[links] Link salad for a Tuesday

TV Tropes — The big book o’ tropes. In case Joseph Campbell isn’t enough for you. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Realism is fake — Some really nice stuff here on the art of writing dialogue. (Thanks to willyumtx.)

Whale blowing bubbles — This is a cool photo. (Thanks to jenntheamazon.)

Ultrasonic Frog Tunes Its Ears Like a Radio Dial — The headline is strangely written, but it’s a cool story. An evolutionary quirk. (Thanks to lt260.)

Facing the freshwater crisis — Nothing to see here, citizens. Just more environmental alarmism from liberal traitors. Move along, move along. (Thanks to lt260.)

Church exorcism protected by First Amendment — So inflicting bodily harm is protected under religious freedom? There’s a hole you could drive ever child protection law in the country through. Can’t be sparing those rods. (Thanks to danjite.)

Eight reasons even the innocent shouldn’t talk to the police — Interesting stuff. (Thanks to danjite.)

matociquala asks a simple political question — “If Barack Obama were a kind of pro-terrorism Manchurian Candidate, what could he possibly do with a presidency that would achieve anti-American goals more completely than the current administration has?”

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