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a shearwater is thought to be 52 years old, have flown 8 million kilometres - New Scientist
a firsthand view of the dangerous weapons trade in Baghdad - Asia Times
the US is already planning to rewrite Iraq copyright law? - Register [via /.]
I'm sure that's a high priority for Iraqis
the US doesn't want to be called an "occupying power" - BBC [via LAM]
it beats "war criminals" -- but wait, could there be 100 000 US tourists in Iraq?
no carrots for US supporters - SMH
no "promises that Australian companies will win a share of lucrative postwar contracts in Iraq"
and playground pettiness against US critics - Guardian
entertaining piece on late Australian neo-positivist philosopher David Stove - Cosma
I attended a lecture
Stove gave in my first year at uni, but he retired soon afterwards
new index measures how much rich nations do to help poor nations - FP
Australia ranks 19th, the United States 20th (out of 21) ...
Mike Salovesh on "irresponsible" population growth in Mexico - anthro-l
opposition to software patents in Europe - ZDnet [via LWN]
US airline companies and executive theft - PhilG
Howard Zinn and Noam Chomsky on The Fellowship of the Ring
- McSweeneys [via Cosma]
"You view the conflict as being primarily about pipe-weed, do you not?"
An Eyewitness Account of Germany 1945 - Conquerors' Road [review]
"Of all occupying Powers, the Americans showed themselves the most inept at the business of governing a conquered country. They maintained little or no continuity of policy. They never succeeded in making up their minds whether they wanted to administer stern justice or indulge Christ-like charity. They did not, indeed, make up their minds about anything except the 'superiority' of their own intentions."
the tip-jar as revenue model: a case study - Kuro5hin
alternative sets of "wanted" playing cards - WTO news
- uggabugga [via LiberalArtsMafia]
I was wondering when these would start appearing
searching for empirical evidence for a "clash of civilizations" - ForeignPolicy [via MoorishGirl]
"In Albania, Egypt, Bangladesh, Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Morocco, and Turkey, 92 to 99 percent of the public endorsed democratic institutions -- a higher proportion than in the United States (89 percent)"
things aren't so rosy when it comes to gender equality and sexual freedom, but then the US leaders pushing "democracy" don't necessarily care for those things either...
turtles may use smell to navigate during epic voyages to breeding grounds - New Scientist
historian Juan Cole is blogging on Islam and the Middle East - Informed Comment [via Cosma]
what will be Islam's role in Iraqi politics? - Guardian
if all goes well, I think Iraq will end up somewhere between Iran and Turkey...
(the French will veto any proposal to tow it into the mid-Atlantic)
a long overview of Pakistani politics by Tariq Ali - NLR
Bush and Blair distorted and fabricated evidence in rush to war - Independent
"intelligence agencies on both sides of the Atlantic were furious that briefings they gave leaders were distorted"
Freeman Dyson reviews The Earth's Biosphere: Evolution, Dynamics, and Change
"A field of corn growing in full sunlight in the middle of the day uses up all the carbon dioxide within a meter of the ground in about five minutes."
Terry Jones gets stuck into Tony Blair - Guardian
many people write free software for money - NewsForge [via /.]
Microsoft Office and the future of XML - xml.com [via Register]
"the prudential wisdom of assuming the worst about Microsoft and waiting to be pleasantly surprised"
recent world politics: a summary in four acts - Kuro5hin [humour]
the Windows 2003 kernel - ZDnet [via /.]
"It looks really good on PowerPoint! Reality is never quite as good."
Newt Gingrich wants the State Department gutted - Victoria Advocate [via Agonist]
and primatologist Jane Goodall pant-hoots at Colin Powell
language manipulation HOWTO for US Israel lobby - EI
- full text [PDF]
"The emergence of Mahmoud Abbas as the new Palestinian Prime Minister comes exactly at the wrong time. His ascent to power seems legitimate. ... He may even genuinely want peace."
a firsthand view of anti-SARS precautions in Singapore - jholbo [via Cosma]
interesting times in the Iraqi town of Kut - Guardian
"An anti-American governor is ensconced in the administration building, issuing decrees, delivering food aid, and taking money from the bank to pay local employees."
SARS in China - Economist
the government is finally acknowledging the magnitude of the problem
the differences between Intel and Microsoft - Register [via Link]
"Why was Microsoft caught in the humiliation of a four year hairball of legislative scrutiny, when Intel escaped without the public knicker-washing?"
political supression of sex science in the US - Kuro5hin
how to write a grant proposal for a study of HIV testing among homosexual men without mentioning them in the abstract?
the anti-Kabul opposition in Afghanistan - Janes [via Agonist]
"a new confidence and political assertiveness in recent months with various leaders publicly enunciating their goal of expelling western forces"
children under the age of 16 are held in "no rights" Camp Xray - ABC [via LAM]
Kiesling on feelings about the United States in Greece - NYBooks
"Small, die-hard cells of 'liberals' still admired the US, but as the war loomed these people mostly went underground."
anyone remember Kosovo? - AntiWar
"Iraq and Kosovo: Some Startling Similarities"
has the Pentagon had a change of heart on nation-building? - Prospect [via AntiWar]
O'Reilly is releasing books under "Founders' Copyright", with 14 or 28 year terms - CreativeCommons
What if books had advertising in them? - Kottke [via MG]
a Croatian schoolteacher is trapped under books for three days - online.ie [via Rotten]
maybe it's time to reduce the height of the book stacks on my desk
some Christians are keen to evangelize in Iraq - CSM [via Rotten]
I hear the lions in Baghdad zoo survived...
new challenges for Arab Christians - EIraq
"It is doubtful that the evangelical Christian Zionists in the US administration are aware of the complex and rich history of Arab Christians"
the Iraqis' idea of democracy may differ from Bush's - Independent
"there has been an affecting simplicity, verging on naivety, about much of what President Bush has had to say"
the pro-war bias of the BBC - Guardian
"A study of coverage in five countries shows that the BBC featured the lowest level of dissent of all."
an entire tobacco company set up as parody - LicensedtoKill [via Link]
mixed-up mockups of CNN obituaries accidentally revealed - SmokingGun
Fidel Castro, Bob Hope, Pope John Paul II, Nelson Mandela, Dick Cheney, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford
an overview of events in Palestine - LeMondeDiplo
is that how Iraq will end up?
praise for Al-Jazeera - Newsday [via RW]
a "brash willingness to ask difficult questions and give voice to the marginalized majority"
a global American Empire vs the soul of the American Republic - Robert Parry
ICC appoints head war crimes prosecutor - Guardian
now if they can get their hands on Saddam Hussein or cronies before the US does...
George Bernard Shaw upset the theatres in naming one of his plays - Snopes [via K5]
"the play now known as Heartbreak House, a devastating commentary on the 'Great War'"
breast-feeding now considered pornographic - Dallas Observer
a couple are arrested and their children taken away - for photographing the mother breastfeeding her 1-year-old
on the Web, photos and text are superior to high-end media forms - Jakob Nielsen
"the few exceptions confirm [the basis for this]: users want to be in control."
men, women, and the novel - Toronto Star [via CR]
"Of those who buy novels, slightly fewer than 20 per cent are men"
Adolf Hitler was a serious bibliopile - CR
"He had them piled up around him at home. He always had a book with him wherever he went."
the US army ignored advice to secure the Baghdad museum - Guardian [via Agonist]
"Iraq's national museum ... should be the second top priority for securing by coalition troops"
dropping cluster bombs on residential areas doesn't make friends - Miami Herald [via AntiWar]
an old friend of mine died last week - David Hogan
he was only 34 and it still hasn't sunk in
an eyewitness account of the Marines' march on Baghdad - CounterPunch [via AntiWar]
"With my own eyes I saw about fifteen civilians killed in two days. I've gone through enough wars to know that it's always dirty, that civilians are always the first victims. But the way it was happening here, it was insane."
major bug makes Office 2000 unusable with volume licenses - Register
Microsoft's "workaround" involves setting PC clocks back two years - I'm sure that will go down well with the banks!
"The Palestinians want the plan implemented without any changes" - SMH
sheesh, don't they know about haggling, not to mention ambit claims?
Roberto Calasso's superb synthesis of Hindu mythology - Ka [review]
a survey of open source censorware - Linux Journal [via LWN]
if you have to censor, free software is at least transparent
a very naughty bunny - Peter [600k of images]
"It chewed on my monitor's power cord. However, it only chewed the neutral wire, more's the pity"
Native Americans and the make-up of the US army - Guardian
questions about Iraq for Australian prime minister John Howard - SMH
"just how do you intend to govern an Islamic country of 23 million considerably to the west of Perth"
US tries to keep media away from Baghdad protests - Age [via Agonist]
"a third day of anti-American protests by Iraqis outside a hotel housing a US operations base"
Iran as a possible US target - Alternet [via AntiWar]
the most common misspellings on the Web - Waxy [via ShiftedLibrarian via referers]
didnt, doesnt, seperate, calender, definately, recieve, offical, managment
Allbritton travels from Kirkuk to Tikrit - Back-to-Iraq [via Agonist]
"We made it inside the city limits, about 5 km from the city center, before we got shot at"
fascinating discussion of London Underground maps - EdwardTufte [via RW]
a disaster for history: Baghdad's National Library burns - Independent [via Link]
it may seem wrong to care about this when tens of thousands of people have been killed or injured - but harms can be qualitatively different and are not additive (any more than they are subtractive)
recommendations for computer education in West Africa - PeaceCorps [via /.]
the culture of fear in the United States - Kos
100 tips on searching and programming Google - Google Hacks [review]
I have seem to have acquired a (print) subscription - Times Literary Supplement
if an anonymous donor is reading this, thank you
middle-class neighbourhoods in Baghdad organise their own militias - Guardian
more threats against Syria - Guardian
the Syrians should hand over any Iraqi leaders they have - to the ICC!
modelling effects of global warming on Bangladesh flooding - NewScientist
"as sea levels rise, monsoons become wetter and more intense cyclones lead to higher tidal surges"
rebuilding Iraq - RockyMountainNews
"developments in Afghanistan suggest how quickly the U.S. government can lose interest in a nation-building project"
Muslims guard Baghdad's Jewish centre from looters - SMH
Bush appoints anti-Muslim hawk Daniel Pipes to Institute of Peace - Haaretz
a story about yesterday's peace rally in Sydney - SMH
the headline is outrageous
when states fail, ethnic and religious solidarity steps in - SeattleTimes [via Kos]
"To make progress, it is best to forget a lot of history."
fascinating graph of Bush's approval ratings since January 2001 - Pollkatz [via Kos]
the 9/11 jump had almost returned to "normal" when the Iraq war started
Dilip Hiro on the future of Iraq's neighbours - Guardian
US troops shoot ambulances, people in cold blood? - Dr. Van Moorter in Baghdad
no matter what they do, I can't see any US soldiers being disciplined for war crimes
conversations between Iraq peace team and US soldiers in Baghdad - EIraq
"OK, can you tell us your side of the story?"
an Iraq news portal - ElectronicIraq
a project of Voices in the Wilderness and the ElectronicIntifada
Daniel Pennac's crime fiction set in Paris' Belleville quarter - The Scapegoat [review]
frivolous, but good fun
I admire the courage of these volunteers in Palestine - EI
I marched in a peace rally today in Sydney - at least 10 000 people, maybe more
just what the world needs: mobile, "self-healing" minefields - Register
"It's unclear how under control DARPA's hopping mines are due to their ability to move about"
DMCA prevents reverse engineering of censorware - Register
A [US] Federal Judge has dismissed an application to permit a Harvard researcher to obtain a list of blocked sites"
a nice overview of the situation in Iraq... - Spiked [via AntiWar]
...and one of the situation in Afghanistan - YellowTimes
Richard Stallman on the SCO lawsuit - EL [via LWN]
a decent piece on Linux and its effects - Economist
Julian Barnes on Iraq - Guardian [via MoorishGirl]
"Are you getting hot for the next one - the humanitarian attack on Pyongyang?"
Baghdad hospitals descend into hell - Guardian
babies killed by cluster bombs, nurses armed, incoming patients shot up again
"We took a gurney to transfer the injured patients. They saw them, and they still shot them."
Tony Blair knows more about Baghdad looting than BBC reporters - Guardian
"Downing Street may be saying it's only regime targets that are being attacked. I'm afraid it isn't."
Solaris to merge with Linux? - ZDnet [via LWN]
Edward Said on the Iraq war - and Bernard Lewis and Fouad Ajami - LRB
this war is "imperial arrogance unschooled in worldliness, unfettered either by competence or experience, undeterred by history or human complexity, unrepentant in its violence and the cruelty of its technology"
will the US compensate its civilian victims? - Nation [via AntiWar]
and I wonder if Iraqi soldiers (or their widows) will receive pensions
in Baghdad, class is more significant than the Sunni/Shia split - Guardian
details on the clerics killed in Najaf - Guardian
one was Hussain's man, the other an exile returning from London
looters already auctioning items on Ebay - StarTribune [via Agonist]
over "3,000 Saddam-related items on eBay. The vast majority are real, although some are in poor taste"
UK government web sites panned by new report - Register
"the Department of Trade & Industry had over 2,700 broken links on their site alone"
the neoconservative agenda - IHT [via AntiWar]
they are afraid, naive, and fanatic
a breakdown of civil order in Basra - SMH [via Agonist]
"'Let's say I had a problem with someone in the past. Now I come with a gun and kill him. Nobody's there to do anything about it. That's the situation we're in,' explained Aya, a housewife."
the liberation of Iraq is an "incidental benefit" - ABC
the Australian government is at least being honest
a three-way struggle for power in Najaf? - ArabNews [via Agonist]
from the US, a general and an Islamic scholar, and from Iran, Bakr Al-Hakim
sometimes you just have to machine-gun 10 year-olds - SMH [via RoadToSurfdom]
but at least Private Boggs has his anxiously sought after "first kill"
a sane discussion of gun ownership as "a bulwark against tyranny"? - Electrolite
with the Iraqi case as a starting point
no humanitarian or reconstruction aid for Afghanistan in last Bush budget - BBC [via Cosma]
Congress put in $300 million - 127 for "security and economic growth", 170 for the Afghan army
the status and future of the .iq (Iraq) domain - Register
Iraq's UN envoy accepts defeat, hopes for peace - Yahoo [via AntiWar]
unfortunately destruction is easier than construction
introduced predator has decimated Partula
snails in Polynesia - New Scientist
"A misguided attempt at biological control has wiped out 56 of the original 61 species"
"tragic incidents" still happening in Afghanistan - Guardian
"A bomb dropped by an American warplane landed on a home, killing 11 civilians"
ISM activists versus bulldozers and tanks in the Gaza Strip - YellowTimes
Robert Fisk: Crazed Normality, High Farce and Death in Baghdad - Independent [via RW]
I hope Fisk survives himself - too many journalists have died already
could Iraq become an Arab Congo? - DailyKos
"Anyone we arm in Iraq today could kill Americans tomorrow."
the new regime in northern Iraq is "looting and terrorising the people" - FT [via Agonist]
"They steal and steal. They threaten us, saying 'we are with the Americans, you can do nothing to us.'"
a history of Australian flags - K5
a more interesting subjct than I expected
interview with fantasy novelist China Miéville - InfinityPlus
he's on my "to read" list
background on controversial Iraqi opposition figure Ahmed Chalabi - Reason [via AntiWar]
will he need a bigger bodyguard than Hamed Karzai?
excellent piece on attempts to muzzle Al-Jazeera online - Register
in some ways, the Net is more vulnerable to censorship than television
mitochondrial DNA shows springtails are not insects - Lawrence Berkeley Labs [via RW]
"a separate evolutionary lineage that predates even the separation of insects and crustaceans"
A New History of the Battle of Britain - The Burning Blue [review]
terror bombing, geopolitics, children's literature, and more
Afghanistan is descending into lawlessness - Guardian
"The soldiers and police who were supposed to be the bedrock of a stable postwar Afghanistan have gone unpaid for months and are drifting away"
even US citizens don't have the rights they used to - Mike Havash
- Jose Padilla
there is no way I would visit the United States at the moment
there used to be an island beween Bali and Sumatra... - Java books
link to that page and help me get it into the top 100 Google results for "Java"!
war changes the way people think - Lew Rockwell [via AntiWar]
"Make no mistake about where the love of war takes us: straight to the demolition of civilization itself"
ordinary Iraqis in Baghdad united by adversity - Guardian
Iraqi women were inducing births to get in before war filled the hospitals
Allbritton survives arduous crossing from Turkey into Iraqi Kurdistan - Back-to-Iraq
angry Robert Fisk on the lies of the British Defence Secretary - ArabNews [via AntiWar]
"it's the familiar, world-weary mendacity of the Hoon statement that is most pathetic"
- and in the early 1980s, they tried to stop Fisk publicising Saddam Hussein's use of chemical weapons!
an overview of Washington disputes over Iraq's future - LA Times [via AntiWar]
"the White House is trying to reassert control and end an unseemly, increasingly public battle between the Pentagon on the one hand and the State Department and CIA on the other"
should press releases from Coca Cola count as news? - Register [via WMW]
Google News is now including press releases from corporates and lobby groups
Chomsky interview points out the obvious - Zmag [via RW]
"this war is likely to lead to the proliferation of both terrorism and weapons of mass destruction"
oil revenues won't be enough to rebuild Iraq - Dawn [via RW]
and there are Iraq's outstanding debts to consider...
Freedland: "this war is un-American" - Guardian
neither Jeffersonian, Hamiltonian, Jacksonian, or Wilsonian
Hugo Grotius speaks out on the legality of invading Iraq - FindLaw [via RW]
"the wrong war at the wrong time": retired marine general - Buffalo [via Agonist]
"Zinni had served as President Bush's peace envoy to the Middle East until this month"
why some Iraqi Shiites are staying neutral - NewsDay [via Agonist]
"if Iraqi Shiites openly sided with the US, there could be a dangerous schism between Sunni and Shiite"
WW IV at hand: Iran, Syria to be attacked; Egypt, Saudi Arabia overthrown - CNN
the lunatics in Washington now scare me far more than the terrorists do
it's ok for US troops to use schools in residential areas as bases? - SMH [via AntiWar]
genetic study suggests Genghis Khan has 16 million descendants - UPI [via Cosma]
and that's just by patrilineal descent!
resolution supporting open source and standards - Buffalo Uni [via LWN]
or is this an April Fools joke?
long piece on the politics of patents in US and Europe - FirstMonday [via /.]
Umm Khayyal defeats UK Marines 9-3 - BBC [via Agonist]
"Football is their passion and 'Mister Beckham', Manchester United's star midfielder, is their man."
aid effort in Umm Qasr is a shambles - BBC [via Agonist]
and this is where the British are in occupation...
ex US-ambassador to Iraq on the invasion - AntiWar
"I'm afraid we will pay a terrible, bloody price for this miscalculation in Iraq"
Israeli invasion of Lebanon the best precedent for Iraq? - IHT [via AntiWar]
"It would be 18 years before the last weary, despised Israeli soldier left"
US presidential candidates try to impress with their choice of books - WshMnthly [via CR]
biomechanical analysis of Asian elephant movement - NewScientist
"may overturn the long held belief that elephants do not run"
one US Catholic diocese sues another - Boston
Dell and Oracle pushing Linux clusters - Register
cluster bombs are dangerous - Guardian
"A U.S. Marine was killed on Sunday after stepping on an unexploded cluster bomb. In 1991, six U.S. Army combat engineers were killed while disposing of cluster bombs."
an Australian fairy tale, a love story - Eucalyptus [review]
six soldiers and $50 000 a month to guard one settler - Independent
passionate Justin Raimondo on Peter Arnett's sacking - AntiWar
"so we are to be given a diet of straight war propaganda, 24/7, a thin tasteless gruel of televised hectoring and verbatim reading of Pentagon press releases"
the administration's hawks don't understand war or
geopolitics - Slate [via AntiWar]
US using cluster bombs on civilians? - Independent [via AntiWar]
"this is the first time that evidence supporting these claims has come from Western news agencies"
post-war Iraq to be run by Pentagon cronies Woolsey, Chalabi, etc - Independent
"the Pentagon vetoed a list of senior officials proposed by the State Department to help run the country"
Eric Raymond interview: Unix, CML, and more - IBMdevel [via LWN]
Dalai Lama releases Yellow Hat GNU/Linux - NewsForge
"sharing free software will teach all human beings the principle of benevolence toward other beings"
long piece on Iraqi exiles in Jordan - NewYorker [via RW]
an Imam, a businessman, a novelist, an art centre director
BBC staff warned about military misinformation - Guardian [via Agonist]
"must clearly attribute information to the military when it has not been backed up by another source"
life as a reporter in the CENTCOM media center in Doha - NYmetro [via Agonist]
"it's too controlled, too planned, too full of confidence for something not to give"
meanwhile, in occupied Palestine... - EI
"Israel wants a road map to preclude any serious negotiation for any serious settlement"
Peter Arnett "in shock and awe at being fired" - Mirror [via AntiWar]
"I don't want to give aid and comfort to the enemy - I just want to be able to tell the truth"
British military critical of heavy-handed US approach to civilans - Guardian
refugees are now throwing rocks at British troops outside Basra - Times [via WarBlogging]
"There are dead bodies lying in our streets and my children are scared to go to bed because of the shelling"
growing hatred of the United States in Jordan - MSNBC
"He's been married to an American for 35 years. He loves America, but if America has lost my father..."
witnesses, juries, sentencing, detecting deception, policing, ... - Psychology and Law [review]
more NZ trip writeup - Queenstown
includes daytrips to Lake Dispute and the Invincible Mine
ENLARGE YOUR COALITION! GUARANTEED!! - ??? [via Avedon Carol]
religious fanatics with weapons of mass destruction - Alternet [via AntiWar]
this scares me more than anything else, you can't reason with that kind of thinking
settler outcast after accusing senior Rabbi of sexual harassment - Haaretz
it's not just the Catholic Church that has problems
wars turn ugly: Vietnam marine commander and Reagan navy secretary - NYT
"Welcome to hell. Many of us lived it in another era. And don't expect it to get any better for a while."
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