Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday Link Dump ~ 2/10/12

I am noticing a trend in American culture lately where old, privileged white men are attempting to dictate a woman’s place in society either by attempting to control the accessibility of birth control, restricting low-income health care via Planned Parenthood or just trying to cram an inflated government into every uterus.  Is it me?  Or are the Conservative Christians whining more than usual?

I'm a woman, not a sin.  The misogyny of organized religion laid bare.  

More thoughts on Catholicism and contraception

Congressman Falls for The Onion's Planned Parenthood 'Abortionplex' Story Speaking of confirmation bias, when you think that Planned Parenthood is an abortion assembly line you will fall for anything.

Brilliant Democratic State Senator Tacks ‘Every Sperm is Sacred’ Clause to Oklahoma’s Personhood Bill  The proposed amendment states:  “However, any action in which a man ejaculates or otherwise deposits semen anywhere but in a woman's vagina shall be interpreted and construed as an action against an unborn child.”

The Scale of the Universe Not only are we small and insignificant on an astronomical scale.  We are lumbering and insipid on a microscopic scale.

In Search Of 'Alien' Life, Russian Scientists Out Of Contact Since Last 6 Days In Antarctica

'The oldest work of art ever': 42,000-year-old paintings of seals found in Spanish cave

Siri’s Evil Twin Sister Iris: Popular Android App Calls Abortion Murder, Cites Exodus

FLASHBACK: Mitt Romney Attended A Planned Parenthood Fundraiser, Now Wants To Defund It

Ron Paul Gets Glitter-Bombed.  The video is shit.  Just know that it happened.  Tell your friends.

Random Quotes of RWNJ Stupidity: Darwin --> HITLER!  (Sigh) Really?

How to argue illogically: Tony’s ten top tips  Every crook and charlatan should reads this and take notes.

Re-creating Noah's Ark, with lizards, for science!

Watcha Thinkin Bout?

Jonathan Haidt Explains Our Contentious Culture  It's no secret that we have a left-leaning political ideology on this blog.  Watching this clip actually uncovered some of my own biases toward conservative thought.  It makes me uncomfortable and it's actually hard to remember because my liberal/progressive brain wants to ignore information that contradicts my worldview.  We cannot rely on individual reason because our biases are literally blind spots.

James Randi: Archaeology vs the Bible

Martin Luther: Grandfather Of The Holocaust

The only primate to communicate in pure ultrasound

Prop 8 Overturned Lets protect marriage from bigotry for a change.

Badass of the Week: Anthony Omari Dude took a machete to the skull after protecting 37 children in an orphanage from 3 attackers.  What did you do this week?

Sure, Gay Teens Are Killing Themselves, but What About the Christians?!  Persecution is written into the Christian mythology.  It was a necessary indoctrination tool to combat the blinking expression that rational people give you when you make wild and unsubstantiated claims about the Universe.  Follow me on this one.  1)You believe that morality comes from a series of statements in book. 2)Echoing these statements is so damaging to some people that it compels them to take their own life.
Your choices are to: A)Decide that the statements from the book are immoral. B) Recognize that using those words to shame others into conformity is also immoral.  C)Decide that the suicidal people are immoral and/or broken in some way that is independent of you. D)Claim that the people who object to your moral statements are persecuting you.   They need to continue to prime and reinforce their followers with the persecution mantra.  Otherwise basic human compassion will take over.

Entire genome of extinct human decoded from fossil

The History of the Universe in 10 Minutes

Atheism in America: Why won’t the U.S. accept its atheists?  We’re here.  We’re clear.  Get used to it.

"Ping-Pong" Planets Can Bounce From Star to Star

Ex-Gay Flyers Passed out in Public Schools

Christians Boycott Starbucks – Because Romans 1 Explains Starbucks Hates God If Christians are going to use Leviticus as a reason to boycott Starbucks, they should boycott Red Lobster too.

Hubble images reveal galaxy similar to Milky Way

Alabama Senator: Increasing Teacher Pay Is Unbiblical (But I Need A Raise)  Steve says: News flash! Those who claim that "Biblical Teachings" are paramount are usually full of shit. Also hypocrites.

Dissecting "How atheism became a religion in all but name”