Best Links of the Week
Stephen Prothero, religion Professor at Boston University, deconstructs the reductionistic idea that all religions are fundamentally they same.
Amazing composite picture of the most recent solar eclipse. Note the detail on the moon and the magnetic affect on the solar flares emanating from the sun.
Apparently, Google Streetview is also logging your Wifi information and MAC addresses. This is not good if you care at all about privacy. I certainly hope they reconsider publishing this information later this year.
Stephen Hawking presents argumentation that belief in aliens is rational, mathematical. If I affirmed macroevolution, I think I would be in agreement with Hawking on this point.
Incredible photos from Iceland and the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull volcano.
The Washington Times on “Financial Fascism”
“How Goldman Sachs Screwed Ghana” Goldman Sachs has a number of folks in the Obama administration: Gary Gensler (Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission); Mark Patterson (former Goldman lobbyist and Chief of Staff to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner); Robert Hormats (Undersecretary of State for Economic, Energy, and Agricultural Affairs); Stephen Friedman (former COO and Chairman of the Board of Goldman Sachs [he still sits on the board] now Chairman of the United State’s Presidents Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board); Henry Paulson (former CEO of Goldman Sachs, former Treasury Secretary, and chief architect of the nationalization of crappy securitized debt). It should be noted that George W. Bush had deep relationships with Goldman Sachs.
And for your viewing pleasure, here is Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) skewering a Goldman Sachs Executive on one of Goldman Sach’s self-proclaimed “shitty deals,” it happened to be some CDOs: