Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The (Returned from the Dead) Link List

Yes, I haven’t done one of these in a while. Lately, I’ve managed to find actual stuff to write about so haven't really needed link posts. But I found several really fantastic articles today that had to be shared:

1) Rice University scientists create wonder drug which reduces effects of ionizing radiation. This could be big. Besides the obvious benefits of reducing causualties from a nuclear attack, the drug could be used to help cancer patients and (possibly) astronauts on space missions.

2) Applying Evolutionary Models to the War of Terror. The authors of a new book led an interdisciplinary work-group examining how nature deals with threats and whether there are any lessons for us. Very interesting and out-side-of-the-box thinking.

3) LOTS of people are commenting to the FCC on Comcast’s P2P blocking. Since Comcast has been lying about both what they are doing and its possible effects, I really hope the FCC comes down on them hard. Based on the comments, they are interfering with a great deal of wholly legal activity.

4) Bill Granting TelCom Immunity Fails to Get Cloture. Whew. While some extension of surveillance powers for the War on Terror makes sense to me, the Bush administration has always been uncomfortably gung-ho about it. Especially when it comes to preventing judicial oversight.

5) British Govt plans to “coerce” citizens into accepting National ID Card. Link includes actual government document outlining their strategy for implementation. It's written in Orwellian language but thankfully someone was kind enough to provide annotation. Quite scary.

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