Useful site of the day: “IVR Cheat Sheet to Find a Human”.
Political blundering: “Bush Rewrites History To Criticize His Antiwar Critics”.
Today’s weird thing is an open letter from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster is one of the more interesting parody religions out there, the point of which is to make a point about creationism. There is a rather annoying faction of (mostly) Christians who interpret the first 11 chapters of Genesis in an absurdly literal manner (that contradicts what is known about biology, geology, astronomy, cosmology, etc.) and wish to impose this belief on everyone else, specifically by having it taught in the public schools under the name “intelligent design”, falsely claiming this belief is legitimate science. Flying Spaghetti Monsterists (AKA Pastafarians) parody creationism by claiming that the universe was created by the Flying Spaghetti Monster by waving his noodly appendage. Pastafarians claim that since Flying Spaghetti Monsterism is backed by just as much evidence as creationism/“intelligent design”, it deserves just as much classroom time. (That the writer of the open letter does not seem to understand transcendent theism is another matter.) Enjoy, and happy Turkey Day.