Hey kids! Lets play a game.

I dont know where Writerchick found this, but I really got a chuckle from it.

Bamopoly – a New Game

Hattip: Writer Chick Talks.

Police Called Over 11-Year-Old’s Science Project

Via SlashDot:

This is one reason that education in the US has become nothing more than glorified babysitting service.

Not a Bomb ... Idiot

“Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old’s science project, consisting of ‘a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,’ after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren’t being laid against the youth, but it’s being recommended that he and his family ‘get counseling.’ Apparently, the student violated school policies — I’m assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?”

There is a comment at the news link that said it best:

Idiots. Another potential engineer frightened away by blind mindless authority.

This is why modern “chemistry sets” come with sand, salt and purified water, and no potentially dangerous chemicals. Take away the love of science and the love of experimentation, enforce rote memorization. And then the same vice principal will complain that America’s science standards are slipping.

In the long run we will cease to be a leader in science and innovation. But the good news is that as we become a third world country there will be plenty of jobs in the factories of other nations that come here for the cheap labor we will provide them in the future.”

Politics and technology.

This was a test post from the PoliTech Facebook page. Bear with me while I play with it and I may even do a tutorial.

My plan is to have every post done replicated to every account no matter which account is doing the posting. The first part is Facebook, then Twitter, then Slashdot Journal. Who knows from there.

This is also a wonderfully appropriate quote for our times:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” — C.S. Lewis

You say your worried about privacy in an ariport scanner?

If this is a hoax video, its pretty well done.

If this is an actual app, (I hear the application supposedly works by processing infrared light through a specific light filter … oookay) I might just quit resisting and buy an iPhone. Imagine the fun!

Update: The English translated version of this video was DMCA’d by the copyright nazies, so I pointed to the original one in French.

Concept: Moral Hazard

What happens when government intervention interferes with a society’s natural balance?

This CF&P Foundation’s Economics 101 video discusses the idea of “Moral Hazard”, which occurs when bad choices are subsidized.

This often happens when government intervention lets people take risks while having little or no skin in the game.

Housing policies, for instance, subsidized mortgages, thus enabling irresponsible borrowing and leading to bubbles and bailouts.

Politicians may be setting the stage for the next crisis with a too big to fail policy that will subsidize the biggest financial institutions.

Thanks to www.freedomandprosperity.org for the work.

Read more on the WIKI about the concept of Moral Hazard.

Then ask yourself, “How does this apply to ideas such as Government health care, Government run banks, Government run auto makers, and even Government financed science?”

Hat tip: The Hot Air

the Air Vent, the Galileo of our “scientific age”, and Lord Monckton

Interesting article on the Air Vent;

Global Inferno

Dr. Nils-Axel Mörner: the Galileo of our “scientific age”

Science has taken a leap four centuries back to dark age when science lost to theology. Then the butt of condemnation and punishment were just two souls – Bruno and, the better remembered, Galileo. Now it is a huge horde of scientists from across the planet, who dare challenge the mainstream belief in CO2-induced global warming or anthropogenically-induced global warming (AGW), that are being condemned with calls for punishment of these “traitors” for committing “high crimes against humanity,” “deserving Nuremberg-style trials,” ……… Reviling and calls for punishment are unending. If theology was settled then for a particular cosmological view, now it is “science is settled’ for AGW. Then it was cosmological data gathered through telescope versus theological view; now it is clean, hard core science versus manipulated science backed by political interests. Then it was Cardinal Bellarmine backed by Pope Clement VIII/Pope Paul V; now it is Dr. R. K. Pachauri backed by our political Pope, Mr. Banki Moon. More…

I have also linked to the Air Vent under the ScienceBlogs category.

On that note, here is a fun interview where Lord Monckton adresses a Greenpeace-campaigner on global warming.