Remember, it's like the Winter Linkolympics, but on just one ski.
1. Philosopher of Biology, blogger, and awesome-name-winner John Wilkins is looking for help to bridge a financial lacuna. If you're in a position to loan or donate, please do. He's one of the good guys.
2. Who says high schools aren't preparing kids to function in our society? One consequence of the decade-long War on Terror™ (a wholly owned subsidiary of Haliburton) is the proliferation of secret courts, which are able to pass down judgments with absolutely no public scrutiny or oversight. Well, the kids are getting in education in twenty-first century American Justice at Alice High School in Texas, where a student was kicked off the cheerleading squad and suspended. The student claims that he is being punished for a same-sex kiss that was caught on one of the school's surveillance cameras. The school says,
The Alice I.S.D. has recently reviewed the recent removal of a student from the Alice High School Cheerleading Squad. After reviewing the Alice I.S.D. Student Code of Conduct and the Cheer Program Handbook, the removal will stay in effect. The student's parents are in agreement with the district's decision. The student code of conduct and cheer handbook are designed to improve conduct and encourage students to adhere to their responsibilities as members of the school community. The student and parents are clearly aware that the student was not removed from the squad for kissing another student at school. While the student is free to discuss certain aspects of his discipline in the media, the District cannot discuss the specifics of this incident and must respect the privacy rights of the students involved in this matter.Except, that the student's family is not in agreement, and still claims it is about the kiss. But, you know, privacy concerns, so I guess we'll just have to trust them. Via Jezebel.
3. Did you know that Oral Roberts has a gay grandson? Me either. He sounds awesome. He'll be giving a series of public lectures starting today. Read about it here. And no, it appears he is no longer invited to family functions.
4. Global warming is real. Now most people who are not ideologically committed to global warming NOT being true already knew that. So what's the news here? Well, a group of researchers called Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature has done a careful reanalysis of the major temperature records, and has concluded that, yes, things are getting warmer. The results are important in part because the group is not made up of existing members of the climate-science community, and in fact approached the question with a degree of skepticism. In a rational world, that would satisfy climate deniers. Oh well. Via The Economist.
5. And finally, if you haven't seen it yet, here's Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, and a whole crowd of folks singing at Columbus Circle in support of the Occupy movement. Via Boing Boing.