25 May 2014

Link round-up for 25 May 2014

If dogs could text.....(found via Mendip).

Ever wonder what a right-wing romance novel would be like?  Bill Maher gives a sample (found via Politics Plus).

Worst tattoos ever.

Bring back phone booths!

Histories of Things to Come remembers the great H.R. Giger.

I agree with Dan Savage's position on the proliferation of trigger warnings.  Real life doesn't have them.

Capitalism works!

Passenger planes are awash in bacteria.

Illustrating how fuzzy racial categories are becoming, more and more Hispanics are self-identifying as white.

The Santa Barbara killer was deep in the PUA/MRA subculture.

The FBI needs computer experts to fight cybercrime, but there's a problem.

Correlation often doesn't mean causation (found via Mendip).

Fracking supporters have something to hide.

Hillary Clinton takes up the cause of inequality.

Chatpilot reveals the one book he's burned.

Marco Rubio is just another ignorant dumbass.

A case of terrifying racism surfaces in Utah.

Don't believe what people claim about their own church attendance.

Sex education ignores the most important thing about sex.

Republican outreach to women looks doleful, but they still have a plan.

Four rabbis are charged in an abduction-and-torture scheme.

Teabagger nutbars are being beaten by establishment Republicans, but some of the latter aren't too sane.

With some people, it really is homophobia.

One graphic illustrates the hypocrisy of Republicans' Benghazi frenzy.

Support for gay marriage just keeps on rising.

The Tea Party loses support as it lurches into anarchism.

US basic education is poor by international standards, though a few states do well.

DRB has some photos of women soldiers of World War II (found via Mendip).

Here's a really cool house in Wales.

The European Union contemplates a huge lunge toward totalitarianism.

Former Wehrmacht and SS members created a secret army in the 1950s (found via Mendip, who raises an important point).

A small Spanish village symbolizes Europe's struggle with racism.

In the best sign yet that Putin is backing down on Ukraine, he says he will recognize the outcome of today's election there.

Think Akin was bad?  Check out the religious right Iranians are stuck with.

Boko Haram has roots in Nigeria's extreme corruption (found via Lady Atheist).

XKCD compares two engineering feats: Egypt's Great Pyramid and the Apollo Moon mission.

A new book thoroughly refutes intelligent design.

Glacier melt in Antarctica has probably reached the point of no return (found via Progressive Eruptions), but the US right wing still denies reality.  Here are eight lies debunked (found via Lady Atheist).


Anonymous Zosimus the Heathen said...

That article about embarrassing tattoos reminded me of some terrible ones I'd see in tattoo magazines: something I used to buy religiously. One of the worst was this tattoo some young woman had covering her back, the tattoo in question depicting some demon (with butterfly wings!) that was jerking off, and shooting flames from his oversized member! Just the sort of thing you'd want to have stuck on a reasonably visible part of your body for the rest of your life! I also remember hearing a story (not sure if it was true or not) of some skinhead who attempted to tattoo the word SKINS on his own forehead. Unfortunately, since he was putting it on himself, he had to use a mirror to see what he was doing, and inadvertently ended up tattooing SNIKS on his forehead instead!

25 May, 2014 05:21  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

It's curious how stupid people often go to tremendous lengths to advertise their stupidity to the universe.

25 May, 2014 05:33  
Blogger Blurber said...

The producers of "Alien" sure picked the right guy when they contacted Giger.

26 May, 2014 09:38  
Blogger Ahab said...

You know, I'm relieved that I never got any tattoos, especially after seeing those ink abominations.

It's good that the media is paying attention to the role of misogyny in Elliot Rodger's rampage. Rodger was clearly a disturbed young man who had serious issues with women.

America needs to take education more seriously, and our culture needs to value learning. The southern states' slide downward described in the BBC article doesn't surprise me.

26 May, 2014 09:53  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Blurber: Indeed, the film was partly inspired by his art. It wouldn't have been anything like as memorable without him.

Ahab: I can't stand tattoos myself. Never saw the appeal.

I'll probably have a post up about Rodger in a day or two.

26 May, 2014 10:51  
Blogger mendip said...

An excellent set of links - thanks for posting. The ones on Rodger and that grit in Utah were frightening.

26 May, 2014 12:58  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Mendip: Thanks. Yes, there are some dangerous people out there, all the more frightening because they're so utterly lacking in introspection.

29 May, 2014 03:29  

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