Thursday, March 24, 2005

Some links/articles of interest.

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Some news articles I found interesting:

A judge ruled Monday that California's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, saying that the state could no longer justify limiting marriage to a man and a woman... the plaintiffs said withholding marriage licenses from gays and lesbians trespasses on the civil rights all citizens are guaranteed under the California Constitution. -> here
This makes me very happy. At last someone in America is starting to see sense! However, the fact that they may 'ammend' the constitution soon to make gay marriage impossible, really does worry me. Let's just hope that they all make the right decision. I'm also interested to see what Arnie's view on this is - for the California Governor, he seems to be awfully quiet on the matter (which probably means he has some homophobic views locked up in there, but doesn't want people to know because it'd make me cry as he's everyone's hero).

The Senate gave a green light Wednesday to drilling for oil and gas in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, handing President Bush a big victory and dealing a blow to environmentalists... Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said ANWR could produce 1 million barrels of oil a day. But Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., said the nation could reduce its dependence on foreign oil just as much by raising fuel economy standards for sport-utility vehicles. -> here
Once again, Bush doesn't bother to try and use and increase funding/research for other sources of fuel, but just ruins somewhere else to get even more oil. It's not like anyone will even get the benefits of this for years, and when they do, the benefits will have gone within a decade. I just don't understand how he can be so single-minded - what's the point in searching for more oil all the time? He shouldn't be relying on it, he's really not thinking about the future - just his time in office and what will win him the American public. It's so selfish and shallow. He shouldn't be searching for oil as though that's going to solve all our energy problems, but as treat it as though it's just giving Scientists a bit more time. He needs to listen to other people's opinions and be really, really looking for other sources of energy. I know at the moment the energy situation isn't desperate, but surely it's better to start and pump as much funding into research before it does? A little forward thinking goes a long way.

On a light-hearted note - you all need to go here (make sure you have Quicktime, otherwise you are missing out). Unless, of course, you're a Star Wars nerd, then you might get offended and eat me. You have been warned. I've seen it before, years ago, but it still makes me laugh :D silly nerds.


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