Friday Linkzookery – 22 Dec 2006

My two-week daily Linkzookery experiment is coming to a close. With the exception of yesterday, I posted a Linkzookery every week day. My plan is to not post Linkzookery next week (except for the regular Friday edition) and decide how I’m going to run it after the first of the year. At this point I’m thinking that I will drop the daily linkpost idea and simply publish more little posts with links and a thought or two instead of publishing them together. I had wanted to get away from that, but after this run of daily Linkzookery I may actually step it up a bit. If you have any strong feelings on the subject, let me know.

On to the regularly-scheduled ‘zookery:

Scientists Predict Big Solar Cycle
Solar cycle 24, due to peak in 2010 or 2011 “looks like its going to be one of the most intense cycles since record-keeping began almost 400 years ago”

Andrew of Arabia
Andrew Olmstead is headed to Iraq to help train the new Iraqi Army.

Anbar Province and the Iraq Study Group Report

Iraqi Politicians and Tribal Sheihks are concerned about the implications of the Iraq Study Group report

Unmarked toy guns cause problems
Murdoc will almost always side with troops or police who shoot folks with toy look-alike weapons. That’s why Murdoc’s kids will never own black look-alikes, orange barrel tip or no.

Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri Threatens More Attacks on USA, West
I’ve looked and looked, but I’ve seen no trace of Osama bin Laden in any of these releases.

More On The “Carrier Surge”
Rattle sabers in three, two, one…

Cleric agrees to end boycott of Iraqi government: Al-Sadr and loyalists walked out three weeks ago to protest Bush meeting
Darth Sadr’s on-gain/off-again game continues.

The Iraqi Army: A Year in Review
Sure, there’s a long way to go. But an awful lot of progress has been made and more is around the corner.

Interview with Captain Charlie Benbow USMC

Another CENTCOM-arranged blogger interview.

Iragi Army captures IED cell leader
We cannot possibly hope to defeat IEDs by finding and avoiding or destroying every single IED. We must cut them off at the source.

GE completes F414 demonstration
The XTE77/SE2 advanced technology demonstrator engine.

Artist’s 1975 rendering of Toroidal space colony
We should be there in about three hundred years or so. More space settlement images here.

Virtual world may revive outlawed experiments
Psychological experiments that no longer take place in the real world could still be run

Blood and Money
In what might be called the mother of all surprises, Iraq’s economy is growing strong, even booming in places


  1. Keep the Friday Linkzookery and just publish more daily posts and thoughts with links. I liked it better that way. Otherwise I rarely follow through with the massive amounts of daily links.

  2. Unmarked toy guns cause problems’ I own several of these airsoft guns and I have never committed a crime with them – those who actually play with airsoft guns at arenas and fields are very responsible – but it’s still your choice on deciding on whether to let your kids have them – I’m 18 and many major airsoft shops do not sell to minors. go here for more info:

  3. Charley: I should have been more clear. It’s not that I think hyper-realistic toy guns are a problem because they can be used by criminals to commit crimes, it’s because police have to make a split-second decision on whether to shoot or not shoot, and someone in the wrong place at the wrong time could very easily be shot by mistake. And I’d side with the cops. And I won’t let my kids do something where I’d side with cops who shot them.