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archaeology and the Bible around 1900: the Sayce-Driver debate - BibleInterp [via RW]
German military historians say taking Baghdad would be a first - OnlineJournal [via DailyKos]
"the invaders have but two choices: to incinerate the city or to starve it"
language and communication problems between Marines and locals - Guardian
a positive story, but not having a shared language is going to be a big barrier
British involving happy locals in running Umm Quasr port - Guardian
will they be so happy when Stevedore Services of America takes it back from them?
an overview of the media coverage of the war - MSNBC
from Iraqi TV to Fox News, with Al-Jazeera ruling the airwaves
opposition to war in Spain, France at 90% - SMH
in France, "the highest recorded rating for any government program since surveys started in 1938"
unsurprisingly, everyone now feels they need nuclear weapons - North Korea
the attack on Iraq may be the biggest setback ever to attempts to limit nuclear proliferation
truth is the first casualty of war - Creative Loafing [via AntiWar]
"No one spat on Vietnam GIs and no one can justify Bush's war"
Navy dolphin goes AWOL - Times [via AntiWar]
it seems some animals prefer freedom to pampered captivity...
Iraq's neighbours: Iran and Syria - Economist
a senior Al-Jazeera editor talks about their coverage - Guardian [via Link]
"people are turning to us simply because the western media coverage has been so poor"
British government admits lying to "point up" the facts - Independent [via AntiWar]
grudging half-retraction of claim British POWs were executed
Robin Cook calls for British troops to be brought home - Guardian
"I have already had my fill of this bloody and unnecessary war. I want our troops home"
Iraqi civilians feed hungry marines - Yahoo [via Agonist]
US complains about bias of Arab-language media - ABC
the US media is never partial or inflammatory, of course
Fisk offers vivid description of Al-Jazeera video from Basra - ArabNews [via RW]
An Nasiriya a "turkey shoot" with Marines as targets - MSNBC
UK wants Iraqi port to be run by locals, but the US has already awarded the contract... - Guardian
detailed report from Umm Qasr and Basra - ArabNews
refugees are now trying to get back into Basra
Texas anti-sodomy laws are being tested before the US Supreme Court - Guardian
the Iraqis are fighting for independence - Guardian
"a new colonial occupation of Iraq - however it is dressed up - will face determined guerrilla resistance long after Saddam Hussein has gone"
the agendas of different television stations - Guardian
US refuses to give Red Cross access to Iraqi prisoners of war - NZ Herald [via Agonist]
Marines tell 200 000 inhabitants of Al-Nasariya to get out? - UPI [via Agonist]
if so, they'd better be able to provide water, shelter, and food for them
interesting interview with Qadaffi - Le Figaro
"Bush isn't logical. You cant tell what he's going to do. So you have to be ready for anything."
Pat Buchanan may be a bit kooky, but he's spot on here - WorldNetDaily [via AntiWar]
interview with retired engineer in Baghdad - DemocracyNow [via DailyKos]
more European governments going open source - Andalusia [via /.]
- Schwaebisch Hall [via LWN]
the current anti-Americanism isn't going to help Microsoft
early aid distribution not going so well - Guardian
"They bomb. And now they want to give water and food. How can they do both? How?"
short poem on media and war - Karl Auer [via Link]
"Armies move and cameras turn - blind machines, a vicious trust."
Opera pretending to be IE breaks some web sites - Register
reading Raymond Queneau - CONTEXT [via CR]
- and interview
I've just started reading my first Queneau: Zazie in the Metro
US admits inventing '8000 Iraqis captured' news - Ananova [via AntiWar]
unexpected: so far Iraqi government claims have been more reliable than US ones
Iraqi exiles "opting for patriotism, however much they hate Saddam" - Guardian
"Even if I just dig a trench by our house and sit in it with a gun, I might kill one of the invaders."
the Marines have stopped worrying about civilian casualties? - Miami [via AntiWar]
more Fisk from Baghdad - ArabNews [via RW]
"We may not like our regime. But we fight for our country."
some responses to Bush's war against the World - DailyKos
the Pope; the UN; anti-Saddam Iraqis; Canada; "Old Europe"
US hopes to leave Iraqi judicial system in place - at least for car thieves - Guardian
"The entire Iraqi judicial code has been translated into English and made available to the U.S. military."
Al-Jazeera is outperforming CNN - Reason [via MoorishGirl]
"[Only] Jazeera gives you the impression there is a war going on, rather than a series of press conferences."
24 hour battle: no US casualties (?), but three Abrams tanks lost - NewsJournal [via Agonist]
US marines slowed by sandstorm; no showers for weeks - Guardian
the humanitarian aid packs are still yellow; hopefully the cluster bomblets aren't
smart bombs still hit civilians - CSM
as the proportion of 'smart' bombs rises, so does the ratio of civilian casualties to bombs dropped...
Peter Arnett reports from Baghdad, with "no censorship at all" - MSNBC
excellent new issue - Onion [via RW]
Kurds mis-targetting US missiles to settle factional disputes? - Guardian [via AntiWar]
Australian pilots operating under stricter rules than US - NZ Herald [via AntiWar]
"An Australian FA/18 Hornet pilot has refused an American command to bomb a target"
Red Cross technicians have reached main Basra water plant - ICRC update
guerilla warfare keeping US troops awake at night - Reuters [via AntiWar]
long, must-read Fisk interview from Baghdad - DemocracyNow [via Agonist]
the tv may just show pretty explosions and weapons, but war is not pretty - MH [GRAPHIC images]
near-continuous anti-war protests in San Francisco, with 2000+ arrests - SF Indymedia
predictions by Wesley Clark (ex Allied Commander Europe) for Baghdad attack - Times [via Atrios]
the Geneva Conventions, and fighting by the rules - DailyKos
"The British complained bitterly that American Colonialists didn't fight fair"
definitely the best source of Iraq updates - Agonist
could be stiff resistance from Shia troops at Karbala - Mercury
bombing cities is a great way to make friends - Slate
you'd think they'd have learned something from the WWII bombing of London and Berlin
Fisk on Anglo-American propaganda failure - ArabNews [via RW]
Iraqi claims - civilian casualties, planes downed, etc. - have been moderate and plausible
Iraqi soldiers flee, civilians take up their weapons to fight? - Scotsman [via RW]
4 or 5 days to take Umm Qasr, a town of 4000 within sight of Kuwait - FT
- Times [via Agonist]
against superior numbers and overwhelming firepower, defending their country... Remember the Alamo!
war dividing Christians in the United States - Boston
New York: 100 000 march against war, 600 in support - Boston
resistance bodes badly for the future - Guardian
"a largely secular Iraqi nationalism": good for nation building, but may inspire some to fight to the death
"we have got \\\\ the Maxim gun and they have not" - Eric Margolis [via AntiWar]
Richard Dawkins on the war - Guardian [via Avedon Carol]
"George Bush is a catastrophe for the world. And a dream for Bin Laden."
Iceland photo-report - Eve Ander
I'm thinking of going to Iceland this northern summer
Apple to go Itanium? take on Office? - PCmag
officially, there are no Turkish troops in Iraq, but... - Telegraph [via AntiWar]
US says Iraq war has made Indonesia unsafe; Australian government denies it - CNN
"an increased potential for terrorism and anti-American violence brought on by the war in Iraq"
"Australia's involvement in Iraq has not increased the terrorist risk in places such as Indonesia"
US advance 'liberating' Iraq, but not maintaining civil authority? - WP
risks "a rolling civil war as an oppressed Shiite Muslim population rises up and takes revenge"
Iraq war hurting Islamic reformists around the world - CSM
locals suspicious of 'liberators'; possible guerilla resistance - ABCnews
- Tacitus [via Agonist]
"journalists were running into gunfire... within about 6 miles of the Kuwaiti border"
Tony Blair has no say in the war now - Observer
apparently they didn't even warn him about the first missile strikes
review of European newspapers on the war - BBC
smaller than usual Zeitgeist for February - Google
Macs down to 3%; "other" browsers way down - is there some connection?
Turkey, Iran, the Kurds and northern Iraq - Economist
$12 billion for war, $60 million for peace - Dawn [via RW]
and the world ignores starvation in Eritrea and Burundi
a wind farm tour in Norway - K5
"Wind power had a record year in 2002, with 6.8 GW of new power taking the worldwide total to 31 GW"
nice personal blog: someone who can write - MoorishGirl
five soldiers govern the world for the United States - Economist
ambassadors and diplomats are now sidelined
Australian government renews attack on civil liberties under cover of war - SMH
Internet use up with war - Reuters [via WMW]
"two to three times higher than normal, according to spokesmen for major U.S. and Chinese Web sites"
Kuro5hin has three stories about UK politics on the front page?! - K5
Slashdot's first war story attracts 3200 comments in 10 hours - Slashdot [huge page]
Jorn turns page black, adds extra row of Iraq news links - Robot Wisdom
"Why Am I Getting All This Spam?" a study - CDT
the German government seems quite serious about desktop Linux - IDG [via LWN]
900 Iraqi prisoners from Iran-Iraq war finally repatriated - Red Cross
Hitchens surveys popular books on Islam - Atlantic [via CR]
looters and smugglers are stripping Afghanistan of its cultural heritage - IRIN
integrating uni libraries with online teaching - Chronicle [via WMW]
"the fight against research by Googling"
George Bush has time for reading? - CR
(new to me) Gettysburg address as Powerpoint presentation - Norvig
nice article on Google - FastCompany [via /.]
"danny yee" has a 0.32% googleshare of ""book reviews""
Rotary clubs in US Bay Area connecting with those in Ghana - SV [via RW]
could the Net antiquate centralised donation/assistance schemes a la Oxfam?
Clare Short wusses, but Robin Cook's resignation speech receives ovation - BBC
the end is nigh: talking fish in New York - BBC
Louis Menand on Edmund Wilson's To the Finland Station
- New Yorker
that was my first introduction to the history of socialist and communist thought
MediaWatch on the Fairfax Net porn beat-up - ABC [via EFA]
he's a byword for bad writing, but is that fair on Edward Bulwer-Lytton? - CR
Tony Blair's relationship with Bush - AlterNet
a moral stance, but is he "becoming a household pet for a bunch of kooky extremists in the White House"?
Israel opposes "road map" to peace - Guardian
"Sharon does not want to have to abide by international law and remove illegal Jewish settlements"
Bill Gates' "turd world" ambassador, Michael Savage - Register
debates over God, Christianity, and "federal" in EU constitution - Independent [via RMS]
could simultaneous intervention by Iran and Syria deter the US? - Guardian
alternative approaches to "regime change" - Progressive
"Getting rid of the Ba'th regime in Iraq has been the cause of my life for almost a quarter of a century."
disquiet in Australian military over war - SMH
novella from Charlotte Brontë's juvenilia published - UK Times [w/ full text, via CR]
US politician (Perle) to sue US journalist (Hersh) in UK - NYSun [via K5]
pissing everyone off - Boulder/CD [via RW]
"Why should we worry about peacekeeping, nation-building or international cooperation on global problems when we can buy our friends, bully our allies and bomb everybody else?"
sea lions deployed by US Navy in the Gulf - BBC
- bats in WWII [4th para down]
Project X-Ray: the US planned to attack Japan with bats carrying tiny incendiary devices
Microsoft sponsors talk show of racist bigot - Register
but what did Declan McCullagh do to earn the reporter's ire?
the Yemen Arab diaspora in East Java - LRB
analysis of climate history provides clues to Maya collapse - ABC
- Maya books [old review]
"A long dry period punctuated by three intense droughts probably played a major role"
taking the French out of English - CSM [via Google]
will Chirac visit Louisiana in December? - CNN [via K5]
the US is trying to scare reporters out of Iraq - ChicagoTribune [via RW]
biting parody of ONAN statement on Wilkie resignation - ABC [via Link]
"The Prime Minister concerned has very little knowledge of the issues involved and has never taken part in a war of any kind."
weapons of mass deception - Disinfopedia [via Link]
a superb analysis of the misinformation being put out by the US government
first the French left votes for Chirac (over Le Pen), now he's an international hero - Guardian/SMH
archaeological finds suggest some Australian Aborigines farmed, traded - SMH
they "farmed eels... modified more than 100 square kilometres of the landscape... exported their produce"
senior Australian intelligence analyst quits over Iraq war - ABC
Googlebot and the Robot Exclusion Protocol: a fiction - Ftrain [via WMW]
Pablo Picasso has words for Colin Powell - Ariel Dorfman poem
Picasso's Guernica was covered over when Powell addressed the UN Security Council
nice backgrounder on Al-Jazeera television station - Guardian [via Rotten]
Saddam Hussein: "You are making a lot of trouble, but it's good."
Hosni Mubarak: "All this trouble from a matchbox like this."
Californian power utilities to tax those who generate their own power!? - Mercury [via Rotten]
"if customers rush to install their own power systems, other ratepayers would be stuck with the bill for the multibillion-dollar bonds and long-term power contracts left over from the energy crisis"
car alarms should
be banned - CityJournal
one's been intermittently going off outside my window for half an hour - thankfully it's 4pm, not 4am
rogue American President George W. Bush - Toronto Star/CD
"The Iraq crisis is no longer about stopping Iraq. It is about stopping the United States."
is too much democracy bad for liberty? - Economist
using nuclear weapons in Vietnam would have been a bad idea - ditto today - IPS [via OneWorld]
report on Microsoft "Partner briefing" on Linux and StarOffice - Link
these weapons of mass destruction cannot be displayed - Alan Cox [spoof 404, via EI]
New and Old Europes, European anti-semitism, and American internationalism - NYROB
people in Germany and France are more likely to support the US than in Britain or Spain
on the eve of their execution, four prisoners tell tales of deceit - Night's Lies [review]
shock! horror! racist games available online - 20 of them, even - SMH [via EFA]
why are books printed in England made so badly? - Slate [via CR]
"The books from England - and only the books from England - are falling to pieces."
decent book on the natural history of New Zealand's Fiordland - Wild Fiordland [review]
an overview of the challenges of rebuilding Iraq - Economist
a bishop reviews Richard Dawkins' anti-religious essays - Independent
the immense power now wielded by WalMart - Fortune [via ProgressiveReview]
"Wal-Mart's sales on one day last fall--$1.42 billion--were larger than the GDPs of 36 countries"
people don't like web ads - MSNBC [via WMW]
apparently the MSNBC story has popups itself! - I can't tell, because Mozilla blocks them for me
WTO draft agriculture agreement "a threat to Africa" - AllAfrica [via OneWorld]
criticism of Robert Park on bogus science - Jorn Barger
for most people, most of the time, I think a conservative approach to science is appropriate - mistakenly rejecting something new is less dangerous than being conned (courts and politicians need to be more sophisticated)
US Child Online Protection Act still unconstitutional - Wired [via WMW]
"riddled with problems that make it 'constitutionally infirm'"
McDonald's tries to go healthier - ABCnews [via RW]
"facing its 12th month of declining sales in the United States"
asking for $1 billion, SCO sues IBM for using Linux to "destroy Unix" - NewsForge [via /.]
Gabriel Garcia Marquez tells the story of his parents' courtship - New Yorker
a review of four books on the "gay gene", transsexuality, etc. - NYROB
long summary of ITU conference pitting ICANN against critics - Register
"efforts to build a consensus against ICANN's continued authority over the technical side of the Internet were stymied by the absence of key speakers and indifference from smaller countries [without much of a clue]"
Business Software Alliance complains about OpenOffice mirror site... - Register
and damn it, spamming legal notices is still spamming
just discovered my Barnes&Noble affiliate setup still exists - follow this link, buy books [I get 5%]
in mid-2002 someone bought $120 of books that way, so my credit is up to $6! (I'm not giving up my day job.)
serious proposal for Usenet Death Penalty against Telstra (Australia's largest ISP) - Link
"Telstra has an abysmal history with respect to ignoring long term net-abuse issues"
ousting Saddam Hussein won't help solve the Palestine-Israel problem - Time
Dogma 95 still inspiring great films - Economist
in NSW, anti-Semitism is a no-no, but vilification of Muslims is ok? - SMH
Linux and Free Software in Finland - Register
"a shortage of skilled GNU/Linux and Open Source programmers in Finland" - come back Linus!
FAO: "world hunger to halve by 2030" - New Scientist [via Google]
but "in south Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, poverty will continue to grow"
the editor on the relaunch of Penguin Classics - UK Times [via CR]
the top sellers? - Austen, Brontës, Chaucer, Dickens, Homer
civil disobedience in Italy against US logistics - GLW
Linux in local government in Australia - Australian [via LWN]
an explanation of Eric Raymond's web site move - DavidWheeler [via LWN]
but the old URLs redirect to EFF/FSF/etc, not to a slimeball... or maybe they don't for Googlebot?
simple logical fallacies in US government propaganda - PhillyBurbs [via K5]
the Antique Vibrator Museum - GoodVibrations
in the 20s "vibrators began to appear in erotic films and photography, driving them from 'respectable' publications"
the Netherlands beats Namibia at cricket - CricInfo
guess which team van Schoor, van Rooi, and van Vuuren were playing for
Warren Buffett: "derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction" - Fortune [via RW]
US diplomat resigns in protest at Administration policy - NYT/CD [via RW]
"We have begun to dismantle the largest and most effective web of international relationships"
the television stations are sure war is coming - LA Times
"You want to be in place before commercial airlines stop flying"
three novellas by Georges Perec - Three [review]
Which Moped with Chrome-plated Handlebars at the Back of the Yard?
The Exeter Text: Jewels, Secrets, Sex; and A Gallery Portrait
The rich world's patents abandon the poor to die - Guardian
Ian Monk's homage to Georges Perec - vademecum [via CR]
An Entertainment in Six Univocalisms
the demon-haunted brain: a skeptical view of the mind - SciAm
"It is the fate of the paranormal and the supernatural to be subsumed into the normal and the natural"
tensions in Turkey's ruling AK party over US troops - CSM
as much a result of deadlock between the AK Party and the military as a split over collaboration with the US
a clueless tabloid-style Net porn beat-up - SMH
apparently it's all the fault of that evil 60s generation
UNDP report urges replacement of WTO intellectual property agreement - scidev.net [via OneWorld]
"weak levels of IP protection are more likely to encourage economic development in poor countries"
how Britain armed Saddam's Iraq - Guardian [via K5]
journalist's show-off letter to friends from WEF in Davos goes public - Laurie Garrett [via /.]
new Loeb classics include the raunchy bits of e.g. Aristophanes - HarvardMag [via CR]
with a comparison passage from Lysistrata
are "no sex" programs in US schools actually working? - SMH
decent piece on Western journalists in Baghdad - WSJ [via Sam/RW]
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