The first Bunch o’ Links of 2014! As promised, this is super long:

‘Explosive documents’ connect Christie, bridge scandal. The office of Governor Chris Christie has been linked to a partial shutdown of the George Washington Bridge in September that caused massive traffic problems.

An alternate theory of the Christie scandal. While most people are convinced that Christie’s bridge scandal is retaliation for Fort Lee’s mayor not endorsing Christie for reelection, Rachel Maddow brings up another explanation.

Feticide Laws Advance ‘Personhood,’ Punish Pregnant Women. Laws designed to punish criminals who cause pregnant women to miscarry are being exploited by anti-choicers to punish women.

Other Girls. Anna deconstructs the trope that we should try not to be like those “other girls.”

Flawless Trans Women Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox Respond Flawlessly To Katie Couric’s Invasive Questions. Both Carmen Carrera and Laverne Cox are brilliant here, and Katie Couric is kinda really creepy.

This Major Interfaith Organization Now Includes More Non-Theists Than Ever Before. Nearly a quarter of the Interfaith Youth Core’s volunteers are nonreligious.

A Year Without God: A Former Pastor’s Journey Into Atheism. This is an interesting project, and I’m excited to see the results.

I think Bill Nye is great, but I think he’s making a mistake. Bill Nye’s decision to debate Ken Ham is probably not a good idea.

If Closeted TBLG People Are Harming BTLG People’s Human Rights, Out ‘Em. The title pretty much says it all, and I firmly agree with it.

CeCe McDonald will be released this month. Yayayayayay!

Ready … aim … point … talk. Man uses gun as laser pointer, isn’t immediately arrested. Oh, and he’s the New York director for homeland security.

Wow this is doge. Meet Kabosu, the Shiba Inu otherwise known as “Doge.” Such adorable.

Don’t Blame Social Media if Your Teen Is Unsocial. It’s Your Fault. Social media is increasingly becoming an outlet for young people prevented from seeing each other in person.

Quit Throwing 9/11 In Our Faces. Everything about this is excellent.

Insane Clown Posse sue US government over gang designation. This is awesome in so many ways.

Let’s just call it talking. The internet is a real place, and the abuse and harassment encountered there is real too.

Fitness Is Not A Cure All. Please stop suggesting exercise as a cure for all of life’s ills. It’s not.