10 May 2015

Link round-up for 10 May 2015

Hey, I actually agree with Miley Cyrus about something.

The cultural revolution continues:  more Americans would be comfortable with a gay President than with an Evangelical one (found via Republic of Gilead).  It fits in with how Americans are becoming less conservative.

That Nebraska woman who is suing homosexuals (all of them) quite appropriately gets the brush-off.

If you're a Christian business owner, play it safe.

Don't give too much credence to that Pew Center forecast on the future of religion.

Hey, now there's a computer game for Christians!

One profound change in just the last five years -- a clear majority of Americans now favor using high taxes on the rich to redistribute wealth.

Two worlds, one sun (found via TYWKIWDBI).

If Obama really supported Sharî'ah law, he'd be a Republican (discussion here).

You never know when somebody's watching.

Pinku-Sensei has been running a series on student sustainability videos.  Here's one everybody can use at some point:  natural ant eradication.

France's National Front party suspends the membership of its own far-right ex-leader (found via Fair and Unbalanced).

Harry Potter author, Scotland resident, and British patriot JK Rowling suffers harassment by Scottish nationalists.

Evangelicals are like the prophets of Baal.

Rosa Rubicondior takes an in-depth look at two of the most famous fraudulent "miracles", Fatima and Lourdes -- seriously, if the "incorruptible body" scam doesn't disgust you, you're beyond hope.

Hillary Clinton has been a tough and effective fighter for human rights, and she's our best chance to roll back the Reagan revolution (found via Zandar).

This map of where in the US life is getting harder speaks for itself.

Sign here to oppose horrific cruelty to rabbits.

Some people call the cops when they see black people doing totally innocuous things (found via Fair and Unbalanced).

New evidence on bird evolution highlights the intellectual bankruptcy of creationism.

In Iran, it's not only women whose clothes and hair arouse the ire of cantankerous mullahs.

Madison WI becomes the first place in the US to ban discrimination against atheists.

Africa's biggest airline takes a stand against trophy hunting.

Whether in Italy or in Oregon, some tourists are assholes.

Earth-Bound Misfit shows off her aerial photos of the Mississippi (click for bigger versions).

Kaveh Mousavi explains in convincing detail why visiting a magnificent shrine didn't make him feel one bit more favorable toward religion.

Oregon now protects gay youth from "conversion therapy".

Anti-gay-marriage nuts are now reduced to throwing impotent tantrums and threatening that God will kill everybody.

Classy bunch some American Sniper fans are (I wonder if the idiots who are trying to blame Pamela Geller for the terrorist attack on the Dallas cartoon contest will also accuse Abby Martin of "incitement", etc.).

If your fundamental rights are being violated, it doesn't matter whether you're a good person or a bad one.

The horrors of rigid abortion law in Paraguay adumbrate what could happen if Republicans ever get full control in the US.

What would Jeb Bush's foreign policy be like?  Here's a clue.

Fracking chemicals are being found in home tap water.

Huckabee is basically Palin.

As atheism spreads, it's becoming demographically more representative of the general population.

Republicans have good reasons for discouraging science.

On Baltimore, we need to pay attention to both this and this.

60% of Republicans say if Jeb Bush is the nominee, they won't vote for him.  Most are probably just venting and the poll is by some baggot outfit anyway, but if even 1/20 of them follow through, it's a problem for Bush.

[Whew!  Still having to type one-handed -- it's slow going.]


Blogger Rosa Rubicondior said...

Thanks for the shout-outs again.

10 May, 2015 03:22  
Blogger Ahab said...

Kaveh Mousavi's visit to Imam Reza's tomb was eye-opening. I'd love to swing by a large-scale Catholic shrine and see if the believers there are equally infantile.

I'm not surprised that Chris Kyle adoration brings out the worst in some people. Machismo is an dangerous drug.

The TYWKIWDBI commentary piece made my heart sink. We Pennsylvanians know all too well that fracking practices are endangering the environment and public health.

10 May, 2015 08:16  
Blogger Pinku-Sensei said...

Thanks for the link to the practical and sustainable ways of controlling ants. My students liked that advice, too.

On another topic you brought up, J.K. Rowling is getting hit from her right on Twitter, too. As Vox pointed out, she handled her troll deftly.

Finally, Happy Mother's Day and may your left hand heal soon!

10 May, 2015 09:18  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

The link on Fatima, Portugal, was a great expose of how the RCC uses ignorance, anti-science, and cheap tricks to keep the sheeple in line.

I remember the story from my childhood and how it was accepted as a real and true "miracle."

The RCC is shameless when it comes to scams like Fatima.

You did an amazing job for someone with your injury. Be well.

10 May, 2015 12:10  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Rosa: And thanks for continuing to provide such great posts.

Ahab: The "spiritual" seems to bring out the worst in people. Amazing that they seem to think the dead Imâm (or God himself) will judge them more by whether they managed to touch some inert object than by how they treat the people around them.

As far as I know we don't have fracking in Oregon, thank goodness.

Pinku: I wish I'd known those things when I had to get rid of an invasion a few years ago. Much better than spreading poison around the kitchen.

I don't know what it is about trolls and women on the internet. Gives petty little men a chance to feel aggressive and still hide, I guess.

Shaw: Rosa's blog is great for exposés of things like that. It should be in the bookmarks of everyone who's concerned about religion.

And thanks -- blogging to me is like existing -- as long as I've got a brain and one hand left I wouldn't know how to stop.

10 May, 2015 14:22  
Anonymous Nina said...

Oh no, I agree with Miley Cyrus on something, too! But reading the article, it seems like she may actually be growing up.

Confession: I bought a Miley Cyrus brand faux leather jacket from the thrift store across the street. But I'm tearing out the label.

11 May, 2015 19:20  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Nina: It may be a stopped-clock-right-twice-a-day type deal, but on the other hand not all celebrities are dimwits. She may just be growing up, as you say.

11 May, 2015 20:17  

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