Smart Links 21 December 2012
Editor's note -- if the world does end according to the Mayan calendar you may be able to re-register to www.excellentfuture.ca from the new Earth-like plant recently discovered just 12 light years away.
Commentary on the discovery of an earth-like planet in our galactic neighbourhood, elected for opinion not colour, did the US economy fall into recession in November, Japan’s latest pop craze, and the niqab on the witness stand.
Only 12 light years away and cheap real estate to boot.
Science Now -- Another Earth Just 12 Light-Years Away?
Astronomers have discovered what may be five planets orbiting Tau Ceti, the closest single star beyond our solar system whose temperature and luminosity nearly match the sun's.
Carl Sagan -- Mathematical Proof of Advanced Civilizations? (Drake equation)
How many advanced civilizations capable of radio astronomy where there, are there, could there someday be in the Milky way galaxy? Dr. Carl Sagan ventures a guess using the Drake equation.
The colour black in America.
Commentary Magazine – Racism at the Times
There is a New York Times op-ed this morning that is somewhere beyond appalling.
New York Times -- The Puzzle of Black Republicans
WHEN Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina announced on Monday that she would name Representative Tim Scott to the Senate, it seemed like another milestone for African-Americans.
Already in recession?
zerohedge.com -- Albert Edwards: “Something Bad Happened In November"
Certainly if the US has already slipped into recession, this would help explain why our preferred measure of whole economy profits declined, albeit marginally, in Q3.
Japanese Spice Girls.
JapanTimes -- Tokyo Girls' Style tries to balance fame, homework
The members of Tokyo Girls' Style have a lot to juggle in the next couple of months.
Ruling on the niqab in court.
National Post -- Court to decide if Muslim woman can wear niqab on the stand in assault case
The Supreme Court of Canada rules this morning in a landmark case that pits religious freedom against an accused person’s right to a fair trial.
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