Archives for April 21, 2009

Pretty soon Miss California will have the country she wishes to live in. Or at least, thinks she lives in. Maine is starting debate on a Same Sex marriage bill. Prospects look excellent for gay marriage in New York, according to recent polls. It is only a matter of time before some high federal court…

GLBT Hate Crime Bill In The Works

Legislation to add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of categories covered under federal hate crime law will be taken up Wednesday by the House Judiciary It is expected the bill will be marked up and be sent to the full House for a vote, possibly before the end of the month. The…

South Africa Elections

South Africans are preparing to go to the polls in what is expected to be the most competitive general election since the end of apartheid in 1994. Some 20,000 polling stations are due to open at 0500 GMT for the more than 23 million registered voters. The ruling African National Congress (ANC) is expected to…

Progress in Burundi

African Union troops are physically disarming 21,000 fighters from Burundi’s last active rebel group, the Forces for National Liberation (FNL). It follows a weekend ceremony where FNL leader Agathon Rwasa symbolically surrendered his own weapons to the AU. A grenade attack killed six people but the BBC’s Prime Ndikumagenge says it was not linked to…

I have been up and down like a roller coaster on this one. Well, actually, I haven’t really thought about it at all, but if I did, there would be a roller coaster. Or at least a ferris wheel. Of course, when I first heard the story that Miss California was anti-same sex marriage, I…

Wither The Water, Fox News?

Monica sent me a link to a Faux News story on global warming, which makes the claim that global warming is not real because ice is expanding, and not contracting, in Antarctica. It also makes the claim that 90 percent of the earth’s ice and 80 percent of the earth’s fresh water is in Antarctica,…

The Star Tribune reports that Norm Coleman has filed an appeal with the Minnesota Supreme Court. He did so late Monday. I believe this is nine days after the lower judicial panel’s decision, which places this appeal just under the deadline. Clearly, Coleman has a strategy in mind that has little to do with the…

Science For the People

… somewhat ironically named Scientia Pro Publica, is a new Blog Carnival started by science blogger GrrlScientist. I think her objective is to create a general science carnival with reinvigorated interest that will give people fingertip access to current blog posts in any and all of the sciences, and this seems to be working. The…