Link round-up for 22 September 2013
Mishka Henner turns Texas landscapes into surreal art.
What if the Borg were Canadian?
Magia Posthuma is an intelligent blog on the history of vampires and suchlike oddities (found via Mendip).
Check out the view from this house.
You have the right..... (found via Squatlo Rant).
Never mind the Palin reference, these must be the worst shoes ever.
How big would Google's datacenters be if they used punch cards?
Satan's creations have been pretty successful, apparently (found via Republic of Gilead).
The Miss America pageant triggers a moron pageant.
The precedent of Medicare Part D suggests that the ACA will rapidly gain in popularity -- read this too.
Latest Akinism: male violence is caused by women having jobs. Oh, and Hillary's gay.
The Navy Yard shooting is already spawning the usual conspiracy rubbish.
Stop the food stamp queens living high on the taxpayers' dime!
Here's an example of why we need the ACA -- it could have helped this person too. Ad wars are in full swing; some factual info here.
The Secular Student Alliance aims to create safe spaces free from religious bullying.
The US is becoming more liberal, but will political elites get the message?
Thinking of buying a house? Read this first.
Obama lays it on the line about Republican blackmail efforts. Charles Krauthammer, Karl Rove, the Chamber of Commerce, and even PJ Media try to talk sense to the teabaggers. Is Boehner preparing to surrender or hoping the shutdown backlash will restore sanity?
Non-bigoted Christians, please click here (found via Republic of Gilead).
Texas blogger Ranch Chimp looks at a possible Wendy Davis run for Governor (she's already attracting attention in Washington).
Police seize a terrorist arsenal in Ireland.
Germany is holding a national election today -- live-blog in English here.
Iran's new President Rouhani gives an encouraging interview, though with some hedging. Also read his Washington Post op-ed.
Young people in Turkey become politicized from fear of an authoritarian party dominated by the religious right (gee, sounds familiar).
Even after the Egyptian coup, the Muslim Brotherhood had clung to power in the town of Delga until this week, terrorizing the Christian minority.
The religion of peace strikes again, in Pakistan.
Elif Bilgin invented a way of making eco-friendly plastic out of banana peels. She's 16.
An increased prevalence of older people in the Upper Paleolithic may have helped humans become the dominant species.
Google opens a new front in the fight against aging.
Inadequate US regulation of meat-industry use of antibiotics may be contributing to the obesity epidemic.
Switching to a healthier lifestyle can fight telomere shortening, a contributor to the aging process.
A new study on pigs and genetically-modified foods has some alarming results.
Glacier National Park will soon lack glaciers -- read this too (both found via Lady Atheist).
Carbon dioxide and acidification are killing the Pacific (there's a huge picture at the top of the article -- scroll down to start reading).