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Like ‘Risk’, only more relevant

Courtesy of my friend Kevin’s blog, I discovered the site of a board game about the war on terror.  In fact, it’s called War on Terror, the Boardgame, in which you either fight terror, or support it, or both.

No, I’m not making this up.

To some people (who are not me), this may at first seem like it is in poor taste.  Reading further on the site will reveal that it’s just as much a political statement as an entertaining product.  I heartily agree with the statement they’re making, plus the game actually looks like a lot of fun (the illustrations are great, but the EVIL balaclava is really the clincher).

The game is unfortunately kind of pricey, but perhaps it will go on my birthday list.

Posted by seaking on 01-21-2007 at 02:01 pm
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Say goodnight, Georgie…

I find it amusing that the 2 senators who conceded today are named Burns and Allen.

Posted by seaking on 11-09-2006 at 10:11 pm
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Early birthday present

Actually, I found out today about something that will occur on my birthday. As you might know, Tom DeLay will not be running for reelection to the US House of Representatives. It appears now that he has further decided to resign from his House seat without finishing his term. His last day on the job will be June 9 – the same day that I turn 34.

Gosh, and I didn’t get him anything!

Of course, the gift is not as impressive as it sounds.  I don’t think he’s going to stray too far from American Politics, just because he won’t be in elective office himself.

Posted by seaking on 05-14-2006 at 08:05 pm
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Bugs as bugs

So it seems that DARPA is interested in making cyborgs. Animal cyborgs, at least – both flying and swimming ones – to gather intelligence in otherwise hard to reach places.
I have to confess, I find this almost as cool as I find it scary. Cybernetic organisms have only been in the realm of science fiction until now, after all.  The insect kind are the ones that scare me more, as they could easily be used for, dare I say it, domestic use. Of course, the U.S. government wouldn’t spy on its own citizens, would it?

Thanks to smb for the links.

Posted by seaking on 03-26-2006 at 09:03 pm
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It’s all connected

So, a congressional task force has concluded that the Federal Emergency Management Agency botched the Katrina rescue and cleanup. Of particular concern was failure to deal with leaks, especially those by ‘Scooter’ Libby in the Valerie Plame case. Libby’s lawyers have subpoenaed hundreds of classified documents to be examined in this case – documents which were compiled by the National Security Agency from domestic wiretaps they obtained without warrants. President Bush authorized the warrantless spying, arguing that our phone and e-mail networks are vulnerable to terrorists exploiting open ports. Instead of trying to close the ports, the administration is selling them to Dubai Ports World, a state-run company in the United Arab Emirates. DPW, as its first act of port security, will be examining all packets of cartoons from Europe – particularly those from Denmark. A Danish newspaper caused controversy recently with its cartoons making fun of other countries’ domination of all the winter sports at the Olympic Games. While the Danish expected to excel at several traditionally Scandinavian sports, the biathlon events were the center of their own separate controversy, as Vice President Cheney hit a retired biathlete in the face while firing the ceremonial first shot. While the victim has recovered, the incident caused the event to be cut short. Upset by Cheney’s visit being aborted, the South Dakota legislature has passed a law banning abortion. The law is expected to be tested before the Supreme Court, which has a new justice Samuel Alito. Alito has been involved in judging controversies before, such as in the figure skating at the 2002 Winter Games, where officials of several nations were played against each other by lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Abramoff has recently reached a plea agreement with the justice department, and will testify in the trial of Saddam Hussein, who was implicated in the bombing of the Shiite Askariya shrine. The Shiite government of Iran is expected to retaliate with a possible nuclear strike, but the country’s nuclear capability is as yet unknown, according to Weapons Inspector Jacques Clouseau.

James Frey contributed to this report.

Posted by seaking on 03-03-2006 at 09:03 pm
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Puppets and politics

Today we went to see Bread and Puppet Theatre perform on the Hampshire College campus. I’ve known about this troupe for a few years, but hadn’t had a chance to see them before. They perform a sort-of circus-like series of skits, all done with various kinds of human-sized puppetry, masks, and so forth, and all with a political message. you can probably guess that, if I like it, it’s leftie politics, and that is certainly the case (anti-war, anti-corporate, and anti-theocracy were the main themes today). In this area they’re preaching to the converted, really, but it is still cool to get an artistic perspective, especially one that is done with a great sense of fun (and silliness). Also, the “puppets” they use are often very beautiful, and effective, though all very simple.
They have a range of styles, not only in the visual costume/prop aspects, but also in the way they present each message. Some of the skits were very obvious in their targets, and some were very abstract (one or two confusing even, but then art should be confusing occasionally).

I’d recommend going if you get the chance; the show is a good value at the admission price of $0. 🙂

PS: Unrelated, but I posted a new Sad Lib today. Eventually I hope to set up that page with its own feed.

Posted by seaking on 09-18-2005 at 09:09 pm
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Using your opponent’s strength…

Planned Parenthood seems to have done this already in other places, but currently they have a very creative fundraiser going on in the Philly area.

I especially like the fact that they’ll be posting a sign about it, so the protesters get a good look at the effect they are having. It’s a nice variation on the theme of meeting speech with speech.

Thanks to Christopher Baldwin for posting the first link I saw to this.

Update: Apparently, the Emma Goldman Clinic, an independent clinic in Iowa City, has an ongoing Pledge-a-Picketer fundraiser, and has been doing it for a few years. I don’t think they post a sign about their count and pledges, though.

Posted by seaking on 09-16-2005 at 08:09 pm
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Honoring scientists and … others

So apparently, the US Postal Service has some stamps out that commemorate a few American scientists. I’m not sure how these 4 were selected, but it’s a nice, tasteful set of stamps.

While those 4 didn’t do work in evolutionary biology, a need was felt for honoring non-scientists involved in Intelligent Design. Those stamps can be seen here.

Posted by seaking on 09-06-2005 at 08:09 pm
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Another alternative to Evolution

Some of you may already know about this. In the wake of the Kansas School Board deciding that Intelligent Design should be taught along with the Theory of Evolution in science classes, another theory’s proponents have demanded that their view on the creation of life should also be taught.

I speak, of course, of the Flying Spaghetti Monster theory of creation.

As many attest on that site, it is a theory at least as valid as that of Intelligent Design. In fact, many prominent academics (including one I know) have been quoted there as supporting the inclusion of FSMism alongside ID (and the site is looking for more Doctoral-type people to lend their support).

May we all be touched by His Noodly Appendage. RAmen.

Posted by seaking on 08-30-2005 at 10:08 pm
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