Link round-up for 24 March 2013
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.