Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Over the course of the past week or so, several things have come up through my blogging activity that constitute follow-ups to earlier blog entries or even to past episodes of my life. I might as well blog them!
they some of them are, in no particular order.....
Microsoft Again Shills for Environmentalism
I remember being very annoyed with Microsoft for pandering to environmentalism from the first time I saw that the company had decided to incorporate a "Recycle Bin" rather than a trash can as a desktop icon. Now, the company is sponsoring a competition to create a video game based on global warming hysteria.
(I even went so far as to change the Recycle Bin to a trash can and rename the icon on an old Windows 98 laptop I used in grad school. Since I prefer a default of zero icons on my computer screen anyway, I use a customized window manager vice a desktop in Linux.)
Back in my Navy days, I was stationed in Connecticut for the greater part of a year, for nuclear prototype training and submarine school. While there, I developed a taste for Moxie, but since America's first mass-produced soft drink is available only in New England, I didn't get to enjoy it once I left. A trip to bblog jogged my memory and caused me to discover that the Internet has solved the Moxie-nonavailability problem!
"Partly Free" Malaysia
I recently blogged the ruling by Malaysia's highest court that a Moslem woman could not leave her religion under Malaysian law. I found this NRO piece on the relationship between state and Islam in Malaysia illuminating and disappointing:
Although there is no overt persecution in Malaysia, non-Muslims face significant restrictions. The government officially promotes Islam; Muslim civil servants must attend religion courses. "Proselytizing of Muslims by members of other religions is strictly prohibited, although proselytizing of non-Muslims faces no similar obstacles," reports the U.S. State Department. Violators may be fined and imprisoned. Moreover, "belittling Islam" comes with the risk of imprisonment under the Sedition Act. [bold added]It would seem that the rating of Malaysia by Freedom House (and cited by Doug Bandow) was entirely de facto, given how all-encompassing Islam is and how easily-offended so many Moslems proved to be during the cartoon riots.
In the same post, I also linked to a story on the "Colony Collapse Disorder" that has our news media all abuzz (Sorry!) about our honeybee population. Monica, who tends her own bees, made some interesting comments on that subject and posted a link to an interesting article on crop pollination.
This reminds me of another agriculturally-relevant story I blogged awhile back. It turns out that a news report about the Bush administration's opposition to a company's wanting to test its beef was incorrect in one crucial respect: The method used would have produced false negatives, giving the illusion that the beef was safe. Follow the link for more details.
Thank you, again, Jim, for bringing that to my attention.
Stossel on Public Education
Pursuant to last night's post on government schools, commenter madmax posted a link to a YouTube video of a John Stossel report on public education that looks like it will be morbidly interesting. I couldn't get it to load this morning, so I haven't seen it yet.
A Blog by Leonard Peikoff?
Last year, Leonard Peikoff posted a lone Q&A about the upcoming elections on his web site. Diana Hsieh notes that this part of his site has expanded quite a bit of late into what is, in effect, a blog. He does not provide links to individual questions, but since they're all so interesting anyway, who cares? Reach it from my side bar.