15 June 2014

Link round-up for 15 June 2014

Here are motivational slogans as you were never meant to see them (found via Mendip).

Best bus ad for a zoo ever.

Once homosexuality has won full acceptance, here's a new frontier in forbidden love.

How did kids survive the 1970s?  Especially when adults had other things on their minds (both found via Mendip).

Translation is difficult.  A satisfactory Arabic version of Frozen proved practically impossible.

Here's what really scares the enemy.

The story of Jonah epitomizes the absurdity of the Bible.

The blog "Mr. Apostate" is apparently no longer updated, but has some amusing religionized comics.

Look what Fox dragged in to attack Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

The hard right wing's image of Obama is totally delusional.

Liberal Christian sects in the US have long been shrinking, and now the same is happening to the conservative ones.  But Oklahoma Republican Scott Esk is a real Christian.

Republican-leaning gays, read this, and know how the people you're sucking up to despise you.

This week was the 50th anniversary of the scariest comedy ever (found via Mendip).

A Texas blogger challenges conventional wisdom on the Governor's race there.

Here are some photos of D-Day sites, then and now.

The Tuam Catholic dead-baby scandal just gets worse, with illegal medical experimentation now revealed (link from Shaw Kenawe) and suspicions of thousands of similar child deaths in Catholic institutions across Ireland.

Half the population of Britain now claims no religion (and doubtless many of the rest are Christian-or-whatever in name only), and even most marriages are no longer done in churches.

The Russian city of Volgograd may vote on regaining its historic name -- Stalingrad.

Kaveh Mousavi interviews another Iranian atheist.

The ISIS conquest of northern Iraq has been accompanied by mass beheadings (found via Lady Atheist).

In another alarming step away from secular democracy, India arrests students for publishing an insulting picture of the country's new leader.  Meanwhile, Akin syndrome continues to spread among Indian politicians, and the police are even worse.

All these animals are in imminent danger of extinction.


Blogger Ahab said...

ISIS' assault on Iraq reminds me of just how futile and foolish the Iraq war really was. Billions of dollars spent and countless lives lost, for this? Just so the country to succumb to infighting and fragmentation?

I'm not surprised that GOProud folded. Did they really think that their homophobic peers would make a place at the table for them?

I'm loving Mr. Apostate. Thanks for sharing!

15 June, 2014 10:25  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Those "other things adults had on their minds" in the '70s -- I'll admit this here, but promise not to tell anyone: I crocheted a gown for my brother's wedding, and my sisters and I also crocheted dresses very similar to the ones in that link. However, the idea of a crochet bikini is hilarious. The yarn would get soaked and stretch, which would lead to all sorts of naughty parts being exposed. But maybe that was the goal?

Yes, we (my sisters and I, anyway) were very busy, and yes we let our 3 and 4 year old kids PLAY IN THEIR BACK YARDS UNATTENDED.

If that confession ever reaches the MDYS (Mass. Dept. of Youth Services), I'm in big trouble.

Also, the Red State site on GOPROUD was not surprising at all. Hateful bigots.

Thanks for the mention. Great links.

15 June, 2014 11:45  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ahab: I discussed that in the post below this one. My expectation is that the Kurds will keep their de facto independence, ISIS will end up running a chunk of territory straddling the Iraq-Syria border, and the Shiite southeast -- which has Baghdad, 60% of the population, and most of the oil -- will end up as a de facto Iranian possession.

In other words, Bush basically spent a trillion dollars to revive the Persian Empire.

Shaw: Don't worry, I won't rat you out:-) Some fashionista needs to revive those crocheted bikinis, though.

Gay Republicans always make me think of a dog with an abusive master who goes cowering back to him every time, hoping to not get kicked again, and always disappointed. I don't understand how anyone can subject themselves to the humiliation they get.

15 June, 2014 15:03  
Anonymous Blurber said...

The story of Jonah — just one of many preposterous stories in the Bible that some think are factual. But it's good to keep reminding people of just how crazy they are.

16 June, 2014 19:32  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

The fish is the least unbelievable part -- certainly compared to the idea that the mighty city of Nineveh would repent and abandon its traditions just because some nut like the homeless guys we see ranting in parks these days wandered it and told them to.

17 June, 2014 19:49  
Blogger uzza said...

wow. Are you familiar with Free Range Kids? It's superb.

One of MY favorites places to play was the local pulp mill. We'd run around on the floating logs. When we fell through in deep water, the logs sometimes closed back up over you and you had to swim to find a hole where you could climb out; in shallow water, you'd get stuck in the mud and the logs would squish you from each side. Other times we'd build rafts but they'd always come apart out in the bay.
We could also get sulfur there for making smoke bombs.

I gather my childhood was unusual?

18 June, 2014 22:35  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Certainly unusual for now, and even in earlier times I think that kind of freedom was commoner for boys than girls.

I was not familiar with Free Range Kids. It's understandable that people are protective, but one needs to be careful that it not become suffocating.

One thing that occurs to me is that the further back in time you go, the higher was the child mortality rate from disease, so even if the mortality rate from accidents and violence was also higher, it might not have shocked people the way it would now.

19 June, 2014 04:40  

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