Link round-up for 1 January 2017
This is me. Sometimes, so is this.
Moose are awesome.
Be Princess Leia in 2017.
A simple equation explains religion.
Freak out your neighbors with these nativity scenes.
Twitter brings us the year in cats.
Bricklaying or witchcraft? You be the judge.
A lot of people must feel like this.
Good point. Another good point.
Don't invite this guy to your next Christmas party. Speaking of parties, let's hope this one is awful.
Check out this burning ammonium dichromate.
Millennials? I'm 56 and I don't even know what fabric softener is.
Here's a literal picture of happiness.
A lot of good things happened in 2016.
God works in non-mysterious ways.
Kentucky declares a year of the Bible.
Chairman Meow and RedShoulder take different views of Rogue One. The film wasn't meant to be political, but.....
Some of the people we lost in 2016 had made a subtle but special contribution. George Michael did more than most people know. Vera Rubin deserves to be remembered. So does Donald Henderson.
The age of unlimited, clean, almost-free energy is coming.
Simon and Schuster faces a backlash for its deal with Yiannopoulos.
If you have an abusive/controlling partner or parent, watch out for this.
"I've never tried to actively set someone on fire with my brain before but....."
The South lost the Civil War, but won the peace.
No, Republicans are not good for veterans.
Yet another Trumpanzee regrets his support.
Stop worrying about offending the wingnuts.
Ranch Chimp salutes a fighter for democracy.
Female genital mutilation happens in backward, religion-dominated cultures, such as the US Midwest in the 1940s.
This monument in Alabama preserves a jar of soil from the site of each lynching in the state.
Green Eagle has a reminder to Christians from an unexpected source.
Here are some facts worth remembering about Hitler.
Did you know this?
Crazy Eddie has impressive videos of the 2011 Japanese tsunami.
Here is how Asad presents himself in his own country. Saydnaya, by the way, is a largely Christian town, whose inhabitants have every reason to fear the worst from Dâ'ish (ISIL) or even the other Sunni rebel groups. Asad is probably genuinely popular there.
India's Skeleton Lake holds evidence of a mysterious mass killing over a thousand years ago.
Obama leaves office as a success, and as the toughest man in America.
Hillary doesn't owe you anything. Show some appreciation.
The Rude Pundit suggests a bold strategy for the Senate (found via Blue in the Bluegrass).
A Republican slams the Trump-Russia connection.
Teh stoopid, it burns. "The day we can't laugh at these right wing bozos any more we really will be done for."
Be ready -- Republicans intend to attack Obamacare as soon as they can. Medicaid too will be a target we must defend. They may even try to fuck up the internet. Popular resistance has worked before, and Obama is doing his part. Republicans and Trump himself will not have an easy four years. They've awakened a sleeping giant.
Hard-core Trumpanzees are unreachable and we should give up on them, according to a writer who grew up in that culture (found via Hackwhackers). Hecatedemeter despairs at their self-destructive meanness. But some will eventually wise up (found via Batocchio). Booman takes a nuanced view.
Call it like it is.