04 December 2011

Link round-up for 4 December 2011

Check out these awful Christmas decorations (found via Mendip). At least this sweater is topical.

Maybe Brazil hasn't quite caught up.

Women, the Bible has a few words for you.

Bachmann's latest idiocy spawns a meme.

The US was first to put a man on the Moon, but Zambia tried.

Keep these goofy similes for use in your own writings (found via Mendip).

Sign a petition against books that promote child abuse (found via Pajama Dog)

At age 18, Emma Sullivan is the newest First Amendment heroine.

The coming Detroit renaissance offers opportunities.

No matter how much Romney bashes gays, it won't make the fundies like him.

The disgusting Gulnare Baptist ban on mixed-race couples reflects attitudes common among theocrats.

Here are twelve reasons to reject supernatural claims (found via Pajama Dog).

If you haven't read David Frum's epic essay on the derangement of the Republican party, read it now.

Ex-Christian Bruce Gerencser looks at how evangelical preaching drives people away.

We need Alan Grayson, now more than ever.

Fulton county (Georgia) sheriff's deputies show human decency.

Elaine Ecklund distorts the facts about atheists.

If Gingrich is the nominee, the election will turn into a circus.

Stigma, taboo, and prejudice worsen AIDS in the South.

Americans are much less anti-tax than 30 years ago.

Here's an example of the gross abuses involved in sex-offender registries.

Santorum is utterly clueless about science (found via Republic of Gilead).

Meet David Usher, a nutcase even among nutcases.

There's a religious group in the US whose loyalty to the country is questionable, and it's not Muslims (found via Republic of Gilead).

Here's a juicy collection of Ron Paul links.

Pull the dual trigger to consolidate the Democrats' victory in the debt-ceiling fight.

I doubt Gingrich is a Dominionist, but he knows how to pander to them, and has been doing so for a long time (found via Republic of Gilead).

Santorum wants the US to fall behind other countries in science education.

Palin cultists still want her to run.

If this guy were American, he'd make a great Republican.

Britain is cracking down on excessive financial-sector bonuses.

Conservative students at Oxford party tastelessly.

Greeks continue their campaign of strikes and protests against EU- imposed austerity.

This coming January 1 will be the tenth anniversary of the euro currency (EU propaganda video -- note ratio of likes to dislikes -- but very cool visuals), if it lasts that long. Only a fiscal union (code for German control over other countries' finances) can save it, but that won't happen. And all the anti-German hatred is misplaced -- Germany too is a victim of the euro, not the villain.

Iceland never joined the EU or adopted the euro, and responded to the world economic crisis with devaluation and capital controls instead of austerity. It's now the outstanding success of Europe.

Expanding the money supply, not austerity, is the way out of Europe's slump. The US is trying to help.

What gets me about this article is the photo of anti-gay Russian fascists giving the Nazi salute. How can any Russian be so clueless as to do that?

Remember the BP oil-leak disaster in the Gulf of Mexico? Here's how a government handles that kind of thing properly.

Support the Manifesto for a Secular Middle East and North Africa.

The Iranian theocracy continues to imprison dissenters.

Ex-Muslim Gülşah Ökmen describes her path to atheism.

Don't be misled -- Islam is evil.

The 4,000 Syrians murdered by the Asad regime during the rebellion include over 250 children.

Meet the world's biggest insect (yuck warning).

This green energy concept could be called "soylent green energy".


Blogger mendip said...

Another nice collection of links, thanks for posting. I'd heartily agree with you on the "Russian nazis". Truly bizarre, but I think it is understandable in that if you're an intelligent Russian, you've left the country. The most well known example being the massive immigration of Russian Jews to Israel; but Australia, Britain, Canada and the U.S. have all benefited by getting the cream of the crop - the folks that want to do better, and who don't want to live in a third world police state, etc. The D.C. area has a good sized Russian community and I've had the pleasure of working with several of them in the tech industry around here - they're VERY smart, and very good at what they do, (often better than some of the native born Americans...). There's no way they'd benefit living in Russia like they do here. The people who are left would seem to buy into the various dust-bin authoritarian ideologies, and so they stay where such is the norm. Good - stay there, and away from me.

04 December, 2011 08:52  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

I'm sure there's some truth in that, but some things are just bizarre no matter how dumb people are -- Russians giving the Nazi salute is like black people dressing up in KKK outfits. I'm actually just as surprised that anybody could do this in the middle of Moscow without getting the crap beaten out of them.

I've also heard that Russia now has a huge illegal-alien problem, so as far as attracting people goes, they must be doing something right.

04 December, 2011 09:30  
Blogger Ahab said...

Mendip and Infidel753 -- Current TV's VANGUARD recently devoted an episode to neo-Nazis in Russia. If you get the chance to watch it, do so, as it's very eye-opening.

I used to work with a Russian woman who left Russia because of its ugly conditions. She found a much better life in the U.S., fortunately. I do wonder how many Russians want to get out of the country but can't because of financial constraints.

04 December, 2011 10:56  
Blogger Jerry Critter said...

Meet the world's biggest insect? I thought it was going to be a picture of Newt.

04 December, 2011 12:02  
Blogger The Mule said...

Thanks for linking to my post about my petition to Amazon x

04 December, 2011 14:58  
Anonymous NickM said...

Thanks for reminding me about the Zambian space program. My parents taught in Zambia in the early '70s and it was on the telly. And yes, my Dad told me they rolled folks down hills in oil drums. Utterly mad stuff! Anyway, Zambian TV at the time was amateurish beyond belief. the didn't have a satellite link so TV from the UK had to be flown out on video or film. This took some time so my Dad had to avoid hearing the result of the FA Cup for nearly a week on the BBC World Service. Eventually it turned up and him and his mates got the beers in and sat down to watch England's top football match.

Except the daft sods had two films and showed the second half first!

Also once some hideous bug got on the front of the lens for the TV news and my mother almost died of shock. You can imagine what it looked like!

My parents lived near the Congo border and that is a rum country. There was an outbreak of cross-border cannibalism and the "Times of Zambia" reported it with the headline, "Gobblers strike again!" A friend of my Dad's had travelled to the Congo and swore blind he'd seen butchered Belgian nuns on sale in the market.

It was fun though but what is truly sad is that a huge number of the kids they taught are dead from AIDS.

06 December, 2011 06:34  

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