[links] Link salad won’t back down

Don’t forget the name Jay’s tumors poll.

How Paperbacks Transformed the Way Americans Read — (From AH via [info]tillyjane.)

Scott McKenzie’s San Francisco was a hippy anthem with a life of its ownSan Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) didn’t reflect the particular sound of the city itself. Not that this mattered – it was great pop and its idealism lives on. (Snurched from Cora Buhlert.)

Sigur Rós – Fjögur píanó — A wild piece of video art. Note, NSFW. (Thanks to Marta Murvosh.)

Children warned name of first pet should contain 8 characters and a digit — Ah, security. (Thanks to [info]willyumtx.)

Bee-rotica: A beginner’s guide to insect sting fetishes — Rule 34 is alive and well. (Thanks, I think, to [info]danjite.)

Battling the YakuzaJapan’s authorities are clamping down on the criminal underworld, but the mighty Yakuza refuse to back down.

Some Hidden Historical Gems in the School of Dentistry — Mmm. A museum of dental oddities, right here in Portland.

Exotic Detections: Wormholes and Worldships

Helix Collapse Fails to Crush Hope for Vertical Wind Turbines

Decline In Circumcisions Could Prove Costly — Hmm.

Is Climate Change To Blame For This Year’s West Nile Outbreak? — Ah, science. All about the questions instead of the certainties. One of the wonders of evidence-based thinking is that you can learn new things.

Antarctic ice sheets may have changed the planet’s heartbeat — Some fascinating science in this article.

Arctic ice cap set for record-breaking summer melt sessionTemperatures have been inconsistent and winter ice is thin.

Religious Right Still Oblivious of their Double Standard on BoycottsAccording to LaBarbera and Mefferd, it is inappropriate for companies to back gay rights efforts or groups because they will be offending customers when they should be remaining neutral in the “culture war.” However, if a company like Chick-fil-A opposes gay rights, then it is an admirable decision worthy of support and any criticism of their activism is an assault on freedom. Actually, this headline didn’t need the words “on Boycotts”. (Snurched from Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

Why are all the GOP celebrities such nuts?

Republicans Condemn Akin’s Comments As Blemish On Party’s Otherwise Spotless Women’s Rights Record

Top Five Worst Planks in GOP Platform — Geeze, where to begin. Any decent, sane human being should be horrified by pretty much all of these.

Romney doesn’t lead Republicans, he follows them

The Irony Of A Black President — Ta-Nehisi Coates is brilliant on Obama, race and American society.

?otD: Will you stand your ground?


8/23/2012
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (WRPA)
Body movement: 60 minute suburban walk
Hours slept: 6.25 (solid)
Weight: n/a
Currently reading: Heartland by Mark Teppo

One thought on “[links] Link salad won’t back down

  1. Cora says:

    Regarding that NPR article, I’m so bloody sick of American circumcision propaganda.

    Foreskins are normal and natural. Except in fairly rare cases, circumcision has no medical benefit at all in a modern western country and several drawbacks such as potential loss of sensitivity and dryness and even reports of psychological trauma in some cases. And if the circumcision is carried out under bad hygienic conditions (as in some cases of religious circumcision), children have died of infections. And for the supposed advantages that are claimed such as cleanliness and a supposedly lower risk of some STDs – well, washing your penis and using a condom protects just as well and is less permanent than circumcision and has less drawbacks and health risks.

    Here in Europe, the overwhelming majority of men are not circumcised. The only exceptions are Jews and Muslims and a few rare cases of circumcisions done for genuine medical reasons (e.g. if the foreskin gets torn due to an accident). And our rate of STDs is lower across the board than in the US. And our healthcare costs are lower, too.

    The fashion for circumcisions for non-religious reasons in the US is due to the mistaken belief that circumcision reduces masturbation. It persists because “that’s the way it’s always been done” and because it’s an income source for hospitals and doctors. As for the WHO, though it’s supposedly an independent UN body, it’s recommendations have been very strongly influenced by the US medical establishment before (e.g. swine flu).

    I’m sorry to dump this on you, but just today the ethic committee of the German parliament chickened out of banning the circumcision of minors for non-medical (i.e. religious) reasons altogether (though they did recommend that both parents have to consent, that parents have to be informed about potential risks and that the procedure has to be carried out by a proper doctor under anaesthetic) after a district court in Cologne had declared the practice illegal. I’m pretty angry about this, because circumcision is a completely unnecessary and potentially harmful procedure IMO and because I strongly believe that your religion (generic you) does not give you the right to mutilate the genitals of a young child anymore than your religion gives you the right to withhold lifesaving treatments from a child. Consenting adults could still get circumcised, if they want to.

    But the privilege of religion is strong everywhere. That and Germans are terrified of being called antisemitic, even though a circumcision ban would affect a lot more Muslims than Jews.

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