Category Archives: Tech/Science

Airport screeners: Our last line of defense

The Transportation Security Administration was created in November 2001 to help prevent the type of airport security breeches that led to the attacks on 9/11. The TSA was supposed to replace badly trained low-wage airport screeners with highly-trained professionals. However, lack of funding and lack of leadership has left American airports with only marginally improved […]

Nature 1, Humanity 0

I’m sorry to report this, but humans have yet to win the war against nature. As a species, it seemed possible that in my lifetime we would no longer would be at the mercy of yearly shifts in the availability of food and water. I guess I was wrong. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change […]

Mr. President, how about some armor?

During Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Bush reiterated the case for staying in Iraq and escalating the troop levels. “Nothing is more important at this moment in our history than for America to succeed in the Middle East … to succeed in Iraq … and to spare the American people from this danger,” […]

Selling out our nuclear security

Unfortunately, it’s very common for U.S. lawmakers and bureaucrats to step into high paying lobbying jobs as soon as they leave their government posts. Usually they end up lobbying for industries that they formerly oversaw. It’s bad enough that this happens at all, but it becomes totally unacceptable when it compromises our national security, as […]

Bush lifts Alaska drilling ban

Bush removed the ban on drilling in Alaska’s Bristol Bay for oil and natural gas Tuesday. The bay is a fishing area full of salmon, crab and cod. Mr. President, maybe we should start worrying about destroying Alaska, because Americans will need some place to go when the southern part of the North America gets […]

Warmest year on record: 2006

What’s more worrying, that 2006 was the warmest year on record or that the AP chose photos of fat old people in New York for their warmest year story art? Tags: record, warm, global warming

That’s not just a conveyor belt…

A woman at LAX airport put her infant grandson through an X-ray machine Wednesday. Luckily, the baby did not receive a harmful dose of radiation. The woman, who spoke little English and was traveling to Mexico, put the infant in a plastic bin used to hold loose carry-on items for security scanning at the busy […]

Inhofe’s parting shots

Before having to give up his position as head of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) wanted to get some real work done on global warming. Well, not really. He just wants to blame the media for wanting him to do his job: Today’s hearing is the fourth global warming […]

Airport insecurity

In the name of making flying safer, the U.S. is moving full speed ahead toward a police state. The government since 2002 has been assigning every citizen a rating based on how likely they are to be a terrorist. The travelers are not allowed to see or directly challenge these risk assessments, which the government […]

Why Wii Worry

If you bought a Nintendo Wii this Sunday, be careful with your “Wiimote.” The Wii Remote or “Wiimote” is how you control Nintendo’s new entry into the console wars. The Wiimote tracks your hand’s movement through the air, so if you need to swing a baseball bat in the video game, you swing your Wiimote […]