Link round-up for 22 December 2013
Here's a simple chart on how to interpret the Bible. And yes, this is pretty much the essence of fundamentalism.
Artist of the week: dark surrealist Zdzisław Beksiński (found via Mendip).
Some Christmas traditions go back to ancient European shroom shamans. Jesus would have hated the modern holiday.
Taking selfies isn't so new.
Buttcoin.org is an entertaining site chronicling the bitcoin scam, including problems with conversion to dollars (more here, or try selling them on eBay) and bitcoin mining computers. There's a separate blog on home-made mining rigs -- check out the FPGA spaghetti monster. China and some banks are cracking down; meanwhile, thieves keep busy.
Check out these pictures of abandoned places around the world.
Religious vandals strike again in New Jersey (found via Lady Atheist). And the War on Christmas is turning violent.
Salon posts another pile of rubbish about atheism.
The Christian story of the conception of Jesus has some very disturbing implications.
Our side is winning (source here).
The Republican civil war is about tactics, not goals. But their strategy of running against the ACA is likely to trap them as Democrats plan to run on its growing success.
Staples joins the ranks of companies cutting hours to screw their employees over -- sign a petition here.
Be prepared for the teabaggers to turn violent.
Conservatives exemplify Christian values (found via Progressive Eruptions).
The Duck Dynasty shitstorm has fundies clumsily playing the victim card and turning outright vicious (read the comments too), plus the usual confusion about freedom of speech. But even Cracker Barrel is ditching the Duck.
The fight for an economic populist line in the Democratic party is going strong.
Banks clearly need to improve security against hackers.
Raising the minimum wage would increase employment.
Marijuana legalization is gaining momentum, and not only in the US.
A gruesome video exposes Islamic treatment of cattle. Cutting down meat production would make a real difference against global warming.
Siberia is having the warmest winter in memory.
We're wrong to think of life as a distinct category.
Neanderthals were probably capable of speech.
Printing guns? Bah. Scientists in Cambridge are printing retinas.
Atheists should embrace transhumanism.