drieuxster (drieuxster) wrote,
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links for 2009.09.17

From Ivory Tower to Iron Bars: Scientists Risk Jail Time for Violating Export Laws - this IS an interesting problem at too many levels. For the simplistic freeMarketeers, then of course there should be no barrier to trade, PERIOD. As a right of Holy Dogma. While there is also the problem of which new technologies should be protected from unsafe distribution. But that way also gets complicated by whether or not governments SHOULD be engaged in this type of regulations.

And yes, the real key remains limiting civilian casualties, Military Buying More ‘Non-Lethal’ Gear for A-stan’s Roads. But this still assumes that there is an american mission in A-stan that americans should be supporting.

The distracting benefits of ACORN hysteria - ah yes, what would the nation do without saving on those ACORN funding, which remains the margin of error for estimating the buckage blown, unaccountably, by the various no-bid contracting fiasco's in IranqIstania.

Survivor Bias on the Gridiron - in this case the sports metaphor is about the DJIA - and that as we replace those facets of the DJIA that did not succede with those that did, the number skews towards survivalisms. Not perse a bad idea, merely one worth remember. So that one has a context in which to compare one set of numbers with another.

Why Red-Colored Snow on the Rockies Is a Major Warning Sign That the West Is Drying Up - The era of cheap and plentiful water in the West is over and that's bad news for our sprawling cities, agriculture and ecosystems. What IF we do need to take that into account? What if Tank Girl is not just a graphic novel problem?

Anti-Choice Floridians Peddling Constitutional Amendment to Criminalize Birth Control Pill - well, now this IS going to be fun - The "Personhood Amendment" would define someone as a "person," regardless of age or health status, "from the beginning of the biological development of that human being." - even more so when we can get into the State's Right Argument that the IRS has to grant tax credits for every zygot and blastocyst, whether or not they implant, not to mention the tax credits derivable from a miscarriage.
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