21 August 2016

Link round-up for 21 August 2016

This dinner party should be interesting.

What's wrong with two German hockey players standing next to each other?

That's a big turtle.

Check it out -- our own Fab Four.

Maybe Joan of Arc really did hear voices.

Yes, it's a river -- under water.

Here's how we once imagined aliens.

How many Republicans does it take to change a light bulb?  And how would libertarians manage our highways?  Seriously, they really are nutbars.

This is what we're being asked to respect.  Oh, and this too.

Cartoonist Kate Allan describes how abandoning religion liberated her.

Here's how to make Google forget stuff about you (found via TYWKIWDBI).  Disclaimer:  I have not tried this myself.

"Because there isn't anything else to be."

On the eve of Hillary's election, the Christian Right reminds us that women aren't supposed to be leaders.

Least surprising scientific finding ever:  people who dislike atheists tend to be unintelligent.

Satanism comes out of the closet in Alaska.

Facebook is stupid.

Social trends among black and Latino youth have improved astoundingly compared to the 1990s, but another group is going backward.

Marilyn Monroe was more than just a pretty face.

Here's the truth about Aetna's withdrawal from Obamacare.

If you screw up a miracle, just blame the victim.

These are the biggest thieves in the US.

Here are 35 quotes from the founding fathers guaranteed to annoy wingnuts (found via Hal Barbour).

Yes, this kind of shit still happens.

Shades of Jack Chick?  Fundies are handing out creepy comic books across the US (found via Republic of Gilead).

The "Tea Party" was a scam -- and now it's dead.

Christie once did Trump a very expensive favor.

Religious nutballs are on the warpath against free expression again.

The fruits of faith -- forced marriage and three years of rape.

101955 Bennu just might cause a shitload of trouble 159 years from now (found via Lady, That's My Skull).

Young at heart?  The Earth's center is two years younger than the surface (found via TYWKIWDBI).

July 2016 was the hottest month on record.

Venus might have been habitable -- almost three billion years ago.

Robots will steal your job, but we can prepare (found via Ranch Chimp).

How many of these scientists do you know?

I am 55.  This is true.

Behold your roosting chickens (found via Dead Logic).

This person exists.

Rubio and Trump are no friends of gays.

Looks like Booman foresaw the election pretty well.

Here's what happened when an Indian-American tried to attend a Trump rally.

A lot of Republicans know they're in trouble.  The intra-wingnut warfare continues.  Trump is demoralized and lashing out.

Bernie's influence increases the grounds for optimism about Hillary's administration.

There's a good reason why Trump is ignoring the Olympics.

This guy should not be Governor of New York.

Here's some background on "the alt-right", the world of Trump's new henchman Steve Bannon.

In some states, ballot initiatives could shape the election.  Here are nine states that could deliver surprises.

Look how desperate this wingnut is to believe a Trump-friendly but obviously fake poll.


Blogger Ahab said...

Te Hononui made me think of Morla the Ancient One from "The Neverending Story". I didn't realize that Morla was an example of the Aspidochelone myth.

I couldn't recognize the female scientists by their faces, but I knew about the achievements of Lovelace, Curie, Goodall, and Barré-Sinoussi. Women scientists have achieved great things and deserve attention.

That commentary piece on the candidates and the Olympics was insightful. Trump's gloom-and-doom message of fear wouldn't mesh well with the joy and pride of the Olympics (a**hole swimmers notwithstanding).

21 August, 2016 08:41  
Blogger Pinku-Sensei said...

The news of the last month being the hottest on record was definitely enough to get my attention. Thanks for helping to make sure it gets the attention of others.

In return, I have some good news: .

I also have more on the alt-right: The dark history of Donald Trump's rightwing revolt. Religion isn't the only force opposing progress.

21 August, 2016 10:43  
Blogger Pinku-Sensei said...

That first link didn't go through. Here it is again: The rise of irreligion is the GOP’s real demographic crisis.

21 August, 2016 12:42  
Blogger Green Eagle said...

A fine collection as usual. I wanted to comment on the article on the Tea Party, which said:

"What began as an organic, policy-driven grass-roots movement was drained of its vitality and resources by national political action committees that dunned the movement’s true believers endlessly for money to support its candidates and causes. The PACs used that money first to enrich themselves and their vendors and then deployed most of the rest to search for more “prospects.”

In fact, this movement was the creation of establishment Republicans, primarily the Koch brothers. It may have been filled with dupes who thought they were running things (and I went to a lot of their events and saw them first hand) but it was financed from the beginning by rich Republicans to give their followers somewhere to hide for a few years, while the shame of the Bush years was forgotten. It was abandoned as a useless expense as soon as the voters who supported Bush managed to forget their responsibility for the whole sordid eight years.

P.S.- I never expected to run into anyone ever again who remembered Jack Chick, the guy who proved that drawing cartoons can indeed degenerate into criminal insanity.

21 August, 2016 13:52  
Blogger Ahab said...

Green Eagle -- Oh, Jack Chick tracts are still around. Someone left a few lying around at a Pride festival I attended a few years ago.

21 August, 2016 15:40  
Anonymous Zosimus the Heathen said...

I have to admit that the "Butt Fuchs" picture made me laugh in a most puerile fashion. Eh, maturity's overrated anyway!

The picture of the giant turtle was impressive - I'm sort of disappointed it's not a real animal!

The Joan of Arc piece was interesting. A long time ago now, back when I was still trying to reconcile my particular flavour of transgenderism with the Roman Catholic beliefs I'd been brought up with, Joan of Arc was something of an odd hero(ine) of mine insofar as the fact that her defying the Biblical taboo against cross-dressing (and gender roles in general) didn't stop her from becoming a saint. Even if there really was nothing supernatural about the "voices" she heard, though, there's no denying she was an impressive historical figure: one who I gather is still revered in her native France. It's just a pity she had such a tragic end.

22 August, 2016 07:16  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ahab: Glad to see someone else took note of The Neverending Story. And women scientistsare no longer so unusual -- about a quarter of the project team on the New Horizons probe was female, for example.

Pinku: Thanks for the links. I always think the growth in non-religion is the most important and under-rated demographic change going on in the country.

Green: The 'baggers were never convincing as a new political force, nor very clear what they were about. I hardly see anyone on the net self-identifying with the Tea Party any more.

Chick tracts are definitely still a thing. I don't know if they're still being produced, but they're still being satirized.

Zosimus: Unfortunately Joan of Arc didn't stand a chance at a time of total domination by a religion so dedicated to the subjugation of women. If she lived today she'd probably be running a moderate-sized cult somewhere, and doing talk shows to discuss the transgender issue.

24 August, 2016 05:41  

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