14 September 2014

Link round-up for 14 September 2014

This must be a teabagger's bathroom.  Dunno what to make of this one.

Husband problems?  Call tech support.

The biggest crocodile in captivity is.....big.

Mess with horses, face the consequences.

The movie you've been waiting for is out.

Kevin Weir makes creepy GIFs from old photos (found via Mendip).

Hey, we're the majority!

If you think there is any limit to human stupidity, check this out.

Impress your friends with a fake vacation.

Two years ago the Wyoming legislature considered buying an aircraft carrier, among other nutty measures, but ultimately voted down the idea (found via Green Eagle).

It's an outrage against the Constitution that this photograph is being prosecuted.

Ranch Chimp has some impressive photos of Dallas.

This would not have happened if she had been white.

A Baptist pastor calls on Christians to embrace anti-gay bigotry (found via Republic of Gilead).

Details emerge on the great Palin brawl; the man who witnessed and reported it has now been fired.

Fundamentalist home-schooling does a lot of damage (found via Republic of Gilead).

One region stands out as the rape capital of the US.

Hey Repubs, how's that outreach to minorities going?  Outreach to raving lunatics might work better.

This kind of thing makes me think the open-carry types have a point.

Republicans struggle to keep control in Texas.

How bad is theft?  Depends who's doing it.

Don't be fooled by some Republicans' sudden interest in OTC birth control -- or their strategic shifting to the left.

How many of those page views you get from various countries are real?

Scotland's secession vote could determine the outcome of Britain's next election.  Rosa Rubicondior has a fascinating look at Scotland's history.

French nationalist leader Marine Le Pen would defeat President Hollande in an election today, according to current polling.

Russia's reign of propaganda sounds oddly familiar.

Religious bigots gather for a conference in Moscow -- more here.  They've been cozying up to the Putin regime.

Iranian rap music is now a thing, defying the theocracy's censorship.

Muslims who disregard Islamic taboos aren't necessarily moderates.

Here's a good response to that rubbish about ISIS not being "truly Islamic".

The life and death of Steve Biko remind us what apartheid was really like.

The Gambia is the latest African country to pass a draconian anti-gay law.

Ebola is getting out of control in west Africa.  Skimping on health workers' pay isn't helping.

Here's a round-up of educational resources on biology and aging.

This person was born with a major part of her brain missing, and it wasn't even detected until she was 24 (found via TYWKIWDBI).

The light skin color of Eurasians may be an inheritance from the Neanderthals.

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Country other than the US from which I got the most page views this week: Ukraine.

7 Comments:

Blogger Ahab said...

Speaking as a single myself, I wonder what produced this increase in unmarried people over the decades. Is it because divorce has become easier and far less stigmatized? Is it because marriage is no longer considered a rite of passage or an economic necessity?

The photos at Ranch Chimp's site were intense!

14 September, 2014 08:17  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

It seems to me that the benefits of marriage have decreased while the risks have stayed the same or increased. Personally I've never been married and never seen any point in it.

Dallas is a pretty amazing-looking place now. Most of those buildings hadn't even been built when I was there in 2002.

14 September, 2014 09:52  
Blogger Frank Moraes said...

I am on my second wife. I think I know why people are staying single: they are smarter than I am. But my current marriage works really well since we moved 3,000 miles apart and never talk. The only down side is that my taxes are higher. We would doubtless get divorced but that would require talking. Anyway, the last 5 years have been marital bliss!

I'm glad you picked up my spam article, although I know I sort of forced it on you. I find the whole thing fascinating. I'm still trying to figure out what these smammers think they are getting out of all this. Spam never makes it through to my pages. It never makes it through to yours. So other than annoying people who create content that people are actually interested in, what are they doing? (That's not a rhetorical question; I'd really like to know.)

And speaking of spam, I recently moved my blog over to WordPress and so was able to use a tool WP-SpamSheild. I can't believe how well it works. I was wading through a hundred plus spam post per day and this plugin completely stopped it. There may be no loving god, but there really are loving computer hackers who care about my sanity!

14 September, 2014 11:22  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Frank: I wonder how many people are in marriages that are marriages in name only. The proportion of people in functional marriages might be even lower than the link says.

I always feel sharing living quarters is a mistake. Any two people will eventually get on each other's nerves. With a girlfriend it's easy to keep separate homes, but with a marriage, most people would think it odd.

Spam is mostly posted by robots (poo-free link, don't worry), which don't even bother to check if the blog is in the right language, never mind whether it uses comment moderation. I guess the cost of wasting a lot of spamments on blogs that use moderation is less than the cost of programming the bots to differentiate.

14 September, 2014 13:49  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Thanx for the link read, but a few thing's that I wanted to comment on first.

The piece from Gin Tacos is pretty straight as far as who is ripping off who, employer's are alwayz burning employee's on various thing's and scam's, you have also plenty of scam legislation these dayz that encourage it unfortunately. My morality view's on these thing's is different than most, so I'll just leave that there and shut up.

Texas is really having a political battle between this left and right crap right now, and hopefully the Democrat's will do well here in these election's, plus it would be good for Washington as you pointed out before, due to the strong conservative block out of Texas. As far as for Texan's locally (as I point out to many more rural conservative folk's when I get to talk to them 1 on 1 in Texas), we need some more diversity politically in the state, the large cities here have a lil more diversity, but it is needed badly statewide much more, as you know we have many issues here that have NOT been addressed because of this neo- conservative state stronghold. I point this out to conservatives and the like that I talk to here in the state, because they are unknowingly being conned and blindsided with bullshit, many are old school type conservatives and do not realize what this new conservative movement over the last 30 or so year's has materialized into slowly, long story though, bottom line ... is this neo- conservative thing of today is nothing but a bunch of racketeer's and thug's cloaked in moral values and religion.

The Mail Online thing about the black lady kissing the white boyfriend ... absolutely fact! (being that if she was white as you say, it is unlikely to happen) I have actually experienced this first hand with an ex- girlfriend who was black, and an outstanding heavy metal bass guitarist too (she was very attractive and dressed that way too). But we were together here in Dallas outside a business in lower east Dallas about 30 year's ago and were questioned by police, but they didnt directly say why they questioned us ... but me and Gwen both knew what the deal was, the cop's tried to play it off and said that they had a discription given to them of folk's that looked suspicious or whatever, which of course was bullshit.

Later Infidel ....

15 September, 2014 03:54  
Blogger Blurber said...

Cassius the crocodile is BIG. Another one, Lolong, who died in 2013 in the Philippines used to be the largest crocodile in captivity. He was 20 ft 3 in long.

15 September, 2014 09:39  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ranch: It's an uphill battle in Texas, but the rewards when we finally win there will be well worth it.

It's bizarre that in the Watts story the police claimed they mistook her for a prostitute. There's nothing about her appearance that suggested that.

Blurber: When they reach such sizes, it almost feels like evolution is trying to re-invent the dinosaur.

16 September, 2014 02:25  

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