Link roundup for 5 June 2010
I think this Portland coffee shop is about to lose a lot of business (sent by Ranch Chimp).
Animal abuse is fun.
Yes, the Confederacy was all about slavery.
Republican candidates in Maine are backing away from the state party's nutty, teabaggerized platform (found via Oliver Willis).
In a rebuke to Rand Paul, Kentucky's state senate -- including Republicans -- affirms its opposition to discrimination. A new Rasmussen poll shows Paul's support dropping. But he does have some allies.
Most US economic growth in the first quarter was due to private-sector spending, not government spending.
There is a persistent myth that Congressional pressure on lenders to provide housing loans to poor people who couldn't afford them was a major cause of our recent economic woes. Paul Krugman addresses that myth here (found via Green Eagle).
Stark photos drive home the fate of birds in the Gulf oil disaster (found via Oliver Willis). Americans know who is to blame. PZ Myers proposes retribution.
Some have proposed sealing the oil leak with an atomic bomb, but that's probably not a good idea.
A foreign government is helping its citizens violate US law.
The Gaza flotilla incident isn't the first time that Turkey's Islamist-leaning government has deliberately stirred up tensions.
A top Chinese banker warns that China's economy may be headed for trouble.
Paul Gill has been walking across Ireland to protest that country's new anti-blasphemy law, and he has attracted a lot of support (Ireland's Justice Minister has promised a referendum on the law this year).
Pharyngula has a song about priests and deaf boys, and a tale of a priest pensioned off.
Pat Condell has some more choice words about religion.
48 state governments have joined Albert Snyder's lawsuit against the Westboro Baptist Church.
Bay of Fundie visits the New Age fair in San Francisco.
Both in the US and globally, the pill remains the most popular form of contraception.
Stereotypes discourage women from becoming scientists -- in more ways than one.
Technology enables an eight-month-old baby, deaf since birth, to hear (found via Oliver Willis).