Tonight's blog roundup

Chocolate and furniture.

The End of the American Century? (via Eschaton): the US is turning to the UN (including the chocolate makers) for help in Iraq, only months after claiming it could go it alone, and has in the process demonstrated the limits of its military power. This may be a turning point.

IKEA's naming convention (via Boing Boing): men's names are reserved for chairs and desks, women's names apply to materials and curtains, and apparently the only use for Danish is to apply placenames to carpets.