It’s an interesting quandry: in order… Thursday, 18 October 2007Posted by R Garfield in Drifting.
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It’s an interesting quandary: in order to learn chemistry, you have to learn how different chemicals react: what’s safe, what isn’t. In short, to learn how to make aspirin, you have to learn how to make a bomb. At some point, you learn that it’s a bad idea to mix, say, drain cleaner and ammonia and bleach… but you also learn that that’s exactly what you do if you want to cause caustic damage to someone.
A new panel (http://news.wired.com/dynamic/stories/S/SCIENCE_AND_SECURITY?SITE=WIRE&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2007-10-18-09-32-13 ) has been proposed that would supposedly balance the need for knowledge and the need for security.
I myself can’t see it working, but the idea has some basis in real need.
I’d propose instead the teaching of ethics and moral behavior: positive socialization trumps secrecy any time in my book. But I don’t think that would fly, either.
What I am is … Friday, 2 March 2007Posted by R Garfield in Bemused, Political.
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According to OnTheIssues.org, I am a “Moderate Liberal Populist.”
Jim Webb is considered a populist; I can go with that.
Apparently Hillary Clinton is considered a moderate liberal populist, as is Dennis Kunich (sp?).
Since my opinion on Ms. Clinton is decidely undecided, I don’t know how happy I am with this designation.
Ah, well … I’m happy enough with Wikipedia’s overview of ‘populist,’ as long as you leave the White Supremacists out of the equation.
(Hopefully, very far out…)
Richmond Sunlight Wednesday, 24 January 2007Posted by R Garfield in Political, State of Virginia, Technology.
I’m late on the bandwagon on this one – but head on over to Richmond Sunlight, an awesome site for keeping sight of what’s happening in our state government. Shaun Kenny, Brian Patton, and my old buddy Tabitha Peace are all raving about this site, I agree with all three:
- It’s much easier to use than the Legislative Information Services site
- Tag Clouds. But beyond that, it’s easy to add relevant tags
- Up-to-date progress on the bills
- An easy-to-read mark up of changes (to existing legislation)
- A clean, simple interface (hey, it’s Waldo Jacquith creation, so that’s only natural, right?
I use DLS/LIS sites a lot, and sometimes finding what I need there is an incredibly slow and annoying process. Richmond Sunlight makes finding the same information a snap, click, smile experience. This is a definitive ‘keeper.’
I’m off to spam eMail this site to the mayor, tc, and my commission and committee buddies now
Young Democrat Blogger of the Year Awards Thursday, 18 January 2007Posted by R Garfield in Political, Young Democrats.
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Virginia Young Democrats are taking nominations for the first-ever Young Democrat Blogger of the Year Awards now through February 11.
The three divisions for entries are:
- VAYD Teen Blogger of the Year (ages 13-18)
- Kenton Ngo
- VAYD College Blogger of the Year (in college)
- Neal2028 [I think ... ]
- VAYD Young Adult Blogger of the Year (younger than 36 and not in college)
- Brian K. Patton, Waldo Jacquith
Hat tip: Bryan J. Scrafford