Wednesday Afternoon Links

I may have a regular stint on Appletree now, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to scoop Gordo’s link days.

Tyler’s latest information theory post, concerning description methods, is up.

Mark CC lashes into a moonbat who complains that math is a reactionary subject because it’s only useful for designing weapons systems. I like Mark’s take on it – “math is.” But even the underlying political point that math has no progressive uses, is idiotic. You can use game theory to plan a war, or a general strike. You can use number theory to spy on citizens, or construct ciphers.

Hat-tip to Lindsay: Candace Gorman, a lawyer representing two Guantánamo Bay detainees pro bono, has a blog. Gorman writes about, among other things, a letter she sent the Assistant Secretary of Defense who tried undercutting lawyers who defend Guantánamo detainees, and an interview she gave to The Talking Dog.

Vanessa Gatsch writes about Children of Men, explaining how it relates to stereotypes about pregnancy. She notes, “When you’re pregnant, everyone wants to pretty much control everything you do. People won’t let you get up, get nosy about what you’re eating, and want to touch and coo at you. When you’ve finally had the baby everyone wants to stare and touch and ask nosy questions.”

Jim notes that the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Society is moving its Doomsday clock two minutes closer to midnight, on account of the total lack of progress on nuclear disarmament. For some reason, there’s no mention of the Israel/Iran situation, involving one more nuclear power in the world, and an existing nuclear power that’s threatening to use its arsenal.

5 Responses to Wednesday Afternoon Links

  1. Roy says:

    I’m almost afraid to click that link.
    Math is only good for creating weapons?
    Right. And Logic is only good for programing them.

    Maybe I’ll take the plunge after I eat.

  2. SLC says:

    Re Levy on Israels’ nuclear arsenal

    Well Mr. Levy does not disappoint. The implication of his comment relative to the alleged Israeli threats to attack Iran with nuclear weapons is that she should just sit back and allow Iran to get in the first blow. Not the way to an extended existance.

  3. Alon Levy says:

    Indeed, the United States has just recovered from the Soviet Union’s devastating nuclear attacks in the 1950s.

  4. SLC says:

    Re Levy

    Mr. Levy once again makes tha assumption that the mullahs running Iran are really cautious, conservative fellows who will be detered from launching a nuclear strike against Israel by the latters’ nuclear arsenal. Mr. Levy may be willing to bet the ranch on that from the safety of New York City and maybe I should be willing to bet the same ranch from the safety of Falls Church but the folks in the relative unsafety of TelAviv are not in that position.

  5. Alon Levy says:

    Hey, in the 1950s, the American leadership made the assumption from the hotspot of Washington that Stalin and Khrushchev were conservative fellows who wouldn’t launch a first strike against the US.

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