Phoenix Lands On Mars

Filed under:Culture War,Our Money,Science,Technology — posted by Q Ball on 5/27/2008 @ 3:59 pm

The Phoenix Lander touched down on Mars on Sunday after 9 months in space. Its mission is to study the arctic soil for signs of water.

Via Wired:

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Saudi Arabia Did More Last Week to Lower Gas Prices Than Congress Did

Filed under:Culture War,General,Our Money — posted by 3wire on 5/22/2008 @ 8:51 am

From: HumanEvents.com


Saudi Arabia Did More Last Week to Lower Gas Prices Than Congress Did

The Left just doesn’t seem to get it. They spent much of last week ridiculing the President for visiting Saudi Arabia in an effort to lower oil prices. Here’s what Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on Friday:

“The president seems to value his friendship with the Saudis more than his obligation to help the American people with gas prices.”

But what Senator Schumer doesn’t seem to understand is that the Saudis did more last week to lower oil prices than liberals in Congress did.

While liberals were voting to prevent domestic production from oil shale, the Saudis, following President Bush’s visit, agreed to boost their oil output by 300,000 barrels a day. It won’t fix the problem, but at least it won’t make it worse, which is exactly what liberals in Congress did last week.

As Americans, we all need to ask ourselves the following: Which is it — the Congress or Saudi Arabia — that has a greater obligation to ease our energy prices? And which is the greater obstacle to energy independence and security?

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Top 5 Things I Learned From Videogames

Filed under:Gaming,Science — posted by Maverick on 5/17/2008 @ 2:42 am

From 1up.com,

Gamers have to get good at mapping things in their heads, remembering landmarks, and just generally orienting themselves. It’s more than I gained from Boy Scouts, anyway, which mostly taught me how to get bored making a bird feeder before getting kicked out for not having proper respect for power tools.

Olbermann Goes Supernova

Filed under:Culture War,War on Terror — posted by Q Ball on 5/15/2008 @ 11:06 am

Mr. Olbermann, if you truly believe that 4,000 American service men died for nothing then you have a responsibility to do everything in your power to stop the war and impeach the president. All you have the courage to do is yell into an inanimate object and end your rants every night with a phrase that is not even an original. You sir, are no Edward R. Murrow.

By the way, his title is Mr. President whether you want to acknowledge that or not.

Video Editing on a Mac

Filed under:General,Technology — posted by 3wire on 5/9/2008 @ 10:39 am

Taxes

Filed under:Our Money — posted by Q Ball on 5/2/2008 @ 12:47 am

Plato wrote: “Where there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.”

I have recently become aware of the FairTax, a proposal to eliminate our current system and replace it. As I learn more about the details I can not help but be in favor of it. Most people in this country don’t realize the amount of money that the government takes from them. The FairTax would create a system of a consumption tax, which means the only taxes paid would be on goods and services rendered at the retail level. This is an incomplete description however and I implore anyone reading this to check it out for themselves and to not dismiss an idea that has the potential to increase the prosperity of this country.



image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace