Saturday, January 21, 2006

---H5N1 Adapts, Random Stupid Stuff From Around the World, Dead Man Riding, and Other Stories 

H5N1 Adapts
FOXNews.com - Science - Ominous Mutation Found in Bird-Flu Gene
New Scientist Menacing changes seen in Vietnam bird flu - Breaking News

Reports of genetic changes in the dreaded influenza strain. The mechanisms of the adaptations to human-human transmission are actually quite interesting, if you don’t stop to think about the implications for too long.

Random Stupid Stuff From Around the World
FOXNews.com - Politics - New Orleans Mayor: Storms Sign 'God is Mad At America'
Another leader decides to blame the consequences of foolish leadership on God---or maybe God is just mad at New Orleans. It’s not clear whether Nagin was taking a page from the Pat Robertson playbook. Both have since apologized for their appalling misappropriation of God’s Authority.
FOXNews.com - Politics - Sen. Clinton: U.S. House Run 'Like a Plantation'
FOXNews.com - Politics - Sen. Obama Defends Clinton's 'Plantation' Comments

Hillary Clinton committed the dangerous political mistake of actually saying something where other people could hear. Just about everyone concerned seemed to recognize paternalistic pandering when they saw it. Nobody has apologized for this foolishness, but Obama did make some kind of effort to explain it away.
FOXNews.com - Politics - Gore: Eavesdropping Program Threatens Structure of Government
Actually, Gore threatened the structure of government, and now can barely get even the American news media to point a camera at him. Why did they make this exception?
FOXNews.com - Foxlife - 'Brokeback Mountain' Leads Globes With 4 Awards
These people have obviously concluded that it’s impossible to underestimate the intelligence of the American people. How else could they expect to justify the upcoming Oscar sweep for a movie that virtually nobody has spent their own money to see[this week, the comedic remake dud "Fun with Dick and Jane" and the obscure Shakespeare play "Tristan & Isolde" beat it at the box office]? A herd of journalism majors with a Super8 could sweep these awards shows, as long as the product glorified sexual perversion in some way. Irreparable harm to the public health and civil welfare is good for extra credit.
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World News - Iranian President Meets Palestinian Leaders in Syria
Iranian prez Amumblemesqualbabble has teamed up with the Syrians and Palestinians, probably to coordinate the use of Iraq’s former WMD’s in future attacks. What’s-his-name said some more stuff, but it was impossible to underestimate his credibility already. Like Hillary Clinton, Amum-whatever failed to apologize for anything he has said. Of course, it’s okay to say anti-Semitic things if you’re Muslim---after all, it’s the Religion of Peace tm.
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Russia Not Ready to Support Moves to Sanction Iran
Well, if this wasn’t the surprise of the month.....

Gulf of Tonkin, revisited?
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World - Iraq, Iran Navies Clash: One Killed, Nine Captured
Guess not. In fact, the whole incident seems to have gotten lost in the background noise.

Major Setbacks for World Markets
FOXNews.com - Business News - Stocks Fall on Japan Tumble, Tech Disappointment
My Way Finance

After flirting briefly with 11,000, the U.S. Dow stumbled badly on a rash of bad news. Japanese exchanges had to shut down to stop selloffs in the wake of the Livedoor, Inc. scandal, which culminated in the suicide of the internet company’s CEO. Oil prices are climbing out of sight, and tech stuff isn’t doing too well. Oh, well, what’s the worst that could happen?

Which Reminds Me....
FOXNews.com - U.S. & World News - Dead Man Rides NYC Subway, Possibly for Hours
I’ve lived in the same place for about 8 years, but I don’t remember any of my neighbor’s names. What exactly is wrong with us?

Maybe Our Backups Aren’t As Backed Up As We Thought
Storage expert warns of short life span for burned CDs - Computerworld
This is troubling information. We are used to thinking of our optical media as semi-permanent. The industry and computer magazines and TV shows have been telling us for years that our CDR’s are good for ten years, at least. If this is true, and writable optical media are only good for 2-5 years, it’s not good news at all.

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