14 June 2015

Link round-up for 14 June 2015

Here's a video editor having some fun with the fundies.

If any of my readers are immortal lesbian vampires, this lady would like to meet you (found via Mendip).

Wonkette reviews the worst children's book ever.

Does Scott Walker think it's 2112?

Yes, these lady scientists are distractingly sexy, but it's in a good cause (found via Mendip).

ISIS is now executing pigeons for spying and has banned the breeding of them.  Well, they do seem to employ morons.

For the very worst in interior decoration, it's hard to beat porn movies of the 1970s (found via GoodShit).

Fundies have a real issue with feathers, apparently.

Why is internet access in the US so overpriced?

Must-see:  Vyckie Garrison talks about the suffocating lifestyle of the Quiverfull movement and the authentic and honest life she's led since escaping from it.

Despite fossil-fuel industry efforts to confuse the issue, Americans are waking up to the global-warming threat.  There's yet more evidence that the Earth is warming faster than we thought, and no, it won't stimulate plant growth as some claim.

Regulations make a difference.

Supporters and opponents of a British exit from the EU prepare for the coming campaign.

Check out these color photos of D-Day (found via Earth-Bound Misfit).

The decline of Christianity in the US and rising acceptance of gays are reinforcing each other.  More here, with detailed discussion of particular sects (found via Republic of Gilead).

Fareed Zakariya explains why Saudi Arabia won't  develop nuclear weapons (it's consistent with my own impressions of the country).

Saudi Arabian blogger Raif Badawi has received a barbaric sentence of 1,000 lashes and 10 years in prison for "insulting Islam" by advocating secularism.  Here are five ways to help human-rights activists who live under theocratic regimes, from one who knows that situation.

Kalief Browder was a victim of barbaric "justice" -- in the United States.

The Swedish model for prostitution law is dead wrong and shouldn't be imitated.

Dim Job Buggar stumbles out with a disturbing bombshell about fundie families.  But everything is the liberal media's fault (found via Republic of Gilead).

The Catholic Church's belief in miracles leads to neglect of serious psychological problems.

The Republican party has fallen prey to "a vortex of stupid that is devouring everything in its path".

Take a look 47 years back at the wrong-est future prediction ever -- whose author is still defending it.

Surprisingly, something like the "sovereign citizen" movement exists among a small group of black Americans (found via Green Eagle, who has an entertaining video up).

The scars of religious abuse in childhood can last a lifetime (found via Margin of Error).

I've long found it significant that very few women are libertarians.

Booman Tribune has an interesting take on the defeat of the TPP.

Jeb Bush's Berlin debut wasn't exactly a smash hit.

Trust the government?  Remember the downwinders (found via Earth-Bound Misfit).

The swarm of new Scottish nationalists in Britain's Parliament are already shaking up etiquette.

Next year will see the launch of the longest floating structure in history -- and it's a good thing (found via Politics Plus).

New genetic analysis sheds light on the origin of European people and the Indo-European language family now spoken by almost half the world's population.

According to this school of thought, most of human psychology is shaped by fear of death.

The view from outside the galaxy would be.....dim.


Blogger Ahab said...

Thanks for all the shout-outs!

The commentary piece on Saudi Arabia and nuclear weapons was interesting. Saudi Arabia has a lot of petroleum money and clout, but they haven't bothered to build up their educational system infrastructure for the day when the oil money runs out. In a hundred years, when the global economy no longer depends on petroleum, Saudi Arabia will have reverted back to a backwater. The Saudi elites need to realize that their inability to build a nuclear weapon is the LEAST of their worries.

14 June, 2015 07:59  
Blogger LadyAtheist said...

They send kids to universities outside of the Middle East, so there may be a pool of qualified people to build up programs when the time comes

14 June, 2015 08:44  
Blogger Blurber said...

The video preview of the book from the post "The worst children's book ever," about hell is incredible. Where do these "Doctors" get their advanced degrees ((Dr. McMahon did the preview).

15 June, 2015 11:20  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ahab: It's an incredible missed opportunity, considering what that money could have bought them.

Lady A: I don't think educational opportunity is the real problem, given the weakness of their capabilities in other areas like manufacturing. Students educated abroad could theoretically help there too, but somehow they just don't. (I knew a Saudi student slightly during my own university days, and I can kind of see why they don't, but that's a topic for another time.)

Blurber: Unfortunate;y it doesn't take much to start a "school" and hand out "degrees". If Pat Robertson can do it.....

15 June, 2015 18:00  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

The D-Day photos were really good! ... I was reading on those prostitution laws ... and that has to be some of the most twisted crap I have ever read as far as prostitution laws. The way it's set up oddly, especially in USA ... middle class and working class people are restricted by laws from engaging in prostitution (whether it's client or worker)under fear of penalty ... yet "escort" services for upper clientle from politicians to bank CEO's is fine ... basically more lopsided garbage, based on class ... not morality. Kind of reminds me of drugs/ dope laws here in USA ... buy Oxycontin from the pharma/ doctor ... it's "good dope" ... buy heroin on the street ... it's "evil dope" ... same nonsensical crap and the "price of vice". Thanx for the link up.

16 June, 2015 05:25  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Now that we're close to winning the fight for gay equality, I think drugs and prostitution are among the next arenas where these stupid taboos need to be fought and debunked. I think the tactics and a lot of the arguments will be the same, only the topic will be different. The enemy's case is just as weak.

17 June, 2015 03:50  

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