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Yet another missing link fossil has been discovered, and this time it’s for elephants.  It appears to belong to a “species that connects modern elephants to their ancient ancestors.”

Shucks!  It seems conservative harpy Ann Coulter might have committed voting fraud.  She also makes clear she has no intention of cooperating with the investigation.  If she’s guilty of this felony, she can receive up to five years in prison.  I’d like to see her little anorexic self after she’s been the sex bitch to some prison Burtha for a few years.  I bet that would help tone down her hateful rhetoric.

I’m not surprised.  “U.S. privacy protections rank among the worst in the democratic world, a London-based privacy organization said Wednesday. Privacy International ranked 36 nations around the globe, including all European Union nations and other major democracies, and determined that in categories such as enforcement of privacy laws, the U.S. is on par with countries like China, Russia and Malaysia. Overall, the U.S. was determined to be an ‘extensive surveillance society,’ the second-lowest rating in the study.”

If the Democrats don’t take control of Congress this month, I doubt this investigation will bear fruit.  Still, it’s nice to see.  “Two federal agencies are investigating whether the Bush administration tried to block government scientists from speaking freely about global warming and censor their research, a senator said Wednesday. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, (D-N.J.), said he was informed that the inspector generals for the Commerce Department and NASA had begun ‘co- ordinated, sweeping investigations of the Bush administration’s censorship and suppression’ of federal research into global warming.”  Let me add this: Investigate all you want, but let’s also take some action to curb our greenhouse gas emissions.  While we’re at it, how ’bout we do something to clean and protect the environment as well as getting the Endangered Species Act back on track?

Andrew Sullivan hit the nail on the head: “This isn’t an election anymore, it’s an intervention.”

You really should go see these photos from Iran.  I’ll admit there are some mighty beautiful women in that country, and the sights from around the nation are equally stunning.  [via Michael at Gay Orbit]

If you do nothing else, you MUST go see Keith Olbermann’s latest.  The video is in two parts, so watch the first and then the second (it picks up where the first one ends).  Shrill indeed…  This is must-see TV of the finest degree.  [note you can also read the transcript and download the entire video in WMV or MOV format here]

It may well be that red wine is the answer to a lot of health issues.  “Huge amounts of a red wine extract seemed to help obese mice eat a high-fat diet and still live a long and healthy life, suggests a new study that some experts are calling ‘landmark’ research. [. . .] The study by the Harvard Medical School and the National Institute of Aging shows that heavy doses of red wine extract lowers the rate of diabetes, liver problems and other fat-related ill effects in obese mice. Fat-related deaths dropped 31 percent for obese mice on the supplement, compared to untreated obese mice, and the treated mice also lived long after they should have, the study said. Astoundingly, the organs of the fat mice that got the wine extract looked normal when they shouldn’t have, said study lead author Dr. David Sinclair of Harvard Medical School. And Sinclair said other preliminary work still being done in the lab shows the wine ingredient has promise in lengthening the life span of normal-sized mice, too.”

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