Link roundup for 14 August 2010
Businesswomen strike back against religious harassment.
Google isn't cool any more -- there's more to its evil than threats against net neutrality.
The trend towards public acceptance of gay marriage seems to be accelerating; one poll now shows support over 50%. Andrew Sullivan explains why court victories, so far from provoking a backlash, have helped public opinion along by exposing the weakness of opponents' case. George Takei comments (sent by Ranch Chimp).
Conservative legal doctrine on "standing" could ironically stymie the supporters of Proposition 8.
The Catholic Church has a new set of talking points on marriage.
Arisha Michelle Hatch has some powerful reflections on racism and gay equality.
Green Eagle has another wingnut wrapup.
Rand Paul is evasive on the "Aqua Buddha" story. More here.
Politics Plus and Jack Jodell clarify the issues surrounding the Bush tax cuts.
The Village Voice looks at right-wing revolutionaries (found via Green Eagle, who proudly points to a home-state example).
Unemployment varies dramatically by level of education.
I think the proposal for a gay bar near the Ground Zero mosque (or "institute" or whatever) is a good one. If the Muslims respond with bigoted outrage, it will remove all doubt about who the bad guys are; if they don't, it will show that the mosque is probably nothing to worry about.
Many family-values-preaching right-wingers are hypocrites. Newt Gingrich is merely more blatant about it.
Les Francis explains why this year's elections won't be a re-run of 1994.
Republicans' generic-ballot polling advantage is mostly confined to the South.
Obama could learn a political lesson from the British Conservative party, and it's not too late. Frank Rich has a slightly different take (found via Demwit).
Johann Hari celebrates the collapse of religion in Britain, but warns of the continuing threat posed by religious schools. Four Dinners comments here and I respond (see end of thread).
Austria, too, is seeing large-scale abandonment of religion.
Eastern Europe is recovering its history, but much remains to be done.
Islamotards hope that a new giant clock in Mecca will challenge GMT as the global time standard. PZ Myers has a few choice words.
Scientists at the University of South Florida say the government tried to suppress their findings on oil plumes in the Gulf of Mexico. Mother Jones has more on BP's secrets.
Having rejected evolution and anthropogenic global warming, the crackpot right is now targeting Einstein's theory of relativity. More at Politics Plus and Progressive Eruptions.
The approval of a new contraceptive shows that the FDA is getting back on track after the politicization of the Bush years.
"Biochar" could help fight global warming.
The US military is pushing to develop computers 1,000 times more powerful than today's best by 2018 (found via Mendip).
Alexandre Erler explains why the "tedium of immortality" is a non-issue.