10 March 2019

Link round-up for 10 March 2019

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

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The sign still makes sense.

If one is flat, why not the rest?

Do not use these pictures.

Fear Canada.

The library is alluring.

I know the feeling.

Remember to put it forward.

I think the cats had a hand in designing this house.

What's the difference between possums and opossums?

Learn how to prepare this shipping box for use (note: the company name "Kuroneko" translates as "black cat").

Life imitates art.

I guess the managers did care.

Debra She Who Seeks observes International Women's Day with images and quotes.

Important reminder here.

Raccoons are annoying.

Check out these beautiful photos of Lake Superior iced over (click to enlarge).

Here are some little innovations from around the world.

I Should Be Laughing blog has some (mostly political) quotes -- Ivanka's is a doozy.

If you missed it when I linked earlier this week, check out Tell Me a Story's post on why bloggers blog.

Calvin calls bullshit on a "miracle".

Bruce Gerencser answers some questions.

What happened to the survivors of Pompeii and Herculaneum?

This week I ran across a claim that there must have been trade between Egypt and South America thousands of years ago because some ancient Egyptian mummies contain traces of nicotine and cocaine, and was intrigued enough to dig a little further.  On the whole the evidence for the claim is not convincing.

Priorities, priorities.

Don't trust Apple News for news about Apple.  And don't trust Amazon for sex toys.

What do you do when an artist whose work you admire turns out to be a bad person?

Religion again stands as the main opponent of freedom and equality, this time in Utah.

President pussygrabber autographs Bibles for his followers.  He's also incredibly petty.

Moline Skeptics looks at the latest hoax "moral panic".

Manafort's absurdly-short sentence has a noteworthy precedent.

Babbling-idiot God smites and saves.

US cities run on hopelessly-antiquated computer technology.

These Republican politicians are absolutely disgusting.

The mark of a true idiot is refusal to learn from experience.

The future according to Facebook will be intrusive, commercialized, and generally crappy.  Warren is right.

Lucky Otter wonders why some people pick fights in the comment threads of blogs they don't even like (I'm baffled by this too).

Amazon workers in New York want to unionize.  This will be a hell of a battle.

The Trump EPA quashes NASA's efforts to monitor toxic pollution in Texas.

The Republican campaign against abortion is a bottomless cesspit of hypocrisy.

Scientifically-illiterate wingnuts think modern protection against epidemics is "communist".

Trumpism is effectively a religious cult (found via a comment by Maryplumbago at The Spartan Atheist).

Here's more on the success (so far) of the Hayabusa 2 mission.

Progress is being made against AIDS -- but not here.

Trump has a new idea which will massively reduce US global military power.

Canada is spending money to export dangerous bullshit to Honduras.

Germany stands up to Facebook.

Putin's web of fascism tightens around Russian society (despite the headline, the resistance efforts cited don't sound likely to be effective).

Google is no friend of women's freedom.

Jamal Khashoggi's body was probably incinerated in a special barbecue at the Saudi consul's residence in Istanbul.

Trump once again threatens our relationship with the world's biggest democracy, while trying to sell nuclear technology to the Middle East's nastiest regime.  He trusts any gangster-regime boss who flatters him.

Must-read political link of the week:  Democrats can afford to abandon the "political center", because it doesn't actually exist.  See also this post on "work across the aisle" candidates (where I found that link).  No one tried harder than Obama to work with the Republicans, and we saw what happened.  Booman argues (despite the post title) that centrism isn't practical nowadays and that Democrats will need to govern without Republican cooperation.

Here's what the "power grab" HR1 actually says.

The enemy seriously underestimates Ocasio-Cortez.

We can't "unite the country" and so-called radical-left positions actually have majority support, so we might as well just try to win.

What if Biden really is the front-runner?  Booman believes he is.

The Republicans have become the party of stupid, but we still have to be more than just the party of smart.

No, Trump will not be able to cling to power if he loses the 2020 election.

Shower Cap looks at Roger Stone, how Trump is surpassing Obama, and the rest of the craziness.

Ilhan Omar has emerged as a de facto Republican Trojan horse, creating divisions and distractions among Democrats.  What was supposed to be a resolution specifically condemning anti-Semitism got watered down "all lives matter" style, grotesquely allowing some Republicans to claim the moral high ground.  The anti-Semitic tropes she's been invoking have disturbing precedents.  And she knows exactly what she's doing.  Worse, she's not alone.  A couple of weeks ago, I wrote (item 4) about "a clear line" between the Republicans, who endlessly hair-split and minimize and make excuses in order to tolerate bigotry in their own ranks, and the Democrats, who don't do such things -- only to see, in the last few days, much of the liberal internet roaring back "Oh yes we do -- just watch us!"  Especially at a time when anti-Jewish bigotry and even violence are on the rise, both here and in Europe, seeing this stuff rear its head within our own party should be setting off nuclear-attack-siren-level alarm bells.

[780 days down, 682 to go until the inauguration of a real President!]


Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

I just thought people were spelling opossums wrong when they spelled it, possum. Guess I was wrong.

I think I could call a few people around here an uneducated potato and they wouldn't even get it.

10 March, 2019 09:34  
Blogger Debra She Who Seeks said...

"Fear Canada" LOL! Love that cat-designed house! And thanks for the shout-out!

10 March, 2019 15:07  
Blogger Jono said...

It often takes me a couple of days to get through all these links. Not that I am slow, well maybe I am, but there is a lot of ground to cover.

10 March, 2019 15:10  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Mary: To me it always seemed like an opossum should be an Irish possum.:-)

As for those people, that may be because they're uneducated potatoes.

Debra: Trumpanzees are so paranoid they might take some of those "threat" assessments seriously.....

Jono: Can't say I'm surprised -- they're drawn from a full week of my internetting, so there tend to be a lot.

10 March, 2019 15:26  
Blogger Martha said...

"Reasons to Fear Canada" That was hilarious! And that was the most awesome cat-friendly house! My own cats would love it.

Thanks for the shout-out. I just howl with laughter every time I see flat earth memes. I can't get over how much ignorance there is out there. There is a documentary on Netflix about flat earth supporters, which I plan to watch at some point for the entertainment value and to see how far I can roll my eyes to the back of my head :)

10 March, 2019 17:47  
Blogger Tommykey said...

I have considered Trump followers to be cultists for quite some time. My blunt assessment is that for many of them, Trump is their vicarious instrument for beating up the people they hate. For them, draining the swamp has nothing to do with political corruption as we understand it but rather the unwillingness or inability of our political class to keep out the Muslims and the illegals, to put an end to abortion and minority criminals supposedly running rampant in America.

BTW, I have a new post up at last. A somewhat tongue in cheek solution to the Catholic Church's priest problem. Hope you like it!

10 March, 2019 19:39  
Blogger Tommykey said...

Oh, and with regard to Ilhan Omar, given that she wears a head scarf, she was always going to be a lightning rode for Islamophobes. You would think she would be smart enough to not provide ammo by keeping her mouth shut about Israel, for example. But she just couldn't help herself, it seems.

10 March, 2019 20:20  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Martha: It is pretty amazing that some people still believe such things. As for the other planets, I suspect flat-Earthers believe they're just big dots painted on a crystal sphere or something.

Tommykey: It certainly seems that way. They seem consumed by hate, more interested in hurting other people than in benefiting themselves. And it does look like "the swamp" to them just means anybody in a position of power who doesn't share their prejudices.

I haven't seen any "Islamophobia" directed at Omar, at least not by Democrats. If she didn't keep spouting this stuff about shadowy Jewish influences, there wouldn't be a problem.

11 March, 2019 02:24  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

Oh, you know that Omar will be on the receiving end of the racist comments of the repugs for months to come. She's probably tough as nails. She'll have to, after a round with the trumpanzees.
The Women's Day Images were awesome! I chuckled.
The Manafort sentence was a JOKE. Really? Poster boy for privilege showed up to sentencing in a wheelchair? Please. I hope the next judge throws the book at him. And then some.
And the wingnuts are out in full force. Their anointed president signed bibles and boobs and they think vaccinating is communist. I'm rolling my eyes so hard I'm looking at yesterday.


11 March, 2019 04:29  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Sixpence: Debra often has interesting posts. It's a blog well worth following on a regular basis.

The judge who sentenced Manafort showed bias from the beginning. We're unlikely to be as unlucky with the next one.

As for Omar, I stand by what I said last week. The Democratic leadership needs to expel her from the House, or at least from the party. That's obviously not going to happen right now, but it may after the next incident, or the one after that. Until it's done, she's just going to create an endless series of problems and distractions and give the Republicans a cudgel to beat us up and divide us with.

11 March, 2019 17:05  
Blogger MJ said...

RE: "Putin's web of fascism", that post seems to be gone now. At least the link went to a "Not found" message.

27 March, 2019 14:37  

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