For all you Fox fans, I have some bad news. Your favorite TV station is going to start running ads for the Creation Museum in Kentucky.

Check out the details here.

There is an extended discussion developing here regarding the film Sizzle: A global warming comedy.

Here in the twin cities, the TSA, FBI, SS, State Patrol, County Sheriff and local police forces are preparing themselves for a new security threat related to the Republican National Convention scheduled for August. Fifteen parking ramps (that’s what we Minnesotans call “garages”) will be shut down in the vicinity of the convention, and other precautions will be taken. The heightened security measures come amid calls for concern regarding a new weapon invented here in Minnesota: PZ Myers’ CyberPistol. Yes, Montgomery, PZ has gotten himself a CyberPistol. Read all about it here.

Things may become unhinged in California as courts allow a ballot issue banning same-sex marriage (of which there are quite a few in the Sunshine State just now) to go up for public consideration. Details here. In the other Sunshine State, Florida, a housing development kown as the Rybold Reserve (Orlando) has banned gay people. Details here. So, one thing you could do today is run these stories down, write them up if you are a blogger, or send angry non-death threat letters to somebody. Remember to be nice, but firm.


An alternative to my earlier suggestion for a distributed software on proteins is FoldIt! from Baker Library, described and linked to at 49 percent.

Blow-back on wind power (Blow me in the show me state). TUIBG discusses the viability of wind power in the upper Midwest.

Happy 100 postiversary to Almost Diamonds.

David Brooks is said to be a conservative. He is, technically, and has a good record of employment to prove it. But he is also a very smart guy and that is hard to do … be conservative and smart at the same time. Its like being cautious and a tight rope walker at the same time. Maybe. Anyway, Mike the Mad Biologist points us to “David Brooks on Genetics and Human Intelligence...” Interesting.

A possible emerging discussion (fight! fight!) on the internet surrounds Olivia Judson’s comments on the term “Darwinist” and “Darwinism.” Here we have Coturnix’s summary of the issue. We’ll see if this wave builds.


  1. #1 dorid
    July 17, 2008

    Why is the situation in Florida any surprise? Florida municipalities have continuously voted down legislation making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. It’s always been legal to turn people down for housing based on sexual orientation… and it’s always been legal in Florida to turn down individuals for jobs based on sexual orientation.

    Florida isn’t the only state that does this, at least for jobs. In every “right to work” state there are laws allowing employers to turn down prospective employees (or fire existing ones) on whatever values they darn well please.

    Just looking at the last several years of Largo (considered liberal by the rest of Florida) should give you an idea just how narrow minded and bigoted the elected officials are.

  2. #2 Stephanie Z
    July 17, 2008

    Hey, that’s post 101! Oh, well, I guess it’s an interesting introduction to my blog. Just not the first thing I usually tell people about myself. šŸ™‚

  3. #3 Romeo Vitelli
    July 17, 2008

    Were you really expecting any fans of Fox News here? They’re all off on Twitter sites exchanging the latest info on Brangelina’s twins. Creation museums would be right up their alley.

  4. #5 mark
    July 17, 2008

    After all, Fox talking ass Bill O’Reilly explained “There’s 24 hours in a day–that’s science!” Not something like evolution.