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Jay Lake
Date: 2013-11-26 06:29
Subject: [links] Link salad had a snake the size of a sewer pipe livin' in its rib cage
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Tags:books, funny, healthcare, links, nature, personal, politics, religion, science, space, travel, uk
FDA orders personal genetics company 23andMe to stop selling testsClaims company ignored repeated efforts to get safety data and approval. Hmmm.

Mushrooms 'Make Wind' to Spread Spores — Fungus farts? Really?

How cool is the airplane of the future? — I miss the stratoliner.

Redefining the habitable zone: where should we look for life?Desert planets, hydrogen-heavy giants, and hydrocarbon-rich worlds considered.

The Star as StarshipMoving entire stars rather than building spaceships would have certain benefits as a way of traveling through the galaxy. After all, it would mean taking your local environment with you on a millennial journey. Some have suggested it might therefore be an observable sign of highly advanced civilizations at work. But how would you move a star in the first place?

Costco apologizes for labeling Bibles 'fiction' — Sometimes the jokes just write themselves. (Via [info]threeoutside.)

Pope Francis calls for power to move away from VaticanPope Francis has called for power in the Catholic Church to be devolved away from the Vatican, in the first major work he has written in the role. Huh. Not that church internal politics is any of my atheist business, but this is interesting. I wonder how this dovetails into the conservative political radicalism of the US Catholic bishops, who have become nothing but Republican shills these past decade.

'Earliest shrine' uncovered at Buddha's birthplace

Scottish government outlines case for independence — I have no basis for an informed opinion on this topic, but it is a fascinating piece of politics.

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11/26/2013
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joycemocha
User: joycemocha
Date: 2013-11-26 16:11 (UTC)
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Hmm. I think I may start wandering back toward occasional church attendance. Francis is certainly saying the right things (ordination of women is probably at least two generations off, alas) and that's a fresh breath after the Rat.
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Andrew Trembley
User: bovil
Date: 2013-11-26 18:39 (UTC)
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I expect that conservative bishops in the US and Africa love this idea of devolution. They may love it less when the authority of the papacy has devolved away from an issue and isn't backing them.
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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2013-11-26 18:53 (UTC)
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The decentralization of Vatican power is indeed an interesting issue. Does that mean the many very-conservative American bishops will gain power, or lose it? I'm sure many of them were appointed by the Vatican to try and neutralize an ever more progressive American Catholic church, which is a result of centralized power. Assuming it means deferring power to the bishops, then the power is still in the hands of the Vatican, who are the ones who appoint the bishops. (Granted, I'm willing to trust Francis enough to appoint sensible bishops who want to focus on poverty. But we've still got lots of Benedict-appointed bishops in charge.) But if they're putting more power in the hands of local parishes, that could get interesting.
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