I often collect snippets of information that I read in text files, with the idea that I'll turn them into blog posts or ruminate on them later. Right now I have way more accumulated than I can handle, so here are a few of the random things I've been reading about lately_

PZ Meyers on the state of science education in the US_

Imagine being an electrical engineer and hearing that a third of the country doesn't believe all that stuff about electricity and radio waves, but thinks there actually are little people moving about inside their televisions. That's how biologists feel about the state of knowledge about biology here; we've got a lot of people with medieval attitudes about the subject. This is the pool from which we have to draw our students, and that worries us.

Razib shares this exchange from a message board he's on_

dude, mormans are weird. let's just face it. the whole thing makes me giggle when I talk about it. golden tablets . . . the whole thing is goofy-times.


Weirder than, say, believing that a man who died two thousand years ago can be eaten in convenient wafer form as a requirement to getting into heaven?

By now this is old news, but according to Reuters

The FBI secretly sought information last year on 3,501 U.S. citizens and legal residents from their banks and credit card, telephone and Internet companies without a court's approval, the Justice Department said Friday.

Thank goodness the EFF and ACLU are making some serious noise about this, but why aren't more people seriously pissed off about this?

And finally

Did you hear the headline abou the lunatic who raped the laundry woman and ran away? "Nut screws washer and bolts!"


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