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2007-11

  • 2007-11-07 Lockerbie: "Tampered evidence": the key witness in the Lockerbie Pan Am bombing fudged on his identification of the timer-switch used to implicate Libya and convict Libyan agent Abdulbaset al-Megrahi of the crime. The actual timer-switch found in the wreckage could not have one of the batch sold to Libya, because it was a different color from the ones in that batch.

from 2007-10-15 bookmarks

Some of these may be irrelevant to Issuepedia, but I thought I should pull them out here so I can get to them better.

2007-09

  • found 2007-09-30: AlternateFocus: "The three founding directors, a Jew, a Christian and a Muslim, are working together for peace and justice by offering the American public media which shows another side of Middle Eastern issues."
  • found 2007-09-28: The Paradox of Self-Amendment: A Study of Law, Logic, Omnipotence, and Change by Peter Suber, Philosophy Department, Earlham College: probably an important work to study when trying to develop stable, functional self-rule systems
  • found 2007-09-20 (video): Question About Covert Plans to Suspend the Constitution: Ollie North is prevented from answering Congressman Jack Brooks's question about plans to suspend the Constitution, during the Iran Contra hearings
    • personally, in Mr. Brooks's position, I would have said something like "This is a free country, we have freedom of speech, and I will ask this question, and you will allow Mr. North to answer to the extent that he is permitted to do so." or perhaps "I am asking this question. Mr. North, what is your answer?" --Woozle 10:03, 20 September 2007 (EDT)
    • the description here says:
      • During the Iran Contra hearings Congressman Jack Brooks directly asked Oliver North about a story in a Miami newspaper that exposed COG plans to suspend the Constitution. There was a lot of tension in the room and the chairman stopped Brooks and said, "that goes into a highly sensitive and classified area." Brooks countered saying that he was deeply concerned because it specifically mentioned the suspension of the US Constitution, and the chairman just basically repeated himself.
    • Who was the Chairman?
    • Has any of this been de-classified since?
  • found 2007-09-19: Declaration of Reasonable Doubt About the Identity of William Shakespeare: for a section on unconventional theories, perhaps?

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  • found 2007-03-30: Money! Money? money...: an explanation of the evolution of money, in understandable English
  • 2007-03-27: Banning Legos by John J. Miller: Am I being paranoid, or are they trying to make it sound like an example of liberal lunacy? The author never actually *says* so, but he gives a carefully disparaging spin to phrases like "social theorists" and "social justice"...
    • Why We Banned Legos: the original article. Ok, maybe it is looniness. Not so much liberal as classical-left, i.e. socialist. Seems to me they took a great opportunity to work out a better system and teach the kids the kind of critical thinking necessary to build and maintain a democratic society, and blew it by swinging the pendulum to the complete opposite extreme. --Woozle 14:35, 28 March 2007 (EDT)
    • Re-thinking Re-education : The Story of the Hilltop Children's Center in Seattle: another righty rant taking more explicit advantage of the opportunity to paint more moderate liberals in a bad light
  • found 2007-03-25:
    • In response to Mix’n’Match: "Opponents have expressed strong views; Josephine Quintavelle of Comment on Reproductive Ethics said: "This is abhorrent ... there is a basic human feeling that animals and humans do not mix in these areas." Calum Mackellar of the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics said "In this kind of procedure you are mixing at a very intimate level animal eggs and human chromosomes and you may begin to undermine the whole distinction between animals and humans."
      • It may be abhorrent to you, but to most of us it seems like a perfectly natural and reasonable thing to do in the course of the investigations described, and an essential step in working out some badly-needed medical techniques. Get over your high-and-mighty posturing and get back to the middle ages where you belong. "Undermine the whole distinction between animals and humans" – WTF? And just why is that a problem? --Woozle 19:43, 25 March 2007 (EDT)
    • Academics For Academic Freedom: "We, the undersigned, believe the following two principles to be the foundation of academic freedom:
      1. that academics, both inside and outside the classroom, have unrestricted liberty to question and test received wisdom and to put forward controversial and unpopular opinions, whether or not these are deemed offensive, and
      2. that academic institutions have no right to curb the exercise of this freedom by members of their staff, or to use it as grounds for disciplinary action or dismissal."
  • dotherightthing.com: if there isn't already a page about this sort of site (e.g. BuyBlue), then there needs to be. In my present braindead state of mind, though, I can't think what page it should be on.
  • found 2007-03-02, dated 2002-11-18: The Darknet and the Future of Content Distribution by Peter Biddle, Paul England, Marcus Peinado, and Bryan Willman, all of Microsoft Corporation: discusses the economics of DRM

2007-02

  • found 2007-02-28: The Stewardship: writings and other things devoted to "the assumption of responsibility for the welfare of the world. That welfare requires much effort, that responsibility is realized in many ways. Most stewardship is limited, if not compromised, and most sites on the internet with an orientation towards stewardship are likewise limited. This site is meant to provide a voice to the central principles of stewardship, to the unified progressive cause of preserving and improving the world."
  • 2007-02-16 Texas Republicans are anti-Copernicus: the Flat Earth Society lives!
  • Myths about the developing world, a TEDtalk by Hans Rosling: includes demonstration of very interesting dynamic graphing system, and description of efforts to make global economic information more easily available

2007-01

  • found 2007-01-13: Text and Collaboration: A personal manifesto for the Text Outline Project by Larry Sanger (on back burner "until 2007 or 2008"): some interesting and possibly useful observations on collaborative knowledge-building and decisionmaking
  • 2007-01-11 Must-know terms for the 21st Century intellectual: Redux: accelerating change, anthropic principle, artificial general intelligence, augmented reality, Bayesian Rationality, Cosmological Eschatology (aka physical eschatology), Engineered Negligible Senescence, existential risks, extended identity, Fermi Paradox, friendly AI, human enhancement (guided evolution), human exceptionalism (a.k.a. human speciesism, human raceism, human superiority, etc.), information theoretic death, mass automation, memetic engineering, mind transfer, molecular assembler, neurodiversity, neural interface device, noosphere, open source, participatory panopticon, political globalization, post-scarcity economy, quantum computation, radical luddism, remedial ecology, simulation argument, soft paternalism, technological singularity
  • found 2007-01-11: Cryptome: what exactly does this site do, and is it useful?