Link round-up for 7 August 2011
Murr Brewster looks at slipping vocabulary.
Wouldn't it be cool if God was rational.
Here's why you don't have a girlfriend.....er, maybe.
God has copyrights? Who knew?
Carnivorous plant eats bird! -- but the BBC headline is better (found via Mendip).
An unimportant ball of ice and dirt becomes a focus of various superstitions.
The History Channel has degenerated into dreck, apparently.
We Tea Party. We not smarty.
Atheists get the last laugh in Columbus, Ohio.
There's a difference between morality and religion.
I think Ramses looks in better condition than Keith.
Yep, something is definitely wrong here.
In politics, lies work better than truth because they're easier to digest.
Atheists can find common ground to organize against religion.
Vin Ienco looks at Islam's twisted sexuality laws.
The thug who brutalized Chrissy Polis has pleaded guilty to the attack.
Teabaggers have their say on local issues.
How has the gay-rights movement won so much public support so fast? It's the work of Satan.
After a Missouri high school orders Slaughterhouse Five pulled from its shelves, the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library offers free copies to students.
Will Texas, now straining under unprecedented heat and drought, finally get it?
Creationists in Florida fight science with vandalism.
Richard Carrier reviews John Loftus's The End of Christianity.
The teabaggers' destructiveness in the House was thoroughly predictable.
Republic of Gilead has detailed coverage of Perry's prayer-fest in Houston, with links to commentary by others: part 1, part 2, part 3. Clearly this man could never be a President for all Americans, but only for Christians -- and perhaps only for fundamentalists. Several other events were held in Texas in response to the rally. TPM has more. Stonekettle Station suggests an honest prayer.
Update: Much more on Perry's allies here.
Fox continues to lose viewers, especially younger ones, and the Tea Party continues to lose popular support.
NOM underestimates the power of blogs.
There's clear evidence that the recession was caused by slumping demand, not supply.
Some religionists can't keep their bigotry to themselves, even at a funeral.
44% of Americans blame Bush for the recession (that figure being the highest in two years), while only 15% blame Obama.
Sorry, teabaggers, you are terrorists.
Bachmann's preacher pal Bradlee Dean exemplifies the evils of modern fundamentalism.
Obama has a solid record of achievement for us. And would any Republican President have done these things?
Next election day, remember the Supreme Court. (This new blog looks like a very promising voice for sanity on the left -- be sure to check it out!)
Seems Democrats are finally learning to campaign aggressively.
Showing the level of competence we've come to expect from rating agencies, S&P made a $2 trillion calculation error in its downgrade of US credit.
Romney joins the Nutties in signing an NOM pledge which, while meaningless in practical terms, is still an endorsement of bigotry.
An Andrew Sullivan reader takes an interesting view of the teabagger mentality.
Politics Plus looks at the Wisconsin recalls.
The American Psychological Association's policy-making body votes 157-to-0 to support gay marriage.
The Obama administration acts to make reproductive health services more accessible, and the right wing predictably goes apeshit.
There are a million ticking Breiviks out there.
Facing a backlash for blatant efforts to disenfranchise voters, Walker backs down on plans to close DMV offices.
There's a secular case for tolerating plural marriage.
David Frum has reality-based suggestions on unemployment.
Germantown, Maryland is this summer's epicenter of the struggle to preserve abortion rights.
The big debt deal: Democrats like it, Republicans hate it. Look at the details. It's not great, but not terrible either. Pundits are wrong that Obama has "lost the base". Conservative reactions are very revealing. Compare who won what (be sure to read the "end note"). Boehner doesn't want it known, but tax increases are coming. And the really bad cuts probably aren't.
Obama-haters left and right need to get a grip.
It's time to end the dangerous idiocy of the debt ceiling.
The S&P downgrade was utterly foreseeable.
Conservative Andrew Pavelyev laments the dismal governing performance of the House Republicans.
Christianity is crumbling to nothing in the Netherlands, where even many clergy are atheists.
Meet Hege Dalen and Toril Hansen, the heroes who saved over forty teenagers' lives during the Utøya massacre.
The anti-austerity protests sweeping Europe reach another Western nation -- Israel.
SlutWalk, in toned-down form, reaches New Delhi.
Robert the Skeptic looks at dowsing in the modern world.
Fox (!) has ordered a successor series to Carl Saga's Cosmos. Let's hope they don't screw it up (well, the involvement of Ann Druyan and real scientists is encouraging).
Here's one gigabyte, then and now -- and read the comments -- the picture is out-of-date.
[Image at top from Politics Plus]