Link round-up for 24 August 2014
When you gotta scratch, you gotta scratch.
Check out these photos that were improved by animals.
Oklahoma City's Catholic Archbishop had been planning to sue a devil-worship cult over a cracker (and we think the Pastafarians are silly).
If you don't think gerrymandering has much impact, take a look at this (found via Politics Plus).
Frank Moraes explains why the Boy Scouts have always bothered him (my take is that any society where you see children in uniforms has something wrong with it).
Here's what would happen if Obama found a cure for cancer (found via Squatlo Rant).
The atheist tone police need to STFU.
Krugman nails it (found via Fair and Unbalanced).
That video supposedly showing Michael Brown robbing a store actually may not show that at all (found via Progressive Eruptions). Despite what a bunch of crank right-wing sites like Fox reported, Officer Wilson did not suffer a fractured eye socket. Green Eagle's Wingnut Wrapup has more, along with the usual insanity.
Obamacare is becoming an electoral asset for Democrats.
19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavah is the latest victim of police incompetence and excessive force.
Here's why Hillary talks like a neocon (NSFW blog).
The California drought just gets worse and worse.
Rand Paul could destroy the Republicans.
"We don't serve fags here."
Purity-crazed conservatives are channeling Jack D. Ripper.
Only one President in US history had a criminal record when he took office, and it worked out about as well as you'd expect.
Right-wing fantasies of revolt against an oppressive government have a basis in reality, but not where they think.
McConnell promises more government shutdowns if the Republicans take the Senate -- thus proving he's an idiot.
The beaches of Cornwall are awash in.....Lego?
London is looking great, by night and by day.
Police just killed a man in Iceland -- the first time that has ever happened in that country.
Some of the unaccompanied minors the US has deported back to Central America have already been murdered there.
Putin backs down again, pulling his "aid convoy" out of Ukraine.
Pakistan's small Hindu minority suffers forced conversions and worse.
In the latest example of Saudi barbarity, a woman who called the religious police liars gets fifty lashes.
In Liberia, police open fire on rioters protesting a clumsily-imposed Ebola quarantine. This preacher responds to the disease with the usual bullshit.
This is surprisingly well done: 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire.
There's a story going around that an ancient Neanderthal skull with a bullet hole in it has been discovered (found via Mendip), but it isn't a bullet hole, and the skull isn't Neanderthal.
The Ediacarans, Earth's first multi-cellular life forms, show how evolution bridged the gap between simple and complex.