Link round-up for 3 January 2016
Exposed at last -- the history of the Illuminati.
While driving, watch out for dangerous ice.
Here's a huge collection of fan-made Lovecraft-based videos (found via Mendip).
Rosa Rubicondior has a new book out.
You cannot make this stuff up -- some wingnuts now suspect Paul Ryan of being a Muslim.
See which languages Europeans consider most useful.
Ranch Chimp tangles with a Texas tornado.
Americans' choices for most admired man and woman are good news for Democrats.
Preachy Christians rip off -- and turn off -- waitresses (from Ahab).
Patriotism comes in conservative and liberal forms.
There are things money can't buy.
Iran holds elections next month, and Kaveh Mousavi explains why they matter to Iran and to the world at large.
Nancy LeTourneau looks at identity in politics and how Republicans don't get it. She also reviews the year in Obama photos.
Politics Plus has New Year fireworks from around the world.
Zandar offers predictions for 2016 and looks back at how well he did on 2015.
Fundie predictions for the year were a total bust.
Here are 2015's five worst anti-science moments.
Republic of Gilead looks back at the year in religious extremism and gay rights.
2015 was a year of exciting discoveries in evolutionary biology, but not so great for creationism.
Politico has insider predictions.
In Saudi Arabia, 2015 was a banner year for beheadings, and 2016 has started off big as well.
Green Eagle's latest Wingnut Wrapup starts with WND's inevitable "man of the year" and goes downhill from there.
Will you vote? These people will. And it's worth it.
Don't forget the contrast in Bush's and Obama's record on jobs.
The elevation to sainthood of Mother Teresa illustrates the fakery and fraudulence of the Catholic Church -- and of Pope Francis. And a film on the Church's child-molestation cover-up is making waves.
Jeb is still playing Ahab to Rubio's white whale.
Internet commerce in India takes off, thanks to a popular product.
The exclusion of a novel from Israeli high schools provokes an uproar.
A murdered atheist blogger gets some justice.
Stop using bigoted language to dismiss Middle Eastern opponents of tyranny.
Congress has removed your legal right to know where your meat comes from (found via Mock Paper Scissors).
Scared-shitless Republicans are gabbling nonsense.
Finally! A Catholic hospital in California is being sued for refusing a tubal ligation.
In education, we're not number one -- not even close.
A doctor stands up to the idiots.
Wingnut rhetoric is getting scarier. And they have a comprehensive plan to strangle democracy and drag the US back to the 19th century.
The Christian Right "remnant" doubles down on its delusional world-view.
You'll find substantial wisdom in Faye Kane's rules for life -- I especially liked the Second Law of Stupid and the Principle of Guiltless Sex.
Star Wars is really a dysfunctional-family drama. Here's a collection of art based on the first film.
[Image at top: New Year fireworks, London]