Friday Linkzookery – 23 May 2008

Why You Won’t See the Iranian Weapons We’ve Captured in Iraq
Your only response should be wondering what they are trying to sell you, and why.

News Blackouts
There could be no more bigger news story in the past 5 years, then the revelation that Iraqis and their US and coalition allies have soundly defeated Al Qaeda, neutralized Sunni resistance to the government, and severely constrained the violence and influence of sectarian militias, both Sunni and Shia.

Federal court rules against military’s gay policy
Is the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” near?

Volkswagen predicts U.S. diesel share could hit 30% by 2018
My second car was a 1980 diesel VW Rabbit. It was quite economical, though I don’t know quite how it would have compared to the gasoline Rabbit.

Russians admit spaceship suffered a snag
I hadn’t realized things were quite so serious.

New Blockbuster Prototype Stores
Coffee, comfy chairs, and such.

Our “fascist” space program
Chair Force Engineer on the state of things today.

What did Nash see?
Nash was onto something, I’m sure of it. And the photos seem to prove that there was an unexpected attack on one of the military installations outside of Piedmont.

The Andromeda Strain
Watched this 1971 movie recently with my son. I hadn’t seen it in years, and enjoyed it thoroughly. So did my son. Haven’t read the book.

McCain’s Vice Presidential Barbecue?
McCain invited several potential running mates to his ranch this weekend. Could one of them be his choice?

Universal Day of the Jedi
May 25th. May the Force be with you.

The Top 10 Self Defense Myths
I’ve never heard of the “Gross-Out Defense,” but I’m positive it’s worthless.

Plains, Trains, and Plantains: The Story of Oedipus
If this is legit, someone should be beat with a club, and it’s not the writer. It’s the teacher who gave him (and I’m pretty sure it must have been a him) a passing grade. (Still, a good read. – Ed.)

Alien Bar
Designed by Hans Ruedi Giger.

Chestburster Tattoo
Girls dig that sort of thing.

New Red Spot Appears On Jupiter
I thought this sort of thing wasn’t supposed to happen until 2010.

Zombies, sure…but what about dinosaurs?
How to defend yourself against a tyrannosaur.

Why, this could explain the THOUSANDS of Craters on the Moon’s surface
Lunar explosions. Who knew?

Carnival of Homeschooling No. 125
A great weekly resource for lots of cool stuff.