Brian’s Links 5 October 2011: Religion, Freedom, Science, and Abortion

How to get light in your dark shack? With a soda bottle and some ingenuity.

A post-natural history museum.

Apparently not even Jesus could run a religious organization according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

A debate on free will in the journal Nature.

The militarization of America’s police. And more and more crimes and less and less proof needed to convict you on them.

Dinosaur feathers! In amber, just to make them extra-amazing. Discover and National Geographic.

Dinosaur Feathers in Amber (from National Geographic)

Wrongful birth lawsuit wins Florida couple $4.5 million. They would rather their child be dead, so give them money.

Kiryas Joel, a curious place where 70% of the population is below the poverty line but no one is poor, there is no crime, and everyone is educated and well-fed. Why? Because they care for each other. Because their religion tells them to.

It’s a “fourth trimester abortion.” Fordham professor Charles Camosy comments.

Italian scientists on trial for failing to predict earthquake. Yes, they could not tell the future, so curse them to jail.

The Return of the Elwha, in the NYTimes. This is the most significant dam removal so far in the US.

When intense belief kills. Yikes. Sleep paralysis + belief in nocturnal spiritual attack = death.

The city of San Juan Capistrano fines couple for having friends over to read the Bible. How to respond… Free exercise clause? Privacy? Property? Anything? And don’t think that just because you’re in Canada you can get away with it, eh?

Finally, fly over the Americas in the space station. Amazing.

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