24 July 2016

Link round-up for 24 July 2016

Mark Evanier knows how to handle wrong-number phone calls.

How big is Texas?  This big (for Europeans).  And you can get anything shaped like Texas.

The art of Aurum Light makes a splash.

Here's everything you need to know about keeping snails.

The Romans had a "terror weapon" -- whistling sling bullets (found via Mendip).

Job application questions are just getting stupider.

These are some of the world's most bizarre landscapes.

Internet centralization threatens our culture.

Trump is known to love beauty pageants -- here's one that may inspire him (yes, it's real).

Different countries, same problem.

The Republican convention has been good for business in Cleveland.

Mormonism is still haunted by the ghost of polygamy, and is digging in against gay marriage (both found via Republic of Gilead).

Gun control in the US has an interesting history (found via Sleestak) which still resonates today

Here's some useful advice for women, from a surprising source.

There are different standards for different people.

TSA security theater sometimes gets too real.  Sometimes it's, well, this.

Don't pray for the Orlando victims.

With the Charles Kinsey case, only a lunatic could deny that we have a deadly-serious problem.

Britain has some interesting place names (found via Mendip).

Wartime taught the Western world that women can do anything men can.

Germany's strict gun laws didn't stop the Munich mass shooting.  Comrade Misfit has a point to make.

Christianists in Romania attack gay rights, with help from their American counterparts.

Trump is already kowtowing to Putin on Ukraine.

South Korea has the world's weirdest park (found via Clarissa) -- the article is in Russian, but the photos speak for themselves.

Why don't the Syrian refugees just go back home?

Yes, people are still being sentenced to death for blasphemy.

Meghalaya is the rainiest place on Earth.

Republicans' deranged hatred of Obama is being transferred to Hillary.  After a long absence, Ahab is back and has been posting up a storm about the Republican convention (keep scrolling).

The Kaine pick is assessed by Stonekettle Station, Booman Tribune, PM Carpenter, You Might Notice a Trend, and The Immoral Minority (watch this too).  Trump pitifully tries to get a rise out of Warren.

Wingnutty wingnuts are wingnutting wingnuttishly.

Trump's nomination leaves anti-Trump Republicans facing a stark choice.  I found this conservative essay (and the comments) interesting.

Fair and Unbalanced has an overview of the wingnuts' fake Hillary scandals.

Two new ads show who Trump is.

Don't waste your vote.

Bernie's been hammering Trump on Twitter.  Hackwhackers has a round-up of media reactions to Trump's acceptance speech.

Jordan Sargent elaborates on the hypothesis that Melania's speech was deliberately sabotaged (found via Republic of Gilead).

"Women Vote Trump", but apparently not many.

If you don't want to vote for Hillary, vote for this.


Blogger Ahab said...

"From now on, every time someone calls me looking for your art gallery, I'm going to tell them to come in and see our current exhibition of pro-Nazi lithographs ... I informed him the gallery had just been shut down by the police for trafficking in heroin and selling fake Picassos." -- THAT WAS FUN.

The Blaze Press landscape photos were otherworldly and achingly beautiful. The photo of Las Salinas Grandes reminds me of the cover of Tangerine Dream's 1976 album, "Stratosfear".

I have no words for THAT South Korean park.

On the topic of Trump, the title of a recent Esquire commentary piece was right: this isn't funny anymore. Neither the U.S. nor the world can afford a disastrous Trump presidency. For all of Hillary Clinton's flaws, she would be far more competent and stable president than Trump. Will conservatives hold their noses and vote for her in November? I'm eager to see.

24 July, 2016 08:05  
Anonymous Zosimus the Heathen said...

Wow, that South Korean "poop park" was something else. Proof that not all the wackiness on the Korean Peninsula is confined to the north of the DMZ!

24 July, 2016 10:11  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

From the conservative with a conscience's site:

“deformed, degenerate, and perverse”
These are the best possible words one can use to describe Donald J. Trump. The man is unfit to serve. Full stop. There is no way to justify support for such a person. He is intellectually not up to this. He is morally not up to this. He lacks any of the base, bare minimum of skills it would require to perform this job.
And as a human being, he lacks fundamental decency and respect. He is a dreg, an utter disgrace, a blemish on American history as ugly as any that’s come before. He’s untrustworthy, ignorant, and in over his head.

How many times do we have to hear people say this and read people's assessment about Trump? Who the hell is voting for this disaster? I've never seen the sort of dire warnings and full-page anti-Trump editorials that I've seen in this election cycle for a political party's nominee.

Also, I'm tired of hearing that Hillary is corrupt and unpopular.

24 July, 2016 13:15  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ahab: He made the selfish gallery owner realize it's unwise to play hardball with someone to whom your own mistake has given such power over your business. I'm glad he stuck up for himself.

Trump stopped being funny for me when this happened. That's when I realized this was no longer just a clown show, but a revival of something far more dangerous.

Zosimus: I don't understand the purpose or appeal of such a park, but I guess different cultures have different interests.

Shaw: The comments on the post tell the story. The right is bitterly divided between the Trumpanzees and the NeverTrumps. The former have closed their minds to anything said by the latter, no matter how obviously true. But the acrimony between them after Trump loses in November will really be something to behold.

24 July, 2016 15:19  
Blogger Comrade Misfit said...

Thanks for the link!

24 July, 2016 15:32  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Thanks for the post!

26 July, 2016 05:12  

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