Suggestions for Posts?

If you’d like to suggest an article you think should be posted for view and/or discussion – just add a comment below including the url. The editors are always willing to consider suggestions from our readers that don’t involve self-immolation.

We’ll probably delete the suggestion after deciding to Post or not – just to keep the place tidy. :)

9 comments

  1. #6

    “DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat” http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/19/politics/terror-threat-homeland-security/ (CNN does not cite a source for the report) See also Southern Poverty Law Center report released last week: “Age of the Wolf: A Study of the Rise of Lone Wolf and Leaderless Resistance Terrorism” @ http://www.splcenter.org/lone-wolf and the DHS Daily Open Source Infrastructure Report @ http://www.dhs.gov/dhs-daily-open-source-infrastructure-report – which provides a daily summery of where the shit hit the fan, with each daily report being divided by the critical infrastructure sectors and key assets defined in the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.

  2. House of Mouse

    Disney’s computer-assisted authoring tools help to create complex interactive narratives: Automation gives users greater control over storylines. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-02/dr-dca022715.php Disney Research has developed a new design paradigm called interactive behavior trees (IBTs), a graphical modeling language that accommodates multiple story arcs. They also have created authoring tools that can automatically detect and resolve narrative inconsistencies that arise as these various story arcs play out or when users interact in unexpected ways.
    The researchers will present their authoring method at i3D 2015, the ACM SIGGRAPH Symposium on Interactive 3D Graphics and Games in San Francisco, Feb. 27-March 1.

  3. Reddy Kilowatt

    Financiers and power producers rig electricity markets http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2015/2/financiers-and-power-producers-rig-electricity-markets-rob-consumers.html
    For decades Wall Street financial engineers, teaming up with electric power producers, have gamed wholesale electricity auctions to earn bigger profits than either a regulated utility or a competitive market would yield. This month they made a major advance in their campaign to get rich by subtly draining your wallet. Yet every major news organization ignored this.
    This latest development took place in New England, which already has America’s most expensive electricity. February’s electricity auction saw the annual cost to customers rise to $4 billion, up from about $3 billion in last year’s auction and less than $2 billion in the 2013 auction. That $4 billion figure would have been much higher but for a rule capping prices.
    By the way, that $4 billion is not for the electricity, which costs extra. The $4 billion price tag is for capacity payments made to owners just for promising to run their power plants in 2018 and ’19.
    If that sounds bizarre, it’s because it is. It is comparable to government taxing us to pay auto dealers to keep enough cars and trucks on their lots to satisfy expected future demand.

  4. Harbinger

    “Study Links Syria Conflict to Drought Caused by Climate Change” http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/03/science/earth/study-links-syria-conflict-to-drought-caused-by-climate-change.html “Drawing one of the strongest links yet between global warming and human conflict, researchers said Monday that an extreme drought in Syria between 2006 and 2009 was most likely due to climate change, and that the drought was a factor in the violent uprising that began there in 2011.
    The drought was the worst in the country in modern times, and in a study published Monday in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the scientists laid the blame for it on a century-long trend toward warmer and drier conditions in the Eastern Mediterranean, rather than on natural climate variability.
    The researchers said this trend matched computer simulations of how the region responds to increases in greenhouse-gas emissions, and appeared to be due to two factors: a weakening of winds that bring moisture-laden air from the Mediterranean and hotter temperatures that cause more evaporation.
    …Some social scientists, policy makers and others have previously suggested that the drought played a role in the Syrian unrest, and the researchers addressed this as well, saying the drought “had a catalytic effect.” They cited studies that showed that the extreme dryness, combined with other factors, including misguided agricultural and water-use policies of the Syrian government, caused crop failures that led to the migration of as many as 1.5 million people from rural to urban areas. This in turn added to social stresses that eventually resulted in the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad in March 2011.
    What began as civil war has since escalated into a multifaceted conflict, with at least 200,000 deaths. The United Nations estimates that half of the country’s 22 million people have been affected, with more than six million having been internally displaced.”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s