From occupation to Wall Street: how patent laws we've imposed in Iraq are helping big business. (Courtesy thewronghands.)
Welcome to America, 2007: the increase in inmates is leading to an increase in private prisons.
* Joe Klein: "The most important part of the dispute is what happens if we actually reduce from 20 to 10 combat brigade: We would have to leave Baghdad, which would, in effect, turn the city over to Muqtada al-Sadr."
* The National Intelligence Estimate has some grim news on the political situation in Iraq.
* Meanwhile, guess who is dominating the conversation about Iran.
* Cillizza on the presidential poll numbers. (Bonus: who is more disliked, Clinton or Romney?)
* Vint Cerf talks the future of information.
* Today's headline: "Monkey misery for Kenyan women villagers"
* Director picked for live action G.I. Joe movie?
Scientists recreate an out-of-body experience in test subjects. (Courtesy a few people, heh.)
Babel, redux: the internet facilitates the growth of a number of invented languages.
New version of Cosmic Encounters in the works, plus some Twilight Imperium news.