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former Marine captain Josh Rushing goes to work for Al-Jazeera - USAtoday [via AW]
how to cook a giant squid? - Guardian
"But there's always someone ready to rain on the parade -- 'The giant squid is poisonous, so you can't eat it'"
tuskless elephants evolving in China? - ABC
the State of Israel versus the hyssop pickers - Haaretz [via AW]
the US government trusts thriller writers over scientists - RealClimate [via Deltoid]
Michael Crichton testifies to the Senate on climate change
reconstructing the deep history of Papuan languages - NYT [via RW]
a new peer-reviewed online journal - SDEAS [via Cosma]
"Structure and Dynamics: eJournal of Anthropological and Related Sciences"
General Motors illustrates "the hopeless condition of US energy policy" - Billmon
"I'm rooting for gas prices to go higher. How high? When I see the guy down the block crying at the pump as he fills up his Hummer, then I'll know they've gone high enough."
600 prison inmates were left abandoned when Katrina struck - HRW
Captain Fishback's letter to John McCain - WP [via RW]
first photos of a live giant squid - NatGeo
though they had to maim it to get the photos :-(
repackaging India's villages as tourist attractions - Guardian
belief in God is bad for societies? - Times
- JRS [via JWalk]
in prosperous democracies, "higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD infection rates, teen pregnancy, and abortion"
Britain plans to disband, rebuild Basra police force - CSM [via AW]
but hang on, isn't that the prerogative of the Iraqi government?
more widespread adoption of disemvowelling - MLite
the consequences of Sharon's Likud victory - HH
"election-year politics and their attendant indecisiveness will continue for at least the next several months"
honeybees heat intruding wasps to death - SciNews [via JWalk]
a magazine article on Wikipedia -- written by Wikipedia - Esquire [via RW]
ex-president of Microsoft Korea becomes Linux/OSS advocate - Korea [via OSWALD]
all about OpenDocument - Wiki [via OSWALD]
and why Microsoft is in a tizzy
Raed Jarrar is visiting the Bay Area - Raed
the darkness in the American soul - Billmon
an overview of Microsoft's Vista traumas - Register
just 200 people march and Bush's plea for personal donations raises $600
few pro-war/pro-administration Americans prepared to march or give - Guardian
- WP [via AW]
a former head of US Central Command savages Iraq screwup - ThinkProgress [via Kos]
"we’ve had three civilian leaders out there, all ineffective, one bordering on criminal... The one that got the Medal of Freedom."
Massachusetts to move to OpenDocument-compatible software by 2007 - PCworld [via /.]
Microsoft will have to add OpenDocument support to its office suite or lose an entire state government
a brave US soldier speaks out about abuse of prisoners - Time
but no one wanted to hear him
life in Kamchatka, Russia's "Wild East" - Economist
can branding help the developing world? - WorldChange [via Ethan]
if we're going to push brands, why not "common good" ones like "Linux"?
Cole versus Cobban on Iraq options - JWN
I think Cole is overly optimistic about air power - how could that stop insurgent troops inside Baghdad without mass killing of civilians? - but I agree with him that military control has to be devolved
are bacterial genomes infinite? - SciDaily
Iran isn't in breach of the NPT, and can't be touched anyway - Asia
"Iran has already called the Europeans' bluff twice. It will do it again."
comparing air and rail costs in Europe - BBC [via CL]
Russia's population is dropping by 1000 a day - Times [via RW]
and there are now more abortions than births
Robert Fisk on meeting Osama bin Laden - Independent [via RW]
the pornography of war - EastBay
- Nation [via Billmon]
"Originally created as a site for men to share images of their sexual partners... it has become a stomach-churning showcase for the pornography of war"
people versus persons: Strunk's irrational prejudice - Lang
16 lanes of traffic heading out of Houston - MSNBC
would you like radioactive waste with your winds and flooding? - NOAA [via Majik]
"destroying" hurricanes with nuclear weapons is a non-starter
diary of a "terrorist" suspect in London - Gizmo [via RW]
the UK's anti-terrorist measures are clearly batshit
explorations with Google AdWords - Ethan
"on those rare occasions a humanitarian crisis gets global attention, aid agencies have to take advantage of the situation to raise money"
disruptions to Nigerian oil? - BBC [via Ethan]
"A militia group from Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta region has seized an oil pumping station"
30 killed as temperatures in Mongolia plummet by 30 Celsius - Alert
India has improving links with Iran - Guardian
"India's defence industry is largely impervious to American sanctions"
only 1/5 of vulnerable Californian houses have earthquake insurance - Economist
cattle rustling in Canada: 1200 sheep stolen - G+M [via RW]
tracking hurricane Rita - Wunderground
already "the 3rd strongest Atlantic hurricane of all time. Tonight, Rita will be passing over the Loop Current, a warm eddy of water in the Gulf"
the Bush administration forces the FBI to deal with adult porn - WP
it's a running joke inside the agency
cats can be trained to perform - Barista
north-Atlantic hurricane naming conventions - MSNBC
the New Orleans levies failed without being overtopped - WP [via Majik]
the need for a port will will force New Orleans' resurrection - NYROB [via Majik]
few companies opt for "Societas Europaea" status - Economist
"rulings by the European Court allowing any company to operate in any other European country could make SE status seem redundant and expensive"
suicide by handcuffs - BBC [via RW]
on visting Vietnam - ManInHanoi [via Macam]
"Dear Traveller, the first thing you have to realise is – nothing is what it seems."
World Bank programs haven't really changed - WDM [via OneW]
"the Washington Consensus is alive and well, albeit hidden in a sea of 'democratic, civil participation' rhetoric"
the railway to Lhasa: the Chinese have nearly finished construction - Guardian
nearly $500 million for two Alaskan bridges to serve 50 people? - Kos
I guess they can drive herds of pigs over them...
British tanks, helicopters destroy Basra's central jail - MSNBC [via AntiWar]
imperial extraterritoriality is alive and well
searching for copyright policies of academic publishers - Sherpa
academics who want to put their papers online have to check every publisher's contract individually
why the Americans are down on semicolons - FT [via Kit]
"It's like drug regulation. Drugs are banned sometimes because a minority of users will have negative side effects, or because taking them correctly is complicated"
rising oil prices create discontent in Indonesia - IHT
"Indonesia, the only member of OPEC that imports more oil than it sells, has capped fuel prices for the past three decades."
an amusing take on intelligent design - NYer [via RW]
bloggers, journalists, and truth-telling versus being savvy - Accra
the US asks for charitable donations to help it in Iraq - Yahoo [via JWalk]
once Europe loved Israel and the US cold-shouldered it - Boston [via W+P]
imagining Lolita at the age of 62 - Kit
Croatia ran a reality TV show about a herd of sheep?! - ABC
Iraq's defense minister is (was?) a "liberal pacifist" - Yahoo [via AntiWar]
"al Duleimi deemed the war a disaster that ushered in Islamic extremism, foreign occupation and the fragmentation of Iraqis along sectarian and ethnic lines."
an interview with Miyazaki - Guardian [via /.]
"Actually I think CGI has the potential to equal or even surpass what the human hand can do. But it is far too late for me to try it."
bringing cricket to China - Guardian
"I was a bit worried about the safety of my students when I saw how hard the ball was. It was very different from the ping-pong balls I am used to."
whales and their lice - Utah [via Barista]
"nicknamed 'whale lice' by early whalers, they are actually related to crabs and shrimp"
how the New Orleans Times Picayune has kept going - CJR [via MLite]
"Can a 168-year old paper, whose initial cover price was a 6 1/4 cent Spanish coin, long survive after being reduced to what amounts to the country's most tragic metro section?"
an Iraqi Sheik is arrested, beaten, and tasered... - AW
...and then released a year later with no explanation
Bush is still appointing unqualified key personnel - MandC [via Kos]
"Julie Myers was nominated by President Bush to head Immigration and Customs Enforcement."
the UK proposes to ban "glorification" of terrorism - Guardian [via RtoS]
but events more than 20 years in the past are exempt unless specially "listed"
some outstanding African wildlife photographs - DPR
I'm thinking of visiting East Africa next year
Latin American poverty alleviation by conditional cash-transfer - Economist
"beneficiaries must have their children vaccinated, and their health monitored, and keep them in school"
Australia has the tools to silence unpopular speech - Barista [via RtoS]
- CSM [via RW]
"Scott Parkin came here on a legal visa, carried out activities that are completely legal for citizens and visitors, has been spied on, summarily arrested, detained and punished without trial, without evidence, without even an intelligible charge, and will be fined around $20,000"
a ruling by Israel's Supreme Court on the Wall - HH
"The court took pains to harmonize its decision with the ICJ's"
Taliban leaders polish their images for Afghan election - Guardian
problems with biotech patents - Fortune [via Link]
"over the past 25 years universities have evolved from public trusts into something closer to venture capital firm"
a New Orleans taxi driver tells his story - Kuro5hin
and gets incredibly unsympathetic comments
transgender Jews - Tikkun [via HH]
"The Conservative movement recently issued a policy statement which suggests wholesale change in Rabbinical recognition of the transgendered is afoot"
a news cameraman reports from New Orleans - BoingBoing [via ProRev]
can Bruce Lee unite the ethnically divided city of Mostar? - CNN [via ProRev]
"a statue of kung fu legend Bruce Lee, worshipped by Muslims, Serbs and Croats"
Iraq's justice minister is unhappy about extraterritoriality - Reuters/CD
and wants legal protection for the media
the guards and interrogators at Guantanamo don't trust each other - MSNBC
the US plans to build a wall along the Afghan-Pakistan border - Guardian [via RW]
it's 2500km... and armies have died on the Durand Line
US helps Kurds ethnic cleanse Turkmen "fighting men" in Tal Afar? - WP
gay penguins are not uncommon? - Columbia [via CT]
Chris Allbritton advises against working as a journalist in Iraq - B2I
with an account of just how much worse things have got since 2003
a long bio-study of Colin Powell - Consortium [via RW]
"the story of an ambitious man with a weak moral compass"
skin from executed Chinese criminals used in UK collagen treatments - Guardian
"An agent told customers it had also exported to the US and European countries, and was trying to develop fillers using tissue from aborted foetuses."
a rally in Bil'in against Israel's Wall - EI
a criticism of the Creative Commons "Non-Commerical" option - Kuro5hin
almost all the world's countries have border disputes - CIA [via RW]
editing Osama bin Laden's speeches, interviews and statements - NYorker [via RW]
“Osama may be the world's worst terrorist, but he's also one of the best prose writers in Arabic”
WiFi and VoIP in rural Uganda - Wired
the mosquito and the hammer: an interview with James Carroll - Asia
the American Empire and its armed forces
Geoff Pullum reviews Dan Brown's Digital Fortress
"the problem with this novel is not that it is written badly. The problem is that it is so utterly through-and-through top-to-bottom brainless"
tweaking: Wiki-style programming - StarChamber [via JH]
homeopathy works as well as placebo treatment - BadSci
the effects of cotton subsidies on Mali - BBC [via Accra]
Mali gets $38 million from the US in aid, but loses $43 million because of US cotton subsidies
media responses: Iraq and Congo death studies compared - MediaLens [via Deltoid]
"though the estimates of death in Congo astonished even experienced observers, the media reported the figures with essentially zero mention of any concerns about the validity of either numbers or methodology"
another look at suicide bombers - NYROB
Simon Winchester describes the US response to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake - NYT [via Informed]
tropical plants now grow in Scotland - Independent [via RW]
"Banana trees, olives and other heat-loving species can now survive as far north as Glasgow"
photos of dead people from New Orleans - Kos
spinning New Orleans deaths: the magic 3000 number - Wolcott
Phylogeny, Cospeciation, and Coevolution - Tangled Trees [review]
Murray Bail on literature in translation - Guardian [via CR]
in Croatia, the army will teach history to school students - Yahoo [via AntiWar]
Bruce Schneier on the limitations of "movie plot" security - Wired
a visit to a FEMA detainment camp - AboveSecret [via SideS]
natural disasters bring out the best in people - Reason [via MLite]
"social bonds will strengthen, volunteerism will explode, violence will be rare, looting will appear only under exceptional circumstances, and the vast majority of rescues will be accomplished by the real first responders - the victims themselves"
the limits of empire: an interview with Howard Zinn - Toms
the latest advisory on avian influenza - WHO [PDF]
building a large-scale high-availability mail system - Slashdot
how Cuba dealt with Hurricane Ivan - MediCC [via ProRev]
must-read first-hand story of bureaucratic incompetence/malice in NO - MLite
an overview of the political fallout from Katrina - Economist
menage a trois: China, Google and Microsoft - Register
California Assembly follows Senate: endorses gay marriage - BBC
virus-driven censorware - Register
"disrupts visits to pornographic websites by displaying messages from the Koran"
a Rubik's cube revival in Japan - Guardian
what New Orleans reveals about US poverty - IHT
"an African-American baby in Washington has less chance of surviving its first year than one born in urban parts of Kerala in India"
an introduction to biological soil crusts - soilcrust
New Orleans rapes and baby murders seem to have been beatups - Guardian
"no witnesses, survivors or survivors' relatives have come forward"
IDF restraint with settlers but not left/Palestinian protesters - Haaretz [via Loewen]
will chess be banned in Iraq? - ChessNinja
according to Sistani "it is 'absolutely forbidden', coming in worse than anal sex on the sin chart and at the same level as abortion"
Israeli shoot-to-kill orders help explain huge Palestinian civilian toll - Guardian
"standing orders in some [areas] to open fire on people regardless of whether they were armed or not, or posed any physical threat"
are Cuba and Jamaica better prepared for coastal flooding than the US? - Wired
Orca-watching on Puget Sound - Orcinus
a Muslim girl is crowned Miss England - Registan [via Macam]
Cameroon's Lake Nyos: another natural disaster waiting to happen - HH
Massachusetts opts for OpenDoc - InfoWeek [via OSWALD]
"IT systems integrators and solution providers would have to support the OpenDoc format in order to do business with the state"
all schools in Italy's Province of Bozen switch to GNU/Linux - LT [via OSWALD]
Bozen aka South Tyrol
has a population of nearly half a million
measuring the haze over China - SciDaily
visibility when I was in Beijing in July was barely a kilometre
the Feds try to blame NO failures on the city and state - MSNBC
FEMA blocks "renegade" boat rescues in NO while people die - Kos
when in doubt, send the marines! - Guardian
"To the shores of Tripoli, But not to Mississippoli"
Germany's new/old left party is doing well - Guardian
tidbits from Google's fight with Microsoft over employee poaching - news.com [via JWalk]
apparently "Steve Ballmer vowed to 'kill' Google in an expletitive-laced, chair-throwing tirade"
many old people are trapped in NO, in desperate straits - NOLA
"Mamie and James Matthews are still in their apartment. There telephone will work but they are very weak. They are dying. Please help they are almost 100 and Mamie is blind."
guard geese are in fashion - News
controlling terrorism in SE Asia - lessons for southern Thailand - Asia
"the Thai province of Pattani [is seeing] a decades-old insurgency turn away from ethno-nationalist separatist roots toward the rhetoric of JI and al-Qaeda"
could LSD research become respectable again? - SciDaily
babies and the elderly dying of dehydration in the NO Convention Center - MSNBC
700+ people with food and water running out - NOLA
and FEMA is diverting support sent by the hospital owners
woeful emergency planning - RW2
Jorn has a new blog!? and this on top of annoying Shockwave on his front page...
how junk science makes the front page of the Wall Street Journal - ACS [via Deltoid]
breaking news from New Orleans - NOLA
- AL [photos]
the headlines are still "hundreds dead", but it must surely be thousands
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