Thursday, May 19, 2005

---Newsweek recants, NASA-Pokemon Team-Up, Worst Place in the Galaxy?, Death of Elektron, BP reports on Texas City disaster 

Newsweek apologizes, retracts US Guantanamo Koran-flushing story:

Now that's a headline! This is what blogging is all about! You won't see traditional journalists stringing together a---string of---stuff---like---that!
Okay, I was ready to really expound heavily upon this, but I sort of waited too long. Several people have it pretty well covered, including Coulter (Check her archives if you see this after the commentary expires). The punch line: " Is there an adult on the editorial board of Newsweek?"
Then there’s the old “Dilbert” cartoon about using journalism majors to keep the motion-sensitive office lighting on by flapping their arms when the other employees fall asleep at their desks…I wish I still had a valid link. In any case, most people who are going to figure out what the problem is here already have.

NASA-Pokemon Team-Up:
A renewed effort to bring “fun and energy to education ”…apparently in their spare time from restoring public confidence after their last massive failure of corporate and individual judgment.

“Stars spotted on the edge of a massive black hole”:
And you thought your neighborhood was tough. A cluster of stars has been found apparently spiralling in toward the supermassive BH at the center of the Milky Way (can we get a better galatic name here? What are we, a candy bar?) only 0.26 light-years away. It isn’t clear yet how the stars can be intact in such a nightmarish environment.

ISS Oxygen generator RIP:
From Todd Halvorson at Florida Today. The cantankerous, increasingly unmaintainable “Elektron” oxygen generator of ISS has finally packed in. The 2-man crew has plenty of reserve, but it is going to be tough to restore that gas supply if the STS doesn’t start making regular flights again for some reason.

BP acknowledges major errors in Texas City plant explosion:

We’re in the neighborhood, relatively speaking. We know people who work at this plant. The explosion has been devastating both physically and emotionally to many in our area, especially since it is the second fatal accident at this plant this year.
It is remarkable, however, to see such candor in a disaster report from a large corporation with so much to lose from an admission of liability. And unlike our favorite US space agency, it seems unlikely that those found responsible will be promoted or given pay raises.
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