Friday, May 20, 2011

The week's links: Rapture, parties and biomass protests

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Today's roundup from local blogs and alt newspapers guarantees to help you pass the time on this overcast Friday. Here we go:

As you know, tomorrow marks the end of days. Bummer. To prepare, the Boston Phoenix traveled with hundreds of Rapture warriors as they warned New Yorkers about their fate. From the opening:

Dan used to enjoy cognac, cigars, and prostitutes. But not anymore. He's bracing to ascend into Heaven this Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Colorado Springs Independent finds someone who plans on riding out the end in Washington state, East Bay Express sees what atheists think of Judgment Day and Miami New Times does yeoman's work by listing the nation's best Rapture parties.

The Texas Observer looks at a troubling legal system through the story of James Legate, an alleged murderer who was "provided ineffective legal counsel, then convicted on flimsy evidence, including the testimony of a snitch." From the opening:

It was an unusual beginning to a love story. James Legate was five years into a life sentence for murder.

Eugene's green activists aren't psyched about a local biomass plant. Of course, there's a little local debate about biomass going on as you read this.

Intelligent Discontent calls out the GOP for a cheap and ultimately failed political stunt aimed at Sen. Jon Tester. It's certainly no mop flop.

Kellyn Brown at the Flathead Beacon picked up on the governor's latest promise: He's not running for any public office in 2012.

Former UM law professor and frequent Electric City Weblog contributor Rob Natelson is back in Montana for the summer — and blogging regularly. His latest posts are on Republican presidential candidates and (no surprise here) the Constitution. Also, there were some rumors of a Natelson Senate campaign in 2012. His name was being used in polling calls and he has a history of influencing primary debates. But Natelson wrote the Indy in an email that he has no intention of running. So that's that.

High Country News profiled University of Montana biochemist Michael Ceballos, director of the Native American Research Laboratory, in a story about helping American Indian students do better in science.

Missoula in Motion's latest commercial spotlights "Best Practices" winner Garden City Gondola. We love us some GCG.

4&20 blackbirds, the reigning Best Local Blog in our Best of Missoula readers' poll, announced earlier this week its one millionth hit. That's huge — and provides a convenient segue to a shameless plug: You can learn this year's Best of Missoula winners in the July 7 issue of the Indy, or by attending the Best of Missoula Party at Caras Park later that night. It'll be a party, although perhaps not on the same scale as those upscale Billings bashes.

Lastly, add Daniel Tosh of Comedy Central's "Tosh.0" to Missoula's growing list of summer events. UM announced this week his comedy tour hits the University Theatre Aug. 11. Tickets went on sale today.

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