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Bill Nye the Science Guy vs Creationist Ken Ham. Creationists sitting on state science textbook selection panels. Far, FAR too many schools teaching it openly as science. It's a serious matter that scares this science PhD when I think about the damage this does to present and future generations of free-thinking, intelligent scientists. However, I can't write a serious diary tonight because I've got a Serious Other Issue to diary tomorrow, so instead I offer up a collection of songs about science. Hop on your pet dinosaur and follow me below the orange pile of fossils traps of Satan after a word from our sponsor...


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- Galileo  Indigo Girls  OK, mostly the song's about reincarnation, but via consideration of  Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer and heretic Galileo Galilei. Fun fact... the Indigo Girls recorded this album in Bearsville, NY. About 5 miles from where I grew up.

- Ordinary Day  Peter Mayer  This song was inspired by Mayer reading The Elegant Universe, a book on string theory. Many of his songs have an environmental/science-y aspect to them, and if you get the chance to see him please do!

- Mammal  They Might Be Giants  "So the warm blood flows with the red blood cells lacking nuclei through the large four-chambered heart" ... makes my scientist's heart beat faster ::swoon::

- Why Does The Sun Really Shine  TMBG  K1 pointed me at "Youtuber" Charlie McDonnell's cover. In fact, TMBG has a whole album of science songs.

- The Galaxy Song  Monty Python  According to Wikipedia (hey, if corporations are people, I can anthropomorphosize wikipedia, right?) the facts are "tolerably accurate" :).

- Nine Planets  Justin Roberts  Ever since K1 was little, I've hummed this and other Justin Roberts' songs... they're fun! This was written before Pluto got downgraded, and as he wrote on his Facebook page: Pluto is a planet! I couldn't agree more.

- She Blinded Me With Science  Thomas Dolby  What, you thought I'd leave this one out?!

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Two from last night's  Top Comments: As the Cilantro Wars continue, BeninSC explains the reason for exploding manhole covers in response to Chrislove's  comment, and side pocket gives another use for cilantro.
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In Richard Lyon's diary California To Consider Standard of Affirmative Sexual Consent, I nominate this thread begun by ontheleftcoast who succinctly ends it here.
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From keefnight's excellent cartoon diary about gestures and gang signs comes an awesomely cosmic gang sign courtesy of jwinIL14.
From Yours Truly, brillig:
doorguy has a great reply to someone who lumped all of "them" separate from  "us".

From Laura Clawson's Kansas senator refuses to say how often he's in Kansas, konving has the perfect response to the question "Who defines how many days is enough in Kansas?".

Top Mojo for yesterday, February 10th, first comments and tip jars excluded. Thank you mik for the mojo magic! For those of you interested in How Top Mojo Works, please see his diary FAQing Top Mojo.
  1) She's an evil RW liar; she & her ilk have ruined by a2nite — 188
  2) Coulda Been a Con TENder, Instead of a Bum, Which by Gooserock — 128
  3) An OD? They ruled this an OD? by ontheleftcoast — 125
  4) I agree. I think she is actually doing her job, by Azubia — 122
  5) I wish there was a way by Navy Vet Terp — 107
  6) as i've previously noted by Laurence Lewis — 104
  7) So the Kluxers figured out dosing their victims by Horace Boothroyd III — 101
  8) What a black eye for the Obama administration. by P E Outlier — 94
  9) Depends on your goals by Sandino — 91
10) Well, he is a perfect example by MadRuth — 89
11) But economically rewarding to the sellers by Jim P — 88
12) That would be so Bush League of Christie by ItsSimpleSimon — 87
13) Would it surprise anyone by democracy inaction — 80
14) The fact that the authorities' lie by corvo — 78
15) To have labor force participation, you need jobs. by Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN — 70
16) a bit frightening to think by Laurence Lewis — 69
17) This isn't good by Betty Pinson — 69
18) "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Mess" by newmexicobear — 69
19) Ari Shapiro, Scott Simon, and Steve Inskeep by Ellid — 68
20) Kluxers by ontheleftcoast — 67
21) Don't forget the military industrial complex by Puddytat — 66
22) Gotten away with everything so far by middlegirl — 64
23) By our acts we shall be known by Phoebe Loosinhouse — 63
24) In other Christie news, by AnnetteK — 63
25) well by Nina Katarina — 63
26) I can tell you people in NC noticed by moviemeister76 — 63
27) Seems like the feds need to get involved here. by JayRaye — 63
28) They are by texasmom — 62
29) A silver spoon by Gustogirl — 62
30) Phillip Kwon! Yes! by Semblance — 58
31) Extremely accurate methods by onionjim — 58

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