Some Kinda Hole…

Another case of political correctness run amok and “cultural sensitivity” (or whatever it’s called) that’s just beyond stupid.

I’m sure Neil deGrasse Tyson could explain to this poor, benighted fool that the term “Black Hole” comes from the fact that the gravitational field of such areas of space is so powerful that even electromagnetic radiation (e.g. visible light) is unable to escape their pull, thereby rendering the hole’s interior invisible or, rather, black like the appearance of space itself. Calling it a “white hole” as this twit suggests, would therefore be ridiculous.

As well, somehow “It sounds like Central Collections has become a singularity” just doesn’t seem to work.

Abusing Access to Information

It would certainly be interesting to find out who the “curious Canadian with an apparent obsession with the CBC” is that’s been inundating it with so many requests that they’ve “single-handedly forced that Crown corporation to more than double the number of employees in its access-to-information department.” According to this article, the CBC had initially hired three people to handle the requests, but there are now seven people employed in that department — all working in large part to service this one inquisitive person’s seemingly insatiable need to know!

The individual, whose identity cannot legally be revealed, sent 448 separate requests for information from the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. in the four-month period between Sept. 1, 2007, and the end of the year. The CBC first became subject to federal access-to-information laws on Sept. 1 and has now received 604 requests — almost all of them from that same individual.

In addition to the mountain of information requests, the same person also filed a staggering 524 complaints in 2007. Presumably, each one of these has to be investigated and responded thereby adding to the workload and expense of the federal information commissioner’s office.

One can only speculate as to motives and nature of the requests (a possible theory might be to obtain potentially embarrassing expense reports), but irrespective, surely there must be a point at which such behaviour simply becomes a form of malicious harassment. At the very least, shouldn’t there be a reasonable limit on the number of requests that can be filed by any one private individual within a specified period of time?

Links With Your Java

• Let the show trial begin! I don’t imagine anyone is going to be impressed with this pathetic charade. Besides, what will it confirm? That Bush is a crook and an incompetent? Duh.

• “Wireless Jim” shoots self in foot over “telecom companies charging people 15 cents to receive spam messages that nobody receives and nobody will be charged for if they should receive any.”

• Now we have the smoking gun! The proof that America must attack Iran and bomb them back into the Stone Age: bad photo manipulation — the ultimate sin.

• Catholics respond to the contemplated abduction of Their Lord’s sacred flesh (aka “a cracker”) with death threats and a campaign to have the offender sacked.

• Oh, the humility! Plans by the Obama to stage a major speech in Berlin seem to be going over like a lead zeppelin. The campaign’s strategists had hoped that German Chancellor Merkel would take the choice of Berlin and the Brandenburg Gate for the speech as a compliment. Apparently not.