American Family Association orders a Super-Sized McBoycott -These are the same guys who last Christmas boycotted Mrs. Field’s cookies because they switched from “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays” and boycotted Ford Motors for “promoting the gay agenda.” These guys are just pathetic. It’s also worth noting that the “news” website One News Now is a front for their propaganda. For a hate group, they’ve got such a friendly name. I’m reminded of the Sinclair Lewis quote: “When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross.”
Autism and Vaccines: Steven Novella’s response to David Kirby & Dr. Jon Poling -I know, I’ve been posting a lot on this issue but Novella’s response here is nothing short of brilliant. He also breaks down the history of this “controversy” really well for anyone not very familiar with it.
Women in India turning to internet for abortions -How did we ever survive without the internet? Now women from India can find do-it-yourself medication to end unwanted pregnancies.
The Myths About Organic Food -New column in The Independent about organic food. To quote blogger The Amateur Scientist: “Isn’t organic farming good for the environment? No, it actually requires more land than non-organic farming. Doesn’t organic farming refrain from using poisonous pesticides? No, it just uses natural pesticide chemicals, some of which can be more harmful than the evil artificial ones. Doesn’t organic food cost a lot more? Yes. Yes, it does.
American Family Association to strongarm PBS -Wow, 2 AFA stories in one day. These guys don’t kid around.
Olivia Judson’s New York Times article about ongoing examples of evolution -Nice article pointing out just a few examples of evolution that has occurred over just the past 40 years. Of course another notable example that wasn’t mentioned in the article was Richard Lenski’s E coli experiment.
Wiccan Accidentally Stabs Herself in Foot With Sword During Good Luck Ritual -That just says it all in the title now doesn’t it.
Creationists make up an award to honor themselves with: “I LOVE ME! I REALLY LOVE ME!” -Finally an award as worthless as Tom Cruise’s $cientology award and the Oscars.
And some science news:
Genetics Of White Horses Unraveled -An international team led by researchers at Uppsala University has now identified the mutation causing this spectacular trait and show that white horses carry an identical mutation that can be traced back to a common ancestor that lived thousands of years ago.
Origins Of Cancer: Rare Mutant Cells Glimpsed -MIT biological engineers have developed a new imaging system that allows them to see cells that have undergone a specific mutation.
Unique Fossil Shows Antarctic Once Much Warmer -A new fossil discovery- the first of its kind from the whole of the Antarctic continent- provides scientists with new evidence to support the theory that the polar region was once much warmer.