Thursday, December 18, 2008

Different from the Old Boss

I've posted an article at New West. It's about the new position within our Administration-Elect, the First Americans Public Liaison. Nifty title, isn't it? We don't know much about the position yet, but it's already a hint of what the Obama administration has in mind for Native Americans. Read on, read on...


Now playing:
John Sakamoto - Anti-Hit List - Dec. 13
via FoxyTunes

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Neanderthal Genome Half Sequenced; Prepare for Gen Mods

It's a well known fact that some of the first things that modern technology becomes equipped for is porn. It was probably some the first public contributions to internet, was some of the first stuff you could find on those hand held mini-laptops and a major force in character design on Spore.

So when I heard that half of the neanderthal genome has been sequenced, I knew that mankind would want to get fresh with this failed branch of the human tree, or get fresh as this long-dead stick of genetics.

Get ready for the hybrids folks. They'll be the ones involuntarily hunting strays and having resource wars with the homeless.

from New Scientist:

Half the Neanderthal genome has been decoded and the rest should be sequenced by year's end, a scientist involved in the project told a human evolution conference last week.

Culture Warriors On the Atomic Scale

Culture Warriors on the "NO!" side of Prop. 8 may take up their morally inflamed arms against nanotechnology, according to a new study.

The Cultural Cognition project at Yale Law School found that people who learn about a new technology often become deeply polarized along cultural lines. I know that this sort of behavior is as ingrained as breathing, but it's still disheartening.

Nanotech! The Devil's Science, or Johnny Jihadi's micro-terror pal?!

from Physorg:

The determining factor in how people responded was their cultural values, according to Dan Kahan, the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor at Yale Law School and lead author of the study. "People who had more individualistic, pro-commerce values, tended to infer that nanotechnology is safe," said Kahan, "while people who are more worried about economic inequality read the same information as implying that nanotechnology is likely to be dangerous."

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I'm Troy Doney. I'm on the internet. I'm the writer of the blog "Off the Reservation" at New West. I also write a blog at Reznet. My personal blog is Man Bites Dog. I post my pictures at Flickr and I write short sentences at Twitter.