This morning’s reading

Americans & Freedom

Dec 24th, 2009 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. Americans Will Come Down on Side of Freedom It may turn out to be one of the most important facts of the 21st century that the American people — as exemplified by, but not limited to, the “tea party” fighters — came down on the side
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The silence of Mammon, The Secular Meaning of Christmas

Dec 22nd, 2009 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. The silence of Mammon […] Most hard-headed business people are no doubt reluctant to make these arguments. They are more concerned with balancing their books than with engaging in worthy debates about freedom and democracy. But they would do well to become a bit less reticent:
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Who needs the Grid? and a Winter’s tale

Dec 11th, 2009 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. Who Needs the Grid?- The Atlantic Since the boxes are “fuel agnostic,” customers can run them on existing propane, natural gas, or ethanol sources. But they’ll also run on plant waste, or almost anything else containing hydrogen and carbon. And the eventual “killer app”? Processing wind-
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Second take on Sotomayor’s press coverage, Wireless electricity

Dec 3rd, 2009 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. The Story Behind the Story – The Atlantic In both instances, Richmond’s political bias made him tone-deaf to the context and import of Sotomayor’s remarks. Bear in mind that he was looking not simply to understand the judge, but to expose her supposed hidden agenda. […]
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Flawed climate data, Filtering reality

Oct 15th, 2009 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. Flawed climate data Steve and I showed that the mathematics behind the Mann Hockey Stick were badly flawed, such that its shape was determined by suspect bristlecone tree ring data. Controversies quickly piled up: Two expert panels involving the U.S. National Academy of Sciences were asked
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FBI Director’s response to release of Lockerbie bomber

Aug 25th, 2009 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. Letter from FBI’s Robert S. Mueller (This is the content of a letter from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III, sent to Scottish Minister Kenny MacAskill regarding the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi.) […]Your action gives comfort to terrorists around the world who now
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Alden Mills’ Perfect Fitness & Les Paul’s perfect guitars

Aug 21st, 2009 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. How I Did It: Alden Mills of Perfect Fitness In the office, everyone has a Perfect Pushup by their desks, and we keep two Perfect Pullups on one side of the room along with other fitness products we’re working on. I encourage people to work out
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Grit, nuclear power & entrepreneur-friendly cities

Aug 6th, 2009 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. The truth about grit Interestingly, it also appears that praising children for their intelligence can make them less likely to persist in the face of challenges, a crucial element of grit. […] After taking the test, one group was praised for their intelligence – “You must
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RF ID chips privacy concerns

Jul 15th, 2009 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. Chips in official IDs raise privacy fears Embedding identity documents – passports, drivers licenses, and the like – with RFID chips is a no-brainer to government officials. Increasingly, they are promoting it as a 21st century application of technology that will help speed border crossings, safeguard
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Climate change con, Green energy quakes

Jul 13th, 2009 | By

Morning Reading, selected articles of interest from various publications. Meet the man who has exposed the great climate change con trick What makes you sure that you’re right and all those scientists out there saying the opposite are wrong? ‘I’m a geologist. We geologists have always recognised that climate changes over time. Where we differ
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