Friday Links! (Spoooooooooky Spooks Edition)

Happy Halloween!
Happy Halloween!
It’s Friday! But even more importantly, it’s Halloween!!!!!!!!!!

Ghouls and goblins and mummies and werewolves on the prowl! We have a pile of candy to hand out, the house has some spooky decorations, and I have picked out some scary movies. We’re going to have a great night.

Anyway, here is a collection of news and other things that I ran across over the course of the week which struck me as worthy of being shared:

Happy Heteroween: In Defense of Sexy Pirates, Sexy Nuns, and Sexy Cadavers.

5 Years After Passage Of Hate Crimes Law, Religious Right’s Dire Predictions Still Haven’t Come True.

Dear Author breaks down the actions of the Author who stalked a Good Reads reviewer. (Thanks to shipperx for the link!)

The Choices of Kathleen Hale.

There Really Is an Evangelical Christian War on Halloween.

Is it just me, or does talking about religious violence feel an awful lot like talking about gun violence?

Tim Cook Speaks Up …and comes out.

Why it matters where — and when — Tim Cook spoke up about being gay.

On crying in public.

xkcd: Zombie Marie Curie.

Totally True Horror Story: A Shocking Tale from the ’80s—Illustrated.

Once you see this small typography tweak Apple made in OS X Yosemite, you can’t unsee it.

Last of the Crow war chiefs turns 101 in Montana.

Lonesome George, the Last of His Kind, Strikes His Final Pose.

Woman sues to use wife’s name on South Carolina driver’s license.

Godless millennials could end the political power of the religious right. We can only hope!

Top Ten Most Famous Swords of the Middle Ages. Note: it’s not a slide show, so you don’t have to click-click-click to see them!

Chemists Find A New Chemical Bond—Forming it requires replacing atoms’ electrons with more exotic sub-atomic particles.

#GamerGate Supporters Demonstrate They Don’t Know What Ethics in Journalism Means.

Every Other Planet in the Solar System Would Fit Between the Earth and Moon. Factoid I knew long ago, but the image is nice.

Cassini Spies Methane Ice Crystals in Titan’s Atmosphere.


Brownback Covered Budget Deficit By Tossing Disabled People Off Medicaid.

Ken Ham’s tax-payer subsidized creationist theme park is already in trouble for religious discrimination.

Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian! (
Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian! (
The Evangelical War on Halloween.

And Halloween, Jack Chick, and Anti-Catholicism.

And Colbert is on it: War on Halloween – Costume Swapping & Jesus Ween. (Video plays automatically)

Pope Francis admits he believes in evolution and the Big Bang, says science and religion can peacefully coexist.

On the other hand, Stop Celebrating the Pope’s Views on Evolution and the Big Bang. They Make No Sense.

Time magazine is just an embarrassing Internet troll now.


Couple plead guilty to torture death of 8-year-old they believed was gay.

The Universe Might Be A Billion Years Older Than We Thought.

Five science ‘facts’ we learnt at school that are plain wrong.

Digging through 316,669 tweets from three days of Twitter’s two-month-old #GamerGate trainwreck. He really digs into the metadata. It’s fascinating!

Viewpoint: Arrow of Time Emerges in a Gravitational System.

They don’t all have to be heroes, but….

Fairy rings and h/a/y/ fungal fever.

Are you participating in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)? Let’s be writing buddies!


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Jessica Lange – Gods and Monsters (Lana Del Rey Cover):

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Monster Mash:

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Beetlejuice – Day-o (Banana Boat Song):

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Melanie Martinez – Carousel (American Horror Story: Freak Show Theme) (Official Video):

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LOL! “Don’t TOUCH My Girlfriend” Pres.Obama! Couple Interviewed – Chris Hayes:

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The Endless Night: A Valentine to Film Noir:

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Avengers: My Ultron Will Go On (setting the visual of the Avenger’s trailer to Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” is surprisingly awesome):

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