Scandal at NASA - Censorship of Scientific Research by Bush Appointee

According to the New York Times, a 24 year old Presidential appointee to the press office at NASA, George Deutsch, resigned this week when it was reported that Deutsch not only faked his resume but more importantly had been censoring scientific publications produced at NASA by applying a religious Creationist rewrite of technical research. This corruption included changing all references to The Big Bang to be replaced by Big Bang Theory (where theory is intended in the vernacular, as in "oh, its just a theory", rather than a scientific framework which best explains the facts and observations); moreover, according to the New York Times this requirement was enforced by Deutsch in a memo that said:

The Big Bang is "not proven fact; it is opinion. It is not NASA's place, nor should it be to make a declaration such as this about the existence of the universe that discounts intelligent design by a creator. This is more than a science issue, it is a religious issue. And I would hate to think that young people would only be getting one-half of this debate from NASA. That would mean we had failed to properly educate the very people who rely on us for factual information the most"


NASA's Administrator Michael D. Griffin has since called for "scientific openness" in this quote from the New York Times:
"It is not the job of public-affairs officers," Dr. Griffin wrote in an e-mail message to the agency's 19,000 employees, "to alter, filter or adjust engineering or scientific material produced by NASA's technical staff."


Read the full article in the February 4, 2006 New York Times.

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FloridaVacationAuction.com -- Hey, I know that guy!

After some late evening blog reading I put away my laptop and decide to catch the last half of the local news. Channel 5 then begins a web site review in a section they call The Click, and they begin to highlight a website where you can compete for Florida vacation packages. I snag the Tivo remote and hit rewind three times before my wife starts to give me the eye, so I hit record and risk rewinding one more time. Finally, it hits me... I think to myself, that's Doug Hughes' new site, and blurt out, "Hey, I know that guy!". So I get out my laptop to start blogging this - at least its warmed up already.

You know Doug, too. He's the Alagad guy who makes ColdFusion-based software including Captcha and Image CFCs, as well as the new Reactor framework. :)

Turns out that you can watch the video segment on WCVB's website:

The Boston Channel, The Click:
Bid On Your Next Florida Vacation

Photos of The Mt Washington Hotel and AMC Highland Center

Mt Washington Hotel

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The Mt Washington Hotel is a historic hotel in Crawford Notch on Route 302 in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. This four star hotel is over a hundred years old and is recently part of the Bretton Woods complex. We really loved staying here this weekend. The rates include breakfast and dinner in a magnificent dining room with views of the Presidential Range. In the winter the activities include horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing, snow tubing, ice skating, nordic cross country skiing, or downhill skiing. In the summer they have tennis, golf, horseback riding, swimming, and hiking.

From the hotel information:
Throughout its history, the Hotel has been renowned for natural beauty and luxurious extras. Indoor pools, Jacuzzis and fireplaces are just a few of the indoor amenities comforting year round guests. The interior decor of the rooms and halls reflect the elegance and sophistication of those who visit and manage the Hotel. After dinner go for a moonlit stroll on the veranda, listen to jazz music or comtemporary favorites in the Cave Lounge, or plan on one more waltz as the orchestra plays on.


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Doing the right thing: Behind Bush's New Stress on Science

Via the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) TechNews:

Behind Bush's New Stress on Science, Lobbying by Republican Executives
New York Times (02/02/06) P. C4; Markoff, John; Leary, Warren E.

President Bush's call for doubling the federal funding of basic scientific research comes as a response to several meetings that White House officials held with technology executives and educators. Bush's plan to request $910 million in the first year, and $50 billion over 10 years was welcome news for computer scientists who have long warned against the destructive impact of eroding federal funding. Bush identified nanotechnology, supercomputing, and alternative energy sources as long-term initiatives that the administration would now support, in a departure from its traditional focus on short-term research. Under Bush's plan, spending would likely increase by 7 percent annually, roughly doubling over 10 years. While the details remain vague, ACM President David Patterson is excited: "This is really a huge deal and I'm very encouraged," though he noted with concern that many legislators attending the State of the Union address were not moved to applause by Bush's announcement. "It just shows the challenge we have." In two high-profile discussions where the administration was urged to heed the warning of the National Academy of Sciences that science and technology education are eroding rapidly, Intel Chairman Craig Barrett met with Vice President Dick Cheney, and Charles Vest, the former president of MIT, met with OMB director Joshua Bolten. The executives and educators who had attended those meetings were still unsure if the administration would act on their recommendations, so Bush's announcement came as a welcome surprise. "We haven't seen this interest in basic research from this president before," said the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Albert Teich. The growing problem of funding for research and education has also attracted Congressional interest, as two bipartisan bills addressing the matter have recently been introduced.


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Get Yours: Video Introduction to Total Training

Think Geek, Think Total TrainingNow that the Online ColdFusion Meetup Group is registered with Total Training, I've received a box full of introductory DVDs with a couple hours of sample lessons for learning products such as Adobe Photoshop CS2, After Effects, Illustrator, and more.

If you would like to receive one of these DVDs (by snail mail), please contact me with your name and mailing address. I'll send a "Video Introduction to Total Training" DVD to you by regular mail.

The Online ColdFusion Meetup Group holds free online events with Adobe Breeze Meeting on a regular basis with ColdFusion topics presented by ColdFusion gurus. If you've never used Breeze Meeting, get a quick overview here .

From the Total Training Introduction Video DVD label:

Presented by top experts in their fields, Total Training's CD- and DVD-based video series offer informative, memorable, and fun explorations of some of the most popular and powerful software programs available. With an in-depth and graphical instruction, Total Training gets you up to speed on the basics, and then helps take you to the next level.

Enjoy this introduction to Total Training, and get a first-hand look at how our video production instruction is changing how users look at their software, for the better.


Read about how much I like using Total Training DVDs.

Ray Camden helps kick off *first* meeting of the Boston CFUG

The Boston ColdFusion User Group is being revived! This Friday evening will be the first meeting of the new season with guest speaker Ray Camden, organized by Brian Rinaldi of RemoteSynthesis.com.

IEEE Computer Society Courses for Spring 2006

At the recommendation of a friend I recently joined the IEEE Computer Society, which has a local chapter in Boston. I'm just starting to discover the benefits of membership with this prestigious group, and today's newsletter revealed a wealth of very interesting local courses sponsored by the IEEE. Courses seem to generally run on a single Saturday or a series of weekday evenings so that working professionals can attend.

Upcoming courses that immediately appeal to me include a series of evening lectures in May on Introduction to Java Servlets and JSP, and a full day course on the Eclipse Development Platform and Application Framework.

One other very tantalizing course is How to Build and Maintain a Profitable Consulting Practice, on March 25th at the Lexington Sheraton.

Check it out.

Duplicate Message-ID values generated for CFMAIL messages

When using ColdFusion MX 6.x/7.x Enterprise Edition, the Mail Settings page of the ColdFusion Administrator has a configurable setting for Mail Delivery Threads which defaults to 10 threads. When sending mail at high volumes via the CFMAIL tag, its possible that two mail threads could generate identical Message-ID numbers for distinct mail messages when sending mail to the SMTP server, and the probability of this is more likely on fast processors.

The Message-ID header is shown as an optional parameter in RFC 822 (Standard for the Format of ARPA Internet Text Messages). RFC 2822 (which obsoletes 822) states:

Though optional, every message SHOULD have a "Message-ID:" field...
The "Message-ID:" field contains a single unique message identifier.


It has been reported that the Microsoft Exchange mail server will not deliver messages having a Message-ID value the same as the Message-ID value from another email message, although Sendmail and Postfix will deliver all messages regardless of redundant Message ID values.

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