I suppose this means most countries just aren't "earning" our help.
2. Boy Scout earns all 121 possible merit badges. You only need 21 to make eagle scout. Here's a list of the 121 current merit badges, here's a list of those that have been discontinued since 1911. If nothing else it's a good record of the rise of the urban, technology dominated culture of modern America and the decline of the agrarian.
3. Best of 2008: Blogs. One of my favorite newly discovered blogs this year has been Kim Wolhuter's video/photography blog, Wildcast. Wolhuter is a wildlife filmmaker (with quite a pedigree as both his father and grandfather were the head ranger at Kruger) operating along the Zimbabwe/South Africa border and he updates his blog with amazing frequency with video and photography of incredible quality. It's a can't miss for wildlife geeks and today's post is a good example.
4. When a phillips is not a phillips, an exhaustive guide.
5. Penguin's favorite book designs of 2008 and Robot 6's 25 best comic book covers.