Link round-up for 19 April 2015
Best subway station ever.
Work proceeds at the Large Hadron Collider.
Putin has no sense of humor, apparently.
Ta-daa! Marco Rubio presents the Republican alternative to Obamacare.
The cover artist had a bit of fun here, I think.
Does anyone really doubt that this kind of thing happens a lot at airport "security"?
The world has passed a milestone in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. I have a feeling electric eel power is never going to take off, though.
Old photos explore the frolics and fates of World-War-II-era "horizontal collaborators" (found via Mendip).
The baggots' latest paranoid fantasy is the gay bomb.
Man creates God in his own image, so here's the fundamentalists' God (found via Progressive Eruptions).
There was a time when a politician could talk like this and win.
How many of these supermarket tricks are you falling for?
Atheism means not dodging responsibility. But it also brings real freedom.
Bill Maher owes prostitutes an apology.
North Carolina researchers achieve a breakthrough against Alzheimer's.
See if you can spot why this photo is causing outrage in Brazil.
Japan is full of eccentrics, but it also has plenty of grey, prudish old pearl-clutchers in power.
Republicans are more and more behind the times.
Here's what life at a fundamentalist college is really like (found via Republic of Gilead).
The victory at Appomattox was followed by a years-long terrorist insurgency.
"But some of my best friends are....."
Yes, it's OK to make fun of Christianity (found via Margin of Error).
A Fox Sports host pwns a silly article on the site (I wish she'd "do" some of their political coverage).
More corporate leaders like this, please.
Marijuana legal in your state? Not any more, if Christie becomes President.
Check out the top 20 evil Bible stories (found via Bruce Gerencser).
Hmm, Putin's suddenly sounding conciliatory -- sanctions really starting to bite, maybe?
Our system creates incentives for conviction of the innocent.
Here's an example of how the enemy views recent progress on gay rights.
Spanish leftists, inspired by their own history, join the fight against ISIS.
The comment thread on this post illustrates how divided Republicans are on social issues (start around comment 40).
In a series on "most dangerous Christian denominations", Lady Atheist looks at the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) cult and at Pentecostalism, which includes stuff like snake-handling and speaking in tongues. It's scary stuff -- according to one link, there are 279 million Pentecostals, though nearly half of them are in Africa.
Why do zebras really have stripes?
Gin and Tacos makes an important point here. I don't do the cringing-walk-on-eggshells thing.
Tiger the tabby cat met a sad fate, but it looks like he'll be avenged (I just bet this vicious freak is a real religious type).
One way to judge Hillary is by how her enemies attack her. Here's a guide to anti-Hillary memes -- and a Tea Partier who's waking up to reality. More may follow.
White House condemns conversion "therapy", fundies go apeshit.
An attorney posts an open letter to that anti-gay auto repair shop in Michigan, while a North Dakota coffee shop posts a ban list of its own (found via Politics Plus)..
Obama finally tells the Republicans to quit sabotaging US foreign policy.
Two-thirds of Republicans support the interests of a foreign country above those of the US.
Your kids are safer than ever (except from the cops).
A San Antonio woman gets fined $2,000 for feeding the homeless. Why can't the Christian Right crusade against law like this instead of against anti-discrimination laws?
A school nurse refuses to treat a girl because she didn't stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, then tries to block her from calling her parents about it.
No, Rubio is not winning over Hispanic voters to the Republicans. As for gays, forget it. Frankly he's not likely to appeal to much of anyone.
Godtards believe baby to be possessed by a demon, starve it to death, try to raise it from the dead, fail. But Heaven forbid anyone should criticize religion.
Rick Santorum crusades to save America from the gay menace. Here's why these dingbats always lose the argument -- and here's how ugly and nasty they really are.
Kansas and Oklahoma Republicans push forward with vicious anti-abortion laws.
The gut bacteria of Amazonian tribes reveal an evolutionary arms race between fungi and bacteria -- and could help us fight auto-immune disorders.