Link round-up for 6 December 2015
Maybe Palin didn't quite think this through.
Hmm, paganism is kind of complicated.
The house I grew up in had one of these in the yard.
Gunman or terrorist?
Muhammad Rizalman's belief in black magic led to an unusual courtship strategy.
What's behind the "ghost boats", some with rotting corpses aboard, drifting ashore in Japan?
US Muslims condemn terrorism once again, but many people aren't listening.
The richest 12 Americans now own more wealth than the poorest 160,000,000.
Congress must get tough on terrorism -- even if it means ethnic profiling.
The "comfort" of believing in an afterlife is deadly dangerous.
A well-informed young lady speaks in defense of her sexual preference (if you're the judgmental type, here's another pic of her).
Even in the South, churches are losing influence (found via Republic of Gilead).
Violent religious bigotry is on the rise in India.
355 mass shootings this year? No, not even close -- why do people think this kind of easily-exposed dishonesty does their cause any good? Also, California already has tough gun laws and they didn't help. Here's a shooting most anti-gun blogs won't mention.
Herman Cain pwns Jeb.
From Mississippi, news of another shocking police killing.
The new Jessica Jones show takes an unusually honest look at abortion.
France takes one small step against trophy hunting.
There's a lot more to Hillary than just being the first woman President.
What do the wingnuts really think about militarized cops?
Religious morons fly into a ridiculous snit over a drawing of a piggy bank (sent by Ranch Chimp).
Dâ'ish (ISIL) is still executing homosexuals, who are fleeing wherever they can.
To oppose Trump's bigotry, do as much of your shopping as possible at Macy's.
There are real signs that the insane "war on drugs" may be approaching its end. Here's where every Presidential candidate stands on marijuana (found via Jobsanger).
The Saudi regime, whose practices are similar to those of Dâ'ish, threatens to sue anyone who says their practices are similar to those of Dâ'ish. Here's more on Saudi justice. They're becoming a threat to stability, too.
Villagers in India follow a traditional practice to bring their children health and luck.
That black pastor who endorsed Trump is an interesting character.
Defend Planned Parenthood for the right reasons.
Remember them -- and let the progress of 37 years give us strength for the struggles remaining.
Who can't be a real American?
The media put an odd spin on Hillary's latest endorsements.
What's up with the Republican party? Juan Williams looks at the revolt of the base, Burr Deming documents how the elite thinks, Booman compares this election cycle to 1972, and Bill Moyers sees a descent into madness. Here's a Trump supporter's view -- and yes, he will probably win the nomination.
The war against Dâ'ish is partly being fought on the internet.
If you leave your religion, it's morally OK to kill you.
The inimitable Faye Kane writes to her Governor about Obamacare and posts a round-up of Neil deGrasse Tyson tweets.
Crazy Eddie has a round-up of reportage on the Paris climate conference.
Here's why science, not religion, gets things right.
A hybrid skeleton found in Italy confirms that our ancestors interbred with neanderthals.
The last century changed our understanding of the universe -- and the language in which we understand it.
An experimental Alzheimer's drug, J147, shows promising anti-aging properties in mice. Another drug with anti-aging potential, metformin, will begin testing on humans next year.
Bill Gates launches an initiative against global warming.
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[Image at top: Dâ'ish oil refinery in eastern Syria, before and after US airstrike]