Thursday, December 23, 2004

Around the world in 80 blogs - the Christmas edition 

...in 80 blogs - as somebody who grew up on Jules Verne (our rulers considered him dead enough and safe enough for the country's youth to read), I always wanted to say that!

Wishing all my fellow bloggers a restful and happy Christmas and an successful, exciting, link-rich 2005. Thank you for your support, encouragement, kind words and links since I started on 31 March this year - it's been an absolute ball being part of the blogosphere and along the way acquiring so many "virtual" friends and co-conspirators.

It's unlikely that I will be able to continue "Around the world in X blogs" next year. The time constraints mean that it's proving almost impossible to keep producing all those mega news and links round-ups in the quantities I've been doing it this year. By way of compensation, however inadequate, I'll try to link to good blog stuff on an ongoing basis. So, if you have something particularly original, interesting, insightful, worthwhile, or funny, please let me know.

To make things interesting on this journey, the huge, the big, the small and the tiny, are all mixed together in alphabetical order:

In Australia,
A E Brain looks at the new French bridge, where the line between Great Art and Great Engineering is nonexistent.

Atilla the Pun has the next mission for the blogosphere: find these pictures!

Bastards Inc sings an ode to Retrosexuals.

Wretchard at
Belmont Club asks how exactly did the journalists manage to photograph the execution of electoral workers in Iraq.

Nothing gets
Boils My Blood as worked up as anti-smoking laws.

The Currency Lad presents his very extensive list of his choices for Men of the Year.

Dissecting Leftism gets spoofed by a left-wing blog, which gets John Ray pondering on why the left-wing blogs get more traffic and comments.

Fabian's Hammer observes that torture is still endemic in China.

The House of Wheels notes that you don't have to go to university in Australia to encounter socialism.

Kev Gillett blogs from Saigon.

Niner Charlie comments on pro-terrorist art in Melbourne.

Tim Blair has been a bit quiet lately - and in case you were wondering, that's what he's been doing:
Quotes of 2004: April - and every other month. Read on, laugh and cry - I'm not going to link to all twelve posts, just visit his site and keep scrolling.

A Western Heart has more comments about the gay Lincoln theory.

Vox Felisi invites you to a "blog-burst" in January, in remeberance of a very poignant anniversary.

In the United States,
Abstract Musings blogs about picking on the Amish.

The Adventures of Chester thinks that all things considered there are some interesting parallels between the occupation of Japan and that of Iraq.

Fausta at
the Bad Hair Blog is having Lileks-induced interior desecration flashbacks. On a more serious note, she's also keeping an eye on the unfolding saga of the release of the French hostages.

Baldilocks rounds up the latest from fellow milbloggers.

Beautiful Atrocities remembers a remarkable woman executed 60 year ago at Dachau.

The Big Picture tries to make sense of recent AIDS stories coming out of Africa.

Blackfive has a letter from a Marine wife to Harrison Ford.

Matt Margolis at
Blogs for Bush says there is an 11th thing that "Time" magazine should have learned about blogs.

Booker Rising comments on Bill Cosby's libertarian side.

Brain Shavings muses on correlations between faith and politics.

Bunker Mulligan blogs about the "pattern of discontent" in the US forces.

Jeff Jarvis at
Buzz Machine celebrates the fact that blog discussions about religious wars don't have to themselves degenerate into wars.

Captain Ed at
Captain's Quarters notes that (self?-) marginalization of the Democratic Party continues.

Centerfeud writes on why liberalism can't confront jihadism.

Clayton Cramer blogs about the Social Security reform.

The Colossus considers alternatives to Christmas - Saturnalia? Moloch-worship?

Conservatives Anonymous is "sick and tired of seeing the very same people who have opposed military spending since the era of Carter turn around and complain about a lack of good [military] planning."

Country Store looks at the misadventures of the Crown Prince Kojo.

Dean's World, the new Carnival of the Liberated - check out what Iraqi bloggers are taking about this week.

The Diplomad lists the Top Ten Allies he appreciates. As an Australian and a Pole, thanks for occupying 20% of the list.

Bill Roggio at
The Fourth Rail looks at the Iranian strategy against the United States.

Gleeful Extremist ruminates on Rumsfeld.

HoodaThunk? writes about the problem of changing the mind of those who hate us.

Bill at
INDC Journal asks, "Why the Visceral Dislike for Wonkette?"

Glenn Reynolds at
Instapundit is also doing Rummyblogging.

Steve Vincent at
In the Red Zone: "In the 1930s, men volunteered for units like the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in order to fight Fascism in Spain. Today, their tenured sons and daughters sit in comfortable academic seminars where they denounce the 'empire' and its nefarious designs on the planet... Or they create websites like Iraq Body Count, which tallies the number of civilian deaths--without, however, discriminating between those killed by U.S. troops, fascist paramilitaries, disease, crime or tribal disputes. Judging by its home page image of a Stealth Bomber dropping its payload, every death is America's fault."

Iowahawk unveils the ACLU's guide to Christmas-free Christmas.

La Shawn Barber notes the Dems are ready to ease up on child killing spree.

Charles at
Little Green Footballs - contrary to INDC Journal entry above - doesn't have a good word to say about Wonkette.

Mad Minerva argues "Want Christmas? Fight for it."

Masamune is blogging about the fall of Yukos.

Media Lies analyzes Rummy's response to his critics.

Michelle Malkin weighs in on the debate whether Yahoo! should allow a killed Marine's family access to his email account.

Joe Gandelman at
The Moderate Voice has his own blog round-up. He's also proud to bring you a Politically Correct Xmas Carol.

MuD & PHuD is doing some Second Amendment blogging.

Mrs Greyhawk at
Mudville Gazette attends an United Service Organisation concert.

No Left Turns: Montana - a swing state?

Patrick Ruffini blogs about the Democrats' Dixie wish.

Pejmanesque: "Because Atlas May Shrug After All."

Deacon at
Powerline defends Rumsfeld from Andrew Sullivan.

Prairie Fire: you'll pray that the ACLU wins this battle.

The Queen of All Evil blogs about getting gays back into the military.

John Hawkins at
Right Wing News blogs extensively about Social Security reform.

Roger Simon opposes death penalty, except in one case.

Russell Newquist at
RussBlog is inspired by yours truly's "Good news" segments and is starting "Good news from America."

Silent Running: Islamic terrorism in New Zealand? The media fails again.

Michelle at
A Small Victory: "Rudolph is not a cuddly, warm, fuzzy story. Rudolph, in fact, is a tale of pacifism and appeasement and mental abuse."

Solomonia reviews Steve Vincent's excellent "In the Red Zone".

TigerHawk looks at his blog year in review.

John Rosenthal at
Transatlantic Intelligencer thinks the blogosphere got fooled about the real situation in Ukraine - a controversial, but worthwhile perspective. Also, here.

Lots of interesting stuff at Winds of Change:
Joe Katzman blogs about Egypt and the Mubarak problem, and Dan Darling takes a close look at Al Qaeda.

In Europe,
Barcepundit blogs about the politicization of the March 11 terror commission.

Greg Djereijan at the
Belgravia Dispatch blogs extensively about right-wingers bashing Rummy.
Blithering Bunny: "If you go to Vegas from, say, Latvia, you might find it glamorous. But if you go to Vegas having spent many years in Sydney, and you're familiar with the insides of the Leagues Clubs, you won't."

Eric at
Ne Pasaran watches the spin unfold as the French hostages in Iraq are released.

Pieter at
Peaktalk translated some of the Dutch-language reflections of the late Theo Van Gogh.

Tomas Kohl says the EU is harmful to minors.

In Asia,
Simon World encourages you to travel around Asia by blog.

In the Middle East, Omar and Mohammad Fadhil from
Iraq the Model are back in Iraq from their American voyage - refreshed and encouraged by all the support. It's sad to see Ali Fadhil leaving the blog - I hope we'll know soon what's up.

Israellycool blogs about those Swedish children in Gaza.

Athena at
Terrorism Unveiled: up close with honor killing.

In Africa,
Ethiopundit asks what makes some nations "happy" and others "unhappy."

Please welcome the new kid on the blog,
We Won't Get Fooled Again, writings on politics and international relations by a young resident of the great state of New York.

And for something different, Patrick Anderson is song-blogging:
"You Gotta Stand for Somethin' " and "Soldier, Soldier - A Tribute".

As always, don't forget
Homespun Bloggers who are going from strength to strength, attracting more and more members.

Also, have a look at the blogroll, which has been gently cleansed of some blogs that ceased publishing, and quite a few new ones were added.

Merry Christmas!


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