The administration is coming at Iran from every direction at once


Nuclear weapons is just one among many reasons the US seeks to attack Iran.

Some of the threatening actions the administration is taking against Iran have been well-covered by the media. These include calling for another round of UN sanctions on Iran for continuing to enrich — at however slow a pace — uranium, charging Iran with supporting anti-American militants in Iraq and designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a “terrorist” group. Also, the administration has proposed a $63 billion arms sale to Middle-Eastern countries, like Saudi Arabia and Egypt, that stand in opposition to Iran.

But, nothing if not comprehensive, the administration and those allied with it are attacking Iran from a multitude of other angles. Following are examples, most recent first, from just the last two weeks: Continue reading

Ignore politicians who don’t play nice with the other children

First,, a liberal political action group, uses a full-page New York Times ad to attack the character of an American commander, calling him “Gen. Betray Us” and accusing him of “cooking the books for the White House” on the war in Iraq.

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton assails the general’s report to Congress, saying it requires “a willing suspension of disbelief,” essentially calling him a liar. Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani runs a full-page ad in The Times highlighting candidate Clinton’s quote and reproducing the ad. Candidate Giuliani’s ad claims Democrats orchestrated the attack on Gen. David Petraeus. His ad closes this way:

These times call for statesmanship, not politicians spewing political venom.

All of which makes me wonder: Did the current crop of presidential candidates — and modern politicians in general — fail kindergarten?
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Jena 6 defendant’s conviction overturned – well, kinda sorta, I mean, you know, maybe it would do the kid some good to stay in jail with an exorbitant bond while the local D.A. tries to ratchet up his remaining charges…


The Associated Press reports that a Louisiana appeals court has overturned the conviction of Mychal Bell, the first defendant in the Jena 6 case.

Don’t get excited. It’s not over. The kid may not even get out of jail. Continue reading

Debunking more global heating denier myths – the second major update complete

A month ago, I completed a significant update to the anti-global heating denier myths post I did in July. I’ve just completed the second major update to that post, adding many images and adding two new debunked myths.

  • I added images cut out of referenced papers and from the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report to Myths #4, 8, 10, and 13.
  • Myth #19 was added. It is a detailed discussion by way of analogy to electrical engineering (my actual profession) of why climate scientists can make valid climate predictions without perfect models and without being able to use those models to predict the weather.
  • Myth #20 was added as a response to a direct request from someone in the comments. It debunks the erroneous news that volcanic eruptions emit more CO2 than human beings do.


Elvis is king…of his destiny, anyway…and that’s worth a lot….

elvisisking.jpg I saw Elvis Costello two nights ago at (interestingly enough) the Booth Amphitheater in Cary, NC (a suburb of Raleigh). It was an excellent show, and if he’d had a better audience, it would have been a great one.

The amphitheater only holds about 2000, so it was a fairly intimate setting for a show. Elvis appeared with the North Carolina Symphony (they played some of his orchestral pieces and provided interesting backup for some of his hits) and Steve Nieve, his original keyboardist from EC and the Attractions. So that was fun.

What I want to talk about, though, is not so much the show itself (though I’ll cover that). I really want to talk about the Elvis Costello I saw versus the guy who first burst onto the hinterland American consciousness in 1978. Continue reading

Nanotech roundup

Nanotech is an enabling technology rather than a technology itself. And today, I’ve written up anoter Nanotech Roundup of interesting news and examples of how nanotech will change how the world works.

In this issue of the roundup: nano-particles of silver and carbon nanotubes are being used as antibiotic materials, new metal oxide nanotubes could be better for electronics than carbon nanotubes, highly energy efficient nanotech-enabled coatings, single-molecule switches and progress on the basic science leading to atomic-scale data storage, and ultra-fast curing cement.

Saturday Video Roundup: the best of music video, part 1

Welcome to yet another breathtaking episode of S&R’s famed Saturday Video Roundup. Today, instead of the usual assortment of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot moments I want to look at some truly fantastic bits of music videography (and you can’t have a great music video without a great song). You probably haven’t seen these, but I think they’re among the finest ever made.

Let’s start with Death in Vegas. And remember, the first hit is always free:

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