Link round-up for 27 September 2015
Time to put down one of the walking dead.
Reading is good for you.
Meet Guillaume de Gentil, the most frustrated scientist in history.
At least 155 people are really into Mary Tyler Moore (NSFW, found via Mendip).
Lowry pwns Trump on Fox, Trump throws tantrum on Twitter, much mockery ensues. But he's still very much in the lead.
Many people find themselves drawn to this lifestyle, but it has its unhealthy side.
Here are ten beautiful bridges -- I find #10 the most beautiful (though they got the name wrong), #8 the most impressive when you consider how long it's stood since it was built.
Witches' Pond in Virginia is shrouded in myth, but has one genuine mystery death to its credit (found via Mendip).
We are the fastest-growing group in the US.
Supporting an anti-bullying campaign is now "anti-Christian hate and oppression", apparently.
A Catholic shrine in France illustrates what a scam religion is.
Here's a bad person and a good one.
Probably best not to resettle any Syrian refugees in this part of South Carolina. It seems to be full of the same religious hatred and potential for conflict that they're fleeing from.
More and more of ISIS's fighters are abandoning the group.
Fox's January stories about Muslim "no go zones" in Britain may finally have gotten it in legal trouble.
Here's a message from 2013 for the anti-Planned-Parenthood nuts.
Sex workers in South Korea march for decriminalization, encouraged by Amnesty International's support.
Christian songs play a growing role in worship -- and they're terrible. But religion's Orwellian use of words (found via Republic of Gilead) is worse.
A teenager in North Carolina is facing felony sex charges for taking nude pictures of himself.
Secular Ethics blog dissects the weirdly-common "what if everyone was gay" argument.
The government-shutdown push was a con game -- against the wingnut base (found via Zandar).
If you're rich and Christian, read this.
Here's more police abuse, this time from Boston. And an ex-cop looks at the James Blake case.
Stop treating the Pope as a liberal hero. He's still evading the one issue any true reformist Pope must address.
Some Tennessee Republicans don't understand the Supreme Court's Constitutional power (found via Republic of Gilead). But wingnuts do tend to miss details that don't fit their delusional world-view. Now they're claiming that questioners who embarrass their candidates are Democratic plants. And no, there's no equivalence between left and right here.
Ben Carson may be a great doctor, but he's scientifically illiterate.
Progressive Eruptions looks at the "Obama is a Muslim" claims.
North Carolina Republicans loot the cities to benefit their rural power base.
Colorado will make about $125 million in tax revenues from legal marijuana this year (found via Earth-Bound Misfit). The stupid feds still don't get it.
Religious fanatics have published a hit list of bloggers they're threatening to kill.
When you bring two million people into a confined urban space to perform emotionally-charged, poorly-organized rituals, you have to expect this kind of thing. With 769 dead, international tensions are rising.
Worst historical revisionism ever.
To save its economy, China needs reforms more radical than the regime contemplates.
Asshole tourists make life miserable for sea turtles. In Florida at least there's some effort to protect them.
It's just awesome when God kills your baby.
Visit the graveyard of extinct species.
The world could shift entirely to renewable energy by 2050 -- and make a profit on doing so.
If you've ever been to Greece, Italy, or Iran, and haven't yet replied to my travel questions, please click here.
[Image at top found via Progressive Eruptions.]