Cowlix Wearing my mind on my sleeve

Friday, December 14, 2001 Permanent link to this day
Charity raid

Two Islamic charities, the Benevolence International Foundation and the Global Relief Foundation, have been raided under provisions of the Patriot Act by the FBI, apparently on direction of the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control.

Internet for Dummies

Partnership for an Idiot-Free Internet: dedicated to educating the new Internet user. [via wood s lot]

Zimbabwe sanctions debate

The European Union is debating punitive measures against Zimbabwe's President Mugabe, a move spurred on by the news that Mugabe travelled to Spain for eye treatment when his country has little viable medical facilities. [via OneWorld]

Fairness in reporting

Paula Zahn interviews Hafez Al-Mirazi, from Al Jazeera on the fairness of their coverage and winds up defending CNN's fairness. [via Cursor]

Moore rewrite

Michael Moore is rewriting up to half of his book on Bush, Stupid White Men and Other Excuses for the State of the Nation, which was to be published by ReganBooks on September 11th. There are 100,000 copies of the original version reported to be in a Pennsylvania warehouse. [via Cursor]

U.S. in Somalia

Blackhawks have been spotted in Mogadishu. [via Cursor]


Israel's cabinet declares Arafat irrelevant and will no longer deal with him.

Goodbye, Mr. Irrelevant: on what the Israeli cabinet declaration really means.

Quiet war

The quiet war is likely to start after Afghanistan. Tim Hames predicts that the next phase will not be as spectacular as Afghanistan and goes through the likely candidates: Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Iraq.


The Nonsense Mantras of Our Times

What's the world like?
A flock of sheep.
One falls into the ditch,
the rest jump in.
- Kabir (Sakhi: 240, The Bijak of Kabir, trans. Linda Hess and Shukdev Singh)

"On TV screens across the globe, for more than two months now, the sheep have been jumping into the ditch without a bleat of protest."

U.S. in the Philippines

U.S. special forces have landed in the Philippines where they are expected to help track the Abu Sayyaf and assist with a Philippine military operation to free two American hostages.

Nebula photo

Beautiful nebula on APOD today.

Single photon emitter

The Toshiba Research and a Cambridge team have announced the first LED which can emit a single photon at a time, a technology that is important for a real implementation of quantum cryptography.


A partial solar eclipse may be visible over parts of the U.S. today, just before twilight on the east coast.

Moving the moving van

Endeavour is going to be placing the Raffaello cargo carrier back in its bay starting at 4:09 Eastern this afternoon and will undock tomorrow about 12:55 pm.

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