Today’s Links

Every once in a while I run a bunch of links that are related by some thread. Today the links don’t have any particular theme, other than they’re of interest to me. That said, maybe one is of interest to you! :)
  • — "A Joint Resolution claiming sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over certain powers; serving notice to the federal government to cease and desist certain mandates…"
  • McCain: Guantanamo Decision One Of the Worst Ever
    • — The Supreme Court yesterday rendered a decision which I think is one of the worst decisions in the history of this country," McCain said. The decision in question? Affirming the right of habeas corpus: the right to appear before a judge in a timely manner, and not be locked up indefinitely because a king (or president) says so.
  • McCain Blasted in Quotes from Fellow Republicans
    • — John McCain has a problem with Republicans. GOP comments are telling of personal opinions of the Arizona Senator. I’ve got news for you, people: McCain is a Republican in NAME ONLY! He’s more a Democratic Socialist than a Republican. Barack Hussein Obama, on the other hand, he’s a Socialist Democrat.
  • Internet Addiction To Be Added to Manual of Mental Disorders
    • — First, we all had mild Asperger‘s. Now, Internet addiction disorder? Give a geek a break. In the March issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, Jerald Block proposed that Web abuse be added to his field’s bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
  • AT&T: Termination Fees Ultimately A Great Deal for Consumers
    • — Those early termination fees (ETFs) that consumers pay for switching cell phones in mid-contract are a great deal, an attorney for AT&T told the Federal Communications Commission yesterday. However many customers beg to differ.
  • Seven Ways to Save Energy by Saving Water
    • — Though many states and localities are waking up to their water shortages and taking steps to plan for “peak water”, people generally continue to waste water and to ignore the energy-water link. More at source…
  • Police kill man seen beating child to death
    • — Police killed a 27-year-old man as he kicked, punched and stomped a toddler to death despite other people’s attempts to stop him on a dark, country road. Sounds like appropriate use of force to me. It’s a shame the “other people” didn’t intervene soon enough to save the toddler’s life. More at source…
  • Web Designers Should Write their Own HTML/CSS
    • — Designers who work directly with the materials (CSS and xHTML) rather than through simulated environments (like Photoshop) are at a distinct advantage for making a design feel native.
  • Using CSS to Fix Anything: 20+ Common Bugs and Fixes
    • — Without a doubt, a logical and structured layout is the best way to go. Not only because your layout varies between browsers, but also because CSS has a lot of ways to position every element you have. Today we wanted to share with you some quick tips on how to avoid easy pitfalls when creating your CSS layout.
  • IE8 development: Microsoft should learn from Apple, Mozilla
    • — IE8 should make things a lot better—but it will still fall far short of the standards set by Firefox, Safari, and Opera. Some of these problems are technical, but others are cultural. Where the other browser developers are open and communicative, Microsoft is still leaving web developers in the dark. More at source…
  • Google To Develop ISP Throttling Detector
    • — Google has been very vocal on its stance for net neutrality. Now, Richard Whitt–Senior Policy Director for Google–announces that Google will take an even more active role in the debate by arming consumers with the tools to determine first-hand if their broadband connections are being monkeyed with by their ISPs.
  • Don’t forget to be part of Firefox’s Download Day!
    • — "Mark your calendar, wrap a ribbon around your finger or write a little sticky yellow note. Download Day will start on June 17, 2008." As received in my Inbox.
  • New Material Absorbs Light Completely And Generates Electric
    • — A partnership between Duke University and Boston College turned out to be very beneficial for the science world, as they obtained a metamaterial that absorbs all the light it gets (yes, it becomes invisible) and that is supposed to generate energy more efficiently than the solar cells.
  • Prototype Ford Escape Plug-in Hybrid: 88 MPG on 85% Ethanol
    • — As part of a push by the US Department of Energy
      (DOE) to make plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) cost competitive with other cars by 2014, Ford has delivered a plug-in hybrid electric flex-fuel Escape to the DOE to join its test fleet of other PHEVs currently undergoing research and testing.
  • Ireland rejects EU treaty
    • — Ireland vote of no to ratifying proposed EU treaty puts the project in jeopardy around Europe.
  • Greek Island of Lesbos Preventing Homosexuals From Using ‘Lesbian’
    • — The Greek island of Lesbos is attempting to stop homosexual women from calling themselves lesbians. "Until 1924, according to the Oxford English dictionary, a Lesbian was a native of our isle. Now, because of its new connotations, our womenfolk are unable to call themselves such and that is wrong."

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