News From Around The Blogosphere 12.8.09

1. Attack of the killer tomatoes -New research shows that tomatoes and potatoes are deadly killers…well at least to the same degree as Venus fly traps:

Botanists have discovered for the first time that the plants are carnivorous predators who kill insects in order to “self-fertilise” themselves.

New research shows that they capture and kill small insects with sticky hairs on their stems and then absorb nutrients through their roots when the animals decay and fall to the ground.

2. When quacks unite – It seems that those responsible for the placebo known as Airborne have united with the frauds known as Generation Rescue possibly to try and fund a “study” to compare vaccinated and unvaccinated populations. Of course, given Generation Rescue’s track record for studies and track record when it comes to honesty, one would have to be certifiably insane to take any “study” they produce seriously, especially if they’re teaming up with Airborne, a product that despite costing several dollars, is more useless than the pet rock.

3. Elected public official may be denied office because he’s an atheist – I blogged about Cecil Bothwell before. He’s the elected official in Asheville, NC who won despite his opponent trying to damage his character by telling everyone that he’s an atheist and wrote a book condemning Billy Graham. Well, according to the North Carolina constitution, atheists cannot serve public office. But given that this law is a clear violation of the federal Constitution, he has a basis for a legal defense should the state choose to enforce the state law.

4. Virgin Galactic unveils SpaceShipTwo

A spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011 was unveiled Monday in what backers of the venture hope will signal a new era in aviation history.

The long-awaited glimpse of SpaceShipTwo marks the first public appearance of a commercial passenger spacecraft. The project is bankrolled by Virgin Galactic founder, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, who partnered with famed aviation designer Burt Rutan, the brains behind the venture.

Can’t wait for Virgin to pop its cherry.

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