18 October 2015

Link round-up for 18 October 2015

Arab graffiti artists pwn the Homeland TV show.

Ranch Chimp has some amusing videos on guns.

A theologian's blather about oral sex cracks up a TV presenter (video clip here, but without subtitles).

I Can Has Cheezburger does the Middle Ages (from Shaw Kenawe).

Cool decorating idea, if you've got lots of space.

When Bernie talks, here's what the wingnuts hear.

Some people shouldn't play with guns (or trees).

There is actually such a thing as a 12½-foot-wide inflatable TV.

Jono at Otto's Son reveals a fiendish threat to the US workforce.

Posters on a conservative discussion site contemplate the implications of quantum physics.

Tengrain analyzes Peggy Noonan.

As many as a million members may have abandoned Mormonism over its hostility to gay marriage (found via Republic of Gilead).

Being 75 didn't stop James Vernon from being a hero.

Technology is bringing us wondrous visions.

Alex Andreev creates bizarre, startling art (found via Lady, That's My Skull).

Shut it down, and.....

Wingnut morality is wingnutty.

The rage against Planned Parenthood is about sexuality, not abortion.

A sex-trafficking survivor explains how criminalization of sex work has made her situation far worse.

Here's an Iranian view of the Democratic debate.

The Atheist Camel has an open letter to put-upon Christians. Peter Mosley asks them to quit being vultures.

There's something odd near the star KIC 8462852 (found via Mendip).

If you have a Windows computer, be careful about updates.

Trump is OCD about being called "short-fingered".  "Moderate" Kasich rants against secularism (found via Republic of Gilead).  And Huckabee is just hopeless.

Here's a disgusting creep with good connections.

Don't go to this church for "counseling".  You might not survive.

Religio-wingnuts gather in Salt Lake City, but opponents will be there too.

Alabama may be retreating on its latest vote-suppression scheme, but the Governor is admitting nothing.

Public opinion on illegals isn't on Trump's side.

History shows the economy does better under Democratic Presidents (found via Progressive Eruptions). The US middle class has a smaller share of national wealth than the middle class in most countries.  We've become a center-left nation now.

Sweden is trying out a 6-hour workday.  So should we.

Christianity comes up with a new way of being mean to waitresses, and produces an eruption of dumbth in Zambia.

Galaxies, galaxies, galaxies (found via Mendip).

Check out this cool globe studio (found via Lady, That's My Skull).

Here's a tool illustrating the scale of the universe, from smallest to largest.

We need more scientists in our public discourse.

Anti-vaccine idiots have brought the US to the brink of a new age of epidemics.

Oregon cracks down on deadly "faith healing" parents (found via Mendip).

A fossil from Spain reveals much about our tiny-mammal ancestors during the age of dinosaurs.

Don't be fooled by worthless online polls following the Democratic debate.

A conservative writer assesses Obama's subtle foreign policy (found via Fair and Unbalanced).

On the Republican debates, the mice are running the experiments.  Here's how Trump pwned CNBC.

20-year police veteran Chris Hernandez talks sense on guns and gun control (found via Earth-Bound Misfit).  If you can read this and still not get it, I give up.

How far out of touch with reality is the right wing?  This far.  Oh, and a lot of them think Trump is their best general-election hope.  He's in this race for the long haul.

Worried about that Ipsos claim that Democrats are doomed in 2016?  Click here.

Here's why Bernie's message isn't resonating with most black Americans.

David Brooks laments that House Republicans have gone nutzoid -- they're hardly bothering to hide it any more.  Yep, this is pretty much what it looks like.

Yes, there have been quite a few cases where armed civilians have stopped mass shootings (found via Earth-Bound Misfit).

Maajid Nawaz speaks out on the jihadist threat against atheists.

A mullah's rape of a ten-year-old highlights the vileness of Sharî'ah law, but justice did prevail in this case.

Columbus was a brutal monster who shouldn't be celebrated.

The Putin regime is slandering the Crimean Tatars.

Wow, this sounds like the beginning of a great marriage.

The ocean has lost about half its fish in the last 45 years.

There are good reasons for thinking intelligent aliens might be dangerous.


Blogger Ahab said...

The Middle Ages memes were great! The monk sneering at the angel's defeat of the dragon was the funniest.

The post at Wickersham's Conscience was spot-on. We live in an era of so many scientific discoveries, and not just related to space. Our universe is vast and full of wonders to be discovered.

The fatal beating at the New York church was disturbing news. From what I've read about it this week, the "church" in question was more like a cult, and the victims were beaten because they wanted to exit. A young man is dead and another is seriously injured (and traumatized) because of fundamentalist madness.

18 October, 2015 11:02  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

I've used the term "short-fingered vulgarian" to describe Trump, but I never knew where it came from. I love the term because it is unique to Trump; I've never heard it to describe anyone else, and apparently it bothers the hell out of him. So I'll continue to use it; we all should.

I saw the report on KIC 8462852 earlier this week as was fascinated. Thanks for the links. And all the other goodies in today's roundup.

18 October, 2015 11:21  
Blogger Rosa Rubicondior said...

Thanks for the shout-out once again. Very much appreciated.

18 October, 2015 14:17  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ahab: It makes me wonder what images of today which we find solemn and respectable will be made into objects of fun a few centuries from now.

It seems bizarre that a society capable of such spectacular scientific achievements as robot probes to other planets should have a political party that rejects so much basic science. Aliens might think it shows we're too immature to be allowed to run freely around the universe -- or maybe such dichotomies are common to all intelligent species, as District 9 implied (depicting an alien species advanced enough to have interstellar travel, but most individuals of that species nevertheless being stupid and violent).

Shaw: A number of bloggers use the term. Given how thin-skinned he is, it's no surprise that it upsets him.

I always feel rather mixed about reports like the KIC 8462852 one. I agree with Hawking that an advanced alien species would very likely be dangerous -- but the possibilities are so intriguing!

Rosa: And thanks for your always-interesting posts!

18 October, 2015 14:42  
Blogger Jono said...

Great collection Infidel! I've been reading for hours and am only about half way through. Thanks for the shout out.

18 October, 2015 16:40  
Blogger Les Carpenter said...

Hm... Six hour work day. 4 six hour shifts for 24 hour operations. More leisure time for employees and more employed individuals.

If the experiment works in Sweeden and folks are happier and business remains robust and profits at acceptable levels it should work anywhere. Including the US.

One thing us certain, in the US if it increaes labor costs and reduces profits it wouldn't even get off the ground. To get American business interested it would have to be cost neutral and increase profits.

19 October, 2015 05:49  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Or, we could simply pass a law requiring businesses to treat their employees decently, like we did with overtime, minimum wage, and so forth. Unlikely unless Bernie becomes President, I know. We've got a long way to go to catch up with Sweden.

19 October, 2015 06:55  
Anonymous Blubber said...

The Hubble picture of galaxies was great. I seem to remember reading once that in the area of sky represented by the Moon there are over 100,000 galaxies.

19 October, 2015 11:17  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Jono: Thanks for warning us about the gathering menace.

Blubber: It's stunning how much there is out there -- and how much of it we can see now. Galileo would be amazed.

21 October, 2015 03:03  

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