Link round-up for 4 January 2015
Intrepid sheep reporter Ramm Stein reports from the Global Gathering of Ironic Mansplaining (found via Republic of Gilead).
Murr Brewster takes a funny-but-disturbing look at the new Congress.
Some (mostly) right-wing types analyze my personality based on my Blogger profile. But I seem to have a few supporters.
Can furniture be romantic? You be the judge.
Where would Abraham be today?
Something else for the fundies to screech about: lesbianism is catching on big among teenage girls in the US.
Creationist Ray Comfort isn't just stupid about evolution -- he's even stupider about gravity.
Neil Gaiman wishes you a happy new year full of mistakes (found via Snowstorm Thirteen (NSFW tumblr)).
Conservative criticism of the film industry has a long history. And this attitude about cultural evolution still exists.
Why is Ayn Rand still a thing?
Teddy Roosevelt got "small government" right over a century ago.
Pro-police conservatives are hypocrites.
Republic of Gilead is running in-depth coverage of the Vatican's anti-gay, anti-cultural-pluralist Humanum Conference, including Pope Francis's opening speech, an affirmation of narrow and naïve dogma about marriage, some more of the same, and a message of support from the world's most homophobic culture.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson looks at right-wing claims of liberal intolerance in 2014.
This posting by a pastor on why people are abandoning Christianity (found via Republic of Gilead) is insightful enough, but what really tells the story is the comments, which quickly descend into exactly the kind of bickering over theological minutiae that the author says is driving people away -- and stays there even when a few commenters point this out.
Americans overwhelmingly favor more green energy and less fossil-fuel and nuclear.
Sorry, the penalty for almost ruining an innocent person's life needs to be far harsher than 35 days in jail.
Green Eagle's last Wingnut Wrapup of 2014 shows no let-up in teh crayzee.
Pastor wises up and dumps Christianity, Christians froth with rage -- here is a much better insight (both found via Republic of Gilead).
Whatever happened to the great right-wing moron Ebola panic?
Leaked NSA documents show how to keep your communications safe from the NSA.
Americans' choice of most admired woman and man offer little comfort to teabaggerdom.
That Florida CEO who claimed he'd have to fire people if Obama were re-elected is having a great year.
The history of Christmas is intertwined with the religious savagery of the English civil war.
Islamotard hackers attacked a bus timetable website in the small British city of Bristol because -- well, see for yourself.
Why does the British Parliament still privilege top members of this vanishing cult?
The Irish Atheist has six reasons why gay people should leave Christianity.
With government electronic snooping on private citizens a growing problem, Iceland makes a bid to become "the Switzerland of data security".
Iraqis are now confident that ISIS will be defeated this year, with ongoing American and Iranian help. Meanwhile, ISIS has published a handy book of Islamic advice for mothers.
I knew this was going to happen -- in India, after the militant-Hindu BJP's election victory last year, Christians and Muslims face harassment and coerced conversion.
Kenya's electrical power system is threatened by vandals stealing transformer fluid to fry food with.
Ebola cases in west Africa have passed the 20,000 mark.
Here's what tears look like in close-up, showing surprising variation.
Birth control has many benefits beyond the obvious.
2014 was a year of remarkable scientific achievements (found via Progressive Eruptions).