Some Sunday Links

There's a Super Bowl to watch, but here are some links anyway. First, the science stuff:

  1. The terrifying predations of the Short Big-Eye.
  2. Public health notice: you're supposed to wash your hands with alcohol gel, not drink it.
  3. Russia has a outbreak of smelly, yellow snow. Maybe a giant dog was involved?
  4. The IPCC global warming report summary is available (pdf).
  5. Here is what an intelligent design curriculum is all about.
  6. I can't stand the irresponsible use of antibiotics, but, please, use them when needed.
  7. If you missed it, here's a post about a potential treatment for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
  8. There's a new Tangled Bank posted.

The other stuff:

  1. While I think cockroaches are amazing organisms, I don't think Rush 'Big Pharma' Limbaugh's equating liberals with cockroaches was meant as a compliment.
  2. Congress could stop Bush's escalation in Iraq by reasserting its legitimate control over the National Guard.
  3. Barbara O'Brien: "Reporters have gone from explaining what the President is expected to say to explaining how the President is expected to lie."
  4. Supreme Court Justice Scalia admits what we knew all along: Bush vs. Gore was a bad decision.
  5. David Sirota explain how and why liberals can and should play hardball in the Senate.
  6. In memoriam: Molly Ivins skewers Camille Paglia.
  7. A brutal and frank letter from Soledad Prison.
  8. South Democrats are angry that they are no longer completely running the Democratic Party. This is what happens when you can't deliver your region.
  9. In Iraq, troop discipline is giving way to war crimes.
  10. Movement conservatives: if they can't win the argument, they'll try to win the semantics.
  11. Digby describes the inherent conflict the Democratic Party faces when they appeal to Wall Street for campaign contributions.
  12. Matt Yglesias explains why government outsourcing is the least efficient way to run a government.

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