Friday, December 29, 2006
Average Ebay auction price of a Sony Playstation 3 on Nov 17 (US Launch Date) : $2,250
Average Ebay auction price of a Sony Playstation 3 two days later : $1,250
Average Ebay auction price of a Sony Playstation 3 today : $750
This has been your Fact for the Day.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Now this is a story all about how some internet kids were just sittin' around when they decided to make some crank calls, and whaddya know, they made them all to the racist asshole Hal Turner Show.
Now, racist scumbags aren't worth anyone's time, but one that has charisma among other racist scumbags is worthy of scorn, and so it was delivered to Turner on his show in the form of crank calling. Turner then got a list of phone records who called him and told his rabid, frothing, ignorant, racist, violent fanbase to basically beat the living excretia out of these people, many of whom are children. Thats the kind of wonderful person we're dealing with, "Beat up these kids for making me look silly."
After which calls were apparently made to his home, harassing his wife and mother, or so Turner claims, and lets be a little frank about how far we're going to trust the words of this kind of steaming animal, considering such a claim couldnt be easily proven but gives him an out to carry out his masturbatory violence fantasies. Also his crank-called mother apparently died in 2004, so... yeah he might not be constantly truthful all the time about everything.
Anyhoozle the internet retaliated, as the internet is known to do, by DDoS-ing his site into nothingness for the time being, making it a bit of a challenge for racists in the New Jersey area to effectively be told who they're supposed to hate this week. While I dont exactly endorse vigilante intertube-justice, it was more than warranted here, and hopefully an organization in a position to investigate Turner for criminal charges will be in a position to now. Heres hoping for good riddance to racist garbage.
(PS, if the opening paragraph is lost on you, you would do well to remember that this cab is rare so I said "Ah, forget it. Yo Holmes! To Bel Air!")
Monday, December 11, 2006
In other news, um, lets see whats happened in the past few months... lesse... Democrats take Congress, jackass Santorum (R-PA) is out but jackass Lieberman (CT4L-CT) stays... Florida video game ban ruled unconstitutional, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii released (and the Wii is just... God. There is no God but Wii and Zelda is his prophet) and in personal dork-news Ive nearly got an entire set of Perplex City cards now (minus silvers, which seem to exist only in theory) and recently finished playind Zelda on the Wii (50 hours. 50 damn hours). So um, there you go. I'll try posting more stuff later on as time permits. For now, enjoy "The Mii Lebowski" presented by Wii Sports.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
From Oliver Willis:
So you have to wonder - why is Steele doing this? He thinks the black voters in Maryland are stupid. The Bush/Cheney campaign enlisted the help of King in 2004 in some sort of perverted outreach to black voters, and while the electoral results made clear that the strategy just didn't work, the Steele campaign - and its boss, Michael Steele, don't know any better. They think the way to appeal to black Americans is to just grab a famous black face - any famous black face, no matter if its a convicted murderer or a rapist. Proving once again that black conservatives are way out of touch with the black mainstream, Steele and his merry band have put on what amounts to a sad show - parading out black people they feel are "known" and will motivate "them" to come out and vote for "one of us".
They should be ashamed, but they aren't. They actually think this is the way to woo black voters to their side. They figure if they talk down to us and distract us with the shiny people, we're so dumb we'll just have to go vote for them.
P.S.: I wonder - was OJ busy?
But he sure loves himself some fscking puppies, let me tell you.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
About a month ago the GameStop near my apartment (which I moved into at around the same time coincidentally) started selling Perplex City cards. Perplex City is two games at once I suppose, the first game being the collectable cards, as each of the 256 cards in series 1 has a different puzzle on it, ranging from the simple (As I was going to St. Ives...) to the mind-bludgeningly brutal (Card 256 is just a picture of a guy that, apparently, you have to find somewhere on Earth. Yeah.) You solve the riddles and get points, and as you get more and more points, you recieve little badges called Leitmarks. (Ive got my red one already, have earned the orange, but it takes a little while for them to ship from England) Its a fun enough diversion in and of itself, and the cards arent simply entertainingly puzzling, but also pretty high quality artwork.
The second game of Perplex City is an Alternate Reality Game where, apparently, Perplex City, which exists in a parallel universe, has lost something called the Receda Cube, a valuable artifact of unknown origin and power. It is known to be, at this point, buried somewhere underneath the surface of the planet Earth, which does not do a great deal of rounding down. Perplex City Academy has in fact released the puzzle cards to get people interested in the hunt, and unbeknownst to the academy itself (we are expected to believe) the cards each seem to contain some minute little clue or other to finding the whereabouts of the cube. Various websites and blogs are up for numerous Perplex City businesses adding to the realism, and through thorough research apparently the solution lies somewhere therein. Its fun, its obsessive, and its collectible, and it has me hooked. I'm up to four packs a week now just to beat back the craving.
A little while after that though I found something else to obsess over. South park did their season opener recently on World of Warcraft. I had never played World of Warcraft until a week ago, MMORPGs just never did it for me, and I think I realise why now, every one but WoW just sucks. Its seriously that damn simple, Warcraft just adds so freaking much that the others were lacking, and is adding more all the time to meet their consumer's needs. Different classes have different ways to play, different jobs, different... look I could just shmooze on the whole freaking game for about an hour and you wouldnt learn anything you couldnt find out on any fanpage. All I'm going to say is this: I paid $1.99 for the game disc at the GameStop, and I have definately gotten my money's worth. I intend to buy the full game and subscribe, but I realise the game may not be for everyone. If you can find one of those discs though, it is at least worth the try I say. They wont even ask for your credit card.
The third review here is not of a specific game, which allows for the first sentence to be constructed as it has been without the grammar police giving me another ticket. GameTap is a sort of HBO for video games, and I say is because its only sort of happened just today. GameTap is one year old now, and has in that year offered numerous classic and newer video games available for the one monthly rate of $9.95. Fine as far as it goes, but in this year its basically offered games that, by and large, if you wanted them before, you probably got them. Since then though, its gotten better, including two things, acclaimed but hard to find games like The Last Express, which recieved a large following and great praise, but never actually sold very well, and now Exclusive Episodic content in the form of the long-delayed and often-cancelled Sam and Max Sequel(s). Also they'll be incorporating Uru Live, which is sort of World of Warcraft meets the Myst universe in whatever way that makes sense. I initially signed up for just those reasons, and look forward to playing S&M later today since the release of episode one is tonight, but I browsed around on it earlier for no more than ten minutes and was frankly awed by the sheer tonnage of games they offer. Neo Geo stuff, TurboGrafX stuff, even has the old Sierra OnLine adventure games (which have, incidentally, recently been repackaged for retail and, I, as a fan, hate to say, are not worth the $20). I'm looking forward to poking around more in the next few days, seeing what all else I can find, if theres that much time between Sam and Max, Warcraft, Uru, and Puzzle Cards.
Oh, and incidentally, if you happen to know the guy at the Billion2One.org link, let them know.
At the press conference, Tyson posed for photos with fans, signed autographs and campaigned for Maryland U.S. Senate candidate Michael Steele.
Tyson, wearing a white and blue Steele for U.S. Senate T-shirt, said he used to believe black Republicans were "sellouts." But Tyson said he changed his mind after researching the Maryland lieutenant governor.
"We have to open our eyes more," Tyson said, as he pointed to his T-shirt.
Saturday, October 14, 2006
For your viewing pleasure, have a look at decades-old games journalism, lead in by known imbecile Bill O'Reiley
He had trouble with Lincoln Logs? Well I guess it fits...
Saturday, July 8, 2006
The Rude Pundit - All Coulter Plagarism Allegations in One Post
This is great:
Crooks and Liars » Adam Carolla hangs up on Coulter
And This is funny:
Current TV - SuperNews - Eva Coulter
Tuesday, July 4, 2006
THANK you... God honestly why dont they just make cliffs notes for that damn show already?
I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday.
Why? Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the internet commercially...
The regulatory approach is wrong. Your approach is regulatory in the sense that it says "No one can charge anyone for massively invading this world of the internet". No, I'm not finished. I want people to understand my position, I'm not going to take a lot of time.
They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the internet. And again, the internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a truck.
It's a series of tubes.
And if you don't understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and its going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material...
Now I think these people are arguing whether they should be able to dump all that stuff on the internet ought to consider if they should develop a system themselves.
Maybe there is a place for a commercial net but it's not using what consumers use every day.
It's not using the messaging service that is essential to small businesses, to our operation of families.
The whole concept is that we should not go into this until someone shows that there is something that has been done that really is a viloation of net neutraility that hits you and me.
The internet is a series of tubes where porn pysically blocks the department of defense from fighting al Qaeda and keeps us from using the messaging services necessary to the operation of our families. That clears up so much sir, thank you.
27B Stroke 6
Thursday, June 29, 2006
Well this weekend I got a DS Lite... and while I do feel it is a marvelous system that I do not regret purchasing... um...
Well here's the thing, I cant actually find anything I want to play on it. I managed by sheer luck to get a preorder of a rerelease of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, in which you play a Lawyer. If youve never heard of it before that last sentence will fail to impress you as much as the game itself should. Its fun and funny, a combination too tragically rare in video games these days. I also got Brain Age, which I'm having some trouble with, in one day my BA score went from 53 to 24, and I think it had more to do with which tests I got than with the homework assignments the "game" has been giving me.
These are the only two games I own so far. I'm tring to find some others people have recommended loud and proudly, but I cannot for the life of me locate Trauma Center, Castlevania Dawn of Sorrow, Advance Wars DS or Kirby Canvas Curse. I'll definatelyly break down and get New Super Mario Bros eventually, and Mario and Luigi: Partners in Time too, and Mario Kart and Tetris DS when my brother gets a system, but you know right now I want some stuff that really uses that touch screen, that makes use of the systems identifying feature without just putting some map or something on it. I dunno... is Animal Crossing actually any fun? Ive never played but it sounds like, I dunno... work...
Well anyway theres my personal musings for today. Nothing much else to talk about except I'm still sick with something, some virus taking its time getting through my system.
Anyway, here's a thing...
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
The second is that, if I do, I'm reasonably sure I'll have to take on one of those ads that are on every other blog with that crappy cartoon about "The Future of the Internet", and I say crappy not just because of its intentionally-bad-because-oh-ha-ha-thats-damn-hilarious-isn't-it-itude, but also because its argument is basically nonsense. The telecoms want to control how you use the internet. Thats basically it. They say because they want to build a "smart network", which is nonsense, since the network is a tool, and no such thing as a "smart hammer" exists. Ah hell, I'm still and cant be bothered to explain it better. Just go Ask a Ninja.
Then visit SaveTheInternet.com and get involved if you like. They debunk the various deceptions the ISPs are tring to slide down our throat, so screw them and their stupid ad.
And speaking of stupid ads, here is Joe Lieberman's lates stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid stupid campaign ad against Ned Lamont in CT. I'd provide context for the ad if I though id would make sense if I did, but nothing can sane-ify something this stupid.
...wow. And can I say incidentally thank god for YouTube?
Well I'm done I guess, feeling ill, need rest, body tired, ability to form cogent entences gone bye bye, sleep now.
Monday, June 19, 2006
Todays thing is an AMV by ISTIV Studio called The Race.
Saturday, June 3, 2006
Wish I had stuff to talk about, but dont really. Got gifts, went to a movie, enjoyed self all around. Not much else to say as far as the two primary topics I intended to write about on the blog, gaming and politics. which is to say that altough a great deal indeed is forever going on in these two arenas, theres nothing I really feel partifularly inclined to comment on.
Oh, except the PS3 will probably not suck as bad as I had previously thought. Mostly because of its recently announced Homebrew software capabilitles. I was planning to make my old PC a sort of media center hub for videos, emulators and such, but hell it really looks like the PS3 will do all that crap anyway, cause you know people will be making NES, Genesis, hell probably even Xbox emulators for it eventually, someone'll make a Tivo for it, somebody will port Itunes to it, hell, I'm looking forward to getting one when they get cheap.
Oh what? I may be a fanboy but I have some limits here people.
Tuesday, May 9, 2006
- Sony has decided to forgo developing a game console, and has instead put a laptop computer inside of a George Foreman grill. The "good" PS3 (more on that in a sec) will have a 60GB Hard drive, SD Ram support, Hi-Def, built-in 802.11g Wi-Fi, and 256MB of video ram. The "cheaper" version loses the card support, the hi-def, the wi-fi, 40 gigs, and will make dogs hate you. Theyre apparently doing this to make their console like the Xbox 360 which released two versions, one people wanted, and the "core" system that people only bought on launch day because they underproduced the good one and could upgrade later.
- The "Good" and "Cheap" PS3s will cost $599 and $499 respectively. Sony has done this because apparently they are insane in ways unknown to science, or are actually trying to go bankrupt. The larger-than-sensible pricee is more than anything due to the inclusion of Blu-Ray DVD tech inside the system, which is still such prototypical technology that nobody seems to even want to figure out how to use it just yet except for PS3 games specifically, so instead of absorbing the loss to gain market dominance, theyre basically trying to discourage people form buying their product by making it prohibitavely expensive. The 360 will have a Year lead-in on the PS3, and will most likely come down in price at the time. Theyve stopped producing the crappy "core" system, which means that a 360 which is in every rational sense entirely comparable with the PS3 will likely cost around $350 if not less at the time the PS3 comes out, putting it at around half the price, so really, which one are parents gonna buy for their kids?
- The PS3 controller has been redesigned to mimic the DualShock 2 in every way but the Shock (No Rumble, apparently they were sued for a copyright on putting small motors inside things) and is wireless (which is, okay, a good thing that theyre not doing a core thing and depriving the cheap of that). Theyve also put this tilt-sensor thing in it because they really believe that makes sense somehow, even though a few have tried it already and failed. Hell, they probably did it because it failed even, who knows with these idiots. Well thats it, I'm done with them now.
- Nintendo's Wii (god it feels as stupid to type as it does to say) will have a sort of SNES looking game pad attachement to play the library of legacy games with which looks okay from the graphic, but apparently there hasnt been a hands on yet so its hard to say.
- Also there is no set price for the... look I'm calling it the Revolution and screw you if you have a problem with that. Rumors though put the price for what is essentially a slightly upgraded Gamecube at something like $250, which I would be willing to bet is actually erring on the high side of it. Even the 360 wont come out lower than that, which puts Nintendo in a position to reclaim dominance of the market if they play their cards correctly, and knowing how well theyve operated before this would be no surprise
- Its 4pm EST now, which is when Microsoft has ended their press conference, and theyre basically doing the right thing by just announcing games that people are going to be looking for. Apparently the Halo 3 Trailer has just hit, and they announced Grand Theft Auto 4 a little while ago. I dont own an Xbox of either species, and probably never will. Just dont really care for it. But I'll say that they at least are running their business correctly.
So to summarize, Nintendo's being vague, Microsoft's sticking to their guns, and Sony has gone bat-excrement goat-fornicating insane.
Friday, April 28, 2006
Nintendo "Revolution" now called "Wii" - Joystiq
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Oh, wait, you didnt think I was talking about weed, did you?
10,000,000,000 - Amount of US dollars to be spent on current American military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Per month.
2,500,000 - Number of Unique visitors per month to the website of Rolling Stone Magazine.
33 - Current Approval Rating of President Bush, as tabulated by, of all places, Fox News.
I am out of numbers now, should have found more before posting, but really they were ust an excuse to make a bad joke at the expense of potheads and Hitler. Sorry about that.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Firstly, from a link found on Oliver Willis, I give you the latest from ball-busting action superstar, Dr. Tran.
The video game industry registered another big court victory today as a federal judge ruled Michigan's video game law unconstitutional and reaffirmed that "video games are a form of creative expression that are constitutionally protected under the First Amendment. They contain original artwork, graphics, music, storylines, and characters similar to movies and television shows, both of which are considered protected free speech."
Anyway I had another thing to say about the evil of Joe Lieberman, basically having to do with him being a sissy about his challenger Ned Lamont in Connecticut, him running as an independant if he fails to win the democratic primary (Joe Lieberman? trying to appeal to republicans? Oh perish the anally bleeding thought) but I'm not really in the mood right now, breaks over in a few minutes anyway. Will post again eventually, probably, hopefully, dont hold your breath.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
Mar-13-2006: Hey everyone, Just got back from new zealand, my flight was horrible. I had to sit in coach and my butt hurts, my back hurts, and my knees hurt. Anyway, now I'm back in la, getting ready to go to washington dc for dinner with President Bush. I love dc. Time for bed. Good night everyone.So she's upset she couldnt get to be enchanted my Karl Rove's impressive masculinity, and in truth what woman wouldn't be, and she's also promoting her latest porn video, but something else caught my eye. "I'm a little dissapointed that the NRCC is n't giving me the award weds..." piqued my curiosity, and made me ask myself aloud "...award? Was she going to be given an award? What reward would the National Republican Congressional Committee give to Mary Carey?!" So I checked the NRCC webpage for clarification and found info on the dinner here, and found the item in question. Wednesday, 11:30am - 2:00pm, Businessman of the Year and Award Ceremony, hosted my guest of honor, Karl Rove. This is the only event where any kind of award is mentioned.
Mar-14-2006: I'm at the La airport getting ready to go to washington DC. I can't wait. I'm a little dissapointed that the NRCC is n't giving me the award weds or letting me go to the Karl Rove luncheon, but I still get to go to the bush dinner Thursday and am scheduling some tv shows with fox news and MSNBC. I hope its just as much fun this time as in June. Also, my 1st legend movie "mary carey on the rise" is available now. Buy it everyone. Its the best movie I've done yet. Its by Legend Video
So, here's what it looks like: Mary Carey is at least under the impression she was going to win Businessman of the Year from the RNCC, meaning she was probably nominated, and as far as we know, may have even won, but was unable to recieve the award for reasons unknown. Now, I cant back any of this up, I cant find a list of the nominees or even the winner for this year, so dont take my word.
Still though, just let that thought sit in your mind... gestating... evolving... The National Republican Congressional Committee nominated/awarded a porn star as Businessman of the Year...
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
He is certainly the nation's worst Democrat. He has endorsed and voted in favor of every one of W. Bush's policies and programs, even going as far as to criticise members of his own party who dare point out objective fact that demonstrates, for instance, that the Iraq War is based on false information and faught poorly.
Compounding my distaste for him is his vocal opposition to violence in video games, leading the charge in the past against such threats to our way of life as the best selling PC game Doom. I'd go further into his jackassery vis a vis gaming, but its all slightly old news. Rest assured he'll do something stupid on that front soon enough and I'll be appropriately indignant. Besides, it would distract from his latest crime against common sense and decency.
In Connecticut, apparently if you're raped, and theres a risk you could get pregnant, you had better hope the paramedics dont take you to a Catholic hospital, because it seems they reserve the right to deny you emergency contraception. Okay, first wrap your mind around that, this isn't even an abortion issue, this is about preventing the rapist's sperm from fusing permanently with the victim's egg. Terminating a life doesnt even enter into it, but the Conn. Catholics, never ones to let facts or sense interfere with their actions, are opposed to it nonetheless, meaning about %20 of Conn hospitals are basically saying that a victim should be forced to give birth to the rapist's child, an opinion they no doubt derive from their wonderful Christian love.
Anyway, a bill was proposed recently to counteract this madness. Guess what Lieberman's opinion is on the matter.
From the New Haven Register (reguires registration)
U.S. Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, who often takes a conservative line on social issues, is facing a liberal Democratic primary challenge from wealthy Greenwich businessman Ned Lamont. But that hasn't stopped Lieberman from supporting the approach of the Catholic hospitals when it comes to contraceptives for rape victims.I tried to pick a single sentence from that quite to boldface, but its honestly all so damned absurd that I couldnt pick just one. His kowtowing to religious interests put him in favor of letting hospitals deny emergency medical assistence if they just plain dont feel like it? And this guy is a three-term senator? Good lord why is there so much Stupid in the world?!
Lieberman said he believes hospitals that refuse to give contraceptives to rape victims for "principled reasons" shouldn't be forced to do so. "In Connecticut, it shouldn't take more than a short ride to get to another hospital," he said.
firedoglake: Lieberman Supports Rapist Rights in Connecticut
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Is it even necessary to make a comment on this?PRWire, a very reliable source of mainstream and sometimes alternative news is reporting that adult starlet Mary Carey is scheduled to attend the United to Victory dinner with President George W. Bush in Washington D.C on March 15th - 16th.
Carey, who was also a Republican candidate for governor of California, is going to Washington at the invitation of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).
On returning to Washington, Ms. Carey said, “I'm really excited to be going back to Washington D.C. to see the president again. Everyone thinks that politicians are stuffy, but we all had a great time last year.”
Carey made national headlines in June of 2005, when she attended a similar dinner with President George W. Bush, also at the invitation of the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Sweetened fanciful Moses this game looks too good to be true. The entire first Mega Man game done in 3D, which is reason enough to buy the thing, but also includes two new levels/bosses, the ability to play as the Mega one, his sister Roll, and Boss Robots like Gutsman and Cutman, a level editor, and other online features. Glory be unto Mega Man in the highest, and on Earth, peace, and good will to all men.
Only worries I have are that the graphics are a little too childish to say the game wont be like kid's-level difficulty. Also while they kept the origional music, they sort of converted all the minor chords into major ones, so it sounds, I dunno, wrong-ish. More of that kid-ish-ness I suppose. Anyways, check the trailer.
GameTrailers.com: Mega Man Powered Up
Some poor schmoe was unfortunate enough to try and play WWE: Smackdown VS Raw 2006 on the PSP, after reading rather favorable reviews online. Unfortunately, the game, it seems, did not want to be played. Forthwith he decided to document his experience so that none other may suffer for THQ's mistake. What follows is a full 6+ minutes of loading screens that follow the path from starting the system to the first second of actual gameplay. And that's skipping through the cruddy movies too. If it werent for the Benny Hill theme playing constantly it'd be unbearable. It's... it's just... just damn, man.
Joystiq: Load time from HELL! PSP game takes its sweet time
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Horrifying dork that I am, I already own all the games boxed, so unless they have any bonus features, I aint bothering with it.
Joystiq: Classic Sierra adventure games re-released
First he sets up the conditional statement
Bush: No need to worry about port security (CNN.com)
President Bush on Thursday defended his administration's decision to allow a company from an Arab country to operate six major U.S. ports... "This deal wouldn't go forward if we were concerned about the security for the United States of America," Bush told reporters during a Cabinet meeting.From this we extrapolate the logical statement: IF [concern about US security] THEN [deal wouldnt go through]. If we reverse it to its equally true opposite we have: IF -[deal wouldnt go through] THEN -[concern about US security]. (modus tollens) Which is to say that if the deal goes through then he is not concerned about security
Bush says Dubai port deal should go forward(Reuters)
President George W. Bush said on Tuesday that a deal for a state-owned Dubai company to manage major U.S. ports should go forward and will not jeopardize U.S. security.If deal goes through, then Bush isnt concerned about security. Bush plans to make the deal go through, even using his first veto while in office to make this the case. Therefore, Bush isnt concerned about security, while signing a deal to have six US ports maintained by a company, Dubai Ports World, a state-owned company in the United Arab Emirates, which has known and demonstrable ties to terrorist organizations.
Bush told reporters traveling back to Washington with him from Colorado that he would veto legislation to stop the deal from going through.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
Polar bears drown as ice shelf melts - Will Iredale - The Times Online - Dec 18, 2005
Scientists have for the first time found evidence that polar bears are drowning because climate change is melting the Arctic ice shelf...Bush's Chat with Novelist Alarms Environmentalists - Michael Janofsky - New York Times - Feb. 16 2006
Polar bears live on ice all year round and use it as a platform from which to hunt food and rear their young. They hunt near the edge, where the ice is thinnest, catching seals when they make holes in the ice to breath. They typically eat one seal every four or five days and a single bear can consume 100lb of blubber at one sitting.
As the ice pack retreats north in the summer between June and October, the bears must travel between ice floes to continue hunting in areas such as the shallow water of the continental shelf off the Alaskan coast — one of the most food-rich areas in the Arctic. However, last summer the ice cap receded about 200 miles further north than the average of two decades ago, forcing the bears to undertake far longer voyages between floes.
"We know short swims up to 15 miles are no problem, and we know that one or two may have swum up to 100 miles. But that is the extent of their ability, and if they are trying to make such a long swim and they encounter rough seas they could get into trouble," said Steven Amstrup, a research wildlife biologist with the USGS.
New evidence from field researchers working for the World Wildlife Fund in Yakutia, on the northeast coast of Russia, has also shown the region’s first evidence of cannibalism among bears competing for food supplies.
In his new book about Mr. Bush, "Rebel in Chief: Inside the Bold and Controversial Presidency of George W. Bush," Fred Barnes recalls a visit to the White House last year by Michael Crichton, whose 2004 best-selling novel, "State of Fear," suggests that global warming is an unproven theory and an overstated threat."It is fiction, but it has the absolute ring of truth." - American Association of Petroleum Geologists spokesman Larry Nation on Crichton's book, on the occasion of awarding the fictional novel with the AAPG's annual Journalism award.
Mr. Barnes, who describes Mr. Bush as "a dissenter on the theory of global warming," writes that the president "avidly read" the novel and met the author after Karl Rove, his chief political adviser, arranged it. He says Mr. Bush and his guest "talked for an hour and were in near-total agreement."
"The visit was not made public for fear of outraging environmentalists all the more," he adds.
Bush Aide Softened Greenhouse Gas Links to Global Warming - Andrew C Revkin - New York Times - June 8, 2005
A White House official who once led the oil industry's fight against limits on greenhouse gases has repeatedly edited government climate reports in ways that play down links between such emissions and global warming, according to internal documents."This shows the president is more interested in science fiction than science," - Frank O'Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch, on meeting between President Bush and author Crichton.
In handwritten notes on drafts of several reports issued in 2002 and 2003, the official, Philip A. Cooney, removed or adjusted descriptions of climate research that government scientists and their supervisors, including some senior Bush administration officials, had already approved.