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Tim Dunlop explains the Australian election for US readers - RtoS
illusory successes in Texas education system - CBS [via ProRev]
can Israel's kibbutzim survive? - Guardian
"The kibbutz shaped the world's view of the Jewish state over the decades when it was seen as struggling for social justice as well as survival."
Republican personality cult extends to confetti - Guardian
one personal story from the New York march - Kos
Californian local governments sue Microsoft - Forbes [via PhilG]
for using its monopoloy conrol of the PC operating systems market to charge inflated prices
great popular science - The Honey Bee [review]
senses, communication, navigation, learning, ...
followup to the estimation quiz - CL
VI Arnold: "mathematics is a part of physics" - UMuenster [via Cosma]
"It is impossible to understand an unmotivated definition but this does not stop the criminal algebraists-axiomatisators."
US Muslim singer Ani: a hit in SE Asia, but unwelcome in America - MWU [via Far]
"a reminder of how far out of sync the American Muslim establishment is from most Muslims in the world"
my web hosting provider (pair) ranked #1 for reliability in July - Netcraft
coca tree bred with 4x yield of existing plants - Scotsman [via ProRev]
"While traditional coca plants are dark green and grow to some 5ft, the new strain grows to more than 12ft. "
choosing the sex of offspring in mammals - Eurekalert [via Panda]
testing the Trivers-Willard hypothesis
quirky problems with titles and databases - Lang
little aid money for Bangladesh - Guardian
is the Economist
sane? - BdeL [via Atrios]
"Shorter Economist: 'Mr. Bush has failed his first term and must repeat it'."
how well can you estimate figures you don't know? - beasts.org [via CL]
I scored 41%
Pakistan has a new prime minister - Economist
"Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, is all for democracy. It's just the practitioners of it that he can't abide."
when is it ok to lie a country into war? - CT
Bruce Sterling's SIGGRAPH address - Viridian [via FOE]
"Having conquered the world made of bits, you need to reform the world made of atoms."
paper "debunking" global warming has a few problems - UNSW [via CT]
confusing radians and degrees, just for starters!
Al-Sistani calls for march on Najaf - MSNBC [via AntiWar]
"If protests against U.S. political plans for Iraq months ago are anything to go by, hundreds of thousands of Shiites could march on Najaf."
the Iraqi police in Najaf again threaten journalists - B2I
"They're like the old regime, only less disciplined. They're terrifying and they're the most dangerous element in this conflict."
being interrogated on the Egypt-Israel border - EI
I've finished the writeup of my central NSW tour - with photos
Chris Allbritton gets into the Imam Ali shrine - B2I
"The Iraqi Security Forces are bad shots and the Americans are good enough to fire warning shots above peoples heads and not hit them."
one airliner down in Russia, another missing - USAToday [via Kos]
changing definitions of "depression" in Japan - NYT [via Lang]
the D20: Canon's updated digital SLR - DPreview
but I'd settle for a 300D, or maybe a Powershot Pro 1
a century of Einstein - SciAm
reflections on biological asymmetry - UAlberta
a different view of the presidential election - Onion
US soldiers who rape or assault get administrative sanctions - Denver
XP SP2 and Newham council's Microsoft adoption - Groklaw [via OSWALD]
tanks without infantry support in urban fighting?! - LATimes [via AntiWar]
"A member of the Al Mahdi militia quietly scaled the back of the tank in broad daylight, shot the men at point-blank range through the open hatch, and fled."
93 prominent Islamic figures call for democracy and pluralism - ABC
"The signatories called for democracy throughout the Muslim world through free and fair elections, with respect for pluralism and the dignity of citizens"... and for resistance against the US and its Iraqi puppet government
Lee Smolin attacks the Anthropic Principle - arxiv
"AP cannot yield any falsifiable predictions, and therefore cannot be a part of science"
the US army trains the Iraqi National Guard - LATimes [via AntiWar]
meanwhile, the marines are training the Mahdi army the hard way...
pollution in China: a grim picture - Economist
using DNA sequence analysis algorithms to stop spam - NewSci [via /.]
Kathmandu blockade highlights deep problems in Nepal - Observer
arbitrary arrests, extra-judicial executions and torture by the government; killings, abductions and child recruitment by the rebels
conservatism and why it's bad - Phil Agre [via Cosma]
students for a "post-autistic" economics - AdBusters [via ProRev]
driving around as a tourist in Japan - PhilG
4x4s are behind worldwide dust storms - Guardian
by "destroying the thin crust of lichen and stones that has protected vast areas of the Sahara from the wind for centuries"
violence in Central Africa may spark another war - Economist
it's a week since 160 refugees were murdered in a Burundi camp
fish also use the Panama Canal - Nature
"there is unlikely to be any more traffic in fish species [due to] the introduction of the predatory peacock cichlid to an artificial lake halfway along the canal"
an interview with John Gilmore - GrepLaw [via /.]
the Iraqi soccer team aren't fans of Bush - CNN [via Kos]
"Manajid says if he were not playing soccer he would 'for sure' be fighting as part of the resistance"
a WiFi-enabled rickshaw brings information to Indian villages - CNN [via /.]
US polling firm called Venezuelan referendum the wrong way - Guardian
their fieldwork was done by an anti-Chavez organisation
the GNU GPL's big test: IBM sues SCO for copyright infringement - Groklaw [via /.]
there are 783,000 lines of IBM code in Linux, which SCO only has rights to by virtue of the GPL...
the cliches of book reviewers - Telegraph [via Kit]
hmmm... I've used "magisterial" once, but never "coruscating"
no voting in selection of Iraqi interim legislature - Yahoo [via AntiWar]
a single list of candidates was elected by default after a rival list was disqualified
measuring the speed of light using marshmallows - UMD [via JWalk]
a lyrical account of a childhood in wartime Hungary - Garden, Ashes [review]
no Olympic broadcasts in Indonesia, and no one cares - Asia
quantifying urban navigation challenges - Nature
with Najaf civilians living on the front line - CSM [via AntiWar]
how gung-ho Marines set off the Najaf battle - NYT [via AntiWar]
"The ferocity of the rebel resistance surprised the marines, who had seen Saddam Hussein's army disintegrate last year"
the squeeze on road transportation in Iraq - MSNBC
Iraqi national conference sinks into chaos - Ledger [via Informed]
theft by US soldiers during house raids in Iraq - NewsDay [via AntiWar]
a classified document reveals Hamas policy in Gaza - Haaretz
how Cuban agriculture coped with the loss of Soviet trade - FTW [via Kos]
lack of oil forced a shift towards organic farming
Allawi orders journalists out of Najaf - Independent [via AntiWar]
"You have been warned. You have two hours. If you don't leave you will be shot."
welcome to WinXP "Crippleware Edition" - Register
al-Sadr and his followers can and should be negotiated with - SFgate
baby milk firm compensates families for dead babies - Scotsman
"A German manufacturer will pay over $10 million to Israeli families whose infants died or suffered developmental damage after they were fed a milk substitute lacking a crucial vitamin" (thiamin
Library Association to counter copyright propaganda in schools - Wired [via /.]
materials offered by groups like the BSA and the MPAA are one-sided
a different view of Muqtada al-Sadr - Al-Ahram [via Informed]
spectrum as public good instead of property - Shirky [via /.]
for and against moving South Korea's capital - Economist
the history of similar moves in other countries is not encouraging
badgers threaten Stonehenge - ABC
an interview with John Kenneth Galbraith - Guardian
the Venezuelan referendum: an unappetising choice - Economist
the Korean troops in Iraq will be guarded by Kurdish militia - IHT
spelling reform in Germany and elsewhere - FFOE [via CT]
"There is only one person whose opinions count. Somewhere in the bowels of Microsoft is a middle level employee whose job title is something like 'German localisation manager for Word'."
fighting sewage in Baghdad - CSM
hundreds killed in Najaf attack in last 24 hours... - Australian
...but Iraq is off the US media's radar - Guardian
browsing Al-Qaeda's computers, with emails by bin Laden and others - Atlantic [via JWZ]
their middle-management seem to have trouble managing finances...
a German village is sold to a coal mine - IHT [via CT]
"Among the town's proudest historical artifacts is the Emmaus Church, built in 1297 and the first fortified church in Saxony."
Christopher Hitchens supports Chalabi against his critics - Slate [cia CT]
Chalabi thinks an "iron fist" policy in the Shiite cities is "extremely unwise"
the US orders inhabitants to evacuate Najaf... - Guardian
the US let Hussein crush the Shiites in 91; looks like they'll do it for Allawi
Germans demand war reparations from Poland - WT
"an association representing the interests of the former inhabitants of East Prussia has promised legal action"
Garcia Marquez sells film rights to Love in the Time of Cholera - Guardian [via Kit]
I still haven't read the book!
Al-Jazeera is used to being censored by Arab governments - Guardian
US soldier gets three years prison for killing Iraqi - Guardian
Goss' appointment to head the CIA - Billmon
"I'm no fan of the CIA - but still less of one when it's being converted into a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bush family and its GOP capos"
the best Japanese gardens in Australia - JGarden
remembering Dien Bien Phu - PakTimes [via CT]
General Vo Nguyen Giap is still alive - he's now 93!
why not let private enterprise find Bin Laden? - TechCS [via CT]
just offer a $1 billion reward and let market forces do their work...
naval conflict on the Black Sea - IHT
Georgia is blockading breakaway Abkhazia
hospital medical systems: take patches from Microsoft or from vendors? - NWF [via /.]
running life-critical medical systems on Windows is bad enough; having them connected to the Net as well is just madness
Australian military/diplomatic elite calls for truth in government - RtoS
"Above all, it is wrong and dangerous for our elected representatives to mislead the Australian people."
a brief guide to national anthems - Telegraph [via ProRev]
Google's IPO threatens Wall Street bankers - MSN [via /.]
the Dutch auction approach may "spell the end of their lucrative IPO game"
the new Iraq security services torture prisoners - Oregon [via Kos]
and US troops who intervene are ordered "to walk away"
using the bacterium H. pylori
to study Central Asian migrations - Cosma
South Africa's National Party is subsumed by the ANC - Observer
"a bitterly ironic twist for a party founded almost a century ago to promote the interests of white Afrikaners and keep blacks from power"
Robert Fisk goes on patrol with the Iraqi police - Independent [via B2I]
in praise of idleness - Guardian [via CT]
Al-Jazeera's Baghdad office is shut down - Al-Jazeera [via Agonist]
- Independent [via CT]
"Aljazeera had to promise to change its policy regarding its Iraq coverage if it wanted the office to be re-opened"
175,000 books were published in the US in 2003 - Bowker
I read maybe 0.1% that many books each year
Harold Pinter wins the Wilfred Owen prize for anti-war poetry - Guardian [via Moor]
an Iraqi Jewish writer who tried to escape Israel - Haaretz [via Moor]
Naqqash's novels were written "in various Arabic dialects that had already begun to disappear from the world when he was a boy"
I've dropped to 17th on a search for "book reviews" - Google
this is why I'd never trade in my day job, even if my income from Amazon and AdSense were enough to live on!
an economist looks at bestselling books - Stanford [via CR]
- full study [PDF]
using data on hardcover fiction sales to evaluate the impact of the NYT bestseller list
al-Sadr has an army; Allawi doesn't yet - KR [via AntiWar]
a copyright indoctrination program for UK schools - Register [via /.]
the ruthless side of bee-keeping - Guardian
rampant honey-laundering, worldwide
Denmark charges soldier for prisoner abuse in Iraq - Yahoo [via AntiWar]
and recalls the commander and senior oficers of the Danish contingent in Iraq
should Lorca's body be dug up? - Guardian
"Spain's most controversial corpse was dumped in a makeshift grave alongside a one-legged teacher and two anarchist bullfighters"
the first Western journalist in Hiroshima - E+P
the perils of life as a truckie in Iraq - Asia
doctors and torture - NEJM [via ProRev]
- Murderous Science [review]
"There is increasing evidence that U.S. doctors, nurses, and medics have been complicit in torture and other illegal procedures"
Adobe, Agfa, and lawsuits over fonts - PlanetPDF [via Lang]
one WWII Japanese soldier didn't surrender till 1974 - Far
celebrating the famous epidemiologist and anaesthetist - The John Snow Society
Camilla and I did the site design
crowd rage and manslaughter on the London Underground - Guardian
"On May 2, Sri Lankan Vipula Prasanna accidentally trod on Michael John-Charles's son's foot at Wembley Park station..."
options for funding pharmaceutical research - CT
through patents, research grants, or research rewards
tropical forest bees boost coffee yields - Nature
US popularity is at an all time low - CD [via Informed]
"in the Middle East... America's favorability rating is now, essentially, zero. That's down from as high as 75 percent in some countries four years ago."
What is a Species, and What is Not? - AAAS [via Panda]
Ernst Mayr looks at some common misconceptions
al-Sadr's militia maintains law and order for 10% of Iraqis - CSM [via AntiWar]
it's pretty much illegal to use an iPod in Australia - SMH
an American's view of Australian Aborigines - HeadHeeb [via Far]
US soldiers mourn killed Iraqi interpreter - SFgate
UK requested 'lies' in Survey Group's WMD report - Independent [via AntiWar]
"Everything Scarlett wanted in was based on very old evidence which we had painstakingly investigated and shown to be false"
Hollywood film to be shot inside United Nations' NY building - IHT
sex-change operations boom in Iran - IHT [via AntiWar]
"the Islamic government is recognizing that some people want to change their sex, and allowing them to have operations and obtain new birth certificates"
another general defects from Bush and the Republicans - CNN [via AntiWar]
now it's the Air Force chief of staff during the first Gulf War
China Mieville and the economics of fantasy worlds - CT
I'm yet to read any Mieville, but his name keeps cropping up
memory cards survive washing, coffee, and more - BBC [via /.]
Japan is promoting Linux in public schools - UPI [via OSWALD]
"The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and 19 PC-related companies"
ethnic tensions with Hungarians in Serbia's Vojvodina province - 1
- 2 [BalkAnal]
Subotica was the basis for the town in Skylark
a pro-American cleric inside Baghdad's Green Zone - SFgate [via AntiWar]
Council for Foreign Relations warns Bush on Israel + Iran - WorldTrib [via AntiWar]
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