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This cartoon about drinking alcohol is too good not to share.

Get all the photos, videos, and news about NASA’s Cassini mission to Saturn right here.  There’s some really spectacular stuff to see (just check out that first animated image of the Saturnian moon ballet for an example).

The 37th Skeptics’ Circle comes to you from the Bermuda Triangle.  Great presentation full of a lot of good critical thinking.

I and the Bird #26 is a nod to World Cup fever.  You’ll find a lot of good avian news and photography in this carnival, so fly on over.

Tangled Bank #56 brings together the best science writing from across all disciplines.  This is a great carnival.

Yet another “missing link” found in the evolutionary chain; this time, it’s literally for the birds.  Modern evolutionary synthesis has made tremendous progress in the last few years by way of the discovery of many transitional fossils (missing links).  It is now impossible for anyone with an iota of sense to argue against evolution — except the clueless and faithfully ignorant, of course, who allow arbitrary commitments of mental energy (aka “faith”) to cloud and distort truth.

The National Academies of Science now say there is “high confidence” that Earth is the warmest it’s been in 400 years.  Regardless of cause, global warming is a reality of the climate change we see happening all over the planet.  There is only one question to ask: What are you going to do about it?

If this is true, it’s more than disturbing: Is America sending back corpses from Guantánamo Bay that are missing vital internal organs making impossible proper identification of the causes of death?  What reason would we have for removing “major bodily organs such as the heart, the kidneys, livers and the blood vessels”?  And, more importantly, despite being reported in several sources overseas, why have we not heard about it?  If true…

Yes, let’s consider passing a constitutional amendment to outlaw burning the flag even though President Bush has no problem defacing the same.  Take a look; it’s already against the law to do what he did, but he’s demonstrating yet another “do as I say and not as I do” infringement of our rights.  You can’t argue with the photo or the US Code cited.  Can you say “hypocrisy”?

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