07 April 2013

Link round-up for 7 April 2013

Bill Maher gets it right.

Behold a right-wing blogger in ecstasy.

Flathead Lake, Montana, is quite a sight.

See the six kinds of conservative on one handy chart (found via Mario Piperni).

Count yourself in for the atheist census (found via Lady Atheist).

Is it tragedy or tradition?

"Pro-lifers" offer death threats (found via Lady Atheist).

Best headline of the week!

They're beautiful but dumb.

Congress needs more diversity.

American women are in menacing waters (found via Squatlo Rant).

Lady Gaga turned down $1,000,000 to perform at the RNC (I'm amazed that passel of prudes invited her at all).

Donald Trump is dropping his lawsuit against Bill Maher (background here).

How did these people get the right to steal a dead baby?

For once Gary Bauer makes an interesting point: if Republicans were honest about their economic agenda, it would be even less popular than the religious-nut stuff.

Oh crap, are these textbooks real???

Some conservatives aren't happy to see Mark "Appalachian Trail" Sanford running for Congress in South Carolina.  The race could be a pick-up for us.  Here's more on Sanford's hypocrisy.

For-profit prisons create domestic terrorists (found via The Immoral Minority).

Despite the national party's (hypocritical) "re-branding" meme, state-level Republicans continue down the Taliban path.  Michael Tomasky thinks they'll eventually ditch the fundies (found via Republic of Gilead), but that's kind of hard to imagine when the fundies pretty much are the base.

Here's a good illustration of the distribution of income growth in the US since 1966.

At last there's a move afoot to get rid of the draconian, anti-business "2257 laws".

Blog Fodder has a round-up of dumb conservative quotes.

"Hate the sin, love the sinner" is still bigotry (found via Republic of Gilead).

Right-wingers went bonkers over Google honoring César Chávez last Sunday -- and some of them can't tell one Chávez from another.

Lewis Taylor of Arizona is released after 42 years in prison for a crime he almost certainly didn't commit.

If Cruz runs for President, he'll face his own birther problem.

Gay-marriage supporters have adopted the red equals sign as a symbol.  The other side has this.

Leonard Zeskind explains American "white nationalism" to the British.

It's not only Cyprus -- a much bigger island nation is awash in shady Russian money.

Baboons find refuge -- in Yorkshire.

Britain's Conservative government raises taxes on the working poor and offers tax cuts to millionaires.

Lord Christopher Monckton, Britain's leading crackpot, tries to encourage his fellow nutbars in the US.

Out in the Irish countryside there's a pretty cool house.

Here's the control room of a German submarine from 1918.

The EU's tormenting of Cyprus "was not a bailout. It was a collective punishment."

Here's a protest that should get noticed.

Major non-Western countries are turning away from the floundering euro as a reserve currency, while the threat of more bank robberies imperils investor confidence.

China is getting impatient with North Korea.

What the hell does Kim Jong-un have against Austin, Texas?

China doesn't have gay marriage yet, but it does have ghost marriage (found via Mendip).

If Ali Al-Khawahir can't come up with one million riyals in blood money, he faces a barbarous punishment (found via Preliator pro Causa).

Atheist bloggers in Bangladesh are threatened and arrested.

Tourism to India declines as the country's massive rape problem goes public.

Sri Lanka has a honkin' huge spider.

Elephants fight for a baby in these dramatic photos.

Sex must have been rather a problem for dinosaurs.

The great American drought is just getting worse.

Andean glacial ice that took 1,600 years to form has melted away in just 25.

Are you dead?  Sam Parnia may be able to help you.

Europe is upgrading the LHC for even more fundamental research.

Here's more on the purpose of the US brain-mapping initiative (and more here).


Blogger Ahab said...

The San Fransisco Archbishop proposed A DIVISION SYMBOL to represent the anti-gay marriage movement. How appropriate.

:: facepalm ::

I liked the right-winger chart, by the way.

07 April, 2013 09:00  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Re: The GOP ditching the fundies. This may come sooner than later as we witness more and more GOPers accepting the fact that gays and lesbians deserve to be treated equally under the law.

07 April, 2013 09:28  
Blogger Kay Dennison said...

Great links!!! Thanks!!!!

07 April, 2013 10:40  
Blogger Norbrook said...

Good point about the fundamentalists. In much of the South in particular, they are the party officials. Republicans on the "money side" tend to be more from the West or North, where they're not quite as imbedded, but the hard-line "no taxes" groups are.

07 April, 2013 11:35  
Blogger Tommykey said...

When I saw the link for beautiful but dumb movies, I knew Prometheus had to make the list. I'll never forgive Ridley Scott for making such an incoherent mess of a film.

08 April, 2013 09:40  
Anonymous Blurber said...

About the only thing Bill Maher missed out was that all religions are anti-science to some degree or other.

08 April, 2013 09:51  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ahab: It's a good thing we can sometimes laugh at these people, or they'd be unbearable.

Shaw: Huckabee has already threatened to lead the Godhatesfagsian contingent out of the party if the trend continues. I'd love to see a split like that, but they're probably not quite dumb enough to actually do it.

Kay: Thanks!

Norbrook: Thing is, Republicans seldom win in the west or north -- they need the South, it's their power base. Anyway, the Wall Street types have been getting a bit antsy over the new breed of totally-nuts Republicans in Congress who keep threatening to crash the economy by playing chicken with the debt ceiling and so forth. They might be the ones who leave, in the end.

Tommykey: I didn't think it was that bad, but it could have been a lot better.

Blurber: Yep -- that's pretty much part of the definition of religion, since they consist of non-evidence-based claims about reality, which science inevitably debunks.

09 April, 2013 18:08  

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