21 June 2015

Link round-up for 21 June 2015

Looking for LGBTQ-positive young-adult novels?  There are plenty.

The fifth Alien movie will -- yes! -- pick up where the second left off.

Here's a conservative neighborhood.

Putin is the ultimate macho man.

Mock Paper Scissors looks at that Texas gold depository.

Here's a handy tip for smokers.

The British prepare to fight back against the Conservative government's ongoing devastation of their society.  Yesterday up to 150,000 people marched in London.

Europe's Philae comet lander has woken up and phoned home.

Wales is about to get a little healthier.

Booman's in a fine fury about Republicans and women voters.

Sign here to oppose US obstruction of abortions for women and girls raped by terrorists.

Smarmy ankle-biting fundies swarmed to exploit the death of the great Christopher Hitchens.  Here's how Hitchens actually spent his last days.

Tim McGaha, who has been blogging about the Civil War for five years, looks at the lessons of the conflict.

Must-read:  No, fundies' claims of being persecuted are not morally equivalent to the actual persecution they inflict on their victims.

Conservatives are such whiny, pouty brats.

Rosa Rubicondior looks at an evil Pope and his impact on England's history.

Kasich probably can't make it in Republican Presidential politics -- he's too human.  The party has rejected reform and embraced teh crayzee.

Rick Perry isn't sounding any smarter this time around.

Some Louisiana schools teach mythology as science.

It's time for atheists to organize for political power (found via Republic of Gilead).

The US has far less influence in the Middle East than we think we have.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard exposes the brutal truth behind the EU's struggle to crush Greece and its radical populist government.

Ryan at Fair and Unbalanced debunks some of the dishonest language used by gay-marriage opponents.

Four charts and a map illustrate the problem of hate crimes in the US (found via GoodShit).

Denise Oliver Velez looks back at the Tulsa massacre of 1921.

It's time for abortion to be accepted as normal, not just legally tolerated.

Even most religious people in the US oppose using "religious freedom" as a pretext for discrimination.

Richard Bartholomew looks back at one of the worst religious slander campaigns of the twentieth century.

Religious taboos shouldn't be respected when they cause concrete harm to other people (found via Republic of Gilead).

There are some great ironies in the Republicans' Supreme Court attack on Obamacare.

Christian blogger Micah J. Murray explains why he hates the Bible (read the comments too).

Conservatives vow to defy any Supreme Court decision favoring gay marriage, but what exactly are they going to do?  Baptists will struggle to preserve discrimination (found via Republic of Gilead), and NOM is putting politicians in an impossible position, but that's about it.

Women in these Evangelical churches are treated like servants or worse.

A pamphlet distributed by Australia's Catholic bishops illustrates the Church's sickening condescension toward gays (found via Republic of Gilead).

Hate the sin but love the sinner?  That's not what the Bible says.

If you have any lingering doubt that the Charleston murderer was a fanatical racist, read his online manifesto (found via Progressive Eruptions), while conservatives desperately try to change the subject.  The attack has focused attention on the Confederate flag -- Booman Tribune, No More Mister Nice Blog, and Progressive Eruptions weigh in.  One Australian city has made a much better choice.

It happened gradually and without fanfare, but gay marriage is now legal throughout Mexico.

Reihan Salam thinks Jeb will win the Republican nomination by destroying his rivals -- and the party's electoral hopes along with them.  The latest polls still show we have a clear front-runner and they don't.

Drug decriminalization in Portugal has been a huge success -- but Germany is lagging behind.

2015 is shaping up to be the hottest year on record by far.  Even some major fossil-fuel companies are starting to abandon global-warming denialism, but we still can't trust the Republican party on the issue.

[Image at top:  Yesterday's anti-austerity protest in London]

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hillary has it. All she needs now is a majority in the House and Senate. I believe her GOP opponent will help with that.

Vic78

21 June, 2015 11:56  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

"At least one school district in the state of Louisiana is using the Bible as a textbook in science classes. Yes, you read that right."

His state is always among the bottom dwellers in education, health care, and quality of life, but in the top 10 for crime and deficits. IOW, he's been a really successful GOP wrecking-ball governor who, like Brownback, clings to failed policies and ideologies despite how miserably they impact the citizens of his state.

21 June, 2015 13:19  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Anon: I think their candidates are already helping with that.

Shaw: Ah, yes, the deep South, our own internal third world.....And to think Jindal is running for President to bring the blessings of such governance to the whole country.

21 June, 2015 15:08  
Blogger Blurber said...

Great news about Alien 5. But Sigourney Weaver has to be in it for it to work.

22 June, 2015 09:48  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Blurber: I agree, and she seems interested. The role may have to be a bit less strenuous, though (she's 65 now).

22 June, 2015 18:32  
Blogger Ahab said...

On the Margin of Err was correct in its assessment that fundamentalists are motivated by fear -- fear of change, fear of the unknown, etc. -- but that fear is NOT the same things as persecution. Why is this so difficult for fundamentalists to understand? You'd think all the examples of actual religious persecution around the world would open their eyes.

23 June, 2015 05:55  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

I thought of that when I read about the Egyptian Christians in Libya who were beheaded by ISIS supporters for being Christian. Oh, how they must have lamented the even greater suffering of American Christian businesspeople not being allowed to refuse service to gays.

26 June, 2015 01:32  

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