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Wednesday Link Salad

1) I don't believe in evolution. For those not clicking through, I also don't believe in my chair. I have empirical evidence that the chair exists (my ass is not on the ground) and I have the same sort of evidence to support evolution.

2) Larry Niven's Laws. Of especial interest:
1a) Never throw shit at an armed man.
1b) Never stand next to someone who is throwing shit at an armed man.

3)NASA gets into the algae-fuel boom. Their solution is a bag that floats in the ocean.

4)As somebody with genetic risk factors for prostate cancer, the idea of using ultrasound to kill tumors is interesting.

5) An interesting article from Reuters: Marine insurance, or lack of it, may yet turn out to be the most effective sanction used by Western nations in 17 years of tightening the screws on Iran's nuclear program. I use insurance companies as a motive force in my latest magnum opus Pirates of Mars.


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Apr. 18th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
H G Wells did the same thing in his The Shape of Things to Come - civilization breaks down, and one reason is that insurance becomes unaffordable. No joke.

It's an interesting book in some ways: Written before WWII, and before Dear Leader FDR aka Daddy turned “Uncle Sam” into “Papa Sam,” it described a very non-Imperial Washington where the essentially irrelevant POTUS is reduced to about the level of a University President; he sits out on the front porch of the White House and greets casual visitors, just as Presidents actually did until FDR and Truman &c. (Remember, there wasn't even a phone in the White House until 1925!)
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