Link round-up for 9 November 2014
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Microscope photography shows us the alien world of the very small.
OK, movie-makers, you got me -- President Sarah Palin visiting the inside of the Hollow Earth and being greeted by Hitler riding a tyrannosaurus (actual trailer) is something we haven't seen before.
What does a homophobic pastor obsess over? Gay sperm in his coffee, apparently.
No, marijuana doesn't reduce intelligence, though alcohol does.
A Christian father sets out to convert his atheist son, but ends up renouncing religion himself (found via Lady Atheist).
Here's how a biology instructor gives his students "The Talk".
Katha Pollitt is trying to de-stigmatize abortion (found via GoodShit).
"Please proceed, Senator McConnell."
One bit of good news from the election -- "personhood" initiatives continued their unbroken losing streak.
Sometimes the big money wins -- Oregon's GMO-labeling initiative narrowly fails.
Two-thirds of Texans didn't vote. The one-third who did probably included this bunch.
A former salesperson has some concrete suggestions for connecting with voters. Essential advice: "The stock market and the GDP do not reflect the real economy. It's not a selling point. Just stop it."
Written before the election, Stonekettle Station assesses the next two years under a Republican Congress.
Obama offers some encouraging words.
Black voters, one of the most solid Democratic constituencies, have some concerns about the party, notably that it isn't doing enough to fight the new Jim Crow laws.
Milt Shook's election post-mortem pulls no punches, but it's a must-read.
Bizarrely, some Republicans won by running on left-wing issues (found via Progressive Eruptions). But that doesn't mean they're really open to compromise.
"Now there could well be as many as 10 or 20 Bachmanns coming to Washington." Here's a look at some of the craziest new Republicans in Congress. Oklahoma's new Senator plans to use the Bible to fight the national debt, and Colorado has elected a virulent homophobe who believes Obama is possessed by demons to its state legislature. Ed Brayton singles out another wingnut to watch. Progressive Eruptions has more. Teabaggerdom is already warning newly-elected Republicans against any deviations toward sanity.
In Britain, the majority of people believe religion does more harm than good. 56% self-identify as Christian, 2.5% as Muslim, and 1% as Jewish, but 60% say they are "not religious at all" -- showing that religious self-definition doesn't tell the real story.
British police arrest four Islamists who were plotting to assassinate the Queen.
A British businessman carried out one of the most disgusting scams ever, contributing to hundreds of deaths.
The Irish Atheist remembers Belfast, a city poisoned by religious hatred and hypocrisy.
Sign a petition here against a coal-industry project that would wreck part of the Great Barrier Reef.
On this date 25 years ago, people power began the destruction of the Berlin wall, ultimately leading to the fall of the USSR.
New left-wing parties rise in several European countries, as old-line socialists discredit themselves by collaborating with austerity.
As Putin continues his aggression against Ukraine, the ruble is collapsing under the weight of Western sanctions and the regime's incompetence.
Kaveh Mousavi looks at what this week's Republican win could mean for US-Iran relations.
In Pakistan, a Christian couple is beaten and burned to death by a mob, while a Shiite accused of blasphemy is hacked to death by an axe-wielding police officer.
India tries religious art as a tool against public urination.
In West Africa, fear of Ebola inflames superstition and faith healing.
The genome of a European who lived 36,000 years ago gives us a wealth of clues to recent human evolution. Our gut microbes testify to much earlier developments.
Not all mammals during the age of dinosaurs were tiny (found via GoodShit).
These researchers hypothesize that quantum effects might be the result of parallel universes interacting with our own on the subatomic level (found via Fair and Unbalanced). I can sort of imagine how that might work, but I really want to hear what Stephen Hawking thinks of the idea.