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Plus anything else mostly non-depressing


Africa
Zambia's line of rail
http://hdtd.typepad.com/hdtd/2010/11/the-line-of-rail.html
And the African Renaissance
African renaissance
http://www.voxeu.org/index.php?q=node/5890
commentary
http://james-nicoll.livejournal.com/2785142.html?thread=53087862#t53087862
the Franz Ferdinand of Africa, set off Rwandan genocide
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Juv%C3%A9nal_Habyarimana_and_Cyprien_Ntaryamira
Mandela and democracy in Malawi
http://www.nyasatimes.com/national/malawi-remembers-mandela%E2%80%99s-walk-to-freedom.html

space mission shopping list wish list. Only $40 billion.
http://futureplanets.blogspot.com/2010/11/decadal-survey-candy-store-posted.html

http://faroutliers.blogspot.com/2010/11/japan-trained-dutch-bankers-impressions.html
Japanese Dutch banker comments on 1968 America

WWII mustard gas disaster led to cancer chemotherapy
http://passingstrangeness.wordpress.com/2010/11/19/the-ss-john-harvey-saviour-of-millions/

retrospective on the assassination of Lebanon's PM
http://rfmcdpei.livejournal.com/2580662.html

Judaism emerging in Indonesia
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/23/world/asia/23indo.html

insanity virus; schizophrenia, bipolar, multiple sclerosis;
endogenous retroviruses genes 40% of human DNA
http://discovermagazine.com/2010/jun/03-the-insanity-virus

Russian gold hair mine
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/22/business/global/22blond.html

tuataras: third eye, 100+ year lifespans, can operate in cold weather,
eat wetas or hand-sized crickets
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/23/science/23angier.html

defending Christian Universalism
http://pantheon.yale.edu/~kd47/univ.htm

Andrew Sullivan on sodomy
"we are all sodomites now"
http://www.glapn.org/sodomylaws/lawrence/lweditorials009.htm

poll on religion as force for good
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2010/11/26/religion-good-evil-poll-hitchens-blair.html

aging oocyte rejuvenation
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101122093345.htm

skepticism about NASA's arsenic based life
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=microbe-gets-toxic-response

solar powered wasps, Oriental hornets
http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9254000/9254445.stm

The Time Cube (and other Internet wacko) of soap
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emanuel_Bronner
http://www.drbronner.com/dr_bronners_philosophy.html

Holden Shearer on representation of gays in Exalted
http://forum.rpg.net/showpost.php?p=13181837&postcount=170

nuclear power analysis costs, sustainability, safety
http://www.theoildrum.com/node/2323
It is a condition of entry to the EU that Chernobyl style plants be
shutdown.

FTC calls for simple web privacy opt-out, privacy by design
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/02/business/media/02privacy.html

on gym for very young kids
http://mlc23.livejournal.com/222792.html

how to link without endorsing in Google
http://www.google.com/support/webmasters/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=96569
a href rel="nofollow"

tragedy of the anticommons
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tragedy_of_the_anticommons

fall in deaths by fire
http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/03/the-miraculous-decline-in-deaths-by-fire/

Dutch women work part-time and like it
http://www.slate.com/id/2274736/

colors of Greek statues
http://m.io9.com/5616498/ultraviolet-light-reveals-how-ancient-greek-statues-really-looked

damn, wish I'd known about this. Copy of the Parthenon in Nashville.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parthenon_%28Nashville%29

Stross on how we need more utopias
http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2010/12/utopia.html

Hermione Granger the pirate queen
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3p_Kewu7jc

Hyperion flyby video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5VfYDYL3rA&feature=player_embedded

Saudi water
http://www.thenational.ae/arts-culture/books/saudis-struggle-for-water?pageCount=0
dream of self-replicating Sahara solar
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80beats/2010/12/01/the-2-ingredients-for-self-replicating-solar-power-sahara-sand-sun/

Haikasoru catalog summary
http://www.haikasoru.com/uncategorized/hikasoru-holiday-shopping-guide/
"A bestseller is, almost by definition, a book purchased by those who
don't normally purchase books."

70 mph umbrella
http://www.senzumbrellas.com/en/the-idea/

Lois Bujold interviews Miles Vorkosigan
http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/ah-bujold-lois-more.php

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