Link roundup for 28 February 2009
Ice Princess has some questions.
I really doubt that life in the Ukrainian army is this much fun.
As if newspapers didn't already have enough problems, here's a plan for them to self-destruct completely.
Photos from the 1941-1944 siege of Leningrad are blended with pictures of the same places today, with interesting results.
It increasingly looks like the hardest-hit country in the current recession will be China. Here's more on Beijing's real-estate implosion (exacerbated by overbuilding for the Olympics).
Enough is enough -- cutting immigration is now the number-one issue for British voters (background info here). Maybe this kind of thing has something to do with it (remember that in Britain "Asian" usually means Pakistani, that is, Muslim). And I guess this is better than suicide bombing, but..... (found via Mendip).
Michael Totten has a dramatic account of Christopher Hitchens's encounter with neo-Nazis in Beirut.
The Middle East Quarterly debunks the idea that honor killings are just a form of domestic violence.
Obama's new intelligence gatekeeper is a notorious toady of the Saudi and Chinese regimes.
A positive step: the United States boycotts the Durban II "racism conference" (actually an anti-Israel hate-fest).
Valentine's Day is getting big in Iran (sent by Ranch Chimp).
The intellectual battle to rescue conservatism from its death spiral has begun. John Derbyshire denounces the growing prominence of anti-intellectual figures such as Rush Limbaugh. Daniel Larison debunks the myth of the US as a "center-right" nation; Gentleman Freddie makes related points. Liberal blogger Terrance has some worthwhile observations here and here. The virulence of many of the comments here, however, suggests that many conservatives remain mentally locked into an ideological dead end.
Under Bush, government spending rose from 35% of GNP to 40%.
The recent kerfluffle over George Will illustrates the fundamental dishonesty of global-warming denialism -- see here, here, and here (read this too). Mark Kleiman looks at denialism's possible link with Biblical literalism (the analogy with creationism has always seemed obvious to me). Science Daily clears up myths about the supposed "medieval warm period". We may have gotten rid of Bush just in time since it looks like global warming is more serious than we thought. Discussion of possible solutions here.
Aubrey de Grey heads for Moscow.
Nanotechnology creeps forward, using new folding techniques for construction (found via Mendip). One nano-device is already working. And here's an interesting look at nano-skepticism.
North Carolina researchers are modifying viruses to fight cancer. More on the technique here.