<< December 2003 | February 2004 >>
a relationship between religious belief and economic progress? - IHT [via CT]
testing Weber with modern statistics
polls show limited European anti-Semitism - CT
an overview of Net censorship in China - BBC [via /.]
the case against the Iraq War as humanitarian intervention - HRW [via Billmon]
a carefully argued analysis
official advice on how to make IE less insecure - Microsoft [via /.]
"Do not click any hyperlinks that you do not trust. Type them in the Address bar yourself."
the Bush government is undermining the US's creative future - WashMonth [via Atrios]
"the disastrous economic consequences of Know-Nothing views"
Microsoft faces an ongoing legal battle in Europe - Economist
the anti-monopoly case grinds on
the adaptations of polar bears - IHT [via ProRev]
"A polar bear can fall asleep anywhere, in the most comical positions, using a block of ice as a pillow, snoozing as a snowstorm covers all but its black-tipped snout."
the life-cycle of the Saguaro cactus - NPS [via JWalk]
"A mature saguaro is considered to be at least 125 years of age."
list of airlines banned from UK airspace - DFT [via Guard]
I think I will avoid flying with any of these
a fascinating view of the US Congress - NYROB
some scary changes in the basic workings of US democracy
US legislation to create new database property rights - Cosma
creditor-unfriendly laws deter investment in Indonesia - IHT
two sides: IT job migration in India and the US - Wired [via /.]
Bush pledges "to restore honor and dignity to the White House" - Onion [via RtoS]
Poles unhappy about US visa restrictions - Guardian
they're also "becoming increasingly opposed to military involvement in Iraq"
wacko Christian to head FDA Reproductive Health committee - FemSalon [via SideS]
another Bush special
Ahmed Rashid on Afghanistan - NYROB
has Bush weakened the American Empire? - New Yorker [via AntiWar]
a query about the economics of the chicken industry - JWalk
"$3.51 seems very cheap for a 5-pound chicken. How can anybody make any money at this price?"
an Australian company holds "Microsoft" trademark - Register
for an "exclusive new non allergenic and thoroughly hygienic Polyester Fibre"
millions of birds now dying in Indonesia, too - Guardian
the US National Parks Service is selling creationist tracts
with wacko Christians in the White House, what else can we expect?
sugar is getting in the way of a US-Australia free trade deal - BBC
Salam Pax is unhappy about the US and German titles of his book - Raed
US military bases leave a legacy of environmental damage - AntiWar
Brazil is challenging US cotton subsidies at the WTO - IHT
relying "almost exclusively on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as American agricultural experts to make its case"
living on McDonalds food for 30 days - NYPost [via JWalk]
"His liver became toxic, his cholesterol shot up from a low 165 to 230, his libido flagged and he suffered headaches and depression."
chattel slavery among fundamentalist Mormons? - MLite
teenage girls are running away to avoid being forced into polygamous marriages
collecting grass-roots inventions in India - BBC [via ST]
CD preservation guidelines - NIST [via /.]
an interview with weapons inspector David Kay - Reuters [via CT]
"Q: Do you think they destroyed [the WMD]? A: No, I don't think they existed."
Watergate II? - Boston [via Atrios]
"Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Commitee infiltrated opposition computer files for a year"
a Central Asia blog, with lots of pictures - LiveJournal [via Cosma]
military lawyer thinks Guantanamo trial process is unfair - SMH
and that's the appointed Marine Corps lawyer, not Amnesty or HRW!
they're chess-mad in Iceland - ChessBase [via Reyk]
"the champion per capita is unquestionably tiny Iceland... a population of just 278,000 supports nine grandmasters"
intimidation of Jews who hold the wrong beliefs - Guardian
an American comedian takes apart a critic - Margaret Cho [via Atrios]
sexual freedom has a long way to go in India - TimesIndia [via Indy]
"a 143-year-old British law makes illegal any sexual activity that is not procreative"
a look at Iowa and the US elections - Economist
an editorial on the Iraq occupation - Guardian
I'm not convinced the US government really does "support full, free elections", though "at some point" is pretty safe
Morocco gets progressive family law - Guardian
Grand Ayatollah Sistani has a web site - sistani.org [via Riverbend]
in Arabic, Farsi, English, French, and Urdu
spectacular slug sex - Davidavid [via Profligate]
SCO sues Novell over Unix copyrights - Register
one more lawsuit to add to the conflagration
the Bible, rendered into chat logs - IRC Bible [via KenMacleod]
several hundred thousand march in Iraq for full elections - FT
and the British now say there's no reason elections couldn't be held in Basra...
more civilians, children killed in Afghanistan air raid - Guardian
counterinsurgency from the air just doesn't work
dentures for an elephant - SMH
"Elephants have four sets of teeth in a lifetime, but after they lose their last molar they cannot chew properly and often die from malnutrition or starvation."
French Sikhs also unhappy with ban on religious clothing - BBC [via CT]
is the law a devious attempt to encourage cross-faith harmony?
US Democrats have all eyes on Iowa caucuses - Kos
I just want them to pick someone, get behind them, and evict Bush
Katharine Gunn's trial starts today - Guardian
for "leaking details of a secret US 'dirty tricks' operation to spy on UN Security Council members in the run-up to war in Iraq last year"
the Israeli ambassador to Sweden loses it completely - Guardian
Sun to sell StarOffice in Japanese convenience stores - Register [via OSAU]
screwing up state broadcasting in Iraq - USnews [via Agonist]
"The Iraqis," says a former SAIC consultant, "know state-run TV when they see it."
US blocks WHO obesity campaign at behest of sugar companies - Guardian
Bush and senators "have received hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding from 'Big Sugar'"
KFC to open in Tibet, Taco Bell to follow - Asia
South Korean stamps spark row with Japan - Guardian
neither country "wants the dispute to interfere with efforts to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programme"
content from the Onion with the Whitehouse layout... - Mixmaster [via JWalk]
an overview of the country domains - Register
James Lileks: the blogger at war - CityPages [via AntiWar]
"Like his fellow swivel-chair commandos, Lileks is too self-absorbed and gung ho to ever stop waving his water pistol."
Gross' book on the Polish massacre of Jews at Jedwabne - PUP
the reviewers divide on nationalist lines...
Will Computers Ruin Consumer Electronics? - MSNBC [via Link]
signs of hope for sub-Saharan Africa? - Economist
a showdown between the Sistani and the United States - Guardian
"al-Sistani warned that he might issue a fatwa rejecting a U.S.-backed government if his demands for direct elections are ignored"
US war plans neglect the fire-effects from nuclear weapons - AtomicSci [via Stross]
an appalling analysis of the effects of a single bomb on Washington
mobile phones will never be declared safe - London [via ProRev]
"the difficulty in measuring handset radiation means people are effectively playing Russian roulette with their health every time they use a mobile"
the economics of scholarly journal publishing - UW [via Cosma]
geeks and knitting - MLite
Iraq Council scraps secular family law for Islamic code - Yahoo [via Raed]
- FT [via Informed]
an interview with a US journalist in Iraq - BOPnews [via Atrios]
"The CPA is a total mess"
UK charity spins an Internet child-sex "explosion" - Silicon [via Link]
secret blocking of a million web sites under Pennsylvania porn law - Register
a confrontation in Iran as government members threaten to resign - Guardian
if hardliners persist in blocking reformist election candidates
an Earthsea film? - Yahoo [via EndUniverse]
- the trilogy [review]
I would expect Le Guin to want total creative control
"genetic sexual attraction" - Guardian [via MeFi]
reuniting family members separated from birth can lead to obsession
US troops brutalise Reuters journalists - Guardian
"It makes you wonder what happens to ordinary Iraqis"
a fine piece from John Pilger - AntiWar
the rhythmic complexity of music: gamelan ranks highly - Nature
is the new Canadian leader keener on Washington than the Canadians? - Guardian
Sistani sticks to demand for Iraq elections - Reuters [via AntiWar]
it is the only way to get a government with popular legitimacy
Monopoly was conceived by socialists to teach the evils of exploitation - WFP [via CT]
the philosophical effects of crocodile attack - Age [via CT]
Europe will face more hot summers - Nature
"More than 20,000 people are thought to have died as a result of Europe's heatwave last year"
problems with the Cambodian genocide trials - Asia
yes, they are still trying people for the 1975-1979 crimes!
demographics has done in the dream of a Greater Israel - Guardian
IMF says US threatens the financial stability of the world - SanDiego [via ProRev]
"the administration's tax cuts could lower U.S. productivity and the deficits could raise industralised world interest rates by as much as 1 percentage point"
ex treasury secretary paints unflattering portrait of Bush - BBC
19 left dead in Israeli hunt through Nablus - Guardian
Amazon.co.uk has a bizarre affiliate payment system
EITHER I don't get paid for selling secondhand books OR I will be penalised 20% if I don't sell at least one "non-media" item (each quarter)
a NY subway busker's take on CD prices - WashMonth [via JWalk]
the plague of colons afflicting academic book titles - Chronicle [via Lang]
the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis and Riau Indonesian - Economist
overview of Parmalat collapse - Economist
"Silvio Berlusconi, the prime minister, is setting a poor example. His government has reduced the penalties for false accounting."
some US officials call for a state-run Iraqi oil company - Guardian
George Bush is more humane than John Howard - RtoS
the Marines want to take a different approach to the Army in Iraq - Billmon
repeating a theme of the Vietnam War
teenage refusniks in Israel face years in prison - Guardian
for "undermining the international legitimacy of the state's actions"
life in a garbage-dump in Baghdad - SFgate [via Agonist]
the origins and persistence of the Italian mafia - Oxford [PDF, via CT]
Singapore may legalise oral sex - SMH
"relaxing laws on bungee-jumping, bar-top dancing and chewing gum in a bid to shake off its stuffy image and lure foreign professionals"
differing approaches to the use of US special forces - MSNBC [via AntiWar]
kick-down-the-door assassinations or counterinsurgency and human intelligence?
another Israeli army resignation: a colonel - Independent
some sanctions against US soldiers abusing prisoners - MSNBC [via AntiWar]
I've finally signed up as an Amazon Associate - search+buy
if you haven't got any better cause for your 5% or 7.5% commission...
CIA analysis suggests latest tape really is bin Laden - BBC [via LAM]
can he really have a kidney condition requiring regular dialysis?
Jon Johansen survives trial for DVD-cracking, now breaks iTunes - Register
Peter Weiss' powerful play - Marat/Sade [review]
The persecution and assassination of Marat as performed by the inmates of the asylum of Charenton under the direction of the Marquis de Sade
abstinence-only "sex education" program not working - Star Tribune [via Atrios]
WWII expulsions remembered on a Polish farm - IHT
Pakistan at the centre of nuclear proliferation - IHT
aggressive oversight of Dutch troops in Iraq? - risq
"A Dutch marine has been arrested on charges of killing an Iraqi civilian."
Indian software education moves towards open source - FE [via OSAU]
a government-owned outfit with nearly 500,000 students...
social, legal, and ethical issues in computing - A Gift of Fire [updated review]
a bleak and critical view of the US occupation of Iraq - Asia
"This war to liberate Iraq was never about liberating the Iraqis. Unsurprisingly then, the reconstruction effort is also not about reconstruction"
Arthur Miller has dinner with Fidel Castro - Nation [via CR]
a survey of Australian pornography consumption - AINews [via EFA]
was 2004 a turning point for cosmology? - APOD
"much cosmological research shifted from trying to find the parameters that define our universe to trying to use these parameters as a tool"
Schröder's slow-paced reforms in Germany - Guardian
book blurbs: the puffed and the just plain obscure - goodreports [via CR]
attitudes to the Hague Tribunal in Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia - NYROB
piranha attacks on bathers in Brazil - BBC [via Rotten]
Karbala: how not to manage an occupation - CBS [via LAM]
nude Barbie dolls are free speech - Yahoo [via LAM]
the economics of gift-giving - SMH [via ProRev]
"economists simply can't understand why people would do something as stupid as giving presents at Christmas"
US Homeland Security versus tropical fish - PostGazette [via ProRev]
if it was New Zealand border biosecurity, this would make sense...
Israel to put 15,000 more settlers onto the Golan Heights - Guardian
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