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Computer experts have been weighing in for years about design flaws in electronic voting systems.  Now a computer expert goes a step farther, saying the whole system is flawed. From Linus’ Blog: That’s when you also notice that the whole US voting system is apparently expressly designed to be polarizing (winner-take-all electoral system etc). To…

Thank God For USNORTHCOM

USNORTHCOM is the organizational unit of the US military that is assigned to North America.  They are the ones who are responsible for defense of the homeland.   Religious Support Teams providing hope after Ike September 13, 2008 TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – For the first time, military chaplains and the National Voluntary Organizations Active…

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…

Hypocrisy Regarding Georgia

Speaking of art, Rodger Payne has a beautiful post highlighting the hypocrisy of the US Government’s responses to Russia’s actions in Georgia.  

Question For An Economist

I am wondering if the USA, as a whole, is more prosperous now that it was in 2000.   We are told that the GDP has gone up every year.  Population growth has been modest.  The published per-capita GDP has gone up, from $33,000 to $46,000 (as of 1 January 2008).  That seems positive… From…

World Economic Crisis: Solved!

Leave it to the scientifically-minded among us to solve the world’s economic crisis.  All it takes is an understanding of the elements. At this point, there is little doubt that a serious economic crisis awaits the people of planet Earth.   The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) released their Annual Report on 30 June 2008.  The…

Your Choice: Smart Car or Grizzly

Ohio has just approved certain smart cars for use on roadways.  This may strengthen our country by reducing use of fossil fuels.   In other news, Blackwater USA is trying to get its Grizzly APC licensed for use on America’s roadways. Pretty soon, you might have a choice.  In fact, in November, you will have…

Humpday News Commentary

Politics: ON NPR today, they were talking about the “mistakes” of the Clinton campaign.  I was annoyed by that.  Framing the issue in that way implies that a) the race was hers to lose, and b) the outcome is not really up to the voters.  The discussion implied that if a candidate runs a perfect…

JPMorgan Exploits Taxpayers

This is interesting.  Banks think they have found a way to make money no matter what happens.   As Houston Auctions Fail, JPMorgan Exploits Taxpayers By Darrell Preston March 6 (Bloomberg) — The collapse of the auction-rate bond market may cost borrowers from New York to California at least $1 billion in fees, enriching JPMorgan…

Soldiers Suspended for Mooning

This absolutely blows my mind.  Evidently, it is OK to drop cluster bombs on municipal areas.  But show your derrière, and you’re off the job. Israeli soldiers suspended for mooning Palestinians JERUSALEM (AFP) – The Israeli army said on Sunday that it had suspended several soldiers after they were filmed exposing their bare buttocks to…