Link round-up for 26 July 2015
Packaging is often designed by morons, apparently.
Behold the master race.
With reality like this, who needs fairy tales?
The movie theater experience stinks these days, even if nobody shoots you. But religious nuts can't even watch TV.
Here's a good overview of the Fermi paradox (my explanation for it is here).
Tim McGaha looks at the end of the beginning.
While we obsess about China, a new economic giant is rising up much closer to us.
A British macular-degeneration victim is the first to receive a new high-tech treatment.
Kaveh Mousavi debunks claims made by opponents of the Iran nuclear deal. American Jews strongly support the deal despite Netanyahu's bluster.
A specter is haunting Europe -- the specter of Margaret Thatcher.
Bernie Sanders has a strong record, but Barney Frank explains why he's not our candidate for President. And there's one thing that could still sink him.
Green Eagle thinks the Republicans are using Trump to "vaccinate" their flock against Sanders.
The Christian Right has a new target for its hatred -- moderate Christians.
Hillary defends Planned Parenthood against right-wing scam-video attacks -- more here.
There are dangers in taking our party too far to the left.
The Catholic Church can't stop bashing people with its taboos even at a funeral (found via Republic of Gilead).
Some right-wingers really want to take us back to the bad old days -- read the comments, notably #58. Women's reproductive freedom is in the crosshairs too, as the anti-abortion nuts are extremist indeed.
That Oregon bakery that just lost a $135,000 judgment did a lot more than just refuse to bake a cake. PCTC explains the basic principles that apply.
Three Arkansas counties push ahead with laws protecting gays from discrimination, despite a hostile state environment (found via Republic of Gilead).
Ramona's Voices looks at E L Doctorow, the man who saw through Bush.
Anti-gay activists are dinosaurs who don't realize they're extinct.
There's a word for what Trump is doing.
Saudi comedian Nasser al-Qasabi fights ISIS with humor (found via Horizons).
Human domination of the world began 71,000 years ago with a specific breakthrough in technology.
Religion is still powerful in Afghanistan.
2015 is already a year of record-breaking extreme weather.