GBIF looks like an acronym that could be scribbled on the inside cover of a schoolgirl’s notebook, representing an expression of earnest affection – some variant of BFF. In fact, it represents a more serious idea: A place to collect data from observations of living organisms – the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.
The Global Biodiversity [...]
You should already know that on Saturday, October 26 there will be a protest against massive unconstitutional surveillance of the American people in Washington, DC. If you want to take part, show up outside Union Station at 12 noon for a march to the U.S. Capitol building. The weather looks like it will be great [...]
For a while now, we’ve been maintaining a list of liberal social movement organizations and news sources for Utah and Utahns. It’s a pretty conservative state, all right, but the last time we looked a few years ago we were surprised at the number of vibrant, active groups on the left.
Tonight, I headed over [...]
Two and a half months ago, Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida used outrage at the unfolding NSA surveillance scandal to declare his intention to offer an amendment to an otherwise unrelated piece of legislation. That amendment would have ended the NSA’s massive collection of personally identifiable information without a direct connection to terrorism. The idea [...]
As people gather around the country for Restore the Fourth protests against the U.S. government’s massive communications dragnet, they’re talking to each other and sharing links. One good way to find out what’s going on with Restore the Fourth is to read what others find compelling. Over the last 24 hours, the following are the [...]
The iWatch is one step forward into an electronic surveillance network in the USA that is not only nearly ubiquitous, but conspicuous as well. [...]
In the British Journal of Psychiatry, Heyman et al (2001) find a trend of rising numbers of cases of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as people age out of childhood and into their early adult lives. What can explain this age trend? OCD Education Station writes about another trend related to time — a surge in OCD [...]
It’s not about what you ate for breakfast: at its best, Twitter is a democratic news feed of sorts, serving up 140-character headlines written by whoever wants to write them, linking to longer, more informative articles written by journalists or citizens. Twitter feeds can subvert the story line supplied by the corporate-dominated news media. Last [...]