Friday, January 08, 2010

See? Links...

Cannot be bothered to bring forth original content all the while, so we'll do with industrial quantities of links.
  1. Group Gives Up Death Penalty Works. Via Veena.
    Last fall, the American Law Institute, which created the intellectual framework for the modern capital justice system almost 50 years ago, pronounced its project a failure and walked away from it.
  2. Astonishing pictures show how a Devon kayaker got up close and personal with a humpback whale feeding frenzy
    When you’re in a tiny kayak and a 40-ton giant of the deep decides he’s a bit peckish, the sensible option is to scarper as fast as your paddle can carry you.

    But wildlife photographer Duncan Murrell does the opposite. To capture images of humpback whales feeding and surging through the surf off Alaska, he often ventures within 15ft of the fearsome creatures.
    And while we're on the cetacean theme...
  3. Seaquake Theory
    The concept that mass stranded pods of whales and dolphins were injured three to six weeks prior to the beaching by excessive and rapid changes in the surrounding water pressure generated when the rocky bottom jerked violently in the vertical plane during certain undersea earthquakes was first presented in 1987...
  4. Fruitful Decade for Many in the World
    IT may not feel that way right now, but the last 10 years may go down in world history as a big success. That idea may be hard to accept in the United States. After all, it was the decade of 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the financial crisis, all dramatic and painful events. But in economic terms, at least, the decade was a remarkably good one for many people around the globe.
  5. A visual map of the arguments for and against human-caused global climate change - Looks like an excellent place to get a quick-ish summary of the pro- and anti-AGW arguments.
  6. What does it take to save a species? Sometimes, high-voltage power wires
    Then, one bright June day in 2006, eureka: The bee was found in a hillside meadow...

    ...Even more remarkable, though, was the environment where this find was made: In a 250-foot-wide power line corridor off Route 163 in Southeastern Connecticut. Transmission corridors have long been considered symbols of environmental degradation, with their enormous steel skeletons and high-voltage lines slicing through forests, wetlands, and salt marshes; they divide the landscapes that thousands of species need to survive. Yet now they are gaining a new reputation: As critical homes for faltering species of birds, bees, butterflies, plants, and a host of other species.
  7. Apparently, mobile phone radiation 'protects' against Alzheimer's. Notwithstanding what the fair city of San Francisco wants, I think I'm going to permanently strap my phone to the side of my head. [All sidey remarks about how this will serve the dual purpose of keeping me from losing the phone will be treated with the contempt they deserve.]


SrgntPepper said...

as regards idea in #7, do you realise you might lose your head in the process of losing your phone the next time?

Ludwig said...

[SrgntPepper] There is a school of thought that holds (possibly with very good evidence) that I have, in a very substantial sense, lost much of my head already. So it won't be a great hit, if the phone and whatever is remaining of head are misplaced.

kbpm said...

Oh! That reminds me. I met a guy who knew a guy who knew a guy who had a piercing on his tummy that had a chain that had a bit of velcro that could fix onto its spousal bit of velcro which was in turn on his wallet. So, barring situations in which he was bathing, his wallet was, in effect, chained to him. i instantly thought of you. and your phone. and your general tendency thereof. think it over.

(and srgntpepper, thats a darn big head he has to lose).