Where are we going, and why are we in this handbasket?

Tuesday, February 24, 2004

Pentagon tells Bush: climate change will destroy us

A secret report, suppressed by US defence chiefs and obtained by The Observer, warns that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a 'Siberian' climate by 2020. Nuclear conflict, mega-droughts, famine and widespread rioting will erupt across the world.

The document predicts that abrupt climate change could bring the planet to the edge of anarchy as countries develop a nuclear threat to defend and secure dwindling food, water and energy supplies. The threat to global stability vastly eclipses that of terrorism, say the few experts privy to its contents.

Thursday, February 12, 2004

The Community Bridge Project

Concrete bridge painted to look like ancient stonework. Super cool. [via interface design list]

Friday, February 06, 2004

The Quorum After

Mildly interesting Op-Ed on the fact that congress couldn't continue if it lost quorum due to incapacitation of a large number of delegates (as opposed to death, which is already covered).

Monday, February 02, 2004

Kansas appeals court backs harsher sentence for illegal gay sex, says difference justifiable

18-year old has sex with a 14-year old. If the minor had been a girl, the maximum sentence would've been 15 months. But, since the minor was male, he's going down for 17 years.

At least all the judges on the appeals court aren't complete idiots:

"The dissenting judge, G. Joseph Pierron Jr., said the state had no rational basis for the differences in sentencing.
'We grant deference, not blind acquiescence, to legislative findings,' Pierron wrote. 'This blatantly discriminatory sentencing provision does not live up to American standards of equal justice.' "

Yahoo! News - Sharon Drops Bombshell: Gaza Settlements to Go
"JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon (news - web sites) said Monday he planned to evacuate almost all of the Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip (news - web sites), dropping a political bombshell that stunned friends and foes alike.

'I have given the order to plan for the evacuation of 17 settlements in the Gaza Strip,' the right-wing prime minister told the Haaretz newspaper. 'I am working on the assumption that in the future there will be no Jews in Gaza.' "


Wow.

North Korea's gulag

Since they are part of the axis of evil, here's hoping George decides to execute a little regime change over there.