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converting LaTeX to Microsoft Word format - CT
and comments on dealing with academic publishers
do real democracies have only two parties? - Economist
arrogant Anglo criticism of Italy's political system
only 25% of Basra's police force is trustworthy - Guardian [via RW]
"The militias are the real power in Basra and they are made up of criminals and bad people"
eerie photos from Kazakhstan's spaceship junkyard Baikonur - EAnet [via Cosma]
the new postmodernism: conservative attacks on the truth - WP [via RtoS]
Pope claims sovereign immunity from prosecution in US - Chron [via ProRev]
catfish noodling legalised in Missouri - Guardian
why Thomas Macaulay was so important for India - IndExp [via Kit]
a key decision to use English in education instead of Sanskrit and Persian
a profile of Scottish crime novelist Ian Rankin - Guardian [via CR]
10,000 rally for democracy in Kathmandu - BBC
authorities complain that the protests "do not help the government's fight against the Maoists"
there are Gypsies in Israel - HH
China ranks ahead of Switzerland for sexual equality?! - Economist
land privatisation in Mongolia - IHT [via RW]
ownership of pastoral land isn't a bad idea, but it needs to be owned by local communities or cooperatives, not individuals
moving a school to OpenOffice.org - Newsforge [via /.]
"it is now used by 100% of the faculty and students in the school"
most aid for developing countries is "phantom" - Guardian
including 86c in every dollar of US aid
Year Zero for industrial relations in Australia? - RtoS
128 members of the US House vote for withdrawal from Iraq - AntiWar
300 to 128 doesn't seem that overwhelming to me...
7 million deaths from next flu pandemic is "optimistic" - Guardian
for an academic boycott of Israel - EI
the very vehemence of its opponents suggests it would have a real effect
does Finland have the best schools in the world? - WP [via MSpeak]
seismic communication by elephants - PhysOrg [via RW]
who owns your digital photographs? RAW format problems - LL
some of Amartya Sen's "missing women" explained - Slate [via RW]
women with Hepatitis B are more likely to give birth to boys
the first PhD on Finnish forest trolls? - HSM [via ProRev]
more educated women sleep better; more educated men worse - MedNews
- PSP [PDF]
around 200 people settled the Americas from Asia - SciDaily [via RW]
Usenet history: the origin of alt.sex - vrx [via EFA]
in praise of misers - Slate [via CR]
Serbia's organised crime/war crimes court off to a good start - Economist
can US airlines keep flying? - Economist
"America's six big traditional carriers have lost a total of $27 billion since 2000"
Greenpeace takes on tech-industry waste, starting with HP - Register
Usenet is still used for warez trading - Wired [via RW]
former communists ahead in early Mongolian polling - IHT
the slaughter in Andijan - IHT [via AntiWar]
controversy over authors published for Penguin's birthday - Guardian [via CR]
"Both Baldwin and Achebe, who I concede some people might feel were left out, in fact sell very little in this country"
a one-legged Italian policeman fights the mafia and terrorism - Inspector Anders [review]
Montagnard refugees from Vietnam head for northern Finland - BBC [via Macam/Far]
"I explain to them that we have a long winter, very dark, the days are very short with only five or six hours of light. They get confused"
two Afghan prisoners were tortured to death by US guards - Independent [via AntiWar]
"the source is the findings of the US military's own investigation... Seven US soldiers face criminal charges"
translators working in Iraq earn their danger money - USAToday
many Mongolians miss communism / hard times for nomads - Guardian
making everyone in the US a spy in the War on Drugs - Alternet [via ProRev]
how and why physicists venture into sociology and social networks - Cosma
Chris Allbritton posts about Iraq's constitutional committee - B2I
and he's off to Ramadi...
Australia stumbles towards reform of defamation law - Australian
twenty one ways to improve your photographs - MFT
tidbits from the 1861-1901 UK censuses - Guardian
controversy over Miss Indonesia wearing a swimsuit - SunSent [via Macam]
the Internet Sacred Texts archive - sacred texts [via Long]
I'm not sure about the inclusion of Eddison's The Worm Ouroboros!
fascinating sounding biography of Galbraith - NYROB
reader letters are skeptical about Google taking over the world - Register
Pinker on the genetics of homosexuality - IHT [via RW]
secret mafia racecourse found by Italian carabinieri - Guardian
the South will win the next US civil war - CSM
"overwhelmingly, the core of American military might is shifting southward"
another review of Freakonomics
I've given in and asked for a review copy :-)
Iraq Living Conditions Survey supports Lancet study - Deltoid
artful non-retraction retraction of Koran/toilet story - MoA
UNHCR and refugee crises in the 1990s - NYROB
humanitarian aid as a pretext for avoiding action
arrest warrants are out for two ministers in Iraq's previous government - 9MSN
but US personnel seem to matching the Iraqis for financial shenanigans
cliffs quiver before collapsing - Nature
hundreds killed in Uzbekistan - MSNBC [via AntiWar]
Microsoft hardware, Google everything, Apple video - Cringely
US colleges baulk at $30,000 for commencement speakers - CSM
women born in spring go through menopause later - Nature
an Italian study suggests how "astrology" might really work
a striking photo of Hong Kong - MFT
background on the Mongolian presidential election - WPH
academics study terrorism without much actual evidence - Asia [via AntiWar]
"the mainstream Western media have been wearing dunce's caps since September 11, 2001. The PhDs should go and join them in the corner"
translation errors can be expensive - WSJ [via Reg]
soon MS Windows will be free - you'll just pay if you want any security - Register
maggots better than surgeons at removing dead tissue - ABC
the first human expansion from Africa was along the Indian Ocean coast - NewSci [via RW]
the phylogenetics of the earliest microorganisms - WuStl [via RW]
'naked intersections': a new approach to traffic management - Toronto [via ProRev]
"no traffic lights, signs or sidewalks... no markers on the ground, no speed bumps, no police officer conducting the flow of vehicles... not even a curb"
Californian nurses union bites Schwarzenegger - LaborEd [via ProRev]
warming up: scientific travel in the Arctic - NYer
is anti-viral software more dangerous to Macs than viruses? - Register
" in Israel - Guardian
"unauthorised and often illegal experiments on small children and geriatric and psychiatric patients"
Mongolians praise Genghis Khan - IHT
which of our genes have evolved most since the chimp-human split? - Loom
""genes expressed in the brain seem to be among the most conserved genes with the least evidence for positive selection"
terror attacks in Burma - Macam
the government blames anti-government groups, who deny responsibility
an overview of the Iraq quagmire - RollingStone [via Informed]
a US journalist talks about the lessons of working in Iraq - Courier
baby food companies evade marketing rules in Ghana - GhanaWeb
the Iranian mullahs take on Disney with their own cartoons - BBC [via RW]
is the Gulf Stream going away? - Times [via RW]
imagine the UK 5 to 8 degrees celsius colder...
why most landscape photographs suck - Petteri
huge leak in UK nuclear plant - Guardian [via RW]
200kg of plutonium, but "the leak is not a danger to the public"
speculation on Google taking over the universe - schlerplotti [via RW]
a brave few campaign against the death penalty in Singapore - Guardian
how to judge travel guidebooks - Twriters [via Macam]
I'm off to Beijing/Mongolia
/Irkutsk in June/July - do I have any readers in that part of the world?
I've started writing up my last New Zealand trip - travel
five pages on Auckland and the Coromandel so far
Inside the Wire: a soldier's report from Guantanamo Bay - Guardian
the Amazon "reviews" appear to have been (cluelessly) stacked by people who haven't actually read the book
unrest in Pakistan's Baluchistan province - Economist
Guenter Grass on the high price of German freedom - Guardian
- Economist [contra]
"Those who treat their donated freedom as a stock market profit have failed to understand what May 8 teaches us every year."
the rise of Samsung - Wired [via RW]
shock result: George Galloway takes London seat off Labour - BBC
34 papers which reject the climage change consensus? - Deltoid
Colombia releases US soldiers - Guardian
providing weapons to death squads seems to be ordinary US policy, so I can't see them facing any sanction
South African health minister recommends garlic and lemon for AIDS - Guardian
the White House has no monopoly on idiotic medical policies
how Google has rattled Microsoft - Fortune [via /.]
fighting a DOS attack against a bookmaker - CSO [via /.]
trends in computer book sales - OReilly [via LWN]
"Two years ago, the Python book market was approximately 1/6 the size of the Perl book market. As of this week, it was 2/3 the size"
"too many trawlers chasing too few fish" - Economist
national security hawks join greens on energy policy - Economist
reviews of three books on sex chromosomes - NYROB
great moments in filibustering - VV [via ProRev]
Amtrak and US railway funding in perspective - ProRev
photos of an Iraqi sandstorm - Snopes [via JWZ]
Brazil stands up to the US's puritan crusade - Guardian
an anti-prostitution stance would hinder AIDS campaigns among sex workers
Poles harvest the asparagus in Germany - IHT
Australian TV stations refuse to run Timor ads - Crikey
"to mark the anniversary of the Government's withdrawal of recognition of the maritime boundary jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice"
the latest obesity study - and corporate astroturfing - EffectMeasure [via Majik]
Israeli cabinet minister Sharansky resigns over Gaza withdrawal - Guardian
photos from an Alaskan glacier hike - MFT
a last witness to the final days in Hitler's Berlin bunker - Guardian
the US puts Canada on "Intellectual Property watchlist" - MichaelGeist [via /.]
"Canada's balanced proposal for copyright reform does not leave the U.S. copyright industries particularly happy"
an interview with the US Constitution in exile - Fafblog [via Majik]
Australia introduces "hack for the dole" scheme - News [via OSWALD]
"allowing unemployed people to meet their mutual obligation requirements by working on open-source software projects"
trying to clear the cows from New Delhi's streets - Guardian
literature and medicine meet in "narrative oncology" - SciAm
Rita Charon is a general internist, professor of clinical medicine -- and literary critic
burning unwanted books as performance art - FT [via CR]
"Even in a farming area like this, it seems somehow more shocking than cutting a cow in half and pickling it in formaldehyde"
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