Link roundup for 24 April 2010
Obama's ties with the Red Menace are exposed.
Oh, so that's how they include God in the big bang theory.
Are the fundies running out of ideas?
Republican Sue Lowden of Nevada has achieved immortality with her suggestion that uninsured people could pay for health care with chickens; now there's a dance remix version (found via Mad Mike). My hip operation in 2008 cost $40,000 -- I wonder what that works out to in chickens?
On second thought, send your chickens to John Ensign's Senate campaign. He's desperate enough to take them.
The story of Chauncy Morlan (1869-1906) illustrates one way in which the 21st century is worse than the 19th. More here.
See Texas, land of bats.
The FCC is asking for public comment on net neutrality.
Oklahoma's new law to discourage abortion is beyond belief.
Republicans are getting worried about a Crist independent run for Senate in Florida.
Crispian Jago's skeptic trumps series continues, now including James Randi.
Parsley's Pics is running an excellent post series on the John Birch Society. Here's part one and part two -- part three is still to come.
Zirgar writes of his experience on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Republicans are still the party of obstruction.
Palin's death panels were imaginary. These are real.
Show the teabagger in your life these ten inconvenient tax truths (found via BlondeSense).
The South isn't the only place where Republicans are playing with secessionist fire -- they're now doing it in Minnesota too (found via Green Eagle).
From California, a horrific case of abuse of the elderly shows why marriage law must be reformed. More here.
Walled-In Pond debunks Newsweek's claims that Catholic priests are no more likely than other men to be molesters.
Let's see them pin this one on the gays: besides child molestation, it turns out Catholic priests have quite a track record of sexual abuse of nuns, at least in certain countries.
At 2010's Atheist Alliance International convention, one invited speaker will be absent (be sure to watch the Pat Condell video at the link).
German Catholics are losing faith in the Church, with 26% openly considering leaving it.
Other countries are less deferential to religion than we are -- check out these German magazine covers and this British video.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali talks about women in the Third World.
Here are more photos from St. George's Day (England's national holiday) yesterday -- the white flag with the red cross is the English (distinct from British) flag.
As China develops economically, it will awaken politically.
The world now views the US much more favorably than it did in Bush's time (and more favorably than it views Russia or China).
Fossils found in South Africa tell us much about hominids who lived 1,900,000 years ago. I wonder what these creatures would have thought if they could see the machines modern humans are using to study their remains?
"Bioprinting", the use of 3-D printers to produce new tissues from a patient's own cells, could be just four years away from becoming generally available.