Waterboarding is Torture

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15413635
“It is not constitutional for the United States to engage in torture in any form, be it waterboarding or anything else,” he said. When asked about it again by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Mukasey allowed that if waterboarding were actually defined as torture, then it could not be permitted by the president.
“If it is torture as defined by the Constitution, or defined by constitutional standards, it can’t be authorized,” Mukasey said.

If it is torture?!?!
And it is a sad state of affairs in our country when a candidate for Attorney General cannot say definitively and unequivocally that waterboarding is torture. So I will say it.
Waterboarding is Torture.

Galactic Civilizations II and Gaming companies which step it up

Galactic Civilizations II: Twilight of the Arnor – A Forum Post by Frogboy
Galactic Civilizations II, IMO, the currently best single player 4x space strategy game in current release, is going to have a second expansion pack, on the heels of their already successful first one.
The announcement of this release got me to thinking about computer game companies in general.

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How many readers?

Google Reader Stats
I know that I have a tiny readership. Google Reader can tell me just how scant it is in terms of people subscribed to the Google feed for BJS.
It looks like there are seven of you who are subscribed in Google Reader to Blog Jvstin Style, weirdly split on the lists as 6 and 1 for “Media Archives”.
I didn’t make the cut on this list of top 25 Minnesota blogs, though, even if it looks like I might have technically tied for 25th place for Minnesota blogs.
http://www.thedeets.com/2007/10/14/top-25-minnesota-blogs-by-google-subscribers/
I probably wouldn’t know what to do with a large readership anyway. 🙂

Congratulations, Al Gore

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7041082.stm
Congratulations to Al Gore, who, along with UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, have won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize!
While we have wound up, I think, with a worse world for his not being elected President in 2000, he has done good work since that fateful day at the Supreme Court.
Since that day,Gore’s efforts to wake up the world to the effects of Global Climate Change have garnered him an Emmy, an Oscar and now part of the Nobel Peace Prize.
Excerpts from the award announcement below.

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Dimension X, the Veldt, and Holodecks/Holosuites

Internet Archive: Details: Dimension X – Single Episodes
I’ve been listening to some Old Dimension X episodes, which are now freely available as MP3’s. Its an old radio program which had a heavy rotation of adaptations of short Science fiction stories.I am really enjoying them and I recommend them all to you.
One of the episodes I’ve listened to today is “The Veldt”. As I’ve listened to this story of a Nursery that brings a three dimensional environment to life, it struck me.
“The Veldt”, and how it goes wrong, is a clear antecedent and inspiration for the Star Trek Holodeck/Holosuite.