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Robert Scheer, 5/22/01: Bush's Faustian Deal with the Taliban. "The [$43 million] gift, announced last Thursday by Secretary of State Colin Powell, in addition to other recent aid, makes the US the main sponsor of the Taliban and rewards that 'rogue regime' for declaring that opium growing is against the will of God. So, too, by the Taliban's estimation, are most human activities, but it's the ban on drugs that catches this administration's attention." Hmmm.

I started a directory of local news sources on war in Central Asia. Use the sugest-a-link feature to help build the directory.

Imran Khan: "It's a no-win situation for Pakistan."

Rahul Dave: "I am from Bombay, a city which expewrienced, in early 1993, a series of 14 co-ordinated bombs in the vivinity of 2 hours, killing about 300 people and injuring and maiming about 1200."

I'm pleased to announce that Scripting News is now available in OPML, in addition to all previous XMLizations. And since I'd like to get some work done this week, I decided to make this the first item. Heh. I also posted announcements on quite a few XML-oriented mail lists. Getting the news out to people is part of what we do, so it's on topic, even though we're all still obsessing about all that we're obsessing about.

In an email to Betsy Martens who says she failed at getting back to normal today, I said "I have a better idea -- let's not return to normal. What's so great about normal anyway? ;->"

Mulle XML-RPC is a client/server implementation for Objective C by Marcus Müller. It's the 47th implementation.

Jens Alfke: Jabber Client Developer's Cheat Sheet.

BTW, here's an algorithm for getting out of the clutches of the disaster. Turn off the TV. Turn off NPR. Write some code. Cook some food. Don't call a friend. Hole up. Dig in. Have fun. Shhh. Don't tell anyone.

Now as we ease into the hand-wringing and trial balloons, have a look at this picture from space of the eastern hemisphere of planet earth, from a southern perspective. Ain't it beautiful? What if this was all you knew about the planet. How would you imagine the beings on the planet spend their days? Do you think they worry a lot about a building on the other side of the sphere? How many people do you think live there? 25? 250? You might be surprised to learn that most of the people on the planet live in this part. Billions of people. Is it any wonder they're angry with each other? You would be too if it was so crowded!

I live in this part of the world. Some people think we're the next target. Oh well. Still diggin!

DaveNet: Warfare trial-balloons.

Fredrik Lundh, a Swedish developer, compiled a list that gives me goosebumps. Yesterday I wondered why was there so much sympathy for the US, and said I don't trust it. Fredrik shows us that the WTC was part of the world, not just the US.

Jacob Levy: "After we're done 'smoking out the terrorists out of their holes,' what then?"

John Robb: "A simpler plan for airline safety: arm the mostly ex-military pilots. We all put our safety in their hands anyway, why not arm them?"

The politics between India and Pakistan are bewilderingly complex.

Here's another website we haven't been reading, but will.

Physics Today: Nations Tackle Nuclear Terrorist Threat.

Brewster Kahle: "The Internet Archive in collaboration with Alexa Internet, SUNY, the Library of Congress and the University of Washington, is archiving pages and sites relating to the terrorist attacks in the NY and DC."

BTW, speaking of apologies, it seems the US government must have something to say to the families of the people who died on Tuesday. After alll the money we spend on defense, there was apparently no plan to protect the air space of NY and DC. This amazes me. In 1994 a private pilot crashed his plane into the White House. Hello. Anyone home at DoD? I hope it's not necessary to ask if there are defenses for our cities now.

Today's song: We Didn't Start the Fire.

Survey: "Do you feel fear when you hear the sound of a jet overhead?"

A message from Pakistan on their relationship with the US.

Welcome to DAWN, Pakistan's most widely circulated English language newspaper.

Mike Krus did a synthetic RSS feed for Dawn.

Debka is an Israeli weblog.

Jerome Camus explains how the US is seen outside the US.

Paul Hardwick has a lot of background pointers on Carnivore.

Dan Gillmor: Expert Says Hold, not Buy, Shares Tomorrow.


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