Link round-up for 19 October 2014
Teddy bear? Plush toy doggie? Bah. Here's a really cuddly plush toy.
Alexander Gerst takes more interesting selfies than you do.
If Jupiter were as close to Earth as the Moon is, here's what it would look like.
This would serve them right.
What if Star Wars had been set in an eighties high school?
Yes, this explains a lot, though the photo is actually from South Africa (found via Squatlo Rant).
These people exist.
Here's the stupidest conspiracy theory I've heard of yet -- a supposed plot to blow up the planet Saturn.
Artist of the week: Shawn Thornton (found via F169).
Santorum speaks a truth.
Most fundie films seem doomed to flop because they have to appeal to a core audience so different from the mainstream (found via Republic of Gilead).
Progressive Eruptions has a round-up on the lunacy of the US right wing's response to Ebola. Green Eagle has more and worse, and here's another example. The head of the NIH says we might well have an Ebola vaccine already if not for the spending-cut mania of the last few years, driven by having idiots like this in charge of things. A tough new ad drives the point home.
Re-blog this everywhere.
Well, yeah, but I don't hear God objecting (found via Squatlo Rant).
A pundit openly advocates false conviction of the innocent to create a reign of terror.
To construct a major bridge, the California Department of Transportation hired a Chinese company that had never built a bridge before. Here are the results.
Hey, Obama really has gotten some things done.
Is there a "void" in humans that makes us yearn for religion? (Personally I've never felt even a trace of such a thing.)
Here's a pretty good overview of why the economy is stagnant.
A California atheist wins $2,000,000 in a lawsuit over a flagrant First-Amendment violation.
Is the US right wing trending fascist? Let's look at what fascism really means.
Following Huckabee, Evangelical Christians warn the Republican party not to tone down its homophobia (found via Republic of Gilead).
Here's a fatal shooting in California that the anti-gun blogs won't be talking about, and another in Florida.
Lady Atheist dissects the "atheism is just as irrational as religion" stance which has grown fashionable in a few quarters.
A top Vatican Cardinal rebukes those who fail to ostracize gay family members. Update: The Cardinal has been demoted by the Vatican (sent by Shaw Kenawe). Let's hope this leads to a real split in the Church.
The European Union launches a crackdown on illegal aliens.
Relics of World War I emerge in the Alps.
These quotes show what kind of man Columbus really was.
Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are getting training help from the UK as well as from Iran.
Kurds from Turkey join the fight against ISIS/Islamic State, but the Kurdish leadership is hesitant to share its people's enthusiasm.
Kaveh Mousavi looks at the intellectual dishonesty of defenders of Islam.
Ebola-besieged west Africans turn to religion, which may actually help spread the disease.
This September was the warmest September on record (found via Progressive Eruptions, which has more links).