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George Bush has flip-flopped on the environment, and has decided to create a bumbling government effort to stop global warming, the same day that NASA proclaims it’s a stupid idea:
Bush’s ‘new climate strategy’
Today’s headlines are full of the news that President Bush is &; quot;unveiling a new climate strategy.&; quot; If your immediate reaction is cynicism, well … looks like you learned something over the last seven years. Let’s look a little closer….
NASA’s Top Official Questions Global Warming
NASA administrator Michael Griffin continues to draw the ire of preeminent climate scientists inside and outside of NASA, as well as members of Congress, after apparently downplaying the need to combat global warming.
In an interview broadcast yesterday on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” program, Griffin was asked by NPR’s Steve Inskeep whether he is concerned about global warming.
“I have no doubt that a trend of global warming exists,” Griffin told Inskeep. “I am not sure that it is fair to say that it is a problem we must wrestle with.”
“To assume that it is a problem is to assume that the state of Earth’s climate today is the optimal climate, the best climate that we could have or ever have had and that we need to take steps to make sure that it doesn’t change,” Griffin said. “I guess I would ask which human beings — where and when — are to be accorded the privilege of deciding that this particular climate that we have right here today, right now is the best climate for all other human beings. I think that’s a rather arrogant position for people to take.”
Griffin’s comments immediately drew stunned reaction from James Hansen, NASA’s top climate scientist at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.
In other interesting political news, we nominated another guy to the World Bank chief slot:
US nominates new World Bank chief
US President George W Bush has nominated Robert Zoellick, former deputy secretary of state, to be president of the World Bank. — His nomination will be considered by the World Bank’s 24-member board of governors, although the US nomination has always been accepted in the past.
Turning to tech news, are we seeing a repeat of the Digg revolt, or is this just a bunch of whiny kids posting their angst-ridden comments?:
Mass Deletion Leads To LiveJournal Revolt
Green Monkey writes “LiveJournal has been suspending accounts suspected of promoting incest — except that many of them were communities for survivors of abuse and people discussing Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. Even after being informed of the problem, LiveJournal apparently refuses to reinstate the banned accounts. LiveJournal’s official news blog has filled up with hundreds of complaints protesting the decision, so we could have another Digg-style user rebellion brewing.” Update: 05/31 11:50 GMT by KD : strredwolf writes to let us know that in their offical blog LiveJournal admits to botching the suspension, saying “We made a mistake and now we are going to try to fix it.”
And in breaking news, technology gets better!:
Computers Outperform Humans at Recognizing Faces
seven of five writes “According to the recent Face Recognition Grand Challenge, The match up of face-recognition algorithms showed that machine recognition of human individuals has improved tenfold since 2002 and a hundredfold since 1995. ‘Among other advantages, 3-D facial recognition identifies individuals by exploiting distinctive features of a human face’s surface–for instance, the curves of the eye sockets, nose, and chin, which are where tissue and bone are most apparent and which don’t change over time. Furthermore, Phillips says, “changes in illumination have adversely affected face-recognition performance from still images. But the shape of a face isn’t affected by changes in illumination.” Hence, 3-D face recognition might even be used in near-dark conditions.'”
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