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[LINK] Some Friday links

  • Phil Hunt at Amused Cynicism comments on the irony of at least one British Europhobe wanting to bmake the United Kingdom dependent on the Untied States.
  • David Pescovitz at Boing Boing covers an Austrian court case launched with the goal of establishing a chimpanzee as a person with rights.
  • Thanks to More Words, Deeper Hole’s James Nicoll for linking to science fiction writer John W. Campbell’s series on the Solar System, written with the help of what was then the latest science.
  • Over at The Marmot’s Hole, two posts (1, 2) point out a conceived inconsistency in South Korean foreign policy, after Seoul condemned the brutal Butrmese dictatorship while hoping to kickstart relations with a North Korea that’s at least as oppressive. I don’t see much of an inconsistency; a conflictual relationship with North Korea isn’t exactly in South Korean interests.
  • Francis Strand comments on a Danish marriage and its idosyncracies.
  • Norman Geras has two posts up, one referring to Boing Boign’s chimpanzee and the need to create a legal status midway between “thing” and “person,” the other observing that modern consumer electronic devices like cell phones makes the job of the Burmese dictatorship that much harder.
  • feorag at the Pagan Prattle informs readers of the happy news that the British government has decided that the only reason for an accredited school to include creationism in its science curriculum is to explain why creationism isn’t science.
  • At Marginalia, Peteris Cedrins writes about the contested status of Latgalian, a dialect of Latvian spoken in the traditionally Roman Catholic province of Latgale in the otherwise traditionally Lutheran country of Latvia, and the ways in which tensions between Latgale and the rest of Latvia define group identities.
  • In the aftermath of the Maryland Supreme Court’s decision not to recognize same-sex marriage, Jason Kuznicki at Positive Liberty writes eloquently about the ways in which the law shapes culture.
  • Strange Maps has a map up of Freistaat Flaschenhals, the Free State of Bottleneck, produced inadvertantly after the First World War when planners of the Anglo-French-American occupation of the German Rhineland overlooked a small valley, hence the name.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 28, 2007 at 10:29 pm

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