There’s no “silver bullet” for addressing the nation’s energy needs, and early rave hopes about ethanol in gas are getting a questioning second look.
I’ve been blocked at Wikipedia — ostensibly for posting the following comment, but obviously for writing Infamous, Thoughtless, and Careless - and for the further offense of having these become so widely read. (The Guardian ❧ Gawker ❧ PandoDaily ❧ The Mary Sue ❧ Wil Wheaton ❧ Der Standard)
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Mark Bernstein’s weblog post
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That the proposed decision of which I wrote is infamous, is an opinion widely shared. Yes, some of its most extreme measures might not pass and some additional, disposable accounts may be sanctioned to give the impression of balance. Whether or not widespread public indignation at its measures has played some role in that, I cannot say….
Wikipedia has been and continues to be used as a weapon against women in computing; I see little in either the proposed decision or the current revision that recognizes, much less remedies, this, and much that lends assistance to those who would like nothing better than the opportunity to intimidate women with the threat that their own sex lives might be the next topic for Arbcom publicly to scrutinize. — Mark Bernstein
More: Mark Bernstein: Reckless
As long as they are able to get there before Weyland-Yutani …
Intel, Microsoft and Autodesk are quietly investing in “programming” living organisms — potentially merging biology with electronics. However, all three are playing catch-up to Microbial Robotics LLC (Cincinnati, Ohio), which has already perfected its ViruBots and BactoBots.
The ViruBots and BactoBots are based on programming living organisms (viruses and bacteria) to perform humanitarian tasks for which they were not evolved to do — such as clean toxins from waste water, hunting down and killing (only) cancer cells, produce non-polluting fuels and developing new hybrid living/electronic materials. Microbial Robotics has already spun-off a eight companies to market these solutions to particular environmental and medical tasks, but Intel, Microsoft and Autodesk are joining the fray because of the ever slimming margins in electronics and end-of-the-road for semiconductors coming into sight circa 2028, according to Jason Barkeloo, Microbial Robotics’ CEO.
“Bacteria and viruses are the hardware, DNA is the operating system and genes are the application software.”
“Manipulating nucleic base pairs (A,T,C,G) on DNA strands is comparable to binary programming,” Barkeloo, told us. “Bacteria and viruses are the hardware, DNA is the operating system and genes are the application software.”
Communities that fall into that in-between category, then, are counting on companies such as LightSpeed Communications LLC if they want to become Gigabit Cities. LightSpeed is based in East Lansing, Michigan, and is currently building out a gigabit network to serve portions of the Greater Lansing region. The area in and around Lansing, Michigan’s capital, has a population of about 460,000 people and sits about 90 miles northwest of Detroit.
Incumbents AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) have yet to announce any fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) initiatives in the community, and Lansing failed to woo Google Fiber Inc. — though Google’s efforts did draw attention to the demand and the business model of providing a fat pipe to homes. (See Is Google Good for Gigabit?)
“Google has proved that there is an enormous market for people who just want bandwidth,” says Jason Schreiber, co-founder and CEO of LightSpeed. Schreiber and his fellow founders hail from regional optical network operator Arialink, which was swallowed up by Zayo Group Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO) in 2012. (See How Zayo Spent $3.7B on Acquisitions.)
And this day, nearly 70 years after then-18-year-old Anna Brunn and her mother were freed after losing her father and grandmother to the gas chambers, Ornstein wasn’t yet sold on memorials. They seem, she said, to imply punctuation, the end of something, as though everything possible has been learned.
“We like to think: ‘This is it! Now we’ll know better,’ ” she said as she came out of the cold and descended into the subterranean National September 11 Memorial Museum. But despite being what she calls “the most researched horror story in the world,” Ornstein said the Holocaust “was just the beginning of the century of genocide. Armenians, Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda… . Now some Muslims say ‘Give me respect and maybe I’ll stop killing you.’ I only know we did not learn from the Holocaust that we should stop killing, because we did not.”
Ornstein, who lives outside Boston, had taken a taxi with a friend on a frigid morning to Ground Zero for the first time, to learn more about how a modern-day horror is memorialized.
President Obama announced Sunday that the U.S. and India have made progress on civilian nuclear trade. In a joint news conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, Obama said the countries had agreed to more cooperation in other areas as well, including defense and climate change.
Obama arrived in India Sunday for a three-day trip, and he and first lady Michelle Obama were greeted by Modi at the airport. The warm welcome was a “departure from protocol,” India Today reports.
Obama is the first U.S. president to visit India twice while in office, a point he brought up during the news conference.
I never thought I’d be spurred to defend GOP Rep. Renee Ellmers, but the misogyny coming from the right, in the wake of her helping torpedo the 20-week abortion ban, is appalling.
The boys over at Red State are leading the charge, with sexually insecure sad sack Erick Erickson calling her “the GOP’s Abortion Barbie” (his sick nickname for Wendy Davis) and now another Red Stater, Aaron Gardner, asking “Is Renee Ellmers worthy of life?”
In a country where abortion providers have been murdered and clinics bombed, that’s a particularly ugly provocation.
Gardner justifies his threatening question by explaining he’s the product of rape - his biological grandfather apparently raped his grandmother — and that the rape exemption to the abortion ban that Ellmers supports somehow makes the case that he’s not worthy of life.
So maybe it’s not a surprise that nothing has divided the Holocaust denial ‘movement’ more than money: racial supremacists are a cantankerous and quarrelsome bunch by nature, so if you throw lucre into the ring, they will scrap like angry dogs for years at a time. There are few better examples of that phenomenon than Weber’s career leading the Institute for Historical Review (IHR), a period consumed by a war with its founder, Mr. Carto. The once-prominent pseudo-academic organization has greatly declined during their feud, which goes back nearly two decades.
The reason I bring all this up now is that a breitbartunmasked.com review of Weber’s 2013 IRS 990 filing for the ‘Legion for the Survival of Freedom, Inc.,’ a non-profit organization which controls the IHR, shows a sudden tenfold jump in income. Whereas the Legion normally takes in a little over $100,000 per average annum, Weber’s anti-Semitic, authoritarian, and racist organization was the recipient of more than $1 million during the 2013 calendar year. Sure, it’s possible that Charles and David Koch have slipped Weber a pile of scratch, but it’s much more likely that Weber finally received some part of a legal judgment related to a years-long dispute between the Holocaust deniers over control of a large bequest.
And all of that comes before the surprising, mysterious plot twist.
Racists, Nazis transition from ‘old school’ to ‘new school’
Willis Carto has been a fixture on the fringe of the radical right since the 1950s, when he emerged in the nation’s capital as the leader of the anti-Semitic ‘Liberty Lobby.’ By the time he founded ‘Youth for Wallace’ in 1968 to support the racial supremacist platform of Alabama Governor George Wallace, Carto had already lost or burned most of his bridges into the respectable world of DC lobbyists thanks to his extremism; in fact, he was disavowed by the John Birch Society. Yet by the early 1970s, Carto is also credited with swinging Lyndon LaRouche and his cult away from their Marxist origins and into the world of paranoid right wing extremist politics.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) invited Family Research Council President Tony Perkins to Minneapolis last week after Perkins said that Muslims had established “no-go zones,” in the Minnesotan city.
In response to a caller on Perkin’s show, “Washington Watch,” on Friday, who claimed that the “Muslim community” had established “no-go zones” in France, Perkins said that while he could not verify the “military-type training,” he did accept that Europe — and some American cities — had these so-called “no-go zones.” (The no-go zones in France are a debunked conservative myth.)
“I mean, we saw the effect of that in France, where they have like 700 no-go zones, where authorities have allowed basically Sharia law to be imposed,” Perkins said, according to audio posted by Right Wing Watch. “There are some areas in this country that, in effect, that has occurred. Dearborn, Michigan, is one of the places. There are some places in Minneapolis. I don’t think it’s as clear-cut as what we’ve seen in Europe. It’s been more by the effect that that’s occurred.”
Power was being restored Sunday to tens of thousands of people who lost electricity in Southern California after fierce Santa Ana winds gusting as much as 89 mph toppled trees and power poles.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said Saturday’s outages affected more than 54,000 customers — mostly in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.
The Santa Ana winds downed numerous trees and power poles across the region. The damage included a large billboard that blew down in Burbank, while a big tree fell into the kitchen of a house in Van Nuys.