Electrical Armor and X-Ray Vision in Iraq
There are many urban legends and myths about the coalition forces in Iraq, including: The vehicles have electrical armour which defeats RPGs (countered by putting insulating tape on your RPG rockets) and that soldiers sunglasses allow them to see through clothes (no defence).
The site has recently added a Tech section, has some beautiful photos, keeps putting out superb position documents, briefings, primers and news analysis. Here are two recent samples:
Selections from Iraqi Prime Minister Allawi’s speech to Congress and President Bush’s speech recent speech the UN.
and this from the excellent Behaviour section of the site
The size of human groups with some comment on terror cells
See in particular the notes on “the so-called Dunbar Number”.
“However, Dunbar’s work itself suggests that a community size of 150 will not be a mean for a community unless it is highly incentivized to remain together. We can see hints of this in Dunbar’s description of the number and what it means:
“The group size predicted for modern humans by equation (1) would require as much as 42% of the total time budget to be devoted to social grooming.
“My suggestion, then, is that language evolved as a “cheap” form of social grooming, so enabling the ancestral humans to maintain the cohesion of the unusually large groups demanded by the particular conditions they faced at the time.” MORE
“The London Noise Map Web Viewer contains maps that show calculated levels of road traffic noise across the Greater London area. The maps do not include the effects of any other sources of noise, such as railways, aircraft, industrial or neighbour noise. One set of maps show noise from All Roads, and another set show only noise from Major Roads. Each map shows the level of noise using different ways of accounting for the variation of noise, both from moment to moment and at different times of day. These are called Noise Indexes. You can also view the maps at a selection of different sizes.” MORE
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Very sad topic, but worth noting:
For the first time a major study is now being presented in which parents of children who died of cancer were given the opportunity to talk about their experiences. The findings are being published in several acclaimed articles and a doctoral dissertation at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. All parents of children who died of cancer in Sweden between 1992 and 1997 were contacted four to nine years after the death of their child. One part of the study…takes up the question of whether the parents had talked with their severely ill child about death. None of the 147 parents who had done so regretted doing so. On the other hand, 69 (27%) of the 258 parents who had not spoken with their child about death later regretted not having done so, most of them because they had realized that their child had in fact understood that he/she was dying. MORE
Aussie cons use this for..err…avoiding court.
New posts and quotes, like this:
“Our dangers, as it seems to me, are not from the outrageous but from the conforming; not from those who rarely and under the lurid glare of obloquy upset our moral complaisance, or shock us with unaccustomed conduct, but from those, the mass of us, who take their virtues and tastes, like their shirts and their furniture, from the limited patterns which the market offers.”
– Learned Hand ” The Preservation of Personality”
I have not really got much to say about this. I though suicide bombers were the nadir of Islamic fascists, but I was wrong. The deliberate targeting of children – despite a near universal human given that children are innocent and inviolable – takes this war to a new level of barbarity.
Two photo albums at fotki.com have harrowing photos of the siege and its aftermath. Details on how to contribute to the relief effort can be found there too.
WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGES
School siege tragedy
Aftermath of Belsan terrorist attack
For an example of a picture Al Reuters will not show you with the casual description of “victims of militants“, shock yourself here: Dead children.