Link round-up for 2 November 2014
Here's a look at the physics of R'lyeh (found via Mendip).
This dog's bark drowns everything else out.
The TSA apparently doesn't realize that ray guns aren't real.
Don't even think of trying to stop the rise of AI.
Somebody from F169 found my recent post about that board and copy-pasted it on F169 without my knowledge -- and somehow the resulting thread turned into yet another sewer of anti-Semitism.
Bloggers posting for Halloween, each in their own way, include Histories of Things to Come, Ranch Chimp, The Immoral Minority, and Politics Plus.
The number of non-religious people in the US might be as high as 38% -- and the decline of religion among the young heralds the doom of the Christian Right.
Gosh, why would anyone think this Halloween display was racist?
Murr Brewster looks at Oregon's Measure 92, which would require labeling of foods with genetically-modified ingredients. As I suspected, there's some very big money fighting to defeat this.
It's not just gays and abortion -- the enemy hates porn too.
Do all deeply-held beliefs deserve respect?
American Christianity has changed.
Here's another sensible take-down of Ebola hysteria.
One of those sleazy online-dating sites finally gets nailed by the FTC.
By hook or by crook, Republicans keep the advantage in Texas.
Ed Brayton is fed up with the intrusive proliferation of ads across the blogosphere.
Right-wing obstruction of voting has a long history, but it's getting more outrageous.
That "10 hours" catcalling video is now being accused of racism.
Shaw Kenawe remembers Boston's longest-serving mayor.
Most Republican politicians are quietly backing down from the threat to repeal Obamacare.
Even cigarette companies are now banning workplace smoking (found via Fair and Unbalanced).
Green Eagle has a photo report on the vast groundswell of national support for impeaching Obama.
Take an in-depth look at the mentality and aspirations of the enemy.
My alma mater is overrun with idiots, apparently.
Sometimes the police are useless when you really need them.
In a few years, the marijuana industry could be bigger than the NFL (found via GoodShit).
Tim McGaha looks at the largest naval battle in history.
England has some strange and ancient Halloween traditions.
A sex worker in Northern Ireland talks about her life, but can she make herself heard?
Don't be fooled -- Pope Francis is just another ignorant and muddled religious crank.
See the otherworldly Blue Grotto of Capri, Italy (found via GoodShit).
Switzerland used abducted children as forced labor on farms well into the 20th century.
Kaveh Mousavi contemplates teaching his future children about religion -- more here and here.
There's something the Kurds need even more than airstrikes.
This is the reality of ISIS. This is what the anti-interventionists would let engulf millions of people.
Atheism is on the rise in Egypt.
Here's an expressive moment from Turkish history.
It's not just Africa -- modern witch-hunts happen in India too.
Our genetic history suggests that the boundaries between human and non-human were once very fuzzy.
A substance found in chocolate (and tea) can fight age-related memory loss.
If you want to avoid acid reflux, here's some straightforward advice.
Scientists in Massachusetts develop stem cells that can destroy brain tumors.