Link round-up for 6 January 2013
Does the Gospel of Matthew portray Jesus making an ass of himself?
Best headline evah.
Check out Pat Robertson's failed predictions for 2012.
Good grief, is Boehner's boozing really this bad?
What really happened on the seventh day?
Ad-blocking software will doom online ads (and about bloody time -- on a lot of sites the ad-clog is getting intolerable -- YouTube is almost unwatchable now).
The old South was economically inefficient.
Why is the law harassing harmless people like Sarah Dae Walker?
Sean Hannity was one of the big losers of the 2012 election.
Here's one conservative who gets it about taxes.
Sorry, but religion is garbage and the concept of "atheist fundamentalism" is nonsense.
California can teach us a lot about dealing with extremist obstructionism.
The Catholic Church continues to flounder on gay marriage and morality (found via Republic of Gilead).
Republican vote-suppression efforts backfired (read the comments, especially #6).
Lady Atheist has some awards for 2012.
The future belongs to the left.
Religionists think they know our minds better than we do.
Here's another Republican official trying to trash the First Amendment (found via Republic of Gilead).
That Journal-News online map of gun-permit holders' names and addresses is endangering police officers.
A potential massacre at a Texas movie theater is stopped by an armed guard.
No, the US does not have exceptional social mobility.
Defying the Catholic Church, Ireland plans to repeal its abortion ban.
France's top court annuls the largely-symbolic 75% top tax rate, while Britain will crack down on corporate tax evasion.
The Iranian theocracy persecutes union activists.
Malala Yousafzai has been released from hospital as an outpatient.
Indian blogger Avicenna reports from one of the many protests against his country's rape epidemic. Here's a report from the state of Haryana, where traditional authorities are complicit in the problem.
China is re-discovering its sexual past.
An elevated freeway in northern China collapses ten months after being built. The regime is touting a new anti-corruption drive, but there's less here than meets the eye.
Indonesia's Aceh province (notoriously the most religious part of the country) bans women straddling motorcycles.
Here's a real war on Christmas.
Mayan-calendar end-of-the-world retards vandalize an actual ancient Mayan pyramid.
This is what Mars would look like as a living planet.
Criminality and low intelligence correlate with lead exposure.
We evolved amid trees, and they seem to be good for our brains.