April 13 Thru April 26
Found these and other covers at this great art site. (Art Thief International Strikes Again (!)...unless they want me to pull it down of course.)
Burt Rutan intends to start his own space program. Check out that cool alien design man.
Steven Den Beste, bent on Machiavellian world domination, doesn't like Miracle Waste Converter that turns garbage into oil. I guess he just can't stand not killing people for oil.
I know he's an engineer and all that but I wish he would have read this more critically. First, the story never says turkey guts alone will create our self-sustaining future. It makes the astonishing claim, see below if I haven't deleted it out yet, that it can reprocess all waste: sewage, iron filings, old dresses, toxics, everything. Den Beste also seems to be unimpressed with the fact that we have a working prototype! This is completely unlike my personal cold fusion powered time machine that I keep in my basement, and which isn't real...These guys have a product that works. Guy Negre's air compression car sounds incredible to but it's real. It's real. I'm almost tempted to ask, Atrios style, why does Steven Den Beste hate America and American innovation? But I won't because I have some small measure of self control.
John Pilger: Still Damn Mad About This Evil War. Really. I'm not kidding. Ok. Here's a snippet:
"One child, Ali Ismaeel Abbas, the boy who lost his parents and his arms in a missile attack, has been flown to a modern hospital in Kuwait. Publicity has saved him. Tony Blair says he will "do everything he can'' to help him. This must be the ultimate insult to the memory of all the children of Iraq who have died violently in Blair's war, and as a result of the embargo that Blair enthusiastically endorsed. The saving of Ali substitutes a media spectacle of charity for our right to knowledge of the extent of the crime committed against the young in our name. Let us now see the pictures of the "truckload of dozens of dismembered women and children'' that the Red Cross doctors saw. As Ali was flown to Kuwait, the Americans were preventing Save The Children from sending a plane with medical supplies into northern Iraq, where 40,000 are desperate. According to the UN, half the population of Iraq has only enough food to last a few weeks. The head of the World Food Program says that 40 million people around the world are now seriously at risk because of the distraction of the humanitarian disaster in Iraq. "
"An ascendant mafia now rules the United States, and the Prime Minister is in thrall to it. Together, they empty noble words – liberation, freedom and democracy – of their true meaning. The unspoken truth is that behind the bloody conquest of Iraq is the conquest of us all: of our minds, our humanity and our self-respect at the very least. If we say and do nothing, victory over us is assured."
April 24, 2003
Terabyte Memory (rapidly approaching) You Could Probably Record Your Whole
Life, Or At Least Your Important Bits (MPEG Download)
April 22, 2003
Food Could Start a Trade War (By Dave Appell, who also pens Quark Soup,
and who just got
back from Europe.)
Week of April 13 thru April 20
Update: Whenever I use art for my nonprofit site here (not necessarily intentional but that's the way it is...) I always try to link to the artist as a way of promoting their work. But lately the above link (now gone) stated this. (now gone) Look, if anybody minds me posting their art, then tell me! I'll be happy to take it down. Oh well. Back to Seth Fisher and Micah Wright...I drew the above, so sue my ass Phil Shropshire, see if I care...! Update Two: I haven't put everything I own under the Creative Commons license, but I'll start with my art piece entitled "The Embrace". My Poser using friend has zinged me again with this. (now gone, but I saved it here.)
I've decided to respond here.
Here's a snippet:
"He is talking about murder. That is what the Americans do, and no one will say so, even when they are murdering journalists. They bring to this one-sided attack on a weak and mostly defenceless people the same racist, homicidal intent I witnessed in Vietnam, where they had a whole programme of murder called Operation Phoenix. This runs through all their foreign wars, as it does through their own divided society. Take your pick of the current onslaught. Last weekend, a column of their tanks swept heroically into Baghdad and out again. They murdered people along the way. They blew off the limbs of women and the scalps of children. Hear their voices on the unedited and unbroadcast videotape: "We shot the shit out of it." Their victims overwhelm the morgues and hospitals - hospitals already denuded of drugs and painkillers by America's deliberate withholding of $5.4bn in humanitarian goods, approved by the Security Council and paid for by Iraq. The screams of children undergoing amputation with minimal anaesthetic qualify as the BBC man's "sound of freedom"."
Astrophysicist Who Argues For Tech Research Restriction
April 16th, 2003
There were two new breakthroughs in alt energy today. One which I found over at Better Humans, involved a new kind of solar cell that could prove to be 50 times more efficient than current tech.
Two, and this is probably more important, Discover (thanx Boing Boing) has a story about a Miracle Waste Converter that turns all trash into useful oils, natural gas and water. The story claims it would end the energy crisis as we know it and there's already a working model in Philly.
Here's a snippet:
"If the process works as well as its creators claim, not only would most toxic waste problems become history, so would imported oil. Just converting all the U.S. agricultural waste into oil and gas would yield the energy equivalent of 4 billion barrels of oil annually. In 2001 the United States imported 4.2 billion barrels of oil. Referring to U.S. dependence on oil from the volatile Middle East, R. James Woolsey, former CIA director and an adviser to Changing World Technologies, says, "This technology offers a beginning of a way away from this."
And then there's this:
"Unlike other solid-to-liquid-fuel processes such as cornstarch into ethanol, this one will accept almost any carbon-based feedstock. If a 175-pound man fell into one end, he would come out the other end as 38 pounds of oil, 7 pounds of gas, and 7 pounds of minerals, as well as 123 pounds of sterilized water. While no one plans to put people into a thermal depolymerization machine, an intimate human creation could become a prime feedstock. "There is no reason why we can't turn sewage, including human excrement, into a glorious oil," says engineer Terry Adams, a project consultant"
So you could stick a person in there. Here's a new Soylent Green closing line: "People...Thermal depolymerization machine oil is made out of Peee ple...Peee plllle...!"
In other links:
A trio from Better Humans
Two rigorous Academic-level
essays by Hughes
about the Green Movement and Scientific Progress.