Thursday, November 5, 2009

HOT5 Daily 11/5/2009

1. "Stapled Together" A response to the argument that allowing same sex marriage will "lead to an expansion of the size and scope of the state."

Representative Sample: the really breathtaking part here is the claim that same-sex marriages are “loosely stapled together by the state.” Stapled together? Really?

2. "Secret copyright treaty leaks. It's bad. Very bad." Let's hope this is incorrect. 

Representative Sample:  The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama's administration refused to disclose due to "national security" concerns, has leaked.

3. "China Declares Space War Inevitable" I agree with the Chinese about that.

Representative Sample: “As far as the revolution in military affairs is concerned, the competition between military forces is moving towards outer space… this is a historical inevitability and a development that cannot be turned back,” said air force commander Xu Qiliang in an interview with the official People’s Liberation Army Daily.

4. "who wants to build a warp drive anyway?" Speaking of space.

Representative Sample: when physicists Richard Obousy and Gerald Cleaver put together the energy requirements for a warp drive, they noted that a sufficiently advanced civilization could one day build it. And we’re going to use those requirements to find out whether a civilization like that could conceivably exist and what would happen to their solar system if they ever tried to create a device that warps space and time by locally boosting the ongoing expansion of the universe.

5. "This is How a Soldier Is Made" Links a very interesting photo essay.

Representative Sample: It's a link to a series of graphics.

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