Link round-up for 13 March 2016
The Thing is all over the place!
Take a look at the occult-inspired art of Glyn Smyth (found via Mendip).
Compare the candidates.
Check out these libraries.
Chimpanzees display what may be ritualistic behavior (found via Lady, That's My Skull).
Here's a strange sea animal.
The present rise in carbon dioxide is catastrophically faster than what ever happens under natural conditions.
I generally distrust articles about "anti-aging" pills, but since this one is so cautious and appears in Scientific American, it's worth a look.
Here's one possible reason why the world is becoming more peaceful. But I'm sick of sharing it with idiots like this. Then there's this guy.
A lesbian couple ventures into the belly of the beast (found via Republic of Gilead).
Faye Kane has a capsule history of Republicans since 1996.
The US is secularizing like the rest of the world -- we've just been lagging a bit.
A Buddhist monk is attacked by someone who bizarrely mistook him for a Muslim (link from Ahab). Hood River is less than 100 miles from where I live.
This takes guts -- openly-atheist Athena Salman is running for office in Arizona.
The public has seen through the "free trade" sacred cow, something Hillary needs to understand.
The manufacturing jobs aren't coming back, but there are things we can do (my own proposal is here).
Diplomats and leaders from around the world voice concerns about Trump (found via Republic of Gilead).
The notorious migrant camp at Calais has been partly removed, but it's just spreading the problem around.
Turks defy their Islamist government's ban on International Women's Day demonstrations.
Russian nationalists are in a snit about the Eurovision Song Contest again.
A woman is found dead after negligent workers caused her to be trapped in an elevator for a month.
In Idaho, "religious freedom" now includes killing your kids (found via Crooks and Liars).
Gary Legum has an entertaining post on the collapse of Rubio -- "why wouldn’t you trust a GOP establishment that has displayed such a sharp political acumen this cycle that it just about handed its nomination over to a jar of orange marmalade in a bad wig before it knew what hit it?".
Trump is Hillary's dream opponent (found via Mark Evanier). 61% of Americans say they won't vote for him, and here's a blunt case for why nobody should.
Reagan's son and daughter look at today's Republicans. Even when subdued, they're still awful, and have been for a long time. Maybe it's time to shut down the party and start over again.
Hillary pwns Fox with straight talk. Black voters have good reasons for preferring her (found via Clarissa), and Michigan didn't change the trajectory of the race. Dare I hope for the dream ticket? The real threat to the Democrats comes from within.
Concerning the recent violent shut-down of the Trump rally in Chicago, I've already covered that general kind of situation here, here, and here. At the least, this idiotic action neutralizes and even reverses the "Brownshirt" meme that was beginning to take hold based on violent behavior by Trump supporters, and grotesquely enables Trump to claim victimhood and the moral high ground. At the worst, it will help the bitterly-divided enemy re-unify against us. I'll give the last word to PM Carpenter:
"Protest the beasts -- from afar -- all you like, but avoid their violent belly. The speech they are free to embrace may indeed be absolute 'shit,' and by now, in the 21st century, it may fairly be characterized as 'unAmerican.' But it is more and lastingly unAmerican to shut down speech, any speech, even shitty speech -- including speeches by shitheads like Donald Trump."
[Image at top from Squatlo]