Posted by Thomas Nephew on January 12th, 2005
Stories touching on various posts on this blog, including…
- Time shaving: a shameful pattern of corporate theft
Wal-Mart lawsuit certified in Cambridge, MA (2005/01/08): “The lawsuit alleges that Wal-Mart managers deleted hours from workers’ payroll records, and did not provide meal and rest breaks. The suit is among a flurry of legal complaints brought against Wal-Mart in recent years.”
- German prosecutors seek greater U.S. cooperation in Motassadeq 9/11 case
9/11 Cases Proving Difficult in Germany (2004/12/13): “Prosecutors and the five-judge panel overseeing the trial said they still hope U.S. officials will provide fresh evidence or allow Mohammad and Binalshibh to be questioned directly. The German federal prosecutor, Kay Nehm, said Tuesday at a news conference in the city of Karlsruhe that U.S. officials had agreed to provide more information for the Motassadeq trial that he hoped would pave the way for a conviction.
Nehm did not give details about the information being sought. Spokesmen for the U.S. Justice and State departments did not respond to requests for comment.
The court has also sent invitations to members of the Sept. 11 commission to testify about the report they issued last summer, which described the formation and inner workings of the Hamburg cell in detail.”
- Kinsley’s conjecture
Prairie dogs appear to have their own language (2004/12/06): “They have different ‘words’ for tall human in yellow shirt, short human in green shirt, coyote, deer, red-tailed hawk and many other creatures.
They can even coin new terms for things they’ve never seen before, independently coming up with the same calls or words, according to Con Slobodchikoff, a Northern Arizona University biology professor and prairie dog linguist.”
(via Eric Muller, who asks the really important question)
How Scientists and Victims Watched Helplessly (2004/12/31), describing scientists at the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, unclear on the danger at first — and then unable to do anything about it once the danger was apparent: “Their instinct was to somehow tell more, to warn the region that it would continue, to reach people who could clear beaches. But how? Mr. Hirshorn recalled a tsunami expert he knew in Australia, called and got an answering machine. He left a message. Someone phoned the International Tsunami Information Center, asking if they knew people in the stricken region. The center simply had no contacts in this distant world.”
EDIT, 1/12: Cambridge, MA, not Boston