Link round-up for 8 January 2012
Art brings the Bible to life.
What if Lord of the Rings had been written today?
The tomb of Jesus has been found!
Check out this hamster-powered submarine (found via Mendip).
This person refuses to run his life on the basis of a badly-written fantasy novel.
This crank says Christians should abandon non-Christian friends or partners.
Let's make one thing sacrosanct for 2012.
The ACLU gets involved when a Missouri public library blocks pagan websites (sent by Mendip).
Hitchens left us some ruminations on Christmas.
Drug legalization is a mainstream position.
The contrast between Santorum and Huntsman illustrates why the latter isn't getting anywhere with Republican voters.
Conservatives love Big Brother.
Jen McCreight has a directory of female atheists.
A scientist speaks out on Gingrich's latest pander to the anti- science right wing.
Santorum has a totalitarian mind-set.
Romney's "locust capitalism" illustrates why I use the term "financial parasite class".
Europe's tallest building is being built in London, but it doesn't really fit in.
Here's a story of deep spiritual belief from Britain.
Finland's schools are among the best in the world, for a surprising reason.
Beginnings of an EU break-up? Greece says it will leave the euro if bail-out talks fail, and member countries are re-imposing border controls. The project was always doomed because there's no such thing as a European people. Meanwhile, austerity continues to take its toll.
Hungary's new constitution is scary; Hungarians, and foreign observers, are alarmed.
Here's one reason I might find Russia a congenial place.
The Inca Empire maintained a fairly complex society apparently without money or trade.
It looks more and more like fracking can cause earthquakes.
Here's a nuclear detonation after one millisecond (found via Mendip).
There are probably billions of planets in the galaxy, but ours is the best. More here.
Stem-cell treatments reverse the effects of aging in mice with progeria.