January 30, 2004: Hour One: Space and Physics Update Join Ira his guests in this hour of Science Friday as they check in with the Mars probes, and discuss the fate of the Hubble Space Telescope. Plus, recreating the conditions that existed just after the Big Bang. (more info)
January 30, 2004: Hour Two: Transgenic Sperm / Avian Flu / Living Antibiotic Join Ira and guests in this hour of Science Friday for an avian flu update. What does the spread of the disease mean for people? Plus, genetically modifying sperm; and bacteria predators - it's a bug-eat-bug world
About 30 years ago, I thought I might become a physicist. A few D grades in courses like Modern Physics and Thermodynamics convinced me (and a couple of department heads) that there must be something else I could do. Perhaps something that involved a handle unfortunately.
Despite that, I have retained an interest in science, but after listening to physicists on Science Friday discussing colliding gold ions to produce "quark gluon plasma".. (I think that is what they said).. I am quite certain that my kind of mind too firmly attached to "solid" tools and equipment of the farm kind, is not capable of formulating theories...whether testable or not. Even so, the discussions are fascinating. More information on todays Science Friday Program at the link above. Streaming or downloadable audio apparently and lots of other stuff. Take a look and
try to listen to Science Friday every week on NPR. Most often, the discussion in not on quarks..not even beauty quarks or charmed quarks.
Stay tuned to a weblog near you. ))))))) Doug Wiken
The Dean campaign has had some bumps and now has made some changes. Apparently Joe Trippi has left the campaign staff. I really don't know if this is good or not so good. Trippi apparently generated some good ideas on fund raising from millions of us instead of the GOP and DLC approach of bribes of millions from a few privileged with great access. Trippi may not have been the kind of "organization man" needed to manage a large complex campaign. He may however have made some very real contributions to returning democracy to politics and government via the interenet.
Some Dean supporters have said the Dean campaign needs to be more "top-down". While it is probably more a matter of style over substance, I would suggest it needs to be more inside out and more outside in. Despite all the blogging and internet connections, there must have been a failure in communications between the "foot soldiers" and the "managers".
I don't think TV is very good for communicating serious or complex ideas in political ads. TV can create a candidate or campaign image, but short of incredible ad brilliance (such as the little girl picking daisies with a nuclear countdown and perhaps the Apple Superbowl ad), is not the greatest place to communicate ideas except in 30 or 60 minute blocks.
In recent campaigns, I have missed newspaper ads that actually have content and substance. TV for me has communicated some of the near instant fodder for gut reactions...Lieberman and Gephardt..just have something wrong in their image as serious candidates. That kind of gut reaction does not take long.
Dean needs to use the TV for good gut reactions. He has a likeability and that is one of the things that scares the crap out of the other candidates because it is also coupled with a good brain and the kind of integrity that appears to keep Dean from saying things he doesn't believe. Use the newspaper to carry the serious information. If Kerry and the rest want to respond to newspaper ads with expensive TV ads, that will be their problem.
The Bush campaign and the Bush Presidency have some remarkable disconnects and zero integrity. Evident because the Bush campaign did not give a rat's ass if what they said had anything whatsoever to do with their real intentions if elected or even if elected any real possibility of actualization.
This is what I am now seeing in the Kerry Campaign. There is a disconnect between what he has done in the past and what he is now supporting or opposing. He is promising things which are impossible in the environments his own vote on the Bush Oil war have created. He is promising benefits to Veterans and Education that are impossible in the environment he and Lieberman aided and abetted.
By now, it should be obvious that ideas of electability and momentum are meta-political concepts that are not appropriate for individual decision making. Such ideas might be appropriate for buying or shorting stock, but not for selecting a president who can generate disasters that impact all citizens for years past his term in office.
Many states and state primaries ahead, but decision making must be hard and fast since the primaries are not a long-term process like a business or even a business startup. It is a continuing story, stay tuned to a weblog near you.
Jason Schultz blog LAWGEEK today notes that parts of the PATRIOT act have been ruled unconstitutional. He says he is interested in intellectual property law. Probably a site worth reading now and then.
"Too Damn Hot" might have been good lines for a song. Too damn cold just does not generate the same kind of feeling. The plains of SDak are cold today. Four below zero this morning. Has warmed all the way up to 6 degrees. 20 mph wind apparently makes chill factor something like 20 below.
I am listening to Grover Norquist lie about nearly everything. He can make a raving liberal sound awfullly
sane. Whoever announces of NPR, just made a Greenspan or Freudian slip. Said Norquist represented the
Small Minded...er Government committee of some variety.
In the vein of government waste, etc. Saw a bumper sticker this morning. It started with good advice: Don't steal. The government Hates Competition." I don't necessarily agree with it even
though I thought it was clever and the IRS seems to have made it all too true for me.
I have been somewhat amused by the sudden vociferous rejection of "negative politics"....especially opposition from those politicians with the most "negatives" in their own closet. ..
Well, enough of this my fingers are cold anyway. Stay tuned to a weblog near you.
The TypePad Index: Site Index (OINW)
Link above is the actual index to something like 5500 TypePad Blogs. There may actually be many more or some less. I don't know. The index linked above provides some information on each blog, but nothing like a description. If there is something it needs it is an option for Blog Owners to
enter a 50 character or so description. One thing that is obvious when looking at a list of blogs, and that is the about 99 percent of the blog names really don't give a clue as to actual kind of content. On second thought, I am not even sure "Dakota Today" gives much of a clue.
From the homepage, easily accessible from link above, we find the following site description:
The Typepad Index
Welcome to the TypePad Index. This is a (possibly misguided) attempt to index the TypePad blogs. Listed here are the posts made by TypePad bloggers, sorted by date. You can also search posts for a particular topic (or for a particluar URL). There is also a list of the most trackbacked sites and the most prolific posters in the last 7 days.
I will probably post more about this site and move several such links into a category probably labeled "TYPEPAD, ETC"
I have taken a shot at another political cartoon in the Political Albbum linked at right.
Damn cold here tonight on the plains. A little freezing rain first to make streets and highways slippery followed by some light snow and wretched cold wind. Stay tuned to a weblog near you. ))))) Doug Wiken
Critiques of media coverage of the War on Terror, and the politics surrounding it.
Some credentials from the "about" page: Biography
WHO WE ARE: Cori Dauber and Scott Deatherage are both professors of Communication Studies (Dauber at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Deatherage at Northwestern) with an interest in the media coverage of the War on Terror. Dauber is a specialist in the way the media covers and represents war and the military, and Deatherage focuses on the media and politics. We both believe that the media coverage of the war, including the war with Iraq, has all too often been deeply flawed, although we don't always think thats the case for the same reason, (and we don't always agree with one anothers arguments.) We will post here our running commentary on the media coverage of the war, homeland security, Iraq, etc. etc, and the way politics are intertwined with those issues. And if we disagree from time to time we may fight it out here.
We see a common theme here, of godless New York," joked the evening's host, JAMES FALLOWS, a correspondent for The Atlantic. He then introduced WALTER CRONKITE.
"Never before in the history of this nation," said Mr. Cronkite, in his finest Men-Walk-on-Moon delivery, "has a president of the United States taken such a firm stand, as he did tonight, against - gonorrhea." Pause. Guffaws. Applause.
It was a bunch of the famous, etc watching Bush give his SOTU speech. I am still trying to think seriously about it When I do, I may post something if I can get it into an easily readable format.
* conventional weapons
* Terrorism vs. normal stuff in the USA
* sanctions example
* recent War on Terror campaigns
* global warming
I did something like this a few months ago ,but I looked only US deaths due to drunken drivers. This guy has collected a lot of info on "mundane" deaths in Britain and elsewhere. Good place to get a perspective on the ostensible basis for Bush's WAR, WAR, TERRROR, WAR, AND MORE WAR, WAR, WAR....etc...Thanks to Ann Richard's for predicting Bush campaign content on Larry King Show. Take a look and build your own mental balance scales . One one side 500 GI Deaths In Iraq and on the other side of the balance scale 3000 Workers killed on 911. Then contemplate how the balance will shift in the coming year and in the nextr years if Bush is re-elected.
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