I find posts so you don’t have to. Here’s the sciency stuff:
- David Hillis has some suggestions for improving biology textbooks.
- 1700 years later, humans can still influence community ecology.
- Unlike the Creationist Museum, some museums still try to teach science. Nebraska has one.
- ScienceBlogling Chris explains what the normal distribution is. He also discusses Z-scores.
- ScienceBlogling GrrlScientist tells us all about giant (fossil) penguins.
- The basic biology of horseshoe crabs according to Mark H.
The other stuff:
- It’s a point I’ve made before, but Darksyde does it quite well: evolutionary biologists kick creationist political ass. ‘Progressives’ might want to learn from that.
- If we can eat croissants, why can’t we have French healthcare?
- Sara at Orcinus has a great post about the generational aftershocks of lynching.
- Glenn Greenwald makes the excellent observation that every bad person on the planet is now being called Al-Queda by the Bush Administration. Chris Floyd makes the obvious, but overlooked, point that when we kill people we claim are Al-Queda, and they turn out not to be Al-Queda (or, in fact, Iraqi goverment-allied Shiites), that’s called a massacre.
- Scott Lemieux reminds us that, during segregation, whites didn’t want to attend black schools.
- Once you get beyond Publius’ invocation of the Dreaded We, there is an excellent point: Cheney’s rise is part of a much larger political illness. Brad DeLong thinks Washington Post columnist David Broder sat on Cheney’s importance for six years.
- Jill documents the horrifying consequences of religious zealots who force their beliefs on rape victims.