Things are heating up in the NK nuclear standoff
North Korea escalates nuclear stand-off: "North Korea claims it has "weaponised" all of its spent plutonium rods because the US's hostile policies towards Pyongyang leave it no choice but to develop a "nuclear deterrent.""
(Via gyre - military revolutions.)
When i went to Santa Fe High School, I had a great Contemporary US History teacher named Jane Zinn who is the wife of Howard Zinn [I was totally wrong about this! It was a different Zinn!]. He has an interesting piece on RadioNation:
RadioNation AudioBlog: Howard Zinn on Kerry/Bush: "America's leading radical historian on why voting does and does not matter."
(Via the nation.)
a bunch of big quakes today... not sure if this means anything
i wonder if it relates to this story...
M 6.0, Central California: "September 28, 2004 17:15:24 GMT"
M 5.0, Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska: "September 28, 2004 18:28:05 GMT"
M 6.3, south of Africa: "September 28, 2004 15:29:53 GMT"
... $10 million prize ... will be awarded to the team that designs the first private spaceship that successfully launches three humans to a sub-orbital altitude of 100 km on two consecutive flights within two weeks. All teams must be privately financed.
(Via topix ca.)
If you build a muzzle loading cannon don't put smokeless powder in it.
(Via topix guns.)
This is a good song and a good flash animation.
Mt. Saint Helens is producing earthquakes and has changed significantly in the past 24 hours and there is an increasing risk of a hazardous event which has prompted the Washington University of Washington Dept. of Earth and Space Science to issue a Notice of Volcanic Unrest.