Link round-up for 25 October 2015
Dance and music -- just watch it.
Obama has some fun mocking the wingnuts.
Australia is suffering a beetle-bottle sex crisis.
If I ever have to fly on a plane again, I hope it's this one.
Ranch Chimp has art and videos for Halloween.
The world's first kinetic steampunk café is now open (found via Mendip).
This boy is lucky boredom made him restless (found via TYWKIWDBI).
What's the ethnic origin of the modern witch costume?
Any billionaires reading this, give this some thought.
A Ukrainian artist repurposes a Lenin statue.
Britain has plenty of local stereotypes.
On climate change, Republicans and Democrats are miles apart. And Canada's new Liberal government means dramatic change on the issue. The Canadian election holds lessons for our Democrats.
Canada is now committed to legalize marijuana, but you won't believe which country may be next to do so. Even in the US it's just a matter of time as public opinion has already turned decisively against prohibition.
Russia's anti-US propaganda needs work.
Chinese professor suggests reverse polygamy to address China's male surplus, hilarity ensues.
Petra Laszlo wants to sue her victim.
US, Kurdish, and Arab forces take the offensive against ISIS.
Here's what's behind the latest violence in the West Bank.
South Africa's Dutch Reformed Church, once an ultra-conservative bastion, now supports gay rights. Here's another sign of change in that country.
Yo, Finland -- cool idea.
Rearm Germany and Japan? Barney Frank makes the case.
ThinkProgress looks at the great 9/11 controversy (found via Mock Paper Scissors).
No, we don't want blessings and prayers.
Good response to "cultural appropriation" horseshit.
Explore the mystery of the medieval German rocket cats (NSFW blog).
Do boys and girls need separate stories? Only when adults mess things up.
Republican insiders confront the ghastly reality that Trump may well be their nominee. But.....they were hoping for this guy? And they can't count on Rubio as a savior. On our side, the front-runner is clearer than ever.
PM Carpenter live-blogged the Benghazi hearing. Even right-wing pundits can see that this was a failure for their side, while the real wingnuts are just floundering. House Republicans were even caught tampering with evidence. Their dogged conspiratardia has helped make this Hillary's best week yet -- maybe this could become a campaign strategy?
Benghazi aside, the winguts are maintaining their normal state of lunacy.
The sheer ugliness of pro-Christian arguments exposes how worthless the religion is (found via Republic of Gilead).
One man can truly give Bush credit for keeping him safe.
Congressional Republicans are in the toilet with voters.
Abortion opponents epitomize hypocrisy.
Sorry Jim Webb, there's no room for a Nader this time around.
Texas is suffering massive rainfall and floods, which even derailed a freight train. Maybe God is punishing them for this?
Strange rock formations in the British Isles illustrate how order spontaneously emerges in nature.
Telescopes have come far, mostly due to computers (NSFW blog).
Jobsanger; image at end found via Progressive Eruptions]