Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Things of note

Items that caught my eye today:

Prince Harry won't be going to Iraq; the British army decided that doing so posed too much danger not just to Cornet Wales but also to those around him, figuring insurgents would move heaven and earth to get their hands on him. I can't fault their reasoning, but it does raise the question of what sort of conflict the military will let him fight in. And if the answer is "none", one wonders what he's doing in the military.

A team of scientists working with the Hubble space telescope think they have directly sighted dark matter. Using gravitational lensing they mapped out the density of a couple of galaxy clusters 5 billion light years away -- and found that the centers of mass didn't correspond to visible objects (you can see the ring of dark matter in the photo). The evidence in favor of dark matter is firming up. All that's left is the pesky matter of explaining what the heck it is.

Paul Wolfowitz is negotiating a deal for his resignation as head of the World Bank. I'm still more interested in the junkets he arranged for his girlfriend when he was with the Pentagon. But while I think he did some good at the World Bank and the calls for his head have more than a little corrupt politicking behind them, it's hard to feel sorry for a figure so central to our misadventure in Iraq. Buh-bye.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Not Your Mama said...

I have very mixed feelings about the man myself.

To me he seems like the most interesting of the crew and I really think he was a "true believer" who honestly wanted to do great things but his paranoia and fear...well, paranoia has led more than one potentially great human beings to their own destruction.

5/18/2007 3:33 AM  
Blogger Sean Aqui said...

Agreed. Everyone seems to agree that Wolfowitz is personally honest and ethical and generally shares values you and I could embrace: robust support for democracy, robust opposition to tyranny.

But his devotion to those principles led him to disregard the realities on the ground, as well as leading him to the belief that the country could be dragged by the nose into his crusade. In a democracy, that just doesn't work.

5/18/2007 8:09 AM  

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