing it for them.  Now, our government is doing a heck of a job to make it easier for companies to poison us, and to get…