Ogrish has it. Beating captive teenagers. This led the local Basra government to cut all ties to the Brit forces. BTW: Ogrish also has the new Abu Ghraib photos released by the Australian SBS TV network.
This is either extremely bad news (on several levels -- because it has cast too wide of a net which wastes resources or if it is true, we are in deep shit since the community is way past critical mass) or pure incompetence (in that we don't have a clue):
The National Counterterrorism Center maintains a central repository of 325,000 names of international terrorism suspects or people who allegedly aid them, a number that has more than quadrupled since the fall of 2003, according to counterterrorism officials.
Kenneth Deffeyes on peak oil (this substrate shift will be one of the most important shifts of the early 21st century):
Since we have passed the peak without initiating major corrective measures, we now have to rely primarily on methods that we have already engineered. Long-term research and development projects, no matter how noble their objectives, have to take a back seat while we deal with the short-term problems. Long-term examples in the proposed 2007 US budget (Feb. 9, 2006 New York Times page A-18) include a 65 percent increase in the programs to produce ethanol from corn, a 25.8 percent increase for developing hydrogen fuel cell cars, and a 78.5 percent increase in spending on solar energy research. The Times reports that solar energy today supplies one percent of US electricity; the hope is to double that to 2 percent by the year 2025. By 2025, we're going to be back in the Stone Age.
Ethanol, fuel cells, and solar cells are not the only shimmering dreams. Methane hydrates, oil shale, and the Yucca Mountain radioactive waste depository would be better off forgotten. There are plenty of solid opportunities. Energy conservation is by far the most important. Initiatives that are already engineered and ready to go are biodiesel from palm oil, coal gasification (for both gaseous and liquid fuels), high-efficiency diesel automobiles, and revamping our food supply. Every little bit helps, but even if wind energy continues its success it will still be a little bit.
That's it. I can now refer to the world oil peak in the past tense. My career as a prophet is over. I'm now an historian.
Question. Does the traffic on a-list blogs still follow a power law (years after Shirky repurposed Jakob's power law observation)? I'm not sure it does, particularly if you include sub-communities of 14 year old girls like LiveJournal. I think the tail is so fat right now, and that tail represents so much of the total traffic, that A-list is a useless term. This new medium is continuing the trend towards total disintegration we are seeing in TV-land (first cable and then v-logs) and radio (podcasts). The spew rules.
Chris Suellentrop over at the NYTimes Opinionator conducts a round-up of views on the impact of leaks on national security. The Times is full of mind bending news today: from how the US and Israel plan to reverse the election of Hamas by collapsing the economy, big budget films in Turkey where US troops take the role normally reserved for the USSR's Red Army, more tax windfalls for oil companies despite record oil prices and a massive budget deficit, Mubarak's crack down on Democracy in Egypt (which was given a big green light by the election of Hamas)...