James Glanz of the NYT reports at great length on the electrical siege of Baghdad, with detail, network maps, and more. Great.
Obviously, this being a blog, the primary meaning of this is an excuse to moan about the press. Why didn't Glanz (or anyone else at the NYT) report on this back in 2004, say? It was a commonplace as early as the summer of 2003 that electricity production was a crucial indicator, that pylons were being destroyed and wire dragged away to sell. John Robb was writing about it then. So was this, ah, blog.
Did I say I loved the FT? Check out this story (subreq) on Gazprom, and especially the Robbtastic pipeline map (direct link (swf).)