September 28, 2005

Scientists photograph giant quid
Posted by Martin Sewell at 9:51 PM

September 27, 2005

Societies worse off 'when they have God on their side'

"RELIGIOUS belief can cause damage to a society, contributing towards high murder rates, abortion, sexual promiscuity and suicide, according to research published today. "
Times Online
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:50 PM

September 26, 2005

Armed and dangerous - Flipper the firing dolphin let loose by Katrina

"It may be the oddest tale to emerge from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Armed dolphins, trained by the US military to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater, may be missing in the Gulf of Mexico."
The Observer | International
Posted by Martin Sewell at 7:25 PM


Posted by Martin Sewell at 6:27 PM

Bush plea for cash to rebuild Iraq raises $600

"An extraordinary appeal to Americans from the Bush administration for money to help pay for the reconstruction of Iraq has raised only $600 (£337), The Observer has learnt. Yet since the appeal was launched earlier this month, donations to rebuild New Orleans have attracted hundreds of millions of dollars."
The Observer | International
Posted by Martin Sewell at 1:09 AM

September 22, 2005

The Million Dollar Homepage

"The website of Alex Tew, a 21-year-old entrepreneur, who hopes to pay his way through university by selling 1 million pixels of internet ad space for $1 each."
The Million Dollar Homepage - Own a piece of internet history! | Students | Student banks on million dollar website
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:51 PM

September 20, 2005

Google Blog Search

Google Blog Search
Posted by Martin Sewell at 9:25 PM

Artists erect giant pink bunny on mountain

"An enormous pink bunny has been erected on an Italian mountainside where it will stay for the next 20 years."
Posted by Martin Sewell at 7:39 PM

Electricity bought back to New Orleans...for 30 mins while Bush visits

"The motorcade route through the district was partially lit no more than 30 minutes before POTUS drove through. And yet last night, no more than an hour after the President departed, the lights went out."
Daily Nightly: Another night on location - Nightly News with Brian Williams -
Thanks to Cliff.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 3:37 PM

OkCupid! Politics Test

You are a

Social Liberal
(66% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(31% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:06 AM

September 16, 2005

'They don't sit with a sign recruiting for terrorists'

"Are extremist groups on campus providing the 'tipping point' for disaffected students? In the wake of the attacks on London, Polly Curtis investigates" | higher news
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:38 AM

September 15, 2005

Tropical Cyclone Names

Tropical Cyclone Names
Posted by Martin Sewell at 2:28 PM

September 13, 2005

Ditch Holocaust day, advisers urge Blair

"ADVISERS appointed by Tony Blair after the London bombings are proposing to scrap the Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day because it is regarded as offensive to Muslims."
Sunday Times - Times Online
Posted by Martin Sewell at 3:44 PM

In the beginning there was the Flying Spaghetti Monster

"In recent weeks, a satirical attack on the teaching of Creationism in American schools has become the world's fastest growing 'religion'. The Noodly Saviour looked at the furore He had created and pronounced it good, writes James Langton"
Telegraph | News
Posted by Martin Sewell at 3:36 PM

A review of 6 Python IDEs

Posted by Martin Sewell at 3:34 PM

Don't dumb me down

"We laughed, we cried, we learned about statistics ... Ben Goldacre on why writing Bad Science has increased his suspicion of the media by, ooh, a lot of per cents"
Guardian Unlimited | Life
Posted by Martin Sewell at 3:29 PM

The beauty products from the skin of executed Chinese prisoners

"A Chinese cosmetics company is using skin harvested from the corpses of executed convicts to develop beauty products for sale in Europe, an investigation by the Guardian has discovered."
Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian
Posted by Martin Sewell at 3:26 PM

The Six Dumbest Ideas in Computer Security

Marcus J. Ranum
Posted by Martin Sewell at 3:24 PM

How Bush Blew It

"Bureaucratic timidity. Bad phone lines. And a failure of imagination. Why the government was so slow to respond to catastrophe."
Newsweek Hurricane Katrina Coverage -
Posted by Martin Sewell at 3:23 PM

The Ten Stupidest Utopias!

Strange Horizons Articles: The Ten Stupidest Utopias!, by Jeremy Adam Smith
Posted by Martin Sewell at 3:19 PM

Bush Family Holiday

Thanks to Tim.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:31 PM

September 9, 2005

Inequality and Health in the United States

Human Development Report 2005
Posted by Martin Sewell at 4:05 PM

September 8, 2005

Photoshop of a photo opp from Boing Boing

Posted by Martin Sewell at 1:20 AM

September 6, 2005

Hurricane Katrina - Wikipedia

Hurricane Katrina - Wikipedia
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:03 PM

Murder and rape - fact or fiction?

"There were two babies who had their throats slit. The seven-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in the Superdome. And the corpses laid out amid the excrement in the convention centre."
Guardian Unlimited | Special reports
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:42 PM

Killed by Contempt

"Each day since Katrina brings more evidence of the lethal ineptitude of federal officials. I'm not letting state and local officials off the hook, but federal officials had access to resources that could have made all the difference, but were never mobilized."
New York Times
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:39 PM

Penn accuses Bush amid rescue chaos

"leering police officers demanded young women flash their breasts in return for help"
This is London
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:33 PM

Viewpoint: Has Katrina saved US media?

"Amidst the horror, American broadcast journalism just might have grown its spine back, thanks to Katrina."
BBC NEWS | World | Americas
Posted by Martin Sewell at 5:01 PM

Barbara Bush: Things Working Out 'Very Well' for Poor Evacuees from New Orleans

'Accompanying her husband, former President George H.W.Bush, on a tour of hurricane relief centers in Houston, Barbara Bush said today, referring to the poor who had lost everything back home and evacuated, "This is working very well for them."'
Editor & Publisher
Posted by Martin Sewell at 4:51 PM

September 4, 2005

How to fall in love

"Here are 12 scientifically tested tips on finding Mr or Ms Right. Megan Gressor reports."
Health - Specials -
Posted by Martin Sewell at 9:55 PM

Unused Buses

"With the improved resolution we count 255 buses in that one lot. That means at a capacity of 66 on board, 16,830 New Orleans residents could have been evacced out in one trip. Even if you have a lower capacity per bus, say 50 per bus, you're still getting nearly 13,000 out in one run. In an emergency mandatory evacuation, you could probably get away with putting more than 66 on each of those buses."
Posted by Martin Sewell at 5:43 PM

Viewpoint: New Orleans crisis shames US

"The only difference between the chaos of New Orleans and a Third World disaster operation, he said, was that a foreign dictator would have responded better."
BBC NEWS | World | Americas
Posted by Martin Sewell at 5:39 PM

Fake sympathy and fake relief efforts

"But perhaps the greatest disappointment stands at the breached 17th Street levee. Touring this critical site yesterday with the President, I saw what I believed to be a real and significant effort to get a handle on a major cause of this catastrophe. Flying over this critical spot again this morning, less than 24 hours later, it became apparent that yesterday we witnessed a hastily prepared stage set for a Presidential photo opportunity; and the desperately needed resources we saw were this morning reduced to a single, lonely piece of equipment."
Mark A. R. Kleiman
Posted by Martin Sewell at 5:15 PM

Guardsmen 'played cards' amid New Orleans chaos: police official

"A top New Orleans police officer said that National Guard troops sat around playing cards while people died in the stricken city after Hurricane Katrina."
Yahoo! News
Posted by Martin Sewell at 5:09 PM

Bush visit staged

"ZDF News reported that the president's visit was a completely staged event. Their crew witnessed how the open air food distribution point Bush visited in front of the cameras was torn down immediately after the president and the herd of 'news people' had left and that others which were allegedly being set up were abandoned at the same time."
War and Piece
Posted by Martin Sewell at 5:06 PM

Chertoff: Katrina scenario did not exist

"Defending the U.S. government's response to Hurricane Katrina, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff argued Saturday that government planners did not predict such a disaster ever could occur."
Posted by Martin Sewell at 5:01 PM

Troops begin combat operations in New Orleans

"This place is going to look like Little Somalia"
Army Times
Posted by Martin Sewell at 4:59 PM

September 3, 2005

'This is criminal '

"From what you're hearing, the people trapped in New Orleans are nothing but looters. We're told we should be more "neighborly." But nobody talked about being neighborly until after the people who could afford to leave … left."
SF Indymedia
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:45 AM

"No one can say they didn't see it coming"

'In 2001, FEMA warned that a hurricane striking New Orleans was one of the three most likely disasters in the U.S. But the Bush administration cut New Orleans flood control funding by 44 percent to pay for the Iraq war.'
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:35 AM

President Bush Diverts Critical Resources For Photo-Op

Think Progress
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:29 AM

Vacation is Over... an open letter from Michael Moore to George W. Bush

Welcome to!
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:23 AM

September 1, 2005

McFly excite male fan

"A male fan's recent encounter with the boys from McFly left him extremely excited."
Digital Spy
Link thanks to Ian.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:28 AM

Hurricane Katrina

Posted by Martin Sewell at 2:03 AM

Racism on Yahoo! News

Posted by Martin Sewell at 1:35 AM

Did New Orleans Catastrophe Have to Happen? 'Times-Picayune' Had Repeatedly Raised Federal Spending Issues

"Even though Hurricane Katrina has moved well north of the city, the waters may still keep rising in New Orleans late on Tuesday. That's because Lake Pontchartrain continues to pour through a two-block-long break in the main levee, near the city's 17th Street Canal. With much of the Crescent City some 10 feet below sea level, the rising tide may not stop until it's level with the massive lake."
Editor & Publisher
Posted by Martin Sewell at 1:30 AM

“For They That Sow the Wind Shall Reap the Whirlwind”

"As Hurricane Katrina dismantles Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, it’s worth recalling the central role that Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour played in derailing the Kyoto Protocol and kiboshing President Bush’s iron-clad campaign promise to regulate CO2."
The Blog | Robert F. Kennedy Jr. | The Huffington Post
Posted by Martin Sewell at 1:25 AM