Link roundup for 27 November 2010
Robert the Skeptic recalls nightmarish Thanksgivings past.
Pastor Cedric Miller, who condemned Facebook as a gateway to marital infidelity, seems to have done OK without it.
To fortify us against a month of bad music, there's Tim Minchin.
Feminisnt fights TSA security theater with theater of her own.
Protesters in Ukraine attract attention.
Ranch Chimp recalls an early encounter with the world's oldest profession in Canada.
The global map of accessibility shows travel time from any point to the nearest major city; note too how North-America-to-Europe routes and North-America-to-East-Asia routes still dominate global shipping (found via Mèng Bómín).
This week saw a would-be Islamic terrorist bombing at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland. I've been there many times; it's less than five miles from where I live.
Nothing to worry about -- Minnesota state representative Tom Hackbarth was just checking up on his girlfriend.
Here are five new Republicans to watch.
Mitch Daniels, touted among moderate conservatives as an ideal Presidential candidate, doesn't poll well among hard-liners.
Right-wing economic policies re-create the conditions which led to the Great Depression.
The abomination of rescission spreads from health insurance to life insurance.
Here's a shopping guide to products made in the US (found via Serious Implications).
Every murder victim has a story.
There's good news out of New Jersey -- and it's bipartisan too.
PRRI looks at religion and the election (found via Republic of Gilead).
NOM babbles incoherently in Rhode Island.
Teabaggerdom could face an internal conflict over religion; more here (both found via Republic of Gilead).
A newly-revealed German classified document refutes Bush's claim that Germany supported the invasion of Iraq.
The Irish are unhappy with their government's acceptance of an EU-imposed austerity plan as the price of a bail-out (more here); the Irish Daily Star newspaper too is unimpressed. In Portugal, unions take action.
Rationalism thrives in Mexico.
Islamic schools in Britain teach anti-Jewish and anti-gay hatred.
For crying out loud, it's just a frackin' book!
Take the 2011 Christianity challenge.
Atheism should be easy to refute, if it's false.
The UN has a problem which messes up its priorities.
Something is rotten at the London Review of Books.
Villagers in a remote part of China may be descended from Roman mercenaries (found via Mendip).
What would the Earth look like if it stopped rotating?
The reproductive biology of Copidosoma floridanum is complex and bizarre.
The vCJD epidemic never happened, but threatens our health nevertheless.
Do you know where your seafood came from?
Vegetarianism is far from being a new fad.
A short video suggests the scale of the universe.
Are recessions an inevitable side effect of the exodus to the online world?
The term "Darwinism" should be avoided.
Maria Konovalenko has a poll on longevity.
The Obama administration acts to speed up the development of wind-power technology (found via Papamoka).
A new German-built robot arm designed like an elephant's trunk could make robot-human interaction safer (found via Mendip).
A fast and simple new virus detector could be a prime weapon against epidemics and bio-terrorism.
After earlier setbacks, work on the Alzheimer's vaccine is back on track.
Researchers in Massachusetts test a stem-cell therapy designed to regenerate the retina in macular-degeneration sufferers.
Doctors in Britain are using stem cells to help stroke victims.
Jeff Hawkins talks about brain theory and near-future intelligent computing (sent by Ochiudo).