<< August 2004 | October 2004 >>
a US soldier in Iraq on "Why We Cannot Win" - LewRockwell [via Kos]
medical use of maggots is booming - Wired
"250 to 500 disinfected maggots -- $70 plus shipping"
unrest in China's factories - CSM
the peasants had their revolution...
now Indonesia wants a UN Security Council seat too - News
I think something completely new is needed - how about an elected assembly, with one representative per 10 million people?
even Baghdad's Green Zone is hardly secure - CSM
Oliver North meets Cthulu: a Charlie Stross story - A Colder War
is it safe to handle baby birds? - Snopes [via JWalk]
or will it cause their parents to reject them?
Howard's "pre-emption policy" is looking pretty stupid - BP
apparently Australia will only preemptively attack neighbouring states after consultation... or something
EM Forster on using war deaths to justify more war - Cosma
European Commission compares Open Office and Microsoft XML - TBray [via /.]
"It's your intellectual capital and you worked hard to produce it for your citizens... it should be living in a nice, long-lived, non-proprietary data format"
contributing to the UK's New Dictionary of National Biography - Guardian
60 volumes and 45 million words - I don't think I'll bother linking to Amazon
progress towards an independent Western Sahara - Guardian
South Africa formally recognises the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic; Morocco recalls its ambassador in protest
German literature abroad - DW [via CR]
- my reviews
China and South Korea are the biggest markets for German literature in translation?!
can Nigeria give the Bakassi Peninsula to Cameroon? - HH
a solar eclipse from space - APOD
or is it actually a "Terran eclipse"?
Billmon has closed the Whiskey Bar - Kos
- a parting image
Billmon was always my favourite of the US political bloggers
Israel starts carrying out car bombings - Yahoo [via AntiWar]
becoming what they fight?
more evidence for widespread human promiscuity - Economist
- Promiscuity [review]
Cosma points out
that conquest and rape make this result unsurprising
42% of Japanese children think the Sun revolves around the Earth - Guardian [via JWalk]
and "half of Japan's primary and secondary school students had never seen a sunrise or sunset"!
Arabic literature in the West - Guardian [via Moor]
I'm trying to find a copy of Choukri's For Bread Alone
Iraqi Police infiltrated by insurgents - Telegraph [via AntiWar]
"At present, any Iraqi in Samarra who wants to serve in the police force must first ask permission from the rebels"
an inventory of Iraqi resistance groups - FAS [via AntiWar]
Anglican Peace and Justice Network calls for Israel boycott - Guardian
more on how Prescott Bush helped Hitler - Guardian
Blue Screens of Death - Daimyo [via JWZ]
being naked on the streets is not a crime in San Francisco - Yahoo [via JWZ]
teledildonics is no longer science fiction - Wired
just think about the potential for viruses or other malware...
maybe shops promote anti-Bush books because they sell - Deltoid [via Atrios]
does Google News have a conservative bias? - OJR [via /.]
and can automation replace editorial teams?
the Tibetan glaciers are melting - Guardian
it's not just Arctic and Antarctic ice threatened by global warming
being arrested at the RNC - 2600 [via JWalk]
resources are being lost because of copyright changes - Wired
Juan Cole: what if the United States were Iraq? - Informed
no one cares if US soldiers are raped - SFTT
George W. Bush's CV - RtoS
developing countries try to reform WIPO - CPTech
"WIPO embraced a culture of creating and expanding monopoly privileges, often without regard to consequences"
Israel's nuclear weapons help to justify Iran's - IHT
getting cheetahs to mate in captivity - ABC
"Cheetahs may be fast, but they're anything but loose. Cheetahs simply will not breed in captivity."
problems translating medieval Persian poetry - Middlebury [via CR]
"strategies considered intrinsically poetic in Persian... are relatively rare in English, not considered intrinsically poetic, and can be seen as unnatural or absurd"
George Bush, harborer of terrorists - IndInst
"If you harbor terrorists, you are a terrorist" becomes "One man's terrorist is another mans freedom fighter"
the British in Basra: no longer so peaceful - BBC [via AntiWar]
"in local elections in the British sector this week, turnout was just 15 per cent"
Oxford Professor will charge with Alexander's cavalry - Archaeology [via ALD]
US Feds charge tobacco companies with racketeering - Economist
bookmarks of mass destruction - SPTimes [via JWalk]
I wonder when airport security will cotton onto the dangers of paper...
why the French were reluctant to publish Hobsbawm's Age of Extremes
- my review
Sam Smith remembers his previous jury duty - ProRev
I've been summonsed myself, on October 5th. I'm tempted to turn up carrying a stack of legal texts on the theory of juries...
a pre-emptive strike against Iran's nuclear facilities? - MSNBC
"the CIA and DIA have war-gamed the likely consequences... No one liked the outcome."
riding the Moscow Metro - WP [via AntiWar]
ramblers gain access to more British countryside - Independent [via CT]
in Australia, unfortunately, walkers have pretty much no right of access to private land
reform movements in Islam - New Statesman [via Far]
there's nothing really new about any of this, though, and I don't think 9/11 has changed much
weapons of very localised destruction - Guardian
the only chemical weapons Saddam Hussein had were "small quantities of poisons, most likely for use in assassinations"
an interview with Britain's retiring film censor - Guardian
a National Guard unit prepares for Iraq - WP [via AntiWar]
Maud Newton on obsessive blogging - MaisonNeuve [via Kit]
the British start pulling out of Iraq - Guardian
"The main British combat force will be reduced by around a third by the end of October"
urbanisation and humanity's future - Guardian
"the scale and depth of urban poverty is underestimated because of the way poverty is measured in poor countries"
NGOs suggest anti-Israel sanctions - Haaretz
given the South African precedent, I've never understood why there isn't a stronger movement for this
Why I Was So Totally Wrong About Iraq - Belle [via CT]
the Abrahamic religions are dysfunctional - Guardian
Turkey, the Kurds, and the United States - Asia
the Turkish foreign minister threatens to withdraw support for the US in Iraq
some great nature photography - pbase
Riverbend watches Fahrenheit 9/11
in the Baghdad heat - Baghdad Burning
"things aren't better for Americans now than they were in 2001, and they certainly aren't better for Iraqis"
liberty, property, and The Economist
- Exempli [via Cosma]
PWC report: software patents a threat to Europe - Register
a challenge for the EU: reforming the car parts market - IHT
no sign of the end of the tunnel in Iraq - Time
"What was once a hell wrought by Saddam is now one of America's making"
New Zealand quietly pulls out of Iraq - Stuff [via AntiWar]
US casualties in Iraq have been underreported - E+P [via AntiWar]
1000 dead, 7,000 wounded -- and 17,000 evacuated for non-combat injuries
librarians for civil liberties - Wired [via Link]
Kofi Annan explicitly declares the Iraq war was illegal - Guardian
so what's the status of the current Iraq occupation?
the Kurds are moving back into Kirkuk - Boston [via Informed]
changing the demographics before any referendum
Japanese marathon monks - ABC
doing a double-marathon every day for 100 days...
Bush abandoned the Geneva Conventions in 2002 - Guardian
censorware stops US soldier from viewing "weapons" site - Ginmar
except actually it's a women's discussion forum
are the Pioneer gravity tanks leaking? - Register
a fuel tank leak, a flaw in general relativity, or something else...
computer game copyright case goes to Oz High Court - News
what will happen if Bush is reelected? - WashMonth
cute animals get disproportionate conservation attention - Guardian
"Pictures of the koala are as abundant as flies, but it's hard to get your hands on an image of the Queensland lungfish."
Philip Roth imagines a Lindbergh presidency in 1940 - MSNBC [via Moor]
Australia is set to adopt US-style copyright laws - Wired
"the Web is like an anthill built by ants on LSD" - useit
bacteria could survive a meteorite entry and impact - Nature
US troops talk about the war in Iraq - OpTruth
Bush welcomes terrorists to United States - LAtimes [via Kos]
including one who blew up an Air Cubana passenger plane in 1976, killing 73
the Marines disband the "Falluja Brigade" - Yahoo [via AntiWar]
"It was a fiasco. Initially it worked out OK, but it wasn't a good idea for very long."
has North Korea tested a nuclear bomb? - Reuters
Bangkok is the heart of the world's illegal animal trade - Guardian
but demand from the UK market is a major driving force
how a pro-American Bon Jovi fan ended up in the Iraqi Resistance - Guardian
he's not a Sadr follower, not a Baathist, and not even religious
Powell described Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz as "fucking crazies" - Guardian
house prices in Sydney are finally falling - Economist
40% in USA believe Hussein was involved in September 11 - E+P [via AntiWar]
China will have to review its one-child policy - Guardian
"Most other nations experiencing ageing pressures are advanced economies with well-developed social security structures"
open access to genome sequences should continue - GNN
despite "concerns that information about pathogens could be dangerous in the wrong hands"
leading medical journals to force reporting of clinical trials - NewSci [via ProRev]
"to prevent companies from only reporting positive results, or spinning data to suppress inconclusive or unflattering conclusions about their treatments"
the hijab and I - OutLIndia [via Kit]
"championing the cause of Muslim women has become as popular a refuge of a scoundrel as patriotism was once said to be"
every computer user now has to be a security expert - USAtoday [via /.]
is science fiction finished? - G+M [via CR]
I'm not reading much these days, though I used to read a lot
the ancient and hermetic order of the shrill - ShrillBlog [via Cosma]
shrill is the new black, obviously
Dick Cheney, the back-seat president - Economist
the US tries to "control" insurgent cities using air strikes - Guardian
this has to be an election-driven "act tough" stunt - aerial bombardment of cities is going to achieve SFA (except further alienating Iraqis)
there's a "Nestle Microbe"... - GNN
"According to the company, LC1 strengthens the body's natural defenses and keeps the bowel healthy."
six shocking revelations about George W Bush - Poorman [via CT]
Iranian dissidents fight a low-key, low-budget war online - Reason [via AntiWar]
the causes of terrorism are local, not global - IHT [via RtoS]
Putin, Bush and Sharon can't accept this, and hence can't fight terrorism effectively
the Onion accurately predicted results of Bush's first term - Chak [via Kos]
a January 2001 story annotated with links...
Daniel Pipes fantasises about Beslan media coverage - CT
why does anyone take this idiot seriously?
an observer describes the procedures in Venezuela's referendum - Economist
interesting for those worried about electoral fraud elsewhere...
secret laws to be tested in secret - CNN [via JWZ]
some government secrets I can understand, but secret laws?!
does Microsoft need China? - CFO [via /.]
using "purchasing parity" pricing, Windows+Office costs $21,678 in China...
the unwinnable war - Boston [via Informed]
a day tour of a Polish-Jewish town in the 1930s - Annihilation [review]
the pregnancy industry pushes guilt - Otters
"Baby otter formation has been taking up most of the time that I used to spend reading blogs, writing posts, and generally fulminating"
ideological blinkers threaten reproductive health - Economist
slow blogging: I have a server crisis
I was talked into minding some servers for a friend - "you'll just have to apply security patches" - but the main mail/web server crashed on Saturday and one of its xfs filesystems seems to have regressed...
Windows for Warships - Register
including command and control combat systems...
Turkey plans to criminalise adultery - Guardian
this isn't going down well with the EU, but the kooks running the US should love it
a light-hearted look at the "uses and applications of 35mm lenses" - LL
how Australia has gone backwards - Guardian
outlawing prostitution is wrong in both principle and practice - Economist
not so quiet on the southern front: the British in Basra - Guardian
"A less than perfect local solution is vastly preferably to any imposed solution."
owls use dung to bait beetles - SciAm
nearly 1000 civilians may have been killed in Najaf - Raed
the war in South Ossetia - Exile [via AntiWar]
"The Caucasus doesn't have an Interstate. If it did, you'd pay a toll in blood every single mile."
Beslan death toll now at 340 - Guardian
the accounts read like a description of Hell
has Stephen King taken a blood test recently? - Boston
how reading works: the science of word-recognition - Microsoft [via /.]
no end in sight to the Second Chechen War - Economist
Iyad Allawi, the CPA's incompetence, and Iraq's future - NYROB
China goes for nuclear power, with new "pebble-bed" reactors - Wired [via /.]
looks like the only choice to me, given the damage caused by massive hydro schemes and the pollution of coal plants
2.5 million people evacuated in Florida - Guardian
26 US soldiers charged over Afghan prison abuse - CSM [via AntiWar]
but no one will care, because "so far no pictures of the incident at Baghram have appeared"
debates over big dam projects continue - Guardian
the World Bank consults over dam on Laotian tributary of the Mekong
the FBI raids AIPAC - JerusalemP [via ProRev]
"The biggest implication is that mid-level officials will not be meeting with AIPAC. They don't want to be seen with them."
symbiotic bacteria inside aphids evolve very slowly - GNN
Michael Moore's reports from the Republican conventions - USAToday
dyslexia in reading Chinese is different - Nature
"the neural basis of reading is complex and differs depending on the nature of the writing system"
Chechen 'black widows' driven by family ties, not ideology - Guardian
150 organisms with sequenced genomes - GNN
with photos and descriptions
the giants of Japanese anime - Wired [via /.]
I'm only familiar with Miyazaki (who is to Disney what Jane Austen is to Mills and Boon)
looking for a Filemaker replacement - Slashdot
Daniel Pipes versus Tariq Ramadan - FOE [via CT]
"Pipes is an unreconstructed bigot and xenophobic fanatic whose academic work fails to meet even the lowest standards of scholarship"
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