<< December 2004 | February 2005 >>
is an end to America's asbestos litigation possible? - Economist
almost getting in to see Bush's inauguration - RtoS
"It's amazing how patient people become when you surround them with snipers"
Polish satirist charged for criticising the Pope - TurkishWeekly
a satirical article called him 'the Brezhnev of the Vatican' and an 'impotent old man'
proselytisers arouse anti-Christian sentiment in Sri Lanka - CSM
"Some worry the massive relief efforts now under way present a potentially explosive situation."
right-wingers resort to violence, but Spaniards support moderation - Economist
OpenDocument and the politics of standards - Groklaw [via /.]
the Iraqi election seems to have gone well - Guardian
no voters in a few areas, but less bloodshed than feared
Joe Barr loves the GNU GPL - Newsforge [via /.]
Amitav Ghosh visits the Andaman and Nicobar islands - Hindu [via Kit]
- Part 2
- Part 3
"there are no elected representatives to speak for the people and the media have been excluded from large swathes of territory"
the Bush administration has been buying media commentators - Guardian
"evidence of a far-reaching clandestine campaign to influence public opinion"
what Eliot Weinberger heard about Iraq - LRB [via CR]
Britain's treatment of prisoners released from Guantanamo - Economist
"Keeping suspects under house arrest without trial is better than imprisoning them in high-security jails without trial, but it is still unacceptable"
do I have Danny's disorder? - TheSurrealist [via JWalk]
and will prayer cure my aversion to modern architecture?
trade between virtual worlds and reality - CT
the average wage in Norrath works out at over US$3/hour - and there are Mexican sweatshops where people are paid to play Everquest!
GNU/Linux in India - Asia
uses in military, rural, and supercomputing areas
at the Dutch lock-picking championship - Wired
Armenia sends 50 troops to Iraq - FT
but nearly everyone else wants out
inventing atrocities to justify war - New American
atrocity porn, from Belgian nuns to Iraq
the best English guide to the "workshop for potential literature" - Oulipo Compendium [review]
UK man gets two year jail sentence for underage cybersex - Register
the US air force is probing Iranian air defenses - PeaceHerald [via AntiWar]
overflights are "are not necessarily an act of war in themselves, unless they are perceived as being so by the country that is being overflown"
on the campaign trail with Sadr City's Fatah al-Sheikh - CSM
"In an election season with few campaign rallies and fewer public appearances by candidates, Mr. Sheikh incongruously displays all of the techniques of a Western politician"
all Southampton Uni research is now Open Access - Register
truth or vendetta in Afghanistan - CSM
on the run for over 40 years: a Sicilian mafia boss - Guardian
China's glaciers - and Mt Everest - are shrinking - ABC
"Seymour Hersh should be tried for espionage and shot" - NewAmerican [via AntiWar]
most army abuse investigations in Iraq abandoned - WP [via AntiWar]
Seth Finkelstein is pessimistic about MGM v. Grokster
a report from the Kobe Conference on Disaster Reduction - Nature
German police hunt "poo protesters" - Ananova [via JWZ]
"sticking miniature US flags into piles of dog poo in public parks"
a US perspective on the future of Europe - NYROB
culture shock in Finland for the "trailing spouse" - Crikey
Israel steals land in East Jerusalem - Guardian
hundreds of Palestinians have had their homes and fields appropriated, without any compensation, under a 1948 law
some Israelis are worked up over "adulteration" of Hebrew - Guardian
"Arabic has become particularly popular in colloquial Hebrew and swear words" but English is the real worry
Beijing's growing involvement in Africa - IHT
should graphic news images be published? a survey of readers and journalists - SR
the Iraqi Communist Party - IraqCP
a secular party with a long anti-Baathist tradition and mass support across ethnic and sectarian lines, unlikely to be seen as pawns of the United States...
doing corpus analysis online - Economist [via Lang]
"linguists are gradually warming to the web as a corpus for formal research"
on the spelling of names - Chrestomathy [via Lang]
Prince, belle hookes, Kathleen ffolliott, Laveranues Coles and The Marquess of Cholmondeley
two more remakes of Beowulf?! - Cinescape
they can't be any worse than the execrable Beowulf
starring Christopher Lambert
Eric Hobsbawm on the dangers of exporting democracy - Guardian
an interviw with Seymour Hersh - Alternet
"with this group that's now in the White House and in the Pentagon, you can't get to the meetings unless you drink the Kool-Aid"
Russia will sell WWII weapons to collectors - Telegraph [via AntiWar]
will aacPlus replace MP3? - Slate [via JWalk]
lobbying stops reappointment of UNRWA leader - Guardian
defending Palestinian refugees makes him an "Israel hater"
more speculation about an invasion of Iran - Progressive [via AntiWar]
a camera reviewer's life - LL
trying to quantify the inconceivable - Guardian
a UN assessment estimates the tsunami cost Aceh $4.4 billion
Abu Mazen sounds like an interesting character - NYROB
a short history of hate speech in the United States - IHT
inside the life of a Palestinian suicide bomber - Haaretz [via CT]
a military specification for cookies - JWalk
"This is document MIL-C-44072C 30 April 1990 SUPERSEDING MIL-C-44072B 9 December 1987 W/CHANGE 12 February 2003"
loving the London Library - Telegraph [via CR]
dissent in the ranks: the US military under stress - KR
blogging a baby - TrixieUpdate [via HW]
with graphs, charts, and entertaining commentary
high-tech employment for ultra-orthodox women in Israel - HH
"taking advantage of a previously untapped source of programmers"
forging religious artifacts is big business in Israel - Crikey
the best Nigerian books of the last 25 years - ThisDay
- Spectrum Books [via CR]
they have a nice web site, but I fear not many people overseas will trust a Nigerian retailer with their credit card details!
UNRWA commissioner describes conditions in Gaza - EI
the Pentagon dumps on Seymour Hersh's Iran claims - FT
sounds to me like most of his claims are correct
a classic civil-rights documentary is being lost - Globe+Mail [via JWalk]
"the history we're seeing is being skewed towards what's fallen into public domain"
China and Taiwan - Economist
"For all the nationalistic exuberance of China, there is no sign of a shift away from the fundamentally pragmatic external policy of the last quarter-century"
television censorship in the US is on the rise - Guardian
developments in open source biology - Wired
I guess that's "free life" for us free software people!
an interview with someone who interviewed Miyazaki - New Yorker [via /.]
Geoffrey Pullum recommends a book on English usage - Lang
whole barrels of rotten apples - Guardian
there are some frightening extremists in Gaza - Haaretz
are US special forces operating inside Iran, preparing for war? - Guardian
- New Yorker
the Pentagon is taking over covert operations from the CIA
giant African rats used to clear minefields - ABC
Paris heads towards traffic gridlock - Guardian
uncontrolled coal-mining in the Appalachians - Guardian
declassified document on pigeon warfare in WWII - Harpers [via Moor]
"this department has investigated cases of suspected illicit use of pigeons"
surviving a tsunami: lessons from Chile, Hawaii, and Japan in 1960 - USGS [via Far]
police plant explosives on a random passenger, then lose them! - MSNBC [via Crypto]
"Somewhere in the world, there's a navy blue suitcase with a small pack of explosives tucked in its side pocket."
being an Arab Jew and an Iraqi Israeli - bintjbeil [via Informed]
"it is becoming difficult to convince our children that we actually did exist there, and that some of us are still there in Iraq, Morocco, Yemen and Iran"
exploding the self-esteem myth - SciAm
IBM opens 500 patents to open source projects - Economist
"there are good reasons for believing that todays system of granting patents is stifling innovation, not encouraging it"
firsthand account of gagged and handcuffed "deportation" from Australia - SafeCom
Huygens probe lands on Titan, returns data! - Register
a naive British builder who went to Phuket to volunteer - Guardian
religious peacemaking in the Middle East - HH
"Palestinian nationalism has evolved in a similar fashion to Zionism, with the secular nationalist factions going much further than the religious factions"
South Africa will consider changing its border with Swaziland - HH
business as usual: Israel breaks off relations with Abbas - Haaretz
the Palestinians really should try getting in first, breaking off relations with Israel whenever the IDF kills another half-dozen civilians
from Iran to India, through Pakistan: a Baluchistan pipeline? - IAGS
Iran's hardliners target advertising, clothing - Guardian
"similar to steps taken in the first decade following the Iranian revolution"
Sri Lankan Marxists join with Buddhist temples to provide tsunami aid - CSM
adventures in book publicity - Chronicle [via ProRev]
more mature Europe and more impatient America? - g-info [via HW]
the German ambassador to the United States on trans-Atlantic relations
people who sleep less tend to be fatter - Yahoo [via /.]
"We've put so much emphasis on diet and exercise that we've failed to recognize the value of good sleep"
1905, Einstein's miracle year - Economist [via Cameron]
I highly recommend Abraham Pais' biography Subtle is the Lord
), though it's aimed at readers with a reasonable physics background
Apple comes back to contest the mass market - Economist
Indonesians clamp down on foreigners in Aceh - Guardian
how much of the relief funding is the Indonesian military going to steal?
for an academic and cultural boycott of Israel - EI
meet German war novelist Ernst Juenger, lich - HW
dramatic pictures from the Californian storms - JWZ
Nature and BMJ get basic stats wrong far too often - New Scientist
"at least one error appeared in 38 per cent of the Nature papers and 25 per cent of the BMJ papers looked at"
afterlife and apocalypticism in the Abrahamic religions - MWU
mangroves provide useful protection against tsunamis - CSM
Falluja "a city of ghosts where dogs feed on uncollected corpses" - Guardian
the modern history of Rockall - Rockall Times
"just 83 feet across, 65 foot high, 100 foot wide -- a ruddy big lump of rock sticking out the sea about 300 miles from Scotland"
exams kill students' grandmothers - CT State [via CT]
need a home defibrillator? - Amazon
a shock for residents returning to Falluja - KR
little aid has reached Meulaboh, Aceh - Guardian
Iran starts Googlebombing - Google
Arabian Gulf: "The Gulf you are looking for does not exist. Try Persian Gulf."
US assassination teams to help Kurds and Shiites kill Sunni insurgents?! - MSNBC [via AntiWar]
Negroponte knows all about death squads from Central America
an explanation of Likud's complex internal factions - HH
"Predicting how the Likud will divide on any given issue is often more an art than a science."
a lorikeet on my back verandah - MFT [my photo]
anti-Jewish Christian art an issue for Boston Library, NY Museum - CSM
terrorism explained for children - Boink [via JWalk]
frequent flier points now a kind of currency - Guardian
I've never joined any frequent flier scheme - I simply don't want to have to put time into "managing my portfolio"
Denmark and Canada stake claims to the Arctic - NZH [via /.]
"no peace with the settlements" - Haaretz [via AntiWar]
Orhan Pamuk's intense novel about an Eastern Turkish town - Snow [review]
an interview with Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com - Wired
an interview with Bram Cohen, BitTorrent creator - Wired [via /.]
revival of dead language are produces zombies - Lang
"Cornish is dead, sadly. Stone dead. No one alive has ever heard a conversation between two native speakers in it, let alone lived with them for long enough to acquire native competence as a child."
America now accepts torture as normal - IHT
no longer is "revelation followed by investigation, adjudication and expiation"
Medecins sans Frontieres stops collecting for tsunami relief - IHT
they have enough to fund their operations there but desperately need money for other areas
New Zealand sends one (1) soldier to Iraq - Stuff [via AntiWar]
a paperbark closeup - MFT [my photo]
what is an "unmanipulated" photo? - photo.net
complex net art diagram - linkoln [via JWalk]
1928 UK government wanted to try Radclyffe Hall over Well of Loneliness
- Independent [via Kit]
the changing world of global aid - CSM
India says no to aid; China is a donor; Thailand turns down debt relief
Pinochet is under house arrest - BBC
woefully bad at winning hearts and minds in Iraq - Economist [via AntiWar]
an good piece on why the US is winning battles but losing the war
how much trauma will Israel face removing settlers from Gaza? - HH
100 random facts - BBC [via JWalk]
inside the new look Al-Arabiya - NYT [11 pages]
"lighter stories about daily life -- the kind of apolitical features that fill Western news channels" and no more quoting from the Guardian or Independent
Israel stops 100,000 Palestinians voting in Jerusalem - Guardian [via ProRev]
200,000 unhappy Fallujan refugees... - PG [via AntiWar]
Bergen and Linux on the desktop - ZDnet
a slowly increasing trickle of large deployments
the Pentagon and "the world's most expensive dildo collection" - NYPress [via AntiWar]
"Dr. Strangefeld or how I learned to stop worrying and love the Long-Rod Penetrator."
Penguin plumbs the depths of tasteless book marketing - goodbooking [via BookNinja]
the Okinawa Centenarian Study - ABC
Okinawa has "one of the world's highest concentrations of centenarians and likely the world's longest life expectancy for any country or state"
did an asteroid-impact tsunami hit eastern Australia 500 years ago? - ABC
Burma, democracies, and natural disasters - Guardian [via CT]
a fantasy novel set in Tang China - Silk Road [review]
British "experts" on prominent censorship cases - Guardian [via Kit]
Iraq 2004 and Vietnam 1966: just as intense for US soldiers - Slate [via AntiWar]
Aceh towns not just damaged but completely obliterated - Guardian
"Leupueng has been obliterated. Of this town of 10,000 people, nothing vertical and square-edged is left."
falling morale in the US army - IHT [via AntiWar]
"Iraq is now destroying the professional army the United States recruited to take the place of its citizen army."
Mozilla does not have a kitchen sink - Bugzilla [via /.]
a critique of Wikipedia by one of its founders - Kuro5hin
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