Link round-up for 7 October 2012
Boo, hiss! The spread of evangelical Christianity undermines Brazil's signature string-bikini look (found via Lady Atheist).
Bullet flowers -- cool!
Just look at these union members destroying our economy.
This person is trying to save Republicans embarrassment.
Could God kill himself?
When Jesus comes back, wingnut TV will be ready.
Spectacular photos show bears fishing in the Russian wilderness.
Take calcium -- it's good for your skeleton.
Why don't students read? The textbooks are crap.
Here's a breathtaking photo from Italy (source).
Did Romney cheat at the debate?
It's not much of a weapon if it just makes the enemy warm and comfy (found via Mendip).
Hunters bridle at a California agency's name change.
Vaccinate your kids against charlatanry.
If it's a joke, it can't be racist -- right?
Unemployment drops, Republicans go bonkers -- they could learn something from doctors.
Secularism can do better than Justin Vacula.
PBS responds to the attack on Big Bird. Charles M. Blow piles on with a personal touch.
Obama's already working on doing better next time.
Read the words of the haters, then watch what they're talking about.
Rosa Rubicondior looks at a journey from the depths of barbarism to sanity. She also has an easy question for Christians and Muslims.
The US media are unique in giving a platform to the global-warming-denialist scam.
Liberal Librarian has an optimistic view of the debate.
Religious parents torture their dying daughter.
No, Romney's plan would not preserve Medicare.
The percentage of Americans who believe the government should promote "traditional values" has dropped substantially in just two years.
There's something worse you could do than molesting kids (found via Squatlo Rant).
The mentality of abortion-banners is just disgusting.
Generally speaking, undecided voters give Obama the benefit of the doubt. The Republican "brand", not so much.
Here's why we must uphold the right to blasphemy.
Nate Cohn looks at Romney's poll gains.
Jewish kids in the South face bizarre, ignorant attitudes from classmates (found via Lady Atheist).
The Catholic Church says I'm not fully human.
Canada has fired all its prison chaplains -- except the Christian ones.
It's been a very long time since England was mostly forest.
In Europe, catastrophic austerity policies continue to wreak havoc. (And look who wants to bring those policies here.)
Finally a serious response to honor killings: five murderers are sentenced to death in India.
American manufacturing booms while China contracts.
Israel may have a surprising ally against the Iranian theocracy's nuclear program.
The Syrian civil war goes international: This week two Syrian shells landed in Turkey, one of them killing five civilians in the town of Akçakale. Turkey has retaliated and its Parliament has authorized wider military operations within Syria if necessary.
George Dvorsky looks at the consequences of China's one-child policy.
Iranian cartoons dramatize the value of reading.
An entire country will soon need to relocate due to rising sea levels.
The Great Barrier Reef is rapidly being destroyed.
[Image at top found via Progressive Eruptions]