15 July 2012

Link round-up for 15 July 2012

Books are a magic that's real.

Clinton and Obama symbolize the American dream.

Lady Atheist has a round-up of religion-themed links.

I easily scored 100% on both of these tests.  How about you?

This Southern lady has had it with knuckle-dragging politicians (found via Parsley's Pics).

Heh.....Error 404, God not found.

A mother holds a new baby close.

Behold the evil and twisted gay agenda (found via Politics Plus).

If you can't avoid going to Wal-Mart, play bingo.

Long-dead ignorant savages dictate what we can and can't do.

Jack Jodell has a few questions for the right wing.

Religious thugs have terrorized another blogger into silence.

On pride, I've long thought this.

Clinton and Bush, taxes and jobs.

Verizon is evil and is trying to ruin the internet (NSFW blog).

200,000 religious nuts promise to waste their votes in November -- more of this, please!

Here's another disgusting case of abuse by a TSA agent.

The fundies' "culture of life" is a culture of ignorance and ugliness.

Charles Johnson unearths yet another ugly eruption of racism, this one at Beck's "The Blaze".

Clueless twits harass innocent Iranians in the US and Canada.

No, Obama has not "gutted welfare reform".

Taxes are now at a thirty-year low.

"Annie" recounts the pain (and absurdity) of growing up different in a conservative religious culture.  Here's another example of what such people face.

Women and Hispanics are only the beginning of the Republican party's long-term problems.

The world's oldest scam is losing its grip.

I agree with this -- Paterno's legacy must be erased (except that the abolition should be permanent).

Religious crazies are nasty, even to kittens.

Romney keeps his money overseas and pays a far lower tax rate than most ordinary people.  What would Republicans be saying if Obama did that?

Did Romney commit a felony by misrepresenting when he left Bain?  FactCheck.org says probably not, but there's a "grey area" and Romney's own testimony undermines his position.  Here's why it matters, and here's a good overview of the controversy.

George Romney was different.

Sign here to urge the IRS to enforce the law on tax-exempt churches.

Ron Paul tries to lower expectations, but his cultists won't listen.

California has advantages in coping with the heat wave.  Elsewhere, watch out for exploding hay.

Britain's National Trust obfuscates about its flaming idiocy in the Giant's Causeway case.

Wave of the future?  A leading Italian university switches to teaching in English.

As has already happened in Ireland and Latin America, the Catholic Church faces decline in its former bastion of Poland.

The Russian regime is trying to censor the internet, using the usual pretexts, but major Russian websites are resisting.

Australia is scary.

A top Taliban leader admits his movement can't win -- and now loathes al-Qâ'idah.

NCSE, long a defender of science education, opens up a new front.

Yes, the world-wide increase in extreme weather is linked to global warming.

National Geographic's TV channel sinks into the stupid.

Genetics is telling us a lot about how humans colonized the Americas -- but in one country, there's a problem getting data.


Blogger Philo Vaihinger said...

About George Carlin on pride.

And yet people are proud as peacocks of their good looks, their intelligence, their special talents, their courage, and a great many other "genetic gifts."

People admire and envy them.

They use their gifts to gain fame and wealth and sometimes power and are sure they deserve all these things and that society is much better off thus rewarding them for their gifts than it would be otherwise.

People agree with them.

And I don't just mean Ayn Rand. It's damned near everybody.

Should people be proud - or ashamed, as the case may be! - of their children?

Of their parents?

Welcome to the real world.

15 July, 2012 05:39  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

their good looks, their intelligence, their special talents

Those things all have a major non-genetic component which can indeed be developed by personal effort. They're not just a matter of random accident, like where you were born is.

Should people be proud - or ashamed, as the case may be! - of their children?

How children turn out has far more to do with parental upbringing -- again, investment of personal effort -- than with genetics. Again, not the same thing.

15 July, 2012 06:18  
Blogger Grundy said...

Thanks for the link. The 404 seems to be everyone's favorite.

15 July, 2012 07:22  
Blogger Magpie said...

Thank you for the link to dangerous Australia.

It is a quietly recognised fact that we are secretly proud of our killer wildlife. It helps make up for our inadequate crime rate.

16 July, 2012 02:49  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Grundy: Thanks. "God" does always seem to be offline.....

Magpie: Maybe the low crime rate is due to everybody keeping one of those horrible animals on a chain in the front yard? Far more terrifying to burglars than a guard dog.

16 July, 2012 05:39  
Anonymous Ahab said...

I'm totally using that Wal-Mart bingo card the next time I pass by Wal-Mart. I rarely shop there, but I have to pass by a Wal-Mart because it's in the same shopping center as my favorite supermarket. Some of the characters coming and going are, um, interesting.

16 July, 2012 07:00  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ahab: I've never been in a Mall-Wart, or at least not in years -- I prefer to shop at places that treat their employees better -- but I hear the experience is unequaled from the viewpoint of field primatology in an urban setting.

16 July, 2012 19:02  
Blogger Ahab said...

Infidel -- Are you familiar with the People of Wal-Mart website and music video? Well worth your time.

17 July, 2012 20:18  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

The website, yes, but a music video???

17 July, 2012 23:49  
Blogger Ahab said...

Jessica Frech made a hilarious song and music video featuring images from the People of Wal-Mart website. Unfortunately, the original video on YouTube is unavailable, but it may have a duplicate somewhere.

18 July, 2012 07:55  

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