Link roundup for 3 October 2009
There is no ceiling cat.
A reminder: don't mess with elephants.
Can Islam be funny?
I don't see that this (found via Mendip) is particularly ironic. Most vegetarians would probably eat meat if that were the only way to save their lives, just as most people would probably eat human flesh under such circumstances.
When rightist blogs talk about the left, they always seem to con-jure up some weird straw-man caricature bearing no resemblance to any actual leftists I know or have heard of. Forever in Hell dissects an example.
Reid says the public option will be there (found via Dissenting Justice).
Bill Clinton says 2010 won't be like 1994 -- for one thing, today's Democrats haven't repeated his error of attacking gun rights.
The fruits of conservative governance: Texas's under-regulated medical examiners create ghastly miscarriages of justice.
If you read only two links from this roundup, let them be this one and this one. There is a domestic terrorist threat in this country. It is real.
Republican decline is rooted in the fact that even the party's own leaders overestimate the importance of the teabagger fringe. McCain's efforts to reform the party could benefit from following Goldwater's example. Lindsey Graham is trying too (found via The Middle of Nowhere).
Secular conservative (increasingly an oxymoron these days) Heather Mac Donald calls out the right for racism and hypocrisy.
Russell Blackford discusses older and younger atheists, and the vital importance of blasphemy.
Sick, sex-hating religious fanatics are outraged at women being able to feign virginity (in a society where not being a virgin can result in being murdered).
PZ Myers is unimpressed by snotty Christian advice for atheists.
Yet another brave ex-Muslim gets death threats -- in Oklahoma.
The Middle of Nowhere has a follow-up post on Polanski and the arrogance of elites.
As long predicted, global warming is driving a rise in the level of methane in the atmosphere -- which will increase warming still further.
Even linear extrapolation of past life-expectancy trends suggests that half the babies born in developed countries this year will live to be 100. Of course, I'm more optimistic.
Over the last few years, longevity science has become much more respectable.