Link round-up for 5 January 2014
Republicans' Kwanzaa outreach didn't go well.
Here are some offbeat Christmas quips.
Cryptocurrencies descend into farce. And does the local fire department know about this?
One of the funniest things about "white nationalists" is the endless bickering about exactly which groups qualify as "white".
Leave that odd-looking fuzzball alone (found via Mendip).
A North Carolina politician resigns in style.
Ed Brayton looks back at psychics' predictions for 2013.
There are differing views of the origin of humans.
Yawn, it's another wingnut mass uprising.
Atheists have morals.
Edward Snowden could not get a fair trial in the US.
There's a good reason why almost no scientists are Republicans (found via Progressive Eruptions).
Mormon fundamentalists are even weirder than you think.
Las Vegas is missing out on the new marriage boom.
Superstition is just harmless fun, right?
Here's some right-wingers' idea for the occasion of a new national holiday.
Fake pregnancy centers run by religious nuts thrive in Texas.
The SPLC's Morris Dees responds to Phil the Duck.
Peace on Earth? Here's what the Bible says.
The ACA continues to help millions despite ongoing Republican lies and obstructionism. Here's a closer look at one of the lies.
People who think evolution was "guided by God" don't understand evolution.
The Boy Scouts are doing fine.
Since their election wins in 2010, Republicans have been focusing on one thing.
December's UPS/FedEx fiasco should make us appreciate the Postal Service.
The explosion of ads is ruining journalism.
A series of "knockout" attacks in Brooklyn leads to hate-crime charges. And are we still civilized if we allow this kind of thing to happen?
Republic of Gilead has a 2013 retrospective, while Tim McGaha looks ahead.
The "other NRA" uses its vast clout to prevent decent incomes for 13 million Americans.
Republicans act shocked at the truth about Benghazi, which everyone else knew all along, but they just can't bear to let their beloved fake scandal die.
Don't be fooled -- things are improving.
Giving free money to poor people does work.
Music lovers in the 1950s USSR came up with a spooky solution to the ban on Western pop music (found via Mendip).
Jihadists threaten all-out war against the Sochi Olympics. I'm unsure of the veracity of this report of a Saudi connection.
What terrible luck for a family to be killed -- twice.
As the US prepares to leave Afghanistan, Islam reasserts itself.
8 million acres of Chinese farmland are too polluted to grow crops.
The Chinese regime tells its media not to report "wrong points of view".
Prominent Christians in Africa and the US praise Uganda's vicious anti-gay law.
Here are 18 science-related accomplishments of 2013 -- I posted about some of them.
[Image at top found via Lady Atheist]