Link round-up for 25 May 2014
Ever wonder what a right-wing romance novel would be like? Bill Maher gives a sample (found via Politics Plus).
Worst tattoos ever.
Bring back phone booths!
Histories of Things to Come remembers the great H.R. Giger.
I agree with Dan Savage's position on the proliferation of trigger warnings. Real life doesn't have them.
Passenger planes are awash in bacteria.
Illustrating how fuzzy racial categories are becoming, more and more Hispanics are self-identifying as white.
The Santa Barbara killer was deep in the PUA/MRA subculture.
The FBI needs computer experts to fight cybercrime, but there's a problem.
Correlation often doesn't mean causation (found via Mendip).
Fracking supporters have something to hide.
Hillary Clinton takes up the cause of inequality.
Chatpilot reveals the one book he's burned.
Marco Rubio is just another ignorant dumbass.
A case of terrifying racism surfaces in Utah.
Don't believe what people claim about their own church attendance.
Sex education ignores the most important thing about sex.
Republican outreach to women looks doleful, but they still have a plan.
Four rabbis are charged in an abduction-and-torture scheme.
Teabagger nutbars are being beaten by establishment Republicans, but some of the latter aren't too sane.
With some people, it really is homophobia.
One graphic illustrates the hypocrisy of Republicans' Benghazi frenzy.
Support for gay marriage just keeps on rising.
The Tea Party loses support as it lurches into anarchism.
US basic education is poor by international standards, though a few states do well.
DRB has some photos of women soldiers of World War II (found via Mendip).
Here's a really cool house in Wales.
The European Union contemplates a huge lunge toward totalitarianism.
Former Wehrmacht and SS members created a secret army in the 1950s (found via Mendip, who raises an important point).
A small Spanish village symbolizes Europe's struggle with racism.
In the best sign yet that Putin is backing down on Ukraine, he says he will recognize the outcome of today's election there.
Think Akin was bad? Check out the religious right Iranians are stuck with.
Boko Haram has roots in Nigeria's extreme corruption (found via Lady Atheist).
XKCD compares two engineering feats: Egypt's Great Pyramid and the Apollo Moon mission.
A new book thoroughly refutes intelligent design.
Glacier melt in Antarctica has probably reached the point of no return (found via Progressive Eruptions), but the US right wing still denies reality. Here are eight lies debunked (found via Lady Atheist).