25 November 2012

Link round-up for 25 November 2012

Here's the kind of underwear discussion we just saved ourselves from having for four years.

Need a gift for a conservative?  Romney campaign merchandise is available cheap.

This lady prefers a bony guy.

Here's a lot of cute baby pictures.

Tea Party Nation leader Judson Phillips still thinks Romney can win.

Robert the Skeptic has two interesting videos of mindless creatures running in circles.

Beware the evil sex demons.

Leave it to Beaver?  Leave it to Obama!

Yes, this is what we want.

Johnathan Montgomery of Virginia is the latest name on the long list of Americans who spent years imprisoned for crimes that didn't happen.

Rubio's blithering about the age of the Earth does matter.

This behavior is just stupid.

Dinosaurs give way to nimbler, smarter life forms (found via Squatlo Rant).

We'll be seeing more of this -- big banks go all out to keep Elizabeth Warren away from the levers of power.

Do you eat this?*

Linda McMahon's campaign is even more disdainful of its workers than Romney's was.

Denny's does damage control.

Wingnuts lie about Obama's Thanksgiving address.

Who is this hammer-and-sickle commie socialist calling for higher taxes on the rich?  (See this too).

Jim Wright calls out bigotry and gets hilarious hate mail.  Oh, and here's his view of those stupid secession petitions.

Here's what science textbooks look like in Jindal's Louisiana.  More Republicans here.

It seems impossible to reason with religious nuts (imagine trying it with this guy).

Racist thugs riot over Obama's victory (at a university).  More conservative reactions here.

Here are five important economic trends that don't get enough attention.

Here's why Romney lost -- not crazy enough.

More big companies face reality.

Christie's embrace of Obama made him a pariah among wingnuts, but New Jerseyans approve.

Religion, not race, is the Republicans' most daunting demographic problem.

Compare America's biggest employers, then and now.

Sarah Zacharias didn't vote against Romney and Ryan.

45% of Americans wish they could skip Christmas altogether.

Liberal Republicans are trying to re-emerge.  Good luck with that.

Michael Calleri lost his film-reviewing job because he wouldn't kowtow to shocking misogyny.

Here's a look at how the most and least educated states voted.

Norbrook has some advice for Republicans which they won't listen to.  Instead they'll do nothing or listen to this guy or, Satan preserve us, try this.  The teabaggers are still determined to purge moderates from the party, so let's make the best of it.

Religio-nutters freak out over atheist outreach to youth.

The CEO of Aetna is evil.

Britain's government-backed church votes against modernity and gets in trouble with the government.

Austerity policies have driven the euro-zone back into recession.

For once the EU Parliament does the right thing, taking a stand against internet censorship.

Hoo boy, that Thai Prime Minister is a hot chick!

This sign commemorates a fallen hero.*

Hamas left Israel no choice.

Indonesian Islamists hold a charming "celebration" for girls.

Be honest -- Iranian blogger Sattâr Beheshtî was murdered by the theocracy.

Atheism is on the rise in the Islamic world, even in Saudi Arabia; Egyptians are rebelling against an Islamist power grab (all three links found via Lady Atheist).

Most non-Catholic / non-Muslim countries have liberal abortion laws.

The greenest electronics company is -- India's Wipro.

This is not a "scientific controversy".

Since the government won't invest in a modern internet infrastructure for the US, Google will have to do it.

Here's a debunking of the "we only use 10% of our brains" myth.

British scientists restore limb function in paralyzed dogs.

[*Link re-posted since the site was down much of last week.]


Blogger mendip said...

Another wonderful list of links - thank you! I particularly like the one about the ants, (insect and otherwise....).

25 November, 2012 13:23  
Blogger Robert the Skeptic said...

I am troubled that the "underwear discussion", like the undisclosed tax returns, were completely off-the-table during the election. The mainstream media has no problem taking on Scientology but won't touch the batshit craziness of Mormonism. Why is that?

25 November, 2012 15:55  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Mendip: Thanks! I liked those videos too:-)

RtS: Remember the definition of the difference between a cult and a religion: "In a cult, there's one person at the top who knows the whole thing is a scam. In a religion, that person is dead." Joseph Smith has been dead a lot longer than Elron Hubbard, which has enabled his scam to complete the transition and acquire the patina of a "legitimate" religion, as untouchable as equally-loopy but even older scams like Christianity and Islam.

25 November, 2012 16:41  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Thanx for the link's Infidel

26 November, 2012 04:53  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

BTW Infidel (concerning WalMart), I was listening to some interview over the weekend (cant recall what, it was in the car on satellite radio though) and this was like "live" from a protest center in the LA area, concerning WalMart, anywayz this guy said he been working for the store (WM) for like 4+ year's and his pay today was a lil over $9 bux an hour ... plus they gave him a hard time about taking off for some familia thing he mentioned (illness or something of a loved one), and get this ... he was their "employee of the month" like a year ago or somethin. But I tripped out listening to this dude, wondering how in Hell you live in a city like LA on $9 bux an hour??! ... you can barely live on it in Dallas, and Dallas is actually about half the cost of living as LA, I shit you not! I know someone working at Target for instance here in Dallas as a cashier and getting more than $14 an hour and has good benefit's and are not even union!

26 November, 2012 06:02  
Blogger uzza said...

Excellent links as usual.

Violence is caused by the abuser´s feeling that he has a right to control someone else, not by anything the victim does. The abuser makes a choice to be violent, and abusers make excuses for their behavior, eg "I had NO CHOICE - you made me lose my temper”, hit you, bomb Gaza, whatever.

26 November, 2012 07:14  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

RC: The only way I could picture someone surviving on $9/hour in California is if they're sharing living quarters with several others in the same situation.

Uzza: technically true, but not meaningfully. Just sitting there and letting the southern cities get rocketed without trying to stop it is technically a "choice", but not one Israel could reasonably be expected to choose. One might as well say that a crime victim who injures the attacker while trying to fight him off "had a choice" in simply submitting to the crime. The actual blame resides with the instigator of the violence (rapist/Hamas).

26 November, 2012 07:34  
Blogger ReasonBeing said...

Thanks for including my blog in your list of links. I appreciate it.

26 November, 2012 10:48  
Anonymous Blurber said...

On atheism in the Islamic world, I can't imagine the courage it takes to go public about that in such a world.

I loved the ant circling!

26 November, 2012 11:03  
Blogger uzza said...

Submitting without resistance actually is one choice available to a victim, as is the choice of all out war, as are many other choices which may or may not result in injuries, that lie between those two extremes.

Responsibility for an action lies with the one who chooses to perform that action. Famously used by those who cry “offense to religion” as “provocation”, denying that these other choices exist is a way to avoid accepting responsibility.

26 November, 2012 17:50  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

RB: Thanks, it's a good blog.

Blurber: Yes, it takes courage to break free of the circle of ants.

27 November, 2012 06:59  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Uzza: But no one is entitled to expect of a victim that he or she submit to victimization with no response or self-defense. And in fact a government is obligated to defend its population; people who have a philosophical objection to doing so should stay out of government, just as people who object to dispensing birth control shouldn't become pharmacists. And Israel's response was very restrained, not at all "all-out" considering what its military technology could have done.

Responsibility for an action lies with the one who chooses to perform that action.

This is only true in the most meaningless and morally-bankrupt sense, when the action in question is an act of self-defense. A mugger or rapist cannot claim the moral high ground if his victim harms him in the course of fighting him off.

And it's funny that the same people who condemn Israel for defending itself rarely seem to criticize the Islamists for attacking it.

27 November, 2012 07:04  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

As always, a remarkably broad and good selection of things to read. You're nothing if not dedicated, Infidel. ;)

The Jim Wright piece is excellent, if a bit long.

Robert Reich's comparison of GM back in the day and Wal Mart now should be must reading for the next generation of worker bees. What it points up is the painful reality and consequences of a protracted period of an employers' market for labor.

27 November, 2012 22:25  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

SWA: Thanks! I'd say the contrast in the Reich piece shows what happens when, decade by decade, the state falls under the control of big-business interests and abandons its role as protector of the interests of the broad mass of people.

27 November, 2012 23:59  

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