From the aforementioned creationism debate, one reply stands out in particular as worth highlighting, offering some sample evidence for common descent. Amongst other points, it examines the plausible fusion of two chromosomes seen in other primates, into chromosome 2 in humans.
Speaking of which, befrafa noticed the puppy ad at NEXTgencode - worth a look. ^_^
patch_bunny discovered a particularly good psychic debunking from the 80s, starring James Hydrick, who claimed to be able to move objects psychokinetically - in his demonstration there, a pencil on the edge of a table, and the turning of some pages of a phone directory. His eventual admission is quite illuminating.
PSP owners might enjoy a new homebrew game, Conker mini.
An interesting angle on the publicity of the issues posed by global warming comes in a perhaps unexpected form, in a new documentary movie, The Great Warming, being promoted to evangelical Christians in the US. '"We pray everyone will see 'The Great Warming,' " says the Rev. Paul de Vries, president of New York Divinity School, who prepared the materials. "Science has given us an extraordinary wake-up call, but scriptural teaching gives us direction to be responsible for God's world."'
"The study was an advocacy project of sorts, designed to register mentally ill voters and encourage them to go to the polls, Lohse explains. The thesis draws on a survey of 69 psychiatric outpatients in three Connecticut locations during the 2004 presidential election. Lohse's study, backed by SCSU Psychology professor Jaak Rakfeldt and statistician Misty Ginacola, found a correlation between the severity of a person’s psychosis and their preferences for president: The more psychotic the voter, the more likely they were to vote for Bush.
"Our study shows that psychotic patients prefer an authoritative leader," Lohse says. "If your world is very mixed up, there’s something very comforting about someone telling you, 'This is how it’s going to be.'""
Wonder if anything will come of this? 'Daniel Craig is "supposedly" urging movie bosses to "modernize" Bond and include some full-frontal nudity, as well gay scenes that may or may not include 007. Here's the Craig quote currently floating around the internet: "Why not? I think in this day and age, fans would have accepted it. I mean, look at (British TV series) Doctor Who - that has had gay scenes in it and no one blinks an eye."'
"After discovering that blanketing just 8 per cent of our rooftops with greenery would save [Toronto] a cool $300M in energy costs and storm water overflows as well as a 2 degree drop in the steamy urban "heat island" effect. City council signed onto the plan and now subsidizes private roof greening." (Applications for the pilot program closed in October, unfortunately)
CuteOverload recently pointed out an exceptionally cute bit of bunnydom - a baby dwarf rabbit (FLV). I liked seeing hir actually walking at points, as well as the traditional hop, and the couple scratchings are much too cute.