Link roundup for 23 November 2008
Remember when the future was supposed to look like this?
Check out New York City's new prayer booth.
The Vatican forgives John Lennon! Next week: John Wayne Gacy forgives Albert Schweitzer.
Why can't our third parties be like Australia's? (Well, maybe the US Minerals Management Service is getting the idea.)
Want a bracing dose of totalitarian oppression to add zest to your life? Try this theme park (found via Mendip).
This year's US National Intelligence Council report predicts that the US will decline -- and Russia will rise. Russian dissident Garry Kasparov has advice for Americans.
Obama continues to make middle-of-the-road appointments, to the annoyance of nutjobs who supported him. More detonations here. Meanwhile, Ayman al-Zawahiri makes an idiot of himself (sent by Ranch Chimp).
Obama's worst move: nominating Eric Holder for anything.
This year's election was pretty much like earlier ones.
McCain won more Christian Right votes this year than Bush did in 2004 -- proving that turning out the "base" is not the key to future Republican victories.
Gay marriage will inevitably win (found via Republic of T).
Mexican migration to the US has declined sharply, due to the economic slowdown and tougher US laws.
There's much more to India's space program than just the lunar probe.
This heroic story deserved a lot more coverage.
Doctors in Britain have performed the world's first implantation of a complete organ grown from the patient's own stem cells.
Silicon.com interviews Ray Kurzweil about the promise of near-future technology.
George Dvorsky meets Kurzweil's co-author, Terry Grossman. More grounds for optimism here.