Link round-up for 2 August 2015
Behold the terror of the bike paths.
Mock Paper Scissors fisks a fundie call-to-arms.
How hot would Disney characters be if they were real people?
Roswell NM is the site of a curious culture war.
Music can give you the shivers.
Which god is cooler?
Skye is a spectacular island (found via GoodShit).
Michael Moorcock is as provocative as ever (found via Mendip).
"Fiercely ideological" people please read this. Political correctness will suffocate our ability to discuss things if we let it.
Bernie Sanders is coming to Portland after wowing the crowds in Dallas. His view on immigration is more nuanced than the party line. He won't be the nominee, but he understands the most important thing -- don't do anything that might help elect a Republican. I hope he's seriously considered for the VP spot. In the meantime, take this to heart.
This in-depth look at Trump's history of bankruptcies suggests he's too much of a risk-taker to be a national leader. The experience of this Scottish farmer (found via Shaw Kenawe) and this Indian tribe shows how ruthless he can be. Booman Tribune sees the Trump phenomenon as a product of the right wing's self-deception, but so far they're just doubling down on the nutty. Sixteen analysts try to predict how the story ends.
Things look promising for legal marijuana in Michigan. Let's hope they take heart from Washington state's experience. And don't let the bad guys alarm you about the edibles.
Conservatives haven't adjusted to how the internet has changed mass communication.
Yes, our country has a terrible problem. (A Burmese python???) Compare with Britain.
A brutal religious terrorist attack scars Jerusalem.
Germany can now get as much as 78% of its electricity from renewables.
A mostly-female vigilante hacker group targets ISIS.
Krugman explains what's up with the Chinese stock market.
New Zealand's experience shows that legalizing prostitution works.
Chester, England, has a curious architectural feature.
Trump's handling of Sam Nunberg probably doesn't mean he's acting more responsibly.
Despite a video smear campaign, Americans still support Planned Parenthood (found via Fair and Unbalanced, which has a debate on the videos). But Erick Erickson is fired up for a doomed crusade.
Scott Walker may seem bland, but in some ways he's the worst of the Republican candidates.
People in swing states want action on global warming. They won't get it from Trump, but these major corporations are taking up the fight.
If you're considering an abortion, stay the hell out of Alabama.
Americans support the nuclear deal with Iran, 54% to 38%.
A proposed moral dilemma for liberals turns out not to be much of one.
The rage right has a new epithet for conservatives who aren't hard-line enough (from commenter AWJ). Their fury at Obama is a projection of their own totalitarianism.
In case anyone was wondering, Pat Robertson is still nuts.
Arguing with right-wingers is generally a waste of time.
A Congressman finds his donations drying up after making anti-gay remarks (found via Fair and Unbalanced).
Georgia conservatards dump a big steaming pile of heritage on a kid's birthday party.
A Missouri state rep is suing to keep his daughters from getting birth control even though two of them are adults.
Sport hunting is basically a coward's game. Cecil the lion was just the latest in a long line of victims of the Death Dentist. Then of course there's this.
Religion just gets more ridiculous.
The Paultard cult isn't standing with Rand.
How cool does neverending sex sound?
Ryan Anderson's new anti-gay-marriage book doesn't make the case.
"Christian nation" bullshit is dividing Liberia.