15 January 2012

Link round-up for 15 January 2012

This person really hates crows.

See where the trees are.

Here's a little something for the horse's ass in your life (found via Mendip).

The church gets schooled, again and again.

Romney can speak French? What a weirdo!

Here's a handy guide to choosing the right religion (found via What Would Jack Do).

This is the face of a hero -- story here.

A Colorado school found these yearbook photos unacceptable -- what "standard" are they "upholding", Saudi Arabia's? More on prudery, from another source, here.

For really kinky sex, see the Bible.

Too many nettards are in dire need of these spelling tips.

Veterans stand against bigoted violence -- in Massachusetts.

Some fundies really misunderstand freedom of religion.

Abstinence-only "education" fuels attitudes that lead to bullying (found via Republic of Gilead).

Supporters of the evil SOPA plan are backing down -- and Obama has come out against it.

If you're a liberal leaning toward Ron Paul, this is a must-read (found via Smartypants).

Ahlquist wins as a judge orders a blatantly-unconstitutional prayer banner taken down at her school, resulting in the usual Christian love.

Nikki Haley is facing a recall drive -- by right-wingers, for not being evil enough.

Educate yourself on the menace of marijuana.

A Georgia school shows gross cluelessness about slavery.

If you look at Romney's "I like being able to fire people" gaffe in context, it's different but just as bad.

Elizabeth Warren's Senate campaign attracts massive support.

Gingrich is another family-values Republican.

Huntsman's campaign is beginning to disintegrate.

Nate Silver looks at how the Bain attacks could affect the general election.

If you don't like the NDAA, look at what really happened and stop enabling it.

A growing minority of economists thinks the US is heading into a strong economic boom, not just a weak recovery -- good news for the country and the Democrats.

Jack Jodell delves into Romney's background and plans. More here; a third post, on labor and foreign policy, is coming.

Film director Paul Haggis encounters creepy religious bullying.

The man who gave us the Bush Presidency says he won't cause trouble this year.

It's not just Santorum -- much of the right wing is waging a war against contraception. More here (found via Republic of Gilead).

We already have this, and it doesn't work.

The MSM are ignoring unions' actions for worker rights.

Republican bullies get a dose of their own medicine.

Tea-party-affiliated Congressmen are, on average, more than twice as rich as other Congressmen.

BP spreads propaganda minimizing the effects of the Gulf oil spill.

Manufacturing jobs are coming back to the US.

US Christians sponsor an honest-to-God witch hunter who has encouraged the murder and mutilation of children.

Britain's Prime Minister picks up a very bad idea all too familiar to Americans.

Scots are divided on the issue of independence from Britain, but all agree they don't want to join the euro.

Italians stage massive strikes against their quisling-regime's austerity policies (background here).

Cardinal Archbishop Antonio Rouco Varela of Spain is a paranoid crank (found via Republic of Gilead).

Ayatollah Khomeini, founder of the Iranian theocracy, approved of men having sex with small children -- even infants. Update (17 January): More here including link to the full text of Khomeini's book (in Persian) and the original text of the quote.

Shark-fin harvesting involves far more cruelty than you think.

Gothic Atheist is back with another tiny, horrifying creature: the epomis beetle.

Food choices can protect your brain as you age.

Watch for these warning signs of medical quackery.

A functioning wire just four atoms wide could be a breakthrough in computer miniaturization.


Blogger Jack Jodell said...

Thanks for the plug, Infidel753! This Romney farce MUST be stopped!

15 January, 2012 06:06  
Blogger mendip said...

Another nice list of links - thanks. Am somewhat surprised that Durango, Colorado is making a big stink about the yearbook photos. Normally, it's a reasonably hip town, (and one of my faves to visit on vacations). The food study on brain activity was interesting, but I'd like to see more detailed analysis. I could see arguments being made that the differences in brain health were (maybe) also based upon class and income level that is also reflected in what one eats. Those who are generally better off and better educated would tend not to live off of McDonald's type foods which were cited as dangerous in the study, etc. Perhaps their neurological health would be the result of subtle and/or overall lifestyle differences based upon class, and not diet alone.

15 January, 2012 07:43  
Blogger Grung_e_Gene said...

We are BP and we aren't going anywhere... So get used to your sweet crude and shrimp cocktail.

15 January, 2012 09:14  
Blogger uzza said...

That bit about Ayatollah Khomeini is bogus.
For years I've been asking for a primary source for that quote, and this is just the latest in a long string of people who refuse to provide it.

16 January, 2012 19:35  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

JJ: Everything that contributes to getting the truth out is helping.

Mendip: I notice they accepted the same photos in the form of a paid ad in the yearbook. Apparently the "standards" are a tad nuanced.

GG: The locals are getting used to it -- too bad they don't have a large advertising budget to make themselves heard.

17 January, 2012 03:20  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Uzza: Namazie cited the quote in Persian in the comments thread. I've asked her for a link to where in the book it appears. (I can read Persian with the aid of a dictionary, though it's not easy.)

17 January, 2012 06:09  
Blogger uzza said...

She gave a block of Arabic text, with no indication of where it came from. Three of her 4 cited quotations are bogus, and she is being really weaselly about her source. Same behavior I've gotten every time I've touched this subject.

Here is a PDF of the original book in (I assume) Farsi.

17 January, 2012 07:58  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

The block of text is Persian, not Arabic (this is apparent to anyone even slightly familiar with the two languages), and she provided a link to the full text of the book in Persian. There are plenty of Persian-literate people on the internet -- if the citation isn't real it should be easily exposed as such.

If you want to continue arguing about this, please take it over there -- for myself I'm satisfied with the references Namazie provided.

17 January, 2012 08:57  

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