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Henry Farrell disses silly Economist piece on FCC deregulation - Crooked Timber
extensive new censorship measures in Egypt - Khilafah [via Agonist]
"The same official sermon will be delivered in 88000 mosques across Egypt from this week."
Iraq can only have a mobile phone system if it's American - Independent [via Kos]
"A Bahraini company that established a network accessible to those without American phones has been forced to scrap its plans after a week"
the American army is trying a new approach in Fallujah - Guardian
they are now paying compensation for deaths and property damage
science fiction from Latin America and Spain - Cosmos Latinos [review]
a poll of Baghdad residents - YouGov [90k PDF, via Billmon]
New York plans a school for gay, lesbian, trans-gender pupils - SMH
segregation seems like a bad idea to me: one of the most important roles of public education is exposing children to diversity
Saddam Hussein's birthplace is next to a US army base - Salam Pax/Guardian
but the troops "had no idea what that 'tool shed' was" - and nobody had seen fit to tell them
the top 10 most fascinating urinals - urinal.net [via JWalk]
the SCO lawsuit is unifying the free software community - Inquirer
"The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and Open Source Initiative (OSI) have not traded barbed comments publicly in months."
US sanctions will cripple the Burmese economy - Forbes
Total, Nestle and Siemens are among the few companies left in the country
copying is not theft: a nice overview of music sharing law - Register
a letter from north of Baghdad - AZcentral [via Kos]
"We have been hit 18 of the last 19 days. I feel like I am at Da Nang or Phu Bai. It just sucks. Luckily, 'only' about 45 people have been hurt."
making new enemies by killing innocent bystanders - Guardian
"before he had felt sympathy for the Americans, but now he supported the attacks on US troops"
grass-roots organisation on the Net - Nation [via email]
mostly about United for Peace and Justice, MoveOn
the world's smallest motor - ABC
RMS: "Free software is neither to the right nor to the left" - GSMbox [via OSAU]
the Israeli army is killing children - Guardian
and covering it up with misinformation
ice creams and milkshakes have astounding amounts of fat, calories - Guardian
German court tries to protect Bertelsmann from rival music majors - Register
with these kind of lawsuits, multinational corporations may go out of fashion
remembering the Korean War - Asia
"Despite geostrategic shifts in East Asia, perceptions of the right-wingers and neo-cons in the United States are largely frozen in the distant past."
14-year old refugee tried to kill himself, but "doesn't need" psychiatric help - SMH
World Development Report 2003 - World Bank [via Cosma]
the Economist: "is the World Bank turning Marxist?"
the poorly resourced Afghan army is thrown into battle - Asia
religion and politics in the US: a survey - Pew Forum [via ProRev]
RIAA opens prison for file sharers - Denouce [via JWalk]
extremists are a minority in both Israel and Palestine - GlobeMail [via email]
73% of Palestinian refugees and 74% of Israeli settlers would give up claims in return for cash
even ASEAN is unhappy with Myanmar's treatment of Aung San Suu Kyi - Economist
Spanish troops in Iraq will wear badge of St James "the Moor Killer" - Guardian
does Iceland need a military? - Helena
the US is withdrawing its fighter aircraft from Keflavik
is racial classification useful in medicine? - Nature [via Cosma]
"although knowing a patient's ancestry is often extremely useful in diagnosis and treatment, race is both too broad and too narrow a definition of ancestry to be biologically useful"
fast track: obtain PhD one year, become vice-chancellor the next - Crikey
RMIT seems to have some serious problems
Dutch study finds euthanasia is easier on loved ones than natural death - AJC [via Google]
attacks on public broadcasting in Australia and the UK - SMH
coupled with attempts to give Murdoch more power (also in the US)
the Danish government is facing criticism over Iraq - Berlingske [via Agonist]
it's not just Blair, Bush, and Howard
Salam Pax is not impressed by "a useless press conference" - Raed
"I still have hopes for the day they catch Saddam. Maybe we will have our street party then."
three men in a boat: Sharon, Arafat, and Abu Mazen - NYROB
"Sharon and Arafat bear striking similarities. Neither is in any particular hurry. ... only Abu Mazen genuinely believes the disarray must be brought to an end"
the Komodo dragon - SciAm [via Profligate]
the Chinese introduced the rule of law 23 centuries ago - Asia
"the West can offer little to the non-Western world beyond rationalization of oppression and technologies of exploitation"
Bahrain telco sets up GSM network in Iraq - Guardian
without asking permission from, or even telling, the Coalition Provisional Authority
editorials from the Iraqi press - MEMRI [via Agonist]
on "the new governing council of Iraq, the coalition provisional administration, attacks on coalition forces, economic concerns, and sermons delivered in Iraqi mosques"
MIT stands up to RIAA over divulging student names - Register
devious tricks used by spammers to avoid filters - ActiveState [via JWalk]
the human gut bacterium Helicobacter pylori
- Nature [via Profligate]
"Our tendency to keep H. pylori in the family means that bacterial and human histories mirror one another."
Australian open source group lodges complaint against SCO - SMH [via /.]
"unsubstantiated claims and extortive legal threats for money"
guard llamas protect sheep - NatGeog [via Profligate]
"Dogs and coyotes have been injured and even killed by llamas."
background on Muqtada al-Sadr - RFERL [via Informed]
"Some 10,000 followers of the young Shi'a Muslim cleric took to the streets of the holy city of Al-Najaf over the weekend"
terrorism "how to" manual published by the CIA - smog.net [via JWalk]
but terrorising the Nicaraguans was ok
writing the 3.25 second Windows startup music - Brian Eno [via JWalk]
some drawbacks of Google as a research tool - Slate [via /.]
both sons dead: only Saddam Hussein himself to find now - Guardian
oh, and those weapons of mass destruction, that's right...
history: school integration in Little Rock in 1957 - UOregon
call for Coca-Cola boycott - CAJA [via Indy]
human rights violations in Colombia, cooption of universities
Australian police unhappy about free email - AustIT [via Link]
and a parliamentary committee recommends "100 point checks for internet users and the abolition of free email accounts"
Vesalius' De Humani Corporis Fabrica - NorthWestern [via AmSci]
an illustrated, annotated translation (of book one so far)
Monrovia under mortar bombardment, 40 marines arrive - Guardian
amazing demonstration of the power of CSS - Zen Garden [via email]
the US offered India quite a lot to send troops to Iraq - IndExp [via SideS]
but the Indian government said no anyway
the Aurora page - MTU [via SideS]
who needs Saddam? the US army can do human rights abuse - AlertNet [via Agonist]
"many [Iraqis] remain in prisons with no access to a lawyer or families"
reading left-wing magazines draws FBI attention - CreativeLoafing [via Billmon]
Hanan Ashrawi on the "road map" - MediaMonitors [via AntiWar]
"Poverty of spirit and moral obtuseness are the salient characteristics of current Israeli policy"
dozens of Iraqi scientists have been "disappeared" by US - Observer [via Billmon]
"Under Saddam, Iraqi wives all too often saw husbands taken to unknown detention centres and held indefinitely and without visiting rights. While secret detentions are not so frequent under US rule, the anxious wait is no less grim."
June 18 raid by US went 25 miles into Syria, killed 80 - InfClearing [via Billmon]
a Baghdad Indymedia! - Al-Muahaja [via Raed]
not much there yet, but still good to see
California lawsuit could cost Microsoft $1.1 billion - news.com [via /.]
or it could just give them an opening to dump software on schools
push to ban flag-burning in Australia - News [via EFA]
White House launches glossy Arabic-language mag - Independent [via Agonist]
Gilmore ejected from plane for "Suspected Terrorist" button - PoliTech [via Link]
fear of rape is keeping Iraqi women at home - azcentral [via Informed]
trial by military commission is unjust, unwise, un-American - Economist [via Cosma]
Canada and the United States aren't getting on well - Guardian
possible intelligence source for BBC journalist found dead - Guardian
this is like something out of a Le Carré novel
life in Egypt: a letter from Cairo - Aljadid [via Moor]
Don Quixote and the US in Iraq - NYnewsday [via AntiWar]
against Empire: a conservative Committee for the Republic - WSJ [via MSpeak]
2003 Bulwer-Lytton Contest awards - SJSU
little international support forthcoming for US in Iraq - Guardian
and the US has only itself to blame
low-level conflict continues in Iraq - Guardian
criminals or "Baathists"? organised or disorganised? no one seem sure
more attacks on free-trade from Washington - Agitator [via Atrios]
"what kind of spineless administration can't even stand up to the friggin' catfish lobby?"
an Islamo-Marxist husband-and-wife cult - NYT [via Cosma]
Saddam Hussein used the People's Mujahideen to crush the Kurds and the Shia, but they're hostile to Tehran and have supporters in the US government...
the electrification of Thailand - and its drawbacks - Asia
New Caledonian crows bend wires to make tools - ScienceMag [via MLite]
butterfly pee, $15 a bottle - PredatorPee [via JWalk]
"We have been in the urine business a long time, but we always get excited when we discover a new use for this incredibly renewable resource!"
the Iraqis trust UN envoy de Mello more than Bremer - Guardian
Linux training for Afghan civil servants - UNDP [via /.]
background on the City of Munich's Linux move - USAToday [via /.]
Microsoft pulled out all the stops - and had the cheaper offer! - but lost anyway
AOL cans Netscape - MozillaZine [via WMW]
but gives $2 million to new Mozilla Foundation
man matched for job as female prostitute - SMH
I'm just wondering why AdSense was (for a while) serving Christian dating ads on my review of Feyeraband's Killing Time
Japan and the United States: 150 years since Commodore Perry - Economist
the US sets up a concentration camp in Saddam Hussein's prison - Times [via ProRev]
with a sign: "No visits are allowed, no information will be given and you must leave.
Israeli Peace Now group says Sharon is lying about settlements - PalChron [via ProRev]
"the number of new Jewish-only settlement outposts has actually increased and not decreased since the Aqaba Summit"
a job I don't want: carrying out a census in Afghanistan - Guardian
a bit anti-climactic, but Salam Pax is still excited by his new government - Guardian
"But true to the ways of the new Iraq, Iraqis were second-rank; I had to be with a foreigner to see my new government's first press conference."
PDF considered harmful - Jakob Nielsen
"PDF is good for printing, but that's it. Don't use it for online presentation."
Bush to launch War on Pornography? - TakingPositions [via EFA]
"Like opposition to abortion and gay rights, fighting porn has always been front and center of Ashcroft's Christian right politics"
the role of non-profit foundations in free software - Working Knowledge [via OSAU]
"It is interesting to watch how individuals with limited power and resources negotiate and collaborate with the largest of corporations."
Nasiriyah is much more secure than the area around Baghdad - Guardian
30,000 bathtub toys, on a decade-long trip across the Pacific - Yahoo [via JWalk]
human mate preferences: a study in sloppy science reporting - Cosma
an Iraqi woman blogging from Basra - Ishtar talking [via Raed]
in Arabic, but with a translation
Malcolm Fraser attacks Australia's slavish support for the US - SMH
when I was a child, Fraser was a bogeyman... but for the last decade he's looked like the best ex-PM we've ever had
Tim Adams reads all the top-ten bestsellers in a week - Guardian [via CR]
(I had a plan once to read every PhD thesis accepted by the University of Sydney in a calendar year.)
Pentagon report slams Indian army, bureaucracy - Asia
but come and die for us in Iraq anyway, ok?
British pay blood money for accidental killings in Iraq - Salam Pax/Guardian
but of course being foreigners they pay too much
free software in the Caribbean - NewsForge [via /.]
"with Free and Open Source Software, even the poorest nation can become a 'developing country' in the most literal sense. And in the long run, this is more important than saving money on software licenses."
Microsoft is ending its employee stock option plan - SMH
a Bollywood version of Pride and Prejudice - BBC [via CT]
complete with song and dance routines
the status of the Australian in Guantanamo Bay - SMH
"David Hicks faces a military court with secret evidence, secret witnesses"
three books on the Riemann Hypothesis - Economist
not the easiest subject to popularise
prudes censor English syllabus at Pakistan university - Guardian [via CR]
an interview with a Fedayeen militia leader - NewsDay [via Agonist]
"we're much more patient than the Americans. We have nowhere else to go."
UK police unhappy with heavy-handed US approach in Iraq - FT [via Agonist]
"There are going to be problems if we continue with our different philosophies and different approaches to law enforcement"
research into poker-playing AI - CrookedTimber [via D2]
the human expert "started to win consistently as soon as he stopped trying to exploit the programs (non-existent) human weaknesses"
a community radio boom in Indonesia - Asia
"Most local newspapers are owned by just two giant publishing companies: Kompas and Jawa Pos"
the first mosque in Grenada for over 500 years - Guardian
searching for a C17th British shipwreck off Gibraltar - Guardian
historians think it holds coins worth "$500 million to $4 billion"
praise God and avoid RSI - Register
"spiritual micro-breaks throughout the day as a core element of injury prevention"
mysterious warming of Pluto - BBC
"Although it is receding from the Sun, its atmosphere is getting thicker"
why Blair can't apologise on WMD - Times [via AntiWar]
"They must exist. They do exist. They are fragments of the True Cross, sacred relics of Mr Blair's holy global empire. Believe in them and you shall be saved."
the German-Italian row continues - CNN
Schroeder has canceled his holiday in Italy
Bali in the aftermath of the bombing and SARS - Asia
"some international donors, and some people on Bali, would prefer to see tourism de-emphasized and alternative income sources developed"
Margaret Drabble has fun judging a science book prize - Telegraph [via CR]
Bush's 15 billion for AIDs will mostly go to US corporations - OneWorld
"The USA has in fact opened its taxpayers chequebook to safeguard the patent rights of its powerful pharmaceutical lobby."
China has contemplated an invastion of North Korea - SMH [via Agonist]
"although the Chinese-North Korean border was only lightly defended, the Chinese lacked the logistical capability of racing to the demilitarised zone facing South Korea."
Microsoft still punishing vendors who sell machines sans Windows - Register
"while you might think it is chasing imaginary demons by trying to stifle Linux sales by smaller OEMs, that ain't necessarily so"
security hole reveals dubious plans for RFID - NoCards [via Link]
"pacifying" citizens, renaming as "green tags", praying for apathy
the US crusade against the ICC is undermining its own security - FPIF [via SideS]
"dismantling international law and disengaging with the world will only open a Pandora's box of conflicts, impunity, terrorism, and collapsed states"
not your everyday satellite meteorologist - FloridaToday [via SideS]
is a new Iraq-Kuwait pipeline being built? and saving Apollo 11
an poor start to Berlusconi's presidency of the EU - Economist
the Guardian is bringing out a US edition - NYmetro [via Kos]
$30 billion needed to fight the War on Criticism - Onion
the US has embraced a nuclear first-strike doctrine - USA Today [via Atrios]
apparently new nuclear weapons are needed to destroy chemical and biological weapons... this really is Dr Strangelove stuff
WB study shows foreign aid used to buy political support - Harvard
preliminary results from Mexico elections - Guardian
National Action down, PRI up a little, big gains for Democratic Revolution
a 13+ ton octopus found in Chile - Yahoo [via Billmon]
printer ink more expensive than vintage champagne - Register
surprise, surprise - printer manufacturers are ripping off consumers
Microsoft isn't complying with anti-trust settlement - Register
Robin Cook on Iraq and missing WMD - Guardian
he's been keeping up the good work since his resignation
the legal status of Happy Birthday
a selection of interesting or merely curious statistics - Harpers [via RW]
Linus on SCO+IBM, Linux development, the Bay Area - Mercury [via /.]
rapid production of a machine-translation system - ScienceDaily [via RW]
"A month ago, we didn't even know what language we would be working on"
the slaughter of Iraqi civilians in Nasiriyah and Baghdad - Guardian [two parts]
some of this must come close to being war crimes
protest screening of Ken Park shut down by police - ABC [via EFA]
a visit to the Torness AGR nuclear power plant - Stross
a "colossal collision between space age physics and victorian plumbing"
minimum estimate for Iraqi civilian deaths reaches 6000 - BodyCount
an overview of the situation in Iraq - Economist
Indian troops have fought in Iraq before - Guardian
"Indian troops were used to suppress the country's nationalist uprising in the summer of 1920. Like today's American forces, the 60,000 British and Indian troops securing Mesopotamia were never engaged in battle, facing instead hit-and-run raids."
Ismail Kadare's parable of communism - The Pyramid [review]
Pythagoras' Theorem in Babylonian mathematics - St Andrews [via MLite]
a new variant on vanity publishing rip-offs - Making Lite
forensics on the British government's plagiarised Iraq dossier - BytesMan [via Billmon]
it was a Word document, with a revision history!
Internet censorship in Iran - Register
he's wrong about the US not making filtering technology available to Iran - censorware companies will happily prostitute themselves to anyone
editors on the state of book reviewing in the US - Poets+Writers [via CR]
"The Tribune receives about 200 books a day, and reviews 10 a week"
- before I took my postal address off my review site, I was averaging nearly an unsolicited book a day - but then I only write 2 reviews a week
a compendium of lost words - Forthright's Phrontistery
"over 400 of the rarest modern English words - in fact, ones that have been entirely absent from the Internet, including all online dictionaries, until now."
glitzy marketing of sex-education in South Africa - NYROB
"By now, nearly everyone in South Africa knows how HIV is transmitted, and how to avoid it. The enduring mystery is why so many people do not."
did you mean "words of mass deception"? - Specious [via JWalk]
Chris Collier has photos from walks around Sydney - Gerkin Press
the US gets a "do not call" list to stop telemarketers - SMH [via Link]
when can we hope for one in Australia?
will India abandon Tibet to improve relations with China? - Asia
ordinary Israelis and Palestinians skeptical of truce - Swissinfo
if Hamas can restrain its militants and Sharon is prepared to face down the settlers... then just maybe this will work
Bush's international war on abortion is killing women - BBC [via Rotten]
an ammunition dump explodes in Iraq, killing 30 - BBC [via Agonist]
but because the dump was "Iraqi", US forces in the area are not taking responsibility for caring for the wounded
US court limits scope of libel law online - Wired [via WMW]
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