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stupid, stupid politics
Verizon to Google: extortion sounds nice, Google to Verizon: Fuck You

the Bush appointed NASA PR officer who tried to silence their climate experts didn't even graduate from university

power law problems: homelessness, car pollution, police brutality, and why the most efficient response is so politically unpopular (long, but one of the more interesting things I've read in a while)

el shrub is "allowed" to order killings on US soil

returning soldier forced to pay for body armour because nobody wrote down when they stripped it from his bleeding body

the NSA is "allowed" to tap ordinary American's email

Karl Rove is "allowed" to blacklist any republican who votes against the president

and, of course:

ha ha!

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lifeofreilly From: lifeofreilly Date: February 7th, 2006 02:33 pm (UTC) (link)

I'm really very, very sorry.

I humbly apologize for my Country.
notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: February 7th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: I'm really very, very sorry.

*shrug* there's still lots of very cool people over there. I'll be coming back, no question.

partly, I'm just wondering when you're going to emigrate. NZ seems to be doing a booming business importing interesting and well rounded Americans :)

and, well, one crazy administration does not make a country. See also: England.
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notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: February 7th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC) (link)
undisprovable? is that even a word? :)

what about if it is demonstrably another distribution, eg, normal? wouldn't that preclude it being a power law distribution? without altering the measuring range, can one set of data belong to two mutually exclusive distributions?

and yes, power laws kick ass. I'm a big fan. (as I write this I think "and a big geek" but hey *grin*)
From: allanduke Date: February 8th, 2006 06:33 am (UTC) (link)
Bell Curves are awesome (but don't read the book called "The Bell Curve." I've never heard of Power-Laws before... but I definitely understand them. I'm just glad that the writer of the article said: That is what is so perplexing about power-law homeless policy. From an economic perspective the approach makes perfect sense. But from a moral perspective it doesn’t seem fair.
Thanks for posting that link!
notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: February 8th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC) (link)
hey, sure thing... that's why I'm here, to find interesting/bizarre/whack stuff, so you can waste time more productively :)
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 8th, 2006 12:47 pm (UTC) (link)

Local action

Amazing New Yprker story - thanks for that. Reminds me of an article I read just the other week - the city here is opening another centre of "hard weather" apartments - toughened apartments for clients just as described in the article. They are virtually bulletproff - stainless steel bathrooms, hardened edges, tough walls you can´t punch through. For a city with the giggest narko population/head in Europe, they have to do something.

Again, fab artcile. Thanks for finding it.
notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: February 8th, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: Local action

hey, glad to help.. glad someone else enjoyed it. Well worth the time, I thought.

Can I ask which city it is that's opened these apartments?

I heard about the "Amsterdam Vandal" proof trains they were testing.. makes the British football thugs look like amateurs (he says, sparking a european wide explosion of riots)
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 9th, 2006 02:25 am (UTC) (link)

Re: Local action

Oslo. I don't know how long the waiting list is. Midwinter now (-10, whistling wind, 40+ cm of snow) there's not too many homeless on the streets - most have a place to go to. God help them.
notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: February 9th, 2006 02:43 am (UTC) (link)

Re: Local action

it gets bloody brisk in Oslo.. I certainly wouldn't want to be out in it..
allyn From: allyn Date: February 8th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC) (link)

hooray for the power of the press!

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/08/politics/08nasa.html?th=&emc=th&pagewanted=print

...

Mr. Deutsch's resignation came on the same day that officials at Texas A&M University confirmed that he did not graduate from there, as his résumé on file at the agency asserted.
notabouthim From: notabouthim Date: February 8th, 2006 06:38 pm (UTC) (link)

Re: hooray for the power of the press!

yes, yes indeedy.. that or all us piddly bloggers *grin*
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