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[links] Link salad for a sleepy Friday

The Civil War in COLOR for the first time: Painstakingly remastered images of a divided America that recreate era in amazing detail — (Via Lisa Costello.)

Elephants and humans have 'unique bond'

Ravenous dwarf sucks life-giving juices from unfortunate victim — I've been on dates like that. No, wait, it's The Register talking about astronomy.

By 2047, Coldest Years May Be Warmer Than Hottest in Past, Scientists Say — Nothing to see here, citizen. Just liberal lies from the pit of Satan. Move along.

Gov’t Usurps Parental Rights, Forces Chemotherapy on 10-Year-Old Amish Girl — A really annoying post about an interesting and challenging story. Sigh.

Half of Evangelicals Believe Prayer Can Heal Mental Illness — It's really hard for me not to be very unkind about this one. Headline kind of speaks for itself. (Via Slacktivist Fred Clark.)

"No, You're Still Deceased," Judge Tells Dead Man — Wow.

Feeling superior about your political beliefs is a bipartisan issueBut only conservatives are dogmatic about it. My political beliefs don't include the idea that it's okay to kill 30,000 people per year for the sake of gun ownership, or that it's okay to persecute pregnant women, or that it's okay to let poor kids starve, or that it's okay to keep people from voting wherever possible if you think they won't vote for you, or that it's a good idea to profoundly miseducate all the nation's children about evidence based thinking. All of those are core conservative political beliefs, or the direct results of core conservative political beliefs. Hard for me to see this as a balanced issue when the other side is so profoundly destructive to our nation's political and social culture.

Business Groups See Loss of Sway Over House G.O.P.“We are looking at ways to counter the rise of an ideological brand of conservatism that, for lack of a better word, is more anti-establishment than it has been in the past,” said David French, the top lobbyist at the National Retail Federation. “We have come to the conclusion that sitting on the sidelines is not good enough.” Sitting on the sidelines my fat, white ass. You bought and paid for those clowns, and inflicted them upon the entire nation. Nice to see American business waking up. Would have been a hell of a lot nicer if American business had possessed a shred of common sense or patriotism sometime over the past two decades while building the GOP's empire of moron legislators.

Republicans Were Never Going to “Win” the ShutdownToo many on the right believe false promises of unlikely or impossible political victory, and the false expectation prompts them to make futile stands that end up worsening their already weak position. Welcome to the reality-based community, House GOP, where your cherished political beliefs do not have the force of fact or law or even rationality.

The WSJ/NBC Poll Is a Complete Republican RoutWhen that many people in your own party are against what you’ve been doing, it is absurd to believe that you are in a position to “win” anything.

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