And now the In the News, where I provide links to news items with some (very) brief commentary. I intended to post this last week but I have found that there were very few news articles I found that warranted discussion. It’s not that current news is unimportant, just that most of it has become very predictable. Events in Iraq proceed much as they have over the last period – horrible but fairly predictable. Ditto for other foreign affairs, local affairs, etc.
Eventually things in the blog will settle down and I’ll have a specific post for each working day (with one working day off, maybe). However, I still must buy a battery for my little camera in order to do Vignettes posts, and I need to collect news articles etc., so it may take a week or two for things to settle.
Anyway, the news:
- Here is a strange and unusual story about a quantum computer that has produced an answer to a question without actually running! Oh, those crazy, crazy quantum laws!
- Here is a article via Reuters entitled Venezuela demands US hand over Cuban “terrorist”. I have a few thoughts on this. Firstly, it seems to me that those quotes around the word ‘terrorist’ would not be there if it were the US accusing somebody of being a terrorist, and not Venezuela. Bias in the media? Furthermore, the reason given for not wishing to extradite said terrorist (who is charged with 73 counts of first degree murder, no less) is that he “could face torture in [...] Venezuela”. This seems more than a little hypocritical given events of the recent past.
- Maybe this is not ‘news’, as such, but Charles Bernsein has a wonderful article about the evils of ‘Poetry Month’ (April).
Hopefully more of the news will jump out to me over the next week.