Bookmarks for 2011-05-02

May 2nd, 2011 | brainjuice

  • FP Explainer: How Do You Hire Mercenaries? – By Joshua E. Keating | Foreign Policy
    "It helps to have friends in the right places. Al Jazeera has reported that advertisements have been appearing in Guinea and Nigeria offering would-be mercenaries up to $2,000 to come to Qaddafi's aid. The reports are vague so far, but if the Libyan strongman has indeed been shopping for mercenaries, West Africa would be a good place to start. Recent conflicts in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Ivory Coast have generated a steady supply of unemployed ex-fighters willing to move from conflict to conflict for the right price. Foreign mercenaries, often paid in diamonds, kept Sierra Leone's brutal civil war going for years…"
    (tags:war )
  • McConnell Art, A Gallery of Contemporary Cartoonists
    selling original art by Brandon Graham James Stokoe Marian Churchland Marley Zarcone
    (tags:art comics )
  • CONSTANT SIEGE – New Statesman – No limits to the law in New Orleans
    "…Paul Craig Roberts, a former editor of the Wall Street Journal and former assistant secretary to the treasury under Ronald Reagan, wrote recently: “Police in the US now rival criminals, and exceed terrorists as the greatest threat to the American public.”…"
    (tags:crime )
  • Kemper Norton » Libraries Act e.p – coastal slurtronic folk
    "Four tracks classified under the mighty Dewey decimal system used in libraries for the organisation of resources. To find out the precise subject of each track , ask a librarian." The mighty Kemper Norton.
    (tags:music )
  • Full 3-D invisibility cloak in visible light
    In his talk at this year's Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO: 2011, May 1 – 6 in Baltimore), Fischer will describe the first-ever demonstration of a three-dimensional invisibility cloak that works for visible light—red light at a wavelength of 700 nm—independent of its polarization (orientation). Previous cloaks required longer wavelength light, such as microwaves or infrared, or required the light to have a single, specific polarization.
    (tags:tech sci )
  • BLDGBLOG: Spacesuit: An Interview with Nicholas de Monchaux
    "From the fashionable worlds of Christian Dior and Playtex to the military-industrial complex working overtime on efforts to create a protective suit for U.S. exploration of the moon, and from early computerized analyses of urban management to an "android" history of the French court, all by way of long chapters on the experimental high-flyers and military theorists who collaborated to push human beings further and further above the weather—and eventually off the planet itself—de Monchaux's book shows the often shocking juxtapositions that give such rich texture and detail to the invention of the spacesuit: pressurized clothing for human survival in space."
    (tags:fashion space )
  • Measuring the distant universe in 3-D: BOSS proves it can do the job with quasars
    "The biggest 3-D map of the distant universe ever made, using light from 14,000 quasars – supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies billions of light years away – has been constructed by scientists with the third Sloan Digital Sky Survey"
    (tags:space maps )
  • Ian Holloway – Passing Through Occasionally
    "Ian Holloway’s Passing Through Occasionally is 37 minutes of sensitively constructed soundscapes, made up of natural and electronically-sourced material. Now, this may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but despite having the attention span of a gerbil on Miracle-Gro, this reviewer really rates it. Gradual crescendos to textural climaxes provide great dynamic structure, whilst subtle, sparse guitar strums establish thematic movement…"
    (tags:music )
  • All, Everyone, United: Coma Cinema – "Burn A Church," Tearist

    (tags:music video )

  • BBC News – Scots windfarms paid cash to stop producing energy
    "Six Scottish windfarms were paid up to £300,000 to stop producing energy, it has emerged."
    (tags:eco pol )

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