03 February 2019

Link round-up for 3 February 2019

Various interesting stuff I ran across on the net over the last week.

o o o o o

"Rise of the machines....."

They tamed the gargoyles.

Oh, dear.

Oh, fuck.

What kind of service does this business provide?

Jenny_o posts more than you thought possible about socks.

Don't try to get this cat out of his cardboard box.

Who you gonna call?

Illinois cops make a chilling arrest.

Rocks, rocks, rocks!

Librarians enjoy their work.

Here are some reactions to the Gillette ad reactions.

Steve Ruis looks at capital letters.

Humorists sharpen their claws on Howard Schultz's fatuous Presidential aspirations.

Deck chairs, deck chairs.....

Read this touching story about a very minor god.

Yet another factory is moving to Mexico.

Not reality TV, but rather.....oh, he's just an idiot (both found via Calvin).

We must build a fence on our southern border to stop these filthy swine from entering our country.

Here are 55 sites where you can legally download free literature (found via Mendip).

I really like most of Bill Maher's commentary, but Catherynne Valente has some good points here.

Guess where this is going.

Why is health care in the Star Wars universe so backward?

536 was the worst year ever.

The "silent majority" is silent because it doesn't exist.

Houston has all kinds of people.

Ignorance of dialectology undermines the justice system (but I would argue this really shows the need for schools to make sure all Americans can speak standard English).

Winning the minimum wage took a fight; raising it will take another.

Work is work.

Some companies actually have decent values.

This person is an asshole.

The wallnuts want to use Coulter as a lever to force Trump to build the wall.

Declining birth rates and hostility to skilled immigrants will ruin your retirement.

MAGA hats are the new white hoods.  Fragile, stunted masculinity leads to violence.

Religious crazies object to the idea that schools should, you know, actually teach stuff.

Wingnuts have gotten very good at not learning from their mistakes.

We've come so far -- and progress will continue.

Here's how to come up with place names for an asteroid.

Long-term science experiments pose unusual challenges.

Jerry Coyne posts photos from Auschwitz.  Grim, grim material.

Blogger Arkenaten remembers the quaint, deeply-religious era of apartheid.

Yes, the world is getting richer.

Iranian atheist blogger Kaveh Mousavi recommends a Presidential candidate.

Some Republicans worry that Trump could cost them Texas.  Well, he's not the only dumb one.

Don't be a dumbass.

Rich asshole (found via Scottie) has second thoughts.

To Republicans, restoring democracy is a "power grab".

Shower Cap reviews the week in his inimitable style.

[745 days down, 717 days to go until the inauguration of a real President!]


Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

Mickey and Minnie, you degenerates! I love all the sock animals. And the "free kitten" -- gulp! Hahahahaha, arresting Elsa for the Polar Vortex! Love the librarians one too.

Gotta go! Will finish the rest of your post later!

03 February, 2019 09:59  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

I love gargoyles. I have gargoyle book ends that I love. There's a Gargoyle movie that I've watched about a dozen times.
That Mickey Mouse ad was really bad. lol Wow.
I've always found some rocks interesting. I have a geode that my grandfather found and a piece of petrified wood that's hard as rock.

03 February, 2019 11:45  
Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

"Guess where this is going" -- no, I would not have guessed porno either! And 536 may have been the worst year EVER but if we are descended from anyone in the Northern Hemisphere in that year -- hey, they survived to reproduce!

Glad to read Howard Schultz is reconsidering his vanity run for president.

03 February, 2019 18:33  
Blogger Tommykey said...

I have the book Justinian's Flea, which is about the 6th century plague outbreak.

Another bizarre thing about Star Wars. Modern fighter jets and warships can fight each other from a distance, and yet in the Revenge of the Sith (I forget, is that what it was called?) you have space ships fighting each other up close like 18th century naval vessels.

04 February, 2019 06:53  
Blogger Adam said...

Interesting take on 536.

04 February, 2019 14:37  
Blogger Martha said...

HAHA! Yeah, try getting that BIG cat out of its box :)

The post with all the rocks was really interesting. The Malachite is awesome!

The photos of Auschwitz are disturbing. My older daughter visited when she was in her last year of high school. She said it was one of the most haunting and emotional things she'd ever experienced.

05 February, 2019 17:02  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Debra: I suspect librarians generally are a rather clever lot. Good with words, at least.

Of course, even if a disaster killed off 99% of the world's people, anyone alive a few centuries later would be descended from the survivors. It must have been a pretty miserable time to be alive.

Mary: Medieval architects seem to have been really into gargoyles too. I wonder why.

Tommy: I maintain that Star Wars isn't really science fiction at all, just mystical sword-and-sorcery stuff with outer-space trappings. Nothing about it makes much sense as science fiction.

Adam: I don't know if it was the worst year ever, but the Dark Ages in general were a downer.

Martha: Visiting Auschwitz must be overwhelming. I've been to Babi Yar and that was disturbing, even though there's far less visible evidence there of what happened.

05 February, 2019 17:14  
Blogger Tommykey said...

I agree Infidel. The first Star Wars movie is basically Guns of Navarone in space.

My son was so disappointed when I told him you can't have dog fights in space.

06 February, 2019 10:11  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

It's absurd to think that a galactic empire, with the level of technology that implies, would settle anything important with swordfighting -- even with fancy high-tech swords. And the whole thing about "the Force" definitely puts it in the fantasy category, not science fiction.

06 February, 2019 19:08  
Blogger jenny_o said...

Thanks for mentioning my post - you've directed a lot of visits my way with your link!

I didn't get past the Auschwitz article I started with because I followed a couple more links from there, all of it heartbreaking and haunting. But thank you for entry to that rabbit hole.

And, like Arnie, I'll be back. Oh, yes, I did see the "kitten" in the box too; that was awesome :)

06 February, 2019 19:48  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Jenny_o: Thanks for the post!

Coyne's photos are chilling. We must never forget what humans consumed by dogma and arrogance are capable of.

07 February, 2019 08:54  

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