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Friday, January 06, 2006  

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Bush Announces Radical Shift in Foreign Policy; No U.S. Paper Reports It

In case you thought the Bush administration's dangerous, and national-security-weakening unilateralism was just a one-time deal in Iraq, think again. Buried in the UK's Financial Times - and not reported anywhere else - are the details of a State Department briefing this week in which the Bush administration essentially said it is scrapping U.S. support for NATO and the United Nations. No joke.

Here's the key excerpt:

'The Bush administration says it wants to be able to form 'coalitions of the willing' more efficiently for dealing with future conflicts rather than turning to existing but unreliable institutional alliances such as Nato. 'We ad hoc our way through coalitions of the willing. That's the future,' a senior State Department official said in a briefing this week.'

NATO and the U.N. are by no means perfect, and America should continue to reserve its right to defend itself. Nonetheless, this declaration by the administration represents a radical shift in U.S. policy (at least its publicly-stated policy). And one that begs a very simple question: how could anyone - even the Bush administration - look at the Iraq 'coalition of the willing' model as anything but an incredible failure? It has left American troops isolated in Iraq, and American taxpayers largely footing the entire bill for reconstruction.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2006  

via Faulkes Telescope Hawaii: Archive Login

Faulkes Telescope Project

The Faulkes Telescope Project in Hawaii is a joint effort between the Dill Faulkes Educational Trust and the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy. The goal of this project is to give students and teachers in Hawaii and the United Kingdom access to a research grade telescope. With its 2-meter diameter primary mirror, this telescope (along with its twin in Australia) is the largest telescope for educational use in the world.

The telescope is designed to be completely robotic and to be controlled from remote locations. It has a unique clamshell enclosure to protect the telescope from wind and rain. Sensors at the site determine if the weather is good enough to make observations. Currently a 2048x2048 pixel CCD Camera provides high quality images. An infrared camera is planned to be added to extend the operational period of the telescope.

Remote observations with the telescope can be done in two modes: real time and offline. Real time mode involves operating the telescope through a web browser over the Internet. Due to the time difference, real time mode is best suited to classroom use in the UK. In Hawaii, most of the observations will be done through offline mode. In offline mode, users will request observations to be performed when the telescope is available. Users will be notified via Email that data is ready and they will be able to access it through a web interface. The telescope is now being used both in real time and offline mode.

posted by Gary Williams at 8:11 PM | link |

via AMERICAblog: Because a great nation deserves the truth

What was that about Abramoff giving money to Democrats?

by John in DC - 1/04/2006 01:15:00 AM

Here is the list of who Abramoff gave money to, per Michael Petrelis' research:

$172,933 - Republican
$88,985 - special interest
total: $261,918

That's 229 donations and not a DIME to Democrats.

The list of donations is long, but it makes a great visual, so I'm posting it anyway. Next time you hear someone say that this is a bipartisan scandal, whip out this list and laugh.

This comes from, they have all the FEC data. I just counted, and I think this list of GOP donors and organizations is around 15 feet long. Someone on our side REALLY needs to print out this list and get in front of a camera. Hell, every single one of our pundits should have this list with them on TV and just roll it out on the table.

posted by Gary Williams at 4:48 PM | link |

Comic Sequence Of The Day

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Tuesday, January 03, 2006  

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via via Making Light: Open Thread 56

What was the correct name for Mithras's holiday celebration?

I believe that it is something like 'Dies Natalis Sol Invictus', or in English 'Birthday of the Unconqerable Sun'.

But I could look it up.

OK, I was close:

Dies Natalis Solis Invicti

posted by Gary Williams at 9:42 PM | link |

via Making Light: Open Thread 56

Einstein: Warping Space-Time

It was ninety years ago today,
Albert Einstein taught the world the way
That gravity's a warp in space,
And light bends round a heavy place.
So may I introduce to you
The bending way of space and time.
Albert Einstein's General Relativity.
It's Albert Einstein's General Relativity,
Which tells you all you need to know.[...]


Picture yourself on a sheet made of rubber,
Dimpled by planets past which light flies.
You have to imagine you have two dimensions,
And follow the laziest way through the skies.
Spiralling starstuff of yellow and green;
Rubber that's stretched 'til it tears;
Look for the sun with the infinite size,
And she's gone.

Gravity's a warping of space-time! (x3)

posted by Gary Williams at 6:28 PM | link |

Monday, January 02, 2006  

Happy New Year! is one way to say it. If you keep on typing it will wrap around. (Taken from Mandarin Design -- thanks Meg!)

Or, to say it another way:



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Comic of the Day

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Sunday, January 01, 2006  

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