Another EU Member State Recognizes Kosovo

Russia’s invasion of Georgia was in response to Europe’s recognition of Kosovo. Kosovo was used to part to Serbia, a Russian client in the middle of Europe. Thus, it is heartening that recognition by Kosovo by European countries — which had been stalled since the Czech Republic’s recognition of Kosovo in May — is on the move again.

B92 – News – Politics – Malta recognizes Kosovo
PRIÅ TINA — The Kosovo foreign ministry says it has received official information that Malta has recognized its unilateral independence declaration.

“The Kosovo foreign ministry has just received official information that the Republic of Malta has recognized Kosovo as an independent and sovereign country,” read a statement.

It added that the Maltese foreign ministry’s declaration of recognition had been submitted to Skender Hyseni, the man appointed by the Kosovo provincial authorities as its foreign policy chief.

Most European Union member states (21 out of 27) now recognize Kosovo.

Those who wish to slow down this process effectively want to encourage Russia’s acts of war. Those who believe that interstate war is not a legitimate tool of diplomacy must work to increase Kosovo’s recognition around the world, and its eventual accession to the European Union.

Old Site Closing Down

Because its service decreased steadily over the years, Dreamhost’s one-click wordpress is more powerful, and I don’t feel like the extra money, the original tdaxp blog will be shut down at the end of the month.

I believe everything is moved over to tdaxp.com, so this should not impair your blog-reading experience. Still, if anything does go wrong, just leave a comment and I will fix it as fast as possible!

The Complexity of Mental Disease

Courtesy of gnxp, this great post on the intersection of psychiatry and genetics:

Back in April I posted on the elusive genetics of bipolar disorder, a crippling psychiatric condition affecting over 2% of the population in any given year.

The major message from that article is that although bipolar disorder is massively influenced by genetic factors (around 85% of the variation in risk is thought to be due to genetics) we still don’t really have the faintest idea exactly which genes are involved. This is despite three reasonably large genome-wide association studies involving over 4,000 bipolar patients in total, which generated weak and contradictory results and failed to provide a single compelling candidate for genetic variation underlying this disease.

Genetic Future: The challenges of psychiatric genetics.

Similar problems will be faced when we turn genetics on the problem of crime, so the post really is valuable for understanding what the controveries in anticrime gene thereapy will be in 10 to 20 years time.

Sticking with Win XP

My new harddrive came today, which along with memory was a very cheap alternative to a new laptop.  I’m going to skip a generation, sticking with Windows XP until Windows 7 comes out.

One of the advantages of having free harddrive space again is being able to load my back the many songs I have by single artists (such as Muslimgauze and Saw Doctors).

Being able to jam to hours of Muslimgauze again is joyous. A truly happy experience.  You haven’t lived until you’ve heard Zakat Zakat, You Have Limbs and Baksheesh, North Afrika Is Not So Far Away, Kabul is Free Under a Veil, or the droning voice of Hindu Kush Opium Crop:

We have policies about Saddam Hussein
Kill him
Kill him desperately

A descent soundtrack to anything that Ahmed Rashid‘s ever written.

How I Solved: Clear Paper Path error on Sharp AR-M162 Multifunction Printer/Scanner/Copier

My problem was that my Sharp AR-M162 printer could print out one page, exactly, before jamming (if there was a 2nd page coming) and then issuing a “Clear Paper Path” error. The display indicates the error is from the side panel. However, unless the 2nd page was stuck when the Clear Paper Path error came up, no paper is stuck there.

The Sharp AR-M162
The Sharp AR-M162

I had worried that either there was a small piece of paper stuck somewhere deep in the mechanism, or else that a part was failing. I had gone through all the directions available online, such as the fixya forum. I had even unscrewed another panel, blown compressed air everywhere sensible, and so on. Still the problem remained. I could clear the error by opening and closing the right side panel, but as soon as another page printed, the same error would occur.

Fortunately, the technician was the sort of man who should fulfill that role. He was helpful, friendly, informative, and very competent. The used his experience with the copier to rapidly diagnose the problem, fix it, and test it.

When the “Clear Paper Path” error reliably comes up on the Sharm ARM162 after one page has printed, the problem is most commonly with a small plastic arm insdie the right side panel. The plastic arm may become dislodged during a paper jam, during moving, or oher jostling. The solution is to gently force the small plastic arm in place. The reason this causes the error is that the very right end of the plastic arm tells a sensor the previous page printed OK. If the arm is bent or partially dislodged, the arm’s end is not where it is expected to be, and so the “Clear Paper Path” error is flagged. Opening and closing the right side door temporarily fixes the error because the motion of the side door opening and closing will often (about 50% of the time) temporarily move the arm’s end into place.

Of course, no one is ever happy about having tech support come out (or receiving the bill!). Still, I am happy no new part is needed, and that the problem is anything I “missed.” The problem was an unknown unknown, something I did not know what wrong that I was not even looking for. I now know more about my printer, and (thanks to BBE’s great technician) will be able to solve a similar problem in the future.

Building the Sysadmin-Industrial-Complex

A very good post from Tom on Enterra’s work. Tom’s echoing what I wrote about in describing the need for 5GW — we cannot expect a conscious grand strategy to take us where we need to go. We need to build the conditions such that we win anyway.

“Charlie Wilson’s Peace” with the right ending! (Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog)
And the dream, which Steve helps each other to discover and then Steve implements like some genius “mad man” (see the series) through his stunning efforts in Kurdish Iraq, begins to take real shape.

On that level, I say, f–k grand strategy in the official sense (but God bless Bob Gates for every day he stays in office). Steve and I have decided to have our own foreign policy, not waiting on the USG but wanting it to catch up ASAP.

That’s why both Steve and DiB are major characters in Great Powers. It’s “Charlie Wilson’s Peace” with the right G.D. ending!

The Sysadmin Industrial Complex will do for nation building what the Military-Industrial-Complex did for government-destroying. Tom’s very lucky to be in at the ground floor.