Yeah, I know, you don’t want to hear it. I’ll keep it short. There are lots of good editorial pieces about the Bush administration and Iraq, but here’s a particularly good one from Newsweek.
The Morning News has a great editorial piece on copyright. It should be mandatory reading for anyone interested in why Mickey Mouse is protected from copying while Sherlock Holmes is not. (Hint: Holmes isn’t owned by a multinational corporation.)
NASA reported Thursday that they’ve found a really old planet, three times older than Earth and only a bit younger than the universe.
When questioned by Congress, Donald Rumsfeld today upped his estimate of the cost of Iraqi occupation to $3.9 billion per month, double the previous estimates. To put that in perspective, $4 billion dollars would pay the monthly salaries of one million teachers.
Oh, and that doesn’t include reconstruction costs. Of course not.
The Washington Post has a well-written article on suppressing the work of a grad student because it might compromise national security. The twist here is that the student is reorganizing publicly-available data using mapping techniques. Nothing proprietary, no espionage involved. So where’s the risk? Only that it makes government and corporations nervous.
More commentary on this in a moment. I need to have breakfast.
UPDATE: I’ve included my thoughts in the extended entry below.