MSNBC – Feds probe mysterious credit card charges
Via MSNBC, a disquieting report about how one company used small charges to people’s cards in an effort to leverage and allow larger charges, with less possibility of detection by fraud agencies.
I’m going to have to check my statements and cards carefully.
A pair of books this time around for me to give quick reviews for you to enjoy.
James Morrow’s Only Begotten Daughter
and the graphic novel
Marvel 1602, by Neil Gaiman (among others)
Continue reading Book Reviews 2005 (13-14)
Amber’s Amverse: March 2005 Archives
Via Amber, we learn that King Tut may not, as long suspected, been a victim of murder in the poisonous politics of the post-Aten era in dynastic Egypt, but he might have died from the complications of a broken leg instead.
Open season, nine times over
According to this article in the Star-Tribune, a Wisconsin firefighter has “…has asked Wisconsin officials to designate free-roaming domesticated cats as members of an “unprotected species” that could be shot on sight by anyone holding a small-game license.”
The proposal is set to go before an advisory group to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources next month.
The rationale for this twisted proposal is that feral Felis Domesticus are a major killer of songbirds, millions a year estimated in Wisconsin alone.
“Save the birds! Shoot a cat!”
I saw the meme on Elizabeth Bear’s journal, and I decided to do it as well.
What follows are lists of the Nebula and Hugo winners for best F/SF novel. I’ve put the ones I’ve read in bold.
Continue reading Hugo/Nebula Novels I’ve Read
Our IRE this time around keys off of some new revelations about those mysterious “hobbit sized” skeletons found on an Indonesian island last year. As mentioned in a previous blog entry, Carl Zimmer’s blog has a nice recap of the biology and the speculation thereof.
So what can you do with this?
Continue reading IRE #14: Homo floresiensis