14 April 2013

Link round-up for 14 April 2013

Murr Brewster looks at the mosquito menace.

She is risen (found via Mendip).

How secure is your security camera?

If you're afraid of wasps, don't click this link.

Who's the stupidest Republican?  Rep. Joe Barton stakes his claim.

Virginia is for lovers -- well, certain lovers.

The temperance movement of the 1890s got one thing right.

You don't need to read the whole book to know stupidity when you see it.

Support our House Democrats who are ready to defend Social Security.  Bernie Sanders sets us all straight on chained CPI (found via Kay's Thinking Cap).

Oklahoma Joe's Bar-B-Cue commits a hypocritical rip-off.

Alternet looks at the Christian Right's bizarre "you are interfering with our freedom to oppress you" scam (found via Republic of Gilead).

This odd Daily Paul post seems to be offering libertarians a dose of reality, but without reaching the obvious conclusion.

This pretty much sums up the case for religion.

Green Eagle's latest wingnut wrapup covers everything from the marriage fight to Margaret Thatcher.

Some teachers -- shouldn't be teachers.

Focus on the Family launches a campaign of sacred bullying.

Senator James Inhofe is a menace.

No, there isn't a Gosnell cover-up.

The Oglala Sioux have joined the struggle to stop the Keystone XL pipeline.

Here's a very special bird which is becoming common in Arkansas (more here).

These new guidelines will hugely improve science education in the US -- if they're adopted.

The Republican party's "rebranding" effort is off to a rocky start as the nuttiness just gets worse.  David Frum is unimpressed by the 2016 Presidential field.  Jindal has imploded and Rubio's embrace of immigration reform is getting mixed reactions from the lunatic base (found via Republic of Gilead), which is even more freaked out over the party's cave on gun control.  Democrats stand to benefit from it all.

Tea party?  Bah.  This is a tea party.

If the Nazis had conquered Britain, a secret guerrilla army was prepared to resist (found via Mendip).

This prediction of reactions to Thatcher's death looks pretty accurate (found via Mario Piperni).

Thatcher was right about this -- and this.

Prince Charles could do a real service to his country.

Global-warming denialist James Delingpole jumps the shark.

Ireland begins its inquiry into the death of Savita Halappanavar.

The US must not imitate Europe's deadly policy blunders.

It's been a big week for gay marriage, which is now legal in Uruguay and soon will be in France.  Gary Younge looks back at the movement's startling success.

In Peru, a billboard that does good instead of just being ugly (found via Uzza).

Where does your rice come from?

Taslima Nasreen understands Islam.

North Korea may use a missile test as a face-saving way to end the crisis it started.

Behold the inhabitants of the Mariana Trench.

Our nearest stellar neighbor has an Earth-sized planet, but it's not a very cool place.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Blurber said...

I always felt that, "You don't need to read the whole book to know stupidity when you see it," but I always felt a bit insecure in the argument because I've applied this notion to a whole bunch of books and who knows what's in them. But after reading Pharyngula's blog I feel a lot more secure.

15 April, 2013 10:05  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

It certainly isn't necessary when critiquing the real-world behavior of these groups. As he says, you don't need to read Mein Kampf to know that the Holocaust was evil.

16 April, 2013 09:29  

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