I meant to include this wry article in my previous post on surveillance, abuse of power, and abuse of language, but then I decided that it deserves its own post. Rather in the spirit of Ambrose Bierce’s The Devil’s Dictionary, Philip Bump proposes that we bear in mind the NSA Surveillance Dictionary when trying to … More The NSA Surveillance Dictionary
Michael Giberson From The Onion: WASHINGTON—Sources have reported that following a long night of carousing at a series of D.C. watering holes, Energy Secretary Steven Chu awoke Thursday morning to find himself sleeping next to a giant solar panel he had met the previous evening. “Oh, Christ, what the hell did I do last night?” … More Chu’s solar power regrets
Michael Giberson Many people are confused about how solar power works. Here is an illustrated explanation: (HT to Nicole S. Thanks Nicole!)
Michael Giberson SMBC on the president and the economy: [HT to Rick Weber for the heads up.]
Michael Giberson I read recently that as many as 99,000 deaths per year in the United States are linked to nosocomial infection (also known as hospital-acquired infection). I’m outraged, obviously, and relying on the precautionary principle I am calling for a minimum one-year moratorium on hospital admissions so the healthcare industry can bring an end to nosocomial-linked … More Giberson calls for one-year moratorium on hospital admissions pending analysis of risks associated with nosocomial infection
Michael Giberson What is the deal with Yahoo Answers? Someone asks whether an onion is a fruit or vegetable, and the voted “best answer” says “An onion is a bulb.” What? Also, I’d be remiss in not sharing this: Continued Existence Of Edible Arrangements Disproves Central Tenets Of Capitalism WALLINGFORD, CT—Upending more than two centuries … More Onion: fruit, vegetable, or economics rag?
Michael Giberson Among the casualties of yesterday’s rolling blackouts in the ERCOT power system was a Texas A&M University conference dedicated to helping solve global energy challenges. Via the Texas A&M News and Information Service: Texas A&M System Gearing Up To Help Solve Global Energy Challenges COLLEGE STATION, Feb. 3, 2011—The Texas A&M University System … More Think globally, solve locally?