23 November 2014

Link round-up for 23 November 2014

Things are getting serious now -- the world is running out of chocolate.

Check out these spectacular images of destruction (found via GoodShit).

Here's what Christian leaders through the centuries have said about women.

These people voted -- did you?

Europe and the US handle science differently.

Murr Brewster isn't fooled by the cloud.

Patricia Miller isn't fooled by the Pope (found via Republic of Gilead).

Shaw Kenawe has a really unappetizing Republican menu for us.

When the House voted to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, Lakota Indians whose lands would be affected took it as an act of war.

Still depressed about the election?  Read this, and you'll feel better, especially the part in beige lower down.

Stonekettle Station's response to the Republican outrage over Obama's illegal-alien actions is, as usual, a must-read.

Which marriage should be forbidden?

More evidence supports the view that the internet is inexorably destroying religion.

Recognize the Tea Party for what it is -- the revival of an old and evil treason.

Kirk Cameron sinks to trying to skew the Rotten Tomatoes rating system (found via Republic of Gilead).

This posting appeared on a liberal news blog, but a lot of the comments read like they were written by Nazis (found via Green Eagle).

Yes, of course Republicans want to impeach Obama.

Here's a guide to stores to shop at, or avoid (found via Politics Plus).

The Republican base and the general public view 2016 Presidential candidates very differently.

Here's an example of what happens when you try to debate with right-wing crazies.  It all sounds very familiar to me.

What if the President took really radical action on illegal aliens?  Could Republicans support him?

We're not doing it right.  These people are.

Where marijuana is concerned, the Canadian government is as moronic as ours.

The Church of England is in such steep decline that one bishop says it will disappear from England in six years.

The Pope speaks out to reassure the troglodytes.

The Catholic Church is losing its grip on Latin America (found via Republic of Gilead).

Once subject to official harassment, Medya Kitabevi is now Europe's largest Kurdish bookstore.

A newly-translated Coptic book from the eighth century suggests that religion at that time incorporated some strange and now-forgotten heterodoxies (found via Mendip).

The Saudi regime uses vague and draconian laws to suppress every vestige of criticism.

Here's a good explanation of why landing on a comet was so difficult to accomplish (found via Progressive Eruptions), and here are 26 of the historic photos from the Rosetta/Philae mission in high resolution (found via GoodShit).

[Image at top:  European Rosetta spacecraft approaching destination comet]


Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

The link to Christian writings about women is as bad as any link to modern-day Islam and its repression of women. One thing's for sure, man-made religions' commonality is to subjugate females. The more fundamental the religion, the more repressed the women, which then gives the patriarchs the god-given right to abuse them. And that abuse is enforced by threats of shunning, abandonment, violence, and even death.

Religion: If you're a woman, run from it as fast and as far away from it as you can!

23 November, 2014 07:20  
Blogger LadyAtheist said...

Snopes on the chocolate deficit:


23 November, 2014 09:52  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

There's very little to choose from between Christianity and Islam. The only reason the Christian world is now less oppressive and violent than the Islamic world is that there are far fewer fanatical believers remaining here than there. But those quotes give a good sense of what women could expect if Christianity won its former dominant position in our society back.

23 November, 2014 09:58  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Lady A: Well, that's a relief at least!

23 November, 2014 10:01  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

As recently as 1998, the Southern Baptists adopted this as their "essential statement of belief:"

"...a woman should ''submit herself graciously'' to her husband's leadership and that a husband should ''provide for, protect and lead his family."

I'm surprised they didn't adopt another "essential statement" suggesting that a good spanking now and then should keep the little lady under control.

23 November, 2014 11:07  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

a woman should ''submit herself graciously'' to her husband's leadership

They just can't help sounding like some clueless, scruffy-bearded Islamic theologian or Old Testament patriarch. And they wonder why the younger generation is abandoning their churches in droves.

.....that a good spanking now and then should keep the little lady under control

They probably wouldn't be averse to that too, except that nowadays spanking an adult is more associated with kink than discipline, and they don't want to have anything to do with that. But using psychological pressure and bullying, pretty much anything goes.

23 November, 2014 15:01  
Blogger Scott McGreal said...

The first link reminds me of a joke I heard long ago:
Save the Earth: it's the only planet with chocolate!

23 November, 2014 16:00  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Well, damn! When I wrote my comment I was totally unaware of this:

The 'Christian' movement that tells husbands to SPANK their wives 'to correct misbehavior'

A growing number of married American couples are agreeing to allow husbands to keep their wives 'in line' by taking to corporal punishment.

The trend is called Christian Domestic Discipline and much of what is known about the practice is published on the website Learning Domestic Discipline, published by husband and wife CDD duo, Clint and Chelsea.

The website states: 'It is an arrangement between two adults who share the belief that the husband is the head of the household and with that position comes the right to enforce his authority.'

24 November, 2014 17:56  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Any adult who "agrees" to spanking and the like for purposes of "discipline" either has disastrous self-esteem issues or is into that kind of thing because it turns them on.

It's sad that some people need to give themselves bullshit religious excuses to indulge their kinky side, and even sadder are those who genuinely think so little of their own right to self-determination that they believe they deserve what, in that case, is actually domestic abuse. That's a perennial problem, of course.

24 November, 2014 19:02  
Blogger Unknown said...

That pope link was classic. Frank I is just running what brung 'em as Darrell Royal used to say. Why change a good thing when it allows you to bugger little scamps and dress up like it's still 1499?

25 November, 2014 09:14  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Indeed. His rhetoric may have fooled a few people, but the Catholic Church is not going to change fundamentally. They're still shielding the molesters as much as ever.

25 November, 2014 17:58  

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