Archive for July, 2007

Free Transit Counter-Arguments

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

Free Transit? Experts Are Wary :: News :: thetyee.ca

squareCircleZ » Zipf Distributions, log-log graphs and Site Statistics

Sunday, July 29th, 2007

squareCircleZ » Zipf Distributions, log-log graphs and Site Statistics

Bonobo Swingers?

Friday, July 27th, 2007

Arts&Letters Daily pointed to this fine essay by Ian Parker in The New Yorker. It really is an interesting and entertaining blend of anecdote, history, and good science reporting.

Even the New Yorker Gets it Wrong

Friday, July 27th, 2007

ok, This may be a picayune comment in the context of a serious issue, but in David Remnick's Letter from Jerusalem: The Apostate: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker he refers to Avram Burg's "flouting of the fact that he holds a French passport". Of course the common ignorami more often go the other way […]

Revisiting the Potential of Free Content ~ Stephen's Web ~ by Stephen Downes

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Revisiting the Potential of Free Content ~ Stephen's Web ~ by Stephen Downes

Privileged Peer Review - Whose Opinion Counts? ~ Stephens Web ~ by Stephen Downes

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

Privileged Peer Review - Whose Opinion Counts? ~ Stephens Web ~ by Stephen Downes

Fare-Free Public Transit

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

AlterNet: Environment: Fare-Free Public Transit Could Be Headed to a City Near You (and IMO it could and should be paid for with the revenue from a levy on urban auto traffic like the 'congestion fee' charged in London)

AlterNet: Environment: What to Say to Those Who Think Nuclear Power Will Save Us

Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

AlterNet: has reprinted an article from 'Orion' magazine by someone called Rebecca Solnit who claims to be giving advice on: What to Say to Those Who Think Nuclear Power Will Save Us though what she is really arguing is not just that nuclear power is not a panacaea, but that it must be excluded at […]

CRIA's a liar

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

Michael Geist - CRIA's "Unprecedented" Decline points out that the decline in sales bewailed by the Canadian Recording Industry Association in 2006 was due to the departure of several independent labels from the organization and not to file sharing as claimed by the association. But it should be no surprise that the thieves who steal […]

Michael Geist - Canadians Speak out on Media Diversity

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

Michael Geist - Canadians Speak out on Media Diversity I support a policy limiting concentrated and cross-ownership of the media in Canada, and also clearly separating those who control distribution channels from those who produce, aggregate and/or distribute content. I want a choice in what I see on TV, hear on the radio and read […]

The Chronicle: 7/13/2007: Banishing the Ghosts of Iran

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

Commenting on the arrest of Haleh Esfandiari in The Chronicle: 7/13/2007: Banishing the Ghosts of Iran, Fatemeh Keshvarz says "We all wish Esfandiari to be freed, but the danger is that we will color all of Iran..." and goes on to harangue Azar Nafisi for not mentioning enough contemporary Iranian women writers in her story […]

Dawkins: How dare you call me a fundamentalist

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

In How dare you call me a fundamentalist the Times online presents an excerpt from Richard Dawkins' introduction to the paperback edition of 'The God Delusion' in which he responds to some critics of the hard cover edition.

Why Dawkins is Wrong - by D. S. Wilson

Monday, July 9th, 2007

Skeptic: eSkeptic: Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

Jim Motavalli at AlterNet on the Nuclear Option?

Monday, July 9th, 2007

AlterNet: Environment: Is Fear About Climate Change Causing a Nuclear Renaissance? provides a balanced review including summaries of a number of people's positions but doesn't really add any new information.

Video Debate on Nuclear Power

Thursday, July 5th, 2007

Peter Bradford, Patrick Moore and Jim Riccio debate the future of nuclear power and why nuclear power cannot solve the climate crisis. The actual debate linked to from Nuclear Information and Resource Service - NIRS is quite interesting, but the intro (including the above description) and the powerpoint style summary notes alongside the video are […]

Telus Lies to Force Images off YouTube

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

Telus Cleanses Image on YouTube :: News :: thetyee.ca Although requiring a court order before penalties apply to the carrier would help avert this kind of abuse, the most important thing to do to protect public domain property (as well as that of those without the financial resources to defend what is their own) is […]