February 27th, 2007

Chris Keeley

the origins of 532 unusually large tusks confiscated in Singapore in 2002. Using DNA analysis, the g

the origins of 532 unusually large tusks confiscated in Singapore in 2002. Using DNA analysis, the group led by Wasser determined that the tusks came from African savannah elephants similar to those found in and around the nation of Zambia.

Increased Demand for Ivory Threatens Elephant Survival

By Marc Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 27, 2007; A10


An international effort to halt the illegal killing of elephants for their ivory tusks has all but collapsed in most of Africa, leaving officials and advocates alarmed about the survival of the species. A study released yesterday estimates that as many as 23,000 of the animals were slaughtered last year alone.

A team of wildlife and law enforcement experts concluded that a widely hailed 1989 ban on international sales of ivory has been overwhelmed by exploding demand for ivory in Japan and newly rich China and declining support for anti-poaching programs.

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MC Router, "queen of nerdcore," just got this new tattoo.

MC Router, "queen of nerdcore," just got this new tattoo.

This tattoo is 900 petabytes of awesome.

If you missed the story of how MC Router dissed Wired Magazine in a nerdcore revenge track some months ago, go read up here, then listen to the result: "UnWired."

Lest ye suffer under the misbelief that that the 21-year-old, Texas-based Ms. Router is a personage to be taken lightly, I present unto you a snip:

Nerdcore article got published in Wired.
That asshole Roger Thomasson should get fucking fired.
What the hell's going on with this shitty magazine?
You want this motherfucking knife in your fucking spleen?
Here's an MP3 Link for the song. Here's her MySpace: Link.


For the record, the folks at Wired took the song with much good humor. No nerdcore revenge rap reply issued from Chris Anderson, last I checked.

Previously on BB:

  • Nerdcore shows in Vegas, January 8-9

    posted by Xeni Jardin

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    Raul Gutierrez: photographs from Tibet and rural China

    Raul Gutierrez: photographs from Tibet and rural China

    Above, "Mother and Daughter," from the "Yushu to Serba Road" series by Brooklyn-based photographer Raul Gutierrez. I could look at his work all day. He has traveled extensively in Amdo, Kham, and other rural areas of Tibet, and the candid glimpses of traditional life he's brought back are just stunning. Subscribe to an RSS feed of his photos here, looks like he's represented by this gallery if you'd like to buy prints.

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    In the heart of Palestinian consensus*

    In the heart of Palestinian consensus*
    * **http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/830495.html*
    *By Danny Rubinstein*
    *Forty years after the Six-Day War, the Palestinian attitude that has
    become consolidated toward the State of Israel is quite clear: It is
    possible and necessary to achieve an agreement for coexistence with
    Israel on the basis of the 1967 borders. Israelis who think it is
    possible to reach an accord with the Palestinians that includes
    annexation of settlement blocs in the West Bank or leaves East Jerusalem
    under Israeli jurisdiction are deluding themselves. In all the decades
    that have passed since occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, not a
    single Palestinian voice has been heard that agrees to less than that.
    Of course, there have been those who demanded more, and even today some
    want to destroy Israel entirely, but no Palestinian will agree to allow
    Israel to annex even one meter beyond the boundaries of the Green Line.

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    Chalmers Johnson: “Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic"

    Chalmers Johnson: “Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic"

    Tuesday, February 27th, 2007


    In his new book, CIA analyst, distinguished scholar, and best-selling author Chalmers Johnson argues that US military and economic overreach may actually lead to the nation's collapse as a constitutional republic. It's the last volume in his Blowback trilogy, following the best-selling "Blowback" and "The Sorrows of Empire." In those two, Johnson argued American clandestine and military activity has led to un-intended, but direct disaster here in the United States. [includes rush transcript - partial]


    Chalmers Johnson is a retired professor of international relations at the University of California, San Diego. He is also President of the Japan Policy Research Institute. Johnson has written for several publications including Los Angeles Times, the London Review of Books, Harper's Magazine, and The Nation. In 2005, he was featured prominently in the award-winning documentary film, “Why We Fight.”

    Chalmers Johnson joined me yesterday from San Diego. I began by asking him about the title of his book, “Nemesis.”

    • Chalmers Johnson, Author, scholar and leading critic of US foreign policy. Retired professor of international relations at the University of California, San Diego. He is also President of the Japan Policy Research Institute. His new book is “Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic.”
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    AMY GOODMAN: Today, we spend the hour with the former CIA consultant, distinguished scholar, best-selling author, Chalmers Johnson. He's just published a new book. It's called Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic. It's the last volume in his trilogy, which began with Blowback, went onto The Sorrows of Empire.

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    Gen. Pace: U.S. Army Strained

    Gen. Pace: U.S. Army Strained
    The nation's top military officer, Gen. Peter Pace, has warned Congress that the military is under increasing strain because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pace said there is a significant risk that the U.S. military won't be able to quickly and fully respond to a third crisis.

    Americans Underestimate Number of Iraqis Killed in War
    A new poll by the Associated Press has found that Americans are keenly aware of how many U.S. forces have lost their lives in Iraq but they woefully underestimate the number of Iraqi civilians who have been killed. Half of Americans polled said they thought fewer than ten thousand Iraqis had died since the Iraq war began. The actual death toll is far higher. Researchers from Johns Hopkins estimate about 655,000 Iraqis have died as a consequence of the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

    Laura Bush Downplays Level of Violence in Iraq
    First Lady Laura Bush is also being accused of downplaying the level of violence in iraq. During an interview on Larry King, Laura Bush said, “Many parts of Iraq are stable now. But, of course, what we see on television is the one bombing a day that discourages everybody.” The Brookings Institute recently estimated there are approximately185 insurgent and militia attacks every day.

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    In Uganda, 'Last King of Scotland' Generates Blend of Pride and Pain

    In Uganda, 'Last King of Scotland' Generates Blend of Pride and Pain
    Crowds Flock to Oscar-Honored Film About Idi Amin

    By Craig Timberg
    Washington Post Foreign Service
    Tuesday, February 27, 2007; A01


    KAMPALA, Uganda, Feb. 26 -- She was 11 time zones away from Hollywood, but movie buff Marion E. Busingye could not wait to see if "The Last King of Scotland" -- a rare and terrifying look at Uganda's bloody political history -- would win an Oscar.

    So she stayed up. And up. And up. And up.

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