Riverbend, a “girl blog from Iraq,” lists nine ways to tell if your country’s in trouble, starting with “the UN has to open a special branch just to keep track of the chaos and bloodshed, UNAMI,” and  “the abovementioned branch cannot be run from your country.”  (Hat tip to Sam Smith’s Progressive Review.)

Gristmill lists the ten most bizarre environmental events of 2006, including, “When Chevy offered net surfers the opportunity to edit their own Chevy Tahoe ads online, enviros grabbed the opportunity to match slick, soaring shots of SUVs rolling over mountainous terrain with titles like ‘Gas Guzzler!'” Joel Makower has a more sober list, on which Wal-Mart’s green makeover ranks #1.  [CORRECTION FROM COMMENTS:  Wal-Mart was one of ten; the list was not prioritized.]

Dan Gilmoor at the Center for Citizen Media makes ten predictions about blogging and journalism in 2007, in the form of a multiple-choice quiz. For instance, “5. Most newspaper executives will: A. Continue to downsize their newsrooms without any real plan for the long term. B. Complain incessantly about competition from online advertising competitors. C. Remain suspicious of citizen media except as a possible way to save money. D. Innovate at the edges, not in the core functions.”

At Guardian Unlimited Tim Radford lists the 11 most interesting science books coming out in the next few months. Best title:  How Many Light Bulbs Does It Take to Change a Planet? Best synopsis: the book about various “gloriously implausible but not necessarily impossible ideas … including, of course, the proposition that we will all be reassembled as cyber-identities in a cosmic computer and experience a subjective eternity in the last crushing seconds of time.” See ya there. (Hat tip to Butterflies and Wheels.)

Dean Baker at Beat the Press offers ten resolutions for writers on economics, for instance: “Unless a reporter can identify the cause of a run-up in stock prices, he/she cannot say whether it indicates good news for the economy as a whole. Therefore, it should not be reported as good news.”

Dahlia Lithwick at Slate ranks the ten most outrageous civil liberties violations of 2006. Guantanamo was only #9. Be afraid, speak out anyway, and don’t forget the ACLU.