In Florida, sorry, wrong number
(sent by Ranch Chimp
As usual December brings hideously tacky Christmas decorations and music. Middle of Nowhere is on the case
France's governing party's heartwarming video about the joys of life in France was filmed in, uh, oops
(found via Mendip
"He was a marvel, they logged
I'd like to vote for this party
, but I can't because it's in Australia.
Has Obama finally brought the left and right together
The Copenhagen climate conference has already led to one case of government interference in free enterprise
, but the entrepreneurs aren't taking it lying down -- or maybe I should re-phrase that.....
Rogert Ebert thinks anyone who believes certifiably nutty things shouldn't be President
. (But the situation is not as symmetrical as he paints it. Most Republican Presidential aspirants right now are creationists
, but I don't think many major Democrats take New Age drivel seriously.)
I don't know if this idea
will work, but I love the picture.
What have the Democrats accomplished since taking over? More than you think
David Frum looks at the Christian Right and Romney's prospects
Republican voters are angry, but the reasons are not so clear
Is Obama too intelligent and logical
? (Isn't it a relief having a President of whom one can seriously ask that question?)
Oliver Willis looks at the American dream
Palin joins the ranks of the birth-certificatards
, then backs off
Bankers' screwing of the public
is no longer just metaphorical.
The Nietzschean home-owner! Break the chains of mortgage morality
Well, what would Jesus do
of Jack Jodell's progressive manifesto, on religion, is up.
Some claim that Genesis is a metaphorical but somewhat-accurate account of the Earth's real history. Bull
A bare 51% majority of Americans support
Obama's Afghan plan.
A US soldier in Iraq assesses the surge
there, while another in Afghanistan gives his views
on Obama's plan.
Over the last two years the Taliban have destroyed 473 schools
in the parts of Pakistan they control (including the Swat valley which they temporarily occupied earlier this year).
A suicide bomber hits a medical students' graduation
Jihadists claim responsibility
for the Russian train bombing. Putin promises tough action
Captain Fogg hopes for some reasoned discussion
after the Swiss minaret ban. Most Muslims in Switzerland come from Bosnia or Kosovo, where Muslims have destroyed
almost 150 Serbian churches and monasteries since 2000.
Irish nuns offer compensation
to molestation victims.
After Dubai's collapse, Marty Peretz has an "I told you so
Superstition makes it dangerous to be an albino
in east Africa.
Eastern Europe before the Aryan conquest was surprisingly advanced
Who is the real target
of creationist propaganda?
Ranch Chimp posts two arresting videos of the effects of global warming in the Himalayas
Several of Andrew Sullivan's readers analyze
the CRU files. Liberal Values links to two solid articles
on the "controversy", and looks at the psychology behind denialism
. More here
Global warming could paradoxically trigger an ice age
(this would actually take much more melting ice than is expected in the near future, but the post is worth a look).
French scientists use stem cells to create fast skin grafts
for burn victims.
The change in administrations bears dividends for science: federal funding for stem-cell research
Aubrey de Grey's magnum opus Ending Aging
has now been published in German
(it has been available in Russian for some time). For my review of the book see here