Link round-up for 9 February 2014
This is me (found via Squatlo Rant). And Bill Allyn speaks for me too.
Lisa McIntire probably won't accept this credit-card offer.
Yep, that's a big-ass spider (found via Mendip).
A childless couple's vacation pictures draw a weird response.
This was America, just fifty years ago.
Watch out! Republicans are using fake Democratic websites to raise money (found via Fair and Unbalanced).
Tar sands or.....
The distribution of most- and least-religious states is about what you'd expect.
Free lunches, only for some.
In the Nye-Ham creationism debate, a poll at a Christian website gives the win to Nye, 92% to 8% (found via Lady Atheist). Here are some messages from creationists.
Charming restaurant you got there.
The deficit under five Presidents -- the record is clear.
An Illinois Catholic bishop whines that the Church is "under persecution" as its power to enforce its taboos on public life is being curbed (found via Republic of Gilead). But it still has far too much power over women's health care.
The latest teabagger loon threat to overthrow the government will succeed, because prayer.
Devout Catholics lionize a priest who excluded and humiliated a lesbian on the occasion of her mother's funeral (see comments).
The media distort the reality of abortion.
Conservatives still have a drink of their own (found via Squatlo Rant).
Mormonism makes the war on wanking literal with a ludicrous new video.
Obamacare is starting to have real effects in Kentucky.
Against abortion? Support contraception.
Top bitcoin exchange MtGox freezes withdrawals "temporarily" -- $38 million has vanished and the company is in big trouble. One bitcointard staged an expensive but futile protest. The company that sells those "mining" computers is also failing to fill orders. And Russia has joined the list of countries banning bitcoins.
A Republican Governor tries moderation and gets teabagged.
There's an irony in one of the objections to that multi-language "America the Beautiful" ad.
This is promising.
Bush still gets the blame for the bad economy.
An abortion-clinic escort speaks out (found via Republic of Gilead) -- I used to do this and it sounds like nothing has changed.
Will the US follow China's lead in dealing with water shortages?
Deregulation contributes to the global obesity problem.
The UN bluntly condemns the Catholic Church's shielding of child abusers. The Church responds by bitching about interference and even persecution.
A British judge issues a summons to the head of the Mormon Church, for an interesting reason.
Scotland has legalized gay marriage.
A new study shows the Netherlands would be better off if it left the EU.
Most German and Swiss Catholics reject the Church's sexual taboos.
Spaniards protest a Church-driven threat to abortion rights.
A Ukrainian opposition journalist is found beaten and dumped in a ditch.
The Olympic opening snowflake-ring flub was censored from Russian TV (really? in the internet age, they think they can stop people from knowing about it?). Real Russian gays are verboten (except dead ones), but ersatz lesbians are OK, and the gift shop looks just fabulous. The overzealous surveillance is drawing unfortunate comparisons, while facilities are still a problem, including refreshments, and toilets which can be hard to leave. And if these chairs are for the Olympic judges, what's the sport?
Victims of Putin's Folly include many stray dogs.
Iranian author Azar Nafisi talks about literature and freedom.
AIPAC abandons the effort to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal.
Saudi Arabia now defines almost all opposition to the regime as "terrorism".
East Asia could learn something from World War I.
Here are some recent Islamic contributions to science.
Rabbits and myxoma illustrate rapid evolution (note: gruesome imagery).
Tim McGaha looks at some recent triumphs in Solar System exploration.
Neanderthal DNA may have influenced some human traits.