Link round-up for 24 July 2016
How big is Texas? This big (for Europeans). And you can get anything shaped like Texas.
The art of Aurum Light makes a splash.
Here's everything you need to know about keeping snails.
The Romans had a "terror weapon" -- whistling sling bullets (found via Mendip).
Job application questions are just getting stupider.
These are some of the world's most bizarre landscapes.
Internet centralization threatens our culture.
Trump is known to love beauty pageants -- here's one that may inspire him (yes, it's real).
Different countries, same problem.
The Republican convention has been good for business in Cleveland.
Mormonism is still haunted by the ghost of polygamy, and is digging in against gay marriage (both found via Republic of Gilead).
Gun control in the US has an interesting history (found via Sleestak) which still resonates today.
Here's some useful advice for women, from a surprising source.
There are different standards for different people.
TSA security theater sometimes gets too real. Sometimes it's, well, this.
Don't pray for the Orlando victims.
With the Charles Kinsey case, only a lunatic could deny that we have a deadly-serious problem.
Britain has some interesting place names (found via Mendip).
Wartime taught the Western world that women can do anything men can.
Germany's strict gun laws didn't stop the Munich mass shooting. Comrade Misfit has a point to make.
Christianists in Romania attack gay rights, with help from their American counterparts.
Trump is already kowtowing to Putin on Ukraine.
South Korea has the world's weirdest park (found via Clarissa) -- the article is in Russian, but the photos speak for themselves.
Why don't the Syrian refugees just go back home?
Yes, people are still being sentenced to death for blasphemy.
Meghalaya is the rainiest place on Earth.
Republicans' deranged hatred of Obama is being transferred to Hillary. After a long absence, Ahab is back and has been posting up a storm about the Republican convention (keep scrolling).
The Kaine pick is assessed by Stonekettle Station, Booman Tribune, PM Carpenter, You Might Notice a Trend, and The Immoral Minority (watch this too). Trump pitifully tries to get a rise out of Warren.
Wingnutty wingnuts are wingnutting wingnuttishly.
Trump's nomination leaves anti-Trump Republicans facing a stark choice. I found this conservative essay (and the comments) interesting.
Fair and Unbalanced has an overview of the wingnuts' fake Hillary scandals.
Two new ads show who Trump is.
Don't waste your vote.
Bernie's been hammering Trump on Twitter. Hackwhackers has a round-up of media reactions to Trump's acceptance speech.
Jordan Sargent elaborates on the hypothesis that Melania's speech was deliberately sabotaged (found via Republic of Gilead).
"Women Vote Trump", but apparently not many.
If you don't want to vote for Hillary, vote for this.