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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-04-21 05:18
Subject: [links] Link salad for a travel day
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Tags:cool, links, personal, photos, politics, tech
APOD on bacteriophages

Hiawatha NoirShorpy with a deeply awesome train photo.

Algae-Bot Scouts for Toxic Blooms — This be some cool tech.

Record Heat for Land Surfaces in March — The weather has clearly been conspiring with the Antarctic ice sheet.

The Return of Big GovernmentUS News & World Report with a stunning story about how the limited government and conservative spending policies of the Bush administration are going to be overthrown in the next election.

McCain: A Question of Temperament — I realize McCain's allegedly violent temper isn't nearly on a par with Obama ordering orange juice, but it might be important should he win the election. Or maybe not. After all, Bush has shown us that a president with poor personal qualities in no wise leads a damaging administration.

Secretary Rice announces Second Amendment is incompatible with democracy — "...the prime minister has laid down some ground rules which any functioning democratic state would insist upon, having to do with, you know, arms belonging to the state, not to -- not in private hands." Imagine the reaction if Hillary had said those exact words.

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User: steve_buchheit
Date: 2008-04-21 16:07 (UTC)
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On the Condi Rice quote, it's now offical. Charlton Heston is spinning in his grave.
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User: biomekanic
Date: 2008-04-21 17:45 (UTC)
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From the US News & World Report article:
"It's clear there will be a lot more regulation constricting Wall Street's ability to conduct the kind of financial engineering they have used over the last several years."

"It's clear there will be a lot more regulation constricting Wall Street's ability to conduct the kind of financial shennanigans they have used over the last several years."

Fixed that for them.

Re Global Warming:
Recently I had to take a trip up the Mackenzie river to meet with some of the other local utilities at a work site. On my way back I stopped to fill up the company truck. I was informed by a local that since there was snow on the ground, this whole global warming thing is a myth, after all, he heard it on Faux News.
I don't even try anymore, facts just can't seem to compete with truthiness.

Edited at 2008-04-21 05:48 pm (UTC)
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User: ex_frankwu
Date: 2008-04-21 19:50 (UTC)
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Being a microbiologist in another lifetime, the link to the bacteriophage (viruses that attack bacteria) page was very interesting.

I remember going to a Stephen Jay Gould concert, I mean lecture, with a bunch of other bacteriologists from grad school. SJG was talking about how we sometimes refer to various geological ages as "The Age of Dinosaurs" or "The Age of Fish" or the "Age of Mammals." However, he said, if you count either species or individuals, it is the age of bacteria - and always has been! (We cheered loudly.)

Of course, considering the bacteriophages now, if you count the number of types OR the number of individuals, presumably it is now the Age of Bacteriophages, and (assuming they sprang into existence shortly after bacteria) always has been.
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