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the problems of working as a reporter in Baghdad - b2iraq
a huge collection of Iceland links - Geocities [via referers]
Ponzi schemes and transition economies - WB [via Far]
"a Ponzi scheme is an ingenious method to expropriate state assets by a politically well-connected promoter in a transition economy"
the Samoan Civil War of 1898-99 - Far
up there with Khalkhin-Gol and Iwo Jima for obscure battles...
why no terrorist attacks on Saudi oil infrastructure? - Billmon
so far they've attacked people rather than pipelines
a brief introduction to revision-control with Subversion - DevChannel [via LWN]
the "secret unlock code" for US ICBM systems was 00000000 - CDI [via /.]
"The Strategic Air Command (SAC) in Omaha quietly decided to set the locks to all zeros in order to circumvent this safeguard"
the Hitchiker's Guide film scriptwriter interviews himself - Go [via /.]
Catch-22 levels of incompetence in Iraq - Guardian [via AntiWar]
it's now legal to sell chewing gum in Singapore - Toronto
but you have to show ID to buy it
can you tell a baby rat from an adult mouse? - RatBehavior [via Far]
Al Gore in fine fettle - Subverted
"President Bush's utter incompetence has made the world a far more dangerous place and dramatically increased the threat of terrorism"
a firsthand account of a bomb attack in Baghdad - back-to-iraq
"Here's a name to remember: Ali Abbas, 1993(?)-May 25, 2004."
opinions on Mikhail Sholokhov remain divided - MosTimes [via CR]
I read and enjoyed And Quiet Flowed the Don
as a teenager (Amazon
200,000 children were born to German fathers in WWII France - BBC [via Moor]
why Google can't be sued for defamation - CNN [via Moor]
but note that this analysis assumes US law applies...
over 2000 killed in Caribbean floods - Guardian
a long introduction to biometrics - Cisco
China meeting: poverty a threat to world peace - Guardian
Falluja now an Islamic micro-state - Yahoo [via AntiWar]
Bush versus the environment; hydrogen; oil; warming - NYROB
Cory Doctorow on ebooks - craphound [via Lang]
wrist slap for US soldiers who forced detainees to jump off a bridge - SMH
enjoying newfound intellectual freedoms in Iraq - MERIP [via Informed]
but colonial attitudes threaten: CPA personnel are "incapable of seeing Iraqi intellectuals, writers and academics as partners"
Publishers Weekly withdraws bad review, commissions new one - Boston
short story "The Rites of Diane" - Sex+Umma [via Kit]
violence and insecurity in now forgotten Afganistan - Independent [via AntiWar]
competition in the printer market - NYT [via /.]
Green guru Lovelock calls for nuclear power to halt global warming - Ind [via /.]
Hölldobler and Wilson's masterpiece - The Ants [review]
the Pulitzer-prize-winning survey of the ecology, ethology and evolution of ants
hyacinth and weevils threaten Malawi hydropower and fishing - Guardian
three questions about "full sovereignty" for Iraq - Guardian
one set of rules for everyone else, no rules at all for the US? - MSNBC
an Israeli Cabinet minister speaks out - Guardian
"The 71-year-old justice minister said TV images from Rafah reminded him of the suffering of his own family."
the New Guinea schoolboy and the Japanese officer - Far
and a Japanese account of the WWII New Guinea campaign - AWM [via Far]
the idiocies of "Trademark grammar" - Lang
China's Sanmenxia dam was a massive mistake - SMH
siltation has reduced the dam to 10% of its original storage capacity and power generation to 2% of planned - and 400,000 people were displaced for this
US claims "no evidence of wedding" at attack site - Guardian
but "suspicious materials included about 300 sets of bedding"
Australian Aboriginal ideas for baby names - ivillage
the UK considered using pigeons for weapon delivery in WWII - ABC
"A thousand pigeons, each with a two ounce explosive capsule, landed at intervals on a specific target might be a seriously inconvenient surprise."
Miroslav Holub's poem "Homer" - Guardian [via CR]
a Marine describes killing civilians in Iraq - SacBee [via MSpeak]
"A: They were young and they had no weapons. ... Q: What kind of firepower was employed? A: M-16s, 50-cal. machine guns. Q: You fired into six or ten kids? Were they all taken out? A: Oh, yeah."
Halliburton paid for sending empty trucks across Iraq - SunHerald [via Atrios]
"Sometimes we would go with empty trailers; we would go both ways. We'd turn around and go back with empty trailers."
warring against olive trees and ostriches in Gaza - BBC
crops to grow in deserts and saline soils, maybe even seawater? - Guardian
the US uses child-abuse to make parents talk - Yahoo
an old friend of mine died a week ago - Ralph Seberry
damn it, he was only 37, and leaves a partner and two kids
Tanenbaum defends Linus against AdT claims - Vrije Uni [via Reg]
Alexis de Tocqueville Institution president Ken Brown appears to be a clueless dweeb
the Internet Guide to Freighter Travel - Geocities [via JWalk]
"Traveling on a containership is not better than sex, though it does last longer. It is an experience you will never forget."
lying about war crimes - Guardian
"When Iraqis are blown apart in Baghdad by a car bomb, or Israelis in Haifa by a suicide bomber, these are instantly and correctly labelled as terrorist attacks."
CIA agents and Iraqi police raid Chalabi's office and villa - Guardian
looks like the tide has turned against him
no one cares about Australia's detained children - Age [via RtoS]
conservative HRC report says treatment was "cruel, inhuman and degrading"
the Americans one-up the Israelis by bombing a wedding - Guardian
Israeli helicopters and tanks fire on unarmed protest, killing 15 - Haaretz [via EI]
... and Rafah's tiny healthcare clinic is full already - Guardian
the Coalition is still ignoring Iraqi civilian casualties - Independent
as occupying powers, it is their duty to track these
an account of the April 4th fighting in Sadr City - MSNBC [via Informed]
writer Wole Soyinka tear-gassed in Lagos protest - Guardian [via CR]
"He had gone out on to the streets with about 500 Nigerian human rights activists and civic leaders"
White House asked Rapture Christians to approve an Israeli Gaza pullout?! - Voice [via Atrios]
names for common SF writing problems - Pinder [via Lang]
the unfreedom of Moveable Type bites - DiveIntoMark [via Lang]
the roots of torture: how Washington rewrote the rules - MSNBC [via Billmon]
UNRWA unable to cope with 10,000+ homeless in Gaza - EI
Linus responds to AdT loons, admits Linux was stolen - LinuxWorld
"Ok, I admit it. I was just a front-man for the real fathers of Linux, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus."
gay marriages start in Massachusetts - Boston
jockeying for position in the race to succeed Blair - Scotsman
Saddam Hussein treated better than Abu Ghraib internees - Telegraph [via AntiWar]
the US may move troops from South Korea to Iraq - Guardian
the Pentagon used WMDs on Americans - Utah [via MSpeak]
"hundreds of radiological, chemical and biological tests were conducted in which hundreds of thousands of people were used as test subjects"
...and he's in Sydney for the Writer's Festival! - SoulPacific
redefining the kilogram - PhysicsWeb
the kilogram is the only fundamental unit still tied to a particular reference object
giant pandas are
bears - Panda
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and bin Laden
Ahmed Rashid: "the most objective history I have read of the many failures of the CIA and the US government in [the Middle East]"
Carlos Fuentes on Huntington's racism - NPQ [via CR]
Roh back as president of South Korea - Economist
"South Korea's traditionally noisy leftists will find it hard to scream bloody murder now that they run the country"
controversy as Iceland's DNA database project launches - Guardian
new approaches to malaria in Africa - Nature
an Israeli's firsthand account of 18 days as a captive in Najaf - Haaretz
a London-based ad firm does PR for Iraq CPA - CSM [via RtoS]
Arundhati Roy on India's dark side - OutlookIndia [11pg, via Kit]
"the dangerous cross-currents of neo-liberal capitalism and communal neo-fascism"
Australia has kept child refugees in detention for up to five years - SMH
CPA's own poll shows 82% of Iraqis oppose the occupation - Seattle [via AntiWar]
I think that rules out any lingering doubt about whether "occuption" is the right term or not
Clinton went to church regularly, why doesn't Bush? - Gadflyer [via Neuro]
the French are trying to abolish some unneeded commissions - Guardian
meet Guy Consolmagno, Vatican astronomer - astrobio [via /.]
Congress returns to power in India - BBC
"Leftist parties, which have promised to support a Congress-led government, could give the opposition the edge it would need to take power"
Chomsky, Zinn et al. on how the US can get out of Iraq - Guardian
Denmark and Canada squabble over 3 sq km of ice-rock - Marmot [via Far]
Congress and allies may stage upset win in Indian elections - Guardian
Polly Tonynbee on Blair's refusal to face reality in Iraq - Guardian
Nestle subsidiary supports genocide-inciting talk show host - PatriotBoy
$15 billion worth of tax cuts in Australia's latest budget - gov.au
but I don't get a cent - only those making $52,000+ (or with children) benefit :-(
Kazakhstan to build narrow-gauge railway linking China to Iran - BBC [via Far]
an alternative to the trans-Siberian
anti-vaccination fever - CSICOP [via Far]
"sensationalist media, religious fanatics, and alternative medical practitioners" help revive pertussis
1100 Palestinians left homeless by Israeli Gaza demolitions - EI
and this is deliberate collective punishment, not "collateral damage"
US-style teenage abstinence programs are coming to the UK - Guardian
and with them will come an increase in teenage pregnancies, abortions, and sexually transmitted diseases
Marines make symbolic visit to Falluja, under heavy escort - AntiWar
looking back at the Beatles - NYROB
"the Beatles' journey into their time now appears in its own way no less surprising and world-modifying than the developments of Picasso"
Spain's Golden Fleece [review]
Wool Production and the Wool Trade from the Middle Ages to the Nineteenth Century
US military personnel told to avoid Fox News - Time [via AntiWar]
to make sure they don't read the Taguba report... because it's still "classified"!
a long profile of Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk - Guardian [via Moor]
a majority of Iraqis would feel safer if the US withdrew immediately - Tallahassee [via Kos]
"A year ago, just 17 percent of Iraqis wanted the troops gone"
an unhappy Iraqi blogger - Riverbend
"just take your Puppets, your tanks, your smart weapons, your dumb politicians, your lies, your empty promises, your rapists, your sadistic torturers and go"
governing a state is different to running a corporation - Stross
"it's no coincidence that Bush is the first US President to be an MBA"
French Linux group calls for government to stop MS piracy - LinuxInsider [via OSAU]
the marines turn to winning "hearts and minds" - CSM [via AntiWar]
one week it's AC130 gunships, the next it's compensation and handouts
500 Iraqi scholars meet to plan opposition - BBC [via AntiWar]
pledging "to boycott any US-sponsored political group"
meet the UK's new Sexual Offences Act - Independent [via CT]
"a young man whose 17-year-old girlfriend lets him take a picture of her in the nude to keep in his wallet is theoretically liable to 14 years' imprisonment"
a discussion of domain name resale - WMW
for those of us who regret not having registered just one valuable domain back in 1994
(new to me) origins of Mother's Day - LewRockwell [via ProRev]
"Anna Jarvis, the mother of Mothers Day, became its harshest critic."
mistreatment of Indian workers in Iraq - Asia
Nigerian Christians kill hundreds, evict thousands of Muslims - Reuters
the challenges facing software developers in Africa - Bridges [via /.]
Ariel Dorfman on torture in the name of salvation - Guardian
the US is now taking draft registrations online - us [via JWalk]
even the New York Times calls for Rumsfeld's resignation - Guardian
and Wolfowitz should go with him
incipient genocide in western Sudan? - Guardian
rats are making a comeback in the lab - Nature
returned soldiers say Iraq prisoner abuse was commonplace - Reuters [via AntiWar]
how free should Debian be? - LWN
what's faster: Google, the phone, or a library? - Guardian [via /.]
most Abu Ghraib inmates "innocent of any acts against the coalition" - Guardian
and cooks and drivers were working as interrogators
if corporations were people, would they be psychopaths? - Economist
the 17-year cicadas are coming to the eastern United States - Economist
Romania's adoption policy: another EU-US battleground - Guardian
the US now has its own gulag - Guardian [via Billmon]
"It stretches from prisons in Afghanistan to Iraq, from Guantánamo to secret CIA prisons around the world."
conservative Sydney Anglicans to start TV sex show?! - RtoS
a soldier's view of rural life in Iraq - ginmar
an interview with German historian Joachim Fest - Independent
"ghost detainees" in Abu Ghraib - Billmon
moved around within the facility to hide them from a visiting Red Cross survey team
the oldest known Malay manuscript - Hawaii [via Far]
I'm experimenting with CSS print styling of my reviews - random review
they should now print without the top and bottom menus, the ads, or the related links
real molecules with strange names - Bristol
arsole, moronic acid, angelic acid, penguinone
the US spends more on health for no gain - Yahoo [via ProRev]
a study comparing 21 health fields in Australia, Canada, Britain, New Zealand and the US
Europe the most likely target for a terrorist nuke - Guardian
top Chinese professor attacks state propaganda department - Guardian
"Their censorship orders are totally groundless, absolutely arbitrary, at odds with the basic standards of civilisation, and as counter to scientific common sense as witches and wizardry."
in the US, Black votes can just disappear - Nation [via ProRev]
I'm giving a speech on Internet regulation tonight - text
North Korean literature lampoons US President Bush - Chosun [via CR]
editor and staff of US-funded Iraqi newspaper quit - Toronto [via AntiWar]
due to censorship by Harris Inc., the US management
Iraqis have been talking about abuse in prisons for a long time - MSNBC
but the media has only started listening to them now
how the media concealed the violence of war - Gadflyer [via Kos]
and they're only just changing their approach now
a West African in Greenland - NewCriterion [via CR]
"the strangest travel book ever written"
no more flash/shockwave ads, image bugs, etc. - Adblock
I've been using it with Mozilla for a week now, and it works a charm
Pullum pans Da Vinci Code
you can add me to the list of people who won't be reading this one
an economic comparison of India and China - Asia
hard train trips for illegal migrants into Mexico - Guardian
Karl Rove helps Lincoln out with the Gettysburg address - Billmon
a survey of literature in the new EU members - Guardian [via CR]
meet Marina Golbahari, lead actress in Osama
linguistics joke: a linguist at the pearly gates - Lang
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