Link round-up for 20 April 2014
Here are some cool pictures of giant statues (found via Mendip) -- I've seen the second one.
The pitiful character of the racist mind is exemplified by these feeble efforts to mock Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Here's a suitable reward for Pascal's wager.
Women weigh in on male circumcision.
Nebraskans have a message on Keystone XL.
No, I imagine this guy doesn't get many dates.
A Duck Dynasty event in Missouri is canceled due to lack of interest.
The US Postal Service finally gives Harvey Milk his stamp (and check out these Finnish ones).
OK, here's a person who was helped by religion.
An enigmatic stone pyramid, built for the end of the world, stands in North Dakota (found via Mendip).
Pay gaps are important, but don't forget the real issue.
Oops, people are actually reading the Bible. The story of Judas illustrates how muddled up the thing is.
Houses get bigger and bigger and shittier and shittier.
Keeping control of the Senate does matter.
Apologists for Islam use guilt by association to try to muzzle New Atheists on the subject (my comment on this post is heartfelt!).
The US is suffering a scientific brain drain due to endless budget-cutting.
Matthew Yglesias makes the case for confiscatory taxation (found via Frank Moraes).
Here's a look at singing satirist Tom Lehrer, who helped launch the counterculture.
Republicans grapple with how to address Obamacare's beneficiaries.
Kaveh Mousavi reviews Greta Christina's Coming Out Atheist.
Losing the culture wars, the right wing is also losing its belief in democracy.
Oregon sees an ugly response to the anti-bullying Day of Silence (found via Republic of Gilead).
Jon Stewart has a few words on taxation. Bill Maher has some on the private sector.
Racist websites seem to be fostering murderers.
Faye Kane (NSFW blog) explains the free market (I love this graphic) and -- this week's must-read -- growing up.
Advertisers continue to desert Limbaugh.
It's absurd to claim that religion caused the rise of science. (This is how I feel sometimes.)
Yet another sex scandal rocks the Christian Right (found via Republic of Gilead).
Following in Ted Cruz's footsteps, Mitch McConnell self-pwns on Facebook.
Muslim cab drivers in Ohio walk off the job rather than drive cabs with ads for the Gay Games.
Being right doesn't mean jack unless we can win elections.
Here's a study of moral views in 40 countries (the differences between countries are interesting).
Witch hunter Helen Okpabio heads for Britain, where her message faces resistance (found via Republic of Gilead).
Birmingham, UK is investigating an alleged Islamist plot to take over city schools.
Russia's economy suffers from the Ukraine crisis and Putin's incompetence, but persecution of gays is still vigorous. Putin's aggression is uniting Ukraine, while his puppets in Donetsk turn ugly indeed.
Why are Islamists in Iran in such a snit over an American scholar's desire to be buried in Isfahan?
A Muslim school in Pakistan honors Osama bin Laden.
The Muslim state of Brunei introduces stoning to death for homosexuality, blasphemy, and other "offenses".
Kentucky researchers restore feeling and control to victims of spinal-injury paralysis.
No, saving the world won't cost too much.
Update: My 2011 post on Easter has been getting a lot of views today for some reason -- so there's a link for anyone else who's interested.