19 January 2014

Link round-up for 19 January 2014

Behold the ladies and gentlemen of Reddit.

Kids' games in the old days were -- different.

Add a touch of Stygian horror and madness to your tea break (found via Mendip).

Sir, are you wearing action pants?

Here's some more goofy, all-over-the-place right-wing "thinking" (found via Republic of Gilead).

Rosa Rubicondior reviews myths about evolution.  Bookmark this one -- it covers a lot of the standard creationist talking points and why they're wrong.

In economic inequality, the US now ranks dead last among developed countries.

Duck Dynasty's ratings aren't so good.

How solid is the scientific consensus on anthropogenic global warming?  9,135 to 1.

Worst mailing-address error ever.

Alexandria VA addresses some very out-of-date laws (sent by Mendip).

Todd Akin wasn't the worst. And here's the next guy.

This DC cop has his own business on the side.

The nutcases are the problem.

After five years of Obama, what has changed?

Here's why you can't trust Amazon ratings.

Anti-marijuana laws are rooted in racism.

Eben Alexander's out-of-body experience isn't so convincing.

Free-market dogma is just a scam where corporate accountability is concerned.

Lax regulation played a role in the West Virginia chemical disaster.  Bad regulation in California is driving an industry out of the state.

Here are some things you should know about GMO foods.

Racism is despicable no matter what the source.

Public opinion in Utah is evenly split on gay marriage.  Meanwhile, Louie Gohmert is still an idiot.

Not just abortion -- Wendy Davis has ideas for reforming education in Texas.  Or, you could vote for Theresa Thombs.  "Responsive Ed" is the creationists' latest scam.

They gave up their guns too.

Wisconsin Republicans make another move to trash workers' rights, while those in Tennessee attack ACA users and those in North Carolina raise taxes on the poor so they can cut them for the rich.  This guy is just fighting for faith healers to keep on killing kids.

In another election year, it needs to be said again -- don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

Rapist released after 10 months, guy who helped catch him gets 10 years.  But this sentence seems about right.

With Christie sinking and a new accusation, are Republicans in trouble for 2016?  Apparently so.  Some are getting desperate enough to want Romney back (no dice).  Karl Rove may disagree.

Mississippi makes a bad move on prisons.

No, Mein Kampf has not become a digital best-seller.

No, acupuncture does not work (found via Rationally Speaking).

House Republicans consider a law that could make the IRS audit rape victims -- sign here to oppose it.

The world is fat.

A patient at a privately-run nursing-home in Britain was neglected after a fall because a Muslim nurse refused to interrupt his prayers, and later died.  This asylum seeker won't cause such problems.

The guillotine used to execute three German heroes has been discovered (found via Mendip, who comments).

The Iran deal moves forward, but Cory Booker wants to help Republicans wreck it.

The alleged tomb of Muhammad is about to be destroyed -- by the Saudi regime.

The Taliban try to use an 8-year-old girl as a suicide bomber.

Here's a Hindu contribution to medical science.

While everyone focuses on Uganda, gays in Nigeria are being arrested and flogged -- and read this story from neighboring Cameroon.

Reminder -- if you link to my blog posts, please read this.


Blogger Ahab said...

Um ... I'll pass on that Hindu remedy, thanks.

As for Nigeria, the country already had anti-gay legislation on the books, but the most recent bill signed into law by Pres. Johnson has made things worse. I'll be blogging on Nigeria & the Religious Right very soon.

19 January, 2014 07:17  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

ZOMG! The first one made me run into a dark room weep uncontrollably!

19 January, 2014 09:02  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ahab: Um ... I'll pass on that Hindu remedy, thanks.

Cow-ard :-) Still, it's worthwhile to remember that it's not only the Abrahamic religions that promote gross weirdness.

Sub-Saharan Africa seems to be rife with traditional homophobia -- like Russia and India.

Shaw: I must say that as subcultures go, the Trekkies in Friday's videos were considerably more camera-ready.

19 January, 2014 10:35  
Blogger Green Eagle said...

A particularly good collection this week, although I must say I barely made it past that Reddit photo.

19 January, 2014 12:34  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Green: Thanks. The Reddittards do seem to inspire shock and awe. If Lovecraft were alive today, maybe he'd write about them.

20 January, 2014 08:01  
Anonymous Blurber said...

Rosa Rubicondior's review of myths about evolution are right on target. Very complete and worth keeping as a reference.

20 January, 2014 09:34  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Blurber: She covers these kinds of topics very well. Her blog is one of my regular reads.

20 January, 2014 10:22  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Off topic:

Oregon's looking really good!

Can you get this to happen on the federal level?

We'd be much obliged.

21 January, 2014 14:57  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Shaw: Good news. Oregon's never been as blue as California and Washington, but maybe we're coming into line with them.

As for the federal level, the 'baggers are working on it.

21 January, 2014 16:01  
Blogger uzza said...

news 1/21/2013
Just learned from Freedom Industries that there was something else in that leaking tank.

21 January, 2014 20:10  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

God knows what else is in the mix, since this company seems to have been practically unregulated. Everyone should assume the worst.

22 January, 2014 03:50  
Anonymous Zosimus the Heathen said...

The action pants ad reminded me of something similar called action jeans, which were developed and endorsed by Chuck Norris for being the best jeans to do kung fu kicks in or whatever ("won't bind your legs!"). Good old Chuck! I used to love watching his films, cheesy as they often were. What a shame he's turned into such a wingnut in his dotage!

22 January, 2014 04:55  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Zosimus: The ad suggests these are designed for a rather different kind of action. I always wonder if the people who produced those old ads were really as naïve as they seemed, or just being sly.

23 January, 2014 02:37  

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