16 June 2013

Link round-up for 16 June 2013

Murr Brewster looks at intimate conundrums of space travel.

At Social Security Administration, a farter triumphs.

Jesus is now appearing at even worse venues than pieces of toast (found via Lady Atheist).

Are you an obscenely-wealthy one-percenter who wants a yacht that stands out from the crowd?  Consider the Migaloo (found via Mendip).

Valerie Dodds pwns the prudes.

Donald Trump gets pwned on Twitter.

Here's the latest right-wing dumbth from Conservapedia (click image for bigger).

11-year-old Sebastien De La Cruz sings national anthem, gets betwittered with racism, takes high road, becomes instant celebrity.

Sin is everywhere (found via Squatlo Rant).

Iain Banks knew that good fiction reflects the complexity of reality.

Some of those weird Republican statements about rape and pregnancy trace back to a crackpot Nazi experiment.

Yes, the Paultards are still bonkers (read the comments).

US mainstream media are so diverse.

Al Gore joins the struggle to stop the Keystone XL pipeline.

Obamacare saved individual health-plan customers $2.1 billion in 2012.

Republicans just aren't what they used to be.

Anti-vaccine idiocy is bringing some old diseases back.

Republican Congressman Peter King has a track record of supporting terrorism.

Southern Baptists must adapt to a changing world (found via Republic of Gilead).

That Cheerios ad that racists hated gets high marks from regular people.

Texas is a Republican bastion -- but not for much longer.

Prince Harry did a good deed.

The atheist community could learn a lesson from the Australian army.

Iran celebrates its new moderate President.

Erdogan escalates his war with secularist protesters, and unions call for a general strike.

Islamist Syrian rebels torture and murder a 15-year-old atheist.

The Taliban behead two boys in Afghanistan.

Al-Qâ'idah's online magazine is a target for creative sabotage.

Graves reveal 800 years of human sacrifice in pre-Roman Britain.

For women hungry for sex, things aren't as easy as they might seem.

Dystopias are boring, and bad SF.

The bugs strike back:  Super-tough ants and giant mosquitos invade the US.

A new proposal to beam signals to aliens is absurd and potentially dangerous.

We could easily abolish heart disease.


Blogger Ahab said...

I was fascinated by the article on ancient human sacrifice in northern Europe and its possible ties to slavery. I'm curious as to how neo-pagans who draw spiritual inspiration from ancient European traditions process the violence of their ancestors. If the Christian and Jewish communities wrestle with violence and slavery in their scriptures, do neo-pagans wrestle with it in their history too? I need to research this someday.

16 June, 2013 07:52  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Mornin Infidel ... just was reading that Eggs & Bacon (?) post or whatever on the Texas GOP, and it kind of reminded me of something you mentioned to me a couple year's back I reckon, being that until you mentioned it to me, I never even gave it a thought, but it make's sense as far as what would happen if the GOP lost Texas ... like that dude said (E&B) in his piece ... even if GOPers won all those other state's he mentioned, they would still be up shit's creek ... they get alot of those electorial vote's here. But I also was reading something the other day (cant recall what, but it was a news piece), that said Texas had like one of the lowest voter turn- out rate's in the U.S.(I would have never even thought that, the poll's were so packed here in Dallas during the last election!) they were saying like only 30% or so Texan's vote (not sure of the exact figure, but they said it was like low- low by U.S. standard's, so basically they probably for year's just had alot of GOPers voting, cause I met alot of working folk's that say they may vote, but never get around to it either it seem's (long story)

Later Infidel ....

16 June, 2013 09:29  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ahab: My impression is that most Neo-Pagans don't know much about ancient paganism and/or they acknowledge that their modern religion doesn't have much real connection with it. So it's not really "their" history.

(That's ignoring the whole Odinist / Neo-Nazi scene which is a whole other thing, of course.)

Ranch: B&E is a Texas blogger and so has an inside view of these issues. Texas is the potential fulcrum of a national political transformation -- a really successful get-out-the-vote drive there could permanently finish off the Republicans as a national party.

16 June, 2013 10:01  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Loved them all. Especially the major pwning of Donald "The Stupid" Trump.

16 June, 2013 14:16  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

That's another interesting point you just made that never crossed my mind, as far as a strong "get- out- the- vote" drive here in Texas and finishing off the GOP as a national party. I mean right now, whether your left, right, inde or whatever, it is VERY CLEAR that the GOP is No#1 when it come's to this current mess we have, whether it's the economy, our Social Security and other government/ peoples entities remaining to be public and NOT just privately owned, same sex marraige, obstruction to the point where nothing of much significance on some thing's can get done (being they just even buck EVERYTHING the President does as example, simply to "buck" him) ... it's even well known that GOPer's today are NO LONGER true conservatism, free market, and even promote idea's that have proven to be very anti- American as far as investment's in our own country at that, everyone even in their own party has issue's with it stonger than Dem's by a longshot, the only thing they seem united on is "Jesus" or whatever ... but not reality. Being that "IF" this party want's to at least have any of it's candidate's as potentially valid choice's ... THEY MUST restructure, divide, etc. I vote democrat myself ... I would like to see alternative parties more inde and choice for example (more like Sanders, maybe Warren, a tad more progressive), but I know in my heart right now, that ONLY one of these two parties would dominate, therefore I am forced in a way to vote whatever the strong opposition to the GOP and their right wing iron clad comrade's is (their affiliate's that claim to be different ARE, but more extreme as far as privatizing the country to CEO's for an example I noticed), which is democrat. Even though the President may have done thing's that I opposed ... I still for instance realize how this worx today in Washington, and realize that so many of the decent thing's that he vision's, cant be a reality with this constant battle ... he has already shown that he can be truely bipartisan as well ... and they still attack every time he fart's for that matter. Enough from me though ....

16 June, 2013 17:53  

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