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Uni California sued for refusing to certify creationist school courses - Seattle [via JWalk]
Baghdad: 600 Shia pilgrims die in a stampede - BBC
2500 patients to be evacuated from New Orleans hospitals - WWLTV
Microsoft buys Teleo for foot in VoIP market - Register
Google announces plan to destroy all information it can't index - Onion [via RW]
"Don't be evil" has been expanded to "Don't be evil, unless it's necessary for the greater good".
tipping as part of a gift economy - NYer
US airstrike in Iraq kills "7 militants" and "56 civilians" - CNN [via AntiWar]
sounds like everyone is pulling numbers out of a hat - but using airstrikes makes it clear the US doesn't have control of the ground
a history of BLAST - the-scientist [via RW]
finding matching sequences in genome databases
white people "find" things; black people "loot" them - MLite
"people slogging through filthy water with stashes of food, diapers, bottled beverages, etc"
Malaysia announces plan to put a man on the moon - BBC [via Macam]
"seemingly limitless ambition... but there are still serious obstacles to overcome."
there's a film of Le Carre's The Constant Gardener
- Chron [via RW]
Klingon fairy tales - McSweeney [via Kit]
"Snow White and the Six Dwarves She Killed With Her Bare Hands and the Seventh Dwarf She Let Get Away as a Warning to Others"
Israel's refusal to recognise Bedouin villages may kill one girl - Guardian
"the government refuses to allow 80,000 to be connected to the power, water or sewerage infrastructure on the grounds that their villages are illegal - even though many have stood since before the modern Israeli state existed"
Google is now tracking search clickthroughs - BB
- CustomGoogle [FF extension to stop this]
they used to do this intermittently, but it now seems to be standard
Finland is very different to the United States - CD [via RW]
will New Orleans be spared the worst? - Wunderground
Katrina is weakening and turning to the east
The Story of a Village on the Costa del Sol - Tajos [review]
echoes of Vietnam in Baghdad - WP
New Orleans radar... - Wunderground
there've been wind gusts up to 123 knots already
...and Louisiana water level gauges - USGS
Scottosh policeman reveals framing of Libya for Lockerbie bombing - Scotsman [via RW]
hurricane Katrina is heading for New Orleans - Bloomberg [via Kos]
- NOLA [background]
the Red Cross contingency plan estimates 25,000 to 100,000 people could be killed by a direct hit
the Democratic Party explains its Iraq plans - Fafblog [via Majik]
a long bio of evolutionary biologist Robert Trivers - Guardian [via RW]
will bots kill online gambling? - Wired [via /.]
War Made Easy
- the spinning of the US media - CafeCancun
sounds like a fascinating book
obituary for an Iraqi reporter - KR
Tom Lasseter has been with US troops in Al Anbar province - KR [via Billmon]
the stories of a German Jew turned Nazi-hunter - WP
the context of Pat Robertson's threat against Hugo Chavez - Billmon
life as a police officer in Baghdad - WSJ [via RW]
"When he and his men need cigarettes, one officer changes into civilian clothing and then buys provisions for the entire unit."
the US provides the motivation for Iran's nuclear program - IHT
a look at the inside workings of the US Congress - RollingStone
"the Rules Committee waives the three-day period as a matter of routine. This forces members of Congress to essentially cast blind yes-or-no votes to bills whose contents are likely to be an absolute mystery to them."
1000 US hamlets lose their Greyhound bus service - CSM
Eastern Europe remembers and rewrites its past - Economist
The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist - NewAdvent [via JWalk]
"There is, furthermore, a fourth kind of multilocation, which, however, has not been realized in the Eucharist, but would be, if Christ's Body were present in its natural mode of existence both in heaven and on earth."
cultural differences in foreground/background perception - SciAm [via DPR]
which may explain why the photographic term "bokeh"
comes from the Japanese
arxiv.org adds trackbacks - UTexas
- CosmicVariance [via CT]
one step towards full-on academic blogging
Iraq uh oh: Badr Corp attacks Sadr's Najaf headquarters - B2I [via Billmon]
sea anemones have distinct castes - UCDavis [via RW]
Egypt's bloggers are leading anti-government protests - CSM
and Bahrain's bloggers are getting feisty too
some of Iraq's wetlands are coming back - BBC
humans wore shoes 30,000 years ago? - WUSTL
"the bones of little toes from that time frame were much less strongly built than those of their ancestors while their leg bones remained large and strong"
free trade only when it suits the rich countries - IHT
the Chinese scramble for Africa - CSM
Indonesian fatwas may expose weakness of hardliners - Guardian
fatwas banning "liberal Islamic thought, religious pluralism, inter-faith marriage, and women leading prayers attended by men"
Cavendish banana monoculture an accident waiting to happen - Popsci [via Long]
"Banana experts disagree on when the Latin American and African crops will be hit by the Panama fungus. ... the Malaysian plantations went from full-scale commercial operations to 'total wipeout' in less than five years."
the Iraqi town of Haditha (90,000 people) is under insurgent control - Guardian
"Islamist guerrillas are the sole authority, running the town's security, administration and communications."
Turkey tries a new approach to the Kurds - Economist
but how is this going to interact with events in Iraq?
there's a NY stage performance based on Riverbend's blog Baghdad Burning
I wonder if that's why she hasn't updated her blog for over a month?
General Nogi's suicide on the 1912 death of Emperor Meiji - Far
a $240 paper aeroplane (radio-controlled) - plantraco [via RW]
400 bombs go off in Bangladesh - BBC [via Macam]
fortunately there were only a few hundred casualties
Palestinian refugees and the differences between UNRWA and UNHCR - HH
no "sensitivity training" when the bulldozers went into Rafah - Guardian
US patent "reform" is only good for big companies - Cringely [via WMW]
Icelanders protest the Iraq invasion - MSQR
from January, but new to me
the firebombing of Berlin and Tokyo - MSQR
I hadn't realised that working class suburbs were deliberately targetted
one year old's name will stay on "no fly" list - NYdaily [via ProRev]
the complexities of literary hoaxes - Boston [via Kit]
Stiglitz on a development-oriented Intellectual Property regime - PakDay [via Kit]
"the appropriate intellectual-property regime for a developing country is different from that for an advanced industrial country"
evangelicals refute gravity with "Intelligent Falling" theory - Onion [via JWalk]
The Impact of Inequality: How to Make Sick Societies Healthier
- Guardian [review]
"Richard Wilkinson is a professor of social epidemiology, an expert in public health"
(re)introducing African megafauna to North America?! - NewSci [via RW]
I had this (for Australia) classified under "Mad Ideas"
modelling E. Coli - IHT [via RW]
what everyone should know about blog depression - Nonist
Bush administration objects to .xxx domain - ZDnet [via /.]
I think it's a bad idea too, but for rather different reasons
update on de Menezes killing: he was grabbed and shot while sitting - Londonist
why do the police lie so often?
search engines targetted in Australian crackdown on gambling - ZDnet [via EFA]
it's an offence "if a Web site targeting Australian users publishes an advert for a Web site offering online gambling services"
security personnel vs protestors in south Gaza - Haaretz
"using force to allow the entry of shipping containers into the settlement for use by evacuees"
Robert Fisk on the farce of the Iraqi constitutional wrangling - CD [via RW]
"Federalism? You can't eat federalism and you can't use it to fuel your car and it doesn't make my fridge work."
a peace agreement in Aceh! - Guardian [via HH]
an amnesty, partial troop withdrawal + insurgent weapon surrender, and regional autonomy
racial bias in the Israeli justice and prison systems - Haaretz
more silly claims about consciousness from Francis Crick - Economist
"mere anatomical speculation fuelled by the fact that very little is known about what the claustrum actually does"
more claims the Iranians are behind attacks on the US in Iraq - Time [via AntiWar]
a long overview of the biology of homosexuality - Boston [via RW]
Tokyo sprays water to keep the temperature down - NewSci
the pros and cons of gzip compression on web servers - WMW
a survey of Indian writing in English - Guardian [via CR]
free software CDs given to 60,000 French high school students - ZDnet [via OSWALD]
one CD with Firefox, GIMP, and OpenOffice for Windows; one with CD bootable Linux
I'm not going anywhere near the US for a while - NYT [via MLite]
the Arar case: lawyers claim that "Foreign citizens who change planes at airports in the US can legally be seized, detained without charges, deprived of access to a lawyer or the courts, and even denied basic necessities like food"
extracts from John Hersey's 1946 Hiroshima story - Guardian
the Bush administration has no idea what to do about Iraq - MSNBC
it's "lost control of its public affairs management of this issue"
the US blatantly violates Italian sovereignty - Sanders [via AntiWar]
Thailand tries to make Bangkok a fashion centre - IHT
some justice for Briton killed by Israeli soldier - Guardian
but if you're not a foreigner or your government doesn't apply pressure...
ethnomusicologist and gamelan scholar Mantle Hood dies - Indystar
no legal basis for objections to Iran's nuclear program - IHT [via AntiWar]
Coalition Rules of Engagement in Iraq - Informed
"The Brits explicitly view this as a police action. With that comes a 'law enforcement' outlook on the use of deadly force."
the modern scholarly study of witchcraft and witchhunts - CoG [via RW]
"many theories which reigned supreme thirty years ago have vanished"
a million square kilometres of Siberian permafrost is melting - Guardian
releasing billions of tons of methane...
Amartya Sen interviewed about the state of India - IndExp [via Kit]
useful (and tempting) one page country travel guides - BugBog
Netanyahu polling way ahead of Sharon among Likud members - Haaretz
will Sharon go for the "big bang" option and split Likud?
Finns don't believe in small talk - Crikey
Chernobyl's ecosystems thrive: "biodiversity is higher than before the disaster" - Nature
isn't the obvious explanation the removal of most of the people?
an eyewitness account from Niger - Guardian
there are bears in the Alps again - Guardian
There's Sex in My Violence! - SFgate [via Sidelights]
"Who stuck this lame badly animated sex in here? Where'd my soul-numbing ultraviolent racism go? I am outraged."
returning to Australia from the US, Tim Dunlop reflects - RtoS
India's Hindu party split between radicals and pragmatists - Economist
sounds a bit like the Republicans in the United States
Islamic hardliners have been steadily destroying Mecca - Independent [via RW]
developers and fanatics team up to destroy historical sites
two letters from London - Direland [via RW]
the decline of the editor - Guardian [via CR]
heck, most publishers don't even do copy-editing these days, let alone real editing
operation August Storm: the Soviet Union versus the Japanese - Leavenworth [via Majik]
"This critical examination of the final Soviet strategic offensive operation [of WWII] seeks to chip away at two generally inaccurate pictures many have of the war."
some of Saddam Hussein's torturers have their old jobs back - Times [via AntiWar]
"while the de facto death squads are not part of government policy, little is being done to counteract them"
a Rastafarian kibbutz in the Negev - Haaretz [via HH]
the current "Great Game" in Central Asia - Asia
a panorama from Hovsgol national park, Mongolia - travelogue
my panorama stitching is progressing: I now have hugin
working with autopano-sift and enblend
US Congress to enact "Arm Osama" amendment - Billmon
"A provision tucked into the energy bill that Congress is poised to enact would ease export restrictions on bomb-grade uranium"
Richard Stallman goes on a food tour of Taiwan - FSF [via LWN]
the controversy over computer games - Economist [via EFA]
Terry Pratchett on Rowling and Harry Potter - BBC
- Wizard [via ekumen]
Iran sends up to 100,000 troops into Kurdish border areas - Guardian
a Jewish terrorist kills four Israelis - Haaretz
background on the Schengen agreement - BBC
fifteen European countries have abolished internal borders
Iceland: the biggest desert in Europe - BBC
"if you do get lost in an Icelandic forest all you have to do is stand up"
the tangled tree of life - Corante
visualising the relationships between 184 microbes
the elderly suffer worst in Niger - Guardian
I can't understand aid agencies' obsession with young children: I'd feed the 50 year olds first every time. Do they prefer children they can indoctrine with Christianity to adults who will keep indigenous cultures and languages alive?
Iraqis accuse Kuwait of stealing oil - Yahoo [via AntiWar]
Susan Polgar breaks world record for simultaneous chess games - ChessBase [via RW]
I beat her in a (20 board?) simul once (back before I gave up chess in 1987)
abject panic in the face of terrorism - Times
French PM de Villepin is enjoying a long honeymoon - Guardian
Geoffrey Pullum wants yesterday's technology tomorrow - Lang
Iraqi guerillas now using 200+ kg bombs - KR [via AntiWar]
a brief history of the "war on terror" - Informed
Robot Wisdom gets more mainstream recognition - Wired
- Register [ooops, old story from 2002]
Apple produces a mouse with four buttons and scroll controls - Register
does China really have this much sway over the world economy? - Economist
"global inflation, interest rates, bond yields, house prices, wages, profits and commodity prices are now being increasingly driven by decisions in China"
I've made a start on my Mongolia travelogue - eight pages [out of a likely 40]
Karl Marx on freedom of the press - Marxists [via EFA]
The World Atlas of Language Structures
unfortunately I've never managed to get review copies out of OUP, even of relatively cheap books
the significance of Ahmadinejad's election as Iranian president - Asia
a Finn's involvement with a Chechen web site - Halldor [via Far]
a long piece on Edmund Wilson - NYorker [via RW]
Niger's markets work just fine in allocating food - Guardian
...except for the people too poor to participate in them
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