Archive for November 26th, 2013
Daily Links From Glimpse From a Height
- WordPress.com vs. Censorship
Going to bat for its users against DMCA abuse: The DMCA system gives copyright holders a powerful and easy-to-use weapon: the unilateral right to issue a takedown notice that a website operator (like Automattic) must honor or risk legal liability. The system works so long as copyright owners use this power in good faith. But […]
- Reprise: How AIPAC became Obama’s Syria Scapegoat
From a few months ago: It’s an odd assertion, especially as it’s quite clear that the arrow pointed in the other direction: it was the White House that asked AIPAC to put its resources at Obama’s disposal and “do the president a solid,” as one official at a Washington-based Jewish organization told Alana Goodman at the Washington […]
- Arresting Spanish Tower
Yes, that would have meant something different a little while ago. Unfortunately, they forgot to include a picture of the view from the tower. Via FeelGuide.
- Narrow Networks Suddenly a Bug, Not a Feature
Last week, the Washington Post ran a story blaming insurers for limiting choices as a result of Obamacare. Count on this to be a major part of the administration’s demonization efforts against insurance companies. Funny, I’m old enough to remember when this was a selling point.
- Tackling Cosmological Fine-Tuning
Why does the universe appear fine-tuned for life? This has been a question in science for as long as I can remember. It’s a normal question – why do physical constants that appear to have nothing to do with one another nevertheless seem to be fine-tuned to one another? Fine-tuning is a problem for scientists, […]
- Hunger Games: Catching Fire
It’s a fine review, pointing out some of the flaws in the first film that we didn’t get because we haven’t read the books. But then, I had to be talked into seeing the first movie, and perhaps rated it more highly because 1) the political analogy to today is unmistakable, and 2) I have […]