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Birmingham + Brisbane top Google searches for "porn" - Google
a Dutch "Superbus", capable of 250 km/hr on special tracks - Economist
accessible tables in HTML - WMW
Greece revises GDP, using prostitutes, to avoid EU fines - Guardian
black market activities will now be included in GDP measurements
an overview of Second Life - Economist
Toyota is selling virtual cars; psychiatrists create virtual hallucinations
background on Thailand's monarchy - Economist
Google Video Australia opens - Google
communist spy and Time correspondent - NYer [via Barista]
"An was the Quiet Vietnamese, the representative figure who was at once a lifelong revolutionary and an ardent admirer of the United States."
a traffic jam on the Moscow-Yakutsk highway - EnglishRussia [via JWalk, many images]
"600 cars got stuck there. Hunger and lack of the fuel followed, according to the witnesses. One woman gave a born to a child right in the public bus she was riding."
a "mud volcano" disaster in East Java - Guardian
(this Guardian story doesn't explain where in East Java this is happening)
waterboarding is only torture when done by the Japanese - Skippy [via Agonist]
how arXiv has and could change scientific publishing - JNeuroSci [via Cosma]
West Bank rabbi calls for killing of all Palestinian males over 13 - IMEMC [via Loewen]
"no investigation of Eitam has occurred on this matter, and there was no condemnation of his statement by the Israeli government"
Jack Ma and Alibaba: China's leading dotcom - Economist
is aid helpful? it can certainly be improved - NYROB
terrorists are ok - Greenwald [via Patriot]
some US officers question "killer" Warrior Ethos - Times [via AntiWar]
does Vista portend the end of Microsoft? - Guardian [via OSWALD]
some hard data on whether women talk more than men - Lang
"the answer turns out to be 'no'"
is there actually anything special about dimensionless constants? - n-Category
some kooky stuff makes it into New Scientist
- n-Category [via /.]
Chavez is the world's anti-American spokesperson - SF
has Rupert Murdoch really seen the light on global warming? - Crikey
the GPL pushed Linux ahead of the BSDs - DWheeler
by forcing large companies to cooperate
crippled 78 year-old held in Guantanamo for three years - Guardian
and now released without any explanation at all
corporate and editorial astroturfing on climage change - Guardian
"This is the first time the Royal Society has written to a company to challenge its activities."
California is moving on greenhouse emissions - NYT [via SideS]
"Perhaps the most ambitious measure undertaken is the newly mandated 25 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions."
George Orwell on President Bush - Billmon
should diamonds be as unfashionable as fur? - Guardian
background on the Thailand coup - HH
and the first news I saw of this!
What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts? The Graphic Novel
militant Christianity - RtoS
with scary YouTube video reporting on "Jesus Camp"
a summer internship with the Lincoln Group in Iraq - Alternet [via AntiWar]
managing the "Iraqi" media for the Bush Administration
a scathing demolition of overly precise molecular timescales - Stoat
"Were calibration and derivation uncertainties taken into proper consideration, the 95% confidence interval would have turned out to be at least 40 times larger (~14.2 billion years)."
banks and lotteries in the new Afghanistan - SMH
an Israeli bias even at Al-Jazeera?! - EI [via RW]
Israel has killed 80+ Lebanese civilians since the ceasefire - Independent [via RW]
"In the area north of the Litani river, you have three or four people being killed every day by cluster bombs. The Israeli army knows that 30 per cent of them do not explode at the time they are fired so they become anti-personnel mines."
our upgrade to ADSL2+
is in progress - Exetel
when I first upgraded from dialup, I thought 256kbps was plenty fast enough...
Indian teachers give UK/US students personal tuition online - Guardian
Australian critic of An Inconvenient Truth
scores 0/10 - Deltoid
Israel dumped 1.2 million cluster bomblets on Lebanon - Haaretz [via Loewen]
first person charged under WA racial vilification law is an Aborigine - Crikey
censorship laws will always be used by the powerful against the weak
more on the untrained Republicans who screwed up rebuilding Iraq - WP [via RW]
tagged with a book meme - Elsewhere
1. one book I have read more than once - Pride and Prejudice
4. one book that made me cry - The Lord of the Rings
6. one book I wish had never been written - maybe The Protocols of the Elders of Zion?
7. one book I am currently reading - The Norsemen in the Viking Age
8. one book you have been meaning to read - In Search of Lost Time
9. one book that changed my life - nothing really major, but maybe Life (E.O.Wilson et al. 1977)
10. now tag five people - let's see if this broadcast flooding algorithm is robust against failure :-)
in central Asia, a giant reverse swastika in trees - IHT
seven prominent US conservatives want the Democrats to win - WashMonth [via MSpeak]
Juan Cole corrects Pope Benedict; contrast JJR - Informed
bear-proofing Yosemite bins - Slashdot [via Schneier]
"there is considerable overlap between the intelligence of the smartest bears and the dumbest tourists"
the Australian PM's effective salary is well over $1 million - Crikey
an Italian village kidnaps a Belarussian orphan - Guardian
being a ward of the state is bad enough, but being the ward of a totalitarian state...
recruiting the footsoldiers of empire - Billmon
Gyorgy Faludy: "Learn by heart this poem of mine" - Kit
- Economist [obit]
cooperation among microorganisms - PLOS
house price trends in the US, Britain, and Australia - Economist
a truthful in-flight announcement - Economist
British cellists grounded by plane security - CSM
would you trust a 276-year-old Stradivarius to airline baggage handlers?
Iran's car industry plans for a changing relationship with the US - Fortune
a survey of the Arab Press on the fifth anniversary of 9/11 - AbuAaard [via RW]
"Whether writing in opposition to America or in support of it, Arab columnists seem pretty unanimously to see Islamist extremism on the rise, democracy in retreat, and American influence in tatters."
India to send all-woman peacekeeping unit to Liberia - IHT [via ProRev]
Marine Corps intel officer "very pessimistic" about Anbar province - WP [via AntiWar]
a cartoon version of the 9/11 report - Slate
Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya are more balanced than US tv channels - Yale
some photographs of great libraries - Nonist [via JWalk]
increasing numbers of immigrants are changing Japan - Newsweek [via Far]
"ordinary citizens and government bureaucrats still cling to the notion that Japanese society is a unique, homogeneous culture"
Israel tightens the screws on the Ghaza Ghetto - Independent [via ProRev]
dozens are killed each week, and people are starving
is now a propaganda outlet - RtoS
air travel and greenhouse emissions - Economist
endosymbiosis caught "in the act" - ArsTechnica
an amoeba with a recently acquired cyanobacterial endosymbiont
using "negative databases" to protect privacy - Economist
an interview with Seymour Hersh, Jon Lee Anderson & George Packer - NYer
bizarre "temporary houses" in Ireland - Guardian
"seaside bungalows can be lowered down and remain out of sight when not in use"
30% of Europeans think the US is the greatest threat to global stability - AngusReid
only the Italians think Iran is more of a threat
can YouTube find a business model? - Economist
the Egyptian blowback from Israel's defeat in Lebanon - Asia
the Pope's exorcist is down on Harry Potter - CBC [via MSpeak]
Chris Albritton is disillusioned with blogging - B2I
"it was too much to do one's best to cover the war here fairly while still maintaining a sense of truth, only to be flayed by people who accuse me of shilling for Hizbullah"
8-year-old video game tutor constrained by child labour laws - Telegraph [via RW]
"He is set to sign a big licensing deal that will lead to a Lil Poison clothing line."
stingray barbs are dangerous - Kayaker
"crocodile man" Steve Irwin has been killed by one
wacko conspiracy theories about the Red Cross - CT
Australia's foreign minister throws his lot in with wingnut bloggers
image-tagging game getting distributed info for search? - Google
Kolakowski and Main Currents of Marxism
ethnic cleansing in Baghdad's hospitals - WP
Israel is still funding further settlement of the West Bank - FMEP
first homes in the Palestine colonies get much bigger government subsidies
Korean novels in translation - Nation [via CR]
ninja gold miners scavenge Mongolia's abandoned mines - NewsDesk
long piece on Google's approach to IT - IWeek [via WMW]
a history of early photography - Neatorama [large single page, via RW]
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