January 11th, 2005


Ukranians to pull out of Iraq.

The Ukranian parliament have voted 308-0 to pull their approximately 1600 soldiers out of Iraq... this after a recent attack -- which was first described as an explosives accident -- killed eight of their soldiers, along with a soldier from Kazakhstan.

The unanimous vote is apparently in response to a plan by outgoing Ukranian president Kuchma to have a slower, more staggered withdrawl from Iraq, beginning in March and stretching on into the summer of this year. Kuchma's successor, Viktor Yushchenko, is scheduled to take over the office within days, and will apparently find himself facing significant pressure to pull troops out immediately.

Ukraine is the 5th largest Iraq coalition partner, (behind the US, Britain, Italy, and Poland) and its immediate withdrawl could take needed assets away from the forces under Polish command, potentially making their situation in Iraq far more tenuous, both structurally and politically. Poland already has plans to cut their forces by more than a third in February, but it is unclear whether continued violence and instability in post-election Iraq will accelerate their withdrawl.

The great book purge of '05.

I am trying to clear out a whole ton of stuff in the house over the remainder of this month, which I intend to liquidate on the cheap on LiveJournal, at Craigslist, Ebay, etc. The people on my friends list, however, get first crack at it, and will be able to access the list of things I am selling as that list is made.

I'm maybe about 8% done in going through all of the books that I would like to sell, but I have a list of those I have cataloged available here. All reasonable offers accepted.

Although I would ideally like to sell the books locally, I am willing to ship them elsewhere. Buyer assumes all shipping costs, though. For this reason, I recommend buying several different books if you would like them shipped to you, as the cost of shipping per book will go down considerably.

Expect somewhere around ten times as many books to be added to my list in the upcoming week or so, along with other misc. things.

I need more space in my house. You, apparently, need some of my stuff...