Blog carnivals

Blogs are a great way to see what other people think and talk with each other. However, a single blog only includes what its writers express, so you could miss the chance to read great stuff in other blogs if you simply follow a fixed set of blogs. Blog carnivals overcome this by linking to multiple blog posts in a certain topic, so you can expose yourself to great content in blogs you've never been to before.

I've seen interesting content via blog carnivals, and I've also participated in a few myself:

If you like reading blog posts in certain fields but can't dare to follow every single blog in the world which talks about the subject, then chances are that there is a blog carnival you could be interested in. And if you write something great on your own blog, you might want to consider expanding your readership by submitting the post to a blog carnival.

Anthrax suicide: suspect or victim?

A possible suspect for the anthrax attacks in 2001 has apparently committed suicide. He was a researcher at USAMRIID working on biodefenses such as a vaccine against anthrax. He was being quietly investigated by the FBI, which is not surprising given what happened the last time a suspect's name was leaked to the public.

He had access to anthrax and lived within 200 miles from where the anthrax-tainted letters were apparently mailed from, so it's feasible that he was indeed the culprit, although not enough details are public to even form an opinion if it really could have been him. But if he was indeed the culprit, in which case I apologize to the FBI for saying they didn't have a clue, what would have been his motive? Was it a cynical attempt to get increased funding into anthrax research? Was it a severely misguided attempt at venting his frustrations? Or was he just a patsy for certain government agencies trying to ferment a climate of fear?

On the other hand, it's quite possible he's innocent. Losing his job and being harassed by the FBI could have made him depressed enough to commit suicide. Of course, this is assuming that it was suicide. For all we know, it could have been murder by the actual culprits of the 2001 anthrax attack, killing a known suspect and making it look like suicide in order to halt any further investigations.