04 August 2013

Link round-up for 4 August 2013

The Vatican clarifies the Pope's remarks on gays.

Here's the next step for voter-ID requirements.

Gamer Lauren built a Portal-themed bedroom, with impressive results.

It's time to use profiling against the thugs behind urban crime.

President Nixon assesses Archie Bunker and that fag Aristotle.

Take the autism test (I scored 26).

Thinking of getting a Chinese-character tattoo?  Read this blog.

Ignoring trolls may not be the best strategy.

Anthony Weiner's campaign descends further into farce.

Stopped by a cop?  Keep an eye on your food.

Expected attendance at a fundie "ex-gay" rally in Washington:  "thousands".  Actual attendance:  fewer than ten.

There's a reason why some states are blue and others red (found via Squatlo Rant).

Racists blame the usual "villains" for that mixed-race-family Cheerios ad.

The Republican base thinks the party isn't bonkers enough yet.  But don't worry, the nihilist cavalry is on its way.

Can education thrive when the ignorant are allowed to influence it?

Not even death fazes the bigotry of Linda Harvey.

Lady Atheist has a round-up on Ball State and intelligent design.

This book looks entertaining.

That police visit to a family that had internet-searched "pressure cooker" and "backpack" resulted from a tip-off from an employer, not from Google or the NSA.

American voters support stand-your-ground laws, 53%-to-40% (see also the rest of the poll, which is mostly good news for Democrats)

Sick of those nauseating stickers with the word COEXIST written in religious symbols?  Check out this version.

ERM's environmental-impact study for the Keystone XL pipeline is hopelessly tainted.

Bachmann's PAC spends money oddly.

Josh Powell and his eleven siblings struggle to overcome the effects of Christian home-schooling.

Americans now support gay marriage by double-digit margins.

Republicans are so disorganized that they can't even manage a civil war.  But the teabaggers are willing to give it a try.

Canadian conservatives' outreach to the blind leaves something to be desired.

Nahla Mahmoud is the latest person to be threatened with death by religious crazies.

US bartenders protest Russia's anti-gay laws, but may not be choosing the best target.  The Olympics offer another opportunity.

The Russian Orthodox Church has released a video game where the object is to kill members of a punk band the Church disapproves of.

Uruguay is on the verge of legalizing marijuana.

Here's the latest Iranian rebellion against stifling theocracy -- sex parties.

Following Egypt, Tunisians are on the verge of revolt against their Islamist government.

Nepal's government tries to get control of the mess climbers have made of Mount Everest.  Those climbers who failed.....are still there.

Inca child sacrifices were doped up for weeks before being killed.

Taking advantage of disorder, tomb raiders plunder Egypt's ancient sites.

Miami could be under water in less than 30 years.

Careful your house doesn't get haunted over the internet.

Meet the pyrosome -- jet-propelled, up to 60 feet long, a colony of clones.

Artificial intelligence is a critical emerging technology.

Brain interfacing now allows a human to control the body of a rat.


Blogger mendip said...

A wonderful listing, as always - thanks! I particularly enjoyed the Nixon commentary on All In The Family, (Tricky Dick is always entertaining to the sane), and the Pyrosome article is fascinating!

04 August, 2013 12:40  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the picture at the top?

04 August, 2013 17:49  
Blogger Ahab said...

I took the autism test and scored 27. Hmmm.

I enjoyed the Lady Atheist commentary on Quiverfull families and fundamentalist homeschooling. When done poorly and/or with a fundamentalist agenda, homeschooling does a grave disservice to children. Throw in an oversized family in which two parents can't possibly meet the educational and emotional needs of all the kids, and you have a recipe for disaster.

05 August, 2013 07:10  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Mendip: Thanks! Nixon is a good reminder that the crude and ignorant conservative politician is not exclusively a present-day phenomenon.

I'd never heard of pyrosomes before I saw that. There's always something new out there.

Anon: The guys in blue berets are VDV (Russian airborne troops) menacing a gay pride marcher.

Ahab: Us special people gotta stick together..... Of course one must remember that not all home-schoolers are religious nuts, but those who are, are a real problem. The rest of society ends up having to deal with the results of their negligence.

05 August, 2013 09:00  
Anonymous Blurber said...

I got 31 on the autism test.

05 August, 2013 12:55  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

"The test is not a means for making a diagnosis, however, and many who score above 32 and even meet the diagnostic criteria for mild autism or Asperger's report no difficulty functioning in their everyday lives."

I suspect less-gregarious people in general also tend to score high on the test.

05 August, 2013 13:29  

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