Friday, August 01, 2003

Two trailblazing researchers:

Ladder of the Law: Another Side of Bob Dylan

Kansas is Flatter Than A Pancake
With Bob Hope, Strom Thurmond, Katherine Hepburn and many other famous (or infamous) Americans being eulogized recently, it's a pity that the American public has overlooked one of its true heroes:

Arnold Nawrocki, Cheese Innovator

Thursday, July 31, 2003

If you don't learn from history you are doomed to repeat it.

Here's the last line of the appendix written by Nobel Prize Laureate Richard Feynman to the Rogers Report on the 1986 Challenger Space Shuttle Disaster:

For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.

The entire text of Feynman's Appendix can be found here.

The front page of the Rogers Report can be found here.
I'm curious about your ideas about this one:

If someone could wave a magic wand and "win" the "war on terrorism," what would actually happen?

One of the things that jumped out at me in today's Washington Post was in an article quoting a 'source' about new reports of airline hijacking threats:

"It's the most specific I've seen since we entered this new world" after the 2001 hijackings, the source said.
from "Memo Warns of New Plots to Hijack Planes" Washington Post 073003

Does the American public, or at least the administration, really believe that we've entered some kind of 'new world,' as opposed to before? That somehow the fundamental nature of the world changed on a September morning? Is there something more than our own shaken sense of ourselves?

And as for our sense of ourselves:

Enemy Combatant Vanishes Into A 'Legal Black Hole'

It is incorrect to say they were "defending" him, because he hadn't been charged with a crime. "What we aspire to, our hope, is to be able to defend Jose Padilla," Patel said. He scoffed at the Mobbs Declaration, the sole piece of public evidence that supports the detention. Mobbs's own footnotes conceded that the government's "confidential sources" probably were not "completely candid," that one source subsequently recanted and another was being treated with drugs, and that their information may have been an attempt to mislead interrogators.

"Someone who's a confirmed liar and someone else who's on drugs and one of the two has recanted," Patel snorted. "You really think someone should be locked up for a year in solitary confinement based on that?"

"What we're asking for Mr. Padilla," he said, "is something I consider a very core American value: A guy's entitled to his day in court. That's how we do things here. We don't just throw people in jail because we think or believe they're bad."

Washington Post 073003

Much more to come