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If you haven’t been reading the news in the past few days, here are some important things:

(1) More details on the violence in China

(2) More on domestic spying by the NSA: FISA judge resigns in protest; interesting analysis from Slate; even more interesting analysis from Ars Technica.

(3) The latest version of the Scopes Monkey Trial ended. Analysis article; the judge’s decision is very worth reading if you have the time and want a very clear and systematic explanation of the problems with creationism.

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Published in: on December 21, 2005 at 11:51  Comments (4)  
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  1. Been catching wind of that particular incident in China, but I was assuming it was in the west. More generally, though, there seems to be a serious rise in civil disorder across the country. I expect China to be living in interesting times for the next century or two.
    I’ve been slacking on my news consumption lately, on the theory that the world can go to hell without any attention at all from me. But the big story on my radar screen lately is that final status talks on Kosovo begin next month. I can’t imagine any outcome that’s not somehow destabilizing for the region.

  2. Been catching wind of that particular incident in China, but I was assuming it was in the west. More generally, though, there seems to be a serious rise in civil disorder across the country. I expect China to be living in interesting times for the next century or two.
    I’ve been slacking on my news consumption lately, on the theory that the world can go to hell without any attention at all from me. But the big story on my radar screen lately is that final status talks on Kosovo begin next month. I can’t imagine any outcome that’s not somehow destabilizing for the region.

  3. I had missed the Chinese riots. But then, whenever the number of riots/year in a country edges over 10^3, I start to wonder about the ability of the country to pull together. But then, where else in the world can a “village”, near a “small city”, have a population of 40,000?? That’s the size of Flint, MI, and about 2-3x larger than the population of San Lorenzo Valley (Boulder Creek alone is only 10K).
    It’s a good thing for the gov’t there that the people aren’t well coordinated. But I think it might be pretty bad for the people…
    Some of this looks a bit like NIMBY, but filling in a several mile sized inlet to build a power-plant, thereby removing the ability of a 40K person village from being able to fish? That’s pretty severe, that’s not just a new smokestack sticking up in sight from the backyard fence….

  4. I had missed the Chinese riots. But then, whenever the number of riots/year in a country edges over 10^3, I start to wonder about the ability of the country to pull together. But then, where else in the world can a “village”, near a “small city”, have a population of 40,000?? That’s the size of Flint, MI, and about 2-3x larger than the population of San Lorenzo Valley (Boulder Creek alone is only 10K).
    It’s a good thing for the gov’t there that the people aren’t well coordinated. But I think it might be pretty bad for the people…
    Some of this looks a bit like NIMBY, but filling in a several mile sized inlet to build a power-plant, thereby removing the ability of a 40K person village from being able to fish? That’s pretty severe, that’s not just a new smokestack sticking up in sight from the backyard fence….


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