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Richard Lewontin on science and the state and fraud in science - NYROB
free software is huge in Brazil - Wired [via /.]
- ISPnews [via OSWALD]
but the minister for culture can't get his own songs out of the clutches of the recording industry
Microsoft's demise is no longer unthinkable - LinuxWorld [via /.]
Juan Cole on Bin Laden's latest video - Informed
"The word 'hurriyyah' or freedom has no classical Arabic or Koranic resonances and I don't think it has played a big role in his previous statements."
short international guide to tipping - BBC [via JWalk]
earlier British abuses in Kenya, Malaya, and Oman - Guardian
- Unpeople [Amazon]
"intellectual property" is now a Homeland Security issue - Earthlink [via AntiWar]
Homer Simpson edges out Josiah Bartlet in the presidential election - BBC [via FOE]
Lancet estimates 100,000 Iraqi civilian deaths since invasion - IHT
"We were shocked at the magnitude but we're quite sure that [this] is a conservative estimate"
China raises interest rates for the first time in 9 years - Economist
Nature special on Flores hominid find - Nature
"little people, nicknamed 'hobbits', who made tools, hunted tiny elephants and lived at the same time as modern humans who were colonizing the area"
Germany's Jewish community is booming - UPI [via HH]
"the Jewish population in Germany has swollen from 33,000 in 1990 to 200,000"
a new hominid species is found in Flores, Indonesia - BBC
a big earthquake is possible in the central US - Wired
the New Madrid fault line isn't as well known as the San Andreas, but some scientists think it's the more likely location for "the big one"...
... but a predicted earthquake in 1989 never happened - Indiana [via email]
Ariel Sharon acquires several million unenfranchised slaves - PalChron
"What I effectively agreed to with the Americans was that part of the settlements would not be dealt with at all, and the rest will not be dealt with until the Palestinians turn into Finns."
Australian Project Gutenberg server threatened - Teleread [via /.]
Australia is likely to increase copyright terms, but not retrospectively, so Gone With the Wind will remain in the public domain here
preparing to invade Alabama in 1963 - AL [via AntiWar]
"we were going to hit all communications in Alabama -- civilian, police and military -- so that we could control them"
time for separation of church and state in Spain - Guardian
the great North Korean famine - KoreaTimes [via Far]
the 1996-2000 famine was "the worst disaster in the history of post-war Korea", taking "between 600,000 and 1,000,000 lives"
Chinua Achebe and Nigeria's parlous state - Vanguard [via CR]
"What exists is a fascist state... not the Nigeria that the then young Chinua Achebe thought about in 1958, when Things Fall Apart appeared to a joyous horizon"
India's untouchables look to the US as anti-discrimination model - Guardian
streetsweepers with degrees in subjects ranging from computing to law
EU-US tensions over satellite navigation systems - Jang [via AntiWar]
the Royal Navy officially recognises Satanism - BBC
"Naval technician Chris Cranmer will now be allowed to perform Satanic rituals on board"
Israel is unlikely to attack Iran - Asia
forget about the threat of "martyr-seekers" - what happens if Iran responds by closing the Straits of Hormuz for a week?
Australian "hyperlinking is copyright infringment" case starts - ZDnet
refuting yet another stupid child pornography idea - PowerFactory [via Register]
twelve ferrets watch The Matrix
- Rochester [via Far]
with lots of unexplained brain activity
online book reviews can become outdated - JetCafe [via JH]
I add footnotes to my reviews when I realise something is out of date
analysis of a use of singular "they" - Lang
"singular they is becoming completely standard, at least among younger Americans, whenever the antecedent is of a sort that could in some contexts refer to either sex"
rewriting Iraq's history: nationalists become Nazis - Guardian
a blow-by-blow guide to US election night - Contrapositive
this had better be more fun than the Australian election was...
a novel from WWII France is published sixty years later - Guardian
single mothers are more likely to have daughters - Economist
the cartoon version of the Anglican "gay bishop" report - Wibsite
Egypt has a new family court system - AA [via HH]
clinical trials for a malaria vaccine - Dynamist [via Far]
but are any patents involved with this, and if so who owns them?
more on John Martinkus' kidnapping and release - B2I
"they were nationalists and not jihadis, lucky for John"
George Bush is most definitely a heretic - NewDonkey [via MLite]
"an adherent of the Protestant Heresy, condemned most notably and definitively by the sixteenth-century Council of Trent, Bush has implicitly embraced an array of subordinate heresies"
billions of dollars in Iraq reconstruction money is unaccounted for - WilliamGibson
"One chunk of the money -- $1.4 billion -- was deposited into a local bank by Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq but could be tracked no further"
Slashdot interviews Neal Stephenson - /.
soldiers' families go to the media - LATimes [via AntiWar]
rapid communications pose new challenges to military hierarchy
failure is impossible at poetry.com - WindPub [via MLite]
square bacterium grown in the lab - Nature
salt-loving and extremely tolerant of magnesium chloride
endorses Bush - Yahoo [via Kos]
Russia, Iran, ... who's next, North Korea and Libya?
US troops don't trust the Iraqi National Guard - Tele [via AntiWar]
Falluja prepares for a US assault - BBC
Dalrymple reviews books on historical relations between Islam and the West - NYROB
the new category: asexual - NewScientist [via ProRev]
some of Greg Egan
's science fiction novels portray a world in which "asex" is an option
writing romance fiction for Europe - IHT [via Moor]
the Poles don't like the paranormal, the Germans like erotica, the Italians like chick lit, and cowboys are right out
Putin endorses Bush - Guardian
is this really going to help Bush?
child porn raids overpower Office of Film and Literature - Crikey [via EFA]
too few classifiers face a mountain of material
sign me up for the "reality-based community" - Cosma
Chinese-Russian relations are still frosty along the Amur river - Australian
Japanese soldiers appropriate a Chinese peasant's ox - Far
I know almost nothing about the invasion of China; this sounds like a fascinating book
Bush is a New-Ager, not a fundamentalist Christian - Revealer [via Agonist]
US abortion rates have risen under Bush - Chron
destroying houses in Gaza - Guardian
"Evicting someone from the home they've lived in for 20 years... needs to be done with a lot of love and a lot of wisdom" -- but only if they're Jewish
another conservative endorses Kerry - LewRockwell [via ProRev]
"I will swallow a lot of petty policy differences with Kerry to get a man in the White House with brains enough not to blow up the world and us with it"
the world's ports are congested - Economist
"Despite the congestion elsewhere, Hong Kong and Singapore, the world's two biggest ports, have been able to cope with the extra volumes"
are US casualties in Afghanistan being underreported? - IWPR
warlords prepare for battle in Kandahar - Observer [via AntiWar]
Iraq is paying millions of dollars in reparations to US companies - Guardian
including compensation for "lost profits" and "decline in business" following the occupation of Kuwait
is there any way to hold the Anglican church together? - Guardian
Alan Garner is more than a children's novelist - Guardian
I got this bounce after sending out the last two reviews
"not delivered due to automatic rules that have determined that the content of this message violates Halliburton's inappropriate email content policy."
three theories for radiation-resistant bacterium - GNN
a US platoon in Iraq refuses orders - ClarLedge [via AntiWar]
an Army Reserve logistics unit with equipment falling aprt
how are the world's amphibians faring? - GAA [via Kos]
Israel's foreign ministry worries about greater European influence - Guardian
"a collision course holds the risk of Israel losing international legitimacy and could lead to its isolation"
it's hard being a Bush supporter in Paris - Guardian
"We are all Americans" -- but not Republican-voting ones
tourism to Bali has largely recovered - Asia
fewer Europeans & Americans, but Asians and Australians stream in
the future of media is in the niche markets in the "long tail" - Wired [via JH]
today was Sydney's hottest October day on record: 38.2C - BOM
Iraqi civilians executed, added to the "insurgent" body count - TinyRev [via Atrios]
how non-Americans can have a say in the US election - Guardian
what lice tell us about human evolution - Loom
a separate North American louse clade, diverging 1.2 MYA, suggests there was direct contact between modern and archaic humans
no efforts to stop mortar attacks on a logistics base in Iraq - LATimes [via AntiWar]
US foreign affairs specialists agree: Bush is on the wrong track - S3FP [via Atrios]
the myriad uses of peer-to-peer networking - TechReview
US TV company to broadcast anti-Kerry propaganda on election eve - Guardian
wow, this makes the media beat-up on Labor in the Australian election seem feeble
how should "native speaker" be defined? - LanguageHat [via Far]
one-minute vacations: sounds from around the world - QuietAm [MP3s, via JH]
John Stankewitz' photographs - My4/3
To Evil! - an entertaining Linux/free software column - OSDir [via LWN]
an Israeli says goodbye to Sinai - Haaretz
"the last meeting place between Arabs and Jews where violence and racism didn't reign."
were Achilles and Che Guevara heroes? - CT
turns out I'm not wanted for jury duty
I wouldn't have minded a short trial - would have been interesting to see the legal process in action
Afghan election ends without trauma, but boycotts limit its significance - Reuters [ProRev]
fears of runaway greenhouse on CO2
jump in northern hemisphere - Guardian
FBI seizes Indymedia servers in the UK - Register
Green voters in Australia watch more porn? - HeraldSun [via ProRev]
Jane Goodall is still fighting for chimpanzees at 70 - Guardian
"EO Wilson has argued that what's really vital to the ecosystem are the ugly bugs
. Apes are more expendable."
women smell better than men - BBC
"women of reproductive age are far better at identifying odours than men after repeated exposure"
obscure Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek wins Nobel - Scotsman [via CR]
an expatriate returns to Iraq - Al-Ahram [long]
"As has become painfully clear over the past year, Iraqis cannot count on anyone to help them except themselves"
Australia faces three more years of Howard and the Coalition - ABC
Tasmanian results not looking good - Bass [gone]
- Braddon [gone]
and Queensland not so good either - state
the FBI is looking out for dangerous library loans - KomoTV [via JWalk]
a small town library refuses to hand over patron records
a die-hard PC user tries a Mac for a month - Anand [via /.]
as a Linux user (since 1993) who supports both Windows and MacOS, my experience is that the Macs are half as much work to support
I did a stint handing out how-to-votes
repelled by the Australian Democrats' decision to preference Family First, I volunteered for the Greens
Kerry seems to have won the second debate with Bush - Kos [somewhat partisan!]
business school professors lay into Bush - MSpeak
a written constitution for Israel? - HH
even with a huge range of religious areas exempted from its coverage, this is going to be hard
Fairfax management forces Age editors to support Howard - Crikey
stretcher or rocket? - Haaretz
"After this mistake, who will ever believe Israel's 'photographic evidence' against the Palestinians - or the Syrians or Iranians?"
China erects memorial to SARS research test monkeys - Yahoo
"The monument, which is in granite and weighs 16 tonnes, has been set up at the lab animals center of Wuhan University"
Russian Constitutional Court to decide alphabetical issues - Guardian
must Cyrillic be used everywhere? can regions force learning of local languages?
never trust second-hand submarine salesmen - Guardian
Israelis and Palestinians: two peoples in one state? - IHT
one secular state, with the religious fanatics on either side marginalised...
hosting a football World Cup in Baghdad?! - Guardian
though one has to hope things will be a bit more stable in 2014!
sex-changes in Islamic, Jewish, and Texan law - HH
puppet sex too much for US censors: South Park creators face NC-17 rating - Guardian
privacy policies of the Australian parties - APF
or lack thereof
Venezuelan government to switch to free software - Venezuelanalysis [via OSWALD]
I wonder if there's a correlation between political opposition to the United States and free software adoption?
wind power in China - Wired
"China is looking to Germany and Denmark to supply the technology and the policy models"
using microbial photosynthesis as a power source - Wired
remaking the United States in the image of Afghanistan - Cosma
the Killian memos were
produced on a typewriter - USU [via Orcinus]
inconsistent polls for the Australian election - BackPages
Nielsen has the conservatives ahead; Newspoll and Morgan have Labor well in front
jury service in a British trial in 1796 - HH
I've been called up for jury service on Tuesday
West African locust swarms may produce another generation - IRIN [via HH]
copyright follies - Forbes [via JWalk]
Norway introduces a new sport for tourists: killing baby seals - Guardian
Guantanamo interrogations haven't actually been much use - Guardian
"most of the ~600 detainees at worst had supported the Taliban in the civil war it had been fighting against the Northern Alliance"
Microsoft is not a good citizen - Seattle [via /.]
dodging taxes while demanding government services
Kirkuk is a powerkeg waiting to go off - NewYorker [long]
"the American forces in the city function 'like a bouncer in the middle of a nasty bar fight'"
a Wall Street Journalist's email from Iraq - BOP [via Kos]
is food dropped on the floor safe to eat? - UIUC [via /.]
IgNobel prize-winning research
preference deals for the NSW senate election - Virulent Memes
the Democrats have lost any remaining credibility by preferencing the Assemblies of God "Family First" party ahead of the Greens
a Republican's plea against "extraordinary rendition" - Obsidian [via CT]
Louisiana's urban poor left behind in hurricane evacuations - AlterNet [via ProRev]
"the old and car-less - mainly Black - were left behind in their below-sea-level shotgun shacks and aging tenements to face the watery wrath"
the British Labour party should force Blair out of Iraq - Guardian
the state of the Australian stock market - Economist
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