June 30, 2008

As Obama stonewalls on uncertified birth certificate, official doubts mount

'A senior official in the State of Hawaii's Department of Health, Director of Communications Janice Okubo, confirms that the image published and circulated by the Obama campaign as his "birth certificate" lacks the necessary embossed seal and signature. Backing away from a quote attributed to her that the image on the campaign site was "valid," she told the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times in an article published yesterday: "I don't know that it's possible for us to even say beyond a doubt what the image on the site represents."'
israelinsider: politics: As Obama stonewalls on uncertified birth certificate, official doubts mount
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:53 AM

June 18, 2008

The Energy Non-Crisis

The Energy Non-Crisis by Lindsey Williams
Posted by Martin Sewell at 2:43 PM

June 14, 2008

Evolutionary Psychology and Peak Oil

Evolutionary psychology and peak oil: A Malthusian inspired "heads up" for humanity by Dr Michael E. Mills
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:27 PM

June 13, 2008

China in Africa

'During my recovery, I had time to dwell on parasites, how they invade and deplete their hosts, much as successive colonial powers have done over the centuries in places such as Africa. Anyone who thinks that kind of ravenous acquisition of resources is a thing of the past should take a close look at the suction China is applying in the sub-Sahara. The region is now the scene of one of the most sweeping, bare-knuckled, and ingenious resource grabs the world has ever seen.'
Special Report: China In Africa | Fast Company
Posted by Martin Sewell at 10:32 PM

Salmon in a Dishwasher

Tom Scott » Salmon in a Dishwasher
Posted by Martin Sewell at 9:30 PM

June 11, 2008

Baby born with penis on back

The Sun: Baby boy born with penis on back in China
Posted by Martin Sewell at 8:41 PM

Middle East Pop Quiz

Middle East Pop Quiz - by Charley Reese
Posted by Martin Sewell at 3:48 PM

Best tourists according to Expedia survey of hotel managers

'Who are the world's rudest tourists ? According to a new global survey of hoteliers, they are .....the Americans. This is a little surprising since the cliché would suggest that this prize might go to the French or possibly the Russians.'
Charles Bremner - Times Online - WBLG: Americans are ruder than the French, survey finds
The gulf between the Japanese (the best tourists) and the Chinese (the worst tourists) suggests that cultural, rather than genetic, factors dominate.
Posted by Martin Sewell at 3:34 PM

BBC uncovers lost Iraq billions

'A BBC investigation estimates that around $23bn (£11.75bn) may have been lost, stolen or just not properly accounted for in Iraq.'
BBC NEWS | World | Middle East | BBC uncovers lost Iraq billions
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:42 PM

June 10, 2008

Barack Obama wears a pin bearing the Israeli and American flags

'Barack Obama, wearing a pin bearing the Israeli and American flags, kicked off his general election campaign yesterday with an impassioned appeal for Jewish votes that promised Jerusalem must remain the undivided capital of Israel.'
OYBAMA! 'PIN'UP DEM WOOS JEWS - New York Post
Posted by Martin Sewell at 11:36 PM

Euro 2008

Naturally, I'm boycotting Euro 2008. However, if forced to show a preference, I'd support the team with the shortest genetic distance from England.
Netherlands 3
Germany 3.9
France 4.3
Switzerland 5
Sweden 6.6
Portugal 8.2
Spain 8.3
Austria 9.7
Italy 10
Czech Republic 10.6
Poland 12.4
Russia 14
Greece 35.1
Turkey 137
Croatia ?
Romania ?
Posted by Martin Sewell at 12:40 AM

June 7, 2008

Obama's (lack of) legislative accomplishments

YouTube - Obama campaign rep STUMPED on legislative accomplishments
Posted by Martin Sewell at 2:35 PM

June 6, 2008

Wikileaks

'Wikileaks is developing an uncensorable Wikipedia for untraceable mass document leaking and analysis. Our primary interest is in exposing oppressive regimes in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we also expect to be of assistance to people of all regions who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their governments and corporations. We aim for maximum political impact. Our interface is identical to Wikipedia and usable by all types of people. We have received over 1.2 million documents so far from dissident communities and anonymous sources.'
Wikileaks
Posted by Martin Sewell at 4:09 PM