Weekend Links

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law a controversial bill that would make it a crime for journalists or anyone else to publicize the names of gun permit holders or applicants. Louisiana lawmakers must believe that the Second Amendment nullifies the First.

– Hmm…it turns out that “beer bellies” are a myth.

The U.S. Supreme Court has passed a regulation prohibiting protests on its grounds. This law is definitely going to be struck down by the Supreme Cour–oh, wait…

– A study published by Mother Jones has found that, despite the country’s intolerant reputation, Pakistan actually leads the world in gay internet porn searches.

Missouri musician and concert promoter Jimmy Tebeau is serving a 30-month prison sentence for running a music festival at which illegal drugs were allegedly widely used and sold. Despite the fact that he never sold drugs himself, Tebeau was targeted by the feds simply because he did not do enough to prevent young people from getting high on his property.

Last weekend Islamic militants bombed a bus in Quetta, Pakistan, killing 14 female students. The militants later attacked a hospital where survivors of the bombing were being treated, holding hundreds of patients and hospital workers hostage and killing at least four more people. Elsewhere in Pakistan, Islamic militants shot to death two polio vaccination volunteers.

A 65-year-old suburban Seattle woman who attempted to live on nothing but sunshine has given up after 46 days. The woman was experimenting with the New Age philosophy of “Breatharianism,” which apparently involves depriving your body of nutrients until you starve to death.

The 20 Most Controversial Video Nasties.

Here’s an interesting chart comparing alcohol consumption with alcohol-related traffic fatalities in all 50 U.S. states, to determine which state has the most responsible drinkers. It turns out that New Hampshire residents have yet another reason to brag.

Exodus International–a controversial Christian organization that claimed to “cure” gays and lesbians of their homosexuality–has announced that it is closings its doors. The group’s president (and top closeted homosexual) has issued a statement to the GLBT community apologizing for “years of undue suffering and judgment at the hands of the organization.” The times, they are a-changin’.

– Professional chemist exposes the bad science in BuzzFeed’s list of “8 Foods We Eat In The U.S. That Are Banned In Other Countries.”

Buddhists in Burma are becoming increasingly radicalized, particularly in their views towards the nation’s Muslim minority. One Buddhist leader, Ashin Wirathu, even refers to himself as “the Burmese bin Laden.” I can’t imagine there was much competition for that title.

A Canadian bill making it a crime to wear a mask during a riot or other unlawful assembly has become law, despite concerns from civil libertarians that the law could stifle free expression.

Federal prosecutor Mike Cotter wants longer sentences for the Montana medical marijuana providers he got convicted, also claims that marijuana is a “dangerous drug” with no medical value. Asshole.

7 Jaw-Droppingly Dumb Things Republicans Think About Science.

Hundreds rallied in Hong Kong last week in support of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and in protest of the U.S. government’s secret surveillance programs.

– In related news, Julian Assange (of WikiLeaks notoriety) says that he is negotiating with the Icelandic government on behalf of Snowden in order to obtain asylum for the whistleblower in that country.

– And finally, some good news: Gay-bashing, holocaust-denying, sociopathic tyrant Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is no longer the president of Iran. Good riddance.

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