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links for 2010-08-23

  • Germany's ID cards will have mandatory RFID chips beginning November 1. This is a bad idea.
    (tags: [rfid]( [surveillance]( [germany]( [goverment]( [privacy]( [article]( [id](
  • A really thoughtful article addressing the proposed Muslim community center two and a half blocks from Ground Zero. There has been a lot of ink spilled about it, but this article is really good.
    (tags: [muslim]( [worldtradecenter]( [mosque]( [groundzero]( [article]( [newyork]( [islam](
  • A really funny and insightful article from P.J. O'Rourke about spending a few days in Afghanistan. Obviously I don't agree with Mr. O'Rourke on everything, but his descriptions and interviews seem to be on point.
    (tags: [afghanistan]( [politics]( [pjorourke]( [weeklystandard]( [article]( [interesting]( [funny](
  • A really interesting presentation, in that animation style I love, about what enlightenment might mean in the 21st century.
    (tags: [video]( [youtube]( [rsaanimate]( [enlightenment]( [animation]( [21century](
  • An explanation of the real costs of copyright, by way of a recent example. A treasure trove of amazing original jazz recordings has surfaced, but will likely never be released for copyright reasons.
    (tags: [jazz]( [copyright]( [volokh](
  • An incredibly interesting story of the last member of an uncontacted tribe in the Brazilian Amazon. He's been given 31 square miles to live in, but shot the last person who attempted contact in the chest with an arrow.
    (tags: [brazil]( [amazon]( [interesting]( [environment]( [language]( [natives]( [anthropology]( [rainforest]( [jungle](