15 September 2019

Link round-up for 15 September 2019

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

o o o o o

And now, with one stroke of my sword..... (found via Miss Cellania).

Volunteers are doing maintenance on the Cerne Abbas Giant in England.

"It's for my food blog."

This exists.

Headline writers are just trolling us at this point.

He's on the cutting edge of snacking.

Paranoid fears of magical dong theft have led to witch hunts, both medieval and modern (found via Strangely Blogged).

This is true luxury for cats.

".....and with a single click....."

Be sure you're in the right part of the airplane.

Finally some decent weather!

Florida, I presume.

It's a sperm bank.

This must be the pied piper of geese.

Beware the cello.

Justine's Halloween has some more decorations, while Lady M finds some scary wearable art.

Stay out of the ocean -- it's full of horrible things.

"Unleash hell."

Ozymandias won.

Trumpanzees:  image vs. reality.

Retch, gag, barf.

Architects are running out of ideas, or maybe just playing too much Jenga.

Before selling his gun, this guy did a thorough background check on the buyer.

Gays are trying to destroy Christianity?  Turnabout is fair.

"Make it happen."

Question here for anti-vaxers.

Fiction is an alternative to reality.

An avatar of peace?

In the late 1970s, our exploration of the Solar System was just getting started, and science fiction movies were beginning to go downhill -- with a major exception.  It's an intriguing but long post, so save this one for when you have some time.

Yes, it matters what search engine you use.

This must have scared the hell out of people.

It was his last assignment.

QAnon qrackpots re-affirm their beliefs as the Trump gang tries to decide what to do about them.

On guns, think again.

Christianity isn't a big tent, it's a whole bunch of little ones.

The size of the market for erection pills suggests some sad things about masculinity (NSFW ad image).

A South African blogger finds the role of Christian values in US politics a bit confusing.

Beware of those who spread despair and division (scroll past the Statue of Liberty stuff to get to the main point).

A rogue site is stealing works from AO3.  Also, if you've posted any pictures there, read this.

Meet the woman the enemy fears.

Uber would rather break the law than treat its drivers properly.

Evidence doesn't support Trump's self-aggrandizing claims about what he did on and after 9/11.

The history of the US homicide rate shows some interesting correlations.

Dystopian fantasies like The Handmaid's Tale are getting uncomfortably close to reality.

You will actually feel your IQ dropping as you read this gobbledygook.

Always wear a helmet.

These nutbags are going to be trouble if we win the election next year.

Some good info here on internet privacy.

Pope Francis claims he has no fear of a schism.

Sharpie-gate stinks of the mentality of 1984.  After the migrant border camps, "relocating" California's homeless would be the next logical step along the road to fascism.

Where do atheists get their morality?  Wrong question, but there's still an answer.

You never know who may be susceptible to suicide (NSFW images).

Christianity is cruel, heartless, and loathsome.

There is such a thing as a "pre-marital exam" for women -- in Utah, not Afghanistan.

A fossil site in North Dakota apparently preserves traces of the very day and hour of the meteor impact that killed the dinosaurs.  I'm a little skeptical since the work hasn't been verified by other paleontologists, but in any event these finds are dramatic.

Little ankle-biter shouldn't try to mess with a colossus like Darwin.

The Moon landings were pretty scary at the time.

See what technology can do for a man who lost both arms.

A new Japanese stem-cell treatment restores function to paralyzed limbs.  The article emphasizes concerns about how fast Japanese regulators approved the treatment -- but delay in treating paralysis causes great suffering, so that needs to be balanced against the risk.

Rain forests recover strongly from deforestation, if given a chance.

A new law in Australia bans Catholic priests from shielding child molesters, and they're already bitching about it.  Sorry guys, the house rules of your private club have no standing against actual law.

In Belgium, religionists rally to defend cruelty to animals.

To anti-Semites, everything is bad when Israel does it, even veganism.

Hong Kong protesters call upon the UK to pressure China to abide by its commitments (realistically, the UK has little ability to pressure China).

What exactly would "winning" mean in Afghanistan?

See analysis of the Democratic debate by The Hill, FiveThirtyEight, Vox, Stephen Colbert, Daily Kos, and MSM pundits, and by bloggers Tengrain and The Rude Pundit (but I disagree that O'Rourke running for Senate is still an option -- after his remark that "we're going to take your AR-15", he's likely no longer a viable candidate in Texas).

A tough ad calls out Moscow Mitch (found via Mock Paper Scissors).

We're scoring a lot of wins against gerrymandering.

Warren has got Wall Street scared shitless -- she must be doing something right.  Though she lags Biden in the polls, she's positioned to pick up more support as other candidates drop out, likely because she's perceived as more moderate than Sanders.

O'Rourke has given Republicans a talking point to rally their base for years to come. Of course, they can always just make shit up.

Instagram is a conduit for Russian election meddling, but Pinterest shows that countermeasures are possible.

Trump's foreign-policy shifts suggest he's getting nervous about the election.

The House Judiciary Committee took a step toward an impeachment inquiry, but don't expect an actual impeachment soon -- it would put a lot of House seats at risk.

More links here.

[969 days down, 493 to go until the inauguration of a real President.]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello! I've been following your weblog for a while now and
finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Austin Tx!
Just wanted to say keep up the great job!

15 September, 2019 06:25  
Blogger Mary Kirkland said...

Smile for my food blog...that was actually funny.
I don't think I could go to the church of the stunned chicken without laughing.
That plane doing a barrel roll so close to the ground is hilarious. Someone is really good at some kind of photoshop.

15 September, 2019 09:28  
Blogger RO said...

What a clever idea to save money and have the cats have tons of fun, and the all the cartoons including the food blog is perfect! Hope your weekend has been phenomenal! Hugs, RO

15 September, 2019 17:33  
Blogger Adam said...

Ozymandias won is also the end of Watchmen.

15 September, 2019 21:11  
Blogger dellgirl said...

"It's for my food blog" had me wondering in the beginning, then I "GOT" it. I was drinking lemonade and almost spit on my computer screen when I got to Frederick waiting for a push on the swing. Thanks for the laugh, just what I needed right now.

wishing you a wonderful week!

16 September, 2019 20:22  
Blogger Sixpence Notthewiser said...

I’m amazed at gerrymandering. It’s so blatant, so... openly corrupt that I can’t but think that people know it’s going on and do and say nothing!
Q-anon is dangerous because it’s absolutely mindless. It’s like that t-shirt ‘never trust stupid people in large numbers’ would come to life.


17 September, 2019 01:16  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Anon: Thanks.

Mary: I'm not sure I could go into any kind of church without laughing, but that's just me.

RO: I don't know what it is about cats and cardboard boxes, but if that's what they like, we might as well go with it.

Adam: Thanks -- I had no idea where that came from.

Dellgirl: I'm glad bugs don't actually have food blogs. And I can understand why that fly was looking peeved.

Sixpence: Most politically-aware people know about gerrymandering, but there's not much we can do about it except elect Democrats to the state governments that draw the districts. We'll get our chance next year.

18 September, 2019 02:49  
Blogger Lady M said...

Wow - duh. My addled brain did not make the connection that you linked to my humble little blog. Thank you so very much for the views.

18 September, 2019 13:22  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Thanks! You've been posting some good stuff. As you can see, I include a wide range of things in these -- pretty much anything I find interesting.

18 September, 2019 14:13  

Post a Comment

<< Home