28 July 2013

Link round-up for 28 July 2013

Behold the awesome Cthulhuphant.

More evil and horrifying than Cthulhu:  Ducks.

Here's a nice young couple who give each other a lot of moral support.

The losers in the culture wars are frothing and fuming in rage and bewilderment.

Don't confuse socialism and capitalism (found via Squatlo Rant).

Here's a pretty good guide to spotting bullshit.

If neither Clinton nor Biden run in 2016, Warren is the next choice of Democrats.

Reports of George Zimmerman heroically rescuing car-crash victims appear to be fraudulent (found via Green Eagle).

A majority of Americans favor gay rights even if their religion disagrees (found via Republic of Gilead), although, for some, religion still wins out.

North Carolina's vote-suppression law is the worst in the country, but people are fighting back (found via Smartypants).

We need to start sticking certain bank executives in Guantánamo.

80% of Americans support raising the minimum wage, but you-know-who stands in the way.

Don't over-interpret Detroit.

Another top Exodus official apologizes (found via Republic of Gilead).

Andrew Sullivan denounces the party of nihilism.

Texan Billy Cain is proud of his daughter's activism.

Extremist nutjob candidate for Governor of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli suffers a backlash from donors.

A judge blocks the country's most restrictive abortion law (found via Lady Atheist), but we need to do something about the politicians who enact these things.

Don't be fooled by Rand Paul's thinly-disguised Southern strategy.

Some may object to my use of the term "financial parasite class" for the class enemy, but I challenge anyone to deny that this behavior is parasitic.

Ramesh Ponnuru warns Republicans that their plot to de-fund Obamacare will backfire.

A touch of Sharî'ah law in Britain?  This proposal stinks of it.

British activists need to stop name-calling with the word "fascist".

Russia is one of the most secular countries in the world, but the spirit of Christianity is still alive there.

In which countries is the US viewed more favorably than China and vice-versa?

There are some nice people in the world.

Masao Yoshida, a hero who prevented a catastrophe by disobeying corporate orders, has died of cancer at age 58.

The world must decide what to do with a Syrian refugee population now at two million and rising.

In Tunisia, secular politicians are being gunned down.

The ruler of Zimbabwe calls for the beheading of gays.

The dawn of the computer age was clunky but fascinating (found via Mendip).

Virginia Johnson, a scientist who helped change American culture, has died at age 88.

British scientists use stem cells to repair the retina in mice.

From California comes a new super-antibiotic that kills anthrax and MRSA.

Advanced countries are preparing for the possibility of a terrorist attack using smallpox.

Acceptance of the reality of evolution has risen rapidly in the US since 2004.

Loss of Arctic ice is opening new trade routes, but the thawing of the tundra could cost the world $60 trillion.

Carbon dioxide levels are now similar to the Pliocene epoch, when sea levels were 66 feet higher than today.


Anonymous Blurber said...

On “The dawn of the computer age . . . “I still like the Babbage Engine was completed in London in 2002, 153 years after it was designed. Difference Engine No. 2, built faithfully to the original drawings, consists of 8,000 parts, weighs five tons, and measures 11 feet long.
See http://www.computerhistory.org/babbage/ for a video of it in action.

29 July, 2013 13:50  
Blogger uzza said...

Re ice melting, what are they gonna do with 60 trillion dollars after everybody's dead?

30 July, 2013 07:04  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Blurber: An amazing feat of mechanical computing. I can see why this is not the direction the technology took, though -- it would be pretty difficult watching YouTube on a machine like that.

Uzza: The figure is absurd, of course. It's almost equal to the combined GNP of all the world's countries. But I guess it's possible to translate the devastation of the majority of the inhabited land in the world into a dollar figure for total damage, so somebody did.

30 July, 2013 07:10  

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