[Updated] In Face of Two Scandals, It’s a Bad Week to Be Scientific American
Scientific American isn't having a great week, and from the look of things they have no one to blame but themselves. There are sexual harassment claims against editor Bora Zivkovic, and a separate incident with SciAm blogger Dr. Danielle Lee being silenced after calling out a partner publication's editor for calling her a whore. Get it together.Read on...
Old Dogs, Old Tricks: David Petraeus Used a Tactic Known for Years to Hide His Extramarital Emails
If you're trying to hide an extramarital affair, and you're the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, it's probably a good idea to use a method that hasn't been publicly known for years. Another good step would be avoiding a service, like Gmail, managed by a company that's been known to hand over information to the government when pressured. Perhaps David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell thought they were above all that, or perhaps they somehow didn't care, but the trick they used to hide their emails is old enough to have been included in a 2005 PBS special.Read on...
Report: China Manufacturing Plastic Rice, Selling It as Real Food
In what is the most diabolical thing I have read today, a report from Very Vietnam alleges that some Chinese food producers are creating synthetic rice out of potatoes, sweet potatoes, and plastic. The "rice" is made by mixing the potato material together, shaping it into grains, and then adding an "industrial resin" as a binding agent. Very Vietnam says that these resins can be very harmful if eaten. Going on to indicate exactly how much plastic is involved, the website says:
A Chinese Restaurant Association official said that eating three bowls of this fake rice would be like eating one plastic bag.The obvious motivation behind this scheme is money, since the synthetic "rice" is cheaper to produce. This is just another, albeit somewhat more disquieting, in the long line of tainted or defective products apparently coming out of China. These would include the poisonous drywall, and tainted milk. If true, this a cruel, calculated maneuver worthy of Orson Well's character Harry Lime from The Third Man. It's hard not to think of his famous speech atop the ferris wheel, gesturing at the people below:
Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare?(via Very Vietnam, image via Wikipedia)Read on...
South Korea Shaken by StarCraft Scandal
In South Korea, StarCraft is serious business: Professional players make as much as $300,000 a year from tournaments and endorsements, and StarCraft tourneys pack stadiums with players and fans. (See: this picture.)
But now, the integrity of the game is being seriously called into question: In a scandal that's drawing comparisons to the Black Sox scandals of 1919, which brought down ballplayers like Shoeless Joe Jackson, it's been discovered that top South Korean players have been colluding with StarCraft gambling rings, fixing matches and leaking gameplay footage for insider betting.Read on...