Archive for December, 2006

oooh, pretty

December 29, 2006

Bad Astronomy Blog » The Top Ten Astronomy Images of 2006

Some frankly astonishing images, dredged out of the Giant Astronomy Archives of the World by Phil Plait. Cool.

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Ah, come on Libya, what the hell’s wrong with you?

December 19, 2006

BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Libya sentences medics to death

A Libyan court has sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death for knowingly infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV.

For a court to blatantly ignore compelling evidence is unforgivable. And for a country to be so deeply in denial about public health is really quite disturbing. And, you know, scapegoating foreigners is just so 20th century.

Note to small minded fools everywhere: you can’t change reality by refusing to believe in it.

However, the reality in this case is that Libya is determined to kill these people.

Libya has asked for 10m euros (£6.7m) compensation to be paid to each of the families of victims, suggesting the medics’ death sentences could be commuted in return.

But Bulgaria has rejected the proposal, saying any payment would be seen as an admission of guilt.

Maybe, Bulgaria, in this case you should just pay up to get your people home safe, however unfair it might be?

Ah, good, I wasn’t imagining it…

December 13, 2006

BBC NEWS | Scotland | November rainfall hits new record

Scotland has had its wettest November in nearly 30 years, new Met Office figures have revealed.

Yes, yet another dull BBC news quote post. Sorry.

BBC NEWS | Politics | Blair to unveil new Trident plans

December 4, 2006

BBC NEWS | Politics | Blair to unveil new Trident plans

The Tories say it would be “crazy” not to have UK nuclear weapons.

Wrong. Why should we keep an expensive weapons system that clearly deters no-one from nothing?

It would in fact be crazy to blatantly ignore one of our international treaty obligations; to disarm entirely. If we go ahead and do this, why should anyone respect international law?

BBC NEWS | Politics | Blair to unveil new Trident plans

December 4, 2006

BBC NEWS | Politics | Blair to unveil new Trident plans

The Tories say it would be “crazy” not to have UK nuclear weapons.

Wrong. Why should we keep an expensive weapons system that clearly deters no-one from nothing?

It would in fact be crazy to blatantly ignore one of our international treaty obligations; to disarm entirely. If we go ahead and do this, why should anyone respect international law?