24 March 2013

Link round-up for 24 March 2013

Murr Brewster looks at global warming, taxation, and fossilized termite farts.

These are all real British place names.

There's more to Monty Python than just The Holy Grail.

Yep, this would be a deal breaker.

Mock Paper Scissors looks at the Republican post-election "autopsy".  Charles Johnson weighs in.  Booman Tribune sees a simple problem.

Faye Kane debunks some Randroid delusions (NSFW blog).

Deborah "Litbrit" Tornello goes after a TSA whitewash.

I predict this march for a lost cause will fizzle.

More division on the right -- Fox News is no longer nutty enough for the teabaggers.

The case of Adria Richards is a story of multiple injustices.

Republican legislators are allowing counselors to place their religious prejudices above the needs of clients (found via Republic of Gilead).

Michelle Shocked learns that bigotry carries a price.

David Ranta is set free after 23 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit -- and promptly has a heart attack.

Texas Tea Party leader James Ives was recently affiliated with a different party.

What did the stimulus accomplish?  See for yourself.

Southerners are still lying about the Civil war.  More discussion here.

Two Alabama students fight back against bigotry.

Some Republicans are changing their stance on gay marriage, but the Christian Right isn't ready to let the party drop the subject.  See also the comments thread here, especially #96 and #101 trying to talk sense.

The Westboro Baptist Church has a new neighbor.

If you haven't read Tomas Young's final letter to Bush and Cheney, read it now.

The meat industry doesn't want you to see its filth and cruelty.

As religion rapidly declines in the US, fundies look to the Third World, and take Sharì'ah law as a role model (both found via Republic of Gilead).

Democrats hoping to win Texas have a secret weapon -- Rick Perry.

PZ Myers looks at incest.

The approaching end of the gay-marriage fight creates a dilemma for religion.  But hey, they've still got prayer.

Here's a collection of nauseating reactions to the Steubenville case.  Lady Atheist looks at toxic sports culture.

Malala Yousafzai is going back to school.

A victory against religious hate is won in London.

Check out these eight fun facts about the Irish language.

Imam Shahid Mehdi practices what he preaches.

Cyprus's problems are rooted in the same causes as those in the rest of southern Europe -- austerity, and a new German imperialism.

Check out these European ossuaries (found via Mendip).

Americans in awe of Finland's educational success are missing the real lessons.

Russian is now the second-most-used language on the internet.

Kiev has just received more snow in one day than it normally gets in a month.

Iraq's Christian minority is being driven out of the country.

The great project of mapping the brain is getting started (found via Mendip), and Obama's on board.

It's never too late to quit.

Here's one difference between religion and science.

Tim McGaha looks at the universe.

The brain highlights the implausibility of intelligent design.

Image at top:  Cypriot protester with sign showing EU flag with stars re-arranged into a swastika.


Blogger LadyAtheist said...

I'm old enough to have seen the original Monty Python series when it first ran in the U.S. I was in high school -- exactly the perfect age to appreciate it! And yes, I got the swipe at British propriety, because in the U.S. we were bristling against American propriety of the Leave it to Beaver variety. My brothers and cousins and I had many of the sketches memorized verbatim, as did lots of our generation. I regret that more people don't get the gag when I say things like "well, it was coughing up blood this morning." Out of context it makes me seem just plain... uh ... barking mad!

And now for something completely different....

The Larch

24 March, 2013 10:37  
Blogger Norbrook said...

I saw the Python series years ago, and then in reruns on BBC America. I can still quote the "dead parrot" sketch, and a number of others. Now they have their own YouTube channel, so I can go back and watch at any time. BTW - don't miss Cleese's eulogy of Graham Chapman. It's touching and incredibly funny.

24 March, 2013 18:07  
Anonymous Blurber said...

Great selection of clips in "Why You're Wrong About Monty Python."

I didn't know they had their own YouTube channel. Great piece of info!

25 March, 2013 09:38  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

I'm glad some people do remember more of the classic Python. I remember watching all those shows when they were new, decades ago.

28 March, 2013 04:14  

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