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Christmas bonuses for NY doormen - Chicago [via CT]
"The temporal decoupling provides a vehicle for distinguishing the bonus from a tip... it enters the world of social, rather than economic exchange, and can thus be construed as a gift"
Pentagon owns up to 26,000 Iraqi casualties since early 2004 - Guardian
based on incident reports from US soldiers, this seems consistent with the Lancet study's estimate of 98,000 for excess deaths from all causes
US arms export controls (under ITAR) boost non-US suppliers - WatchAm [via RW]
European defense industries are ditching US parts to avoid ITAR controls
interesting word: "captcha" - Wiki
an automated challenge-response test to determine whether a user is human
the books I've reviewed with the longest titles are both German
and (10 characters longer)
hunger up 43% in the United States - SciDaily
"38.2 million Americans live in households that suffer directly from hunger and food insecurity"
rains cut Flores' main east-west road - Lucretius [via Macam]
I visited Flores in 1995, but in the dry season
an oceanographer looks at old restaurant menus - Economist
what problems would legalising polygamy pose? - Alas [via SideS]
a tourist in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo - LJ
some little-known facts about Iran - Independent [via RW]
butterflies and the weather: experiments with a GCM - Stoat
the key lawyers in Saddam Hussein's trial - LA [via AntiWar]
tropical storm Beta set to become a hurricane - Wunderground
and if it does, "Beta" may have to be withdrawn from the list of hurricane names
analysing the official slogan of the 2008 Beijing Olympics - Lang
in Turkey, you'd better mind your Qs and Ws - Lang
new evidence for the origins of atmospheric oxygen - Azom
possibly created by purple bacteria rather than cyanobacteria
wildlife photos from Kenya - Birds
long piece on an Iraqi insurgent who opposes both al-Qaida and the US - Guardian
leading Sydney private school to teach creationism - SMH [warning: popups]
I guess if they only care about the football players, teaching science doesn't matter
a graphic novella Polio: A Virus' Struggle
- UBC [via Aetiology]
is Milton Friedman a communist? - MSpeak
George Mason has replaced the University of Chicago as the academic centre of libertarianism
an Islamic swimsuit - Jelbab [via JWalk]
the BBC will produce an Arabic tv channel to compete with Al-Jazeera - CSM
but to fund it, they'll drop their services in Hungarian, Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, Greek, Slovak, Slovene, Kazakh, and Thai
will China use the party bureaucracy to achieve Green goals? - Economist
"a system of fiendish complexity... Points are awarded for an array of targets, and the promotion and bonus prospects of an official below par will suffer"
accumulated wealth encourages family stability - SciDaily
at least in bluebirds
experience funding software startups - PaulGraham [via PhilG]
Customs software debacle in Australia - News [via Link]
"The nation's second-biggest port is effectively closed today with six ships facing a long wait to unload because of the chaos caused by Customs' new computer system."
Tata Group - a different kind of Indian multinational - MSNBC [via RW]
another war between Ethiopia and Eritrea? - FT
"Night patrols are now impossible, de-mining has halted, troops have withdrawn from 18 of 40 posts, and the UN can only monitor - in a limited way - 45% of the border."
experts evaluate some Wikipedia articles - Guardian [via RW]
Australia's anti-sedition laws could lock up well-known critics - ABC [via Link]
John Pilger could be put away for seven years...
homeless or Jesus? - LiqGen [via JWZ]
the economics of drug patents - MSpeak
Dos Passos, Hemingway and the Spanish Civil War - NYorker
"The imperative to hold the purity of his line through the maximum of exposure turned Hemingway into a willing tool of Stalin’s secret police."
for Coetzee, Oz anti-terrorism laws bring back memories of SA apartheid - Australian [via RtoS]
reverse lookups on Google's IP addresses reveal some strange domains - NetDrag [via Cutts]
another realist national security hawk puts the boot into Bush - WashNote [via Kos]
crime fiction by high profile Spanish novelist Eduardo Mendoza
in Hebrew, but not yet translated into English
anti-Star Wars campaigner takes on MIT and the Pentagon - Boston [via RW]
will football help link Australia to Asia? - Macam
Australia will now play within Asia for a World Cup final place
a special issue on contemporary Icelandic fiction - McSweeney's 15 [review]
the vitality and variety of children's play is undiminished - DavidRowan [via RW]
why Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo! are after AOL - Economist
identical newspaper editorials present Bush line - SouthernStudies [via Atrios]
an interview with Orhan Pamuk - Spiegel [via CT]
mostly discussing his novel Snow
Nato joins in relief efforts as north Pakistan's trauma continues - Guardian
a review of Wolfram's A New Kind of Science
"a rare blend of monster raving egomania and utter batshit insanity"
Wilkerson on the 1947 National Security Act -- and more recent events - WNote [via Billmon]
"fundamental decisions about foreign policy should not be made in secret"
using computer games to teach non-violent resistance - Accra [via RW]
2005 Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners - NHM
"Many viruses that infect cyanobacteria carry photosynthesis genes" - TheSci
several hundred explanations for the fall of the Roman empire - CT
"the collapse of Rome seems to be one of those historical Rorschach tests in which quack amateur sociologists stare into the inkblots and see their own prejudices and crackpottery staring back out at them"
leave it to the children or to charity? - Fortune
a US/UK attack on Iran is still an option - Guardian [via RW]
if another war is all that will save Blair and the Republican House majority, then there'll be another war
background on US Army Corps of Engineers whistleblower - CT
rat in NZ field test avoids capture for four months - ABC
talking to Indonesians about bird flu - BBC [via Macam]
fugitive Bosnian Serb leader publishes a book of poetry - Guardian
"off the shelf" UK political party available on Ebay - Register
Q&A with South African Mufti Ebrahim Desai - Ask-Imam [via JWalk]
"The books I have read about Jannah clearly state the many beautiful women the men will enjoy. Nothing is stated about the men the women might enjoy..."
a Christian magazine for teenage girls - Agape [via RW]
not to be confused with the better known book Justine
wildlife intrusions into US military bases, worldwide - Guardian
UK air force officer refuses to fight in illegal Iraq war - Times [via Loewen]
"the manual of RAF law states that a serving officer is justified in refusing to obey a command if it is illegal"
dodginess with Iraq's constitution vote - B2I [via Billmon]
"Ninevah province, home to the mixed city of Mosul and the besieged city of Tal`Afar, is seeing some very strange numbers."
Timothy Ash spends two weeks in Iran - NYROB
the New York Review of Books couldn't find an Iranian to write this piece?
(as one reader reminds me, it'd be illegal for the NYROB to pay an Iranian)
Harold Pinter and "American Football" - UPI [via Kit]
talking to religious extremists in Texas - TexasObserver [via JWalk]
Pullman is not impressed by Narnia - Guardian
'...a peevish blend of racist, misogynistic and reactionary prejudice; but of love, of Christian charity, [there is] not a trace'
Tony Blair's popularity down to 31% - AngusReid [via AW]
the story of a torture victim - SunHerald [via AW]
use of DDT in agriculture helped spread malaria... - Deltoid
...but junk science astroturfers claim the complete opposite - Deltoid
(just to try to smear Rachel Carson)
the debacle that is US health insurance - Kos
$1150/month? 34% of net income?
the US government's increasing domestic use of propaganda - FreePress
blue is an appetite suppressant - Color [via JWalk]
a showdown with the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints? - Economist
on the track of bird flu in Vietnam - Guardian
even Robert Fisk can't really work in Iraq now - PressGaz [via AW]
so imagine how journalists who can't speak any Arabic fare
not much accountability for Pentagon suppliers - DefTech [via ProRev]
an opinion piece on Massachussetts and OpenDocument sparks reader responses - Fox [via /.]
ethical investment research: the Moskowitz Prize - SocInvest
protist-eats-algae endosymbiosis caught red-handed (green-celled?) - MSNBC [via RW]
Turkey introduces its own taxonomy, for political ends - BBC [via Lang]
"The red fox, Vulpes Vulpes Kurdistanica [everywhere else], will be known as Vulpes Vulpes"
the Netherlands plans to ban the burka - Times
will they mandate that a certain percentage of skin be visible? maybe make bikinis compulsory?
how the ISI citation impact index warps academic journals - CT
I can't help thinking that Google would do a better job of this...
Juan Cole dismantles Bush's last War on Terror speech - Informed
all about the Korean alphabet - Lang
October 9th was Hangul Day, the celebration of the promulgation of the Korean alphabet
alien plant life is invading Florida - Chicago
a journalist is found guilty of "insulting Turkish identity" - BBC [via CR]
discussion of the Armenian genocide is still a no-no
the Great Barrier Reef lives up to the hype - Wiki
though I only saw small bits of two reefs, a fraction of the 2000km Reef
there will be no updates till Wednesday October 12th
I am travelling to Cairns and the Daintree - coral reefs and rainforests
looking for video-editing or web site work? Al-Qaida is hiring - Wired
cervical cancer vaccine could save 00s of 000s of lives - Kos
but loopy US religious conservatives oppose vaccination: "death is better than sex"
Dell's OS-less PC is more expensive than a similar system with Windows - Register
if you can find the hidden page with information about it at all
an extreme closeup of a little grasshopper - MFT
combining an extension tube (with modified wiring) and a teleconverter
nearly half of Israelis favor ethnic cleansing of Palestinian territories - Haaretz
and nearly a third want to cleanse Israel itself of Arabs
US to Nicaragua: no ousting your president or else - Guardian
"The national assembly is debating a proposal to impeach Mr Bolanos, who was elected in 2001"
Eric Hobsbawm reviews Between Sex and Power: Family in the World 1900-2000
Voices in the Wilderness group shut down by fines, members risk jail - ITT [via RW]
for delivering medical supplies to Iraq without a permit
Google and Sun to cooperate - Yahoo [via WMW]
good publicity for OpenOffice, but otherwise not terribly interesting
Balinese names explained (using Backus-Naur formalism) - 8500miles
modelling war: the Dupuy Institute's Tactical Numerical Deterministic Model - Economist
India's role in diplomacy over Iran's nuclear programme - IndTele
"Top-ranking Americans have told equally top-ranking Indians in recent weeks that the US has plans to invade Iran before Bush’s term ends"
Italian cybercafes forced to register users and record what they do - CSM [via EFA]
the CDC is hoarding critical avian flu information - AJC [via Majik]
A Playful Journey through Chinese Culture, Language, and Cuisine - Swallowing Clouds [review]
the US divide is urban versus rural, not centre versus coasts - Guardian
even Salt Lake City is progressive
understanding mortality data: a primer for non-epidemiologists - ReliefWeb [via Deltoid]
the death of the mandarinate - Prospect [via email]
"The mandarin is an amateur, to the professional; a statist, to the libertarian; an elitist, to the populist; and a heathen, to the religious believer. What possibly could be worse than a society run by such people?"
Tom Delay's House of Shame - MSNBC
millions face starvation in Malawi - Guardian
"85 per cent of Malawians earn their living through subsistence farming, but only 20,000 our of 9.6m hectares of agricultural land is irrigated"
Geoff Pullum retaliates for French slurs on the English language - Lang
Italy issues arrest warrants for US diplomat and CIA operatives - LA [via AntiWar]
in connection with the kidnapping and "rendition" of a cleric from Milan
the Reiser4 filesystem and the Linux kernel - LWN
20+ killed in Bali bomb attacks - Guardian
the terrifying Australian anti-terror laws will be a shoe-in now
Indian rape victims take justice into their own hands - Guardian [via OneW]
"hundreds of women descended on Nagpur district court armed with knives, stones and chilli powder"
abortion, crime, and race - Freakonomics [via RW]
"controlling for income, growing up in a female-headed household, having a teenage mother, and how urban the environment is, the importance of race disappears for all crimes except homicide" (explained by crack)
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