Friday Links

Friday, August 24, 2007

The yen carry -trade is unraveling.

ZTD—getting things done the minimal way.

Make an average face.

Did life begin on comets?

Columbia's civil war is expanding.

Could a new nanoparticle be an early-warning diagnostic tool for disease?

Cross-platform Microsoft.

10 surprising uses for aspirin.

An automatic coupon notifier plugin.

The interactive map of Springfield.

Google is now aggregating social networking data (and mining it).

5,000 year old chewing gum.

Where to get free books.

64-core CPU machines are here.

Is Hugo Chavez in control?

6 comments:

Luther McLeod said...

All links good MHA.

But the Chavez article I thought particularly well done. Well rounded and insightful. But depressing in the end.

It is a pity that oil has become such a manipulative substance. Chavez could do little without the money from such.

It is a shame and so sad to see the evil of socialism being used to exploit even further the poor of Venezuela. But the world turns I guess.

I found this though to be, well what, scary or lunacy;

"whose "21st-century socialism" entails the use of computer networks to decide who should get what, providing the long-awaited "mathematical-conceptual solution of the problem of objective value."

Let's hope the Hil isn't following events down there very closely.

MeaninglessHotAir said...

Luther,

I agree the Chavez article is the best of this bunch, by far. It deserved the gold star but I didn't have time today to put it in. I barely had time to push the one button that said "publish".

The Chavez situation is serious and I believe people are underestimating the threat there.

Knucklehead said...

That's some provocative stuff!

Buddy Larsen said...

The kicker is, he's been elected --and the last time, fairly, and by 60-plus percent. Lots of turds getting elected in the new democracies. The saving grace is, they can be dumped in subsequent elections --unless the rules change, as with poor old Venezuela.

Luther McLeod said...

"Fairly" might be a bit of a stretch, but the point is valid, nonetheless. He was. Elected by those who wish a bit of milk out of that government teat. We will certainly see that here in 08. And that is the crux isn't it, those who wish to have, versus those who wish to do. Those who are willing to take a chance on that brass ring and those who say it belongs to 'all' of us.

MeaninglessHotAir said...

Hitler was elected too.

This puts the lie to the oft-proposed idea that democracy alone is the panacea to cure all political ills.

In fact the ancient Greeks believed the opposite, namely, that democracy inevitably led to dictatorship, as day to night. This is one reason why the founding fathers set the US up as a republic and not a democracy.