Link round-up for 20 December 2015
Here's the word for "ice" in every European language, illustrating some of the relationships among them.
Please cornobble this person.
Ink low, replace cartridge.
Behold -- the wall!
This winter solstice, may reason prevail.
Dare you sip even the most innocuous beverage from these eldritch flasks? (found via Mendip)
Only in Oregon.
Pretty amazing what hormones can do.
Here's the real story on Trump and Sam the eagle.
Sheru Munshi Khan got on the wrong train -- and didn't find his way home until 25 years later.
30% of Republicans are so warlike they want to bomb a country that doesn't even exist.
One wonders if the sentiment is reciprocated.
The Christian "virgin birth" myth arose from, and reinforces, utterly sick attitudes about female sexuality (found via Republic of Gilead).
Britain has finally closed its last coal mine, but the miners didn't get much out of it.
Moderate Republicans exist, and they are reachable.
Human-rights experts are horrified at the state of women's rights in the US.
"Spit on them! They are not human!" says the Bishop.
These radical prohibitionists need to see sense and back down.
Break out the popcorn -- it's a cage match between Rubio and Cruz over amnesty! Their supporters snipe at each other here (but skip the comments on Muslims or homosexuality -- the dumbth will make your brain hurt). Oh, and Rubio's not looking like the savior the establishment was hoping for.
Libertarianism can sound good in theory, but it doesn't work in reality.
The lie of "both sides do it" is getting more blatant than ever.
Religion is religion -- though some Islamists are actually more liberal on birth control.
Republicans' idea of leadership is whipping up panic and paranoia -- even the no-hopers are trying it. More here.
Green Eagle is keeping tabs on the blatherings of the wingnuts.
Teh stoopid is strong with these ones.
Kurds aren't the only women fighters taking up arms against Dâ'ish.
Hillary's plan to fight jihadist terrorism doesn't lend itself to Republican-style sound bites, but it sounds similar to what has proven most successful in Europe.
Obama's leadership style is adapted to the real world.
Trump may do even better in the Republican contest than the polls suggest -- and yes, if he's not the nominee he could definitely run as an independent. If he were President, he'd set American law back a century -- but some top military officers would quit rather than serve under him.
Here's how the racist subculture is interpreting the new Star Wars movie (NSFW) -- yes, they're serious.
Krugman explains why the Paris accord may yet save the world despite the Republicans going crazier than ever.
Obamacare -- not everything we wanted, still worth fighting for.
Republicans -- crapping on the rug, but less honest than chimps.
Most Americans still celebrate Christmas, but increasingly as a secular holiday. If you weren't a reader two years ago, see my post on why atheists have no reason to reject Christmas.
[Image at top found via Crazy Eddie's Motie News, which has more]