Link round-up for 6 October 2013
The law as yet offers no protection from anti-brony discrimination.
Is religious faith so feeble that it needs to be backed up by lying about a movie?
Here's an entertaining blog of bad real-estate photos.
The Westboro Baptist Church gets wankingly pwned.
Republicans have backslid into the same self-delusion as before the 2012 election. Paul Waldman thinks the madness will never end, not even after their inevitable defeat.
A famous but long-debunked fake quote from James Madison is still being used by the Christian Right.
A Republican Congressman acts like a complete asshole to a park ranger over the shutdown his own party caused.
The memory of a real immigrant experience gives the lie to Dana Perino's sneer at foreign languages.
Jim Wright at Stonekettle Station pulls no punches on Republican hypocrisy and cowardice. He also reviews the latest eruptions of crazy.
Self-censorship to avoid offending moderate religionists is a very bad idea.
Another reason for the shutdown: hostility to birth control.
This could be huge -- business is losing faith in Republican management of the economy.
Bayou Corne, Louisiana, is being slowly eaten by an underground toxic waste dump.
Here is the Republican Wendy Davis will need to beat -- and here's some hopeful background info about the race.
Pat Robertson is an evil man (like we didn't know that already).
Ted Yoho exemplifies the new Tea Party breed of Congressman -- serenely arrogant and utterly ignorant of how anything actually works.
Now that some Republicans find they're liking the ACA, maybe they'll reconsider some of their other attitudes. Krugman explains why the anti-ACA campaign is doomed.
A whooping-cough outbreak in California resulted from anti-vaccine idiocy.
Green Eagle's latest Wingnut Wrapup finds the right wing falling off the cliff of crazy. A few moderates are making a last stand in Kansas.
Wal-Mart moves 35,000 part-time workers back to full-time status -- its efforts to screw them out of ACA benefits were hurting business.
As Hispanics assimilate American values, becoming more socially liberal and less religious, they're turning more and more against the Republicans.
Faye Kane has a must-read post on the insanity of trying to live exclusively by reason and suppressing feelings (NSFW).
The Canadian media seem to understand very well what's going on in Washington.
The separatist movement in Catalonia is getting serious, presenting new challenges to the EU.
The Catholic Church was a major backer of Portuguese fascism and imperialism.
Republican debt-ceiling brinkmanship is damaging American credibility in East Asia.
A Saudi cleric plumbs new depths of dumbth about women drivers -- time to spray.
Aviation authorities in Swaziland have decreed that witches on broomsticks are not allowed to fly higher than 150 meters altitude. No, this isn't a joke.
A bizarre lake in Tanzania petrifies animals (photos may be disturbing to some).
South Korea has built a jellyfish-shredding robot to fight that jellyfish overpopulation problem I linked to a few weeks ago. I think they'd need huge numbers of the things to make a dent, though.
Brain research is zeroing in on the causes and nature of near-death experiences.