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I'm still looking for a good history of - sheep [notebook]
some myths about the Linux kernel debunked - Kroah [via OSWALD]
open source legislation in the Philippines - ManilaStandard [via OSWALD]
8th-9th century book of psalms found in Irish bog - NatGeo [via MLite]
the Israelis kill another 30 Lebanese children - MSNBC
what was lost in the film Lord of the Rings
Jackson's films are ok, but feeble compared to the book
more on Vista/MS development problems - philpsu [via Mini]
are there no serious books about hippopotamuses? - Amazon
Iranians volunteers head to Lebanon's defence - CNN
Bollywood depicts some not so idyllic marriages - IHT
Floyd Landis' Tour: testing for testosterone abuse is tricky - IHT
the Indonesian Miss Universe controversy - IM [via Macam]
SVG doesn't integrate nicely with (X)HTML? - JoeHewitt [via RW]
Hezbollah doesn't actually hide among civilians at all - Saloon [via AntiWar]
"Much smarter and better trained than the PLO and Hamas fighters, they know that if they mingle with civilians, they will sooner or later be betrayed by collaborators"
UK claims to have killed 700 (out of 1000!) Taliban in south Afghanistan - Telegraph
but I suspect they'll count any male Pathan
carrying a gun as Taliban, in which case there are over 10 million of them...
velvet worms are not so ancient - Science [via 3q]
appalling example of obfuscated Perl - 99 bottles [via Link]
fighting for the rule of law in China's Shandong province - CSM
Alaska in (US) perspective - BCW [via JWalk]
EU and US farm subsidies are good for Africa - CIF [via CT]
"the myth of evil food subsidies draws credibility from a correct economic argument - the non-myth of evil cotton subsidies. The textile industry is very unlike the food industry"
87% (+29%) of Lebanese now support Hizbullah against Israel - CSM
"80% of Christians polled supported Hizbullah along with 80% of Druze and 89% of Sunnis."
adventures in British suburban planning - Economist
Fisk reports from southern Lebanon - Independent [via RW]
bombing the UN: incompetence or malice? - Asia
getting rid of potential witnesses to war crimes
another US politician down with Spanish Derangement Syndrome - Coyote [via Lang]
the destruction of Tibet's Muslim community - Far
as always, it's the poor who suffer most from war - Guardian
the Israelis can't back down now without losing face - Billmon
so thousands more will have to die
Classification Review Board decisions - OFLC
2006 has seen lots of Islamic publications attacked for "incitement"
a Lebanon peace conference without Syria or Iran - Guardian
apparently Canada is more important...
Nasrallah is more rational than Olmert - PalChron [via IPblogs]
"Nasrallah would never dare seal a parliamentary speech with a lengthy prayer, as Olmert did in his latest speech before the Knesset."
Israel now targetting Lebanon's medical system and the Red Cross - Guardian
just watch the spin-doctors explain this away
details of ground war in south Lebanon - Jerusalem [via Informed]
Israeli bombs silence Christian television station - Seattle
"The private station is often critical of the Shiite Muslim Hezbollah"
we have always been at war with Oceania - Billmon
doublespeak in copyright law - SMH
Carter & Clinton tried, but cowardly Kos buries his head - TikunOlam [via MSpeak]
panning an ignorant art historian - Cosma
Al-Jazeera's Lebanon coverage - AbuAard [via RW]
did snakes play a key role in primate evolution? - LiveSci [via 3q]
Indonesia formally defines "indigenous" - Jakarta [via Far]
will Israel push the Lebanese Army into fighting alongside Hezbollah? - CNN [via AntiWar]
the Lebanese president: "Not only Hezbollah, many people are ready to die for their land. Wouldn't you do that if they go inside your country? You'd do the same. And the Lebanese army as well. We're not going to let anyone take our land."
the Chinese have a 900m x 700m model of part of the Indian border - Register [via RW]
found using Google Earth
war in the Horn of Africa? - CSM [via HH]
Ethiopian troops have surrounded Baidoa and are moving on Mogadishu
Florida dictates history syllabus in insane detail - Barista
Tyre hospital receives bombardment victims - Guardian
- Times [via ProRev]
"In 1996 the majority [of casualties] were fighters. This time we have yet to receive any fighters."
Kafka-esque censorship of blogs in India - Kit
"I can post, edit posts, publish posts--and then, whoosh, they disappear off my screen. People in India whose ISPs haven't blocked blogspot can read them. People elsewhere whose countries aren't stupid enough to block blogspot for no discernible reason can read them. But having written them, I can't read them"
attacked in Lebanon: a dairy farm, a pharmaceutical plant, a paper mill - DailyStar [via AntiWar]
Israel is clearly attempting to cripple the Lebanese economy; these are hardly military targets
longer than the six day war: Israel has weakened its deterrent - EI
it was chess-champion Lasker who said "the threat is stronger than the execution"
Israeli TV shows Hizbullah TV showing Israeli TV - Guardian
and if the Guardian had a television channel...
Israel isn't the only country with a right to self defence - Guardian
Patrick White chapter rejected by 10 Australian publishers - Australian [via Crikey]
none of them recognised the work
one US official speaks on Al-Jazeera about Lebanon - AbuAaard [via RW]
"At least he's giving it a shot - better than the general tomblike silence coming out of Karen Hughes's public diplomacy office the last week."
the "Department for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice" returns - Independent
the Afghan government tries to counter Taliban gains by establishing "a more conservative Islamic profile"
Palestine/Israel/Lebanon - MSNBC
hundreds dead, thousands injured, billions of dollars of damage to power stations, roads, bridges, etc.
strange and unusual vehicles - Diseno-art [via ProRev]
student writing is no worse now than it used to be - HigherEd
the Israeli army just wants to use its expensive toys - EI
I'm back up to #4! - no, #6 - Google
now all I need to do is to overtake the New York Times...
Hezbollah drone damages Israeli naval vessel 16km off coast - Haaretz [via Billmon]
Amelie Nothomb writes about Amelie Nothomb - Independent [via CR]
lost in the dark in Borneo highlands - Bootsnall
ethnic cleansing divides Baghdad - Times [via RW]
meerkats train young to hunt - BBC
two weeks in the occupation of Iraq - TruthDig [via AntiWar]
Vedic creationism in the United States - Frontline [via Panda]
the parlous state of the US' health industry - Billmon
pictures of Mongolia's Genghis Khan fever - BBC [via RW]
native hemorrhagic fever, not imported smallpox, decimated Aztecs? - Discover
barriers to desktop Linux in the developing world - Accra
Vanuatu tops alternative happiness index - Guardian
a leaked screenshot of Platypus, Google's "GDrive" system - Gsystem [via RW]
: another take on Alice, Wendy, and Dorothy - BlogCrit [via RW]
a graphic "porn" trilogy from Alan Moore - with a final scene set during the premiere of The Rite of Spring!
Australia bans two Islamist books for "inciting terrorism" - Telegraph [via EFA]
both books are available online (apparently published by opponents), so this ruling is presumably just to allow the bookshop to be (retrospectively) prosecuted for selling them
why the German Wikipedia is more successful than the English one - Wikipedia
London's Oyster travelcard perfect for stalkers - Register [via Link]
now Gaza's sewage and water systems are being destroyed - Guardian
remembering history in Afghanistan - Times
British expats in Spain struggle with healthcare - Guardian
photographic "depth of field" in depth - VanWalree [via DPR]
"the Gulf Stream warms Europe": a reconsideration - AmericanScientist [via 3q]
"The blame lies with modern-day climate scientists who either continue to promulgate the Gulf Stream-climate myth or who decline to clarify the relative roles of atmosphere and ocean in determining European climate."
a street legal jet-powered car - RonPatrick
and he's working on putting two jet engines on his wife's scooter...
a long piece on Google's technology - Baseline [via RW]
a critical review of Freakonomics
- Dissent [via MaxSpeak]
neo-Nazis are infiltrating the US army - NYT [via Majik]
"Light infantry is your branch of choice because the coming race war and the ethnic cleansing to follow will be very much an infantryman's war. It will be house-to-house, neighborhood-by-neighborhood until your town or city is cleared and the alien races are driven into the countryside where they can be hunted down and 'cleansed.'"
is the Pope a frill-necked lizard? - Pandagon [via Majik]
controversial publisher Loopmanics shuts up shop - Filmmaker [via ProRev]
the Medium Lobster calls for a preventive attack on the moon - Faf [via Cosma]
frightening religious segregation in Gujarat - CSM
the state of Afghanistan - NYROB
a rough period for Iceland's economy - MSN
everything you ever wanted to know about - Flying Snakes [via Barista]
ongoing calls for energy-efficient lighting - Independent
why not ban traditional incandescent globes?
some new Dewey Decimal subject categories - Harpers [via RW]
including "geologists' spouses" and "hair cutting - religious aspects"
an overview of open access scientific publishing - Economist
using animal-training techniques on people - NYT [via Majik]
"I began to analyze my husband the way a trainer considers an exotic animal"
only 78% of US states have official fossils - Majik
the US armed forces kick back over Iran attack plans - NYer [via RW]
"Rumsfeld will be pushed more and more in the direction of special operations, where he has direct authority and does not have to put up with the objections of the Chiefs"
Australia's remoteness is a drag on our productivity and trade - SMH
I've just done a two day remote first aid course - AllAidFirstAid
(it was excellent, so if you're in NSW I recommend the company)
good work by Lt. Commander Charles Swift - Billmon
analysis of bin Laden's last tape - AbuAaard [via RW]
"The normalization of al-Qaeda messages diminishes their impact."
an obituary for SF editor Jim Baen, founder of Ace, Tor and Baen - David Drake [via MLite]
(a hideous background makes reading difficult, unfortunately)
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