User:ShaunMacPherson

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Why Fukushima made me stop worrying and love nuclear power Exerpt:

A crappy old plant with inadequate safety features was hit by a monster earthquake and a vast tsunami. The electricity supply failed, knocking out the cooling system. The reactors began to explode and melt down. The disaster exposed a familiar legacy of poor design and corner-cutting. Yet, as far as we know, no one has yet received a lethal dose of radiation.
Some greens have wildly exaggerated the dangers of radioactive pollution. For a clearer view, look at the graphic published by xkcd.com. It shows that the average total dose from the Three Mile Island disaster for someone living within 10 miles of the plant was one 625th of the maximum yearly amount permitted for US radiation workers. This, in turn, is half of the lowest one-year dose clearly linked to an increased cancer risk, which, in its turn, is one 80th of an invariably fatal exposure. I'm not proposing complacency here. I am proposing perspective.



There are some things that money simply can't buy and influence on high can't arrange, because people get in the way. You know, people. As in democracy? As in the Internet? As in bloggers, for example.Pamela Jones on the subject of Microsoft opposing the open document standard OpenDocument.

Welcome to my Wikipedia page. My nick in the #Wikipedia channel is either ShaunMacPherson or Synonymous in case you wanted to know :). I have been a member of Wikipedia since January, 2004. Some describe me as an inclusionist although I dislike (being imprisoned by) labels.

My background: I am a 2003 cum laude graduate from Laurentian University with an honours Bachelor of Arts in economics / psychology. I have ~50% more courses in economics than psychology so one could possibly say I have a major in economics.

I like science fiction, organizing data, video and computer games, reading books, and reading online articles, news, columns, blogs and reports.

I've contributed large lists of information for List of SNES games and List of video game music. I am especially good at collecting and manuplating spreadsheet information, and then converting it into Wiki format.

I was on the List of Wikipedians by number of edits and was sliding down due to having limited internet access. However now I do :).

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Online research, journals, academic periodicals, and sourcebooks[edit]

Some of the links below are helpful for finding references online. I'm also listing some journals found in JSTOR in particular that come with the benefit of free access.

Research

Sourcebooks, encyclopedias, and archives

Academic journals and periodicals

Policy think-tanks, advocacy, other

News agencies[edit]

Thanks to User:172 for this list.

Inside joke: I am starting to use this inside joke more around Wikipedia so I will uninside it. Since I do not spell that great sometimes, I've accussed people of following me around fixing my articles and spelling, and I call them my posse, or the mob :).

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Quotations[edit]

See also: Archive of Quotes

Whenever a new technology has disrupted copyright, we've changed copyright. Copyright isn't an ethical proposition, it's a utilitarian one. There's nothing *moral* about paying a composer tuppence for the piano-roll rights, there's nothing *immoral* about not paying Hollywood for the right to videotape a movie off your TV. They're just the best way of balancing out so that people's physical property rights in their VCRs and phonographs are respected and so that creators get enough of a dangling carrot to go on making shows and music and books and paintings.

Cory Doctorow from Microsoft Research DRM talk

There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the public for a number of years, the government and the courts are charged with the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of changing circumstances and contrary public interest. This strange doctrine is not supported by statute nor common law. Neither individuals nor corporations have any right to come into court and ask that the clock of history be stopped or turned back, for their private benefit.
Robert A. Heinlein

Google Popularity Wikipedia Article Ranking Project[edit]

What a mouthful! I am starting an interesting little sub project here to see how well Wikipedia ranks on google for information on different topics. If you think this is a good idea feel free to move this to a common area and email the address in my talk page.

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  • Roms and Roms lists for NES, SNES, and others

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