The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is Now The Manhattan Project National Historic Park

The Home of the Manhattan Project, The First Nuclear Reactor and, Now, a National Park

English: Unofficial emblem of the Manhattan pr...
English: Unofficial emblem of the Manhattan project, circa 1946. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am a huge fan of our National Parks.  Being from Cleveland, I am blessed by the presence our “Emerald Necklace“. I can literally walk to 2 of our parks in less than 20 minutes.  That said, The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is a contaminated waste site and, infamously, the home of The Manhattan Project.  It has to be one of those things that make you go “hmmm”.

While the article at phys.org states that visitors will be nowhere near anything radioactive, I still have my doubts about the matter.  The article states “miles” and my mind thinks, “just how many miles please?”.  Since the site is roughly half the size of Rhod Island, it seems possible that they could keep you away from anything harmful.  After some further thought, it certainly is less frightening than Hillary Clinton saying she wants a “Manhattan Project for encryption“. Continue reading “The Hanford Nuclear Reservation is Now The Manhattan Project National Historic Park”

The Dancing Baby Wins!

Let’s Go Crazy for the Dancing Baby!

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Photo by RaeAllen

While the Internet is about many things, cute kittie photos, viral videos and, unfortunately, Rule 34.  It also a great tool for freedom of expression, fair use and sharing information.  True, it can harbor pirates, those who break copyright laws, but freedom of expression is a double-edged sword.   I can’t ban the Koran and still, justly and fairly, have my Bible.  In order to function, it must be completely open and accessible to all, equally and fairly.

Unfortunately, not everyone feels that way.  There are some who believe in suppression of ideas, filtering and censorship.  I call bullshit.  Let me take my chances with that sword. Continue reading “The Dancing Baby Wins!”

Will Robots make Social Security Obsolete?

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Photo by randychiu

I just read an article over at TechCrunch about an upcoming “createathon”.  This event is going to be focusing on emerging issue in the future.  As robotics and automation decrease the demand both skilled and unskilled jobs, will the change in job demand mandate some type of minimum income standard?

It seems reasonable to assume this will be the case.  Workers are being replaced by robots, the population is increasing and technology is constantly improving efficiency.  While one might think the idea is odd at first, it takes only a few moments of thought to see this is going to become a real issue for society.  Certainly seems a more important thing to debate rather than speculation on the colonization of Mars.

Talk About Politically Incorrect

A Mashup

I don’t normally watch many videos.  However, I am a huge follower of Cory Doctorow and Boing! Boing!.  His post caught my attention.

Personally, I do’t know much about this “progressive” candidate.  However, looking over her Wikipedia entry I think her mind reminds me of the Cleveland weather… “just wait 20 minutes and it will change”.

Maybe she won’t have that debate with her opponent because she is too busy debating herself?

Jacob Appelbaum on American Monitoring

Here I Go Again

Jacob Appelbaum
Jacob Appelbaum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Earlier today, I stated that I rarely give a video even 15 minuts. Yet I am about to post a video by Jacob Appelbaum. Jacob is an independent computer security expert and one of the key players behind the TOR Network.  He has won journalistic awards for his independent reporting and exposing our government’s behavior regarding spying on it’s own citizens.

He discusses just how bad our survellience state has become. It is worth the hour. More specifically, how nieve Americans are to think that we will not be targets. Continue reading “Jacob Appelbaum on American Monitoring”

15 Things About Pot – An Article at The Weather Channel

15 Things About Pot

Marijuana
Marijuana (Photo credit: warrantedarrest)

While checking the hourly weather this morning, I noticed an article at The Weather Channel.  It was about weed and 16 pages long.  I thought I might post a summary to encourage others to read it.  To be honest, most of the pages are more image than text and only a few paragraphs long.  I am not going to cover all 15 items here but just a few.

I am not entirely in favor of legalization of mood altering substances in general.  However, the reason there is so much debate regarding a weed that used to grow wild and keep ditches from washing out is because there are some good reasons for such.  Compared to the “drugs” that are legal, it is not too harmful.  Furthermore, cigarettes are the leading cause of preventable death and anyone of legal age can use them exactly as intended and kill themselves.

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The Revolving Door of Washinton DC

To Be Filed Under “WTF?”

I honestly don’t know how or why the citizens of the world, especially those in the Corporate United States of America put up with the blatant greasy palm and revolving door politics.  I really wish I could tell people we live in a democracy.  Truth seems closer to a “Corporatocracy” of bullshit and lies. Continue reading “The Revolving Door of Washinton DC”