Lunchtime Poll #20: Through the Looking Glass

Ravings of a Textual Deviant � Lunchtime Poll #20: Bait & Switch
Li asks:
You�ve got your character rolled up, a backstory with lots of plot hooks created, and you are perfectly equipped to survive in your environment. Only�you aren�t in your environment. Your GM has dropped you through a wormhole/dimension door/time warp/Stargate, and you are completely unprepared for so much as asking directions to the nearest bathroom-equivalent. From either a player or a GM perspective, discuss the pros and cons of a surprise setting switch.

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Oh no, not again

MSNBC – Death toll in earthquake may rise dramatically
A second temblor in Indonesia shows just how dangerously unstable plate boundaries really are.
I’m glad that there was no tsunami this time around, the generation of such things do seem to have a random element to them that didn’t come up this time around.
Still, my sympathies are to those who did lose life and property in this latest illustration of the destructive forces of nature.

Pharyngula puts the smackdown on anti Evolutionists

Pharyngula::In which I lose patience with these drooling gomers
The blog Pharyngula (which I’ve discovered in recent months) finally has steam come out of its ears at the mendacity of many of the anti-evolution crowd.
The money quote, and its a lovely metaphor:
The big picture is done. The ships have sailed, they’ve discovered the coastline of the New World, they’ve established a few thriving colonies�and there’s a huge, exciting continent to explore. Meanwhile, we have a few lunatics in the Old World who have clamped their eyelids shut and are screaming that they can’t see it.

The Return of Bill Nye

In the Agora: The return of Nye
Via In the Agora, I’ve learned that Bill Nye, the Science Guy, is coming back to TV with a new show. From the sounds of it, it seems geared to adults and adult scientific issues, rather than child pedagogy.
Of course, when I was a tot, all we had was 3-2-1 Contact. And Cosmos.
Mustnt forget Cosmos. In this age of intelligent design, science clashing with government pronouncements and bioethics, we sorely could use another Carl Sagan.

Bill of Attainder

MSNBC – Congress reaches deal in Schiavo legal battle
Congressional leaders announced a compromise between Senate and House Republicans that would allow the brain-damaged woman’s case to be reviewed by federal courts that could restore her feeding tube. Opposition waned after House leaders agreed to give up broader legislation and accept a narrowly crafted bill that applied only to Schiavo’s case.

Bill of Attainder:

Definition: A legislative act that singles out an individual or group for punishment without a trial.
The Constitution of the United States, Article I, Section 9, paragraph 3 provides that: “No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law will be passed.”
My view of constitutional law might be fuzzy,but doesn’t Congress’ involvement in the tragedy of the Schiavo case come awfully close, or go over the line, of being a Bill of Attainder?