Los Links 11/4

The frightening thing, I mean the really scary thing, is that it seemed like I’d read a lot less than I usually do. Yet this week’s linkage looks enormous.

Doubt I’ll hear any complaints. Well, not many.

But I tried to limit myself, I really did. The problem is, people write so much important, interesting stuff, and so much of it feeds into my writing, that I can’t justify ignoring the things that catch my eye. And I have to take longer breaks to rest my hands anyway. And then I’ve read them, and might as well share them with you.

Enjoy!

 

Occupy Wall Street

Boing Boing: “How Occupy Wall Street Cost Me My Job”

Cybergurerrilla: A Message to All Police Officers From Occupy Wall Street.

Slobber and Spittle: The Rich And The Power To Demand.

The High Definite: Protecting Against Tear Gas.

Camels With Hammers: Taxes, Employment Rates, and Deficits Explained In Less Than 2 Minutes.

Myrmecos: Why I support the 99% movement.

Daily Kos: ‘He has a right to speak,’ said the cop to the banker.

 

Science

The Dynamic Earth: Armored Mudballs!

Respectful Insolence: “Naturopathic obstetrics”? Be afraid. Be very afraid.

The Christian Science Monitor: Global warming: Middle East’s vital wet winters are disappearing.

Dinosaur Tracking: Living Sauropods? No Way and SVP Dispatch: Dinosaurs and the Proofs of Evolution.

Blag Hag: Accepting evidence is not dogmatic.

The Guardian: DIY statistical analysis: experience the thrill of touching real data.

Hot Topic: Wrapped up in books: Don Easterbrook drags Elsevier through the mud.

The Guardian: Giant unicorn-whales with tusks? That’s why I pay my licence fee.

White Coat Underground: Return of an old foe and Shame on you, NYU.

Scientific American: The Ductile Helix: “Jumping Genes” May Influence Brain Activity.

Dot Earth: Ideas for Spreading Quake-Resistent Building Methods.

Glacial Till: Meteorite Monday: Using meteorites to find the origins of life and Some high-def volcanic action in Iceland.

Not Exactly Rocket Science: Man with schizophrenia has out-of-body experience in lab, gains knowledge, controls his psychosis and Stunning wren duets are conceived as a whole but sung in two parts.

Lab Rat: Modelling a werewolf epidemic.

Hudson Valley Geologist: Stupid geologists.

Charlotte Observer: Gold rush hurts aquatic life.

XKCD: Alternative Literature.

Cocktail Party Physics: Blithe Spirits: Science Ain’t Afraid of No Ghosts.

Bloomberg Businessweek: Alaska’s Billion Dollar Mountain.

io9: Gorgeous Victorian infographic shows Earth’s mountains and rivers as we knew them over 150 years ago.

MRO: NASA Study of Clays Suggests Watery Mars Underground.

The Telegraph: World’s most powerful laser to tear apart the vacuum of space.

Molecular Love (and Other Facts of Life): An open letter to Donna Laframboise (or, You have got to be F*!$*%@&! kidding me).

The Chronicle Review: A Better Rationale for Science Literacy.

Quest: Geological Outings Around the Bay: Fremont Peak.

Microecos: Icons of Plate Tectonics.

Bad Astronomy: Tripping the light fantastic.

Volcan01010: Why people are scared of Katla.

Magic Valley: Just How Did Idaho’s Geological Formations Form?

Scientific American: I’m Shocked! Shocked! to Find There Are Neutrinos Going On Here.

Ron Schott’s Geology Home Companion: Social Media & Geology – Fall 2011.

Skepticblog: Octopus’ Garden in the Shale?

Metageologist: Hurled from the sky.

XX Factor: The Dark Secrets That Dolphins Don’t Want You to Know.

Research Factor: How walking through a doorway increases forgetting.

The Guardian: Sunstones may have helped Vikings navigate from Norway to America.

The Scicurious Brain: The Evolution of Overconfidence, as explained by a shot of Jager and the boys from Jersey Shore.

Eruptions: How Big is That? Scale and Rates of Volcanic Eruptions.

 

Writing

New York Times: A Writer of Slasher Books Finds More Than a Muse.

Embo Reports: More than a blog.

Galley Cat: Author Loses Royalties From 5,104 Books.

The Business Rusch: Free.

Pub Rants: Scarier Than Halloween.

Poynter: U.S. Marshals ordered to seize Righthaven assets.

Myrmecos: Learn to read with Insects! ebook.

Kim’s Craft Blog: Lessons in Lingering: Getting the “Inner Life” on the Page.

 

Women’s Issues

The Chicago Tribune: One woman’s stand against college athletes.

RH Reality Check: “Abortion Hurts Men” Campaign Continuing.

Racialicious: Because Amber Cole is Just a Kid and Boys Learn to Be Boys.

The Biology Files: Hey, moms. Got science?

Have Online Dictionary, Will Travel: Feminist Monday–Sexual Harassment at SF Conventions.

Acceptable Parity: Four Ways Men Stunt Women’s Careers Unintentionally.

XX Factor: Cain Story Reignites Debate Over Sexual Harassment.

New Statesman: “You should have your tongue ripped out”: the reality of sexist abuse online. [Ignore the malware warning – someone’s playing silly buggers and attempting another method at silencing.]

Occasionally, I Think:  If you want to talk about “slut shaming” . . .

Georneys:  A Woman’s Name.

Cruella-blog: My Atheist B*tchslap and the Internet.

The Crommunist Manifesto: This is what happens when you put a woman in charge.

***Dave Does the Blog: Dennis Prager is a Dolt (Feminism’s Awful Legacies Edition).

 

Religion and Atheism

Dispatches from the Culture Wars: OMG! Scientology Killed Kenny!Satan Makes People Gay and The Centre for Unintelligent Design.

Slobber and Spittle: Why I’m An Atheist and The Price Of Freedom: Religious Expression.

Butterflies and Wheels: The demonic power.

Greta Christina’s Blog: Is Anti-Atheist Discrimination Real?

Tangled Up in Blue Guy: Not Taking Offense.

The Atheist Experience: We get email: Science vs religion, round 70 kajillion.

Choice in Dying: Religion, Science and Empiricism.

A Voice of Reason in an Unreasonable World: The Bible Proves That God Does Not Exist.

 

Politics

Daily Kos: Kicking out immigrants isn’t working well for Alabama.

TFN Insider: Mercer Still Attacking Science and Teachers.

Decrepit Old Fool: The rip in time.

WWJTD: Rep. Trent Franks: Straight Marriages Deserve Special Rights.

Associated Press: FACT CHECK: GOP lawmakers spin funding tall tales.

Harpocrates Speaks: An Open Letter to the United States Congress.

Shaping Tomorrow’s World: The Loud Fringe: Pluralistic Ignorance and Democracy.

Grist: Republicans are taking real vote on imaginary dust regulations.

GigaOm: Looks like Congress has declared war on the internet.

EFF: Proposed Copyright Bill Threatens Whistleblowing and Human Rights.

 

Society and Culture

Persephone: Don’t EVEN Get Me Started, Mythical Bootstraps College Student.

Lousy Canuck: The Whitewashing of Akira.

Co.Design: Infographic: If 7 Billion People Lived In One City, How Big Would It Be?

Mountain Beltway: 7 billion people.

Scientific American: U.S. Glossed Over Cancer Concerns Associated with Airport X-Ray Scanners.

Almost Diamonds: We Thought You Should Know…

***Dave Does the Blog: Bigotry.

Good Education: Was This Professor Fired for Requiring Students to Think?

Los Links 10/21

I’m afraid there’s rather a lot. Dear Aunty Flow was here last week, so all I was good for was sitting very still for several days, reading blog posts between waves of pain. Then people kept posting more awesome shit, and wouldn’t stop, and by the end of the week, my list of unread links was enormous, and I couldn’t help but to read nearly all of them despite the fact I really should’ve been doing other things.

I have no self control.

But I have a lot more knowledge than I had at the beginning of the week, so you shall hear no complaints. Now, on with the links!

Words

Mountain Beltway:  Words matter .

The Plainspoken Scientist: Use your words (wisely) .

The Biology Files: The meaning of words for scientists and the public: context matters.

Southern Fried Science: The Importance of Word Choice: Terms with multiple meanings for scientists and the public.

 

Occupy Wall Street

Decrepit Old Fool: Occupy BloNo – the local Occupy Wall Street group.

Mike the Mad Biologist: Is Our Media Learning? Not When David Brooks Is Around.

Threat Level: In a Single Month, the Occupation Became a Force.

The Atlantic: Public Radio Host Fired After Speaking for Occupy D.C.

Almost Diamonds: Outing the Ringers.

Lousy Canuck: Science dispels “vagueness” about Occupy Wall Street and
Everywhere a sign.

Balloon Juice: Long Division.

Occupy Cyberspace – American Autumn:

How I Was Arrested at Occupy Wall Street.

Blue Collar Atheist: Thank you, Occupy Wall Street.

Occupy Writers: By Lemony Snicket.

 

Science

It is NOT Junk: Arsenic, quasicrystals and the myth of the science martyr.

Degrees of Freedom: The Periodic Table, and Why Batteries Don’t Work the Way You Think.

Life = Science + k: The rise of DIY labs.

Through the Looking Glass: Who speaks for the trees?

The Primate Diaries: Sacrifice on the Serengeti: Life History, Genetic Relatedness, and the Evolution of Menopause.

Earth-Pages: The useful geoneutrino.

Dinosaur Tracking: A Beautiful Baby Dinosaur.

Clastic Detritus: Friday Field Photo #158: Looking over Glacier Grey in Patagonia.

Science Daily: Earthquakes Generate Big Heat in Super-Small Areas.

OUP Blog: Cockroaches, who needs ‘em?

New Scientist: Rover scientist: Why I’m spending 13 days underwater.

Astrophile: The rebel star that broke the medieval sky.

Cocktail Party Physics: Burn, Baby, Burn: Understanding the Wick Effect.

Contrary Brin: Arguing With Your Crazy Uncle About Climate Change.

io9: Canvassing the Universe: How Artists Create Scientifically Accurate Images of Faraway Worlds.

Decrepit Old Fool: Invasive species in Normal – unexpected learning.

Earth and Mind: Going Negative on “Negative Feedback”.

White Coat Underground: Baseball and quackery.

Outside the Interzone: Volcanic Ramblings Part 5: Lotsa Lakes and Volcanic Ramblings Part 6: Cascades Slop Over Into Basin and Range.

The Scicurious Brain: The Pill and Relationship Satisfaction, aka the power of interpretation.

EurekAlert: Amorphous diamond, a new super-hard form of carbon created under ultrahigh pressure.

Nature News: Warning on neural technique.

The Guardian: Teenagers’ IQ scores can rise or fall sharply during adolescence.

BBC: Viewpoint: How do our bacteria help us?

The Last Word on Nothing: What Makes a Pun Funny?

Off the Shelf Edge: Conglomeratic submarine canyon fill, Point Lobos, California.

Disease Prone: Cerebral Palsy Challenger.

Eruptions: Mt. Rainier Earthquakes: When the “News” Isn’t News.

Highly Allochthonous: Does plate tectonics control magnetic reversals?

The Guardian: Global warming study finds no grounds for climate sceptics’ concerns.

White Coat Underground: I get mail!

Scientific American: Find the Hidden Colors of Autumn Leaves.

Nature News: Mastodon fossil throws up questions over ‘rapid’ extinction.

Oregon Live: 13,800-year-old Mastodon kill site in Washington: New window on lives of first Americans.

Mountain Beltway:  Bookshelfed mullions from Norway .

The New York Times: It’s Complicated: Dragonfly Love Comes Calling.

io9: What would the world look like if you approached the speed of light?

Science-Based Medicine: The Cure.

Discovery News: Glowing Sand Tells Time: No Hourglass Needed.

Science-Based Medicine: Reiki.

Bad Astronomy: Astronomers have found when and how the cosmic fog was lifted and The first direct image of a baby planet being born! (maybe!)(but probably!).

Not Exactly Rocket Science: Scientists correct the typo behind a genetic liver disease  and “Living fossil” cycad plants are actually evolution’s comeback kings.

Chicago Tribune: Younger doctors not as pro-vaccine as older docs.

COSMOS: Seeing and not believing.

Starts With a Bang!: Game Over for Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos?

Scientific American: Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: The Importance of Perspective-Taking.

Geotripper:  Vagabonding Across the 39th Parallel: A Day of Black and White in the Rocky Mountains and Just Gotta Love Days Like This…Earthquakes, Earthquakes, Earthquakes.

Up-Section:  Teaching geoscience to religious students.

Roxy Drew: (Human) Sex Is Boring.

Glacial Till: Meteorite Monday: Impactites.

It’s Okay to be Smart: If this video doesn’t make your jaw drop … you don’t have a jaw.

Andrew Alden: Look Out for Underlooks.

 

Writing

The Passive Voice: How to Read a Book Contract – Where Are We Gonna Fight?

Boundary Vision: Learning about science writing from kids.

Write to Publish: Good Reads 101 – Part 2 Tell me about your book…

The Guardian: A life in writing: Terry Pratchett.

A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Guest Post by Rob Siders of 52 Novels.

io9: 10 Words You Might Think Came from Science (But Are Really From Science Fiction

) and MIT’s Technology Review publishes a special science fiction issue about the future.

Patricia C. Wrede: After the Writing.

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week: Collateral damage of the non-open reviewing boycott.

Twenty Palaces: Why does realism matter?

Write it Forward: What Does It Take To Succeed in Self-Publishing?

WWJTD: The Beginning.

 

Women’s Issues

Man Boobz: MRAs cheer on the Seal Beach shooter: “Women are much more likely to pay attention when they’re being threatened.”

GeekOut: ‘Dammit Liz’ went to Geek Girl Con (and it was worth it).

Jezebel: Six Myths About Sex And Gender, Busted.

SFGate: OB/GYN’s solar suitcase saves lives in poor nations.

JAYFK: Woman finds doing math relatively easy.

Almost Diamonds: Why “No Means No”.

XX Factor: Men Aren’t Funnier Than Women, but We’ll Keep Pretending They Are.

BlogHer: The Girl Who Was Too Cool for Birth Control.

Crude Matter: Girlybits 101, now with fewer scary parts!

Skepchick: XOJane’s Cat Marnell: Performance Art or Gross Idiocy?

Context and Variation: Ladybusiness justice, and why Plan B shouldn’t be your only birth control.

Neurotic Physiology: XO Jane’s Health Editor…are you playing with me?

Feministe: Steven Greenstreet proves he’s definitely not a misogynist by making rape jokes.

Pandagon: Speaking out about OWS sexual harassment.

AAUW Dialog: The Hormones Made Her Do It.

 

Atheism and Religion

Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Real Historian Eviscerates Barton Book and Dominionists Try to Hide Their Agenda.

Scientific American: The Real Science behind Scientology.

Rock Beyond Belief: Penn Jillette misses the point about Atheists and the Chaplaincy.

Mother Jones: America’s Atheist Warriors.

The Guardian: Why I refuse to debate with William Lane Craig.

Stupid Evil Bastard: Jesus Ween – Once again some Christians try to take the fun out of something popular.

Almost Diamonds: Taking It Downhill.

Digital Cuttlefish: Are Evangelicals Dangerous? A Response.

Greta Christina: Religion Relies on Social Consent.

Politics

Mother Jones: Perry Officials Censored Climate Change Report.

Mike the Mad Biologist: Just Go Galt Already, Will You?

AlterNet: It’s 2011 — Why Is God Still Involved In American Politics?

Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub: Because Obama opposes them, Limbaugh endorses terrorists and murderers.

Paul Krugman: Rabbit-Hole Economics.

Science Insider: Ron Paul Would Erase Billions in Research Spending.

McClatchy: Commentary: How to explain Herman Cain.

 

Society and Culture

Lousy Canuck: Unpacking the Astrology Vs Computers lawsuit.

The Crommunist Manifesto: Canada’s hate speech laws collide with reality.

Cnet: Bad Siri! She’ll let anyone use a locked iPhone 4S.

Contrary Brin: Was 1957 America Better Than Today? (An Outright Rant!) .

The Mary Sue: Kathleen Jennings Proves There Is No Classic Work of Literature That Cannot Be Improved By the Insertion of a Dalek.

Scruffymutt’s Posterous: How To Ruin Someone’s Life For No Good Reason.

Pam’s House Blend: Catholic Church is overstepping its bounds against marriage equality in Minnesota.

The Lay Scientist: Why did the BBC broadcast a clip comparing sex education teachers to paedophiles?

Los Links 10/14

Herein are contained the links that saved my life last week. At the end of long days spent explaining to angry people that, when millions of them all try to activate their snazzy new iPhone 4s at once, and those anxiously counting the days until their upgrade decided they could all at least have OS 5 right now, it is not the cell phone carriers’ fault that the Apple servers got completely overwhelmed. Not to mention, even their hold music said “Sod this for a game of larks” and buggered off to do something else, leaving nothing but silence as the endless wait for technical assistance ensued. This, also, was not the fault of the cell phone carriers. But we got blamed anyway.

I will not discuss the specifics of the week from hell. I will only say that I appreciate Apple for ensuring my continued employment, and that if I hadn’t had some excellent science blogs to come home to, I would have ended up unemployed anyway due to a nervous breakdown.

Let these links work their magic for you!

Kraken

CSM: Kraken monster ruled ancient seas? Scientists wary of new theory.

Laelaps: The Revenge of the Imaginary Kraken.

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week: Smoking Kraken.

Discovery: Smokin’ Kraken?

Andrew Alden: The Great Kraken Fracas.

 

Occupy Wall Street

Paul Krugman: Panic of the Plutocrats.

Rolling Stone: My Advice to the Occupy Wall Street Protesters.

Almost Diamonds: Understanding Occupy Wall Street.

 

Science

Context and Variation: The three things I learned at the Purdue Conference for Pre-Tenure Women: on being a radical scholar.

Surprising Science: Five Historic Female Mathematicians You Should Know.

Neurotic Physiology: Friday Weird Science: The Narcoleptic dog in your Disney film.

Clastic Detritus: Friday Field Photo #157: Evidence of a 500 Million Year Old Storm.

Highly Allochthonous: Friday focal mechanism: mountain building in Argentina and Scenic Saturday: Waterfalls need the right rocks as well as water.

Glacial Till: Why I’m a Skeptic.

Science News: A Shadowed Past.

Not Necessarily Geology: Source of the Elusive Waterfall Conglomerate.

Wired Science: What 300 Sea Otters Can Tell Us About the Ocean.

Gizmodo: How Japan’s Oldest Wooden Building Survives Giant Earthquakes.

I Can Has Science: Favorite Reaction – SN2.

History of Geology: October 9, 1963: Vajont.

The Washington Post: Naked mole rat genome may point way to long, healthy life.

Speakeasy Science: The Poisoner’s Calender (No. 2).

The Connection: A conversation with… David Kroll.

NeuroDojo: Planning is essential; plans are useless.

Scientific American: Big Rocks, Big Science.

Uncovered Earth: Earth Science Week: It’s Official in Oregon, A Halloween Challenge: Geo-Pumpkins.

Newsweek:  How to Think About the Mind.

The Guardian: Amanda Knox: What’s in a face?

New Scientist:  Zoologger: The first reptile with a true placenta.

The Big Picture: Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition.

Nature News: A fight for life that united a field.

Dan’s Wild Wild Science Journal: Dissapearing Ice At The Top of The World and The Roof of the World.

Not Exactly Rocket Science: Scientists sequence the full Black Death genome and find the mother of all plagues.

Neuroskeptic: Mountains of Mental Disorders.

Up-Section: The Iron Ore of Bell Island, Conception Bay, Newfoundland.

Scientific American: Having a great science conversation with a kid.

Georneys: The Care and Feeding of a Geologist: A Guest Post by Barbara Mervine .

80beats: Study: Fish Have Been Jumping on Land for 150 Million Years and Hiding it From the Fossil Record.

Discover: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About… Fire.

Etnaboris: Growing growing growing.

Science Daily: The Strange Rubbing Boulders of the Atacama.

Respectful Insolence: The “toxin gambit” on steroids.

Andrew Alden: GSA Meeting: The Anthropocene Panel.

Metageologist: Thermobarometry: quantifying metamorphic conditions.

Riparian Rap: LRRD at GSA Minneapolis.

Science Blog: Critical Minerals Ignite Geopolitical Storm.

The Guardian: If you want answers, why not run your own trials?

Science Sushi: Social Media For Scientists Part 3: Win-Win.

 

Writing

Public Radio International: Author Samuel R. Delany on the evolution of sci-fi.

The Fall of Print: How a new survey of ebook discovery habits lends hope to self-publishers and tips for better marketing.

A Brain Scientist’s Take on Writing: The Psychology of Attraction: Uncertainty.

Patricia C. Wrede: The Hat Lecture.

Jane Friedman: Book Proposals in the Digital Age.

Society of Authors: The short story tweetathon.

Take As Directed: Scientist copy-checking: Point-counterpoint at the Guardian.

The Biology Files: What’s wrong with this piece on science and journalism? Oh, let me count the ways.

The Panic Virus: Guardian ends run of smart science journalism discussions, publishes exercise in idiocy.

Lingua Franca: Before You Submit: Some Tips for Self-Editing.

Boing Boing: An interview with Sir Terry Pratchett.

The Business Rusch: The Way We Were.

The Passive Voice: What You Don’t Know About Find and Replace in Microsoft Word.

 

Women’s Issues

Blag Hag: Pfft, why waste money on battered women?

Tiger Beatdown:  On Blogging, Threats, and Silence.

Central Science: An America’s Next Top Model Chemistry Tongue Twister.

The Scicurious Brain: The more feminine you look, the more children you want. It must be science.

Context and Variation: Framing and definitions: are you maternal enough to be a woman?

Almost Diamonds: When a Camera Isn’t Enough.

 

Atheism and Religion

Skepchick: Ultra-Orthodox Men Throw Feces, Call Little Girls Sluts.

The Wall of Separation: Special Delivery: Fourteen Writers Remind Jim Wallis That The Religious Right Is A Real Problem.

Almost Diamonds: Help Make Foxholes Safe for Atheists.

Scientific American: Doomsday, Apocalypse, and Rapture, Oh my!

KOMO News: Couple pleads not guilty in homicide of adopted daughter.

Alternet: Is Atheist Money Too Controversial for the American Cancer Society?

This Week in Christian Nationalism: Air Force Academy Cadets Decide They Must Pretend To Be Fundamentalist Christians.

Why Evolution Is True: Mason Crumpacker and the Hitchens reading list.

The New York Times: A Voice, Still Vibrant, Reflects on Mortality.

WWJTD: Spare The Rod, Spoil The Child Not Relevant In Child Abuse Case.

 

Politics

Max Udargo: Open Letter to that 53% Guy.

Mother Jones: Charts: 6 Big Economic Myths, Debunked.

Verdict: Gaming American Democracy: A Perfect Storm in Which Republicans Disenfranchise Voters While Giving Corporations Unchecked Powers.

 

Society and Culture

Whatever: BrandLink Communications Has the Internet Drop on its Head.

The Blogress:  That’s why I’m not allowed to be here unsupervised. [You have to read this. It is funny as shit. -ed.]

Facing South: Real ‘Norma Rae’ dies of cancer after insurer delayed treatment.

The X Blog: He’s Suffered Enough!!!

Token Skeptic: Head-Desk Your Horoscope.

Lousy Canuck: Owning the slur.

The Week: Why gay men don’t get job interviews.

Lawyers, Guns and Money: On Columbus Day.

Los Links 10/7

Made it! For a while, there, blog reading just wasn’t happening and I was afraid we’d end up with a Los Links that was only five links long. I’m sorry I had to neglect you all in order to carve out the time, but when you see some of the delights I found for you, I suspect most will be forgiven.

Do enjoy!

Steve Jobs

I’m a Chordata! Urochordata!: Thanks, Steve, for helping SCIENCE!

Skeptoid: A Lesson in Treating Illness.

The Guardian: Steve Jobs: ‘Death is very likely the single best invention of life’.

The Onion: Last American Who Knew What The Fuck He Was Doing Dies.

Respectful Insolence: Steve Jobs and pancreatic cancer, revisited.

The Wirecutter: Steve Jobs Was Always Kind To Me (Or, Regrets of An Asshole).

XKCD: Eternal Flame.

 

Occupy Wall Street 

Tauntr: Occupy Sesame Street Gets Violent.

The Guardian: Occupy Wall Street: inquiries launched as new pepper-spray video emerges.

The Atlantic: An Obviously True Point About the NYPD Coward Cop.

AlterNet: How Killer Student Debt and Unemployment Made Young People the Leaders at Occupy Wall Street.

 

Science

Quest: GeoZeum: A Personal Museum of Geology.

Neuroskeptic: Why Brain Scanners Make Your Head Spin and To Catch A Predator… With A Brain Scanner?

Metageologist: Metamorphism: grade, zones, index minerals, and whisky.

Nature News: Secrets of the human genome disclosed.

Doing Good Science: Evaluating scientific claims (or, do we have to take the scientist’s word for it?) and Drawing the line between science and pseudo-science.

Science Daily: Southern California’s Tectonic Plates Revealed in Detail.

Atomic-o-Licious: Why My Children Have a Better Chance at a STEM Career Than Yours.

Superbug: Can Better Bathroom Design Combat Infections?

Times Higher Education: Peers, review your actions.

The Loom: #ArsenicLife Goes Longform, And History Gets Squished.

Live Science: Earthquake-Magnifying Pocket Beneath Seattle Seen in New Detail.

Cocktail Party Physics: Love Among the Equations.

Good: Amazing Map of All of America’s Dialects.

Highly Allochthonous: Scenic Saturday: the remnants of volcanism past, Proof of earthquake triggering in Christchurch? Not so fast…

About: Green Minerals.

Guardian: Pass notes, No 3,052: The Fermilab Tevatron.

White Coat Underground: Stay away from chiropractic neck manipulation and Supporting the unsupportable.

Culture of Science: Attention New York Times Readers: You Probably Do Not “Love” Your iPhone. Literally.

The Columbus Dispatch: Simple clam shell helps explain when mountains formed.

Brain Pickings:  Maphead: Exploring the Mystery of Why Maps Sing to Us.

The Scicurious Brain: IgNobel Prize WINNER: The beetle and the beer bottle, a tragic love story.

Grist: How Central Park cools the entire planet.

Science: Two-Year Colleges Are Jumping Into the U.S. Research Pool.

Science Sushi: Social Media for Scientists Part 2: You Do Have Time.

Glacial Till: Meteorite Monday: Shock Vein Glory.

Scientific American: Tracing the Trickle-down in Roman Recycling.

Eruptions: The Flood Basalts of Mercury.

Scientific American: World’s Largest River Restoration Project Begins.

Uncovered Earth: The Hidden Life of Bridges, Homeopathy & Why Homeopaths Should Hate It and A Geological History of Sullivan’s Gulch.

Dinosaur Tracking: What It’s Like Inside a Dinosaur.

Bad Astronomy: Gorgeous globular hides hundreds of rejuvenated stars.

JAYFK: Stop wasting money on alternative flu remedies, says Time.

Georneys: Geology Word of the Week: R is for Rutile.

Puff the Mutant Dragon:  Sunrise in the Garden of Dreams.

GeoMika: Job Title: Field Geophysicist.

NeuroTribes: What’s the Most Important Lesson You Learned from a Teacher?

Scientific American: Islamic Artisans Constructed Exotic Nonrepeating Pattern 500 Years Before Mathematicians.

Annals of Spacetime: i can haz nobel pryz?

Scientific American: Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Trust in The Facts, Not Your Version of Them.

Clastic Detritus: The Joy of Going to the Library.

Surprising Science: The Invasive Species We Can Blame On Shakespeare.

IAG Planetary Geomorphology Working Group: Inflated Lava Flows on Earth and Mars.

The Landslide Blog: Geological evidence for a large landslide in Tenerife .

Scientific American: Molecules to Medicine: Clinical Trials for Beginners.

Not Exactly Rocket Science: Monkeys grab and feel virtual objects with thoughts alone (and what this means for the World Cup).

Agile: Reuse and recycle.

USGS: Postcards from the Field.

 

Writing

Writer Beware Blogs: The Agenda of “The Write Agenda”.

Deep-Sea News: Getting on the same page with Science Journalists.

io9: Handy Flowchart for Choosing Among NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.

A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing:  Drink the Kool-Aid.

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week: Authors versus publishers.

Patricia C. Wrede: Getting to know them.

Terrible Minds: 25 Things You Should Know About NaNoWriMo.

Lingua Franca: Mistakes Are Made (but Using the Passive Isn’t One of Them).

The Coffee-Stained Writer: NaNoWriMo 2011: let the fun begin!

The Passive Voice: Self-Publishing: Is Print Worthwhile? and Cleaning Up Your Word Processing File Before You Publish

Nature: Here be monsters.

Surprising Science: Ann Finkbeiner: Why I Like Science.

Culturing Science: Inaccuracies in fiction: when is reshaping fact appropriate?

 

Women’s Issues

The Fortress of Soliloquy: An Unproductive Response.

Pandagon: Humorless morons cracking rape “jokes”.

Republica: Talking about menstruation.

The Atlantic: Refusing to Kill Daughter, Pakistani Family Defies Tradition, Draws Anger.

Gothamist: SlutWalk NYC: Thousands March To End Sexual Violence, Shaming Of Victims.

Cronkite News: At Flagstaff clinic, women seeking abortions told to go to Phoenix.

Butterflies and Wheels: A man generally cannot know.

McClatchy: FBI seeks to expand definition of rape.

Guardian: Facebook is fine with hate speech, as long as it’s directed at women.

Lousy Canuck: The Problem with Privilege (or: Evidential Skepticism).

The Guardian: Why are so few popular science books written by women?

 

Religion and Atheism

Rock Beyond Belief: Foxhole Atheists are fighting for your rights, please return the favor.

Ars Technica: The Binding of Isaac takes on religion in a randomly generated Zelda-styled Roguelike.

The Digital Cuttlefish: Church Under Attack… By Self.

Pharyngula: A greedy religiosity consuming everything in its path!

This Week in Christian Nationalism: EXCLUSIVE: Defendant in Most Ironic Lawsuit Ever (David Barton v. Some People Who Said Stuff About Him) Responds.

Almost Diamonds: Standing on Aether, Thinking Airy Thoughts.

 

Politics

Respectful Insolence: The politics of anti-science: Global warming, vaccines, GMOs, oh my!

NationalJournal: Retired Republicans Quietly Try to Shift GOP Climate-Change Focus.

ThinkProgress: McCain Dismisses Cheney’s Demand That Obama Apologize For Rebuking Bush Administration’s Use Of Torture.

Bloomberg: Koch Brothers Flout Law Getting Richer With Secret Iran Sales.

Scientific American: Why Conservative White Males Are More Likely to Be Climate Skeptics.

Hot Topic: Water, water everywhere…

Skepticblog:  Faux (Fox) Pas .

 

Society and Culture

KGW.com: Experts: Time is now to prevent landslides.

The New York Times: Hiring Locally for Farm Work Is No Cure-All.

Bad Astronomy: Wall Street Journal: neutrinos show climate change isn’t real.

Rolling Stone: The Coming Decline and Fall of Big Coal.

Today:  Teen’s parents: After suicide, he’s still being bullied.

World Policy Institute:  Innovation Starvation.

Deadspin: Screw You, And Screw Your Man Card.

Laughing Squid: TSA Requires Breast Cancer Patient To Submit To Pat Down After Scan.

SmartPlanet: The silent infrastructure crisis.

The New Civil Rights Movement: Principal Assaults Student For Wearing Tee Advocating Gay-Straight Alliance.

Mike the Mad Biologist: How Standardized Testing Leads to School Dropouts.

John Scalzi on Scifi: Six Reasons It Sucks to Be a Jedi.

Jednorog:  Pride and Prejudices.

 

Nymwars

Memoirs of a Roadie: I Am the One You Warned Me Of.

Los Links 9/30

Regulars can skip this bit and get on with the links – as usual, I’ve loaded ye down with far too much awesome stuff.

Right, then, my dear new patrons of the cantina: Welcome to Los Links! The more detail-oriented among you might be howling about the date, but I assure you it’s correct. Los Links is a collection of bloggage and newsage that caught my eye from the past week. I stop collecting on Friday, and spend my weekend in frantic assembly, then present you my findings every Monday.

I wish I could provide a capsule description of each link, but that turned out to make this a monstrous task. I’ll happily go back to ye olden days when I could include a clever sentence or so for each and every link if some rich bugger in the audience would be so kind as to set me up with a trust fund. If I could quit my day job, I’d have plenty of time for the several books I’m writing, the blog, research for the blog, research for the books, the cat, geological outings, Doctor Who, Twitter, my poor neglected friends, and a sweet capsule sentence with each link. Rich buggers wishing to bequeath me some fundage can apply in the comments. You don’t have to be filthy rich, merely fabulously rich. My needs are modest.

Even without a wealthy patron, I do have time to break links up into useful categories, so if you’ve a particular area of interest, you should be able to find what you’re looking for relatively quickly. Hot topics that swept the intertoobz but probably won’t become enduring categories are at the top. Items I particularly want to impress upon you are in bold, but that’s not to say you should read only those. If it’s here, whether it’s bold or not, it’s something worth reading.

And before you go telling me how awesomely good I am at finding interesting stuff, please note: it’s all down to the folks I follow on Twitter. Thanks properly belong to them.

Right. Let’s get on with Los Links, then, shall we?

Neutrinos

XKCD: Neutrinos.

Discovery News: NAUGHTY ‘FASTER THAN LIGHT’ NEUTRINOS A REALITY?

Notes and Theories: Faster than light story highlights the difference between science and religion.

Facebook Makeover

Slate: Not Sharing Is Caring.

Real Dan: All of life has been utterly, profoundly changed thanks to Facebook’s new features, and nothing will ever be the same, and all I can do is sit here and weep at the beauty and magic that Mark Zuckerberg has brought to this world.

CNET: Five things to know about the new Facebook.

Lifehacker: Facebook Is Tracking Your Every Move on the Web; Here’s How to Stop It.

The Guardian: Why Facebook’s new Open Graph makes us all part of the web underclass.

Occupy Wall Street

The X Blog: NYC Police acting like brown shirted Nazi thugs.

The Guardian: Wall Street protests reveal slice of America’s barely tamed brutality.

The Nation: Correcting the Abysmal ‘New York Times’ Coverage of Occupy Wall Street.

Starfire Fiasco

Io9: A 7-year-old girl responds to DC Comics’ sexed-up reboot of Starfire.

Shortpacked: Math.

Science

Scientific American: The Elements Revealed: An Interactive Periodic Table.

Krulwich Wonders: The Toughest Little Bird You’ve Never Heard Of.

Denison Geoblog: GEOS 211: The Uncovering of Quartz from Submerged Archaeological Sites.

Neurotic Physiology: Friday Weird Science: The Sexiness of Stubble.

MSNBC: Rumbling Indonesian Volcano Not Likely to Repeat Deadly Blast.

Brain Pickings: Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”: A Neuroscience Reading.

Idiot Tracker: Mark Lynas gets Jared Diamond wrong.

Mark Lynas: The myths of Easter Island – Jared Diamond responds.

Bobbie-the-Jean: 50 Reasons I Reject Evolution SATIRE.

Uncovered Earth: Take a Hike: Wind Mountain, Sunday Science Photos, September 11 – 24 and Where the Mundane is Anything But.

Highly Allochthonous: Scenic Saturday: Lyme Regis.

Boing Boing: Science museums are failing grown-ups.

Got the Time: Glacial Feature: Cirques.

The Frontal Cortex: The Necessity of Funding Failure.

Georneys: Geology Word of the Week: Q is for Quarry.

Looking for Detachment: Field Trip Report: Locked Out while Looking at Breccia.

NPR: Neurosurgeon Gives Thanks To His Science Teacher.

New Scientist: Groundwater greed driving sea level rises.

Lousy Canuck: Are all astrologers fated by the stars to be douches?

Measure of Doubt: Reflections on pain, from the burn unit.

Scientific American: Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Don’t Decide Before You Decide.

Per Square Mile: Ghosts of geography.

Not Exactly Rocket Science: How the miracle fruit changes sour into sweet and If you see a glowing millipede, best not to bite it.

Action-Reaction: Pseudoteaching: MIT Physics.

Boulder Daily Camera: Science from Boulder County’s Fourmile Fire: ‘What seems to be a tragedy can also be an opportunity’.

The Curious Wavefunction: The flame of life and death: My favorite (insufferable) chemical reaction.

The Scicurious Brain: I may not know where I’m going, but I always know where I’ve been.

Discover Magazine: How Pig Guts Became the Next Bright Hope for Regenerating Human Limbs.

Eruptions: Welcome to Eruptions 4.0! and Tambora: Why the Volcano Won’t Kill Us All (at Least Not Yet).

Glacial Till: Meteorite Monday: A glimpse into my research.

I Heart the Road: The Chemist Who Hardly Was and the Chemical Reaction that Actually Wasn’t.

Inside Higher Ed: Family-Friendly Science.

Science Sushi: Social Media for Scientists Part 1: It’s Our Job.

Bad Astronomy: The pressure of living on a spinning planet.

Scientific American: The Neuroscience of Beauty.

USGS: FAQs About Studying and Working on Volcanoes.

Respectful Insolence: Acupuncture works for polycystic ovary syndrome except when it doesn’t–which is always.

National Geographic: Hothouse Earth.

Clastic Detritus: Best Scientific Abstract I’ve Read in a Long Time.

New Scientist: Rat cyborg gets digital cerebellum.

Not Necessarily Geology: A trip to a Mississippian reef.

Wired Science: Prehistoric Colors Preserved in Near-Perfect Beetle Fossils.

Planetary Society: Sagan and Snooki.

Geological Society of London Blog: Filming on location – Etna, Stromboli and smelly tshirts…

Writing

FEARnet: Short Stories as eBooks: A Discussion with Joe Konrath, Dean Wesley Smith, Blake Crouch, Scott Nicholson, and David Gaughran.

Introverted Wife: All Hallows Read.

The Daily What: Passive-Aggressive Note of the Day.

Del-Fi: Open Access Is Infrastructure, Not Religion.

Writer Unboxed: A Checklist for Marketing Your E-Book.

The Passive Voice: The Bloated eBook File.

Nieman Journalism Lab: David Skok: Why we need to separate our stories from our storytelling tools.

Christopher Edge: It Was Twenty-Two Years Ago Today.

Nathan Bransford: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Using Contradictions to Develop Character.

A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Ebooks A La Carte.

Bob Mayer’s Blog: Pay The Writer.

Jane Friedman: Where to Find Free Market Listings.

45 Degrees Off: Graphic Novels Keep a Disabled Marine Reading.

A Brain Scientist’s Take on Writing: Revision Adventures: Building Strong Characters and Emotional Depth.

Deep Sea News: Getting on the same page with Science Journalists.

Religion and Atheism

New Statesman: The Rise Of Dominionism.

Greta Christina’s Blog: Should Atheists Have Lots of Kids?

Washington Post: Atheism on the upswing in America.

The Express Tribune: Girl accused of blasphemy for a spelling error.

Lousy Canuck: Please confuse the children of Family Values parents and Exorcism: what’s the harm?

The Lay Scientist: How the BBC’s dark forces of political correctness threaten the Christian era.

IttyBiz: Sometimes The Bad Guys Win.

Research Digest: For Christians, Dawkins and the Qur’an leave a bad taste in the mouth, literally.

Butterflies and Wheels: It was torture.

The Atlantic: Refusing to Kill Daughter, Pakistani Family Defies Tradition, Draws Anger.

Women’s Issues

Resisting the Milieu: Letter from an Abortion Clinic Escort: Pt 1- A Day in the Life of an Escort.

The X Blog: Berkeley Campus Republicans: Native American Women are the Lowest Form of Life.

Almost Diamonds: Those Damned Lesbian Terrorists.

Gawker: How a 14-Year-Old Girl Became an Unwilling Internet Pin-Up.

Butterflies and Wheels: An ill-afforded loss and Everywhere is porous.

NYT Sunday Review: Where Abortion Rights Are Disappearing.

Feministing: A character on Grey’s Anatomy had an abortion.

The Atlantic Wire: Your Daughter’s Science Role Model: A Cartoon Space Chimp.

Slate: Orgasm Guaranteed.

Skepchick: Mom, Don’t Read This.

Pharyngula: Atheism has a sexism problem.

Politics

Patient POV: Confused About What Health Reform Has to Offer: Sept. 23rd Marks One Year with New Patient Protections.

Grist: No, the EPA is NOT expanding 1,350 percent.

Bad Astronomy: Erasing false balance: the right is more antiscience than the left.

Salon: Diebold voting machines can be hacked by remote control.

CNN: Stupid voters enable broken government.

Issuepedia: Job creator.

Society and Culture

EarthSky: Measles on the rise in the US, worldwide.

Legal Nomads: What does Off the Beaten Path Really Mean?

Gizmodo: The Soup That Is Killing the Ocean (WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT).

GeoSelim: Innovate Libya Crisis Map.

Cross-Check: History Suggests the U.S. Will Ban the Death Penalty Soon. Why Not Now?

Almost Diamonds: When We Half Understand Poverty.

Agile: Four days of oil.

FIRE: ‘Firefly’ and Anti-Fascism Posters Get Professor Threatened with Criminal Charges on University of Wisconsin Campus.

The Atlantic Cities: Why Your Cell Phone Drops Calls in Dense Cities.

CNN: Engineers to rappel down Washington Monument.

Deep-Sea News: PETA, Still Consistent in Being Idiots.

Decrepit Old Fool: Security Theater in science fiction, 1956 edition.

Compound Eye: Lighting a landscape photograph, pre-photoshop.

Observations: Getting People to Kick the Cigarette Habit Pays Much More Than Tobacco Taxes–and Quickly.

Los Links 9/23

Lots of amazing stuff this week, my darlings. You’ll notice quite a few things highlighted in bold, and I do hope you read all those, but don’t stop there! There’s so much win in this week’s selections that I could’ve bolded nearly all of them.

DADT

The New Civil Rights Movement: DADT: Gay 88-Year Old WWII Vet Speaks On Repeal Of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

New York Times: Marines Hit the Ground Running in Seeking Recruits at Gay Center.

AP: Navy officer, partner wed in Vt. as ban ends.

Troy Davis

White Coat Underground: Emergency ethics post.

Observations: Eyes (and Minds) Deceive: Witness Unreliability Casts Doubt on Death Penalty Rulings.

Slate: A Killer Issue.

Bad Astronomy: The night the lights went out in Georgia.

Geotripper: The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia…and Texas Too.

Science

Oregon Live: Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition celebrates 40 years as coastal watchdog.

Lifehacker: Forget the Standing Desk; You Just Need to Move Regularly.

Discovery News: Dinosaur Feathers Found in Amber: Photos.

National Geographic: The Beautiful Teenage Brain.

Mountain Beltway: Giant City State Park, Illinois.

Clastic Detritus: Listening to Rivers.

Bad Astronomy: Invaders from Vesta! and The Milky Way from the top of the world.

Not Exactly Rocket Science: Computer gamers solve problem in AIDS research that puzzled scientists for years.

Uncovered Earth: Sometimes You Just Can’t Reach the Top.

Science Cheerleader: “I was skeptical about the Science Cheerleaders.”

Earthly Musings: My 10-Day Rafting Trip Through Grand Canyon – 2011.

NYT Scientist at Work: Northern Lights on the Midnight Watch.

Atomic-O-Licious: An Open Letter of Apology to my Organic Chemistry Students.

Scientific American: Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Don’t Tangle Two Lines of Thought and Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Breadth of knowledge is essential.

Wired Science: Q&A: The Unappreciated Benefits of Dyslexia.

Bad Archaeology: I remember why I’ve never wanted satellite television.

Oscillator: Allergy Recapitulates Phylogeny.

The Guardian: Another view on the new Feist album Metals.

Not Necessarily Geology: Pillow Basalt, Bencorragh.

Rapid Uplift: Geological Framework Of the Sikkim Earthquake.

Glacial Till: Meteorite Monday: So you think you’ve found a meteorite.

Science-Based Medicine: Scientific American Mind Is Not So Scientific.

Southern Fried Science: In sexual selection and thermoregulation, bigger is better, at least for fiddler crabs.

Boundary Vision: Students don’t lose their ability to think scientifically.

JPL: Aquarius Yields NASA’s First Global Map of Ocean Salinity.

A Blog Around the Clock: The Mighty Ant-Lion.

Speakeasy Science: Dr. Oz and the Arsenic Thing.

Grist: Oceans kept the last decade from being even hotter.

Dinosaur Tracking: Cretaceous Utah’s New, Switchblade-Clawed Predator.

The Scientist: Plant RNAs Found in Mammals.

Degrees of Freedom: Archimedes and Euclid? Like String Theory versus Freshman Calculus.

Surprising Science: Biologist Rob Dunn: Why I Like Science.

Scientific American: Urban Geology: Artists Investigate Where Cities and Natural Cycles Intersect.

Scientific American: It’s Not That Easy Being Green, but Many Would Like to Be.

The Scicurious Brain: One injection makes you older…

Volcan01010: Farmyard Geomorphology.

Respectful Insolence: Reiki: You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you can get what you need.

Highly Allochthonous: Scenic Saturday: Pinnacle in the Piedmont.

Observations: Hackers Use Open Hardware to Solve Environmental Problems.

Evergreen Public Schools: Evergreen Public Schools Names new school Henrietta lacks Health and BioScience High School.

Terra Sigillata: Kitchen Chemistry: Rose Jelly. Sweet!

History of Geology: Large Igneous Provinces and Mass Extinctions.

Geotripper: You Betcha, it’s Breccia: Some Otherworldly Pictures.

Writing

The Creative Penn: Trunk Novels Are An Endangered Species.

The Buttry Diary: ‘He said, she said’ stories fail to seek the truth and report it.

Terrible Minds: Writers Hear that All-Too-Familiar Refrain: ‘Get a Real Job’.

Mitali’s Fire Escape: How To Write Fiction Without The “Right” Ethnic Credentials.

Write to Publish: Branding #3…product vs. author brand.

Take As Directed: Trine Tsouderos on This Week in Virology: When do you fact-check article content with sources?

Password Incorrect: Ebook Specific Cover Design: #2 – Size and Resolution.

Digital Book World: Best Practices For Amazon Ebook Sales.

Atheism and Religion

This Week in Christian Nationalism: A New Ending for an Old Spam Email.

Think Atheist: My Testimony (my journey to atheism).

Unscientific Malaysia: Why atheists must not be silent.

I Heart Chaos: Christian fourth grade textbook, tries to explain electricity but just gives up.

Why Evolution is True: The ugly, vicious, fanatical side of atheism.

BBC: Al-Shabab radio gives weapons prize to Somali children.

Butterflies and Wheels: Don’t think, just live.

ABC Religion and Ethics: Is the Australian Christian Lobby dominionist?

Shouts & Murmurs: God’s Blog.

Women’s Issues

Another Feminist Blog: Boundaries.

Firedoglake: Sluts Are Asking the Right Question about Rape.

Almost Diamonds: “Consent Is Hard” and MRA Says, “Yep, We’re Domestic Abusers”.

Strange Ink: Let’s talk about sex.

Man Boobz: Violence against women? Blame it on feminism, says W. F. Price.

Downlo: A Useful Rape Analogy.

BBC: ‘My cousin wanted me for a passport’.

Madison Magazine: Why Doesn’t She Just Leave?

Butterflies and Wheels: We wanted to do a bruised-up Barbie shoot.

The F Word: On Tom Martin’s campaign to sue LSE.

MSN CA: Is this the most annoying thing a man can do to a woman?

Biodork: Fighting Kindness with Kindness.

Camels with Hammers: Be Careful About Loving Women Too Much Lest Other Guys Think You’re Gay.

Politics

Spocko’s Brain: No Brains. No Heart. The Tea Party/CNN debate.

Firedoglake: Woman Who Watched Her Brother Die From Lack of Insurance Delivers Powerful Rebuttal to GOP.

Balloon Juice: The Modern Inquisition, Starring David Brooks in the Role of Phlogiston Man.

Think Progress: Texas GOP Rep On Cuts To Family Planning: ‘Of Course This Is A War On Birth Control’.

Decrepit Old Fool: “You get what you pay for” – third in a series of things we used to say.

MoveOn.org: The Elizabeth Warren Quote Every American Needs To See.

White Coat Underground: Death cult.

Salon: A real Wall Street takeover threat.

Duluth News Tribune: Sam Cook: Big, bad government sure helped during fire.

War is a Crime: Welcome to Boston, Mr. Rumsfeld. You Are Under Arrest.

Dispatches From the Culture Wars: On the Internet, Everyone is a Criminal.

Society and Culture

The Telegraph: Animal rights group PETA to launch pornography website.

Gawker: The Wall Street Journal Wonders: Should We Let Blacks Marry Whites?

Dangerous Minds: Another heartbreaking gay teen suicide.

New York Times: Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World.

Charlotte Observer: Same-sex marriage ballot skips words.

Pam’s House Blend: Will the Catholic Church declare war on Obama over gay equality?

On Top Magazine: North Carolina’s James Forrester Tells Lesbian Mom To Move To New York.

Have a Heart of Fire, Have a Heart of Gold: On understanding.

Nymwars

Almost Diamonds: Pseudonymous Service.

And, finally, two of the sweetest compliments I’ve ever had:

Watershed Hydrogeology Blog: About the best compliment I could get (or, why blogging is worthwhile).

Clastic Detritus: What Rocks: The Week’s Best In the Geoblogosphere.

Los Links 9/23

Lots of amazing stuff this week, my darlings. You’ll notice quite a few things highlighted in bold, and I do hope you read all those, but don’t stop there! There’s so much win in this week’s selections that I could’ve bolded nearly all of them.

DADT

The New Civil Rights Movement: DADT: Gay 88-Year Old WWII Vet Speaks On Repeal Of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

New York Times: Marines Hit the Ground Running in Seeking Recruits at Gay Center.

AP: Navy officer, partner wed in Vt. as ban ends.

Troy Davis

White Coat Underground: Emergency ethics post.

Observations: Eyes (and Minds) Deceive: Witness Unreliability Casts Doubt on Death Penalty Rulings.

Slate: A Killer Issue.

Bad Astronomy: The night the lights went out in Georgia.

Geotripper: The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia…and Texas Too.

Science

Oregon Live: Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition celebrates 40 years as coastal watchdog.

Lifehacker: Forget the Standing Desk; You Just Need to Move Regularly.

Discovery News: Dinosaur Feathers Found in Amber: Photos.

National Geographic: The Beautiful Teenage Brain.

Mountain Beltway: Giant City State Park, Illinois.

Clastic Detritus: Listening to Rivers.

Bad Astronomy: Invaders from Vesta! and The Milky Way from the top of the world.

Not Exactly Rocket Science: Computer gamers solve problem in AIDS research that puzzled scientists for years.

Uncovered Earth: Sometimes You Just Can’t Reach the Top.

Science Cheerleader: “I was skeptical about the Science Cheerleaders.”

Earthly Musings: My 10-Day Rafting Trip Through Grand Canyon – 2011.

NYT Scientist at Work: Northern Lights on the Midnight Watch.

Atomic-O-Licious: An Open Letter of Apology to my Organic Chemistry Students.

Scientific American: Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Don’t Tangle Two Lines of Thought and Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Breadth of knowledge is essential.

Wired Science: Q&A: The Unappreciated Benefits of Dyslexia.

Bad Archaeology: I remember why I’ve never wanted satellite television.

Oscillator: Allergy Recapitulates Phylogeny.

The Guardian: Another view on the new Feist album Metals.

Not Necessarily Geology: Pillow Basalt, Bencorragh.

Rapid Uplift: Geological Framework Of the Sikkim Earthquake.

Glacial Till: Meteorite Monday: So you think you’ve found a meteorite.

Science-Based Medicine: Scientific American Mind Is Not So Scientific.

Southern Fried Science: In sexual selection and thermoregulation, bigger is better, at least for fiddler crabs.

Boundary Vision: Students don’t lose their ability to think scientifically.

JPL: Aquarius Yields NASA’s First Global Map of Ocean Salinity.

A Blog Around the Clock: The Mighty Ant-Lion.

Speakeasy Science: Dr. Oz and the Arsenic Thing.

Grist: Oceans kept the last decade from being even hotter.

Dinosaur Tracking: Cretaceous Utah’s New, Switchblade-Clawed Predator.

The Scientist: Plant RNAs Found in Mammals.

Degrees of Freedom: Archimedes and Euclid? Like String Theory versus Freshman Calculus.

Surprising Science: Biologist Rob Dunn: Why I Like Science.

Scientific American: Urban Geology: Artists Investigate Where Cities and Natural Cycles Intersect.

Scientific American: It’s Not That Easy Being Green, but Many Would Like to Be.

The Scicurious Brain: One injection makes you older…

Volcan01010: Farmyard Geomorphology.

Respectful Insolence: Reiki: You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you can get what you need.

Highly Allochthonous: Scenic Saturday: Pinnacle in the Piedmont.

Observations: Hackers Use Open Hardware to Solve Environmental Problems.

Evergreen Public Schools: Evergreen Public Schools Names new school Henrietta lacks Health and BioScience High School.

Terra Sigillata: Kitchen Chemistry: Rose Jelly. Sweet!

History of Geology: Large Igneous Provinces and Mass Extinctions.

Geotripper: You Betcha
, it’s Breccia: Some Otherworldly Pictures
.

Writing

The Creative Penn: Trunk Novels Are An Endangered Species.

The Buttry Diary: ‘He said, she said’ stories fail to seek the truth and report it.

Terrible Minds: Writers Hear that All-Too-Familiar Refrain: ‘Get a Real Job’.

Mitali’s Fire Escape: How To Write Fiction Without The “Right” Ethnic Credentials.

Write to Publish: Branding #3…product vs. author brand.

Take As Directed: Trine Tsouderos on This Week in Virology: When do you fact-check article content with sources?

Password Incorrect: Ebook Specific Cover Design: #2 – Size and Resolution.

Digital Book World: Best Practices For Amazon Ebook Sales.

Atheism and Religion

This Week in Christian Nationalism: A New Ending for an Old Spam Email.

Think Atheist: My Testimony (my journey to atheism).

Unscientific Malaysia: Why atheists must not be silent.

I Heart Chaos: Christian fourth grade textbook, tries to explain electricity but just gives up.

Why Evolution is True: The ugly, vicious, fanatical side of atheism.

BBC: Al-Shabab radio gives weapons prize to Somali children.

Butterflies and Wheels: Don’t think, just live.

ABC Religion and Ethics: Is the Australian Christian Lobby dominionist?

Shouts & Murmurs: God’s Blog.

Women’s Issues

Another Feminist Blog: Boundaries.

Firedoglake: Sluts Are Asking the Right Question about Rape.

Almost Diamonds: “Consent Is Hard” and MRA Says, “Yep, We’re Domestic Abusers”.

Strange Ink: Let’s talk about sex.

Man Boobz: Violence against women? Blame it on feminism, says W. F. Price.

Downlo: A Useful Rape Analogy.

BBC: ‘My cousin wanted me for a passport’.

Madison Magazine: Why Doesn’t She Just Leave?

Butterflies and Wheels: We wanted to do a bruised-up Barbie shoot.

The F Word: On Tom Martin’s campaign to sue LSE.

MSN CA: Is this the most annoying thing a man can do to a woman?

Biodork: Fighting Kindness with Kindness.

Camels with Hammers: Be Careful About Loving Women Too Much Lest Other Guys Think You’re Gay.

Politics

Spocko’s Brain: No Brains. No Heart. The Tea Party/CNN debate.

Firedoglake: Woman Who Watched Her Brother Die From Lack of Insurance Delivers Powerful Rebuttal to GOP.

Balloon Juice: The Modern Inquisition, Starring David Brooks in the Role of Phlogiston Man.

Think Progress: Texas GOP Rep On Cuts To Family Planning: ‘Of Course This Is A War On Birth Control’.

Decrepit Old Fool: “You get what you pay for” – third in a series of things we used to say.

MoveOn.org: The Elizabeth Warren Quote Every American Needs To See.

White Coat Underground: Death cult.

Salon: A real Wall Street takeover threat.

Duluth News Tribune: Sam Cook: Big, bad government sure helped during fire.

War is a Crime: Welcome to Boston, Mr. Rumsfeld. You Are Under Arrest.

Dispatches From the Culture Wars: On the Internet, Everyone is a Criminal.

Society and Culture

The Telegraph: Animal rights group PETA to launch pornography website.

Gawker: The Wall Street Journal Wonders: Should We Let Blacks Marry Whites?

Dangerous Minds: Another heartbreaking gay teen suicide.

New York Times: Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World.

Charlotte Observer: Same-sex marriage ballot skips words.

Pam’s House Blend: Will the Catholic Church declare war on Obama over gay equality?

On Top Magazine: North Carolina’s James Forrester Tells Lesbian Mom To Move To New York.

Have a Heart of Fire, Have a Heart of Gold: On understanding.

Nymwars

Almost Diamonds: Pseudonymous Service.

And, finally, two of the sweetest compliments I’ve ever had:

Watershed Hydrogeology Blog: About the best compliment I could get (or, why blogging is worthwhile).

Clastic Detritus: What Rocks: The Week’s Best In the Geoblogosphere.

Los Links 9/16

All right, people. Stop writing awesome stuff I feel compelled to read. Actually, don’t stop, but do allow me to throw my hands up in despair. I need another me who does nothing but read cool shit on the interwebz and can download the results directly into my brain.

Anyway. There’s this one post I have to put right up here, because it’s about the Cascadia Subduction Zone and it’s utterly terrifying, enthralling, and some of the best writing I’ve yet seen.

Outside: Totally Psyched for the Full-Rip Nine.

And now, on with the rest of teh awesome.

Science

Anthropology in Practice: Pieces of the Human Evolutionary Puzzle: Who Was Australopithecus sediba?

Context and Variation: Menstruation is just blood and tissue you ended up not using.

Andrew Alden: Dietary Minerals and Real Minerals.

Obsidian Wings: A brook, run, creek, branch, or stream runs through it.

Glacial Till: The Molalla River, Oregon.

Scientific American: Wire Up Your Sense of Smell: How the Internet Is Changing the World of Perfumery.

Arya M. Sharma, MD: Should We Outsource Obesity Treatment To Weight Watchers?

Atomic-o-licious: The Smell of it.

Guardian: The versatility of science graduates should be celebrated not criticised.

Georneys: Geology Word of the Week: O is for Ooid.

Uncovered Earth: Sunday Science Photos, September 4 – 10.

Glacial Till: Meteorite Monday: The Hayabusa mission to Itokawa.

Denison Geoblog: Flint Ridge, Ohio.

Scientific American: Nile Crocodile Found to Comprise Two Different Species.

Butterflies and Science: Butterflies and Social Science.

The Atlantic: The Dark Side of the Placebo Effect: When Intense Belief Kills.

Clastic Detritus: Seafloor Sunday #89: Photo From the Deepest Part of the Ocean.

American Rivers: The importance of small streams.

Galileo’s Pendulum: A Planet With Two Suns.

The SciencePunk Blog: Five iconic science images, and why they’re wrong. (This solar system scale model is a bit more realistic.)

Scientific American: How to Improve Your Life with Story Editing.

Highly Allochthonous: One recipe for flooding: Take a tropical cyclone and add steep topography.

Scientific American: Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: The Situation Is in the Mindset of the Observer and Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: The Power of Public Opinion.

My Modern Met: Town Squeezed Between Giant Boulders.

Metageologist: What you ought to know about metamorphism.

Cosmic Variance: Trusting Experts.

The Conversation: Diamond planets, climate change and the scientific method.

Scientific American: Peace of Mind: Near-Death Experiences Now Found to Have Scientific Explanations.

Decrepit Old Fool: The alien menace.

Geotripper: Vagabonding across the 39th Parallel: A Canyon Along The Colorado River? Really?

Earth Literally: Dynamic Topography: What’s in a name?

Strange Maps: 531 – A Rio Runs Through It: Naming the American Stream.

Anthropology in Practice: On My Shelf: Geologic City (A Review).

Matt Kutcha: Mineral Cleavage Test.

Mountain Beltway: A dismaying course, part II: evolution  and Clinker.

Skepchick: Guest Post: Birdchick – Are sea eagles coming after your children?

Not Necessarily Geology: Folded Lakes Marble.

The Last Word on Nothing: Guest Post: Part of Me Forever.

Outside the Interzone: Volcanic Ramblings Part 3: Salt Creek Falls.

Writing

Pub Rants: In The Author’s Shoes.

LitReactor: Interesting new tool for writers, might be worth subscribing to.

The Coffee-Stained Writer: Fiction Friday: getting into your characters’ heads.

Nieman Storyboard: Story, interrupted: why we need new approaches to digital narrative.

Bob Mayer’s Blog: Marketing and Indie Authors: Our Successful Release of The Jefferson Allegiance.

The Book Deal: What authors can learn from the bestseller lists.

The Passive Voice: Is There Anything That Can Take the Pain Out of Ebook Formatting?

A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Guest Post from Bella Andre (aka Lucy Kevin) (aka Bella Riley).

A Brain Scientist’s Take on Writing: From St. Martins, to Self Publishing, to Amazon: Q&A With Barry Eisler.

Write It Forward: The real gatekeepers in publishing now? Authors.

Terrible Minds: Twenty-Sided Troubadours: Why Writers Should Play Roleplaying Games.

Genreville: Authors Say Agents Try to “Straighten” Gay Characters in YA.

Atheism and Religion

***Dave Does the Blog: Man Does Not Live By Bread Alone … but he doesn’t live long without it, either.

Lousy Canuck: Why don’t atheists just shut up and stay home? (a repost) and What is an ad hominem? What isn’t?

Oregon Live: Another faith-healing death of a child puts Oregon City parents on trial.

Camels With Hammers: A Living Illustration of the Problem With Trying To Love The Gay Person But Hate Her Gayness and How Religious Bullying Makes Atheists So Angry: One New Atheist’s Story.

On Humanity, Naturally: Concerns About the Religious Right Are Not Overblown.

Women’s Issues

White Coat Underground: A trick question.

Jezebel: County Attorney Accused Of Making Rape Jokes, Ignoring Child Porn.

Emily L. Hauser – In My Head: “Like a girl” – yes, again.

The Guardian: As the Topman T-shirts show, misogyny is now so commonplace it’s mundane.

The Guardian: Let’s get this straight. Gender studies isn’t about ‘women good, men bad’.

Slate: The Girl Scouts’ Allegedly Radical Feminist Lesbian Agenda.

The Daily Beast: Women: The Invisible Poor.

Science Sushi: Observations: Why do women cry? Obviously, it’s so they don’t get laid.

Ynet News: Cadets dismissed over woman’s song.

National Postdoctoral Association: A Postdoc’s Guide to Pregnancy and Maternity Leave.

ABC News: Forever 21′s ‘Allergic to Algebra’ Shirt Draws Criticism.

Almost Diamonds: And Then You Wait.

Gamasutra: Gamazon: ‘Feminist Whore’ Powers Activate.

Politics

ThinkProgress: GOP Legislator: Homosexuality Is ‘More Dangerous’ Than Terrorist Attacks Because We Have To Deal With It Every Day.

Paul Krugman: Setting Their Hair on Fire.

Wisconsin Gazette: GOP memo instructs DMV workers not to tell voters that photo IDs are free.

Thoughts from Kansas: Why science questions matter for candidates.

Media Matters: Murdoch’s U.S. Hacking Woes Grow.

Washington Post: Bachmann’s wrongheaded attack on HPV vaccinations.

White Coat Underground: Ignorance, beatified.

Almost Diamonds: Emily for Elizabeth.

***Dave Does the Blog: Lying Talking Points for the 2012 Election (Collect the Whole Set!).

Newser: Debate Crowd Cheers Letting Uninsured Die.

The Dish: Republicanism As Religion.

Politco: GOP grumbles about jobs plan.

Grits for Breakfast: From the off-topic irony department: Fire Follies.

Nymwars

Bioephemera: Pseudonymity: Five Reasons the New Scienceblogs/NG Policy is Misguided.

Society and Culture

Decrepit Old Fool: Dan Savage at Illinois State University.

Stories from the Heartland: Some real Shock and Awe: Racially profiled and cuffed in Detroit.

Jay Rosen’s Press Think: We Have No Idea Who’s Right: Criticizing “he said, she said” journalism at NPR.

Def Shepherd: Why A Heterosexual, Married, North Carolinian Father Of Three Cares About LGBT Equality.

Pam’s House Blend: Bible-beating Kentucky lawmaker wants to pass a bill to protect anti-gay bullies.

Mike the Mad Biologist: “Why the HELL Didn’t He KEEP HER IN THE HOSPITAL?” and Why Low-Income Parents Rationally Choose Failing Schools.

Foreign Policy: Got Cheap Milk?

The Mary Sue: How To Have An Awesome Wedding: Do it With Dinosaurs.

The Washington Examiner: You have a right to record the police.

Danger Room: How to Beat Terrorism: Refuse to Be Terrorized.

HamdenRice: Most of you have no idea what Martin Luther King actually did.

Los Links 9/9

Slightly less links than usual, I’m afraid. But some great stuff in here. Do enjoy!

Irene

Deshler Photography: Hurricane Irene – Record Flooding in Vermont.

Science

Speakeasy Science: Et tu, Science Magazine?

Scientific American: Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Imagination.

Almost Diamonds: Humor Study Is Funny Peculiar.

Neurotic Physiology: Friday Weird Science: Are men really funnier than women? Who’s asking?

Looking for Detachment: Report on an Afterwork Field Trip.

Mountain Beltway: Friday fold: duplex structure in the gastropod limestone and A dismaying course, part I: climate change.

The Open Source Paleontologist: How do you read the literature? Thoughts on academic maturation.

The Thoughtful Animal: Animal Imagination: The Dog That Pretended to Feed a Frog (and Other Tales).

White Coat Underground: You’re all gonna die!

Highly Allochthonous: Scenic Saturday: Sliced, diced and weathered.

Life as a Geologist: Kinky Columns.

AnimalWise: The “Yellow Snow” Test.

Georneys: Geology Word of the Week: N is for Nummulite.

The Last Word on Nothing: Guest Post: Microscope, DIY, 3 Minutes.

Not Exactly Rocket Science: Bacteria use electric wires to shock uranium out of groundwater and Hummingbirds dive to sing with their tails.

Uncovered Earth: Geoblogging the Northwest.

Macworld: FTC: No, your smartphone can’t heal acne.

Scientific American: How Accurate Are Memories of 9/11?

Quest: Local Geological State Parks to Close.

Ars Technica: Why my fellow physicists think they know everything (and why they’re wrong).

New York Times: Where Early Dinosaurs Lived, Deal Expands a National Park.

Scientific American: What We Know about Black Holes.

Culturing Science: On vaccines: scientists can’t stop doing science because of crazy people.

History of Geology: September 2, 1806: The landslide of Goldau.

Writing

Mad Genius Club: He Beats Me But He’s My Publisher.

Galley Cat: How Publishers & Authors Can Use SoundCloud.

Janet Reid, Literary Agent: Pitch versus query.

A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing: Not Caring.

Dear Author: Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About.

The Creative Penn: How To Write Fight Scenes With Alan Baxter.

Atheism and Religion

Choice in Dying: The Bishop of Swindon is an Ass.

Greta Christina’s Blog: Diplomacy and Accomodationism Are Not The Same Thing.

The Meming of Life: The power of two.

Almost Diamonds: We Are Indeed on a Slippery Slope.

New Statesman: What would Jesus ban?

Women’s Issues

Butterflies and Wheels: How to patronize the wimminz.

JAYFK: Oh No They Didn’t: JC Penney still missing the mark.

Feministing: Finally a beer just for women!

RH Reality Check: Court Victory in South Dakota’s Misinformed Consent Law.

Almost Diamonds: Women Can Teach; You Just Can’t Be Obliged to Listen.

Skepticlawyer: Miss Manners and playing the victim.

Tiger Beatdown: CHRONICLES OF MANSPLAINING: Professor Feminism and the Deleted Comments of Doom and “Elitism:” Now, It Basically Just Means “Not Having Sex With Everybody”.

Whatever: Shut Up and Listen.

Love Joy Feminism: Men and Women in Christian Patriarchy: Masters and Slaves or Equals?

Politics

Grist: Conservative pundits grapple with ‘anti-science’ charge, flail.

Talking Points Memo: Columnist: Registering Poor To Vote ‘Like Handing Out Burglary Tools To Criminals’.

Forever in Hell: Skin in the Game.

Mike the Mad Biologist: Is 12,000 Lives Worth a Re-Election? Because People Have to Breathe This Crap.

Political Carnival: Tea bagger to TPC reader: You’re “less than human because your husband is half Hispanic & half Irish.

The Telegraph: Jon Huntsman, the lone voice of scientific sanity in the US Republican Presidential race.

Grist: Rick Perry: Just because global warming is a ‘fact’ doesn’t mean it’s real and Even Tea Partiers don’t think environmental protection kills jobs.

Decrepit Old Fool: The Galileo Gambit; rule number one is…

Dan’s Wild Wild Science Journal: Science, The Tea Party and The Dunning-Kruger Effect.

Pam’s House Blend: Per Save California, Gay Activists Are “Kidnapping The Brains Of Our Kids”.

Guardian News Blog: Is Rick Perry a 21st-century Galileo?

Bad Astronomy: Republican candidates, global warming, evolution, and reality.

Mother Jones: Audio: Chris Christie Lets Loose at Secret Koch Brothers Confab.

Society and Culture 

Time: Beware of the Gonzo Nature-TV Presenter.

Pull My Finger: Dumbest. Blog. Ever.

New York Times: On Flood Plain, Pondering Wisdom of Rebuilding Anew.

The Hermitage: In which Hermitage is a pissy black person.

Lifehacker: How I Got My Stolen Laptop Back Within 24 Hours Using Prey.

Stupid Evil Bastard: Beware cold calls from people claiming to be from Microsoft about problems with your computer.

Inside Higher Ed: A Dissenter Is Fired.

Lousy Canuck: Al, why haven’t I leaped yet!?

Nymwars

Bob Blakley: Google+ Can Be A Social Network Or The Name Police – Not Both.

All Things D: Superman vs. Google+ (Comic).

Los Links 9/2

Another week, another passel o’ links. Funny. Somehow, I’d felt that I hadn’t done much reading this past week. Apparently I was wrong…

Irene

Grist: Global warming will make future hurricanes worse, full stop and U.S. Navy’s wave-power buoy plays chicken with Irene, wins.

The New Yorker: Vermont Floods: A Bad Day for Baal.

ThinkProgress: Eric Cantor Won’t Support Any Hurricane Disaster Funding Without Massive Cuts To First Responders.

Mike the Mad Biologist: GOP Response to Hurricane Irene: Take More Hostages.

Guardian: Hurricane Irene or Britain adopting misogynistic attitudes: I know which I find scarier.

Kate Messner: After Irene: A small-town Adirondack library needs your help.

Slobber and Spittle: Call it a PSA and Are You Afraid Yet? 

Virginia Earthquake

Mountain Beltway: Damage to the Ecuadorian Embassy.

Washington Post: Five myths about earthquakes.

Science

Glacial Till: One Year Blogiversray of Glacial Till and Meteorite Monday: Shergottites.

The Dynamic Earth: Backup Amazon (in case the other one breaks?).

Scientific American: Diamond World Discovered By Astronomers.

Professor Astronomy: A diamond planet? I dunno..

Dinosaur Tracking: An Ode to Archaeopteryx.

Not Exactly Rocket Science: The lost plague – London graveyards suggest that Black Death strain may be extinct and Bacteria: resisting antibiotics since at least 30,000 BC.

ABQJournal: Study: American Indians May Be More Affected by Climate Change.

Research Digest: The woman misdiagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and how we can all be affected by the suggestion that we have psychological problems.

National Groundwater Association: Protect Your Groundwater Day.

DC’s Improbable Science: A thoroughly dangerous charity: YesToLife promotes nonsense cancer treatments.

Gary Schwitzer’s HealthNewsReview Blog: NBC urges women >40 to ask about CRP test – something not supported by evidence.

Georneys: Geology Word of the Week: M is for Migmatite.

Highly Allochthonous: Scenic Saturday: Ropy pahoehoe on a biogenic beach.

NASA Earth Observatory: Why I love Geologists.

Science Sushi: Observations: Tuna and Mythbusting 101: Sharks will cure cancer.

Grist: Fox News viewers ‘confused’ by Bill Nye, science in general.

Scientific American: Lessons from Sherlock Holmes: Perspective Is Everything, Details Alone Are Nothing.

Superbug: Borders are Irrelevant: Polio Returns to China and Antibiotic Prescribing to Kids — Down, But Still Too Much.

Scientific American: The Bearable Closeness of Being: Why Cities Create Community.

The Scicurious Brain: Muscle fatigue may be all in your head.

The Dynamic Earth: Drilling for Oil…in the Everglades?

Forbes: Can Our Pruney Fingers Help Us Build Better Rain Treads?

Myrmecos: A mural on moth wings.

Cosmic Variance: Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Time.

Gizmodo: First Quantum Computer Simulator Operates at the Speed of Light.

Bad Astronomy: No, a new study does not show cosmic-rays are connected to global warming.

Andrew Alden: Higher Profile for Geoforensics.

Think Progress: Scientist: “The Murdoch Media Empire Has Cost Humanity Perhaps One or Two Decades in Battle Against Climate Change.”

Respectful Insolence: The ultimate homeopathic remedy.

Writing

My Own Brand of Madness: Going Indie – Is it worth it?

The Book Designer: Independent Publishing: That’s Evolution!

Confessions of a Science Librarian: On the evilness of the emerging ebook app ecosystem.

The Writing Bomb: Letter to the Beginning Indie Author.

The Passive Voice: Ebook Formatting Red Flags, Writers who oppose agency pricing aren’t acting in their own self-interest, and How to Misunderstand a Contract.

Compound Eye: Creative Commons Is Not Public Domain.

Barry Hutchinson: Meeting Neil Gaiman.

Melissa Walker: Cover Stories: Wintering Well.

Almost Diamonds: The Love of Problematic Literature.

Nieman Journalism Lab: Amazon’s new @author feature launches, and changes (just a bit) what a book is all about.

Patricia C. Wrede: Telling details vs. clutter.

The Book Designer: 5 Great Fonts for Book Covers.

Nathan Bransford: On the Internet There Is No Such Thing as a Brand. There Is Only You.

Atheism and Religion

Alternet: Are Michele Bachmann’s Views About ‘Christian Submission’ Even More Extreme Than She’s Letting On?

Why Evolution is True: An atheist who almost believes in God.

Almost Diamonds: The Accommodationism Challenges.

Open Parachute: Martydom of the priveliged.

mlkshk: Norse Crisis flowchart (source link at bottom).

Pharyngula: As an American Atheist, I am disgusted by the 9/11 coloring book.

The Spirited Atheist: College too late, too little for secular studies in America.

Life on the Hill: I’m Coming Out.

Women’s Issues

Guardian: It isn’t girls who need to watch their words.

Alternet: How I Escaped the “Biblical Family Values” Nightmare That Drives Perry, Bachmann, and Tea Party Politics.

Skepchick: Too Pretty To Do Homework.

XX Factor: Some Good News for Pro-Choicers.

Guardian: Rick Perry’s demeaning abortion doctrine.

The Smart Set: Old Boys Club.

Laurie Hale Anderson: District that tried to ban SPEAK accused of covering up rapes.

Rethinking Vision Forum: Why I Wish I Went to College.

Politics

A Leaf Warbler’s Gleanings: Science and Democracy in the Arab Spring and American Fall.

Paul Krugman: Republicans Against Science.

Mother Jones: The Right, Anti-bacterials, and the “Nanny State”.

Margaret and Helen: Who has the better bouffant?

Rolling Stone: The GOP War on Voting.

Butterflies and Wheels: The history of dissident thought.

Culture of Science: On The Privilege To Serve This Country.

Scientific American: Can Politicians be Trusted with Science?

Nymwars

GigaOm: It’s official: Google wants to own your online identity.

Lauren Weinstein’s Blog: Real Names, Guilt, Self-Censorship, and the Identity War.

Guardian: Google Plus forces us to discuss identity.

Society and Culture

Loudoun Times: Potomac Falls woman removed from son’s Boy Scout troop.

Almost Diamonds: Male Rape Victims: Let’s Talk About the Men.

Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub: Quote of the moment: Diane Ravitch, history won’t be kind to those who attacked teachers.

On Liberty: “Racial Profiling First Hand”.

BBC: After the sludge: Rebuilding Hungary’s towns.

Salon: Confessions of a bad teacher.

NeuroTribes: Dear United Airlines: I Want My Kindle, and My Dignity, Back.

New York Times: How to Fix Our Math Education.

Teddy Partridge: Jury Unable to Reach Verdict in Gay Student’s Killing — UPDATE: Mistrial.

CNN: West Virginia learns Finland’s ‘most honorable profession': Teacher.

On Becoming a Domestic and Laboratory Goddess: Unclench Your Butthole Before You Talk About Bias.

Hudson Valley Geologist: Good quote on education.

The New Civil Rights Movement: Student Of Anti-Gay Florida Teacher Jerry Buell Speaks Out – Exclusive!