19 June 2010

Link roundup for 19 June 2010

The young ladies posing for the Eizo pin-up calendar don't keep anything hidden.

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.

15 Comments:

Blogger TomCat said...

Great Collection Infidel. I commented at barefoot.

Dang!! On the first link, those clavicles are hot!! ;-)

19 June, 2010 10:52  
Blogger tnlib said...

The link on that first one didn't work for me. Am not too concerned - my today's post, with a few comments, is Helen Reddy singing "I Am Woman." ; )

Re Political whatever. I first heard this several weeks ago and researched it pretty thoroughly. It was all over the right-wing blogs. Could not find it in the MSM or on left-wing blogs.

Also researched the Jones Act. What so many are not understanding is that the act applies to inner waters and intra-coastal watersways, rendering the act moot because the ships would be in the Gulf.

19 June, 2010 16:19  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

TC: That blog, Barefoot and Progressive, specializes in Kentucky politics and is a good place to keep up with Rand Paul news.

TNLib: Dang, the Eizo link doesn't work for me either now. Hopefully it's just down temporarily.

19 June, 2010 17:15  
Blogger Jack Jodell said...

Thanks for this varied and informative set of links, Infidel 753. Thanks for expanding my horizons!

20 June, 2010 05:51  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Ranch Style Greeting's Mr.Infidel!

There is much more I would comment, but only a few here, nice set of link's indeed Sir ... as usual.

The posting of Eizo pin up is showing "Not Found" for me this morning ..... yesterday "am" it came up fine though(?) But that was really some beautiful work! I never seen art done with xray slide's before, but what a cool concept!

Also thanx for the link to Hitchens talking "morality", havent viewed it all yet, but damn sure will. This is something that I have discussed with folk's for year's actually, when I look at other's in the animal kingdom such as just ape's species for instance, I cant help to question where they got their moral's from? Many dont notice other animal's and identify with thing's like what seem's to be moral code's within their tribe's, or even emotion's and such. I have no doubt in my mind, even not being scientifically that bright, that morality is not exclusive to human's or a product of faith and religion .... some of the most straight up folk's and strong moral's folk's, trustworthy, etc in life (I met)have been atheist's. I credit that also sometime's, because I have been outright burned/ scammed and wronged by folk's of so called faith who claim to be morally moved .... but understand .... those of "faith" alway's have a "blame" or "scapegoat" to run to when they wrong someone, so psychologically it is easier for them to screw you without truely feeling remorse, instead passing it off on something else, or spirit. I know this may not make sense to some, but I am not good with word's writing, I'll shut up on this.

What a story from "Land Shark", man oh man ... does that bring back memories, ben there done that of course .... except .... a couple time's I had no defense .... and got fucked up physically unfortunately. Oh well .... I lived though.

Those wave photo's on the Gulf from Pharyngula .... are incerdible! Need I say more(?)

Thanx Guy ..........

20 June, 2010 09:46  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

I reckon your weekly link round up is equivalent to a "blogosphere" version of "Meet the Press". :)

20 June, 2010 09:49  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

JJ: Thanks for visiting!

RC: I wonder how many calendars Eizo will sell.

Our understanding of the evolutionary roots of morality is far more advanced now than it was even five or six years ago. The variation in "morality" from one society to another is mostly variation in sexual taboos, which are the province of religion. Real morality doesn't vary much -- we just don't see human societies where lying or cowardice are considered virtues, or where courage or generosity are seen as evil. On those standards, religion or the lack of it seems to have no effect.

As for LandShark 5150's story, I agree with the commenter who said he wouldn't have slowed down.

I reckon your weekly link round up is equivalent to a "blogosphere" version of "Meet the Press". :)

Perhaps I'll re-name it "Press the Meat". :-)

20 June, 2010 10:05  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

One more thing if I may .... what I wrote on morality may sound mixed up due to my lack of formal writing skill's .... let me add .... that I simply view what most call "morality" as simply a type of rhythm, kind of like cause/ effect in all life that is universal and dualistic if anything, not one sided, and come's from nature.

Thank You Sir ......

20 June, 2010 10:05  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

RC: I have been outright burned/ scammed and wronged by folk's of so called faith who claim to be morally moved .... but understand .... those of "faith" alway's have a "blame" or "scapegoat" to run to when they wrong someone, so psychologically it is easier for them to screw you without truely feeling remorse

I know what you mean, and this is an important point. Religion tends to condemn all humans equally as sinners because no one is perfect, but it also provides fudges and excuses. This is especially true of the fact that Christianity regards forgiveness as a virtue -- which I consider a great moral failing of Christianity, because it dishonors and disregards the pain of victims. If all sins are equal and God will forgive anything if you just mutter the right incantations, then you can scam and abuse people and persuade yourself that you need feel no guilt.

20 June, 2010 10:11  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Also .... important last comment you made as response to me concerning religion's, sin's, morality etc. It is something truely screwed up bigtime Guy! It is actually also more "selfish" and less giving than many view, and is shameful because in a strange way it advocate's doing wrong or at least doing to other's what you wouldnt want done to you psychologically as well as "nature/ enviroment" which they say is God's creation, it is such a sado/ maso (not in a fun or sex role play type) philosophy ... I am amazed how many actually honor and support it ... and make's it "natural". I say this not to counter one's idea or concept of spirituality .... but to explain how all religion's are corrupt and in my opinion very destructive to the human mind.

20 June, 2010 17:35  
Blogger tnlib said...

Well, I have to say that the calendar wasn't quite what I expected. ;-)

20 June, 2010 21:51  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

"Press the Meat" .... Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh .... I like that! :)

21 June, 2010 05:11  
Blogger Rita said...

I echo the sentiments of the rest of your commenters.
I also enjoy the various links.

21 June, 2010 06:53  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

I only live about 5 minutes from Styro-Jesus, and wouldn't you f'ing know I'd be 200 miles away when it happened? Not cool, not cool at all. But the remains are kind of cool; looks like a giant cockroach extending its legs outwards now.

26 June, 2010 12:10  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

It's a sign from God.....he's through with humans and the next messiah will be sent to the roaches.

26 June, 2010 16:17  

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