Saturday, February 25, 2006

Bioterror

Gene-splicing technology is moving fast, making it ever easier to develop a killer virus. For a million dollars or so, a reasonably talented grad student could set up a lab in a basement and cook up a batch of
smallpox. Or worse. It's only a question of how soon.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Boston Globe subscribers credit card numbers published

If you happen to subscribe to the Boston Globe or its sister paper, the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, you might want to check your credit card statement extra carefully this month.

The Globe sends its papers out with packing slips. To save money, they print the slips on the back of computer printouts. This weekend, some of the printouts were found to contain the names and credit card numbers of about 240,000 Globe and Telegram subscribers. Oops.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Student spies paid to monitor professors

A conservative alumni organization is offering to pay UCLA students to monitor the activities of leftist professors such as the notorious Dirty Thirty, who are systematically brainwashing their students. The ultimate goal is to get complete tape recordings and class notes for every class these professors teach.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Dangerous Terror Organization of the Month: the Quakers

According to internal NSA documents, a Baltimore peace activism group with strong links to the Quakers was the target of intense surveillance by the agency. The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore is a peace advocacy group that the NSA has been illegally observing. The NSA is prohibited by law and charter from spying on US citizens without explicit authorization.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Which is more worrisome...

...a president who authorizes illegal, secret wiretaps and surveillance of American citizens without a warrant, or an unrestrained intelligence agency who initiates domestic spying with no authority whatsoever?

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Grisly human remains found in prestigious libraries

That leather-bound book you checked out of the Harvard Law Library might not be calfskin. Apparently, those who were poor and had unusual medical cases in the late 1800's were prime targets to end up on bookshelves.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Ten million

...is the estimated number of Indian girls aborted after an ultrasound gender check in the past twenty years, according to a study in The Lancet.
Population censuses in India show that the number of girls has fallen steadily. In 1981 there were 962 girls for every 1,000 boys up to the age of 6. In 2001 there were only 927.

Cheney emergency hospital visit

The smartest guy in the White House was rushed to the hospital around 3 A.M. last night after experiencing shortness of breath. Doctors found that he had been retaining “fluids” due to medication he's taking for some sort of foot ailment.

When I think of the web of technology keeping this guy alive, my internal organs twitch.