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October 2008

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endorsing Barack Obama - Nature - Economist
prayer for a bull market - Wonkette
wasn't there something about a golden calf?
California house prices may have dropped 60% in two years - GEA
debating OpenStreetMap licensing - LWN
a photo-essay on inflation in Zimbabwe - Wordmess
Microsoft's "bait and switch" with aged care providers - AusIT
discount software to get them hooked, then make them pay full commercial rates
Australian Net censorship would use a secret blacklist - ARNnet
and there are already calls for gambling, anorexia, and euthanasia information to be blocked
the US needs some wealth redistribution - Kos
Alan Greenspan was a disciple of Ayn Rand - Kos
why did I never hear about this before?
Australia should not copy the UK's education policies - SMH
property spruikers should be regulated like financial planners - News.com.au
3.0 and the state of OpenOffice.org development - LWN
there's finally a native OS X version!
an excellent attack on the Australian Net censorship plan - Mark Newton [PDF] - Age
Al-Qaeda is backing McCain - WP [via Kos]
A McCain presidency would clearly be better for Al-Qaeda, but you'd think they'd be smart enough not to say that
will Australia's housing bubble deflate or burst? - NewMatilda - SmartCompany
the IMF comes to Iceland's rescue - FT
Linux in schools around the world - HeHe2 [via OSWALD]
Muhammad b. Qasim and the Arab conquest of Sindh - Chapati
coverage of Australian net censorship plans - ArsTechnica - ComputerWorld - Crikey
economics in science fiction - NYT [vi MLite]
Switzerland's banks are too big - Spiegel
the country is too small to cope if UBS fails
how a flash filesystem works: designing UBIFS - InfraDead [PDF]
a lot of extra complexity is involved in dealing with the physics of flash writes
Supply, Demand, and English Food - Krugman [via MR]
the US stock market does much better under Democratic administrations - NYT
remembering the Bangladesh genocide - Time [via Chapati]
Iceland is in big trouble - Bloomberg
with no foreign exchange to pay for imports, there's a run on the supermarkets
nice overview of life origin theories - Origins
the Nobel Committee joins the chorus of the shrill - Guardian - NYT
preparing for the US national debt to reach a quadrillion - CNN
the forest crisis is worse than the bank crisis - BBC
"the annual cost of forest loss is between $2 trillion and $5 trillion"
overview of the Endnote/Zotero lawsuit - Nature
this is a SLAPP lawsuit if ever I saw one
morals compaigners want to censor "S" from billboards - SMH
it's too close to the word "sex"
brief overview of Sydney's religious stratification - SMH
we're in the inner-West "no religion" area
the auction of Lehman CDS - SeekingAlpha
in Scranton, the Catholic Church says voting for Obama is a sin - NP [via Kos]
Eduardo Mendoza's novel of 1918 Barcelona - The Truth About the Savolta Case [review]
Violence in Early Modern Europe, 1500-1800 [review]
a bank war between Iceland and the UK - Tele
this could be as bad as the Cod Wars of the early 1970s
Jean-Mari Gustave le Cl├ęzeio?! - CR
nationalised British bank is now too popular - ABC [via CT]
"Northern Rock is being forced to turn away customers after being deluged with people seeking the safety of a state-run bank"
West Bank settlers make Godwin's law hard to avoid - CP [via RW]
"right-wing rabbis have been quoted in the local media referring to Palestinians as subhuman or as animals, arguing that as non-Jews their lives are of inferior value"
cleaning up in the aftermath of California foreclosures - CalculatedRisk [video]
food in the UK is all about class - Guardian
if you are over 25, Stanislav Petrov probably saved your life - Richmann - Wikipedia
booting Linux - to login screen with cpu and disk idle - in 5 seconds - LWN
meet Sarah Palin, neurosurgeon - NewsWeek
an interview with Bill Henson - SMH
Holocaust denier faces extradition to Germany - SMH
for continued publication of the Adelaide Institute web site
Israel bans literature exchange with Arab enemies - WiredDispatch
the effects of Bush's presidency were predicted - Onion
but in this case reality has one-upped satire

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