I am a geek. I read science fiction and I watch anime. While I’m not remotely fluent, I can speak a few words of Klingon and Elvish, and I think it’s totally cool that some people take the time to make their own chain mail. I read Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, a number of […]
I’ve been hammering pretty hard on the imperial presidency of Bush II recently, given his use of signing statements to ignore federal law and his attempt to slip around the Senate’s Constitutional authority to approve or reject treaties by negotiating a “status of forces agreement” with the Iraqi government. Add into the mix his rejection […]
The results of the latest S&R poll are in. Readers were asked “Which major press entity do you regard as the most credible source of news?” 1. Other/None of the above (70) 2. BBC (64) 3. PBS (39) 4. CNN (15) 5. New York Times (11) 6. Washington Post (6) NBC/MSNBC (6) Wall Street Journal […]
Every generation of secrecy-minded bureaucrats needs a breeding ground, a dark, dank place where they can perfect the ability to hide their machinations behind closed doors and retaliate against those who believe sunlight should trump darkness. One such place, it seems, is the student government association at Montclair State University. Last week, it froze the […]
Martin Bosworth wrote in his piece on John Edwards’ withdrawal from the Democratic Presidential race: “Edwards did not fit the assumed narrative the media wanted to run with in this campaignâ€“he was the outsider, the guy who wasnâ€™t campaigning on experience or the audacity of hope. Moreover, he was speaking painful truths about class, corporatism, […]
Shaun over at Kiko’s House (one of the best blogs you might not have heard of, by the way) has an interesting one up. What do you make of this Obama poster?
The Prince, by Niccolo Machiavelli, first published in 1513, 176 pages, ISBN 978-0553212785 The worst that a prince may expect from a hostile people is to be abandoned by them; but from hostile nobles he has not only to fear abandonment, but also that they will rise against him; In 1513, early into the Great […]
On the left at about the 8-second mark, figure in black spits in the face of Shirley Phelps-Roper. Gratuitous, yes. But don’t tell me you haven’t dreamed of doing it yourself… Thanks to Steven Campbell for the tip.
By Martin Bosworth “The Universe hates me you know. I don’t know why; I’ve never done anything to the Universe to… Well, alright. A few things, but after a while you’d think it would be enough. ‘Yes, we’ve had our fun with Londo Mollari for now. Perhaps it is time to move on and find […]
By Martin Bosworth I wanted to add some more thoughts to Sam’s excellent estimation of the end of John Edwards’ campaign. I’ve pretty much been deep in the tank for Edwards since his awe-inspiring “Two Americas” speech in 2004, so to see and hear him bow out today was a grand disappointment. But even as […]
Generating electricity from ocean currents, waves, and the tides have the opportunity to provide significant amounts of electricity. As I reported several weeks ago, the first significant wave power installation has been given the green light by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for installation off the Olympic Peninsula. Another type of water-based energy is the […]
It was only a matter of time. John Edwards Drops Out of Presidential Race – Former Senator’s Campaign Adviser: ‘It Just Became Clear It Wasn’t Going to Happen’ Former Senator John Edwards, D-N.C., will drop out of the Democratic presidential race on Wednesday. “It just became clear it wasn’t going to happen,” a senior Edwards […]
I earn between $50,000 and $75,000 a year. I have three degrees. I teach at a small Catholic liberal arts university. I own several cameras. I have two vehicles, one four-wheel-drive, the other high-mileage. I belong to two environmental organizations. I commute more than 10 miles to work. I contribute to three non-profit organizations. I […]
By Martin Bosworth Following up on my post from a little while back discussing Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell’s desire to police the Internet, the Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima confirmed last weekend that the Decider had signed a classified directive authorizing the NSA to more expansively monitor intrusions on federal networks for signs of […]
China is rapidly becoming Africa's largest investor. They require little in the way of good governance and are aggressively creating new infrastructure in their drive to secure resources for their own industrial expansion. This offers both risks and opportunities for Africa. Once China becomes the most visible investor in Africa it also implies that their […]