05 January 2014

Link round-up for 5 January 2014

We've had the Maya, Harold Camping, the perennial Biblical End Times, etc. -- next apocalypse up is the Viking Ragnarök on 22 February 2014 (found via Ranch Chimp).

Republicans' Kwanzaa outreach didn't go well.

Here are some offbeat Christmas quips.

Cryptocurrencies descend into farce. And does the local fire department know about this?

One of the funniest things about "white nationalists" is the endless bickering about exactly which groups qualify as "white".

Leave that odd-looking fuzzball alone (found via Mendip).

A North Carolina politician resigns in style.

Ed Brayton looks back at psychics' predictions for 2013.

There are differing views of the origin of humans.

Yawn, it's another wingnut mass uprising.

Atheists have morals.

Edward Snowden could not get a fair trial in the US.

There's a good reason why almost no scientists are Republicans (found via Progressive Eruptions).

Mormon fundamentalists are even weirder than you think.

Las Vegas is missing out on the new marriage boom.

Superstition is just harmless fun, right?

Here's some right-wingers' idea for the occasion of a new national holiday.

Fake pregnancy centers run by religious nuts thrive in Texas.

The SPLC's Morris Dees responds to Phil the Duck.

Peace on Earth?  Here's what the Bible says.

The ACA continues to help millions despite ongoing Republican lies and obstructionism.  Here's a closer look at one of the lies.

People who think evolution was "guided by God" don't understand evolution.

The Boy Scouts are doing fine.

Since their election wins in 2010, Republicans have been focusing on one thing.

December's UPS/FedEx fiasco should make us appreciate the Postal Service.

The explosion of ads is ruining journalism.

A series of "knockout" attacks in Brooklyn leads to hate-crime charges.  And are we still civilized if we allow this kind of thing to happen?

Republic of Gilead has a 2013 retrospective, while Tim McGaha looks ahead.

The "other NRA" uses its vast clout to prevent decent incomes for 13 million Americans.

Republicans act shocked at the truth about Benghazi, which everyone else knew all along, but they just can't bear to let their beloved fake scandal die.

Don't be fooled -- things are improving.

Giving free money to poor people does work.

Music lovers in the 1950s USSR came up with a spooky solution to the ban on Western pop music (found via Mendip).

Jihadists threaten all-out war against the Sochi Olympics.  I'm unsure of the veracity of this report of a Saudi connection.

What terrible luck for a family to be killed -- twice.

As the US prepares to leave Afghanistan, Islam reasserts itself.

8 million acres of Chinese farmland are too polluted to grow crops.

The Chinese regime tells its media not to report "wrong points of view".

Prominent Christians in Africa and the US praise Uganda's vicious anti-gay law.

Here are 18 science-related accomplishments of 2013 -- I posted about some of them.

[Image at top found via Lady Atheist]


Anonymous luis rocha Texas said...

I look forward every Sunday to Link round-up and how I always find something interesting to read. Keep up the great job.

05 January, 2014 18:56  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Luis: Thanks much! Glad you find it of interest.

06 January, 2014 05:02  
Anonymous Blurber said...

My favorite post this week: Only 6 percent of scientists identify as Republican, whereas 55 percent identify as Democratic. In October of 2012, 68 Nobel-winning scientists co-signed a strong endorsement of Obama, saying the President “has delivered on his promise to renew our faith in science-based decision making.”

06 January, 2014 10:13  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Blurber: Some Republicans want to dig themselves in even deeper.

07 January, 2014 07:03  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Thanx for the link read Infidel. I didnt know a thing about these Texas anti abortion pregnancy center's ... maybe I can make a few buck's off this afterall, eh? {: ) I mean, you dont need nothing but a white med smock, a prayer book, and a statue of Mother Mary, a few $1 buck Santeria candles ... and that's it (just kiddin) {: )

Origin of humanity ... oddly, I met this lady back about a month ago and we had some small chat on this (actually she done all the talking, she loves talking about this it seem's) ... but to try to make it short (because she was too detailed and lost me somewhere's) she thinx that space alien's I reckon came down to Earth, and I reckon impregnated or genetically modified existing ape's and/ or neanderthal's or whatever (?) making what we now as the human of today (?) and according to her, this is connected with this "Illuminati" thing, and this "Holy Grail" or whatever, is passed to various nation's or continent's of the globe over the centuries and whoever possesses it end's up as the world leader ... like the Roman's had it at a time and now USA has it or whatever (?) ... anywayz, she is really passionate about this so I heard her out and had a lil enlightenment I later gave her {: ) Anywayz she actually suspected that I was holding back and probably was in contact with alien's before myself, but declining to talk about it or whatever ... I then told her that I DO have contact with alien's, however .... I was talkng about illegal Mexicano immigrant's {: ) ... I then sent her on her way with something to think about for remainder of her life ... I'll leave it there.

No, I never heard of the Russian underground x- ray tapes of music before ... make's me happy I was born and raised here in America {: )

What qualifies as true white race or whatever? ... heh, heh, heh, heh, heh ... yep ... ole Hitler was fascinated with that. I never really gave a shit bout my ancestry too much. But interesting enough for me, was this young lady I know who is a born and raised black American gal from Dallas, who complained to me saying that Obama wasnt really an African American, because he didnt have slave ancestry root's back to America ... heh, heh, heh, heh, heh ... she is cute as Hell though too ... so I put up with it {: ) I could have told her a thing or two about African root's, but left it there {: )

I'm ready for summer ... later Infidel .... {: )

08 January, 2014 05:12  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ranch: Actually there's one more thing needed to run a fake pregnancy center -- a massive lack of ethics.

People who think that aliens modified (or mated with!) earlier hominids to produce modern humans really ought to read up on genetics. The genomes of humans and other ape species have been exhaustively documented and studied. If there was anything there suggesting something beyond normal evolutionary processes, we'd know about it. There isn't.

It's remarkable how often white supremacist discussion threads degenerate into arguments about whether Italians are white or whatever. They've got endless wacky theories and can never agree.

09 January, 2014 03:47  

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