Meryl Does The Math

Meryl has done some research into exactly what percentage of the U.N.’s attention Israel has received since its founding. Big surprise: quite a bit of it.

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The Inspection Game

Today, talks began between the U.N. weapons inspection team and the Iraqi government. A brief refresher history: at first, there was the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM), established in 1991 right after the end of the Gulf War. UNSCOM was the “mean” inspection team: they took their mandate to mean search anywhere, anytime. These are […]

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Grams, not Kilograms!

Ha’aretz has just reported that the seized uranium weighs in at “hundreds of grams”, not the 15 kilograms originally reported. Well, that’s good news. And hey, at least we all got to learn how nuclear weapons are built…. Update: Reuters has a little more information, reporting the actual weight of the uranium as 140 grams, […]

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Very Bad Things

Update 9/29, 8am: It looks like the story below is now proving to be inaccurate: Ha’aretz is reporting that the amount seized was in the hundreds-of-grams range, not 15 kilograms. See their story here. Glenn is first off the mark this morning with some breaking news: Turkish authorities are claiming to have arrested men carrying […]

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The Agonist’s National Security Strategy

I try to keep my blog-promises, if perhaps not in an entirely timely manner. (I still owe Kaus a piece on welfare reform… shudder. ) So I finally got around to reviewing the responses I got from my call for folks to write their own National Security Strategy, as I suspected there was significant disatisfaction […]

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MSNBC Blog Central

MSNBC is continuing their foray into weblogs, and has now established Weblog Central. They’ve got a fellow, Will Femia, doing a blog-on-blogs called Blogspotting, and are also providing a list of resources like Blogdex, Moveable Type, etc. More big media bloggin’ — cool.

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Volokh does TOTN

Eugene Volokh is being shy about his appearance on NPR bigwig talkshow Talk of The Nation yesterday, and hasn’t posted a link to the audio yet. So I will. (Amusingly, when I sent him a “go get ’em!” email, he replied with a thanks — during the live broadcast. One can assume, then, that the […]

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Blogcritics reviews

My review of Peter Gabriel’s latest video is up at Blogcritics; check it out. And if you missed it, I also reviewed Joss Whedon’s new show Firefly over the weekend.

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What’s next, Bush vs. Schroeder on Heinlein?

Has anybody else noticed that, in the Iraq debate, we’ve just seen what may be the first major invocation on a planetary scale of Godwin’s Law? And remember: once Godwin’s Law is triggered, a corollary suggests that the information content of the discussion immediately drops to zero. Sounds about right, though I suspect maybe we’ve […]

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OK, you have our attention. Happy?

It occurs to me, given recent events, that it is now painfully obvious that we need a German equivalent of “cheese-eating-surrender-monkey.” I’m thinking it should begin with “schnitzel-snarfing-“, but after that it gets foggy. More later if I think of a good one; in the meantime, feel free to contribute your own… Update: Hmph. Seems […]

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The paths of heroes

The following is part of a blogburst, a simultaneous, cross-linked posting of many blogs on a single theme. This blogburst concerns Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff series, Angel. For a guide to other Buffy/Angel articles, go to The Buffy BlogBurst Index. He sits across the small table, eyeing me with a cautious, hard […]

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Freidman & Antiglobos

Tom Freidman thinks that 9/11 “may well be remembered for bringing some sobriety to the antiglobalization movement,” pointing to potential economic giants such as India and China as ardent globofans. Money quote: “[T]he most important reason why globalization is alive and well post-9/11 is that while pampered college students and academics in the West continue […]

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Spreading Germs

Business Week reports that the U.S. Center for Disease Control supplied Iraq with “nearly two dozen viral and bacterial samples in the 1980s, including the plague, West Nile, and dengue fever.” Whoops.

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The Nukes of Childhood

Daniel Davies finds in Saddam’s attempts at developing nukes an opportunity for nostalgia: “I read in my evening newspaper that Saddam is definitely on the threshold of developing suitcase nukes, and that all he currently lacks is the necessary uranium … takes me back to my own schooldays…” (Link via Tim Dunlop)

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Martin’s Iraq FAQ

Still confused on the whole prevent-another-9/11 thing? Not sure why an evil, murderous dictator needs to be deposed? Martin’s got you covered with his Iraq FAQ.

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