Traveling Today – Have Some Links to Other People’s Work

B and I are off to Mount Baker, because summer is short and it’s hot. But not hot on top of Mount Baker. Which is the point. And I’d have stuff of substance for you, only I’ve be doing the deep-dive cleaning and organizing in order to turn the house into a place where I can work full-time. This is complicated, and involves a lot of standing around staring at piles in despair, and going to the store for Yet Another Necessary Thing, and hunting round places for inexpensive yet useful compact storage stuff, and then attempting to store stuff in it. And then it’s back to the store because you forgot the labels to label the storage stuff so you know where stored stuff is…

Then a day off for throwing apples for cats, and watching MMA and kickboxing, and planning for said trip up to Mount Baker. Which you will love.

While I’m gone, here are a few of the blog posts I’ve been meaning to highlight for half of forever. Enjoy! And when I return, thee shall have brand-new pictures of Mount Baker to treasure.

Image is three photos of a very excited English spaniel. Caption says, "ERMAHGERD."

Alethian Worldview: Everything we need to know about God

I was a conservative, Bible-believing Christian until I was in my early forties, and as a believer, the one thing I wanted more than anything else was to understand God. Ironically, it’s only now, after a decade and a half as an atheist, that I’ve finally reached an understanding that truly does explain everything that seems odd or mysterious about God.

It’s not that I’ve discovered anything that’s really all that new. I’ve just found a way of framing what I know that immediately expresses exactly what we need to know about God in a way that’s both obvious and unavoidable.

A Veil and a Dark Place: A Tirade of Snark to My Clueless Muslim Critics

But the mindset is there, it’s prevalent and rote and you know, sometimes I feel like I wonder if I’m being uncharitable in my positions but there’s such a brewing of disgust within me at the insidious self-righteousness of these sorts of responses that this does not seem at all like a low enough jab but I’ll say it:

You can string out the same tired sentences and stances a thousand and one times and they’ll still be as flawed and dishonest and inhumane as ever, these phrases, ‘oh, Islam grants women her rights, don’t you know, preserves honor, dignity, and doesn’t condone mistreatment’ and seriously, I ask you, do we live in the same world?

A Million Gods: Islamic Economics of Sex

The problem here is not women who do not wear Burkhas but men who wish for women to wear them under the notion of concern and the guise of honour and chastity.

Alternet: Bible Verses That Atheists Love

As a young adult, I struggled to recover from the crazy parts of my childhood. I once had a therapist who said, “You’ll know you are independent from your parents when you can do what you want for yourself even if they want it too.” To my mind, the Bible writers are like dysfunctional parents to our whole society, parents we have turned to, collectively and individually, for guidance. but who all too often instead have caused harm or trauma. One of the ways we will know that we have truly outgrown them is when we are able to claim what we believe to be useful and beautiful, even if they said it.

Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Ee’s Not Dead, Ee’s Resting

The richest guru in India died of a heart attack in January. Doctors have declared him dead. But his followers insist that he isn’t dead, he’s just in an incredibly deep state of meditation. So deep that he has no heartbeat or brain activity and has to be kept in a freezer.

All right, that’s enough to keep ye busy for the moment. See you tomorrow, my darlings!

Link Love, Plus Lovely Photos

The sun came out in patches today, so I saddled up the camera and headed out to that lovely spot along North Creek I found a few weeks back. Spent many hours there, and I seriously have four hundred photos to go through. You’re going to have some awesome stuff, including an educational video on the feeding behaviors of sparrows, when I’m finished.

Of course, this means that instead of writing a substantial post, I’m watching Inspector Lewis and editing photos. Good thing other folks have been writing substantial posts. We’ve certainly got enough to keep everyone out of trouble for a few hours.

Junco and rock.

Junco and rock.

Thanks to a commenter, I can’t remember when or where, linked to this post on A Black Girl’s Guide to Weight Loss, and it’s well-worth bookmarking for sending to those who can’t imagine why blaming victims is a problem: What A Victim-Blaming World Looks Like To A Victim.

And here’s a post on Trungles I wish had been there when I was in college: Dear Liberal Allies – what your college courses on oppression didn’t tell you.

Here’s a nice resource from our own Stephanie Zvan for the next time some schmuck spouts this argument: But Men Work More Hours.

If Matt Barber’s disgusting letter to gay teens left you speechless, no worries: JT has you covered. Open letter to Matt Barber.

Botanical sun.

Botanical sun.

How shall we segue from social justice to science? By combining the two! Via Skepchick, A Tree for a Day looks at Challenges for Women in Science in 2013.

Also via Skepchick, Behind NMR Lines has a fantastic write-up of Inspirational Women: Chemistry Edition.

Geese on Stream.

Geese on Stream.

Silver Fox, one of my favorite geobloggers, is celebrating her Five-year Blogger-versary!! If you haven’t started reading her yet, that post is an excellent introduction to her work. Even if you’re familiar, the pictures are worth heading over for.

Speaking of photos, Chris Clarke has a spectacular shot of weathered granite: I’ve been being mainly non-verbal today. Wonderland of Rocks indeed!

And further fantastic photos at Callan’s place, if you haven’t seen them: Friday fold: Martin’s metamorphics. Yum!

Can’t top that. Have a cat instead.

Kitteh in rare winter sunshine.

Kitteh in rare winter sunshine.

There may be folks in the audience here that want to do science outreach, but are a little intimidated about how to start. Lockwood wrote up a conversation about just that, and has some good tips at Outreach Blogging on Blogging Outreach.

Please extend welcomes, but not the customary beer, to our newest geoblogger, Geo Kid, at her premier post: Scenic Saturday: Beaver Marsh, Cuyahoga Valley National Park. It has got a chickadee in it, and beavers, and canals, and science – something for everyone!

And I very much like this post by Chris Rowan, and wish I had a basement now. We have a seismometer in our basement… Fun fact: due to research I did on Inge Lehmann, I was able to recognize some of the seismic waves and knew what a shadow zone was even before reading the post. Now I’ve read Chris’s post, Inge’s work won’t be so difficult for me to comprehend. I’ll be linking this post again when I do her writeup.

Thorn, leaf

Thorn, leaf

Have a hankering for a long read about volcanoes? I haven’t got to our next Mount St. Helens installment yet, but in the meantime, there’s an excerpt from a new book on Tambora, which is delicious and makes me think I’ve found part of my summer reading. If I can hold out that long. Tambora Erupts in 1815 and Changes World History [Excerpt].

And, finally, the post that disturbed me the most. It wasn’t the content so much as the visual. Spider-Man’s Penis and Science Communication.

I’m not sure my cat fully approves.

Kitteh disapproves.

Kitteh disapproves.

I’m not sure she was entirely on board with the mommy-on-the-floor-with-a-camera program. But it was fun, and we both got sunbeams. Hopefully you will, too – but if not, I hope your indoor reading needs have been at least partially met by the above.

Los Links: I Laughed, I Cried, They Became a Part of Me

Some of you will remember Los Links from back in the day when I could spend two days out of every week reading blogs, and then share the linky goodness with you. Life’s been too busy for a while for that, unfortunately. It should have been too busy tonight, but my brain said, “You know what? Fuck you. I’ve been thinking all day.” War at work, y’see: fighting to make things the best they can possibly be at an American megacorporation. It’s fun, and fulfilling, but taxing.

Thankfully, I had posts written (longhand) in advance, but my wrists said, “You know what? Fuck you. We’ve been typing most of the day.” So today ended with me lying about catching up on some freethought reading. If this continues tomorrow, I can bring you a roundup of recent geology posts. I suppose that won’t be so bad, now, will it? And then, on Wednesday, you will be guaranteed an original post of near-epic proportions, because we’re going to talk about why Mount St. Helens melted some bits but not all the bits on the cars. If we’re very fortunate, we’ll end up on Boing Boing again (thank you, Maggie Koerth-Baker!). I say we, because I wouldn’t have written up cars if it hadn’t been for you lot liking things like that, and as it turns out, you’re not the only ones. So, thank you, my darlings!

It’s not all happy fun times, alas. The thing with frequenting the freethought and skeptic blogs that I do is that Things That Are Not Happy get discussed, and if it weren’t for the bloggers and commenters restoring my hope for humanity, I’d have crawled off to a cave and become an official misanthrope by now. Between all of you, though, I am not willing to declare the vast majority of human kind irredeemable arseholes. Only a subset of it. Sigh.

There will be a humorous intermission, and loving comfort at the end. Stay with me.

Almost Diamonds: When You Already Are the Middle Ground. An important read, this, reminding us that people who are screeching for some “middle ground” between “the two extremes” haven’t quite noticed that one of those “extremes” is already the middle ground they’re howling for.

Being out of patience with the whole make-peace-with-the-howling-bigots sanctimonious shits, I’d like to recommend, in a calm and even voice, that they read the above post, and then please, if it’s not too much trouble, take their sanctimonious faux-peacemaking shit and stuff it in the orifice of their choice.

Love, Joy, Feminism: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Abortion Wars. I am inspired by Libby Anne’s post about her first experience as an abortion clinic escort. I’m inspired to start walking in to abortion clinics on days when protesters are present, just so I can shout at them, “Wow, thanks! I was just coming in for an ultrasound, but your signs featuring fake dead baby parts and your religious howling has inspired me to abort instead, because I don’t want to raise my child in a world featuring you assholes!” I’d love to see their dear little faces as they tried to compute that, and whilst we were facing off, some women could hopefully walk unmolested into the clinic for their procedures.

Skepchick: Ain’t I A Skeptic? This is just… I don’t even… I’m ashamed of humanity and any feminist who would complain that a woman isn’t a good enough feminist because she chooses to stay home with her kids. This is a reminder that feminism is about a woman’s choice, not about forcing her into a different set of narrow boxes. It’s also a reminder to white feminists such as myself that there are feminists of color whose experiences are different from our own, and we cannot shut them out. Why the fuck is it so hard for people to realize that mileage varies with varying degrees of privilege?

Blag Hag: Indiana high schoolers want to ban gays from prom. And just when the clueless gits within the skeptic/atheist communities have just about turned me off from speaking out against religion, because their toxic bullshit seems more or less equally toxic, along comes religion to remind me that, no, while people can be toxic bullshit-spewing arseholes no matter their creed, religion makes people just that much more likely to spew disgusting, hateful, poisonous shit. So, um, thanks for reminding me that religion is still a force worth fighting… and if you’ll excuse me, I wish to crawl into a corner and weep for humanity before I don my fighting trousers (thank you, Avi, for a memorable phrase).

Mah new battle standard.

Mah new battle standard.

I promised you a humorous interlude, and a humorous interlude you shall have.

Butterflies and Wheels: The wot is feminism chart. Funny-sad or sad-funny that anti-feminist tropes can be made into such a humorous and apropos chart? I think we should establish a drinking game based upon it.

Daylight Atheism: Why Atheists Should Care More About Education. We already do care, of course, and not just when creationists get frisky. But there’s so much poverty, and so many lost opportunities, and so many kids who need better chances. Give a child a bible, and they can be stuffed full o’ falsehoods. Give a child a good education and a bible, and they can say, “Wait. Just. A. Minute. WTF???”

Choice in Dying: Wafa Sultan and the Position of Women in Islam. Warning: contains women-as-property, pedophilia, little boys being taught that women are nothing but property that should remain silent, animal cruelty, and a charming hadith about the kinds of nasal secretions a wife is expected to lick off her husband’s face with her tongue. I’m sure I missed some trigger warnings for various forms of horrible misogyny, cruelty and sexual violence – but hey, Islam’s totes the religion of peace, amirite?

(Deep breaths. Deep breaths. Find a happy place… ah, here we go. I hope.)

WWJTD: Boggle on mental illness and “a cry for help”. I like this muchly. Makes me want to go handing out sticks.

As originally seen somewhere on Skepchick.

As originally seen somewhere on Skepchick.

And if you’re still needing something warm and fuzzy after all that, might I suggest Cats Hugging Things? Because it’s pretty damned hard not to squee at this.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go back to avoiding absolutely everything by re-reading Marriage, a History and sniggering at all the “traditional” marriages therein.

Los Links 12/23, Part I

You know, I meant to use the holiday to catch up on stuff. The best laid plans oft gang aft agley, as Burns put it.  But Los Links you expect, and Los Links you shall have, even though I’m going to have to break it into parts. Between family, friends, Castle, and the Muse – who showed up after a few weeks’ absence bubbling over with ideas – I’ve not had time to compile them all.

I think this’ll do for a start.


Occupy Wall Street

Slacktivist:  The very worst thing Nathan could imagine.

Portland Occupier:  Occupy Portland Outsmarts Police, Creating Blueprint for Other Occupations.

SmartPlanet: Ancient Rome had less income inequality than modern America.



GOOD: Why SOPA Could Kill the Open Education Resource Movement.



JREF: We’ve lost a giant.

The Staggers: Preview: Richard Dawkins interviews Christopher Hitchens and  Preview II: Richard Dawkins interviews Christopher Hitchens.

Daily Mail:  In Memoriam, my courageous brother Christopher, 1949-2011.

The Digital Cuttlefish: For Hitch.

The Daily Beast: Christopher Hitchens Is Hailed by Stephen Fry as a Man of Style and Wit.


Geopic Meme

Volcanoclast: More Geo-Pics of the Day – Lago de Nicaragua, What? There’s a Geysir called Geysir! Thursday Geo-picture and Friday Geo-Pic – Faulted Radiolarian Cherts.

Tannis Likes Rocks: Geology photo of the day – Friday.

Research at a Snail’s Pace: Friday Field Foto (Geopics, Day 5).

Geotripper: Geo-Picture-a-Day Week: Moon, Sky and Rock and Geo-Picture-a-Day Week: Hoodoo you do?

Paleoseismicity: Saturday Geology Picture: Delphi, Greece.

Tuff Guy: Saturday Geophoto: L’escargot and Sunday Photo: Aberystwyth Castle.



RRTeaching:  What genetics should all our students learn? (“Stop, you’re teaching the wrong stuff!”)

Ron Schott’s Geology Home Companion: On the Passing of Arnold Bouma.

WWJTD: Edge.

Future of Technology: Diapers made from silk and discarded shrimp shells?

Highly Allochthonous: Friday(ish) Focal Mechanism: a kinky slab beneath Mexico.

The Atlantic: The Year in Volcanic Activity.

Life, Unbounded: A Planet on Fire.

The Planetary Society Blog: What do we know about planetary rings? Quite a lot, actually!

Plugged In: Geoengineering? The Earth Doesn’t Need to Change – We Do.

Dkos Atlas: New Madrid at 200: A Disaster Deferred?

Dr. Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog: “The question is not whether sea ice loss is affecting the large-scale atmospheric circulation…it’s how can it not?”  

Science-Based Medicine: Alas poor Craniosacral. A SCAM of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy.

The Science Essayist:  Lessons from Plants in Pain, or What We Talk About When We Talk to Ourselves.

Glacial Till: Post-Fall Term Musings.

Clastic Detritus: Friday Field Photo #162: Folded Quartzite in the Cape Fold Belt and What I Learned During My First Semester of Teaching.

Highly Allochthonous: Scenic Saturday: Mammoth Cave, where surface water and groundwater meet.

History of Geology: Geology of the Mountains of Madness.

RH Reality Check: Mainstream Media Perpetuates HPV Vaccine Mythology.

Reading the Washington Landscape: A Moment in Deep Time: Back to Back Unconformities on Highway 174.

Slobber and Spittle: Sunday Photo(s).

The Dragonfly Woman: Science Sunday: Online Citizen Science and Scientific Research.

Puff the Mutant Dragon: The poisoned wedding: a toxic love story.

Listverse: 10 More Common Faults in Human Thought.

Chaotically Flow-Banded: Carbonatite lavas of Ol Doinyo Lengai –with the actual movies this time!



The Passive Voice: Amazon Says Long Term And Means It.

The Business Rusch: Traditional Publishing and Its Suppliers.

SCBWI: Rethinking the Book Tour.

Nathan Bransford: Amazon vs. the Indies.

The Season Blog: How free is working for me!

Romance University: Sara Megibow Sells Romance – What Newbie Mistakes Have I Made As An Agent?

AARdvark: The Tipping Point Holiday.

Edittorrent: Call to action.

Annie R. Allen’s Blog: Why One Author Chose Traditional Publishing–And How to Decide if it’s Right for You.

Austin Kleon: How to Steal Like an Artist.

Patricia C. Wrede: When they don’t wanna.


Women’s Issues

Jezebel: Once And For All, It’s Time To Stop Blaming Rape On Women’s Drinking.

Retronaut: The Invisible Mother.

Fast Company:  The Case For Girls and The Case For Girls Infographic: Women In Numbers.


Atheism and Religion

No Longer Quivering: Daughter of the Patriarchy: Admissions.

The Friendly Atheist: Rogue Catholic Group Vandalizes Anglican Church Billboard.

The X Blog:  A scientist’s atheism must be declared along side his/her theory if taught in a New Hampshire public school.

The Huffington Post UK: Affair Baby At Risk Of ‘Honour Killing’ Must Be Adopted, Says Court Of Appeal.



The Planetary Society Blog: NASA and NOAA Hit Again by Across-the-Board Budget Cuts.

Mike the Mad Biologist: No, We Don’t Have to Pay Back Government Debt.

The Conscience of a Liberal: The Meaning of Mercury and Politifact, R.I.P.

Political Animal: PolitiFact ought to be ashamed of itself.


Society and Culture

Jezebel: Gay Dads Find Out They’re Going to be Grandpas, Epic Awesomeness Ensues.

Business Insider: Meet the Infomercial Scam King The Feds Just Nailed For $38 Million.

Wandering Gaia:  Gently into the night.

The Bloggess: The most fascinating dinner party IN THE WORLD.

The Atlantic: Facebook Tries to Find the Right System for Flagging Suicidal Behavior.

The Express Tribune: Agents of change: Girls armed with education fight for their rights.

The New York Times: Why Is the N.Y.P.D. After Me?

Los Links 12/16

You may scream when you go down below. Los Links looks enormous, and it is. But there are a few things you should bear in mind:

1. It is a convenient excuse. No, you can’t go shopping / entertain the annoying houseguest / perform X unpleasant task, because you have to read all the links. Ever so sorry. It’s all Dana’s fault.

2. The Geophotomeme posts are, for the most part, extremely short.

3. You don’t have to read all of the links (despite what you’ve told people you’re trying to avoid). Just, y’know, most of them.

I’ll just leave you to get on with it, then.



Vanity Fair: Trial of the Will.

Dispatches from the Culture Wars: RIP Christopher Hitchens.

Rock Beyond Belief: Christopher Hitchens 1949 – 2011.

The New Yorker: Postscript: Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011.

Token Skeptic: We Lost Hitch. That Is All.

Why Evolution Is True: Christopher Hitchens is dead.

Greta Christina’s Blog: Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011.

Pharyngula: Hitch is not in heaven and The dark side of Hitchens.


Occupy Wall Street

Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports: An Open Letter from America’s Port Truck Drivers on Occupy the Ports.

Mad Art Lab: Artless & Broken: My Brother and Ows.

Salon: Busted for tweeting.

Assassin Actual: The Wrong Route.

Taylor Marsh: Occupy Bill of Rights Day.


Forbes Fatuousness

The X Blog: Forbes’ Gene Marks Needs To Check His Priv.

The Urban Scientist: If I were a wealthy white suburbanite.

Greta Christina’s Blog: “Even the worst have their best”: Forbes’ Gene Marks, the 1%, and the Luxury of Second Chances.

Pandagon: If I Were A Rich White Motivational Speaker.

On Becoming a Domestic and Laboratory Goddess: Dear Black Kids, You Need to Work Harder! But Women Will Never Succeed!

Angry Black Lady Chronicles: “If I Were a Poor Black Kid…”

XOJane: If I Were A Rich White Man Pretending To Be A Poor Black Kid.

Southern Fried Science: If I were an unappreciated endangered shark.

The Atlantic: A Muscular Empathy.


Burzynski Clinic

The Guardian: Rhys Morgan: ‘They are trying to silence me’.

Respectful Insolence: Dr. Burzynski and the cult of personality of the “brave maverick cancer doctor”.


Geology Picture Meme

Georneys: Monday Geology Picture: A Gorgeous Cape Town Inselberg Tuesday Geology Picture: A Gneiss Double Arch Bridge in Valle Verzasca Thursday Geology Picture: Sandstone Statues in the Petra Siq, and Friday Geology Picture: Red, Red Las Vegas Rocks.

Research at a Snail’s Pace: Geology Pictures!, Geology Photos, Day 2Geology Photos, Day 3 – Quartz Arenite, and Geology Photos, Day 4 – Unintentionally Ironic.

Ron Schott’s Geology Home Companion: Some Swell Gypsum Veins, Hoodoos,

Paleoseismicity: Tuesday Geology Picture: Lake Marathon, Greece, Wednesday Geology Picture: Salty creek in Potash, UtahThursday Geology Picture: Iron-nickel mine in Albania,

Tuff Guy: Monday Geology Picture: Tilted ripples in the Pyrenees, Tuesday’s Geology Photo: Ngauruhoe, Wednesday Geophoto: Greek Fault, Thursday Geophoto: Isle of Skye, and Friday Geophoto: Iguazú Falls.

Knowledge Flocs:  Week of Photographs and Photo week continued: St Lucia.

Geotripper:  Geo-Picture-a-Day Week: Houses Made of (Former) Stone, and a Dog, Geo-Picture-a Day-Week: Grand Canyon National Park, Geo-picture a Day Week – Zion National Park, and Geo-Picture a Day Week: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument.

The Geology P.A.G.E.:  Geology Pictures!!, Geology Photos – Part 2, Geology Pictures – Part 3, and  Geology Photo of the Day – Part 4.

Tannis Likes Rocks: Monday Geology Photos, Tuesday Geology Photo,

Earth-Like Planet: A Growing Collection of Geology Field Photos.

Volcanoclast: Geo-picture a Day? Count me in.


AGU 2011

Clastic Detritus: Wrap-up of the 2011 AGU Fall Meeting.

Highly Allochthonous: Thursday and Friday at AGU and All the blogging from AGU.



Dot Physics: Cannonballs: Size Matters.

Scientific American: How to Act Like a Psychopath without Really Trying [Excerpt].

Atomic-o-licious: The Science of Shoes (or the Lack There of).

Research at a Snail’s Pace: Thurs-Demo: The One with Frickin’ Laser Beams.

Scholarly Kitchen: Short, Silent, and Stunning — Comparing Earthquakes By Energy Release.

Skulls in the Stars: Mireya Mayor’s “Pink Boots and a Machete”.

Gizmodo: The Science of Taste Or: Why Dry-Aged Meat Is So Damned Delicious.

Slate: It’s Missing Louisville, Fresno, and Parts of Thailand.

Laelaps: The Squid and the Ape.

Not Necessarily Geology: Not Necessarily Geology Mountain Bike Guide: Part I.

Double X Science: Real science vs. fake science: How can you tell them apart?

Bloomburg Businessweek: Correlation or Causation?

The Chicago Tribune: Federal center pays good money for suspect medicine.

Berkeley Seismological Laboratory: Filling the Seismic Gap?

Earth-Literally: Underground Truth: Too crazy to be true?

Cross-Check: In Physics, Telling Cranks from Experts Ain’t Easy.

The Crux: Bursting the Bubble of Human Intelligence.

Sandatlas: Glacial arch, Syncline in 3D and Sandstone columns in the middle of a crater.

JFleck at Inkstain: Grand Canyon.

Hydraulically Inclined: A Few Good Reads (12/12/11): Raging Floods in Kenya.

BlogHer: Scientifically Proven for Female Pleasure? What’s in Your Lube?

National Geographic: Solar Storms Are “Sandblasting” the Moon, NASA Study Hints.

New Scientist: Do thoughts have a language of their own?

Puff the Mutant Dragon: Do vaccines contain toxic chemicals?

Technorati: Autism’s Big News: There’s A Manual!

Lifehacker: Nine Stubborn Brain Myths That Just Won’t Die, Debunked by Science.

The Loom: A Long Walk To Land.

Terra Sigillata: Ch-ch-ch-ch, Changes.

GeoSpace: Drilling to tell a tsunami tale and Exoplanets with plate tectonics, better odds for life like Earth’s.

Observations: Poor Design Can Be Bad—for Your Health.

Respectful Insolence: Now I’ve seen it all: An anti-vaccine children’s book.

Mountain Beltway:  Friday fold: crumpled & faulted Brallier  and Dikes crossing dikes.

Earth Science Picture of the Day: The Parallel Roads of Glen Roy.

Geology Times: Early Earth may have been prone to deep freezes.

Krulwich Wonders: Scary Geology: Mountains In Motion.

Skepchick: Measles are Marvelous!

Oregon Live: In a virtual world, Oregon Burn Center patients escape real-world pain.

American Scientist: Two Journeys Through the Human Past.

Neurotic Physiology: Do you love Science? Well, that depends, do you like sleep?

The Last Word on Nothing: Guest Post: the Nature of Octopuses, Waiting for Dynamo.

Discoblog: Got Wrinkles? Smear on the Hottest New Fashion Toxin…Snake Venom!

Metageologist: Geospeedometry – how fast is metamorphism?

Not Exactly Rocket Science: The semi-naked ape, or why peach fuzz makes it harder for parasites and Deinonychus and Velociraptor used their killing claws to pin prey, like eagles and hawks.

Context and Variation: Networking, Scholarship and Service: The Place of Science Blogging in Academia.

Mind Hacks: An unborn brain flowering connections.

Watching for Rocks: Journey To Walcott Quarry.

10,000 Birds: Why is the Robin’s Breast Red?

Gene Expression: The history and geography of genomes.

Research News: Study: Gian Super-Earths Made Of Diamond Are Possible.

Earthling Challenges: The Messinian Salinity Crisis (3/3) – Causes and lessons of a huge salt pan.

Bad Astronomy: Tiny lunar volcanoes, Galaxy cluster collision makes a splash… a million light years long! and Epic tantrum thrown by 30 octillion ton baby.

Scientific American: Caught on Video: A Himalayan Glacier Deflates.

Adventures in Ethics and Science: Things I cannot do.

Reallyoldplants: Just gorgeous.

Open Mind: Johnny’s Growth and The Value of Data.

The Musings of a Life-Long Scholar: Science is the ultimate game for adults.

Quest: Getting Started on Earthquake Preparedness.

A Blog Around the Clock: The New Meanings of How and Why in Biology?

Scientific American Guest Blog: The Origins of Bullying and Lets Talk: A Story of Interspecies Communication.

Neuroskeptic:  Do Antidepressants Make Some People Worse? and “Mad Honey” Sex Is A Bad Idea.

Token Skeptic: Education And Critical Thinking In Australia – Part 1: A Valuable Argument.



The Business Rusch: How To Make Traditional Publishing Writer Friendly.

TalkToYoUniverse: Tightening your plot by layering.

The Passive Voice: I have silently watched as my fellow authors have had to deal lawsuits or potential lawsuits.

Giga Om: If we are all journalists, should we all be protected?

The Editor’s Blog: Why I Would Decline an Edit.

Terrible Minds: 25 Fun Financial Fuck-Ups for Writers!

Ryan Macklin: Don’t Work Without a Contract.

Novelists Inc.: Dodging the Agent Bullet.

New Humanist: The Secrets of Pain by Phil Rickman (Corvus).

The Shatzkin Files: Paying authors more might be the best economics for publishers in the long run.

The Writing Bomb: 5 Reasons Why Indie Authors Are Succeeding.

FutureBook: FutureBook Conference Report: Takeaways for writers and We need to talk about Amazon.

The Tightrope: Twitter and the elevator pitch.

Courtney Milan: The best thing about self-publishing.

Brooklyn Arden: Behind the Book: Three Things Writers Can Learn from Liar’s Moon, Part II and Behind the Book: Three Things Writers Can Learn from Liar’s Moon, Part III.

Dean Wesley Smith: The New World of Publishing: The Big Hurry.

Let’s Get Digital: How Much Do You Want To Get Paid Tomorrow?

Slashdot: Neal Stephenson Responds With Wit and Humor.

Nieman Journalism Lab: From Nieman Reports: In digital publishing, content drives length, not the other way around.

Dystel & Goderich Literary Management: Know when to walk away, know when to run…

Nieman Storyboard: When journalists become authors: a few cautionary tips.

Patricia C. Wrede: Decisions, decisions and A few things not to do.

Jody Hedlund:  The Inevitable Identity Crisis That Happens After Publication.

Highly Allochthonous: Struggle and Serendipity (or: Yay! I’m in Open Lab!).


Women’s Issues

Boing Boing: The diagnosis.

The Morning News: Now That Books Mean Nothing.

Scripting News: Another example of tech sexism.

The Millikan Daily: and University of Michigan College of Engineering Dean David Munson on Cyberstalking on Campus.

Feministe: Frat at University of Vermont asks, “If you could rape anyone who would it be?”

The SAFER Blog: Disgusting UVM Fraternity Questionnaire Sparks Outrage.

Man Boobz: The False Rape Society is shocked — shocked! — by a fraternity’s “who would you rape?” survey.

n4cm: The Men Behind The War On Women.

Skepchick: Sacrificing Privilege.

Kotaku: In which I don’t try to write like a man…

Jezebel: Lego Targets Girls With Pink Blocks, Cute Figures, & No Creativity.

Almost Diamonds: Gender Transitioning and Gender Stereotypes.

SF Gate: Women urge others to go public about abortions.

The Digital Cuttlefish: …So He Cut Off Her Fingers.


Atheism and Religion

The Village Voice: Scientology Cruise Ship as Hellhole: The Ramana Dienes-Browning Story.

WWJTD: “You Give Activism a Bad Name”.

Black Skeptics: The New York Times: Unbelievable!

Almost Diamonds: With Faith, Nothing Is Impermissible.

A Voice of Reason in an Unreasonable World: I Got Your “Tolerance” Right Here…

Rock Beyond Belief: Another foxhole atheist given “No-Rel-Pref” against her will.

Lousy Canuck: Fasting Away To Nothing for an Imaginary Deity.

Greta Christina’s Blog: “(X) Is Just Like A Religion” — No, It’s Not.

This Week in Christian Nationalism: Southern Baptists Admit That They Oppose Religious Equality In The Military.



The Biology Files: Kathleen Sebelius should have attended my middle school.

Pandagon: Do parents really need to know everything?

Lousy Canuck: America’s Softest-on-Rape Sheriff.

AlterNet: “These People May be As Crazy as Their Statements Indicate”: Why a Former GOP Staffer Quit the Party.

Business Insider: Finally, A Rich American Destroys The Fiction That Rich People Create The Jobs and Iceland Arrests Former CEO Of Failed Bank.

Blag Hag: Well, that’s awkward.

Paul Krugman: Depression and Democracy.

Political Animal: When Fox News tries to make a chart.

SodaHead: GOP Site Plans To Infiltrate Liberal Sites With “Trolls”.

Mike the Mad Biologist: Do Those Who Oppose OTC Plan B for Teens Remember Being a Teenager?(Some) People Have Always Sucked, We Must Choose to Ignore Them and Rick Santorum’s Murderous Arrogance: The Healthcare Edition.

***Dave Does the Blog: I’m willing to be culturally impolite in the name of freedom and The Poor You Will Always Have With You.

The New England Journal of Medicine: The Politics of Emergency Contraception.

Media Matters: Fox Cites Non-Existent Part Of The Constitution To Hype Argument For Kagan Recusal.

Treehugger: How Big Oil’s Back Room Dealing with the GOP Revived the Keystone XL.

Slate: A Gestational Issue.


Society and Culture

Laughing Squid: Aqueous, A Beautiful Series of Photos by Mark Mawson of Paint Being Dropped Into Water.

Outside: Say Hello to My Little Friend.

Gawker: Mysterious 16th-Century Sext Discovered in Copy of Chaucer.

Nnedi’s Wahala Zone Blog: Lovecraft’s racism & The World Fantasy Award statuette, with comments from China Miéville.

The Digital Cuttlefish: What, No Second Date?

Boing Boing: Internet Engineers to Congress: SOPA censorship will harm Internet security.

The Inverse Square Blog: Man, I Wish I’d Written Something This Nasty.

The Crommunist Manifesto: Politically INcorrect? As though that was a good thing…

The Boston Globe: Led by the child who simply knew.

Wil Wheaton dot Tumblr: Uhura.

Wired: What Made This University Researcher Snap?

Los Links 12/9

I promise you, Los Links will soon move back to Monday where it belongs. Time keeps getting away from me. Things happening, y’know. And then there’s the fact so many people are writing so much interesting stuff, and reading takes time, and argh.

Lots and lots of links this week. Far more than it seemed like it would be. Hopefully you’ll find one or two that interests you. Enjoy!

Occupy Wall Street

Bad Haven: Alan Moore Responds to Frank Millers ‘Occupy’ Rant.

Etsy: OWS Bandana //PRESALE// (Neil Gaiman’s models)

Stupid Evil Bastard: I knew they were destroying #OWS tents, but.

The Guardian: Goldman Sachs whistleblower threatened with the sack.

My Occupy LA Arrest: My Occupy LA Arrest, by Patrick Meighan (UPDATE: 12/9/11).


AGU Meeting

Quest: AGU: Twenty Thousand Geeks by the Sea.

Andrew Alden: AGU Day Two: Vesta Unveiled.

Highly Allochthnonous: Monday at AGU, Tuesday at AGU, and Wednesday at AGU.

Magma Cum Laude:  AGU 2011: Days 0 & 1.


Skepticism and Mental Illness

Feminist Whore: Sad Things.

WWJTD: SSRIs, Skepticism, Suicide and Suicidality, How to Find an Atheist Counselor/Therapist and When Normal Activities are Terrifying.

Scientific American: Epigenetics Offers New Clues to Mental Illness.

Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Missing the Point on Mental Illness.


Burzynski Clinic

The Quackometer: The Observer Responds – Complicity in Misinformation.

Skeptical Humanities: Letter to the FDA about Dr. Burzynski.

Popehat: Junk Science And Marketeers and Legal Threats, Oh My! and Tell Me About The Rabbit, Marc Stephens.



Clastic Detritus: Friday Field Photo #161: Lava Flow in Hawai’i and Seafloor Sunday #90: Fifty Years of Ocean Scientific Drilling.

Nature News: Yeti crab grows its own food and Out-of-body experience: Master of illusion.

Wired UK: Transparent crab shell holds the secret to bendable screens.

Respectful Insolence: A “homeopathic physician” in Arizona versus science.

Tetrapod Zoology: The Wealden Bible: English Wealden Fossils, 2011.

Laelaps: How Tylosaurus Lost Its Fringe, and Other Squamate Stories and Teeth, From the Outside In.

Cosmic Log: ‘Arsenic life’ debate still percolates.

Improbable Research: A slip of the pen (followed by 25 years of writer’s blockage).

Georneys: For Scale.

Andrew Alden: Five Myths of Plate Tectonics and Losing Geodiversity.

Rapid Uplift: Geological Monuments Of Hyderabad Disappearing.

Bad Astronomy: The gorgeous birth pangs of young stars.

USGS Newsroom: San Andreas Fault Mysteries Begin to Unravel.

volcan01010: Why people are scared of Katla.

Eruptions: Unravelling a Volcano Using Crystals Under a Microscope and The Right (and Wrong) Way to Die When You Fall Into Lava.

Mountain Beltway: Friday folds (and boudinage): Superior Craton day 3, stop 1 and Currents in the Devonian deep.

The Last Word on Nothing: Abstruse Goose: Stop the Massacre, Guest Post: Auditing Astronomy Class and Guest Post: Two Malarias.

Terra Sigillata: Gooood morning, Santiiiiago!

Geotripper: Spending a Day in the Earth’s Mantle: Exploring Del Puerto Canyon in California’s Coast Ranges and Revisiting the Other California: The Story of the Pine Creek Mine From Someone Who Was There.

Uncovered Earth: The Magic Planet.

Tuff Guy: A is for Aniakchak (an A to Z of volcanoes).

Speakeasy Science: Periodic craziness.

Skepchick: My experience with German Measles.

Denison Geoblog: Rising Waters at Lake Atitlan.

EvoEcoLab: Evolution’s Tempo, Movement I: Adagio and Evolution’s Tempo, Movement II: Allegro.

The Back Forty: How a Flat Expanse of Boring Gravel is Vital to You and the Desert.

The Thurners: Graduate School Barbie (TM).

The Contemplative Mammoth: How to argue with a scientist: A guide.

Maitri’s VatulBlog: A Trip To Kilauea or The Volcanic Smog Gets In Your Eyes.

Dinosaur Tracking: Disney’s Age of Dinosaurs.

Observations: Are Psychopaths “Brain Damaged”?

The Dynamic Earth: Evaporite Casts in Sandstone.

@ScientificAmerican: Scientific American Defends Marie Curie—and Women Scientists—in 1911.

Boing Boing: Potentially habitable exoplanet: The fine print.

Physics Buzz Blog: In the Quantum World, Diamonds Can Communicate With Each Other.

Compound Eye: Scientist Spots Missing Link in his Basement, but is too Sleepy to Catch it.

Glacial Till: Meteorite Monday: Space Rocks, an encore edition.

Poikiloblastic: So an igneous petrologist walks into Indiana…

Failure: The Berkeley Pit.

The Scicurious Brain: One chemical makes you crawl, another makes you swim, if you are C. elegans.

Cocktail Party Physics: Anatomy of a Stradivarius and Open Lab 2012: Kill Your Darlings.

History of Geology: A Dirty War We Can´t Win.

JPL News and Features: NASA’s Voyager Hits New Region at Solar System Edge.

Scientific American: Egg Timer: Separate Biological Clocks Govern Female Fertility and Life Span.

Notes from Two Scientific Psychologists: How Universal Is The Mind?

Dr. Jen Gunter: When the doctor has PTSD.

New Scientist: Chimp markets reveal evolution of friendship.

Wooster Geologists: A Tale of Two Museums: Part 2 — The Creation Museum. East Africa’s Great Rift Valley: A Complex Rift System.

The Primate Diaries: The WEIRD Evolution of Human Psychology.

Short Sharp Science: Megaquake warning for the high Himalayas.

Not Exactly Rocket Science: How acquiring The Knowledge changes the brains of London cab drivers.

Popular Mechanics: What Really Happened Aboard Air France 447.

Tree Lobsters: The History of the World (According to the History Channel).

The Fluffington Post: New Theory Suggests Cats Are Liquid.

Lousy Canuck: News Flash: pole reversals won’t happen suddenly; won’t end world.

Olelog: World’s Highest Active Volcano.



The Atlantic: Why I Am Proudly, Strongly, and Happily in Favor of Adverbs.

SplatF: 10 steps to better blogging.

Chip’s Blog: Where does the marketing money go?

Adventures in Space: The Question Is…Are You Tough Enough?

Book Riot: When Used Books Attack: Banana Edition.

Comic Book Resource: Bill Willingham on “Fables” vs “Once Upon A Time”.

A Brain Scientist’s Take on Writing: Tips On Responding to Public Criticism (Inspired by Steve Jobs).

Plot to Punctuation: Swimming to find your characters.

A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Why Your Novel is a Tall, 6-Pump Vanilla, Breve Latte Grande, Extra Hot, Heavy Whipping Cream, Extra Dry Cappuccino (Or It Should Be) by Elle Lothlorien and Eisler & Konrath Vs. Hachette.

Digital Book World: Leaked: Hachette Document Explains Why Publishers Are Relevant.

Nieman Storyboard: “Why’s this so good?” No. 23: William Langewiesche’s voice of experience.

Patricia C. Wrede: Too many, too much and Learning About Ebooks.

Nathan Bransford: How to Network Without Networking.


Dystel & Goderich Literary Management: Why not an older novelist?

The Passive Voice: The Self-Published Author as the Self-Employed Author.

The New York Times: Selling Books by Their Gilded Covers.

Ask Nicola: Bookselling: We are showroom dummies.

Brooklyn Arden: Behind the Book: Three Things Writers Can Learn from Liar’s Moon, Part I.

Writer Beware Blogs: The Fine Print of Amazon’s New KDP Select Program.

Paid Content: The E-book Investigations: Are Publishers And Apple Breaking The Law?

Sean Farrell: “Pathetic email.”

The Oatmeal: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling.

Women’s Issues

Blag Hag: Being a woman on twitter.

Is Rape Funny?

BBC: ‘Honour’ attack numbers revealed by UK police forces.

Marayam Namazie: There’s no honour in ‘honour killings’.

Jim C. Hines: Sexual Harassment: Bystander Intervention and Supporting Victims of Sexual Harassment.

Doctor Nerdlove: Nerds and Male Privilege.

Boundary Vision: Mourning science on December 6 (Repost).

RH Reality Check: Concerned Women for America’s Condescending Treatment of Our Female Troops.

Shakesville: Impossibly Beautiful.

The Staggers: On misogyny and female columnists.

Jezebel: Pro-Virginity, Anti-Feminist Folks Make The Purity Myth Trailer Terrifying.

Dr. Petra Boynton: A tragic case of medical misconduct.

Doing Good Science: How do we make room for pink microscopes? (More thoughts on gendered science kits.)


Religion and Atheism

Geek Gestalt: ‘Brick’ breaker: Lego bible too racy for Sam’s Club.

The Friendly Atheist: The Problems with Biblical Parenting and Discipline and If They Can Quote Bible Verses, So Can We.

The Digital Cuttlefish: Ellwood City–No Atheists Allowed and Much Ado About “Nothing”.

Comics Alliance: Ask Chris #81: Scooby-Doo and Secular Humanism.

Blag Hag: Car hits atheist; car breaks.

The Telegraph: Islam, Charles Darwin and the denial of science.

Why Evolution is True: Religion reduces science literacy in America.

Greta Christina’s Blog: What Does It Mean That God Is Good?



Forbes: The Bomb Buried In Obamacare Explodes Today-Hallelujah!

Contrary Brin: Atlas Shrugged: The Hidden Context of the Book and Film.

Emptywheel: Florida Containment Dome Crackers: How Saving $15 Million Ended Up Costing $2.5 Billion.

The Political Carnival: Kids Eating Rat Poison is an “Acceptable Risk” for ALEC.

***Dave Does the Blog: Human Rights Are Human Rights and Literal paternalism.

The Atlantic: Ceding Liberty to Terror: Senate Votes Against Due-Process Rights.

Blog of Rights: FBI: If We Told You, You Might Sue.

Mike the Mad Biologist: More Creationist Economics: When the Foolishness of Austerity Collides With the Balance of Accounts and Why Gingrich Scares Me in the General Election: Bullshit As a Load-Bearing Structure.

National Journal: Heads in the Sand.

Almost Diamonds: How an Authoritarian Protects the Vulnerable and Middle Class Is Not a Virtue.

Paul Krugman: Send in the Clueless.

Slog: Fox News Attacks the Muppets.

Wil Wheaton dot Tumblr: Mah Guvnor!

The Daily Beast: Obama’s Restrictions on Morning-After Pill Are Politically Driven.

WWJTD: The Last Gasps of a Desperate Man.

Hullabaloo: Postpartisan depression: The Democrats join the War On Women.

Slobber and Spittle: What Killed Cain’s Campaign.


Society and Culture

Jina Moore: Right on, David Newhouse. Or, “How to report on Penn State”.

Skepchick: You May Want to Save Your Pocket Change Next Time You See a Jingle Dude.

The Globe and Mail: Remarkable school gives girls from the bottom of India’s caste system new hope.

Roger Ebert’s Blog: Outta da way of this steampunk wheelchair!

Geek Girl: Why @PayPal is wrong regarding @Regretsy, according to their own policies.

JAYFK: Double-dipping earns high school principal an ‘F’.

Decrepit Old Fool: “But you have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judges?”

The Guardian: What to expect from the anti-gay marriage brigade.

Dispatches from the Culture Wars: TSA Has Lost Its Collective Mind.

Almost Diamonds: Why Should I Pay for Your Health Insurance.

The Atlantic: Why Do So Few Blacks Study the Civil War?

Butterflies and Wheels: Another turn of the screw.

Los Links 12/2

Okay, yes, I know, this is extremely late, and I’m sorry. I truly am. But during the time I was supposed to be compiling Los Links, my Muse decided it was time for us to have some, ah, special moments. And who am I to refuse her?

So we nearly filled a notebook, just about killed a pen, and my hands are busy informing me today that writer’s cramp is a very real thing, and they have got it. I’m behind on everything. I missed Geology Office Hours. I didn’t get to watch Doctor Who. But I’m not bloody complaining, because the work we did serves two novellas and the novel, I’m starting to see how the pieces fit, and it’s bloody exciting is what it is.

And I chased her off with a stick this afternoon so I could get Los Links done for you. I’d like to thank Rebecca Watson, Greta Christina, and PZ Myers for their Skepticon IV talks, which I’ve been listening to in the sunshine all afternoon whilst I copy and paste shit. Granted, it means copying and pasting shit took a lot longer than it should have because I kept breaking off to watch bits, but it was fun and informative and I wouldn’t trade it for anything except several million dollars, because then I could quit my job, actually keep up on writing AND the blog AND watch their talks anyway.

Where were we? Oh, right, you wanted links. Here they are, then:


Occupy Wall Street

Decrepit Old Fool: Compare and contrast: Black Friday campers vs Occupy Wall Street protesters.

The Tree of Life:  UC Davis Academic Committee on Academic Freedom and Responsibility Statement re #OccupyUCDavis.

Salon: GOP message man “frightened to death” of Occupy.

AlterNet: The Power of Occupy Wall Street Is Not Just What They’re Doing, But How They’re Doing It.

Dylan Ratigan: Eliot Spitzer: “In retrospect, I wish we had put more people in handcuffs.”

The Crommunist Manifesto: History debunks myths about Occupy.


Skepticism Takes on Mental Illness

WWJTD: Why The Skeptic Community Must Concern Itself With Mental Illness and Mental Illness Community for Skeptics.

Almost Diamonds: The Next Thing I Know, I’m Going Down.

RantaSarah Rex:  Should the Skeptic Community Concern itself with Mental Illness?

Lousy Canuck: Some of my closest friends have mental issues.


Sexism and Science Kits

Georneys: Science Kits for Girls? Mystic Crystals? Say What?!?

Anthropology in Practice: Science Can Be Pink, But It Should Also Be Equal.

Bad Astronomy: How not to market science to girls.

Doing Good Science: Gendered science kits aren’t so great for boys either.

The Mary Sue: Gee, Thanks: Marketing Science to Girls by Reinforcing Gender Stereotypes.

Edmund Scientifics: On Girls/Boys Novelty Kits.


The Burzynski Clinic

DC’s Improbable Science: The cruelty of the Burzynski Clinic must be stopped. Come on, Marc Stephens, make my day.

Boing Boing: Review of Burzynski Clinic’s list of “published research” turns up thin, unconvincing gruel.

The Quackometer: Burzynski Clinic Issues a Statement.

The Digital Cuttlefish: Burzynski The Bold (A Ballad).

The Guardian: The Burzynski Clinic is using libel laws to silence critics of its cancer treatment.

Blag Hag: A look at the Burzynski clinic’s publications and More damning revelations about Burzynski’s “research”.

Short and Spiky: Should you invest in Burzynski stock?

Hair Balls: Burzynski Fanatic Threatens Bloggers ‘Round the World.



Neurobonkers: The worst piece of drugs reporting I have ever read.

Radiolab: The Cell That Started a Pandemic.

Coffee with Halleluja: Paleontologist Barbie Pursues Professional Development...

Powered by Osteons: Cranial Vault Modification or Alieeeeens?

Neurotic Physiology: Friday Weird Science: Clomipramine, yawning, and…orgasm!?

Skepticblog: A teacher can never tell where his influence stops…

Bad Astronomy: Amateur astronomer glimpses an alien solar system and Crown of the Dolomites.

Volcanoclast: Helicoptering over Iceland and An Estwing is not JUST a hammer.

Denison Geoblog: Geos 111: Clash of the Elements – Volcano Eruptions in the Deep Ocean.

Bug Girl’s Annex: A lovely story about farming butterflies in Colombia.

Magma Cum Laude: Teaching the teachers: Activities for a plate tectonics workshop.

The Dynamic Earth: Burgess Fauna Zapruder Film.

Disease Prone: One for the Dr. Who fans.

Respectful Insolence: SafeMinds tries to frighten pregnant women into skipping the flu vaccine.

Research Digest: Questionable research practices are rife in psychology, survey suggests.

Geologic Froth: Planning, plotting, and archiving geologic traverse data in Google Earth continued…

Quest: Bay Area Tides.

Retos Terrícolas: The Messinian Salinity Crisis (1/3) – Salt all over the Mediterranean.

Mind Hacks: Rainbows of mourning.

Mountain Beltway: Continental Drift vs. continental drift.

Not Exactly Rocket Science: How tiny wasps cope with being smaller than amoebas.

Salon: Don’t believe the sex addiction hype.

Geotripper: Vagabonding Across the 39th Parallel: Sun (and Moon) and Rock Revisited in Arches National Park.

The Last Word on Nothing: Pro Tip: Don’t Fall in the Thames and Breaking Through.

High Heels in the Lab: Science makes us feel stupid.

Popperfont: “You let Bobby play with water? Don’t you know it’s a CHEMICAL?”

Evolutionblog: Twenty Years After Darwin on Trial, ID is Dead.

Lousy Canuck: Life may not depend on planet having a large moon.



The Business Rusch: Writers and Traditional Publishing Companies and The Writer’s Guide To Evaluating A Traditional Publishing Company.

Washington Post Innovations: Science fiction and the birth of innovation.

Storify: Suzanne Moore’s Guide To Journalism.

The Creative Penn: Can Search Engine Optimization Help You Sell More Books?

A Brain Scientist’s Take on Writing: The Psychology of Attraction: The Intertwining of Sex and Aggression.

Writer Unboxed: The Critical Aspects of Digital Publishing.

TorrentFreak: The Copyright Industry – A Century Of Deceit.

Lindsay Buroker: Can Publishing a Podiobook Help You Sell More Books?

Chip’s Blog: Aren’t they supposed to market my book for me?

Neil Gaiman’s Journal: Audiobooks: A Cautionary Tale.

Krulwich Wonders: The Library Phantom Returns!

Writer Unboxed: The No. 1 Overlooked Skill for Every Author.

The Open Notebook: Deborah Blum traces a poisonous history.

Katie PhD: The Trouble with Teeth…

Standford University School of Medicine: Scientists identify defect in brain cell channel that may cause autism-like syndrome.

Notes EM: this is how you start a takedown!

Patricia C. Wrede: When is it over?


Women’s Issues

Ms. Magazine: Should Organized Religion Have More Rights Than Women?

Almost Diamonds: Another Way to Blame Women for Getting Paid Less, More on Diversity and Merit in the Workplace and Examining MRA’s Prison-Rape Factoid.

Context and Variation: Get This Baby Out of Me! On Induction and Ending #occupyuterus.

Notes from Two Scientific Psychologists: A brief rant about waist-to-hip ratio.

Man Boobz: “Men run faster than women.” “Hence rape.” Or, Reddit in a nutshell.

The Mary Sue: Why Won’t Siri Talk About Abortion Clinics?

Butterflies and Wheels: Oh yes, go right ahead.


Atheism and Religion

The Friendly Atheist: David Fitzgerald Offers a Heretic’s Guide to Mormonism and A Christian Store Denied Him This T-Shirt…

The Digital Cuttlefish: It’s Tough To Be Christian (When Christmastime Comes).

WWJTD: Touch Me, Touch Me Jesus!

New Humanist: Dissing God.

Pharyngula: I do not forgive.

Examiner: Tim Tebow annoys NFL peer with too much Jesus.

The Guardian: The deafening silence on a good man’s death.

BBC News: Should animals be stunned before slaughter?

***Dave Does the Blog: In God We All Trust, Or Else.

QED: Ophelia Benson – The Interview.



Rooted Cosmopolitan: Twitter & Sam Brownback’s Fearful Authoritarians.

AP: Kansas gov. says staff overreacted to teen’s tweet.

Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Kansas Tweeter Being Attacked by Fellow Students.

Mike the Mad Biologist: Schadenfreude: When ‘Small-Government’ Conservatives Have to Face the Reality of Their Rhetoric.

Mother Jones: The GOP’s War on Voting Comes to Washington.

Crooks and Liars: Bachmann Suggests Intelligent Design Is a ‘Scientific Fact’ and Mackinac Center Emails Reveal True Motives Of Their Benefactors.

Politicker NY: Mayor Bloomberg: ‘I Have My Own Army’.


Society and Culture

Skepchick: Born This Way? a Skeptical Look at the Neurological Theory of Gender Identity.

Slobber and Spittle: What TIme Magazine Shows The World, and Us.

The Last Word on Nothing: Black Friday and Dirty Gold.

Contrary Brin: Pining for Feudalism as an Antidote for Modernity.

Forbes: Here’s The Letter Senator Al Franken Just Sent To Phone ‘Rootkit’ Firm Carrier IQ.

The Guardian: Mayan tablet does not predict end of the world in 2012, says expert.

Hyperbole and a Half: Boyfriend Doesn’t Have Ebola. Probably.

Measure of Doubt: How rationality can make your life more awesome.

MoveOn: Two Lesbians Raised A Baby And This Is What They Got.


Boing Boing: Police hand- and ankle-cuff 5-year-old, charge him with battery on a police officer.

On Parenting: Safeway apologizes after 4-year-old is banned for life.

Mike the Mad Biologist: Racial Differences in IQ Only Manifest at Age 2.

Los Links 11/25

At last, Los Links. Pretty heavy on the pepper spray, alas. Address complaints to Sergeant John Pike, UC Davis Police. But only if you’re wearing a face shield.



Occupy Wall Street

Good: ‘Books Are Speech': Why the OWS Library’s Destruction Is So Upsetting.

Slobber and Spittle: The Limits Of Force and Quote Of The Day.

UCDavis Bicycle Barricade: Open Letter to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi.

America Blog: OMG Cops pepper-spray UC Davis students, point blank in face, who are just sitting there doing nothing.

Kevin Drum: Video: UC-Davis Police Casually Pepper Spray Sitting Protesters.

Wonkette: A Children’s Treasury of American Cops Brutally Attacking Citizens.

Oregon Live: A face full of pepper spray vaults Occupy Portland protester to Internet fame, albeit painfully.

The Atlantic: ‘Standard Police Procedure’, The Moral Power of an Image: UC Davis Reactions, and The Cops We Deserve.

Cosmic Variance: Brutality and UC Davis Physicists to Chancellor Katehi.

Decrepit Old Fool: Violence for violence.

Moral Low Ground: Retired NY Supreme Court Justice Karen Smith Roughed up by Cops for Intervening in Brutal Beating of ‘Occupy’ Protester’s Mom.

AlterNet: More on Police Departments’ Collusion in Defense of 1%: Who’s the Organization Coordinating Those Crackdown Calls?

Myrmecos: I was wrong about #OccupyDavis.

Huffington Post: Militarization Of Campus Police.

Daily Kos: OWS Participants – Your Rights Under Federal Law if You are Pepper Sprayed & Why You Should Sue.

Hullabaloo: Police, pain and peppers.

Speakeasy Science: Fox News Food Products.

Mim’s Bits: How Amazon Reviews Became a Vehicle for Protest.

The Atlantic: The Occupy Movement’s Woman Problem.

Quote and Comment: Excerpt from UC Davis 2010-2012 General Catalog.

SF Weekly: W. Kamau Bell: “Stop Talking Shit About the Occupy Movement”.

Rolling Stone: UC Davis Pepper-Spray Incident Reveals Weakness Up Top.

Whiskey Fire: Ghosts of a Different Dream.

The Loyal Opposition: Pepper Spray at UC Davis.

Compound Eye: Why One Pepper-Spraying Cop Image Dominates.


Penn State

AlterNet: Child Rape, Penn State and the Catholic Church: Is Religion Especially Bad?



Mountain Beltway: Friday fold: mafic metavolcanics.

Looking for Detachment: The Contact at Contact.

Master Organic Chemistry: Organic Chemistry Is Shit.

Scientific American: A New Creation Story.

Eurekalert: Princeton release: Massive volcanoes, meteorite impacts delivered one-two death punch to dinosaurs.

Environmental Graffiti: 15 Most Incredible Plunge Waterfalls on Earth.

Wooster Geologists: Wooster’s Fossils of the Week: Belemnites (Jurassic of Wyoming).

Telegraph: The ethereal beauty of melting icebergs, captured by photographer Paul Souders.

Geotripper: Hey! It’s not my fault! It’s San Andreas’ fault…A Creepy Story and Wandering Around Inside a Volcano: Exploring Pinnacles National Monument.

GeoKate in the Bay State: Metamorphosis of a Superhero.

Andrew Alden: Geoscience Makes Progress in California High Schools.

Lounge of the Lab Lemming: Migrating dinosaurs and oxygen isotopes.

The Loom: Are we the teachable species?

Paleoseismicity: New paper on the Japan 2011 tsunami and implications for paleotsunami research – Updated.

Laelaps: In Evolution’s Race, Horseshoe Crabs Took a Slower Pace.

Science With Moxie: SwM meets #Sfn11 Day One: Words, Pitch, and Rhythm.

Earth: Voices: Harassment of scientists reaches a fever pitch.

On Art: Leonardo da Vinci’s earth-shattering insights about geology.

New Scientist: Watery secret of the dinosaur death pose.

ABC News: What If Greenhouse Gases Weren’t Invisible?

The Scicurious Brain: Impulsivity, addiction, and your synapses.

Bad Astronomy: New satellite gets INSANELY hi-res view of Earth.

The Globe and Mail: As a brain surgeon, I know patients’ futures before they do.

Wired Science: Why Do Police Officers Use Pepper Spray?

Ancient Shore: Nothing But Blue.

Metageologist: Metamorphism: open or closed?

Glacial Till: Mid-Week Meteorite Fun: Undulating Olivine, Clinoenstatite, Planar Fractures, oh my!

Switchboard: “Use-By” Dates: a Myth that Needs Busting.

Tuff Guy: Pantelleria, A Volcano With A Trapdoor.

Wired Science: Beautiful Destruction: 11 Gorgeous Geological Maps of Volcanoes.

Volcan01010: All the software a geoscientist needs. For free!



Diabetologia: What does an Editor look for?

The Business Rusch: How Traditional Publishers Are Making Money.

Slate: The Underachiever.

Copy Law: What Not to Miss When Drafting & Negotiating Your Book Publishing Contract.

Wicked & Tricksy: So You’re Thinking About Self-Publishing…

Nail Your Novel: I self-published – should you too?

David Palumbo: So you plan to commission a book cover?

Neil Gaiman: On Doughnuts, Posters, and remembering Anne McCaffrey.

EditTorrent: When grammar elements go out drinking.

Reporting on Health: Small Lessons from Michael Berens’ Big Investigation of Senior Abuse.

The Passive Voice: Something Else Penguin/Book Country Should Be Ashamed Of.

The Digital Shift: Penguin Restores Kindle Lending, but Still Not Providing Digital Editions of New Titles.

“Pretentious Title”: How I Went From Writing 2,000 Words a Day to 10,000 Words a Day.

Women’s Issues

The Drum Opinion: Men call me things: it’s not as romantic as it sounds.

IPS: Women Push Back Into Public Space.

Butterflies and Wheels: Blot her out.

Lousy Canuck: Girls online: damned if you do, don’t, or simply ARE.


Atheism and Religion

Almost Diamonds: Preacher at the Funeral.

Maryam Namazie: I wish I were there with you.

Butterflies and Wheels: The rules.

No Longer Quivering: How Modesty Made Me Fat.

WWJTD: What I’m Thankful For: Respect – *Real* Respect.



The Pump Handle: Young farm workers at greater risk of dying on-the-job, proposal to protect them called “detrimental,” “foolish” and “idiotic”.

Slobber and Spittle: History, Blah, Blah.

X-Blog: “Gentlemen Shall Lean to the Left”.

Slate: Rule of Lord.

Move On: Top 5 FOX Myths To Debunk This Thanksgiving.

BlueOregon: Ballsy: Kitzhaber stops all death penalty executions for his term in office.

The Spirited Atheist: Christian politicians exalt suffering in GOP campaign.

Climate Progress: Top 10 Reasons Republicans Were Wrong to Kill NOAA Climate Service.


Society and Culture

The Rumpus: Silhouettes.

Skepchick: Twilight: Breaking Wind.

In Focus: A Trip to Bhutan.

The Answer Sheet: ‘Exemplary’ Texas school taught only two subjects.

Nieman Journalism Lab: How a photographer generated over $100,000 through Facebook.

The Oatmeal: Thanksgiving.

XX Factor: Porn That Women Like: Why Does It Make Men So Uncomfortable?

Los Links 11/18

Okay, yes, I’m late. I usually post around midnight, and here it is, 4 in the ay-em. Blame the 6-day work week.

As far as why there’s so many links, you can blame the people writing interesting things.

And I know what the writers and writer watchers will say: “But, Dana, aren’t you supposed to be doing NaNo?” And the answer is yes, in a sorta-kinda-halfarsed way, yes, I am doing NaNo. But. Aunty Flow was here this week. I neverever write fiction when Aunty Flow’s around. And I’d just done a 7,000-word weekend. So I gave my wrists (most of) the week off. (And I’d just like to give a hearty thanks to the nurse practitioner at our company clinic, who gave me a miracle drug called Back Quell, which turns out to have done a bang-up job quelling the monthly misery as well.)

With that digression digressed, I give you, at long last, Los Links. Enjoy!

Occupy Wall Street

Almost Diamonds: Occupying Foreclosed Homes.

Post Partisan: Bloomberg’s disgraceful eviction of Occupy Wall Street.

Media Decoder: Reporters Say Police Denied Access to Protest Site.

Scott Olsen: “I’m feeling a lot better, with a long road in front of me.”

Contrary Brin: Roll over, Frank Miller: or why the Occupy Wall Street kids are better than #$%! Spartans.

Wil Wheaton dot Tumblr: “…linking arms in a human chain when ordered to step aside is not a nonviolent protest.”

Taylor Marsh: The Occupation has begun, and the 1% know it …

Occupy Wall Street Library: UPDATE: State of Seized Library.

ThinkProgress: Reporters For Right-Wing Publication Daily Caller Beaten By NYPD, Helped By Protesters.

New York Observer: Former Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis, In Cuffs.

OEN: This Is What Revolution Looks Like.


Penn State

Meg Fowler: bearing responsibility.

Poynter: Memo to headline writers: Child sex abuse is not a ‘sex scandal’.

The Nation: Penn State and Berkeley: A Tale of Two Protests.

Tenured Radical: The Penn State Scandal: Connect the Dots Between Child Abuse and The Sexual Assault of Women on Campus.

Decrepit Old Fool: No more dismissal, no more excuses.

Grantland: The Brutal Truth About Penn State.

Lounge of the Lab Lemming:  Some thoughts on the Penn State sex scandal.

Sports Illustrated: Special Report: Scandal. Shame. A search for answers at Penn State.



Eruptions: Hydrovolcanism: When Magma and Water Mix and Etna Has Its 18th Eruption of 2011.

The Last Word on Nothing: The Guys Talk.

The Artful Amoeba: Serratia marcescens: A Tale of Bleeding Statues, Cursed Polenta, Insect Liquefaction, and Contact Lens Cases.

Sandatlas: Brain games with sand grains.

CBC News: World War I spies caught by woman who read invisible ink.

Clastic Detritus: Friday Field Photo #160: Mountainside Stratigraphy — What Do You See?

Culture of Science: Nature And Nurture: Why We Kiss.

Culturing Science: The Evolution of Grief, Both Biological and Cultural, in the 21st Century.

Practical Fishkeeping: Coral reefs support much more life than previously thought.

Highly Allochthonous: Friday focal mechanisms: aftershocks in eastern Turkey.

Geology Home Companion: Introducing Students to Geologic Time.

Science: An Ancient Moth, Now in Full Color.

Galileo’s Pendulum: Tsunamis of Sand in the Sahara.

TYWKIWDBI: “History is all explained by geology”.

Scientific American: Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Don’t Try to Make Bricks without Clay.

Myrmecos: Inside an ant nest, for real this time.

Deep Sea News: So You Want to Be A Marine Biologist: Deep Sea News Edition.

Glacial Till: Meteorite Monday: The Geminid’s and a quick update.

Slate: GM Mosquitoes Bite.

XKCD:  Map Projections.

Mother Jones: Your Prius’ Deepest, Darkest Secret.

Genomeboy: Things we said today.

Hudson Valley Geologist:  Why do we have sunspots?

New Scientist: Virtual robot links body to numbers just like humans.

Not Exactly Rocket Science: Scientists track the evolution of an epidemic to show how bacteria adapt and How coral snakes cause excruciating pain.

Punctuated Equilibrium: Bird-friendly California vineyards may have fewer pests.

The Guardian: Amnesiac cellist astounds doctors with musical memory.

Scientific American: How We View Half-Naked Men and Women.

History of Geology: November 13, 1985: The Nevado del Ruiz Lahars.

Aetiology: Does bestiality increase your risk of penile cancer?

This May Hurt a Bit…: Like a patient etherized upon a chair.

Highly Allochthonous: Scenic Saturday: Wood in Streams.

Neuroskeptic: Autism: What A Big Prefrontal Cortex You Have.

Scientific American: Hot and Steamy: Beautiful Volcano Lakes Hold Data Trove and Potential Danger [Slide Show].

Fly’s Picture Place: Geode Central.

Volcanoclast: No fracking earthquakes.

Skeptoid: Top 10 Worst Anti-Science Websites.

Hydraulically Inclined: “Natural Dams”.

Wired Science: Leonardo’s Formula Explains Why Trees Don’t Splinter.

Terra Sigillata: K2 Synthetic Marijuana: Heart Attacks, Suicides, and Surveillance.

The Landslide Blog: New paper on landslide-dams and genetic change in fish.

Science 2.0: Eye Evolution Gets Its “War And Peace”.

The Star: Canadian’s lucky iron fish saves lives in Cambodia.

Geotripper: Vagabonding across the 39th Parallel: A Canyon Where Cameras Stand Sideways.

TOR: Using Science to Better Understand the Beauty of the Universe: Richard Dawkins’ The Magic of Reality.

Empirical Zeal: How a new understanding of itch leads to better pain treatments.

Grist: Icelandic moonbow plus Northern Lights is methadone for your nature-starved eyeballs.

Token Skeptic: ‘What We Don’t Need Is Critical Thinking’ – Takedown Of A TEDx Talk On JREF’s Swift.

Observations: Exceptional Memory Explained: How Some People Remember What They Had for Lunch 20 Years Ago.

Science Alert: Sunken islands found in Indian Ocean.

The Planetary Society Blog: Is Europa’s ice thin or thick? At chaos terrain, it’s both!

Mountain Beltway: Shear zone in basement complex.

Georneys: Cango Caves in Pictures.



The Business Rusch: The Old Stone Path.

A Brain Scientist’s Take on Writing: Showcase The Sexy, But Don’t False Advertise (and other lessons I learned when writing my book pitch).

Dean Wesley Smith: The New World of Publishing: 95% of All Authors Will Never Indie Publish.

Writer Beware Blogs: Introducing Writer Beware’s Small Presses Page.

A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Guest Post by David Gaughran and Book Country Fail.

The Oatmeal: The Three Most Common Uses of Irony.

Gerard de Marigny: A Selfpubber’s Morning.


Women’s Issues

Speakeasy Science: Bedtime Scoop and Easy Lay.

The Atlantic: A High-Tech Lynching.

Almost Diamonds: One Pissed-Off MRA.

Gifts of the Journey: Shaming, Blaming, & Silence – How Sexual Harassment Changed The Direction Of My Life.

The Biology Files: Teaching my sexist sons that feminism has no gonadal requirements for entry.

Mike the Mad Biologist: Saturday Sermon: “Abortion Is a Blessing”.

That Weird Atheist Girl: She’s Just an Attention Whore.

Butterflies and Wheels: It’s a holy city with sensitivities.

The Daily Mash: Internet misogynists given chance to meet a woman.


Atheism and Religion

This Week in Christian Nationalism: Hey Veterans: Take Two Bible Verses and Call Me in the Morning.

WWJTD: Pictures: My Anti-Myth.

New York Times: Preaching Virtue of Spanking, Even as Deaths Fuel Debate.

Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Atheism and the Meaning of Life.

Stupid Evil Bastard: SEB Mailbag: “Why does it matter?” edition.

The Digital Cuttlefish: Nothing To Live For.

Maryam Namazie: The hijab is not cultural, it’s compulsory!

A Voice of Reason in an Unreasonable World: The Poisonous Malevolence Of Religion (A Rant).

Friendly Atheist: He Makes Sense To Us Because We Don’t Dare Question Religious Authority.

***Dave Does the Blog: Bryan Fischer is a Dolt (Gay Pride March of the Penguins Edition).

AlterNet: Beating Babies in the Name of Jesus? The Shady World of Right-Wing ‘Discipline’ Guides.



WWJTD: A Cynical and Manufactured Ignorance.

New York Times: On the Rise in Alabama.

Bad Astronomy: Mister Terrific gets it right.

Mother Jones: Conservatives Plot to Burn, Shred, and Sabotage Scott Walker Recall Effort.

NotionsCapital: Congress Reaps Pizza Harvest.

The Washington Post: Gay, Muslim groups relieved by changes to bullying bill.

StarTribune: With supercommittee silent, millionaires and others eagerly jump in with their own advice.


Society and Culture

Decrepit Old Fool: Hawk vs Squirrel at the dentist.

Tiger Beatdown: If you protest racism during Black Face season in The Netherlands, you will be beaten up and arrested.

Foreign Policy: Twitter vs. the KGB.

The Atlantic: National Geographic Photo Contest 2011.


MacLean’s: In conversation: Alison Gopnik: On what’s wrong with the way we teach, and how a year out of university changed her son’s life.

TorrentFreak: Perhaps The Copyright Industry Deserves Some Credit For Pointing Out Our Single Points Of Failure.

Daily Kos: Hilarious! Judge Pwns US Bank.

Educated Erosion: The Fallibility of Heroes.



Butterflies and Wheels: Facebook’s little jeu d’esprit.

Amazing. 2 days ago FB deactivated my page saying they didn't believe I was me. I had to send a photo of my passport page. THEN...
Salman Rushdie
...they said yes, I was me, but insisted I use the name Ahmed which appears before Salman on my passport and which I have never used. NOW...
Salman Rushdie

The New York Times: Rushdie Runs Afoul of Web’s Real-Name Police. Rights group slams Facebook for censorship of French weekly.


Los Links 11/11

This week seemed to last 10,000 years. Enormous amount of stuff going on: earthquakes, child-rape enablers getting fired, women fighting back against misogynistic assholes, anti-vax freaks sending infectious agents through the mail, Occupy Wall Street ongoing…. And, of course, this incredibly busy week is the one in which our server upgrade went horribly awry. Not to mention trying to do a fair bit of writing.

Fortunately for those who love the links, there was actually a bit of time to read in between calls at work at times. And if we’re very, very lucky, our long-suffering in-house tech has managed to put out most of the fires, so this post will actually stay up long enough for you to enjoy said linkage. If this one goes away whilst my back is turned, let me know via Twitter, Facebook or G+. I’ve got it backed up to Blogger in case we have to seek an alternative. I will not deprive you of your linkfest. Not during the last long week before Thanksgiving!

Penn State

Comradde Physioproffe’s: Does Penn State Actively Condone The Rape Of Children?

Whatever: Omelas State University.

Whiz Bang: Dear Joe.

New York Times: Penn State Students Clash With Police in Unrest After Announcement.

PennLive: Sister of Jerry Sandusky victim talks about the pain of life at Penn State where students are joking about being ‘Sanduskied’.

The Atheist Camel: Coach Paterno’s Religious Play Book.

Pharyngula: JoePa has an answer.



New Statesman: On rape threats and internet trolls.

Sian and Crooked Rib: My guide to online abuse and the excuses given to pretend it doesn’t happen.

Time News Feed: #Mencallmethings: Twitter Trend Highlights Sexist Abuse Online.

Anti-Discrimination: “Men call me things”. Troll-attack campaign goes viral.

Marieke Hardy: Men call me things. And I know their names.

Butterflies and Wheels: Not just making it up.

Tiger Beatdown: But How Do You Know It’s Sexist? The #MenCallMeThings Round-Up.

The Guardian: What should we do about sexist abuse online?


Anti-Vax Insanity

Stupid Evil Bastard: The anti-vaxers are holding Pox Parties to intentionally infect their kids.

Mike the Mad Biologist: ‘Pox Parties’ and Bioterrorism.

The Biology Files: The antivax women who mail pox: Who are they?

Respectful Insolence: “Pox packages,” child abuse, and the violation of federal law.

White Coat Underground: A pox on your mail.


Oklahoma Earthquake

Highly Allochthonous: The Oklahoma Earthquakes.

The Trembling Earth: Oklahoma earthquake – not as uncommon as you think.

Geology Home Companion: OK – I Definitely Felt That.

Volcanoclast: Oklahoma experiences their largest quake ever.


Occupy Wall Street

The Guardian: Occupy Oakland: second Iraq war veteran injured after police clashes.

Myrmecos: Why I support the 99% movement.

Paul Krugman: Oligarchy, American Style.

ZunguZungu: Notes from the Police State.



Science Daily: Nanotubes in Environment ‘Rob’ Green Algae of Space and Light.

NASA: Stalled Weather Systems More Frequent in Decades of Warmer Atlantic.

The Trembling Earth: East Coast (U.S.) earthquakes – What gives?

Boing Boing: Science helps old mice age gracefully.

Geology Home Companion: 3D Geologic Models Created with Photofly.

The Road to Endeavour: Say hello to “Homestake”…

Science Now: Why Are There So Many Colors of Poisonous Frogs?

Dinosaur Tracking: SVP Dispatch: Life on the Lost Continent.

Nature News Blog: New theory on bat flight has experts a-flutter.

Degrees of Freedom: The Cosmic Magnifying Lens.

This View of Life: There is Grandeur (Really).

Mountain Beltway: Pseudoboudins!

Clastic Detritus: The Origin of Submarine Canyons — Ideas From the 1930s.

New York Times: Spotted Horses in Cave Art Weren’t Just a Figment, DNA Shows.

The Scicurious Brain: Laugh so you don’t cry: how laughing kills the pain.

Slobber and Spittle: Interesting and Disturbing Happenings In The Canary Islands.

Wiring the Brain: What is a gene “for”?

Eruptions: El Hierro Eruption: Quite the Jacuzzi.

Streams of Consciousness: Understanding Your Mind Is Mission Critical.

Laelaps: Debating Diatryma.

Our Amazing Planet: Irish Whodunit: The Mystery of the Moving Boulders.

Science Daily: Half-Billion-Year-Old Predator Tracked: Multi-Legged Creature Ruled the Seas.

Cocktail Party Physics: A Shot in the Dark: The Acoustics of Gunfire.

White Coat Underground: I’m skeptical.

Scientific American: The Neuroscience of Barbie.

The Artful Amoeba: A Flower Returns from the Dead.

New Scientist: Archaeopteryx was robed in black.

Scientific American: Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Preconceptions and the Blunting of Imagination.

Earthly Musings: The Beginning of the End.

History of Geology: The Devil’s Tail.

Wired Science: The Startling Science of a Starling Murmuration.

Not Exactly Rocket Science: Cross-dressing raptors avoid violence, and Stone-cutter finds fossil whale in marble slabs.

Highly Allochthonous: A short FAQ on earthquakes and fracking.

Tuff Guy: Beneath The Volcano: The Magma Chamber and Measuring Volcano Deformation From Space: InSAR.

Quest: Geological Outings Around the Bay: Fitzgerald Marine Preserve.

Georneys: Do You Know What’s Interesting About Caves, Sheldon? Everything.



The Coffee-Stained Writer: NaNoWriMo Pep Talk: pushing through the mid-month slump.

The Open Notebook: John McPhee on characters, structure, titles, and facing the ‘low dread’ of writing.

The Fictorian Era: The Future of Publishing is Self-Publishing.

Strange Ink: Frailty, thy name is.


Women’s Issues

ThinkProgress: Nearly Half Of Working Mothers Miss Paychecks Due To Lack Of Paid Maternity Leave.

Butterflies and Wheels: After she was raped, she was charged with adultery and A highly gendered phenomenon.

Lens: Helping the People Beyond the Pain.

Greta Christina’s Blog: Why I Probably Won’t Do Porn Again: Sexism and Being a Woman on the Internet.

XO Jane: What’s So Sexy About a Broken Spine?

Pulp Tech: Facebook Finally Removes Its Pro-Rape Pages.


Atheism and Religion

New Humanist: “Atheist” still the dirtiest word in US politics.

Greta Christina’s Blog: Why I Do What I Do.

Philosotroll: A Non-Fact and Some Implications.

Token Skeptic: Books To Beat Your Baby By – The Right-Wing Biblical Approach To Raising A Child.

Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Crumley Blames the Victim.

Butterflies and Wheels: She rebelled herself to death.

Maryam Namazie: Sorry but Islam and Mohammad are not off-limits.

WWJTD: Devil Child.



Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Sexual Harassment and the Fallacy of the Excluded Middle.

Slate: Never Happened.

ThinkProgress: Cain’s Lawyer Warns Other Accusers To ‘Think Twice’ Before Coming Forward Or They’ll Be Smeared Too.

Grist: The GOP brain explained: Why Cliff Stearns wants to subsidize successful companies.

***Dave Does the Blog: Eating on $4.66 a day.

Lousy Canuck: Ending the Canadian long gun registry means more domestic murder.


Society and Culture

Charlie’s Diary: Evil social networks.

Anthropology in Practice: Getting Serious With Siri.

Ars Technica: Warner Bros: we issued takedowns for files we never saw, didn’t own copyright to.

White Coat Underground: From Cain to Paterno: it’s not just a nuisance.

Electronista: White House will veto Congress attempt to end net neutrality.

The Guardian: Pensions dispute gives academics work-life balance.

Almost Diamonds: The All Too Friendly Skies.

Confessions of a Community College Dean: Grading and Choosing.

Moms Who Vax: From Anti-Vax to Pro-Vax: One Mom’s Story.

Stupid Evil Bastard: Thanks to anti-vaxers like Jenny McCarthy, measles outbreaks on the increase.

Food Safety News: Tests Show Most Store Honey Isn’t Honey.

Grist: Green lifestyle choices won’t solve the climate problem.