19 April 2015

Link round-up for 19 April 2015

Learn to do 3-point turns, it could come in handy.

Best subway station ever.

Work proceeds at the Large Hadron Collider.

Putin has no sense of humor, apparently.

Ta-daa!  Marco Rubio presents the Republican alternative to Obamacare.

The cover artist had a bit of fun here, I think.

Does anyone really doubt that this kind of thing happens a lot at airport "security"?

The world has passed a milestone in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.  I have a feeling electric eel power is never going to take off, though.

Old photos explore the frolics and fates of World-War-II-era "horizontal collaborators" (found via Mendip).

The baggots' latest paranoid fantasy is the gay bomb.

Man creates God in his own image, so here's the fundamentalists' God (found via Progressive Eruptions).

There was a time when a politician could talk like this and win.

How many of these supermarket tricks are you falling for?

Atheism means not dodging responsibility.   But it also brings real freedom.

Bill Maher owes prostitutes an apology.

North Carolina researchers achieve a breakthrough against Alzheimer's.

See if you can spot why this photo is causing outrage in Brazil.

Japan is full of eccentrics, but it also has plenty of grey, prudish old pearl-clutchers in power.

Republicans are more and more behind the times.

Here's what life at a fundamentalist college is really like (found via Republic of Gilead).

The victory at Appomattox was followed by a years-long terrorist insurgency.

"But some of my best friends are....."

Yes, it's OK to make fun of Christianity (found via Margin of Error).

A Fox Sports host pwns a silly article on the site (I wish she'd "do" some of their political coverage).

More corporate leaders like this, please.

Marijuana legal in your state?  Not any more, if Christie becomes President.

Check out the top 20 evil Bible stories (found via Bruce Gerencser).

Hmm, Putin's suddenly sounding conciliatory -- sanctions really starting to bite, maybe?

Our system creates incentives for conviction of the innocent.

Here's an example of how the enemy views recent progress on gay rights.

Spanish leftists, inspired by their own history, join the fight against ISIS.

The comment thread on this post illustrates how divided Republicans are on social issues (start around comment 40).

In a series on "most dangerous Christian denominations", Lady Atheist looks at the Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) cult and at Pentecostalism, which includes stuff like snake-handling and speaking in tongues.  It's scary stuff -- according to one link, there are 279 million Pentecostals, though nearly half of them are in Africa.

Why do zebras really have stripes?

Gin and Tacos makes an important point here.  I don't do the cringing-walk-on-eggshells thing.

Tiger the tabby cat met a sad fate, but it looks like he'll be avenged (I just bet this vicious freak is a real religious type).

One way to judge Hillary is by how her enemies attack her.  Here's a guide to anti-Hillary memes -- and a Tea Partier who's waking up to realityMore may follow.

White House condemns conversion "therapy", fundies go apeshit.

An attorney posts an open letter to that anti-gay auto repair shop in Michigan, while a North Dakota coffee shop posts a ban list of its own (found via Politics Plus)..

Obama finally tells the Republicans to quit sabotaging US foreign policy.

Two-thirds of Republicans support the interests of a foreign country above those of the US.

Your kids are safer than ever (except from the cops).

A San Antonio woman gets fined $2,000 for feeding the homeless.  Why can't the Christian Right crusade against law like this instead of against anti-discrimination laws?

A school nurse refuses to treat a girl because she didn't stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, then tries to block her from calling her parents about it.

No, Rubio is not winning over Hispanic voters to the Republicans.  As for gays, forget it.  Frankly he's not likely to appeal to much of anyone.

Godtards believe baby to be possessed by a demon, starve it to death, try to raise it from the dead, fail.  But Heaven forbid anyone should criticize religion.

Rick Santorum crusades to save America from the gay menace.  Here's why these dingbats always lose the argument -- and here's how ugly and nasty they really are.

Kansas and Oklahoma Republicans push forward with vicious anti-abortion laws.

The gut bacteria of Amazonian tribes reveal an evolutionary arms race between fungi and bacteria -- and could help us fight auto-immune disorders.


Blogger Ahab said...

The War History Online article was interesting. I recall reading about the "horizontal collaborators" in Mary Louise Roberts' "What Soldiers Do".

The mental floss article on how supermarkets manipulate shoppers was humbling, because I realized that I'd been tricked by these strategies! I shop in a counterclockwise direction and lose track of time in the grocery store due to the absence of clocks. It stuns me how much our public environments have been manipulated to achieve desired ends.

Kaveh Mousavi's commentary piece could hold equally true for ex-Christians. Freedom from tyranny inside one's own head is exhilarating.

The image of Putin riding a dinosaur shirtless made my day!

19 April, 2015 08:07  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

Another Sunday made more interesting because of these links.

Rubio is just brimming with grand ideas, isn't he? What a joke

19 April, 2015 12:06  
Blogger Comrade Misfit said...

With regard to the collaborators, a significant number of Nazis were tried in the fall of 1945 at what were pretty much drumhead trials, with executions almost immediately thereafter.

20 April, 2015 09:01  
Blogger Unknown said...

Cubans aren't the favorite flavor of Latino among the other Latinos. They get to step to the front of the line for green cards and for possible citizenship. It's a bone of contention, as you can imagine.

Great links, btw.

20 April, 2015 15:28  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ahab: Nothing in supermarkets is left to chance. I suspect one could find similar tricks in other businesses.

Mousavi should be required reading for atheists, both for the situation under Islam and for atheism generally.

That Putin pic does showcase a bloodthirsty, primitive monster -- and I think we all know who it is.

Shaw: The funniest thing about Rubio is how the conservatives are convinced women voters will flock to him because he's young and good-looking. They must think women are all as shallow as they were about Palin.

Comrade: A lot of injustices were committed in the heat of the end of World War II. The Russians generally didn't even bother with trials.

Thomas: Thanks! I know there are a lot of differences among the various Latino groups. Republicans seem to think they're all one big homogenous mass.

20 April, 2015 16:26  
Anonymous Zosimus the Heathen said...

Well that LifeSiteNews piece on LGBT folk was something else. Interesting to see it was first published by a mob called MassResistance (who I've heard a lot of bad things about - apparently, they're considered a bona fide hate group in many quarters these days), and that they approvingly quoted the loathsome Scott Lively at one point in it. For me, though, the stand-out section of their rant was the following:
"Liberals and LGBT activists are vicious, bullying, lying, hypocritical, angry, and fanatically dedicated. Such a large-scale denial of reality requires it. They have no interest in fairness – only force. Yes, one of their favorite tactics is to attack and brutally libel anyone who disagrees with them. Much of this also has to do with their own self-centeredness and need to feel superior." (Insert obligatory comments about projection and shiny, shiny mirrors.)

Interesting how these people seem to consider virulent hatred of LGBT folk as "pro-family". Indeed, it was precisely these kinds of attitudes towards LGBT individuals that first made me suspect that "pro-family" groups were full of shit when they claimed to champion "family values". After all, as a bumper sticker I used to see around the place quite a bit pointed out: "Hate is not a family value."

21 April, 2015 04:57  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

LifeSite is one of my go-to sites to stay aware of the enemy's mentality. Trust me, that article is nothing unusual. They really are that alien and that uncomprehending.

In the context of American right-wing politics, the word "family" is now pretty much code for "anti-gay".

21 April, 2015 05:40  

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