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The rats really are scuttling out of the woodwork: last week, it’s a right-wing anti-abortion hater gunning down a doctor, and this week, we get a white supremacist opening fire in the US Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. Fortunately, no one has died in this incident, but a security guard and the gunman were wounded.…

You know why? Because the governor of Maine just signed a bill into law that legalizes same-sex marriage.

Where to go for swine flu information

There is some cause for worry in the current reports on the swine flu outbreak — while the possibility of a global pandemic is being raised, at this point it really is only a possibility. The accounts from Mexico are not reassuring, however. Health officials reported that at least eight students at a private high…

John Maddox dead at 84

I’m sad to report that John Maddox, former editor of Nature, has died. He was one of those fellows who shaped the direction of science for quite a long period of time with the power of one of the most influential science journals in the world. I suspect every scientist of my generation read his…

This nasty war

Brought to you by guest blogger LisaJ: Canada lost two soldiers serving in Afghanistan this week. This marks the 89th and 90th Canadian soldier to be killed since starting our peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan in 2002. Master Corporal Josh Roberts leaves behind his fiancĂ© in Manitoba, and Master Corporal Erin Doyle leaves behind a wife…

Marriage, adultery, and the law

[MAJeff here. I’ll remember this one of these times.] Apparently, John Edwards had an affair. I’ve been out of the news loop and haven’t been following it other than what I see in a few blog comment sections. I’m honestly not all that interested in the sex lives of the powerful; I’m more interested in…

Oh Joy

[Oops. Forgot again. MAJeff posting this one] —— More War. I have to admit, this is probably me being an American, but until a few days ago I wasn’t aware of all the tensions between Georgia and Russia. What I know now, though, is that people are dying. So, for the folks in the know,…

A fire in Kansas

It’s a small thing, only doing $10,000 worth of damage, but the location is newsworthy. A fence and garage at Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church became engulfed in flames early Saturday, according to the Topeka Capitol-Journal Web site. The fire did not spread to the church building. The cause of the fire is unknown, and…