Link roundup for 19 June 2010
Heh.....it's the Star Wars version of Catholicism.
Green Eagle collects nutters' comments on the destruction of the "touchdown Jesus" statue.
A short video showcases the art of HR Giger (be sure to view it in fullscreen)
Surf's up in Alabama!
LandShark 5150 tells a tale of attempted robbery and applied velocity.
Rand Paul will always be there to defend the privileged.
Polls on gay marriage need to be read carefully.
It's easy to see why Charlie Crist didn't fit in with the Republican party of today.
Democrats might actually keep their 59-seat majority this year.
The Tea Party movement's popularity is declining sharply (found via Reconstitution 2.0).
Compare job gains under Democratic and Republican Presidents since World War II (Obama's not included, probably because he hasn't been in office long enough).
The Obama administration initially refused foreign help with the Gulf oil disaster, but is now accepting it.
BP's claims about media access don't match reality.
Harry Shearer has a few words for BP shareholders.
As a last resort to avert famine, the North Korean regime lifts its restrictions on private food markets.
Christopher Hitchens discusses where morality comes from.
The Mormon Church has been found guilty of lying about what it spent for Proposition 8, but it doesn't matter.
David Makoeya was beaten to death by his own family because he didn't want to watch a religious TV program.
Do the media avoid the subject of honor killings?
A modern witch hunter -- yes, witch hunter -- attracts support from American Christians.
God is good.....how?
Yet another study shows that children raised by gay couples turn out just as well as other kids, and the religious bigots, of course, still refuse to believe it (found via Republic of T).
Scientists wait for data on how well deep-water coral will survive the Gulf oil disaster.
Check out this graph of global average temperatures since 1880 -- and the EPA estimates of how much difference certain modest controls on carbon emissions could make.
The naked mole rat (Heterocephalus glaber) lives several times longer than similar rodents and is apparently immune to cancer. Researchers hope its secrets can help humans.