Computer Games and the Real World

Ha ha. Computer Games: Global warming is really bad for frogs because nasty UV rays get into their evaporated waterholes and cause mutations. The Real World: Cold weather wipes out a whole generation of frogs. OK, it’s not funny. Another reason to cut it out with the fantasies and look at what’s really happening. The world is …

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This Must be Some Sort of Record

A Mexican man has been arrested after confessing to dissolving some 300 bodies in caustic soda. The bodies of victims of drug related violence in Northern Mexico were delivered to him for disposal by gang members. He was apparently paid $600 a week for this service, a substantial amount in Mexico. Incidentally, caustic soda is not an …

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Tragic

After the violent insurgent activity in Southern Thailand, it is hardly surprising that Thailand is not enthusiastic about welcoming Muslim refugees. Thailand has the right to protect its borders. But the UN High Commissioner in Bangkok says they have had complaints that the Thai military is confiscating refugees’ boats and either dumping people on deserted islands or sending …

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Hackers of the World, Untie!

President Obama will keep his Blackberry. Wanting to have some privacy in communication with close friends and advisors sounds reasonable. But since it is a way to bypass the normal official communication channels, it will have to raise questions of access and openness. Perhaps more importantly, any kind of mobile device is vulnerable to hackers, who are …

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Well, There’s a Surprise, Part 2

Modellers remove evidence of cooling, and editors remove comments by warming sceptic. You may have seen the recent headlines suggesting that, contrary to all previous meaurements, there is now evidence to show that the Antarctic is warming as quickly as the rest of the world (which means not at all in the real world, but very scarily in …

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Well, There’s a Surprise!

Palestinian deaths greatly exaggerated. Most of those dead Hamas activists. I guess the real surprise is that it is a Palestinian doctor who says so, and that it is actually being reported (even though not widely). Any deaths are regrettable, and there is still (and will be for some time) disagreement about the total casualties, but given …

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Comments

I have had some requests to remove the registration requirement for would be commentors. The options for comments are: No comments. I don’t like this idea, because in general the blogs that work best are the ones which develop a sense of community. Allowing readers to comment is an effective way of building this community. Unbridled comments. …

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