Link round-up for 25 December 2016
Bailey's Buddy presents everything you need to know about penguins. Plus, cute baby elephants.
Fed up with Easter? Try Wester -- it has a squirrel!
If there's Christmas Eve, there must be Christmas Adam.
I guess this is the Republican Santa Claus? Here's the reality.
This looks like a pretty cool book for kids.
Do you want to build a snowman?
If you're bored with ordinary Christmas-tree ornaments, maybe this ancient Roman amulet will inspire. Or you could just put Christmas lights on your palm tree.
Did you know these famous actresses were also scientists? Read up on Hedy Lamarr -- you'll be surprised.
People need to keep this stuff straight.
This could be a metaphor for trying to reform the Republican party.
Check out the photography of Laura Zalenga (link from Shaw Kenawe).
Rogue One blows away the alt-right's pitiful boycott attempt, to the tune of $290 million.
Take this short test to find out how evil you are (found via Clarissa) -- I scored rather low, somewhat to my surprise. But with some people the evil is just right out there.
Here's an interesting post on religion, philosophy, and arrogance -- I particularly liked this comment which it cites.
A libertarian wrote this -- and they wonder why people recoil from their ideology (found via Fair and Unbalanced).
Badtux reports eloquently from the wasteland of the American dream.
Through the Republican party, the US is now dominated by its most failed region.
Ignore the tornadoes, nothing to see here.
Remember, and do not forgive.
Screw the voters, a $5 minimum wage is too high, apparently.
Obama has extended religious-freedom protections to atheists (link from Marc McKenzie).
Republicans aren't racist, honestly.
"The essence of the Confederate worldview is that the democratic process cannot legitimately change the established social order....."
A couple of recent TV series are exposing Scientology.
With Trump as their leader, wingnuts are wingnuttier than ever.
Jack Cluth has been on a roll this week, calling out the hypocrisy of fundie Trumpanzees, observing Muslims winning hearts and minds in Arizona, checking Republican math, and nailing Bill O'Reilly's all-too-revealing rhetoric.
Here's how the Republicans plan to attack gay marriage.
North Carolina is now a failed democracy.
PM Carpenter makes the case that the Democrats should not go populist on trade policy.
Facing terminal decline, Christianity in Britain demands new official privileges.
"Dark underside"? WTF? And what's up with Google?
This new reality show sounds a bit too real.
I visited Karak in 1979. It was peaceful then.
Where are the most atheistic places in the world?
What Asad and Russia most fear isn't jihadism, it's the genuine struggle for freedom.
Betsy DeVos may not value American teachers, but the Chinese do.
Scientists must resist global-warming denialism. Bill Gates plans to direct $170 billion to green-energy development, and Las Vegas is the latest big city to run entirely on renewable energy.
Facing an inaugural devoid of stars, Trump turns to the Radio City Rockettes, who can be made to perform by their parent company -- but even they are protesting so vociferously that they too may escape him.
Blogger Max's Dad continues his look at Trump's cabinet, finishing up here. Here's some more info on the same topic. And here's one example of Obama's picks vs. Trump's.
How the hell can these people be so surprised? Weren't they paying attention?
Trump's witch-hunt of climate scientists may have been thwarted, but he has another target. No wonder so many federal employees are getting ready to leave.
Don't be fooled -- the Republicans are still in desperate straits (found via Mock Paper Scissors). Here's why some of them will help us stop Trump.
No mere airing of grievances, Keith Olberman delivers a barn-burner of a call to resistance. Young people are ready to resist, but there are things they need to watch out for.