Link roundup for 4 May 2008
Mall-Wart is still stonewalling on the Debbie Shank case (for background, see here and here).
PhillyChief looks at Florida's plan for Christian license plates, and suggests a few of his own.
Republican politician Tony Zirkle might have been wiser to skip this birthday event. British far-right politician Nick Eriksen might have been equally wise to keep his mouth shut.
Democratic superdelegates drift toward Obama even as polls show that voters are moving toward Clinton. Will the pro-Obama party establishment thwart the people's choice? Meanwhile, the North Carolina race is tightening. Keith Olbermann makes a disturbing comment. And I love this cartoon.
Taylor Marsh explains how the Democrats developed their bizarre nomination process.
Do demographic and social changes spell doom for the Republican party?
Heather Mac Donald looks at the cultural forces that undermine the educational prospects of black American children.
Our ongoing crackdown is reducing illegal immigration -- and putting the squeeze on those already here.
Visitors from Britain, with its strict gun laws and pervasive violent crime, are "shocked to the core" by the peacefulness and safety of gun-saturated America.
Daring bloggers defy one of the world's most repressive regimes.
Here's a discussion on religion, atheism, and intolerance.
Some evangelical Christians have produced a manifesto criticizing the entanglement of religion and politics.
In Britain, the "dominant opinion" is that religion is evil.
Sam Harris discusses why non-religious Westerners have trouble understanding the true threat posed by Islam.
Bruce Bawer looks at the West's cultural cowardice.
Muslims in India have adopted the practice of dropping babies from great heights for "health" reasons (found via Ordinary Girl).
It's not only Abrahamic religions that promote and justify evil.
Some once-vanquished epidemic diseases are making a comeback in the United States because of ignorant hostility to vaccination. Here's a reminder of what the pre-vaccination world was like.
A Christian biology student offers some proofs of the truth of evolution.
A new film reveals the surprising intelligence of our cousin species. Read this too (found via Mendip).
Here's evidence of real progress toward limb regeneration. And gene therapy is showing promise against blindness.
This self-reassembling robot seems to me to blur the boundaries between the living and the non-living -- its "behavior" appears comparable in sophistication to that of simple, purely instinct-driven animals such as insects (found via Mendip).
George Dvorsky looks at male contraception and gender power relations.
The Electric Pulse scores a short interview with Aubrey de Grey (found via Fight Aging).
Here's another small step toward a working nano-assembler.