Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Link Dump 1/21/11



New governor: Non-Christians 'not my brother,' 'not my sister' - The new governor has First Amendment rights to exercise his personal religion and the stated comments, but you really have to stop and think about how ignorant those comments are coming from the governor of a state.  He represents everyone that is a citizen of Alabama, or at least he supposed to. His statements illustrate the divisiveness of religion in America and Evangelical Christianity in particular.  

I lived in Alabama for nearly three years.  There are a lot of good people there and it is only slightly more backwards than anywhere else in America, but I was very glad when I moved back to PA (which has it’s fair share of religious nuts).  






30 Most Offensive Church Signs - “A Freethinker is Satan’s Slave.”  /faceplam

This is a friend of a friend. Good people by all accounts. Throw a few bucks in if you can.

Top 10 Racist Rush Limbaugh Quotes - What? Only ten?

34,000-Year-Old Organisms Found Buried Alive! - I still think an organism can survive space within a rock.  

The Milky Way might be surrounded by invisible dark matter galaxies

Friends feel like family? You may be genetically tied - I like beer. My friends like beer.  Now there is genetic evidence as to why.  SCIENCE!

The first mammoth cloning experiment is officially underway - It’s only a matter of time before Iceman is a real thing.  Oops.  I meant this Iceman.  Soooo, inaccurate.  

PTEROSAURS 10 TIMES HEAVIER THAN BIGGEST BIRDS

The national media is typically overreacting to Ricky Gervais stint at hosting the Golden Globes.  Two things: 1) they are wrong.  It was funny and any actor who can’t take the jokes is a self-serious prick.  2) who the hell watches these awards shows?  Anyway, here is every joke that Gervais told during the Golden Globes telecast.  Not really that bad, I thought.  Also, wait for the last 5 seconds of the show.  “And thank you to god.  For making me an atheist.”

On the plus side the Golden Globes and the Gervais controversy have given us this “Deal With It” gif.  

Earth may soon have a second sun - I really want this to happen soon.  It would likely cause mass chaos and upheaval since people are generally stupid, superstitious fools but I still kind of want it to happen.


'GREAT GRANDMOTHER OF CROCODILES' UNEARTHED

PINT-SIZED, RUNNING DINOSAUR GAVE RISE TO CARNIVORES - “Holtz believes the new findings help ‘to reinforce that the oldest dinosaurs were little, bipedal animals with grasping hands and most likely an omnivorous diet: sort of reptilian raccoons.’"  My wife instantly wants one.  

CLIMATE CHANGES LINKED TO FALL OF ROMAN EMPIRE

Spiritually Unfit Soldiers FORCED to see Chaplains, to get “born again” - Still waiting on that second guestpost regarding life in the military as an atheist, Nick.  

I’m subtle.

Just discovered: A 2,500-year-old recipe for Celtic beer - Archaeology of Booze (again).  

Fake Science - Thanks to Jack for this one.  

OLDEST KNOWN DOMESTICATED AMERICAN DOG UNEARTHED

Mike Huckabee responds to evolution question - It is important, Mr. Huckabee, because your view is completely irrational and you were (are?), as you say, running for President of the United States of America.  It’s kind of important.  

Life's asymmetry may come from space

Sarah Palin on the hunt

Thousands of Egyptian Muslims Show Up As “Human Shields” To Defend Coptic Christians From Terrorism - Just going to give credit where credit is due.  I thought that was pretty cool.  

PLANCK STARES THROUGH OUR DUSTY MILKY WAY

Caligula's tomb found after police arrest man trying to smuggle statue

Watch Him Roll! Baby Edward's Amazing Brain

Vatican Warned Irish Bishops Not To Report Abuse - The smoking gun.  I am beginning to have hope the Vatican will be gone in a century.  

Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity Dropped From Philadelphia Radio Station - Slowly, but surely people are waking up.  

Jared Loughner, Mental Illness and How Budget Cuts Have Slashed Behavioral Health Services in Arizona

Dick Feynman — The Uncertainty of Knowledge

Palin’s Breath - Well...this creeps me out.  Love the end though.  

2 comments:

Steve said...

Regarding the two suns article: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2011/01/21/betelgeuse-and-2012/

Nick said...

OK, I get it! I'll start working on something. For real this time.