1. The Human Ambassador Project to greet alien Visitors: no longer science fiction? – No, it’s still pretty much science fiction. But in case intelligent extraterrestrial life should ever come to Earth, they want to have volunteer ambassadors ready. I’m not sure yet whether to laugh at this project or commend it for its forward-thinking.
Having surveyed 1,311 Minnesotan youngsters whose average age was 20.5 during 2003-04, they found no evidence that the odd fling leads to psychological problems whatsoever.”Young adults engaging in casual sexual encounters do not appear to be at increased risk for harmful psychological outcomes compared to those in more committed relationships,” says Eisenberg.
The study did appear to refer to so-called “friends with benefits” cheery consequence-free shagging among likeminded sorts who already know each other socially, as opposed to more risky practices such as simply picking up sailors on the docks.
3. Hipsters, 1, Hasidic Jews, 0 – The two groups were fighting over a bike lane in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Hasidic Jews got rid of the bike lane, so in the dark of night, the bicyclists just painted it back. But it’s not over. The Hasids are citing traffic problems, the danger it poses to their children getting off the school bus and the lack of “appropriate” clothing on female cyclists. And the bicyclists are launching their own attacks. And I’m sure hilarity will ensue.
4. Private letters reveal science is a sham – The latest response to ClimateGate.
5. Rick Warren finally condemns the Uganda anti-gay bill…kinda – Actually only about 20% of his response is a direct condemnation of the bill. He kind of sandwiched it in there between self-promotion and a Christmas message.
Here’s also still pretending he’s never been involved in promoting anti-gay legislation of any kind:
6. Nineteen House Republicans with horrible senses of priority – In the mists of a major recession, two wars, two turtle doves, and rising unemployment, these guys have decided that the most pressing concern is to force Christmas down everyone’s throats EVEN MORE THAN IT ALREADY IS! Oh, did I mention that six of the nineteen are from South Carolina?
7. Keith Olbermann mocks Arlington, TN Mayor Russell Wiseman, who actually thinks Obama is not only just a secret Muslim but also thinks Obama announced he was sending 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan in order to stop the airing of “The Charlie Brown Christmas Special.” Seriously, people voted this psycho into office.