* Stuttaford and Murray at "The Corner" point out some flaws in Niall Ferguson's recent thinking about religion in England.
* PZ Myers at "Pharyngula" started collecting links to blog posts criticizing Bush's recent comments on intelligent design in the classrooms, and had to stop because of the flood of responses. You can browse the links (160!) here. As Myers notes in a later post:
These entries come from all over the political spectrum, left and right, and even includes one Intelligent Design creationism blog that disapproves of Bush's "premature" (yeah, that's right, keep waiting and waiting…) announcement. Most of them are not generally about science, but again come from all over the spectrum of people's interests: blogs about politics, humor, social concerns, feminism, economics, literature, or just plain writing about life. They all have one thing in common: they agree that George W. Bush's attempts to stuff bad theology into our children's educations is a stupid idea.
Some of the posts are just protestations, but a lot of them are very interesting and valuable reading as well. I haven't gone through them all (and probably never will have the time), but I recommend (in no particular order) Mixing Memory, Telic Thoughts (which I think is the ID blog Myers mentions), Respectful Insolence, Universal Acid, Evolving Thoughts, Three Toed Sloth. Another interesting protest of Bush's statements that doesn't seem to be on the list: Ravishing Light.
* As the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima approaches, a good post at "Cliopatria" reminds us of the bombing of Nagasaki.