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the price of oil looks set to climb further - Guardian
denazifying Heidegger: Freiburg in 1945 - CT
an amusing failure in logo design - Reg [via Link]
50 million in Brazil, 70,000 in Geneva: schools move to Linux - Piacentini
- IDABC [via OSWALD]
sitcoms as social surplus - HereComesEverybody [via /.]
"Desperate Housewives essentially functioned as a kind of cognitive heat sink, dissipating thinking that might otherwise have built up and caused society to overheat."
Hizbollah's military wing is recruiting - Guardian
"an unprecedented build-up of men, equipment and bunker-building"
I've been doing my first WordPress installs - WordPress
there are some strange defects for such a high-profile, widely used system, though plugins fix some of them - "remove self-links"
, "sort categories by title" - but not "remove /category/ from URLs"
(WP has intrinsically broken URI handling)
Wal-Mart is rationing rice sales?! - BBC [via Majik]
how Murdoch and his media grovel to the Chinese - Monbiot
the wonders of "anticipatory compliance"
high oil/gas prices push Europe back to coal - IHT
even though "carbon capture" is still decades away
the pope is a supporter of child sex abuse - DailyMail [via ProRev]
Zimbabwe: why did the chicken cross the road? - Kubatana [via Accra]
why are hearing aids so expensive? - Barista
an account of life during the siege of Leningrad - Blockade Diary [review]
a visit to Mali - Economist
annoyingly, in reverse chronological order
the developing world's food problems - Economist
a critique of "strategic patience" in Iraq - AAardvark [via RW]
"Just keeping high troop levels on the ground and hoping for the best, paying heavy costs for little influence, is the height of strategic naivite."
a neat world-mapping tool - Nagoya
python scripts to generate world maps, along with colouring and a clickable imagemap
South African unions stop Chinese arms shipment to Zimbabwe - Times [via Kos]
Hamas is learning from Hizbullah - CSM
"when the old Lenin becomes unwanted he just swims away" - EngRuss [photos, via Cosma]
transport is a negligible part of food's environmental cost - NewSci [via ProRev]
is speculation driving food prices? and Washington Consensus bad for growth - Pfaff [via CT]
Giblets world news update - Fafblog
wifi is changing architecture - Economist
part of a seven page special report on the new nomadism
Bilal Hussein is free! - SMH
but what about the tens of thousands of Iraqis imprisoned for years without trial, who don't have an international press agency keeping them in the spotlight?
17 short comments on the state of Arabic literature - Guardian [via CR]
notes for my Sydney Mechanics School of Arts talk - what is a blog?
I'd be interested in any feedback on this
arguing for a more sophisticated anti-drug policy in Afghanistan - ICGA
UNODC and the US government abuse language to reinforce their preconceived ideas
the US reaches new depths of unpopularity in the Arab world - AntiWar
"Asked to name countries that posed the 'biggest threat', 95% and 88% named Israel and the US... up from 85% and 72% in late 2006"
Monsanto's standover tactics and poisonous legacy - VanityFair [via /.]
did comb jellies diverge before sponges? - SciBlog [via RW]
I'm giving a talk on blogging tomorrow (Wednesday 12.30, Sydney CBD) - SydneyMSA
"untouchable" Christians threaten to convert to Hinduism - Frontline
a history of computing at Bell Labs - swtch
praise for the US food stamp program - SpotlightPoverty [via RW]
I didn't realise that over 10% of the US population receives food stamps
UK ISPs want subsidies from the BBC - BBC
instead of just putting quotas and/or shaping on their user contracts
anarchist Andy has some interesting stuff - Slackbastard
and he'd deserve publicity even if he wasn't being accused of defamation by nut cases
African literature: stuck debating Chinua Achebe - NationMedia [via CR]
concerns over privatization of the German army - DW
video of Wal-Mart's internal meetings exposed to the world - Kos
a freely downloadable Iceland guidebook - Heimur [via IceRev]
cuneiform tablet has observations of an asteroid impact in 3123 BCE - PhysOrg [via Long]
the Israeli army is increasingly religious - Economist
Ursula Le Guin reviews Salman Rushdie's latest book - Guardian [via CR]
ANZ is the dodgiest looking of the big Australian banks - Australian
an obituary for barefoot bushwalker Dot Butler - SMH
the early history of the Polynesian Society - Far
do Iceland's financial woes offer a warning to Scotland? - SundayHerald
"with a GDP of only £8.5 billion, most self-respecting hedge funds could eat it for breakfast, and that is pretty much what they have decided to do"
how many lives were saved by not invading Zimbabwe? - D^2
modern Indian matrimony - Jabber
new designs for UK coins - Mint [via CT]
sex imbalances in US cities - Creative [via RW]
there's room for some movement between northeast and west coast
adventures in border fencing - CSM
patchwork along the US-Mexican border
22 year old high school dropout gets $220 million ammunition contract - Majik
$280 billion to cut Australia's carbon emissions by 60% by 2050 - SMH
or so claims the NSW state government, trying to protect its coal power stations - and even this is barely $1000 per person, spread over twenty years!
Council of Europe guidelines on Internet filtering - Arstechnica
"The state should not get involved in any sort of national filtering unless it 'concerns specific and clearly identifiable content' that has been declared illegal by a 'competent national authority'"
Sydney makes it to 13th on the "most expensive cities" list - Economist
presumably because of housing costs
white flags are essential in Basra - NYT
Americans are moving out of suburbs and back into cities - Atlantic
"it is urban life, almost exclusively, that is culturally associated with excitement, freedom, and diverse daily life"
how Australia could deflate real housing prices - Possum
Microsoft is going to ram OOXML through as a standard - Freecode [via /.]
Norway votes to approve despite 19 out of 24 committee members opposing it
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