26 March 2017

Link round-up for 26 March 2017

Be careful with menu translationMore here.

Here's how a Trumpanzee takes a selfie.

Smile, dammit, we haven't got all day.

We look outward from our little world, wondering what lies beyond.

Artist Celeste Maia creates books -- very unusual ones.

Thump back.

"When a grid's misaligned, with another behind....."

One starting point, many doodles.

When you make up names in a language you don't know, this is what happens.

Sometimes technology isn't user-friendly.

There's now a Trump sandwich.

Do people really do this kind of shit?

Foreigners find US geography a tad confusing (actually I'd put Texas in the "west").

The future depends on libraries and imagination.

How long would it take?

Gods don't kill people.

Congress has its own little-known tunnel system (found via Mendip).

A Christian remembers growing up in a culture of hypocrisy.  Katy Perry freed herself from the nonsense (found via Republic of Gilead).  But time spent in church can be useful.

The fight against the Dakota Access pipeline isn't over.

And it's not even a real explanation.

Cartoonists look at the Flint water crisis.

Christian music festivals aren't what they used to be, but they left us Pence as a memento (found via Republic of Gilead).

Have we made America great again yet?  Neil deGrasse Tyson has a better idea (found via Fair and Unbalanced).  But I think it's too late for this guy.  And this guy.  And this guy.

It doesn't make senseNor does this.  But hey, it's God's will (found via Republic of Gilead).

Beauty and the Beast prompts some reflections on love as a means to an end.  Oh, and how's that boycott going?

Nonnie9999 joins the ranks of Trumputin shippers.

Hackwhackers is unimpressed with Republican hypocrisy on leaks.

Joanne Dixon looks at a terrorist Trump will ignore.

I am not fallen.

Take a rational look at anti-vaxxer scare propaganda.

They can't even have crayons (found via Politics Plus).

Anti-abortion is anti-life.

The enemy is a bit worried about Gorsuch.

The Portland city council cracks down on assholes who disrupt its meetings.  Now, please show the same respect for ordinary people by cracking down on assholes who block traffic while "protesting".

Compare and contrast -- Trump vs. Kaepernick, Trump vs. Merkel.  But Palin sneers at Kaepernick, because of course she does.

"Modesty" is an obscenity.  And Ingersoll was right.

London Muslims raise money for victims of Wednesday's terrorist attack.

All Spanish royalty must, when their time comes, pass through the Rotting Room (found via TYWKIWDBI).

Crazy Eddie observes Persian New Year.

Want to save your job?  Become the boss (found via Mendip).

The "ugly American" is alive and well.

If Trump starts a war, Koreans and Japanese may pay the price.

Can the Pope be "impeached"?  We may soon find out.

Working in India can be a bit dangerous if you don't bribe the right people.

Pakistan wants to silence "blasphemers" world-wide.

It's not easy spreading the atheist message in the Philippines.

The shift away from coal is huge and unstoppable (found via TYWKIWDBI).

The ACA repeal failure is impressive in its own way.  Hackwhackers has a Twitter round-up, DU a cartoon round-up; Progressive Eruptions waxes poetic.  Then there's this gif.  Hillary celebrates, while Ryan emerges badly damaged.  The enemy begins to devour their own.  They even bungled post-repeal adsHow could it have gone so wrong?

Maybe Trump can pay for the wall by cutting back on other stuff.

The regime is becoming consumed with paranoia.

Cherokees are troubled by Trump's admiration for Andrew Jackson (found via Republic of Gilead).

[65 days down, 1,396 days to go until the inauguration of a real President!]


Blogger Ahab said...

"Celery meat" sounds like a creative vegan meat-substitute. "Onion explosion meat" sounds dangerous. I'm not going anywhere near the "beef rot" or the "pure speculation meat".

One can look outward from one's little world, or create one's own little world: https://twitter.com/rustypolished/status/845414619896172544

Now THOSE were some amazing doodles!

The Flint water crisis should have never occurred in the first place, and it's a human rights violation that it has been allowed to continue this long.

26 March, 2017 10:46  
Anonymous nonnie9999 said...

I'll bet the Twitler (I just cannot bring myself to type his name) sandwich has a lot less bread than advertised.

26 March, 2017 21:31  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Ahab: Even that stuff isn't as unappetizing as some of the stuff like dog meat or monkey brains that they supposedly eat over there.

I'm with Duckie's Kingdom. I can create my own little world, but the big world won't leave me alone.

Nonnie: Hah! Undoubtedly so.

27 March, 2017 05:49  
Blogger Pinku-Sensei said...

I recall seeing people trying to come up with a Trump Sandwich more than a year ago. Someone figured out it would be cheesy and full of baloney even back then.

27 March, 2017 06:08  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Browsing your link gig here ... pretty good. A favourite for me here, would be the Guardian piece by Neil Gaiman ... I am a big fan of the libraries here in Dallas, I'm there at the downtown Dallas one at least once a week or every other week, even the one next door to my apartments I go to, and also have a card for the neighbouring Farmers Branch Library (separate card from Dallas), took my grandkids there, etc. I talked about this with several folks here, on what a treasure we have in these libraries ... and how I am strongly for KEEPING THEM PUBLIC. The reason, is because of this new wave of neoliberalism now, I would figure that they would want to corporatize them as well ... you know ... make a buck instead of the government making it ... then they can regulate it with their corporate communism or their institutionalized sugar coated f**ken religions, etc. The libraries offer so much too ... it was a full house of folks saturday downtown, music, video, reading, ... and so much free stuff, from computer classes to music lessons as well. Our public parks even were full, I like to keep those things, without investors/ profiteers taking them over.

As far as this Gorsuch ... I dont even have any reason to want to see him on the Supreme Court for a possible 30 years, dont care about how well worded he is, etc ... I wouldnt even choose him in these times if he volunteered to work for free ... but, maybe I'm completely wrong, maybe he's a swell guy, eh?

Liked Celeste Maia Bentley's stuff

U.S. geography (?) ... to me, Texas, is Texas, it's own unique flavour too. I hear some call it the south, some the south central plains, the midwest, the third coast, etc ... folks here in Texas, call it the southwest. Most of the folks that move here to Dallas county are from Los Angeles county, in one move for instance right now, several thousand are moving here as we speak from LA, being transferred here, because of the Toyota headquarters being moved here to the north Dallas area, so many folks here are from somewhere else too, I have neighbours from all over for instance, so the folks here, are about as mixed as names folks call it, or what they view it as. The amount of construction here is also at a high, I was blown away, by how much especially in downtown and uptown this last weekend, and all over the metroplex ... Houston the same.

27 March, 2017 07:58  
Blogger Ranch Chimp said...

Well, had to do this in 2 pieces ... too many characters as usual stuff.

Gods dont kill people, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh {:-) ... I was telling a christian one time, as far as all this so called punishment from God or whatever ... "it's all bullshit ... the only ones that want to punish me, are all these religious freaks that I refuse to kiss their asses" {:-)

Modesty for International Women's Day? ... heh, heh, heh, heh, heh ... cute too! my kind of gal's! {:-)

Cartoon for Flint Water Crisis ... that's some fitting animations, eh?

Capitol tunnel system, didnt know about any of it in detail ... but it wouldnt surprise me if they had bunkers too, to protect them.

As far as PDX's City Council disruptions ... I heard quite a bit about that ... and expected to tighten laws. But yeah ... no one does it like Portland when it comes to good ole down home America protests, eh? ... again ... last of the great "American" cities to me! They just dont make em like they used to {:-)

"You have to know your priorities suck when ..." and the spring breakers chants about "build that wall" pieces. To me Infidel (coming from a feller that knows a lil about border trafficking, and knowing crossers ... I myself made money off of wetbacks, so I'm not innocent) ... just money that can go to other needs, and WILL NOT have much impact on stopping folks coming in illegally, maybe a lil reduction at first ... but supply will meet demand. Plus, I dont want to give Trump the credit, just to have a historic wall built to honour him ... "Great Wall of Trump" crap or whatever. Let the guy actually do something, that shows that he can so call make America great ... so far he's been getting a silver platter for nothing.

I'm outta here ... have a good one!

27 March, 2017 07:59  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Pinku: It should have a slice of orange on top, too. A fake one.

Ranch: Libraries, as long as they stay non-commercial, can also provide books that bookstores don't stock because there's no demand or people protest about being offended, etc.

Gorsuch has a record that speaks for itself. He may not be as bad as Scalia, but the Republicans need to pay a price for blocking Garland. And Democrats should challenge any permanent appointment by a "President" who's still being investigated for likely collusion with a foreign dictatorship to steal the election.

Bunkers? Trump probably wishes he was in a bunker right now.

The wall is absurd. Of course it won't have much impact on migration levels -- it will just drive more people to use boats, and give us the kind of photogenic humanitarian disasters the Europeans are dealing with in the Mediterranean. And that's if it gets built at all. A lot of the terrain is geographically unsuitable, or on private property or Indian reservations. It's the kind of thing an ignorant and stupid person would come up with as a symbol.

27 March, 2017 09:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hah, even with the Chinese half cut off, I recognize most of those embarrassingly mistranslated menu items.

"Wood shall be meat" is an awkward character-by-character translation of a dish North Americans (ironically) are likely to know by its Mandarin name, moo shu (or muxu in proper pinyin). It's scrambled egg, shredded vegetables and meat all stir fried together, often eaten rolled up in a thin pancake.

"Fish flavored" is another overly literal translation of yuxiang, which is Sichuanese chili-vinegar-garlic sauce. Nobody seems to agree why the sauce has "fish" (yu) in its name--it certainly doesn't have any fish in it, and is usually used to flavor either shredded pork/chicken/beef or slices of eggplant.

The 爆 "explosion" in "Onion explosion meat" is just the Chinese expression for flash frying.

I'm not sure how 炒 "stir fry" becomes "speculation", I guess the electronic dictionary they used must really suck (if that wasn't already obvious)

Uh oh, now I'm getting hungry for Chinese food.

27 March, 2017 09:52  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Anon: Thanks for the explanations. Some dictionaries give obscure or antiquated meanings for Chinese characters, and somebody may have picked one of those. Or they may be using a dictionary written with the same expertise and attention to detail as the menu was. :-)

I do know about "rot" being a common mistranslation of the second character in tofu, which probably explains "beef rot". You obviously know a lot more about Chinese than I do, though.

In case you haven't already seen it, this is one of the classics of the bad-translation genre.

27 March, 2017 15:02  
Blogger Ahab said...

Infidel -- Wait. The Presbyterian Church and the Jedi Council are one and the same? HOLY CRAP! Did they have something to do with the flock of fish?

I'm laughing right now at the idea of Darth Vader crying out, "Do not want!"

27 March, 2017 18:07  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

That would certainly lead to some interesting theology. Probably an improvement.

28 March, 2017 05:15  

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