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In lieu of propper content, and because I'm a) doing more childcare than normal and b) getting addicted to the damn wii, have some links to posts by others that you should be reading.

Firstly, on the Atheist Bus campaign[1], three scientist bloggers, Dave Godfrey, Debi Linton and Strangefrontier who says:
Dear Christians on my friendslist, when you feel that atheist campaigners are generalising about your whole faith and railing against you, the real target is folks like Stephen Green. The problem is that he and others like like are so damn loud and have such a constant media presence, they drown out the normal, decent and sane* Christians. No matter what positive PR you throw out there, the attention will be given to some cunt shouting, "God hates fags!"
I especially liked Dave's line If he didn't exist I think the atheists would have to invent him, he's launched a case on which the crux is he has evidence of the existence of God. Well, like Dawkins, if you can give me some proof I'll change my opinion...

Anyway, next topic. Woolworths has shut down. Since he finished his degree, [ profile] doctorvee has been working for them, in a number of branches, and I heartily recommend his series of posts on the history of the company and the experiences of working there in its dying days. Like him, I loved Woollies as a kid but found them fairly pointless as an adult, they definitely had no clue what they were trying to be as a chain, and Wilkinson's have definitely displaced a lot of their business in Yorkshire. I had no idea that the company had started out as the early equivalent of a pound store, they only dumped their fixed price policy because of rationing during the war.

Sad news however. Number 6 is dead. In an era where his "I will not be pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered, I am a free man" speech has increasing relevence, it remains an iconic series and I really hope they don't mess up the reimagined version with Sir Ian as Number Two. RIP Patrick, you were great.

Cool news: Molecular Analysis Confirms Tyrannosaurus Rex's Evolutionary Link To Birds. They didn't die out, they evolved. Next time you eat a chicken dinner, that's one of T-Rex's relatives you're chomping down on ;-)

Want: Trends Are Cyclical: the Asus Eee Keyboard. It a complete fully functioning computer, all inside thin keyboard. How cool is that?

Have to say, I pretty much agree with Tim here, economic protectionism makes us poorer and damages our economy more than it benefits us. Buy British if you want, but if it's not the best deal, buy whatever, the economy benefits from the transaction regardless. ETA: Friday's More or Less is a politics special starring Vince! Yay!

Last up, [ profile] innerbrat wants to declared this year as the International Year of True History to commemorate both Darwin and Galileo. She's wrong to call it "true" history of course, everyone knows that real history started at about 1600, everything before that is pre-history, but it's a nice idea.

[1] From which I've taken this icon, I yoinked the LJified version from [ profile] strangefrontier but it was designed by [ profile] jonworth_eu_fd who coordinated the intial fundraising campaign before it all got a bit bigger than anyone expected. I'd forgotten how good a blogger he is until I found him on Twitter, Labour party members that can actually write well about politics are worth paying attention to, methinks[2].

[2] On a similar line, [ profile] blimpish_fd is back, one of the few Tory bloggers that doesn't make me want to shout at the screen at the idiocy and ignorance.

Date: 2009-01-14 09:22 pm (UTC)
innerbrat: (palaeo)
From: [personal profile] innerbrat
Oh sweetie. If the mammals are walking upright, using tools and telling stories, it's current affairs.

Date: 2009-01-14 09:52 pm (UTC)
innerbrat: (full of shit)
From: [personal profile] innerbrat
Studies like those sure as hell aren't science.

Date: 2009-01-14 11:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Why does my blonde sister want to be brunette and by brunette sister want to be ginger? Tell me THAT Professor Politics.

Date: 2009-01-15 09:41 am (UTC)
innerbrat: (opinion)
From: [personal profile] innerbrat
Actually yeah, you have a point, it's nearly always bad journalism over bad science.

Date: 2009-01-14 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
History may well have begun in 1600, but it stopped being interesting in 10,000 BC. I tend to stop caring at the end of the Triassic myself. ;)

Date: 2009-01-14 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Montalban too, it's a bad day for the Ms of the world.

Date: 2009-01-14 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Excellent round of links - ta!

Wasn't it Adam Smith - maybe Ricardo - who showed that specialisation and hence trade made both sides richer? I might need to look that up - in the morning!

And all of this written on an EEE keyboard - but not an EEE Keyboard!

Date: 2009-01-14 10:19 pm (UTC)
ext_4030: Branch of holly with its binomial name, Ilex aquifolium (Default)
From: [identity profile]
We just need an astronomer to pop in to talk about history measured in billions of years. :D

Think I'll hunt down the paper about getting the T-rex proteins.

Date: 2009-01-15 10:55 am (UTC)
ext_27872: (Default)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, Stephen Green is one of the ones who makes me purse my lips and mutter 'gerroff my side'. The problem is, it's very difficult to stop other people being prats when they want to be prats, whichever side they lie on...


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