Tuesday, February 28, 2006
just celebrated impressive fourth birthday
. Go say Hello.
The latest edition of Grand Rounds is up on A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure
Circus of the Spineless #6
Welcome to the Circus of the Spineless
. I hope you all forgot the beauty and elegance of the previous edition of the Circus by now, so you won't say "Yeew, this is, like, soooo con-ven-tio-nal!".
I was thinking of organizing the carnival according to Borges' Chinese Classification of Animals
, but that did not work: "dogs" and "pigs" are explicitely forbidden here. How many Invertebrates are capable of breaking a vase? Not to mention that most invertebrates look like a fly from a distance anyway.
Then, I was thinking of making a similar type of classification myself, e.g., "pretty pictures", "blogs with yellow background", "bloggers with the middle name starting with T", but that did not work either: some categories were very full, and others quite empty.
In the end, I had to go with the conventional classification, which revealed a bias in itself. While we may complain about the propenderance of cat and dog pictures on blogs, why are there no posts about sponges, cnidarians and annelides, not to mention tardigrades, rotifers and chaetognaths? Ah, well, we go with what we have: Butterflies and Moths
Let's start with Some tropical lepidoptera
from Urban Dragon Hunters
From Aydin Örstan's Snail's Tales
lots of kinky stuff: An upside down butterfly
, What are these butterflies doing?
and Sex on the grass
.Firefly Forest Blog
took some great pictures of a Great Purple Hairstreak
, Gray Hairstreak Revealed
and a Texan Crescent
.Photography Class - Butterflies
and More butterflies (and a moth) from TBG
from Tortoise Trail
explains a recent paper on the Evolution of a polyphenism
is an entomologist who adds more to the story in The amazing polyphenic Manduca
What butterflies are these
, asks Annotated Budak
Follow the life cycle of a sulphur: Sulphur Chrysalis - "Artsy" Lighting
, Sulphur Chrysalis
, Sulphur Larva - Early Instar (otra vez)
, Sulphur Larva - Early Instar
, Pigs (Two Different Ones)
, Gorged on the greeenery
and Flower Afficionado
on The Taming of the Band-Aid
Matt Dowling of Ontogeny
runs a series called Here's Your Moment of Friday Ant Zen. You can see some fancy ants there, including Temnothorax curvispinosus
, Mexican Honeypot Ants
, or Torture-rack ants
Matt is not the only one. You can find Friday Ant Blogging on Henry's Webiocosm Blog
, too: Ants, Pupae and Larvae
keeps a couple of hives of honeybees on her rooftop in New York City. You can see the hives in Snow bees
. Then, follow the daily adventures of a novice beekeper in Let's Not Split Quite Yet
, Battling the Midwinter Mite Menace, Part 2
, The Spaghetti Method
and Dirty Bees
Have you ever seen bee-swarms in a tree? Carola of Bee-si-ness
saw some Swarms in January
.Bees Being 'Trained' as Odor Detectors
from Apitherapy News
From the Firefly Forest Blog
some more: The Assassinated Honeybee
and a Sweat Bee
is in a Kafkaesque mood this week. Ecdosteroids and Juvenile Hormone are in just the right alignment for the onset of Metamorphosis
From Rigor Vitae
, an illustrated discussion of the Orthoptera's importance to humans, as competitor and food: If You Can't Beat 'em, Eat 'em!
and an unfairly whimsical look at Megarhysa, the queen of North American insects: Giant Ichneumon Wasps
Carl Zimmer of The Loom
wrote about the wasp that parasitizes cockroaches in The Wisdom of Parasites
I added some more information in Revenge of the Zombifying Wasp
and Carl had an update: Answers to your parasite questions
.A chorus for raucous souls
Michael Brown of Macro Art In Nature
is a professional nature photographer (do not copy or download his pics - they are copyrighted!). Check out these beauties: Nature's Dragons, And Understanding Them
, The Fly
, Swallowtail Butterfly
and A Final Moment In The Spotlight - Lacewing
From Naturally Connected
some pictures: Giant Stickbug
and Mantid Territory
From Concrete to Cottages
a Dragonfly At Rest
From Invasive Species Blog
, Jennifer sends a gypsy moth
and an ant
shows us a Tachinid fly
This is old, but I don't think it was in an older edition of the Circus: At home with the dragon
caught a tiger beetle
, then wrote some more about it
explains Cannibal Mormon Crickets
Chris Clarke has moved Creek Running North
to a new URL (so change your links accordingly). This month's entry, The cursorial life
, is really worth reading, as long as you are not afraid of spiders.Annotated Budak
, is a blogging duck who went to see a talk - all about spiders
Spiderblog ran away from scary and dangerous assassin spiders
to find a comfy new home under the new name of Points Of Departure
, where he observes a spider in action: The Leaf Curler
The Saga of a Spider in the Bathroom in two Acts: Act I
and Act II
.Along Came A Spider
and it's a Dockside.Burning Silo
is a wonderful new nature blog. Here are some Watchful Spiders
and Assassin Spiders
again, this time with a Wife Frightener
.Firefly Forest Blog
again: some Mealybugs
and a Cricket
Julie of Stridulations
lists some of her favourite bug-related websites
Nuthatch of Bootstrap Analysis
finds many legs in Footloose
.Journal of the Plague Year
has nothing but post after post of beautiful photographs of insects and other arthropods.Nemesiario
is a blog in Spanish. I think that Parasitos
refers to mites parasitising bees.
Also from Burning Silo
, you can see Narceus Millipedes
and a variety of Snow Creatures
The importance of Krill Feces
, from Deep-Sea News
.Firefly Forest Blog
has found a Winged Aphid
What is the meaning of snails? The other ultimate question
asked by Snail's Tales
. The answer? Just look at these beauties: An alien in Florida: Subulina octona
, A twisted snail
, Gallandina annularis
and Land snails of Turkey: Discus rotundatus
There cannot be a Circus of the Spineless without the grogeous Nudibranchs of Bouphonia
. Check out Flabellina expotata
, Kentodoris rubescens
, Discordoris boholensis
and Plocamopherus tilesii
As most of you know, PZ Myers of Pharyngula
is the prime source of cephalopod blogging. First, there is a whole Friday Cephalopod Series: Moroteuthis robusta
, Argonauta nodosa
, Sepioteuthis sepiodea in flagrante
and Iridoteuthis iris
. But there is more, as in cuttlefish mating strategies: Sensitivity, charm and cleverness: very sexy
. PZ has also been moving some old cephalopod sex posts to the new blog: The cephalopod sex series
, most of which have predate the Circus of the Spineless.
If you have not seen this dramatic movie clip before, go to Lancelet
to see the Giant Octopus catching and eating a decent-sized shark.Deep-Sea News
reports on the invasion of Humboldt Squid
There are two blogs titled Squidblog. One is COM, the other is NET. From the Squidblog.com
a look into the role squid
are playing in William Gibson's new work. From the Squidblog.net
comes Squids may help determine global warming impact: scientist
Snail's Tales messes up my classification by combining an arthropod and an "other invertebrate": a water scorpion and a peanut worm
is doing us a great favour by scanning in and making freely available the gorgeous Haeckel's illustrations
How Vertebrates evolved out of Invertebrates is far from clear. A new study suggests a big reorganization of our understanding of the family relationships between vertebrates, tunicates, lancelets and echinoderms. Carl Zimmer of The Loom
explains in The Dawn of Brains and Bones
Since that study involves lancelets, it is expected that Lancelet
would pick it up, and he does: Old icons will die hard
adds his own take in Long Branch Attraction and the Branching Order of Deuterostomes
.The force that through...
is enchanted by organisms that live in extreme environments, including the Xtreme Worms
Matt Downling of Ontogeny
explores toxins in Marine Flatworm + Puffer Fish Toxin = Deadly Invertebrate
comment on the Evolution of Leeches.Apostropher
observes penis-fencing in Moral degeneracy in flatworms
is the movie).
A duck went to a museum and saw a lot of different invertebrates
.Fragments From Floyd
brings in some less-represented phila in the wall charts of Karl Georg Friedrich Rudolf Leuckart
In this post by Deep-Sea News
, you need to skip the Vertebrates in the beginning before you get to some Guinness record-holding Invertebrates
is taking biology and just went over a cool lab with a bunch of wonderful creatures
Pim van Meurs on Panda's Thumb
wrote about humans. I know - these are Vertebrates, not really elligible for this carnival, but those are very Spineless-friendly humans: Entomologists unite behind evolutionary theory
.I Got Bugs
got bugs of a different kind
And that's all for this month.
Next month, let's get together again on March 31st. Look at the homepage
for detailed information as it comes in.
Monday, February 27, 2006
Someone accessed 40 Palm Beach County voting machines Nov 2004
The internal logs of at least 40 Sequoia touch-screen voting machines reveal that votes were time and date-stamped as cast two weeks before the election, sometimes in the middle of the night.
Read the rest...
(Hat-tip: Mungowit's End
Dennis Weaver, RIP
Sheriff Sam McCloud
rode into the sunset.
My brother and I never missed an episode when we were kids...
And he was fantastic in "Duel"
category has been posted on Wampum. The semi-finals voting will start in a couple of days, I reckon...
Octavia Butler RIP
and David Brin
* Claim of reversed human evolution sparks skepticism, interest
Scientists' reactions have ranged from deep doubt to curiosity over last week's report of a mutation whose victims walk on all fours.
* Jurassic 'beaver' from China found
A fossil shows mammals conquered the water far earlier than we thought, researchers say.
* Scientists report new kind of cosmic explosion
Astronomers say they have detected a new type of blast that has sent scientists worldwide scrambling to telescopes.
One America Blog
had a great makeover - it looks great, it is more user-friendly than before and is full of information. Go and look around.
Carnival of the Green
The latest edition of Carnival of the Green has been posted on The Naked Vegetarian
Chris Mooney is starting to write a new book
If you liked "Republican War on Science" you are likely interested to know what the topic of Chris' new book will be. For that, you will have to click here
Another one gone to seed....
FrinkTank, a fun-looking blog new to me, has moved from its old place
to the SEED scienceblogs farm at this new URL
On John Edwards again
On the heels of Edwards, Civil Liberties, and Abortion
, Neil wrote another two posts that will make you think about Edwards again: Don't Feed the Regionalism Monster
and Bipartisan Maverick Destruction Advice
Sunday, February 26, 2006
Tar Heel Tavern
The Hope And Perseverance edition of the Tar Heel Tavern is up on Poetic Acceptance
You can discuss the Nature research now
Take a look at the new Nature Newsblog
Stoat on ScienceBlogs
The Stoat has moved from its old address here
to its new address here
, joining the racing stable of SEED scienceblogs.
My wife told me she saw this on CBS earlier tonight. A story about an autistic kid who scored 20 points in the last four minutes of the basketball game - the first time ever that he even suited up.
Internet is a fantastic thing - the movie is already online. Watch the clip
What is going on?
Is the US smuggling weapons from Bosnia to Rwanda: US military planes criss-cross Europe using bogus call sign
(hat-tip: Yakima Gulag
Are you a good shot?
Try to hit quail and miss Harry while playing this game at Quail Hunting School
. Also, see what happens if you hit Harry too many times.
Link-love: Catching up with the shifty alphabet of science blogs
Posting the links to the whole series (so far) over on Majikthise
, brought in a number of new blogs to my attention from the commenters. Some of those, of course, start with letters A through S, so I will have to make up for it first, before moving on to T and more the next time....When averages are misleading
, Intelligent cosmology redux
, First they came for the evolutionary biologists...
.The tragedy of fabrication in biomedical research
on Oncology Updates
, Who do you think you are?
on A Scientist's Life
: New bird flu cases in Cambodia and Germany
, Experimental new drug successful against all forms of TB
, China starts human trials for indigenous AIDS drug
and much, much more...Pursue the diagonal and you lose, my friends...
.Old crop corn starts to move
and Less-beany bean could fit in well in Georgia
are just some of the latest offerings at Ag Moment
, run by the same guy who writes on Common Sense for the Biochemist.
David Brin, the SF writer who blogs on Contrary Brin
, sometimes takes a break from politics and posts about science, as in Cool items... science, innovation move on...
(or RatLab): It's snow joke
.How Much Will People Sacrifice To Reduce Greenhouse Gases?
and On Falling DNA Sequencing Costs
From The Geomblog
: String theory and NP-hardness
and Concentration of Measure
.Guns, Germs & Steeled
is a blog I recently discovered (in comments on Pharyngula) and like very much: 60 Minutes to Highlight Consequences of Global Warming
, Communication Strategies of the Intelligent Design Movement
, Restoring Scientific Integrity: One Can Make A Difference
and Intelligent Design and Evolution
.X Chromosome Inactivation in the Mothers of Gay Sons
on Ware Farms
.Heaven is not the sky
: Evolution Unfalsifiable?
and Limiting God by opposing evolution
.Humans in Science
: Where do they get the energy?
and Some good news: ID not by G-D but perhaps ET?
.Science: Uncovering and Discovering
: The Colours of Dyes
.The Scientist Errant
: Recycling, Boo! Toward an American Ethic of Restraint
You can get a feed for all of ScienceBase
.Life Science Tools of the Trade
: A Negative is a positive?
, The multi-purpose survival kit
, What the heck?!?
and Sour milk
.Common Rodent Friday: Eastern Gray Squirrel
and Friday Backyard Bird Blogging: Blue Jay - Cyanocitta cristata
on Henry's Webiocosm Blog
.Parsimony: Fisher vs. Wright
, Fisher on Genetic Drift
, Plug Away!
and 3 Favorites for the Week
on Hpb Etc
, Irreducible Complexity
and 6.5e+9 and Growing
on I ♥ Dr. Calvin
.In the Pipeline
: Because I Never Lie, and I'm Always Right
, Gold and Lasers
and NEJM vs. Its Contributors, Round Two
.White Pileated In Big Woods
and Searching Tips
on Ivory-bills LiVE!!Japing Ape
is written by a gorilla
. Not always Safe For Work, but funny and insightful.Google Earth in Nature
.Ear wax revisited
, Technorati for biology
, Why are some papers considered classics?
and Nodalpoint Forums
.And biologists who know no mathematics also know no biology
, Welcome to the House of Books / Have yourself a slice of chocolate cake….
and But that’s what makes us human!
by William Tozier on Notional Slurry
.A bra made of algae? Eww!
and Bernard (almost) gets it right
are some of the recent offerings on Ernie's 3D Pancakes
mirrors Pharyngula, but in verse
.Randy Olson's science communication suggestions, This is, for historians of science, the equivalent of finding one of the original gospels, The Military-Industrial-Academic Complex, then and now
on Ragesoss 2.02
. This post
introduces several other History Of Science blogs, as well as WikiProject History of Science
.Random John reloaded
: One of the funniest things ever …
, Culture wars: elephant vs. humans
, Theories that have gone to ruins
and While other people contemplate the politics of this, I’ll contemplate the statistics
I have no idea how it happened that I did not link to RealClimate
yet. Here are a couple of the latest posts: Sir Nicholas Shackleton
and Cloudy outlook for albedo?
is both a blog alliance and a group blog. I should post there more often. Recently: Earth's Population To Hit 6.5 Billion At 7:16 pm Today
, Scientist's Visa Denial Sparks Outrage in India
and Science Blogger Conference?
I've never been to Slashdot
in my life, but I just learned that they have a science section
.Notes from the Lab: Multicore and more
and Guerilla Informatics – Genzyme Style
Have you followed the Green Blogathon?
Several blogs blogging like crazy on all things environmental.
Previously in this series:Link-Love: A little bit of science bloggingLink-Love: some more science bloggingLink-Love: science-blogs down the alphabet, Part IIILink-love: more Alphabet Soup of science blogsLink-Love: science-blogs down the alphabet, Part VLink-Love: Continuing with the Alphabet of Science BlogsLink-Love: Continuing with the Alphabet of Science Blogs - Part VIILink-Love: Science Blogs Qs and RsLink-Love: Continuing with the Alphabet of Science Blogs - Part IX
Quail Tells All
Watch the clip
of quail's White House press conference.
Saturday, February 25, 2006
Weekend Online Quizzes (because everyone is doing it)
|You Were a Snake|
You have a primal energy that drives you to explore the mysteries of life.
A nearly immortal soul, you'll live a very long life.
|Your Brain's Pattern|
Structured and organized, you have a knack for thinking clearly.
You are very logical - and you don't let your thoughts get polluted with emotions.
And while your thoughts are pretty serious, they're anything from boring.
It's minds like yours that have built the great cities of the world!
A Hundred Flowers Blooming
is a new carnival for Left/Liberal blogs, organized by Oolon Colluphid of Cogito, Ergo Sum…Atheos
Carnival of Bad History - call for submissions
Next issue of the Carnival of Bad History
will be held on Ahistoricality
on Monday, March 13th.
Welcome to Middle-Class Lockdown
will make you think. Perhaps even act.
Edwards on Rocketboom
Amanda Congdon interviews John Edwards (I think this is the second time). See the vlog here
Obligatory Reading of the Day
Read On Patriotism
by Paul Musgrave, one of the final essays before he shuts down the blog. Here is just a short excerpt - go read the rest:
If there is an idealized America–not merely a “purer” version of the United States that exists only in our imaginations like a Norman Rockwell painting, but a concept of the United States in a purely ideational sense–than patriotism for an American must mean loyalty to this idea above all. The leftist slogan “Dissent is Patriotic” expresses one of the implications of this idea, because in certain situations dissent from the policies of an American government will deviate from one’s ideal America; the obverse is that often it is loyalty which is patriotic, an understanding that the bold scribblers of the left (or the right when it is in opposition) are unlikely to champion when it is inexpedient.
(hat-tip: Ed Brayton
Friday, February 24, 2006
Circus of the Spineless - call for submissions
This is the last call for entries! I will be hosting Circus of the Spineless
- the blog carnival of Invertebrates - here on February 28th.
Pictures, stories and essays that have something to do with living organisms without spines (no, not politicians) are all welcome. Multiple entries are welcome. There are lots of species of Invertebrates, so there should be lots of posts about them - more than, let's say, cats or dogs.
Send the entries by 27th at 8pm EST to: Coturnix1 AT aol DOT com
Tar Heel Tavern - call for submissions
Despite of all the scary stuff happenning this week
, Erin of Poetic Acceptance
intends to go ahead and host the Tar Heel Tavern
The theme of the week, quite appropriately, is Hope and Perseverence. So send your entries to emonahan AT carolina DOT rr DOT com
by Saturday 2/25 at 9PM and she'll have it up on Sunday morning.
South Dakota action
From JREG mail:
South Dakota's Legislature passed a bill today, a bill which if signed into law by the Governor, will set the stage of a new legal battle to attack--and if successful, overturn--Roe vs. Wade!
Governor Rounds of South Dakota has already stated that he is 'inclined' to sign the bill into law at this time!
While this story is still developing, it won't be long before this erupts across the blogosphere & when it does, we'll try to keep you updated on it all.
In the meantime, learn more about this issue by visiting JREG and voicing your concern. You can even contact Governor Rounds through the Address/Links provided in our Action Item on this issue.
Remember, this has not YET been signed into law, so there's still time to persuade Mr. Rounds that to do so would do nothing more than hurt the Citizens of South Dakota who undoubtably would be affected during this long drawn out court battle. A battle that would drain State resources and ultimately be met by being overturned by the courts.
This Bill helps none, but stands to hurt many.
Thursday, February 23, 2006
Award category Best Blog, Professional/Sponsored Division
is up on Wampum.
Messing with kids' heads - what the Right is good at
Do you remember the monstrosity that is Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed!
, a blatant Republican propaganda disguised as a children's book? I have linked to some good reviews here
Well, another one came out, just as bad: Help! Mom! Hollywood's in My Hamper!
All those marginal types that the Right loves to portray as representative of the Democrats, like Michael Moore, Barbra Streisand, Susan Sarandon....hey, where is Ward Churchill?
But there is now one that is even more insidious: Why Mommy Is a Democrat
(it is not on Amazon yet, if it is not an Internet hoax to begin with) that masquerades as a kids' book positive of Democrats, yet it seems to be a plant from the Right. The "values" portrayed in there are not liberal, but the straw-men that the Rightists always put up as being liberal. It is awful!Nick Gillespie
from The Left also thinks it is a plant. So does Headmistress, zookeeper
whose political affiliation I did not catch.
Only the American Digest
from The Right thinks it is serious - well, when did the Right ever have a sense of humor?
Pooflinger Is Back
After a long break, Pooflingers Anonymous
is blogging again. So, if you de-listed Matt it's time to re-list him and pay him a visit to say Hello.
What 'traditional' marriage?
Do the pop quiz
You can watch George Lakoff give a talk here
(Hat-tip: Sir Oolius
The second edition of Animalcules
, the microbial carnival (microcarnival?) is up on Aetiology. Check out the homepage
and sign up to host if this is up your alley...
It was not PC that lost Summers his job
describe the inter-University power struggles that forced Summers to resign.
Pinky and the Brain
Several science blogs have posted this link
to the Pinky And The Brain clip explaining the anatomy of the brain.
While that cartoon is one of my favourites, I have a problem dissociating myself from the notion that these two characters depict Bush and Cheney....
Obligatory Readings of the Day
by Allen MacNeill compares the worldviews of mathematical/physical scientists and biologists, TMTOWTDI
by Adam Lerymenko compares worledviews of computer programmers and biologists, while The Salem Hypothesis
by PZ Myers compares the worldviews of engineers and scientists. Now, put those three together...
There have been so many BloggerCons already that specialized conferences have already sprung up, like BlogeHerCon
So, why not have SciBloggerCon somewhere within the next year or so? There are apparently gazillions of science bloggers
around the world and it would be so cool to meet each other face-to-face and share a beer and stories.
It could be organized as an Unconference
, or it can have a more definite schedule. I can already think of several appropriate panel topics, e.g., :
- using blogs in popularization of science
- blogging against pseudoscience, medical quackery, bad history and all forms of Creationism
- blogs and other online tools in science instruction in high school and college
- Blogs In Action: fighting back against the Republican War On Science
- blogs and the perilous waters of academic job market
- online open-source journals and blog-posts as cited references: can a blogged hypothesis confer primacy?
- finding collaborators online: effects on scientists in the developing world
Wednesday, February 22, 2006
Upcoming Science-Related Carnivals
is a carnival collecting posts about microorganisms. It is scheduled to appear tomorrow, so send your entries by tonight - midnight CST - to Aetiology
at: aetiology AT gmail DOT comFriday Ark
collects posts about all living animals. It appears every Friday on The Modulator
and it is fine if you are a little late - it gets updates for a day or two afterwards.
Next Carnival of the Green
, devoted to the environment, will be hosted by The Naked Vegetarian
on February 27th.Circus of the Spineless
is the carnival that is nominally about Invertebrates, but in reality, anything alive that does not have a spinal cord is fair game. It can even have a notochord, or have no nervous system at all.... Pictures, stories, movies, essays. Held right here on Science And Politics
on February 28th. Deadline is February 27th at 8pm EST. Send entries to: Coturnix1 AT aol DOT com.
Next edition of the medical carnival, Grand Rounds
, will be hosted on A Chance to Cut is a Chance to Cure
on February 28th.
Posts about birds go here: I And The Bird
will be held on The Birdchaser
on March 2nd (deadline is February 28th). The Tangled Bank
is the mother of all science carnivals, covering all topics about science, nature, medicine, environment and the inetraction between science and politics. Next edition will be hosted by Tara of Aetiology
next Wednesday (send by Monday night).
The Best Single Issue Blog
category for the Koufax Awards is now up on Wampum.
The funny thing is, this blog you are reading right now, as eclectic as it is, got nominated by someone in this category...
Carnival of Feminists
The Ninth Carnival of Feminists is up on Mind the Gap!
Sorry, Sacha Cohen...
Starting today, ice is not slippery
any more. Winter Olympics skating and hockey events cancelled.
Two Views On Erection
an incomplete genetic knock-out
It is 6AM. Do you know what your Blood Alcohol Level is?
Well, it depends what you had to drink and when...I think this is cool
Balkan War Criminal Watch
So, has Gen.Ratko Mladic been arrested or not?
Developing. Stay tuned
You may recall that a month or so ago I was interviewed by Simon Owens of Bloggasm
. That blog is carving a nice niche for itself by interviewing other interesting bloggers of all kinds. The blog crashed soon after my interview and had to be rebuilt by hand, post by post. Unfortunately, most of Simon's own posts are gone forever, but at least he has saved all the interviews and re-posted them one by one on the new address. Thus, the permalink for my interview has changed - you can find it here
Soon after my interview, Simon interviewed a whole bunch of bloggers from the Left, ranging from moderate center all the way to pure socialists. I was waiting for the new blog to be completely rebuilt before linking to those interviews. All of them got pretty much the same set of questions and it is really interesting to see on what points they all agree and on what points they differ (someone should analyze that!).
I am kinda glad I did not get that same set of questions - I think that questions concerning conservative War On Science fit me better than pure partisan politics.
Among the interviewees are some of my daily reads, including Lindsay Beyerstein of Majikthise
on whose blog I am happily guest-blogging this week. You should definitely read her interview
. Then, there is Echidne of the Snakes
and her interview
. NC blogging guru, Ed Cone
has also been interviewed
, as was Dr.Neiwert of Orcinus
(read his interview
) and Madeleine Begun Kane
(check out her interview
The list is long, but check these blogs out. While some of them are popular and I read them occasionally, and others are my colleagues on Liberal Coalition
or The Liberal Prose
, frankly, some of these were new to me!Meat-Eating Leftist
)Busy, Busy, Busy
)Off The Kuff
Carnival of Education
Carnival of Education #55
is up on Education Wonks.
Carnival of Vanities
A DC Birding Blog is hosting the latest Carnival of Vanities
with extra natural history.
Obligatory Reading of the Day
An ongoing series on Mahablog, very much in tune with the kind of stuff
I (used to?) write on my blog:Patriotism v. NationalismPatriotism v. ParanoiaPatriotism v. Francis FukuyamaPatriotism v. Hate Speech
The posts are also peppered with links to other good stuff. Fix a lot of coffee before you get started, but start you should.
Tuesday, February 21, 2006
* 'Backward evolution' spawns ape-like people
A newfound mutation is reported to make people walk on all fours and mouth a primitive language, possibly undoing a million years of evolution or more.
* Galaxy smashups littered early universe, study finds
Big galaxies formed through repeated mergers billions of years ago, astronomers say.
* Acidifying oceans could cause mass extinction, scientist warns
Researchers have found that Earth's oceans are gradually becoming a mild acid.
* Your DNA may reveal your last name
A study in Britain has found that men who share a surname are often related, which could be useful to police.
* Science in images
A menacing deep-sea anglerfish photographed during a recent Atlantic Ocean expedition by researchers with the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution.
More militant fundamentalist jihadist embassy-burning scientists
To follow up on this
, here is another funny cartoon on the same topic (stolen from One Good Move
Sen.Brownback introduced a bill
to outlaw human chimaeras. Daveawayfromhome
has a humorous response.
Is this going to be outlawed?
Local Blogging - Local Organizing
I completely agree with Kos
(and so does Atrios
and many others), that the most important role of blogs will be in deciding local races. While blogging the Presidential campaign is exciting and sexy, it is here, on the ground, in local and statewide elections, that the real difference can be made.
Thus, I'd like to draw your attention to the experience of North Carolina bloggers, in many ways on the forefront of exactly that kind of local blogging. I have written at length about the NC blogging community and I'd like you to read and follow the links embedded in this post
I hope that other areas of the country, especially those that are demographically similar - in terms of having a lot of small-to-medium-sized cities, towns and rural areas (i.e., probably not applicable to NYC, Chicago and LA) - will take a look at NC blogging and look at what appears to be working so well here.
One of the best tools
for the local bloggers to find out about each other is a state-wide blog carnival
. North Carolina started one first, and the First Anniversary Edition
just got posted last weekend. Other states are following. If you dig through the archives, you may notice that there is not too much politics there, and what there is spans the whole spectrum of political ideology. Don't let the appearances fool you - while enjoying the friendship and camaraderie of people that we generally do not agree with politically, we are also constantly looking for like-minded folks. Once the elections get closer, we'll know who is who and we can immediatelly start organizing. Blogging friendship is one thing - political organizing is different and both can coexist. Carnivals also breed MeetUps and other ways of face-to-face meetings of bloggers.
Out of many, many links in that post I first told you to check out, I'd particularly like to draw your attention to Orange Politics
(a nominee for the Koufax Award in the Best Blog Community
category). That blog is red-hot when it gets close to the elections. Information gets posted there before anyone else has it. People running in local races go there and post comments. Some regular commenters feel compelled to run for local office after the experience there.
It is the center of activity for all Progressive candidates and their supporters in the Orange County, NC (Chapel Hill/Carrboro area). When the Edwards's recently moved here, Elizabeth showed up in the comments clarifying some facts about their move and their intended political activity in local races. That is the kind of local political blog that Kos and Atrios had in mind - the kind that can make a difference in local and statewide races. Orange Politics has already proven that it can do exactly that.
This IDiot just left several copies of the same Creationist nonsense on several evolution-related posts here, including some that are almost two years old. He also left the same crap on a post on Majikthise. Is there a way to ban someone on Blogspot?
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I have left one copy of his tirade here
, so you can all see what a spectacular concentration of nonsense can be put in a relatively small space - the rest is pure spam.
It would be laughable, if it was not so depressing, even scary, that a human being can be so fearful, so emotionally insecure, so mentally undeveloped, and so intelectually impoverished, to allow oneself to become so thoroughly brainwashed and indoctrinated into dogma spewed by lazy, greedy, parasitic High Priests of fundamentalism. This is no sweet old religion that builds local community and urges old grannies to donate to charity and work in a soup kitchen - this is a politically motivated cult movement designed to engender complete control over obedient masses who can then be used for whatever heinous designs the High Priests have in mind.
This troll, Hilton, did not come here asking an evolutionary biologist questions about evolutionary biology. He has come here to proselytize his bullshit quasi-religion. He is unreachable. Reason does not work on him and his ilk - their eyes are fogged with fear, slef-righteousness and aggression. Fortunately, none of my readers will do more than laugh at his contortions. But I am sick of deleting spam.
Hilton did not come here trying to start a discussion. Discussion involves logic and reason - faculties Hilton does not poesses. I have had conservatives and libertarians come here and discuss issues with me without fear of deleting - they played by the basic rules: use of reason, logic and rational discourse. Hilton is incapable of such thought.